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RE: Automatic leveling system on Mercedes Sprinter 3500 chassis

IMHO: A Class C 25' or less simply does not need auto levelers. Spend $30 and buy a set of yellow Leggo blocks and a couple of bubble levels to place at the rear corner of your coach. I have yet to ever need to use more than two per wheel. Mosts CG sites require no leveling whatsoever. Give it a try and you might find that you were searching for a solution for which there was no known problem {The government does this a lot}. :B If you change your mind and just "Have" to have levelers installed you will still be using the Leggo's under your new $4,000 levelers but can kiss several hundred pounds of payload (along with your money), good bye. Most auto leveling systems besides being heavy and expensive are about as problematic as slides... sooner or later they will give you trouble. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 05/21/15 04:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Chevy cut away chassis putting gas in

I had the same problem with my Class C, 2011 Ford E-350 chassis. Thought it was the fuel vent hose (clogged, pinched, twisted...whatever). While passing through Elkhart we stopped at the Nexus factory for some minor mods and I had them check out my fueling dilemma. The vent hose was fine but it turns out the fuel fill hose had a twist in it from the Ford factory that restricted the flow enough that the pump would keep burping/shutting off. The boys at Nexus found the twist, pulled the hose, reinstalled it correctly and then added 5 gallons of gas just to be sure they had cured the problem. When I asked for a bill they said "No charge. Ford's error but we should have caught it when we built your coach." {My compliments to Nexus for some first class customer service as I was not the original owner and the coach was 18+ months out of warranty}. The next day it sucked down $175 (about 48 gallons), without a single burp. Your gotta love having a 55 gallon tank... except when it is time to pay at the pump. :B
Desert Captain 05/21/15 12:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Stealth camping

Matt, I see that you're from Michigan? I was raised in a small town about 12 miles from Kalamazoo. We finally went back to visit in our motorhome about 3 years ago and camped at a favorite boyhood spot of mine - Gun Lake. Have you ever camped with your GMC at Gun Lake? :) Phil, Once again we share something in common. My dad's family are all from the Plainwell/Kalamazoo area. We spent a couple weeks there last June in our 24' C. Visited Gun lake several times, did most of our grocery shopping at the store there. My Cousin and uncle still have homes on Pine Lake where we spent a lot of time in the "Friends and Family" RV park. It was gorgeous in early June before the mosquito's got bad. Here is a shot of Pine lake taken from her house: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_2083_zps4e1e33da.jpg :B
Desert Captain 05/21/15 09:24am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Organ Pipe National Monument

Is South Puerto Blanco Drive (along the Border) open now? Has been closed in the past. This is an interesting article as all roads are now open and the park is deemed 'safe'. https://www.hcn.org/articles/after-12-years-organ-pipe-national-monument-reopens Closing came about when a park ranger was killed. We personally knew him, Kris Eggle, as he was a ranger at Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Lakeshore, Michigan when we volunteered there. He was an awesome person and a tragic death. The visitor center at Organ Pipe is named in his honor. :C
Desert Captain 05/18/15 07:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Organ Pipe National Monument

Just about the only corner of Arizona we had not explored was Organ Pipe National Monument. Normally by the middle of May it is far to hot to even consider but this year has brought the coolest May in recent history. We drove the 177 miles from our home north of Tucson taking state 86 southwest to its intersection with 85 at the "Town" of "Why/Y" (mostly a wide spot in the road) and continued south to the park. The entire drive was scenic, about 90% 2 lane asphalt, with lots of medium grades as we wound through the high Sonoran Desert. There is next to nothing out in this part of southern Arizona but the given all of the rain and the resulting bloom), we have had this spring the ride was gorgeous with very little traffic. Here is a shot of the namesake "Organ Pipe Cactus": http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0519_zpsxjwrzhtj.jpg The Visitor Center has some interesting displays and a small gift shop. Being a National Park the $12 a night camping fee was cut to just $6 a night courtesy of our "Geezer Cards". There are water spigots throughout the CG, with spring loaded handles and tapered without threads but they do have a nice two lane dump station that includes potable water. The campground which lies 1.5 mile further in has 208 sites, including us, three were occupied. http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0526_zpsyluwuscm.jpg There are about half a dozen sites that have massive steel Ramada's one of which we were happy to select. All of the sites have mostly level concrete pads and the restrooms have flush toilets and solar heated showers that are not so hot on cool cloudy days. http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0534_zps5jp8oddu.jpg The first day (Wednesday), the high of 87 had me running the generator for a couple of hours to cool the coach down to a very comfortable 74 degrees. The massive storm rolled in out of California on Thursday/Friday cooling things down nicely with highs in the low 70's. Friday morning we elected to run all the way north on 85, through Gila Bend and on up to I-10 where we turned east transiting Phoenix from west to east arriving at lost Dutchman SP just outside of Apache Junction just ahead of the storms arrival. I guessed correctly that this would be the optimum location to enjoy the storm (as they are extremely rare in the middle of May). It poured through the late afternoon and early evening and really started coming down (like what a cow does on a flat rock), around 10. Saturday morning was gorgeous: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_0454_zpsvbregc8p.jpg The whole trip was just about 475 miles, we averaged our usual 9.5 mpg and had a blast. :B
Desert Captain 05/16/15 02:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

