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RE: I want (to convert) one of THESE.

I had several experiences that would indicate the car software programs are written by teenagers who just got off Playstation. I observed my sons on the Playstation car racing, where you can hit concrete wall at 140 mph, then program hangs you for 2 seconds and you can continue on your way. In Tesla accident the program took tall trailer as overhead road sign. How stupid is that? yup. look, I won't say that self-driving vehicles will never come to fruition...that would plainly be wrong. but I will say for the forseeable future there is no substitution for a thinking and alert human being behind the wheel and controlling the vehicle. the operative words in that sentence are thinking and alert.
rk911 07/19/16 09:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Breakdown Options

Looking for some opinions on what to do with my broken down Winnebago Sightseer. I live in Maine and was heading out west through Vermont when the RV lost all it's coolant, the motor overheated, and experienced internal engine damage. I had it towed to a place where they can fix it, but they want to replace the engine (GM 8100) at a cost of $21,000 (includes pats and labor). I bought the RV used and have less than that in it. This was my first trip with the recently purchased RV. First the garage tested the engine to see if it would turn over. It did. They also drained the oil out and found no signs of metal or water. The garage then found the coolant leak and repaired it. It was the lines that go back to the water heater (rusted out). Once they repaired the leaks they repressured the system and took it out for a test drive. The engine wouldn't even get to half throttle. The garage then determined internal damage had occured. The RV is now at the shop 450 miles from home. What are some opinions on what I should do. Put the engine in and pay the bill, tow it home and get it rebuilt, junk it, trade it in towards another RV, or something else? The RV is not in overall great shape, but good. Any thoughts and opinions are welcome. Thanks. wow, tough spot. first, no hasty decisions. nothing good ever comes from being in a hurry. $21K is a lot of cash so I think a 2nd opinion is in order, preferably from a qualified shop in that same town. locate one and have the RV towed there. you don't say how old this MH is but if the news is the same, more or less, you have to then do the math. are you making payments or do you own it outright? do you want to be $21K in debt or can you pay cash for the repairs? is that all that's wrong or is another Murphy episode waiting in the wings? give it some thought and go from there. good luck.
rk911 07/18/16 06:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I want (to convert) one of THESE.

and I don't see that happening anytime soon. It already happen over a year ago, but technology is ironing the glitches. How long it took to move from "brick" cellphone to Iphone? really? which SDV does not require the occupant in the left front seat to pay attention and be ready to intervene? and the evolution of the cell phone is not a valid comparison.
rk911 07/18/16 05:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thinking going back to MH

Newmar, Monaco, Tiffin Winnebago/Itasca
rk911 07/18/16 04:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I want (to convert) one of THESE.

I don't see the point of any self-driving vehicle if I have to keep my hands on the wheel and foot near the brake...just in case. SDV's will not be a "thing" until and unless the occupants can go to sleep, read, play games, etc. while in motion. and I don't see that happening anytime soon.
rk911 07/18/16 04:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Recommendations? Oklahoma I-40 for Motorhome

Yes RK911 you did give a good recommendation. Thank you for that. I was hoping someone would say "oh yeah you have to check out this place..." As far as my needs and wants, I like to be on the outskirts of a city with good phone service as I work, then a short ride to the local bar & Grill for supper and if there is some kind of attraction to see while we there thats great too! if by city you mean large, urban area then you're pretty much limited to metro OKC and Tulsa. we always pass thru Tulsa and stay in OKC for 1-3 days on our way out west.
rk911 07/18/16 03:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recommendations? Oklahoma I-40 for Motorhome

Not looking to simply cross it and I dont know where I want to stay, that is the reason for posting the questions. Must be a pretty bad state. Can you please show me where the route planner is on RVParkreviews.com? I cant find it, I use that site all the time and you must know something I do not. RV Park Reviews The more of us that use this site the better it will become. Just try it. I am just looking for rv parks that are fine for a 40 motorhome along I-40 in Oklahoma. Let me know what you know please about the ones to go to and why and the ones no too. Is there any attractions along this route? Etc... Thanks I don't believe their is a "road planner" per se. but surely the OP generally knows what areas along I-40 in OK where he'll be staying. ?? It's not a big state and can easily be crossed in a few hours. nope, very nice state, actually. earlier, I gave you a recommendation for OK City but if you don't know where you want to stay, even generally, then we can't provide much help. do you like full hook-up commercial campgrounds, municipal parks, forest, lakes, secluded, lots of stuff for the kids to do, nowhere near kids or anything else that breathes...ya gotta give us something to go on.
rk911 07/18/16 01:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recommendations? Oklahoma I-40 for Motorhome

