Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > Search Forums
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Showing results 1 to 50 of 51
Search took 0.01 seconds.
Search: Posts Made By: oceansailor
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 11-28-2021, 12:23 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,806
Posted By oceansailor
'S' is the battery sense terminal, so that is...

'S' is the battery sense terminal, so that is normally the right place for the key-on hot wire. 14.7-14.8 is slightly high but not unreasonable, at least for
lead-acid batteries; 14.4v is the...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 11-11-2021, 04:47 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,806
Posted By oceansailor
Whereas the classic version of desperately trying...

Whereas the classic version of desperately trying to not be wrong is snide remarks like "RVs are not boats" and nonsensical scenarios in which the other guy could possibly be wrong if only pigs could...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 11-11-2021, 02:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,806
Posted By oceansailor
I spent 20 years living aboard and working...

I spent 20 years living aboard and working on/maintaining/designing boat electrical systems. I've also spent the last 7 or so full-timing in an RV, so I'm fairly clear on the distinction.



Let...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 11-09-2021, 05:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,806
Posted By oceansailor
If it was drawing 200A, not only would it have...

If it was drawing 200A, not only would it have cooked that 100A alternator a long, long time before, but it would also have drawn down the batteries - since the alt wouldn't be able to keep up with...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 11-09-2021, 05:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,806
Posted By oceansailor
This is a very common problem on sailboats (old...

This is a very common problem on sailboats (old diesel/dead alt/replacement doesn't have a tach output.) The usual solution is to open up the alternator and tap one of the raw stator outputs before...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 11-09-2021, 05:13 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,806
Posted By oceansailor
The output rating of the alternator doesn't...

The output rating of the alternator doesn't change the amperage draw of the loads in the coach. If the system draws 50A from a 100A alternator, it will draw the same exact 50A from a 400A alternator;...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 10-17-2021, 11:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 268
Posted By oceansailor
Oh, I'm totally with you. Whether from...

Oh, I'm totally with you. Whether from poor-quality work, age/corrosion, vibration, strain, or whatever other reasons, I never trust crimps - or bolt/nut/screw tightness - and check them as a matter...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 10-16-2021, 02:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 268
Posted By oceansailor
Final wrap-up: for the cruise control, it turns...

Final wrap-up: for the cruise control, it turns out that the white wires running to the Nason switches (the type that has the red and black alligator clips on it in the pic above) were missing an...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 09-29-2021, 06:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 268
Posted By oceansailor
Update

So, following up: the thermostat can't be fixed; the capillary tube lost the gas that was in it, so it no longer expands/contracts with temperature. For anyone who needs to buy one, it's called an...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 09-29-2021, 12:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 268
Posted By oceansailor
Perfect - thank you! This morning's results:...

Perfect - thank you!

This morning's results:

Good: the thermo switch on the air box is dead. There's power coming to it from the switch, the trinary seems to be happy with the refrigerant...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 09-28-2021, 10:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 268
Posted By oceansailor
Yep - it was nice and cold. I figure that...

Yep - it was nice and cold. I figure that whatever thermal circuit was being used, it would be out of the loop on the 'Max A/C' setting, so I just ran a jumper from the positive to the relay coil,...
Forum: Fleetwood Owner's Forum 09-28-2021, 03:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 522
Posted By oceansailor
Worth noting: lots of digital VOMs will not read...

Worth noting: lots of digital VOMs will not read resistance across a diode junction; that's why they often have a separate diode setting. For the meter below, that's the one between the 200Ω symbol...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 09-28-2021, 02:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 268
Posted By oceansailor
A/C schematic, cruise control pneumo switch...

Hi, all -

Just made a run from CO to WI, and... lots of stuff broke along the way. Kept me on the hop for sure, but I managed to fix most of it and get here. But there are a couple of things left...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 07-27-2021, 06:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,389
Posted By oceansailor
Take it from a guy who spent years tracing...

Take it from a guy who spent years tracing electrical systems on boats, and has just finished chasing down several on his RV: a "fox and hound" will save you endless amounts of suffering. Just be...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 07-27-2021, 05:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,494
Posted By oceansailor
I had absolutely horrible, disgusting smells...

I had absolutely horrible, disgusting smells coming up from my kitchen sink; it also drained slowly. Tried all sorts of solvents, flushes - nothing worked. Turned out to be the piping under the sink:...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 07-07-2021, 03:49 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,230
Posted By oceansailor
Final disposition on my installation project:...

Final disposition on my installation project: done, remote installation and all.

Notes: I didn't need to run any extra wires from the back of the coach because I removed the "salesman switch"...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 07-07-2021, 03:25 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,230
Posted By oceansailor
Yeah; it's not a problem. We engineers like to...

