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RE: suv to trailer towing help

I recommend the Sequoia (2nd gen from 2008 with the 5.7 liter engine) and a ProPride 3P hitch. We have been all over the country, including the mountains out west, with this set up. I especially like the Sequoia's side-stick shifting for engine braking. You need the top hitches if your going with the shorter wheel bases on the Sequoia or Tahoe. And watch your weight.
Andy F 11/28/17 12:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Storage bays: carpeted or rhinocast?

I stopped in at our closest Newmar dealer today, Steinbring Motorcoach, and ended up taking a 2008 Dutch Star on a test drive. I am in love! We went out on Interstate I-94 with a gusty 25 mph crosswind and with the comfort drive I had one to two fingers on the steering wheel! So I am going with carpeted storage bays---but in a Newmar diesel pusher! Hey Bruce the moderator in your Kountry Star--I have been won over from a newer gasser to a used diesel pusher, maybe even with a tag. Great choice. I'm glad you were able to try the Comfort Drive under those conditions, that's when it really shines. Obviously I haven't seen the one you drove, but did you notice how straight and true it was? We are a 3 time Newmar owner for a reason. :B The comfort drive was unbelievable. When I backed the DP back into the parking spot at the dealership, I was able to let go of the steering wheel after getting it lined up. The steering auto centered and I backed straight it into the spot. Lee and Tim @ Steinbring Motorcoach gave ruined gassers for me forever. I can buy the used 2008 Dutch Star 43 foot with a tag and 50,000 miles for less than a new gasser. And the Dutch Star looks and feels brand new.
Andy F 11/19/17 01:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Storage bays: carpeted or rhinocast?

I stopped in at our closest Newmar dealer today, Steinbring Motorcoach, and ended up taking a 2008 Dutch Star on a test drive. I am in love! We went out on Interstate I-94 with a gusty 25 mph crosswind and with the comfort drive I had one to two fingers on the steering wheel! So I am going with carpeted storage bays---but in a Newmar diesel pusher! Hey Bruce the moderator in your Kountry Star--I have been won over from a newer gasser to a used diesel pusher, maybe even with a tag.
Andy F 11/18/17 03:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Storage bays: carpeted or rhinocast?

Video showing the storage bays (fast forward 2:39 into video)
Andy F 11/16/17 02:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Storage bays: carpeted or rhinocast?

Seems clear you want a Tiffin, go ahead. ;) Actually, I want a combination. The Newmar construction with the Tiffin baggage doors, cabinets, and floorplan (34PA) :) Somebody cue up the old song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" for me. :D
Andy F 11/16/17 01:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Storage bays: carpeted or rhinocast?

I guess I don't quite understand. Is the surface of the storage bins what the decision is going to be based on. To me there are many points to ponder such as Hung wall construction VS vacubonded walls etc... The Newmar storage doors swing out and open as opposed to swinging up design of other NH's ( don't know how tiffin's work } I never gave the storage space flooring too much thought. If I am going to spend $100,000+ on an RV I am looking at everything and I mean everything. I do like the Newmar construction but if the walls are so greatly built and so thick give me my outlets in the kitchen galley wall and not hanging down underneath the cabinets so I have cords hanging down like in my $20,000 travel trailer. If Tiffin can do it, one would think Newmar with their superior wall construction could do that. Doesn't add up, maybe it is my Detective mind, but it sure seems odd.
Andy F 11/16/17 12:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Storage bays: carpeted or rhinocast?

I'd go for the rhinocast (don't know what that is) and if that doesn't work you can always add carpeting/astroturf remnants. Makes a ton of sense to me---thank you sir!
Andy F 11/16/17 08:35am Class A Motorhomes
Storage bays: carpeted or rhinocast?

As we continue researching our future Class A purchase, and have narrowed the gasser field down to the Tiffin Allegro and Newmar Canyon Star, we have noticed Tiffin (and some other brands) has the rhinocast-lined bays and Newmar (and Winnebago) has carpeted bays. Tiffin claims their bays are easier to clean. I have seen photos of carpeted bays on used Class A's with lots of stains and soiling which seems to support Tiffin's claim of easier cleaning with the rhinocast bays. Opinions and experiences from you experienced Class A owners out there? Is one better over the other?
Andy F 11/15/17 04:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar Canyon Star question

I asked Chris Anderson at Mount Comfort RV about why Newmar refuses to place outlets in their kitchen walls. Chris has some pretty informative Newmar videos on YouTube and he seemed like a good soure of info. Here is Chris' answer sent by email: "Newmar doesn't want to ugly up the back splash. I don't really agree with this, but the outlets in the kitchen are on the underside of the overhead cabinets. Everywhere else in the coach they will do outlets in the wall."
Andy F 10/06/17 01:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar Canyon Star question

