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RE: Sloppy steering

Our 2003 Itasca Class C has "sloppy, loose steering" also. Not saying there isn't something to be done but part of it is that the steering is just mechanically not the same as modern cars but more like trucks used to be. I guess I've adapted but it does have to be "driven" not just one hand resting on the wheel.
Jayco-noslide 07/20/16 03:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing 35+ footer

I'm always coming out against long trailers but for just too many reasons to go into. We had a 25 ft. 5th wheel and once traveled with friends with a 35 ft. 5th wheel and that experience reinforced my opinion but they wouldn't agree. I think about 30 ft. is a good length but even that can be too long in some campgrounds.
Jayco-noslide 07/20/16 03:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: MH or TT

There's no right or wrong answer. We've had 3 pop-ups, 1 hybrid trailer pulled behind a van, a small 5th wheel towed with a half-ton truck and now a 50 ft. Class C towing a small car. Overall I think the MH has lots of advantages. On board generator, and easier to back into a site. I like having the little Chevy Sonic to drive around (ave. 30 MPG) instead of the truck(ave 14 MPG) which was all we had.
Jayco-noslide 07/20/16 03:00pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Reasonable Prep Fees?

If you want it, I would say, "I'll take it without the prep fees". Of course they have a right to ask whatever they want so you have to decide what it is worth to you. Really doesn't matter whether they add on "prep fees" or just add that much to the asking price. Dealers never really expect to get the full stated price.
Jayco-noslide 07/20/16 02:53pm Beginning RVing
RE: sleeping with generator on

I don't think I would and never have. It's usually not an issue for us because most parks don't allow them after 8 PM or so. Right or wrong, I guess I would worry about the exhaust or overheating. I might run it and the AC for a half hour or so on a really hot night with me awake.
Jayco-noslide 07/13/16 06:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Extended warranty won't pay for repair

You've already purchased and paid for an ext. warranty so I won't try to change your mind but for others considering one, this is just one of many many reasons why I never get an extended warranty. I don't think your situation is unusual. Better to keep that money and put it in a savings account to pay for repairs.
Jayco-noslide 07/13/16 06:23pm Good Sam Extended Service Plan
RE: Current events having second thoughts

My feeling is that violence is pretty random and unpredictable and always has been. For example, I could stay home and get shot in the Walmart parking lot or even more likely have a crash on the corner near my house. Also, make a list of 50 bad things likely to happen to you and you would find that being injured or killed by terrorists or in a riot while RVing would be way way low on the list below illness, flood, auto accident, etc. Of course I would avoid areas where demonstrations, etc. are planned.
Jayco-noslide 07/11/16 02:36pm Family Camping
Honda Fit as TOAD?

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Jayco-noslide 07/08/16 10:12am Towing
Honda Fit as TOAD?

When I got our Class C, a car to tow 4 wheels down boiled down to a Honda Fit (auto trans) or Chevy Sonic. I got the Sonic auto. and works great. But now it looks like the choice in transmissions with the new Fit is a manual or CVT. Is the CVT in the Fit, or any car, towable 4-down?
Jayco-noslide 07/08/16 10:12am Dinghy Towing
RE: yellowstone grand tetons without reservations

You can't go wrong with that destination. If you go in late Aug. after schools have started that will help. There are several campgrounds that don't even take reservations and usually have sites if you time your arrival for mid to late morning. Coulter Bay in Teton is very large and usually does not fill. Mammoth in YNP is another good bet. Not all sites are large but you'll be OK if you arrive early and have a back-up plan.
Jayco-noslide 07/08/16 10:01am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Better half has figured she may like semi fulltime living

Are you sure you want to go bigger, as big as 38 ft.? You might consider focusing on the floor plan and features and keep the size down. I think going bigger can be sort of like getting a new car. At first it seems wonderful but very soon you adapt to it, it's not new anymore and the desire for bigger yet can just be neverending. I won't go into all the negatives of big but there are many.
Jayco-noslide 07/08/16 09:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Not even a newbie yet - but thinking of trying

