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  1. I've had a 2005 Revolution with a 400 Cat for about 5 years. Does anyone have suggestions for possible modifications to the engine to improve power and possibly improve mileage? My previous coach had a 275 Cummins which pulled hills just as well if not better than the Cat and got 9 mpg on a 6000 mi trip. Yes, the previous coach was lighter. My Cat gets 6.5 mpg on a 6000 mi trip. Also will I have to go to a Cat dealer to have anything done to the engine? Thanks! Andy
  2. Suggestions for Massachusetts to SC Trip

    Welcome to SC! Where in SC are you going? I have traveled from SC up 95 thru Maine a few times. There are MANY toll booths in NY, NJ area, but that is the quickest route to SC. I also agree with Poppo's post that 81 thru Pa. and down to Charlotte is a more pleasant drive. Taking 81 will bring you into the western part of SC and 95 will bring you closer to the coast and eastern side of SC. We live in the upstate of SC and will be going down to Charleston for Thanksgiving. Safe Travels! Andy
  3. No Power

    We have an '05 Revolution and had a similar situation. Pushing in the reset button on the side of the inverter corrected the problem.
  4. Call Ahead For Propane Prices

    Good advice, the same thing happens here in SC.
  5. Dog & Cat Grooming

    We usually get our dog groomed before leaving on a trip and don't need the service. When ever I convince my wife to stay gone two or three months at a time I would definitely use such a service. Doggie day care sounds good too or at least have someone go to my motorhome and walk my dog when we are gone for the day. Sounds like a good plan. Good luck if you decide to go on the road! Andy
  6. I tow a Ford Explorer and I usually start the engine and shift gears when ever I stop for fuel or stop for lunch and then do so again when I stop for the night. Ford does not say I have to do this, I like to charge the battery and to circulate the transmission. Twice in my travels when I have been driving for two or three days and not running the engine I had a dead battery when I got to my destination. It caused much aggravation to get the toad jumped off and everything reset on the computers. So for me, starting the engine is peace of mind and I've never had a problem when I've done so. I have a 120 gal fuel tank and I usually fill up when I get below a half tank. I also need to get up and walk around by then. Andy
  7. Walmart Overnight Camping

    We have spent many nights in a Wal-Mart parking lot as we were traveling. We try to park under a light and lout of the way of the store traffic. We almost always go in and shop for something. We have traveled in 46 states and only in parts of Florida were we not allowed to stay over night when we asked permission. Once in Albany, Ga. the police told us that they did not think it was safe to stay in the W-M lot over night. We went on to another town. As Chris said, we ask, we shop and we are there only to sleep and move on. Safe travels! Andy
  8. I also use the BlueOx to tow a Ford Explorer. I've had the BO about 8 yrs and have used it on two coaches. A few years ago I was in the area of the BO factory (Pender, Ne) so I visited their factory. While there they refurbished my tow bar, new bolts, washers etc. at a very minimal fee. I've towed over 40k miles and still working great.
  9. I have a 2005 Revolution with 295/80/ 22.5 tires original. Last year I replaced the two front tires with 295/80 Michelins. I now want to replace the 4 rear tires. When checking with local dealers for prices, I find that I can get 295/75 tires for about half the cost of 295/ 80's. The 80's are about 41 inches in diameter and the 75's are 40 inches in diameter. My question is, if I replace all 4 rear tires with the 75's will it make a difference with the two front tires being 80's? I know you can't have different sizes in the same axle. Has anyone experienced this? Saving $1600 is attention getting! Thanks! Andy
  10. Replacing 295/80 tires with 295/75 tires?

