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RE: K&N filters

desert captain, you been out in the sun to long. IF you follow k&n,s directions you,ll clog up you mass air flow in about 1k miles. Your post is rude, ignorant and simply false {you must be so proud}. :S Tens of millions K&N customers have had no problem following their instructions (these are the folks who actually read and follow them), for decades with excellent results. Not sure why you hate K&N so much but then I really don't care. I have been using K&N filters since 1998 with excellent performance, saving hundreds of dollars over the cheap (often Chinese), paper filters. :R
Desert Captain 11/25/14 06:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: K&N filters

Nothing wrong with K&N filters if you are smart enough to follow the instructions regarding oiling/re oiling the filter element. When folks say it fouled their MAF sensor it is an admission that they over oiled the filter. :S I have used them for years with good result (the last time my mechanic went to clean the throttle body it was immaculate), and they pay for themselves vs buying pricey paper filters, after a couple of years. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 11/25/14 04:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Lordsburg, NM to Gold Canyon, AZ

I assume you are going I-10 west to 191 north (to Safford), and then 70 west through Globe and on down to Apache Junction. If so you will have no problems. Mostly 2 lane (one each way), on 70 to Globe but the road is fine. It is a little tight with traffic in Globe but again, not a problem. :C
Desert Captain 11/25/14 11:10am Roads and Routes
RE: Question: Favorite site in Lost Dutchman SP, AZ?

Thanks DC, that is a beautiful shot. Do you remember which site that is? DW would prefer hook up but we can do either. BTW are the sites generally level? That was one of the non electric sites but cannot remember the number. Most of the sites are fairly level and there are a lot of pull throughs especially in the non electric loops. When you go I highly recommend a drive out to Tortilla Flats for lunch, great Chile from atop a saddle masquerading as a barstool. The road, the Apache Trail, is spectacular but no place for a large RV. Smaller rigs or a Toad/TV will do just fine. Also just west of Lost Dutchman on the west side of the Trail is the Goldfield ghost town. A little touristy but a lot of fun to wander around. :C
Desert Captain 11/24/14 08:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Question: Favorite site in Lost Dutchman SP, AZ?

Lost Dutchman is one of our favorites (just 84 miles from our front door), and we visit several times a year, especially in the winter. There are lots of things to see and do in the area and the facilities are excellent, nice restrooms, hot showers, unlimited spectacular hiking trails etc.. You can go to their website and see the CG map and photos of individual sites. If you are seeking hook ups I recommend the loop along the south side of the CG and if you want non electric the east side loop. These two have slightly better views as they are higher up but you can't go wrong anywhere in the CG. http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0754_zpsfdfdadb1.jpg :B
Desert Captain 11/24/14 07:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Preventing RV Maintenance

"Nice reply, but what then is the point of "winterizing"? The last few years it has become bitterly cold starting in November... if I winterize it then, and then take it out in April, we're talking 5+ months of inactivity. Should I just open the garage and run everything indoors monthly? " The point of winterizing is to prevent damage occasioned by cold temperatures. Doing so should not prevent you from periodically running the engine and all of the on board systems(your water heater being the exception). I make it a point to check on the coach at least once a month but we usually use it at least that much year round. If you are in covered/enclosed storage just back it out far enough for the exhaust to sufficiently dissipate and fire up the engine, generator, furnace etc. I must admit that living here in Tucson "winterizing" consists mainly of restocking the bar (:B), but for most folks it is a more proactive process. From late December through February after each trip I drain all of the water lines and add a quart of pink RV antifreeze to the black and grey tanks along with a cup full down the sink drains. We see temps in the mid 30 to 20's on a regular basis and on rare occasions have it drop briefly down into the teens. Since these lows last from about four AM till six so prolonged exposure is rare. :C
Desert Captain 11/24/14 07:41am Beginning RVing
RE: Preventing RV Maintenance

There are a number of ways one can avoid the horror stories of failed equipment. Step one: Avoid the so called "entry Level" junk like the plague. They are built and equipped with the cheapest materials and systems possible. A quality coach will be worth every penny in the long run. Step two: Use every system and piece of gear on board on a regular basis. Nothing contributes to failed systems like the lack of use. Run the generator every month, under a significant load for at least an hour. Run your AC, furnace, water pump, frig, microwave etc., often, simulating the use they would get out on the road. Step three: Proper maintenance is essential. Along with the normal fluid and systems checks for any engine drive/run them often. Check your tires, batteries, lights, fuses etc., on a regular basis. Take the rig out and drive it a hundred miles on a regular basis especially if you aren't using often it for travel/camping. That old saying "Use it or lose it" should be your mantra. Step four: Proper storage goes hand in glove with the above maintenance. Covered storage is plan A but if not available make copious use of the proper waxes and cleaners. Tire and/or even full covers can add years to the life of any RV. Bottom line, "Preventing RV maintenance" is about as foolish as you can get. They all require regular routine maintenance, when properly done you will save thousands and have a much more reliable coach. If properly maintaining an RV is not your thing (and you can certainly just write checks to get it done), consider renting or some other alternate means of travel. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 11/23/14 06:55pm Beginning RVing
RE: Passport America

