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    Katy, TX
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    LSU football, golf, fishing, gardening, family outings with grown kids and grandkids, running, weight training, soccer officiating
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  1. For the cabinet were we have plates, cups, glasses, wine glasses, etc., we use my mother's old trick from travel trailer days bouncing around in the Snowy Range of Wyoming each summer weekend when I was a young kid a few decades ago -- stuff a bed pillow or two around those dishes. Keeping the wine glasses in one piece is especially important
  2. Quick update on insurance rates. I contacted FMCA RV Insurance and received the following annual premiume quotes based on $170,000 motorhome value: Progressive RV = $2,100 Nationwide / Allied = $2,280 Safeco = $2,610 My current Progressive policy with is $3,400 annual premium is through Progressive Direct (their on-line system) and not through Progressive RV for which FMCA RV Insurance is an agent. The nice customer service rep for Progressive Direct said that their high volume policies (i.e. automobiles, homeowner, etc.) premiums are often a tad lower than rates offered by agents. However, for "specialty" insurance such as RVs the Progressive Direct rate is usually somewhat higher than agent rates. The customer service rep was shocked at a $1,300 difference between the on-line Progressive Direct policy and the agent provided Progressive RV policy. Needless to say I'm moving from Progressive Direct to FMCA RV Insurance and a Progressive RV policy. Until now I thought Progressive was Progressive was Progressive...…..
  3. Brett -- FCCC told me late yesterday that I have a Horton fan clutch part # 9908044. That clutch per the Horton website is a VMaster Directly Controlled clutch that is controlled by the engine control module (ECM as FCCC called it). Here are links to info about this type of fan clutch: Fan Clutch details --> https://catalog.hortonww.com/part-details.html?service_no=9904088&measurementSystem=imperial Fan Clutch brochure --> https://www.hortonww.com/assets/documents/horton-productsheet-22837-c-vs-directly-controlled.pdf The brochure has verbiage and charts that describe quite well my experience the last two weekends driving to/from LSU i.e. no change in engine speed (1800 RPM at 65 mph driving speed) while the fan speed increased / decreased to hold engine temperature in a 190 - 210 F range. Per the Horton website, this type of variable speed clutch has been available for use for motorhomes with ISB and ISL engines with rear cooling since 2007. It would be interesting to learn if other forum members have this type of Horton fan clutch. This coming weekend I still will do a more thorough look at my charge air cooler to assure it is clean.
  4. rcieslak67 -- What is the ag, value and model of your Holiday Rambler? Reason for asking is I just received my annual renewal notice from Progressive for my 2016 Newmar Ventana LE 4037 and it was a shocking $3,400 ! This is the first full year premium notice from Progressive since I purchased the Ventana LE a few months ago (I only had to pay an incremental amount to cover the last three months). The current value of my Ventana LE is $165,000. The $3,400 premium is more than the annual premium for my home which has a value three times that of motorhome. I submitted a quote request to FMCA Insurance to see if they can offer a better price......
  5. Brett -- FCCC told me I have a Horton fan clutch. Which model number they did not say and silly me did not ask. I will quiz FCCC about clutch model number. Any comments about the photo of my charge air cooler?
