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Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-12-2022, 04:16 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,266
Posted By simssj
And that genny was still running when they...

And that genny was still running when they returned? :cool::rolleyes::angel:
Forum: Entegra Owner's Forum 06-03-2022, 12:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,171
Posted By simssj
I hear ya' Last July both of my AC's went...

I hear ya'

Last July both of my AC's went out within two days of each other. I sojourned from Missouri, up thru the Black Hills, across Montana, down to Colorado Springs where the replacement...
Forum: Just Conversation 10-07-2021, 12:31 PM
Replies: 343
Views: 25,282
Posted By simssj
I just finished a ~6,000 mile swing Virginia -->...

I just finished a ~6,000 mile swing Virginia --> Montana --> New Mexico --> Florida --> Virginia 7-week excursion.

Day two: Dash A/C gave up the ghost. Wouldn't hold freon.
Day three: Front roof...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 07-31-2021, 06:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 363
Posted By simssj
Thanks, Domo. I've tried all the diagnostic tests...

Thanks, Domo. I've tried all the diagnostic tests in the manual by genning up a test harness (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FHSVX3H) to the steps / motor / controller. It passed all tests,...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 07-29-2021, 05:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 363
Posted By simssj
I think the one you mention is similar to the one...

I think the one you mention is similar to the one I have under my driver's window. But that's not where my problem is.

An electrician friend says he will bring a wire trace tool over in a day or...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 07-28-2021, 10:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 363
Posted By simssj
2008 SportsCoach Encore -- Door Steps

Coach: 2008 Coachmen SportsCoach Encore 40 QSM on the Freightliner chassis

Problem: Out of the blue my automatic door steps have stopped working. The coach has been parked for a couple of months....
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 01-28-2021, 05:49 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,228
Posted By simssj
The way I see it, parks can have a "no refund"...

The way I see it, parks can have a "no refund" policy because we, the customers, allow it.

There's no excuse for it, and a customer-focused park would find a way to meet in the middle. Credit for...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 01-28-2021, 03:16 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,250
Posted By simssj
I don't have the details at hand, but I...

I don't have the details at hand, but I researched this last year and discovered that the (I think?) 2012 Department of Transportation budget (or maybe it was the 2007 budget?) *required* that...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-11-2020, 05:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 438
Posted By simssj
Thanks for the tip. I tried this. In fact, I...

Thanks for the tip. I tried this. In fact, I unplugged the entire control board to quiesce it, and put it all back together. Same problem.

When the EMS is reading accurately (which is rare!) it is...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-10-2020, 12:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 438
Posted By simssj
I tore open the EMS / distribution panel and --...

I tore open the EMS / distribution panel and -- on 20A shore power -- measured 120V across L1 and neutral, and also 120V across L2 and neutral. And zero volts across L1 and L2. So, exactly as it...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-10-2020, 12:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 438
Posted By simssj
Yep -- Did all that and there was absolutely...

Yep -- Did all that and there was absolutely nothing amiss inside the ATS. All connections were tight tight tight,

No smell of anything burnt; no signs of overheating. And I did a little...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-09-2020, 05:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 438
Posted By simssj
twinboat: I ran the generator for maybe 5 minutes...

twinboat: I ran the generator for maybe 5 minutes before cutting off the 50A at the pedestal, so the 30 second wait at the ATS mightn't have applied. That's my normal routine: Start the genset; let...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-09-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 438
Posted By simssj
Thanks cavie. What you say makes a lot of sense....

Thanks cavie. What you say makes a lot of sense. I can't imagine how the EMS monitor could sense 240V across L1 and L2 when connected to only a 20A outlet.

The testing continues. (Also, pricing...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-09-2020, 05:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 438
Posted By simssj
Thanks, Solo_RV_Guy. I'll have a look as soon as...

Thanks, Solo_RV_Guy. I'll have a look as soon as the sun comes up and report back.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-09-2020, 03:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 438
Posted By simssj
120 volt system gremlins

I need some help determining the source of a 120 volt system problem in my 2008 SportsCoach 40-foot DP. The system in question consists of a Parallax Power Model 503 Auto Transfer switch feeding an...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-19-2020, 07:51 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 13,705
Posted By simssj
Well, there is your problem. Southport Truck is...

Well, there is your problem. Southport Truck is the absolute WORST shop I have ever worked with. They charged me more than $4,000 for (repeated) "trial and error" attempts to resolve a problem and...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-20-2020, 06:57 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 16,205
Posted By simssj
I have to second this. My 40DP (2007, so...