We went cross country for two months last May/June and used PA extensively. It paid for itself the second night of the trip. We consistently found decent CG's/RV parks with hook ups for $14-$15 a night. Hands down it is the best deal on discount accommodations we have ever encountered. While many PA facilities only offer the 50% discount Sunday thru Thursday many give it 7 days a week. After less than a year we are hundreds of dollars ahead. :B
Desert Captain 11/23/14 06:34pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Winter camping trip planned Nov-30 to Dec-2 Concerns

Might this work on the undercarriage? I talked to the President of the company last winter and she said to use it from one of those hand garden sprayers, which I did... http://jetskijunk.co.nz/839-large/salt-away-4-ltr-concentrate.jpg We used Salt Away for years to flush our outboard (dinghy), motors and it works very well. I would have to assume it would work well to get rid of the road salt build up. :C
Desert Captain 11/23/14 11:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Where did you get your Electrical knowledge?

The 35 years of both recreational and professional boating laid a nice foundation for the RV world. Boat electrical systems, both AC and DC, are pretty much the same animals as what is found in RV's. One of the best, most useful books out there is Nigel Calder's "Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual". If you come across it in a used book store buy it! (They are over $50 new). :C
Desert Captain 11/22/14 01:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Fiver Service in Tucson, AZ Area

"All RV" is an independent shop that did excellent work for me on our TT. The neighborhood is a little funky but they found an electrical short and restored my running lights as well as a nice job replacing our damaged awning. Nice folks, reasonable rates. YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 11/21/14 06:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gummed Up Honda EU 2000 Gen

Running it only once in three months for 15 minutes is probably the problem (with an assist from that garbage, Ethanol). I have had good luck running mine for a solid hour, under a significant load once a month. I treat the fuel with Sta Bil/Sea Foam per the label instructions. Yep, takes a half a dozen pulls to fire off sometimes but it always does and then runs smooth. Changing the oil and cleaning/regapping the plug on a yearly basis doesn't hurt. YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 11/21/14 06:08pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Fuel Issues & Prices - Post 'Em Here!

Regular, 87 Octane, is going for $2.55 here in Tucson. :C
Desert Captain 11/21/14 04:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Class A or C ?

Better visibility(you sit higher and have a larger windshield) in the Class A from a sightseeing and safety standpoint. For the same length, the Class A will have more usable sq ft of floor space. You are half right. The Class C wins the safety component hands down. You won't find air bags in a Class A and there is next to nothing between you and a front end impact (except that oversized windshield). Try escaping an A (vs a C), in an accident or fire, three doors vs one. There are lots of good things about Class A's but safety is simply not one of them. :C I would guess that if I had a head-on with an automobile in my Class A I would be looking down at the wreckage. In a Class C, you may have air bags but you are also at the same level as the automobiles. Assuming you hit a Prius you might be allright, (tangle with a full sized SUV or truck, not to mention commercial vehicles .... not so much) other than that your argument fails. The more likely accident scenario is not the dreaded and often deadly head-on but what is often a single vehicle accident. Drive your Class A off the road (blowout or other mechanical failure, driver inattention, whatever), into a fixed, immoveable object such as a bridge abutment, large tree, rock or an 18 wheeler broken down on the side of the road. In a Class A driver and passenger are seriously injured quite possibly killed. There just isn't much other that the windshield between them and disaster. In a Class C the frame and chassis take the bulk of the impact and multiple air bags deploy. There will certainly be injuries but the presence of the air bags will dramatically lessen their severity. The effectiveness of air bags to seriously reduce the severity of injuries and deaths has been proven for decades. The assumption that you are safer because you sit higher (but with little or nothing between you and the impact), just does not hold up. Also don't ignore the additional safety afforded by three fully functioning doors. If you roll a Class A onto the passenger side in an accident pray that a fire doesn't break out. In a C two of the three doors can be compromised and you still have a third available to escape. I have no problem with Class A's, if I found one that met my needs (floorpan, economy, performance etc.), I would not hesitate to own one. They have many inherent advantages over C's such as storage/payload but safety simply is not one of them. As always.... Opinions and YMMV (and the Nile is not just a river in Egypt) :B
Desert Captain 11/21/14 04:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A or C ?

