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RE: National Interstate Insurance disaster...

Wow, so much focus on my use of the word disaster... seriously? :h No big deal unless you happen to be one of the thousands of National Interstates insured getting bad information. Hope it doesn't happen to you as shopping for new insurance is a PITA at best. Just trying to put the word out there, had someone else done so it would have saved me a lot of grief {can I say grief?}. :S :B
Desert Captain 06/20/17 09:06am General RVing Issues
RE: camping policy at national parks

Just to muddy the issue a tad... My buddy and I each have Class C's, 24' and 27'. We once stayed in the same site at Sharp Creek {just below the Mogollon Rim}, with permission from the hosts. I had a reservation for another site but his site was huge with a large pull through that enabled us to park the two C's at a 90 degree angle without even coming close to encroaching on the access road. We each paid a fee and by my moving into his site free'd up my old site for another camper. Upon arrival we simple, politely asked and were accommodated and we had a great 3 day stay. This CG is in the Tonto national Forrest. :C
Desert Captain 06/19/17 07:21pm Truck Campers
National Interstate Insurance disaster...

Over the last week or two I have received three different letters from National Interstate insurance regarding the policy they hold on our 24' Class C. They state that they are getting out of the RV insurance business and will not permit me to renew my policy which comes due on 8/2/17. My policy will be "automatically" switched to Safeco unless I take further action. For the record I had been very happy with National Interstate and have said so numerous times on this Forum. I was particularly pleased with the guaranteed replacement value coverage they offered. Their customer service was excellent and their prices right in the middle of the RV insurance spectrum. I was to say the least, extremely disappointed to have them bail and leave their clients scrambling for new coverage or take potluck with Safeco. I spent a lot of time shopping for a replacement carrier and settled on GEICO as I already have my motorcycle coverage with them. They don't offer the guaranteed replacement value coverage that NI provided but overall the policies seem comparable and close in price. Imagine my frustration when I called NI to formally cancel coverage as the GEICO policy takes affect tomorrow only to be told.... Oopsy, those letters you received were in error we are not going away for at least a year. We will be happy to renew your policy. ARRRRRG! NI told me to just cancel GEICO and renew with them but that is simply NOT going to happen. I pointed out that someone at NI needs to be fired for this incredible screwup but was told it is just a computer error... too bad. One letter maybe, two letters perhaps... but three? :S
Desert Captain 06/19/17 02:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: towing advice

I have 2016 Chevy Tahoe. 8600 towing capacity 1000 hitch capacity 5.3 with max trailering package using a e2 hitch sway system can I safety tow a RV that weights? 6845 dry weight and 845 tongue weight bumper to hitch 35 FT IMHO: Short answer... "NO", not safely. First of all there is little chance you can actually tow something even approaching 8,600#. Towing capacity is as useless a statistic as "dry weights" and both can get you into a world of trouble. First check your Tahoe's payload. From that subtract 1,040# {your actual tongue weight computed at 13 per cent of the loaded weight of your trailer and everything in it}, assuming you, like most folks will load at least 1,000# + another 100# for the weight of your WD hitch. Also check your rear axle load limit as you may already be over but certainly will be very close to its max. If you have much if any payload remaining {and I sincerely doubt it}, it will quickly disappear as soon as you load the Tahoe. Now consider your Tahoe, {the dog... no pun intended}, attached to the 35' tail. I think you can see where I am going with this analogy. Yep, on anything but a straight relatively level road with little or no wind the tail will be wagging the dog.... big time. I'd recommend more truck or less trailer. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 06/19/17 12:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Negative dew points in AZ

I pulled this up on my phone. How low can it go...? http://i.imgur.com/LBY7Ja0l.jpg If you were here, as in my house... rest assured we would be having way too much fun. But we do keep heading up to the White Mountains every time the temps get above 100 for a more than a day or two. Just got back from Big Lake and will be returning soon... no doubt. In the mean time we are enjoying our high Sonoran Desert summer but then we have been doing so for 12 years. :C
Desert Captain 06/15/17 06:09pm Snowbirds
RE: Negative dew points in AZ

Nice dry heat. Yep... Just like a pizza oven. :B
Desert Captain 06/15/17 11:27am Snowbirds
RE: How much wind is dangerous?

