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  1. Brett: They used to, or at least did, when we bought the '05 in Dec of '04. That's why I got it in writing that the '05 was towable four down since the '04's were sold out by then. I did get the drop hitch in Phoenix after we met at the one campground. I was towing the Ody then on the way to the GS rally .
  2. We bought our '05 Ody EX-L specifically to tow four down. Got it in writing on Honda letterhead that it was approved for towing behind a motorhome. Had RoadMaster set it up for towing. After a short while I started seeing posts on the internet that it was not towable. After some "discussion" involving Honda and OR and CA AG's office Honda wrote us a check for over $2,200, which I used to buy a KK-460 dolly and used it for a couple years. After talking with owners of different years of Ody's I went back to towing it four down. I have at least 40,000 miles on it towing and 108,000 on the odometer with not one bit of trouble (well, did forget to release the parking brake once!). Still driving it and has only had the trans fluid changed a couple times. Have friends and '10 Ody and they've towed it more miles than I have with the '05. They also have had no problems associated with four down towing.
  3. About and hour ago I got finished replacing my Princess propane two burner cooktop with a two hob True Induction cooktop. The Princess cooktop was the only propane in the rig and had only a 5.5 gal tank. Took me days to safely burn off the 4 gal or so it contained. I bought a portable unit at Wal*Mart for just less than $40 that came with a frypan to try out. I have gas in the stick house and the induction unit is much faster and controllable.
  4. Lots of rigs are built in a different year as are cars. Doesn't matter, the ISX is a 2007 EPA CM-871 DOHC unit. Cummins has come out with new heads, valves, ECM programming and turbo to correct the problem. Cummins guaranteed, in writing, that we had the latest parts in ours. And I don't think much of Winnebago buying out Bob Lee, one of the main distinctions of the CC line was the DynoMax chassis. I don't think Winnebago will bring that back. Would put the cost of my rig up over $1,000,000 now.
  5. I guess I'm going to find out! My wife of almost 30 years died 6½ weeks ago and I'm getting the MH ready for a few trips this fall. Still have the DW's grandson with me and he's in HS so have to work around his schedule.
  6. Check the engine section for "dropped valve in #6". My ISX has done it twice, once at 14,000 and again at 45,000 (2,500 after we bought the rig). The first time it was under warranty and the bill shows $14,000 cost. Mine was for $33,000 with Cummins paying $10,400 of it. It's also had three turbo's (two under warranty) and two DPF's )one under warranty). When it runs it runs very well, no problems getting on a freeway even at 50,000#'s and towing an add'l 4,500#'s. Mileage was consistent at 7.6 mpg although now it's down some due to the new pistons and liners. Cummins knows there's a problem with the 600 and 650 HP 2007 EPA (dual overhead cam) engines and has a new head, valves, turbo and programming to cure it. I sure hope so as I can't afford to pay for another dropped valve!
  7. Our ISX 650 has dropped a valve in # 6 twice, first time at 14,000 miles under warranty for the first owner. Then it did it a second time at 45,000 miles after buying the rig 2,500 miles earlier. So far it's gone through three turbos and two DPF's. The engine repair was over $33,000 and Cummins did pick up $10,400 of it but still.... Engine is strong when running and I certainly don't get in anybody's way getting on a freeway.
  8. We have seven cats that go with us. Litter box is in the shower when parked. I scoop at least twice a day or more often depending on a "sniff" test! Here are three of ours. These are Japanese Bobtails, the one on the right at the windshield is on her first trip in the MH.
  9. Our Magna had over 60 of the halogen puck lights, they had a heavy metal heat sink/reflector. The bulbs themselves carry halogen numbers, the owners manual says they were halogen, the dealer said they were halogen and they even melted into what little vinyl headliner we have as well as melting the plastic bezel. The lenses had to be glass too.
  10. Bought our '09 Magna last late Feb. Engine blew up on the way back from the first trip out, cost us $22,000. Wife was terminated from her job on April 30th for health reasons. On June 7th they diagnosed her with inoperable liver cancer. Only "cure" is a transplant and the chances are 6% of that happening in time. BUT we're going the opposite way and keeping the MH. Hopefully we can get out a few times this summer! Good luck with your sale! OH yes, keep the FMCA membership, well worth the money.
  11. Does anyone know what's going on with them? Tried to order new FMCA decals, no way to do it on their website (and the website says it was last updated in 2005) so I sent an order and check in on about Aug 26th. Check is uncashed. Have sent several emails with no answer yet.
  12. I have a picture of a liner pitted all the way through. Actually I have two pictures one from a local shop and another from a retired Fleetguard engineer. this is the one from the Fleetguard engineer.
  13. Brett: Maybe some but I have my doubts with the ISX!
  14. Cummins called today, said it wouldn't be ready on Friday the 10th as they needed to run it on the dyno and no one was available to do it till Monday. They also found a cracked DPF and that's going to add over $2,000. I need to find the Federal MH warranty info as I think that's covered for 8 years but not totally sure on a motorhome.
  15. Our new, to us, 2009 Magna with Cummins ISX 650 shows 7.1 mpg going from OR to AZ and almost home to WA. That's also the mileage that showed on the VMS when we did the PDI.That includes Tehachapi, the Grapevine and several hours stuck in traffic with the Odysssey in tow. Max speed is supposed to be 65 due to the Odyssey limits. That's not much worse than our much lighter Dutch Star with ISC 350 and the Magna weighs some 46,500 empty and the Ody is 4,400 at least.