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RE: Hitch Splitter or Hitch on Toad

I've had booth. The duel receiver when I towed an Accord Coupe and now a CRV with a hitch. Prefer the bike rack on the CRV. A bit easier to work with. Our normal camp site is a back in and getting the bikes down after setting the coach up can be difficult in some camp sites. With the rack on the CRV I can also first drive to the area I might wish to bike at if it's further away than I wish to ride. Down side is if I need something out of the back of the CRV the bikes can get in the way. 50-50 either way.
Dale.Traveling 05/03/16 03:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Air Bag Helper Suspension

I've have bags on my coach with a compressor and tank. Each bag I can adjust with paddle valves. Also have two dual needle gauges for bag pressure and a single needle gauge for tank pressure. You don't want to tie left and right bags together if at all possible. On turns as the coach leans the outside bag will compress and push air to the inside bag. The end effect is more or less the bags will force a greater lean or sway of the coach. I don't adjust on the fly as you might think. Maybe if there's a steady wind to one side or the road crown is a bit excessive. If I over inflate the bags the ride gets a bit bouncy. Built a left arm rest with the gauges, paddle valves and such. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-wJpRz5O8a00/Va6xQ_e-mqI/AAAAAAAAXc0/bmKdziE96rA6Qu3R8gx-5qsfOfrgL-WXACCo/s640/20150721_163437.jpg https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-TqNFlCfu8G0/Va6xKaPUT1I/AAAAAAAAXc0/CoWLox1P0_o2mb0X5Kq-qNCerUb5_ZEGwCCo/s640/20150721_163113.jpg The original configuration, as pictured, was switches and 12VDC solenoids. The solenoids were a pain. Leaks when closed or sticking open. Needed eight solenoids (4 inflate, 4 deflate) and the good ones were $$. The paddle valves were a direct fit replacement for the switches. One airline in with four branches one branch to each valve. From the valve to the bag. Also ran a line to the front and back with for tire inflation. Haven't decided if I want to add ride height valves for pressures control. Maybe next winter. Found everything at Amazon. $275 for the compressor/tank kit, $225 for the 3 gauges and paddle valves and maybe another $50 or so for air line and fittings. Gauges and Paddle Valves Compressor Air Tubing
Dale.Traveling 05/03/16 01:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: CR-V transmission issues

Second owner of an 2005 AWD CRV. Have towed about 5000 miles or so with a total of 130,000 total (last owners racket up 110,000 of it). Not a problem. Prior tow car was a 1998 Accord Coupe. Towed it about 15,000 miles and was also my daily driver. Started slipping up shifting to second at about 200,000 miles. Let her go at 230,000 as a trade in 2010 Accord Coupe. Fall back tow car if something ever happens to the CRV. Just follow the owners manual for pre-tow set up and change the transmission oil as scheduled. Measure what you drain and refill with the same amount, about 3 quarts or so. Honda oil only.
Dale.Traveling 05/01/16 10:55am Dinghy Towing
RE: Popping spark plugs V10

Your coach is fine. The two valve engine that spit plugs ended production with the three valve heads for model year 2006. The three valve sticky plugs problem was solved for production year 2008 or so. Now pack in the Grand Kids and hit the road. By the way I have a sticky plug engine at 50,000 miles. I have no plans to attempt to pull the plugs anytime soon. More likely to have a coil pack fail before a plug.
Dale.Traveling 04/30/16 06:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Am I Crazy for Thinking of Stepping Back 9 Years?

Keep what you have and boost the bank roll for the final coach. The Georgetown will go anywhere there's a road just the same as a Dutchstar. The Rockies can look intimidating from the comfort of the homestead but the Steady Eddie will make it just fine. In five years Eddie will still be marketable at 9 or 10 years of age and shouldn't be difficult to sell privately rather than trading in. The Dutchstar will be pushing 20 candles on the cake which might be a bit more challenging.
Dale.Traveling 04/30/16 05:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do I need to carry spare tire?

