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What goes wrong with air horns?
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The air horns on the Allegro stopped working. Not the fake electric ones up top, but a pair installed by the previous owner in the grille. I have plenty of air pressure, the solenoid works and I can…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lakota Wolf Oct 17, 2016.

The Guest House
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Just had some friends "move out" of the Allegro today after spending a week out there. It's now known as the "Guest House". There were 4 of them - employees/owner of an interior decorating company.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rich Thomas Jun 18, 2016.

Bought a "Sewer Solution"....
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So I bought a Valterra Sewer Solution pseudo-macerator pump so I can dump my RV at home into 1 of 3 sewer clean-outs in my yard. I went to Home Depot and bought 100-feet of plastic sprinkler lines…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Stoltz Jun 17, 2016.

More Driveway Guessing
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So this has been a very slow move. We got 33" of snow last week so I couldn't get to the "old" house to move the remainder of my belongings. We dug out on Monday, I worked all week and didn't have…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Stoltz Jan 31, 2016.


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Jim Stoltz commented on Jim Stoltz's blog post Pocono 400 Trip Report
"Great story Rich. I got mine on Craigslist, too. They listed it for $600, which was very intriguing to me. It was at a tow yard. The original owner was on his way somewhere when the engine blew. He turned it over to the towing company. The…"
Rich Thomas commented on Jim Stoltz's blog post Pocono 400 Trip Report
"I bought the Palace off Craigslist. The PO was very honest about everything in the add. I him-hauled around for a month before I went to look at it and that's when I lost my sanity. The add stated red flags all over the place like Tornado…"
Jim Stoltz commented on Jim Stoltz's blog post Pocono 400 Trip Report
"This is my 4th season with mine, and I only get out a couple of times a season. I only have a bit of 2,000 miles behind the wheel of it but you do gain a lot more confidence over time. It was terrifying at first."
Jun 16
Dawn Michelle commented on Jim Stoltz's blog post Pocono 400 Trip Report
"I just love these discussions.  Reminds me I am not at all alone!   My worst moment, too, was after Juno was in the driveway, Rick had gone back to Denver and I realized she was all mine to deal with, and even at 21 feet she seemed so…"
Jun 16
Jim Stoltz commented on Jim Stoltz's blog post Pocono 400 Trip Report
"Yes we do Russ - otherwise it would suck all the fun out of it. This is a picture of my life-changing and "oh **** what have I done" moment."
Jun 15
Russ Johnson commented on Jim Stoltz's blog post Pocono 400 Trip Report
"Well said, Jim. One has to over look some of the expenses or it will make the whole adventure just unbearably painful. The MMP has cost a lot of money and grief of being sitting on the roadside. But those expenses are past us now and it has proven…"
Jun 15
Jim Stoltz commented on Jim Stoltz's blog post Pocono 400 Trip Report
"Dawn Michelle - yes, splitting the costs up into categories doesn't put the money back in my bank account but makes me feel better about it. I don't think any of us bought our campers thinking we'd make a profit on them.…"
Jun 15
Dawn Michelle commented on Jim Stoltz's blog post Pocono 400 Trip Report
"Rich - I am sad to hear the Palace might not get to stretch her wings this summer!  But, Jim, I do like how you break down your lists of costs.  I'm going to do the same and see if that doesn't help me swallow some of the numbers…"
Jun 15
Jim Stoltz commented on Jim Stoltz's blog post Pocono 400 Trip Report
"Sorry to hear the Palace is down for the count, but at least you have a backup. Mine continues to be okay mechanically (knocking on some wood here....). It's a very simple platform so there's not a whole lot to go wrong with it (continuing…"
Jun 15
Rich Thomas commented on Jim Stoltz's blog post Pocono 400 Trip Report
"Sounds like you had a really good trip Jim. I'm starting to think this year is going to be a bust for the Palace. But my old stand by Coleman Red wood pop up is going to get a work out come Thursday."
Jun 14
Jim Stoltz commented on John "T" Nordhoff's blog post After Market Electric Hot Water Heating
"Yes! I should have followed up on this post. I did purchase the Oxygenics shower head and it saves a crazy amount of water while delivering a powerful shower. I was dry camping at NASCAR this past weekend and all my buds came back from the showers…"
Jun 14
Dawn Michelle commented on Jim Stoltz's blog post Pocono 400 Trip Report
"Thumbs up on your rig - glad to hear you had a great outing (after all usually we here about all the ooops episodes!) - and it does look sweet!"
Jun 13
Jim Stoltz commented on Jim Stoltz's blog post Pocono 400 Trip Report
"Here's a vid I grabbed off of one of my surveillance cameras. I stopped at a local school to let the air bags pump up to 110 PSI. It's close, but no scraping! You can't tell how steep it really is until I start up the driveway with…"
Jun 13
Jim Stoltz commented on Jim Stoltz's blog post Pocono 400 Trip Report
"Thanks! The ants do appear to be disembarking on their own. There's nothing really for them to do in the RV anymore. People are blown away by the Pulp Fiction-era décor. I'm often tempted to modernize it a bit, but it's in such…"
Jun 13
Russ Johnson commented on Jim Stoltz's blog post Pocono 400 Trip Report
"Pulling to the right... I think that is the nature of the P30 chassis. I had mine aligned when I got it and had new tires installed. But dang, it pulls to the right constantly. And, as you said, there is no abnormal tire wear."
Jun 12
Jim Stoltz commented on Jim Stoltz's blog post Pocono 400 Trip Report
"I have the kit - I've had it for almost 3 years :). I just need to install it. I think it's the Air-Lift brand. I've been putting it off thinking I may go with the correct springs instead but that means having it weighed and I…"
Jun 12

