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RE: My Onan Generator is Vexing me!

$689 WITH a warranty? :O
4x4van 12/12/19 04:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Fuel problems

Are you sure that ALL of the fuel filters have been found/changed? My last RV (Ford, but...) had 3; a sock on the in-tank fuel pump, a filter on the chassis about midship, and finally a brass filter in the carb itself at the fuel input.
4x4van 12/12/19 04:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Have no electrical power and no propane on one side of coach

Salesman Switch COMMON nomenclature used by MANY folks Some folks just love to appear superior by denigrating others In the 45 years I have been an RVer, along with 27 working in the industry, this forum is the only place I have encountered that term. Just sayin’.Same here; 31 years RVing (as well as RVing as a kid with my parents prior), I NEVER heard the term "salesman switch" till I I started frequenting RV forums (and I guarantee that there is NO RV that has it labeled as such). The fact that "salesmen" use the switch between showing customers an RV is completely coincidental vs AFTER the sale when that switch will be used for years thereafter to connect/disconnect the battery. It's not about denigrating anyone, it's about using the correct terminology. If people would stop referring to the battery disconnect switch (which it is) as a salesman switch (which it isn't), perhaps the incorrect nomenclature would die. :S Since we are getting technical, the switch in question is not called a battery DISCONNECT switch, since it does not disconnect any batteries. On my Monaco it is labeled as a "Battery cut-off" switch. Battery cut-off switch The battery DISCONNECT switches, which I have two, actually disconnect the chassis or the house batteries by turning the two big red knobs.Really? OK, I'll play. On YOURS, it is labeled a "Battery cut-off". On MINE, it is labeled "Aux Batt". On my last RV, it was indeed labeled "Battery Disconnect". On the RV I owned before that one, I don't remember exactly how it was labeled (too many years have passed). However, I can guarantee you that none are labeled "Salesman Switch", which was my point. Is that technical enough for you? :R
4x4van 12/12/19 03:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: You don't need it.

I carry a reasonably equipped toolbox since I usually have toys (ATVs, dirt bikes, PWC), and that includes both standard & metric as well as basic electrical. As for spare parts; serpentine belt, radiator hoses/clamps, fuel filter, radiator cap, gas cap, a piece of PEX tubing and a few Flair (pex) fittings, replacement bulbs, Fluids: coolant, oil, trans fluid, brake fluid, steering fluid, WD40 & spray silicone.
4x4van 12/10/19 02:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Have no electrical power and no propane on one side of coach

Salesman Switch COMMON nomenclature used by MANY folks Some folks just love to appear superior by denigrating others In the 45 years I have been an RVer, along with 27 working in the industry, this forum is the only place I have encountered that term. Just sayin’.Same here; 31 years RVing (as well as RVing as a kid with my parents prior), I NEVER heard the term "salesman switch" till I I started frequenting RV forums (and I guarantee that there is NO RV that has it labeled as such). The fact that "salesmen" use the switch between showing customers an RV is completely coincidental vs AFTER the sale when that switch will be used for years thereafter to connect/disconnect the battery. It's not about denigrating anyone, it's about using the correct terminology. If people would stop referring to the battery disconnect switch (which it is) as a salesman switch (which it isn't), perhaps the incorrect nomenclature would die. :S
4x4van 12/10/19 01:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Another ‘dadgum’ post re: tire PSI…please bear with me…

The tires are rated for 2,755 lbs per tire at 65 psi. Actual loaded weight is 2,320, or 870 pounds under max weight for both tires on the front. The rear is rated for 2755 X 2= 5,510 per dual or 11,020 for both rear sides. The actual loaded weight for the rear is 8,240. That is why it performs better with lower pressures. The chart didn't go below 65 psi, so I extrapolated the weight difference per tire in 10 psi increments in the other direction. The weight increase between 65 to 75 is 285 pounds. The difference between 75 and 85 is an increase of 275 pounds. The difference between 85 and 95 is 325 pounds. Based on the foregoing, I would believe the reduction in weight carrying per tire would be less than 300 pounds per tire for a 10 psi decrease in pressure, or 55 psi. Even that would give me a 200 pound margin of safety on the front, and 1,580 in the rear. So I settled on what I believe to be 60 psi, that will leave an even greater margin of safety.Your math makes sense, and I understand your reasoning. I just wanted to point out that I have heard that you shouldn't go lower than the lowest pressure on the chart, regardless of weight carried. True? I have no idea, just relating what I've heard.;)
4x4van 12/09/19 10:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Another ‘dadgum’ post re: tire PSI…please bear with me…

