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Old 03-20-2013, 02:40 PM   #15
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[QUOTE=New2this;1502560]I thought I sent you a message a few weeks ago but don't see it posted so I goofed up somewhere. I have a few questions relative to your last post.

1) Can you tell me more about the CHF - what did you do, cost that sort of thing?

Ford Chassis comes from the factory with the sway bars bolted into the end bolt. There are two holes on the sway bar linkage and moving the sway bar bolts to the closer hole reduces yaw and pitch of the motorhome tremendously in winds and while driving and semis passing, the 'sway' (right and left motion of the coach, or rocking right and left) is diminished tremendously for tighter handling and much improved driveability. I highly recommend it, especially since your coach is identical to mine, I know how it drove before! Very easy if you are mechanically inclined, I had a friend come do mine for me, Ford quoted me 200.00. Here are some links :

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2) Furnace maintenance - is this something you did or had serviced, cost, what was done? No, I have not had any furnace maintenance done, just had good friend Whem2fish (Dave) came over and maintenanced my hot water heater, it was loud and started putting out some soot, so he fixed it for me!

Black Soot On HWH Exhaust

3)Carpet - how are you going to handle the slides? I am looking at the same thing.

Tremendous amount of people moving from carpet to floor tile, or wood flooring. I'm not gonna make that investment for a while next big thing is the sofa and getting ready to tow (2,000.00 minimum investment)

I have replaced the floor covering in kitchen and bath area. New leather couch, (where did you get it? - Pictures!!!?) window treatments (Pictures!?!) and dinette (I took my booth dinette out and put a free standing table and chairs in... Booth Dinette Remodel ) all re-upholstered. Changed all hardware (hinges, handles and lights (dinette & bathroom) to the nickle plated type. I used Poli Glow for last 2 years and love it. I put Poli Glow on last year and love it too...! Replaced tires with Michelins a year ago. Me too! Still playing with the steps but that will have to wait for warmer weather. Happy belated birthday. Thanks Bob!!!!!
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I will take some pictures and send them to you. In the meantime, I am going to check out the info you sent relative to the handling fixes. About the couch, we bought it online, looks great, well made but not as comfortable as the original. If you are ever in the Indiana area, they have some RV Surplus warehouses that have furniture, parts, etc.
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This forum has lots of good interesting information, especially for newbies like me. Haven't taken our MH out yet. Bought a couple weeks ago. It's in shop getting "Storage problems" taken care of now. Hope to get it out of shop early next week. Have no idea what I'm doing or what I am in for?
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Herb just take it day by day! Don't let anything overwhelm you.

Easy words for me to say, but believe me, it will feel like a glove over time, just don't get spun up worrying about what you don't know yet, take it one day at a time.....

Lots of experience and ideas here to help on IRV2.

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Some Pics of Mac

Kent,

If this works as I hope it will, here are some pictures of some of the work that we did on our interior. You will see the new couch, reupohlstered dinette - window treatments (all valances and side stuff including bedroom), new border in kitchen, and besdpread and pillows to match the window treatment. I will get you some pictures of the hardware changes and flooring the next time I go out to where Mac is stored. Also, I included a picture of a Kayak I bought that breaks down into 3 pieces (for easier storage). This thing works like a champ and can be assembled as single or double. I bought this because I couldn't figure out how to haul one - I lease my tow vehicle so replacing the rack every 3 years would be expensive. The other picture is Bentley in the side car attached to an electric (adjustable power from 0 to full speed) bicycle - he loves riding in it and it is easier having him on the side rather than behind where he could hit from kicked-up debrie. By the way, I really liked the table and chairs you installed - it's makeing me rethink the dinette. Let me know if you ever replace your carpet - I am anxious to hear about the installation process.
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How did you get your window valances off? I found there is a false bottom in the cabinets above them. And are the day/night shades permanently attached to them?

That's what I'm working on now....replacing the fabric on those window boxes, but have to get them down first!

BTW, no pics came through......?
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Kent. Post a photo of your valance. If they're like mine , I can explain from the photo.
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I posted (or thought I did) 6 pictures - I guess I need to read more on how to post them. I thought I did everything according to the instructions. I will try again.

Window valances: first I bought a really long 18 inch phillips head screw driver to be able to reach all the way up top where they attached to the bottom of the cabinette. They are screwed from underneath (no false bottom). The screws are hidden under the material - use a magnet to find the screw heads. The day/night shades come off - they are screwd in to the window frame. They didn't make it easy but it all comes off. Taking them off is worse then puttting them back on.
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This is a test to see if the picture posts.
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Kent. Post a photo of your valance. If they're like mine , I can explain from the photo.
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This is the closest thing I have Cliff......
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Here are the rest of the pictures I mentioned in my previous email. Also, mark your window casings and shades so you remember which windows they attach to (you probably are doing this but just in case.)
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This is the closest thing I have Cliff......
Ok. They're the same. The pleated day/ night shades are screwed up to the top. You may have to separate the top pleat to see them. As stated , get your self a long Phillips screw driver. After the shade is removed , you'll see a few screws that hold the top of the valance to the under cabinet. Now go to the sides ( very bottom of window valance sides ) and you'll find a screw going straight through to the wall. It's a little hidden but its there. Wa La , valance is off. Good luck.
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Kent,

There are 3 maybe 4 screws attaching it to the cabinett above (philips screws) the bottom is attached with an L bracket (one on each side near the bottom. You have to go between the glass window and the shade then straight up to find the screws - these may or may not be visible (thats why the magnet can help). But you are going to need that really long screw driver.
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