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Old 04-18-2013, 05:48 PM   #21
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So, to add more to the pot, the brakes on my car just went out so we stopped by an auto supply place on the way home and bought pads and my husband just finished putting them on. He's really good mechanically and if he had the equipment and a better back, he could probably do the RV.
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:07 PM   #22
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Jill I am 55 and have had three surgeries on my crevical spine from C 3 -T 1. I am on LT disability and suffer from constant pain. I take lots of pain meds to get through the day and my typing is proof they work. I am a fair shade tree mechanic and try to do what I can myself. Sometime its a choice of doing an hours worth of work and being done for a day or two from the pain or hiring it out. I only work on mine when I'm not on pain meds and it takes its toll. I sometimes take several days or weeks to get a simple job done but I do what I can. I tell you this so you know I do understand what your husband goes through. Have him get a friend or a teen age kid from church or a friends kid that may want to learn a thing or two. Have your husband teach this kid and at the same time do the heavy lifting. You can pay him and if its a good kid it will be a win win for both.There is a lot I can still do and I'm darn stubborn about doing it myself. You have your hands full with a 98 MH. Try to limit your projects to make life easier. Things dont have to be perfect. I had to learn this when we got our MH. I ended up getting all this stuff and made thing much more completed than it had to be. Work on the basics of the MH. Make sure it wont leave you stranded on the road first then work on the fun things like the freezer on a slide and the Sat. dish. We did that and it takes so much work to get packed and ready that I'm too tired and sore to go. I wish you both the best and I hope that your DH finds some relief from his pain. As far as I have seen their is not a good option out their and I have tried most of them. More details on that can be in a PM.
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I'm not trying to stir the pot, but if hubby is knowledgeable and capable enough to change brake pads on a car he can do brake calipers on an RV. It's mostly the same task except he needs to remove a brake line and bleed the brakes to change a caliper.

Hydraulic jacks take essentially the same force to raise the vehicle and it's even harder to get stooped over into the wheel well in a car as opposed to a truck.

Also, if you change the calipers, you're almost changed out all the brake fluid during it. Use a syringe and suck the brake fluid out of the reservoir to about 1/8 inch above the bottom and then about 10 bucks in brake fluid will refill the entire front brake system with fresh fluid (IE: what they are calling a "flush").

Brake fluid is hygroscopic, it pulls water right out of the air. The master is not as "sealed" as many seem to think. This creates issues in the brake system such as internal rusting on steel components (but not only rusting, as I will expand on in the next paragraph). Combined with seals that break down in the system over time it eventually becomes "contaminated".

However, in the greater scheme of things, all this usually does is lower the boiling point of the fluid. This can give you a soft pedal after heavy brake usage. IE: trailing brakes down a mountain pass, etc.

What happens is the water boils to steam under heavy braking. It;'s a very small quantity, but steam is compressable while brake fluid is not. This compressibility in the system (that is not supposed to be there) makes the pedal feel "spongy" when it happens. The brakes will still work, but it's a very unsettling feeling when it does it and you're halfway down a 6% mountain pass.....

Most of your other items seem kind of "sketchy". Roof's can be patched, do you really need AC (even so if it's working it's working), and if your rig has both 12v and shore power services available your converter is working.

It's also a little hard to understand spending 11g on an older rig because you want to save/don't have money, then dropping 4g into what could be interpreted as "want" items and then "balking" at spending money on safety items like brakes. Not trying to judge, it just doesn't seem very consistent with your stated situ.

Where do you live? There may be a few good Samaritans on the board who wouldn't mind giving you a hand. I know I would have no trouble popping down the road and hour or so to help someone change out brakes. It's a 30 min job for me (I've got just the "tiniest bit" of experience at it ), so no sweat off my back. I'm sure there's others out there that would feel the same way about it. Maybe close to you right now....

Good luck (sincerely) in making a new life elsewhere.
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Hi Phil~

Ed is 56 and sounds like you, but he has not had surgery. So far the doctors say there is nothing that can be done, but I am not sure I believe that. He does do as much as he can and it does take longer now and you are right, he will suffer for days. The motor home is already 99% packed with clothes, food, toiletries, cooking appliances and anything that I thought we would need. The "fun" stuff will be worked on after the major stuff, as you suggested and that is how we are doing it. I figure we will bring the facets and lights and stuff with us that we can do on the road.

There is no one here that can help us as we don't really know anyone and this area is not a friendly place to be. Our only friends moved back to Canada as they were in the same position with us regarding the house and hating the area. Ed replaced the toilet himself and cleaned the black tank and other stuff like that.

Thank you, Phil for your message.

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Old 04-18-2013, 06:22 PM   #25
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Great White~

We did not plan to spend so much on not really needed stuff. I just kept finding things I thought we needed like a new toilet, bed, hoses, faucets, showerhead, fire pit, satellite (we really did not need that, I know) and similar things. My husband keeps telling me to stop buying stuff and he is right. Actually, we should have bought a better motor home, but a year ago, we were in a different position than we are now as we started an on line business and are doing pretty good. Had we been where we were now, last year, we would have bought a much better RV, but this is what it is now.

No one is balking at safety items. Those take precedence.

We live in South Florida.

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Jill feel free to PM anytime and I wish you the best. I know that sometimes the conversation on forums and get a little off track. Its hard to understand who we are talking to when its just a screen in front of us. It's easy to judge and harder to understand what a person means with out the body language and facial expressions that we have in face to face communication. I also know that people can and do say thing on a forum that they would never say to a person face to face. What you have taken on as I said is a huge job. A 98 MH is always going to need something and it will never stop asking you to throw more money into it. I hope you will stay active on the forum and keep us updated on how life on the road is treating you.
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...I also would not pay someone to do it and certainly not what was quoted to the OP for this simple and inexpensive PM...
My point exactly, the reply was addressed to the op.
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My point exactly, the reply was addressed to the op.
Not sure what was meant here but it seems like I have irritated you in some way. If I made a comment that was none of my business than I missed how forums work.
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I did some research on used motorhomes, but obviously was given bad information and if I knew that an old one, which I thought was in good condition was such a problem, I would have purchased a newer one. It is really a shame that people lie, even more these days when times are tough. It seems that the tougher things get, the more people with money want to take from the ones with less money.
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Yeah, I think anyone would agree that lying and trying to cheat others is not so good.

I hope your RV adventure turns out to be healthy for you and your husband.
Sometimes I'm tempted to cave and walk away knowing my house is worth less than I paid for it too. Sometimes I want to do the very thing you are doing. Most RVers are helpful, so, when needed, I'm sure you'll have help along the way. In your journey to find your new home, are you planning on staying in CGs?
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