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RE: Which shocks IF...

What would be the best way to improve harsh ride from rear duals on cupped concrete highways. ( Change rear springs, add airbags or ??) We get out and walk around at rest stops. Tioga 26Q 80 psi in rear tires, 75 in fronts.
Bordercollie 07/03/19 11:45am Class C Motorhomes
RE: battery

My information is based on what I find when checking voltage of two deep cycle 6volt house batteries in series connected to converter/charger with motorhome connected to 110vac shore power or when disconnected from shore power and engine alternator is charging batteries. Yes, there is a "surface charge voltage" of around 13.6 volts which gradually lowers to around 12.6 volts when batteries are not being charged.(if good batteries). Voltage readings may differ depending on battery condition, state of charge, resistance in battery connections, etc. From everything I have read, running lead/acid batteries down to where lights dim is hard on any batteries and to be avoided for longest useful life.
Bordercollie 07/01/19 08:13am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking for recommendation for Electric Bikes...

We have taken my Honda Trail 90 motorcycle mounted on an aluminum hitch rack, but at 188 lbs it is a little too heavy and awkward to load and unload for us now at 80 years old. I have a Pride Go Go Elite Traveler portable mobility scooter that comes apart in three pieces. I may take it with us for running to the camp store, etc. It's parts fit in our large cargo bay. I still use the scooter while very slowly recovering from knee replacement surgery. As an alternative, we may take one or two regular aluminum frame step through lady's cruiser bicycles on a bike rack. I would recommend that campers use an electric bike that can carry a few groceries from the camp store.
Bordercollie 06/30/19 10:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: battery

Forgot to mention, try to never run your house batteries down to 12 volts which is "dead". This damages battery innards and shortens useful life severely. A newish healthy battery should be fully charged but not over-charged for adequate performance and useful life. Camping while connected to shore power is best with a standard house battery system. BTW, many/most RV's do not have provision to charge the engine starting battery while connected to shore power. I added a Trik-L-Start device which routes some of the charging current from the converter charger to the engine starting battery. A simple battery maintainer/trickle charger may be used to charge the starting battery if 110vac power is available.
Bordercollie 06/30/19 10:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking for recommendation for Electric Bikes...

I saw an ad from Costco for a stand-up electric scooter from Segway that looks like high quality, 15mph,long range $599. May be shown in your local store. Segway Ninebot ES3 KickScooter With Dual Battery
Bordercollie 06/30/19 09:54am Class C Motorhomes
RE: battery

CORRECTIONS/CLARIFICATIONs: A fully charged battery should read around 13.6 volts when being charged by the converter/charger. When at rest for some time ,with no loads, at may read around 12.6 volts . With engine running, should read around 14 volts. Tip: Make sure that the aux ( house) battery switch is in "on" position so that converter is charging your house battery(s). In the "off" position, you will read around 13 volts, in the "on" position you should read around 14 volts. You will need to leave the aux/house battery switch in "off" position to keep alarms, etc. from slowly draining your house battery when parked/un-driven and not connected to 110volt "shore power" for extended periods of time. Running the generator charges house batteries slowly. Keep checking electrolyte levels and add distilled water to keep levels above plates. Low levels will shorten useful house battery life which is around 4 years(!) with proper charging and maintenance. Good fully charged house batteries should, in theory, provide power for lights. etc. for up to 3 day/night camping. Furnace blowers can nearly drain house batteries in one night. A day's driving should fully recharge house batteries from the truck's alternator. The converter charger takes longer than truck's alternator to recharge house batteries when connected to shore power or running the generator. Basic RV house battery systems are the "weak link" in RV camping and need regular attention including cleaning of terminal connections. (Sorry if I confused anybody.)
Bordercollie 06/30/19 09:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Toyo Tires for Our Tioga 26Q

Thanks everybody, have ordered a set of Toyo's Open Country tires as part of an extensive service and repair package from "Ray A Motive" in Bellflower, CA . The price quoted by RAM was very close to the price quoted by trusted Allen Tire in Westminster, CA. Allen tire assured me that Toyo's would be fine on our Tioga 26Q and around $360 cheaper than equivalent Michelins. 'Ray A Motive' is a large fully equipped RV service and auto mechanic place that comes highly recommended locally.
Bordercollie 06/21/19 10:26am Class C Motorhomes
Toyo Tires for Our Tioga 26Q

A respected RV service/repair shop is offering to replace our ten year old Michelin tires with six Toyo LT225/75R 16/10 115/12S for $1153.44 I was told that the Toyo's are "as good as the Michelins" but $130 cheaper per tire. We are interested in safety and reliability also in saving money on the new set of tires. I have read a few statements by satisfied Toyo users but Toyo is not usually mentioned in reviews as one of the "best" RV tires. Not meaning to start a long winded debate but would like some advice on Michelin VS other "best" brands from experienced users.
Bordercollie 06/20/19 10:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Replacing accelerator pedal on 2005 E450 Fleetwood

Maybe adding a seat cushion to raise driver a little would help with long leg problems. Good luck with new seats.
Bordercollie 06/17/19 12:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Safe Access for Cleaning Windsield

