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RE: Class C towing

Unless you move up to a Super C you will find most C's towing capacity limited to 5,000# or less. This includes the 30 - 32 footers as well. :C
Desert Captain 07/24/14 03:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Power Protection..Why So Few Have If Really Needed?

We are looking at getting one of these for our new 5er. Does the power come back on automatically once the voltage comes back up? We have our 5er on a lot and keep things in the fridge. Would hate to get there and discover that the power had been off for a long time. The Progressive Industries EMS have a 128 second delay from the time you plug it in until power flows through to your rig. This delay also kicks in whenever the EMS trips off and then comes back on when the power returns to acceptable voltage. As long as the power is restored to acceptable levels the PI will restore power to your rig and is automatically reset in anticipation of any future problems. :C
Desert Captain 07/24/14 10:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: The two big bills come in August...

So you pay a little less on a comparable C that is 7 years older? Assuming your coverage is comparable, I carry more liability than most, you are no better off than I. Much of the cost of insurance is tied to the value of the coach (that they may have to replace). Price your current policy against a 2012 and see what that does for your premiums. I shopped several companies, including GS and didn't find comparable coverage for less. 1) We carry way, way more liability than most. (I'm paranoid.:E) 2) Does your policy pay you the original price you paid for the RV regardless of how many years after purchase a total loss occurs? :C Like you but not many others, I chose not to go with the minimum legally required liability amounts, our coverage is significantly higher. This is particularly important when it comes to uninsured/underinsured motorists (which are found in large numbers here in the southwest). This is not "paranoid", merely prudent. :W Our C is covered for the full purchase price which will continue for the first couple of years. As the value falls with age so will the replacement dollar amount which will coincide with a commensurate drop in that portion of the premium. I know of no company that gives open ended full replacement coverage. One of the features of having all of my insurance with the local Famers office is the personalized service I receive. Geico and Triple A didn't know me from a hot rock and switching home, auto and RV coverage saved me over $1,000 a year. I make one local call to Kathy (my agent), for any insurance issues and I don't have to press "9" for English. :B
Desert Captain 07/24/14 09:03am General RVing Issues
RE: The two big bills come in August...

What's with Arizona RV insurance costs ... anyway??? Wow, the OP is really getting stung there in Arizona. We have always paid around $600-$650 a year for insurance on our Class C here in CA - and it is a high end policy from Progressive. i.e. For the unfortunate case of a complete lose, our Progressive RV insurance plan would pay us the original amount we paid for the RV - no prorating at all year after year. So you pay a little less on a comparable C that is 7 years older? Assuming your coverage is comparable, I carry more liability than most, you are no better off than I. Much of the cost of insurance is tied to the value of the coach (that they may have to replace). Price your current policy against a 2012 and see what that does for your premiums. I shopped several companies, including GS and didn't find comparable coverage for less. :C
Desert Captain 07/24/14 07:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Newbie Question

Our 24' C (see sig), fits our use perfectly, just my bride and I and da pooch. No need for a Toad as the rig fits anywhere we need to go(though our V-10 E-350 is rated to tow 5,000#). Ours is a so called "wide body" at 101" and with 7' of headroom throughout the coach it is roomier than a lot of longer C's(without the extra overhang and no need for a slide). The handling/parking is a piece of cake and it goes down any road or into any site without complaint. I think 24' is the threshold for a number of factors. Anything larger and I would probably want the E-450 chassis but 24' and less the E-350, with its better mileage and smoother ride, is the way to go. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 07/23/14 09:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV Fuel Issues & Prices - Post 'Em Here!

Here in Tucson I got fuel at Costco for $3.22 yesterday. Across the street at the Circle K it was $3.25. :C
Desert Captain 07/22/14 04:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: The two big bills come in August...

Since we bought our 2012 Class C last August it is "that" time again. Just got the bill for insurance and registration, both due next month. I was anticipating the insurance (and at $695 I can live with it), but had forgotten that registration is based upon the value of the motorhome....ouch! We paid $47,000 so our Arizona registration came in at $1,035. :S Just glad we did not buy something more expensive. The good news is the longer we own it the cheaper the tags will get but always wondered just how much a 100, 150 or even a $300,000 coach comes in at. :h I do know it varies quite a bit from state to state. Anyone care to share? :B We thought we'd title our rig in AZ....but after reading this we were concerned. now we're confused....are you sure the $1000+ wasn't the sales tax???? Read this -- help me understand??? LINK - DMV The bulk of my fee was the "Vehicle License Tax" and it is documented in the link you provided. It is lumped in under the billing title of Vehicle Registration and goes down every year. Our 2006 Toyota Solara is down to a couple of hundred a year. A couple of other thoughts.... I knew the bill was coming, just forgot how steep it is the first few years. New units are worse, hence out of curiosity my request for others to share what they pay. I have no problem paying it, simply part of the overall cost of the RV lifestyle that we love. These type of fees are called a lot of different things but one way or another most states manage to get your money and probably not all that much more or less than Arizona. My $695 insurance bill is fine as I carry more liability than some folks and shopped it with a number of companies before settling on Farmers. :C
Desert Captain 07/22/14 04:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: The two big bills come in August...

