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Old 03-05-2018, 08:04 PM   #12481
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I spent time tonight digging around to verify that was where it was leaking. Managed to make the problem worse and now need to make a decision: order the part and fight the fix (it sucks to get to and I HATE those cinch clamps), order the part and call a mobile RV tech (which $$$), or leave it and tell the dealer and let them ding me on the trade price by a little.

Sigh, bastard.
Let your conscience be your guide. Until then figure out the hourly shop rate and parts price to make a decision about how much you can afford the ding.
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Save some energy and tell the dealer.
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Old 03-05-2018, 09:38 PM   #12483
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Let your conscience be your guide. Until then figure out the hourly shop rate and parts price to make a decision about how much you can afford the ding.
Definitely will be guided by my conscience. Iím generally honest to a fault with things.



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Save some energy and tell the dealer.

Thatís where I am leaning now. Even taking a hit on the trade, itís gotta be cheaper than a mobile RV tech and I just plain donít want to spend the time and energy climbing around in there. Just stinks because Iím turning off the water to limit how much is coming thru it.
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Old 03-06-2018, 04:20 PM   #12484
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Added floor mats from Qualityfloormats.com to my E450 cab today. Perfect fit, and great customer service. The first mat I received bad a blemish. I sent them an email with a picture, and they immediately replaced it. Great customer service and mat. If you go to their web site, you can order carpet samples to view before you order. Well pleased.
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Agree. That was one of my first purchases.
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Old 03-06-2018, 06:08 PM   #12486
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Definitely will be guided by my conscience. Iím generally honest to a fault with things.






Thatís where I am leaning now. Even taking a hit on the trade, itís gotta be cheaper than a mobile RV tech and I just plain donít want to spend the time and energy climbing around in there. Just stinks because Iím turning off the water to limit how much is coming thru it.


I am guessing you are still in Florida, so are you gonna stop by the frog rally on 3/22/18? Congrats on working out a deal on the spartan.
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Old 03-06-2018, 06:09 PM   #12487
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Agreed. Works well, though my wife wonít trust it. She finds that ours (v1) is usually off by 1/4Ē-1/2Ē from her and the 2í level on the floor.

Where it really shines is for overnights where you want the most level spot but donít want to actually level the camper. We were able to find dead nuts level at a winery in the grass by using it. Otherwise, we likely would have had to bust out boards.

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I do well with the 2í as well, i put it on tongue near ball believe it or not for side to side then drive up on blue squares then check again. Un hitch then up and down after i pull away. I would imagine 5er can be more challenging for side to side
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:58 PM   #12488
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I am guessing you are still in Florida, so are you gonna stop by the frog rally on 3/22/18? Congrats on working out a deal on the spartan.


Yup. Still in Florida but no to the rally. I might try to stop over depending on whatís going on. I think thatís about the time we are sending my daughter up to PA with Great Grandma and then flying back with Grandma. So things will be a bit disheveled.
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:42 PM   #12489
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It happened when 2 buddies and I went up to the roof to look at my air conditioner. One of us bent it on the way down. (shrugs)

But hey, as one last hurrah for the camper- it appears my water heater bypass valve has sprung a leak:

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Itís the backside of this:

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I spent time tonight digging around to verify that was where it was leaking. Managed to make the problem worse and now need to make a decision: order the part and fight the fix (it sucks to get to and I HATE those cinch clamps), order the part and call a mobile RV tech (which $$$), or leave it and tell the dealer and let them ding me on the trade price by a little.

Sigh, bastard.


Picked up some JB WaterWeld to temporarily fix it. I let the dealership know about it today so theyíll figure it out Friday as to what they want to do.

