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RE: How long to build Class A Gas motorhome

Here's how our Newmar Dutch Star order went.....we contacted our dealer who orders between 100 and 120 Class A's a year. The ordering takes place at a dealer meeting every year in May. He may order 40 gassers and 60 diesels, some Spartan chassis and some Freightliner. We met with the dealer and he looked at his upcoming deliveries and showed us when the next available (not spoken for) coach was coming up for build. We selected a Freightliner in July, that would be completed and at the dealership November 6th. Newmar has a very strict schedule that they keep to. We had so many days, before a cutoff date, to make changes and add options. We submitted those, agreed upon a price and gave a deposit. We knew exactly what date our chassis would go into the build shop, so we flew back to Indiana. On the first day, we saw our chassis sitting at the back door of the build shop. It had already been to the welding shop, where they add all the structure to the frame rails, generator, tanks and flooring. Pretty much anything under the floor level is added at the welding shop. It took two weeks to do the welding. We attended two tours a day, at the factory, for three days. We saw our chassis go in the door in the morning tour of the first day, by the second tour, mid afternoon, it had the bathroom framing and both walls with the two small slides installed. The second day it got the fiberglass wall installed, both caps and wiring routed. The third day, the bay doors, FWS and roof were added. Furniture was installed and woodwork completed inside. By the end of the third day, it was done and moving out the back door to the paint shop. At that time in 2019, Newmar was running 11 RV's a day through the factory. You could have a King Aire (1 million dollars) running through the factory, right next to a Bay Star gasser. Painting took another two weeks. After that the coach was placed in a lot and scheduled for a transport company to drive it to the dealership. At that time, 2018, the coach arrived the day it was scheduled to be at the dealer, when we made the deal in July. So long story, the entire coach was assembled in three days, but chassis prep took two weeks and paint took two weeks. The longest waiting period was the scheduling. It was schedule in May for an October build, so there was a lot of lead time. This year, since Flexsteel dropped out of the RV furniture segment, along with Covid, Newmar ran into shortages of furniture and awnings (Girard). It slowed down delivery of many coaches by months.
DSDP Don 06/05/21 08:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Surge Guard - Need Vs. Cost

Having read posts on the advisability of having a 50A Surge Guard for my MH, Amazon has a variety ranging in price from around $90 to $400 +/-... Lacking sufficient knowledge to make an informed decision, What exactly am I paying for when comparing similar items with a huge distance between low cost/high cost? What features make the more expensive models a better choice? Somewhere around the time that your coach was built, by Newmar, they started offering combination transfer switch/surge guard units, made by SurgeGuard. You need to look in your power bay and see if you have a straight transfer switch or combo unit. The combo unit made by SurgeGuard is actually a pretty good model. I have it in my coach. It protects against all the things the other quality unit, Progressive Industries does. The only drawback is that if there is an electrical spike and the SurgeGaurd takes a hit, you lose the SurgeGuard and the transfer switch. For that reason, I and others with this system, bought a $100.00 SurgeGurd portable unit that plugs in at the pedestal. If I take an electrical hit, only the $100 unit is lost. If you don't have the combo unit, Progressive Industries makes a quality unit that protects from high and low voltage. In your coach, you have a lot of systems that can be damaged by both low and high voltage. If you're at a campground, running your air conditioning, the units can be damaged if the voltage drops below 100 volts. Both units described above, will shut down the power to your coach and protect the appliances. If you have a trailer with a single A/C unit and a microwave, you probably don't need a high end surge protector. In your situation, it's worth the investment. They come in portable and hardwired. I prefer hardwired as it's one less thing to do and you don't have to worry about theft. OEM's use the cheaper $300 Surgeguard Combo. Retail is $425. If you think it is more than adequate, why does Surgeguard sell a better unit(also Combo) for $800? I state my comments on 42 years of working on Motorhomes and the fact that I have replaced at least 100 Surgeguard combo units that came OEM. Most also had interior 120 appliance failures due to the Hit. My customers that have had the $500 stand alone in front of the Transfer box Surge Guard, I have never seen back because of a Electrical problem. BTW, the Biggest seller of the $500 Surgeguard is AFTER I have replaced the original Transfer or the Combo and the customer realized it is best to have a stand alone. Doug Doug, I have no issue with your expertise and always trusted your advice, but my coach came, from Newmar, with the SurgeGuard 40350 $706.00 retail. It has all the features the Progressive unit I've owned in past had. I agree that a stand alone is a better idea, so I run a cheap SurgeGuard at the pedestal to take the hit. Before you lit me up, maybe you should have asked what I had in my coach.
DSDP Don 04/01/21 10:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Light weight 5th wheel hitch

I was going to also mention the Harbor Freight electric winch. I have one mounted in my attic, where I keep all the Christmas stuff. I se it to raise and lower the tubs. It works great, has a 300 pound limit. Lift the hitch out and put it on one of their rolling carts and roll it out of the way.
DSDP Don 03/31/21 08:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: cabin water pump

Connect your water hose to the inlet and turn it on for a minute or so. The check valve is stuck and running water through it, as designed, may close it and knock the debris loose that is holding it open.
DSDP Don 03/31/21 08:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Surge Guard - Need Vs. Cost