Class C registration - 7/20 This is an excellent discussion, thanks for posting. Missed it as I never browse the Class A Forum. Overall Arizona is a pretty tax friendly state in which to reside(we pay no personal property taxes on the coach). Trying to scam your state out of the legitimate resident fees smells like tax fraud to me so I have no interest in pursuing that path. Best things on an RV are those wheels. If you can't live with where you are then put it in gear and go where things are more to your liking. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 07/22/14 01:21pm General RVing Issues
The two big bills come in August...

Since we bought our 2012 Class C last August it is "that" time again. Just got the bill for insurance and registration, both due next month. I was anticipating the insurance (and at $695 I can live with it), but had forgotten that registration is based upon the value of the motorhome....ouch! We paid $47,000 so our Arizona registration came in at $1,035. :S Just glad we did not buy something more expensive. The good news is the longer we own it the cheaper the tags will get but always wondered just how much a 100, 150 or even a $300,000 coach comes in at. :h I do know it varies quite a bit from state to state. Anyone care to share? :B
Desert Captain 07/22/14 11:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Tires - Again - Still - Yet

I have had very good experience with the Michelin LTX M/S 2's. Put a set on my F-150 and when I sold it after 30,000 miles they still looked and rode like new. Our 2012 C came with the old M/S Michelins and was right in the middle of the big recall and I got 6 brand new M/S 2's on Michelin's dime. Great tires, excellent smooth ride and they come with a 70,000 mile tread warranty. :C
Desert Captain 07/20/14 09:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Towing question

You will never get close to safely towing your rated 9,500#. The biggest challenge you face is the serious lack of payload. First of all ignore ALL dry weights, they are a joke and the joke will be on you. Take the tailer's GVWR and figure 13% of that number for a real world tongue weight (+ another 100# for the WDH). If you have a trailer with a GVWR of just 6,000# you will have roughly 900# of TW (including the WDH). Take that off of your payload and you are left with a measly 400# for everything that goes into the truck: bodies, dogs, tools, firewood, toys etc. The trailers you mentioned are half again more than that and you will be dangerously overloaded. If you just have to have that much trailer you will need a lot more truck (with a lot more payload). As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 07/20/14 07:25pm Towing
Sharp Creek (NE of Payson AZ)

Located just below the Mogollon Rim, 25 miles northeast of Payson AZ at 6,000' the Sharp Creek CG was very nice. Sharp Creek itself does not come anywhere near the CG but with just 30 sites spread over lots of acreage the sites are very large and heavily wooded with Ponderosa Pines and Spruce. The hosts were great allowing me to park our 24' C in the same site as our friends 27' C and even allowing his wife to park her car, the dreaded third vehicle, in our site. The large pull through had more than enough room for all of us (I did ask before moving). By doubling up I freed up our original site in the fully booked CG and a large family got to stay and enjoy the weekend with the rest of us. Our Handicapped site was beautiful and between Dave's bad hip and my bad knee (we both have Handicapped Placards), the level site, nicely done with a concrete pad and raised fire pit made for a very enjoyable long weekend. Even at that elevation the temps were in the high 80's by day and low 60's at night. Best of all our Geezer pass made it a $10 a nigh event. :B http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0456_zps7e24a394.jpg
Desert Captain 07/20/14 07:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How durable/reliable are slideouts?

Said it before and will say it again: There are only two kinds of slide owners, those that have had problems and those that will. There is no third category. BTW, "denial" is not just a river in Egypt. Not a week goes by on this Forum without multiple posts about slide problems. If you must have them know that the key is LOTS of preventive maintenance... and a large dose of luck.:R
Desert Captain 07/19/14 10:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ford E350 V10 shifting

On the other hand.... Phil, I know you love your E-450, and it is rare to find one in a smaller coach, but in a Class C 24' or less it can be a bit of overkill especially if you are not towing. The E-350's 4:10 rear end gives better mileage and the softer suspension a much better ride. I give up nothing in terms of OCCC as I have 3,368#, not many, if any, 450's can top that due to their increased weight. We have spent a lot of time at the higher elevations out here in West (AZ, UT, NM,ID, WY etc.), and our 350 climbs mountain grades without even breathing hard. Several of our favorite CG's are Canyon point 7,700', Hoyer and Hawley Lake 8,400' and Big Lake 9,200'. To reach most of these you have to get over 9,300' passes and we have been over 10,000' several times. Most of the time 3,200 rpm (max torque), is more than enough to climb a 12 mile 6%+ grade at 50-55. It is rare that it downshifts further climbing into the 4,000rpm+ range and even then the time spent there is brief. Fully loaded we are 10,050 which leaves an additional 1,450# of available payload, though I doubt we will ever need it. We are rated to tow 5,000# and while we probably never will it is nice to know we could. If I had anything bigger than our 24 I would definitely want the E-450 chassis but for rigs 24 or less the E-350 often can be the better choice. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 07/18/14 07:56am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Nashville Parking

