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RE: Opinions Regarding 2015 Winnebago 38Q

Hope I can answer all your questions with my facts/opinions. I own the Winnebago Adventurer 38Q which is the same rig as what you are looking at. We love the floor plan. I really like how all the electronics is wired through the matrix which makes controlling all the equipment easy. I installed the Direct TV Satellite Dish and it works great. We have the solar panel option which is a great option. It will trickle charge your coach batteries while your rig is just sitting, such as storage. The Solar Panel system is wired direct to the coach batteries so this means you can turn off your coach power and continue to charge. It also keeps you from having to remove the batteries while storing. Mine has been stored in the cold since December and the batteries are holding 12.6v continuous. I am 5ft 10 and weigh 220. The shower works fine for me. I like the longer shower which allows me to pick up the soap. Ha. Not a problem we see so far. We also have the same radio with the Nav. The nav. is supposed to update automatically through satellite, or so I was told. I also remember reading in the owners manual. The only issue I have is that we believe in the passenger being the navigator. This means The Rand McNally is mounted more towards the passenger who can give the directions to the driver. My wife drives the rig also, so basically, the driver drives and the passenger navigates. The problem with the installed optional system is the way it is positioned in the dashboard. It is angled towards the driver so the passenger cannot see or control the unit without getting out of the passenger seat. The residential fridge is great. Turn on the inverter and the fridge will power off the coach batteries which are continuously charging while going down the road. And while parked, say at a rest stop, they charge through the solar panel, if you install that option. We love how the sofa makes into a bed and how the seats recline while relaxing. We do not do the oven anymore. They cook terribly and waste space. We went to the convection/microwave on our last two RVs and love it much better, also allowing for more pot/pan storage. The driver's door is a nice feature but I keep forgetting it is there. I did not have it in my last motorhome. I think the door causes more road noise and it rattles until the tires warm up and round out making the ride smoother. I hardly notice the noise anymore. I think I would rather not have the door. It creates some blind spots due to the door and window frames being bigger. Hope this helps. it does and thanks. yes, we're opting for the solar charger. our current suncruiser has the same option. re: the sofa and chair...we've found the 'euro' style couch and chair to be very uncomfortable. our dealer has been made aware of that and assures us that there are other options from the factory for the couch. we've located a std. residential recliner that we think will fit in the same space. I'm pretty sure that the driver's door is std on the 2015 model. we have a DD on our current suncruiser and while I don't use it as my primary entry/exit while on the road it has come in handy while parked. other than the nav system being out of the view of the passenger how is it as a GPS? accurate? how about the AM radio...can it receive as well as a standard automotive radio? for example, in my Jeep I can pull in WGN in Chicago almost as far south as Effingham, about 2/3 of the way to St. Louis. in the suncruiser I can barely pull that station in for 50-miles. thanks again.
rk911 02/23/15 05:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cold weather camping

Last winter we were in Florida in December-February, Cedar Key and Ocala area and were very uncomfortable at night. Our 36 foot Damon Challenger is just not set up for 25-32 degree nights. Does anyone have tips on how to tighten the old girl up to keep the cold out????? we use a portable 1500-watt electric space heater in the bedroom when were out in South Dakota in the fall. at elevation the nights are frequently that cold and the space heater keeps us nice and toasty. an electric blanket would also be a good idea.
rk911 02/23/15 05:43pm Class A Motorhomes
Opinions Regarding 2015 Winnebago 38Q

