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  1. We have a very distinquished member of this group who has attended many Monaco Gatherings. He is a former fighter pilot from the Korean War, a fellow Marine and an amazing person. I have always been honored to call him a very dear friend of mine. I have worked on his coach, helped him troubleshoot issues and we continue to exchange weekly e-mails - mainly about flying. 2 years ago he removed his fuel tank on his diplomat for repair- By himself. I knew better then to scold him as he is in amazing physical condition and also has the Can Do Marine Attitude. Last year he called me and said " Chris, I sold the old Dip ". Thinking he finally was retiring from the road he went on to tell me " I bought myself a Prevost ". I damn near fell over in my tracks. So what is the big deal ? My friend is 92 years old. I have to also give a huge call out to Bill Williard. He too has been a hero of mine for many years. I will never forget when I made all new fabric replacements for his coach. Window, patio and door awnings along with 4 slide toppers. Bill and his wife did the change out by themselves. I was completely floored. In fact, Bill has came to the rescue of many RV'ers over the years helping them with problems. Just goes to show you that hidden within our ranks are some amazing people and RV'ers and some with many, many miles on their coaches as well as their bodies. God bless them all. For some people ............. Age is just a number.
    9 points
  2. I met with @Mocephus and Ella last night. 2005 Monaco Signatures. One Commander IV and one Castle IV. Paul
    6 points
  3. Owning an RV service center we see customers from every stage of life. Since we are a small service company we get to spend time talking with customers and I can honestly say you are not alone. We get a lot of Husbands who come in for service alone because their wife is working. But we also have a large contingent of retired full timers as well who sold their home, stored their belongings, bought a coach and hit the road. We are also seeing more " young-un's " coming in with a nice coach and both are still working.........Remotely.........From their coach. When they get bored with the scenery they pack up, fire up the bus and head for better scenery. All while working. To say I am not envious of these kid's would be an understatement. Life is all about what you make of it. We are all tuned to different wave lengths in life with different wants and needs and I have never felt that my way or someone else's way is the right way. We all live according to what floats our boats. As for myself I have been a workaholic since I was 12. Many of my adult years included working 2 and 3 jobs at the same time. I retired young in 2000. Went nuts 2 years later and 5 years after that started my first of 2 RV companies. I just retired 18 months ago - again. I went nut's and am back working more then I want to or should. I am not happy unless I am working and a lot of that stems from not pursuing any hobbies. My only hobby is flying airplanes and if you think a coach is expensive try flying. My favorite plane to fly happens to be $ 500 per hour on a wet lease basis. Calculate that one out. I have finally come to the conclusion that I am wired for 440 and have to be energized all the time. In other words I go through life at 100 mph and cannot slow down. A married couple not always agrees on the same trajectory in life. The prize goes to the man and woman who can come together through compromise and move on together happily. The one thing all of us has to remember is that: We only get one shot at life. Make it the happiest - Make it the best. 🙂
    6 points
  4. Dennis, As a veterinarian, I'd suggest you talk to your vet about Sileo or trazodone for the storm phobias. They don't go away and tend to get worse. Look at the Thunder Shirts also.
    5 points
  5. You guys woulda loved the sound of my 34 3 window coupe. 350 Chev, 450 HP. Built FORD tough, with all CHEVY stuff.....just sayin....Dennis
    4 points
  6. Funny and I do the same when I find a tunnel, Jake and horn test...
    4 points
  7. A lawyer and a senior citizen are sitting next to each other on a long flight. The lawyer is thinking that seniors are so dumb that he could put one over on them easily. So, the lawyer asks if the senior would like to play a fun game. The senior is tired and just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and tries to catch a few winks. The lawyer persists, saying that the game is a lot of fun... "I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me only $5.00. Then you ask me one, and if I don't know the answer, I will pay you $500.00," he says. This catches the senior's attention and, to keep the lawyer quiet, he agrees to play the game. The lawyer asks the first question. "What's the distance from the Earth to the Moon?" The senior doesn't say a word, but reaches into his pocket, pulls out a five-dollar bill, and hands it to the lawyer. Now, it's the senior's turn. He asks the lawyer, "What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with four?" The lawyer uses his laptop to search all references he could find on the Net. He sends E-mails to all the smart friends he knows; all to no avail. After an hour of searching, he finally gives up. He wakes the senior and hands him $500.00. The senior pockets the $500.00 and goes back to sleep. The lawyer is now going nuts not knowing the answer. He wakes the senior up and asks, "Well, so what goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four?" The senior reaches into his pocket, hands the lawyer $5.00, and goes back to sleep. Don't mess with seniors!
