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RE: Smelly water/furnace problems

Well George, I'm at a loss. You have one heater and when it's on it only heats the front of the coach. But you have a second thermostat in the back and it won't create heat in the back. So I'm guessing somehow there is a diverter valve in your heating system someplace that somehow controls airflow from the front through the back. And that valve must somehow be controlled by the thermostats? Isn't there anybody else on her with a 37' Coachmen Encounter that can help George out?
msmith1199 05/28/15 01:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Smelly water/furnace problems

This video shows how to clean the water heater as well as how to get vinegar into the water heater. Peroxide would go in the same way: Water Heater Cleaning
msmith1199 05/28/15 01:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Smelly water/furnace problems

Did you figure out how many heaters you had?
msmith1199 05/28/15 09:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: WEATHER ALERT RADIO

Just a tip for weather alerts, if you're going to be traveling in unfamiliar territory make sure to bring along good maps so you can translate the alerts. A few years back I was traveling through Wisconsin when the radio started broadcasting a tornado alert. It was great to get the alert, but they were giving directions of where the tornadoes were mostly by County and City location. So I'm driving down the road having no idea if I'm heading toward the tornadoes or away from them. Just by luck one of the broadcasts reported two tornadoes on the ground, 15 miles west of Dodgeville and they were heading east at 20 miles per hour. Just as that broadcast came out I was passing a sign that said Dodgeville City limits. So at least I knew they were 15 miles behind me and I was heading away from them at 60 and they were only doing 20. But if it weren't for that sign I wouldn't have had a clue where they were. My wife was getting a little worried since we aren't used to tornadoes, so I told her just to keep an eye on what all the people with Wisconsin plates on their cars are doing. When they start pulling over and jumping into ditches we'll do the same. But they all just went about their business as usual. Didn't seem worried about the tornadoes at all.
msmith1199 05/28/15 09:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Had my first blowout this past weekend

I'm glad your O.K. Cousin Eddy and everything stayed on the road. I was scrolling to see if somebody mentioned that. Obviously the tire itself is not covered by insurance, but any damage it does should be covered by your comprehensive coverage.
msmith1199 05/26/15 10:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blow front tire, what do you do?

The reason you push the accelerator to the floor is not to pick up speed. You only push it momentarily to lift the weight off the front so you can get control. If your rv did not instantly pull to the side that the tire blew on you were fortunate. Every vehicle I have driven always pulled to the bad tire side. To lift weight off the front? I understand the theory behind that, but DP's aren't known for their swift acceleration. I really can't see a lot of weight being lifted off the front by flooring it.
msmith1199 05/26/15 10:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Smelly water/furnace problems

According to the Coachmen website, the 37 foot Encounter can come with either one 37,000 BTU heater, or two 20,000 BTU heaters. So first you have to see which one you have. You should be able to tell by looking at the outside of your coach. The furnaces should have a metal door covering them with a round exhaust port in the door. If you find two of those you have two heaters. If you find one, then you have to figure out if there are two heaters in the same compartment or not. My two heaters are on opposite ends of the coach so I have one in the front and one in the back.
msmith1199 05/26/15 08:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Smelly water/furnace problems

Would the anode rod also cause the water not to get 140 degrees? This water heater has an electric and gas system, both were on and the water temp seemed almost cold. The gas fired for 2-3 minutes the cycled off the light was on for the electric but that could be shot and I don't know that. I have a multimeter I just don't know how to use it, but I am learning. Batteries are fully charged. Will try the proxide. Thanks. Make sure you have the water heater bypass valve in the correct position. Also do you have a full propane tank? You're having problems with two different propane appliances so maybe the tank is getting low on fuel or the lines got dirty? Just thinking out loud as I'm no expert on propane. Do the burners on your stove light up and burn good?
msmith1199 05/26/15 10:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Smelly water/furnace problems

