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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

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Ann Teeters commented on Russell E Johnson's group Fleetwood RVs
"If anyone can help me identify the make of my camper, this might help, VIN (SN) from the title is 7579058  There are NO tags affixed to the camper or logo visible.   I've not crawled under it.  I know it was painted perhaps…"
Ann Teeters commented on Russell E Johnson's group Fleetwood RVs
"Hello! Glad to find this group. I purchased a 1975 FLEE (KY title) that I believe must be a FLEETWOOD (just not spelled out on the title)  I have spent hours trying to find a similar one online and have been unsuccessful.  I am certain the…"
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Fleetwood RVs

Since Fleetwood made motorhomes and travel trailers I thought we could use use this group for all of them--Southwind, Bounder, Pace Arrow, Terry, Resort, Pegasus, and all the others instead of having a group for each one.See More
Russell E Johnson commented on Jim Stoltz's group Allegro/P-30
"That is good the belt came apart when it did. We lost ours in the middle of nowhere, 4 hours to get a wrecker and towed to a mechanic. Then 2 days of repair, they had to get the part from 150 miles away. Fun times LOL"
Feb 1
Russell E Johnson replied to deborah gaudet's discussion our winnebagos progress
"Hi Deborah, I am so glad you are tackling the MH once again. Is it possible to get a picture of the bedroom door? It may be that building one is possible, As for the mice, traps are your best bet, trying to find their entry point and getting it…"
Jan 29
Russell E Johnson replied to Charles's discussion Rv sizes
"So true, Charles."
Jan 26
Russell E Johnson left a comment for Robert Ockenden
"Hi Robert, I am glad you joined. There are no useful owners manuals. Get a motors or Chilton manual for the E350 Chassis and then find manuals for the fridge, furnace, water heater, etc. This will serve you way better."
Jan 2
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Fleetwood RVs

Since Fleetwood made motorhomes and travel trailers I thought we could use use this group for all of them--Southwind, Bounder, Pace Arrow, Terry, Resort, Pegasus, and all the others instead of having a group for each one.See More
Dec 24, 2019
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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 (NHTSA):• Entegra Coach is recalling 447 2018-2020 Qwest motorhomes. The liquid propane (LP) tank hangers may be the wrong size and have insufficient welding, allowing the LP tank to dislodge.• Jayco Inc. is recalling 398 2018-2020 Melbourne Prestige motorhomes. The liquid propane (LP) tank hangers may…See More
Dec 17, 2019
Russell E Johnson left a comment for Joy Hayes
"Hi Joy, I recommend putting your trailer on Craigslist. Advertising here is not real productive in getting it sold."
Dec 14, 2019
Russell E Johnson commented on Bradley's blog post 1983 Apollo 3300 DB
"How great is that, please post progress pictures."
Dec 8, 2019
Russell E Johnson replied to Barbara's discussion insulation
"All the walls are glued together. Outside fiberglass is glued to the Styrofoam insulation which is glued to the paneling inside. There is no way to insulate that setup. Your best bet is to get something like cork tiles, about 1 inch thick, and clue…"
Nov 27, 2019
Russell E Johnson replied to Russell E Johnson's discussion Heart Attack
"Thanks, Lakota."
Oct 22, 2019

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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.
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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 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.

At 2:38pm on July 15, 2017, Alison said…

Thank you for the warm welcome.  I'm going to spend a happy couple of hours checking out all the great comments and instructions.  I'm about to tackle removing all the bathroom fixtures and plumbing ... so I need all the help I can get.




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