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RE: Changing Filters On RV

Whether it be the car, truck, boat, RV or Backhoe I stick with OEM. If you shop around you can usually get them for pretty much the same price as the aftermarket stuff. Sometimes you need to buy a few (half dozen or so), but you'll need them so it's not a loss and this way there is no question about compatibility or quality. Lou 05 travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 01/31/16 03:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why would anyone want an outside TV?

Our rig didn't originally come with one so I added one along with a stereo. We don't use the TV every time, but stereo is always on when we are out there. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 01/08/16 09:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generac Generator Repair/Replacement

I agree with the above, find a local motor rewind shop. On my previous rig (97 Winne Vectra) mice had made a nest in the genset and when I removed the stator I noted damaged in the windings. Onan wanted $800 for a replacement and a local shop repaired it for $78. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 01/08/16 07:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Exercise Gen. with load when cold outside

Running it under load is good practice to ensure everything fully warms up, but I still question the necessity of running it at all. Cold starts is one of the hardest things on engine bearings. I have let the engines in generators, RV's, classic cars, backhoes and boats sit every winter (6 months or more) and have never had an issue in over 40 years. Maybe I'm just real lucky, but I doubt it. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 01/06/16 07:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hydraulic System Down for Winer

Leaving them down should not be an issue and if you see any rust on a hydraulic ram it's time to find a new manufacturer. My plow (circa 1972) and backhoe (circa 1983) have been stored outside the entire time, including salty New England roads and there isn't a spot of rust on anything. If you are still concerned, then place jackstands or blocks under the frame and then retract the jacks for storage. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 11/30/15 08:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2007 Tiffin Phaeton/Freightliner/CAT 350

I've never heard of this being a problem with the CAT engine either. Typically, a burnt piston is cause by the fuel mixture becoming too lean. Did you notice anything different, unusual noise or performance issues prior to the failure? Also, I don't understand why burning a hole in a piston would prohibit an engine rebuild and as Brett identified, if the cylinder was damaged the block could be sleeved. Then again, if all the oil was "sucked out" then the damage could be more extensive to the block's internal components (remaining pistons, crank, connecting rods, cam, etc.) making it cheaper to replace the entire engine than repairing/replacing the damage parts. If you have a bad feeling about the CAT, a change to another manufacturer might not be worth it because it would require many external parts to be replaced, ECU (engine computer), turbo, exhaust, maybe even cooling system (radiator) and the list goes on. Sorry to read this and good luck with your repair. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 11/28/15 08:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: If you had to buy again today...

Our first RV was a 34' gasser and our current one is a 38'10" DP. When we built our RV garage we sized it to hold a 45'er so we'll probably be pretty close to that next time. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 11/25/15 08:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Skylight on roof over shower

I had a 5 sided dark tinted one that I wanted to replace with a white translucent one for more light. I was unable to find an exact match, but did order a custom one to my specs from these guys: AiA Industries They have various materials, but recommended a polycarbonate for my application and it worked out great. I have no connections other than being a happy customer. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 11/22/15 07:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Driver side wiper Goes too far to the left.

I also had the same problem with a similar rig. In my case the acorn nut and the knurled driver was loose/stripped. I've had good luck getting wiper replacement parts here: Mill Supply Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 11/17/15 07:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Annual Cost

As Brett identified, there is a significant cost difference whether or not you are doing your own work. In addition to engine oil/filter changes, many DP's have two fuel filters, a larger more $$$ air filter and an air dryer canister that needs replacement every few years. Not a big deal, but these are some additional expenses. On the positive side, a DP will most likely require fewer brake pad/shoe replacements than a gasser or your 5er. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 11/14/15 08:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Floor Scales

I always ignore the posters that have nothing constructive to all, they are everywhere on the internet and so brave behind the keyboard. In any case, I'd be interested in hearing how it works out. I'm considering getting a setup myself, esp. at a price that low. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 11/13/15 02:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Floor Scales

I think it is a nice thing to have around. I can see using it for your own coach and even allowing friends and others to weigh their coaches to insure they are within limits. Good for you. I agree and I still don't get why some people have the constant desire to tell everyone how to spend their cash. Using that kind of logic it's a waste of money to even own an RV, hotels are much cheaper. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 11/11/15 07:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thanks to all of you on RV.Net who served!

Another (now traveling by land yacht) sailor, USN 75-81 aboard a fast attack sub (USS Memphis, SSN-691). I didn't fully realize at the time what a privilege it was, but now appreciate I had the opportunity given to me by this great country to serve. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 11/11/15 07:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Batteries OUT before the steps IN

I also take my batteries out for the winter, it's a good time to clean up that area of the engine compartment. They can be manually retracted, but it does take some disassembly so it's probably not worth the effort. It sounds like your steps are powered from the opposite source of the slides (chassis vs. coach), did you try switching the battery to the other cables? Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 11/01/15 06:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 5.5 Generac Generator Removal

On my previous rig (97 Winne Vectra, F53 chassis) I removed the genset twice due to rodent related issues. After disconnecting the controls/output wiring and the fuel line the entire assembly dropped straight down. It was held in place with four bolts near the bottom of the generator frame into the RV angle iron that supported the adjacent basement cabinets. I lowered it down using a car floor jack onto wood blocks and then slid it on a furniture dolly. Glad to read you got it out. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 10/26/15 08:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: rear rad vs side rad

A lot may have to do with where your engine hatches are located and accessibility to them. On some rigs the engine hatch is below the bed and requires a partial removal of the bed components and then you are reaching down into the cavity, which would be difficult and probably more expensive if you have someone else do your maintenance. I have a rear rad with two bedroom slides and once the slides are out I simply release two latches and the top of the engine is about 3" below the floor. Two more latches in the closet and the floor lifts up for full access to the front of the engine and radiator. Everything is quite accessible and I can replace the serpentine belt from the top in less than 10 min. Also with the rear rad I have great access to both sides of the engine, which came in handy recently when I had to remove the turbo and alternator. I will agree the rear rad setup does get dirty/grimy easier, but a simple wash in the spring has been all that has been required to prevent overheating issues. IMO the bottom line is if you like a specific coach I would not let the rad location be a deal breaker. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 10/05/15 11:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Residential refrigerator

Mine (Samsung RF197) also fit through the RV door once the fridged doors were removed. I enlisted help from a friend and the two of us passed it in with no problems. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 10/01/15 04:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: clean m/h

Usually once a year it gets washed and waxed by me. I clean the windshield as required due to the bugs, but other than that it's all up to mother nature. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 09/26/15 06:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: samsung 197

I agree with bkd148, installing the mod couldn't be simpler. For us, the benefit of a large fridge that works great, uses less power and goes from ambient to proper temps in less that two hours is perfect for an RV. I removed a perfectly functioning Norcold in order to install the RF 197 and still consider it one of the best mods we ever did. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 09/25/15 08:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: To cover the RV, or not.

Before I built a garage I always used a good quality cover with no issues. The ADCO Aqua-shed covers I used had flaps in the front and back to secure them tightly. I also added a few additional lines and never had any paint problems. Obviously not an issue in the warmer climates, but I believe keeping ice and snow that can freeze in small areas and expand is a larger concern than any small movement of the cover. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 09/25/15 07:55am Class A Motorhomes
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