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Old 04-13-2017, 11:48 AM   #841
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I had a friend give us a bag of Morel mushrooms and they are just a delicious addition to many types of food.
The bigger versions grow in Alaska
I'm terrible at finding them but they are deeeeelicious any way you prepare em.
Hehehehehe I had no idea the BIG ones were up there Peter!
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Old 04-25-2017, 11:47 AM   #842
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On our last outing I was looking at our vacuum powered steps and got to wondering....has anyone ever tried to convert the existing steps to electric powered. Leaving the actual steps and linkage in place but retrofitting the power to retract and lower the steps. I was thinking about the possibility of using a motor and other parts off of an electric set of stairs and somehow tweaking them to work on our vacuum steps. I don't know much about how the electric steps actually work, Ive yet to start the research, but my question is "do you fellas know of anyone who has tried?" It would sure be a great project to undertake if it's doable. That way we wouldn't have to worry about exact fit for a new set of replacement steps and possibly disturb less of the step well when doing it. Just tossing this around in my head a bit. Crazy? Probably too much hassle? Stop thinking Mike? Don't fix it if it ain't broke?
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Old 04-25-2017, 11:50 AM   #843
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Mike, here's a thread where I installed electric steps on my old 310.

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Old 04-25-2017, 12:00 PM   #844
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Mike, I used this Kwikee 44-1662 electric step on the 310 and on my Argosy as well. On the 310 installation was pretty straight forward. If you read the link I posted previously you'll see where I had a few problems but nothing overly difficult and one was self inflicted!

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Old 05-15-2017, 08:16 AM   #845
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Love Sunday night and then Monday mornings while out camping. Watching the campground clear out Sunday evening and then waking up Monday morning with the campground deserted. So quiet, the buzz and energy are so different than Friday/Saturday.

We have been trying to use fridays and Saturday's as travel days then plop down somewhere on Sunday as folks are leaving. Monday morning fires.....yyyyyyyyyyup!
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:35 AM   #846
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Needless to say I'm jealous!!
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I replaced the steps on our coach with the kwikee electric steps and they work great.

The install is not difficult just make sure you get the right door switch Brad knows which one to get .
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Thanks John. What I'm thinking about doing is keeping my OEM steps in place but replacing the vacuum actuator with an electric lineal actuator. Had to take a break from researching it for a day or two cause I was goin a little nuts. I WANT to keep the switch in the door jamb but I may end up having to just settle for dpdt switch on the wall inside the door and call it good enough. Really, when the coach is running, we are not in and out that much so the door jamb switch isn't that big of a deal. One thing that would change with the wall switch is that we would have to use the switch to the extend the steps rather than the OEM setup where gravity and a spring extend the steps. The electric actuator will work, now need to engineer it to get the right length and attachment points and such. The vacuum actuator has 3" of travel the way it is designed.
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Old 05-16-2017, 10:40 PM   #849
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Mike is the vacuum actuator bad or do you just want to change the set up? The reason I ask is they are available, they are headlight actuators for 68 to 82 corvettes.
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Old 05-17-2017, 05:52 AM   #850
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Oooooooh, I did not know that Dan! The steps are working fine, just anticipating failure eventually. Thought I might have something in mind when they do. Thanks for the heads up........welllllll, scratch that off the list!
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Mike I copied this from a thread here on the forum. I don't remember where exactly as I just copied the text.

The actuator for the step is a 68 to 82 Corvette headlight actuator.
A repair kit may also be available.
http://www.zip-corvette.com/ProductD...=SGR-SR&CTitle=&
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I have learned a bit about these valves. An almost identical replacement is made by Pollak (the same people who make trailer connectors) as part number 42-103. Pollak doesn't list or sell it in small quantities, however the same part is also known as a Niehoff UN50, available from Partsamerica for about $25, NAPA 2-2057 for about $60, Standard FV-1 or Borg Warner as FSV1. There is also apparently an AC Delco number for the same thing. Some of these were made with 5/16" hose barbs, some with 3/8", so you might need to adapt to the hoses in your unit or add some clamps.
They are intended as fuel selector valves. They draw about 0.6 amps from 12 volts and are operated by a continuous-duty solenoid. The current NAPA part looks a lot better made than the original.
Most modern fuel selector valves have six ports instead of three, so that the return fuel can be sent to the right tank. Most also are motor driven rather than solenoid; sending a pulse of 12V on one wire switches to one tank, another pulse on another wire to select the other tank (and logic and switches inside to shut off the motor once it has switched, more stuff to break). They also have an extra set of contacts so the gauge is switched automatically too, and a fancy multi-pole connector. If you are replacing the step vacuum solenoid you want the old 3-port one driven by a solenoid. To answer my own question of the thread, there *isn't* anything else in the circuit. +12 goes to the door jamb switch, which is closed when the door is open. This sends +12 to the solenoid when the engine is running and the door is open, which then sends vacuum to one side of the actuator, which extends the step. When the door is closed the solenoid switches and vacuum is sent to the other side of the actuator which pulls the step in. It's actually a simple and effective solution (at least the one on my 83 is) since there is already vacuum from a pump on the back of the alternator.
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Old 05-18-2017, 06:01 AM   #852
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Thank you so much Dan. Great information. I got online yesterday after your post and started looking at the actuators for the vette headlights. Thanks again.

