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RE: Exercise the Generator or open your wallet

There is one reason and one reason only for this problem! ETHANOL! Yep, I remember a few years ago when buying a leaf blower, the tech. guy said the same thing - Most of the various small engine powered equipment he gets in for service 'cause they quit running, he finds the cause is exactly that - Ethanol in the fuel causing the carburetor to gum up. He told me to run nothing but ethanol free fuel in the (Stihl) leaf blower I was buying from him, and I'd never have a problem with it. Ever since then, thats all I've ever run in all my lawn equipment (tractor, mower, leaf blower, weed eater, etc). Never had a problem out of any of 'em since. Its easy to only use ethanol free gasoline in small engines you use at home where you can always get your fuel for such from the same place (a convenience store nearby where they sell ethanol free gas). Howerver, it is not that easy to run strictly ethanol free with a Motorhome that you travel all over with, and have to fuel up in all different locations, where ethanol free fuel is frequently not an option. Especially at fuel stations large enough to get a Class A RV in and out of. Sooo, we either exercise our gennys, run 'em dry on fuel before parking them, or pay the price, like noted here. Will
willald 05/04/15 02:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Just a Thought...

We did this about 3 years ago - Traded our Ford Excursion (tow vehicle) and 34' Citation RV trailer in for a Class A Motorhome (see signature). Very happy we did, too. We did not do it for the reason alluded to here (lower monthly payment overall). We did it because we wanted a Class A and all the advantages it has over a towable RV. That, and we wanted to travel to places further away, and really liked the advantages a Class A MH has when on the road longer. RV dealer actually took both the truck and TT in on trade when we did this. They gave us very good tradein $$ for both, too. They were very happy to get both - they sold the TT within just a week or two, and liked the truck so much, they kept it for themselves and use it to haul parts, and move trailers around. ..Doesn't seem lke this would be the best move to make if one was wanting to reduce debt, expenses. Would be extremely 'short term' savings at best.
willald 05/04/15 11:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Exercise the Generator or open your wallet

Thanks for the reminder. I just exercised ours Saturday, it still runs like new. I try to run it at least once a month with one of the air conditioners on. Did not realize that it is that dangerous to rebuild the carburetor on these generators. $233 ain't bad at all for a new one, though. You'd probably pay half that to have somebody rebuild your old carb. Like the suggestion made earlier as well, about disconnecting the fuel pump and letting the engine run itself dry on fuel. I do this with several other small engines I have (weed eater, leaf blower). Never thought about doing it with the MH's genny, as didn't realize it was that simple. Might just try that.
willald 05/04/15 07:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RVI 2

Haven't used the RVI 2 system specifically, but I have heard of several cases where folks have had issues when using TPMS sensors on the end of rubber valve stems. Seems to cause the valve stems to leak. Generally speaking, when you use TPMS sensors that attach on the end of valve stems, its a really, really good idea to go to metal valve stems. I've even seen where some TPMS manufacturers will recommend such.
willald 05/02/15 06:39pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Laptop use on generator power question

Is it possible the laptop just glitched previously or did it fail to charge from the generator more than once? It failed to charge from the genny for several hours, the whole time we were on the road. However, as soon as we got to our campsite and plugged into shore power and hooked it up, it charged up OK. Still, based on what some other people have experienced and noted here....I am starting to think it was a software 'glitch' with the power management software, that may or may not happen again. We will probably just live/deal with this issue (if it happens again). Or, I might wire in a 12V outlet, and get a 12V Lenovo charger. Like already said, that approach has the added bonus that it keeps me from having to keep bring the charger in and out from the house. Is the A/C cycling? Maybe the compressor starting freaked out the laptop brick? No, compressor was on whole time when we were on the road, due to how warm it was going through Florida. When I tested it earlier today in the driveway, I waited until I heard the compressor kick on, before plugging up the laptop charger. Will
willald 05/02/15 06:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Laptop use on generator power question

Update: I'm sitting in the RV right now, parked in our driveway (using the laptop). Did just as mentioned earlier - First brought it up with shore power connected, and it was charging fine, as expected. Then, disconnected shore power, fired up the generator and air conditioner, and plugged laptop into same outlet. Even started a DVD going on it. Whaddya know, now, its charging the battery just fine!! Soooo, I'm at a loss as to what the difference is. I do know, the battery was very depleted when we first hooked it up to power when on the road to recharge, and now, in this test, battery is at about 70%. Could genny's power output be more 'dirty', when on the road vs parked? Not sure I have any answers now, but may well just order a 12V power supply for the laptop, keep it in the MH and be done with it. That way, won't have to carry regular power supply back and forth from the house, anyway. Thanks again, for all the responses, insight. Many were very helpful, keep them coming. :)
willald 05/02/15 01:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Laptop use on generator power question

