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Source engineering ride enhancement kit
darrenclegg@comcast.net
Polar Bear Tour??
Bob Nodine
Polar Bear Tour??
DVerstra
Micro-air Thermostat
BennieH
Source engineering ride enhancement kit
Blacknight
Paint Code
Luther Taylor
Fuel Filters
bobdinsmore
Fuel Filters
philcarrell
Fuel Filters
Ray Davis
Source engineering ride enhancement kit
knightmovesrv
new awning will not retract
knightmovesrv
new awning will not retract
Chuck B
new awning will not retract
Gary 05 AMB DST
new awning will not retract
knightmovesrv
Source engineering ride enhancement kit
Jim McFarland
new awning will not retract
jacwjames
Source engineering ride enhancement kit
MrAmbassador

New Posts

Source engineering ride enhancement kit
darrenclegg@comcast.net

Ihad the kit installed on my 2003 Endeavor 40, made a huge difference when getting hit with sudden cross winds and when 18 wheelers pass.

also stopped the porposing. i am sure the original shocks were worn out. also had the steering stabilizer install and the same time. only down side is the cost, but well worth it.


Polar Bear Tour??
Bob Nodine
20 hours ago, OhReally said:

Bob, look up Rover.com

Their dog sitters are local people that sit dogs in their homes. You can meet the sitter beforehand, look at their sitting situation, and then leave your dog with a sitter who will send you updates and pictures of the dog while you're gone. We have used them several times with confidence.

-jamie

 

Thanks Jamie, that is very interesting and I will check that out.

 

20 hours ago, David K said:

Our daughter and her husband just used Rover for their two pets while they were gone.  They were very impressed with the service.  I have also seen many positive comments about Rover on the RV forums.  The trip sounds fantastic!

Good to hear David. We did not know about Rover and this is very helpful.

 

18 hours ago, Ron Jones said:

Bob, we went on the Polar bear trip a few years ago to Churchill, Manitoba. Could be wrong but I think we did it with Monaco International and they (somehow) shared the trip with one of the commercial tour groups (not important to know now). What is important is that we initially met (got together) with the group in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Many left their coach in Winnipeg. We left ours in North Dakota. From Winnipeg, we were bussed to The Pas, Manitoba. There, we got on a train for a two-day trip to Churchill. It was a great ride, good food, good sleeping, and good scenery. They put us in a BASIC motel (had everything we needed) in Churchill. We were toured around town AND went out to see the bears in what they call a "Tundra Buggy." Our guide was wonderful.  We spent the night out in the tundra in the "Tundra Buggy Lodge" and,  again, everything was fine. (I'm guessing that the facilities are more "up-to-date" know than when we went - but NO complaints.  We flew back to Winnipeg.

I STRONGLY recommend doing the trip AND spend at least one night in the Tundra Buggy Lodge. It's one of those you remember and talk about.

While I have LOTS of pics, I've attached two.

 

Ron

Tundra Buggy Lodge.jpg

Polar Bear Nose in Window.jpg

Thanks Ron, good information and yes the tour we were looking at does the Tundra Lodge overnight stay. I got to keep my wife from seeing your photo of the polar bear at the window. She will be on the first flight up there!

 

 


Polar Bear Tour??
DVerstra

We did the tour with Fantasy RV a few years ago. Our two Corgis were treated well by the campground owner in Thompson. She walked them and fed them. Saw a great Northern Lights display one night. Saw only two bears since it was early in the season. One at a distance and one close up.


2007 Monaco Camelot 40PDQ Hydraulic Oil Cooler, Filter and ATF
KevinH

I had my hydraulic cooler repaired twice failed both times. I ended up buying one at radiator supply house they shipped right to the campsite fast delivery highly recommend. I’m going on two years no problems.http://www.radiatorsupplyhouse.com/  In the two years that I had problems with it I bought a lot of Dexron 3 transmission fluid from Walmart. 


Micro-air Thermostat
BennieH

I replaced our 5-button in our Monaco with the Micro-Air.  Absolutely some of the best money I've spent on updates. I have a Mobley and the wifi on in the coach all the time. So I always know the status of my ACs.  Works flawlessly and I love the easy to read display.


Convert Batwing antenna to hold a wifi/ cellular antenna.
Dr4Film

Jeff,

The antenna project that you intend to use is a lot different than just the Omni Wi-Fi antenna that I have so not sure if my application will help you at all but here are a few photos anyway.

