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RE: Let's beat this horse once again

Just my opinion. If you plan to travel in your motorhome, get a diesel. My reasons: much less noise in the cockpit when traveling, more stability when driving and no doghouse hump between the driver and passenger.
warrenjo46 01/20/21 05:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Buying New Class A Questions

DEF engines run well. Yes, it is another item that could potentially need maintenance but it makes the engine run better than with just the DPF. I wish I could explain it better but I'm not a mechanic. Safe travels, From what I have read, DEF is engineered to meet NOX emission without exhaust gas recirculation (EGR). By eliminating EGR the engines can run at a higher combustion temperature and as a result have higher efficiency and performance. You are welcome to fact check this post. Warren
warrenjo46 10/31/20 09:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thor Axis 24.1

"......but also have a lower tow rating (18,500 combined vs 22,000 combined)" But unless you have a Sherman tank as a toad, for most the difference in tow rating is probably a non-issue :C I was surprised at the 2020 specs for capacity on such a small coach. Depending on the model there is between 6-7.5k lbs of actual towing capacity. Impressive for such a small coach - or maybe it's because it's a small coach. There are a LOT of larger gassers with almost no capacity left. You are right my current 33 ft Class A can't tow that much. When I compare specs against other Class A's or space against small Class C's. HP/wt ratio, WB/L ratio all look impressive. The only concern is the quality of Thor products. That is why I asked if any on here actually own one, but not one owner has responded yet. OK, now you did it. I owned a 2015 Vegas 24.1 for two years and really liked it. I don't understand the comments about Thor quality unless I was just lucky. I can not complain about the quality a bit. the OP is correct about working on the engine. I had to replace the battery and it took me half a day to get it done. However, I think that motor homes are generally compact and that makes repair and replace more difficult.
warrenjo46 10/20/20 07:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: smoking diesel exhaust

Just cause it smokes don’t mean it’s broke:B That pickup should be impounded, sold at auction to somebody that agrees to repair it before use. The owner should be fined to the point he and his family are living in a grocery cart. I could not agree more. How come do diesel pickup drivers think they can delete their engines and ignore the laws the rest of us should obey.
warrenjo46 09/15/20 06:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I found it!! The converter I mean.

Your 2500 watt inverter will NOT run your A/C units, block heater, etc! Best way to use an inverter is to have a SUB-PANEL for those things you want to be able to run from the inverter. I don't think a sub-panel will be necessary. My motorhome has a power control panel that I can set for a 15 amp power source. Since my inverter is 2500 watts is should be able to handle 15 amps. It will automatically shed loads as the power usage approaches 15 amps. That should be sufficient to prevent overloading the inverter. If that fails then my inverter has its own overload protection. Tell me if I am wrong in my approach.
warrenjo46 09/13/20 06:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Installing an inverter in my Winndbago Journey

One consideration when plugging the shore power cord into the inverter is to turn off the 110 breaker for the converter/charger. If this is not done, the converter will attempt to charge the batteries that supply the inverter. This loop will either use excessive energy at a minimum or trip the inverter. We have labeled our 110 breakers for the converter charger and air conditioning and turn them off whenever plugging into the inverter. Works perfectly. Also may wish to avoid using the microwave. (Highly recommend a pure sine wave inverter when doing this.) Yes I did purchase a pure sine wave inverter (2500W). I will install a normally closed relay in the power to the converter that will be energized to open when the inverter is turned on. That will prevent the converter from trying to charge the batteries with power drawn from the batteries. My only problem with this plan is "where is the converter?" After looking at several wiring diagrams and schematics I discovered that the converter is located under the refrigerator behind the grill that looks like the cold air return for the furnace. Since motorhomes are very compact manufacturers need to tuck devices into unexpected places.
warrenjo46 09/13/20 04:43pm Class A Motorhomes
I found it!! The converter I mean.

I purchased a 2500 watt inverter to install in my 2003 Winnebago Journey. I plan to just plug the shore power into the inverter so I do not need a second transfer switch. I understand that if I do that the inverter will draw from the batteries and the converter will recharge the batteries using 110 power from the inverter. This will create an inefficient circular power loop. My solution is to install a normally closed relay in the power supply to the converter that will be opened by the inverter whenever it is turned on. Sounds simple and it is except; where did the manufacturer hide the converter. It is located under the refrigerator behind what looks like the cold air return for the heat. Go figure.
warrenjo46 09/13/20 04:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Installing an inverter in my Winndbago Journey

One consideration when plugging the shore power cord into the inverter is to turn off the 110 breaker for the converter/charger. If this is not done, the converter will attempt to charge the batteries that supply the inverter. This loop will either use excessive energy at a minimum or trip the inverter. We have labeled our 110 breakers for the converter charger and air conditioning and turn them off whenever plugging into the inverter. Works perfectly. Also may wish to avoid using the microwave. (Highly recommend a pure sine wave inverter when doing this.) I agree it is a difficult to remember to disconnect the converter when plugging the shore power into the inverter. I think I have a solution. I intend to install a normally closed relay in the power to to the converter (battery charger). I then will wire the relay to open whenever the inverter is turned on. The downside to this approach is if I forget to turn off the inverter when I unplug the shore power from the inverter then the batteries will not charge when shore power is plugged into land power.
warrenjo46 08/23/20 04:55pm Class A Motorhomes
Installing an inverter in my Winndbago Journey

