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RE: Front steer tire blowout analysis 2

I, too, have experienced RV tire blowouts while driving, at least 2 on the front. One of those at 65mph, and another at 55-60 on a downhill freeway offramp while decelerating. Never did the RV try to pull me off the road; it was simply a matter of retaining hold of the steering wheel to counter the "drag" of the blown tire and gently applying the brakes to slow the RV to a stop. I vehemently disagree with the often-linked Michelin video on dealing with a front blowout that claims you must immediately stomp on the accelerator in order to maintain control. The key is to NOT panic and stomp on ANYTHING, gas or brake.
4x4van 07/18/19 11:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Not looking for sympathy... just venting...

I'm glad that my statement may have helped someone in whatever small way. I have to admit though, that it actually came from my mom. Ironically, she died in a motorcycle accident in 1984 at the too-young age of just 46. My parents were on a Gold Wing and were hit head on by a drunk driver in a car. I spent a few years blaming myself (long story) for her death, but finally remembered her very words. They were in response to being asked once about the dangers of riding. She had said (and I agree) that IF you loved to ride, then you took the precautions available (riding gear, defensive riding habits, etc) but accepted that there were still no guarantees; If it was your time, it was your time, period...but you should never go looking for your time. Well, it was HER time. Now, I suppose the argument could be made that simply riding is "looking for your time". But I would counter that each person must decide, often on a daily basis, whether any activity/action is worth (to them) the risk involved, and that answer is different for every individual. The other thing that she left me with was the attitude that you should try everything in life...twice. If you didn't like it the first time, it may have just been a fluke! I try to live my life with that same mindset. Don't be afraid to try things, anything (at least twice!)...but don't be stupid about it.
4x4van 07/17/19 11:54am Around the Campfire
RE: We always unhook, even on an overnight stop

If it's your time, it's your time, regardless of where you are or what you're doing...but you should never go looking for your time!:)
4x4van 07/16/19 11:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Travel Trailer vs. Motorhome (my situation)

I travel with friends that have a TT, while I have a class A. My setup is faster than his (keep in mind I don't have a toad and he usually doesn't unhook his truck). Yes, hookups are the same. But I pull in and level and extend slides from the driver's seat before I even turn off the engine, while he has to get out, level the trailer right/left, THEN level the trailer front/rear (sometimes requires unhooking from TV, which also requires wheel chocks and/or x-chocks). I suppose that auto-leveling (cost?) would help with that, but you are still going to need to get out of your tow vehicle and walk back to do so. And since you will be setting up often, that extra time will get old in a hurry, IMO. One other consideration; I can do all of it without going out into bad weather; can't say the same with a TT or 5er. And don't completely discount the access while moving that a MH gives; quite often, my wife can go back and get me/her a snack/drink while traveling; she can also go back and use the restroom, take a nap, work a puzzle, etc.
4x4van 07/16/19 11:11am Beginning RVing
RE: Reliability of propane and water in slide

My A has sink & stove/oven in the slide; no problems so far.
4x4van 07/16/19 10:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Low Point Drain Valve Access 2004 Fleetwood 26Q

If you can finally get them open, I would suggest leaving them open, and add accessible valves under the RV where the lines exit through the floor.
4x4van 07/16/19 10:15am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Disconnect load before stopping generator?

The idea that load must be removed prior to starting/stopping a generator seems to fly in the face of AGS systems used to keep an RV cool (for pets, for example) while the owner is not there. NO..it doesn't ... think about it the ATS in the RV does not connect the RV to generator until after the the generator has started running, there is NO load on the RV generator until the ATS closes, then the A/C can come onAnd when the generator stops?
4x4van 07/12/19 12:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Disconnect load before stopping generator?

The idea that load must be removed prior to starting/stopping a generator seems to fly in the face of AGS systems used to keep an RV cool (for pets, for example) while the owner is not there.
4x4van 07/11/19 03:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Low Point Drain Valve Access 2004 Fleetwood 26Q

Are you sure that they "turn"? Some valves are "pull" to open.
4x4van 07/11/19 11:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Wind Noise

You ever driven a gasser on the F53? I've had three from different manufacturers - noise is part of the game. And I think manufacturers could care less if it's loud or how it rides or any real quality for that matter, as evidenced by the number of complaints and warranty work back ups. Interesting. I have an '04 Itasca class A on the gasser workhorse chassis, and it is not loud at all, other than some engine noise when downshifted on a grade or when the fan clutch kicks in, but even then it's not bad. My wife and I have no problem holding a normal conversation while going 65mph.
4x4van 07/11/19 11:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2004 itasca sunrise Toilet parts

Sounds like a previous owner may have replaced the toilet with something non-standard. My '04 Itasca uses the Sealand Traveler Lite 100, and I see no "CHH" toilets in any Winnebago Itasca parts lists/catalogs.
4x4van 07/11/19 10:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: I hate dinettes

