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RE: Question on Michelin LTX tires

I suspect you have the LTX M/S "2's" not the old LTX M/S's which were the subject of a huge recall. I have run the LTX M/S 2's on both my F-150 and on my 24' Class C with excellent results (especially the free set of 6 for my Class C thanks to the original M/S's being recalled). Both sets were E rated and came with a 70,000 mile tread warranty. :C
Desert Captain 12/09/16 02:30pm Towing
RE: Welton or Yuma area 1 night stop over RV park?

Re Copper Mountain RV Park in Tacna. Agree that it is a nice place but sites are only back in. Depending on your length you may not have to unhook but you must back in. We have had pull throughs every time we stayed there. Some of the rows back up to others that may or may not allow for pulling through but all of their sites are large and the roads wide so it should not be an issue.
Desert Captain 12/08/16 02:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Welton or Yuma area 1 night stop over RV park?

Just a few miles east of Welton in Tacna there is a nice RV park, Copper Mountain. Nice amenities and folks there at very reasonable prices. This place is huge with all pull throughs. It is located about half a mile south of I-8, you can see it from the freeway. Look for the large American and Canadian flags. We have overnighted there several times and unlike Welton it does not have the distinct aroma of the large dairy operation... :C
Desert Captain 12/07/16 08:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Zion - where to stay?

The watchman campground inside of Zion is hard to beat. For $18 a night you get 30 amp electric, water spigots throughout the CG, flush toilets and a decent two lane dump station. All of this is just a few hundred yards from the visitor center and tram station. Most of the year you cannot drive throughout the park but taking the free shuttles are far better anyway. Reservations are a must most of the year but can be easily made on line. Some of the sites are right on the Virgin River but they go quickly. We found Bryce Canyon was a great day trip from Zion but Zion is where you will want to spend most of your time. :C
Desert Captain 12/05/16 10:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Two Surge Protectors?

Yes surge protection systems work. Different brands and products give different results. Generally speaking you will get what you pay for. I started out with a simple $100 unit and upgraded to Progressive Industries $300 EMS. Will they stop damage in a direct lightning strike? Of course not. Taking a direct hit will generate problems far beyond frying your AC and other toys. :S In the last three years I have encountered a dozen bad pedestals {all of which were detected by my protection units}, any one of which could have caused me serious grief. Will a simple surge protector tell you if the pedestal has a fault {bad ground, neutral etc.}, absolutely. You can then move to another site or get repairs made to the one you are in. Will and EMS shut down the power if the voltage goes too high or low, YES! imagine a crowded, older campground/RV Park on a hot afternoon. Everybody cranks up their AC at the same time and the voltage throughout the park/CG drops dramatically. Those with protection suffer no damage. Those without end up buying new compressors or worse. That feature alone makes the price of an EMS money well spent vs repairing/replacing your AC, grig, TV, stereo, microwave etc.. For those that think they have no value... you are wrong! "Penny wise and pound foolish" comes to mind. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :R
Desert Captain 11/28/16 07:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: ? Winter travel

"Warm Arizona" is a relative term... and not particularly accurate. From December through March just about anywhere in Arizona can experience severe {think mid twenties to mid teens}, over night. Keep in mind this is at the lower altitudes. The average elevation in the state of Arizona is north of 4,000' and if that is where you are the numbers get smaller with every foot of elevation gained. Full winterization of your RV may not be essential in AZ but be prepared to take some preventative steps to avoid damage. We live at 3,400' a little north of Tucson and have seen 14 degrees, 4" of snow a couple of times a winter is not unusual and low temps in the 20's far from rare. I don't flush the water lines but do open all the valves and drive around for a few miles to assist their draining completely. I then put RV antifreeze in the sink and shower traps along with half a gallon in the black and gray tanks. This has worked fine for the last 7 years and the coach is basically ready to roll 24/7. Just add water to the freshwater tank and roll out. :C
Desert Captain 11/27/16 07:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Death Valley in June?

