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RE: Oh man, got lucky today. And rock guards serve a purpose

Same thing happen to us a few years ago only we were driving an SUV. Driving at night in the passing lane ran over a 4x4. That will jar your teeth loose. Pulled over at the next rest stop and everything check out ok. That's always been in the back of my mind which is why we avoid driving our motorhome at night if at all possible. I realize anything can happen at anytime but at least in the day time you have more of a chance of seeing it so you can avoid it.Driving highway speeds at night can be disastrous when you can't run with your brights on because of oncoming traffic, or because of diminished weather conditions. You're almost always overdriving your ability to stop after seeing a foreign object, and, swerving is usually a disaster too at highway speeds at night in a rig. I avoid it whenever I can.
Skid Row Joe 07/18/15 12:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oh man, got lucky today. And rock guards serve a purpose

Looking away from the road for "4-seconds" is an eternity at highway speeds. It's fortunate all was fine except for the guard. As far as if you were to have seen the 4"X4"X2' in time to swerve? That could have been a catastrophe. Hitting a tree, culvert, overturning, what have you. Sometime better to grip the wheel and hold on driving flat over most any object smaller than your unit. Leaving the road at highway speeds would be certain pain/or/suffering in most cases.
Skid Row Joe 07/18/15 12:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator not cooling

You might also look for white stain on the large round part of the cooling rods. It's about the size of a liter bottle if it's really hot to touch it's toast. There is not a great deal of mechanical stuff with these units. They tend to work or not. Consider residential fridge or new unit if that's the case. You might find that repair and replace are close in price. This can be dyi project, it's time consuming be doable with few tools.May or may not be a "diy" fix. It strictly depends on the refrigerators needs, once it can be properly troubleshot by an expert. It may also need a new heating element. A new refer can run up to $1,500.00, so, there's likely a fix that can be done for far less than $1,000.00 in all likelihood. All refrigerators take two men to lift them out of their cavity and then tackle dismantling the cooling tower from the refrigerator, then either taking it in to the shop for the repair patching, or, sending it off FedEx to the refrigerator repair shop that can handle a proper fix. Look to spend about $300.00 doing this if you have to send it via FedEx roundtrip. You've also got to be trained and knowledgeable in re-caulking the cooling tower to the backside of the refrigerator - then having two men lift the refrigerator back into it's cavity onboard the RV. It's likely impossible for one man, especially if he's a beginner at this type of work.
Skid Row Joe 07/17/15 11:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator not cooling

I don't smell anything and there's no sign of a leak anywhere. Took the roof cover off and it if clear. It's been running on gas for hours and the burner stays lit the whole time without any cooling.Your cooling tower sprung a leak. See last post above. ^^^
Skid Row Joe 07/17/15 11:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator not cooling

It's been level for 24 hours and turned on The green light is on It's a model # N611 It's not cooling at all. The interior light comes on when you open the door. The Gas lights when I switch it over to gas Has 110 volts at the plug the bottom pipe where it goes into the burner is "warm" (could be called "hot") The flue is "good and hot" so it's heating When I switch to gas the yellow gas light comes on and does not flash BUT it will not cool down inside at all. Anything I could try? I have a multimeter here.Your cooling tower has either sprung a leak, or, your heating element is bad on 110AC. One or the other. Take it to an RV Dometic/Norcold refrigerator repair shop to troubleshoot the exact problem(s) and fix. They'll be able to give you a cost estimate too.
Skid Row Joe 07/17/15 11:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Any Regrets For Starting Extended Travel Early?

In life, if you put things off because you think you cannot afford them, you'll never do anything. Be practical, but go for it! I retired and we began our journey last year at 60 and should have done it years ago!Well.....not in my case. I planned to have adequate finance funding for practically anything I wanted to do as per RVing and travelling the world by the time I turned 60. I was right on target accomplishing this goal by waiting for it. It took a few years of steadfast planning, work and patience to amass the funding for a life of leisure. But I'm there. If you never wait for anything, you'll likely never have the funding to do what you've planned on doing by waiting for that adequate funding.
Skid Row Joe 07/16/15 11:38pm Full-time RVing
RE: Financing Q's

Thanks for the input everyone. I just found that a small local credit union (I have used in the past) lists RV loans over 72 months @ 2.75%. That seems like a great rate so I'm going to call tomorrow and see what terms they offer. I'm not looking for 15 years, but something a little longer than 72 would be nice. If there is no prepayment penalty, go for it. You may want to pay it off early, and you don't want to be penalized for foregoing more interest payments.
Skid Row Joe 07/16/15 11:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Great RV Escapes Savings System

Not to Hijack this thread, but along those same lines, what do you all think of Pass Port America? I signed up for $50.00 if I recall before I started this trip. So far, those honoring it along my trip either don't do so during the summer months or are very limited. I think I may have been had.....THOUGHTS please.Every single PA RV park I've stayed at matched the membership rate for me - just for the asking. Kind of a waste of money when you get the same rate without an annual $50.00 fee.
Skid Row Joe 07/16/15 11:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Great RV Escapes - Scam ?