Better visibility(you sit higher and have a larger windshield) in the Class A from a sightseeing and safety standpoint. For the same length, the Class A will have more usable sq ft of floor space. You are half right. The Class C wins the safety component hands down. You won't find air bags in a Class A and there is next to nothing between you and a front end impact (except that oversized windshield). Try escaping an A (vs a C), in an accident or fire, three doors vs one. There are lots of good things about Class A's but safety is simply not one of them. :C
Desert Captain 11/21/14 12:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sailboats and Travel Trailers-a lot in common

X2 on the Calder book, hands down the best book of its kind. As far as Worst... I mean West Marine, if there is a difference between them and CW I have yet to see it. Overpriced product and some very questionable business practices are what you can expect. For the record I worked in Marine retail for nearly 20 years, watched Boat US go under for all of the same reasons (membership based, selling as much junk insurance as relevant product, horrendous customer service etc., etc..) CW is doomed to ultimately fail. If you are seeking quality marine products from knowledgeable folks at a fair price contact Downwind Marine in San Diego (and yes I worked for them for years and was a customer for years before that's).
Desert Captain 11/20/14 05:05pm Travel Trailers
Kartchner Caverns State Park

We just returned from Kartchner Caverns SP and "WOW!" doesn't begin to cover it. Just 9 miles south of I-10/Benson Arizona in the Whetstone Mountains Kartchner is home to one of the most spectacular "living" caves on earth. The campground is ideal for all types of RV'ers with 62 level sites ($25),that provide a nice mix of large pull throughs as well as back ins (and tent sites). http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0451_zps22a9ff1c.jpg Each site has 30 amp service and water and there is a two lane dump station. The water at each site is protected by heavy insulation on the pipes and dedicated AC warmer/heater insuring free flowing water in virtually any weather. While wood or charcoal fires are prohibited in the sites they have two large communal fire pits with unlimited free wood provided. The restrooms feature flush toilets and hot showers and were very well maintained. There are a number of hiking trails with spectacular views across the valley to the east. The Caverns are absolutely breath taking, their existence was kept secret until 1988 when the state parks system was able to pass legislation to preserve and protect the caves. Tours cost $22.95, last nearly 2 hours and are worth every penny. I'm not sure what is more impressive, the caves themselves or the incredible engineering that went into creating the public access. The tour is led by a Ranger, limited to 17 people and no photography whatsoever is permitted. A tram takes you to the entrance where you descend through a series of large, stainless steel, hermetically sealed doors along a concrete path. You pass through a gentle mist which reduces the chance of fiber or lint contaminating the cave. The walkways are periodically flushed/rinsed to remove any contaminants. The temperature is a pleasant 72 degrees but with 99% humidity which is maintained by the doors only being opened sequentially after the previous one has been closed (sealed) behind you. The Ranger controls the lighting throughout the tour by activating soft, subdued accent lights and the minimal use of his flashlight to highlight the myriad of otherworldly formations. While minimizing the amount of light throughout the cave is essential to preserve and protect what is truly a living cave the nonskid paths have accent lights throughout which makes for an easy comfortable passage. The 23,000 square foot "Discovery(Visitors), Center has many displays replicating cave conditions along with a large theatre where a film documenting the caves amazing history is shown every thirty minutes. There is a nice Cafe as well as the requisite gift shop. Plenty of parking to include room for RV's along with picnic facilities are available for day guests. Reservations for the campground are a good idea and a necessity for the tours. If you are ever any where near the Tucson area this is a must see and pleasantly accommodated by RV or Toad. Google it, you will be amazed. :B
Desert Captain 11/16/14 01:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

Updated from earlier post to add the pic's: Installed our new Swagman two bike rack. We leave in an hour or so for Kartchner Caverns which should be a good road/field test for the rack and bikes. My neighbor has a virtual machine shop in his garage and with his help we drilled two additional holes on the shaft that feeds into the 2" receiver. This allowed me to move the rack 6" closer to the coach reducing the overhang making the rack significantly stronger. I'll follow up with pictures when we return. Just got back from Kartchner Caverns. Here are a couple of shots of the new bike rack: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0452_zpsd446385c.jpg The round silver head on the left is the Master Lock locking pin and just aft of that a half inch bolt that when torqued down eliminates any play in the rack receiver connection. This worked very well with both bikes riding securely but easy to access. http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0453_zpsfeeef4c0.jpg :C
Desert Captain 11/16/14 12:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Heat in coach when driving?

No problem running the furnace while driving just remember to shut it off BEFORE you pull into a gas station. When they light off(can you say Whoosh!), it is one very large flame.
Desert Captain 11/15/14 09:06am Class C Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

Updated on 11/16 with photo's
Desert Captain 11/14/14 07:45am Class C Motorhomes
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