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RE: GMC Class A

Oh Hedgehopper, Grab something and hold on tight..... If you are literate and either are or willing to become a effective technician, a GMC (TZE) can be a real effective investment. If you are not willing to do at least the required regular maintenance, I have to suggest that you reconsider, they can get very expensive real fast - just like any big toy. Of the nearly 13,000 built, about 8000 are still on the road after almost 50 years. A few years back, we did a 11,400 mile travel season and the only repair required enroute was a broke drawer slide. We do have a line on the community that keeps proving true: A reliable and ready to travel coach will cost you about 35K$us. That is all at once or as a kit. (What I always have to add is that sweat is credited at full shop rate.) Shop rate in most of the USA is over 100$/hr these days and nothing on a GMC is all that fast. If you don't have a good place to work on it yourself, that can be a hindrance. If you do the work yourself, it can get done right the first time and with that 100$/hr credit, you can afford the tools to do it. Oh, and all of the service documentation can be downloaded. Plus that, there are three really good companies that can supply any part you may need. Truth be told, our coach is in my barn for the winter and I don't want to drive it over the salt or we could take off tomorrow without a worry. As we pull out of the drive next, the Odo will roll over 180K. She is a 73 23ft Glacier and largely original. I do have two suggestions before you go too far: Find and read the two GMC groups GMCnet and GMC Forum. You will find a lot of trip reports that include problems, but when you read those look at all the other names on the board and realize that there are a lot of us out there going a lot of miles that don't write about the problems we didn't have. Next, under GMCMI, locate a local chapter (of the 16 in north America) and make contact with them and get to a rally so you can see working coaches in the flesh and talk to the owners. What really makes those coaches so worth owning is for the class, but the community of helping and supportive people all over. They make doing what it takes all very worth your while. One place to not count on for good help is Face Book. There are several groups there, but I have seen not just wrong, but dangerous answers to asked questions. This includes salvageable coaches that got sent to scrape because the owner took bad advice. I could go on, but it is a long day and I am tired. See the picture in the sigfile? That was 2000 miles from home and a marvelous excursion, but not our longest by any stretch. Edit(Opps, that was not the picture I thought it was. That one was only about 600 miles. The picture was supposed to be us near Devil's tower.) Matt
Matt_Colie 01/24/23 05:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: time to replace brakes?

Time, Ignoring the fact that your conversion to fractions sucks, brake pads are cheap. Labor is expensive on the road. A brake failure is even more expensive. Makes it a simple choice to me. Now, you measured a pad at 0.080? A 1/16 is 0.0625. That does not leave a lot of margin. Matt
Matt_Colie 01/19/23 01:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Roadtrip by car vs RV, a couple of thoughts...

Captain, Thank you for the wonderful report with complete real cost breakdowns. While it substantially confirms what my numbers have told me, the thing you did not get into (which is a lot of our case) is that many of the places we have seen and enjoyed do not have any local accommodations. As far as fly-drive, I have to admit that Hawai'i has a lock there. Matt
Matt_Colie 01/14/23 04:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Multiple access points?

If I am sure what you are asking, if you have multiple access points will something connected to those access point change to the one with the best signal without any intervention on the users part?? Simple answer is .... NO. Devices using any type of access point all have to be configured to attach to a single access point. It may be that if the signal of a specific access point is lost, a good system might try to attach to another, but unless it was previously configured to use another access point it can't "free-lance" WiFi systems can be configured for multiple access points, but none I have managed have ever gone off and selected the best signal. One may go looking if a signal is lost, but unless it was previously configured to "automatically connect to the access point that it does find, it will just stare at you and ask if you want to go there. Matt
Matt_Colie 01/12/23 02:49pm Technology Corner
RE: generator fuel line

David, Just like tires, rubber lines have a life of about 10~15 years. This also goes for fuel, coolant and brake lines. Matt - has had the same coach long enough to replace all of them.
Matt_Colie 01/11/23 10:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Park pet peeves, Park owner’s turn