    4 points
  8. After a trip to a RV salvage for a part, we have decided to replace the Norcold in our 2000 Diplomat. We were ushered through the lot in a golf cart driven by an employee. We saw a long row of burned out motor homes and that was enough for us. Many of the fires were refrigerator. So, we have a Frigidaire waiting to be installed. Over the years the Norcold has had the main control card replaced, fans replaced, electric burners replaced, and thermostat replaced. On a recent trip to Florida, it operated, as usual, with 36 degrees in main area and it made and keep plenty of ice. If anyone is interested in parts I will make them available before throwing unit out. I have followed this discussion for years. When the inverter failed, we replaced with a full sign wave inverter and our house batteries are new. The only time we run the frig on gas is when we are driving and occasional trips to Quartzsite or Oshkosh, so not worried about keeping things cold. Thanks to all who have contributed to this subject. I will try to document frig removal and install. It sits on top of the furnace so not a lot of room, but, this is not the first time it has been out of the hole, one heavy dude.
    3 points
  9. Below is a cut&paste from a RVTravel Newsletter that I had saved from 2013. RVing Tip of the Day Save money at RV salvage grave yards by Rene Agredano Old RVs have to die somewhere and most of them do it at RV salvage yards around the U.S. Whether you're restoring a classic Scamp trailer or trying to fix your RV air conditioner, these RV grave yards are the best sources for used parts. Before you turn to the manufacturer of your broken RV part be sure to visit these online directories of used RV parts emporiums: http://www.gypsyjournal.net/RV%20Surplus%20and%20salvage%20outlets.html http://www.rverscorner.com/rvsalvage.html http://www.rv.net/obsolete/index.cfm?action=group&groupid=1 The power of the Internet means you don't even have to physically visit the RV grave yard to acquire your part. Many of these suppliers will fulfill search requests, including http://www.paramountautobody.com/reno-nevada-used-rv-parts.html, a Reno-based business that carries used RV parts from sinks to awnings. To help expedite your search include accurate measurements and photos of the part you need in your email to the company. If you're lucky enough to be located near a used RV parts supplier be sure to take the old part with you. RV parts often look identical until placed side-by-side. You'll want to wear a hat and sunscreen too since RV salvage yards are usually outdoors. Carrying some hand cleaner in your vehicle will also be useful since you'll be digging around dirty old relics. Once you find the RV part you need you might even have the opportunity to haggle with the owner for a better price. It never hurts to ask for a discount as long as you're respectful. Below is another cut&paste from a resource I saved from 2018. http://www.fivestarrvgroup.com http://www.marxrv.com/rvsalvage.htm http://www.glen-l.com/campers/suppliers.html http://www.visoneautomart.com/ Northwest RV Supply http://msrheaters.com/defrost.html Northwest RV Supply www.nwrvsupply.com Veurinks RV (Sue) 616-965-9619 http://colawrvsalvage.com www.bontragers.com http://m.rverscorner.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rverscorner.com%2Frvsalvage.html#2800 http://www.azrvinc.com/index.asp RV Surplus Singletonsrv.com Sullivan RV Sales and Service Alliance coach, Wildwood FL http://www.factoryrvsurplus.com http://www.rverscorner.com/
    3 points
  10. Once the original fabric was removed from our seats we discovered the heating pads had pretty much deteriorated and was broken. BUT, living in Florida and never traveling up in snow country I decided that was no big deal so I didn't bother replacing them. I have heated seats in my truck and never use the heat option. All in all I think the upholsterer did a decent job. Here are the before and after:
    3 points
  11. OK, here's my story regarding the slide out. I was able to move it manually using a 3/8" socket wrench on the fitting clearly visible in my posted photo. It has a large pin through a hole in the shaft keeping it in place. It takes a lot of time to move the slide this way but it works and one must be patient. After I had it about half way in, I decided why not use a variable speed drill to make it quicker and easier. BIG MISTAKE! It moved quickly for some distance then the fitting sheared off the shaft! 😭 Turns out the hole drilled through the shaft to accommodate the large pin leaves very little of the shaft to absorb the torque of a drill. BTW, Dustin, tech at Talin, told me later it will happen every time a power drill used. So, now what. Slide half way in, shaft sheared so no way to move it manually! Then the fun began. Take the cover off the motor assembly, black unit with 4 Philips head screws shown in photo. The next part is too difficult to explain in detail but here's the end result. Was able to take the sheared shaft and weld on an extension then drill another hole for the locking pin (this time used a smaller diameter cotter pin to save more of the shaft), and replace the original 3/8" fitting for the manual wrench. Now, I could move the slide manually as before BUT using a socket wrench ONLY; no drill this time! What I discovered when taking the gear assemble apart is the reason the slide did not move electrically even though the motor did spin is a classic case and will happen to all of them. Only a matter of time. There are 2 gears under that cover. One metal and the other plastic of some sort. The teeth will shear off the plastic gear so then it does not engage the metal gear and the slide does not move. When hand