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The Infamous "Auto Park"

Posted by [email protected] on August 16, 2012 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (50)

Last week I had a call from Ft Wilderness to come down and repair a coach whose "Auto Park" was malfunctioning. Auto Park systems are a hydraulic system that links to either a set of brake calipers on the rear of the vehicle, or directly to the transmission. In this case it was on a freightliner chassis and was connected to the transmission. The system is basically a simple pump that pressures up a line that pushes a diaghram pressure valve to push a cable to release the parking break on the transmission housing. 

When I got there I searched everywhere for the reservoir to check the fluid. After looking for awhile and tracking the lines back up to the front of the motor, I found a small reservoir hidden behind a gob of wiring harnesses. It was completely dry, so I refilled the reservoir and we started the engine. The pump engaged and quickly pumped all the fluid right on the ground. The diaphragm pressure switch was faulty. It was 2pm on a sunday and these people were already overdue to be headed back to south Florida. They asked if I could disengage the "auto park" assembly so at least they could drive home.

I released the pressure arm so that they could drive the coach. The only thing that this system does is, pulls the clutch plate out of sync so that the tranny doesn't engage. They were very happy and I helped them pack up so that they were not charged for another night. The Worcesters gave me a thumbs up.. 

New Roof Coating Product

Posted by [email protected] on August 16, 2012 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello and thank you for reading my blog. I just completed the application of one of the best and most thorough roof coating systems I have ever tried. The product is called Bus Kote. Its a ceramic elastomeric roof coating system that involved a 8 step process. Like I said on the website, you get what you pay for and the owner of this RV is in the roofing business and wanted to use the best products that money could buy. If you want to have a roof that will stand up to weather, wind (up to 110 mph), sun, and driving rain...This is the product I recommend. The key to this product is the number of coats and the prep process.

1. scrub and pressure wash the deck

2. prime and seal the deck with two coats of primer sealer

3. coat two primer sealer

4. apply three coats of elastomeric ceramic white top coating

5. coat two of white top coat

6. coat three of white top coat

7. coat the deck with two coats of a thick clear coat

8. coat two of thick clear coats 

Total time for the project was around 12 hours of actual work.

The price of the material was around $250

The price for my labor at a $60/hr on a sliding scale for anything over 5 hours was $850 including mileage..

This roof covering system took 6 trips to accomplish, which took all week to complete. The final product is roof topping that will last for years and years and repell heat and UV rays..

This roof is going to be sealed and look great for many many years to come....

If you would like to have this system applied on your coach, let me come out and make sure that your membrane is still in good enough shape for the product and we can get it looking as good as this one does.

God Bless and Thanks Again for reading my blog;


Lots of AC Repairs

Posted by [email protected] on July 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

This past week has been all types of A/C repairs. From replacing a rooftop unit to rewiring one that was installed incorrectly. I went out on a call to Fort Wilderness and the lady said that her unit would not cool the camper. So when I arrived, the vent on the bottom of the unit was open so that none of the air was going into the ducts. And the thermostat wasn't working properly. The thermostat was right beside the entry door, which is a lousy spot for the T-Stat. I showed her how to close the vent and set the unit so that it would work. And I quoted a new T stat with my labor. They decided not to replace the T stat and that night the T stat went out completely. They called me yesterday and I asked if her husband had any simple tools with him. She said that he had so I told them who would sell them a new T stat at the best cost in Kissimmee and how to replace it. Bill, the husband was supposed to call me back, but He never did. I hope they are doing well.

At the Mercy of Rip Off Artists

Posted by [email protected] on July 9, 2012 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

One of my first jobs was working with a lady from our church. She is an amazing lady that has led a life that fills me with awe and admiration. She told me of a mobile RV tech that she called who came out to repair her toilet. She complained that her toilet was leaking and did not seal properly. She said that he had charged over $400.00 to realign the seal and after he left, it still leaked. I felt guilty that she had been taken advantage of by him and he didn't solve the problem. Iona is an amazing lady, at the age of 16 she bought an 18 wheeler and started driving trucks so she could earn enough $ to put her through college. She has driven across America and seen our great country more than most people will ever imagine. If I could have called that guy and given him a verbal dressing down, i would have, but Iona is a very loving lady and never revealed who he was. So, I wrote down everything they wanted repaired and I gave them the options of how we could solve them and let them decide. After a few days, we had repaired their washer and dryer, their steps, their furnace, their toilet, their leaky water lines, and their basement doors. Iona and her hubby Richard are now full time Rvers and enjoying life on the road. If you'd like to follow her blog, click:

Week of July 2-6 Adventures

Posted by [email protected] on July 9, 2012 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Last week I handled something new. A lovely family from northern Quebec had driven down to spend seven weeks in Central Florida and said that their A/C was not functioning correctly and asked me to come and check it out. Can you imagine how uncomfortable they must have been? They come from an area that is below freezing 9 months out of the year. I worked in Montreal for awhile and when I flew out on April 22, the plane had to de-ice.. I bet they were suffering from the sweltering heat and humidity big time. I tried a few things to get the A/C to function correctly, but the sad news is that the compressor was shorting out. I had to give them the bad news...sigh... The really sad news is that the unit would have been under warranty if they were the original owners of the coach b/c Dometic provides a 2 year warranty on all their units. Sadly, they bought the coach 2nd hand and they didn't have the warranty transferred to them. To make matters more interesting, Canada has their own Dometic plant and they manufacture units with different part and model numbers. Their A/C unit is called a Solera Unit which was not a listed model type available down here. And, Michel does not speak English very well. I did my best having two years of French in gradeschool to talk with him. He decided to take my advice and let me order him a new rooftop unit 2nd day air from my wholesaler and we saved him over $300.00. I installed the new unit Friday morning and he and his family were very thankful. They will be enjoying Central Florida for 6 more weeks and now they are comfortable. 

Making people happy makes me happy.. Michel and Loraine, I hope your trip down here is magical and memorable for you and your family. I introduced them to our amazing springs and I hope Michel will take his family and see Blue Springs in Orange City while they are here.

Each week is an adventure filled with meeting wonderful people and being able to help them is a blessing I can give!

The 4th of July was Great

Posted by [email protected] on July 9, 2012 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I attended "Red, Hot, and Boom" again this year with my daughter and some of her friends. What an awesome show. We arrived early and set up our umbrella and chairs in the grass right in front of the stage. The fireworks show is so much better than any show I have ever seen. It simply blows away Orlando's show. I saw them both and Orlando's looks just amateur in comparison. I know, be positive, right? But Orlando really needs to step it up. 

The city of Altamonte Springs puts on "Red, Hot, and Boom" every year on July 3rd. Not sure why they do it a day early, but I am sure they have their reasons.