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RE: Steering help needed.

Hello I have a new 2016 Winnebago Sightseer 33C on a 2016 Ford F-53 chassis. I ordered our new coach from Winnebago. I had a Safe-T-Plus steering damper installed. It helped my Ford chassis. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 11/17/15 11:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 6v vs 12v

I seldom dry camp. My experience with 12 volts is that they did not last long in my RV. I tried chargers that prevented sulfation, but even so I went through three sets of 12 v batteries in 5 years. The first set was bad when I bought the coach new. The second set lasted a little more than 2 years with a Battery Minder charger and a water fill kit that made keeping my batteries hydrated easy. My third set made it another 2 years more or less. Six volt golf cart batteries have thicker plates and can tolerate more stress over time. For me it was buying more of the less expensive 12v batteries or buying less of the more expensive 6v batteries. If my experience with 12v batteries had continued I would have spent more on 12v batteries in the long run. We just purchased a new coach and part of the deal was for the dealership to transfer my old 6v batteries to our new coach. Some suggest buying 6v batteries at Costco to get a good low cost battery. I opted for Trojan 6 volt batteries. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 11/04/15 11:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Finding DirecTV Coax Cable

I never could find the satellite antenna coaxial cable. I tried a signal generator but it only worked at the the end of the coaxial cable and I needed to find the cable in the middle of the run. I also tried a 9 volt battery and I found two cables with a charge. I traced both cables to the switch box and neither cable had the correct color codes. So, yesterday I ran a cable from the bedroom, under the coach, and up the windshield post to the area of my satellite receiver. I tested it and it works. In the bedroom I changed the single cable outlet to a double. I then connected a switch box allowing me to send the signal forward or allow a connection in the bed room. I also ran a cable from the outside cable/satellite connections to add a second connection to my DirecTV satellite box from my portable satellite antenna. The two cables were ran together under my coach. I will connect the two cables from my portable satellite antenna and the two cables from my roof mounted satellite antenna to two switch boxes like the one in our bedroom. A: on both switch boxes will connect to the roof antenna and B: on both switch boxes will connect to the portable satellite antenna. I have to add tie wraps under our coach to make sure everything is secure but it is raining today. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 10/28/15 11:44am Technology Corner
RE: Need a new GPS, recommendations etc.

I use the Garmin 760 as well. My experience is mostly Garmin products. Before there were GPS devices I used a PDA with GPS software. My first Garmin had a CRT screen. I like the Garmin 760. I've owed it for about six months and I'm still learning features. One feature not on my older Garmin GPS's is a ping and text notification when the speed limit changes either up or down. I find this feature useful when driving on secondary roads and I'm prewarned about an upcoming slowdown that often indicates a small town or congestion. In Garmin devices I have never needed an external antenna. The antenna built into the device is all that is needed. Any electronic navigation device can lead you astray. We carry maps and we use them when traveling. My wife likes to track our trips on maps and she will override the GPS if she doesn't like the route. And with my wife tracking our trips on a map and with GPS we have some well remembered trips when we ended up in the middle of nowhere. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 10/26/15 12:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Finding DirecTV Coax Cable

Simplest? Signal generator and tracer. Can I use a signal generator and tracer to find the middle of a line. I have both ends but I need to find the wire in a bundle. I have disconnected all of the lines from the switch box and I get continuity on only two cables. I have a 50/50 chance of splicing the correct cable.
Yellowboat. 10/21/15 05:52pm Technology Corner
Finding DirecTV Coax Cable

In our new coach Winnebago directed one line out from our satellite antenna to the front of our coach and the other line out to the rear bedroom. I would like to identify the coax running from the antenna to the rear bedroom so that I can redirect it to the front to connect to my DirecTV satellite box. I have access to a bundle of coax wires and I'm trying to identify the wire running from the antenna to the bedroom outlet. I tried using ohms to check continuity on the outer shield wire. I find that all cables show continuity even when I have disconnected both ends of the coax. There must be a connection and a ground somewhere in the coax wire system. Does anyone have a method of identifying coax cables in the middle of a run?
Yellowboat. 10/21/15 05:13pm Technology Corner
RE: New Ford 2016 with six speed tranny

Yes, I have one. I traded our 2006 F-53 Ford chassis in on the 2016 F-53 Ford chassis. The 2016 chassis is easier to drive than our 2006 chassis. I can relax more when driving as the new chassis is more solidly in the lane of traffic. I believe that the improvement is in part due to the 22.5 wheels. I also had a trac bar, sway bar, and Safe-T-Plus steering damper added. The new six speed transmission appears to be great. RPMs on our 2006 chassis would top out around 5,300 RPMs. I never liked the engine noise at 5,300 RPMs and I would intervene and keep RPMs between 4,000 and 4,500 RPMs. So far the new six speed transmission and V-10 engine combination tops out at 4,300 RPMs. It is much quieter when climbing hills with cruise control on. IMHO I like the new Ford F-53 chassis. When we ordered our new coach I thought that it would be built on a 2015 chassis. I didn't become aware of the 2016 changes until after our new coach was being assembled. I asked our salesman which chassis our coach was on and he gave us the VIN number. We have chassis number 617 in the 2016 F-53 chassis. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 10/19/15 11:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago, Schwintek In-Wall Slide-Out system - Problems ??

