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RE: Okay How many RV'ers here use CB-Radio's?

Mrgunguy 06/21/20 08:48pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Okay How many RV'ers here use CB-Radio's?

I found my SWR meter when we moved a few years ago. Does that count? Apps on modern phones have replaced everything I can think of about navigation. Waze and Google maps will take you the best way without you even realizing that it just took you around a washed out bridge or a huge wreck. I get a kick out of 2 way radios being used to back in when both parties have a $800 phone in their respective pockets and the unit has a backup camera. Yeah, that’s great for the middle of Raleigh or the outskirts of Atlanta, but cell phones are useless in almost every national park. You must only go to the beach with your RV, because everyone who boondocks also uses CBs and GPS based navigation.
Mrgunguy 06/20/20 07:10am RV Lifestyle
RE: i40 between West from Asheville, NC

I travel that route all of the time and the one lane has not been backed up at all for me any of the times I’ve gone that way. You should be fine.
Mrgunguy 06/19/20 07:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: Okay How many RV'ers here use CB-Radio's?

Haven't used one since the 70's. outdated technology Not true, it’s just different technology with a different usefulness. There are plenty of places, especially for us boondockers, that don’t have cell service. In fact the wife and I went to Cherokee, NC to camp (full hookups and even “WiFi” service in the CG) and our cell phones were irrelevant. While our CBs were of no use in calling for a cab or making reservations, we were able to keep in touch with one another no matter where we went. I have a base unit in the coach, a similar one in the Jeep (toad) and two handheld units (one each for the bride and I). Not outdated tech, just different tech. (I bet you threw away your tin cans with a string, didn’t you). :P
Mrgunguy 06/19/20 08:01am RV Lifestyle
ScanGauge vs UltraGauge

It’s been brought to my attention that there are OBDII computers out there that can give me a lot of valuable information about my engine and drivetrain in real time. ScanGauge was recommended but so have a couple of others. It seems to me from what I can tell on the good ‘ol interweb there are two that might meet my needs. If there are others I’m all ears... So it comes down to either the ScanGauge or the UltraGauge. I’m tending to lean toward the UltraGauge MX which has a better display and an option of Bluetooth which can send the info to a tablet, which I’ve been thinking of installing anyway. It would be really cool if I could find a tire pressure unit that would also send to a tablet, but one problem at a time... Does anyone have experience with either of these two units? Any variable or thoughts that I have not considered?
Mrgunguy 06/17/20 03:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Climbing steep grades...

I’m afraid that this will be too much and the coach will overheat when I’m 1,500 miles away from home and on the side of a mountain. 2003 ? Have you checked with a radiator shop ? I had the same symptoms as you are having while towing even on 'not so steep' hills. The shop pulled my radiator out and I believe they boiled it, pressure tested it and replaced it. They said it had a degree of crud inside that restricted flow. I’m pretty sure that’s what my mechanic is going to tell me. When I bought it five years ago I took it to the Chevy dealer locally, and they charged me as much as they reasonably could for... I’m not 100% sure what. I plan on taking it to my own mechanic (who says he doesn’t work on RVs but I bet I c an talk him into it) and I know he will do everything he can to make it right. He actually owns a rig similar to mine and I’m betting he will treat it as his own. He will also be familiar with ways to beef up EVERYTHING, as is his way. But this I won’t do until I drive it and can give him more accurate and relevant information. I’m feeling a short camping trip in my future. :D
Mrgunguy 06/17/20 10:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Climbing steep grades...

Mrgunguy 06/17/20 07:32am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Climbing steep grades...

I would add a scangauge. I was looking at those and I don’t see that the ScanGaugeII monitors transmission temps. The one for truckers does, but the standard one does not.
Mrgunguy 06/16/20 10:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Climbing steep grades...

I’ve had a long talk with the wife about this and I’ve come to a conclusion... We plan to take the trip to Yellowstone next year instead of this one. Pressure off. In the meantime we will take a short trip for a short time. Afriend has an RV park about an hour and a half from my home, high atop Roan Mountain yet well within AAA range. We will give it a good shake down and determine (with the info gleaned here) what works, what does not work and how hot it gets. If everything is actually okay and I’m being a big weenie about it, then we might even go to Yellowstone this year. If, as I suspect, there is some heat issue that needs to be attended to, in whatever fashion my mechanic deems necessary, I have a year to get it done before we go on the big trip. I’m getting old, but I think I have at least another year in me. :P Personally, I see a transmission cooler in my not-too-distant future. Even if it’s not 100% needed, it would make me feel better. Thanks everyone for their two cents. It has been quite a learning experience.
Mrgunguy 06/16/20 09:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Climbing steep grades...

Thanks guys, this is all very helpful. What it tells me is that I should bring it back to my mechanic and see if there’s anything that he can do, equipment-wise. The reason I am thinking this way is because this MH routinely goes above 225 when going up hills, and that’s when it’s empty. No water, gear, toad or wife. The heat seems to always be something I have my eye on and it’s disconcerting. If the mechanic can install a trans cooler and maybe double check the whole cooling system to see if he can make it more efficient/effective, that might make the difference.
Mrgunguy 06/16/20 04:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Climbing steep grades...

