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Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 12-31-2013, 10:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,512
Posted By Spikester
As many have stated ride is subject to many...

As many have stated ride is subject to many variables, I can tell you from driving a 2008 Ventana 3330 (33'8") on a Spartan NVS Chassis for the last 6+ years that I have no issues with the ride, it...
Forum: Newmar Kountry Klub (NKK) 12-01-2013, 04:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,814
Posted By Spikester
2014 "Gathering in the Desert" January 15-22, 2014

Below is the most recent flyer with information on the 2014 "Gathering in the Desert":dance:. NKK Gathering in the Desert is a "No Host" Event, but there will be some planned activities (see below)...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 12-28-2012, 08:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,605
Posted By Spikester
One thing to consider is that if your coach is...

One thing to consider is that if your coach is sitting idle, not hooked up to shore power, no AGS, with the inverter on it is drawing 3 to 4 amps to power up the inverter, TV's, entertainment system...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 12-27-2012, 01:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,505
Posted By Spikester
Golden Age/Senior Pass is well worth the...

Golden Age/Senior Pass is well worth the investment, pass gives you free access to all Federal Recreation ares (NP, USFS, Corps of Eng, DNR and etc.) also gets your reduced camping rates in most of...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 12-23-2012, 04:37 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,112
Posted By Spikester
Ken, On "Gen 1" systems is the "sensitivity...

Ken,

On "Gen 1" systems is the "sensitivity setting common to all chassis style/application and wheelbase, or is different for each chassis style/application and wheelbase?

If it is the same...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 12-18-2012, 08:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,586
Posted By Spikester
I know for fact that at Davis Monthan AFB in...

I know for fact that at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, family members of Active Duty and/or retired personnel can stay at the AF Lodge, subject to availablility. Believe rules vary between Commands and...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 12-17-2012, 06:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 723
Posted By Spikester
Yes both batteries will get charged. Trimming...

Yes both batteries will get charged. Trimming the excess wire will also help make the solar panel system more efficient. With solar it is all about line loses. Another thing to help may be to...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 12-15-2012, 09:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,784
Posted By Spikester
I just used 2 small L brackets, screwed them...

I just used 2 small L brackets, screwed them into the peg board and the side of the shelf, width of bottom shelf is the same as the clearance between the peg board and the gasket ledge so it wedges...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 12-14-2012, 03:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,784
Posted By Spikester
There is no routine maintenance that I know of...

There is no routine maintenance that I know of that requires the peg board to be removed. For my model of Ventana if you opted for the outdoor entertainment option the entertainment system...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 11-29-2012, 09:48 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,344
Posted By Spikester
I understand that is best to detach the toad...

I understand that is best to detach the toad before going on the ferry, then reconnect on the other side. Gives the ferry operators more latitude in loading and probably will get you across faster...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-23-2012, 03:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,195
Posted By Spikester
I carry 3 - 7# serviceable ABC extinguishers, 1...

I carry 3 - 7# serviceable ABC extinguishers, 1 in bedroom, 1 where the OEM extinguisher was installed (Next to the entry door) and 1 in a passenger side exterior compartment.

Spike
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-18-2012, 05:20 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 11,351
Posted By Spikester
Tucson/Yuma area, but plan to explore Texas and...

Tucson/Yuma area, but plan to explore Texas and Florida in the next couple of winters.

Spike
Forum: New Member Check-In 11-18-2012, 05:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 439
Posted By Spikester
Welcome to IRV2, wealth of information on this...

Welcome to IRV2, wealth of information on this site, hope it can help you customize your coach the way you want to.

Spike
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 11-16-2012, 07:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 668
Posted By Spikester
There is a Newmar Chapter which is part of the...

There is a Newmar Chapter which is part of the Newmar Kountry Klub in your state. It is the in your state, it is part of the Newmar Kountry Klub Okie Kountry Klub, here is a link some info ...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 11-15-2012, 03:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,058
Posted By Spikester
If you are going to use it only in your RV then I...

If you are going to use it only in your RV then I would suggest getting a GPS specifically designed for RV use. I believe that Megellan and Rand McNally are the only companies currently sell GPS's...
Forum: Excel Owner's Forum 11-13-2012, 04:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,545
Posted By Spikester
Didymop; no had them Fedex'd also, so have no ...

Didymop; no had them Fedex'd also, so have no knowledge of the camping facilities, although I do remember seeing on thier website they have 50Amp hook-ups @ there RV parking sites.

