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RE: Flush Transmission and Radiator?

My friend Jerry owned Jerry's transmissions for 35 years. He told me once" Do Not " flush your transmission. Change the fluid and filters regularly. On my Allison tranny on my pickup there is an external spin on filter, it gets changed every oil change. When you check your fluid if it looks off color or smells burnt change it, even if it is not due by the mileage suggestion. I owned a transmission shop and would NEVER recommend a flush. Just drop the pan, inspect and replace fluid. If there is a lot of “mud” in the bottom of the pan, plan a rebuild soon. Probably sooner than you want as new fluid has detergents that will loosen up a lot of things that were glued together by old fluid. It’s not the tranny shop that caused failure after a fluid change, it’s just a worn out transmission.
joshuajim 02/09/21 09:36am Class C Motorhomes
RE: White Out in Sierra Nevada

I remember living in South Lake Tahoe in the winter of 1983, we got 65” in a 24 hour period and had about 168” in a three day period, we were climbing out second story windows that year. We ended up with over 44 feet of snow that year. Second ski trip. back in the 80's i belonged to a Southern California ski club. Every year we made a 1 week trip to a major mountain. I was scheduled to go to Tahoe one year but a major storm hit just before we were supposed to go. Local Tahoe news was saying don't come, we are in blizzard conditions. Well since the trip was fully paid in advance and there was no refund, we decided to go anyway. When we got, we were booked into a hotel on the Nevada side as rates were cheaper. We come to find out that the main gas line into the Nevada side broke under the river and there was no gas for heat. The hotel rebooked us to a hotel on the California side. OK, that's good, but when we got there we found out that an avalanche had wiped out major transmission towers on the CA side so electric was very limited. When you went by the casinos, none of their Marquees were lit up. If you went inside, 80% of the tables were covered and the rest had few patrons. We then found out that you could go to any of the night club show by just showing up and there was no fee. Woo Hoo! The next day we hit the slopes. There were no lines at any lift because the smart people stayed home. All the lifts we being run on generators so they only ran at about 1/2 speed. Next the fun part. The snow was so deep that they had to dig out the loading station and dig a trench under the chairs until they were high enough to get above the snow. Same thing at the unloading station. In addition, they had to dig out around each of the towers all the way down to ground level. In some places it could have been 20'. I guess OSHA wasn't there. I'm guessing that they did not want the snow putting pressure on the towers. Now the best news... we skied fresh powder all week just off the runs which they had groomed. Now the final part of this story. I was skiing the powder behind a couple of other guys from the club when i skied behind a pine tree. It was the leeward side of the tree and the powder was absolutely loose. I immediately sunk up to my waist and was stuck with no one behind me. After a couple of minutes I managed to dig down until i was able to release my skies with my poles. Then dig down again to recover my skies. I tried putting my skies back on but in the powder i couldn't get it done. So then I laid my skies down side by side, crawled up on them prone and "surfed" out of the powder until i could get to the groomed snow. Best ski trip i ever had.
joshuajim 02/02/21 11:12am General RVing Issues
RE: White Out in Sierra Nevada

I remember living in South Lake Tahoe in the winter of 1983, we got 65” in a 24 hour period and had about 168” in a three day period, we were climbing out second story windows that year. We ended up with over 44 feet of snow that year. Reminds me of a ski trip my brother took to Mammoth on a Presidents Day 3 day ski trip about the same time. Bus arrived in Mammoth about 2:00 AM in a heavy snow. He went to condo and by morning there was 2’ of snow on the ground. Stayed in the condo hoping it would subside. He spent 3 days in the condo as the snow continued to accumulate. By the third day, the snow was higher than the sliding glass door! Got back on the bus and headed home. Great ski trip :B
joshuajim 02/02/21 10:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Brisk Air II fail

Your Welcome:B Doug (NIASE certified and MASTER CERTIFIED RV TECH) Remember, your record is good because you went for help. PS. The MOST common cause of your problem is NOT torquing the mount bolts correctly, not that they installed the impellor wrong Did you read the part about being an ASE mechanic. The bolts were torqued to 45 inch pounds. I still have over $10,000 worth of tools. Probably almost as many as you have. :) It is a good thing you fixed it. If you had taken to a Dometic service center, odds are they would have charged you for the repair. I have repaired/replaced upwards of a Thousand AC units, and NEVER had one that the Impellor was rubbing by Manufacturer (appliance)build mistake. Always install error. FYI, due to insurance purposes, My Boxes and Tools total over $34k. 41 years as an RV Mechanic kind of adds up in tools. Doug Never say never. :)
joshuajim 01/02/21 05:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Brisk Air II fail

Your Welcome:B Doug (NIASE certified and MASTER CERTIFIED RV TECH) Remember, your record is good because you went for help. PS. The MOST common cause of your problem is NOT torquing the mount bolts correctly, not that they installed the impellor wrong Did you read the part about being an ASE mechanic. The bolts were torqued to 45 inch pounds. I still have over $10,000 worth of tools. Probably almost as many as you have. :)
joshuajim 01/02/21 12:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Brisk Air II fail

