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  1. After having to mediate a dispute between two members that got out of hand today, I'd like to make a request... If you feel the need to correct someone's grammar, spelling, or punctuation, you have two options: 1. Send a private message to that person. (Click on their user name, then click message in the upper right hand of their profile) or 2. "Report" it to the moderators (Click on the three little dots in the upper right hand corner of the post, click "Report") and we'll handle it. That said, if the correction is a technical issue (especially if it could cause harm
    7 points
  2. I would like to relate a story here that drives home what Scotty said. I knew a guy who had a stroke. He was an awesome individual and he wanted to get back into the online community as it was his only source of engagement with people. It also was great mental therapy being on a computer. The problem was when he joined a couple online RV communities he had members that brought up his lack of grammar and spelling. It was embarrassing to him. Sadly this gentleman was doing all he could to recover from his stroke which caused brain damage to his cognitive center. He ended his participation b
    5 points
  3. I throughly enjoy reading the daily posts and thank the work of our moderators. I also find that photos enhance the understanding of any post and are necessary when trying to replicate a repair or improvement.. Also, photos add interest to the posts. I therefore suggest that we all try to use photos in our posts as much as practical. Regards and happy travels to all,
    5 points
  4. I had a 45 spinner mounted upside down in my 57 chevy. Now I stream music from my phone thru my hearing aids. 🙄...Dennis
    4 points
  5. I always love it when someone is told, "Oh, you can't do that yourself! You need an expert to do that!"...and they do a bang-up better job than they could have paid for ANYWHERE. How many times have so many of us turned to a so-called expert for advice? And how many times have you realized only a few minutes into the conversation that YOU could be advising THEM, instead of the other way around? I think many of our forum members have great depth of knowledge in any number of areas...and perhaps more importantly, a "can do" attitude. Recently, Paul Whittle (aka "Pooper Paul" or "Shitter
    4 points
  6. It was the fresh water loop that failed. Could have been winterization or maybe condensation that split the copper in several spots. Its all back together now and working flawlessly. Wish I had the the contact info before I tore into it. The factory tech was not helpful almost laughing at the idea of me rebuilding the unit . I have a well outfitted shop large enough to work on the coach inside. Some pictures of the damage freezing water pressure creates and the new copper rapping. In the end I was able to make several improvements over the original design.
    4 points
  7. Just to be clear, the recommended model is the Blue Sea 9003E. On/Off; rated for 350A continuous; 600A intermittent; 1200A cranking capacity. Bill Groves is the one who helped me select the correct switch. Sure do miss him!
    3 points
  8. Jon, below is a link to how I upgraded my television to the Smart TV. Pretty simple and with your skills should be a snap. I used the smart TV and a sound bar, doing away with all the junk and weight that Monaco had installed. Much easier, much lighter and much better equipment. Probably a more detailed write up on my Blog, link below......Dennis Upgraded the TV @Pduggs Originally I had that huge silver box which connected the surround system to my TV. When I upgraded I used an above average Visio sound bar which mounted next to the new 40" TV. Only took some minor woodworking. The sou
    3 points
  9. My husband stuck the phone up there and took a few pictures and saw that one of the wires had gotten crimped so he re-wired it and now it works great. It was replaced last year and apparently the installer was a little careless. I want to thank everyone for the suggestions.
    3 points
  10. Hi Van, I'll humbly correct you on a couple of points: Yes you CAN pour liquid propane at atmospheric pressure, and you CAN fill a tank that is higher than the source. On the farm we regularly filled the tractor tanks, above eye level for my 6 foot 1 inch height, from a tank barely 2 feet off the ground, and could transfer the 40 gallons to the tractor in about 3-5 minutes. The key is the bleeder valve that every propane tank is fitted with. After making the connection the bleeder of the destination tank is opened to "bleed off" vapor, thereby reducing pressure in the destination tank. Op
    3 points
  11. A common misconception about propane tanks (and aerosol paint "rattle-cans") is that the liquid is injected into the container and then enough gaseous vapor is pumped in to provide the "pressure" to expel the liquid until the container is empty. Propane is "liquified petroleum gas--LPG". Liquid propane cannot exist AS A LIQUID at atmospheric pressure, even if the temps are near 0*F--it will "flash off" just as Freon will at atmospheric pressure. The pressure in an LP gas tank varies with temperature, but at temps you might normally encounter, is in the range of 140-180 PSI. The liquid prop
    3 points
  12. Once again, I need to start out by thanking @pwhittle Thanks Paul! I couldn’t have done this without his help and guidance. Paul Whittle and I were talking New Year’s Eve about how I wish I could display my side cameras full-time and record them like a dash-cam does. I have a blind spot on the passenger side right behind the door, and the side camera is in the perfect position to help with that. Paul said that was entirely possible, we just need to find the right components! The fIrst order of business was replacing (upgrading) my side cameras. One didn’t work very
    3 points
  13. Which smells better??? Stop feeding your dog refried beans or broccoli..😁😆..Dennis
    3 points
  14. Replaced all my toppers myself. Ordered from Stone Vos. Plus they instructed me on how to put more tension on the springs if needed.
