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RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Drove it to the co-op and back to top up the fuel: $175.75 worth of diesel to which I added fuel stabiliser. On the way home ran the generator and the heatpump to exercise the genny for half an hour or so. First time in 13 years we have had to add stabiliser; due to the dogs health problems we are not going to Mexico this year. :( In a month or so I guess we'll have to winterise too.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/30/14 06:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New RV park, just south of manzanillo

That would be perfect for splitting the Puerto Vallarta - Zihuatanejo run into two days instead of three. And it will give us one more state for the map! Unfortunately because of an ailing dog we won't be going this year. Hopefully it will still be in business next year. First time in 13 years that we have not wintered in Mexico. Don't know how we'll manage the cold, rain and dark. :(
Canadian Rainbirds 09/29/14 12:55pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Flat Inner Dual Tire :-(

Just out of curiosity, was it the right side inner dual? A tire tech told our motorhome group that that is the most common tire failure with duals. Why? Driving off the edge of the paved road puts full load on the single tire. Eventually it had been over stressed enough. Over the last 20 years we have had two flats, (one a blow out, one discovered when checking pressure before the trip) both were right side inner dual.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/28/14 12:18am Tech Issues
RE: traeger Jr., a grp 27, an inverter. What's the best recharge

Definitely do the four battery bank up at the loop. Easier to stuff amp hours back in and a week at 80% upper charged capacity won't hurt a darned thing. Listen to Mexicowanderer. He is THE man when it comes to the care and feeding of lead acid batteries.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/28/14 12:10am Tech Issues
RE: Pemex Los Mochis

The one with the secure parking is also called La Pilarica It is on the east side of the highway. Southbound, just over the bridge at the southern edge of Los Mochis exit right and go back and under the bridge. Northbound, keep an eye out for the bridge coming up and exit right. There are signs as you approach for a rest area, which is in fact the Pemex. We have stayed there in the past but now we just leave early. stop there for fuel or lunch then carry on. San Carlos-Mazatlan. Leave at dawn, arrive at dusk.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/25/14 09:16am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Reciprocal Ham license?

Hi Steve. Yes the process is a challenge. At least is was 12 years ago and I don't believe it is any better. At that time you had to take the paperwork to the Feds in the State Capital. You also needed written permission of the property owner and a station inspection was required. We were travelling in a motorhome. After being refused a permit in Chihuahua because I was going to be in Cuernavaca, Morelos for the first 6 weeks they said I needed to apply there. Fortunately in Zacatecas I met a taxi drive who was a ham. That evening he brought his good friend and fellow ham to the rig to visit. He was also head of the Federal Communications dept (FCC equivalent)! After consuming several cans of Canadian Beer he said that they weren't worried about mobile, Just Do It! He said that the police knew nothing about radios in the first place and didn't have the authority to do anything about it in the second place! He gave me his business card with home and office phone numbers in case I had any hassle anywhere along the way. Unfortunately I have since lost the card. We have travelled and operated mobile in Mexico every year since with no trouble. I'm not on a lot, usually APRS via the ISS or a bit of 20 or 80 meter SSB or CW. I use XE1 (or 2 or where ever I happen to be) /mycall for ident. Since the radios are installed in the rig I have not had a problem with customs. Bring a rig down on a plane or in a box in a car could be a problem. Unfortunately we won't be down this year because the Vet advised against it--one of our dogs is seriously ill and needs close vet supervision. Art, VE7FED and VA7RV/M APRS VA7RV-12 (only when travelling)
Canadian Rainbirds 09/22/14 11:47pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Few question about insurance

We had over all good results (eventually) with Lewis and Lewis. We had a hard time with a Qualitas adjuster for a while but Jim Lewis came through with a little polite pressure and the claim was paid. There was no accident involved so there was no reason for the adjuster to come to the scene (miles from no where). We met with him a couple of days later. If your Spanish isn't at least conversant you could have problems though most of the adjusters speak at least some English.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/22/14 11:28pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Changes @ KM21 and other border areas.

This type of corruption happens at KM21 in Sonora all the time. Only it is Mexicans who are the victims. In every town and village in Sonora there are local residents with second hand stores. Most of the goods come from yard sales in Tucson and beyond. Typically the owner of the store travels to AZ every week. He will usually have a 1/2 ton and maybe a trailer. When he gets to 21 the vehicles are loaded as high as is legally possible. Every nook and cranny is filled with goodies: furniture, appliances, clothing, small appliances and more. One of the aduaneros will examine the list of goods and come out to inspect the goods. At this point the driver is given a choice: Pay a "fee" to the audanero and carry on or unload the truck and trailer so the goods can be examined. The driver usually takes option one. Cost is between $100 and $150 usd. Option 2 is a disaster. At least 4 hours and the goods are scattered all over the parking lot. I have been told( not verified) that there is a system similar to tips in a restaurant. All of the "fees" are pooled with the shift boss taking the biggest share. Great business model. Moisheh Happened this summer to a good friend, a Permanent Resident of Mexico. Returning to Mazatlan from Canada with a used vehicle to import, filled with personal belongings from his storage locker, was told he had to completely empty the vehicle so that it (the vehicle) could be inspected for the importation. With the assistance of his broker and $100.00 UDS to the head of Aduana, he managed to not have to do that, nevertheless, he cleared Km 21 AT 3:00PM, having arrived at 8:30 AM. :h :S Needlss to say, he didn't make Maz that day!
Canadian Rainbirds 09/17/14 12:02am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: How to inflate to 110 psi....

