Atwood furnace died in the middle of the night and we woke up to a 32 degree camper. No idea what caused it. Fuse? Thermostat? Igniter? There's no "clicking" sound coming from the furnace, the fan isn't working either, but there is a "glow" where the brass coil connects to the furnace.
I know the diesel fans mean well for the most part, but what's always bothered me about these debates is that often times, nobody bothers to ask
* how often they'll be towing
* how far they'll be towing
* if (and/or how) they plan to use their truck as a daily driver
My next truck is going to be a HD Gas engine. Why? Because I'll use it 85% of the time when I'm NOT TOWING, and when I do tow, it'll be weekend warrior trips with my family. I can get a brand new HD 1-ton Gasser very well equipped for under $40K. It'll get 15MPG empty, tow virtually anything I want it to, and cost me $10-$15K less than a comparable diesel engine.
Sorry for the rant, but for some of us, the right tow vehicle involves more than raw pulling power.
The area is pretty small, the roof is in tact, and I've got a 12"x6" piece of plywood ready to install. My hope is that it'll be dry enough to adhere to both the underlayment (the remaining layers of plywood that are in decent condition, and the EPDM roof. If Gorilla glue, or whatever I select, does the job, I don't think it'll be a big problem. The rot hasn't extended to the gutter, and there's no sign of delamination yet.
If nothing else, I found the problem early enough where the damage didn't eat all the way through to the cabin. I've got it fairly dry now, and I can assure you that this cover will be installed correctly and sealed water tight.
The majority of the screws will bite, but I'd like to "patch" the rotted area now while I can. We're talking about a pretty small area. I'm considering just digging out the rotting wood, and sliding a new piece of plywood in there cut to fit the area. Not a great fix, but with things sealed up, it'll buy me some time to figure out what to do long term.
I was in the midst of what I thought was going to be an end of summer PREVENTATIVE maintenance roof caulking day when I discovered a small soft (ROT) spot next to the bathroom skylight. I removed the entire skylight, and sure enough it was leaking.
Now I've got a small area of ROT that I don't know how to deal with. By small, I'm talking about maybe 12" x 6" where the luan is wet.
I'm in the process of finding a replacement 17"x25" skylight, and in the mean time I need to figure out how to attack the rot issue. Keep in mind that this is a weekend camper, so the fix doesn't need to be perfect. Of course it's supposed to rain later today, further complicating matters.
Hi Bob. Yes, the "plan" is to trade the unit in. Then again, I need to ensure that the thing is well protected in case that plan gets delayed. The current seams are from the factory, and while the edges are starting to lift up, there is still good adhesion for the most part. I think a thorough cleaning and touch up will do the trick yearly until I get rid of her.
Thanks for the comment. Hope all is well on your end!!
The roof seam caulk on my 2008 EPDM Jayco roof is finally starting to fail. It's not cracking, but the edges are starting to pull up. What I mean is that I can slide my finger under the caulk 1/2".
Completely removing the old caulk would obviously be ideal, but I'm wondering if I need to go that far? The adhesion is still good for the majority of the caulk on the seam, and it's not cracking. I'm wondering if a "caulk over" will suffice?
Also, are mineral spirits the best thing to prep the area before caulking? Seems like it could be hard on the EPDM roof material.
Yea, it seems like it's a 12v issue. I take my batteries out of the camper for the winter. Could I have done something to the grounds? Very strange. The lights in the camper don't work, but 2 lights over the slide out work, as do the slides. Those lights and the slides themselves must me operating on the 30A power. All of the camper driving lights worked but 2 of them, and the 2 that DIDN'T work while driving came on when I turned the truck off. Would that be related to the grounds, or could I have crossed up the battery wires when I reinstalled them?
This is very strange. I'll check the grounds tomorrow. Another thing: the driving lights that didn't work when i hitched up, came on AFTER we got there and I disconnected the truck from the trailer. Also, the interior lights that aren't working are lighting up very dimly. You can barely see it, but there is an ever so faint glow. What the heck? It's almost like there's a short circuit or some wires got crossed.
Ok, we're on our first trip of the season and I'm trying to figure out an odd electrical issue. When I hitched up the camper, the top front driving lights didn't come on, but all if the other lights did including the turn signals, so I didn't think anything of it. I get to the site on 30A power, and only 1/2 of the interior lights work. The fridge, furnace, micro, tv and some of the lights work. The main living, bath, and bunk lights don't. It's raining hard and now dark, but in the morning I'll try to sort it out. Could I have hooked up the batteries wrong?
