Aug 202016

Before I do anything else today, I want to wish our good friend Al Hesselbart happy birthday. We first met Al way back when we had only been on the road a few months. At that time he was the historian for the RV Museum and we stopped in to visit and do a story on the museum. Al bent over backwards to help us and make us feel welcome.

Since then we have spent a lot of time together at RV rallies, as instructors at Life on Wheels, and just hanging out whenever we’re in the same area. Al is a walking, talking encyclopedia of the history of the RV industry and I’m always amazed at the depth of his knowledge. We love you, Al, and we are proud to call you our friend.

Al Hesselbart Newell

For some reason our Winnebago Ultimate Advantage motorhome seems to hate having hubcaps on the rear wheels. I can’t tell you how many of them we’ve lost over the years, but it’s been too darned many. And since they cost about $70 apiece from Spartan, I was really tired of replacing the dumb things.

Old hubcap

The factory hubcaps are held on with these spring metal brackets that are supposed to create a friction fit to keep them in place. And they work fine as long as you’re driving 15 miles an hour down a long, flat, smooth road.

Old hub bracket

But if you hit the slightest bump, don’t be surprised if one of the hubcaps goes flying off into a cornfield someplace. That actually happened to us once, and somebody flagged us down and took Terry back to pick it up.

I mentioned this to Al Hesselbart a while back he told me he had the same problem on his Newell coach until he replaced them with a new style hubcap that actually has a centerpiece that screws on to hold them in place. He told me he got them from Carter Tire here in Elkhart, so a while back I ordered a pair of them.

They’re made by a company called Phoenix USA and use a metal bracket that attaches to the hub cover on each wheel. The new hubcaps have a hole in the center and a spinner with a threaded rod attached to them that screws into a threaded hole in the bracket.

New hubcap and spinner

It was a pretty simple matter to remove two bolts and washers on each side, mount the brackets, and replace the bolts. It had to be easy, even I could do it!

Bracket installed

Here is what the new hubcaps look like. They don’t have the Spartan logo on them, but they cost about the same amount and they should put an end to the nonsense of losing hubcaps a couple of times a year.

New hubcap on

With that job done, I topped off the oil and water in the motorhome, then aired up all of the tires on the motorhome and the Explorer. We’re leaving here tomorrow to go up to Muskegon, Michigan for a week and I wanted to be sure we were ready to roll in the morning.

It was a pretty warm day and by the time I was done I was really feeling it. So I came inside and Terry gave me a bottle of water to drink, then I took a nice cool shower and stretched out on the couch for a nap. I woke up feeling good as new.

If the weather cooperates, today we plan to go up to Allegan, Michigan for the Michigan Fiber Festival. Terry is looking forward to that, and to possibly getting some new goodies to add to her yarn inventory.

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  2 Responses to “That Should Stop That Nonsense!”

  1. Now you are coming to our neck of the woods. We live in Holland. Keep an eye to the sky, they are calling for storms today and heavy rain.

  2. Nick that’s the rear hub system that Tiffin uses on their Powerglide chassis. I’ve never had a problem with our hubs, so it will probably solve your problem of losing them as well.

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