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2014/09/24 - Andrew [Andy] Chrisler, Earth Stations Unlimited, replaced the DirecTV receiver in the front of the coach. The original receiver was 10 years old and was beginning to fail. He also installed a DirecTV AM21N Off-Air Tuner that allows the system to use the roof mounted off-air antenna to receive local digital TV stations. Andy is a true professional - recommended. Cell: 530-526-2496. Cost $450.
Andy Chrisler
Andy Chrisler
New HR 24-500 and Digital Off-Air Converter
 New HR 24-500 and Digital Off-Air Converter
Roof Mounted Off-Air Antenna
 Roof Mounted Off-Air Antenna
2014/07/21 - Some RV Parks have a good, tight sewer hose connection but unfortunately many do not. In those situations guests often use a couple heavy rocks to hold the connection in place. Robert Hassett, a Salem Premier RV Resort employee, has been recommending that guests use a Hose Buddy instead of rocks. The Hose Buddy sits on top of the sewer connection. I bought one from him. He sells them for $25. They hold about one gallon of water and make a good 'hold down'. I bought a couple extra and will show and sell them to others as I travel. They come in a variety of colors. Their slogan is "Never Hunt For That Big Rock Again". Click here to view the Hose Buddy web site.

One major problem RV Parks encounter is when a guest uses a rock and then accidently lets the rock fall into the sewer line. Then the park has to get a backhoe and dig up the sewer line to remove the offending rock. This never happens if the guest is using the Hose Buddy. Good idea. Robert says it has drastically reduced the number of times they have had to dig up a sewer line.

Covered - In Place
Covered - In Place
Uncovered
 Uncovered
2014/04/30 - While being backed into my space a the Novato RV Park the ladder was crushed when it hit a tree. Monaco found one in Decatur, IN. Cost  $495.41. Shipping by YRC Freight was $76.63. It was installed by Albert Chamberlain of ARC's Mobile RV, Santa Rosa, CA, 707-291-0486. Cost $200.00. Total cost $772.04. Click here to view a page that describes the crushed ladder.
Albert Removing the Old Ladder
Albert Removing the Old Ladder
Albert - Recommended
Albert Chamberlain
New Ladder
The new ladder.
2014/03/19 - The Fantastic Fan above the refrigerator failed. Mike Flowerday [541-410-5555] and his son Jeremy fixed it. Total cost $170. Working fine now.
2016/03/08 - Mike is now retired and no longer services coaches.
Jeremy and Mike
Jeremy and Mike
The working Fan
Working Fan
2014/02/26 - The Gaggenau cook top range is failing. The thermo couple does not hold. No mater how long starting was attempted the flame would not stay on.  Felipe Campos of Sun Appliance Service, 760-320-1656 Palm Springs, attempted to fix it. It takes a long time starting before the flame holds. The smaller burner would not stay on even after Felipe serviced it.

Numbers - Gaggenau, model VG232212CA, s/n 36108003600. Info 949-224-4700, Jessica. Service 877-442-4436 Irvine, CA.

3/3 Parts Ordered - Bruce Connole orders parts. Wrong parts ordered. Bruce does more research. 3/17 Felipe installs two new thermal couplers and two new magnets. Seems to be working well. Total service cost $458.82.

