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#4363 Member Agreement

Posted by tmoning on 02 November 2009 - 03:06 PM

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#743 FMCA.com Forum Rules

Posted by tmoning on 09 April 2009 - 09:16 AM

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#27778 Florida Keys In Our Bounder

Posted by NCBounder on 28 September 2012 - 06:04 PM

I couldn't resist showing this one of our 2005 Bounder 32W nestled into our tropical site for the past 2 weeks at Bluewater Key. Its our all time favorite place to go in the Bounder!

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#14917 Bleach In The Black Tank

Posted by wolfe10 on 13 July 2011 - 06:23 PM

You have heard correctly -- chlorine is tough on a lot of materials.

But, let's back up a step. Nothing, I mean nothing is going to make a black tank smell "good."

Your objective is not to make it smell good, but to keep normal "bad" odors out of the RV.

If this is the issue, you need to look closely at the tank venting. Do you get odors when camping? When driving? The more details, the better we can address the issue.
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#50263 Aqua-Hot Operation In Winter

Posted by jleamont on 01 March 2015 - 11:11 AM

I just pulled the cover off for the season and I have some interior work to do to get ready for this camping season. Our coach is equipped with a electric/diesel Aqua Hot system and two roof top heat pumps for interior heat. The Aqua hot system has RV antifreeze in the water side of the heat exchanger (it's 24 degrees outside). Can I turn this unit on so I can run the floor heat exchangers inside with RV antifreeze in the fresh water side of the heat exchanger system?

Unfortunately my heat pumps will not come on below 30 degrees.

Anyone ever do this?

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#32412 Michlin XZE2+ or Goodyear G670 RV tires?

Posted by thrushl on 03 April 2013 - 07:31 PM

I am a commercial tire dealer. I am dealer for Michelin, Goodyear and also sell some Bridgestone truck tires.

Michelin does not say 10 years. They say they "While most tires will need replacement before they achieve 10 years, it is recommended that any tires in service 10 years or more from the date of manufacture, including spare tires, be replaced with new tires as a simple precaution even if such tires appear serviceable and even if they have not reached the legal wear limit."

They also say " This service-related evolution varies widely so that accurately predicting the serviceable life of any specific tire in advance is not possible. That is why, in addition to regular inspections and inflation pressure maintenance by consumers, it is recommended to have RV/Motorhome tires, including spare tires, inspected regularly by a qualified tire specialist, such as a tire dealer, who will assess the tire’s suitability for continued service. Tires that have been in use for 5 years or more should continue to be inspected by a specialist at least annually. "

As a tire dealer, and with over 30 years commercial tire experience, including retreading, I cannot look inside the body of the tire and tell you the heat history or strength of the bond between the rubber and the steel in the tire. It all depends on the heat history of this tire and the severity of other problems caused from "scrubs, bumps, scuffs, potholes hit, curbs climbed, etc....). Plus new tire quality during construction, etc..

As a trained tire dealer, much of this "evidence" is very hard to see. Sometimes having to look inside the tire is the only way to see the extent of the damage. As an RV'er myself, I'm done with the tire at the end of it's warranty... usually 5 years. I drive the RV for fun and family time, vacations, etc. To me it is worth peace of mind knowing that I am driving on safe tires and they are still covered under the manufacturers warranty. If I am on a vacation with my Family... the last thing I want is tire trouble on the road!

Here is the Michelin warranty...
"MICHELIN® truck tires bearing the MICHELIN® name and complete serial and identification numbers, used in consumer service, such as on a motorhome, according to the instructions contained in this Operator’s Manual, are covered by this limited warranty against defects in workmanship and materials for the life of the original tread, or five years from the date of purchase, whichever occurs first. At that time, all warranties, expressed or implied, expire.

Michelin/Goodyear/Bridgestone??? Depends on Vehicle Manufacturer, wheel specs, weight in all wheel positions, etc.... You need to consult a professional for your exact coach. Different tires for different purposes and not all brands are "the best"... depending on exact tire for your exact coach and weight requirements.

Some sizes in certain brands can carry more load because the "Load Range" is different. But it also depends on the wheels too. If you go up from a Load Range H to a Load Range J in the same size, you can usually add aditional air pressure to carry more load... but only if the wheel is rated for the extra pressure. You need to know this before upsizing or uping the "Load Rating".

There are many good tires out there to do specific jobs. There are also a lot of "not so good" tires since they may not do the job you are wanting them to do. Every brand has both!

