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    Mill Creek, WA
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  1. I have been working from the road for a couple years, not fulltime, but for several months at a time. I have used a combination of a ATT and Verizon hotspots, and also my phone for backup. I purchased Nomad Internet, which was great for about a year of so. Their support was so shady I did some looking and all I can say is that the company has some questionable business practices that I did not feel comfortable using them anymore. And it would stop working then days or weeks later I would get new equipment... anyway I would run from them. I saw other options, but decided to give the new Tmobile Home Internet a try, and so far it has been great. I still have my ATT and Verizon, but they are now my backup. There are no equipment costs and it is a flat $50 a month with autopay, and there is no commitment so really there is zero risk to giving it a try. I have only been using it for 2 months and two different locations in WA, but it has been great. 5G unlimited and no throttling. Until I can get Starlink this will be my go to. Thought I would share!
  2. I saw you tuber Changing Lanes do the Moryde brakes and independent suspension, with some before and after rides. It seems like a great upgrade.
  3. I had an issue with my aguahot leaking antifreeze. It started as a leak and would blow white smoke sometimes from the exhaust when it started. In taking it in they said the heat exchanger had small crack and that it was terminal. They said it would last through that winter as long as I kept the antifreeze topped up. Well it lasted about another couple weeks and cracked bad enough that the crack caused all the antifreeze to runout the exhaust on to the ground and that was it. $9,800 for a factory refurb was the end result, which included installation and a 3 year warranty. Not saying that is what is happening to yours, but that was my experience.
  4. I have the same issue. The Direct Sourcing light fixtures seems to NLA and the plastic covers have become brittle over time. In fact I have one that has no cover and looks horrible looking at the tubes and the light to harsh and not diffused properly. I have done some looking and I was hoping to find a fixture that could fit in the same rectangle hole that the old ones fit in, but have not found anything. 2006 Newmar Mountain Aire 4304
  5. Here was my personal experience with Bikes. I have a 43' DP, with a Toad. It is a 2008 Mini Cooper S with a roof rack where we had both of our beach cruisers. During the hot summer the bottom bracket, (the center section of the frame where the cracks pivot) grease would get hot and drip hot grease out onto the top of the car. Not great and not something that I thought about.
  6. Sorry was not on here for a few days. This engine preheat feature may bein my AQ unit but I do not think it was used. I do not have the switch for preheat on my AQ control panel. It could just be there and run automatic, but I am not sure. I can look into it.
  7. I went a picked up Doris yesterday and she is back home. Turns out it was a aquahot 450D that was installed not the 400D. Looked and it has a better gallons per minute which will be nice. It was a reman unit, but looks brand new to me. Running in tip top shape, all the costs or worth it once you see it all shiny and new.
  8. The RV Geeks just had a live stream yesterday and they are still in their 2005 MADP.
  9. I agree, at the time it seemed like a good idea, but like you said 20/20. Even though there have been repairs, I love our RV.
  10. Manholt, It was quoted though the FMCA recommendation of Warranty Wholesalers of of Sand Diego through Member Benefits. I went back and looked it was not exactly $1,200 a month, was $15K for 3 years, but the payment schedule was $1,200 a month until it was paid up. At the time is seemed high, but like I said in retrospect perhaps it would have been a good idea. Yes it has been a journey, but I think maybe you are confusing me with someone else on things unheeded. I had a full inspection by an independent repair facility as well as Cummins prior to purchase. I even enrolled in MH driving lessons to ensure I knew how to drive such a beast. On top of that I made 4 weekend trips to local camp grounds to ensure I understood how to run every system as well as making sure everything worked prior to any long distant trips. I thought I did pretty good. What things did I miss?
  11. Yes that would have been a good thing. When I requested a quote it was $1,200 a month and I thought, "no way". But with all of these costs including the Aquahot, one AC unit replaced, and a TV as well as the dash AC going out, it would have been worth it. Now not so sure as I cannot think of what else could be replaced. Ceste La Vie!
  12. I have a 2006 Newmar Mountain AIre 4303 which has an older Hydrohot HHE-500 unit that has failed. At first we had a pump go out and the combustion chamber crack and general maintenance it has cost me $2K just in those items over the past 18 months. Then during the winter the until entirely failed when it overheated and the internal heat exchanger cracked and all of the antifreeze ran out the exhaust pipe. After some research and taking it to a Aquahot dealer here in WA it was suggested a get this until rebuilt. A new 400D unit was going to cost about $10K (8K for unit, 2K to install) and a rebuilt was going to be $8K ($6K unit, and 2K) install. With any of this stuff there are unknowns and I am just beside myself that these things cost so much. I opted to get the rebuilt unit a newer 400D as it was a direct replacement. The old unit was removed and sent back as a core and a rebuilt 400D unit was delivered to the dealer and installed. Of course the costs for install were understated and grew from the original $2K to $3,100 which is frustrating. Then they gave me a call and said that there were some blown fuses and during their trouble shooting the control panel is also bad!! That thing costs $500 for a new one and installation and testing! I am sure we are well over $10K for the final bill!!!. Just wanted to vent!
  13. I had a similar issue with the 7 way plug for trailer lights on my 2006 Newmar Mountain Aire 4304. The diagram said there was a fuse, but we could not find the location. I ended up hiring a auto repair guy who said he specialized in electronics. It took him 3 hours to find the fuse was right on the top of the house batteries. It was a burned out in line fuse that was right on top of the House batteries. Strange place for it so I never looked there.
  14. I do really love Doris and we have no plans to replace her (2006 Newmar Mountain Air 4304. My coach is maintained very well and has been maintained well by previous owners. I have 2 full binders of every record and I am containing to do that. The only place that works on the Spartan chassis (Motor, chassis, and Generator) is Cummins. I get everything from them OE all the way. The Coach itself is either me, Andre an amazing independent repair guy up here in WA or Maplegrove RV, unless there is an emergency. I think the only Newmar maintained better than Doris is the RVGeeks 2006 Mountain Aire.
  15. Yes that is the way it is in my coach. I only say that the way it is wired is a bit confusing. I will post a picture of how their are wired when I get my coach back from the deal next week. It is currently getting the Aquahot replaced. Cha Ching$$
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