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RE: Removing the old TV (With photos) Tropical by National RV

Parked in Salt Lake City a few years ago in our Winnebago 31c when the TV began smoking - seriously smoking! - Turned it off - disconnected shore power - and it kept on smoking - figured fire was next. In a panic to remove the TV only to find it installed securely - took far too much time to remove - but fortunately never had the fire. Very happily dumped it into their dumpster with no damage except for the TV itself.
Semi Retired Grandpa 12/17/14 11:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing, 2008, Honda, ,Element, 4 down

Have towed an '04 Element since new. Twice to Alaska and thru every western state. No issues so far.
Semi Retired Grandpa 12/02/14 10:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford cruise control

I really don't understand all the bitc+++g. If you are unhappy with the noise levels, add some insulation to the dog house. If you are unhappy because it kicks down too easy, learn to shut it off on hills and just use the gas pedal at a moderate setting a so it kicks down at a slower speed. I've learned to put my foot on the throttle to over ride the CC when going down hill to pick up some speed. I will also kick it out of O/D a little early when climbing a hill to ease the shift and maintain the desired speed. In any event, the CC on my old F53, pulling a 5000 lb toad, works as good as I can expect. Its not that we are bitc+++g just pointing out that CC have not gotten better over the years as the rest of the chassis, same as with our Nissin truck, every time it gets to a hill the CC shuts off, they can develop a smart CC that knows its in the hills and slows down the speed and just down shift 1 gear and not 2 gears, when I am on a long hill and maintaining 45 mph I can do it in 4th gear but if I put the CC on it wants to go to 3rd gear. I think todays CC is the same as 30 years ago, nothing has changed in this department. So true with the Ford - our SUV (car also) shifts down one gear at a time - the change barely discernible. We can travel up and down Oregon's mountains w/o having to adjust the CC. BTW - the car also senses the speed of the vehicle in front and adjusts speed accordingly. Very relaxing - a far cry from the Ford where even the slightest grade too often results in a dramatic change in engine RPM's. Far past time for Ford to bring its CC up to today's level.
Semi Retired Grandpa 11/24/14 11:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV parks California coast

Mission Bay RV would be okay, this time of year but is a distant third. . Stayed there ONCE several years ago with grandchildren. $150/night ($450 for three nights!) - picnic table falling apart - spot so narrow awning reached the adjoining camp spot - and signs along the bay warning of polution and hazardous swimming - and the campground was full. My wife and I had many words over her reserving and paying $450 in advance. This is one of those experiences we relate often as it was (and is) by far the most expensive 3 days of camping we've ever enjoyed in our over 45 years of RV'ing.
Semi Retired Grandpa 11/22/14 11:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford cruise control

I really don't understand all the bitc+++g. If you are unhappy with the noise levels, add some insulation to the dog house. If you are unhappy because it kicks down too easy, learn to shut it off on hills and just use the gas pedal at a moderate setting a so it kicks down at a slower speed. I've learned to put my foot on the throttle to over ride the CC when going down hill to pick up some speed. I will also kick it out of O/D a little early when climbing a hill to ease the shift and maintain the desired speed. In any event, the CC on my old F53, pulling a 5000 lb toad, works as good as I can expect. Difficult to "shut it off on hills" when the slightest grade change will often cause it to shift down. I use cruise often - in the MH, car and SUV - and have become extremely sensitized to the Ford cruise control - watch it to the point that it becomes the most stressful part of driving! Yet is still sometimes catches me by surprise. I can tow a very heavy boat with our SUV for long distances over Oregon's mountains without ever experiencing this irritating situation. Ford can and should do better - other manufacturers certainly do.
Semi Retired Grandpa 11/18/14 11:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford cruise control

My cc works fine uphill and down. If you think gear changes and high revs are a problem, try hooking 10 tons to your daily driver and see what the cc does then! Perhaps - I tow a boat that weighs nearly as much as our SUV and never experience the same problem. With the Ford I'm very alert to grade changes yet it still catches me by surprise - a very minimal grade and suddenly it shifts to a much lower gear (which? I don't know) and the engine rpm goes off the chart - enough to wake the wife in the copilot seat!! Immediate disengage but always irritating. Ford could and should do better!
Semi Retired Grandpa 11/18/14 11:00pm Class A Motorhomes
Ford cruise control

Last two Mh's have been on the Ford chassis. My only major complaint has been with the cruise control - seems technologically in the dark ages. I've learned to be super alert to the slightest grade, but too often is seems I don't quite sense the grade change and the transmission suddenly shifts down and we're travelling at super high RPM's. My daily drivers seem to sense the change, shift down a little to compensate & continue on without dramatic effect. BTW - the first was a 2005, the current a 2013. Ford can certainly do better than this!
Semi Retired Grandpa 11/17/14 10:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Chains for driving on snow and ice

Outside tires only. I gurantee you will not like installing a dual set. Probably won't like installing a dual set - however - in years past we spent nearly every weekend in Oregon mountains while snowmobiling and I can assure you we've been stuck in level snow parks when an outside only chain dug a small hole and transferred all the load to the unchained inside tire. Consider that you're really driving only one chained wheel and when it spins - have fun!
Semi Retired Grandpa 11/16/14 09:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: spare tires

I haven't had a spare in over 10 years! I don't want one due to a back injury many years ago. Changing a spare out on the road for me would be like wrestling with a gorilla with all the weight involved with a spare tire. I'll just call road service and wait however, long it takes if that ever happens to me. I've been RVing since 1976 and I've never had serious tire trouble out on the road. Similar experience - except we've been Rv'ing longer than that. Never a tire problem. However - what does one do if experiencing a tire problem in northern BC or the Yukon territory? As I understand it, Road Service will change your tire - if you have a spare. What happens if you don't? Or - if one carries an unmounted tire - will road service mount and install the new tire?
Semi Retired Grandpa 10/09/14 10:30pm Class A Motorhomes
spare tires

