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RE: SOLVED: Location of Starter Solenoid Switch: 2006 F53

Engine firewall
PastorCharlie 06/13/21 07:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Goes to show the quality of service one can expect from Newmar.
PastorCharlie 06/11/21 07:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2008 newmar grand star ford serpintine belt.

If age prevents you from being able to get under to check belt how are you going to install it? The shop that installs it will be able to source the correct belt.
PastorCharlie 06/10/21 05:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

The ones on my Newmar can be adjusted to require more force to open them. Some of the bottom drawers are rather large and filled with pots and pans and they have never opened while in transit.
PastorCharlie 06/08/21 06:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oil change on the road

I have been doing my oil changes and maintenance since my first vehicle 65 years ago. I have owned and operated an auto repair shop. I think the right thing to do is to prevent spilling used motor oil on the ground and contaminating the soil.
PastorCharlie 06/05/21 05:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Full time "RV" insurance for a standard conversion van

Do you know if you can you get contents coverage if it doesn't meet the definition of an RV? Which insurance company do you use? I'm planning on adding a bed, but not any wiring or formal toilet with holdings tanks. My power source is going to be a Jackery with solar (or another comparable brand), toilet the bucket method, and showers at a gym. I'd rather dedicate the limited interior van space to a living area and storage. I actually lived in a tent full-time for a year, so I know I can easily do without a formal shower and kitchen area. But since everything I own is going to be in the van I'm definitely going to want some contents coverage, for theft and if things got damaged if I wan in an accident. And since the van is going to be new, I definitely will want vehicle comprehensive and collision. I don't think I'd be comfortable going without insurance. ------------------------------------------------------- My coach is insured as a vehicle for the chassis and body and like a house for the contents, by the same insurance co. I once converted a van to a RV and DMV did the registration change. A RV requires a place to sleep, place to cook, and a toilet serviced by holding tanks. Lot of Nomads use their cars, trucks and vans without the RV destination and probably have little or no insurance. The insurance problem becomes real when there is an accident where someone is injured due to the fault of the vehicle owner. I estimated my interior content cost for added living accessories and they insured for a dollar amount. My awning is also insured separately. I have Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance. Check with your insurance agent and their underwriters may be able to write a policy to cover all your needs. I think a porta potty is considered as a toilet due to it having a holding tank included which can be removed and dumped. I think a sink and food prep area is needed to qualify for a RV. I think a sink can be drained into a 5 gal. bucket. Different states will have different requirements I am sure. The three things that are needed are a sleeping area, a toilet area and a food prep area.
PastorCharlie 06/04/21 08:56pm Beginning RVing
RE: Full time "RV" insurance for a standard conversion van

My coach is insured as a vehicle for the chassis and body and like a house for the contents, by the same insurance co. I once converted a van to a RV and DMV did the registration change. A RV requires a place to sleep, place to cook, and a toilet serviced by holding tanks. Lot of Nomads use their cars, trucks and vans without the RV destination and probably have little or no insurance. The insurance problem becomes real when there is an accident where someone is injured due to the fault of the vehicle owner.
PastorCharlie 06/03/21 05:31pm Beginning RVing
RE: Towing Disaster-AAA

We had to have the tow vehicle and trailer towed twice. Both times we used AAA Plus RV. Both times we were out of our area. The first time we did have to wait a few hours because the only truck that could handle our combo - Astro Mini Van, 20' Hybrid TT and a family of 4, was a couple hours out. The second time, it was a Sunday and I waited about 1.5 hours. Both times, the tow was over 75 miles and didn't cost me a penny, except for a tip. That being said, I have also had a problem with AAA in Georgia. Our motorhome had a blow out, the inner dual on the rear of the passenger side just south of exit 94 of I-95, heading south. I called AAA and they insisted on finding a company that could tow the motorhome incase it wasn't safe for the mobile tire guy to make the repair on the side of the road. The first person I spoke to told me she could only call 3 companies before handing it off to a supervisor. All 3 companies she called couldn't handle the tow (or didn't want to). Finally, after a few calls - I called them, they called me, after 2 hours I got a call from a mobile tire repair guy. He got to us about 2.5 hours after my first call and had no towing capabilities. He stated he got the call right before he called me. So it took AAA 2 hours to find someone that could do a mobile tire repair in Savannah, GA. The reason I stick with AAA is because they will tow me where I want to go. Coach-net, Good-Sam, they will only tow to the nearest repair facility. They won't let me pay more to go where I want, only to the nearest repair facility. Plus the discount we get being a AAA member usually pays for membership. -Michael With Good Sam Platinum Plus Plan you have the choice of repair shops and the option to have it towed over 100 miles, just pay the extra tow service over the first 100 miles. Check out their different plans online.
PastorCharlie 06/01/21 07:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Do you run house AC while on the road

INSULATION, INSULATION, INSULATION. Place your hand on the outside of a quality range when it temperature is 400-500 F... Place your hand on the outside of a quality freezer when its temperature is zero. Pay up front for insulation or pay later in fuel cost.
PastorCharlie 06/01/21 05:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oil change on the road

