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    Various, including Road Travel, Small Towns, Big Cities, Sightseeing the Landscape of the USA, Vintage Automobiles, Live Concerts, etc.

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  1. I'm doing the complete ground effects surround on the underside of the MH in soft white LEDs that will match my existing and OE awning leds. Plan now is to use the aluminum channel and diffusers, install the 12vDC controller in the electrical bay and switched all tied into an existing spare fuse circuit on the distribution panel. The LEDs will be installed (using the channel) on the underside of the belly pans and thus, will not be visible from the side of the coach. They are also dimmable so we can use with discretion.
  2. This post/thread is closed. All OP questions have since been answered/obtained from additional resources.
  3. Service - or Disservice?

    DBH, What you describe is most certainly has been a "disservice" to you and I'm personally appalled at what you've been experiencing. It's less than poor, it's shameless that some manufacturers and their assigned dealers are not more responsive to THEIR customer's needs.
  4. Clear Bra Removal

    A Detailer's secret per say: Use steam to remove the clear bra, i.e. laundry steamer or some type that will give you a concentrated amount of steam (flow) through a nozzle and the clear bra will come off easily. Then you can use a wax & grease remover such as 3M to get any residue off. Using steam (carefully) will not damage the underlying paint finish. Same applies for removing window tint - when using steam it will come off as an entire sheet and not break/tear apart leaving one with numerous fragments/strips to peal away. just heat it with the steam at one of the edges and slowly start to work it back and off of the surface.
  5. Benefits of Diamond Shield

    I tend to appreciate it (Diamond Shield) or any form of clear bra type protective covering for that matter on the front my motorhome. I also have it on my automobiles (3M Clear Bra). Yes, it's expensive and as some state a PITA to remove (actually, using steam will aid in the removal). I appreciate it due to the fact that it does mitigate the damage of road debris more so than many may recognize in the form of sand and other common road contaminants that without it will "sand blast" the front painted portion of the motorhome hence the reason manufacturers' install it to begin with.
  6. Diesel Motorhome MPG-- Honest Answers Please

    Admittingly, I have not read all of the threads/replies to the OP's post... Motorhome = 2017 Newmar 45DP / Spartan K3 / Cummins ISX15 (600hp) Motorhome Length = 44.11" (w/installed Hydralift + Tow Vehicle OAL = 70' 3") GCWR = 74,000 (we run at the mark, loaded). Normal Average Interstate Hwy Cruise Speed = 65-MPH Towing = Jeep SUV @ 5,000 + Garia LSV (Golf Cart on Lift) @ 2200 lbs (LSV + lift weight combined) Cumulative Mileage Driven to date = 12,900 miles (still not "broken in") Average MPG (all road types combined) = 6.7 MPG
  7. Motorhome Financing

    It's true that "word on the street" is that the majority of lenders will not finance a RV (in this case, a Class A Motorhome) if >10 years in age - but my personal suspicion is that much depends on what it is (market value at time of purchase) and the individual's financial position, credit worthiness and liquidity. (e.g. If one is in a position to place a large downpayment (i.e. securing let's say, 40-50% equity up front) or can demonstrate financial holdings/securities that can be bridged to such a loan (i.e. investments, home ownership, etc.) then some lenders may be willing to provide financing on the basis that the loan is less of a risk and further secured in terms of one's ability to repay it.
  8. Planning the installation of ground effects LED light strips to surround the lower exterior of my motorhome and wondering if others here have done the same and can share information on the following; 1) if your installation includes the use of a RF remote to turn the LEDs on/off, where did you install it?, i.e. on the exterior of the motorhome such as in the electrical bay or inside the basement area, or on in the interior of motorhome, and how well would you describe how well the RF remote works (signal is good, fair, poor), same question applies if you installed colored LEDs and use a bluetooth/RF remote. 2) if you installed an in-line On/Off switch to control power to the LEDs where did you place it? inside the motorhome in or under the dash, in the basement area, etc. 2) did you direct connect to your motorhome's 12-volt DC current or use a 120 volts AC converter? 3) if you ran LED light strips around the entire underside of the motorhome, how many junction boxes/pole terminal connectors did you use to gather/consolidate the various power leads from each LED strip into a pair of common power wires (+/-) to tie into the converter? 4) have you had problems with the lights since installing them and if so, what were they? Needless to say, I'm planning a DIY'er installation and have a fairly good view of how I need to do it, just felt that by asking other FMCA members here who've done their own installations (or had their's done), some additional insight would be helpful. ps - please don't "bash"...Im doing a simple soft white installation that will simply serve to add additional exterior lighting downward toward the ground when parked/docked remotely. The LEDs will not be visible from the sides of the motorhome. Any/All answers will help.
  9. Starting Cummins ISM/ISX During Storage

