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Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 01-02-2021, 02:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 456
Posted By gruelens
I would recommend 303 Aerospace Protectant for UV...

I would recommend 303 Aerospace Protectant for UV protection. It is spray on and wipe with a cloth. All the best.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 12-15-2020, 01:22 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,683
Posted By gruelens
This article will answer the questions above. In...

This article will answer the questions above. In short, FMCA is hurtin' big time. All the best.

https://www.rvtravel.com/fmca953/
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-27-2020, 07:07 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 6,713
Posted By gruelens
So picture this ... you are going up a 5% grade...

So picture this ... you are going up a 5% grade with your big, shiny, powerful diesel pusher. Out of nowhere, an 80,000 lb. semi truck passes you lickety split. After 5 or 10 of those humiliating...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-23-2020, 01:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 407
Posted By gruelens
I have a small Ryobi pressure washer. It does a...

I have a small Ryobi pressure washer. It does a great job (I bought an additional 25 degree nozzle to gain a larger footprint of spray). Here's some good news for you. As I type, the big orange...
Forum: Just Conversation 11-04-2020, 01:45 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 14,019
Posted By gruelens
17 years truckin' 9 years teachin' 5th grade ...

17 years truckin'
9 years teachin' 5th grade
18+ years fulltime RV'n
Current age 65
No regrets
I am "RICH", just don't have a lot of money
All the best.
PS. If you win the Rat Race, all you...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 11-04-2020, 01:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 527
Posted By gruelens
If you plan on driving your Winnebago a few more...

If you plan on driving your Winnebago a few more years, I would suggest doing away with the problematic/restrictive exhaust manifolds. Headers work much better on the 8.1L. A search will reveal lots...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-28-2020, 06:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,136
Posted By gruelens
If you are suggesting towing without an auxiliary...

If you are suggesting towing without an auxiliary braking system, I would hope no one says OK to that.


Regardless the size and weight of the motorhome, braking systems on the toad, reduce...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 10-24-2020, 02:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 290
Posted By gruelens
No. I can't recommend going down the highway,...

No. I can't recommend going down the highway, exceeding a maximum weight rating. If there is a mishap, you will have a bad day, and a lawyer will have a field day. All the best.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-07-2020, 01:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 354
Posted By gruelens
Just pick up a tube of Dicor non-leveling,...

Just pick up a tube of Dicor non-leveling, non-sag caulk. All the best.
https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcSV9SQHMcB94E2FdERintc1fAdmYWOwJIKfcg&usqp=CAU
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 09-27-2020, 06:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 600
Posted By gruelens
I made a small tire size switch a few years ago....

I made a small tire size switch a few years ago. I had the 235's that come on gas chassis. It is difficult to find 235's in anything but Michelin brand. Thankfully I made the switch to Firestone...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 09-26-2020, 04:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 600
Posted By gruelens
Hi Ken and welcome to the forum. There are lots...

Hi Ken and welcome to the forum. There are lots of folks here that like to help each other sharing knowledge about RVs.

I think the tire size calculator (link below) will help you get some of your...
Forum: Just Conversation 09-25-2020, 05:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 807
Posted By gruelens
Ironically, my wife just had her gall bladder...

Ironically, my wife just had her gall bladder removed yesterday. I would strongly recommend not getting medical advice from an RV forum. All the best.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-25-2020, 05:15 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 20,690
Posted By gruelens
Another point in the defense of gasoline engines....

Another point in the defense of gasoline engines. Yes, on rare occasion it would be nice to have more torque that is provided by the diesel. But how often does that occur vs. all the additional...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-25-2020, 05:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,290
Posted By gruelens
Multi axle trailer tires experience torquing of...

Multi axle trailer tires experience torquing of the sidewalls when making sharp turns. Some believe this added stress is reason to replace trailer tires sooner than those on motorhomes. Of course,...
Forum: Fleetwood Owner's Forum 09-23-2020, 01:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 178
Posted By gruelens
This company states $315 to repair the Atwood...

This company states $315 to repair the Atwood controller. All the best.
https://industrialrepair.net/Product/ATWOOD/66275
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 09-16-2020, 03:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,079
Posted By gruelens
Thankfully fireman do not idle their diesel fire...

Thankfully fireman do not idle their diesel fire trucks 1/2 hour before leaving the station on a call. In the case of that inconsiderate camper, "you can't fix stupid". All the best....
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 09-16-2020, 02:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 557
Posted By gruelens
They even make a pump silencing kit. All the...