If any offer for anything sounds too good to be true, it probably is.-50% off is a draw that the PAs need, since most are well off the beaten path. I've found that RV parks that can stay booked enough to not need special discounted rates, do quite well without it.
Skid Row Joe 07/16/15 12:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Financing Q's

If you're with a credit union check with them. My CU gave me a great rate that the dealer could/would not come close to. Credit unions are the way to go. No bank can touch their rates - provided you're creditworthy AND the item is financeable in terms of the monetary and age matrix.
Skid Row Joe 07/15/15 06:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Refrigerator not cooling

How long are you leaving it run before checking it? Absorbation refers require 12-24 hour cool down period before you add food. That can be sped up a bit by adding ice, but Im not ever in that big of a hurry.The rear-side of the freezer should be ice cold and a surface temperature near 0F within two hours easy. Ice won't do anything to a unit that's warm 12-24 hours from start-up. He's got issues elsewhere. 8 hours and nothing in it even feels cool. Guess I'm going to go and give it a shot. Fingers crossed.It's not working. Trouble shoot a non-working refrigerator, step by step. Start with power, propane supply line, etc....
Skid Row Joe 07/15/15 04:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator not cooling

Gas absorption refrigerators will work "un level," but not over several hours past their freeze-up point.
Skid Row Joe 07/15/15 04:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford 2.7 v6 Turbo

Anyone towing with the new 2.7 V6 EcoBoost. Salesman at ford dealer said the 2.7 is as good as my 3.5 V6 . I have a 30 ft. #7000 wet TTFor that TT? Would advise a 6.7 liter V8 Ford F250 Powerstroke diesel.
Skid Row Joe 07/15/15 02:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Any Regrets For Starting Extended Travel Early?

Many folks put off extended RV travel so they can save enough money to do so. But I have heard many Full-timers and Part-timers say, start as early as you can or others say they regret they didn't start earlier. So, I'm curious if there are those who regret starting when they did because they could no longer afford health insurance or the funds just ran out? ThanksI bought my 1st coach @ age 35. That was almost 30 years ago. It was a very nice pre-owned diesel Class A. I still drive a diesel coach, but it's a lot newer and nicer. Not made any better, but maybe the next one will be better. Buy what you can pay cash for, and you won't go wrong. Finance 'em, and you're biting off more than you can comfortably pay for. I believe that's the right way for me anyways.
Skid Row Joe 07/15/15 02:19am Full-time RVing
RE: rv depreciation schedule

A depreciation schedule or curve starts with a depreciation of 20% the first year goes to 18% the next year 15% 12% 10% 8% and then levels off at 6% and till the motorhome turns to scrap. The knee of the curve is at 3 to 4 years. The bulk of the depreciation happens in the first four years. That is why many on here recomend buying a 3 to 4 year old motorhome. Like others have said many other factors come into play.It's hard to go to zero on most any unit-to-scrap - when there's 30+ year old coaches that still garner 10% of their original list prices.
Skid Row Joe 07/14/15 07:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: rv depreciation schedule

Never seen anything like that! Used RV is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. Generally 50% after 5 years, less for orphans.NADA pricing guides are now available for pricing of most any unit. OP; Google NADA.com and chart coach pricing going forward is the best gauge out there.
Skid Row Joe 07/14/15 07:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How Did You Get Your First Ride In A DP?

I bought mine from RV world in Yuma. I had previously bought a 32ft gasser from them as well. When we went looking, the sales man ask me If I wanted to take it for a test drive. I had never driven a diesel motorhome w/air and 40ft ever. He handed me the key, I didn't even know the start up procedure, jacks, slides, etc... I drove all the way from Yuma to Dome valley and back. Scared to death while he taught me about the air brakes and compression brake. It sold me and I bought it. I noticed his left forward lean in my direction from the passenger seat the whole trip. Good folks at RV world. Oh, I had an accident the day after I took delivery, and ripped the side and awning poles up a bit. I can laugh now, but felt like crying then.Reminds me of the time the sales rep. that told me the DP handles really well told me to swerve it a few times in a large, open parking lot we were test driving it in. He almost fell out of the front passenger seat because he wasn't wearing the seat belt device. The guy's deceased now, but I still remember it well.
Skid Row Joe 07/14/15 07:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: We want to buy our 1st coach and eventually go full time

Thanks all for your comments and ideas, please keep them coming. I will expand on my initial post later today/tonight with follow-up questions. As far as keeping what I have and trying out fulltime that's a good idea except for a couple of things. We've been in our 5er for 8 years and there are many things I don't like about it, we can get by for 26 weekends and 3 full weeks a years but no way for full timing in. So that would mean buying another 5th wheel and if I was to get what I want in a 5th wheel I would also have to upgrade my tow vehicle. Also I don't want to full time in a 5er. I would rather not be hauling that around the country and every time we want to go out and explore a region have to jump in a huge truck to do so. I know plenty of people do it but after hauling what I have around I wouldn't want to do it. For me and the wife a coach is the way to go.I would buy a rig right now. What is your budget?
Skid Row Joe 07/14/15 06:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How Did You Get Your First Ride In A DP?

I shopped the Foretravel company sales lots in Texas is where I first drove bus, going on 17 years ago. 40'ers and 36' DPs. I'd like to test drive a few 45' Prevosts, Newells and possibly a Country Coach too.
Skid Row Joe 07/14/15 02:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: On the Cheap in Florida

Hello Everyone: We have always spent our winters in Arizona and California but this winter we will be going to Florida. Unfortunately, we are on a very tight budget this coming winter (Nov. to April) and was wondering if anyone had suggestions of RV parks, county parks, fairgrounds with rv camping on the cheap :) Thanks, VikkiOn the cheap in Florida? I've stayed at the Walmart Supercenter / Sam's directly across from Universal Studios in Orlando, FL for 5-days the last time in Orlando. Lowe's & Home Depot Home Improvement Centers parking lots, Marriot Courtyards and truckstops too when in Florida. Cracker Barrels are great too for overnighting.
Skid Row Joe 07/14/15 01:56am Class A Motorhomes
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