July 2012

How Long Will It Last?

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How Long Will It Last?

How Long Will It Last? You addressed RV refrigerator longevity in the May issue of Highways. What about the RV itself? I’m the original owner of a 1978 Midas Mini Series 1000 motorhome on a Chevy 30 chassis. This 21-foot RV has 130,000 miles on the original dual-rear-wheel axle differential, 300 transmission and 350 engine. [...]

Hot-Water Surprise

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Hot-Water Surprise

Hot-Water Surprise Bob, this will not solve the original peoples’ hot-water problem (“Too Much Hot Water,” January 2007), but I did have a good chuckle when I first read about it in the April issue (“Too-Much-Hot-Water Solution”). The reason I chuckled is that this particular episode reminded me of one of our stays at Twin [...]

Hot Feet

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Hot Feet This must be a common problem and I know someone out there knows how to fix it. I have a 2006 Fleetwood Tioga 30U on a Ford E-450 chassis. On my first trip on a warm day—the temperature was in the 70s—the engine compartment got so hot it seemed I could have fried [...]

Find the Right Fan

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Over the years, we’ve read articles where people replaced kitchen-fan blades with blades that were much quieter. However, the writers don’t specify where they obtained the blades. We recently tried to replace both our trailer and house kitchen-fan blades. However, we couldn’t find the correct-size blades for each fan. We tried two camping-supply stores, plus [...]

Electrical Problem

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By Ken Freund I replaced all batteries in my motorhome. I checked voltage use from negative posts to ground of the coach battery and found an 8-volt draw on my batteries. I checked all 12-volt circuits and couldn’t find a short. I don’t know what to check next. Can you help me? My motorhome is [...]

Draining Water Faster

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Draining Water Faster I have a 31-foot 2001 Coachmen Leprechaun Class C, model 305 MB. When I purchased it secondhand about a year ago, it had 14,000 miles on it. The original owner, who I met through our local Coachmen Caravan chapter, was ill, and the RV was parked unused in his back yard for [...]

Diesel Fuel System Maintenance

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By: Chris Hemer The fuel system in your diesel motorhome is the mechanical equivalent of the circulatory system in your own body. If properly cared for, your coach’s fuel system will provide years of reliable, trouble-free service. If neglected, however, its performance can suffer—or worse yet, fail completely. The good news is, caring for your [...]

Cold Propane

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Cold Propane I have had a temperature-related problem with my propane system for two years. And even here in San Diego, Calif., the unusually cold winter weather has only aggravated this annoying situation. I have a 2005 Itasca Suncruiser that I bought new in 2004 in Los Angeles. We left Southern California for Florida shortly [...]

Bed’s Too High

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Bed’s Too High I drive a 2003 Chevrolet 2500 HD crew cab pickup with a short bed. My truck has a 6-inch suspension lift and 35-inch tires, so the bed sits just under 42 inches above the ground. I wanted to get a fifth-wheel trailer to pull behind my truck for my family. I went [...]

Balancing Act

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Balancing Act I read with interest your answer concerning trailer hitches and sway controls in the May edition of Tech Topics. I have also read several articles in other publications on the same subject, and no mention is made on making sure the trailer is loaded properly and the proper tow vehicle is being used. [...]

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