They even make a pump silencing kit. All the best.

https://www.amazon.com/SHURFLO-94-591-01-Pump-Silencing-Kit/dp/B000WN5F96
Forum: COVID-19 Discussions 09-16-2020, 01:00 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,635
Posted By gruelens
There are plenty of RV lots available for rent in...

There are plenty of RV lots available for rent in Yuma. This will show you a few. All the best.

https://yuma.craigslist.org/search/hhh?query=rv+lot+for+rent&availabilityMode=0&sale_date=all+dates
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-15-2020, 02:51 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 11,743
Posted By gruelens
Respectfully, I am confused with all this torque...

Respectfully, I am confused with all this torque and horse power concern.



Does "RV" mean Recreational Vehicle or Racing Vehicle?
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 09-12-2020, 11:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 212
Posted By gruelens
If I was selling a 25 year old Winnebago, I would...

If I was selling a 25 year old Winnebago, I would not worry about the microwave. If it becomes a talking point with potential buyers, reduce the selling price by the cost of a new microwave with...
Forum: Fleetwood Owner's Forum 09-08-2020, 07:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 463
Posted By gruelens
This tire size calculator helped me when I made a...

This tire size calculator helped me when I made a tire size change.



https://www.tacomaworld.com/tirecalc


Before buying, I turned my steering tires all the way to the left. Then crawled...
Forum: New Member Check-In 09-08-2020, 01:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 128
Posted By gruelens
Welcome to the forum Marnie O. There are lots of...

Welcome to the forum Marnie O. There are lots of folks here that like to help each other with RV issues.



[Mod Edit]
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-07-2020, 06:36 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,113
Posted By gruelens
Congratulations to all those that purchased 3...

Congratulations to all those that purchased 3 smaller foam extinguishers and 1 large foam extinguisher. They are far superior to the dry powder units that RV manufacturers equip new rigs with (to...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-07-2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 624
Posted By gruelens
PPL shares their SOLD prices for the last 2...

PPL shares their SOLD prices for the last 2 years. All the best.



https://www.pplmotorhomes.com/sold-rvs
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-06-2020, 04:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 912
Posted By gruelens
FYI, since this is the "Class A" forum, NEVER...

FYI, since this is the "Class A" forum, NEVER turn the ignition switch off when driving a Workhorse Chassis (gasser). The W24 and W25.5 chassis will set the parking brake, by clamping down on the...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-06-2020, 04:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 462
Posted By gruelens
Hi Glenn and welcome to the forum. There are lots...

Hi Glenn and welcome to the forum. There are lots of good folks here that like to help each other.



There are 2 choices when trying to get #@%$ to run up hill.


1. When breaking camp and...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-06-2020, 03:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,330
Posted By gruelens
Interestingly, I read an article that said those...

Interestingly, I read an article that said those of us that grew up with incandescent lighting prefer warmer lighting. Evidently, your brain is more used to those color temperatures as a result.

...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-06-2020, 02:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 551
Posted By gruelens
I used to use Dicor sealant. Now I use Eternabond...

I used to use Dicor sealant. Now I use Eternabond Tape which results in a job that doesn't need to be revisited for years.



Eternabond Tape has been discussed at length on this forum.

...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-06-2020, 02:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 624
Posted By gruelens
Unfortunately, NADA Guide uses algorithms to...

Unfortunately, NADA Guide uses algorithms to establish RV value. It is all based on certain % depreciation for each year of age. NADA does NOT base their values on any real world sales prices. The...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-05-2020, 02:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 325
Posted By gruelens
I used GCR in Coburg OR, just north of Eugene....

I used GCR in Coburg OR, just north of Eugene. Fresh stock, 100+ locations, no RV too big. I would go there again. All the best.

...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 08-30-2020, 02:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 874
Posted By gruelens
Welcome to the forum Fortune. There are lots of...

Welcome to the forum Fortune. There are lots of folks here that will help you.

If I understand the problem, it reads like you might be missing one leg of power on your 50 amp receptacle feed.
...
Forum: RV'ing Humor & Crazy but True Stories 08-30-2020, 02:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 964
Posted By gruelens
That reminds me of an oldie ... An older...

That reminds me of an oldie ...


An older gentleman had misplaced one of his hearing aids. Embarrassed, he did not want to get another one especially due to the expense. After one week, he...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-30-2020, 01:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 217
Posted By gruelens
The water pump controller should look like this....

