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Old 06-04-2014, 06:59 AM   #1
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Hi from people that have seen the light and converted from boats to a motor home We're on the Alabama Gulf Coast and just bought a 2006 Mandolay Valencia 36 with less than 10,000 miles on her...so like new.

Two trips under our belts totaling 1700 miles and we're sorting things out on a very short list of to-do items. MPG surprised us, being a bit more than 9 at 62MPH. Steering was vague so alignment was done, and it's a bit better but not comfortable in Atlanta rush-hour traffic

Anyway, lots of systems are similar between boats and MHs, so hope to contribute after awhile. Glad to be part of this forum

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Old 06-04-2014, 07:04 AM   #2
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Welcome! Nothing is comfortable in Atlanta traffic😀

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Old 06-04-2014, 01:15 PM   #8
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Looking forward to your input.

lol, depends on whether my meager efforts are successful. The two I'll report on are a commode that leaks fresh water when flushing. It gave me the opportunity to take the whole thing apart, clean it thoroughly, and then I'll put it back together using a bit of stay-soft sealant...and see what happens.

The other DIY fix will be replacing the pump motor that operates the jacks and slides. Equalizer supplies a great deal of diagnosis and R&M information, so we'll see how that goes, too.

If I run into trouble (very common, and very possible at least I'll know where to go for help
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Old 06-04-2014, 02:59 PM   #10
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Hey Bruce, looks like a nice set of mods you've done to your coach; even though I'm not sure what they all do.

Is there a link to what you've done (and why)? If not, would you care to talk about the two or three mods that you think were the most effective; both from a mechanical and a cost standpoint?

At the moment, tighter steering is my focus.
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Welcome to the Forum and hope you have many wonderful adventures in your MH. Best of luck.

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Howdy from SC and welcome to the forums. Atlanta traffic is bad no doubt, but it doesn't hold a candle to driving in and around NYC in an RV. The roads are terrible, the traffic is terrible, the signs confusing at times, and to think I called that home for well over 50 years!
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