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RE: Thor Class C Chateau 23E ford e350 chassi

My E-350 24' C weighs 10,050# fully loaded for travel. I am running Michelin M/S 2's (same size as yours), with all 6 at 60 psi. This gives me a 20-25% cushion above the weight they carry. The ride and handling is out standing. Putting 75 in your front tires is a very bad idea that will probably have a seriously negative impact on handling not to mention ride quality. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 09/18/14 08:25am Class C Motorhomes
RE: How Many RV'ers are also Nautical Buffs Too?

As my Forum name implies I was a boater (recreationally/professionally), for nearly 35 years. We owned, raced and cruised sailboats for 30 years. Our last sailboat was a 1977 Cal 34 MkIII which I cruised extensively in Mexico. They say the three stages of life for boaters are sailboat, powerboat.... and RV and we are happy to be firmly in stage three. :B Our last boat was a 1982 Ed Monk 36' trawler that we lived aboard at the Silver Gate Yacht Club in San Diego(we are now retired members of the SGYC). Alas, trying to maintain a boat from across the 430 miles separating Tucson and San Diego finally became unworkable. Here is a shot of our Ed Monk trawler flanked by our friends Cal 34 on the right and Catalina 30 on the left, anchored/rafted up in La Playa Cove off of the San Diego Yacht Club. http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/TucsonCondo043_zps847178ea.jpg We swallowed the anchor a number of years ago electing to shift gears and get into the RV world and have not looked back. Started with an A-Liner pop up, graduated to a 22' TT and now enjoy cruising/camping in our Nexus 24' Class C. :C
Desert Captain 09/17/14 08:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: What's the best deal you've gotten on a campground?

what age requirement is the geezer card? 62, hence the name. :B
Desert Captain 09/17/14 12:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
What's the best deal you've gotten on a campground?

We prefer campgrounds to RV Parks and travel extensively throughout the southwest and beyond in our 24' Class C. Armed with our Passport America, Good Sam and Geezer card discounts we frequently find amazing camping locations for ridiculously low fees. Here are our top three: 1. The Watchman CG inside of Zion National Park. Probably the most beautiful place on the planet their sites along the Virgin River come with 30 amps of electricity, water and flush toilet restrooms throughout the CG and a 2 lane dump station. Just a couple of hundred yards from the Parks visitor center where you can board the free shuttles that take you throughout the park. All of this for $18 a night and with the Geezer card it drops to just $9 a night (and yes you really will need reservations which can be made up to 6 months in advance). http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0699_zpsec044d54.jpg 2. Roosevelt Lake (east of Phoenix/north of Tucson). This huge series of CG's offer spectacular views of Roosevelt Lake (not to mention the ancient indian cliff dwellings), which at 26 miles long provides unlimited recreational possibilities. The large view sites come with ramada's, fire rings, tables etc., along with hot showers/flush toilet restrooms. At $6 a night it is a bargain but being in the Tonto National Forrest a Geezer card gets it down to $3 a night. http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/CIMG2271_zps673d9fe3.jpg 3. There are several very nice USFS CG's a few miles north of Sun Valley Idaho located on the Big Wood River at the foot of the 12,000' peaks that provide some of the best skiing in Idaho. Winter can come early here and in mid September we had the CG all to ourselves just steps from the river. Elk would come down to the river every evening to drink and we did see the occasional mountain lion track. Though a little primitive with vault toilets (there were dumpsters and water spigots), the scenery was absolutely breathtaking. Most of the year the fees are $15 a night but after September 15th it drops to just $5 a night and you guessed it, a Geezer card knocks that back to $2.50! http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0297_zps5453432f.jpg On our cross country trip we took full advantage of the Passport America parks which typically (Sunday through Thursday and some 7 days a week), would get us full hookups for $15 or less and even GS will net you 10% off of the rack rate in many parks. So what are your favorites? :B
Desert Captain 09/17/14 09:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Fuel Issues & Prices - Post 'Em Here!

The low end for regular here in Tucson is running from $3.15 to $3.19. Projections are for prices to fall below $3 over the next couple of months as demand seasonally falls. Just about time to take another trip. :B
Desert Captain 09/15/14 09:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Unleashed dogs in campgrounds: A solution

Rant on: Every CG/RV Park we have ever visited has the mandatory leash rule and every one of them states the leash must be 6' (or less). Those stupid retractable 30'+ leashes do NOT comply! What part of 6' don't these people understand? You cannot control a dog that is 30' out in front of you. :S Add in the fact that these leashes are one of the most dangerous consumer product you can buy they make no sense whatsoever. Google them and take note of the numerous injuries they cause. People have lost finders to the thin lines when Fido bolts and broken bones from falls caused by getting tangled in 30' of leash are frequent. Rant off.... for now. :R
Desert Captain 09/15/14 09:07am General RVing Issues
RE: 4,000 - 4,200 RPM?