When I sell Michelin tires to RV'ers, I will always recommend the Michelin Advantage Program through FMCA. It is a great program that can save you money on Michelin tires. But that does not make the decision on which tire to recommend. It all depends on the situation, use, weight of the coach, etc...

I have Goodyear tires on my coach because they came on it. They are good, smooth tires after properly balancing them. (They were not properly balanced from the factory). I will keep them until they get 4 years old or so. When it comes up time for replacement, (5 yrs MAXIMUM for me), I will evaluate needs from weight ratings and how I am using the vehicle and offerings from tire companies that match my needs and make an educated decision at that time. (I will probably not go with Bridgestone or Toyo since they do usually ride slightly harsher because of Manufacturing differences in their sidewalls). But Michelin, Goodyear and Continental are all in the running as far as I am concerned. It will depend totally on what is needed to best suit my coach and my driving habits.



You make some great points.  I'm a computer guy not a tire man like you so I'll take your advice  I have a 2005 Holiday Rambler  Navigator weighing just under 46,000 pounds.  I only do freeways (normal speed is 55-60) and a lot of them (30K last year alone) often in the south in summer... well over 100 each day.  Clearly the tires get hot.  I'm coming up on 4.5 years.  


I rarely curb a tire...very rarely, but freeways in California and Illinois only have limited blacktop between the potholes, eh?


Recommendations? I have another maintenance issue ongoing and while it's in the shop, I might as well do it all and get the pain over.  I have a tag so I will need 10 tires.  I carry 23K on my drive axle (under the rating guys...) but that is after the masters in Florida set the suspension. If it matters, last year I put 10 Koni shocks on...

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#14354 Coach Too Hot

Posted by TBUTLER on 16 June 2011 - 09:54 PM

There are a number of things you can do to reduce the load on your air conditioners and thus make them more effective.

1. If possible park the coach with the windshield facing north. This will minimize the amount of sunlight coming in the windshield and side cabin windows. (Of course the obvious answer would end here... Drive in the direction you are facing until dark. Repeat until the daytime temperature is below 90 degrees! :lol: )

2. Request a shady site to minimize the amount of sun affecting the remainder of the coach.

3. Use all your awnings whenever possible. The large awning may not be useful in high winds but the smaller awnings should be used anytime the air conditioners will be operating.

The above are all no-cost items that you can do to reduce the impact of the sun on your coach. Here are a few more no-cost items.

4. Cook outdoors or use the microwave when possible. Eat cool, no cook meals when possible.

5. Shower at the campground showers and hang all wet clothing and towels outdoors until dry.

6. Keep lights, TV's and other electronics off during the heat of the day.

7. When parking after a day of driving, open the engine cover to allow maximum ventilation to the engine compartment. Do the same for the generator if you have been using it while driving. You can close these after sunset or the next morning if you are in a secure area.

Now for a few items that will cost you money but will further reduce the heat load on your air conditioners. Start working on these after you have done all of the above you are able to do.

8. If you have any large windows without awnings, install awnings on those windows if possible. Awnings are one of the most effective ways to reduce heat coming into your coach. If your slide outs don't have awning covers, consider installing those as well.

9. Purchase a set of external sun screens for your windshield and cabin area. These are usually a set of four sun screens that cover your biggest heat gain windows. Use these screens whenever you are using your air conditioners. Any time you are parked with a view anywhere other than north, these screens will be highly effective. External screens are significantly better at reducing heat as they stop the heat before it comes through the window. Internal screens are more convenient but not as effective.

10. Purchase and use external sun screens to cover any other windows on the coach that do not have awnings covering them. Windows on the end of slides usually have no awning cover. They are usually small but still allow a significant amount of heat when the sun shine into the window. All windows without awnings should have sun screens.

11. Purchase foam board art panels (in the art supplies at Wal-Mart). Cut them to fit your windows. We cut several to height for a window and then stack them side by side, overlapping a little as necessary. Put them in the inside of the window valence during the day. Use them in rooms when you are not in the room. Put them in the windows when you leave the coach for the day. They will provide some additional insulation for the windows.

12. You can use the night to cool the coach to a much cooler temperature. This will get you off to a good start for the daytime temperature battle. Run the air conditioners through the night to bring the coach temperature to 65 degrees or cooler. It may mean living with cooler than comfortable temperatures at night and in the early morning. Keep the temperatures as low as possible during the morning and into the afternoon.
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#13682 Motorhome With Rear Axle vs Rear Axle With Tag Axle?

