I have the best navigation system that money can buy.
It is called a wife.
She has an incredible sence of direction (built in compass????)
She can read any map, topographical maps, navigation charts, etc.
Gives very good directions and even refills the coffy cup and or the sandwitch
while we are on the road.
So I am very lucky, I hope that all of you using all of those gadgets out there
stay out of trouble by being given erroneous directions.
Yes I tried a GPS system on the computer, and found that it had so many errors that it was practically usesless in cities or on mountain roads, it wanted to send us down a side of a mountain in Arizona that is used to launch hand gliders.
Good luck navigating with the GPS.
By the way it is not the GPS that is at fault but the programs, the persons that write the programs probablly get lost in theire own homes.
The state of Michoacan has some beautifull places, Morelia is an old Colonial City with interesting buildings and architecture, then you have Patzcuaro with the lake and the island of Janitzio.
We went duck hunting on the lake at Patzcuaro a long time ago, I am glad that we can now travell to that state with more peace and confidence.
We spent the better part of several years looking into purchasing a unit, we looked at the pickup camper, pull trailer, 5th wheel, B class, C class, and the A class from the low end to the very expensive units in all the classes.
Some units looked like they where banged together instead of being assembled, both low and high end, the other feature that caught my eye was the complete lack of planning in some units as to function and use.
There was one unit high end, A million plus with a good sized bathroom, and the toilet was relegated to one corner, so close to one wall that when I sat on it I could not sit straight but was crouded by the wall and had to sit crocked, definitlly a bad plan, I tested all the units inspected for shower fit and throne elegance, while the wife tested sleeping arrangements and cooking space.
We setteled on purchasing a "C" class unit that would fit on the concrete pad in the back yard, I also inspected the underside of severall units by crawling under, some dealers would not allow me to do that so they where out, the unit that we purchased is the Coachmen Catalina Sport 22' with a rear kitchen, I will not trade it in for a new unit of shody workmanship, or a high end.
I belive that manufacturers and designers should live and take some of theire units out on the road so that they can see how bad and poorly designed and how they actually work or self disasemble under way.
We are retired full timers for the last seven years and love it and the unit that we have.
My two cents are in
As you place the corde in the oppening twist and turn the cord so that it corck screws into the hole instead of trying to push it in.
It should look like a tight coil inside the box, I have a Coachmen Catalina Sport and that is how I coil the cord in, it takes a few times to get the hang of it.
A steering box that is out of alignment can be proven in this way.
Lift vehicle so that the tires are of the ground, parking brake on, rear wheels chocked.
Steering whell and tires centered, start the engine (warning do not place arm through the steering wheel if alignment is off your arm will be broken).
When the engine starts if the wheels turn in any direction any amount the centering is off, depending on the steering box centering should be done acording to the manufacturers spec's.
If the centering is OK then there is something else out.
Buy one that has a metal frame that encompases the house part and extends to the cab over and has diagonal bracess to help support the wheight and vibration of the extended portion.
We have a Coachmen and has a steel frame, on some nights when there is dew I can see where the frame is, this helped me when I installed a gravity water feed for the potable water tank, and the CB antena, I avoided cutting the frame portion or drilling though it.
We do not have leaks, 2001 model this year I will be cleaning and reasealing the seams, marker lights and inspecting the windows.
There might be a leak at the presure regulator, or depending on the amount of miles on the engine some of the intake valve stems are worn and are creating a back preure under severe load, this will allow fuel to blow back yust enough to create the small, you need to find that as soon as posible, there is a fire danger.
Also check all the fuel lines giong to the thrtle body to see that none is loose or that there are no cracks where the lines are attached to the body, some times when mechanics overtighten the fitting they crack the tube inside and you do not see it until the unit is disconected and examined carfully, check that the throtle body is not loose or the it has not warped, it only takes a small opening for fuel to leak.
Have the mechanic perform a leak down presure test on the engine it will indicate if the rings are good, the valve seals on the exhaust or the intake valve guides are leaking.
It has been a number of years since I have done any vacum or fuel leak traicing on vehicles.
Hope it helps a little.
