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RE: tire rotation

No reason why you can't. I won't unless I start getting an strange wear pattern on the front and would have the service tech rotate the tires as part of a front end check out or alignment.
Dale.Traveling 10/17/14 11:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Low Miles on a 2005 DP

If you intend to go further with the coach in question ask the seller for the date codes off the tires. If the tires are original (2006) then the possibility that the coach saw a lot of use initially than sat idle is a good possibility.
Dale.Traveling 10/16/14 06:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: oil change

jbrad13 - Full synthetic or a blend will work well in your V10. Your engine came with a blend so staying with a blend or going full synthetic will be OK. The original V10 Ford used 5W30 then switched to 5W20 as part of the 3 valve head engine with the 2006 model year. Per Ford's literature - "New GF-4 engine oil replaces GF-3. Benefits include enhanced fuel economy, lower phosphorus reducing catalyst poisoning and decreased engine piston deposits and sludge (GEN-ES-10032)". The GF-4 was the ILSAC (International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee)API standard back in 2006. The current Motorcraft 5W20 blend is formulated to meet a GF-5 standard. Mobile 1 full synthetic 5W20 has been serving me well enough per my analysis reports I have done with each oil change. Mobile 1 meets the GF-5 standards. For more information http://www.oilspecifications.org/
Dale.Traveling 10/08/14 07:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV consumers Purchase question ?

Well I guess I'll be the first Hurricane owner to reply (unless someone posts while I am typing). Acquired a 2006 31D in the spring of 2011 with 18K miles on it. Very good price below what others were selling the same model for but I guess being a repo may not have helped. Four seasons, 25000 miles and over 100 nights camping later I have zero regrets. Fit and finish is fine, exterior and roof are still in good shape, the Ford chassis suits the coach and has never let us down. Done several 400+ miles days behind the wheel and was a bit tired but no worse than I would have been in a car. I'll set the cruise control for 62 and drive with one hand for hours. Road wonder is no worse than my daily driver but with how wide any coach is you don't have a lot of lane room to wonder in. Bad roads will get things to banging and windows rattling though. Everything in the coach (fridge, A/C, water heater, furnace, generator,,) is no different than any other coach. Windows, fiberglass walls, roof, floors are not much different than any coach within the same general class (gas coach with an MSRP of say $100K). The cabinets are a bit light but that keeps the coach weight down which gives me either more carrying capacity or better fuel usage. Now the big question, would I recommend a Hurricane? New, nope not a chance, not to my x-wife. Well maybe the X. Just way to many post delivery problems but my recommendation applies to any manufacturer. As a first time owner a two year old at a good price is a much better purchase. Let the last owner sort out warranty issues. Are budget RV's dangerous? Sure but what 10 ton vehicle moving object isn't. At speed any RV accident that results in a roll over is going to be ugly just as it is with any vehicle. But we do have one feature in our favor concerning most common accidents. The floor in the coach is about the same height as the roof of 90% of the vehicles that are most likely to be the second party involved, cars. As such the impact will be going into the chassis below the floor and not the occupants. Hit a tracker trailer, tree, light pole, bus and other such tall objects and the outcome is going to change not in our favor. Good luck with your search.
Dale.Traveling 10/08/14 01:54pm Class A Motorhomes

mpac165 rather than camp grounds in San Diego or Florida look at mobile home parks or trailer courts for your stay if you plan to plant yourself in one spot for months at a time. I pulled up a Google map of San Diego and searched for mobile home parks which reveled a lot of them. The second one I looked at had RV spaces for rent by the month for $500 a month with a $200 security deposit. Beyond the deposit that would save you some. Granted it might not be as nice as a camp ground but $800 a month verses $500 is something to consider. (Shady Lane RV Park) One item no one has mentioned is you might need transportation once you and your new home get to your destination for simple trips such as groceries, general supplies, sightseeing or other outings. Using the coach for such is a bit of work with set up and break down plus a bunch of potential hazards anytime you are out on the road. I'm thinking a pick-up and trailer might be a better option. Many older class A's only had a 3500 pound towing capacity which can be very limiting. Also the added cost of hardware needed to tow a second vehicle and other additional expenses. Just something to consider. Good luck.
Dale.Traveling 10/08/14 09:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Busted Hydraulic Line in Grand Junction, CO

