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RE: Best used DP value for 100K?

We are down in San Diego area a couple of hours south of you. The key things about looking for a motorhome in my opinion is that the floorpan meets your needs, it has enough CCC (carrying capacity) to tow and carry your stuff, you feel comfortable driving it, and you really like it. You do need to check to make sure there is not extensive water damage from a leak (s). But if you buy in the south west which I advise you to do it hardly rains or freezes so damage from water leaks is less likely. If you are going to full time or half time you need a coach with heavy duty house materials like solid counter tops, well made floor coverings and so on. Almost invariably the price it cost new is in direct proportion to how heavy duty stuff is. In my opinion it is very helpful to talk to the previous owner to find out what has been done to the coach maintenance wise and get records. It is very good to get a coach that has been well maintained. If you buy a coach that you don't know the details of it's background get an extended warranty so you don't break the bank. A rebuilt transmission is 7-8 grand. A used or rebuilt diesel is around 20. A replacement aqua hot boiler is 8,000. To replace a charge air cooler is 6,000 and so on. I like side radiators. I like air brakes. Cat or Cummins motor. No off brand motors. Shop and test drive a lot. Do not take checkbook the first seven test drives. I used the RVCG (RV consumer group) data sheets to narrow down my search. I do agree with their highway handling ratings. I only seriously looked at coaches they rated excellent in handling. The RVCG info tells you which coaches are, in their opinion, heavy duty. Have fun looking. I did. The coach you buy is important, the brand less so. You are buying a coach not a brand. And just because a coach is a brand thought to be good does not mean that particular one is. You need to make sure of that by yourself. So look in dark corners to make sure everything is made and assembled right. After 5 years of owning a Country Coach we are very happy with our choice. A very well made machine. And the factory is in Oregon 1 1/2 days away not in Indiana, many days away. Or Alabama, also many days away.
RFCN2 01/27/15 10:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best used DP value for 100K?

California's rule is over 40' but below 45' you need a class B license. I have my class B license and they did test my air brake knowledge when I took the test. If you buy a coach with a tag and it is 40' or less you do not need a class B license.
RFCN2 01/27/15 10:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: BBC article on GMC

I had a 1975 Glenbrook for about 4 years. Sold it about six years ago. I loved the thing but she was a high maintenance girlfriend. She did go FAST though. I had to watch the speedo to keep from getting above the legal limit.
RFCN2 01/27/15 09:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Would you buy a 200k miles Pusher?

American Tradition coaches are a very high quality unit. Most cars will easily go 200,000 miles, most diesel motorhomes far beyond that. You can easily and for low cost get an idea of the motor condition by taking a small oil sample to Cat or Cummins.
RFCN2 01/12/15 08:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best brand/model and why

Miramichi Cruiser - You are buying a coach not a brand. You should inspect and test drive them carefully and evaluate them based on your likes and dislikes. Pretty much you get what you pay for in new coaches. If you are looking at a Tiffin, Newmar, Fleetwood, Monaco, Winnebago that cost 250,000 they will all be very similar in quality and components. Lower end coaches tend to have less durable components like table tops, flooring, paint, carpet, and so on. If you plan to full time or spend six months of the year or more in your motorhome you should get heavy duty components that will not wear out quickly. Also lower end coaches tend to have small motors and rear radiators. Small motors are fine till you meet a big hill. One of my friends has an under motored coach from one of the better brands and it overheats on mountain grades. Rear radiators make it much harder to service or get to the motor. If you have no experience at all of motor homing then you are jumping off a cliff to go this big and expensive from the start. If you make a good buy on a used coach and you decide after a couple years to sell you will loose a lot less on the used purchase. If you are going to full or half time and you cannot get a new coach as durable as you need then get a used coach with better components. These are all just my opinions. When we looked for a motorhome in 2009 we bought the RVCG ratings. They rate almost all motorhomes and in my opinion do a good job of it. Better than us armchair guys and gals. Again my opinion.
RFCN2 01/01/15 08:22pm Class A Motorhomes

