Just got home, thanks for the info and tenbear no big deal I've been entering every day I can for a few years and nothing yet but you never know. Everyone have fun and keep wishing.
Yep me too! Haven't won anything yet... and I've been entering just about every day for 4 or 5 years. It has become part of my morning routine.
My tires are under my slide outs and one tire didn't blow but list the tread and caused damage to the bottom of the slide and the areas behind. As we were repairing the damage I figured had I had a shield above the tires that extended beyond where the tires could damage with a tire tread failure again that would stop much of the damage. So I went to the local heating and A/C shop that made sheet metal duct work to cut and bend me the sheets I needed. They had various thicknesses of metal and I chose the thickest and had it bent to fit exactly where I want it to go. About a dozen self taping screws per side and I'm kind of bullet proof now should it ever happen again. The use of a tire pressure monitor system is something I strongly recommend but if the tire just peels a tread without losing any pressure it won't show, but that is a rare occurrence. Normal tire failures are related to low tire pressures. I think my metal shields cost about 20 bucks each as I recall.
I know you think you're bullet-proof, but back in 1999, I was driving my pick-up on I-65 at a speed of 70 mph, empty (not pulling or hauling) on a new set of Michelem Tires, E rated, when the right rear tire blew.
When it blew (I stopped immediately) and walked around to the right side and was amazed at all of the damage. The side of the bed was gone behind the wheel, it tore the right rear brake lines off, it took the exhaust system and a lot of other damage. Back in 1999, it cost in excess of $8,000.00 to repair.
When these radial tire blow, the tread separates, but it doesn't completely "let go" thus creating kind of like a ball on the end of a chain... and just beats the heck out of the vehicle it's on... I took some pretty heavy duty parts of my truck. I am almost thinking we need to go back to nylon or bias ply tires again. These steel belts are causing the problems when the tire blows. I don't know what the cure is, but there has to be something that can detur all of these RV's from being torn up by tires blowing out.
I am own an Asphalt Company and we are constantly seeing these radial tires tearing things up, trailers, Dump Trucks, lowboys let alone pick-ups.
RVman / John
Well I won't feel comfortable until it's fixed... and I was hoping there was another way, but I guess I knew that is what everyone would say. Yep, those pesky screws... and it took 13 years to show itself :).
I will get on the repair after Thanksgiving & Christmas... but before we head to Florida.
Thanks for the advice.
I have a 13 year old 5th Wheel. I always store it inside my Barn when not in use & keep up on repairs & keep it washed & waxed. I usually wash the roof 2 or 3 times a year and inspect all of the fittings and seams to make sure no leaks occur.
Yesterday I was washing the roof & doing my inspection, when I noticed a screw / nail poking up under my rubber roof close to the rear, about in the middle. I need to repair it, but I am not quite sure how to attempt this repair without cutting the roof... which I really hate yo do. Any suggestions?
Thanks, John / RVman
Terryallan, this will be the 1st time NASCAR Truck racing returns to "dirt" since the 60's. Eldora Speedway is a 1/2 mile dirt track which has been popular for years. Tony Stewart bought it sometime back, and it is just a few miles up the road here in rural Ohio. It should be an interesting race & fun race.
I still like all of the NASCAR Series of racing, but do follow the Cup Series the most. I agree there have been major changes in NASCAR, however what hasn't changed... Although "change" is not always easy, we must accept it or be left in the past! I mean here I set typing on this I-Pad, a note to someone several hundred miles from me, and it is sent instantly to your home... Who would of believed that 60 years ago... Look at the RV's we have today... Heavens, they have more in them than my house some 60 years ago...
Have a great season... and Marcus, thanks for the changes you have made in our Club!!!
RVman / John
I have not been to an actual NASCAR Race, but last year my Son-in-Law took me on a VIP Tour of the Daytona Speedway. NASCAR has a warehouse in Daytona, not part of the speedway. They have all of the History of NASCAR and is where anyone who writes, makes movies or documentary about anything to do with NASCAR. it was awesome to see those early photos, articles, and trophys from the beginning to present day.
I appreciate the info you provided, as I love history. I love the fact that Good Sam & Camping World are both major supporters of NASCAR. Also I am glad to be a member of Good Sam. I think Marcus has done a lot for Good Sam, and I guess I should not of been surprised to see him start the race. My wife and I met Marcus and talked to him for a while at the Louisville Good Sam Rally, and he was a real down to earth person who makes you feel good when you talk to him.
I apologize, I took your response totally wrong... I would like to come down sometime to see your area and NASCAR early area.
I know what you mean about back then... I still enjoy it today and a big fan of Tony Stewart... He owns a track in my backyard, Eldora Speedway, and they are having a NASCAR Truck Series dirt race this year!
Have a great day!
RVman / John
He / You are paying for the privilege. May as well let him enjoy it. Seems you did.
Yeah I sure did... What I feel I am paying for is someone to improve Good Sam Club, and in my opinion, he certainly has done that. I feel Good Sam offers better benefits to me since he has been put into the position he has.
2nd, I am a Hugh fan of NASCAR... especially NASCAR Cup series, but I also enjoy the Nationwide series. When unexpectantly I see a guy who I think has done a good job with a Club which I belong too, start a race which I am a Hugh fan of... well, it tends to add a little excitement to me.
From your response, I take it you are not a fan of either... and that's ok. I just think this is a thread you have no interest in so I have a hard time understanding why you even would read or respond to it...
