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RE: Gas mileage report

That isn't very good mileage. I would start by slowing down almost 10 miles per hour. I am guessing this is a 6.0 gas engine. Chevy 4500? is this like a Kodiak chassis? That would make it more like a Super C. That is excellent, honest, real world mileage. My E350 V-10 averages 9.5 (over the last 21,000 miles), cruising 60-62. Sprinters that allegedly get 21 mpg... not so much. :S
Desert Captain 01/22/15 08:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 24 - 26 Foot Class C Comparable to "Coach House"?

Another vote for Nexus. Looked at the $80,000 winnebago's at Quartzite and they could not hold a candle to our Phantom 23P. For about $60,000 you can have a very nice Nexus with all of the bells and whistles customized just about any way you want. We are at Joshua Tree NP enjoying ours.
Desert Captain 01/22/15 08:32am Class C Motorhomes
RE: OK to run furnace while traveling?

No problem running the furnace under way "IF" you always remember to shut it down BEFORE entering a gas station. When that furnace (or your water heater), lights it is one very large flame.... can you say Wooomph? :E
Desert Captain 01/18/15 07:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trailer Length (generally speaking)

"In most instances, larger trailers are easier to back up than smaller trailers. It is a wheel base thing that keeps the trailer from jackknifing so quickly that you can hardly react to it. I am sure somewhere on this wonderful web there is an explanation of how that works. " Once you get to having two axels, regardless of the length, backing the trailer is much easier. Single axels are a PITA because as you noted the single axel is far more sensitive to steering input. I think they can jack knife when you are just looking at them. :B At nearly 30' the OP will have fewer choices of sites in most CG's but not prohibitively so. It is usually the tight access roads (that can seriously inhibit your ability to get lined up for backing), that pose the biggest challenge vs the actual site size. :C
Desert Captain 01/18/15 07:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Passport America Campgrounds

As I posted earlier we love our PA membership but.... always call before you arrive. You avoid any potential rude surprises and they appreciate knowing that you are coming. Some are out in the boonies (our favorites), and a little local knowledge on directions, where to fuel/food up, sights to see on your way in are helpful. :C
Desert Captain 01/17/15 08:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Fuel Issues & Prices - Post 'Em Here!

Leaving for Quartzite on Monday morning. Topped up the tank yesterday at $1.79 here in Tucson. Can't wait to hit the interstate running at less than half of what we paid on our last two trips. Woo hoo! :B
Desert Captain 01/17/15 08:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Passport America Campgrounds

PA is hands down the best deal available in a membership. As noted you have your money back after just a couple of nights. Just check their website or your members book to select sites along your route. While most of the PA parks are Sunday thru Thursday for the 50% discount many are 7 days a week except for the big holiday weekends. We saved about $200 in the last year and were satisfied with every park we stayed at. No, they are not fancy high end parks but you get either full hook ups or water/electric with a dump station in a nice secure, often gorgeous locations. We use our PA membership the most when traveling on longer trips as there are usually multiple choices available at the end of the day. It's nice to able to make a phone call, verify what awaits and know you will have a great place to spend the night. Works for me! :C
Desert Captain 01/15/15 07:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A vs. C

Where and how you will use your next RV will determine which is the better choice. The more info you share the more good input you will receive. What are you plans both short and long term? On the Class C Forum you will hear more good about C's, on the Class A Forum most will prefer A's. :B We sold our 22' TT 18 months ago going to a nice 24' Class C and after 21,000+ miles haven't looked back. For us the ability to take much longer trips with all of the same, if not more amenities and none of the hassles of dragging a trailer has been priceless. I have no problem with Class A's but for our use the C is a much better fit in so many ways. As always.... Opinions and YMMV :C
Desert Captain 01/14/15 06:48pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How much is an RV parking space at home worth to you?

When we built our home 10 years ago in a senior community here in Arizona we were not involved in the RVing. I liked the fact that RV's were not permitted to be stored on site as the lots are not all that large and a maximum 72 hour load/unload restriction was in effect. Like the rest of the CCR's that govern our community these rules are in place to maintain and preserve the integrity and ambiance of our neighborhood. Everyone who lives here does so only with written agreement to comply with the rules. It is just that simple. Seven years ago we parted with our boat and bought our first RV. Now on our third (and hopefully last RV ), :B I still support the RV restrictions. The streets are narrow with few sidewalks and no vehicles are permitted to park on the street overnight (except RV's utilizing the 72 hour rule), if it does not fit inside of your garage you cannot leave it parked in your driveway. There are two large secure storage lots within the community that in addition to being out of the public view are quite reasonably priced, we pay $35 a month for a 40' slot. This area is monitored by our in house Patrol and I have yet to hear of anyone having any security issues and yes, there is a waiting list. Would I love to have the convenience our Class C being on site, you betcha. Do I want to live in a neighborhood where anyone can park, dare I say dump and old RV on their property and blight the neighborhood.... not so much. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 01/14/15 06:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

Finally got around to installing a small safe for some reasonably secure storage. Picked this one up at Home Depot for $69. Not heavy duty but like they say, it will keep the honest people honest. This will give us secure, legal storage with quick 5 keystroke access. :R I mounted it in the bottom of the closet and thru bolted it in from below, (1.25" 5/16" bolts with 1.5" flat washers top and bottom secured with double lock nuts). If a would be thief can get it out quicker than I got it in (over an hour), he is a better man than I. :C http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_0350_zps3ee8aa66.jpg
Desert Captain 01/13/15 05:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Traveling between Phoenix and St. George, UT