OP here. I resolved my Brisk Air issue. When Won Hung Lo installed the squirrel cage fan on the motor shaft, he put it on too far and it was rubbing against the styrofoam housing. I went on the roof snfd removed the upper styrofoam housing and spun the fan with a leaf blower. I have done this previously to loosen up tight bearings, Loosened it up and moved it back 1/8" and all is well. This preserves my 25 year record of never having to have warranty work done at a dealer. Of course 40+ years as a General Contractor and being a former ASE mechanic helps. https://i.imgur.com/04PacMll.jpg https://i.imgur.com/OgVIPAul.jpg
joshuajim 01/01/21 05:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Brisk Air II fail

KILL 120 power to the AC unit and recheck the fan. Doug You did NOT buy from Dometic. You purchased from a Distributor. No joy. Gonna check the start cap when the wind stops blowing in the next couple of days. Dometic recommended RV repair can look at it second week in January. Only one within 50 miles. Don't really need AC right now but heater is working properly. Capacitor not problem. When no 120 power to the AC unit, the fan should spin freely. The Fan Motor is Bad. You have checked for binding Impellors? Who did you purchase from? Local dealer or Internet? Doug Bought on the net. No dealers of RV equipment within 50 miles of me here in the Mojave. Wind is supposed to be under 10 tomorrow so I will pull the cover and check. Thanks.
joshuajim 12/30/20 05:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Brisk Air II fail

KILL 120 power to the AC unit and recheck the fan. Doug You did NOT buy from Dometic. You purchased from a Distributor. No joy. Gonna check the start cap when the wind stops blowing in the next couple of days. Dometic recommended RV repair can look at it second week in January. Only one within 50 miles. Don't really need AC right now but heater is working properly.
joshuajim 12/29/20 05:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Brisk Air II fail

"It was very very stiff" Bearings are bad Yeah, that's pretty apparent. You would think that they would test them at the factory before shipping. Dometic got my money so why would they care if it works :S
joshuajim 12/28/20 04:24pm Tech Issues
Brisk Air II fail

I am in the process of replacing my 10 year old Brisk air with a new one. Got it inplace and hooked up and started to test it. Started with fan only. Put the single zone on fan and the unit only hummed. Turned it off and went up on the roof and removed cover thinking that there might be some type of shipping lock. Tried to turn fan by hand and it is very very stiff. Went down and tried fan only again and while it was humming I spun the fan by hand and after several tries it finally started but only spun at about 20% speed. I'm currently on hold with Dometic Tech for 18 minutes. The first 15 I was on "position - second in line" but now i'm first. Wish me luck. Finally got through. 27 minutes.
joshuajim 12/28/20 02:37pm Tech Issues
RE: GFIC tripping

simply plug into a non-gfi circuit. You are not plugged into a gfi circuit when on shore power in a campground. It would be very unsafe to eliminate this GFCI as it’s on the outside of the barn and is used for other power tools. Don’t think I like the possibility of being electrocuted.
joshuajim 12/27/20 01:21pm Tech Issues
RE: GFIC tripping

Has it ever worked normally on this outlet? Does your rig have an onboard generator? It has worked for years on that outlet, but since I replaced the GFI it's a moot point. No generator.
joshuajim 12/26/20 02:13pm Tech Issues
RE: GFIC tripping

I think it's a GFCI You would think that after more than 40 years as a licensed general contractor I should know that :o Fingers started typing before brain was engaged!
joshuajim 12/26/20 02:11pm Tech Issues
GFIC tripping

The barn GFIC is tripping on my Wildwood with Dometic RM2652. I has happened 2 times so I replaced the GFIC with a new one and it tripped again. I turned the refer on in case we needed extra storage at Thanksgiving and again at Christmas. It seems to be related to the refer. Electric heater element? Everything else is off other than the converter during storage.
joshuajim 12/26/20 01:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Easiest plumbing job I have ever done

Being a retired general contractor, I have a tub full of 100+ fittings. Every one except the one I need today :S
joshuajim 12/25/20 11:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Confirmed 2021 RAM Cummins no CP4.2

Well it looks like only Ford is sticking with the CP4.2 - but no worries Ford stands behind their customers when the pump fails - right? Yeah... As far behind as possible :d
joshuajim 12/23/20 08:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dometic 3-burner cooktop recall

Hey, they got your money. Why would they want to spend their money for your problem :S
joshuajim 12/06/20 08:15am General RVing Issues
Had my friends over for Thanksgiving dinner

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joshuajim 11/26/20 05:09pm RV Pet Stop
Time to replace A/C

My Brisk Air is now 9 years old and needs to be replaced. My question is if I go to a Brisk Air II will my current Single zone thermostat still work. If I decide to go with another brand, what are the ramifications of installing a different thermostat with the existing low voltage stat wiring? Finally, what unit looks to be the best 13.5 at this time.
joshuajim 11/16/20 01:39pm Tech Issues
Brisk Air issue

The Brisk Air on my Wildwood haas worked well for 8 years. On this trip, while the fan is set on Auto, the unit runs until it reaches the set point and then shuts off for the 3 minute lockout period. It then restarts on high fan again and repeats. It used to switch between high and low fan while the compressor kept running. I re-initialized but no change. Any thoughts?
joshuajim 10/14/20 02:43pm Tech Issues
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