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Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 06-06-2019, 10:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,063
Posted By DaKarch
I had my batteries discharge one time...plugged...

I had my batteries discharge one time...plugged into shore power and they never charged back up...

I jumped the batteries with a good one....got enough power to activate the switching circuit from...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 06-04-2019, 11:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,074
Posted By DaKarch
I had this happen in a campground with known...

I had this happen in a campground with known supply issues...bad grounds very common, wrong size supply gauge on wires also common. You only found out once you had a problem how common it was...
Forum: Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 05-17-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,909
Posted By DaKarch
04 parts manual lists the number but doesn't show...

04 parts manual lists the number but doesn't show in the diagram.

I have made adjustment in the past for the alignment of the outside wall seam...very familiar with the process.

That gap in my...
Forum: Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 05-17-2019, 07:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,909
Posted By DaKarch
Seal is split. Need to replace.

Seal is split. Need to replace.
Forum: Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 05-17-2019, 12:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,909
Posted By DaKarch
There is that wiper seal also. The cove seal...

There is that wiper seal also. The cove seal slides underneath when the slide is extended. It's been the cause of leaks when the lower part unglues... post a picture of yours if you can.
Forum: Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 05-17-2019, 12:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,909
Posted By DaKarch
It's the inner cove seal. Parkin-AAC is the...

It's the inner cove seal. Parkin-AAC is the supplier. See pictures340922340923340924
Forum: Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 05-16-2019, 11:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,909
Posted By DaKarch
2004 slide out seal

Need to replace the inner cove seal on my 2004 safari slide out. Airstream tells me discontinued, sends me to a supplier that has the profile but double sided tape applied in the wrong...
Forum: Airstream Classifieds 04-15-2019, 11:06 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 150
Posted By DaKarch
Help with classifieds

Trying to post a tow vehicle for sale. Logged into airforums but says I need to log in...using email and pwd complains about cookies...turn on cookies...doesn't recognize my email address. Any...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 06-18-2017, 08:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,303
Posted By DaKarch
You can read my post about my brake adventure on...

You can read my post about my brake adventure on my 2004 Safari. I learned more about brake assemblies than I ever wanted to know.

That being said I would recommend Dexter assemblies for no other...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 05-26-2016, 08:21 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
"Place the brakes in pairs" My local...

"Place the brakes in pairs"

My local Airstream dealer replace one shoe with a Tekonsha 5000-DX. When I asked shouldn't I do at least the axle on both sides the response was "no, the other side...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 05-25-2016, 09:55 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
Replaced the dexter shoe with a new napa UP-4002...

Replaced the dexter shoe with a new napa UP-4002 which are the shoes on the rear axle. Same test drive as all the other times. No heat issues.

The new dexter brake assembly and drum with napa...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 05-22-2016, 06:32 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
2 more drives so far. Heat has followed the...

2 more drives so far. Heat has followed the shoes. Put an infrared thermometer today and the outer hub at outer bearing was about 20 degree hotter and the outer drum was 110 to 147. Even got the...
Forum: Shocks 05-20-2016, 10:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,507
Posted By DaKarch
Plug for Bilstein!!! Put them on my Suburban...

Plug for Bilstein!!!

Put them on my Suburban 2500. Noticeably better ride. Lifetime warranty... They replaced them one time so far with no hassle.

Also put on my Dodge 3500.

Highly...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 05-20-2016, 10:04 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
Like I said, I don't give up Swapped the...

Like I said, I don't give up

Swapped the passenger side front shoes (new assembly) with the passenger side rear shoes.

Heat seems to have followed the shoes. Not quite as drastic as the new...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 05-19-2016, 10:26 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
After: new bearings, complete wire overhaul, 2...

After: new bearings, complete wire overhaul, 2 new backing plates etc etc

Still the same thing :(

Last ditch effort tonight I remember changing old school drum brakes with my Dad and always...
Forum: General Repair Forum 05-18-2016, 09:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,137
Posted By DaKarch
Find local metal suppliers and ask them if they...

Find local metal suppliers and ask them if they could point you to a smaller fab shop that takes on smaller "one off" type jobs.
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 05-07-2016, 10:28 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
Almost done....this job has been plagued by one...

Almost done....this job has been plagued by one dumb thing after another...

