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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
RE: Taking Fiver up Hwy 1 to Big Sur from Southern California

Drove the Big Sur Highway {Monterey down to Morro Bay}, last month in our 24' Class C. That stretch of road is not recommended for a rig like yours. IMHO: A few do it but most should not in anything over 30'. You will encounter lots of bicyclists {most of whom have a death wish}, much of that stretch has little or no shoulder whatsoever. There are numerous pullouts but most folks just don't bother to use them. Add in the motorcycle crowd trying hard to drive that road way too fast and the frequent pea soup fog that often engulfs the road without warning and you have a recipe for disaster.... add an RV that is incapable of staying inside the double yellows (yours is) and you are just asking for trouble. A much better way to go would be to park the fiver and drive it in your truck. Spectacular gorgeous road that you will enjoy so much more being on the correct side of the safety equation. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 10/18/16 07:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: Campfire in a can

Every year there is a vendor at the RV show in Quartzsite selling refurbished/returned Campfire In a Can{s}. We bought ours from him 2 years ago for $75 and the only blemish we could find was that one of the "logs" was cracked which has no effect whatsoever. We usually have a regular campfire but during the frequent red Flag warnings or when we find ourselves in an RV Park where fires are often prohibited we thoroughly enjoy our CF in a can. They put out more heat and light than you might think. Next time you see someone with one go over and ask to check it out, I think you will be impressed. :C
Desert Captain 10/11/16 07:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Nexus class C battery issue

I agree with most of what has already been posted. Your batteries are 4 years old and have one or more bad cells. Any battery wth a bad cell can be charged until Christmas but when a load is applied, in this case starting the genny they immediately go flat. A Hydrometer will confirm this. The so called dual purpose batteries found in many RV's are more prone to this than true deep cycles. My 2012 nexus Class C came with two group 27 Interstate, pure deep cycles and they lasted 5 years. They showed weak at the end of their life when I tested with the Hydrometer but there were no bad cells - they were all equally low. The converters on most RV's are between 35 and 55 amps {probably the case with your larger C}, and while they do in fact charge they are not dedicated chargers. The solution is to simply confirm my theory with a Hydrometer and then replace both with pure deep cycles. I got mine at Batteries Plus for $100 a piece. I also replaced the engine battery as it was 5/6 years old {the chassis on my 2012 is in fact a 2011}, and should now be done buying batteries for the next 3 - 5 years which is about right given regular use and proper maintenance. :C
Desert Captain 10/07/16 07:32am Class C Motorhomes
RE: V10 gas mileage

No need to use the tow/haul with the 6 speed tranny (if you have one). It does help with the older 5 speed transmissions, though. This is the first motorhome that we've had that we can just leave the cruise control on, and not worry about it. T/H is there for a reason, on what do base your assumption that there is no need to use it? Unless you are monitoring your transmission fluid temps you are putting your trans at risk of damage due to running hot. :h
Desert Captain 10/05/16 09:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Cold weather destinations

We are fortunate enough to liven southern Arizona which enables us camp year round. It is simply a matter of matching elevation to the current weather. The heat of summer sends us up to the nearby mountains, yes Arizona is very mountainous with an average elevation of over 4,000'. As winter approaches we start visiting the lower elevation CG's and there are almost unlimited choices. We are currently enjoying a week in Angel Fire New Mexico. My friends house sits at 8,875' which explains why the thermometer read 23 degrees this morning. The days are in the low 50's and drop dead gorgeous does not begin to describe the beauty that surrounds us. The local RV parks are nearly, but not quite, empty and my buddy was thoughtful enough to put a nice RV pad, complete with 30 amps and water on his property. We left the Class C at home for this trip but could be enjoying it {came with a 35,000 BTU furnace}. Last year we drove the C and then pushed on to Colorado for a couple more weeks of fun. Here is a shot I took last year and yes we have elk wandering his property every day: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_0565_zpsbxsnlvae.jpg When we return home we will be going to Lost Dutchman SP outside of Apache junction, Patagonia and Roper Lake SP's, Quartzite {of course}, for the January RV craziness, and the Colorado River offers lots of good winter destinations as well {stopped at Buckskin Mountain SP last week on our return from 3 weeks in northern California}. The point being for us anyway is put that RV in gear and go where the weather makes it fun. Sometimes you don't even have to drive that far but for much of the country that isn't an option. The flood of snowbirds will be with us soon as Arizona remains to be one of their favorite destinations. :C
Desert Captain 10/05/16 10:08am General RVing Issues
RE: V10 gas mileage

