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RE: TV Project

Going wireless is pretty simple as long as you have a 12VDC power source close by the camera. I did a wireless camera on the toad with a two channel monitor in the coach dash. The camera and transmitter are powered thru the coach to toad brake light cable (six pin vice four). Used THIS set up I found on Amazon for less than $20 along with a license plate frame camera. The transmitter is are probably a good 50 feet away inside the rear door of a CRV behind the license plate while the receiver is in the coach dash. I get a good signal and image on the monitor (also from AMAZON) and can switch between the coach or toad cameras by a push of a button. Gives me another view behind from the toad's prospective.
Dale.Traveling 04/17/15 07:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Raleigh to Dallas suggestions?

Might be best if your first trip was a bit closer to home. The driveway is best. Gives you time to learn the coach systems and figure out what you forgot to pack. You've got some great state parks on Falls Lake or Lake Kerr to help break in the coach. Raleigh to Dallas, well what's your time line? You could do a straight run taking the interstates but you'll miss a lot of stuff. If you use Google Maps to help plan click on the options and select 'Avoid Highways' and see where Google takes you. We'll jump on and off the interstates on long trips. Usually the roads are in better condition and traffic is much less. Natchez Trace came to mind first. Concerning low clearance, there are RV and truck based GPS that will inform you of problems or you can down load various apps that will also assist you with route planning. If you're a paper map fan there are trucker based maps that will show overpass heights. I use a tablet with an app called CoPilot GPS for my in route navigation. The app has the option. Whatever you use you can test by planning a route under the low railroad bridge in Raleigh (11foot8.com) and see what happens.
Dale.Traveling 04/16/15 07:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: does this happen to anyone else

I've been really lucky. The Navigator enjoys every moment in the coach. I do most of the manual labor keep it running, camp site set up and such. When we were shopping for a coach the floor planned we searched was such that if weather was a problem we wouldn't go nuts inside for a day or so. Lots of room in the primary living area. I think what really put us over the top with owning a coach was our semi loop of the Great Lakes last year. When you can open the door to the coach in the morning and your view of the world is this - https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-mqi8Wzy6h4I/U88XKFwmvMI/AAAAAAAAU2s/wvh4WMviwF0/s800/DSC01074.JPG Pancake Bay Ontario, Lake Superior all the work, time and effort was worth it. Call it a MasterCard moment, priceless. We're lucky if we top 50 trips a year in the coach so you don't need long adventures every time you go out. We do lots of Friday thru Sunday 200 or 300 mile round trip weekends. Sometimes the weather is great other times not so much. Nature of the beast. What really helped us was we teamed up with a local group of fellow RV'ers that we enjoy time with. About 2/3 of out weekend outings are now more or less group camping a few hours from home on weekends. A pot luck Saturday breakfast and dinner, a lot of fish stories around the camp fire, and good company.
Dale.Traveling 04/16/15 06:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: We took the plunge!

If you have the time to make the trip to Red Bay Tiffin will let you watch the build. Only takes about a week for the general build after the chassis gets out of the welding shop. Paint work takes the most time. Tiffin Factory Tour July 2013
Dale.Traveling 04/10/15 03:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Warrantee on a used MH?

I got ZERO. Mine is a 2007 and I got it for 15k under the average going price for that model. I had to put about $1500 into it to fix all the BS things that were wrong with it. I don't do extended warranties because they usually don't pay and can generally fix any problem myself.Same with my 2006 coach. Asked for a warrantee during negotiations but dealer wouldn't budge on it. Just starting our 5 camping season and have been able to fix everything myself in the drive way. If I was full timing I would give probably get one.
Dale.Traveling 04/10/15 03:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ride Height on Gas MH's

My thought is if you subtract K valve from M value for your chassis wt this would give you the ride height. Not sure if I am interpreting it correctly.Can't help but think that we're attemtping to determine the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow.
Dale.Traveling 04/09/15 11:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Holiday Rambler is a Ford?

Virginia DMV titled my coach as a Ford. The bill of sale listed the chassis VIN which was a Ford number.
Dale.Traveling 04/09/15 11:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: CHF on 2014 F53, 23 ft MH

CHF, aka Cheep Handling Fix, is a mod late model Ford chassis owners can do. The front and rear roll bars have an extra hole closer to the axles that owners can move the links that connect the chassis to the bar. Moving the links amounts to moving closer to the center of a teeter totter and stiffens up body roll. Same effect as installing a larger diameter roll bar. On IRV2 in the Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum the thread that start it is up to 2777 posts since the first post back on 28 July 2010.
Dale.Traveling 04/09/15 04:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: CHF on 2014 F53, 23 ft MH

You should be OK the new angle of the arms. What you have to watch is the clearance between the roll bar and the differential housing. If you uncomfortable with the new position of the bar ends replacement links can be fabricated but I don't have a suggestion on where to find them. I had no problem with my 32' coach.
Dale.Traveling 04/08/15 06:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Kelderman or Firestone Ride Rite

