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RE: Should a Cummins ISL recall campaign scare me from buying?

I'd blame the seller for his actions. What would have happened if you already left, would he have done the same thing? Obviously his word means very little (<$5k). Luckily there are plenty of rigs out there and you'll find another. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 06/04/18 07:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RIP - JohnnyT

So sorry to read this, our prayers and thoughts are with his family. Jan & Lou
sailor_lou 04/11/18 05:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery Disconnect Switch?

Battery disconnect switches are pretty standard on boats and I often wondered why not on RV's. In addition to disconnecting all the loads when you store the rig, as noted above it is a safety feature. Should you have an electrical fire in the 12 VDC system, it is nice to have a single place to quickly disconnect all sources of power. Perhaps a little overkill, but then again I worked as an Instrumentation & Controls Design Engineer in a nuclear power plant for over 30 years and if my rig didn't have one, I'd install one. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 04/03/18 01:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Okay Hive Mind, help me out

If you are referring to www.rvupgradestore.com, I have used them many times and have always been pleased with their prices and quick delivery. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 04/02/18 07:57am Class A Motorhomes

TST Model 507 and very happy. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 03/22/18 06:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Removing braking system

Although they may be capable of figuring it out and doing the job, the Jeep dealer probably knows little to nothing about the tow car supplemental braking system. Therefore, to answer your question I'd say find any place that installs the same braking system. If you are uncomfortable with the place you initially used, find another dealer. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 03/21/18 08:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Great campground

You might want to place a review here: RV Park Review Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 03/21/18 08:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Alternator replacement on Cat C7, Freightliner XC chassis

Different chassis (Spartan Mountain Master w/rear rad), but I was able to removed/reinstalled the alternator myself in a couple of hours. Although I have good access from above, I didn't need it (except to loosen the serpentine belt tensioner) and did all the work from below. It wasn't all that difficult, but may be different with the Freighliner chassis. The alternator was most likely installed by the chassis manufacturer and not CAT so I do not know what you have, but mine has a Leece-Neville Model LBP2180 and the output voltage is adjustable. There is a small hole on the back near the cable terminals where you can change the output voltage using a small flat blade screwdriver. The only reservation I would have is that your output is fluctuating slightly (14.6-15.3 VDC) where mine is rock steady at 14.1 VDC. If you do remove it, I would also recommend you have it rebuilt by a good motor/alternator rewind shop rather than replacing it. A good shop will use better quality bearings, higher rated bridge diodes and regulator. They will also improved the conformal coating on the windings and it will probably be less expensive. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy CAT C7
sailor_lou 03/13/18 07:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery issue

sailor_lou 03/07/18 07:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Selling

Take your plates and a copy of the sale to DMV to prove you have transferred ownership. I'd offer to bring him/her along so they can get a temporary registration if desired, but that's their call. We purchased our rig in NC and the temporary plate was good for 10 days, but we did need to get NC insurance for it all to happen. I contacted DMV beforehand so none of this was a surprise and entire transaction was completed in about 10 minutes. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 03/06/18 07:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Free standing chairs?

Gotta agree with the majority on this one. We've had both and prefer the table/chairs and they don't move around. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 03/05/18 04:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Selling Class A DP - Tires ??

Another thumbs up on what BurbMan stated. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 02/05/18 11:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas or Diesel?? which is better

brought to you by the ever present Tree Huggers.How dare anyone want cleaner air! We all want cleaner air so our fuel guzzling motorhomes will run better. :B Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy CAT C7 350
sailor_lou 01/29/18 02:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How do you use your class A?

When we were working it was usually one two week trip and several long (3 or 4 days) weekend trips throughout the summer. We are retired now and this summer we'll probably be living in it while our retirement home is being built (moving to NH). Once we are settled in, the plan is to continue on with some summer trips, spend a few months of winter at home (enjoying winter activities: skiing/snowmobiling) and then head out for an extended trip mid Feb through Apr/May. We'll also plan on doing at least one long extended trip around the US. Based on how that goes we'll decide how we will use it going forward. Regarding storage, we always kept the rig at home and two years ago we built a garage (NH) where it is currently stored for the winter. I think you will find if it is something you really want, you'll enjoy having the flexibility to go when you want and will use it often. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 01/23/18 06:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Aspire vs a phaeton, what do you think?

It's been a few years since I looked closely at both rigs, but at the time IMO Entegra was a much nicer and better built rig. Hung wall construction, flush slides, even the quality of the cabinets and tile work appeared better. However, Entegra is no longer owned by the same company so maybe things have changed. Tiffin has a great reputation of correcting problems down the road, even past the warranty period, but I'd rather not have to deal with problems in the first place. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 01/21/18 07:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Block heater location

Telling you where it is on my rig will provide little to no help. If another Tiffin owner with the same rig doesn't jump in soon, try posting your question on the iRV2 Tiffin Owners Group. Good luck. Tiffin Owners Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 01/16/18 07:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help, broke down-.over heating Cat 350 near Needles CA

If it's rear radiator like our Tiffin it's about a $1000 repair due to taking several men (3) and removing the air-filter and sometimes the muffler to get to the belt through from the side, bedroom and from the bottom to thread the belt. Have had two changed, $970 1st time at a Freightliner shop $1005 the second time at an independent repair center. If I ever upgrade it will be to a side radiator coach. Not the case for all rear rad coaches. I have great access to my engine from above by simply opening the hatch in the rear closet. Replacing the serpentine belt, which also picks up the water pump on my version of the C7, takes me all of about about 15 minutes. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 01/15/18 07:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Depreciation, why so much with RV's

Because there will always be a segment of RV buyers who will pay a premium for a new rig. I believe this is truly the answer and the same applies to cars, boats, etc. As stated above, it's all about supply and demand. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 01/12/18 03:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Garage Construction - Any Tips?

Obviously, the bigger the better, but we just when through this a few years ago and found the following to be adequate: - Door size: 12'W x 14'H works fine. - Length: 48' inside dimension to handle any size RV - Width: 15' provides sufficient space to open all the basement doors - Slab construction: 6" thick, 4000 psi fiber reinforced concrete w/rebar. - Insulation: Not yet, but will probably install fiberglass batts when/if the time comes (Spray foam is a bit $$$). - Heater type: Not yet, but will most likely install a wood stove since I do not need to keep it heated 24/7. - Dump station: outside in driveway - Ceiling height: 16' on RV side - Drain: Many building codes do not allow drains and/or pits due to the possibility of flammable fluids/fumes collecting in low points. - RV outlet: 50A plugs both inside (near rear of coach) and outside (in front of garage) wired properly for NEMA 14-50 receptacles. This garage is not attached to the house and was designed to look somewhat like a barn in the back yard. It also has a 32'(W)x 22'(D) x 13'(H) attachment on one side with two 10'x10' doors and one normal entry door for a workshop. The 13' height was required for a car lift. Walls are 2x6, 24" on center and all the roofing utilizes trusses so there are no interior columns for an open work space. Storage trusses were used on the car garage side to provide a 11'(W) x 22'(D) storage area good for 40 lbs/sq ft. We also used a dark (charcoal grey) metal roof and the snow simply slides off all winter long. Good luck with your build. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 01/08/18 08:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sealing on the sides

I'm not sure where all this info about silicone breaking down from UV is coming from, but that's not what I am reading or have experienced. Dow Corning Stockwell Chamberlin Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 01/07/18 08:09am Class A Motorhomes
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