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RE: Dogs in RV

I did not go anywhere my dogs could not go or one of us stayed with the dogs while the other went in for things like a DR appt. or to shop for supplies. Buy one of those service dog vests and take them along just about anywhere. You can even get the service dog certificate on line :) Even if you are kidding and it does not sound like it, this is the worst advice I have ever seen on this Forum and nothing to joke about. The folks that cheat and buy a jacket and fake certificate online should be prosecuted for fraud. Do you also recommend getting a fake Handicapped parking placard? That little stunt usually comes with a $1,000 fine when you get caught. :M
Desert Captain 11/18/17 09:48am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Top RV manufacturers?

I would appreciate your personal opinions, of the top quality makers of class c rv’s. Sounds like Winnebago is the best, and Thor the worse. We are looking for a good quality used class c. Which makers should I look at after Winnebago? I think you are half right... :R
Desert Captain 11/17/17 07:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: End of the year wrap up... So how was 2017?

We always have as many weekender trips as possible, but did a run to Southern Utah, to meet some friends, and ride some National Parks and Monuments. Over 550 miles on the Harley, and over 2000 miles on the PU/TH. We had a wonderful time, and my lovely bride of 45 years said, it's time to get a new bike. Added a 2017 Ultra Limited at the end of October, she really likes going out on that. Going out camping tomorrow for a few days, just a getaway before the holidays fall on us. https://i.imgur.com/0AIigkrl.jpg Very nice! :B
Desert Captain 11/17/17 07:21am General RVing Issues
RE: End of the year wrap up... So how was 2017?

Tiger4X4RV; Thank you. I try and post threads that will be of value to others in terms of interesting, entertaining and hopefully, useful information. I am so lucky to live here in Tucson and be retired. My bride and get to take a lot of trips that others simply cannot do... and we can take them year round. Life is good! :B
Desert Captain 11/16/17 02:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: End of the year wrap up... So how was 2017?

"Sounds like you had a great season. Next year when you need to cool down come to the Northwest for a visit and a change of scenery. We also have some great riding roads." This was the first year in the last 5 that we did not get up to visit our friends in the Gold country {Nevada City/Grass Valley} usually for a couple of weeks in September. We have done the rest of northern California and coast of Oregon a couple of times but Washington still awaits our first visit. You are certainly right about a lot of great bike roads up that way, can't wait to get back hopefully next spring as we have a cross-country trip back to Massachusets in August/September to attend my bride's 50th high school reunion. We did a similar trip 3 years ago, 22 states, 7,800 miles spread over two months and had a blast. We will be looking for some new ground to explore but hey, it's all good! :B
Desert Captain 11/16/17 12:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Poop water is everywhere

"Wow, just Wow!" LMAO! :B
Desert Captain 11/16/17 07:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: End of the year wrap up... So how was 2017?

Another year of fast action in our house...lots of kid activities and a few fun outings (not as many as we’d like of course) with the trailer. New puppy added to the mix and new 5er coming soon with shakedown trip planned over Christmas. Not a bad trailering year I guess. Desert Captain we still need to get together for a beverage when you’re in Tucson. Sent you a PM. :B
Desert Captain 11/16/17 07:28am General RVing Issues
End of the year wrap up... So how was 2017?

