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RE: Lake Thunderbird near Norman, OK

We will be visiting friends this summer in Norman, Oklahoma. I think we want to stay at Lake Thunderbird just east of Norman. I have checked out their web site, park reviews, and done a search on here. Could I please get some first hand advice from anyone who has camped there? We definitely want water and electric and would like to be near the lake. In the city of Norman, OK. you can also stay at the Fairgrounds for $15.00 a night for sewer/water/electric. It's on the North side of the city proper and not far from OU. Nice campus to walk, a quaint downtown Main Street, and several restaurants sprinkled around Norman.
Skid Row Joe 01/27/15 11:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Contemporary Interior

Hi all. I am located in the US and looking for a motorhome with a contemporary interior. Does anyone know where I can find one or at least know any designer that can help me design one? Here is an example: http://www.busyboo.com/wp-content/uploads/modern-motor-home-ketterer.jpg Any help would be appreciated. Contact: Newell Coach in Miami, Oklahoma wrote the book on laminate interiors for custom, high-end luxury coaches.
Skid Row Joe 01/27/15 11:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2 city advice for Texas

I-10 East bound. Should I bypass San Antonio and/or Houston. San Antonio around 9 Am and Houston 1-2 PM. I generally go straight through cities at this time. Advice welcome.My advise is go straight through on I-10. People drive like animals on the loops. By that I mean they go like crazy until there's a wreck. I hate being in that mad rush when there's a wreck. 70 mph and Up in 60 mph zones. Bad enough driving through the belly of those beasts, SanAntonio and Houston.
Skid Row Joe 01/27/15 01:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Just traded our 5er for a 2014 Itasca Solei 34

The Soleis are nice looking units! Tow? Four-down.
Skid Row Joe 01/25/15 07:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Holding Tanks

Doug, I feel you have excellent technical experience and I enjoy reading your recommendations and solutions to problems. It was 'emphasized' to us at delivery to only take the coach to a Prevost service center for engine/drivetrain/service and back to the converter for house repairs. A tech that is not familiar with our type of electrical systems (24 volt AND 12 volt) could cause more problems than they fix. And, our coach has three Lithium Ion batteries for house and regular batteries for starting and genny. Safe travels to all, MM.Mark, Wondering, does every service of the coach portion need to be returned to Indiana, or wherever Liberty is located? Wondering why did you choose the H configured coach rather than the full, flat floor to the driver's seat? Are the holding tanks of greater capacity with the H configuration? What are some of the other advantages or differences you've noticed with the H?
Skid Row Joe 01/25/15 05:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Holding Tanks

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Skid Row Joe 01/25/15 03:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Necessity of a spare?

We have two different size tires on the coach. 315's and 365's. So, I'm not going to worry about a blow-out. We drove our previous coach 70,000 miles with no problems but I was religious on checking the pressure and checking the tires for aging. Our new coach as the built-in TPMS but I still check the tires visually. I have room to carry two extra tires but I'll just let Coachnet take care of it. I also bought a laser gun to check temps, etc. MM.Mark, Any tips on where you bought your laser temperature gun would be appreciated! I need to get a reliable one.
Skid Row Joe 01/25/15 01:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 50% less from what you paid

Bought our last fifth wheel for 1/3 the purchase price of new (it was 3 years old). 4 years later we resold that rig for $1k more than we bought it. Never buy a new RV.Roger that! Bought my rig 9-months old with 5K miles on it from the original owner that took a 25% bath on buying it new. You gotta really love buying new to dispose of up to 50% of the rig's cost inside of 3-years.
Skid Row Joe 01/25/15 01:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 50% less from what you paid

Thanks for all the help I just wonder if some one would buy a stick and brick house for 100,000 and know when they are buying it that in 4 years it would only be worth 50,000 dollars. Would they still buy it . I knew it would go down in what it was worth and we ordered it and are not going to sell it any time soon. It was just a shock and awe moment. The internet sites say it should go for a low of 69,000 and a high of 89,000 for full body paint . I guess the dealer want to make a killing on people that are forced to sell it at any cost which is sad. I wonder how many little old ladys when there husband dies and have to sell and these dealers take them to the cleaners.One way to find these little old ladies with rigs is to monitor the monthly FMCA Final Trip obits, then look up the coach year model through their FMCA number, and go from there.
Skid Row Joe 01/25/15 01:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you flash people?

