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Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 11-20-2015, 12:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,736
Posted By ShapeShifter
This does not sound like a Intellitec EMS...

This does not sound like a Intellitec EMS problem. The EMS does have a connection to the generator, but only to the run status light so it can tell whether the generator is running. It doesn't have...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 11-19-2015, 10:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,736
Posted By ShapeShifter
Sorry for the late reply and digging up this...

Sorry for the late reply and digging up this older topic, I just saw this...

50 Amp shore power actually has two hot legs of 50 Amps each, effectively giving you the same amount of power as a 100...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 09-05-2015, 06:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,340
Posted By ShapeShifter
Congrats on your successful repair. I always use...

Congrats on your successful repair. I always use a meter to check fuses, and recommend everyone else to do the same. I've seen too many fuses that visually look good, but ate bad. Often, a blown fuse...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 09-03-2015, 10:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,340
Posted By ShapeShifter
The '07 wiring is different. As stated above,...

The '07 wiring is different. As stated above, there is no converter, per se. Instead, the rear run board has a series of relays that control all of the rear lighting, and the trailer lighting. The...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 09-03-2015, 06:37 AM
Replies: 1,744
Views: 1,421,607
Posted By ShapeShifter
Yes, water volume helps. Unless I'm in a line...

Yes, water volume helps. Unless I'm in a line with people waiting for the dump station (I want to get done quickly) I will always run the black water rinse: start it first, pull out the dump hose and...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 09-03-2015, 06:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,736
Posted By ShapeShifter
That's not going to work: they have a common...

That's not going to work: they have a common neutral, so you can't really swap the polarity on one leg (it's three wires, not four.) with the common neutral, any attempt to reverse the polarity of...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 09-02-2015, 12:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,445
Posted By ShapeShifter
It could be a dirty AC drawing too much power. ...

It could be a dirty AC drawing too much power.

Or it could be a weak breaker.

Or it could be normal: a breaker has two ways it can trip. One is an electromagnet that will pull the breaker open....
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 09-02-2015, 12:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 679
Posted By ShapeShifter
You got lucky with all of the room on a metal...

You got lucky with all of the room on a metal panel, it looks like a nice setup. I don't know what the '07 Monarch uses, but my '07 Endeavor uses a flimsy plastic panel. I don't have the room you do,...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 09-01-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 679
Posted By ShapeShifter
I was actually thinking of doing the same thing...

I was actually thinking of doing the same thing (I guess when you start mounting things on doors you can get carried away?)

I can't speak for a Monarch, but the Endeavor has a full length piano...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 09-01-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,736
Posted By ShapeShifter
A missing ground can cause strange things. If...

A missing ground can cause strange things. If it's supposed to be grounded, then maybe try grounding it?

Just to be clear, the 12 volt signal from the generator is the run status signal, right? It...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 09-01-2015, 10:29 AM
Replies: 1,744
Views: 1,421,607
Posted By ShapeShifter
I know some people have those automatic valves...

I know some people have those automatic valves that they can control from inside, but personally, I'm just not comfortable with it. It's rare, but it does happen where a hose slips out of place, or...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-31-2015, 11:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 928
Posted By ShapeShifter
You answered your own question: Even...

You answered your own question:



Even if you turn switches off, there are still some parasitic loads that can drain the batteries. The inverter display being on is a good indicator that it is...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-30-2015, 11:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,915
Posted By ShapeShifter
This is another one of those cases where there...

This is another one of those cases where there will be a lot of variability in the recommended usage, depending on the manufacturer and perhaps model and year of coach. I have no doubt that your...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-24-2015, 09:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,616
Posted By ShapeShifter
I don't know, I just can't get used to those...

I don't know, I just can't get used to those black high mounted mirrors drooping down like that -- they remind of an ant with it's feeler antennae probing around...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-24-2015, 02:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 671
Posted By ShapeShifter
Some sofa beds have it so that the panel...

Some sofa beds have it so that the panel supporting the head can be raised up to an angle. Make sure that isn't the case with yours, the mattress frame should be a straight line. If it is raised up,...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-24-2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,915
Posted By ShapeShifter
Yes, definitely. ALWAYS disconnect the negative...

Yes, definitely. ALWAYS disconnect the negative cable(s) first. While doing so, if your wrench happens to hit some surrounding metal, it won't make any difference. But if you wrench on the positive...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-24-2015, 02:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,616
Posted By ShapeShifter
I have the front mounted mirrors, and generally...

