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Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 12-25-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 395
Posted By oldmattb
No recommendation, but encouragement. We...

No recommendation, but encouragement.

We recently had a big rock to fender incident. A local shop handled it for us. No one ever asked for our deductible. The work was amazing. Months later, I...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-20-2021, 07:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 676
Posted By oldmattb
I had a leak that took a while to find. It...

I had a leak that took a while to find.

It appeared that a PO had a leaking fitting at the compressor. They removed the hose from the fitting, and secured the hose with hose clamps to replace the...
Forum: Entegra Owner's Forum 11-16-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,409
Posted By oldmattb
I know the people here know, but... Tie that...

I know the people here know, but...

Tie that stuff down! I would rather not be explaining to a judge and jury in my manslaughter case that I had tie-downs in the truck, but I was too lazy and...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 11-11-2021, 02:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 393
Posted By oldmattb
Last year, we bought a 2006 CR-V for $5000 to use...

Last year, we bought a 2006 CR-V for $5000 to use as a towd. Scratches and etc., but it is a great car! Over 180,000 miles, solid, smooth, and everything works. Higher clearance than most cars, so...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 11-02-2021, 07:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 434
Posted By oldmattb
Bless you! Are you familiar with Tucson? I...

Bless you!

Are you familiar with Tucson? I could tell you a lot over a cup of coffee.
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 11-02-2021, 05:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 434
Posted By oldmattb
We live north of there, just outside the National...

We live north of there, just outside the National Park. Overall the area here is mixed, but not bad. I regularly walk and ATV on the dirt roads in the neighborhood. I have had several problems...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 10-21-2021, 08:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 482
Posted By oldmattb
We have had two air suspension coaches. I...

We have had two air suspension coaches. I replaced the air bags at just under 20 years of age. They were ugly, but still working.

On our current coach, the air bags were about $100 each, and I...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 10-20-2021, 02:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 209
Posted By oldmattb
There should be a buyer - those are expensive. ...

There should be a buyer - those are expensive.

Having said that, I advertised the auto dish AND receiver on Marketplace and Craigslist for $100 and got no interest
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 10-16-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 834
Posted By oldmattb
On our coach, the deteriorated bushings were easy...

On our coach, the deteriorated bushings were easy to spot. Each axle has four large leading supports - two on each side, There are also two side-to-side supports that look the same. Maybe...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 10-16-2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 834
Posted By oldmattb
Found the thread with my experiences: ...

Found the thread with my experiences:

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f24/front-suspension-bushing-replacement-270822.html
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 10-16-2021, 08:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 834
Posted By oldmattb
I sent you a private message. It should show up...

I sent you a private message. It should show up near the upper right where it lists your user name, last visit, and numbers of messages.
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 10-15-2021, 04:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 834
Posted By oldmattb
We had a 98 Windsor, and the bushing were bad. ...

We had a 98 Windsor, and the bushing were bad. Some had crumbled away, allowing the control arms to shift about two inches.

I replaced them. I think I still have a written procedure. PM if you...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-11-2021, 04:05 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,492
Posted By oldmattb
About a year ago, a semi-truck attempted to pass...

About a year ago, a semi-truck attempted to pass us on a two-lane highway in heavy traffic. He (or she) forced us off the road and we flipped. Motorhome and towd both totaled. Minor injuries.

I...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-07-2021, 07:24 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 11,529
Posted By oldmattb
My plan was the same - try to use the driveshaft...

My plan was the same - try to use the driveshaft without the shifter mechanism. Our FJ had a lift, so it was super easy to slide under it. The zip ties worked pretty well!

I remember seeing ads...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-06-2021, 10:33 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 11,529
Posted By oldmattb
Funny this thread pops up again. Since my post...

Funny this thread pops up again. Since my post above, I hit the shifter mechanism on a rock while riding off-road. I spent an hour on my back, in the middle of a remote trail, in 105-degree weather...
Forum: Roadmaster Motorhome Chassis Forum 09-27-2021, 02:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 705
Posted By oldmattb
I had this happen on our previous coach - a 1998...

I had this happen on our previous coach - a 1998 Monaco on a Roadmaster chassis. I panicked.

Then I read about it - no big deal. I pulled the rear tires up on some boards, to give a bit of angle...
Forum: Foretravel Owner's Forum 09-25-2021, 05:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,066
Posted By oldmattb
We bought a 1998 U-320 just about a year ago. No...

