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RE: Whats the best car to tow ??

In my humble opinion a Jeep Wrangler 4 door is the best tow car you can buy. We have owned ours for a year and 5 months. Goes anywhere. Simple to set up to tow. You do not have to leave the key in the ignition when towing. And you do not have to pull a fuse. No restrictions on speed or distance. Many Jeep owners wave when they pass. Without a doubt the Wrangler is not the best daily driver for long freeway trips. Uses too much gas and ride and self centering steering not as good as many other cars. Today we took ours on a steep dirt road in the Olympic National Park. This Jeep is by FAR the best vehicle for this trip today. Also my opinion - With some things you get a certain pride of ownership. Rolex watches, Apple computers and cell phones. And so on. When you own a Jeep, you own the best of something. It is the best off road car in the World. And currently the best tow car. I did own a Saturn sedan before the Jeep. It was far less expensive and towed brilliantly for 4 years. I bought it used and it was/is a great tow car. Saturns tow without problems. If you want something inexpensive get a Saturn.
RFCN2 07/20/14 09:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best state to register a Class A RV in?

Did I read this right? You are complaining about $198 tag fee? Seems like a bargain.
RFCN2 07/20/14 09:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A wandering ?

94DFXS - Here is the key. Determine in the extensive test drive you take (at least an hour) that the one you are going to buy handles well. Before I bought my first motorhome about 10 years ago we rented a dozen. Almost all of them drove very well. A couple were like what you described. Make sure you get a good one. Do not buy something that the seller is going to add something to that will fix the handling problem. Bounders have sold in the many many thousands. They still make them. Several of my friends have them. One of my very close friends has a diesel pusher version. Just make sure the one you are going to buy doesn't "bound" all over the road before you put a dime down on it.
RFCN2 07/08/14 09:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A used Newell, what do you think?

Foodsman - IMHO the cost of parts and service depends on the company. We have a Country Coach that is approx the same level of cost as the high end American the Heritage. We have had quite a bit of work done at the Country Coach factory, this includes custom cabinets of very high quality, and a number of other parts. Country Coach has fair pricing. Some of this is likely due to the fact that the owner is trying to promote the brand and keeps costs at this level. When you go up to the Rolls Royce - Lamborghini level as you do in Prevost and Newell they might have different pricing. But please keep in mind that I am making an opinion here and only can give you facts of what I own CC.
RFCN2 07/07/14 08:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Country Coach Magna

Mike - I am not fond of the Yahoo forum format either. I do like the Country Coach forum on IRV2. We have a 2002 Affinity that we like a lot. We have 119,000 miles on ours. The single slide CC's from the late 1990's are great coaches. A couple of advantages you get when you go a little newer is IRS on the front. In general this gives you quicker turning circle. This is an advantage you will be happy you have often. Our coach likely only weighs a little more than this 99. We have 505hp and 1550 torque. You will get up big hills with 385, but slower. We breeze up hills in 4th gear. That all said, you will likely pay quite a bit more with the bigger motor and a newer year.
RFCN2 07/06/14 10:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: A used Newell, what do you think?

Foodsman - Newell is a great coach. We bought a high end 7 year old coach 5 years ago. It is IMHO one step below a Newell. High end coaches are a luxury way to travel. But there are lots of parts and systems. More luxury = more parts and more systems. When this stuff works it is great. When they don't they can be a PITA and expensive. We get most of our work done now in the Junction City area of Oregon. There are lots of skilled people in this area plus the Country Coach factory. They fix things fast and at a fair price. We struggled getting things done correctly and at an affordable price locally for several years with limited success. Our coach this year seemed to know when we were going to the factory as all kinds of little stuff stopped working. Nothing expensive, but things that are useful like the keypad for the lock on the door. The solar electric monitor. And so on. So keep that in mind with any coach you buy. The simpler the coach the less things to go wrong.
RFCN2 07/06/14 10:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cummins or Caterpillar ?

CAT and Cummins both make great diesel motors. But there is variation in models. Some CAT and Cummins motors are great and some not so much. When you find out which motor you are going to have, check out if there are any known issues. It is true CAT is currently not making over the road motors. However, the CAT company is twice as large as Cummins and makes many thousands of diesel motors every year. There are likely more CAT repair shops than Cummins. If it were me I would not care one way or the other between CAT or Cummins. But I would care between CAT C12 and C13.
RFCN2 07/02/14 10:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV GPS - Good Sam RVND 7725 vs Garmin RV 760

Popsie - We have a back up camera in our motorhome, so have not tried to use the Garmin one. My Jeep rig has the camera connected to the back up lights in the Jeep, so that would have to be done to use camera in motorhome. Sorry cannot help you.
RFCN2 06/20/14 10:05pm Technology Corner
RE: Invisibrake

I have had an Invisibrake in my Jeep Wrangler for a year. Before that I have the Roadmaster air actuated cylinder in my tow car. The Invisibrake is easier. However, it applies the brake to my tow car when the engine brake goes on. The previous one did not. Also, a month after having the Invisibrake installed it died. They put in a new one. A computer glitch. Between the Roadmaster Invisibrake and the Roadmaster air cylinder I am 6 of one, half dozen of the other. Might have to flip a coin to decide. I have no idea on the Redibrake.
RFCN2 06/16/14 08:19pm Dinghy Towing
RE: EXHAUST HEAVY BLACK SMOKE