Spike
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-12-2012, 05:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,476
Posted By Spikester
Dave, I send you a private message. Spike

Dave, I send you a private message.

Spike
Forum: Excel Owner's Forum 11-12-2012, 05:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,545
Posted By Spikester
When I replaced ours I found it easier to remove...

When I replaced ours I found it easier to remove the valances, install the brackets and shades on the valance, then re-install the valances. This was all due to clearances. Found it hard, or next...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 11-10-2012, 07:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,288
Posted By Spikester
Georg: The Hotspot is a secure encrypted WiFi...

Georg: The Hotspot is a secure encrypted WiFi connection that requires a password to access, much like any other secure WiFi/MiFi/Modem or device . We choose to use our WiFi capable laptop to...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 11-10-2012, 07:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 898
Posted By Spikester
If I remember correctly one the the big things...

If I remember correctly one the the big things about DEF vs non-DEF engines during the change over was cost point, thats why manufacturers went to great links to get as many non-DEF engine chassis as...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 11-10-2012, 07:11 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 35,567
Posted By Spikester
I got my 7720 last week, been playing with it. ...

I got my 7720 last week, been playing with it. One thing I noticed is that when you save a location found by GPS co-ordinates it allows you to attach a custom name to that location. But when you...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-10-2012, 06:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,476
Posted By Spikester
I also use the Pressure Pro System, picked this...

I also use the Pressure Pro System, picked this system because was able to be intergrated into my Silverleaf Electronics Engine Monitoring System, which uses my back-up TV monitor as a display unit. ...
Forum: Just Conversation 11-09-2012, 07:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,196
Posted By Spikester
Pay-back was on the bottom of my list of...

Pay-back was on the bottom of my list of considerations, convenience was close to the top, along with not having to run the generator. Your solar panels are always charging your batteries when they...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 11-06-2012, 02:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,288
Posted By Spikester
We use a Verizon Hotspot, to supplement...

We use a Verizon Hotspot, to supplement campground WiFi. Seems to work well, like the "Share Everything" data plans, smartphones and hotspot all share the same data plan, and also being able to...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-03-2012, 09:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,760
Posted By Spikester
Be careful with manufacturers solar intallation...

Be careful with manufacturers solar intallation pre-wires, check to see what guage wire they used. If it is not a 8 guage or larger, (the larger the better) then it will limit the effectiveness of...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-02-2012, 09:42 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,222
Posted By Spikester
Depends on where I am going and what I am doing. ...

Depends on where I am going and what I am doing. My rule of thumb for point A to point B travel is leave at 9:00am stop by 2:30pm. Leaves plenty of time to walk the dog, for R&R and Happy...
Forum: Boondocking 10-31-2012, 09:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,524
Posted By Spikester
Also another worthwhile book is "Travelers Guide...

Also another worthwhile book is "Travelers Guide to Alaska Camping" (http://www.amazon.com/Travelers-Guide-Alaskan-Camping-Alaska/dp/0982310110). Lot of good general info along with campsites, both...
Forum: Just Conversation 10-26-2012, 09:53 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,470
Posted By Spikester
I had my audiologist do a special program for my...

I had my audiologist do a special program for my Phonak's for when I driving. Filters the road background noise so its not so overwhelming. Really is nice, the DW liked it better before I got my...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 10-26-2012, 09:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 766
Posted By Spikester
Congrats on your new Newmar Dutch Star I am sure...

Congrats on your new Newmar Dutch Star I am sure you will be a happy camper!

Spike
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 10-23-2012, 08:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,083
Posted By Spikester
The only thing the shades should have in common...

The only thing the shades should have in common is the power source. Once you get to the switches it's a seperate wiring to the motors. The only big difference on my 2008 is that the passenger side...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 10-21-2012, 06:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,083
Posted By Spikester
Sounds to me like nothing more than a loose...

Sounds to me like nothing more than a loose wire/connection. The motors use the same power source for up and down, alls the switch does is reverse the polarity of the electricity running to them,...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 10-21-2012, 06:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 993
Posted By Spikester
Here are a couple of sources for parts and info...

Here are a couple of sources for parts and info for your steps

Lippert Industries...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 10-21-2012, 05:59 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 10,132
Posted By Spikester
I have used the VMS 330 model for the last 4...

I have used the VMS 330 model for the last 4 years, uses the back-up monitor as a display. Really like the unit, doesn't overwhelm you with a bunch of data that is not necessary to be viewed all the...
Forum: Full-Timers 10-18-2012, 09:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,187
Posted By Spikester
Same things we normally eat at home, have a...

