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RE: Installed supersteer springs but...

Thanks for all the info. Im going to vent a little more; Every time this rig sees a shop (and its seen alot of shops) i ask them to grease all the grease fittings and charge me for whatever labor it is (its alot of zerks). I crawled under and every single grease fitting was dry as a bone, even the new components! Unreal. Everybody is incompetent. I digress, since i greased everything ive heard almost zero noises. Once in a blue moon it will make a feint clunk, but who knows. Im going to another shop tomorrow to get another opinion. It still drives like a forklift Like most everything that you don't do yourself. It's either watch every move or pray. I did have camping world put these coils in our old coach and it did well afterwards. Never did have a problem with the front end, other than the bags going flat. Mine also had a factory Helwig buggy spring installed, which was removed after installing the new coils. The DP we have now, is a horse of a different color and even though we liked the old coach, I'm never going back.
tropical36 09/13/20 07:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Installing an inverter in my Winndbago Journey

One consideration when plugging the shore power cord into the inverter is to turn off the 110 breaker for the converter/charger. If this is not done, the converter will attempt to charge the batteries that supply the inverter. This loop will either use excessive energy at a minimum or trip the inverter. We have labeled our 110 breakers for the converter charger and air conditioning and turn them off whenever plugging into the inverter. Works perfectly. Also may wish to avoid using the microwave. (Highly recommend a pure sine wave inverter when doing this.) Yes I did purchase a pure sine wave inverter (2500W). I will install a normally closed relay in the power to the converter that will be energized to open when the inverter is turned on. That will prevent the converter from trying to charge the batteries with power drawn from the batteries. My only problem with this plan is "where is the converter?" After looking at several wiring diagrams and schematics I discovered that the converter is located under the refrigerator behind the grill that looks like the cold air return for the furnace. Since motorhomes are very compact manufacturers need to tuck devices into unexpected places. With most of the newer coaches and not so new, the converter and inverter are compacted into one unit and usually in an outside bay near the batteries.
tropical36 09/13/20 06:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: class a diesel maintenance

Hello, we are thinking of buying a class a diesel, can most repairs/maintenance be done from outside the coach or do you need to go under the bed? If so have anybody had any problems with garages getting grease & diesel smell all around the bedroom? As we can not handle the smell. Thanks for any info on this. It's all about the money, as always and with that you can have any kind of service you desire, whether it needs done outside or inside and for using white gloves, as well. As for big Diesel rigs in general, they're like any Yacht, on land or sea and both cost money to buy and maintain, over the cost of just having a boat. Most maintenance is outside and sometimes both. Not like you can just raise the hood for getting to everything, you know, unless you go for a Super C class and for something you might want to look into, given your concerns.
tropical36 09/05/20 09:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: WHAT dinghy or toad is good to tow ???

hi just getting back into the a class A . went from an 05 Providence 39s to a Forest river 30ft class C .Just never warmed up to it . Traded it in for a 2021 Forest River Georgetown 39 ft G5 . Wondering what is a good toad /dinghy. was thinking maybe a jeep wrangler or maybe a beetle , or even a mini cooper? would love to find one all set up for use with my blue ox tow bar, but just cant seem to fiqure out where to look for ones ready to go. Its really only gonna be used for towing, so not looking to spend a million bucks . im located in mass , but willing to travel to find something ready to go . any help /advice would be appreciated . thanks dan Always best to tow your DD and for having an extra vehicle to support for just being a Toad, will cost a million bucks in added expense, anyway. As to your question, I vote for the Wrangler, hands down for ease of towing quirks and so that you're ready for any kind of terrain, once your get where you're going.
tropical36 09/05/20 09:20am Dinghy Towing
RE: Good Bye Class A forum!

Join the club! After 20+ years with a 34' TT, we sold it and are moving to a truck camper for those same reasons. We decided a TC would be best for us because we need 4x4 for beach access. Best of luck with your new rig and happy travels! I always say, an RV can't be too big when it's parked or too small when it's going down the road... I gave serious consideration to a truck camper. Having 4x4 would be nice since I live in snow country. The only think that stopped me is I really don’t want a full size truck as my daily driver. I like my Ford Ranger. Also truck campers are too limited in storage and holding tank sizes. But they are very nice. Truck campers seem to have really gone out of favor in recent years. IMO, the only thing they were ever good for was for frequent trips to hard to get, fishing holes and for having them pretty much to yourself. Guessing if access isn't too bad, one could pull a TT with a 4x4 and still for getting places, that other campers wouldn't bother with. They even make them large and light enough for a Ranger, if it might be a 4 x 4, as well, otherwise an F150 with do the trick, easily.
tropical36 09/05/20 09:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Good Bye Class A forum!

