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RE: DO I NEED A LADDER?

Like others have said travel a bit before buying a ladder. I just had to have the double fold 7 foot ladder so I bought it. I will admit to using it once or twice a year, to change a porch light or clean something I can't reach otherwise. Getting it out is always helpful as it gives me an opportunity to rearrange the storage area where I keep it. I saw the hollow fence post picture above and may just have to get me one. In my opinion it is a nice to have but not a must have. I'll bet I could find a helpful soul with a nice ladder on the back of his coach who would be glad to lend it to me long enough to change a light bulb, or repair a torn up awning.
xctraveler 04/07/14 11:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Floresent overhead lights

I would guess that all sizes are still being made, just check many suppliers. I would be replacing the tubes and starters with LED strips. They are not cheap but one and done, you should not have to think about them for the life of the coach AND you save battery when dry camping.
xctraveler 04/07/14 11:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: stink bugs

Carry guinea fowl instead of dogs, they will eat stink bugs (and ticks to, but you didn't ask) Spend some time in the desert, they just dry out and die, well some do. We spent some time in Charlottesville and in the woods by our son's house, we loaded up with uncountable numbers. They have left us a few at a time as we crossed the country, they hate the cold and don't show themselves when the coach is below 68 (but we aren't happy either) and they cannot tolerate desert dry. Sitting in Santa Barbara we are "only" seeing 2 or 3 a day inside the coach. I catch them and flush them into the black tank. I will not visit my son again when they are at their peak.
xctraveler 04/07/14 11:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can you jump the coach to chassi batteries to charge

Tiffin installs trkl charger as standard these days. The only caveat is to remember to pull the fuse to disconnect it from the chassis battery when storing with no shore power, otherwise it will function as a parasitic load on the battery and hasten its discharge.
xctraveler 04/07/14 10:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stacking Washer and Dryer

What Trap said x2. We do find that dryer takes longer when on 30 amp. Be careful would include, don't run Microwave or AC when on 30 amp while running the dryer.
xctraveler 04/07/14 10:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: And where are YOU headed this summer???

We will wrap up nine months on the road (including 4 months of overseas travel) in Rochester, NY first week in June. We will take in 40 plus jazz concerts during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival which starts June 20 through June 28. All of that is within 4 blocks of our in town apartment. Then we will decide what to do with the rest of the summer. May take a northerly route in late August and September to catch some NPs that are too crowded in the summer and too cold in the winter. Undecided.
xctraveler 04/01/14 01:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Bought end caps for closet shelving and put them on the compartment latch arms so I won't scrape my arm the next time I am reaching into the compartment in a hurry. Package of 20 too small, 20 too large and 60 just right cost ~$5. Only needed 12 total.
xctraveler 03/10/14 09:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: unusual smell

AS a former owner of an 04 Southwind to get to the batteries just undo the two large screws set into the top step. Lift up and remove the step. The batteries are in plain view. On my unit, after 7 years much of the support material for the batteries was corroded and I was in there at least once a month checking water levels in the batteries. That is a place to start even if there is no evidence of smell.
xctraveler 02/12/14 04:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Here is a catch up post. When I brought the coach out of storage in September I noted a failed wiper seal on the passenger side front slideout. For a variety of reasons including travel with grandson and personal travel overseas this did not get dealt with until the end of January (the coach was back in storage October through December). We resumed living aboard on January 3 and within the week we went through very cold temps in Northern VA (as low as 4 overnight). I did not note any failures as a result of the cold, AT THAT TIME. In Florida the Precision Temp tankless water heater began spewing water through the flow gauge face. Diagnosis from Gary at PT, the freeze preventer had turned on as called for, but failed to turn off, a known issue, overheating the flow gauge and causing it to distort. With his guidance I took the flow gauge apart and reassembled it which eliminated the immediate issue of no water in the coach (heater bypass valve is useless), however the spraying water had taken out the gas control board. Precision Temp shipped me both required parts no charge! Since I was having the seal (from the first paragraph)repaired at La Mesa in Sanford, I elected to have them install the new card and replace the suspect flow gauge. While waiting for the parts,the water system started throwing black sand into every filter and screen on the coach. Diagnoses by me, the house filter had been damaged by the freeze back a month prior and was adding its carbon to the water flow. Simple project to replace the filter and clear the strainers on all the sinks. Unfortunately the kitchen sink did not clear as easily. The stuff had clogged the diverter valve for the spray hose. I crawled under the sink and tried to clean the diverter as recommended on the Pfister web site. It got better but not good enough. Talked to their tech and they sent out new diverter and new faucet core, no charge, lifetime warranty! I crawled back under the sink and replaced the diverter (2 minute job the second time). La Mesa installed the rest of the parts AND the seal and we were off to chilly Alabama, Summerdale that is, where I have washed the coach, finally, changed out the battery on one of my TPMS sensors and added a ROKU box to my entertainment options. Sorry about the long list, hmmm... sorry it was so long :( but we're having fun.
xctraveler 02/12/14 03:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Washer/Dryer doors won't stay open

