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  1. For me it wasn't the cost of the maintenance, it was that doing it myself requires a strong back (which I no longer have). Didn't want to be one of those guys who held onto a vintage vehicle long beyond when I could properly take care of it and watch it rot into the ground. Better it goes off to someone else that can enjoy it and take proper care of it.

  2. Not sure if there is a particular place to mention this, so I'll just post it here...

    We have sold our vintage coach and will now be doing all our traveling in our nearly-vintage Airstream. Going to be quite the change going from a diesel pusher to a trailer, but the lower maintenance requirements will be a blessing. 


    Sad to see it go, but looking forward to the upcoming trips we have planned this spring & summer.

  3. What's your thinking on how increasing the tire size will help you feel more stable? Won't a larger size tire mean that you're actually riding higher, raising your center of gravity?

    Not sure how long you've had this coach, but it might simply be that you're going too fast for the road & curve. Or, it might be that you're not used to driving a vehicle with an air suspension. They will tend to lean more than a vehicle riding on steel springs under some road conditions. 

    If it's not the speed or just getting used to it, when is the last time that the air suspension was inspected? Are the air bags filling to the proper pressure and at the correct right height? 

    Before even considering the tire size change I'd suggest a call to Newmar. They should be able to confirm whether or not this coach can take a taller/wider tire without having any problems such as clearance issues or tire rubbing issues. You also have to be concerned about proper spacing on the rear dual tires, which Newmar should be able to answer for you.

  4. I've been using Tire Minder products for a few years with good results. Price vs. reliability? Guess that depends on what you consider expensive, but you will have to pay to get quality equipment.

  5. Have you checked all the fuses on your converter since you discovered the reversed wiring?

    What are the voltage readings at the battery bank AND at the converter both when it's plugged in and on shore power as well as after a while not plugged in? It would help to know if the converter is charging, and by how much. Also would be helpful to know if the batteries are actually accepting the charge. 

    My guess is that something is keeping the batteries from accepting the charge, which could be a bad battery or a blown fuse on the battery side. Since you have 12v when plugged in I'm assuming that your converter is outputting enough DC power to make things work, and that your batteries either aren't getting that output or can't make use of it.

    Or, as mentioned above, you have a switch turned off somewhere.

  6. 10 hours ago, hermanmullins said:

    Welcome to the Forum. 

    Most likely your check valve is bad in your pump.


    This definitely sounds like the first thing I'd be checking as well. If the pump is still functioning otherwise, you can try:

    1) Opening the pump and cleaning it - could just be a piece of sand or other crud/mineral buildup in there keeping the check valve from sealing,

    2) Rebuilding the pump - there are kits available. But overall cost of just replacing it is sometimes not much more so it may not make sense.

    3) Installing a check valve on the outlet line of the pump to prevent water from the system from backing up past the pump and putting any stress on the check valve inside the pump. On some pump models the check valve is somewhat lightweight, making them easy to damage if the shore water pressure is too high.

  7. We live in Wisconsin, and around here the fuel in the winter season is already treated to be usable through the winter. If you are in a cold area, then you should try and fuel in that area to get the pre-treated/blended fuel. If you're unsure if the fuel is pre-treated or blended properly for the cold, ask before pumping.

    One time I bought a diesel step van from a southern location and had it delivered to me here in Wisconsin. The delivery took place in January when temps here were around 0F. The seller thought they were being helpful and topped off the tank for me. When they pulled it off the trailer I had about 32 gallons of gelled fuel to deal with, and it had to be towed to a shop so they could pull it inside and warm it up. Would have been better if they delivered it empty for filling up here, even if that meant using jerry cans.

    Interior heat will do nothing to help your fuel.

    If you have a tank of fuel which is not from a cold-weather prepped station, you should treat it with an anti-gel additive. Best if you can drive it a bit after that to circulate the additive throughout the fuel system. If you can't drive it right now, at least run your engine for a while to circulate the fuel and try and get the anti-gel chemicals distributed. When the engine is run the fuel pump will return fuel to the tank and slowly circulate it.

  8. 9 hours ago, hermanmullins said:

    Does anyone remember when SUVs and Vans used to have a air foil on their roof racks at the rear that was suppose to keep the dirt down? I just wonder if some sort of air foil would help an RV. Maybe a retired trucker my know.


    They still air deflectors like those on some school buses, theoretically to help keep the back windows cleaner so the driver can see through them. 

    I'd suggest caution when making any changes to the airflow in the rear of a coach - in spite of the mess the airflow back there does have to serve a purpose and get air across the radiator and other cooling surfaces. If you make any changes, whether a rear full-width mud flap or a wind deflector at the rear end of the roof you might suddenly find that you have an overheating situation or poorer performance. 

    The engineers counted on air flowing in a particular path. An example of a problem is my model of coach which comes from the factory with a full-width mud flap in front of the rear-mounted engine directly beneath the engine firewall. Some owners have put another full-width mud flap under the rear bumper, and the result is usually to cause the air to stall out inside the engine compartment and starve the radiator. The cure is to remove the newly-added flap, and hopefully no damage was done when the engine overheated.

    Not saying don't do it, just to use caution. The truth is that a basically rectangular box going down a damp or wet roadway is going to mess its diaper every trip. Not much that can be done to stop it other than wait for clearer weather. All that road spray will churn up lots of muck back there. I do like mentioned above and give it a quick spray with Simple Green, let it sit for a short while, then gently brush it down with some running water. Takes about 5 minutes to clean the back end.

  9. I've been watching the various threads about the TSD card since it was made available to RV owners a few years ago, and I don't think I've read about one issue with them having access to bank accounts. They serve many people and many professional drivers, and every interaction I've had with them impressed me.

