I tow a 2004 Envoy XUV. If you don't have the manual. (this is in manual)
4 wheel drive. Position vehicle. Put Emergency BRAKE ON 1. Turn ignition key on. 2. put shift selector in neutral. 3. Turn electronic 4wheel drive switch all the way to the right and hold it until you hear the audible "slide" of the trans going into neutral. (about 10 seconds), 4. Put shift selector in Park, ( yeah I know, scared me too, but thats what I been doing for 9 years) 5 Make sure all windows are up and take ignition key out. (don't ask me how I know about the windows)
6. remove fuses #2 and 5 under black square fuse box located under the hood in engine compartment drivers side. 7. release parking brake. ( I use a brake buddy) 8. drive away
Once you move the 4 wheel drive selector and hear it shift, you wanna be careful cause your vehicle will now roll freely with the parking brake off.
They were airing down the system prior to leveling. The don't want to wait for the dump valves.
What he said.
Monacos, have an air dump, (mine) that is really slow. I let the air out with the air dump, then the last little bit I help along with the foot brake. . Some Monacos (mine) , you pull the slides out, dump the air, then drop the stabilizers. I don't call them levelers cause all they're supposed to do is stabilize.
Probably need a little more info, but mine did something similar years ago. Electronics. Does this happen when the exhaust brake is on? Happened to me . Turned the exhaust brake off , pushed sharply on the brake and the problem went away. Something do to with the exhaust brake and brake light electronics not releasing properly when you step on the accelerator.
If that works, let me know cause the fix for that is easy and cheap.
Its probly shorter distance but probly not quicker. Depends what your looking for,
Pretty drive. Easy drive with your rv. We have a house in Payson and I would say one of the things to watch for is the traffic on the weekends in Payson. Alot of people come up from Phoenix to escape the heat and it creates a pretty good traffic jam. The other thing is to watch for elk early in the morning or in the evening. We use that road all the time heading for Flagstaff from Payson. Not a problem.
Stop in at the town of Strawberry and have an elk burger.
I saw the post about the snakes in the rv. That might win any contest right off the bat.
Didn't want to steal his thread so here's my "strangest critter found in my rv" thread.
This one climbed aboard our rv after on overnight stop in Oregon while heading towards Montana a couple of years back. Thats a 35 lb bag of dogfood he's climbing on. He went underneath the rv and clung on somewhere all the way back to Vegas. Drove the dogs nuts. Tough time getting him to come out.
Anybody else. (no, picts of the husband or wife don't count)
Yup, Feb 2010
Old Decals off. Minor dings repaired.
Paint job is doing fine. If you're gonna paint, see Carlos and Jesus.
18 replies. 425 views. Not exactly burning up the bulletin board airways on the Mexico /south America boards. Well like a guy told me as I was headin over to SE Asia., it ain't much of a war but its the only one we got going, better hurry up and get in it before they move on to the next one. So that said, whats the topic again? We like Mexico , we don't like Mexico , no no, we're afraid to go to Mexico , nope that ain't it, it's our right to post ..... Naah, why do we post on a board we don't go to? Oh, hey I like Mexico and South America . In fact heading down to Columbia and Nicaragua , costa rica in a couple of monts, maybe ill see some of you folks down there.........or maybe not.
(Hey, makes about as much sense as anything else)
I've traveled to 23 different countries and lived in two of them and i haven't been able to find a beach like the one at The Reef where I can step out of my Rv onto the beach sand and have my shrimp and burritos delivered right to my door.
You really do need to go south, tons of places like that.
"Maybe it's out there but right now all I have to do is travel about 65 miles over the border to get to it."
