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RE: Charging chassis batteries

First I believe if you look at the panel in front of the chassis batteries there are two posts and a sign that says "connect here to jump start" connect there to charge. Second the Trickle Charger that Tiffin puts on coaches will draw down the chassis battery if there is no shore power! unplugging it won't help. There is'should be fuse near the batteries (relatively low amp 10 or 15) that powers the board in the Trickle Charger, pull that fuse when storing without shore power. You know it is the right one when the green light stops blinking. Hope this all helps some. I found a fuse link off the outside chassis battery. I pulled a purple fuse marked E - what's E? The green light on the charger went out but the red light is still on. I fear I cannot help any further. I am not on my coach to run out and take a look (it's in the shop). My guess is that any light on indicates it is getting juice from someplace, not good if you are not on shore power.
xctraveler 08/23/16 04:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Charging chassis batteries

First I believe if you look at the panel in front of the chassis batteries there are two posts and a sign that says "connect here to jump start" connect there to charge. Second the Trickle Charger that Tiffin puts on coaches will draw down the chassis battery if there is no shore power! unplugging it won't help. There is'should be fuse near the batteries (relatively low amp 10 or 15) that powers the board in the Trickle Charger, pull that fuse when storing without shore power. You know it is the right one when the green light stops blinking. Hope this all helps some.
xctraveler 08/23/16 01:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: East Coast travel in February

We ran from Rochester NY to the south every Fall from 2002 to 2012 when I retired and did not have to wait for year end before getting out of town. Always turned on the heat and refrigerator a couple of days before departure and filled the FW tank as we were ready to roll. Did not dewinterize pipes until we needed them as we rolled. Usually our first overnight was in PA and we just ran everything. The only change we made from warm weather was we did not connect up water and sewer. We would drain black and gray before departure in the AM and stow the slinky. We were going where we had water day two in VA so did not bother about that. We then stayed at our son;s place in the VA mountains for a couple of weeks and often saw temps into the teens. Burned through a lot of propane but never froze anything. That was in an 04 Southwind and an 01 Damon before that. neither had heated tanks but the Southwind did have a furnace outlet in the wet bay. Kept a lit 100 watt light bulb for really cold nights.
xctraveler 08/22/16 08:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mobile internet

Unlimited with Verizon can be had for less than $100/month and a stiff upfront purchase fee for existing grandfathered plan. Check out https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/ for details. If you want support and guidance they charge a membership fee. I am a member and donot benefit if you join it is well worth it.
xctraveler 08/22/16 08:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ownership rv resorts ... Are they all the same?

Back to Escapee Coops. They vary in membership and monthly expenses from $30,000 to $12,000 for membership and less than $300 per month including everything but electric and internet. The one I belong to returns the membership PLUS and subsequent assessments within 60 days of notification of departure. I own my membership not the lot I am assigned. Yes real estate taxes are included in the monthly expense, but I do not pay them directly thus I am not subject to being a Calif resident for other tax purposes. For some the biggest negative may be a positive, as members we are expected to volunteer to do some of the work, either physical as in landscape or mental as in finance or marketing committees - or a world of other projects for the good of the community. While there it keeps me busy and satisfied and everyone understands that we all may pick up and travel for days or months at our own whim. I have a place to call my own that I can modify within the rules to suit our wants and the ability to leave when we choose as well.
xctraveler 08/22/16 08:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow protection

Tow defender from Road master uses a similar setup but the side bars press against a fixed plate that is part of the unit. Maybe they have figured out how to protect the pivot bolt so it doesn't sheer the moment it does the ground, a curb, whatever.
xctraveler 08/18/16 11:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow protection

We had the Roadmaster Tow Defender and after the third time a pivot bolt broke I pitched it. Generally they broke when I really needed the Defender as I was on dirt roads and the flex arm (nearest the coach) caught on something when the rear end went down low. Currently using the Roadmaster Guardian which works fine. It is a pain to stow. I have the stowmaster on the coach but don't want to move the coach with it there as it bangs against the coach and blocks both airflow to the rear radiator and view of the license plate. It is also a pain to breakdown so I can put it in the back of the Jeep.
xctraveler 08/14/16 08:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A Tire Blow and Roll-over

Should have stepped on the gas peddle maybe?? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CseABfJL1FM#action=share Doesn't have one. Right should have said "Throttle" but we knew what he meant :)
xctraveler 08/14/16 08:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rvparkreviews.com

I use RVparkreviews regularly. I find the totally negative reviews to be the ones I question the most. If I see that the reviewer has posted several negative reviews I am inclined to ignore anything posted by them. We have stayed at parks with significant negatives because they were convenient for some other reason - generally location. Usually the negatives are present - railroad tracks are not likely to move nor are highways, small sites will still be small. Knowing in advance is helpful but will not drive us away. Rude staff may or may not be an issue by the time we arrive. Awful refund rules, usually posted someplace, will prevent us from paying for more than one night at a time!
xctraveler 08/07/16 06:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help with route for 1st long trip

For laughs and giggles you can include a drive AROUND the Great lakes or just part of them, cross into Canada in Detroit and reenter the US at Niagara Falls or up north at Alexandria Bay. We have driven around four of the five not Ontario which we lived on for most of our lives.
xctraveler 08/03/16 06:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help with route for 1st long trip

