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RE: Looking for recommendation for Electric Bikes...

We are taking about electric powered vehicles intended to enhance camping/motorhoming enjoyment. Electric bikes and scooters that can do 60mph may have a legitimate use but such performance is not needed in typical RV facilities. Nothing really wrong with having extra power available except that, if misused, on purpose or accidentally, serious injury or damage to trails can result with further such use prohibited or controlled via mandatory instruction and licensing.
Bordercollie 11/15/19 10:49am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Furnace works; then doesn't; works again?

The furnace in our 2004 Tioga has always worked without problems, but it is comforting when it comes on and cycles properly. There are a lot of DIY videos on You Tube on trouble shooting and fixing furnaces, etc. Finding a good RV furnace repair guy may be difficult.
Bordercollie 11/06/19 02:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Move to Motorhome

I think that there are a lot more available used Class C's in the 25 to 27 foot range. I don't like having slides with potential problems. Short rigs have less comfortable sleeping and little storage space. If you spend most time outside under an awning, a short rig may suit your needs as described otherwise lack of elbow room, clutter, and sleeping in the overhead can become irritating.
Bordercollie 11/04/19 10:32am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Furnace works; then doesn't; works again?

I once found a loose screw connection at the fuse panel that caused intermittent furnace action. Look also for loose or corroded ground or +12volt connections at the thermostat and at the furnace itself. I had an old rig with an old furnace that was intermittent. I had to run the stove to clear air bubbles from propane lines. Furnaces have a lot of safety devices that need to work properly with a steady flow of propane.
Bordercollie 11/04/19 10:07am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

I am 80+ years old and still recovering from knee replacements. The spare in our 2004 26Q is original and mounted in front of the cavernous cargo hold. I would have to remove camping gear and crawl into the cargo hold to unbolt and get it out. Yikes! Best to replace tires before they age out. Have AAA premium road service.
Bordercollie 10/31/19 10:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Costs of things

As an 80-year old builder and flier of model airplanes, RV'er, guitar plunker and indulger in other hobbies and pastimes, I often counsel beginners about the initial and continuing costs of any worth-while hobby. Most of us have limited finances so most of us eventually invest in a motorhome that suits our desires and needs as well as possible within our financial limits. I advise beginners to save their money until they can buy good equipment and afford incidental expenses such as AMA membership insurance, club dues, and the cost of models, replacements and ground support equipment. Getting a good start in any hobby is important to having success and maximum continued enjoyment for the money and effort invested. I hope this makes sense:-)
Bordercollie 10/28/19 06:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Mystery On/Off Switch Above Mirror Adjust Controls

Could be! Will check, seems logical, thanks!
Bordercollie 10/20/19 01:12pm Class C Motorhomes
Mystery On/Off Switch Above Mirror Adjust Controls

2013 Ford Tioga 26Q E-450 chassis. Doesn't seem to do anything(?)
Bordercollie 10/20/19 12:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Repair costs and frequency frustration

Re Roadtrek Occasionally being short has it's advantages.
Bordercollie 10/16/19 08:52am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Repair costs and frequency frustration

No wonder many RV owners try to make their own repairs and upgrades to avoid the cost of labor and markups on parts prices. I wonder whether RV repairs are treated like foreign and luxury car repairs with the assumption that RV owners are "well healed" and can afford high prices. I accept that RV repair places and truck mechanics have to make money and have overhead to consider but wonder why the labor in simply replacing a battery, etc. is so expensive.
Bordercollie 10/14/19 11:40am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fresh water drain

Hope you have easy access to "low-point" drain valves. They are "inaccessible" behind a cover on the bathroom wall on our Tioga. Had to get to valves by removing dinette seat and converter charger. Plumbing designers must be sadistic.
Bordercollie 10/13/19 09:43am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Repair costs and frequency frustration

We spent around $12K recently getting our 15 year old Tioga 26Q ready and reliable for camping and touring after it had sat mostly un-driven during our surgery and recover problems for 8 years. Was it cost-effective?, maybe not but it had previously had the fridge and other expensive replacements and repairs made and only has some 10K miles on the odometer. We could afford it, so we took a deep breath and had it all done including new tires and house batteries. Recommend you get rear-end noise diagnosed by truck repair mechanics and get estimates. I'd be surprised if your rear end work exceeds $2K. I wonder if there is possible Ford warranty coverage for differentials? Anyway, if you will use and enjoy the rig, recommend you spend the repair money or spend the money and sell it, if your interest in "the lifestyle" has diminished. Road Treks are quite expensive but are also useful for transportation , local days at the park, and short nearby camping trips or touring as desired. Nice to take to theme parks, airshows, and kids activities. We loved our 1972 Dodge Van camper conversion, very versatile, kept it into the 90's.
Bordercollie 10/12/19 02:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: No Power from house batteries in class C Four winds 2004 ?

