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  1. Holiday Rambler Repair

    I have had good service at the Coburg Oregon service facility. Just came back from there in fact and there were customers from Ohio, Illinois, Texas, South Dakota, California...basically all over, who regularly have their coaches serviced there because they do good work.
  2. Fleetwood Storm 28F -Low Quality

    Sounds like a Lemon Law contender. You in the US have that sort of consumer protection. How effective it is I cannot say...but at least you have it. Have you looked into that? Here in Canada there is no such protection. My 2012 Holiday Rambler Vacationer was in the shop for the better part of the Spring/Summer and Fall season ( roughly 7 months ) of 2012 but I must say that the problems you are having sound absolutely disgraceful. After having the opportunity to speak with the regional sales manager at a local RV show and writing to the Navistar RV Division President they arranged for it to go to the Monaco Coburg service center and they did an admirable job at attempting to fix the problems we had been plagued with. There are still some issues that need addressing so it's going back in a couple of weeks. The manufacturer's response to your unacceptable issues makes me wonder how any future problems with our motorhome will be handled now that Holiday Rambler/ Monaco are owned by the same company that owns Fleetwood. Seriously, no consumer should have to contend with the terrible quality you have described. I don't care if it's entry level or luxury coach. One thing I did note when at the Coburg center for 10 days is that it doesn't matter how much you paid for your coach, they all have similar problems to one degree or another. Ours was the only class A gas there for the most part, the rest being DP's many of which were in the half million dollar range when new. I do agree with DesertDeals69 though. If I had to do it again I would look at a good pre-owned higher end coach. My wife however didn't like the "country", frilly look of most of the interiors on the older coaches whereas our Vacationer has a timeless decor that I feel confident will remain up to date for a long time. ...... probably longer than the coach
  3. TV table

    From the album Our 2012 Vacationer

  4. tail swing

    From the album Our 2012 Vacationer

    Ford dealership error.
  5. Manuverability as a Function of Wheelbase

    Mine is on a 242" wheelbase but is 36' 10" long. That rear tail swing is definitely something to keep in mind. Unfortunately a mechanic at a local Ford dealer didn't realize that and hit a concrete lamp standard on their lot....roughly $5,000 in damages that they, of course are paying for. Trying to maneuver through border crossings with all the blockades they have to prevent anyone blasting through is quite an ordeal...almost took out the US Border Agent's booth 2 weeks ago...with him in it.....
  6. Dreamed of Monaco

    Herman, you're right on the money...they are looking to sell.......if the right buyer comes along. So far they have rejected some offers, so when I will happen is anyone's guess...but that's their intention.
  7. Daytime Running Lights....Canada

    All F53 chassis' come with a DRL harness as standard equipment....per Ford's own specification sheet in PDF form.......all BUT MINE! So they couldn't activate the DRL feature at all. So whether it be from Ford or the selling dealer they have now been able to set it up. At least that's what they tell me..I haven't seen it for 6 weeks.
  8. Thanks for everyone's input. Newbie I don't have the touch screen dash unit. I have a DVD player in the cabinet above the driver's seat and a dash radio. After taking it back to the dealer again and speaking to the General Manager ( who also thought it was strange to have a player without all the leads hooked up), they hired an independent audio company to go over it and what they told me earlier is indeed the correct procedure. The amplifier for the DVD player is in the dash unit ( which plays CD's) and to get surround sound one has to set the dash unit to "aux rear". The dash unit amplifier runs off the house batteries so my concern about draining the chassis battery is explained away. To change the subject a little, the coach has been in the shop for half of January and all of February for various things to be fixed so I'll play with the DVD unit when I get it back tomorrow. I year anniversary of ownership comes up in March. Of that, it it has been in the shop for 230 days of 351 days we've owned it. To top it all off the Ford dealer's mechanic who was working on giving it an oil change..trying to hook up the DRL ( my chassis was missing the standard wiring harness that all F53 chassis come standard with) and trying to figure out why the V10 stalled on every hard left turn ( misrouted wiring harness by Monaco causing the front wheel to make contact with it and damaged the wiring)....he creased the dr side rear compartment door, pushed back the rear cap joint moulding and generally scraped the whole left rear side of the cap. Me pulling my hair out?......nahhhhhhh.........When we get it back I am going to wrap the entire coach in duct tape...that should help...maybe.
  9. Yes but I am not sure I accept their explanation. They say that in order to to get sound through all the speakers I have to set the dashboard radio to "AUX REAR". None of that is mentioned anywhere in the vehicle handbook or the DVD manufacturer's handbook. Furthermore all that does is play sound through all the speakers....not "surround sound" The DVD home theatre unit has ports for L front....L rear...R front...R rear... center and subwoofer. There are no leads from any speakers for anything but "center" and "subwoofer" A true surround system would have them all hooked up just like at home and the handbook for the DVD player/home theatre system gives all the details of how to set that up. That's not possible if there are no leads to the correct speakers........and.........it seems a bit strange to have to employ the dash radio ...which I assume runs off the chassis battery, for a system that should run completely off the house batteries during a 2 hour movie. It's as if they forgot to wire the speakers to the Home Theatre system at bthe factory and the answer I am given at the dealership is a "good enough" solution as far as they are concerned. So I just wondered if anyone out there has the same MH and how it's hooked up at the back of the DVD unit.
  10. If you have this setup, I have a question or two about the wiring off the back of the DVD unit and the procedure used to activate the surround sound feature.
  11. Thanks

