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Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 01-18-2022, 03:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 225
Posted By garyvont
Noisy slide

My coach is a 2007 Dolphin 3220 LX. Just after I bought it, used, My bedroom slide emitted a loud bang, and ceased to function. Raising the bed, I discovered the gear box on the slide motor had...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 05-29-2020, 08:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 654
Posted By garyvont
Perfect replacement. Lesson learned: Have it...

Perfect replacement. Lesson learned: Have it shipped to the business address where the installation is to take place (MUCH LOWER SHIPPING COSTS!!).
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 02-08-2020, 10:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 654
Posted By garyvont
Thank you for your help folks! Topline Mfg....

Thank you for your help folks! Topline Mfg. apparently made all the rooftop ladders for National RV. The problem is, Topline never knew which ladder fit which RV. So, they will be happy to make...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 01-25-2020, 11:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,170
Posted By garyvont
Thank you all for your responses! It's...

Thank you all for your responses! It's especially great to know Topline made the original ladders. I'm hoping they still have the specifications to make another one!
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 01-24-2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 654
Posted By garyvont
Dolphin Rooftop Ladder

I need a new nine-step ladder for our 2007 Dolphin LX. If you know the manufacturer, model number, and source I would be very thankful if you would respond. Thank you all very much!
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-04-2019, 10:58 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,190
Posted By garyvont
Before I bought anything RV relate, I would go...

Before I bought anything RV relate, I would go on-line to www.rv.org. If they are still in business, they test every RV available, and have for many years. They take no money from RV companies, and...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 10-31-2019, 10:36 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 547,253
Posted By garyvont
There used to be a business in Quartzite, AZ that...

There used to be a business in Quartzite, AZ that had a lot of National parts. I can't remember the name, but perhaps this will jog someone else's memory. You might also google National RV clubs. ...
Forum: RV'ing with Pets 09-12-2019, 08:13 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 12,659
Posted By garyvont
We have Rved with several dogs, and now have two...

We have Rved with several dogs, and now have two little ones, 10 & 11 pounders. One is a purebred, the other a rescue. If I outlive the rescue, I'll look for another just like him. There are so...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 09-09-2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 592
Posted By garyvont
Sights to see, places to stay?

We're leaving Escondido, CA (just above San Diego) on an RV trip to Whiteman AFB, near Kansas City Mo. about mid September. We're tentatively planning to go via I-40, as it appears to be the...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-11-2019, 09:23 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,190
Posted By garyvont
First, I would recommend a used rig, especially...

First, I would recommend a used rig, especially if it's your first. Before you buy ANYTHING, see if www.rv.org is still on line, and research any potential purchases with them before you lay down a...
Forum: Fleetwood Owner's Forum 07-31-2019, 09:47 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 16,799
Posted By garyvont
Slideouts and head wounds

Rather than spray insulation, use rubber "noodles" used for swimming aids. You have to remember to install, and store them, but they'll save you "noggin". There are probably specific, similar...
Forum: Fleetwood Owner's Forum 07-31-2019, 09:43 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 16,799
Posted By garyvont
Replacement latches

As to the basement storage door latches, most, if not all, are made of plastic. Slam the door without pulling out the handle, and the plunger will eventually break. The latches are a pain to...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 07-30-2019, 09:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,043
Posted By garyvont
Kwikee steps

Many thanks for your response! I should receive the CORRECT test plug & wires today, and I'll go at it again. I really do appreciate your help!
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 07-27-2019, 10:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,043
Posted By garyvont
Kwikee Step Malfunction

Our 2008 Kwikee step refused to extend. I went through the Owners' Manual and performed the diognstic tests. In doing so, I got the steps to extend and retract by making certain electrical...
Forum: Fleetwood Owner's Forum 07-14-2019, 04:50 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 16,799
Posted By garyvont
Check here first:

www.RV.org. If they are still in operation, you can learn all the particulars of any rig you want - without any advertising bias. I would NEVER buy another RV without checking this rating service...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 03-25-2019, 02:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 906
Posted By garyvont
Kwikee step failure

My 3-step unit has seized into the retracted position. Before trying to diagnose the problem using the owners' manual, I tried to contact Kwikee to see if they still sold replacement parts. Neither...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 08-14-2017, 08:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 697
Posted By garyvont
Many thanks, Folks! My access panels had all...

