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  1. I might have not been clear in my last post but the $2,100 is not the cost of the roadside assistance it is the yearly premium for the car and the coach with full coverage ( 500 deductible on collision and 0 deductible on comprehensive ) The roadside assistance is included.I also had GS and was happy with the coverage , but never needed to call for assistance. As I stated in the post last year if someone is happy with their coverage , that's all that counts.
  2. Its been one year that I last replied to this subject. I still am very pleased with AARP The Hartford for my insurance needs. I do not think that the other guys come close to the coverage, but that"s just my opinion. $2100.00 for 12 months for a 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatch Back and a 2007 40ft Forest River Charleston. On the RV the Towing and labor roadside assistance is included as long as you have the comprehensive coverage that costs $260.00 per year. This includes unlimited towing and labor, you just pay for parts. This includes fuel if you admit that you ran out and jump starts ect... Flat or blowout service no charge you just pay the cost of the tire and that's it. If your batteries take a dump while on the road they will come to you and install them and you just pay for the batteries, no labor or road service. Anyway I sleep good at night and sometimes during the day, afternoon naps , knowing that's one last thing I need to worry about. Again this is just my opinion , not ditching any other coverage out on the market . Check out your insurance coverage and you just might be surprised that you have roadside coverage that you did not know you had. I had Good Sam coverage for two years until my agent asked why, because I had better coverage in my policy. I had no reply except that I thought I needed it . Live and learn.
  3. We were in Schoodic Woods C.O E in Maine across from Bar Harbor in Winter Harbor and it was just beautiful. We were there from June 30 thru July 6 and I will never go to Bar Harbor again to crazy . Schoodic is peaceful and all big pull through sites. Cost 150.00 for 6 days with America the beautiful pass. Schoodic point is breath taking . We are now in Reed Bingham State Park in Adel GA working our way home back to Marathon in the Florida Keys and this is a five star park. 33.00 per night with 50 amp, cable, water and sewer. SWEET.
  4. Correction on my previous post. It says plugged into power or generator running with key to the on position not running. The slide will not work with the engine running as a safety .
  5. My Charleston says to run engine or generator or be plugged into power while operating slides or leveling jacks to maintain battery voltage.
  6. Do you guys realize you have not addressed the door lock post for five days but you made 14 posts?
  7. JT like I said there seems to be no rime or reason as to how they design these things. But I had my coach for two years and knew the tanks were on the side as the dump and all shut off valves. Then one day I was looking under the coach and saw two rubber latches on the panel on the other side of the coach from the water bay door. When I opened it up that's when I realized that all my tanks went from one side to the other. That is where my water pump and tank drain is and the wiring for the tank heaters are located. Hope you figure it out and do not need to drop the fuel tank. Right now I would deal with the drip but as you know they don't get better. Good luck
  8. Do you by chance hear the pump come on then off every now and then when not hooked up to city water. I ask this because the leak comes from over the fuel tank might not mean the tank is above the fuel tank. Could be a water line or connection that is above the fuel tank. On my coach there are four fresh water tanks side by side across the middle of the coach that are connected to each other to stop sloshing of the 100 gal of water when going down the road, 4 25 gal tanks. above them is the black and grey tanks. This all helps with weight balance. I think if the pump cycles every now and then it's loosing water from a line and not from the tank. My fuel tank is 100 gal and is up front just behind the generator and front axle and no room for a tank above it. Just saying this is my layout and there all different .
  9. I actually like to service and repair anything on my coach. I have always worked on cars and engines ever since I was about seven helping my dad change the oil in our ford galaxy 500. I am retired and have the time and when something comes up I'm on a mission to research what needs to be done to get it taken care of. Diesel engines are actually more basic then gas in my opinion and when I service my coach I know it's done right . But again I enjoy the challenge and getting to know more about how things work. Besides the satisfaction of doing it yourself you can save a butt load of money and that savings goes straight to fuel, to me it's win win.
  10. Just a cool story about a cat we had when I was around 12. We had a Golden Lab and a cat that were best friends as we got them both as baby's . My mother had my father mount a bell about 12 inches off the floor by the back door and trained the dog to ring the bell when he needed to go out and it worked great. A short time later the bell rand and the dog was already outside and it was the cat !. The cat learned from watching the dog ring the bell and after that it was the end of the litter box. This was not an RV but I think it is a neat story all the same
  11. Our coach has a EMS and have no problem when hooked up to 30A. But we also have propane that we really like having the option to use if needed. We use it for the refrigerator while driving as it uses very little gas. Can also use it for hot water if no electric or run the generator and and run everything as if on 50A. To me its just another tool that gives me more options and in our coach we hold 38 gal of propane that lasts us quite a long time. Now the furnace will consume more propane but most of our travels are not extended stays where its really cold so most of the time we can use the heat pump in the a/c units. But as Carl C said I don't plan my travels around how much fuel or propane I will use its just part of the game. As I said its nice to have the options for multiple power sources.
  12. Not a Kia but my 2014 Chevy Equinox put car in N and turn key to off and leave key in and steering doe's not lock. Take the key out and it locks. My 2017 Chevy Cruze has push button start and there is no steering lock at all. Also no battery draw with ether car.
  13. Sorry about the confusion I'm not to good with this stuff but now I think I see how it works. The car hot spot is showing me the signal from they're service not from my provider. We only have this because it came with the car for I think six months and will most likely not renew as it has not been an issue in the past for us. But it's still pretty cool to have these different options.
