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RE: Smog Test Mystery

" Note: you might actually spend the extra money and have it tested by another shop before you need the smog cert -" Why? Test only shops are just that. The man is a scammer and should be reported. Just like the jiffy lube type shops, they always say you need a new air cleaner at 3x the cost of an auto parts store then you need a brake flush, engine flush, trans flush which are all unnecessary and damaging to the transmission. My friend Jerry had a trans shop for 35years. His volume increased once trans flushes became popular. Drop the pan and filter and refill. Or get that "piece of mind" thing and end up having it rebuilt, you choose. And don't forget that extended warranty....:R First, we don't even know if he was charging for the fix. It may have been something as simple as letting the engine warm up first. Those don't equate to a scammer, just a smart tech who is saving the OP time and money. Second, my suggestion of having the vehicle tested elsewhere before the test is required is in the case the vehicle is failing the test and the tech was pulling some sort of fraud with the DMV. I'd hate to take it to another shop at registration time and find out it needed a lot of work to pass legally. Doing it early would give me time to budget out any repairs. The OP wrote...." to the same smog test only shop "'' so, the shop is not permitted, by California law, to do ANY repairs to a vehicle being smogged. IF your vehicle fails, it goes to another shop then returns for a free re-test. Doubtful that year after it always needs a little bit of $$$ something.
klutchdust 09/22/21 08:49am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Smog Test Mystery

" Note: you might actually spend the extra money and have it tested by another shop before you need the smog cert -" Why? Test only shops are just that. The man is a scammer and should be reported. Just like the jiffy lube type shops, they always say you need a new air cleaner at 3x the cost of an auto parts store then you need a brake flush, engine flush, trans flush which are all unnecessary and damaging to the transmission. My friend Jerry had a trans shop for 35years. His volume increased once trans flushes became popular. Drop the pan and filter and refill. Or get that "piece of mind" thing and end up having it rebuilt, you choose. And don't forget that extended warranty....:R
klutchdust 09/21/21 12:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Gen-set Troubles

Google carburetor gummed up with ethanol. Very likely your problem is gummed up carburetor fouled and something else. Cummins is the best place to take it but expensive. It's a simple gasoline engine, what does Cummins need to do that a mobile RV mechanic could not. The carb can be removed and cleaned, replacement parts are available. Not much more than a large mower motor in my opinion. BTW, mine had similar symptoms and a fuel pump cured it. Recently it would not start at all, found a wire chaffed and broke. Check the wiring loom. Frequent start ups deters rodents also. I have a solar powered light that illuminates the area in front, then brightens if it detects movement. Rats don't like lights.
klutchdust 09/21/21 09:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Smog Test Mystery

This shop/man is a fraud. Go someplace else and report him. What he is telling you is nonsense. I took my "C" to the pyramid looking place on Grand and LaVeta and was always an easy smog. Also i always disputed the motorhome extra fee as basically they are smogging a Ford pick up. Now IF they remove the doghouse then they will charge extra. Why they have to remove it puzzles me. Anyway, go to a legitimate shop, this one isn't.
klutchdust 09/21/21 09:21am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Gen-set Troubles

Repair this one, much less than a new one. Find a mobile RV mechanic near you. It sounds fuel related, maybe pump, filter or fuel lines. Sta Bill IMHO is worthless. I added that to all fuel for all my small engines and they still gum up after a month.
klutchdust 09/19/21 09:14am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking for RV docs for 2000 Fleetwood Tioga

What documents would be helpful. The manuals for the appliances are readily available on line and those items are not that specific to one brand or model of coach. The chassis is the same. In my years of ownership of my Itasca, I rarely if ever looked at the large binder for any information, it was easier to do a search online. Good luck in your search and welcome.
klutchdust 09/10/21 09:05am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Quality in a class C

How handy are you repairing minor items. Also find a mobile mechanic and have him become your friend. If buying pre owned have it inspected by a mechanic or someone that has no interest in the vehicle. The overhead bunks can be a issue with water leaking in, make sure that's secure.They all get 8 miles per gallon unless you get a Mb diesel which has it's own set of issues. I owner a itasca Cambria for 6 years ,pre owned, was pleased with it. The Ford V-10 is bullet proof if maintained properly. Any mechanic worth his salt can repair it. friends have owned or still own RV's costing 500 K and up and yes, they still have issues. Mainly with wiring, fuses and where they are located.
klutchdust 09/08/21 06:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Experience with Sprinter Class C's

