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RE: Maxxis st tires

Most folks here, myself included have had excellent results with Maxis. After a China bomb blowout I replaced all 4 on my TT with Maxxis and never looked back. I am on my second motorcycle trailer with them as well since a blowout on a single axle is probably going to be a disaster and might cost me my bike. They are only a few bucks more than the China junk bombs and ride/wear very well. IMHO: Given the substantial damage that is often done during any blowout buying Maxxis is a no brainer. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 05/29/16 11:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pulled the trigger

Hard to imagine a better quality trailer than Arctic For. Congratulations! :B
Desert Captain 05/28/16 11:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Spare Tire....How many of you carry one?

Our Class C is on the Ford E450 chassis and the spare is underneath in the rear aft of the gas tank, up out of the way taking up no storage space, and not mounted off the rear bumper. I've not heard anyone else in these forums ever mention that their spare was carried carried this way - I assume that's the place Ford intended for it to be on their E350 and E450 chassis. Does anyone else have their Class C spare in this place? Phil: "I initially used a bumper mount for our spare but after hitting every pothole between Tucson And Maine the bracket fractured. Fortunately we were passings through Elkhart a couple of weeks later and I stopped at the Nexus factory and had them install a custom mount, welded to the chassis, under the rear of the coach." This from the 3rd post above yours. :B
Desert Captain 05/28/16 10:21am Class C Motorhomes
RE: something ate my wiring

The local feed and grain stores usually carry a product that can help keep the critters from shewing your wiring. Comes under different names but "Bitter Apple" in a pint or quart spray bottle is what I bought. This stuff is so strong and bitter, they warned me not to even think about trying a tiny taste, that when spayed on your exposed wires no critter will touch them. I think it was only $5 for so and it is easy enough to squirt it on every couple of months. It's worked pretty well here in Arizona where pack rats can be a serious problem. Good luck! :C
Desert Captain 05/28/16 09:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Spare Tire....How many of you carry one?

I would not leave home without a spare and all of the requisite tools necessary to safely change it out (Bottle jack, jack stand, lug and torque wrenches, compressor etc.). The shoulder of an interstate or highway is just about the most dangerous place you will ever be. Cops refer to it as the "DeadZone" with good reason. When you have a flat/blowout even if you cannot change the tire yourself having that spare will enable the first responding tow truck or good samaritan to do so dramatically reducing your time in the "zone". If you have no spare ERS{when they finally arrive - it can be hours if at all}, will be happy to sell you one for a ridiculously inflated price, "if" they can find the right tire (think being in East Tree Stump, Iowa late on a Sunday afternoon). Meanwhile you will be sitting in the zone hoping no one plows into your rig. I initially used a bumper mount for our spare but after hitting every pothole between Tucson And Maine the bracket fractured. Fortunately we were passings through Elkhart a couple of weeks later and I stopped at the Nexus factory and had them install a custom mount, welded to the chassis, under the rear of the coach. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 05/28/16 08:54am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Las Vegas

As far as Las Vegas in July "hot" doesn't quite cover it. It will likely be something north of 110 and could be significantly higher. Expect your RV to get down no lower than 90 if you are lucky. We live just outside of Tucson so we're familiar with "hot". Hopefully your frig is on the same side as your awning and the winds are low enough to deploy it {not always the case}. Try and get a site with some sort of shade that might be available but there's not much to be found in most of the LV parks. Won a contest once and scored 3 free July days in Vegas... second prize was ten days. :B
Desert Captain 05/25/16 11:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Arizona campgrounds with electric hookups

Don't miss Patagonia Lake and Roper Lake State parks as well as all of those mentioned above. Cattail Cove, north of Buckskin Mountain SP is another option if you want to be up on the Colorado River. :C
Desert Captain 05/24/16 09:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Gauges or ScanGauge II or OBDII Wi-Fi or Bluetooth Readers?

