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RE: Air Bag suspension

I guess Johnny G1 was so bound and determined to tell us what he did that he didn't bother to see it would be useless information in response to OP. But then there is a lot of that here - like this post.
xctraveler 11/07/16 04:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thoughts on a Chevy 8.1L Gas Engine vintage 2003

I remember that recall. They sent a package with this small clip to be installed in place of the original. I stopped in at a dealer and the install took a few minutes. Not a big deal to get done, a very big deal if not done.
xctraveler 11/06/16 09:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Parking on WA State Ferries

Depends on the ferry ride. River crossings like Mississippi River is a relatively short ride and there is no place to go. Likewise Champlain Ferry (not the Burlington one) is all business. they really don't want you wandering around as the ride is only 20 minutes. Several crossings we have taken are only 5 minutes. Long haul ferries like the Old Portland ME to Yarmouth NS no one was allowed on the car deck at all during the 11 hour passage. Likewise on the Alaska Marine Highway. AS for disconnecting the tow'd If I had wanted to pay the perfoot rate for the distance from the coach back bumper to the tow'd front bumper, I was free to do so. Not only did I disconnect the tow'd, I dismounted the towbar as it extended 2 feet from the coach body.
xctraveler 11/05/16 09:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Air Bag suspension

What Tinmac said. Weigh your coach and adjust the tire pressure for the axle weight according to the tire manufacturer's inflation chart found on their website. If you are running more than 10 psi above their recommendation you will continue to rattle your teeth. If that solves your problem you just spent less than $10 for the weigh scale and noting to adjust tire pressure. If that doesn't help enough, try the next cheapest approach, not sure if that is shocks or airbag. I'm betting on tire pressure.
xctraveler 11/05/16 09:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thoughts on a Chevy 8.1L Gas Engine vintage 2003

Okay another former owner of the WorkHorse Chassis withe the 8.1l Vortec engine. LOVED IT! It was on a 2004 Southwind and we drove it 8 years and 110,000 miles. Over the Rockies (US AND Canadian) up to Alaska and more bad roads than I care to think about. At around 80,000 miles I blew an exhaust manifold donut, replaced both on the road on the California Coast. ISTR about $200. That was total repair cost on the engine. Maintenance was done faithfully at 3 months even if we hadn't run the mileage, seldom had. Switched to Synthetic after warranty period and also switched to Allison to Transend (sp) at first (only) tranny oil change. You might ask if this was done. Allison recommends it and extends the warranty and change cycle to 150k miles if it is done. If you want a pdf of the chassis manual, pm me - big download.
xctraveler 11/05/16 09:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: driving uphill on gravel driveway

To; get to my son's yard I drive 2 miles up a gravel/dirt mountain road then make a sharp turn onto his driveway. It rises a hundred feet or more in 1/8 mile. It is gravel and has a couple of water bars. Over a period of years I may have spun the drivers once or twice in both our former 36' gasser (WorkHorse) and our present 36' DP. The transmission is smart enough to stay in 1st as long as I keep the speed down. The secret for me is to maintain steady pressure on the throttle and thus keep the speed steady also, letting it drop as I near the top. The turnaround at the top is the fun part. I need every inch of space available to turn the coach 90 deg and get it on the pad about 4 feet from a railroad tie wall. This can take as much as 15 minutes. The transition is not too bad as the road is dirt, generally I have to put the driver side wheel off the road into a dropoff to execute the turn in and passenger side wheels when departing. DW is NOT in the coach when I do this, she is in the tow'd or on the ground giving guidance. Looking forward to executing this maneuver in a couple of weeks.
xctraveler 11/05/16 03:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anti rodent asian beetle treatment

Nothing will stop Asian Beatles otherwise known as Stink Bugs. When we visit family in VA i the Blue Ridge area we pick up a load of them that we finally lose in the desert.
xctraveler 11/03/16 03:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Picking up Soon.

1200 miles in two days. WalMart comes to mind. He'll be so worn out it won't matter where he stays....Dennis Did that in a day when the d-i-l got sick and they needed help with the children. We even took time out for 90 minutes to visit a friend along the way. Hit a WalMart at 10? and rolled with the sun, ooh East into the sun! At their place by noon. Almost too tired to help with the kids for an hour or so. We drive 2 hr shifts which is the only way we could make it. Swore we would never do that again. Find storage and fly!
xctraveler 10/27/16 06:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Picking up Soon.

BigRabbitman, I would use your approach myself, actually do whenever we are in travel mode. But we have been at it for 16 years and well over 200K miles. As newbies that was a bit of a challenge for us. Just looking at maps and wondering how to turn 1200 miles (round number) into 830 miles. I want usersmanual distance shrinker :) maybe I can get across the country to CA from Rochester in 2,000 miles using his map, sure would save some fuel.
xctraveler 10/27/16 02:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winter storage - Oil Change in fall or spring?

Can you say, "Recreational Maintaince". Don't just look at Europe, a lot of transmissions here do not have a dip stick, so you must fill them from the drain bolt with a special adapter too prevent overfilling. Took you at your word and looked up "Recreational Maintaince" (although I must admit I spelled "maintenance" correctly). I found no reference in the first two pages to any vehicle with an ic engine that does not have a dip stick - other than all electric (oh, right not an ic engine). Further research using "internal combustion engine without a dip stick" turned up the following thread Eric the carguy Must be a couple out there, but they seem to draw more ire than glory from posters.
xctraveler 10/27/16 12:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bikes on ladder

Roof rack on the tow'd. Destroyed a couple of nice bikes with exposure to weather and ultimately rocking side to side which snapped the dropouts of the fork of a Cannondale (that was a really rough patch of road). No bikes anymore :(
xctraveler 10/26/16 09:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winter storage - Oil Change in fall or spring?