I always flash trucks and other trailers back in. At night I flip the lights off instead of high beams. When someone flashes me in during the day I hit the 4 ways for 3 or 4 flashes, at night I can flash the trailer lights as the Volvo has a switch to do so. Some trucking companies frown on their drivers flashing, insurance company paranoia I guess. That is one reason it is done less these days. I flashed an ambulance back in one night and he activated every light he had as a thank you - serious flash!So, if a cop hits all his lights flashing, what would that mean.:h
Skid Row Joe 01/25/15 01:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Big Boy strawberry pie

Around these parts it was Shoney's Big Boy and the strawberry pie was really good. They are all but extinct now compared to how many of them used to be around. The original recipe called for 7-UP instead of water.Plenty of Shoney's here in Tennessee and even Missouri. :W
Skid Row Joe 01/25/15 12:41am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: FruitCake

Fruit cake is somthing you give to someone. To tell them just how much you do not like them.If you're drop shipping Gethsemane bourbon fruitcakes, you're welcome to send me a dozen or so. PM me for my address. :W :B :p :B
Skid Row Joe 01/25/15 12:39am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Looking at older coaches

The bulkhead issue is a known issue and many coaches have had the fix done already. As to slides, I would build a new coach right now, I would not get more then two. They intrude too much and all they do is give you a dance floor in the living room. To each their own though, but I have put on 370K miles now in FT and the only other coach I would have is a prevost bus conversion. I would also look at older CCs and Monocos. I also will say that there is no problem getting service anywhere in the country. In fact we have many cummins locations that work with FT as well as Spartan.Excellent points, John. The dance floor you speak of is also a mystery as to why some people want it? :) A Prevost conversion new enough, would be an excellent choice as well.
Skid Row Joe 01/25/15 12:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking at older coaches

I'm not aware of any "bulkhead separation." In fact, I've never heard of this in 30+ years. Can you provide some evidence here to back up your assertions? Bulkhead Separation Is that a Foretravel document? It looks like a private owner's blog. Yes, this is Barry Brideau's blog. The site is a resource for Foretravel owners. If you had taken the time you investigate more, you would have found this link to a Mark Harvey letter about inspecting for bulkhead separation. Mark Harvey is the Service Director of Foretravel of Texas. It is a well documented problem in those years. For someone pushing buying a foretravel I'm surprised you have never heard of it. Do a search on the foretravel forum if you don't think it's true. I believe the 2002s had a real bad zipper cracking on the rear caps running from the roof all the way down the side. We looked at a few of them and they have problems like any other coach.If the Foretravel company website has this problem listed, I haven't seen it, and I've never heard of it. I didn't say it didn't exist. As JohnS. from Virginia states, there's a fix on this, so, I have to wonder why all the panic, and what the motivation would be to make much ado about nothing here? Foretravel is at the top of the heap in fiberglass, and the Unibody monocoque construction. If anything, far, far superior to the frame 'n rails framing the cheaper units employ.
Skid Row Joe 01/25/15 12:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking at older coaches

I'm not aware of any "bulkhead separation." In fact, I've never heard of this in 30+ years. Can you provide some evidence here to back up your assertions? Usually a non-issue, or a manageable one. Definitely worth investigating, but not something that should scare you away from the brand. It's a known potential issue, with well-documented (and usually very low-cost and permanent) solutions. I agree. I've never heard of such claims over 30+ years with Foretravel. Certainly nothing worth worrying about here for the OP..... All I'm seeing are miniscule loose bumper mounts. Not sure what the panic is all about here. Foretravel is one of the best made DP pushers in the industry.
Skid Row Joe 01/16/15 09:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A full costco cart and a smart car.

