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RE: Residential Refrigerator

I would empty it, leave the doors open and shut it down. I leave my absorption fridge on all summer but shut it down when I winterize the coach.
Dale.Traveling 10/29/14 03:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why Go To RV Shows?

I shop for what my next rig will look like when I buy used in two years or so.
Dale.Traveling 10/26/14 08:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pricing a Cass A

Discounts on MSRP are a bit of give and take between us buyers and the dealers but we must be ready to get up and walk away from a price that is beyond our budgets or what we are willing to pay. 30% discounts have been posted buy some buyers but there are many variables between dealers that will effect the end price.
Dale.Traveling 10/26/14 07:48pm Class A Motorhomes

RV Service Centers are a good choice if your roof needs resealed, your absorption fridge is acting strange, winterizing or other RV specific items but getting service for a diesel power train or chassis seems to be very suspect. The OP's coach, at least per his profile, is a 2001 American Coach Tradition with a Cummins 8.3 built on a Spartan Chassis. Even with a price point that the he was searching out a diesel shop might have been a better choice for the described service. AAMCO commercials from the 70's drives my point a bit. My favorite has always been THIS one.
Dale.Traveling 10/26/14 07:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford V10 and exhaust manifold bolts.

Don't know if the potential problem is systemic across all years but no problems with my 06 V10 after 42,000 miles. There is some contention regarding the coach builder inadvertently limited cooling air flow across the headers and engine in general designing the front cap.
Dale.Traveling 10/26/14 07:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water damage from air conditioner leak

I think since you were proactive in getting the cause of the problem fixed you should be OK. I would wait and see if anything changes such as if the coach starts getting a musty smell, the stains return, soft spots and such.
Dale.Traveling 10/25/14 05:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Inexpensive bike rack?

Found mine on eBay for less than $50. Been using it for four season now with no problems. Looks like it should go another 10 seasons. Ebay Hitch Bike Rack That's a great deal. Glad to hear it's working so well for you. Wish it would work for me but I have a hatch back towed, so I need one that will tilt down with the bike attached.I use a Roadmaster dual receiver. Its rated weight limit is higher than the hitch on the coach (gasser). Also I drilled a new pin hole so I can slide the rack deeper into the receiver to give clearance to the tow bar. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-3wieoT5VDMc/USAhKoFcJlI/AAAAAAAATAU/Vo8XaePIjmg/s640/DSC00135.JPG
Dale.Traveling 10/24/14 10:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: NewBie with a 12 VDC hose power question

I think the solenoid contacts have failed even though you can hear it change state with the disconnect switch. Power from the AC to DC convertor is after the disconnect which is why everything works when you have AC power is available. If the selling dealer is close and they have a service department give them a call and see if they will help you on this. It's not a difficult or time consuming repair. A solenoid is usually are less than $50 (it looks like a firewall mounted car starter solenoid) and labor should be less than an hour. As a newbie and not knowing your electro-mechanical skill level I am hesitant to call if a DYI Saturday afternoon project tearing into you Battery Control Center (aka BCC).
Dale.Traveling 10/24/14 09:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Roof Leak

Seal Tech USA The web site has links to shops that have the equipment. If you're really industrious you can try and make your own fan system. The test will point out EVERY leak in the coach not just the roof. Windows, door, slides,,,, The test is the same as a blower door test you would have done of a stick and brink home as part of an energy audit or HVAC evaluation.
Dale.Traveling 10/24/14 09:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Inexpensive bike rack?

Found mine on eBay for less than $50. Been using it for four season now with no problems. Looks like it should go another 10 seasons. Ebay Hitch Bike Rack
Dale.Traveling 10/23/14 11:08am Class A Motorhomes
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
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