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RE: Gassing Up

You'll be fine, just take your time. Always make sure you can drive in and drive out, no backing up if you can help it. I had to back onto a main road one time because I blocked in. Find a large station, like Meijer since you're from Michigan. They're easy to maneuver. Since the OP has a toad, they can't back up or it will damage the tow bars/toad or both.
JCGibson 01/18/16 04:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gassing Up

Hi! Good question. I always plan my fuel stops, and do so using this site: http://truckstops.com Better safe than sorry, especially pulling a toad. Welcome to the club! With a gas coach I try to avoid truck stops unless they have dedicated fuel lanes like Pilot/Flying J. Regular gas lanes are challenging having to watch out for cars pulling in front of you.
JCGibson 01/18/16 04:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gassing Up

There are many, many gas stations you can use. You won't have any problem. It is a little more challenging with a gas coach.
JCGibson 01/18/16 04:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gassing Up

First, I will use google maps and look at the route I am traveling and possible stops along the way. This way I know how access is in and out. Try to stop at stations that have pumps parallel to the store and not facing it. Also, I don't get fuel in bigger cities unless a necessity as they are usually more busy. Time of day is usually another thing I consider. Usually will fill up every 300 miles or so as long as it isn't during rush hour (morning, lunch, evening).
JCGibson 01/18/16 04:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advise please-Campground Near Ava MO in March

We live about 30 miles from Ava. Unfortunately, during this time of the year the weather is very unpredictable. There are many nights that can still get below freezing. Also, there aren't many options near Ava that will be open. I know Ozark Missouri, where Lamberts home of the throwed rolls is, has a couple of parks that would be open, but they aren't much more than a parking lot with hookups. It will be just over 30 miles west of Ava. Laura Ingalls Wilder RV Park is in Mansfield which is about 20 miles north. I don't know much about tho. Branson is the best bet for state park camping (Table Rock State Park) or year round parks in general. However, it is quite far from Ava and the roads are quite curvy. There are lots of COE parks in the area, but none are open during March.
JCGibson 01/03/16 06:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
PCS Electronics, Columbia Missouri--Highly Recommend

Hello All, I had some work done on our Magnum Auto Gen Start system that hasn't worked from the beginning by PCS Electronics in Columbia Missouri and I highly recommend them. They are an authorized service center for Magnum Energy products. They are very knowledgeable with all electronics components and wiring. They sell and service generators and solar panels as well. If ever needing electrical work and in the area of Columbia Missouri (about 2 hours from both Kansas City and St Louis on Interstate 70) look them up as they are a first class business and nice people to work with. There website is http://pcselectronicsmo.com/
JCGibson 07/15/15 01:31pm Tech Issues

We stayed there last summer and enjoyed our stay. We only saw one alligator and it was about 4 feet long if that. When you stay in the State Park, you get free access to the State Park Beach access at the Pavilion which is only about a mile away. The Pier is about 2 miles away from the park. At the State park they also have Zip lines, rent kayaks and canoes. They have a small nature center, huge swimming pool, laundry room and small store.
JCGibson 07/09/15 03:40pm Snowbirds
RE: Just a Thought...

We just did this with our 2011 Dodge 3500 and 2014 Bayhill FW. Traded them for a 2016 Tiffin Allegro 36 LA with a build date of 18 May. The way our dealer did it was for the FW it was a trade in value (little better than wholesale based on our research). Still gave us more than we paid for it (that was before they new how much we still owed). As for the truck, they got bids from local St Louis dealers and we got way above what we expected. It was close to what I would have gotten in a private sale. Only $14K less than we paid for it in 2010. Not including our trades, we still got about 24-25% off MSRP (not too bad for a Tiffin) and got to order it the exact way we wanted it. Our main reason we wanted to do this was getting tired of Truck/FW setup. Both of us have bad backs and I have other disabilities from 20 years in the Air Force so going to a Class A was the best option for us as we love RVing.
JCGibson 05/04/15 11:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Flat Tow Vehicle Equipment Recommendations

Thanks everyone for your recommendations. Much appreciated. John
JCGibson 04/12/15 08:46am Class A Motorhomes
Flat Tow Vehicle Equipment Recommendations

Good evening, Well, I had it in my mind we would just get a tow dolly and use that to tow my wife's FWD vehicle behind our 2016 Allegro when it arrives. After much discussion with the wife and my back, we have traded it for a 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4X4. So with that, we will be able to flat tow and not use a dolly. What I would like are recommendations for tow bars, brake control, etc. I have read the dinghy towing guide from Motorhome Mag, but would like real world user recommendations as all the ads make them sound like they are the best possible solution. Thanks in advance. John
JCGibson 04/11/15 08:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: We took the plunge!

