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Old 04-06-2016, 03:15 PM   #267
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I second tweaking the steering box, I was able to adjust a few inches of free travel from the steering wheel with the steering box adjustment.
Also the bell cranks are a known weak point, often replaced with those from Super Steer Co. Which are adjustable once in place.

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Old 04-19-2016, 03:50 PM   #268
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So I am ordering steering parts. I am looking at the supersteer bell cranks and bell crank arms. Also I am trying to decide if I should replace the air bags in the springs or just get the super steer 5000 -5300 lb coil springs. I am gonna do ball joints and tie rods. I cannot find a clear labeled diagram to figure out what other components are called and where they go. Something called a drag link, idler arm, pitman arm. No idea where these go or if I should get new ones...
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Old 05-05-2016, 08:20 AM   #269
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Drove the 345 back to KC from western Kansas yesterday after replacing the front suspension and steering parts. Drove great with the stiffer springs and very smooth turning. No bounce on bumps and bridges. I went with stiffer springs from speed steer which eliminated the front end sag but now I need to somehow adjust the rear ride height just a bit taller to match... There is still some wander in the steering. We adjusted the gearbox within an inch of its life and I think it just needs to be rebuilt or replaced. Has anyone done this before or know where to get a hold of one?
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Old 05-05-2016, 08:50 AM   #270
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Steering box

try Rock Auto...Regards, Bob
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Old 05-05-2016, 09:04 AM   #271
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Someone here has mentioned a coupler in the steering shaft that caused some play in his steering. Might be worth looking into.

Does sound like things are progressing nicely on your rig.

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Old 05-05-2016, 09:12 AM   #272
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I will take a closer look at how it is put together. A coupler sounds much nicer than replacing the whole steering box... Thanks!
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Old 05-05-2016, 09:37 AM   #273
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This place did my 1956 Cadillac Steering box worked great.
http://www.larescorp.com/
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Old 05-05-2016, 10:35 AM   #274
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I think that the coupler is #31 on the attached diagram. Also known as a "rag joint". The shop that worked on ours would not test drive until it was replaced, said it was too dangerous. They had a hard time finding a replacement.
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Old 05-05-2016, 11:23 AM   #275
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The rag joint I used on my 94 Argosy was made by Dorman #31015. This crosses over to GM 7828871 which appears to be used from the 70s thru the 80s.

As far as ordering parts from Rockauto I do so all the time with the exception of items that have core charges (like steering gearboxes). Return shipping pretty much wipes out any savings when returning the core. Plus there is the hassle factor of having to repack and ship the core.

Instead I've been buying those items online via Autozone which allows shipping to the house but you can take the returns to the nearest store and get the core refund.
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Old 05-21-2016, 02:33 PM   #276
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We finally got the wallpaper in the kitchen done. I also built a new countertop to get rid of the useless tile trivety thingy and new laminate!Click image for larger version

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Old 05-21-2016, 03:18 PM   #277
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Love that wallpaper!
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We finally got the wallpaper in the kitchen done. I also built a new countertop to get rid of the useless tile trivety thingy and new laminate!Attachment 262918
Nice touch, Kreimer !!
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We decided to go to Phoenix as I am unemployed and Scott had to come down for work. Well the trip started out good. We went to the FOD Airstream rally in Memphis and the coach did fantastic! Even in the torrential downpour! One night the electric went out and we had a party in the motorhome with the generator going for a/c. Good times! After the rally we started westward toward Phoenix. Using the generator to get the a/c's going was working beautifully and we were getting near 8mpg! The first night we got free camping at a casino with full hookups. Score! The second night we stayed at another casino just west of Albuquerque. This is where the fun begins...

We started off in the morning with nice weather genset humming happily and all was shiny. Then the cruise control disengaged. I looked down and noticed the speedometer was not working anymore. Grr. We drove through some nasty storms in eastern Arizona and finally made it to Flagstaff. We headed down towards Phoenix and was doing good until we hit the hill that never ends. We got down to 30mph in second gear and just as we reached the top the rest of my gushes shorted out. Changed the fuse and I was good again other than the outside temp... Hotashell degrees...

We arrived at the RV park in north Phoenix and our battle with the heat began. The one a/c is no match for 110 degrees... I called a mobile repair and they have a way to make both ac's run. It is a long story involving a schematic but basically as I understand it the end result will be having two shore cords plugged into a y adaptor then plugged into 50amp.

It got up to 110 deg and I started the generator to use both air conditioners. After twenty minutes the power died. I went out and looked and smoke was coming out of the green sting side of the generator. I let I cool down and it is locked up. I found sno5her one at a salvage yard and bought i5 cheap. The 4v guys here picked it up for me and stayed late to install i5 in the coach. He just called me and said it is full of water.

So as it stands now I am going o try and get my money back for the generator and the shop is gonna price me a new generator in the morning. Us and our three dogs are currently in a hotel with fantastic air conditioning. The new gen he is recommending is an ONAN 5.5 HGJAB. It is a lot of money. I am hoping the new generator is worth it vs tiring to find another one like we had. This is turning into an expensive trip I'm afraid.... Dreading the drive back up to flagstaff when we return home...
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Having to spend that much money, I sure would consider a 7kw replacement rather than a 5.5
http://www.americanrvcompany.com/Cum...torhome-Camper
besides the 2 AC's, you also have your converter and Fridge to consider

http://www.americanrvcompany.com/ass...gmntBasics.pdf
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