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  1. alv, would $74.95 for a new electrical cable be more palatable? If possible could you please post a picture of this faulty electrical cable?
  2. One day we were watching the reversing river, and two guys were surfing the incoming waves, wearing wet suits of course. The high tide is amazing. I tracked inland more to miss DC and NYC areas. Seems like it was I 95 S, to I 84 E, to I 80, to I 71 S, to I 70 W, was the route we drove to home-base. I would discourage driving I 70 through Indiana, rough interstate. Indiana is building the North end of the new section of I 69 at Indianapolis. I 465 on the East side of Indy is shut down this month. We were there in DW's Jeep Wed.; at the junction of I 70 and I 65, traffic was backed-up for over 3-4 miles in all 4 directions since that is the only way E or W to get though Indy this summer. The only way around Indy is the West side of I 465 from I 74 on the NE side to I 65 on the South side , unless you feel up to fighting the traffic jamb at I 65 and I 70 junction. I would advise staying far away from Indy if possible, you may stay up-to-date by using : https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/index.htm and http://oss.weathershare.org/?Center=42.18529516716987,-122.097248046875&Zoom=8&Layers=CCTV,traffic This website is mainly for weather and road conditions, however it also has road work information.
  3. This is extremely odd, Blue Ox is rated as the best tow bar in the industry. Who have you discussed this with at Blue Ox customer service, and what was their response? FWIW, When you attend an FMCA rally, Blue Ox is usually there with rebuild kits, new cables, umbilical cords, anything associated with their tow bars. A friend told me Blue Ox rebuilt his for practically nothing at a rally.
  4. Coolant level and temperature may also shut off the engine. The temperature sensor is time-consuming to replace. As Jleamont said, check error codes first.
  5. An aside to this topic; A few weeks ago I contacted Cummins Technical Support asking about the normal operating temperature for my engine, here is the email reply in copy N paste: The man said he must have my engine serial# in order to locate the exact specs, as each engine can differ from others of the same displacement, HP and torque. " Ray, According to the curves and data sheet the engine should not go past 212 degrees. If it is getting 220 degrees you need to bring it into a shop so they can check it out. Have a great day. Brent Cummins Care Representative SR#: 1-103373773861 If you have additional questions please feel free to respond to our support staff by e-mailing care@cummins.com or by calling 1-800-CUMMINS (1-800-286-6467) within the U.S. Additional calling options for outside the U.S. are provided on our website. When contacting us, please refer to the SR (1-103373773861) number listed above, if applicable. Visit us at www.cummins.com or www.cumminsengines.com -------Original Message------- From: fowlerr@hotmail.com To: TSRTechnicalSupport@cummins.com Cc: Subject: Re: email response \ SR#: 1-103373773861 External Sender re: my ISC engine is in a 40' motorhome; the CPL is 2695, serial # 45902455. I tow a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado K1500, that weighs close to 5,600lbs. The coolant temperature will reach 220° pulling long mountain grades on hot days, but returns to just below 200° after cresting the mountain. Is there a maximum time for the engine to stay at 220° I was told it will harm a diesel engine to reach 220°, thought I should ask the experts who build the engines.
  6. The first, and primary consideration is the maximum tow rating for your MH, and hitch capacity. I suspect your hitch rating is 5,000#, which should also have a 500# weight rating. This would mean the loaded trailer could weigh no more than the rating, even less if your MH is already at maximum weight. A special weight distributing hitch may also be required, depending upon rear axle rating and actual weight on the rear axle. This online travel trailer weight calculator will be of immense help when matching your MH with a trailer it will safely tow. Substitute your MH weights for the tow vehicle blocks. Please note, this calculator requires actual weights in many blocks, it even offers the 20% safety factor many full-timers go by to insure longevity of the tow vehicle.
  7. Did I miss where that shop cleaned the radiators "sandwich" of debris and oil buildup? This is external, flushing is internal.
  8. When you remove fuel filters, look for any black in fuel. If you see black signs in fuel or filters, that indicates there is water in fuel, which allowed bacteria to grow. Biobor fuel treatment is a solution, however it may take replacing the filters several times to catch all the sludge. BTW, one filter will have a water drain on its bottom. That should be tested for water occasionally by draining out an ounce or two of liquid. If there is water, it will be plainly visible. ref: http://criticalfueltech.com/faq.html
  9. Rising Sun is about 1.5 hrs from my house by car. re: transponder, I decided to just pay the ticket when it arrives in the mail after crossing the toll bridges between IN and KY on I 65. It's not worth the effort of maintaining a transponder acct to me.
  10. Tide in, tide out. That was a rough walk for me, I had torn a calf muscle a week prior to leaving home.
  11. That is exactly what the RV water tank freshener sold at Camping World and other stores contains, baking soda.
  12. That plate is really odd and out of place IMO. I've viewed perhaps hundreds of RV furnace outlet/inlet grills, that's a first for me.