Pass by the truck/RV service centers and hit either one of the hydraulic shops Old-Biscuit posted. You'll probably get a better hose and a far lower cost while you wait. Most place can do the removal and install considering their primary business is supporting construction equipment in the field.
Dale.Traveling 10/03/14 07:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Overhead Front TV

Changed out the TV on my 06 Hurricane and wasn't very difficult. The winch makes removal pretty easy. As Jim stated pop the four button covers off so you can get to the screws holding the padded bottom cover off. There are additional screws that will be uncovered to get the entire bottom frame off. With the framing off you can get to the hardware that holds the TV in place so remove those. Unplug power and disconnect the cable RF input and start cranking the winch thru the hole in the passenger side overhead compartment. Once down you can remove the TV from the winch and start working on a mount for the replacement. Also save the winch. If you ever intend to carry a unmounted spare tire behind the gas tank between the frame the winch should work to hold the tire in place. Pics of what I did. Before https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-MNN2zHcNev0/UKqvhlt4hkI/AAAAAAAATbU/PMv_qrXpWgw/s640/DSC03840.JPG After https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-CyxniExKErM/UKqxGTM-b8I/AAAAAAAATAs/YLoPbY3g4sM/s640/DSC03868.JPG
Dale.Traveling 10/01/14 02:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question about maintenance with new purchase

Wow! That's a lot for 3 year old coach and a bit more then I would be willing to pay. Most of what they recommended is pretty simple general maintenance. Based on your list I would get the roof seals done (as in old removed and reseal and not new on top of old) but not the other roof items, you can clean the A/C's and furnace yourself, skip the batteries or maybe just the engine batteries and get the side camera cleared up. Maybe $250. Any plans to have the chassis check out (suspension, engine, transmission)? I worry more about what's below the floor than above.
Dale.Traveling 09/25/14 12:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow vehicle

Per the 2008 Vue owner's manual page 4-42 you should be good to go as long as the coach has the capability of pulling a 3800 pound vehicle. Many from the time period of your coach were only rated for 3500 pounds. Best not to push the envelope too much.
Dale.Traveling 09/25/14 09:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: LED Mod wih pics

Now if you really wan to have fun throw a Remote Controller in the circuit. Uses the water proof LEDs along my awning roller. The controller to turn on/off, dim the brightness and a few other tricks. The example shown is an Amazon merchant in Singapore. Very in expensive but took a month to arrive.
Dale.Traveling 09/23/14 10:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best gas engine, is V10 good

OK I had a problem with my 06 V10 that required a tow. As part of the 06 three valve change Ford also went with an electronic throttle. Drove to my local Sam's club on a Sunday evening after coming home from a weekend trip. After waiting a few minutes for a pump lane to open put the coach in drive and stepped on the gas. No response and check engine light on dash. Was able to idle to a back corner of the parking lot and called ERS for a tow home. Pulled the fault codes and a couple of mechanical checks. Found the throttle motor failed. Figured I couldn't make in any worse so I took it apart and found one of the motor magnets had come loose. JG welded if back into place and has worked fine since. Towed home Sunday back to the gas station on Tuesday. https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-sSnW_nDSkk0/VB7vs_vcVBI/AAAAAAAAVMQ/r0x6oEEjpaA/s640/DSC00488.JPG Great power train.
Dale.Traveling 09/21/14 09:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: antenna