Among boat captains there is and old adage... The only weather you can control is the weather you choose to leave in... After ignoring this wisdom three times and nearly dying all three times it finally sank in. It is just as applicable to RV'ing as boating. With today's internet/smart phones etc., there is no excuse for being surprised by the weather. But, to answer your original question once the winds gets got be consistently above 35 mph I generally start looking for some place to hunker down. Keep in mind that a steady wind of 35 will often generate gusts of 50 or more. My 24'Class C will handle a lot more wind than most RV's but that does not mean it is always fun. As always.... Opinions and YMMV :C
Desert Captain 06/14/17 07:46pm Tow Vehicles
The Monsoon has arrived...

We just returned from a 4 day trip to the Big Lake campground in the White Mountains of Arizona. Typically the Monsoon does not arrive in southern Arizona until the first of July but at Big Lake, at 9,200' they have been getting monsoonal afternoon thunderstorms for a couple of weeks now. We rolled in at 1:15 on Wednesday just as the first very large drops of rain began to fall. The temperature was a pleasant 78 degrees {vs 105 back home in Tucson}, and settled in at our beautiful 66' long huge pull through site heavily treed with pines up to 90' and hundreds of smaller Aspens. http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_1719_zpssoxqwb7v.jpg The rain quickly became a steady downpour with constant overhead lightning and after an hour suddenly got louder.... much louder as we realized it was hailing big time. The temperature dropped to 66 in ten minutes. Not much wind but all in all mother nature was definitely up on her hind legs. We settled into the front seats of our Class C with a beverage and enjoyed the show out the windshield with the cabover providing cover and keeping the the view clear. http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_1700_zpsfq56xtba.jpg I threw the purple towel over my bike {how's that for a Toad?}, to protect the paint from the hail and fortunately no damage... http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_1702_zpsqr7qzgrr.jpg Around 6 the mother of all lightning strikes exploded about 100 yards from our rig, {not much delay between flash and boom when they hit that close.} Here are a couple of pics of the damage to a {happily} unoccupied site: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_1724_zpswe1cgxxi.jpg http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_1723_zpsgx4ovsxx.jpg A very large {80 - 90'}, pine took a direct hit with what was left of the main trunk coming down precisely across the middle of a pull through. Pieces the size of railroad ties were thrown 30 yards across the site. Had the site been occupied people would likely have been killed. Not much chance you would be out in weather like that. The storm finally moved out around 9 and the rest of the week was gorgeous {as you can see by the other pics}. this weekend the campground is nearly full... what a difference a day makes. :S
Desert Captain 06/10/17 04:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gas or diesel class c

If the OP is going to tow get a V-10. Anyone who complains their V-10 doesn't have enough power needs to get to the gym and work on strengthening their right leg and then start using it. :B Unless a V-10 has something seriously wrong with it {not likely}, it requires no, none, zip, nada after mark garbage to make it pull like a freight train{just put your foot down}. If reliable, bulletproof and can be serviced just about anywhere without refinancing the coach are high on your shopping list... then get a V-10. Yes the mileage will be single digit {who cares it is an RV}, I consistently see 9.5, YMMV. Yes the Mercedes diesels get 16/17 mpg {and no, they don't get better than that in the real world}, and you can look forward to recouping your initial investment in about a quarter of a million miles assuming you never need to have any work done on it... As always.... Opinions and YMMV :C
Desert Captain 06/10/17 02:48pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: e450 fords v10

I've read lots of posts from folks who complain that their V-10 with the 5 speed Torque Shift trans tends to hunt excessively downshifting from 5th to 4th or even 3rd gear. The Banks system is touted as a solution but never having had the problem I see no need. Perhaps Ford managed to correct this in the 2011 model as that is what my chassis is and I have no such issues whatsoever. I run with Tow Haul engaged all of the time. The vast majority of our cruising is at 2,200 rpm in 5th gear and about 60- 63 mph At 3,200 rpm I getting the max torque of 420 pounds {max hp comes along at 4,350}, and this is usually sufficient to climb all but the longest and steepest grades in 4th gear. Once in a blue moon it will downshift to 3rd and the rpm climb to about 4,200 - 4,400 but this usually lasts about a minute, perhaps 2 at the very most. Engine noise is negligible {another complaint you hear here that I do not experience and we do not get excessive heat in the cab either}, go figure. :) Bottom line I could not be more satisfied with the performance, ride and handling of my E-350, oh by the way... for the last nearly 4 years and 36,000+ miles we have averaged a very consistent 9.5 mpg including 62 hours of generator run time. As a matter of fact it is sitting out front, the frig chilling down nicely as we load for a 5 day trip to the White mountains, leaving early tomorrow morning. It's just about time to go load the Harley onto the Kendon trailer and head up to Big Lake at 9,200' where highs will be in the upper 70's {but 105+ back here at home}. works for me! :B
Desert Captain 06/06/17 12:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What truck is needed to tow TT weighing 10k lbs.