  13. May I relate my experience with my Rand McNally RVND 7730 GPS unit?(BTW, the branded Good Sam 7735 is the exact same unit) I bought it in May 2013 for $379(I think). When I finally got it properly set-up it was very accurate, and complied with my settings preferences. In 2017 it would not download a new issue of map updates, I had to phone RM, talk with a technician and explain the issue. He took control of my computer-with my permission, and forced a map update/download. That is the last update it has ever received or even notified me one was available for download. I called RM technical support last week about the lack of a map update and was told if one was available the RM Dock software would notify me of such, which it hasn't during the past 2 years. He then had the gall to ask me how long I think I should receive lifetime map updates; to which I replied "as long as the GPS unit lives". He said "after all, it is going on 7 yrs old, how long do you think it should last?" I replied, "my old Garmin was 12 yrs old and worked fine, downloaded lifetime map update too - until I dropped and broke it". This will be my last Rand McNally Gps. I now use TruckerPath phone app, it does the same thing, height,weight, length, except no RV stuff, specifically heavy duty OTR truck mapping. It is free, which works fine for my usage, a paid-version has many more features.
  14. Great topic Roger! I suspect a majority of today's RV owners/drivers pay little attention to tires, until an irreversible problem brings them to reality.
  15. Good fix! Why is the water diverter there directing water behind the chrome dress plate?
  16. Whether they actually work or not, do you think you'll ever realize enough fuel savings in your lifetime to pay for them? The HDT''s that do have them are driven almost 1 million miles a year. When you drive that many miles, even .01 MPG adds up to savings.
  17. Your son may make arrangements for you to stay/sponsor you, at the military famcamp there, you'll be able to read all about it at http://militarycampgrounds.us/washington/fort-lewis-travel-camp He is the sponsor, and responsible for your stay and behavior. If you choose to do this, the detailed driving instructions on the website are accurate. That is a great area, I was stationed there in the late 60's. A drive up Mt. Rainier -in summer, is amazing, especially when you see the mountain from the CG. A soldier needs a great support network, thank you for that.
  18. Wayne, we scouted for a different RV park this past June, we always go to Pigeon Forge for DW's birthday, anyway this RV resort is very clean and quiet, great pool, sites are wide with green grass. Look it up on google maps to see what I say. https://www.stayriveredge.com/ The only downside, if it is a down, the road in is narrow and curvy, they are probably the most expensive in the area, $59/night for the premier back-in sites adjoining the river. In a pinch, try https://claboughcampground.com/rv-sites It is noisy up front , lots of kids, but there are pull-throughs in the back of the CG that are quiet and shaded, and amazingly normally vacant. We usually stayed on 115, because it is about 80' long back-in with some shade, downside all gravel. We searched for a different CG because the front portion seems to be turning into party central on weekends/when kids are there, but it a convenient place to stay, with trolley service. There is a bypass(449/Veterans parkway) around Sevierville and Pigeon Forge heavy congestion, that ends on the 321 parkway near those RV parks.
  19. FWIW, we bought our MH in April 2013(see sig), on consignment from the original owner who, due to health problems became unable to drive and use the MH. He stored it in his barn for 8 years until deciding to sell. At purchase the odometer read 23,6xx miles, the genset read 1,8xx hrs. He owned Speedco locations and apparently only used the MH to drive to NASCAR events, setup and advertise, because it had NASCAR stickers on many windows. We purchased an extended service contract due to the years of storage, during the contract span there was not one issue with the chassis, all problems were with the coach portion, those claims were for stuff that broke or degraded due to storage, like being stored with a partially full black tank which froze and cracked,and other items. Anyway, I am comfortable with buying a used low-mileage diesel pusher.
  20. "video unavailable" That does however sound like the commercials for another company advertising water softening via filters. The FMCA magazine today has a full-page advertisement on every other page. I've began just throwing it in the trash on the way back from the mail box. update: Read the FAQ page for more information. The most striking to me was where it states you must wait 24 hrs after adding the bottle of sanitizer to use the water.
  21. From everything I've read and experienced, ERS services hire the cheapest operators available, then they are taught to read from an exact script; ask anything outside the parameters of that script and the operator seems to get lost. Just my opinion.
  22. RayIN

    tire covers

    I think it was Tireman9 who did a study of tire covers, it should be reported on his website. I thought it remarkable his study found black tire covers were better than white.
  23. Now you have me concerned. My XantreX RS2000 is in a separate compartment, isolated from everything else-no vent. Below that is the battery compartment, which does have a vent on the back wall. The batteries will get dirty from road dust, the inverter does not get dirty due to the "D" seals around both compartments. It's been that way since April 2000, so it must not overheat the inverter. Guess I'll put a remote thermometer in with the inverter for a while to check.
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