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RE: 2015 Allegro 32SA

We are in our 2006 Allegro Bay 34' and have nothing but high praise for the quality and the workmanship. Perfect? Absolutely not. We have had some issues. Point is that they were taken care of with no hassle by the Tiffin network. We had a dealership tell us that they had no problem with doing warranty work even though they were not a Tiffin dealership because Tiffin always paid their bills promptly and were easy to work with. We have been to Red Bay twice and will go again soon for some refit and refresh work. I have even had occasion to call for parts and have had them shipped that day sometimes for free but even if not then at least reasonably priced. I doubt we will buy another coach but if we were to do so I would look to Tiffin first.
SteveRuff 08/20/14 01:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: thinking aobut going solo

We spent four years in a 24' Isata motor home. The first year was with no toad and it was doable but became confining. We bought a Pontiac Vibe, 5 speed manual and towed it for the next 60,000 miles or so. No problems encountered and much more satisfying.
SteveRuff 08/19/14 12:48pm Beginning RVing
RE: Washer/Dryer combos

DW wanted the combo since that is what our coach has a space for. We gave up the storage to have it put in. As everyone knows, "If Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!" We are all happy here :) She absolutely loves not going to seek out the laundromat, schlepping all our clothes and supplies to and from, spending 2 or 3 hours in a hot, often dirty place in a bad part of town. I, of course, had to go with her so it's a win win situation. There was a brief learning curve and some wrinkled loads but now she has the system down and loves being able to do the laundry in her pajamas if she wants!
SteveRuff 08/14/14 01:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: work campers/permanents/long term

Sounds to me like we are not all on the same page. I wonder if hotpepper was referring to a work camper who works in the campground as opposed to a camper who goes to work at an offsite job.
SteveRuff 08/12/14 12:48pm Workamping Forum
RE: Another shirt ruined with tiny holes !

Simple. It is the same thing that takes one sock from your dryer. Whatever it is takes the cloth from those tiny holes and collects them until it has enough to make another sock to match the one it took!
SteveRuff 08/11/14 01:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: “Perfect” traveling meals

For us nothing beats left over fried or roasted/broiled cold chicken. Add some potato salad, a bag of salad and some salad dressing of choice. We take the packets of water flavoring to add to bottled water, iced tea with peach being our favorite. Throw in a cookie or two and you have an elegant picnic lunch.
SteveRuff 08/10/14 10:40am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: How long are (have) you keeping your MH in retirement

Our first was a small 24' Class B+ Isata. It had 40,000 miles on it but was built right and to high standards. We kept her for 4 years and finally traded her off ay 90,000 miles+. We had decided we liked the life and wanted to continue. We bought our 2006 Allegro Bay new in 2008. because it had been on the lot so long the dealer was eager. He gave us a good price on the new one and top dollar for the trade in which was sold before we had all of our stuff removed! I suspect this will be our final motor home because it is what we wanted and we are quite happy with it. I am 68 now and expect to travel another 10 years or so, God willing. I doubt we would get a whole lot more for her now than we will 10 years from now so it doesn't really make sense to sell and buy another.
SteveRuff 08/09/14 12:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: newbie question about extended stays

First motor home was a 24' Isata. We had her for a year and traveled with no toad. We found it doable with limitations. We almost always were able to find a spot to park, especially in larger parking lots such as Walmart, major grocery chains etc, even larger tourist attractions. We had our tear down, set-up routine down to a science and could stow, pack and vacate a site in less than 15 minutes. Often our set-up was less because we would just plug in if our water tank was full and we didn't need to dump. What we eventually realized, though, was that more and more often we simply skipped going to do something or missed some things we would really have enjoyed seeing because we just didn't feel like going through the hassle and, as some one mentioned, going off leaving the motor home with the genny running so the dog stayed comfortable. Our first trip with the toad clinched it. We so enjoyed that and we realized that, for us, a toad was a "must." In a year of travel we now put 5,000 to 8,000 miles on the motor home but double or even triple that on the toad.
SteveRuff 08/07/14 03:10pm Beginning RVing
RE: What's the secret to making fluffy scrambled eggs ?

IHOP adds a bit of pancake batter to theirs.
SteveRuff 08/06/14 03:16pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Have you quit without notice?

Love to hear the other side of the story. Maybe they had family issues or one of the people was unhappy. How many of you would stay at a place if your partner said "I hate it here I want to leave?" So without 2 sides do not condemn I agree with the sentiment but not with the scenario as told. The campground deserves to be told. Sneaking off with no discussion would never be appropriate whatever the reason.
SteveRuff 08/04/14 12:45pm Workamping Forum
RE: The Peter Principle & companies & orgs the seem poorly run

I am reminded of the story of the very successful hot dog vendor in Central Park. Everyone came to him and he sold all of his hot dogs every day. He gave extra relish, sauerkraut, and chili with no extra charge and his wieners stuck out both ends of the bun. One day some Wall Street types were eating and they told him that a depression was coming so he had better take steps to save some money for the future bad times. The vendor started charging extra for chili, sauerkraut, onions, and relish, he bought smaller wieners and got a real deal on day old buns. Sure enough, the men were right. People stopped buying his hot dogs and the bad times lasted until he was no longer in business. I think I see a parallel here:)
SteveRuff 08/04/14 12:11pm Around the Campfire
RE: Mid Life Crisis Or Just Ready To Live?