Inspired by a similar thread over on the Harley Davidson Forum I thought this might be a good time to throw it out here... Winter is fast approaching and for much of the country, the time to put the RV's to bed for a long winter's nap is fast approaching if not already on scene. I would like to express my sincere condolences to all who live in areas that require shutting down your RV for a number of months. Living in southern Arizona we can RV year round.... OK, it's actually fun about 350 days a year. ;) For us 2017 was the best year ever. We made 14 trips totalling nearly 20,000 miles. We towed my Harley Super Glide on a Kendon single trailer for most of them. This gives us the opportunity to ride some of the finest bike roads in America and return every afternoon to all of the comforts of home found in our Nexus 24' Class C. Frankly, the Harley makes a pretty decent Toad though at 24' we really don't "need" one. Our three long trips included 2 weeks {April} in Utah {Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon} and two, 2-week trips {July and August} to the southern Rockies {Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Norwood, Telluride, Cortez, Pagosa Springs, Taos, Angel Fire, Red River, Questa etc..} We also found time to do Quartzsite, Laughlin, Oatman and Vegas all in one trip {January} to start the year off right. Did subsequent trips to Cottonwood {Jerome, Sedona, Camp Verde} and Flagstaff (Snow Bowl, Grand Canyon, Williams and even Meteor Crater}. We did two more trips to the White Mountains {Big Lake at 9,200'} and Mogollon Rim {Canyon point at 7,700'} to break up the summer heat of Tucson. One bike trip to San Diego to take the Advance Rider Skills Course and three by car to deal with family business and then rounded out the year with a 1,800 mile run last week to San Antonio to visit friends {former neighbors} and play a little golf. Happy to report zero, none, zip, nada problems on any of our travels. Nothing but nice folks and incredible scenery. I'm thinking this is why we all RV... am I wrong here? {I didn't 't think so}. :W So how about it, how was your 2017? I hope you all had as much fun as we did and if not there is always next year. Like the man said... "Get your motor running, head out on the highway, looking for adventure, in whatever comes our way... {you know the rest} :B
Desert Captain 11/15/17 04:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: My New Knees

Dutchmen Sport; Glad your knee replacement worked out but you offer some faulty advice... Had my knee replacement 5 years ago, worked my butt off in rehab but it just got worse every day. Pain off the chart that no amount of meds could mitigate, swollen, warm to the touch. I spent 17 days in the hospital trying to get enough improvement to just go home and continue PT. After 6 months I fired my surgeon {the overly pompous head of the orthopedic department... I won't say where} and sought a second opinion. The new surgeon took one look and said: "That's got to come out, you either have an infection or you are seriously allergic to the knee they had put in. There went 6 months in hell down the toilet. Turns out I am deathly allergic to Cobalt, a significant ingredient in my Cobalt Chromium knee. Two months later they cut my leg off for the second time, a "revision" which is doctor speak for we didn't get it right the first time... this trip back to surgery bought me 14 days in the hospital. The ceramic knee they used the second time works but the two surgeries left me with so much scar tissue it will never be fully functional. The point being before you let them put in a knee {or hip for that matter}, find out what they are putting in and make sure you are not allergic to it. Reactions like mine are rare but trust me, you do not want to be that guy. My original surgeon kept telling me to "just keep doing your PT" insinuating I was the problem and not working hard enough. That jerk cost me a couple of years that frankly, I don't have to spare. Sometimes the problem isn't that the patient is not working hard enough and yes you can easily overdue your post-surgical physical therapy. Following TKR you will have lots of serious pain and need to put in the time doing your physical therapy but overdoing it is not a good way to go. There might just be a very good reason you are not making the progress someone else thinks you should. :S
Desert Captain 11/14/17 07:11pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Scan-Gauge, Trans. Temp.

Customer service from Scan Gauge is excellent. Just give them a call and I'm sure they can provide the proper "X" code along with the how to program it. :C
Desert Captain 11/14/17 06:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class C choices around 24'

Phil, Once again we are back on the same page and sort of returning to the topic when it comes to our Class C's. One of the things we enjoy the most with our little 24ish C is its ability to keep us comfortable in just about any weather and still accommodate the occasional guests. My buddy has a top of the line Winnabago diesel pusher that at 40+ feet sleeps two comfortably and in warm weather resembles a sauna... The folks with small diesel C's don't have the option we V-10 folks {and lesser gassers} have of running the dash AC as a back up in extreme heat as diesels don't take to extended idling all that well. Don't use this option often {last time was in the cornfields of Illinois dodging tornados}, but it is nice to know we can. When it comes to cold temps the 35,000 BTU furnace always gets the job done quickly and efficiently. When the trucks on I-10 are doing 80+ setting the cruise control at 83 actually works pretty well as you can really make good time on a long boring ride. Our Solara Coupe {poor mans Lexus} is a great road car when you just need to get someplace to start having fun. We cruise the coach at 63 - 65 unless I'm towing my Harley and then I back it down a tad. But really... the panhandle in August? Seriously? :S LMAO. :B
Desert Captain 11/13/17 07:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C choices around 24'