As for some people not being suited to work with the public, spend enough hours doing it and I would bet everyone would have times they like to strangle a customer or two even knowing it was going to take a lot of time and effort to bury the bodies. The fact they don’t is a testament to their dedication to their job. I just could not let this go by without a BTDT. Matt - Worked in warranty with both Aftermarket and OE.
Matt_Colie 01/10/23 10:10am General RVing Issues
RE: breaker 15 / 20

We are very fortunate that NEMA came up with the standard 1" breaker in the early 70's. Prior to that time panel makers had type exclusive breakers so that was what you were stuck with forever. That is, unless you replaced that panel with one that can accept the NEMA 1". I have done this in several places one was my barn that had a WhoKnows panel and no spare breakers were available. Matt
Matt_Colie 01/07/23 10:54am Tech Issues
RE: Park pet peeves, Park owner’s turn

I am afraid that I have been on the parkowner's side of this more than a few times. He has very few tools at his disposal short of evicting the offender. He has mentioned the expected result there. I, very personally, had a situation occur that I confronted an offender literally in front of the sign that prohibited his activity. His "It's a Free Country" response was not appreciated. Fortunately, this man never came back. We can't always be so lucky. Matt
Matt_Colie 01/07/23 10:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Harvest Hosts

Deadticket, That be the case, you need to look long and hard at BW, a lot of us welcome dogs and can have power available for a fee. Matt
Matt_Colie 01/04/23 06:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Park pet peeves, Park owner’s turn

Let's see now, I too (in spite of the fact that camp grounds are a choice of last resort) that wapiticountry references. I fully agree with Grit Dog that too many have a room temperature IQ. Haste Maker seems to think that the park operator or owner should have the capability to make everybody happy. This is a wonderful point of view that tells me that this man has never in his life had to deal with real customers. When they come to you with contradictory demands and all believe that because they paid for a space, they should get everything they expected. That would be nice. I think that all those people should start being REAL Boondockers and then demand that the sun set sooner or the wind blow their campfire smoke away from their tent. Matt - At this for lots of years and seen it all.
Matt_Colie 01/04/23 04:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: CB radios - Do you use one?

We have used all available without an FCC license. We ran CB for years and then turned it off when it went bad. The capability of an open call is the best part. The coax in the coach got damaged and I haven't replaced it yet, but I plan to. When we have caravanned, we got out the FRS walkie talkies. They were effective, but the limited range was sometimes an issue. This year, I have to buy a new set of batteries for them. We have run in convoy with cell phones and on the blue roads it works, but loose the cell and you are done. An open forum app as proposed above does work, but there is no open call available also as mentioned. To each his own. Everything is a compromise..... Matt
Matt_Colie 12/30/22 09:33am Technology Corner
RE: Feedback on $50 Onan carbs on Amazon?

There are actually two different topics here. Carburetors very rarely "wear out". Finding competent service for them is difficult at best. On several occasions, I have purchased carburetors that were very good knock-off of a Walbro LMB that is used on many old Onans and lots of Kohler small engines. A Kohler in yard service can wear out the throttle shaft and bearing areas. I have repaired this several times and then pick up a knock-off. Often these need minor modification that I don't recommend. What many refer to as a rebuild is nothing more than a complete cleaning. The Walbros with a rubber pointed needle often give problems when the rubber point is damaged by current motorfuels. But if that is the problem, a kit is usually the simple solution. Past that, if you did not tear the gaskets, all you really have to do is soak the parts in a good solvent and the clean the passages with a tag wire and blow them all clear. Matt
Matt_Colie 12/24/22 09:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Shore power question

Skip, What you need to do is find the unit's converter/charger and get the manufacturer, model and number off it. Then, look it up on line and see if it is a three or four stage job. If it is a modern smart charger, they batteries will actually last longer because of the conditioning that they will get. If you can't fine it on line, comeback here and someone is likely to know it. The we can give you a solid answer. When you come back, tell us what the house bank is or what you want it to be. You don't want a number that has the potential to over heat the bank when recovering it from a deep discharge. Matt
Matt_Colie 12/19/22 01:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: 24 feet versus 26' dilemma, have to decide fast