Personal choice. Some campers really get out into open spaces that either don't have phone/cell service or emergency services won't travel that far off the road so they carry a complete spare, rim and tire. Others just carry the tire and use their ERS to install. My one flat the tire guy arrived with a replacement that was the size I needed. Price was a bit more than I would have paid if I was shopping around but that can be difficult on the side of the road on a Friday evening. Removed the old and installed the new all in about 10 minutes. Delay my outing by maybe two or three hours overall. ERS paid for the service and trip charge while I paid for the tire. Just part of the ownership experience. If you do carry a spare just remember even though it isn't mount it still is aging and won't last forever. At some point you'll need to replace it even if it was never used. At what age, I can't say but I would suspect it might last a bit longer stored in a cool, dry place.
Dale.Traveling 04/30/16 04:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Holiday weekend camping

I have reservations pretty much every weekend we're planning to camp this year which is out to Thanksgiving weekend. The big three weekends will fill up within a few days if not hours of the reservation window opening. We take our two week summer vacation starting 1 July but I'll start planning in October and making reservations as soon as the camp grounds will allow. Unless your camping Monday thru Thursday you have to plan a head or hope a camp ground set aside a few walk up only sites.
Dale.Traveling 04/29/16 11:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best time to buy a used Class A RV?

As mentioned there really isn't a prime season. You will found a larger selection during Spring and Fall when owners are trading in either before or after the summer travel season. Concerning manufactures you'll find that brand loyalty is very strong so opinions will be all over the places. I like by budget model 2006 Hurricane. Never left us on the side of the road or caused us to come home early because something broke. Very basic coach but easy to fix and light rolling weight but some owners will complain about fit and finish or light weight cabinets or other items they consider substandard. Years to avoid? Newer than 2008 has an advantage with the entertainment systems (digital TV). Fuel injected gas engines are better than a carburetor but you'll have to go back maybe 20 years. Each new model year brings advantages over the last with improvements. Bigger more fuel efficient engines, more gears in the transmissions, better roofing material, no carpet or less carpet in newer models, wider wheel base front axle,,,. Go out and look around and once you pin down a model and year ask the question again.
Dale.Traveling 04/29/16 11:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 0-20 Weight Oil

And we have a winner. It's all about fuel economy and meeting the government imposed standards for the model year. If going with a lighter oil gains a mile or two per gallon manufactures will make the switch. Same with synthetic over conventional. It may surprise you but manufacturers went to 0w20 oil not for cold engine start lubrication but for fuel mileage. 0w20 reduces the drag imposed on the engine crankshaft running in the crankcase. This drag, called windage, reduction helps the engine produce more horsepower without increased fuel consumption, thus increasing miles per gallon. Vehicle manufacturers will do anything to reach federal mileage standards and this is one little thing that helps meet that goal. Actually 5w20 or 10w30 or 10w40 oil will run just fine in your Honda engine.
Dale.Traveling 04/27/16 04:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: motor home shuts off while driving it

No blue wire with a ring terminal on the circuit board for my coach. Any chance it could be for one of the solenoids? Does the wire leave the BCC? https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-OAsdG_5meDc/VyAhun0dpdI/AAAAAAAAZ_U/QdXhKgSAigg0obbDwXbqna4QwjpgTkjHgCCo/s640/IMG_20160426_192235.jpg
Dale.Traveling 04/26/16 08:19pm Class A Motorhomes
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Dale.Traveling 04/26/16 07:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: motor home shuts off while driving it

I got new solenoids and I took pics. But there's two wires that are not in my pic I believe they go somewhere in the top right hand corner of the green fuse board but not sure where. One is a blue wire with a small circuler end on it and the other is a green wire with a blue end that plugs into the board some place. Anyone know or have a pic so I can get this thing back together? I'll check my coach this evening after work but I would be really surprised if they match. Did you get the one cable that is bolted to the board? Was wondering if that might be the blue wire. You could also try powering everything up and start checking for what isn't working. Steps, dash radio LP detector and such. Also give Thor a call today with your coach VIN in hand. They might have the wiring diagram for the BCC on file and can send it to you. I got a PDF copy of the 120VAC wiring they sent to a forum friend with the same coach as mine that Thor gave him.
Dale.Traveling 04/26/16 04:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Inverter question