We bought a 1998 U-320 just about a year ago. No big failures, worst was a ride height valve failure that happened two miles from the house. I had an extra, replaced it in a couple of hours, and...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-25-2021, 11:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 221
Posted By oldmattb
Ours too! Listening...

Ours too! Listening...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 09-23-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 341
Posted By oldmattb
On our coach, the filter is inside the AH box. ...

On our coach, the filter is inside the AH box. It is a small plastic filter that could easily be lost in the other wires and hoses. Not a big metal canister, more like a lawnmower fuel filter.
Forum: New Member Check-In 08-27-2021, 12:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 207
Posted By oldmattb
Our solution was to buy a flat-tow towd. Under...

Our solution was to buy a flat-tow towd. Under $5k for a really nice, slightly-scarred CR-V. Light, comfortable, good for light trails.
Forum: Cummins Engines 07-25-2021, 11:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 523
Posted By oldmattb
Our 1998 Monaco with Cummins 8.3 mechanical did...

Our 1998 Monaco with Cummins 8.3 mechanical did that when I accelerated quickly. I never worried about it. I generally didn't accelerate quickly - I am usually very easy on the throttle.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 07-25-2021, 11:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 789
Posted By oldmattb
The air dryer in our motorhome failed in Beatty,...

The air dryer in our motorhome failed in Beatty, NV, and we had it towed to Las Vegas for repairs. Our automobile policy (not RV policy) paid for the tow.
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 07-17-2021, 01:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 848
Posted By oldmattb
Likely two different things. The "Jake" on an RV...

Likely two different things. The "Jake" on an RV is typically an exhaust back pressure device, a flap in the exhaust system. Relatively quiet. Often a Pac Brake.

The semis have a cylinder...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 07-10-2021, 08:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 806
Posted By oldmattb
So do I. Spend a couple of days if you can. ...

So do I.

Spend a couple of days if you can. You will be hot, tired, dehydrated, bewildered, discouraged. But you will learn a LOT. Next visit, you will be able to start picking the good from...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 07-08-2021, 08:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 856
Posted By oldmattb
One thought... If you go for an enclosed...

One thought...

If you go for an enclosed trailer, it will have to be wide! It is not enough for your car to fit into it - you need space to open a door and get out, walk around it, and tie it...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 07-04-2021, 04:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,817
Posted By oldmattb
We switched to T-Mobile from Verizon to save some...

We switched to T-Mobile from Verizon to save some money. We travel a lot in the southwest, and do local to Tucson off-road exploring.

We paid $500 to T-Mobile to get out of our contract AND...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 06-21-2021, 07:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 502
Posted By oldmattb
I took a different approach. I bought a used...

I took a different approach.

I bought a used CPAP through my provider for $100 that runs on 12 volt DC. I just plug an inexpensive cord into the CPAP and the RV accessory outlet.

My expensive...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 06-18-2021, 04:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 496
Posted By oldmattb
We towed a 2001 manual Echo for 70,000 miles. ...

We towed a 2001 manual Echo for 70,000 miles. Light, comfortable, never a problem.

With non-alcohol gas, it got 35 mpg in town, and 43 on the highway - good for the sight seeing from base camp. ...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 04-22-2021, 08:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 234
Posted By oldmattb
A little out of your way, but I just had Artistic...

A little out of your way, but I just had Artistic Elegance in Tucson do a body repair on our Foretravel. Great experience and outstanding results.
Forum: Caterpillar Engine Forum 04-07-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,414
Posted By oldmattb
I chose to tackle the job myself. I could...

I chose to tackle the job myself. I could imagine a shop yanking at the bolts, breaking them off, and costing me A LOT of money for their impatience.

Watch this video.

I had an exhaust leak on...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 03-13-2021, 07:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,046
Posted By oldmattb
We had a tow cable fail, though the circumstances...

We had a tow cable fail, though the circumstances may be beyond the intention of your question.

We were forced off the road and flipped on our passenger side. Our towd ended up upside down, with...
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 02-20-2021, 11:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,396
Posted By oldmattb
Could the brown be Barr's Leaks sealer released...

Could the brown be Barr's Leaks sealer released by the flushing process? I recently did mine. Filter was not notable, but I got lots of brown goo after I used the cleaner stuff. Coolant drained...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 01-25-2021, 07:37 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,278
Posted By oldmattb
We were traveling north from Winnemucca, Nevada...

We were traveling north from Winnemucca, Nevada around 12PM, in our 1998 Monaco Windsor flat-towing a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser. We were on Highway 95, a narrow two-lane road, with no emergency lanes,...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 01-23-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 499
Posted By oldmattb
I have a manual set from a 1998 Monaco Windsor, ...