cranking, these gears are not used because the slide gear drive that engages the geared track is being directly driven. See photo. When looking for a replacement motor assembly on Amazon this morning, I discovered a metal replacement gear for the plastic one for only $19. It would be an easy install and eliminate what happened to me and to everyone else eventually regarding the plastic gear failing. Here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/Lippert-Tuson-Slide-Venture-Motor/dp/B0833FN856/ref=pd_sbs_5/145-1627171-9225244?pd_rd_w=KBCHx&pf_rd_p=f8e24c42-8be0-4374-84aa-bb08fd897453&pf_rd_r=JH7B58AA2RB3CB9C1P3A&pd_rd_r=6cd221c1-e15e-4d8d-9f80-3fbb2508772f&pd_rd_wg=hthBr&pd_rd_i=B0833FN856&psc=1 I didn't go that route because I had another problem and that is the clutch slipping before the slide gets to the in and out limit of travel. Therefore, my clutch is worn and is a second problem. I did discover the clutch mechanism is part of the metal gear assembly. That is the ratcheting sound one hears at the travel limits. So, if I installed the metal gear replacement for the existing plastic, I'd still have a problem with the clutch slipping which would put me back in the original situation of slide not moving electrically, reliably. Next, was to find a replacement motor assembly. Chris T was good enough to return my call for help on Memorial Day. Typical of being a Marine, he passed it off to his tech, Dustin! 😂 Dustin called me within a short time on Memorial Day as well with some great info on the entire slide assembly. I was at their shop last Spring after traveling all the way from Phoenix to the Tampa area to have a significant amount of work done there. I did an extensive posting on my great experience with Chris, wife Ingrid, tech Dustin and his assistant. After leaving, I drove all the way back to Seattle, so 5000+ miles just to have them do the work! Dustin told me to check Amazon for a motor and sent me a pic of a replacement he has. Turns out there are 2 choices: Original Lippert unit, $522 or AP Products Chinese unit for $336. https://www.amazon.com/Lippert-125802-Tuson-High-Speed/dp/B00S2IC0NC/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=RV+Lippert+Tuson+Slide+Out+Venture+Motor+18%3A1&qid=1622582548&s=automotive&sr=1-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFQMjNRUEFERzcyT1MmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTA2MzM4ODExMzZWN1NPUUNURjdGJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA4MDg5NTczT1ZYT0xSUTZHSjMwJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ== https://www.amazon.com/AP-Products-014-125802-9000-Speed/dp/B003D3IYMW/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=AP+125802+Tuson+High+Speed+18%3A1+Slide-Out+Motor+9000+RPM&qid=1622582741&s=automotive&sr=1-1 The specs for both show that the AP product is not as heavy or as powerful as the Lippert one. However, when reading reviews, the AP unit seems to be satisfactory. From my conversation with Dustin, I believe they use the AP unit when needing a replacement. If I am wrong, I hope Chris T will see this and correct me. Accordingly, I order the AP unit this morning. Another consideration for this choice was the age of my coach; 2006. If the AP unit is not as reliable, I'll probably never know as certainly there are not another 16 years of coach life remaining. So, there you have the entire story. As is always the case with motorhomes, one becomes a reluctant expert on another system on a regular basis it seems, Yes? 😱 If I can be of any additional help to anyone, let me know here or by DM and I'll do my best. Gary K "Fly Navy"
    3 points
  12. Greg: This is one of the biggest mistakes when adjusting slides - Adjusting them so the stripes match. If I have seen this advice given once I have seen it given a hundred times on all various forums. Worse yet, many techs still prescribe to this wives tale. Those slides may have ran great and the stripes matched when it was new but over time things settle, floors settle, structures flex and bend. This throws the theory of alignment of a slide according to paint stripes out the window. It is a great way to screw a slide up. I can tell you that the proper way to do it is by making small adjustments and then watching and listening to the slide. My Tech, Dustin is one of the best slide guys I have ever come across. Watching him adjust a slide will drive you crazy as he is making small adjustments, listening to the load on the motor, checking the amp draw, watching the mechanism operate, checking clearances, measuring and keeps going until he gets it perfect. This is why I am gun shy on handing out advice on how to adjust slides. To make matters worse, many Monaco coaches came with 3 different slide mechanism types and setups. I am not even going to get into the stupidity of Monaco and how they built their slides and placed their rollers. If you seen some of the slide setups I have seen with roller placements in goofy places that made no sense you would end up doing what I do - shake your head and wonder what Einstein thought of that. The upshot of it all is about money. They did stupid stuff to save a buck. Moe, if you think you have problems be glad you don't have a schwintek slide. They have gotten very popular on RV's and many manufacturers have gone to them. In reality they are the biggest POS you could ever have for a slide mechanism. I lost track of the amount of money our shop has made repairing them. There are 2 kinds of schwintek slide owners - 1.) Those who have had problems 2.) Those whom will have problems. Limit switch issues, out of sync motors, jumping gears and the list goes on. This is a great photo of just how much of a headache they are. Guess the limit switches didn't work.
