• Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About richard5933

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Beautiful Southern Wisconsin
  • I travel

Recent Profile Visitors

851 profile views
  1. Seeking participants for new magazine feature

    Ken - Like I said I have absolutely nothing against having towable owners join FMCA. I'm glad to have you and others join the group. I hope you didn't take my comments as a slight against you, as they were directed not at you and other towable owners but rather at the way the decisions are being made. Herman - If you were talking about my comments, I have nothing against change itself. Nothing stays the same - I get that. My problem in this case is in how the change is being implemented and the fact that current members don't seem to be involved. I consider myself to be warm and welcoming, but that doesn't mean that I'll agree with everything that's being done. John's response to my earlier comments really does sum up what my problem is...the magazine staff made the decision on the new name. Like I said in my initial comments, it seems as if the changes are being done with little input by members. At least from what I can see. Sorry to beat a dead horse, but it was my understanding that this was a membership-based organization. I didn't think that I was joining a business that made decisions from the top, but rather joining a membership-based organization that made decisions as an organization. I don't expect every little decision to be run past the membership, but something as important as a change to the name of our publication seems like something that the board and magazine staff would at the least ask the membership for input on. I've belong to many other organization in my life, and I've served on the board of a few. It always seemed like the best way to get membership buy-in on changes was to involve the membership in the change.
  2. Custom Coach bus conversions

    I tried to search chapters using the keyword 'Custom Coach' but nothing came back.
  3. Custom Coach bus conversions

    Not sure if this file will work on the forum, but let's give it a try. You'll get a better view if you're able to open it and then zoom in close. 1915.TIF
  4. Custom Coach bus conversions

    Curious to see how many others in FMCA own a bus conversion done by Custom Coach in Ohio. These coaches are a special breed, and there are still a good many around. For those not familiar, Custom Coach was doing bus conversion long before any of the current companies started doing them. Custom Coach is now part of Farber, and it looks like they've once again started doing bus conversions using Prevost shells. They also have a Class B conversion using a Mercedes chassis that looks interesting, although I have not seen one done as a motor home yet. A bit of Custom Coach history can be seen here: Our GMC 4108 was converted by Custom Coach in 1974 on a brand new shell. It only has about 43,000 original miles on it, and other than some minor wear on the interior and exterior still looks like it did when it left the production floor. We're working to upgrade some of the electrical and plumbing along with some of the upholstery in order to bring things to the 21st century. I recently was able to get a copy of the original engineer's drawing for our coach, which was #1915 on the Custom Coach production line. If you've got a Custom Coach conversion it would be great to see photos of what you've got and hear how you're enjoying it.
  5. Seeking participants for new magazine feature

    John - I know that I'm still relatively new to the organization, but I just don't get how this is playing out. If this is a member-driven organization then how can something like a name change on the magazine be done with seemingly no input from members? Was any thought given to asking for feedback before making a change like this? It sounds like the board wants buy-in from members, but I'm not feeling it come through in the way this is being done. It was my understanding that even after the vote allowing owners of all types of RVs to become members, FMCA would maintain its identity and not leave the motor coach owners behind. I don't think you could have picked a more generic name for the magazine, and unless the name of the organization is also changing to something like FRVA it sounds like something totally random and not connected with FMCA in any way. The old name had a direct connection with the name of the organization, the new one does not. It also doesn't strike me as having any specific benefit to those who own motor coaches. When an organization (and its publication) becomes so generic as to lose its identity, then there is less and less reason for it to exist. I joined FMCA because of the focus on coaches. I enjoy reading the magazine because of the information about coaches. If the magazine was called Family RVing a year ago when I joined I would never have picked up a copy to look at, and it would never have occurred to me that it had anything to do with motor coaches. I have no problem with incorporating owners of all types of RVs as things move forward. Just seems to me that FMCA shouldn't do it in a way as to leave behind those who joined when there was a focus and goal to serve motor coach owners.
  6. Transfer Switch

    Have you pulled the outlet itself? Are the wires going to the outlet properly tightened? Ground well connected? I'm in agreement that it sounds like you've got a loose connection or ground somewhere. If the problem was with the transfer switch then the problem should exist on all the outlets fed by that transfer switch. If the problem is the microwave, then it should exist no matter which outlet you're using. Sounds like the outlet itself it the problem, which would mean either the receptacle, the wiring, or the breaker. Could also be the feed connection that brings inverter power to the breaker panel. My first step would be to shut off all power, open the panel covers, and make certain that every connection is tight and that there are no signs of shorted/arcing wiring.
  7. Hamming on the Road from KE3HAY

    You're not the only one. Right now my rig is just a handheld, but I hope to eventually get my Yaesu 991 working CW from the bus. Haven't even started to look at antenna options yet though so it is a bit of a distant project.
  8. Sound deadening

    One of the secrets high-end cars like Lexus and Mercedes use to keep their cabins quiet is thicker glass. Used to be common in American cars as well. Mostly gone now on all but the very expensive cars. When everyone started trying to up the MPG on vehicles, weight reduction became a big issue. Thinner glass weighs less, so that's what they went with. Since many Class B and Class C rigs start with utility chassis, I'd doubt that they were manufactured with glass thick enough in the cabs to offer much in the way of sound reduction. Insulation and deadening materials will help, but can't overcome some things. All that said, since decibels are not linear, a 2-3 decibel reduction is quite substantial.
  9. If you're asking about how long it takes for an LP dealer to remove the propane from the tanks before doing the work, then I don't see how it would make much of a difference. The shop that did the work on my tanks does most of their work in an unheated work space they've built in an empty loading dock, and they work on tanks in all types of cold weather. Your shop should be removing and capturing the propane in your tanks (pumping it out), not simply waiting for it to leak out on its own. True. Very different than most modern RVs, though the style of tank we have is still in use in many other industries. The basic concepts are the same though. Liquid propane goes in and fills the tanks -- vapor leaves the tank and is used to provide heat. Regardless of the form factor of the tank, we still have the same basic components - fill valve, hand valve, relief valve, etc. Bottom line, regardless of style of tank there should be no leaks of any type.
  10. BF Goodrich, Continental vs. Michelin Tires

