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Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 12-13-2017, 07:04 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,408
Posted By ahicks
My local Bank of America cashed the check based...

My local Bank of America cashed the check based on the fact it was written on a business account of one of THEIR OWN clients located in Miami, at another branch BOA. It likely took BOA 30 seconds to...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 12-01-2017, 05:46 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,902
Posted By ahicks
Regarding a back up plan, we used to carry a 10...

Regarding a back up plan, we used to carry a 10 amp charger with us. When arriving at a destination with a dead toad battery (doesn't happen often, but it does happen), you can fire up the genny (if...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-29-2017, 10:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,568
Posted By ahicks
Ever notice the dollies running around minus...

Ever notice the dollies running around minus fenders, guys complaining about other dolly failures (e.g. ramps)? Those are the guys playing it safe with tire pressure as well. Running at max and...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-29-2017, 07:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,568
Posted By ahicks
You should know that if you suspect a tire is...

You should know that if you suspect a tire is low, proper inflation can be easily verified after running the tire at speed just a few miles and can be done with no special tools. You use your hand...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-28-2017, 06:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,568
Posted By ahicks
You're getting the cart before the horse. The...

You're getting the cart before the horse. The focus should be setting up (determining proper air pressure) for what your actual load is, not the max weight the tires are capable of.

Why would you...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 11-26-2017, 06:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,685
Posted By ahicks
These really aren't that hard to...

These really aren't that hard to troubleshoot/fix, until you start trying to reinvent them with creative wiring. "Jiggling" wires is not part of a good trouble shooting plan either. When you get...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-26-2017, 06:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,568
Posted By ahicks
I doubt seriously the 55mph speed rating on the...

I doubt seriously the 55mph speed rating on the dolly was based on tire performance. There are other factors to be considered, like the towing laws in various states for instance.

As mentioned,...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-11-2017, 06:28 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,079
Posted By ahicks
Oil rated for use in a diesel is generally a...

Oil rated for use in a diesel is generally a higher quality oil that easily meets specs for use in gas, so it's fine for use in gas. Another Shell Rotella fan. Inexpensive very high quality oil.
...
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 09-29-2017, 06:48 PM
Replies: 609
Views: 180,266
Posted By ahicks
I thought our Endeavor handled great for what it...

I thought our Endeavor handled great for what it was, even though it was on the 4 bag Freightliner chassis. About the only time we ever get uncomfortable is going across 80 through the Badlands....
Forum: Vintage RV's 09-25-2017, 08:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,908
Posted By ahicks
Second place to look would be in the entry door...

Second place to look would be in the entry door area - often under one of the steps.
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 09-24-2017, 03:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,778
Posted By ahicks
All or certainly most of the P-30's came with...

All or certainly most of the P-30's came with front airbags. The reason for that ends up being a finger pointing exercise, but the bottom line was the coach's front springs were wimpy and the air...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-08-2017, 07:16 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,913
Posted By ahicks
I like the idea of strapping the RV down, but a...

I like the idea of strapping the RV down, but a little concerned about the areas of the roof where the straps will be riding. I'm thinking maybe running your straps over the trailer's frame might be...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-07-2017, 09:09 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,913
Posted By ahicks
I read through all of the responses pretty...

I read through all of the responses pretty quickly, and did not see where the OP mentioned whether or not his home was in a flood plane. Most GPS's will provide height above sea level if you aren't...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-02-2017, 02:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,845
Posted By ahicks
Can I just say that mud daubers can actually plug...

Can I just say that mud daubers can actually plug the outlet side of one of these valves solid enough to prevent air escaping when the solenoid is engaged?
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 08-31-2017, 06:45 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,794
Posted By ahicks
Sorry, I really struggle with this line of...

Sorry, I really struggle with this line of thought.

"I found most people who have slides have had numerous problems with them and we did not want issues either."


There's a good reason...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 08-19-2017, 06:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 732
Posted By ahicks
I think to some extent anyway, that some of this...

I think to some extent anyway, that some of this is going to depend on where the coach is stored. We kept ours covered with the ceiling vents and a couple of windows open to encourage air circulation...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-19-2017, 05:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 801
Posted By ahicks
There are just 2 wires that go to them. Neither...

There are just 2 wires that go to them. Neither wire leads to ground, and the light fixture isn't grounded. When the running lights only is on, the side marker lights ground through the turn signal...
Forum: Vintage RV's 08-05-2017, 10:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 962
Posted By ahicks
Those stupid starter nose cones can cause a ton...