The water pump controller should look like this. Maybe you have seen it around. All the best.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/511jkFbXyhL._AC_.jpg
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 08-21-2020, 11:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 272
Posted By gruelens
My '07 Mountainaire has a switch that gives you...

My '07 Mountainaire has a switch that gives you the option to choose either mode for your steps. The switch is located with the tank level lights and slideout switches. All the best.
Forum: Just Conversation 08-21-2020, 06:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 974
Posted By gruelens
This is such an important topic and one the RV...

This is such an important topic and one the RV salesman never discusses with the new buyer. Over the years, Mac McCoy used our bedroom escape window 3 times during his presentations. Mac said, best...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 08-21-2020, 05:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 509
Posted By gruelens
If you want it to never leak again ... I would...

If you want it to never leak again ... I would recommend 3M 5200. Incredible product, but takes 5+ days to cure. Or, I would recommend 3M 4200 that takes 24 hours to cure. Both come in hand squeeze...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-21-2020, 01:41 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 10,983
Posted By gruelens
Those generators had issues with fuel pumps...

Those generators had issues with fuel pumps getting tight as they warm up. As a result they would run for 5-30 minutes and then shut down. Perhaps when driving, the airflow is altered around the...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-21-2020, 01:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 592
Posted By gruelens
Do yourself a favor and drive a motorhome with...

Do yourself a favor and drive a motorhome with "Comfort Drive" before you make a decision. That system is proprietary to Newmar diesels. One test drive will change the way you think. All the best.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 05-23-2019, 10:28 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,663
Posted By gruelens
I did a light modification a few years back. The...

I did a light modification a few years back. The description and pics are in first posting of the link below. I think side flashers help to increase your safety.


...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 01-06-2019, 01:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 762
Posted By gruelens
I never lubricate the external square tubing of...

I never lubricate the external square tubing of my Atwood Levelegs. There is grease inside on a long threaded rod.



If the jack appears bent, it could very well be binding. The retracting jack...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 12-24-2018, 12:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,068
Posted By gruelens
I would be interested to know more about...

I would be interested to know more about "properly adjust the step support cams" mentioned above. Thank you.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 12-19-2018, 11:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,068
Posted By gruelens
It does not matter where the gear is placed. The...

It does not matter where the gear is placed. The step shuts off, due to over current draw, when the step reaches the end of its travel (either way). All the best.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 12-14-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,072
Posted By gruelens
I bought a motor home with an electric toilet....

I bought a motor home with an electric toilet. The previous owner told me it had failed 2 times in five years. Each time was an expensive repair at an inopportune time.


I removed my working...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 12-09-2018, 11:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,136
Posted By gruelens
We did the same, using bleach, and were...

We did the same, using bleach, and were successful at removing stains. Note: have lots of ventilation when using that strong bleach solution. All the best.
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 11-27-2018, 04:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,327
Posted By gruelens
With a brand new coach, my first call would be to...

With a brand new coach, my first call would be to Newmar for accurate answers. All the best.
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 11-22-2018, 08:49 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,946
Posted By gruelens
Mac "The Fireguy" McCoy convinced me my Norcold...

Mac "The Fireguy" McCoy convinced me my Norcold 1200 was dangerous. I had the Norcold recall device installed. I found it it kills the power to the refrig when ambient temp. exceeds 800 degrees....
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-04-2018, 01:49 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,592
Posted By gruelens
I use a Chulux pod coffeemaker. Less money than...

I use a Chulux pod coffeemaker. Less money than Keurig and takes up less valuable counterspace. All the best.



https://www.amazon.com/CHULUX-Coffee-Machine-Single-Technology/dp/B016UO0I9W
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 10-13-2018, 10:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,632
Posted By gruelens
I sure do like my Fumoto Valve. I have changed...

I sure do like my Fumoto Valve. I have changed oil many times with conventional drain plug and no gloves. This is a "better mousetrap". All the best.



https://www.fumotooildrainvalve.com/
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 10-04-2018, 02:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,133
Posted By gruelens
Welcome to the forum. There are lots of folks...

Welcome to the forum. There are lots of folks here to share their knowledge with you. Each forum page has a "search" window at the top. Type in your area of interest and there will be lots already...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-07-2018, 01:27 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 15,337
Posted By gruelens
Yes, the "Smith System" is a good thing and it...

Yes, the "Smith System" is a good thing and it really works. A trucking company I worked for, flew me to North Carolina to learn the Smith System in 1987.

...
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