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RE: I'm buying one (surprise)

Generator won’t start, water won’t flow, radio doesn’t work, tires are shot. What other signs do you need that this motorhome has had very poor care. Unless owner fixes all problems before you buy it, I would walk.
whemme 07/12/20 11:51am Class C Motorhomes
RE: BORN FREE's Kim Olson still in the RV business?

I am 79 years old and own a 2002 Born Free 26’ RSB coach. Probably my last motorhome since what I have still works well. If something needs fixing I just spend the money to fix it. If I ever wanted to upgrade, I would seriously consider a Lazy Daze. This coach is only available factory direct just like the Born Free was for many years.
whemme 07/02/20 02:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: BORN FREE's Kim Olson still in the RV business?

Kim Olson like all other former Born Free employees have moved on and found other jobs. The original factory is not producing any motor homes but the last I knew, pontoons for pontoon boats were being made there. I live 75 miles from that factory location and travel by it occasionally in my travels around the state of Iowa. The last time I had contact with Kim, he told me that he was considering starting up a website to source and sell common Born Free replacement parts and when and if he did that, he would advertise this on the Born Free Leap’n Lions RV Club’s website. So far he has not done this and so far it looks unlikely. The club’s website’s forum offers sources of some parts in both the Coach Modifications and Technical Library sections.
whemme 07/01/20 11:23am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Onan Generator Start Motor Continues to Run

But pressing the stop switch would not change a stuck solenoid or bendix.
whemme 06/30/20 09:24pm Class C Motorhomes
Onan Generator Start Motor Continues to Run

Interesting problem. I have a 2002 Class-C with an Onan Emerald BGE 4000 watt generator. For some reason when I push the start button on the generator that after the generator starts the starter motor continues to run. Only way to stop that is to push the stop button which of course also shuts off the generator. Anyone else experience this problem and what the fix it?
whemme 06/30/20 06:17pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: electrical issue

Actually 50 amp service delivers 6000 watts of power, not 12,000 watts. If your rig is equipped with two A/Cs, your shore line power plug should be only compatible with 50 amp service which will run your two A/Cs.
whemme 06/24/20 03:17pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tow or drive the dinghy to the mountains?

Well I have climbed twice up to 11,158 ft on I-70 west of Denver to go thru the Eisenhower Tunnel with my Born Free pulling a 3,200 lb toad. The highest elevation in Iowa is about 1550 ft. I really don’t think those steep overpasses in Iowa will tax your Class-C.
whemme 05/28/20 10:58pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow or drive the dinghy to the mountains?

I happen to be a website administrator for our Born Free RV Club and I live in Iowa. Years ago I had a member who lived in Florida contact me that he was planning on driving his Born Free up to Winnipeg, Canada via passing thru western Iowa on I-29. He wanted to know if I thought his Born Free could handle the mountains in western Iowa. True story if you can believe it!
whemme 05/28/20 07:42pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Best Class C for the money

If there really was only one best Class-C RV brand, it would be the only brand left on the market.
whemme 05/17/20 06:52pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorcycle on stock hitch

My opinion is that hanging 500 lbs on the rear hitch of a Class-C RV is asking for problems. The typical Class-C has extended frame rails to which the rear hitch it mounted. The 500 lbs mounted on the hitch could easily add 750 lbs to the rear axle and remove 250 lbs from the front axle causing both over-loading of the rear axle and too light weight on the front axle handling problems.
whemme 05/04/20 12:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Replacement for Onan 4000

True story. Several years ago I stopped at a RV generator shop in Flagstaff to repair my 4000 watt Onan that would quit running intermittent. Problem fixed with a new fuel pump. My Onan had around 450 hrs on at the time. I was telling the technician that we had a RV Club member that had 1450 hrs on his Onan. The tech said that a properly maintained Onan would last a lot longer than that. He said that north of Flagstaff is an Indian Reservation and all the homes are off the grid. He said that he maintains many Onan generators at these home sites that provide electric power on a 24/7 basis - generators running continuously except stopping for oil changes. These were 4000 watt Omans converted to propane fuel. He said he has one Onan that he services that currently had 38,000 hrs on it. Can anyone out there top that?
whemme 04/03/20 03:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: toad versus no toad

My 26’ E450 V10 powered Class-C averages 8.5 mpg when not pulling my 3000 lb toad, 8.0 mpg when pulling it.
whemme 02/18/20 04:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: toad versus no toad

Gas stations in the west part of the US are more open and as not as tightly packed as the eastern states where you live. I have always been able to fill my Class-C and toad without unhooking them.
whemme 02/18/20 01:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: BORN FREE's Kim Olson still in the RV business?

Your stainless steel fuel tank was a Ford product not a Born Free product. Since your tank was made out of stainless steel how in the heck did you get it to rust? Stainless steel in normally extremely rust resistant.
whemme 01/22/20 02:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Opinions Appreciated (yeah about tires)

I have had very good results using Firestone Transforce HT2 tires on my 26' Class-C motorcoach. On my 3rd set now with 122,000 miles on coach and no flats or blow outs.
whemme 12/14/19 05:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Towing 2013 Ford Expedition

Why do you want to tow such a heavy vehicle?
whemme 10/19/19 05:19pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Can a 2017 VW Jetta manual transmission be towed?

I tow a 2016 VW Golf GTI with 6 speed manual transmission 4 wheels down. I had a mechanics cut off the locked steering engagement pin so I did not have to run the ignition switch in the ACC position in order to keep the steering unlocked. I use a Blue Ox base plate and tow bar. I have towed the GTI so far more than 7000 miles with no problems. Photo Click here Mod Edit: Dropbox doesn't seem to want to post correct so changed into a clickable link.
whemme 10/18/19 07:47pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow vehicle service insurance????

What are you planning to tow with the Honda? Or are you planning to tow the Honda? I am looking for a simple, reliable tow car for my Newmar Baystar to tow. vcb49, please use the correct terminology so not to confuse everyone. When you use the term tow car that means a vehicle that you intend to use to tow another vehicle and not a vehicle that you intend to tow behind another vehicle.
whemme 10/10/19 06:47pm Dinghy Towing
RE: getting a tow vehicle

Also the topic title is misleading. It should instead be getting a toad vehicle. A tow vehicle is one doing the towing.
whemme 10/02/19 11:25am Dinghy Towing
RE: Ford V10 Winterize/additive?

Yes, recommend adding Stabil or Sea Foam fuel stabilizer to your fuel tank for any storage periods exceeding 3 months.
whemme 09/13/19 08:11pm Class C Motorhomes
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