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RE: More help/info please.

When I had the wheels rotated, I watched the mechanics put a floor jack under the right front axle, another under the left front axle and the third floor jack under the rear differential. The RT remained up in the air like this until each wheel had the weights checked and re-installed in the rotation. I have always used the axle to jack up, especially if servicing a wheel or tire. However, I prefer using ramps if I am going to work underneath the vehicle.
senf 03/26/14 09:17pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Alternatives for storing sewer dump assembly - sanitary?

On our 1996 Dodge RT we used to store the fitting in a small plastic bucket with a lid. The bucket originally contained material for repairing drywall or something like that. It was about one gallon size. No doubt you can find something of that nature in a hardware store. Ours was round, but a square or rectangular one would be a better fit.
senf 03/24/14 09:58pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: RT 210 and 22' TT

When we looked at travel trailers, before our fifth wheel, we found most 22/21 foot TTs to be around 6000 lbs or less. There are some very light weight TTs on the market, so the RT210 could have been pulling one of those, say in the 3000 lb range. We shall never know.
senf 03/18/14 11:44pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: taking out rear air coditioner (Roadtrek)

What about trying Black Streak remover? Not only does it work on RVs but I use it to clean the mould and grunge off my house eavetroughs.
senf 03/15/14 10:43pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Generator pull on 95 roadtrek 210 Popular

Our 1996 Dodge 190V Onan 2800 was mounted inside the body, but accessed from ithe outside - it was noisy inside and vibrated too much to even think about sleeping as it was located under the head of the bed on the driver side. Our 2008 Chev 190V Onan 2800 is mounted underneath. The "muffler" mod has been done. Yes, I have had my afternoon nap with the generator running. We often use it when boondocking for microwave cooking and for hot drinks using our electric kettle. Walking back to the RT, while the generator is running, you do notice it as you get within 50 ft, but it is just a purr when inside. We try to park so that the exhaust faces a roadway or other non-inhabited area. At home, it is run for half an hour every fifteen days and I sometimes forget that it is running even though I am in the front garden nearby. Cummins/Onan have a dealer locator website. Just type Onan 2800 and you will get all sorts of stuff.
senf 03/15/14 10:18pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: 2004 RoadTrek 190 Versatile

We added air bags to the rear and tried to add springs to the front (all for a couple of inches front and back) however the front springs recommended by the supplier didn't fit. This was after we had bottomed out on a trail in Newfoundland and had to replace the double waste valve 'Y' that feeds into the macerator. If you search "Photog's Lifted Suspension 2009 Roadtrek 190V", Author Photog, correspondents Peteco, Booster, circa May 2011 and earlier, you will find a whole raft of stuff on lifting.
senf 02/13/14 11:35pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Interior Mold Control During the Winter

Just to be different, we use a 40 watt lamp with a tin can opened at both ends as a chimney above the lamp. The tin can chimney sits on three pieces of wire screwed into the the wooden base that the lamp socket is screwed into. The chimney causes a flow of heated air to circulate. All cupboard doors and drawers are left open, but the van is closed up. The 40 Watt lamp is plugged into a timer which comes on at night and shuts off at daylight. There is never any mould on the inside, just on the outside of the RV. This method has been successful for us since 1996 and the cost is negligible. With the coming ban on incandescent lamps, I purchased 16 the other day, so we should be ok for about 32 more years. By that time we should be in a retirement home or pushing up the daisies.
senf 02/11/14 09:08pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Do any of you guys camp in a "B"?

marc515 - Class B is by definition a "campervan". How can you not camp in the van? We do, and have done for periods of time, but you really need to be "with it" if dry camping and have activity otherwise. One year we travelled to the Maritimes including Newfoundland and camped for a month at least, but not all in the same place.
senf 02/09/14 06:37pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Do any of you guys camp in a "B"?

hobbssb - the screen was a Roadtrek option. We also had the side door screen, but it was a pain to exit and enter, so I have removed the doorway velcro (nearly) which bubbles from heat in the continuous strips. Now we are going to install the magnetic curtain type screen for the side door. Just waiting for some warmer weather.
senf 02/09/14 06:21pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Do any of you guys camp in a "B"?

We have a rear screen which is a two/four zipper. It zips from the bottom to the top and from the top to the bottom on either side of the screen when it is closed. When inside the van, we can unzip from the top to open and close the back windows. Unzipping from the bottom from inside the van can be done, but one needs to lie in the bed and reach to do it. We could travel with the screen wholly or partially unzipped, but choose not to do so, because that way the back doors can be opened at any time without worrying about insects. That reminds me of the time in our previous unscreened Roadtrek, we parked for lunch under a tree for shade and we were bombarded with ladybugs. It took us two months at least before we saw the last of them, by that time we had travelled across the continent.
senf 02/08/14 10:53pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Tire chains brand for Roadtrek

We looked at chains but with the lack of clearance, decided to go with AutoSock, which is approved by the Colorado Highways Department - need I say more? Lighter, more compact to carry until needed. Have yet to use them, but expect them to satisfy the "carry chains beyond this point" requirement. Before AutoSock we travelled west down the mountainside from Summit peak in Utah in a blowing blizzard with four inches of snow on the road in our previous Dodge 190 Versatile. No problem, no chains, just weight and slow travel.
senf 01/20/14 06:33pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Celing fan problem

My Fantastic fan didn't reverse either. There is a thread which discusses installing a reversing switch, which I have done. Also, I have replaced my fan screen, which screwed on, with a pop-off screen.
senf 01/01/14 12:43pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class B cabin noise, how much is too much?

