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RE: No shore power

Update, I didn't mention that the energy control board where it normally shows what amps I am plugged into was completely blank. I got the idea of using the 110 converter and plugging into my normal household outlet and still got nothing. Took the RV into my work and they checked all of the batteries. It seems that the friend where we store the RV for the winter hooked up the battery tender too late and the batteries froze. One battery was broken and the rest were swelled out. They showed a low charge but when a load was applied they all showed a bad battery. We replaced the one battery and in the interest of saving money decided to wait on replacing the other three. I took the RV home and plugged into the 50A circuit and immediately had power! The energy control panel showed that it was plugged into 50A and everything worked. So at least in my case, yes, a defective battery seemed to prevent me from getting shore power. We will now see if the three batteries will charge and maintain it. Thanks for all of the replies. Now it's sounding like there was no power at your friends house.
tropical36 05/25/19 03:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best diesel pusher chassis ?

Between Spartan and Freightliner, there was a time when the Spartan was optional on some coaches and never knew one to not have a side radiator, whereas most all the FL's had a rear radiator and were mainly found on entry and mid entry level coaches. Nowadays, it seems that FL has the better chassis available as well, so most sure, there's not much of a difference. Foretravel has partnered with Spartan in recent years, if that might tell you anything.... Foretravel and Spartan
tropical36 05/24/19 12:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: MPG for Various Class A Motorhomes

About the only thing, I'm convinced of here, is that it doesn't cost all that much to tow and figuring maybe just 1/2 - 1 mpg. extra in a four down setup.
tropical36 05/21/19 03:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Albuquerque to Moab Utah

Thanks everyone and good to know. I do want to see a lot of what's there and for stopping along the way. Thing is, if I'm without the toad this time, how much can I see of the NP's and such. Now when at Glacier NP and going inside the park at West Glacier, it was no problem at all, between having a bicycle and and with all the buses they had running everywhere, including the road to the sun. Your Coach will make it on all the Routes I suggested - at least see what you can - Maybe pull out the Bikes and Ride a Little :) Best of Luck, Good to hear, thanks! And yes, the bike does get a lot of use.
tropical36 05/07/19 03:22pm Roads and Routes
RE: Albuquerque to Moab Utah

Thanks everyone and good to know. I do want to see a lot of what's there and for stopping along the way. Thing is, if I'm without the toad this time, how much can I see of the NP's and such. Now when at Glacier NP and going inside the park at West Glacier, it was no problem at all, between having a bicycle and and with all the buses they had running everywhere, including the road to the sun.
tropical36 05/06/19 01:29pm Roads and Routes
Albuquerque to Moab Utah

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tropical36 05/05/19 06:20pm Class A Motorhomes
Albuquerque to Moab Utah

What might Rt 550, 491 and 191 be like between Albuquerque and on through Moab to I70, driving my rig, with a toad or maybe without?
tropical36 05/05/19 06:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV Battery

2014 Winnebago Vista 26HE needs repacesment battery. Manuel does not state what model, etc. Need help. Regardless of OEM and whether chassis or house, I'd be replacing with the largest that will fit, without having any access problems. Going the expense of AGM's for the house, is a real plus and for never needing water or emitting fumes, especially.
tropical36 05/05/19 10:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: MPG for Various Class A Motorhomes

I only trust a computer with averages, over a long period of time. Human brains have too many variables mixed in, for getting a true number. Over 11yrs and as the third owner, my digital readout is now at 6.2 and it took 2 yrs. of my driving habits for bringing it up, from 6.1 and we tow also. And, I still don't know if it's counting the fuel used by the genset, but most likely no and with the info coming from the engine's ECM. Can anyone add to how this is calculated? Unless there's a leak or other problem, MPG are the least of our concerns for cost of ownership, with one of the most expensive, being depreciation per mile. Maybe someone should start a thread for that, since there are many that address MPG. In the case of our coach, it looks like the first two owners averaged an expense of $4.54 per mile of depreciation alone. Naturally, the first one, who bought it new, suffered the most.
tropical36 05/05/19 09:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: FMCA Michelin tires program.