"As mentioned it will run all day long at 4 - 4.2k. Just watch the temperature. As long as it's not climbing any faster than the gas gauge is dropping you'll be okay. " LMAO, Now that is funny! I have to agree with everyone else here, put your foot down and go. My V-10, like the 6.0, loves to rev. I get max torque down low in the curve at 3250 but max HP happens at 4,400 and frankly it just isn't all that loud. Be sure to engage your Tow Haul (or lock out OD if you don't have T/H), as this will shave 10 or more degrees off of your trans temps due to more efficient cooling. :C
Desert Captain 09/13/14 11:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bose radio in motorhome

You cant beat that Bose sound!!! IMHO: Yes you can, and at a better price point also... Care to back that up with specifics? I have to agree with Icabod, when it comes to quality sound I have yet to see any product that beats the Bose for quality sound/bang for the buck.. You can spend and will get, less for your buck than Bose but why would you want to? :h We own two Bose Wave radios with the the built in CD player, one is 23 years old the other 25+ and they both sound as good as the day we bought them. I run the audio output from our HD TV and the CD player out through the Bose providing incredible quality sound without the the hassle of wired speakers. My Bose noise canceling headphones are by far the finest I have ever heard. Yes, they are pricey but you definitely get what you pay for. As always... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 09/12/14 07:46pm Technology Corner
RE: mercedes or gas?pros and cons

I make it a point to chat with MB Class C owners whenever we are traveling. Have spoken with more than a dozen over the last year. They are always as amazed as I am at the exaggerated mileage claims floating around out there. Every one I have spoken with says 16/17 is doable but 13 to 15 is more of a real world number, above that... not so much. Also every one I have spoken with say they are great engines, most absolutely love their rigs but when it comes to towing.... again, not so much. I agree that you will recoup some of the initial investment (and that is a very big number), on resale but significant savings from increased mileage just is not in the equation unless you are putting on far more miles than most folks. There is good and bad to be found in any rig. The MB's give better mileage but give up power and payload when compared to the big V-8's/V-10's. You just aren't going to get both in any rig. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 09/12/14 04:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: La Mesa RV San Diego

For what it is worth we have had a very positive experience with La Mesa RV in Tucson. I went in to buy our Nexus Class C after it popped up on the internet. I was satisfied with the deal we negotiated, got exactly what I wanted at a good price, they treated us well and made money. Their service department has been excellent on the two occasions we used them, one being to clean up after Camping Worlds botched attempt to repair our water heater. I went in initially prepared to be disappointed and/or frustrated with the buying/service experience and was pleasantly surprised. :C
Desert Captain 09/11/14 08:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Need Qick Advice for Hershey Show Please

Definitely check out the Nexus line, specifically the Phantom 23P (see my sig). Top of the line quality with factory direct (no dealers), pricing. We have put 20K+ trouble free miles on ours in the last 13 months. Preview their products at www.NexusRV.com. :B
Desert Captain 09/09/14 11:38am Class C Motorhomes
RE: I love my Power Awning

The quality of electric awnings has improved dramatically over the last few years. Ours works flawlessly every time and takes about 20 seconds to deploy or retrieve by simply holding the button (which can be done from in side the coach. While I don't have much faith in or the need for, the models that have the so called "auto close" feature which will roll it in if the wind reaches the preset threshold I will never be without an electric awning again. They also serve to tell you a lot about any RV you may be considering. Given the relatively small cost differential between the old manuals and the new electrics you have to assume a new RV with a manual awning probably is on the entry level side of the scale (and wonder what else they went cheap on that might not be showing). :R
Desert Captain 09/08/14 09:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Engine diagnostic code scanner

Consider the ScanGaugeII. It not only reads the codes but also gives you many engine and transmission data instantly. It does cost more than a plain OBDII reader. Codes are readily available on the internet. X10 The Scan Gauge will do so much more than a simple code reader. The improvement in fuel economy from merely paying attention to the average/real time mileage displays nets most folks about an 8 to 10% n crease in mpg. These savings will pay for the SC very quickly. The SC has 4 displays that can be switched out with just a couple of keystrokes. I run with trans fluid and engine coolant temps displayed (along with the realtime and average mileage). Knowing the trans fluid temperature is priceless and enables me to better utilize the Tow/Haul mode and greatly extend the working life of the transmission. Last time I looked you could get the Scan Gauge II (for gas or diesel), for $139 on Amazon but often it is even less. :B
Desert Captain 09/08/14 08:49am Class C Motorhomes
RE: carrying weight on rear bumper to offset tounge weight.

