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10/10/14 How your Dash A/C works
04/02/15 Selling your D? Writing an effective ad and stage pictures. (Adobe PDF)
08/30/03 Air Purge / Spitting too often?


09/27/00 A/C Belt problem - Immediate Action Required!
09/12/07 Denso Dash A/C Testing (Adobe PDF)
08/12/07 Denso Dash A/C Wiring (Adobe PDF)
06/10/20 Improving Your A/C Performance - Submitted by Kerry Pinkerton
06/27/20 Improving Your A/C Performance - Front - Submitted by Kerry Pinkerton
05/31/18 Adding a Third Rooftop Air Conditioner by Frank Miller (Adobe PDF)
10/02/00 Accelerator Cutout Problem c
06/26/01 Air Conditioner Bolt problem
08/20/02 Roof A/C maintenance
06/02/03 Front A/C shed on generator power.
07/10/03 More A/C Shed Solutions
09/28/00 Air Conditioner Fan modification (Do it Yourself)
09/19/07 Save your roof air conditioner
07/10/03 Air Conditioner Fan modification (Plug-in, ready-made) (External Website)
06/04/03 Chassis a/c condensor fan replacement
08/24/01 Midland Air Dryer Info
01/17/02 Air Governor - This is a MUST READ for anyone with air brakes and air suspension.
10/12/00 Air Pressure Gauges
11/14/99 Important airscoop information.
08/11/19 120V AC Air Switch for Inductive Stovetops - Submitted by Kerry Pinkerton
08/27/00 Allison Transmission Info and Troubles
05/15/04 Important Allison 3000MH transmission info.
06/16/13 Allison Transmission Fluid/Filter Service (Adobe PDF)
12/16/04 REVISED - Free Alaska Trip Planner (choose your format) -
- Adobe PDF format
- Rich Text Format (works with all word processors, may lose some formatting)
- MS Word format
01/11/01 Allison Transmission "Flashing 6"
10/10/00 Allison Keypad Illumination
11/24/99 Aluminum Wheel polish
01/14/01 Appliance Amperages
03/06/12 Atwood Furnace Fault Codes
05/13/00 Awning Care
08/21/01 REVISED Awning Unfurling Problems & Solutions 02/07/02 Ed Kennedy's excellent Awning Unfurling Fix
06/21/06 A&E Awning Wind Speed adjustment


11/14/99 Backup Alarm
04/22/19 Replace Backup Lights with LED Fixtures (Adobe PDF) - Submitted by Frank Miller
11/14/99 Basement storage
09/09/18 12 volt House Battery alternative (Adobe PDF)
04/03/03 Coach and Engine Battery Charging Info
01/30/09 Bay Door Latch Replacement
03/03/05 Intelletic BIRD Battery Control Center (Adobe PDF)
11/30/06 Intelletic Battery Control Center documentation (Adobe PDF)
05/24/15 Battery Control Center Revision N picture
11/14/99 Battery slide trays
05/28/00 Battery Tips
1/7/2019 Dead Bed Tilt Repair Procedure (Adobe PDF) - Submitted by Rick Blaher
07/21/00 Freightliner Bellcrank Problems
09/28/03 Changing Belts on the Cummins ISB
02/28/00 Bill Paying tips on the road
03/12/01 Boondocking
03/25/01 Dining Booth Conversion
05/16/12 Replace Booth with Circular Table
10/30/07 Great alternative for a front mask (bra)
01/09/12 Discovery Brochures and Flyers


04/22/19 Replace the Clearance Lights with LED Fixtures - Submitted by Frank Miller (Adobe PDF)
04/22/02 CAC cleaning solutions
02/06/02 Using your Calling Card with your computer.
05/20/03 Rear Camera Washer system
05/29/00 Digital Cameras
01/20/00 Cargo (Basement) Doors
06/06/03 CANADA communications tips
05/16/12 Replace Carpet with simulated wood flooring
02/28/00 Getting cash while travelling
01/30/06 CAT ENGINE access (Adobe PDF)
05/05/15 Add a Fuel Primer Pump to you CAT engine (Adobe PDF)
08/23/00 Cell Phone Basics
05/11/02 Cell Phone Service Plans & High Speed Internet
08/23/00 Cell Phone and the computer, Price Info
08/27/00 Check Engine Light help
12/10/07 Discovery Checklists
05/03/00 Chrysler towing tips
06/04/03 2000-era Circuit Breaker problem/fix
11/17/99 Cockpit Control Modifications
02/23/01 Undercounter Coffeepot Installation
08/21/01 Coolant Replacement - a step-by-step guide
08/23/00 Communications Costs, Minimizing
07/22/08 Basic Computer Lessons
03/06/05 Computer Backup Guide (MS PowerPoint)
11/19/10 Computer Security A MUST READ for anyone that uses Windows
09/06/00 Refinishing Corian countertops
05/16/12 Replace Couch with Euro-Lounger
04/25/02 Cruise Control - Reprogramming for Max Speed
12/06/02 Modify your Cruise Control to work with your Jake Exhaust Brake
09/30/05 Cummins Engine Performance & Economy Presentation (Adobe PDF)


