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NHSTA RV Recalls

This does not effects us owners of GORVs, but it may effect others we know who own these rigs.The following is the latest list of RV recalls from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association…Continue

Started Dec 17, 2019

Heart Attack
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Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. I had a blockage in the left anterior descending artery. I had only 15% function when that part of the heart began operating again after the stint was put…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russell E Johnson Oct 22, 2019.


HatchLiftReplace or add lifts to cargo doors. Continue

Started Oct 3, 2019

Merry Christmas

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Started Dec 25, 2018


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Russell E Johnson joined Rob Graham's group

Itasca MotorHomes.

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Aug 19
Russell E Johnson shared Jimco_W001's event on Facebook
Jul 29
Don Olson replied to Russell E Johnson's discussion Westcoast RV Recycling And Sales in WA.
May 11
Russell E Johnson replied to Shylo Dorion's discussion 1977 Ford Frontier Owners Manual ?
"An RV manual is basically useless. Get manuals for the fridge, furnace, water heater, etc. These will serve you well. As for the chassis, get a Chilton or Hayes manual. As for the rest, ask questions, someone on here will have an answer or at least…"
May 1
Eddie Marquez replied to Russell E Johnson's discussion Westcoast RV Recycling And Sales in WA.
"HI IAM LOOKING FOR A 1973 LARK LOGO FOR MY CAMPER20200426_140023.jpg "
Apr 29
Don Olson replied to Russell E Johnson's discussion Westcoast RV Recycling And Sales in WA.
"Hello, I'd like to sell my drop down bunk over the front seats. It's in excellent condition. Tan. Offers?"
Apr 10
Russell E Johnson and Daniel Long are now friends
Mar 27
Russell E Johnson left a comment for LARRY AND GRETCHEN SCHROEPFER
"Hi Larry & Gretchen, Westcoast RV Recycling And Sales in WA is not going to see your post asking them your question. You need to go to their website, the link is on the post, and ask your question there."
Mar 24
LARRY AND GRETCHEN SCHROEPFER replied to Russell E Johnson's discussion Westcoast RV Recycling And Sales in WA.
"Hello, I am hoping you can help. I have a 1984 shasta motorhome. My furnace is a hydro flame model fa7920p. The exhaust tube was destroyed trying to remove the heater. Can you help me locate a new tube. I purchased a tube for a model 7920-11. I did…"
Mar 21
Russell E Johnson commented on LARRY AND GRETCHEN SCHROEPFER's blog post old rv heater
"Have you looked at the "RV Parts & Salvage Yards" link? Most every place listed has a website that you can search, and if that doesn't work you can always call as they have a more precise listing of parts they have."
Mar 21
Antionette Quintana left a comment for Russell E Johnson
"Hi Russell, Thank you for approving me! Also thank you for guiding me to the water tank location! Unfortunately after I began to fill it, I went inside the 5th wheel to make sure everything was ok, well, it wasn't.. I started seeing water…"
Mar 16
Russell E Johnson left a comment for Antionette Quintana
"Hi Antionette, welcome to the group. From what I can see from pictures of your 5er, the fresh water fill is about halfway back on the left side. It is the small square door. The tank itself will be very close to that location."
Mar 15
Russell E Johnson replied to dale bailey's discussion RV Shell
"According to the Coachmen website the sidewalls are High Gloss Gelcoat Sidewalls. And according to everything I can find, that means it is fiberglass. "
Mar 5
Russell E Johnson commented on Daniel Long's status
"Wish I had known about these when I had my 86 Southwind, all I could find back then was the beads that go inside the tire and I was not keen on using them with the install and subsequent new tires and having to re-purchase them. Thanks for sharing…"
Mar 5

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You And RVing
Full Time RVer, Dry Camper
What's your camper's Brand, i.e. Travco, Shasta, etc.
1994 Holiday Rambler Aluma-Lite 27 foot
City and State where you are located. Do not use zip code, you know what it means but it means nothing to the rest of us.
Tell us a little About Yourself
Faye Thompson Susano is my significant other. We have a 1994 Holiday Rambler Aluma-Lite that is pull with a 1995 Ford F150 Supercab pickup. We are preparing to live the full timer life and spend our time time chasing 75 degree temps.
What Interests you about the world of Good Old RVs?
Old RVs are unique looking and way better constructed.
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Ceiling repair

Finally had a warm day, 38 degrees and basically no wind so I got the ceiling tore out and 2 of the panels cut.

Warning about RV Nation. They had the padded vinyl material. Started to order 3 yards of it and when i got into the checkout process, they were going to charge me $201 for shipping on $58 worth of product. Uhmm nope, ain't goona happen.

Found a place called All Vinyl Fabrics. They had a padded marine vinyl. Little more expensive, it cost me $75 but…


Posted on January 5, 2018 at 11:01pm — 1 Comment

One Down, Two To Go.

I finally got a hold of one side tool box and got it installed on my pickup. Had several lined up but by the time I got to them someone else had snatched them up. One of the drawbacks to living in a sparsely populated area, it takes time to drive to where these items are located.