Took it out for a 175 mile jaunt to Organ Pipe National Monument. Temps in the mid 80's, coolest May in recent memory. They have 208 sites... There are three rigs here including ours. We have a great site though it was tough to choose. Large steel ramada with nice level concrete pad, $6 a night with our Geezer pass. No hook ups but hot showers and flush toilets and a dump station. Pic's to follow. :B
Desert Captain 05/13/15 07:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking for campground near Albuquerque

Thank you one and all for your input. Our plans may be changing but the info given will be retained. :)
Desert Captain 05/09/15 06:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Looking for campground near Albuquerque

We will be visiting our niece in Albuquerque next week and want to take her two boys (ages 5 and 9), for an overnight camp out in our 24' Class C. We would like to find something out of the city and a campfire is a must, non negotiable feature. Near water (river, stream of lake), would be nice but not a deal buster. We have been to Cochiti Lake but they prohibit ground fires. RV parks in the city have no appeal so what say you folks? Where can we just plain old camp for one night? :h
Desert Captain 05/08/15 09:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
What the departing snowbirds are missing

Most of our snowbird guests are heading home from Arizona by now. May and especially June tend to be hot and very dry. Our weather got a huge change from normal with the premature arrival of large influx of tropical moisture, a veritable early Monsoon. Lightning lit up our skies for most of last night and continued through this morning with a third of an inch of rain falling in about 20 minutes. My bride captured this shot of Mt Lemon (you can just barely see the ridge line in the background), from our front yard. We have had quite a bit of rain this spring and as you can see all of the plants are loving it. Note the spectacular Century plant in the center of the photo: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_4700_zpshvjkd70b.jpg :B
Desert Captain 05/04/15 10:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Great summer spots to stay in New Mexico?

Blue Water Lake east of Gallup and a short drive south of I-40 is a nice spot with enough elevation to keep things cool. Some sites have hook ups (W&E) and you can drive right down to the lake and camp on the beach. :C
Desert Captain 05/03/15 10:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How do you feel about people walking through your campsite?

I don't like it. But, some CG's are laid out that to get to the bathroom/shower would require a long long walk. And your point would be? :h
Desert Captain 05/02/15 06:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Motor oil weight for triton v10

"Maybe in cold weather (winter), but in the summer when the oil is hot and as thin as water that protection can break down." Seriously? "thin as water"? :h This might have been an issue 50 years ago (remember back when a 3,000 mile oil change interval was actually recommended?), but with today's technology it's not. Oil gets hot regardless of the weather. The engineers at Ford recommend (actually they insist on), the 5W20 because it is the best oil for that particular engine (with its high RPM - close tolerance design). :C
Desert Captain 05/02/15 06:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Any financial advantages of buying new RV vs used?

"Desert Captain"......What if I said.....You bought used because of the poor life choices you made and are now stuck buying used second hand stuff. You'd be offended...right? It works both ways. I can afford to buy new and will continue to do so, but it doesn't make either one of us smarter and I don't criticize or give little digs about your choices to buy used as many used buyers routinely do. Most buy used, because that's what they can afford, yet SOME spend their time telling everyone how smart they are for doing so rather than just say.....I bought what I could afford!!! Some say they could buy new, but they decided to buy five years older and get a bigger more luxurious coach. I could have bought a used Prevost, but I wanted a new coach with current electronics and equipment, along with a five year engine warranty (more in my comfort zone). If buying used works for you great, but it gets old being criticized by used buyers while the new buyers bite their tongue. Adding digs at the end of statements, like "money in my pocket", gets old. DSDP Don, Your post (that I responded to), contained false statements and carried more than a little attitude. You seem to be seeking things to be offended by and ignoring the rest. This thread is a discussion of the potential advantages of buying new vs used. These discussions typically consist of opinions, everybody has one. A smattering of facts usually creeps in as well. I guess you don't think that there are (as I pointed out), pro's and cons to either scenario. If you want to believe that it is OK with me. I also stated to buy what works best for you. So what here offends you? The OP is seeking information to include dissenting opinions and then when they are given you cry foul? :h As I have noted before in other discussions you have a big, beautiful motorhome with one of the biggest toad's on the road. After buying it you probably had a lot more money in your pocket than I did to begin with but who cares? I was an eyelash away from buying the exact same coach that I have, new (yes, like you I can afford to buy new). By an amazing stroke of luck and a great deal of internet searching I discovered my dream coach with 6,205 miles had popped up right here in Tucson. Buying it did not make me smarter but letting it get away would have been a poor decision. You bought and got exactly what you wanted, guess what? So did I. Lastly, I've said it before and will say it again.... As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 05/01/15 12:55pm Beginning RVing
RE: Any financial advantages of buying new RV vs used?