  6. As a follow-up to my original post, below is the e-mail response from FCCC Customer Service about my engine cooling system operating "normally". Also, last week I looked at my charge air cooler following Brett's guidance and found it to look almost new for what I could see without removing the fan shroud (I couldn't quite see the furthest corners of the CAC). I've attached a photo of the charge air cooler (as best that could be laying under the fan and without removing the shroud). Basically what I think I've learned is FCCC designed the cooling system to include a variable speed fan and that my 20-25 F of engine temperature fluctuation is "per design". The FCCC website briefly describes the "automatic variable speed fan" for rear mounted radiators on XCR chassis such as mine --> https://www.fcccrv.com/chassis/xc/engines/#xc-cummins-engines Any comments from the forum about what I've learned in the last week? ============================================================================ Mike, What you have described is normal operation of the cooling system. Sincerely, Justin Pope FCCC Representative --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019-10-14 12:35:45 Fagnant, Michael L. I have a “new to me” 2016 Newmar Ventana LE (VIN# 4UZACHDT8GCHJ1970) that I’ve enjoyed the last two weekends for LSU football outings. It is built on an XCR chassis. The coach is equipped with a 360 HP Cummins 6.7L ISB engine and Allison 3000MH transmission. While driving the motorhome round trip between Houston and Baton Rouge both weekends, the engine temperature would continually fluctuate from ~187 F to ~210 F despite a 20 F difference in ambient air temperature (95 F two weeks ago, 75 F this past weekend). As the engine temperature reached ~210 F, I could hear the cooling fan “kick into” high speed. When the engine temperature cooled off to ~187 F and the fan went to a low speed. The engine temperature would then rise during the next few minutes until reaching ~210 F again at which time the fan went into high speed. This temperature fluctuation cycle continued constantly. Prior to owning this Newmar Ventana LE, I owned a 2007 Damon Astoria that, like the Ventana, was built on an XCR chassis. The Astoria was a somewhat smaller motorhome and thus was equipped with a 300 HP Cummins 5.9L ISB engine and Allison 2500MH transmission. While driving the Astoria to/from Baton Rouge for the last five years, the engine temperature held constant at ~195 F. It didn’t have the large 20 – 25 F temperature fluctuation that I’m experiencing with the Ventana LE. Is the 20-25 F engine temperature fluctuation experienced the last two weekends “normal operation” or do I have a cooling system problem such as a bad thermostat? Should the engine temperature be relatively constant as was my experience with the 2007 Damon Astoria? Thanks for your help and advice. Mike Fagnant
  7. As usual the responses are very informative!! The "thermostat responses" make me question the type of thermostat I have in my ISB engine. I'd presume a 180 - 190 F thermostat?? Presuming I have a 180-190 F thermostat I then wonder why, if the thermostat is wide open, did the engine temp climb to 210 F driving on a flat I-10 between Baton Rouge and Houston and the fan had to go into high speed to keep cool off the engine?? Jim S. -- What other "symptoms" did you have (in addition to the low to high temperature fluctuations that I have) to prompt your clutch replacements? . Reason for asking is my experience with "high school era" older pickups was a clutch replacement was needed because the fan would not engage and the engine overheated (those clutches were the thermal spring type that when they failed the clutch would not grab the engine shaft). Also, the FCCC tech I spoke to yesterday told me I have a Horton brand clutch. Brett -- You very often coach all of us to check that the charge air cooler is clean. When I purchased my Ventana LE from NIRV in Dallas this past April I asked them if the charge air cooler needed cleaning -- they said no. If the charge air cooler is dirty, could that be a reason the engine temperature will not hold at ~190 F with a wide open thermostat? I have another LSU football adventure in Baton Rouge this coming weekend (10/11-13/19) with #7 Florida visiting # 5 LSU. It will be interesting to see what my engine temps do with 75 F ambient temps behind a much welcomed cold front.
  8. Brett -- As always your advice is most welcome. Using the link you provided I found the FCCC spec sheet for the Ventana LE which is essentially the same as the Ventana info you provided --> https://www.fcccrv.com/wp-content/uploads/oem_pdfs/Newmar/2016 Newmar Ventana LE Spec Sheet.pdf I failed to mention in my original post that as I do every LSU football weekend I was towing my 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara. I called the FCCC "24/7 Direct" customer service phone number and was promptly routed to a technician by the name of Chris. I explained my experiences to Chris (who sounded older in age and quite experienced) who advised the cooling system for my Ventana LE was performing as it should with the fan moving to high speed at 210 - 212 F and returning to low speed at 190-192 F and repeating the cycle as needed. Chris said FCCC has received numerous calls about this temperature fluctuation for Ventana LE's the last few years. Whether he should have or not, Chris stated that his personal opinion is the 360 HP, 6.7L ISB engine is somewhat undersized for my Ventana LE 4037 model especially during hot weather and climbing long hills. He said Newmar / FCCC agreed on using the ISB engine instead of a larger engine to help hold the cost differential between the "entry level" Ventana LE and the "next step up" Ventana. My 2016 Ventana LE has an empty weight of 29,700 lbs, max GVWR of 36,400 lbs. and a max GCWR of 41,400 lbs --> https://library.rvusa.com/brochure/2016VentanaLEBrochure.pdf For an LSU weekend, I carry a full tank of water (830 lbs), full 32 gallon propane tank (135 lbs), three plastic tables, umbrella type camping chairs, small charcoal grill, food, drinks, ice, the wife & me. All that "stuff" is under 2,000 lbs. thus well within the 6,700 lbs of "rated" cargo capacity. Combined weight (calculated) is ~35,700 lbs. which is 5,700 lbs. under the GCWR. Next trip I will have the coach and Jeep weighed to confirm my calculated combined weight. Presuming the combined weight is circa 36,000 lbs. would you agree with Chris at FCCC that a 360 HP ISB engine is a bit undersized?