I have had excellent results using the Scan Gauge. It simply plugs into the OBD port and mounting it on/in the dash is 5 minutes and couple of pieces of velcro. The Scan Gauge gives you so much data, trans fluid temp being number one on my list, and can display 4 different readouts simultaneously. You can scroll through a couple of dozen more depending on what you want to see. The trans fluid temp readout is great to remind you to shift into Tow Haul mode (where you should be most of the time). This will often drop your trans fluid temp 12 to 15 degrees in just a few miles. Without the Scan Gauge you will not be aware of the increasing temperature which can easily lead to damage or a catastrophic failure. In addition, the Scan Gauge functions as a built in code reader, very handy when your engine trips a trouble code. I initially installed it in my F-150 when I was towing our TT. When we upgraded to the Class C (6.8L v-10), I just reprogramed it for the larger engine and reinstalled it in the motorhome. Last time I looked the Scan Gauge goes for around $140 - $150 on Amazon. I can't imagine running a truck or RV without one. :C
Desert Captain 05/23/16 03:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Re securing the cab/cabover joint/seam

As a potential class C owner, I am interested in this repair as it seems to be a common problem. I see the washers and lock nuts sticking up on the upper side of the cabover. It looks like a very effective repair, but don't they damage the cushion that fits in the cabover? *just a little confused* Look closely at the last picture. The plastic molding slides over the top of the nuts and the cabover mattress lays on top of the plastic molding. Most Class C manufacturers use basically the same construction technique as Nexus, nothing unusual there. Here is another pic that may help.... http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_1120_zpsyikrursw.jpg As you can see the left piece of molding is in place with the decorative buttons covering the screws that secure it to the seam. The center piece of molding is overlapped by the left hand piece and has not been drilled (note the dimple on the left side), but both pieces are covering the nuts on top where the 2" bolts protrude. hope this clarifies. If you are wondering if you have some movement, and you probably do, place your hand firmly on the cabover while driving down the road. You may be surprised at how much the cabover moves. It is fairly easy to troubleshoot, you just have to strip away whatever covers the seam and then check the condition of the screws (loose, broken etc.), and then take the appropriate corrective action. As noted larger/longer screws tightened up is at best a temporary solution. Also when you open things up look closely for any evidence that water has gotten in/migrated and take the requisite corrective action there as well. I had zero water intrusion. Hoping that the use of through bolts, lock nuts and washers will solve the problem. :C
Desert Captain 05/21/16 07:10pm Class C Motorhomes
Re securing the cab/cabover joint/seam

Like most Class C 's manufacturers, Nexus uses screws to connect/secure the cabover to the top of the cab itself. The problem is that over time, miles and having hit just about every pothole between Arizona and Maine those screws tend to work loose or fracture. This leaves a bit of movement between the cabover and the cab. After a couple of years this movement became more pronounced so I pulled the plastic molding down and tightened every screw, replacing a few with larger and longer. This band aid solution worked for a year or so but was not the long term cure I needed. I ordered the three replacement plastic molding pieces from Nexus and ended up with three additional pieces that are enough to redo the entire cab (I'll save those for some future needs). About $40 worth of hardware and couple of additional tools and I was ready to go to work. Taking down the molding and opening up the seam/joint was straight forward enough and happily all of the existing screws came out without complaint. Using a Cobalt drill bit (which went through the steel like the proverbial hot knife through butter), I re drilled each hole going all the way through/out the top. I replaced every screw with a 2" #10/24 SS machine screw (with large round flat heads), and added flat washers and lock nuts to the top. http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_1115_zpsh3l0hvx5.jpg http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_1118_zpsb5omp3oa.jpg Before I could torque them down I had to place clamps on either side of the new bolt to tighten/flatten the steel top of the cab. I worked from back to front alternating from right side to left finishing in the center of the cab. Once they were all torqued down I used a hack saw to trim off the excess bolt right at the top of the nuts. The last step was to install the new molding and for good measure I replaced all of those screws as well. Buttoned everything up and took the coach for a test drive and Wow! what a difference. There is zip, zero, nada, no movement of the cabover with not a squeak top be heard. http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_1121_zpsryaq6xka.jpg Structurally this is a 1,000% improvement from the original, perpetually loosening screws. I know through bolting takes more time/money but it is definitely the right way to go and frankly I was disappointed that Nexus used screws in the first place. I can't see how those lock nutted bolts will ever loosen up but only time will tell.
Desert Captain 05/21/16 02:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tankless Water Heater - does it waste water?