Posted by Cruzer on 14 May 2011 - 12:31 PM

Most class A motorhomes up through 40' use a single rear axle. Generally, anything over 40' gets a tag axle, although there are always exceptions. A rear axle has weight limitations. Federal Bridge Law limits any single axle to 20,000 lbs. The rear axle weight of a fully loaded 40' coach gets very close, sometimes over, that amount. So, a larger, longer coach needs an additional axle to help carry the weight. Tag axles are generally rated at 10,000 lbs capacity so now the rear of the coach can safely carry 30,000 lbs and there are no more rear axle weight issues.

Tag axles also help reduce the rear overhang of the coach. Shorter coaches can get pushed around by 18 wheeler bow wakes or strong winds because that area acts as a sail that causes the coach to pivot laterally at the rear axle, making steering corrections necessary. A tag axle greatly reduces that and you'll find that it's much more enjoyable to drive a coach with a tag axle. The downside is that the coach is longer and costs more but I've found that maneuverability really isn't a drawback and we can put our 42' tag axle coach most anywhere our 40' single axle coach went. Plus, it's a much more solid handling ride.
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#13238 New Reputation System

Posted by tmoning on 26 April 2011 - 10:05 AM

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So, when you see posts of value to you, use the reputation mode to say thanks and to help others single-out valued replies.
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#5967 Extended Cruising

Posted by TBUTLER on 05 February 2010 - 06:11 PM

To add a little to the excellent advice that Gary(kd) has given you...

Be very careful where you post information about your travels. You don't want anyone connecting your home address with your travel posts. We are full time and don't have a house to worry about so can talk more freely but if your address can be connected to information that you are in Wyoming headed for Minnesota, it is like telling people your house is unattended for the foreseeable future.

With mail forwarding services, you can generally have your mail forwarded to: Your Names, General Delivery, Anytown, AnyState, Zip. We use the USPS web site to find the post office we where want to pick up the mail, you can search by town and get the nearest four or five post offices. Pick a small town if at all possible - it is much easier to find the post office. The USPS web site has maps that will help you find a particular post office. Not every post office in large communities handle general delivery mail. In towns with multiple post offices, there will be one main post office that handles general delivery mail. That is where you want to pick up your mail in larger communities. We usually plan to have the mail there several days before we arrive. General delivery mail will be held for several weeks. You will need an ID (drivers license) to pick up your mail. We have a mailing service that will forward our mail every Monday and we pay for Priority Mail which costs between 5 and 10 dollars each week depending on how much mail we have. If you are in a remote part of the country, the 2 to 3 day Priority Mail claim of the Post Office is meaningless. The mail will get there when it gets there. All of Texas is remote... add a day or two to the delivery time there (we are there now). Alaska is a whole different world for mail delivery! Holidays add a day or two to the delivery times and the Christmas season will add as much as a week to the normal delivery times. By the way, the USPS has its own definition of priority, it turns out to be somewhere between first and third class mail. Given all the above, we've only had to delay departure from a location several times waiting for mail to arrive. If you use a commercial service like FMCA, Escapees, Mail Boxes, Etc. and you ask the mail to be sent every Monday it should go out like clockwork. If you use a friend or relative, you'll have to live with their lapses in memory and adjust your schedule for it. Also if your friend or relative doesn't pick up your mail every day the mail could be sitting in the mailbox overnight occasionally. I would file a permanent change of address with the US Post Office since the seasonal forwarding they do is good for six months or less. When you return, you can file another permanent change of address to have mail returned to your home address. I find the on-line change of address form to be unfriendly to people who are on the road. Some of the information they ask for won't work for us so we get the paper form from the post office and file it. You can ask to be certain but I think that first class mail is forwarded for one year. You'll likely have to change your address directly with magazines to have them forwarded to your mail forwarding service. Put your name on the no-mail list for catalogs (the junk mail kind) and put your phone number on the no-call list for phone calls before you leave.

I would suggest possibly putting antifreeze in the drains and toilets when you leave home. This should slow evaporation and keep pests out without the corrosive effect of chlorine bleach. If you add a little oil (corn oil, etc.) to this mixture it will form a barrier on top of the water/antifreeze which will retard evaporation. You should be able to keep water in the drains and stools for the duration of your travels. If you are worried about staining stools, you may want to just use the oil.

