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Monday, April 2, 2018

MOTORHOME MODIFICATIONS - *S* is Slobber Tube, Struts and Sure Lock

I am going to start off the new year with posting some of our motorhome modifications, a few at a time. I will post repairs, modifications, or neato things we have found for RVing.  I have lots of pics in my files so I will do them in alphabetical order.

Underneath that stuff, I will post my regular daily stuff..... kinda sorta fun, eh?

So here it goes, we are up to the letter S now!


Slobber Tube:

Look at the pic below.... notice a small silver pipe sticking out the corner of our motorhome rear corner?  

Well, that is a re-routed "slobber tube"!  Diesel engines have a breather tube, also known as a slobber tube, to drip excess oil and moisture to the ground below as you drive.  It is usually located underneath the engine compartment, hanging down to drip on the road.  If left hanging down, the spray flows back and can spray up all over your rear engine radiator and cause more dirt and gunk to cling to the radiator.  This can cause serious overheating and damage the engine.  It can also splatter all over your vehicle if you are towing one behind, which we do. 

Common practice among motorhome owners is to extend the slobber tube so it is lower to the road, with a piece of hose, or to route it to one side like Steve did in the pic below. He used a piece of conduit and angled the slope of the pipe to let the fluids escape and drip to one side.

Pretty nifty, eh?

No more splatters all over our Tracker,
it used to look like a speckled leopard,
especially when we towed our white Tracker.

This is one we did quite a few years ago, but it is extremely helpful to other Safari motorhome owners of our vintage rigs (22 years old)!  The outside compartment doors are held up by two gas compression struts, one on each side. 

Our were getting weak and didn't hold up as well anymore after 15 years.

Steve ordered 10 gas struts from Arizona RV supply, to put on five of our wider motorhome basement compartment doors.  Steve wanted to replace the ones for the wider doors which take 2 struts each.  After 15 years, they are failing, especially in the colder temps.  These were only $7.26 each strut and $10 postage to mail us all ten of them.  Not a bad deal!  Catalog # AP168     Gas Spring Ext: 19.7'' 60 lbs Capacity

When Steveio came home from work, his eyes lit up as he saw the box on the counter. Wheeee PROJECTS!   Before I could say *toot sweet* he had all of the struts installed on the rig!  He had them all done so fast I didn't have time to snap pics of him in the process.    So I went back out and made him pose again as if he was just putting them in!  LOL

Sure Lock Signal Finder:

We added another new *toy* for our motorhome.  We don’t watch that much tv, but like to find the local stations for weather and news usually before going to bed.  When camping up in rural areas, it sometimes takes 5,6,7 or whatever tries to find the local stations on the antenna.   That means getting up, re-aiming the antenna, and running the tv through the setup program to scan for available channels.  (our tvs run through first analog and then digital stations so it takes twice as long to do set-up scans)  Some of the areas in the UP of Michigan still have analog stations. 

If no channels show up, we have to get up, reposition the antenna, and run setup again.  and again.  and again.    LOL   Soooo we found this:

SURE LOCK antenna signal finder by King Controls, $42.79
It is set it up between the antenna and the switcher box. Simple coax cable connection in and out.   Flick it on (it runs on a 9volt battery) and then while watching the row of LED lights, turn your antenna a full 180 degrees.  Where the row of lights flickering 1,2,3,or 4 lights show the strongest signal, that is where your channels are!   Once your antenna is set in that spot, now you can run the setup scan only once and find them all!   Then you can turn off the SURE LOCK as it’s work it done.  Saves on the 9V battery.  We added this in 2010, and the same battery is still in it 8 years later! 


We have been very busy the past few days, so I didn't get any blogs done.  First on Saturday was little Mason's 6th birthday party!   We had a fun party at his home, he said it was a rock and roll "KIZZ" theme..... he was surrounded by all his little cousins, family and friends.  What a grinning young man! 

Here is a little You Tube of his Birthday Song:

For Easter Sunday, 
Steve and I were the host and hostess for the 
Pfundtner Family Easter Gathering.

We reserved the private dining area at 
Hilde's Bakery and Deli 
on Main Street in Chilton. 

She is not normally open on Sundays, but held a private party for us and our family. We number well into the 35+ range of family member attendees, and need a larger place to gather than in our homes.  Hilde puts on a delicious spread of foods for our guests, and lets us come in and decorate the tables in advance. 

Our oldest daughter and husband and kids

Our son and his wife and kids.... 

(our youngest daughter and husband and kids were at the inlaws this year) 

We had over 20 people and five kids who were able to make it, 
to join together
in family fellowship and fun. 

The food was great, and we had time to visit and enjoy each other's company,
catch up with each other and laugh and see the kids as well.

Afterwards, our own kids came back to our house for another 
birthday party!!!

Clayton turns 6 on this upcoming Thursday, 
but his Nanny and Poppa from Oklahoma were visiting for the Easter Holiday
and were able to join us as well.  Perfect excuse for an early birthday party! 

Here is Clayton with his cake.... 

and yes, we have a You Tube of his 
birthday song as well! 

After such a busy weekend, we are bushed.  This partying and celebrating is fun, but us old folks get pooped out faster than we used to!   Steve had to put in 9 hours today driving the Old Fart Party Bus, and I finished putting away Easter decorations and toys and other fun stuff.  Tomorrow we are due for anywhere from 6 to 10 inches of heavy wet sloppy freezing snow and ice!   Ewwwwwwwww

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