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richard5933

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  1. richard5933

    Do I need leveling jack/pads/chocks

    We are 35' long and have no leveling system. We do carry stacking blocks, but to date have not used them. Of course, it does take some doing at times to park level, whether it be carefully selecting a site or parking on the site just right, but we've been pretty good at being comfortable nearly every night. At a few boondocking parking lots there have been issues. In those cases we park so the out-of-level is front to back and not side to side. Helps keep up from rolling out of bed. A properly sized wheel chock should be about 1/4 the height of the tire. Ours is 10" tall. We carry one with us, although on a level site we don't use it since we're not jacking up the coach. We carry ours in case we have to park on an incline, in case of mechanical failure, in case of flat requiring jacking to change a tire, and because there are a few maintenance maneuvers which require releasing the parking brake.
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    How to save on Tolls?

    Here's an alert I found posted on the Delaware River and Bay Authority website: ____________________________________________________________________ As a vehicle enters a Delaware Memorial Bridge toll lane, the toll system reads both the number of axles and the vehicle profile. If a customer is towing a trailer or is operating a large recreational vehicle and enters a dedicated E-ZPass lane, the system may register the transaction at a commercial rate. To eliminate the potential for a misclassification, the DRBA advises customers to pay the toll manually. The E-ZPass transponder must be removed before entering the lane and placed in the read proof bag during the transaction. In addition, all E-ZPass customers should always check their statements to make sure that the charges are accurate and immediately report any discrepancies to their customer service center. This alert does not apply to campers or RVs with dual tires. ____________________________________________________________________ Not sure of any details other than this alert, but perhaps this was part of your problem jleamont. Sounds like they have an internal problem accurately reading the tags on RVs.
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    GFCI Outlet No Power

    Could a bad battery also be keeping the charger at the 14.19v level? Perhaps it's seeing the bad battery the same as a discharged battery and is pushing through the higher voltage in an attempt to get it charged. I'm curious if the voltage level will correct itself once a known set of good batteries are connected and charged. If not, I'd be concerned that the charger would overcharge if it stayed at 14.19v at all times.
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    How to save on Tolls?

    Funny, my I-Pass (EZPass) from Illinois has me listed as a 'small truck'. There ore only four classes in the I-Pass system for vehicle: Auto, Small Truck (2 axles), Medium Truck (3-4 axles), and Large Truck (5+ axles). We're listed as Small Truck. Funny thing, from what I can tell they have been collecting the proper tolls as we travel through the system.
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    Auto Changeover LP regulator failures

    Wasn't trying to be critical of your post. I was just posting information since there were a few comments in the thread that seemed to be mixing things up a bit between a two-stage regulator and an auto changeover regulator.
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    How to save on Tolls?

    Some states issue both a car and RV transponder. In this situation, the car one is stored in the special bag when being towed. It is necessary to change the profile to be sure that the correct number of axles get charged, whether with or without the towed.
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    GFCI Outlet No Power

    Then I'd say you're good to go. Your batteries charging. Chassis accessories affect the chassis batteries, house accessories affect the house battere. There are both. Things like the dash a/c fan, dash stereo, etc probably run from the chassis batteries, as would anything that only runs with the key turned on.
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    GFCI Outlet No Power

    Did you check it while driving on the freeway or after you got off the freeway? If this was the voltage after, then it sounds ok. Probably was higher while actually driving. If you have a way to keep the meter connected while driving you should be able to see the voltage go up a bit when the engine is operating at freeway speeds.
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    Michelin X Line Energy Z or maybe Toyo M170

    Thanks. I'll have to add this to my list for the first service call after winter. Of course, I'll have to decide what to do with the tires before that, as the adjustment may not be necessary if I switch to the 12R22.5 tires. I've got the books for the bus, and I'm sure that the tech at the shop also has experience with this. Between all that I'm hoping we can get this sorted out.
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    Michelin X Line Energy Z or maybe Toyo M170

    This can be done without hooking up a pressure gauge? And to correct what I wrote earlier - I'm not currently able to hit the stops when turning. What I'm referring to is the tires being able to slightly rub on the outside of the air bag when the steering wheel is turned to the extreme. Different, but probably equally bad. While my current tires have a little life in them, I'm seriously leaning towards swapping them all for the Toyo 12R22.5 at the start of the spring driving season. This would hopefully eliminate the problem with the 315s rubbing the air bags on a hard turn, since they are about 1/2" narrower than the 315s. Guess GM put the 12R22.5 tires on there for a reason. My suspicion is that the previous owner put on the 315s because that was what he had on hand. He ran a fleet of commercial buses, and I'm sure that he just had his guys install what they had on hand and didn't even look closely at the specs. Besides, I think that most people assume that the 315s are the modern equivalent to the 12R22.5 size, but apparently not in every way.
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    Michelin X Line Energy Z or maybe Toyo M170

