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RE: Pre trip prep...what am I forgetting?

I read it fast but didn't see a GPS which we find very helpful. Search this Forum for GPS for more input. Some will say a map is just as good BUT a map will not find an address! Evelyn Wood would be proud but you missed this... "We have the Rand McNally 7720 LM RV GPS," :B
Desert Captain 04/19/14 02:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Pre trip prep...what am I forgetting?

I dont know how much storage you have but it seems to be a lot for the items you describe. I would say ditch the lug wrench and get an electric one instead, the compressor is fairly large unless its a small type but a pancake takes room. Jack stands again very large items. I dont have large storage areas so I cant carry all that stuff, I do have the hydralic levelers so they can aid if I need to pull a tire. I have a HF electric lug wrench, and a 12T jack I got there on sale, I know its overkill but for $10! Anyhow where did you get the tires, everyone tells me they are non-existant out here. I am waiting till mid next month before I make a decision to go with or change brands. We will be going just the opposite of you it seems, wife want to go to disney world! Will return via mid america route but dont plan to return till end of july. The buses I drive go 250 hrs on oil changes for generators, so 30-50 as you suggest may be overkill. I dont know what you plan on oil changes but I think the ford calls for 7500, and even with synthetic I will only go about 6 maximum. I dont care for how the v10 operates so I have a 5Star tuner yet to install. Supposed to clear the poor throttle control and the dropping into high rpm ranges as a result. It also claims to give 10% mileage improvement?? Make sure that the trans is capable of synthetic fluids. I know ford does not in some cases recommend that route but it will depend on year model, check your owners manual. Other than that have fun. We are lucky that there is so much storage available in our C. We have only used about 60% of the available space inside. The outside bays are fairly full. Fully loaded we are 1,500# under our GVWR of 11,500. I may have to get to HF to look at the electric lug wrenches. How much do they run? The Pancake compressor is very compact and lives under the dinette seating. Used it three times to repair tires on our old TT. I won't get under any vehicle that is supported only by the jack so the jack stand imparts a little more security and fits easily under the dinette with the compressor. I do all of my tire (brakes, shocks and fluid change), business with Fletcher tires and they have been nothing short of amazing over the last 7 years(haven't paid for an oil change in 6 years). Got my new Michelins about 2 months ago and they had no trouble finding them. Also a call to Discount Tire confirmed their availability. I would recommend staying with the Michelin LTX M/S 2's. I put them on my truck and they are the best tires I've ever run. This will be the first oil change for the genny and they recommend it at 25 to 30 hours so it is due. Every 100 hours after that but it will take 2 years to put that many hours as we just don't use it all that much. Fletcher always runs the vin to verify the applicability of fluids before changing any (it is a 2011 Ford E-350 Chassis), but if compatible I would like to go with full synthetic for the tranny as well as the oil. I'm curious as to what it is that you are unhappy about with the V-10. I love mine, it is beast that runs like a swiss clock and gets pretty decent mileage. The 5 speed torque shift trans is a jewel that mates well with the torquey V-10. Forgot to mention I have the Progressive Industries 30 amp EMS system and my old 30 amp surge guard for a backup. Thanks again. :B
Desert Captain 04/19/14 12:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anyone want a CW coupon? Coupon gone.

You betcha! I'll send a PM with my address and thanks a lot! :B You were the first. Mailing it today! Be sure to use it by May 4. WOW! Thank you so much, you made my day! :B
Desert Captain 04/19/14 11:00am General RVing Issues
Pre trip prep...what am I forgetting?

