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  1. Lippert components makes a lot of parts for our RVs, including retracting steps, leveling jacks, and slides. I needed a motor for my step; Lipperts cost is $198.08, plus shipping. The same part, complete with Lippert's label on it, is sold under the Stromberg Carlso name for $145.95; the source I found included shipping. Although Lippert correctly told me a new motor would solve my problem, when I asked them were I could get the part they failed to mention it was available from other sources under the Stromberg Carlson name. Check it out before you buy.
  2. You'll have to contact EVERY manufacturer of bus/truck mirrors. Mine (on a 2010 4 Winds Serrano made by Navistar) came apart and although it was fixed under warranty I tried to find out who made them...absolutely no luck. Dealers get them from Navistar. I actually found photos that looked like mine, then called 5 or 6 the manufacturers...all denied selling to Navistar/4 Winds. I don't recall whether I asked Navistar, but it is worth a try. Good luck. Frank S Winter in NJ F#114882
  3. RVcaptain

    Chassis Lube

    My motorhome is on a 2009 Workhorse W20D diesel chassis. One of the lubrication points in the manual I downloaded shows a "prop shaft slip joint" (it was called a "spline" on my prior motorhome on a Chevy gas chassis) but I cannot find any grease fitting where it should be. However, there is about 8 inches of a corrugated (or pleated) rubber boot around the drive shaft at that point. Do I remove that to lube it or is it self-lubricating or do I have to do something with it. Also, this is the first time I am changing a cartridge type oil filter, with an element, as opposed to a screw-on type like on automobiles. The cap does not come off easily. My instinct is to turn it counter-clockwise to unscrew it but "27Nm" and an arrow pointing clockwise is molded into the cap. Which way should I turn it to remove it? I did check the manuals, but they do not go into this detail...I suppose they think that only experienced mechanics do the work. I'd be grateful for any help you send me. Thanks. Frank Winter in NJ RVCaptain@gmail.com F#114882
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