Mountaintraveler, You have lots of good answers here and I (for one) that you seem to be leaning toward the 24. We travel in an aged 23 and revel in the fact that we can get just about any place a passcar can go. The limit for us is the required 9' clearance. As for space, it is usually the two of us and two dogs in the coach. It works. As for using the furniture from the coach, cross that idea off. Most of the furnishings require the coach for stability and support and what does not is easier to buy than it is to remove for the larger part. When you get in it, you will have questions, so come back here and we will try to get you lined up. Matt
Matt_Colie 12/19/22 09:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Harvest Hosts

Funny that someone should mention the multi-night issue. We are BW Hosts and one of the few within striking range of a museum complex. Very often a member will as about the museum and then I offer them at least three nights. Get Here, Do the museum part, relax one night do the village area, recover and then depart. We live nearby and regularly spend a bunch of days in the museum and grounds. Matt
Matt_Colie 12/11/22 09:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Harvest Hosts

Matt, the two gals that started Boondockers Welcome (very close to here in Southern Ontario) sold the whole thing to Harvest Hosts last year. BW & HH are one group now. Unfortunately they resisted identifying the former BW hosts separately but if you know what you’re looking at it’s pretty easy to tell them apart. Yes, they sold it, and it is a good thing that the buyers had a couple of years almost shut down by the plague to get it close to right. It is better now, but in many ways it still does not work as well as it did before. Jmho Matt
Matt_Colie 12/07/22 06:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: US travel to Canada

BoonDocker, Thanks for the link. We make it to the Maritimes and Cape Breton this year. I'm not sure if we can come back. We were both contd-indicated for the vaccines so I hope the US will let us back in when we want to come home. Matt
Matt_Colie 12/03/22 10:33am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Relays under the hood?

Phil, Now that I know that you are dealing with an older coach, let me share something with you. I hope you have been warned about the roof already, if you have any doubts about its integrity deal with that now and first. RVs with roof leaks end up in big trouble fast..... Next some relatively easy things. Total cost about 500$ including tools and all materials if you do it and you can. All the rubber parts are over age. This is a calendar problem. Adhesives and elastomers have a limited life. That is all there is to it. So, plan to at least inspect if not replace all the hoses for fuel, coolant and brakes. While you are doing that it is a good time to flush the cooling system because the corrosion inhibitors are depleted. The brake fluid has probably absorbed some moisture to rust expensive brake parts so flush that system. The rubber fuel lines are old enough to give trouble all on their own, but most likely they are not compatible with current "motorfuels". You may be asking yourself what does this fool know.... The coach in my signature is a 1973 model and I worked for 40+ years in the testing laboratories of Detroit. Matt
Matt_Colie 12/01/22 05:45pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Harvest Hosts

If you can overnight purely self contained, then also consider Boondockers Welcome. It isn't really boondocking, but it can easily qualify as dry camping. We have been BW hosts for a few years now and only about half even welcome the 15amp lead that I can provide. Oh and water when the weather is warm. I do ask for 5$ for the 15amp because electric here is expensive. The great joke is that we have yet to be guests anywhere because when we were first members the host density was really low and they just were not where we needed them to be. I am hoping to change that this year. Matt
Matt_Colie 11/30/22 03:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need help with route north

Welcome to the forum. From some personal experience, avoid West Virginia. The scenery may be great, but if you are not experienced at mountain driving, even the interstates can be tough on you and the gear. If from Greensboro you take I-240/I-40 through Asheville, you will have a short stretch of mountains until you get to I-81. South there to Knoxville and find I-75 to go north again. How you go on from there is your call. I don't think I have to tell you about Michigan roads...... Matt
Matt_Colie 11/27/22 10:44am Roads and Routes
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