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Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 01-04-2021, 12:34 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,849
Posted By AITG
There's a lot of thoughtful posts here....

There's a lot of thoughtful posts here. Cost/benefit ratio has to be considered when making any improvement for improved mileage. One area that would be low cost is to manage airflow under the coach....
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 12-21-2020, 10:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 526
Posted By AITG
Winnebago ownership 2.0

News item today: Tiffin has been purchased by THOR. Suddenly Newmar/Winnebago sounds like a blessing.
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 10-17-2020, 01:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 308
Posted By AITG
I picked up an indoor/outdoor thermometer at Ace...

I picked up an indoor/outdoor thermometer at Ace Hardware for about $20. I put some Velcro on the outdoor sender and the side of the water tank. It wirelessly sends the basement temp every 60 seconds...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 10-05-2020, 08:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,016
Posted By AITG
Water weighs just over 8 pounds per gallon. My...

Water weighs just over 8 pounds per gallon. My BSS has a 75 gallon tank so full to the top it adds about 600 pounds. Since the tank has an open overflow, a few right turns and it's probably closer to...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 10-02-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,994
Posted By AITG
For the record: algae will only grow in the...

For the record: algae will only grow in the interface between diesel fuel and water. If you could keep water out of the fuel, nothing would grow. Unfortunately, handling, storage, condensation all...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-30-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,016
Posted By AITG
The water tank is mounted as low on the frame as...

The water tank is mounted as low on the frame as possible. Filling it should not cause any stability issues. We are crossing the Mackinac bridge later today for the umpteenth time. The tank will be...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-29-2020, 09:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 883
Posted By AITG
I have a 27 footer that I would love to paint...

I have a 27 footer that I would love to paint just like a UPS truck. The only thing that stops me is the thought of trying to sell it when the time comes.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-29-2020, 09:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,016
Posted By AITG
I have a 2017 BSS. Based on 25,000 miles of...

I have a 2017 BSS. Based on 25,000 miles of travel, my list would be:
1. Set toe in at a truck alignment shop.
2. Set tire pressure at the Ford recommended psi
3. Balance all 6 wheel assemblies....
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-24-2020, 09:10 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 20,710
Posted By AITG
For many years UPS has been "the smartest people...

For many years UPS has been "the smartest people in the room" when it comes to specifying their package cars which is what they call their walk-in delivery trucks. Those trucks are mechanically close...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 09-23-2020, 05:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 204
Posted By AITG
Yes, the motor is under there. There are screws...

Yes, the motor is under there. There are screws holding it in place and they are hidden in the carpet.
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 07-29-2020, 08:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,394
Posted By AITG
You have to be careful with changing to a...

You have to be careful with changing to a brighter bulb. There is no airflow to dissipate heat and you may end up melting things. LEDs don't generate heat...a much better choice
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 07-28-2020, 09:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,182
Posted By AITG
Yup. Remove the cap and use very little grease....

Yup. Remove the cap and use very little grease. There is a seal on the pitman shaft not a boot. If you get carried away you can damage the seal. Worst case, you push the seal out of the housing.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 07-17-2020, 09:40 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,071
Posted By AITG
303. Dressings aren't all rubber friendly. 303 is...

303. Dressings aren't all rubber friendly. 303 is a uv protectant. Tires look black but not greasy.
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 06-12-2020, 07:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 651
Posted By AITG
When you run oil lubricated bearings you no...

When you run oil lubricated bearings you no longer disturb the bearings unless a seal leaks or the hub needs to be pulled to reline the brakes. Most trucks have outboard mounted drums so they can be...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 06-10-2020, 07:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 651
Posted By AITG
If you choose to go the oil bath lube route, get...

If you choose to go the oil bath lube route, get rid of your hub covers. There will be a rubber plug in the hub cap that you pull off to check the oil level. In addition, the wheel covers may hide...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-08-2020, 08:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 617
Posted By AITG
When you do that, there are about 20 different...

When you do that, there are about 20 different pivot points. Most of them are underneath the coach. The recommended juice is LPS-1. The excess that drips on the ground disappears when it dries.
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 06-08-2020, 08:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 681
Posted By AITG
F53 front end shake on 19.5 wheels FIXED

Several people have experienced a front end shake or vibration that won't go away with rebalancing the wheels. An earlier thread discussed the fact that the hub has four lugs that form a slightly...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 02-25-2020, 06:41 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,217
Posted By AITG
DISCLAIMER: A steering repair is a critical...