I noticed on my last trip the MH handeled very well when the TPMS showed the hot pressure at 66-69 across the range of 6 tires. My pump was showing the pressure at 60psi when cold inflated, but the TPMS showed 55. Winnebago recomends 65, but the loading charts for the tires show a huge margin of safety at actual weights at the scale. I thnk the issue with mine is that it is a shorty at 27', and I surmise the pressure of 65 is for the entire Sightseer line. My gage, the tire pump and my TPMS all give different readings. Actually the improvement in handling at these pressures was nothing short of remarkble. I felt noticably less fatigued. I don't remember the tire temperature, but the alarm didn't go off. I'll check that next trip.Winnebago's recommendation (I'm assuming on the Federal tag on/near the driver's door) is NOT for the entire Sightseer line, but rather for your specific model, based on it's maximum GVWR, which is 14,800. If your rig actually weighs less than that max, then it would make sense that it handles better at slightly lower pressures. However, Michelin's tire pressure tables for the 225/70-19.5 tires that came stock on your chassis don't go below 65psi. So while I have always believed that tire pressures should be based on your actual weight, I also feel that you should never go below the lowest pressure listed in that tire manufacturer's table. If I was significantly under the GAWRs, I might consider 60psi cold, but even that would make me a bit nervous. The troubling part is that your gauge, pump, and TPMS are all giving you different information, so you really don't know what pressure you are running. Perhaps it would be worth going to a major tire shop and seeing what THEIR gauge says vs what yours says.
4x4van 12/05/19 03:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 22" to 24" portable gas griddle

Blackstone grills are all the rage with the glamping/GoRV newbie set. The 22" is popular due to the versatility of the twin burner setup. Camp Chef has a much more complete array of accessories like pizza ovens, smokers, etc. I have the Blackstone Tailgater; 17" griddle AND 17" grillebox, either or both can be removed for using the large burners underneath. Fully equipped, it was less $$ than a comparably equipped Camp Chef. And at 57 with 30+ years of RVing under my belt, I'm not a newbie nor a glamper/GoRV member.
4x4van 11/26/19 02:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Marketing Boo Boos

Honda has a current TV commercial for their Talon side-by-side. It's a pretty good commercial, showing the Talon driving and the happy campers sitting around the campfire near their (2) large toyhaulers...with nary a tow vehicle in site!:?
4x4van 11/26/19 02:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Uncomfortable Sofa

Interestingly, my 2004 Itasca's jack-knife sofa is surprisingly comfortable, both for sitting AND sleeping. And that has been verified by several different people who have slept on it.
4x4van 11/26/19 12:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

