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RE: 100K miles

I've been under it more times than I would care to say. I replaced the rear air bags a while back. The front ones will be done soon. Everything looks good.
Lurker52 11/04/19 03:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 100K miles

2001 did not use the same trailing arms Per Source Engineering. The bad one started in 2002 Thanks
Lurker52 11/04/19 12:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 100K miles

300HP according to all the manuals and the mechanic. Not looking for an argument Thanks
Lurker52 11/04/19 09:30am Class A Motorhomes
100K miles

Hi Everyone, My 2001 Monaco knight turned 100k on our trip out west. I have owned it for a little over a year. I have had a few issues with it but seem to have them worked out. The RV preformed pretty well on our trip from Florida to Wyoming and back. It is a little under powered with only a 5.9 Cummins (300 HP). Big hills will slow it down, but I am never in that big a hurry. I considered selling it but we have everything pretty much the way we want it. Replacing it with a substantial upgrade would cost probable at least double what I have in this one. So we have decided to keep it for a while longer. We are planning another trip out west next summer. My questions is for those who have older motorhomes with over 100k mile on them. Are you confident in your motor to go to 150-200k mileage? I know anything can happen at any time mechanically. I have read a lot of posts of people having major problems with RV that have a lot less mileage them mine. How long will the little 5.9 go? I will probable keep it a few more years and maybe up to around 150K or so. My Ram had 155k on it when I sold it and it had no issues and probable still running strong. I know maintenance and upkeep is key to keeping any RV in good working order. I look forward to hearing all your experiences. Thanks, as always.
Lurker52 11/04/19 08:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Colorado campground for next summer

Thank you everyone for the responses. I am also looking at Westcliffe if anyone has any info. on that area and RV parks
Lurker52 11/04/19 08:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Colorado campground for next summer

Hi Everyone, I am writing to see what RV park in Colorado near Buena Vista you might recommend for a month or two stay. (July and August) Last summer we stayed at Star Valley Ranch RV Park in Star Valley Wyoming. This is a park where individuals own the site. We rented a site form the owner. This was a really great stay. The park has plenty of activities. A pool, pickle ball and golf nearby. I definitely recommend this park. It is a bit dated but clean and friendly. It is about an hour south of Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park. Yellowstone can be a long day trip. At SVR we really did not use most of the activities so those things are not as important as a nice site in a nice park at a reasonable price. I am hoping to find a similar place in Colorado. I am open to location although Buena Vista seems nice. I do want it to be high enough to escape the heat. I would say 6000 ft. or more. If you all have any places that you have stayed and think they are what I am looking for please leave your comments about the park and its location. What you liked about it and if you would stay there again. Also, the access to the park. If there are any big climbs on the route and road conditions. I live in Florida so I will be arriving from the east. I have a 2001 Monaco 36’ motor home with a Cummins 5.9 and Allison tranny and a toad. I don’t do climbs very fast, slow and steady and if I can avoid climbs, I do. Again, amenities are not as important to us as a good base camp to explore the natural surroundings and beauty of the Rockies. Thanks, as always
Lurker52 10/29/19 04:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Wyoming to Florida, my return trip

Hi Everyone, We are back in Florida.The return trip went well, no overheating issues. I want to thank everybody who gave me great advise about cleaning my radiator and keeping my RPM's up on grades, (including those who flamed me for cleaning my radiator at an RV park. I hope you are never in any emergency situation and have to make that call.) I planned my trip to make a couple of big climbs in the morning when the outside temperature was cooler. I made the climb out of Star Valley with no problem in 3rd gear and had to come to a complete stop thanks to a couple of goats in the middle of the road. After getting them out of the way I started from a dead stop on about 8% grade and motored up the rest of the hill in 3 gear. I did the climb out of Laramie around 10:00 A.M. and again had to shift down to 3rd to stay at about 2300 RPM at about 40-45 MPH. The RV temp did rise some on both these climbs but stayed under 200 degrees. We decided to make a stop in Branson Mo. The hills from Springfield to Branson are pretty steep but short. I shifted down and made the top no problem. There was one where the RV slowed to about 35 MPH before reaching the top. All and all the trip was fine. We made a couple of fun stops and even did our first Walmart overnight in Laramie. We also boondocked at the Archway museum in Kearney Ne. It was a good stop but a lot of I-80 road noise. Thanks again to all of you for the great advice. I have not been real sure about this RV do to its age and that it turned 100K on this trip. Overall it preformed admirably both in traveling and comfort of living. It is paid for and with a few more thousand dollars (haha) in upgrades I hope it will last a few more years Phil
Lurker52 09/17/19 01:41pm Class A Motorhomes
Branson Mo to Panama City Fl.

