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  1. Guys, all of these batteries are from the same couple of manufacturers; they just have different labels on them. Shop for your 6 volt flooded lead acid batteries by looking at $$ per pound. Cheapest and most accurate condition of charge is a $12 specific gravity meter. Most batteries do not die a natural death, they are murdered. Proper charging, depth of discharge, and maintaining fluid level all impact the batteries' life span.
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Diesel-Equipment-ZD1631-12V-Windshield-Wipers/dp/B00ODIMU30 $189 on Amazon.com .... looks like it is really a Mercedes Benz product
  3. Join the yahoo group "Safari Friends"... learn what chassis you have.... google the casting numbers on your wheel cylinders... radiator will most likely be a custom.... http://www.bepco.biz/sites/default/files/11.8.13 Caliper Cat.pdf http://www.cgj.com/store/category/motorhome-radiators/ in the final analysis, EDUCATION is key in this game.... moderators here have saved me thou$ands.. no exaggeration
  4. I do not fault FMCA leadership ~ VZW is known for reversing itself; look at the dishonest folly in their new "Unlimited" plan~~ it's just not true~~ therefore it is a lie HOWEVER Trial plan?? Pilot plan??? Is it really reasonable for certain members to enjoy such a great benefit as this while it is kept from others? How do you decide which 5000 members gets to be in the inside circle?? put some extra $$ in the plan for indirect costs, verify motorcoach ownership, automate the process, and make it available to ALL members out of the box!
  5. It is the cooler EGT and oil circulation that eventually cools the bearing and the cooler bearing does not coke the residual oil... this results in less bearing spalling and longer turbo life....but this Takes time; in actual practice bearing temps rise after shutdown of a heat soaked turbo. In the aerospace industry, Ray Jay and Garrett turbos are routinely allowed to cool 15 minutes before shutdown. NTSB accident reviews that involve roll offs in manifold pressure almost always recommend proper warm up and cool down of the turbo. (In this business turbo failure = forced landing before the high dollar repair bill)... sometimes this cool down is shorter, but that is after a 20 minute (15,000 foot) descent at reduced manifold pressure and a taxi to the ramp. Let it cool... here is what I see after 10 minutes of idle only on my Beaver's Cat... soon we will run a large Cummings Genset at full power for an hour... hope to get multiple shots then john
  6. Different beast all together.... made of exotic metals like tungsten, molybdenum, niobium ....... modern diesel turbo (Ray Jay or Garrett) nothing like a Pratt or GE turbine. The Pratt engines do have the same compression ratio as a Cat or Cummins tho~ Yea, and also those entities who purchase and operate Bell UH-1s have the ability to actually PRINT money. Let your turbo cool... it will last longer
  7. Read volume one (the section on thermodynamics) "The internal combustion Engine in Theory and Practice" by Charles F Taylor.... Ageed that EGT is a good measuring tool for shutdown
  8. That is total BS... five minutes is NOT long enough for a heat soaked turbo to sufficiently cool and prevent bearings from coking oil. Caterpillar turbo cartridge = $3500.00 plus labor.
  9. Interesting shot after cleaning, upgrading to metal surge tank, and new silicon hoses. Clearly hot water enters the system from the left.
  10. The folks at Power steering associates had my steering box rebuilt in two hours... the paint dried in the back of the pickup on the way home... Adjusting the cut is really important; Sheppard has youtube videos on the whole process... during testing, the plastic radiator tank sprang a massive leak ~ we ordered a metal replacment from Beaver Coach Services in Bend, Or.... Hope to get Coach back with new steer box, radiator tank, and all new silicon water hoses on Wednesday. for future search engines: 1996 Beaver Monterey 36' Power steering gear : Sheppard M 80 PAW1 search youtube for videos on repair Radiator surge tank: Ford part number F6HZ- 8A080 B Beaver coach sales sells a metal replacment
  11. Get the Honda.... Accept no substitutes...
  12. When talking about the cheapest ride improvement, I was referring to proper inflation... I am currently fighting steering problems and coolant tank cracks... truck shop smiles every time I walk in. $$$$$$$$
  13. Some of the cheapest improvements to your ride you will make.
  14. Brett, how many thousandths out of round would be un acceptable? guess I need to drag out my dial guage.... Incidentally, I just came into possession of a FLIR camera, I plan on doing the turbo bearing cooling study we spoke of in Columbus, Ga. john
  15. oh yeah.... brake pedal changes nothing... vibration occurs accelerating or coasting/ decelerating... it is 90% gone, but if possible i would like to get it all
  16. I realize that I am peeling an onion.... beginning was BAD vibration 50 mph plus... noise and vibration worst in vicinity of rear axle. proper tire inflation = big improvment centramatic balancers = another huge improvement new shocks = no improvement in ride but much better driving manners balance driveshaft at local Volvo truck shop (guy said it was bad out) = almost all gone except mild vibration 59 to 61 63 to 70 = silky smooth ride....0 to 59 is like glass... Calling all experts.... what should I check next??? ideas? thanks
  17. Like Brett says, comments make little difference unless you own that chassis... BUT when I replaced the totally undersized and totally destroyed Monroe shocks on my magnum chassis with a set of Bilsteins, there was a tremendous (positive) difference... If your shocks are gone, I suspect fresh shocks of either brand would benefit you greatly- sure did in my case.
  18. Black zip ties and 1/2" cpvc couplers as spacers
  19. yep.....we had owned the new toy almost three weeks.... happened in my own back yard...
  20. Most of the chassis parts for my 96 Monterey can be purchased at NAPA... Beaver ambassadors has many "Secrets" to offer... i.e. my headlight switch is a NAPA Echlin DL6065 and can be had four blocks from me right now for $26. Beaver Coach Services in Bend, oregon provided me a new baggage door at a reasonable price... they have most all parts. It is savings like this that make ownership possible for us. No way we can pull into the service bay of a dealer and rack up a $7500 bill to fix things.
  21. Our 36' Monterey is now over 20 years old.... comfort? you bet.... does it rattle?? yes all of them do... interior is solid walnut cabinetry... exterior is fiberglass... we love the thing...google "Beaver Ambassadors"
  22. Goodness! I try to cruise around 55 and average 11-12. No clue what happens above 60, but I bet the bottom brows out... flat plane drag is real.
  23. Ok before I put more $$$ into this rig agin, I am considering one of these: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Makita-18-Volt-LXT-Lithium-Ion-Cordless-High-Torque-3-4-in-Square-Drive-Impact-Wrench-Tool-Only-XWT07Z/206637101?cm_mmc=Shopping|THD|G|0|G-BASE-PLA-D25T-PowerTools|&gclid=CjwKEAiApLDBBRC8oICb9NvKsg0SJAD9yOHsJCJf1qbhlZw4mXJ2UqVzuJRKzK4hOhsX4JptX5-JoxoCdmrw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds nobody I have spoke with torques 22.5" wheels... everyone just uses an Impact. comments?
  24. prototype failure back to the welding shop
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