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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
RE: Echo Charger not working

Ok guys thanks for the feedback. I got it working. As stated above the echo charger is not a charger it diverts voltage from the house batteries to the engine batteries, once the house batteries are fully charged. What I did wrong was I connected the house lead to one battery 6v, not the point where all four add up to 13v, this is why the echo did not start charging the engine batteries. When I moved this connection it immediately starting working. Excellent ! Thanks guys
JCat 04/27/13 11:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Echo Charger not working

2old thanks for the input The instructions state to connect one wire to the engine + and connect the other wire to the house battery + Once the house batteries are charged to 13vdc, then the echo will kick in and charge the engine battery
JCat 04/27/13 11:28am Class A Motorhomes
Echo Charger not working

My rv does not charge the engine batteries when plugged into shore power. So I decided to buy a xantrax echo charger. It is a 12/24 volt unit. I hooked it up, one wire to the engine batteries one to the coach batteries, one to the ground, turned on the power, nothing, no light on the LED. A couple of questions: The ground wire is connected to the negative post on the engine battery. IS THIS A CORRECT GROUND CONNECTION ? The instructions state that the engine batteries will charge once the coach batteries reach 13 VDC. My coach batteries are 6v, 4 of them. WILL THEY EVER GET TO 13 VDC ? DID I BUY THE WRONG CHARGER, SINCE MY ENGINE BATTERIES ARE 12 VDC AND THE COACH BATTERIES ARE 6VDC ?
JCat 04/27/13 11:00am Class A Motorhomes
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