You do not mention if it is carburated of fuel injected.
If it is fuel injected have the mechanic spay a little water on the injectors to check the "O" ring seals, yust a little with a spray bottle, if the seals are dry and brittle the engine will stumble and get rough, that can be one source of fuel vapors, since the cruise control is trying to maintain a specific speed by increasing the amount of fuel delivered to the intakes.
When you go uphill try to down shift out of cruise control, you are making the engine and the transmition work harder and eventually one of them is going to brake, most probable the transmition.
I thought that they were driving an RV pullinjg a trailer and wanted to know if while dumping they would fit on the road with a side winder (as in Snake).
It helps to give more information, we are not clarivojant, State, closest City, or road numbers will help a little, you know where you are but we have no information specific to your location.
You probablly encountered a new agent "proby" they act real tough and nasty, after the year and a half of probation and are permanent they start to mellow out and yes Nogales is one of the hardest hit crossings for cartel smugling, with some of the States legalizing mariguana, the cartels now are switching to methanfetamines, you can not imagine how many persons of all ages are crosing them at Nogales.
For all of you that carry perscription medicine, make a list of all and have a list printed, when you get to the border hand it to the agents and tell them that is the "DRUGS" that you have on board, thats what we do with the wifes "DRUGS".
The problem is simple, driving a "C" is from a point of view of the road that is farther away from the center line, since the C class has a wider "house" part than a coach as seen from the drivers point of view.
The "coach" has the same with but the driver sits closer to the center line of the road, and thus at the begining she or he tends to drive farther to the right side of the road and therefore go off pavement, only driving the rig will help with the experience that the driver needs to have in order to gage the distance that the coach has to have on the roads side to side.
The other thing that you both need to remember is to slow down a little at the begining until both of you have more experience and are more comfortable with the coach.
The awning on my RV is now 14 years and has been in California and Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and been down South to central Mexico, been buffeted by high winds in Palm Srings and this month we get a new awning.
Began to develop pinholes and some delamination on the rolled part exposed to the sun, also started tearing at the corners where it meets the chanel on the RV
I am going top protect it with a rain gutter when rolled up, thanks you all for the idea.
Santee lakes has racoons that come at night and if you have a cooler and forget it out side, they will make sure that you have an empty cooler in the morning, there is a feemale duck that will come up to you and eat out of your hand, purchase the bag of feed at the office and then have fun with the ducks.
You might be able to catch some of the migrating whales of the coast and some of the dolfins, you might even catch a nuclear sub from Point Loma, there is an over look at the Military Cementery at Fort Rosecrans, (Point Loma) that has a view of the Pacific and if you have a good telephoto on a tripod you might catch the whales.
I have had the SMI for 14 years and never had a problem, I do recomend the unit and will purchase another one in a heart beat.
I have the unit that has the vacum pump and is hooked to the brake booster, and is wired to the RV, one feature that I like is that I have small light in the cabin of the RV that indicates that the toads brake is activated.
SMI has my vote of comfidence, recomend it.
If you make a stop over in Mission Tx in one of the RV parks and cross at the new bridge of Anzalduas, from the bridge to the highway is an easy strech and you avoid going through Reynosa.
From the bridge to highway 40D toll road it is an easy strech on highway 2 to the 40 and then it splits into 40(libre) and 40D(cuota), the D stands for toll roads.
You will have plenty of time to reach the camp ground and avoid travelling at night, Houston to Monterrey is aprox 505 miles, Mission to Monterrey is about 150 Miles, Houston to Mission is about 360 miles.
If there is a solid concrete base under the trailer and the frame is suported with actual automotive jack stands, not the scissor jacks that come with the unit, then it is OK to place stands under the slides. I have seen the scissor jacks actually turn backards when being rocked by a person entering the trailer.
I have helped to retract slides that the rails where slightlly bent from jacks and tires going down and the slide did not follow the downward motion, solid base concrete, not pavement, since it is not solid and sinks with wheight.
A concrete pad of a minimum of 5 inches and rebar not concrete blocks since they will sink independent of each other, otherwise forget using the supports they create more problems than what they help.