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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
RE: 2wd vs 4wd

4WD adds $400 to the price of a new vehicle and you will get that back out in resale value when you sell it. I completely agree with the benefits of 4WD, but I think your numbers are wrong. Build a new 2015 F150 Platinum on the Ford web site and the price difference is $3425 going from 2WD ($50,960) to 4WD ($54,385). X2 If it only cost and additional $400 everyone would have it. :S
Desert Captain 11/13/14 03:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RV Fuel Issues & Prices - Post 'Em Here!

Heading out to Kartchner Caverns tomorrow for a long weekend so off to the local gas station to top up the tank. Paid $2.67 for regular (87 octane), and only had to add 35 gallons.... hardly hurt at all. :B
Desert Captain 11/13/14 10:42am General RVing Issues
RE: 2wd vs 4wd

If you need 4WD nothing else will do but as always it comes at a cost... 4WD will diminish your payload, mileage and the balance in your checkbook. I have never needed it but living in southern California and now Tucson, 2WD has always met my needs with none of the downsides of 4WD. If I ever get another truck it will in all probability be 4WD as it will be the last truck I ever buy but doubt if the 4WD will ever get much use. With the 2WD F-150 if I could not comfortably get down the road pulling our 22' TT without 4WD I simply did not go. Remember the old adage.... "4WD will just get you stuck farther from the highway." :B
Desert Captain 11/11/14 07:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New to Class C

Watch out for steep driveways as the rear end will tend to drag. Take them at the widest practical angle possible. When making sharp turns keep in mind that the tail end will be swinging out in the opposite direction. You'll get used to both pretty quickly. :C
Desert Captain 11/11/14 01:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: NeXus RV driving impressions

If you end up with a street side slide out your ability to slide the drivers seat back will be impaired in both the Chevy and the Ford. As noted the time spent at 4,000+rpm is so minimal that for us, it is simply not an issue. We cruise our E-350 at 2,000 - 2,200 rpm 95% of the time with occasional runs up to 3,200 (max torque), on the hills which still leaves the cockpit conversational. It takes a lot of hill to require more rpm than that. If you are 6' tall (or more), or if the first number when you get on the scale is larger than "one" the extra leg room found in the Chevy will probably work better for you than an E-350/450. But before you write off the Ford spend some time playing with the 6 way power drivers seat, there are so many ways to adjust it is hard not to be very comfortable. The mileage on the Chevy may be a "little" better but only because it is a "little" bit smaller engine (6.0 vs 6.8). Another "space" consideration is headroom throughout the coach. Some rigs have a fairly low ceiling and others gain outside storage volume by sacrificing headroom in the rear. While I could use a little more storage I would not give up our 7' of headroom throughout as it contributes greatly to the huge, open feel of the coach. :C
Desert Captain 11/11/14 08:10am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Non electric coffee pot

"How about a generator? " :S Please don't be the person who has to disturb the entire campground by running their generator just to make coffee. There are so many ways to make a good cup of Joe without a generator and most of them have been described here in detail. We got a very nice stainless steel coffeepot at Sportsman's Warehouse. :C
Desert Captain 11/10/14 08:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Firewood.. what do you do?

"Boy, for the naysayers that these bugs and disease do not exist and for those that just don't give a******and transport wood 'just' to exercise your right to a campfire........" Lighten up Francis.... Not sure what Forum you have been reading but what you accuse does't seem to be happening here. Yes, the EAB and other pests are a problem. No, they are not spreading only due to thoughtless RV'ers. And no, this is not an issue in most of the country. A little common sense on both sides and a lot less hysteria would benefit us all. As always... Opinions and YMMV. :R
Desert Captain 11/09/14 04:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rubber Membrane vs Fiberglass Roof

thanks for that information.all this helps us out.have to ask these things of sunseeker and nexus.it sounds from nexus video and looks like its one piece and goes over the sides. We have a 2012 Nexus 23P and yes, the one piece fiberglass roof does go over the sides. Also the front and rear end caps are one piece and all of the windows have automotive seals. Combine these features with all steel framing and you have one very well constructed coach. :C
Desert Captain 11/08/14 03:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Garmin or Rand McNally GPS

We have been very happy with our Rand Mc\Nally 7720. Feature rich and user friendly our RM is very accurate. The 7" touch screen is easy to read in any light and comes with lots of useful features such as internet interface (real time weather over laid on the map screen). Nothing wrong with the Garmin line but bang for the buck the RM is hard to beat. :C I forgot to mention that our RM 7720 came with lifetime (free), updates. As far as turning down the speed and curve warnings I would not. The "Speed Warning" has saved me from a lot of potential tickets especially on unfamiliar roads. There are speed traps just about everywhere you go and the alerts that come .2 of a mile(this distance is adjustable), before the change give you a nice heads up. :C
Desert Captain 11/06/14 10:07am Class A Motorhomes
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