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Forum: New Rig Show-Off! 01-08-2021, 08:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 342
Posted By castlemusic
Great looking MH! I hadn't heard of a Winnebago...

Great looking MH! I hadn't heard of a Winnebago Ultimate Freedom before either. Really like the bus style top mount mirrors! Looks to be in amazing condition, inside and out. Enjoy the heck out...
Forum: iRV2 Owners Registry 01-08-2021, 08:20 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 106
Posted By castlemusic
"Alice" :: 1999 American Dream 40DVS

"Alice" :: 1999 American Dream 40DVS (2021-01-09 02:20:32)
Forum: Fleetwood Owner's Forum 01-02-2021, 11:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 837
Posted By castlemusic
Finally got around to reworking the dash... came...

Finally got around to reworking the dash... came out great! Took out all the unused elevator hardware, cut down the old frame, and reistalled. The new cup holders are so much better than the old...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 12-27-2020, 10:02 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,901
Posted By castlemusic
I actually unintentionally drove my rig (towing...

I actually unintentionally drove my rig (towing the van) through downtown Nashville last summer... I missed the turn for a TA in the heart of the city, and ended up swinging through a few downtown...
Forum: Cummins Engines 12-23-2020, 05:13 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,304
Posted By castlemusic
Sorry, Bill, should've been more specific. From...

Sorry, Bill, should've been more specific. From what I've seen, most folks remove their primary fuel/water separator and install the FASS Titanium or AirDog 4G pump and filter combo in that...
Forum: Cummins Engines 12-22-2020, 11:22 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,304
Posted By castlemusic
I too have been following this thread and others...

I too have been following this thread and others like it with interest. My '99 ISC has a rebuilt CAPS pump on it - sticker on the side says 2017, so a previous owner must've gone through similar...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 12-16-2020, 05:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 301
Posted By castlemusic
How about one of these? Is called a toilet auger,...

How about one of these? Is called a toilet auger, and I've used it on home toilets often. (I have 7 kids) shoot be able to clear the obstruction between the toilet and the tank. Good luck!311487
Forum: Spartan Motorhome Chassis Forum 12-08-2020, 01:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 499
Posted By castlemusic
Wow, that was quite a trip! No, I don't have a...

Wow, that was quite a trip! No, I don't have a tag axle. Probably very similar to your coach, since they're both 40' and similar vintage.
Forum: Spartan Motorhome Chassis Forum 12-07-2020, 04:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 499
Posted By castlemusic
Pics...310523310524

Pics...310523310524
Forum: Spartan Motorhome Chassis Forum 12-07-2020, 04:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 499
Posted By castlemusic
Thank you both for the replies. I've done a bit...

Thank you both for the replies. I've done a bit more homework on this, and it looks like the driveway is about a 10 degree incline. Using some trigonometry, I've determined I need about 21.7 inches...
Forum: Spartan Motorhome Chassis Forum 12-05-2020, 07:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 499
Posted By castlemusic
Getting a MM Chassis up a steep incline

Hey, everyone. Anybody taken their Spartan MM chassis up steep grade driveway? My situation - a '99 American Dream. Want to take it to my parent's cabin in Maine next summer. Problem is, the...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 12-04-2020, 06:02 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 12,975
Posted By castlemusic
We tow a 2014 Chevy Express 15 passenger van....

We tow a 2014 Chevy Express 15 passenger van. Why? Because we have 7 kids, a dog, and grandma usually tags along too! Take the back seat out, and it holds 11 people and a boatload of stuff.

Towed...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-28-2020, 05:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 388
Posted By castlemusic
This pic is from his OfferUp ad. I had the middle...

This pic is from his OfferUp ad. I had the middle one ( in white) on the back, and the left one on the front. Turns out they are the same dimensions and mounting holes pattern, so could use the newer...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-28-2020, 05:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 388
Posted By castlemusic
I found a guy who does RV repair on OfferUp... He...

I found a guy who does RV repair on OfferUp... He had a bunch of shrouds stored on his property, and was selling them for $25 each. My rear Coleman Mach ( which I think might be original!) cover was...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-20-2020, 05:32 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 12,424
Posted By castlemusic
I was looking long and hard at Endeavors last...

I was looking long and hard at Endeavors last year when we were shopping. Had the right layout for us! Then we happened on our '99 American Dream, and knew she was the one. Bought for 22K, put about...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-18-2020, 05:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,461
Posted By castlemusic
We have used lightstream for our last 2 used rv...

We have used lightstream for our last 2 used rv purchases, as well as a used car.

https://www.lightstream.com/

Of course, we've only borrowed between 10 - 15K each time, so it may not be as...
Forum: Cummins Engines 11-12-2020, 06:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 797
Posted By castlemusic
I'll second the bluefire. It works well with an...