    I just want to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone here. In the short time I have been a member I have learned a LOT from these forums and wanted to express my gratitude to all who have offeerd advice and shared their experiences. Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.
  12. Daytime Running Lights....Canada

    Thanks everyone. I am aware that it is a legal requirement that any importer must install or activate DRL on motorhomes in Canada. My reason for asking the question is that when I brought it up with my service department they said they would have to look into it to see if it is a fix from Monaco or from Ford. I found this strange....I mean...all their units are imported from the States...including ones they build themselves on the E 350 or E 450 cutaway chassis....so why is it such a query as to how to fix it?.....almost as if they haven't bothered setting up DRL's on any other units they import. So I just wonderd if other members in Canada had MH's where the importer ( the dealership) had not bothered to set them up. I also believe it is a requirement that the instruments should have Km as the dominant numbers on the speedo but on mine they simply have a sticker below the gauges that says "miles"....which is OK by me as I never did like the switch to metric and most of my driving is done in the States.
  13. This a question for Canadian members. Does your MH have daytime running lights? What brand and year of RV do you have?
  14. Trouble Retracting Slideout, Driver-Side

    FYI .......Our 2012 Holiday Rambler Vacationer 36SBT user manual says "CAUTION......The motorhome must be supported by the suspension whether extending or retracting any slide room. Do not operate the slide out room when supported by the hydraulic jacks. Damage to the slide out room, mechanism or seals can occur."
  15. Alcoa Dura Brite 22.5 inch Wheels On Class A Gas

    Agreed....... I haven't looked in on this forum for a few weeks. I found out about the wheel manufacturer shortly after my last post. I was speaking to a rep for Alcoa ( a very pleasant and helpful lady ) and she confirmed that Alcoa hasn't supplied Ford with wheels for some time. On her suggestion I searched for the stamping on the wheels and found "Made in Taiwan" on the rear wheel. After that I kind of dropped the matter as the issue of whether an Alcoa "Dura Brite" warranty had been voided by dealership attempts to get the unusual coating off half of each wheel was no longer a concern. The Ford ad I had found on line mentioning the F53 chassis having dura brite wheels was a very old ad, so that corresponds to what the Alcoa rep was saying. A Ford rep suggested I take it to a Ford dealer and make a warranty claim. During this time the RV has been in the shop again and I let the matter slide. I was watching a video for the Rand McNally GPS and a split second frame showed a wheel in motion on a pusher that had the same milky appearance when it was in direct sunlight so I figured it is not an uncommon occurrence. I took some Meguires Scratch X and lightly applied some to a front wheel. It reduced the effect of the light scratches in the clearcoated wheel and when followed by an application of Turtle Wax ICE the reflection on the wheel deepened. It didn't eliminate that milky appearance in direct sunlight but has made a positive impact on the overall appearance of the wheel finish. So I feel a bit better about the issue and will leave it at that. Thanks for everyone's input.