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Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 11-20-2020, 03:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 503
Posted By smlranger
Ford says no dolly towing.

Ford says no dolly towing.
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 11-17-2020, 01:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 503
Posted By smlranger
F150 towing question

2019 F150 4x4 Super Crew. I know it is flat towable since I have the neutral tow capability. However, I am moving and want to tow it with the rental truck but my F150 has no base plate so no way to...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-23-2020, 01:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 726
Posted By smlranger
IMO, any mass produced 5th wheels over 35' need a...

IMO, any mass produced 5th wheels over 35' need a third AC and dual pane windows. My 2019 Solitude has 2 15K btu AC and single pane windows and struggles to cool in 95F with both awnings deployed and...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-20-2020, 06:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 726
Posted By smlranger
According to the manufacturer of my TPO roof,...

According to the manufacturer of my TPO roof, Alpha Systems, TPO needs no regular maintenance/treatment. Just a periodic cleaning will be fine.
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 07-22-2020, 12:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,043
Posted By smlranger
Beautiful coach but all the CC's are generally...

Beautiful coach but all the CC's are generally that way.


I would get a nice leather lazy boy recliner for that space. In fact, it may be wide enough for two or a lazy boy reclining love seat...
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 07-21-2020, 06:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 861
Posted By smlranger
Dang Smitty. Beautiful coach. Was watching a...

Dang Smitty. Beautiful coach. Was watching a YouTube video this morning highlighting another Magna Rembrandt they have on sale and the salesman mentioned they just sold the one beside it. They...
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 07-18-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,009
Posted By smlranger
Ron Lee's 2016 Allure 480

A friend sent me a You Tube video of a fellow highlighting some coaches for sale at Premier in Junction City. The video in question was of the 2016 Allure that Ron Lee had built to try and entice...
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 06-10-2020, 04:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,285
Posted By smlranger
I agree with the comments regarding the 42'...

I agree with the comments regarding the 42' Siskiyou 470. We owned one for 5 years and traveled cross country 3 times. It was a dream to drive and turned as tight as the 36' DP we traded due to the...
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 06-10-2020, 03:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,673
Posted By smlranger
WGO Closing JC service/parts

Saw announcement today from Winnebago noting decision to close Junction City operations. No service, no parts or support for CC owners.

Not surprised. I just hope some of the great folks we...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-20-2020, 09:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,694
Posted By smlranger
If you're not comfortable using your smartphone,...

If you're not comfortable using your smartphone, I've always been pleased with the Garmin GPS units. My last one was the larger 7-in garm in GPS for RV. At the time I believe it was their model RV...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-19-2020, 12:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,837
Posted By smlranger
Curious, how did you assess build quality if you...

Curious, how did you assess build quality if you bought it sight unseen?
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-10-2020, 10:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,205
Posted By smlranger
We bought an Inofia 30 pint unit off Amazon. It...

We bought an Inofia 30 pint unit off Amazon. It is quiet and has worked very well keeping humidity down in our 41' 5th wheel here in Myrtle Beach SC. I plumbed the drain to the drain line under...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 04-11-2020, 05:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,970
Posted By smlranger
If you want an automatic dish, no question the RF...

If you want an automatic dish, no question the RF Mogul is superior to the Traveler. It is available for either Direct TV or DISH.
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 04-05-2020, 05:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 686
Posted By smlranger
I had a similar problem with one of mine when I...

I had a similar problem with one of mine when I had my Allure. I removed the door, and using some wooden dowels, glued it back together. It held up well.

If you are not comfortable doing that,...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 04-01-2020, 06:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,901
Posted By smlranger
We 'live' in our Solitude for about 7 months of...

We 'live' in our Solitude for about 7 months of the year and really like the floor plan....front bedroom, kitchen/dining/living area in back. If I had it to do again, I would surely have looked at...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 03-22-2020, 06:30 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,472
Posted By smlranger
If you can get to your tanks, install See Level...