I like all the ideas I am getting. Been working on the bungee cord idea. Magnets? now there is an interesting thought. I'll have to look into that. Tonight we are in a slightly unlevel site, PS is high and doors are nicely balanced neither opening nor closing. Need to double check the bubble before we break camp in the morning.
xctraveler 02/05/14 08:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Washer/Dryer doors won't stay open

OP here: I just double checked the units and they are less than half bubble off center. I showed DW what I need to do to try to improve the situation and she agreed it really isn't worth it. I will be the designated door holder. The next time we setup on firm ground or pavement I will tip us half buble PS up and see it that helps. Tried to use velcro to hold the doors open against the cabinet frame, but there is not enough overlap to get a reasonable grip :(
xctraveler 02/03/14 08:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How hard to rewire front tv to work while driving

Our grandchildren do not watch much TV. They are far too busy doing chores, reading doing homework playing with friends etc. Having said that, if your grandchildren are not capable of a sustained conversation or reading a book, take a small TV from the house {or buy one} and set it up on the floor facing forward. This may require some creativity if you need to run a satellite link to it, but at least you will be in compliance with the law and not be at risk of drifting into my lane and trying to occupy the same space as I am. Already had a truck do that, it is not pleasant.
xctraveler 02/02/14 08:19pm Class A Motorhomes
Washer/Dryer doors won't stay open

Both DW and I do battle with the washer dryer doors which insist on swinging closed when we are transferring the wash from the washer to the dryer or for that matter anytime we are loading/unloading the machines. The coach is level. For that matter the problem persists when we are a little off level in either direction as measured by the bathroom door swinging either open or closed and by a bubble level. Has anyone dealt with this problem? Did you find a solution you could share? Information on our coach is in the signature, the W/D are stacked Splendid machines in the back of the coach facing the front.
xctraveler 02/02/14 07:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Crossing the boarder at Buffalo

There are Nexus lanes on the bridges being discussed. They all have No RV permitted for those lanes. We have Nexus and although we show it when crossing in the coach we wait in the passenger car lanes. When in the car we cross the Whirlpool St Bridge since that is Nexus only, never a wait. That is just FYI not useful to the OP.
xctraveler 02/01/14 08:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: HWH Jacks Retract After Leveling

A thought, do the jacks retract if you don't put out the slides? When do you turn off the engine during your set up? Is this coach new to you or have you had it a while and this just started happening? If the latter what else has changed? I am out of questions for now and I certainly have no answers.
xctraveler 01/31/14 02:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Driving tips - newbie here

It is frightening that we are sold large heavy road equipment that contains systems for safe driving on grades and we are not educated in how to use them. Of course that assumes that the salesman or delivery individual actually knew how to use the equipment. Lack of knowledge about descending steep grades will kill RVers and innocent victims in their path. It happens! Shifting up to "protect the engine" could result in loss of control of the vehicle unless brakes are firmly applied and then what happens to the brakes. They fade away. Tow/Haul Ford and Grade Brake GM both provide a margin of safety initiating the downshift that a knowledgeable driver could take on his/her own. Understanding that the higher revs are helpful and that the tach is the source of information about engine speed and not hearing alone is vital. My old 8.1 L would howl all the way up a long grade at 4,500 RPM in 1st or second and just say thanks for the exercise at the crest. I must not have been to bad as it was still running smoothly when I sold it with over 105,000 miles on it. Likewise on long descents the Allison would never let the engine over rev it just upshifted and then I had to hit the brakes to get under my target speed and start the cycle over. They don't teach you this when they hand you the keys and say have great day. They ought to. Rant mode off
xctraveler 01/31/14 02:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Possible to run heat at night without killing your batteries

