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RE: "We're sorry. An error has Occurred"

Have you contacted their tech folks? I haven't been here in a while, but here I am now, and it seems to be working fine.
BillHoughton 10/08/19 07:32pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Replace GENERAC generator in a Gulfstream

I occasionally fantasize about replacing the Onan generator in our rig with a Honda - I've had occasion once or twice to use portable Honda generators, and you can't hear them running when you're standing next to them!
BillHoughton 09/07/19 08:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What's it look like under there?

In our 2007 Itasca Navion, the fresh water tank is in the kitchen cabinet, down under the stovetop and the deep pots-and-pans drawer that's right below the stovetop. Draining it's a bit of a pain - you have to remove the lowest kitchen drawer, just to its right, to reach the ball valve for the drain. I keep meaning to cut in a door in the cabinet face, but that's low on the maintenance list.
BillHoughton 07/30/19 07:52pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: No Spare tire correct

Our 2007 Itasca has one, but I've noticed the trend to no spare in cars, too. Our 2008 Volvo has a spare (one of those little temporary things), but, when we bought it used, another Volvo on the lot, one year newer, hadn't offered one stock. The previous owner had chosen the optional spare - but it took up most of the trunk! Early this year, I bought a 2016 Volvo, and it came with a bottle of goop to spray into the tire (for fixing a leak) and a little battery-powered air compressor to pump it up - all looking very lonely in a space under the back clearly large enough to hold a temporary spare. But, in the several years between buying the 2008 and the 2016, I got to thinking about the last time I had to deal with a flat tire, compared to the frequency with which I had to do so in my youth. It's been quite a while.
BillHoughton 07/14/19 10:02am Class C Motorhomes
RE: TV recommendations for outdoor TV entertainment center

I reccomend leaving the electronics at home Go for a walk. Visit with a neighbor. Play cards. Make it a real vacation. Well you asked. LOL Happy Trails Or watch/listen to the birds and other small wildlife. Quality programming you'll never find on TV.
BillHoughton 07/13/19 02:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C's are growing in Australia

https://i.postimg.cc/qR3Tc5sC/image.jpg A driver with a great deal of faith in the local roads department!
BillHoughton 07/08/19 06:55pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: You know your in the Australian Outback

Well, with all those warnings, it's at least comforting to know that the road works. That is what they mean by that one statement, isn't it? And, as to U.S. roads, there's also "you may fall off the road if you're gawking at the scenery and not paying attention" in some states; and "carry survival equipment in winter so you don't freeze to death" in others. In a few, both warnings apply.
BillHoughton 07/05/19 09:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: House battery charging issue

Thanks to both of you. If I do have a bad battery, I'll have to search the recent battery-related posts: I bought Costco batteries when I replaced the previous ones, but I recall a recent conversation in which someone recommended a particular brand. We've owned this for several years, and the battery charging has been stellar up to now; so I don't feel strongly motivated to add another component to the system.
BillHoughton 07/04/19 03:14pm Class C Motorhomes
House battery charging issue

We can normally run 4-5 days on the house batteries (two six-volt "golf cart" batteries in series, for 12 volts) on our 2006 Itasca Navion. We're just back from a week and a half trip (total mileage probably did not exceed 500), and encountered a problem. On the second to last stop, after three days, the battery indicator (this is just about house batteries; motor battery was fine) was showing that the batteries were flat. They turned out to be nearly flat, although they had enough grunt to bring the slide in when we left camp (thank goodness; I really don't need to learn how to bring it in manually any earlier than I must). We then drove about five hours to the next stop, at which point the battery indicator showed just 2/3 charge. The motor's alternator charges the house batteries when the van is running, and a drive of that distance should have had them fully charged. We were at the last stop only overnight, and used the battery as little as possible. After a two-and-a-half hour drive home, the battery continued showing 2/3 charge. I also note that the electrolyte, which I always top up before a trip, is down. Normally, I've found one or two cells below full, to a minor degree, and fine at the end of the trip. I'll be starting by pulling the batteries, manually charging them individually, and getting them tested. My hypothesis is that a cell fried on one of them, and the alternator, diligently trying to bring them up to full charge, was overcharging the battery combination, leading to evaporation of electrolyte. If that's correct, should I replace both batteries, in case of damage to the good one? I presume that the house battery charging current is controlled by a separate voltage regulator from the voltage regulator controlling charge for the motor battery (otherwise, one or the other could be getting overcharged at any given time). Should I be testing that charging circuit, and is this something a good automotive electrical shop can test, or will I need to make an appointment with an RV shop (and wait and wait - the good one in this area is booked out for months)?
BillHoughton 07/04/19 02:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking for a Class C. No cabover with washer combo.

