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Old 05-16-2013, 09:57 PM   #1093
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I've been enjoying the MH too much lately to do much. Only two things on the "done" list...I cleaned and painted the GenSet muffler and I replaced the engine mechanical fuel pump. I've only had the new pump for about two years. I figured it was time to get it installed. Now I know why I had an oil leak at the fuel pump as well. The pump had been replaced before and the old gasket had not been removed. A section of it was missing and a new gasket had not been installed.

The push rod for the fuel pump was easy to deal with. There is a small plug on the block just beneath the pump. The push rod will slide down and out the hole. I did what others had suggested...I put a little grease on the camshaft end and slid the rod back in. It will not hold forever but just enough to install the pump. I also bumped the starter a couple of times so the fuel pump cam lobe was on the low side making it easy to fit the pump right up against the block to install the bolts. All the work was done from underneath. I also put grease on the bolt heads to hold them on the socket for easy installation.

Its all working well.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:39 AM   #1094
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Nice Dean.
Braided hoses and a fuel pressure regulator?
Looking good!
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:39 PM   #1095
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Nice Dean.
Braided hoses and a fuel pressure regulator?
Looking good!
That's all the stuff for the electric fuel pump to eventually install back by the fuel tank.
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:41 PM   #1096
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Well I knew eventually the door handle would break and it did when I shut the door for the night last night. I waited until this morning to use a pair of pliers to open the door. This is my in the field fix. I have two complete door latches at home and hopefully one of the handles will work!
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:29 AM   #1097
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It's a good thing you have spare door latches, replacements are harder to find than Hen's teeth!

I do like your substitute handle

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Old 05-19-2013, 08:47 AM   #1098
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It's a good thing you have spare door latches, replacements are harder to find than Hen's teeth!

I do like your substitute handle

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I will be using the same for mine! that octagonal pice is so cheaply made
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Old 07-04-2013, 05:11 PM   #1099
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The Man Burns in 58 Days!

Burning Man is right around the corner and it's time to start prepping! With our first Burning Man last year under our belt, I certainly have a better understanding of what to do this year. The number one thing is not to bring as much crap as we did last year and that includes inside the MH and on my flat trailer. I won't be hauling a 1000 pounds of someones else's crap this year either!!!

I'm organizing the placement of "stuff" on the trailer better this time as well. When I do this, I have to suffer the wrath of ridicule from my friends, but they are clueless to the dangers of towing an improperly weighted trailer. I have done two, 3000 mile each trips with my F150 towing my 20', 6000 pound enclosed ATV trailer. Since I was at or probably beyond the capacity of the truck, it was critical that I weighted the trailer properly. With all the cargo and the ATV, moving the ATV back or forth just a few inches was like night and day. One morning I would head out and besides feeling the weight, I didn't really know the trailer was there. The next day, the trailer was swaying all over the road! Pulling the 16' flat trailer behind the MH, I don't even know that it is there at all, so I don't want it swaying because I don't think I would even feel that.

When I replaced the MH fresh water tank earlier this year, I kept the old tank. I'm temporarily mounting it on the flat trailer to use as extra gray water storage. I'm also taking an extra 30 gallons of fresh water on the trailer. Showers each do at Burning Man this year...YES!!! I also take my small generator, 25 gallons of extra gas, a propane tank for the BBQ, soda and beer, beer, beer and beer. Oh did I mention beer?

We are also going to cut back on the number of clothes that we bring, since, well at Burning Man, one doesn't really need to wear too much! I'm building a better frame for the portable solar panels and I'm mounting them on a pole on the trailer so they will be up and out of the way and easily turned to the sun.

I don't have a lot to do to the MH this time around, since most of the important big tasks are done! It's been real nice just enjoying the MH over the last few months and not having to work on it every time I go to the "ranch". The real summer weather has arrived up in the far north of California. It was a 115 degrees up there a couple days back and should be a cool 100 tomorrow as I head up there for a week. It's good practice for Burning Man. I've swapped to another space on the ranch for my next 90 day stay for the MH. I don't have the sun directly on the windshield now and I have a nice tree on the space.

I've only done about four small tasks over the last few months, painted the GenSet muffler, changed the GenSet oil and filter, replaced the mechanical 454 fuel pump and replaced the door handle. I only have a few things I want to do before Burning Man, replace some fuel lines, rebuild the Quadra-Jet and pull and replace the cab A/C blower motor.

The majority of the playa dust that gets on and in the MH is from the 3 hour 10 mile drive into camp and the 3 hour 10 mile drive out of camp. I going to do a few things different this year for the drive in and out as well as with the new interior, I'm covering "everything" inside the MH with sheets!
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:15 PM   #1100
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...also cleaning, painting and greasing our Burning Man cruiser bikes. They were trashed!
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:11 AM   #1101
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The majority of the playa dust that gets on and in the MH is from the 3 hour 10 mile drive into camp and the 3 hour 10 mile drive out of camp. I going to do a few things different this year for the drive in and out as well as with the new interior, I'm covering "everything" inside the MH with sheets!
One disadvantage of a rear engine pusher it that the engine runs in all the dust kicked up by the wheels. The Cummins also breaths massive amounts of induction air. I'm amazed at the amount of dirt that clogs the filter in conditions that I wouldn't consider dusty. I would have to at least build a snorkel.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:52 PM   #1102
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Looking good Dean!
You experiences last year will pay dividends!
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:09 AM   #1103
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The majority of the playa dust that gets on and in the MH is from the 3 hour 10 mile drive into camp and the 3 hour 10 mile drive out of camp. I going to do a few things different this year for the drive in and out as well as with the new interior, I'm covering "everything" inside the MH with sheets!
We had dust as an extra when we traveled on Canadian highway under repair, they do things differently than here. Removed all blacktop from both sides of roadway for long stretches of road and within two weeks had completely resurfaced on our way back. I knew I had all windows and vents closed but found out while repairing toilet why so much dust, places hidden were open to the outside, cuts made oversize for pipes! One opening was large enough to be called a vent, couldn't see the ground but the top of a tank, with a mirror discovered it was open and formed a scoop between the chassis girders.
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:25 PM   #1104
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A new A/C blower motor and cages arrived today. I'm going to follow Smartstream's method to replace since no way am I going to pull the dash again! I need to have this done for Burning Man!
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:14 PM   #1105
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A new A/C blower motor and cages arrived today. I'm going to follow Smartstream's method to replace since no way am I going to pull the dash again! I need to have this done for Burning Man!
Just get in as comfortable a position as you can and take your time.

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Just get in as comfortable a position as you can and take your time.

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