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Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-30-2022, 03:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 150
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Try some CLR, many people have a bottle laying...

Try some CLR, many people have a bottle laying around at home. Use it liberally.
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-29-2022, 07:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 167
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Yeah....I've brain farted a few times as I'm on...

Yeah....I've brain farted a few times as I'm on incident #3.
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-29-2022, 07:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 269
Posted By Dutch Star Don
As stated, one person from the top and one from...

As stated, one person from the top and one from the bottom will make it easier. As long as you have to disassemble the top, to access, I would spend the time to thoroughly clean the exterior of the...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-28-2022, 11:20 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,535
Posted By Dutch Star Don
I don't think many know, but most newer coaches...

I don't think many know, but most newer coaches with an engine brake can leave their cruise control on and the engine brake on. When your speed exceeds a certain parameter on a grade, the engine...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-28-2022, 09:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 670
Posted By Dutch Star Don
All law enforcement agencies have contracts with...

All law enforcement agencies have contracts with tow companies. To keep those contracts, the tow companies need to do a good job, or they get dumped. If you get in a situation where your ERS is...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-28-2022, 08:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 167
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Jeff....on the left/middle of your dash is a...

Jeff....on the left/middle of your dash is a yellow check engine light that looks like an engine block. That light will stay lit for about 20 seconds after all the other lights go off, when starting...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-27-2022, 08:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 114
Posted By Dutch Star Don
It depends on where your fuel sending unit is...

It depends on where your fuel sending unit is located. On many Monacos, the fuel pick up was located on the driver's side via a bay door. You could remove it and extend the tube. I don't know how the...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-27-2022, 07:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 382
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Pismo Coast Village about 4 years ago..... ...

Pismo Coast Village about 4 years ago.....

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Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-27-2022, 07:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 720
Posted By Dutch Star Don
When we first started using the card 2-3 years...

When we first started using the card 2-3 years ago, the only place we saw a decent savings was at T/A and Petro. Pilot, Flying J and Loves were miniscule. Then they started guarantying that Loves...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-27-2022, 11:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 293
Posted By Dutch Star Don
I think you're stuck in the same ship the rest of...

I think you're stuck in the same ship the rest of us are in. Ten years ago, you could call one or two months out and book an entire trip. If you were traveling by yourself, you could almost get spots...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-26-2022, 02:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 268
Posted By Dutch Star Don
The adjustment for the awning is on the front of...

The adjustment for the awning is on the front of the rear awning and the rear of the front awning. This way, you can adjust both where they meet in the middle. Extend the awning out about two feet....
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-25-2022, 10:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 506
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Just something to clarify.....some manufacturers,...

Just something to clarify.....some manufacturers, like Monaco, put a duplex outlet in the refrigerator compartment. Half of that outlet was connected strictly to shore power and the generator. The...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-25-2022, 09:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 282
Posted By Dutch Star Don
That's nice to know. I feel that the fan comes on...

That's nice to know. I feel that the fan comes on needlessly with the A/C on and robs fuel mileage.
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-25-2022, 09:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 105
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Sometimes you need to pull the brass buttons out...

Sometimes you need to pull the brass buttons out on the door frame and make sure the wires are securely connected to the back side of them and not corroded.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-25-2022, 06:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 448
Posted By Dutch Star Don
I wrote a nice post on his FB page.

I wrote a nice post on his FB page.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-25-2022, 04:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 448
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Still Some Good People Out There

My daughter, son-in-law and two young grandkids took their 2016 Cougar fifth wheel to the redwoods this last week. They had a great time and on the way home, two hours into a seven-hour drive, they...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-25-2022, 04:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 235
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Your correct....two u-joints and the slip joint....

Your correct....two u-joints and the slip joint. I run mine up on wooden ramps and it's still not high enough to get under there with a creeper as I'm a robust guy. :whistling: So, I shimmy around...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-25-2022, 04:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 282
Posted By Dutch Star Don
I make it a habit to turn the dash A/C off if the...