Have been off-line for awhile and expect this subject has been discussed in detail so my apology in advance. All our previous RV's have had a spare tire (and wheel) and we've traveled over most of the USA - Coast to coast, border to border, Alaska, etc. Our current 2013 Tiffin does not have a spare. We have Good Sam Roadside Assistance which really doesn't answer the question if we have a blowout or otherwise destroyed tire. I assume many of you are in a similar situation - so what do you do? Hope nothing goes wrong? Carry a spare tire (but no wheel) - or purchase a spare tire & wheel and perhaps carry it in the toad? Plan another Alaske trip next summer and will probably opt for a spare carried in the toad. Your thoughts and experience please.
Semi Retired Grandpa 10/09/14 09:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice removing water stains on front curtains

A lot of your cleaners like "Goo-Gone and especially "Oops" are really similar to dry cleaning fluid. Our Monaco had stains along the bottom edge of the front curtains from dragging on the dash when they closed. Every once and awhile I would use "Oops" and saturate the dirty part, rub it a little and let it dry. It did a nice job on the curtains. Wow! Curious as to which "drycleaning fluid" they're similar to?
Semi Retired Grandpa 10/09/14 08:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oregon RV site Ownership

Here is a good start. Brookings is as far north as I'd want to be. Because??
Semi Retired Grandpa 10/09/14 08:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I just paid $6.71 per gallon for diesel

Heavens, I saw all sorts of RV's in Switzerland this past May. Despite the horrendous fuel costs and road taxes. Those bakeries made it all worthwhile! Just returned from Germany-Switzerland-Austria. Was driving a car - not an RV. However, saw relatively few RV's (at least relative to the US) except in isolated scenic areas. Gasoline approximately $8.50/gallon (US) - + the road tax sticker purchased at the Swiss & Austrian borders. Great bakeries - exceptional coffee - but did you notice no one has screens on their windows? Often times saw flies all over the baked goods in the display cases. No one seemed to notice. Great fun though - already planning a return.
Semi Retired Grandpa 07/28/14 11:00pm Class A Motorhomes
Oregon & Washington folks heading south in the winter

Curious as to how you Oregonians and Washingtonians find your way south (Arizona & New Mexico) after the New Year. Seems we're often snowed in - east on hwy 84 can be treacherous. South over the Siskiyous (and beyond) is frequently very treacherous (two years ago were required to mount chains three times on I-5 south). We tend to head south a little later but often have road problems. Seems the only sure way is to travel along the coast and then well south in California before heading east. Suggestions?
Semi Retired Grandpa 07/22/14 10:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Yellowstone

Remember as late as 1981 driving into Old Faithful Lodge and securing a room for the night - contrast that to today when many make reservations a year in advance. Have visited Yellowstone many times over the past 45 years - snowmobiles in the winter before all the current regulations came into being - as well as spring-summer-fall. Have taken grandchildren on more recent winter visits - snowmobiles again but in a group & with a guide - as well as several summer visits. Seems always too many visitors and too many regulations - a NP that is truly overloved. Wildlife was once in plain view - now often well hidden. Everyone should visit this magnificient NP - but like too many of our wonderful parks just too many people ....
Semi Retired Grandpa 05/28/14 10:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow Haul on Ford F53

Ok once one gets use to the almost intantaneous rpm increase. My complaint is the cruise control - exactly the same on our 2013 F53 as our previous 2005 E-450. Hit a slight grade and suddenly the transmission makes a dramatice downshift and the instantaneous rpm increase is more than a little disconcerting. Compared to my daily diesel SUV driver, Ford's cruise control system seems to have been developed in the dark ages!
Semi Retired Grandpa 05/02/14 10:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: if you had a choice

With so many people recommending Pacific Shores, I don't see how we got in there last year. It is a terrific park, and expensive. Only problem with Oregon is they won't let you pump your fuel. Had to get the attendant to do over twice to fill up my tank. State law - illegal to 'top off' a tank - state looking to reduce spills and subsequent contamination. Impossible to police, however, so restarting the fill on a MH is not a problem.
Semi Retired Grandpa 05/02/14 10:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sell it then promise to fix it....seriously

Couldn't agree more. Stopped at the same place 2 years ago and found similar problems - including cabinet doors hanging from one hinge. Was promised that all the obvious problems would be corrected before delivery. Walked away & drove to CW Hillsboro and found them no more professional. Finally drove to a competitor in Eugene and purchased a new unit. I'm a very long time CW customer and simply don't understand why their retail outlets are so unprofessional. BTW - went to their new Coburg Oregon store a couple weeks ago looking for an oil filter for our 7kw Onan generator. The parts person looked and looked and looked at his computer screen - I finally got tired of waiting and told him I'd find one elsewhere.
Semi Retired Grandpa 04/21/14 10:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pre 2006 Ford F53 vs post 2006 Ford F53 vs 8.1 Workhorse

Drove an itasca with the Chevy engine for many miles - never exceeded 6 mpg - often in the 5.5 mpg range. Find the Ford better (6.5-7 mpg) - certainly not enough to brag about!
Semi Retired Grandpa 03/30/14 11:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Camping World

Junction City CW closed a long while ago as reported. Guarantee reopened in that location with a much smaller store (utilizing a small portion of the available space). The Coburg CW is now open.
Semi Retired Grandpa 03/20/14 11:23pm Class A Motorhomes
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