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RE: 3 valve v-10 vs. new 7.3?

Fuel economy will be better (10% ? 20% sounds like a lot). The big difference should be the 10 speed transmission. It should keep the engine operating in the most efficient RPM range which will improve economy and be more pleasant to drive.
theoldwizard1 07/07/20 02:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: trailer bearings leak - castle nut stuck (why?)

I always feel sorry for people who try to DIY a job WITH THE WRONG TOOLS and making it much more difficult than it really should be. First, buy an adjustable wrench (also called a Crescent wrench). Harbor Freight. Just make sure that the jaws open wide enough to properly grip that nut. If that won't get the nut off, the spindle threads and the nut threads are probably damaged. One or the other or both will have to be replaced. If that wrench does not remove the nut, you will need "brute force". Fond out the size of the nut (it could be inches or metric). Buy the proper size socket. Buy a "hand impact" (I don't know if HF has a 1/2" drive one but you can get them on Amazon). Buy a DECENT 24 oz ball peen hammer (not a rubber mallet !) and go to town !
theoldwizard1 07/07/20 02:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: 30amp Y Splitter for 2 RV's

You can add a Y adapter. But there's no way the two RV's will be able to run the AC at the same time. They MIGHT work, if they don't start at the same time !
theoldwizard1 07/06/20 05:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Fuse for Stabilizers and other electronics

First, if you do not own a 12V test light buy one ! An old fashioned incandescent bulb test light NOT an LED !! Blade style fuses have a small spot on top just above each blade for test. With key in the ON position, connect the wire end of the tester to a good ground (verify the ground is good and the bulb works by touching the pointed probe to the 12+ (positive) side of the batter) and touch BOTH little metallic spots on the top of each fuse. The light should come on for both. If not, you have found your blown fuse ! Needle nose pliers help a lot to remove those fuses.
theoldwizard1 07/06/20 05:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 3M 5200 Marine Sealant et al

When I was on the east coast I grew up using the 3M sealants for marine industry, notably 5200 and 4200 caulks that came in squeeze tubes and cartridges. These lasted for many years in salt water. They would also go through season after season of abuse from freezing and vibration. I can't believe there is anything that vibrates and moves more than a boat pounding the waves. Those sealants are tough, last for a long time and don't let go. I even used them to mount lighter weight things to fiberglass hulls with no screws with success. A lot of world cruisers HATE 5200 ! First, let's start by saying all caulks/sealant fail. Some last longer that others, but they all fail. Proper preparation will make them last longer, but still, they will fail. Many (most) world sailing cruiser will bed things in butyl tape. It stays pliable for a long time. Any "squeeze out" can saved and reused. If the seal fail, remove the item and the butyl, clean and re-apply butyl tape. Butyl is not an adhesive. Second, once 5200 is on a surface and cured, it is next to impossible to remove. If you need to re-seal something, it ALL must be removed. There is no solvent (that I know of) that will remove 5200 although low heat makes it easier to scrape. Last, the RV industry uses what is CHEAPEST.
theoldwizard1 07/06/20 05:31pm Truck Campers
RE: F53 Loses Power on Rough Roads

Check the battery connectors. Also check all power and ground connections. One is loose and droping out.
theoldwizard1 07/06/20 05:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Switching from 12 volt to 6 volt batteries

You need solar or a gen to bring your batteries up every day or you will ruin them. Concur ! The best "bang for the buck" are golf cart batteries at Sam's Club or Costco. A pair is actually cheaper than a pair of "dual purpose" marine/RV 12V batteries !
theoldwizard1 07/05/20 02:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Large camper with single AC

Hemling, 1. Add a double mini split Air Conditioner and replace the existing roof top unit. Sell the current A/C and just go with the mini-split. You probably need to go with 50A (240V) wiring.
theoldwizard1 07/05/20 02:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Foam air filter disintegrating, clogging carb, alternatives?

