There is always something. A truth in the world of the Motorcoach owner. Ongoing maintenance and resolving outstanding issues are an integral part of the ownership experience and, if you don’t set your expectations accordingly, then the lifestyle is going to be frustrating.
After completing a journey of several thousand kilometres from Canada to Florida, I expected to have a list. And I do.
Oasis heating system. I’m really not very happy with ITR. They delivered a heating system which included defective pumps and, rather than do the right thing and recall the faulty pumps, they let their customers experience pump failures and then they make them pay an inflated price to replace them. I’ve replaced two of the three pumps. And, predictably, when we needed heat, the third pump failed. I will replace that pump at my leisure sometime over the next few months. We won’t need furnace heat while we are in Florida. Here is one of many threads about the faulty pumps from ITR.
Blue Ox tow bar. Tow bars, at least the one we own, require regular servicing and inspection. When hooking up our coach, I noticed that the coating on one of the arms was flaking and exposing bare metal. The arms were also very stiff in terms of movement. Time for lubrication and a careful examination to ensure that there are no cracks or fractures in the product. RV Geeks shows you how to lubricate the tow bar:
Tank levels. We never cared for the system that Newmar installed on our coach. Tank levels are shown in one-third increments. Not particularly accurate. Less so now. Despite careful maintenance of our tanks, the sensors for the gray and black tanks have malfunctioned. On our list is a replacement of the factory system with the SeeLevel system. Their sensors are externally mounted and the SeeLevel product is far more accurate than the factory system.
In-dash radio. Simply put, I find the Clarion in-dash radio awful. Terrible ergonomics combined with poor sound quality. I won’t use the radio’s navigation system. Time to replace this device.
Tire pressure gauge. I had been using a trucker gauge but it was really off when setting the tire pressure. For example, when checking the tire pressure on our toad, I had measured 33 PSI on the gauge. Our tire pressure monitors, in-vehicle and through the coach’s onboard TPMS, showed 40 PSI. I’ve already crossed this one off the list. I purchased a high-end precision digital tire gauge: Longacre 52-53028 Tire Gauge Digital 0-125PSI. Despite the expense, I have a weird sense of calm knowing that the tire inflation levels are precise.
Air compressor. We have a Porter and Cable air compressor. It is a big beast. Heavy. Loud. And very slow to inflate. Time to replace this one.
Sewer hose. We bought a new one and now it is time to get another new one. They don’t last and Lorraine really doesn’t like the design of the current one. I have been debating getting a SaniCon system.
Network upgrade. I have been using two network environments within the coach. One for the 2.4G and cellular (Winegard). One for 5G (Ubiquiti). Time to consolidate to a single system. I ordered this system from Livinlite. Arrives next week.
Bike carriers. We have a couple of bikes that we need to carry as we travel. Time to get a hitch and bike rack for the toad.
Update checklists. I have comprehensive checklists for operating the coach. Over the past 10,000 or so miles, there are a few revisions that I need to make to the checklists.
There is always something.