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RE: Whats the best restaurant .....

Buddy's in Annapolis up on the second floor overlooking the harbor. Best seafood meal ever... we got the huge sampler plates, one steamed one fried and everything was awesome. A couple of cold Landshark Lagers to wash it all down also worked well. A very close second was the BBQ at Hodies in Dalhart Texas. Never had better, the entries were huge and what ever you a ordered came with: fries, beans, coleslaw, Texas Toast and cornbread. For about $12 lunch was easily two meals, one there and a big box of leftovers for the road. :B
Desert Captain 02/28/15 11:54am RV Lifestyle
RE: Newbie Curious About Owner's Experiences with Aliners

We had an A Liner Classic for a year and loved it. I bought it hoping to hook my bride on camping and it worked very well. It only weighed 995# and towed like a dream behind by V-6 F-150. The peak head room was over 8' and the bed in the rear was bigger than a queen. It stored easily in our garage and one person could grab the handles and push it around. The galley was somewhat limited, small AC/LP frig/freezer but it worked just fine. The sink and hand pump were small as was the fresh water tank, ten gallons or less as I recall. the two burner stove could be used inside or out and most of the time I cooked outdoors with it as there was an LP connection and mounting bracket on the curbside of the trailer. It had a side mounted air conditioner and I added a small Microwave. It came with a new (unused) portapotti that stored under the dinette which we never used. It had a single propane tank and battery which were more than enough. While they are not heavily built the fit and finish was good and we had no leaks. Raising or lowering the unit took all of about one minute or less and frequently drew a crowd with requests such as: "Can you do that again?" to which I was always happy to comply. Despite being a couple of years old (a 2008), it was in "as new" condition. I paid $7,000 and a year later when I put it up on Craigslist the phone rang off the hook. An out of state buyer sent his buddy to look at it and bought it after seeing a couple of digital pics and getting a very positive report from his friend.... for $6,700. The only reason I sold was that I had successfully hooked my bride on camping and we were ready for a few more amenities, she really wanted a rig with a full bathroom and I wanted a serious kitchen. I had traded the V-6 F-150 for an identical 5.4L V-8 SCab so we went with a 22' travel trailer that we kept for 5 years. http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/Roperlake008_zpsbadec645.jpg Hope this helps. :B
Desert Captain 02/28/15 08:17am Folding Trailers
RE: Tow Haul.......When?

You folks who wish more control of your tranny as this discussion is about...consider getting a manual tranny on your next vehicle I loved my 5 speed manual F-150 but my Torque Shift tranny is stronger than a clutch and manual transmissions usually equate to a lower towing capacity. This probably why it is getting hard to even find a manual. On many models it is no longer an option. :C Chicken or egg...meaning that I could not order a manual for my Sub because GM no longer offered it in their SUVs, but did offer it on their pickups Fashion statement crowd driven 'then' and still today Double, triple clutch disc is common on high end (exotics and performance 'cars') Why the chicken or egg...if more demand...the OEMs would put in double, triple, etc clutch disc to handle the higher torque of today's TV's Just not enough demand to warrant the R&D $$$$ Huh? :h Not sure what you're saying (do we agree or disagree?), but now I'm hungry and can't decide if I want the leftover fried chicken or a couple of eggs over easy.... decisions, decisions. :? LMAO. :B
Desert Captain 02/27/15 10:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Haul.......When?

You folks who wish more control of your tranny as this discussion is about...consider getting a manual tranny on your next vehicle I loved my 5 speed manual F-150 but my Torque Shift tranny is stronger than a clutch and manual transmissions usually equate to a lower towing capacity. This probably why it is getting hard to even find a manual. On many models it is no longer an option. :C
Desert Captain 02/27/15 10:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anything stolen from locked compartments.

