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RE: How often to disconnect from shore power

When plugged in the chassis battery does not get charged, only the house batteries. Careful about oversimplifying - our Tiffin came from the factory with a trickle-charger connected to the starting batteries, so they definitely DO get charged whenever the bus is on shore power. Electrical systems vary all over the place from brand to brand, and model to model. It's hard sometimes to make blanket statements that apply to them all for some aspects of their design and capabilities.
Racklefratz 02/27/21 12:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Electric Jacks Lubricant

NO! Not WD-40! 1st it's not a lubricant. More important, it'll dry and turn sticky in the process, collecting dust, dirt and whatever, leaving you with a mess to clean off. My go-to is dry silicone spray. You're right about WD-40, which is always among the recommendations each time this subject comes up. The "WD" in WD-40 stands for "water displacement"; it was never intended as a lubricant, although it's widely MIS-used for that. Not to hi-jack the OP's thread, but our coach has HWH hydraulic jacks installed from the factory, and HWH's position on lubricating their jacks is "DON'T". Just keep 'em clean. Any build-up of any kind of lubricant on the moving parts of the jacks is a dirt-magnet, and the grit on the jacks can destroy the seals over time. HWH says if jacks need repeated lubrication to get them to retract, there's likely to be a problem somewhere - weak retraction springs, etc.
Racklefratz 02/27/21 11:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is there any difference in DRIVING a gas class A vs diesel?

To the OP, my advise is make your decision based on ride quality, handling, noise and layout, not fuel type. Diesels cost twice as much to maintain. Unless you are buying something with over 400HP, power is not much of a difference anymore Power may be of lesser importance now, but powerBAND is still a big deal, one that newcomers to RVing may not always be aware of. People complain about the noise up front in a gas-powered Class A, and for good reason. It's noisy not only because the engine is situated right between them, but also because a gasoline engine has to turn higher RPMs to make its rated power. This is a concern because an engine that constantly runs at higher RPMs will suffer greater parts wear over time. A diesel, OTOH, makes good power at significantly lower RPMs, which results in longer engine life. Our 450HP Cummins-powered RV loafs at 1,750RPM at 65MPH. You won't see that in a gasser - it'll be screaming. The combination of more usable power and torque at lower RPMs explains why over-the-road trucks and most construction equipment use diesel power. These same reasons are why diesel engines make for an attractive solution for Class A motorhomes. The price of admission will typically be less for a gas powered motorhome, but like anything else in life, you get what you pay for.
Racklefratz 12/12/20 11:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What about driving a diesel pusher?

I've owned a couple of diesel pickups and I drove a large school bus for a year, but when I sit in the cockpit of a diesel pusher I'm stymied by all the switches, knobs, and pedals. So what do I need to know about driving a diesel pusher? I disagree with any assertions that the "knobs and switches are only there to impress friends"...they're there for a reason, and they all have a function. But if you drove a school bus, you can handle a diesel pusher - it's the weight and length you need to be concerned with, and you've done it. The "knobs and switches" are explained in the manual - just read it.
Racklefratz 12/08/20 07:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: My windshield nightmare.

And let me also add. DO NOT CALL A "National company" you find on the internet. Find a local company and go with them! Not a "one-size-fits-all" solution, unfortunately. When we had a windshield problem with our '12 Allegro Bus, I DID call a prominent local automotive windshield repair/replacement outfit to come to my place and evaluate a replacement windshield, and all I got was, "that's a BIG piece of glass". He promised to consult with management and "get back to me" with a proposal, and I never heard anything else from them. Ultimate resolution was a trip to the Tiffin factory service center for a new windshield installation. Lesson learned: Don't rely on local businesses to always be willing or capable of dealing with an RV windshield issue.
Racklefratz 12/02/20 06:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is there any difference in DRIVING a gas class A vs diesel?