So if you think of I = V/R .... If R increases I should decrease and thus less magnetic force ~~~~ Less braking force
...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 05-06-2016, 10:57 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,104
Posted By DaKarch
My 2 cents.... Quick answer is no you don't...

My 2 cents....

Quick answer is no you don't need it. Load the tongue right and use the break controller to control sway etc.

Long answer...

Use them both! I have towed a lot of stuff with...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 05-06-2016, 10:37 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
Attached a few more photos. Have made slow...

Attached a few more photos. Have made slow progress this week, however, the pictures are of the wire off the wheel that was heating up. Hard to get a good picture but it shows corrosion about 20...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 04-30-2016, 08:18 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
Some pics attached

Some pics attached
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 04-30-2016, 08:12 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
Took half the belly pan off today. Connections...

Took half the belly pan off today. Connections at wire nuts looked fine. But the way its wired could explain why an individual wheel would have a problem. Going to run new wires.
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 04-29-2016, 07:54 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
Unhappy Thread going live again :(:(:(:(:(:( Not...

Thread going live again :(:(:(:(:(:(

Not solved... Same wheel heating up again after out of storage and first 2 trips.

Seriously considering new trailer side brake wiring.
Forum: General Motorhome Topics 09-22-2015, 03:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,854
Posted By DaKarch
I looked at this on my phone at first....looking...

I looked at this on my phone at first....looking on PC its hard to tell anything from this picture.

But new plugs...run fine for a while then gets miss....most likely not the plugs

Just curious...
Forum: General Motorhome Topics 09-22-2015, 01:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,854
Posted By DaKarch
From the looks of the plug you are burning...

From the looks of the plug you are burning lean...google spark plug images....then check timing and vac leaks
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-21-2015, 12:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,000
Posted By DaKarch
I had the same experience with National General. ...

I had the same experience with National General. But I shop insurance once a year and National General always finds a way to beat my new quotes.
Forum: Flat-Front (Cutter, Clipper, XC, XL & Skydeck) Motorhomes 09-21-2015, 12:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,624
Posted By DaKarch
Diesel and gas cooling are about the same. Some...

Diesel and gas cooling are about the same. Some oil burners have an electric fan clutch so you look for a loose or bare wire check continuity etc.

But what you have described has happened to me...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-21-2015, 11:46 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 6,522
Posted By DaKarch
I have or have had both Chevy and Dodge (3/4 and...

I have or have had both Chevy and Dodge (3/4 and 1 ton). There are trade offs in both. Can't go wrong either way.

I think the Chevy's are a more comfortable ride.

Or I thought 2016 the Tundra...
Forum: On The Road... 09-21-2015, 11:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 609
Posted By DaKarch
DC not bad if you use the beltway and avoid peak...

DC not bad if you use the beltway and avoid peak traffic. However 64 better views. And if you are road tripping this weekend Sept 26...PA Turnpike electronic signs are warning everyone of extreme...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-19-2015, 09:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,461
Posted By DaKarch
I had a 93 Toyota Truck....could tow anything...

I had a 93 Toyota Truck....could tow anything with it....stopping was another story.

Its all about stopping. Never about get up and go. So working brakes will be crucial in a smaller tow...
Forum: Winterizing, Storage, Carports & Covers 09-19-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 952
Posted By DaKarch
Yes to these 2!!! --Are tire covers worth...

Yes to these 2!!!

--Are tire covers worth the cost?
--Should I check the caulking more often in SW Florida?

I was in Florida Keys when hurricane Irene was blowing through the Florida...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 09-19-2015, 07:51 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
SOLVED SOLVED SOLVED SOLVED SOLVED (I hope....) ...

SOLVED SOLVED SOLVED SOLVED SOLVED (I hope....)

New backing plate was causing the brake drag.

So I had grand plans of swapping backing plates more debug, more wrenching today. But I decided to...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 09-18-2015, 10:38 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
A few more details from today's adventures in...

A few more details from today's adventures in trailer brakes...

Put the hot wheel in the air tonight at the 145F and again wheel turned freely, no drag.

And the bearings both old and new slide...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 09-18-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
Welll...its not the old hub and bearings. Put...

Welll...its not the old hub and bearings. Put new dexter stamped hub, packed with red grease new bearings and races, new seal.....

145F only difference is that the same trip last night had me...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 09-18-2015, 02:24 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
Well its not electrical....disconnected wires to...

