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  1. Have you serviced the burner? Is it trying to light?
  2. I use M&G for braking on my Silverado 1500 4X4. It works great, wouldn't have any other system.
  3. Anyone going to Tucson that's on the tech advisory committee? I would like to get together.
  4. I will answer your questions in order. It was fairly easy for me because I had several friends and business associates pass away in their 50s and 60s. They were all looking forward to the day they retired, counting the months, days. I thought between 55 and 60 would be right for me. As it turned out it was 58 for me. My overall plan was to keep busy building or repairing different things. I was a teacher in the seventies which allowed me to take my family in the motorhome every summer. We went through all 48 states in 3 1/2 years. We had opened up a repair shop for boats and rvs. I started to think about retirement when I was about 30. I decided not to charge or finance anything except a house. I paid cash for cars, motorhomes, and boats. When the time came to retire everything was paid for. I built my current home in 87-88. I was an owner builder. I paid cash for materials and traded some labor for things I couldn't do such as cement work, framing, roofing, plumbing, and electrical wiring. We moved into a paid up house. I am so busy now I wondered how I had time to work! My current project is solar power for the motorhome. I just tested today in my driveway. The big test is Tucson in a couple of weeks. We still enjoy traveling. Done almost 300 nights of cruising around the world, been to 7 continents and dozens of countries. Still enjoy motorhome travel.
  5. I would contact the manufacturer of the refrigerator for their recommendations.
  6. I tried one several years ago and couldn't get it to work. They replaced the unit a couple of times and the harness and I tried using the connection at the engine and nothing would work. I have one on a Prius and it works. I now have Bluefire on my coach.
  7. 16 states, 6 campgrounds, about 30 nights boon docking (Harvest Host, Walmart, Sams Club, Cracker Barrel, friends, relatives), approximately 3K miles and 4 months.
  8. Went to Alaska in 01. Drove to Vancouver area and got a campsite for 9 days and they took us to the cruise dock to board a cruise ship for 7 days to Alaska. They picked us up 7 days later and brought us back to the motorhome. Left the next day to Alaska. Lots of things to see and do going through Canada. A couple of things that come to mind were the Canfor sawmill tour and the lower Liard hot springs provincial park. Stopped at the signpost forrest. Drove the full length of the Alcan highway. Toured a pipeline pumping station in Delta. Was in Valdez when the first double hull tanker came in on her maiden voyage. Got to tour the ship from bridge to bilge, it was huge. Drove through Chicken and panned for gold there. It was a great trip and I wouldn't mind doing it again. I traveled in my motorhome and a friend followed me in his motorhome. I prefer to travel on my own so I can spend as much time as I want to see and and do what I want. We had traveled through the lower 48 states in 3 1/2 years back in the 70s.
  9. I was that impressed with the handling and smoothness of the ride. Smoother than my DP which I installed Koni shocks.
  10. I have driven a coach with liquid springs on the rear and it was amazing. Not only was the ride smooth but the handling was outstanding. I have toured the factory and ridden in an ambulance with liquid springs on all four corners. Very smooth ride. They were originally designed for ambulances to give a smooth ride. I think the cost i somewhere around $15K plus installation. It maybe more. I looked into installing the system on my Freightliner DP but my chassis is too old and doesn't have the required electronics to make it work.
  11. I go down to the water shop and buy deionized water for 25 cents a gallon using 5 gallon jugs. I use a rv water pump and hose with nozzle and for the final rinse wash with the deionized water and almost no spots.
  12. I have been using a Insignia 10 cu ft bottom freezer for 2 1/2 years with no problem. Box 38-42 degrees and the freezer -6 to 2 degrees. 6 lithium 100 amp and 800 watt solar on the roof. Just installed a dc-dc 60 amp charger so the lithiums will get fully charged off the engine alternator.
  13. It goes between the power brake and the master cylinder. Air pressure from the rear MH brakes activates the toad brakes. I think its the best braking system, have been using for years. Only connection is the air line.
  14. Been running Toyo tires for over 15 years.
  15. Another thing is that the auto defrost comes on 2-4 times a day and that is a heat element. Draws upwards of 6-8 amps at 120 volt. Thats a lot of amps at 12 volts. I installed a switch to disable the auto defrost when I'm on the inverter.
  16. I boondock and have a 10 cu ft residential fridge. I have 4 lithiums and 800 watts solar. 1 month to go on my 4 month summer trip. I have 6 new matched lithiums to go in when I get home and my inverter charger needs to be replaced. I would never go back to a rv fridge because of having to level all the time and poor performance. Now my ice cream is difficult to scoop out, its -2 to -6 in the freezer.
  17. I have a matched set of 6 lithium 12 volt 100 amp batteries waiting in my garage to be installed when I get home in a month. I am replacing 4 lithiums that Ive had for 2 years. I turned 81 years old last month!
  18. We were in Valdez in 2001 July and the maiden voyage of the first double hull tanker came in. The CEO of Phillips Petroleum and the builders of the ship put on a barbecue. PR stunt because of the oil spill. We also toured the tanker from bilge to bridge. It was docked at the cruise dock. We boondocked in town at an empty lot for 4 days.
  19. I would go with 2 lithium 100 amp batteries, half the weight of lead acid, and 400+ watts solar on the roof. Lithium batteries can be discharged to 90%.
  20. If its a tilt only it will only be beneficial only if you are headed in the right direction. The mechanism needs to both tilt and rotate. When I bought my panels I asked what difference in output tilting would gain and was told only about 10 percent. I tested the output of my panels laying on my driveway and then tilted to the sun and they were correct. Just add a panel or two and more than make up the difference and not have all that extra stuff on the roof.
  21. Hi Roger, if you only have one vent through the roof there has to be a tee. If you can't see the pipe inside the coach the only solution I know is to drop a inspection camera down the pipe and see where the tee is. Once you find it use a snake and guide it into the tee going to the gray tank, then rotate the snake and push it in until it hits the bottom of the gray tank. Good luck. See you in Gillette, we are in Belvidere Il now and will leave here on the 30th to go to Gillette.
  22. I have always carried a spare in my 45 years of motorhoming and about 10 coaches. I have had to use the spare several times over the years. When I went to Alaska I was told to carry a spare so I put an extra spare in the bed of the pickup. Never need either one. All of the people that had tire problems had trailers. At least a dozen.
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