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RE: Roll call Alaska 2017

This is a great thread. We visited Alaska by cruise ship in 2002 and loved it so much that we decided to travel there by RV. So, our first exploring trip by RV was in 2004 when we traveled North up the west coast of the U.S. to B.C. British Columbia is awesome. We have RV'd in 9 of the 10 Canadian provinces and B.C. is our favorite. If you can, explore it from Vancouver Island to the beautiful Okanagan Valley, across to Prince Rupert and then up the famous Cassiar highway to pick up the Alaskan highway in Yukon at Watson Lake. Doing the Cassiar was fun, scenic and memorable with a side trip to Stewart-Hyder. From there we headed west to AK visiting Whitehorse, Haines, Valdez, Anchorage, Seward, Homer, Denali, Fairbanks, Chicken, Dawson City, Whitehorse (again), Dawson Creek, Prince George, on to magnificent western Alberta to Jasper, the Icefields Parkway (arguably the most beautiful high road in all of North America) to Lake Louise and then worked our way back to the U.S. and to central Calif. For 2017, we have our newest Milepost, Mike and Terri Church's book mentioned earlier in this thread and our memories to guide us in our planning for 2017. We do plan to do a Spring to early summer trip. This way we are ahead of the summer crowds and the beautiful snow clad mountains have just begun the melt. I am available to answer questions publicly in this thread or by private mail for anyone with any questions. This forum has helped me for over a decade and I love giving back.
exportman 12/07/16 06:18pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Oil change facility in Anchorage

Great info. Thanks so much for the feedback as to where to get an oil change for RV mysize. Good tip on the oil filter. Just did some preventive maintenance this week by installing a new fuel filter and buying a spare belt. We RV'd in AK in 2004 without a toad. Big mistake. Can't wait to go back in 2017 with the toad.
exportman 12/07/16 03:08pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Oil change facility in Anchorage

I am planning to head north to Alaska in late Spring/early Summer of 2017. It will be a little over 3,000 miles from my house so I am looking for a recommendation for a place in or near Anchorage where I can get an oil change filter and lube for a gas engine Motor home. Sometimes it is hard to find a place with bays wider than 9 feet and higher than 12.5 feet. Any recommendations? Thanks.
exportman 12/03/16 05:30pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Oregon routing

Ok. Got it. Thanks for the tip
exportman 09/25/16 02:29pm Roads and Routes
RE: Oregon routing

Paulija are you saying that at Roseburg when 138 meets I5 I should go North on I-5 and head West to Readsport considerably North of Coos Bay to get to Bandon?
exportman 09/24/16 09:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: Oregon routing

Great feed back enbleyhen. Do you have any info re the final route of my trip to Bandon vs Coos Bay?
exportman 09/23/16 08:53pm Roads and Routes
Oregon routing

I am traveling from Bend, Or, to Bullards Beach state park near Bandon Or. Is the routing 97 to 138 to 42. Are these ok roads for a motorhome towing a toad? Any problems with this routing? Thanks
exportman 09/23/16 06:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: Transmission problem

Sorry for not responding earlier to those who provided feedback to me in trying to figure out what was going on with the Allison tranny in my MH. Since this happened on a Sunday Labor Day weekend we couldn’t get it looked at until Tuesday at the earliest. We drove it only a few miles, parked it and waited. Cummins Pacific ( Allison, Cummins and Onan specialists) in W. Sacramento was our best option after talking with competitive repair places and also that we had good experience at their Fresno facility. By noon on a Tuesday the diagnostic was completed. The tranny showed inactive codes (incorrect 2nd gear ratio) plus 1 or 2 other things. They replaced the solenoid screen and an internal harness. $77 in parts plus 5 hours labor including the diagnostic. They got me in and out the door in less than 36 hours. Giving a little extra priority to a traveler in a motor home away from home with a reefer full of food, a wife and 2 dogs was something I won’t forget. Did it get fixed right? I think so because that day I headed I-80 to Reno and I could effortlessly climb up 6-7,000 feet. Now 6 days later I am in Yellowstone 900 miles away from the fix and all is well. Thanks for reading and thanks for responding to my request of Sept 4th.
exportman 09/14/16 11:51am Tech Issues
RE: Transmission problem

Thanks for the response. The bucking I referred to was actually only a one time thing so maybe not the plugs. Guessing that the diagnostics reader will tell me lots more. Just found out that the Allison dealer where I am parked works only on freightliners (diesels) so they may not want to even look at my RV. Did find a Chev dealer 9 miles away that works on gassers and Allisons so a call tmrw AM may determine if they will look at it for a diagnostic/fix
exportman 09/05/16 02:05pm Tech Issues
Transmission problem