Good points Phil... We all hope to never need help but all too often an injury, even a minor one can spell disaster. I carry a serious first aid kit and have been trained in its use {the same medical kit I carried when doing extended offshore boating trips modified slightly for the RV environment}. From a suture kit to serious pain meds, I am prepared to deal with burns, fractures and bleeding. Often we are either beyond cell phone coverage or at its outer limits where help can be hours {or more} away. I also have the GS emergency travel assist but admit to some trepidation as to how effective it will ultimately be. Since we often are riding our motorcycle the possibility of even a minor accident could render us less than able to get ourselves and the rig home. Yep, plan for the worst and hope for the best, once a Boy Scout always a Boy Scout... Be Prepared! :CThis is a good point (albeit a bit off the OP's subject). We camp in the desert, oftentimes a long ways from "help", and we engage in relatively dangerous pastimes (ATVs, motorcycles, PWC, etc.) I have always carried a small first aid kit, but the reality is that those are really of limited use; more for comforting kids than anything serious. Then, a few years ago, my son's fiance broke her neck way out in the dunes. After a $100,000 helicopter ride, she thankfully has made a full recovery, but it made me realize that I needed something more serious than a few band-aids. I now carry a large trauma kit in the RV that can address things like heavy bleeding, broken bones, neck/spinal injuries, burns, etc. Although I hope to never need most of the items in it, I am comforted a bit knowing that it's there. I'm curious ... was that $100,000 helicopter ride covered by air medivac insurance? I guess a takeaway might be: If a remote area RV'er does have the insurance or personal money for air medivac, they probably should have a way of calling for air medivac when cell phones can't get out.Luckily, her regular health insurance covered it (no different than an ambulance ride; it was deemed necessary due to the injury and the distance to a trauma center). She was brought out of the dunes on a litter on the side of a BLM buggy, then an ambulance to a nearby hospital (Brawley). After x-rays determined the severity, the helicopter ride 100 miles to the trauma center (Palm Springs). Her out-of-pocket cost (helicopter, ambulance, 2 hospitals) was about $3,000 total. There are policies that can be purchased specifically for Air Evacs, but most normal health insurance will cover it as well if it is deemed necessary.
4x4van 11/20/19 03:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

Good points Phil... We all hope to never need help but all too often an injury, even a minor one can spell disaster. I carry a serious first aid kit and have been trained in its use {the same medical kit I carried when doing extended offshore boating trips modified slightly for the RV environment}. From a suture kit to serious pain meds, I am prepared to deal with burns, fractures and bleeding. Often we are either beyond cell phone coverage or at its outer limits where help can be hours {or more} away. I also have the GS emergency travel assist but admit to some trepidation as to how effective it will ultimately be. Since we often are riding our motorcycle the possibility of even a minor accident could render us less than able to get ourselves and the rig home. Yep, plan for the worst and hope for the best, once a Boy Scout always a Boy Scout... Be Prepared! :CThis is a good point (albeit a bit off the OP's subject). We camp in the desert, oftentimes a long ways from "help", and we engage in relatively dangerous pastimes (ATVs, motorcycles, PWC, etc.) I have always carried a small first aid kit, but the reality is that those are really of limited use; more for comforting kids than anything serious. Then, a few years ago, my son's fiance broke her neck way out in the dunes. After a $100,000 helicopter ride, she thankfully has made a full recovery, but it made me realize that I needed something more serious than a few band-aids. I now carry a large trauma kit in the RV that can address things like heavy bleeding, broken bones, neck/spinal injuries, burns, etc. Although I hope to never need most of the items in it, I am comforted a bit knowing that it's there.
4x4van 11/20/19 09:29am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Find any place on the planet without an address

This might be good for providing someone (that also has the app) a location to go to, but for general navigation the system has a fatal flaw: without a smart device running this specific app that knows where that unique 3-word "address" is, the words are worthless. Since each "address" will be unique and will have no relation to the "address" right next to it, how do you find one spot in a trillion? How do you know if you are close to your destination? With the current system, a person can find a specific address they're looking for by going to that street and watching the numbers go up (or down)...they know if they are getting close...going the right or wrong way... But with this system you have no idea if you are anywhere near where you want to go, nor which direction. There is a reason that addresses on a street are sequential. There is a reason that there is some order to GPS coordinates. There is a reason that you need to be able to read a map in the wilderness even if you are carrying a GPS. Street names, addresses, even GPS coordinates...are usable and navicable with or without high tech electronic devices. People nowadays do not even know the phone numbers of their friends or even relatives; they rely on their "smart" phone. When that device dies, then what? Not only will they be unable to contact anyone they actually know, will they now be unable to navigate anywhere as well? Wait, I guess the argument could be made that that is already happening...
4x4van 11/19/19 04:25pm Technology Corner
RE: Netflix forces newer TVs

My Vizio LED TV no longer gets my Amazon Prime. Nothing to do with HDMI; it's through my WiFi. Are TVs becoming like cell phones; outdated every 2 years?
4x4van 11/19/19 04:11pm Technology Corner
RE: MIA - Mexico

...tarnished by the racism so prevalent in the US."So prevalent"? Sorry, but I disagree. The US is one of the least "racist" countries on earth. Are we perfect? Heck no, but I'm a firm believer in the adage that you WILL find what you spend most of your time "looking for". If you are looking for racism (or other things to be offended by), then that's certainly what you will find/see, even if you are in reality wrong.
4x4van 11/15/19 03:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Evolving Canines, de-evoloving people?