I make it a habit to turn the dash A/C off if the campground has dirt roads. We once blasted a campground near Seattle when we first got our 2014 DS. We drove down a dirt road and I could see people...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-25-2022, 04:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 78
Posted By Dutch Star Don
If you have a good relationship with your selling...

If you have a good relationship with your selling dealer, see what they will charge you for it. they may help you some with a little discount.

On our 2019 Dutch Star we broke two of those motors....
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-25-2022, 03:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 506
Posted By Dutch Star Don
It's all about the refer electronics. Some refers...

It's all about the refer electronics. Some refers don't play well with MSW inverters. The Samsungs converted the 110 power to 12-volt power internally and is why they worked well with MSW.

Odds...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-25-2022, 03:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 271
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Personally, I would push them to at least 7 years...

Personally, I would push them to at least 7 years and, in the interim, find two matching Michelins. At the 7-year mark, replace the front two and push the rears another year or so.
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 06-25-2022, 02:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 481
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Think about when you look at RV's at a show or on...

Think about when you look at RV's at a show or on the dealer's lot. They have the slides out without having the jacks down. There is no need to put your jacks down unless you're saying that you have...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-25-2022, 02:33 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,046
Posted By Dutch Star Don
It's no different than being charged for shop...

It's no different than being charged for shop towels, lubricants and disposal of chemical waste or debris, like tires or oil. They have to figure all of that into their daily working expenses and it...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-25-2022, 02:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 235
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Here you go..... 369328 The most...

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The most difficult thing to grease is the small driveshaft that drives the engine cooling fan. It's just hard to reach. It has two fittings. I made a special grease...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-25-2022, 10:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 282
Posted By Dutch Star Don
At least from 2014 forward, on a Freightliner,...

At least from 2014 forward, on a Freightliner, the engine fan goes to HIGH when the A/C is on.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-24-2022, 08:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 886
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Same for us, RV travel was NEVER the cheapest...

Same for us, RV travel was NEVER the cheapest form of travel....it's a luxury. When we can no longer afford or physically able to do so, we'll do something else.
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-24-2022, 08:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 757
Posted By Dutch Star Don
We originally ran the TST without the repeater...

We originally ran the TST without the repeater and no sensors on the toad. The system often dropped the signal. We added the repeater and it worked great from then on.
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-24-2022, 03:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 692
Posted By Dutch Star Don
In 33 years of owning an RV with dual rear...

In 33 years of owning an RV with dual rear wheels, I've never rotated the tires. It's just not practical. Our current coach has a tag axle. On a coach with a tag, if you get some unusual wear on a...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-24-2022, 11:13 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,946
Posted By Dutch Star Don
There is only one rule needed to be observed when...

There is only one rule needed to be observed when disconnecting your toad....COMMON SENSE.

Every campground is different. Visually examine the campground as you enter and decide if you can do the...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-24-2022, 10:35 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,825
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Here is something I wrote when we first got our...

Here is something I wrote when we first got our coach and were new to hydronic heating. Depending on the outside temp and campground water temp, determines how hot you're water needs to be. If you're...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-24-2022, 10:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 757
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Just to clarify, I have the TST 507 with 12...

Just to clarify, I have the TST 507 with 12 sensors. It works great and has been running without an issue for 8 years. However, if I had to buy one TODAY, I would probably go with the Tire Minder so...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-23-2022, 10:57 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 757
Posted By Dutch Star Don
TST is probably one of the most popular, but Tire...

TST is probably one of the most popular, but Tire Minder has stepped up their game and the new model shows all the tires at once versus scrolling thru tire by tire like the TST does.


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Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-23-2022, 10:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 550
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Ouch!

Ouch!
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-23-2022, 04:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 632
Posted By Dutch Star Don
The company where I bought mine recommended...

The company where I bought mine recommended coating the new board with bee's wax. I bought a squeeze tube and put on a liberal amount when new and now about once a year. It keeps it nice.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-22-2022, 09:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 338
Posted By Dutch Star Don
To each his own.....if you intend to spend hours...

