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RE: Thinking About a Class C

An overdrive is a VERY expensive upgrade for a 1990 RV. $3500 for the unit plus a lot of install labor plus driveshaft modification machine shop work.
garyemunson 01/22/22 08:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: How do you cancel an ESP?

Be careful cancelling your GAP coverage. RVs depreciate so much that if it did get wrecked, you will likely find yourself FAR underwater without the GAP coverage. You could always walk away but you would ruin your credit for years in the process. The big hazard of buying an RV on credit. As for the service plans, 2M2 is probably right as you have been in it long enough what you get from the cancellation won't be a lot. Crunch the numbers and try to determine if it will be worthwhile to you. As miserable as those contracts are and are such a pain to collect on, you do have SOME protection from them. The pittance they will refund to you may not be worth it.
garyemunson 01/22/22 03:18am Good Sam Extended Service Plan
RE: Thinking About a Class C

The problem with the Ford 460 is that while it is a good, durable engine, it's just so old now that, while any parts are still available, you won't be picking them up off the shelf at some auto part store in Podunk, Nowhere. Since most of us get RVs to travel, that's where most of the failures (fuel and water pumps, starters, alternators etc.) are going to happen. As Pianotuna points out, the early V-10s had a serious spark plug issue that was resolved by about 2004. The nice thing about a V10 Class C is that while it has also been discontinued, it's still current enough (and shares many parts with the V8s and V6s) so that pretty much everything is a common stocked item at all the stores. I would have no problem getting a 460 truck as a daily driver at home but travelling with one of them would not be something I'd consider. You could end up having a trip really messed up waiting for something to be delivered. Don't know about you but here at home deliveries of all kinds have really gotten stretched out as of late. Gas mileage isn't that much different from the V10 which is slightly better. We burn so much gas in RVs what's a mile or two? From what I hear, the new Ford V8 does manage to crack the 10 MPG barrier for a lot of drivers. I'll probably be looking for something with one of them next time.
garyemunson 01/22/22 03:06am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ford V10 - 5 Star Tuning

5 Star and Banks made their reputation fixing the old V10s that were seriously under-tuned by Ford in the early 2000s. The V10 was capable and strong enough to generate a lot more power without compromising it's longevity and over the years Ford realized that and steadily increased the horsepower. Nowadays, "tuning" has nowhere near the results as before as the engines now come from the factory "hopped up". You will still see some benefit but nothing like the big increases the older motors experienced with the "tunes".
garyemunson 01/14/22 06:21am Tech Issues
RE: 20201 Class C on Ford E-450-Heavy Hood

I, too, have been looking for a strut kit made for the Ford E van hoods. Have yet to find any despite a lot of searching. Anyone? Seems like a simple thing for a company to make.
garyemunson 01/14/22 05:57am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Electric Chevy Silverado Debut

After the sh*t show of the Volt, ELR and Bolt, I'll never get a GM EV.
garyemunson 01/06/22 04:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla with a generator on a hitch haul Remember what happened to tube-type TVs?
garyemunson 01/03/22 02:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertuck - Can we take another thread?

"I really don't understand why Washington today treats Tesla so poorly." Follow the money. The carbon industry and legacy auto contributes greatly to politician's war chests, Tesla does not. I am not an EV fan boy. But I do reaize EV's are coming and will revolutionize the auto world. All you need to do is drive a Tesla and you will understand. If you have not driven a Tesla you most likely do not get it. Driving a Tesla will have a game changing impact on how you view EV's Drive a Tesla and you will be enlightened to the future of EV vehicles. After the drive you will understand the "Not if but when" future of EV's. The EV revolution has started. Proven by the fact Ford and GM are all in starting 2035. Every major auto manufacture in the world is ramping up their EV research and development. Both GM and Ford have even started building their own battery plants. One thing to look forward to are solid state batteries. 3 minute full charges with 600+ mile range. Batteries for industry use are looking toward saline batteries. This is exciting. Coal will become a thing of the past. Petroleum may always be a part of our lives, but not in the forms we are use to. Doesn't prove anything. GM promised 20 new EV's in 2023. Wonder how that is going and when they will walk back that promise. But I forgot they are the EV leader according to the leader of the free world. Tesla is the only EV company in the US along with a bunch of Wanna bees so they can boost their stock prices. Talk is cheap. I really don't understand why Washington today treats Tesla so poorly.
garyemunson 12/12/21 02:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertuck - Can we take another thread?

Whether people like it or not, EVs are coming and ICE vehicles are going away.
garyemunson 12/11/21 06:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Class C Onan Generator Exhaust Stack Issue

A Genturi type stack is not going to cause the generator to "die". An Onan that intermittently shuts down then restarts OK after a while is almost ALWAYS a failing fuel pump. A known issue on these generators for many years. $20 on Amazon.
garyemunson 10/05/21 07:19am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motor home side yard cover

Sounds to me that you are in an HOA area. There is no other way "neighbors" could make it come down otherwise if the city OK'ed it. More details on your situation?
garyemunson 10/05/21 07:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Buzzing transfer switch

Dirt gets between the metal armature pieces. If they cannot "seal up" tight, metal to metal, they cannot develop a full magnetic field and will buzz. A common problem on RVs where road dirt gets into everything. If you are handy, you can take them apart (with power off!) and clean them. You do not want to let it continue since without the armatures in full contact with each other the current through the coil can increase enough for the coil to burn up. The buzzing also helps the wire connections to loosen and potentially burn up.
garyemunson 10/04/21 05:22am Tech Issues
Low mileage V10s

