Chronic RV Problems

I do worry about it. The overall reliability of our coach. I follow a number of forums online and every day I am reading about issues that people experience with their Newmar Class A motorcoaches. Silently, I hope that we don’t run into many of those issues. Issues that sideline travel plans, or, far worse, engulf a coach in flames.

This came through one of my news feeds about a Thor Tuscany coach:

So much for the lure of the road.

Bill and Jennie Mangan say their dream of spending the first 10 years of joint retirement traveling the country inside their luxury RV quickly faded beneath a cloud of diesel fumes pouring into their bedroom at night as leaking hydraulic fluid seeped into a basement drawer.

Then there was the sewage, which they say pooled daily in their bedroom and geysered from their shower drain like an off-color Old Faithful each time they flushed the toilet. The combination, the couple says, left their new Thor Tuscany 44MT smelling like a $270,000, rolling outhouse.

They have sued Thor Industries for a full refund on the coach plus $100,000 in damages for 160 separate defects.

They spent almost all of their time with the coach dealing with defects.

I hope our coach will fare better.

Swift Kon-Tiki

I am on numerous RV mailing lists and from all over the world. One of them, Caravan Guard, an insurance company in the UK, passed me some information on Swift caravans.

The Swift Kon-Tiki, pictured above, is a motorhome manufactured for the European market. The design of this motorhome, quite compact relative to the 40+ foot motorcoaches in North America, blends luxury with intelligent use of space. Interesting to see the differences in design.

Here is one of the floorplans for this model:

The coach is 28-feet in length and a bit over 7 and a half feet wide. There are no slideouts. They have managed to create a comfortable design, especially suited to a couple, which provides all of the essential elements of a motorhome.

The main living area:

Great use of colour and window layouts. And the main living area seems open especially given the tight constraint of space.

The bedroom:

The kitchen:

And the washroom:

The Swift Kon-Tiki is built on a Fiat Chassis, powered by a 150bhp, 2.3 litre engine. All of the technical details on the coach can be found here towards the bottom of the page.

Swift is the largest manufacturer of RVs in the UK and it has been in business for 50 years. Really love the European design touches.

Careful Where You Park That Motorcoach

Photos taken by the Charlton Police Department.

I suspect the motorcoach was being serviced at O’Malley’s Truck and Auto Body, a business located somewhere in Massachusetts. The coach was parked in front of O’Malley’s when a car, exiting the parking lot of O’Malley’s, rammed right into the motorcoach with enough momentum to cause a fire.

Here is another angle of the incident:

How on earth a driver could ram into a stationary motorcoach in a parking lot with enough force to cause a fire is beyond me.

The driver was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No report on the owners of the motorcoach. I suspect they were somewhere else when this happened.

Filed under #safetoparkhere?

Mortons on the Move

I’m always finding new RV blogs — new to me at any rate. Mortons on the Move has been around for a while, since April 2015, as that appears to be their very first post.

At a relatively young age, they decided to abandon traditional career paths and housing to adopt the RV lifestyle fulltime.

It took a LOT of really hard work and over a year of preparation for us. While it sounds simplistic and easy to “pack all your bags and hit the road,” there are many complexities and difficulties in this endeavor. Here are just a few of them:

  1. Friends and Family – the hardest part of doing this is leaving the friends and family that are a normal part of our everyday, stationary lives. However, we plan to stay close no matter how far away we are!
  2. Animals – We had 2 horses, a cat, and 2 dogs when we first started planning this adventure. While the dogs are coming with us, we had to make arrangements for the rest of the crew.
  3. Possessions – While none of us want to be thought of as materialistic, you have to let go of a lot of “stuff” that you’ve collected over the years. You can’t take it with you.
  4. House – all the blood, sweat, and tears you’ve put into your house to make it just right…
  5. Saving up $$ and budgeting – While going on the road lowers our overhead costs overall, it’s a good idea to have a good reserve to fall back on. Also, this isn’t a long vacation, so we’ll be budgeting and watching costs just like we normally would.
  6. Jobs – giving notice and giving up the security of good-paying corporate jobs for the entrepreneurial life
  7. Starting a (mobile) business(es)
  8. New Home on Wheels – truck and fifth wheel acquisition and updates
  9. The essentials – health insurance, mail, residency, etc
  10. Logistics – where to stay, how long, where to go, resources available, etc.

…and the list goes on. While it’s no fun to leave the people and things you care about, this experience has done a lot to “de-clutter” our lives and help us focus on the things that matter most to us!

Now that we are two years into this, we survive by working a number of remote jobs, take opportunities as they arise, and continue traveling supported by our network of fans – thank you!

I can relate to the amount of work it takes to get ready for a (mostly) fulltime RV lifestyle. The only difference is that Lorraine and I waited until our sixties to begin this adventure. I’m not sure I would have gone this path so early in life.

They appear to be a very talented couple and I came across their site when doing some research on solar panels. Here are a couple of their videos highlighting a very unique approach to going solar:

The Worst Tire Made In History

In a Jan. 8 court filing, David Kurtz, an attorney who’s embroiled in an ongoing legal battle with Goodyear over the tire, estimated its reported rate “means that 1 out of 10 motorhomes using the G159 experienced a failure resulting in a claim for property damage, injury or death.”

“You cannot debate the defective nature of the G159,” Kurtz told Jalopnik. “There’s nothing to discuss.” His opinion’s clear: “I believe it to be the worst tire made in history.”

Via Jalopnik.

Goodyear allegedly kept tire problems secret by settling cases and getting judges to seal records. The Center for Auto Safety and Public Justice petitioned the courts to have the records released to the public. Goodyear opposed. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah ruled in favour and most of the information was unsealed.

He wrote the following in his ruling:

That information — primarily concerning the tire’s design, its testing, the decision to market it for use on motor homes, and the adjustment data generated by consumer experience with it — should be made public because it relates to and reveals a substantial potential risk to public health or safety.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration initiated a probe after the release of the data.

This article by Ryan Felton describes in detail how Goodyear sold the G159 tire to RV manufacturers that, based on Goodyear’s own internal research, wasn’t suitable for motorcoaches. Compelling reading and the article certainly made me think twice about what tires I run on my motorcoach.