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Old 08-01-2013, 09:56 PM   #1107
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Yesterday, I got the dash A/C fan motor and cages replaced. It's not a fun job and I hope that solves my problem with getting no air after about 20 minutes of operation. I also pulled the fan speed resistor to check it....I don't have words to explain how difficult that one was. It looked fine so I reinstalled it.

Today, I pulled the quadra-jet and rebuilt it. I put it back on, cranked the engine a few times and it started right up. It idles and runs great (in park). I'll have to get it out on the road for a good test drive before Burning Man. It didn't look bad on the inside when I took it apart. I did notice on idle screw was all the way in. The filter on the inlet had a cheap little check valve in it which had come apart and was partly blocking the inlet. The float was set way too low. A small pick up tube had fallen out of the top cover so of course there was no fuel supply to one of the secondary bores. There was no clip on the needle to pull the needle up as the fuel bowl level changed. Other then that it was just a bit dirty but not bad. Most of the screws, bolts, etc., were all very loose. I rebuilt it with a kit I got from Cliff's High Performance.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:09 AM   #1108
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Looks great Dean!
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:50 AM   #1109
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:32 PM   #1110
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:02 PM   #1111
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:20 PM   #1112
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I got tired of the right side inside corner of the mud flap dragging at times so I did a little mud flap maintenance today.

The tranny was leaking a bit so I got under there and cleaned it up some and decided to check the pan bolts. I was surprised as to how loose they were.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:56 AM   #1113
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I took the MH out for a test drive a couple days back to test my Quadra-Jet rebuild. I drove down the mountain to town filled up the gas tank (ouch!) and then back up the mountain to the ranch. The MH ran great! It has good pickup and i no longer have the off closed throttle hesitation that I had before. I can also feel the secondaries open and close.
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Old 08-09-2013, 11:23 AM   #1114
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Burning Man is a couple weeks away and my To Do list is down to a very short one. The MH is ready for it's second year at Burning Man and hopefully I will be too! We learned a lot from last year's trip, one being not to bring so much crap! Another was to bring enough fresh water and gray water storage in order to shower each day (now that's what I call camping!).

I've outfitted my flat trailer this year with my old MH water tank which will now be used as an extra gray water tank. The trailer will also carry my 2000 watt generator, battery and inverter, extra gas, fresh water, bicycles, solar panels, beer, beer, beer, tools, bar, BBQ, propane spare MH tire and on and on and on!
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:25 AM   #1115
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I absolutely love the ingenuity and out of the box thinking!
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Old 08-10-2013, 04:34 PM   #1116
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Dean,

From your posts posts about your 1st trip to Burning Man you talk about all of the dust and how it gets into everything. I'm curious if you're going to cover the trailer with a tarp or something similar as you drive the final miles to the site.

Or is it one of those situations that no matter what you do the dust is going to cover everything anyway!

Your trailer arrangement looks good.

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Old 08-10-2013, 06:19 PM   #1117
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I absolutely love the ingenuity and out of the box thinking!
Thanks. Most of what you see is for Burning Man only and will be removed from the trailer after the event. I try to use whatever is sitting around and since it is for BM, looks aren't important. Did you notice my old motorhome furnace fan in the trailer box to help cool the generator?
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:49 PM   #1118
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Dean,

From your posts posts about your 1st trip to Burning Man you talk about all of the dust and how it gets into everything. I'm curious if you're going to cover the trailer with a tarp or something similar as you drive the final miles to the site.

Or is it one of those situations that no matter what you do the dust is going to cover everything anyway!

Your trailer arrangement looks good.

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I wish I could cover the motorhome with a tarp! LOL.

I believe the "dirt" road from the pavement to the camp (city) is 12 miles. Last year I would say that 99% of the dust came from that drive in. It was hard to grasp just how much all was covered with the playa dust when we got into camp and I got out and took a look! I am going to cover the trailer with a tarp to help keep what dust off that I can. I'm sure a lot of dust will come up from underneath and through the wood floor slats.

Last year, I sort of got conned into loading up the trailer at the last minute with a thousand pounds of other folks stuff just to find out those folks didn't want us in their camp. Not very good BM spirit there, but we rose above that quickly and had a great time camping elsewhere in the city. This year it will only be my own gear and provisions on the trailer. My friends make fun of me for organizing and weighting the trailer properly but I've got reasons! First as you know, the trailer needs to be weighted correctly in order to safely tow it. The weight of the fresh water will be over the front axle on the drive in and the gray water will be over the front axle on the way out. I also want easy access to everything both for setting up camp and getting to the beer during the week. I learned last year that the setup of camp needs to be quick and easy because once you get there you find yourself not wanting to do all this setup, you just want to participate in the event!
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I saw the clamps on the wire and assumed (wrongly) it was from the generator 12 v charging port to charg the batts I like the idea if a cooling fan in that enviroment!
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Felicia and I have to research more about BM. It sounds like a very unique experience!
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