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Tech Talk / Re: Chassis Number
« Last post by Rene T on Today at 07:47:27 AM »
Here in NH we have to have our vehicles inspected every year. It's done at most of the services stations throughout the state. They check brakes, tires, wipers, horn, all lights, directional, steering linkages for wear, rust, exhaust for leaks, cracks in windshield and emissions. Cost about $40.00.
After seeing what cars look like in FL where there's no inspection it's scary. I think all states should do this.
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Tech Talk / Re: Chassis Number
« Last post by TonyDtorch on Today at 07:45:20 AM »
I'd love it if a state inspection agency pulled the wheels off of my vehicle.  They are now liable if anything happens.
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...Question:  There was a noise suppressor on the old TV (externally mounted) and I am wondering if that is something I have to rehook in order to use the speaker selection button (Radio/TV) in the same group with the BOMB and the inverter controls- front right overhead cabinet.
Yes, I would use the noise filter (and I think it also prevents ground loops) if you are going to use the Winnie supplied amp.

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Question:  I have bought a wall mount kit for the TV but in looking at it  out of the box it appears that the TV bars (2) simply hook over the wall mount bar and have a spring loaded hook that comes up to hold the unit onto the wall mounted brace.  BUT this thing appears to be pretty loose when attached together and can even slide in either direction on the wall mounted brace.  Will this take the beating on the road or should I consider installing something like a strip of foam on the back to restrict movement while traveling? 
I for one wouldn't like the TV and mount jiggling and rattling around but my objection would be for the noise aspect.
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Tech Talk / Re: Chassis Number
« Last post by AStravelers on Today at 07:30:40 AM »
In states like Delaware, one drives through a state owned inspection station. In other states like Maryland and West Virginia, vehicle inspections are done a privately owned shop that has been certified by the state to do inspections. I know that Maryland thoroughly checks the vehicle from top to bottom. They pull the wheels and drums to check brakes etc. They even go as far to make sure the climate controls work correctly. They will check serial numbers where possible on everything on the vehicle.
They really pull the wheels and check brakes on all private vehicles?  I have heard of commercial vehicles having that done.  That is a lot of labor to put into an inspection to pull the wheels.  Must be very, very expensive for the RV owner.   

But back to the VIN number, there is only one VIN number for RV's and that is what the RV mfg puts on.  Yes there may be some chassis VIN numbers, or chassis serial numbers, but the valid VIN is the one the RV mfg puts on. 
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Destinations, RV Parks, Routes / Re: Alaska questions
« Last post by AStravelers on Today at 07:24:00 AM »
I believe you mean you ordered the Milepost. The 2018 version doesn't come out until around March 1st.  You can get the 2017 version and use that, as they don't change a lot from year to year. 

In 2016 we crossed the border from Washington to BC on April 27th and were in Fairbanks about 3 weeks later.  Good weather all the way.  Not that we didn't have some rain, but nothing bad.  We spent 4 1/2 months on the trip from Oregon to AK and back to Oregon.

Another RV'er got caught in a snow storm about May 28th.  Part of the reason they got caught in the snow, was they had reservations and "had" to travel instead of staying put for a day or two for the roads to clear.  They got stuck on the hwy and had one of the road crew truck tow them to a wide spot where they spent a night or two.  Here is their blog entry of the event:  https://ramblingrvrat.blogspot.com/2016/05/snowbound-in-middle-of-nowhere.html?m=1

On June 15th & 16th there was a huge rain event near Dawson Creek (start of the AK Hwy) which washed out the highway. 

Bottom line, you have an exposure to good and bad weather events, whenever you travel.  Plan for bad weather and stay put until it blows over.

Also we had very good weather the last half of May and all of June.  Again some rain, but then you most always see rain in AK.  The reports I have seen talk about more rain in August than June. 

We were in Denali NP for 11 days in mid June and had 3 days full days of clear sky that we could see all of Mt Denali. 

In 1999 we flew to Anchorage about May 30th and toured AK for 11 days and had great weather.  Got to see all of Mt Denali for a couple of days then two. 

BTW, Denali NP says only about 25% of the park visitors get to see any of Mt Denali.  Either the clouds cover the bottom or the top of the mountain for 75% of the visitors.  Also only about 10% of the visitors see the entire mountain free of clouds.  The main reason we got to see so much of Mt Denali is we stayed in the park for 11 days, and had the wonderful 3 days of great weather.

If you are interested, here is a link to the index page for our blog of our Alaska trip:  http://downtheroadaroundthebend.blogspot.com/2017/01/alaska-trip-index-april-26september-6.html 
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Tech Talk / Re: Chassis Number
« Last post by kdbgoat on Today at 06:57:35 AM »
Not sure what "inspection people" is/are. 

In states like Delaware, one drives through a state owned inspection station. In other states like Maryland and West Virginia, vehicle inspections are done a privately owned shop that has been certified by the state to do inspections. I know that Maryland thoroughly checks the vehicle from top to bottom. They pull the wheels and drums to check brakes etc. They even go as far to make sure the climate controls work correctly. They will check serial numbers where possible on everything on the vehicle.
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Motorhomes / Re: Windshiled Replacement
« Last post by mer@maine on Today at 06:56:29 AM »
Yes, that's what the glass company told me that they did but the one they wound up installing still stress cracked when they moved it.  The vendor (name escapes me at the moment) said they wouldn't stand behind the windshield once it was altered. 
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Destinations, RV Parks, Routes / Re: Route suggestions
« Last post by AStravelers on Today at 06:56:20 AM »
We are planning to leave for Arizona on November 2 or 3, 2017. This is our first trip to Arizona. We are unsure of the best, flattest route. We are travelling in a 29 foot motor home towing our car on a tow dolly.  We are Canadian and are leaving from the Sarnia (bluewater bridge) .  Any suggestions or helpful tips would be very much appreciated. We also are not in a rush we would likley take anywhere up to 5 days depending on weather.
Thank you all.
I would have made it easier on us if you told us where Sarnia is, and where you are going in Arizona. 

As others said, entering AZ on I-10 is the flattest route. But there is nothing particularly steep on I-40 in NM or west of Flagstaff.
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Winnebago-specific issues / Re: Removal of analog TV in 2002 Adventurer
« Last post by Bill N on Today at 06:50:10 AM »
Bill,

I completely removed the steel cage and it was then easy to fabricate a method to mount TV. Had to make a couple of oak 1 x 2 strips to complete and a panel on the bottom.
I see that the cage is completely removable John but think that it also adds some strength to the mount.  Your method is probably what I will need to go to.  Do you have any photos of the completed installation.  Also did you remove the bottom fiberglass molding for the old TV - the one with the light (and mine also has a speaker in it)? That would really be a radical departure for the mounting. And I would need to fabricate a new bottom that goes from cabinet to cabinet.

Bill
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Tech Talk / Re: Chassis Number
« Last post by AStravelers on Today at 06:49:01 AM »
Hi thank you

I will call Spartan thanks I have emailed them earlier. the plate is still in the cab but the mechanic says the inspection people want to see it on the chassis.

Thanks again
Not sure what "inspection people" is/are.  The final VIN number for an RV is supplied by the manufacturer of the RV.  The chassis shipped from Ford, GM etc, has an "incomplete vehicle" VIN number.   Whatever VIN # and wherever the RV manufacturer put the VIN tag should be good enough for anyone.
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