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Old 01-25-2013, 09:00 AM   #127
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Jack,

I'm happy to help where I can. I have been learning a lot about RV "stuff" the past six months but still have a long way to go. One of these days for example I will learn how to set up the AGS.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:44 AM   #128
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I'm happy to help where I can. I have been learning a lot about RV "stuff" the past six months but still have a long way to go. One of these days for example I will learn how to set up the AGS.
Jerry when you do, you will have to give me some pointers as well. I haven't tried to learn about that yet.

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Old 01-25-2013, 10:13 AM   #129
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Jerry when you do, you will have to give me some pointers as well. I haven't tried to learn about that yet.

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It is on my list of things to learn as well
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Thanks.

GCWR - GVWR = tow capacity (right?) What about all the 'stuff' inside the coach? Which one does that fall into?
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Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is coach and all contents, fuel, water, people, etc which can’t exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight Rated (GVWR) for model 36.1 is; 28,000 lbs.
Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) is the maximum allowable weight of the loaded vehicle, including optional equipment, occupants, luggage or cargo, hitch, and trailer tongue weight. A vehicle’s GCWR should never be exceeded. For model 36.1 is; 33,000 lbs.
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Not quite correct. . GCWR is the combined weight of everything going down the road. Trailer tongue weight is not a factor. A 36.1 loaded to 26,000 pulling a 9,000 trailer would be 35-33= 2000 over GCWR.

For towing purposes the manufacturers' GCWR is a more useful measure as it takes into account the limitations of the engine and its systems (lubrication and cooling) and the transmission, drive train, axles, differential gears, frame, and suspension, which need to handle the working loads generated by moving the tow vehicle and its passengers and the towed trailer and its load, and the safe working capacity of the vehicles braking components.
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Jerry,

You are correct on the tongue weight point. This statement was a cut and paste from a defination I searched on the internet and I did not read it close enough. Thanks for pointing it out!

Jack

Thanks for the help! This what i thought but wanted to make sure. In the back of my head something keeps telling me that it doesn't make sense to go from a 400hp/800lb-ft motor down to a 300hp motor. once again, thanks! These forums have been invaluable in the amount of knowledge I'm gaining prior to purchase.
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Jack,

I'm happy to help where I can. I have been learning a lot about RV "stuff" the past six months but still have a long way to go. One of these days for example I will learn how to set up the AGS.
We just moved into an RV park with wifi after spending 8 nights in Arizona State parks. Two nights we were boon docking so we had a good opportunity to use the AGS. I found the "Addendum to ME-AGS / ME - AGS Operator's Manual" to be the best resource in understanding how the system works. All I can suggest is that you spend some time with this document and work your way thru each of the menu items. There is a lot of information under each setting. The only remaining question I have is whether I have the correct battery type setting. Under the "Set Up" button the choices for battery type are "flooded, AGM 1, AGM 2, and custom. Ours is set on flooded.

Our AGS worked okay except that on the second morning of boon docking, the generator did not start automatically after "quiet time" even though the parameters I had set were met. It did not start with either the test setting on the AGS or with the button on the dash. Eventually, I went outside and used the start button on the generator itself. That worked.

Overall, it is a complicatred but valuable system in the information it provides on how your system is working.
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I will need a lot of help here.
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We all need help from time to time and I for one will be happy to help where I can and I have knowledge to share!
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We are at the Lazydays in Tampa and saw another Palazzo at the campground. I haven't met the owners yet. They are from Virginia.
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We made it to Hilton Head Island after blowing a left front tire 80 mlles from home. I checked the pressure before leaving home and all was good. No damage done other then the tire and checking our pants. The tire had 1,488 miles on it. Good Sam's did a good job of getting us service and we were back on the road in 3 hours. I did not put a tire pressure monitor on because the temps were 5 degrees when we left and the wind chill was -15 with 6" of snow. I guess I should have sucked it up and put them on, hind sight is 20/20. After that all went well for the next 1,100 miles. May be other Palazzo owners should check their tires? Our Palazzo now has about 2,500 mles on it.

I did the recall for the brake diode and that was done in about 30 minutes.

We had no trouble towing our MINI. We used a tow dolly and it was like there was nothing there.

Staying at Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort. Great location and excellent resort in all ways. Good WIFI, cable TV and club house. Pool is open but not heated until March. Shopping of all kinds is within 2 blocks. The resort is quiet and has lots of friendly people working and staying. Coach detailing is avaiable as is excellent coach service if needed. We needed a good wash after looking like a rolling salt shaker after driving through salt covered roads on the way down.

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I will be comming to Hilton head in march, can you give us a price on the washing of your coach? Sorry about the tire I will be checking mine before we leave pa and when we leave our stop in Raleigh NC . I am very adamant on checking the tires learned my lesson with our old travel trailer.
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Sorry about the tire. We've got 4,700 miles on our 33.1 with no issues.
Did the repair guy give you any reason for the blowout?
How did the Palazzo handle in that situation?
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We have over 7,500 miles on our 33.1 and no tire issues (knock on wood).
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How was the trip to the Gulf Coast? Thinking of going in April.
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We stayed at the Jolly Roger on Marathon for two weeks and we loved the place. We left there and went to Naples. I do NOT recommend the Naples RV Resort. Their sites are very narrow. We then went to Gulf Waters RV Resort. Nice upscale RV park which is a place that I liked but would probably not go there again. From there we went to Lazydays in Tampa. Nice place and lots of seminars that one can attend. If you plan on taking the RV driver's confidence course you need to make reservations well in advance for the driving portion. The classroom portion that we attended was well worth attending and it is free.

Tomorrow we head for Jacksonville, FL on our way back home.
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