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RE: DIY Oil Changes- Fumoto Valve

I'm still old school and don't have a problem with removing the drain plug. I don't want the possibility of a leaky valve and the faster the oil drains, the more solids suspended in the fluid will come out, but that's just me. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 04/20/17 04:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: valve stem extenders

Obviously the best route is to go with one piece valve stems next time you replace your tires. However, in the meantime I've had good luck in the past with the stainless steel braided ones from NAPA. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 04/17/17 05:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: TPMS - Flow Thru or Non Flow Thru Sensors

I'm with Ivylog, I air up in the fall for winter storage (also remove the sensors at that time) and then adjust pressure in the spring when I reinstall the sensors. Typically I need to remove them once more when the weather warms up to reduce pressure, so it's not a big deal for me either. When it comes to spinning things hanging off the tire, I feel the smaller the better. Also, the spinning security covers are pretty much only good to keep a curious toddler from unscrewing the sensor. Any serious thief will either have the tool or can remove the sensors with plyers/channel locks. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 03/27/17 08:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: surge protector????

Which ones are you considering? Some only provide surge protection and the better one also provide high/low voltage and frequency protection along with a myriad of wiring faults (open neutral/open ground/polarity issues). Whether or not they will protect from all surges is doubtful (in my mind), but a campground wiring problem (esp. low voltages) is a real threat making the device worth every penny. Also, I see no way any surge protector will actually cause damage and I worked as a power plant engineer for 30+ years. FWIW, I have the Progressive Industries EMS-HW50C (see below) and it has protected my A/C units many times on low voltage at some of the older campgrounds we have here in the northeast. EMS-HW50C Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 03/23/17 12:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How old is too old?

Too old.....no, but condition is everything so check it out carefully. Are you capable of doing your own maintenance? Whether it be a car or a MOHO that's a big plus with an older vehicle. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 03/20/17 02:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I think we are done

We went through the same thought process when we sold our last sailboat a few years back. Between insurance, registration, property taxes and the costs associated with summer and winter marinas we were not using it enough to justify the expense. We occasionally miss it, but really no regrets. Not having the RV in the yard certainly makes it more difficult to use. When owning it becomes a task and you find you are using it because you feel you must, then it's definitely time to move on. Good luck in whatever your next venture turns out to be. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 03/20/17 02:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Garage for Class A

The RV bay on our garage is 48 (L) X 15 (W) x 16 (H) with an additional 22 (L) x 32 (W) two bay garage/workshop on one side. The RV door is 12 (W) x 14 (H) and the other two doors are 10 x 10. The 15' is wide enough to open all four slides and basement doors. Since one side is open to additional garage/workshop I felt I didn't need to make the RV bay any wider. We also used trusses to avoid having any columns in the open spaces. The trusses on the workshop side are "attic trusses" and have a 11 x 22 storage area in the center that is rated to carry 20 lbs/sq ft. We find these are comfortable dimensions to do what we need to do with the RV when it is in the garage. How often do you plan on walking around the RV when the slides are open? If you plan on doing that a lot and find it too difficult to duck under the slides, I would think an additional 2 feet on either side would be adequate. Good luck with the build. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 03/05/17 10:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: HELP! can't decide on this rv.

I always find the responses to this type of question somewhere between humorous and frustrating. The same "advice" is often given when someone asks about restoring an older car or motorcycle (obviously different forums). The bottom line is if you have the talent and enjoy doing this type of work it is mostly likely worth it. The pride of accomplishment is well worth the effort and $$$$ spent. However, if you are getting into this for a flip, thinking you'll make a quick buck, you are probably wasting your time and money. With that said, this question can only be answered by you. Good luck in whichever way you decide. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 03/03/17 08:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New tires

Two topics always seem come up in any RV tire discussion. Goodyear with the tire "rivering" thing and Michelin with the excessive sidewall cracking. I've never own a GY on any RV, but have had Michelins on two different rigs and all of them had cracks. Since I never had a blowout it may be cosmetic only, but it was always a concern when I was driving on them. Based on the above they are the two manufacturers I personally will not buy. Also, not RV related but the only tires that I have every fail on my cars/trucks over the years were Michelins (twice). Now I realize that many have had good luck with both manufacturers and Michelin always seems to be rated highly, but for my piece of mind I will continue to go with one of the many other manufacturers out there. I am currently running on Bridgestones, but they are less than two years old so to early to judge. However, so far so good and the ride appears to be the same. Good luck in whatever direction you go. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 03/02/17 01:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New tires

In July of 2015 we replaced our Michelins XZA's with Bridgestone Ecopia R283 (295/75R22.5, LR H, 16 ply). The Michelins had an odd size that was unique to them (I don't recall the size exactly), but the dealer provided an equivalent that was within a 3/8" difference in diameter. The total cost was $2,891.24 out the door plus we also received a check for $160 for two of the tires that didn't have excessive sidewall cracking. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 03/01/17 12:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What are your hobbies

Cocktails Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 02/27/17 01:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lost transmission dip stick...

On my rig (CAT/Allison on a Spartan chassis) the top 3 feet of the dipstick is made of a stainless steel cable so a magnet will not work. However, the tube can be disconnected at the top of the tranny. Hopefully you have a similar setup. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 02/22/17 02:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: residential refrigerator locks

I cut a piece of 3/8" plywood into an E shape. I simply rotate it 90 deg such that the three legs are facing down and slide it between the two upper (refrigerator) handles, which keeps them in place. The legs are long enough to extend down in front of the freezer door so it stays closed also. I covered it with carpet to prevent scratching the SS finish. It is easy to install/remove and doesn't require any mods to the fridge. Unfortunately, my rig is in storage up in our garage in NH so I can't get a pic right now. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 02/20/17 08:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: norcold 1200

I've seen them go on Craigslist for as much as $400. When I removed mine I just gave the parts to friends because I didn't want the hassle of selling it and dealing with an angry buyer should it fail/burn up a month later. A few bucks isn't worth it IMO. Good luck whatever you do. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 02/08/17 02:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Satellite radio

I also used silicon to attach the antenna to the roof and to seal the cable hole. It's been 6 years with no issues. I also ran the ant cable down the A-pillar through the dash to the radio. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 02/08/17 06:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What I learned about big DP's at the FMCA rally.

Even 4-5 sounds low, I average 8 mpg with a CAT C7 in a 32k lb. rig. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 02/06/17 11:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What I learned about big DP's at the FMCA rally.

Although our rig has light oak woodwork, I feel the darker woods look richer. However, they do make the interior dark, which makes it appear smaller IMO. We are not a fan of the bath and a half layout either, but then again we only travel with the fur kids. Our biggest complaint is the extensive use of leather furniture. I don't like leather in cars or at home and luckily for us we found a rig with a cloth covered couch. I can tolerate the leather on the driver's and passenger's seats, but not my first choice. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 02/05/17 11:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Factory desk anyone

I can't help with the Fleetwood/American Coach products, but will add that many Travel Supreme's were equipped with a full size desk in lieu of a second couch. It was one of the many reasons we purchased our rig. The only down side (to some) is that you lose the additional sleeping space. Since we only travel with our fur kids that was not a concern for us. Another plus with the desk is that it provides a pretty large surface area adjacent to the kitchen counter top. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 02/03/17 09:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: residential refridgerator

I installed the Samsung RF197 and it easily passed through the door with about a 1/4" of clearance. It was surprisingly light with the doors off and the shelving removed so two of us were able to carry it onboard. I did need to remove the passenger's seat to pass it into the main cabin area. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 02/02/17 08:49am Class A Motorhomes
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
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