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RE: Spartan Factory Service - First visit (Long read)

I'm glad I do my own maintenance. It seems excessively high for what they did and I'm sure there was a premium for the parts. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 08/03/15 06:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: converting basement storage doors

I've never heard of anyone doing it, but my rig was manufactured with some doors that open vertically and some horizontally. The doors are all the same so it's probably do-able (if that is even a real word), but the problem may be that the lock will be in the wrong place. Typically the lock is opposite the hinges so if you move the hinges the lock will be on the side and the door may not close securely. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 08/03/15 06:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel Engine Coolant

I'm not sure knowing the make and year of the engine makes any difference on this. Typically, a blown head gasket either allows water into the crankcase (if the leak is between the water jacket and the oil passage) and your oil will look like a chocolate milkshake or you will see steam (white smoke) if the leak is between the water jacket into the cylinder. Also a leak into the cylinder has a tendency to pressurize the coolant such that the coolant in the radiator seems like it is boiling. I'm not sure how coolant reacts with xmission fluid, but I do know if you run your tranny with a large quantity of water in the fluid you'll be looking at a rebuild. I would start by looking at both the engine and tranny dipsticks for abnormal color and/or levels. Another thought may be two different types of coolant were mixed together that were not compatible or possibly not diluted properly with demineralize water (although I've never seen improper dilution result in the solidification of the coolant). Please keep us informed in what you find and good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 08/03/15 06:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Which one ? Tiffin, Newmar, Prevost, Monaco?

I believe if you are sleeping in a parking lot you get what you get. If the guy next door is hot and wants to run his genset, more power to him (pun intended). I must be one of lucky ones because I have never met a "rude" RVer. Then again, we are pretty friendly neighbors, from multi-million dollar rigs to tents we usually share an appy and/or a drink with everyone around us. What we do is not camping, we are RVing. Safe travels to all. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 08/03/15 07:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tru Vision wiper arm

I've had good luck with these guys for wiper parts: Mill Supply Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 08/01/15 09:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Although I didn't do the work (just paid for it) I had six new tires installed yesterday. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy What brand did you go with? Mike, I am tired of the Michelin sidewall cracking issues so based on my research I was going with Hankook AH-12's. The tire dealer told me to call him a week before I was ready to install so he could get the latest date code possible. When I called he informed me that Bridgestone was having a pretty good sale (ended the last day in June) and recommended Bridgestone R283 Ecopia. They sell a lot of large truck and RV tires and were knowledgeable when answering all of my questions, so I took his advice. I got six 295/75R22.5's (16 ply) that were <2 months old for $2891.24 out the door. So far I've only driven a few miles around town so I can't speak about the any changes in handling, but I believe they will work out and it looks like the price was pretty good. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 07/20/15 12:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Residential Refrigerator – What to do with the side Vent?

I sealed the top with a sheet of plexiglass and insulated the opening. On the side I installed a piece of Styrofoam that is removable. I did this to keep the summertime hot/humid air outside of the rig and to also provide access to the ice-maker water line and solenoid valve. This makes winterizing the ice-maker an easy job. I also removed the copper gas line back to the black iron pipe in the basement and installed a gas valve and cap. Eventually I'm going to add a gas line quick disconnect to the valve so I can run a propane hose to the gas grill as needed. I'm tired of dealing with small propane bottles. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 07/20/15 11:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How do I find the right part number for a A/C blower fan?

I pulled the fan and motor and there's the part number on the motor so I ordered one from RockAuto for a whole $27 delivered. Glad you were able to easily find a replacement. Just out of curiosity, was it a Ford part? Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 07/18/15 07:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generator Replacement

If you can wait to perform the repair, I would remove it and bring the stator and rotor to a motor rewind shop. Usually they can be repaired or rewound for a fraction of the cost of a new one or even new parts. I had an Onan rotor repaired for $40 after an incident with mice and the replacement was around $900 online. Maybe use a portable generator in the meantime. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 07/17/15 07:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How do I find the right part number for a A/C blower fan?