That one sentence that you left out explains a lot on why we like PP and like I said ,it's simple, it may not be for everyone
There are prolly a lot of places like that further south, but as I stated in my post, I'm pretty happen I only have to travel 65 miles over the border to get there
Puerto Penasco , along with Mexico in general, isn't for everyone. If you like it, then go. If you don't like it, then don't go. Fairly simple . Puerto Penasco has different attractions for everyone. For us it's a short jaunt to PP, a chance meet up with old friends, relax on the beach and watch some beautiful sunsets . I've traveled to 23 different countries and lived in two of them and i haven't been able to find a beach like the one at The Reef where I can step out of my Rv onto the beach sand and have my shrimp and burritos delivered right to my door. Maybe it's out there but right now all I have to do is travel about 65 miles over the border to get to it.
We love it.
Initially we were surprised by the questions but have been asked at other borders about the dog food. It's because of the meat products in the dog food. Canada and the US have given us similar questions.
We too do not like to change our dogs food but check the SAMs club there. I was a bit surprised by the variety of dog foods they carry.
To clarify. The SAMs club is just like the ones in the US. The Walmart is owned by Walmart but goes by a different name and looks a bit different from what you normally see but it's all good
We were in Rocky Point in February. We got stopped. First, let me say, it was random and it was not an unpleasant experience. US Homeland security stopped us asked us about guns. Mexican border police stopped us. A random Agriculture inspection was done, very similar to other border crossings (Canada). They asked about, dog food, dog rabies paperwork, meat, poultry alcohol produce. Confiscated one small steak and warned us about the other stuff. The guards were pleasant, we were at the border about 15 minutes. Other rv's drove by us. This was something new, an agriculture inspection. Not a big deal. We got stopped by the Mexican marines outside of Puerto Penasco, Briefly, stuck their head in the door , then waived us through.
We found that we really don't need to bring food items and stuff. We can get what we need in PP. They got a "WalMart" and Sam's Club just opened last year. Reasonable prices.
So not saying you will get stopped, just what could be on a random check.
This was our 2nd time being stopped in 10 years of travel to PP.
Sally, they're not that hard to change, but like a couple of people said, you need to do a few things. As stated, the silver plate is under the generator. It has a square button that slides opens the plate. You'll find the oil filter and fuel filter. You'll need two line wrenches to loosen the fuel lines. A line wrench looks like this Line Wrench
I don't recall what size the filter requires....I believe one is 5/8" and the other may 1/2" or 7/16". The fittings on the end of the fuel lines are really soft. The line wrenches keep you from stripping the soft material. You can check the size of the fuel line fittings with standard open end wrenches and then go to your local auto parts store and buy the two line wrenches you need in the correct size.
Once the lines are disconnected, they will drip fuel. You need to be ready to install the new filter right away. An old mechanic's trick is to tie a rag around each wrist. It will absorb any fuel running down your arms while changing the filter.
*****Never use a trouble light with a household type bulb to work around fuel. The fuel will pop the bulb and catch fire.
What he said. I just changed mine. Not hard BUT'. My cover plate has two indentations in the cover plate. just gotto squeeze them together and the plate opens. gonna get some diesel on ya and it can make a mess if when the diesel starts dripping down your arms. Can't leave this one to drain like an oil filter, gotta change it out quickly. I think I used a 10mm on one line. Check first
I have a 2003 Monaco Dipl with a Norcold 1200 RLIM unit. I had the recall done about a year and a half ago. Until Jan of this year the unit has worked fine. In january the control board started blowing fuses. Then in February, the ammonia smell and the cooling unit failed. I spent the next month looking at cooling units made by Norcold and by the cooling Unit Warehouse (Amish). I looked at a Samsung residential refrigerator but could not make it work without doing major modifications to the refrigerator cabinet and giving up one of my furnaces.
I pulled the refrigerator to inspect the cooling unit. I did this myself without taking it to a shop. It wasn't that difficult. I built a platform with wheels and was able to remove the refrigerator from the cabinet by myself. I followed the videos and photos and instructions of those that have done this before me. There are alot of them. You can find many of them on the Cooling Unit Warehouse website.