I own a 2006 GMC with a Duramax diesel engine, pre DEF. When diesel fuel lost much of the sulphur content it also lost much of its lubricity. That was important to the diesel engine fuel systems. Each tank full I add a few ounces of either Lucas fuel treatment,Opti lube or MM oil. Recently I fueled up at "pilot' and they are selling Bio-diesel. Well, 100 miles later I have a check engine light, a "water in fuel" warning ,that I have never seen before, and the truck was not performing as usual. A call to a diesel truck shop buddy and he recommended the Lucas top cylinder treatment be added to the fuel. I borrowed a scanner, erased the code and all is well. Bio-diesel, maybe being less expensive, is not my engine's friend. I personally would not own a MB diesel in a motorhome. The fuel savings are just not worth it. I did own a 85 five cylinder sedan and anything that had MB on it was costly to purchase. i enjoyed reading the post about the 47 MB the poster owned and the stories concerning repairs. As far as the comments regarding how hard the machines were used, well, that's what they are designed for, to be used, run and run some more. A V-10 may inhale gas but it is easy to maintain, any one calling themselves a mechanic can maintain and parts readily available. Friends had 495K on one truck and over 300K on another. One truck was totaled so he gave me , and recommended I carry, a few different sensors and also some spare ignition coils.
klutchdust 09/06/21 09:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Cruise America Towng

Hey...as long as the ball and the hitch lock together it's safe for towing, right? https://i.imgur.com/Hn0WsAhl.jpg
klutchdust 08/31/21 09:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Sometimes a picture does say many words.....

Not what it looks like. My perception is the power lines are well BEHIND the RV and Kayak. Power lines have nothing to do with the photo. And there was no toad in their camp.
klutchdust 08/31/21 09:08am Class C Motorhomes
Sometimes a picture does say many words.....

https://i.imgur.com/XJiosjrl.jpg
klutchdust 08/30/21 09:06am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Possible return to RV life

wrote "Notice how they 'conveniently' leave off the mileage. After all, why would mileage be important to anyone??" Having wrenched for a career i can honestly say i would choose a vehicle with high mileage and a detailed maintenance program over something " we tried to change the oil before every trip" or what's a fuel filter" Or my neighbor said ......... My understanding rentals come with details from day one. 100K miles on today's engines is their break in period. The days of engines giving out at 100k is long gone. trannys the same thing, unless you buy into the "flush" idea which causes more damage than good. My friend jerry, who owned a shop for 35 years heard it toooo many times. "I just had it flushed, what could go wrong". Plenty. Don't do it. And purchasing a used unit from a dealer is scary. No maintenance logs, most likely came from an auction or repo. If your rig is getting repo'ed would you maintain it? Can't make the payment again honey but did you get the oil changed? Choose wisely. And yes the market is very strong for sellers. Newbies getting into the market to go on adventures. I took advantage of that with 2 of my vehicles and did very well.
klutchdust 08/19/21 09:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Catalytic Connverter

Had a check engine light on my K5 Blazer and found it to be an oxygen sensor. Installed a new one and cleared the code and headed down for a California smog inspection. My vehicle failed because the code was just cleared and the Dmv computer knew it. The smog man told me to run it through some "cycles" meaning go do some errands, start stop, turn it off start it up drive for awhile. Maybe 5 of those he said. i did ,went back and it passed. Your results may vary. As far as running your vehicle without a cat on it....hhmmmm....not sure what effect that may have. Mr know it all will chime in and let you know......
klutchdust 08/17/21 10:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Chevy V8 vs Ford V 10

Rock Auto has most anything you would need and you could have it shipped in no time. geez, I needed rotors for an 07 Toyota and no one locally had them in stock. I carried spare engine cylinder coils when I owned the V-10, as was suggested by another mechanic. And a few sending units that were known to fail. I carry a serpentine belt in my Diesel pick up that tows my trailer and a spare fuel filter. I still have those coils and sending units and two valve covers that were given to me that fit the V-10. . Anyone wants them pay the shipping cost.
klutchdust 08/17/21 09:55am Class C Motorhomes
RE: When to buy?