"all the girls in my family have IPhones" Get the iphone. Much easier to communicate with your girls. I think I am the only one in my immediate family with an Android phone, all others have iPhones. I will likely switch to iphone just to communicate with my family. That said if I was buying today I would get a 6 and not a 6+. My wife has a month old 6+. I like using it but too big for my shirt pocket. BTW - In my humble opinion Motorola currently has a better product line than Samsung. Either the Nexus 6, Motorola X, or Droid Turbo I prefer to the Samsung to any of the Samsungs. To me Samsung adds a lot of bloatware and software I do not like. On the other hand in the last year Google and Motorola have come out with some really great new features. But many people really like Samsung so must be a good phone. One absolute advantage of the Motorola phone that I have over my wife's iphone is reception for both 4G and wifi. Motorola puts in better antennas than Apple. It is an iphone and iPad weakness. My last Motorola phone was the same. Much better edge reception. Keep in mind that Motorola only makes radios since 1939. They are very good at it. All cops, park rangers, and so on carry Motorola radios. (not necessarily the phones but radios) But if I was you I would still go Apple to be able to use FaceTime, and Apple messaging easily between you and your girls.
RFCN2 12/30/14 10:12pm Technology Corner
RE: National disgrace

What is disgraceful is the chaos of the situation. National Parks have rules and they either need to be changed or enforced. If we are going to allow Mexican Nationals to enter a National Park and leave things for sale on the trails then change the laws to reflect that. Currently we actually spend money to hire people to do nothing. What a waste. Plus it makes the Mexican Nationals breakers of US laws and subject to penalties. If we are going to allow them to put things on trails then organize that so it can be done safely. On the other hand, I don't remember seeing things for sale on the trails in Yosemite, Yellowstone, or Glacier. So maybe allowing people to put commercial items in areas that are supposed to be wilderness is not a good idea. In that case we should take whatever measures needed to keep pollution off the trails. A fence seems like a good idea to me, and people who actually eject people who put things on trails that are not supposed to be there. With regards to the National Park I see this as a no litter and wilderness issue and not a political one. I volunteer at a State Park and we have Rangers and volunteers that actually enforce the rules. The park I volunteer at is only 15 miles north of the Mexico border. As far as all the other blah blah on immigration. Order is better than chaos. Chaos leads to anarchy. The immigration situation is definitely chaotic at this time. If people obey the rules you get more order and more peace and quiet. If there are bad rules, change em.
RFCN2 12/15/14 08:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Country Coach gives update on new motorhome production

This morning I got this in my email from Country Coach. ""The first Country Coach motorhome on a Dynomax chassis is taking shape in our proto shop. By the time you read this the 500 HP ISX-12 engine and Allison MH4000 transmission will be sitting in a shiny new chassis. It will be Spring before I get a chance to drive the new Allure 45' four slide coach. I can hardly wait!"" So it looks like Country Coach will begin production on new coaches next year. They have been saying they are going to and it looks like it will. We are very happy with our Country Coach. A key feature is that the new rig will be on the CC Dynomax chassis. So that means that it will have a semi-monocoque design which is (in my opinion and the opinion of most) a far superior (but more expensive) compared to bolting a house on to a rail frame. Only the best quality coaches use this design. Plus it will be made in Lane County Oregon. This is the area Country Coaches were made in the past and also Monaco. There is still a large concentration of skilled people in this area to build the new motorhomes. I am glad to see someone is starting up west coast production again. It seems to me ridiculous that the World's "premier" area with the most sights to visit with a motorhome should not have any production located there any more. Oregon has a long history of producing superior coaches like CC, Beaver, Safari, and Monaco. I hope I get to see the new coach when we go to the Country Coach factory next year.
RFCN2 11/06/14 09:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Garmin or Rand McNally GPS

We have had a Garmin RV760 GPS for about six months now. We had two previous Garmins and so familiar with the controls. I also have a 5" screen smart phone that gets google map directions. In the six months we have been using the Garmin 760 it has not once misdirected me in the RV. It has a large easy to read screen. Very helpful is that it gives you the lane you should get in to when you need to turn or make any other maneuver. It also has voice command. We tow a Jeep Wrangler. I got the optional back up camera with the Garmin that I use in the Jeep. Works well. I like the new voice command on my phone that is called google now. You can tell it to find a place and it works very well now to look up what you tell it to and give you directions to. For an RV the Garmin is a far superior tool. It is MUCH more reliable. 95% of the time the Garmin functions perfectly. I would say the phone and google might be in the 50% range. With a car you can easily pull over and stop to correct, but you can't do that in a 40' DP. Plus the Garmin tailors the route for the size of your rig.
RFCN2 11/06/14 08:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dropbox, Pros and Cons