we've had two winnebago motor homes over the last 29-years, a 1985 Chieftain which we traded in 2000 for our current Itasca Suncruiser 35U. the Suncruiser is starting to nickel and dime us so we've been casually looking for the last year or so. we're sticking with Winnebago as they've been very good to us with out-of-warranty issues. we're looking seriously at a 2015 Itasca Suncruiser 38Q. we like what we see but I wanted to toss out a couple of questions as we consider various options and std. equipment. HANDLING • RV.ORG rates Suncruiser handling at 68 and says "could be fatiguing for most people because the vehicle could wander and be difficult to steer much of the time." i'd like to hear from anyone who has this chassis and whether you agree with this assessment. most of our driving days are 4-5 hours tops. RESIDENTIAL FRIDGE • after years of fussing, stressing and worrying we are ready to cut the cord to the RV fridge and opt for the residential fridge. we rarely boondock and our driving days are normally 4-5 hours long. I am concerned about maintaining the cold in the fridge/freezer while driving. is the alternator sufficient to supply power to the fridge via the batteries/inverter while not hooked up. what are some of your real-world experiences with the residential fridge while off-grid in the 38Q? BATTERIES • I usually remove my coach batteries at the end of the season. on our 2000 Suncruiser this is a snap as the batteries are located under the entry steps. this process looks to be a lot more difficult on the 2015 model as the batteries...the really, really large and heavy-looking batteries...are located in an outside compartment. I don't know how I'd ever be able to lift them in and out. I've seen this configuration on other Winnebago products and would like to hear thoughts from anyone who has this type of battery setup. • the OEM batteries are AGM types...do AGM batteries *need* to be removed in winter, *should* they be removed in winter? where we store the RV in winter does not have electrical hookups. • there are 4-house batteries...is there space for more? I usually get 4-5 years from my two 12-volt lead acid batteries. for those of you who have 12-v AGM's what has been you experience with regards to life cycle? IN DASH RADIO/NAVIGATION • an option we are considering is the combined radio/xm radio/gps infotainment center. we'd like to hear from anyone who has this option. how well does the am/fm radio receive? the radio in our current Suncruiser receives poorly even after fixing the radio cable system. does this radio have a decent receive range? • the nav system is powered by Rand McNally...accurate or not? how are the maps and POI's updated? we've been using Street Atlas on our laptop but have been thinking of switching to in-dash navigation for simplicity and because the in-dash nav in our jeep liberty works very well. MICROWAVE/CONVECTION OVEN vs GAS OVEN • we actually use our gas oven, not a lot, mostly for baking cookies and biscuits. we're considering dropping the oven and going to the micro/convection oven. we'd like to hear from those who have made a similar switch. happy with the switch and why? wish you had kept the gas oven and why? DISHWASHER DRAWER • if we opt for the microwave/convection oven we'd consider adding a dishwasher drawer. this would install in the same place as the gas oven. waste of money or an absolute great idea?? WASHER/DRYER • we're considering the stacked twins option. I know all of the pro/con options and we can do a lot of loads at the laundry for the price of this option. my question is not should we/shouldn't we but rather how well do they work? I suspect that the capacity is larger vs. the splendide combo unit but do you find yourselves washing all day to gets a weeks worth of clothes done? are they quiet? use a ton of water? SHOWER DOOR • neither of us are small and the inward opening shower door concerns us. for those reading this who are of the larger persuasion (I'm 6'2, 200-lbs) do you find this to be a problem when exiting the shower? thanks for taking the time to read and we're looking forward to the replies.
rk911 02/23/15 03:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pre purchase inspection

How important is a pre-purchase inspection. We're looking to buy our first MH and wanted to know how important it is to do a pre-purchase inspection. What do they checkout I assume you mean a pre-delivery inspection...a walk-thru before you take delivery of a purchased MH. for us this is a 2-step process. first, the delivering dealer should walk you thru the entire MH, interior and exterior, especially since you are a newbee. some dealers charge for this service...hopefully yours won't. all of the principal owners should go through the PDI...you, your spouse, etc. take notes...take lots of notes. better yet, film it. you want to see how everything works..all the knobs, switches, valves and so forth. inside and out. part 2 is a short shake-down cruise of at least one overnight. this could be in your driveway or a nearby campground. during this trip use everything and I mean that literally. make a list of things that don't work or which you don't understand how to use. that list will become the basis for your first warranty visit to the dealer. hopefully that list is short. if you truly mean a pre-purchase inspection that is crucial if you are buying a used MH. you should hire a qualified MH technician to do a thorough inspection and a qualified automotive technician to check out the engine, tranny, tires, etc. this will cost you some bucks but it is well worth it. good luck to you.
rk911 02/23/15 12:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Car that can be towed 4 down without too many modifications

That's what I figured so I think it would be much easier to disconnect the car and backup the MH without a tow dolly on the hook. If I was using a tow dolly that would mean I would need to take the car off the tow dolly first and then back up the MH with the dolly still connected which I don't think would be easy. you may be able to backup with a dolly...don't know about that. we've been towing since 2003 and in that time I've only been brain dead twice where I had to disconnect in order to get myself out of a jam. I like to tell newbies to towing that there's no parking lot, alley or road that you can't get into. getting out, that's another story. you'll get really good at sizing up lots, gas stations and so on.
rk911 02/23/15 10:03am Dinghy Towing
RE: Car that can be towed 4 down without too many modifications

Thanks all, we're still in the process of buying our first class A and was starting to think about the toad. We were looking into getting a tow dolly and just pulling my car but in hearing the various opinions about 4 down vs. tow dolly; we're thinking 4 down might be the better option. With a tow dolly you have to worry about where to store it at home and on the campground. The other big thing I started to think about is when you have to back up the MH with a car on the back. My understanding is you cannot backup a MH with a car on a tow dolly or 4 down, meaning you would have to disconnect the car and then back up the MH. My question is if I have a tow dolly wouldn't it be difficult to back up a MH with just the tow dolly attached. This is the main reason we're thinking 4 down towing for us, am I crazy or missing something... don't know about a dolly but when flat towing you can't backup with the toad attached. that's because the tow bar is designed to pull, not push. and the front wheels will more than likely turn causing the tow bar to twist.
rk911 02/23/15 08:18am Dinghy Towing
RE: did you add a fan to your refrigerator?

