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RE: I've asked this question before...

I have a question for the air experts here. What happens if I'm driving down the road and the tires are nice and hot I notice that one needs air. I was thinking the best thing to do would be to check the pressure in a couple of other tires and inflate the low tire to that pressure. But if you do that you're putting cold air into the tire and mixing it with warm air in the tire so if you fill it back to the pressure of the other tires, doesn't that leave it room to heat up more and end up with too much pressure?
msmith1199 04/24/15 11:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: I've asked this question before...

A number of you responded a few months ago to the following question and I've tried to pull the topic back up but been unable to locate it. So, please allow me to restate the issue: Based on weights, I need to run close to 90psi. But, if I air up to 90 cold, a few miles down the hot Florida roads, psi increases to 100 to 105. At that increased psi, steering becomes difficult...wandering. Now..question...is there any reason I cannot (or should not) air up to say 80 psi cold knowing within a few miles the psi will be right where I need to be at 90 psi? I recall that when I posted earlier, some comments were pro and some con regarding doing this. I can't recall what the consensus was and would like for you to weigh in again. Thanks! Just to clarify for you, when you figure out where your tires are supposed to be, that figure is for cold tire pressure. That means the fact that the tires will heat up and the pressure will increase is already factored in. If cold PSI is supposed to be 90, that means they want the running PSI to be at 100 or so.
msmith1199 04/24/15 10:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: I've asked this question before...

Over pressure can absolutely cause bad wandering. Our MH had 115 psi in the steer tires when we picked it up from the dealer. It was like trying to wrestle a bull driving it. After a weighing and determining the psi should be set at 85, everything settled down. So as instructed the tires were set "cold" as they're suppose to be per the weight the rig is running at. Now ours does have a constant pull to the right which I haven't been able to get figured out. Supposedly the alignment is correct and I have new shocks and tires are set properly. I think a blue ox Tru center in in our future. Most all roads have a crown so your right hand side is almost always downhill from your left hand side. Doesn't affect cars a lot, but can have more of an effect on motorhomes.
msmith1199 04/24/15 10:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Government incentives for Electric cars

I looked at Volts a while back. Really fascinating tech, but for the difference in price I could drive a Cruze for years and still spend less. A lot of people really never do the math. Even the Prius may not be a money saver for most. The extra price for the car could take a decade to recoup in savings in gas.
msmith1199 04/23/15 08:48pm Around the Campfire
RE: How many hours a day do you drive?

Ive seen many people ask "how many miles do you think I can drive per day" and the answers are all over the place for a verity of reasons. So lets ask it a little differently: When you travel with your Class A, about how many hours a day do you like to drive? Depends on how far I need to go. I've done two 700 mile days in a row in my motorhome. That probably worked out to about 14 or 15 hours total driving time.
msmith1199 04/23/15 12:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 80mph gusts wind ..ripped off half roof

Does not sound right to me at all. As I mentioned before I was an insurance adjuster myself for a short time, but it was many many years ago. I was never pressured to deny claims. In fact the opposite was true. I usually thought the company should deny them but they would not. For example, a handled many cases of fences blowing down in high winds. When you look at the fence most were 20 or more years old and the fence posts were completely rotted through. The only thing holding the fence up in the first place was dirt and bushes, but because it was a storm that eventually pushed it over the insurance companies would pay full price to replace them, even though they needed replacing before the wind blew. That is why I thought you would be covered under the same theory. Even if the roof was coming lose in one spot, before the wind blew that was something that could have easily been repaired for probably less than $100. But it was the wind that did the rest of the damage. I think it's a case you can win. I'd go at least consult with a lawyer. When you only have a property claim like this I'm not sure how their fees work. I surely wouldn't pay a lawyer at this point. I'd exhaust everything possible that you can do yourself before paying a lawyer. You may end up with more legal bills than the cost of the repair.
msmith1199 04/23/15 12:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: CRT to LED TV - installation recommendations in CA?