It is easy and relatively cheap to replace your 751 keyed compartment locks. I went to home Depot and for about $5 a piece I got 4 new locks all keyed the same. Replaced the 751's on the two storage bays, the generator and battery compartments. Did not bother with the outside shower, access to the holding tank valves and the power cord access. Yes, anyone who wants to can use a pry bar, large screw driver etc. to break in but having my compartments not keyed in 751's keeps honest folks honest. There isn't a lot worth stealing in any of my locked compartments and anyone breaking into my coach should be a lot more worried about the owner vs the ease of access to my storage bays. :R
Desert Captain 02/26/15 07:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: downsizing - need advice

If you end up with a 30ish foot Class C a single 13,500 BTU AC is going to struggle to reduce the outside temps by 20 degrees. In this scenario the question quickly becomes: How hot will it be where you are? Keep in mind that the misery index will rise dramatically with the humidity. There are a number of tricks to help your AC. Chill the coach down early in the day. At Zion in June it was 100+ degrees every afternoon. We kept the shades pulled, a sun screen in the windshield and the curtain separating the cab from coach in place. Our 13,500 managed to keep our 24' C a pleasant 75-80 but it was really working. I would not buy any C over 27' that only had a single 13,500. A 15,000 BTU unit will be better and anything over 30' really is getting into the two (13.5's), range. Permit me a little misdemeanor thread drift and bring up the other side of the equation: heating. Before you buy, consider the size of the furnace, number of ducts and their location. I have seen a lot of rigs with woefully inadequate heating. Our 24' C has a 35,000 BTU, 4 duct (they are down low just a few inches above the floor), monster that keeps us toasty in any weather. Also know that the DC fan on your furnace will be the biggest load in your coach. If you don't have at least a pair of decent batteries your furnace run time will be limited. Also, furnaces burn a lot of propane so be sure you have sufficient capacity. Small rigs with LP generators typically have a very limited supply of LP when off the grid. If you cannot be comfortable in just about any weather using your coach will not be fun. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 02/25/15 07:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

Bought one :) Was looking high and low for a newer one , even dickering on having one built brand spanking new .. Drove to LA from Sacramento wasted 2 day trip . Another wasted day trip to the Bay area! Probably been to 30 RV lots , found all over priced and point blank flat out lairs at everyone of them . Except the place I was trying to deal on a new one (once I was talking with owner) Even went to look at quite a few off Craigslist and pretty much same thing there as well, they paid too much , didn't take care of it and thinks it still worth what they paid for it... Found a private owner trying to sell his 2005 Fourwinds 23Ft rear corner bed like it was the only one ever made ! We came to an exceptable price for the both of us and I'm now the proud owner of rig that needs some TLC but in the long run it saved me $50K and when I'm done with another back surgery rehab and a little traveling , we'll save up and buy the one we really want.. Meanwhile I can clean this one up and enjoy a few short trips till the back surgery etc. Well done Brian! You have the patience of Job and if finally paid off... so how about some pics? :B
Desert Captain 02/25/15 07:19am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Interstates versus secondary roads

I don't believe for a nano second that you can be ticketed for doing the speed limit, it can NOT happen (unless traveling at the posted speed limit is excessive due to weather, traffic or road conditions). But.... just like when you get stopped for speeding how do you prove what speed you were actually going? :h You could be driving down the road, doing the limit for hours and all of the folks that want to speed roar up and sit on your tail. You have done nothing wrong, they are all in violation of multiple statues but... Along comes a LEO and all he sees is the line of vehicles backed up behind you. Yes, the officer notes that you are going the speed limit at that moment but what do you suppose he is going to assume? Yep, "this guy must have just speeded up to the limit but he obviously has been backing up traffic for miles." On go the red and blues and you are left to try and convince the officer that you were going fast enough to comply with the law (vs the speeder who is trying to convince him that he was going slow enough to be legal). Chances are you will get the ticket and it is off to court you go to plead your case. Good luck with that by the way. My neighbor is a 27 year veteran of the CHP and he has assured me that once you are stopped there is absolutely nothing that you can say that will change the officers mind about giving you a ticket or warning. They have heard it all and will remind you that your signature on the ticket is not an admission of guilt but merely your promise to appear.... etc., etc.. Bottomline, when the chuckleheads start backing up behind you let them go by at the first safe opportunity to do so. You will be safer, they will be safer and it is such a treat to see them pulled over a few miles down the road getting their well deserved speeding/tailgating tickets for driving like jerks. Be sure to honk and wave (with all your fingers), as you go by. :B
Desert Captain 02/24/15 08:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Tow Haul.......When?