Yeah; it's not a problem. We engineers like to have everything perfect - it makes our calculations easier - but the real world is messy and variable, so we sigh and build in safety features and...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 07-05-2021, 02:23 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,230
Posted By oceansailor
Wanted to post a follow-up, with much thanks to...

Wanted to post a follow-up, with much thanks to jacwjames and Vanwill for their excellent advice. I went from this...

https://okopnik.com/misc/Panel1.jpg

...to this:
...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 07-03-2021, 01:00 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,724
Posted By oceansailor
Ugh. The problem with daisy-chaining is that the...

Ugh. The problem with daisy-chaining is that the resistance of every single wire and connection is additive... I spent many miserable lifetimes crawling under houses with a jackhammer when I worked...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 07-02-2021, 11:30 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,724
Posted By oceansailor
John, I would say that YC1 has it right in a...

John, I would say that YC1 has it right in a number of ways: analog gauges get old. But a consistent rise, then drop in voltage indicates some kind of a regulation problem, possibly a...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 07-02-2021, 10:59 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,724
Posted By oceansailor
No. Diodes are junction devices, which means they...

No. Diodes are junction devices, which means they have a constant voltage drop. You may be thinking of resistance across it... which is non-linear and does depend on the applied voltage.

Back in...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 06-23-2021, 10:51 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,230
Posted By oceansailor
I'm definitely going to give it a shot. My BIRD...

I'm definitely going to give it a shot. My BIRD is inside the coach, right behind the battery/gray water/etc. indicator panel, and I'm not 100% sure how it plays into the picture - it seems to be...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 06-22-2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,230
Posted By oceansailor
Mine is a 1999. Oddly, all the VIN checker...

Mine is a 1999. Oddly, all the VIN checker resources list it as a Diplomat - no idea why. Yeah, my panels look quite different... and not just because they got smoked up by that exhaust "leak" I...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 06-22-2021, 08:06 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,230
Posted By oceansailor
I've been trying to figure out what a BIRD is...

I've been trying to figure out what a BIRD is (and please don't tell me it's what dropped a glob of bad luck on my electronics from the sky... :D ) - nope, can't figure it out from the context. Help?...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 06-22-2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,230
Posted By oceansailor
jacwjames: I'm actually stuck in Oklahoma City...

jacwjames: I'm actually stuck in Oklahoma City right now with a house bank that's not charging, either underway or from the Lambert battery maintainer when plugged in. Looks like both the maintainer...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 06-15-2021, 08:39 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,536
Posted By oceansailor
Yep, oak was traditional for ship-building. I saw...

Yep, oak was traditional for ship-building. I saw a shop in NC that was working on a tall ship use a steam box where they bent a 6" timber like a noodle, no cracking or splintering at all. :eek:
...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 09-02-2020, 11:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 672
Posted By oceansailor
It would be really wonderful if we had that...

It would be really wonderful if we had that option available - I wish we could - but various ISSUES back in FL are starting to press, so we need to start making our way back. :( I drive 2000 miles...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 08-31-2020, 09:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 672
Posted By oceansailor
Thank you all so much! We've looked at all the...

Thank you all so much! We've looked at all the different suggestions (and yes, the Black Hills are spectacular... but a bit too far off the track :) ) - and Ouachita National Forest sounds ideal....
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 08-31-2020, 05:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 672
Posted By oceansailor
Southern CO to FL - any great places in the "middle"?

Hi, all -

For the past few years, we've been spending winters in central FL and summers in Colorado; it's a long trip, but worth it for the wonderful scenery and opportunities to explore gorgeous...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-19-2019, 12:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 831
Posted By oceansailor
Great; I'm perfectly willing to accept that...

Great; I'm perfectly willing to accept that you're an expert mechanic, and grant you the maximum benefit of doubt in everything related to that field.

Which is completely irrelevant to research on...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-18-2019, 09:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 831
Posted By oceansailor
Good call, @DirtyDodge! I actually had an airbag...

Good call, @DirtyDodge! I actually had an airbag crack about a year ago; seeing the coach sitting lopsided when we came back to it after having dinner was not very pleasant. Fortunately, the pump...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-18-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 831
Posted By oceansailor
Believe it or not, I wasn't even aware that such...

Believe it or not, I wasn't even aware that such a thing existed on RVs (boat trailers, sure - but RVs?) I just popped outside and checked mine - nope, good old greased types. A quick Google search...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-18-2019, 08:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 831
Posted By oceansailor
Thanks, @HJLowell! Got some super additions to my...

Thanks, @HJLowell! Got some super additions to my takeoff and spares lists out of that: batteries/cables, carrying extra belts - how the heck did I forget that? - plus a visual after starting. Nice!...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-18-2019, 09:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 831
Posted By oceansailor
No offense intended, but there are certain things...

