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RE: Gasser guys and gals ...why not a diesel ?

I’m in the process of converting a class 8 (semi truck) into a Super C, built to do everything except fit in at the KOA, I should be able to dry camp, on the road or stationary for up to 30 days without much other than a grocery store every now & then. It might fit in just fine at some KOA's as well. The one below was at the Jacksonville North/St Marys KOA in Kingsland, GA a few years ago: width=500
Dutch_12078 10/24/21 06:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Atwood furnace needs new blower motor

There is no need to remove the furnace for a blower motor replacement on an 85nn series unit. The entire job can be done with the unit in place. A good set of instruction can be found at the link below on page page 14 (PDF page 12), These instructions are for an upgrade on a III, but the motor removal steps are very similar for the IV. Hydroflame Tech Manual
Dutch_12078 10/24/21 09:21am Tech Issues
RE: WINDSHIELDS ... for older Class As ? ......

If you are a Florida resident, your insurance covers windshield replacement with ZERO deductible. I used to replace mine. RV Glass Solutions is a sister company of Coach Glass, arguably the largest supplier of OEM specialty vehicle glass in the US. Coach Glass
Dutch_12078 10/23/21 07:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Protection from freezing

Where are you driving from and what are the lowest temps you expect to encounter? Our Class A has managed ok in temps as low as -4 deg.F heading south in January.
Dutch_12078 10/22/21 07:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Full Time RV living as a S Corp/1099 employee

Would you be losing any employer paid benefits?
Dutch_12078 10/22/21 05:59pm Beginning RVing
RE: Safety question

I can crawl under our gasser without the jacks deployed for an oil change, but raising the front a few inches gives me a little more elbow room. Since a failing jack in this case won't endanger me, I don't drag out the jack stands. This still sounds like it could be unsafe -- if the jack fails suddenly, the suspension is going to compress a bit so if it was a tight fit before, it might be on top of you when it comes down. And it might be when you slid under a frame member to pick up the drain plug that rolled away... maybe you kicked the jack while you were scooting over and knocked off the hydraulic line. For oil changes, I slide in from the front center of the coach nowhere near the jacks. I've never seen a straight RV hydraulic jack fail so badly it instantly collapsed. I have seen a jack fail with a broken fitting and another with a blown hose. In neither case did the jack retract fast enough to cause any significant deflection of the suspension. Kick-down jacks are different story, but I don't have those. We could play "What if" games all day, but the fact is there's likely more risk when placing the jack stands than there is leaving them out for oil changes for me with my coach.
Dutch_12078 10/22/21 11:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What time of day release their campsites?

There is no one answer. Reserve America does not set the policies, the controlling entity does. True, there are a few that use a 12 month window, typically concessionaire operated camppgrounds.
Dutch_12078 10/21/21 05:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: What time of day release their campsites?

But not until 6 months from the day you want to leave in my experience. 6 months from your desired arrival day. Only the first day has to be within the window.
Dutch_12078 10/21/21 04:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Safety question

I can crawl under our gasser without the jacks deployed for an oil change, but raising the front a few inches gives me a little more elbow room. Since a failing jack in this case won't endanger me, I don't drag out the jack stands.
Dutch_12078 10/20/21 03:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: F53 460 Engine runs very poorly when heat soaked

Sounds like it could be bad catalytic converter The '95-'97 F53's didn't have a cat. Wasn't required...
Dutch_12078 10/16/21 06:45pm Tech Issues
RE: UPGRADE to a larger LP tank ?

In addition to our onboard 100 lb ASME tank, we carry a 30 lb DOT cylinder connected to an Extend-A-Stay fitting. Under way, the cylinder is secured in a ventilated storage bin with the Extend-A-Stay hose attached and active. Most of the time we only switch to the 100 lb tank until we can get the 30 lb cylinder refilled when it runs out. It's usually a lot easier to get the portable 30 lb refilled than the onboard 100 lb tank.
Dutch_12078 10/15/21 06:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leveling Jack Pads/Slide Out Supports

The factory 10"x 10" feet on our Bigfoot jacks are already larger than most of the aftermarket pads. We do use wood pads when additional leveling length is need though.
Dutch_12078 10/14/21 08:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replacing water heater due to age........

