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RE: Wind noise E-450

When adding AT's to the rear of any rv, you have to take into consideration your awning arms. There is no point adding AT's between a vertical arm located and the rear of a coach because the arm is blocking airflow to the tabs. It might be useful if they were installed ahead of the arm. Im really not sure and when I called AT to ask, they really were not sure either but suggested in front of the arm. That's a good pic Ron, thank you.
bobndot 07/03/20 04:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Has anyone added an extra water tank to RV roof

For short distances from a water source to a camp, I carry four 7 gal Reliance jugs on the rv floor. To eliminate the lifting, I have a specific clean tub that I pour it into and a specific marine bilge pump that pumps it into the holding tank when needed. I just plug the bilge into my outside solar hookup. That's actually a 2 way 12v power source. Re the roof: I would rather see that much weight on a front receiver rated at 500# or more if possible. Some of the TC guys carry it that way. The other option would be an outside portable shower and use a stream as your water for washing . I also bought from Amazon a portable rechargeable shower head and pump that is submersible in a 5 gal bucket. I have used that inside my shower using stream water. It actually works in the winter when I have winterized my lines. I just drain the gray tank right away.
bobndot 07/03/20 03:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Wind noise E-450

wolfe10 and clotus , "Can you describe exactly where you placed them up front? " this is a TC thread, the 'bjbear' post shows the best location pic. scroll down 3/4 thru it . When I try these AT's , I would place them on my class C in the same spot as the TC cabover. just wanted to add 'sleepys' pics and build process of his cabover tabs. Chet's Airfoil
bobndot 07/03/20 09:36am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Wind noise E-450

Can you send a pic of the air tabs, where you got them, and how hard the install was. I am very interested! I would think many others are very interested too. Please do a follow up report .
bobndot 07/03/20 09:27am Class C Motorhomes

Google the '12 volt side of life part 1 and 2' to learn about your rv electrical system, you need to read this and understand that basic operation of your system. Its a simple to understand reading. Work and Stay programs: There are campground jobs where you can work and stay for free throughout the country. Even state parks without hookups will offer workers a special site with full hookups if you work there. or... Try to find a business like a marina where you do some part time work for them and park on their property with water and electric as payment or partial payment. Marinas, farms or restaurants could be a good option for you. I found some businesses that just want to have someone on the premises to act as security, eyes and ears for them. Some businesses get insurance discounts if they have someone on the premises during the night. Just something to think about. You can dump your gray shower water into a bucket then into in a slop sink and use a nearby campground dump station when needed to dump the black tank. $1800 sounds to be the seasonal rate for a few months ? In your area, it does not seem like its a bad deal to live somewhere full time in coastal New England and you won't have to worry about dumping water. If you park without hookups, you will still have to spend money on gasoline to operate the generator as well as propane expense . You can offset those expenses by having full hookups somewhere. Your water heater might have an electric 110v setting, it wont use propane, just like the fridge. You'll be saving that money. That makes the $1800 seem like a better option for you. You will also have other seasonals as neighbors which may be helpful to you. It helps to have rv specific connections it will help you find what you need. Just in case you need to stay in the area longer than planned, there are winter campgrounds often located near ski areas that offer sites (with no water) but have electricity, wifi and cable. Those campgrounds offer a heated bath house with showers. There area more choices in NH, not sure about Mass. Don't wait till November to try to find a site in a warm climate, they book up real fast, especially now with so many people fleeing large cities that are becoming less safe to live. Try to find a winter spot NOW if not yesterday !
bobndot 07/02/20 05:55am Class C Motorhomes
RE: BORN FREE's Kim Olson still in the RV business?

I'm confused. This thread started in 2015 and we are still looking for Kim ?
bobndot 07/01/20 05:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Onan Generator Start Motor Continues to Run

Maybe this might help you ? The Onan might be set up the same way. I guess its worth a look. See the pic and explanation below it. diagram for testing a generator starter
bobndot 07/01/20 05:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Are all RV's noisy and rattle?

Waffle shelve liners between the plates and pots n pans. The silverware draw is our most noisy draw. All metal to metal things get protected to the best of our ability. Its fine on the open road, its noticeable on the dirt roads or passing thru a city with patched potholes. My drums are set up in my man-cave music studio, my DW welcomes a rattling drive in her MH. :)
bobndot 06/30/20 02:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hood Cover for Ford E450

Get some foam padding from a carpet store , cut it to size and use webbing straps to secure it. you can buy pre-made or webbing strap in bulk length and buckles of the appropriate width separately. webbing strap w/buckles
bobndot 06/30/20 09:57am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Newbies looking to purchase

If the size of a bed is important to you, measure the beds. Queens are sometimes not really queens and I don't just mean the length as in 'short queen', measure the width. Regarding corner QB floorplans in the Winnies , we found some of the Winnie queen beds that were really doubles. It appeared that it was done to offer a little wider shower in corner baths. Being that we spend 8 hrs in a bed and 5 mns in a shower, we opted for the full size QB. That's one of the reasons we went with a Forest River full size corner QB.
bobndot 06/29/20 11:46am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Replacing toilet in 2005 E450 Fleetwood 26Q

