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Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 09-03-2021, 10:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,339
Posted By leadman
I have about 12 thousand miles on the Master Tow...

I have about 12 thousand miles on the Master Tow dolly now and discovered a couple of things.
Make sure the toad is centered on the swivel plate before securing it down. Make sure you check the...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 09-29-2020, 08:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 359
Posted By leadman
My '99 did that and it made the trans shift hard....

My '99 did that and it made the trans shift hard. I found the plug on the rear of the cluster had bad connection. On mine it was the far left plug on the bottom when the dash is flipped back. There...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 09-29-2020, 08:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 895
Posted By leadman
Is it getting full travel on the throttle?...

Is it getting full travel on the throttle? Uncommon on a gasser but real common on older diesels. My '88 Itasca 454 ci was not getting full throttle when I bought it.
As mentioned it could be the...
Forum: Vintage RV's 09-29-2020, 08:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,246
Posted By leadman
I have an old OTC like posted above. I used it...

I have an old OTC like posted above. I used it quite a bit years ago and it worked well. I also used a touch of Luberplate (sp?) on the inside of the keepers when reinstalling them. Helps them stick...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 09-29-2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,033
Posted By leadman
If you can get in at Kaibab Lake Campground it is...

If you can get in at Kaibab Lake Campground it is nice and quiet. Down side for some is no hook-ups. It is just off the road to the GC about 1/2 mile north of I-17.
There are a couple of rv parks...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-08-2020, 07:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,251
Posted By leadman
Have you tried a Cummins dealer? Onan is owned by...

Have you tried a Cummins dealer? Onan is owned by Cummins now.
The dealer in The Phoenix area, think the locale might be Avondale, is very knowledgeable and seem to always willing to help. They are...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-08-2020, 07:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 635
Posted By leadman
I would go with the 60 amp controller. Don't...

I would go with the 60 amp controller. Don't like running electrical items maxed out.
I hooked my batteries up as you described, pos on one end, neg on the other. No problems.
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 09-04-2020, 08:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,098
Posted By leadman
Make sure you top off the gas tank whenever you...

Make sure you top off the gas tank whenever you can. Gas stations are not as common up there as other areas.
Wife and I went to the North Rim one year in late May and the snow alongside the road...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 09-04-2020, 07:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 353
Posted By leadman
My '88 Itasca had 2 bolts and nuts holding the...

My '88 Itasca had 2 bolts and nuts holding the frame in place. I would not want the generator suspended by just a cable going down the road so look for bolts to take out on the side of the frame...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-04-2020, 05:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,734
Posted By leadman
No, not by the front axle, although that has...

No, not by the front axle, although that has occurred. Towing by hooking to the frame crossmembers at the front of the vehicle is not good. Some tow drivers hook to the axle but the straps are...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-03-2020, 02:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,734
Posted By leadman
Having run dispatch in the shop I worked in for...

Having run dispatch in the shop I worked in for towing I can tell you it could easily be damaged if towed from the front end of the chassis. We had a fire engine damaged years ago like this. I always...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-03-2020, 02:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 648
Posted By leadman
I used Steele Rubber for the parts to do my '99...

I used Steele Rubber for the parts to do my '99 Winnie's slide out seals. They also have some tools to help with the replacement. A nylon flat bar with 2 differently shaped ends was a great help.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-03-2020, 01:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 505
Posted By leadman
Pray you never hear that noise while driving! It...

Pray you never hear that noise while driving! It is part of my things to do before turning the key to step on the brake to make sure the assist is working.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-03-2020, 01:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,032
Posted By leadman
I had a bad spot of delam caused by a cracked...

I had a bad spot of delam caused by a cracked outer skylight not replaced by PO. No access to it to glue it so I drilled holes in the siding, glued it, them installed plastic drive rivets from Home...
Forum: Vintage RV's 09-03-2020, 01:45 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,148
Posted By leadman
Be sure to check the fridge coils for leaking a...

Be sure to check the fridge coils for leaking a yellowish/greenish goo out of them. Then check the chimney and the burner for debris in there. Many times crud from the chimney piles up on the burner...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-03-2020, 01:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 635
Posted By leadman
I have 7 Renogy 100 watt panels on the fiberglass...

