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  1. A correction here. We have a 2006 Saturn Vue with AWD and automatic transmission. Our manual states that to tow 4 down the engine must be idled for 5 minutes, transmission in neutral, and then remove ignition fuse. Leave key in the "on" position so steering is not locked. Idle again after around 600 miles. We have towed the Vue from Northern Wisconsin to south Texas and back four times without any problems, along with instate travels. The drive train is an Acura six cyl AWD on the 2006 & 2007 models ONLY.
  2. I did the conversion on a 2004 Newmar Mountainaire about three years ago so have no idea . Was not my coach. We have a Foretravel GV. Probably added about 1-1/2" to the existing height. Reception went from 9 channels to 21 and reception included stations never received before.
  3. I replaced a crankup Wingman antenna with a Jack antenna ($45 at our RV dealer). The Jack comes with everything necessary to mount it on the two aluminum tubes that crank up the Wingman. I first manually elevated the Wingman assembly (the original elevating mechanism was broke and the owner didn't want to pay to have it repaired--$$$) and cut off the tubes so the Jack antenna would be just above the ACs. I bolted the tubes together using a piece of the cutoff tubes so spacing between the tubes was the same all the way up. Now the Jack antenna is permanently up, but can be rotated, and doesn't rattle when traveling. No worries about forgetting to lower it or breaking the crankup mechanism (plastic gears)
  4. nitehawk

    Another Bad Pet Story

    Be calm. Just pick up the "handwarmer" and then when it gets dark or the offender goes away, smear the poo on their entry step, the door handle or assist handle. And, if there is any left over smear it on their car door handle and then push the baggie or whatever down into their air intake. Some poo on the driver's side windshield is good also.
  5. The DW made all the curtains forward of the bedroom. They are DOUBLE thickness room darkening material. Originally from Shopko and were purchased from the curtain department solely for the material. Originally were drapes with large rings for hanging on a rod. Really keep out the light and from the outside it looks as if we had gone to bed, unless I have the valance lights on for low lighting for Packer football games.
  6. Of course it is beautiful! It's a Foretravel. But our 1989 might just be more of an "Oldie" than yours.
  7. nitehawk

    Traveling with Cats

    bmo2jti--Don't you mean servants?
  8. Just Shoe Goo the plate to the coach. Use some duct tape to hold the plate in place until the Shoe Goo cures. Give it a couple days just to be sure. You can get Shoe Goo or its equivalent at a hardware store or in the shoe department at Walmart and heat does not affect it..
  9. Please don't torch me here, as I don't know a whole lot about electricity. If I can't see it, touch it, smell it or sometimes taste it, I don't want anything to do with it. Having said that, I seem to remember that sometime--a long time ago--I was told to touch the battery cable to the battery post, pull away and then attach the cable back onto the battery. Why this was I don't remember but it might be something to try if your batteries all test good. Again, my disclaimer as to my expertise: I used to think that putting electrical tape over the outlets on the walls would keep the electricity from running out on to the floor.😊
  10. I believe all roof AC units on RVs are mounted over a 14" square hole, making it fairly simple to replace one brand with another.
  11. Our entry steps are hinged on the top, covered with ugly powder blue shag carpeting. Foretravel used the shag carpeting to act as a seal on the sides of the lift-up steps, which are only lifted to check the two 8D batteries in the compartment under the steps. I have racked my pea sized brain trying to figure out how to eliminate the shag carpeting and yet have a good seal and be able to lift the steps in order to access the batteries.
  12. Mike, see my posts on iRV2 this morning.
  13. I found Ortho's Orthene for fire ants kills ants "right now!" Available almost anywhere down south where fire ants exist. Regular ant poison up here in northern Wisconsin seems to just make the ants move to a different location a few feet away from their first nest.
  14. I guess my "crappy" 30 year old coach wouldn't be allowed in?
  15. Diesel pusher. Not sure what "blocks" you are referring to, but if you mean the ramps I made, then the pieces in front of the tires are screwed in place with long deck screws. Oops, now understand what you mean. The wheels are not touching the ground when positioned for the coach to drive up on. Only when I flip the ramps over do the wheels touch the ground. They are offset so the ramp surface is not touching the ground when the ramps get flipped. I CAREFULLY drive up onto the ramps and then creep forward until the center hub of the driver's front wheel is centered over the blue painted tell-tale on the side of the ramp. I have spray painted the driveway blacktop at each corner of the ramps with a spot of white paint so I know exactly where to place the ramps when we come back from an outing. No guessing how wide or how far forward to put the ramps or jack risers relative to the concrete the rear duals and the heavy engine end of the coach rests on. This method makes it easy to place the coach so when I mow with our lawn tractor I have the entire coach on the blacktop and not hanging over the lawn. Re the front cap and the rear cap also, I have caulked both ends this spring. The junction between the caps and the fiberglass roof have a cover strip screwed over them. The full length fiberglass roof sheet does have a lot of waviness in it but no tears, cracks or leaks. I was told the coach had sat in covered storage for about 10 or 11 years. It only has around 84,000 miles on it.
  16. Hadn't planned on these pics. Some are quite old. A few are of engine compartment or solar panels or works in progress--like the floor.
  17. We use peppermint oil, cotton balls, and aluminum pop cans. We cut the cans in half--right angles to the long axis--then cut tabs parallel to the long axis, almost all the way to the end of the can. Make tabs about 1/2" wide. Place about six cotton balls in a can, soak with peppermint oil, fold tabs in so as to contain the cotton balls. We do poke a hole thru the bottom of each can and push a wire thru so we can hang the cans in places where we might expect critters to travel. Works great I guess, as we haven't seen any evidence of mice or red squirrels where we put the can deterrents. Oh, by the way, we only use the bottom half of the soda or barley pop cans.
  18. Do what I did to find a leak. I know, different thing. Have someone climb inside and take pictures of the latching mechanisms. It may be that just an adjustment is needed to be made or you may even have to replace a part. Possibly just need lubricating the latching hardware??
  19. And the pride & satisfaction you get for resolving all the problems and ending up with a professional looking installation makes all the aches, pains, and frustration worth every bit!!!
  20. nitehawk

    Coach Roof

    I use Mop&Glo and our 28 year old fiberglass roof shines like new.
  21. I never blame the dog for poor behavior. I blame the dog's owner. The dog wasn't taught better. I also have noticed that how a dog behaves provides very good clues as to its owner's conduct, behavior, and attitude. I think landlords and other property managers use the person looking to bring in a "big" dog as their judgement call as to whether there will be problems. I have also observed people with very poor habits and the way they come across almost always have poorly behaved pets and/or children. A dog who has always lived in its home and yard and protected it has no idea of how to behave in a CG. Then the misbehavior starts, unless good training has been done beforehand. We have owned 11 dogs and 11 cats over the years and every one of our dogs were socially adapted and well mannered. (7 were German shepherds)
  22. Sometimes "Bigger isn't always better". Reminds me of that old joke about Two guys from Northern Wisconsin. They bought a truck, drove to Chicago and bought a load of chickens at $4.00 apiece. They drove home and sold the chickens for $3.00 apiece. After three trips one guy said they were losing money. The other guy replied that he was way ahead of him. His answer was: "We'll get a bigger truck!" For a business to survive it must remain current with product, efficient with operations, and willing to accept that merely getting bigger doesn't guarantee success.
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