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RE: Modern Food?

Unfortunately today in order to stay competitive, most chain restaurants serve some form of highly processed slop that is loaded with highly refined carbohydrates/proteins/fats (sugar, flour, soy, flavor enhancers, extenders, preservatives, unsaturated fats, etc.) to increase the shelf life and reduce the price of the raw food. (if you can still call it that) Eat real food. Chum lee Except you can get good REAL green chile everywhere, so you lucky! Just had 50lbs shipped up here and roasted it a couple weeks ago, 'nother year's supply. Yep! In the fall, fresh (still warm) roasted/grilled Hatch Chilis from New Mexico. I'm all over it. Nothing better. Chum lee
Chum lee 10/16/19 01:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Campsite Sanitation - Beware

This reminds me of a high school biology lab we did years ago. The instructions were to go out and get bacteria transfer samples on adhesive tape from where ever you thought would be the best/worst locations. The samples would then be transferred to agar, a nutrient rich protein, then placed in an incubator for several days, and allowed to grow. The monsters that grew off common surfaces ranging from a locker room shower drain to a public drinking fountain (one girl even swabbed, . . . . ahhhhh, . . . . down there) were STUNNING when given the optimal conditions to grow. People: We would all be long dead by now if our immune systems didn't work just by going about our daily lives. All you can do is stay as healthy as you can, take reasonable sanitary precautions, and hope for the best. When/if the super bug (google MRSA) finds you, it may already be too late. Chum lee
Chum lee 10/16/19 01:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Modern Food?

Unfortunately today in order to stay competitive, most chain restaurants serve some form of highly processed slop that is loaded with highly refined carbohydrates/proteins/fats (sugar, flour, soy, flavor enhancers, extenders, preservatives, unsaturated fats, etc.) to increase the shelf life and reduce the price of the raw food. (if you can still call it that) Eat real food. Chum lee
Chum lee 10/15/19 04:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Oil stick problem - need help

I'm not sure what the tip of your current dipstick looks like. I've made insertion easier by filing down the tip so that the pointed or blunt end has more of a tapered point on it than what came from the factory. Obviously you don't want to damage/change what ever indicator(s) are at the tip or change the overall length. Trial and error is the only way to know when it's right. IMO, something is hanging the stick up on the way in. Chum lee
Chum lee 10/15/19 03:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Vibrations on 92 Fleetwood - P30

I'll second the drive shaft. I wish the kids around here were as good with their English, as a first language. X3! Sounds like a center support or a U-joint. Crawl under the RV, put your hand on the drive shaft and shake it back and forth, then up and down at the front, in the center, then at the rear. Now you know where the problem(s) is. (the shaft will have play in it at the bad joint) Fix it now. It will only get worse until it fails and you are on the side of the road trying to locate whats left of your now bent up driveshaft. Chum lee
Chum lee 10/15/19 03:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Quiet generators

With in the next few seasons I will be in the market for a generator. I have heard Hondas running and they are notoriously quiet. My local RV shop has Hyundais and they claim they are just as quiet, but are cheaper. Anyone have them? What are they like? Should I get a Honda instead? What do you expect to run? Microwave? tv? charge the battery? air conditioning? AND, . . . . WHERE do you expect to run it. Running your A/C on a Honda EU2200 while fishing at an alpine lake in the Rockies (ie 8000 feet MSL) and 85 degrees F is A LOT different than running it in Florida (sea level) at Talladega Nights watching Ricky Bobby race. Maybe it will work at one location, but, it probably won't work (reliably) at the other. I'll let you figure out which one. Chum lee
Chum lee 10/15/19 03:31pm Tech Issues
RE: MH accident in gas station!

The driver must have been deaf or on the phone to do that much damage without hearing of feeling it and stopping sooner. Or the fact that some people are simply morons. Maybe the driver was. My brother in law is one. He can break anything or wreck anything. If he wants to borrow a tool or piece of equipment I know I'll be fixing it, sharpening it, or replacing it when returned. He wrote the encyclopedia on cutting dirt and rocks with chainsaws. A friend of mine who was an auto tech for +30 years had this sign posted in his garage, . . . . . . in big bold letters: "NO TOOLS LOANED, PLEASE DON'T ASK" He was VERY particular about his tools. He was more than happy to help most people with just about anything. But, . . . . . just DON'T touch his tools. Chum lee
Chum lee 10/12/19 11:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: MH accident in gas station!