RVman / John
I was watching the start of the Nationwide Race, Camping World is Sponcer... when all of a sudden, Marcus appears to start the race! It was awesome, kind of proud like feeling... here is the guy that has done great things for the Good Sam Club, the head of our Club... on TV, starting the race... Way to go Marcus... keep making us proud.
RVman. / John
I have called Good Sam Roadside Assistance with a flat tire on the 5th Wheel, I had a spare... I was never ask or told I had to buy a new tire before they would send someone... they dispatched a company which arrived about 30 min. to an hour later, changed my tire and I was back on the road...
In today's climate with the Government invoking new rules and laws, taxes and controls, it is a real benefit on those interested in this hobby and or lifestyle to focus our voices through a strong club. The more members, the stronger our voices can be heard. Not only on a National level, but also State and Local Levels.
This forum is also a big plus for us who enjoy this hobby and lifestyle... We can stay in contact with one another and discuss problems along with socially.
In my opinion for a small annual membership fee, there are a lot of benefits, especially if you use them.
This was also our first rally. We arrived at the lot in torrential rains, the volunteers directed us to the brown lot very quickly and instructed us to follow the guide ahead of us to park and "don't stop!!" So not to get stucked in the mud. The wired were mostly under water but we were all able to hook up and all was good. Our blocks were under water. The site dried up on Saturday. We are thankful for the volunteers and everyone was cheerful. The shuttle bus driver commented how happy and cheerful campers were and he didn't hear any RV'er complaing in spite of the weather.
Rarely do people take the time to be thankful but when there is the smallest (or large) problem, people are quick to react and make a big stink.
We had a great fime and are thrilled that Good Sam held a rally in NY. We are not yet retired and cannot take time to drive to Georgia or south for rallies so THANK YOU Good Sam for a great Rally and don't let the rain keep you away from this neck of the wood. Hope to attend another Good Sam Rally again soon.
Nice post... Thanks for sharing!
This was the first time we attended a Good Sam Rally and I was very hesitant to participate fearing the worst. I was quickly impressed by all the efforts and coorindation that went into making this event so successful. We booked for earlybird which was Tuesday morning, June 11th. Directions were clear and we arrived at destination without any problems at all. We were guided and quickly and efficiently parked in the infield within 15 minutes of driving on the grounds. Unfortunately, the weather was not good and it rained for several days before and during the rally. We were unable to set up chairs or the BBQ because of the mud but with all the activities going on, we didn't need them. We stayed in a State Park for 2 days prior to the rally and needed to be pulled out of the mud as we had sunk down to the storage bins. We were lucky to be on solid ground at the rally. We saw several RV's that needed to be pulled out of mud at the rallyas the ground was way too saturated with water. If organisers were able to find supplement parking on dry ground at the mall in that short of a time, then thumbs up to them! The volunteers were the best! If organisers weren't able to provide RVers with information immediately that may be because they were dealing with an emergency situation and had to handle too many RV's at once. I'm sure they couldn't just let RV's sit around. They had to move them and get them parked as quickly as possible. All in all, I look forward to attending more rallies. As any of us that have had to organize events at one time or another, we all know that we can't please everyone and that there is always something unexpected that happens. Congratulations and many thanks to all that made this event possible.
Marcus, everyone... especially us RV'ers, know you just can't out-guess the weather. Surely no one can blame Good Sam for this situation... I can understand being disappointed, but upset with Good Sam, no way.
This is a great post "Kensue", nice to hear how helpful all the volunteers and organizers of the Rally were. I know from all of the years of camping / RVing, weather can create the un-expected... I know I have been up to my "lug nuts" many times over the years while camping...
RVman / John
We always travel with ours on propane.. I do turn it off prior to pulling up to a fuel pump and pull away before turning it back on. We have done this for well over 20 years and have never had a problem.
We use our 5th Wheel while traveling... We eat most of our meals, use the bathroom, take naps and sleep... Have a great time in Michigan...
tenbear, MVNO stands for mobile virtual network operator. It is essentially a company that provides the sales, marketing and customer service of mobile phone services but none of the technical aspects. They bulk purchase the network access on the wholesale market to one of the big 4 carriers. So an MVNO structure makes it very easy for companies like GS to offer customers a branded, specialized and customized plan.
That would be great if Good Sam could put a program together like that for it's members
A company that does what is best for the owners and not the customers does so right up to the point that it has no customers anymore. I find this entire subject to be absurd. Anyone calling out someone as having "FAILED miserably in every way possible" over a MAGAZINE needs a reality check. YOU ARE STILL GETTING THE CONTENT OF HIGHWAYS MAGAZINE. How many times does this have to be explained? How in the world are you harmed by this change?
In my opinion, no one can objectively look at the work that Mr. Lemonis has done as the CEO and conclude anything other than he has a personal passion for his job and that he is motivated by doing the right thing. You can see that in his removal of BP products from stores after the oil spill (which I didn't agree with personally), you can see that in his Secret Millionaire appearance, and you can see that in the time he spends to respond to people personally on this site.
His job is to act in the best interest of >1.7 million members, his employees, and his shareholders. Frankly, I think he is doing a pretty dang good job of it. It is a job that most people here, including myself, couldn't last a month in.
The hardest job that we as members have is influencing change by getting our collective voices heard when it comes to influencing the direction of a company. To get the pulse of a membership of millions, a company has to try to discover and filter the real collective voices from all of the noise. Flame throwing posts like this do NOTHING to help that. Nothing.
Good Responce.... And keep up the great job Marcus and your people....