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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
RE: New to RV's and need some advice for winter....

For the windows cover them with foil backed Radiant Heat Barrier insulation. Basically bubble wrap with a foil backing. Can be roller up of laid flat when not in use. I store mine under the mattress. When the temps really drop the furnace is going to run a lot (more on than off) and the blowers are going to demand a lot of kilowatts from your system. Stay on top of the battery bank and keep the standby generator ready for use. As long as you can keep the propane flowing and the furnace running your water system should be safe.
Dale.Traveling 09/16/14 04:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tiffin Allegro Red 32SA???

Nice coach but a two year old would be more coach for the price. Are you sure it's a RED which is Rear Engine Diesel?
Dale.Traveling 09/13/14 04:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Price range of coaches and quality

fancy cr@p that makes their insides look like a French pleasure palace. bumpyBumpy as always you point out the obivious than many may miss.
Dale.Traveling 09/13/14 04:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ride Rite Air Bags

2006 F53 18K Lbs. chassis. Normal rolling weight is about 15.5K Lbs. Installed bags on all corners this past winter. Helped slightly with the ride but Koni shocks on the front and shifting the sway bar end points did more. My set up still needs work as I have the front pair and the rear pair cross connected rather than independent. Suspect with the cross connect I'm pushing air around left or right and possibly reducing the effectiveness of the individual bags. Once that point in the project is complete I'll get the ride height set properly with my load and reevaluate the overall effect.
Dale.Traveling 09/09/14 02:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A or C, That is the question

Difficult choice for a family. The C's are a bit more family friendly with two REAL queen size beds while with an A you're looking at a sleeper sofa or maybe a jack knife sofa. A class A will give you much more exterior storage for your stuff and greater waste tank volume if your travels take you some where that doesn't have sewer connection at the camp site. Also with a C the total lenght usually ends at around 30 feet while an A can stretch out to 36 feet or so. Four feet doesn't sound like much but it makes a difference. If your budget will allow try and find a newer coach with a fully injected engine. You'll have maybe 2 MPG gain in fuel economy but also a nice gain in power. Plus it's getting hard to find a mechanic that knows carbs or throttle body injection. 19 1/2 inch tires over something smaller is an advantage and learn how to read a tire date code. RV tire rarely wear out but they will die of old age, usually miles from anywhere. Knowing how to spot delamination is a must when shopping. The fiberglass should be completely smooth and flat. No soft spots and when you tap on it the should should be similar to your front door not the bedroom door. No hollow sounds. As a newbie don't accept any delamination no matter how small. Your best option is to spend a couple of $100 to have the coach inspected just like as if you were buying a house. Worth every penny. Use the inspection to negotiate the price accordingly. A really big plus is an owner that kept maintenance records.
Dale.Traveling 09/04/14 07:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winter living in a 2000 Fleetwood Southwind 36T

As long as you can maintain a source of propane and keep the furnace running winterizing isn't needed. The onboard tank may only last a few days when it gets really cold so start now looking for a propane supplier that will provide a bigger external tank and delivery service. Electric space heaters help but you still need the propane furnace to pump heater air to your tanks to keep them from freezing. You'll probably need a heated fresh water hose to prevent it from freezing. Also maybe a small electric heater in you wet compartment to prevent the black/gray dump valves from freezing. When you do dump the tanks ensure the hose is completely empty. Don't dump the tanks in the evening. The bigger the volume of water in the tank the colder it will need to be to freeze it. Best to keep the fresh water tank empty. Head out to the local big box construction store and get a roll of radiant foil insulation. Looks like bubble wrap with foil on both sides. Use to cover the interior windows, windshield included. It makes a big difference. Retracting the slides will help seal the coach up better then when extended. Helps reduce drafts and reduces the total air volume inside the coach you will be heating. If the weather guessers are forecasting weeks at or close to freezing consider using hay bails or something around the base of the coach to help keep the wind and cold air out from below the floor. Will help to keep the tanks from freezing and the floor a bit warmer. Good luck.
Dale.Traveling 09/04/14 06:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: American Fuel

Anytime additional products are added to blend a specific formula of fuel there is the possibility of a reduction of the available BTU or energy for a given volume of the fuel. Less energy per volume results in more consumption to achieve the same work. Don't see many ditch diggers eating sprouts and tofu for lunch.
Dale.Traveling 09/04/14 08:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: We backed out of the deal

If the seller had disclosed the attempted driveway repaired or price the coach accordingly maybe they have a reason for the anger but if they didn't I wouldn't loose sleep.
Dale.Traveling 09/04/14 07:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What type to buy

Shop a floor plan first. The lay needs to support your intended life style. Spend as much time as possible without a sales rep in various configurations going thru what your daily routine will be. Is the kitchen big enough for your normal meal prep? Does the bathroom fit your needs. Could you go a few days inside the coach and not feel like the walls are closing in if the weather is poor? Is there enough interior storage for your day to day needs? Both the modern Ford and Workhorse chassis will tow up to 5K lbs without a problem as will a diesel powered coach. The diesel will bring additional amentias that will help make the coach more comfortable both at a CG or going down the road but at a bit higher initial cost for the diesel chassis. If your long range plans include a lot of road time a diesel might be better. Do a test drive in each before making a decision and don't let high fuel prices scare you. The true number is cost per mile and you only need a gain of about 2 MPG from a diesel to offset the pump price difference for gasoline.
Dale.Traveling 09/04/14 07:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas vs Diesel

Each has it's pro's and con's. You'll spend much more time parked than on the road so shop by floor plan first then work on deciding what's best under the floor.
Dale.Traveling 08/29/14 09:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dash Cams

I use a GoPro camera. The more multitasking stuff the better. Will do several hours before it starts over writing. Sped up drive from Escanaba MI to North Chicago. Chicago In My Windshield
Dale.Traveling 08/22/14 05:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How old is too old, subjective question but I want opinions

Enjoy it until as long as you want. Even when it starts to 'nickel and dime' you a bit with a chassis or house repair from time to time is still less than a monthly payment on something newer or starting over with a new to you coach and a slew of new problems. Interior updates are not that difficult or costly. Recover the couch is a good winter project and pulling up the carpet and replacing with laminate always makes a bit of a tired coach come alive. My daily driver is a 14 year old Honda that I also tow behind the coach. It's long past showroom fresh but it's paid for, insurance is next to nothing and it does what I want. Gets me from point A to B so why replace it?
Dale.Traveling 08/21/14 08:04pm Class A Motorhomes
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