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RE: toad

an old Tracker needs manual hubs to be able to tow it. don't know what year that changed. bumpy I have had a 2000, a 2002 and a 2004. All of them were v6 4x4 automatic SUV models. None of those had manual hubs. All that is necessary is to put the trans in park, the transfer case in neutral and go. If you leave the key in the ignition without pulling it out after turning off the engine, the steering column remains unlocked, so it can be towed or steered with the key turned off.
Ro646a 09/29/14 09:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: toad

the best is one that has towing instructions in the owner's manual. with no need for adapters, lube pumps, drive shaft disconnects. bumpy If you are not looking to buy new, the Chevy tracker meets these requirements. The SUV 4X4 models are great little cars that go anywhere. They quit making them in 04, though, so you can't get a new one.
Ro646a 09/28/14 05:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Rambler Admiral vs Coachmen Mirada -- Advice

HR
Ro646a 08/23/14 08:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: ink stain on leather

Many many years ago I was an office machine repairman we used lemon extract to remove marks from ball point pens. It worked like a charm every time. It might be worth a try.
Ro646a 08/21/14 01:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Financing Survey

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Ro646a 08/18/14 11:49am Beginning RVing
RE: Dometic Penguin 2 stops running after a few minutes

UPDATE: Well, I got the new transfer switch and installed it. It was a very simple job. Unfortunately it didn't correct the problem with my A/C unit, and now I have another problem. Now my generator will not stay running. It starts right up and only runs as long as I hold the starter switch down. The transfer switch installation was very simple. I even checked every connection three times when I finished. I have wired things a thousand times more complicated than that in my life with no problems. I'm a former licensed electrician, but this has me baffled. The generator worked fine on our last trip two weeks ago. I already checked the fuse and circuit breakers on the outside of the generator next to the start switch, and I checked the coolant and oil levels. I also had a friend hold the start switch down while I checked for voltage output and there is no voltage on the generator terminals at the transfer switch. My generator is a Guardian Quietpact 7500 75D diesel model. Any advice? Thanks in advance. Roland
Ro646a 08/03/14 03:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dometic Penguin 2 stops running after a few minutes

Well I opened up the automatic transfer switch yesterday to check connections, etc. All the connections were tight and there was no obvious evidence of a problem, although the contacts were pitted on the generator side of the relay. I ordered a new transfer switch, but I doubt that it was giving me any trouble, since it is on the power cord side that I am having issues when running my rear A/C unit. Doug, You seem to be pretty knowledgeable about the Penguin II. Can you tell me how I would be able to identify whether or not my unit has the 12 to 5 button conversion kit? I have the 5 button thermostat controlling both my original Penguin unit up front and my "new" Penguin II unit in the rear. Thank you for the clarification, Doug. I have not received the replacement transfer switch yet. When I get the new one installed I'll check everything and report back. Thanks again for the assistance. :) One thing that may be a clue here, is that although I am able to select either unit 1 or unit 2 using the zone button, both number 1 and 2 are always visible on the display. I don't recall seeing both unit numbers displayed at the same time on the same style 5 button thermostat in my old Dutch Star, with the 2 Penguin units. Any thoughts? And thanks for all the assistance from all of you so far. Roland You will see both zones. The one that is "active" will flash. I made a mistake on my original post. IF you have a regular AC, no Heat Pump, you may not need the 12 to 5 conversion. The only ones I have done were Penguin 2 HP's. But, the 12 button regular board cannot communicate correctly with the 5 button system. ON the 12 button Board, you will see 2 soldered spade terminals to one side with the White neutral wire on one of them. There may be a white wire on both. The 5 button does NOT have those side by side Neutral spades on the board. According to Dometic, if you try to use a 12 button with a 5 button wall CCC you will get a "EE" error code. The 12 button ALL the low voltage quick connects are on the END of the board. The 5 button board these quick connects face straight up on the board. SO, if no EE code they installed the 12 to 5 board, but may have connected it incorrectly. Doug
Ro646a 07/30/14 09:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New RV, Pitted wheels??

The aluminum wheels on my 11 year old coach still shine brightly with no pits.
Ro646a 07/29/14 05:03am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Our new to us Country Coach

Very nice! :)
Ro646a 07/29/14 04:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dometic Penguin 2 stops running after a few minutes

Well I opened up the automatic transfer switch yesterday to check connections, etc. All the connections were tight and there was no obvious evidence of a problem, although the contacts were pitted on the generator side of the relay. I ordered a new transfer switch, but I doubt that it was giving me any trouble, since it is on the power cord side that I am having issues when running my rear A/C unit. Doug, You seem to be pretty knowledgeable about the Penguin II. Can you tell me how I would be able to identify whether or not my unit has the 12 to 5 button conversion kit? I have the 5 button thermostat controlling both my original Penguin unit up front and my "new" Penguin II unit in the rear. One thing that may be a clue here, is that although I am able to select either unit 1 or unit 2 using the zone button, both number 1 and 2 are always visible on the display. I don't recall seeing both unit numbers displayed at the same time on the same style 5 button thermostat in my old Dutch Star, with the 2 Penguin units. Any thoughts? And thanks for all the assistance from all of you so far. Roland
Ro646a 07/29/14 04:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dometic Penguin 2 stops running after a few minutes

