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RE: Crispy Hashbrown

I have been doing shredded potatoes in our waffle iron for a while now with excellent results. I just take a couple of medium potatoes and run them through my cheese grater, squeeze out the excess liquid and make balls the size of a large meat ball. A little olive oil on a paper towel to lube the waffle iron and then just place the potato balls on the iron and squeeze it closed. Actual waffles take 6 minutes on our small, 2 waffle iron so I usually leave the potatoes on for about 10. They come out crispy and delicious. Try topping them with sour creme or Ranch Dressing. I do add a little salt, pepper, garlic powder and basil also works well with potatoes. :C
Desert Captain 02/25/17 12:04pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Buying a used motorhome

Do yourself a huge favor and thoroughly test drive it. I'm talking at least and hour, preferably 2, on as many different roads as you can {ideally on a very windy day}. Get out on the interstate and see what it is like to have an 18 wheeler blow by you at 80. Find a 6 per cent or more grade and put your foot to the floor. Can you live with the engine noise at 4,000+ rpm {some can-some cannot}. Most owners have had their rigs weighed at a CAT Scale and should have the weight ticket for you to review. Check the tire pressures based upon the scale weight and the tire manufacturers inflation table {easily found on the internet}. Does it have the 55 gallon tank or the 40... most folks find the 40 is not enough. As noted check the DOT codes to determine the age of the tires {does it have a spare?}, even if they look good any over 4 years old are suspect. With 55K miles however it may very well have newer tires but keep in mind that if needed a new set is between $1,200 - $1,500. Thor is an entry level unit so inspect thoroughly with that in mind. Look for any signs of water intrusion/leaks and if you find any... Run Forrest Run! It probably has the Ford V-10 with the 5 speed torque Shift transmission, both are nearly bulletproof and hopefully the seller has complete service records. Expect 9 mpg and be happy when you occasionally beat that number. These are just a few things to check BEFORE you sign anything much less hand over any money. if the seller balks See RFR above. If you know anyone with RV experience take them along and then buy them lunch afterwards where you can discuss what you found. Good luck! :C
Desert Captain 02/24/17 03:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Do you carry a jack? If so what kind.

"That is why I added a remote hand pump to my hydraulic jack. I still have to crawl under to place the jack. But I'm out to the side when pumping the jack up." That is a good idea to be sure but you missed my point completely. When you are trying to wrestle/pull that inner dually off of the axle you will be head and shoulders up inside of the wheel well. If the jack fails at that point without a jack stand you are well and truly.... in a world of hurt. This has nothing to do with sliding the jack under the axle and pumping it up. Hate to be the harbinger of doom and gloom but stuff happens... plan for the worst and hope for the best. Be safe out there. :C
Desert Captain 02/23/17 06:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Do you carry a jack? If so what kind.

Something else to be considered while we discuss jacks... Do you have a safety jack stand or are you willing to bet your life on the jack alone? I will not crawl under any vehicle that is lifted-supported by just a jack. If it fails and you are underneath the rig bad things are going to happen quickly. While rare, jacks do fail, had a 6 ton model that jacked the coach up just fine and then immediately began to slip back down {a seal had dried out and was leaking hydraulic fluid}. My new jack is an 8 ton bottle style. There's no need to crawl under the vehicle while it's supported by the jack when changing a tire, so jack stands are unnecessary for that particular case. Still, the advice to never do so is spot-on. At least my motorhome has sufficient clearance underneath for me to crawl around relatively easily without jacking it up. My Honda Fit is quite a different matter. Lacking a jack stand, properly laid up cribbing is a viable alternative. (It's worth noting that many jack stand weight ratings are per pair. A set of six ton jack stands are usually rated at three tons apiece and would be marginal or insufficient for the back axle of many class C's.) You may not have to "crawl" per se to be exposed to disaster should a jack fail. Pulling that inner dually off you will probably be head and shoulders inside of the wheel well pulling, jerking and shaking the rig.... do yourself a favor and always use a jack stand {of the appropriate rating}. :C
Desert Captain 02/23/17 01:25pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Do you carry a jack? If so what kind.