I joined RV.Net almost 20 years ago now when I bought my first motorhome, a gas Rexhall 32 foot Class A. It was a good motorhome, but it only lasted me a couple of years before I upgraded to a Tropical 35 foot DP. That was in 2004. Had that motorhome for 16 years and used it a lot. Great motorhome that only gave me minor problems. But after 19 years of Class A’s, we decided that the way we use a motorhome, we’d be better off with something smaller. We rarely stay in any one spot more than a few days and we often cover a lot of miles when we do go out. The big Class A meant we always had to bring the toad because you just can’t drive downtown real easy in a Class A. So we traded in the Class A on a Nexus Viper Class B+. Just picked up the new motorhome last week in Phoenix and drove it home to Reno. It’s going to take some getting used to the smaller size, it was a little cramped, but the ease of driving and getting into places is going to make it well worth it. For example we drove home up the Extraterrestrial Highway. As we were approaching Rachel NV I see the famous black mail box on the side of the road. But I had already passed it by the time I saw it. In the DP with a toad there would be no going back. But since there was no traffic for miles, I stopped in the middle of the highway and made about a 8 point turn in the middle of the highway and went back to the black mailbox for some touristy photos. That was the main reason for changing. I want to make some cross country trips and not have to bring the toad and yet still be able to get anyplace I want to go. I think it’s going to work out just fine. And one of the reasons for going for this particular motorhome over something on the Sprinter Chassis, is I have a 7.6 liter ford V-8. So if I do want to bring the toad, the Viper will tow it without problem. So I’ll be giving up the Class A forum and be hanging out down on the Class B+ forum! I think you'er going to miss the A, more than you know, but that's just my opinion. As for turning any rig around, I've always found that it's the toad of concern and especially when heading down an unknown street, so that won't change with a smaller rig. Naturally you can always unhitch with any of them and we've done that a few times as well. Anyway good luck with your new rig and for hopefully enjoying, it's all around use.
tropical36 09/05/20 09:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Norcold 1210 freezer cold refrigerator warm

I bought a Winnebago Luxor in 1997 and never had a single problem with the frig in 20 years. This one is 3 years old and seems fans or thermostat have failed. I'll fix it. Unless you are full timing I doubt most use as much as we do and I like the option of running on propane when there is no other power and I can turn the generator off at night if its cool....but thats just me. Just so you know and even though your inverter won't run the power hog, you have now on electric, all night long, it will a new residential model. Either from the store or for converting the one you have now. The way I figure it, if I'm in the boonies for awhile, I'm gonna need the genset a little each day anyway and for charging the batteries at the same time.
tropical36 08/25/20 09:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Norcold 1210 freezer cold refrigerator warm

OK, back home now and its raining. I had a small 12 volt fan in the garage with an on/off switch and jerry rigged it into the bottom at the back blowing up before we left. It got the freezer below zero and the refrig was 38. Guess that tells me something. When checking it sometimes the cooling coils were cool and other times to hot to touch. There was nothing in the frig at all. What does that tell me? Well, when the unit is on, it's going to be hot, until it reaches set point and then is going to be off for awhile and will cool down some, depending on ambient, door openings and such, until it calls for cooling again. I always added extra fans to mine, before the conversion, as well and am glad that those days are over with. Can't see using an RV fridge these days with adequate batteries and an inverter, no matter how much one might boon dock. I guess, if one has a roof full of solar power and hates running a genset, that's another story. Thing is, what would these same people do, having a new rig with a residential? Remove it for an RV replacement type? Don't think I've ever heard of that one, if it exists.
tropical36 08/24/20 10:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Norcold 1210 freezer cold refrigerator warm