Well its not electrical....disconnected wires to hot wheel. Tire went to 150 in 20 miles. Other tires at 110 with brakes working and I was in stop and go traffic for half of that drive.

So I am...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 09-18-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
By the way...I appreciate everyone's replies!

By the way...I appreciate everyone's replies!
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 09-18-2015, 11:15 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
Setting taper bearings is simple....after...

Setting taper bearings is simple....after repacking, put a little pre load on...spin wheel. loosen, repeat....final set - Turn snug, back off one notch in castle nut. Same process for all wheels,...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 09-18-2015, 09:42 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
Correct backing plates on all 4 wheels.

Correct backing plates on all 4 wheels.
Forum: General Motorhome Topics 09-18-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,854
Posted By DaKarch
That's interesting....How much water? ...

That's interesting....How much water?

Water in fuel usually effects all rpm's.

If you were in total darkness and saw a light then you are leaking voltage. From my experience the voltage...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 09-17-2015, 11:21 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
New backing plate = New springs. Solid return...

New backing plate = New springs. Solid return when manually manipulating the actuating arm.

Also spins freely at the high temperature. no dragging and no binding
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 09-17-2015, 10:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
The bearing has not been replaced. Races look...

The bearing has not been replaced. Races look good and no heat marks. As well as no play radially or axially.

I would have thought if the heat was coming from the bearing that the drum...
Forum: General Motorhome Topics 09-17-2015, 10:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,854
Posted By DaKarch
Are you at high RPM when pulling the hills? I...

Are you at high RPM when pulling the hills? I suspect you are.

Check the coil/coils for burn marks.

Something I do is get a spray bottle and find a dark spot. At idle mist around the cap,...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 09-17-2015, 09:24 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,414
Posted By DaKarch
Help! with one wheel heating

2004 Safari Passenger front axle (dual axle AS) wheel heating up.....Driving me crazy. Lots of details below....

July:

Passenger front axle wheel set TPMS alarm at 190F. Magnet fried, shoes...
Forum: Tires 07-28-2015, 10:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,467
Posted By DaKarch
Why TPMS is worth it - in my case a DILL TPMS

A few years ago I had a sudden blow out due to a faulty tire on the trailer....not fun and expensive. This got me looking into TPMS systems. Will it warn me about a faulty tire that is about to...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 08-03-2013, 09:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,327
Posted By DaKarch
Spoke to AS Factory tech support in the past few...

Spoke to AS Factory tech support in the past few days and he told me that the wheels they supply are .453 valve stems.

Did you purchase/install the Dill? I am considering this product and your...
Forum: Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 04-17-2012, 12:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,690
Posted By DaKarch
So I thought I would post an update. 1st. ...

So I thought I would post an update.

1st. Get on the roof! We used the padded ladder method and stand on rivets.

http://www.jdrops.com/Airstream%20Roof%20Misc%204.JPG

2nd The reason you...
Forum: Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 07-23-2011, 03:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,690
Posted By DaKarch
Guidelines on where to seal AS TT

I have searched the forums and can not find a general guideline of where to seal the AS.

There are some obvious spots like around the vents or door etc. But what about the seems of the body...
Forum: Audio, Video & TV 04-09-2011, 12:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,153
Posted By DaKarch
I was just trying this tonight. If it is the...

I was just trying this tonight. If it is the CDXCA710 you need an aux input adapter XA-C30 or C40. The adapters don't make sense for the $.

I am thinking about replacing the 710 with a newer sony...
Forum: Sinks, Showers & Toilets 04-09-2011, 12:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,925
Posted By DaKarch
Vinstream...I was in your neighborhood in...

Vinstream...I was in your neighborhood in Sept...stayed in a city campground then one closer to Golden. Have family out there. CO great place!

I thought about making a slot and then filling in...
Forum: Sinks, Showers & Toilets 04-07-2011, 10:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,925
Posted By DaKarch
I removed the wall and door on my 28 safari and...

I removed the wall and door on my 28 safari and installed a riser. Wanted to twist the toilet out a little to solve the comfort issue but I think the tank flange is glued in to the black water tank....
Forum: Audio, Video & TV 04-03-2011, 10:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,111
Posted By DaKarch
Third key is for the bathroom door in case it...

Third key is for the bathroom door in case it gets locked with no one inside.
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