I am thinking of making a trip to both these places and wanted to get some feedback from those of you who have been. Any ideas on private and state parks in these areas is appreciated.
In Branson, I stayed at the city owned RV park right downtown on Lake Taneycomo. It's actually a river, but they call it a lake.
Be sure you see the Mickey Gilley Show. Mickey's 78 years old and still going strong!
Get a first class one 4 or 5 years old, 15,000 miles, spend $50,000 that way you don't have to lay under it to much. Look at B+ models, 25 to 30 ft. they get a lot better mileage.
This is good advise. I know at least two millionaires that buy their Class Cs used - even though they both can afford to buy a new one every year.
I bought a 9-month old very high-line unit with 5K miles on it, for 25% LESS than the guy that bought it new.
Does not make sense to buy new!
Be sure to get a counter depth model, 24 inches verses 30 inches box depth with doors removed. This shallower depth keeps the refer from protruding into living space and in my case allowed it to come in the entry door instead of removing a window.
Since I have already had a warranty repair on these levelers I am hoping they will consider this another warranty problem. I guess I have to wait and see what the tech says about the issue when I finally get to take it in. I was just confused about how when you wait two weeks plus for an appointment, they then tell you their goal is to get to look at it within three days of arrival. Makes no sense to me.
1. They are booked, so the NEXT available apt is 2 weeks out. WHY bring your RV in and have it sit for 2 weeks and besides they do NOT have the room.
2. 3 days---We tell our customers the same. Once arrived it MAY take up to 3 days to look/Fix/ or diagnois and get parts ordered if needed.
3. Remember, YOU are NOT the only customer, there are hundreds of customers and NOT ALL repairs can be done quickly and parts ordered and installed the same day or even week. SO, repairs get backed up as previous appt's run longer or repairs take longer and then the shop workload backs up.
4. Sorry Brett, Using a Auto type service center is comparing apples to oranges. RV repair is a different animal. Used to be we fixed items(warranty) and then billed the appropriate supplier. NOW, almost ALL repairs require prior approval from almost everyone and that delay's the timely service. NON warranty and it goes smoothly and quickly. Unless you have to special order parts
5. Special order parts can take 3 to 10 business days. Some OEM's require that THEY send warranty parts even tho the Service center may have the identical part in stock.
6. There are ALWAYS emergency's that require a customer to come in in front of other appt's and get him on the road for his vacation. That puts the rest of the work behind schedule also. Doug
Doug is correct. RVs are not automobiles. There are any number of delays when a facility is working on any RV. There's no way to have all the parts necessary for every RV made on premises. It can take days and weeks to wind up all the repairs necessary on any given RV.
My coach manufacturer has a minimum of 2 months lead time to even get an appointment - and many times when they're working on your RV, they end up breaking something else on it. -Ask me how I know!? No, RVs are not cars - that's for certain.
Been thinking about buying used rental class C unit, possibly Four Winds Majestic 28A (thanks to input from gotsmart, Iamichabod and a few others on this forum) but am wondering what to expect for how much approximate costs would run for the following work to be done after the sale, I have no experience with this, but am I looking at $$$ or $ or what? (Now I know it can vary quite a bit but just trying to get ballpark idea). I guess its more piece of mind
Here's the list (stolen from another suggestion elsewhere but I cant find the link now):
1: Having the black/grey/fresh tanks professionally cleaned.
2: Drop the generator, have it checked out the right way by the Onan people, and to prevent headaches, slap a new carb onto it just to be safe. Plus, during this stage, I can get an EnergyCommand system installed which gives the ability for the genset to auto-start if the batteries get low.
3: Change the spark plugs and coils. Ford V-10s are reliable, and this is a relatively small thing, but good to have done.
4: New tires. (I thought they sold these units with new or fairly fresh rubber?)
5: Furnace and ducts cleaned out if possible.
6: Fluids flushed and changed (oil, ATF, etc.)
7: Change out batteries, perhaps add another in parallel if there is room to the house set. Some class Cs have a drawer that can fit two... but just have a single present.
8: Change out cooling hoses and clamps
Does the above sound reasonable and any idea on about how much this may run for 28` class C?
As always any input is appreciated...
Depends. You're not setting forth any parameters whatsoever, so, it depends? You can spend $, or $$, $$$, or even $$$$$$ on an RV every year. How much $$$$ are you paying for it? Then figure on how much $$$ you can afford to spend on it each year.
I'm interested in purchasing a new tow vehicle. My wife and I would like to order a 2015 F150 EcoBoost as soon as the order banks are open.
