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RE: Purchasing a Class C with questions

"Wow, that sure is an opinion, abet one I don't think many have. I love my levelers, slides and my steps. Maybe I just camp at the wrong places but there aren't many with the view in my signature photo that are dead level, in fact, the fact that most sites aren't dead level is why we have levelers. We enjoyed our non-slide and levelers rig but they sure make life easier for us." Delighted to hear that what you have works for you.... that's one. LMAO When levelers stop taking hundreds of pounds off of your payload, stop costing thousands of dollars and become anything even close to reliable {spend a little time reading about all of the leveler issues on this and other Forums} and perhaps I will rethink my opinion... but I'm sure we both doubt it. LMAO {again}. My 8 year old yellow Leggo blocks are still working just fine {cost me less than $40} and I never have had to use more than two high anywhere. Also please explain why so many with levelers have to reach under their rigs to place Leggo's under their levelers? :h Come on now, what's up with that? I can sit in my rig and know very accurately what I need to get level enough to keep my refrigeration happy. Beyond that not much is needed especially at about $4,000 a set to provide a solution for which there is no known problem. {Still LMAO}. Use whatever works for you but wasting several hundred pounds of payload and thousands of dollars for a system that may or may not work when you need it the most is just something that I have no interest, much less need to do. Like I said... Opinions and YMMV. :B
Desert Captain 06/14/18 05:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Purchasing a Class C with questions

Under the heading of "opinions vary"... Auto leveler systems are: expensive, problematic and for the most part totally unnecessary... basically a solution for which there is no known problem. :h Their weight comes right off of your payload {and most Class C's, especially any 26 - 30' + are already short of}. Most sites in CG's and especially RV parks are dead level to begin with. Walk around any CG or RV Park and count the number of folks with auto levelers deployed... that are using leggo blocks or good ole 2 X 6's. :S Levelers are about as reilable as slides and auto steps {as in not very} and provide little if any benefit in most locations. Oh, did I mention that they are ridiculously expensive? All salesmen highly recommend them as in "You have got to get these..." which tells you a lot about the relative mark up involved. Other than that {Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?} Like I said.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 06/13/18 08:56pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Has Photobucket released your photos held hostage last year?

I too blew off Photobucket when they held all of my pics for ransom a couple of years ago. They kept making offers to get me back and given the number of pics I had acrued I finally caved when it got down to $19.99 a year... a far cry from the $400 they initially wanted to restore my third party hosting privileges. Yes they are a PITA but given all of the pics I already had in their system it was worth $20 to me. Arrrrg! :M
Desert Captain 06/07/18 02:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Bugslide... it really works

Rob, sorry to hear you weren't happy with the Bugslide. No idea why you did not get a better result. :h I have been using it for a couple of months now with great success. I do think it gets better with multiple applications as the BS leaves a slick film behind that inhibits the next bug sticking but... when I used it on my Class C which had not been cleaned with anything but water for several months the bugs, splatter an all, came right off. I think it is a better product than you do... you might want to give it a couple more applications and see if the results don't improve. Good luck! Glad you liked the Butter Wax, that stuff is amazing. :C
Desert Captain 06/05/18 12:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Taking Personal Responsibility to new lows.

"Don't they realize that people enjoy eating at the table? " This is why I don't, won't eat at a picnic table in a campsite. You just never know what took place before you arrived. If you need to use the table my best advice is to thoroughly {Chlorox and lots of it} clean it and add a plastic tablecloth. For the record every time I have seen this nonsense I've gone over and complained/explained why it is just so wrong... usually getting the deer in the headlights stare for my trouble. Arrrrg! :M
Desert Captain 06/04/18 03:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Taking Personal Responsibility to new lows.

