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RE: West Yellowstone or Gardiner?

Another option is to say at Colter Bay just south of Yellowstone. You will be camping at one of the most scenic spots in the World. Walk a very short distance and you get a view over Jackson Lake and see the Tetons. We have also stayed in West Yellowstone. It is packed in summer. But you are very close to Henry's Lake and can take the drive up the Madison River towards Ennis. If you go there you will want to get up EARLY and get into Yellowstone as early as you can. If you choose the Gardner area you will be in one of the nicest valley's in the USA. A number of the rich and famous own big ranches there. There are a couple of RV parks a bit north of Gardiner in Paradise Valley that are right on the river and have a really beautiful setting. If you have a 40' or under RV Fishing Bridge is the best option. Or going RV-less and staying at one of the classic old lodges. We love Yellowstone Lake Lodge. And if you can get in the Old Faithful Inn is awesome. My pick would be Colter Bay unless you have to make a drive into Montana. Then pick between the other two.
RFCN2 01/31/16 09:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: finding rv parks and rv resorts

I was working on our big summer trip today. I have been dong this for many years and have been getting better at it as time goes by. Back in the old days everything was on paper. Paper Good Sam or Woodalls, plus AAA used to have camp books. I still carry a Good Sam paper book in the coach when we travel. I like to use a combo of private commercial parks, State Country and public parks, Elks clubs, Thousand Trails and so on. If all you use is the Good Sam book you will mostly only see private camgrounds. I like the Allstays app and have it on my phone and iPad. I find the iPad app the easiest to scan for parks along our route. Usually the ipad app goes right to the RVParkreviews ratings. But I also have my regular computer and monitor so I can scan through RV park reviews with it and the park web sites. I do find the Good Sam book ratings for private parks to be accurate. I just cross check the RV Park Reviews. AAA has a free app for ipads that makes it easy to find private parks. They are linked to the Woodall ratings. I do not use the ratings in Trip Advisor or Google. Most of those seem to be written by people with less experience than the RVparkreviews writers. I do buy the Good Sam book map of the USA. Plus I go to AAA to get paper maps and paper tour books for each State we will be going to. I find paper maps far easier to use for planning a trip. And I like the AAA tour books for points of interest and attractions. And we also use a Garmin RV edition for guiding us on the road.
RFCN2 01/22/16 09:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is a pickup truck / trailer combo really safer?

Every rig gets a different safety rating. Comparing MH to Pick up towing a trailer I am going to say that the one I would most like to be in when a serious accident happened was a metal bus. Like a Prevost or Blue Bird. The one I would least like to be in is a lower end DP that is a box bolted to a rail chassis. Could be the old FC Blue Birds with the motor up front might be the safest. PU pulling a trailer is in the middle. Our motorhome is very heavy with a solid heavy built semi-monocoque type construction. We have a thick fiberglass body. The metal buses are going to be safer.
RFCN2 01/22/16 08:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Holiday Rambler vs Allegro Bus

We have both Scepter and an Allegro Bus in our small RV Club. Plus several more Holiday Ramblers and several other Tiffins. A couple of the Tiffin owners have complained about long waits to get work done at Red Bay AL. Personally I would buy the one you like the best and is in the best condition. Make sure the floorpan works for you. And that you like driving the coach. There are significant differences in how well these things handle high winds, big hills up and down, and road stability. Both the Allegro Bus and the HR Scepter are high end rigs. I like long chassis with short overhangs on both ends of the coach. Those drive better. And big motors. In my experience big diesel motors do not cost you in fuel mileage. Both HR and Tiffin will slip in a too small motor if you are not careful. So make sure the one you buy does not have this problem. Also I think Tiffin has double pane side windows as an option. I would never buy a coach without double pane windows.
RFCN2 11/08/15 08:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sacramento construction any better this year?

We went from Seattle to San Diego on I5 six weeks ago. The Stockton area still bad on I5. Some of the areas on 99 now better than 5. But some areas on 99 still suck. When going through LA we went 210 all the way through to I15. A year ago we hit a pothole so large going from S57 to E10 that it damaged the front right bearing and oil seal. No getting around the fact that either 99 or 5 south of Sacramento is terrible. Both are in disgraceful condition. When we went north we took 395. A slower but WAY more enjoyable road. If you have the time cut over to 395 at Mt Shasta.
RFCN2 11/08/15 07:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: Contemplating a Change to Class A from 5th Wheel

