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RE: Norcold frig

I turn our 4 door Norcold refrigerator on at least 24 hours before we put stuff in it. That's normal. Every RV we've owned took about 24 hours for the refrigerator to cool down and stabilize. Things will speed up as time goes on. The night before we leave a campground I drain my tanks and put the sewer stuff away. Then I don't have to mess with it in the morning. We never leave our awning deployed over night. Have had two blown off so we don't use it unless we need it for shade while we are in the campground.
ArchHoagland 04/13/14 08:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Spark plugs and wires for a Chev 8.1

I replaced mine last year with the same ones that were on it. I never use after market products on ignition parts or oil filters.
ArchHoagland 04/12/14 11:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Allison 1000

Dexron 3 was a GM standard, but they let it lapse, did not renew it for some reason. Today, oil mixers can put a dexron 3 label on anything they choose because there is no standard. I'd never ever use anything labelled dex3, not even to lube door hinges. Well I've used Chevron ATF MD3, which is formulated for use of pre 2005 transmissions that required Dextron III, for 8 years now. I've changed the fluid approximately six times over those years and I'm doing just fine at 66,000 miles. Again, I'd ask you to point me to a credible source of information that says this is no good.
ArchHoagland 04/11/14 03:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Exhaust sputter

It won't get hot enough until it is driven. Get out on the road for a 30 mile trip and I bet it will have disappeared. For Arch Hoagland, we only have a possibility of a little wet snow on Mon. and then all Tulips after that. Hit 96 here at our house yesterday.
ArchHoagland 04/11/14 03:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Allison 1000

I haven't switched to Transynd because I can get a case of Dexron iii for $20 at Costco. I do my own changes so it's cheap and easy. Check out the fluid you are using, Allison has dropped Dextron III from the approved listings, seems the formula has been changed. Fred Could you point me to the information that says the formula has changed? I can't find any information that says that.
ArchHoagland 04/10/14 10:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Exhaust sputter

I see you are in Michigan...that water is probably ice still melting...... I'd pull the doghouse cover off and listen for noise near the exhaust manifolds. Very common problem on gas engines.
ArchHoagland 04/10/14 09:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Allison 1000

There is no better filter than the OEM. Aftermarket seem to have a problem with the placement of the holes, thereby restricting the flow. Look in the Yellow Pages for an Allison dealer near you. We get them for $8.25 at our dealer. They sell the Transynd also. And rgatijnet1 is correct...You are not supposed to "flush" an Allison. X 2. I can get 11 quarts out if I let it sit for at least 24 hours. I haven't switched to Transynd because I can get a case of Dexron iii for $20 at Costco. I do my own changes so it's cheap and easy.
ArchHoagland 04/10/14 12:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Exhaust sputter

How many miles? Has he ever had the exhaust manifolds worked on? Do the Actia dash gauges work ok?....All characters on the digital display readable? How old are the tires?
ArchHoagland 04/10/14 12:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: The old girl is gone...

Never removed the doghouse cover...you never had to change spark plugs? Pretty good.
ArchHoagland 04/10/14 12:15am Class A Motorhomes

I carry this one. It's only 11 pounds and I use a rack on my built-in ladder on the rear of the coach. I use it a lot to wash my windshield.
ArchHoagland 04/07/14 10:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Seeking Opinion on F53 Chassis A/C repair cost

First I would put in two $10 cans of R-134-a gas and see how long it will cool. If it does cool then I would run it at least one hour or take a short trip to a park, etc. Check the pressure after one can. I think the gauge fill adapter was about $17 at WM. $1300 is not out of line but it is still a lot of money. I had one that needed two cans in the spring and one to top off about August. Not ideal but doing that for 10 years still was less than $1300. I'd do the same thing. I've recharged several cars this way. Had a Miata that I had to do it about once a year but for less than $20 it would last a year or so. On my Workhorse chassis it cost me about $1,100 to have the pump and condenser changed out about 5 years ago so $1,300 doesn't sound too bad to me.
ArchHoagland 04/04/14 12:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Power seats

