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RE: Extended warranty

Far better to take the money they charge for the extended warranty and put it in the bank or invest it somewhere that it remains accessible. If you need a repair the money is there if you don't you are way ahead. This way you can have anything fixed anywhere you want whenever you want. No asking for permission and hassling over how much they will pay :C
Desert Captain 08/17/17 10:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Class C

The Tow Haul {active/on}, light {bright yellow/orangish}, is on the dash of my 2011 E-350. Don't know when Ford moved it but from 2011 forward at least it is where it belongs. :C
Desert Captain 08/16/17 10:27am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best Travel Trailer Tires

I got LRC 14-inch Maxxis tires on my 27-foot Jayco featherweight not because of herd mentality but because that's what Jayco supplied on it. I used those tires from when I bought the trailer new in 2006 until I changed them out in 2014 after eight years of service. I knew they were ready for changing after a long trip to Key West, on which I hit a number of potholes. When I got back home, one tire showed some signs of tread separation. So, I installed a new set of Maxxis, not because of herd mentality or because Jayco supplied them, but because of faultless, long-term performance of the first set. The only problem they ever gave me was collecting a nail or three, which were replaced with a plug or three to keep them inflated properly. I might note I run PressurePro tire monitors that help me keep the tires fully aired up to 50 psi at all times while traveling. My normal towing speed is 60 mph, giving me an 8% favorable margin over the 65 mph tire rating. My trailer grosses at 6000 pounds, and the tires are rated to hold 7040 pounds in the aggregate, giving me a 28% favorable margin when one considers that the 900-pound trailer tongue weight is uncompensated by a weight-transfer hitch and thus which is borne entirely by my F250 tow vehicle. That's my long story made long. X2 Great post from a man who obviously knows what he talking about. No nonsense, just facts supported by a long consistent history. Not sure I would have kept those Maxxis' 8 years but hey, it worked well for the OP. :C
Desert Captain 08/15/17 10:46am Travel Trailers
RE: BEWARE Sportys To Go Tire/Auto Service I-15 Beaver UT

About 5 years ago these Bozo's tried the same basic scam on me. I had stopped for gas and Gomer comes over clucking his tongue as he gazed at my trailer tires. Claimed they were about to disintegrate with eminent tread separation failure. I knew he was full of "garbage" and told him to get out of my face {the tires were a set of new Maxxis'}. When he persisted I gave him "one" more opportunity to "just walk away" and happily he took my offer. Sorry to hear these idiots are still out there. I have stopped a number of times {all over the country try}, to have the pressure checked {as their gauges and compressors are probably better than mine}, but always at a name brand chain. It was always done for free and with a smile and not once has anyone suggested anything more than an additional couple of pounds of air. Stay with the recognized national chains.
Desert Captain 08/13/17 11:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Class C

You really need to be able to comfortably run at 55 especially on the interstates which often include long 6 per cent grades. Driving 40 on some sections of the interstate is illegal as the minimum speed limit can easily be posted at 45 mph. The 6.0 Chevy and certainly the 6.8L V-10 Ford have more than enough power if the Class C and its TOAD connection are properly matched. A lot of folks seem to fear letting the V-10 do what it does best, rev. They make their max HP at 4,250 rpm and you can run them at 5,000 all day long and the only damage will be to your wallet as they get thirsty. I cannot imagine going down the interstate at 40 to 50 as that is simply a disaster waiting to happen but with either the 6.0 or the 6.8L this should never happen unless you have waaaay too much TOAD {and it does sound like that is the case}. Time to start looking for explanations, methinks there are mechanical issues that desperately need addressing and correction. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 08/12/17 03:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C

If you encounter a dealer who will not let you thoroughly test drive the motorhome... {and this is the first time I ever heard of such a policy. :h} "Run Forrest Run!" I can see them objecting to hooking up a Toad, lots of gear that needs to be in place. If the test drive {that did not happen}, had gone fine you would have no problems towing your Jeep. Perhaps a little tweaking to get your TOAD set up dialed in but everyone goes through that. Not surprised the dealer is "willing" to talk about trading up. :S
Desert Captain 08/12/17 08:45am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C

We just bought a new Fleetwood Jamboree 30U. If anyone else has these, what do you do for power and tracking. The tracking on the highway is poor and the power is awful towing a jeep. Any suggestions? Thanks Why did you buy a Class C that has these issues? Did you not do a thorough test drive? The V-10 in your rig is more than capable of towing a Jeep so there must be drive/powertrain issues {that should/would}, have shown up on the test drive. If that is the case they should be 100 per cent covered by your warranty. Who did the towing set up for your Jeep? It sounds like whoever did it needs to take another crack at it. The good news is that getting the coach weighed {properly loaded for the way you will use it}, and then providing the proper PSI to the tires should go a long way towards correcting the tracking issues. Worst case scenario it may need a proper alignment{which it should have come with}. Had you raised these issues following the test drive you would have had the option of negotiating the costs involved or walking away. It is not too late to go back to the dealer and ask them to step up and solve your issues especially if that request comes from your attorney accompanied by a copy of your warranty with the appropriate passages highlighted. Keep us posted and good luck! :C
Desert Captain 08/11/17 08:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best Travel Trailer Tires