Maybe off topic just a little: True story. We watched the whole thing. Crowded state park in Oregon Guys camping next to us using a .22 to shoot beer cans lined up on their picnic table. Argued with police that there were no posted signs prohibiting what they were doing. Speaking of picnic tables... My favorite {and there have been several} are the folks that disconnect their sewer hose and lay it on the picnic table. Seriously! :S
Desert Captain 06/04/18 10:45am General RVing Issues
RE: New Motor Home vs Used

The OP should not put so much faith in "New" unit waranties. This and other Forum's are full of horror stories about what a joke most warranties are. Either the warranty is a joke or the dealer that sold the unit has zero interest in servicing it after the sale. God help you if you buy from one dealer and expect another to provide anything close to reasonable warranty service... as you are absolutely their lowest priority. Also, most warranties are one year only with a few manufactureres offering 2 years. The other side of the coin is that when you buy used any major defect {they quickly become apparent} has been dealt with as well as the annoying little stuff that first owners get to chase down. I would always look for a quality unit, lighty used and well maintained {with the appropriate documentation of all required service}. Most folks don't use a new unit all that much and few, having spent a large chunk of money, are abusive of their new investment. When you buy a rental this is often not the case. Most rentals are trashed by ignorant {not bad people, just folks that just don't know any better/or have a clue} operators. Every Class C that has ever blasted by me on the interstate doing 80 - 85 has been a rental. The overwhelming number of rental operators have never even heard of the Tow Haul mode or have any clue as to its proper operation. Consequently many, if not most of these units, have had their transmissions {and brakes} severely abused {somewhere between repeatedly overheated and outright fried} I make a point of chatting up rental operators often sharing a few tips and firewood and am always amazed at how little instruction they received from the rental company. :S Yes the rental companies refurbish and pretty up their coaches but they cannot get rid of them fast enough after just a couple of years and there are a number of very good reasons for that. So many first time buyers buy the wrong RV creating a huge pool of potential bargains given their desire to get into the right coach regardless of the cost. In many states {Arizona being one} there is no sales tax on private party sales. I am on my third RV, a near new Aliner, an as new Fleetwood TT and now our Nexus Class C that I found with just 6,205 miles on it after 18 months. In all three cases I saved a ton of money and all three were trouble free. When it came time to sell the first two I recovered nearly all of my original purchse price and am now nearly 50K happy camper miles down the road after 4.5+ years with our Nexus. Lots of ways for a buyer to go... new, used, rental and no one way is perfect but a quality rig from a motivated private party has been the best path for me. Bought our Class C from a dealer as it was exactly what we wanted and eliminated any further foolish thoughts of buying new but I sure wish I could have met the original owners... now that would have been a deal! As always.... opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 06/02/18 02:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Bugslide... it really works

Larry I'm not sure what your point is but I repeat if you think the only ingredients are alcohol and water you are wrong. For the record, your info is 11 years old and only relates to one ingredient... yes I am sure there is alcohol in Bugslide. I have come acrosss a product that is giving excellent results and just wanted to share this info with others. They can elect to try it or not. If you have actually used Bugslide and had some sort of problem then please enlighten us all but no, you cannot mix water and alcohol and produce Bugslide. :R
Desert Captain 06/02/18 07:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Bugslide... it really works

According to THIS you could save your $$$ and simply make a mixture of water and alcohol or just pure alcohol for a dollar or two vice $20+ for the label.:S:R I could probably make some SUPER BUGSLIDE by mixing some alcohol and WD-40!!!!!:p Larry Feel free to try it, but If you think the only ingredients in Bugslide are alochol and water you are sadly mistaken. :R White vinegar, about an oz to 6 oz's of distilled water also works if you rub enough but Bugslide simply dissolves the critters. {Rain X is another product that I love and use with excellent results and it too contains water and alcohol along with many other ingredients}... as do many of my favorite cocktails. :S
Desert Captain 06/01/18 07:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Bugslide... it really works

is this the product you're using: https://www.amazon.com/Bug-Slide-trigger-Cleaner-Remover/dp/B004CMDDOC Yes, as noted it works very well. I have used it on vinyl graphics and the Nexus logo on the Cabover without any issues. As I said, bought both products primarily to use on my bike but when they both worked so well I had to try them on the RV and the results have been spectacular. After putting a pretty good dent in the initial 16 oz bottle I went to Amazon today and ordered a half gallon {$63} to use to refill the 16 oz pumnp spray. I expect to be using the BS on both the bike and RV {same for the Butter Wax}. Will be doing both of our cars with the wax this weekend... amazing stuff. I have no connection to either product, just another happy consumer. As always... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 05/31/18 07:41pm General RVing Issues
Bugslide... it really works

