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

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

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

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

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 »

Oil Change Intervals

December 20, 2012

The specs for my diesel motorhome say to change the oil every six months or 5,000 miles, whichever comes first. It came with conventional oil. I only drive about 3,500 miles per year. Will I cause any damage if I wait until I drive 5,000 miles before changing the oil? Can I change less often if I switch... Read more »

Genset Quits

December 17, 2012

I have a 2008 Holiday Rambler Admiral Class A with an Onan Marquis Gold 5500 gasoline generator. When running for about five minutes it will start to choke and then shut off. The gas tank is full. This happens whether I have a load on it or not. Where do you suggest I look to troubleshoot? The manual... Read more »

Got the Vapors, Too

December 14, 2012

I was intrigued by part of your answer to the October “Got the ‘Vapors’” letter. It relates to the fuel pump. I have a 1997 Fleetwood Tioga Walkabout built on a Ford chassis with a Triton V-10 engine. The original fuel pump lasted until January 2008. The next one I had put in (a cheapie) lasted... Read more »

Mud Flaps

December 10, 2012

My question is about flaps on the back of a motorhome to protect a towed dinghy vehicle. I have an 18-by-48-inch flap (a solid piece) on each side of the hitch tube bolted directly to the bumper. I have seen the loose brush or bristle flaps, 4-inch-wide strip flaps and solid one-piece flaps on motorhomes... Read more »

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