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RE: Switching from PC to iMac ?

To the OP and others... Are you a veteran? If so bring proof when you shop the Apple store as they give a veterans discount. They took $329 off of the everyday price of my I-Mac but you have to ask. We switched to Apple 10 years ago and would never go back to a PC. Virtually zero learning curve on the switch and Apple support is awesome. Just make an appointment at the Genius Bar and they can and will fix just about anything for free. :C
Desert Captain 04/25/18 08:10am Technology Corner
RE: Time For New Shocks - HD Bilsteins Or Koni-FSD?

Brian, no worries buddy... we agree on most of this stuff. Still puzzles me why anyone would buy a new rig and accept the lack of decent ride and handling. Buying used it is what it is and whatever folks have to do to make it right is just what it costs. Doesn't keep me awake nights... :B Jeanne and I are off to the Laughlin River Run in the morning with a stop in Mesa to visit friends followed by a long weekend visting other buds down in Borrego Springs. Should be a great ride. I just got back from a 1,000 mile run over to southern California yesterday, have 2,500 miles on the new beast {an awesome ride BTW} after 3 weeks and will add another thousand on this trip. Yee Haaa! :C
Desert Captain 04/23/18 08:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Time For New Shocks - HD Bilsteins Or Koni-FSD?

What concerns me with our rig, the front end goes up and down a lot, for the slightest of reasons. I want to eliminate as much front end up/down motion as possible. It sounds like the HD Bilsteins will cancel that motion the fastest. Ron, as I have posted before I too have an E-350 {that I love}. Trust me, just buy the HD Bilstein's and be done with this discussion. The performance improvement in ride and handling will blow your mind {and at a reasonable price though the fronts are a PITA to install}. Most rigs should NOT need anything but the right shocks {that would be HD Bilstein's}, proper tire pressure and maybe an alignment with a tad mnore caster. The rest of the magical after market garbage is just that... expensive and unneeded. As always... Opinions and YMMV. :C DC Think you would be whistling another tune IF you had a 30 ft E450 with the weight right at or maxed out ! The E150 E250 E350 and E450 comes with the same puny undersized front Anti Sway Bar. Same IF it came with a rear Anti Sway Bar. It may work for the E150 delivery van running around town. Now stretch the frame put on a long hugh top heavy square box loaded with """"". And now its a whole new animal... lol Truth be told I honestly wish I could have found a 26Q No slides with the rear bead that sits across the rear and is open on one side. With my lower back being fused, I cannot slide in and out of a corner bed. We are not full timers nor camping every weekend in ours so I feel a 26ft or less is the perfect size. When we were first started looking ,,, your model the 23P fit that bill perfect except for the bed. So yes those added /upgraded aftermarket parts do help. Brian, you may be right about the larger C's {since you have BTDT}. Never was my thing and my 24 has had good {and now great handling with the Bilstein's} and ride from day one. The larger the C the larger the engineering issues getting it right. I am sure the better mods do help but that help should never have been needed in the first place or it is the wrong coach. What never fails to amaze me are all of the folks who either do not do a thorough test drive or do one, ignore the results and buy a pig on skates anyway. :h If someone is going to drop well north of $100K on a new vehicle I think they are entitled to have it drive well right off of the showroom floor without further modificiation {Oh well, silly me}. :S
Desert Captain 04/23/18 08:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Time For New Shocks - HD Bilsteins Or Koni-FSD?

What concerns me with our rig, the front end goes up and down a lot, for the slightest of reasons. I want to eliminate as much front end up/down motion as possible. It sounds like the HD Bilsteins will cancel that motion the fastest. Ron, as I have posted before I too have an E-350 {that I love}. Trust me, just buy the HD Bilstein's and be done with this discussion. The performance improvement in ride and handling will blow your mind {and at a reasonable price though the fronts are a PITA to install}. Most rigs should NOT need anything but the right shocks {that would be HD Bilstein's}, proper tire pressure and maybe an alignment with a tad mnore caster. The rest of the magical after market garbage is just that... expensive and unneeded. As always... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 04/22/18 05:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Time For New Shocks - HD Bilsteins Or Koni-FSD?

At 33K miles I replaced the original shocks on our 2012 Nexus E-350 with the heavy duty Bilstein’s. After 15,000 addition miles they are still awesome, ride and handling improved dramatically. :C
Desert Captain 04/20/18 07:53am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yeah lets beat the dead horse some more..