It seems that a lot of responders don't seem to realise that you are filling from the DP's own compressor. The on board compressor won't kick in until it's tank pressure drops to about 90 psi so if you get to say 100 psi in the tires and the tank pressure drops to that it won't fill any more and the compressor won't come back on. The trick is to start airing as soon as the tank pressure equals the tire pressure. If it won't fill, then you will have to fan down (via the brake pedal) to re engage the compressor. It's much easier with two people!
Canadian Rainbirds 09/10/14 12:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Should I consider these Dealer Accessories?

1) RESIST ALL PAINT AND INTERIOR PROTECTION. $2471.00 plus sales tax, and 2) TyronRun Flat bands. $2602.00 plus sales tax. These are two very valuable options. FOR THE DEALER. For the buyer, not so much.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/06/14 08:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fridge and Water heater work on gas only?

Do they run from the same breaker? 120V breaker may have tripped or be turned off. Often appliances will revert to gas if there is no AC. Will they run on gas? Clicking sound is from the igniter trying to light the gas.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/04/14 05:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Leveling jacks won't work

What brand of levelers? Model number if you know it?
Canadian Rainbirds 09/04/14 05:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Basement Air

Would not have one. We decided the lose in basement space was not worth it. Then the problems a with find someone to do repairs and several provides have discontinued production of parts for these units. ? We have had ours repaired once in Mexico then replace it the next year in the US since we realised that the failure was due to sever vibration and age and the the other three lines could go the same way. Pretty happy with it. A bit noisy as it is under the bed but works great. Of course they are not just a/c but real heatpumps so are relatively efficient heaters. Ours is a Coleman-Mach.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/03/14 11:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: when should a powermax pm4b drop into float mode

Looked it up, looks interesting. Here's the Clicky But with the Canadian dollar at 92 cents and the shipping . . .
Canadian Rainbirds 09/02/14 05:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Maps of where you have been

I will apologize for my tirade also. Drove too many miles and got cutoff by too many maroons I guess! Isn't that being a bit racist? How did you know they were Maroons ? Or did you mean a sort of purplish red colour (color for you those that speak American!) Or did you really mean morons? Just in a "Stir the Pot" mood today :B
Canadian Rainbirds 08/28/14 12:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2002 Monaco

Another question: it has a 350 HP Cummins/Allison 6 spd with about 70K. How many more miles might this combo go? What do I need to look for right now? We have the same engine and same year. Only expensive problems were the fuel pump about 5 years ago and we broke an injector line last year. Lots of rough roads, Alaska to Mexico, not to mention the I-5 :) We have a bit over 100,000 miles on it. PS Carry a spare serpentine belt. Don't ask me why I know that! :S But you can read about it here.
Canadian Rainbirds 08/26/14 11:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Plugged in or not..

It really depends on your converter/charger. If it will maintain at a good float voltage (13.2 approx) then you are good to go. Some controllers aren't so good at that and can over charge the batteries.
Canadian Rainbirds 08/26/14 10:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: medical insurance travelling to and from Mexico, from Canada

Hi CC; We're across the bay from you at Willis Point! We get our out of country Medical from Westland Insurance in Victoria and have been for decades. It's quite a bit cheaper than what you quoted and we're both a bit older than you. We also get our homeowners insurance and our BC vehicle insurance through them and they are very good a assisting us with our vehicle insurance refunds for the time we are in Mexico. Highly recommended. Send me a PM if you want my phone number. Art
Canadian Rainbirds 08/26/14 10:39am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: inverter and start batteries

Until you identify the problem I would turn the inverter charger OFF. Most likely suspect is that you have a battery with dead cell. So, your inverter/charger is trying to charge a 10 VDC battery as if it were a 12 VDC battery. Take the battery in and have it load tested. X2
Canadian Rainbirds 08/25/14 01:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tub girgling when filling grey tank

I am hooked up to the campsite water and I have a plastic thing that holds my toilet valve open so the water runs and I can fill the black tank to 1/2 or more full. You do NOT need to do this. In 99% of all MH's the sink in your bathroom dumps into your black tank. Simply open the faucet in the sink to fill your black tank. Takes a whole lot less time and fuss. 99%? I don't think so. In our last three, only one (a Triple E) did. Our Horizon does not. However, they all should be plumbed this way. Who needs 40 or 50 gallons of Black Tank! :E
Canadian Rainbirds 08/24/14 10:45am Tech Issues
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