    3 points
  13. As this turned into a virtual car show, here is my fix and hearing check. White/blue Camaro RS, 540 CI Merlin block. Red Line.mp4
    3 points
  14. You can still pick some up, it's ok. LOL 🤣 We pick up religiously after our little dog and those that don't infuriate me. 😠 BTW I have an Aero turbine too. It is a little louder and some folks don't like the sound but I like to hear it when in a tunnel or beside a wall. I guess I'm in my second childhood, I'm thinking about a red convertable but momma isn't quite on board yet.
    3 points
  15. Beautiful coaches! Makes me wish Monaco could have made it through the recession.
    3 points
  16. Ok so maybe this is just me ... venting, i dont know yet, however when i bought my 36 ft DP i was star struck, the size (my last mh was a 30 ft gasser), the power, the quiet cab when driving, the room, storage the list goes on an on. Then i retired, then covid hit, it was good timing as it gave me time to keep my hands busy. I fixed this an that spending at first small amounts of time an money, however lately its beginning to feel like a lot more of both time an money. Now don't get me wrong, being retired time is plentiful, but the money thing is beginning to be a continual drain. My coach is a 2003 so everything i “get into” involves repairing the main reason i started the project in the first place however there are always, surrounding upgrades that i know are better to address now rather than later on the side of the road. At first it was fun, just knowing that soon i would be cruising down the road seeing all the sights, blowin' the air horns at all the cute little critters frolicking on the side of the road, waving at everbody i meet on my journey... has now turned to flippen off all the inconsiderate drivers cutting in front of me to make there last minute driving decision to exit the freeway, scrapping of the migration of yellow butterflies off the windshield, limited camp areas cause now it “in” to be rving, an of course the search for the lowest cost fuel😖😖😖 This may all be magnified by the fact my spouse is decided to keep working, an has not embraced the same understanding that our time on this round rock is limited and that since life is a gift why not go out an live everyday like someone left the gate open!!! I don't know, it seems like what i thought would happen did not, yet what i did not expect to happen has☹️ So I'm just looking at if what people have said over the years has any merit, in that rving is expensive, an opportunity to travel is small, ya work till ya die!!! I truly understand i am blessed that there are alot of people cant afford to retire, let alone buy a awesome coach like i have, i guess im second guessing my decision givin cost vs useage... its kinda like in the movie Robin hood with Robin Williams where he cant fly because... as Tink said “He cant fly cause he lost his happy thought” Anyone else feel this or have dealt with the same kinda s***, i just turned 68 an it feels like i have one shoe nailed to the floor! Most of my people i hang with are still working an some are younger, however they all seem to resist the thought of retirement cause they cant, don't want to, or too young to. Knock on wood i still have my health an my want, yet it feels like I'm missing something... or worse yet, sitting on the pitty pot!
    3 points
  17. You need to identify ALL of the outlets that this GFCI circuit is hooked to first. The list that you gave is pretty slim all which would not require a GFCI. I am guessing that the GFCI is supplying power to some other place that is causing the GFCI to trip, not the devices that you had listed.
    3 points
  18. Funny that Chris T mentioned "workaholic", when I went back to grad school we were put on teams of 5 or 6. Part of the process was team members ranking their teammates and then the advisors sitting down with each of use to discuss strengths or weaknesses. Every time I got my review I'd sit down and the advisor would open with "they say you are a workaholic". I feel your pain!! ( I told several class mates they'd never work for me, too lazy, I'd fire their ASS!) I retired in 2014 at the age of 54, completely burned out with my last year traveling internationally with +250 days on the road. The only benefit was that I made enough money to be able to walk away. Although I did do a short 7 moth consulting gig in 2018, this was more of a favor trying to help the company I use to work for locally but then the CEO found out I was helping and asked if I'd go to Canada and help that location which I did for 4 months flying in on a 20 in 10 out rotation. I spent a year doing some traveling in 2014-15 and then dove into building a house, doing as much of the work myself, even harvesting wood off the property for flooring, doors, cabinets all of which I made and installed. Then last year turned my attention to building an RV garage and workshop, finished that earlier this year. I kept telling my wife that I'm going pack the RV and hit the road, she has no interest. Unless it has something to do with dogs she's happy staying home!! So I've spent the last month working on the RV, last big trip was 2015. I was able to replace the Nocold with a Samsung in 2019 so that was already dune but I wanted to make sure it was ready to travel so I've Done a complete service including a visual inspection of all welds. Did a brake leak down test and brake test. During the period the coach was parked while building the house we had bouts of mice so I leaned out all the basement compartments and all the cabinets in the RV. All base cabinet has signs of mice so it took me several days. Checked all electrical connections, service panel, transfer switch, and surge protector. Also batteries and connections in the front drives side run bay and rear passenger side run bays. My original power cord was showing signs of age so I purchase a new one, I carry a 30 amp cord also and replace one end as it was broken. Clean and painted the