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RE: No power to center pin of 7 pin trailer connector on Winne

Thanks Scottg-- After more looking, I found a breakout of the trailer connector. Yes the center pin is labeled for backup lights. Guess if I want a charge line, I will have to install one. Thanks for your help. -- Mick As said, there should be 12vdc on pin 4 and if not, check for an inline fuse connected on the chassis battery or batteries. Fuse it on the toad's battery as well.
tropical36 03/13/20 02:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2018 Thor ACE 30.3 inverter location?

Anyone have one of these and can answer? Also, what does the inverter power? Specific outlets? Specific devices? Thank you in advance! If you indeed have one, they can come in various wiring configurations for the outlets and aren't always as they say. For instance, ours has whole house pass through outlets, but not so on the list, which specifies only certain ones. Even whole house, doesn't include the AC's and Diesel engine block heater. May also be an extra behind the fridge that isn't inverted. I'd say that on basic models, they'll be direct, not feed through and probably only for the entertainment areas front and rear for powering the TV, radio, disk player....etc. It's size will be the first clue. According to specs, it’s 1000 W and one major job is the outside fridge. I’m hoping for some outlets and or the main TV. Thank you for your input! You should be good to go for the basics then and the entertainment center always comes first. Not large enough for expecting the Microwave oven to run off of it and probably not for any of the galley outlets, in fact.
tropical36 03/10/20 03:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2018 Thor ACE 30.3 inverter location?

Anyone have one of these and can answer? Also, what does the inverter power? Specific outlets? Specific devices? Thank you in advance! If you indeed have one, they can come in various wiring configurations for the outlets and aren't always as they say. For instance, ours has whole house pass through outlets, but not so on the list, which specifies only certain ones. Even whole house, doesn't include the AC's and Diesel engine block heater. May also be an extra behind the fridge that isn't inverted. I'd say that on basic models, they'll be direct, not feed through and probably only for the entertainment areas front and rear for powering the TV, radio, disk player....etc. It's size will be the first clue.
tropical36 03/10/20 12:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coach Batteries

Looks like I will be replacing my coach batteries in the near future, they (only have 2) aren't holding a charge very long, this happened a few months ago & I found they were low on water & the cable hookups needed cleaning very bad, I fixed this problem, but now they are not holding the charge again for more than a few weeks & I do have the 12 volt switch in the off position when at home. What batteries should I be looking to buy, we only use the RV about 6 months of the year & that only for 3 or 4 days at a time. Rural King has 6v golf cart batteries for 79.99 and there is no membership at these stores, if there might be one near you. About to replace six in my golf cart and will go this route as well. Sam's Club are $90 with a membership, so..... For our coach, we bit the bullet when we purchased in 16 and went with four 12v AGM's. Yep, expensive, but no more checking and watering, which is a real pain, on our coach.
tropical36 03/10/20 12:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help finding fresh date Tires

I had mich. 22’s and just went to Toyos. Just a fraction diff n size, much less $ and rode as good as Mich. Date is close to manuf date. Heck, when I got my bus, the orig tires were already 6 months old. Hard to get close to manuf date, but my Toyo dealer did great. $2600, 6 tires, mount, balanced, and out the door. I went in w cash and negotiated, and got a deal $500 less than Michelin’s. I had my orig tires 6.5 years, started sidewall cracking and 22,000 miles. Cash is king. And again, look at Toyos. A pleasant surprise. And you most likely won't be seeing any sidewall cracking in the next 6.5 yrs either, like one can expect with Michelins. A bit off topic, but when we sold one of our MH's a few years back the tires were 5 years old. No sidewall cracking at all and tread was great. However in an inspection they showed cracks between the treads and we were required to replace them. The point, I was told that sidewall cracks happen after it's too late, cracks between the treads happen much sooner and more difficult to detect. I've seen the cracking between the threads as well and on Michelins that I changed out, when purchasing a used coach in 07. Sidewall cracking was really apparent on this one until the rears were pulled and for seeing it, on the inside dually sidewalls, as well. Anyway no Michelins since and for any other over priced tire, for that matter. I mean there's only so many ways to engineer a tire folks and for still meeting DOT approval. Even if they could get by with junk, it wouldn't be long before they'd be out of business and especially with all the lawsuits, that would come with it. My cheapo Hercules tires, owned by Cooper, have been around for over 50 years, so they must be doing something right.........
tropical36 02/16/20 08:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Renting out your RV--Help

Rent out my RV??? You must be a comedian....:W.....Dennis I was thinking along those lines, as well, but more like insanity if on a serious note. Anyway, the OP is talking about writing a book here and not necessarily advocating what a clear thinking person, would actually do.
tropical36 02/11/20 07:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help finding fresh date Tires

