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RE: Put a decal on back of the Winnie

Carolyn and Bob, that is how I am beginning to feel. Maybe I'll buy Sharon that little Class B she keeps saying she wants. Good looking decal. Hey Caveman, thanks and our first RV was 10 when we bought it and 27 when we sold it. If this one lasts that long I probably won't know who owns it. I'm 76 now so if it lasts till the DDs take my license away from I'll be happy. These decals are very high quality and the price reflects that. I've seen them on a lot of trucks out around where I bought ours. I know my guy made them as he has pointed them out to me. Gloriebkj, I gave the info on the guy that made mine. Go For It! And I know too.
D.E.Bishop 12/08/16 09:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Put a decal on back of the Winnie

Bishop, where was this ordered from please? Skylark, Here is the web site; http://www.spectracoloronline.com/ The decal is about 32"X32", and cost about $200. I will tell you that it was ordered in shop and not online. The decal is one piece and outline cut. It of course had a poly coated backing to protect the adhesive, it also had a front covering that is very sticky. The covering is translucent and allows you to se the graphic for alignment and is removed after applying the decal. It allows you to use a scrapper such as a poly spreader for Bondo or in my case a poly taping knife for drywall patching and prevents scratches while keeping the decal very flat. I'm sure the owner will tell you what equipment and material he used. He can ship small decals and maybe large ones too. The shop owner warned me not to roll up the graphic and not to remove the front cover until after the installation was complete. I'm sure that he would tell you the system he uses and what graphic extension he needs to make the decal on his computer. The layout and proof took him less than 30 seconds. Due to his work load it too about a week to get the decal. Other than the graphic film and ink the most important part of the product was that stick paper on the front of the decal. And thank you for asking, the shop will be very pleased about that. David
D.E.Bishop 12/08/16 06:39am General RVing Issues
Put a decal on back of the Winnie

About 45 years ago we had some friends in the Folk music business who turned us on to J.R.R. Tolkien's books. In the Two Towers, Gandalf posed a riddle or rather recited a riddle with the line "Not all those that wander are lost". Now you have half the background, when we bought the Adventurer early this year, we thought, that's a big expanse of wall back there and the DW wanted to put something on the rear cap. This was mentioned at several Sunday dinners with the kids and grandkids. One day my wife calls me in to look a graphic in several formats, we really fell for the graphic and a bit over $200 later this is what it looks like on our rig. http://i.imgur.com/5DrSEZFl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1jtQSidClick For Full-Size Image. The colors of the graphic blends so well with the colors of the Adventurer and the DD and DW are so please with it. I must tell you though, I have never applied a decal that big or that expensive before and I did it without having one single air bubble.
D.E.Bishop 12/07/16 09:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: converter

I don't think it matters what the converter is doing because the lights run off of the battery, not the converter. Okay lets say you're right, when the converter/charger goes to 14.4 volts to charge the battery, could the lights get brighter than when on 12 volts alone? If the controller/charger sees the batteries as fully charged, would it reduce the charge rate and therefore the lights would dim? Not as simple as you state. To the OP, in my case it was a 25 year old PD converter. Very easy to replace. PD makes a universal replacement. Check at Bestconverter as suggested.
D.E.Bishop 12/06/16 10:04am Tech Issues
RE: Had an unexpected visitor this weekend

We live in Los Angeles City, near the Rose Bowl, Occidental College and South of the 134 Freeway. Looking out our front window(our front is in the back)we see coyote trails all over the vacant lots below our home and the little beggars try to get to the water in our sprinkler system by chewing the sprinkler heads off. One was denning under our neighbors house and about 15 feet from our bedroom. We can see Griffith Park from the front window, that is where P22 lives. P for PUMA. The wilds are here in Los Angeles.
D.E.Bishop 12/06/16 08:43am General RVing Issues
I am looking for a couple good books on RV solar