If you are referring to the dash fan it could be almost anything. When the dash blower failed on our previous rig (97 Winne Vectra, F53, 460 CID w/ E4OD) I removed the motor and stopped at several Ford dealers looking for a replacement. Everyone gave me a blank stare and said they would need a part number. We were in SD at the time and then someone suggested I try NAPA. In New England the NAPA stores are pretty much as helpful as any of the large chain stores (ie: Autozone, Advance Autoparts, etc) so I thought it would be a wasted effort. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find a real parts store in SD setup for large machinery, most likely to support the farmers. The guy at the counter looked at the motor and in less than 5 seconds said it was a Chevy motor blower and handed me one within a few minutes. Just because it's a Ford chassis doesn't mean too much when it comes to the coach parts installed by the MOHO manufacturer. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 07/17/15 07:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lost our little traveling companion

My wife and I also have no children, so our pets are truly fur-kids to us. We are sorry to hear about your loss (to all the pet owners). Also, try to take comfort in knowing you made their life a better place just like they did for you. Jan & Lou
sailor_lou 07/16/15 02:35pm RV Pet Stop
RE: OK to mix tire brands? (Front/Steer tires)

If you look at the manufacturer's spec you find dimensional differences between tires even though they may be the same size according to the sidewall numbers. As a matter of fact, you'll find different dimensions between models within a single manufacturer (Michelin ZXA-1 vs. ZXA-2). That, coupled with different handling characteristics I would not recommend mixing tires on the same axle. Front to rear, no problem. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 07/08/15 02:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: waxing Motorhome

Another NU Finish user and I usually do it once a year. However, I missed last year and haven't got around to it yet this year either. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 07/08/15 07:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Although I didn't do the work (just paid for it) I had six new tires installed yesterday. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 07/04/15 07:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Couple of questions about switching to residantial fridge

I never boondock and get by just fine with four house batteries and a MSW inverter. I installed a Samsung RF197 residential fridge, which the manufacturer has published will operate on a MSW inverter. The only issue I see is the RF197 is no longer in production, so I do not know what is currently available that will fit in a similar opening and operate on a MSW. One addition point, many people have stated the reason the RF197 operates on a MSW is because the compressor is a DC motor. This is not true. The two internal fans are DC, but the compressor is most definitely an AC motor on my fridge. The only difference I've noticed is that it's not as efficient when operation on the MSW inverter and actually draws slightly more current vs. clean AC power (generator or shore power). Good luck and the change is well worth it. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 06/29/15 08:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Front shock replacement tips?

I can't speak about the Monroe's, but I did replaced them on our previous MOHO (97 Winne Vectra, F53) using Bilstein gas charged shocks. The first one I cut the strap, bolted the top and used a car scissor jack to compress the shock to align the lower bolt. The second, third and four ones I bolted the top, cut the strap and was able to capture the lower bolt as the shock expanded. As identified above, the shock can be compressed by hand but the angle is awkward (even for a 2x4) so a scissor jack makes the job easier. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 06/27/15 08:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Disaster Strikes

I have never understood why MH manufacture's place the brake release where it is pushed down to release knowing we have kids and pets. All my class 8 trucks were on the dash panel facing driver to be pushed in. That's where the brake release is on my rig, horizontally mounted on the dash adjacent to the ignition switch. However, all the other controls are on the console and once we came back to the rig to find headlights on. Evidently one of our cats had walked across the switches and turned on the lights, glad it wasn't at night or we would have lit up the neighbors campsite. We now cover all the switches. Glad no one or any pets were harmed. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 06/23/15 08:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2015 Sightseer 33C

ENJOY !!!!
sailor_lou 06/20/15 02:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: My Engine replacement odyssey - 1994 HR

Good job and thanks for all the posts, they were fun to read. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 06/16/15 07:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How many of you simply don't bother with hookups?

We only stay at sites with full hookups and always use them all. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 06/05/15 06:49am Class A Motorhomes
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