It will pull the weight. How fast or comfortably is another question. What are the details on the truck? 2wd or 4wd, axle gear ratio and GVWR? Crew cab or extended cab? There are a lot of variables - I think the tow ratings for that truck could vary substantially. 4WD 3:73 i think...but assume this is the case Crew cab 6.0L 4WD and the crew cab will seriously eat into your payload. That combo cries out for at least a 4:10 rear end. :C
Desert Captain 06/05/17 07:47pm Beginning RVing
RE: Reducing "Tractor Trailer Push" E-350 Class C

"I haven't had anywhere near the handling problems that many owners in these forums mention. I attribute it too having the E450 chassis under a small Class C instead of the usual E350 chassis. We can drive it in high cross winds and I can steer it safely using only one hand on the wheel under most conditions." My driving experiences match yours Phil. I think that is more because you and I both have quality 24' ish Class C's than the minimal differences between your 450 and my 350. When the manufacturers start putting the 450 on 30'+ C's the problems really start to stack up. The overwhelming number of handling complaints come from owners of the larger model Class C, E-450 chassis'. The longer/larger the Class C, the more handling problems arise. Also the bigger units all lack anything approaching reasonable CCC/OCC/payload {caller it what you will}. Putting a 30+ to 34'+ Class C on the E-450 chassis is just asking for problems. Of course on a C that large they just have to have a Toad and loads and problems are just exacerbated. I have had no, zip, nada, none whatsoever handling problems with my stock {other than the the heavy duty Bilstein's I added when the originals wore out}, E-350. My rig measures 24'6" nose to tail and sits upon a 159"" wheelbase. What I will never understand is why virtually no-one {apparently}, does a proper test drive. :h This Forum is constantly inundated with folks who bought a large Class C and are now crying the blues that it does not handle well. They bemoan the fact that now they have to spend the kids college fund adding aftermarket garbage to make it decent to drive. :S Hey folks... I'll let you in on a little secret: If it drives like a pig on roller skates on the test drive it is not going to get one bit better down the road. You bought the wrong RV! No decent quality new Class C should need dime one of aftermarket gear/crapola added to make it drive and handle well. Test drive a Phoenix cruiser, Born Free, Coachhouse and yes a Nexus {to name just a few of the better coaches out there}, and if they are properly loaded and inflated you too will have no issues. As always.... Opinions and YMMV :C
Desert Captain 06/05/17 07:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: e450 fords v10

Since this is a Class C motorhome forum, the OP is probably referring to driving a Ford E450 based 2012 RV. If so, it will have a TorqShift automatic computer controlled transmission in it with it's push button controlled Tow/Haul mode. For the potentially dangerous situation of descending hills in a 11,000 lb to 14,500 lb. Class C E450 based RV, the Tow/Haul mode in these motorhome transmissions works splendidly. When going down hills, there is no need to have one's attention diverted to reaching for gear shift levers/pads/buttons once, or more times, while going down a grade. In fact, there isn't even any need for turning Tow/Haul mode "ON" at all in these modern Ford E450 transmissions whenever going down hills - just leave the transmission "IN" Tow/Haul mode all the time. This then gives you BOTH engine braking when slowing down in normal driving plus .... engine braking when going down hills. It's all automatic so you can keep your eye and concentration on the road at all times - while reducing repair costs for brake pad replacement. I've driven standard transmission vehicles for many years - including trucks with the long manual shift floor lever and high performance sports cars with flick-of-the-wrist short manual shift levers - and believe me, it's a distraction to have to pay attention to what gear you should, or shouldn't, be in. Automatic transmissions make driving safer and treat engines and their drive trains better. X2 What he said.... :C
Desert Captain 06/05/17 12:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What truck is needed to tow TT weighing 10k lbs.