Same things we normally eat at home, have a generator so Microwave is always an option. One thing we do if we are planning a lot of boondocking is vacuum pack (Foodsaver) as much at possible to save...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 10-18-2012, 09:44 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,344
Posted By Spikester
We are making the trip to Alaska in 2013 also,...

We are making the trip to Alaska in 2013 also, traveling by ourselves with no specific timeframes except for time at Denali, making reservations to be there when we want. Leaving WA State around the...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 10-17-2012, 10:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 921
Posted By Spikester
If you are going to spend the money for all...

If you are going to spend the money for all electric, and do some boondocking, then installation of solar panels would be a good idea and probably worth the $$ especially if you are concerned about...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 10-04-2012, 07:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 723
Posted By Spikester
I did the same thing as Route 66 had done, but I...

I did the same thing as Route 66 had done, but I used this fan (http://www.hometheatercooling.com/PQFanAuto.html), powered from the plug strip in the back of the electronics cabinet. Did this so the...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 10-04-2012, 07:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,579
Posted By Spikester
Changed to Synthetic no increase in mileage, but...

Changed to Synthetic no increase in mileage, but now do not have to change the lube as fotten per the manufacturer. I like less maintenance costs.

Spike
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 10-02-2012, 01:19 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,985
Posted By Spikester
Enlisted in the Navy 1961, volunteered for...

Enlisted in the Navy 1961, volunteered for Submarine Service, after boot camp & electrician school in San Diego, Sub School in New London CN, was assigned to USS Seafox (SS-402) where I earned by...
Forum: Boondocking 09-24-2012, 08:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,626
Posted By Spikester
If you drive down 40 miles of gravel road to a...

If you drive down 40 miles of gravel road to a developed campground that has no hook-ups, but has Potable Water spigots, and vault toiltets, are you boondocking, or just dry camping! Some will say...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 09-22-2012, 05:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,393
Posted By Spikester
Here are some nice mounts, especially if you...

Here are some nice mounts, especially if you desire to maximize your solar panel output by directing panels at the sun.

AM Solar Mounts...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 09-22-2012, 05:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,210
Posted By Spikester
If you travel with pets, Cocopah RV and Golf...

If you travel with pets, Cocopah RV and Golf Resort has a great pet area.

Spike
Forum: Class C Motorhome Discussions 09-22-2012, 05:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,556
Posted By Spikester
Having owned both, fuel cost per mile driven for...

Having owned both, fuel cost per mile driven for our diesel is less than those for any of our gasers!

As stated above maintenance costs are more for the diesel depending on usage. Another thing...
Forum: Allison Transmission Forum 09-22-2012, 05:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,839
Posted By Spikester
There can be a lot of variables when it comes to...

There can be a lot of variables when it comes to transmission oil temperature! One important considerations/varialbles when dealing with transmission oil temperatures is the location of the...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 09-22-2012, 04:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,302
Posted By Spikester
As for the nothing to do, from mid Jan to mid Feb...

As for the nothing to do, from mid Jan to mid Feb there is the Gem Show, the RV and Vacation Show, the Craft Show, and the Car Show all for free. Also there are huge Flea Markets/Swap Markets on...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 09-08-2012, 10:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,393
Posted By Spikester
Getting solar/charge controller output to your...

Getting solar/charge controller output to your batteries is extremely dependent on the size of the wire between the panel, charge controller, and batteries, and the overall length of the wire run,...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 09-02-2012, 10:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,385
Posted By Spikester
This is a long shot possilbility, if you have...

This is a long shot possilbility, if you have tank heaters installed it might have gotten turned on accidently, if the fresh water tanks was full heating the water causing it to expand could cause a...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-02-2012, 09:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 546
Posted By Spikester
Some brands of AC units had an icing sensor on...

Some brands of AC units had an icing sensor on the evaporator coils that was supposed to prevent freeze ups. Sometimes this sensor works it way loose from its mounting position causing what you are...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 09-01-2012, 10:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,207
Posted By Spikester
This is almost like asking "what came first the...

This is almost like asking "what came first the chicken or the egg"! All sorts of opinions on which is best. I have used a roof top mounted for 5 years never had a problem with reception. Never...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 09-01-2012, 10:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 794
Posted By Spikester
You should have no problem running refer, furnace...

You should have no problem running refer, furnace and other hotel loads at night depending on the age/performance of your batteries. If they are in good shape you should be able to go several days...
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