If I am parked for a long length of time I remove the Omni antenna and attach a Yagi Directional antenna to the Rogue base then aim it towards the best signal.

Rogue Wave-01.JPG

Rogue Wave-03.JPG

Rogue Wave-05.JPG

Rogue Wave-08.JPG


Source engineering ride enhancement kit
Dr4Film

I thought those kits were specifically for the 4 bag coaches. However, I would strongly suggest putting that money towards installing a Watts Link on the front along with a set of Cross-Bars for the rear. You will find that you won't ever need anything else in keeping your coach driving straight down the highway.

https://monacowatts.com/


2007 Monaco Camelot 40PDQ Hydraulic Oil Cooler, Filter and ATF
Dr4Film

I purchased the filters from RyderFleetProducts.com

Also purchase a new seal for the cover just to make sure.

As far as fluid, use either Dexron 3 or 4 for the reservoir which ever is easier to find.

1     V52 99955A      Filter gasket kit                         Stocking Item               4.70(ea)    4.70     

3     NEL 84101B      Filter hydraulic                          Stocking Item              10.29(ea)    30.87    


2007 Monaco Camelot 40PDQ Hydraulic Oil Cooler, Filter and ATF
willbo777

When our hydraulic cooler went out, I called Source and they overnighted a replacement cooler immediately.


Source engineering ride enhancement kit
Blacknight

I have a 2007 Monaco Knight 40ft. They day I drove it home from the dealership 3 hrs away, I was exhausted and confused. I really thought a diesel motorhome would be smooth comfortable ride-sunprise! That was the same day I found iRV2 forums and began to read other's stories of the same problems i found. I purchased the Source engineering rr8r package including shocks, sway bars front and back and steering stabilizer. I also installed the rear X bars and the front Watt's linkage. These kits made a huge difference. The porpoising is controlled now, much improvement when in windy conditions and with 18 wheelers passing. I still need to replace the steering box from a Shepherds to the TRW and then consider the Watt's linkage for the rear. The install is doable by yourself if your a shade tree mechanic type. Monaco should have installed these items as original equipment.

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Need part numbers for brakes on 2001 Holiday Rambler Ambassador, Roadmaster Chassis, DP
p_hipson

I was not aware that the Ambassador (2001) on the Roadmaster chassis used disk brakes! My 06 Ambassador is drums all round, on a RR8R Roadmaster chassis. 


Paint Code
Luther Taylor

When paint dried it was a shade darker, I can live w that 😉


Fuel Filters
bobdinsmore

I wonder if the threads are metric??? 


Fuel Filters
philcarrell
On 7/9/2021 at 2:12 PM, cbr046 said:

Did you pre-fill your filters or cycle the ignition switch several times to fill them?

- bob

Filled them with diesel

3 minutes ago, bobdinsmore said:

I wonder if the threads are metric??? 

Don' know. filter was same as one we took off.

Seemed like the thread pitch was not cut very deep.


2007 Monaco Camelot 40PDQ Hydraulic Oil Cooler, Filter and ATF
weighman695
2 hours ago, Dr4Film said:

I purchased the filters from RyderFleetProducts.com

Also purchase a new seal for the cover just to make sure.

As far as fluid, use either Dexron 3 or 4 for the reservoir which ever is easier to find.

1     V52 99955A      Filter gasket kit                         Stocking Item               4.70(ea)    4.70     

3     NEL 84101B      Filter hydraulic                          Stocking Item              10.29(ea)    30.87    

Thank you so much for these information. 

 

Do you happen to know the part number for the hydraulic oil cooler and where I can get it?  Just in case the cooler cannot be repaired.

 

Thanks..


2007 Monaco Camelot 40PDQ Hydraulic Oil Cooler, Filter and ATF
Dr4Film
6 minutes ago, weighman695 said:

Do you happen to know the part number for the hydraulic oil cooler and where I can get it?  Just in case the cooler cannot be repaired.

No, mate! I only have part numbers for the radiator assembly for my 2002 Windsor side radiator stack.

I would guess that any good radiator shop could replicate the oil cooler in a days time or less.


Fuel Filters
Ray Davis

HUM,  makes you wonder if the filter inside the can is as poorly made,  and I though the junk came from China.