I know there are a lot of ways to get the bugs off of our coaches but stumbled on this one recently and thought I would share. Bought a starter kit of Bugslide at the Laughlin River Run last month to use on my motorcycle {almost as great a bug catcher as our class C}. {yes I ran the serach feature before posting and it came up empty on "Bugslide".} Just {pump} spray it on and wait about 30 seconds and then wipe the critters away. It leaves a nice sheen and actually smells pretty decent. I have been having such good results with it over the last month on my New Indian Springfield I decided to go big and tackle our 24' Class C this morning. We had just returned from a 1,300 mile, 10 day, jaunt up to Angel Fire NM and as usual after a trip the cabover was covered in bugs. Just reaching the cabover of Class C can be a challenge but after a thorough washing {think long handled soft bristle brush} the coach look pretty good... except for the bug collection on the cabover. By placing a 6' step ladder as close to the cab as possible and moving it a couple of feet every few minutes I was able to reach the entire cabover. This did entail couple of long reaches but with one foot gently resting on a towel near the windshiled and the other on the ladder it was doable. Not much rubbing involved and I even went one step further and put a great coat of wax on after the Bugslide. The wax is "Chemical Guys - Butter Wax" {Amazon} and puts a shine down like you would not believe. I have also tested this product on my motorcycle with unbelievable results. Anyway here is a pic: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_0128_zpsq6wchsar.jpg For the record that is our 2012 Nexus Phantom 23P with 49,800+ miles on it. I am guessing that between the Bugslide and the Butter Wax the next crop of bugs should stick less and come off even easier... film at eleven. :C
Desert Captain 05/31/18 03:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

Brought her home after our 10 day, 2,000 mile southern Rockies trip. Tomorrow she gets a bath {and possibly a wax}. Even with all of the mountains between here and Angel Fire NM and towing my new Indian Springfield {862# + the 200# trailer} our mileage was the usual 9.5. Coming up on 50,000 miles soon { about 300 to go} and the V-10 just keeps getting better with every mile. Ran every system, belll and whislte in the coach and they all performed flawlessly... ya gotta love it! :B
Desert Captain 05/30/18 02:45pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Grateful Memories

We are at day 8 {of 10} of a great trip to the southern Rockies, currently at my buddies house in Angel Fire. Just 7 miles up the road is the Viet Nam Memorial... don't miss it if you are ever up this way. I rode my motorcycle {Indian Springfield that we tow behind our 24' Nexus Class C} up to celebrate the day and honor my fallen brothers. The Army flew in a Huey med evac chopper and landed next to the memorial. The color guard was impressive but what really knocked me out, and generated more than few tears was standing next to the flag poles as the colors were raised and then lowered to half staff. Heading home to Tucson in the morning and while this has been an amazing trip with 700+ miles of the finest bike riding in the country this morning was definitely the highlight. http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0870_zpsunguddh5.jpg http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/DSC_0872_zpsl8toxcqo.jpg :C
Desert Captain 05/28/18 11:34am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C for a tall person

Our 2012 Nexus E-350 Phantom 23 P {24'} has 7' of headroom throughout the coach. :C
Desert Captain 05/21/18 07:20am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ouray, Colorado

We love Ouray and all of the southern rockies... We are headed back up there next week. This is a test pic {Photobucket has been holding my pics for ransom which I finally negotiated down to $20 and paid} of our rig parked in Ouray: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_0730_zpshlhkboww.jpg The Wiesbaden Spa is one of our favorite stops in town and do not miss therir "Grotto" {check the web for pics and info}. You can pay a day use fee to enjoy their facilities when you pass through town.... just two blocks up the hill from the Ouray Brewery. :C
Desert Captain 05/16/18 07:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rattle Snakes

I can understand not wanting rattlers near you're house and in you're yard for safety but you can still call DNR to come get it. You will most likely have to call a snake removal service (at least in AZ), and that could take some time. The local Fire Department will come out to your home to remove a rattlesnake. {I live in a senior community about 25 miles north of Tucson}. Since we had dogs for years I snake proofed our yard {as much as possible} and in 12 years have never seen one inside our yard. It must have worked as we see snkaes in the neighborhood all of the time. :C
Desert Captain 05/15/18 03:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Using "tow/haul" function on Ford Triton