I have to second this. My 40DP (2007, so pre-emission) has that same motor and we routinely round trip between the Atlantic ocean (in Virginia) and the Pacific (in Mexico). This trip involves a...
Forum: Entegra Owner's Forum 08-20-2020, 04:48 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 17,468
Posted By simssj
Simple: Avoid Pennsylvania!

We try as hard as we can to avoid Pennsylvania. Among the highest fuel taxes in the nation, on top of among the worst roads (in terms of potholes, etc.) and rates bordering on extortion for the...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 07-13-2020, 07:10 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,010
Posted By simssj
I have a long-standing relationship with my local...

I have a long-standing relationship with my local MB dealer. And my son has a Sprinter BlueTec diesel. At a little over 100,000 miles the Sprinter starting throwing codes like mad. DEF heater...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-29-2020, 02:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,668
Posted By simssj
Davis Travel Center on Exit 33 on I-95 in...

Davis Travel Center on Exit 33 on I-95 in Virginia has *FREE* dump station. Really nice people, too.

You're welcome!
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-29-2020, 02:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 361
Posted By simssj
This is good information. After I finish...

This is good information. After I finish replacing the (solo) fan in the Class B I'll turn my efforts to replacing the shoddy, noisy, and virtually useless two Camco fans in the Class A.

Thanks!
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-29-2020, 08:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 361
Posted By simssj
Thanks, KanzKran. I am not too pleased with just...

Thanks, KanzKran. I am not too pleased with just three speed settings. In my Class A we've got some unknown brand that is continuously variable speed and it's got a built-in thermostat so as the...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-29-2020, 08:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 361
Posted By simssj
Yeah, BCam, I am thinking about that. It's a nice...

Yeah, BCam, I am thinking about that. It's a nice fan. It was pretty quiet when it was working. I suspect it's the controller board that's toasted. It has a variable-speed knob; not a "three-speed"...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-29-2020, 07:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 361
Posted By simssj
Roof Fan Recommendation

The roof fan motor (or maybe it's the controller?) in my Coach House Class B van has lost its mind. It either turns too slowly to move an atom of ait, or it's full-bore roar. Twisting the speed...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 06-28-2020, 02:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,015
Posted By simssj
Thanks. I imagine it to be relatively easy, but...

Thanks. I imagine it to be relatively easy, but wanted some experienced confirmation.

I also found the dimensions of the panel on Dometic's site. They are even kind enough to include the Min and...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 06-28-2020, 07:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,015
Posted By simssj
Dometic fridge door panel

I'm in the process of refurbing my new-to-me "Mystery Machine" camper van. It's a '96 Coach House on a Dodge chassis and it's in remarkably good condition for it's age.

The 3-way Dometic...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 06-22-2020, 05:38 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 17,731
Posted By simssj
Apple Island Resort in South Hero, Vermont is...

Apple Island Resort in South Hero, Vermont is right up on the shore of Lake Champlain.

We stayed a week last summer and had plans to do the same this year, but SARS-COV2 changed our plans.
...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 04-24-2020, 07:36 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,147
Posted By simssj
2013 Sprinter with ~125K

Just got done with a trip to the shop to clear out all the codes and problems with my 2013 Sprinter. Just a little over 125,000 miles, and needed, basically, the entire DEF system replaced, cracked...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 12-08-2019, 05:19 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 13,979
Posted By simssj
This is contrary to my every interaction with the...

This is contrary to my every interaction with the Federal government in the past 30+ years.
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 12-02-2019, 10:28 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 17,737
Posted By simssj
Gov't Efficiency

It's a little-known fact that the U.S. Federal Transportation Act of 2012 required that all states receiving federal funds for roads make their automated toll collection systems interoperable within...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-22-2019, 05:00 AM
Replies: 1,515
Views: 265,173
Posted By simssj
Thanks for those photos! My stairwell floor has...

Thanks for those photos! My stairwell floor has been balky and I've been putting off troubleshooting it because of the mystery of how it works.

Now, on your shop floor, I can see there's nothing...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 07-27-2019, 05:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,132
Posted By simssj
Thank you! I've looked at that section of the...

Thank you! I've looked at that section of the manual and it strikes me as having been written in a somewhat unclear fashion.

My next step is to consult with one of the types of professionals you...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 07-27-2019, 05:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,132
Posted By simssj
There are two variations: An AWD (which this...

There are two variations: An AWD (which this ISN'T) and a FWD (which this is).
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 07-26-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,333
Posted By simssj
2005 Jeep Liberty (Renegrade). Towed four-down....