Never been a fan of anything Good Sam... but we do carry their travel assist insurance as we do a lot of motorcycle riding when we travel with the Motorhome and even a minor accident could leave one or both of us needing the coverage. I am also a member of just plain old GS as I do shop their local {Tucson} store and occasionally take advantage of the 10 per cent campground/Park discount. Two major aggravations with Good Sam: First the volume of junk mail is off of the chart. No amount of checking boxes or complaining does anything to diminish the garbage flow. Secondly they bill for renewal of any of their programs months in advance which is in and of itself a scam. I deal with lots of other firms who send their renewal bills a few weeks before it is due and I pay them promptly. When I get renewal bills from GS, sometimes 6 months early I trash them knowing there will be at least 5 more coming. If GS would stop all of the garbage mail they could probably reduce their fees across the board... not that that will ever happen. :S
Desert Captain 04/16/18 11:33am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Convert to tankless?

IMHO: Tankless water heaters in any RV are a very poor idea. Unless you have full hookups 100 per cent of the time they will not provide the heavily advertised "endless supply of hot water" {what a joke}. As noted using a Tankless system will quickly fill your gray tanks as it empties your fresh water supply {and your propane tank}. Keep in mind most of the tankless systems do not work very well as they are extremely temperature sensitive which can vary from exciting to downright painfull with the instant temperature swings. Our 6 gallon AC/LP water heater is enough for both of us to have a decent short shower and if you can wait just a few minutes between showers you will have all the controlled hot water you need. As always... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 04/16/18 08:09am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hard to stay in lane on highway?

As noted above the OP needs to get his rig weighed and the tires inflated to the load they are actually carrying. If that does not cure the problem then take a look at the alignment with an eye towards the caster adjustment previously described. The suspension of a 2018 should need no additional aftermarket equipment to drive and handle well. Overinflating the front tires will make generate loosey goosey steering {as this dramatically reduces your tires contact patch with the road} with passing trucks blowing you all over the road and don't even think about driving this way on a windy day. :S Ignore the door sticker psi numbers as they are worse than worthless. What matters is your actual weight being correctly supported by the correct psi as determined by the tire manufacturer. I have to ask the OP... did you not take a thorough test drive? If you did why would you buy a coach that handles and drives this badly without investigating cause and cures before completing the purchase? :h
Desert Captain 04/16/18 07:57am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Phoenix, AZ to Moab, Utah

"Don't want to go up a real steep grade or winding road if possible." Nope, not possible, all of the routes proposed above involve some serious hills and lots of curves. If they bother you that much just disconnect the toad and go. :C
Desert Captain 04/11/18 08:14am Roads and Routes
RE: 2000 triton v10 e450 super duty rear differential fluid

Living in Arizona we see more than our share of serious mountains and lots of very hot days. I usually run near my GVWR and often tow my motorcycle {bike and trailer weigh right at 1,000# mas y menos}. When I bought our 2012 E-350 used with just 6,205 miles one of the first things I did was change out the oil, trans and differential replacing all three with full synthetic. At 48K miles all is well, runs smooth and cool. I change the oil and filter every 5K and do the trans and differential every 30K. That may be over killl but as noted oil is cheap. When I switched out the trans fluid from dino to synthetic it dropped my fluid temps almost 10 per cent across the board {you "do" have a Scan gauge to monitor your trans fluid temps.... right?}. :C
Desert Captain 04/09/18 02:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2016 Ram 3500 Crash / Diminished Value Result

No vehicle that has been in an accident is ever worth as much as it was before the crash. The quality/skill of the repairs are totally irrelevant. Compared to another identical make and model the one with no accident in its history will be worth thousands more regardless of how it was maintained. The insurance industry hates diminition of value claims but fortunately for them very few folks have even heard of this issue and even fewer are smart enough to pursue it. My SIL was Tee boned driving his Prius by a similar sized car doing 35, she ran the light as verified by multiple witnesses. I urged him to pursue his loss of value but the other driver... single mom, under insured, with a baby at home was his first concern and he did not pursue his lawful, rightful compensation from her insurance company. Arrrrg! He now has a car with a bent frame {that is worth thousands less than it was pre accident}, no question, despite her insurance comany's assurances that his Prius is good as new. Funny thing, when he drives through standing water his car now leaves 4 separate tire tracks... hmmm, good as new? :h I don't think so. :S If you cannot be fully insured you have no, none, zero, nada business being on the street. IMHO: Uninsured/underinsured drivers should go straight to jail and stay there until full compensation to their victims can be paid. OK, Rant off for now, but having family members screwed, hell, he could have very easily been killed by this idiot {and partly out of their own ignorance as in not listening to dad... but I digress} makes this a touchy subject for me. As always... Opinions and YMMV. :M
Desert Captain 04/07/18 05:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Valley of the Gods Road question.