I decided I would like to have 120 AC available in my motorhome when I am not on shore power without running the generator. I bought a 2500 Watt inverter on line and a 50 amp automatic transfer switch. Installing the inverter and the transfer switch became complicated due to space considerations. I decided I could install just the inverter but I wanted to make absolutely certain I did not connect the inverter and shore power or generator at the same time. I know that would not be a happy event. But I wanted the inverter to power outlets inside the MH. I needed a way to wire the inverter into the AC system of the MH that would be fool proof. That is why the automatic transfer switch seemed necessary. I have an epiphany at 3:00 an. Just install the inverter in the compartment with the 50 amp shore power cord. Use a 50 to 30 amp adapter and 30 to 20 amp adapter to connect the shore power cord to the inverter whenever I disconnect the shore power. That way I cannot connect the shore power and the inverter at the same. The automatic transfer switch already in the MH will insure that the generator will not connect when the inverter is providing AC. I am returning the new automatic transfer switch I purchased for this installation and saving $150.
warrenjo46 08/16/20 05:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: buy from dealer or private seller

I recently purchased a 2003 DP from a dealer. That was after a couple of months of shopping on line at dealers and private party. Looked at several private party coaches and found one we liked but decided to take a look at one at a dealer. It had six new tires and six new batteries. We were able to negotiate a reasonable price and the dealer did a few minor repairs after the sale. All in all I am happy with the deal. The point is look at the deal you get whether at a dealer or a private party.
warrenjo46 07/05/20 02:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Buying RV that's been stored

Another suggestion. Change the fuel filters. Not just the fuel/water separator but the fuel filter up stream of the Separator. Sometimes bad things happen to fuel sitting for a year or more.
warrenjo46 07/05/20 02:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Reintroduction, shopping for a 10 to 20 y-o DP

Thanks to everybody who responded so far. Busskipper, the philosophy of priorities/objectives you outlined very nicely summarizes many considerations I have already formulated. Perfect! The link to IRV2 looks awesome; I read to the bottom of page 3 so far .... good stuff. May I ask about your GX470, aka Landcruiser Prado? I've never noticed one in tow, but I just happen to own a 2005. I had in the back of my mind that a 1997 or newer Jeep TJ would probably make a good toad. And I thought of getting a TJ just for exploring the desert near me. Considering the cost and effort of all the potential TJ mods to make it "sweet," right up to a LS V-8 conversion (or Cummins 4BT or VW TDI), I realize that my GX already does so many things as well or better than the TJ would, except for these concerns: I won't be dropping 35" tires under the GX or conquring Moab with it, and the body is just too pretty and vulnerable to squeeze between boulders and trees. Plus it's not as well-suited to a winch mount was a TJ would be. However, it will kick butt on a Jeep for freeway cruising, comfort and MPG, and is virtually as capable off-road. With the locking center diff and KDSS (auto-disconnect front sway bar) I have horrified some "expert" off-roaders by showing up to challenging trails in a Lexus ("nice girlie rig, dude," etc). Horror was replaced by respect when all was said and done, including me rescuing a FJ-40 that got stuck. It's a great machine. In this day and age of frameless cross-over SUVs and such, the GX is a force to be reckoned with. Mine has 170,000 miles and these days just sits around as an extra vehicle, mainly cause I know she'd sell for far less than she's worth to me! If I took the money I sold it for, I'd probably need another $20k to buy and build a TJ the way I want, it it would be lacking in many ways compared to the Lexus. Would the GX be the ideal toad? Not sure ... is it as simple as putting the transfer case in neutral, hooking up, and rolling down the road? I have never been over the scales in the GX, but I'm guessing 5500 lbs - the thing is a tank, so it would not be an inconsequential burden behind our "big rig." I would speculate that locked up in 4x4 low, the GX could pull a Class A out of some traction-challenged situations. Guess I'll hang tight with her until I make a RV decision. Skipper, I'd be very interested to hear your thoughts on the GX 470 as a toad. Thanks very much. I am also looking for an older used DP and own a 2004 GX 470 like the OP(except mine has a little over quarter million miles). I would love to use the GX470 as a Toad but the owners manual nixes 4 down toeing. Does anyone on the forum have experience with a GX 470.
warrenjo46 03/29/20 08:47am Class A Motorhomes
Mecerdes Diesel

We sold our Thor Vegas 24.1 with plans to go larger for more extended trips. Looking for a diesel pusher in the 34 to 38 foot range. Specific requirements are walk around queen bed, larger shower and washer/dryer. We got $45,000 for our Vegas so that is the budget. Looked on line at a 2007 Alpha Founder with a 330 HP Mercedes diesel. The same model comes with a Cat diesel according to the NADA guide. Does anyone have any comments about the Mercedes diesel in a pusher configuration? Warren
warrenjo46 03/22/20 02:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sold our Vegas 24.1 and now looking bigger

Thanks for the reply's. That is about what I thought. Warren
warrenjo46 03/18/20 08:00pm Class A Motorhomes
Sold our Vegas 24.1 and now looking bigger

We just sold our 2015 Vegas motorhome and now we are looking for something we can live in three to six months at a time. Several older Newmar (2000+-) rigs look about right for what we have to spend (under $45,000). I have a couple of questions about them. First, LP generators were standard based on a brochure I looked at. Is this correct? Are LP generators a good deal? Do these coaches have 3 jacks or 4? Any other comments about the older Newmar motorhomes well be appreciated. Thanks, Warren
warrenjo46 03/17/20 05:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing 4Runner

In order to tow any Toyota / Lexus product 4down as is, it must have a MANUAL shift transfer case with NEUTRAL position. That means it cannot have a button or switch to engage 4WD, it must be shifted manually with a shift lever. Since 2010 Toyota has made a 4Runner Off Road edition / or TRD edition that has a manual shift transfer case and can be towed 4down. I have a 2004GX 470. It has manual Hi/Lo range selector with a neutral position but the 2WD/4WD is electronic. I choose not to tow it 4 wheels down.
warrenjo46 02/16/20 02:36pm Dinghy Towing
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