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VIDEO: AC Shroud Replacement, Transmission, Fuel Injectors

Camper_Jeff___K
Traveler
Traveler
Video of AC Shroud Replacement

Well goodie, after introducing my Air Conditioner Shroud to a low hanging branch in the Gifford Pinchot NF this weekend, I get to purchase and install a replacement unit. Prices vary, 150.00 from 1 supplier, 280.00 from the rest. Might be shipping costs included or not. Ordering soon. Noticed my transmission seems to not want to get me going over rocks, curbs, any lift in the road surface. I have a date with a very reputable shop next Thursday AM. Whatever they recommend as an improvement for towing and hauling for the assumed rebuild and torque converter, I'll rely on their expertise and experience. Lastly, Some of you may recall I installed a new engine about three years ago and did a servicing of the injectors at that time. The engine ran like a champ but has now degraded to running poorly. I'll be installing a new set of injectors at 75.00 a pop along with new spark plugs. The existing injectors have about 275K miles on them since 2000 and are probably overdue for replacement. I figure the old truckiepoo will be getting about 4 to 5000.00 bucks injected directly from my wallet into it and hopefully will run like a champ again. It has been a very good truck doing everything I've asked of it and it's time to pay the maintenance piper... Stay tuned for further details.
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Grit_dog
Explorer III
Explorer III
Boy, repairs sure are expensive when paying a shop to do them.
2016 Ram 2500, MotorOps.ca EFIlive tuned, 5” turbo back, 6" lift on 37s
2017 Heartland Torque T29 - Sold.
Couple of Arctic Fox TCs - Sold

Camper_Jeff___K
Traveler
Traveler
Video of AC Shroud Replacement

Installed an ICON Old Style Dometic AC Shroud.

$270.00 + $30.00 for incidental materials, Rivets, washers, foam tape.
The installation went well, not too difficult. I did make a few adaptations to improve fit.
Yes I spent more than I should have, but I chose to support my local store, Evergreen RV
Enjoy!

StirCrazy
Traveler
Traveler
I know how you feel, this year I had to do shocks (780.00, two tires, 760.00, front brakes 650.00 and now a failed exhaust gasket 1650.00) but this is really the first I have put into the truck since I bought it in 2016.

Steve
2014 F350 6.7 Platinum
2016 Cougar 330RBK
1991 Slumberqueen WS100

Camper_Jeff___K
Traveler
Traveler
VIDEO Fuel Injectors, Pressure Regulator, Ignition Coils, Spark Plugs. VIDEO
The truck is running great again. A thousand bucks in parts and a few hours work. I'll have the transmission inspected next Thursday and also have a new muffler put on and welded in. Everything's getting fixed up and the truck is running great...

Camper_Jeff___K
Traveler
Traveler
vern kelly wrote:
Bought a new replacement shroud a few months ago for my dometic penguin. Bought "ICON" brand off Amazon. ~175$ American for it. Good reviews. Plastic seems better quality than the original dometic. Had to drill a few new holes to line up with the 4 existing mounting holes. Put spreading washers under the screw heads which I had before. I cover my camper when not using and this is my third shroud.


I got an Icon old style Dometic and paid 270.00 at the local rv supplier, Evergreen RV. Yeah I paid too much but it keeps the local store open for business. I planned to Install today but then the rains came. The I jesters got rained out too. I'll get out my pop up tent tomorrow if it's still raining. Transmission shop Thursday. More mo ey.

vern_kelly
Explorer
Explorer
Bought a new replacement shroud a few months ago for my dometic penguin. Bought "ICON" brand off Amazon. ~175$ American for it. Good reviews. Plastic seems better quality than the original dometic. Had to drill a few new holes to line up with the 4 existing mounting holes. Put spreading washers under the screw heads which I had before. I cover my camper when not using and this is my third shroud.
1998 2500 Dodge V10 3.55 Quad cab. Lance 5000 camper 9'10" and tow 17.5 ft Larson Boat

Camper_Jeff___K
Traveler
Traveler
Grit dog wrote:
Reading your posts over the years, you’ve done a fabulous job of getting value out of your vehicle and shown that effort/ knowledge and resourcefulness pays off.
One comment about the injectors. I’m sure you’ve done your homework, but seems a bit high priced.
Another comment is to know when to say enough is enough. Yes truck prices are what they are now. And god bless it if the economy remains strong.
But thinking about future plans for your need for a truck, if she still shifts thru all 4 gears and you can bandaid the injectors with a cheap set, that same demand for trucks will likely get you more $ than it should for that truck and it’s not unreasonable to find a lower mileage newer Super duty gasser, something in the 10 year old range with a 6.2/6r140 that will not only provide more comfort/ power and years of reliable service, but will stave off (for another 10 years) the likelihood and impending “stuff” that you will have a high probability of experiencing.
Like you, I can keep an old dog running as long as it needs to for about the min cost possible.
But this is your traveling rig. The comfort and peace of mind in a good rig is far greater than say a commuter beater with another backup beater if it needs work.
Just my thoughts.