I will jump in here as a retired teacher. One of the issues I am picking up here is that you are most worried about your son. I understand the home school thing so why not use that as a basis to get him involved and on board. What is he studying now? Civil War? Let him help you plan a tour of the more famous battle sites and museums. Colonial times? Jamestown, Plymouth, Boston, Philadelphia, Williamsburg are fabulous sources. The Smithsonian in Washington D.C. can easily augment almost any subject and would take days if not months to absorb all that is there and mostly for free. My point is, you will have him for another couple of years at most. Let him be "in charge" of the destinations and the time frame for each. This might help get him more invested in the adventure and I, personally, see it as a huge asset in his studies. Someone already mentioned to focus on his career choice, and I could be okay with that except I think he would be most unusual to have any kind of a clear idea of a career choice at this time. He might be thinking Astronaut, Go to the NASA complex in Houston, maybe he is leaning toward computers ... Silicon Valley/Seattle, Finance, Wall Street ... the possibilities are endless and researching it all together is half the fun.
SteveRuff 08/02/14 10:44am Full-time RVing
RE: Low-carb ideas?

Along this line I had the opportunity to use my new Veggetti a couple of nights ago. I don't mind admitting I was skeptical to say the least. Took a large zucchini and using the "wide" end I made a bowl full of zucchini "spaghetti" strands. It worked perfectly, much to my surprise. I topped it with my regular spaghetti sauce and the result was a success. Oh...I sprinkled the zucchini strands with a small bit of EVOO, some garlic powder, and sea salt then microwaved it for 1 minute. This took the crunchiness out of it and made it much more like real noodles. IMHO this far out shined the spaghetti squash as a substitute for noodles.
SteveRuff 07/22/14 06:53am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: A real honest-to goodness "NEWBIE"

you need to rent on see if you are comfortable with it.i would recomend a fiver truck combo fir a first rig. go to campgrounds talk to rv owners In my opinion if he wants a DP and opts for a 5'er and truck he will never be happy and always feel he made a mistake. Actually, I see no valid reason to go the 5'er route first.
SteveRuff 07/17/14 07:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Slide Outs

The shear pin is located outside, under the slide where the mechanics are on my coach. I had to crawl under the slide almost to the center of the coach to find it.
SteveRuff 07/12/14 05:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV lifestyle =

Bought the motor home to travel to our sons baseball games in the summer before his senior year of high school. He played on a travel team in Texas, La. and even in Georgia. He continued playing for 4 years of college so we went to all of those games too! Team made the playoffs and advanced to the 2nd round which was in Kentucky. After they were eliminated we decided we were so far east already we would just keep going. Toured Niagara Falls area, upstate New York then down the east coast before going back home. Since then we take from 6 to 11 months each year to see a different part of the country. Along the way we worked some KOA workamping jobs but eventually settled on working for Amazon during their peak season. We have done that for 3 years and are in NJ now getting ready to help open a new facility. We work for 3 months, make enough money to refill the travel coffers, then are off again. We have a sticks and bricks with a garage apartment and a downstairs converted into an apartment so it basically takes care of itself while we are gone. The rents pay the mortgage. Plan to do this until it isn't fun or the health fails, whichever comes first.
SteveRuff 07/04/14 07:45am RV Lifestyle
RE: Slide Outs

The first check is always the pin. There is a pin that goes through a square rod turned by the motor. If the shear pin has snapped the rod turns but not the inside. I replaced mine three times before understanding I needed a grade 8 from Home Depot. What they have out is usually a 5 but they have 8's if you ask.
SteveRuff 07/04/14 07:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Batteries Won't Charge on shore power or genny

When I had this problem I eventually discovered that my converter had developed a problem. A call to the manufacturer got me a tech who was really savvy and knew immediately what to tell me to do. I had to open it up and solder a broken connection that had come loose. He told me this was a common problem that had since been addressed. I ordered a new converter but it is still in the box waiting for when I might need it.
SteveRuff 07/01/14 07:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: washer and dryer in RV

we have the space and the hookups for a combo set, but have opted for the huge storage area it gives us instead. being able to do your laundry "at home" sounds great, but in a MH, you must be on full hookups to have enough water and a place to drain all the wash water. And instead of doing a dinky little load each day, I would rather do it all in one afternoon every week or 10 days. But to each his or her own, so go for it. Mine will wash from my tank with the pump on and the gray tank holds more than enough. The Splendide only uses about 5 or 6 gallons of water per load. I don't boondock extensively but I wouldn't hesitate to wash if I knew a dump station was coming within the next couple of days. We recently did 4 loads of wash, 4 full showers, and 3 sinks full of dishes before having to pull the valve to empty the gray tank. Granted, we were very full and had a small bit of standing water in the shower, but we were not being conservative in the least.
SteveRuff 06/25/14 07:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What Campground Memberships do you use?

We bought the Thousand Trails 2 for 1 zone deal last year when we were going to be traveling in the Wash., Oregon., California area. We used it where we could and sved a ton of money although we did have to stay in some rather remote places and use our toad to drive to the places we wanted to visit. Passport America is our go to club and I have renewed every year since we started RV'ing. There has never been a year I lost money on the deal and many years I have saved at least 10 times the cost.
SteveRuff 06/21/14 07:14am Full-time RVing
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