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Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 03-24-2019, 07:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 893
Posted By dirko
I was constantly facing this problem so I just...

I was constantly facing this problem so I just made an adapter for the air hose that fits on to this and has the correct female on the other end. Harbor Freight has the partsócheap.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 04-30-2018, 04:16 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,378
Posted By dirko
There is really a lesson to be learned here that...

There is really a lesson to be learned here that has yet to be stated. It is: If you possibly can do the work yourself and you will be sure it is done right. If not, then be very specific about...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-24-2017, 11:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,485
Posted By dirko
I'm surprised that you haven't had a failed...

I'm surprised that you haven't had a failed charge solenoid in your RV experience. Most of us have. This is a round cylinder with a large wire attached to each side. One is the house battery and...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-04-2017, 08:20 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,673
Posted By dirko
If you don't mind used (we think it is the only...

If you don't mind used (we think it is the only way to go) I (as many others) recommend a good DP. There are many reasons. The only caveat is that of your exit strategy... It is somewhat difficult...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 04-28-2017, 10:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,256
Posted By dirko
Hello: You are trying to diagnose a problem...

Hello: You are trying to diagnose a problem without getting the needed info. Your trusty VOM (even the $5 [or free] one) from Harbor Freight is all you need. Measure the battery voltage on both...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 04-02-2017, 08:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,790
Posted By dirko
When we want a lot of hot water, for example when...

When we want a lot of hot water, for example when there are multiple people taking a shower one after another we simply turn on the electrical and the propane at the same time.

It is hard to use...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 10-04-2016, 01:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,718
Posted By dirko
My friend tried something like what you're...

My friend tried something like what you're proposing. He got things a little mixed up and managed to get 220 v. on the 120 v. bus. He cooked a bunch of stuff but managed to get it going (with help)...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 10-04-2016, 12:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 782
Posted By dirko
Since I don't winterize with pink stuff (air...

Since I don't winterize with pink stuff (air only) I don't do anything when putting the coach in service, so the rod goes back in as do the filters. I just put water in the fresh water tank when I...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-11-2016, 03:02 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,629
Posted By dirko
For me it has nothing to do with cost. I just...

For me it has nothing to do with cost. I just don't like dealing with the pink stuff and having to clean out the system (including ice maker) when using the coach again. I do believe in protecting...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-09-2016, 02:08 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,629
Posted By dirko
That's how I've been doing it for 40 years now--3...

That's how I've been doing it for 40 years now--3 motorhomes and a house in WY where it gets cold, -30 deg. No pink stuff, no hassle, and it takes less time (for me at least). And when you want to...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 07-25-2016, 09:26 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,346
Posted By dirko
The answer is that wires are protected by circuit...

The answer is that wires are protected by circuit breakers, so if you have 20 amp breakers you need at least AWG 12 wires. 15 amp breaker requires at least AWG 14. The input wires should also be...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 07-15-2016, 06:17 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,679
Posted By dirko
Sorry to be negative, but using aluminum along...

Sorry to be negative, but using aluminum along with copper is not a good idea. You will get galvanic action at the interface that will destroy the terminal and result in a high resistance contact. ...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 07-13-2016, 07:59 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,679
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: First the easy part: 12/3 means 3 wires...

Hi Ho: First the easy part: 12/3 means 3 wires each 12 AWG (American wire gauge). 3/0 means wire that is 000 size. Common wire sizes (each larger than the previous) are: 16 AWG, 14 AWG, 12 AWG,...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-05-2016, 07:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 786
Posted By dirko
Hello: Since you want to do stuff yourself, you...

Hello: Since you want to do stuff yourself, you should understand how a motorhome and its components work. Go to the tiffinrvnetwork.com forum, look at the upper right where it says "choose a link"...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 06-05-2016, 07:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,661
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: I hardly ever bother with the jacks if...

Hi Ho: I hardly ever bother with the jacks if the coach is reasonably level. The residential refrigerator doesn't care and we don't really notice. We have been doing this for a couple of years now...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 05-04-2016, 07:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,877
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: Does that include the 50 amp plug with...

Hi Ho: Does that include the 50 amp plug with the molded handle? I assume that is the 50 amp Eaton with the single 50 amp outlet at approx. $30?
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 01-05-2016, 12:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,033
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: You could just willy-nilly replace...