We will be leaving in less than two weeks for a serious, as in 2 months 7,500 mile, cross country trip. Highlights will be driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, a stop in Annapolis and then on to New England to visit my brides family with a quick run up to Maine. From there across the top of the lower 48 to Elkhart for a visit to the Nexus factory to add a couple of toys. On through Indiana and up into Michigan to visit more relatives and friends before heading down to Branson and home by July first. Our C is a Nexus Phantom 23P with 16,000 miles (see sig), and I have been crossing off most of my pre trip checklist. Here is what I have done or am about to do before we depart: Got 6 brand dandy new Michelin LTX M/S 2's courtesy of the recall about 2 months ago so I will be getting all of the wheels retorqued and the pressure checked to be sure I'm still running 55 psi in all 6 + the spare. I went with pure synthetic on my first oil change 6,000 miles ago so I'll get the oil changed a little early for good measure. Going to have the transmission fluid changed and will go with full synthetic there as well. Replaced what was probably the original air filter with a new Fram. Washed the rig yesterday and waxed ( 2 coats of Nu Finish), the front of the coach. I hope to finish waxing the rest before we leave but it looks pretty good right now so....:h The generator has 33 hours on it so I'll be changing the oil and filter and cleaning/gapping the plug as well. I travel with a brand new spare mounted on the rear bumper and a 100 psi (HF), 3 gallon pancake compressor, 8 ton bottle jack and jack stands, large, very heavy duty cross/X lug wrench, torque wrench and tire repair kit. I have the Tire Trakker TPMS and an infra red thermometer for checking tire/wheel/brake temps at each fuel stop and at the end of the day. Yes I have CoachNet but if they can't get to me right away I can change out the spare safely. CoachNet provides a very complete, free, trip planner service. We now have guide books and local info for the entire trip. We have the Rand McNally 7720 LM RV GPS, Passport America Membership, Good Sam Membership and our beloved "Geezer" cards. The Scan Gauge II keeps us rolling along with all of the data I could ever want. We put 10,000 miles on the rig the first 7 months we had it so I don't feel like there should be any surprises. So what am I missing? Thanks in advance for all of the sage advice to come. :B
Desert Captain 04/19/14 10:57am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anyone want a CW coupon? Coupon gone.

You betcha! I'll send a PM with my address and thanks a lot! :B
Desert Captain 04/19/14 10:22am General RVing Issues
RE: How About California?

California can be awesome but everything is very expensive (lived there for 50 years). The state parks are almost all $35 a night and they only discount geezers $2. Gas is the highest in the lower 48 and the cost of everything else, like groceries is much higher than here in Arizona (not sure about the rest of the country). :C do they even discount for non-resident geezers? bumpy Yep, took my $2 discount and invested wisely. :B What about the Golden Age Passport? Thats what we have and the California SP's just take that as verification that you are 62+. No 50% discount like in all of the national forests/parks. :R
Desert Captain 04/19/14 10:20am Snowbirds
RE: How About California?

California can be awesome but everything is very expensive (lived there for 50 years). The state parks are almost all $35 a night and they only discount geezers $2. Gas is the highest in the lower 48 and the cost of everything else, like groceries is much higher than here in Arizona (not sure about the rest of the country). :C do they even discount for non-resident geezers? bumpy Yep, took my $2 discount and invested wisely. :B
Desert Captain 04/19/14 09:12am Snowbirds
RE: How About California?

California can be awesome but everything is very expensive (lived there for 50 years). The state parks are almost all $35 a night and they only discount geezers $2. Gas is the highest in the lower 48 and the cost of everything else, like groceries is much higher than here in Arizona (not sure about the rest of the country). You will encounter large crowds just about everywhere you travel throughout the state. Weekends, particularly holiday weekends, are insane. Best to hunker down somewhere and stay off the roads. Now if you can deal with all of that it is hard to imagine a state with more to see and do. I'll never live there again but we do visit often. As always..... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 04/19/14 08:47am Snowbirds
RE: Handicap Parking

I am 11 months down the road from my second complete knee replacement on my right knee. The Chromium knee they put in the first time contains Cobalt and Nickel and it turned out that I am deathly allergic to both, so... Back to the VA after 17 days in the hospital and 6 months of hell on earth for the second replacement (they call it a "Revision" the second time). The new ceramic knee (14 more days in the VA hospital), is working but the double layer of scar tissue will inhibit my range of motion forever. I can do "stuff" on a good day but everything I do hurts. My surgeon said it might get better over time but when asked if he really thought so he said "No". When I asked what he could do for my knee he said I'll make your temporary handicapped placard (I was on my third ), permanent. I did not ask but appreciate having it. Like many here I use it only when needed. The biggest benefit for me is the ability to push the car/RV door all the way open which enables me to swing my leg out. If there is a vehicle close to the left side of the car I can barely crawl out, if at all. :(
Desert Captain 04/19/14 08:39am Around the Campfire
RE: New stuff that really works well....

