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RE: How long do you keep your full time RV

I suspect they are like a car. Last as long as you are willing to repair, update, etc. The question is, at what point does it become so expensive to repair that it is overall too old to be worth it. For example would you keep an old car if it needed a transmission and complete engine at the same time. We looked at some really old 5th wheels once and it was surprising how old they looked; dark inside, dark finish, etc.
Jayco-noslide 01/12/17 09:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing 5er in Portland snow storm

Some of the posts suggest to go ahead and drive on slick conditions if you have skill and no fear. My point is to try to plan to avoid it. Of course anyone can get caught with a wrong forecast and have no choice but to go ahead at least long enough to get out of it. The time I got caught I discovered that it only takes a trace of precip to turn into a skating rink.
Jayco-noslide 01/12/17 09:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fuel mileage?

With that no. miles I think its broken in. 10 sounds too low to me. My half-ton gasser did 12-13 in town.
Jayco-noslide 01/11/17 12:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: North vs South Rim Grand Canyon?

Loved the north side with a pop-up in the main Nat'l Park campground. South is great too but the north is more like a pine, north woods atmosphere.
Jayco-noslide 01/11/17 12:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Towing 5er in Portland snow storm

To me, RV's of any kind, except maybe a very small motor home, and slick highways do not go together. As long as one can just cruise along straight, no steep hills, might be OK but I would dread having to stop fast of stop on a hill and lose traction starting. Had to do it once with a small trailer behind rear wheel drive van and ended up going down the interstate sideways.
Jayco-noslide 01/11/17 12:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: MPG for a 2500 Suburban?

I had 2 half-ton Chevy V-8 trucks as a daily driver and the overall average ran around 13. I expect a 2500 would be 1 or 2 lower. My little Chevy Sonic more than doubles that. Can't tow anything but I tow it.
Jayco-noslide 01/09/17 02:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: To have a home base or not.

I'm on your side to begin but seems to me most full-timers do end up with some sort of "home base" eventually. Maybe just an RV lot. Of course there's a financial issue; very expensive to maintain a house if you aren't there much.
Jayco-noslide 01/09/17 02:13pm Full-time RVing
RE: Cross Country Trip: RV or TT ?

You didn't mention if you would plan to tow a vehicle behind the MH. To me this would be mandatory on a trip that long in order to have transportation when parked at a campground. However, towing behind a MH is stressful whether with a dolly or flat towing because you can not back up so always have to be watching where you are pulling into. If you don't tow, then a MH is pretty easy, even driving through towns, etc. It accelerates and stops quicker and is maneurverable. I prefer MH because of the generator, larger tanks and easy access from the cab to bathroom, etc.
Jayco-noslide 01/09/17 02:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: neighbors

Every time we arrive after dark (by accident) I say, "Never again".
Jayco-noslide 01/03/17 09:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Campgrounds in the Florida Panhandle

The answer is "yes", for state parks of which there are several good ones in Fl. Reservations highly recommended if you can get them. Not sure about private ones.
Jayco-noslide 01/03/17 09:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What MPG 32' Class A Gas V10

It's not the monthly payments, it's the difference between what you pay and what you get when you're done with it. What you really get, not an inflated trade-in. This amount is BIG in most cases.
Jayco-noslide 01/03/17 09:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What MPG 32' Class A Gas V10

Contrary to a previous post, I don't think fuel is necessarily one of the biggest costs of RVing. It is pretty big if you just look at a specific trip (with a lot of moving and not much setting still) but if you look at the overall cost over time, the cost of the MH (depreciation) is the biggest and could be as high as $50-$100 per day every single day of use.
Jayco-noslide 12/28/16 01:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What MPG 32' Class A Gas V10

We have a 2002 Class C, 30 ft long. with the Ford V-10 towing a Chevy Sonic (about 2700 lbs.) and the extremes are 7 to 11. So make your own guess for the average- probably close to 9. If I were to tow something hundreds of lbs. heavier no doubt it would drop. Wind and hills make big difference. I think 5-6 might be on the low side but not by much. Consider that within the overall total costs of RVing, 2 or 3 MPG isn't going to make much difference.
Jayco-noslide 12/20/16 02:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What Length Are They Really Referring To?

I really don't know but we have a 30 ft. MH and tow a subcompact and it the site advertises at 30 ft. or more we seem to be OK. Sometimes have to park the car at an angle to fit.
Jayco-noslide 12/20/16 02:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Midlevel newer vs higher level older

I don't think you can compare this issue re: motor homes with cars. An older expensive car(BMW) might have some advantages over a newer less expensive car(Chevy Malibu) but it won't get better mileage or be less likely to need expensive repair or have better basic quality. Not the same with motor homes.
Jayco-noslide 12/20/16 02:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Midlevel newer vs higher level older

Intriguing question but not sure there is a very good answer. In general, I think quality would win over age. But so many other factors, such as miles, past care and the floor plan. Having to constantly get things replaced/repaired is a big deal with motor homes and not sure getting newer will help much. We have a 2003 Itasca(Class C) and I must say I am am impressed with the quality and I'm glad we have it instead of a lower quality of the same year.I would get another Itasca/Winnebago.
Jayco-noslide 12/17/16 02:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Remote campsites?

Possibly Big Bend NP in Texas. Sizable towns and the interstate is pretty far. Secondly, the east side of Glacier NP again because of the distance to larger towns, Walmart, etc.
Jayco-noslide 12/17/16 02:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: need rough guideline for what size TV for a fifth wheel

I'm not sure but I've read and heard that there is little reason to not go bigger (cost possibly) as far as ride quality is concerned. When on the border line go bigger.
Jayco-noslide 12/17/16 02:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Class C extended chassis, Thoughts or your experiences

I don't know if it's called an "extended chassis"or not but we have a 31 ft. 2002 Itasca Class C. No complaints or special problems except that the overhang behind the rear axle is really long so have to watch very closely about the rear "swinging out" when you turn if you are very close to something at all.
Jayco-noslide 12/17/16 02:22pm Class C Motorhomes
Interesting tank fill problem

When the tank needed filling on our Class C I found that 2 places could not because propane leaked around where they connected to the tank. No one seemed to know why but I was told an RV facility or propane company would have to take the tank off, empty it and replace the fill valve. A couple of places said "We don't do that". Finally ended up at a propane dealer where the "old guy" looked and said, "The gasket is missing" so he provided one; problem solved. My interesting point is why would several propane dispensers not see something so obvious or think of it on the phone. As I recall I even called Winnebago and they said, no there's no gasket, just metal on metal.
Jayco-noslide 12/08/16 10:10am Tech Issues
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