Third week in June? Seriously? Anyone else think it might just be a tad warm? :h :B
Desert Captain 04/07/18 08:01am Roads and Routes
RE: Utah 14 from I 15 to 89

Hope the OP thinks twice before going this way and the fact that others have gotten away with it should NOT be a factor. :S I've not gotten away with anything, I rely on my driving skill to keep me out of trouble. No one knows the driving skill of the other driver, so your opinion is the one that counts. I'm sure the many folks that drive this route every year, a lot liked it and a lot didn't, but to assume others had gotten away with it coming from one who drives a motorhome the size of a 1959 Buick stationwagon seems a bit much. Just because you "can" do something does not mean it is a good idea. The Utah Department of Transportation prohibits any vehicle {or combination thereof} greater than 65' on highway 14 and for very good reasons. At 64' you are legal, just barely, but double towing your rig probably entails enchroaching on the double yellow. The OP would be close at best depending on the overall length of his Toad. Folks over the double yellow hit a nerve with me as three times in the last year I have rounded a tight curve only to find a rig smaller than yours well into my lane. Twice on my motorcycle I was able to bail for the shoulder and once in my Class C came within inches of a head on. A short drive north to highway 20 or some other route eliminates what is at best a very bad idea and at worst a potential disaster. For the record my 24' 6" Class C is the same size as a Crew Cab pick up with an 8' bed... I think the venerable Roadmaster was a tad bit shorter but then everyone knows... size doesn't matter. :B As always... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 04/05/18 03:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Utah 14 from I 15 to 89

Not recommended as there is little if any shoulder for most of this route and it is very steep and narrow. If you have a problem everyone on the mountain gets to share in it. Staying inside the double yellow lines is not optional {or possible with 60'+ of rig}. Hope the OP thinks twice before going this way and the fact that others have gotten away with it should NOT be a factor. :S
Desert Captain 04/04/18 08:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: 2016 Ram 3500 Crash / Diminished Value Result

Always insist on compensation for "Diminished value" when your vehicle is in a {Not your fault} wreck. As noted above, the fact that it has been in an accident will follow it forever and the subsequent trade or sale value may be significantly diminished which comes right out of your pocket. :C
Desert Captain 04/04/18 07:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cooper vs Michelin

If you {OP} only got 16,000 miles out of the Michelins you are doing something seriously wrong. Overloaded, underinflated or serious issues with your suspension all come to mind. Got 32,000 {so far} on my LTX M/S 2's {that were free thanks to the recall}. Would not run any tires on my coach that were over 5 years old but that is just me. Larger Class C's tend to have serious rear axle overloading issues {that air bags have zero affect on}. Get that rig weighed and put the proper load tires with enough PSI to handle what they are actually carrying. As always... opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 04/03/18 09:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV loans

Anytime you make additional principle payments, make sure they are actually crediting the principle and not interest. I had a bank try and pull this trick on me. After they heard from my lawyer, they recalculated 4 years worth of mortgage payments. I sent a letter with every payment to "put this toward principle", and they ignored it. Good point... every principle reduction I make is a stand alone check labeled "Principle Reduction" with a brief cover letter to that effect. So far so good. :C
Desert Captain 04/01/18 09:41am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Suspension Improvements - Best Order

You need to keep in mind that a Class C is a 1 ton cutaway van. It is never going to handle like your family car. :S IMHO: Any Class C that does not drive and handle well with the proper tire pressure and a decent alignment is the WRONG coach. There should be no need to add aftermarket garbage to get your coach to drive decently. If it did not dirve well on the thorough test drive {you did do a thorough test drive, right?} adding thousands of dollars of aftermarket equipment is a waste of your time and money. Will quality after market gear improve the ride and handling? Perhaps, but it is only money needlessly/foolishly spent due to buying the wrong coach in the first place. Quality coaches {like Coachhouse, Born Free, Phoenix Cruiser and yes, my Nexus et al} need nothing more than proper psi and alignment to give smooth, stable ride and handling. Some manufacturers actually recommend getting your brand new $100K+ coach aligned and the suspensiopn modified right off the showroom floor. Would you buy a $100k SUV that came with the same recommendation? :h As always... opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 03/31/18 08:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Why Are There Inside Rear View Mirrors In Class C's

A rear view mirror was an option on our Class C {though we bought ours used} but the rear view camera display {which is located right where a rear view mirror would normally be} provides a nice rear view effect in most light conditions. Nexus offers a rear view mirror, specifically to provide the driver with a clear view to the rear of the interior of the coach but I elected not to order it {before we found our coach on the used market}. An inexpensive clip on mirror attached to the drivers visor will work well whenever needed. :C
Desert Captain 03/31/18 08:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV loans

Yes, an RV loan can be written off of your taxes but... the interest as a write off is only as good as your need for it. If you do not itemize then the interest on the RV is worth squat. If you do itemize you will get a break but it is not nearly as significant as most folks think. If you are buying an RV with writing off the interest as a motivating factor you need to spend some time with a decent accountant... Reality, what a concept. :S
Desert Captain 03/31/18 08:35pm Class C Motorhomes
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