The people who buy used always fall back on..... "oh the depreciation of 30% - 50% just isn't worth it". It's an old worn out story. I bought my coach new and the NADA value is still more than what I paid. The other ridiculous statement...."I don't want to deal with all the new coach bugs and repairs". Really, you'd rather buy something used that literally has bugs, maybe hiding a huge defect so the owner is dumping it....or is it the worn out and outdated equipment you like! If you buy new great. If you want to buy used, that's great too, but the new buyers really don't want to hear a bunch of stories about how savvy you are buying used.....who cares! A lot of it depends on how you're going to use it. If you're an occasional user, a used coach may be your best bet. If you really enjoy RVing and look at a new coach as part of that enjoyment.....that's fine too. The instant depreciation when you drive off the lot is not an old worn out story, it is a fact. Add in the higher registration and sales tax costs (no sales tax in some states on private party sales), and that number can easily be 30% or more. Yep, most new coaches will have a few bugs but the minor stuff is the first thing folks usually deal with and subsequent owners won't have to. Anything major should be glaringly apparent to a knowledgable buyer and cause to buy something else. If a used coach has worn out and outdated equipment the upgrade and replacement of that gear just figures into the cost of purchase. Mostly lightly used coaches do not suffer from this issue. NADA pricing is a bigger joke than "Dry" weights. So you bought new and because NADA says so think your coach is worth more than you paid for it.... seriously? :h Buy new or used, whatever works for you. There are pros and cons to either scenario but having repeated bought lightly used (RV's, Cars, boats etc), over the years with nothing but excellent results and lots of money left in my pocket I will continue to do so. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 05/01/15 08:13am Beginning RVing
RE: Transmission Gauge for Ford E-Series

Not sure if the V-10 has an Oil Temp sensor. I know my 02 doesn`t, not sure on the newer ones. I spoke with the folks at Scan Gauge and they said that oil temp was not an option on the V-10's, even as an "X" Gauge function. I assume that would only be due to the lack of an oil temp sensor but running with coolant temp (digitally), displayed gives a pretty good view of the overall engine temps. :C
Desert Captain 05/01/15 07:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Motor oil weight for triton v10

My 2009 Ford V-10 calls for 5W-20 X2 So does my 2011. If you check the Ford website virtually all of the late model V-10's call for nothing but 5W20. Another vote for full synthetic oil and for the transmission - differential. :C
Desert Captain 04/30/15 01:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing 35' TT with Nissan Armada *pics*

I have to disagree, you are not right on the edge you are well short of what is needed to safely tow that trailer (nice looking tailer by the way). First mistake is believing that "dry" weights are anything but useless and dangerous. Lightly loaded that trailer will be pretty close to 9,000#+. To even contemplate towing that much trailer with a short wheelbase SUV you need at least 13% of that 9,000# in tongue weight which will be well over 1200# with the weight of hitch. So much for having enough payload. if you ever have to travel with anything in your tanks the numbers really get absurd. Keep in mind not every dump station is available all of the time but if you are willing to limit your travels to full hook ups you can probably get by running empty 100% of the time. Sorry to burst your bubble but you will likely have the tail wagging the dog even if you run nearly empty and only travel in good weather on flat roads.... anything else is going to be a white knuckle challenge. Good luck! As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 04/29/15 09:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: camping at Cherry Hill Campground in Maryland

Get ready for the worst roads in America as DC is not just our nations capitol but the Pothole Capitol as well. :C Obviously, you haven't visited Michigan lately. :>) Ah yes, you are correct sir. We got to Michigan a month later and the interstates looked like a bombing range. Got pulled over by the State Troopers as they saw me repeatedly swerving from the right lane into the middle lane and back again (but only when it was empty). When they asked me why (impaired?), Told him I was dodging their freaking potholes! He laughed and on behalf of the State of Michigan formally apologized for the condition of their roads, wished me well and sent us on our way. Between the winter they had just gone through and the 170,000# steel trucks they allow on the road Michigan and DC really are in a dead heat for the worst road conditions in the nation. :B
Desert Captain 04/28/15 12:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: camping at Cherry Hill Campground in Maryland

Stayed there last May between seeing DC and then on over to Annapolis the next day. The park is very nice with every amenity but definitely on the pricey end of the scale. Most folks take the buses right out of the station in the park to tour DC. Get ready for the worst roads in America as DC is not just our nations capitol but the Pothole Capitol as well. :C
Desert Captain 04/27/15 09:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Transmission Gauge for Ford E-Series

Yes the Scan Gauge will give trans fluid temperature. It is one of the optional "X" Gauge functions. Just call Scan Gauge for the codes as they vary with the model year of your V-10. You then just program your Scan Gauge with the code numbers (a lot of key strokes but it only takes a few minutes) and you will then have trans fluid temp along with all of the other very useful displays. I run with trans fluid and coolant temperature along with average and real time mpg as my four primary displays. I would not own an RV or truck without a Scan Gauge. Last time I checked they were going for $139 on Amazon. :C
Desert Captain 04/27/15 08:27am Tow Vehicles
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