When mine did that three summers ago the turbo was blown.
RFCN2 06/16/14 08:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV GPS - Good Sam RVND 7725 vs Garmin RV 760

Have been using the Garmin 760 for a week now. I have liked Garmin GPS for quite a while now and this one is the best ever. I also have the wireless backup camera that I installed in my Jeep Wrangler tow car. Both work very well. I watched a couple of youtube videos to install the back up camera and it fired right up the first time I tested it. These things are expensive though. My wife bought for me for Father's Day. I was too cheap to buy it on my own. My two previous Garmin's are both still working fine.
RFCN2 06/16/14 08:09pm Technology Corner
RE: Newbie looking at used coach

In my opinion it is better to buy a coach that was used regularly otherwise things rot, rust, and harden. Be sure you get a good policy of extended coverage and offer a low amount. I have several friends that have Holiday Ramblers and IMHO they are good coaches. If it were me doing the buying I would far prefer a coach that was used regularly. Me personally I would pass on this one. Find a previous owner who took care of the coach and maintained it properly.
RFCN2 06/16/14 07:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Your iPad is Listening to You

Prudent efforts to keep what needs to be private, private is not a joke.
RFCN2 06/07/14 10:00pm Technology Corner
RE: Aluminum skin vs. fiberglass

I agree with Dave. Depends on how it is done. I have had both. My experience is that heavy fiberglass has far less leak problems. Dave says his has been trouble free, but my aluminum skinned motorhome had lots of leak issues. Frankly I am trying to think of any high end DP from the late 90's other than Bluebird that would have been aluminum skinned. If you are looking at Bluebirds they are wonderful motorhomes. I started out looking at Bluebirds five years ago when I wanted to buy a newer coach. I ended up with a Country Coach because there were a lot more of them on the used market and slides. I saw Bluebirds without slides for sale but few with. I like at least a couple slides, opens up the inside of the coach. I don't like slides on both sides of the front of motorhomes at all, but do like drivers side ones.
RFCN2 05/18/14 09:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Light Bulbs! Why can't I identify them?

stratman50 - I have 48 of the same bulb in the ceiling of our Country Coach. I just bought 24 bulbs on Amazon for under 5 bucks. To replace with LED about 500 bucks. I will be keeping the halogen.
RFCN2 05/10/14 08:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Travel Suggestions

It has been a few months since I got my last RV Journal. So I don't know if they are still in operation.
RFCN2 05/10/14 08:34pm Full-time RVing
RE: Travel Suggestions

We belong to Escapees and just finished with a trip they put together in Moab UT. We have been to Moab before but this one focused on 4WD Jeep trips and river trip. It was a lot of fun and something we likely would not have done on our own. I also do read the magazines that are still published like RV Journal, Motorhome, Escapees, and FMCA. All those usually have travel suggestions.
RFCN2 04/29/14 11:54am Full-time RVing
RE: Reservations?

Depends on how picky you are. The more we travel by RV the pickier I have become. I do not like noisy places right on freeways. Many if not the majority of well rated parks out of Woodalls or similar book are on busy roads. If this makes a difference to you check out the next few places you are going to be with one of the map systems on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. In demand places in the Summer like Yellowstone, Oregon Coast, and other public parks should be booked WELL!!! in advance. WA State parks booked months and months ahead for summer. Same with CA State parks.
RFCN2 04/29/14 11:46am Full-time RVing
RE: A new potential buyer, looking for insight.

Are you going to attach a sail to the pole to save on gas? Just kidding. I saw a couple of Wanderlodge Blue Bird motorhomes that had modern interiors like you specify. Sort of modern/ mid century look. A general rule of thumb is that if you are going to be parked most of the time a 5th wheel and tow car makes more sense than a motorhome. Whereas if you are going to travel more than park a motorhome is better. Up to you of course. It would be my strong, repeat STRONG suggestion that you learn lots about RVing before plunking down your 250,000.
RFCN2 04/13/14 08:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Online Storage-----Justcloud??

5thwheeleroldman - I use both a plug in drive like your Iomega and put some things in the cloud. If you have 80 gigs of pictures I would suggest that you keep most of your pictures on a local external drive. Why? With USB 3 the transfer rate is super fast. Many times faster than on line. I would suggest a new external drive. I have two recent Seagates and one Western Digital for my Macbook. I have used Microsoft's Sky Drive, Google's Drive system, Dropbox, and Ubantu 1. Ubantu 1 just emailed me today to say they were closing down their cloud service. So, IMHO, you should try to stick with a well known large service. Many of these small cloud services will not be here five years from now. Sky Drive - Works well with simple system to keep files up to date. Google Drive - I have used this one the longest and it works well. However, pictures storage is a PITA. Dropbox - very simple. very good. I also use iPhoto on my Macbook Pro. Apple automatically backs up all pictures I import into iPhoto. This is nice for a look at your pictures on an iPad, but is not intuitive to use at all. I would go with Dropbox or Microsoft Skydrive. Dropbox works cross platform.
RFCN2 04/10/14 09:26pm Technology Corner
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