To each his own.....if you intend to spend hours eating at the kitchen table and gazing out the window, I guess one on the passenger side might be important. For us, we often eat at our recliner/sofa...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-22-2022, 09:38 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,928
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Actually, a reasonable size and brightness of LED...

Actually, a reasonable size and brightness of LED strip lights under the edge of the coach or a slide is much less intrusive than most patio or door lights. They shine down, giving you enough light...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-22-2022, 09:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 120
Posted By Dutch Star Don
I'm guessing the two metal rods that fit inside...

I'm guessing the two metal rods that fit inside the tubes on both sides of the table is where the movement is coming from. You might try and find some plastic sleeves that will fit over the rods and...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-22-2022, 09:20 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,535
Posted By Dutch Star Don
I think the OP was asking something different...

I think the OP was asking something different then some of the responses that were provided. I believe the OP was asking if more fuel was being used when the engine brake was on. The answer.....no...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-22-2022, 09:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 247
Posted By Dutch Star Don
First off, the 35' rule is antiquated and not...

First off, the 35' rule is antiquated and not necessarily true for many parks. As an example, Yosemite has a 35' rule. When they measure their 35' sites, it's from the street to a concrete barricade....
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 06-22-2022, 08:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 297
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Why do all that work and go cheap on replacing...

Why do all that work and go cheap on replacing the spring hardware. Pull the brakes, clean the backing plates, lube the spots where the shoes rub and install new hardware. Use an emery cloth to rough...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 06-22-2022, 08:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 297
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Install another back flush nozzle in a spot where...

Install another back flush nozzle in a spot where you can access the black tank. Reroute the flush hose to the new flusher and leave the leaking one in place.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-22-2022, 08:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 984
Posted By Dutch Star Don
We have two macerator toilets that use a lot of...

We have two macerator toilets that use a lot of water. We don't add anything unless were boondocking and cut back on the water or its very hot outside. On those few occasions, we use Happy Camper.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-22-2022, 04:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 497
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Before you tear apart any bottom panels, try and...

Before you tear apart any bottom panels, try and access the tanks through a body panel or bay door. My guess.....you blew water past the vent pipe or blew the vent pipe off. Typically, if you can see...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-22-2022, 04:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,022
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Are you saying that BOTH of your toilets don't...

Are you saying that BOTH of your toilets don't flush well and spit back debris? If just one is doing this, you may have an issue with the macerator, possibly a blockage.
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-22-2022, 03:54 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,825
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Typically, the "Aire" coaches on up will heat the...

Typically, the "Aire" coaches on up will heat the engine via the Oasis, Dutch Star down doesn't.
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 06-21-2022, 07:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 154
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Since it looks like you'll need right around 11...

Since it looks like you'll need right around 11 gallons, here is a good way to do it. Buy two gallons of coolant concentrate. Add both and then fill the rest with 50/50 mix. This way, the two gallons...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-21-2022, 06:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 410
Posted By Dutch Star Don
Just to through a monkey wrench into your plans....

Just to through a monkey wrench into your plans. My kitchen slide has two motors with encoders. I broke the same front motor twice (gears broke). After the second one I was a little perturbed and...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-21-2022, 11:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 176
Posted By Dutch Star Don
My mistake....I missed the heading that said...

My mistake....I missed the heading that said Dometic. I would still try to manually open it.
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-20-2022, 08:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 579
Posted By Dutch Star Don
An old school way would be to install the new...

An old school way would be to install the new batteries, turn on the headlights for a while so that the batteries drop some and start charging. Take a voltage reading when you install them and then...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-20-2022, 07:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 579
Posted By Dutch Star Don
The two starting batteries are maintenance free....

The two starting batteries are maintenance free. At 5 years old, they may have just gone belly up. I know another member on here had is 2018 DS starting batteries quit at three years.

I've been...
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