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  • Birthday 02/12/1962

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    Farmington, NM
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    Travel, vintage motorcycles, learning new things, draggin' my lazy butt outside

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  1. jlc1988

    Getting hot going over mountains

    Great points made by all. With hills/mountains, I try to get a running start whenever possible. I haven't thought about easing off of the throttle a bit to get over a mountain pass. I'll try that. That makes sense to me because you are stoking a fire but not converting that heat into motion therefore creating more heat. She's gotten quite a workout so far. We've been through 5 states with her so far. Learning quite a bit about the lifestyle and how to keep the machinery alive.
  2. jlc1988

    Getting hot going over mountains

    We did exceed the tow rating of the RV.
  3. jlc1988

    Getting hot going over mountains

    Trans fluid level and color are good.
  4. jlc1988

    Getting hot going over mountains

    It has a trans cooler and an oil cooler.
  5. So far, our 1995 Southwind Storm Babs has been to TX and OK as well as a few trips to Albuquerque. She drives really well for her age and is a nice place to glamp in. Only issue I have is she starts getting hot going over mountains/hills. Never gets to the H but gets really close. On our last trip, I had to tow a Dodge Charger (on a trailer) and ambient temperatures were in the 90-100 F range. Once we got over a hill, she would cool down. We're about to got to SD for some bike event there. We'll be towing a small trailer with bikes on it. Am I being paranoid about it getting hot? Is this normal RV behavior? The engine is a 460 Ford V8 with TBI injection. The coach has 43K on it. Thanks for the feedback!
  6. jlc1988

    Getting Parts

    Greetings! Any recommendations for getting spare parts for 1995 Southwind Storm? Also there are some parts that are generic to the MH that I need (basement door latches). Any recommendations for generic parts as well? Thank you Oh Wise Collective Mind.
  7. jlc1988

    Hooking up house current to MH

    First off, thank you all for your wealth of RV knowledge. I'm learning by reading and experimentation. 🤓 I did hook up Babs (RV name) to an outside 120 VAC outlet. As expected, I cannot run all of the electrical devices. I like having it hooked to house current primarily to keep the fridge cold. I can run the AC, lights, and fridge. When I turn on the fresh water pump, it trips the circuit breaker in the house.
  8. jlc1988

    Hooking up house current to MH

    So no AC I assume?
  9. jlc1988

    Keeping RV Fridge Cool While Driving

    That seems too easy. Isn't there some type propane lighting ritual or something?
  10. jlc1988

    Keeping RV Fridge Cool While Driving

    We're learning how to turn the silly thing on...
  11. Hi y'all. I'm still learning about our MH and its various features. Y'all should've seen us trying to unfurl the awning😂. Anyway, I was curious if it is possible to hook up electricity from the house to the MH. The run from the nearest outlet to the MH is about 35'. Can you use a regular extension cord or do I need a special cord? Thanks in advance!
  12. jlc1988

    buying an RV

    Because we're new to this lifestyle, we chose to get an older RV (1995 model year) that was in good shape, low miles, and affordable. Paid for it outright. If we like like the RV life, we may consider a newer and nicer one. We were initially ready to jump into full time but I landed an excellent job and relocated. We were wanting a new coach that had a W/D + toyhauler. It's out there but it's $$$$$. We found that RV dealers also will give deep discounts off of the asking price. Don't be afraid to negotiate.
  13. jlc1988

    Hello everybody!

    Ours was named Storm from the factory. It has a cute graphic of a happy coach on it. Much rather have that than an aggressive name.
  14. jlc1988

    Have You Named Your RV?

    Babs. Acronym for Big A** Bus.
  15. jlc1988

    Hello everybody!

    I hear ya. New paint styles are a bit too loud for my taste. What I find amusing is the names on some these rigs that the factories give them. Venom, Vengeance, Nitro, and the like. My current hypothesis to the naming is the effect they may have on one's bank account. 🤣