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RE: Newell is a good ride right?

Tom/Barb - Newells are not fiberglass they are aluminum. But your comment is valid, time takes a toll on everything. OP - your thought process is valid about buying an older high end RV versus a newer mid range. I have been exeposed to many Newells, Marathon's, Liberty, Millenium's and their owners over the last 3 years here at Motor Coach Country Club in Indio CA. One thing that many state is that they prefer a coach built on a bus chasis (Prevost) instead of the custom chasis (Newell). They have stated that the ride is better and there are less issues when using the bus chasis. I love the Newells myself, went and did a factory tour and love the layouts and designs, maybe soon I will have one. Do your research before you buy.
JCat 09/19/14 11:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Drawer sliders keep breaking

Trackrig, did the drawer slides you got from HD lock in place when shut ? If yes do you have anymore info on these parts ?
JCat 09/05/14 09:58am Class A Motorhomes
Drawer sliders keep breaking

In the back of my drawers where the slider connects to the wall there is a plastic piece that is attached to the wall and the slider attaches to this. Over time these plastic pieces break, due to weight in the drawer and road bumps. I have replaced over 20 of these and they are a real PITA. Has anyone found a replacement part made of of metal ? Or have you replaced the sliders with something that is more sturdy ? Let me know.
JCat 09/05/14 09:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking for Motorized Windshield shade

I have 2 motorized MCD shades installed in the front and manual pull down on the drivers and passenger sides. They do a good job but I wish they looked better.
JCat 08/06/14 05:05pm Class A Motorhomes
Inverter use and electronics

I have had a convection oven and 2 sat receivers go bad after using my inverter to power the electronics. I also have observed that my flatscreen puts out a high pitch noise when on the inverter. I am wondering if the power from the inverter, since it is not a true sine wave is causing early failure of these items. Your thoughts ?
JCat 08/01/14 10:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: External Generator use on Class A

UPDATE: Yesterday I turned on the Yamaha in the morning, 8am, and it ran until 4:30 PM when it ran out of gas. When I refilled it, it had used only 1.5 gallans of gas. So I was able to power my TV, sat receiver, fridge, computers (2) for 8.5 hours. This is fantastic ! JCat
JCat 07/31/14 09:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: External Generator use on Class A

Good feedback from all. i ran my onan until my house batteries were fully charged i cut the onan off connected the yamaha turn fridge to propane water heater off so far have not overloaded the yamaha no setting changes required on xantrax Life is good wont be buring all that diesel fuel thanks
JCat 07/19/14 02:12pm Class A Motorhomes
External Generator use on Class A

I have a 2004 Mandalay with a 7500W onan genny. I have purchased a yamaha 2000w portable genny and wanted to use it connected as an external power source connected to my shore power cord. The plan was to be more energy efficient as I only need to power my TV, sat receiver and a few outlets for computers. There was a really good article in FMCA that seemed to show that this will work if config'd correctly. I hooked it up and the RV EXPLODED INTO A MILLION PIECES ! Just kidding, thought my story was getting boring. The Yamaha revved up to accomodate the load and then went into overload. I then changed my Xantrax to invert mode and tried again, same result. The Xantrax once it receives the added power, goes into charge mode for the house batteries and this is too much for the little 2000w genny so it overloads. Is there a way to stop the battery charge and just allow the yamaha to power the rv like when I am using the inverter ?
JCat 07/18/14 05:20pm Class A Motorhomes
Can an ML350 be towed 4 down ?

I did a few searches in this forum to see if there were any posts on towing an ML350 4 down and could not find one. Anyone out there doing it and if yes what equipment are you using ?
JCat 06/30/14 10:30pm Class A Motorhomes
2010 ML350 Can it be towed 4 down ?

I did a few searches in this forum to see if there were any posts on towing an ML350 4 down and could not find one. Anyone out there doing it and if yes what equipment are you using ? Thanks
JCat 06/29/14 01:20pm Dinghy Towing
2010 ML350 Can it be towed 4 down ?

This topic has been moved to another forum. You can read it here: 27800249
JCat 06/29/14 01:20pm Tow Vehicles
New CA Emissions law for Diesel's

I have a friend who owns a trucking company in CA and has been getting updates on new emissions standards for diesel engines. The idiots are proposing new laws that would be retro-active for all diesel engines that would require a conversion to the "blue fluid" for all trucks and RV's, even if they are not registered in CA. They would fine any Diesel truck or RV that enters the state that has not had the conversion kit applied. Unreal ! Keep a look out for news on this going forward and lets see if we can kill this nonsense before it gets wings.
JCat 11/04/13 06:11pm Class A Motorhomes
Paint job in Mexico

Anyone had there RV repainted in Mexico ? If yes where, how much, and did they do a good job ?
JCat 10/21/13 07:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gelcoat Cracks

Thanks scott excellent write up, you hit it right on the head. The cracks or crazing as you define them seem smaller than the ones on your pic, but its hard to be sure as there is no scale in the pic. I called a lot of paint companies and fiberglass manufacurers today and it is the fiberglass that is cracked, thru the full body paint, and into the clear coat. So you either grind it down, patch the cracks you can see, wait for more to pop up over time, or replace the entire sidewalls with new fiberglass. Both options are not cheap.
JCat 10/21/13 07:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gelcoat Cracks

Gjac thanks for the excellent answer. Wally the RV has been washed, waxed and covered for the entire 11 yrs, it is immaculate except for the clear cracks. I understand it is not covered by a warranty but if this is a prevalent problem then there is a manufacting defect.
JCat 10/20/13 01:52pm Class A Motorhomes
Gelcoat Cracks

My friend who is not a memeber of the forum asked me to post this for him. He has a 11 yer old class A, good brand(I don't want to talk bad about the brand) who is still in business, and he has these small cracks in the gelcoat, mostly where the darker colors are located. The cracks are about 1/8 inch and can only be seen when u are close up to the RV. He has talked to 2 repair places in CA and one said that the fiberglass was not fully cured whaen the paint was applied and out gassing occured as it cured and this caused the paint to crack which caused the gelcoat to crack. Another paint place said the manufacturer of the RV used cheap fiberglass and that it has cracked and caused the paint to crack. One estimate was $22K to grind off the gelcoat, repair the bad fiberglass, repaint and reclear the RV. Seems like a lot of money and it seems like the manufacturer should be paying since they screwed it up either way. Anyone seen this and if yes how was it fxed and at what cost ?
JCat 10/20/13 11:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coleman Mach 15 AC Unit

Thanks Doug for the firt hand experience with the ac units. I am out in the desrt in Palm Springs and sometimes I stay here in the summer where temp reach 110 - 115 and no humidity. Leaving all other items aside (insulation, humidity, etc) if my current units cool me down about 20 degrees, do you think the Mach units would do any better ? I am trying to see if it would be worth doing an ac upgrade. thanks
JCat 10/20/13 11:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coleman Mach 15 AC Unit

I dont think I actually got an answer to my question from people who own a mach 8 or 15 ac unit Anyone out there ?
JCat 10/19/13 03:52pm Class A Motorhomes
Coleman Mach 15 AC Unit

I was at the RV show in Pomona CA this last weekend and was going through a new Tiffin Bus and the "sales" guy said that the AC units would lower the inside temp of the RV greater than the 20 degree rule. He said it would lower it like a house ac unit. So I called tiffin factory to see what they use and it is the Coleman Mach 15. So my question to all the RVers out there is: Do you have one of these on your RV ? If yes how much does it cool your RV from the outside temp, 20, 30 , 40, 50 degrees ?
JCat 10/17/13 05:06pm Class A Motorhomes
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