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Weight Distribution Hitch? Newmar

I have a 2000 Dutch Star with a 5000lb hitch. Can a weight distribution hitch be used on this with its airbags? Would the airbags not fight the attempt to raise the back end?
Bobalooie 10/09/19 12:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blower Fan on Dutch Star

The foil duct is connected to a Black ABS type tube. Inside that tube is the 12 volt fan. It is usually mounted on the sidewall of the drivers side storage almost to the roof of the storage. There IS a fuse for that separate fan. The fuse is located on top/side of the Furnace case. Accessed by removing the inside louvered Wood access door in front of the furnace in the hallway. There will be 2 ATC fuse holders. One is for that fan. Can't remember what the other is for, but I believe it is a separate fuse going to the furnace Tstat output going to the AC control board. Some older models you have to remove the OUTSIDE furnace door to get easier access to those 2 fuse holders. Newmar changed the access to the inside to make it easier after complaints. Doug Hi Doug. Thanks for this thorough reply. It helped me locate the fan. On my 2000 Dutch Star, it's located on the sidewall of the storage bay beside the water access bay. It's located behind a plastic shield where the foil duct runs. It's essentially an "inline" fan inside, or connected to, the foil duct. Now, I started the furnace and listened and felt for anything going on in that 12v fan. Nada. It's completely silent. The two fuses beneath the fridge also look good. So, bad fan motor?
Bobalooie 09/28/19 12:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replace RV headlamps

Here is a link to the company I used to replace mine. RV Headlights Is yours a Dutch Star as well? Mine are not perfectly rectangular. They have an angle at the end.
Bobalooie 09/27/19 11:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replace RV headlamps

Don't fall for the brighter is safer lie either. Flooding everything in front of the RV with light adds extra information to process and also diminishing response from the rod receptors in your eyes responsible for night vision. Do you have a fancy gps, or always on phone screen, maybe the dash lights set for maximum brightness or camera monitor always on? All of these diminish visibility at night by interfering with rod receptors. Just something else to consider. Well, at this point, it's dangerous driving in the dark.
Bobalooie 09/27/19 11:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blower Fan on Dutch Star

When I run the furnace, I always get some warm air in the basement. When I turn the fan switch on, I et more air in the basement. Have not found the actual fan, but it does work.Guy on Newmar help line told me that's how it works, but could not tell e where the fan is located. Okay, well when I turn the switch on, I do not feel nor hear any discernible change in air flow through the 4" foil tube. I checked the fuses under the fridge and they are good. Do you hear the fan working or do you feel extra air?
Bobalooie 09/27/19 08:17pm Class A Motorhomes
Blower Fan on Dutch Star

On my 2000 Dutch Star, there is a blower fan switch in the water bay. When the furnace is on, I click this switch.... but it doesn't do anything. Nor can I see or locate any fan. Where is it located, is it accessible, and why can't I turn it on?
Bobalooie 09/27/19 06:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hitch upgrade question.

Newmar installed 5k hitches back then. The Hitch rating involves 2 things 1. The rating of the actual Hitch 2. HOW the Hitch is installed/mounted to the Chassis Frame. If the unit came with a 5k hitch, you will have to install a 10k rated hitch and have the Chassis frame beefed up to safely use that 10k hitch. Doug Thanks Doug. Question on your last point, though. The Spartan chassis is rated for 10,000lb, so I'm not sure why it would need to be beefed up (incidentally, the Freightliner chassis on the same coach is only 5000lb capacity).
Bobalooie 09/26/19 11:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hitch upgrade question.

I have a 2000 Dutch Star with a GCWR rating of 39,000 and GAWR of 29,000lbs. According to the manual, it supposedly has a 5000lb hitch, but I know it can have 10,000. Can one just have a higher rated hitch installed without having to beef up the frame? Check with Newmar, but just the fact that it has a 10K towing capacity rating suggests that it also have a 10K hitch receiver. This also applies to the tranny's capabilities, etc.... Our old coach had a very low tow rating and even though most everything was beefy enough for a 5K tow, the transmission wasn't up to it, being the weak link in the train. Still ran it all over the country, but had to be tricky and careful for climbing long 6% grades in hot weather. Are there different versions of Allison in these diesel pushers in that year? The option was for either a Freightliner or Spartan chassis (with Spartan having a 10klb buffer).
Bobalooie 09/25/19 10:26am Class A Motorhomes
Hitch upgrade question.

