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RE: Too Much For My Armada?

The OP proposes getting a 7800# TT but does not note if that is GVWR or "dry weight". Moving on beyond the fact that "dry" weights are useless, often dangerous jokes we need to know which he is contemplating. A 7800# dry weight TT will likely weigh in a lot closer to 10,000# in the real world in which case using an Armada would be a disaster waiting to happen. If the GVWR is 7800# the Armada will be at its absolute limits and towing that long of a trailer with that short of a wheelbase will not be particularly fun, much less safe. With a smallish SUV staying at a GVWR of no more than 6,000# sounds like a good plan to me but... As always.... Opinion s and YMMV :C
Desert Captain 07/30/15 07:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford or Chev

Either rig should have at least 3,000# of payload which is fine for a 25' C. Check the door sticker for exact numbers. The Ford is an E-350 with the 6.8L V-10 mated to the superb 5 speed Torque Shift transmission. The Chevy will probably be the 6.0L V-8. Both are excellent and plenty of power for a coach that size. Check the fuel tankage available. Many coaches that size only come with 40 gallons and the optional 55 gallon tank is what you really want/need. Mileage will be about the same, perhaps a tad bit better with the smaller Chevy V-8. The chevy cab will have a little bit more legroom and overall the Chevy will be about 6" longer than the Ford. Ford offers an excellent power drivers seat that is worth having. For what it is worth there are far more Fords out there but service for either should be readily available just about anywhere you travel. Both should be rated to tow up to 5,000# though a toad weighing much less is the way to go. We have had a 2012 Nexus Phantom 23P on a 2011 E-350 chassis (which is 24'6"), for 2 years and 23,000+ miles and could not be happier with the ride and performance. Our payload is 3,363# and we have yet to use more than about 60% of the available storage. Mileage consistently averages 9.5 (at 55 - 63 mph), and that includes some generator time. :C
Desert Captain 07/29/15 02:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Speeding in campgrounds

I definitely agree, CG speeding is one of my all-time pet peeves as there is no, none, nada, zip excuse for it. Twice in my life I have witnessed a child being struck by a car and that is something you will never forget. On our last trip up to Big Lake in the White mountains last June it was particularly bad. We had taken a site right in the middle of the CG and it had an inordinate amount of high speed traffic. I will never put us on a major access road again (if I can help it as It seemed better on the outer loops). I complained to the hosts who just threw up their hands saying there was nothing they could do. I suggested calling in the Ranger or local Sheriff but I guess they just did not want to be bothered. IMHO: A simple, polite warning for the first offense followed by expulsion (without a refund), if it happened again would go a long way towards solving the problem. :M
Desert Captain 07/29/15 08:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Campfire smoke

I have shared firewood with neighbors many times, usually those with expectant kids awaiting the fire. We usually carry a fair amount of 2 X 4-6" construction leftovers that are legal to bring anywhere. It is easy to split of kindling from this and it burns like a torch drying out any adjacent wet wood. {Not sure why but the Forum edited out the word "s****s" which I replaced with leftovers.} :h Smoking out a neighbor is very poor form and usually the result of not enough dry wood (or fire building skills). I do agree with the earlier post that the OP would have been more welcome with some dry wood to address the problem vs just complaining. We also have a propane (Campfire in a can), fire pit which burns nice and clean in a lot of locations where wood fires are prohibited. It is nice to have options. :W
Desert Captain 07/28/15 01:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing car and motorcycle

Makiemark, your Sunseeker (nice coach by the way - looks like a 2300?)), looks to be about the same size as our Nexus. I am curious as to your Cat scale weights, particularly the front axel with all the weight that far aft. :h Seems like that would seriously lighten your front end. How is the steering and what sort of psi do you run in your tires (front and rear)? I just started pulling my bike (500#) on a small utility trailer which so far is working very well. Bike and trailer weigh 850# and the trailer is rated for 1,595#. My tongue weight is right around 100#. http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_0491_zpshcjuxfqo.jpg :C
Desert Captain 07/28/15 01:16pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Camping neighbor destroying trees?