Can you please show me where the route planner is on RVParkreviews.com? I cant find it, I use that site all the time and you must know something I do not. RV Park Reviews The more of us that use this site the better it will become. Just try it. I am just looking for rv parks that are fine for a 40 motorhome along I-40 in Oklahoma. Let me know what you know please about the ones to go to and why and the ones no too. Is there any attractions along this route? Etc... Thanks I don't believe their is a "road planner" per se. but surely the OP generally knows what areas along I-40 in OK where he'll be staying. ?? It's not a big state and can easily be crossed in a few hours.
rk911 07/18/16 11:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What do you leave in RV

What do you store in you RV. If not planning on using it for a month or 2 second sets of clothes, dishes, cookware, tableware, bed and bath linens and just about anything that doesn't or shouldn't freeze stays in the MH year-round. at the beginning of the season the contents of the medicine cabinets and storage spaces that hold stuff that shouldn't freeze go back in as does the two-way radio equipment and other small electronics. we also stock the pantry with non-perishable food. all of that stays loaded until I pull it all out in November at the end of the season. all we add before leaving on a trip are perishable food items, the laptop, the dog and her food, treats, etc. and a few other small items.
rk911 07/18/16 11:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Recommendations? Oklahoma I-40 for Motorhome

I am just looking for rv parks that are fine for a 40 motorhome along I-40 in Oklahoma. Let me know what you know please about the ones to go to and why and the ones no too. Is there any attractions along this route? Etc... Thanks when traveling thru OKC we stay at the Twin Fountains RV Resort. very quiet and clean. spaces are large enough for the biggest rigs.
rk911 07/17/16 07:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I found err proof way to break down camp area to travel

My little trick is a final walkaround. With three important points registered: Look up (antenna, branches etc.), look around (open compartments etc) and look under. It is simply essential that I do it, and have it burned into brain that I did it. Kind of like a very conscious confirmation I tightened the drain plug, or locked my house when I left. If I cannot come up with those memories, I'll do it again just to be sure. I do pretty much the same thing and even though I've been at this RV thing for 31-seasons I still forget things now and then, most often when I'm interrupted during the initial check list.
rk911 07/17/16 06:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: extension cords and rain

The cord is not the problem. It is an outdoor cord. I was worried about where the connection between the two ends is. well, the RV's electrical cord us rated for outdoor use as is your extention. be sure your connection between the twous tight, not laying in a puddle of water, etc. if worried then elevate cords off the ground of wrap connection in waterproof electrical tape.
rk911 07/17/16 08:54am Tech Issues
RE: extension cords and rain

I have a 25ft extension cord that I have to attach sometimes to the shorepower cord to reach the receptacle. Should I try to do anything special with where it connects if it is raining. I know water and electricity do not mix. BTW, the extension cord is rated appropriately for 15A. This is when I am connected to a 15A outlet only. simplest and best thing is to get and use a cord rated for outdoor use.
rk911 07/17/16 08:46am Tech Issues
RE: hydraulic fluid

When checking the fluid level should the jacks and slides be in or out? Monaco Knight 2010 4 slides. in and up.
rk911 07/17/16 08:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: baloon festival

What's the chances of finding a camping spot for a couple of days in Albuquerque during the balloon rally? why not call the parks and ask??
rk911 07/17/16 07:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Warranty Repairs on Class A

I only have experience with 5th wheels/travel trailers and vehicles that tow them. The Ford truck breaks down and it goes to the Ford dealership. The Jayco trailer breaks and it goes to the Jayco dealer. So, what happens when a Class A on a Ford chassis breaks down with an engine related problem? I can't imagine taking it to the RV dealer that sold it to me. But I also don't recall ever seeing a 36' RV sitting at my local truck dealer. Also, are warranty repairs to drive-able RVs quicker than to trailers. I've had some pretty ridiculous waits to get in for service with trailers over the years. On the other side of the coin I've been very impressed with the speed Ford/GM/Ram can get the trucks fixed and back on the road, even with large repairs. you take it to aford truck service center fir chassis/engine/tranny issues. some ford retail outlets may be offer some services but not usually. we've driven ford chassis MH's since 2000 and have had maybe 1or 2 warranty issues. both were handled by our local truck service center quickly and completed same day.
rk911 07/15/16 09:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing a vehicle - flat bed or two wheels