03/08/11 Circa 2002 Dash Assembly (Adobe PDF)
08/27/12 Easy Dash Cover
05/03/00 Daytime Running Lights - an easy way to turn off while towing
04/01/02 Delorme Voice Navigation fix with Windows XP
07/26/18 Denso Dash A/C Service Manual (Adobe PDF)
01/01/01 Desks
07/10/11 1997 Discovery Factory Brochure (Adobe PDF)
06/13/11 1998 Discovery Factory Brochure (Adobe PDF)
06/13/11 Discovery Factory Brochures (1999 - Present)

Misc DOAI EXPRESS Articles
10/07/08 Misc Articles by Jim Pourroy of Fleetwood (from DOAI EXPRESS) - zipped PDF
10/07/08 Things You May or May Not Know by DOAI member Dom Bollella (PDF file from DOAI EXPRESS)

04/22/19 Replace the Docking Lights with LED Fixtures - Submitted by Frank Miller (Adobe PDF)
06/04/13 Dometic Oasis 975 Door Awning
02/24/01 Entry Door Adjustment (Noise/Closing/Pop Open)
05/04/01 Door Lock Safety Recall
11/14/99 Door Noise
12/29/07 Vintage D Door Noise Awning Bar
08/21/01 UPDATE Entry Door Grab Handle Safety Problem
09/18/08 Need a DOOR for your 2000-era D? (Adobe PDF)
01/09/00 Light your Door Handle like the American Eagle!
03/06/10 Wireless Doorbell Addition
08/27/00 Drawer slides fix
11/09/05 Relocating the Driver Info Display
02/07/02 LazyDays Driving and Parking Tips
11/04/01 Driveline Noise UPDATE - A Fix!
06/29/00 Dryer Vent Outlet modification
10/29/03 New Clothes Dryer Pipe from Splendide


03/18/01 ECC Module Problem
03/04/13 Eliminate ECC in 1996-2001 D's
05/16/12 Move Electronics (satellite, switch, DVD, etc) to TV Box
04/19/00 E-mail and internet access options
02/16/12 Has your Email been Hijacked?
08/20/02 Electrical Outlet problem
09/06/00 Electric Hot Water Heater element addition
10/12/00 PowerGuard Problem

Electrical Modifications:

  1. 01/09/00 Pseudo "50-amp" Service
  2. 11/04/06 True 50 amp conversion
  3. 11/14/99 Electric shore power cord
  4. 05/28/19 True 50 amp conversion for D's prior to 2001.5 - Submitted by Gary Bogart (Adobe PDF)

09/02/02 Electric (Shore Power) Plug Fix
11/14/99 Engine Cover
08/27/00 ISB Engine fault codes.
05/11/00 ISB and CAT Engine Monitoring
08/21/01 REVISED Engine (Fuel pump) Prime Procedure
11/14/99 Entertainment (TV & radio) Tips
11/30/08 Entrance / grab LED Handle repair
11/14/99 Entrance Handle
09/02/02 Exhast Reroute
08/04/09 Exhaust Gas Temperature Monitor
10/01/01 Extended Service Contracts