You can pick up messages from your answering machine with a cell or other phone. If your answering machine or phone service doesn't have this capability get an answering machine or add that service with your phone company. Try it out before you leave home. Don't leave a message that says you are out of town or indicate anything about your travels as that is another tip off to strangers that you are gone. We use a cell phone for all our phone calls and all our relatives have that phone number so we can always be contacted. You can give your trusted business connections (attorney, bank, broker, etc.) your cell phone number and instruct them to use that to contact you until you have them change back to the home number. We use e-mail for the bulk of our communications with children. That way they can read about our exploits and then we can discuss more important matters when we are on the phone.

Stop paper delivery and if you get a free paper that is delivered to everyone, have a neighbor pick up those for you preferably on the day they are delivered. Nothing says empty house louder than a pile of newspapers on the driveway or lawn. By the way, your neighbors will know you are gone before you leave so you won't be giving up any secrets there. You don't have to let them know how long you plan to be gone.

We have all our bills paid by automatic charge to our credit card (a few by direct charge to our checking account) and then reconcile our credit card account with the statement we access on the internet and pay that via the internet. That way there are no utility or credit card bills in the mail. If the mail is delivered late, you won't miss any bills or payments. I keep a record of the closing date for the credit card and the billing date for each of the utilities, insurance payments, etc on my computer calendar. I can go to the credit card web site and check to see what the payment amount is for each item as my way of seeing that charges are as expected.
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#50802 Diesel Motorhome MPG-- Honest Answers Please

Posted by luckydog1949 on 23 March 2015 - 03:51 PM

I thought it might be nice to have a place where prospective buyers could gather information that they might find helpful when shopping for a new (or new to them) motorhome.


What mileage do you get from your DIESEL motorhome?  What engine do you have?  What is your RV length?  What is the weight of your rig?  What is your normal cruising speed?  Do you tow (weight of toad?)  Please, keep advice on driving habits short and to the point (long theses ruin the information readability and is the same as for cars, trucks, etc.)


I'll start:  We get 6.5 mpg, uphill, downhill, on the flats, towing or not.  We have a CAT C7 (no DEF required - 2005).  36' long Itasca Horizon with four slides.  At last weigh-in the rig weighed 29,840 lbs.  We have, so far, always cruised at the posted speed limit, but not to exceed 65 mph because of our Toad's limit.  Toad is a 2007 Honda CR-V 2wd which weighs about 3500 lbs.


When we had a fifth-wheel, it was hard to find believeable information of fuel "economy" for tow vehicles.  And, don't get me started on the gimmicks touted to increase your mileage...

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#44042 Overnighting @ Flying J

Posted by mpierce on 06 June 2014 - 07:55 PM



You stop at a Truck Stop, and are shocked, I say shocked, that you can hear and smell diesel engines!   LOL


You must be surprised when you walk into a restaurant, and they have, ready for it.......food!   LOL

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#38085 Extended Warranty Warning: ACC Warranty

Posted by Jridgley on 13 November 2013 - 01:47 PM

I just thought I would share my story with the fine people of this organization and forum:   I purchased a 4 year unlimited mileage extended warranty from ACC WARRANTY GROUP in April of 2012. In My of 2013 I took my coach to Premier Motor Coach Services in Tucson Az. ( I know a lot of folks here have used them, great company to work with, very professional) for my annual checkup for the upcoming summer trip. After the service techs went through the coach they found several items that needed to be replace and or repaired. Some under the extended warranty and some not. Premier sent to Acc Warranty the work order for approval of their part of the repairs. After numerous unanswered phone calls and faxes and three weeks of time, they finally sent approval, the repairs were done, I picked up the coach and we off for the summer.   Upon returning home from the summer trip Sept. 1,2013, I went to Premier to return a level that was left in the coach.At that time  I found out that Acc Warranty hade not paid the repair bill. This was the first time I ever had a claim.    On Sept. 9,2013 I sent by email and snail mail a written cancellation notice to Acc Warranty Group requesting my prorated refund. After aprox. 30 days wait time I began calling to find out status of refund. I called everyday for a week. No return phone calls. Finally on Oct.18th  got a call from Steve Burgess the owner of Acc Warranty, he said to me go F##K yourself and if you want your money sue me.   Please what ever you do, think twice about doing business with a company like this, they gladly take your money, do not pay for repairs and then upon cancellation according to their contract do not refund your money. After posting this notice on another forum I have had several people come forward ad tell me the same thing has happened to them . Thanks for listening, I hope this notice can help  you to stay away from ACC WARRANTY GROUP  Jim 2006 Country Coach Allure 430 #31317

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#25559 Waffle House Limits Coffee

Posted by bizsmith@yahoo.com on 18 July 2012 - 07:26 AM

I'm sure they will miss you.
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#23126 Is This A Scam?

