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RE: Added Digital Volts/Current Meter (110vac)

Your profile does not indicate what you may have in your RV. If you have no AC-DC converter, air conditioner or sensitive electronics your inexpensive voltage and amp meter may be OK but if you have any of the above electrical items the unit SoundGuy suggested is what I’d consider a must. Progressive’s EMS may not save you from a direct or close lightening strike but it will provide the info you desired PLUS protect your electrical equipment from many pedestal problems and power line surges. Dave
dbates 11/13/15 08:23am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Reflective Caution Tape

There are already two contrasting color strips across the back of my MH but being a 1998 model they are starting to break down and don't look too good; therefore, I've been thinking of putting white/red hazard stripped over them. I'm now am thinking of adding it to my Christmas list for my kids. Dave
dbates 11/12/15 02:07pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 50,000 mile purchase.

Very definitely have someone with good knowledge of motor homes check it out before buying. Also check the age of the tires. It is generally recommended that 7 to 8 year old tires need to be replaced especially of the MH has low mileage and the one you’re looking at would be considered low for its age. If you can find out who owned it before the dealer see if you can contact with them for maintenance records. I have a 1998 30’ Winnebago Itasca that has 111,117 miles on it. Of those in the 10 years I’ve owned it I’ve driven 58,000 miles. Up until two months ago I’ve only had routine maintenance (tires included). Dave
dbates 11/06/15 08:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Waterpump won't pull antifreeze out of bottle

This may be a stupid suggestion but did you make sure that the cap at the end of the antifreeze pick up hose has been removed and the valve turned the right way where it tees into the waterline? I forgot about it this year and had the same problem you are having until I remembered to remove the cap. My antifreeze pick up hose in in the rear bay and that's where I put the antifreeze jug which is below the water pump and it works A-OK. Dave
dbates 10/30/15 01:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Life of surge protector

I've had a Progressive 30 Amp hardwired one in my MH since March 2006. I've never recorded a surge but have had several low voltages, reverse polarity and open grounds so I'm not too worried about it. Since you have a Progressive Industries EMS unit just call them (919-267-6948) and see what they say. They provide excellent customer service and I've never heard of them steering anyone wrong. Dave
dbates 10/24/15 04:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford 460 (F53) running hot

Good luck. I just had my 1999 F53 V10 clutch fan; lower degree thermostat and OM temperature gauge (which was not registering correctly) with a numerical gauge replaced because of over heating on steep hills. The clutch fan should only functions when the temperature exceeds a much higher degree than is developed on straight way driving. But I still had problems with over heating on long steep hills on our trip to Montana. Here in Indiana it’s OK as we have no steep hills but coming back from Montana through South Dakota it was a real problem until I found that the coolant reservoir had a leak. A Montana mechanic pressured washed the radiators and tried to epoxy the reservoir leak and but it didn’t hold and I had Amazon.com overnight ship a replacement to our campground and installed it myself. The overheating was better but still not what it use to be. I’m going to wait until spring to worry about it as I’m out of money for now. Dave
dbates 10/23/15 07:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Surge protectors

I don't know where you're getting the $400 to $500 prices as Progressives HW50C (hardwired) can be purchased for as little as $282.10+ shipping and their PT50C (portable) for $303.55+ shipping. They both provide so much more RV protection than the SPC50 or SPC 50x that either one is worth the difference. Whatever you decide upon do a Google search under the "make model best price" before you order anything. Dave
dbates 10/19/15 09:32am Tech Issues
RE: Tow dolly

I've been pulling my Vibe on a Demco KarKaddy SS dolly with surge brake for the past 10.5 years, 58,000 miles and over all kids of terrain (see map below). When I first got it there was a little problem with down hill brake application but I contacted Demco and they advised that there was an adjustment spring for this in their newer models. They sent me one (free of charge) and I installed it. Since then I’ve traveled in quite a few mountains with no brakes overheating. With surge brakes you can pull the dolly with any vehicle because there is no brake controller installation or activation required. Demco’s KarKaddy SS is a little more expensive but here are three things that make it worth the extra dollars: 1) it is fully heavily galvanized so you never have to worry about rust. 2) Its tongue folds back and the ramps fold up so you can store it in about half the space others require. 3) Life time sealed wheel bearings that require no lubrication. Good luck with your choice. Dave
dbates 10/19/15 08:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sewer compartment on 2002 Itasca Suncruiser

I have a 1998 Itasca and when I first went to use it I found that the hole was too far to the right to clear the bayonet fitting. I removed the ring that the compartment lid screws into, cut the hole on the left side about 1/4" larger (still able to be covered by the ring) and remounted the ring. It's tight but works. Dave
dbates 10/07/15 11:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Maybe there's a lesson here about tires?