Hello. I have a 1996 Monaco Dynasty and I have made the decision to be a snowbirds this winter. I have never towed a vehicle behind my RV but would like to practice this summer. I have a 2000 Chrysler convertible that is front wheel drive. Of the two options for towing ie flat bed or two wheels which one is easier to tow and to take on and off? The RV has a back up camera which I assume is what I use to watch the car when towing. Are there other issues I should consider about towing that I have not asked? Thank you in advance. pay attention to weights. do you know what your MH weighs as loaded for travel? do you know what the car weighs? the dolly will weigh less than the trailer as the weight of either + the weight of the car have to be taken into consideration. you might also check witb Remco to see if they have an after market kit which would enable you to flat tow your car. the amount of weight you can safely tow will be the lesser of the following: - the gross combination weight rating of the MH minus the actual weight of the MH as it is loaded and configured fir travel - the weight rating of your hitch - the weight rating of your tow bar good luck.
rk911 07/15/16 11:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Old analog TV problem

I still have the old TV in my motorhome up front. It's worked fine for the 4 years I've had the MH. Now it turns on, volume works, channels can change, but I only see snow. I can't get it to show a picture, not on cable, not on antenna, not a DVD. In the audio/video cabinet is a switch box with cable/antenna/VCR/Sat/Aux. There is also a VCR/DVD player, a digital converter box, and an inverter. I wonder if some major thing got disconnected or fried. It's hard to get behind all this equipment. But where do you think I should look? Last winter, a cable guy threaded a cable from the cabinet to the right of the TV through the TV space to the cabinet to the left of the TV (to hook up a wireless router). Perhaps something got knocked out of its socket from the TV while he was doing this?? Or maybe the switch box is no longer working?? Any ideas would certainly be appreciated. since nothing works...antenna/cable/dvd...i suspect that the cable between the switch box and the tv is disconnected. there could be other loose connections but the cable from the tv to the switch is loose. unless...if your switch box requires power (some do). does it?
rk911 07/13/16 10:38pm Technology Corner
RE: Dinghy Towing and brakes

...We will be towing with a small Class C, we haven't even bought that yet, so we wanted to keep the weight down, since we are trying to keep the RV under 30" since you haven't purchased yet may I give you a bit of advice? be very careful when purchasing a MH. understand the weight of the MH as well as it's weight ratings before you start shopping. some of the weight ratings you need to understand are: - GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating): the maximum weight the chassis can support including itself. - GCWR (gross combination weight rating): the maximum weight the vehicle can propel including itself. - GAWR (gross axle weight rating): the maximum weight each axle can support. each axle will have a different GAWR. in a motorhome the sum of the GAWRs will usually, but not always, equal the GVWR. - GVW (gross vehicle weight): the total weight of the MH as you have loaded it for travel. includes food, fuel, fresh water, clothing, supplies, people, pets and stuff. - GAW (gross axle weight): the total weight of the above loaded MH on each axle. please note that the GAW on a particular axle should not exceed that axle's GAWR. - Empty Weight: the weight of the MH with full fuel and LP tanks but which is otherwise empty of food, fresh water, clothing, supplies, people, pets and stuff. - Payload: the difference between the GVWR and the Empty Weight and represents how much additional weight can be added. Empty Weight and Payload are older terms that have fallen out of favor with the industry but they are still very relevant. in general, the maximum amount of weight you can safely tow (diesel or gas) will be the lesser of the following: • the GCWR (gross combination weight rating) of the MH minus the actual weight of the MH as it is loaded for travel (includes fuel, fresh water, food, clothing, people, pets, supplies, etc.) • the weight rating of your tow bar • the weight rating of your hitch this is why it's vital to know what your MH weighs...by axle...as it is loaded and configure for travel before choosing a toad. load the MH as you would for a trip including fuel, water, food, clothing, pets, supplies and people. get individual axle weights and compare them to the GAWR for that axle. if either axle is overweight then either move weight to the other axle or eliminate the weight altogether. you need to check individual axle weights because it is possible to be under the GVWR of the MH even if one axle is overweight. I know 'cuz it happened to us. good luck to you and please continue to post your questions.
rk911 07/12/16 08:58am Dinghy Towing
RE: Dinghy Towing and brakes

I will not cut into any of my toads wiring for diodes, etc. I think likewise. But the Honda CRV's were nifty in that there was an empty sector in the rear light assembly, so I had a separate tail/brake light placed here with its own wiring. after a disasterous first-time towing experience with diodes I did the same with my Jeep Wrangler...separate tail light bulbs and a totally independent wiring harness for them used exclusively when towing.
rk911 07/11/16 06:28pm Dinghy Towing
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