Doug, I somehow missed your post....good information...Thank you....I'll update and report back tomorrow if the rain stops.
Ro646a 07/27/14 10:27am Class A Motorhomes
Dometic Penguin 2 stops running after a few minutes

My motorhome has 2 rooftop A/C units. The rear unit it a Dometic Penguin 2 A/C unit that was replaced about a year ago, before I bought the motor home. If I run it on shore power the fan cuts off after about 10 or 15 minutes and the compressor keeps running. If I run the fan only it will run all day. I have 114 volts and 228 volts at the motor home on shore power at my home. If I run the generator it will run all day without any problem. The front unit is the original Penguin unit and it runs just fine all the time. Has anyone experienced anything like this? Any thoughts as to what the problem might be? Thanks in advance. Roland
Ro646a 07/26/14 07:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Michelin LTX M/S tread seperation

Three years ago I put a brand new set of Michelins with 3 month old DOT codes on our former motor home. I took good car of them and kept them covered. 18 months later they all had sidewall cracks and one had tread separation. Michelin would do nothing about it. I ended up throwing them away and bought new tires from a different manufacturer.
Ro646a 07/13/14 05:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Opinions on Suzuki Samurai or equivalent for a toad?

A 4wd Suzuki Grand Vitara or Chevy Tracker make excellent four down tow cars. Very light and great to tow. We just used a regular Stowmaster 5000. No special equipment needed as long as it is 4wd. We have had three of these cars (4WD V6 automatics). They are excellent tow cars.
Ro646a 07/11/14 08:22pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Wanting to hear from Class A gas powered owners

I have had two 310 HP V10, 35 foot Class A motor homes, and now I have a 39 foot diesel pusher. On flat ground the V10 would have easily outrun the diesel I have now, even pulling my toad. I have not yet traveled in mountains with this diesel, so I'm hoping I'll see the benefit of the diesel when I do go into the mountains. But I had no trouble in mountains with the V10s that we had. The diesel does provide a quiet, smooth ride, but other than that I see no real advantage. It is much more complex and costs more to maintain. Considering the costs involved, although I do like my diesel, I'll probably buy another gasser next time.
Ro646a 07/07/14 11:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Flat Towing a 2000 Tracker with Auto Trans

Is this a 4WD Tracker? I have had a 2000, a 2002 and now a 2004 Tracker, and have successfully towed all of them. So far a total of about 60,000 miles with no problems. Just put the transfer case in neutral and the transmission in park. Stop every 200 miles or so and start it up and put it in gear for a couple minutes to keep things lubricated. I typically do this when stopping for fuel or for a rest stop. I just do a walk-around the rig to check everything while it is running and get back on the road. Take no more than 5 minutes. I never make a special stop because 200 miles went by. If you leave the key in the ignition after turning off the engine you can turn it to the lock position and the steering wheel will remain unlocked. The steering column does not lock until you actually remove the key. If you do it correctly you don't have to leave the ignition in accessory position. If you'd like and other information regarding my experience with Trackers feel free to send me a private message and I'll give you my phone number.
Ro646a 07/04/14 09:00am Dinghy Towing
RE: Monaco Cayman 34' or Newmar Kountry Star 3353, Can't decide

I recently bought the coach in my signature. I was not sure I liked the diesel at first, but after a couple of trips I love it. I paid $60000 for mine with 40000 miles and I would definitely do it again. I have no experience with Monaco, but this is my 2nd Newmar. They make a good product.
Ro646a 06/24/14 10:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What to look for and to stay away from

Best advice yet. except for half ownership. that can be dreadful. bumpy Agreed :)
Ro646a 06/12/14 12:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What to look for and to stay away from

For 3 of you with a $40k budget I would look at an 03-04 Fleetwood Southwind 32V with the Workhorse Chasis. I just bought in half ownership with a buddy and there are several in the So Cal area for sale right now from $39k-$50k. For 32' it has a lot of room with the double slide out yet you can get into almost any camp site. With the WH, its a rocket ship. Best advice yet.
Ro646a 06/12/14 10:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What to look for and to stay away from

I would stay away from a Diesel. I recently bought a well cared for diesel the same age as my two prior class A gas coaches. The only advantage I have experienced is a quieter cabin while driving. The gas units accelerated better, cost less to operate, and were just as comfortable to live in. Our first was a 2000 Newmar Dutch Star gas, and the 2nd was a 2001 Southwind. Both had the 310 HP Ford V10. I paid around $35,000 for each of the gas units and $60,000 for the diesel in my signature. I'd give anything to have my Southwind back. your actually saying that a 2001 Fleetwood(junk) southwind310HP gasser was a better motor home and more power than your 2003 330 newmar diesel pusher? Not better (but certainly NOT JUNK), but much better bang for the buck and certainly better acceleration on flat ground. Mountains may be a different experience, but on flat ground the V10 definitely accelerated much better. This diesel may have more torque, but it only has 20 more HP to move another 5000 pounds along. And it is a whole lot more complex and expensive to maintain. The only reason I sold the Southwind was because my wife died, and at the time I was depressed and thought I'd never travel again.
Ro646a 06/09/14 04:52pm Class A Motorhomes
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