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RE: RV's that are Lemons

In my opinion I think what you may find is that most RV problems are not so much with the RV as they are with the dealer's service department. A lot of complaints mention the amount of time it has taken to get their coach repaired or that it took a few visits for the dealer actually find what was wrong and to correct the problem. From reading the posts on this forum, it seems that a lot of RV dealers just do not have professional mechanics that know how to properly diagnose the problem. They throw parts at a problem with the hope that it fixes it. In most cases where the owners have posted the solution for their problem, it was NOT a major issue, but rather a somewhat simple issue that, once discovered, was corrected. Of course when you are on the road, and your RV breaks down, the only thing you are interested in is getting it repaired and back on the road again. If you are lucky enough to find the right RV shop that has professional mechanics, this may be a quick and inexpensive turnaround. If not, you are at the mercy of incompetence and you will think that you have an RV that is a lemon when, in reality, you are just dealing with one of the many poor RV service departments.
rgatijnet1 09/26/16 06:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Electrical surge protector - Whole house type?

Most neighborhoods have enough transformers and sufficient wiring so that you do not have a low voltage situation, which is one of the main reason for a EMS in an RV. RV parks are not wired by the power company and in some cases may be wired by the RV park owner who may or may not know what he was doing.
rgatijnet1 09/24/16 02:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Future owner questions

I think that buying from the factory MAY have some advantages but you will still have to have a local dealership perform any warranty work, unless you want to drive back to the factory each time. Perhaps your best bet would be to go to one of the large RV shows. This will give you an opportunity to see the latest rigs as well as maybe make a purchase at a discount of a show model.
rgatijnet1 09/23/16 12:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Shore power

It sounds like 1/2 of the circuit breaker is not allowing power to pass in to your coach. Reset the 50 amp breaker at the pedestal and in your coach main panel.
rgatijnet1 09/23/16 10:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Roof A/c

I like to camp in the winter because it's not crowded and hopefully quiet -- that all goes down the drain when my neighbor shows up with a heat pump. One of the common issues every RVer faces is loud air conditioner - you can't get around that because you can't buy a quiet $40 electric device which cools your rig .... doesn't hold true for heating the rig. Nuff said? I prefer the quite hum of a heat pump to the loud roar of the propane furnace.
rgatijnet1 09/22/16 05:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Roof A/c

I use my roof top heat pump every Winter but it only works down to about 32 degrees. Other than that limitation, it works great to cool and to heat our coach. I have a portable heat pump that I also use inside the RV that we have used in sub-zero temps. It uses less amps than a resistance type heater.
rgatijnet1 09/22/16 01:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A/C off of 20 amp service?

Has anyone ever heard of a single a/c unit not being able to start and run on a 20amp shore power circuit? We bought a new coach and the dealer says don't run a/c unless connected to a 30 amp service or connected to the gen. They say it will cook the compressor. We have always run a/c units in trailers or coaches off a 20 amp circuit without a problem when at home so I am perplexed about what I am missing?? Thoughts? I don't care whether you have 50 amp, 30m amp, or 20 amp service, the same voltage drop circumstances apply to all. Even if your coach is hooked up to 50 amp service, your AC unit is running on it's own 20 amp circuit, with it's own 20 amp circuit breaker. If the voltage is low for the 50 amp service input, the voltage will be low for the AC circuit as well. A simple $15 meter(Kill-A-Watt) can check your voltage and current draw for the AC unit, while it is being used, to see if you get any voltage drop that may affect the life of your AC unit. Any speculation as to what may happen when plugged in to a 20 amp circuit is just that, a guess, without actually hooking up a meter to find out if it is doable or not.
rgatijnet1 09/20/16 10:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Renovating my Rig

Thank you for your service. We travel a lot in the Winter and have camped at the National Parks in sub zero weather and like to visit our Granddaughter and her Navy husband stationed in Denver during the colder months. We use very little propane for heat and rely on electric heaters and our portable heat pump unit to keep the coach warm. We also use an electric blanket at night. We always keep the fresh water tank topped off and use it for our water supply. We only hook up a hose to fill the tank. We connect to sewer only when we need to dump our waste tanks. We have a thermostatically controlled incandescent 150 watt light bulb in the wet compartment to keep the water lines and pump from freezing. Keep in mind that even tho we are both from Florida, we are comfortable in our coach with an interior temp of 65 degrees and an overnight temp of 60. We have a large Great Pyrenees dog that also enjoys the cooler tamps. I also always carry tire chains so that we can get in to and out of RV parks that are not completely plowed. Winters can be a challenge in an RV but they are doable with a little common sense.
rgatijnet1 09/19/16 02:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Limited Access Rvs

What makes you think that a knee replacement will make you unable to go up stairs in to a Class A? I have a guy on my bowling team that went through a double knee replacement and still carries a 200+ average. There is also a woman in the same league and the double knee replacement has not slowed her down. I know they make different knee replacements now out of various metals, as well as the plastic type knees, but I don't think I would make any assumptions as to your limitations until well after the surgery.
rgatijnet1 09/19/16 01:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New RV and Tire Pressure