03/14/00 Faucet Replacement
01/04/09 Fix a Slow Kitchen Faucet
11/14/99 Fender rattle
02/02/08 Easy Fiberglass Restoration
12/12/11 A Member's Fire Horror and Insurance Advice (Adobe PDF)
04/09/00 Fire Story THIS IS A "MUST READ"
12/15/01 Possible 1996/1997 Fire Hazard
10/03/00 Fire Extinguisher Info
06/06/18 Firefly Owners Manual (Adobe PDF)
10/17/00 Fleetwood Help
06/06/18 Flooring Replacement 2011 40X (Adobe PDF)
07/04/01 Flourscent Lights - Extending their life
11/08/08 Frame Bracket Failure and Repair (Adobe PDF)
12/28/00 Freightliner Chassis Recalls (External Website)
10/17/00 Freightliner Help
04/27/02 Freightliner Gaffney, SC Tips
02/28/13 Freightliner Maintenance Tips (Adobe PDF)
03/28/00 Freightliner Transmission Keypad Illumination Service Bulletin.
03/27/00 Freightliner VDC Recall
09/12/03 Freightliner wiring diagrams (Adobe PDF)
06/06/20 Discovery Fresh Water System - Submitted by Rick & Diana Blaher (Adobe PDF)
01/13/15 Changing your Fuel Filter
04/20/01 Fuel Gauge recall.
10/16/00 Diesel Fuel Quality
03/06/12 Atwood Furnace Fault Codes
04/27/12 Atwood Hydroflame Furnace manual (Adobe PDF)
05/05/15 Add a Fuel Primer Pump to you CAT engine (Adobe PDF)
02/23/02 Furnace Thermostat Problem


02/10/22 Install a timer to the Onan EC-30 Generator - Submitted by Chris Smith (Adobe PDF)
10/10/21 How to replace the temperature sensor on an Onan 7.5Kw generator model HDKAJ - Submitted by Rick Fadler
06/19/00 Generator, Diesel or LP?
09/10/01 REVISED Generator Tips
08/13/00 LP Generator fuel filter
08/07/00 Mysterious Generator starting byitself
04/12/01 GFCI's and the Heart Inverter
08/07/14 Use Glympse to track DOAI members
11/25/99 Grab Bars
12/15/01 Gray Water transfer solution.
04/04/12 Grey Tank Cleaner


02/06/21 How to add a mini split HVAC system to your D - Submitted by Kerry Pinkerton 07/15/03 Handicap conversion
11/14/99 Handling Problems
10/12/08 Various HDTV Conversions
06/06/00 Improving your D's Headlights
02/19/08 Headlight Lens Restoration
05/20/12 Convert Headlights to modern design (Adobe PDF)
01/24/07 - Heat vent modifications
03/18/01 Heating / Air Conditioner Problem
03/30/01 Holding Tank Gauge Problems? Check here!
11/14/00 Holding Tank Tips
09/06/00 Electric Hot Water Heater element addition
07/20/18 Hot Water Saver
10/05/00 Hydraulic Jack Safety


01/31/01 Add a simplified ICC Switch
11/14/99 Icemaker Winterization
05/04/01 Icemaker Solenoid Replacement
05/15/04 Save your Injector Pump!
09/07/00 Intellitec ECC Module
05/28/19 Resetting the load shed system (Intellitec EMS) - Submitted by Chris Smith
02/09/06 Download Inverter and DC Seminar (Marshall Godwin, MS PowerPoint or Viewer Required) Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
10/24/00 (REVISED) Inverter - Rewire to power all outlets in a 97 & 98 D
10/24/00 Adding a 2000 watt inverter and rewiring to power all outlets in 99 D


01/04/02 Jack Tips
05/24/13 Powergear Electric Jacks Troubleshooting (Adobe PDF)
05/12/06 PowerGear Jacks - Repair, parts info, Excellent! (Adobe PDF)
11/03/06 PowerGear Motor Replacement
04/30/02 PowerGear Jack Troubleshooting and Maintenance
05/10/00 Power Gear Levelling Jacks - eliminating popping and maintenance
05/03/00 Jake Brake info
04/04/01 Troubleshooting your Jake Brake
06/26/00 Jake Brake Pedal Modification (Large File)


02/27/03 Kwikee Step Tips


01/27/22 Latch Plunger Installation Instructions - Submitted by Dan Parilla (Adobe PDF)
06/10/03 REVISED Sink Leak 34Q / 38G Repair
09/02/02 Level your D the proper way
05/07/14 ISB Lift Pump Replacement
09/24/15 Interior bedroom Step Light replacement, 40X (Adobe PDF)
07/01/07 Upgrade Interior Lights
12/09/19 Living Area Remodel - Submitted by Kerry Pinkerton
07/19/21 Repair Your Original CCI Controls Pre-Tell 2 LP Detector in Your "Vintage" D - Submitted by Doug Poad
02/09/03 LP Tanks - tying your coach and generator LP tanks together
07/21/00 Wheel lugnut torque
08/26/03 LP Hose recall 2003 S Floorplan models


Maintenance information for the Freightliner chassis, CAT and Cummins Engines, and Allison Transmission