2005 Jeep Liberty (Renegrade). Towed four-down. ReadyBrute Elite towbar / braking system. Demco baseplate.

Yesterday, the CAT scale showed it to be exactly 4200 pounds with a litte over 1/2 tank...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 07-26-2019, 08:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,132
Posted By simssj
Mercedes GLA250 as a Toad?

Wife just bought a 2016 Mercedes GLA250 and wants to replace the Jeep Liberty we currently use as our toad.

I've been looking into it and it seems that, with the appropriate dolly, this is...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 07-07-2019, 04:21 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,406
Posted By simssj
And the worst roads imaginable... Where'd the...

And the worst roads imaginable... Where'd the money go?
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 07-03-2019, 07:05 AM
Replies: 1,515
Views: 265,173
Posted By simssj
That's a GREAT find; thank you! I've been looking...

That's a GREAT find; thank you! I've been looking for a reliable and inexpensive solution to flip the ~12V coach power to 5V to "hard-wire" things like my Roku, or my dashcam. This looks like it'll...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 07-02-2019, 07:06 AM
Replies: 1,515
Views: 265,173
Posted By simssj
I did this mod to all of my flourescent fixtures....

I did this mod to all of my flourescent fixtures. I used these LED strips, because they're dimmable: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076RNCTPN

And I needed a bag of different connectors, so this...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-11-2019, 05:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 905
Posted By simssj
I didn't know that. But I'm suspecting that all...

I didn't know that. But I'm suspecting that all replacement parts do, in fact, have it enabled. I believe this to be the case after many hours of working with the FCCC parts guys on diagnosis and...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-11-2019, 05:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 905
Posted By simssj
There may be a way?

I think you are on to something.... According to the LBCU manual (here (https://f01.justanswer.com/TellNoL437/3e8b7117-c246-4aec-806c-328801d5f175_speedometer+3.pdf)) input pin A4 is "Generator...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-10-2019, 06:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 905
Posted By simssj
Freightliner Lightbar - generator hours

I recently needed to replace my FCCC's Light Bar Control Unit (LBCU); the doohickey on the instrument cluster that drives all of the analog gauges, displays all the idiot lights and various text...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 03-25-2019, 10:05 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 18,408
Posted By simssj
Ain't feeling the "Loves"

And, if my recent experience is any indication, increasingly incompetent.

Yesterday I called ahead to confirm that the SpeedCo on my route had all the necessary filters for my rig. After about 15...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 03-25-2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 11,152
Posted By simssj
It's not the distance; it's the hours

In my Class-A DP I find it's difficult to forecast distance per day, because of too many external factors. But here's the formula I use:
Distance to destination, in miles,
Times 2,
Divided...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 02-22-2019, 08:21 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,571
Posted By simssj
If you're looking for flavor, and not a ton of...

If you're looking for flavor, and not a ton of "heat", and you like the Cholula, you will probably like Valentina a lot. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentina_(hot_sauce)

It's available...
Forum: Entegra Owner's Forum 02-21-2019, 04:58 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 14,350
Posted By simssj
Amen! It seems like, whether State, Federal, or...

Amen! It seems like, whether State, Federal, or otherwise, the main reason Government exists these days is to investigate and sue the Government.

It sickens me.
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 02-21-2019, 07:52 AM
Replies: 647
Views: 141,828
Posted By simssj
That is one fine looking installation and dash...

That is one fine looking installation and dash layout. Congratulations!
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 02-17-2019, 04:51 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 9,894
Posted By simssj
Exactly! I removed (and donated to a needy...

Exactly! I removed (and donated to a needy family) our outside TV and converted the space to a full electronics bay to support our work and entertainment needs. I'm *so* glad to have a dedicated...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 02-12-2019, 06:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,974
Posted By simssj
Nope -- It was the relay. It was HOT HOT HOT and...

Nope -- It was the relay. It was HOT HOT HOT and I suspect that the latching function had dropped out due to the heat. And then, after sitting all night, cooling, it came back on when I tapped the...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 02-11-2019, 07:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,974
Posted By simssj
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU !!!! ...

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU !!!!

I didn't want to start the process of tearing off every cover on the coach, on the Easter Egg Hunt from Hell!

@captpar, you've saved the day: THANK...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 02-11-2019, 07:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,338
Posted By simssj
I'd be interested in seeing your shopping list!...

I'd be interested in seeing your shopping list! Save me the research time.

Thanks in advance.
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