Hello Everyone, I am in Branson Mo. Heading to Panama City Fl. tomorrow. Any suggestions on a route would be appreciated. Here is what Google says Get on US-65 S from W Main St 4 min (1.0 mi) Follow US-65 S to Gravesville Cutoff Rd in Bee Branch 2 h 9 min (113 mi) Get on US-167 N/US-64 E/US-67 N in Harrison Township from AR-124 E and AR-36 E 59 min (48.2 mi) Continue on US-64 E. Take I-22, I-65 S and US-331 S to AL-141 S in Crenshaw County 7 h 43 min (489 mi) Continue on AL-141 S. Take County Rd 460 and AL-87 S to FL-81 S50 min (43.7 mi) Continue on FL-81 S. Take FL-79 S to S Thomas Dr in Panama City Beach Once I get to Memphis, I know my way. I am assuming US 65 and US 64 will be decent roads. I came into Branson from the north on US 65 other than several fairly steep but short climbs the road was fine. Can I expect about the same heading south until I get out of the mountains? Thanks, as always
Lurker52 09/08/19 03:16pm Roads and Routes
Florida to Wyoming in my Class A

I just made a trip from Florida to Wyoming in my 2001 Monaco Knight with a Cummins ISB 5.9 with 300 HP and an Allison 3000 transmission. I also am towing my 2011 Tuscan on a tow dolly. The trip was about 2300 miles. Traveling through FL. AL. MS. and MO. was pretty uneventful. I started across Nebraska from Omaha to North Platte and the rig ran fine. After leaving North Platte west on I-80 toward Cheyenne the road started heading up hill. No big grades just a constant up hill run for like 200 miles and about 3000’ elevation gain. As the day went on and got hotter to over 90 degrees, I started running hot. Up around 200 degrees. I was getting nervous and pulled over to cool the rig down. I even called Cummins who said I would be fine as long as no warning bussers went off. That didn’t make me feel better. I got to Cheyenne and was there for a coupe of days so I did some reading on this and other RV sites and learned that A LOT of people run at 200 or more. I still was hoping to get my temp down. My rig runs at about 185 on flat land. I even stopped and talked to a local diesel shop. Between my research and the diesel mechanic it sounded like clogged radiator fins. When I got back to my RV I crawled around under it found there was oil build up on the radiator. So after about 2 hours of hosing it down I got it pretty clean. I don’t think the 5 star resort I was at will ever notice the oil on the dirt patch they called a sight. ?? While waiting for DW to get a hair cut I noticed an RV just like mine in the Walmart parking lot. I knocked on the door and the owner was very nice and invited me in. I asked about his rig and how it preformed. He had a 315 HP motor. He said both are RVs are under powered. I think I have to agree. The owner said he was leaving Cheyenne at night to make the grade near Laramie without overheating. He was pulling a Tahoe. I was not happy to hear this but I was not leaving at night. I left Cheyenne about 9:00 A.M. for Rock springs the grade over to Laramie was no problem. But the other thing I learned and did was to keep my RPM at about 2200 and shift down when needed to keep them there. The rest of the day was fine. One looong grade before Rock springs the rig did get close to 200 but cooled down at the top. My last day from Rock springs to Star Valley went fine except for a 2-3 mile 8% grade before Afton. The rig actually did OK. The temp did get up to about 200 and I was in 3rd gear before cresting the top. I am now in Star Valley for a month before heading back to Florida. All down hill (haha) This was the first big trip with this RV. If my return trip is no more eventful than this one I will be happy. So, a couple of things I’ve learned are, make sure the radiator is clean keep the RPM up to 22-2300 on long grades and use the shifter to keep them up and not wait for the trans to hunt for the gears and loose power in doing so. I am interested in any advice you all may have or anything I can do to improve the ride on the way home. Thanks, as always
Lurker52 08/03/19 08:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: No Headlights 2001 Knight DP