The new Winnebago's have a new system. The rail is not fastened to the slide wall. It is attached at one end and is flexible. Apparently a real improvement. I have a new one on order so I will know soon enough. The mechanics told me about the new system. Told me it freaks the owner out because the rail will flex and bow out on the side of the slide, which is norma. We picked up our new 2016 coach about a month ago. It is freaky to see the rails bending. We have used the coach once with a planned drop off at the dealership so that they can start fixing factory defects. Our coach is currently in the body shop to fix damage caused by the delivery driver. He hit something cracking the bottom lip of the fiberglass front end in two places, scratches in one area, and spider web cracking in the paint in three places. We are scheduled to pick up our coach this week for our next trip. Hopefully our slides will not give us any troubles. JD
Yellowboat. 10/04/15 09:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Added tube storage container to store dump hose. Installed an Amp-L-Start and battery fill system.
Yellowboat. 09/06/15 10:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can I Operate Slides With the Engine Off?

If you are hooked up to shore power...... will that also charge the chassis battery? On most Winnebago coaches shore power does not charge the engine battery. Some add an AMP-L-START 15 amp charger to their system to keep the engine battery charged while on shore power. Otherwise the engine battery can loose its charge on extended periods of shore power.
Yellowboat. 09/01/15 11:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can I Operate Slides With the Engine Off?

If your Winnie is wired like ours, the slides run of the engine/chassis battery, not the two new coach batteries you installed. The chassis battery may or may not be charged with the generator or shore power. Ken X2 - you are using the engine battery not the house batteries. And on my coach the engine battery does not charge from generator or shore power. Some coaches have a trickle charger that keeps the engine battery charged when using the generator or shore power but the trickle charger does not provide enough amperage for your slides. I don't think there is a problem extending and retracting slides from battery power alone when everything is working correctly. We used only battery power on our old coach until I became aware that the engine should be running. If your battery is weak, only partially charged after setting, low water, dirty connections, a bad ground, or a host of other problem your slide motors can overheat. Every time the slide motor overheats its life is shortened a little. The damage is cumulative and at some point overheating can cause the slide motor to fail. My operator's manual says to run the engine when using the slides. My guess is that an electrical engineer at Winnebago had good reasons for adding "Run your engine when operating slides" to the operator's manual. For me it is less pf a imposition to run my engine when deploying slides than sitting somewhere waiting for a repairman. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 09/01/15 09:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: F53 Drivability

I just picked up our new 2016 Sightseer 33C yesterday. We drove it home in a wind storm. Neighbor said that there were gusts to 80 mph. Two different people were killed by falling limbs. I had the dealership install s rear trac bar, rear sway bar, and Safe-T-Plus steering damper. Had problems with the rear sway bar as I have the new 2016-F-53 chassis with a six speed transmission. The sway bar that is designed for the 2006 through 2015 chassis did not fit. Roadmaster sent a team to look at the new 2016 chassis. They fit a sway bar designed for a Tiffin on my coach. Roadmaster got the data that they need to engineer sway bars for the new chassis. It drove well. I felt the sidewinds but they were manageable. I didn't feel the need for a death grip on the steering wheel. I was passed by several 18 wheelers and a bus. I didn't feel a bow wave. One 18 wheeler cut off a side wind for a moment and I made a slight correction. My.operator's manual advises to get an alignment after the coach is loaded for travel. I had our 2006 F-53 chassis aligned when new and the alignment shop added wedges to adjust alignment. The alignment shop ssid that wedges allow them to adjust castor without bending the axle. My reading on this web says to get as much positive castor as specs allow to improve driveability. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 08/30/15 09:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: rusting out cargo bins

On my 2005 Sightseer 29R I used a wire brush on a drill and Rustoleum paint. At the time I didn't know that we would trade it in six months later. It looked great and resold quickly.
Yellowboat. 08/28/15 02:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Army Rank, Korean War.