I had mich. 22’s and just went to Toyos. Just a fraction diff n size, much less $ and rode as good as Mich. Date is close to manuf date. Heck, when I got my bus, the orig tires were already 6 months old. Hard to get close to manuf date, but my Toyo dealer did great. $2600, 6 tires, mount, balanced, and out the door. I went in w cash and negotiated, and got a deal $500 less than Michelin’s. I had my orig tires 6.5 years, started sidewall cracking and 22,000 miles. Cash is king. And again, look at Toyos. A pleasant surprise. And you most likely won't be seeing any sidewall cracking in the next 6.5 yrs either, like one can expect with Michelins.
tropical36 02/11/20 07:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help finding fresh date Tires

Excuse my ignorance, but why does it matter? Most tire shops/warehouses I've been to are inside and out of UV exposure which is the biggest killer to tires -surrounded by thousands of other tires. If they are 6 mos or 12 mos old, who cares? The lifecycle should pretty much start when you put them on your coach - when they start getting exposed to elements and sun. Whenever I got new tires for a previous MH's I never even bothered to look at the dates. Inspect them every year and knowing I will replace in 6-7 years from when I bought them. Never had an issue. Sorry, I don't get the fuss. If you buy an RV off the lot - a leftover 2019 with 2018 or older tires, do you replace those tires at 5 years or 7? Some would say that a certain amount of deterioration takes place, anyway, but I do see where you're coming from and have often felt the same way. However if at all possible, I would still go with the latest production and if not for any other reason, it would be for thinking ahead and for a possible resell of the coach or for trading it in. This usually is taken into account and no one at that point, will take the install date very seriously, if it should come under discussion in the first place. Good that you haven't had a problem though and I'm faced with the same thing now and wondering when they should be changed, even though a ways to go yet, either way.
tropical36 01/24/20 02:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Increasing towing capacity

I have a 1998 Fleetwood Bounder 34V it says gross towing weight is 3500 pounds I have a 4000 pound Jeep I want to tow how can i Increase my towing capacity. My GCWR is 23500 pounds, motor home dry weight (UVW) including fuel is 17250, carrying capacity is 2750 pounds towing capacity is 3500 pounds totaling 23500 pounds. Are there any suggestions on how to increase my towing capacity. Check it out thoroughly, but you'll find that in many cases, towing is limited to the transmission, which was my limiting factor in our old gas coach. Do you have a Ford or Chevy and you'll find that the latter will be the weaker of the two, although the 4L80E is a very good tranny. We towed a ton over specs. all over the country. Nothing broke and nothing fell off, but it did take some experience for climbing those long 6% grades, in the heat of summer and will leave that for another thread. For all other terrain, we never knew our toad, was even back there. Toad braking is a must however, so don't leave home without it and it did prove invaluable coming down off of those long grades in the Rockies and Appalachia. We now have a coach, that will pull most anything, without a sweat, so not a concern, anymore.
tropical36 01/24/20 10:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Interior adhesive

We are remodeling our 2008 Tiffin Allegro. We have removed all the window cornices/valances/decorations and shades. Installed solar roll up shades. But there are 2 places where I can’t get to with a drill to mount the new shades. So I thought I would just use adhesive to mount the roll up shade brackets on the wall. So far, carpet tape, industrial Velcro, nano-tape, super glue, and liquid nails have failed. But as part of the remodel, I tried removing the coat hook in the bedroom. I removed the screws and even with all of my weight trying, those jokers are stuck to the wall. So.... What did Tiffin use to adhere thiose hooks to the wall? Any suggestions for adhesive that would work for our new shades? I'd try industrial strength double sided tape, which I recently repaired a couple of basement doors with and what the manufacture used at the factory.... Tape
tropical36 01/24/20 09:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help finding fresh date Tires

Hi all I am trying to help out a friend. He is looking to replace the tires on his class A He curently has Michelin 22 / 80 tires that are about 6 years old. While looking he is not haveing any luck on finding freash dated tires, or they will not guarantee the dates. He lives in South Louisana. Any help would be great Thanks. Michael All he has to do, is for asking the dealer to contact the warehouse, before shipping his tires. If they can't do that, move on to one that can and will.
tropical36 01/24/20 09:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wanna bring a golf cart and a Jeep towed

Me and the DW were starting to lean away from getting a Golf Cart to bring with us in our Gladiator, I think I will do it now just because I CAN! ;) Will it go in between the wheel wells? If not they make a half size cart, that should be less weight, as well.
tropical36 01/17/20 07:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Parts for Kwikee Steps