I have the front mounted mirrors, and generally like them. The one issue I see with them is that to use them you look out the part of the windshield that is not swept by the wipers. In inclement...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-24-2015, 02:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,137
Posted By ShapeShifter
In the outside compartment under the driver's...

In the outside compartment under the driver's window, you are likely to find two such connectors: one for the engine and one for ABS.

But there should be one inside, usually near the steering...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-24-2015, 02:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,456
Posted By ShapeShifter
I'll buck the trend: I use none. Any dressing...

I'll buck the trend: I use none. Any dressing I've tried in the past looks good the first day, attracts dirt and is covered with it by the second day, and makes the tire turn brown after that....
Forum: Gear and Product Discussions 08-23-2015, 01:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,398
Posted By ShapeShifter
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Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-23-2015, 06:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,445
Posted By ShapeShifter
Yes, a double pole breaker (two legs controlled...

Yes, a double pole breaker (two legs controlled simultaneously by one toggle) is quite common. In fact, that's the way my Onan is set up. They are most commonly used on 240 volt circuits where you...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-22-2015, 09:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,445
Posted By ShapeShifter
Glad you found the problem, the breakers on the...

Glad you found the problem, the breakers on the generator are easy to miss. Keep an eye on it: when I have a breaker trip, I consider the first time to be a fluke, so I reset it and carry on. If it...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-21-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,101
Posted By ShapeShifter
VMSpc does provide a "back door" for custom...

VMSpc does provide a "back door" for custom integration, but you will have to do some serious programming, or find someone to do it for you. Basically, it setups a shared memory region where it...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-19-2015, 03:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,060
Posted By ShapeShifter
That's one man's opinion. That's the thing about...

That's one man's opinion. That's the thing about opinions: everyone has one, and if you ask enough people will you will get contradictory answers that cover the whole range of opinions.

With...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-10-2015, 07:48 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,917
Posted By ShapeShifter
Quick-N-Easy for 3M mask glue removal to the rescue

One thing to consider: I've heard anecdotal reports that while the genuine 3M Diamond Shield has a good track record and long life, there are imitators out there that do not enjoy such a good...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 08-09-2015, 11:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,796
Posted By ShapeShifter
Yes it is! Readers: don't underestimate this. If...

Yes it is! Readers: don't underestimate this. If you're on the East coast, you can usually still get the Western Arc satellites, but they will be lower on the horizon. This can be an issue if there...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-08-2015, 06:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,277
Posted By ShapeShifter
Yes, those are great features to look for. My old...

Yes, those are great features to look for. My old toad (Chevy Avalanche) was like that: transfer case in neutral, transmission in park, key out of ignition and lock the doors. My current toad (F-150)...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-08-2015, 08:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,277
Posted By ShapeShifter
The first year we had the coach, we didn't pull a...

The first year we had the coach, we didn't pull a toad - saw no need for it. We rented at the destination a couple times, and that got old fast. Starting with the second year, we started pulling a...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-08-2015, 07:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 777
Posted By ShapeShifter
I agree it's not an ideal solution, but I don't...

I agree it's not an ideal solution, but I don't think it's as dire as you make it out to be.

First off, I'm talking about a coach that only has 30 amp service. If you use an adapter to plug it...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-07-2015, 03:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,066
Posted By ShapeShifter
I don't want to take the subject off topic, but...

I don't want to take the subject off topic, but what exactly is the Electric Automatic Winterization option? Sounds like a way to pump antifreeze from an on-board tank? What is the benefit to it?

...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-07-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,280
Posted By ShapeShifter
Dick, I think you have some very valid thoughts....

Dick, I think you have some very valid thoughts. Yes, I agree that cutting holes in the sides of the coach for slides affects rigidity, that's one of the reasons I was afraid to go with the 40SFT...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-07-2015, 09:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,062
Posted By ShapeShifter
OK, even though we have the same year, we...

OK, even though we have the same year, we apparently have very different systems. So I take it your monitor looks nothing like the one in the manual I referenced above?

If you use the Aladdin...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-07-2015, 06:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,280
Posted By ShapeShifter
That's a tough one, I can see both sides of the...

That's a tough one, I can see both sides of the argument. Mine is not glued in place: neither on the glass nor fiberglass sides of the gasket. I can see the benefit there where it would allow the...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-07-2015, 06:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,062
Posted By ShapeShifter
Just to confirm: when you press the select button...

