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RE: Buying online wholesale-service local

I don't know any dealers who will do warranty work unless the RV was purchased from that shop. The only exception is Camping World, which is a big plus in my book. On the other hand, if the RV maker's factory is close by, it may be worth going that route.
mlts22 04/24/15 03:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: '87 Falcon - Sliding storage compartment

X2... there are so many variables, that a photo of the sliding drawer would help immensely. Depending on how it is engineered, it might be possible to do as above, or perhaps replace/have a carpenter replace the slides with ones that can be detached in the future to allow lost item retrieval.
mlts22 04/23/15 11:14pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: ALARM!

Looks useful.
mlts22 04/21/15 01:55pm Tech Issues
RE: HWH Leveler Parts

I'm back with another issue...what's new!! I've got the HWH hydraulic levelers on this Fleetwood RV, and the right rear doesn't swing down but does extend. Found the problem to be a broken cable and have called HWH to get the part but was told that they would have to call me back, and I haven't heard anything yet. The part I need is RAP7194 Actuator Kit, which is the cable and the lock nuts. Does anyone know of another source for these parts? I know there are Dealers out there for HWH but not sure about who would stock replacement parts, or if there is an aftermarket replacement for the cable. Thanks in advance I'd just order it from HWH. $38.94 + shipping.
mlts22 04/21/15 01:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ka-runch!!!

Good excuse to slap an Onan resonator on there... end result is less noise.
mlts22 04/20/15 11:58am Class C Motorhomes
RE: How do you secure your bikes while camping?

Bikes are just too easy to steal. If I'm not sitting on it or doing something with it, I lock it. It only takes seconds for someone to hop on and ride off, or grab it, stuff it in a car, and head for the hills... and even though the bike's frame may have the serial number registered with the local popo... most bikes past the department store junk can be disassembled and parted out for more than what the bike cost (especially wheels, forks, derailleurs, and brakes), so the bad guys know this and just break up the bikes to sell at a flea market a county or two over. I worked in a previous life at a university in Austin, which used to be one of the top 10 cities for bike theft. It had gotten better, but there was a time when bike theft was so bad, that people would even steal forks, pedals, wheels, and other parts. From the university setting, it is an ingrained behavior of mine to lock things up, and use European "insurance locks" for the job.
mlts22 04/20/15 10:04am General RVing Issues
RE: oil like substance dripping from television

This could be a problem that can go on, so pretty much the OP has two choices... let it drip and etch the counter, or toss it and be done with it. It isn't worth the hassle. I'd pay the $419 and replace it. As per above posts, it might be something different. It could even be possible that some chemical used in the TV's making was not completely cleaned out before the TV was assembled. If it is capacitor electrolyte, the TV has done more damage than what it costs to replace it to the countertop by etching it.
mlts22 04/20/15 09:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Do you use other RV forum sites?

FROG, the Ford Transit forum, and the class B forum (although the latter two I've not darkened the door on since finding out that a relative that comes with me feels stifled by a van camper.)
mlts22 04/20/15 08:52am General RVing Issues
RE: 5.4L vs 6.8L in small Class C

I'd go for the 6.8L V10 if possible. The MPG difference will be negligible between the two (in fact, on the old Pleasure-Way Excel which had either as an option, there was zero difference in MPG), and the extra two cylinders will help a lot when in the hills.
mlts22 04/19/15 05:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Can I use two power cord adapters together

If there is a 15 amp cord, might as well use a power strip with a switch on it as the means of cutting power for plugging/unplugging, if there isn't a SWD circuit breaker nearby.
mlts22 04/18/15 10:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV clubs and memberships

I do like GS, if only as a way to support this forum. If I'm on the road more, PPA makes sense, maybe even KOA for long trips since there is a minimum standard of quality with that franchise. I've seen some pretty bad RV parks, and if I'm saying at one while exploring an area, at least KOA is a known quantity. C2C and such are iffish... if the home park is really, really good and worth going back to, then maybe... but some of those memberships can cost so much that I would be better off buying parcels of unimproved land somewhere, having a trail to the center bulldozed, and use those as "home parks". The advantage of this is that the "park" is always open 24/7, no reservations needed.
mlts22 04/17/15 01:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: MICE!!!

If you use traps, put them where the mice/rats path, along the corner of the wall. That way, even if they don't stop for the bait, they will still set the trap off. I recommend "JAWZ" snap-traps. I don't like seeing animals suffer either. However, it is self-defense, because they foul up foodstores and bring in diseases (hantavirus), so one has to do something. Spray foam and stainless steel wool (so it doesn't rust) do work, but once they decide to move in, you have to do something, otherwise they will destroy your rig with their filth and gnawing. JMHO, the best way to get rid of mice is well stated in the first reply. Nothing like seeing a cat walk out from under your RV with a fat rat in its mouth.
mlts22 04/17/15 10:35am Class C Motorhomes
RE: How much do you use your generator?

I wonder what is exactly wrong with it. Carbs are a few C-notes but that is the first thing that fails. I can see a generator "totaled" if the copper windings are so corroded that they have snapped, but even then, it might just be a set of brushes. If it isn't giving electricity but the engine is running, it might need a "field flash", and there are plenty of instructions on YouTube to re-energize that.
mlts22 04/16/15 03:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: How much do you use your generator?

Maybe this is just me, but I seem to notice that the generators with the higher hours on a used rig tend to mean that the genset will be in good working order, as opposed to a five year old rig with 10 hours logged.
mlts22 04/16/15 12:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Onan Microquiet 4000 Oil Analysis

What lab did you use for analysis? This is something I should look into not just once I change rigs, but for my current generator. As for oil, wouldn't it be best to run full synthetic in modern small Onan generators? The latest models are splashed lubricated, so each small amount of oil does a lot more "work" than if the oil were pressurized and circulated around that way.
mlts22 04/16/15 12:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How much do you use your generator?

I'd include the genset, dead or no. There will be some shop that can give that thing a second life. As for generator use, I've logged over 2500 hours (I should have put a meter on the genset, so am offering an estimate with time used) on mine, and it has done well with the usual maintenance (oil and filter changes.) Using Star-Tron and Chevron gas also has helped.
mlts22 04/16/15 12:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: V 10 spins will not crank.

It's very dangerous if starter works in any transmission position but park or neutral. Once had our old Dodge van accidentally start fast idle in reverse, backed over my foot and went across the street, over a curb and hit a large fir tree in neighbors yard. Lucky no car was coming down the street. When I was in high school, there was another student who was proud of the fact he could start his car in drive, and would use it to peel out on a daily basis.
mlts22 04/15/15 06:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Stealth camping

I can see the need to stealth camp. For example, we used to have rest stops in the '70s. They are long gone, but the need is there. WMs are not a 100% solution, so it is understandable to park nearer a destination. My only criticism is trying to stealth camp near any type of school. With all the fear about predators, it is the last place one would want to be near when overnighting. In my neck of the woods, any vehicle near a school that doesn't look like a soccer mom-mobile will get the police or sheriff called on it in seconds flat, especially with out of state plates, and definitely at night.
mlts22 04/15/15 03:38pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Dodged a bullet.

What I've found about the RV door handles is that one needs a special key that pushes down on the furthest wafer, and that will allow it to be pulled out and changed. However, finding a place to sell you that key (which won't open your rig -- it is only usable in the unlocked position) is almost impossible.
mlts22 04/15/15 02:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Older does not always mean wiser so.......

I wonder if you might be better off just buying some rural land in a destination area and using that as a "home base". Worst case, the land will sell to someone, unlike a timeshare where nobody buys those used.
mlts22 04/15/15 02:53pm General RVing Issues
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