I'm not a Class A owner, but on more than one occasion, in our travels, we've seen the toad following the motor home by the other driver, up mountain passes. That’s a great idea and one that I had considered but would rather not do if I can help it. My wife can’t drive a stick and she would rather not drive the coach when she has to think about what she’s doing. She likes it flat and straight, LOL! But she’s a trooper and will do what’s needed if required.
Mrgunguy 06/16/20 02:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Climbing steep grades...

Unless you're going up the side of Mt Everest or your fan clutch is inop, your rig will probably handle any slope you choose to climb, and without overheating. The trick is that you DO definitely slow down. On a slope, watch the temp gauge and as it starts up, downshift a gear. If it's still climbing, drop down another gear. Of course, when you keep dropping gears you also have to slow down to keep the RPM's in a reasonable range. We regularly drive to Alaska pulling an 8000lb plus pickup and don't have any problem on those roads with grades up to 9%. I am definitely going slower, however. I have been down to 10-15mph on some really steep back roads, but driving this way does work. If you want to fly up any grade, trade your rig for a 600HP Cummins (LOL) Thanks, that’s helpful. I’ll just keep trimming gears until the fear subsides, LOL! It’s kind of what has become more and more apparent as I research this. And yes, 600 ponies would solve the problem nicely!! :)
Mrgunguy 06/16/20 02:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Climbing steep grades...

Running a bit warmer when working hard is completely normal. Just like going for a jog vs walking. Ultimately if it does approach "over temperature" you need to slow down and continue to downshift to keep the rpm up. If you have a tachometer the RPM should be 1000 to 2000 rpm above the peak torque when running hard up a hill. RPM of peak HP would be about max. Of course this would be a good time to have the 17 year old cooling system checked and cleaned. Check for debris stuck to the front of the stack that may restrict airflow. Check or just replace the fan clutch (I recommend OEM only). Check or replace the thermostat... seen plenty stuck half open and work fine day to day easy driving. Yeah, I know it is going to get hotter when working hard, it’s just that it gets soooo close to the red line. I don’t have a tach, but I was thinking of installing a computer to read this info (along with other stuff). At the moment I’m trying not to spend any more money on it than I have to due to wife aggro. I have had the whole system gone through by a Chevy dealer. Complete flush of the system, change all fluids, new brakes, tires, thermostat, etc, etc. I put about $2,500 into making sure everything is on point. I didn’t do the fan clutch but that would be my next move if it got too bad, though I think it’s working fine. The more I read about it and ask questions, the more it seems like 25 or 30mph up longer slopes might be the solution. I’ll just have to let the folks stuck behind me think I’m an A-hole.
Mrgunguy 06/16/20 01:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Climbing steep grades...

Do you hear your fan clutch engage?Might not be able to hear it on thet type of engine but on my disel it sounds like a jet taking off. Might check and make sure the fan is operating correctly. I was told that the “jet taking off” sound is the overdrive kicking in and not what I want to hear when climbing. Whenever I hear that sound I know that I’m on a hill and I need to downshift. I’m guessing the fan is okey dokey.
Mrgunguy 06/16/20 01:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Climbing steep grades...

Quite normal for a 30 ft MH to heat up on a hill. What temperature does your gage read on a steep hill say 7-9 % slope for several miles? Do you have a temp gage of just an idiot light? Does it get in the red zone? We need to know what you mean by overheat before you get meaningful comments. I didn’t say it overheats, only that it begins heating up. It runs just below 210 (the halfway mark on the gage) but when I start to climb it goes higher and higher until I stop climbing. It hasn’t overheated yet, but that is my fear should I find myself on one of those never ending climbs, which I expect to find on my way to Yellowstone. The highest “temperature” Ive seen is at about 235 or so, and the red line starts at about 250. It has not yet gotten into the red zone.
Mrgunguy 06/16/20 01:02pm Class C Motorhomes
Climbing steep grades...

I have a 30’ 2003 Four Winds class C with the 6L, 8cyl Vortec engine. I’m planning on pulling a 2003 Jeep TJ (4cyl, straight drive) and had a question or two. I’ve noticed that when I’m climbing steep grades (or even not so steep grades) the engine has a tendency to begin heating up. I’ve been told that this is due, in part, to the overdrive and if I simply kick it down to 3rd gear I should be able to mitigate some of that heating. So far, so good. It does heat up some but not as quickly as it used to and it has not left me on the side of the road with a smoldering engine. Now I would like to flat tow a small Jeep so that I can run about when I get to where I’m going but I’m afraid that this will be too much and the coach will overheat when I’m 1,500 miles away from home and on the side of a mountain. Is there something that I should be taking into consideration or doing differently? We would like to go to see Yellowstone this year and, at an elevation of 5K+ feet, I’m feeling anxious over having to climb an awful lot of asphalt. Any help or advice would be gratefully accepted.
Mrgunguy 06/16/20 12:23pm Class C Motorhomes
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