"barely broken in" may be the answer. If you haven't been exercising your generator properly (at least an hour a month under load) the output waveform could be ugly. No, it gets exercised quite regularly. Runs like brand new, too. Will
willald 05/02/15 05:20am Tech Issues
RE: Laptop use on generator power question

Well, to answer some questions: The 'brick' (power supply) for the laptop is the one that came with the laptop, a Lenovo one. I like the idea, to look at that power manager screen on shore power, then again when on genny power. I may just do that, see if it provides any hints. Sure hope this is not an issue with the generator, as this generator is still basically brand new. Has barely been broken in. As to why not let the kids watch movies on the 'house' TV: TV is not viewable when living room slideout is in. The TV is behind the dinette. Soooo, that ain't an option. Yes, they have TV with DVD players in their bunks, but we don't let them lay in their bunks when on the road, for safety reasons. As to the 'high horse' suggestion about not letting the kids use the laptop to watch DVDs: All I can say is, in the interest of keeping this thread on topic and to prevent starting yet another online p*ssing contest....I ain't even going to comment on that. We'll just move right on along... Anyway, good to know that a 12V power adapter from Lenovo is an option, and probably a good one. Requires me to put in a 12V power outlet near where they'll use it, but that shouldn't be too hard, there is a big junction box right under the dinette seat. Its just a question now of which will be cheaper: A small (true sine wave) inverter, or a Lenovo 12V power supply..
willald 04/30/15 11:40am Tech Issues
RE: Laptop use on generator power question

"When we got to our destination and hooked up to shore power, of course, the laptop batteries charged up quickly and easily." willald, Does the laptop charge up on shore power while watching a dvd? Yes, it charges fine on shore power, whether playing a DVD or doing anything else with it. It does NOT charge the battery when connected to generator power, whether playing a DVD or not. Thanks for the responses, please keep them coming. Definitely good stuff to know here, as I did not realize our generator is actually supposed to be putting out a true sine wave output, so that should not be the issue as I figured it was. Unless of course, like already said, there is an issue with the generator, or its output wave is a little 'dirty'. Might just have to get me a Kil-o-watt device, one of those have been 'on my list' for a while..
willald 04/30/15 09:31am Tech Issues
Laptop use on generator power question

..Pretty sure I know the answer to this, but here goes: Early last month, we tried for the first time, to let the kids use our laptop to watch DVD movies in the RV when on the road. Had the generator running (needed it for air conditioning), so had them plug laptop charger in, so it could keep the laptop batteries from draining. We quickly found out, that this did not work. Laptop batteries quickly depleted; even when plugged in, they would NOT recharge at all. When plugged into generator power, laptop would work OK even with battery stone dead, but battery would not recharge running off of genny power. When we got to our destination and hooked up to shore power, of course, the laptop batteries charged up quickly and easily. Sooo, on generator power (Generator is Cummins Onan 5500 watt unit), laptop batteries will not recharge, but will power the laptop itself. I'm almost certain, this is because our generator must not be putting out true sine wave power (probably modified sine wave?), and the laptop charger cannot charge the batteries because of this. Or, is there something entirely different wrong here? The laptop is a fairly new model, I got it last December, its a Lenovo. Pretty sure the only realistic solution here, if we want batteries to stay charged up when on the road, is to install a small true sine wave inverter, and wire it to 12V power. Upgrading the Motorhome's generator to one that puts out a true sine wave output is not going to happen, is definitely NOT worth that. Are there any other solutions to this, that I'm not thinking of? Would I might be able to get a charger for the Lenovo laptop, that would work off of 12 volts?
willald 04/30/15 07:21am Tech Issues
RE: Seat Belts

As far as I know, they still do not have seat belts in school buses. School buses, are built like absolute TANKS - they are extremely heavy, due to the steel cage all around to protect occupants in the event of a crash. Also, every seat in a school bus is specifically designed, with a tall cushion in front of it and behind, to protect occupants in the event of a sudden stop. They are also severely restricted in most states, in terms of top speed. You'll never see a school bus going 65 or 70 mph. Many are limited to 45 mph, even on major highways. Not to mention, they are driven only by someone with a CDL license. That is why passengers on a school buses don't have to use seatbelts. That, and seatbelting in dozens of children in a bus creates much more serious problems than it avoids, in the event that they have to evacuate the bus quickly. NONE of those things are true about a Motorhome. Soo, please don't compare an RV to a school bus, as that comparison is completely ridiculous. Its like comparing a M1 tank to a cardboard box, haha. Will My Bluebird Wanderlodge is built just the same, an all steel tank. It is one of the reasons we got it. They do NOT explode in a wreck like 98% of MH's do. True, but your Wanderlodge is the exception, not the norm when it comes to Motorhomes. Not many are built that way, and the few that are, only the extremely wealthy can afford one thats not 20 years old. :) Still, unless you limit your speed to 45 mph even on highways, have a CDL, and install seats in your Wanderlodge that have tall cushions front and back like school buses do....Well, your Bluebird Wanderlodge MH is still not a good comparison with a school bus. Please don't get me wrong - As indicated in a previous post, I'm not one that would insist EVERYONE should be seatbelted ALL the time a MH is moving, like some advocate. I have no problem with my passengers getting up from time to time, to use the facilities, get a drink or snack, etc. I just don't agree with the comparison to school buses, as thats an entirely different ball game. Will
willald 04/30/15 06:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas class A advice

