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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
RE: How Important is Double Pane Windows? (Precept 3UL & others)

Our previous coach had single pane windows. Our current coach has dual. There is a huge difference and I would never buy another coach with single pane. As far as the windshield always being single pane. True, but I close the drapes when the sun is on the front of the bus and that helps a lot.
RFCN2 02/06/15 08:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to test drive a Class A ??

Since you are in CA, keep in mind over 40 foot and you are supposed to have a class B license. The CA DMV still calls it a "house car" license. The very first time I drove a large class A was a 40' Bluebird DP. I was at a large RV show in the middle of a big city. I had driven many class C motorhomes before, one 5,000 miles and one small 32' class A 2,500 miles. All of those were easy. The class A Bluebird on a packed crowded street and then straight on a busy freeway terrified me. I just did not have a feel for the size of the rig. My point is that I would recommend you test drive for the first time in a less crowded area. After an hour it feels comfortable.
RFCN2 02/03/15 09:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newer floorplan designs

Another reason for so many TVs in new RVs is that they may be cheaper than any other type of wall covering except paint. We are down to one nice quality TV that is at eye level in the living room. That is all we need. My wife and I spend much more time on our computers, iPads, smartphones than TV. The space where the bedroom TV used to reside is now a covered cabinet we store blankets in.
RFCN2 02/03/15 09:15pm Class A Motorhomes
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
RE: IPHONE 6 PLUS vs. SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 4

"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
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