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  1. New Engine oil formulation question

    Obviously my engine is out of warranty... I was thinking of those that still have a warranty. I'm still not sure I agree with your premise though. Are you saying that anyone whose engine calls for 15w40 can substitute the T-6 at 5w40? Seems to me that they are showing this comparison to make the point that the new product provides excellent protection. I don't see anywhere that they state it can replace 15w40 in any engine. Some engines specify 15w40 (or other grades) for a reason beyond the lubrication itself. For example, a pump may be designed to move oil at a certain pressure based on the viscosity, and if the viscosity drops the pressure might not be the same. I still think it best to check out the manufacturer's recommendations before making a change.
  2. New Engine oil formulation question

    This test was done at -34 C. Of course 5w will reach areas of the engine faster at those temps. However, if my engine manufacturer (the people I'm hoping will stand behind their warranty) specifies 15w, then that's what I'd use.
  3. Class A Coach Cover

    This might not require a permit by you, but around here they'd consider that a structure and want a permit. They don't care how permanent it is, just if it is safe and meets code. Put up something around here without a permit and get caught, and they'll charge you triple the fees to get the permit retroactively. That is if they decide that it's a permissible project and allow it at all. The good news is that almost every municipality has posted their codes online, so it's pretty easy to know ahead of time what requires a permit and what does not. Better to check and not assume no permit is required.
  4. RV flooring replacement in Las Vegas

    We just had the carpeting in our coach replaced by a good friend who is a certified flooring installer. He has done a number of RV installs in the past. I actually had the conversation with him about finding someone to do the work, since if it wasn't for him we would not have known where to turn. I just checked out the website for the certified flooring installers, and they don't list anyone in your area. That doesn't really mean anything though, since I'm sure that there is more than one place to get training and certification. Seems like the place to start would be to talk to the people who run a couple of the privately-owned flooring stores and ask who they know in the area that have done RV installs in the past. This is a specialized type of installer you're looking for, and word of mouth will probably be the best way to find someone. Probably best to stay away from box stores and chain flooring outlets, as they may not have as deep a resource stack as the smaller stores. Once you find someone and talk to them, then it's just the standard procedure of getting references from other RV owners and check them out. We have a 35-foot coach without slides, and we spent about $450 on the new carpet and then $906 on the install including pad. If you add tile to that it will obviously cost more, but I think that if you find an experienced installer you can do much better than $10K.
  5. New Engine oil formulation question

    Echoing what has been hinted at and said before by Rich and others, it is vital that every coach owner read and understand the manufacturer's recommendations regarding oil. While many newer formulations might state that they are backwards compatible, it isn't 100% and should not be relied on. Like has been said, a 2-stroke diesel is just one example, and anyone putting the newer oil formulations in an older engine needs to do his/her homework first.
  6. Created a Electrical Problem

    Sounds like you created a short between the turn signal circuit and the light circuit. I'm guessing that the ground is the housing of the lamp socket and that the two contacts are for the signal and light circuits.
  7. 6V Battery Recommendation

    My research showed that Trojan batteries were worth the extra expense. On our first coach we used T-145 batteries since that was all we had room for. Our current coach has much more room so we went with L16. Obviously you'll need to pick batteries that fit the space/setup you're working with. But, keep in mind that there are different capacity sizes available in the same physical size.
  8. Let Meet Up in Gillette

    We'd love to meet up with everyone we met online. Looking forward to it.
  9. Gillette 2018

    Sounds great. I'd love to be able to meet everyone.
  10. 1974 GMC 4108 - Custom Coach Land Cruiser

    We'd love to get together with others, but we won't be arriving until early on the 18th. We kind of decided to go to Gillette at the last minute, and that's the soonest that we'll be able to pull in.
  11. 1974 GMC 4108 - Custom Coach Land Cruiser

    You are correct - 8V71. On my trip from NJ to Wisconsin it actually used almost no oil at all. The engine has less than 42K miles (actual original miles, not since rebuild) so it's really still a new engine in many respects. I do carry a few gallons with us, but unless something goes wrong I don't expect the oil use to go up suddenly.
  12. 1974 GMC 4108 - Custom Coach Land Cruiser