One issue with oiled foam filters is that they clog quickly, especially in dusty conditions. You may have to rinse out and re-oil often !
theoldwizard1 07/02/20 07:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Engine surge, generator

Thx. I found a thread on the Honda surging and it took me to a video. Sounds like the low speed Jet is the culprit. This problem (also called "throttle/governor hunting") is very common in small, carbureted engines. First, the carburetors are set as lean as possible from the factory. Second the jets are fixed, not adjustable. The term "low speed jet" is really not correct. It is the PRIMARY jet. "Low speed" makes you think that it is only used at lower RPMs. In fact it is ALWAYS used and establishes the "base" fuel flow. Cleaning small engine carburetors can be a challenge. They MUST be removed from the engine and disassembled. Take care not to tear any gaskets as they can be reused multiple times (buy spares or gasket paper with a good sharp X-Acto knife). Heated ultrasonic cleaner is the best tool, but unless you do dozens per minth, they are not worth the cost. A 1 gallon bucket of carburetor cleaner and an over night soak is also good. Or place the disassembled carburetor in a pot of water with some lemon/lime juice or vinegar or a few drops of Dawn dish soap and boil for about 10 minutes. Probe all passages/jets with a single wire from a wire brush. Blow out.
theoldwizard1 07/02/20 07:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Fibreglass wall laminate separating??

I strongly recommend going to the YouTube Channel RV Roof Install and look for some videos on how they repaired delamination. Lots of work and it is likely caused by a leak from the roof.
theoldwizard1 07/02/20 07:33am General RVing Issues
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. To the best of my knowledge, the 3V was NEVER available in any E-Series.
theoldwizard1 07/02/20 07:23am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Adding Batteries / Refer Support

Thanks for catching that ! Typo wiz??? 6V 220Ah golf card battereries in series are 12V @ 220Ah. It takes 4x 6V batteries in series/parallel for 12V @ 440 Ah. If the batteries are getting fully recharged daily, and you have a pair of 6V golf cart batteries (about 220 Ah @12V)
theoldwizard1 07/02/20 07:22am Tech Issues
RE: FORD 460 Overheating Mystery

I wonder at what temperature would I have to operate at for a few hours to do some damage to the motor. Is 240 to 258 degrees doing long term damage? The rig has never boiled completely over. Your numbers are high for long operation ! You must be using good quality oil (I would switch to full synthetic if you are not using it already). I would also keep the cold coolant level often. When I took it to the mechanic today, it reached 220 degrees in town...and I didn't hear the clutch fan kick in. Maybe that's part of it? It is 110 degrees outside fwiw. 110 outside, A/C on, the fan should be blowing MAX !
theoldwizard1 07/01/20 07:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Honda generator question

I built one of these using the factory Honda parallel cord and cut it in two and reconnected them at an rv 30 female plug. It works great, and is safe. I also think it cost more for me to do it than the one in this link. SMART ! Sadly still no breaker protection. I wonder what a 40A load would do ?
theoldwizard1 07/01/20 07:32pm Tech Issues
RE: New E450 Chassis

I did not know that Ford was planning any changes to the E450 chassis !
theoldwizard1 07/01/20 07:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Adding Batteries / Refer Support

Two batteries just aren’t enough to support this rig with that type refrigerator. WHOA ! 65W is less than 6A @ 12v. (Of course a DC amp clamp meter would prove this out or if there are any other loads drawing down the batteries.) Refrigerators don't run continuously so lets look ate the whole problem. • How long do you want the refrigerator to run for ? • What type of batteries do you currently have ? • Are all DC connections clean and tight ? • How do you recharging your batteries and how often ? If the batteries are getting fully recharged daily, and you have a pair of 6V golf cart batteries (about 220 Ah @12V), that should easily run the 'fridge for 12 hours (assuming you keep the door closed).
theoldwizard1 07/01/20 07:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Costco batteries

Costco now sells Interstate brand batteries. None are Costco/Kirkland brand.
theoldwizard1 06/30/20 02:20pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 271 Ah upgrade

When we get home this week we're going to pack for a month of geographic distancing and if I don't need to use the generator once during that trip, it is slated for removal. How much solar power do you have ? I would still want a small (? 2200W) as a back up for cloudy days.
theoldwizard1 06/29/20 05:01am Truck Campers
RE: 271 Ah upgrade

I believe that the OP is referring to LiFePo4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate) battery cells. The term "LiPo" usually refers lithium polymer batteries. These are quite different physically. Instead of having a rigid (plastic) case the actually have a flexible, foil-type (polymer laminate) case (some actually look like a heavy plastic bag). The good part of this design is that it is very lightweight. The bad part is that they are much more susceptible to damage. Worse, when charged they swell. If the "bag" is constrained it may explode. Lithium Iron Phosphate cells uses a totally different chemistry and are much safer. If overcharged they will NOT explode.
theoldwizard1 06/29/20 04:57am Truck Campers
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