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Felipe
2013/12/14 - The stereo receiver started failing about a year ago. I primarily use it to provide surround sound while watching DirecTV movies. Finally it gave out. On November 15th I took it to Mundo Chavez who has an electronics repair shop in Indio called La Mancha. He diagnosed the problem to be a power supply failure. He spent considerable time looking for parts but they are just not available. He did locate a duplicate receiver on eBay. I bought it for about $90 including shipping. Today Mundo and his helper Gilbert installed it in the coach. It is working great. Total cost about $200. Contact Mundo at 760-848-9437 cell. Recommended.
Mundo and Gilbert
Mundo and Gilbert
EBay Stereo Receiver
EBay Stereo Receiver
2013/10/30 - While at the Antelope Valley Fair RV park I had the coach washed by Dave's Mobil Wash. Cost $50.00. He did a nice job. But then the refrigerator quit working. It's circuit breaker got wet. The breaker is reset by rubbing a high power magnet over the top - see the red circle.  I bought some magnets at Harbor Freight Tools in Lancaster. I bought two different kinds. I bought 2 round base magnets and 2 packets of  2 each craft magnets. Cost about $7.00. Rubbing the magnets over the breaker did reset it. Last night, Dave had called his friend Mike Mathews who operates Service Rite and RV repair service. Mike was not able to reset the breaker. Early today, his assistant, Chris Neaman ordered a new one from Norcold. It arrived by overnight express the next day. So now I have a spare. Shipping cost was $66.00.
Circuit Breaker
Circuit Breaker
Magnets
Magnets
2013/09/24 - When the brakes are applied to the coach the brakes are also applied to the car being towed. The red hose, shown below, carries the signal to the car that the coaches brakes are being applied. Somewhere on I-5 heading to Yreka today the hose became detached from the car. The connecter must have bounced along the highway for many miles and was destroyed. Greg at CarQuest repaired the hose for me. Cost $10.52. Thanks Greg.
Greg
Greg
Connector Hose
Hose
2013/09/13 - I had the Patriot and Pilot serviced by Rob Kerber at Mid-Lane Truck & Equipment Repair in Eugene, OR. Total $530.78 which was reasonable. Recommended.
Rob Kerber
Rob Kerber
Mid-Lane Truck & Equipment Repair
Mid-Lane
2013/09/09 - There was a significant water leak at the entry to the ice maker water filter. The filter had not been changed for a very long time. It is possible that it would no longer let water through easily and caused enough back pressure to cause the O ring to fail. I don't need the filter because I always use one at the park's hose connection. So I had Lenn Malm, Oak Park RV Supply and Service, Salem, OR, install a bypass. Subsequently a minor leak developed where the bypass connects to the 1/4 inch line that feeds the ice maker. Robert Hassett, a Salem park employee, fixed the leak by putting on a new compression fitting. Total cost $100.
Lenn Malm
Lenn Malm
Water Leak
Water Leak
Robert Hassett
Robert Hassett
Water Drip
Water Drip
2013/06/23 - Bay Door Gas Springs - The doors on the storage bays on the passenger's side would not stay up. The gas springs were failing. I replaced one of the two gas springs on each door with a 100 pound one. Now the doors zoom-up. I bought 4 springs but only needed two. Now I have two spares. I bought the springs on eBay from R and P Carriages. It was $57.75 with shipping for the four. Robert Hassett, a Salem park employee, replaced them for me.
SPD-GSNI-5300-1000
Mike CookeLeaking Hoses2013/06/18 - Mike Cooke, of Mike's RV Repair, 541-921-2331 in Lincoln City, OR, fixed a minor water hose leak. The water hoses that connect to the kitchen sink have had a minor leak for some time. The leak was intermittent. Finally it leaked all the time so Mike was able to find the leaks at a couple loose fittings. He tightened them and all is well now. Cost $75. Recommended.
Steve and GeraldSteve2013/06/12 - Gerald Armstrong, of Armstrong RV Service & Supply, Eugene, OR, replaced the Norcold refrigerator's cooling unit. Cost $2272. Steve Swihart, with ball hat, helped. Recommended.
AndrewThe Offending Screw2013/05/30 - The Pilot developed a slow leak in the front, driver's side tire. For $15, Andrew at Mike Cary's Tire and Auto Repair, Redding, CA fixed it.
John with Air Bags2013/04/29  - The Patriot is suspended on 10 air bags. The front most air bag on the drivers side developed a leak some time ago. I had it replaced by East Valley RV Specialists, Apache Junction, AZ. They did some other minor work. Cost about $975 for all the work. Owner Dan Reagles supervised the work. Dan started the business in 1989. There must have been 50 coaches that they were working on. Dan says it is very hard to find service technicians. He is training John who has been working there about 4 months. Mike Isley had told me about East Valley.
Hydrogen Peroxide2013/04/21 - I read a tip in the FMCA magazine that said hydrogen peroxide would remove water stains from fabric. So I bought a bottle, at CVS, for about $1, mixed a 50/50 water solution and put it in spray bottle. I had a number of water stains, especially above the dash, and sprayed them with the solution. I had to spray some stains more then once. Walla - the stains disappeared. The FMCA magazine tip - thanks Jerry and Jan:

Stain Remover - If you motorhome's ceiling is covered in fabric or carpet-type material and it develops a water stain, here's an easy and inexpensive way to remove the stain. Make up a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and water, and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the stain and let it sit - no rubbing or blotting is necessary. If the spot does not go away after the first application has dried, just repeat the process until it's gone. Jerry & Jan Nickerson, F358306, Webb City, Missouri.

