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RE: What has happened to Winnebago Quality?

It is common trend to make things "more affordable" to customer, meaning cheap, cheap, cheap. You see it on house construction, appliances and we have the same problems with Mercedes quality. Having few of them in family (and me being their mechanic) I can tell that 30 years old Mercedes is holding pretty firmly, while on 10 years old things start falling apart. Nothing to do with this post, of course, but i do take exception to automobile quality comments. Having owned numerous cars over my 70+ years, I have no doubt quality today is far better than those of 30 years ago - including Mercedes of which we've owned several over the past 30 years. Currently have one sports model we bought new in 2002 and it's like new - has never had more than routine maintenance. Our newest we took delivery of last summer in Germany and its had absolutely zero issues. Much better than the 80's models we owned - including one that used a quart of oil approximately every 1,000 miles. Various 70's and 80's GM models I've owned were substantially junk - think they generally do a much better job today (except perhaps for ignition switches :)). As to MH quality - I do somewhat agree. Our current Tiffin has had a number of issues, including a failed slide resulting from poor design. A friend purchased a new Phaeton and has far too many serious issues - finally visited the factory. Wish they were as reliable and trouble free as most automobiles are today.
Semi Retired Grandpa 06/28/15 10:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Genny issue (still)

New fuel pump from Onan for our 7.0kw Onan - $108.71. Easy installation.
Semi Retired Grandpa 05/24/15 10:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Onan 5500 Quits Running

Geesh. So many recent similar postings. Mine similar - fault 36 -finally replaced the fuel pump. Problem solved.
Semi Retired Grandpa 05/23/15 11:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Genny issue (still)

As i've posted on other threads, I experienced several problems with our 7.0kw Onan. Sometimes it would run for hours - perhaps over several days - w/o problem. Then it would suddenly be difficult to start. It would sometimes quit for no discernible reason - sometimes restart immediately - sometimes not. Finally - after sitting for 3-4 weeks - wouldn't start at all. Replaced the fuel pump and all is well once again. In retrospect, I should have suspected and replaced the fuel pump long ago.
Semi Retired Grandpa 05/18/15 07:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Onan Diesel Generator problem

Experienced a nearly identical situation. Hard starting - sometimes running well but other times shutting down for no obvious reason. Also had error code 36. As I've posted on other threads, finally replaced the fuel pump ($108.71 from Cummins/Onan) and it now runs as new.
Semi Retired Grandpa 05/14/15 11:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Onan Generator in Class A possible overheat and overuse

As I remember, fault code #36 is pretty general. Had it on our 7.0kw Onan when the fuel pump failed - first intermittently when it would appear we were out of gas - finally failing to operate at all.
Semi Retired Grandpa 05/11/15 08:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Time to get a new toad

Towed a Ford Bronco & Jeep Grand Cherokee - and most recently have towed a Honda Element for over 70k miles w/o incident. None were/are very refined but the Honda has certainly been the most reliable and least expensive. Unfortunately, in my experience, the most desirable vehicles are not towable 4 down.
Semi Retired Grandpa 05/04/15 10:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Schwintek slides

Update - heard today from the RV dealer that Tiffin has agreed to fund necessary modifications to make the slide work correctly. As i understand it, a sheet of some unknown material will be installed over the indented floor. Thanks to Tiffin for standing behind an obvious design/build issue. Hope to get the MH back within the next couple of days.
Semi Retired Grandpa 04/29/15 09:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Schwintek slides

Why not put more rollers to divide the weight Seems an obvious solution. Techs and I agree. Wished Tiffin had considered it during design/build. Of course now we have to address the floor indentation.
Semi Retired Grandpa 04/24/15 11:08pm Class A Motorhomes
Schwintek slides

2013 Tiffin 30GA. 15k miles - immaculately maintained. In Arizona Feb.-March. When retracting the front slide the rear portion of the slide (the kitchen) stopped and the slide was skewed. Stopped - extended - and tried again. Same thing. Multiple times. Looked online and found the slide could be manually controlled. Retracted. Took the MH to the dealer - now 3+ weeks later they have photos of the floor where the slide roller has indented the subfloor approximately 1/4". Therefore the slide binds and the rear motor stops. Tech convinced the rear portion is too heavy for the support system therefore indenting the floor - BTW - front floor shows no indentation. As a design engineer seems obvious to me. Tech has asked Tiffin for support - so far not responsive. Sent photos Thursday evening and hoped to have a better resolution today - so far no response. Seems a Tiffin design/build problem. Hope they'll stand behind their product. Will post as soon as we get their response.
Semi Retired Grandpa 04/24/15 10:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A to Super C? Am I crazy?