Well, I don't think a canoe would work but our Kayak makes it on top of our little tent trailer OK. Heres our little black convertible. We are a "multi smart" family. (Notice I didn't say very smart) :) https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7373/9122302100_4d8ceb0943_z.jpg Where and when was this picture taken?
Skid Row Joe 01/16/15 08:53pm Around the Campfire
RE: Looking at older coaches

I'm not aware of any "bulkhead separation." In fact, I've never heard of this in 30+ years. Can you provide some evidence here to back up your assertions? Bulkhead Separation Is that a Foretravel document? It looks like a private owner's blog.
Skid Row Joe 01/16/15 04:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: First Impressions of the Ecodiesel

As a note, I was not going to post BS numbers just to make my truck look good. I do understand that it is new and it is winter. I would have just liked to have seen a little better fuel mileage and yes putting your foot into it will kill the mileage, just like in the Ecoboost that toasted me. Was fun though :W BTW if I use the "instant Lie-o-meter" @ 70 it shows 26 MPG on a flat level highway. Drop down to 55 and it makes only 2 more MPG? For those interested the truck is reporting lower avg MPG readings then hand calc. by 2/3 MPG! Don I've read numbers of 50 mpg or more for vehicles that never get over 30 mpg. In short, anything can be listed online. As long as you're drag racing your truck and running @ 80 mph as you've posted - anything above 10 mpg at those driving conditions is gravy. Why are you driving at 80 mph, anyway? :h It sounds like it's over the speed limit anyway. Curious in regards to the speed question. Where in Texas are you from? For work, I travel the Western US. Many states now have interstate speed limits of 80. If not 80, they are 75 in most western states, with 80 being a very common speed. Maybe he was in Texas running 80 mph, he didn't specify. There's speed limits of up to 85 mph in Texas. Yes, I live in Texas.
Skid Row Joe 01/16/15 04:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: First Impressions of the Ecodiesel

Here's the fuel display from my latest trip to and from our deer camp. Again 3 people with gear and winter blend fuel. Delivered.... http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q624/FishOnOne/FuelMileage_zpsa04fd60a.jpg width=600Unfortunately, there's no average speed provided in your number(s). Your truck doesn't have a complete calculations center. 50 mph average speed according to the miles on the trip and running time noted as well. I've had up to 22mpg on a tank with average speed in the thirties. Check out my fuelly account by clicking on my truck below. I add average speed to all my fuel posts. Fuelly accounts are not scientific. All they consist of are figures that you enter. Is there a cumulative since last reset on your onboard computer? My diesel has a cumulative readout in the instrument cluster that can go back to day 1 when the mileage was 0, unless you reset it. There's no romancing the numbers then. It includes everything including an hourmeter. There's always a way to make your truck look better than it is cumulatively speaking, with a snapshot. That's where hairbending 50 mpg figures come from on vehicles that never return over 30 mpg average.
Skid Row Joe 01/16/15 04:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: First Impressions of the Ecodiesel

As a note, I was not going to post BS numbers just to make my truck look good. I do understand that it is new and it is winter. I would have just liked to have seen a little better fuel mileage and yes putting your foot into it will kill the mileage, just like in the Ecoboost that toasted me. Was fun though :W BTW if I use the "instant Lie-o-meter" @ 70 it shows 26 MPG on a flat level highway. Drop down to 55 and it makes only 2 more MPG? For those interested the truck is reporting lower avg MPG readings then hand calc. by 2/3 MPG! Don I've read numbers of 50 mpg or more for vehicles that never get over 30 mpg. In short, anything can be listed online. As long as you're drag racing your truck and running @ 80 mph as you've posted - anything above 10 mpg at those driving conditions is gravy. Why are you driving at 80 mph, anyway? :h It sounds like it's over the speed limit anyway.
Skid Row Joe 01/15/15 11:01pm Tow Vehicles
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