I have a 2000 Dutch Star with a GCWR rating of 39,000 and GAWR of 29,000lbs. According to the manual, it supposedly has a 5000lb hitch, but I know it can have 10,000. Can one just have a higher rated hitch installed without having to beef up the frame?
Bobalooie 09/23/19 11:11pm Class A Motorhomes
2000 Dutch Star dash cracked

The plastic decorative fascia of one of the dash pieces around the radio was badly cracked. Is there a way to get these places replaced?
Bobalooie 09/12/19 06:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replace RV headlamps

Here is a link to the company I used to replace mine. RV Headlights What is your coach, and how much of an improvement was it? Did you use LED or HID?
Bobalooie 09/12/19 06:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replace RV headlamps

Here is a link to the company I used to replace mine. RV Headlights Thanks!
Bobalooie 09/12/19 06:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New to the board and Class A scene

Hey everyone! Just sold my Grand Design 317 5th wheel and we are moving to a class a. Picking up a 2013 Bounder 35K in a couple days and can't wait. Did it for the convenience for my wife when we travel, we tend to do pretty far trips when we go. I have had a few 5th wheels, and have had a v10 f250 and a 6.7 Dually F350. Both were awesome trucks but that 6.7 was a pulling monster, though the v10 was no slouch with 4.30 gears. We can't wait to try out the Class A lifestyle. I posted over in the dingy forum about hooking an f150 to this thing so check out my post there too if you'd like. Glad to be aboard. AP in Pgh Thus far, this forum has been a great resource for troubleshooting. Safe travels!
Bobalooie 09/12/19 05:47pm Class A Motorhomes
Replace RV headlamps

I have a 2000 Dutch Star with rectangular headlamps. Is there a way to replace these with brighter (safer) headlamps, either HID or LED? Does anyone have a specific product they can refer to?
Bobalooie 09/12/19 05:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 12v Accessory socket issue

SOLVED. I got Newmar on the phone and they led me to a hidden fuse panel on the dash under a velcro panel. F28 is the fuse for these sockets (the fuse I found must be a secondary fuse of some sort because it is also connected). I replaced the fuse and all is well. Thanks to everyone for your help.
Bobalooie 09/12/19 03:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 12v Accessory socket issue

How much power does the meter show? If the is no fuse, or the fuse is oversized you might have burned up the wire and only a few strands are left. This is enough to read 12 volts on a meter, but not carry any load. I would pull the outlet back out of the dash and check the connections for heat damage. Actually thinking about it, I'll bet the fuse partially blew so they all still look good. Plug something in with an LED, and pull fuses until the LED goes out. Then replace that fuse. Alright, finally found the fuse (it looked okay), replaced it, and still not enough power. The wires also appear to be fine. Now what? How do you know this is the fuse for those outlets? Newmar had 2 places for the fuse for the dash outlets. 1. The outside Shore Cord compartment has a fuse block and fuses in that compartment 2. The Main outlet up front in the front hood access/ Your model I think had the large clear Plexiglas covered electrical box. When your type problem happens(shows 12 volts but cannot transmit a load) most of the time it is a partially blown ATC fuse. Not totally blown. Just a small sliver still making contac. Putting a heavier load(at least 10 amps) will melt that small sliver and then show the blown fuse. At this point, IF you are positive you have 12 volts pos at the outlet, run a separate ground to the ground of the outlet and see if your problem goes away. If so, run a new ground to those 2 outlets. Doug I put a 12v bulb in the socket and when I pulled the fuse (in the front compartment), the power was cut. I replaced the fuse to make sure. Are you saying there are two ATC fuses for the sockets? Definitely have 12v at the sockets. So weird.
Bobalooie 09/12/19 12:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 12v Accessory socket issue

How much power does the meter show? If the is no fuse, or the fuse is oversized you might have burned up the wire and only a few strands are left. This is enough to read 12 volts on a meter, but not carry any load. I would pull the outlet back out of the dash and check the connections for heat damage. Actually thinking about it, I'll bet the fuse partially blew so they all still look good. Plug something in with an LED, and pull fuses until the LED goes out. Then replace that fuse. Alright, finally found the fuse (it looked okay), replaced it, and still not enough power. The wires also appear to be fine. Now what?
Bobalooie 09/11/19 11:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 12v Accessory socket issue

How much power does the meter show? If the is no fuse, or the fuse is oversized you might have burned up the wire and only a few strands are left. This is enough to read 12 volts on a meter, but not carry any load. I would pull the outlet back out of the dash and check the connections for heat damage. Actually thinking about it, I'll bet the fuse partially blew so they all still look good. Plug something in with an LED, and pull fuses until the LED goes out. Then replace that fuse. Hi there. Yes, 12.5 V on each socket. But as you say, somehow not enough power. I was thinking about a partially blown fuse as well. Unfortunately, there is no fuse marked for 12 V outlets, strangely enough.
Bobalooie 09/11/19 11:26pm Class A Motorhomes
12v Accessory socket issue

I have a 2000 Dutch Star. There are two 12v sockets on the dash. One came loose and in trying to put it back, there was a spark. I screwed it back in. The meter shows power still, but... it's not supplying enough power now. If I plug in an FM transmitter, there's just enough power to light the LED, but not enough to run the transmitter. It's really weird. Both sockets are doing this. I can't find a fuse that is blown. What is going on?
Bobalooie 09/11/19 10:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What can a 2000 Damon Escaper 3980 tow?

Thanks. Yes, I suspect it is around 5000lbs. We are pulling a horse trailer with a couple horses, so would need the 10,000lb hitch. No you need a bigger coach. Bolting a bigger hitch on the rig doesn't increase your tow capacity. Could I install a class 2 hitch to my late model CRV and now tow 3500 lbs even though Honda limits the capacity to 1500 lbs? See the problem? It’s both.
Bobalooie 08/12/19 12:03am Class A Motorhomes
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