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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
RE: Motorhome fires

We have to take into consideration the fuel pressure needed for direct combustion chamber injection of a diesel engine. A hairline crack or any other such defect anywhere and you have atomized fuel looking for a point of ignition. Was one of our biggest worry during my Navy time at sea with gas turbine engines and diesel generators. Takes a bit to get a bucket of diesel burning but atomize it and you'll have a fireball.
Dale.Traveling 05/11/17 02:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Engine Coolant Change

One possible solution is find a friend with a household reverse osmosis water system. Know anyone with a large saltwater fish tank? The hardcore fish owners will use filtered water in the tanks. When I did my gas engine I only used distilled for the last flush and the dilution of the coolant concentrate. From what I understand with diesels depends on the engine. Water isn't a high cost item while shop labor is.
Dale.Traveling 05/09/17 04:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Slide out corner trim?

I ordered replacements thru my local RV service center from the coach manufacture then painted them before glueing in place. Raw plastic will yellow with time. Only replace the bottom edge pieces that were cracked and painted the top corners that were in good condition but yellowed. I'm guess but is the coach a Hurricane?
Dale.Traveling 05/09/17 04:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Abandoned Motorhome

Looks like a FMCA placard on the back end. Might be able to find the owner with the organization's help.
Dale.Traveling 05/08/17 06:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Abandoned Motorhome

Adds new meaning to the term "Drive like you stole it". Just looking at the damage to the passenger side A pillar and how the side of the coach is scraped up and the missing awning who ever drove it to it's current location had little regarding to the damage caused in route.
Dale.Traveling 05/08/17 01:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replace Air Filter in Triton V 10

Are you sure that's not K&N? Red filter that you can clean and reuse? Ran the numbers looking at the cost of the cleanable K&N against a disposable paper filter and the recommended change interval. I think it turned out to be I will need to put 150,000 miles on the coach before I would see a cost savings of the cleanable filter over disposable. Considering my annual mileage the savings wouldn't be realized until year 23 or so after buying the filter. If I included the cost of the K&N cleaning kit it pushes the time line out even further. Needless to say I'm still using paper. I have used the filter in my past daily driver with no issues. They work but for basic everyday driving not really worth the cost. Where the filters really come into play is off road recreational vehicles that get a lot of dust and dirt and will go thru filters quickly. Not something the average RV, commuter or grocery getter will experience.
Dale.Traveling 05/04/17 04:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tom Tom Go vs Co-Pilot on 10"Tablet

I've had very good success with Co-Pilot on a Samsung tablet but my usage is very different the the OP's. I'm looking to get from point A to point B as efficiently as possible. I there is something along the way such as refueling, a point of interest to a rest stop I normally pre plan and add them as way points while if we see something along the route we'll stop and take a look. I'm using the free version but I do pay for traffic. The latest version is much improve and appears very stable. Like being able to switch to something else and not have the app freeze when it is in the background.
Dale.Traveling 05/02/17 05:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hybrid Diesel Class A

The hybrid advantage is stop and go where the electric side of the power train performs efficiently along with regenerative charging during braking. At highway speeds onboard storage at the current technology can't match liquid fuels for speed and range. Also considering the extra cost of such a system an owner will never recoup the cost in fuel savings. With marginal benefits coach builders would be extremely reluctant to to build on such a chassis. When the day comes class B's will be first followed by the Sprinter sized C's. DP's are I feel in the distant future. The trick is getting 400+ mile electrical storage with a reasonable recharge time.
Dale.Traveling 05/02/17 04:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A Gassers and The General Quality of Products

I'd stick to your list and personally preference in order listed.
Dale.Traveling 05/02/17 04:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Any Hurricane owners out there?