First off, I have googled solar and several variation of that and I find that there are too many highjacks for my Dyslexic mind to follow. I can sit down and determine what my average daily load is without using any 120vac and I know I would like two more batteries but space is at a premium in my rig. So I am looking for a simple book or publication that I can use to determine what I may need before I ask for help picking out the most efficient system for my rig. I can read and figure stuff out but most posts as I said get hijacked with personal opinions and I looking for a place to start and then help and opinions. TIA
D.E.Bishop 12/04/16 07:25am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Looking at a 1961 Boles Aero

I'm really looking a piece of land and the '61 BA is sitting there. I know that they were made in Burbank and the factory was on San Fernando Rd. The land is worth pretty much what they are asking for it and the trailer is a throw away to the owners. I kind of like the idea of leaving it there and restoring as it has some water damage to the ceiling. The problem is I can't find any printed info on floor plans, features and costs. I Googled a lot of different items to find out about clubs, factory address, fact sheets, owners, anything that would help identify the trailer and find out if this is still one with riveted aluminum framing. I can see that the stove has been replaced, or at least I assumed it came with a propane stove and not electric. Everything else seems to be original. I'm prepared to face the problems of replacing some of the old with new and making stuff fit, I am a sawdust maker so the ceiling and cabinet work is no big deal for me but if the framing is wood, I think I just haul it out here to CA and sell it for cheap to a collector or junk yard back there if it is not repairable. I'm not going to be able to view it again until Feb but the owners know that and may just wait for me to return. You know how that goes though. Any help on those items I listed above or any other stuff will be appreciated. Thanks.
D.E.Bishop 12/04/16 07:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Model Year Different From VIN

My '90 Bounder was the same. Chassis made in 1989, coach built in 1989 and labeled as 1990. To compound things, in 1990 there were two model years, 1990 and 1990 1/2. Mine is registered as 1990 and was good for the warranty period and insurance purposes. Just as long as you know to ask for parts based on the VIN, your okay.
D.E.Bishop 12/04/16 06:47am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dash air doesn't work

I had a vacuum failure in my '90 Bounder and the control was from a Dodge Dart. I think that Winnie is a little more on top of things than that so here's how to start; Go to the Winnebago.Com site and download the parts catalog for that model. Make sure the part is available, it probably is from Lichtsinn. Don't buy it yet because you probably don't need it, it's just for knowledge in case it is bad. Knowing you can mess something up and have access to a replacement is comforting. Buy a Mighty-Vac hand vacuum tool, or one from HFT. Remove the vacuum lines one at a time from the control, using the M-V check for leaks and return good lines to the controls and replace any bad one with black rubber hose as noted above.. I'll bet you find the leak or bad activator motor real fast with the M-V. I would take a couple pictures and label any lines you replace with the color of the original line or the vacuum motor it goes to. Photographing the back of the control with all wires, cables and vacuum lines and labeling any lines replaced with a black hose is just a precaution for trouble shooting in the future. When I had a failure with the Bounder, the workers(not really techs) never checked for leaks. When I got it home I went to an Auto AC shop and picked the owners mind. He said it was simple and it was. You just have to have faith in yourself. If your friend doesn't want to do it himself, go to any GOOD, REPUTABLE, Auto AC shop. They really do know what to do, they just charge +/- $125.00 per hour.
D.E.Bishop 12/04/16 06:29am Tech Issues
RE: OR-WA Coat to Olympic Peninsula

D.E.Bishop...I've spent a few summers in Waldport and have always bought a non-resident shellfish license for crabbing. Am I missing a free deal? Crabbing from the CITY pier is free, no license required. I'm too lazy most of the time to catch my own and usually buy them where you rent the rings.
D.E.Bishop 12/04/16 12:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Winnebago RV house batteries

