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RE: Wifi/Bluetooth backup camera

take a look at this http://www.drgrab.com/products/69-for-a-wireless-security-camera-with-motion-detection-night-vision-and-smartphone-compatibility-299-value Wonder how it will stand up against the riggers of being mounted on the back of an RV i.e. vibration and weather. Those are indoor only.
JCGibson 10/21/14 11:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Electric automatic jacks

We have a BayHill that is 36' and has the four point system (hydraulic). The next size up is 38' and they come with six point leveling. 37' is probably right on the edge of either one working, but I would think 4 point would be fine.
JCGibson 10/20/14 08:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wifi/Bluetooth backup camera

I have seen a wifi camera and it is ok. Video quality isn't the greatest, but not bad. I am unaware of a Bluetooth camera. Normally bluetooth is only for audio or data (computer mouse/keyboard, etc.) and the range is not very good, about 20 feet.
JCGibson 10/20/14 08:39pm Fifth-Wheels
Annual Maintenance: Gasser vs Diesel Pusher

Another research question. What are the annual maintenance requirements and costs for your coach, be it gas or diesel powered? Also, do you perform the work yourself or have it performed by someone else? We mainly want to know about the chassis/engine portion of the coach. We have a 5th Wheel and know about the "house" portion and those annual requirements. Thanks again everyone! John
JCGibson 10/20/14 11:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How is Residential Fridge Powered in Coach While Traveling

I'm leaning towards the Georgetowns. They come with a residential fridge, and i think? it is delivered with 2 house batteries that power the inverter. Or the generator will power it. For a gasser, the Georgetown is one that we are leaning toward as well. We like the living area setup and has most of the options that we have in our 5th Wheel (except for dishwasher...I guess I will get my old job back).
JCGibson 10/20/14 10:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generator Hours

As usual, great information. I appreciate everyone who takes the time to help us with our understanding and search of a Class A. Thank you all very much!
JCGibson 10/20/14 10:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How is Residential Fridge Powered in Coach While Traveling

Thanks again to everyone with great replies. We appreciate it!
JCGibson 10/20/14 10:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generator Hours

I just serviced my gene today with 1871 hours. RV only has 31000 miles. We boon dock a few times throughout the year at 4 days at a time. We also run our gene while driving especially in the summer time with the heat. I've heard these gene's can do 10,000 hours easy if taken care of. I just replaced my belts and tensioner a few months ago as well. Things rocks and fires right up. We had a Cabover camper that we put 2800 hours on before we sold it & it was running great. 1000 hours is nothing in my mind. Thanks for the info. This is new to me so good to know it isn't a big deal then. Thanks again. John
JCGibson 10/19/14 07:51pm Class A Motorhomes
Generator Hours

When looking at listings for Class As, we have seen lots of different hours for the generators. One listing in particular was for a 2005 DP that had 28K miles and had 700+ hours on the generator. To me that seems high for hours. Why would they have used it that much and not a whole lot of miles driven? What is the life expectancy of a diesel generator? John
JCGibson 10/19/14 07:40pm Class A Motorhomes
How is Residential Fridge Powered in Coach While Traveling

As we are further researching a potential Class A purchase, we have seen quite a few Class As that have residential size fridges that only run on 110 power. How are these kept on during traveling? Do you have to have the generator running or does the inverter power it? Thanks in advance. John
JCGibson 10/19/14 07:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Low Miles on a 2005 DP

I think it is how the person took care of the coach. I know I have preemptively changed out the fuel lines and the shocks again and will do air bags this winter. I think that if you care for these units and they are built well in the first place you can get a lot of life in them. We have people remodeling and driving Foretravels of early 90s vintage to Alaska and back all the time and we have them running the roads with well over 200K miles on them. They have a lot of life left in them and the cost to buy are very cheap in comparison to the new ones. In fact, I would put my 13 year old coach against many newer coaches and I bet that it is still competitive. You will always have maintenance to do no matter the age and at older ages you have some major maintenance that needs to be done but that is why it is cheaper to buy. I see 90s buses who are still working and running the roads that still have loads of life left. It is all in the initial quality and then the ongoing care they received. These are good points and I think that is why we have moved toward looking at a few years old DP instead of a new Gasser. I think we would be happier with it for what we want to do.
JCGibson 10/18/14 09:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why to Go to Class A from 5th Wheel Part 2

I'm so lazy I go to a place where I don't even have to get out of the car to have the oil changed! That's awesome! I would do that if I didn't even have to get out. I have never heard of anything like that around here. Maybe a business opportunity... The place is called Oil Can Henry's. It's chain outfit but I don't know how spread out they are. You pull your car into the bay and they hand you the newspaper and you sit and read the paper while they do the work. They even push a TV monitor over to your window with closed circuit cameras on it from under your car so you can watch the work being done. I'm usually in and out in under 15 minutes. That is too cool. Might be a calling around here for something like that.
JCGibson 10/16/14 01:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Low Miles on a 2005 DP