We have a Precision Temp tankless in our coach. It works just fine supplying an endless supply of hot water. The water in the lines between the faucet and water heater need to be heated up just the same as a tank style unit, the wasted water is the same. Those that have never had one routinely mock the tankless units and those who have them love them. A never ending battle based on misinformation. From experience, ours uses less propane than the tank style as it doesn't have to store a tank of hot water. It only has to heat what is currently in demand. The war of words and ignorant fear mongering will never end! Keith Just a tad "selective" with your facts... :S The tankless crowd, both sellers and buyers, tout the "endless supply" off hot water which is utter nonsense. The only time that works is if you have full hook ups and don't give a rats bladder about wasting water. That endless supply will fill your grey tank very quickly and the tankless water heaters burn significant amounts of propane. Without full hookups a tankless water heater is close to worthless. The conventional AC/LP tanks are well insulated and run very little. When you have AC power at your site they cost you virtually nothing for all of the hot water you will ever need. On LP they quickly heat 6 gallons {and keep it hot}, in mere minutes. Tankless water heaters in an RV are a solution for which there was never any known problem. :R As always.... Opinions and YMMV :C
Desert Captain 05/19/16 08:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trip from Flagstaff to Hurricane, UT.

I would go through Lee's Ferry and visit North Rim. Getting there is half the fun! The OP won't appreciate the climb up to Jacob Lake, and those stuck behind him will enjoy it even less. Going up I-15 is better road but the Virgin River Gorge is still a long steep climb. :C
Desert Captain 05/12/16 04:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ordering parts... careful what you wish for

They will refund the charges but not to you since you are not the shipper. They will only refund the shipping charges to Nexus IF they request the refund. They won't process the refund until Nexus has been billed for the charges. Are you still following along? Your work is not done, you will have to stay on Nexus if you ever want to see your shipping charges refunded. As a UPS shipper I can assure you the refund is there but you will have to pursue the shipper to ever see a refund since it can very well get lost in the shuffle. Already in touch and documenting with the shipper. I have always had a good relationship with Nexus so remain optimistic. Like they say on TV "Film at eleven." Thanks for your insight. :C
Desert Captain 05/09/16 09:27pm General RVing Issues
Ordering parts... careful what you wish for

Back in early April I contacted the Nexus Customer Service department. I wanted to replace the three pieces of plastic channel that encloses the seam where the Cab meets the Cabover on our Nexus Phantom 23P. The original 4+ year old plastic had a couple of minor cracks that were admittedly cosmetic but I wanted improve the appearance {nothing structural to be sure}. I was quoted $149 + tax and freight and told it would take a couple of weeks to ship from the manufacturer of the parts. I figured I could live with that and sat back to await the arrival of the parts. Here is what we received early this evening: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_1104_zpsgycic8af.jpg The three small pieces of plastic channel at the bottom of the photo were all that I ordered {or wanted}. When I got the initial e mail that the order had shipped UPS on 4/19 they listed the weight of the package as 65#. Huh? I called Jennifer at Nexus and she assured me that the manufacturer of the parts had to "crate" them to insure their safe arrival and that accounted for the obvious size and weight. The shipping was billed at $123.90. I assured her that it had to be more than I had ordered referencing the photos of the desired pieces (3), that I had sent when placing the order. Now UPS tracks my mystery package straight to Tucson (where we live), with it arriving on Friday 4/22 to be delivered Monday 4/25... it never showed. On 4/26 they declared it MIA (how do they lose something the size of a refrigerator?), and at my request launched an investigation to try and find it. I was told this could take up to 8 days. On 5/3 having heard nothing from UPS I called again only to be told it takes 8 "Business" days. They would not speak to me further because I was not the shipper. I called Nexus and they had been told UPS would not talk to them because I had initiated the search. :M Saturday UPS sends and e mail documenting that my package had been found and returned to Nexus in Elkhart IN. It had made stops in about 5 states logging more miles than Donald Trump's jet. Just before 6 this evening, 21 days after initially leaving Elkhart, it arrived, huge as it was I doubt it weighed more than 10#, not sure where the other 55# sent. :h I have requested that UPS refund all of the shipping charges and was assured they would do so...yeah right. I now am the proud owner of every piece of plastic in the cab of our Phantom. Guess I will keep the spares, just not sure where (or why) If they refund my freight charges I guess this will just end being another RV "War story". Oh well... nobody died. :B
Desert Captain 05/09/16 07:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gas mileage E450