barmaid - My experience is that some RV shops work on both house and chassis and some just the house. And there are other combinations too. Tomorrow I am getting two steer tires, front end alignment, and this shop does light chassis stuff like oil changes and lube. The advantage of going to a CAT or Cummins shop is that they hook up your motor to a computer and you get any of the latest upgrades to software. Frankly I have had mixed results. If you can get work done relatively close to where your home base is or you are going to be for a while that is a good thing. You can go see them easily when rework needs to be done. I have had several /a number of instances where I got something done on the road and 500 miles away the work bit me. As far as chassis goes, make sure you get one that is long enough for the house. The shorter the overhang front and back the better. And also that the chassis has enough CCCs for you to carry all the stuff you want to. CAT and Cummins are very good motors in some models. But do a google check to make sure you get a good one. The high end Detroit diesels are also very good, but only in very high end coaches. What I mean by do a google check is google to see about problems on certain motor models or years. Brakes are very very long lasting on DP coaches. Tires usually age out before wearing out. Cost approx 500 bucks a tire for 22.5". Usually good to do an eyeball check on serpentine belt every few months. This greatly aided if you have a side radiator. And if possible you do want a side radiator. I have never had any problems with my auto level or electric steps. But other stuff. Like hydraulic slide mechanisms. And slides in general. Batteries or I should say getting repair shops to turn off all the coach electrics so they don't run the batteries down to zero and ruin them.
RFCN2 10/27/15 06:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pacific Northwest suggestions needed

Way too short a time in an RV. You are basically talking about 6,000 miles. Assuming that you already know that and are going anyway just don't try to add too much. So head west a middle route making sure to avoid I 80 Cleveland to Chicago, a miserable toll road. I would stop at Mr Rushmore and Devils Tower making sure to avoid Harley Davidson time in Sturgis. Stop at Cody WY and see the western museum. See Yellowstone AND Grant Teton. GT is right next door. A couple of days at the Colter Bay campground is one of the best spots you can RV in in the USA. If you are going to the East side of Glacier you should take a couple of days and go to Waterton Just to the north and stay at the RV park right on the lake. (This is in Canada). To me N Cascades is something you can skip. Better seen driving a Porsche convertible. Mt Rainier in the summer bloom season is wonderful. The prettiest natural flower gardens you can imagine. Stay at Packwood. On the Olympic Peninsula I like staying in Port Townsend at the marina. You can day trip over to Olympic NP. You might fit into the campground at Crescent Lake and that is a good place to see Olympic. We prefer the Oregon Coast to WA coast. More choices of beach towns we like. We like Manzanita a lot and the State Park campground next to it. Nehalem Bay. Cannon Beach also very nice. And there are many other choices down the Oregon coast. Best to stay at several. Wallowa Valley a very nice stop in eastern OR. Also Coure d Alene is beautiful. Enjoy.
RFCN2 10/03/15 05:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Class A Chassis Question - Spartan vs Freightliner (Newbie)

Richard, The chassis of your motorhome is very important. Both Spartan and Frieghtliner will work just fine. Just make sure you get one with sufficient length and carry capacity for you to full time. Do not rely on any of the three makers you mentioned to put the chassis you need beneath your motorhome. Look up the specs. Make sure you have enough carry capacity when fully loaded to pull your towed and accept all the things you will carry and still handle with comfort and not cause you to white knuckle on the highway. The last time I looked at motorhomes there were many many models of many lengths. If you look closely you will see different chassis lengths and weight carry capacity depending on the model, length, and perhaps what you order special. Keep in mind that the less front and rear overhang you can get makes for happier time behind the wheel. Short chassis means you will spend endless hours keeping it between the lines. And that is with or without electronic add ons like comfort drive. The best chassis is the one that goes down the road without anything to help it. Then if you add a feature like comfort drive it will add to an already good system. I don't own any of the three you mention. I do like good vehicles and do go to shows and have many friends that own motorhomes. I would not rank Newmar over Entergra. They are both mid to higher level coaches that in my opinion are quite similar. Likely if you spend X amount of dollars at either you will get very comparable features. Likely similar motors, transmissions, quality level of interior and so on. I am not very familiar with Thor and cannot comment. The several people who have posted the importance of floor plan have it right. It is very important you love the floorpan. If you don't love it, keep looking. Tiffin, Winnebago, Monaco, and Fleetwood also make motorhomes of comparable quality and cost to Newmar and Entegra. I watch this forum and also IRV2.com. IRV2 has brand specific forums. If it were me looking to buy a motorhome I would go and watch those brands for a while to see what other people are saying about those makers. By the way. The best chassis is very likely a Prevost. That is a very high end bus chassis good for 2 million miles. Below that are the chassis made specifically for that particular coach by makers like Foretravel, Country Coach, Monaco, Travel Supreme (Who was bought by Entegra.), Wander lodge, Newell, and a few others. I believe Entegra still puts a custom chassis under some of their models. And I think Tiffin puts the Peak chassis under a few of their coaches which is a custom chassis. Monaco I believe makes some custom chassis. But back to your question. I would not worry about the two brands of Spartan or Freightliner, but I would make sure they put a big enough one under your motorhome.
RFCN2 09/21/15 08:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coach life

