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RE: Northern California - Davis to Sonoma Coast

Try to avoid hitting I-80 early morning hrs. To avoid the commuter cluster.
djgarcia 04/26/15 09:29pm Roads and Routes
RE: Moose Lodges

I am looking at saying at Moose Lodges along my travels. I can find a listing of lodges that allow RVs to stay over night. But they do not tell you what you will find when you get there. Is there away to find out what is there before you show up without calling or writing? The Elks have an app that gives you all that info
djgarcia 04/22/15 10:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Can I lift my Camper with a jack ? (pictures inside)

How old are the tires? Were they 5 years old before you parked it or brand new? EDIT The tires should be stamped with a manufacture datecode. There are 4 numbers on the side of the trailer. The first 2 numbers are the week the tire was mfg. and the last 2 numbers represent the year the tire was mfg. Any tire over 5 yrs. old, I throw away regardless of how the tire looks.
djgarcia 04/21/15 07:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can I lift my Camper with a jack ? (pictures inside)

Hello, my camper, which is actually a toy hauler ( if that makes a difference) has been sitting in the same spot for about 2 years now. Its starting to lean to one side.. Can I jack up one side, by the frame, just enough to slide a 4ft 12x2 board under the tires ? to level it out. How much risk, is there of bending the frame ? http://i577.photobucket.com/albums/ss211/TroyMichael_2009/Askov%202015/IMG_0066_zpsuvwkwjsi.jpg Is there a reason not to just hook up your trailer move it 5' forward to backward and then put you 12x2 boards down and then just pull the trailer up on the the 2x12. Job done:):) Looking at your picture, I might have some concern about the ground under your trailer, dosent look too hard or level as far as trying to jacking up trailer by frame.
djgarcia 04/21/15 06:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Big horn ordering question

We bought a Big Country from CW in Akron OH. We did have a warranty issue and also some regular maint done. We were happy with the whole buying experience and service work. The guys in the service dept were really great and one guy went out of his way to get us something they didn't carry but he was able to get and install. I have recommended them to several people. We had such a horrible experience with Hufnaggle here in PA and Winnebago that left a bad taste but CW has sure changed that. Judy Good for you. Glad you had a positive buying experience from CW. It appears that there a few CW stores that have good customer service and sales people but it is the exception not the rule:(
djgarcia 04/21/15 03:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Northern CA thru Oregon and Washington

My DW and I will be traveling north from the SF, wanting to stay along the coast. Then on up through Oregon and Washington along the coast before we turn east along the northern border states. I will do a separate posting for the northern states. Would any of you like to share your ideas for Boondocking and/or Dry Camping along the west coast? We know that ocean front locations are few and far between so we do do not expect to receive many of those. Our class B can get into some pretty rough places, and we are not limited by time. Thanks in advance. Happy Travels, Forget boon docking all the coast in Ca., Oregon or Washington:( Look up all the state parks in each of these states and start making your reservations well in advance i.e 2-3 months, of your arrival dates. Especially in the summer months. Reservations can always be cancelled or changed but if the RV park is full when you arrive it is a BIG problem for you:(:(
djgarcia 04/21/15 08:42am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Big horn ordering question

The local Bighorn dealer is a Campingworld. I have purchased accessories from them but don't know how they are with customer satisfaction as far as Rv sales and service after the fact. If you have read many posts on this and other RV forums, you would already know the answer to this question. My take: The risk is too high to involve Camping World on anything with more moving parts than a folding lawn chair. X1---Your reference to the "folding lawn chair" has still got me laughing:):):) Right on!!!!
djgarcia 04/21/15 07:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What do I wax with ?

Maguire's Marine wax. 1 wax will last for the year:)
djgarcia 04/21/15 06:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Big horn ordering question

As you guys might have notice from other posts, I am looking at trading my diesel pusher for a fifthwheel. I have had good luck with Montana's but the Bighorn's have also caught my eye. The local Bighorn dealer is a Campingworld. I have purchased accessories from them but don't know how they are with customer satisfaction as far as Rv sales and service after the fact. I am looking at the Bighorn 3160EL and since there isn't one on the lot, they gave me a build sheet to spec one out the way I would want it ordered. Most of the options are self explanatory but some are not. Is Goodyear G rated tires worth $2323 when it comes with G rated tires? There is a 12.25X3.375 upgraded brakes with E-z lube axles for $1549. They are 8000# axles but do not change the GVWR any input about both Bighorn's and camping world purchase experience would be appreciated. Hedgehog--- Ok, don't keep us in suspense!!!!! What did you find out about your "Big Horn"? Did Camping World budge from their OUTRAGIOUS prices? Here is the phone # for Heartland customer Service 877-262-8032, ask for Ian Roberts. You might ask Heartland for the name of another dealer in your area. Camping World's outrageous prices for the up grades is any indication, how bad will they gouge for any maintenance or warranty work, are they going to complete repair work in a reasonable length of time? The answer is pretty obvious:(
djgarcia 04/21/15 06:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Big horn ordering question

