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211  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Born Free was recently sold. on: January 29, 2015, 02:43:23 pm
Very sad that the original owner has advanced cancer and  this situation has forced the sale of the company to a large venture capital group.  Not many of the old family owned RV makers left in the marketplace.  Kermit better not sell out on us!!!
212  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery switch on dash on: January 22, 2015, 08:48:23 pm is my understanding that you must hold the white switch up for some time before you attempt to start the truck.  Merely flicking the switch will not anything.  Hope this helps?  Thanks, Ron

213  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I heard from Billy on: December 27, 2014, 09:33:39 pm
Thanks Tom for following up with billy.
214  Main Forum / General Discussion / Carlsbad, CA on: December 23, 2014, 07:50:59 pm
I miss postings from Billy.  Does anyone know what his status is?  Thanks, Ron
215  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Levelers being balky on: December 23, 2014, 07:48:12 pm
Ron....thanks for setting the record straight.  Ron G.
216  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HELP! Need hot water on: December 23, 2014, 07:46:35 pm
Janey..there are no stupid questions and sometimes there is no rationalizing how things operate or do not operate!  Keep asking the questions and someone on the forum will help you out.  Ron
217  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Levelers being balky on: December 23, 2014, 09:58:46 am
In regards to leaving the engine running while operating the jacks and what are the "safety concerns" as to why one should not do that...
1. I often leave the coach door open, my wife is always quick to open windows, vents, etc and i just do not like to fill the coach with engine fumes while I am setting up.
2. I like to be polite to my next door campers and always try to be as quite as possible and shutting down the engine as soon as possible  to prevent noise and exhaust from be bothersome to them, I always shut my headlights off as soon as I can if I come in at night as well.
3. The chance that the truck would jump out of park is extremely rare I grant you that but stranger things have happened and a major car manfacturer is recalling vehicles now for this exact issue so why would you want to chance something strange happening?   There must be a reason why the jack manafacturer requires the parking brake to be engaged and does not depend on just "park" being utilized before operating the jacks.   I once had a Monaco product that actaully had and intelock that prevented the jacks from working with the engine running I wonder why?
4. When gas was not $2.50 per gallon it made good sense to shut that V-10 down any chance one could get.

While my points are perhaps not all "safety" driven I hope they make sense?   Thanks, Ron
218  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HELP! Need hot water on: December 23, 2014, 09:42:42 am
Good morning....You do not have to read this forum for long to see that there are many differing opinions about many subjects.  I have done a fair amount of research on the Atwood RV water heater web site and i would suggest that perhaps others spend some time on the site and in particular on the Troubleshooting manuel that is on the site.   Weeping pressure valves do not in any way represent a malfuction of the water heater or a lack of air in the tank.  Atwood designs and internal air gap at the top of the tank, actually well above the pressure relief valve.  Over time the water in the tank will absorb the air in the air gap and there are specific instructions on the Atwood site as to how you can introduce air back into the tank by releasing the pressure valve lever until water comes out and then letting it snap shut.  I would suggest that if you have the time or the interest do some reading for releasing air from the pressure valve does not cause the valve to weep and if done right may infact promote better air gap fuctionality.   Have a great and safe holiday season.   Ron
219  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HELP! Need hot water on: December 22, 2014, 08:38:22 am
as sated the red light only comes on when there is not proper ingnition when on propane.   Just one additional not run the water heater without water in it!  The heat will destroy the unit.  Make sure valves are right (think you have them right) before you fire the unti off.  I always bleed the air off and make sure the tank has water by cracking the pressure relaease handle towrds the top of the tank on the outside of the coach.   You will get it all down perfectly in time.  have fun!
220  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Levelers being balky on: December 16, 2014, 09:51:46 am
Ignition must be "on"  as in the "accessory" position but not with engine running. Parking  brake must be fully set.  I see no reason to have the engine running and I personnally would not want it running for safety reasons when the jacks were being deployed.  I honestly do not think there is anything wrong with your jacks.   Might be a good idea as suggested to spray the entire jack set up to prevent corrosion.   Best of luck.
221  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 23, 2014, 10:56:25 am
I am sure we will be seeing far more european styled coaches that will get significantly better MPG than the old V-10 but at a cost. Having traveled Europe in and RV I can say that those coaches are  great for sleeping and drive very well  but the american RV user is going to have to change their RV habits and not tote/haul as much "stuff" as they do now!
222  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 23, 2014, 09:31:16 am
I hear you Ron D.; 500 lbs added to the GVW on a small coach is significant.   My concern is in regards to the larger Class C coaches and what chassis choices will be out there when the E-series is retired?   I hope we not going to be forced into a small Class A?   Thanks
223  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 22, 2014, 02:05:20 pm
I would have to agree 100% with Bob,  in the large picture the RV market is just not significant enough for Ford and they will force the larger Class C's to utilize the F series,  they will "tweak" the Transit around the edges by increasing spring ratings, etc and they will hold onto their market share.    I do not see even their new twin turbo Ecoboost V-6  being strong enough to move 14,000 lbs. down the road,   perhaps a diesel plant would work fine but extending a stamped frame to  handle a 31 foot coach is not going to be easy to accomplish, why do you think Mercedes does not allow their chassis to be extended or cut into?  I am sure we are going to see some very nifty European influenced small coaches based on both the transit and Promaster Dodge in the coming years and that is great for the industry in general.  
224  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 21, 2014, 09:48:41 pm
BoBoJay.....I do not doubt that Ford has other ideas for the Transit for I do not see them letting approximately 70%  of the Class C market that they control go away.  With that said I do not see how a unibody chassis could ever see GVW's in the 14500 lb range but I guess anything  is possible.......I see the Transit being used for B's and smaller C's and the F series for the larger Class C's but this is obviously my 2 cents and probably all its worth!   Thanks
225  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 10, 2014, 07:56:11 pm
Kermit told me the same thing; I guess he is going to retire the same time the E series does!!
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