I have asked campground managers if I could discretely do an oil change if I complied with EPA rules and did no polluting of soil. EPA rules as to how to do an oil change? Whoda thunk? Spill it on the ground and then ask the question if EPA rules cover that. :)
PastorCharlie 05/30/21 01:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you run house AC while on the road

Heating and cooling is dependent upon the quality of insulation. I had a 36' Coachmen and it was a task to cool it with both chassis and house A/C going in 90* weather. I checked the insulation over the cockpit area behind the cabinets and there was no insulation and very little in the ceiling and walls. The quality of insulation depends upon the quality of the coach. I have learned that to buy cheap is to get cheap and pay through the nose trying to make it comfortable. Our current Newmar never requires more than the chassis A/C or chassis heater to make the coach comfortable traveling in all temperatures. It is built for 4 season use. The comparison was from using both RVs from coast to coast and in 40 plus states over a couple decades. The majority of RV are built for occasional use in comfortable weather.
PastorCharlie 05/30/21 01:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oil change on the road

I have asked campground managers if I could discretely do an oil change if I complied with EPA rules and did no polluting of soil. I have been granted permission. Spread a 7' X 9' tarp double folded under engine, slid under with containment pan, oil filter, wrench and in 10 minutes drain oil, install new filter and slide out with old oil and seal it, pour in new oil and deliver old oil to parts house where I bought oil and filter for them to recycle it.
PastorCharlie 05/29/21 07:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Heavy duty hitch extension??

Install a larger receiver on truck with 3" opening and custom build an extension the length needed out of HD square tubing. Brace it on both sided from rear to truck hitch in triangles to prevent any movement sideways. If needed use bridge strap on top of extension tube to increase load capacity.
PastorCharlie 05/25/21 07:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

I was taught to reply to any negative comment about my work: "I try to have a little something for everyone." :)
PastorCharlie 05/25/21 06:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: ? DIY Utility Trailer Deck "Paint" ?-

Thompson Water Seal
PastorCharlie 05/19/21 07:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: SRW vs DRW

Considering that all equipment to be equal if the rear brake line is blocked and only the 2 front tires are active: Adding the back brakes to the active front brakes will increase stopping friction 100% Adding dual rear wheels will increase stopping friction another 50% All stopping with the brake pedal depends upon the friction of the tires on the road surface.
PastorCharlie 05/14/21 07:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone with info on Newmar 3927?

Newmar builds the house, someone else builds the chassis. The choice of chassis varies. I can vouch for the quality of my Newmar house, it is built by Amish craftsmen to top furniture quality. Solid maple throughout. Appliances are the same as used in most motorhomes and they and the choice of chassis are not constructed by Newmar. My Newmar has over 4,000 lb. cargo capacity and 6,000 hitch rating.
PastorCharlie 05/14/21 04:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What is the Passport America plan

Its interesting that a park owner that does not desire to participate in the PPA program resorts to discrediting the competition who does participate in the PPA program. I am a life member of Passport America, Good Sam and National Parks and they all provide a discount but that does not mean that Good Sam parks or National Parks are bad parks giving their customers unsatisfactory sites and services because they choose to discount their prices. It could be argued if they can operate on their prices then those parks that do not give their customers a discount may be over charging and taking advantage of their customers. The "Golden Rule" can well apply here. I have traveled all over America and stayed in Good Sam parks, Passport America and National parks. I can speak from what I have seen and experienced, not from some unsubstantiated opinion about a business competitor. I would think a park that does not participate in any of the discount campground programs would be better served if they refrained from criticizing the competitors because they do; and if they felt constrained to comment then stick to the reason why they feel their business would fail if they did participate.
PastorCharlie 05/13/21 02:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: bad starter......

Late one night while asleep a woman was awaken by a knocking on the door down stairs. She woke her husband and told him someone was downstairs knocking on the door. He got up and put on his robe and went downstairs; the knocking was coming from the backdoor. He open the back door and there stood a drunk in the dark and he asked the man if he would give him a push. The man told the drunk that he was not coming out at that hour of the night and to go away and not bother him again. He then closed the door and went back upstairs and went to bed. The wife being curious what the commotion was all about asked her husband, what did they want. He told her it was some drunk wanting a push. The wife said to her husband, you remember the time we were stranded on a trip and people stopped and help us? You really ought to go back down and see if you can help him. The man gets back up, dresses and goes back down to the back door and calls out into the darkness of night if the man was still out there needing help. The drunk replied from the dark he was still there and needed a push. The man asked where he was. The drunk replied, I am in the swing.
PastorCharlie 05/12/21 06:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What is the Passport America plan

I am a Life Member and it is transferrable to a family member once I no longer use it. I will pass it to my son and he will have lifetime use of it. PASSPORT AMERICA is a cost saving for members and a revenue generator for the member parks. Most all successful businesses have sales incendivities to promote their businesses.
PastorCharlie 05/12/21 06:12pm General RVing Issues
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