I have a small inverter near the 120VAC panel that I use for the entertainment outlet. What I did was I cut power cable for that circuit and installed a female plug on the side coming from the breaker panel and a male plug on the side going to the circuit. When I want to use the inverter I unplug from the panel and plug into the inverter. If you want to really get fancy order one of THESE. Just power up the inverter and head on down the road.
Dale.Traveling 04/25/16 01:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Adco tire/wheel covers

Hmmm, The MRS will be out of town on business for a few days next week. Might give it a try then. Sure would beat bucket and brush in the drive way.
Dale.Traveling 04/24/16 03:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Beware Fleetwood

Not sure only four post as they are listed as a senior member and 200 post to become a senior member. Not hard to do and he has 345! Lets see, you have been an RV owner and a member here since 2011 and this is the first we have heard of it. Only 4 posts EVER, sounds like troll territory. Actually they do have that many posts but you have to search since the last one was a while ago and have been archived and closed. Some very basic system questions and a lot of routing questions. What I suspect is they bought their first rig and hit the road thinking everything would be great but didn't quite turn out that way. A budget coach will do the job as a 24/7 rolling home on wheels but it is going to demand a bit more attention to keep it show room shine.
Dale.Traveling 04/22/16 03:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Go/no go - convert a 1994 34' Thor w/Cummins to off-grid?

Really, and I do mean really, big job. Peeling back the roof isn't too hard and there have been several owners that have done the job but sidewall insulation will be the cost killer. You can add the space age insulation but the windows will cancel out any benefit gained unless replaced with double pane glass. Plus many times the interior walls a glued or bonded in some manner to the framing. Difficult to determine if they could be removed without damage. Do what ever is necessary to make the coach reliable and livable but don't go much further. You'll still have reoccurring maintenance even if the coach is showroom new so keep such in mind. Once you find the land you want for a final destination park the coach and install the needed solar equipment there but not on the coach. Then live in the coach while building something more permanent. The elephant in the corner is putting everything into the coach with long range plans wrapped around it. One accident, catastrophic drive train failure, fire or such and the plan falls apart. Have plan B that doesn't include a state lottery.
Dale.Traveling 04/21/16 04:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: F53 Beeping

About the only Ford installed alarm is if the E-brake is still on. No seatbelt, head lights on, check gauge and such alarm. I'm with Corkey05 and maybe the jack reservoir. Get a good angle on a climb or decent and all the oil moves to the front of back of the tank and trips the low level alarm. That is if you system has an alarm feature.
Dale.Traveling 04/18/16 06:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Propane and tunnels

Got a bunch of stop and check tunnels here in my back yard of south eastern Virginia. Five of them to be exact. All are underwater tunnels. Stop at the inspection station, they check the tank valve(s) and you on your way. Can't speak for I95 further north. I travel one of the tunnels twice a day to and from work. One morning they stopped all traffic to pull a class A out at the tunnel entrance. They didn't stop at the inspection station.
Dale.Traveling 04/18/16 03:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: ahhhh ... finally

Sure am glad I'm a bit further south. Easter is my season start, even when it occurs in March.
Dale.Traveling 04/18/16 11:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Annual "Smog Check" on Diesel Motor homes, where?

Exempt in Virginia. Applicable to vehicles with a weight capacity of less than 10,000 lbs. for gas and 8500 lbs. for diesel in certain cities around the Washington DC area. Can't get past the yearly safety inspection. $15 for that at the local truck tire store.
Dale.Traveling 04/18/16 10:57am Class A Motorhomes
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