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    Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
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    I retired from the Winnipeg fire department after 32yrs.My wife Susan and I are both avid golfers who play in league.We have two grandkids Max and Zoe and we travel down to Indio Ca. for the winter golfing on the way there and back.
  1. If you type in RV sewer wrenches on the net you will see there are a few companies that make them, I think they will solve your problem. Smokeater75
  2. SAFETY FIRST, My wife and I were relaxing with some friends when I received a phone call from my daughter-inlaw. She usually calls to give us updates on how the grand kids are doing and asking us how our trip down south is going. By the tone of her voice I could tell this was different. She asked when we were going to arrive in Palm Springs CA. and then proceeded to tell us that her uncle who had just purchased his dream RV, was on the roof, fell off onto the concrete and broke his back. Paralyzed from the chest down never to walk again,45yrs old. We were going to get together for dinner. The people we were sitting with in Yuma knew by my expression and tone that this wasn't the kind of news anyone wants to hear. I couldn't help but wonder what he must be thinking laying in bed in the hospital. I worked for the Winnipeg Fire Department for 34 yrs. and took a few falls and broke a few bones and realize how lucky I have been.I have been on the roof of our motorhome too many times to count and thought to myself do we just get complacent and not realize how dangerous falling from 12 ft. can be. MAYBE WE SHOULD. Please everyone, remember we are here for a good time not a long time. SAFETY FIRST. Smokeater75
  3. Good Sam has a trip planner program where you can decide what you want to see on your trip, rv parks,fuel stops etc. With a garmin 760 rv gps you can program the size of your rig,type of roads and you can program how much of a warning you want for sharp curves exits and bridge hieghts. Hope this helps. Smokeater75
  4. There are a few companies using the Mercedes chassis, you may want to check out Leisure Travel vans web site. There are also some videos from The Fit RV. where they were at the factory and you can view the build process from start to finish. Good luck. Smokeater75.
  5. My 2003 Windsor manual also mentions extending the slides first than level. I have both an air level and hydraulic system and no matter which one I use I always level first,my thought being that it has to be easier on the slide mechanism if the motorhome is level prior to extending. Just my thought, Smokeater75.
  6. Hi Kiltedpig, the size of your engine will be a factor,amount of oil required. You can save money if you do it yourself,no shop labor. I have my Monaco Windsor serviced every fall at Cummins N Power in Fargo ND. I use synthetic oil in my generator and engine. The service includes fuel and oil filters in both gen. and engine. Going over the suspension and greasing the chassis, the transmission is also checked as well as my brakes and tires. If anything has to be done over and above they let me know if it is urgent or if it can be done at another time. This annual check costs between $600.00 and $700.00. Good luck. Smokeater75
  7. Thanks for the information, I had heard that about bell,but I wasn't sure about Shaw.
  8. I heard that bell has changed their signal angle so Canadians down South won't be able to receive a signal. I read that as of June 1st. 2016 Shaw direct is doing the same. I was wondering if anyone can confirm this. We were going to go with Shaw but not if it won't work. South of the 49th. Thanks. Smokeater75.
  9. Herman there's a big difference in price between the 275's and the 295's in fact the 295's are more money then the 315's, I don't think the 295's are as popular as the other sizes. I replaced my 295's 2yrs ago and it was a rude awakening. Just my two cents Smokeater75
  10. Hi there, I just replaced one of my side topper awnings, the best instruction video I found was on the rvgeeks web. site. I ordered from tough-top, the material is superior to Carefree and cheaper. Check it out and good luck. Smokeater75.
  11. Good morning, I have had Coach-Net for the past 6yrs. I have had to use them 4 times once for a battery jump and three times for a tow, one of which was on a flat-bed 60 miles back to Rocky Mountain Cummins in Salt Lake City for a starter problem. I have never been charged for any of this and the service has been great. Just my two cents Smokeater75. 2003 Monaco Windsor 41ft. Cummins 8.8
  12. Here's another one, on are way back home we leave Indio Ca. for Grass Valley Ca. and stop at an RV park called Sun and Fun in Tulare. It doesn't have alot of overnight spots and at the end of March early April it gets busy with snow birds heading home. Knowing this, we book a spot a month in advance on the phone. This year we stopped there and could see that the spots where we could fit were all taken. We went into the office knowing we had a reservation and were told by the person at the desk that they did have a spot for us but after the office was closed they had someone come in and take the spot. We were told that they didn't give our spot away, someone took it. I asked the man at the desk if he understood what the word reservation meant and he told me he did and that normally people who reserve ahead check with them the day before to see if there is room. We left and will never stop there again. I will mention that we have been stopping there for the past 7 yrs without a problem, unfortunately new people have taken over the park and this is how they will be doing business I guess. Smokeater75
  13. Hi luckydog1949, I have a 2003 Monaco Windsor 41ft. Cummins 8.8 370hp 1200lb torque. Round trip for the last 7yrs from Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada to Indio California cruise set at 62mph. 5000 miles round trip average 9.2 mpg. I don't tow anything and the motorhome loaded weighs in at 33800lbs. I also run synthetic oil and have my generator running 70% of the time. Hope this helps. Smokeater75
  14. Good morning everyone, we are currently in Oklahoma city. Saturday night we arrived in Council Bluffs Iowa, Sunday morning got ready to leave turned the key wait to start light went out turned ignition nothing. Tried 4 more times on the 5th time it started. We drove all the way to Oklahoma city without shutting down. Checked into RV park, shut down and started 3 times in a row no problem. I'm wondering if there is a relay problem. Any ideas. 2003 Monaco Windsor 8.8 L ISL 370hp 1200lbs torque. New starter, batteries, alternator. Thanks for any help,Smokeater75
  15. Hi Herman, its getting close, we leave in two weeks for Indio Ca. my wife is still working but I think this is her last year I'm really looking forward to not having to winterize the motorhome and not clearing snow. The weather here in Winnipeg has been really nice the last week or so with the temps around freezing and above. The party is over this weekend when the lows will be back to -30 with wind chills in the -40s. Have fun in Texas as I'm sure you always do. Smokeater75