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RE: 2020 Ram 3500 OEM Rear Air Suspension

Sounds like they are using the trucks built-in accelerometer (usually used for stability control), rather than a height-sensor. If so, this is great, because the height-sensors tend to be the most finicky component on full-air-rides. The mechanical arms get damaged from road debris, and the magnetic ones have to be adjusted perfect or they won't work either.
carringb 07/08/20 09:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2006 WW FSC3200 A/C Issue

Great! But why did they trip? Are you plugged in at a park? If it tripped, the park power is probably dropping too low, and this alone will damage your windings in the A/C.
carringb 07/08/20 09:03am Toy Haulers
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

9/10 truck owners just want some traction insurance for the occasional snowy commute to work. The 1/2-ton Chevies went this way about 5 years ago. Same with the Ford Expedition. You have to add the Low-Range T-case option if you want true 4x4 on the Expedition. At least clutch-based AWD can send 100% torque to either axle.
carringb 07/07/20 02:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Entegra warranty Are you kidding me/

OP - Do you know for sure the floor is glued? I thought typically they are only fastened around the edges. That's how my ORV was built, supposedly to reduce cracking from temperature changes. If your was installed this way, the bubbles may go away on their own, as the decking used ages and stops off-gassing.
carringb 07/07/20 10:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: F53 Loses Power on Rough Roads

^Yup. Loose connection somewhere. Battery terminal is likely based on recent work done, but a loose ground strap can cause the same symptoms.
carringb 07/06/20 05:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cruise America's Extended Warranty Service Agreements

Does anyone know what make and models are used in these rental fleets? If known one could look for those models elsewhere also. I always thought it was their maintenance level that made these used units more reliable but it makes sense that if you start with a simpler more robust unit you have a better chance of getting a good used unit after several years and you should not need an extended warranty. Cruise America special orders their units from Thor, and when they sell them, they are branded as "Majestic". These do not have slide-outs or awnings. I have no idea if the bodies have any structural changes, other than they all have an excellent length-to-wheelbase ratio. On the interior, they seem to use more plywood where the consumer equivalent uses MDF, and have small touches like extra brackets where furnishing attach to the walls. The dinettes have fabric trim on upper edges rather than cabinet trim. And the cushions have notches for the seatbelts, which will prevent wear and scuffing.
carringb 07/06/20 09:03am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Cruise America's Extended Warranty Service Agreements

Guess it would be good to have for the big ticket items like the engine, transmission, drive train, and generator. However, how many of these items fail completely and need to be replaced? The powertrains on modern motorhomes rarely have major issues. The generator is probably the most likely $$$ item to go out, and if it does, I'm pretty sure they'll find a reason to blame it on you, so you'll be buying one anyways.
carringb 07/05/20 10:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: need help with motor size

How old are you looking at? The Chrysler 360 hasn’t been put in a motorhome for almost 40 years. And the Ford 460 since ‘96. I’d avoid any Chrysler based RV because the rear chassis are proprietary to each RV maker and even power train parts are hard to find now. I’d at least try to to stick with a 460 with fuel injection which would start with ‘88 model years. A Ford 351 or a Chevy 350 should be fine as well if you don’t tow.
carringb 07/05/20 11:15am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Any Trailers for Tall Adults and Tall Kids?

Just a bit heavy, lol. Almost 8k lbs dry. Meh, 'tis a mere lightweight compared to some. My Creekside is about 11,000 empty. And his Powerstroke F150 can PULL that much... Just a matter of whether if can manage the tongue weight. There's so many GVWR packages and options, that I wouldn't attempt to guess what the OP's actual payload is.
carringb 07/02/20 08:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Any Trailers for Tall Adults and Tall Kids?

ORV Timber Ridge 28BKS 80" Queen bed. Bunks are only 74" long, but the ends are open so feet can hang off. And they are 50" wide so they can sleep diagonal for extra space. Interior height is 6'-11". Best of all, being an ORV, you get heavier axles, a superior chassis (built by Northwoods MFG aka Arctic Fox rather than Lippert), good insulation, very good carrying capacity (2,500 pounds), 80 gallons of fresh and grey water space, and this floorplan has a small garage door for bikes. Downside... It ain't light. Tongue-weight might push the limits of your F150. https://outdoorsrvmfg.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/28BKS.png width=600
carringb 07/02/20 06:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Disappointing test drive

FWIW - Ford's warranty includes an initial alignment on motorhomes, because the RV makes don't do it after the build-out.
carringb 07/02/20 06:36pm Class A Motorhomes