Having read posts on the advisability of having a 50A Surge Guard for my MH, Amazon has a variety ranging in price from around $90 to $400 +/-... Lacking sufficient knowledge to make an informed decision, What exactly am I paying for when comparing similar items with a huge distance between low cost/high cost? What features make the more expensive models a better choice? Somewhere around the time that your coach was built, by Newmar, they started offering combination transfer switch/surge guard units, made by SurgeGuard. You need to look in your power bay and see if you have a straight transfer switch or combo unit. The combo unit made by SurgeGuard is actually a pretty good model. I have it in my coach. It protects against all the things the other quality unit, Progressive Industries does. The only drawback is that if there is an electrical spike and the SurgeGaurd takes a hit, you lose the SurgeGuard and the transfer switch. For that reason, I and others with this system, bought a $100.00 SurgeGurd portable unit that plugs in at the pedestal. If I take an electrical hit, only the $100 unit is lost. If you don't have the combo unit, Progressive Industries makes a quality unit that protects from high and low voltage. In your coach, you have a lot of systems that can be damaged by both low and high voltage. If you're at a campground, running your air conditioning, the units can be damaged if the voltage drops below 100 volts. Both units described above, will shut down the power to your coach and protect the appliances. If you have a trailer with a single A/C unit and a microwave, you probably don't need a high end surge protector. In your situation, it's worth the investment. They come in portable and hardwired. I prefer hardwired as it's one less thing to do and you don't have to worry about theft.
DSDP Don 03/31/21 08:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow Bar Suggestions

For a small car like the CRV, I like the Ready Brute tow bar. It's a good choice for a car that doesn't need a more powerful brake system.
DSDP Don 03/30/21 07:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bugs on Windshield

For 35 years, I've tried everything to keep the windshield clean. Typically, I would brake out the ladder, a nylon scrubber and window cleaner and scrub the windshield and towel dry. I still do this at home before a trip. However, I was looking for something to clean the windshield while on the road, particularly while getting fuel. I bought the below scrubber and squeegee combo. I have just been dipping it in the fuel stop water/soap, whatever they have, and scrubbing the windshield. I do half and then squeegee. Amazingly, just their bucket water is doing a better job than the window cleaner I use, no residue. I get a little streaking from the squeegee, but the window really comes out clean. I stow it and the pole in my generator compartment. Scrubber
DSDP Don 03/30/21 06:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Allegro Bus Fan Gear Box Replacement on Powerglide Chassis

Ranger Smith.....before you replace, there is a vent on the top of the gearbox. On both my 2014 Dutch Star and 2019 Dutch Star, Freightliner used a 3" riser to lift that vent tube off of the box. On both of mine that vent tube puked oil. Eventually, the fix was to add a long hose, extending the vent tube about 18". Looking at my friends 2011 Allegro Bus, I saw that they used the same gearbox, driven by a drive shaft. On my coaches, Freightliner determined it was a seal and replaced MANY seals under warranty, when it was NOT the seal, but the vent tube. If you looked really close on mine, you could see a little river flowing form the vent tube, down to the seal. The oil blows all over the fan blade and the engine. Before you replace the gearbox, thoroughly clean the area with a degreaser and then spray it with a hose. Then determine f your leak is from the vent tube or the seal. There is a large nut on the top of the gearbox, if you remove it, it has a short dipstick attached to refill to the proper level.
DSDP Don 03/30/21 06:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Used Tow Bar Values

I had a 10 year old Roadmaster Blackhawk 2, 10K tow bar. I missed a dip in the road and bottomed out the coach. Because I tow a Ford Raptor with 13" of front end travel, it bent the tow bar like a pretzel (determination/theory developed after speaking with Roadmaster. Not wanting to drive the toad home separately, I ordered a new Roadmaster 10K bar that was delivered to the campground. Amazon price $1000.00. Once home, I was able to order both arms ($250) and rebuilt the tow bar. It had been serviced and rebuilt at Quartzsite, two years earlier. They only rebuild with new plastic washers, they don't clean the internals. It was actually easy to rebuild. I cleaned it up and lubed and tighten the joints. I put it on Craigslist and someone got a great 10K tow bar for $350.00, one third the cost new. That tow bar was as good as new when I sold it.
DSDP Don 03/30/21 05:40pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Color Codes for Holiday Rambler 2007

The color codes from that era are probably useless. They were probably still using Sherwin Williams at that time, that does not transfer over. They were also transitioning to different paint in the industry back then. You're better off to do a color match with a gun from a paint store. I went through all of this on y 2005 Diplomat.
DSDP Don 03/30/21 05:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Intermittent Dash Radio ??

Many people had the same issue with that radio for years. Both Monaco and Winnebago used that radio for several years in their lineup. Finally, someone discovered the issue, after many were jsst discarded. On the back of the radio, where the power wire goes in, there is/was a bad connection common to almost all of the Magnadynes. It will suddenly lose power or lose partial power and not be able to play a CD. You need to check the power wire on the radio side of the connector.
DSDP Don 03/30/21 05:12pm Class A Motorhomes
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