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    Pipe Creek TX
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  1. 2014 Itasca Ellipse 42QD Tires: Michelin XZA2 ENERGY 295 80R22.5 Position: Front / driver's (steer tire) These tires were put on a little over 2 years ago I just noticed some unusual damage, can't be normal tread wear. The inner portion of the most outside tread looks as if it's been shaved off about 1/8 inch, but only in strips about 2/3 around the tire. Strangely, it's not a continuous cut/shave. It seems to be thin, thick, thin, almost nothing, then same pattern again about 2/3s around the tire. About 1/3 shows no damage. Inspecting the tire and it doesn't seem to have enough damage to be immediately concerned, but I'm going to keep an eye on it. Wondering if anyone can tell me what may cause this? (For one pic I wet the tire to see if that would help see the damage.)
  2. Yes.... I always turn the breaker off prior to plugging in or out. Yes..... same here.
  3. 2014 Itasca Ellipse 42QD 50amp coach Over a year ago I had some sort of surge that ended up knocking out my ATS. Had the ATS replaced and everything is fine..... However, shortly after I noticed the plug (that plugs into the pedestal) would get hot.... not something you really check for, but when I'd go to unplug is was pretty darn hot.... I began to wonder.... "Was it hot before????" I began using a Progressive EMS-PT50x thinking it was a pedestal problem.... well, the EMS plug never got hot, but my coach plug was still getting hot when plugged into the EMS. A couple days ago unplugging I noticed my plug was cracked and had some melting damage. I ran another test at the next stop... plugged a 50 amp extension into the pedestal and them my plug into the extension.... only my plug was hot.... the extension plug was NOT hot.... My thought, when there was the surge a year ago it damaged one line at the plug causing resistance, thus heating up, causing more damage over time. How to fix? Replace the plug! Here is the replacement... I found a Camco 50 amp plug at a nearby KOA. Home Depot, Lowes, nor Walmart had them in stock. I did order one from Amazon but decided not to wait for that. I'll keep that one as a spare. I found a good Youtube video Here are my instructions, pretty much the same as he shows in the video. Unplug coach. Cut off plug several inches down (to be sure to be past any heat damage) with a hacksaw. Remove black insulation around all wires 3" down. Cut cloth stuff back to same as black insulation. Cut wires to length shown in picture. Green will be the longest, white the shorest. Black and red are the same length between the two. Strip all wires to have 3/4" showing take each plug prong out, one at a time and attached to the appropriate colored wire. wait to replace prong into casing until all prongs are attached. once all prongs are placed in the proper place (use picture) once all are in place, place cover on and put the 3 short screws in and tighten. once cover is on with it's 3 short screws put some sealant at location where you are about to place the holding clamp on. once sealant is there, (be careful not to get sealant up into the plug housing), then place holding clamp and secure with the 2 long screws. Pictures included have tools used. The only thing not in a razor knife used to get wire insulation off and measuring tape. Tools: Hacksaw, wire cutters (lineman plyers), phillips screwdriver, gloves, measuring tape, sealant. Here is the part I used: https://www.amazon.com/Camco-PowerGrip-Replacement-Transform-55255/dp/B000PGVZ30/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=50+amp+plug&qid=1627742980&s=automotive&sr=1-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyRFVSWEpYTEpBRDVMJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNjgwNDY3OFhXVVJISDc5RzNMJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTAzNTYxMTM0SDkyS0RFNDU4N00md2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl ^^Do not use the video on Amazon for reference. That video is for a 30 amp plug. I got it from KOA for $24. Less on Amazon but couldn't way 2 days. Once I had the old plug off I check resistance... the line that was slowly melting over time had a much higher resistance than the other. *****NOTE: Pictures are NOT in order... Yellow plug is the new one, black plug is the old.*****
  4. I've been "full time" traveling going on 5 years now... I've been meaning to put together a binder in case of roadside problems but never got around to it... I've been broken down a few times and it's always very stressful finding the info I need.... FINALLY I am putting one together. So far in the binder I've got my FMCA Roadside Assistance number and contract, Freightliner help number, Cummins help number, Lippert, and Winnebago (I own an Itasca). I've also got engine ESN#, filters and belt part numbers, my tire info, coach dimensions including weight generator info (model #, S/N, oil type, filter info etc) and I've even got the build sheet for all the "RV" related part and serial numbers.... What else may be important... especially in the event of a roadside breakdown (I'm now even going as far as having spare serpintine belt, fuel filter, and separator...... leaning toward carrying a spare tire even!)
  5. Coleman Mach 8 A/C units So I got some foaming no rinse coil cleaner to clean my coils on the units.... I've not cleaned them before, and one unit is about years old, and the other about 6 years old. Took the unit covers off and noticed the coils didn't really look dirty. I use these A/C units daily. Is that normal for them not to be dirty? I cleaned them using the spray cleaner anyway.... I guess maybe there was some dirt in there somewhere?