2007 Monaco Camelot 40PDQ Hydraulic Oil Cooler, Filter and ATF
weighman695
25 minutes ago, Dr4Film said:

No, mate! I only have part numbers for the radiator assembly for my 2002 Windsor side radiator stack.

I would guess that any good radiator shop could replicate the oil cooler in a days time or less.

Thanks.

 

I just researched RyderFleetProducts.com.  It appears that they closed down back in 2020.

 

Any other vendor you can recommend?


2007 Monaco Camelot 40PDQ Hydraulic Oil Cooler, Filter and ATF
Dr4Film

Google is your friend. Put in 84101B for a search term and you will get lot's of vendors for this filter. Just choose one that is most convenient for you.


2007 Monaco Camelot 40PDQ Hydraulic Oil Cooler, Filter and ATF
weighman695

Thank you for the information....

 

Where do you think I can find the part number for my oil cooler?


Source engineering ride enhancement kit
knightmovesrv
3 hours ago, Dr4Film said:

I thought those kits were specifically for the 4 bag coaches. However, I would strongly suggest putting that money towards installing a Watts Link on the front along with a set of Cross-Bars for the rear. You will find that you won't ever need anything else in keeping your coach driving straight down the highway.

https://monacowatts.com/

I have 07 40 Knight and would highly second the recommendation for front watts link and rear cross bars first stage. We did that and it completely transformed handling. We are now considering either shocks and or the rear watts link. I might just be getting spoiled and wanting for car like handling out of coach


new awning will not retract
knightmovesrv

sounds like our awning, if they used existing wiring from old awning that may be the issue. Need to check voltage at the motor while trying to retract. We are losing about a volt between controller relay and the motor. Currently using the wooden curtain pull rod and pull down on the arm at the track on the coach to help it retract. Will run new wires from the controller relay to the motor when we return to FL for the season


2007 Monaco Camelot 40PDQ Hydraulic Oil Cooler, Filter and ATF
vito.a

I changed the hydraulic fluid and filter on our coach after we purchased it and refilled it with Valvoline DEX/MERC fluid.  It's $13.97 per gallon at Walmart and our system holds 50-55 qts.  It says:  For use where DEXRON*-III or a MERCON* fluid is specified

Valvoline DEX/MERC Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) 1 GA - Walmart.com - Walmart.com 

A couple of years later I rebuilt the hydraulic pump as it was leaking Allison Transynd from the trans into the hydraulic system.  This time I refilled with Valvoline Max Life Synthetic ATF.  It says it's 95% compatible with traditional Dex/Merc.  It also contains seal conditioner.  It's $17.97 at Walmart.  

Valvoline MaxLife Multi-Vehicle Full Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) 1 GA - Walmart.com - Walmart.com  

I can't help with the filter as ours uses a spin on type.  


Water pressure accumulator plumbing question
Alan Hale

2005 Executive - I have traced a fresh water leak to the connection to the pressure accumulator tank. The area it is located in is jammed with plumbing, Aqua-hot valves, wiring bundles, etc. and it is nearly impossible to get to this fitting. The only way I could figure out where the leak was coming from was to snake a fiber-optic camera into this mess. So far I have not been able to determine which line is supplying the tank. It's REALLY tight in there.

My question, is the supply line flexible and would there be enough length to allow the tank to be lowered to repair the connection? The tank is held up by a couple of large band clamps. It seems like it would be easy enough to bring the tank down to access the connection but I'm in a small town with few repair resources. Right now I can turn the pump on for a few seconds to have water and then let the pressure immediately bleed to stop the leak. If I pull it down and break a line I might be without water at all.

As a follow-on, has anyone ever added a pressure regulator to the internal water pump. I have a high quality pressure regulator at the city water supply side but the internal pump supplies up to 75 psi. I don't really need that kind of pressure and I think with aging plumbing is not a good idea.

Thanks for any guidance.

Accumulator.jpg


Water pressure accumulator plumbing question
DavidL

If you are sure the tank is leaking, unsecure the tank so you can move it around.  Detach and remove and replace.

if you can't find a tank, then just put a fitting on it to plug the water line.

From your pic, that looks like "lots" of room...was that the pic from the fiber cable camera?  I am sure there is a way to remove it.

75lbs does sound a bit high.  60 sounds more typical.  Find the regulator (likely part of the pump) and turn it down a bit.  But that doesn't have anything to do with the tank leaking.  The tank is rated for higher PSI.