roof. Did a FASS install using info from Monacoer's and IRV2 forum as guidance (great help). This took some time as I ordered parts and did the install. Part of this involved installed a pressure gauge, in order to run the wires I had to drop the center ceiling panel where guess what I found a large mouse nest. Tested all the systems, found the propane detector was probably installed wrong from the factory. Water heater would not work on propane, when through it and got it working. Just went and had 6 new tires installed yesterday (BTW, had a hard time finding tires and the ones I got had date code of 3320, shop owner said best he could do, buy them, don't buy them, he didn't care he said he knew he could sell them) Driving to get tire my VMSpc would not work so yesterday afternoon getting my VMSpc working, had to uninstall the program and reinstall and had to manually install the drivers to get it working right. I also loaded the software on my other laptop as a back up. So I spent ~+$6K getting the rig ready to travel . Can you imagine what it would have cost to have someone else do all what I did. Have a short shakedown trip scheduled next week . Will come back and restock the pantry and fridge, cloths, linens etc and head out after memorial day. Heading north with no specific plans, will catch up with family and friends. Wish me luck
    3 points
  19. Hope what I’m gonna say is ok on this forum—here goes anyway. Join FMCA or Good Sams, then join a local chapter. You will meet some of the finest people you could hopefully meet plus they are friendly. Usually the have a 3-4 day trip each month (weather permit) and it’s usually rather close and it’s just plain fun. My wife and I don’t get to travel all that much but these short trips are a blast. Be safe, Be Blessed and most any trip is worth taking. Jim
    3 points
  20. Actually, Craig is the master technician regarding TRW swaps and he will answer, either here or iRV2. His "hands on" experience far exceeds mine. Craig and I discovered as a team that Sheppard-equipped coaches would require a steering gearbox change, and ALL coaches needed cross-braces and Watts links to cure a design problem in the Roadmaster chassis. But Chris is correct. When you say you have more turns of the steering wheel in one direction than the other, two things are probably wrong. Your Pittman arm is indexed incorrectly, AND you are not operating in the "zero lost motion" position of the steering gearbox. The Pittman arm has to be indexed correctly--the witness marks on the steering gearbox CASTING and the steering gear OUTPUT shaft have to be aligned BEFORE attaching the Pittman arm. Next, insure that the wheels are very ACCURATELY pointed dead ahead (use a string stretched horizontally across the front and rear tires, if necessary. That is what *I* do. Craig has an eagle-eye and just eyeballs the wheels dead ahead). AFTER accomplishing these two tasks, the drag link (the double-ended rod that connects the Pittman arm to the wheel spindle) may not align with the Pittman arm. Adjust it until it connects to the Pittman arm. DO NOT TURN THE STEERING WHEEL to get the drag link to connect. DO NOT!! In trying to make this more clear, think about this--1) BEFORE you connect the drag link, you have already gotten the steering gearbox to its EXACT center position (the ONLY position in which the lost motion becomes ZERO inside the gearbox). 2) You have gotten your wheels pointed dead ahead. What you are trying to accomplish is to connect the drag link to the wheels without moving EITHER the gearbox output shaft OR moving the wheels. You get the drag link to connect by LOOSENING AND ADJUSTING BOTH its tie rod end clamps (NOT just one end). Since the tie rod ends are RH and LH, you have an infinitely fine adjustment. You WILL be able to adjust the drag link until it connects perfectly without upsetting EITHER wheel dead-ahead position or gearbox centering. And if you did it PERFECTLY, your steering wheel would be centered. But it usually is no longer centered, and that annoys most folks, including myself. SO, you may still need to UNCOUPLE the splined joints that connect the U-joints and shafts connecting the steering wheel to the steering gear. You can usually do that from inside the coach, after removing the plastic covers that surround the steering shaft. Once uncoupled, you can move the steering wheel however many splines are necessary to get it to be centered when you are driving down a straight highway. This might take a couple of tries, but it DOES NOT REQUIRE ALIGNMENT!! This is a difficult point to get across, but replacing a steering gear, a Pittman arm, or even the drag link (connects Pittman arm to wheel spindle) has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with alignment. Don't blame otherwise knowledgeable truck mechanics for telling you that you need an alignment after changing the steering gearbox. They usually swap one component for an identical one--replace a Sheppard box with another identical Sheppard box. At the end of the procedure, though, they will almost always see the fact that your steering wheel is no longer centered as an indication you need an alignment. NO. NO. NO. Most of them don't understand the underlying principles and technology...they just repair things, and they are under pressure to replace your Sheppard with a TRW in the "flat-rate" time. However, you can rest assured that changing a steering gearbox under ANY CONDITIONS does not affect your alignment one iota.
    3 points
  21. Not true. Modern automotive AC unites can create air temperatures in the 35 to 45 degree range at the duct. What the room temperature becomes depends on the capacity of the unit in volume and the insulation and size of the room. Consider your refrigerator and freezer. They work on the same principles as your AC.
    2 points
  22. Ha! Welcome to the club. Learning about diesel cooling systems is just the start of our hazing ritual. Just wait till you see the wiring diagrams...