One of the problems with "trimming" a live tree is that if not done properly it can injure or even kill the tree. You will be long gone down the road before that happens but it still can happen. If you don't know what you are doing and most folks don't, have the proper (as in very sharp), tools you will probably do more damage than good. :E If the local management says go for it by all means but trimming anything without permission will often result in your expulsion from the CG and may also carry significant fines. Too many folks insist on trying to squeeze in a rig that is oversize for the site. If you don't fit without trimming.... you don't fit. :S
Desert Captain 07/28/15 01:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

We are leaving Friday morning for a 3 week trip up to the rockies. First stop, Angel Fire in northeastern New Mexico and then on to Colorado. I can't do mechanical work on the coach at the storage yard or in front of our home so I drove over to a wide spot on a local road surrounded by desert and pulled well off the pavement. Changed the oil and filter in the generator. Also pulled the air filter and blew it out with the compressor. I have a couple of new ones on order but they may not be in before we leave and it cleaned up pretty well. Took the rig home and filled and flushed the fresh water tank and lines with a mild Chlorox treatment. Managed to clog the aerators with debris from the old water heater anode I changed last week. Was stumped as to why the kitchen and bathroom faucets would not run until Old Biscuit and GM&JM came to my rescue with the explanation. It took all of about 7 minutes for them to respond to my call for help. Ya gotta love this Forum! :B
Desert Captain 07/27/15 02:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Weird water flow problem... help!

Remove the aerators on faucets and then open....stand back :B Your aerators are plugged OB you are da MAN! That is exactly what the problem was. When I changed the anode, I had waited way too long and there was a lot of anode debris in the bottom of the water heater. Evidently some of that junk migrated up through the hot water lines to the sinks and pugged the aerators. I just rinsed them out and everything is working perfectly. Can't thank you enough for your timely, knowledgable response. I salute you sir! :B :B :B Also a belated thanks to GM&JM, your explanation certainly clarifies. They must have been a little clogged before the anode debris as i have about 3 times the flow in the bathroom sink than I had before. Flushing the water tank was the last of my chores before our departure. Just have to load and hook up the trailer and bike(BMW), on Thursday for our run up to the rockies (New Mexico and Colorado).
Desert Captain 07/27/15 12:20pm General RVing Issues
Weird water flow problem... help!

Getting the Class C ready for our next trip (leaving this Friday), so after changing the oil/filter and air filter in the generator I decided to flush the fresh water system with a small dose of bleach. Added half a cup to my potable water fill hose and connected to the hose to our house and added about 30 gallons. I turned on the water pump to run water through the lines and the kitchen sink spit a little water and a lot of air for a couple of minutes and then nothing. Tried the same thing in the bathroom sink with the same result, a little dribble of water and then nothing. Here is where it starts getting weird. I tried the shower and the toilet and they both work just fine? I can hear the pump running when the shower is turned on but not when I open the kitchen sink valve. Next I hooked the hose to the city water and got the same results, the kitchen and bathroom sinks put out nothing but the shower (including the outside shower), and the toilet all work. The only other thing that has been done involving the water system lately was changing the water heater anode about a week ago and that went fine. The water heater tank is full and working fine producing hot water in the showers. I took the rig for a 5 mile drive up, down and around a number of hills and curves thinking perhaps there is some sort of air lock in the sink lines but didn't make any difference. Why would - how could the water system produce water, both hot and cold for the showers and toilet but not the kitchen and bathroom sinks? :hMore importantly what can I do about it? this one has me stumped. I'm sure it is something simple and probably stupid that I have done. The only thing I can think of now is to drain the tank and start over, the chlorinated water needs to come out anyway but any and or all suggestions will be gratefully accepted. :?
Desert Captain 07/27/15 12:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Reasonable Trade Expectation?