Hi Ho: You could just willy-nilly replace everything in the electrical system and find a loose or broken connection somewhere. The right way to trouble-shoot electrical problems is to simply make...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 12-11-2015, 11:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,085
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: We are very happy with our Whirlpool, and...

Hi Ho: We are very happy with our Whirlpool, and it does have ice/water in the door. You also need to pay attention to how it will be powered when it isn't plugged in to shore power. I don't know...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 12-02-2015, 11:47 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 10,993
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: I can think of at least two mistakes that...

Hi Ho: I can think of at least two mistakes that were made here. The first is in trying to maintain a Nevercold. The second is trying to have Camping World be involved in fixing something.

The...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 12-01-2015, 03:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,040
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: If you are going to the trouble to replace...

Hi Ho: If you are going to the trouble to replace with TV, why not go all the way and just use HDMI? You didn't say if you have satellite TV and what kind of antenna. If you have a Winegard...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 10-29-2015, 07:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 938
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: Here's another possibility: We have a...

Hi Ho: Here's another possibility: We have a 2007 Tiffin Phaeton and wanted a RR (residential refrigerator), (which by the way is the best thing we have done for the coach). Many (if not most)...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 10-29-2015, 06:52 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 21,792
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: I installed a push button switch...

Hi Ho: I installed a push button switch energizes the water solenoid for the ice maker so that can be blown along with everything else. Be sure to run water out of the spigot for filling water cups...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-30-2015, 12:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,915
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: I may have missed this, but you always...

Hi Ho: I may have missed this, but you always remove the ground connection first and connect it last. This way you can't short the battery to ground and make like an arc welder. Also, since it...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 04-14-2015, 08:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,107
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: RR doesn't have to be level, but you do. ...

Hi Ho: RR doesn't have to be level, but you do. Unless you can lean to one side and don't mind the eggs being on one side of the pan. We don't usually level unless the site is really out (more...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 01-17-2015, 11:55 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,059
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: Using a small portable air compressor may...

Hi Ho: Using a small portable air compressor may work, but will take a fair amount of time because the tank is so small. I try to keep the pressure above 40 psi to do an effective job, and even...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 01-17-2015, 11:40 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,689
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: While it is true that electric heaters...

Hi Ho: While it is true that electric heaters are 100% efficient electricity is usually way more expensive than, for example, natural gas. The Amish claim to save money by limiting the amount the...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 01-17-2015, 11:23 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,704
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: Tireman9 obviously has it right with this...

Hi Ho: Tireman9 obviously has it right with this contingency: Our Acura (and many other OEM monitoring systems) yells loud when tire pressure isn't what it think it should be. This results in a...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-10-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,800
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: Since we don't know what kind of...

Hi Ho: Since we don't know what kind of refrigerator (ice maker) you have and what approach you use to winterize, your question is hard to answer. However, I can tell you what I have always done. ...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-10-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 826
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: Most coaches wire the CO detector...

Hi Ho: Most coaches wire the CO detector directly to the battery (through a fuse of course). Short of finding the fuse you have to disconnect the battery to remove power. But since it is 12 volts,...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 10-27-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,525
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: Dan has the right answer. Why guess what...

Hi Ho: Dan has the right answer. Why guess what (or where) the problem lies. Just get a simple, inexpensive VOM and measure where the voltage is (and where it isn't). Or course wiring diagrams...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-10-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,424
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: Since you are limited in how much you...

Hi Ho: Since you are limited in how much you want to spend I think you will get a better coach in a gasser. Having had both, I don't think HP or torque or any other engine factor is important. ...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 10-09-2014, 07:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 749
Posted By dirko
Power Gear slideout gear removal

Hi Ho: Does anyone know how to remove the the drive gear from the driveshaft? There are three roll pins holding it. If there were two with through holes I would simply use a drift punch and drive...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 09-03-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,657
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: What is an Amp Gauge? If you mean...

Hi Ho: What is an Amp Gauge? If you mean ammeter, that measure current, not voltage. If it is voltage, then that is a volt meter. What you need is a simple cheap VOM to determine what the...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 08-27-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,167
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: The idea is to find how the failed...

