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Monthly Archives: September 2011

9 – Update: NHTSA’s August RV-Related Recall List

Print September 22, 2011 by RV Business Leave a Comment The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the latest recalls related to the RV industry: Cummins is recalling certain ISB6.7, ISC8.3, ISL9, ISX11.9, and ISX15 engines shipped from September 2010 through December 2010 to various vehicle manufacturers. These engines were installed in recreational vehicles, emergency vehicles, buses, and certain truck applications. The V-band clamp assembly, part numbers Q187684, Q187685, AND Q187686, used to connect the inlet and outlet cone sections to the Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC)/Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) include a T-bolt which can fracture and fail when subjected to stress or load. A fracture or failure of the T-bolt may cause the clamp to loosen and the inlet or outlet sections attached to the DOC/DPF housing to disconnect. Cummins is working with the vehicle manufacturers to identify and notify owners. The safety recall is expected to begi ... read more

8 – Improving the ride on your R4R or RR4R Roadmaster RV Chassis

If you are looking to improve the ride on your Class A – Roadmaster motor home, look no further then Source Engineering. Source Engineering has designed several suspension upgrades that not only enhance the comfort of your ride but they also give you tremendous peace of mind. When a complete suspension upgrade is installed one the first things you notice is less stress behind the wheel. It almost doesn’t matter which proprietary components you purchase for your coach, the result is always an improved ride. If your Class A motor home does not give you a Class A ride, go to www.rvchassis.com (Source Engineering website) to see if it can be improved. As a dealer and installer of the outstanding Source Engineering products we can vouch for a few things. The parts are well engineered for their intended purpose, well made and they work! Our clients are always pleased with their “new coach” ride and improved handl ... read more

7 – What is Paint Blending?

Paint blending is a special process that involves spraying new paint in a gradual pattern so that at the human eye cannot detect color variance or a start and stop point. That sounds pretty straight forward but in the real world, it really is a work of art. There are literally dozens and dozens of factors that can ultimately affect the colors we see when looking at partially repainting an automobile. Did you k now that there is no such thing as factory paint? That’s right, car factories don’t make paint, they buy it. And a car factory in Kentucky does not use the same paint as a car factory in Detroit even though they are building the same car and painting it the same color. Often times there are 4-6 variables for the same color! This is just the start of the difficulties. Then add in wear and tear and fading and you can imagine what a modem automotive paint technician is up against. Suffice it to say that a good paint tech is an artist and illusionist. At the end ... read more

6 – How often should I wax my car and is there an easy way to do it?

Waxing your car should be done at least twice a year. If you are using a pure wax (versus an abrasive cleaner/wax) you can wax your car as often as you would like. The easiest way to wax your car is to do it in sections. Always wash, rinse, and wax your car when the surface is cool. When waxing work in sections perhaps a quarter of the car at a time. Focus on the top surfaces since they get the most sun damage and never get a break from ultra violet radiation. With all of the U.V’s it is easy to understand why these surfaces become dull, chalky, and flaky before the rest of the finish. So why do you say work in sections? Well this is for several reasons, first and foremost if you look at the task of waxing as several small jobs instead of one big job you are more likely to get it done. You don’t have to wax your entire car in one stop. Wax one section at a time until you slowly make your way around your vehicle. If you do this each time you wash your car and on a regular b ... read more

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