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Propane tank moniter.
wildebill308 posted a topic in Systems and AppliancesI found something I didn't know existed today. The Mopeka allows you to monitor the level of propane using the free Mopeka Check app on your smartphone or tablet. Ok I may be the only one who doesn't know about this device. This thing will accurately measure the amount of propane in your tanks. It works on ultrasound, It will also work on horizontal tanks. It will work with your phone and you can monitor your tanks remotely. For instance you want to know what the level of propane is in your tanks and your RV is in storage or at a site at the lake. You don't need to drive over and look. https://mopeka.com/ Just something interesting. Bill
Ford Introduces New F-53 V8 Engine, Transmission
wildebill308 posted a topic in EnginesFord Introduces New F-53 V8 Engine, Transmission. The new 7.3-liter V8 engine is paired with an all-new 10-speed TorqShift automatic transmission. https://www.rvbusiness.com/blog/ford-introduces-new-f-53-v8-engine-transmission.html Should be a interesting upgrade for the gas RV market. Bill
New or just keep what I have?
RelationshipDoc posted a topic in Buying an RVWe have a Alfa SeeYa 2004 that we love. Right now it's in good shape - I have kept up with the maintenance and I have done several renovations (e.g., replaced the old frig with a residential frig, replaced the inverter/converter, etc.). However, it is 14 years old (well, actually, 15 - it came off the factory assembly line August 2003). Of course, Alfa is no longer in business, and many of the components (e.g., the Generac generator) are no longer made. I'm 70 years old, but I expect to motorhome at least 10 more years, and hopefully longer than that. So, my question is, do I just keep my Alfa and continue to keep it up, or do I try to go with something new? What is your experience in keeping older motorhomes running - getting parts, getting people to work on them, etc.? Obviously, this one is almost paid for, while if I buy new I would be going in debt again big time. I get that piece. It is the other, the more practical side, of keeping something 14 years old, no matter how well maintained, properly running. I'll appreciate your thoughts.
2001 Safari sway bar mounts
jukeboxjer posted a topic in ChassisDrivers-side, outside sway bar mount broke. Any suggestions on where to get a new (or, even, used) one, for replacement.
Our Maiden Voyage: Any Tips Or Wisdom To Offer?
joanesh posted a topic in General DiscussionHello all, I just introduced myself (and my husband) over in the FMCA Lifestyle/All About You forum, but thought I should post separately here for this topic. We're taking our new Fleetwood Bounder 36H Motorhome for its maiden voyage at the end of next week, and we'd love to hear any tips or wisdom you have for beginners. Though we have backpacked and tent-camped for decades, we are brand new to RV-ing, so any advice you can offer would be welcome and very much appreciated. FYI, we're only going 120 miles away for our first trip, we're going with experienced RVers, we have pull-through/full-hookup/big rig sites reserved, and we're only going for a weekend to put our new RV through its paces. But I don't even know what we should really do to test our rig on our maiden voyage. Any thoughts? Is there anything we should look for, check, or test (that might not be obvious) while pushing through the paces? What is your favorite tip (practical/to-do-or-not-do-item) to offer a newbie? What is one piece of advice/wisdom you would offer about RVing in a Motorhome? Is there anything we should absolutely *not* do or avoid? Are there campground etiquette issues about which we should be aware that are different for RVers (we *are* experienced tent campers)? If so, what are they? There is so much I could ask, but that will do for now, and any input is welcome. I'm am so excited about our new adventures (we both are), but I'm also quite aware that I don't even know what I don't know, and that feels a little intimidating. So I'm trying to learn as much as I can. Any help or insight you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so very much! Joan
Class A Driver Training
tetonchief posted a topic in Type A motorhomesMy insurance company said you can get a discount for an RV driver training course so I did some calling around. They are not cheap, on average $500 and one to two days. However, I called Lazy Days RV Center in Seffner FL and I got into the class called RV Driver Confidence Course taught by Bob Bergeran. It was a couple hours in the morning and then after lunch we went to the camp ground on the property and each student drove a 36 foot DP all around the campground using the tactics taught in the morning course. One of these was the DOT system they teach--involves measurement of your RV and placing small DOTs on the mirrors and windshield. All I can say is it is an amazing tool. The class size is small (10 students--8 that bought their RV at Lazy Days and 2 from outside) and the best part was it is FREE! I highly recommend this to anyone, new driver, man, woman, even old hands. I saw students that never drove an RV before wheel one around a campground like they knew what they were doing even with lots of expensive RVs and trucks and cars all around, parked and moving. If you get the chance DO IT!
Advice On Next Motorhome
bmcfaror posted a topic in Buying an RVCurrently own a 2004 Holiday Rambler Endeavor (38'/2 slide/330 Cummins/8 bag Roadmaster). Looking for advice from all of your on our next coach. We are primarily 3-4 day weekend RV'ers as we both work, with typically a couple of two week trips each year. We are out at least 2-3 weekends a month in the coach and live in Oregon so would like to be able to use the coach year-round. Happy with our coach but would like (1) smoother ride and better handling, (2) more room with extra slides, (3) aqua hot or system that would give us more flexibility in the winter, (4) layout with 2 euro chairs & flatscreens. Here are the type of coaches we are looking at (primarily to get better insulation and Spartan chassis): Newmar Ventana/Dutch Star, Country Coach. Would LOVE an Entegra Aspire, but that will have to wait a few years as our price range needs to be under 200k. I would love to your advice on what coaches you think we should explore further...or are we already on the right track? I would also like your advice on aqua hot or not for winter camping (winter here means no lower than 25 in the winter) and LP versus diesel fired Aqua Hot? Thanks in advance.....love to hear from the experts on this board!
Brand New Retired RV'er and Forum'er -
GeorgiaSong posted a topic in All About YouHello All, Glad to know you're here and you all were recommended by one of my neighbors. For the very first time, in April/May this year, I bought a motorhome, A 1996 Manor, 30 ft, by Thor Industries West, One of the conditions of the 'sale' was that the salesman had to teach me to drive one of this giant rolling hotel rooms! I live in Georgia north of Atlanta and will be a pet (dogs mostly, sometimes a cat) traveler. A friend joined me on the very first trip to Doll Mountain at Carter's Lake around Ellijay, Georgia, which is only about 45 miles north of where I live. It was a little scary yet it was such a nice weekend and the RV neighbors were so helpful in helping us find how to use the hot water heater and furnace, and a few other things I had forgotten in the training sessions. I do have a couple technical questions and need to know where to post them. One has to do with white stuff coming from the roof and streaking the windows. It washes off. The next will have to do with winterizing and when best to do it in Georgia north of Atlanta. I will not use it after November or early December, or first forecasted freeze. I'll have it winterized by the dealer until I learn how to do it myself. It's stored just eight miles north in a covered storage. It's been highly recommended that it be kept under a covered storage which is 2-3 times more expensive than uncovered. I do want to do what keeps this old unit in good stead. As you can see, I'm a bit of a rambler. Denna