Just got a quote of $609.00 ea for the XRV 255 80R 22.5 under the advantage program. I see them for less on the internet shipped free to my tire company. Sound right? One supplier $561.00 ea. No advantage. They certainly weren't Michelin's, but I did order some tires from Amazon once, at quite a savings, with recent DOT dates. They arrived promptly and I then took them to my tire shop for mounting. They were Hercules and were on the coach some years later, when we sold it and after traversing the country, along with most of the lower 48 states.
tropical36 05/04/19 03:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dealer never put TITLE in my name, am I stuck??

Yeah, here in FL, they sort of push the title. I always opt for a paper title. It does take a few weeks to get one vs instant for e title. Now, if the OP ever returns, he could check status at FL DMV VIN check AGain, you can get an instant paper title at one of the DMV locations for an extra $10 (it used to be $7), like we always have, when dealing directly with the seller. Last time, was with a consignment dealer, who had the seller's title in hand. It depends on if the local tax collector office offers the service of same day printing. My local office does not offer that, so if I want paper, it comes thru the mail a couple weeks later. Yeah, very well could be, as I've only used two different offices over the years for such.
tropical36 04/14/19 09:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dealer never put TITLE in my name, am I stuck??

Yeah, here in FL, they sort of push the title. I always opt for a paper title. It does take a few weeks to get one vs instant for e title. Now, if the OP ever returns, he could check status at FL DMV VIN check AGain, you can get an instant paper title at one of the DMV locations for an extra $10 (it used to be $7), like we always have, when dealing directly with the seller. Last time, was with a consignment dealer, who had the seller's title in hand.
tropical36 04/13/19 09:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dealer never put TITLE in my name, am I stuck??

We've been a resident of FL for over 25yrs now and have always had a paper title. Didn't know, there was any other way, in fact. The last vehicle we bought, was the coach in 16. As per usual, we paid something like an extra $10 for getting an instant title at a DMV branch.
tropical36 04/11/19 05:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dealer never put TITLE in my name, am I stuck??

The FL DMV is very strict. If the dealer did not act properly he could lose his license and his livelihood. I would contact FL DMV Yeah, best for going through the FL DMV before calling any lawyers, I guess. In fact, I was instrumental in putting a car dealer out of business some years back, by working with the DMV. This clown was robbing peter to pay Paul, by not paying off the trade ins and then for not issuing a new owner's title within the allocated time, set forth by law. Meanwhile, people who traded in, were getting notices of non payment, while the new owners, who paid cash, weren't being issued a title. Seems that this guy, that came down here from out of state, had a history of these type shenanigans. Last I heard, he left in the middle of the night, back from whence he came. I did get my title pretty quick, once I started making phone calls and showing up at the dealership.
tropical36 04/09/19 09:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dealer never put TITLE in my name, am I stuck??

I do not say this very often....Time to hire a lawyer. In FL, it's Morgan and Morgan for getting their attention and pronto. Hopefully the OP has a cancelled check of some sort, for them to work with. Sorry for his woes, but one does have to be a little more cautious, when conducting business in such a manner.
tropical36 04/08/19 05:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motor homes over the years

