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About Mypopslou

  • Birthday 07/04/1954

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  1. I am late to this discussion, I have a Wingard Traveler Antenna which lays down and automatically goes up and finds satellite. It is a Direct TV antenna which I am not happy with and would like to go to DISH when my contract is up. Is there a conversion kit and if so what is the approximate cost and where do I go to get the kit. Also I can usually figure a lot of things out if not too complicated, how hard is it to install the conversion kit. I know I need to get a new receiver for home and RV which obviously I am OK with. Any suggestions would be appreciated Thank you in advance for your help
  2. Mypopslou

    Odd Tire Wear

    UPDATE: I finally had my alignment checked and it was off on the front curb side as well as the rear was a little off but not bad. Both axles have been corrected. I asked the alignment mechanic and his boss about the unusual wear on that drivers side front tire. They both told me they had never seen tire wear like that and I should take it to a Michelin dealer fro evaluation. Coach rides much better with everything aligned so I think I will take a couple of good pictures to a Michelin Dealer to get an opinion before I get the coach out again. Bottom line is I think I am looking at buying 2 new tires and hoping with the alignment that it does not happen again. I am upset that my 2016 coach which I bought new has 2014 tires on it although they are week 46 of 14. Once I have the tires evaluated I will give you one last update on this issue. Yes, my coach does have front independent suspension Thanks again for your help and suggestions
  3. UPDATE: there is a Battery Isolator called a Trumbatta and a Bi Directional Isolator called BIRD on my coach. I am on the 3rd Trumbatta as they are overheating which is melting the internal contacts and causing them to fail. This is why my chassis batteries were not charging when plugged in and my Aux start would not work. In addition the BIRD they installed on my coach was for a gas coach not a diesel coach I found a person who lives in my community who has the same coach as I do and told me he had the same issue. He took his coach back to the factory and they installed a different battery Isolator called a BIG BOY as well as different BIRD for Diesel coach. I confirmed with Thor that this part would work in my coach. We had to change the terminal clips as the contacts on the Big Boy were much larger than the original Trumbatta. I have enclosed pictures of the new parts. I installed these on Tuesday and my coach is finally charging the way it was intended. If anyone out there is having the same issue, this is the answer. Thanks for all of your help and suggestions
  4. Bill, thanks for the suggestion, that is my intent, had a neighbor whose rear was 11% out of alignment and once corrected he said it was like he was driving a different coach.
  5. Update and Success, Finally had a diesel mechanic come to my home today and it took him all of 5 minutes to find a blown 150amp fuse in the compartment where my invertor is located. Although had nothing to do with inventor, it was a $4 fuse at NAPA. Once replaced the engine fired right up and of course the dash was showing check engine. Mechanic connected his computer to coach and checked code which stated loss of power... Once this was corrected my dash lit up like a Christmas Tree and I feared the first Tech that came out really blew something else. Mechanic checked all my fuses and then shut engine off and turn Chassis Battery cutoff to the off position for 30 seconds and then turned it back on and started the engine and all is good. I guess the computer just need to reboot but all is good. I caused myself a lot of grief by letting this person the Good Sam Road Service sent out do something I did not think was correct. When he told me he could jump start my coach from 2 terminals in the front of the coach, I did not think was not right but I let him do it anyway and it cost me $300 to fix his ignorance. I asked the diesel mechanic about it and he aid absolutely not as there is probably a lot of other parts connected to those cables and you would be forcing too many volts down the line.This guy may be OK to jump start a car or small truck but he did not have a clue what to do with a motorhome and I will register a complaint with Good Sam. I already called their claims department 2 days ago and left a message which stated they would return my call within 24 hours....nothing yet. Anyway lesson learned to trust my gut Also hope my experience will help someone else, especially the part about shutting done engine and battery and letting computer reboot. The other really positive thing about this experience is that the Diesel Mechanic who fixed my coach is a young guy with a relatively new business who really impressed me with his knowledge and ability to handle the mechanical side of my RV. He admitted he is not too familiar with a lot of the RV side of my coach. Thank you to all of you who offered suggestions on what to look for and tried to help me. We had so much trouble with this coach when we bought it new, when this happened my wife told me I really freaked out and I guess I did but all is good now. I am buying a Smart Battery Charger today and keeping it on the coach whenever it will be parked for more than a couple of days. Also rescheduled my appointment to have front end alignment done. Again thank you and have a wonderful weekend.
  6. Manholt, do you have a recommendation on what type of trickle charger I need. I just went on amazon and there are 20 some pages of them. I know I need a 'smart' charger so it charges and then shuts off and back on when needed. I noticed some are 2, 10 50 is that what I need? Appreciate the advice