We had a high pitched squeal in our 1996 RT, which turned out to be the rear door latch. We have the same sound in our present RT. It was tracked down to our continental tire vertical support arm. I have tried many cures - grease, WD40, etc., but the real cure is to separate the flanges from the vertical support by inserting shims on the pivot bolt. The actual shim insertions were difficult, to say the least, but my eldest son and I managed it, with a good dose of swear words. When the continental tire is returned to vertical and ready for travel, the bolt that tightens the fore and aft action is tightened so that there is no movement of the retaining pin that runs side to side. If you have an RT with a continental tire option, you will know what I am talking about.
senf 11/11/13 11:49pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Ekomotorhomes new class b based on Dodge promaster

why would the specs include a sewage hose and a 12 gallon holding tank if the toilet was waterless? Seems pointless to have half of one system and half of another.
senf 10/31/13 06:05pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Parasitic voltage due on Roadtrek 190

Booster, you may be 100% correct with your facts, but I have done something similar before. How is this for memory recall? Diary actually. On February 1, 2006, my 1996 Dodge RT 190V had a new chassis battery installed and the dealer also installed a switch to allow the coach battery to assist engine starting. The Dodge had an isolator, so a relay was installed and I remember the extra wiring to the isolator was not as heavy as was already there. We were on our way to Arizona March 6, 2006, when, having stopped for a break at Myers Flat, CA, we couldn't start the engine. For the next 3.5 days, every time we stopped, the coach battery assist had to be used to start the engine. In Bakersfield, CA a new chassis battery was installed - by me - during lunch hour. Nothing untoward happened to the wiring, fuses or circuit breakers. So I shall have faith, along with a dollop of doubt.
senf 10/25/13 03:37pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Parasitic voltage due on Roadtrek 190

I hear you 'Booster', but on my RT the separator wiring to the inverter/charger and then to the coach batteries is the same size as the separator wiring to the chassis battery. One of two stated purposes of the separator is to allow the coach batteries to assist the chassis battery in starting. The separator can be wired either for automatic assistance via the start switch or (as I have it) a separate switch on the dash. When I use the switch on the dash, you can hear the separator relay engaging and disengaging. The other stated purpose of the separator is to allow the coach battery to be charged when the engine is running or the chassis battery to be charged when on shore power or generator. In both cases if either battery gets too low, the separator separates the two circuits to prevent the power draining from the higher of the two batteries. All good stuff - when it works!!!
senf 10/23/13 11:44pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Parasitic voltage due on Roadtrek 190

JimH190 - Our RT has been parked for 7 days with no shore power, the coach battery switch left ON and the inverter switch OFF. Checking it today - the coach batteries are Good and the chassis battery measures 12.56 volts. It would appear that our problems were due to the Separator, which was replaced before the test. There is a 2011 recall on the SurePower separator series. Serial numbers are provided, but our bad separator was not among them. When the new separator was shipped from ASE Supply Inc (Portland Oregon) it was designated as a 1315-200-B replacing the ordered 1315-200.
senf 10/22/13 11:16pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RT Chevy 2nd Battery Box & Tray

Our 2nd coach battery is installed behind the passenger rear wheel. This location is OK, but the battery box and tray leaves a lot to be desired. First the battery box should have been larger, a type 27 battery is a very tight fit (unlike the 1st coach battery box). Second the battery tray is too tight and binds against the box. Third the tray slides are not big enough to handle the load or the corrosion from the road dirt due to the poor design of the box. They have had to be replaced with larger slides laid horizontal and screwed to the bottom of the box and the underside of the tray The inside of the outside cover has been built out with foam to extend the bar from side to side, but that was insufficient to close the gap through which the road dirt enters the box. The front of the box has now been covered with overlapping plastic report covers (8.5 x 11 inches) and a rectangular hole cut to allow the velcro to make contact. The plastic cover has been temporarily fastened with duct tape along the top edge, but a more permanent fastening will be made with a wood or metal strip to enable easier removal for servicing the battery.
senf 10/15/13 07:28pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Parasitic voltage due on Roadtrek 190

We dry camped for 3 days this summer and the chassis battery wouldn't start the engine at 9+ volts. The separator was not wired to allow coach batteries to assist in starting. On returning home, we had the separator checked - not charging the coach batteries. Probably discharging the chassis battery. New separator installed and wired for manual assist from coach batteries. Sorry to hear from Booster that we have an on going problem. However, we will conduct an experiment by not connecting shore power to the RV and see what happens.
senf 10/15/13 06:08pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Battery disconnect switch won't turn on

Our experience with 2 RT's is that the Battery Switch must be on (see RT manual) before connecting to shore power. Therefore it is necessary to have a charged battery to operate the switch. Getting a charged battery is paramount, however you get it. Our chassis Separator (isolator) was just replaced, which caused the coach batteries (x2) not to be charged while driving.
senf 10/14/13 10:41pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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