Thank you. Water heater cleaned and flushed when I did the de-winterizing when I did the sanitizing. Furnace works great from the front thermostat but wont work on the back thermostat. When I started both the furnace started with the front thermostat, I let it run for a few minutes then adjusted the back thermostat for the bedroom but it did not kick on for air flow to the rear of the coach. (After thought) It may be a fan that pushes the air to the registers? Where would the fans be? You have me confused on your furnaces. I don't think you can control one furnace from two thermostats, so since you are saying you have two thermostats I'm assuming you have two furnaces. My 35 foot Class A has two furnaces, but in mine both are controlled from the same thermostat which is in the middle of the unit, but the thermostat has two different temp sensors, one in the bedroom and one in the living area. I also have to switch between units on the thermostat to control each heater. So if I'm correct, this means your front heater is working fine and your back heater is out. Could be the thermostat or could be the heater. Still start by checking the breakers.
msmith1199 05/26/15 10:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Smelly water/furnace problems

Have you cleaned your water heater? You have to drain it and flush it out. It can cause stinky water. As for the thermostat problem, could be a lot of things. Just because the heater didn't come on doesn't mean it was the thermostat. Start by checking all your breakers and fuses. If that doesn't fix it then it's over my head.
msmith1199 05/25/15 07:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pay for garage storage

You could get $750 or more if your shop was in Los Angeles.
msmith1199 05/24/15 03:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A and boats

Depends on the ramp. I haven't done it before myself, but I would do it if the ramp was wide enough to drive straight down and turn around at the bottom. But I wouldn't try and back it down a tight fitting ramp or a really long one. I've seen people do it before and it can be done. I also would not try and do it at a crowded ramp where I'm going to back everybody else up.
msmith1199 05/24/15 03:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blow front tire, what do you do?

Here is a video of a motor home being chased by police on the interstate. It has a blown left front tire and managed to stay in the lane during a high speed chase. A few sparks but the driver had control. :B Police chase in Oklahoma That video shows a motorhome being driven on a flat tire. I don't see an indication that it was a sudden blow out. I think the vast majority of us on here could completely control our motorhome if we knew the exact second the tire was going to blow and were ready for it. The issue is when you're driving down the road on cruise control with one hand on the wheel and your ice tea in the other hand and all the sudden BANG! one of the front tires blows! It's the immediate reaction by the driver that causes the problems as we all know if you react correctly odds are you'll maintain control, but if you panic or don't react correctly, you could find yourself in a lot of hurt.
msmith1199 05/21/15 04:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blow front tire, what do you do?

If you have ever watched COPS on TV, there is always a high speed chase where stop strips are used to disable the bad guys car. Ever notice that when the tires are blown, the car just keeps on going at a high rate of speed? Just because you lose a tire, doesn't mean that you have to panic, just accelerate a bit and regain the control and slowly come to a stop. Spike strips used by the police do not "blow" the tires specifically because they don't want the driver to lose control. The spikes are like straws and let the air out slowly so it's not a quick blow out.
msmith1199 05/21/15 03:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: seatbelt laws

dubdub07: I suggest you check applicability of California vehicle rules as they apply to vehicles registered in another state. Obviously, traffic rules apply, but vehicle construction rules probably won't. For example, it would put a big dent in CA's tourist business if all incoming vehicles had to meet their emission regulations. Thanks. I really want to come out as being in Colorado I am not far away. I can tell you in all the years I've been driving a motorhome in California I've only been pulled over one time. And that was because I was towing a flat trailer with my Harley on it and I had somehow lost my electrical adapter and couldn't plug the trailer into the motorhome so I had no trailer lights. Pretty sure that would be illegal in every state. I was traveling in daylight so he didn't give me a ticket.
msmith1199 05/21/15 03:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: seatbelt laws

