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RE: Girard Tankless Water Heater GSWH-1M

The problem with tankless water heaters is they are only practical when you have full hook ups. If you don't have sewer and water then you cannot take "endless" showers etc., as your freshwater tank will empty and the gray will fill in short order. :C
Desert Captain 10/24/14 02:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dealer hourly rate

In Tucson both La Mesa RV and Camping World charge $130 an hours..... which is absurd! :M When we visited the Nexus factory in Elkhart to have some mods done to our C their labor rate was $75 an hour and unlike CW the work was excellent. :C
Desert Captain 10/24/14 10:17am Travel Trailers
RE: just a reminder... Desert rules

One of our favorite campgrounds!! Lost Dutchman State Park!! X2 Always a pleasure! http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0053_zpse71bbc2b.jpg :B
Desert Captain 10/22/14 07:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dual Trojans and furnace

When it is headed down below 30 we end up running our 35,000 BTU furnace (which is very nice to have in a 24' C), for about 15 minutes before bed and then setting the thermostat at 65. It only kicks on two or three times during the night, usually for about 5 minutes or so. First thing in the morning I reach up and bump the thermostat (located on the wall right above the bed), up to 72 and in 5 to 10 minutes we are there. My two group 27's are 3 years old and getting tired according to the last set of hydrometer readings but they will handle the heater for several nights in a row without recharging. :C
Desert Captain 10/21/14 08:37am Tech Issues
RE: Bugs

I use damp used dryer sheets to remove bugs on front cap of our 5vr. Have used the Mr. Clean Magic pads on black streaks...worked OK but kept flipping out of my hand Do they have to be "used" ? No they don't have to be used..new ones work just as well. Except GF won't let me toss them in dryer after removing bugs but she will let me take the used ones to clean bugs off :B The new ones, that have not been through several dryer cycles, tend to leave a film on the coach. I've had better luck with the used sheets but either way they take off the bugs without much effort. Now if I could just reach most of our C's cabover.... :S
Desert Captain 10/21/14 08:27am General RVing Issues
RE: inflatable RIB boat in toy hauler garage?

Whatever you end up getting be sure and insist on Hypalon fabric NOT PVC. PVC is for pool toys and the UV of the sun will eat them up. Avon and Zodiac are two of the best. I had two Avon RIB's, the first was a 10' with a 9.9 2 cycle Suzuki and went like a bat our of hell, would cruise 24 mph in flat water with two adults. The second was a 9 footer with a 6 HP 4 stroke Nissan and while it would plane at about 16 mph you had to work at it. Both of these served as tenders, first to my 34' sailboat and then my 36' trawler. RIB's have a number of advantages, they are stable and have good payload for their weight. You can swim/dive from them and they beach easily. They do better when left inflated and I would avoid the inflatable/wood/aluminum floor models. For the best performance get one with a deep V fiberglass hull(there are a some aluminum V hulls that also work well). As far as outboard selection keep in mind that many lakes restrict the use of 2 cycles. The new breed of 4 strokes have gotten lighter and offer cleaner, more efficient power. A 9 food RIB with a 6 to 8 hp 4 stroke would be my first choice. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 10/20/14 08:42am Toy Haulers
RE: Lack of manufacturers

Take a look at the line up from Nexus. Their Super C's compete head to head with the Seneca and Dynamax for a lot less (factory direct), money and they will customize any of their units to your specs. :C
Desert Captain 10/19/14 08:15am Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV GPS and TPMS...yes or no

We have had a very good experience with our Rand McNally LM 7720 GPS. It is designed for use by RV'ers and as such is packed with useful features. With a 7" touch screen it is easy to read, user friendly and very accurate. Got ours on Amazon for $269 and it comes with free updates for life. I also have the Tire Trakker TPMS and a Scan Gauge all of which are constantly in use. It's hard to have too much good in formation at your fingertips. :C
Desert Captain 10/19/14 08:11am Toy Haulers
RE: Another reason NOT to use the "Water Thief"

"The (term) "Water Thief" is no more "stealing" water than somebody who "steals" it to fill a a 5 gallon container! Simply a term for a *device* to temporarily connect to a spigot without threads.. The spigot is without threads to prevent a permanent connection." Sorry but that dog won't hunt. The lack of threads has nothing whatsoever to do with preventing "permanent connection". The spigots we have been discussing are not in sites, they are scattered around the cg, usually just a few to service the entire campground. How could there ever be a permanent connection when the spigot typically stands alone next to the access road. For some fool to make a permeant connection his RV would have to be "permanently" parked on the road. :S The USFS CG's I have referred to have no threads for any number of reasons, typically due to a less than unlimited supply of water/pumping capacity and or contamination issues. These facilities have signs at the spigot stating that "NO Device" is to be attached. It is just that simple and all of the false rationalization in the world will not alter the fact that to attach a Water Thief in this instance is to break the rule. Just be glad that potable water is available for reasonable consumption. You will often see signs at the spigot that state no bathing, dish washing etc., do you advocate ignoring those as well? If you cannot live with the rules imposed by a campground for the benefit of everyone, including you, perhaps it is time to go somewhere else. :R
Desert Captain 10/18/14 04:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone Add A 3rd 12V Socket In Their Ford Dash Here?

