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Had the Beaver in the shop (Cat dealer) last spring and they replaced the chassis batteries w/ 2 CAT batteries; pretty sure they are 950 CCA like those you found. The batteries were $130ea, not bad, but boy did he hit me for the labor to install!
Technical Support / Re: Creeping Windows and front window curtains.
« Last post by Steve Huber Co-Admin on May 19, 2019, 09:38:22 PM »
Window seal creep is very common on the SMC coaches. A good shop like RV Glass can fix them. Some have taken a DIY approach and removed the sealant and reassembled the windows but IMHO this is risking moisture and contaminant intrusion, which can cause etching of the glass.
The curtain motor may be slipping on the track. If so, a good cleaning of the track may respolve this. A number of members have installed MCD shades. Do a seach on MCD here on the Forum for their comments.
General Discussion / Re: 06 Patriot Thunder lighting Question
« Last post by Joel Ashley on May 19, 2019, 09:22:13 PM »
Glad you found it.  We haven’t used our coach for over 2 years, and some specifics I knew readily while we were using it have evaporated.  If your copilot is like mine, she refused to memorize the rocker switch arrangement on her right console, and frequently would rummage through all of them before finding the one she wanted (the power stairwell cover comes to mind).  Bending forward and viewing the panel upside down, sometimes in dimmed light and often while the rig was moving, made it too difficult for her.  One can easily see that panel from the stairwell, but not from the seat.

So it wasn’t unusual for me to find something on or off that normally shouldn’t have been.


If your owners manual states that your coach came with post style chassis batteries, it is wrong. Your coach came with 3/8 inch stud connections on the OEM batteries.


The Owners manual just says the batteries are "31P-MHD" and gives the CCA and RC specs.
I made the assumption the "P" stands for Post Terminal from looking at a picture of a 31P-MHD on the Interstate website which shows post terminals (but that photo of a 31P-MHD could have been an error too).
Technical Support / Creeping Windows and front window curtains.
« Last post by Laurence Mitchell on May 19, 2019, 08:05:30 PM »
Hello Fellow Beaver Lovers!

When I purchased our unit last Oct I noted that our windows inner seals were creeping.  How hard would this be to fix or would I have to take this to a window specialist?

Any suggestions on the front window curtain?  The original one is thread bare but the motor is failing and wouldn't pull the unit back into place.  Was looking at MCD for replacement but wonder if anyone else with a Beaver had installed this.

Thanks in advance for all your help.

General Discussion / Re: 06 Patriot Thunder lighting Question
« Last post by Robin Goffrier on May 19, 2019, 06:54:45 PM »
Thanks guys.  I first tried the headlight/dash lite knob and it turned on an identical set on the drivers side. So I figured there must be a switch for the passenger  lights I was just missing.  Sure eough, it was a funky little switch labeled "map light"  Thanks to you both.

I just finished installing two new Chassis batteries. I got two Interstate 31-MHD (950 CCA 195 RC) which meets the original specs of the coach.
I'm glad the battery failed in my yard rather than on the road. That's the way it's suppose to happen.

BTW - with one bad chassis battery i could not start the engine even with boost switch held (it cranked a little, but too slowly and not enough to start her). So boost switch is just that, a "boost", and not a backup system for a failed chassis battery.
General Discussion / Re: 06 Patriot Thunder lighting Question
« Last post by Richard Davis on May 19, 2019, 05:11:09 PM »
On my '06 Monterey, those two lights are controlled by a rocker switch labeled "Map Lights". The switch is in a small panel beside the entry door under the small window to the right of the passenger seat.  I also had to explore to find the switch that controlled them.

Technical Support / Re: wider front tires?
« Last post by Bill Lampkin on May 19, 2019, 04:53:44 PM »
Excellent info from Michelin on RV tires. Sidewall cracking see pg 8.
Technical Support / Re: wider front tires?
« Last post by Bill Lampkin on May 19, 2019, 04:45:28 PM »
If front axle weights are a concern, One option might be to reduce tag axle pressure (not tag tire pressure) just a bit so more weight would be on the drive axle; less weight on the steers. Its a balancing act, for sure, but cheaper than 315's! 
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