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RE: Transfer Switch Maintainence

Going thru the transfer switch, breaker panel, power cord, generator power connections and DC power distribution is part of my Spring dewinterizing list of activities.
Dale.Traveling 07/26/17 04:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Carfax for Class A diesel is one avalable

CarFax will provide little info if any information regarding the past service a coach may have received. Save the cost and use it for an inspection. I pulled one for my coach and the only organization that submitted info was the past owner's home state DVM.
Dale.Traveling 07/22/17 02:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Carfax for Class A diesel is one avalable

CarFax will provide little info if any information regarding the past service a coach may have received. Save the cost and use it for an inspection. I pulled one for my coach and the only organization that submitted info was the past owner's home state DVM.
Dale.Traveling 07/22/17 02:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Golden age of (class A) RVs

Been thinking about this topic and I really can't come up with a time period. To me Golden Age implies a peak but every couple of years the chassis and house builders come up with something new and innovative the improves the overall experience. Heavier chassis, slides, all electric rigs, front overhead beds, lower cost diesel power trains. The RV industry took a pretty hard hit 10 years ago and those builders who weather the drop in sales more or less froze their designs. But with the recent improvement in sales I think we'll start to see builders producing new features with every model year. Maybe Newmar will dust off the mid engine diesel and roll out a 40' toy hauler again or the Country Coach design with the fold out deck. We all look back with nostalgia concerning past designs but beyond the quality control issues a new coach can have are the older rigs better when going down the road or once you arrive at a destination concerning comfort or conveniences? The GMC class A from the mid 1970's was pretty cool for it's time but I wouldn't trade what I have now.
Dale.Traveling 07/06/17 04:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: manual vs electric awning?

I looked into it for my coach but never got much further than the thinking stage. Ran up against not knowing if there is adequate structural support on the coach walls for the mounting hardware. Hanging a 18' the awning off nothing more than fiberglass and thin plywood was a concern regarding long term use. The cost didn't help either to replace something that was operating as intended.
Dale.Traveling 07/06/17 03:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Will getting a larger roof A/C solve the problem?

Certainly, but before making the plunge check a few things. 1. Take down the lower unit (the ceiling fixture inside the coach) and with a flashlight check the fins of the interior heat exchanger. Even with the air filters a lot of debris will get past and coat the fins and degrade performance. 2. Get up on the roof and remove the cover. Clean the fins and the external unit plus check the fins. If the soft aluminum fins are bent do your best to comb them as best as possible. 3. As best you can seal the interior duct work. While doing #1 above check to ensure minimal leakage between the intake and exhaust. Use aluminum tape to seal. I have the same thoughts as Ivylog with regards to a heat pump. A heat pump will cost more but will give you more flexibility for year round camping. Replacement is pretty simple and the hardest part is getting the new unit up on the roof. A/C has two purposes. First is to condition the air which is pulling the humidity and second to cool it. If you over air condition and get the temperature down faster than the humidity you'll end up with a coach that feels like a cave. Cold and damp.
Dale.Traveling 07/04/17 05:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Aging Sewer Hose?

Should be fine. What usually accelerates the end of life of a hose is dragging it across a rugg surface and wearing holes in it. Very different material than a tire. Usually PVC or other such plastic which will degrade over a few hundred, if not thousand, years in a benign environment of a storage compartment.
Dale.Traveling 07/02/17 04:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Saw a wobbly Monaco

It wobbled like a drunken sailor.I resemble that remark.
Dale.Traveling 07/01/17 04:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Routine AC unit preventive maintenance

Pretty much as others have mentioned. Get on the roof and pull the covers to clean out the exposed side yearly (part of my dewinterizing routine). Interior coil I also clean every couple of months by vacuuming. I'm probably overdoing the interior coil effort but I want to avoid having to use an liquids and a deep cleaning. Stuff does get past or thru the filters.
Dale.Traveling 06/28/17 04:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Roadside Assistance Coach Net vs. Safe Ride Motor Club

With any roadside assistance service it will depend on their database of service providers with the capability to support large vehicles. We as RV owners are a bit a small group in the overall motor vehicle world so the field of choices can be small. The concern is with services that make the leap from the daily driver to RV's but still need to expand their network and support staff training of the differences between a 3500 lbs grocery getting and a 35,000 lbs coach. Is Safe Ride Motor Club up to the challenge? Hard to say but their web site has no references to RVs, drivable or towable, which can be a concern.
Dale.Traveling 06/25/17 05:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: TPMS shows different pressure than pressure gauge