Compared to some of you I am a fairly new in the motor home world. My first motor home I took delivery 18 years ago on May 16, 2001. Then in Dec. 2002 I took delivery of my first diesel, both being Nationals. Took off for the East coast without thought or worry shortly after delivery both times, no problems . Now I'm on my third, a Newmar Canyon Star since a year ago January and I follow forums and it is scary when you read about people's problems. Even the conversations on Open Road Forum has changed. Do you feel that the RV manufacturing is getting more sloppy or is it Government requirements that are the problem. Even with automobiles, I own 9 cars, 8 of those being General motors (6 are business cars) and am having problems that I have never experienced in the 37 years I have been in business. So, how has the Newmar been treating you? These days, per dollar value and adjusted for inflation, the prices are the same as they were 20yrs ago for questionable quality, but much of this is spent on the WOW factors and gadgets, so again, our only choice for our budget, was to drop back in the years for obtaining some kind of quality in a DP and after 3 yrs of ownership experience, it seems that we have done that. In retrospect, our old 98 National, sold for about $97K new, so that's approx. $153K now, which I guess, will buy you a decent gasser, when you think about it. Certainly not your Father's Oldsmobile and probably a good thing.
tropical36 04/07/19 11:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Well George is home!

Nice looking coach! You mentioned it was all over the place. I'd suggest checking your tire pressure. Overinflated tires will cause that. Thanks for the tip. I forgot all about that. I did read that a while ago but for got all about it. I will get it weighed when I get the chance so I can set proper pressures. It did feel Like it was following every crown in the road it went over. Also the steering wheel Is off. So I will be checking the alignment too. Thanks again. What usually happens, is that the alignment people get the steering wheel off, which really has nothing to do with proper alignment. They're just too lazy for fixing such, after a test drive or for their customers, that don't come back to complain. Do weigh each axle fully loaded for the road and then add 10 - 15psi over the inflation charts, for all the variables, of which there are many. Congrats and enjoy with safe travels....
tropical36 04/07/19 10:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need 8000 generator

I need a complete 7500/8000 generator for my motorhome. I think it had an Onan 8000 quiet diesel. My question is, are there any other options or brands that work well? I had found some cleaned up ones for $6,00 to $6,500 but for that price just as soon by a new one but those are running around $10,000 with shipping and everything. Saw a few used ones for $3,000 but they went real quick. Anyone know where a good used one is at reasonable price? I'd replace with the same if it was me, as ours has a lot of interface to the inside controls and such, as yours probably does. By the way, having your coach particulars in your signature or other, will always get you more pertinent answers. Meanwhile, check with .... Colaw Salvage
tropical36 04/07/19 10:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best Tire Pressure Voyage 35L

The simple truth is that the optimal tire pressure is a function of the weight that tire is carrying, and there is no magical one-size-fits-all pressure. If you put in enough air to safely carry a heavy load, then run light, you will get a hard and squirrelly ride, as you experienced. If you fill to optimal for a light load, then pile on lots of weight, you’ll get a wallowing and squirrelly ride. It’s directionally unstable both ways, just for different reasons. Although you can’t weigh every time you start the engine, you can adjust the pressure to light or heavy pressures based on an estimate. Running a big class a motorhome with under inflated tires, will get you some instability alright and especially with the $ damage of a fender well that gets blown out, along with the tire. This at best and if a steer tire, keeping it in your lane, might be a challenge for some.
tropical36 04/07/19 09:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best Tire Pressure Voyage 35L

I usually run close to the max air pressure in my tires. I can’t weigh my Winnebago Voyage 35L every time we use it. Often just the two of us, but sometimes four adults and two kids. I have three year old Michelin XRV tires. Just for my information, what pressures do you run in your tires giving the best handling and safety? The reason I ask is that recently we left heavy, so I put in 100 front and 90 rear. Rode and drove OK. We returned light, and it rode hard and light winds seemed to push us around a lot. By the way, I use a hand pressure gage and tire minders (Which I love). Thanks in advance for your wisdom. You really need to weigh each axle, but only once and when the coach is fully loaded. Then add 10 - 15psi over the inflation chart, for taking care of all the variables, of which there are many. Use this for cold pressure and for checking it often, like right before getting underway. I probably run a little more than I need to, but that's a whole lot better than being under. Coach rides nicely, with whatever, so that's never a consideration.
tropical36 04/06/19 05:24pm Class A Motorhomes
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