Just curious, what are your fridge and freezer temps? I added fans for the summers here in Phoenix when it's 115 degrees and my fridge stays at 33 and freezer about 3 degrees. if your question was directed at me our fridge frequently bumps up against 40 and sometimes goes above. freezer gets into the teens but usually only when fridge approaches 40. as I mentioned we are done worrying, stressing and fussing with it. we rarely boondock so we're going residential.
rk911 02/22/15 08:20pm Tech Issues
RE: did you add a fan to your refrigerator?

yes, we did. tried one on the inside. didn't make a difference. added exhaust fan to the chimney stack...made a slight difference. we're tired of messing with it and stressing about it. we're currently shopping for a new MH (ours is 15-years old and starting to nickel and dime us). the new one will have a residential fridge.
rk911 02/22/15 08:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Can U run top ac going down the road ??

Like the title says,, With you generator running can you run you top ac unit why driving down the road?? Thanks Ed absotively, posilutely. we do it all the time.
rk911 02/22/15 04:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Family Owned MH Manufacturers

Sailor, we know so little about motor homes, we were just thinking that possibly there might be some better quality control. This might be flawed thinking, and we are at the beginning of a "maybe" purchase. We have friends who had both a Newmar fifth wheel and a Dutch Star, the quality seemed good on both. I've always been interested in the Tiffin Phaetons, although I know little about them. We'll research this purchase, if indeed we make the change. we've owned two Winnebago motorhomes since 1986 (1985 26' Winn Chieftain 1986-2000, 2000 35' Itasca Suncruiser 2000-present) and we are now looking for our 3rd Winnebago MH (2015 Itasca Suncruiser). we are very happy repeat customers.
rk911 02/22/15 04:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newby to dinghy towing

We have some circumstances that are different than most and are considering towing a dinghy. I am blind and my wife drives the MH for obvious reasons. We have had a MH for about 8 years and she has done a very good job driving it. The only times it has ever gotten tense is in larger city driving with tons of traffic. She is a very conservative, defensive driver and only gets real frustrated in high traffic situations when needing to change lanes and others don't give her any room. We have never towed a dinghy and are now considering doing so on some trips. My concern is that there will be a lot more things she will have to be paying attention to with the toad. Right now she hads to be aware of the MH extra size, height, width, acceleration ability, braking distance, etc. She has done great with all this over driving a car. With the extra length of the toad and weight, I know there will be other things she will have to add to her list of things to be aware of while driving. We will have supplemental brakes. I am concerned about the added things she will have to keep track of. It might be a bit overwhelming for her. Don't want to get all the stuff to tow and spend the money just to find out that she is miserable, or can't handle the extras. We would appreciate any observations, suggestions, and thoughts on all this. Thanks-- Mick most dingys will turn INSIDE the turning radius of the MH so making turns is usually not a problem. if the rear wheels of the MH don't run up over the curb during a turn then the dinghy won't either.
rk911 02/22/15 08:51am Dinghy Towing
RE: Water not flowing into RV

Water will not flow into the RV. We have check water bib, hose is not frozen (just filled tank with the hose). Took apart fitting entering RV, no blockage. Pump is off. We are baffled. Any ideas? Of course it's Saturday night and RV repair closed until Monday. 25' Tioga Ranger. Btw it had frozen at the faucet 2 days earlier, so water flow for 2 days. All is thawed now and faucet repaired. are you using one of those inexpensive in-line water "pressure-regulators"? they can become clogged with grit. if you're using one take it out of the line and see if that corrects the problem.
rk911 02/22/15 07:45am Tech Issues
RE: Car that can be towed 4 down without too many modifications

I an trying to decide whether to tow 4 down or on a tow dolly. Which car(s) can be towed 4 down with just the basic equipment (base plate, tow bar, etc.), don't really want to add transmission lube, disconnect drive shaft, etc. Don't really want to spend to much as it will also serve as a commuter car, so anything between 5-8 years old would be fine you've described a jeep. most any jeep with a manually selectable neutral position in the transfer case can be flat towed. no mods needed. and even better and unlike other mfg's there are no time/speed/distance restrictions.
rk911 02/20/15 12:45pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Another question for serious help (advice), seriously