My experience with Dropbox is that it is simple and easy to use and does not care what device you are using to access it. I still use the Google drive, but that is just non-photo files. Google has you save photos on Google+. I also use one drive from Micro Soft. This has proven so far to be a very simple and easy to use system that does not seem to care if you use Microsoft or Apple computers. I have not tried one drive on a mobile device or tablet so far. Google drive and Google+ are very good on android mobile devices. I also store some data and photos on Apples system. Apple is in the middle of changing their system so not sure what it will end up as. So far I have found Apples system much more confusing than Dropbox or One Drive. However, Apple did just fix their iCloud document storage system this week so that it seems to work better. And those are the ones I am currently using. I give Dropbox a thumbs up. The photo lab that develops and scans my film pictures sends me BIG files using dropbox. Works splendidly.
RFCN2 10/24/14 06:25pm Technology Corner
RE: MH vs 5er

I would buy what you like the best. However, I noticed you indicated you did not want to tow a dingy. Unless you plan to get a small motorhome, 26' or less, you really need a tow car. Lots more 5th wheels sell to full timers than motorhomes. I suspect because they are cheaper. I much prefer driving a class A DP to a truck. I really like driving our rig. Plus motorhomes are set up to dry camp easily. 5th wheels normally do not have generators and the systems to dry camp. Test drive a few and then decide.
RFCN2 10/15/14 08:51pm Beginning RVing
RE: Thinking Diesel. Am I biting off more than I can chew?

My experience is that lots of things need repairing on the boats and motorhomes I have owned. Many of the things needed repairs are fiddles. Meaning they are simple little things that you do not need to be an engineer to do. For example, this morning a screw on a hinge holding our console cover came loose. It took me about 10 minutes to fix it. That said, I have had lots of medium stuff go wrong on the rigs I have owned. Turbo, transmission, smart wheel, water leaks, coolant leaks, tow car hitch rebuild, back up camera repair, and lots more. The more complex the rig, the more opportunities to have stuff need fixing. My pervious motorhome was a gas. It was about as reliable as my DP. Having a kitty for repairs would be my experience. The kitty IMHO should be in the thousands and not hundreds assuming you are buying an under 10 years old DP that has not been abused. Keep in mind this is my personal experience and yours may be different.
RFCN2 10/15/14 08:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas Tax by state

Dennis - my family has lived in S Cal for 100 years next year. I worked as a sales rep using the LA freeways for most of the last 50 years. Los Angeles freeways used to be wonderfully maintained. They were what the other cities of the World patterned themselves after to build their road system. There has been very heavy traffic on the LA freeways for decades. The roads started to seriously decline in the 1990's. The people in charge of maintenance either did not do their jobs or did not have the funds to do their jobs starting about that time. I have no idea which is the case. I suspect some of the problem is diverting funds to alternative transportation and projects that were supposed to help the traffic such as light rain, car pool lanes, bike lanes, rebates for hybrids, now rebates for electric cars, electric car charging stations and so on. These are all good ideas, but only if you maintain the basic method of transport which is still the roads. Neglect is the answer not more traffic. Maybe New Mexicans are more down to earth and do the basics instead of living in nana land like many in the once great "golden State" do.
RFCN2 10/15/14 08:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas Tax by state

We have been camped in NM for several weeks. They have some of the lowest fuel taxes in the USA. Their roads are in very good condition. Compare that with Los Angles. All freeways in LA have been redesigned 4 wheel drive roads. LA roads are so bad that after the pounding I put my coach through six weeks ago I have sworn I will never drive the coach through that miserable place again. Oh, and California has the highest gas taxes in the USA. Go figure.
RFCN2 10/14/14 09:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What comes after you’ve selected the Coach?

A private seller has to sell you their coach. A dealer just has to sell you a coach. That said, each deal is different. Yes private sellers can tell you about the coach in detail, but how to determine if they are telling the truth?
RFCN2 10/13/14 09:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What coach would you buy for $$$$ ?

HOM - I don't know if all Country Coaches have semi-monocoque chassis. I believe the answer is yes. I have a brochure on my 2002 Affinity and it says in the first few lines of the specs that it has semi-monocoque and a steel cage construction. Damon Rapozo used to have all the CC brochures on line. He does not any more. He does have the years and many CC models in his web site. If you wanted to know for sure you could call Damon or the Country Coach factory. The CC factory is in Junction City Oregon. Oregon Motorcoach could also tell you. OMC is owned by Bob Lee, Ron's brother. And likely so could Kevin Waite who operates an independent shop with an associate Butch in FL. Kevin is in OR. The previous poster who listed the Country Coach models forgot the Lexa. That is above the Affinity and below the Prevost conversions. By the way, I have never been in a Country Coach that seemed poorly built or cheap. And all that I have driven, which is quite a few seemed solid. But then I love driving these things and so enjoy most.
RFCN2 10/10/14 11:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What coach would you buy for $$$$ ?