2012 E-350 24' Class C with the V-10 5 speed Torque shift trans: After 32,000+ miles from coast to coast and then some over the last three years: Cruising 60 = 9.5 Cruising 65 = 9.25 Both of those numbers reflect a little generator time and much of the mileage was in the mountains of the western half of the country. If you are not running with the Tow Haul engaged you should be.... that is what it is there for and it will not hurt your mileage. I should also note that those numbers do not change when I am towing my motorcycle, bike and trailer are less than 1,000#. The E-450 chassis is 3,000# heavier than mine and has a lower rear end. IIRC the 450 is a 4:56 vs the 4:10 on my 350. :C
Desert Captain 10/01/16 09:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Outside shower privacy

Unless you are boon docking far from anyone else or if you really do look better naked than dressed.... and not many of us do, :R then just put on a bathing suit and take your outdoor shower. As noted outdoor showers keep your grey tank from filling up and do so when it is warm, On a hot day it feels great. Too chilly? Shower inside. :S
Desert Captain 10/01/16 05:42pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Your Comments About Brands Of Shock Absorbers?

Love the Bilstein's I recently put on our 24' Class C. Based upon their recommendation I went with the heavy duty models as we frequently run near GVWR and or tow my Harley. The improvement in ride and handling are off the chart. :C
Desert Captain 09/29/16 02:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Tucson area in the Spring

The Monsoon officially ends this Friday but we are currently getting storms throughout the area. Spring, which can come as early as mid February or as late as April, every years seems to be different, is a gorgeous time of year. The biggest problem with spring in the high Sonoran desert is the wind and the pollen levels, both of which frequently are off the chart. There are a number of nice state parks available; Catalina, Patagonia or Roper Lakes, Karchner Cavern to name just a few. Some offer W&E and a few have FHU's. There are lots of RV parks to choose from as well. :C PS: March through April reservations are a good idea. I agree that the snowbirds begin their north/eastward migration in late March with the bulk of the flock departing by the end of April. This will seriously thin out the RV and State Parks. By Mid May it is getting hot and the snowbirds are long gone.
Desert Captain 09/28/16 07:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Towing Advice

Loaded that trailer will be pretty close to 8,000# or more. This means a tongue weight of over 1,100# {including the WDH}. Your hitch probably is not rated for that and you'll probably be over your rear axle limits as well. The biggest problem will be running out of payload. Most 4X4 half tons are notoriously short in that category{especially if they are crew cabs}, and very few can actually tow their "towing capacity" a nonsense number {much like dry weights}. Having 1,100+# of tongue weight doesn't leave much for bodies and gear so unless you are prepared to leave just about everything/everyone home.... yes, you might want to consider a lighter trailer. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 09/27/16 01:50pm Towing
RE: Please Slow Down in Campgrounds this Fall

Great topic and one of my biggest aggravations while camping. Most folks have no clue just how fast they are going. A simple glance down at the speedometer or GPS can clear that up. When the CG is posted 10 mph that is the MXIMUM speed limit in good weather and broad daylight assuming the roads are in good shape and "10" means "10"! Seems like the worst offenders are the folks rushing to get into their site. I've seen large RV's, often towing, driving 30+ in 10 mph CG's. The roads are narrow and there are often kids, dogs and fat old people {like me}, who are at risk. When possible I try to get a site that is not on one of the primary access roads and never hesitate to speak up to the Camp Host's if I observe a problem. Sadly, most of the hosts jus throw up their hands and say they can't do anything.... which is NOT true. I will not hesitate to call local law enforcement if the hosts won't and ignore the problem and when they arrive the offenders better hope they have not been drinking. When folks ignore the problem it always gets worse. Rant off.... for now. :S
Desert Captain 09/27/16 11:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Another great Class C trip