Own a 2006 Hurricane 31D which was acquired used in April 2011. Just the two of us traveling so the floor plan fits our desires and camping needs. The coach has never let us down after 40,000 miles and 299 nights in the coach so far. Factory sealing around the exterior storage compartments, and more or less everywhere, was less than adequate and I had to fix a bit of delamination below the floor line. Wasn't difficult considering accessing the back side of the side wall is doable. As such check the coach you are looking at for the same. Delam below the floor, reduce your offer a few thousand. Above the floor walk away. Getting on the roof and checking the seals is a must. "The bigger the glob the better than job" is OK but is fixable. Dried, weathered, split and cracked sealant is either a walk away or deeper inspection looking for water leaks. Water stains in the corners where the roof meets the side walls is a walk away. What you have to keep in mind is the Hurricane model line are budget built. Not a lot of bling and such. Basic coach. Great for weekend trips and a summer vacation but the interior items will wear quickly with long term use. Chassis is pretty much the same as every other gas coach on the road so as long and the prior owner(s) stayed on top of scheduled maintenance you should be OK. Non-Thor (Four Winds) items, A/C, fridge, water heater and such, are also the same as every other coach but should still show signs of routine maintenance. Interior cabinetry is all pretty light weight wood or wood composite. Not the best but lighter weight means more weight reserve for you stuff. My only wind noise issue was the front grill. Solved by adding bug screen in front of the grill. As a bonus if keeps the bugs out of the radiator. One window does rattle a bit but I just need to replace the weather felt. Round-To-It item. In general it's a good basic coach but will require care and feeding. If the prior owner(s) parking in a storage lot and only took it out once a month or so to head out to the local state park then expect problems. Small problems left unrepaired will quickly destroy the coach or any coach for that matter. We enjoy every minute in our coach. No regrets buying it which was also our first jump into the world of RV adventures. Just got back today from a 1450 miles 10 day three stop adventure with no problems or a list of stuff that needs attention. I would have no problems or concerns about backing out of the driveway tomorrow morning and heading out to Alaska in the coach. Would my next coach be a Hurricane? Nope, want a DP with a few more options that the Hurricane line does not offer. With any posting concerning cerning the good, bad or ugly of a particular make or model just remember opinions are like backsides. Everyone has one and they all stick but your own.
Dale.Traveling 04/30/17 08:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 5 star tune on F-53 chasis (V-10)

Great write up Dale. Thank you. I agree, when the tranny downshifts and the motor sounds like its gonna explode drives me crazy while going up an incline with a toad. We just got home yesterday from a 1250 mile drive from SW Fla to our home in S Jersey with our Jeep toad and I'm seriously considering this upgrade. I'm gonna stay tuned for your report after your trip with the toad. Bob Made it up I40 thru NC and could not be happier with the tuner. I drive by RPM and set the cruise for 2500 which sets my speed at around 65. Good speed for reasonable fuel mileage without impeding others too much. Most of the the drive the coach stayed in O/D with occasional downshifts to fifth thru the rolling hills of the NC Piedmont. Never dropping to third and 4000 RPM as before. Once past Hickory NC and climbing into the Smokey Morticians the fun began. There's a short hard climb west of Hickory that the coach didn't like (lots of up and down shifting) so I manually down shifted to hold third gear and 40 MPH. Beyond that the tuner pretty much as expected and I did not see a downshift below fourth or an RPM of over 4000 on the other minor climbs. No more shifts to fifth for a few seconds followed by the dramatic down shift to third and 4000+ RPM. My opinion of the tuner, it's an excellent option available to the an owner. The Ford programming worked OK but wasn't optimum for the end application of an RV, or at least my RV with how I load the the chassis. I do like the change and if an owner has the RV budget to buy it I would encourage such. Bringing fourth gear back into the shift pattern made a big change, and is in my opinion, the most dramatic change to the power train.
Dale.Traveling 04/22/17 03:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stolen tow bars

Why not just remove the tow bar when you're not towing? Easy enough to keep it the trunk of the toad when camped or in the house or coach when back at home. If you're going to leave it installed on an unattended coach might as well put a sign on it "Take Me".
Dale.Traveling 04/20/17 07:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Car towing system for my new Class A

The Ford published owner's manual does provide instruction for recreational four down towing so you don't not need to modify the powertrain in any manner. But without adding a base plate your options are a dolly, trailer or find a beater to modify and tow four down. Looking at the installation instructions for a Blue Ox base plate I'm at a loss to find anything that might impact the mechanical systems of the vehicle. Pretty much any based plate is going to involve disassembly of the front end clip and some modification of the structure behind the clip. Installation isn't difficult for a confident mechanic or body tech but any shop is going to charge several hundred to do the work for the labor time. The Blue Ox recommended power for brake, turn and driving lights from the coach is diode based and although involves splicing into the wires at the lights I can't see how it could be a warranty issue also considering it will be very easy to remove and return the circuit to original if necessary. You could bypass the mod by using magnetic lights on the trunk lid. Up to you as the owner. If the warranty issue is flashing in your eyes then find a dolly and hit the road.
Dale.Traveling 04/20/17 06:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Zep floor finish

Great results on my 11 year worn gel coated fiberglass coach. If your coach has full body paint I would not attempt. Stick with products formulated for use on painted vehicles.
Dale.Traveling 04/19/17 08:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Overdrive Switch?

As time2roll stated if the transmission starts shifting in and out of OD a lot disable OD by using the switch.
Dale.Traveling 04/17/17 04:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Couch out the door

Loveseat sleeper bed when out and dual recliner went in. Back came off the loveseat and I also took the frame for the bed out to lighten it up. The dual reclined also had removable backs and fit thru the 22" door to my coach. Easy swap.
Dale.Traveling 04/15/17 08:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Koni fsd rear shocks

Caught my attention also but I've gone a year (7000 miles) now without problems.
Dale.Traveling 04/15/17 08:24am Class A Motorhomes
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