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  1. tojomi, I had my radiator replaced by cummins N power. I had the radiator shipped to them by Source Eng. Depending on your floor plan there could be more than one rad. that goes into your coach. I agree with Herman, it is one of those jobs best left to the pros. The rad will have to come out and in my case I figured because it is labor intensive, why not just put a new one in. Good Luck. Smokeater75.
  2. Thanks Brett, I will let you know how I make out.
  3. The reset of the gen breaker has taken care of the ems only reading one leg. The second problem is the alternator over charge light on the dash panel going off and the volt meter showing 16 plus volts going to the batteries. Its seems like the engine alternator and the inverter charger are pushing the voltage above what the sensor is set for. I am going to try shutting off the charge mode on my inverter charger and see if while the engine is running it still shows over charge. If that doesn't work I also have a dedicated starter battery charger that I will disconnect and see if that is the problem.
  4. The alternator over charge light on the dash comes on when the engine is running with the generator on or if I'm plugged into shore power and the engine is running. I turned the gen breaker off and on started the gen and my ems panel once again showed fifty amps coming in.
  5. I had my motorhome at a dealer in California when we were down south this winter. I had a new Xantrex 3012 pure sine wave inverter/charger installed along with 4 Life Line deep cycle batteries. It wasn't a straight in and out because our original unit was from 2003 and the new one wouldn't match up. The dealer contacted Xantrex and ordered a Xanbus system control panel. This avoided running 30 ft. of cable from the new inverter/charger to the energy management system up front. That was fine with me until I went to run my generator with the motorhome running and my alternator over charge light came up on the dash showing 16 volts going to the battery. The next issue happened when I tried to exercise the generator and realized I was only getting 1 leg of power to the energy management system and couldn't put a load on the gen. without the EMS shedding the load and shutting down appliances. Now I am back in Canada 2000 miles from the dealer. Any ideas.
  6. If you type in RV sewer wrenches on the net you will see there are a few companies that make them, I think they will solve your problem. Smokeater75
  7. SAFETY FIRST, My wife and I were relaxing with some friends when I received a phone call from my daughter-inlaw. She usually calls to give us updates on how the grand kids are doing and asking us how our trip down south is going. By the tone of her voice I could tell this was different. She asked when we were going to arrive in Palm Springs CA. and then proceeded to tell us that her uncle who had just purchased his dream RV, was on the roof, fell off onto the concrete and broke his back. Paralyzed from the chest down never to walk again,45yrs old. We were going to get together for dinner. The people we were sitting with in Yuma knew by my expression and tone that this wasn't the kind of news anyone wants to hear. I couldn't help but wonder what he must be thinking laying in bed in the hospital. I worked for the Winnipeg Fire Department for 34 yrs. and took a few falls and broke a few bones and realize how lucky I have been.I have been on the roof of our motorhome too many times to count and thought to myself do we just get complacent and not realize how dangerous falling from 12 ft. can be. MAYBE WE SHOULD. Please everyone, remember we are here for a good time not a long time. SAFETY FIRST. Smokeater75
  8. smokeater75

    GPS info

    Good Sam has a trip planner program where you can decide what you want to see on your trip, rv parks,fuel stops etc. With a garmin 760 rv gps you can program the size of your rig,type of roads and you can program how much of a warning you want for sharp curves exits and bridge hieghts. Hope this helps. Smokeater75
  9. There are a few companies using the Mercedes chassis, you may want to check out Leisure Travel vans web site. There are also some videos from The Fit RV. where they were at the factory and you can view the build process from start to finish. Good luck. Smokeater75.
  10. My 2003 Windsor manual also mentions extending the slides first than level. I have both an air level and hydraulic system and no matter which one I use I always level first,my thought being that it has to be easier on the slide mechanism if the motorhome is level prior to extending. Just my thought, Smokeater75.
  11. Hi Kiltedpig, the size of your engine will be a factor,amount of oil required. You can save money if you do it yourself,no shop labor. I have my Monaco Windsor serviced every fall at Cummins N Power in Fargo ND. I use synthetic oil in my generator and engine. The service includes fuel and oil filters in both gen. and engine. Going over the suspension and greasing the chassis, the transmission is also checked as well as my brakes and tires. If anything has to be done over and above they let me know if it is urgent or if it can be done at another time. This annual check costs between $600.00 and $700.00. Good luck. Smokeater75
  12. Thanks for the information, I had heard that about bell,but I wasn't sure about Shaw.
  13. I heard that bell has changed their signal angle so Canadians down South won't be able to receive a signal. I read that as of June 1st. 2016 Shaw direct is doing the same. I was wondering if anyone can confirm this. We were going to go with Shaw but not if it won't work. South of the 49th. Thanks. Smokeater75.