Hi Ho: The idea is to find how the failed devices share a power/ground source in common. With a similar recent failure I noticed that the backup camera and the truck A/C were not operating. We...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 07-16-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,661
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: Our friends bought exactly the same coach...

Hi Ho: Our friends bought exactly the same coach about 2 years ago and have been happy with it in spite of numerous problems. They have had problems with the chassis heater and ac and numerous...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 07-13-2014, 07:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,360
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: Some LED lights use a pulse width...

Hi Ho: Some LED lights use a pulse width regulated drive signal to regulate the current. While this is more efficient than a resistor it can (and does) generate Electromagnetic Interference (EMI). ...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 07-02-2014, 08:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 941
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: On our 2006 Phaeton 40 QDH with...

Hi Ho: On our 2006 Phaeton 40 QDH with Freightliner chassis, it is on the bottom of the steering column about 10 inches from the steering wheel, in the center. Just pull it out to engage. We use...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 05-20-2014, 10:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,561
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: Most common cause is the step motor. You...

Hi Ho: Most common cause is the step motor. You can just apply 12 volts directly to the motor to see if it will move. If it doesn't, time for a new motor. Kwikee is expensive, but there are...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 05-13-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 29,290
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: Some people really think the world...

Hi Ho: Some people really think the world revolves around them, and forget that others also live on the planet. When we moved into our new home, we planned an RV garage in the back yard, which is...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 05-13-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,882
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: Charles, I still don't know why you want...

Hi Ho: Charles, I still don't know why you want to replace your inverter with a sin wave model. However, many (most) refrigerators really prefer the sin wave type, so I assume that this is the...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 04-17-2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,230
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: I'm sure the last two guys have nailed...

Hi Ho: I'm sure the last two guys have nailed the problem. The generator/shore power changeover relay has two sets of contacts for L1 and L2. If one side were not making contact you would have...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 03-31-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,558
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: We are also going to Red Bay to get some...

Hi Ho: We are also going to Red Bay to get some work done, but will not visit the Tiffin repair facilities. McKinney RV (right across the street from Tiffin) has done excellent work for us. They...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 03-30-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,952
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: We have a 2006 Phaeton 40QDH, so maybe...

Hi Ho: We have a 2006 Phaeton 40QDH, so maybe the same bathroom lights (or maybe not). Anyway, don't underestimate the switch requirement just because they are 12 volt. Switches are rated by...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 03-28-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,604
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: For what it's worth: The shop that...

Hi Ho: For what it's worth: The shop that changed my tires used a 1-in (not 1/2 or 3/4) inch impact wrench set at 500 ft.lbs. I have changed my own tires for years, but I seriously doubt my 1/2...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 03-27-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,519
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: Diesel generators (like everything else...

Hi Ho: Diesel generators (like everything else in your coach) need regular maintenance. They need (at least) the followsing: oil change, coolant check (or change), oil filter replace, replace...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 03-27-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,475
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: Well, you have enough contradictory...

Hi Ho: Well, you have enough contradictory replies that this should keep you going. Disconnect negative cable first is correct. If you touch ground with the wrench nothing happens (since the...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 03-13-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,308
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: I used silicon and didn't like the way it...

Hi Ho: I used silicon and didn't like the way it worked (to say nothing about trying to reseal it later). The other thing I discovered is that the thing that caused the cracks to develop is that...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 03-10-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,713
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: Maybe your PhD needs a refresher. 11...

Hi Ho: Maybe your PhD needs a refresher. 11 amps X 120 volts = 1320 watts. And for what it's worth the Xantrex SW1000 (a 1000 watt sin wave inverter) will not power most residential refrigerators....
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 01-28-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,295
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: I'm not sure if this applies to your 05,...

Hi Ho: I'm not sure if this applies to your 05, but our 06 is wired so that the docking lights require the key to be on. I believe this is a mistake that is easily corrected. There are two power...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 12-26-2013, 01:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,001
Posted By dirko
Hi Ho: This isn't going to help much, but the...

Hi Ho: This isn't going to help much, but the basement is cold (relative to the living space) and just due to simple thermodynamics that means the floor will feel (be) cold. Tiffin has started to...
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