It was the headlight switch. Thanks for the help
Lurker52 06/11/19 09:18am Class A Motorhomes
No Headlights 2001 Knight DP

Hi Everyone, My 2001 Monaco Knight 36R Diesel pusher lost the head lights. All the other running lights work. Brake, tail, sidelights and backup. I have looked for a fuse in the front box and found what looks like a plug into the fuse board that says headlights. I hope this is not a circuit board. This may have something to do with it. While camping this weekend it rained like there is no tomorrow all night and into the morning before leaving. When I plugged in my tow dolly the brakes on it where locked up. All the lights where working on it though. After towing the car a ways without the plug in I stopped and plugged in the plug and everything worked. I figured it was wet from all the rain and the rushing air and heat from the engine dried it out. I really don’t know if the headlights where working during this or not. When I turned on the switch all the interior dash lights are on and I could see the side running lights so I assumed the headlights were on. I didn’t realize the headlights where out until almost home (still light out) when I went to flip the high beams on. I thought it was just the high beams. When I got home and checked no hi or low beams. Would one bad bulb make all the headlights go out? I pulled one and it looks good. I have a wiring diagram book but is kind of Greek to me. Is there a fuse somewhere? I looked everywhere I could think of. Even pulled the panel under the dash put did not see anything that looked like a fuse. I am at a lose as what to do. This is a pretty big problem as we are leaving for a cross country trip in about a week. I can go without headlights if I have to but I sure don’t like the though of that. Any help and suggestions will be appreciated as always. Phil
Lurker52 06/10/19 10:01am Class A Motorhomes
Walmart overnight parking

HI all, I am taking a trip from Florida to Wyoming the last week of June. I have done the trip before but this time I am considering doing a few overnights at Walmart or similar type places. My questions is, do you run the generator all night? I am assuming the temps. going through the south and mid- west will be pretty high. So,what do you all do when overnighting at Walmart in the summer time? Thanks as always
Lurker52 05/27/19 05:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: Car not tracking straight on tow dolly

Update question If I load the car and turn the steering wheel to lock and the tires are slightly turned and then strap down the front wheels. Does it stand to figure that the car should track ok. The front wheels would be locked and strapped in place and the dolly pans would turn and steer the car. So, shouldn’t the car then track correctly? The tires are only about 5 or so degrees from straight. I appreciate your thoughts.
Lurker52 04/16/19 03:31pm Dinghy Towing
Car not tracking straight on tow dolly

I did a test run with my motorhome and tow dolly (master tow with swivel pans). I discovered that my 2011 Hyundai Tucson tires do not lock straight. When I finished the test run the car was a little off center due to the wheels locking slightly turned in tow. The car was not tracking straight behind the RV. I am looking into getting the steering wheel adjusted to lock the front wheels straight. I hope this will not be a big deal. I assume it is not good for any of the equipment if the car is not following straight behind the motorhome. If anyone has had this happen and can suggest some way to resolve it if I can’t get my front wheels to lock straight. I would appreciate any help with this situation. Thanks, Lurker
Lurker52 04/16/19 08:59am Dinghy Towing
Air bags

I found a leaking air bay while installing my inverter. I want to replace it but can't find a part number. It's kind of scary under there.It is made buy Firestone. My RV is a 2001 Monaco Knight 36R It has 4 air bags one on each corner. If any one knows the part number and a good place to buy them let me know. Thanks as always
Lurker52 03/18/19 05:00pm Class A Motorhomes
Running the residential refrigerator on the inverter