Ford chassis come in four (4) levels. 17,000; 22,000; 24,000; 26,000# are available. The 24,000 and 26,000 come on 22.5 wheels. Newmar makes quality homes on all gas chassis with multiple slides and floor plans. ..Don't forget the 19,000 and 20,500 lb version of the F53 chassis. Ours is built on the 20,500 version (see signature), and we're very happy with it.
willald 04/29/15 12:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Seat Belts

As far as I know, they still do not have seat belts in school buses. School buses, are built like absolute TANKS - they are extremely heavy, due to the steel cage all around to protect occupants in the event of a crash. Also, every seat in a school bus is specifically designed, with a tall cushion in front of it and behind, to protect occupants in the event of a sudden stop. They are also severely restricted in most states, in terms of top speed. You'll never see a school bus going 65 or 70 mph. Many are limited to 45 mph, even on major highways. Not to mention, they are driven only by someone with a CDL license. That is why passengers on a school buses don't have to use seatbelts. That, and seatbelting in dozens of children in a bus creates much more serious problems than it avoids, in the event that they have to evacuate the bus quickly. NONE of those things are true about a Motorhome. Soo, please don't compare an RV to a school bus, as that comparison is completely ridiculous. Its like comparing a M1 tank to a cardboard box, haha. Will
willald 04/28/15 07:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Seat Belts

Haven't put one on the commode, yet. LOL Hey, thats a good idea, I hadn't thought of that! A seat belt for the commode! As much time as some members of my family spend on that thing when we're traveling, I should look into that. For their own safety, of course. :) If you need to add seatbelts, I can recommend Gotbelts.com . They have a variety of styles, lengths, colors and mounting hardware options. I installed some across our bed so when we're travelling at night and the kids are sleeping in the back, they won't "roll off" should I have to brake hard. :) We don't let the kids go back to their bunk beds (or our bed) in the back when on the road (don't have seatbelts on them). I've toyed with the idea of putting seatbelts on their bunks so they can, but have not done that, and probably won't. Reason being: Its very difficult if not impossible for us to see back there when on the road, to make sure they would be using belts in the bunks. Knowing that we cannot see back there, it would not be long before they would not use them, and I cringe to think of the horrible injuries it'd cause if one of them fell or were thrown out from a bunk when I had to make a sudden turn or stop. Will
willald 04/28/15 02:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Seat Belts

My front seat passenger is belted along with the driver. Everyone else is up to me to decide when and whether to get belted...just like in an aircraft..turbulence, the seat belt light comes on, severe clear, it's off.......Dennis Someone, please pass the popcorn.....:)...D This is pretty much the same rules we use, but I generally require that everyone be belted in, any/all the time they are sitting at a seat that has a seatbelt. I installed a seatbelt on the recliner behind the passenger seat, so pretty much all seats have a seatbelt, except the rear-facing side of the dinette. As I recall, the law only requires that the person in the driver and passenger seat be belted in. And, yes, Dennis, you're right, pass the popcorn, get a cold drink, sit back and watch the fun. This topic ALWAYS generates lots of entertaining 'discussion'. :) You'll notice, folks that own towable RVs are always very adament in these discussions, saying that EVERYONE must be belted in ALL the time, and should NEVER get up for anything when RV is moving. Ever. But, you watch, one day when those folks trade up to a MH and see how nice it is to have all the amenities when on the road...Suddenly their opinion on this matter changes drastically. :)
willald 04/28/15 10:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Flat tire 36 hrs after I purchased new

Anyway, sounds like your tire is probably fine. You caught it and took care of it before any damage was done (good job!) I'd also say that the place that sold, installed the new tires probably is not at fault here - your valve extension is. JMO, but next thing I'd do is dump those extensions. If you must use extensions, only use ones that are 'airless'. Meaning, there is no air pressure in them except when you put a gauge or air hose on it. Even better would be dually valves. Thats what I use, and would highly recommend. Politetly disagree----The tire shop is responsible for installing new and/or checking all valve stems and extensions, mounting tires, correctly torqueing all lug nuts and finally checking all tires and stems for any air leakage before the RV leaves the tire shop. Agreed, but what evidence is there, that the valve stem extension was loose when it left the tire shop? I have personally experienced one of those extensions being tight when heading out, but getting knocked loose by road debris when on the road. It CAN happen, and does. Seems unlikely tire shop would have left it loose, but who knows. Anyway, its all a moot point, as the matter has been taken care of, and the dealer is agreeing to make sure there is no damage, which is great. Will
willald 04/27/15 05:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you drain your hot water tank?