I have found the Allegro followed closely by the Canyon Star to be the nicest, highest quality gassers out there. It is the quality construction by Newmar that still has me looking at the Canyon Star.
Andy F 09/22/17 04:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar Canyon Star question

Thanks for the responses. I am surprised to hear Newmar does the outlets like this across all their lines of motorhomes. There must be a reason for it like Bruce mentioned hearing a while back. I will try asking a Newmar rep for an explanation.
Andy F 09/22/17 11:38am Class A Motorhomes
Newmar Canyon Star question

Does anyone know why Newmar doesn't have outlets mounted in the wall in the kitchen/galley in the Canyon Stars? Seems so odd to me since one of their selling points are their thicker walls and higher quality construction. And they have wall mounted outlets in the living room I believe. I do not want cords hanging down from cabinets in whatever we purchase for a Class A. The Tiffin Allegro has three wall outlets in the kitchen/galley.
Andy F 09/21/17 08:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Planning gas stops

We have done trips to Florida, all across the Midwest, and out to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons with our SUV and 30 foot trailer. I almost always run my fuel level down to between 1/4 and 1/8 of a tank and I have never had a problem. I start looking for my gas stop using Gas Buddy and Google Maps when I reach around a 1/4 tank. You get your best gas mileage during that last 1/3 to 1/4 tank. If we are in a more remote area I adjust accordingly. Between using my distance-to-empty tripometer in my truck and Gas Buddy and Google Maps on my phone there are no issues.
Andy F 09/11/17 07:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sequoia towing at max for over 5,000 miles - comfortably

Very similar experience for us with a '08 Sequoia Limited and the 5.7 liter engine. We have the ProPride hitch and I also would never tow without it. The Sequoia is a great tow vehicle if you need an SUV.
Andy F 07/14/17 09:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Toss-ins for a NEW Class A buy

On our last two travel trailer purchases, we also got all the shelving my wife wanted installed to her satisfaction for free. I think most of the class A's have that covered from the factory but maybe not all depending on what the OP is buying.
Andy F 06/02/17 10:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Toss-ins for a NEW Class A buy

Not sure what the OP is buying but make sure you get upgraded exhaust ceiling fans. Still can't believe that the manufacturers are putting the cheap mini crappy ones in some of their Class A's! Same thing with curtains. Ugh!
Andy F 06/02/17 09:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Adjustable hitch bar by Pro-Pride?

No problems with my adjustable stinger that came with my 3P back in Oct '12. We have done fully loaded trips from MN to Yellowstone twice and Florida once, and the Black Hills several times. Fantastic hitch with a fantastic adjustable stinger.
Andy F 05/29/17 06:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Test drove 2017 Tiffin Allegro

With the 34pa, Sumo springs are an option. We have one on order, we missed cutoff for 2017 models so we are getting a 2018 34pa. Yes the ride and quietness over our 2015 Winnebago is remarkable, Thanks for your reply. And enjoy that 2018 Allegro! How about selling it to me in 2 years? LOL
Andy F 05/16/17 01:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Test drove 2017 Tiffin Allegro

I sat in a 31' (I think) Allegro this past Saturday. I cannot imagine driving one of those things. LOL Felt like a battleship. Anyway, I got to compare it to the Winnebago Vista parked right next to it. Night and day difference. Not saying the Winnebago wasn't nice, but the Tiffin's materials seemed so much nicer. I did the same comparison at an RV show and I reached the same conclusion, even with the Newmar Canyon Star included. Newmar was a very close 2nd.
Andy F 05/16/17 11:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Test drove 2017 Tiffin Allegro

It seems that you are set on a gas motorhome. I would encourage you to consider a diesel pusher. It may be a little more costly, but, in my opinion, worth it in the long run. When we were shopping for our first motorhome I wanted a diesel pusher, but thought we couldn't afford one. We could have and four years later we are in one. Yes, it's only an entry model, but so much better than the gas coach we had. Thanks but budget wise I doubt we will do a DP. I plan to buy a year end close out or a 1-2 year old model to avoid some of the depreciation. And to be honest, the test drive and the quality of the Allegro tells me I can get everything we want with great quality for much less than an older DP. And we can still get into the boon dock and State Forest sites that we love with the 34 PA Allegro. I am not much for RV parks where you are packed in tight.
Andy F 05/14/17 06:47pm Class A Motorhomes
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