Hello, I have a 2001 Monaco Knight DP. The previous owners installed a residential refrigerator. The rig also had a Xantrex 1500 watt modified sine inverter. The frig. was not connected to the inverter. I am in the process of upgrading to a 3000 watt Xantex pure sine inverter. I am doing this so we can run the frig. while traveling and not use the generator and maybe for some Walmart parking and some short boondocking stays. I installed the new inverter just like the old one. The way it was installed and how I have done the new one is that the output A/C electric has 2 lines coming out of it. These operate the microwave and a few outlets and 2 T.V. These items also are powered by the main breaker box. They switch back and forth from inverter to shore/genny power. I don’t understand how this is done. I would like the frig. to do the same thing. There is an outlet that I could get power from near the frig if I have to but I would like to have it on its own circuit. Is there some kind of relay that switches the micro and outlets somewhere and what do I have to do so the frig work this way? I believe if I just run a secound wire to the breaker box the inverter would then have 120 volts going back into it and I think that would not be good. Sure could use some help. Thanks as always,
Lurker52 03/15/19 07:56pm Class A Motorhomes
Motor home tire pressure

Hello Everyone, I have a 2001 Monaco Night 36’ DP. My question is about tire pressure. The tires are Goodyear G 661 HAS load range H 255/70 R 22.5 The tires say max. pressure 120# I am not sure what the correct pressure should be. I have not weighed the RV but I have a Cat Scale ticket from the previous owner. He weighted it ready to travel. Full fuel gear and water. The ticket shows a total of 27,140# but 3120# of that is his toad. The front weight was 8640#. The rear was 15,380#. If I understand this right that means each front tire has 4320# on each. The rears (duallys) have 3845# on each of the four tires. The sticker in the coach says to inflate front and rears to 80#. I have looked for an inflation chart on the internet for these tires and have not found an exact match. I have found very similar Goodyears that say the rears should be at 80# and the front at 85#. When I checked the tires, they are at 90#. I would like to lower the pressure a little to help with handling. The RV has the steering box that is not adjustable and has some play in the wheel and wonders a bit at high way speed 60-65 mph. Any insight on correct pressure or where I can find a chart is appreciated. Thanks as always, Lurker
Lurker52 02/13/19 07:07pm Class A Motorhomes
Inverter with residential refrigerator

I have recently purchased my first class A. A 2001 Monaco Night DP. The previous owners installed a residential refrigerator. My questions are ones that I know has been discussed before. But I am still kind of confused as to what I need to do. I have 4 6 volt batteries that provide 400 amp hrs. 200 usable. The rig also has a Xantera 1500 watt modified sine inverter. I tried plugging the frig into the inverter and although it ran when the frig kicked on and off the inverter board flashed and other lights flickered. I guess my inverter does not like my frig. Other things like the tv and micro seem to work ok on the inverter. Should I get a 2nd small inverter to run the rig or upgrade to a pure sine inverter. The frig is a Whirlpool WRT 108FZDW02. I have had some difficulty finding the specs as to energy usage. We are not boon dockers but would like to stay a couple of nights here and there and plan on doing some Walmart overnights. Will the inverter/charger keep the frig going and charge the batteries enough while traveling? I know I can turn the frig off but it would be nice to not have to while traveling and an overnight stop. I do understand any extended off grid time will need the generator to recharge the batteries. Solar may be in the future but not now. I will also want to use a laptop and charge a couple of cellphones. I am also looking at a Victron battery monitor. Any advise on which model would be best for my use would be helpful. So, should I upgrade to a larger (maybe 2000 watt) PSI or get a small one for the frig and if so what size? Will the rig run the frig/inverter and keep the batteries charged while driving? Will my 200 amp hour batteries run the rig for a couple of day if we boon dock some. Thanks as always
Lurker52 12/30/18 10:33am Class A Motorhomes
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