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RE: Looking at buying a 2010 Fleetwood Discovery 40K

We brought our class A and never drove until we left after signing the papers. The owner did the test drive and I was passenger. I listened carefully to the motor (V10), and shifting (5R110). No regrets.
vjstangelo 05/23/18 07:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway

Eateries? Yes. Beautiful hotel and restaurant at the Peaks of Otter on the Parkway. A very nice restaurant also at Mabry Mill on the parkway. Both are in the vicinity of Roanoke, VA. About 10 miles north of the Peaks is a waterfall, a short walk from the Parkway.
vjstangelo 05/10/18 06:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Blowout on Toad

I purchased the RVI3 brake system for our toad which you can purchase the optional TPMS that is integrated. You can purchase the 6 sensors for just the motor home or 10 sensors to include your tow vehicle. Burch Ditto on this system. Works great. I think they have a new system that sends monitoring data to your cellphone.
vjstangelo 05/08/18 04:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: The future is Electric...

Would I consider buying an electric vehicle? Sure. Would I buy an electric vehicle that requires me to stop after 120 miles to charge for hours? No way.
vjstangelo 05/08/18 04:18pm Around the Campfire
RE: Having the hardest time buying a new class A

My recollection from Hershey was that Winnebago was still selling 4 door non-residential units in the Vista. These run on propane when Boondocking.
vjstangelo 04/16/18 07:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class C, OWNERS ONLY PLEASE American or Foreign Chasses

If it’s a diesel C you desire, consider the Thor Super C which are built on the venerable F-series chassis.
vjstangelo 04/16/18 06:43pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What is the average lifespan of a rooftop A/C unit?

Both our units lost their charge. I was informed by a prior poster that an increase in failures coincided with the introduction of new high pressure refrigerants meant to replace R-22. Not sure if this is true, but for a fact both of my units “blew their charge” due to failures in the refrigerant piping. The new units came with 2 year warranties. I was told by my rv mechanic these rooftop units are basically throw away units: more economical to replace than repair.
vjstangelo 04/02/18 06:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why not to buy used.

Well we bought used, and saved $40k over new for a 4 YO Class A.
vjstangelo 03/31/18 03:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: What is the average lifespan of a rooftop A/C unit?

Coleman heat pumps of same vintage as yours. Both failed in the last 2 years. Replaced with new units.
vjstangelo 03/30/18 05:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mounting a Bicycle on Class A ?

Agree, on the toad. We bolted a hitch receiver to our 2011 CRV, a 1 hour install.
vjstangelo 03/27/18 07:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Evans Console AC main fuse - FIXED

Fixed. Thank goodness for Winnebago Service folks, Winnebago electrical schematics, and Evans Tempcon online troubleshooting documentation. To summarize, no power to the Evans system. Per the Evans schematics, power is fed from the F53 chassis to the dash selector control, and distributed from there. The big question was: what is the source of power from the Ford F53 chassis? The owners manual is silent on this. Long story short: Winnebago has taken power from the Power Distribution Box (located on the firewall under the hood) fuse labeled "Blower" (fuse #23, 40 amp), and directs this to a 25 amp breaker inside the cab. This breaker is located in a panel below the inside fuse panel (the fuse panel is located left bottom of the driver's side, by the left foot when driving). Now the tricky part. The above "Blower" fuse feeds power through the blower relay. A relay has 2 feeds: 1 is to energize the coil in the relay, and 1 is the main power feed. Once power is introduced to the energize the coil, this closes the contacts in the relay so that main power passes to the device fed by the relay. In my case, the ground wire from relay coil became disconnected (I discovered the loose wire behind the speedometer panel after removing the plastic dash cover). Since the relay did not energize, power wouldn't pass from the "Blower" fuse to the Winnebago 25 amp breaker which supplied power to the Evans unit dash panel. Whew! So, the source of power to the Evans unit is the "Blower" Fuse in the Power Distribution Box. The Ford owners manual does not note this rewiring. The only way to decipher this rewiring by Winnebago would be by investigating the electrical schematics at the Winnebago website. I will say a big thanks to Winnebago taking the time to respond to my inquiries by email, and posting the Chassis Drawings for my 2011 Winnebago 32K as pdf files on their website. This no doubt saved me a pile of money at a service center. I post this so others that may have a similar problem will be aided. Regards.
vjstangelo 03/26/18 05:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Evans Console AC main fuse - FIXED