We have an 02 Adventurer and found that since June when everything was working great that our batteries are toast too. FYI, somewhere about 11VDC the panel shuts off the batteries at the disconnect. I would use a good charger and try recharging the batteries before doing anything else. If like mine they just go up in the 12 Volt range and then drain down fairly quick, your out of luck. If they hold in the +13 volt range your ok but watch them as if it happens again it will damage your batteries. Personally, I would open the battery compartment and lift the cables off the batteries and do the charging. If you have a meter, not test light, after the charge is complete read everything and then after a few hours reconnect the batteries and read them and compare to the meter in the All In One panel, should be in the 13 volt range. The converter, probably under the fridge, is where the 120 VAC is converted to 12VDC. This is where the cables to charge your batteries while on shore power start. Charging from the engine alternator is via a devise commonly called a BIRD. Bi Directional Relay Delay. This selects when it is time to charge the chassis and or house batteries. Hopefully you have a diagram of the bird and how it works. It will show where the Bird is connected to the battery disconnect relays. You can Google Intellitec BIRD. It's all really simple after you look at the drawings and read the directions. With the house and chassis batteries fully charged, turn on the engine and using either the All In One meter read the voltages being supplied to the batteries. The should read like the users instructions say.
D.E.Bishop 12/03/16 07:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: OR-WA Coat to Olympic Peninsula

Do you have any other reservations? How long do you have for this trip? Any kids or just you folks and the dog? Do you have a towed(I assume you do)? There are about 783,000 posts on this subject and the number one suggestion is do it the other direction if possible. Newport Aquarium. Waldport crabbing if in season(free, no license). Newport Waterfront. South Beach park in Newport. Beverly Beach CG. Cape Disappointment. Ft. Clatsop. HOH Rainforest. Kalalock CG. Just a few with no other info.
D.E.Bishop 12/03/16 07:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Help with Dometic Digital Thermostat

Thanks everyone. Our cousin has been on the road for about a month and in some cool weather, so she has been using the furnace for awhile. going to use our quartz cube heater until next week when she will be home and have the LV guy look at it. She said the heater was working fine and then it stopped and won't start again. I finally found the users manual and downloaded it for her. She probably has it in the users manual anyway. Shae has a Leisure Van and all the **** screws have square drive sockets. We have to leave tomorrow for home and today was spent looking for a faucet repair kit for a Price-Phiester kitchen faucet. I finally just bought a new Delta, the old one was a very low grade fixture. Chris, a special thanks for the diagnostic info, I read about it in the user's manual but not how to get to it. I'm really not ready to go home. I like it here and the campground is maybe 20 or 25 percent filled and will only go up about 5 percent over the week-end Thanks again Guys.
D.E.Bishop 12/01/16 10:34pm Tech Issues
Help with Dometic Digital Thermostat

We're somewhat isolated here at the beach with very slow internet and our Cousin is having trouble with her furnace. She has a two year old rig and the heater won't come on. I found that the Dometic TS #3313189.023 is a three wire and I know from nothing about them. I know where the control panel is and thought I could check the output to the furnace for twelve volts but after that I'm lost if there is no 12 volt out put. She really doesn't want to drive home and have it fixed so I thought I'd check if it's the furnace or the thermostat/control panel. Is there some way to check if the Furnace feature of the TS is working? All the other functions work. I thought I'd reinitialize the control panel today but other than that is there anything I can check in the TS system. I've verified that there is power to the furnace. I just have my little Fluke DMM so it's just a basic DMM. If the furnace is getting 12 volts, I can troubleshoot that but not the electronics of the TS.
D.E.Bishop 12/01/16 09:03am Tech Issues
Help with Dometic Digital Thermostat

We're somewhat isolated here at the beach with very slow internet and our Cousin is having trouble with her furnace. She has a two year old rig and the heater won't come on. I found that the Dometic TS #3313189.023 is a three wire and I know from nothing about them. I know where the control panel is and thought I could check the output to the furnace for twelve volts but after that I'm lost if there is no 12 volt out put. She really doesn't want to drive home and have it fixed so I thought I'd check if it's the furnace or the thermostat/control panel. Is there some way to check if the Furnace feature of the TS is working? All the other functions work. I thought I'd reinitialize the control panel today but other than that is there anything I can check in the TS system. I've verified that there is power to the furnace. I just have my little Fluke DMM so it's just a basic DMM. If the furnace is getting 12 volts, I can troubleshoot that but not the electronics of the TS.
D.E.Bishop 12/01/16 09:01am Tech Issues
RE: Morning Lows