Ron, take a look inside your glove box. Sometimes Ford put an extra outlet in there. I use the the adapter that plugs in and has 2 female DC outlets with a USB receptacle in the middle. It was $12 at Walmart. :C
Desert Captain 10/18/14 08:15am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Camping with Electricity along HWY 395 California

Brown's Town RV Park/CG in Bishop was nice, lots of trees right next to the golf course and IIRC, $33. Gas was a little cheaper in Bishop than every place north of there. :C
Desert Captain 10/18/14 08:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Real dark paneling...

You guys talking about the color of the wood stain. I doubt there's much wood in there. Most are simulated wood vinyl covering over wood composite. When you buy a quality rig the wood is real and no I'm not talking particle board or plywood. Our Nexus has solid Maple cabinets throughout. :C
Desert Captain 10/17/14 05:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Real dark paneling...

When we were shopping for a new C I thought we wanted the Cherry interior. We ended up finding a nice used model that came with the Maple interior and the difference is amazing. We now love the Maple and having see a couple of the Cherry interiors find them far to dark and yes they do seem smaller. :h
Desert Captain 10/17/14 10:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: V10 Motor Oil

I'll go with what the manufacturer suggests, unless, one of you have millions of dollars for research and development, and can tell me different and back it up with solid proof. I don't have that much money, so I'll trust them, and use what they suggest. X2 What is it about living in Tucson that allows folks like us to "get it". :B Ford built the V-10 and Ford has to honor their warranty. If they say use 5W20, and they do.... use it. :S
Desert Captain 10/16/14 05:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question for the planners?

While we will make reservations for a high draw destination like Zion, most of the time we just wing it and have never been turned away. Two things that contribute to our success is that we get on the road early and quit early, usually by 3 or 4 at the latest and the fact that we are a 24' C. We have never arrived anywhere after dark and have no desire to start and if a CG/Park has only one site left it is virtually certain we will fit. :C
Desert Captain 10/16/14 10:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Gas or electric? Which cools fridge faster

To answer the OP's question my experience is that propane generates cold more quickly than AC. Since we spend most of our nights without hookups LP is the primary source for refrigeration however.... The night before we leave on a trip the C gets parked in front of the house. I plug into AC from the garage, run the frig/freezer and in a couple of hours the freezer has frozen the ice cube trays and the frig is cooling down nicely. We have 4 large and 4 small Blue Ice blocks that get frozen solid in the home freezer the night before we leave. I place half of these in our Igloo cooler (got one that will hold ice up to 3-4 days), which is filled with beverages and the other half goes into the frig for the drive (no I do not run with the LP on while driving). After a full day of driving the drinks are ice cold as is the frig and the ice in the freezer does not even come close to melting. The key is to stay out of the frig/freezer as much as possible. For the rest of the trip I place half of the Blue Ice in the freezer every night and in the morning switch that batch out with the ones that were in the Igloo. Between the Blue Ice and two ice cube trays we never need to buy ice and all of our food and beverages stay frosty cold. Works for me! :B
Desert Captain 10/16/14 08:41am Class C Motorhomes
RE: V10 Motor Oil

Do not use anything but 5W20 in a V-10. Ford has been crystal clear on this issue from day one. :C
Desert Captain 10/15/14 06:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Major Fail

"We should keep in mind we only see the bad ones here. The good outcomes are only occasionally mentioned." There should not be any bad ones. :S For the OP to be stuck just outside of a major metropolitan area like Tucson is absurd. If you pay for a service with the word "Emergency" in the title it should be available in a timely manner whenever you need it. :R
Desert Captain 10/15/14 02:07pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Is killing batteries three times too much?

For years I worked at a marine chandlery in San Diego where among other things we sold lots of Trojan golf cart batteries(for use as the "house Bank" on cruising sailboats. I spent a lot of time with the Trojan factory reps and I will let you in on an industry secret they shared with me. All, repeat all batteries(starting, dual purpose and pure deep cycle to include golf carts), have a working life/planned obsolescence of 3 years... Period! Can you get more, even far more than 3 years out of a battery? You betcha! But the industry model remains that their products, all of their products, are built on a 3 year time line of "normal" use. Auto parts stores will sell you, for a very inflated price, an 84 month battery for your vehicle. What you are getting is the very same 36 month battery that costs a lot less just dressed up and marketed to be something "special". The battery industry knows that most folks will either not own that vehicle (with their 84 month battery), 3 years down the road or they will have lost the paper work. Most warranties are for full replacement for one year and pro rated for "X" number of months after that. Trust me the battery manufacturers and retailers are not losing money on any of their warranties. Bottom line, if you get 3 years out of a properly maintained battery (any battery), congratulations, you win. Anything beyond that is just gravy. Now I have read on this forum of folks getting 12 to 16 years out of a battery (and 175,000 miles on a set of brakes, 25 mpg on a Sprinter etc.) :R... these folks also saw Elvis at the Mall... but I digress. Maintain your batteries (BTW: There are NO maintenance free batteries, period . "No maintenance" much like "water proof" is an Oxymoron and thrill to getting more than 3 years of decent performance out of them (if you can). As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :B
Desert Captain 10/14/14 08:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Another reason NOT to use the "Water Thief"

So if there is no threaded connection at the fresh water fill, and you can't use a water thief, how do you fill your fresh water tank? If there are no threads (and sometimes when there are) they may not want (for any number of reasons), you to fill your tanks. When in doubt check with the Ranger or host. There is no mandate for CG's to provide potable water any more than there is to provide hook ups or a dump station. If they do great but if not you need to be flexible an anticipate alternate solutions. :C
Desert Captain 10/14/14 05:48pm General RVing Issues
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