Was driving along using dash ac, started blowing HOT air. Temperature dial not working, and blower speed dial not working. When we arrived at campground, only mode selector was working as it directs vacuum to open and close dampers. Blower motor not working. Temperature valve which is an electric actuator, not working. Basically, anything that uses 12v on the Evans unit not working meaning to me no 12v into the unit. I’ll dig deeper when we get home. Either breaker bad, wire disconnected (hot or ground), or something in the dash selector unit went bad. Evans has a good electrical schematic on their website and troubleshooting guides. I’ll update once I get home and troubleshoot.
vjstangelo 03/15/18 07:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Evans Console AC main fuse - FIXED

Well, no one responded, but I did get information from Winnebago. The Evans system is powered on this motorhome from a circuit breaker located in the fuse box panel just above the drivers left foot while driving. Sadly the breaker was not tripped so I will have to figure out why there is no power to the unit. Stay tuned.
vjstangelo 03/15/18 01:47pm Class A Motorhomes
Evans Console AC main fuse - FIXED

Help. Where is the main fuse located for the Evans Console AC unit? Rig is a Winnebago Vista 2011 F53 chassis. The Ford manual lists fuses for the blower and AC clutch, but not the one that supplies power to the Evans unit itself. Evans mentions a 25A fuse, but not a location. Thanks.
vjstangelo 03/14/18 02:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2007 Chevy Silverado HD Duramax,Diesel Allison Transmission

Agree with other posters, the overheating is a concern. I know the GM gassers are known to have gasket problems. If it is a head gasket, it could be allowing air into the cooling loop which would cause air pockets in the loop. It wouldn’t overheat all the time, but would get progressively worse as the leak becomes more pronounced. Do the Duramaxers also have a problem with gaskets? I
vjstangelo 03/08/18 04:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Selling

I did the temp plate thing from VA. Easy to get. I recall it was only good for 10 days or so, enough to get one home. Price was negligible.
vjstangelo 03/06/18 06:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Parks near El Dorado Arkansas

Try an app called RVParky. It is easy and useful.
vjstangelo 03/06/18 06:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Broke down in Foley Alabama Transmission Trouble

We were in Montreal some years ago and the trans sprung a leak, fluid everywhere. Vehicle is a 2005 Excursion with V10 and 4R100. Being far from home, and another country at that, I wanted the repair to be warrented nationwide in US or Canada, so the best option was bring it to the Ford dealer who serviced truck transmissions. Turned out to be front seal, a $10 part, but big bucks to drop the tranny. Better IMHO to have this work done at Ford knowing that if the repair fails, you can get rework done at your local Ford dealer. If you get work done at a private shop, the only recourse would be to bring the vehicle back to the same unless there is a nationwide warranty that goes along within the repair.
vjstangelo 03/01/18 01:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Michigan to Yellowstone, Tetons, Fort Robinson

while the route from Buffalo to Cody over the Bighorn Mountains is beautiful it is also winding with grades. If you want to avoid, go North through Billings and enter from the north entrance via Gardner. This is almost all interstate and fairly level running.
vjstangelo 02/25/18 01:30pm Roads and Routes
RE: USAA car buying service?

Yes, we used the service to buy my 2016 Focus from a local dealer. They knocked $200 OFF the lowest price since I used the USAA service. It was a very easy process and would use again. PS we bought the Focus because with the dual clutch automatic transmission it is readily usable as a dingy. I really like the car: love the SYNC, hatchback, 35 to 40 mpg, and sunroof. All this for $11,500 using the service last summer.
vjstangelo 02/17/18 07:57am Tow Vehicles
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