Presuming a batwing or similar RV type antenna other than a round omni directional type, rotate it 90 degrees either direction and rescan. You may need to do this at 180 and 270 degrees from the crank up position. The antennas are somewhat direction and even thru you could be at the same camp ground where the system work fine last week a different camp site may have the coach pointed in a different direction which can effect performance.
Dale.Traveling 09/19/14 07:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: mildew on awning

I use a Magic Eraser with just water. Takes everything right off with an easy wipe. I get wet doing it but no worries about soaps or cleaners on me or the coach finish. Works for the slide out cover also. I'm still trying to figure out how it gets wet when rolled up dry.
Dale.Traveling 09/18/14 08:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: decal removal

I did the heat gun method on one side of the coach a few years back. It was a job. Took several days. Started the other side yesterday with a WHEEL. Much easier, cleaner and quicker.
Dale.Traveling 09/18/14 08:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to figure out “Used” DP Coach Prices?

I think Nutinelse2do described probably the biggest mistake sellers make setting a price along with attempting to recoup the cost of upgrades. I look at upgrades as curb appear. I'm not going to pay a premium for them but they will get my attention when comparing potential rigs I maybe interested in. For a potential buyer your best option is to set a budget and stick to it. When the coach you like shows up be prepared to get on a plane and travel if necessary. Spending $1000 to save $10,000 maybe in your best interests.
Dale.Traveling 09/18/14 05:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Caulking clearance lights

It's not the exterior you need to seal but the hole behind the light for the power wires. Completely remove the light and use plumbers putty or similar material to create a seal the wires pass thru. Also goop on sealant such as caulk to the threads of the hardware that hold the light in place.
Dale.Traveling 09/17/14 07:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Used Class A Low Mileage

Ford updated the chassis with the 2006 model year but a 2006 coach you could have a 2005 chassis under it. The noticeable change will be the 'Tow/Haul' selector on the end of the gear shift and the corresponding dash indicator. The older transmission was 'OD On/Off'. Exactly. It is a chasis model year 2005 per the mfg label. The transmission has the tow haul which means to me it is equipped with the torkshift transmission. Does that mean that it has the higher hp V10? My 2005 Excursion has the venerable 4R100 with the OD light on the stalk. The V10 in the Ex is the 310 hp version.It should. I don't think Ford ever mated the 5R110W transmission to the older engine design. Might be best if you could call the dealer and see if they will give you the VIN so you can research this a bit deeper. The chassis label model year of 2005 has me scratching my head. I haven't personally confirm but I think the three valve also updated the throttle from mechanical to electronic. Pull the dog house and inspect the throttle body for a throttle wire going back to the gas pedal. No wire-three valve. Also missing would be a mechanical cruise control throttle linkage and the linkage at the top of the gas pedal. The VIN is still your best source as to chassis configuration.
Dale.Traveling 09/16/14 01:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Confusion on best time to buy Class A

It may be just me, but for us the best time to buy is when you find a rig that suits your needs at a price you believe to be fair. X2 X3
Dale.Traveling 09/16/14 10:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Used Class A Low Mileage

Ford updated the chassis with the 2006 model year but a 2006 coach you could have a 2005 chassis under it. The noticeable change will be the 'Tow/Haul' selector on the end of the gear shift and the corresponding dash indicator. The older transmission was 'OD On/Off'.
Dale.Traveling 09/16/14 10:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Used Class A Low Mileage

Is it this coach? Anticipate the tires are probably original and will need replacing so take $3K off the listed price. TV's are analog and you will either need convertors or replacement, take another $500 off. If the seller has maintnenance records bonus otherwise another $500 off. If this the coach I know of the dealer but have not had any direct contact but would expect any post sales support to end at the curb but overall it looks pretty good. Some risk with the limited road time but probably OK. If the coach doesn't feel right walk away otherwise you'll be second guessing yourself everytime you use it. Offer them $37K and see what the counter with. Also they don't take trades.
Dale.Traveling 09/16/14 06:21am Class A Motorhomes
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