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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
RE: Best selection of used class A

Billinwoodland - We bought the coach in my signature line 5 years ago at a consignment place in Mesa AZ (near phoenix). I researched for months before, many months, trying to narrow down to what was the best rig to buy. I am picky though and really like high quality mechanical things. Especially vehicles. A week is enough time if you have done your homework before and know what models and types of coaches you are going to look at and have appointments to see and drive them. If you are just going to drive over and drive around to look at what is available very likely you will get totally confused and possibly buy something that does not fit your needs. I went to AZ in Oct to look and bought in Nov. Labor day ends the camping "season" and in my opinion between the week after Labor day till end of Jan is the best time to buy. As far as January goes many RV's will be in Quartzite to sell. Jan 17-25 is the big RV show. I would guess there will be few RV sales people not at Quartsite that week. The metro Phoenix area is gigantic. I found more RV's in the Phoenix area than any other in AZ. I would not wait until Jan. Start now. And do your homework without taking your checkbook with you. Don't let some good sales person sell you the second thing you look at. My experience is that many of the coaches in AZ were on Craig's List, ebay, and RV trader online. The best is when a coach is on all three, that way you know they really want to sell.
RFCN2 08/26/14 10:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coach tends to wander

The previous motorhome we bought wandered quite a bit when I bought it. Here was the sequence of events I used to solve the wandering problem. 1. Made sure tire pressure was correct for the motorhome weight. Going to the high side of tire pressure for me reduced tire squirm and wander. 2. Started replacing worn out suspension and steering components. 3. Checked alignment and had a bit more positive castor put in. The greatly improved the handling of the coach which was a 1975 GMC motorhome. My final solution was to buy a much heavier coach that did not wander. This really solved the issue. But for sure replacing the connector pieces in the steering helped a lot. on the old GMC.
RFCN2 08/22/14 10:12pm Class A Motorhomes
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
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