I hope he had good luck cutting the lock. I had one on my dolly that I misplaced the key when left at a repair shop. Upon return the repairman tired a hacksaw but it wouldn't touch it. He had to get a cutting torch to do it. Dave
dbates 10/05/15 02:15pm Beginning RVing
RE: TV's for MH's

I also went with "the VIZIOs (WALMART) 120VAC models. We just got back from a 3,000 mile round trip from Glaser NP and it worked beautifully. We encountered some very rough roads. This was the 1st trip since I installed it and I worried about how it would affect the TV but it did just fine. Good luck with your installation. Dave
dbates 10/05/15 08:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: propane ?

Since I'm able to park the MH just behind my home I refill the RV propane whenever it's down 25% so if we have a power outage I can run an extension cord from it to the house to run our home heating pellet stove, refrigerator, freezer and a few lights. Dave
dbates 10/03/15 06:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Driving tips for first time with tow dolly

"Big Katuna" I understand what you're saying because U-Haul probably got their directions from Demco. U-Haul has used Demco dollies and that is the directions Demco publishes. When several other RV.Net members confirmed that my suggested strapping worked better I contacted Demco. They said there was nothing wrong with my suggestion but they chose not change their suggested procedures. For years this forum members complained that dollies were no good because the straps came loose too often (pulling the toad against the stop). For the past several years numerous members have responded that allowing the ½ to 1 inch front of tire clearance before strapping eliminated all of their strap problems. Dave
dbates 09/27/15 02:25pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Coolant overflow tank on 1999 F53 V10

Thanks for all of your responses and Dakdave for pointing out my mistake in states. Late Saturday I stopped at the Jamestown campground (real nice CG). I planned to use the “Eternabond” but when I removed the reservoir I concluded that it was too far gone to trust it any further so I ordered a new reservoir from Amazon.com with overnight shipping c/o of the CG. It's supposed to be here early Tuesday morning. I'll replace it and hopefully be on my way home thereafter. Dave
dbates 09/27/15 01:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Driving tips for first time with tow dolly

Glad you got there safely! I and may others on this forum have found that "Big Katuna's suggestion about the front wheels "snug against the front stops" is not the right thing to do. When this is done the straps will not slide over the tires and leaves some slack behind the tires. It's been proven that if you leave about 1/2 to 1 inch clearance between the tires and the front stop, as you tighten the straps down the wheels will roll forward making the tension equal in both the front and back of the tire, plus make sure that you tighten the straps down until the tires squish. When this is done I've never had to tighten a strap since I started doing this but I still check the tension whenever I stop. When you park always remember to leave the dolly tires away from a curb or you'll scrap the lettering of the curb tire and always leave plenty of room in front to pull out because if you pull out to quickly the dolly tongue will swing toward the curb and force the tire into or over the curb. Dave
dbates 09/26/15 10:31pm Dinghy Towing
Coolant overflow tank on 1999 F53 V10

I have a 1999 Ford F53 V10 under a 1998 Winnebago Itasca. Late Friday in Circle, North Dakota (in the middle of nowhere) my coolant over flow reserve tank sprang a leak. A local mechanic tried to seal the tank with epoxy but after leaving there the epoxy didn’t hold. I’ve ordered a new tank from Amazon.com for home delivery but for now I’m planning to try some “Eternabond” (I have with me) and hope it will hold until I get back to Indiana. The “Eternabond” says it’s good up to 200 degrees and I think the tank may get hotter than that. If it doesn’t hold does anyone have any another suggestion? Dave
dbates 09/26/15 09:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Transient Voltage Spike Protection Home Made Device

MEXICOWANDERER, if you're happy with your homemade surge protector that’s great. But I'm no electronic genius, can’t build my own and if I did it might not work right when it’s needed plus based on the hundreds of testimonials on this forum about how well Progressive Industries has protected them from multiple power problems I’m happy with the Progressive Industries’ 30 amp EMS I purchased over nine years ago. Good luck with yours. Dave