Something else to be considered while we discuss jacks... Do you have a safety jack stand or are you willing to bet your life on the jack alone? I will not crawl under any vehicle that is lifted-supported by just a jack. If it fails and you are underneath the rig bad things are going to happen quickly. While rare, jacks do fail, had a 6 ton model that jacked the coach up just fine and then immediately began to slip back down {a seal had dried out and was leaking hydraulic fluid}. My new jack is an 8 ton bottle style. I also carry a small compressor, large lug wrench, tire repair kit, wooden blocks etc., essentially any and everything needed to safely change and or repair a tire. I'll call Coach Net but if they cannot get to me in 30 minutes or less, which often may be the case, I will change it myself and get out of the "Dead Zone" on the shoulder of the highway-interstate. :C
Desert Captain 02/23/17 10:14am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is this common?

When traveling in our 24' C {Nexus Phantom - which has the proper psi, alignment and loading}, winds up to 35 mph are nothing but a mild aggravation which requires little more than one handed steering. Above 35 I will start to look for a comfortable place to get off the road until it lays down. Rode out 35 to 45 gusting over 50 for 3 days last month at the Riverside RV Park in Laughlin. With the internet, smart phones and detailed weather forecasting readily available just about everywhere there is really no reason to get caught in anything more. We crossed Tornado Alley twice on a cross country trip and were able to dodge a number of serious storms and fronts. Frankly I was more concerned with the potential for hail damage than high winds. If it's too windy you just park but there aren't many places you can get out of the hail. :C
Desert Captain 02/23/17 09:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: How big an issue is weight?

Rhagfo; Not sure what your point is but it seems to me that the overwhelming majority of lively weight threads involve half tons and what they can and cannot safely tow. :h Maybe we should revive the half ton towable fiver nonsense... just kidding. Re read the OP's initial post and you'll see it is all about what insurance companies can and/or will do if you are in an accident and are overweight. We've drifted a long way from there. I have my doubts that insurance companies are going to turn a blind eye to flagrant excess weight that may have contributed to an accident. Even if they pay the claim you will pay dearly when you try for new insurance {if you can even get it}, and civil liability always lurks. For the record.... I could care less about dry weights and so called towing capacities as they are both a complete joke. I do get concerned when folks exceed, often grossly, GVWR/payload and GAWR. To do so is foolish and potentially dangerous but endlessly rationalized in these discussions. INHO: If you need "X" amount of axle capacity or GVWR/payload then buy enough truck {or less trailer}, instead of going cheap and arguing that it really is not an issue. It is still a semi free country where {sadly}, folks buying RV's will usually vote with their wallets instead of their brains. As always.... Opinions and YMMV :C
Desert Captain 02/22/17 07:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: How big an issue is weight?

"Please Captain tell me what "Safety Hazard" is magically fixed when I am within my numbers." Rhagfo: Since most of your post ignores the subject of this thread permit me to answer the one salient question you asked... If you are within your numbers {so to speak}, you are not overloading your rig as determined by the engineers who built it. These are the guys that determined what the limits for safe operation are. Brakes, suspension systems, drive trains, tires etc., are only being tasked with doing what they are rated to do. Unless you know more than them, and we all know that you do not, follow their recommendations. That my friend, is precisely what "Safety Hazard" is magically fixed... Duh! As to the many other issues you brought up I share your concerns about distracted drivers etc., but re read this thread. That is NOT what we are discussing. As far as distracted drivers I think hanging, even with a new rope, is too good for them... but I digress. Got to admit I not only do not understand but also am extremely troubled by the folks here who defend those that choose to ignore the limits of their rigs at the expense of the safety of the general public. It is like saying drunk drivers are OK as long as they are only a little over the legal limit... Arrrrg! :E
Desert Captain 02/22/17 04:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is this common?

If it takes two hands and any significant effort to control the wheel when trucks pass or on windy days something is wrong. With the proper alignment, tire pressure and loading there should be very little shove from a passing truck. Sadly not all C's are created equal when it comes to ride and handling. A thorough test drive before you buy to include some interstate time where you can experience the effects of passing trucks will eliminate surprises down the road. Get the rig weighed and check your tire pressures based upon the tire manufacturers inflation guide for the actual weight they are carrying. Get the tires right and then look at your alignment. You should be able to let go of the steering wheel {yes, keep your hands hovering close by...}, and have your coach track straight down the lane without drifting. Also look at the tires for any signs of uneven wear indicating alignment issues. :C
Desert Captain 02/22/17 09:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: How big an issue is weight?