  9. Jim -- Please share the "symptoms" you experienced with your Horton fan clutch so I can compare/contrast my experiences from yesterday.
  10. Ross -- Sorry, I should have provided chassis and engine info for my 2016 Ventana LE 4037 (which should be visible in my signature block). The chassis is a Freightliner XCR with a 6.7L, 360 HP Cummins ISB engine and Allison MH3000 transmission. The coolant is "original fill" Shell Rotella Fully Formulated with SCAs (purple color coolant) which, per test strips, was in good condition when I purchased the motorhome six months ago. Here is a link to coolant info --> http://shop.sclubricants.com/rotella-fully-formulated-antifreeze-5050 I don't recall seeing this engine temperature fluctuation while driving my previous motorhome unless while climbing a hill or large bridge. The engine temp fluctuation I experienced yesterday is on I-10 which except for a few bridges is very flat.
  11. This past weekend (10/5-7/19) in Baton Rouge for the LSU - Utah State game was brutally hot for the first weekend of October - 97 F ambient temperature with 105 F heat index !! While driving from Baton Rouge to Houston yesterday (Sunday), the engine temperature was fluctuating from 192 F to 210. I saw this fluctuation only because I had my dashboard read-out looking at engine and transmission temps rather than my customary trip and leg fuel mileage read-outs. As I paid closer attention to the engine temp, when the temp reached 210 F I could hear (I think) the radiator fan engage / go into a higher speed and then disengage/slow down when the temp reached 192 F. This fluctuation was continuous during the five hour drive. I don't know if this temperature fluctuation was occurring on my drive to Baton Rouge Friday because my focus was on horrible traffic conditions and I didn't have the dash board read-out set to temperatures. Engine RPM did not change (stayed at 1800) as the engine temp fluctuated and the fan engaged/disengaged. Speed control was steady at 65 mph (my comfortable max speed). This weekend was the first time driving my new to me Newmar Ventana LE in extremely hot weather. Is this 18 F temperature fluctuation "normal" or is it the sign of a problem brewing? Thanks for the help!
  12. During our journeys to Baton Rouge for LSU football games, we spend Thursday afternoon/evening at the A+ RV Park in Sulphur, LA so we can visit youngest son and his family and prep for LSU boon-docking before continuing the drive to BR on Friday mornings. Our first LSU weekend of the year was ten days ago (9/16-19/19). This was the first time we've had a chance to use our new-to-us Ventana LE since a long July 4 weekend. After hooking up water at the A+, I turned-on the cold water side of kitchen faucet and as it started to "spurt and sputter" as air was pushed out of the water line, out came an extremely strong sour / sulfur odor which was bad enough for the propane detector to alarm (propane detectors sense mercaptan odorants in the propane). I then opened cold water sides of both bathroom faucets and had the same stench come out. There was no odor in the water at the the RV park faucet. The only thing I hadn't opened was the permanently mounted in-line Flo Pur brand water filter in the wet bay (http://www.flowpur.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=FP&Product_Code=POE12GHGACB&Category_Code=RVF) When I opened that filter, I found the basic, carbon cartridge to have a horrible sulfur / stagnant water stench! It quickly got thrown into the trash !! Never having this type of filter before, I didn't know nor think that the filter "housing" would hold water and in doing so, the water could become stagnant/sour. My questions to forum members that have my type of water filter are: 1) When you place your coach in storage for several weeks, do you open the filter and dump water from the filter? 2) After dumping water from the filter, do you remove the cartridge, let it dry, and re-use at the next outing? 3) Would the "hose" filter I used with my previous motorhome and travel trailer be a better choice (those filters never went "sour") --> https://www.walmart.com/ip/Camco-40043-TastePURE-Inline-Water-Filter-with-Flexible-Hose-Protector-Greatly-Reduces-Bad-Taste-Odors-Chlorine-and-Sediment-in-Drinking-Water/14504321?sourceid=csebr03a56c93d3ac5c4940bc0d99500c5c7153&wmlspartner=bizratecom&affcmpid=1116078100&tmode=0000&veh=cse&szredirectid=15693638396709632783510090301008005 Thanks for your thoughts and advice!
