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  1. Your AC unit sits in a drain pan. The water getting into your camper is likely not coming from the inside of your AC unit through. The water is getting under your drain pan and through the seal that is pressing against your roof. The seal under your drain pan (which you are replacing) is your defense against leaks into your camper from the AC unit. Shroud vents are made to prevent most water from getting into your AC unit. A few drops won't matter as long as it is not flooding the electric parts. The shroud protects your delicate AC components from impacts while driving, and prevents the electric components from being washed with water over and over during rains. People let their AC units sit on their campers without shrouds and often water does not get into their campers.
  2. Haven't installed an additional roof vent but had the ceiling out and portions of the roof off for replacement. If you've ever done some construction work it is doable but will be a project to do it properly. You will need to know where your roof support cross members are situated which will mean opening up the ceiling and locating them near where you want the vent located. If a support beam is in the way of the location where you would like to add the vent you will have to plan on adding additional supports on either side of the vent; challenging with the roof on. You will have to build a frame for the vent to be secured to and that frame will have to be secured. Not sure what material your skeletal structure is made of; if aluminum you will be cutting an aluminum support which would not be ideal as the aluminum skeleton toyota motorhomes seem to be some of the longest lasting the way they are. If your roof and ceiling are in good shape you will have to decide whether the demo and install are worth it.
  3. Yes yes, that AC is heavy and the weight is not distributed evenly so it is very awkward. A helping hand will go a long way.
  4. Yes, just a single in the back will be considerably overloaded in the event of a blow out. However, a single can hold you in the event of a blow out for a period of time. I know because I have been there and had an explosive blowout of one of my dual tires resulting in damage while on the interstate. Yet the other remained inflated and got me to an off ramp and into town where I was able to have my situation resolved. Rating does not reflect absolute reality. Of course, I am not recommending you ride with a single tire on back. Nor am I suggesting everyone's experience will be like mine.
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  6. Yea, have done it in the motorcycle world but not cars. My current cycle has shim/bucket style valve adjustments but only 2 valves per cylinder on a 4 cylinder vehicle. I did it 18k ago and checks are recommended at 10k intervals; I'm avoiding it because it's not my favorite job and the bike is having no symptoms of tight valves. Owner didn't mention whether he/she was having symptoms requiring a valve adjustment check such as a hard start. A list of symptoms leading to a valve check recommendation would be helpful. My cycle was getting so hard to start I got in there to measure in addition to my other checks, and did have to replace some shims on both sides. Tight.
  7. I understand the owner's concern considering the prices these things are selling for these days. Wanting piece of mind the motor will remain operational as long as possible. I check the valves every 15k or so on my 22re because its easy and because of the strain I put on the motor due to the weight.
  8. Check your oil for us when you have a chance. Check the oil by opening the cap and looking at its consistency, and check the oil level using the dip stick.
  9. Don't worry too much about the head gasket yet though overheating the engine over and over will do it in; do not drive it. The fan is crucial to your cooling system and it is interesting it is not there. The missing fan will definitely lead to the overheating condition you have been experiencing. You would have heard it rattling and banging into things while it was spinning before it fell off. Your motor was washed in coolant if the hood was down initially when it was boiling over so it will be hard to identify where all of the drips are actually coming from. Get it towed to a mechanic who can evaluate what all your cooling system needs. Mechanic will also be able to determine whether the head gasket will need replacing. My water pump looked oily, greasy, and nasty like yours after an over heat when I first purchased mine. A filthy engine washed in coolant makes it difficult to see what is what.
  10. Please chime back in when you discover the problem. I'm sure you also know not to drive it again until it's sorted. Overheating multiple times can cause you many new problems.
  11. Check your fan belt. The fan is a crucial part of your cooling system. The fan clutch can wear out and need to be rebuilt or replaced. Water pump, thermostat, leaky hoses. All need to be checked and considered.
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