    2 points
  23. Head Slap! Forgot, not everyone is a "retired wanderer"....Dennis
    2 points
  24. Looks like the temperature sensor for the charger/inverter. They are usually attached to the battery to measure its temperature. The best charge voltage is dependent on temperature and this is the best way to get it right. Mine is a block with tapered ends that sticks to the battery with double sided foam tape. Anything to keep it in contact with the side of the battery case is OK.
    2 points
  25. Bob, We typically have 40-50 coaches, and currently have 40 slots on hold with Lazydays. We typically use all of the slots reserved at some point in early fall, and depending on what LazyDays has might be able to pick up a handful more, but that could be different this year due to the pandemic. Based on the level of interest I’ve experienced so far, I think our allocation of slots will be used up pretty quickly. As far as a maximum, I’ll have to defer to @David Pratt But in the end, all of that is a guess based on experience.
    2 points
  26. John, I am not sure you are fully comprehending what Van is trying to get across to you. The TRW has a high spot on the gear that is connected to the steering wheel and when you adjust the TRW that high spot must correspond with the wheels being pointed straight ahead. When you move the steering wheel left or right the gear moves off of that high spot and there is slop in the steering by design. You do not notice it because you are applying force since you are in a turn. When you move the steering wheel back straight again you should be back on that high spot with zero dead motion in the steering. A common mistake is folks replace the Shepard with a TRW and do not adjust the length of the drag link to reattach it to the Pitman arm. They move the steering wheel to get the drag link back on and that means when the wheels of the coach are pointing straight ahead you are no longer on the high spot of the TRW and will have dead motion in the steering. Ask me how I know this🙂. I suspect there is nothing wrong with your TRW and you do not need to replace it. You just need to make sure the mark on the output spline shaft is aligned with the mark on the body of the TRW. You must have the drag link disconnected when you do this and the wheels must be pointing straight ahead. Then you adjust the TRW. Next you must be careful not to move the steering wheel or the front wheels and if the drag link does not align with the Pitman arm you must adjust the tie rod end on the drag-link.
    2 points
  27. Our German Shepherd Dog has learned to get her ThunderShirt and bring it to us to put on her when needed. I was initially skeptical about them, but they do seem to calm her down.
    2 points
  28. I discovered cracks in both vertical uprights on my 05 Exec. This is a common problem on all the RR10R Road Master Chassis's built in Coburg from 2004 thru 2006. Monaco did not install a vertical support brace on the rear of the vertical support and large enough Gussets to keep the drive axle from flexing the vertical supports that the trailing arms are connected to. I took the coach to JOSAM's for the repairs. Because I caught the problem early and the uprights were only cracked the repair only took one day. JOSAM's has been doing this repair for several years and has all the parts to do the repair already fabricated and in stock. There are pictures posted on this forum of the before and after pictures of the repair that was done on my Exec. There has been a lot of discussion on this group and on IRV2 for several years about this issue, If you own a 2004-2006 Dynasty, Executive, Signature or Navigator, you should inspect the drive axle uprights that the trailing arms are connected to and verify whether you have the gussets installed or not. If you do not you make an appointment to have them installed. JOSAM's has the knowledge, parts and expertise and does and excellent job doing this repair. Research the forum for the picture I posted of JOSAM'S repair work. As a last resort I may still have them that I can re-post, not sure since I sold my Exec three years ago and may have not kept them after I posted them to the Forum.
    2 points
  29. You'll need to take some measurements first. Scotty and I have 06 Dips and they raised the ceiling that year so we may have more vertical clearance than you do. Best to figure out how much space you're working with and go from there. AJ Madison website has a search feature w dimensions and lots of brands to select from.
    2 points
  30. Moe, your coach is one that has us frustrated. We are always looking for a way to save customers money versus hammering them with outrageous parts bills like this HWH assembly. The cost for that replacement is crazy expensive. We just did this dance in January on a Dynasty and if memory serves me correctly that HWH chain assembly is around $ 2,500. They make you buy the entire thing and wont sell individual parts. Worse yet each one has to be special ordered and custom built and the lead time is around 2 to 3 months. As a kicker, we are an HWH dealer and still cannot motivate them to expedite the process. I am sure Dustin told you not to use the slide. Our Dynasty customer had to call a mobile tech to get his slide closed for him after his rollers broke. They WILL get jammed in the extended position. I am going to call a meeting of the minds among my staff ( Dustin and Jason ) and a close friend of mine Bobby who is one of the best parts designers I have ever met. Jason is an engineer and Bobby designed and manufactured prototype parts for the F-35 fighter jet so hopefully he can find a work around with this chain. There has to be a way to replace these rollers individually without having to buy an entire assembly. Thankfully we have the old HWH assembly from the Dynasty to guide us and experiment with. I would be happier then a pig in mud to hand you a $ 500 parts bill versus a $ 2,500 one. It looks stupid simple to just drill out the carrier pin and replace a roller but it isn't that easy. Give us some time to explore this. The fat lady hasn't sang yet. 🙂 In regards to Josam's, I have full confidence in Barry and his crew. They are the Nations leading experts on Roadmaster chassis' and know our rigs well. I have sent scores of our customers to them and have never had one complain. You are in good hands.