11/14/99 Maintainence tips and procedures
01/04/10 Discovery Maintenance Spreadsheet
03/11/00 Magic Chef stove SAFETY ISSUE
10/30/07 Great alternative for a front mask
10/02/01 Microwave Oven Repair
05/30/20 Removing your Microwave Oven
12/28/00 Passenger-side Mirror modification.
05/30/01 Modifications by Sonny Ayer
05/15/04 Modifications Pictures of Discovery Modifications.
10/01/15 Gary Livingston Money Saving Tips (2015 National Rally Seminar) (PowerPoint File)
06/03/03 Airbrush Mural alternative
08/30/15 Must have, Must do (DOAI Crowd-sourced list) (Adobe PDF)


05/19/05 Norcold Refrigerator Recall


12/21/22 Removing the Onan 7500 from a 2003 D - Submitted by Al De Haas (Adobe PDF)
09/03/03 Oil Gauge problems
10/26/00 REVISED Overheating problems


11/05/06 Add Pantry Lights to your D
06/09/03 Parking Brake Chime won't stop dinging
02/28/13 Parts List - 1999 36T (Adobe PDF)
03/09/10 Power Gear Module Repair
06/16/05 Power Gear Leveling Pump Replacement
05/12/06 PowerGear repair and parts (Adobe PDF)


11/25/99 Quick Tips from the Richmond Rally.
05/02/00 Quick Tips from the Newport Dunes Rally.


04/22/02 Radiator design problem (pre-2000 CHASSIS)
02/28/00 Radio Interference
06/06/18 Rand McNally Maps Owners Manual (Adobe PDF)
09/02/02 Recording Radio programs
01/13/09 Norcold Refrigerator replacement
05/04/01 Replacing your factory AM/FM radio? Check Here first !
01/19/01 Panasonic Rear Camera Problem and Fix
06/26/03 Recalls & Service Bulletins
01/06/23 Replace the Propane/Electric Cooling Unit with a 12V Unit From JC Refrigeration - Submitted by Ben DeVries (YouTube® Video)
12/18/07 Refrigerator absorption unit replacement
12/09/07 Refrigerator Drain Line
07/06/07 Refrigerator Latch repair
08/04/12 Dometic Refrigerator - Replacement of water tube
02/07/01 Dometic Refrigerator Warranty Warning
04/19/01 Refrigerator Cooling Tip
09/09/18 Refrigerator conversion on a slide (Adobe PDF)
11/13/19 Residential Fridge Installation - Submitted by Kerry Pinkerton
06/02/12 Residential Refrigerator conversion (External Website)
02/20/02 Save your Refrigerator Door! (and at least $300)
09/02/02 Make your Refrigerator Vent white again!
03/18/01 Remco Lube Pump Tips
05/22/03 REVISED Ride Height - Updated Info
05/16/12 Add Rope Lighting to your D



03/06/14 RV Salvage Yards

11/14/00 Satellite cabinet
06/29/00 Satellite Dish maintenance
03/02/00 Choosing a satellite system
03/14/00 Satellite network feeds
02/05/02 Did you lose your Satellite TV Local Channels
10/26/00 DIRECTV Satellite Network Feed Application
10/24/00 DISH Satellite Network Feed Application
04/04/01 Receiving DISH 500 Satellite programming on rooftop satellite dish
04/27/09 Day-Night Shade Repair - another article
04/22/10 Day/Night Shade Handles
05/04/01 Day/Night Shades Article 1
06/02/03 Front a/c shed on generator power.
09/13/21 Adding helper springs to drop down slide - Submitted by Kerry Pinkerton (Adobe PDF) 05/16/12 Add Sliding Shelves to your pantry
07/14/02 Shower concerns
11/20/06 Fix your Shower Floor (Adobe PDF)
12/23/18 Installation of a Thermostatic Shower Faucet Upgrade - Submitted by Frank Miller
10/01/12 Skylight Cover
06/14/05 Make your own Digital Slide Scanner (Adobe PDF)
03/25/19 Full Wall Slide Won’t Move Troubleshooting and Repair - 2014 Discovery 40F - Submitted by Rick Blaher (PDF)
11/25/18 Repair of Broken Full-Wall Slide Lock Motor Mount (PDF)
08/11/22 Improving Slide Performance - Submitted by Kerry Pinkerton (Adobe PDF)
02/21/04 Slide-out Floor Marking - A Temporary Fix
06/04/03 2000-era Slideout / Truss problem
01/07/02 Slideout Tips
03/06/10 DIY Slide Topper Replacement
02/28/18 Rain water on Slideout FIX (Adobe PDF)
04/22/02 Slobber Tube Info and Service Bulletin
05/30/00 Solar windshield cover
10/10/00 Spare Tire Storage
10/01/00 What spares should I carry?
08/27/00 Speedometer Calibration
10/20/15 Official Splendide Washer-Dryer Winterizing Instructions (Adobe PDF)
01/20/12 Splendide combo washer/dryer part source
04/05/12 Splendide Training Manual WDC 5200/6200, WD 2000S/2100 (Adobe PDF)
07/02/18 Starter Troubleshooting (Adobe PDF)
10/01/12 Step Back Repair
11/04/06 Kwikee Step Rattle cure
08/17/00 Increasing Basement Storage Door Opening Angle
06/13/18 Gas Strut Chart 2003 D (Adobe PDF)
08/13/00 Windshield sunscreen by Bobby Everett
04/27/12 Electric Sunvisor Installation
07/21/00 Swaybar Info


