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RE: insurance

About $600 a year. 06 30' gas coach used on weekends and summer vacation.
Dale.Traveling 03/20/17 04:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: insurance

Fifth wheel coverage, no idea since I own a Class A. Comparing Class A to a car will vary greatly and any numbers an owner posts will not be of much use without personal details such as - declared usage (full time, snowbird, weekender), estimate value of a coach, owner declared residents, drive record of principal and secondary drivers, coverage level selected, credit score of owner,,,. A better question to ask would be what company insures a rig and if you had a claim how was the customer service provided associated with the claim. You could have the lowest rates available but if a service provider takes months to process a claim is really worth the cost savings?
Dale.Traveling 03/19/17 06:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Triplevision HD 360 Antenna

Check you signal routing and TV configuration. Is the antenna connected directly to the TV or is the signal routed thru a switch matrix? Is the TV set to search over the air or cable channels? Did you miss connecting a coax somewhere? Recheck everything that was touched and make sure the connections are tight and at the correct points.
Dale.Traveling 03/16/17 04:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 12VDC light s get dim than brighten ???

First thought also is the AC to DC convertor is tired and wants to retire to the Villages in Flordia.
Dale.Traveling 03/16/17 04:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery Control Center solenoid dropout voltage

I think you owe Doug $100.;)
Dale.Traveling 03/14/17 04:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Removing vinyl graphics and painting

3M Eraser Wheel
Dale.Traveling 03/13/17 02:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery Control Center solenoid dropout voltage

dougrainer statements are correct. Both solenoids require momentary power to open AND close. The coach disconnect indicator light can be misleading. If the charger/converter is active the light will not go out even though the batteries are be disconnected. Same for the chassis as dougrainer described. The cross connect, aka Aux Start, solenoid is controlled automatically by the BCC for charging of both battery banks or momentarily cross connecting with the Aux Start switch. The cross connect will activate if either battery bank voltage goes above 13.3 volts for 14 seconds and will open if the chassis power drops below 12 volts or the coach dropping to 12.8 volts for 4 seconds. If the chassis solenoid is not closing you would not be able to start the engine. Discovered myself the hard way. For cross charging (chassis to coach or the reverse) all three solenoids must be closed. My recommendation, check the fuses at the charger/converter. Easy to blow them when changing batteries even if you connect the leads to the battery correctly. Another way to check is with the coach plugged into shore power or with the generator running AND with the engine off hit the switch to disconnect the coach batteries. If coach goes dark the fuses on the output of the converter/charger are blown. Here's a copy of Intellitec Mini Gas BCC service manual and a Trouble Shooting guide. The trouble shooting guide also lists the various changes for the revisions to the BCC.
Dale.Traveling 03/12/17 06:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dry camping battery bank expectations

It uses 96 total watts for what time period? Does the ice maker draw any noticeable power at all? My guess is no. Fill the tray with water. Sit there for an hour or so. Turn the gear that spits out the cubes. Repeat. Opening the door will likely cause a larger draw than an ice maker in any fridge.Actually the ice maker will spike a power demand due to the heating element that will come on during end of a cycle to free the cubes from the mold. Not sure what the wattage might be but suspect a couple of hundred per cycle. Over riding the cycle will save energy. Another high power consumer associated with a fridge is the frost free feature. Another heating element that comes on from time to time to warm the freezer slightly to knock down any frost that might form. If possible disabling both for the time periods when exclusively operating off stored energy will help along with limiting how often and how long you have a door open. Personally unless I was on the edge of not being able to get thru a night running off batteries I wouldn't worry about either.
Dale.Traveling 03/09/17 04:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dry camping battery bank expectations

A modern residential fridge uses somewhere in the general vicinity of 1 kWh per day, perhaps a little more. A single 6V golf cart battery store around 1.3 kWh of energy, of which around half is usable. A little rough arithmetic suggests that around three days would be a not unreasonable rough expectation. Anything more precise would require measuring the power requirements of your particular setup.I'm with Drew but I also think three days will be really pushing it before the inverter shuts down due to low volts. Just remember the longer you go without recharging the long you'll need to run the generator to recharge to full capacity. Throw a solar panel or two or three,,, on the roof and if the sun light is favorable you might be able to go indefinitely.
Dale.Traveling 03/08/17 05:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Owners opinions, please.