    2 points
  15. I have been in the awning/fabric business for over 15 years and my best advice when considering replacing awning or slide topper fabric is to shop based on warranty. The shorter the warranty, the shorter the life of the thread and fabric. All fabric replacement companies base their warranties on how long the life expectancy is of their product. They have to otherwise they would go bankrupt handling warranty claims. Sadly many of the fabric replacement companies focus on profit versus quality and this shows up in their warranty terms. Some of the warranty terms are pro-rated too. I have se
    2 points
  16. Nope! Come to Florida from a break in the winter weather. That's where you will find Stone Vos and Talin RV. If the trip is impossible, Stone Vos can ship the fabric to you and either you can install or they will recommend a place to take it that they trust.
    2 points
  17. Frankly I would not trust anyone except for Stone Vos Inc and Talin RV to make and install any and all slide toppers, window and patio awnings. They have the BEST fabric and vinyl and use the best thread that will never rot from UV exposure. They also do double stitching which you won't get anywhere else. Their warranty and customer service is by far light years ahead of the competition. Trust me, you won't be disappointed of the quality and service you will receive from Stone Vos, Inc and Talin RV. Stone Vos makes the awnings and toppers and their sister company Talin RV does t
    2 points
  18. The Alison 3000 & 4000 6 speed transmissions only use the torque converter in 1st & 2nd gears. Starts in 1 unlocked then the torque locks, shifts to 2 unlocked and then the torque locks before shifting to 3 locked, 4 locked, 5 locked which is a overdrive & 6 locked a double overdrive. In some ways it’s a 8 speed tranny. A turbo Diesel engine is slow to get going because the turbo isn’t doing much until you get above 1400 rpms which takes awhile even with a torque converter that lets it increase rpms quicker.
    2 points
  19. @Skier013 No I bumped it up as many travelers are not aware of the TSD benefit. Download their free app, no purchase or card necessary. Then, check fuel prices in your area. It only applies to diesel. We were in Amarillo yesterday and diesel at Sam's Club was $2.71/gallon. I fueled up at the T/A down the road for $2.44/gallon. Pump price at the T/A was $315.9. That's a savings of 71 cents a gallon! and a savings of 27 cents/gallon over Sam's. No other discount can compare IMO.....Dennis
    2 points
  20. Chrysler failed with the 50's highway Hi-fi record system even with the best engineered suspensions of the time. I probably won't be using this down the road but can't wait to spin the vinyl at stationary camp sites. 20210329_193126.mp4
    2 points
  21. Taking out tile (all old flooring) to put down new engineered wood and new tile in bathrooms. I’ve noticed a “click” in my 1/2 bath flooring and suspected my subfloor had gotten wet. I had no idea it would be this bad. Replacing with marine grade plywood. Good news is this is the only spot in the entire coach with bad subfloor… The warning is to check those toilets for leaks! I wonder how much longer before I fell through? 😂
    2 points
  22. I tend to post only on things with which I have PERSONAL EXPERIENCE (because I feel the spectre of my old friend Bill D breathing over my shoulder?) I can say that I had a problem with algae in my fuel, even though I only park over extended periods with a full tank. I built my own fuel polishing setup. It removed quite a bit of contaminant. That was two years before the FASS installation. As I reported, in a short time after the FASS installation, I had to change a PRIMARY filter (the one on the FASS manifold). It had the same appearance as the problem I had experienced before "polishing
    2 points
  23. Hi All It has been a long hard year for all of us due to many circumstances beyond our control, but things seem to be getting back to somewhat normal in most areas of the country. We were not able to hold a Gathering for 2021 because of those circumstances. The GOOD NEWS is that I have Tentatively Confirmed with the Tampa Florida Lazydays RV Resort the dates for the Bill D's Monacoers 2022 Gathering; The dates are February 15th, 2022 thru February 20th, 2022. The arrival date is the 15th and the departure date is the 20th. Lazydays is sending me the Gathering Contract and the Catering
    2 points
  24. Jon, Here is a link to an adaptor for the sound. Might work? Amazon.com: HDMI to RCA Converter, Auprite 1080P HDMI to AV 3RCA CVBs Composite Video Audio Converter Adapter Supports PAL/NTSC for TV Xbox, Switch, TV Stick, Roku, Blu-Ray, DVD Player and More: Electronics
    2 points
  25. I got one of these. https://www.amazon.com/Converter-Adapter-Composite-Supports-Chromecast/dp/B07BBSQ83R I plugged the red and white into the Bose surround and the yellow video into my switcher box. I plug an apple TV into the HDMI and that is what I do the streaming from. I have tried and tried to get the Bose to work with the tv using Optical sound cables and plugging in the mini jack on the tv to the Bose. Nothing worked well for me other than this.
