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  1. Engine Braking

    On a recent trip to the east coast, we were traveling south on I26 from Asheville toward Spartanburg, down the mountains and I was using the engine brake frequently on those 7 and 8* long slopes. All of a sudden the engine temp skyrocketed and we could smell the sweet smell of coolant. I pulled over immediately. We were eventually towed into Spartanburg. A water hose had burst near the engine having become hard and somewhat brittle, we later learned. We were at a Cummins facility. Later on our trip I was recounting this experience with a fellow RVer. He said I was using my engine brake too much and putting too much pressure on the engine and he guessed this could have been the cause of the hose bursting. I am skeptical. Any thoughts?? Don
  2. Mega Trip - Boerne, TX to Banff

    I guess the reason I didn't find it the first time is because the subject of the post was Glacier NP to Vancouver, instead of Banff. Thanks for the notation. I will add Tom's comments to my collection. Don
  3. Mega Trip - Boerne, TX to Banff

    Manholt I cannot find the post you are referring me to. Perhaps you can be more specific. Don
  4. I figure this trip will take at least 2 1/2 to 3 months since there are a lot of places to see along the way. Return route is unplanned as of now but may include Pacific Highway through Oregon and California, could shorten it through Idaho, Utah, etc. Any suggestions on "must sees", "avoid at all costs", etc. are appreciated. Of course, we plan to see Calgary, Lake Louise, and ?? in Alberta. Suggested routes west from there are also appreciated if you have experience with them. We plan on leaving late May and figure it could take a month to get there, with other stops. Don
  5. FMCA "Remodel / Under Construction"

    Wake up FMCA members and read Brett's post above. This organization needs to be more inclusive to sustain its membership and continue as a family oriented organization. The vast majority of RVers with families cannot afford a Motorhome unless it is an older model, and even then it may be out of reach due to storage, maintenance, etc. I don't know about you but on trips we take, the "towable" families are every bit as friendly as anyone else, and more so than certain "class A" people. I really don't understand the argument. Expand the membership, Directors. The "club" ain't sustainable any longer. Don
  6. Should You Get Extended Warranty On New Motorhome

    Bob and Wendy, I have to disagree with the ones who said it isn't worth it. It depends. I bought one 8 months after we picked ours up new. It was a 7 year policy. We have more than paid for the lump sum premium we paid up front. Like double. I am glad we had it. After factory warranties are up repairs can get very expensive. Just our experience. We have Xtra-Ride. They had paid out well. Our RV repair shop says Good Sam is the best for them to deal with, fwiw. Don
  7. Yet Another Tire pressure Question

    That "Gentleman" is asking for a problem. Things happen. I check mine before every trip. Pretty boring at times. 90, 90, 100,100, etc. except one morning before a trip and it was 90, 35, 100, 100. A valve stem had come loose from the rim. Glad I checked. If I had followed the "Gentleman's" routine, I would likely have had a blow out along the way. Don
  8. Trouble Starting Engine

    Herman and Brett. Thanks. I will contact him if need be. Much appreciated. Don
  9. Trouble Starting Engine

    Rich. I will ask them. Right now we are waiting on delivery of the TCM, so won't know for certain if that is the culprit until next week. They found one that needs programming from Allison and we should have it next week instead of the 40 day backlog with Spartan. Don
  10. Trouble Starting Engine

    Thanks for all of the suggestions. Got back from our Colorado trip and took it to the shop. The tech and Spartan have determined it is a defective TCM (Transmission Control Module). Apparently the TCM has to give its OK before the engine will start. Bad news is this part is back-ordered for 40 days. At least, so far, I can start it by first turning the key to the right first position, wait for the engine light to go out, then back to vertical, then all the way to the right without pausing, and it starts. Hope that lasts for 40 more days. Don
  11. Trouble Starting Engine

    Correction. The second time I did not use battery boost it did eventually start after trying three times.
  12. Trouble Starting Engine

    Yes, getting dash lights and buzzers. Used the battery boost once. It started. Did not use it another time. No start. Chassis and Coach batteries are about 9 months old. Don
  13. Trouble Starting Engine

    We are traveling in Colorado. I turn switch to start engine. Nothing. At all. I turn again. Nothing. I return the switch to vertical and turn again. It starts. I am concerned that some relay or solenoid is about to die. All battery connections are clean and tight. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Don
  14. Opinions on Camping World

    Service at any RV shop is only as good as the techs who are there. And, RV techs (who know their stuff) are in short supply. Thus, long waiting periods in many cases. That said, I have not had any personal experience with Camping World other than the retail store but I have two motorhome owner friends who have. Neither of them has had anything good to say about the RV repair service at Camping World, at least at the one in New Braunfels, Texas. The one in Indy may be fine. The hourly rates in my neck of the woods range from $95 to $105 for coach work and $125 for chassis work. I take my MH to an independent RV service center where I know the techs are very experienced. I have also found that learning to do some simple repairs and routine maintenance myself is worthwhile, not just in dollars, but in time, since good RV repair centers are usually very busy, and I don't like leaving our RV there for a week or more. Have fun. Don
  15. Agree. We use a tow dolly for two different vehicles, one of which cannot be fitted with a base plate for 4-down towing. Both of them are front wheel drive. Using a tow dolly has some drawbacks but not as many as we were told in the beginning. I have never had a problem with finding a place to put it in an RV park when we had to unhitch. Usually, right beside or on one end or the other from our motorhome there is often room. And hooking up and loading the car takes me about 8-10 minutes. The first time took 40 minutes because I couldn't figure out the dang straps. Now it's a snap. I do rotate the toad's tires front to back after a couple of long trips to be sure the tread wear stays relatively even all around. Don