We ran into a few issues that I'd like some help with.
My most perplexing problem is an unpleasant vibration at 58 to 61 mph combined with a "growling" like sound that resonates at these speeds only. My initial thought was out of balance tires although I got the customary shutter of out of balance tires at 70 mph the one or two times I reached that speed. I took the RV to a tire store and they spun balanced the tires. The manager said bring the unit back if I wasn't happy because dual tires sometimes take multiple attempts (rotating the individual wheels is sometimes required on dual tire axles). Honestly, the only reason I knew anything had been done is because my wallet was lighter. I believe I have ruled out the 58-61 mph vibration/noise as a tire problem and now think it is either the exhaust system or more likely a drive shaft problem. Any thoughts?
We used a new toaster oven to toast bagels and we set off the smoke detector every time the bagels started to brown. There was no visible smoke at all. I may need to disconnect the detector while cooking. Let me tell you, it's very LOUD. Others have this problem?
I forgot to turn off the water heater and while running the a/c, water heater and toaster, I blew the circuit breaker on the genset. It took a while to find the genset circuit breaker (on the side of the genset start panel for those who don't know) and once reset and dropping the load all was well. Can anyone tell me how many amps the a/c unit pulls on start and how many amps the water heater uses?
Neither of the map lights above the rear view mirror work. Do these have a fuse somewhere?
The black water tank reads 1/3 full when it is empty. I will try some methods I read here to fix it although this isn't a big deal. Does anyone hook up a hose to the sani con panel to flush the tanks with fresh water? Is this necessary?
The power awning has adjustable knobs on each arm. The dealer told me to leave both of these loose. The left arm has a tendency to 'pop' on opening. Is that right?
Kelli wants to plug in headphones so she can watch (and hear) a movie as we tool down the road. Is there an output for headphones?
I need the right side mirror to stick out about 3" further. Can I buy an extension?
We took 4 showers (rinse, lather up, and rinse) and washed dishes for 4 meals and filled up the gray water tank to 3/4 full. I guess filling the tank is completely variable based on the time the water is running. No real issues here.
Storage in a B+ is at a huge premium. I think I will buy a 24x60 cargo carrier to hang off the receiver hitch for a grill, chairs, and maybe a few sticks of firewood. Anybody else doing this and is there a brand you recommend?
Our campsite was crushed gravel and it didn't take long for us to track in a lot of the great outdoors. Do you carry a small broom or vacuum?
Overall the experience was very nice and we enjoyed our new RV. Thanks for any replies. Mark
1. For the vibration, I would check for tire cupping on the front tires and the steering dampener. IMHO balancing the rear dually tires is a waste of money.
2. We went to Wal-mart and bought a $25 dollar kitchen smoke detector and mounted it on the ceiling farther forward, in line with the DVD player. I removed the original one. The Kitchen detector is made to handle the smoke from the stoves and comes with a "silence" button. One push of the button and it turns off for about 10-15 minutes.
3. The a/c uses 21 amps to start and 14-16 while running. I don't know what the water heater uses.
4. The overhead cab lights work off the dimmer switch and the door switch. Open the door and turn the switches by the lights. Rotate the dash light dimmer switch all the way up to turn them on also.
5. Put a good squirt of dawn dish washing soap into the black tank and two bowls of water. Drive around or to where you are going. It will help wash the crud off the sensor. I prefer to use non-formaldehyde chemicals to keep the odor down and the tank clean. I also use the hose sprayers after dumping. I use the sani-con for over night stops and the 3 inch for longer stays. I leave the gray open and dump the black when it gets over 2/3 full.
6. The awning knobs are to hold the awning tight when it is windy. They stop some of the bouncing. Otherwise leave them lose but check them occasionally so they do not fall off going down the road.
7. It is illegal to have the front TV on while driving. It would be a big distraction to the driver.
8. Cargo carries would be nice if we didn't have the rear trunks. You would need one that swings toward the drivers side in order to be out of the way of the trunk door and the ladder.
9. DYSON DC44 animal stick is what my wife bought and loves. I did not care for the price but it does a great job on the dog hair and sand. We also carry an outside door mat and indoor/outdoor carpet on the first inside step, heard about it on this forum.