I have 7 Renogy 100 watt panels on the fiberglass roof of my Winnie. I used the Renogy brackets and stainless screws they sell. I also used a caulking tube adhesive I bought at the RV store. Not at...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 08-26-2020, 05:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,277
Posted By leadman
Tejay, we tried the torque sticks but tossed...

Tejay, we tried the torque sticks but tossed them. All our guys had their own impacts and this caused a problem. The torque sticks need some set-up to work. Have to have IIRC 100# air pressure,...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 08-25-2020, 06:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,277
Posted By leadman
Tejay, 3/4" impact? These put out around 800 to...

Tejay, 3/4" impact? These put out around 800 to 1000 foot pounds of torque. Even my old IR 1/2" will put out #400 on a good day.
I changed the shocks on my '99 Winnie and did the same as you. I...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 08-25-2020, 06:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,597
Posted By leadman
IIRC 1999 was the first year that emission...

IIRC 1999 was the first year that emission standards for chassis like my 1999 Ford 20,500 gvw kicked in. Mine has an OBD II connector but is an OBD I system. It does have an egr valve but only 2 O2...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 08-25-2020, 06:26 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 13,392
Posted By leadman
I checked on the Ford reprogramming but it is...

I checked on the Ford reprogramming but it is long expired. I can't recall the original reason it was released but no matter as it is gone.

One thing to consider when "tuning" your coach is the...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 08-25-2020, 06:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,178
Posted By leadman
Lets see, $30 for an oil change or $7,000 for an...

Lets see, $30 for an oil change or $7,000 for an engine? You are about timed out so good choice to change the oil now.

Having worked on most types of vehicle engines all my life as a profession I...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 08-25-2020, 05:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,264
Posted By leadman
I have a '99 Winnebago 35C and had the same...

I have a '99 Winnebago 35C and had the same problem. I cured it with a piece of an old serpentine belt that I had.
The problem was, and this is not specific to just our coaches, is the carrier...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-25-2020, 05:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,813
Posted By leadman
theoldwizard, I posted I have a Westinghouse...

theoldwizard, I posted I have a Westinghouse I-gen 4500, not a 2500.

It is already a very popular generator. Cummins sells it as an Onan and I think the Pulsar might be the same. It is made in a...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 08-23-2020, 06:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 514
Posted By leadman
I also have a '99 Winnie with the V-10. I found...

I also have a '99 Winnie with the V-10. I found multiple vac lines that were bad. The a/c would stop cooling when pulling a hill also.
I found bad lines in front of the right front tire next to the...
Forum: Vintage RV's 08-23-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,148
Posted By leadman
Very nice score. Now everyone can post about what...

Very nice score. Now everyone can post about what you should do to get it in shape for dependable and safe traveling and camping.
I'll start with changing all of the fluids, after you have replaced...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-23-2020, 06:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,813
Posted By leadman
I have a '99 Winnebago that had an Onan Emerald...

I have a '99 Winnebago that had an Onan Emerald II 5K (4800w) generator mounted on-board. It was getting tired and had some metal in the oil so I removed it as I wanted to rebuild the engine. After...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-23-2020, 05:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 998
Posted By leadman
A very good demonstration of what typical rv a/c...

A very good demonstration of what typical rv a/c units draw for power is on YouTube by Micro-Air. They promote the Easy Start in the video but it also shows what units draw when starting and when...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 08-18-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,238
Posted By leadman
Also check with Steele Rubber.

Also check with Steele Rubber.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-18-2020, 09:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 471
Posted By leadman
You should have separate batteries for the coach...

You should have separate batteries for the coach and the chassis. The heater should be connect to the coach battery or batteries, depending on how many you have.

Take one cable off the negative...
Forum: Vintage RV's 08-18-2020, 08:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,017
Posted By leadman
The owners manual for the Onan in my old '88 MH...

The owners manual for the Onan in my old '88 MH said you could mount lead sheeting a certain distance below the bottom of the unit to help muffle it. I never did that.
In our current '99 Winnie I...
Forum: Vintage RV's 08-16-2020, 05:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,289
Posted By leadman
Make sure it opens all the way when the engine is...

Make sure it opens all the way when the engine is warmed up. It is common for the bi-metal spring in the choke to "wear out".
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 08-13-2020, 05:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 23,953
Posted By leadman
Some things never die. LOL

Some things never die. LOL
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 08-13-2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 312
Posted By leadman
I'll have to look at that UP route on the map....

