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RE: Increasing towing capacity

GVWR does not include any weight for a trailer or toad. After extensive research and responses from numerous State agencies, I never found any State that requires aux brakes on a toad, which is not a trailer. It is known as a "vehicle in tow" and in some States you are required to stop within a certain distance and if your coach brakes can do that, you are good to go. IN other States, like Florida, and most others, you are perfectly legal to tow a toad 4 down without any auxiliary brakes. Of course you can either believe the State officials or you can believe the drivel put out by the people that sell Aux brakes. I always used an aux brake but I knew that if that system failed, I was still legal to travel without an aux brake. Here is one response, other states were similar: A vehicle towed behind a motor home would be exempt from the braking requirements in Florida statute 316.261 as a drive away, tow away operation. Please contact me if you have any other questions. Lt. Jeff Frost Florida Highway Patrol Public Affairs Officer Commercial Vehicle Enforcement 2900 Apalachee Parkway, MS 45 850-617-2279 Tallahassee, Florida 32399
rgatijnet1 01/22/20 05:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Increasing towing capacity

The GCVW (Gross Combined Vehicle Weight) is the maximum amount of weight that the chassis and BRAKES were designed to handle. Exceeding that may mean that in an emergency the brakes on the RV may not be able to stop soon enough. I don't think any recommendation can be made without the vehicle being loaded as it would be during travel and then just doing some basic calculations. Then the loaded coach weight PLUS the loaded Jeep weight are added and if it is less than the GCVW you should not have any issues. DO NOT accept the manufacturer's weight for the coach or the Jeep. Have them weighed exactly as they would be when you travel. Keep in mind that you may be able to adjust your coach and Jeep weights if you do not fill their fuel tanks completely. Sort of a hassle but if traveling with a 1/2 full tank makes you legal, then you do it. The same goes with waste and fresh water tanks. There are a lot of ways to adjust your weight but without knowing the exact weights you have no place to start.
rgatijnet1 01/22/20 06:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Workhorse W22, Chevy 8.1l exhaust rattle/noise

Just check there the exhaust pipe connects to the exhaust manifold. On each side there is a "donut" type gasket that is used for the seal. These are known to work loose and rattle. It is a simple and cheap fix IF you can get the bolts loose without breaking them. If you see any movement at this joint, spray penetrating oil on the bolts and let them sit overnight. Then you slowly try to get the bolts loose by turning them in each direction until they break free. Use more penetrating oil as needed. The gaskets should be available at any auto parts store.
rgatijnet1 01/21/20 07:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Interior adhesive

How about using a right angle drill attachment. 90 degree attachments are cheap at Harbor Freight and may allow you to get in to that area. https://c1.neweggimages.com/ProductImage/AJWY_1_201907251286319910.jpg
rgatijnet1 01/19/20 05:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best Route through the Smokies

You would be headed too far south to do the 441 route. Go up to I-40 and take a right :) Yes, it is 6 miles farther to take 441 rather than I40 but you would miss some of the best scenery in the Smoky Mountains.
rgatijnet1 01/18/20 08:00am Roads and Routes
RE: Best Route through the Smokies

I did it with a gasser pulling a toad. I am sure that a DP should make it without any issues.
rgatijnet1 01/18/20 04:33am Roads and Routes
RE: Slide cover starting to tear

I changed the slide cover on my coach but it was only 10 feet long. Basically mine was under tension when the slide was extended so I had to lock the front piece with the springs so that it would not uncoil when I removed the fabric. I then took the old piece to a local marine canvas shop and they made a replacement in two days, after I had given them all of the info and picked a fabric for them to get. As far as changing it, the cover just slides out of the back and the front and the new one goes in the same way. Not that difficult but it does involve a lot of ladder climbing unless you have others to help you with one person pulling on the new fabric and the other feeding it in to the end so that it does not get hung up. Personally at that age, I would replace it rather than trying to flip it or patch it.
rgatijnet1 01/13/20 02:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: "Leather" coming apart and peeling

The upholstery is NOT actual animal hide leather but a man made product that has prompted many complaints about it peeling and cracking.
rgatijnet1 01/12/20 09:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: My electric steps come out when I turn on my headlights

On my Monaco it was labeled "Steps on-off" and it does exactly what you described. ON mine as soon as you started the engine the steps would retract regardless of the switch position.
rgatijnet1 01/07/20 08:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: My electric steps come out when I turn on my headlights