And while not a Ford guy, if I was looking for a 10-15 year old range HD pickup, the 6.2/6r140 combo would be at the top of my consideration. Had a ‘12 and a ‘15model. Both new and both turned over to the next guy at low miles, but that experience combined with their now stellar long term track record is hard to beat.
Note at some point, Ford downgraded the trans behind the 6.2 to the lighter duty (6r110?). It may have only been in the F250 models I don’t recall, but something to consider.


You're suggesting to get a newer truck in much kinder words than my younger brother. The advice is sound and eventually I will go the route of a newer, bigger truck, perhaps a 450 or 550 with a 6.7 diesel to handle a larger TC.
Right now, this truck does have a 3-year-old new engine and a heavier 4400# rated set of Leafs in the rear. It does a good job of hauling the TC when all is in good working order.
The injectors I purchased are the Delphi 10093 for 77.00 at Rock Auto. I'll also replace the pressure regulator and the inline filter with Motocraft parts. The Delphi injectors are a funny part. Some stores are selling them for 160.00 and others like Summit, JEGS, Rock Auto sell them at 77.00 each. Same part. The Motocraft injector sells for 175.00 each and that just isn't going to happen. Delphi was the cost performance price quality break point I was comfortable with.
I did originally do a cleaning and new O-Rings on the original Bosch injectors after the rebuild and the truck did run really well but over the last couple months there has been a steady degradation in performance.
After all the maintenance is finished, rebuilt transmission installed with new u-joints and carrier bearing, fuel injectors, the truck should be at a peak performance level for a few more years at a significantly lower cost than starting over with a newer truck and doing all the work to it to optimize it for hauling the TC.
In a couple years, I'll be ready to upgrade but till then, I'll make this one keep on trucking.
Injectors go in this weekend if FEDUP keeps their delivery time. Stay tuned.

Grit_dog
Explorer III
Explorer III
Tougher? How many years and how hard a shot should it take?
Guessing it is old and crispy. Nothin to worry about going forward. Imo
2016 Ram 2500, MotorOps.ca EFIlive tuned, 5” turbo back, 6" lift on 37s
2017 Heartland Torque T29 - Sold.
Couple of Arctic Fox TCs - Sold

Camper_Jeff___K
Traveler
Traveler
CA Traveler wrote:
I actually repaired one damaged shroud with fiberglass cloth and resin. Some sanding and paint and it looks like new. 🙂 But it does take time...:S


Injector order already shipped.
My shroud basically resembles a bald eagle now, top is gone.
The top is also very brittle. I hope the new one is tougher.
Need to call adventure rv. Their online ordering wouldn't place the order into the cart. May be out of stock.

I suppose I could start disassembly now and be cleaned and ready for new parts when they get here.

Grit_dog
Explorer III
Explorer III
Reading your posts over the years, you’ve done a fabulous job of getting value out of your vehicle and shown that effort/ knowledge and resourcefulness pays off.
One comment about the injectors. I’m sure you’ve done your homework, but seems a bit high priced.
Another comment is to know when to say enough is enough. Yes truck prices are what they are now. And god bless it if the economy remains strong.
But thinking about future plans for your need for a truck, if she still shifts thru all 4 gears and you can bandaid the injectors with a cheap set, that same demand for trucks will likely get you more $ than it should for that truck and it’s not unreasonable to find a lower mileage newer Super duty gasser, something in the 10 year old range with a 6.2/6r140 that will not only provide more comfort/ power and years of reliable service, but will stave off (for another 10 years) the likelihood and impending “stuff” that you will have a high probability of experiencing.
Like you, I can keep an old dog running as long as it needs to for about the min cost possible.
But this is your traveling rig. The comfort and peace of mind in a good rig is far greater than say a commuter beater with another backup beater if it needs work.
Just my thoughts.

And while not a Ford guy, if I was looking for a 10-15 year old range HD pickup, the 6.2/6r140 combo would be at the top of my consideration. Had a ‘12 and a ‘15model. Both new and both turned over to the next guy at low miles, but that experience combined with their now stellar long term track record is hard to beat.
Note at some point, Ford downgraded the trans behind the 6.2 to the lighter duty (6r110?). It may have only been in the F250 models I don’t recall, but something to consider.
2016 Ram 2500, MotorOps.ca EFIlive tuned, 5” turbo back, 6" lift on 37s
2017 Heartland Torque T29 - Sold.
Couple of Arctic Fox TCs - Sold

CA_Traveler
Explorer III
Explorer III
And $5,000 almost seems like pocket change compared to a new truck. Good job.
2009 Holiday Rambler 42' Scepter with ISL 400 Cummins
750 Watts Solar Morningstar MPPT 60 Controller
2014 Grand Cherokee Overland

Bob

CA_Traveler
Explorer III
Explorer III
I actually repaired one damaged shroud with fiberglass cloth and resin. Some sanding and paint and it looks like new. 🙂 But it does take time...:S
2009 Holiday Rambler 42' Scepter with ISL 400 Cummins
750 Watts Solar Morningstar MPPT 60 Controller
2014 Grand Cherokee Overland

Bob

Camper_Jeff___K
Traveler
Traveler
$710.00 for the injectors, 79.00 fuel pressure regulator, 29.00 in line fuel filter, 36.00 platinum plugs, can't seem to place order for AC shroud. will have to contact vendor tomorrow. Things are moving along. Also got a replace back door TC light, LED with motion 73.00.
Nothing money can't buy.