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RE: levelers

Please tell us what RV you have. Advice for a Class C is useless for a tag axle DP.
wolfe10 04/03/20 07:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Unusual tire wear

Contact Roger Marble-- this is what he did for a living (retired tire forensic engineer): Roger monitors the FMCA Forum and is on the FMCA Technical Advisory Committee. You can make a post in this area: https://community.fmca.com/forum/17-tires/ There is no cost to participate in the FMCA Forum and is even open to non-FMCA members. Just click on "Start new topic". Thank, very informative site. I tried posting with "start new topic" but it now requires that you pay an annual fee to join and post Incorrect. You do not need to join FMCA to participate in the FMCA Forum. Right on the forums home page is a option to create a forums only account if you do not want to be a member.
wolfe10 04/02/20 01:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Front Tire alignment failure

Yes, disconnect, then re-center it. I can't believe the alignment shop didn't catch this. No question, a self-centering steering stabilizer that is not properly centered WILL cause a pull to one side.
wolfe10 04/02/20 07:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Front Tire alignment failure

On the Monaco 8 outboard air bag suspension, you have a solid front axle. So, no CAMBER adjustment (short of bending the axle). Caster is set by solid shims and is unlikely to change. So a front end alignment is basically checking RIDE HEIGHT and TOE as well as verifying no worn parts. Lots of bushings that locate the "H" frame in that suspension.
wolfe10 04/01/20 07:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery Charging Problem ***UPDATE***

OK, how about a TIME OUT. If you want/think you need smart charging from your alternator, you will need an alternator with external regulator. Then buy a smart regulator-- we have had one to control the sailboat's 120 amp alternator for a decade. NEXT. Thank you. Now please address the need for a DC to Dc battery charger in a Class C Motorhome. The reason for this discussion. A response from a recognized expert is more than welcomed. This is my last post in this thread. If you have a regulator that controls alternator output, why would you need a DC-DC converter?
wolfe10 03/30/20 05:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery Charging Problem ***UPDATE***

OK, how about a TIME OUT. If you want/think you need smart charging from your alternator, you will need an alternator with external regulator. Then buy a smart regulator-- we have had one to control the sailboat's 120 amp alternator for a decade. NEXT.
wolfe10 03/30/20 05:01pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Which motorhome to buy

"If you want a trouble free coach" you need to spent at lease 1 million dollars... NO, actually the opposite. Those million dollar coaches are so complex that one almost need a tech on duty 24/7. The absolute opposite of KISS.
wolfe10 03/30/20 04:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Unusual tire wear

Contact Roger Marble-- this is what he did for a living (retired tire forensic engineer): Roger monitors the FMCA Forum and is on the FMCA Technical Advisory Committee. You can make a post in this area: https://community.fmca.com/forum/17-tires/ There is no cost to participate in the FMCA Forum and is even open to non-FMCA members. Just click on "Start new topic".
wolfe10 03/29/20 07:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Will fridge run off tow vehicle on batts on TT?

Driving with propane lines open is not legal always, but many have done this since the beginning of RVing. Yes, with the exception of a few tunnels, etc, please provide a link to support this statement.
wolfe10 03/26/20 07:55am Tech Issues
RE: Will fridge run off tow vehicle on batts on TT?

With no battery in the trailer and only a 2 hour drive, I would absolutely just pre-cool the refrigerator and turn it off. Or, even better, freeze a couple of quart soda bottles and place them in the refrigerator for the trip. I would be a little concerned about running the refrigerator directly off the TV with no battery in the trailer-- the refrigerator PC board may not appreciate the voltage spikes. Yes, minor risk, but why risk it at all.
wolfe10 03/25/20 12:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Will fridge run off tow vehicle on batts on TT?

Will there be any battery in the trailer? On propane, they take very little 12 VDC power.
wolfe10 03/25/20 12:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Batteries on of off

You will need to tell us exactly what converter or inverter/charger you have. If a smart one and will maintain the batteries at around 13.0-13.2 VDC leave it plugged in. Yes, that is where you want it in summer temps. Higher if cooler temps. If not, disconnect, but in 6 months, expect their self-discharge rate to pretty well deplete them.
wolfe10 03/24/20 04:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: opinions on 2007 damon astoria 3773

Probably under powered with the ISB 300HP in 37+ ft. You can EASILY boost that HP and torque 30% without damaging anything. Not true. According to Freightliner, it has the Allison 2500 transmission, not 3000: https://cdn.fccchq.com/specsheets/5b7abfaecf1da258f28db06f/2007-THOR-Motor-Coach-Astoria.pdf
wolfe10 03/22/20 08:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1984 Revcon!!!!! Garbage or decent?

BY FAR, the most critical question is do you have both the mechanical skill and interest in restoring and maintaining a 36 year old vehicle? Whether the price is $1 or $1,900 is pretty much immaterial.
wolfe10 03/18/20 07:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How how do I find my tongue capacity?

Be VERY careful assuming that the towing capacity or tongue weight on stamped on the hitch reflects the correct numbers for your coach. Those numbers are for the hitch itself. Particularly on coaches with a frame extension, those numbers are well higher than what your coach is rated for.
wolfe10 03/17/20 06:48pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Diesel fuel additive for long term storage

Yup, put it in. Fill the tank and drive long enough that the biocide circulates through the system.
wolfe10 03/17/20 01:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Diesel fuel additive for long term storage

Very likely 5 cycle= 5 CYLINDER.The inline 5 was the engine used in the Sprinter prior to the V6.
wolfe10 03/17/20 10:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Diesel fuel additive for long term storage

With the mandated bio content in most areas, YES diesel does need some "care and feeding". If storing more than 2 months in summer or 3 months in winter, add a BIOCIDE, such as the Biobor JF mentioned above. If storing summer grade diesel (i.e. purchased before winter) and you plan to store it into below freezing temperatures, add an ANTI-GEL (like PS brand available at Walmarts, etc). And ALWAYS store with the fuel tank totally full to minimize condensation.
wolfe10 03/17/20 08:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Manufacturers saving a few cents on wire

You are reading it correctly. Be aware that as charging amps decrease/battery is charged, there will be less voltage drop if a smaller gauge wire is used. Suspect your OE wire has low voltage drop ONLY at very low charging rates. Fine for maintaining charge. TERRIBLE FOR QUICKLY CHARGING THE BATTERY. Said another way, if you do much dry camping and are running a generator to power the converter to charge the batteries, upgrade wire gauge NOW. If you are generally plugged into shore power, upgrading wire is s lot less critical.
wolfe10 03/16/20 04:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Manufacturers saving a few cents on wire

Is the converter 20' from the battery or is the total wire run 20' (i.e. converter 10' from the battery)? Plug your numbers into the chart I posted just above to determine the correct gauge wire.
wolfe10 03/16/20 03:34pm Tech Issues
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