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RustyMacIntosh

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I'm new to the Class A world. So when something goes wrong on the road I am clueless unless I have internet--and an RV Forum.

What I have noticed, at least in 3 cities of California when a minor problem occured is when I Google for Mobile RV Service---all I get is voicemail, and not ONE--of those hacks return phone calls.

In SLO the other night, I called everyone who popped up on the Google search. I think I called at least 7 mobile RV techs. (hacks).

Not a one has returned calls.

BUT!!!!!!!!!! Posting the issue here on RV.NET, I was advised within 30 minutes of the posting what to check. A fuse. How simple. How easy, and yet some hack rv tech could of made several hundred bucks off me from my cluelessness by swapping in a 20amp fuse.

Moral to the story? Keep a hotspot internet access or another internet access to use WIFI. Use online forums. Don't even bother with the hacks who claim to be RV Repair Experts. (The one that cracked me up was the one who "TYPICALLY RETURNS CALLS WITHIN 1 HOUR).....its been 4 days.....

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One of our friends started getting interested in having a motorhome to travel in. We had them drive ours to see what it would be like traveling down the road while driving and parking the motorhome. I told them that two of the important things to remember before buying was to have a place to park it and be able to fix things that might go bad. They bought a 4 new ones before getting out of owning a motorhome. The warranties would run out and they would buy a new one. After 4, they decided that they couldn't afford to "travel" like that
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I saw the cops rousting out a nice pusher diesel motorhome parked way out at the outer limit of the parking lot at a Walmart.....Wallys used to be the place to spend the night, but in Cal the homeless have squatted to the degree I guess Wally has put the kibosh on staying overnight.

I found hotels to be the best place to hide out in. Large hotels where you can get lost in the shuffle. You can get a nites rest, sponge off their WIFI and get a breakfast too....

On my Bounder, the only part I have never been able to figure out is the momentary water pump switches. I get nada at the pump. I jumped the pump with wires leading into the bathroom where I have a small riding lawn mower battery. If I need water, we connect to the battery,

I did change that intelligent box above the pump, the interesting thing is the neg was live and the pos was cold when testing the power to the box.

The red was cold, but the white with red stripe noted as NEG on the little box, was live...had power there.

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Posted: 11/25/19 02:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rusty - I do check the forums before doing some things. It is nice to check what others have done.

Journey - Do they do that with their cars????


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RustyMacIntosh wrote:

On my Bounder, the only part I have never been able to figure out is the momentary water pump switches. I get nada at the pump. I jumped the pump with wires leading into the bathroom where I have a small riding lawn mower battery. If I need water, we connect to the battery,

I did change that intelligent box above the pump, the interesting thing is the neg was live and the pos was cold when testing the power to the box.

The red was cold, but the white with red stripe noted as NEG on the little box, was live...had power there.


That little box is supposed to allow you to control the pump from multiple locations. Turn it on at the kitchen sink with one press, turn it off in the wet compartment by pressing the switch in there. It has a holding relay that pressing the various switches close the relay with one press and release it with the next - if it's working right and hasn't been tampered with by hands with good intentions and little knowledge.


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I do as much as I can at my age, mostly upgrades in the house part. Right now all the draws and cabinet doors are in the basement being refinished. I replaced the rotted out couch and the floor and wall that rotted out under that corner, which means I needed to pull up some carpet. Pulled up some, pulled it all and replaced with vinyl planking. Looks good, but I've been eyeing teak and holly boat deck stuff.

Chassis service, filters, oil etc I leave to Panhead Mike in the shop at the RV parts store where I work part time. He has the lifts and it fills in his schedule for a few days each winter.

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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.

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Grew up on a farm. When you are plowing the back 40 and the tractor breaks down you either fix it or .. long walk back then to the house where the phone is to call the mechanic.. (I do admit some fixes are beyond what you can do in the field) ... Thus you learn to fix it.

Plus I know many women who can bake a cake with ease.

Compared to that.. a full overhaul of a V-8 Engine is child's play.

(And yes I can bake a cake but I'd rather build a pie, do that too)


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People learn by doing, and often doing comes out of necessity - either stranded or financially driven - or both and of course some just like to do it. I fall in the financial driver slot fueled by necessity. Now, if I ever came into a lot of money, like lotto money, rest assured I would simply pay people to work on my Prevost while I have lunch and a beer in the cabana. Some folks who have a lot of money still like to do their own stuff. Hats off to you. I think in my younger years I also felt that way. Now that I am older, I am fine using my credit card as a primary tool. But - and this is important - I still could if I needed to on most things. Some stuff is still better left to the experts. The issue is finding an expert.


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