"Can you give an example where "Legal Consequences" have happened for a RV being overweight?" Criminal negligence charges in various forms can be filed when your actions {overweight, bad brakes, bald tires, not using wipers, headlights etc., etc.}, cross that legal threshold. Then there is the civil legal arena. I would consider getting sued for your negligent actions a legal consequence. Wish I had a buck for every TV commercial from law firms seeking accident victims. These sharks go after any and everyone looking for any legal justification to blame one party or another. With that blame comes substantial financial losses. Even if you are only partly to blame, as in your rig was well over its weight limits, you will be assessed a percentage of responsibility for the accident. "So you are equating being over GVWR to being unsafe, and being within all the "Numbers" being Safe?" Being over your GVWR definitely makes you less safe {duh}, and being within your numbers eliminates one of many potential safety hazards. How and what you drive are just two more factors but being grossly overweight never contributes to the safe operation of an RV. :S
Desert Captain 02/22/17 07:53am General RVing Issues
RE: How big an issue is weight?

" being over weight isn't Gross Negligence." Wow, a definitive legal ruling for free on the internet, what a deal. So just how long have you been a serving judge and if I may be so bold, on what court? Not a judge? Well then how long have you been a practicing attorney with expertise/experience in this area of the law? IMHO: If you get into an accident {that may or may not be your fault}, and you are significantly overweight you have a serious problem. Sadly it takes legal consequences to get a lot of folks attention vs simply doing what is right {see also: prudent, safe, legal etc..}. :S
Desert Captain 02/21/17 03:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: How big an issue is weight?

My scenario is not bad -- I have quite a safety factor between wet rig weight and tow capacity. However, I do agree with you about the truck part. A one ton would be nicer in general, just because I can buy a TC for it. However, I do see a lot of overweight rigs in my neck of the woods (for example, 35 foot toy haulers that have to weigh at least 12-15k fully loaded pulled by a half ton.) I just wonder in the cases of overloading and something happens, how often claims get tossed because of too little truck and too much trailer. Your thread could easily and perhaps more appropriately have been entitled: "How big an issue is safety?" You seem to be taking comfort in your TV's "tow capacity". Be advised that is as worthless, meaningless and dangerous a statistic as "Dry weight'. You will always run out of TV payload long before you even get close to the BS "Tow Capacity". My F-150 had an 8,600# tow capacity but my 5,600# TT brought me to within 100# of available payload. There is no way I could have ever safely/legally towed an 8,600# TT. Yes we all see lots of folks with obviously overloaded rigs. They put all of us along with themselves at risk and most of the time they get away with it. If something goes horribly wrong rest assured the investigating LEO's and the insurance company that is on the hook for major damages will be looking closely at your rig's weight. You would probably never see a cell but in a civil suit explaining why you were {presumably knowingly}, well over your limits is going to be a very uncomfortable conversation. :C
Desert Captain 02/21/17 01:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Sluggish 2006 E450 6.8 10 cyl

Just for what it's worth, we traveled on highways above 11,000 feet in Colorado last fall. Our E450's V10 didn't even grunt up there moving our Class C right along keeping up with the diesel tow vehicles and little SUV puddle-jumpers around us. However, our 24 footer probably isn't more than 12,500 lbs. fully loaded - including the DW's collected rocks. X2 Been there done that... although our 2012 E-350 Nexus Class C has GVWR of just 11,500 which we usually are very close to and I often tow my Harley - bike and trailer are about 900#. Still will never understand why no-one seems to actually read their owners manual. :h How else can you explain the large number of folks who do not use Tow Haul and yes, unless you are running nearly empty/very light you should be using it all of the time. The many benefits of doing so apply going both up hill {and frankly especially} downhill. :S The V-10, especially with the newer transmissions, is unbelievably bulletproof "If" you run it as designed by the engineers at Ford {can you spell Tow Haul?}. :B
Desert Captain 02/18/17 04:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Sluggish 2006 E450 6.8 10 cyl