Have owned, borrowed, rented, and walked all types of rv. That does not make me an expert but it does leave me with some perspective and the more matured I become in my rv age, the more confirmed I am that the rv industry in order to see more explosive growth needs to bring to a rapid end the addition of the proverbial dinette to any and every type of rv. Please just stop! My reasons are several but basically revolve around the simple fact that sitting one for more than five minutes is absolute torture. In fact I wish we could all ship our dinette to Guantanamo. Make a terrorist sit in one for more than 5 minutes and he/she will tell u everything they know. Painful I say and also purposeless. Indoor tables are not needed for meals. Even in our homes very few Americans eat at tables. And if we do while camping, it is the outside picnic table. So why does the rv industry force us to go backwards by 20 years and give us sore backs at the same time? Maybe it is to play games which again I say are so much more enjoyable outside. So please rv industry leaders stop with the dinette. Give us another couch or comfortable chairs or even more bunks for the neighbor's kids. I saw one ad recently for a moderately priced 38' class 8 that slept 8.i had to ask how. The answer was a picture of a dinette area removed to be replaced by floor to ceiling 3 bunks. Genius thought I. Whew... Thanks for listening. I feel so much better having gotten that of my chest.The RV industry is experiencing quite the explosive growth as it is, I would say. And part of that is by offering what the majority of their buyers want. While you may hate dinettes in RVs, you hopefully have now seen and understand that many others feel the opposite. I could just as easily say "Please, RV manufacturers, stop with the single purpose table/chairs, or add'l couch. Give us somewhere for a family to sit down and eat together, play board games, look over maps, etc." And why would I want to sleep 8 while not being able to "seat" 8?!?!. Ever hear the "6-4-2" rule? 6 for drinks, 4 for dinner, 2 for sleeping! My A, with a dinette, a couch, and the 2 swivel cab chairs, fits that rule perfectly, although I CAN sleep up to 6 if I want to. Many RVs do offer table & chairs instead, or a couch with a couple of small removable tables, so you actually do have a choice. And let's face it; it's much easier to remove a dinette and install a couch or a table/chairs than it is to do the opposite, if that's what you want. I certainly hope that RV manufacturers don't take your "advice" and eliminate MY choice; and it seems more than a bit arrogant for you to suggest such.
4x4van 07/03/19 04:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anderson kantleak water valve

There are only 2 ways for city water to get into the fresh water tank. 1. The built-in check valve in the water pump is leaking, allowing the city water to flow backwards through the pump into the tank. 2. The "city fill" valve is leaking when in the City position. If, when using the tank/pump only, the system loses pressure and the pump cycles occasionally, that would point to the pump check valve. To verify, disconnect your line from the tank at the pump. Now turn on your city water. If water leaks back through the pump, then it's the pump's check valve. If not, you know that it's the Anderson valve. IMO, any time engineers come up with a single unit to address multiple configurations, they are asking for trouble (and I AM an engineer). A 4-way valve (such as the Anderson) is an overly complex part for a fairly simple function. My Itasca has a simple 2 position valve for either city water or tank fill, and another (elsewhere) for winterizing. While either CAN fail, a 2-way valve is less likely than a 4-way valve to do so. Unfortunately, it would take some re-plumbing to convert your system in an effort to eliminate the troublesome Anderson "kantleak" valve.
4x4van 06/27/19 11:09am Class C Motorhomes
RE: mild rant, contractors and repair folks

You're cherry-picking a statement to create an incorrect narrative. If I do electrical work and you call me and leave a message saying you want to have a deck built, there's no rule, law or moral obligation I have to return your call.Never have I suggested such. My business is actually better suited if I focus on calls related to electrical work. Once I call all those potential customers back, if I have time and I remember, then maybe I'll call you back to decline the work. Perhaps you're better than most and you don't call people for jobs outside their trade, but (as already mentioned in this thread) walk a mile in our boots and see how many calls you get that are absolutely of no interest.I have indeed "walked a mile". Most people do not call businesses for work that is outside that business's trade, as you claim, and I have never stated that you should return calls from those that do. No, I don't advertise, and yes, I work in a very specific field. But thanks to contractor listing aggregating services, I frequently get calls from people who want something done that I don't do. Imagine getting this call: "Hello, ABC Electric" -Yes, I need a new roof "Sir I don't do that type of work" -What do you do then? "I do electrical work" -For remodels? Or new houses? "Doesn't matter, I don't do roofs" -Do you know someone that does? "No" -Who should I call then" "I don't know" -But you're a contractor, don't you know someone "No" -Well what happened is a tree fell on my roof and I told the neighbor that they needed to get that tree taken down but they didn't listen... "Click" -Well that was rude, guess I'll never call him again...Nothing in my post came anywhere near resembling this fictional exchange, nor have I ever claimed that an electrician should entertain calls about roofing; idiots should never be entertained. Your "example" is so far out of the ordinary as to border on the inane. You and I both know that the majority of calls that ANY business gets ARE legitimate and do not sound like your example. And listen, if you tell someone you'll be there or that you'll do something, then honor your word. I never disagreed that that notion.And yet that is exactly the part of my post that you quoted in order to call me entitled. So if anyone is "cherry picking" to create a false narrative, it's you. My "legitimate" inquiry to a business IS relevant, and my time IS just as important as yours, and your accusation that I'm "entitled" because I feel that way is not only out of line, but quite insulting as well. You are trying to throw oranges at a discussion about apples. It may be entertaining, but bears little resemblance to real life. You might consider going back and re-reading the original post; it has very little to do with what you are currently whining about.
4x4van 06/25/19 03:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: mild rant, contractors and repair folks