If you are under a significant load it is probably best just to engage it. In our 24' C with the V-10 I leave it off on the flat (though there isn't much of that out here in the west... but I digress), but always engage TH on any sort of a prolonged grade, both up and down. On seemingly slight uphill grades the trans fluid temps will quickly creep up if I haven't noticed the climb. Engaging the TH (which locks up the torque converter, eliminates hunting and more efficiently cools the trans), will quickly lower these temps 12 to 14 degrees back to where they belong. {What? You don't have a Scan Gauge to monitor your trans fluid temps???} :S On any sort of a long downhill the TH locks out 5th gear (OD), and provides proactive braking all the while shutting off fuel to the engine. The V-10 may be roaring at 4,000+ RPM holding us at 55 as we descend a 12 mile 6 to 8% grade but not only are we are not burning a drop of fuel all the way to the bottom I usually get there without having touched the brake pedal. Works for me. :B
Desert Captain 02/23/15 01:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Favorite Camping Location

Zion National Park at the Watchman campground (inside the park). :B
Desert Captain 02/23/15 09:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Scorpions and Aloe Vera plants... Help!!...Questions

Do they look like this? http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0461_zpscb74e143.jpg This is a Bark scorpion, albeit one of the largest I have ever seen. Most are much smaller but.... They are very dangerous. The Bark is the most poisonous scorpion in North America. Their sting can kill a small child or pet and even adults with a compromised immune system are at risk. I have a friend who lives out in the desert outside of Tucson who was stung three times (yes, they can and do get into your home or RV. The first time on the hand - he looked like Mickey Mouse for a week; once on the foot - could not walk for a week and the third time.... The Bark had crawled into a bathroom drawer and nestled in his hairbrush. Yep, the second pass through his hair with the brush and the Bark got him on the top of his head. Said it felt like he'd been struck by lightning,dropped him to his knees and he was unable to function for several minutes, blurred vision, severe dizziness. When he regained his senses there was the Bark still in the hairbrush. Needless to say he dispatched the little bugger to scorpion heaven with extreme prejudice. Bottom line, they are nothing you want to have anywhere near you and yours. Don't let their diminutive size fool you. However you decide to deal with them exercise extreme caution. :E
Desert Captain 02/23/15 08:08am RV Lifestyle
RE: Legalities regarding firearms for bear safety in wilderness?

"The purpose is to deter the bear if possible and if the bird load doesn't stop it from attacking, then kill it with the slugs." I can only assume you are kidding or have a serious death wish. :h Firing a weapon is always a last resort and only when when your life is in imminent peril. If you shoot an aggressive Grizzily bear (that is putting your life in peril), with birdshot.... like the man said/sang: "Turn out the lights, the party's over! :S
Desert Captain 02/21/15 12:42pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Legalities regarding firearms for bear safety in wilderness?

I don't think a 'shotgun' will have much affect on a Grizzly, bear spray maybe? I'd rather have a high caliber rifle than a shotgun in these situations. Another question to ask is are weapons allowed in national or state parks? And what are the laws and regulations when a weapon in your possession when passing through them? A 12 gauge shotgun loaded with slugs will be effective.... birdshot, not so much. :B
Desert Captain 02/21/15 12:03pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: IPHONE 6 (battery usage)

I have had my new 6 Plus for several months and (love it), simply turn it off at night. I usually only have to charge it about once or twice a week. Turning off the apps you are not using is a good idea and only takes a second. I don't make/get many calls but use the phone extensively everyday surfing the net, e mails etc.. i think the exceptional battery life is one of the many benefits of this amazing phone. :C
Desert Captain 02/21/15 08:13am Technology Corner
RE: Joshua Tree NP & RV size

We recently spent two nights in Joshua Tree. The first at Indian Cove and while the rocky scenery was spectacular the sites are mostly tent size. There were a few larger sites down in the lower (less scenic), section but as you can see our site (#95), was very tight. Our 24' C fit, but just barely as the access road is about 2' in front of the coach. http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0470_zpsba2f33ce.jpg We spent the next night at Black rock and while the access roads and most of the sites are pretty tight there are some larger sites, even a few pull throughs. :C
Desert Captain 02/20/15 01:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Kingman Az area RV park/campground

Try the Blake Ranch RV Park just outside of Kingman on I-40. It is a nice park and reasonable. :C
Desert Captain 02/18/15 08:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: is nexus extreme quality class c?