HOM - Country Coach Corporation is in business. We were just there two months ago. We stop there at least once a year to get service. They do a great job. I bought our rig five years ago because I looked at the quality of the used coaches from companies such as American and Newmar and I thought Country Coach was better and drove better. I am no expert RV quality rater. But the RVCG (RV consumer group) is. They rate thousands of RVs. At the time I was looking they picked Fourtravel and Country Coach as the two top coaches that were in regular production. After test driving many coaches I agreed with their assessment. One very significant advantage of Country Coach motorhomes over any Newmar or American Coach is that Country Coaches has a chassis specifically designed for the motor home you are buying. And it is a semi-monocoque design which is far more rigid, safer, and solid than any motor home where you build a house on top of frame rails. The CC chassis is welded steel tubes that wrap around you. Newmar and American build a house and bolt it to the chassis. Foretravel also uses a semi-moncoque design. Monaco uses semi-monocoque in their high end coaches. With regard to the comments on CAT motors. We have a CAT motor. CAT is twice the size company as Cummins (I own stock in both) and there are many more CAT dealers than Cummins. There are arguments back and forth as to which of these motors is best. My opinion is that they are both excellent. So is Detroit diesel. Here is the thing though. Country Coach, Newmar, and American Coach are all winners. You will not be unhappy with any of them. Just go out and look at and drive a bunch of coaches and buy the one you like the best.
RFCN2 10/09/14 09:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: toads

The reason there are so many Jeeps towed behind motorhomes is because they are extremely easy to hook up and remove. There are no limitations on towing as far as speed and distance. No fooling around with starting the car up and running through the gears before towing. I have a 2013 Jeep Wrangler 4 door I bought new. Why is it easy to hook up and remove. 1. The Jeep Wrangler is a great height for 66 year old backs to hook up. We had a Saturn LS300 before the Jeep. I like the height of the Jeep much better. 2. When you get your tow bar hooked up to make the Jeep ready to tow you pull the transfer case into neutral. Move transmission into park and pull out the key. Thats it. 20 seconds. When you unhook it is the reverse. Also 20 seconds. 3. No fiddling around with running your car and shifting the transmission to oil it up. I have had my Jeep for 18 months. I have driven it 18,000 miles and towed it another 12,000. It has needed exactly zero fixes except I broke it at Moab last April. But Jeep made a very good vehicle. The newer Wranglers ride better and are quieter. I went in to buy a Jeep Grand Cherokee and ended up with a Wrangler. I told the sales guy I could not live with the rough ride of a Wrangler and the noise. Guess what, they now ride smoother and are not so noisy. That said it does not drive nearly as smooth on the freeway or as quiet as my wife's Acura MDX. The other car we were interested in was the Acura that is the same as the CRV. My biggest objection to the Honda CRV is that it is too slow with it's little motor. And the handling compared to an Acura is poor. Mushy and sloppy around corners. Our Acura MDX is like a sports car SUV with good handling. The Honda is not a sports car. But Honda in their wisdom put a six cylinder motor in the small Acura SUV and then stupidly made it so you could not tow. Same for MDX. Our old MDX (2003) was towable. The Jeep has a six cylinder and far livelier acceleration than the Honda CRV. Plus the Jeep has tight suspension and it feels good going around corners. So for me I liked the Jeep for a tow car. But that is just my preferences. Many of my close friends tow CRV's. I have owned 2 Accords and 1 S2000 Honda. Great cars. Jeeps also have a low range that Hondas don't. This means you can get yourself in places with a Wrangler that no Honda CRV will go. If you come to a huge steep hill you have to have low range. No low range and you will spend a lot of time waiting for your torque converter to cool. There is no Honda CRV week at Moab. Enough reason alone to get the Jeep.
RFCN2 09/07/14 10:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: SAT t.v won't work San Diego Silver Strand Fiddler's Cove

If you cannot get your Sat to work you should get a bunch of over the air reception from there.
RFCN2 08/30/14 09:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2014 Wrangler Requires battery disconnect - What do you use?

We have 2013 Jeep Wrangler. I never disconnect the battery, why. The car is not turned on when towing. I take the key out and put it in the console when towing. No steering wheel lock. This is one of the big advantages of towing a Jeep. Fast and easy.
RFCN2 08/30/14 09:32pm Dinghy Towing
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