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  1. Hello all! Permanently installed my remote for my Progressive Industries surge protector... with a little help from a friend! I found plans for a custom metal bezel to flush mount the PI remote. Paul Whittle @pwhittle revised those plans to 3-D print the bezel and it turned out awesome! Scotty
    6 points
  2. Let's talk about macerators. You know the installed poop grinders. First off, let me say this post is not about the pros and cons of using them. My coach came with one and I would not buy another coach without one. That said, over the years it has had it's share of issues. I pull mine apart and clean it at the same time I do all my other annual servicing of my rig. However, it has always bothered me that it seems to be struggling at times. I just figured it must have been something we ate. 🙂 Then there is the bypass do-hickey that sprung a leak a couple years ago. A glob of JB Weld and it leak
    6 points
  3. Paul I hate to even get started on Amazon. While we all love the convenience and cheaper prices I can think of no other large corporation who has decimated small businesses like Amazon ( other then Walmart ). My favorite Amazon story is when I was working our booth at a rally. I had a table with free giveaways and this gentleman stepped up, grabbed a fist full of candy out of our dish, 2 company ink pens, 2 magnetic calendars and stuffed them in his pocket. He then picked up a bottle of 303, looked at the price and set it back down and proclaimed " I can get it $ 1.50 cheaper on Amaz
    6 points
  4. Chris, it's happening everywhere. You can't tell me Google's purchase of YouTube has made YouTube better. As the big money continues to eat up little money the competition lessens. Less competition means less quality and less service to the consumer. I also see a major decline in customer service across many platforms. It seems many use Covid as an excuse for poor customer service. Nowadays, if you call a company with an 'issue' you will always get a recording that either tells you to use their website (read, we don't want you to bother us) and/or tries to sell you something you don't need. We
    6 points
  5. We have a white Christmas this morning and it is 18 degrees. I shoveled the upper driveway last night before it froze solid but it snowed some more after I finished. Just my luck.
    5 points
  6. 12 inches at the cabin Hocking Hills Ohio area.
    5 points
  7. Jim: I am knee deep in the RV industry and have been for 15 years. I routinely report here on this forum about current market conditions on used coaches. So this is what I am seeing and hearing and also what I believe will happen. Looking back to March/April, used coach prices tanked - Big Time. I had a customer buy an 04 Diplomat for $ 25 K. Another customer bought a gorgeous, mint 2008 Sig for $ 90 K. This downward pricing pressure was all based on a knee jerk reaction to Covid but those prices are now long gone. People started buying and ordering new and used RV's like crazy and s
    4 points
  8. The last couple years have seen a lot of dealer acquisitions and I am not sure it is good for the industry. We have owned 2 coaches in the last 20 years and both were bought from small independent dealers. Our current coach we bought brand new from a family owned dealership that at the time was a Holiday Rambler dealer. The price I paid was 29 % below sticker which was typical in 2005. Our level of service for warranty items was outstanding and it was easy to get the coach in and get it back in a matter of a couple days. Twice I took it in and when I picked it up they had dumped the tanks
    4 points
  9. Dennis, when I was a kid I used to pump gas, wash windshields, add air to tires and check oil. Those were some great days. I remember the TV repairman used to come fix our TV ( replace tubes, etc. ) and knew my Dad's first name. You could go into a pharmacy, grocery store and many other places and they knew you. I am trying to hold on to some of those traditions with our companies. We do all we can to make our customers feel special because in the end they are............. They are the only reason why we stay afloat.
    4 points
  10. Stone Vos IS "the only place" to go to be sure! Here's my first hand experience. About 8 years ago (maybe longer), I needed new slide toppers on my 2006 Windsor and decided on Stone Vos. I was in WA, they were in FL. I did the install with the help of a friend. Everything went as expected. This past summer I drove from Phoenix all the way to Stone Vos in FL just to have some work done on my coach including new window awnings. You can find my entire story on that visit with them in my list of previous posts. It's worth reading in order to fully understand who and what they are. While
    4 points
  11. It just occurred to me that the “new” Monacoers.org website has now been up and running for just over a year! Wow, have I learned a lot... both about our coaches AND about building and running a website! 😁 proof that old dogs CAN learn new tricks! Just for clarity, Bill Duckwitz first post to the Monacoers’ Yahoo! Site was August 9, 2004. I’m celebrating one year on our new platform. 😉
    4 points
  12. Yep! Rainy today so guess what I've been doing? Time to clean the floor grout. I've been wanting to get to this project for a few months now as the grout has lost some of it's luster what with the weekly cleaning and mopping. Deb asked me last summer how big a job I thought it would be. Well, today was my day! After watching several videos, it appeared a toilet bowl cleaner was the choice of the 'pros'...at least the video pros. Armed with the info, off to the market I went. Amazingly many of the stores were out or at least in very short supply of cleaning products period. Guess everyone is cl
    3 points
  13. I no longer use the large 8D batteries. I'm using two NAPA Group 31 batteries rated at 1100CCA each. They are 12V and I connect them in parallel. They crank better and last longer than the 8D batteries. Plus they are much easier to handle.
