I just noticed yesterday that with my cruise control on, the exhaust brake doesn't work. As soon as I clicked the cruise off, the exhaust brake light came on , and I could feel the exhaust brake kick in. Is this typical?? I have an 04 Revolution on a Freightliner Chassis.
I've had 2 gas motorhomes, and 3 diesels, and I'll share my opinion with you. My current motorhome has a 350hp Cummins. As far as climbing a grade, your gas rig will do just fine. It will probably keep up with the diesel, and in fact might even be a little faster (just a couple mph difference if any). Going up a 6% grade, you'll do around 45-50mph......give or take a little. Most grades are only a few miles long anyway, so a little difference in speed is not a big deal, one way or another. The big difference is noise. The gas will down shift so the RPM's increase and fans will come on to cool the transmission...........it will be so noisy, it will be difficult to talk. The DP, will down shift also, but the increase in noise is barely noticeable. That is one of the advantages of a DP. The other, is going down the other side of the grade. The exhaust brake makes brake usage minimal. My motorhome is an 04, it has 40k miles, and is in very good condition. I've owned it 2 years now. I've had to replace the lift pump, Electronic control module replaced, and just the other day, had an air leak, which was the left side ride leveler actuator. I also had to have the plastic engine coolant tank replaced. I did buy an extended service contract (extended warranty) which has helped, my out of pocket expenses on these items was approx. $1400. Oil changes cost about $250 at Speedco, and can cost several hundred dollars more at some shops. My gas 8.1 Workhorse Chevrolet use to cost about $60 for an oil change. The cost of the DP is a little more.....but the ride quality and the lack of engine noise is well worth it to me, and I know many out there will agree with that. With new tires, batteries, and good overall condition of the unit your looking at, I'm sure you'd be very happy with it, but if you decided to keep your gas unit, don't worry about grades, it will do just fine, just nosey.
I have a new hose I've never used, so will change out the old one. The old hose came with the RV when I bought it 2 years ago, so I don't know much use it had before that. Thanks for the feedback.
How do you clean your motor home after a day or so on the road. I typically wash mine before leaving on a trip, but after a day or two on the road, it gets dusty and dirty. Most parks won't let you wash them, so what do you do to clean it. I'm a little concerned about just wiping it off and scratching it. Any suggestions?? Thanks
I bought a used motor home that had them. When I installed new tires, I left them off and sold them on ebay. If you do have them, I would suggest you have the proper tools to remove and install them if you have a blowout.
I saw a travel trailer yesterday that had a spare tire rack on the back. The spare tire was shredded, the only thing left was about 1/2 of the side walls.
Dave Root did mine, and I was very happy with the work. The place in Coburg OR mentioned in one of the above post also does replacement of dual pane windows with one thick pane. I believe the cost of the single pane is the same as having your dual panes resealed. You'll never have to worry about fogged windows again. My next go around, I'll go the thicker panes. The insulation factor between the dual and the thicker panes are very similar. Dual panes will leak over time no matter what. I understand many of the manufacturers are going to the thicker panes. You have a big windshield that's single pane.
I believe it's red coolant in my cummins ISC 8.3 engine, and I believe it's green (going by memory on the colors) in my generator, Onan 7500. I carry a gallon of each, and have them marked so I won't get them mixed up. My understanding is you shouldn't mix them. My question is.....why? what's the difference in them? Thanks
Are you looking for new or used? If used, a Ford Escape Hybrid is a great car, I'm on my second one. Only the Hybrids can be towed four down and they stopped making them in 2012. Parking brake off, transmission in neutral, unlock the steering wheel and that's it. They weigh about the same as the 2 door Jeep Wrangler, get 30 plus mpg, 5 passengers, and have enclosed storage SUV type.
I have an extended service contract (warranty) from Wholesale Warranties. I've had 2 claims, and both of them were handled without any problems. The only thing and it is listed in the contract is, they only pay a maximum of $100 an hour. Most shops are above that, so I had to pay the difference, which didn't amount to much. Actually my contract says $80, but they changed the amount a year or so ago, and they pay $100, which I thought was pretty good, considering in print says $80. On the first claim, they actually made up the difference between what the shop charged hourly and the $100 also. I've been very happy with them, personally, I wouldn't be without an extended contract, so far, I'm at about a break even point between repairs and the cost of the contract and I have more then 2 years left.
I attended a seminar and we were told one of the reasons to get the oil changed at least yearly, even though it has very few miles is, the oil filters elemnets begin breaking down after being saturated with oil after a year or so. I just changed the oil in my motor home at the one year interval, even though I had less then the recommended miles between oil changes. $200 for a diesel engine oil change is cheap insurance to me.
Why not just leave your regular key in the ignition? Doesn't your '09 Focus Escape have a keypad on the door to unlock the vehicle? Don't you have a second key anyway?
The reason I want an un chipped key is....it's thinner and I can slip in my wallet....tough to do with a chipped key that is about a 1/2 inch thick, Plus, makes it's more difficult for a thief to start the car when I'm away from it when it's being towed.
We always us a non chip key when towing. We also check the tow bar set and pins before leaving after parking. Do not want some kid to remove the pins.
That's one of the reasons I switched to locking pins, I never had a problem, and I still do a visual check, but just in case I forget, I know the pins are still there.
Don't forget Dante's View which is about 5,000 feet and gives you an incredible view of Death Valley. I visited in April and it was very cold up there, and in the 80's on the floor. Take a jacket and be prepared for the cold, and the heat.