You'll get wholesale for your trade. No dealer will pay more than wholesale. They may write up the paperwork showing retail or even more for your trade but that is against full MSRP for the new RV. The above is correct. All the supposed negotiating "tricks" with a trade-in are baloney. If you trade-in - it's *not* a "hit" it's dealer....."BOHICA"..:S (Bend Over Here It Comes Again") It's summer! - Sell your trailer yourself. You will be surprised how many people want it. Then you can negotiate - - for real..:W . The above posts are only true if you are willing to let the dealer have his way with you. Some of us are not. By doing your homework, as in extensive research, which is easy to do thanks to the internet you can determine just where the market is. I spent weeks searching for our Class C, probably looked at every coach in the country that met our needs. Selling an RV yourself is not for everyone and if you are not prepared to do the work the end result will reflect that. Consignment is often a good option falling between selling it yourself and doing a trade in. The advice to wait until summer to attempt to sell only works in the late spring unless you are prepared to put off the new purchase for a year or so. :R The rigs that sell quickly are immaculate, well maintained (with full service records/documentation), that are realistically priced. It matters not what you paid or owe the market for comparable units will dictate a price that a buyer will find attractive. In our case one dealer was very happy to consign our 2008 Pioneer Spirit 22' TT for $9,500 of which I would receive $8,500 (I paid $9,900 for it 5 years earlier), we agreed that a $500 price reduction would get it sold very quickly. Yes, the other dealer tried to low ball me at $4,500 right out of the NADA dealers wholesale book on the trade in and I politely told him no and walked away. We had already agreed on a very aggressive cash price for the lightly used C we wanted before I mentioned a trade. Five minutes later they came up to the full $8,500 trade in I sought and we saved an additional $600 in sales tax. They put my TT on their lot for $9,500 and sold it that weekend. The dealer made money four times: when they took the C in trade, when they sold those folks a new Class A, when they sold my TT and when they sold us the used C. That's what they do and how they stay in business but as noted we got exactly what we wanted, at a very good price, and did the entire deal in just a few days. Yes, you can negotiate with dealers as there are lots of factors that go into any deal. If you expect that the dealer is going to screw you and many will try "IF" you let them (BOHICA), it is time to find another dealer. As always.... Opinions and YMMV :C
Desert Captain 07/27/15 09:18am General RVing Issues
RE: RV Fuel Issues & Prices - Post 'Em Here!

Regular has been selling for around $2.41 here in Tucson for several weeks. Not much movement in the price up or down. :C
Desert Captain 07/26/15 07:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Reasonable Trade Expectation?

He'll never be offered anything close to low NADA. The dealer will probably offer 20-25% below low NADA. Who cares? :h NADA is a joke. About as useful as a dry tongue weight. :B
Desert Captain 07/26/15 07:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Reasonable Trade Expectation?

If they want to make the sale bad enough you "may" be able to approach something less than a grab your ankles trade in price. Negotiate the cash price of the rig you want first, do not even mention a trade. Also, if it is a large dealer try negotiating on the last day of the month, preferably in the afternoon. They will have, in all probability made their nut for the month and anything else they move by the end of the business day generates cash back from the corporate office. After being offered $4,500 in trade for our 22' TT I told them no but called them out on the above scenario (it was July 31st). I asked the sales manager (at La Mesa RV), to tell me I was wrong and he declined to do so. Told him I would buy the Class C that we had already negotiated a good cash price on but only with a fair value on the trade. They balked and we walked {out of the little office, they hate it when you do that}, and stood by our truck for a few minutes. My wife asked "What happens now?" and I replied "Wait for it." About 5 minutes later they had "made a few calls" and found a buyer for our TT and upped the trade in to $8,500 (which is what I had it consigned for at another dealer.) We made the deal and believe me they made money, but we got exactly what we wanted. It worked for us and just might for you. Remember... From sex to sales, nothing beats asking. It is free with just two possible answers (only one of which is bad). You don't ask, you don't get. :B
Desert Captain 07/26/15 05:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Camping neighbor destroying trees?

Found this old photo from 2012 at Patagonia Lake SP. These folks spent 10 minutes maneuvering and (mostly), blocking the CG road just to get their rig this far. The next 20 minutes was spent up on the roof hacking/trimming the trees (on both sides), so they could back all the way into a site that was too small for their rig to begin with. The CG was about half full with lots of other sites available. :S http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/CIMG4834_zpsymrsceut.jpg They walk among us. :E
Desert Captain 07/26/15 05:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping neighbor destroying trees?