    3 points
  14. Ha Ha Yes I have 4 grandsons that play football. A $20. Gets my batteries changed out Ray. My boat has 4, 8 D house batteries. A $50. Gets them installed
    3 points
  15. DavidL RV roof a/c units don't draw any OUTSIDE AIR into the coach. The Room Air Blower draws in ONLY INSIDE AIR and blows out recirculated/cooled INSIDE AIR, (as seen in this illustration)
    3 points
  16. We are blessed on this forum with several truly techincally competent contributors. Dave Pratt, Chuck B, Frank McElroy, Ivan K, Paul Whittle, Scotty, Tom Cherry, and many others come to mind. On ANY forum, there will always be "crusty old curmudgeons" and basically crotchety, unpleasant, negative old farts. When we have someone like Paul Whittle, a software engineer of outstanding talent and considerable business success, who devotes a large amount of time to developing products that solve long-standing problems that previously had no solution (at ANY price)...and which do not have a sn
    3 points
  17. Is this what you’re looking for? I replaced the ones on both our 08 Camelot and 09 Dynasty. It’s called ultra high density plastic and I got the strips off of Amazon UHMW Sheet, 1/8" Thick https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0037MEMDO?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share If this is it there are tricks to replacing this that I can expound on if you want
    3 points
  18. Denny: The economic times we are currently in because of the pandemic has created some opportunities as well as placed some red flags on other financial moves. 2020 presented some great opportunities for us on property so we gobbled up 2 river front lots for future RV sites and also just purchased an industrial property. All 3 were distress sales that came up in a red hot real estate market. In 2021 we are launching 2 new companies ( non RV related ). Some industry sectors have provided some great opportunities to launch new businesses. I moved stock holdings out of the market and pu
    3 points
  19. I do worry about the political climate because I have lived what's potentially coming but agree with Richard. We've got our last RV as I'm getting ready for mostly fixed income life. One day, if I can't afford to move it anymore, it will make a luxury chicken coop.
    3 points
  20. 3 points
  21. Thank you to all of you for the vote of confidence in Stone Vos. We are very proud of our products and our warranty claim rate proves what we make is the best - a .03 failure rate based on 30,000 awning/slide topper products over the last 15 years. I hate to brag but there is not another company that can come close to our low failure rate. I don't want to make this sound like a commercial or advertising but I get tired of all the misstatements and down right lies about Stone Vos. Much of it fabricated and propelled by our competitors. In the end the truth speaks for itself. With that said
    3 points
  22. As a veterinarian who owns his own clinic, I see it too. Corporations come in and buy out clinics like mine, keep the same name, and start with many of the same staff. But the changes they make internally lead to bitter employees and frustrated clients who end up leaving and looking for another clinic that's not run that way. The corporate clinics are all about $$. It's been instilled in me to put the pet first and the $ will follow. Online pharmacies have been a big issue with all vets. It started out that they got their products through diversion...they would partner w vets who eithe
    3 points
  23. The Official report from the original post: Bilstein 186605 on the front, Bilstein 186612 on the rear. That's what I installed. There is a pile of information and multiple recommendations from others in this thread, all of which are greatly appreciated. The new Bilstein shock absorbers cured the porpoising issue that I was experiencing. That was the original complaint and the original reason I started looking for Koni shocks for my coach. I did not have any other handling concerns and did not set out to make the coach ride any different than it did. With 40K miles on the f
    3 points
  24. Great job Scotty, this site is orders of magnitude better than the old site and unlike sites such as irv2 has the main goal of helping owners of Monaco products. Plus there is no advertisement. Kudos to you, David, Larry, Tom, and Frank.
    3 points
  25. With two cylinder engines, note that the coil generates a spark in BOTH plugs at the same time. If one plug is not connected the other will not get a spark. You can not get a spark on either plug if the other plug is not connected. That also means that if either plug or plug wire is open then NEITHER of the plugs will fire.
