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RE: Black and gray sewer valves open or closed

I leave them closed with a LITTLE water in there to keep the seals from drying out and making the valves difficult to slide. I have heard that some even put a little vegetable oil in for the same purpose.
rgatijnet1 12/13/17 05:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: King Dome Satellite Dish

Has it ever worked for you? What Satellite receiver box are you using? Is the coax cable hooked up at the dome and at the receiver? Have you gone through the entire set-up procedure and chosen single LNB 18" round dish(if I remember right)?
rgatijnet1 12/12/17 01:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do I Really Need A Brake Buddy

California, with all it's idiot laws and non-laws, actually has one of the best definitions. Your vehicle, whether towing a trailer or car or whatever, must be able to stop within a specified distance at a specified speed. If it does not, you're in violation. That's paraphrased, of course. For you purists, refer to California Vehicle Code 25454 (a). Slowly, California is trying to make sense of some of their laws. i.e. They're slowly changing all their towing restrictive speed signs to simply read, "All vehicles while towing" 55MPH...which leaves very little to interpretation.....Dennis That is exactly right and which is why I gave one of the laws in Washington State, that is also mentioned in several other States, that you have to be able to stop your RV, while towing, in less than 40 feet at 20 MPH. Good intent and all of that, BUT, and this is the huge BUT, can you imagine any law enforcement officer, in any situation, asking you to demonstrate that your can stop your RV in less than 40 feet at 20 MPH??? :B
rgatijnet1 12/12/17 10:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do I Really Need A Brake Buddy

Most all of my replies to the various States(35+) all received answers from the Commercial Enforcement Divisions of government that handled such issues. Some however, were from the legal department, like this answer from Tennessee: We have reviewed your question regarding towing a vehicle behind your motor home within Tennessee and whether you are required to have supplemental braking on that towed vehicle. The Tennessee Code on brakes is silent on a (non-commercial) drive away / tow away operation such as the one you describe and therefore in your scenario the vehicle being towed with the tow bar would be exempt from brakes. However, the lighting regulations still apply; therefore, ensure that your braking lights and turn signals function properly. Enjoy your time in Tennessee, Samuel Girwarnauth Legal Division Tennessee Tower, 25th Floor Nashville, TN 37243 p. 615-532-7679 As I mentioned, NO State have said that supplemental braking is required by law. When I get a reply from Washington State, I will post it along with the senders information.
rgatijnet1 12/11/17 03:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do I Really Need A Brake Buddy

I'll bet that the OP, who is a retired Virginia State Patrolman, with 42 years on the job, will make the best and legal decision and would not endanger the lives of his own family or yours. I would also guess that since his RV has two slides, that it is on the 20,500 pound chassis.
rgatijnet1 12/11/17 01:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do I Really Need A Brake Buddy

I understand and I will post the reply that I get from the Washington State Highway Patrol. Before when I mentioned that I contacted the various States where I travel, that did not mean that I talked with some cop on the beat. It meant that I sent the question right to the home office. The replies that I got from EVERY State mirrored the one I got from Florida HP: A vehicle towed behind a motor home would be exempt from the braking requirements in Florida statute 316.261 as a drive away, tow away operation. Please contact me if you have any other questions. Lt. Jeff Frost Florida Highway Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement 2900 Apalachee Parkway, MS 45 850-617-2279 Tallahassee, Florida 32399 To keep things short. Here is what Connecticut had to say: I concur with FL and CT would treat it the same way. Respectfully, Donald Bridge, Jr., Lieutenant CT Dept. of Motor Vehicles Commercial Vehicle Safety Division 60 State Street Wethersfield, CT 06161 Phone: (860) 263-5446 Fax: (860) 263-5587
rgatijnet1 12/11/17 12:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Palazzo Not Charging from Engine Alternator

Thanks very much. I went through the BIRD and Trombetta troubleshooting. I found that the Trombetta Solenoid is ALWAYS energized. Disconnected the "Relay" wire at the BIRD and it de-energizes. With it energized, the Coach Batteries are still not charging. That's not even possible since the Chassis batteries are charging normally. However, the Coach batteries charge normally on GEN or Shore Power. I've been checking wiring and found nothing loose. Have not really gotten started checking fuses . . . Have you tried jumper wires around the solenoid to see if it is functioning as designed? Just because it is energizing does not mean that all of the contacts are operating properly.
rgatijnet1 12/11/17 11:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do I Really Need A Brake Buddy

Be sure to read every word of something you are quoting. For instance: It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, partnership, association, or corporation to engage in the business of delivering by the driveaway or towaway methods vehicles not his or her own and of a type required to be registered under the laws of this state, without procuring a transporter's license in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. To do what you quote requires a very specific vehicle transportation license which RV owners don't have. I agree completely and I would hope that most RV owners are towing vehicles which they OWN so as not to be confused with a commercial operation where a special license is required. None of that applies to an RV owner towing his own vehicle behind his own RV. The fact remains, that for a private individual, towing his own vehicle, he does not have to have supplemental braking on the toad unless he can't stop within 40 feet from 20 MPH. My lowly gas coach, loaded, with the Chevy HHR behind can stop in 27 feet. Yes, I tried it to see how bad your brakes have to be to exceed 40 feet. I would guess a DP with air brakes can stop in less distance than me. I quoted the commercial statue to point out the safety requirements in towing vehicles in general. That said since RV use does NOT meet the legal definition of "Drive Away Tow Away operations" your point fails. We are back to the definition of a trailer. Drive away / tow away operations have a very specific FMCSA legal definition. You are the expert and you obviously won't contact the people that actually enforce the laws of your State. Remember, if your supplemental braking system ever fails, I expect you to abandon your toad at the side of the road, period, no exceptions. :B
rgatijnet1 12/11/17 11:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do I Really Need A Brake Buddy

Ask your insurance provider. You wouldn't want them to deny coverage if you had an accident. They won't and can't if you are within the law.
rgatijnet1 12/11/17 11:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Allison 3000 transmission fluid change ?