Water pressure accumulator plumbing question
vito.a

Our accumulator tank was leaking also.  It is very tight in there.  I loosened the band clamps and lowered and rotated it.  Only took 1/2 turn on the hose to stop the leak.  

Hope you get it fixed.  


Source engineering ride enhancement kit
JDCrow

I was on the fence between the two systems, source and watts. 
 

Went with Watts. Rear cross, front link and just off the shelf Bilstiens. Huge improvements with semis going by. Locked in the road so much more. 

Big improvement. The TRW box is by far the biggest improvement.  But I had to figure out that it will never drive like a vehicle with Rack steering, It never will. 
 

Also, I’ve had to learn, no matter what, I need to consider pulling over when the wind starts to kick up, say 30+ mph. 
 

There is zero that can be bolted on that can keep a piece of plywood going against the wind, so same with my coach. It’s just physics. And know my limitations. 


2007 Monaco Camelot 40PDQ Hydraulic Oil Cooler, Filter and ATF
KevinH

I didn’t have a part number. I just gave them  year, make and model then they had me verify the measurements

 

 

 

 

 


Integrated Seatbelts on my 2009 Camelot 42 PDQ
rtmurley

The cockpit seats on my 2009 Dynasty are:  Kustom Fit, phone 323-564-4481 and web site www.kustomfit.com

Hopefully, they can help if still in business.


new awning will not retract
Chuck B

I could not stress this enough.  Before paying a bill when you have work done to your coach,  ALWAYS test the work before paying the bill.  Some shops give the work they do the ole warranty guarantee.   I guarantee the work until I see your tail lights leave my driveway.  Chuck B 2004 Windsor


new awning will not retract
Gary 05 AMB DST

Kevin, where is the awning relay located. I've heard that the wire is too small. I like the use of knightmoves. Maybe I'll write a song about it.

Gary 05 AMB DST


new awning will not retract
knightmovesrv

Gary on our 07 Knight the relay/ controller is located behind the switch which is just inside the front door in the passenger front armrest. Its a small square pyramid shaped box the size of a normal bosch relay. Its not mounted, just floating in there with a massive harness for all the other switches located there


Need part numbers for brakes on 2001 Holiday Rambler Ambassador, Roadmaster Chassis, DP
Mike in Va

Here are the NAPA parts numbers of  brake parts used on my 2001 Holiday rambler ambassador

Rear Rotors  BB0140CR

Front Rotors BB6835CR

F & R Brakes FT7655F

Brake Calibers SE8609

Theses are all NAPA part numbers and this work order is hard to read even with my glasses so please double check them. Hope this helps.   


Source engineering ride enhancement kit
Jim McFarland

I have s steering stabilizatior on my coach and to me it has made a world of difference (the great way).

Jim


2007 Monaco Camelot 40PDQ Hydraulic Oil Cooler, Filter and ATF
weighman695
6 hours ago, vito.a said:

I changed the hydraulic fluid and filter on our coach after we purchased it and refilled it with Valvoline DEX/MERC fluid.  It's $13.97 per gallon at Walmart and our system holds 50-55 qts.  It says:  For use where DEXRON*-III or a MERCON* fluid is specified

Valvoline DEX/MERC Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) 1 GA - Walmart.com - Walmart.com 

A couple of years later I rebuilt the hydraulic pump as it was leaking Allison Transynd from the trans into the hydraulic system.  This time I refilled with Valvoline Max Life Synthetic ATF.  It says it's 95% compatible with traditional Dex/Merc.  It also contains seal conditioner.  It's $17.97 at Walmart.  

Valvoline MaxLife Multi-Vehicle Full Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) 1 GA - Walmart.com - Walmart.com  

I can't help with the filter as ours uses a spin on type.  

Thank you.  Ill buy the Valvoline DEX/MERC fluid to be consistent with the manual.


new awning will not retract
jacwjames

Do you have a wire connector mounted on the outside of the coach that provides power to the awning?  If so this may be your problem.

My awning had a bayonet twist lock type wiring connector, it had very small contacts that would get corroded.  When that happened the awning would not work.  I could simply take the connector apart and put it back together and it would work (for a while). 

The last time I had a problem with it was in the middle of the night during a thunder storm, we had let the awning open just a little but it started catching the gusts of wind and it wouldn't work so I had to crawl up on the roof, take the connector apart and put it back together to get the awning in.

