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Everything posted by campcop

  1. I don't know what your relationship is with your dealer but if they used an abrasive to "fix" your wheels......I think they are on the hook for any warranty issues if Alcoa says their warranty was voided. As far as tire coating, our MH came with that junk on them, that was the first thing I washed off....
  2. I had a similar leak when we first got our Vista and it appears that you have the same type windows. I noticed our leak only in the drivers side window and only found it by chance when after washing the rig, decided to clean the inside windows. I found water in the bottom rail. After searching on a step ladder, I found that the front cap trim that was over the drivers side window had a small gap that had not been caulked with clear caulk...used a clear Big Stretch caulk that does not shrink and will stretch. Problem solved, no leaks after a summer of rain in the northeast.
  3. Just completed a trip across to CT from NM and back. Mileage ranged from 6.4 to 7.5, running at 65mph most of the time (except big hills) with a toad.
  4. The numbers you give for pressure don't seem all that low. If you are really concerned, call CAT tech and ask them what you should be running.
  5. Why would you want to install plugs on both ends of the EMS? As far as I know, these units are not made to be in the weather so they must be installed inside the coach. Its pretty easy to install one, I have installed two now in two separate RVs. I found the hardest part was running the wire for the remote monitor. If its installed right near the transfer box, it should be easy to access should the need arise and servicing them is pretty straight forward with only a few serviceable parts..
  6. One of the reasons I got a mostly white MH
  7. campcop

    Wandering Vista

    Well..... got the MH weighed and then the front end aligned. The weight was in the OK specs with 36% on the front axle. i could not find a scale that did all 4 corners though. I then had the front end aligned, it was toed in quite a bit out of spec according to the tech. I further adjusted the tire pressure to the present weight, I also have a steering stabilizer on the front and a trac bar on the rear now. I have to say there is quite a bit of difference from the last trip...No more pulling to the left and diving. i even had a few trucks pass me , could still feel them but not nearly as bad as before.
  8. Redflex is the usual provider for the cameras, Google them for some interesting reading
  9. Check out yellow light requirements in an AASHTO book. You can probably get one at a local library or at city traffic engineers office. This book is what cities and states go by.. Here in NM cities have started to use the red light cameras. There are and have been several court cases involving them, in Las Cruces, the city is owed about 1-2 million in fines already that folks refuse to pay...here its a civil penalty.. You can always demand a hearing, require all testing, calibration on the apparatus etc....
  10. I thought of waxing my roof, then......thought about having to walk on it when it might be wet
  11. If you have a Jeep Wrangler, I would certainly tow with all 4 down....
  12. We have a bigger problem here, pack rats........had them get into my 5th wheel one year, took me couple of days to clean out the mess and repair the damage. I now have a solar powered light that lights the engine compartment each night for the pack rats(they don't like light) and I use traps with peanut butter once in awhile as well. I do use the oil of peppermint too. In inspecting the bottom of our Vista, I see that it is pretty sealed...so far so good.
  13. WE previously had a 33' 5th wheel and 3500 D/A Silverado. WE wanted to get something similar in size, not over 35'. WE looked at DPs and gas both, most DPs were 40' or better. We looked at both the 30 and 35' Winnebago Vistas and really liked the floor plan of the 35F. WE also did not want to spend a lot of $$... the Vista fit nicely in the amount we wanted to spend. So besides floorplan and length, $$ will be a consideration as well. WE travel several months out of the year, generally about 5-6k total. I admit it took some getting used to to hear the gas engine working compared to the diesel truck I had but the cost of operation is about the same for us. I know the big DPs get better fuel economy but we did not want to spend the extra $$. If we were to live fulltime again, then we might consider a DP..
  14. Sometimes there is a relay before the starter and would be in the power distribution box in the engine compartment. Only other thing I can think of is there is a fusible link burnt between the battery and the power distribution box. Any signs of rodent damage?
  15. campcop

    Ford Recall

    I just was told by my RV dealer that our 2012 Winnebago with the Ford F53 chassis and V-10 has recall..something to do with the cable to the transmission. Was told to bring it to my local Ford dealer..
  16. I think the only way you will truly find out how the generator works and how to trouble shoot it is to buy the "real" service manual. The ones we get are just "owner's" manuals and really don't help much...
  17. Check the ignitor also, the air gap might be too large or the porcelain on the ignitor/thermister might be cracked...
  18. My last RV had what they called a "test" outlet after the regulator. What I did was remove the regulator from the grill and installed a quick connect. I then used a 6' line between the grill and the propane outlet..it worked fine.. On our new coach I am going to have to install an outlet with a quick disconnect to use our grill.
  19. You might want to check with either Ford or Fleetwood. I don't know about the bare chassis supplied to coach makers but when I bought my last two Chevrolet diesels that came wired for towing with a 7 pin, the "hot" wire was not connected, and the battery of my 5th wheel was not being charged. In the earlier 2005 truck I had, I had to install a missing fuse, in the newer 3500 Silverado it was just a mater of connecting a wire...
  20. campcop

    Wandering Vista

    Well, just checked the tire pressure again....It was 100 psi not 90psi. As I recall, I set the pressure one COLD morning, its been in the 70-80 range now, so the tires were at least 10 psi over max for the weight allowed and probably more than that as the coach was not really loaded... The saga continues..
  21. campcop

    Wandering Vista

    Thanks for the reply. I admit that I did not get it weighed yet, my thinking is that I did not add much to the coach. I will get it weighed this week though.. The chassis is a Ford F53 22,000 lb, tires are Michelin 235/80/22.5. wheel base to length ratio is 54 I had 90 psi in the tires but now that I think about it, I think I actually may have had too much air for the weight I had. Operating a coach is a whole new experience from a 3500 dually and 5th wheel
  22. campcop

    Wandering Vista

    We took our 2012 Vista 35F on its maiden voyage the other day. The vehicle ran fine, rode nicely but........it wandered a lot and to the point it was irritating. We had very little as far as load and only a 1/3 tank of water. The wind was not a factor either. The coach seemed to want to head into the median and after a little coaxing would straighten out only to then head for the break down lane. I did some research and am considering two things, a steering stabilizer and a trac bar for the rear. However I am not convinced at this point that the front end is not to blame, as improper alignment can cause the same problems. The tires were properly inflated ... Ironically on the return trip we ran into a headwind and the coach handled much better.....go figure..
  23. Just did a short trip of about 225 miles, from Las Cruces, NM to Albuquerque NM on I25. Its really hilly with several that are very steep. Figured out to be about 7.5. Haven't calculated return trip yet but I think it will be a little better.
  24. After seeing some of the wiring jobs on some 5th wheels and motor homes....nothing surprises me anymore....
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