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RE: Good Bye Class A forum!

Join the club! After 20+ years with a 34' TT, we sold it and are moving to a truck camper for those same reasons. We decided a TC would be best for us because we need 4x4 for beach access. Best of luck with your new rig and happy travels! I always say, an RV can't be too big when it's parked or too small when it's going down the road... I gave serious consideration to a truck camper. Having 4x4 would be nice since I live in snow country. The only think that stopped me is I really don’t want a full size truck as my daily driver. I like my Ford Ranger. Also truck campers are too limited in storage and holding tank sizes. But they are very nice.
msmith1199 09/03/20 06:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Good Bye Class A forum!

It’s gas and it’s been out for over a year as best I can tell. It appears to be getting me 11 to 12 mpg with plenty of power, so I like it for now.
msmith1199 09/03/20 06:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stereo question

Went to a local stereo shop to talk about this, and he tells me I likely already have a camera splitter like the one posted above. So any stereo with a single input for a camera would work as only the powered up camera will be displayed. I didn’t know that. So that opens up the types of stereo I can get. Now the only problem is viewing angle. According to the stereo shop guy, nobody makes one with a floating screen where the screen can be adjusted side to side. With mounting location of the stereo being in the center and the dash being flat, it means no matter what I’m going to be looking at the screen from the drivers seat at a pretty significant angle. So my only hope is getting a big screen, like 9 inches, and hope it’s bright enough to be visible at the angle.
msmith1199 09/03/20 06:02pm Technology Corner
Stereo question

The next technology question for my new motorhome, the builder of the unit cheaped out and put a crappy stereo in it. Doesn’t even have Apple Car Play. So that’s going to be the first upgrade I do. But since I ordered every option, I have side view cameras that come on with the turn signals. So I need a new stereo that has three camera inputs. Most of them I have found seem to only have two, one for the rear and one for the front. Also, the current stereo is in a single height bay in the dash, but it does look like there is room to cut the dash out for a bigger stereo. The current stereo has a motorized screen that comes out and pops up when you turn it on. One of the problems with the current stereo is you can’t see the screen from the drivers seat. You have to lean over and look straight to see it. So that doesn’t work for me. I just went by Best Buy (couldn’t find anybody to answer questions) but I found one I really like, but it only has two camera inputs. The one I found is a JVC and it will fit directly in the single bay slot without having to cut the dash up, and it’s got a big fixed 9” screen that is attached to the front. And because it sticks out it’s also adjustable. So you can tilt it toward the driver. But it only has two camera inputs and in looking at the JVC website they don’t have a model with three inputs. Hopefully I described this good enough. Anybody found a stereo that meets all these specs?
msmith1199 09/03/20 03:23pm Technology Corner
RE: Good Bye Class A forum!

^^^ I think Mercedes would be surprised someone put a Ford engine in their Sprinter chassis. :W Must be a prototype. :B Unless I'm missing something it sure looks like a Ford chassis. Looking at the chassis specs I suspect the OP may mean the new Ford 7.3 engine??? The specs say "Ford gas engine" and "E450" so it's either that or the 6.2L. I certainly hope msmith comes back to clear up the confusion. Seriously though, just because the Class A is gone doesn't mean anyone has to leave. Everyone is welcome here. Nice looking rig too! You’re losing me? What confusion? I bought a Nexus Viper 27V which is on the Ford E-450 Cutaway chassis. It has the 7.3 liter V-8 engine which was new last year.
msmith1199 09/03/20 03:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Good Bye Class A forum!