We're in Santa Barbara Co. on the beach near Vandenberg AFB and at 7:25 it is 52 degrees with very light off shore winds and a heavy marine layer on the horizon. There is a crow, several gulls and 3 or 4 elegant terns down in front of us. It'll be in the seventies today and windy in the afternoon. Such a nice respite from the 80's and 90's we've been having at home.
D.E.Bishop 12/01/16 08:33am Snowbirds
RE: Window Replacement - looking for source or advice

Doug, I understand your frustration in finding out about things in a Fleetwood product but there are answers. Few manufacturers make their own windows, they're are really only a few companies that do make them for the RV industry. Normally there is a label on the inside of the frame that identifies the manufacturer and the demention's of the window. Not always there but there are other ways to find one. Walt's RV Salvage and Surplus was purchased by Stardeck Industries in Corona on Railroad. I forgot the owners name but he will either have one or be able to tell you who made the window. Take a picture and measurements to him and he will help. He can also direct you to a glazer. I need some work done on my dual glazed windows and finally found a guy but he is so busy it's been hard to get him to my storage yard. Hopefully when I get home. David
D.E.Bishop 11/30/16 08:07am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Brighter porch light

Personally I do not like the way the typical porch light directs light, I understand the reason for the designs and how difficult it is to design a fixture that shines down and does not stick out horrifically. We don't sit out very late and so lighting up our whole "patio area" is not important to us. When the campfire goes out we go in. We want light when we approach the door that illuminates the steps and area around the steps. On our last rig I installed a 12", waterproof strip of amber LEDs under the bottom of the door threshold that illuminates the top step, that was controlled by a little 12volt remote switch or relay. Today the remote switches come in a very large variety of functions and control up to ten or so on-off relays and amber LED strips are enclosed in plastic fixtures. There are also several approach sensors available that can be used to do a variety of things. I like to tinker and don't like bright lights while camping so it works for me, some folks sit outside a lot more than we do and want patio lighting, there are more and more configurations of LED strip fixtures and approach sensors and remote controllers. We have the typical Tri-Mark entry handle and I hate not having a light to illuminate the key slots, gotta work on something for that so it illuminates the slot but doesn't shine in my eyes and looks like it is part of the door lock.
D.E.Bishop 11/30/16 07:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: camper styling in america 2017

I'm sure it has been answered very well but I like to peck and hunt so here is my take. Things Change! My parents wanted a nicer neighborhood for us kids. We wanted a home without any paint drips on the moldings. My DD and SIN wanted a Mid-Century Modern. Each of us had more disposable income, so we could afford these changes. Somewhere along the line "Glitz" was born and in the habit of emulating the Joneses we bought into the NEW glitzy stuff the Joneses had. I lived in a real cedar log lodge that was built mostly by my brother. We were ten miles out of town, two and a half miles off the hwy on a sand road. No stress and simple furnishings, wood heat and cooking, no electricity, cold running water. Most of that is gone now, someone decided to make something that looked like the rich relatives stuff and keep the price down so we bought into it. The lodge became a palace with heated towel bars and heated floors and looked good so people bought it. Not to be cynical but mostly it is the economy. How does a manufacturer stay in business? By selling stuff. We want (and enjoy) nice stuff but today it only seems to last until the next new craze. I love our rig, are there things I would change, of course, would I by another if it had more of what I want and less of what someone else wanted?, Maybe. If the Joneses bought it, it must be nice. Oh, and no TV here at the beach, unless you count the BluRay movie as TV.
D.E.Bishop 11/29/16 08:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Electrical issue

I don't really know anything about how your rig is wired but the ICC according to a lot of threads I found on Google are for flashing lights as signals for truckers or others who you have passed or who have passed you. Remember that not all RV fuses are in fuse blocks, some are added when after market items are added or modified. Check switch leads for 12v input and output, if none start tracing. This is where a tracking devise is handy.
D.E.Bishop 11/28/16 07:50am Tech Issues
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