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Old 05-26-2016, 09:30 PM   #113
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Today I removed my Carefree slide out cover, and reversed it so the small tear was wrapped around the roller where it wouldn't show, instead of attached to the side of the mh where it flapped in the breeze.
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Old 05-27-2016, 12:39 PM   #114
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Well....I always seem to be doing something minor just to spend time with the RV. My latest fix was modifying the circuit board tray for my Precision Temp tankless hot water heater. Seems if we had a hard blowing rain, water would get in the tray that both circuit boards sit in. Once wet, the system would not function. Don't like doing without hot water !! So I drilled a couple of holes in the bottom of the tray to drain away any water, raised the circuit board about 3/8 of an inch by putting plastic spacers between the bottom of the tray and the circuit board and siliconed the rivets to ensure water was not getting in through them. I'm hoping this fixed my problem!!

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Old 06-15-2016, 02:31 PM   #115
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I replaced the AM/FM antennae on my Journey DL after breaking it off, probably on a tree limb. It is on Wordpress if you want to see what I did.
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Old 06-15-2016, 03:28 PM   #116
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Replaced the entry steps on my coach this past weekend. The original steps were made my Lippert ... and were the "half moon" gear design. Seems like we've had issues with them from the very start. They never seemed to retract "tightly" ... and left lots of play when retracted. Then, last summer they started making a clunking noise when closing. Finally they started making a loud clunking noise - which lasted until the shoulder bolt that held the mechanism in place failed completely. (The shoulder bolt issue ended up being at the crux of a recall - that I received notice of just yesterday!).

This spring (in the wake of a good salt bath from road slush encountered during a snowstorm on the way home from Florida) ... they started to bind up. Despite hosing down the pivot points with oil ... the binding worsened. Ultimately the motor housing broke from the strain introduced by the "binding". Pulled the steps to take it apart again ... and had to torch and hammer the assembly to finally get it apart.

Decided I'd had enough ... and replaced them with a set of Kwickee Series 32 steps. The new steps extend and retract smooth as silk. Here's hoping they last for awhile!

The weather is looking good for the upcoming weekend. I've got my labor resources (my 24 year old son and his buddy ... both of whom own me more than a couple of $$$ for help provided this past year) and all my supplies lined up. It's time for the annual hand wash and wax. We'll have four of us working on it ... planning to wash and wax it, polish the wheels, RainX the windows - and apply some 303 waterproofing to the slide toppers.

Should be BIG fun!
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Old 06-16-2016, 09:11 AM   #117
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SpaceNorman;
If we park our coach really close behind yours do you think you have the man power and time to do ours as well? LOL

Have a great time. It will be a great bonding time with results that are immediate. Pictures please . . . before/after
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Old 06-16-2016, 10:36 AM   #118
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I took my coach to have the serpentine belt and the regular belt changed out. I was afraid that it would be too much of a problem for me to do it since I have the rear radiator, so I took it to American diesel shop here in Barstow. I was surprised after I removed the bed mattress and opened the box how much room their was to change the belts. It has about three feet of room over the engine to the top of the box which is plenty of room to do the job. So I had them change them out for $160.00 bucks which I thought was not bad.

I retained the old belts since they still looked good in case of an emergency. Sometimes even new belts will break apart.

Going to Yosemite the end of this month and it will be hot and a big climb so I am not taking any chances of a belt breaking.
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Old 06-16-2016, 12:08 PM   #119
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It would be easier to mention what I have not done.

Rebuilt furnace and water heater..Dicor'd the roof..repaired several external lights... rebuilt a cabinet..resealed and remounted a improperly installed comode..repaired three major severed wiring harness's under the chassis (blown tires) replaced tube tv with flatscreen in bedroom..replaced engine thermostat. Put on three new Michelin tires.. yesterday I installed a new starter on the genset.

I am currently trying to replace the wheel speed sensors for the ABS. and new brake hoses but the parts are hard to find.

This is some of the repairs, my insurance has paid over $20,000 for other repairs and I sware I cannot see why! I won't say who got all that cash but it is a big RV dealer. they also wanted $550 for a front end alignment, I had it done for $150....I haven't mentioned everything

I have taken to doing as much work on my unit as I can because more damage is done by others than is repaired and the repairs are haphazard at best.

I can tell a story behind each and everything mentioned but you nor I has that much time.

It's a 1999 Pace Arrow Vision.........I enjoy it very much! BUT........
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Old 06-16-2016, 08:03 PM   #120
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The last couple days I spent replacing the older flat panel TV with a new LED flat panel. I replaced it for a couple of reasons, one was size, 32" ver. 40" but that wasn't the main reason main reason was weight 35lbs. ver. 14lbs. but I do have to admit size does matter.
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Old 06-16-2016, 08:36 PM   #121
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Just got ours out of the shop. The Xantrax controller and power distribution circuit board were improperly wired at the factory. Had that fixed but had to replace all four house batteries. Added an ice maker to make life a little nicer. Had the propane orifice on the fridge cleans so fridge would run on propane when needed.
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Old 06-16-2016, 08:43 PM   #122
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Replaced 2 air brake valves, one Rx12 (I think) and obesity above it and am now seeking a 3rd. Presently tracing an electrical labyrinth that David Bowie would be mesmerized with to figure why nothing is holding a charge anymore. Gotta be a bad diode somewhere...!
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My domestic fridge. Was giving me a code with no flame. Opened up the access and blew it out with my mouth to see if that was it. Heard it "woof" a few times, so I blew harder and it fired up
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Old 09-17-2016, 04:33 PM   #124
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I did a full brake job on my 1999 F53. All calipers and brackets. All 5 rubber hoses. Not a fun job for a 75 year old. also replaced all four valve stems on the rear tires to get rid of the troulesome extenders. I love the long stems. No longer have to use a truck gauge or chuck to service tires. Any auto air chuck or gauge will work on the tires now.
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Old 09-17-2016, 04:43 PM   #125
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Dropped the drive shaft out and replaced both U Joints. Had a bit of a vibration on acceleration and found one U Joint starting to ripple. Suspect a previous owner may have neglected to grease them. With only 77,000 miles they should not be in need of replacement.

On the bright side, I called Spartan for the part numbers. They sent me a driveshaft drawing and the P/N's. Asked if they could supply. Said delivery was 7 days and price was $129 ea. (That's US dollars for you Canucks). So called my local supplier in Penticton. Two day delivery, $70 CDN. (Thats $54 for you American folks) Guess where I got them.
BTW, genuine Spicer. said "Product of USA" on the box. Is that the same as "Made in USA"?
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My domestic fridge. Was giving me a code with no flame. Opened up the access and blew it out with my mouth to see if that was it. Heard it "woof" a few times, so I blew harder and it fired up
You might want to go on the Dometic website and enter your Model/Serial number to see if there are any recalls. Mine had one that the Newmar dealer performed at No Charge.
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