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  1. Thanks for the quick response. I wasn't really trying to compare organizations (I belong to both)... it's just unclear what you get with the membership fee and what requires additional payment.

    Having said that... I think that both could be clearer... there's a big difference in saying that the organization provides a service of filtering good products or services versus implying that you actually are getting something with your membership. If you read the "benefit" page with an objective eye, it's not at all clear. It originally looked like you are getting some kind of base service plan with your membership, but could upgrade to Gold or Platinum with an extra fee.



  2. FMCA lists "Emergency Road Service and Technical Assistance" provided by Coach-Net as an FMCA member benefit. However, it's not clear what we get with our membership... as there is a link to the Coach-Net (now NMC) website where they want additional fees for their service. So my question is ... am I missing something? What comes with the FMCA membership?

    Please help this confused RVer ...


  3. Tom,

    Unfortunately, your suggestion didn't work. The levelers will not work without the engine running (this agrees with the owner's manual)... and with the engine running, it fills the bags... even when in neutral.

    I've put a call into Monaco... will let you know what they tell me.



  4. My 2009 Monaco has an "Universal Air Coupler" located in the front of the motorhome. The owner's manual says:

    "This female fitting will accept type C automotive connectors. This auxiliary air fitting may be used to inflate tires, air mattresses or other pneumatic items."

    My question is... could I use this to inflate my motorhome tires, instead of my compressor?



  5. I just purchased a new 2009 Monaco Cayman (and love it!). I've been reading through the owner's manual about leveling procedures, which states:


    Safety Features:

    The leveling system has safety features to prevent a jack from extending during travel. The control panel will not activate until these safety features are in place.

    - Ignition is switched ON and the engine is running.

    - Transmission is in Neutral.

    - Park brake is applied.

    Prior to Leveling

    - Chassis battery voltage must be at least 12 Volts DC.

    - Park the motorhome on solid, level ground. If the motorhome is parked on an excessive slope, the motorhome must be moved to a solid, level surface before the leveling system is deployed.

    - Apply the park brake.

    - Place the gear selector in Neutral.

    - Lower the air suspension by stepping on the brake several times until system air pressure is below 60 psi. With the ignition on, push and hold the Air Dump switch to lower the suspension. This reduces the amount the jack will need to extend before making contact with the surface.


    My question is... since the engine must be running while performing the leveling process, won't the air suspension automatically refill after you dump them? I understand the need to dump the air, so that you bring the motorhome closer to the ground, but I don't get how this is possible with the engine running.

    Any help understanding this would be appreciated.


  6. David,

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

    May have been a (slightly) expensive lesson. ALWAYS a good idea to carry spare belts and fuel filters, as they are unique items.

    BUT there are people virtually anywhere who can put them on for you IF you have them with you.

    If your chassis is over 3 years old, my recommendation is to replace the belts NOW. That does several things:

    1. Guarantees that they are the correct size.

    2. Puts new belts on the engine, so they are less likely to break.

    3. Gives you a spare set of belts.

    Brett Wolfe


    You make a great suggestion. I was wondering if you have a list of items that ought to be in your "spare kit"? I'm always weighing the benefits of having spare parts vs. the space/weight that they take.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Ron Clanton

  7. I leave my motorhome plugged in when not in use. I like to do this so that I can be sure that the two house batteries are in peak shape when I hit the road. My coach also has an EMS that is supposed to maintain the batteries, without boiling them dry.

    I check the battery water occasionally and find that I am adding about 1/2 to 1 cup of distilled water to the batteries per month. Is this normal, or is my EMS/charger boiling the batteries?


  8. I just bought a 2005 Rexhall American Clipper 315 ... and love it! But there is one thing I can't figure out, and I'm hoping someone out there can help me.

    In the service bay on the driver's side, I have the black/gray water clean-outs and the two low point drain valves (hot and cold). Additionally, there is another valve and hose bib (male) located next to the low point valves. Can anyone tell me what this is used for?


    Ron Clanton

  9. I just purchased a 2005 Rexhall American Clipper 315. I was going through all the systems to perform normal maintenance, and was a bit surprised to find that it has two 12-volt batteries connected in parallel! Every RV that I've owned/seen has two 6-volt batteries connected in series.

    I'm assuming that the 12-volt batteries are deep cycle ... although I'm not sure how I would tell the difference.

    Is this a problem for me? Why would someone choose to do this?


    Ron Clanton

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