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RE: Need Owner's Manual for Fleetwood TT

I had an '03, Fleetwood travel trailer. Honestly, don't waste your time searching for a manual. They were generic, with no specific information on the model you own, and of no real value for much of anything. There are owner's manuals for every single component in your trailer, found online. Anything else is available on this, or several other RV forums. Good luck.
soren 11/29/15 07:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Respecting Boundaries at the RV Park

X2 on not enabling a jerk. We once had seasonal site with extremely well located boundaries. Much like a freshly surveyed residential lot, there were permanent wooden stakes driven into all four corners. The new neighbor seemed decent, and I even spent several hours tracing an electrical issue in his TT, one night, when they had no power. He pulled his rig out for a trip and decided, that when he returned, he would back his trailer about six feet over, on to my lot. When I saw what he did, I politely asked him to move back over to his lot. He politely agreed, and said he would do it the next day. This is when I discovered what a true piece of trash he and his wife were. They hightailed it to the office, and reported that I had harassed and intimidated them. I was stunned. The owner came out to look at the situation, and started to side with these scumbags. I then quietly and politely asked the owner if the stake he placed represented the border of the property I was leasing? He confirmed that to be the case. I then told him that there was nothing to discuss, I had nicely asked the neighbor to put his RV back on THEIR lot, since that's where it belongs, and they agreed, so there was no issue other than the fact that they chose not to do the right thing. He directed them to move their unit. After the fact, I realized that I got played by these scumbags, and they nearly won. They decided that they were entitled to more that their own lot, which was quite a bit smaller than mine, and they would just take whatever they felt they deserved. If I didn't complain, they win. If I even mentioned it to them, they hoped to win by falsely accusing me of intimidation and harassment. The right way to handle it was to go straight to the owner, and tell him that I expected to have full use of the property I leased, and I was not OK with another RV parked on my lot. It's still hard to wrap my head around a couple who would deliberately scheme something like that.
soren 11/29/15 06:58pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Mixing oil types (5w-20 mixed with 10w-30)

Threads like this always amaze me. Most posters are correct, but there are still a few that take the time to post an opinion, rather than stick with the facts. The high and low level indicators define the operating range. These values were carefully calculated by the designers of the engine. They expect that you will monitor the oil level to determine that it is constantly in the operating range, and add a quart when the level is even with, or below the "low" indicator. This silliness of trickling a few ounces in, or even worse "just add a quart and go", is not how it works. Adding a few ounces of oil is no different than waxing your rig since you just know that it improves the MPGs. If that's how you chose to waste your time, carry on, but it's not something that matters in the least. Is the vehicle sitting level? Has the engine sat for a few minutes to allow all the oil to return to the pan? Is the level is the operating range? If the answer to all three is yes, you're good to go.
soren 11/28/15 07:03am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Blow out or Use the pink stuff my personal review

I found antifreeze on sale this year for $2/gal. It takes a bit over a gallon and 10-15 minutes from start to finish. No way I'm lugging a compressor around when it's that easy to do the job without it. The other interesting point is living in the northeast and walking around dealer's lots. I have been doing that for two decades now and have yet to find one where, in springtime, you don't see every sink, toilet and shower of every dealer owned RV with pink slopped all over. Just guess, but if blowing lines was foolproof, and saved a few bucks per rig, I doubt dealers would be buying so much antifreeze, and paying their help to use it in their inventory?
soren 11/24/15 05:57pm Truck Campers
RE: 2015 Itasca 27N review

Creeper, Exact same noise, they told me it was the screen door and not the main door, Will pick it up next week for a trip. hopes it's gone I have an older Winny with the same lockset. I found the cure for my noise either here, or on irv2.com. I took electrical tape and wrapped around the latch post on the door frame. It takes about 2 or 3 full wraps to do the job. The tape lasts a couple of months, then the latch paw wears through the tape and the obnoxious rattle returns. I know I was a problem in the past because I can see were the previous owner had actually duct taped the top of the door to stop it. I did it to a buddies' Winny and all of his noise disappeared too. Good luck, I hope this helps.
soren 11/23/15 03:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Quality control issues-curiosity