Congrats on the new coach. Now it is time for you to learn the basics. One of the most important is knowing how to load your coach. You and your wife both need to load EVERYTHING in the coach that you think you will need for your travels. This includes food, seasonal clothing, full fuel, some water in the fresh water holding tank, as well as any tools, or other items that you think you may need on a trip. Once the coach is loaded, then you need to take it somewhere to get all four corners weighed with all occupants in their seats. Most coaches handle better if the front axle is loaded close to maximum. You also want to make sure that the side to side weight is pretty close. This is where you can start to shift items around to achieve the right weight and balance. This exercise will let you know IF you can take everything with you, or if you now need to start leaving some things behind because you have exceeded the maximum weight of the new coach. Only after you have done this can you go to the tire chart and get the exact tire pressure you should be using for the load you are carrying. Most owners will add another 5PSI for safety. Welcome to the RV world and now you need to do everything to have a safe journey.
rgatijnet1 09/19/16 10:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: proper glue for installing vinyl flooring tiles in RV

I don't think any glue is designed to stop expansion and contraction of a manufactured flooring product. Hold it down? YES Stop expansion and contraction? NO What EXACTLY were the directions given on the installation sheet that came with the flooring? If there was a glue needed, I am sure they would have specified exactly what type to use when going over a wood underlayment.
rgatijnet1 09/19/16 08:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: need to buy captains and copilot seats

On this review site there are glowing reviews. The local RV shop owner gets his seats there. I bought seats from them several years ago when they were going by Discount Van and RV. I had good service and good quality for the seats. They are made in California and they will custom make the seats to your specs, like they did for me, if you want.
rgatijnet1 09/19/16 08:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Worth paying an inspector?

You mentioned that YOU can check the house portion and that the engine is virtually brand new. I personally would spend the money to go see the coach myself and be prepared to close the sale when you get there. $500-$1000 additional for inspections can be spent, while you are there, IF you feel it is necessary. If not, that probably paid for your trip. If things look good and sound good, AND the seller has service records, there really is not much that can go wrong that would not be covered by the extended warranty. With 70 photos, it does no sound like the seller is trying to hide anything.
rgatijnet1 09/18/16 04:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire blowout video on I 26

If he still had brakes, I would guess that when he started to apply them he felt that he was losing some control so he just coasted to a stop. With a flat left front tire, any application of the brakes might have pulled him to the left and further in to oncoming traffic. He may also have been using the throttle to maintain some directional control. At the end of the journey, it appears that he has crossed an overpass and I guess he felt he did not want to stay in the grass medium with that drop off approaching.
rgatijnet1 09/18/16 12:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire blowout video on I 26

rgatijnet1 I read the article that came with the original post and it said that ONE vehicle spun around trying to avoid the RV but it made no mention of hitting anyone. It did say that NO ONE was injured. There was a lot of traffic and he made it to the other side of an overpass without injuring anyone. I'll stick with my opinion that the RV driver did a great job considering the circumstances. Its pretty obvious that the red truck was heavily damaged by the MH and looks like two others either clipped him or near misses or the grey truck hit the red truck ? Altho it may have seemed obvious to you that the red truck was heavily damaged, the people at the accident site didn't think so. Here is another article from a different news source that says again, that there was one vehicle, a red car, that spun trying to avoid the RV and that no one was injured. RV crash
rgatijnet1 09/18/16 09:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: No power to radio

On a Jenson radio that I had in an RV, there was a specific code that had to be entered to get the radio working if power was lost. Check your owner's manual for your radio or locate one online to see if it applies to your radio. I believe this was an anti theft feature of Jensen auto radios.
rgatijnet1 09/18/16 08:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire blowout video on I 26

Personally I think the driver did a great job at keeping the vehicle upright and not hitting anyone in the opposite direction. He may have had the vehicle in partial control, considering the cables barrier and the grass terrain so he just coasted to a stop rather than to upset the balance by applying the brakes. He may also have been applying some throttle to maintain what control he had over the vehicle. In any case, the final outcome was as good as anyone could have done given the circumstances. Really? I think he hit a few and a few more scrambled for their life not to get hit head on. I read the article that came with the original post and it said that ONE vehicle spun around trying to avoid the RV but it made no mention of hitting anyone. It did say that NO ONE was injured. There was a lot of traffic and he made it to the other side of an overpass without injuring anyone. I'll stick with my opinion that the RV driver did a great job considering the circumstances.
rgatijnet1 09/18/16 05:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Heat pump on 13.5 AC

In simple terms, as a heat pump your AC compressor is still running except the heat is blown in to your coach instead of outside. It will use approximately the same amount of amps as it does when the AC is cooling.
rgatijnet1 09/17/16 11:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Camping up North for the holidays

If you plan on staying within a short drive to a Pilot or other large truck stop, most will have a dump station and fresh water available to fill your tanks.
rgatijnet1 09/17/16 08:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire blowout video on I 26

Personally I think the driver did a great job at keeping the vehicle upright and not hitting anyone in the opposite direction. He may have had the vehicle in partial control, considering the cables barrier and the grass terrain so he just coasted to a stop rather than to upset the balance by applying the brakes. He may also have been applying some throttle to maintain what control he had over the vehicle. In any case, the final outcome was as good as anyone could have done given the circumstances.
rgatijnet1 09/16/16 06:20am Class A Motorhomes
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