Those stupid starter nose cones can cause a ton of issues, requiring shimming etc. There are (were?) several designs available. If the one that's on it now has a history of working correctly, I'd...
Forum: Vintage RV's 08-05-2017, 06:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 842
Posted By ahicks
If you have a "stucco" pattern, it's most likely...

If you have a "stucco" pattern, it's most likely filon, often thought of as fiberglass, but generally thinner. Comes in large sheets. Same stuff, or possibly the smooth non textured version, often...
Forum: Vintage RV's 08-05-2017, 06:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 962
Posted By ahicks
I'd pull that starter down before getting into a...

I'd pull that starter down before getting into a flywheel R&R. Thinking a weak or dragging starter solenoid (or possibly a wiring issue?) could cause the same symptoms, and with starter off, you...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-05-2017, 06:19 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,412
Posted By ahicks
I was going to say leveling system until I saw...

I was going to say leveling system until I saw the GPS thought - and then the toad.

Completely spoiled....

Dog goes without saying, doesn't fit within the "accessory" category. Like, I...
Forum: Vintage RV's 08-03-2017, 06:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,335
Posted By ahicks
Myself, if you figure your labor is worth...

Myself, if you figure your labor is worth ANYTHING, I would haul this trailer off to the dump and consider it an expensive lesson. With roof, walls, and floors rotted, there's nothing there to work...
Forum: Entegra Owner's Forum 07-24-2017, 07:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,505
Posted By ahicks
Amish kitchens are to die for!

Amish kitchens are to die for!
Forum: Freightliner Motorhome Chassis Forum 07-21-2017, 01:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 852
Posted By ahicks
There are recalls, and there are service...

There are recalls, and there are service bulletins. Recalls are generally safety related, and I've never heard of one of those "expiring".

Service bulletins are another matter entirely. They may...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 07-09-2017, 07:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,516
Posted By ahicks
This^^^ Regarding inspections, make sure...

This^^^

Regarding inspections, make sure your inspector understands he is to take a picture of anything he's not happy with. This to document the issue (very often sellers are in denial!), and...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 07-07-2017, 06:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,778
Posted By ahicks
It would be more about the coach itself for me -...

It would be more about the coach itself for me - especially as they approach 15-20 years old. Appliances and other mechanical "stuff" can all be replaced rather economically when compared to advanced...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 07-01-2017, 01:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 686
Posted By ahicks
Another vote for the laid back traveling along 2....

Another vote for the laid back traveling along 2. The thing I wanted to add is the fact there are 2 main routes across the UP. Staying on 2 all the way to the Mackinaw Bridge is the southern route....
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 07-01-2017, 01:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,052
Posted By ahicks
The cab Heater/AC functions are all controlled by...

The cab Heater/AC functions are all controlled by vacuum as well.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 07-01-2017, 06:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,179
Posted By ahicks
I'd agree that loose wall paper may not be a deal...

I'd agree that loose wall paper may not be a deal breaker - but that's assuming the luan underneath isn't rotted/delaminating, even a little. That's a pretty easy repair.

I'm all for generating a...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 07-01-2017, 05:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 821
Posted By ahicks
Holly not bad, but Brighton might not be bad...

Holly not bad, but Brighton might not be bad either. Thinking of their access to the freeways. Still going to be quite a commute. Rush hours to be avoided for sure!

Pontiac Lake is an often...
Forum: Cummins Engines 06-25-2017, 06:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,436
Posted By ahicks
Because there is no oil change interval extension...

Because there is no oil change interval extension when going with synthetic, and because the engines seem to last forever on dino anyway, synthetic is difficult to justify - unless it makes you sleep...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 06-25-2017, 07:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 421
Posted By ahicks
Not all techs are really up on what's going on. I...

Not all techs are really up on what's going on. I would try a different LP facility in case you happened upon one of them. An LP tank indicating 25% that won't allow itself to be filled would be on...
Forum: Vintage RV's 06-25-2017, 07:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 699
Posted By ahicks
Regarding no 12v. unless the key is on, at that...

Regarding no 12v. unless the key is on, at that point you are likely supplying power to the coach from the main/starting battery. It's supplying power through a relay that would normally be supplying...
Forum: Vintage RV's 06-25-2017, 07:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,013
Posted By ahicks
I agree there's not a lot here to go on. The...

I agree there's not a lot here to go on. The generator (makes no difference which one) needs 12v going to it before it's going to turn over. Checking for that would be where I would start.