    We've got factory power steering on our coach. The manual shows that there is a wheel stop adjustment screw on the steering knuckles, but it also appears to involve using a pressure gauge and changing a plunger setting on the power steering gear box. Seems like the primary setting is made with the plunger adjustments, and that the wheel stop screw is there for backup in case the primary adjustment is not working. Sure seems easier to just use the proper tires. I've only had two occurrences that I'm aware of when the wheels were at the stops while rolling, both times when doing very close quarter maneuvers. Ideally, I'll be able to avoid this from happening, but of course it will be nice to have things adjusted as they should be to be certain there is never a catastrophic failure from the tire hitting and rupturing an air bag.
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    Michelin X Line Energy Z or maybe Toyo M170

    I've looked at the 295/80R22.5 tires in a number of brands. None of them are exactly at 495 rpm either, with most being about 500. I don't think that there is a really exact match for the tires that were on the coach from the factory. One thing that occurs to me is that the tread depth is much deeper on modern tires, and I think that this is what makes the rpm count off a little on modern 12R22.5 tires. Maybe I just need to have them shaved a touch to get them where they need to be. The other thing that I've discovered is that there are adjustable stops on the front axle, and it should be very easy to adjust them so that the 315s on the coach now can't contact the air bags. The Toyo M170 have been used on other coaches, and the results appear to be good. The size I need apparently come in two variants, the width being the difference. My guess is that the upper tire in this chart is the one that I'd want. Tire Size Load / Speed MPH Ply Rating Load ID Approved Rim Width Range (in.) Tread Depth (1/32") Product Code Weight (lbs.) Inflated Overall Diameter (in.) Inflated Overall Width (in.) Static Loaded Radius (in.) Static Loaded Width (in.) Max Load Single / Dual (lbs.) Max Pressure Single / Dual (PSI) Revs Per Mile 12R22.5 150/147L 75 16 H 8.25-9.00 19 546090 134 42.4 12.0 19.0 13.0 7390 / 6780 120 / 120 490 12R22.5 152/148L 75 16 H 8.25-9.00 19 546310 132 42.4 12.4 19.7 13.4 7390 / 6780 120 / 120 490
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    How to save on Tolls?

    Absolutely correct about the EZPass. Best way to save lots driving the toll roads. I got ours through the Illinois Tollway where it's called the I-Pass, but it works in all places the EZPass works. I don't believe that the Illinois I-Pass has a charge at all, but they do collect a $10 deposit and require that you prepay your first $20 in tolls. Don't have to live in the state where you get the EZPass/I-Pass from. One word of caution. It takes longer than you'd expect (up to 24 hours) for the automatic account replenish feature to reach all the various parts of the EZPass system. I was traveling back from the east coast last year and was spending lots on tolls. I received a notification that my account balance automatically replenished, so I was not concerned about the upcoming tolls. When I got off the bridge going from Indiana into Chicago my EZPass did not work. Apparently that toll booth is privately managed, and their computer system doesn't update the account balances in real time. I had to pay the cash fee that time. What made it even worse was I couldn't reach the machine through my driver's window, and I couldn't open the door because the next booth was too close. Had to sit and wait for an attendant. What I did to keep this from happening again was to raise the threshold for automatic replenishment so that I would always have enough in my account to cover a full day's travel on tollways. Some of them are pricey. The settings I use are automatically put $100 on my account whenever the balance drops to $80. Everyone has a different situation so you'll need to do the math. Probably more than I need, but I didn't want to be caught short again. Now if only they could figure out how to make the EZPass work in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
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    Replacing RV Batteries

    We're using Trojan. Used them in our last coach as well. So far so good. They also have a great watering system that fits their batteries and works well. They have a number of options available in each battery size, and it may even be possible to get a larger capacity battery in the same physical footprint.
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    Michelin X Line Energy Z or maybe Toyo M170

    More research and now I've got more to consider. Apparently the OEM tire size on my coach is 12R22.5 and there are not that many good options for this tire size. Since the 315 present the possible danger of contacting the air bags when making tight turns, I'm leaning towards returning to the 12R22.5 tire size. One of the tires I'm considering now is the Toyo M170. Anyone have experience with this tire?
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