I keep seeing posts by people complaining about their low mileage RV's engine "blowing up" and I want to raise the alarm again about people buying Ford powered RVs with very low mileage for their age (i.e. 12K miles on a 2014). Most people only change oil according to the miles driven, thinking if it's just sitting alongside the house they do not need to. An RV like that may have only had one oil change in it's entire life. Ford Triton engines are critically dependent on Synthetic blend/full synthetic and the included additives. These oils are only good for about a year before they start being age-degraded (would you drive your car more than one year without changing oil?). The V10 is an overhead cam design with a follower between the valves and cams. That follower has a roller and pin with a steel-to-steel bearing surface. As long as oil is changed on schedule, that design is 300K mile capable. The rest of the engine will wear out before them. When oil is not changed when specified, those rollers are very prone to seizing on their pins. At first, there is no apparent evidence of this happening. The frozen roller will just slide on the cam surface. It may take several thousand miles but eventually it will start developing "traction" and when both surfaces get rough enough, the follower will get "spit out" of position usually jamming one of the valves open with fatal results for the engine. Warranty claims early on led Ford to require at least a synthetic blend oil to prevent this as conventional oils just were not up to the task. You will notice a lot of new vehicles also require a synthetic as engineers found they could build cheaper by letting the lubrication do more of the work (Ford could have spent more money putting needle bearings on those rollers). The synthetic oil strategy is often seen on cars with double overhead cams that have complex timing chain arrangements that will also trash the engine if they fail. If you buy a Ford engined RV with low miles for it's age, I STRONGLY recommend you have a mechanic pull the valve covers and make sure there are no seized rollers (there are 20 of them!). Very cheap insurance against the multi-thousand dollar expense of a replacement engine. While you are at it, have the front end checked. As chassis lubrication is done at oil changes, any grease in a low mileage/older RV is probably dry and useless. You can put 50,000 miles of wear on a front end on a 500 mile trip if the grease is bad. If you have ever owned a grease gun, you are aware of how the oil will separate from the grease and end up on the bottom of your toolbox drawer after a year. Same thing happens with the front end components.
garyemunson 09/05/21 06:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2016 Ford Chatteau 22e pricing..........

With an RV of that age with such low miles it's not a bad idea when you get home to pull the valve covers and make sure all the cam follower rollers are free. That RV may have only had one oil change in it's life. Follow these forums long enough and you'll see the complaints about low mileage V10s blowing up. Without regular oil changes (with at least synthetic blend) those little rollers (which run steel on steel bearing surface) will develop burrs on their shafts. When that happens, the roller stops turning. The engine will still run until the roller and cam develop enough traction to "spit" the follower out of position, usually jamming a valve open, destroying the engine. Without this low mileage nightmare, V10s are +250K mile motors.
garyemunson 08/28/21 06:30am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fleetwood factory

Let us know if they actually help you.
garyemunson 08/22/21 07:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2004 Lincoln Avaitor TV

The Aviators have the smaller Ford transmission. While quite suitable for the purpose, it already has 110K on it so expect you'll be doing a rebuild on it sooner than later if you start towing 4500 lbs. A larger tow vehicle would be much preferable for both durability and more comfortable driving. The Aviators are in pretty high demand right now so my suggestion would be to trade it for something bigger and you'll be both happier with how the towing goes and be less likely to have a breakdown.
garyemunson 08/17/21 04:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Chevy V8 vs Ford V 10

My warning to people buying an RV, particularly on a Workhorse chassis, is that while you can still get most anything for the 8.1 (or other mechanical systems on one), finding parts on the shelf is not as easy anymore as Ford engine parts. Back in the 90's I was taking a cross country trip in an old 80's vintage Slant Six Dodge van and with only 90K on it, it jumped the timing chain. Those are not "interference" engines so there was no damage other than to my wallet as I had to sit in a motel for two days while the chain was shipped in. You can't fault the part stores for not keeping stuff in stock when the vehicle is so old that they won't sell many parts for them.
garyemunson 08/17/21 04:02am Class C Motorhomes
RE: AC Water on top of RV

This stuff is small, sticks well, and does not look out of place. Can be used to alter the condensate water's path.
garyemunson 08/15/21 01:39pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: New truck pricing

I was thinking that exact same thing seeing pictures of rows incomplete vehicles waiting for chips/etc. With the end of the model year approaching and knowing Tesla has over a million preorders for their fast coming Cybertruck (maybe not something us RVers would want but still digging into truck sales overall), it seems like the legacy manufacturers will feel the need to chop prices dramatically to move the backlog once they obtain parts to finish them. I kind of doubt finishing those trucks is only a matter of plugging in a part and shipping them. I would think the vehicle would still need final inspections back on the line and then need to be loaded and shipped. I wouldn't think those trucks would be at dealers until at least September when buyers would be expecting to see 2022s. With GM and Ford teetering, this might be the end of one of them.
garyemunson 07/24/21 03:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: onan 4k gen

Try prying off the limiting cap on the altitude adjuster so you can open it a little more. If that cures it, the main jet needs to be cleaned.
garyemunson 06/29/21 05:56pm Tech Issues
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