I have a 2005 Southwind with 32,000 miles on a Workhorse chassis/engine with an Allison tranny. While driving at about 35-40mph I felt a clunk noise in the transmission with a slight bucking sensation. A yellow/Amber warning light came on which the Workhorse book calls the transmission fail warning light. Manual says take to a Allison dealer promptly. I pulled over within 3 miles, drove around to find an Allison dealer in my toad and when I got back, I started up the RV engine and the amber light was out. Drove to the dealer 6 miles away. This happened Sunday of Labor Day weekend. So, I am sitting at the Sacramento Truck Center parked outside awaiting their opening Tuesday. So, that's the background. As I wait has anyone had any experience like this? Does it sound serious? Sure would love some feedback. Also if there is anyone out there from Sacramento with a recommendation for a dealer if this company won't work on my RV? Thanks.
exportman 09/05/16 09:31am Tech Issues
RE: connecting a city water flange

joebedford,it's not the hose side of the flange it is the brass threaded male part that connects to the inside water line. There is a female threaded plastic nut on the RVs interior water line that screws into the flange. That's what leaks NOT the drinking water hose side of the flange.
exportman 08/20/16 01:09pm Tech Issues
RE: connecting a city water flange

Think Kayteg1 understands my question. It is not the drinking water hose connection that I am referring to. It is the male brass connection to the female plastic/fiberglass/pex nut that leaks. A standard hose washer is too big for the nut so I am off to a hardware store for a slightly smaller washer or rubber gasket. Is there a difference between a washer and a gasket for stopping the leak?
exportman 08/20/16 11:28am Tech Issues
RE: connecting a city water flange

yes. should be teflon not silicone. Regular hose washer is too big for the nut. So can I assume the obvious that 1) it does need a washer and 2)that I just need to find a smaller diameter washer?
exportman 08/20/16 10:38am Tech Issues
connecting a city water flange

I am trying to connect a new city water flange in my motor home.I disconnected the old one, fed the new one in and tightened up the water line to it and it leaks at the connection. I wrapped some white silicon tape on the brass thread and screwed the fiberglass/plastic nut onto the threads. Even though I think it is tightened enough,it leaks at the connection point. Is there supposed to be a washer inside the nut to help make the seal? I'm a little nervous about over tightening the plastic nut to brass. Any ideas will be appreciated.
exportman 08/20/16 09:39am Tech Issues
RE: Inverter wiring

OK. Got it. Thanks everyone for the info and the lesson. 16 years of being on this forum and it never disappoints as to how many fellow RVers come to the assistance of others. For those helping me out (and for what it's worth) I am going to delay installing the bigger inverter until next winter. I will travel through Quartzite, AZ when all of the merchants and installers are there in January and have them install an extra 2 Trojan 6 volt batteries, the inverter and the heavy duty wiring. Heading to Alaska in Spring/summer 2017 and the upgraded inverter/ battery system will likely be needed. Thanks so much
exportman 07/04/16 05:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter wiring

Lots of good info . To Sound Guy: As I read your chart tell me please if I am reading it right. If I buy a 2,000 watt inverter and never use more than 1800 watts, I think I would be using 14 or even better 12 g wire. I got to this by dividing 110 volts into 1800 watts getting 17 amps. At <6 feet, the gauge wire is 14. Am I doing it right?
exportman 07/04/16 03:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter wiring

Mike008, that could work. State parks have no regs re running the mh engine. Maybe I don't need to get the bigger inverter. Currently the 400 watt unit handles my tv and dishnetwork receiver for hours before the batteries dip below 12 volts. So would the 400watt unit work as long as I am putting juice into the aux batteries from the mh?
exportman 07/03/16 03:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter wiring

I inadvertently posted this in the wrong forum as I have a motor home but you guys have given me good info that works for whatever vehicle. The reason that I am looking to upgrade to 2000 watts is for 2 short term uses. The first is for a hair dryer the second is for a coffee pot. Either would be "on" for about 5 minutes so if the inverter is connected to two 6-volt Trojans and it is only operating off the battery in 5 minute increments, will I have enough juice to get the 5 minute job done? We camp a lot in Calif State Parks and often times they won't allow a generator until 10am. Crazy, huh? That's why I'm looking for something with a 1500 watt short term output. Thanks
exportman 07/03/16 11:02am Tech Issues
Inverter wiring

This topic has been moved to another forum. You can read it here: 28942414
exportman 07/03/16 09:35am Truck Campers
Inverter wiring

I am planning to install a larger inverter in my RV. Currently have a small 400w unit but want to put in a 2,000 watt unit. Can I assume that I need to upgrade the wiring to the batteries? What size red and black wires are needed? Thanks.
exportman 07/03/16 09:35am Tech Issues
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