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RE: Sensor VSD pump with accumulator tank?

If the pump pulsates, as you implied, then an accumulator tank would help. If the pump is "on" all the time and speeds up or slows down based on the demand, then an accumulator tank can't be used. You could go to a RV store and check the pumps on the shelf. Read the instructions with each one and it should be clear what your options are.
Fishinghat 04/19/14 10:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Were you checked for tire chains last winter?

Twice, in Oregon when I was on the road and couldn't turn around or stop someplace to wait it out. The first time was over in eastern Oregon and the other was on I-5 in the Siskiyous.
Fishinghat 04/15/14 11:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Beware of Fire and Check that Extinguisher date

Ammonia refrigeration technology predates the freon systems we use in our stick houses. Because the ammonia systems need a significantly small heat source to work they are more efficient, especially when electricity is a valuable commodity. Now that big coaches have vary large battery banks and really big, efficient diesel engines turning big alternators, electrical power is plentiful and household type (freon) refrigerators are practical. The problem(s) has to do with camping off the grid with a minimum amount of electrical power. In that situation, the ammonia systems work best.
Fishinghat 04/14/14 08:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: No shift

Sorry, but I don't know anything about your Allison 647. However, I Googled it and came up with a similar shifting problem discussed on iRV2.com. http://www.irv2.com/forums/f125/a-little-advise-requested-mt647-no-shift-126622.html Good luck.
Fishinghat 04/14/14 07:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What manufacturer do I purchase?

Are you thinking of something like Consumer's Union and their auto reports? There isn't any such publication or data base, possibly because of the large number of models, manufacturers and floor plans, along with changes made during the model years. You can check NADA's book for a listing of manufacturers and models. Comparing estimated values will give you a basis for determining how pricey the rigs were when new and how they compare to other rigs of the same vintage. Keep in mind the suggested values are estimated by using a depreciation scale and are not from actual sales as with automobiles. Finally, you could check with PPL's web site for used sales. They show the actual price a rig sold for. By comparing one brand and/or model with others, you can get an idea of what model or brand had more problems. In your case, look at the diesel Class A motorhomes sold and focus on the price range you are interested in.
Fishinghat 04/14/14 07:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Seattle WA

Lots of very good recommendations. To anyone wanting to stay near Seattle, the city is like an hour-glass, with the main downtown area at the choke point. Puget Sound is to the West and Lake Washington is on the East side, severely limiting camping opportunities close to the city. Staying over near Pouslbo and ridding the ferry could be a memorable experience for a visitor not familiar with these larger "boats". Washington State Ferries are huge with restaurants and parking for over 100 cars. The ride can be an enjoyable experience.
Fishinghat 04/11/14 10:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Drain hose racks, a good thing?

Some places require sewer hose supports so hose is NOT laying on ground. In 7 yrs. of FT travel have been in several CGs that required it....one reason I even have a sewer hose support. If I hadn't experienced it I wouldn't have mentioned it. Even been where donut was required to seal connection.......just an un-threaded open end pipe Another reason why I even have a donut. Normally my multi-threaded sewer connection works. We've also been in several campgrounds where a hose support is required so that the hose doesn't lay on the ground. These were resorts where we were staying for several months. For stays of a few days, we don't bother to hook up a hose until getting ready to leave as that's when we dump the tanks anyway.
Fishinghat 04/11/14 10:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Raising Rear On Diesel Pusher

No, there is no easy way to raise the rear of your coach. (Some coaches have an air leveling system where they can dump the airbags to temporarily lower the coach a few inches while the engine is running, but this is of no help in your situation.)
Fishinghat 04/11/14 10:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can You drain coach batteries while driving?

In a "normal" setup, the engine charges the chassis battery first and then the house battery. Normally, this is enough to keep both charged up. If your alternator is defective or your electrical demand is extreme, than the battery may run down. If the electrical demand is the problem, you could always use your generator intermittently. Keeping your better half happy is worth the price of a few hours use of the generator.
Fishinghat 04/10/14 11:44am Beginning RVing
RE: Dead battery

The owner's manual instructs you to pull a fuse. Apparently that keeps the battery from being drawn down. Having a charging wire installed between your coach and the toad is an excellent idea.
Fishinghat 04/09/14 12:28pm Dinghy Towing
RE: looking to buy entry level Motorhome

What ever you buy make sure its cheap because you will be buying another, sooner than you know. Good advice. Another reason for buying used, since you'll loose less when you decide to move into something else.
Fishinghat 04/08/14 09:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Preventive maintenance F150 5.0

Follow the owner's manual. My concern would be fresh coolant and fresh engine oil.
Fishinghat 04/07/14 09:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Isolation of coach batteries during long term rving parking

The modern converters are Smart and will not damage the batteries. X2
Fishinghat 04/07/14 09:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: wheel size-might be the dumb question of the year

Cost vs. profit. Every legitimate business has the right to make a profit, and the more the better. So, any place that they can cut costs, they do. As long as it doesn't violate any laws or incur a liability issue, they do it. It is our job as customers to use due diligence and do our homework before spending our hard earned money.
Fishinghat 04/05/14 11:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: So I weighed my coach today....

You shouldn't run less than the minimum posted on the sidewall of the tire. Running up to the maximum is acceptable, but as you pointed out, makes the ride rather stiff. I would think 78 would be satisfactory.
Fishinghat 04/05/14 10:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: no turbo boost in Cummins isc

Maybe a new Cummins dealer. Or, at least a different mechanic with more experience. I'm surprised a franchised dealer can't figure out what the problem is. This is supposed to be what they do.
Fishinghat 04/05/14 10:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing Std. Shift RWD Car - Unhook the driveshaft?

For about 6 years, we towed a 2000 Mustang with a stick shift (manual) transmission without any modifications or problems. I would recommend stopping and running the engine every 500 miles or so.
Fishinghat 04/02/14 09:14am Dinghy Towing
RE: Class A roofs

I have a 1993 HR Navigator with a rubber roof, and it has never leaked or had a problem. The Navigator is the top of the line coach from a very large RV manufacturer who also uses aluminum on some of its products. Our 1989 HR Imperial had an aluminum roof that also never leaked or had a problem. So, having a rubber roof doesn't mean the rig is cheap or the roof will leak. Having said that, I did have it coated with a non-petroleum based paint in 2003 to help preserve the roof. RV manufacturers do not recommend coating the roof with anything but just keeping it clean using a soft brush and mild soap.
Fishinghat 04/02/14 08:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Insurance denying claim for ripped floor

Insurance doesn't cover "deferred maintenance", just sudden and accidental loss. The fact that other identical units have had similar damage may justify a liability claim to the manufacturer, but has nothing to do with your insurance company. Incidentally, USAA is one of the top rated insurance companies.
Fishinghat 03/29/14 09:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: How steep was it?

The grade in degrees is normally a percentage of a 45 degree angle. So, 31% would be about 16 degrees. That's still a very steep hill, but "doable". A 31 degree hill would be about double in slope and I'm not sure a typical wheeled vehicle could navigate it. On the other hand, I've never been there and it could be much different than what I think the sign implies. I'm thinking the sign maker confused degrees with percentage.
Fishinghat 03/29/14 11:05am General RVing Issues
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