On the wall near the steps you should have a switch to turn the steps off. Does this make a difference?
rgatijnet1 01/07/20 04:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wierd bathroom water problem

I always used one of those inline filters connected to the hose whenever I filled the fresh water tanks or whenever I hooked up to RV park water. This is in addition to the filters that I have inside the coach for drinking water, etc. I usually have to change that inline filter every 6 months or so because of the accumulation of debris that I stop from coming in to my coach. Even with the filters, hard water will leave more crud as it evaporates and leaves the minerals behind. http://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/261070799764-0-1/s-l1000.jpg
rgatijnet1 01/07/20 04:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wierd bathroom water problem

I found a lot of debris in my water lines on the RV. Just disconnect one end of the cold water line and let it pump in to a container until the flow picks up. You also need to clean the filter screens at the end of each faucet on a regular basis to remove the debris particles.
rgatijnet1 01/02/20 12:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Failed Smog Teas

With the age of your coach, you have to consider that rubber components have degraded to the point where you could have a vacuum leak, etc. You also have O2 sensors that may be due for replacement, or bad plugs, ignition wires, as well as other emission components/sensors. Your engine was used in numerous vehicles and any shop with a diagnostic machine should be able to tell you where your problem is and decipher whether it is a leaking hose of a bad component.
rgatijnet1 01/01/20 10:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Making new center console UPDATE!

You can buy plastic screw caps/covers that will provide a decorative cover for your screws. They are not expensive and the cover caps just snap on.
rgatijnet1 12/30/19 07:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New Carefree Travler awning

I believe that you can tell by extending the awing and then pushing on it to see how much movement it takes before it retracts.
rgatijnet1 12/24/19 10:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Repairs and Upgrades

A lot of people like me do their own work on their RV's and their stick houses for the simple reason that they cannot find someone competent that they trust. That is one of the problems with knowing how to fix things that break. There is nothing worse than paying someone to do something you can do yourself and having to watch as he fumbles through a simple repair like it is the first time he ever worked on an RV.
rgatijnet1 12/20/19 04:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coach/chassis battery replacement

I think a lot depends on how you travel. I mean batteries are readily available all over the country so unless you like to boondock out in the sticks away from civilization, I would wait until your existing batteries die. If the house batteries go bad it is really no big deal if you are plugged in to shore power when you travel. If your chassis batteries go bad, you can use your boost switch and still start your engine to take the coach to a place to change the batteries. Who knows, you may get another year or two or three out of them. :)
rgatijnet1 12/16/19 05:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Open container laws?

You can always switch to the new NON-ALCOHOLIC beer from Heineken. It is the beer for people that just like to pee a lot. :B https://products2.imgix.drizly.com/ci-heineken-non-alcoholic-266c99e0f4a2f50d.jpeg?auto=format%2Ccompress&fm=jpeg&q=20
rgatijnet1 12/14/19 12:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Open container laws?

The window in the driver's compartment of my Class A is over 6' off of the ground so it is a little difficult for anyone to see what someone in the passenger seat is drinking. In addition if you cannot put the container in the trash by the time you talk with someone on the OUTSIDE of your RV, then you are not thinking straight. Unless you invite them in, an officer does not have probable cause to come in to your RV. Just use some common sense and don't even think about drinking while you are behind the wheel.
rgatijnet1 12/13/19 02:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Have no electrical power and no propane on one side of coach

Salesman Switch COMMON nomenclature used by MANY folks Some folks just love to appear superior by denigrating others In the 45 years I have been an RVer, along with 27 working in the industry, this forum is the only place I have encountered that term. Just sayin’.Same here; 31 years RVing (as well as RVing as a kid with my parents prior), I NEVER heard the term "salesman switch" till I I started frequenting RV forums (and I guarantee that there is NO RV that has it labeled as such). The fact that "salesmen" use the switch between showing customers an RV is completely coincidental vs AFTER the sale when that switch will be used for years thereafter to connect/disconnect the battery. It's not about denigrating anyone, it's about using the correct terminology. If people would stop referring to the battery disconnect switch (which it is) as a salesman switch (which it isn't), perhaps the incorrect nomenclature would die. :S Since we are getting technical, the switch in question is not called a battery DISCONNECT switch, since it does not disconnect any batteries. On my Monaco it is labeled as a "Battery cut-off" switch. Battery cut-off switch The battery DISCONNECT switches, which I have two, actually disconnect the chassis or the house batteries by turning the two big red knobs.
rgatijnet1 12/10/19 03:57pm Class A Motorhomes
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