Bubbling Battery

Ken Freund Coach & Powertrain

January 28, 2013

This is in regard to “Battery Exploded” from Bobby Ratliff in the September 2012 issue. Your reply stated, “Weak or old batteries, particularly with faulty cells, tend to outgas even more.” About a year ago, I purchased and installed four 6-volt golf cart batteries made by a well-known manufacturer.... Read more »

Deep Draw

Ken Freund Coach & Powertrain

January 27, 2013

We have a 2002 Rexhall Rex Air 36-foot motorhome. The deep-cycle coach batteries have some sort of drain on them, even when we are plugged into a shoreline. We’ve tried disconnecting them via the switch, and leaving them connected with the same results. We have had service departments check it out... Read more »

Towing a 4×4 Conversion Van

Ken Freund Coach & Powertrain

January 24, 2013

I have a 2012 Chevrolet Express G3500 Duramax diesel van. It has a Quigley 4×4 conversion and I am using a Blue Ox tow bar. I would like to safely tow it behind my Prevost Liberty coach. Are there any fuses to pull, or do I just put the transmission and transfer case in neutral and leave the key... Read more »

Stalling Ford

Ken Freund Coach & Powertrain

January 23, 2013

We have a 2012 Tiffin Allegro Open Road with a Ford gas engine. Right after we purchased this coach, on our maiden trip going down a hill and then up at a fairly steep hill, the motorhome shut down. Nothing! We were in low and pushing up the hill. I took it back to the dealer, then to Ford, but no one... Read more »

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 »

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