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Old 05-07-2014, 07:58 AM   #41
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Hey Al, got 2 blinds on my new GT351 that could use your DIY? Can you explain in layman's terms? I'm pretty much still the village idiot on the 351DS (2 trips done).
Are they not staying up, or are they too hard to open?
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:03 AM   #42
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I'm the king of the village idiots by tearing the awning right off.
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:11 AM   #43
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I counted the drive home from the sales lot as a trip. 5 lanes of interstate traffic during rush hour on an elevated interstate at 70 mph and only thing I ever drove close to it was a deuce and a half in the army. I'm still trying to figure out how DW and I made it home. 40 mph winds just about did me in on that first drive. But I still wanna go.
I know what you mean on that first drive. Had miles of construction lanes with inches to spare on each side. That was pre CHF/TigerTrak, and wrong tire pressures from the dealer.
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:15 AM   #44
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Heck, your describing our typical trip out....! Lol
LOL. Not sure if you read my last trip report from OH to FL and back. It was like that movie RV with Robing Williams. The funny thing is that we are not new at this...well, this is our first Class A though. Now we know why it's classified as Class A. You get an A if you survive your first trip.
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:31 AM   #45
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Wait till you try to change the oil and there is no room. Click image for larger version

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ID:	51904 then standing in the bed of truck pouring in the oil into a funnel connected to piece of hose.
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The blinds won't stay up. I can raise them all the way and then put a plastic clamp on it to keep it there but as soon as the clamp is released, they come dowm.
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Wait till you try to change the oil and there is no room. Attachment 51903. My other half trapped. Attachment 51904 then standing in the bed of truck pouring in the oil into a funnel connected to piece of hose.
LOL. There is an easier way. The front grill easily comes off with four bolts. You don't need to remove the bolts all of the way, just enough to loosen the grill and lift it off the bolts.

Instead of a funnel, get a gear oil hand pump and pump the oil in directly from the container. Oh, and don't forget to install a Fumoto valve so that next oil change won't be so messy. Last but not least, when you remove the oil filter loosen it first with a wrench and then slip a zip lock bag over it while removing it by hand.
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The blinds won't stay up. I can raise them all the way and then put a plastic clamp on it to keep it there but as soon as the clamp is released, they come dowm.
That's what I thought. Have had to adjust ours also. Remove the bottom screw and plastic cord holder. Make another knot so that it shortens the cord a bit. Screw it back and check to see if it's enough. You may get away with one side, but the other may need it also. Hope it helps.


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Thanks, will give it a try tonight after work.
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What is the correct fomoto valve number? Ya it was funny
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