I only wonder what 30' "super c' you're referring to?
Semi Retired Grandpa 03/16/15 09:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Camping in San Diego

Will never forget Campland on the Bay as it was the most expensive and overrated RV park we've ever stayed in. Paid $150/night for a very tight spot with a picnic table falling apart and signs along the bay warning of contamination. This was several years ago while on a trip with a couple of grandchildren. BTW - worked and lived in San Diego (actually worked in La Jolla) in the early 70's - a wonderful place at that time. And we've been Rv'ing all over the country - east to west and north to south - Alaska to Nova Scotia - for over 50 years. And I'll always remember this RV park.
Semi Retired Grandpa 03/16/15 09:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Redding, CA to Grants Pass, OR I-5

Kind of hope you're kidding. Grants Pass to Redding via I-5? Sometimes hear from students at OSU (200 miles north) driving I-5 to Redding for lunch at In'N'Out! Certainly no challenge except during winter snows (travelled the Siskiyous last week and no sign of snow - lowest accumulations on record they say). BTW - none of the several routes from I-5 to the coast are a challenge for a motor home.
Semi Retired Grandpa 03/12/15 11:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Removing the old TV (With photos) Tropical by National RV

Parked in Salt Lake City a few years ago in our Winnebago 31c when the TV began smoking - seriously smoking! - Turned it off - disconnected shore power - and it kept on smoking - figured fire was next. In a panic to remove the TV only to find it installed securely - took far too much time to remove - but fortunately never had the fire. Very happily dumped it into their dumpster with no damage except for the TV itself.
Semi Retired Grandpa 12/17/14 11:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing, 2008, Honda, ,Element, 4 down

Have towed an '04 Element since new. Twice to Alaska and thru every western state. No issues so far.
Semi Retired Grandpa 12/02/14 10:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford cruise control

I really don't understand all the bitc+++g. If you are unhappy with the noise levels, add some insulation to the dog house. If you are unhappy because it kicks down too easy, learn to shut it off on hills and just use the gas pedal at a moderate setting a so it kicks down at a slower speed. I've learned to put my foot on the throttle to over ride the CC when going down hill to pick up some speed. I will also kick it out of O/D a little early when climbing a hill to ease the shift and maintain the desired speed. In any event, the CC on my old F53, pulling a 5000 lb toad, works as good as I can expect. Its not that we are bitc+++g just pointing out that CC have not gotten better over the years as the rest of the chassis, same as with our Nissin truck, every time it gets to a hill the CC shuts off, they can develop a smart CC that knows its in the hills and slows down the speed and just down shift 1 gear and not 2 gears, when I am on a long hill and maintaining 45 mph I can do it in 4th gear but if I put the CC on it wants to go to 3rd gear. I think todays CC is the same as 30 years ago, nothing has changed in this department. So true with the Ford - our SUV (car also) shifts down one gear at a time - the change barely discernible. We can travel up and down Oregon's mountains w/o having to adjust the CC. BTW - the car also senses the speed of the vehicle in front and adjusts speed accordingly. Very relaxing - a far cry from the Ford where even the slightest grade too often results in a dramatic change in engine RPM's. Far past time for Ford to bring its CC up to today's level.
Semi Retired Grandpa 11/24/14 11:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV parks California coast

Mission Bay RV would be okay, this time of year but is a distant third. . Stayed there ONCE several years ago with grandchildren. $150/night ($450 for three nights!) - picnic table falling apart - spot so narrow awning reached the adjoining camp spot - and signs along the bay warning of polution and hazardous swimming - and the campground was full. My wife and I had many words over her reserving and paying $450 in advance. This is one of those experiences we relate often as it was (and is) by far the most expensive 3 days of camping we've ever enjoyed in our over 45 years of RV'ing.
Semi Retired Grandpa 11/22/14 11:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford cruise control

I really don't understand all the bitc+++g. If you are unhappy with the noise levels, add some insulation to the dog house. If you are unhappy because it kicks down too easy, learn to shut it off on hills and just use the gas pedal at a moderate setting a so it kicks down at a slower speed. I've learned to put my foot on the throttle to over ride the CC when going down hill to pick up some speed. I will also kick it out of O/D a little early when climbing a hill to ease the shift and maintain the desired speed. In any event, the CC on my old F53, pulling a 5000 lb toad, works as good as I can expect. Difficult to "shut it off on hills" when the slightest grade change will often cause it to shift down. I use cruise often - in the MH, car and SUV - and have become extremely sensitized to the Ford cruise control - watch it to the point that it becomes the most stressful part of driving! Yet is still sometimes catches me by surprise. I can tow a very heavy boat with our SUV for long distances over Oregon's mountains without ever experiencing this irritating situation. Ford can and should do better - other manufacturers certainly do.
Semi Retired Grandpa 11/18/14 11:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford cruise control

My cc works fine uphill and down. If you think gear changes and high revs are a problem, try hooking 10 tons to your daily driver and see what the cc does then! Perhaps - I tow a boat that weighs nearly as much as our SUV and never experience the same problem. With the Ford I'm very alert to grade changes yet it still catches me by surprise - a very minimal grade and suddenly it shifts to a much lower gear (which? I don't know) and the engine rpm goes off the chart - enough to wake the wife in the copilot seat!! Immediate disengage but always irritating. Ford could and should do better!
Semi Retired Grandpa 11/18/14 11:00pm Class A Motorhomes
Ford cruise control

Last two Mh's have been on the Ford chassis. My only major complaint has been with the cruise control - seems technologically in the dark ages. I've learned to be super alert to the slightest grade, but too often is seems I don't quite sense the grade change and the transmission suddenly shifts down and we're travelling at super high RPM's. My daily drivers seem to sense the change, shift down a little to compensate & continue on without dramatic effect. BTW - the first was a 2005, the current a 2013. Ford can certainly do better than this!
Semi Retired Grandpa 11/17/14 10:56pm Class A Motorhomes
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