Fresh off the assembly line Thor products appear to run hot or cold. Minor issues quickly resolved while others could be best described as in for service more than on the road. Haven't read much with problems concerning Challengers. A bit more with Hurricanes and Ace models but Thor does produce a lot of both. You also have to consider what one owner might consider a minor problem another is ready to dump the coach. In my camping group we have two Thor Hurricanes (one new and one older) and one Challenger (older). I have one of the older Hurricanes. Overall we are all happy with our rigs but I wouldn't call any of the rigs 100% problem free but nothing that has left any of any of us on the side of the road, ending an outing early or had the rigs in the shop for weeks on end. The Challengers are Thor's higher end gas models. A bit better materials used for the interior and such then the Hurricane or Ace which should make for a bit more comfort while on the road more than a weekend or summer vacations. For our next coach we're looking at diesel platforms but should I change my mind and go with gasoline I would have no problems going with a Challenger.
Dale.Traveling 03/04/17 08:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Who has the highest mileage Ford V10 motorhome?

I wonder if an oil analysis would catch the plastic debris in the oil. I know the excessive metal would show and figuring out where the metal was coming from without additional symptoms would be difficult. There have been a few really bad power train failures in rigs but it's a pretty rare occurrence and usually showed up during the warranty period. Most of what you might read about concerns loss of power or general poor performance and is mostly, but not always, associated with something outside of the engine block. Fuel delivery problems, coil on plug failure or starved for air. When considering the relatively low milage an average coach might have wear failures as shown in the video are not common. My coach, 2006 model year F53 chassis with 56,000 miles. Had two problems since 2011 when I drove it home. Power steer pump shaft seal leak and an electronic throttle servo motor failure. Both were easy driveway repairs.
Dale.Traveling 03/04/17 06:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is This Water Damage

Yes. Unless the asking price is heavily discounted thank the salesman for his time.
Dale.Traveling 03/03/17 10:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Storing your Class A

Parked at home. I am fortunate that local code allows one recreational item per lot with no requirement regarding making it invisible or such. Boat, motorized RV, towable or such. Added a lane to the driveway and park the coach in front of the house plugged into to 30 amps 24/7. Took a few years to offset the cost of the concrete work versus the cost of off site storage.
Dale.Traveling 03/02/17 04:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Canadian prices too high on used units? Cheaper to import?

I think the OP is headed into a multi-government tangled web of confusion and aggravation. Besides importing the new coach to Canada he may have to go thru USA import requirements for his present coach to use it as a trade. Not sure I would want to go thru it all to save $8K CAD (or about $6K for us southerns). Plus working thru an import/export service might eat any savings.
Dale.Traveling 02/26/17 06:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Installing a dish receiver

One other item not to miss is to ensure the antenna is set up for Dish Network service. Most roof antennas can be set up for one of three service providers with dip switches for Dish, Direct or the Canadian service Bell. Attempt to connect a receiver that is different than the configuration needed and the receiver won't be able to communicate with the antenna. You'll need the antenna installation/user guide to set it up correctly which will probably involve removing the cover. While you have the cover off you can also identify the coax the needs to connect directly between the inner workings of the antenna and the the primary receiver. The installation guide will help ID the coax that coax. An easy way to trace would be to disconnect the antenna end and short the center conductor to the end connector then check the coax(s) at the other end for which one has the short circuit.
Dale.Traveling 02/26/17 04:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Head light up grades