Some rvs have H/C plumbing lines that run on top of the rv floor behind the toilet . If that's the case,they are housed inside a covering that could interfere with the water valve behind the rear of the toilet. Make sure you have the clearance.
bobndot 06/29/20 05:55am Class C Motorhomes
RE: slide vs no slide

Although I hear alot of people who "worry" about kitchen connections in slides, I have seldom if ever read reports of actual problems with them. Ours does indeed house the kitchen sink, stove, microwave and dinette (not the fridge), and we have not had a single issue with water lines, drain lines, gas lines, or electrical lines. Since it is now 16 years old, I assume that it would have had issues with those lines by now if it was prone to them. The slide mechanism itself (HWH Hydraulic, both slides and jacks) has also been trouble free, although it does have a way to manually retract them. 4X4van, Many of the owners like yourself do not have issues with flex connections in slides. :) However, there are some people that have and the info is out there in the owners forums documenting it. a couple of mechanics and even a salesman steered me away, so I listened. But, like yourself, they work fine for many people. My close friend used to say to me "if you ever buy one of those, don't bring it to me to fix" So I never bought one. :E What I have learned while hanging out taking up space in my friends rv repair shop, when we do have issues regarding this , the fixes are normally easy due to inexpensive plastic collars and fittings, you just have to be physically able to crawl down there and do it and not be impaired by an injury. These things always let go when we are camping using it, never when its sitting in the driving, right ? :) there are many posts and videos out there for info:
bobndot 06/26/20 03:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Rear window exploded!

Hi DJ, other than this mishap , I hope all is well. Any glass shop can make a plexiglass panel to fit your frame. If you had the shade closed on that window, could that trap heat coming thru the tempered glass window causing it to build and shatter ? Maybe a possibility ?? Regards, Bob
bobndot 06/24/20 01:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fighting local zoning ordinances that hurt RV owners

If it was a concern of mine, which it is, then I would investigate the rules of the HOA or Inc. village before I bought.
bobndot 06/24/20 01:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small Class C with out tow car

now if I just figure out how to squeeze both into a 6 X 10" trailer... That's an easy fix, there is an APP on your phone, you just downsize them ! :S
bobndot 06/23/20 03:04pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: slide vs no slide

Having a slide in a TT, TC or fiver is a different ball game. I do not like them in class C's where there is no room for a header like there is in a fiver and some A's. I would only get a slide if I absolutely needed to have more room for living space, period. I only owned slide models that were seasonal site rvs not used over the road. I never had a slide issue in the few I owned. IMO, the idea is to limit issues in the field when you are going to experience a lot of downtime waiting for rv repairs and parts while on vacation. You are better off with less. If you do buy a slide model make sure you can fully use the rv in the 'IN' position. Because normal rv things do not get done at the factory level you need to rely on a good dealer to do them. If your dealer is not willing to take the time to tweak things up when a unit arrives at his dealership or prior to your walkthrough then you might have more problems with things in general. A good dealer can lessen future problems, especially involving things that go in and out, have to seal, have fused motors with electrical wiring and have to align on adjustable tracks in order to function properly. What I have seen with slides: Some slides had wiring issues where the electrical wires became frayed. Some slide motors are very difficult to replace , I would learn how its done before I bought one. 12v slide motors are inexpensive motors and have a tendency to quit performing on some models. There are different slide manufacturers. I, as well as many other owners that have had them, would stay away from a slide that houses a kitchen. I do not like gas and electrical flex lines that connect things in a kitchen. Many owners had issues there. Some slides tend to wear carpets and floors and those need to be replaced at times. Best advice...listen to the mechanics that repair them not the salesman selling them. Doing that saved me thousands of dollars and a lot of potential down time.
bobndot 06/23/20 10:43am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Well, it's over

Kit Carson, Once yore an rv’er you are always an rv’er. You have been a contributor here for many years and more years as an rv’er. You might have to hang up the rv keys but keep your keyboard keys at hand. You have more than earned your place here. You are welcome here forever. I guess time2roll sums it up best. I hope these posts offer you some strength. Even though we have never met face to face we all have a common interest, to help and show support for one another . B n D
bobndot 06/22/20 05:52am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C’s with lots of windows

OP, on the brands you are looking at, make sure you consider the amount of outside storage. You need to have outside storage compartments large enough to carry what you will be carrying.
bobndot 06/22/20 05:13am Class C Motorhomes
RE: ScanGauge vs UltraGauge

Triple digits for 10 days. I know its bad, we have a few friends living in and around Phoenix. I would think the pavement would burn a dogs paws. I know my 2017 Ford E450 has a tranny cooler. I have to check to see if my 2017 Fords trans cooler is internal or external. My Scangauge 2 is due to arrive tomorrow. I think I have to program it to monitor the trans temp on a 2017 v10 Wish me luck !
bobndot 06/19/20 09:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: It's official

Global Expedition UVX-Max on Frieghtliner Chassis. :B Awesome , it looks bulletproof ! Can't wait to see your pics . :C
bobndot 06/19/20 05:09pm Class C Motorhomes
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