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RE: Do you do this in the US?

We purchased a screen room (with canvas flaps) to use with our 1st Class A motorhome back in the early/mid 1990s. Even had the fabric altered to fit our longer & higher 2nd Class A motorhome. As had been mentioned, set up and take down were quite a job and time consuming. Due to that, we didn't use the screen room all that much, only when we stayed at least a week in one location (which didn't often happen back then). Seems like one rarely sees these screen rooms anymore. Guess the cost and difficulty of set up and take down caused them to go out of favor with the RVing crowd.
DouglasC 09/28/21 02:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small Class A vs Large Class C

As the saying goes, "to each his own". Guess that's why the RV manufacturers make so many different models in so many sizes. Having said that, we have been RVing for 35 years and have owned 7 motorhomes. We started with a 19' Winnebago LeSharo in 1986 - - and kept getting bigger, eventually owning a 39' Newmar Dutch Star DP while we were full timing. Over time we decided that that MH was just too big and started to downsize, 1st going to a 34' Dolphin gasser. After we stopped full timing and built a home in an RV community we decided to downside again to a Class C. One requirement that we had was that the MH had to have a walk around queen bed in the rear. Our choice of a Jayco Greyhawk 27DS ended up being the perfect choice for us. This unit has tons of interior storage and lots of outside storage as well, including a pass thru compartment for storing longer items. We have lived in this motorhome for as long as 6 months at a time and feel that we could full time in it if necessary. We seldom miss the panoramic front window of the previous Class A motorhomes and like the additional safety of having an actual front bumper and air bags in case of an accident. We have now owned this motorhome for 15 years and recently passed the 80,000 mile mark on the odometer. The Ford V-10 engine is "bullet proof" and all in all we couldn't be happier with the way that this motorhome has held up over time and mileage.
DouglasC 09/13/21 06:54am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Considering move from class A to C

In 35 years of RVing we have owned 7 motorhomes. Started with a 19' Winnebago LeSharo, got all the way up to a 39' Dutch Star DP and then back down to our present Class C 28' Jayco Greyhawk on a Ford E450 chassis with the 6.8L V-10 engine. We are perfectly happy with our Class C (never felt that there was a heat problem in the cab area as some have mentioned). And as some have stated, the E450 front end does need to be aligned when loaded as you would normally travel. And additional spring support is sometimes needed in the rear. One thing that's not been mentioned is the additional safety that a Class C chassis provides (vs a Class A), with real front bumpers and air bags. Nice to have if you should ever get involved in an accident. Our Class C has a large front bunk which we've used to sleep grandkids - - or it's a great storage space as well. Our rig also has a walk around queen bed in the rear as well as lots of storage inside and out. We have almost 80,000 miles on our rig now and don't miss the larger Class A's at all.
DouglasC 07/05/21 02:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 1987 Winnerbago LeSharo

We have been RVing for 35 years and our 1st motorhome was a 1986 Winnebago LeSharo. The LeSharo was "a jack of all trades and a master of none". Great for a 2nd vehicle (my wife drove it to work) with good fuel economy (we averaged about 14 MPG overall)and good for weekend trips but lacked storage (both inside and out) for longer trips. And has been stated above, the Renault chassis was problematic. We had the gas engine/automatic transmission model and had some electrical problems (alternator/voltage regulator failure). Repairs were very expensive! The basic concept was good and Winnebago improved upon it when they changed over from the Renault chassis to a Volkswagon chassis in the early 90s - - and changed the name to Rialta. After having owned the LeSharo for 3 years we decided that we wanted something larger that we could use for longer trips and upgraded to a 26' Class C motorhome - - but we have many fond memories of the LeSharo!
DouglasC 04/06/21 07:34am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dead Onan 4000 generator

Thanks for all the replies. Waiting for warmer weather again to continue working on the genset as the motorhome is stored outside. Have yet to figure out how to remove the control board so as to replace it with a new one. My connector plug does not look like the one in the manual. That one has 15 contacts (5 rows of 3), mine only has 8 contacts (4 rows of 2). And there are only 6 wires going into and out of my connector.
DouglasC 03/27/21 04:50am Tech Issues
RE: Dead Onan 4000 generator

The generator is dead! No prime, no starter - - nothing! I checked the voltage at the starter solenoid when the "Start" switched is pressed - - zero volts. So the signal from the control board to send voltage to the starter isn't happening. That's a control board problem. This happened to this generator once before about 7 years ago. A new circuit board fixed the problem then.
DouglasC 03/25/21 04:39am Tech Issues
RE: Dead Onan 4000 generator

Have you checked the 12V fuse on the generator? It's an easy, low-hanging fruit sort of check. Checking that all the connectors in the guts of the generator (through the firewall) are clean and tight is also worth checking/trying. Double checked my incoming voltage at the generator today and got a reading of 13.55VDC. All connections in the generator look clean and tight. Never knew that an Onan 4000W generator has a 12VDC fuse. I don't see one. Where is it located?
DouglasC 03/23/21 01:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Dead Onan 4000 generator

Most Onan experts want the full serial number to avoid playing 20 questions about what you have. Model #4KYFA26100K Serial #B060888956 Built in 2005
DouglasC 03/22/21 03:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Dead Onan 4000 generator

Apparently I do have 12 VDC at the generator because the light came on when I 1st went to Prime the generator. But I will definitely check to make sure that there is 12VDC at the generator before I order a new circuit board. I just reconnected all the battery cables to the coach batteries before attempting to start the generator so the connections are all clean. The light may come on even if there is 10 or 11 volts. It will not turn over unless it sees a certain voltage or greater. Don’t assume by the light coming on . Measure it at terminals where it goes into generator. There is also a relay under the enclosure that is a start relay that goes bad. They can be purchased at an auto parts store. How do i know... been there done that OK - - I tested the voltage coming into the generator - - 12.9 VDC. If the problem was only a bad starter relay, why wouldn't the primer still work? I'm still leaning toward a bad circuit board since nothing works - - the generator appears to be dead!
DouglasC 03/22/21 01:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Dead Onan 4000 generator

I assume you are trying the remote switch in the house, have you tried the switch on the generator it's self? Yes, I have been tried the switch on the generator after the remote switch failed to work in starting it. No luck there either.
DouglasC 03/22/21 01:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Dead Onan 4000 generator

Apparently I do have 12 VDC at the generator because the light came on when I 1st went to Prime the generator. But I will definitely check to make sure that there is 12VDC at the generator before I order a new circuit board. I just reconnected all the battery cables to the coach batteries before attempting to start the generator so the connections are all clean.
DouglasC 03/21/21 02:20pm Tech Issues
Dead Onan 4000 generator

Went to fire up my Onan 4000 generator for the 1st time this year. Held the Start/Prime switch down on Prime and the light came on and flashed like usual. After about 5 seconds I released the switch as usual and pushed the Start side of the switch. Nothing happened - - totally dead. Tried the Prime side of switch again - - nothing happened. Last time this happened (generator dead) 7 years ago the cause was a faulty circuit board that needed to be replaced. Anything else I should be checking before I order a new circuit board?
DouglasC 03/21/21 01:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Is 4x4 F150 Hybrid towable 4 down

I can't speak specifically about the Ford F150 hybrid but in the past all Ford hybrids have been towable. I've owned 4 of them: 2008 Mercury Mariner, 2012 Ford Fusion, 2014 Lincoln MKZ and currently own a 2019 Ford Fusion Energi (PHEV), all of which were and are towable - - and I towed each and every one of them behind my motorhome.
DouglasC 03/09/21 04:41am Dinghy Towing
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