    We make it a practice to take our coach out of storage and drive it for at least 25-30 miles once per month at a minimum most particularly during months when our use is limited (i.e. Nov-Mar). The practice also serves to ensure we get the engine/trans. up to full operating temp while also running the generator with a load on it. As well we also run the slides out/in, run the HVAC systems, move water through the plumbing including the Oasis/Hot water system, check tire pressures, brakes, air/hydraulics and observe for any abnormal conditions, etc.. Otherwise, we're averaging 12k miles per year actually using the coach which also drives us to ensure we're doing all recommended maintenance based upon both time and/or mileage (some of which we're doing a bit pre-maturely, i.e. oil changes, but feel its better to be proactive). Overkill, some may say but I'm satisfied we're doing what's needed.
  10. Dang Rodents

    We worry about this subject too (both pests and rodents) particularly when garaging our MH in our storage building. Our storage building is large (60' x 100') and is located adjacent to open grassy "fields" so we perceive the risk of pest and rodents being high. To mitigate the risk, we; 1) employ a professional Pest Control company that comes monthly to re-load (8) rodent bait boxes and inspect/replace numerous sticky tack traps if needed as well as perform parameter pest control spraying. They charge us $35/month for these services which we think is reasonable. 2) ensure we never leave food waste/trash in our storage building, not even a empty paper coffee cup, etc. and we tend to remove all perishable and packaged foods from the MH when storing it (we do leave the canned goods). We also practice good MH-housekeeping and ensure the MH is properly vacuumed out and floors mopped with a disinfectant. 3) also have one of those ultrasonic electronic devices that emits a high frequency tone which we place underneath the MH and leave on when the MH is stored (not convinced these gadgets actually work but we go by the "more the better" in an attempt to avoid rodent and pest intrusion). 4) on occasion have also sprayed "peppermint" oil along the inside perimeter walls as well as around the MH tires which are positioned on dense rubber parking mats as a further "distraction", (another effort we don't know if using the oil works or not) 5) we do leave the MH connected to 50-amp shore power as well while in storage (which may/may not have an impact in terms mitigating pest/rodent) Most importantly I suppose, we frequently look for tell-tale evidence of intrustion in the form of dead pest, rodent droppings, etc. both inside the MH and within the interior of our storage building. So far, we've seen little to no evidence which has been "good news" (particularly inside of the MH). As well, I typically visit the storage building once/twice a week just to check on the MH or to do other unrelated things in the building. Note: after the 1st month of storing our unit two years ago I did find evidence of a rodent in the form of "a" single dropping on the roof of the coach wherein shortly afterwards, we commenced the pest/rodent control efforts listed above....since then, we've never seen "droppings" again so hopefully, we're doing what needs to be done to avoid any problems.
  11. Displaying Our Plate

    Something's always cooking around here
  12. Mattress

    Our MH came equipped with a Sleep Number King mattress but better to our liking we added their CoolFit foam topper which made it all the more comfortable.
  13. Area Rug For Laminate Wood Floor

    We have both wool and synthetic backed area rugs and use rug pads under each which are fibre and do not stick to or leave evidence of having been used on our tile floors.
  14. Displaying Our Plate

    FMCA plates are on the Low Speed Vehicle and front of Jeep Grand Cherokee Toad/Dinghy, We also have both FMCA and NKK plates that suction-cup mount to the window when we're rallying. Our latest signage came today in the form of a polished SS "welcome" sign which we mounted above the dining booth...
  15. Info Needed On Toad: Grand Cherokee?

    I'd like to point out that we "Recreationally Towed" (all wheels down) our 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit for ~7000+/- miles beginning since September 2016 before the 1st "wobble" event occurred (in Aug of this year) and since then (i.e. to date) have only experienced it once more last month. During the period, no changes have been made to either the vehicle, towing gear or the motor-coach and in both events the "wobble" occurred at low speeds when making left hand turns following a a full stop (i.e. red light). In all cases, the instructions for setting the car up to tow as contained in the Jeep Grand Cherokee were explicitly followed including ensuring the vehicle is set to normal ride height prior to disengaging the transfer case.