Here's an update. Wife and I spoke to the factory representative and one of the topics we discussed was the hitch weight. The rep told us that Hurricane and Windsport have, indeed, upgraded the hitch weight to 8 thousand pounds. I make no claims as to the validity of this report, I just present to you what I heard. live and learn, I guess. but that doesn't mean you can tow 8000-lbs. to repeat what I wrote earlier: in general, the maximum amount of weight you can safely tow will be the lesser of the following: • the GCWR (gross combination weight rating) of the MH minus the actual weight of the MH as it is loaded for travel (includes fuel, fresh water, food, clothing, people, pets, supplies, etc.) • the weight rating of your tow bar • the weight rating of your hitch you already know that your hitch can handle 8000-lbs but if your tow bar is rated for 5000 then your tow capacity is 5000. or if the GCWR minus the actual weight of your MH is say, 4000-lbs then 4000-lbs would be the max weight you can tow. get the idea? this is why it's vital to know what your MH weighs as it is loaded and configure for travel before choosing a toad. Your MH will not collapse if it is overloaded but you will experience handling issues as well as longer braking distances and accelerated wear on suspension, brakes, steering, etc.
rk911 02/20/15 12:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: With out the tow

From Ohio to Florida not taking the car since we won't be using it. What do you think? Risky? We have always taken it, this will be the first. Anyone done this? we always take the toad...if for no other reason than to act as a lifeboat.
rk911 02/19/15 03:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Another question for serious help (advice), seriously

Wife and I are still looking at small class a gas motorhomes. So far we have looked at the Thor Hurricane and Thor Windsport. Both of these coaches have hitch capacities of 8 thousand pounds. These coaches seem nice enough, but they seem short on storage space, both inside and out. We do like the fact they come with a king size bed (rv king size) and my wife likes the color schemes and the floor plans. We have just started looking at Winnebago and Fleetwood floor plans. These brands seem to have more and better storage, not so sure about the colors or floor plans, and these two have queen size beds (rv queen size). They also are limited to a 5 thousand pound hitch capacity. This might be a deal breaker and that is why I am asking for your advice and input. Our Jeep Grand Cherokee has a curb weight of 4, 985 pounds. That is a little close for comfort. A salesman for the Fleetwood line told us we could have the hitch reinforced to carry the additional weight. Has anyone ever heard of this, is it possible, is it safe? Or, is the salesman trying to put the shuck on me? Thank you in advance. FoxtrotNovemberGolf how are you determining the hitch capacity of the Thor's? a Class III hitch will usually have a max weight rating of 5,000-lb while a Class IV hitch will usually be rated at 10,000-lbs. you normally don't see Class IV hitches on smaller, gas motorhomes...at least I haven't. some folks assume the max weight that can be towed is the difference between the GCWR and GVWR but that is incorrect. in general, the maximum amount of weight you can safely tow will be the lesser of the following: • the GCWR (gross combination weight rating) of the MH minus the actual weight of the MH as it is loaded for travel which includes fuel, fresh water, food, clothing, people, pets, supplies, etc.) • the weight rating of your tow bar • the weight rating of your hitch this is why it's vital to know what your MH weighs as it is loaded and configure for travel before choosing a toad. Your MH will not collapse if it is overloaded but you will experience handling issues as well as longer braking distances and accelerated wear on suspension, brakes, steering, etc.
rk911 02/19/15 11:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can old laptop hard drive appear as 2nd drive on new lapop?

You can set up the old drive in the manner you describe but you can only access it as a storage device. You cannot run any programs on it. You will have to re-instal the programs on the new laptop and then access the data on the old drive. or you could re-install the old programs on the old drive that is now connected to the new laptop via USB. the key is you have to re-install those programs.
rk911 02/18/15 08:07am Technology Corner
RE: Sewer Hose Supports

....then a piece or two of pvc gutter for support. this idea has intrigued me but I've been trying to figure out a way to support the end of the gutter at the RV end. trying to keep things as simple as possible I don't want to use a series of ground based support so that leaves hanging the end of the gutter support from a point on the RV. has anyone done this?
rk911 02/18/15 07:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Camping World Quality

... I rate built in Japan products as right up there in quality with built in Germany products. who's old enough to remember when 'Built in Japan' was then the same as 'Built in China' today? China knows that the Soviet Union's defeat by the west was done with economics...lack of a hard currency. the Chinese reds are not making the same mistake in their quest to bring the west to it's knees.
rk911 02/17/15 05:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Camping World Quality

...And like it or not, a lot of products are made in China. If people don't like it, why does everyone keep buying it? Because people buy based on price and don't think about what it's doing to the American (or Canadian) workforce. or because it's the only game in town. i buy American when i can but if not and there's a choice between Chinese and say, Japanese or Taiwan, i'll buy from them instead. at least they are democracies.
rk911 02/17/15 03:41pm General RVing Issues
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