When we are planning a long trip (always) I lay out the main route on Delorme Street Atlas. Each travel day I put in the day's destination and modify the route to hit any likely point of interest. Usually we seek out a likely stop within 200 miles of our departure point (or 5 hours). We use a variety of resources to locate a place to spend the night or the week. The latter may require calling ahead to see if there is space available. I am an Elk and we are lifetime Passport America and active Escapees and members of Harvest Host. Add to those resources are Corp of Engineer sites and County/State/National Parks and we have a broad range of places to stay. Oh and I ignored Walmart and other large ox stores that will welcome us for a night. Quite often we will get distracted by a point of interest along the way and set aside the plan for something that intrigues us. on edit: When we have a hard date for something we build the plan to arrive at least two days ahead of the hard date. That way if we have mechanical issues or get distracted we have some flexibility. A few years back we had to get across the country so even though we planned the trip for 9 days, we allowed 12. Had 3 days of relaxation on the East Coast before the event.
xctraveler 08/03/16 06:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ceiling light covers

It may be cheaper to just replace the fixtures. Last i looked they were less than $10. Change them for LED fixtures in the same form factor and they will cost more, but you can forget about servicing them and your batteries will love you.
xctraveler 08/03/16 04:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: On line bill paying?

I use Quicken to manage my accounts. I do not worry about transmitting transactions even over open public networks. Quicken encrypts the data before it goes on the network. They claim it is bank level encryption. Have been doing this for cash flow management since 2003 when the only access was to carry the computer to the cg office and plug into the modem line (I watched people pack a desktop machine and monitor to the office!). I have not been hacked YET! When I access my bank directly I make sure to verify that the https: shows in the address bar. 128 bit encryption will take just a bit of computer power and a year or two to break. No worries!
xctraveler 08/03/16 03:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Confession of bad parking

What 2gypsies said. We take turns at the wheel and on the ground. Hand signals only! It is hard to express sarcasm or anger with with simple hand signals. If the ground person is not visible the coach does not move! Slap on the side of the coach means STOP! Often we will consult at the driver window. On a wide open site with no overhead obstructions I may walk next to the driver side window to suggest small corrections to spot the coach just so.
xctraveler 07/29/16 03:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Shift Inhibit and a crash

Reading all the comments I have two of my own at this point. 1. Shift from N to D or R requires foot on Brake 2. E Brake OFF, coach in N no foot on service brake generates warning sound and notice BRAKE NOT SET (approx wording) on the Shift Pad (?) My wife did not hear or see the latter warning. Operator error is the easy out for all parties except us!
xctraveler 07/26/16 09:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Spare Parts To Carry

I carry the usual with me for years, fuses, wire, multimeter valve caps for tires (?) basic tools to tightening or loosening things and a power drill. Recently added a serpentine, oil filter and water separator at the suggestion of Camp Freightliner. During a recent service the old serpentine was found to be split lengthwise. I had them put on the spare and bought a replacement to carry (basic inventory rotation). Note I never intended to do any of the work myself, that was in years past, today MasterCard or Amex if they will take it.
xctraveler 07/22/16 02:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Shift Inhibit and a crash

Thank you Ranger Smith. No indication which of these circumstances were present.
xctraveler 07/20/16 04:16pm Class A Motorhomes
Shift Inhibit and a crash

I am cross posting from Tiffin Network since this could have been far more tragic. I will accept that this was an anomalous occurrence. Unfortunately it resulted in the coach hitting 8 cars and essentially destroying the front end. I pulled into a parking lot and found that there was insufficient room to complete my turnaround. I got out to guide my wife in maneuvering through the lot - this is not an uncommon behavior for us, in tight quarters I will guide and she will drive. She has over 100,000 miles over 15 years driving our coaches. When she attempted to engage D the dash lit up with "shift inhibit" and the shift panel went dark. Instead of shutting down she tried again and the engine revved and the coach jumped forward hitting 8 cars before stopping. The great news is no one was injured, not even my wife. I was standing just enough off to the side to avoid getting hit myself. My question is has anyone else experienced an issue with shift inhibit and subsequent loss of control? FL has declined to inspect the coach unless my Insurer insists. I will let it drop unless I hear about other instances even if no damage was done.
xctraveler 07/20/16 04:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Roadside Assistance - Tires

I would not drive on a "repaired" tire. This is not a 4,000 lb car with plenty of extra weight carrying capacity in the tires. Our coach is within 1,000 lbs of the permissible weight on the rear axle. I repaired tire is an accident waiting to happen.
xctraveler 07/16/16 08:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Roadside Assistance - Tires

Recent experience with Coach-net. Hydraulics failed in campground just outside Grand Canyon South Entrance. Sunday morning! Could not retract 2 slides or store jacks. With in 15 minutes of my call a tech called me and walked me through 30 minutes of attempts to locate and resolve the problem which failed through no fault of the tech. He promised to get a mobile tech out to us. I assumed it would be hours so I booked another night in the campground. Within the hour, as promised, Randall arrived and spent about an hour working on the system. It was clear we would not be able to fix it altogether, but he showed me a workaround that has kept us on the road happy until I get someplace to have an RVIA Certified Hydraulic tech work on it. Lost time actually none as we toured another part of the park we had thought to miss.
xctraveler 07/16/16 08:07pm Class A Motorhomes
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