Yes you can take tongue weight off by loading heavy things in the rear... just not too much. Not sure where some are getting that you need 13% as 8-10% is a common number. It's real easy to find out if you do not have enough tongue weight... at 45 mph give the steering a wiggle with your hand on the trailer brake and no one coming in either direction. If it starts to sway, use the trailer brake to slow down and shift some weight forward. Your 5.4/3.42 is on the shy side but by not using OD and keeping your total weight down and the tongue weight down I've seen worse. Taking a empty TT out is not going to prove much but you can get to see how much it squats your Sierra without WD. What is the wheel base of your TV? Having only 8 to 10% tongue weight is a disaster waiting to happen as it encourages sway. Loading extra weight on the rear of a trailer is a very bad idea as it too will exacerbate sway and as noted, what passes for a "bumper"on most trailers is a flimsy joke. The industry standard for TW is 10 to 15 with 13% the most commonly used benchmark as an acceptable minimum. Toy haulers typically do better with 15 or a little higher due to carrying significant weight at the rear of the rig. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 09/07/14 12:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Pressure washed the TT today...

Just returned from a 2,000+ mile trip up to northern California. As you can imagine our 24' Class C "Bug Catcher" was in serious need of a bath. I usually do it myself with an extendable soft bristle brush, bucket of car soap and some rags but it is a major Pita. This time I took the easy way out.... Just about every Saturday one of the local schools will be running a car wash fund raiser at the Burger King down the road. Sure enough I found the local high school wrestling team flagging down passing drivers and pulled in. I challenged the boys to "Man up" and wash a real vehicle offering them $15 and they jumped at the chance. I loaned them my brush and folding step stool and got out of the way. They did a great job and with about a dozen of them involved it only took about 15 minutes. Water was flying everywhere and they were all having a lot of fun in the 90 degree dry heat of Tucson. They even managed to remove all of the bug hits from the cabover and the rig looks great. I got lots of questions about the rig, where we had been, what kind of engine, mileage, etc. and a good time was had by all. I think my days of DIY have come and gone though I will be applying another coat of wax before too long. :B
Desert Captain 09/07/14 09:30am General RVing Issues
RE: why would ford be the most used ,getting to back difficult.

I am sure I will buy new.not comfortable with used .am I hearing the 15 ford will be different interior and leg room? what about mileage,the nexus guys video he states,around 7.5 to 9.5 with the ford.i kind of expected on smaller c to be around 12?? We have had our 24' Nexus for 13 months and 20,000+ miles... it gets from 8 to 11 mpg depending on the road and weather but at the end of every trip it always averages out to 9.5. :C
Desert Captain 09/06/14 08:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: interstate 40 Kingman Az . to Flagstaff Az.

We came east on I40 a couple of days ago and there is a major repaving project underway about 10 miles east of Kingman. The eastbound lanes are reduced to a single lane, they are repaving the left lane), and the back up had us crawling for half an hour. The right lane on this stretch has already been repaved. We turned south on 93 but there were signs warning of additional, probably similar, road construction ahead on eastbound 40. Most of the backup was caused by the chuckleheads that roar up the left lane, ignoring the "Left Lane Closed Ahead" signs and then jam into the right lane just before the left lane disappears. This brought the right lane to a virtual standstill until a trucker (that I would love to buy a beer), saw the problem and took action. He simply straddled the line between the left/right lanes eliminating the chuckleheads ability to jump the line. All traffic immediately began to move more smoothly/quicker and we were soon through the construction zone. I gave the trucker a big thumbs up wave as he passed. :B
Desert Captain 09/06/14 05:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: why would ford be the most used ,getting to back difficult.

The Chevy "gets" slightly better mileage because it "gives" slightly less power, the difference on both issues is negligible. If you have any plans to pull a Toad get the V -10 but the Chevy 6.0 will suffice. Unless you are 6' or more the Ford will cause you no grief but as noted they all (Chevy/Ford), vary from year to year. While my bride makes a lot of trips back into the coach from her navigators seat I rarely do. When we stop I just get out and walk around but can easily access the coach any time I need to (I am 5'9"). The biggest difference between Ford and Chevy are the number of choices available in a Class C. Ford has dominated the Class C market for years and thus there are far more choices that come with the "Blue Oval". Just find the floor plan that works the best without regard for the brand... but don't be surprised if it is a Ford. :B
Desert Captain 09/06/14 05:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tucson to Tahoe... notes from the road