Just to confirm: when you press the select button on the monitor, it cycles between the three cameras, the Aladdin display, and some split screen modes, right? When set to the Aladdin, selecting the...
Forum: Vintage RV's 08-07-2015, 06:20 AM
Replies: 1,091
Views: 230,860
Posted By ShapeShifter
Good progress! If you preserve the...

Good progress!




If you preserve the doors as they are now, you can always repaint them later if the desire to do so takes hold. But if you strip them now, you HAVE to do the painting now.
...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-06-2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 5
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Views: 651
Posted By ShapeShifter
As stated, the Magnum AGS will work with the Onan...

As stated, the Magnum AGS will work with the Onan QuietDiesel 8000 generator. That's what I have. I'm quite happy with it, although I have had flaky operation on two occasions: in both cases it was...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 08-06-2015, 02:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,836
Posted By ShapeShifter
It's good to have an app that supports low...

It's good to have an app that supports low clearances. But be aware that most of them are built around the same list of low clearance data, which is the list put for truckers and is also published in...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-06-2015, 01:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,285
Posted By ShapeShifter
In 8.5 years and 44,000 miles, I've not felt the...

In 8.5 years and 44,000 miles, I've not felt the need to add any diesel additives to the MH tank. For routine operation, my Cummins manual does not recommend adding anything to fuel. While there may...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-06-2015, 11:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,280
Posted By ShapeShifter
There are those who say that racking is not...

There are those who say that racking is not possible with a three point jack. They are wrong: it can and does happen. I've seen it.

It definitely happens if you don't extend the front jack enough...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-05-2015, 05:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,127
Posted By ShapeShifter
I don't know, but talking to other Monaco coach...

I don't know, but talking to other Monaco coach owners, as well as reading other posts on this and other forums, it appears to be quite common. I think you might be the lucky one.
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-05-2015, 05:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,127
Posted By ShapeShifter
Then I guess that's yet another difference...

Then I guess that's yet another difference between coaches. If I simply hold down the dump switch (for a VERY long time) it will keep bleeding air and not make much progress lowering the coach until...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-05-2015, 01:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,127
Posted By ShapeShifter
I did say "many" Monaco coaches, not "all"...

I did say "many" Monaco coaches, not "all" coaches.



You apparently have the type of system that I'm jealous of: the jacks isolate the air bags from the rest of the system, and then...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-05-2015, 08:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,127
Posted By ShapeShifter
Yes, that is normal on many Monaco built coaches....

Yes, that is normal on many Monaco built coaches. There are three solenoid valves that release air from the air bags, but nothing that isolates the air bags from the main air tanks. So, you press the...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-05-2015, 08:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,063
Posted By ShapeShifter
Does it run well on propane when parked? If so,...

Does it run well on propane when parked? If so, my guess is maybe the flame is blowing out while driving? Are all of the shields and baffles in place around the flame? (Of course, this is after...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-05-2015, 08:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,813
Posted By ShapeShifter
Interesting. With the MHM plan I have two tags...

Interesting. With the MHM plan I have two tags for the MH: a blue one for use while towing (coded for four axles) and a white one for not towing (coded for two axles.) So there appears to be...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-05-2015, 07:17 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,813
Posted By ShapeShifter
EZ-Pass question

Thanks for the kind words.

Actually, you're paying a little less than that. A few weeks ago, I forgot to swap the tags around: the MH still gad the white two axle tag, and my toad (also an F-150)...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 08-04-2015, 04:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,062
Posted By ShapeShifter
It's your Voyager monitor, not the Aladdin. ...

It's your Voyager monitor, not the Aladdin.

If you have the same model as I do, it has four inputs: rear camera, left camera, right camera, and auxiliary video (which is the Aladdin.) It's the...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-04-2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,813
Posted By ShapeShifter
Yes, anything over 7'6" high over the drive axles...

Yes, anything over 7'6" high over the drive axles pays a higher rate per axle.

Cash costs more than EZ-Pass.

Don't wait, RUN to an EZ-Pass service center, and bring along your motorhome...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-01-2015, 11:50 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,765
Posted By ShapeShifter
All of the answers in this thread are correct -...

All of the answers in this thread are correct - at least when applied to the individual poster's own rig. But the answer may or not apply to your rig.

For example, on mine, I have to manually dump...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 07-31-2015, 09:18 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 16,502
Posted By ShapeShifter
It's a matter of the diseases you can get from...

It's a matter of the diseases you can get from it. While there are some diseases that can be transmitted from animals, and some of those can be transmitted through feces, there are a LOT more...
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