Thanks everyone! We can't wait to get our new coach. We do plan on going to see the build as long as it is after 1 Jun (told it would be) when the wife finishes teaching for the current school year. Did I say we are excited!!!
JCGibson 04/11/15 07:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: We took the plunge!

good luck with your new motorhome. I was wondering what happen with the bayhill you have listed in your sig, looks like only a year or two old, I had looked at the bayhill models at this years RV show and they looked nice with good floor plans ? You would know best how they are built after having one, did you have problems with the trailer? Mike. We do like the floor plan and they are nice. However, we did have quite a few problems. If you haven't seen the forum on IRV2 it is here http://www.irv2.com/forums/f44/evergreen-bay-hill-162477.html.
JCGibson 04/11/15 07:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Filling Up at Gas Station--Class A Gasser

My gas filler is on back about 2 ft. in on Bounder. I got a Rand Mcnally GPS that has an input for a video so I put a camera ( a cheap one) on bottom of the rear facing out so now I can see the pumps up close and precisely place the MH for filling. No need to guess or back up with toad. Works great for me and it was pretty simple to do. That's a great idea. We have the Garmin RV GPS and has that same option of adding a camera. I will have to look into this. Thanks! John
JCGibson 04/11/15 07:40am Class A Motorhomes
We took the plunge!

We have been looking for many months and we finally took the plunge and signed an agreement to have a new 2016 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 36LA built. This will probably be the slowest 10-12 weeks of waiting we will have ever had. Very excited to begin this chapter of our RVing lives!
JCGibson 04/09/15 07:16pm Class A Motorhomes
Tiffin Motorohomes Power Inverter Brand

Good morning, The new Tiffin Allegro we are looking at has either 1250 or 2000 watt power inverter that is from Tripp Lite. I am not familiar with this brand. Does anyone have any experience with it? Thanks. John
JCGibson 04/09/15 07:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Destination RV Resort/Campground/Park

Any particular areas of the country your looking into... east coast or New England? Mike No place in particular, but the northeast is definitely on our list of places wanting to see. Sorry I forgot about my post, I few that I would recommend in NC there's Camp Hatteras RV Resort Campground In the Lake George Area of NY there's Lake George RV Park, Lake George Escape and the newly opened Moose Hillock Camping Resort (moose hillock is family owned and they also have a resort campground in Warren NH) Normandy Farms in Foxboro MA Hope this helps, Mike I will check these out. Thanks! John
JCGibson 04/08/15 08:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Park Recommendations For Vicksburg, MS?

We have stayed at two parks while traveling through Vicksburg and seeing the sites. Ameristar is pretty descent, but some sites aren't very level as said before and some are close together. The entrance driveway to the park is a little steep and I scraped the rear of our 5th Wheel. They have a shuttle to the casino which is nice if you want to eat or try your luck. Then we have stayed at River Town Campground. It is a little outside of town, about 15 minutes or so to the battlefield. The sites are spaced pretty well and fairly level. They are gravel sites, but was maintained pretty well. John
JCGibson 04/08/15 04:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tow Dolly Procedures At RV Park

After reading all the rigmarole tow dolly people have to go through and having watched them in campgrounds and then they say they have no problems? They have never enjoyed the ease and simplicity of four down towing. Know that it is so much easier than a tow dolly! That is fine if we had a vehicle that is four down towable. Ours is front wheel drive and only 1 1/2 years old, so tow dolly is our only option right now.
JCGibson 04/06/15 07:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow Dolly Procedures At RV Park

Thanks to everyone for the very helpful responses. Greatly appreciated. John
JCGibson 04/06/15 09:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Special Order vs. Purchasing off the Lot

As stated already you should not pay any more for one that you have built in fact in most cases it will cost you less. That is what we did and got exactly what we wanted. Good luck and I believe that you will be pleased with your purchase. If you do order it you can go to red Bay and watch it be built. Pretty interesting. If we do custom order, I think we will go to the factory as long as it is during the summer. My wife is a teacher so won't be a problem doing so. I hear they are very accommodating to visitors.
JCGibson 04/04/15 09:15pm Class A Motorhomes
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