You might not be using all of the available power. Some folks flinch when it comes time to put the pedal to the metal. If you are only seeing 45 mpg, even on a 6 per cent grade you need to put your right foot down. You can run that V-10 at 4 or even 5,000 rpm all day and the only harm done will be to your mileage. I have yet to find a 6 or even 8 per cent grade that my 2012 E-350 Class C cannot climb at 55. Usually this involves brief periods in 3rd turning 4,000 to 4,200 rpm (max HP- 305), and you will have max torque (420), at 3,250. As noted NA gas engines lose approximately 3 per cent of their available power for each 1,000' of elevation.... as in 8,000' = 24 per cent less available HP. If more throttle doesn't solve the problem check the easy things first; air cleaner, tire pressure and try running a couple of tanks of first tier gas Chevron/Shell etc. (but just regular). A fuel additive like Techron or even Sea Foam might get the critters out of a dirty tank. Good luck! :C
Desert Captain 02/18/17 10:27am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Sluggish 2006 E450 6.8 10 cyl

Duplicate post.
Desert Captain 02/18/17 10:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Horrendous smell and pink water coming out of FW tank

If you are going to sanitize using bleach connect your white hose to the fill inlet. Add the bleach to the hose and then connect to the faucet. This is easier than trying to pour bleach into the fill inlet and your hose gets a probably much needed shot of bleach. Works for me. :C
Desert Captain 02/17/17 12:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Kingman, AZ RV Parks

Blake Ranch RV Park and Horse motel is about 10 miles east of Kingman on I-40. Nice park, friendly folks and decently priced. :C
Desert Captain 02/17/17 12:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Ridiculous lack of payload....

The new {March}, issue of Motorhome magazine hit our mailbox yesterday. The cover story is on the Fleetwood Jamboree 30D and as always Motorhome gushes {they never reviewed an RV they didn't love}. Looks like a nice coach, sleeps 6 without utilizing the jack knife sofa or dinette the only problem is that all the bunks will probably be empty. The wet weight {water and fuel tanks full but no supplies or passengers}, comes in at 13,920# giving you a whopping 580# of ROCC {which was conveniently not available for publishing in the coach stats}. So you have no food, no utensils, pots and pans, spare tire, tools, patio chairs, firewood, BBQ, toys, family members or pets, personal items, etc., etc., and only 580# with which to work as you load your coach...:S Are they kidding? This a $129,000, 32' Class C that magically get 10.17 mpg {sure it does...}, but maybe thats because there won't be much in it weighing it down. The model that was used for the review was found to be 60# over the rear axle weight limit with virtually nothing/no one inside. MH does rave about all of the abundant storage {but don't even think about using it}, and outside kitchen and entertainment center... yep gotta have those to go with an empty coach. :B If you are shopping for a Class C, especially a 30'+ take the time to investigate the weights you will have to live with. C's over 30 are problematic at best when it comes to ROCC {OCC, payload - call it what you like}, but this is nuts. :h
Desert Captain 02/15/17 10:51am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Favorite Tucson restaurants?

If you get up to Oracle, the Oracle Inn has great food. We like to go for a late lunch but dinner is excellent also. Also when in Oracle don't miss Casa Rivera {on your right about half a mile off of 77}. Definitely a hole in the wall {look for the old mining equipment surrounding their dirt parking lot}, but great food, large portions at very reasonable prices. Both are worth a stop after visiting the Biosphere 2, just another few miles north on 77 to the Oracle business district turn off. :C
Desert Captain 02/14/17 06:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Driving with your hazard flashers on

You often see them on a long steep grade. What they are telling you is that the driver was too cheap or stupid to buy enough truck or bought too much trailer. Most motorhomes should be able to maintain a decent speed even on the longer grades unless they are towing too much of a toad. Sadly you see it all the time. :S Unfortunately turning on your flashers does not fix stupid.... :R
Desert Captain 02/14/17 06:30pm Tow Vehicles
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