Seems like some will recommend a half ton now days but I prefer the truck to have much more capacity to be safe as well as a bigger stronger engine. For me it will always be a Diesel, manual trans and 1 ton axle. Overkill, probably. Why would you want a manual trans? It just reduces your overall towing capacity. The auto transmissions out there today are far stronger than any clutch. I like driving a stick but, IMHO: for towing you are far better off with an auto trans. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 06/04/17 08:17pm Beginning RVing
RE: grand canyon(south rim) to Sedona

89 south to Flagstaff is an easy beautiful route. On the way be sure to take the scenic side trip thru Sunset crater scenic route. Very nice paved 2 lane hyway. Many amazing Indian ruins along it. I'd do this route and skip the traffic and madhouse of Sedona. Yes 89 "to" Flagstaff is fine, there is no "89" from Flagstaff to Sedona. The OP is asking about 89A. Highway 89A runs from south of Flagstaff to/through Sedona. This road is very narrow and currently under several miles of serious construction. The pilot car will take you through 3 sections of mud, gravel and dirt road, expect to sit for 10 to 20 minutes at each stop. I rode this stretch on my Harley several weeks ago. No vehicles 50' or more are permitted on this stretch of 89A. The OP's 37' motorhome towing a Honda will easily be over 50'. Most of 89A has little if any shoulder and very few pull outs. The road surface for the last 15 miles into Sedona is full of pot holes and in very poor repair. Expect heavy traffic just about any hour of the day. For the record there are few if any places to park the OP's rig in Sedona. Far better to find an RV Park/CG and tour the area in your Toad. Dead Horse Ranch SP in Cottonwood would be a great place to stay, reservations are always a good idea there. :C
Desert Captain 06/02/17 07:31pm Roads and Routes
RE: grand canyon(south rim) to Sedona

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Desert Captain 06/02/17 07:25pm Roads and Routes
RE: Escaping summer heat while in the southwest?

Just shoot for anyplace at 5 to 6,000' or higher with lots of choices in your path of travel. Leave early and transit the lower elevations early in the day and you will probably never see more than 80 degrees. We live 25 miles north of Tucson at 3,400' and whenever the forecast for our home calls for triple digits we just pack up and head for the White Mountains. A 3.5 to 4.5 hour drive puts us at 7 to 9,000'+ and very pleasant weather. Keep in mind the Monsoon is soon upon us, usually by early July and often sooner. Once it arrives the fun really begins.... afternoon thunderstorms with lots of lightning and unbelievably torrential rains that quickly cool things down {as in 20 to 30 degree drop in the temperature in a matter of minutes}. Summer is our favorite time of year... the snow birds are gone and the weather provides lots of entertainment. :B
Desert Captain 06/01/17 06:03pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Class C Campsite Photos. Show your stuff.

Shot this last week at Canyon Point {7,700'},up on the Mogollon Rim northeast of Payson AZ. This is my traveling fun combo.... 24' Nexus towing my Harley Davidson Super Glide on the Kendon single trailer. Makes for one heck of a Toad: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/fullsizeoutput_1dee_zpskq7j0er5.jpeg
Desert Captain 05/30/17 09:52am Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV outside ladder

"I wonder how anyone above a "certain age range" is going to safely get off an external ladder onto the roof of a Class C? And then even more tricky, how to safely get off the roof back onto the ladder .... especially a ladder that is merely leaning against the edge of the roof?" Pnchols, very carefully. Very slowly. That is an issue. X2 LMAO There is no difference from properly using a ladder to access the roof vs a built on except most built ons are not nearly as well constructed as the ladders I use around the house. Either way you still have to transition from the top of the ladder to the roof both coming and going. I've replaced {with the heavy duty, thick, allegedly unbreakable replacements}, all three hatch/vent covers over the last 3 years as the Arizona sun eats up the original plastic. I also get up there a couple of times a year just inspect but have yet to find anything that needed attention. I use my 12' straight ladder slightly off of centerline at the rear of the coach and as noted go "slowly and carefully". I'm 65 and the first number when I get on the scale is still a "1".... but not by much. :B If my coach had come with a built on I would probably be using it but it would hardly be a deal breaker one way or the other. {For the record Phil and I "usually" agree on stuff...} As always.... Opinions and YMMV :C
Desert Captain 05/29/17 01:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV outside ladder

I'm from the "No built in ladder for my Class C" crowd. At home I have 12' ladder that works just fine. I do not want anyone having access to my roof from a built in, probably flimsy factory ladder. Just another potential source of leaks. If you ever have an urgent need to get up on top to check something look around your CG. Just about every class A and fiver out there has one hanging off their rig somewhere and if you ask nice I seriously doubt they would refuse a request to borrow it. Most camp hosts also have a ladder in their site. :C
Desert Captain 05/28/17 07:16pm Class C Motorhomes
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