I agree too that 32,000 miles is not too low only if it was driven evening through-out it's life. Was the 32,000 miles put on in the first three years then has been sitting? I think we were all trained to get the lowest mileage cream puff that we can find. It's hard to get that thinking out of our heads. Our coach is on consigment and has almost 70,000 miles that were put on evenly through-out it's life. We've used it just once a month since purchase (2008 Dynasty). The salesman mentioned a couple of times that there are many '08's with less miles and people might baulk at higher miles. On a diesel, 70,000 is just about breaking it in. Only a true diesel person I think would understand that (I was not that person either as I had to learn it). Diesels like to run on a regular basis although people talk about farm equipment that sit all winter and then they start them up again in the spring with no problems. It's hard to kill a diesel I guess. MM. I know with diesel pickups like our Dodge will last a long time with continued use, but just wasn't sure about the, what seemed like lower miles for a diesel motorhome. We have about the the same amount of miles as the DP, but it is a 2011. Not sure of how it was used though. Just did an internet search and haven't seen the actual coach.
JCGibson 10/16/14 10:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why to Go to Class A from 5th Wheel Part 2

I'm so lazy I go to a place where I don't even have to get out of the car to have the oil changed! That's awesome! I would do that if I didn't even have to get out. I have never heard of anything like that around here. Maybe a business opportunity...
JCGibson 10/16/14 10:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why to Go to Class A from 5th Wheel Part 2

Although this isn't a bad idea, if you are going to look for an older high end DP, just make sure you have somebody who knows what they are doing inspect it closely for any hidden damage from water or things of that nature. What areas are prone to water damage or other type of damage? Do you mean from the roof? I am pretty mechanically inclined and have pretty good knowledge of 5ers and my Cummins Diesel in the Dodge so isn't this something I can inspect? Roof leaks allow water to get into walls and cabinets and other places. A few cheap pieces of trim and/or some paint can often hide this damage from an unsuspecting new buyer. There was a thread on here a few weeks ago from a person who was in the process of purchasing a used motorhome and found out that the seller had used some trim pieces to hide water damage to a wall. I will look up the thread. Thanks!
JCGibson 10/16/14 10:13am Class A Motorhomes
Low Miles on a 2005 DP

In my research of a potential DP in our future, I am wanting to know about mileage and how it effects a DP. I found a 2005 Tiffin with only 32000 miles. I thought I saw somewhere low miles for an older DP can actually do more harm than good. Am I correct in this assessment even if regular maintenance has been performed? Thanks in advance as all the information I have received so far in my research of a Class A has been outstanding. John
JCGibson 10/16/14 08:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why to Go to Class A from 5th Wheel Part 2

Although this isn't a bad idea, if you are going to look for an older high end DP, just make sure you have somebody who knows what they are doing inspect it closely for any hidden damage from water or things of that nature. What areas are prone to water damage or other type of damage? Do you mean from the roof? I am pretty mechanically inclined and have pretty good knowledge of 5ers and my Cummins Diesel in the Dodge so isn't this something I can inspect? Water damage in RVs is very bad. You can check by looking at the seams where they used Dicor sealant. If it is a patchwork of sealant that is actually good. It means that they are inspecting and resealing the roof regularly. If not, that is bad. Also you can get a electronic water detector at Costco or other locations that you put up against a wall and it will tell you how wet it is. It does not damage the finish or put holes in the wall. Another thing to look at is the ceiling if you see water spots that is a red flag. This is very similar to a house almost. I had to use a water detector to find out where a leak was in our house in Anchorage Alaska. Was very helpful.
JCGibson 10/15/14 05:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why to Go to Class A from 5th Wheel Part 2

Another couple questions I would like to ask, how accessible is the engine on these? Is it possible for me to do all the regular drive train maintenance on a DP or gasser? I usually do most everything required on my Dodge (especially since it is out of warranty) and our 5er (at least I have the previous ones). In theory it is possible. Not easy but possible. Initially I wanted to stay away from a DP for that reason. However now there are YouTube videos on exactly how to do the work. I even saw a video on how to do your own maintenance on a diesel generator! BTW DP units have commercial engines and transmissions and have much longer service intervals vs. gas rigs or even diesel pickups. Good to know. I have learned tons of things from YouTube. It has saved me on a lot of things.
JCGibson 10/15/14 05:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why to Go to Class A from 5th Wheel Part 2

Although this isn't a bad idea, if you are going to look for an older high end DP, just make sure you have somebody who knows what they are doing inspect it closely for any hidden damage from water or things of that nature. What areas are prone to water damage or other type of damage? Do you mean from the roof? I am pretty mechanically inclined and have pretty good knowledge of 5ers and my Cummins Diesel in the Dodge so isn't this something I can inspect?
JCGibson 10/15/14 05:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why to Go to Class A from 5th Wheel Part 2

Another couple questions I would like to ask, how accessible is the engine on these? Is it possible for me to do all the regular drive train maintenance on a DP or gasser? I usually do most everything required on my Dodge (especially since it is out of warranty) and our 5er (at least I have the previous ones).
JCGibson 10/15/14 05:04pm Class A Motorhomes
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