05/20/12 Considering a Tablet?
10/17/00 Important Telephone Numbers
05/30/03 27" Television Conversion
11/09/05 Widescreen LCD Television Conversion
11/24/99 Temperature Gauge Calibration
04/19/01 Protecting yourself from THEFT - Very Important Info For Everyone To Read!
02/23/02 Coleman Thermostat problem
08/28/14 Thermostat Conversion 2001.5 and later (Adobe PDF)
11/12/01 RV TIRE Guide (needs updating)
06/26/01 255 vs 235 TIRES
11/21/99 Tire Information
06/22/01 Tire Service Tips
09/06/00 Tire Valve Extensions
02/14/18 Member Discovery Tips from 2018 SE Rally (Adobe PDF)
06/21/00 Toilet problems
11/13/19 Testing the Late Jeep Cherokee (2014-2018) Mopar Flat Towing Kit Installation For Proper Operation - Submitted by Al Da Haas
04/26/01 Towing Safety Tip
06/04/03 Vehicle TOWING Guide (External Website)
10/05/08 Member Travel Pictures / Travelogues - Great for travel ideas!
05/16/12 Add a TV / Credenza
01/01/10 Fix Squeaky TV (CRT)
11/27/04 Fix that silent Turn Signal on your newer Freightliner chassis
11/17/22 Install a TV/Fireplace/Storage Cabinet - Submitted by Doug Poad (Adobe PDF)
02/23/08 HDTV modification 05 39L
02/27/00 TV Sound through your AM/FM Radio Speakers


10/21/20 Organizing your storage under the kitchen sink - Submitted by Frank Miller


06/22/00 VCR Door modification
01/20/12 VDC Repair (Adobe PDF), (presented with permission from Jim Godward, special thanks to Al Coby)
11/01/12 VDC Troubleshooting Guide 1999-2002 (Adobe PDF)
06/04/13 Villa Armrest Removal and Installation
07/25/13 VMSpc Presentation (Adobe PDF)


02/20/02 REVISED Extended Service Warranty
10/01/15 Good Sam Warranty Letter (Adobe PDF)
05/16/18 Washer/Dryer Conversion from combo to separates (Adobe PDF)
11/14/99 Washer / Dryer Filter Cleaning Tip
06/30/01 Washer / Dryer repair tips.
06/29/00 Washer/dryer vent modification
01/31/01 Water Heater problems
10/05/00 Water Leaks
06/08/00 Water Pump problems
11/09/05 Relocating the Water/Fuel Separator
10/01/00 Electric Hot Water Heater element addition
09/09/18 Multi-Valve Water Inlet System (Adobe PDF)
04/05/12 Water Regulator and Filter
09/06/00 Weather Radio Recall
04/17/01 RV Weights
06/04/01 Welding Tips
07/19/10 Extending your WIFI Range
11/30/18 Retrofit satellite dish with inexpensive long range WiFi antenna - Submitted by Kevin Hampton (External Website)
11/14/99 Wind noise solutions - prototype awning cover by Fleetwood.
05/30/00 Solar windshield cover
02/04/10 Use Air to Winterize your D
01/08/21 REVISED Comprehensive Guide to Winterizing and De-Winterizing (Adobe PDF)
04/26/01 Wiper Blade Replacement alternatives
12/12/20 Installing a wireless weather station - Submitted by Frank Miller 11/06/01 Working on the road.





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