It's always been a battle for keeping a NEVERCOLD fridge temp. under 40F, with the best of them, from the git go. I can't imagine pulling the fridge for doing any kind of repair, without just doing an RC refrigeration conversion, while you're at it. Choice of a compressor type or staying with the RV style is available, as well. That's the only way, it's ever going to be right for proper cooling. Once the refrigerant cell fails and it will eventually, you're done anyway and not to mention the possible fire safety concerns, that come with it.
tropical36 08/22/20 08:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Installing an inverter in my Winndbago Journey

I decided I would like to have 120 AC available in my motorhome when I am not on shore power without running the generator. I bought a 2500 Watt inverter on line and a 50 amp automatic transfer switch. Installing the inverter and the transfer switch became complicated due to space considerations. I decided I could install just the inverter but I wanted to make absolutely certain I did not connect the inverter and shore power or generator at the same time. I know that would not be a happy event. But I wanted the inverter to power outlets inside the MH. I needed a way to wire the inverter into the AC system of the MH that would be fool proof. That is why the automatic transfer switch seemed necessary. I have an epiphany at 3:00 an. Just install the inverter in the compartment with the 50 amp shore power cord. Use a 50 to 30 amp adapter and 30 to 20 amp adapter to connect the shore power cord to the inverter whenever I disconnect the shore power. That way I cannot connect the shore power and the inverter at the same. The automatic transfer switch already in the MH will insure that the generator will not connect when the inverter is providing AC. I am returning the new automatic transfer switch I purchased for this installation and saving $150. Having a transfer switch, would present even more problems, with forgetting to shed non-inverter loads. What you have now, by simply plugging into the inverter with the power cord is the simplest Naturally, you must remember to open certain breakers first, so they won't try and run off of the inverter. A/C units. Water Heater. Converter. Diesel block heater. RV fridge, if applicable. Microwave will run just fine, but not for long without depleting the batteries. Since your inverter is plenty large enough, what do you have for house batteries??? Biggest disadvantage with your setup, is for not being able to use it, going down the road with the alternator keeping things charged. Well, unless you can find a way for running the power cord inside.
tropical36 08/17/20 08:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Concrete driveway thickness??

Concrete highways are normally 4 inches thick to stand up to truck traffic. Call some contractors and ask them. You might be right on the margin of safety. Driveways are usually 4” thick. Concrete roadways are 8”-12” thick with lots of rebar. It had better be a good re-enforced 4", if driving a big MH over it. My next one, with be 6", just to be sure.
tropical36 08/12/20 11:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking at this 99 Safari Trek deisel

PS—I just checked it out—GO FOR IT! Price is good and there have been many improvements. Coach looks in great condition. Alloy wheels have been added, new toilet, etc. Sounds like a deal to me!l Can't see more than $12500 for putting into a non slide old coach and that's after researching the diesel that's in it. If it might be troublesome, one could put easily put another 12,500 in it. I'd pay the asking price if it had a gas motor. I inquired about this diesel on Trek Tracks and was convincing warned off it. I do not want a slide out BTW. Gas would probably be a better option with this coach. As for no slides, that's fine and to each his own, but then why pay for something that you don't want and aren't getting? Keep in mind that slide rooms are the most expensive add on there is to any coach, indicating their popularity.
tropical36 08/04/20 08:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking at this 99 Safari Trek deisel

PS—I just checked it out—GO FOR IT! Price is good and there have been many improvements. Coach looks in great condition. Alloy wheels have been added, new toilet, etc. Sounds like a deal to me!l Can't see more than $12500 for putting into a non slide old coach and that's after researching the diesel that's in it. If it might be troublesome, one could put easily put another 12,500 in it.
tropical36 08/04/20 07:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Florida

Think about the difficult decisions about who will receive hospital care when our health care system is at maximum capacity: young first, then first line responders, then single parents (or caregivers), etc. At the Top of the Covid-19 Curve, How Do Hospitals Decide Who Gets Treatment? If hospitals get overwhelmed, Florida is silent on who survives Thanks for those links - I think the moral of this story is that *if* we go to FL, and *if* one of us gets sick - we drive like mad back to Michigan. Where do you drive like mad to, if you live in FL?
tropical36 08/04/20 06:48pm Around the Campfire
RE: House Batteries

