Yes, I like a clean machine. It goes back to my Coast Guard days where we kept everything as clean and neat as possible which often times prevented breakdowns from happening. By cleaning over and under all the machinery, you’d sometimes spot that little leak or that loose nut that enabled you to get it fixed before it failed. There aren’t too many parts stores 100 miles at sea.
Plus, it just looks good to have a sparkling clean RV. Here at the Charleston AFB campground you can wash your rig for a $10 fee. That helps defray the cost of the water used.
Only ten bucks? I jumped at the chance, forked over the dough and set out to wash the Journey and the Element toad. I had a lovely day, 80 degrees (F) with little humidity. I delved into my bucket of suds and was actually whistling while I worked.
Around back, I started washing the exhaust tailpipe and thought it seemed a little loose. I figured when I was done and all the water dried up off the cement pad we’re parked on, I’d crawl underneath and take a look to see if everything was okay.
It wasn’t. I found the clamp that holds the muffler to the engine exhaust pipe had bit the bullet.
A quick look on the Internet yielded the address of a nearby Freightliner truck dealer, so off we went. They had a new clamp in stock. (That’s the new clamp on the left for my less mechanically inclined readers). ;c)
Looking up at the muffler and exhaust pipe connection, you can see where the clamp went and from the dark coloration on the right side of the inner (male) pipe, it was leaking some exhaust.
On with the new clamp, tightened up the bolts and we’re back in business.
But hey, while I was underneath the Journey, I multi-tasked and greased the drive shaft slip joint and two universal joints. Keeping those parts lubed a couple of times a year prevents an expensive repair and tow.
Friends of ours recently had a driveshaft failure on their motorhome. Not only did the shaft break and damage both universal joints, but when the driveshaft whipped around before they were able to bring the motorhome to a stop, it hit the transmission pan and cracked it. Ouch!
So maybe I grease those parts more than necessary, but grease is cheap, parts are expensive and my peace of mind is priceless. :c)
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