I had at least 26 different RVs. Somehow I never found the diesel to be more powerful than the gas.I haven't bought another RV every year we've been at it, but I've owned both gas and diesel. You and I own diesels now, and both of us understand why. My experience parallels the rest of all the other posts here and elsewhere on the internet about the differences between the two. It isn't about power - bigger engine, smaller engine...not the issue - it's a quality of life thing. The fact is that you'll have to work very hard to find any diesel-powered RV built on a sub-standard chassis and/or with sub-standard house components. Prevosts are expensive - Bounders are less so. There's a reason. And, OBTW, for anyone who doesn't know, Prevosts are not gassers.
Racklefratz 11/28/20 06:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is there any difference in DRIVING a gas class A vs diesel?

I have always done my own repair and renovation. That may have to change some as I have no experience with diesel engines. Something I didn't see pointed out here is that if a diesel engine gets the maintenance it requires, as specified by the mfgr, you're not going to NEED to do much work on it. Keep the engine, tranny, and generator oil and filters clean and replaced at the correct intervals, and a diesel will go a lot further than a gasser will before needing anything major. They're built that way, which is why all the over-the-road trucks are diesel-powered. As you already know, an RV consists of a lot of moving parts, since it's not only a vehicle, but a home as well, with all the appliances, plumbing, etc that goes with that aspect. THAT'S where your DIY experience can really help. If you can do that stuff, you'll be ahead of the game, and you won't have to worry about the dealer's minimum-wage kid doing on-job training on your rig with his little power driver, and stripping all the fasteners in the process. Good luck with your search.
Racklefratz 11/27/20 02:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: HWH customer service phone number is a joke

The reason the phone number is loaded up is because of people like you. You call for help when you either have the Instruction manual or lack the resources/lazy to go online to and they have any and all instructional help you would need. Including a specific site on their online manuals for ALL their various Leveling adjustments. THAT'S pretty heavy-handed, and shows YOU obviously haven't experienced the HWH "call-back" problem. OTOH, I **HAVE**. When I noticed a pool of hydraulic fluid under our coach several years ago, I went to the HWH website for clues. That website is the most disorganized and poorly designed site I think I've ever seen, and with all the litany of various permutations and combinations of HWH systems available and in service on all manner of commercial and RV vehicles over the years, trying to actually find the one installed on YOUR specific vehicle is a royal PITA. And if it's a parts issue, one first has to know specifically WHICH parts will be required, and the average owner probably WON'T know that. Even if one DOES know, it's difficult to impossible to find them available for ordering on the website. On the "callback" issue, I was told the same thing as the OP here was told, and it turned out to be FOUR BLASTED MONTHS LATER when I finally got a call. During that time, I was definitely exploring other options for any kind of local help, but it turns out none of the mobile tech operations have any experience working on leveling systems, and taking this coach to any of the lame RV dealers, where they park it out on the back lot for 3 months before one of their minimum-wage flunkies ever gets started with his on-job training on it on my dime was totally out of the question. Not happening. Four long months after I first called HWH, I was shocked and surprised that someone from HWH actually DID call, and to their credit, he was sympathetic, knowledgeable, and helpful. After discussing the problem, he surmised that an o-ring kit to replace those in the suspected leaking solenoid would fix the problem. It did. So my contact with HWH, once it finally took place, was productive, and the problem was solved. But your diatribe here of accusing people you don't know of being "too lazy" to get whatever resources they need is not helpful - you have no way of knowing what they might have done, or if they're even capable of handling the repairs on their own. I have done lots of repairs on our coach, and I always do it myself when I can. But I'm an owner with no formal RV maintenance training, and when I needed HWH's help, it was a frustrating experience.
Racklefratz 11/16/20 11:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: My windshield nightmare.