Here's a thread and photos on what I did
msmith1199 04/23/15 10:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: CRT to LED TV - installation recommendations in CA?

I did mine myself. The only problem was I started it about a year and a half ago and still haven't finished it. I have the front TV up and working, but still need to finish some trim around it. I have the wiring all done for the rear TV, but it isn't installed yet. Maybe I'll quit procrastinating and get it done.
msmith1199 04/23/15 10:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: front or rear diesel

Well, you asked, so here goes: IMO a rear-engine diesel is not everything,.....it's the ONLY THING! That's the impression I got after 5 front-engine motorhomes and just ONE diesel pusher. You went through 5 front end diesel's to get that? Why did you keep buying them if you didn't like them? Because during the period when I owned/used the first 3 I was somewhat ignorant about motorhomes, but I couldn't help learning a few things because I usually keep my eyes open. These 3 where gasoline engined, and all I could afford (less than elegant). The 4th was a bit better(still a gasoline engine though), and it made me more interested in learning about nicer units. My wife and I started talking more and more to RVers who had newer units, and some of them diesel pushers. We started talking/wishing for a diesel pusher. But, our 5th one was still a front gas-engined unit, on a Ford chassis. It was a Vectra (the Winnebago part of it was good/nice, but the Ford part was very disappointing). It led me into a period of learning more, and test driving some diesel pushers. I did quite a bit of research, and decided to special order a Dutch Star, just the way we wanted it. It's the only way to travel. If I had plenty of money, I would buy a 45 ft luxury DP (now that I've learned exactly which one). Okay, I understand. But the OP was asking about front diesels versus rear diesels. Not about front gassers versus rear diesels. That is why I asked. I assume the OP is considering one of the big semi-truck model motorhomes. I think technically they are Class C's.
msmith1199 04/22/15 11:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: front or rear diesel

Well, you asked, so here goes: IMO a rear-engine diesel is not everything,.....it's the ONLY THING! That's the impression I got after 5 front-engine motorhomes and just ONE diesel pusher. You went through 5 front end diesel's to get that? Why did you keep buying them if you didn't like them? Read again. He didn't say he had 5 front end *diesels*..:S Simply, ".....after 5 front engine motorhomes". Could be five of either - but my "read" would be 5 (front engine) gassers...;) . The question was about front engine diesel versus rear engine diesel. I assumed the answer was to the question asked. :S
msmith1199 04/22/15 10:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Watch that bridge!!!

The local city/state municipality really should fix this problem, I feel for all those drivers. What is the problem that needs fixing? The clearance is 11' 8", if you are taller, go around. EXACTLY!!!! First off, this bridge and, all the misshaps that have happened due to it's low-level height, have been on here, time and time again. Second, 99.9999999999% of the truckers on this planet, are pretty responsible drivers, one, because of the fact that a very large percentage of them are operating their own rigs and, two, even if they're not running their own rigs, it's still their livelihood and so they're pretty cognizant of routing, stops, freeways, clearances, scales, detours and the like. The "Box" truck drivers most likely are not nearly as aware of the limits they must operate in and, in many cases are lower paid drivers and delivery folks. So, while the city/county/road department etc. have done their part in notifying drivers approaching that particular bridge of it's clearance/height, it's also the RESPONSIBLITY of the drivers to KNOW THEIR RIGS AND, LIMITATIONS!! Scott I haven't watched the video posted here, but I think it's the one I've seen dozens of times based on the description. If so then you'll notice that the majority of the box trucks in the video are rental trucks. And although it's possible some of those drivers were professional truck drivers, it's more likely they were just people off the street that rented the truck to move their furniture and don't have a clue about how tall it is or what it will fit under.
msmith1199 04/22/15 05:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Norcold Fire Repair Time

I knew what you meant, hence the smiley face.
msmith1199 04/22/15 01:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Norcold Fire Repair Time