    Back when I started driving it was quite common to order a car instead of buying one off the lot. I remember my father sitting and going through the various option groups on the 'menu' of available choices. One of those option groups was for towing and another for performance. It was possible to have the car ordered with special tires/wheels directly from the manufacturer to meet certain goals such as towing or going fast. When a customer selected tires different from the 'standard' tire, there were other (usually not seen) options that were required to make them play nice with other components. Different gauges to adjust for different tire diameter, heavy-duty rear axle, different suspension components to carry the extra weight, etc, etc. What I'm trying to say is that there is much, much more involved in the selection of tire sizes than just getting the largest size which will fit in the opening. What will be the result of larger tires in all possible scenarios is not always evident. What will happen if one of the air bags fail and the vehicle drop? Would be a shocker if the tire hit the upper side of the wheel well and damaged something. Will you require taller frame bumpers? How will it affect handling? What will be the consequence on other components of the extra unsprung weight? In my opinion, I'd stick with the tire size that the manufacturer recommends. If it's not on the placard or in the manual as an optional size, then I'd stay away from the change. There are many calculations involved, and I have to assume that the engineers designing a vehicle did the math when they selected the tire size on the vehicle. All that said, the earlier comment regarding load capacity is spot on. Merely increasing the load capacity of tires doesn't automatically increase the vehicle's load rating. Probably won't affect it at all, since the load rating is based on many components and system such as axles, brakes, steering, etc.
  11. Not sure what you're asking. If the tank has a leaky valve it will continue to leak until either it's repaired or empty. If the shop does LP service the should be able to evacuate the remaining LP in the tank, otherwise it's a safety hazard. I just went through this with our coach over the winter. I had to pull both horizontal tanks and take them in for repair/service/certification due to a leak in the valve that was causing a safety issue. Ended up having safety relief valves, fill valves, and hand valves all replaced.
  12. Leaky valve on lp tank

    Is your tank permanent or removable? I just went through this with both of my 33 gallon horizontal tanks. The local LP place would not work on them while in the coach. They don't want to have the vehicle sitting there during the repair, and they don't have anyone to pull the tanks. Fortunately the tanks were not difficult to pull out and take over in our truck. Took about a week to get them done, since they had to order parts to get them repaired and re-tagged. If you can pull yours easily you might have better luck getting them services by taking in just the tank.
  13. Best Fish Fry

    Lots of good suggestions and recommendations. Makes me hungry just reading them. Is the 'fish fry' a thing in other parts of the country like it is in Wisconsin? While a 'fish fry' involves fried fish, it's more of an event than it is a meal. More common during Lent season, it's common to see churches, lodges, community center, and other civic groups have a 'fish fry' which is open to the public. I think the best one in the Milwaukee area is at Serb Hall. A 'fish fry' is a thing where there is a fixed menu, usually fried fish, cole slaw, potato salad, potato pancakes, rye bread, and maybe things like French fries or hush puppies. And beer. Many restaurants will serve a 'fish fry' on Fridays, but the best ones are usually in places that are not normal restaurants.
  14. Class A Coach Cover

    Another vote for not using a cover. I've read lots of material about these and bottom line for me was that the potential for damage from the cover far exceeded the potential for benefit. The heavy rain will inevitably get trapped under the cover, the intense heat will make it a breeding ground for mold, and the high winds will whip the cover around no matter how well it's tied down and scuff and rub against the finish. Better off using UV blocking window covers inside to prevent sun damage to the interior, if even that. Your existing window blinds are probably already all you need. The only time I've used a cover was temporarily while we located and repaired a small water leak. Otherwise, the only thing I'd consider would be some type of carport or other structure that allowed air to flow and that didn't make contact with the motor home itself.
  15. 10 amp house / generator

    I think that there's some confusion here and a few different things being discussed at the same time. True, most 'normal' outlets in a house are rated for 15 amps. A few will be 20 amps such as in a kitchen or over a workbench. Whether or not the OP can add a 30-amp or 50-amp RV outlet has nothing to do with the age of the house, but depends on if there is room to add the needed circuit to the panel, and if there is adequate capacity on the main lines coming into the house. That said, I don't think I've seen a house where an electrician couldn't find a way to add a small sub-panel to add the desired outlet. Just be sure that the electrician knows you want a 120v outlet, NOT 240v. The question of whether a 10-amp outlet is adequate to run the battery charger and possibly the furnace depends on what you're talking about. Most modern chargers/converters can probably be run, but if you have an older charger/converter it might draw too much power from the outlet and trip the breaker in the house. If the furnace is an LP furnace, then it should be able to run on 12v. If that's the case, your charger/converter should easily be able to keep it running AND charge your batteries. If your furnace is an electric unit such as a heat strip in a roof a/c or an electric heater, then your 10-amp circuit will probably not be adequate since these draw much more power.