After the blowout of what appeared to be a perfectly fine China Bomb on our 22' TT I immediately replaced them all with a new set of Maxxis. That was the end of my tire issues for the next four years with our TT {traded it in on a Class C at that point}. When I got back into motorcycles and got the first of two trailers I immediately put a set of Maxxis' on each trailer{that I tow behind our 24' Class C - 7,500+ miles so far just this year}. I trusted them with my BMW and now my Harley... that ought to tell you something. i'll never used any other brand on a trailer. :C
Desert Captain 08/11/17 03:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Flies, Flies and more Flies

If a campground is anywhere near grazing cattle or horses you can expect flies to be a problem. The siren call of Realtors... "Horse property" usually means fly property. The problem is always worse in the summer so we select campgrounds carefully. Higher elevations seem to help but we have had to pack and leave a couple of spots {that we never returned to}. Good luck. :E
Desert Captain 08/11/17 01:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Class C Coachmen Leprachaun F350 vs. V10

Many E-350's came with the V-10. If you still have any doubts open the hood and count the cylinders. I am not aware of any other 10 cylinder engines in a Class C. The V-10 is more than capable of towing a Jeep as long as you stay within the limits GCWR/hitch and axle maximums. Some Jeeps are close to 5,000# and many smaller Class C's are limited to 3,500# of towing capacity. Good luck. :C
Desert Captain 08/10/17 07:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Observation on rentals

I like rental rv people. I go out of my way to talk with them. And we own an X-rental. Our frig/freezer in ours was replaced before we bought. Maybe because of hard use? I know its worked fine since 2009. I use blocks of wood to get level when need be. Which isn't very often, just pick a place that's somewhat level to begin with. Last couple I talked to that was renting, was for their honeymoon. I too seek out renters to chat with. Often they are from Europe and beyond and generally appreciate a little local knowledge. I have spoken with dozens of renters over the years and not once have I encountered one who had even heard of Tow Haul... much less knew how to use it. Just another reason I would never purchase a former rental. They get seriously abused {like cooking transmissions by not using TH}, and every Class C that blows by me doing 75+ has been a rental. Running refrigeration well out of level or running the AC with low voltage {ever see an EMS or even just a Surge protector on a rental?} Renting is expensive and using a coach that has been used/abused by lots of folks before you eliminates a number the reasons for RVing in the first place. Many are very happy with their purchase of a former rental and I wish you all well but.... Caveat Emptor. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 08/10/17 10:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Quartzsite 2018

After visiting the "Q" for 5 years in a row, and we will be back in 2018, always during the big RV show in January, I can't wait to go back.... in January. We have found that 2 days and nights are plenty. We usually stay at the Rice Ranch RV park {a large gravel lot with hook ups for $30 something a night - or as we prefer, dry camping for $7 a night}. What Rice Ranch has to offer is the proverbial... location, location and yes, location. They are located at the southeast corner of 95 and I-10/Kuehn Road which makes the big tent just a few hundred yards away. Quartzsite is a hoot, not to be missed. Too early to be worrying about the Q, trust me it will be there in all its glory.... with or without you. If you have never been and can easily get there do yourself a favor and make the trip. You may never want to return but until you try it you won't know what your missing. You will find the nicest bunch {OK, a very large bunch}, of folks you ever saw. Lots of silliness and fun. You don't have to go twice but... IMHO: you really need to go at least once. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 08/09/17 04:56pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: single or dual axle trailer?

You will find a dual axle trailer much easier to back and maneuver in addition to the many good reasons listed above to own one. :CIrrelevant. The length of the trailer (from hitch to axle(s) is what determines backing and manueuverability, not the number of axles. Longer trailers will react slower and smoother to input from the tow vehicle, and shorter will be react quicker and be more maneuverable. Tandem axles will track a bit better and ride a bit smoother, but will also "scrub" the tires when turning tightly and are therefore more likely to damage the sidewalls. A single axle trailer is also more sensitive to weight (front/rear) loading affecting tongue weight. So by your theory two 20' trailers, one single axle and one double axle will back up and maneuver exactly the same. Seriously? :h Single axle trailers are extremely sensitive to steering input from the TV. The reduced sensitivity to steering input from a double axle trailer does in fact make it much easier {far more forgiving}, to maneuver/back up. Your concern regarding the negative effect of "scrubbing" by double axle trailers is exaggerated. The vast majority of trailers are double {with some even triple axle}, with no appreciable scrubbing problem. I'll stand with my previous comment that double axle trailers {in general}, are far easier to back and maneuver. Been there done that... my first trailer was an A-Liner, single axle. My second was a 22' TT double axle and I currently tow my Harley on a single axle Kendon. No, nada, none whatsoever comparison between the handling of single vs doubles axle trailers.... length is simply not the issue.
Desert Captain 08/08/17 07:03pm Beginning RVing
RE: My Ford E350 running a bit hotter

You're doing a lot of guessing about water and tranny temps. Maybe the first step is to get a ScanGauge or equivalent so you can see what the temps really are. X2 Without knowing precise temps of engine coolant and trans fluid everything is a guess. :C
Desert Captain 08/08/17 07:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Wow...look out for the tree...