OK, I "was" shopping for a new MH but I will just keep my money in the bank and look for a hobby that cares about it's customers and tries to build a quality product. I have been on this site for 2 months and have read so much "negativity" about manufact. and dealers it will scare anyone away. Most of the negatives come from veteran RVers. People you look to for advice. Thanks for the warning. I recently heard a great comment from a scientist who said, " the plural of anecdote is NOT data". The fact that folks show up on this forum to complain that they are having problems is in no way a valid metric as to the quality of a specific product, or a reflection on the industry. I have a nine year old Winnebago. I bought it at the end of summer, a year ago, and in the last fourteen months have put nearly 25K miles on it. Including giving it a good thrashing on a lot of gravel roads in Alaska and the Yukon. In that time there have been no serious issues, and I spent a total of $93 on two parts for the two minor problems it had, a replacement wall thermostat and a water heater igniter. This is my tenth RV, and someday there will be an eleventh. My experiences are far from unusual, and represent the majority of owners, who are typically quietly happy with their rigs and spend their time enjoying them. The belief that there is zero quality control out there, and that all manufacturers and product lines are nothing but haphazardly assembled trash, waiting to fall apart, is a bunch of bull. I spend my winters with lots of people that live 4-6months a year in very middle of the road, vacation grade fifth wheels. These are the popular units from the mega-manufacturers. Bottom line is that many of these rigs are 8-10 years old, none have been flawless, but none are causing the owner huge distress, and the need to be screaming on the forums about what absolute garbage they are. Dealers are no different. There are a lot of scumbag dealers out there, and it is real easy to figure out which ones to avoid. there are also really good ones, and there are three in my local area. One hint is that they are all family run operations that have been there a long time. They are not superstores, RV mega-dealers or chains. It's your money to spend. If you are still interested, take a different approach. Find a USED motorhome from a quality manufacturer. Buy it from the original owner, not a dealer. Don't buy one until you have looked at many and have found the right rig and the right seller. There are owners out there that take exceptional care of their rigs and are proud to show you how and what they do, they will have all the documents and can tell you their experience. Mine came from a guy who built a barn for it. He also waxed the roof an repainted the frame on a regular basis. I paid 20% less than a typical dealer wanted for a similar unit. I paid less for this rig than the loss of 2-3 years of depreciation on a similar new one. Good luck in whatever you decide, but at the very least don't let all the negativity here ruin something good.
soren 11/23/15 03:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dexter easy lube axles

New trailer has them. I actually have to have 2 seals replaced straight from the factory because after the first trip there was grease on the wheels. Chris I had the exact issue. I had to clean up grease all over the drums, and repack the bearings, on a brand new trailer. I discussed it with the owner of the dealership, who runs a small, and very honest place. He told me that they are nothing but a plague for his shop, and wishes that most owners would just ignore them, since many fail to follow instructions, and end up blowing grease on the brakes. IMHO, Dexter has done a real disservice to the public. I have seen salesmen try to sell the "blow and go" gimmick of how EZ-lube axles made the whole ownership experience nearly maintenance free. A lot of buyers believe the BS , and I have listened to some brag that all they ever do is blow some grease in the Zerks every spring, and they are good to go. I guess if your definition of "good to go" involves grease on brake shoes, and star adjusters that haven't been touched since the axles were on the assembly line at Dexter, you are indeed cleared for takeoff.
soren 11/19/15 03:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Day Brother's RV gauntlet and our happy landing elsewhere...

The seller is very active on ebay, and has a long, less that stellar history when it comes to RV sales. The OP took the time to give their experience so that, hopefully, other members here can avoid getting screwed over. I have looked at many of their listings over the years, and they are real good at presentation, and well written descriptions. I have also read previous horror stories of customers getting screwed, so I know to avoid the actual town they do business in, since they apparently do business under several names, and to avoid the name. EDIT: This post was edited by the admin. possibly to remove a quote from a previous poster? Further editing was required so that my comment would be logical. Specifically I was addressing a post (now removed) that was an ugly comment, accusing the OP of a needless rant. Would be nice if the admin. would take a bit of effort to not leave a thread full of confusing responses to missing information.
soren 11/19/15 02:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is this damage worth reporting to Insurance?

