Oil Consumption Mystery

Ken Freund Coach & Powertrain

by KEN FREUND
May 30, 2014

We recently ran into a problem with our motorhome that we can’t figure out. We own a 2007 Newmar Dutchstar powered by a 400-hp Cummins ISL turbo­diesel engine. It has about 36,000 miles on it. During our last trip, we suddenly began to go through a considerable amount of oil. Eventually, we discovered... Read more »

Generator Stalls

ken freund

March 25, 2014

  I have an Onan MicroQuiet 4000 generator in my 2003 Four Winds . I bought this coach in 2005, and the 4kW generator has worked well until recently. I always make sure the generator crankcase oil level is full before each trip. The generator uses little, if any, crankcase oil. We took a camping... Read more »

Towing Capacity Clarification

March 25, 2014

  We bought a 2008 Damon Daybreak 3276 motorhome last fall and would like to tow a vehicle behind it. I’ve talked to several people and dealers, and have received conflicting information.We have an 18-foot flat deck auto hauler trailer, which we had planned to use for this purpose. I have a 10,000-pound... Read more »

Engine Dies When Stopping

March 25, 2014

I have a 1998 35-foot Forest River on a 1997 Ford chassis with a 7.5-liter fuel-injected V-8 and 80,000 miles. The engine sometimes dies when I stop at a red light. I have to shift into neutral, restart and keep my foot on the gas pedal to get going again. This doesn’t occur all the time. It usually... Read more »

Sticky Steps

March 20, 2013

I purchased a new 2000 Itasca Suncruiser 35U and have never been more pleased. I have kept the unit in exceptional shape and everything still operates as new, except the retracting step. No matter how much WD-40 I use, it still stops retracting. Is there a better lubricant, or should I bite the bullet... Read more »

Preserve Tire Life

Ken Freund Coach & Powertrain

March 15, 2013

My question pertains to motorhome tires I just purchased. These are 245/70R19.5 Goodyear tires. Motorhome tires are normally replaced before their treads are gone. What is a general rule for the life expectancy of motorhome tires? Should I wait until a certain mileage, or how old should the tires be... Read more »

Electrical Problems Solved

Ken Freund Coach & Powertrain

March 13, 2013

I own a 1999 Fleetwood Bounder on a Ford chassis. For years I have experienced several problems. The chassis battery loses charge even when plugged in to shorepower. On several occasions, when the ignition switch was on, there would be no electrical power to the dash or any of the systems powered from... Read more »

AGM Batteries

Ken Freund Coach & Powertrain

March 12, 2013

There are two 6-volt flooded cell Trojan batteries in our coach; they are seven years old and still functioning well. There is nothing wrong with the batteries except they are getting old. I want to replace them with AGM batteries. Are there 6-volt AGM batteries on the market? I want to use two of them... Read more »

Tree Sap or Pitch Removal

Ken Freund Coach & Powertrain

March 11, 2013

I don’t know if you can help me, but I parked my Coach House motorhome on the Oregon coast for more than a month under some fir trees, and now I have a fiberglass roof that’s covered in tree sap/pitch. I have tried dish soap, Simple Green and other cleaners to remove it, but it will not all come... Read more »

Towing a Smart Car

Ken Freund Coach & Powertrain

March 8, 2013

Four years ago we purchased a used 2001 Coachmen Mirada. While searching for a dinghy, we came across an article on Smart cars. We liked that these can be towed four wheels down, and we liked the idea of these vehicles. These Smart cars were so new to the United States at that time that we had to wait... Read more »

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