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  1. jimburnett, Welcome to the FMCA Forum. Not sure there will be a good answer until just before you leave when you can consult the weather forecast. May be able to do the "shortest" route if you catch the storm tracks just right, or may be better off crossing west and coming down the warmer/west side of the mountains to California and then east.
  2. Byron, You might contact Todd Moning at FMCA tomorrow. I did not experience any such lock out, but I was out much of the afternoon. And, there has been a pretty steady stream of posts today: http://community.fmca.com/discover/ Wonder if it was an FMCA issue or issue with your provider? That is why I suggest contacting Todd-- past my pay grade.
  3. Not sure I understand. While driving, the engine-driven alternator should take care of all but extremely large amp loads. What are you running that would deplete the batteries while driving such that they would trigger the auto-gen set start?
  4. While you could buy a torque multiplier, you could also get a 3/4" breaker bar, socket and 5' pipe. Divide your weight into 475 to determine how far out the pipe from center of breaker bar you would need to just apply your weight (no muscle). Example 175 pounds into 475 ft-lbs times 12 inches/foot = 32.6". OR if you want to just apply 100 pounds, do it 4.75' out the pipe. There is another method I use with a pipe extension and good quality 1/2" torque wrench. If you have one, let me know and I can get you details.
  5. Bulk rate is where charging starts, then proceeds to absorption and then float. 13.5 VDC is charge voltage. A little low. Verify set up programming. Charge rate 86 amps. So batteries pretty depleted. Charge rate would be even more if voltage was up around 14.
  6. Doug, I would call Freightliner with your VIN and ask for a copy of your air system schematics. Also, give Tiffin a call to find out how they modified/added to the air system (things like air horns, air powered step covers, etc). Have you listened for the air dryer purging (in driveway with engine running)? How frequently?
  7. Mike, Look under the seat for the parts tag. It will tell you the manufacturer of the seat (with Flexsteel and Villa being two top brands). It will also have a PN on it. That will make shopping for seat covers a lot more accurate. Are you looking for slip on covers or trying to duplicate the OE? What material?
  8. Dianne and I will be there. And, will be presenting Preventive Maintenance for DP's at the Diesel RV Club (an FMCA Chapter) the week before the Convention: http://www.dieselrvclub.org/event-2316575
  9. Lyle, Absolutely, verify that the thermostat is affixed to the tank. If so, you can manually turn the water heater ON and OFF until convenient to replace the thermostat.
  10. Carl, Reason I suggested engine on is that is a more accurate "what is voltage at headlights" while driving. But, shore power (assuming it charges chassis battery) can be substituted. And even with no charging, you can compare voltage at chassis battery and then at lights with lights on. Less "what really happens", but it will give you an indication if you have a voltage loss. You can also check to see if light switch supplies lights directly (not as good) or through relays (one for low, one for high). The relays allow larger gauge wire, no loss in headlight switch, and therefore better light. I installed relays for this on our last coach.
  11. As water heats, it WILL expand. There should be an air pocket at the top of the water heater tank to absorb the expansion. If the air pocket is not there, pressure WILL build and leak out the relief valve. Re-establish the air pocket by turning off pressure water and shore water, opening a faucet to relieve pressure and then remove the water heater drain plug (Atwood) or anode (Suburban).
  12. If headlights are not as bight as you would like, first test is with engine running, check voltage AT THE BULBS. You would be surprised how low the actual voltage can be. Have used relays (under $10) and larger gauge wire to boost voltage back up to near that of the chassis battery. Voltage in the high 13's is a LOT brighter than in the low 12's.
  13. Lyle, Could be one of three issues: Loss of air pocket-- re-establish one. Weak pressure relief valve-- replace from most box stores. Too hot-- replace thermostat and/or verify that thermostat is firmly attached to the tank.
  14. Yup, there is NO "here is how to prime all diesels". Totally depends on how the engine and chassis maker designed the fuel system. Best advice-- follow what is in your owners manual. We have owned coaches that recommend installing dry (i.e. there is some means of priming) and some that required pre-filling the filters.
  15. Blake, That MAY be true, but GCWR may not be the limiting factor. Things like hitch rating, Rear axle carrying capacity of any tongue weight, etc. Again, least strong determines towing capacity and I would sure recommend they contact both coach and chassis maker. Hate to have them find out after buying a toad that won't work, or worse, after an accident when someone else's lawyer finds out.