Edit: ...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-24-2017, 07:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,354
Posted By ahicks
That's a REALLY valid point! That's the LAST...

That's a REALLY valid point! That's the LAST thing you want to have happen to you if there are issues with the repair - during or after completion.

You bought the thing to travel and cart the...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-24-2017, 06:43 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,541
Posted By ahicks
Not following the question either. Too...

Not following the question either. Too subjective.
For more useful info, please define "older" (provide year ranges you're thinking of), and if you are asking about the chassis (engine, drive train,...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 06-22-2017, 05:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,171
Posted By ahicks
No clue where you're at or what you have, but PPL...

No clue where you're at or what you have, but PPL in Houston does a LOT of consignment work, and maintain a great reputation. Not afraid to recommend them at all. People come from all over the...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 06-20-2017, 06:35 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,408
Posted By ahicks
Cashier's checks are a bad plan. There have been...

Cashier's checks are a bad plan. There have been quite a few well documented cases where fraudulent checks were passed.

I recently sold a bike (kind of a collector's bike) to the high bidder...
Forum: Vintage RV's 06-20-2017, 06:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,664
Posted By ahicks
I think you're going to find you will not be able...

I think you're going to find you will not be able to run both of those old A/C's on a 30 amp service. You may get away with it on occasion, but surely not universally.

For starters, though you...
Forum: Fleetwood Owner's Forum 06-20-2017, 05:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,714
Posted By ahicks
Additional to my original note above. I just...

Additional to my original note above. I just noticed the luggage compartment (bath tub) mounted on the roof, and wanted to let you know that the leaks generated by those installs destroyed more roofs...
Forum: Fleetwood Owner's Forum 06-18-2017, 05:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,714
Posted By ahicks
I would suggest that any chassis or accessory can...

I would suggest that any chassis or accessory can be easily fixed or replaced. My concern on a coach this age, would be the coach itself. You need to go over it very carefully looking for any signs...
Forum: Caterpillar Engine Forum 06-18-2017, 05:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,404
Posted By ahicks
Check the front side of the CAC/Radiator to see...

Check the front side of the CAC/Radiator to see if it's not covered with dirt/dust (gook).

You can do a test with a rag held in back of the radiator as well. It will probably blow straight out...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 06-11-2017, 12:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,733
Posted By ahicks
It's a moot point only if you have a closed mind...

It's a moot point only if you have a closed mind on the subject. If you've tried it and it didn't work out, fine. But please don't condemn the practice as impossible. It IS possible, and you don't...
Forum: RV'ing On A Budget 06-11-2017, 08:04 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 10,267
Posted By ahicks
I can see that. I was coming from the perspective...

I can see that. I was coming from the perspective where staying in the RV was due to the fact you were traveling.

I hadn't considered those trying to justify staying in an RV otherwise.
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 06-11-2017, 06:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,733
Posted By ahicks
Absolute Horse Pucky, especilly the part about...

Absolute Horse Pucky, especilly the part about "damaging everything".

To make this assumption is silly or proof of incompetence when backing.

Of course tow bar manf's aren't going to endorse...
Forum: RV'ing On A Budget 06-11-2017, 06:33 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 10,267
Posted By ahicks
First, I agree RVing is a hobby. As such, any...

First, I agree RVing is a hobby. As such, any attempts at justifying cost are not going to end well. That's a simple fact. If you don't believe me, start a list of hobbies that are easily justified...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 06-06-2017, 07:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,881
Posted By ahicks
Our original base is a lakefront home in SE Mi...

Our original base is a lakefront home in SE Mi that we've had forever. It's paid for, and because we've had it so long taxes are reasonable. My brother lives across the street, and I've known my...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 05-29-2017, 05:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,906
Posted By ahicks
Just go. You won't have any trouble finding fuel....

Just go. You won't have any trouble finding fuel. When things get dicey for us in such situations, we just switch to a mode that has us start looking for fuel at 1/2 tank.
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 05-21-2017, 01:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 693
Posted By ahicks
I'd just like to add there's a "lifetime" belt...

I'd just like to add there's a "lifetime" belt available for a lot of applications, that last's a LONG time, and it's not THAT much more than an ordinary belt!
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 04-26-2017, 06:03 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,682
Posted By ahicks
Hank, that late registration fee never came up...

Hank, that late registration fee never came up during the purchase of the 30 day plates, and I did that several times. Where it may come in to play is buying/renewing your tabs online. Seems like I...
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