Staying off topic {misdemeanor thread drift}... Come on now Phil, Texas panhandle in August, seriously? :S We took the car because we had a limited window for the trip and RV parking in our friend's subdivision is prohibited. To take the C we would have been cruising at 63 to 65 {vs a steady 80 to 83} adding at least a day to our travel time, burning 3 times the fuel and then would have had to pay for a site in an RV park across town instead of staying with our hosts. Nice pic but I defy you to find anywhere in west Texas {between El Paso and San Antonio} that looks like that shot. I-10 between El Paso and SA is a great road and you can really make good time {in a car} but not much to see. We average 10,000 miles a year in our coach {often much more} and some trips simply make more sense without it. :B
Desert Captain 11/13/17 05:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C choices around 24'

Phil, Too much time can be a good thing... just got back from an 1,800 mile round trip {in the car} to visit friends in San Antonio. SA was fun but West Texas was a tad boring. Nexus no longer makes the 23P Phantom which is a shame as we love ours. Now the smallest coach they make is the 25 and as noted it comes with a large slide, I have a friend who has one. As you know I am not a slide guy and our 23P is so roomy {7' of headroom throughout and 101" wide} it is not missed. I don't think Nexus even offers the E-350 as an option anymore but with the 25 footers being their smallest units I'm not surprised. The most impressive hardware in the Nexus factory is their vacuum press. It is huge and used to build all of the walls sealing multiple layers together... no wonder the 35,000 BTU furnace and the 13,500 BTU AC both work so well. Just about every Class C/B+ I have seen in the last couple of years comes with lots of plywood, particle board and veneer and often on rigs going for we'll north of $100,000. Kind of makes you wonder what else they skimped on. :h
Desert Captain 11/13/17 12:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C choices around 24'

Phil, When we toured the Nexus factory I was able to watch a number of coaches at various points in the production line. After the coach frame is welded in place it is sprayed/sealed before any further construction takes place to prevent any possibility of rust. :C
Desert Captain 11/13/17 07:46am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C ? Toyhauler

About the only Class C that I'm aware of is the Thor Outlaw on the Ford F450 Chassis.Yep, that's about it for class C. In class A you can get the Thor Outlaw or a Newmar Canyon Star 3921. We opted for a nice MC210 aluminum trailer from Aluma. We've used both the single and double trailers for years. Didn't like the loading ramp on the Kendon at all. Slipped and fell off the ramp one time with my Ultra Classic. What a PITA it was.. Dave I agree the narrow single loading ramp found on many Kendon's is a broken leg {and/or bike} waiting to happen. I solved this for $20 by bolting pair of 2 X 12" boards onto the deck and placing 2 eye hooks in the rear ends of each. Then added two more 2 X 12" boards with "J" hooks that drop into the eyes and lay parallel to the metal load ramp. This gives me plenty of room for my boots as I drive on or roll off. I can no longer post pics here but if you would like to see this set up just PM me. :C
Desert Captain 11/13/17 07:37am Toy Haulers
RE: Class C choices around 24'

