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Robin Canfield
2 years ago

Regarding replacing dinet foam : my DW says place the foam inside a plastic bag which will grately facilitate the placing of the foam into the cover ,then tear the bag out of the case! Hope that helps!!

Captn John
2 years ago

Too few techs can repair anything. If not too tough most can replace a part. It is a rare tech that can conceive a mod to improve or work around a problem. Just reading some forums it is easily seen some owners should never own an RV, a car, or have a drivers license.

Dan Tull
2 years ago
Reply to  Captn John

Or vote!!

Doug Traverson
2 years ago

I was informed by my Ford dealer that you can not replace standard brake, stop and turn signal bulbs with LED bulbs I would like to know if this is true. The bulbs are listed as replacements.

2 years ago
Reply to  Doug Traverson

Tried using LED in 2003 Nissan Frontier. Brake and signal worked fine but cruise control quit working. Went back to standard bulbs and cruise worked. Difference in resistance I believe.

Mike Sokol (@mike)
2 years ago
Reply to  Fletch

Yes, it’s a resistance thing. My Sprinter van will shut down its cruise control if a brake light bulb burns out, or a different type of bulb is installed. That’s because the ECM (Engine Control Module) scans for bad-bulb messages from the various lighting assemblies in the vehicle. That’s why there’s a class of LED replacement bulbs that include a load resistor to make them measure like the original tungsten bulbs.

Seems a little crazy to waste the electricity you’re potentially saving upgrading to LED’s, but that’s how it works. But while you’ll need LED bulbs with load resistors for turn signal and brake lights, you don’t want them for interior 12-volt lights you’re upgrading to LEDs. That’s because they can get really hot, possibly hot enough to melt the plastic in the light socket.

I’m doing some experiments on this topic for a future seminar and No~Shock~Zone article, but that’s all the info I have for now.

Pete Almasi
2 years ago

I wanted to try RVing and bought a very old rig 1995 Georgie Boy Pursuit.
I am a building mechanic by trade.
I threw new tires on it first year and got it to pass inspection.
Cost, about $3000.00 after all was said and done to at least get it road worthy.
Paid $4500.00 for the rig as is.
Since then every year I have invested at least $1000.00 in parts and done all the labor myself sometimes with help from a neighbor that works for DOT as a mechanic.
In four years I have replaced many things, mostly stuff that wears out with time.
But after looking at new rigs at two different dealers.
We decided to keep old teller.
We entered no less than 10 rigs on those lots and the least amount of items wrong or broken in any one rig was four.
I’m a working stiff, and I enjoy RVing, but would rather shell out thousand dollar increments than thousands and still end up having to repair things.
Least with the old rig I know where I stand.

2 years ago

I really have to disagree with you here on getting that RV fixed. If you do your homework you can find someone reasonable to fix the RV within a month or less. If you know you need your RV fixed by what I have been told is to make arrangements in the winter when most people do not go camping. This applies to the northern states. But also can apply to other states that do not have winter. Reason being is most people are too broke after Xmas to go on any more vacations until Memorial Day. So do your homework and call around. I disagree with Chuck. There are RV technicians but some don’t work at ones who do not do a great job or over book campers just for the money. General RV and Camping World have done a great job with ours. But I want the bathtub out and a shower installed. But from what I am seeing keeping the tub is worthwhile since I have two dogs that get into everything. So do your homework and happy camping. We will miss it this year.

2 years ago

In reply to the Shrink’s “Murphy’s law?” this week. Have you heard of Smiths law? Murphy was an optimist

2 years ago

Issue 845 – Splendid

J Cherry
2 years ago

Well, we are sitting here at the Tiffin Service Center in Red Bay, AL getting a few minor repairs on our 2011. We are hearing all kinds of horror stories of 2018s coming off the line with major problems, like roofs sagging, door flying open, countertops off by 2”, etc. Lots of paint repairs. It makes me very sad. I guess Bob Tiffin had stepped away for a while and the sons took over. Supposedly, he is back now. We bought Tiffin because of the good rep and reviews. There is a couple who has been here for 4 weeks and they are walking through the plant every step of the way while there new one is being built. I’d hate to have to do that, but I would if I was fortunate enough to buy a new one. Very sad.