And one of the reasons for going for this particular motorhome over something on the Sprinter Chassis, is I have a 7.6 liter ford V-8. Are you sure it's a 7.6 liter Ford V-8 :@\ Yes, I’m sure.
msmith1199 09/03/20 03:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dish Network receiver question

Thanks all, that answers my questions. I did get the in motion dome, so sounds like I’ll have to do without a DVR and watch commercials! I can live with that.
msmith1199 09/02/20 07:51pm Technology Corner
RE: Dish Network receiver question

Which model dish did you have installed on the motorhome? If it's not a Trav'ler or similar full sized dish but rather one of the dome style dishes, a Wally is the current best receiver choice. The dome style automatic dishes do not work with a Hopper. It’s the in motion dome, so thanks, that’s good info to know.
msmith1199 09/02/20 07:50pm Technology Corner
RE: Dish Network receiver question

I want to get a receiver just for the motorhome, and my understanding with Dish is you don’t need a separate account. You can add it to your existing account. I think if you go with the Wally, it’s only an extra $7 a month. But I want the DVR so that’s why I’m asking. I get my house DIsh installed next week so I’ll ask the installer then if somebody on here doesn’t know the answer.
msmith1199 09/02/20 05:35pm Technology Corner
Good Bye Class A forum!

I joined RV.Net almost 20 years ago now when I bought my first motorhome, a gas Rexhall 32 foot Class A. It was a good motorhome, but it only lasted me a couple of years before I upgraded to a Tropical 35 foot DP. That was in 2004. Had that motorhome for 16 years and used it a lot. Great motorhome that only gave me minor problems. But after 19 years of Class A’s, we decided that the way we use a motorhome, we’d be better off with something smaller. We rarely stay in any one spot more than a few days and we often cover a lot of miles when we do go out. The big Class A meant we always had to bring the toad because you just can’t drive downtown real easy in a Class A. So we traded in the Class A on a Nexus Viper Class B+. Just picked up the new motorhome last week in Phoenix and drove it home to Reno. It’s going to take some getting used to the smaller size, it was a little cramped, but the ease of driving and getting into places is going to make it well worth it. For example we drove home up the Extraterrestrial Highway. As we were approaching Rachel NV I see the famous black mail box on the side of the road. But I had already passed it by the time I saw it. In the DP with a toad there would be no going back. But since there was no traffic for miles, I stopped in the middle of the highway and made about a 8 point turn in the middle of the highway and went back to the black mailbox for some touristy photos. That was the main reason for changing. I want to make some cross country trips and not have to bring the toad and yet still be able to get anyplace I want to go. I think it’s going to work out just fine. And one of the reasons for going for this particular motorhome over something on the Sprinter Chassis, is I have a 7.6 liter ford V-8. So if I do want to bring the toad, the Viper will tow it without problem. So I’ll be giving up the Class A forum and be hanging out down on the Class B+ forum!
msmith1199 09/02/20 05:32pm Class A Motorhomes
Dish Network receiver question

Just bought a new motorhome and have had Directtv forever. 25 years at least? Almost since they first started. Anyway, they’ve gone way downhill since AT&T took over and may even go under before long. So I had the new motorhome set up for Dish Network. I just placed my order have Dish installed at my house next week and I’ll get rid of Directv when that’s done. So the question is, I’ll need a receiver for my motorhome. As best I can tell, on the Dish website they recommend the Wally receiver. But I really would like to have a DVR in the motorhome. Does the Hopper work in a motorhome? Can you have a Hopper at home and a Hopper in the motorhome on the same account?
msmith1199 09/02/20 05:21pm Technology Corner
RE: Looking at a 1998 Rexhall Aerbus 29XL

Low mileage isn’t always bad as long as it’s been started and run on a regular basis. But generally low miles like that means it has probably sat for years at a time without being run. That is very bad for a motorhome. I once bought a 10 year old pickup that had 12,000 miles on it. The owner used it to tow his fifth wheel a few times each summer but would let it sit all winter without being run. That was the worst vehicle I ever owned. Had to fix all kinds of things on it. The repairs all cost more than the original purchase price.
msmith1199 06/11/20 11:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Freightliner Odometer

If that’s true that is a lot lower than I thought. But we’ve only taken a few long trips in the last 10 years.
msmith1199 06/10/20 07:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Freightliner Odometer

