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    500 hp foretravel 40 ft, my hole in the driveway I throw money into.

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  1. jcussen

    Escapees Roadside Assistance

    Agree with Barbaraok, like the Escapees concept, but I also know Coach-net delivers, not always fast, but never a penny out of my pocket. Of course one time, tow truck driver said it would be a, extra $200 for me to pay, because he said Coach-net told him they would not pay him for pulling the half shafts, quick call to Coach-net got that straightened out. Coach at the side of the freeway shaking ever time a semi passes, is not my favorite place to be.
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    deep cycle battery maintenance

    Good to have a choice. Unfortunately many motorhomes have battery banks in places where watering systems and necessary vents are not possible because of design considerations. As systems get more complex and weight considerations more important, manufacturers are putting the batteries where they can. For example, Foretravel has used only gel cell and agm batteries for over 20 years in order to maximize cargo space, equalize side to side loading, and maintain proper axle capacity. On my present coach, would have to completely remove a 160 lb battery just to see the one under it, and batteries are on centerline so no vent possible. Their thinking is if kept properly charged, the agm and gel cell batteries should last at least 5 years before any attention is required.
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    deep cycle battery maintenance

    Agree, kind of like the "you get what you pay for" type of statement. When talking about wet cell/agm batteries more weight is better. Hard to believe that a 100 pound battery could out perform a 160 pound battery, Of course lithiums are a different fish. I also now have 4 lifeline 8d's and am happy with them.
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    deep cycle battery maintenance

    .Last year bought O'Reilly 8d 225 amp/hr batteries for $400 each. Good article on whether to change or not. https://roadslesstraveled.us/wet-cell-vs-agm-batteries-rv-installation-wiring-tips/
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    deep cycle battery maintenance

    If you wait for a sale, you can get O'Reilly's 8d 225 amp/hr agm batteries [made in US by Deka/East Penn] for $400, so 450 amp hours for $800 AND get free installation at your local store. Have see Lifelines 8d 255 amp/hr for $520 but must go to the warehouse to pick them up. Nice thing about AGM batteries is the ability to put them almost anywhere they will fit and not worry about venting, refilling, and corrosive gases. I cheaped out an couple of years ago and installed 6 8d wet cells in a compartment, A year later had to clean up and treat all the steel in that compartment. AGM's are install and forget. They will also charge much quicker than a wet cell. Wet cells are fine if you are on a tight budget, but I would get AGM's if you can afford them.
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    Thanks for the update, thought he only did older Foretravel's. You can find him on Forefourms.com.
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    Think you will find that Newells, Country Coaches and Foretravel's in your price range have in house built chassis. But they use common truck chassis parts, so service would not be a problem. They will have Cummins, Catepilliar, or occasionally Detroit, so no problem getting service there. Kieth and Kieth are techs at MOT and are strait shooters, they will inspect any coach and give you the low down, even if it is consigned at MOT. Somewhere on the forum someone posted the motorhomes most likely to use the "lemon law", interesting reading.
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    Keeping RV Fridge Cool While Driving

    My coach has not been out of the driveway for years, so many bad things can happen when you turn that key................................
  9. Evaporator could be placed anywhere you want inside motorhome but condenser/compressor portion will need a compartment location that allows good air flow over condenser. Best to measure your biggest compartment and get dimensions of the mini-split outside portion and go from there. A lot of older bigger motorhomes have "basement air" but their compartments are pretty big. You will find many of the modern bigger motorhomes have gone back to roof airs. [Newell and many Prevost conversion bus's] Think it would be a lot easier on a 5th wheel than a 30ft class c.
  10. motorhome, 5th wheel, travel trailer?
  11. Think in a best case scenario, with an un amplified omnidirectional you might get reception 10-20 miles from the transmitting tower. There is a reason most rv's come with amplified directional antennas.
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    Hooking up house current to MH

    Unless you have a very special dryer, not a good idea. Most dryers I have seen run on 220 volt, quick way to fry you coach. Thats why, as explained above, plugs are different.
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    Hooking up house current to MH

    Not cheap, https://www.microair.net/collections/easystart-soft-starters, but worth it if you want to keep your rv cooler on 15 amps.
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    Keeping RV Fridge Cool While Driving

    Very informative, nice to have actual facts, instead of "chicken little, the sky is falling"
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    Solar Panels

    Kurt, think you would be hard pressed to find any brand where someone has not had a less than positive experience. Foretravel quality is well know, and has been in production since the 60's. Most people will figure out fairly quickly why a 10 yr old Foretravel DP will cost 3 times more than a 10 year old Bounder DP. As you have mentioned before, you get what you pay for. You will see many older [90's] Foretravel's out there with 200-300000 miles on them and they are still quite solid.