As you guys might have notice from other posts, I am looking at trading my diesel pusher for a fifthwheel. I have had good luck with Montana's but the Bighorn's have also caught my eye. The local Bighorn dealer is a Campingworld. I have purchased accessories from them but don't know how they are with customer satisfaction as far as Rv sales and service after the fact. I am looking at the Bighorn 3160EL and since there isn't one on the lot, they gave me a build sheet to spec one out the way I would want it ordered. Most of the options are self explanatory but some are not. Is Goodyear G rated tires worth $2323 when it comes with G rated tires? There is a 12.25X3.375 upgraded brakes with E-z lube axles for $1549. They are 8000# axles but do not change the GVWR any input about both Bighorn's and camping world purchase experience would be appreciated. I have a BigHorn 3070 34.5 long. 2012. Customer support has been outstanding, warranty work/service has been outstanding. I only dealt with the Heartland mfg. and/or my Heartland dealer in Oregon. I am not sure if I would buy a BigHorm from Camping World based on RV.net posts which have generally expressed concerns and compaints about Camping World's service. I bought my bigHorn from Guaranty RV in Junction city Oregon. There professional sales staff, (ask for Vance) service staff is just outstanding:) I drove 500 miles to buy my BH. They also took my 12 yr. old trailer as a trade in without ever seeing it and there were willing to drive half way to meet me and then tow it to Guaranty RV lot. Long story short, I am not real impressed with Camping World's sales or service. 1. GY "G" rated tires. My new trailer have Tow Master tires which I knew nothing about. I asked the sales associate if we could replace the tires with Good Years? Not a problem and the change was done at the Heartland Factory and no additional cost to me. I am paying about $250 in Ariz and calif. for the G rated tires. The price you quoted sounds sounds way out sack or some real profit for camping world. I have had great luck and no problems with these tires for the last 10 yrs.. 2. I would call the Heartland customer service in Indiana and ask the price for the upgraded brakes and E-z lube axles from them.
djgarcia 04/20/15 05:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: US 50 East from Sacramento

We are heading East from San Francisco in a couple of days and we plan to follow an alignment of the old Lincoln Highway that takes US 50 over the mountains. I would like to hear from anyone who has driven this route. We are happy on twisty steep roads in our 36 foot DP having just driven PCH from Malibu to San Francisco. If US 50 is no worse than that, we can do it. Hwy. 50 out of Sacramento is freeway up to Pollock Pines then it turns into a 2 way hwy. The road is good as lone as you just slow down and watch for other vehicles as you drive around curves. It is a very scenic route. When you get to the top be prepared to shift to a lower gear and make sure your Exhaust brake is on:). Your can turn off of hwy 50 to Hwy 89 before you get to the turn off to South Lake Tahoe which will take you Hwy 395 which basically parallels I-5. South Lake Tahoe is beautiful and well worth the trip if you have the time. We always stay at the RV Park "Camp Ground by the Lake on the right hand side of Hwy. 50 as you head toward town. Its a county park and is small but has about 10 sites with full hook ups, the other sites have elec. + water. The have a honey run truck that will dump you for $10. I have never driven across Hwy 50 from Nevada east so can't help you. I always take Hwy. 80 which is probably not s scenic as Hwy 50.
djgarcia 04/20/15 12:25pm Roads and Routes
RE: US 50 East from Sacramento

We are heading East from San Francisco in a couple of days and we plan to follow an alignment of the old Lincoln Highway that takes US 50 over the mountains. I would like to hear from anyone who has driven this route. We are happy on twisty steep roads in our 36 foot DP having just driven PCH from Malibu to San Francisco. If US 50 is no worse than that, we can do it. Hwy. 50 out of Sacramento is freeway up to Pollock Pines then it turns into a 2 way hwy. The road is good as lone as you just slow down and watch for other vehicles as you drive around curves. It is a very scenic route. When you get to the top be prepared to shift to a lower gear and make sure your Exhaust brake is on:). Your can turn off of hwy 50 to Hwy 89 before you get to the turn off to South Lake Tahoe which will take you Hwy 395 which basically parallels I-5. South Lake Tahoe is beautiful and well worth the trip if you have the time. We always stay at the RV Park "Camp Ground by the Lake on the right hand side of Hwy. 50 as you head toward town. Its a county park and is small but has about 10 sites with full hook ups, the other sites have elec. + water. The have a honey run truck that will dump you for $10.
djgarcia 04/20/15 12:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: empty post?????