The code worked and got me into diagnostics, but I dont have a menu option for odometer anyplace. I found an owners manual online for the Freightliner MMDC but mine doesn’t have all the screens as the one in the owners manual. The literature said Freightliner came out with it in late 2004. May Motorhome is a 2004 and the LCD readout on mine looks different than the one in the manual. I don’t know if I possibly got an earlier version or what is going on with it. Per the manual in the regular menus you are supposed to be able to read the odometer and the tripometer. I only have the tripometer in the regular menus. Guess I’ll try calling the company that made it unless you have any different ideas? I just checked mine, first Service, then diagnosics, then sender, then scroll down a bunch. Okay, I finally found it. It took a while and I’m not sure how I actually found it, but hopefully I can do it again. I had to switch the Service Menu on the first screen to RAW is what I think it said, then it gave me a different display of menus. I found one that said ODO Diff. The top number shows 38469.9 mi. Then under that is 5262.0 mi. That bottom number matches the current reading on the odometer. So now the only question is do I add 38469,9 to the bottom number to get total miles, or is 38469 the total miles? Based on what I know of past miles at the time the odometer reset, I was guessing I had about 45,000 miles on it. So adding them together gets me close to my estimate.
msmith1199 06/10/20 03:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Freightliner Odometer

It's a 2005 Freightliner Chassis. My motorhome is a 2004 on a 2003 Chassis. According to info I found Freightliner introduced the MMDC in late 2004. But I definitely have one that looks a lot like he one in the manual I downloaded, except mine is more squared off than the one they show. But the same code worked and a lot of the same menus are there, just not odometer. At least not that I saw. Now that I have your new info I’ll go back tomorrow and take a look at that one screen again.
msmith1199 06/02/20 11:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Freightliner Odometer

The code worked and got me into diagnostics, but I dont have a menu option for odometer anyplace. I found an owners manual online for the Freightliner MMDC but mine doesn’t have all the screens as the one in the owners manual. The literature said Freightliner came out with it in late 2004. May Motorhome is a 2004 and the LCD readout on mine looks different than the one in the manual. I don’t know if I possibly got an earlier version or what is going on with it. Per the manual in the regular menus you are supposed to be able to read the odometer and the tripometer. I only have the tripometer in the regular menus. Guess I’ll try calling the company that made it unless you have any different ideas? I just checked mine, first Service, then diagnosics, then sender, then scroll down a bunch. I looked through all the menus including the one under sender. What year is your motorhome?
msmith1199 06/02/20 06:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Freightliner Odometer

This is a very common problem on Freighliners with the MMDC. If you've got the MMDC, go to the "diagnostics" menu, the password is 8127. Scroll down to an item that says "odometer compare" or something like that. It will show you what what is recorded in the ECU and the IP. Most say Freightliner won't do anything about it. Mine odo dropped to about 62k from 115k a few weeks ago. I'm not going to do anything about it except disclose the real number if/when I sell the coach. The code worked and got me into diagnostics, but I dont have a menu option for odometer anyplace. I found an owners manual online for the Freightliner MMDC but mine doesn’t have all the screens as the one in the owners manual. The literature said Freightliner came out with it in late 2004. May Motorhome is a 2004 and the LCD readout on mine looks different than the one in the manual. I don’t know if I possibly got an earlier version or what is going on with it. Per the manual in the regular menus you are supposed to be able to read the odometer and the tripometer. I only have the tripometer in the regular menus. Guess I’ll try calling the company that made it unless you have any different ideas?
msmith1199 06/02/20 01:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Freightliner Odometer

Yeah it happens a lot. Thanks for the code. I’ll give it a try.
msmith1199 06/02/20 11:29am Class A Motorhomes
Freightliner Odometer

I have a Tropical on a Freightliner Chassis. Twice now my odometer has reset to 0 when the main chassis batteries had died. I know there is a way to get the real miles out of the ECM. Has anybody done it and do you know what you have to get to get the true mileage?
msmith1199 06/01/20 07:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Residential Fridge versus three-way in a Class B or C

Well if you’re running an A/C you’ve got the generator running anyway, so that is not relevant to the question. But the other info is good. What I was really looking for was not a math lesson, but for anybody running a residential fridge in a smaller motorhome and how it’s working for them.
msmith1199 05/25/20 05:22pm Class C Motorhomes
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