    2 points
  26. These are from a Volvo semi and you can get them here for instance, not expensive at all for how big they are. I keep a spare set too. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Volvo-Truck-Turn-Signal-Marker-Light-938-048-001/163004933015?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
    2 points
  27. I took my tensioner, belts, and misc parts to NAPA and they matched them right up. BTW an organization mentioned on here sometime ago ( AITA ) https://aitaonline.com/ (Americas Independent Truckers Association) saved me a quick 25% IRCC. That percentage seems to vary with the store, particular part and the person waiting on you. Anyway the organization is free to join and works fine for RVers as well as truckers.
    2 points
  28. The safest is to put properly rated (each, not the pair) jack stands under the Frame of the RV and the stands need to be on concrete or good sized 2x12 if on less solid surface. The ground needs to be pretty level. You can use timbers but that brings up their own issues of stability (tipping, or if stacked - the stack teetering and toppling). Driving up on ramps has it's own issues. If the air bags drop, then you could get crushed even if the ramps are high. You might be between axle and chassis which ramps do not protect. You might be trying to access something and break an air
    2 points
  29. The AH system has two modes, electric and diesel. Neither have anything to do with heating while underway. Each vent supply has it's individual blower which is pushes out the heat. If the electric switch is pushed the AH heats the water and maintains it relatively well allowing washing hands and sometimes dishes depending on how hot you need the water to be. You can even take military showers while it's on electric. Anything more demanding will require the diesel boiler to be fired. This includes long hot showers and running the furnace. While underway, the diesel boiler is bypassed and the AH
    2 points
  30. Thanks for the information. I went to a RV service in Jacksonville and they told me I needed a Madallion instrument module. I takes 8 weeks to manufacture it for $808. I am waiting for it, should be ready by Jan 25. I am at Camp Blanding for the time. I hope this is my problem. The mechanic did talk to Madallion. Madallion does not answer their phones, I called them and left messages more than 30 times. Finally I pressed their emergency number which was 400. I asked why they won’t answer their phones and I got no response (she wouldn’t tell me) so if anyone needs to contact them use the 400 nu
    2 points
  31. Good-Morning all, Wanted to give an update. First thanks Scotty for checking my account and I am now able to sign on. After fiddling with the door handle it finally allowed me to leave the coach. I knew that the door needed an adjustment but I waited a day too long to do it or have it done. Dan’s RV Mobile repair arrived to attach a couple of other problems but went straight to work on the door. He did show me that you don’t have to take as many screws as you would think. He didn’t take any out of the windows or the side of the door. He took off the panel that covers the handle
    2 points
  32. Being retired and on a fixed income I tend to shy away from incurring new debt. If we traded coaches we would strive for something that would keep us within our cash resources. I also prefer the devil I know rather than take a chance on buying problems someone else decided they did not want to deal with.
    2 points
  33. Keeping my 2004 Navigator you just can’t find the quality luxury craftsmanship in todays coaches. Yes newer coaches comes with high tech gadgets but one thing i learned is with more gadgets comes more problems.
    2 points
  34. Same here. Gave up living aboard my Newporter 40 to go Land Yachting. Kinda miss it though.
    2 points
  35. I have been fulltiming in my 2002 Endeavor for 11 years. I re-stitched and repaired my Carefree Omega slide toppers twice before becoming a very happy Stone Vos customer. I installed my Stone Vos acrylic slide toppers over 4 years ago; they still appear like new. They are also pretty rugged. I used to bring my slides in when the desert winds kicked up, but now I just leave them out. (I did first have to retrofit the old manual anti-billow device to my large slide topper as the new style automatic device didn't work right) It's pretty common for we RV end users to feel abandoned by OEMs a
    2 points
  36. There are 4 things that can cause a bedroom slide to rock back and forth at the top - 1.) A rotted slide floor 2.) A rusty slide topper assembly spring with a lot of tension 3.) Chewed up bed frame at the foot end 4.) broken roller. A bedroom slide which contains the bed operates differently from a wardrobe bedroom slide. The mechanisms are different and the slide with the bed also has rollers mounted to the floor at the foot end of the bed. A wardrobe slide can wobble top to bottom when operated and can be caused by the torsion spring inside the slide topper roller tube. But the torsion
    2 points
  37. Walter, I have and use an iphone but I purchased it and should be able to do what I want without Apple telling me what I can and cannot do with it. That's why they have jail breaks and Apple continues to fight it with their incessant upgrades and annoying itunes which I refuse to use. Yes, I agree with some of the android stuff but they're not much better. I've had both types and finally went back to Apple when the XR came out. Not because I fell in love with Apple but simply because I liked the iPhone better than the Galaxy and I can happily hack away and delete and/or bypass all the annoying
    2 points
