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Great site. Just bought a 2002 on a P32 made by Workhorse that came with
scrambled manuals. Already been a great help.
I had an ABS problem with my 2002 built W20 under A Monaco Monarch 32. Light wouldn't go out, pressed all sensors in and it went out for 8 miles and the hateful thing came back on. Caliper pins were replaced under recall sometime back with no further problems until now. Read on your site someone had the same problem, he said to pull all the sensors and clean them and re-install. I have been a journey mechanic 30 plus years and never heard of such a thing but tried it anyway just to see and it worked. I work on transit busses that are so packed with crud you can't see the sensors and they still work. I guess it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks. Thanks for the site. I still like to learn new stuff. The only thing I can come up with is the metalic in the brake pad dust is interfering with the magnetic sensors.
My Newmar MACA3778 had a squeaky belt sound so I stopped at a truckstop and they pulled the belt and it appeared to have hairline cracks on the ribs. They couldn't get a new belt so they put the old one back on wigth belt dressing.We went on our way and things were fine. I stopped a couple of days later in Minnesota at a Chevy dealer and they found a replacement belt based on your cross reference material. So I decided to have them replace the belt (they were not Workhorse service center).
Anyway the mechanic removed the old belt and spent considerable time trying to rethread the new one. I finally fired up my computer and got the diagram off your site and showed him. Within a few more frustrating minutes he finally had the new belt on.
I really appreciate the information you have provided on your site. When I get around to ordering some goodies such as the Scanguage II and other things I will let you know. By the way, do you pre-program the Scanguage for the rig? I'm also looking at the Ultrapower upgrade. Can that be done remotely, or how do I get it installed?
Thanks again David Sellman
The web site is just what I needed. There is a wealth of info. that I can
use. The cost of repairs has sky rocketed and everything I can do myself will
help in the future. I appreciate the website and the info.
Curt Lacrimosa, Parts Manager
Great site full of info. I learned a lot and passing it on to my Boss and our
The site is very useful, I look to it for part numbers.and helpful tips.
Thanks Dale, I have a 03 Mountain Air 37ft same colar as yours.
Thanks for sharing the tips and projects. These tips are very educational and encourages us to do the same.
Would like to see more projects on engine repair and maintence.
First I want you to know that I really enjoy the performance change in our coach. It has been a pleasure driving and much less stressful than before the upgrade. Has there been any improvements in the software that I need to have updated on my coach?
We will be going to Bastrop later this morning.
I am impressed with UltraPower. I have 2894 miles with it installed. It sure changes the power I have on hills.
I got 6.96 miles per gal. But I had two days with bad head winds from San Antonio, TX to Las Cruces, NM. So bad that I had to stop at rest stop 50 miles from Van Horn and wait till next morning.
The whole trip was 5683 miles with 7.766 avg. I didn't get UP for mileage increase but for power. Take the winds out and I should get avg around 8 or a little better. If I get 8 that would be an improvement of .5 mpg.
I will let you know next year after our winter trip to TX.
Well, just a short update, mainly for OEMY's info----.
As Dale knows I installed the Ultrapower @ the IRV2 Rally in Tenn. (by Brazel's) Loved the power, shifts, etc., but the mileage (towing w/generator) actually went from a steady 6.8 to 6.7. Dale fine tuned once or twice since, but no change in mileage. Still loved the other inprovements! (That alone made the investment worthwhile)
Okay, this blows my mind, Dale convinced me to go ahead and do the Taylors and 993's in November (what, two years later after Ultrapower?) and made no promises, did a short run to Lake Medina to make sure everything ok and working. Left for Florida on 12/3, now back at Lake Medina 2,788 miles later and a solid 7.4 mpg. (towing w/generator at 65 mph)
Not the first time to Florida (jfi) but the first time this rig has ever broken 7 mpg.
For what it's worth--------
I owe you and a lot of other folks a letter.
The motorhome and the UltraPower performed great the entire trip. We had only one problem during the trip and that was a wire to the starter solenoid coming loose and delaying our return by about 24 hours. This happened in Massachusetts on our way back. The tech assured us that a loose (but not completely disconnected) wire was the entire problem and the problem never recurred.
Gas mileage was about 8.25 MPG for the entire trip while in the US. In Canada we did not do the conversions but the mileage seemed not to change judging from frequency and amounts at fill-ups. We have never gotten as much as 7 before when towing. I figure with $6.00 to 7.00 gas it paid for itself in this one trip.
I had noticed a little vibration around 55 to 60 (only in 5th gear and when climbing a slight hill or cruising level), sounding like it is from the drive line. It was inspected and everything is tight. It may be the engine just running stronger and getting a different exhaust noise.
In any case it runs great. We are going to WurstFest in New Braunfels on Nov 2nd. In the noon concert of Blasmusik Texas, I'll be playing (a very large) tuba. With tubas, size really matters, no matter what you've heard.