Both may include air bags but they are very different. Ride Rite bags are more supplemental in nature to the factory springs while the Kelderman is basically a new suspension. I installed bags and a compressor last winter. Some improvement but nothing worth writing home about. The compressor is about the size of a shoe box and the air tank I use is about 2 foot by 6" or so. Easy fit in an open area of the chassis frame. Where the bags helped most was giving a bit of lift to the rear of my coach which never looked level. I'm within the weight limits but the back end always sat a bit lower. Probably because all my liquid load (fuel and water) are behind the rear axle along with my largest storage bins. Can't comment directly on the Kelderman but there are a couple of owners who made the change that seem to be very happy. Just a bit outside my budget and long range plans for the coach.
Dale.Traveling 04/08/15 06:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ride Height on Gas MH's

CLICK HERE for the 06 F53 chassis specs. I've been trying to figure this one out off and on for a while. The problem is I don't know how much the house weights and I'm too lazy to completely unload and then reload weighting all the stuff in the coach. Last page of the PDF has the frame to ground heights and frame to axle heights of the chassis WITHOUT the house. Also included is the leaf spring deflection rates in pounds per inch of deflection. I'm guessing without be able to actual measure the height before the build out starts I'm not sure what my starting point might be with the added question of how much strength have the leafs lost with time.
Dale.Traveling 04/08/15 12:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Adding seat belts- Is it possible?

My coach has belts in the booth and sofa both installed in slides. There's a heavy metal frame under the booth front facing seat (takes up space in the storage compartment) that is bolted to the floor of the slide. The bolts are 1/2" diameter with carriage style smooth round heads that are visible under the slide when it is extended. There might be some concern about attaching seat belts to a slide with potential stability in an accident but if an accident is bad enough that the coach breaks up and the slide takes flight it won't matter much where you were sitting. Always good to stay seated and belted in when moving. Had Bogart the 40 pound All American RV Dog fly off the couch and bounce off the dashboard once because of a quick stop. He wasn't happy the rest of the drive. Great brakes on the F53 chassis.
Dale.Traveling 04/08/15 11:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: MH Fire in Florida didn't know how to use escape window

Can putting nitrogen instead of air in the tires, like so many suggest to do, cause this type of horrific fire from just a blown tire?Unlikely to make much of a difference in the final outcome. Something caused the tire to go but the tire being the ignition point is a bit unlikely. The tire blew out for any number of reasons and could have damaged something that caused the fire. Considering there appears to be a liquid on the road burning under the driver's side tire I wondering about the generator. No mention if it was running or not and we'll probably never know. Sorry to see the coach go and BZ Ross Thompson the RV Doctor. He can add life saver to his title. I'll keep him in mind if I ever need a mobile RV mechanic in the Orlando area.
Dale.Traveling 04/08/15 11:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Honda CRV

Just up graded from an 98 Accord to an 05 CRV. Excellent overall toad for size and weight. Blue Ox base plate was very easy to install and nearly invisible. No problems going down the road behind the coach and even loaded with extra stuff well under my tow weight limit of 5K Lbs.
Dale.Traveling 04/07/15 01:13pm Dinghy Towing
RE: RV Generator

Try with the generator hot as suggested. You only need a turn or less to loosen then let the generator cool down some so you don't get burned if you happen to spill a bit of hot oil. If that doesn't work punch a hole with a screw driver as also suggested. I've always been lucky installing as tight as my hand will allow. Normally too tight to remove by hand but I don't need much tool grab to remove.
Dale.Traveling 04/06/15 12:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pigtail for Bulb and socket wiring kit

Effy, I used diodes and such to reuse the lights rather than drilling in new. Also used a 6 pin round rather than a 4 pin flat connector. The Blue Ox base plate had thread studs for the connector that worked out pretty well. The fifth pin I connected to +12VDC that feeds an wireless video feed off a licance plate camera on the CRV that I can view from the coach. Sixth pin I didn't use. 6 to 7 Pin Cable Wireless Video Car End 6 Pin Plug Camera Brake/Turn Signal Converter My little project cost escallated a bit by the time I finished.
Dale.Traveling 04/06/15 12:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to level without popping a windshield???

I think the OP might need all four jacks down. Right side just kissing the ground lifting the coach maybe an inch and the left side leveling and pivoting the coach off the right jacks. Although I would suspect he is dumping the air bags I wondering if there's still a bit of bounce or twist on the right side tires and suspension without the hard points down jacks would provide. I haven't had a problem with my after market jacks and my entry level gas coach but I have always put down all four jacks when needed.
Dale.Traveling 04/06/15 04:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Drop receiver for towing CRV

I was using the Roadmaster duel hitch that Bub posted about when I was towing an Accord. Tow bar on the bottom, bike rack in the top. Changed to an 2005 CRV which lines up pretty close to level to the coach. I did add a 2" receiver to the CRV for the bike rack.
Dale.Traveling 04/05/15 03:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing a Honda CRV

I'll confirm the fuse pull for the Honda in dash navigation system. Unless they key is all the way off, which you can't do unless the transmission is in park, the nav system is still powered up. No nav, no fuse pull necessary. Also don't forget to shut the radio off.
Dale.Traveling 04/04/15 06:27pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Keep or sell and buy again later

I'd keep the coach. Heading out on an adventure in a coach you know, fits your intended life style and paid for is the best way to make memories. Four years may seem like a long time but if you can camp a few nights from time to time even as little as a weekend a month the coach will do just fine waiting for the day you head south.
Dale.Traveling 04/04/15 06:20am Class A Motorhomes
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