Many thanks, Folks! My access panels had all been sealed with a rubber type caulk, but after cutting it out, I gained access. After doing so, I also discovered I could have simply pulled out the...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 08-07-2017, 09:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 697
Posted By garyvont
Unhappy 2007 Dolphin 6320 -access to microwave top

Our Dometic convection/microwave is coming down on the right side. There are two machine screws that secure it at the top. The left one is under a false floor in the cabinet above. The loose,...
Forum: Entegra Owner's Forum 08-03-2017, 08:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,419
Posted By garyvont
Our 2007 Dolphin's house batteries will discharge...

Our 2007 Dolphin's house batteries will discharge even with the main 12V power switch in the entryway turned off. I believe safety alarms may be wired separately from the main switch - or I have a...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 08-03-2017, 08:36 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 543
Posted By garyvont
"TV SPEAKERS"/H.T.SPEAKERS" Switch

Our 2007 Dolphin LX has a two way switch mounted in the audio/visual compartment to the right of the front TV, against the outside wall. It only works with the DVD player, and turns on the front...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-02-2016, 09:20 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 19,771
Posted By garyvont
www.rv.org. A no nonsense rv rating company. If...

www.rv.org. A no nonsense rv rating company. If they are still in business, do not buy any RV until you read their detailed review of it. Doing so could save you thousands of dollars and years of...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 10-30-2016, 07:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 972
Posted By garyvont
I'd take the broken part to a Ford Parts Dept....

I'd take the broken part to a Ford Parts Dept. (or two) and/or a wrecking yard. Wrecking yard employees that have been on-the-job for a length of time can often I.D. a part just from their memory. ...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 10-30-2016, 07:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,044
Posted By garyvont
Jay, Some metal drawer slides have small, plastic...

Jay, Some metal drawer slides have small, plastic (black?) levers on the outside, front end of each slide. These must be pushed up, or down, to allow the drawer to slide out. Others just require a...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 08-20-2016, 12:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 790
Posted By garyvont
Headlight switch backlight

Has anyone repaired a non-working backlight on the headlight switch? Any ideas/directions would be appreciated.
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 08-20-2016, 12:00 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 23,459
Posted By garyvont
update: This didn't work on our new coach,...

update: This didn't work on our new coach, parked in same location! Disregard???
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 06-25-2016, 08:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,511
Posted By garyvont
I also have a W22, and I've had to install...

I also have a W22, and I've had to install everything but an additional torsion bar on the front to make it handle well enough to drive it comfortably. Mine has a short wheelbase (Dolphin 6320 LX),...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 06-10-2016, 01:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,511
Posted By garyvont
Bill, I hope you found the solution(s) to your...

Bill, I hope you found the solution(s) to your handling issues. I had the same issues on our W22/Dolphin 6332. Every additional component helped to some degree, but adding the largest (1 1/4") ...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 05-12-2016, 09:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,647
Posted By garyvont
Thank you Dougsee!

Thank you Dougsee!
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 05-11-2016, 09:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,647
Posted By garyvont
Thank you Dougsee! Did you install it yourself...

Thank you Dougsee! Did you install it yourself or have it done for you? Just wondering if the average Joe could install it without any heavy equipment. Thanks Again.
Gary
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 05-08-2016, 07:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,647
Posted By garyvont
Thank you George! This is a new one for me. I...

Thank you George! This is a new one for me. I have already placed it in my "Favorites" file, and definitely intend on joining it.
Gary
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 05-05-2016, 08:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,647
Posted By garyvont
Thanks Gary for your input. You are certainly...

Thanks Gary for your input. You are certainly right about "driving a brick . . ." I'm spoiled from 16 years driving a good handling 30' Class C. Unfortunately, my rig came with no sway bars - I'm...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 05-04-2016, 12:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,647
Posted By garyvont
Sway Bar vs. Sumo Springs

I have a 2007 Dolphin 6320 on a W22 Chassis with 25,000 miles. I've added track bars front and rear, upgraded to Koni shocks, and tried tire pressures based on weight & tire brand, plus increases in...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-22-2016, 11:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 745
Posted By garyvont
"CHANGE OIL" Message

2007 Dolphin on W22 chassis. Can anyone tell me how to remove this message from the instrument cluster? I've been told it requires a certain number of little steps to delete it, but I have no idea...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 03-06-2016, 08:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 720
Posted By garyvont
No, not there, but in the engine compartment. I...