Death Valley in June is just foolish, no good reason to be there with alternate routes available... and they won't be all that cool. You will need to be able to monitor you trans fluid as well as well as engine coolant temps. Don't think you can safely rely on the dash gauges. A Scan Gauge will give you all the info you need. Keep the F-150 in Tow Haul to help keep the trans temp down and for better control both going up and down{it will cool your brakes big time}, those very long steep grades. We did it last year in September and the forecast high of 88 turned into 110 by the time we got to Furnace creek. I was running our V-10 Class C and pulling my motorcycle {bike and trailer are 1,000#}, and it was not fun. Saw 230 degrees of trans fluid and 224 of engine coolant but they both dropped like stone {as they should}, once we cleared the summits. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 11/27/16 11:08am Roads and Routes
RE: E450 heat from engine cover

I have a 2011 chassis on my 2012 24' E-350 with the 6.8L V-10 and in 32,000+ miles we have yet to experience noticeable engine heat in the cab. Keep in mind we live in Tucson and spend far more time in triple digit temps than most folks. You might want to check the actual engine temperatures you're operating at. The dash gauges are notoriously optimistic and rarely reflect accurate temps until just before they redline. A Scan Gauge {or other similar device}, will give you precise info. I run with mine displaying engine coolant and trans fluid temps along with average and real time mpg. Even in triple digit weather we rarely see much over 200 degrees from the engine or trans unless we are on a long steep grade and they drop like a stone was soon as the load is reduced.
Desert Captain 11/25/16 07:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Two Surge Protectors?

I travel with two but only use one at a time. I started out with a Progressive Industries simple surge protector {as that is all it does - about $100}. A couple of years later I upgraded to their EMS system that provides much more protection (about $300}. With the EMS system I am protected against voltage falling too low or going to high vs simple surge protection. I use EMS as my primary device but keep the old simple surge suppressor for use as a back up in the event my EMS grows legs. I also have loaned the surge suppressor to a number of folks who had nothing and they were glad to have it. Can't think of reason to part with the surge protector, nice to have a back up. :C
Desert Captain 11/24/16 10:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Seatbelt usage

"I don't use a seat belt and don't require it for teens," Seriously??? :S
Desert Captain 11/23/16 07:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tires for F-150

Just a suggestion since you already have a particular tire in mind. I put the Michelin LTX M/S 2's on my F-150 and was nothing but delighted with the performance they gave. I was towing a 22' 5,000# TT at the time. I now have them on my 24' Class C and again could not be more pleased with the performance/wear I get. The ride and handling are excellent and they come with a 70,000 mile tread warranty. :C
Desert Captain 11/22/16 08:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Angel Fire RV Resort

Desert Captain: I love your spot! Here is a shot of the house: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_0698_zpsrby6sors.jpg
Desert Captain 11/21/16 07:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hwy 50 frm California thru Nev, Utah, Colorado this December

Most of Highway 50 across Nevada {"the Loneliest road in America" which we drove and thoroughly enjoyed last September}, is well above 6,000' and there are lots of passes from 7,000 to 7,800'. Add the lack of facilities for very long stretches and much of the road has little if any shoulder I would NOT drive it in the winter. The weather there can change in minutes and often not in a good way. I agree 5 to 40 is boring but keep in mind that I-40 gets shut down often for a couple of days at a time just about every winter due to blowing snow {typically between Flagstaff and Albuquerque. As always.... opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 11/20/16 08:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: Angel Fire RV Resort

We visited shortly after they opened, a little over a year ago. This is a first class RV park with every amenity and it is priced accordingly. The biggest problem you will have is the drive to get there. Coming up and over the grade from Taos {as is coming down from the north}, is going to be one serious adventure for any rig much over 30' and that's if the roads are clear and dry.... not so much in the winter. Saw lots of large Class A's with toads and big fivers but cannot imagine driving those roads with them. :S We have friends just down the road who built their {and my}, dream home and were kind enough to put in a nice RV pad complete with water and power. Here is a shot taken from the house, the Elk grazing through their property is a daily event: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_0566_zpsriste720.jpg Gorgeous country just about any time of year but we have made two trips between late August and early October and found it to be ideal. :B
Desert Captain 11/19/16 04:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best Cab over Bunk - Most height and headroom?

Look for coaches that have the most head room throughout as that measurement will dictate how much room you find in the cabover. A lot of coaches only have 6 to 6.5' of head room and that really limits the space available for the cabover area. Our Nexus Phantom 23P as 7" of headroom throughout the coach which combined with the 101" of exterior width generates over 8" of cabover bunk length. They also installed screened windows on both sides and and vented hatch over the center. We don't often have guests up there but do enjoy using it for reading, watching TV or other "fun" stuff. :B
Desert Captain 11/17/16 07:28am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Steer Safe control system

If your coach does not steer/handle/ride well without spending big $$$ on after market "cures"... you bought the wrong coach. A properly loaded, aligned motorhome running on good tires set to the proper inflation should drive, ride and handle just fine. A thorough test drive is essential BEFORE you buy. If the coach has steering/handling/ride issues {and a decent quality coach should not}, they will not get better over time and miles. Why buy a motorhome that will immediately require throwing large sums of money to solve a problem that should not be there in the first place? :h As always.... Opinions and YMMV :C
Desert Captain 11/15/16 01:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can I just empty water tanks instead of winterizing?

