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RE: motorized awning tie downs

I wouldn't worry too much about it. A fairly rare event but getting a flat tire or a problem with the powertrain that requires a tow is a lot more common.
Dale.Traveling 09/20/17 05:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: F53 air filter removal & chassis manual

The air filter cover is a real pain to get off. As you did unclip the three latches, loosen the air hose and give it a firm whack. A dead blow hammer works well. Filters (air and oil) are commonly available just about anywhere. The air filter is specific for the F53 chassis but the oil isn't so you can cross reference any Ford product that had the engine. As mentioned no external fuel filter for your model. Concerning a chassis manual the quoted $80 is probably for the service manual. If you're looking for an Owner's Manual those are free in electronic (PDF) format from Ford. You'll need to verify the chassis model year. Depending on when the house was built you could actually be rolling down the road on a 2014 chassis. Ford
Dale.Traveling 09/11/17 04:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: F53 chassis hanling in the wind

Checking the specifications for a Winnebago Vista 26 it's appears to be built on the smallest of the F53 chassis the 16K lbs model. On heavier models a front trac bar is standard feature but on the 16K it is optional. As such the first thing to do is verify if Winnebago selected the option. The bar, at least on my chassis, is behind the axle and connects to the axle on the driver's side and to the frame on the passenger side. If you don't have one add it as your first step to improving the chassis performance. My 31' coach is built on the 18K chassis with a Ford front trac bar, CHF, airbags at each axle and 1/3 of the house is behind the rear axle. Makes for a very big lever the wind can use to push the coach around. Wind push was felt but manageable most of the time. The airbags were of limited value with regards to wind push but I didn't install them to limit wind push. What made the difference was a rear trac bar. My copilot wasn't comfortable with the push which was my reason for the addition. Coach is now very stable in moderate steady winds and passing trucks. Do the front axle first if needed and drive the coach for a thousand miles of so in all conditions and determine if you need to add a rear bar. Make changes incrementally. Trac bars are not difficult to install if you have the mobility to get under the coach. If not a mobile mechanic might be a better option rather than a RV service center. A commercial truck service center can do the work.
Dale.Traveling 09/02/17 06:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New MH - battery drain question

When the generator is running, or on shore power, you indicator is showing the DC volts from the AC to DC Converter. When the engine is running your indicator is showing engine alternator DC volts which is being supplied to the house to maintain a battery charge when going down the road. I suspect the house battery disconnect switch is is active and has disconnect the batteries from the circuit. Normally the switch is used to preserve the battery charge when the coach is being stored and charge power is not available. Not sure where Winnebago installed the switch panel. Usually it will be near the door and have two momentary switches and two small lights to indicate if the circuit has power. One for the house and one for the chassis. If my suspicions are correct once the batteries are back in the circuit the solar will work as expected to maintain the battery charge when sufficient sunlight is available.
Dale.Traveling 08/22/17 04:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New to Rv - questions about RV parking outside of campground

Multiple options for short day time stops, just got to think a bit beyond the norm. Big box store parking is hit and miss plus a lot of traffic but keep it in mind as a low priority option. Does the town have a sports arena, convention center or a Casino.? Fraternal organizations such as the VFW or Shriners. Church parking lots are another source. RV sales or car lots. The trick is you need to plan ahead and start making phone calls. Maybe the city visitor, tourist, or parks & recreation office might be a good start. Good luck.
Dale.Traveling 08/21/17 02:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Windsport Class A

,,,can anyone tell me who made this motor home.,,, Four Winds was the original builder but they merged with Damon and create Thor in 2010. The Windsports were copies of the Hurricane line but with a bit more bling with interior options. Good rig if properly cared for but for the model year you're looking at it is priced a bit high. Maybe $18K but it would have to be THE coach and perfect in every detail.
Dale.Traveling 08/17/17 07:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: leaning rv

Shim it, re-arc or adding a leaf and be done. Air bags will also correct but they add additional maintenance and the need for an air source. Check the cost of all three for comparison and go with what best fits your budget. My choice is add a leaf as a long term no maintenance solution.
Dale.Traveling 08/09/17 05:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sewer gas issue

Undo whatever the last thing you had done. Is the tank vent fan solar power?
Dale.Traveling 08/01/17 05:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Foggy headlights