50 different states and 50 different sets of laws. I was a cop for almost 30 years and all I can tell you is current California law requires all people in a motorhome to be in seatbelts. It originally started out as front seat passengers only and they quietly changed it and I didn't even know they changed it until I saw somebody on here mention it and I looked it up. My MH only has 5 sets of seatbelts in it. So technically I can only carry 5 people. I want to go to Cali so bad in my MH, but all the crazy laws scare the******out of me. I'm not going to deny that we get some weird laws, but I can assure you California isn't the only one with this particular law. I recall debating a guy on here many years ago who lived in Texas and he complained about California's dumb laws like not being able to have a TV turned on that the driver can view. So I looked up Texas law for him and showed him they had the same law.
msmith1199 05/21/15 03:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: seatbelt laws

50 different states and 50 different sets of laws. I was a cop for almost 30 years and all I can tell you is current California law requires all people in a motorhome to be in seatbelts. It originally started out as front seat passengers only and they quietly changed it and I didn't even know they changed it until I saw somebody on here mention it and I looked it up. My MH only has 5 sets of seatbelts in it. So technically I can only carry 5 people.
msmith1199 05/20/15 07:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Beware of Arizona Saguaro Cactus

"I can go on and on about what they can do with these cameras. And oh yeah, if you drive down the road past one of the cameras you'll get your license plate read and the police will know your vehicle went down the road! Oh my! " If I drive past one of the cameras and my license plate is read, why do the police need to know that my vehicle went down that road? Are you on a secret mission driving down the road in a stealth vehicle and nobody is supposed to see you there? Police patrols have existed for decades. Every time a police officer sees you driving down the road he knows where you are. Are you opposed to officers looking out their windows too?
msmith1199 05/19/15 09:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Beware of Arizona Saguaro Cactus

First of all, the article calls these "hidden" cameras. If they are "hidden" how come the public knows about them? In looking at the photos, if they were trying to install "hidden" cameras, they did a really bad job. Anybody with one working eyeball can see the camera in the cactus. Second of all, all these cameras are doing is capturing information that is plainly out in the public view. If you don't want somebody to see you drive through an intersection, then don't drive through that intersection. But if you do drive it through it, then somebody may see you and a camera may record your license plate. Thirdly, the information in these cameras can actually be used for a lot of stuff. It is checking for stolen and wanted vehicles, but it is also recording all license plates of every car that passes by along with the date and time. That information can potentially be used for all kinds of things. For example lets say your house gets broken into and all your property was stolen. A neighbor comes out and says, "Yeah I saw this newer Chev van parked in front of your house and I thought it was odd, but I didn't write down the license plate." Well guess what, that license plate reader in the cactus down the road did get the license plate of that Chev van and maybe the cops can go find the suspects. Another use, the local bank downtown gets robbed. Somebody gets a license plate of the get away car. The dispatcher can run that plate through the camera database and potentially get the route they took to get into town, and monitor them every time they pass a camera on the way out of town. There are just so many good things that can be done with these cameras. How many times have you heard of people witness a crime but they only get part of the license plate. They know it was a small white compact car and the last three numbers on the plate were 398. Guess what? You can search for 398 in the camera database and look at photos of every car that passed the cameras with 398 in the plate until you find the small white compact car then you have a place to start looking. I can go on and on about what they can do with these cameras. And oh yeah, if you drive down the road past one of the cameras you'll get your license plate read and the police will know your vehicle went down the road! Oh my!
msmith1199 05/13/15 05:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dashcam view of a Class A blowing tire and rolling.

If you watch the video closely, it appears that the vehicle was headed left until it got to the concrete ditch and cable barrier. The barrier did deflect the coach somewhat and it ran straight along it for awhile. Then I think it appears that the cable barrier actually is what flipped the coach over in to the on coming lanes of traffic. I don't think that the driver could have turned the wheel to cause the abrupt flip to the left that put it on it's side over the cables. I think the cable snagged the front end and flipped it. That's what I saw. The cable was clearly wrapped around the motorhome somewhere, as you can see the post being ripped from the ground as the motorhome flips.
msmith1199 05/12/15 09:32pm Class A Motorhomes
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