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Dometic awning issue

Who else has had a problem with their Dometic power awning refusing to extend? The motor runs and the top moves out about 6" then the outward motion stops and it just begins unrolling the fabric out while staying stationary. Pulling the bottom out by hand will help the top move out also and once it is out about 18" it will finish extending on it's own (and will retract just fine). Thought it was a weak gas strut so replaced them both. Knew it was going to be a problem while removing the old struts and seeing that they were still strong. Put the new ones on (what a task!), made sure EVERY joint was lubricated and still no change. What am I missing?
garyemunson 07/09/20 07:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How abt a 1999 Winnebago Minnie??

Old Class Cs are notorious for leaks in the front overhang that rot the structure. Not impossible to DIY fix it but a HUGE project. I prefer to just be able to go camping. If I wanted to work, I'd just go to work..get paid for that!
garyemunson 07/09/20 07:01am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Step not retracting completely "jackhammering"

THIS! ^^^^ Just spring for the new motor, though. Gear teeth may be getting brittle and may break again quicker.
garyemunson 07/09/20 06:58am Class C Motorhomes

We had an 05 Fleetwood Flair on a W24. It would do that occasionally. Seemed it sometimes happened when doing something with cruise control. Would have to pull off the road, shut it off and restart. Like your experience, the check engine light would come on and go off the next start. Saw several different codes over the years. Don't remember now what they were. Never got better or worse. Never could pinpoint a source of the problem. This gets mentioned here and on other sites from time to time. I don't recall anyone ever having found a real cure for it. I think it's a software error that Workhorse wasn't in a position to resolve with their precarious financial situation back then. Was very relieved when we traded for a Winnebago on an F53 and didn't have to worry about it anymore. My opinion is that Ford's ECM software is much more robust.
garyemunson 07/07/20 08:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Roof Caulk Question

Anytime you have a trim piece (or window frame) that "squishes" a sealer down, the correct repair involves removing the trim/frame and replacing the butyl sealer tape underneath it. 10 more years of trouble free sealing. It comes in different widths so measure. You will often need to build the screw holes back up with carpenter's glue and toothpicks.
garyemunson 07/06/20 05:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hot water heater troubles.

Bad control board.
garyemunson 07/05/20 06:24am Tech Issues
RE: Large camper with single AC

The A/Cs are much more efficient now. 2 Will run just fine on 30 amps if you switch the fridge and water heater to gas for the hot part of the day and shut one off if you need to run the microwave. Quite doable if you want to stay comfortable. Put #2 on. You won't regret it!
garyemunson 07/05/20 06:22am Tech Issues
RE: Disappointing test drive

X2 on what Doug said. F53 chassis drive best when toe in is set to the max value of .14+. This will result in faster wear on the outer edges of the front tires but almost all of us replace tire due to age, not wear. My 36Y Vista goes down the road like an arrow. As Doxiemom says, the CHP is also a help. Still doable on F53 chassis. The new V8 chassis comes with much bigger sway bars and would not need it.
garyemunson 07/02/20 04:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New E450 Chassis

And, in the E350/450 chassis, you didn't even get the 3 valve V10, just the lower powered 2 valve head engine.
garyemunson 07/02/20 06:17am Class C Motorhomes

Using a generator or running the rig's engine for power can get really costly fast. You will learn how cheap electricity from the power company is, relatively speaking. USAFBILL had the best solution. If you have no access to power, do you even have access to water and sewer dump facilities?
garyemunson 07/02/20 06:13am Class C Motorhomes
Furrion A/Cs?

Has anyone installed (or bought a unit with) a Furrion A/C? They are supposed to be a somewhat different design. More efficient and quiet. Curious where they are made and how good they are. The A/Cs that have been put on RVs for decades haven't updated much in a long time.
garyemunson 07/01/20 01:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water Heater Help

Had a bad control broad once, too. Fixed my whole life by replacing her.
garyemunson 06/29/20 06:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Which Code Reader to Buy ?

Our previous motorhome was on a Workhorse chassis and would on occasion pull that stunt. Spent hours checking harness connections to no avail. Did notice it would happen more often (not always) when engaging or disengaging cruise. Turning it off and back on always cleared it. Don't remember the codes. Do remember they seemed unrelated to reduced power and were different each time. Our current Ford chassis rig has behaved much better.
garyemunson 06/28/20 03:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Opinion: 1986 Pace Arrow 27FT Motorhome Chevy Chassis

An 86 is really old. Expect anything and everything to need frequent repair/replacement. There is a LOT of stuff on an RV that just "ages out" regardless of how few miles it has been driven. A lot of mechanical parts that will be difficult/time consuming to locate. Example: 25 year old Ford motorhome chassis need shifter cables made special as neither Ford (nor anyone else) still sells them. A nuisance a Ford owner can overcome but you sit immobile while the replacement is fabricated and shipped to you. Having an RV that old is doable if you are a DIY type person. If you have to rely on others to fix stuff it will quickly become a money pit and far less cost effective than a newer model RV. It's appearance will likely keep you out of a lot of RV parks (you'll become familiar with the "10 year rule"). Most 86 RVs of any type are about ready to become cheap fixed trailer park accommodations. Are there exceptions? Yes. But good luck finding one of those.
garyemunson 06/28/20 05:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replacing toilet in 2005 E450 Fleetwood 26Q

A porcelain toilet is the ONLY way to go!
garyemunson 06/28/20 05:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Noisy Refrigerator

Is this fridge in a slide? Sounds like a cooling fan in the outside compartment is bad. To see the fan you have to get on a ladder and look down into the top vent.
garyemunson 06/27/20 08:36pm Tech Issues
Mounting satellite dish

I have a Windgard Playmaker dish and got the mounting kit that includes the 4 "feet" that have two holes in each. Was expecting to find a steel brace in the area of the roof when the dish needs to go but my magnet only revealed them further back where the TV antenna and/or A/C would be too close. How have the rest of you done this? Are the 8 small screws they provide along with copious application of 311 sufficient to secure the dish? Sure was hoping to find something solid to secure it to. Putting a small solar panel on the roof I'd found our 2015 Winnebago's fiberglass (and wood?) roof structure very easy to overtighten and strip.
garyemunson 06/24/20 10:24am Tech Issues
RE: New Ford Chassis

The Ford F53 page mentions this as optional: Driver Assist Technology: Automatic Emergency Braking, Distance Alert/Distance Indication, Post-collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert System and Auto-High Beam Control I'd pay for that!! GM sold their medium truck operation to Workhorse in the 90's. Workhorse seems to be struggling today.
garyemunson 06/22/20 08:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Forest river slide

Assuming it is a Schwintec/Lippert slide system, there is a little control box somewhere, usually on the "ceiling" of an outside storage bin close to the slide.
garyemunson 06/22/20 05:21am Beginning RVing
RE: Traveling partner

Craigslist has a rideshare section. Whether you'd survive the trip would be another consideration. Like Bucky said above, better check site availability. Our go-to "spur of the moment" campgrounds are all crazy booked. I do my own maintenance but I have friends who utilize dealers and they have been getting cold-calls from them asking if they want to sell their clean, late model RV as there is apparently a shortage as more people see RVing as the only safe way to travel at the moment.
garyemunson 06/22/20 05:13am General RVing Issues
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