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mustrmrk

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    1987 Damon Escaper
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    Radford, VA

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  1. I just had a bad oil leak on my 2006 Honda Odyssey. Turns out the oil filter casing failed - first time that ever happened to me. It could be something as simple as that. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
  2. I once took a key to a camper place to get a spare made. He pulled one off the shelf and told me it was a standard key that fit lots of compartments. That being said, I had at least three different keys for stuff. So I looked on Amazon and bought a package of cam locks that were keyed the same. Each lock came with both a straight and an angled cam and two keys. Now I have 16 of the same key for 4 outside compartments - I'll never run out of keys!
  3. We used just the hypervent mat from Defender suggested by WME under our sailboat mattress for about 8 years. It came with us to the Escaper and is still in there. It's a great product and we never had under-mattress condensation issues once we started using it. No need for anything else, IMHO.
  4. I had a problem with occasionally not starting. I replaced the ignition switch and all is well. Before I replaced the switch, I also added a slightly hidden fused push button direct from the battery to the solenoid. That still works fine if I ever need it again.
  5. Our local county transfer station weighed us for free. The scale is pretty far away from the waste, so no tire issues. Might be worth looking into in your area.
  6. Thank you all. I've decided to get the frames sand blasted and will repaint them, and will likely replace the mirrors as the glass rattles in them.
  7. Anyone know of a source for side mirror frames (with or without the mirror head) that look like these? The "U" piece is about 12" between the legs and the outer bar is about 14" from the window. If I can't find anything that'll ft, I'll either have to remove them and get them sandblasted or have new custom tubing made. I've looked around the Internet pretty well, and so far haven't any luck. I did find a used pair on eBay for $350, but that's a bit too spendy for my taste <grin>.
  8. FWIW - from 22reperformance.com: Check the valve adjustment and keep an eye out for any that are too tight. We recommend checking valve adjustment every 7.5k to 10k miles. I know the manual says to adjust them with the engine “hot”, but we’ve found the adjustment procedure to give more consistent results and turn out more accurate when done COLD. Cold means that you can’t feel any heat when you lay your hand on the engine. We also recommend going a hair tighter than the factory says too. .007” on the intake and .011” on the exhaust side. If it’s your first time adjusting valves, TAKE YOUR TIME AND TRIPLE CHECK YOUR WORK.
  9. I had a similar issue that was finally solved by replacing the fan clutch. Made all the difference. This was after a top engine rebuild due to a head gasket leak, and new water pump and radiator.
  10. I've got a friend who mounted a small solar panel - just enough to run his muffin type fridge vent fan - and ran it directly to the fan through a switch. When on, the stack is ventilated as long as it's light outside - during the heat of the day when it's needed most.
  11. The Thetford Aqua Magic IV came in 16.25" and 12.5" heights. There's a step up in my shower pan that's about 1.5 inches. I had the 16.25 high one IV and it fit pretty well. The Aqua Magic V comes in 18.5" (too high) or 14" (too low). I ended up ordering the V in the 14" height and added a 2.5" riser, also by Thetford. (.https://www.campingworld.com/thetford-toilet-riser-2.5-parchment-13286.html?msclkid=439a669b31d91715c4350647a0177841&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=[adv%3A Camping World] [plt%3A Bing] [fun%3A Performance] [ini%3A Low Margin] [str%3A PROSP] [tgt%3A Shopping] [cou%3A US]&utm_term=4580840328061525&utm_content=CW - Low Margin 20% or Less&gclid=439a669b31d91715c4350647a0177841&gclsrc=3p.ds This setup comes in at 0.25 higher than my original IV. I'll install over the weekend and will report back.
  12. I'd like to thank everyone who has participated in this awesome thread - very helpful. I also have an issue I'd like some help with that may be relevant. As I posted here: https://toyotamotorhome.org/forums/index.php?/topic/12604-brake-booster-question/&tab=comments#comment-116439 , I had a hard brake pedal almost continuously and found that the booster was full of brake fluid. So I replaced both the booster and the master cylinder. The brakes work "way more better" than they dd. However, when I press the brake pedal quickly I don't seem to have any assist and have to stand on it to stop. But when I press the pedal more slowly, I have great power assist and the brakes are awesome. I asked someone about what it could be and he replied "The proportioning valve only operates when the brakes are depressed quickly, and it prevents the rear brakes from locking up first and sending the vehicle into a skid. When the brakes are depressed slowly the proportioning valve does not operate." This seems consistent with what I read in the training manual pdf in the initial post of this thread, e.g. "The proportioning valve only operates when the brakes are depressed quickly, and it prevents the rear brakes from locking up first and sending the vehicle into a skid. When the brakes are depressed slowly the proportioning valve does not operate." Makes sense to me, and the whole "no proportioning when pressed slowly" thing would seem to point to the LSPV. However, I fail to understand how a faulty LSPV could make it seem like I have no power assist when the pedal is depressed quickly. I'd really appreciate it if you kind folks can help me to better understand this issue.
  13. We use Erie for everything. No big national ad footprint, no tv ads, just really good insurance. Had a house claim and they were incredibly easy to work with and did not raise my rates. Never had an auto claim, but I expect they'll treat me right there, too, if the need ever arises. The way I see it is, if a company spends a ton of money on advertising, somebody's got to subsidize it.
  14. Thanks Linda and 5Toyota. My primary concern is the location of the bowl vs the outlet. The current replacement head seats me a few inches further forward than the old IV. I will take a better look at the measurements for both the IV and the V. Does the hand flush V have the two handle flush where one can either "dry flush" or flush with water like the old IV did?
  15. All, Our 87 Escaper had a Thetford Aqua Magic IV toilet in it when we sold it. When we bought it back it had a Dometic something, don't have the model handy. The new toilet is taller and further forward than the old one. Without going into detail, in the limited space available it's almost useless to me. I need to get measurements, but I'm wondering if anyone else has had difficulty finding the correct replacement for the Aqua Magic IV, and, if so, what your solution was. A composting toilet seemed like it might be a good replacement until I saw the price. At least with the composting toilet I could install it fairly close to the back wall and not worry about the location of the rough in flange. For now, though, I'm still trying to locate a standard RV head that will fit. I'll post the measurements when I get them, but in the meantime, any suggestions welcome.
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