I have a manual set from a 1998 Monaco Windsor, If you think it would suit your needs, send me a PM.
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 01-05-2021, 07:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 445
Posted By oldmattb
Our Brake Buddy has been "back to the shop" a few...

Our Brake Buddy has been "back to the shop" a few times in its 20 years of use. Most recently, it was damaged in a flip accident.

I am always pleasantly surprised how quick and reasonable cost...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 12-28-2020, 03:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 969
Posted By oldmattb
"Fridge" "Frig" is something...

"Fridge"

"Frig" is something different!
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 12-21-2020, 10:20 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 12,538
Posted By oldmattb
https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00BNYEV0W/ref=dp_prsu...

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00BNYEV0W/ref=dp_prsubs_1

We have the previous version of this at home. We got tired of cheap machines lasting a week beyond the warranty. It typically gets used 3-4...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 12-01-2020, 06:27 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 67,943
Posted By oldmattb
I have lived with that same assumption, until...

I have lived with that same assumption, until recently.

We had a seeping crack in our fuel tank, so I had to remove and repair a tank from a 22-year old Monaco. I expected to find a bunch of...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 12-01-2020, 06:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,620
Posted By oldmattb
We were recently RV shopping. I ran across a...

We were recently RV shopping. I ran across a discussion on a TRUCKER forum about injector failures in the engine we were considering! I nearly panicked, wondering if I should try to back out of the...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 11-28-2020, 05:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 742
Posted By oldmattb
A friend replaced the panel with wood, stained to...

A friend replaced the panel with wood, stained to fit the other trim pieces.

Could you glue the existing piece? You could use washers or a metal plate to reinforce the area around the air brake,...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 11-22-2020, 06:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 895
Posted By oldmattb
I had that problem. It was a plastic AC duct...

I had that problem. It was a plastic AC duct rubbing and squeaking. The hollow tube amplified it to a huge sound.

Matt B
Forum: Cummins Engines 11-07-2020, 07:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,444
Posted By oldmattb
Two more thoughts... I had a similar...

Two more thoughts...

I had a similar situation where our (previous) coach would not accelerate well - brake lights! The brake lights were on due to a trailer wiring issue, which activated the Pac...
Forum: Cummins Engines 11-07-2020, 07:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,444
Posted By oldmattb
The Cummins 8.3C is a mechanical control engine,...

The Cummins 8.3C is a mechanical control engine, so there is no ECM.

Has the small fuel filter on the passenger side of the engine block been changed? Word is, a lot of people miss this one.
...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 10-22-2020, 11:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,220
Posted By oldmattb
My best answer is "I don't know." I replaced all...

My best answer is "I don't know." I replaced all of the rubber hoses on the engine, and I don't remember if the metal pipe was in or out at that point of the procedure. I would run out and look for...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 10-21-2020, 11:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 452
Posted By oldmattb
It wasn't appropriate for my car application, but...

It wasn't appropriate for my car application, but I think one of these would be great!

https://colemans.com/u-s-g-hmmwv-hummer-extreme-condition-tire-replacement-jack

Matt B
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 10-21-2020, 11:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,220
Posted By oldmattb
I tried twice to get the hose clamp on evenly and...

I tried twice to get the hose clamp on evenly and failed. Probably four hours of work.

Then I unbolted the alternator and moved it out of the way. Getting the hose on took about five minutes. ...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 10-21-2020, 11:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 452
Posted By oldmattb
I had two flats on our FJ Cruiser (I know it is...

I had two flats on our FJ Cruiser (I know it is not an MB Sprinter). While changing the first flat, the car fell on top of the jack.

I had an air bag jack I had never used before. It was simple...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 10-17-2020, 09:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,663
Posted By oldmattb
Get one and know how to use it. Our dash cam's...

Get one and know how to use it. Our dash cam's plug wiggled loose on a rough road, so it was not recording when a semi forced us off the road a month ago.

Rv and towd totaled, and no way to ID...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-26-2020, 08:30 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,241
Posted By oldmattb
There it is! That looks like a comprehensive...

There it is! That looks like a comprehensive list. Do remember that having a tool does not mean YOU will have to use it. It could mean the difference between a kind-hearted stranger fixing a...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-25-2020, 11:03 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,241
Posted By oldmattb
Someone will come up with a nice tool list, but...

Someone will come up with a nice tool list, but the possibilities are endless. I have known of people who travel with a welder and metal lathe.

My contribution - If you have air brakes, carry a...
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