    2 points
  26. Trust me truck stop was last resort. We were blown off the road in Topock Az and Weed Ca. Most, if not all CA rest areas are closed. And yes, it’s sucks to be a Trucker. Electronic hours of service logs make pulling over NOW. Critical. They park wherever they can. The paper logs we used to run made it pretty easy LOL
    2 points
  27. Tilt the coach to the opposite direction which should be the passenger side. That way anything left in the tank will not flow out when you change the valve. Chuck B
    2 points
  28. Everyone will be fuming trying to pick apart spelling, grammar, punctuation, if you read what I’m trying to say. I’m old, but young enough on the inter web that the whole proper sentence structure has been lost with the advent of texting. It’s just gone. I’m too busy to proof read when I post, so I’ll edit throughout the day when I get a few mins. IDK, with things so crazy anymore, sentence structure seems an odd thing to throw shade at, but getting mad and offended these days is the new “norm”. Here’s a topic that will bring me back from the brink of destruction:
    2 points
  29. There is a recent youtube video from a person who recently installed one on a Dynasty. It's a fairly long video but Mike goes into a lot of detail on how he selected the pump location and why.
    2 points
  30. I would like to add to this thread as well. We just finished up this morning having all our Girard slide topper fabric replaced and in addition our Girard window awning and door awning fabric replaced. From start to finish this job was handled wonderfully by Stone Vos, Ingrid getting all the awnings measured, double checked, priced and made. Then coordinating with TalinRV with Amy, an appointment that worked for both of us. It was such a breath of fresh air to have excellent communication, clear and precise descriptions, all the way down to an excellent description of when to show up, the
    2 points
  31. I installed a brass T on the regulator input side and then added a Mr. Heater 15' high pressure (600psi) propane hose. I routed it to the passenger side with a cut off valve and quick disconnect. The 15' hose is #F271470 from Amazon. I can now connect either our BBQ grill or Blackstone griddle to the quick disconnect and use propane from the onboard tank.
    2 points
  32. As John said take it to a good BIG RV or truck shop familiar with the RVs n Roadmaster Chassis n have it looked at for worn steering components and an aligned as needed. Also check the road heights which you might be able to do if you are a DIY person and adjust as needed this will affect handing not necessarily sloppy/worn steering components.
    2 points
  33. Get the unit to a good big rig alignment front end shop and take care of the sloppy issue. Then add a steering stabalizer.
    2 points
  34. I added a 45 degree fitting to the rigid black plumbing to relieve the stress on that flex hose when it moves back and forth. Made a quick note to go on a diet while I was working in there. It does make it a lot easier to remove the drawers below the cooktop for access....Dennis
    2 points
  35. I had this same problem on my 2000 Diplomat. It's a huge pain to fix, and helps if you are on the flexible, slim side. I did two things: Installed flexible coupler, the type with screw clamps, which extends the hose a little to relief the stress; and, changed the attachment point where the flexible hose is clamped to the slide to relief a little more stress. It's still right on the edge of whether it's going to hold, but I think I'mm OK. It's been a few years with no failure. GOOD LUCK!!!!