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Pocono 400 Trip Report

Today's Pocono 400 race was the first trip out this season with the old Allegro. I am the world's worst procrastinator. I didn't get to half of the work that I wanted to do on the rig before I left. And I had to leave the race early because I have school work due at midnight (that I am not doing right now -…


Posted on June 11, 2017 at 6:16pm — 22 Comments

Condolences to my Brother (aka The Dutchman)

My brother, a member here but not a frequent poster, lost his RV today. We were supposed to head out to Hershey this afternoon. He had the fridge on electric, and in preparation for leaving switched it over to propane. He waited for the green light indicating it was lit and went in the house. 15 minutes later the trailer exploded. Thank God no one was hurt and the house, while damaged, didn't light up.

I'm still going, but I have to say I'm really shaken up. You may recall…


Posted on June 12, 2015 at 1:34pm — 35 Comments

Fuel Economy, or lack thereof

Filled the Allegro up in preparation for my next trip this coming weekend.

It looks like I went 165 miles between "fills", and it took 40 gallons. So about 4 MPG. I did run the generator quite a bit - a bit over 5 hours and it sucks down about a gallon an hour. I also question my last "fill" because I know that when it's full it pukes gas out the top of the tank where it meets the filler tube. The gas station attendant (can't pump my own gas in NJ) insisted it was full but…


Posted on June 9, 2015 at 8:38pm — 28 Comments

Allegro Restoration - Engine R&R

If you recall, my RV has been sitting for around 6 years with a bad engine. I bought it for basically nothing. The owner said everything works, and so far he has been 100% correct. He also said he put Stabil in the 80 gallons of fuel when the engine failed. But, the generator would not run unless I put the fuel supply into a 5-gallon container of fresh gas. Today, I decided to siphon 5 gallons of the "bad" gas out of the RV. I dipped the generator feed into the "bad" gas. Holy cow it runs.…


Posted on March 8, 2014 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

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At 12:52pm on November 13, 2015, a linger said…

  now I have to run emergency close now   talk later thank you

At 12:52pm on November 13, 2015, a linger said…

 not much of a techy on computer, still figuring out how to use this site. 1989 allegro on John Deer chassis. all new pads and master cyl. has brakes at low speed one time then fade away. hydro boost 2 with electric assist

At 7:13pm on July 5, 2015, jeff york said…

I have had little luck doing anything with a radiator that has problems. I have tried additives but, they end up greatly shortening the life of the radiator but may buy you a little time. If its a fan issue at idle. I would get an electric fan. They kick on via temp sensor switch. But, since the vehicle was designed with a standard fan, if that is not working, a fan change is a band aid at best. I have as you know a highly modified 454 that now a 496. Over heating is not an issue and I think we are both on a P 30 platform. 

At 9:37pm on June 24, 2015, R. Randall Halton said…

Wow. You know it's bad enough having a occurrence,,, then to have to be subjected to more expenses in addition to the loss. My vehicle fire the insurance company looked at me like I was crazy. Then she turns around and tells me she wants the new cost replacement prices and to price it out and to find what receipts I had left. Moral of the story,,, don't keep receipts in your investments. And make duplicate copies of your investment in projects. And they paid... and lowered my INS. rates. If your brother needs a hand let me know Jim. I like that name The Dutchman. Very cool.

At 12:26am on June 23, 2015, R. Randall Halton said…

I was suggesting that we take up a collection to rebuild his camper. GlennL marine has a  few cool camper plans if he wanted to utilize the existing trailer frame and build a new one. That's nice he found out about a Vintage Shasta, I hope it works well for him.

At 4:53pm on September 21, 2014, Jimco_W001 said…

I sure do enjoy reading about your motorhome.Thanks for saving it.Do you think it was worth all the work?I know my 1970 Winnebago F-17 was.

At 7:46pm on July 9, 2014, Russ Johnson said…

Having tools and spare parts is great if one has the ability, or should I say capability, to render such repairs.  Unfortunately, I know how to make the repairs, but my body will not cooperate, I walk with a cane on good days, and a walker on my bad days.  IF I get on the ground, it takes me several attempts to get vertical again.  I agree that having parts to render repairs beats waiting for tow trucks and paying mechanics to do stuff I know how to do, but at this point in my life, that is just not feasible.

At 7:03pm on June 21, 2014, paul nevitt said…
Sorry Jim. Some how i deleted the photo we were talking about. Thank you for all your comments.
At 1:21pm on December 15, 2013, Normand leveille said…
Looking at a 99 Georgie boy cruise master with 71000 mi new tires newt vs original owner .they are asking 15,800 .Does that sound good or a walk away. Norm



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