    2 points
  31. isn’t the horn test required by law or something?
    2 points
  32. 2 points
  33. Sometimes I think folks would be justified in getting tired of me saying this, so I'll try to keep it short. Your Roadmaster chassis needs only ONE thing to make it a dream to drive. IT NEEDS TO HAVE ITS WHEELS NOT WALLOWING AROUND UNDERNEATH IT, CAUSING YOU TO MAKE CONSTANT STEERING CORRECTIONS TO "REALIGN IT". The COACH is not wandering...its WHEELS are. The coach can only go where its wheels are pointed. Front and rear, the wheels are attached to a subassembly that is constantly "squirming" when influenced by the smallest outside forces--like wind, changing road crown, or passing vehicles. Once you cure the CAUSE (stabilze those subassemblies), rather than treat the symptoms, your problems disappear. Although I am a staunch believer in having a steering gear with ZERO lost motion (at least at the straight-ahead position), the interstate highways are rife with tractor-trailers equipped with Sheppard steering gears...and consequently as much as 3" lost motion in the straight-ahead position. You never hear those guys complaining about being "blown to the shoulder" by passing vehicles. BECAUSE THEIR WHEELS STAY IN ONE POSITION EVEN WHEN ACTED ON BY OUTSIDE INFLUENCES. Almost every (every?) road tractor has leaf springs for the front axle...RIGID! We OTOH have...squishy air bags, long spindly trailing arms, and only ONE Panhard rod. Granted, there are some other reasons that tractor-trailers don't suffer wandering, but for Monaco owners it has been proven by HUNDREDS of installations that stabilizing the front and rear subassemblies (commonly referred to as "H-frames") eliminates 99% of all "wandering" complaints. The OP (original poster) has totally another problem, one that I think will be diagnosed by simple visual inspection. He might have a truly unique, one-of-a-kind problem with his TRW steering gear...but I doubt it. When the major problem is diagnosed and corrected, I suggest he contact Mike Hughes at www.monacowatts.com. Mike took over morphing my "prototype" designs into slick, professional "plug and play" solutions. Mike's social skills are excellent and he truly enjoys solving folks' problems. You will love dealing with him.
    2 points
  34. I bet your True / Real engine brake can talk to ya in a tunnel, my exhaust brake just sort of whispers loud. Wives don't seem to get it but it does sooth a man's nerves a little bit.
    2 points
  35. I wouldn't drive it at all. I would have my ERS tow it to a reputable truck service center to have the entire front end evaluated. Then make sensible decision based on what they find.
    2 points
  36. I agree with regular lubrication, but it is easy to over-grease slack adjusters, especially the shaft going through the backing plate. You don't want to force grease into the brake where it will contaminate the shoes and drum. But for this problem, I think you need a pro. Any reputable truck shop should be able to figure it out. Good luck.
    2 points
  37. Thanks Everyone,it ended up being a blown fuse in the rear run box. I replaced the fuse and it started right up. But I still wanted to find out why it did that I started wiggling the wires on the fuel water separator sensor and the engine die and blew the fuse immediately.I unplugged fuel water separator plug and put a new fuse in fired right back up I need to replace my fuel water separator pigtail three wire. I think what happen is whoever replaced the filter prior to me probably didn’t unplug the pigtail and just screw it into the bottom of the filter they just twisted the wires and eventually they shorted out. good thing it happened in my driveway and not on the road. Thanks Kevin
    2 points
  38. One Dead Dog to start with.
    2 points
  39. Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing. Located off I-75 south of Ocala FL at exit 341 (FL484). Worth spending a full day there. So much to see.
    2 points
  40. I see the Big Daddy Garlits signboard too..... 😁..Dennis
    2 points
  41. Was glad to meet Moe today. Will be heading to the shop tomorrow to look over a slide of his. Thanks for coming in and trusting your baby to my tech's, Dustin and Mike. I think you will be pleased with their work. They may drive you nuts as both are very OCD and perfectionists. Hope that Aussie mate makes it over to see us. It is always a hoot getting the two Aussies together. 🙂
    2 points
  42. The connection in my fuel bay is for low pressure propane, not air. I connect my air hose to the quick connect for towing (supply air) under the front cap, passenger side. It is usually a type C male, pictured below and not that common... can’t buy at Harbor Freight.