2013/03/23 - Engine Compartment Door Springs - The engine compartment door is held up with two gas springs. They were failing. I replaced the 40 pound ones with 50 pound GSNI-5300-50 springs. I bought them online from Associated Spring - Raymond in Maumee, OH. About $45. Now the door stays in the upright position nicely.
2013/03/15 - Transfer Switch Fails - The transfer switch failed. It transfers the main electric circuit between the generator and the park supplied power. One of the wires was badly damaged. Fortunately there was no fire. Mike Isley replaced the switch. About $580. I have used Mike a number of times. He is a true professional.

2013/04/16 - The new shore power relay developed a loud hum. Neither GE nor Esco warranted the relay. So I paid about $70 to get a new relay which Mike installed at no charge. Thank you Mike.

Mike Isley
Mike Isley
Failed Connection
Failed Switch
In the Storage Area
Storage Area
2013/01/13 - No Heat - Last night the furnace never came on. It got down to 56 degrees in the coach. Why? It was very cold outside [got down to 17 degrees] so I left the water tap in the kitchen on a trickle so the water pipes would not freeze. The faucet was on 'warm'. That is some hot water was being used in the trickle. The hydro-hot heating system shuts off the furnace when hot water is being used. That is a safety feature so one does not run out of hot water when taking a shower. Consequently the furnace heating system never came on while the hot water was being used. In the future if a trickle is being used make sure that only cold water is being used. I did that the next night [1/14] and all worked fine.
JohnControl Board 2012/12/28 - John Carrillo, Hydronic Heating Systems, fixed the HydroHot furnace and water heating system. John had to replace the system's control board among other parts. I have been using John for many years. He is highly recommended. I took a long, hot shower last night for the first time in awhile. About $1400.
M37001 Big Foot Control Unit
M37001 Big Foot Control Unit
2012/11/16 - The Big Foot leveling system's control unit failed. After much back and forth with Quadra Manufacturing, White Pigeon, MI, I was able to get a replacement. Jim Armstrong helped me wire the new control unit. His cell phone number is 269-503-3783. Jim has been with Quadra for about 30 years. He is the go-to guy. Cost about $250.00. Click here to see the original purchase information.
2012/11/15 RCB, Indio, CA - David Thorp, DRT Transport [760-250-2783], replaced the Patriot's four coach batteries. About $700. The old batteries were about 5 years old. They were starting to leak.

2012/11/26 RCB - David failed to connect one of the starter battery cables. Consequently when I tried to start the coach it would not start. Click here to see the fix and costs of $1700 to get a remedy.

e-ClipGerard Hinge 2012/11/10 RCB, Indio, CA - Two Gerard awning hinges are attached to the outer rail with bolts held in place with e-Clips. Neither bolt had an e-Clip inserted consequently the bolts were working their way out of the hinge. Gerard sent me a few e-Clips which I inserted. Cost about $5.00, mostly for shipping. McMaster-Carr part number 98408A132.
Hose Connectors 2012/11/06 RCB, Indio, CA - Mike Flowerday [Mobile RV Repair, 541-410-5555] fixed a significant leak in the Hydro-Hot system. The hose connectors were old and had failed. Repair cost $165.00. Mike spends the winter in the Palm Springs area and the summer in Bend, Oregon. Recommended.
Big MikeTony 2012/08/09 Les Schwab - West Salem, Oregon - Today I had 4 new tires put on the Honda and a new battery. Tires are P235/70R-16 104T Toyo Open Country. About $850 including aligning and balancing. The battery is a 24F XHD. About $100. In the photos: Big Mike put on the tires. Tony put in the new battery. Mike is 6' 8" tall.
Jason Britton 2012/08/01 Premier RV Resort, Clarkston, Washington - The coach failed to start intermittently. Jason Britton of Idaho Truck [208-743-2547], Lewiston, ID, determined that the Cole Hersee Solenoid was failing. He replaced it. Cost about $240.

To get to it we had to dismantle the bed then open the trap door that covers the engine. It was the first time that I had done this.