    2 points
  36. Nice setup! Please find enclosed, my check in the amount of $250. Let me know when it's convenient for you to install it in my coach. Thank you.....Dennis
    2 points
  37. Did you have a regular duplex receptacle or one of those push in spread the ears kind? If it was the push in kind, I'd cut the wires, test them and replace the receptacle with a 'normal' household type. You'll have to get a "old work" blue box to replace the push in one, but it'll be worth it. I've replaced many in my rig including adding ones with two USB ports....Dennis
    2 points
  38. I often chuckle with I read about propane-detector problems. I replaced two of them in our Endeavor years earlier than expected because they'd often sound off, and usually at what we thought was random times. That is, til wife noticed it was mounted close to where our dog liked to snooze. Methane is chemically close to propane 🙄 .
    2 points
  39. Any power or economy increase from a fan change is going to be very minimal. The vendors that tout a 30 or 40 hp savings are full of BS. The fan probably only uses around 10-20 hp when engaged, and any replacement large enough to cool the engine will require similar power.
    2 points
  40. Speaking of the devil, Potential California regulations could create significant hurdles for diesel-powered motorhome owners. The original legislation – California Senate Bill 210, passed in September 2019 – mandates emissions inspection and maintenance for heavy-duty, non-gas vehicles weighing more than 14,000 pounds. The law tasked the California Air Resources Board (CARB) with developing a “regulatory concept” to make sure those vehicles operating in California – including those registered out of state – have properly functioning emissions control systems. That law requires those
    2 points
  41. I don't know where you are located but Stacy Coates from AZ RV Awnings R Us 480-414-2444 has replaced all our awnings on our 2004 Executive. They are Carefree and we had to replace the cases over the slide outs since the originals are no longer made. It has been several years (2013) since he did that so I don't remember the exact reason we had to replace the covers too. Just a month ago he replaced the slide toppers as the stitching came out. We ordered gortex thread this time for the new toppers since we are in AZ and get lots of sun. We like the fact that he comes to us and we don't hav
    1 point
  42. One of those should be placed below the spa hose which always leaks at some point on every camper that has a kitchen sink in a slideout. For the stick house I would like to have one that plugs in to 120V and has Wi-Fi. Perhaps the house alarm has an option, I'll have to check. I do turn the stick house water off when travelling but it only takes a few minutes to flood a building. Now that I think of it, I would like to have a Wi-Fi temperature alarm in the stick house refrigerator which we do leave running when we travel.
    1 point
  43. We have a Cricket and love it. On our 3rd year with it and have had zero problems. We went electric since a lot of campgrounds don't allow gas carts. Fit in our Ford Edge nicely. We got ours after watching one get loaded easily into a Honda CRV. On our 3rd year with it and have had zero problems. We went electric since a lot of campgrounds don't allow gas carts. We have it insured under our FMCA Nationwide RV policy. Was an additional $50/yr for the rider.
    1 point
  44. The other option for the Valid, and possibly the HWH, look under the Right FR area (behind or in front of the step well) where the compressor is. You will see a Switch. If you can stick your head up and under the body, it is easy to see and easy to access. Typically, Monaco used the stock Viair switch. It has two solderless terminals so you pull one and bingo....there is no power going to the compressor. Here is what the Valid switch looks like. It is an ON @90 and OFF @120 PSI switch....simple. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002PH80PI/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&ps
    1 point
  45. Sure you can! Name, website, etc. All of that is fair game. Since we’re not a commercial site, there’s no issue with mentioning company names, other RV websites, etc. Our philosophy is that we’re here to help each other, and if there’s good information on another site, don’t hesitate to share it.
    1 point
  46. University of Oregon U of O Oregon Ducks “O” Is for Oregon Orygun is how it is said here out West Sorry, wanted my first post to be more meaningful
    1 point
  47. I thought that an extend-a-stay was to allow for an external propane bottle, and as a secondary function, the connection of high pressure gas appliances; that’s what it does on my 2000 Diplomat anyway. BTW it does the 1st perfectly (47KG bottle).
    1 point
  48. Probably need to have service tech throw gauges on it and read the pressures to start diagnosis.
    1 point
  49. Hi Joe, Yes I am going with my son. I will be parked in the area for generator usage from 6-11:00. 2005 Beaver Monterey with 3 slides, no tow car. We will have a 4 person golf cart if anyone needs a ride to and from the events.
    1 point
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