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Old 03-06-2018, 09:44 PM   #12490
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I do well with the 2í as well, i put it on tongue near ball believe it or not for side to side then drive up on blue squares then check again. Un hitch then up and down after i pull away. I would imagine 5er can be more challenging for side to side


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Old 03-07-2018, 12:18 AM   #12491
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Added floor mats from Qualityfloormats.com to my E450 cab today. Perfect fit, and great customer service. The first mat I received bad a blemish. I sent them an email with a picture, and they immediately replaced it. Great customer service and mat. If you go to their web site, you can order carpet samples to view before you order. Well pleased.
Thanks for the info. Funny..your seats are black and you went with tan carpets. Our seats are tan and I'm looking for black carpets!
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I got mine out of storage (a friend's polebarn).

I had a few inches of snow on the ground and it was snowing for 1/2 the trip home (in the dark, no less). Going on a "spring break" trip, so it's gotta get ready.........snow or not.



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I got mine out of storage (a friend's polebarn).

I had a few inches of snow on the ground and it was snowing for 1/2 the trip home (in the dark, no less). Going on a "spring break" trip, so it's gotta get ready.........snow or not.


Yikes, glad you made it safe! I would hate to tow in the snow. We got 2 feet in yesterdays blizzard in the North East.
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Yikes, glad you made it safe! I would hate to tow in the snow. We got 2 feet in yesterdays blizzard in the North East.
2' woulda been different. I just set the brakes low. I'm used to winter driving....doesn't bother me a bit.
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Old 03-08-2018, 03:57 PM   #12497
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Over the past few weeks we have been purchasing a couple of new Sailun S637 at a time. We also purchased one additional wheel to match our existing on the 5er, having a triple axle I wanted to have two spares. After getting seven tires and one wheel in hand we took the rig up to Peterson Tires in Blanco, Texas (who actually carry the Sailuns) to install the new tires today. They mounted and balanced the tires plus put on all metal valve stems. After we found out they carried the Sailuns we ended up getting one more Sailun S637 mounted to the stamped steel spare. So, 8 new shoes for our ride!

I do have two Maxxis m8008 (235/80R16) that I kept as they have less than 500 miles on them. Figured someone on the forum my be interested in purchasing them.
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First, I failed at the water leak. I went to Camping World and they said the water valve was something I'd have to get directly from Sabre. I grabbed some JB Weld to patch it and it's simply slowed the leak down. I also realized that while monkeying around with all of it, I caused 2 other leaks - one at a 90-degree elbow that has flexible line off of it (I removed the cinch clamp and replaced it with a hose clamp that has a screw for tightening it) and the other at the rear of the water heater where there is a 90-degree elbow to hard pex lines.

I'm sufficiently annoyed and told the dealer about it. I'll let it be their problem- even if I take a bit of hit on the trade.

Otherwise, we've continued disassembling the camper. I swear we have 700 Command Strip hangers around that have been taken down. I'll be removing the awning pole brackets shortly. Removed my sewer hose box from the rear bumper. And we've taken down various coat racks that we hung around the rig.

Just about everything is boxed up for tomorrow's move.

Spartan 1245, here we come!
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First, I failed at the water leak. I went to Camping World and they said the water valve was something I'd have to get directly from Sabre. I grabbed some JB Weld to patch it and it's simply slowed the leak down. I also realized that while monkeying around with all of it, I caused 2 other leaks - one at a 90-degree elbow that has flexible line off of it (I removed the cinch clamp and replaced it with a hose clamp that has a screw for tightening it) and the other at the rear of the water heater where there is a 90-degree elbow to hard pex lines.

I'm sufficiently annoyed and told the dealer about it. I'll let it be their problem- even if I take a bit of hit on the trade.

Otherwise, we've continued disassembling the camper. I swear we have 700 Command Strip hangers around that have been taken down. I'll be removing the awning pole brackets shortly. Removed my sewer hose box from the rear bumper. And we've taken down various coat racks that we hung around the rig.

Just about everything is boxed up for tomorrow's move.

Spartan 1245, here we come!
Best of luck Doug. (and family)
I hope it all goes smoothly for you.
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