I set up in a site once and over near the fire ring was a large pile of freshly cut branches. the chuckleheads who had been here ahead of me had chopped up a number of the small trees surrounding the site and then discovered that green branches don't burn well. I called the Ranger over went he came through the CG and showed him what I'd found. I did not want to be blamed for the damage and wasn't about to burn the green wood. He said he knew who they were and would take the appropriate action. We dumped the branches into the nearest dumpster. :R
Desert Captain 07/25/15 10:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ford 5.4 in some of the smaller rigs?

I have to agree with Ron and Mich, especially Ron's comments regarding the size of the fuel tank. You can get by with a 40 gallon tank but the 55 gallon gives far more options when it comes to fueling. While I prefer to drive on the top half of the tank at an average of 9.5 mpg we can easily go 450+ miles without uncovering the fuel pump. I think 2012 was the year the E-350 6.8L V-10 jumped from a GVWR of 11,500 to 12,500 (my 2011 chassis is 11,500). Our 2012 24' Nexus C has a payload of 3,363# so we aren't giving up much though we do run fully loaded at right around 11,000# (yep, I carry a lot of tools and toys). The ride and handling are outstanding and I have not made any modifications to the suspension, simply none needed. The Michelin LTX M/S 2's are awesome tires and certainly a large part of the quality ride we enjoy. I run with 65 psi in the rears and 60 -62 up front which gives me a large cushion well above the load they actually carry vs their rated max load capacity. Works for me. :C
Desert Captain 07/25/15 09:02am Class C Motorhomes
RE: How to Haggle???

"It has been priced very fairly according to what we have had quoted on Nada guides - but we would like to at least try to get a couple of thousand knocked of their list price" NADA pricing??? Are you freaking kidding me? I have no idea where the NADA Guide pricing comes from but it is a joke. They show my 2012 Nexus Phantom 23P Class C as being worth: List $84,279 Low Retail: $51,250 Average retail: $61,750 I paid $47,000 2 years ago when it had 6,205 miles New today, they can be bought for around $60,000 nicely equipped (comparable to our 2012). NADA pricing is absurd and does not even begin to reflect the actual value of anything. Believe me, I wish my 3 year old (currently with 29,000+ miles), coach was worth $24,000 more than the original owners paid for it but give me a break! :S Why anyone would even look at NADA pricing, much less believe it as is beyond belief. http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/13073faf-466a-4dab-8e5d-4107c29b52fc_zpscfbfebee.jpg For the record... as much as I love our coach, if anyone out there would like to offer me $84,000, heck even $54,000, I will deliver the rig to you anywhere in the continental united States at no additional charge. Just send me a PM and I will schedule your delivery. :W {Yes, I am kidding. If I sold our coach (at any price) my bride would kill me slowly.} :B
Desert Captain 07/22/15 07:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ford F-150 5.0 V8 Towing

Payload, or the lack thereof will be the issue. Check this trucks payload and you will have the answer. That trailer will have about 1,000# of tongue weight (including the WDH). Subtract that from your payload (and 4 X 4 crew cabs are notoriously short on payload to begin with), and see if you can live with what remains for passengers and gear. If you pack very light and don't bring the Duggar family you may be fine. :C
Desert Captain 07/21/15 07:03pm Towing
RE: windshield wipers

I like the Rain-X. They do a good job, especially combined with the Rain-X washer fluid. X2 and they can be purchased for around $10 a piece at Wally World. Using Rain X on your windshield "almost" eliminates the need for wipers. It is amazing stuff that makes any wipers work far better. :C
Desert Captain 07/21/15 12:54pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: KOA ridiculous charge

The reason KOA's charge so much is because they can. :) Like you said, all you were offered was overflow, so that means the place was full. Lots of people paying $43. I've always assumed that the KOA's are high because of franchise fees, but never really cared enough to find out. We stay at KOA's when nothing else is available nearby, never seek them out because they tend to be crowded and overpriced. But sometimes there is little choice. And they generally are very kid friendly. X2 We avoid KOA like the plague. Have yet to find one that wasn't on a busy highway, usually adjacent at least one set of railroad tracks. The sites tend to be small and very close together. Add in the noise of lots of kids (as that is the market they serve), combined with what ares always the highest rates in the area and staying there for us just makes no sense. If you travel with kids, have lots of money, and like tight sites KOA is your kind of park. :S As always.... Opinions and YMMV.
Desert Captain 07/21/15 08:19am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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