Thank you all for great advice!! Both house batteries were low on water; filled with distilled. Checked both with hydrometer - both batteries in the red...before buying two new ones i am charging them hopeful they will re-charge. Both batteries have no labels, info, etc., except for 27 MDP. Appears this means their for either marine/rv use. Also learned you can spend a lot on rv house batteries :E Thanks for the help, truly learning the RV life!! Oh, regular battery is fine - Whatever their condition, you really need pure deep cycle batteries for the house and Golf Cart batteries fit this criteria, if you don't already know that.
tropical36 07/31/20 04:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Florida

... in the intensive care units - some hospitals were at or close to 100%. THAT is the number I need to see come down -Yep. That is the really scary part. Death is tragic for sure, but full hospitals? Really bad news. Back in the day, in small town USA, having patients in the halls were the plan of the day and a matter of routine. Private rooms were for the elite and even semi-private not all that easy to come by, with wards being quite common and for sometimes being the norm.
tropical36 07/30/20 07:58pm Around the Campfire
RE: Florida

We own a condo near Cocoa Beach - we are watching the numbers and praying they will go down this fall. And they very well might if these idiots would find something else to do instead of congregating and protesting over masks and the like. I suppose they don't wear seat belts, are still texting, and refusing to wear a shirt and or shoes, in the stores as well, eh?. I mean it's always the same 10% for causing hate and discontent at every excuse. Having said all that, it shouldn't keep you from coming down and it's no different here, than anywhere else, if you'll just follow good common sense. Thanks for the rant, by the way! Hey - glad you got that off your chest! :-) I had seen a post from the Brevard Emergency Management folks, telling what our local hospitals had left for capacity in the intensive care units - some hospitals were at or close to 100%. THAT is the number I need to see come down - I'm not going anywhere, where the medical system is close to being maxxed out. I'd *LIKE* to think I could survive it (and Lord knows I'm doing everything in my power to NOT get it) - but if I'm wrong, I'd like to have some backup :-) You'll be well taken care of, no matter with plenty of space in the parking lots along with our superb winter weather and a lack of rain, there'll be nothing to worry about.
tropical36 07/29/20 02:30pm Around the Campfire
RE: Florida

We own a condo near Cocoa Beach - we are watching the numbers and praying they will go down this fall. And they very well might if these idiots would find something else to do instead of congregating and protesting over masks and the like. I suppose they don't wear seat belts, are still texting, and refusing to wear a shirt and or shoes, in the stores as well, eh?. I mean it's always the same 10% for causing hate and discontent at every excuse. Having said all that, it shouldn't keep you from coming down and it's no different here, than anywhere else, if you'll just follow good common sense. Thanks for the rant, by the way!
tropical36 07/28/20 02:32pm Around the Campfire
RE: Koni vs Bilstein

OK, it's a 2006 National Seabreeze, F53 chassis. As stated in my last thread, I've got it handling great, however, still rides pretty rough. Was on the NY thruway today, and was a bit rough, then got to I-79 to head south, and though yes, this is way mo'betta. BUT, the closer I got to Pittsburg, the rougher the ride, until about 20 miles north. At that point, the road was hammering us. Doors were coming open, and twice my cruise kicked off. Even slowed down to 55, but still was vicious. The original owner replaced the OEM shocks 5 years ago with Bilsteins. I recall from racing days the Bilsteins were always "firm". So the question; has anyone replaced the Bilsteins with the 5-way Konis, and was there a significant difference? I'm not looking for the "buy a DP" answer, as we otherwise love the MH and it's going nowhere. So anyone out there done this? If I could get a 20-30% ride improvement I'd do it. I'm just not ready to sink $12k into a liquid suspension upgrade right now. Thanks in advance! Al How much if any, are you over PSI from what your inflation chart says, for each of your axle weights? Don't think shock brands will turn thing around all that much, either way, although giving my druthers, I'd opt for the Koni's.
tropical36 07/27/20 02:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: House Batteries

Have 2017 Thor ACE, battery dead, jumped started and let run for about an hour. Unplugged from 30amp electrical while in RV barn. Few days later went out to Thor and discovered house batteries are dead...Pretty sure they are "new" still and should be working. Any insights would be helpful (New to RVing) After charging disconnect the neg. leads and if they stay charged, then something is pulling them down in storage, which is usually the case and quite common.
tropical36 07/27/20 02:48pm Class A Motorhomes
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