Anyway here are pictures of the first successful install.…


Posted on May 24, 2017 at 7:43pm — 3 Comments

Trip to Arizona

Day 1, Monday 8-22-16:

I was planning on leaving the house at 2PM today, so as per usual we left at 3PM. Which is better than the 4PM it would normally have been. When DW finally realized that US 412 is mostly a 2 lane highway she got noticeably upset. Being the well trained husband that I am I answered "Yup, it sure is." maybe not one of my better responses but it got the point across and dagger stares for the next 50 miles.

For those of you who have not traveled US 412 across…


Posted on August 22, 2016 at 11:21pm — 21 Comments

Montana Bound

well as per usual we got a late start.  DW thinks the day does not begin until 1PM so it was 1:30 when we got on the road.  

Got stuck on the freeway for 3 hours on I55N, no sign of a wreck or construction when the traffic started clearing so don't know what the problem was.

Got to the KOA in Eureka, MO about 10PM.  Some out of the road but could not locate a RV Park on our main route so made this 30 mile detour LOL.

More fun and games to be…


Posted on May 27, 2015 at 10:30pm — 19 Comments

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At 6:35am on March 16, 2020, Antionette Quintana said…
Hi Russell, Thank you for approving me! Also thank you for guiding me to the water tank location! Unfortunately after I began to fill it, I went inside the 5th wheel to make sure everything was ok, well, it wasn't.. I started seeing water soaking up the floor near the water pump. It leaked enough to soak up the carpet in a small spot. From what I can tell it looks like the pump is leaking somewhere, but then again I know nothing about 5th wheels, it's my first camper with a water system. So hopefully today I can get it all figured out so I can head out to my planned camping trip in Pecos NM!! Thanks again and God bless!
At 8:13pm on October 15, 2019, Gary Spears said…

Thanks for the welcome!  Do you go by Russell or Russ? I sure am anxious to get some seasoned opinions...

a couple months ago while looking for an inexpensive camper trailer we stumbled across a 1987 31ft Class A Pace Arrow in nearly showroom condition with less than 10,600 miles on it.  The short story is this – a farmer in rural upstate NY bought and drove it home from the showroom during the summer of 1987. He and his wife took it on a trip to CA and then again to Florida.  That fall he converted an old grain silo into a storage garage where it’s been stored on a raised wooden floor and out of the elements. After that first year his wife suddenly became sick, and eventually passed away.  It was virtually never used again.   He routinely would go out a couple times a year and drive it around his compound to keep the tires in shape, checked the various systems, kept a small amount of fresh gas in it, and made sure there were no rodent invasions.  This past summer the farmer turned 86 and he decided to use the silo for some other purpose, so he decided it was time to say goodbye to “Elmer”.   We happened along at the perfect time. 

The exterior needs good wash and wax job, but that’s about it. The interior is pristine. It’s been kept out of the sunshine for decades and thus the upholstery fabric is in showroom condition.  I thoroughly inspected it all throughout and couldn’t find a single mouse dropping. The old farmer said that other than some rain during that first year, it has never seen any foul weather, including ice, snow or road salt.  The undercarriage is amazing. The rubber components are all in great condition, the engine is smooth and strong, the transmission shifts solidly and quietly, and when I took it to the RV shop near our home to be inspected the proprietors kept raving about its incredible condition. Additionally, I have a neighbor who happens to be a 25 year RV tech specializing in upgrades and repairs who tells me it’s extremely valuable as a vintage RV.   Several times he has referred to it as nearly museum quality.    

So here is my dilemma – Is this really special?  My wife and I are starting a new business and perhaps its worth more to us if we sold it. But then again, I could quickly fall in love with the Class A life style. 

What is your gut instinct? What could an old RV in this kind of condition really be worth? 

At 3:24pm on October 15, 2019, Lorne Coultman said…

Thanks so much. I bought a used Security Penthouse 32 ft. And want to update the inside the body seems in great shape but without a manual finding it hard to check everything out. I can't find the grey and the black tanks to make sure they are drained for winter. I found the clear water cand the water heater but that's all. The coleman airconditional blows cold air when on 110 volts, but no heat at this point. The Domestic fridge doesn't seem to work on 110. yet. 

At 12:41pm on August 1, 2018, carey masci said…

I m doing my best to get there!

At 11:01pm on March 12, 2018, Jack Wasmuth said…

Hey Russ, read my post please.

At 2:22pm on March 6, 2018, janet lee said…
What ever works. Right. At least you can get mail.
At 1:06am on December 18, 2017, phil moulton said…

i would take u up on it.. heads and carb are rebuilt. i cannot even turn crank to try and unhook the trans . it ate #4 cylinder and imploded the piston when the old intake gasket dumped all the antifreeze in the cylinder. cranked it over for comp tests and flushed it with kerosene . took 2 weeks to get the pan out (eventually cut it out) and the kerosene i think seised all the bearings. i need to turn crank 1/8 turn to get the rod in #4 out to even look at the cylinder damage. Replaced the balancer bolt with a milodon and a 4 ft breaker on 3/4 drive stock will not turn it. (it did turn it tighter by 2 revolutions but I stopped at that point in tightening it. 

At 11:16am on November 11, 2017, Alsie said…

Sorry for the delay in post... Thank you very much for the wishes!

At 6:12pm on August 5, 2017, John Oberhelman said…

Russ thank you for the help.  Heidi, my wife, and I are enjoying this site.  This is just what we are looking for.

At 8:28pm on July 16, 2017, Joe Blocker said…


ad to find this group.




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