I think byrdr1 gives good advice, get an estimate and then decide if it is worth a claim. I also tend to agree with JohnnyG1 - it looks like $10k of damage. But, hitch pins do not break, and they don't come apart without some help. Even if you forgot to put the little keeper pin into the main pin, it would take a long time to fall out. Maybe someone was messing with you (it happens), did you stop for gas between hook-up and incident? In future, try using locking pins. Locking pins? You mean the locking pin the OP posted a picture of? The one he used? The one that failed? Got it. Thanks for the advice.
soren 11/19/15 04:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Renovation

Awesome! Thanks again everyone, we're going to balance new vs. replacement for sure, but I want to make sure I know all the facts. So, I'm going to check out the couple of places that were recommended and see how the number fall. I've found the same thing that Canadian Rainbirds mentioned. Short DP's are really hard to find these days, and like what Sundancer268 said, 100K on a diesel/Allison Trans shouldn't be a problem. I'm going to have my local shop go over it bumper to bumper and determine if everything is sound, then probably drive it down to Indiana and get it in for an quote on a reno. Thanks! Brian Brian, I tried to send a private message, but it's blocked. I have some additional info. on work we recently had done. Thanks. Brian, I ran over the 2000 word limit, and started another PM. The first went through fine, the second is blocked.
soren 11/19/15 04:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Renovation

Awesome! Thanks again everyone, we're going to balance new vs. replacement for sure, but I want to make sure I know all the facts. So, I'm going to check out the couple of places that were recommended and see how the number fall. I've found the same thing that Canadian Rainbirds mentioned. Short DP's are really hard to find these days, and like what Sundancer268 said, 100K on a diesel/Allison Trans shouldn't be a problem. I'm going to have my local shop go over it bumper to bumper and determine if everything is sound, then probably drive it down to Indiana and get it in for an quote on a reno. Thanks! Brian Brian, I tried to send a private message, but it's blocked. I have some additional info. on work we recently had done. Thanks.
soren 11/18/15 05:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Renovation

You will find as many answers as you find folks who have done it, and they will be all over the map. We just started this process a few months ago. In the last year I have spoken to shops about everything from full body paint, to flooring and upholstery. In some cases bids vary by up to 3X. When it comes to major wall repairs, I would talk to Precision Paint and Mike's Custom Painting, both in Bremen In. They both have a reputation for doing quality work, and have done extensive work to Alfa brand motorhomes, which frequently require full wall replacement prior to repainting. When it comes to other work, sometimes creative solutions can save a ton. Tomorrow I'm working with a local kitchen installer to make replacement countertops and a dinette table for our rig. I'm removing the old tops to use as patterns. He will fabricate new Formica tops, working onsite, and I will reinstall them with new sinks and faucets. Replacing everything will run me about $8-900. By the time it's done, we will have a 34' nine year old rig with new full body paint, new LED lighting inside and out, a new ultra-leather recliner, and matching reupholstered dinette and sofa, new countertops, sinks and faucets, new toilet, and new flooring throughout, for roughly $17-18K. I could of went with the highest bids on all this work, passed on doing a lot of it myself, and easily spent $45-50K, which would of been a very poor decision. It's a Winnebago that fits out needs and has served us well, so I don't hesitate to upgrade it. Good luck with whatever you decide.
soren 11/16/15 04:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Makin da delivery

Soooo are you being a good boy and stopping at all the scales :W How about your funny book :B Most likely none of my business but what happen in the oil field? Winter slow down or what? Have you been under a rock for the last year as to ask a stupid question like what's up with the oilfield? FYI, oils $45 a barrel & a ton of people have lost their jobs up here because of it. My kid is in management with a small oil field service outfit. They had 65 guys in the field at the start of 2015. Since then, he has laid off 43, and counting. The boom is officially a bust, and will continue to drop, as long as oil remains at that figure, and there is more natural gas than anybody knows what to do with.
soren 11/13/15 04:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Full time in a parked RV in Alaska

"you will freeze to death" "it will get to 40 below and stay there" Oddly enough, I think the guy actually posted his question asking for helpful advice. Who knew? Right? Like I have stated a few posts ago, I have met folks who do this, in parts of AK. that make Anchorage/peninsula area look like the Bahamas. There are many in my area living in similar situations. (like 18 below and a hundred+ inches of snow last year). This spring they were still quite alive when they exit their beat up old travel trailers and fifty year old (nearly insulation free) mobile homes. Might be tough way to spend the winter, might even have to jump in the truck and head to the local convenience store to warm up, when the propane runs out in the middle of the night. But, with half a brain, and a bit of ambition, I think our intrepid explorer will survive just fine, LOL.
soren 11/08/15 11:16am Full-time RVing
RE: Full time in a parked RV in Alaska

