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RE: DP Brake Job Cost?

My motorhome is an 04 with over 40k miles, and last time I had it at freightliner they told me I had 75% life left on the brake pads. I was there getting the right front pads replaced because there was seal leak and grease soaked into the pads so I had to get that leak fixed and they replaced those pads. I was going to have them all done since it was there but the guy said there was plenty of life left and said motorhome brake pads usually get over 100k miles. His reasoning was most people use the jake brake so they don't wear the pads as much. I do use my jake brake a lot, even on level ground.
msmith1199 07/28/15 02:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Snobbish RV resorts with ownerships

Having worked with the public, for many years and having dealt with many an bitter, bored, old person, it is my goal never to become one. It is another goal of mine to never live in a place where I am surrounded by them. I could not imagine a much worse life. Just my take on it The problem is most of those bitter, angry old people don't think they are. They think everybody else is the problem.
msmith1199 07/28/15 11:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: DW wouldn't ride with me anymore

I've had motorcycles and I've had a convertible. Both are fun, but the big advantage to the convertible is you don't have to wear a helmet so you really get a much better view and much better freedom. I used to love to drive through Yosemite Valley in the convertible because you could see everything. And, even with the top down, you can still use the A/C and the heater. Can't do that on the motorcycle.
msmith1199 07/27/15 12:26pm Around the Campfire
RE: Is it really too far to walk to the bathroom at a rest area?

Have you been in a rest area restroom? In most cases the parking lot is a lot cleaner!
msmith1199 07/27/15 12:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: rv insurance

Over the years I've learned that insurance companies will never show any loyalty to you, so why show any to them. When the rates go up go shopping. I had State Farm for almost 30 years, but about 15 years ago they decided they wanted to get out of the car insurance business in California and started raising their rates. We went to AAA and insured the motor home with Progressive. A few years later State Farm realized they had made a mistake and started lowering their prices on car insurance....too late! Progressive was good for about 4 years and then had a huge rate increase in pockets across the U.S. When we changed our cars over to AAA they weren't insuring motor homes at the time. I checked with them when the Progressive rates went up and saved over $400.00 a year on the motor home. We've been with AAA ever since (13 years) and their rates have stayed competitive. They're a non-profit company....give them a try. Insurance companies absolutely will show you loyalty if you have a couple of big claims. The danger of switching policies too often is as soon as you have that big claim an insurance company you've only been with a year is going to pay your claim and then cancel your policy. Good luck finding new insurance at a reasonable rate then. But if you've been with a company for a while, they are far less likely to drop you.
msmith1199 07/25/15 09:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Odometer Problems

Rich, mine reset to zero both times. Do you have the procedure still for getting the miles out of the engine control module?
msmith1199 07/23/15 08:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Odometer Problems

Freightliner chassis? Yes, it's possible they reset. My odometer has reset twice on my RV. I think it's reading about 2500 miles right now and that's a 10 year old motorhome. Per Freightliner there is nothing they can do to reset the odometer to it's actual mileage. However, the onboard computer system does keep track of the real miles. Last time I had my RV into Freightliner for service I tried to get them to get me the real miles and they were unable to because they didn't have the right plug. I understand there is also a way to get the real miles out of the trip computer but you have to call Freightliner and they give you some code to access it.
msmith1199 07/23/15 08:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mountain bike storage ideas

You don't want them inside, you don't want them outside, you don't want to take them apart, you don't want them on a rack, you don't want a toy hauler Class A, but you want to take them? Hum, I'm going to have to think about this one for a while. Is this like one of those puzzles where you have to get the bent nails separated?
msmith1199 07/23/15 04:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Has anyone done the Spartan or Freightliner Academy?

Never heard of it. Now you've given me something else to look into. Looks interesting.
msmith1199 07/22/15 09:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: HDMI cable from front to bedroom

If you do this, make sure you get a long enough cable. My motorhome is 35 feet and it's a little shorter than that from the front amp box to the rear TV. I used a 40 foot cable and that was the exact perfect length. You'll have the zig zag when you go through the AC unit and switch sides so make sure to account for that too.
msmith1199 07/22/15 10:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Progressive lowered rate $600 for year