Illinois requires inspection and certification of vehicle emissions, so like a good citizen, I took it to the test lane. I was a little aprehensive, because I wasn't sure how the UlraPower mod would affect the emissions. Well, either the UltraPower mod or the Workhorse emissions control design came through with flying colors. The standard for PPM hydrocarbons was 220 - tested at 9PPM. The standard for % carbon monoxide was 1.2 - tested at 0%. Pretty impressive! See ya this Winter.
I recently had the UltraPower system added to our 2006 Adventurer along with hotter plugs, plug wires and a new air filter by Dale Olson (Texas Rep. for Brazels) in Elgin, TX. On the return trip from Elgin, to Houston I began to notice some difference when climbing grades.
The second trip we made was to Galveston Island and again I noticed that I had a smoother acceleration, much improved (smoother and less noise) downshifting but still no noticeable improvement in overall mileage. I calculate my mileage the old fashion way using miles driven divided by gallons purchased. In July we left Houston for our annual trip to the Frio River. I towed the Hummer H3 and I ran the generator while driving (I rarely do this) because we had others with us. My mileage towing the Hummer H3 has always averaged 5.5 MPG +/- 2 or 3 tenths. I have noticed improvements in gas mileage on some trips (as much as 1 MPG) and on short trips it has been the same old 5.5 MPG.
The jury is still out on overall gas mileage improvement but I'm very pleased with the performance increase and optimistic about the mileage improvement. Brazels advertises HP and Torque increase and I have experienced these. The increased performance has made my overall driving experience much more pleasurable. When I questioned Dale and Brazels about gas mileage improvement they said it may or may not help gas mileage and they also it would take the computer about 8 trips to fully learn my driving habits. I can say that it hasn't doubled my gas mileage (yet) but it has definitely doubled my smiles per gallon of driving pleasure. If you decide to have the option installed on your coach mention to Dale that you heard about him from me (I don't get anything from him but you may).
I know it is too soon to judge the performance of the UltraPower re-calibation (80 miles), but here are a couple of observations:
I just about got the hang of forcing a downshift on the hills to 4th gear while in OD. I can see that it takes a little practice because I dropped to 3rd gear a couple of times when I got too heavy on the accelerator.
My next four legs till I get home are 400 mi, 381 mi, 256 mi, and 375 mi. I'll Email up-dates as I move along.
4/6/2008 - Update
I'm back up in Chicago now. The trip home was uneventful. I missed the rain down South and got into Chicago the day before it snowed.
Acceleration from a standing stop is still much improved. Pulling is much better on the hills too. I noticed the difference as soon as I crossed into Mississippi on I-55 heading North. I made it to the top of the grades most times without dropping out of O/D. When it did drop back to 4th gear, it was usually near the top of the grade and soon shifted back into O/D. I took the long grades just outside of St Louis easily in 4th gear and maintained a constant speed. In fact, the only down shifts to 3rd gear were extreme grades, like the bridge at Lake Charles, LA and one just before that in Texas. I probably could have climbed these too in 4th gear, if I had stayed in the middle lane and kept my speed up on the approach.
Overall performance is much improved.
As for mileage, I never measure it, but my gut feeling is that it has improved based on the number of gallons/dollars at fill-ups on the way home.
Thanks for the excellent service.
Note - In addition to the UltraPower upgrade Jerry had me install a set of Taylor 409 plug wires, a set of AC Delco 41-993 spark plugs and a AC Delco A917C air filter.
Oemy's UltraPower Performance
I thank you very much for the two door strikers. I got them a couple of days ago and installed them immediately. Almost; it took me 4 hours to rework one of the plates so that I could move the striker around, so that it could be adjusted for proper opening and closing. The other one was easy, just unscrew the old one and screw in the new one. They both work really well now and I don't have to worry about ruining my best shirt on the door bolts. Thank you for the new bolts. I'm sure they will give me years of good service. I don't have a lot to pay you, but you have helped me more than the $10 I can afford to send you.
Thanks for just being a great guy. The world needs more people like you during these difficult times. Thanks for helping one more person.
Sincerely, Robert Merritt
Just installed it (door striker) and I am happy to report my door closes, opens and latches better then it has in the 4+ years that I have owned my Class A.
Regardless of how I adjusted the factory door striker it would always lets say be out of adjustment. The door never opened and closed or latched properly because of the door striker itself. Again, I have never been able to get the adjustment right. Well, I installed the Max Hubrich fabricated door striker and without any fussing with adjustment, the door opens , closes and latches perfectly/without any issues. The shape of the door striker also ends the ongoing problem with the stock door striker scratching arms, tearing shirts and such. WHY?... Class A manufacturers are not using such a door striker is beyond me.
Thanks much to you Dale and Max Hubrich. Hmmmmm, hard to believe I am so thrilled with a door striker but yes, it is worth getting thrilled over.