I have no problem being told no. I DO have a problem being ignored, or worse, being told that you will show up at a certain time and then you don't bother. Newsflash, my time is just as important as yours, if not more so. That statement shows a strong sense of entitlement. You don't like being ignored? Well, how does your rights of attention trump my rights of not being bothered? In this case, the customer calls the contractor, not the other way around. Should I feel a required to respond to something that I didn't request? That's really no different than a spam call or junk mail. Your time is absolutely not important than my time...and vice versa. Wow, seriously? Sense of entitlement? Your rights of "not being bothered"? "Something you didn't request"? Am I missing something here, or are you actually saying that a contractor doesn't want anyone to contact them for work? Then how do they get their customers in the first place in order to stay in business? Do they not have advertisements? A business/phone # listed online? So you consider someone who sees an ad and calls, to be spam or junk mail? I'm really confused as to what business considers every potential customer who calls "spam/junk". Keep in mind that if your particular business does NOT advertise and relies on either word of mouth or you actually going out and soliciting for business only (which seems to be the case for you), then I wouldn't be cold calling you in the first place, would I? I see absolutely no "sense of entitlement" in expecting a business owner that is advertising for work to actually answer/return the calls of those who he is actively pursuing. I also see no "sense of entitlement" in expecting someone to actually show up when and where they said they would. You see a "sense of entitlement" from that????:? At 57 years old, I'm well aware of the fact that some businesses want customers and some evidently don't; and I'm perfectly willing to give them exactly what they "want".
4x4van 06/25/19 09:55am General RVing Issues
RE: mild rant, contractors and repair folks

I have a hard time believing that any business is SO busy that they can't return calls from potential customers, even if it is to say, sorry I can't/don't/won't do your requested project. It takes all of 30 seconds to do so, and while you may consider it wasted time, it may very well be the difference between staying in business and going bankrupt 2-5-8 years down the road when the economy changes (which it always does) and you are scraping for work. In 2005, we had a room addition done to our house. Unfortunately, the economy was booming and housing developments were going on everywhere. Out of 10 contractors that I called (whose ads specifically included "room additions"), 7 didn't even bother to return my call/message. The 3 that did were honest about the fact that they were working on large developments and either couldn't help me or that they would have to fit me in when they could. No problem, I understood, and I ended up hiring one of them. Fast forward a few years when the economy crashed, and most of those 7 that ignored me are no longer around. The 3 that returned my calls? They survived and are still in business today. Coincidence? No, the simple result of customer service. I have no problem being told no. I DO have a problem being ignored, or worse, being told that you will show up at a certain time and then you don't bother. Newsflash, my time is just as important as yours, if not more so.
4x4van 06/20/19 03:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: mild rant, contractors and repair folks

Well, reading through these posts, there are several here that I would certainly not want to hire. If you can't even be bothered to talk to me, what makes me believe that it would be any different during the job if I did hire you? Here's my take: I worked out of my house doing civil engineering for a number of years. Some good years, some lean years. But I never ignored a potential customer; I always gave them the courtesy of taking their call/listening to them. If they called, I answered, even if I had to tell them I was currently swamped and couldn't do their job, but "keep me in mind for any future work". The result was that when the economy turned sour, I still had customers. And back to the OP's actual complaint; If I said I'd be somewhere at a certain time...I WAS THERE AT THAT TIME. PERIOD. My dad always said; early is on time, on-time is late, late is...don't even bother.
4x4van 06/19/19 05:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tire plugs

Most reputable tire retailers will use a plug/patch combo, installed from the inside. Personally, I've used plugs quite a few times over the last 40 years, sometimes with the tire still on the vehicle, and have not had a single one fail. However, I probably wouldn't try it on my MH simply because of the weight/pressure involved.
4x4van 06/19/19 04:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Class A-what year is it?

Several people have already posted links to the RVIA info on this, so I'm not going to do that again, but ALL states SHOULD be using the RV manufacturer's model yr designation, not the chassis yr. Some DMV employees don't do it that way, but they are WRONG, and those RV registrations SHOULD be corrected. Ferndaleflyer; your situation could result in less money in your pocket when you go to sell, albeit probably not a huge difference. For what it's worth, my current RV is a 2004 model, built in 2004, on a 2004 chassis (that was built in 2004)...so there is no question; DMV agrees that it's a 2004. However, my last RV was a 1988 model RV, built in 1988 on a 1987 Ford chassis (that was actually built in 1986). DMV registration correctly lists it as a 1988.
4x4van 06/19/19 04:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hose question........

I bought a 50' hose, cut it into a 15' and a 35'. That gives me 3 options for water: 15', 35' or 50'; have never needed more than that. Got 20' of sewer hose (2-10' sections); usually 10' is enough. I use an old green 10' hose for flush.
4x4van 06/14/19 01:46pm Beginning RVing
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