After a couple of beautiful days on the Truckee River at Granite Flat CG (just 7 miles down the road from Squaw Valley), we headed on in to our friends place just outside of Nevada City. they have 6 acres overlooking Deer Creek and here is a shot of our full hook up, rent free (Friends and Family RV Park) site: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0502_zpsb845feb8.jpg We stayed for ten days having waaay too much fun. It is a 220' vertical drop down to the creek and the "trail" would make a mountain goat nervous but we managed to get down there on a regular basis (between rounds of golf), and had some success. We didn't get rich as you can see but had a blast knowing the under the next rock might just be the motherlode. We ended up panning out several grams, probably worth a little over a hundred dollars which came out to around $2 an hour. :S http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0517_zps5072c091.jpg My buddy has a 1955, International Back Hoe and learning to operate one has always been on my bucket list, cross that one off. Almost as much fun as the mining and the golf. :B http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0507_zps556741aa.jpg We stopped in Tonopah NV on the way back, don't bother, what a hole. The only RV "Park" in town is just a gravel lot alongside of the highway. We ventured on south to Pahrump the next day, always wanted to check out the Lakeside RV Park and Casino and it was awesome. One last night on the road at a nice little RV Park in Wickenburg called "Horsepitality" (I could not make this stuff up), and rolled on home after an easy 3 hour run through Phoenix and back to Tucson. :C
Desert Captain 09/05/14 07:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dealing with bow wave

I'm having issues with the bow wave from passing trucks. I have a Jayco 328RLS towed by a 1991 Chevy Suburban. I'm using a Reese Strait-Line WDH with 1500 pound bars. The front axle is about 100 pounds lighter than the unhitched weight, though I intend to fix that by adjusting the hitch a little. I typically drive around 55mph on the interstate, and when the 18-wheelers fly by at 70, I get blown to the side a little. It's bad enough for me to be on-edge when towing, but I also don't have thousands of miles towing my camper under my belt yet. I believe my bow wave issues may be partially due to the steering on my Suburban. The older 80s bodystyle Chevy trucks (for which my 91 shares bodystyles with) have very easy steering. The steering on these old trucks is so easy, that you can easily dry-steer from lock to lock with your pinky finger. Coincidentally, it's VERY easy to steer when the truck is moving. The entire steering/suspension assembly including steering box, tie rods, adjusters, ball joints, etc has been recently replaced and aligned, so they're all in good condition. I think the ease of steering is allowing me to be more easily blown around on the highway. Is this possible, and if so, would adding a steering stabilizer (shock for steering) improve the bow wave issues? How else other than watching the rear view mirror like a hawk and bracing for it can I help reduce the bow wave from passing trucks? Thanks in advance. I'd really love to be more at ease when towing my home. The part I bolded IS your main problem. There is TOO MUCH difference in speed between you and the passing vehicle. Honestly If you are truly and only going 55 on an Interstate road with posted 65+ speeds YOU ARE ON A "SUICIDE MISSION".. I would recommend that if you don't feel "comfortable" towing at at least NEAR the speed limit ( say 60 MPH if posted at 65 MPH) then perhaps you should look for smaller lower speed limit roads. Driving too slow is just as bad as excessive speeding since now you become an slow moving object in the way of others WANTING to go faster. No matter how much you tinker with WD, hitch or even your vehicle suspension you will still feel the effect. There are two things that you can do which will drastically reduce the effect.. #1, SPEED UP SOME as the passing vehicle approaches your trailer, doing so MINIMIZES the "difference" between your pressure wave and the passing vehicle pressure wave. #2, MOVE OVER AWAY from the passing vehicles lane without going off the road (IE don't "hug" the CENTER LINE of the road), doing so puts SPACE between your pressure wave and the passing vehicles pressure wave. DISTANCE between vehicles reduces the effect of each others pressure wave, result is both vehicles will feel LESS pressure wave.. Doing BOTH of the above most likely will pretty much eliminate the effect you are feeling. Congratulations on giving the worst advice EVER!!! :S The OP is pulling a 35' TT with a half ton SUV and you think his only problem is going too slow??? The laws in a number of states, California comes to mind, require that vehicles towing NOT exceed 55. You have the nerve to shout at him that driving 55 constitutes a suicide mission and then tell him to get off of the road because "you" think he should not be there. :R What color is the sun on your planet? :h Yes, common sense and physics dictate that not hugging the centerline will help but not nearly as much as getting enough truck. More speed in an unstable rig is not the answer. :R
Desert Captain 09/05/14 05:04pm Travel Trailers
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