You might look for a Mark IV from the Tardis company. Just, you do have to watch out for Daleks who've mistaken you for Dr. Who. Apologies for the bad joke. But it does seem like you're proposing to cram quite a bit into a Class C rig.
BillHoughton 06/22/19 11:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Microwave over the range: what's difference

The microwave in our unit is in a cabinet. Winnebago did an incredibly poor job of installing it; I'm still kind of amazed that it didn't fall out, and I recently completed a re-engineering of the installation. I concur: fasten it twice as well as you think you need to. Donnis, I sent you a private message.
BillHoughton 06/17/19 08:45am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Smaller Class C

Our 23-foot 2006 Itasca Navion has a decently sized shower (I've never measured it, but I don't have to be a contortionist to use it). The beds are a fold-out sofa and a fold-down table, side exit in both cases. We like the length because it's right below the cutoff point for a lot of things: some ferries we've been on won't accept any RV longer than 24 feet, for instance; and a lot of parks and RV places charge more for spaces for longer units. And I can park it in a supermarket parking lot, as long as the lot's got facing spaces without parking blocks.
BillHoughton 06/15/19 10:28am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Salesman trying to talk me out of a Class C

He may be under pressure to move the Class A units off the lot, even the cheaper ones. Or he may truly believe that a Class A is better. But he's not you. You are. If you want a Class C, find someone who'll listen to what you want, and offer you useful guidance.
BillHoughton 05/03/19 12:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Intermittent failure to start.

Does it happen at home, too? I'm wondering if you've got a vampire current draw - something that should not be drawing current when you're stopped, but does. Sadly, not all mechanics know how to check for this issue, but any competent mechanic should be able to.
BillHoughton 04/20/19 01:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Non-Cramped Bed in 24 Feet?

Five feet of access to one corner, in a Class C RV? Hard to imagine.
BillHoughton 03/27/19 08:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: what is the shortest class c that people have used?

Didn't use it, wasn't even inside it: we were waiting for the ferry from Seattle to Victoria, B.C., and wound up behind a European Class C (Renault chassis? Can't recall), driven by a couple who had it shipped over from Europe to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and who had then driven it all the way across Canada and down into the U.S. They were preparing to drive it back across to Halifax before going home. It looked to me like the house portion was just about long enough for a bed and a little more room, but they were quite cheerful and clearly still having fun together.
BillHoughton 03/24/19 09:14am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 4 seatbelts NOT facing sideways

Buy what you want and install the seat belts yourself. You can buy belts and harnesses online. Well, but... On our 2007 Itasca Navion, the rear bench for the dining table is on top of the heater, which takes up pretty much all of the space under that bench. It would be hard to impossible to install seatbelts on that bench. The front bench (facing backwards) has storage underneath, and two seatbelts. Also, I'm not sure (haven't had occasion to look) that I could get to the underside of the floor to install seatbelts properly, even where I otherwise could. So, if you find an RV that otherwise satisfies your needs, make sure that you can, in fact, install seatbelts everywhere you want them.
BillHoughton 03/18/19 01:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looks familiar but is not

When I was young - we're talking late 1960s here, soon after people stopped riding dinosaurs and started melting them down to make gasoline instead - I remember commenting to my parents that, as I traveled around, I was seeing pickup trucks with camper shells, with a trailer behind, and either a boat on the trailer or a rowboat on top of the camper shell; or a trailbike on a carrier at the front of the truck. But never a boat AND a trailbike; one or t'other. Then, finally, on the road somewhere in the mountains of southern California, I saw a complete set: pickup truck, camper shell, camping trailer, rowboat atop the camper shell, trailbike on the front of the truck. I sent them an excited postcard. Life was good.
BillHoughton 03/14/19 12:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tires LT 225/75R16 load range E

Whatever your final tire decision, confirm with the tire shop before they start the work that they'll have the necessary tire valve stems - preferably by far, metal ones - for your wheels, in the length you prefer. In January, I had all six tires replaced on my RV. The truck tire manager at the tire shop inspected the valve stems and said they all looked OK, but it turned out the two fronts were too funky for re-use. I now have one valve stem that sticks out past the tire, all ready to get knocked off if I lose an argument with a curb, and one that's just the right length to make installing a tire pressure monitoring system valve cap/sender impossible (if I decide to do that later). I've got a Mercedes-based RV, and Mercedes requires oddball valve stems; you may not have an issue with your rig (Ford, right?). But check and be certain. I've purchased the right length stems, from Borg, and the tire shop's going to put them on for no charge; but it's an extra trip to the next town over (although it is close to the Habitat ReStore, so I can go treasure hunting). I'm currently waiting for the backyard to dry out a little - which it's not going to do soon, since we're continuing to get rain every couple of days - so I can be confident about getting the RV out and back in.
BillHoughton 03/09/19 09:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Electrical plug

By the looks of the non-existent photo, I think it is a whatyamaycallit. It controls on the duhicky. And the Model 4 whatyamaycallit, at that. Yes: let's see a picture or two. Then we can speculate with more precision.
BillHoughton 03/09/19 09:24am Class C Motorhomes
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