Consider the error is just short of 10% and TireMinder list the TM66 series at +/- 2.7% I would say no, the error is is not acceptable. I would first replace the sensor battery and if the accuracy doesn't return to specification then replace the sensor.
Dale.Traveling 06/21/17 05:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

,,, and then the excrement hit the fan as I went along ,,,I'm more partial to "fecal matter hit the rotary device". Post as much as you can and if possible technique, materials and your source of supply. Alway looking for tips, tricks and ideas.
Dale.Traveling 06/18/17 08:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gen set running for 4 days in a row

,,,I wonder what the share price would drop if an OEM ran the generator exhaust to the roof rather than where the people are breathing?,,, Share prices or earnings will never drop but the cost of a rig will certainly increase. A portable stack at CW might cost $100 or so but having the OEM build it into a coach would cost $1000+. Concerning the original question, change the oil/filter now and enjoy the event.
Dale.Traveling 06/18/17 08:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Does this make sense-buying a used motorhome for 1 year use

I think the idea is reasonable but I also think you better pick a coach you like since as kerrlakeroo posted you might end up owning it a bit longer than intended.
Dale.Traveling 06/16/17 06:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New captain chairs

Made the change out last fall and you don't need to worry, that is until you start pricing them. My new seats bolted to the original base assemblies with no loss of movement. Before http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d39/sweetbriarmanor/20161012_170813_zpsth5h39zw.jpg After http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d39/sweetbriarmanor/20161013_162500_zpshxrboftr.jpg Found the seats at Bradd and Hall.
Dale.Traveling 06/16/17 05:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Air pressure with the tire off

If there is and pressure change between a loaded and unloaded tire it will be slight and not much of a factor. Considering you should check the pressure early in the day that travel is scheduled removing the tire to do so introduces additional risk that can be easily avoided with valve extensions. If an owner feels that flexible extensions are too high of a risk of failure there are hard valve stems that can be installed that allow easier access for pressure checks and adjustments. Also consider a tire pressure monitor which will eliminate the need to manually check pressures.
Dale.Traveling 06/15/17 04:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Massachusetts EZPass Transponder Mounting on my Class A

Top center also. And don't forget, if you bring along the toad with a pass remove it and wrap in foil or inside original RF shielded bag it came in so you don't get charged twice.
Dale.Traveling 06/05/17 04:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: replaceing couch

I replaced a loveseat/bed last fall a dual recliner I found on Amazon. With the backs off if fit thru the door with about an inch to spare. Before - http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d39/sweetbriarmanor/IMG_0016_zps1ypfttsc.jpg After - http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d39/sweetbriarmanor/20161010_184049_zps4jrridwv.jpg As delivered - http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d39/sweetbriarmanor/20161010_181838_zpsj6tv17sg.jpg
Dale.Traveling 05/24/17 04:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Books for DIY maintenance of a 2005 Itasca Sonova?

The chassis side of the rig isn't much different than a 2005 truck just bigger in overall size/weight. The prospect of finding anything published for specific make/model coach is slim. Generally there is very little difference regarding procedures or check points. There are a few items than the average car/truck vehicle owner probably never touches that will need attention such as flushing the brakes, but how to do it isn't much different than a pickup truck. First place to start for the chassis is the owner's manual and the recommended maintenance schedule. Review the list, your coach history if you have it and get on a schedule. When you hit an item you're not sure about search YouTube, RV forums and truck forums. All are excellent places to gain knowledge and finding the simple tricks to make the job easier. The learning curve isn't as steep as you may think. For example my coach is built on a 2006 Ford F-53 chassis which is very similar to a Ford F550 truck and F350 pickup. A few items are scaled up in size and capacity but the maintenance procedures are generally the same. The engine and transmission are identical to the F350 but axles are different. Break the systems down into individual sub groups and work from that direction rather than one overall shop manual and you might have more luck. The trick to keeping a coach happy, the various systems working and expand your knowledge and understanding of the coach is to use it. Nothing will shorten a life of a coach quicker than parking it in the back corner of a storage lot for months on end unused and neglected. Make an effort to get out once a month even if it means heading back to the local camp ground for the 10th time after work on a Friday or even just camping in the driveway on a Saturday night. Good luck!
Dale.Traveling 05/23/17 04:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: where'd toad go?

Are the current tires on the jeep that same size as when came off the assembly line? Can't remember which direction mileage will go with an increase or decrease in tire diameter.
Dale.Traveling 05/18/17 05:59pm Class A Motorhomes
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