I loved hearing about your trip. We took a trip to northern CA too in July/Aug in our Class C, then on over to Yellowstone. We took 95 up through southern NV and I thought that was the loneliest road in the U.S. Lol!!! We have done 95 a couple of times and found it to be boring/butt ugly. Tonopah offers nothing but there is a nice little RV park just outside of Hawthorne. The ever changing elevations of 50 made for a beautiful, always interesting ride. I like to seek out new roads for our travels but can see doing 50 again someday, perhaps from west to east just for the variation. :C
Desert Captain 09/27/16 09:48am Class C Motorhomes
Another great Class C trip

Just returned from our 4th annual 3 week 2,400+ mile trip to northern California from our home in Tucson. We always depart on Labor day as everyone else seems to he headed home and the roads quickly clear out. This year I left the motorcycle/trailer at home and we were running at what I consider a medium load - 11,000# on a GVWR of 11,500 {2012 E-350 V-10 Nexus Phantom 23P - 24.5'}. Over the last 3 years and 32,000+ miles I've always run at 60 and have consistently gotten 9.5 mpg {including a little generator time}. This trip I kicked it up to a steady cruise of 65 on the interstates and any highways where it was prudent/legal. I knew the mileage would suffer but was pleasantly surprised to fine that it only dropped to 9.25. As noted in an earlier post we got to drive Highway 50 {the loneliest road in America}, across Nevada and encountered so many 7,500' passes that we lost count. Most of that ride was at well over 6,000'. Add in the climbs up to Flagstaff, Jacob Lake, Tehachapi Pass.... to name just a few and you can see that V-10 was really working. I always run with the tow haul engaged except when I forgot to reengage it after a restart. The Scan Gauge quickly pointed out my error displaying the increasing trans fluid temps on these occasions {You DO have a Scan Gauge, right?}, and engaging tow haul quickly lowered them back to the normal range. I replaced the original shocks 6,0000 miles ago at 33,000 with a set of heavy duty Bilstein's and could not be more pleased with the improved ride and handling. The free set of Michelin LTX M/S 2's {courtesy of the great Michelin M/S recall}, continue to be the finest tires I have ever run and still look like new with 23,000 miles on them. I make it a point to try and run every system in the coach on these longer trips and this was no exception. The 35K BTU furnace got a regular workout on those chilly California coast mornings and the AC saw duty more than once. Ran the generator more for its own good than any need for AC power. The stove, oven and microwave always get a workout as I love to cook. Use it or lose it worked for me when I ran boats and it makes just as much sense in an RV. Here is a shot of our site at my buddies place in Grass Valley. He has 6 gorgeous acres complete with a gold producing creek about 220' below where the coach is parked: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_0839_zps91p2pcvc.jpg Had too much fun every day with zero problems so we are already planning trip #5 for next year. :B
Desert Captain 09/26/16 02:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Highway 50 followup...

We did not find it scary at all, just a great road that was definitely the loneliest road we had ever driven. When you drive 45 minutes and never see another vehicle in either direction, which happened a number of times, you are out in the boonies to be sure. The road itself was fine though a decent shoulder was a rare event indeed. Don't expect much in the way of amenities at either Eureka or Austin and drive on the top half of the tank unless you have a very large tank. Cell coverage is spotty at best and can easily disappear with no warning. Outside of Austin we pulled onto the shoulder to consult our GPS for campgrounds and the rapping knuckles on my window that startled me belonged to the Nevada Highway Patrol Officer who had stopped just to make sure we were alright. I thanked him profusely for his concern and he recommended a campground we had had passed by and ultimately returned to for a nice nights stay. If you are properly prepared and equipped 50 will hold no terror... if not you probably should find a new hobby. :B
Desert Captain 09/24/16 09:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Highway 50 followup...