DISCLAIMER: A steering repair is a critical safety operation. If you choose to do this, all liability is yours. If you don't understand the following description, take it to a truck shop or purchase...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 01-09-2020, 09:37 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 10,487
Posted By AITG
I lost my right mirror - arm and all - in KY. I...

I lost my right mirror - arm and all - in KY. I still had the head dangling by the wires. A few feet of duct tape around the head and the awning bracket got me to Napanee and a Ramco replacement...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 12-22-2019, 10:04 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 25,139
Posted By AITG
In northern Michigan I'm paying $100. a month for...

In northern Michigan I'm paying $100. a month for a fully enclosed 15x40 storage unit with a concrete floor and 20 amp electric service. I pay the year in advance and pay the electric bill myself.
Forum: MDT Conversions 11-05-2019, 04:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,075
Posted By AITG
Interesting. If money was no object, I would...

Interesting. If money was no object, I would seriously consider a super C powered by the V-10. I have no interest in today's diesel engines...and I was a diesel mechanic for 35 years
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 10-25-2019, 09:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,298
Posted By AITG
I never had a lightening strike but I did have a...

I never had a lightening strike but I did have a poor post plug connection get hot enough to fry the plug on the protector. At that point I decided I didn't want it in the basement compartment.
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 10-24-2019, 10:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,697
Posted By AITG
Caster adjustment on a straight axle requires...

Caster adjustment on a straight axle requires unbolting the axle from the spring and inserting the shim between the two, then re-bolting the assembly. Typically the ubolts are a one time part. If...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 10-17-2019, 07:17 AM
Replies: 1,103
Views: 140,753
Posted By AITG
Air dryer cycling issues are almost never caused...

Air dryer cycling issues are almost never caused by the air dryer. Every time the compressor unloads the dryer purges. Find out why the system won't hold pressure and your cycling issue will be...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 10-15-2019, 08:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,840
Posted By AITG
If I have to be somewhere at a certain time I...

If I have to be somewhere at a certain time I leave a day early. If the weather turns bad I have no compultion to push it.
If you can't see DON'T DRIVE. If visibility starts to deteriorate I'll pick...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 10-14-2019, 06:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,775
Posted By AITG
A word of caution on greasing the steering gear...

A word of caution on greasing the steering gear fitting: one or two slow pumps are plenty: don't treat it like a tie rod end and grease it until you see grease come out. If you get carried away you...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 10-02-2019, 04:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 388
Posted By AITG
Running the generator will take a little bit of...

Running the generator will take a little bit of gasoline but it works. As a general rule, Onan would like to see more load than just the fridge on their unit. When we pre-cool our Bay Star we always...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 10-02-2019, 04:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 666
Posted By AITG
If you go the heli-coil route you will have a...

If you go the heli-coil route you will have a better shot at success if you remove the assembly and install the inserts then re-mount the gearbox. You need to drill out the existing holes (drill bit...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 10-02-2019, 04:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,362
Posted By AITG
Using tow/haul to descend grades is the gas...

Using tow/haul to descend grades is the gas engine version of an engine brake. I love it - tap the brakes once, drop one gear. Tap again, drop one more and so forth.


If you get up to 4500 you...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 09-30-2019, 11:06 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,063
Posted By AITG
At 60 mph overcoming rolling resistance is only...

At 60 mph overcoming rolling resistance is only about 20% of horsepower demand. The rest is overcoming air resistance. If you look at todays cars they are as aerodynamic as the designer can make them...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 09-23-2019, 06:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 434
Posted By AITG
I totally agree with Monte. If you look at how...

I totally agree with Monte. If you look at how the mechanism works, you can see why it's essential to stay off the steps until they are fully extended. Loading the plastic gears before the actuator...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 09-23-2019, 06:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,013
Posted By AITG
The way the valves are located, there will be a...

The way the valves are located, there will be a little bit of gray water that accumulates behind the cap after you make a few turns. I leave an empty Maxwell House can in the compartment. It catches...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 09-14-2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 860
Posted By AITG
I wouldn't worry about getting the ten speed. I...

I wouldn't worry about getting the ten speed. I have a 2018 F-150 with the ten speed and the shift quality is poor in gears 1-5.
The 6R140 in my F-53 is an excellent transmission. It holds it's own...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 08-01-2019, 06:19 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,509
Posted By AITG
Really good advice here. I do my own 19.5 tires...