The new and old
Cole Hersee 24059 Solenoids.
New SolenoidOld Solenoid
Dennis Sides 2012/07/14 Hart Ranch, Rapid City, South Dakota - The dryer portion of the washer dryer combination failed. Dennis Sides repaired it. Some wires were burned. Cost $250 for labor. The timer cost $180. Ouch. Dennis spends his summers at Hart Ranch and winters in south Texas. He has lots of work to keep him busy. Contact: 970-596-5856, MobileRVIsMe@Yahoo.com. Highly recommended.
Bad TimerBurned Connectors
Mike Isley 2012/04/20 Fort McDowell, Arizona - Mike Isley installed three new Carefree of Colorado slide out awnings. The old ones were starting to rip and show signs of extreme wear.  They were about 10 years old. Cost about $750.
Carefree Awning This Carefree of Colorado 'stock' photo shows a slide out awning.
Andrew and Jake 2012/04/10 Fort McDowell, Arizona - Andrew Steele, ANS Auto Detailing, washed and waxed the coach. He and his friend Jake also sealed the roof.

Andrew operates his business out of the Fort McDowell RV park. About $500 for his labor. About $160 for the roof sealer compounds.

Link to John's web site.John checking the wiring schematic. 2012/03/24 Fort McDowell, Arizona - John Carrillo replaced the Hydro-Hot Switch Panel. The old panel's switches used miniature light bulbs. When the switch is on the bulb is lighted. The bulbs were known to fail. Aqua-Hot is now using LED lights instead. John made the upgrade for me. About $200.

The new switch panel.
The new switch panel.

I have used John to service my Hydro-Hot system annually for the past three years. He is based in the Denver area but travels throughout the West. He used to work for Aqua-Hot.

He was just in the Phoenix area to attend the Good Sam Club rally at the Phoenix International Raceway where he serviced a number of coaches. At the recent February Quartzsite rally he serviced over 300 coaches. Highly recommended.

Mike Isley12 Volt Control Panel 2012/03/02 Fort McDowell, Arizona - I had been having intermittent 12 volt problems. The 12 volt lines that come from the coach's batteries were not seated securely into the control panel. Mike Isley fixed it. Mike had to remove the panel, tighten some screws, clean-up the ends of the wires and reassemble the panel. Cost about $110. I have used Mike in the past. He is very good. His phone number: 480-215-5044. Highly recommended.
Click to Enlarge 2011/12/20 Fort McDowell, Arizona - I installed a Vizio VSB200 Sound Bar in the bedroom. I mounted it on the window frame. It comes with a small remote control. It really improves the sound - especially when watching movies. Highly recommended. From Costco - about $130.
Brite-Bar 2011/12/15 Fort McDowell, Arizona - The original brite-bar was showing signs of wear. Minor cracks and stress fractures. I replaced the bar. Item 7000-3. The brackets were no longer available in silver - only white and black. I selected black. From Fleming Sales, Elkhart, Indiana. About $50.
2011/08/20 Salem, Oregon - Norcold released a 'Door Hinge Shim Service Kit'. Part number 625129. The refrigerator doors would droop after some period of time. The kit raises the doors a little. I found the kit while searching the Norcold web site. Then I searched eBay for the part number and low and behold  the kit was listed. I bought it for a total of $12.74. It was sold by a company called 'Any RV Parts' based in Chino, CA.
Lenn Malm
Pressure Valve
2011/08/18 Salem, Oregon - Lenn Malm replaced the pressure valve in the Splendide washing machine. Lenn owns Oak Park RV Supply and Service which provides mobile service.
2011/07/19 Coburg, Oregon - The Hydro-Hot water heating system was not producing a continuous stream of hot water. The tempering valve [PLX-09P-100] was replaced by Cummins Northwest. It is commonly called a mixing valve. It regulates the water temperature. The water coming out of the unit is damped down to 120 degrees by the valve. A safety feature to prevent scalding. About $400. Thanks Vince Furnari.
Les Schway Junction City 2010/06/10 Junction City, Oregon - A few days ago the passenger side tag axel tire failed with a blowout. It was time to replace the coach's tires. Les Schwab in Junction City, OR replaced the remaining 7 tires. Michelin 275/70R-22.5/18 ZXA2 tires mounted. Cost about $4K.

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