I suspect that E-4 for military police would be corporal. Specialist ranks were for mechanics, cooks and etc., soldiers who were not in command positions. JD
Yellowboat. 08/26/15 10:55am Around the Campfire
RE: NEW VA Policy - Coordinated Care for Traveling Veterans

I hope that it works. I have secure messaging with my PCP. So far I haven't needed treatment while traveling. We don't usually stay in one place for more than a month. I just ended physical therapy through the Seattle VA Hospital. They were a great help. While sitting in the PT office I overheard a number of conversations where the schedulers were assigning veterans to the Veterans Choice Program. They told veterans to wait five to seven days to call for the choice program and if there were problems call the PT department back. I don't know how it all worked out or long it will take for the Veterans to get a civilian appointment. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 08/24/15 09:16pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: 2016 Winnebago 33C Limited Access

A few ideas of things we did to make our 33C more comfortable for us. Wow. You made quite a trip when you first got your coach. We made a similar trip when we bought our 2005 Sightseer 29R. The reason why we purchased our 2016 33C is because we are planning another East Coast visit. As far as suspension upgrades, they were negotiated and included in our purchase agreement. The dealer is installing a trac bar, sway bar, Safe-T-Plus, Progressive Industries surge protector, and an air compressor for our toad braking system, and rock guard. These were items that were installed on pur 29R. I see that you also live in the Northwest and that you had a Miata. I had two Miatas. The latest was a 2000. We traded it for a 2010 Saturn Vue that was set up for RV towing. It was getting hard for me to get in and out of the Miata. For other upgrades we will take them one at a time. I see that you did shades and kitchen faucet, things that are now standard on the 33C. We have been talking about replacing the factory recliner with one of our LazyBoy chairs if the recliner is not comfortable. We ordered our 33C from Winnebago with the options that we wanted. We decided on the Rest Easy adjustable on two sides, couch. When I tried sitting on the couch in a 2015 model, the simulated leather fabric was slick and I would slide/slump down. I'm happy to say that our 2016 couch is not slippery. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 08/21/15 11:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2016 Winnebago 33C Limited Access

It surprise me the number of people that buy an RV before they look at it. It's not an answer I know. We have been looking for a class A but we won't buy one if curtain things aren't as we want. What kind of curtains? It looks like my Kindle spell checker likes curtains but I don't have a clue as to what kind. After I responded to the comment I looked up other post that had been posted. I did not see any other post that appeared to be anything other than helpful. I believe the comment was intended to be helpful. I can assure you that we put on a lot of miles, and looked at a lot of 33Cs before we made our decision to buy. We went from a coach with slides on one side to a coach with slides on both sides. HERE IS A LEARNING MOMENT. I'm learning that when there are opposing slides, to maximize living space when open, aisle space is minimized when closed. From an design aspect it makes sense. Now to a lighter subject, curtains. Curtains may not be an issue as a lot of newer coaches have shades. Shop and compare. Don't forget to close the shades while shopping to avoid any surprises later. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 08/21/15 10:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2016 Winnebago 33C Limited Access

We have not had any problem getting to the rest room while traveling. It is tight ... but we use our slides when parked. Thanks. We haven't had a chance to play with it yet. In a PM someone suggested turning the recliner sideways. While getting our first look I quickly loosened the recliner and moved it closer to the wall. That provided easier access. Perhaps when the slides are extended it will allow better positioning of the recliner for travel. Thanks for all response. I see that I can't talk about c o c k p it s on this site. Others have made me laughs. JD
Yellowboat. 08/20/15 11:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2016 Winnebago 33C Limited Access

Hi. We didn't buy without looking. We looked at Winnebago 33Cs and Itasca 33Cs. We looked at them on dealers lots and at RV shows. And, of course, the slides were always out. My error was that I didn't have the dealers close the slides. If I had seen a coach with the slides closed the only difference would be I would have already asked this question. We love the coach and the layout. Obviously a lot of other people like it as well because Winnebago has sold a lot of them. Our previous Sightseer 29R had great access. This one is tight but that doesn't mean that it is necessarily something that would have changed my decision to buy. I'm looking for 33C owners that may know a trick or two. If you want to troll, that's ok as we are very fortunate to live in a country where it is tolerated. Thank a service member or a veteran next time you see one. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 08/20/15 07:57pm Class A Motorhomes
2016 Winnebago 33C Limited Access

Hi. We have purchased a 2016 Winnebago Sightseer 33C. We saw our new coach at our dealer yesterday, shortly after it arrived. The dealer has to install some aftermarket items and prep the coach so our coach will not be ready until next week. This is the first time we have seen a 33C with the slides in and there is very little room to move from the door to the driver’s seat. There is about six inches between the recliner and the kitchen cabinet. How has other 33C owners dealt with restricted access to the ****pit? Thanks. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 08/20/15 06:16pm Class A Motorhomes
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