You already have a generator. Go ahead and fire it up! If your park has quiet hours when you can't run the genny certain hourse, go ahead and run the motor. It still puts out about 30 amps to the house battery, and the V10 idles so quiet, nobody will notice its running.
carringb 07/01/20 10:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New E450 Chassis

I did not know that Ford was planning any changes to the E450 chassis ! There is no 2020. 2019s were produced through the end of the 2019 calendar year, then they started making the 2021s in February. Notable features: -7.3L V8, dyno certified @ 350 HP (V10 was only dyno certified in the F450 and up, where the 3-valve was rated at 288 hp, so this makes quite a bit more power than the 45 horsepower on paper suggests). -New electric architecture common with the F-series, which allows optional driver-assist features, including Lane Keep Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking, Active cruise control etc. But so far, none of the new 2021 coaches I've seen have been so equipped. Chassis itself is largely unchanged, and the interior changes are limited to the updated F-series dash and steering wheel. On the outside, the only visual cue is a taller air-dam below the bumper, similar to the F-series. https://fordauthority.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ford-E-Series-2.jpg width=600
carringb 07/01/20 10:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Are all RV's noisy and rattle?

Also, do you know for sure the body was original to your chassis? For a long time, Cruise America used to swap old bodies onto new chassis. Until they finally realized the chassis is the longest lasting component. But I think they did this though the mid-2000's. While this somewhat true the practice was stopped in 1976. I looked at a bare chassis from them around 2005 or so. Might have even been as late as 2007. Here's an article describing the process, back when they used to remount the body 5 times before pulling it from service.
carringb 06/30/20 11:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Are all RV's noisy and rattle?

My sister's 2020 Forester only has two rattle sources: The stove cover, and the ladder storage hooks. The stove was solved with a dish towel. Otherwise, it surprisingly quiet. Except on bad gravel washboards. Then everything shakes and makes noise. Most of it is probably pots/pans/furnishings etc and not the coach itself. There's huge differences in construction methods, and fit & finish, which surely makes a big difference. Also, do you know for sure the body was original to your chassis? For a long time, Cruise America used to swap old bodies onto new chassis. Until they finally realized the chassis is the longest lasting component. But I think they did this though the mid-2000's.
carringb 06/30/20 11:29am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Mach 15 a/c not cooling well

My trailer is 37' overall, and cools suitably well with a single Coleman 15k. One big upgrade I did however was slide toppers. Without these, I could feel heat radiating through the slide ceiling in hot weather. If your A/C unit is not cycling, it's probably working as intended, and your trailer simply has a higher heat-load than mine. If it is cycling the compressor, you might have an issue. Also, don't forget to check voltage in the trailer during peak A/C use. If voltage is low, your compressor will be pulling excess amps.
carringb 06/30/20 08:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Cruise America's Extended Warranty Service Agreements

Disclaimer - I have never bought from Cruise America. As with any extended warranty, make sure you understand the full list of eligibility requirements and exclusions, on the CONTRACT, not the brochure. I personally would consider it, as long as there's no gotchas on the contract, simply due to the prior usage and age on their units. For how many units Cruise America sells, I really don't hear any complaints about their used units. On the contrary, they seem to have LESS problems than most NEW RVs. Partly because they have simpler, more robust builds, but also because they've also already common workmanship issues that come out of the factories.
carringb 06/28/20 02:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What is included in the tow package on 2019 infinity qx80.

You do know that the payload for each vehicle is listed on the drivers door right? Maybe check out the Armada, it's what the Infinity is based on and may have a little higher payload rating. The Armada has a different rear suspension though. It uses air-springs with active, cross-linked hydraulic dampers, while the Armada has some very soft coil springs that are grossly under-damped. I don't know how that affects payload, but the QX80 handles cargo weight FAR better.
carringb 06/28/20 11:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Dodge Durango with tow package? am I making a mistake?

I did mention payload capacity. For the Durango it's a harder number to find. The sticker shows 1200 lbs no matter if it's v6 or v8 and all axel's show same. Using the formula it has closer to 1700 lbs which works be plenty for us (I think). Matt The payload sticker is mandated by law to reflect the actual unloaded weight of that particular truck, and is deducted from the GVWR. Using the "formula" based on published dry weights, would only tell you the payload of a very stripped down base model, which likely doesn't exist except in federal government motor-pools.
carringb 06/27/20 02:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford v10 stalling in the first five minutes

2006 will be throttle-by-wire. The throttle body in them occasionally gets gummed up from PVC vapors, and can cause some stiction. But usually the first symptom of this is throttle lag at low throttle positions. The throttle-by-wire V10s do not have an IAC. Cleaning the MAF regularly is always a good idea.
carringb 06/26/20 05:02pm Class A Motorhomes
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