blakeloke

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About blakeloke

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    Conroe, Texas
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    Conroe, Texas via Bakersfield, California.

    2005 Monaco Windsor 40 PAQ. Roadmaster RR8S
    Toad = 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 4wd & 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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  1. Wind Sensor Cups

    Morning Herman, Have you called Girard? I searched their website but couldn't find the cups either but they may have them. 800 382 8442. Uhhhhh.......tree branches? Blake
  2. Suspension Upgrades: 2002 Freightliner XC Chassis

    Gary, As Herman and Bill have mentioned. Welcome to the Forum. Both have good recommendations. Let's ask a couple of questions: Are you happy with the way your XC chassis tracks on the open road without cross winds? Or do you think there's room for improvement also? The reason I ask is we've struggled with our coach in crosswinds ever since we bought it new. At the time, our Roadmaster chassis was heralded as one of the better pusher chassis available to us. We were very happy with it tooling around the roads and mountains in California but when it came to the open roads of the plains and deserts that was a different story. Once we moved from California to Texas we were faced with oft travel through Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas. The crosswind gust in those areas can get pretty nasty and I found the best solution to keep me in my lane was to slow down. But, here's some things that helped. Changed the stock Monroe shocks to Bilstiens (slightly noticeable improvement), Keep diesel tank and freshwater tank as full as possible when expecting strong winds. Added additional pressure to the tires. And put higher rated tires on the front end (stiffer). All of those changes have happened over several years and the coach seems to have much better road manners now than it had before. But, a pretty subjective comment as crosswinds vary and I have no other way to measure other that our driver comfort. Last fall we ventured back to California and back and it seemed to be an easy relaxing journey. That was the road test for the Goodyear 315s tires that we swapped out from the Michelin 295s Blake
  3. Dead Starting Batteries

    Our inverter/charger was never set-up to charge the chassis batteries. Agree, that was pretty odd given the manufacturer/price etc.. This was a design condition when we bought it new. Did the same thing Herman describes above. Ours is a Battery Tender brand plugged into the 120v outlet in the engine compartment. Blake
  4. Eeeek! So he saved $1,100 bucks. Is that known as tripping over dollars to pick-up a dime?
  5. Fresh Tank Fills When On City Water

    Carl, Installing a shut-off valve downstream of the pump may solve the issue with backflow into your freshwater holding tank unless the fill problem exists with the city/fill valve leaking by. Bad thing, you still need a check valve down stream of the pump. Especially if you're boon docking and on tank water only. Otherwise, pressure downstream of the pump will still bleed off and you'll be stuck at square one with the pump cycling on and off when not in use. Blake
  6. Refrigerator Swap Process

    Awesome Lex.....would love to see the pics and sure most everyone would too. Just do as Kay suggests. Drag and Drop. Blake
  7. Shake Rattle and Roll

    Hahaha.....I know exactly what I would have said and thought! Okay, back to original question. A couple more rattles: vent fan in living room ceiling rattles if louvers aren't closed: lazy Susan in microwave rattles if we forget to take it out when on the road: front door stop bracket will rattle when on I-10 east of Houston (bumpy roads). Blake
  8. tmk, Our awning has auto-retract feature also. I like this feature. Fortunately for us the electricity is on it's own circuit. Perhaps you or the dealer can separate the circuit. Welcome to the Forum! Blake
  9. Shake Rattle and Roll

    Ray (Puff) mentioned something similar in his misadventures awhile back. I don't know if he resolved it yet. Early on, shortly after we bought the coach, we were on I--40 heading west. Traffic was stalled in both directions. Root of the traffic mess was an accident in eastbound lanes. There was a Dynasty (new and pretty) that was stopped and the front windshield was laying on the highway in front of the coach. It was shattered. I remember this because it was a very hot day and it looked like the owners were trying to stave the heat off by closing their drapes on the inside of the front end. The drapes were flapping in the breeze. We guessed the Dynasty made an abrupt stop and the windshield popped out. It wasn't part of the accident and there was no damage to the front of the coach that I could tell. I think it was after that that Monaco replaced the windshield gasket when we were up in Oregon for other warranty items. Blake
  10. Our Holiday Travel Misadventure-- So Far

    Holy Smokes! Glad you didn't get caught up in that. Thank you for the video Blake
  11. gypsyken, I think you need to couple your scientific background with the laws of physics. When you bought your coach did you rely on the salesman's word that installing a Pac Brake would be overkill? What empirical evidence did he provide you? I try to give myself every edge possible to keep myself, family and others as safe as possible. We all know that adding a supplement brake system to our toads will help us stop more efficiently than if we didn't have it (if set up correctly of course). I'm not trying to be argumentative on this but if not for you and your family, but for the sake of others on the open road, please support adding supplemental brakes on towed vehicles. Blake
  12. Fresh Tank Fills When On City Water

    Carl, Look downstream of the pump (discharge side). Blake
  13. Fresh Tank Fills When On City Water

    Pete, Here's what you may have (or something similar). https://www.wholesalemarine.com/shurflo-in-line-check-valve-1-2-barb.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhvf_vv3N2AIVVrXACh0TqQrGEAYYBiABEgJO2fD_BwE Your check valve should be downstream of your water pump. Blake
  14. Shake Rattle and Roll

    Morning Joe - Yes, on occasion we have noticed drips of water running down the inside of the windshield when the wind/mating conditions exists. Not enough water to concern me and not enough water to reach the dashboard. Herman - Thanks.....I'll also search. I actually gave up on a solution a few years after we bought the coach. Was very concerned about the windshield early on and had heard of, and have witnessed, entire windshields falling out with this front cap. I think the Dynasty/Windsor (maybe more) in this year shared the same cap and one-piece windshield. Monaco did replace the windshield seal for what they called a better, stronger seal. Wind noise still comes and goes and my concern that the windshield will fall out has fallen way down the list since we've had this coach so long and hasn't had anything worse than the noise. Blake
  15. Shake Rattle and Roll

    We get the rattles, squeaks and sometimes wind noise. Our coach is very similar to Joe's (HR/Monaco). Most frustrating is wind noise from the windshield. Most of the time there is no wind noise but if we're negotiating a long sweeping curve, at any speed, the windshield and front cap loose a bit of mating. After a few minutes the windshield and front cap mate and the noise goes away. This is an inherent problem with our year coach. As we tried to have it solved early on. Blake