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RE: LP gas leak detector sounding alert.

Cut back on the bean burritos and buy a new LP detector. :B
rgatijnet1 09/16/14 07:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Brake inspection and cleaning

If you have an electrical multimeter, you can check out the ABS sensors yourself. Each sensor plugs in to the rear of your brake hub. They have about a 2' pigtail on them with a two contact connector. All you have to do is disconnect the plug and measure the resistance between the two connectors. You will quickly find the one that reads different. I believe the normal is 1200 ohms but if you find one sensor that rears way low or way high, it is probably bad. Changing the sensor on my Monaco requires no tools. Just pull the old one out(they can stick and may need a little persuasion) disconnect the wire, and push in the new sensor and reconnect the electric. A new sensor costs about $100.
rgatijnet1 09/16/14 07:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice on driving stability - Fleetwood Southwind

The W series Workhorse chassis has massive steel to steel anti-sway bars installed from the factory. That is the 3"x3" square box by both the front and rear axles. There are no bushings to wear out so forget about that being the problem. They do not look like the standard anti-sway bar but they are much better. Of course some of the people that SELL traditional anti-sway bars are more than willing to take your money. I added air bags to the rear of my W chassis and by adjusting the air pressure, I can travel in strong crosswinds out in the Great Plains. I know that your chassis came with Bilstein shocks, that have a lifetime warranty, but they still could be bad and not dampening the rocking motion. I replaced my Bilstein shocks with Koni FSD shocks.
rgatijnet1 09/16/14 07:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Annual fall question

You can drive to the tip of Key West, catch a barge to S America and have summer all year round. I guess the snow that we had in Peru, during our last trip in mid-May, was a fluke. :B Actually when it is Summer in the norther hemisphere, it is Winter in the Southern hemisphere. Maybe stopping at the equator is your best bet.
rgatijnet1 09/16/14 05:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Used Class A Low Mileage

Since you do not know the age of the gasoline in the tank, you have to assume that it is an ethanol blend and that it has attracted some water and may have caused some rust/corrosion somewhere in the fuel system. This may be a problem that will show up down the road with clogged fuel filters and failed fuel pumps.
rgatijnet1 09/15/14 03:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Annual fall question

How long to you plan to let the coach sit unused? Will you have shore power available? Will it be parked on the dirt, grass, gravel, blacktop, or concrete? The rubber seal on your toilet can tend to dry out if it is left dry for an extended period of time. A coat of petroleum will usually keep the seal flexible.
rgatijnet1 09/15/14 03:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Used Class A Low Mileage

Rodent damage to a unit's electrical or electronic engine/transmission controls, that has not been used much, can quickly add up to thousands in repairs. Don't sign on the dotted line until you can do a complete inspection of the inside and the UNDERSIDE looking for any signs of rodent infestation/damage. Belts that have sat for years should be replaced. The rubber tends to harden in the position it was kept. Considering the hassle when a belt breaks, it is cheap common sense to replace them at your convenience than to have to deal with a broken belt on the side of the road. Flush the brake system completely, which will use 3-4 QUARTS of fluid and have the calipers inspected to insure that the slides are not frozen. The Calipers and pad should be OK. The discs may have surface rust but check for any pitting. The generator may need a complete service, and an inspection for insect damage. This could be a good deal if everything checks out, especially if you can do a lot of the work.
rgatijnet1 09/15/14 01:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Caulking clearance lights

Clear urethane works the best. I also changed out all of my older incandescent clearance lights for SEALED LED clearance lights so that I did not have to worry about water leaking around the removeable lens.
rgatijnet1 09/15/14 10:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What is Unique To Your Coach?

Believe me, some of the lower powered diesel coaches will also struggle on the long high passes, but they will get you to the top and back down. I have had both diesel and gas coaches and have never heard of any coach NOT making to any destination because there was not enough power. There is a big difference between being able to get to the top and getting there comfortably and gracefully without blocking traffic on the way. We have always had diesel, and a moderately high-powered one, because we prefer to motor along without concerns about either making it or holding up other people. We had no trouble finding a DP floor plan that works for us, and we get 10 mpg without our toad, 9 with it. According to your signature, you are comparing a short light Class C with a diesel engine, to what a Class A coach will do in a climb or with fuel mileage, with either gas or diesel. On the long mountain passes that we have driven in the Rockies, there are ALWAYS trucks and other RV's in the right hand lane. Many are there by choice since they see no reason to race to the top and a few are there because their power is on the low side. I am, to use your words, cruising along "gracefully" up to the top. On any long pass that we have driven on other drivers expect to see slower traffic on the right, sort of like the signs say to expect, and it is not considered holding up any traffic. That is what the right lane is for on the long passes. On a usual 8000-9000 mile trip out West for us, I would say that I spend probably around 5% or less of my time on long steep climbs. Certainly not enough to worry about.
rgatijnet1 09/15/14 10:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What is Unique To Your Coach?