    2 points
  43. We,ve got kids that old, & older -- Bill Willard
    2 points
  44. Wow, this may be the best thread ever. Rickadoo has so precisely given us a peep into his life, and that's not easy, hence the saying a picture is worth a thousand words. The other stories give us a glimpse as well showing the human family struggles we all have. We feel we know them a little more now and that's good. William Willard, I have enjoyed your posts here and on other forums and had no idea you were 84, congratulations, I'm right behind you at 80 yrs young. Our friends have all aged out one way or another and no longer RV but we still go although not to the extent as before. Life gets in the way, kids, grandkids, and now great grandkids. How can that be, I don't see us as that old. So many birthdays and graduations I'm going broke LOL I have said for a long time that life is all about decisions especially those made in haste or not thought through. Decisions can haunt one for the rest of their life. I have washed my hands of bad decisions and walked away, sometimes taking a beating for the sake of family relations etc. I realized long ago that making myself happy was best done by making the wife happy. 2 happy people, that's the way life should be, right? RVing can be as expensive as you want to make it, but unfortunately you cannot make it as cheap as one might want it to be. To be able to retire and RV is truly a blessing that most will never enjoy. As great as we think RVing is, many people just don't see it, it's not for them, and that's ok. I have people occasionally ask me how are you saving any money, DUH, it's not about saving money. We could pay for many motels/hotels and flights for the price of the coach alone. Inflation may put a stop to a lot of these things though unless they stop the craziness in DC Ivylog ( Dick ) 50 states and 80 countries. That is impressive, I must say you haven't been sitting around, well I guess driving is sitting isn't it. Everyone has a life story, some are fascinating, many like mine are boring by comparison. Still I'm amazed when I look back how 2 kids started out with nothing and still have most of it, just kidding. We had dreams but I don't honestly know much we believed, mostly we just kept up the struggle, lived with in our means and it all began to come together. It helped that we had friends ahead of us making mistakes so we could try to avoid those same mistakes. I have never told them about it though, and probably shouldn't. Life is good, enjoy it while you can.
    2 points
  45. Wow! Black diesel fuel, not good. I use a combination of Diesel Kleen & BioBor-JF mixed with the Diesel Kleen at the maintenance level since my fuel is in good shape. You may want to consider the shock level for this fuel. There are other products (I don't remember the names) that some members will suggest plus there is one product that will eat up the dead microorganisms versus waiting for the filters to filter it all out of the tank. Or you can do a search of this forum to find the names,
    2 points
  46. Maybe he'll get back to us, but right now I bet he is on the hiway. I didn't see it mentioned above, but his Windsor has a rear start switch that can get bumped and will run a person insane until they figure out what they did. Also occasionally when a coach won't start it will start from the back.
    2 points
  47. Some may find this useful. http://www.aquahot.com/Library.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2z7yNImbK--TmsFq0M8kKD7BQflefadEtW_xfxeAsHQelTOw7L7kabhkE
    2 points
  48. I’m doing my right now. After trying a few different things getting the valve off the manifold I decided to remove the manifold. Getting the airlines off was the tough part. You have 3 option getting the airlines off. 1. Taking if off the proper way by releasing the lock collar 2. Taking the fitting off the manifold with the airline on the fitting (this what I did) 3. Cutting the airline off and use a compression fitting to extend the airline if need be. Plus getting new fitting. The electrical connection I also thought will be difficult but it turns out to be the pretty easy. All the wires ran to 1 round quick discount and this was the only thing I had to disconnect. Make sure that you check all the solenoid. The coils should ohm to about 15.5 ohms (which can be easily checked by just unplugging the coil from the wire harness and inserting your multimeter test probes into the connector going to the coil. On my first manifold and found 1 coil bad. So, for me it would be an 8-9 on the scale and a lot of this having to do with getting to the airlines and electrical connection. Just make sure you really want to tackle it. Once you start the coach will be seating there till it put back together. Here is a link to an o-ring size chart at the o-ring store. https://www.theoringstore.com/index....5fd42776832106 I think the best way to purchase these is in a kit that has Viton o-rings in all three sizes we need: -015, -019, and -028. https://www.theoringstore.com/index....5fd42776832106 From Paul Whittle, This is the wrench you need to take the solenoids apart to get to the inner o-ring. Newco 202079 Spanner Nut Wrench https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007PCOBCE..._-TgNBbHXBBKW6 Amazon is out of stock. use this https://discountcoffeeequipment.com/repair-parts-c-19/newco-c-19_59/newco-202079-spanner-nut-wrench-p-39757.html Coil wrong plug $20 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SF55LNS...ing=UTF8&psc=1 Coil no plug $40 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071DG7BYC...EFYQ2Y3N1TDYNE
    2 points
  49. Hadley 450 Ride Height Valve or one similar. Sometimes you can get it to stop leaking temporarily by disconnecting the arm & moving it up & down a number of times. I've had good service with Hadley, not so much with off brand.
    2 points
  50. That is one of the benefits of having a good knowledge base in regards to your coach. You may not be able to do the work but by God you can at least watch and see that the work being done is correct. Speaking of knowledge, for us old timers we can think back to when we didn't have the internet, we didn't have resources like this forum and there was no Youtube videos to watch to learn how to complete a task. I am sure we all remember the days when workers, including technicians took pride in their work and when companies lived up to higher standards and really cared about quality and customer service. Now it all centers around the dollar - profit for corporations and pay checks for workers. Everything else including standards, quality and pride have taken a back seat.
    2 points
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