Depends a lot on how well it is built. But in general I like the previous post on this thread that said 30 on gassers and 40 on DPs. Many well built bus type coaches are just getting started at 20 years. I just looked at pictures of a gorgeous 29 year old Wanderlodge. That one has a very long way to go. We have a couple of 1980's Bounders (gas) in our RV club. They look and run great.
RFCN2 08/01/15 09:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Section of Interstate 10 collapses eastern California

Yup. Just looked at a picture of the bridge washed out on Fox.
RFCN2 07/19/15 09:57pm Roads and Routes
RE: 2002 tiffin zephyr

dreamerman54 - So far I like Dennis' answer the best. The Zephyr is one of the top coaches made then. If the floor plan is one you like is more important than number of slides. In my opinion the price sounds like it is in the ball park. The poster that told you to get an 08 or 09 Zephyr the that price is dreaming. A 08-09 Zephyr will be far more expensive. They cost over half a million new.
RFCN2 07/15/15 10:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Interested (again) in used Class A

Marty - Condition is more important than miles on either a gas or diesel motorhome in my opinion. Used to be gas motors were done on motorhomes under 100,000 miles. That is no longer the case. The reason I say condition is most important is that you may find a low miles or lower miles motorhome that someone lived in for five years and hardly drove. Many of the systems may be ready for replacement. Or you could find a higher miles coach that was carefully maintained and was mostly driven to Nascar races. So it got lots of miles and hardly any wear on the house itself. Another miles issue is lot rot. When things sit without use many times they go bad. This is certainly the case with tires and seals. Do miles count at all? Sure. But keep in mind that a coach with a lot of miles is very likely to drive well and be fun behind the wheel. A low miles coach may be a bear to keep going straight down the highway and so it did not get driven much. When buying a lower cost coach simpler is likely to cost less to maintain. If a motorhome cost originally 400,000 dollars and you can now buy it quite used for 35,000, remember the maintenance costs will somewhat reflect the original purchase price. Higher cost originally = more cost to maintain.
RFCN2 07/15/15 09:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Samson Tire Information

I would not drive a mile in our motorhome on Chinese made tires. I only buy tires made in the USA. But I would not be afraid to drive our motorhome on tires made in advanced industrial countries known for high quality like Japan or Germany. Don't get me wrong, I have lots of Chinese made things. Some like my iPad are very high quality. But if my iPad stops working my life and my families life is not on the line. With tires they are. The fact that you cannot get inflation tables should tell you that these tires are not the same level with Michelin, Bridgestone, and Goodyear.
RFCN2 07/13/15 09:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Found a coach I like...suitable for full timing?

In my humble opinion an older more heavy duty coach with good insulation and dual pane windows would be easier to full time in. But that would be me. You have to decide for yourself what you need to have.
RFCN2 06/30/15 10:01pm Full-time RVing
RE: Maint./Repair $$ 10yr old DP

mtofell1 - 1. Make sure you get a well built model and not one with known design problems. Keep in mind Beaver, Monaco, and Newmar have big lines with lots and lots of models. The quality of design and component quality with differ significantly between models and size within those model range. Meaning some coach lengths will have good chassis length and enough CCCs and some will not. There is a huge difference between the bottom end of the Beaver or Monaco or Newmar line and the top. 2. Buy a coach that the owner has taken care of. If everything is working well and in good condition when you buy it you only have to fix the new things that go wrong. 3. I would suggest adding Country Coach to your list.
RFCN2 06/28/15 10:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

I have tried TST and Pressure Pro. I prefer Pressure Pro. I thought removable batteries was a good idea until trying to change them. For me I found it hard to change the batteries due to tiny screws. I also like Pressure Pro control panel better.
RFCN2 05/28/15 10:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: which phone OS??

dryfly - We have Verizon. I have a Motorola Android smartphone, my wife has an almost new iPhone 6+. In my opinion both Android and Apple make very good systems. So does Microsoft. I use Android because I have 3 gmail accounts for email and gmail works with Android better than iPhone. My wife has an iPhone because she plays games on her iPad and the phone has the same system. I also like Motorola because their phones are very ruggedly built. I have had several and the last two have had kevlar on the outside. This is the same stuff as bulletproof vests. Don't pooh pooh having a smartphone. They do all kinds of stuff. I use mine as a hotspot for wifi. I used it as a GPS. I use it as a calendar with reminders built in. I use it as an alarm clock. I have taken thousands of pictures and videos with mine. Just my humble opinion, but I think the smartphone is the most useful piece of tech gear you can own.
RFCN2 03/15/15 10:13pm Technology Corner
RE: 1995 American Eagle????????

Sitting with water in the inside that froze would get my attention. I would keep looking. Water sitting on the floor likely has damaged it. But, American coaches are very good ones. Ones that have not been soaked with water for an extended time.
RFCN2 03/15/15 10:01pm Class A Motorhomes
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