Dexter Axles on 1997/1998 5th wheels - Recent
reports have indicated that the adjuster springs fastened to the brake shoes are
breaking. This can cause a safety problem and major repairs. An inspection is a
must. If yours have to be replaced contact Dexter for a claim number. Do not
replace with anything but a red colored spring which is the upgrade replacement.
They have paid some claims. A squeak coming from your wheels in forward or
reverse should be checked immediately.
Hot Water Heaters
- The combination
gas/electric hot water heaters have a fail safe system for the release of gas
into the combustion chamber. Part of this system uses two coils which when
energized open a valve to release the gas. If one of these coils is not working,
gas will not be released. If your tank is full, you are getting spark but you
are not getting gas, chances are you have a bad coil or no electric to the coil.
The coil can be tested easily by someone with the experience of using an ohm
meter for continuity and they are easy to install. Dealers, in general, will not stock these coils.
A new valve assembly containing these coils can cost up to $150.00 plus
installation. You can obtain a coil from a
used unit (be sure to test it or have it tested) or contact the manufacturer for
a new one. Then when the dealer says you need a complete new heater or a new
valve assembly you can produce your coil. If you are not experienced with making
repairs have the dealer do it.
Goodyear Tires - If you have # LT
235/85R16 load range E tires on your rig, chances are you are taking chances.
Look for a S inside a circle. If you don't have this your tires may lack two
extra belts to keep them from blowing out if your G.V.W.R. is 13,000 LBS.
Goodyear admits to nothing - there is no recall. But they are replacing them, if
your load range is in excess to that provided by this tire. This can be done at
no charge including mounting, balancing and tread wear depreciation. Whether you
get them free or have to pay something depends on your negotiating skills.
Here is what to do. Contact Goodyear Customer
Assistance at 1-800 321-2136. Ask for the National Field Manager for Product
Service. Leave a message for him/her to call you. Give him/her your story
about your concerns. You may
have to have a dealer look at the tires for verification.
If you had blowouts with this tire and kept your receipts
you may have a claim to recover your cost.
Again, sharpen your negotiating skills.
RG159 all steel belted tires by Good Year are the
best upgrade. These have steel belts that run from rim to
rim and are used on all UPS trucks. Try to negotiate paying only the difference
between the tires they want to replace and a full set of RG159's. Your life is
Awnings- I never
used to worry about my awning when traveling. After all it seems secure enough.
That is until stories started to turn up at different campgrounds about awnings
dropping off onto the highways causing a lot of damage and inconvenience. Now I
can't testify as to how true these stories are but it did get me to check my
awning support arms. Here is what I found.
The support arms were loose even though there is
a clip that is suppose to hold them together. This vibration puts stress on the
two screws at the top when you are riding down the highway. Here is the test.
After you have put the awning away for travel, grab the support arms and see if
you can shake and move them. If you can, then you need to secure them better.
One way that was suggested was to wedge a tennis ball between the arm and wall
of your rig. Well, that stopped the shaking OK but after two different stops
heading west we lost two tennis balls. Does that tell you something? A trip to Camping
World solved the problem. For only a couple of dollars pick up two Velcro
straps made just for this problem. Now this works and you will have peace
Satellite Dish Tips - Want to set up
your dish quicker? Be sure it is level. I use a post level used for
leveling vertical studs or posts. This type level gives two readings at the same
time and attaches with a rubber band. It is like putting two levels together at
ninety degrees. Very handy and plastic versions are reasonably priced. For
more information on minidishes.
Slide out - Are you bumping into
your slide out when working outside? Get yourself four feet of half inch
dark colored ribbon. Cut the ribbon in half. Fold both pieces in half and press
on some poster putty (found in most stationary departments) at the fold. Now
stick a ribbon at each end of your slide and these will alert you when you are
getting too close. Store them in the cabinet that holds your water hose, this
way you will remember to attach them when setting up.
- Mirror alignment in RV's is something most people take for granted. They
adjust the rear view mirror so they can see behind them and adjust the side
mirrors so vehicles can be seen approaching on either side. Simple right? Wrong!
Side mirrors should be adjusted to eliminate the blind spot every RV has. You
learn this quickly when you suddenly cut in front of another vehicle that you
didn't know was there. Here is a simple way to have the right mirror set up and
Adjust your rear view mirror as you usually do
You want to see as much of what is behind you as possible. Next, while you are
in the drivers seat lean over to the right as far as you can while holding onto
the steering wheel. If you don't have electric mirrors have someone move the
mirror so just the edge of the rear fender is visable on the left hand
side of the mirror. Now move as far to the left as the door window will allow.
Rest your head against the glass while having the mirror moved so the left rear
fender edge just about shows in the right side of the mirror.
If you have done this correctly here is what
happens. You observe a vehicle in your rear view window. The vehicle starts to
makes a move to pass you. Just as this vehicle is leaving your rear view mirror
it starts to show up in your side view mirror. You now should have a clear
picture of what is happening around you. You may have to make slight adjustments
in the beginning to get it to work with the way you usually sit.
In a motor home the same technique can be used
sometimes using your rear camera.