Couple of choices, some inexpensive, some not, some legal and some not so much. The search for better nighttime lighting is a bit like the search for a better riding gas coach. Start out with the low cost easy solution stuff first before working up to the expensive items. Besides the updated wire did you add high amp relays? Check the volts at the lights with the coach running and the lights on and compare it to the volts at the chassis battery terminals. Your goal is to limit the voltage differential as much as possible. If you coach was designed for daytime running light (DRL) check with a meter to ensure the circuit is switching correctly. You could be losing some volts in the circuit so an eyeball check might not be enough. Many a coach headlight assembly are repurposed from other vehicles. If the assembly lens is starting to fog might be time to consider replacing. On the front of the lense is a DOT number that can be cross reference for a replacement assembly or maybe upgrade to the projector style aftermarket HID lights. OEM original replacements can get expensive while aftermarket may or may not meet original design specifications for aim and light diffusion. You could try high wattage light bulbs. Try cross referencing the bulb number but this is where the not so much legal part comes in. Headlights are regulated to 60 watts, I think, to prevent you from blinding oncoming drivers. Blind a Trooper and you could be end up with a fix it ticket and maybe side of the road impoundment while blinding everyone else, well let's just say that would not be good for everyone. Also higher wattage means higher heat. Get it wrong and you could melt the light assembly internals. Another option is the check and possibly correct the light aim point. Present day daily driver vehicles are also pretty easy but not so much with a coach that has repurposed assemblies. Get it wrong and again you'll be blinding oncoming drivers or limiting your own night time visibility even further than what you have now. You could add additional lights but this can be tricky to keep the rig looking good and not so much something out of the latest Killer Zombie movie or something ready for the upcoming Baja 1000 race. I really hate driving the coach at night because of the poor lighting. Highway driving isn't too bad but the unlit back roads to some parks can be an adventure in the dark. Decided the easiest solution was to time my travels to limit after sunset movement as much as possible or just slow down and use the high beams and fog lights when alone on the road. Whatever you do just ensure it can be undone easily in case you run afoul of the various vehicle lighting regulations.
Dale.Traveling 02/25/17 05:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lost transmission dip stick...

Find yourself a local Snap-on dealer with a tool truck. On that truck they have two types of magnets on extensible sticks. The size of the magnets vary but you want one that obviousy fits down your dip tube. One of them extends straight like a telescope and will go down straight. The other is on a copper wire about the thickness of a coat hangar and will go down and follow the contour. My guess is that you may be able to retrieve it with one of those. I have both as part of my tool arsenal. They work well. I had the same first thought. Fish it out with a magnet.
Dale.Traveling 02/22/17 12:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Some fun We did this about 10 years ago on this forum

Pancake Bay Provincial Park, Ontario Canada mid July. http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d39/sweetbriarmanor/DSC01077_zps7ufz4pa8.jpg height=480 width=640
Dale.Traveling 02/19/17 06:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Figuring the correct tire pressure

Go with the what Goodyear recommends but also add a few PSI to compensate for potential increases in loading or temperature changes. The coach chart is based on the listed size and load class of the tires that were installed by the chassis builder. If the tires you have now does not match what is listed the chart numbers should not be used. If you cross reference the chart numbers you'll find the pressure listed for the tire listed will be slightly over the axle maximum capacity. In other words the chart is the pressure for the tires listed if you load the coach to the axle maximum. If your current weight is less than chassis maximum that would be the reason why the pressures don't match and why your ride is rather harsh. Also if you're off the bottom of the chart, as I am, don't try and extrapolate what the pressure could be. Best to stay at or above the minimum pressure listed on the OEM chart.
Dale.Traveling 02/17/17 07:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford Transmission

Dale not wanting to call you out or belittle your knowledge here,,,Not to worry. Getting transmission fluid wrong can be an expensive error. I won't make the mistake a second time when someone asks and only because of your post with a simple question.
Dale.Traveling 02/16/17 05:31pm Class A Motorhomes
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