Alan Wolfe
2 years ago

I have questions (Poll?) for other subscribers:
How do you heat water in your RV? Tankless or Tank?
Those who have Tankless on-demand systems, what is your experience with your product?
I am currently researching the Truma Comfort system and am not finding a reliable source of actual customer feedback.

2 years ago
Reply to  Alan Wolfe

I have the tankless on-demand system and it has worked perfectly from day one since I bought this unit back in Aug 2013.

Joe Allen
2 years ago
Reply to  Ron

Is that the Truma you have or another? I thought Truma just came out a year or so ago.

Alan Wolfe
2 years ago
Reply to  Ron

Thank you for the reply Ron.

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago

Is there really such a thing in the RV world as “Factory Trained Technicians”? Which “factories” invite repair folks to bring them up to speed? I’m thinking (afraid!) most technicians have learned the trade with OJT. Some are really good – and the rest – well.

2 years ago

Do Not MISS the REDHEAD LAKESIDE GRILL at Osage. Last week the Chicken Tenders and Mac & Lobster Apps some best ever had. A real treat , road to was a little steep. But a stop that should not be missed.

Steve Heye
2 years ago

The highest point in Oklahoma is Black Mesa, located in the very NW corner of the panhandle.
One of the hobbies I have started in retirement is visiting state high points. I currently have 32 under my belt, one being Black Mesa. Love getting the letter every week!

2 years ago
Reply to  Steve Heye

Wait until you get to California or Alaska !!!

2 years ago

Good morning Chuck. Here in Saskatchewan we have a government vehicle insurance. Your insurance comes with your annual licence. You can then top it up with a package policy either from SGI or private.
Currently on SGI’s salvage site where they sell off weekly written off vehicles there are 10 written off RV’s due to rodent infestations.

For an RV owner this can be a terrible experience.

My daughters trailer is a “Cruiser” fifth wheel. It may as well have a big sign on it saying mice and squirrels welcome. Come on in. We have done some preventive measures but have not been able to stem the tide.
The industry needs to start to address this issue at factory.

2 years ago

I have read here of the shortage of qualified rv repair persons. So where do they go to be trained? We have a large auto mechanic training facility at our local junior college but I doubt they train any for rv repair. We have a definite shortage of repair facilities in my area. I know places like Wyo-Tec don’t train them either. They also don’t train for older vehicles. What should be done to change this?

2 years ago
Reply to  Buzzelectric

One of the problems with any repair is there are no mechanics anymore. Sure we have highly trained technicians who can plug a vehicle into a diagnostic computer but they can’t “think” for themselves. It’s the older people who can take a problem, analyze it in their head and make the required fix.

Penny Heist
2 years ago
Reply to  George

George, we had a problem with our Dodge truck in that it would start sucking back every so often as we were traveling down the highway . Spent about $1500 in New York to repair this problem but it continued. Spent another $500 along our route south to repair the problem but it continued. Finally, at D&J Auto in Checotah Oklahoma, someone realized the problem would be solved by merely rerouting a wire so it didn’t continually short out. Cost – nothing! Give me those ‘good ole boys’ who know how to look at a problem…and solve it! Unfortunately, with all the computerized systems going into a vehicle nowadays, the ‘good ole boys’ don’t stand a chance.

2 years ago
Reply to  George

BINGO.I used to be a diesel mechanic and in those days we rebuilt starters,alternators,water pumps and just about anything that was rebuild-able. Today’s so called “mechanics” couldn’t fix a kids tricycle.Blame the EPA,auto industry or whatever…but common sense went out with Ozzie and Harriet.