We do quite a bit of boondocking in the desert. Our former coach, 04 Southwind 36 had two 6 volt batteries for the house. They worked fine through the night supporting a furnace at 68 deg and a CPAP machine (no humidifier). Our program began as the sun began to set reducing lighting to only task lighting, reading lights and kitchen work lights. No TV (seldom watch anyhow so this is no sacrifice). Bedtime, the only items operating were the furnace and the CPAP which is powered directly by 12 V no inverter needed. At the point this stopped working satisfactorily I decided that 7 years on well maintained batteries was a good run and I replaced them with identical Trojan 105s. By then I had added solar. In the morning I would start the generator to make coffee and toast and start the battery recharge. Generally two hours. Then two hours during happy hour and dinner prep and maybe an hour leading up to quiet hour. The current coach, with twice the battery pack requires aome more attention to detail. Had a 12 v outlet set in by the head of the bed for the CPAP once I learned that even 4 batteries would not support the furnace and Inverter and CPAP. Many more phantom draws on this wonderful coach. Need to turn off the inverter when not needed while boondocking, otherwise it is always on. Need to be sure there are no hidden lights left on even though all are LED. Added 340 watts of photovoltaic to the roof and power management with metering so I know the status of the batteries. Generally run the gen in the am for coffee and toast and in the pm for dinner prep. Don't usually bother with a late evening topoff anymore. Short answer with some rather simple attention to power use and adequate charging there is no reason you can't enjoy boondocking even in the chill on two well maintained deep discharge batteries.
xctraveler 01/31/14 12:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: IRS and the Interest Deduction

We are financed with Bank of the West, third coach I have had with them. Here is the text of the year end statement they send: THE INTEREST PAID ON YOUR BANK OF THE WEST ACCOUNT IS INDICATED BELOW. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CONSULT A TAX ADVISOR OR THE IRS TO DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE AMOUNT DEDUCTIBLE TOR TAX PURPOSES. PLEASE RETAIN THIS COPY FOR YOUR RECORDS AS WE DO NOT MAII SECONDARY NOTICES OR 1098 FORMS FOR YEAR-END INTEREST INFORMATION. IE YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT AT 800-827_7500. : LOAN NUMBERxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx TOTAL FINANCExxxxxxxx BANK OF THE WEST COLLATERAL ; CHARGES PAID DESCRIPTION 2012 PHAETON 36QSH I do use an accountant to prepare my return and this amount is on a separate line. Have never hear from IRS about this issue, yet. Now I have no mortgage as I have no house so MH is my primary residence.
xctraveler 01/30/14 10:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best route

It sort of depends on how long you plan to take for the trip. We would take 95 to Florence, stay at Swampfox RV, not great but level and fhu then take US 29 to Charlottesville then I 64 to I 81 to I 88. From Albany area the options are I 90 - expensive tolls - or US 20, our favorite road. This is much slower, avoids major cities and no tolls at all. From Florence we are 6 hours from our son so not sure where to stay in Charlottesville area, must be a Walmart on the route. The intown walmart is a no no impossible access and not permitted (also well out of your way).
xctraveler 01/29/14 08:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: My Dometic Power Awning opens unexpectedly, any ideas?

Is there no OFF switch? Our Carefree has such a switch which totally disables the awning. No power = no unexpected activation. We turn it off before starting the engine. If not, find the power lead and cut it and insert a switch. We have not yet experienced an unexpected activation, but I can see where other remotes could cause one.
xctraveler 01/29/14 07:54am Class A Motorhomes
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