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  • Birthday 06/10/1966

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    www.RadioTropRock.com

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    Pipe Creek TX
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    Music, Radio, Tropics
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  1. So my Lippert auto levelers on 2014 Winnebago / Itasca Ellipse 42QD were making a popping noise once it's complete with it's cycle.... and afterwards during regular sitting / level. After some research I found out it is something common in levelers and it's called "stiction". I was already working with Lippert on another issue I had so I asked about this "stiction" thing.... David at LCI Customer Service was very helpful. ( customerservice@lci1.com). Here is the fix: CCD_0002091.pdf David recommended the "Fork Oil" of the three listed on the PDF. (Fig. 2) I did as directed... so far, so good. Just in case the PDF doesn't load... here are pictures of what is included with the PDF.
  2. Coach: 2014 Itasca Ellipse 42qd So, one night our dog decides to look out the window next to the passenger seat while we are at an event. Guess what is on the ledge right under that window? The power lock button for the door. Yep.... We normally lock our door with the top lock key.... the bottom lock is the one that the power lock controls... so, we have no key to that lock outside the coach.... We are LOCKED OUT! We call a locksmith and he comes out.... knows nothing about RVs... and we are tired and need in our RV. (it's 2am)…… So, he destroys the bottom lock (see picture below)….. and we get the pleasure of paying him $120 as a "thank you" for doing that. But, we do get into the coach. I make a call to Winnebago and it just so happens they don't sell just the part the guy destroyed... I have to purchase the entire door handle assembly.... I think it was $260 give or take a few bucks... It was a pretty easy install.... it took me a couple of hours but I think now that I've done one... I could do it again in about 30 minutes. Be sure to remember the order in which you disassemble... this will be helpful as you put it back together.... Point of contact at Winnebago: Chris A. Andersen caandersen@winnebagoind.com Image 0501: original assembly... the one the locksmith destroyed image 0513: backside of door handle assembly image 0516: inside of door after inside door handle removed image 0520: new door handle assembly with part number image 0521 edge of door at the height of door handle you'll find a round plastic cap... you must remove this plastic cap and unscrew the 7/16 bolt to remove the inside door handle assembly image 0523: part numbers for what I had ordered image 0525: IT'S FIXED! Last image: The guilty dog! Lessons learned: 1- Never forget, if you have FMCA roadside assistance it has lock out assistance.... I bet if I had remembered that I would have gotten someone that knows about RVS. 2- Maybe this should be #1..... Always keep extra keys for every lock hidden somewhere. 3- Fixing stuff yourself is very satisfying... but, I think I'd be more satisfied if this mistake didn't cost me about $400 in locksmith and parts! Guess who has extra keys for the coach in his Jeep, hidden outside coach, and with friends????? THIS GUY!
  3. ERIC@BABIN.COM

    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    We will be here Wednesday.... just remember... we're LIVE on air starting at noon for about an hour, sometimes a little more. If anyone wants to tune in you can stream it on www.RadioTropRock.com or our free smart phone applications. If you are tech savvy then I'll tell you we're also available on Streema, Tune In, and Radio.net
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    The "membrane" is down... next step... metal roof!
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    4 inches of rain and pea size hail last night.... would have been nice to have been able to park under it last night.... but they were here early in the morning to finish the framing... / Next up metal roof and electrical.... then paint.... estimated completion... Jan 11.
  6. ERIC@BABIN.COM

    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    So close... but nope... Here is where we stand as of now.... next crew will be in on December 26th..... Why won't they work on Christmas? Just kidding... Merry Christmas!!!!
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    No worries! It's all good info / chat. I'm told by our contractor more work will be done today! Here's hoping! May have more pictures of the project before Christmas!
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    Sorry we didn't get a chance to visit longer..... we stay pretty busy even though we are "retired". The property is actually owned by the inlaws…. I'm not sure they understand the whole "RV community" thing.... If we owned it the answer would be yes... but as mentioned.... also it's only 3 acres and it's a circle drive... if you get off the drive, you will sink pretty quick... unfortunately I know from experience.
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    Progress as of today..... framing ALMOST done! Next I'd assume is the roof!
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    We stopped by TCC this morning to drop off a couple Christmas CDs our radio station produced last year..... just a "Merry Christmas" thank you type of gift.
  11. ERIC@BABIN.COM

    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    We are about 6 miles from Texas Custom Coach.... take 1283 at the post office near TCC for about 6 miles.... We're about a block from Hill Country Elementary.
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    LIPPERT LEVELING LEAKING NEAR PUMP

    Replaced the hex plug today.... It appears to have fixed the leak.... See the attached photos of the old and the new..... one thing of note.... the new ones have some sort of black coating on them making it difficult to get the allen wrench to fit easily.... You can see the damaged o-ring on the old one. (btw- there is just one.... I got 2 new ones so i'd have a spare. )
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    LIPPERT LEVELING LEAKING NEAR PUMP

    We're actually parked on a different part of the drive while they build the RV cover.... so, the drips will be here.... but, since it's caliche (gravel) is seems to soak in pretty good... probably no permanent "damage". Kind of like when you get a new pick up.... just go back to the truck bed and put a nice big scratch in it with your key.... then you don't have to worry about scratching it later... the stress is gone.
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    LIPPERT LEVELING LEAKING NEAR PUMP

    Here is our Lippert reply: **** Hi Eric, there is a O-ring on the plug. We do not have replacements but do have the plug with O-ring part number 140998 @ $2.95 and can be ordered at this link https://store.lci1.com/6408-hhp-04-o-ring-adapter-hex-plugThank you,David BiceLippert Components **** Here is my order: (look at price of shipping a little hex plug) (I ordered two so I have a spare) **** 1/4" Hydraulic Fitting - Hex Plug (6408-04) SKU: 140998 BU-039 2 $5.90 Subtotal $5.90 Shipping & Handling $18.67 Tax $1.66 Grand Total $26.23 **** I'll post once it replace the part and let you know if it fixed it.
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

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