Posted by gmoreno on 29 April 2012 - 11:57 AM

Hey fellas:

So Pete emailed me and I cut and pasted his reply here on this forum for curious readers. Pete also sent about 10 photos. Not sure how to get these to all interested parties.

We might just do a weekend simply because we are curious. However, we travel with young kids (3 and 6 years of age) and no mention of park and weekend activities for the kids. We live just North of Boston, so it's about a three hour trek to this place should we decide to investigate and take a peek. If we do, I let readers know what we learned.


Hi Rob

We live in Lake Wales Fl in the winter and Maine summer. We are full timers. I have 10 lots there at Sandy Shores. We are on a lake and 5 mi. from the Atlantic. Camden, Rockport & Rockland are 15 min away. The Resort is very beautiful and easy access of Rt 1. Not very many people know about it. We do not advertise in ant R.V. books,or have a web site. We are a condominium assoc and we all own our lots. There are 75 lots at Sandy Shores and are very nice. There are a few paved pads but most a very nicely landscaped. We do not except Pop Ups, Truck Slide in campers or Tents. Most lots are 5500 sq ft and there are 5 that are 7700 sq ft. There are very few children there, an occasional a grandchild. Pets are allowed and the usual rules you would find in any camp ground. Only one R.V. per site, Guest are allowed with no charge for a minimum stay (1) week and you can wash your R, V. and Autos. Lots are 17,57,75,72 74 62 64 & 46,52,53
Rent is $700.00 per mo May, June. Sept, Oct. $800.00 July / Aug, includes elect. / $2800.00 for the Season. (May1-Oct 31) Plus Electric. You make $200.00 deposit direct to the bank info below.
Sandy Shores R.V. Resort is an upscale camp ground compared to the ones in our area. Sandy Shores rate are lower that all campground with in a 25 mile radius, and we are 200.00 less than they are. We also are a gated community. there are severl lot up for sale as well staring from $40.000.
Maine 's Season is a short one and everyone wants July/August. so the early bird gets the worm??? If you are interested let me know soon, as they will be booked fast..
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#22438 50 Amp Extension Cord

Posted by Butch39 on 06 April 2012 - 09:51 AM

Will relate my experience with obtaining an extension 50 amp cord. While at the local RV dealer, there was a sale table with all kinds of RV parts that were at discounted prices. Within that area was two new 50 amp electrical cords that was for either a towable or for a motorhome. They were new replacement parts. The price was right, 30 dollars each. As there was a male end on the cord, I had to purchase the female end, at CW, and install........now we have a 50 amp extension cord......and only cost about 55 dollars. Far cheaper than CW or elsewhere................note: now that we have it, have never had a situation where it was needed.....o'well............
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#1766 Cats and RVing

Posted by Cathe on 09 June 2009 - 01:24 AM

I have struggled with this question for sometime.

I have two small dogs and two cats at home. I have seen many cats in RVs of many sizes while traveling. How do people get a cat initiated to a rig, and how do you live with them in a rig? What about litter boxes, how do you exercise them, how do you deal with them when they run and hide when the motor starts? I have been able to entice one of my two cats to come into the motorhome while parked in front of the house, but she doesn't stay very long. I have many questions about taking them with me on the road. Perhaps, some of the experienced pet owners can shed some light on the how to's of cats in the RV lifestyle.
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#13388 Towing 2011 Ford Explorer

Posted by rorr1821 on 04 May 2011 - 09:45 AM

I have had several vehicles which I have towed all four wheels down and none of these vehicles accumulated miles on the odometer. See the attached 2011 Ford Towing guide. I believe I would check with several other dealers on this issue.
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#53350 Cummins Generator Dies After 2-3 Seconds

Posted by DickandLois on 28 June 2015 - 05:07 PM

The Cummins / Onan generators can be primed after one runs them out of fuel by holding the stop side of the switch down for a good 30 seconds to a min.


Then try to start it again.


Let the group know if that worked and we will go from there.



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