    The chassis system was 24v from the factory and still is. All the bus systems are 24v, including dash lights, headlights, marker lights, etc. The only 12v bus system that I've found so far is the circuit for the daytime running lights which provides 12v to the headlights for daytime half-power use. I haven't had too much trouble finding replacement bulbs for anything yet, and what I cannot get from Amazon I can get from Luke. The other things that I've replaced such as driver fan are available in 24v from truck supply houses. The only 12v thing I've installed for use while traveling is the car stereo, and it is tied to the house battery bank. As originally configured from Custom Coach, about half of the house systems were tied into the chassis battery. With the exception of two pieces (servo for rear window Venetian blinds & actuator for pneumatic step cover) everything has been changed to run on the 12v house batteries. The two remaining pieces were left as 24v because I cannot find 12v replacements for the servo & actuator, and if I did there was no access provided without disassembling cabinetry. Just didn't seem worth the effort, especially since the step cover is only used while on the road and the blinds are usually kept closed since they are behind the TV. All the DC lighting is now LED, and I've added additional lights where there was only 120v lighting installed. Many of these older Custom Coach conversions didn't have a real house battery bank installed at all. They used the generator 8D start battery to provide power to the 12v systems, and were designed to be plugged in or on shore power whenever they were parked. Obviously this setup was not going to work with dry camping and needed to be changed. Apparently things were done much differently in 1974 than they are now. We installed four Trojan L16G batteries for a total of 780Ah. The charger is a Progressive Dynamics 9270 which puts out 70 amps. There is also a Sterling 24v-to-12v battery-to-battery charger which allows the house batteries to charge directly from the chassis alternator while on the road at 70 amps. The Sterling is a modern multi-stage charger and a step above just using an equalizer since it won't over charge. We do not have an equalizer, and if I'm running 12v systems while driving I just turn on the Sterling charger. The last step of the system, which I'm still working on, is the solar. Right now I'm working to make the bus 'solar ready' and installing a Victron 150/85 MPPT charge controller. Panels will follow soon. Since we have over-the-road a/c and don't plan on running the a/c while dry camping (yet) there was no need for a huge inverter. We installed the PSW Samlex which puts out 2000 watts. Due to the configuration of the 120v breaker panel and the use of a manual transfer switch I was not able to tie it into the existing 120v system and opted to install a few parallel outlets from the inverter. We've got outlets front and rear from the inverter as well as one in the wet bay. Eventually we plan to reconfigure the 120v breaker panel to allow for installation of an inverter/charger which is tied to the 120v system with an automatic transfer switch. We're planning to be at Gillette and would love to have you take a look at the setup if you're there, and possibly we can see how your rig is set up as well.
  13. If your old plan didn't have a smart phone, then you'll probably need to add a data plan in order to bring the smartphone over. You don't need to buy the phone from Verizon, as long as it's one that will work on their network. My understanding that the FMCA plan being offered for MiFi is a stand-alone plan. You'll still need to have a data plan on your phone's plan if you have a smartphone or want to order one. The FMCA data plan through the Jetpack has a much higher data limit than most of the lower-priced phone data plans. If you only use a small amount of data then you' might have no need for the FMCA plan. You might be able to use your new smartphone as a hotspot and connect your laptap & iPad, but of course you'll be using the data allowance in your smartphone's plan. If you connect your iPad and HP laptop through Wifi, then you still won't need the FMCA plan. If, however, you are looking for a way to connect and get online when there is no Wifi and/or use the internet above and beyond what your smartphone's plan allows, then you might find the FMCA plan just what you're looking for.
  14. 1974 GMC 4108 - Custom Coach Land Cruiser

    Definitely manual. I'm starting to get the hang of it, but the learning curve is steep. The chassis is still 24v. House systems are all 12v.
  15. Leveling blocks

    Kind of reminds me of all the aptitude tests we took when I was in grade school and middle school in the 60s and 70s. Some people understand basic mechanical design and some don't. Sometimes no amount of explaining seems to be able to bridge the gap between the two camps.