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Old 06-26-2016, 06:20 PM   #1
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Finally after one and a half years after purchasing my 2008 Pacifica 36a, we were finally able to take our first real trip. I found out why they call them "Shake Down Cruises". After dealing with some back issues I thought I was finally up for a real trip. My youngest daughter was graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Mechanical Engineering degree, so we took the motorhome. I am very happy with the performance of the 360hp Cummins and the Allison tranny. Coming home, we went over Tehachapi and down Cajon Pass with no problems. I did find that some people in cars are not very understanding of old guys driving motorhomes. I should have had a student driver sign. Traffic on the 101 going up terrible. I actually had to use my highway horn when someone started to pull out in front of me that was stopped on the side of the road. That horn is so loud they probably had to change their shorts. My biggest problem was my mirrors. They got so loose, I couldn't adjust them. We tightened them in SLO, but we came home through Bakersfield and they got really loose on the rough roads. Anyway, we got home OK and I fixed my mirrors with Loctite. Hopefully that will do the trick.
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Old 06-26-2016, 06:25 PM   #2
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What was causing the vibration that caused the mirrors to loosen? Rough road?, tire inflation?, tire balance?
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Old 06-26-2016, 06:28 PM   #3
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I've never had a mirror, that was tightened correctly, come loose.
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I think that rough roads were the main cause of the problem. I don't know what else would do it. My tire inflation is correct. We went over some pretty rough roads. There was road work everywhere. Bakersfield was the worst. We tightened up the mirrors before leaving SLO, but by the time we got home the passenger side mirror was about ready to fall off. Hopefully the Loctite solved the problem.
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I know right?! These people cut us off constantly in this 36ft beast, like its a dang Prius! We named our 99 dolphin "Big Bertha" lol. Bertha has been a longtime private joke between my Daddy and me. Anyhow, about them mirrors. Where and in which direction are they placed? After finally looking through all the paperwork that did come with we realized whoever installed our did it backwards. Literally completely backwards. We've been having the same issues with our mirrors as well. The correct way they should be is in front with the anchor bracket thingy on the bottom holding the mirrors up. Ours are on the side with the bracket hanging the mirrors down. We kept hitting trees and bus awnings and couldn't for the life of us what sort of ninny would come up with the design for them to go there lol. Well hope that helps and I'm glad to hear you had safe travels!
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On the bottom of the mirror is a plug about the size of a quarter. That is the large bolt for the mirrors. The others are small set screws. I went thru all the mirrors when I replaced the chrome bases. Tom 07 Pacifica
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Tom, thanks for the info. It seem that the set screws are the problem. The attach point for the mirror to the arm is secure.
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My first trip in my RV the passenger mirror rotated to face the front on a wash board highway. No way to fix on the road, luckily CW was not too far away. They fixed it and I purchased a telescope ladder from them. It is in my bay for times like this. Haven't needed it but I have it just in case....
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After finally looking through all the paperwork that did come with we realized whoever installed our did it backwards. Literally completely backwards. We've been having the same issues with our mirrors as well. The correct way they should be is in front with the anchor bracket thingy on the bottom holding the mirrors up. Ours are on the side with the bracket hanging the mirrors down. We kept hitting trees and bus awnings and couldn't for the life of us what sort of ninny would come up with the design for them to go there lol. Well hope that helps and I'm glad to hear you had safe travels!
National RV installed the mirrors inverted for many years. Valvac the manufacturer of the mirrors actually list them that way for National RV's
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