  7. Although I do have a push button start I do not have the multiplex system in my coach. I think Thor started that the year after mine or 2017. Found a mobile diesel mechanic who should be here by noon. He thinks it is a fuse or breaker as I do but hopefully he will know where to look and fix. In the past I only received the Low Battery Voltage message in the Freightliner Message Center on the dashboard when starting engine. It would go away within 10 seconds. I never received any type of message at any other time. After this experience and once I get her started I will immediately go buy an appropriate trickle charger and keep one on it at all times. Fool me once... Thanks for all of your help and suggestions and I am hopeful this mechanic will fix it and I will let you all know what issue was. Wish me luck on this
  8. The coach is on a Freightliner Chasis XCR raised Rail. Generator starts fine so not issues there and auto start feature is in ready state as in the fuse compartment green light is on. The Aux Start does not work as I do not think Thor ever connected it and the same for charging chassis batteries when plugged into shore power as it has been plugged in all the time. When the tech was here yesterday after jumping the batteries the read at 12.7 volts and I have had a charger on them over night. The keyless entry, entry steps usb port and front windshield shades which are all connected to chassis batteries are working fine. It is the Dash that is not, when I turn the key nothing happens no lights no buzzers. I do have a push button start and it does light up but again no response. Have reached out to Thor for help and am also trying to get a response from a Mobile Diesel Repair place to come and take a look. I really feel it is something simple a fuse or breaker the has been tripped. I just don't know how to find it. Appreciate help so far and am open to any suggestions on how to find the mystery switch
  9. I had it off for about the last 4 of 5 weeks but turned it on last week, I called Thor and they suggested I check some of the breakers which I did and still nothing. Not Sure where to go from here but waiting for Mobile RV Service to arrive but probably will not be today
  10. Richard, no I do not, but had to be something to shut off part of the starting process. I still have charger on the batteries but every time I try and turn the key nothing happens and I know the batteries have at least 12.7 volts. Have called a mobile repair place and am hoping they can come out today to see what has happened. Have also tried starting generator but have had the same results Very frustrating
  11. With tech truck directly connected to my batteries they charged to 12.7. I tried to start by house batteries and that did not work, not even shore Thor connected it. I don't think it is the batteries because when he forced the starter to start it was cranking but nothing on my dash that should have come on. I think he tripped something that shut everything off to the dash but I don't know enough to know what to look for. Thanks for your suggestions
  12. Returned from our summer trip 7,000 miles without issue. Every once and a while when I started my RV I would get a Low Battery Voltage message but she always started. RV has been sitting for 5 weeks connected to 50 amp and for 4 of the 5 weeks I had both engine and rv batteries turned off. Turned them back on last week to do some cleaning. Had an appointment to have alignment checked because of some unusual tire wear and RV would not start. Engine batteries were very low as when I turned the key nothing happened. I put a trickle charge on the batteries and little by little they started showing life. I got dash lights and when I turned the key I would get one turn of the starter and then it would click. I assumed the trickle charger was not capable of charging batteries to starting point so I called road service through Good Sam. Interstate Road Side service arrived at my home where the RV is in a port. Since batteries were in the back tech connected jumper cables to connection in front of RV. I did not even know you could do that. I turned the key and it was the same thing, got dash lights and everything looked like it would start but not enough juice to turn the starter more than once. Tech was then able to get his truck close enough to the back of my coach to connect jumper cables directly to batteries. Only problem now I was back to turning the key and absolutely nothing happened. He checked everything underneath and did find a jumper switch which had tripped and when he turned it I had some power in dash, sun shade and data port which has a light, lit up but when I turned the key nothing. He then crawled under the rv and engaged the started by hand, she would crank but not start as I had nothing come on on dash board. We left truck connected to batteries for over 30 minutes and still nothing. He left not knowing how to help me but my fear is that he blew something that has shut off whatever has to happen on the dash board when you turn the key. Any suggestions on what the issue could be and what I should do. I am looking for a mobile service unit so I do not have to be towed. I am feeling desperate and also that this tech did something to make my issue worse. Any help would be appreciated, I am not very handy Thank you
  13. There is another Cummins in Tampa 5910 E. Hillsboro Ave Tampa 813-626-1101. I have not personally used them yet but their reviews are better than what I read about Orlando.
  14. Mypopslou

    Odd Tire Wear

    I found a highly recommended Truck Frame and Alignment here in Florida and will make an appointment to have my coach evaluated including alignment on both front end and rear end. Once I am confident that my alignment is correct I will make decision on my front tires. I will also ask this mechanic his opinion and act accordingly. I thank everyone for their help and suggestions and will let you all know what then end result is and what decisions I make. Hoping to get an appointment this week or next Stay tuned
  15. Mypopslou

    Odd Tire Wear

    Brett, Tireman is recommending I inflate to 120 which is the max based on the weights and his calculating a 53% 47% weight distribution on front axle weight of 13,820. Thank you for reassurance when the tires reach operating temperature, I always worry when I see the inflation pressure exceed 120 and if it increases by 10% to 15% I could see readings of 132 to 138, do you think that is still OK?
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