Picked up my Heinenger Tire Step from Walmart yesterday. Looks sturdy, good quality, comes with durable storage bag. Cost $36 online order, free ship.
Bordercollie 06/15/19 10:44am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Trimark latch with twin keyholes: lubrication

Have typical Trimark deadbolt and regular lock with paddle handle. Lower lock started sticking in unlocked position. Asked locksmith what is best to unstick the mechanism, was told that WD-40 was as good as any. Shot lock with WD-40, didn't help. Looked at original Trimark key, it looked worn. Tried wife's key, lock worked normally. Had new key and a spare made. Went around and shot cab door locks and hinges and electric side mirrors with WD-40, will shoot all compartment door locks with it too.
Bordercollie 06/15/19 10:27am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Replace 12-volt Costar CO Alarm

I finally ordered a 9v battery powered BRK First Alert CO250 RVA carbon monoxide alarm from Boat Store USA by phone. Boat Store USA has a lot of items for RV'ers at decent prices.
Bordercollie 06/14/19 12:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Replace 12-volt Costar CO Alarm

Thanks bobnot, didn't realize that 12 volt alarms drew that much current. Non-hardwired battery power and frequent testing sounds like an acceptable alternative. With thousands of RV's, it's surprising that the choice of hardwired 12-volt RVIA "approved" alarms is so limited. I may be out of step with the trends in online marketing but being "forced" to pay for a "membership" to buy stuff gets my goat.
Bordercollie 06/14/19 09:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Replace 12-volt Costar CO Alarm

Yup, I wanted to install a hard-wired 12 volt "RV-type" CO alarm but battery powered ones are a lot cheaper. I get the impression that there was something special about CO alarms designed for RV use(?)
Bordercollie 06/13/19 07:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Replacing accelerator pedal on 2005 E450 Fleetwood

I now wear extra wide New Balance athletic shoes and they rub on the dog house requiring me to point my toe in our Tioga 26Q. Some kind of add-on thick plate carefully crafted not to interfere with brake pedal should work. When we first bought our Tioga 26Q, the seat was too high for me so I made an upholstered platform that fit the shape of the dog house. I guess Flexsteel and Ford engineers had long legs and skinny feet
Bordercollie 06/13/19 07:19pm Class C Motorhomes
Replace 12-volt Costar CO Alarm

Didn't realize we had a CO alarm in our 2004 Tioga26Q. Old Costar 12RV-D started chirping long past it's expiration date. Sure enough, Quantum Group Inc is out of business and you can't get a drop-in replacement for a round type Costar Model 12RV-D. I found a 12 volt rectangular Safe T Alert detector on CW's website, for $60.05 that would work and called the La Mirada store to make sure they had them in stock. I battled traffic to CW in La Mirada and found the item on the rack, but the in-store price was over $80. The young lady cashier asked if I was a member, I said not currently. She said a one year membership is now $29 and that with a membership I could get close to the website price. There was no mention of membership needed on the website. Anyway, I told the lady to forget it and that I would not buy from CW anymore. I will call around to other local RV supply stores that don't require membership and find a suitable CO detector.
Bordercollie 06/13/19 06:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Smaller Class C

We like our 2004 Fleetwood Tioga 26Q, 27 feet long RV Queen bed access on left side and end. Huge rear cargo storage space with spare tire in back. No slides, basic, fits all spaces. 26Q was discontinued a few years back, many for sale used. Same 26Q model also sold as Fleetwood Jamboree, only differences were upholstery.
Bordercollie 06/12/19 01:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Wife thinks I'm nuts...

Some people take great pains to maintain a vehicle in new condition. I wish I had better perfectionist genes. I build and fly scale model planes but don't let perfectionism bog me down like it used to do, but that's me.
Bordercollie 06/08/19 11:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: $$$ to maintain and repair?

Major items seem to need replacement/repairs at the 10 year mark depending on use and luck. A lot depends on frequency of use, proper maintenance and luck. It should be possible to locate slideout parts from an RV junkyard or worst case, have parts fabricated or modified to work. Trying to sell an RV with major problems may be more expensive than having the problem fixed, then selling or keeping the rig. We had to replace our fridge, roof AC unit, fresh water pump and converter charger all at around 10 year mark.
Bordercollie 06/08/19 11:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Chicago Trip Advice

Most large cities have limited RV overnight facilities and do not allow parking of RV's in the street. Indoor parking facilities have low ceilings, RV's cannot park. Definitely have a GPS to find your way through and preferably around big cities. Beware of your RV side mirrors tangling with adjacent truck mirrors. Don't make the common mistakes of leaving the TV antenna cranked up and and/or trying drive through a fast food place with low clearance. General advice, don't try to find an RV park after dark unless you have called ahead and reserved a spot. Some Walmarts and truck stops welcome RV'ers that merely want to park and sleep. Overnight RV parking at some Walmarts is prohibited by law in some localities. Use judgment about safely parking overnight where you won't be bothered.
Bordercollie 06/07/19 10:29am Class C Motorhomes
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