If you can get to your tanks, install See Level system. It works since the sensors are installed on the tank exterior. Otherwise I agree with Old Biscuit.
Forum: Gear and Product Discussions 03-20-2020, 05:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 793
Posted By smlranger
Electric Bike, bike conversion

I have read many discussions on RV forums about the increasing popularity of electric bikes. At age 70 with a bad knee and sciatic pain from a bad back, I started to seriously consider one for...
Forum: Full-Timers 02-22-2020, 06:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 448
Posted By smlranger
Condensation under mattress

I thought full timers have addressed this issue. We don't full time but do spend a lot of time in our 5th wheel at Myrtle Beach, SC. We are here now and have some condensation at the head of the...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 02-15-2020, 10:47 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 295
Posted By smlranger
Carefree Longitude Awning, Noisy Motor

The motor on one of my awnings makes a loud screeching noise when the awning is retracted. It is quiet when the awning is extended. At first I though it was the arms making noise in the tracks but...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-24-2020, 05:47 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 11,694
Posted By smlranger
I am impressed that they recognize the real need...

I am impressed that they recognize the real need for 3 AC units on any 5th wheel longer than about 36'. We have a 2019 41' Solitude with 2 15K btu ducted AC units and have a hard time cooling it...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-07-2020, 10:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 927
Posted By smlranger
The Toto won't work. RV builders install...

The Toto won't work. RV builders install macerator toilets like the Tecma when the toilet is not directly over or near the black tank. The macerator pump breaks up the solids and pumps the...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-05-2020, 06:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 927
Posted By smlranger
We had a Tecma in our last motorhome never had...

We had a Tecma in our last motorhome never had any issues. We used Charmin ultra soft and the Tecma never failed to flush. I'd question four 90 degree bends in the discharge pipe. Maybe...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 12-30-2019, 06:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,140
Posted By smlranger
We've also had the Campfire-in-a-Can for several...

We've also had the Campfire-in-a-Can for several years and love it. It is made very well and works great. Unfortunately, they went out of business.



The Little Red is similar to the...
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 12-07-2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 902
Posted By smlranger
When we purchased a 2007 Allure in 2013, Greg...

When we purchased a 2007 Allure in 2013, Greg Bootes with CC told me that anything made after April 2007 had the improved radiators.
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 12-06-2019, 02:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 621
Posted By smlranger
I had a 2007 Allure with floor heat and it quit...

I had a 2007 Allure with floor heat and it quit working. Look for simple things first. I called my tech support guy and he had me take the front off the thermostats and check the wires. Sure...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-01-2019, 04:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,829
Posted By smlranger
Since we were shopping for a 5th wheel to place...

Since we were shopping for a 5th wheel to place on a more permanent site, I wasn't really concerned about the running gear. If I was towing one of these beasts down the road, I would not have one...
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 11-29-2019, 04:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 706
Posted By smlranger
Gas springs, CC compartment doors

I'm planning to install gas springs on a compartment door on my existing rig and am curious if any of my former CC colleagues could tell me which strength struts CC had on the medium size doors.

...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 11-18-2019, 07:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 334
Posted By smlranger
Girard Tankless Water Heater

Curious if anyone has experience with the Girard tankless LP water heaters. I am considering replacing my existing Suburban heater and the Girard looks like a good DIY option.



What I can...
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 11-17-2019, 08:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 640
Posted By smlranger
It was ok. Cold and windy for two of the three...

It was ok. Cold and windy for two of the three weeks we were there. We were there in January after hurricane Harvey so there was still a lot of damage there.
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 11-14-2019, 05:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 640
Posted By smlranger
When we still had our Allure, mine fell off in...

When we still had our Allure, mine fell off in Port Aransas, TX. I went to the NAPA store in Aransas Pass with my old tip and they had me a new one the next day. Stainless, heavy duty, fit perfect....
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 10-20-2019, 08:09 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,012
Posted By smlranger
If you have a Magnum inverter their AGS is an ...

If you have a Magnum inverter their AGS is an easy install. Once installed you operate the AGS from the Magnum control panel.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 10-18-2019, 05:29 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,666
Posted By smlranger
We have the 384GKR which is similar to the 385. ...

We have the 384GKR which is similar to the 385. Both have great storage
The 385 is unique having a closet in galley area for stacked washer and dryer vs in bedroom like most of the others.

If...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 10-08-2019, 06:21 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,955
Posted By smlranger
Lifeline and Full River both make excellent AGM...

Lifeline and Full River both make excellent AGM batteries.
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 10-07-2019, 05:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 677
Posted By smlranger
We got rid of our Verizon MiFi device since...

We got rid of our Verizon MiFi device since Verizon's plan would slow the speed when we got to a certain data use level. We got the Sprint device thru FMCA and have been using it for a year with no...
Forum: Entegra Owner's Forum 10-04-2019, 05:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,176
Posted By smlranger
Direct TV told me two weeks ago that I would need...