"What do they use for the cabinet carcasses, then? Sheet metal? Fiberglass? Roto-molded plastic? Plywood is one of the best common cabinet carcass materials; it's strong, it's relatively lightweight, it's pretty much stable dimensionally, and it doesn't crack or warp the way solid boards would. With appropriate adhesive, it can withstand some dampness without swelling or falling apart the way most particle or chip board materials do. Of course, there are various qualities and grades of plywood; some is much more satisfactory than others.' Don't know about other manufacturers but Nexus uses real {read "quality"} wood, not plywood or particleboard which others use because they are cheaper, not better. When they absorb moisture they warp and or delaminate. All of my cabinets are solid Maple {Amish craftsmanship} and the drawers and storage areas are solid wood with heavy duty slides. After 6 years still no cracks or warping. Yes, it costs more to do it right but you end up with a better quality coach. My storage bays are made of steel. Nexus does not use Luan/plywood in the walls or ceilings going instead with Azdell. Yes, it costs more but Azdell is a far superior, albeit more expensive product. It is stronger, lighter with a much higher R value than Luan {plywood} and will never absorb a drop of moisture. Lance and Nexus pioneered this technology years ago and only recently have some of the other manufacturers finally begun to get on board. While we are discussing build quality, Nexus frames their coaches with low allow steel instead of wood or aluminum resulting in a 72 percent stronger coach without additional weight. Lots of variety in manufacture techniques out there. Companies like Coachhouse, Phoenix Cruiser, Born Free, Lazy Daze, Nexus and yes, some of the higher end Winnebago lines continue to find better ways to build quality coaches. The 30 to 40 year old process of framing with 2 X 4's and aluminum will eventually go the way of rubber roofs {as fiberglass roofs with one piece solid end caps or even one piece fiberglass coach bodies render them obsolete}. The differences quickly become evident when you start looking deeply at how a motorhome is actually constructed and finding plywood is nothing to write home about. As always.... Opinions and YMMV.
Desert Captain 11/12/17 08:48pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C ? Toyhauler

You're welcome. I tow my Harley behind our 24' Nexus Class C on a Kendon single {folding} trailer. It loads, unloads and tows like a dream. The Kendon stands vertically for storage with a very small footprint {the size of the 13 or 14" tires}. New they go for about $3K but I found mine on Craigslist for less than half of that. Works for me. I have a golf cart at home but {IMHO} they don't get you far and are a PITA to haul with an RV. :C
Desert Captain 11/12/17 03:22pm Toy Haulers
RE: Class C choices around 24'

What about the Fuse (ford Transit) or the View (sprinter) in the 24 foot length with diesel engines (better mpg and torque) I beg to differ... The Ford 3.2L I5 Diesel produces 185 HP and 350# of torque, the Mercedes 188 HP and 325# of Torque and the V-10 gives you 305 HP and 420# of Torque. If you are serious about towing get the V -10. "look inside a cabinet, you see well built solid plywood structures. " Seriously? Now that is an Oxymoron. I have yet to find any plywood or particleboard on my Nexus... just saying :B
Desert Captain 11/12/17 03:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Avoid eastbound I-10 in El Paso...

I-10 eastbound in west el paso is closed every Sunday while they are taking down an old over pass. MM 11 or 12. That is exactly what got us.... wish I had known hence my starting this thread. Local knowledge is a wonderful thing. Thanks! :C
Desert Captain 11/12/17 09:12am Roads and Routes
RE: Avoid eastbound I-10 in El Paso...

My apologies to Desert Captain for the hijack of the thread and thanks to those who offered guidance on which route to take. I'd like to avoid mountain driving as much as possible. No worries or apologies needed... I just wanted to share our disastrous experience in hopes that someone else might do better. When we came back through El Paso yesterday there were no delays in either direction though the traffic was insane. Evidently the powers at be decided just to screw the weekend crowd and we were unlucky enough to be there. I am not a fan of west Texas {pretty boring ride for most of it} except that from just south of El Paso to just west of San Antonio, about 500+ miles, the speed limit is 80, the roads are excellent and you can really make some time. We were in my brides Toyota Solara Coupe {think a Camry on performance steroids... whoo hoo} and I just set the cruise control at 83 and away we went. It was 1,800 miles round trip and we broke it up into a 600-mile day followed by a 300 miler both coming and going. Would have been at least another day each way cruising 60 - 65 in the Class C at triple the fuel consumption {28.6 vs 9.5}. RV's being prohibited from parking in our host's subdivision made the Toyota a no-brainer selection. We had a blast and got a great tour of San Antonio {the Alamo, Riverwalk and a couple of rounds of golf at La Cantera - both the Resort and Arnold Palmer signature courses... both of which kicked my butt. :S
Desert Captain 11/11/17 04:30pm Roads and Routes
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