No, not there, but in the engine compartment. I didn't think there was any connection between that one, and the one on the dash. I'll try pulling each of those, and see what I find. There are some...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 03-05-2016, 09:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 720
Posted By garyvont
Belgian, None of the three fuses in that...

Belgian, None of the three fuses in that compartment were blown, so I'm back "on the hunt". Anybody else out there have any suggestions???
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 03-04-2016, 09:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 720
Posted By garyvont
The storage compartment behind the right front...

The storage compartment behind the right front tire, on mine, contains my four house batteries, and the inverter. There is one large capacity breaker in the battery compartment, and I believe two on...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 03-03-2016, 02:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 720
Posted By garyvont
No 12v power to panel above dash

The "Dual Momentary On", a.k.a. "12v Motor Reversing Switch" for the electric front blind in our 2007 Dolphin ceased to raise the blind properly. In a rush to replace the switch, I failed to...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 02-23-2016, 09:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,139
Posted By garyvont
Mine is an '07. It doesn't work on my friends...

Mine is an '07. It doesn't work on my friends '06, but I think I'll try it before I string more cable. Thanks much folks for your input!
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 02-22-2016, 11:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,139
Posted By garyvont
Many, many thanks, Friends!! I would never have...

Many, many thanks, Friends!! I would never have known about the RG 6 type cable. I may not understanding, but what is "LNB" and "band pass"?
PS: I've become pretty good at cleverly disguising "Red...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 02-21-2016, 07:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,272
Posted By garyvont
You might also try prying up around the base with...

You might also try prying up around the base with a crow bar.
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 02-21-2016, 07:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,272
Posted By garyvont
I've never tackled a job like this, but if I did,...

I've never tackled a job like this, but if I did, I would check the underside of the coach to see it there was something I could see that could also be removed. Also, it could be that it's being...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 02-21-2016, 06:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,139
Posted By garyvont
Portable Satellite Dish Coax Question

Just purchased a Tail Gator portable satellite dish. I've been told that running a coax from the dish to the "cable TV" inlet port on the Dolphin will not work. Anyone have any experience with this...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 02-07-2016, 10:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,034
Posted By garyvont
Camero, I second IFD's response. On our 2007...

Camero, I second IFD's response. On our 2007 Dolphin there is a constant drain from both the engine battery and the house batteries. I tried disconnecting the ground cables, but discovered safety...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 12-25-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,221
Posted By garyvont
Thanks for your input Steve! I just "assumed"...

Thanks for your input Steve! I just "assumed" the microwave outlet would be in a GFI protected circuit, due to it's proximity to the sink. (I had also "assumed" all the outlets would be wired to...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 12-24-2015, 10:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,221
Posted By garyvont
M, I discovered that on my Dolphin, the microwave...

M, I discovered that on my Dolphin, the microwave is in the back corner of the adjacent cabinet to its left. Guess I just never noticed it, as my DW packed that cabinet with cooking equipment. ...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 12-21-2015, 09:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,221
Posted By garyvont
Thanks Marty. I like your second suggestion...

Thanks Marty. I like your second suggestion best. Seems like a lot less work. I had forgotten that the cabinets had space between the floor, and the bottom. I'd still like to know if there is a...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 12-20-2015, 10:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,221
Posted By garyvont
Thank you Gregory. We use the inverter very...

Thank you Gregory. We use the inverter very sparingly, and only when boon docking. So I'm not too concerned with overpowering it. I just want the "luxury" of an outlet for our coffee maker. ...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 12-18-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,221
Posted By garyvont
Still trying to figure out how to get inverter...

Still trying to figure out how to get inverter power to most, if not all, outlets. No tripped GFIs or breakers. I do have the larger inverter, according to the manual, which gives no clue as to how...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 12-12-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,491
Posted By garyvont
This MAY be relevant. I was told yesterday by a...

This MAY be relevant. I was told yesterday by a long-term National RV owner, that all the National models are known by many to have windshields break do to improper use of the leveling jacks. ...
Forum: National RV Owner's Forum 12-01-2015, 10:21 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,978
Posted By garyvont
Ed, So far, so good. I think his method of...

Ed, So far, so good. I think his method of defogging them may be one of the best. Some time ago, I read - somewhere - that another fellow who defogs these windows is inserting desiccant (?) - the...
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