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  1. Thank you all for your responses, all but the axle seal has arrived so I pulled it all back apart to examine things closely, here is what I found... It appears I damaged the seals during installation. You'll see on the axle seal a flat area about 12 and 1 o'clock, also notice the damage on the inner hub seal. Fluid did not come out the front of the axle as it was sealed well with rtv silicone. You'll notice the slight corrosion, I cleaned that up with 1000 grit. I havent checked the diff fluid yet, having a heck of a time getting the plug loose. for reference it takes a 24mm 6point socket. It is slightly damaged so somebody has had it off before, have it sprayed with penetrating fluid. Is 80-90 weight correct? Once I get this back together I do the other side. Something else I'd like to bring up (maybe this is for another thread) but before I even started this I thought it would be a good idea to see what it would be like If I was broke down on the road and had to jack up the rear. I carry a 3 ton bottle jack, breaker bar, 6" extention and 23mm socket. The question is where is a good jacking point? Any point forward of the leaf spring shackle will lift the entire side of the vehicle with the front wheel about 6" or more off the ground before the rears start to clear, to me thats a lot of weight to put on a 3 ton jack. It wont fit under the U bolt behind the wheel and any farther in on the axle means you have to be under the vehicle during jacking which is a really bad idea. So I'm wondering how others jack up a 21 footer on the road?
  2. Yes all parts were replaced, cylinders, shoes, springs, bearings, race, wheel seal, axle seal. I thought I did a really good job for a first timer at full floating axle. The cylinders are not leaking. When I pulled the outer bearing out I new something wasnt right as it was coated in a thick oil instead of grease. Pulling the drum off the inner part where the bearings are, out flowed thick oily goo. Did the seals seat properly? I can only guess they were installed properly and did matched in size to the ones that came out. All I can guess is they didnt seal properly, but why? All new parts have been ordered. How can I be sure the seals a sealing with out going through this again? Very frustrated!
  3. Looks like it been four years now that I replaced the rear brakes, bearings and seals and I've put a few thousand miles on since then. I've always been concerned that the front brakes always locked up on gravel and wet surfaces so I've been doing a lot of reading on this subject. Got to thinking maybe I didnt adjust the rear shoes properly so today I started to investigate. Thought it was going to be as simple as jacking it up, popping off the plug to the little sight window, sticking in a screw driver and adjust the little wheel, was I in for a surprize! Pulled the drum, Grease and oil everywhere! Where did I go wrong!?!? (Pictures wont attach) Though I dont have the part numbers for the seals handy, I do believe I bought the right ones from Napa
  4. Just a side note, it was common practice for early settlers to chatch a king black snake and put it in thier cabin to keep mice away
  5. Hi Mark, I'm from Ohio also, are you refering to AEP land? I like the area, fishing hasnt been the best and I usually say during the week days, I know it can be busy weekend and holidays
  6. Yes your 92 should have an aluminum frame work on the sides only. I beleive it is 1.5" square. Hope this photo helps. Look on the right side, you see two angles supporting the door frame
  7. Hey all, sorry for the delay in getting back to you all, things have been busy. This particular build is not your "normal" rv, I hope to post more about it when time allows. Again I like the versatility of the coleman, just wondering why one can be used indoors and one not. Thanks again.
  8. Boy if that isn't the nicest little unit, the only thing that would make it even more perfect is if it was on a 4x4!
  9. Getting ready to make a counter top for one of my builds and got to wondering whats the difference between these to stoves? The Atwood is rated at 7200 & 5200 btu's and the coleman at 2 @ 11,000 btu's. I like the versatility of the coleman because I have an extra flex line to cook out side, but the coleman is only rated for outdoor use. So whats the difference there both burning propane? Could someone educate me. Thank you
  10. Just found out I have the dreaded cabover leak, again! Guess I didn't do a very good job the first go around. I have to wait for things to thaw before doing any repairs and got to wondering what others have done to find the point(s) of entry. I see that RV places can pressurize the interior and coat the outside with a soap solution to find leaks, but I'm a do it yourselfer. I did find where one guy did it himself using fans, but that looked rather involved. http://www.class-c-motorhome-info-made-simple.com/leak_test.html So I was wondering if anyone has used or thought about using a water soluable UV dye and black light to find leaks. there are leak detection dye for sale like this https://www.amazon.com/Invisible-Blue-Reactive-Water-Dye/dp/B00KPF5A3M/ref=pd_lpo_60_tr_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=VSJ61DAPWKR60SZNA0NW thanks for any responses
  11. I did research part pricing and know they charged full retail, all I can say is they really get you by the short hairs. There was no negotiating with them, either you want the work done or not. I too have never had good experience with dealerships. once at a local chevy dealer I caught them in an outright lie which resulted in them giving me a full refund for parts and labor, will I ever go back, never! Generally I try to do the work myself when I can.
  12. These same mirrors where used on dodge vans in the 90's check local scrap yards, had to replace one of mine
  13. Converting to a flat bed may be as simple as going to your local title office and have the name changed, this is done often in the VW world when a beatle is made into a dune buggy. I was going to make a flat bed work truck out of this 85 dolphin, but it is VERY slowly becoming a flat bed toy hauler, but that's a story for another thread when I have more computer time.
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