When we had a TT and nobody would use or need water in the TT until we got to our destination, yes, I drained the water heater after every trip. Was easy to do, increased life of the anode rod in the water heater, and was that much less weight we were moving down the road. It was kind of a pain, though, 'cause it meant that before every trip, had to get the big 'air bubble' out of the system, when water heater filled back up. When we moved up to a Motorhome, things changed. Since we need hot water when on the road (for washing hands, etc), it was too much of a 'PITA' to have to fill that water heater back up and get the air bubble out before we left for every trip. Soo, now I only empty it at the end of the season when winterizing. It stays full all during the season. Yes, it will sit for a few weeks between trips, but we have not noticed any kind of bad smell yet. Does probably mean that I'll replace the anode rod a little more often, but the rod still looks good, after 3 seasons of camping.
willald 04/27/15 09:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Flat tire 36 hrs after I purchased new

We had something very similar to this happen to us a few years ago, and it was the reason why I quit using any kind of valve extension that is not 'airless'. Those things can and do work loose, and the air leaks out. Like you, it almost cost me a tire. In my case, some kind of road debris hit the valve extension just right, and worked it loose. Got to campground with a very flat tire and loose valve extension. Good Sam ERS came out, took off and dismounted the tire, examined it inside and out for damage. Found none, so they re-mounted it, aired it back up, removed that valve extension, and tire was/is fine to this day. Not long after that, I dumped all those valve extensions, and went with Dually valve stem replacements. Anyway, sounds like your tire is probably fine. You caught it and took care of it before any damage was done (good job!) I'd also say that the place that sold, installed the new tires probably is not at fault here - your valve extension is. JMO, but next thing I'd do is dump those extensions. If you must use extensions, only use ones that are 'airless'. Meaning, there is no air pressure in them except when you put a gauge or air hose on it. Even better would be dually valves. Thats what I use, and would highly recommend.
willald 04/27/15 09:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leaving tomorrow for Fla

If you are taking 295 bypass around Jacksonville, stay at Flamingo Lake Campground... right off 295, easy off & on, clean, nice sites, nice people... we have stayed there 4 nights as transients......don't need to unhook, they have a snack bar/café, food is good..... When we took that route to Florida, we considered Flamingo Lake, also. It is a nice place, but its really more of a 'destination' type of campground than a stopover. Its a bit pricey if you're just stopping for one night to rest. We found a much better, and less expensive option was just a few miles north of that, just before you cross into Florida. Last exit in Georgia, exit #1, There is Country Oaks campground right off the interstate. Very simple, family owned campground located conveniently right off the interstate. Their rates are considerably less than Flamingo Lake (nearly half). Several nice pull-thru sites you can get where you won't even have to unhook (we didn't). There is also a KOA at the same exit, if thats what you like. There's a large truck stop/fuel station at the same exit, too, which is a good place to fill up on fuel before you hit the road the next morning (thats what we did). My thoughts were/are, why pay more for all the nice amenities a place like Flamingo Lake or the KOA has, when you're not going to use any of those amenities, and just going to rest for one night? Seems like a waste of $$. We stayed at Country Oaks on the way to and from Florida, and will probably stay there again any time we take that route. Now, if you plan to stay for a couple days in that area around Jacksonville, Flamingo Lake would be a good choice.
willald 04/24/15 06:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leaving tomorrow for Fla

We just made that route down to Florida from NC. Was at Sanibel Island, Florida for a week, first week of April. Was incredible down there, wish we could have stayed longer! As already said, I-95 through SC is a pretty rough road, not very smooth at all. It will wear on you, and shake anything lose in your coach thats not bolted down, haha. The day you are coming through SC, I would not plan on more than 400 miles that day. Preferably more like 300 or 350. The trip was about 730 miles for us. We did it in 2 days, split the trip in half by stopping near Kingsland, Georgia on the way there and the way back. Like already said, there are tons of places to stop along I-95 on that route, don't worry about that. JMO, but I'd try to split the trip up more evenly, do maybe 400 miles or so each day. 600 miles in one day is too much, IMO. Especially on that stretch of I-95. Along that stretch of I-95, you can count on there being several traffic bottlenecks, hold-ups, etc. that will turn what you expect to be 8 hours on the road, into more like 9 or 10. There was one point in Florida on I-75 where it got so bad, I jumped off the interstate on a 'whim' and followed route 301 for a good ways. Ended up being quicker, too. A good GPS is a very useful tool when you want to take the 'scenic route' like that. :)
willald 04/22/15 02:04pm Class A Motorhomes
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