I have a 1988 Holiday Rambler Aluma Lite, the step motor and gearbox are missing. I have photos of a motor and gearbox that are similar to those off my motor home. I would appreciate help in locating replacement parts. Take some pics of a coach like yours and then for matching it all up on Amazon. Pics are worth a thousand words and better than part nos i this case. Also for getting a power window motor, which is the exact same thing, but for whatever reason, they cost less.
tropical36 11/21/19 01:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New 450 Lxi home

Concerning fuel mileage, my 450 Lxi has an electronic fuel mileage display showing 6.1 MPG. How accurate that is I don't know. My father's 05 American Eagle displayed 6.5 MPG. I guesstimate the Eagle to weigh 6K to 8K pounds less than the 450. The Eagle had a red box Cummins rated at 500 HP where as the Lxi has a 525 HP C13 Cat. Well my display shows 6.2 over a 12yr span and since I'm the third owner, I have no idea of what the previous owner's driving habits were, but I've only been able to raise it 0.1, during my 3yrs of ownership. I weigh in at 32K and am powered by a C9 400HP CAT. I still don't know where the sensor is and if the genset is being taken into account here.
tropical36 11/19/19 05:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Resivlor for jacks

I have a 2018 Fleetwood Bounder where is the resiviour. for the jacks there is a round tank under the hood that has red fluid in is that the tank? Scott Sounds about right and it takes Dextron III tranny fluid. Should have solenoid valves mounted on the pump, right above the tank, with hyd. hoses connected to them.
tropical36 11/17/19 11:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New 450 Lxi home

Well... Traveled to Charleston and picked up my new to us Bluebird Wanderlodge 450 Lxi... Had to stop and get diesel just a few miles out... Unfortnately the coach would not fire up... Was able to locate a local mechanic that got us running... Also had an issue with the tires that required a tire service call... With that out of the way smooth sailing for 240 miles... Coach runs great... Very stable, and the 525 Cat is strong... Will try to post a picture... Sounds nice... Hopefully the weight problem was resolved with the recall. https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=670
tropical36 11/17/19 11:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wanna bring a golf cart and a Jeep towed

The gladiator bed isn't big enough for a golf cart. Golf carts are 8ft long the gladiator bed even with the tailgate down is around 6ft. Hmmmmmm, here I was hoping that the Jeep was as long as an F150 super crew, since I've hauled them in ours. The bed on the Ford is around 5ft with the gate closed and with it open the back wheels sit on it, just about right. Maybe a sheet of 3/4 plywood, would make up the difference. So you're saying that you've actually tried putting a golf cart in the bed of a Gladiator?
tropical36 11/15/19 09:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wanna bring a golf cart and a Jeep towed

We're selling our vacation home in SW Fla and plan on using our Challenger for future vacations of a month to 6 weeks. I'm thinking I might want to buy a golf cart to bring along with my Jeep towed. Is there a way to do this? Maybe something to put the golf cart on and then hook up the Jeep. Best way is to buy a new Jeep Gladiator PU and for putting the GC in the bed of the truck and it should fit with the tailgate down. I'd like getting one eventually myself, but won't be buying new. Big bucks, even used, for my auto budget. Another way is for pulling a flat bed trailer and for loading them both on it. My SIL has a tent camper on one, as well as his Jeep CJ5. Once they get where they're going, they off load the Jeep and use the space for lawn chairs and the like.
tropical36 11/13/19 03:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 97 Fleetwood Bounder, F53 chassis

My 97 Fleetwood Bounder with a Ford F53 chassis is having starting problems. Try starting, dead. Try starting with aux. start, dead. Start generator, boom! Gen starts. Then I can start it. I replaced the inverter about 3 years ago. Most likely, your genset starts with the house batteries. Your chassis battery is dead and your aux. start sw. isn't working, for whatever reason. Switch, solenoid....etc...etc... Starting the genset, charges the chassis batteries for it then being able to start. Only thing here, that's not adding up, is for why the thing even charges the chassis battery, if the crossover solenoid isn't working?
tropical36 10/17/19 09:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bounder Does Not Start

Agree that space is tight. I'm thinking about taking up the driver's seat just to ensure I can get my big butt in there. I'm hoping I won't have to pull the steering wheel to get to the key lock surround. I need to see the end of the ignition lock cylinder where the actuator attaches with the D ring. Most likely you just have a bad ignition switch, if I'm reading the symptoms correctly.
tropical36 10/03/19 09:11am Class A Motorhomes
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