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RV Manufacturer Quality Control

Posted 03-01-2014 at 06:22 AM by DSL417

There is something purely wrong in this industry...the practice of quality control during motor coach production. Regardless of manufacturer or price point, it seems that identification of quality issues continues to rely on end buyer identification of problems at and shortly after delivery. This apparently is compounded by how the manufacturers and dealers interact on these issues.

First, you can't tell me that the dealers are not aware of these issues when they deliver the coach....
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The start of an adventure-Retirement

Posted 08-01-2014 at 06:17 PM by michealwhela

Last winter we came upon the sudden realization that we were within a couple years of retirement. Now to me that was a shock as I didn't think that I was that old. My best friend and wife reminded me that I had to file for Medicare in a few months. Now that was a shock. But,,,, taking all in stride we began the planning process to ease the pain of changing to a life style that we knew nothing about.

After talking to people that had retired it didn't take long to determine that those...
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We did it! We left on a trip and made it home IN THE RV,, HOORRAAAYYY

Posted 10-31-2018 at 08:36 PM by MEWright

Well it has been a long road with many, many setbacks along the way. We were not ready to give up on RVing, our dealership or our dream.

The new Fleetwood Discovery 40g was/is so amazing.

We left on Friday night for Rockport TX, about a 4.5 hour drive from our house.

We did do the one thing that we were told not to do, I never meant to or wanted to do and would NEVER recommend someone do in a new coach, arrive at a new campsite in a new class A at...
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Transynd Fluid and Allison Spin-On Filter Change

Posted 08-27-2011 at 04:40 PM by DriVer (Welcome To My Blog!)
Updated 08-28-2011 at 10:57 AM by DriVer


TranSynd 1 Gallon Container Front & Rear

When we first bought our motorhome in 2003, the Allison LCT1000 came equipped with Dexron III. I never thought much about the fluid however I shortly became aware of synthetic transmission fluid. The first change that I made was using Amsoil Torque Shift and I changed...
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Replacing a Vacuum Breaker Kit - Sealand Toilet

Posted 11-06-2010 at 09:53 PM by DriVer (Welcome To My Blog!)
Updated 11-28-2010 at 06:52 PM by DriVer

I was called out to the motorhome from a pretty frantic DW who told me to come out to the motorhome and check out the water on the floor in the toilet compartment. I'm thinking what could it be, we haven't had a freeze this year so I'm expecting perhaps a loose clamp or something simple.

As I was walking past the motorhome to get to the door I saw a puddle on the on the pad but looking up I saw that the awning cover was shedding water. This always happens when we step inside the rig...
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JACK Digital HDTV Antenna

Posted 04-22-2011 at 07:15 PM by DriVer (Welcome To My Blog!)


Introducing the JACK Digital HDTV Antenna by King Controls.

Digital TV has been rolled out now for a couple of years however older RVs I expect are just catching up with the technology curve since the majority of those don’t have DTV ready equipment or suitable antennas. I purchased 2 Magnavox DTV boxes which I setup in our rig at least a year ago however our use of over the air TV was a best...
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MaxxForce® Engine Plant Tour - Huntsville, AL

Posted 07-22-2011 at 01:39 PM by DriVer (Welcome To My Blog!)
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MaxxForce® Engine Plant Tour
Navistar Diesel of Alabama
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MaxxForce Engine Plant#1, the "Vee Plant" on James Record Row is adjacent to the Huntsville Airport.

I was pleasantly surprised when I received an invitation to visit the Navistar Engine Plant in Huntsville, Alabama. After responding “Yes” (of course) we made the necessary reservations and departed...
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Freightliner Custom Chassis Introduces NEW S2 RV Chassis

Posted 12-07-2010 at 04:05 PM by DriVer (Welcome To My Blog!)
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Freightliner Custom Chassis Introduces the New S2 RV Cutaway Motorhome Chassis


Freightliner Custom Chassis display at the 48th Annual RV Trade Show. As shown the center piece of this exhibit was the S2 in white. The FCCC Powerliner Chassis III is shown parked parallel.