Look for an "Aux Battery" switch in a panel with other switches and power and water level LED indicators. There may be a push button switch in the battery compartment that actuates a solenoid which makes a "clunk" when turned on.Let us know the manufacturer name, model name and floorplan info. Somebody may be familiar with that exact rig. If the mfr is still in business, give them a call.
Bordercollie 10/08/19 08:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 1993 Ford E350 Tioga Class C

I just spent $1200 having my Onan 4000 fuel system cleaned, filters replaced (etc) and two new 6 volt house batteries installed by a generator specialist. I am not physically able to work on generator etc., still recovering from knee replacement surgery. I was told to run the generator with roof AC as a load for two hours per month. When you get your generator able to start and run properly, keep an eye on house battery electrolyte levels and the operation of your converter/charger and truck alternator to keep the house batteries up. I use a digital multi-meter and a hygrometer to try and keep the 12 volt system in good shape. Was told that house batteries generally need replacement every 4 years. Tires generally go 5-6 years depending on side wall cracking not on miles driven. PS: I have a 2004 Tioga 26Q bought new. The owner's manual does not go very deep into maintenance procedures. The thick binder full of appliance instructions has detailed maintenance info which is probably missing from your rig. You may be able to obtain instructions from the various manufacturers if you can find model and serial numbers. There are some good generic how-to books on RV maintenance that go deeper than owners manuals.
Bordercollie 10/08/19 08:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Novice looking for an upgrade to Class C

Choice of length and floor plan , slides or no slides, Class C versus A should be based on how you will ultimately use the motorhome and the personality of you and your partner (if any) For a few nearby camping trips per year a smallish, modestly priced rig may suffice. If one or both partners want 'all of the comforts of home' and want a full size queen bed with access on all three sides, and a large bathroom and galley, washer and dryer (etc., etc.) you may want a fairly large Class A, perhaps with a diesel pusher engine. Having once owned a versatile bubble top 'Family Wagon' van conversion, I sometimes wish we had a modern Road Trek Class B rig. Road Trek and similar widened van conversions are more expensive than similar class C motorhomes but can be used for commuting and casual use in days at local parks and events more easily than Class C's and A's.
Bordercollie 09/25/19 09:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Novice looking for an upgrade to Class C

Short Class C's have less comfortable sleeping and limited cupboard and storage space. Need to convert a sofa into a bed or sleep in overhead can get on your nerves. A 27 footer without slides and rear bedroom with RV Queen bed is the best compromise compared to a much longer or shorter rig/floor plan. Take a look at Road Trek widened van camper conversions. Nimble, versatile, expensive, lacking in elbow room also useful as transportation vehicle.
Bordercollie 09/25/19 11:20am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking for a preowned Class C

If you don't need to finance, you may get a better price from a private party selling due to health problems, etc. Best to pay a pro truck mechanic and an RV repair service to inspect and give written estimate for truck and house box fixes and repairs needed. Tires over 5 years old may need replacing.
Bordercollie 09/25/19 11:07am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Living Space Sound System Options?

Sound bar is good for TV sound, we have ZVOX AV155. I like the idea of a separate AM/FM/CD player radio and speakers running off house batteries in rear area. Should have a remote.
Bordercollie 09/25/19 11:00am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Michelin kaboom! Michelin tire update!

I have had tread separation with OLD tires driving in hot weather on cupped concrete highways. If you feel odd vibrations or hear odd thumping sounds, pull over and look for a bulge. It's a good idea to use tire covers to protect tires from sun damage.
Bordercollie 09/21/19 10:00am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Can't hear TV? ZVOX update!!

ZVOX follow-up: I started having a problems with both TV sound and ZVOX sound causing an echo effect. I called ZVOX support and tech had me go through "sound" settings on my Cable TV remote "Menu". I had to select "optical sound" instead of "TV speakers" and echo went away. ZVOX support people are friendly and helpful.
Bordercollie 09/13/19 11:19am Class C Motorhomes
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