I'll second the bluefire. It works well with an Amazon Fire tablet, which can be had for ~$50 on sale. I love all the information it gives me at a glance, especially how a numerical guage will turn...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 11-09-2020, 06:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 270
Posted By castlemusic
The collar in the pic slides back and forth...

The collar in the pic slides back and forth easily, and is held in either position by spring loaded ball bearings. Super slick design!
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 11-09-2020, 06:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 270
Posted By castlemusic
Yes, that's the one.That's the one! Here's a pic....

Yes, that's the one.That's the one! Here's a pic. I had this welded onto my existing driveshaft. Works perfectly! Wish it was cheaper, but they seem to be the only ones in the game. As you said, much...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 11-09-2020, 05:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 270
Posted By castlemusic
I installed a driveshaft disconnect on our chevy...

I installed a driveshaft disconnect on our chevy express van. It wasn't cheap, but very well made. I passed on the remote cable operated shifter, instead opting to crawl underneath and slide the...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-29-2020, 02:10 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 8,937
Posted By castlemusic
I like your sense of humor! Seriously, I...

I like your sense of humor! Seriously, I installed a driveshaft disconnect on my 2WD van earlier this year, and it works perfectly! Didn't bother with the remote shifter lever, as it's super easy...
Forum: Fleetwood Owner's Forum 07-27-2020, 05:49 AM
Replies: 632
Views: 478,907
Posted By castlemusic
1999 American Dream

Here's our rig... A 1999 American Dream. I'm still geeking out about how she did a month long, 6,500 mile trip without a single issue! What a machine...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 07-25-2020, 05:44 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,510
Posted By castlemusic
THAT is hilarious! Thanks for the laugh this...

THAT is hilarious! Thanks for the laugh this morning.

Also, your underneath pic is super clean! Stainless exhaust? If there was such a thing as car shows for motorhomes, you'd win hands down!
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 07-08-2020, 05:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 943
Posted By castlemusic
I used lightstream to finance mine. Super quick...

I used lightstream to finance mine. Super quick and easy!

https://www.lightstream.com/
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 07-05-2020, 12:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,541
Posted By castlemusic
I'm going to weigh in on the side of not being...

I'm going to weigh in on the side of not being afraid of older RVs. To wit - we just got back from a 6,500 mile, month long tour of Western National Parks. Our ride, a 1999 American Dream,...
Forum: Allison Transmission Forum 06-10-2020, 09:13 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,316
Posted By castlemusic
Glad I could help. I'm currently travelling fully...

Glad I could help. I'm currently travelling fully loaded and towing (~36K lbs) through the Rockies, and the exhaust brake is my best friend!
Forum: Allison Transmission Forum 06-09-2020, 08:31 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,316
Posted By castlemusic
I'm wondering if the gear icon you mentioned is...

I'm wondering if the gear icon you mentioned is for the exhaust brake... Do you have a switch for that? Perhaps it was turned off in the repair, and you need to toggle it back on to experience the ...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-06-2020, 09:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By castlemusic
So, Ray was right... Ground is the culprit! Found...

So, Ray was right... Ground is the culprit! Found that the ground wire is broken in the 7 way plug connection. Will pick up a new plug at Walmart, and hopefully solve the problem.

Thanks again to...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-04-2020, 06:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By castlemusic
I have verified with a test light that the charge...

I have verified with a test light that the charge line is switched with the key, so it's very puzzling that current would backfeed when the key is off. A real head scratcher!
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-04-2020, 05:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By castlemusic
Thanks for all of the informative replies! I have...

Thanks for all of the informative replies! I have discovered the cause of the issue... It's when my toad is connected! This is the first time we've overnighted in a Walmart, leaving the toad hooked...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-02-2020, 09:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By castlemusic
Key off, Allison pad still lit up!

Strange problem surfaced yesterday, and haven't been able to fix it yet. First thing I noticed was my step wouldn't stay out... Kept going in and out each time the door is opened. Checked the switch...
Forum: Fleetwood Owner's Forum 05-31-2020, 01:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 837
Posted By castlemusic
Would love to see a pic of this when you get a...

Would love to see a pic of this when you get a chance... Sounds cool!
Forum: Allison Transmission Forum 05-28-2020, 08:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 626
Posted By castlemusic
Just to follow up, the Allison tech reset my tcm,...

Just to follow up, the Allison tech reset my tcm, clearing all saved shifting data, so it would relearn all shift points. I had my doubts that this would help my problem, but sure enough, after...
Forum: Allison Transmission Forum 05-21-2020, 01:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 626
Posted By castlemusic
Anybody know where would I find this box on my...