No offense intended, but there are certain things that are squarely in my wheelhouse - and the opinions I have about those are actually supported by research. I get a bit impatient with people making...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-18-2019, 12:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 831
Posted By oceansailor
Thanks for the reply, @Rkins! Given the inflation...

Thanks for the reply, @Rkins! Given the inflation nowadays, we'll just call that $0.02 a nickel... in any case, it's appreciated. :cool:

We actually don't travel all that much - just the shift...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-17-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 831
Posted By oceansailor
Engine pre-flight

We're about to take off on a long cross-country trip in our 99 Monaco Windsor DP, and I wanted to find what other mechanically-inclined folks here do for their pre-flight checks. We already have a...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 07-04-2019, 07:23 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 10,816
Posted By oceansailor
Took a trip through all four seasons... in one day

Just got back an hour ago from doing the Platorro Loop in southern Colorado; went from being buried hubs-deep in the snow to swimming in a field of dandelions at 11,000' - and then into sunshine so...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 07-04-2019, 06:57 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 8,251
Posted By oceansailor
MI roads? Meh - about average

We've taken the rig to 20+ states so far, and I can't say that any one of them is uniformly ideal with regard to road quality; they all suck at times, depending on which road you're on. Spent a...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 12-27-2018, 06:32 PM
Replies: 278
Views: 28,763
Posted By oceansailor
Regarding the rear ladder, I wouldn't buy an MH...

Regarding the rear ladder, I wouldn't buy an MH without one. I'm going to guess that we use it better than a hundred times a year: part of the all-around safety check before we get on the road, quite...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 12-27-2018, 05:58 PM
Replies: 278
Views: 28,763
Posted By oceansailor
I've been using this one for the past 7 or 8...

I've been using this one for the past 7 or 8 months:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B2OFNHM/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Skeptical as I am about Chinese-made stuff in...
Forum: Just Conversation 12-13-2018, 06:20 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 8,777
Posted By oceansailor
Sears never figured out "the internet thing" -...

Sears never figured out "the internet thing" - which isn't very surprising; it's like expecting somebody who was very, very good at driving a train for decades to become a top-notch jet pilot....
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-18-2018, 09:28 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 26,043
Posted By oceansailor
There's a boringly-predictable factor to all of...

There's a boringly-predictable factor to all of these threads: that any cops on the board will immediately go into "blue brotherhood coverup mode". There are only a few corrupt cops out of hundreds...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-08-2018, 06:12 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 14,577
Posted By oceansailor
I suspected that as well when we had ours, and...

I suspected that as well when we had ours, and pulled up the carpeting around the shaft; there was a 4-6" gap all around it, and plenty of flex in the carpet for a mouse to get in (heck, it would...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 10-28-2018, 07:36 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 14,577
Posted By oceansailor
Ditto here. Huge fan of D Con for that exact...

Ditto here. Huge fan of D Con for that exact reason. We had a mouse infestation after staying in a CG in Pennsylvania, and D Con knocked every one of those little buggers for a loop within just a...
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 10-15-2018, 06:54 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 13,928
Posted By oceansailor
Some of us old codgers realize that technology...

Some of us old codgers realize that technology changes with time, and various things we used to do no longer apply - or are actively dangerous/truly bad ideas. This is one of them. If I was working...
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 10-15-2018, 06:42 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 13,928
Posted By oceansailor
Do yourself a favor and don't waste the money....

Do yourself a favor and don't waste the money. Just get the Silverleaf, and be done with it. I've had both, and it's the difference between a pair of used, squeaky, worn-out roller skates and a...
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 10-15-2018, 06:34 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 13,928
Posted By oceansailor
Yep - I had that "enjoyable" experience with my...

Yep - I had that "enjoyable" experience with my ISC engine. The Bosch lift pump went, and took the injector pump with it... that seriously hurt in the wallet.

The Cummins mechanic recommended that...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-20-2018, 08:19 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 26,471
Posted By oceansailor
This thread is seriously weird. Especially now...

This thread is seriously weird. Especially now that it's reached 13 effin' pages.

Not to be a devil's advocate - or not purposely, anyway - but have any of you folks doing all the grousing and...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 09-09-2018, 09:09 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,998
Posted By oceansailor
Wolf Creek Pass

I've been over the WCP a good 25-30 times this past summer (stayed in a CG just short of it, and most of the good jeep trails were out Durango/Silverton way); done it in a 40' MH, a Jeep, a Kia Soul,...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-26-2018, 08:55 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 31,877
Posted By oceansailor
Tire Minder

Like a number of other folks here, I've had a series of problems with the CW Tire Minder; in fact, it has never "just worked" for me over the two-plus years I've had it, and based on the reviews I've...
Showing results 1 to 50 of 51

 
Forum Jump
» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:31 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.