Really good advice here. I do my own 19.5 tires with an impact gun, torque wrench and a tire iron to lift the wheel back on. The only thing I would add is don't jack up the wheels too high. A half...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 07-12-2019, 09:15 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 8,905
Posted By AITG
This is a good example of the value of oil...

This is a good example of the value of oil analysis. You will get all kinds of opinions from people but taking oil samples will give you real information about YOUR engine.

I use Kendall GT-1...
Forum: Cummins Engines 07-10-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,058
Posted By AITG
Thank YOU for posting what you found! The value...

Thank YOU for posting what you found! The value of UOA is in finding abnormalities before they become failures. Dirt (silica), trace amounts of anti freeze, excessive fuel dilution can all be picked...
Forum: Bus Conversions 07-02-2019, 09:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,101
Posted By AITG
Years ago I was an engine mechanic for a fleet...

Years ago I was an engine mechanic for a fleet with nearly 100 8V-71 Detroit's. The engines need to be on low Ash oil or they will form deposits on the valve stems. The valve hangs up for just long...
Forum: Cummins Engines 06-30-2019, 07:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,058
Posted By AITG
I would expect that high silica may be the...

I would expect that high silica may be the problem and the other wear metals are a result of the silica.
Go over your intake system with a fine tooth comb. Look for anything that looks like it...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 05-29-2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 513
Posted By AITG
We bought a new Newmar from them in 2017. I...

We bought a new Newmar from them in 2017. I figured out what I thought was a fair price, offered it to them and they accepted it. It was a bit below their asking 'sale' price.
Since then, service...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 03-10-2019, 06:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 590
Posted By AITG
New tool for my toolbox

I've been working with my local Ford dealer chasing an intermittent electrical problem (typically everyone's worst nightmare). To try to work through it, I bought a chassis manual on CD-ROM from...
Forum: Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 01-13-2019, 03:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,159
Posted By AITG
Chewing gum works to hold the bolts. Put a little...

Chewing gum works to hold the bolts. Put a little bit on the bolt head.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-14-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 10,029
Posted By AITG
All good advice so far. I travel with a full...

All good advice so far. I travel with a full water tank and can tell the difference in ride.
I also leave the steering wheel all the way up. It seems to be more controllable that way. In September...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-13-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 10,029
Posted By AITG
You are right about the rear overhang being a...

You are right about the rear overhang being a problem. We have a Newmar 2702. The only "handling modification" is a front end alignment. In two years we have put 17,000 miles on it and we're very...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-08-2018, 09:23 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 13,569
Posted By AITG
The OP asked a pretty direct question. In post #7...

The OP asked a pretty direct question. In post #7 he decided to go a different route. He hasn't posted since. You are now out to over 130 posts!
I don't care what the OP decides: it's his money....
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-08-2018, 07:15 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 11,724
Posted By AITG
Actually, I use the term RV because MH sounds...

Actually, I use the term RV because MH sounds pretentious to some people. In fact, I have it on good authority that my F53 identifies as a Focus. Who am I to judge?
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-08-2018, 02:59 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 10,181
Posted By AITG
You don't get "all" the liquid out. That way...

You don't get "all" the liquid out. That way whatever remains has AF in it but blowing it down means that the lines aren't full of the stuff and absorbing the flavor. My pickup camper got compressed...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 11-08-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,001
Posted By AITG
Wait a minute, they self certify. Just like Iran...

Wait a minute, they self certify. Just like Iran doing their own nuclear weapons inspections.
How could that possibly go wrong?
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-08-2018, 02:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 326
Posted By AITG
When you say "won't work" do you mean it won't...

When you say "won't work" do you mean it won't flash or it won't light at all?
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-08-2018, 02:22 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 10,181
Posted By AITG
I drain everything: fresh water tank, hot water...

I drain everything: fresh water tank, hot water heater, low point drains. Then I suck the AF in until it runs pink in every faucet as well as the toilet. Once that's done I hook up 40 psi of...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 11-04-2018, 07:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,722
Posted By AITG
Buy a back pack and keep it within reach of the...

Buy a back pack and keep it within reach of the front seats when you travel. Keep meds, checkbook, a change of underwear and anything else that you need for two days in a motel.
It's not just in...
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