So today I sent an email to my local Ford dealer asking if they could tell me when orders will be accepted. The reply I received was a very short single sentence stating that they will contact me when ordering information is available.
I replied and said that we are not sure if we want to order the XLT or the Lariat. I asked two questions 1. Do you have a 2014 XLT and Lariat that we can see? 2. Can we stop by this Friday morning to look at the trucks? The reply I received was another very short single sentence stating that the dealership is closed this Friday and the salesman will be off for the weekend.
I was expecting an answer that showed a little more interest in selling a truck. Something like, "Yes, we have the XLT and Lariat and we would be happy to show you the trucks. I'm sorry, but we are closed this Friday. Can we schedule another time to show you the vehicles". I feel like the only information I received is a report on the salesman's days off.
What is your opinion of the responses from the dealership? Am I overreacting or do you think they could show more interest?
The dealer is trying to tell you that you need to come in to the dealership to shop. They know you're not going to buy a truck over the phone anyway. That's all.
The modern vehicle is better built and does require less maintenance.
Many dealers do suggest more frequent maintenance intervals than the factory manual. This is simply because they see first hand the problems encountered when the service intervals are lengthened by the manufacturer in attempting to convince the consumer the vehicle is cheaper to operate
So what are you saying? Modern vehicles require less maintenance, BUT not as little as the manufacturer's recommend? Increased service intervals are bogus, despite all recent improvements in oil, cooling fluid, and so on?
Frankly, I would trust the manufacturer's recommendation over the recommendations of most dealers that I've dealt with.
You can certainly choose to use any recommendations and for most people they are going to believe the manufacurer before the dealer. A little research though will find several cases where following the manufacturers schedule resulted in "sludged" engines and other problems in as little as 30,000-50,000 miles. Lexus, Toyota, BMW, and MINI are a few that have had severe problems often contributed to extended oil change intervals.
JohnAllen is correct.
Mercedes-Benz tried that FSS (Flexible Service Schedule) on their line of Mercedes-Benz in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
BIG / FAIL! Engine oil-pans were sludging-up to tar-like @ just 15K miles, on conventional motor oil. The manufacturer was at fault, and lost a Class Action lawsuit. So, here comes a 10-year or 150,000 mile warranty on ALL engines that had not blown-up due to sludging, IF the owner would switch to 100% full-synthetic motor oil.
Sometimes the dealer knows best - I would listen to John - he was brought-up in the car business for over 40+ years.
My roof air has two long intakes on the bottom of the unit. The foam sponge is worn out and has a big hole in it - hence it doesn't filter the air. Wondering if there are any creative self-cut filters anyone has come up with instead of the sponge foam filters?
If you will get a better grade steak ,it will need no marinadeThat's true. The marinades he was using overpowered any steak taste anyway. But some ppl don't like the purist when it comes to steak. Why, I don't know?
We recently purchased a 34' Newmar Ventana LE diesel motorhome. We traded a 41' Revolution Le on it and had a 40' prior to that, and a 36' prior to that. When we started looking I was definitely leaning towards a gas unit, but after driving one, I just decided that the two of us couldn't go back to a gas. The quietness and smoothness just won out for us.
No question, the diesel will cost signficantly more than the gas when purchasing a new one. However I dispute folks who believe they are more expensive to maintain on an ongoing basis. We have not found that out at all.
I would never say that someone is "wrong" to buy a gas model. As I said, they are much more reasonable to purchase. Our choice for the diesel was strictly a personal one based on our particular peculiarities.
Best of luck to you whichever kind you purchase.
It doesn't matter the size of your rig - the diesel will cost less per mile to operate whatever it's pulling. That's just the facts. I'd never own a gasser coach - not something that weighs in nearly 8 tons and more. Every way I figure it, the gasser would cost me a lot more to own/operate.
Google phone is free and unlimited calling. No one needs to spend a dime on any phone again. It's impossible to beat free.
Did you mean Google Voice? link to info about Google Voice It says it is not a phone, it is a "phone manager."
You'd still need internet connectivity, which sometimes is free and sometimes not.
It's a telephone connection 24/7 provided by Google, with your own untraceable telephone number. Call anywhere, anytime. Pretty simple, and of course it's FREE. Is a free telephone anywhere, anytime, something you are objecting to?
Oh man. How come something like that never happens to me. I'm not married. I could have offered to help them polish there trailer and they could help me polish something of mine.
They may have been a "couple." Did you ever consider that? ;)