Here you go. Straight from Allison: Service intervals
rgatijnet1 12/11/17 11:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do I Really Need A Brake Buddy

Be sure to read every word of something you are quoting. For instance: It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, partnership, association, or corporation to engage in the business of delivering by the driveaway or towaway methods vehicles not his or her own and of a type required to be registered under the laws of this state, without procuring a transporter's license in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. To do what you quote requires a very specific vehicle transportation license which RV owners don't have. I agree completely and I would hope that most RV owners are towing vehicles which they OWN so as not to be confused with a commercial operation where a special license is required. None of that applies to an RV owner towing his own vehicle behind his own RV. The fact remains, that for a private individual, towing his own vehicle, he does not have to have supplemental braking on the toad unless he can't stop within 40 feet from 20 MPH. My lowly gas coach, loaded, with the Chevy HHR behind can stop in 27 feet. Yes, I tried it to see how bad your brakes have to be to exceed 40 feet. I would guess a DP with air brakes can stop in less distance than me.
rgatijnet1 12/11/17 11:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do I Really Need A Brake Buddy

Just a point of fact. A vehicle in tow for legal purposes is in fact a trailer. I can prove why. Every time this subject comes up, some people always try to dig up some version of the law that they can interpret their own way. They always refuse to contact their own law enforcement agency because they have some tired old excuse that they can't believe them and it will never stand up in court etc, all BS. In any case, in the State where you live, Washington, here is what the LAW says and the specific Statutes for you to confirm it. RCW 46.37.340 Braking equipment required. (3) Brakes on all wheels. Every vehicle shall be equipped with brakes acting on all wheels EXCEPT: (c) Any vehicle being towed in driveaway or towaway operations, provided the combination of vehicles is capable of complying with the performance requirements of RCW 46.37.351. RCW 46.37.351 says, C-4 All combinations of vehicles in driveaway- towaway must be able to stop in less than 40 feet at 20 MPH. To review.....a "Vehicle in tow" is NOT a trailer, except in the minds and advertising brochures of the people that sell supplemental braking systems. I do not advise driving without supplemental brakes BUT if your Brake Buddy, or other system fails, you do not have to abandon your toad on the side of the road. You can legally continue to drive to some place to get it fixed, or wherever else you want to go. The OP asked a simple question and the answer is he should use the Brake Buddy, but he doesn't legally have to.
rgatijnet1 12/11/17 10:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do I Really Need A Brake Buddy

Just a point of fact. A vehicle in tow for legal purposes is in fact a trailer. I can prove why. The state I live in doesn't allow double recreational towing. If as some posters assert that my towed vehicle is not a "trailer" then on trips where I want to bring our boat I should be able to hitch the boat to the vehicle in tow. That way I can bring both the boat and toad. Btw I know I can't I would get pulled over by a LEO in short order. Btw I have a CDL. A trailer is ANYTHING articulated towed behind another vehicle. Send an email to your State Highway Patrol and get an answer from them about a vehicle in tow behind an RV. Your answer will be the same one that I got. When was the last time you saw a wrecker operator put a supplemental braking system in any vehicle they hooked up to? Remember that a private RV IS NOT a commercial vehicle.
rgatijnet1 12/11/17 09:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Palazzo Not Charging from Engine Alternator

On my charging system, there is an isolator circuit that switches where the charge goes from the engine alternator. It is sent to either the house or chassis batteries, or both. It sort of sounds like your alternator output is all directed to the "control panel". If that is the case, perhaps you need to look for a fuse or circuit breaker that has tripped within the control panel.
rgatijnet1 12/11/17 08:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oil change interval, why is there a time limit?

All it takes is to spend a few bucks for an oil analysis. That will tell you if your oil still has any life left in it and will help you make an informed decision in the future.
rgatijnet1 12/10/17 06:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do I Really Need A Brake Buddy

Most states require the use of supplemental braking for TRAILERS. I sent out inquiries to every State where I would travel and not one of them required a braking system for a "vehicle in tow" with an RV. The stipulation being that your combined vehicle still had to stop within a certain distance. The companies that sell braking systems will all post the requirements for TRAILERS, and never for a vehicle in tow. All you have to do is contact any State highway patrol and you will get the same answers as I got.
rgatijnet1 12/10/17 04:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking for new batteries

Opps, wrong link
rgatijnet1 12/10/17 11:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking for new batteries

MM, Thanks for the explanation. I had heard the Li batteries had a problem in the aviation industry so I was concerned about them in the RV industry. Thanks for clearing that up. Apparently the designation for your batteries are LFP.
rgatijnet1 12/10/17 10:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking for new batteries

On my current coach, I have 4 sealed AGM chassis starting batteries, it has looked new in that compartment for 3 yrs. now. Our 3 house batteries are Lithium Ion, so, clean as a whistle in that storage bay too. Safe travels, MM. Do they have a fire suppression system in your house battery bay?
rgatijnet1 12/10/17 09:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking for new batteries

For the price of 4 AGMs you can get 4 wet cell Trojans or Interstate GC2s and a watering system and have enough left over for a nice dinner. Wet cells plus a watering system completely negates the "maintenance free" argument for spending twice as much for them. That does not stop the wet cell out gassing nor does it negate the need to check you batteries to see if they need water. The watering system just makes it easier. Ignore you batteries and the watering system will not top them off automatically.
rgatijnet1 12/10/17 08:52am Class A Motorhomes
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