Expecting "everything to go well" is probably unrealistic. We've done it for over 40 yrs. and sometimes things still don't go well.That doesn't mean there will be a catastrophy but just some problems. Renting seems like a good move to see if you like it but it's a learning process that goes on a long time.
Jayco-noslide 07/07/16 06:27pm Beginning RVing
RE: Change your oil- yourself or shop

Not much of a do-it-yourselfer. The money savings just doesn't seem worth it. Most of the cost seems to be the oil rather than the labor. There's better ways to save larger amounts of money. That's just me. Lazy maybe.
Jayco-noslide 07/02/16 01:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What are your rules for the awning?

I've about decided that the awning is one of the more useless items on an RV. When I really need one (rain or expecting rain) to keep a dry spot around the door it's too risky to leave it out for fear of wind. Don't dare leave it up when in bed or away from the RV even if storms aren't close. We do like one sometimes for a sun shelter but still not sure it's worth replacing.
Jayco-noslide 07/02/16 01:27pm Beginning RVing
RE: when boondocking do you bring a weapon ?

We don't own a gun for a lot of reasons. Don't hunt anymore so it would only be to shoot a person. We think that the risk of misusing the gun and shooting someone by accident is greater than risk of being attacked. Also, in most situations things would probably happen so fast and we would be so hesitant to fire that it wouldn't help. Shooting someone and going to prison is a fear. I don't think the risk of being attacked is any higher RVing than it would be about anywhere. We do carry bear spray (for bears) and would have it close if danger anticipated.
Jayco-noslide 06/21/16 01:46pm Beginning RVing
RE: Sold monster, went smaller :)

Good for you. Small is good.
Jayco-noslide 06/15/16 02:16pm Toy Haulers
RE: New truck now?

I used to love getting a new vehicle every year or 2 back when I didn't know that I couldn't afford it and didn't need it to be happy. At 73 I would still like the novelty of a new car or truck every year or so if I had enough money to provide all other present and future needs and no loans. Not going to happen. That's OK because I've learned that a "new" one isn't new after a few months and used is great and saves thousands. Also, they will nearly all last for years and well over 100,000 and still be nice. Debt free and plan to stay that way.
Jayco-noslide 06/15/16 02:13pm Toy Haulers
RE: Budgeting for Camping

Expect to pay a wide range for the sites; from $10 or so at National Forests to over $50 for private RV resort type parks and everything in between. Average for us is around upper 20's per night but we prefer state and national parks and have the senior pass. You can control food cost by whether you eat out or do your own cooking. Paying for tourist attractions can add a bunch or you can hike, fish, etc. You will use a lot of fuel when on the road but you can control that too to some extent. Compared to hotels and resorts and eating out 3/day you will save a lot if you don't count the cost of the RV.
Jayco-noslide 06/10/16 02:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Which books and/or apps for trip planning?

Since I got a smart phone and the "RV parks" app (free) I'm not sure I will ever use my directory again. It's just a map of the US which you can zoom out or in, find your routes and move along them and the campgrounds just start popping up. Sometimes you have to zoom in closer to get government parks but they are nearly all there. Then touch the little symbol and the full name of the campground comes up with details about amenities, phone number, etc.
Jayco-noslide 06/10/16 02:14pm Beginning RVing
RE: Difficulty With Florida State Parks

Fl. has great state parks but, yes you probably waited too long for getting a southern or coastal site in winter. However, even trying 11 months ahead is still problematic because people get on the phone or internet at exactly mid-night 11 mos. advance to get sites. So the only hope is to get on everyday and hope to time it when someone cancels. We've been doing Fl. snowbirding lots of years and have pretty much given up at parks like Myakka River, Oscar Scherer and other southern coastal parks. Often you can get sites at St Pks more in central and northern Fl. and the ones on the panhandle don't seem to fill up as quickly in mid-winter because it can be chilly.
Jayco-noslide 06/01/16 12:16pm Snowbirds
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