That is a nice pan of gold. We stayed in the Escapees park in Congress AZ for a week last winter. Many of the seasonal campers are into prospecting. The typical daily haul is less than what you have in that pan. Good to hear from you again. We assume we'll never get rich but really enjoy doing the mining {digging, slucing, panning}. It is so unbelievably beautiful down on the creek and we always have it all to ourselves. Here is a shot of the sluce: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_1259_zpssddn81xw.jpg We do however hold out hope that some day we will turn over the right rock and find the elusive nuggets. Deer Creek, which was the biggest gold strike in California runs right through my buddies property and every year we manage to take a little out but someday... :B
Desert Captain 09/24/16 06:31pm Class C Motorhomes
Highway 50 followup...

After our adventure driving Highway 50 {the loneliest road in America}, across Nevada we picked up I-80 just east of Reno and continued west up and over the Donner pass dropping down highway 20 into Grass Valley. This was our 4th annual visit to friends who have 6 gorgeous acres out side of GV and we stayed for 8 days before continuing west over to the coast but not before taking little gold out of the creek. Here is a shot of one of our better pans: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_1269_zpssbqmndpo.jpg Our 4 day stay at the Olema CG to attend the wedding of my best friends daughter was awesome. We drove south across the Golden Gate and found ourselves forced to drive the streets of San Francisco through downtown to reconnect with 101. Doable in a 24' C but in anything larger or towing... not so much. :W While not a particular fan of KOA's we had a very nice experience at their Moss Landing park. It is small and reservations are a must this time of the year {and probably most of the year}. The park, while smallish, is immaculate. With no reservation we were informed that they were full up {and had been for 3 months}. Then a gentleman, seeing the size of our C offered me the "overflow site". While a little tight it came with full hook ups and was priced at $54 {vs $68 for a regular site though not much larger}. http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_1296_zpshlvfktse.jpg There is lots to see and do all easy walking distance from the park. Phil's Fish House is a must visit but be prepared to stand in line for lunch or dinner. Our 1:30 arrival kept the wait down to 15 minutes {plan on at least and hour or more earlier or later but still worth the wait}, and the food is amazing with huge portions. If seafood is not your thing there are at least half a dozen other restaurants within a a couple of blocks. Driving from Monterey down Big Sur's Highway One is a must do but not necessarily for the faint of heart or large of rig. If you have anything over 30' and towing nothing by all means go for it but if not you will have a lot more fun in your truck or toad. Going south {vs north}, is a much better view with easier/safer access to the many pullout and overlooks many of which drop nearly 1,000' straight down into the breaking surf. http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_1298_zpsg7ctrtmw.jpg Morro Bay has always been one of my favorite stops and the State Park was fine for our last night on the coast but $35 for dry camping is a tad pricey for us Zonies. :E Check the Roads and Routes Forum for the tale of our trip across California to and through Bakersfield and Barstow on Highway 58. :B
Desert Captain 09/23/16 08:18pm Class C Motorhomes
Highway 58, San Luis Obispo to Barstow

Never heard a peep about Highway 58 but was looking to get east out of Morro Bay and there it was. We took the short drive out of MB to SLO and went north on 101 for just 8 miles before exiting east onto 58. The first thing you encounter is a large sign stating: Vehicles with trailers NOT{my emphasis}, advised. There are a number of very good reasons for this warning... If twisty, narrow two lane blacktop is your thing you will love 58. The second sign we saw stated "next services 82 miles" and they are 82 spectacular miles to be sure. Our Nexus Class C at just under 25' overall was a pleasure to drive but I cannot imagine larger rigs having any fun at all. The 36' fiver I managed to squeeze by on one of the very few passible stretches had no, zip, zero, NADA business being on this road and proved it by taking the double yellow as a mere suggestion at best... :S When we finally dropped down 4,000' on the backside of the coastal range west of Bakersfield we saw as many tight curves as we had encountered driving Monterey, down through Big Sur to Morro Bay. While Bakersfield and Barstow are nothing to write home about, getting to and through them on 58 was never dull though we did have to endure some stop and go city traffic for a while. The climb out of Bakersfield up and over the Tehachapi pass is awesome with hundreds {thousands?}, of windmills lining the pass and they were all cranking full tilt. My only regret was that I had left my Harley at home as 58 has got to be one of the ultimate motorcycle roads in America and I promised myself I would be back, next time on two wheels. :B
Desert Captain 09/23/16 07:50pm Roads and Routes
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