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RE: Is a Dutch Star better

I'll start by saying that I have not owned either, but have seen and spoke with owners of both rigs. IMO, Newmar is a better built rig so if you can get an equal model for fewer $$$$'s, I believe the ride to check it out is worth it. Good luck with your search. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 12/30/16 12:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: House batteries

Necessary? That depends on the inverter/converter or battery charger, some need a load to function and some do not. However, a battery connected as a load is always good practice for several reasons, here are the three most important: 1) It will take up any sudden surges that exceed the charger's rating. 2) It will stabilize voltage transients when the load changes on the charger, both an increase and decrease in load. 3) Although most charger's have filters (capacitors and choke coils) to remove some of the AC ripple, they are not designed to be true DC power supplies (stable voltage with no ripple). The battery load will act as a filter to provide a better DC voltage, esp. as components in the charger age. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 12/29/16 09:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: merry christmas

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and safe travels to all. Jan & Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 12/25/16 07:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2005 Holiday Connecting Rod Failure

Sorry to hear of your troubles. I would think low oil pressure would alarm pretty quickly, is it possible the 13 seconds was between the time of the failure until you turned the engine off? I understand the engine is not currently on a Cummins recall list, but IIRC that was around the time frame when they were having the wrist pin issues. It would be interesting to know if this is the case. Also, I'm not familiar with your rig, but I would be hesitant to cut up the rear cap just to remove the engine. If it is too large for the opening perhaps they can remove some of the components first (ie: head, exhaust manifold and oil pan) to make it fit. I know on mine the opening is more that large enough to remove the engine. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 12/16/16 01:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blue Ox towbar to Roadmaster baseplate

I've used a Blue Ox towbar with a Roadmaster based plate (with adapter bracket) for many years now with no issues. It is properly designed for this application and works well. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 12/16/16 07:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Still not sure about putting Nitrogen in your tires?

The ideal gas law (PV=nRT) applies to DRY air equally as it does to DRY N2. As the others have identified, it's all about the moisture content and in a MOHO, it's insignificant. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 12/15/16 12:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cat water pump bearing

I agree the number of sealed bearing failures is probably extremely low when considering the vast number of engines in service. I also believe that an undetectable catastrophic failure of the bearing is extremely rare (if at all), so a maintenance check as noted above is the key to preventing a roadside disaster. In my case, I check all the accessory bearings (water pump, alternator, A/C compressor, fan pulley, etc). for both smooth operation and excessive play every spring when I take my MOHO out of winter storage. So far, no detectable play in the fan bearing, but it did once identify the start of a bearing problem in the alternator. By performing this simple check I eliminated a roadside breakdown, with the potential of collateral damage, to a pretty easy repair which I performed in my driveway. I worked as a power plant engineer for 30+ years and another good practice, which is often performed in the commercial/manufacturing industries, is to loosen the tension on the belt(s) when equipment is placed into long term storage. It is not only good for the belt, but eliminates the constant one direction pull on the engine accessory components. It's a pretty easy thing to do by simply moving the tensioner and slipping the belt off any one of the pulleys and reduces the load on all the components. Good luck and safe (uneventful) travels to all. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy CAT C7
sailor_lou 12/10/16 09:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cat water pump bearing

I believe the 3126 is similar to the C7 and if so, the bearing you are referring to (about in the center of the block and drives the fan on rear rad engines) is not the water pump, but rather an idler/fan pulley. The water pump is mounted low on the engine and most, except for some C7's like mine, have a separate belt. Regardless of that, I have read where others have added additional tubing/hose to extend the zerk fitting to a more accessible location. Another option might be to replace the existing bearing with a seal bearing like many of the the C7 engines have. I'm willing to bet our resident CAT expert Brett (wolf10) will jump in at some point with some specific info on this topic. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy CAT C7
sailor_lou 12/08/16 10:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Am I the only one here?

What kind of issues are you having? I do my own maintenance so I've never been to a shop, but rarely (maybe two or three repairs in over 7 years of ownership) have I needed to do anything other than routine maintenance. Even then, the repairs have been simple fixes. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 11/25/16 06:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Have I told you lately

I have always felt pretty much the same way about my Travel Supreme. Then again, TS and Newmar are very similar in many ways. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 11/20/16 08:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: TPMS, name only!

TST 507 Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 11/08/16 06:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: I need a driver side wiper arm?

I've had good luck getting wiper parts from here: Mill Supply Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 10/15/16 06:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Joined the Class A family, it's an oldie, hope its a goodie!

Good for you and congrats on the new rig. Sounds like the big ticket items were previously addressed and like all MOHO's, some additional "tweaking" is always required. As darsben1 pointed out, brake fluid replacement is more critical on heavy rigs and often overlooked, so flushing the system is a good idea (unless you are sure it has been performed recently). Safe travels. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 09/29/16 06:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hemi Engines

HEMI is a nametag not a style of engine; Chrysler Corp. stopped producing real Hemi engines in the 70s. The HEMi 5.7 is the same old 360 block that has been around a long time, they just do a good job of marketing the Hemi badge. Hemispherical cylinder heads (ie: Hemi) have been around forever and are still used by many car manufacturers today. Chrysler trade marketed the term "Hemi" in the 60's so no one else uses the term, but the head design is the same. The design allows for a better valve angle with larger valves so more power for a given size. However, the cost and weight is greater so like with everything in life, there is a compromise.
sailor_lou 09/09/16 06:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bus or Motor Home

We usually say RV, bus, coach, motorcoach and even motorhome sounds a little pretentious to us. On the other hand, my 85 year old mother calls every type of RV, whether it be a Class A, B, C, 5er or TT a trailer, so when she's onboard it's a trailer. Just enjoy it whatever it's called. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 09/04/16 07:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2008 Travel Supreme Insignia 40DS04

As the others have identified, sub-supplier parts are still available and anything else can be fabricated by a third party manufacturer, if necessary. If you are still interested in a TS, consider visiting the owners group: TS Owners Group Plenty of friendly people with a ton of knowledge and experience that are always eager to help answer any questions you may have (esp. what to look for when buying). Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 09/02/16 06:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How do you adjust the rear ride height on air suspension

To the OP, PLEASE pay close attention to the above posts on both ride height and more importantly, blocking the frame before you crawl under there. There is insufficient room under many motorhomes for a body when the suspension is fully deflated. You may already be full aware of this, but it's worth repeating. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 08/13/16 07:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Changing light bulbs - Must read

Lightbulbs use too much energy, the fabrication process of LED's generates too many toxic materials and the use of candles contributes to global warming. Unless we learn how to make our eyes adapted to night time vision the planet is doomed. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 08/12/16 05:11pm Around the Campfire
RE: tire and wheel extended warranties

I'd say no, save your cash. However, mechanical/tire warranties are a personal comfort thing that I personally do not see worth the expense. In the 11 years of RV ownership I have never had a tire issue and have only had one flat tire (due to a nail) on all my cars/trucks/trailers in at least the last 20 years. A roadside assistance plan will send the tire guy out to you and I can't imagine the cost patch a nail hole would be that significant. In my experiences a tire failure is not that large a concern and the $969 you will spend on the warranty will cover the cost of two replacement tires should you ever need them. However, as I stated above the real answer is based on how much comfort does the plan give you. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme envoy
sailor_lou 08/03/16 10:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: buying a 2008 Travel Supreme Class A

I believe you'll be happy with a TS (then again I'm a bit bias). If you do make the purchase, in addition to this forum you'll find plenty of happy owners with a large knowledge base on the iRV2 TS Owners Group: TS Owners Group Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 08/02/16 07:30am Class A Motorhomes
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