I noticed that my cooling unit had failed at the exact place that the recall had been done. They attach a metal band with an electrode around the metal of the cooling unit and thats they're "fix". I wasn't impressed. It looked like a fairly cheap fix for a major problem. Norcold obviously came up with this "fix" but doesn't have much control over the manner and expertise in which the fix is installed.
My replacement choices were narrowed down to two. Norcold or Cooling Unit Warehouse (Amish)
I chose the Amish for the following reasons. I found that I was able to replace it myself. The Amish unit comes with a 5 year warranty. I was able to call the Cooling Unit Warehouse and speak directly to David Force who provided excellent info. Comparing the two units side by side, the Amish unit appears to be made stronger with more coils.
Now, the brand new Norcold Cooling unit is probably a good unit. Camping World is still installing them. It appears to be the same standard unit. One problem I noted is that Norcold is getting sued. Can they survive that?, dunno.
There may be other choices but that's how I went. I got a couple of friends to help me install the new amish cooling unit. We leaned it over and layed it on its face and replaced the cooling unit, new air shield, two new fans, two heating elements and a new "Dinosaur" control board. After the refrigerator was out and ready, the new installation took us 6 hours. I have about $1500.00 invested. I have the cooling setting on "2" and the unit cools to about 35 or 36 degrees. It works fine.
Again, I had no problems with my Norcold unit for 10 years. I have watched one other rv burn , we believe it may have been the cooling unit.
I'm always concerned with fires but I'm not sure I would do anything with a 2 year old unit except maybe as others have stated about the fire extinquishers.
We've had our Thousand Trails Membership for 11 years now. For us, its great. We have our summer planned out using Oregon and Washington. I second the advice. Call TT , check the fees. Go to the website, check out the preserves. Some of the preserves are ok, some of them are very nice. You will always find people that will find they don't like TT or they had a bad experience. I gotta believe there are alot of people out there that like TT cause every year I have to make reservations way in advance to get into the preserves in Oregon, especially the ones on the coast like Seaside and Whalers Rest. (Bend also and try getting into Palm Springs without a reservation during the winter))
Let see....pickleball, bar b q's, ice cream socials, saturday breakfast. Burgers in the afternoon, swimming pool, jacuzzi, doggy treats at the ranger station for our pups, meeting up with old friends. Good enuf for me and wife. Check it out. We really enjoy our membership, 60 or 70 nights a year.
St George Utah , Rv crashed , police report a total of 10 people in the Rv. Sorry to hear about the driver and front seat passenger not surviving . Police state it may have been a front tire problem.
Check your tires, your weight, your seatbelt count. 10 people is too many, too much weight , not enough seat belts .
Congrats on the new to you Rv. 1st , don't get discouraged while you work your way the the problems of new to you Rv . Sometimes it's an easy fix, sometimes not. We've all been there .
On the vibration . Check the age of the tires. Your Rv could've been sitting a lot and someone else mentioned flat spot. To check the age, it's usually found on the tire sidewall near the DOT imprint in an oval encasement, something like this (0610) the first 2 numbers are the week and the last 2 numbers are the year the tire was built. If you knew this already, sorry for the rehash., but you might have an old bad tire(s) causing vibration, happened to me. Sometimes the tire is mounted with the imprint towards the undercarriage.
Just a thought on the overheating. Did you replace the radiator cap with a new one when you flushed. I had a bad radiator cap caused my temp to rise.
When this happened to me on the ac prob, it occurred just before my alternator froze up, my compressor was working fine. Just a thought.
Check with Home Depot or lowes for material to insulate the engine
You've got a older puller, your close to the engine , more noise.
Not trying to insult you here but you have an entry level Rv , in the interest of weight management they use lightweight materials to build your Rv. More susceptible to road noises.not a thing wrong with , just the way it is.
More knowledgeable people here than me, but maybe some of this will help.
Good job. I had hopes of doing this also but it was not to be. My 03 Dipl has the low ceiling and the furnace below the refridge. Didn't want to give up the furnace , so I went with the Amish cooling unit. Put it in last week. Works fine. Hope yours work good for you.