Always use Tow Haul when you are towing {hence the name} but even if you are not towing the weight/load of the coach itself is more than enough reason to use tow haul... all of the time. Add a scan Gauge {or similar product} that gives you transmission fluid temps and you will quickly see the immediate benefit of using TH. Occasionally I forget to engage TH and as soon as I encounter even a slight grade the trans fluid temp starts climbing. Happily I usually notice the Scan Gauge display and quickly correct by engaging TH. The temp will drop 12 - 15 degrees in just a couple of miles as TH locks up the torque converter eliminating heat generating friction. Engaging TH accomplishes several things, all of them good. On steep climbs the shift points are adjusted for greater efficiency. As noted above on long downhill grades you can let the engine braking control your descent. A typical 6 - 12 mile 6 to 8 percent grade often requires zero brake pedal application and you are not burning a drop of fuel all the way to the bottom where you arrive with cool, fully functional brakes. The impact of using TH on fuel economy is insignificant given the performance and safety benefits, many even report improved fuel economy. Sadly, the Tow Haul function is often neglected, misunderstood or just plain ignored... TH is your firend. :C
Desert Captain 05/13/18 01:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How much can we tow?

The so called "Tow ratings/capacity" are as big a joke as dry weights. You will never be able to tow up to your tow capacity as you will run out of payload by hundreds if not thousands of pounds before you even get close to max tow. As a general rule of thumb figure 75 - 80 percent of of your tow capacity will get you into the ball park if you do not load too heavy. My F-150 SCab {5.4L V-8} was rated to tow 8,600#. When towing our 5,600# TT we were within 200# of our max payload. Beware of Crew cabs and 4 X 4 as they are heavy and notoriously short of payload. Don't forget to add the tongue weight {roughly 13 percent of the loaded trailers weight}+ another 100# for the weight distribution hitch. Those numbers come right off of your avaialable payload before you load an ounce. :C
Desert Captain 05/09/18 07:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rattle Snakes

I have lived in southern Arizona ..... where encountering them, especially in the spring, was nearly a daily event {often saw half a dozen and had to move 2 or 3 a shift}. .......... If someone is struck get them directly to medical facilities ASAP. No cowboy nonsense {don't make cuts and try to suck out the venom, apply ice or a tournequet - just transport them ASAP}. ..... :C How many people were bitten? Did anyone die? In the first 9 months of 2017 more than 150 people were bitten just in Arizona. Nationwide the yearly totals run between 4 and 5,000 though only 5 deaths were reported last year. If you are thinking these numbers are not all that bad... think again. Google snake bites and take a look at photos of what happen to living tissue following a poisonous snake bite. The venom quickly destroys tissue starting shortly after the envenomization {snake bite}. Incredible swelling and pain are quickly followed by the dying tissue turning black and no, it never heals or grows back. The anti venom often runs more than $500 a dose and many need a couple of dozen doses {depending on the specific degree of the enveomization - mild, moderate or severe}. Some rattlesnakes are far more deadly than others but your run of the mill Wesern Diamondback {the most common by far} are very toxic. A moments carelessness can lead to serious medical complications. Just be careful out there folks and do not underestimate the potential for disaster.
Desert Captain 05/08/18 01:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rattle Snakes

I have lived in southern Arizona for nearly 14 years, worked our local golf coourses as a marshal for 5 where encountering them, especially in the spring, was nearly a daily event {often saw half a dozen and had to move 2 or 3 a shift}. To all of you folks who have spent time in the southwest but never have seen a rattlesnake I suggest you pay a LOT more attention. Their natural camoflage is off the charts effective. I have been in the process of carefully relocating one on the golf course and glanced away for a second. When I looked back it had virtually disappeared... but was still just a few feet away. No they do not always rattle and do not have to be coiled to strike/bite. Those myths can get you bit very easily. If someone is struck get them directly to medical facilities ASAP. No cowboy nonsense {don't make cuts and try to suck out the venom, apply ice or a tournequet - just transport them ASAP}. The early spring, following the first week or so of 80 degrees+ is the most dangerous time of year. They have been denned up all winter and are hungry and horney actively seeking a meal and a mate though not necessarily in that order. The point being if you see one I guarantee you there is another nearby and it's the one you don't see is going to be a problem. As noted, please don't kill them unless they pose an immediate threat to your family or pets. :C
Desert Captain 05/08/18 08:04am General RVing Issues
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