I'll have to look at that UP route on the map. Never thought of doing that.
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 08-13-2020, 05:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,350
Posted By leadman
If you decide to replace the seals check out...

If you decide to replace the seals check out Steele Rubber. They have a huge assortment of seals.
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 08-13-2020, 04:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,098
Posted By leadman
Have a tire shop check the tire for a possible...

Have a tire shop check the tire for a possible belt separation. Saw it many times over the 17 years supervising a tire shop attached to our repair shop.
I replaced both front tires on my motorhome...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 08-13-2020, 04:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,740
Posted By leadman
The original propane tank on our motorhome was...

The original propane tank on our motorhome was way beyond scraping and painting so I replaced it.
I also replaced the missing mudflap behind the right rear dual and installed another mudflap closer...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 08-13-2020, 04:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,170
Posted By leadman
Check the cones for any burrs on the inside where...

Check the cones for any burrs on the inside where they slide over the stud. These can be caused by over-torquring the nut or the wrong lockwasher installed.
Makes then very hard to get off next...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 08-13-2020, 03:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 424
Posted By leadman
Looks like the seal has shrunk. You could buy...

Looks like the seal has shrunk. You could buy some urethane caulk made for windows and seal it, or find someone in your area than can replace the seal.
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 08-13-2020, 03:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 650
Posted By leadman
You might have a load controller causing you...

You might have a load controller causing you problems. Mine has relays in it that can go bad. Circuit breakers have also been known to go bad.
I would take the front panel off the circuit breaker...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 08-13-2020, 03:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 312
Posted By leadman
We will probably take 80 across as far as...

We will probably take 80 across as far as possible.
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 08-12-2020, 07:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,434
Posted By leadman
I did a Google search for seat swivel and several...

I did a Google search for seat swivel and several came up on E-bay under K&M brand or seller. Might work, might not.
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 08-12-2020, 06:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 312
Posted By leadman
Michigan to Wyoming Road Conditions?

In about a month we will be leaving Grand Rapids Michigan for Casper Wyoming. I know about roads for the most part until we get past I-55.
Anything really bad in the way of road conditions or...
Forum: Vintage RV's 08-12-2020, 06:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,540
Posted By leadman
Don't know for sure about your rig but if it came...

Don't know for sure about your rig but if it came with an electric pump from the factory it also probably has an oil pressure safety switch so if the engine stalls the pump will shut off. It would be...
Forum: Vintage RV's 08-12-2020, 06:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,289
Posted By leadman
My '88 Itasca 454 had the same issue. A trip to...

My '88 Itasca 454 had the same issue. A trip to Rod's Carb's in Phoenix took care of it.
The tank has a factory electric pump in the tank and also a fuel pressure regulator in the right frame rail...
Forum: Vintage RV's 08-12-2020, 06:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 758
Posted By leadman
The fuel line should be 1/4" so you can plug it...

The fuel line should be 1/4" so you can plug it with a bolt. I like to use a bolt with the upper part of the shank smooth. Use a hose clamp and tie it up as high as you can. If the hose is old it may...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 08-12-2020, 06:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 295
Posted By leadman
Also look for a taillight/stoplight bulb the has...

Also look for a taillight/stoplight bulb the has a broken element and is cross feeding.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-12-2020, 06:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,819
Posted By leadman
Keep the door shut as much as possible. I bought...

Keep the door shut as much as possible. I bought a unit off Amazon that has 2 remote battery operated temperature senders that go in the refrigerator, one in the freezer. Has a small control unit so...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-12-2020, 06:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,018
Posted By leadman
I painted the decals on my '88 Itasca about 6 to...

I painted the decals on my '88 Itasca about 6 to 7 years ago. My neighbor owns it now and the paint is starting to show its' age.
I did my current coach 2 years ago and even clear coat most of...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 08-11-2020, 12:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,434
Posted By leadman
Saw a You Tube video where a guy installed...

Saw a You Tube video where a guy installed aftermarket swivels in a Mercedes Sprinter so some company out there might have one that will work.
In my '99 Winnebago Adventurer the passenger seat...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 08-11-2020, 12:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,407
Posted By leadman
There is a good video on You-Tube by Precision...

There is a good video on You-Tube by Precision Transmission on this trans. Might be worth a look.
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