Had the same problem a few months ago. Someone had flipped the salesman switch that removes power from most of the coach, including the power seats, to preserve batteries. On mine the switch is by the entrance door.
ArchHoagland 04/03/14 09:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Comparable coaches to monaco Camelot

I have a 2004 Monaco La Palma which is at the bottom of their lineup. We bought it new in 2004 and have put 65,000 miles on it. Everything that Monaco built on the chassis has held together very well, no squeaks nor rattles, etc. If something happened to this one I'd look for another one just like it. I suspect you'd be happy with the Camelot.
ArchHoagland 04/02/14 11:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wonder what an extended trip will cost?

I calculate $100 a day for our trips. We tend to visit a lot of places that have entrance fees and we'll take local Grayline tours of new cities we visit. That $100 is for everything,food,fuel,tours,campgrounds, etc. We have stayed at one Walmart and the rest of the time it's regular RV parks or Elks RV parks. The Elks cost about $18 to $22 a night and some are located at places that may not have any RV parks.
ArchHoagland 03/30/14 11:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: US Highway 395 - good to travel in a motorhome?

The Elks lodge in Simi Valley has an RV lot too. About 13 miles from the Reagan library.
ArchHoagland 03/30/14 07:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: US Highway 395 - good to travel in a motorhome?

We've been to every Presidential Library in the country except the newest one in Dallas which we will hit in November. We've managed to hit every state in the process over the years. They are all interesting and every one is different than the others. Good for you. We hope to do the same. Have you also hit the presidential museums which are not official libraries? Wikipedia has a list of all those: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_library We hit Abraham Lincoln's. I wasn't impressed with it to say the least.
ArchHoagland 03/29/14 04:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: US Highway 395 - good to travel in a motorhome?

We're based in Northern California and will probably take 101 down south, which is much more interesting than I-5. One of the things we want to visit in Southern California is the two presidential libraries there - Nixon and Reagan - and you have to brave the traffic if you're going to see them. In fact, presidential libraries are a good theme for a motorhome trip. We toured the LBJ and FDR libraries on previous trips and I suspect they are all fascinating; the ones we saw certainly were. The next time we go on a circuit around the US we'll catch as many as possible, along with other historical museums. One that I highly recommend is the George H.W. Bush WWII museum in Fredericksburg, Texas. Outstanding. As bad as the traffic can be in LA, I've had reasonably good luck at times as long as I got there before 3 PM. Thanks for the information on 395. We've been to every Presidential Library in the country except the newest one in Dallas which we will hit in November. We've managed to hit every state in the process over the years. They are all interesting and every one is different than the others.
ArchHoagland 03/28/14 11:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Decision On Air Compressor

I bought the Porter Cable 150lb, 6 gallon pancake style with two hose outlets a couple weeks ago. My original Sears 125 had a tough time even getting to 95 pounds. I went with a 150 because I think their rating of 135 was borderline, just as the 125 was borderline. Also this unit has the ability to connect two hoses so I have a 100' hose for tires and a short coiled hose with a blower nozzle to clean my workbench, etc. without having to change heads.
ArchHoagland 03/27/14 10:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dual Inner Tire Valve Extenders

Have had mine for about 9 years with no problems until I had no tires installed last year. Of course all the common knowledge on here suggested the steel braided extender was bad. Took it to a truck tire place and they pulled the tire and checked it in a big water tank. Turns out the tire valve stem had gone bad, not the extender. The tire valve stem has a rubber grommet that was leaking so they replaced it and all has been fine since then.
ArchHoagland 03/25/14 10:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Grey Tank Valve Stuck Closed

When you store your coach do you drain the black and grey tanks completely and leave it completely empty? I always clean mine after a trip and then add about two or three gallons of water with Dawn Dish soap mixed in. My thought is that the soapy water will prevent anything from drying up and hardening in the bottom of tank during non-use.
ArchHoagland 03/25/14 01:00am Class A Motorhomes
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