SF hands out a half million free needles to heroin addicts every year, most of which are discarded onto the streets (along with all of the human urine & feces). In fact, all of the restaurants/bars use blue lighting in their restrooms...so that the junkies don't shoot up in there (they can't see their veins under the blue lights). But yes, don't you dare use a plastic straw, or a single-use plastic bag!
4x4van 11/15/19 03:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

Personally, I'll never be dependent on ERS, when I can change a tire myself IF necessary. Spotty cell coverage, long wait times, high replacement tire prices... Sorry, not for me. As an example of just the "time" issue; a few years ago, had an electrical issue with a Chevy Suburban, about 2pm. Called AAA for a tow. While we had good cell coverage, we were in Blythe, CA, and there was only limited tow companies available; and AAA wouldn't go off the pavement. Had a local "non-AAA" towtruck get us from where we were located (on the beach along the Colorado River about 150' from the pavement) to a parking lot in town (about 5 miles). Then we waited for AAA. And waited. And waited some more (Keep in mind that it was Sunday afternoon, after a day on the river, tired, ready to head home, AND it was still 115 degrees in the shade!!). AAA's only contracted truck in the area was coming back from a run into Encino (near Los Angeles). After more than 6 hours, he finally showed up, and then his winch caught fire while trying to pull the Suburban onto the flatbed. Waited some more for his shop to come out and fix the winch. Finally got it loaded and hit the road at 10pm, to begin a the trip home to SoCal, arriving home at 2:30am. No, this has nothing to do with a flat tire. But it DOES have everything to do with time. There is nothing in ANY ERS documentation that guarantees a "timely" response. Did AAA respond? Yes. Did they get my vehicle home? Yes. Would I consider it a successful "transaction"? No, and I'll never rely on them again unless there is NO OTHER CHOICE, PERIOD. Of course, YMMV.
4x4van 11/15/19 02:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Suburban Furnace No Delay

The startup is functioning as it should. As for the shut down, it may be that you have not allowed it to get hot enough for the fan to stay on when shutting the unit down. Try letting it run for 10-15 minutes, then turn it off. At that point, it should be hot enough that the fan will continue to run for a short time.
4x4van 11/12/19 02:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Campground Theft

Thieves steal things that they can quickly convert to cash. A plastic bed rail doesn't fit that bill, Hubcaps maybe. Electronics, jewelry, generators, bicycles definitely.They also steel things they need. My daughter once had her car ('93 Civic) broken into; they took the ashtray and the owners manual. Obviously they owned a Civic with a missing ash tray! My guess is that the OP's bed rail found a new home on the thief's truck.
4x4van 11/12/19 01:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVs and California's Planned Power Outages

I was told by an Asplundh tree trimming supervisor the standard used by most power companies is 18 feet, not 18 inches. Asplundh is a line clearance contractor that works for many power companies in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.In CA, General Order 95 (GO-95) states that radial clearances of bare line conductors up to 22.5kV (22,500 volts) from tree branches or foliage is 18" (I'm looking at the GO-95 specs as I type this; Table 1, case 13). Higher voltages are typically Transmission, and are usually on very tall poles/towers, and as such are not normally an issue for tree clearance. As Dutch said, those clearances are based on a formula rather than a fixed number, and are more based on clearances between the lines themselves rather than between the lines and vegetation. I am not as familiar with the rest of the country, since they go by NESC rather than CA's GO-95, but generally speaking, GO-95 is usually even stricter than NESC. In a cursory search, I can find no reference to clearances from trees in the current NESC.
4x4van 11/07/19 02:23pm Class A Motorhomes
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