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Old 03-23-2011, 12:23 AM   #21
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I'm looking for advice on shocks and tires. Bilstein or KYB? Michelin or Goodyear?
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:57 AM   #22
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I'm looking for advice on shocks and tires. Bilstein or KYB? Michelin or Goodyear?
You have a great looking coach. Did your folks add the accents around the windows and the lower trim stripe? Or '82 280 only has the wood grain stripe below the windows. We got our coach from the wife's folks, her dad is still around but is in pretty bad shape with Alzheimer's.

I'm running Goodyear RS646 and am very happy with them. I talked to several tire dealers in the area and they seemed to agree that Michelins have more aging and thread separation issues. By the way the Goodyears are the only 8x19.5 tires that I have found that are mud and snow rated. We have been in the slush a few times but have yet to chain up.

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Old 03-23-2011, 01:20 AM   #23
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You have a great looking coach. Did your folks add the accents around the windows and the lower trim stripe? Or '82 280 only has the wood grain stripe below the windows. We got our coach from the wife's folks, her dad is still around but is in pretty bad shape with Alzheimer's.

I'm running Goodyear RS646 and am very happy with them. I talked to several tire dealers in the area and they seemed to agree that Michelins have more aging and thread separation issues. By the way the Goodyears are the only 8x19.5 tires that I have found that are mud and snow rated. We have been in the slush a few times but have yet to chain up.

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Thanks Dan. In '97, my dad had the coach painted and clear coated. He had it done with the '90s paint scheme. If i remember right the '82 came with a blue stripe. I must say I like the '90s scheme a lot better. My dad used to tell folks the MH was a '94 instead of a '82

The clear coat on the top is shot...in fact it may have actually been painted. The weather conditions in the far northern area of California...snow in winter and 115 degrees in the summer has really done a number on the clear coat over the last couple of years.

The coach has Goodyears on it now with good tread but I'm afraid they are now just too old. On my SUV I am totally sold on Michelins. Lots of different thoughts on this forum as to which tire and which size so I'm really confused as to what to do.
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:42 AM   #24
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Thanks Dan. In '97, my dad had the coach painted and clear coated. He had it done with the '90s paint scheme. If i remember right the '82 came with a blue stripe. I must say I like the '90s scheme a lot better. My dad used to tell folks the MH was a '94 instead of a '82

The clear coat on the top is shot...in fact it may have actually been painted. The weather conditions in the far northern area of California...snow in winter and 115 degrees in the summer has really done a number on the clear coat over the last couple of years.

The coach has Goodyears on it now with good tread but I'm afraid they are now just too old. On my SUV I am totally sold on Michelins. Lots of different thoughts on this forum as to which tire and which size so I'm really confused as to what to do.
Your dad did good with the paint colors. I think some of the '82s had the blue stripe and some models had the wood grain. I think I read somewhere that the wood grain was only used for two or three years.

Yeah tire opinion is everywhere. I've run Michelins on cars with no problems. I think the difference is on your car or suv you wear the tires out, most RV's don't put on enough miles to wear a tire out, they just kind of fall apart from age like we do. When I was shopping for tires the last place I thought to look was Camping World and I was shocked as they beat everybody else by $175 for two tires. A sale was on at the time but money is money.

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Your dad did good with the paint colors. I think some of the '82s had the blue stripe and some models had the wood grain. I think I read somewhere that the wood grain was only used for two or three years.

Yeah tire opinion is everywhere. I've run Michelins on cars with no problems. I think the difference is on your car or suv you wear the tires out, most RV's don't put on enough miles to wear a tire out, they just kind of fall apart from age like we do. When I was shopping for tires the last place I thought to look was Camping World and I was shocked as they beat everybody else by $175 for two tires. A sale was on at the time but money is money.

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Dan, you were correct. I found some old photos of the MH before my dad had it repainted. It did have the wood grain stripe!
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Three years ago we made the trip from my Dad's house in Oregon to the MH's new home in northern California..
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Old 03-26-2011, 06:54 AM   #27
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A few additional things I did awhile back...

Replaced converter
Replaced fuse panel
Installed a couple of heavy duty 12 volt circuit breakers
Replaced smog air pump
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:47 AM   #28
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Looks good

thank you for the Pictures

where did you install the H.D. circuit breakers. and where in Line.

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Old 03-27-2011, 12:49 AM   #29
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Looks good

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where did you install the H.D. circuit breakers. and where in Line.

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Should always have a breaker as close to the battery as possible. My batteries are under floor next to door step. Cut off switch is there too in step well. I mounted breakers right there on frame. One circuit goes to 12 volt fuse panel, other goes forward to isolator and dash accessories.
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Old 03-27-2011, 01:49 AM   #30
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Installed a new refrigerator today. Picked it up at Camping World. Those folks are not too bright. Do your research. Know what you are looking for. Have your part numbers. I replaced the existing Dometic RM3807 with a RM2820. Had a little trouble getting old one out and new one in but it is now up and running. Wow a new refrigerator smell and the door closes without having to use my foot.
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Old 03-28-2011, 02:07 AM   #31
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The new frig is in and the bathroom plumbing is fixed. Also have a new water heater to be installed next trip. Hopefully I will never have to deal with a plumbing problem again (yah right!). After a busy weekend of MH repairs, it was time to head on home.
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:58 PM   #33
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I'm looking to replace the lpg leak detector. The original has an on/off switch and controls a relay to turn the gas on and off. Most new ones seem to have a test button but no on and off switch. I need the on and off switch to turn the gas on and off. I only turn the main manual valve off at the tank when I'm not going to use for a long time. What do you suggest?
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I used http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...classNum=11364
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Old 04-11-2011, 12:43 AM   #35
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Replaced bath fan blade today. Easy from roof. Two screws to take cover off. Old blade as brittle as can be. Nice to ave fan working again.
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:42 AM   #36
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Rewired power from shore/GenSet to breaker panel. Old switch was rusted and corroded. Installed new shore/GenSet switch and a surge protector. Installed inside instead of in leaky storage bin.

All worked great except I now need to adjust GenSet so it doesn't put out too many volts. Surge protector shuts off power is voltage is over 134.

Also installed two new lights in galley.
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Installed new plugs, wires, rotor and cap on 454. It sure runs nice with new carb and tuneup. It was a bit difficult to get old plug wires off spark plugs. Plugs came out very easy...thankful for that. Had to spend a bit of time making sure wires were not touching exhaust etc.
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Finished installing 220 amp battery isolator to go along with the 220 amp alternator that I installed earlier.
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The old water heater replaced with the new!
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The old water heater replaced with the new!
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