We went through in our 24' C about 2 months ago on a sunny Sunday early afternoon and parking was pretty scarce. Street parking could be had but it was about half a mile from the fun zone downtown. Hiking that far, with a couple of serious hills, wasn't an option for me with my bad knee so we cruised the area but ultimately did not stop. The public parking lots downtown all seemed to tight for even a small RV. Earlier in the day we had no problem parking downtown(and the visitors center down on the river), in Memphis on the street and there were lots of parking lots that looked doable as well. :C
Desert Captain 07/17/14 10:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ford E350 V10 shifting

"And to the person whose opinion on minimum speed laws, yes there are, but that is on flat/gentle grades - on steep grades, you'll encounter any number of large vehicles creeping along at 10-20mph, up and down, and it is to be expected. In fact, it is very desirable to limit the speed of a 120K lb truck to 20mph heading downhill! A motorhome at 10k to 20k is no exception. " That would be me... Just finished a cross country trip and saw minimum speed limit signs in almost every state, usually on the interstates. Most were 45, some were 40 but they are there for a reason. When folks buy too little engine to go 45-50 or simply refuse to step on the gas sufficiently and are driving under the minimum they are a hazard. Comparing RV's to commercial trucks doesn't wash as they are two different critters driven by two vastly different sets of drivers. The typical downhill truck speed limit, found on 6% interstate grades is 35 and I am glad it is in place. Going up those grades I rarely see even the truckers below 35 but it does happen. Truckers, fully loaded don't have a lot of choice but every RV'er does. My point was/is if you cannot get your rig up a 6% grade at 45-50 there is a serious problem and you are it. Getting back to the thread.... just push down on that vertical pedal on the right and let your V-10 do what is was designed to do. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 07/17/14 10:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ford E350 V10 shifting

The V-10 is a robust, nearly bulletproof workhorse that you will not hurt by letting it run. Do your homework folks, if 4,000+ rpm offends then the V -10 is not the engine for you. Max torque at 3,200 and max Hp around 4200-4400 is where this engine does what it does best. Put your foot into it and go. Please do not crawl up the long grades at 25 mph to save a couple of dollars which besides being stupid, dangerous, rude and illegal in most states (hello, there are minimum speed limits that apply), it is usually unnecessary. If you cannot climb a 6% grade at 50-55 get thee to a scale and you might just find out why. If you are within your weight limits the only weak limit is the driver. Keep in mind that 305/420 V-10 in your E-350 is also found in most Class C's up to 32' and fair number of Class A's. Yes a light right foot garners better mileage, I cruise at 55 to 62 max but the power is there at your disposal as needed and long grades are the time to tap in. As always.... opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 07/16/14 08:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Any and all opinions on tankless water heaters

The big advantage of a tankless touted in all of their add's is "unlimited hot water (on demand)". Thats is fine in the S&B but unless you have full hookups where is all the fresh water going to come from and where will all that grey water go? I'm not sure how well they work but I know my simple 6 gallon LP/AC works just fine every time, we can both take a nice shower without running out of hot water. :R
Desert Captain 07/16/14 05:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: AC temp

If your AC is producing 20 degrees cooler than the ambient (outside), temp it is working just fine. :C Wrong. It is not meaningful number compared to outside temperature. Run the unit(s) on high fan and keep the compressors on for at least 10 minutes. Measure in inlet air temperature and the outlet air temperature as close to the unit as possible. Use a thermometer and not an infrared temperature gun. The infrared will not measure the air temperature, but it will measure the temperature of the grill. A normally operating RV A/C will have the leaving air temperature 18 to 20 degF lower than the inlet air temperature. Much higher or lower is an indication of a malfunctioning A/C unit. The most frequent problem with an RV A/C not cooling correctly is low air flow. This is caused by: -running fan on low speed. -dirty air filter(s). -dirty evaporator coil. -baffle between inlet and outlet not sealed and leaking. -holes in the installation where the wires enter the RV. In 90 degF plus weather and especially full sun, one A/C will not cool an RV over about 30'. You need two A/C units and they may not work in a typical entry level in the 90 degF plus temps. You have to remember that n RV is not nearly as well insulated as a house. ken Oh lighten up,my 20 degree differential is NOT wrong, it is a "meaningful" number to me. Trust me if it is 95 outside and my rig is 75 inside my AC IS working just fine... sheesh. :R
Desert Captain 07/15/14 12:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: AC temp

If your AC is producing 20 degrees cooler than the ambient (outside), temp it is working just fine. :C
Desert Captain 07/14/14 09:48pm Fifth-Wheels
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