Easiest is: I10 West to 303 then North to 60. At Wickenburg take 93 North to I40 then West to Kingman. Then follow 93 to Henderson, Las Vegas. Then take I15 North to St George. No big hills to climb and not much traffic. I agree this is a good route but.... North of Mesquite on I-15 you will encounter about 15 miles of 6% grade as you climb up the Virgin River Gorge. The 4 lane road is good but it is quite a climb. :C
Desert Captain 01/13/15 10:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: passing signal

Years ago there was a very popular bumper sticker that read: "Visualize world peace." It has now been replaced by: "Forget world peace, visualize using your turn signal!" :B
Desert Captain 01/13/15 10:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Noisy kids, drunks,rude people, dog dung

Bose headphones, awesome quality sound, and I'm the only one that hears it. Oh, and the noise cancellation function blocks out the barking dogs! X2 Until you have tried them you have no idea just how good music can sound. I have a second option, ironically because of my severe hear loss. My hearing aides have Bluetooth capability so I just stream music from my i Phone directly into the hearing aides. No one else can hear the music and I can still hear a little of what is going on around me (unlike with the Bose). If you know anyone who is shopping for hearing aides urge them to get the Bluetooth capability. I also have a small transmitter that plugs into the TV/DVD player and broadcasts the audio directly into the hearing aides. My bride can control the volume in the room while I have my own control through the aides. :C
Desert Captain 01/13/15 07:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Last Class C and Slide-out!

If its attached to a 'C' and its movable (slide out, awning, etc) it will stop working in the open position. Its the law. Probably one of Murphy's.... here is another: There are only two kinds of people with slide outs, those that have had a problem and those that will. :B
Desert Captain 01/12/15 08:45am Class C Motorhomes
RE: passing signal

When anyone overtaking pulls up close behind me I assume they are looking to pass. I simply maintain my speed and when it becomes safe for them to make their pass I move slightly to the right (without vacating my lane). This gives them a hint that it is time to make their move and a much improved view of what is coming down the road. The rest is up to them. I will blink my lights for truckers (or RV'ers), if they are being pressed by following traffic to indicate I am comfortable with them moving back over after passing. Most trucker appreciate this courtesy gesture and often respond with the "Thank You" signal of blinking their tail lights. Given the relatively small number of folks who even know what a turn signal is, much less the proper use thereof I never assume/bet my life that they will get it right even if it is blinking. :S
Desert Captain 01/11/15 06:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Another knee surgery!!

It could be a lot worse. Had my right knee replaced Oct of 2012. After 6 months it was worse than before the surgery, swollen, painful, warm to the touch. My surgeon would not listen when I insisted that something was very wrong. Fired him (he was head of the orthopedics department at the VA) and got a second opinion... turns out I am deathly allergic to Cobalt and Nickel - both of which are found in the chromium replacement knee they put in and no, they don't test for that first. :M Three months later they got me in for a second replacement (they call that a "revision" which is Dr. speak for "we screwed up the first time". :S I am now 20 months down the road from the second surgery, 27 months in hell and will never have the full use of my knee. I hit the gym (40 minutes of weights and bike time), and or the pool (50 laps, .71 of a mile), 5 or 6 days a week... and limp a lot. Bottom line: Before you get a knee replacement get tested for possible allergic reaction to whatever they are going to put in and make sure you have a surgeon who is competent enough to actually listen to you. :R
Desert Captain 01/11/15 06:10pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Questions on towing with a lifted truck

Ok, passive aggressive questions aside. You lift a truck to fit larger tires to improve ground clearance, better approach and departure angles and improve off-road performance. I will not speculate if the OP has this in mind or just a fashion statement. Passive agressive questions? Really??? LMAO Unlike some folks I don't know everything. I come to this Forum and ask questions to learn what I do not know. :B
Desert Captain 01/11/15 10:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Questions on towing with a lifted truck

I am curious as to what the purpose of lifting a truck is. :h Obviously there are number of down sides (and not just towing), as outlined above but why do it, what are the benefits? To give up handling, braking, payload etc., there would need to be some serious improvements to be had but I just don't know what they would be. :?
Desert Captain 01/11/15 07:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

We are headed out for a ten day trip to Quartzite, Joshua Tree NP and then south to San Diego so today was spent making sure the coach was ready. Took it to my local tire guys and had them air up the front to 65 and 70 on the rears in anticipation of running fully loaded. Filled the fuel tank ($1.95 a gallon) and topped off the LP tank at $2.99 a gallon. We had several nights of mid twenties last week so I added 20 gallons to the empty water tank and checked all of my plumbing. I had drained the water tank and added RV anti freeze to the traps, black and grey tanks which worked well as there was no damage. The generator, water heater, stove, furnace and frig all fired right off. We'll pull the coach in front of the house on the 18th and load. Bright and early Monday the 19th we will be off to the Big Tent in the land of crazy. This will be our 5th year in a row for the Q, can't wait. :B
Desert Captain 01/08/15 07:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dental care

If you are in the Tucson area try "Dental Laser" in Nogales. Excellent work at great prices. :C Not our experience at all. We know of 2 people who had to have all their work re-done. Care to share some specifics? I know a couple of dozen folks who have nothing but good results. Their waiting room is usually filled with snow birds many of whom have been using them for years. :h
Desert Captain 01/08/15 06:43pm Full-time RVing
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