Everything has gone nuts. I bought a used 2019 Ford F 150 Lariat 18 months ago for $36k. Dealers are asking $42 to $48k for a used '19 now, Local Chevy dealer has used vehicles in showroom. No new trucks available.
klutchdust 08/16/21 06:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Opinions on diesel vs. gasoline

I think Amazon has come to the realization regarding the Sprinters. They are replacing them with the Dodge PM and Ford Transit. If the part says MB on it the cost goes up dramatically. Getting them serviced is another issue. As was mentioned, a ford v-10 can be serviced and repaired by any mechanic worth his salt, MB, not too much. price tires, brakes etc on a super c.
klutchdust 08/13/21 08:51am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 1984 Ford Honey

A quick search on NADA puts the first one I typed in at 3700 low retail and 4700 average. Now....start adding or deleting items and that would change. An inspection by a RV mechanic is absolutely a must . Find a mobile mechanic and send him over there. I agree with the comment regarding paying for someones memories....
klutchdust 08/12/21 09:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Opinions on diesel vs. gasoline

Drew wrote "From a maintenance and repair and engine life perspective, the gas engines are just fine. They're unlikely to be worn out in a motorhome, and certainly not before the house part is very very tired and well-used." Absolutely. The V-10 has been a proven engine that can easily take 300K with regular maintenance. I personally would not go with the new engine Ford put out until it proves itself. As always the public becomes the testing grounds for what works and what doesn't. Don't spend $$ on a diesel because you see the difference in mileage ratings. As soon as it goes in for service your $$ saved goes to the mechanic. My Cambria ,30ft. towed either my Jeep or a 16 ft. trailer loaded heavy with no problem. Hills are hills, as was said, how fast do you want to go up hills. I had my eye on a super C but never drove one to see what the engine noise would be like. That vehicle would need to go to a truck shop for maintenance. Tires? How much are they alone. Rent what you have in mind for a weekend, money well spent.
klutchdust 08/11/21 09:02am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Itasca Cambria vs. Winnebago in quality

If it is a 2006, what was going to go bad has already gone bad. I’d be more interested in maintenance records. Appliances come and go and are easily replaceable. I agree with the maintenance of the drivetrain and of course a roof inspection. One point in my maintenance routine is getting on my creeper and looking underneath. i have found it best to carry zip ties with me as there is enough wiring underneath that usually needs attention. Spare tire, when is the last time it has been lowered or removed. Check that, mine was an issue when I had a blowout. The bedroom slide would get slow, found that dirt was coming up through access holes for water lines and power etc and gum up the slides. I sealed those off better. Good coach, just didn't need it anymore.
klutchdust 08/06/21 09:39am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Itasca Cambria vs. Winnebago in quality

I owned a 09 Itasca Cambria for 6 years, sold it last year as the pandemic was just starting. It was 30ft. Having not owned a motorhome before I can't compare them to others. I know that each trip I had something on my list to repair or replace. I drove that coach for about 50K miles. The Ford V-10 is a strong proven engine . The suspensions on the Fords need to have upgrades or else they wander and handle poorly. Mine had the roadmaster anti-sway bars, air bags and I added Koni shocks. Alignment was changed and it handled nicely. I would tow my Jeep or a 16ft. trailer loaded heavy without any issues. Fuel mileage is 8 mpg. Sometimes 9 sometimes 6. Anyone that says they are getting double digits , well, enough said.Cabinets are stapled together like most, appliances are what everyone else has . I found the sloping aerodynamic front cap has a tendency to become loose. They fasten it to what is left of the original cab roof of the chassis with some brackets. Those brackets broke 3 different times causing the nose cone to bounce and squeak, After removing the TV I was able to access the brackets and reinforce them. With this being said, I was very pleased with my coach. As a mechanic who maintains my vehicles with proper maintenance, I found the Cambria to be a nice coach for the price. I purchased pre owned with 16K miles on it and purchased it from a private owner in Minnesota and I live in Ca. He added a hydraulic leveling system and it was sweet. I have friends who own or have owned everything from entry level motorhomes to Monaco's and provosts and they all had issues. A thorough inspection by a RV mechanic or a friend with RV experience will help you to spot any issues, hopefully.
klutchdust 08/05/21 09:11am Class C Motorhomes
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