The last new gizmo was our new step. At 8" high (but adjustable down to 4"), it makes getting in or out of the coach much easier both for me, with by bum knee and our aging, somewhat arthritic 9 year old Greyhound. Did you buy your step somewhere or build it? Do you have a pic? Me and hubby (53 & 56) have those lovely bum knees too. The joys of getting older. :) Bought it at CW for about $60. It is a little heavy, made of steel, but not too bad and they have aluminum models that are lighter but go for $100. Next time I'm at the rig I'll try to remember to take a pic but if you have the CW catalog it is in there. :C
Desert Captain 04/18/14 12:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hdg East on 40 to Flagstaff and Sedona.. First time. Sugg?

If you need to stop near Kingman the Blake Ranch RV park (on I40 a few miles east of Kingman), is a good choice. As noted above Sunset Crater on the north side of Flagstaff and Pinegrove to the southeast are awesome CG's. For the Sedona area you can't beat Dead Horse Ranch SP, 18 easy miles up to Sedona and the towns of Cottonwood and Jerome offer lots to see and do. Enjoy! :C
Desert Captain 04/17/14 10:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: rt 14 east of cedar city

You will find 14 to be steep and very narrow, little if any shoulder for much of it. If you have any sort of problem there will likely be no place to pull off. There are other roads that are better suited to the OP's rig. Can you pull a large rig on this road? Yes, but just because you can does not mean it is a good idea. :R
Desert Captain 04/16/14 10:06am Roads and Routes
RE: Wind!

Just returned from a quick trip up to Globe and on down to Apache junction. Spring in the high Sonoran desert is the windiest time of year and this trip was no exception. Had winds of 25 to 35 mph all the way up and most of the way home (when it gets above 35 I just stay put). It knocked my milage back from 10 to 8.5 but other than that no issues although a couple of gusts funneling through the passes did induce a little pucker factor. :S
Desert Captain 04/15/14 04:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Help!! need some easy mexican dishes

Beef (or pork), and bean Burritos... "sort of" (I use flour tortillas and enchilada sauce... call them what you will) If you have a pressure cooker (and if you don't you should.... but I digress), cut a small roast, about 2.5# (cross rib,chuck, whatever), into 6 equal sized pieces and pressure cook in beef broth/stock, a little red wine and season with a package of Taco seasoning (it's just cumin, chile powder with a little garlic and pepper),for 45 minutes. Place the meat on a cutting board and gently shred it with a fork, it will fall apart. If no PC is available throw it into a crock pot for enough hours to create shredded beef and BTW: this recipe works just fine with pork. Heat one can of refried beans, the microwave works just fine here, smear a tablespoon of beans on a flour tortilla, add shredded beef, chopped onions, tomatoes, cilantro, grated cheddar cheese and one tablespoon of enchilada sauce (canned or mix - I make mine from scratch with chicken stock, tomato paste, taco seasoning-google it). Roll the tortilla up and place sideways into a 9" X 13" baking dish - you can usually get 8 or 9 in depending on how thick you make them. Smother the burritos with the remaining sauce and a layer of grated cheese (just sprinkle any leftover onion, tomatoes. cilantro on top). Place in a 350 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes and prepare to be amazed. Allow them to cool about 5 minutes and then slice right down the middle splitting the 9 burritos into 18. Serve with sour creme, guacamole and your favorite salsa/hot sauce. The texture and flavor are amazing and since you have a lot know that they freeze like a dream (actually better the second time). :B
Desert Captain 04/15/14 03:42pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: New stuff that really works well....

Can you post a pic of the installed add-a-drawer, please. Here you go. From this angle it doesn't look like it but the drawer is centered between the two support pillars. I think the drawer was around $29 at CW which is a lot for 50 cents worth of plastic but it does seem to be fairly sturdy. It fits snugly and will not slide out on its own. When closed it is flush with the front edge of the table. http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0069_zpse360e7fe.jpg :C
Desert Captain 04/15/14 03:20pm General RVing Issues
New stuff that really works well....