Again, thanks much for a real terrific cure/piece of hardware!
One side effect of it is the door closes MUCH easier now, we don't have to slam it anymore.
Wow!!!!!! Now thatís serviceÖ.what I read was true.
I just finished your SG II and it should be in the mail today... You should see it by Friday.
I just ordered a Scan Gauge 2 (invoice #INVO1213). Thanks for your service; Iíve read some good things about your company on IRV2 and RV forum web sites
Did I read on one of the posts that you pre-program the unit before itís sent?
Received everything quickly. Thanks for the flashlight.. Hope I don't need it broken down on the side of the road with the infamous UFO FCA issue on my trip to the Balloon Fest. We leave this coming Sunday. Looking forward to playing with the Scan Gauge.
This to confirm your order for:
2 - 1 qt Oil Filters (made in the USA)
Yes I would be interested in the part # to see if we can xref it.
I have a 2008 Winnebago Destination 39W UFO 8.1. I am on the Workhorse IRV2 forum as an observer and occasional poster and I value very much you insights and comments. I also value very much the Info on part number cross referencing you provide on your website. Many thanks!
Recently I had to replace my upper radiator hose since it had a defect causing a weeping leak in the hose. There is no cross reference I could find for the hose so I had to order it from workhorse at a cost of approx $100. I have the old hose if you are interested. Now if Workhorse could just get me the redesigned Fan Clutch Assembly before I leave on my big trip to New Mexico from VA on Sept 13 then I could save some mpg/$ and drive without the ticking time bomb/FAC stressing me out
Dale, after looking at rusted tail pipe extension for quite awhile, I found the chrome ones on your web site. At the wifes insistance I ordered them, they arrived in three days and I installed on the same day. Using a grinder to remove the old clamp and the old extension, the installation was a snap and now we have bright shiney extensions.
Thanks very much for the fine service.
James "Itchn2go" Pollard
Ordered two fuel filters from Oemy a few days ago and they've arrived already. Super service Dale. Thanks!!
Donavon P Kelly
Dale, all I have to say is WOW that's service, got everything today, all installed and ready to go. I did find it a little difficult to be certain the plug wires were snapped on the plugs completly, they went on a lot easier then they came off so, I expected they would go on hard. I guess if they're not on I'll know right?
Thanks for the great service, look foward to do more in the future.
Note - Bill ordered a set of Taylor wires, 8 41-993 AC Delco plugs and a 2 quart AC Delco oil filter. Usually 2 or 3 days via USPS-dilvered to your door.
Now that's what I call Service with a capital "S." Ordered my fuel
filter adapter from Oemtech on Friday and got it by noon Monday.
Fuel Filter Adapter
I ordered your Fuel Filter OEM-Engineering Adapter last year with an additional fuel filter. I just want to let you know it works great!!
Received my fuel filter adapter and had no problem installing it. I was impressed with its high quality construction. I only wish I had it when my original filter clogged up on me in Colorado in the middle of nowhere, on a Sunday morning. I was stuck there for 30 hours until I could locate a Workhorse dealer, with a filter in stock, some 105 miles away, the next day as nothin is open in Colorado on Sunday.
Your website is amazing and loaded with tons of information. You guys provide a wonderful, much needed service, I thank you for it.
Last week I ordered a fuel filter adaptor and fuel filter. The product was just as advertised and came to me neatly packaged with a complete set of very easy to understand instructions. With the required tools, I crawled under the motorhome, had the new filter with adaptor, installed and tested in under 15 min. As luck would have it, I had all of the proper tools, even the right flair nut wrench. If I had to use a crescent wrench it would of taken a little longer, but still would have been an easy swap.
As far as the order process and customer service, I cannot say enough good things. There was a glitch with PayPal, which was not Dale's fault. Dale sent me an E-mail in which he said I could just send a check and he would get the order out. I E-mailed him back and told him a check was on the way. You can imagine my surprise when I checked my E-mail the next day and found a note from Dale saying he had already shipped the product and included a tracking number. I had placed my order on a Tuesday night, received the part on Saturday and installed it on Sunday, all before Dale had even received my check. I would say that was some outstanding customer service and I will look to Dale for more parts and information as he continues to grow his web site.
And yes Dale did send a note that he received my check on Monday.
Got my adapter today, just installed it. Fit like a dream and should do the
I just finished installing the adapter/filter; it took 35 minutes from loosening the first nut to tightening the last nut. I followed your instructions to the letter and had no problems, no leaks.
I used Crescent wrenches and I think if I used the two metrics it would have been even easier, fumbling with the adjustment was a bit of a pain. Iím heading to Sears and get a 16 and 20MM open end.
Once the old one dries out, Iím gonna cut it open, just curious how cruddy it is. This is the original and the rig is 3 years old with 16K miles.
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