Here in Tucson we can see temps down into the twenties a few times just about every winter. It only gets that cold for a few hours and not very often. Once we start to get sub 32 degree nights I open the low point valves and let all of the water drain from the system. This is even more effective if you drive a few miles as that helps to clear the lines. Then I add anti freeze {the pink RV stuff}, to the shower and sink drains, and both the black and gray tanks. This leaves the rig ready to travel with nothing further to be done, other than adding more fresh water to the tank. Been "winterizing" in this fashion for 7 years and so far so good. :C
Desert Captain 11/03/16 10:28am Beginning RVing
RE: Hate seeing sewer hose being cleaned on site

I've seen morons lay their sewer hoses out on top of the picnic table. :M As noted, you never know what took place before you arrived.
Desert Captain 10/22/16 10:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: List of repairs from day one for my Class C

Snowman, that is quite a list. When we did the show and tell of our two rigs a couple of years ago I don't think most of theses problems had surfaced. We both use our coaches more than most but so far our nexus 23P has been nearly trouble free. For the record I have made the following repairs over the last 3 years and 32,000+ miles: Had a constant problem fueling. The hose would keep burping off. Sometimes it would take 20 minutes to add 25 gallons, a serious PITA. When we stopped at Nexus in Elkhart I put them on the clock and told them to fix it, not particularly caring what it would cost. Suspected a kinked vent hose but noooo. Ford put a twist in the fuel fill hose when they built the chassis. Nexus pulled it, reinstalled properly and even ran 5 gallons of gas through it to be sure they had solved the problem. When I asked for the bill I was told "No charge, we should have caught it when we built the coach". Now considering I bought used, not from them and that the coach was 18 months out of warranty I was more than a little amazed. Also hired them to install a custom spare tire mount under the rear of the coach and add an additional seat belt to the dinette. Their labor rate was $75 an hour and we stayed a couple of nights with hook ups for free at their factory. Great customer service! Replaced the screws that were used to secure the cabover to the cab. Why they used screws instead of bolts and lock nuts I will never understand. :h Over time, miles and having hit most of the pot holes between Tucson and Maine they loosened up and we were getting movement between the cab and cabover. I replaced them with 10/32" X 2" machine screws, flat washers and lock nuts. A bit of PITA but the connection is now rock solid with zero, zip, nada, none whatsoever movement, squeak or rattle. Replaced the original toilet after 4.5 years. The ignighter on the 3 burner stove/oven died, and frankly Scarlet.... bought a long necked lighter for $2. Have tightened a number of screws and draw slides, seems to be an annual maintenance item. The stainless extension that {cosmetically only}, covers the engine exhaust sheared off the screw that secured it to the exhaust pipe. Drilled two new holes and used machine screws and lock nuts to re secure. The vertical rod on the leading edge of the shower curtain pulled loose. Drilled and secured it with {you guessed it}, another machine screw and lock nut. Almost forgot, I had to replace the vent lid/cover over the bathroom and the vent at the front of the coach. After 4.5 years in the Arizona sun they cracked but were easy to replace. As Porky Pig used to say.... "That's all folks!" Will you folks be headed back to Arizona again this winter? If so hope we can get together for a couple more campfires, beverages and a few tall tales from the road. Keep us posted on your travels. Steve, Jeanne but sadly no more Millie as she crossed the Rainbow Bridge last March.
Desert Captain 10/20/16 03:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Taking Fiver up Hwy 1 to Big Sur from Southern California

"I agree - some are just wimps and don't know how to drive or something. Quit being a wuss everyone. Man up already. I have driven the entire 1 from top to bottom with my last 32ft class C pulling my car on a dolly as well as taking my 35ft bumper pull travel trailer up that road multiple times. It's just a road people. Don't be afraid." I knew this thread would generate a response like this... sigh. Chest thumping and name calling aside the fact is you were neither legal nor safe. I guess that 40' max rule/law just does not apply to you. I believe you've done it and I know you were over the double yellow more times than anyone could count. So what gives you the right to endanger others? The OP ask for opinions and got quite a few but I'm sure most folks can sort out the good ones from the nonsense.
Desert Captain 10/19/16 11:36am Roads and Routes
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