  6. Last update: They've updated the software and it still doesn't work. Requesting a refund today!
  7. I had some body work that needed to be done to our 2014 Itasca Ellipse 42QD. I had used Texas Custom Coach located in Pipe Creek Texas in the past for things such as Aqua Hot, A/C, scheduled maintenance etc and they have always done a great job so why not let them do the body/fiberglass and paint work. They began working on my coach the day it arrived, not like some others that have your RV sit for a week or more until they have time to get to it. When I picked up the RV it looked like new. Even knowing exactly where the damage was, I couldn't tell it had ever been wrecked. Best of all, they worked very well with my insurance company so it was a very very easy process. I highly encourage you that if you are within a few days drive of Texas Custom Coach (just NW of San Antonio TX) you set up an appointment to have them complete any work you may need done, and want done right! Also a very positive recommendation for Progressive Insurance. They were perfect throughout this process.
  8. ah... yes... we have that but never use it. So, not sure it'd be a big deal if the Micro-air didn't work with it.
  9. Coach: 2014 Itasca Ellipse 42QD w/ 3 rooftop Colemans and AquaHot 450D **Will update once they either fix the issue, don't fix the issue, or I get tired of waiting** We were having an issue where our thermostat RVComfort.zc would just stop working... push any button and nothing would happen... not even the background light. We'd have to completely power down everything including batteries to reset it. So, I decided the Micro-Air Easy Touch RV Thermostat might be good for us. I liked it because it allows you to monitor your inside temperature, and adjust from anywhere via your phone using their app. (some models also include outdoor temp via matching up with local weather app but ours did not) This is great if you have pets and leave them in there when you run errands etc) The good: Works via bluetooth if you are in your coach, or wifi if elsewhere. Looks great. VERY easy to install. "Plug and play". The bad: To change zones via the thermostat is difficult. The zone selection numbers are very very tiny, and my fingers are not. I found it easier to grab my phone use change zones that way. HERE IS THE REALLY BAD: The current model does NOT WORK with AquaHot. It is a known problem and they say they are testing a fix right now and we should receive an updated working version soon. We'll see. If I don't have a working replacement by June 1 I guess I'll be asking for a refund and return the unit. Summary: If you don't have AquaHot it's a pretty neat thermostat allowing you to monitor and change your RV thermostat settings from anywhere, as long as you have good wifi at your coach. If you have AquaHot I'd hold off until they figure this thing out. Link to product: https://www.microair.net/products/easytouch-rv-thermostat?variant=32199143555156 Below are pictures of old and new.
  10. I actually added the extension (about 3" because this was the wire I had to cut the damage off of) to that and taped it up. Should be good. Nice eye though!
  11. Update: FIXED! Yes.... I am worried about why the wire burned.... I made sure to test it before putting all the panels back on so I could inspect it when with it on. Replaced the main board and it works perfect. This set of pictures show a better shot of the damaged board and wire. Also pic of new board, new board box showing part number, bad wire fix, and the back panel of the fireplace showing model number. I did have to cut a couple inches off the damaged wire which meant I had to add a couple inches back with a new wire so it would reach the circuit board. I have to say Twin Star had great customer service. They actually called me to tell me they don't have a replacement for the wire but could send a new circuit board. I agreed explaining fixing a wire is easy.... Although the warranty was up, they sent a new blower assembly (first trouble ticket explained in earlier post) and circuit board (this trouble ticket) with only charging me shipping on the blower motor. Total cost of repair: $27.50. Total time: 2 hours.
  12. Update: They replied to my new trouble ticket. They are sending a new circuit board at no cost. Even with no shipping this time! I'll update when I get it and replace.
  13. "It's always something" 2014 Itasca Ellipse 4QD Fireplace:: ClassicFlame 25EF031 GRP https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K75P80A/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Purchased on Amazon to replace the original insert. This is the nearest I could find to the original. I started getting an E3 code which means overheat protection has engaged. "Unplug for 30 minutes, plug back in, and test, if it continues, contact customer service". Yes, it continued, so I submitted a trouble ticket to Twin-Star Customer Service: https://www.tsicustomerservice.com/ They got back to me via the trouble ticket pretty quick. They sent a new blower assembly for shipping cost only ($27.50). Not bad since it was out of warranty. Replaced the part.... it did the same thing.... E3 error code.... well, upon closer inspection, I noticed there was a burnt wire connected to what I believe to be a relay. (see pictures). The burnt wire was the hot wire (black) coming in from the plug. Just submitted another trouble ticket.... I guess I need a new circuit board for the insert. I'll update when I can.
  14. updated / edited to show install and final product.
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