We've been pulling our entry level travel trailer for 4 seasons now, and we're looking to upgrade to a motorhome next year. I was initially looking at used Class A rigs, as I think they're a better ride and offer more storage. As my search has broadened, I'm now leaning more towards a Class C.
We have 6 year old twin boys, and the newer Class C rigs (I like the Sunseeker) with bunk beds AND the bed-over-cab offer the best floorplan around for our family (and our price point). We'd be able to bring along the grandparents or the kids friends comfortably with that many bed options. The newer Class A's have that available as well, but not in our price range. Too rich for my blood. :)
We don't do a lot of long trips given our work/school situation, but we do like to get out often for weekend escapes. We've been averaging between 30-40 nights/year in our travel trailer, and I expect that to slightly increase with a motorhome. Yes, it would make more financial sense if we went the 5th wheel option, but I'm sick and tired of using a truck as a daily driver, not to mention the hitching and unhitching.
I'd love to hear from other family Rv'ers who are in the same boat or have already addressed it.
We're a family of four with 6-year old twin boys, and are ready to make the move from our travel trailer of 4 seasons into a Class A next year. The newer bunkhouse units are appealing to us from a floor plan perspective, but we won't be able to find a used diesel pusher bunkhouse model in our price range given how new to the market they are. So that begs the question. Do I go with a newer gasser that has the bunks, or buy a well kept, older Tiffen, Country Coach, WInnie, Monaco, etc. diesel pusher and deal with making up and breaking down the beds every night?
Honestly, even though it will be a pain, I'm leaning with going the diesel route and dealing with the hide-a-bed option. I can find a well built used diesel pusher (without bunks) in the $70-$90K price range and have a workhorse that will easily pull a toad vehicle through our mountainous Pacific NW region. We can also find a newer gas bunkhouse model from Thor (or a comparible entry level make), but there will compromises in the build quality and what I can tow.
Dang it, why aren't these decisions ever easy to make? :)
My wife and I are considering moving up to a Class A after 4 seasons in our travel trailer that we share with our 6 year old twin boys. So far, we've averaged about 30 nights/year in our travel trailer and we really enjoy it.
We know that purchasing a Class A isn't the most financially practial thing to do, but why wait for retirement? We've lived in our stick home for over 10 years and have our mortage down to a very manageable payment. We'll take on another $400-$500/month for the Class A, but apart from that we don't carry any other debt.
Since my wife and I both work full time, we won't get to use the motorhome as much as we'd like, but we'll get out with it more frequently than we do in our travel trailer. It'll be our weekend ski chalet, our tailgaiting mother ship, our family camper, and occasional vacationer. Yup, it's not going to be a good investment; but we'll buy a nice used diesel pusher and have a lot of fun memories with our boys.
A 5th wheel or travel trailer would be more practical, but I'm sick of using my truck as a daily driver. The motorhome will likely be a money pit, but what the heck? You only live once. :)
After 4 years and over 100 nights in our first camper, an entry level JayFeather 29A, we're thinking long and hard about moving up to a class A. It's probably not the most practical choice for a family of 4 with 7 year old twin boys; however I'm sick of using a pickup truck as a daily driver.
Still not sure whether to get a gas or diesel Class A, but I'll sort through those pros and cons over time. We won't be doing many extended trips beyond a week or so, but we do get out pretty frequently for weekend camping trips and tailgaiting for college football. We're averaging between 25-30 nights/year, and I actually expect that to increase a bit over the next few years. My wife and I both work full-time, and on the weekends we like to get out of town!!
Ideally, we'd love to find a nicely used Class A that's either a bunkhouse or one that has the drop-down bed above the cab. I've seen the newer Thor gas models, and those floorplans look pretty nice. Do you have any suggestions of other manufacturers that fit the bill with similar floorplans. A gas rig wouldn't be a deal breaker, but we would eventually like to tow a car behind the rig or at least have that flexibility if the mood struck us.
Thanks in advance.
Thanks for the feedback. We're trying to decide whether to go with a gas engine Class A or Class C, or buy a used diesel pusher. Typically, I'd strongly favor a diesel; however given that our kids are only 6 years old, we know we're not going to be doing any extensive TOURING in it. We'll get away for a week at a time now and again, but mainly we're looking at long weekends and run about trips. I'm sick of hitching and unhitching, so if I can find a gas class A or Class C with the floorplan we like, that's probably where we'll end up.
I'm not trying to start a brand war, but I'd like to shorten my research list to the top floorplans/makes for a family of 4 with 6-year old twin boys to consider. I'll probably buy used, and can afford up to $70K.
Thanks in advance.