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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
RE: Carry out statellite TV

I have used a Carry Out for about eight years. It has worked well for me. It does not receive HD signals. When I'm worried about security I lock it to my coach or a tree using a cable designed to secure a motorcycle. My Carry Out has a metal tab designed for a security lock. I read an account online where a camper put a doorknob security device on his antenna. Early in the morning the doorknob alarm went off. He hurried outside to find someone fiddling with his antenna. The guy claimed that he thought it was a barbeque and that he wanted to look at it. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 08/15/15 12:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Foam Mattress Question.....

I'm in the process of buying a new motor home. We have traded in our old motor home and we are waiting for our new MH to arrive. Our new MH will have the air inflatable bed. I didn't know that I needed to deflate the bed when traveling through high altitude. Our old MH had a spring mattress that I could not sleep on. I tried a 3" memory foam mattress but I still had trouble sleeping. I found a business on-line that sold foam. I bought a 6" foam pad to my dimensions and the I replaced the spring mattress. The 6" foam and 3" topper worked great for me. I slept great. My foam solution is cheaper and lighter than a named memory foam mattress. My gas struts were just able able to accept the added weight. When we traded in our old MH we kept our foam mattress just in case we can't sleep on the sleep number bed. If you decide to buy a 3" or 4" memory foam memory foam mattress topper and need to trim it to short queen size, the trick to cutting the foam is an electric knife. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 07/20/15 12:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RVing with Spinal Stenosis

Xxjanaleexx, I don't know if I could continue RVing in the pain I was in. I could not find comfort standing, sitting, or laying down. Credit to you. We RVed with my mother when she had dementia. We were in a RV club and members would help my mother participate in club activities. Fortunately the spinal steroid injection is still working for over 60 days. The VA has me in a PT exercise program and I feel better each day. I'm slowly tapering off Gabapentin. Take care and safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 07/16/15 07:26pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Surge protector

. Our current coach is a 30 amps system. While camping in Canada we were at a campground that had a brown-out every afternoon. My Surge Guard did not detect the low voltage but my neighbors Surge Guard did. The low voltage nearly melted my 30 amp plug. Did you have the $90 special surge guard or a real one $250 and up? bumpy It was a real Surge Guard hard wired into my electrical system. It was not the $90 special. At the time of the brown-out it was about six years after install.
Yellowboat. 07/13/15 10:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Surge protector

I have a new RV on order so I have taken some time to check out different surge protectors. Our new RV arrives in September and it will be 50 amps. Our current coach is a 30 amps system. While camping in Canada we were at a campground that had a brown-out every afternoon. My Surge Guard did not detect the low voltage but my neighbors Surge Guard did. The low voltage nearly melted my 30 amp plug. I believe that Progressive Industries surge protector will give our new coach better protection. Your built in systems are not designed to protect your coach. It only shuts down systems to manage available power. Some systems will start a generator if power is too low. It will not protect against too much power (power spike) or (on a 50 amp plug) 240 volts. On a 50 amp coach, if you do not turn off the breaker, there is a chance to send 240 volts down either side of your plug. This happens when the neutral prong on the plug makes contact last. Even a greater risk to 50 amp service is a faulty neutral at the power pedestal. This will send 240 volts into a coach destroying electronics. The Progressive Industries unit will protect against 240 volts. Progressive Industries unit also has two delay settings. I don't remember exactly but there is a 15 second delay for newer air conditioners and approximately 2 minutes for older air conditioners. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 07/12/15 09:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hiway 140 from Chilliquin OR to Medford OR?

I haven't been over 140 in years but in the 80's it was the best road from Klamath Falls to Medford. I used to drive our 20' class C over the pass and I would not hesitate to drive our 30' towing a car. We lived in Klamath Falls for ten years. And by the way, I was born in Modesto. We moved to Bethel Island when I was eleven. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 06/15/15 08:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: F53 chassis extended warranty

2006 F-53 chassis, 3.5 years old, 17,800 miles, 6 months out of warranty, bought new. Always serviced on or ahead of schedule. Engine started knocking. Towed to Ford dealership. Told that we needed a new engine. $12K plus and we were back on the road. Prior to our engine failure I looked into extended warranty plans but decided that I had time to decide as our coach was still fairly new. My experience is not the norm for the V-10 engine. That said I wish that I had decided to buy an extended warranty before our trip.
Yellowboat. 06/15/15 02:11am Class A Motorhomes
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