This past summer I replaced an original working Atwood water heater in a 1989 travel trailer. The reason it was replaced was because the owner wanted electronic ignition instead of having to go outside to light the pilot. An area RV rebuilder bought the standing pilot heater for $45. My own Atwood heater is 20 years old and working fine. The oldest working water heater I can recall seeing was in an early 60's trailer. The heater was made by Bowen, who was bought by Atwood a couple of years later. Atwood of course, is now owned by Dometic.
Dutch_12078 10/10/21 08:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Replacement Water Pump

The original pump location in our motorhome was in a cabinet next to the head of the bed. Quite annoying for the sleeping partner when it ran for night time bathroom calls. After tracing the plumbing layout, I was able to relocate the pump to a storage bin with outside access. It's much quieter, but still noticeable enough if it runs unexpectedly. Adding a 2-gallon accumulator tank also minimized how often the pump runs. I do carry a similar spare pump, and the easy access now makes swapping quite simple.
Dutch_12078 10/08/21 10:58am Tech Issues
RE: Flying J frustrations - Alternatives?

I don't make a simple gas station fuel stop a "destination" stop to grouse around. Get fuel, pay for it at the pump then exit the station, no need for "parking". But obviously many folks apparently do :h We appreciate the designated RV parking lanes when we refuel and want to eat in the Denny's, etc, restaurants located at many FJ travel centers.
Dutch_12078 10/08/21 10:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Fresh water tank drain.

Back when I drained our tanks for the winter years ago, I used the leveling jacks on the off side to tilt the tanks towards the drains.
Dutch_12078 10/07/21 08:22pm Beginning RVing
RE: Flying J frustrations - Alternatives?

fwiw, i recently saw that the Haslam family sold their stand alone Pilot stations and "will concentrate on their Pilot/Flying J stations". The 38 locations around Knoxville that are being sold to Casey's General Stores are convenience stores, not truck stops/travel centers. The privately held company that operates them is wholly owned by the Haslam family and the sale will have no effect on the 750 PFJ travel centers owned by the Pilot Company that the Haslams own 50.1% of. Berkshire Hathaway and FJ Management (former Flying J) own the balance.
Dutch_12078 10/06/21 05:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Sleepy Hollow, NY parkways?

"Can I drive my truck on the parkway?" This is one of the most frequently asked questions at The guide below should help you determine if you can use your pickup, van, or other truck on the Hudson Valley's parkway system. Pickup trucks and vans are permitted on controlled-access parkways under the following conditions: They must have passenger car plates. They must be used only for non-commercial purposes. They must have an empty (unladen) weight of 5,500 pounds or less. They must be less than 7 feet, 10 inches in height. All other trucks that do not meet the conditions above are not permitted on controlled-access parkways. This restriction includes moving vans, trucks, and trailers. All vehicles (including passenger cars) with trailers or cargo carried on the roof are not permitted on parkways in New York State. Vehicles with "combination" plates from other states are not permitted on parkways in New York State.
Dutch_12078 10/05/21 05:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Flying J frustrations - Alternatives?

It’s not just a matter of the convenience of using the RV lane for fueling it’s also a matter of having a place to park after fueling. (One of my pet peeves is motorists who disappear after fueling while others are waiting in line) I like the convenience of Flying J, and I am willing to pay a little extra for the convenience. I admit I was venting a little about bad service, but my main reason for posting was to see if other travelers might be aware of an equivalent setup to Flying J. So far I haven’t heard any. The only other fuel stops I've found with dedicated RV lanes for fueling and parking are the few Pilot and Loves stations that are former Flying J stations. When Pilot bought Flying J, they were required to divest some number of stations by the FTC, and they sold them to Loves. The other PFJ brand swaps occurred where they had both brands in close proximity and the existing Flying J was rebranded to Pilot when the nearby Pilot station was sold to Loves.
Dutch_12078 10/05/21 04:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dish Upgrade

Regardless, unless someone can point me to a better opinion I'll pull the trigger on the X2. I'm looking for auto setup with 2 tv capability. Eastern arc is a bonus but not required, or should it be? Thanks Having both eastern and western arc capabilities expands your aiming options significantly if you often use sites with much tree cover. Having both arcs available has meant we've been on a couple of hundred different sites since 2010 and have never not had sat signals available from one arc or the other.
Dutch_12078 10/04/21 11:00am Technology Corner
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