Phil, that last picture was taken up in the gold country of northern California, {Grass Valley/Nevada City} about a month after we bought the coach on our first trip (a 4,200 mile 6 week, 6 state, break it in right adventure). :B Shortly after returning I added the Max Air power vent over the rear queen and the Max Air vent cover over the forward hatch. We love having them both as it allows for good air flow regardless of the weather and protects the vents. Here is shot of the roof (this one taken last May at my BIL's place in MA): http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0185_zps1d8b54f0.jpg As far as the skylight in the shower there's no sign of any impending damage yet but the coach is only 3 years old. I use 303 protectant and it seems to be doing a good job so far but I do go up on the roof on a regular basis just to keep an eye on things. :C
Desert Captain 02/17/15 02:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: is nexus extreme quality class c?

Ron et al, I found this shot of the roof of our 23P that shows the one piece fiberglass roof. As you can see the edges are rolled over the side and the front and rear end caps overlap the roof with no corner seams: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0143_zpse2029f4a.jpg If you go back and look at the picture I posted on page one of this thread of the roof under construction you can see our coach in the background. The one piece rear end cap overlapping the roof shows up pretty well. I could be mistaken but believe that most if not all of the Nexus line utilize this type of construction. :C
Desert Captain 02/17/15 08:43am Class C Motorhomes
RE: is nexus extreme quality class c?

I notice that the 23P Nexus has one outstanding "feature" that the small PC does not: The 23P has a full cabover bed even though is a shorty Class C ... where the equivalent length PC does not. (That's one reason we chose our 24 footer - two permanent queen beds so that the DW, with her bad back, can spread out all over the back queen and I can spread out all over the cabover queen.) Here's my totally non-rational/emotional reactions to a Nexus: 1) Too bad the 23P isn't offered on an optional E450 chassis. ;) 2) How can a Nexus 23P "be good quality" when it's retail pricing is so much lower than the rest? ;) Phil,. You can order a Nexus 23P with the E-450 chassis. It has always been an option. The cabover bed is huge at 8' X 54" and with 7' of headroom in the rest of the coach you have plenty of" sitting up" space in the cabover. The over head vent and two side windows bring in lots of air and light. Probably the least claustrophobic cabover in the industry. As to your second question, selling factory direct certainly plays a large role.... but the question should be why are all the rest so overpriced? Just depends on how you look at it. :B
Desert Captain 02/16/15 11:37am Class C Motorhomes
RE: is nexus extreme quality class c?

"It really isn't fair to compare them for they address different markets." I could not agree more. Each manufacturer seeks a particular niche in the marketplace. Some do a better job than others. The right coach is largely determined by how (and how often), you will use it and of course your budget. I am sure most would agree that there is a lot of junk out there, usually euphemistically referred to as "Entry Level" which often equates to "How cheap can we build these things". :B IMHO: Lazy Daze has a great reputation and they put to rest the "gotta have a slide" nonsense. Born Free and Coachouse lead the field with their one piece fiberglass shells but can be a little smallish or in the case of Born Free very limited layouts. Phoenix Cruiser and Nexus give buyers the factory direct option but it necessitates a more proactive, hands on buying experience hopefully by knowledgeable RV'ers. The upper end Winnebago's and Itasca lines compete well in this market. The high end B's and B+'s (Leasure, Roadtrek, Pleasureway, Airstream etc.),seem to be the highest price for what you get but they sure are pretty. Perhaps if I had sufficient disposable income to drop $125,000 to $150,000 on 24ish C/B+ I might.... but doubt it. Our use involves being outside about 13+ hours a day, no grandkids and a strong preference for off the grid camping/touring. For us, our Nexus 23P is the perfect coach, solid construction with all of the bells and whistles at a reasonable cost. She's certainly not the prettiest (Ron, you win that one hands down), but we are happier with our choice with every passing mile. Here is our Phantom 23P at McArthur Burney Falls SP in northern California: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/13073faf-466a-4dab-8e5d-4107c29b52fc_zpscfbfebee.jpg As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :B
Desert Captain 02/16/15 11:07am Class C Motorhomes
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