  38. Dave, this might help. If not, you might have to be more specific as to what you're looking for. Often coach wiring spans across several model years....Dennis Signature file, but a Sig is just an Exec with more bells and whistles. Wiring diagrams
    2 points
  39. Yeah. Thank goodness we’ve made it through 2020 and all the COVID craziness hasn’t devolved into anarchy (yet...). I’ve got a stockpile of food just in case... Happy new year! Walter
    2 points
  40. My Grandfather started a hardware business, and my Dad worked for him and eventually owned it. They sold hardware, appliances, mowers, and other power equipment, and when the 1970's energy crunch hit, he picked up Fisher wood stoves. God, I hated delivering those heavy devils, LOL, but they sold like hotcakes for several years, and were a good money maker. I worked for him from my early teens until I started college, starting out servicing and repairing lawn mowers and power equipment. I learned how to diagnose and repair mechanical and electrical stuff, as well as basic refrigeration
    2 points
  41. How about this Ray - That company I have been calling about my missing ID card has the "press this number" stuff and if you want to speak to a person you select 0. When you get there it ask you if you are willing to take a survey after your conversation. The first two calls I said no and got the "you are in the que and your call is important to us" crap for over thirty minutes with the benefit of elevator music before I hung up. Yesterday I called the same number and said I would take the survey and got a real person immediately. How about that! Of course when the call was over I hung up and
    2 points
  42. For what it's worth, on my old 2001 Diplomat, in about 2012 some of the stitching had broken on some awnings along the exposed sides of the covers. It wasn't a lot, but clearly things were deteriorating. Also, they would collect rain as they bowed under the weight of rainwater collecting on top of them and they would gradually let the rainwater drip onto the slideout top they were designed to protect. I hand re-stitched just the deteriorating stitching, probably with nylon thread, and then sprayed all my exposed awning cover fabric on all four slide-outs with a clear Silicone Water Guard sp
    2 points
  43. Stone Vos Inc. is the ONLY place I would recommend obtaining your slide toppers or patio awning from and here is why. They have the best fabric made in the world imported from Europe that will outlast ANY other manufacture or supplier. Plus the Solarfix Lifetime thread that they use will NEVER deteriorate from UV or the sun and is the same thread that NASA uses. Also, they use double stitching on all of their seams, their warranty is the BEST in the industry and the customer service is beyond exceptional. You may have to pay more but you will get a LOT more in return for your investment.
    2 points
  44. I purchased mine from Stone Vos and have been very pleased with them. Contact info in the Vendors section.
    2 points
  45. I replaced the NoCold with a Samsung fridge a few years ago and love it. I was always concerned about dust and water getting into the back of the fridge thru the outside access door. I purchased a solid steel replacement door (unpainted) from Newmar or Tiffin for $40. Don't remember which one though. Most doors are the same and this door fit almost perfect. I had to file a little to make it perfect. It even had the screw holes in the perfect place. Found a guy who does body repair and paint at your site in Indio, CA. He did an incredible job as it had different color stripes right thru
    2 points
  46. No snow here at Disney World. Definitely chilly for here though. Merry Christmas
    2 points
  47. Snow...........What a beautiful sight on Christmas morning. Here in the central valley of California its about 33 degrees and dense fog. Maybe 250 ft. visibility, and not worthy of of photograph. One of the heaters in the house decided not to work on Christmas. I'll delay the service call till tomorrow. It's been said hindsight is 20-20, and I am looking forward to having 2020 behind me. I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
    2 points
  48. Ernie, the best thing to do is dump all the air and let it settle on the stops in the air bags. This way you get no lean or twist on chassis. Once it warms up, then I would address the problem. It would be a shame if the coach leaked down on one side and was damaged by leaning into the wall of your storage unit. Hope this helps.
    2 points
  49. I debated whether to chime in here or not. I was a shock dealer so seen the good and the bad. I started doing shock seminars and my buddy who was the shock engineer for Jeff Gordon helped me put the outline together for the seminar. Ironically this topic just came up during a recent camping trip with Dave Pratt and Van Williams. We discussed the Koni's, Bilsteins and the aftermarket custom shocks made by Source. For some background, Dave Pratt has years of racing experience as a driver including the 24 hours at Daytona. Van Williams as everyone knows is a roadmaster chassis expert and guru. My
    2 points
  50. I always use Northwest RV Supply for all of my switch needs as they seem to have the best selection and variety too. Here is their web site address for Switches - http://www.nwrvsupply.com/category/176.html Here is their web site address for the momentary switch you are inquiring about - http://www.nwrvsupply.com/176/12675.html They also carry the RED indicator light that is usually adjacent to the Water Pump switch. Those never lasted very long as they have an incandescent bulb inside. I have since switched those out and now have small LED's in the same place. I had purchased t
    2 points
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