I want space and I want to be able to go where I want to go (from a power standpoint) and I can’t get that in a gasser, think Rockies! HJ And that is why you need to read ALL of the comments in the forum. I have NEVER read about anyone with any gas coach NOT being able to make it up the highest mountain pass. About 70% of our last 80,000 miles were out West and through the Rockies with our gas coach, towing a Chevrolet HHR. We never failed to make it up to the top of any mountain pass and we even passed many DP's. That does not mean that the DP's were going as fast as they could or that even my gas coach was going as fast as it could have gone, just that saying a gas coach will not make it up passes in the Rockies is being misinformed about what a coach will do. As is mentioned numerous times on this forum, find the FLOOR PLAN that will suit your needs and rest assured any motor available, either gas or diesel, will get you there and back. Believe me, some of the lower powered diesel coaches will also struggle on the long high passes, but they will get you to the top and back down. I have had both diesel and gas coaches and have never heard of any coach NOT making to any destination because there was not enough power.
rgatijnet1 09/15/14 08:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A - Why so limited windows?

Monaco made some gas models(Holiday Rambler and Safari) that had a rear living area with windows on all three sides, slides, as well as a skylight in the bathroom. The Safari 30PBS and the 31SBD are two examples out there in the used market. Not sure if any similar new units.
rgatijnet1 09/15/14 08:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rodents!

When in storage, encircle each wheel with metal duct bought at Home Depot. The mice can not climb over it. Make sure there aren't any lines extending down to ground level that they can climb on. This may work for mice and rats, but a squirrel can jump from the ground right up to the coach without having to climb up the wheel.
rgatijnet1 09/15/14 04:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 3M's Paint Defender

Streaks coming down from the roof are caused by dirt and debris that settles on the roof as it sits, just like the stuff that settles on the roof of your car if it sits outside. There are many coatings that you can put on your roof, but NONE of them will prevent dirt for accumulating on your roof and causing streaks when it rains. The front cap on my coach is fiberglass and it is painted and the heavy gauge aluminum roof is also painted. I keep them both waxed, but I still will get streaks from the accumulated debris and rain. They do make an RV gutter that can be used to prevent water from draining down the sides or front of your coach and installing the gutter is not that difficult.
rgatijnet1 09/14/14 12:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Timing the Purchase for a last-year's model

Some dealers are a little more willing to discount further between Christmas and New Years when their sales lots are almost vacant and they are looking to make their end of year sales goals. Paying cash is also a proven tool to help get the best price. As suggested above, I would guess that the dealer will want some type of address for the registration/tag. This is something you want to establish before you try to close the sale on an RV.
rgatijnet1 09/14/14 10:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: water filter

I use the screw on hose type of filter that you can order online or find at Camping World. This filters the water before it gets in to the coach. Then, for water we use for cooking, drinking, and for the dog, we use the large filter that is under the sink. This seems to work fine no matter where we are in the country.
rgatijnet1 09/14/14 10:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rodents!

At many hunting supply stores you can order urine from various predators that your local rodents don't like. This may be fox, coyote, or whatever is around your area. A few light sprays around the wheels of your coach will keep the rodents away for months. The urine is not very expensive, not harmful to any animals, and it beats dealing with a trap. It only takes a little bit to spread the odor around day and night so that the mice/rats/squirrels will go elsewhere.
rgatijnet1 09/14/14 08:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New Ford F-53 Brake Fluid

As with most things.....you can order it online, in an quantity, and have it delivered to your house. When on the road, you can order online at NAPA, and many other auto parts stores and have it delivered to a store where you plan to be next week. I would guess that any Ford dealer that sells and services their medium trucks would have it in stock.
rgatijnet1 09/14/14 08:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Should I wax the fiberglass roof?

Use the same wash/wax liquid(Blue Coral, Turtle Wax, Etc) that you use to wash the sides of the coach. That way it gets some UV protection that Zep #3 floor wax DOES NOT provide. You need the UV protection for your fiberglass and paint so use an exterior product that has it.
rgatijnet1 09/14/14 05:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Big car, big cigar and no gas.

All it takes is developing a budget and sticking to it. If you need more money for gas, then you can off set that money by staying at lower priced state parks or traveling less.
rgatijnet1 09/14/14 05:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Prepping RV roof for caulking

You need a solvent like denatured alcohol or acetone.
rgatijnet1 09/13/14 10:42am Class A Motorhomes
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