It's fun to read everyone's take on the oil change interval at least every 6 months :) Clearly Cummins does not understand what is going on with the oil in their engines otherwise they would not have the 1 year or x miles oil change requirement. There are also a whole lot of other wear, inspection, change requirements that are based on one year. It makes it easy for me to just follow the mfg recommended service intervals and be done with it. One trip for service each year. No thinking involved. Since we use the coach much of the time and seldom store it that question does not come up. See me in June when I make my annual service trip to a Freightliner Oasis shop for everything that is in the book.
xctraveler 10/26/16 09:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 7000 miles and 20 states in 58 days.

Just looked at my logs. Our longest "trip" in 2010-2011 was 16,695 miles and took 10 months. I have not counted the states and provinces. We started from Rochester NY and went south to Florida covering all the east coast states from NY south. We continued across the southern states to California and then up the west coast to Washington, crossing to Idaho then into Canada. In Canada we drove through Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon Territories on our way to Alaska. Our return took us south through Montana to, Wyoming where we picked up US in West Yellowstone and continued east along US 20 back to Rochester NY. Our only diversion from US 20 was a northward side trip to Madison WI and then a diversion around Chicago to pick it up again east of in Indiana. During that "trip" we flew back to Rochester from Calgary to celebrate my mother's 94th birthday and then bury her 2 days later. After two weeks we flew back to Calgary to continue the trip. We were never in a hurry and took many side trips along the way. It was the next year that we declared ourselves "full timers."
xctraveler 10/24/16 07:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 7000 miles and 20 states in 58 days.

Great post, I'm tired just reading it :) We have crossed from coast to coast every year since 2002. Have kids and grandkids on both coasts. Our first trip we did it in 42 days! Oy. Didn't know what we were doing, but really loved it. As we got older and fully retired those trips began to take more and more time until they got to 6 months. They became less trips than a lifestyle of being on the road. In recent years our quickest crossing was 9 days, Los Angeles to Providence RI. I had allowed 12 days, just in case. We stopped to visit friends a couple of times and even stayed over two days in Kansas City KS. I doubt we will make another "quick" trip. We are not "religious" about 4 hours/250 miles/stop for 2 days, but we do try. WalMart and other free overnight parking places are our preferred mode when running.
xctraveler 10/23/16 08:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A/C Thhermostat??

Brand/model of Thermostat? Would help trouble shoot. They are not all thje same.
xctraveler 10/23/16 07:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Did it again

Here is a nice phone app you can use during your walk-around. It covers all the bases for all RV types. http://i.imgur.com/m5wKlxOl.jpg Best to look it up as RVChecklist in PlayStore
xctraveler 10/21/16 02:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What do you do for WIFI on the road

Currently connecting from Verizon Hotspot on my Samsung S5. I have grandfathered Unlimited Data with CDN and MX (voice) I tried the T-Mobile and had two immediate fails. 1, no service at my home park at all. 2, the Unlimited is for streaming ONLY. Great for watching video not so great for uploading pictures or any other data hungry service. Returned it for a full refund. I have no trouble staying online while using voice too. That was a problem 4 years ago. To answer OP - MiFi and or mobile phone with hotspot best carrier is Verizon for fast connection anywhere. AT&T is second and some use both to be sure for business purposes. For more excellent information that is current https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/ Their complete resource is not free, I am just a subscriber not involved in any other way.
xctraveler 10/21/16 01:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best gas card/cc benefits

https://www.rvpluscard.com/ The page you linked is a charge card. Right CHARGE Card NOT CREDIT Card. See this quote from how it works "Payment due in full every month"
xctraveler 10/21/16 12:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How much does your dealer location matter in a purchase?

The first two coaches I bought, I came up with a price I would pay based on research and several attempts to purchase what I wanted as I rolled. The second time I had cash plus trade I had worked out and essentially told the salesman what the deal would look like. I had allowed an adequate profit for the dealer and eventually got the deal at my price. I would probably pay $1,000 extra to deal with a salesman I had done work with, but not a penny more. I have had maintenance and repair done in many places away from the selling dealer. The only time I had an extended wait was when I was away from the RV for other travel and they knew my travel dates. They delayed until the last minute when they could easily have had it done weeks earlier. I let them know how displeased I was and haven't been back for a couple of years.
xctraveler 10/21/16 11:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Did it again

When we had the crank up OTA antenna I would hang the ignition key on the crank! That worked. DW and I double check each other and sometimes switch routines so she will do the exterior jobs she is physically capable of (she is not strong enough to handle the towbar) and I will take over interior routines. That way either of us can setup or get underway and we know what we are looking at when we are double checking. We do have check lists for everything taped inside cupboard doors. We do review them from time to time but are not good about actually getting them out to follow. We have been on the road for 15 years and have usually moved a couple of times a week. We have done all the stupids mentioned plus almost losing the tow'd by disconnecting it before setting the brake (many years ago, twice).
xctraveler 10/21/16 10:16am Class A Motorhomes
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