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I need some advice from the team here. Took the 310 in last week to get a tire rotation. I just wanted to put the front steer tires on the rear and vice versa. I had some uneven wear on the front left but I think it was all before I replaced the ball joints, tie rod assemblies, bell cranks, and an allignment just a few months ago. So, I had them put two of the rear tires, which are nearly like new, on the front.

Now I'm getting a pull to the left and I feel it worse when accelerating, like when I'm entering the highway off an on ramp. Its not super bad but I feel it and we are just about to hit the road for about two months. What would be your next step? I can take it back to the shop that did my allignment but would rather not spend $200. Even with the uneven wear on the front left before the rotation, it was steering perfectly down the road. Could take my hands off the wheel and she would track just right.

Right now I can't think of anything other than taking it back to the shop to check allignment....the tire shop folks are pretty worthless and I won't be using them in the future. But, that's where I had bought the tires new and they offered free rotation as part of the deal.

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Just a quick comment, if the front tires had an uneven wear pattern but was tracking true then it sure sounds like something is amiss with the alignment and the reason it was tracking true is because the tires are worn "just right".

By putting the near new looking tires on the front the tires will try and steer differently until they are worn "just right".

I'd say it's an alignment issue. But then again I'm a programmer, not a mechanic! It will be interesting to see what the problem ends up being.

Sorry, not much help

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Just a quick comment, if the front tires had an uneven wear pattern but was tracking true then it sure sounds like something is amiss with the alignment and the reason it was tracking true is because the tires are worn "just right".

By putting the near new looking tires on the front the tires will try and steer differently until they are worn "just right".

I'd say it's an alignment issue. But then again I'm a programmer, not a mechanic! It will be interesting to see what the problem ends up being.

Sorry, not much help

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Well Brad, that's what I'm thinking too. I guess I'll get it into the shop that did the allignment and cough up the dough to have it done again. I know I don't want to ruin the tires.
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Well Brad, that's what I'm thinking too. I guess I'll get it into the shop that did the allignment and cough up the dough to have it done again. I know I don't want to ruin the tires.
It seems to me the alignment was not done properly to begin with. If they did it right and you have new (or near new) tires that are balanced properly then I would think it should track properly. As I mentioned previously it will be interesting to see what the final fix is.

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Mike, based on what you are saying, I would say that you have a bad tire, (slipped belt) which normally is not detected on a non-steer tire. A little more info will help....tire brand and size now on the front and is the rear tires all 4 of the same size ??? Being that you did not have a pulling concern before the rotation I would say that the alignment is correct...,the P-30 front end is pretty straight forward. One last thing I would do is make sure all tire pressure is set correctly. If I am correct I would reverse the rotation back to the way you had it and enjoy your trip. Regards, Bob
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Hey Bob, thanks for chiming in here. All tires are the same, 19.5 Hankook. I double checked tire pressure. I'm going to crawl under there this morning just to make sure no damage was done when they jacked it up. I stood there and watched the whole time they were working on it because they had broken an air bag hose when I bought the tires new. Make sure they didn't clip the new tie rod assembly while jacking this time.
Its not pulling bad, not at all, but enough that I notice it and it wasn't pulling at all before the rotation.
Its so dog gone frustrating trying to find shops I trust around here anymore. Ive got a good mechanic shop now, but tires and front end work is hard to find around my town.
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Its going into the alignment shop tomorrow morning. We shall see what they say.
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Mike, after you get it resolved, you may want to consider putting centramatics at least on the steer axle. Alignment on these big 19.5 is at best very temporary, especially if you have the old steel rims. On top of that the Rotors are probably out of round. All your steering components, balljoints and tires will thank you and pay you back in short order.
I just ordered a set for the new to me Bvan and can't wait to put them on to hopefully resolve a vibration issue with the front wheels.
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