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    Not Newbies by any means! We are Tweety Coachtraveling all over the US
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    Jesus and helping His people and helping others so they may come to know Him in a personal relationship.
    Full time RVers for over 11 years this time. 10 year prior to that with a 6 year off for grandma to be with grandkids,
    Not a Newbie by any means.
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    Full-time in my motorhome

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  1. Do You Have A Motorcycle With You While RV'ing?

    As I said above: Putting a bike of substantial weight on front can have a really bad effect on steering components and TIRES. I've been a mechanic and service director for more than a few dealerships. Do Not load the front end. It was not made for hauling!!! Any dealer that puts a motorcycle carrier on front of a coach, had better have the coach owner sign a waiver of responsibility, drawn up by an attorney, because coaches aren't designed to haul in front. In fact to put a motorcycle on front of a Class C is even worse, because they are basically Pickup truck frames, with cooling systems up front also. People may just learn the hard way, either in a crash or expensive front end/steering, suspension, etc, repairs. Then again, some people just have to do it their way, and maybe even install a front motorcycle rack themselves, which leaves them wide open for law suits, when the inevitable happens.
  2. Do You Have A Motorcycle With You While RV'ing?

    Putting a bike of substantial weight on front can have a really bad effect on steering components and TIRES. I've been a mechanic and service director for more than a few dealerships. Do Not load the front end. It was not made for hauling!!!
  3. Portable Soft Water Units

    If you have AquaHot soft water is important. We have it installed in the water bay.
  4. Do You Have A Motorcycle With You While RV'ing?

    We use to pull a car trailer with a car and R1200RT BMW bike inside. We had Electric over Hydraulic disk brakes on the trailer. One of the flexible brake lines popped out of the metal end fittings and was shooting brake fluid onto the rotor with a subsequent fire. Got everything under control: no big deal. But later after thinking about the fire, Ellen got a little scared about pulling the trailer. So, last Winter, I installed a Hydra Lift and recessed it into the back of the coach to reduce the leverage point. The bike is all we had for the entire Summer. Grocery shopping was a breeze, with Paineers (hard saddle bags) and the double helmet Top case (Case behind the passenger). Gas mileage was a lot better and parking was easier and more room on each side!! Sometimes we could even park right up close to the stores' entrances. If I was to pull 4 wheels down again; it would still be an enclosed trailer! Less wear and tear on an expensive car and a heck of a lot more protection for the car and bike! We pulled a trailer for 15 years and in that time, we only needed to have the trailer away from the coach, maybe five or six times. The only down side is that, we accumulated a lot of supplies and weight in the trailer. So, having the bike only meant 14,300 lbs less weight to pull, making going up hills a lot faster, less wear and tear on the coach's Cummins 500, drive train and fuel economy! AND: My wife was pleasantly surprised and is really looking forward to another Summer on the bike, without a car. Please note: I am 76 going on 77 and Ellen is up there close. We've been married going on 58 years, and if we go; we go together: in more ways than one! So our vote is for a motorcycle ONLY!!
  5. Front Tire Wear 2005 Beaver Monterey

    I switched to MICHELIN® XZA2® ENERGY Tires and could not believe the difference in the ride and handling. I asked my wife: "Is it just because I paid a lot for these Michelins or is there that much difference between them and the Goodyears?" Later she said"I feel like we are riding on a cloud!" Yes they are more expensive: But in this case you do get what you pay for! Please note: Goodyear had been very good to us over the years and handled claims quickly and efficiently on our coach and enclosed car trailer, and it was not an easy decision to make: but worth the time, turmoil and long wait! I might add: I had already switched, 5years ago, to 315X22.5's on the front of our 04 Monaco Exec due to a 295X22.5 Goodyear blowout on the left front steer axle and the un-availability of the Goodyear 295 RV 670 in the farmlands of Minnesota and could not go down to the available 275 size, due to the steer axle's weight. Our steer axle was upgraded to 16,500 plus due to our heavy battery load behind the fuel tank. We are "Total Electric"; meaning NO PROPANE, which is responsible for most RV fires and the reason Marathon Coach will not put Propane in any of their Prevost Coach conversions. I buy new tires, when they become 5years old to keep my tires under Mfg warranty. When it came time to buy tires I also switched to 315's on the drive axle and tag. The change to the 315's made it so that I could actually balance the axle loads to weight ratios properly for all the axles. Please note: Before installing and running 315's on the drive and tag of the Monaco Exec, there are a few mods that need to be done, which I will not share; due to a few reasons.
  6. Front Tire Wear 2005 Beaver Monterey

    I had basically the same issue. I was told by several tire people that the Goodyear tires had edge wear issues. I paid $200 to have it aligned and the guy said alignment was "Dead On" and that the Goodyear tire were known for that type of wear. Since the guy just had to check the alignment and not make any adjustments, I got him to reduce the cost of the incident. My big question would be: What is the Model of Goodyear tire that is on the coach's steer axle and the axle's weight I would not rule out "Camber", or "Toe out" if the tires are wearing on the inside, or an overloaded front axle. The only way to settle the issue is to have the alignment checked: remembering the fact that if they make no adjustments there should only be a charge for checking and not a charge for the complete Alignment service. Don't ask the question before the alignment is checked, because if the tech knows that you ask the question, he can put a wrench to a bolt or nut and it will go into the "Flat Rate" for the complete alignment and the full charge will be applied. I am not saying that all service operations should not trusted, but I worked at many dealerships over 20 years as a "Salaried Mechanic" and later as a "Service Director" over Parts and Service, and I saw things like this happen at 99% of them by "Flat Rated Mechanics" and or "Techs", even to customers that thought they really knew and trusted the Service Depts. (I would not work under the flat rate system, because mechs/techs are basically forced to cheat. I always negotiated a salary before going to work at a dealership.) I worked at many Auto/Truck Dealerships, over the years, because I would quit when Dealerships tried to make me part of their dishonest operations! The "ole" saying "customer beware" applies!
  7. 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://rvhydronicheaterrepair.com/RVHYDModelInfo.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
  8. Webasto Hydronic Heating System

    This is an alert to all Aqua Hot and HydroHot 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. This was causing the temp of the hot water to fluctuate. I thought it 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 along with the other 5 gallons! I did have an unused 40 gal blue tank, that I was able to use to recycle the coolant. 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. 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://rvhydronicheaterrepair.com/RVHYDModelInfo.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 super day.
  9. Good Sam Roadside Assistance versus Coach Net

    We are nine year fulltimers and have used both CoachNet and Good Sam with good results with both of them. We learned last year there is one big difference between the two and that is if you have an accident/crash and need to be towed. CoachNet will not tow your vehicle in that case, only if it is an emergency situation, while GS WILL tow your vehicle(s) in an accident situation. Just something to think about.