Intermittent Failure to Start

Ken Freund Coach & Powertrain

January 22, 2013

I have a 1996 Fleetwood Bounder motor­home powered by a 7.5-liter Ford V-8. I have never had a problem with starting it until this year. It starts fine sometimes and only cranks over other times. When it wants to, it starts on the first crank and runs fine. I have checked all the fuses and all have... Read more »

Battery Disconnect Switches

Ken Freund Coach & Powertrain

January 21, 2013

I have a motorhome that I store for the summer months and try to start every 30 days to keep the battery up. The other day it wouldn’t start as the engine battery was dead. It did start using the switch on the dash that kicks in the coach batteries to assist, but I did not want to run around and burn... Read more »

Dinghy Battery Tip Two

Ken Freund Coach & Powertrain

January 18, 2013

This is in regard to “Dinghy Battery Tip” in the December 2012 issue. I have a 1995 Bounder that was having a moderate drain caused by various components when I wasn’t able to plug in. It drove me nuts until the light in my head switched on. I simply went to Harbor Freight and bought a $12.99 solar... Read more »

Blue Smoke & Sooty Mess

Ken Freund Coach & Powertrain

January 17, 2013

I have a 2005 Newmar Kountry Star 37.5-foot motorhome on a Workhorse W22 chassis powered by a GM 8.1-liter Vortec gas engine with 23,000 miles. I tow a white Jeep Liberty and always end up with dark soot on the Jeep and rear of the coach from the dual exhaust. I have noticed blue smoke when coasting... Read more »

Motorhome Possessed by Demons?

Ken Freund Coach & Powertrain

January 16, 2013

We have a brand-new Thor Motor Coach Tuscany motorhome. The radio comes on by itself, not to music, just static and when this happens the stairs also retract. While we were on vacation recently, my husband was watching cable TV (as the satellite unit doesn’t work either) when all of a sudden the radio... Read more »

Ethanol Angst

Ken Freund Coach & Powertrain

January 14, 2013

Recently I read two articles about ethanol, the E85 gasoline that should be in fuel stations by June. One article stated, “water formation can create formic acid and corrode metals, plastics and rubber.” The other article discusses when E85 is used in pre-2000 vehicles there are problems with fuel... Read more »

Front End Alignment

ken freund

January 14, 2013

We own a 2000 American Eagle 40-foot diesel-pusher motorhome. I recently replaced all six tires with new Goodyear tires. I have no issues with abnormal or uneven wear and no steering issues. Should this coach have a front-end alignment because of the new tires and to help protect my investment? How often... Read more »

“Herding” Steering

ken freund

December 28, 2012

We have a 2000 Winnebago Brave on a Workhorse chassis with a 7.4-l engine. There seems to be looseness or play in the steering. It’s not from wind or from traffic; this is all the time while driving.Linda MacKenzie l Via email Your description is quite vague. Are you talking about looseness in the... Read more »

Wet Workhorse

ken freund

December 27, 2012

I have a 2006 National RV Sea Breeze XL on a Workhorse W22 chassis. On a recent trip while driving on the expressway at 65 mph in the rain, all of the warning lights came on for a second or two, and then went out (with the seat belt alarm still on). That lasted for about 30 seconds then went out. The... Read more »

Dinghy Battery Tip

ken freund

December 24, 2012

There’s been a lot of discussion about the dingy battery going dead while towing. I had the same problem and was advised to add a charging wire. I chose to go another route. I tow a 2007 Toyota Tacoma with auto transmission and the Remco driveline disconnect. I installed a battery disconnect directly... Read more »

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