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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
RE: Winnebago 27N Vista...

Haven't owned this particular unit but both of our last units were Winnebagos and we found them very well built. If you like the floor plan, I wouldn't hesitate - Winnebago builds a very solid unit.
Semi Retired Grandpa 01/27/14 11:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Credit card limits when filling up the tank

Can't help with the gas cap settings,but found out from my credit card banks that if you let them know you are traveling during a certain time period and that you will be using the card multiple times a day at one vendor they will not flag your card. Sure helped on our Calif. to D.C. trip. Used same card 4 times at one gas station, $50.00 limit so swipe card - pump gas, swipe card - pump gas,and so on. No inconvenience should interrupt RV life. Not always - I use American Express for gasoline because of the rebate, Had problems on the way to Alaska in 2005 - out in the middle of nowhere and after pumping the gasoline. So phoned before leaving last summer and experienced the same problem! Called and told them I'd phoned prior to the trip and was told they still check! Go figure. At least I was able to use my cell phone last summer - no cell service in 2005 and the station wouldn't let me use their phone.
Semi Retired Grandpa 01/15/14 10:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Heat pump working at 28 degrees ambient

Seems to me the question is at what temperature does it become more efficient to heat by gas? I have my home heat pump switch to GFA at approximately 36-37 degrees. Keeps us comfortable and the combined electric/gas bills reasonable. All obviously depends upon the price of electricity versus gas, efficiencies of each unit, installation parameters, etc. etc.
Semi Retired Grandpa 01/06/14 11:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: success!

Wow, thats a tight fit! But congrats - are you going to wait until the weather gets better to christen her or are you going to get her dirty sooner? Actually took delivery earlier this year and soon took a trip to Texas followed by a couple more closer to home. Were gone from home much of the spring and summer and then it took much longer than expected to get the necessary garage work done - especially fitting an 18' door into the space available - then the MH sat on the dealer's lot for more than a month while they tried to repair the HWH leveling system.
Semi Retired Grandpa 12/02/13 09:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: success!

My 1997 County Coach is 33' long and is 11'10" high. Just finishing up our new attached RV garage . We made it oversize just for those reasons you mentioned. Mine is 20' wide 48' long and the door is 14'x14' with 16' ceilings. I'm liken it … Sounds perfect!
Semi Retired Grandpa 12/02/13 09:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: success!

Is it possible to build an extention or bump out on your garage? Very difficult as we live on a fairly steep hillside. The RV garage is built into the hill with concrete walls on three sides. The (relatively) level drive in front of the garage was built on the materials excavated for the garage - have minimal maneuvering room as it is and adding more would be difficult and expensive.
Semi Retired Grandpa 12/02/13 09:01am Class A Motorhomes

New RV garage 1998. 2 motor homes subsequently fit nicely. Then in 2013 purchase new Tiffin - specs. 31'5" overall length (12'10" tall) - should fit nicely except for height. Original door 18' wide x 12' tall - ceiling 13'10". Increase opening to 13' tall - door company spends two long days with two installers and owner supervision to fit opened door into 10" space. Finally retrieved MH from the Tiffin dealer yesterday after more than a month of warranty service - MH too long - can't close the door. Cut & remove rear ladder and it fits! Ecstatic! Now just have to shorten all standoffs and mount ladder nearly flush with the MH and all will be right with the world! Moral of the story - build that new RV garage much taller and longer than you ever think you'll need!!
Semi Retired Grandpa 12/01/13 07:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: HWH problem puzzles both HWH & Tiffin

1. I HAVE contacted HWH and no one at HWH has any info that your dealer or Tiffin contacted them about your specific problem. 2. I need a lot more info for HWH. Your Year/Model and chassis of your motorhome. The correct model number of the HWH system. THAT will be on the HWH operators manual in the Tiffin owners manual. 3. DID you do what I requested in my first post---test the system manually. It is kind of frustrating when people post problems, you ASK them to do certain things and they either refuse or do NOT do those things and they still go and post help for their problems. Doug (Tiffin dealer Tech (34 years) HWH factory trained(24 years). 4. Unless they installed an incorrect hose (NOT a HWH hose), there is NOTHING that replacing a hose will do to cause your type problem. The HWH system is self bleeding and will exhaust any air in the system after 3 or 4 extensions and retractions. 5. I asked if the WRONG fluid added to the system would cause your problem in addition to your problem. This is the reply I received from HWH on the 14th on Nov. We have been waiting for you to respond. Doug "I am not real sure what is going on, that is the reason I was wanting to look at his records and see if he called in or his dealer called in about it. I am not sure if the wrong fluid would do this or not. I would seriously doubt that would cause the issue but who knows. I guess bottom line is I need more information to even come close to having an idea with what is going on. It might not even be the jacks, it might be something with the suspension causing this". Sorry if you're frustrated. I personally haven't tried any of the recommendations as the MH has been at the dealers some 40+ miles away expecting them to take care of the problem. However - I printed your response and will see that their service department has it Monday. Planned a contact anyway as this has gone on far too long. BTW - all of the manuals are in the MH. W/O them I can say only that it is a 2013 Tiffin 30GA which is on the Ford F53 22,000# chassis. Don't know the HWH model number. Thank you for your input - I WILL follow up on it.
Semi Retired Grandpa 11/23/13 11:26pm Class A Motorhomes
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