My RV is parked in a shed so no leaking without me knowing it. When it did a towel was put down. Windshield leaks are no fun - our '94 Beaver Patriot leaked whenever we got into any rain. I didn't really pursue it, since where we live, there's not much rain. Sorry I don't have anything to offer in your situation. But as an aside, I notice your signature includes "UPS Feeder Driver retiring in July 2016!". That was a while ago. ;)
Racklefratz 11/16/20 10:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: HWH Service

Just replaced the rear switch and no change so the problem is as you say Mick. We once had a situation where the electrical contactor that powers the HWH pump was intermittent, and neither of our hydraulic slides would move. Since one of yours works, this probably doesn't apply.
Racklefratz 11/16/20 10:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oasis Hydronic water heating

Woke up this morning to find we had no hot water. Everything was fine last night after our showers and dish washing. Any ideas? No idea which system your coach has installed. But in our Tiffin, and when the same issue occurred, it turned out to be a failed thermostatic sensor which, if failed, disables the system, resulting in no hot water. Ours is HydroHot.
Racklefratz 10/21/20 07:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Taaadaaa! Took the plunge. Airbags on the Class A

This has been a long time coming and i want to be sure to purchase the correct items Easy solution: Diesel pusher. No need for aftermarket addons, correct items will already be in place, and the rest takes care of itself. Just sayin'
Racklefratz 10/21/20 07:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Little button sized sensor on wall

Does anyone know what this button does? Yeah - question's been answered now. But use an infra-red temperature measurement device, and point it at that sensor, and you can confirm if your thermostat is working correctly or not. Temp readings should be close to the same between the two.
Racklefratz 10/21/20 07:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sailun tires

Interesting thread. Never heard of this Chinese brand until now. I see the positive testimonials. All I can say is that I HAVE experienced a front tire blow-out on a diesel pusher, and I never want to risk an unpleasant experience like that again. Taking Chinese-made tires out of the equation is my first-line of defense, regardless of testimonials. RV tires are simply not a place to look for cost-savings, IMO, ESPECIALLY with higher gross weight vehicles. The risk is just not worth it, even WITH the bargain-basement prices.
Racklefratz 07/01/20 05:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2008 Itasca catalytic converter & pipe stolen

There's pretty much nothing you can do other than living in the coach 24/7 to prevent thieves. Or, alternately, drive a diesel rig, which doesn't have a CAT.
Racklefratz 07/01/20 04:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2008 Itasca catalytic converter & pipe stolen

CAT buyers are thick on FB Market place in my area. Too bad they don't put VIN numbers on Cat Converters! Wouldn't make any difference most times. CAT thieves are interested in the valuable stuff inside the converter, rhodium, platinum and palladium. They toss the other parts where any identifying information would probably be.
Racklefratz 07/01/20 04:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Opinion: 1986 Pace Arrow 27FT Motorhome Chevy Chassis

One more question... If it has an onboard generator and 350watt solar. Do I need to actually purchase a gas generator right away? I don't understand the question. What kind of "gas" do you contemplate generating, and why? The claimed "onboard generator" ought to satisfy your generator needs. Please explain.
Racklefratz 07/01/20 03:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What $125,000 gets you in Germany

It's all relative Agree. As I posted earlier, it's about preferences. Peoples' preferences aren't identical. Ours happen to be plenty of room inside the coach, and same with basement storage. Those qualities are hard to come by in the smallish RVs discussed here. Some buyers may not need that; to us, it's a show-stopper.
Racklefratz 06/04/20 07:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What $125,000 gets you in Germany

Sorry, Most of our customers are getting rid of 40 foot Diesels to buy and travel in the Leisures. They like the smaller Motorhome. I don't get it but they like them. No apology necessary - dif'rent strokes, obviously. And if it's profitable for you, great. But IMO, this is directly related to what people can afford to spend on an RV. Our personal preferences for interior space in an RV are such that if we had to just "make do" with anything as cramped as these vehicles, we'd just pass on the whole thing. We started RVing by renting a small Tioga, circa early '90s, and quickly found that the excessive population density did not appeal to us. Fortunately, we don't have to make that compromise today. Our ownership experience has been owning first a 37' Class A, then a 40' Class A, and now our current 43' Tiffin. There's a pattern there somewhere.
Racklefratz 06/02/20 05:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What $125,000 gets you in Germany

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Racklefratz 06/02/20 05:40pm Class A Motorhomes
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