markandlisav

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  1. Leveling pad replacement

    Ray, I am the one faking the mechanic gig (and not very successfully I might add...) Thanks again for the assist!!!
  2. Window Repair

    I would say it depends on your policy and deductible. Most cover front windshield but gets hazy on the coach ones. I had a cracked window over our dinette after hurricane Irma, but my deductible is higher so it did not make sense to use insurance. Hope this helped and happy / safe travels.
  3. Leveling pad replacement

    Spot on Ray! Strap wrench did not work. Pulled out the impact wrench and viola!!! Thanks everyone!
  4. New tire alignment

    I just replaced my old 255x70x22.5 (6 total) with new Michelin XZE's on my Freightliner XC chassis. Is it best practice to get an alignment for the new tires? There were no issues with the tires that came off - just old Chinese rubber. Thanks!
  5. HeavenboundRV1

    Nice looking coach!
  6. Leveling pad replacement

    I park the majority of the time on concrete at my house. Get rust stains from level pads - these help.
  7. Window Repair

    I guess like all RV’s, ours started showing the dreaded window fog in the double panes. Since we have decided to keep the current rig for the foreseeable future, need to address the issue. Now the fun part. Replace or repair? A little research into window replacement left us in sticker shock. Luckily, in my Google travels, I ran across a place in Hudson Florida that did repair. All the reviews looked good so we scheduled an appointment. What a setup they have. For those coming from out of state, the have areas and hookups that allow you to stay with your rig while they do your windows. Luckily, it was only a three hour drive to Hudson so we dropped it off. It was very comforting to see so many nice Class A rigs when we pulled in. After checking in, we went over our requests with one of the technicians. These folks are window pros so I was looking for recommendations for a couple of windows since it looked like they had been ‘repaired’ by the previous owner. We decided to do all the windows – 8 in all with 4 needing glass replacement. It took a bit longer than first thought due to glass replacement. Moment of truth, Lisa an I set out on the 3 hour drive to Hudson FL. I have to admit, I was apprehensive on the drive over. Once we pulled up, my apprehension vanished. The rig looked great. It cost a bit more than quoted, but that was due to additional parts need to correct the previous ‘repair’. It was totally worth it. They got it done on time and the windows (all double pane and defogged) never have looked better. SunCoast really are RV window pros. I cannot say enough about SunCoast Designers in Hudson Florida. Great people and quality work. Oh yeah, by the way the - windows come with a lifetime warranty against any additional fogging. I hope my next upgrade adventure (Tires/Shocks) turns out as well as the windows... Update / Tip: After getting a few trips on the rig, I noticed I was getting a lot more wind noise on the driver side window. Turns out Suncoast Desginers also properly cleaned and fixed the weep holes on all the windows when we did the repair. Once I installed weep hole covers the noise was gone. These covers block the wind noise put still allow the windows to drain water as needed. What a difference.
  8. Leveling pad replacement

    I have a Lippert LCI automatic leveling system installed on my rig. A few weeks ago I bought these cool 'snap pads' for the landing gear. The landing gear are standard Lippert 9 inch steel pads, but one is 11 inch ( must have been replaced by previous owner). Not a problem, ordered a new 9 inch pad to replace it. My question is, how do you get the installed one off? I put a breaker bar on it and the hydraulic shaft just spins... I looked around for a lock - stick in a screw driver or something to hold it but did not see one. Greatly appreciate if someone could point me in the right direction.
  9. The Garia 2+2

    Nice rig(s)
  10. Running up the coast

    Our next excursion had us running up the coast to Hilton Head South Carolina. Since it was the week before Christmas, we figured it would not be overly busy. All packed up, so off we go. We did not get far up the interstate when the TireMinder TPMS went off in it’s oh so subtle way… Funny, when that particular alarm goes off, the dogs completely freak out. Maybe the alarm broadcasts on the frequency only dogs can hear like a dog whistle? Whatever the reason, good time to pull off and check it, calm down the pups, get fuel and a propane fill since it is going to be cold in SC (we hope…) The TireMinder alarm turned out to be ‘Nos’. ‘Nos’? What the heck is that? While the diesel pump continued to drain my wallet, I grab the TireMinder manual… ‘Nos’… ‘No Signal’. Ah… one turn on the valve stem and back in business. At that point I gave them all a ‘twist’ just to make sure we did not get the ‘Nos smoke alarm’ again. Back on the road. We arrive on time at the Motorcoach resort that is literally smack in the middle of town. What a fantastic place! It’s hard to describe since you are in the middle of town, but seems like you are in the woods. We could walk or ride our bikes to anywhere we needed to go. As an added plus, there are really good bike paths everywhere. I highly recommend this resort if you are in the South Carolina. Jacks down, all hooked up – time to sit back and enjoy the area. As Lisa and I walk through the park (daughter and pups in tow), we are again struck as to how many friendly people we run into from all over. I have to say that Hilton Head generally has very nice / friendly people. Maybe we hit at the right time and everyone was in the Christmas spirit. Either way, the beach area is superb and dogs where allowed on the beach (which they enjoyed immensely). The shopping seemed to meet the approval of both my wife and daughter which like the diesel pump, tends to drain my wallet. Glad to do it as they are totally worth it! I have to give the park an A+. The staff was very friendly and accommodating and the resort was spotless. The spots were large and well cared for. I would be curious to return in the summer to see how the experience would be different with a summer crowd - the pool at the resort looked amazing, but i was not brave enough to jump into the cold water. Well, back home to map out our next outing….
  11. Would you like a booth or table?