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    Quick update. The “all in” price for my six new Hankook AH37, 275R70/22.5 tires was $2,380. I’m extremely pleased with the service from Southern Tire Mart in Katy, TX and with FMCA’s discount pricing program with Hankook. The significant cost savings for my new tires is well worth the cost of an FMCA membership!
  14. Let the "Refiner" in the group opine. Manufacturing Renewable Diesel from new / used vegetable oils or animal fats has been in place for over a decade at refineries owned by most major oil companies. This 2007 presentation from ConocoPhillips describes how vegetable oils and/or animal fats are "co-processed" with conventional diesel from crude oil to produce an outstanding quality, non-Biodiesel, product --> https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2014/03/f9/deer07_cornforth.pdf This co-processing is done in a refinery process unit know as a Hydrotreater which is decades old technology. Advancements in Hydrotreater catalyst technology now allows vegetable oils / animal fats to be process "neat" in a Hydrotreater type unit which is the business venture in the Valero press release. Most major oil companies are partnering with Renewable Diesel companies to build new renewable diesel "refineries" across the U.S. to meet EPA regulations for renewable fuels use. Those renewable diesel "refineries" will start operation during the next couple of years. The good news about Renewable Diesel is it is very similar to conventional diesel from crude oil with the exception that Renewable Diesel is more paraffinic (higher Cetane Rating , somewhat waxier) which is why major oil companies are investing in Renewable Diesel manufacturing. Biodiesel is an "ester" product which contains oxygen. Esters are good solvents which causes a lot of concern for pipelines and storage tanks (loosen metal scale). Because of the oxygen content in esters, they degrade, turn black, etc. Due to these reasons, major oil companies shy away from Biodiesel.
  15. After crawling underneath the engine this past weekend I found the problem with my check engine light and new Fleet Guard filter-separator. The "plug" for the water sensor was inserted into the "receptacle" of the water sensor but was not in contact with the "pins" of the sensor. Look closer, the "plug" is not compatible with the Fleet Guard sensor i.e. the pins in the sensor are "centered" while the holes in the plug are off-center. The Lube Zone oil change business in Brookshire, TX simply stuck the plug into the sensor receptacle but did not check the sensor pins and plug made contact. Lucky for me, Lube Zone gave me the bowl from the bottom of the old filter-separator which has the original sensor intact. Houston Freightliner, using my VIN, was able to determine the OEM filter-separator used when the chassis was manufactured, a Rancor-Parker brand filter-separator, which they had in stock. After an hour round-trip to/from Houston Freightliner I now have a filter-separator that is compatible with the original bowl section which I will install this evening. The learning for me is don't expect the sensor plug to always be compatible with the sensor on the bottom of every brand of filter-separator ! I'm curious if other owners have had this same issue with their filter-separators? For reference here are links to my OEM filter-separator and bottom bowl. Filter-separator --> https://www.amazon.com/Racor-S3226T/dp/B002MBUKFA/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=racor+s3226t+filter&qid=1568051783&s=gateway&sr=8-1 Bottom bowl --> note that the bowl only comes with a port for a sensor! --> https://www.amazon.com/iFJF-WF10137-Separator-Systems-33630-33812-33813-33774/dp/B07KR29V16/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?keywords=racor+bowl+for+s3226t+filter&qid=1568050336&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmr1
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