Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: Search
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Open Roads Forum  >  Search the Forums

 > Your search for posts made by 'Matt_Colie' found 249 matches.

Sort by:    Search within results:
Page of 13  
  Subject Author Date Posted Forum
RE: Magnetic Map of US states visited

LindaAnn, Ours is in the living room and I had to make it by getting a magnetic white board and a nice size map and using Dry-Mount to put the map on the board. We did this because Mary collects refrigerator magnets. We also got some stick on arrows. I printed a string of numbers and -dry mount again- stuck numbers to arrows and magnets. Makes a nice display. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/18/21 03:42pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Paducah, Kentucky question

Reader, As I recall, and we are museum people, there was a railroad museum that was worth the effort only if you were in town already. The quilt museum is a real experience even if you don't care about quilts at all. But most of all, drive the entire flood wall for the murals.... Matt
Matt_Colie 04/13/21 11:19am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 5050 miles in 9 Travel Days

I won't tell you about one extreme entry in our log, but I now travel with more relaxing exposure and firmly believe: Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything. Charles Kuralt Matt
Matt_Colie 04/13/21 11:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Multimeter Question

While I like BB's breakout a lot, I have been in the "camp" with Boon Docker and YC1 for lots of years. Most of my service meters are so old that they have the long probes, but I still like to go at it from the side and bottom to get the pins that matter. Now, If I could find one of those things like RK911 has, I would get that. Matt - got a bad hit one time, it still causes problems 50+years later.
Matt_Colie 04/12/21 06:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Class C that's easy to fix?

Well Et, This has been a really good thread and a lot of knowledgeable people contributed. What does bother me about a lot about your plan is RV elephant called structural rot. If you buy anything that has a hard corner roof, watch out..... Few class Cs live long enough to need serious engine work. So that is just not an issue. Most RVs are a type of construction often referred to as "stick and staple". That does not sound very substantial does it?? Well it isn't. Want an example? Go to Camper Woman and read. She bought a TT that looked real good. It turns out that it only needs everything above the frame.... Most RVs that are this construction have this problem. They were built to last 10~15 years. If you manage to acquire something this age, be ready for an interesting time. At about this age, all the rubber parts are shot. So, if the house is good, no big problem. Just plan to replace all the hoses and belts. This means brake and fuel as well as all the coolant hoses. While you are at this, flush the coolant and the brake fluid. This will kind of happen automatically when you take the hoses out. The coolants anti-corrosives will be depleted, and the brake fluid will probably have moisture in it. Cost?? If you do it yourself? All told less than one thousand dollars - typically (Most in my circle have done this at least once.) Regular maintenance is essential for reliability. Our coach is a real odd-man-out. It is 48yo and now on the second overhaul of the engine at about 170k. It should not have needed it, but it broke a piston. It still needs very regular maintenance. Grease is cheaper than parts..... Matt
Matt_Colie 04/12/21 05:54pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Model PD9280A converter problems

Travel glampers, I have to say that this is most uncommon. I have installed a significant number of PD92XX (new or replacement and PD40XX (panel service replacement) and never had only a single issue that the people managed promptly. It was a defective unit. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/05/21 10:46am Tech Issues
RE: Black tank

I have a 2018 Bounder does the black tank have a vent from the tank ? SSSooo, It better have one. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/05/21 10:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: gas mileage

This has to be the line of the year. "way2roll wrote: "It gets great mileage for an apartment". I hope he won't mind if I borrow it. We had a bumper sticker that stated: "There is more to life than MPGs." The one above is better. (That bumper had to be replaced.) I am one of "those kind" of engineers that lives his life at the bottom right corner of a spreadsheet. I know exactly what out coach costs us. I never regret that expense. We have been to and stayed in places where, without a self contained accommodations, it would have been massively impractical if not impossible. Sure we could pack ourselves and the dogs in a small car and go between motels, but with the price of a motel these days.... Not many have kitchens and you may have to get out of your night clothes to get a cup of coffee. You can get really tired of restaurant food, and where do you stow the leftovers?? Yes, my coach is old (classic bordering on antique) and so requires a lot of attention to maintenance. But I can do that myself. She is all paid for and even the expensive parts are not that expensive. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/03/21 11:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Toilet lasted 22 months, replaced it

So, The old pot that lasted less than 2 years was a Thetford product. Did you know that if you try to order parts directly form Thetford in Ann Arbor Michigan, they wait three days before they ship anything? I don't recognize the new one, can you tell us what you just installed? Matt
Matt_Colie 03/31/21 09:53am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: What do you use for local travel once camped up?