  14. Herman there's a big difference in price between the 275's and the 295's in fact the 295's are more money then the 315's, I don't think the 295's are as popular as the other sizes. I replaced my 295's 2yrs ago and it was a rude awakening. Just my two cents Smokeater75
  15. Hi there, I just replaced one of my side topper awnings, the best instruction video I found was on the rvgeeks web. site. I ordered from tough-top, the material is superior to Carefree and cheaper. Check it out and good luck. Smokeater75.
  16. Good morning, I have had Coach-Net for the past 6yrs. I have had to use them 4 times once for a battery jump and three times for a tow, one of which was on a flat-bed 60 miles back to Rocky Mountain Cummins in Salt Lake City for a starter problem. I have never been charged for any of this and the service has been great. Just my two cents Smokeater75. 2003 Monaco Windsor 41ft. Cummins 8.8
  17. Here's another one, on are way back home we leave Indio Ca. for Grass Valley Ca. and stop at an RV park called Sun and Fun in Tulare. It doesn't have alot of overnight spots and at the end of March early April it gets busy with snow birds heading home. Knowing this, we book a spot a month in advance on the phone. This year we stopped there and could see that the spots where we could fit were all taken. We went into the office knowing we had a reservation and were told by the person at the desk that they did have a spot for us but after the office was closed they had someone come in and take the spot. We were told that they didn't give our spot away, someone took it. I asked the man at the desk if he understood what the word reservation meant and he told me he did and that normally people who reserve ahead check with them the day before to see if there is room. We left and will never stop there again. I will mention that we have been stopping there for the past 7 yrs without a problem, unfortunately new people have taken over the park and this is how they will be doing business I guess. Smokeater75
  18. Hi luckydog1949, I have a 2003 Monaco Windsor 41ft. Cummins 8.8 370hp 1200lb torque. Round trip for the last 7yrs from Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada to Indio California cruise set at 62mph. 5000 miles round trip average 9.2 mpg. I don't tow anything and the motorhome loaded weighs in at 33800lbs. I also run synthetic oil and have my generator running 70% of the time. Hope this helps. Smokeater75
  19. Good morning everyone, we are currently in Oklahoma city. Saturday night we arrived in Council Bluffs Iowa, Sunday morning got ready to leave turned the key wait to start light went out turned ignition nothing. Tried 4 more times on the 5th time it started. We drove all the way to Oklahoma city without shutting down. Checked into RV park, shut down and started 3 times in a row no problem. I'm wondering if there is a relay problem. Any ideas. 2003 Monaco Windsor 8.8 L ISL 370hp 1200lbs torque. New starter, batteries, alternator. Thanks for any help,Smokeater75
  20. Hi Herman, its getting close, we leave in two weeks for Indio Ca. my wife is still working but I think this is her last year I'm really looking forward to not having to winterize the motorhome and not clearing snow. The weather here in Winnipeg has been really nice the last week or so with the temps around freezing and above. The party is over this weekend when the lows will be back to -30 with wind chills in the -40s. Have fun in Texas as I'm sure you always do. Smokeater75
  21. Hi everyone, In the province of Manitoba you can drive with a class 5 license which is for autos but you must have a air brake endorsement. The air brake endorsement requires a written and practical test. It's all about safety and understanding your system . I wonder how many drivers out there drain there air pots at least once a month. I wonder how many drivers realize that if your going to drive in below freezing temperatures you should add air brake anti-freeze to your lines. I have my motorhomes air brake system checked every winter before my wife and I head down south. I don't want any surprises when I'm driving through the mountains in Feb. Good luck to everyone, but for your own safety and everyone else on the road,understanding your air brake system is a good thing. Just my two cents Smokeater75.
  22. I use the Aerospace protector on my tires, dash, compartment rubber and I wouldn't use anything else. It has a spf 40 UV block and to my knowledge there is nothing in it that will harm rubber or vinyl. I use it on all my vehicles and find that buying it by the gallon is the cheapest way to go. Hope this helps. Smokeater75. From the information I found there is NO petroleum distillates,No alcohol, No mineral oil.
  23. Thanks guys, I'll check it on the weekend. Hope you all have a great Christmas and holidays. Smokeater75
  24. Good morning and Merry Christmas to everyone. My dash boost gauge stopped working. The turbo is working fine, I can still see my boost pressure on the computer screen. Any ideas, if I have to replace it what am I looking at. Thanks smokeater75. Sorry about that its a 2003 Monaco Windsor ISL 8.8 Mechanical Gauge.RR 8 chassis
  25. I think that anytime the temperature stays below freezing for more than 24hrs you need to be careful. I can tell you from experience here in Winnipeg, that the -50 rv anti-freeze becomes a slurpy at -35 but true to form it doesn't freeze solid and won't burst your pipes. Good luck ,smokeater75.
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