First thing I did was call Care Free of Colorado and they told me the connector was obsolete.  I asked what they did now and they said they just drill a hole in the side of the coach to run the wire through and then just seal it. 

Well, I got creative, took the connector out and drilled through the center of both pieces, large enough for the wire to go through.  I then used some push together type butt connectors to connect the wires.  On the outside twist lock piece I pushed the wire through and then used rubber tape to make a tapered plug that sealed tight when I reconnected the twist lock portion to the one mounted on the outside of the coach.  I did use a little silicone around the wire as a safety measure.  Have not had a problem with the wiring since. 

One thing that also helps is to keep the awning lubricated, mine started to get sluggish, sprayed some lube on it and it works fast again. 


WeBoost Drive 4G-X OTR Signal Booster
vanwill52
On 7/10/2021 at 7:36 AM, Jeff H said:

I just got A Pepwave  Max Transit Cat 18 LTE Cat 18 with a Ponyting omnidirectional antenna.  You can check it out at https://www.technorv.com/pepwave-cellular-routers/.  Played with it last night in the house with the antennas it comes with and it worked well.  Takes a bit of set up but Techno RV has lots of videos on that.  It has 4 cell and 2 wifi antennas and is able to monitor which band has the most room and switch to your best option base on priorities you specify.

Going to get it installed in the motorhome today hopefully

Jeff, I'll be very interested in your results.  I installed a very expensive MIMO Cradlepoint router inside the coach and the Poynting omni-directional antenna on a large metal sub-plane about 6" above my roof.  I was hoping for an improvement over the Wilson (WeBoost) external antenna feeding a Wilson cradle amplifier holding a MiFi.  There was virtually no difference in the performance of the two systems.  I have tested it for many areas and not found the improvement I hoped for.  I hope your results are better.  Could you please compare the new system to using your phone as a hotspot?  I'm on Verizon.


WeBoost Drive 4G-X OTR Signal Booster
JDCrow
47 minutes ago, vanwill52 said:

Jeff, I'll be very interested in your results.  I installed a very expensive MIMO Cradlepoint router inside the coach and the Poynting omni-directional antenna on a large metal sub-plane about 6" above my roof.  I was hoping for an improvement over the Wilson (WeBoost) external antenna feeding a Wilson cradle amplifier holding a MiFi.  There was virtually no difference in the performance of the two systems.  I have tested it for many areas and not found the improvement I hoped for.  I hope your results are better.  Could you please compare the new system to using your phone as a hotspot?  I'm on Verizon.

Follow a few people on YouTube getting away from MiFi to Insty 

 


Source engineering ride enhancement kit
MrAmbassador

I have a 2007 40-ft Holiday Rambler Ambassador RR8R Chassis. When I purchased it it was almost impossible to drive it 65 mph and stay on the road. It was manageable at 55 mph. I purchased and personally installed the Source Engineering Kit. This consisted of the front and rear sway bars, tuned Bilstein (8) shocks and steering stabilizer. 😳 It made a significant difference. I could drive with one hand and on a perfect day could take it up to 80 mph (this was only to test this system, I don’t drive that fast) with no porpoising. I don’t have the TRW Steering Box so there is some play in the steering. I like it like this because the sweet mph spot is 70 mph (I drive between 65 & 70 mph). I know if I change to a TRW Steering Box I would be going faster, I rather not (safety & fuel milage). The Shepherds Steering Box helps to drive slower.  For me this was a well worth expense. I agree with Blacknight that Monaco should have installed this system at the factory. 


Source engineering ride enhancement kit
Chuck D

I want to reinforce what Richard said. I have a 2004 Windsor and like most, I was worn out after a trip of 3-4 hours. I have the TRW steering which was adjusted in Quartzsite. I could tell a significant improvement on the drive home. Later, again at Quartzsite, Mike Hughes installed the front Watts. This also improved the driving but much greater improvement than the steering adjustment. A few months later I drove to Mike's house and had the rear X-Bars installed. This seemed to tie all the improvements together for a MUCH improved driving experience. I would do it all again. 

My rear shocks were worn out so I had Koni's installed, I already had Koni's on the front. I'm sure they helped but I didn't notice any improvement in actual driving except that the porposing is now much more controlled.

 


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