It's definitely possible, and you won't be the first. Comfortable and affordable are different issues entirely, however. Last summer I was 400+ miles north of there, while soaking at Chena Hot Springs. I met a local from a little village nearby. She spoke of an elderly woman who also lives there, year round, in a travel trailer. On another trip I talked with another year-rounder who lived in a converted school bus, near the entrance to Denali Park. OTOH, Girdwood is hardly Nome, or Barrow, or even the interior. In fact, winter there is pretty mild. I live in the mountains of Northern PA. Our January highs and lows average only 2-3 degrees higher than Girdwood, and we get about ten percent more snow. Here there are many who get though the winter in older marginally habitable mobile homes, and even travel trailers. IMHO, it will be a rugged experience, but quite doable. Good luck.
soren 11/08/15 06:02am Full-time RVing
RE: Winnebago Sightseer 29r or 30B

I really wanted a 30B. The wife walked in one, took a look at the completely non-existent counter space, and said, "NO". We then found a 2007 33T that has been absolutely great for us. It was cheap, owned by the kind of old guy who kept it in a pole barn, touched up all the paint on the frame, and waxed the roof as part of his normal routine. It's been as reliable as an anvil, and the wife was right, the extra three feet of length is really no big deal, but having a usable kitchen is. Good luck, I hope you find a nice one.
soren 11/07/15 03:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leaving your RV where you winter

Only Down side is that if you have decals they will fade faster than if parked up North. Over the last few years we have met folks with horror stories about what they discovered when they returned to their rigs in FL. Everything from cockroach infestations, to the much more typical mold all over the interior. One place we stay at has a very inexpensive storage set-up where your unit stays on your site for the summer, and remains plugged in. This allows the AC to run, and keeps the interior humidity under control. Without security, somebody inside the rig doing a visual inspection every few weeks, and the AC, or a dehumidifier running, there is no way my motorhome is going to be abandoned in FL. for seven months of the year.
soren 11/06/15 08:18pm Snowbirds
RE: TT To Alaska

We did the trip in three different travel trailers over the years, and just got back in September from our last trip, this time with a Class A. The trailers all did pretty well. Bent an axle on two trips, but one was clearly from a washtub sized hole on the turnpike in Ohio. Other issues were attributable to a low end trailer(early 2000s Fleetwood) that was not up to the task, including a fresh water tank the broke free and fell off the frame, and a spare tire carrier that cracked, and needed to be repaired in a little village in the Yukon. IMHO, the biggest prep. to do to a trailer for that trip is to protect the front wall from the gravel spray from the tow vehicle tires. On both of our aluminum sided rigs I removed the lower half of the siding and replaced it with heavy gauge aluminum diamond plate. Good luck with your next trip. I think a smaller trailer and truck are a great combo. for AK. It's nice to spend a few days out exploring, while the trailer remains parked in one spot.
soren 11/05/15 10:38am Travel Trailers
RE: What are your priorities?

2. Must be in a climate that we know is going to stay warm. That is why we pick Key Largo. Any place above south Florida is liable to have frost now and then, even though the snow birds that stay up around Ocala won't admit it I have spent the last two winters within an hour of Ocala. I would be happy to admit that on at least two, maybe three occasions, I have seen a very thin sheet of ice on puddles, while walking the dogs at sunrise. Typically, within a few hours after a frost, it is 70ish and sunny. OTOH, staying in a top notch resort here is about 1/3rd the cost of a fair place, near the coasts, south of I-4. Leaving a grand a month is the bank account, while staying where the weather is typically pretty sweet, suits me just fine.
soren 11/04/15 03:26pm Snowbirds
RE: Quartzsite - receiving packages.

It's no surprise the USPS is hemorrhaging money. I hope they go out of business. It is hemorrhaging money because some idiots in Washington told them to set assign retirement money like no other private or public group has every had to do in the history of the country. It is a direct attach on it with political backing from one side of the isle. Chris That's right. A deliberate attempt to destroy the post office by the competition, implemented by bribes (oops, I should of used the more politically correct "campaign contributions") And willing elected extremists, who live the delusion that most government functions should be eliminated. Wait to see how wonderful it will be when the USPS is gone, free doorstep delivery is over, and the competition wants $5 to get a letter to you, since you live in a rural area.
soren 11/04/15 08:38am Snowbirds
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