Wow! Lifting that Class A MH up like that from the rear end? (extending the effective wheelbase by 10-11 feet then adding about 14,000 lbs. of REVERSE tongue weight) If the frame wasn't bent as a result of hitting the bollard, it probably is now. Ford does use highly ductile steel in their truck frames but this will be a good test to see just HOW good it is. To be fair though, considering the damage and under the circumstances, I don't know what else the tow truck driver could have done to get the MH out of the fuel island in a timely manner. The MH driver must have been really moving through that (really tight) fuel island to do that much damage. It didn't look like the bollard even budged. Chum lee
Chum lee 10/11/19 12:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RVs and California's Planned Power Outages

After PG&E's experience with Erin Brockovich, and, now being held legally responsible for the Camp fire, (among just a few major lawsuits) can you blame PG&E for trying to protect themselves financially, while keeping their stock holders happy at the same time? IMO, in this case PG&E WAS at least partially responsible for getting themselves sued. It's big money in action folks. The consumer doesn't get it both ways! If you don't like it, start your own electric company. Many RVer's already have because most of us have learned to live without (dependable) electric power. Chum lee
Chum lee 10/10/19 03:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blow-by Yamaha ef3000ise

Chum Lee: Fair enough, but still pretty oily. I can squeeze it out from the paper filters foam edge. (not the sleeve, but the foam attached to the filter edges that seat against the housing). When I run a towel into the filter grooves it comes out oily. Not sure if that is the way it should be or not. Overreacting?...possibly. All I know is it had never done this prior. She is running fine, no smoke, or at least none that makes me worry. It starts fine, the output is fine. You know you are blowing my chances of convincing my wife we should have this: I'll get another filter and see. OK, I didn't realize that you cleaned the filter in the photo up, . . . . at least a little. It doesn't really look that bad. With that low of hours, there shouldn't be any oil dripping off the air filter or the foam seals on the ends of the filter. Find the crankcase breather and make sure its clear and that all the piping/venting is connected properly and flowing. Some Onan gennys had a TSB (technical service bulletin) to modify the breather, but, that shouldn't affect your model. (since it's a Yamaha) Are you using the correct oil and filling it to the proper level? (not overfull) Chum lee
Chum lee 10/08/19 05:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Blow-by Yamaha ef3000ise

"Sigh...went to check the air filter on my yammy generator and found the filter soaked in oil" I wouldn't call that soaked in oil. If it was "soaked in oil" there would be oil dripping off the filter. A few drops will do that. How is the genny running? Oil consumption? Excessive smoke? Hard starting? Making rated power? If everything is OK I think you are over reacting. Do ALL the required maintenance and see what happens. Chum lee
Chum lee 10/07/19 02:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Vapor lock 1990 E350 EFI 460 engine?

"So it is possible that the high pressure pump was also damaged. Also I'm not sure I have ever replaced the fuel filter on this vehicle. It is 30 years old now with 85K miles. I will be replacing the fuel filter shortly." I'm not saying that is the problem, but, what is the change interval on the fuel filter? Wouldn't it be common sense to replace the filter per the manufacturers recommendations? You have many of the symptoms of low fuel pressure and/or a restricted fuel line(s). Chum lee
Chum lee 10/06/19 02:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Suspension upgrade disappointment.

I guess I'll never understand why people want to "upgrade" their poorly performing vehicle when it doesn't suit them. Why not get it to work, . . . . . right, . . . . . . as it was designed to do, BEFORE you start the upgrade process. Your vehicle is 15 years old. Things wear out. Unless you specifically KNOW that some component of your vehicle has weak engineering points, just repair it properly (they way it came from the factory) and go from there. That means replacing worn bushings, tie rods, shocks, etc. Most people are amazed when their vehicle works as it was initially designed. (it's not a race car, it's a truck operating at close to maximum gross weight) Chum lee
Chum lee 10/04/19 11:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Freezer works, fridge does not.