    We have about half of our regular bills paid by direct draft from our checking account. Never have had a problem with this. Not saying there can't be a problem, but there are many other things I worry about more than this.

  10. 7 hours ago, wayne77590 said:

    Try TSD Logistics and their Open Roads Fuel Discount program,

    According to their web site, in 2022 they will come out with a gasoline discount card.

    This is what I did. Had both for a while and hands down the TSD card is more convenient. Just be sure to check before you fuel to make sure the place you're fueling is in their program. The discount changes from brand to brand and even station to station. This is where the TSD app shines. Of course, discounts vary with the TCS card as well depending on the place you fuel. 

  11. 6 hours ago, tomkat436 said:

    I received my TCS/FMCA card a while back but have not been able to fund it.  Everything seems to work well on the TCS site but when I go to my PNC bank account to ok the money transfer through Zelle to TCS the transfer stalls.  Tried the procedure many times over many days but always no results.  Looks simple but not working for me.  Called PNC and even went to my branch but no good.  Worked with TCS no luck.  Anybody else had this problem?

    Difficulty funding the card is the reason I cancelled it and never looked back. Never could understand how a card which was supposed to make fuel purchasing easier was so darned difficult to fund.

  12. 27 minutes ago, f430040 said:

    If you are running the generator, the inverter is not used. An inverter takes 12-volts DC and converts it to 120 volts AC. When the generator kicks in, the inverter is taken out of the circuit.

    I'm guessing that the inverter here is an inverter/charger and not just an inverter.

    Have you confirmed that the transfer switch is working properly and that both hot legs are making it out of the generator? With proper voltage? Not uncommon for a connection in a transfer switch to get loose over time, and when this happens there will be a voltage drop. My thinking is that the output leg from the generator which feeds the charging circuit in the inverter is got a bad connection, likely in the transfer switch, and it's causing the inverter/charger to throw an error. When there is a low-voltage error it will shut down the charging, and perhaps try again if the connection momentarily gets better.

    If you're not comfortable working with 120v ac power, have someone who is open the transfer switch and confirm that ALL the connections are clean, tight, and show no signs of burning or overheating.

  13. When was the refrigerator last serviced? What does the LP flame look like when lit? Is there rust inside the burner chimney? 

    It could be a coincidence, or it could be something to do with the change in air circulation due to the change in cover.

    If the flame is shutting off every time you stop moving, then it sounds like the burner is not venting properly at rest. Lots of things could cause this, and I think that a full service & cleaning on the fridge burner/chimney/ventilation area would be a good first step.

  14. All depends on what you have for an on-board charger setup. If it's a modern multi-stage system, my money's on just letting it continue to do its thing by plugging in with an adapter. The problem with trickle chargers can be that some charge at too-high of a voltage and can boil your batteries.

    Alternatively, fully charge the batteries and then just disconnect them. They should make it months without a problem if they are fully charged.

  15. My healthcare provider is Aurora. On their website they now have a special tab off the main page with Covid-19 information, including recent test results and my vaccination history. Took a bit of searching to find it the first time as it's pretty far down the menu column. The part with the QR code download button looks like this for me:


    The QR code link does nothing but show a QR code, which I can use to download the electronic vaccination record into the app on my smartphone.

    It's my understanding that this should be available in every state and with most major health care providers. If you're not seeing the QR code for your healthcare provider, perhaps a phone call to them will help figure out where they're hiding it. 

    As another option, I think that every state also has an online place where residents can access their digital vaccination records.

    Hope this helps.

  16. Same for us - we were told not to laminate the originals so they are in our lock box/fire safe.

    We both carry laminated copies, but we also have the digital version with the QR code which can be scanned by anyone that needs the details. The QR code digital cards can usually be added to your smartphone easily. Find the QR code for doing this on your medical provider's website.


  17. The first vaccinations required for schoolchildren were in 1855. Many others have been added since.

    When I was sent to kindergarten in 1967 my mother had to take me for my vaccinations before they'd complete enrollment.

    When I joined the Army in 1981 there was an entire battery of vaccinations I was required to take if I wanted to get past the intake phase of basic training.

    When I attended college there were required vaccinations. 

    When I worked in summer camps to earn my way through college TB testing was required for employment.

    When people travel to certain foreign countries there are required vaccinations.

    Why, suddenly, is it such a huge deal when another vaccination comes on the scene? I just don't get what has everyone so upset with the testing and vaccinations for Covid-19. It's not like we haven't been down this road before. We have. We survived. We moved past it.

    Even more so, I don't see how this conversation is helping any of us enjoy our motor homes, vans, and travel trailers any more. Any chance we can get back to those conversations?

  18. 2 hours ago, manholt said:

    It starts Monday! Covid card for International and domestic travel.  I have lived in America for 68 years, been a US Citizen for 61 years and I like it here!!!

    Not quite. Does not apply to domestic travel. Unless you have information to support what you're saying let's not make it worse than it is.

    Here's a quote from a news story on the issue: 

    Any foreign national who travels to the US must be fully vaccinated, though there remains no vaccination requirement for American citizens traveling via air, either globally or domestically. The White House said earlier in the day that a vaccine requirement for domestic travel remained on the table as an option for the future.


  19. 1 hour ago, djsamuel said:

    That's how I normally do it.  I was thinking more about people who join FMCA and have no idea where the forums are or even that they even exist.  If there was a very visible link when logging onto FMCA.com, more people may join the forum.  I have no problem using the menu; it actually works fine.  It just seems like it is hiding the forum from new members.

    I think you have a good point. Here is a snapshot of the member dashboard - where is the obvious link to the Forums? Shouldn't there be one in the left-hand column where all the other major links are?



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