Direct TV told me two weeks ago that I would need a second account for my 'vacation home' which is a 5th wheel on a permanent site in Myrtle Beach. I was calling to get a tech to come and fine tune...
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 10-01-2019, 03:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 849
Posted By smlranger
I owned the same coach from 2103 thru 2018. It...

I owned the same coach from 2103 thru 2018. It was a solid coach and when we traded it, it had 75,000 miles on it. 89,000 miles is nothing to worry about on the drive train if it has been...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-27-2019, 06:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,445
Posted By smlranger
Progressive Insurance question

New RV last year and my regular insurance (State Farm) would not write RV policy in SC so went with Progressive thru Good Sam. Premium this year going up 16% and Progressive says it's due to their...
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 09-26-2019, 05:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 647
Posted By smlranger
If you get to top of engine, may as well replace...

If you get to top of engine, may as well replace the coalescing filter (crankcase filter). It's inside a box on top of valve cover.
Forum: Entegra Owner's Forum 09-22-2019, 06:19 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,929
Posted By smlranger
Direct has truly been messed up by AT&T. Our 5th...

Direct has truly been messed up by AT&T. Our 5th wheel is permanently located in Myrtle Beach, SC. We bring two boxes from home when we come, just as we did with our motorhome for years. I...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 09-16-2019, 05:16 PM
Replies: 542
Views: 69,335
Posted By smlranger
Winnebago made some higher end 5th wheels for a...

Winnebago made some higher end 5th wheels for a couple of years (think they were named Destination). When they purchased Grand Design, they downsized 5th wheels with the Winnebago name. Suspect WGO...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 09-08-2019, 07:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 653
Posted By smlranger
Thanks for the suggestions. I have 40' of coax...

Thanks for the suggestions. I have 40' of coax to dish. Both receivers are connected directly to the SWM splitter. I get 98% on the 101 but 84% or less on the other two. I think the dish needs...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 08-24-2019, 06:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 653
Posted By smlranger
Direct TV Power Inserter plus HR54

We have the HR54 receiver from home in our RV. We are having intermittent strange problems like 'signal loss' messages on the HR54 but the picture is still there and looking fine. We will get that...
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 08-21-2019, 06:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 329
Posted By smlranger
Lets you turn fresh water pump on/off and lets...

Lets you turn fresh water pump on/off and lets you know if it is on or off??
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-21-2019, 06:30 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,966
Posted By smlranger
Agree with this advice. I would at least plan to...

Agree with this advice. I would at least plan to stop in a RV park every other night or so. Dump your holding tanks, add some fresh water, have electric to run AC, etc. Depending on your route, I...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 08-20-2019, 02:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 614
Posted By smlranger
Thanks, folks. And I understand the HR24 can...

Thanks, folks. And I understand the HR24 can record only 2 programs at once. if it is recording two programs, can you still watch live TV? Finally, is it compatible with a SWM set up?
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 08-20-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 614
Posted By smlranger
Direct TV questions; HR54 and HR24

We've had DTV since 2004. We have whole home DVR service and use the HR54 as the mother ship. When we come to RV from home, we bring the HR54 and a second HD receiver.


At some point, DW and I...
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 08-19-2019, 02:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 411
Posted By smlranger
I got a new harness from Kevin Waite. I think he...

I got a new harness from Kevin Waite. I think he makes them himself.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-18-2019, 03:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,084
Posted By smlranger
Yep. The cabinet doors, drawer fronts and the...

Yep. The cabinet doors, drawer fronts and the drawer boxes are wood but the cabinet face plates are vinyl covered MDF. That said, even our previous high end DP (a Country Coach) had MDF in the...
Forum: iRV2.com International Rally 08-18-2019, 03:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,393
Posted By smlranger
It's all OK as long as we have correct name tags....

It's all OK as long as we have correct name tags. I do wonder why when someone is starting a new registration, it was already populated with a name (my wife's) and an address we haven't used in...
Forum: iRV2.com International Rally 08-17-2019, 06:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,393
Posted By smlranger
OK, I registered this evening but when I started...

OK, I registered this evening but when I started the process, it already had my wife's name in as the pilot. No problem. I entered my name for Pilot's Name Badge and entered my wife's name for all...
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