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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
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
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