  14. As I stated in my first post this was to use the On-Star wifi while at a cg where we have little or no cell service with the phone antenna would the on star antenna get more signal. As Bill Adams pointed out it needs to have a cell signal to work. In April we did try to see if it made a difference while we were in a cg in FL and it did, I had two bars on my Verizon and my wife had 1x on her Sprint. When we used the on star as the hot spot my Verizon went to full signal and when my wife used it as a hot spot her Sprint went to 3 bars. We are leaving on June 4th for a two month trip to Maine and sure we will have more situations to check it out. Just another tool if needed.
  15. Bill you are right the outside of the coach is 102 and the outside of the duells is about 98 and that makes sense because when I deflate the air bags the tires go up inside the wheel well and you cannot put your hand up in between the tire and the fender. So yes the dolly track is wider but it is not wider than the coach, so if the dolly is on the rumble strips the side of the coach is also. But as you said and I agree you need to be aware of where and what the dolly is doing at all times.
  16. Bill I understand what you are saying and agree if the coach is less than 102 inches wide the dolly will have a wider track. On my Charleston the coach is 102 inches wide and my dolly is 102 inches wide and my hitch is in the middle at 51 inches. I think that the law is 102 inches wide and any wider needs oversize ( wide load ) permit. But as you said you need to be aware of where the dolly is in relation to the coach. Now the guy that offset his hitch 16 inches to the drivers side is ( NUTS ) first off why go through the BS of fabricating the hitch for an offset when all you need to do is get a rear camera? If I did that on my coach I would be 118 inches wide . Again ( NUTS ) When I tow my boat the trailer is 102 inches wide but my P/U is maybe 80 and I need to watch because sometimes my trailer wheels are very close to the curb or the center line.
  17. Bill I marked it with my label maker ( Home Theater Surround Sound On / Off ) so the next owner will know. Cost around 0.002 cents worth of label tape, but that's not including the massive cash layout of around $ 40.00 five years ago for the label maker. And also the skill to put the label on straight and somewhere close to the switch.
  18. DBenoit Unless something is bent or out of alignment your dolly should track straight. I have the Acme Tow Dolly with the surge disc brakes and have had no issues with tracking. I cannot see my toad in my mirrors so I keep my camera on full time to see what is going on back there while underway, I can see the fenders of the dolly in my mirrors and it stays right in the center behind the coach. As far as turning , yes the trailer ( dolly and toad ) will take a shorter path then the coach as with all things that are towed . You need to be aware of this and compensate for this by swinging wide and even into the oncoming lane if needed. We use a dolly because we lease our cars and cannot setup to tow four wheels down but most likely would because the dolly is a bit of a P.I.T.A. but once you get a routine down pat it's not that bad. Also I never noticed any break issues on downhill grades with exhaust break on and in the proper gear but my toads are small and light ( 2014 Chevy Equinox and 2017 Chevy Cruze ) but I can see it being a factor if more weight being towed. I think the Acme Tow Dolly is rated for max curb weight of under 5000 lbs and max front axle weight of 3000 lbs. Good Luck be safe
  19. Mystery Switch Solved Took drivers side panel off to get access to where clicking sound was coming from and had DW hit switch. Found out there is a box about 4in x 6in that says Audio 6/2 Converter that clicks with switch. Got a callback from Randy at Forest River and he said the switch turns the audio converter on and of and that is to control the speakers while you are using the home theater DVD system. We never used the DVD but tried it and sure enough it lets you control the surround sound and subwoofer. Thanks for the feedback from everyone RICK
  20. Good luck Bill, just try not to over analysis it as that is what I do and it gets me in trouble every time
  21. It is really strange. It's one of those things that drive me nuts because the factory installed it for some reason but nobody knows why. These things are very frustrating as you well know. I have been following your Inverter issue . Good luck on solving your problem and if I figure mine out I will let the forum know.
  22. Thanks for the replies and suggestions on this switch, last year I replaced the old King satellite with the new King Tailgater. The old dish had a power plug on the unit up on the roof and also the coax cable hookup. To use satellite you needed to push the satellite on switch that is shown in the picture ( left of Mystery Switch ) and hold for three seconds and the dish would search for a satellite and lock on, it would only lock on to one satellite at a time. I you wanted to watch channels that are on another satellite you had to hit switch satellite . The new dish does not use the power cable on the roof as it gets it's power through the coax cable from the receiver and locks onto all three satellites at the same time. The OTA booster is turned on by pushing the little push button switch on the plate where coax cable comes out in the picture ( lower center ) and when on the little green LED light is on. As I stated both of these systems ( OTA and satellite ) work great and the Mystery Switch has no effect on them. As I said it's doing something because when I toggle it one way or the other I hear a click over on the drivers side and am trying to track it down. It just might be a Dummy switch because this Dummy can't figure it out
  23. Will do Herman but hope we are clicking the beer bottles together when we find out what the switch is for.
  24. Yep that is scary that they don't know but I popped the switch out and there are wires hooked up to it. And as I said when I hit the switch I can hear a click over on the driver side. Am going to have a friend come by on Saturday and try to find what is clicking possibly a relay? Will probably be a few beers involved in the investigation 🍻 thanks for the reply.
  25. We have a 2007 Forest River Charleston 400QS and there is a switch in my audio cabinet that has no markings on it and have no idea what it does. It is a black rocker switch that when I push it I can hear a click over on the drivers side and then push it the other way and it clicks again. It is in with my OTA booster and my Dish Satellite controls. I have seen this switch in a picture of a 2008 Charleston so I think it was factory installed. I spoke with FR today and they are looking into it. In the picture it is the switch in the upper right above the OTA booster and to the right of the satellite control. The OTA TV and the satellite work great and the switch seems to not have any effect on them. Sure would love to know what it is supposed to do?
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