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peggyjshafer

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  1. In my opinion upping the dues $25 per year to include an underperforming assistance program was a very poor financial decision by FMCA. What members don't hear is all the cases that were turned down by Seven Corners because they don't fit the very strict criteria. That is why there were only 145 cases last year (according to what I read) that were actually helped. 145 - that's a very small number, and certainly way more than that had medical issues, accidents and injuries. I for one will not pay the additional for renewing my membership. I believe FMCA will see a large decrease in members due to this increase. I get the same tire discount with Tiffin Allegro Club or CoachNet, and I am a SkyMed Member and would not give that up for anything. The fact that they cover a helicopter or ground ambulance from a 911 call, which FMCAssist does not, alone makes it worth belonging to SkyMed. I've talked to way too many people stuck with a $40,000+ bill from a Medical Helicopter.
  2. This sounds like a SkyMed service, not an FMCA Assist Service...I would double check with your friend what kind of program he had. I have not heard of FMCA providing a “Lear Medical Jet” to fly anyone “back home”
  3. Update: Yes the ATS is located under the fridge, behind the 110 panels. There is a picture of the fried switch. The replacement turned out to be more difficult than one would think. That particular switch is obsolete and can’t be ordered. We had ordered a 30amp RV ATS from Amazon made by Parralex, and John’s RV & Trailer Center ordered one as well. After the tech found this one burned out, he put in the new one. But what was discovered is that even though this is a 30 amp coach, there are TWO 30 amp feeds coming from the Onan 7.5 KW generator. One goes through a 30 amp breaker on the generator. The other feed comes into the transfer switch (the old one) as GEN 2. The first day, the tech did not know what to do with the Gen 2 feed because there is no place in the 30 amp box for it. He came back with the owner of the company today who said this system that FLeetwood did is unique - when running on generator it essentially acts as a 50 amp system with a power monitor when it operates on the shore power. In the end, to make it work, they had to install both 30amp switches and route the wiring so that on the Generator, both Gen 1 and Gen 2 feed in, but on shore power there is just the 30 amp shore cord plus the inverter/charger for the inverter outlets and microwave. We are now back up and running and everything is back to normal on both Generator and Shore power. 6 days with no a/c was way too many in this heat wave! I’m attaching a picture of the wiring diagram from the 1st switch, which is no longer sold.
  4. Hi, we had a mobile mechanic come out 3 weeks ago with the first round of problems. He replaced the plug end of the 30 amp cord as it was old and he saw some hot marks. He tested the power at the post, coming in/out of the inverter, and said it was all good. After we got to this park and suddenly lost the 110, we had the park come out. They tested the post and said it was only showing 86 volts on one leg so they replaced the 30 amp plug and the breaker. The Xantrex panel shows we are getting power in, and the house batteries are reading green and fully charged and getting 108 -110 on the inverter plug outlets. As I said, we do not hear any “click” of the transfer switch engaging like it used to. We have checked breakers on the generator, none were tripped but we did turn off and reset. We have tried “rapping” the transfer box to see if maybe it was stuck and we could unjam them, but no luck. Hoping we get someone to actually show up soon so we can troubleshoot this. My husband has stage IV cancer and just can’t think right to try to do this himself.
  5. Hi, we had a mobile mechanic come out 3 weeks ago with the first round of problems. He replaced the plug end of the 30 amp cord as it was old and he saw some hot marks. He tested the power at the post, coming in/out of the inverter, and said it was all good. After we got to this park and suddenly lost the 110, we had the park come out. They tested the post and said it was only showing 86 volts on one leg so they replaced the 30 amp plug and the breaker. The Xantrex panel shows we are getting power in, and the house batteries are reading green and fully charged and getting 108 -110 on the inverter plug outlets. As I said, we do not hear any “click” of the transfer switch engaging like it used to. We have checked breakers on the generator, none were tripped but we did turn off and reset. We have tried “rapping” the transfer box to see if maybe it was stuck and we could unjam them, but no luck. Hoping we get someone to actually show up soon so we can troubleshoot this. My husband has stage IV cancer and just can’t think right to try to do this himself.
  6. This is a 30 amp coach. As far as “opening the lid” to the ATS, it is located under the fridge, behind all the 110 breakers. You have to dislodge those and move them all out of the way, then try to remove a cover ...over our heads. And with the 4th holiday, can’t get anyone out here. We are on day 4 of no a/c in 96 degree weather...not fun. Just wondering if anyone else has had this issue.
  7. We have a 2000 Fleetwood Discovery 37G. 3 weeks ago when we plugged into shore power, we had 110 power inside the coach but the inverter outlets were all showing about 88v and even though the Xantrex Panel showed incoming AC, the batteries would never shift off the red light to accepting charge. If we started the genset, everything was normal, inverter outlets all showed 110 volts. Suspected the transfer switch and someone came and visually looked at it but couldn’t see any burn marks. We moved on to the next park, and this time when plugged in everything was perfectly normal for 2 weeks. Then yesterday all of the sudden the 110 power to the coach completely quit. Breaker never tripped, nothing 110 in coach works but all inverter outlets work normal and Xantrex panel is entirely green showing 30 amp incoming and batteries fully charged. Started genset, everything was normal. Back to shore power, same thing -no 110 again. Next time started genset, the same issue as shorepower - no 110 with generator, either. Park checked the post and did change out the 30amp breaker and plug as they said they were weak. When you turn on the breaker or start the genset, you do not hear the “click” now of the transfer switch. Any ideas?
  8. We recently bought a 2014 Lincoln MKZ and are considering trying it out to tow behind our 38’ Discovery (diesel, air brakes). I have some concerns about the low profile of this car, and how it would do being towed. We have been using Sterling/ROadmaster set up on our GMC Envoy. Has anyone flat towed this car? According to Manufacturer and FMCA it is listed as towable 4 wheels down. We love the car, great mileage and being a Hybrid it’s so quiet. Thanks for your input.
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