    After reading all the comments and suggestions, I have decided to stick with the 295/80 tires all the way around on my coach. Thank you all for your input. Today I checked on the Michelin Tire Advantage program to get a cost on the 295/80s. The closest dealer is 40 miles from my house. The initial price the dealer gave me did not sound too bad. But then he added the federal tax and sales tax and his charge of $60/tire mounting and the cost quickly increased by over $100. I expected the taxes, even though I don't understand the reason for the federal tax, but $60 for mounting seemed out of line. My local dealer charges $20 for that same size tire. Any savings from the Michelin program were just about wiped out by the dealer charges. Have any of you run into this problem? I can pick the tires up from the dealer and have them mounted here but that just adds to the hassle.
  11. Fogged Windows Repaired

    Cost is a good question! I live in SC. I have an '05 Revolution with the same problem. I need to repair at least 5 windows. I also think Fleetwood should share in the repair cost since this is a problem in so many of their coaches. This is getting to be a safety issue with the drivers side front window. I often cannot see in the mirror when I'm backing or switching lanes.
  12. Replacing 295/80 tires with 295/75 tires?

    I have not priced Michelins thru FMCA Fleet Program. How can I do so?
  13. Rear View Camera

    I have been having problems with the rear view camera on my '05 Revolution staying in focus. As most or us do, I always drive with the camera on so I can keep an eye on my toad. Often after driving an hour or two the picture will start to wiggle and then will go blank. Turning the camera off and back on will sometimes get a picture but will usually go out again. Some days it will stay on and work fine. The wires on the back of the screen are connected. I have been told there is something I can put on the connections to make them better. Checking the connections on the camera is not easy! Any suggestions on what the problem is and how to fix? Thanks! Andy
  14. Rear View Camera

    Thanks Rich, Good advice! A.
  15. Hot Water Heater Not Working

    Is you heater gas and/or electric and if so does it heat on AC?
  16. Rear View Camera

    I only have a rear view camera, I'm thinking it may be the connections on the monitor.
  17. Rear View Camera

    Thanks Rich, I don't know if there is a difference in hot and cold weather. It does happen a lot when it is raining. Also happens day or night. I have never had the picture go out when the coach is in reverse ( backing in a space etc.). Any hints on accessing the camera? I don't see a way to access from the inside and it is 12.5 ft up on the outside.
  18. I had this problem on a '99 Discovery and had to replace the air pump filter. Was still working a few years later when I traded the coach.
  19. Could I be used for an industry or business related to FMCA?
  20. Our Very First Coach

    My first motorhome was a '99 Discovery 37 ft with a 275 Cummins. Loved it, wish I had kept it. Bigger and more powerful Is not always better. If you don't have one, be sure to get a good roadside assistance program. Happy Travels!
  21. Dinghy for Bounder

    I tow a Ford Explorer 4x4 which requires a neutral switch to be installed. Works great and has plenty of room. Smaller cars may help your mpg. Andy
  22. 2003 Fleetwood Excursion

    Wolfe made an excellent point about getting air in your fuel line. That happened to me a few years ago while visiting the finger Lakes in NY. Had to call a repair truck from over 50 miles away to fix the problem. Proper maintainance is most important, but it's a good Idea to always have a great roadside assistance program like Good Sams. Stuff still happens. Enjoy your new coach! Andy
  23. Hi Rich, I tow a '07 Explorer 4x4. This is the 2nd Explorer I've towed with no problems. My local dealer installed the neutral switch For less than $200. When we stop for fuel , lunch or over night, I like to crank the car and let it run for a few mins. I also shift gears a few times before switching off and resetting for towing. I don't think this is required, I just like to charge the battery and circulate the transmission fluid. I use Blue Ox towing package. I purchased the Blue Ox with a previous motor home and the 1st Explorer. When I traded motor homes and Explorers I just moved the hitch and have had no problems. Blue Ox has also restored bolts etc on my hitch at no charge. Happy towing and travels! Andy
  24. Modifications To A 400 hp Cat Engine

    Thanks for the comments and suggestions. My coach now has 50k miles. I was not aware of the need for valve adjustments at 30k miles so I'll get this checked , will also check air flow. Thanks! Andy
  25. Cargo Doors Coming Open

    I have a 2005 Revolution and have had the left front cargo door flip open twice while driving down the Interstate. I find that if I lock the bay doors before pulling out on the road I don't have a problem. I too think it is a latch problem and locking seems to secure the latch.