Just returned from a short trip up to Apache Junction. This was my first opportunity to field test my four newest improvements. The new Max Air Turbo Max vent on the rear hatch and the Max Air hatch cover on the forward hatch work great. Very quiet as the fan and motor acre outside of the coach, even on highl and we now have greatly improved air flow throughout the rig. I installed the "Add a drawer", screwing it into the bottom of the dinette table. This worked out well giving us a very convenient location for the silverware and misc kitchen gadgets. The new Progressive Industries 30amp EMS worked flawlessly. This was an upgrade from their 30 amp Surge Suppressor (only), which I will keep as a back up/spare which I will be happy to loan out to neighbors that have no such protection. The last new gizmo was our new step. At 8" high (but adjustable down to 4"), it makes getting in or out of the coach much easier both for me, with by bum knee and our aging, somewhat arthritic 9 year old Greyhound. Four for four in serious cruising quality improvements. I'll be doing an oil change for the generator and the V-10 along with a transmission fluid replacement (going to full synthetic), tomorrow and in 2 weeks we are off on a 2 month 7,500 cross country run. Can't wait! :B Oh, here is obligatory pic, taken from our site, of the Superstition Mountains at Lost Dutchman SP. Still as gorgeous as ever and the ladies stayed up last night for the magnificent eclipse. What a great trip! :C http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0053_zpse71bbc2b.jpg
Desert Captain 04/15/14 02:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Class C purchasing decision...

We love having the huge cabover berth. No kids in our rig but occasional guests who love sleeping up there. We enjoy occasionally using it for a TV lounge to watch a DVD as the 22" Vizio is on a swing out arm at the foot of the bunk (on the curbside). For us an entertainment center would be a huge waste of space and poor location to watch TV (which we rarely do). The berth makes a great place to read or nap (or perhaps do a little better than nap), as well. :B Mostly it is a very convenient place to toss jackets, hats, odds and ends that are just an arms reach away. Another nice feature is that there are screened windows on both sides of the bunk with a vent hatch right over the middle. Since our 24' C has 7' of headroom the cabover is very roomy, not claustrophobic at all. Lastly, adding the entertainment center is expensive and for us totally unnecessary. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 04/15/14 01:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV Fuel Issues & Prices - Post 'Em Here!

Was surprised to regular for $3.15 in Globe AZ, It was $3.45 in Apache Junction. :C
Desert Captain 04/15/14 01:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Michelin LTX M/S

GAME CHANGER: I went back to the place where I actually bought them. They contacted Michelin and I will be getting 75% credit on these tires, not too bad for 29,000 miles and three years old. There you go. Like I said, Michelin is a quality company that stands behind their products. :C
Desert Captain 04/15/14 01:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Michelin LTX M/S

Aaah, it's a Michelin they all do it but if there is a recall get new ones. What an utterly ridiculous, inaccurate statement. Where do you get this junk? :h Yes, there is a major recall of the Michelin M/S's, check your production dates and then see your local dealer for a nice new set of Michelin M/S 2's which replace the 20 year old design of the original Michelin M/S. I got six brand new M/S 2's mounted and balanced for free a couple of months ago. Not many companies would have the integrity to stand up and replace 1.2 million tires free of charge. I put a set of M/S 2's on my truck a couple of years ago and just like my new set on the C they are the best tires I've ever owned. BTW: they come with a 70,000 mile tread warranty from a company that clearly stands behind their products. :R I get this junk from the ones I own and have owned. They all start getting little cracks in the side wall. and again IF THERE IS A RECALL GET THE NEW ONES. Sorry to say I am a michelin fanboy. They still last with the little checks. You sound like a ford or dura max driver getting all offended. When I put the 19.5s on my fuzion they will be BFG who is owned by Michelin but $140 cheaper per tire. The next set on the truck will be Michelins. Obviously we agree on the "If there's a recall get the new ones". What I objected to are blanket statements that typically feature the word "All". Pretty difficult to be anything close to accurate when one uses phrases like "they all do it". Yep, been a Ford guy for the last 16 years but even when they are (foolishly), bashed I don't get "all" offended. :B As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 04/14/14 08:16am Tow Vehicles
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