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#4363 Member Agreement

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

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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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#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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#41574 Norcold Double Door Fridge Not Working

Posted by huffypuff on 22 March 2014 - 09:05 PM

When mine gets washed the box trips and red light comes on solid.  I hold a strong magnet just to the right of the red light for about 5 seconds and you will hear a click when it reboots and the red light will go out.  Then you go inside and turn the refrigerator back on.   


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#38834 Satellite TV: Paying for Unused DirecTV Service

Posted by BillAdams on 13 December 2013 - 10:42 AM

When you remove the dome of your Winegard antenna you will see a silver electronics box.  There is a label on top that shows you which switches to set for which service and you will find the tiny dip switches on the side of that box.

 

The DirecTV setting is switch 8 down and all others up.  For Dish you change that to 4, 7, 8 down.

 

You can check with the local RV parks as they usually know who the local RV friendly installers are.


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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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#31886 Alert To All AquaHot And Hydronic Heating System Users

Posted by f330021 on 14 March 2013 - 04:07 AM

This is an alert to all Aqua Hot users.

Our AquaHot's boiler cap was stuck and allowed the boiler to boil out 11 gallons out of 16 gal of coolant over a period of I don't know how long! The cap was so deteriorated (brittle) that the rubber seals came apart in pieces when I removed the cap, which I had to use Channel locks to remove. The missing 11 gallons of coolant was causing the temp of the hot water to fluctuate, which I thought originally was the mixing valve; but after circumstances led me to check the coolant level I found out differently! 

After cleaning the Boiler cap neck, which was very difficult on our 04 Monaco Exec, because of where it is located and the size of the AquaHot and filling it with coolant, the Electric Heating Element burned out and I had to replace it. The Heating Element Replacement requires that you drain the boiler. Well there went the 11 gallons of Coolant I just put in by pumping it in with a new Weed sprayer, which was a real chore, because of where my boiler's cap and inlet were located!
I did have an unused 40 gal blue tank, that I was able to use to recycle the 16 plus gallons of 50/50 coolant mixture.

Note: Use Distilled water along with the coolant to achieve the 50/50 solution. This will keep the corrosion down in the room heat exchangers and save you money and
trouble in the long run.

The AquaHot Owner's Manual & the AquaHot Repair Manual says to check the coolant level in the reservoir tank and neither manual mentions checking the level of the fluid in the Boiler tank OR what type of Coolant to use!. The tank has a radiator cap on top of it like a car's radiator. Do not trust just checking the reservoir's fluid level!!! 



I would advise everyone with an AquaHot to check the boiler's coolant level. Wait until the boiler is cool. If you can feel that the radiator cap on top of the boiler (Just like a car's radiator cap) is cool to the touch, along with the area around it remove the cap slowly and if the level is correct and full, the coolant will be right up to the cap and may even
overflow as you remove the cap.


If you cannot see or feel the coolant level go to: http://rvhydronichea...YDModelInfo.htm and see what type of coolant your AquaHot uses and fill it up. Note: you should find out what type of coolant your AquaHot uses anyway!
In any case you should check the boiler cap once a year and replace it every 2 years! You will save yourself a lot of headaches & heartaches, along with a lot of
money in repairs!

:) God Bless and have a supper day, :)
        Larry the Tweety Coach Guy


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#29374 Albuquerque Balloon Festival 2013

Posted by 210driver on 29 November 2012 - 09:09 PM

I would like to go to the balloon festival in 2013 at Albuquerque would like any advice from someone who has went on the best RV park and any other pointers to make the trip better.
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#24207 Michlin XZE2+ or Goodyear G670 RV tires?

Posted by tomgauger on 04 June 2012 - 08:57 AM

Another point: Assuming our coaches can handle either size, would you go with 315's or stick with 295's? I'm told my '01 Monaco Exec can use the 315's.
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#23754 RPMs at 60 MPH?

Posted by Planocat on 20 May 2012 - 03:48 AM

New to me 2004 Dutch Star model 3809 on a Spartan chassis with 370 hp Cummins / Allison 6 speed.

I keep reading about people running 62-63 mph at 1650 rpms. They keep talking about 1650 rpms being the sweet spot. I am not seeing anything close to that as I see 1800 at 62 mph according to my gauges. I did not have the trans in "Economy Mode", but I don't think that changes the rpms.

I read on another forum where poster claimed they had to get to 68mph to shift into 6th gear and then could back off to 65 mph. If that is the case, I never got to 68 as I'm of the 60-62 mph comfort zone type of driver. Perhaps I was in 5th gear? I will call Spartan on Monday to see if they can tell me what rear end ratio I have.

Am I the only one looking at those kind of numbers? What is your targeted rpm for maximum economy?
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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.

Thanks,
Rob

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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My Bank information

Note from Moderator: I removed his banking information.
Brett

Let me know if you get these.
Pete
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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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#18342 Texas Drivers License

Posted by mikelm48 on 06 December 2011 - 07:27 AM

Hi all. Very informative thread. However, be aware that not all Texas DMV Offices require a Road test to upgrade from a Class C to a Class B Non CDL License. I called around several DMV Offices and while most required both a written and a road test, one office did not require a road test. When I challenged them and said all other offices seemed to require a Road Test, they responded that it was at the discresion of the Manager at each office. So I travelled a little further a got an upgrade to a Class B Non CDL with just a written test.
So call a few different Texas DMV offices, you may be able to avoid the Road Test.

David B

David, which office did you go to?

Mike
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#17478 Monaco/Holiday Rambler Wiring Diagrams and Manuals

Posted by mikev on 26 October 2011 - 11:55 AM

Some time back I called the Monaco service department and was able to get a chassis wiring diagram for my coach via email /.pdf. I tried to get a coach wiring diagram as well but they did not have it readily available. The technician I was talking to said to check back in a few months as they were in the process of scanning -collating and posting manuals and wiring diagrams to their web site for owners to access. Well yesterday I went there and found the wiring diagrams for my 2003 Ambassador were indeed available. This is an excellent service they are providing, the diagrams are very detailed and easy to follow. For those of us who can do our own repairs these diagrams are pure gold. For those of you who will take your coach to a shop these diagrams will probably save you money and time. Just download your copy and have it available for the shop to use. I printed mine as well as keeping a copy on my computer.

They are also putting owners manuals on line. The models and years of the manuals and wiring diagrams are limited at the moment, but they said it was an ongoing process. Hopefully they will be able to get all of them online.

Although I have had limited issues as far as my coach's electrical systems is concerned, I try to be as informed about all my equipment as possible. Another of my projects is taking digital pictures of every nook and cranny of my coach so I know where everything is. Between this and these diagrams I should be able to find most problems.

Here is the url of the HR site, http://www.holidayra...iringdiagramshr


Hope this helps a few of you out there....
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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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