I suspect I might flame sprayed but,,, Zep does a pretty good job of clearing up headlights. A few thin coats fills in the scratches and usually lasts me a summer camping season.
Dale.Traveling 08/01/17 05:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Opinions on Travel Assist Insurance

All I'll say is how fortunate I am to have friends who also own RVs and with a phone call would drop everything, get on the next plane out to fly anywhere to help get my rig home, and never ask for a dime. And I would do it for them even though a few own towables. I guess I could dye my hair or something so no one recognizes me driving a truck pulling a trailer.
Dale.Traveling 08/01/17 12:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 30 to 50 amp conversion

'08 models have the "mega storage" in the rear. I also turned the nightstand into a laundry shute. http://i.imgur.com/BMfzO0cl.jpg Too cool. If I did that my strongest point for upgrading to a DP would be lost.
Dale.Traveling 07/31/17 07:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bedroom radio poltergeist

The infrared remote coding for the Vizio has a few codes that are the same for the radio. Considering we probably have more remotes for devices in the coach than forks in the silverware drawer not surprised it doesn't happen more often. I've got two TV's, DVD, Sat receiver, dash radio, dash camera monitor, and awning LED lights = 7. Forks other than plastic = 4. Got a make and model of the radio or could you post a pic of it? Might have an owner that could point out the sensor location on the radio. Cover it with a piece of black or other opaque color tape and problem solved. Kind of like fixing the dash "Check Engine" light.
Dale.Traveling 07/30/17 05:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: electric steps

Winnebago's drawings show power from a 25 amp breaker in the entrance step box. Fourth breaker counting in towards the center from the right. 2002 Adventurer/Suncruiser G32V Wiring Diagram Book
Dale.Traveling 07/30/17 04:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: furnature

I replaced the loveseat/bed with a dual recline loveseat last fall. Installed THIS. As mentioned the backs come off so it slipped thru the coach door with no problem. Hard mounted to the coach floor with lag bolts thru the frame. As Halmfamily posted 'I wish we would have done it sooner'. If you go thru the images posted by reviewers on the Amazon page I posted a review on 10 Oct 2016 which included images so you can see what the seat looks like unboxed without the backs and installed in the coach.
Dale.Traveling 07/28/17 03:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 30 to 50 amp conversion

It's killing me not to ask since I have an 2006 31D but where did you shoe horn in a washer dryer into the floor plan?
Dale.Traveling 07/27/17 02:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Transfer Switch Maintainence

Going thru the transfer switch, breaker panel, power cord, generator power connections and DC power distribution is part of my Spring dewinterizing list of activities.
Dale.Traveling 07/26/17 04:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Carfax for Class A diesel is one avalable

CarFax will provide little info if any information regarding the past service a coach may have received. Save the cost and use it for an inspection. I pulled one for my coach and the only organization that submitted info was the past owner's home state DVM.
Dale.Traveling 07/22/17 02:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Carfax for Class A diesel is one avalable

CarFax will provide little info if any information regarding the past service a coach may have received. Save the cost and use it for an inspection. I pulled one for my coach and the only organization that submitted info was the past owner's home state DVM.
Dale.Traveling 07/22/17 02:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Golden age of (class A) RVs

Been thinking about this topic and I really can't come up with a time period. To me Golden Age implies a peak but every couple of years the chassis and house builders come up with something new and innovative the improves the overall experience. Heavier chassis, slides, all electric rigs, front overhead beds, lower cost diesel power trains. The RV industry took a pretty hard hit 10 years ago and those builders who weather the drop in sales more or less froze their designs. But with the recent improvement in sales I think we'll start to see builders producing new features with every model year. Maybe Newmar will dust off the mid engine diesel and roll out a 40' toy hauler again or the Country Coach design with the fold out deck. We all look back with nostalgia concerning past designs but beyond the quality control issues a new coach can have are the older rigs better when going down the road or once you arrive at a destination concerning comfort or conveniences? The GMC class A from the mid 1970's was pretty cool for it's time but I wouldn't trade what I have now.
Dale.Traveling 07/06/17 04:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: manual vs electric awning?

I looked into it for my coach but never got much further than the thinking stage. Ran up against not knowing if there is adequate structural support on the coach walls for the mounting hardware. Hanging a 18' the awning off nothing more than fiberglass and thin plywood was a concern regarding long term use. The cost didn't help either to replace something that was operating as intended.
Dale.Traveling 07/06/17 03:54am Class A Motorhomes
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