"OP Freezer at 10*F and food compartment at 45*F running with thermistor unplugged..." Unless you are operating in high temp conditions, your Dometic freezer unit should have NO problems getting down to 0 degrees F. IMO, both the refrigerator and the freezer sections are over temp and not cooling properly. Chum lee
Chum lee 10/02/19 04:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone here upgraded their headlights?

Turn on the headlights at night and open the hood. Are the back of the headlamps glowing? If so your reflectors have degraded and some of the generated light is shining in the wrong direction >> out the back instead of the front where it is then degraded by the yellow lens. If cleaning/polishing the yellow lens doesn't help, the only fix is replacing the headlamps. They are available online most of the usual FLAPS, Ebay, Amazon, etc. FLAPS = Friendly Local Autoparts Stores Chum lee
Chum lee 10/02/19 02:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: To Buy or build

I think the best choice is to buy a used coach and use it for a year BEFORE you go full time. That way if there is anything you want to change/repair in the coach, you will have the time, tools, and the space to make the changes/repairs before you get rid of everything and go full time. This is an excellent point. I told DW we need to have something in a minimum of 6 mos prior to shake it down and make changes. I think you've made the best choice. Changing a few things (to an existing RV that is substantially what you want) like paint, carpet, counter tops, cabinets, refrigerators, HVAC, etc. is childs play compared to starting from scratch. IMO, five years down the road, if you decide that the RV lifestyle is for you, . . . . . . that's the time to grow into some serious modifications to an existing unit, or possibly designing/building your own. Chum lee
Chum lee 10/02/19 01:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: To Buy or build

As a design professional and a contractor myself, I have been involved with hundreds of projects. I assume this will be your first one. Think about it. Most experienced RV manufacturers have built thousands of MH's all of different sizes, types, and designs. They make mistakes (as you will) and their current designs reflect that. You don't have their experience, you get only one chance to get it right. Do you feel lucky? Because if/when you aren't, you will pay for it in time, money, aggravation, etc. I don't mean to discourage you, just the opposite. Just make sure you are clear on what you are getting into before you commit. If you end up with a half finished project when your energy runs out, expect to be compensated as though it is a TOTAL LOSS. It's a lot more than cabinetry! Good luck with what you decide. Chum lee
Chum lee 10/01/19 05:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Frame and tie down damage from unmarked speedbump.

What you call in your photos an "unmarked speed bump" looks more to me like an asphalt road patch/repair sealed at the perimeter. It could be the ambient lighting and/or the camera angle that disguises the bump, but, that's what it looks like to me, . . . . . from both directions. The crack in your structural member has corrosion on/around what should be bare metal. How much time elapsed between the damage and the photo? Is that your truck/camper parked in the background across from the construction site? How fast were you going when you hit this clearly visible "unmarked speed bump" located in a construction zone on a single lane high density downtown one way city street with a bike lane on the left and parallel parking on both sides when the damage occurred? What is the posted speed limit? I noticed that it was also about 3 parking spaces downstream from an uncontrolled crosswalk. (actually two) Chum lee
Chum lee 09/30/19 05:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tire question 235 80 22,5

May move to a different tire. What is your size preference. Not brand. 245 75 22.5 or 255 80 22.5 Not sure which works out better. Workhorse chassis My preference is to replace like (size) and kind unless I have specific reason NOT to do so. My idea of better may not be your idea of better. What is it, . . . . . . specifically, that you want to "work out better?" Chum lee
Chum lee 09/30/19 12:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Outside Plugs

Horizontal mounting means the cover acts like an umbrella when something is plugged in. Bingo! The RV exterior duplex receptacle covers are also split and slightly recessed so that they are somewhat protected from rain while you are driving, which IMO, is just as important, if not more so, than when you are stopped. Dirt/water forced inside the receptacle at 65 mph = not good. If the horizontal receptacle really ruins your day, you can buy a single plug exterior receptacle with a weather proof cover if you want. IMO, if the manufacturers supplied it, people would probably complain that there aren't two exterior plugs provided. Chum lee
Chum lee 09/27/19 03:25pm General RVing Issues
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