Well Chester, It all depends on what your situation actually is..... We have a small almost antique coach that is barely larger that car size, and shorter than some pick-ups. We do carry a pair of folding (I often call inflatable) bicycles and they serve us well. We do not tow the towed anymore, it was just too much worry and hassle. As it takes mere moments to clear away the utilities if we have bothered to hook up. I go someplace that we know we will want convenient local travel, we just rent a car on the way into town. Matt
Matt_Colie 03/31/21 09:43am Beginning RVing
RE: mid Mich to Pigeon Forge

If you are an FMCA member, look up their campground in Cinci. Matt
Matt_Colie 03/30/21 05:07pm Roads and Routes
RE: EverChill Refrigerator

What it seems most of you don't know is that the vast majority of RV people go from FHU site to another FHU site. True boondocking is not even in the cards. We went to a doem reefer and an inverter when the OE unit died and we could not purchase a repair cooling unit and have any money left for a vacation. 12 years later, the temporary fix is still there. Matt
Matt_Colie 03/29/21 07:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: SiO2 white paper anyone??

I am currently researching Firefly's carbon foam technology for a client's replacement house bank. It looks real good in that the recover from 0%SOC is possible, but I have more study to do before I advise and write a quote. They seem to be a technical upgrade of AGM. Unfortunately, that is about all I know at this time. Matt
Matt_Colie 03/27/21 09:53am Tech Issues
RE: Storms and Tornados

An honest question: How does a traveling person find out what county he is in at the moment? In our coach, who some ever is navigator has a screen of Street Atlas available that can instantly answer this question, but SA is seven years old and well due to fail any day now. I don't think the GPS can answer this easily. Matt
Matt_Colie 03/25/21 05:12pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Ideas to carry spare and bikes

We have very effectively carried a pair of folding (I call them inflatable - given my history this makes sense) under the dinette table. That does make the dinette a little less comfortable, but they stay safe, clean and dry there. Matt
Matt_Colie 03/23/21 05:28pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: New to Class C

I wish you boring driving and fantastic stops. We have done a lot, and now much enjoy the small motorhome. Matt
Matt_Colie 03/23/21 09:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery & electrical questions

Coolmom, Mike had good answers, except for one. That one is easily checked. I have seen very few (like 2) coaches without modification, that charged the chassis battery from shore power. This can be added if you find you need it. Matt
Matt_Colie 03/21/21 08:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Inverter/Converter

Al, Did you read the manual that came with the Xantrex 1000? I have installed a couple (give or take) and as I recall, it is not an inverter/converter/charger. If it was sold to you as a replacement for a Freedom Series 458 inverter/charger, then someone did not know what he was selling. I suggest that you talk to him in a very convincing way. If it works as an inverter (Make 120VAC from 12VDC), leave it alone and buy a good converter/charger like Iota or Progressive Dynamics. Matt
Matt_Colie 03/21/21 08:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Schoolies

Rick, Most busses of all types are aluminum bodies on VERY SERIOUS chassis. If you want to see more, go to any FMCA rally. There is an FMCA division for both buss conversions and "schoolies". The great joke to me was that there is still a line in the FMCA application that says that you can join, but you should not mount the FMCA egg on the coach if it is still chrome yellow. Matt
Matt_Colie 03/19/21 04:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Free overnight camping in small towns

We have found more than a few of places that fit this description. Some are truly free, some have water and limited electric, a very few have dumps. They are all great if you have a small rig. Only a very few could accommodate a 40+. Some have a donation box and some don't. One was son nice I really wanted to leave a donation and I couldn't even slide an envelope into the town hall door - finally found a stamp and mailed it. Matt
Matt_Colie 03/17/21 08:59am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Sort by:    Search within results:
Page of 13  

New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2021 CWI, Inc. © 2021 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.