On the first day that I was at the show I wanted to make sure that I stopped by the Freightliner exhibit because...
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RVIA Claims - RV Industry Won't Be Impacted Until Fuel Reaches $10 per Gallon

Posted 03-07-2012 at 05:38 PM by DriVer (Welcome To My Blog!)
Updated 03-08-2012 at 08:26 PM by DriVer

From RV D@aily Report:


By Greg Gerber @ 12:41 PM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Quoting a spokesman for the RV Industry Association, the South Bend Tribune reported yesterday that high gasoline prices don't diminish the economic advantage RVing has to offer until the price reaches $10 per gallon.

"The fuel prices don't really impact RV sales quite the way a lot of people might think," Kevin...
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It's A Breeze !!

Posted 12-05-2009 at 10:58 AM by DriVer (Welcome To My Blog!)
Updated 12-05-2009 at 06:13 PM by DriVer

A new member of the Tiffin family of products was recently unveiled at the RVIA Show in Louisville. I expect Mr. Tiffin would have exclaimed as much when the shroud unveiled the motorhome to the crowd of industry members and press for the first time.


Mr. Robert Tiffin

The Tiffin Motorhomes Breeze is a new class of motorhome in that it moves off center the availability of air brakes...
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Navistar and Workhorse Display 3 Chassis Products, MaxxForce 7 Featured

Posted 12-17-2009 at 12:17 PM by DriVer (Welcome To My Blog!)
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Workhorse Display 2010 RVIA Exposition

While attending the 2010 RVIA exposition one of the displays that I did not want to miss was the Workhorse exhibit in Booth 3308. In the display were many familiar faces including Bill Walmsley, Alan Stegich and others. The exhibit shares space with a Navistar DURAStar cab and chassis and I was able to speak with the Navistar representative Michael Satlak...
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The 2012 40PDQ Monaco Knight

Posted 09-02-2011 at 06:59 PM by DriVer (Welcome To My Blog!)
Updated 09-14-2011 at 05:41 AM by DriVer

As seen in Madison, WI at the FMCA 86th Family Reunion Rally I took these pictures of the new 2012 40DPQ Monaco Knight. What personally struck me as an attention grabber, was the detail in the front cap. Gone are the days when you can't pick out one motorhome from another in a row. The design statement by the new Monaco lineup for 2012, is bold and will leave no doubt in the eye of the beholder. Even the rear cap, typically a non event, is an attention grabber.

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MCD DUO Day/Night Shade Installation

Posted 08-26-2011 at 07:26 PM by DriVer (Welcome To My Blog!)
Updated 08-30-2011 at 08:50 AM by DriVer

Self Install – MCD Manual DUO Day/Night Shades



1. The MCD shades arrived in a what seems to be an indestructible shipping container.
2. The shades were bubble wrapped and identified by location. The clips (6) were taped...
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The 2012 40PDQ Holiday Rambler Ambassador

Posted 09-04-2011 at 03:25 PM by DriVer (Welcome To My Blog!)
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These pictures were taken at the FMCA 86th Family Reunion Rally in Madison, Wisconsin. Seen is the 2012 40PDQ Holiday Rambler Ambassador. Throughout this rally event, temperatures were somewhat below normal in the mid - to high 70s. During the week prior to our arrival, temperatures were in the 90s with high humidities. We could not have had better weather than was enjoyed during the week of the reunion rally. The rally was held at the Alliant Energy Center.

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Installing a 110 volt electric Lightning Rod for the water heater

Posted 12-13-2010 at 05:50 PM by Wanabee FTer (More blogs to come)
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I read a few threads about the pros and cons of adding a 110 volt electric heating element to my Suburban 6 gallon DSI water heater. The good, reduced propane usage when camping at hook up sites. The bad, voids Suburban and Atwood water heater warranties. After all my research all I could find was a few people saying it will damage your water heater, but no one with first hand knowledge of this. The good posts outweighed the bad, so I decided to go ahead and install the Lightning Rod kit.
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