An early Monsoon thunderstorm struck as we were checking in at the Rainbow CG at Big Lake{9,200'}, in the White Mountains last June. After several hours of heavy rain and heavier hail an enormous lightning strike took out a 90' Pine just 100 yards from our site. The tree exploded 15 feet off of the ground dropping the trunk directly across the empty pull through, dead center. Had anyone been occupying the site they undoubtedly would have been killed. Sorry I can't post the pics, they are spectacular but my photo posting ability is being held hostage by Photo Bucket... Arrrrg! :E
Desert Captain 08/07/17 07:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Sedona in December?

Spent a week exploring the Sedona area a couple of months ago{ last May} and a week just south of Flagstaff {Pine grove CG} in July. To explore Sedona we stayed at and thoroughly enjoyed Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood. We had been in this area several times over the years and knew what to expect. Harold's hysteria aside... Sedona is still a lot of fun and drop dead gorgeous. Yes, Sedona is crowded but that has had little effect on the views. We cruised the area on the back of my Harley which eliminated most of the driving issues. Hit town before 11 for the best experience. No the many, many round abouts are not problem except for a few folks who simply don't know how to drive but you find them pretty much everywhere. As noted Do NOT drive Oak Creek Canyon in an RV especially if towing anything. Vehicles over 50' are outright prohibited and there is extensive road construction continuing at the north end of the canyon. December may bring snow, Flagstaff got 6 inches on may 9th and the temps in OCC were hovering in the mid thirties. The first 7 or 8 miles of OCC as you head north out of Sedona {the road}, is terrible with lots of potholes and virtually no shoulder. Take a ride {in your toad or tv not the RV}, up to Jerome. I recommend Haunted Hamburger at the top of the town for a spectacular view {and great burgers}. The Tuxigoot Ruins and Verde Valley Railroad should be on every visitors short list of fun stuff as well. I-40 from Williams into Flagstaff and I-17 from Verde Valley north to Flagstaff are two of the worst stretches of interstate in the country. Lots of severe potholes and poor concrete band aid patch jobs that are almost worse than the original pothole. Lake Mary road is a delightful alternative running south from Flagstaff all the way to 87 south of Happy Jack. :C
Desert Captain 08/07/17 07:26am Roads and Routes
RE: single or dual axle trailer?

You will find a dual axle trailer much easier to back and maneuver Well - found exactly the opposite !! - I went from a dual to a single and find I can squeeze into spaces with the single easier than the dual. Each to his own I suppose. You're the only one... :h
Desert Captain 08/06/17 06:43pm Beginning RVing
RE: single or dual axle trailer?

You will find a dual axle trailer much easier to back and maneuver in addition to the many good reasons listed above to own one. :C
Desert Captain 08/06/17 11:15am Beginning RVing
RE: First Drive -A Question orTwo

A short test drive on a calm day isn't much of a test. Spend at lest an hour, get it out on the interstate and see how passing trucks affect you. Merge onto a highway with your foot to the floor. Find a decent hill or two to climb and then seek out some rough roads and tight gas station entrances with steep dips. Any coach that cannot successfully pass a proper road test is the wrong coach... probably. If you test drove and expensive SUV and it handled badly would you still buy it? An RV is going to cost a lot more so why buy if you have to do anything beyond alignment and proper tire pressure? As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 08/05/17 07:01am Class C Motorhomes
RE: First Drive -A Question orTwo

While I applaud the Bilsteins {I have the heavy duty models my 24' Nexus Class C and they are awesome}, and since you already have the air bags {which should have been totally unnecessary }, there should be nothing further needed except getting the rig weighed and your tires properly inflated for the load they are actually carrying. After market crapola to make a Class C ride/handle/drive decently is all a huge scam. If it did not perform well on the thorough test drive {you did do a thorough test drive, right?}, why did you buy it? A trip to the Cat Scale and worst case perhaps having the alignment re done should solve all of the OP's problems. If not he bought the wrong coach . Any new Class C should roll of of the showroom floor with zero handling/ride/performance issues. Salesmen don't like to have you take a serious test drive but if they balk... Run Forrest run" to a dealer who will allow you to thoroughly test the rig. As always... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 08/04/17 07:09pm Class C Motorhomes
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