No it's not unreasonable Norcold is coming out March 1. Since March 1 is over 10 months away I'd be really upset with them! :)
msmith1199 04/22/15 10:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Norcold Fire Repair Time

No it's not unreasonable, that's why I said call. I'm a former insurance adjuster myself and part of our job was to gather evidence if it was somebody else's fault. For example I once had a house fire that started in the chimney. We had the demo crew pull the back wall off and when we did it was obvious the exhaust pipe for the fireplace was not installed correctly and that's what started the fire. That meant blame was going to be back on the Contractor so we needed to give them a chance to come see it. In this case it only took a few hours them to get somebody out there to look at it. Then the company I worked for approved the work and repaired the house and then they got their money back from the contractor's insurance company. That is all that is happening here. But they need to pressure the Norcold people to come look at it.
msmith1199 04/21/15 07:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Norcold Fire Repair Time

The fire was definitely from the back of the fridge. A man working at the neighbor's house came knocking on my door frantically telling me he heard an explosion and saw the fire. The fire origin investigator said there are so many of these that Norcold has a half dozen people that do nothing but travel the country investigating these fires. I don't mind waiting a reasonable amount of time if it helps the insurance company get some money back, but I feel that a month is MORE than reasonable! They likely want to giver Norcold the chance to inspect it before repairs are started. And that is reasonable given that your insurance company is going to try and subrogate against Norcold, and if Norcold doesn't have a chance to look at, they just say it's not their fault. Frig fires can be caused by things that are the owners fault, such as allowed insects or birds to get flammable debris in there. What you need to do is get your insurance company to give Norcold a deadline. Tell them they have until X date to inspect it or the repairs will be started.
msmith1199 04/20/15 01:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coin values

Just remember these are recommended values. The real value is what somebody is willing to pay for it.
msmith1199 04/19/15 12:10am Around the Campfire
RE: 6 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Supermarkets

They do these things because the work. I can't vouch for all the items on the list, but items in many stores are very carefully placed. Walmart for example. The stores are laid out based on many of these principles and things are placed on shelves and end caps based on these principles. Exactly where they put things on shelves comes directly from corporate headquarters. And you may think this isn't working on you, but odds are it is. If each customer only bought one extra item that they didn't intend to buy when they went in the store, that translates to millions of dollars in sales to the big chains.
msmith1199 04/19/15 12:08am Around the Campfire
RE: front or rear diesel

Well, you asked, so here goes: IMO a rear-engine diesel is not everything,.....it's the ONLY THING! That's the impression I got after 5 front-engine motorhomes and just ONE diesel pusher. You went through 5 front end diesel's to get that? Why did you keep buying them if you didn't like them?
msmith1199 04/18/15 04:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: front or rear diesel

Quite what? Quite Quiet.
msmith1199 04/18/15 12:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 80mph gusts wind ..ripped off half roof

i hope you get a covered repair BUT this was not a driving incident, it was parked and unless the coverage includes a "home owners" type coverage is likely to get denied RV polices are slightly different than "cars and trucks" and you just might get lucky I don't know what type of motorhome policies you have had, but my policy includes comprehensive coverage and incidents like this are what comprehensive coverage is for. well i have comprehesnive, but i'll be the first to admit i never gave wind damage to the roof a thought, i mean most of the time we drive a lot faster than what gusting winds speeds are i always think of glass breakage vandalisim and theif when i think of comprehensive Nope, all kinds of other things covered too. What if the wind toppled a tree that fell on your motorhome? Clearly covered under your comprehensive coverage. Fire is also covered by comprehensive. Tornado or hurricane damage is also covered. This is storm damage, so it should be covered, unless the insurance company can make the case that the only reason the storm was able to damage it is because the roof was on the verge of coming off anyway so the storm didn't really damage it, your lack of maintenance caused it. I think the burden is pretty high for them to make that type of denial.
msmith1199 04/16/15 03:02pm Class A Motorhomes
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