    Thanks. The quality on the replacement booth was A+. Made the install easier. Electrical was a whole other ball game...
  12. Would you like a booth or table?

    Our original booth dinette in the rig was showing its age. Not that it had seen heavy use, but the original equipment furniture was definitely not what I would consider high quality. Besides, the booth was the last remnant of the paisley originals that needed to go. So the question – replace the booth with another booth or put in a table / chair setup. Lots of info out there and ways to go, but I guess it just boils down to personal preference. In the end, we decide to go with another booth – one that matches the sofas that had been already been replaced. Local shops wanted in excess of 3k to do the job. DIY time. Shop4seats.com had the match we were looking for and the price was reasonable. Six weeks after ordering it show up ready to be installed. Let the fun begin… Taking out the old unit proved easier than expected. I guess demo is always the easier part of the process. During demo, I was amazed at the lack of finish for an electrical outlet (120v) that was on the backside of the old unit. I am no electrician, but this install (from the factory I assume) was terrible. Mixed conduit that did not match, junction box not properly sealed, and the list went on. The scariest part was when I disconnected the wiring coming up under the side – burnt wires. Apparently, at some point water from an open window got into the junction box. I am amazed the outlet even worked. OK, time to install the new unit and wire the outlet properly. I decided to relocate the outlet and junction box to provide better access and protection. Despite best efforts to identify everything I would need, several return trips to Lowes and Ace hardware needed… as usual. The install went really well. Needed longer lag bolts for the seat belts on the forward facing side. The electrical went very well too. Moment of truth – turn on the breaker and test the outlet with volt meter. Everything works! Time to move on to the next project…
  13. Born Again Driver

    I must admit, I use to be one of ‘those’ drivers. I was very impatient with slower drivers and large vehicles. It became like a chess game for me, plotting my next move to get me ahead of the perceived roadblock to my progress. Then… we bought our RV over a year ago. Thirty-eight feet plus our Jeep Wrangler in tow. Suddenly, almost amazingly I am quite content to ride in the right lane at or slightly below the posted speed limit. ‘Look at all these crazy drivers out here’ I say to my copilots (wife and pups). ‘Wow! That one was close!’ I exclaim on a regular basis. I discovered something again during our RV adventure… there are good people out here in the right lane. Slow lane? I think not – more like careful, experienced drivers that see the big picture of arriving safe in one piece (not to mention saving on fuel). So I take ranks now with my brothers and sisters in the right lane. As the rest of the world speeds by – changing lanes rapidly, talking on their cell phone and yes TEXTING at 90 mph, I will be holding my own in the right lane, safe and steady. Strangely enough, I drive this way now even when I am not in RV. Seems like the good habit of courteous / safe driving has rubbed off on my ‘civilian’ habits as well…. who knew….
  14. On our way...

    Thanks for the nice comment. Yes, I will continue to update the blog as I am playing 'catch up' with our experiences.
  15. Here we Go

    In preparation for our Key West trip, we decided it might be a good idea to take the family and rig out for a weekend ‘shakedown’ prior to leaving. All packed, frig loaded, tow car connected – ready to go… Well, no. We had just made it to the end of the street and the dreaded “check engine light” comes on. Abort! Back at the house, I dig through the freightliner manuals I have and of course hit up good old ‘Google’. Fault number found, it appears to be an EGR valve (did I mention you really have to not hate fixing things on an RV???). Long story short, my local repair facility did not have the EGR valve in stock and we were scheduled to leave in 6 business days. Thankfully, they overnighted the part and had it installed just in time to load up and hit the road… Not exactly the way I wanted to start off. Leaving at 4:00am for the long drive, I thought we hit a bad omen with the interstate being closed at our exit. Sign from above to abort? Nope – press on and let the chips fall where they may (Coach.net membership is current I hoped). I never watched the dashboard as much as on that trip. All in all, a smooth trip down to Blue Water Key Resort. Wow, the website really did not do it justice. What an amazing place and staff. The fishing, food and atmosphere of the Florida Keys were perfect. Seven days flew by and we really hated to leave. On the last day, my wife and I reflected on our RVing experiences up to that point. What really amazed us is how many friendly people you meet. Walking through RV parks with the pups, we really have met some nice folks. It kind of renews my faith people, which honestly gets tested from time to time in our daily lives. The trip home from the keys was smooth and uneventful. Once we got home, my wife and I discovered we were thinking the same thing. In the past, we loved going on vacation, but we were all “glad to get home” when it ended. This time, we did not have that feeling. While it was nice to be home, we missed being out in the rig in a new place. Even the kids felt that way. Stress level at an all time low. Well, back to work / school / normal lives to raise the cortisol levels again…