I'll get my renewal notice in a few weeks so hopefully mine went down too. It went down a lot last year, but I changed coverage. What I discovered was that if you buy a new motorhome and insure it with Progressive they have that 5 year rule where if it gets totaled in the first five years they will pay to replace it with a brand new similar unit. Okay, I knew about that, but what I didn't know is that after that five years passes, then your insurance coverage limit for a total loss becomes your original purchase price of the motorhome. So if you paid $170k for your motorhome and 10 years later it catches fire and burns to the ground, Progressive is going to give you $170k toward the purchase of a new motorhome. Now that may sound like a great deal, and it is, but it's also super expensive. So I called progressive last year and had my coverage dropped to a set figure that would cover the pay off in the event of a total loss. It will stay at that set number unless I drop it again later. But my premium went down by about $500 last year.
msmith1199 07/21/15 03:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: HDMI cable from front to bedroom

Keep in mind as I was told HDMI cable will not work past 30 feet or so . I haven't tried but was assured that and told to use cat 6 cable for longer runs I used a 40 foot HDMI cable and it works fine. But I did put an amplified switch box on it too, which you need if you want to send different signals back to the rear TV. My switch box has two inputs and four outputs. So I have the DVD and the Satellite going in, and so far I have two outputs to the front and back TV. I am thinking about getting one of the wireless HDMI transmitters and it can go in one of the other outputs, and I'll use it for an external TV. With wireless the outdoor TV can be set up anyplace in the campsite and all you need is power for it.
msmith1199 07/21/15 02:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Update, Kicked Out Of Canada

Based on the article she was a regular doper. But even with that, I'm surprised that got her banned. That conduct seems to be perfectly acceptable down here to a lot of people.
msmith1199 07/20/15 11:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: My solution to Sleep Number mattresses bursting...

I thought they used to make a mattress specifically for RV's that had the pressure valve built in. I recall that years ago on here there would be stories of people having them burst, but when asked about it they had bought home models of the mattress instead of RV models that had a pressure relief valve. Was that not the case?
msmith1199 07/20/15 10:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Apollo 11 on the moon 46 years ago today !

I do rememer that night. Saw it all in glorious B&W on a huge 20" tv. :D You had a 20 inch TV? You must have been rich!!
msmith1199 07/20/15 10:12pm Around the Campfire
RE: Update, Kicked Out Of Canada

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/White+Rock+woman+barred+from+after+admitting+marijuana/8865511/story.html Is this the story you are thinking about? I still wouldn't have believed this, but in this one the young lady from Vancouver admits to using pot a few days earlier and basically admits to being a doper. I'm still surprised they didn't let her in but this is a little different than a 30 year admitting to using marijuana 15 years earlier.
msmith1199 07/20/15 10:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: HDMI cable from front to bedroom

I ran an HDMI cable through my duct work and it works just fine. I have a duct running the length of the coach on both sides however. I would assume you could cross over at the A/C unit if you need to. Just got to take a look at it again. I took off the A/C return duct and I can just run the cables from one side to the other side of the duct work. I will have to bring the cable out of the ceiling back by the bathroom but I think I can just cover it with wood trim. I have some matching panels. I don't know what your set up looks like, but what I found with mine is that even though the last vent on both the front and the back was a few feet from the cabinets, the ducts themselves actually went all the way to the end of the roof. So I was able to drill a hole from inside cabinets in both ends and feed the cable through it so the cable is completely hidden. Before somebody on here gave me the idea to use the AC ducts, I had planned on buying a beige colored cable cover. I was just going to screw it to the roof and run the cable through it. I didn't completely like that idea, but between ac ducts and roof vents and ac intakes, there is so much stuff on the roof I figured it wouldn't stand out that bad. So that's another option. I also looked at the wireless transmitters and I was only going to do that as a last resort.
msmith1199 07/20/15 10:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: HDMI cable from front to bedroom

I ran an HDMI cable through my duct work and it works just fine. I have a duct running the length of the coach on both sides however. I would assume you could cross over at the A/C unit if you need to.
msmith1199 07/20/15 08:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Update, Kicked Out Of Canada

sometimes it is individual border guard. There was an article in the Vancouver paper a couple of years back where a woman in her 30's was driving down to the US to concert in Seattle. The border guard asked her if she had ever smoked pot. She said she tried it once when she was 16. He denied her entry and she is banned from entering the US. And I bet the other side of this story doesn't look anything like this version.
msmith1199 07/20/15 08:18pm Around the Campfire
RE: $1,957,597,416 for one days work !

These guys can also lose billions in a single day when their stock prices go down too.
msmith1199 07/20/15 06:26pm Around the Campfire
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