"Probably in some cases the E450 could pull a hill in a taller gear than the E350." Why? The E450 does not have more power than an E350, they both have the same motor and transmission. The E350 has 4:10 rear end and does not need the 4:56 that comes with the E450 {to handle the extra load}. That's why the 350 will always be turning more slowly {as in burning less fuel}, than the 450. Also that same engine in the 350 will be pulling a couple of thousand pounds less {assuming both are loaded to their respective GVWR's}. If you are going to be towing or loading heavy, as in near your GVWR, the extra payload (assuming there is any), of some 450's and lower rear end make a lot of sense but they come with a stiffer ride and less mileage. Many of the larger Class C's are so heavy to begin with due to slide(s), levelers etc. they may not have much remaining payload available right out of the showroom. One thing to look for when shopping for an E350 is the 55 gallon {optional}, fuel tank that comes standard on the E450. IMHO: The standard 40 gallon tank on many 350's lacks sufficient range. :C
Desert Captain 05/09/16 01:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How do they stay in business?

The OP had every right to express his frustration, including here, on this Forum. Many folks just blindly order from CW, and end up paying too much because they foolishly assumed the CW won't gouge them. The OP's post has nothing whatsoever to do with the government but was in fact a bit of a public service message for the benefit of those who don't know any better. Good job there.... If I can not trust a merchant to treat me fairly {which includes making a reasonable profit so that they will still be in business down the road}, they simply will never get any more of by money. Getting back to the title of this thread the answer is that they won't. Retailers across the nation have gone under for lesser sins against the consumer than what we are seeing here. When is the last time you were in a Boat US store? Their business model is/was identical to that of CW. When CW does go under I will miss being able to browse and put my hands on products but that is about all I will miss.... sigh.:R Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice....shame on me. :S
Desert Captain 05/08/16 01:10pm Camping World Accessories
RE: Gas mileage E450

Interested to know if the E350 performs the same MPG wise as the 450? I have the E350 and consistently average exactly 10mpg at the end of a trip from say LA to Yosemie Valley and back doing an average of 59mph or so. I also have a 24 foot class C RV so I am likely lighter than the 30 ish footers discussed, although I would assume the E350 has to work a little harder on the hills than the 45o does? Actually the E350 does not work as hard as the E450. Same engine/drivetrain but a lot less weight and a taller differential. Our 2012 has a GVWR of 11,500 the 2013's and newer are 12,500 while the E450's are 14,500. We have had our Nexus Phantom 23P (24'), E350 for nearly 3 years and 30,000 m miles and we consistently get 9.5 including some generator time. The ride is smoother than an E450 and we have plenty of payload (3,363#). On a class C under 25' the E-450 is overkill... still a fine coach but the rougher ride and diminished fuel economy bring few benefits to the equation. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 05/08/16 08:40am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Popping spark plugs V10

"Many gasser V10's don't make it to 100k anyway." Seriously? You base this statement on what? :h The V-10 is one of the most bulletproof motors to ever come down the road. I can't imagine how much abuse and/or lack of maintenance it would take to wear out a V-10 before 100,000 miles. :S
Desert Captain 05/03/16 12:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Popping spark plugs V10

As noted, the OP is searching for a solution for which there is no known problem.... sigh. The government does this a lot. Relax and enjoy one of the most reliable, powerful motors ever built. :C
Desert Captain 04/30/16 06:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Theft: the bad, the bad, and the really bad

IMHO: If everyone did the right thing and kept valuables secured or out of sight none of us would ever have a theft problem. Sadly, a lot of folks just can't be bothered and the low life's know that most campgrounds are easy pickings. If you don't give a rats hat about your stuff keep in mind that you are merely enabling the thieves and your neighbors will ultimately pay the price. :R As always.... Opinions and YMMV.
Desert Captain 04/25/16 08:22pm Class A Motorhomes
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