Anybody know where would I find this box on my coach? (99 American Dream) It's called a Vehicle Interface Module (VIM), and I haven't come across it yet to check connections...
Forum: Allison Transmission Forum 05-20-2020, 11:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 626
Posted By castlemusic
On mine, there's an electronic sensor on the...

On mine, there's an electronic sensor on the throttle pedal (Williams Controls) which sends the throttle signal back to the engine. I'm calling that the TPS, but maybe that's not the right name for...
Forum: Allison Transmission Forum 05-20-2020, 06:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 626
Posted By castlemusic
Thanks for the replies. I did call Allison, and...

Thanks for the replies. I did call Allison, and was told that the help line is more for oil changes than to diagnose shifting issues - he referred me to a service center, which is about an hour...
Forum: Allison Transmission Forum 05-17-2020, 06:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 626
Posted By castlemusic
Forgot to mention that I have no engine fault...

Forgot to mention that I have no engine fault codes.
Forum: Allison Transmission Forum 05-17-2020, 06:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 626
Posted By castlemusic
Ongoing hard shift issue

Hello! Looking for some advice in troubleshooting a consistent hard shifting issue. It's a 1999 American Dream, with a Cummins ISC and an Allison MD3060. Here's the symptom:

When starting from a...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 05-05-2020, 05:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 678
Posted By castlemusic
Big rig fail by a newbie!

I share this experience in the hope that I can save someone else the pain and expense!

My wife and I thought it would be fun to do a 24 hour getaway from the kids to regain our sanity. A buddy of...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 04-28-2020, 01:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,899
Posted By castlemusic
I had soft sand and grass in my backyard, which...

I had soft sand and grass in my backyard, which was fine for the travel trailer, but knew it wouldn't work for the DP. Had a guy bring in a load of asphalt millings, and laid that down. The bus has...
Forum: Fleetwood Owner's Forum 04-14-2020, 05:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 429
Posted By castlemusic
Mine has a filter on the cold water side of the...

Mine has a filter on the cold water side of the kitchen sink, so the cold flows noticably slower than the hot.
Forum: Fleetwood Owner's Forum 04-14-2020, 12:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 837
Posted By castlemusic
Had some time to do some searching today, and...

Had some time to do some searching today, and came across this thread:

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f107/1996-american-eagle-projects-268170.html

A member by the name of FORTRIDER did some nice...
Forum: Fleetwood Owner's Forum 04-14-2020, 05:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 837
Posted By castlemusic
Has anyone taken out their Jack-in-the-box?

Hello, everyone. I'm considering removing the "Jack-in-the-box" TV compartment in the front. The TV was relocated overhead by the previous owner, and the box was repurposed as storage with a tongue...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 04-01-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 510
Posted By castlemusic
I have the exact same relay, hooked up the exact...

I have the exact same relay, hooked up the exact same way. Same wire colors and everything. The blue wire disappears into a wire loom. The red wire is attached to the post labelled "ignition", so...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 03-30-2020, 05:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,563
Posted By castlemusic
Thanks for all the nice comments. It's been a fun...

Thanks for all the nice comments. It's been a fun project to work on!

I like the idea of a small bookcase in the bunks for the kids!

To answer the questions about seatbelts, I ordered them from...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 03-28-2020, 05:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,563
Posted By castlemusic
Modifying our DP for a large family!

I've been wanting to start this thread for quite some time. I don't see a lot of folks cruising the country in a DP with a large family! So, I wanted to share my mods to equip our rig for a family...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 03-19-2020, 11:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 674
Posted By castlemusic
Thanks for chiming in. We tried the tent thing...

Thanks for chiming in. We tried the tent thing once, and decided that it just didn't work for summertime camping in Florida, with the heat, rain, and mosquitoes. A popup camper makes all the...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 03-18-2020, 12:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 674
Posted By castlemusic
Campers over the years

I did some searching, and didn't see a post like this. My idea - to show our progression of campers over the years. Maybe others would like to chime in by digging up some old pictures?...
Forum: COVID-19 Discussions 03-18-2020, 07:01 AM
Replies: 287
Views: 37,551
Posted By castlemusic
Wow, 60 days! That's crazy.

Wow, 60 days! That's crazy.
Forum: Fleetwood Owner's Forum 03-16-2020, 05:29 AM
Replies: 17
American Coach: No key for deadbolt
Views: 1,315
Posted By castlemusic
The fuel door key is CH751... A very common RV...

The fuel door key is CH751... A very common RV cargo door key. Should be very easy to find on the internet or a key shop.

All of your cargo doors, engine compartment, and entry door should have a...
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