More than likely the post you clicked on had been removed... We have had a very active spammer morning so many many posts have been removed. I am thinking there is a slight delay from the time a post is removed and the link disappears. Johnny Thats for the clarification. It was not a big deal other than it was irritating to waste time opening post that ended up being empty.
djgarcia 04/20/15 06:44am Forum Technical Support
empty post?????

Help me understand-- I have been looking at different post and when you click on the link to open them up, a message appears "topic not found" "the topic specified could not be found" or the post is just empty of any comments or information???? Whats going on??? Is this the function of an administrator censoring or closing a specific topic or Email??? Confused???
djgarcia 04/20/15 06:31am Forum Technical Support
RE: Can't See to Hitch Up

Hooking up 5th. wheel- 1. Paint a white 1/2 in. strip on the front and center of the plate hitch 2. tape a 1/2inch piece of tape on the inside of your back window. It only needs to go about 1/2 way up the rear window. 3. visually line up the rear window tape with the center of the trailer hitch and back up very slowly. When your trailer hitch is about 4" from the truck plate, stop. Get out and visually check the level of hitch plant and the trailer hitch or the white plastic disk if you use one. I recommend using one. Very imporant!!!!!!Raise or lower the trailer hitch until it is about 1" below the truck hitch plate. Now continue backing up slowly making the trailer hitch gently slide up on the hitch plate as it slightly pushes it down. Keep backing up until the you hear the hitch lock. Job done:)
djgarcia 04/17/15 09:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trust or not to Trust

I'm buying an RV that I will fulltime in. I went to my attorney and talked to him about a trust. I wanted the trust for asset protection in case I'm sued. He didn't think I needed one for that. I guess I'm confused as to what a trust is. I know it keeps you out of Probate. Can I set it up myself and have a family member be the trustee? Stefan 1. I had a lawyer set up my Living Trust so in the event of my death all my assists,monies etc. will be distributed based on my wishes. This will all keep your estate out of probate and give your trustee immediate access to your trust in the event of your death and/or if a doctor determines that you no longer have the "mental capacity to make rational decisions". Use a "durable power of attorney" not a "springing power of attorney. Your lawyer will give you a legal explanation of the difference. When you set up your trustee(s) /executor be sure and list them in order of succession 1st., 2nd, 3rd. I also suggest that when you complete your Living Trust, that each family member immediatly receives a copy of the trust. This can avoid any potential future legal disagreements among family members. When ever there are issues of money, the potental for bringing out the worst in individual family members is always present. I also recommend that you complete an Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD) immediately. This document is separate from your Living Trust which can be completed if you don't do complete a Living Trust. You can contact your local Ombudsman program or hospital and they will give you a copy. You can do this on your own or your local Ombudsman will do it for you at no charge. Make sure each family member has a copy. This avoids any potential problems/disagreements with family members regarding your wishes related to any end of life medical decisions about your life. 2, Talk with your financial advisor and he will set you up with an Liability Umbrella policy just to protect you against be sued. I have a 2 million dollar liability policy. This protects you if you are in a severe accident where someone dies for example and the party sues you beyond what your regular auto insurance covers.
djgarcia 04/16/15 07:32am Full-time RVing
RE: Yahoo mail . . . . unbelieveable!!!

I had been happily using Yahoo! mail for many years, but I am about ready to ditch it. Numerous outages for many hours at a time over the last days, weeks and months. :S:M X1, I had nothing but problems/clitches with Yahoo and finally switched to Google gmail and have not had 1 problem:)
djgarcia 04/16/15 06:51am Technology Corner
RE: How to tell tire age

Google image http://www.tirebuyer.com/medias/sys_master/8829197844510/age-hero-580-x-330.jpg height=400 I use the age of the tire numbers when I go into to get new tires. I will only buy new tires that are only 6 months or less old. Some tire dealers have been know to try and convince you that a tire thats was mfg. i.e 1 1/2 to 2 yrs. ago is perfectly safe:( Do your own checking before you let them put on the tires.
djgarcia 04/15/15 09:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: From Yuma to Vegas 95?

I prefer to use US 95 to Quartsite then Arizona 95 up to I40. Then I40 to Kingman. (Fuel in Kingman) Then US 93 to Vegas. All of it is very good road with no grades. I do not like US 95 in California rough and hilly road. X1, Because the road is no narrow and no real places to pull off the road, it could be a real hassle if you had a mechanical break down:(
djgarcia 04/15/15 08:52am Roads and Routes
RE: Typical RV annual budget

Personally I think if you have to go through all this you probably shouldn't purchase an RV. Can you afford the monthly loan payment, insurance and storage fees? If so then everything else will work itself out. In the end are you putting a price on family fun and enjoying life because tomorrow you might not be around. You don't need to purchase everything at once, a sewer hose, water hose and a few wood blocks will get you camping then other stuff can be acquired over time. Are you storing the unit under cover or purchasing a new unit? If so then you don't need to pay for a roof check twice a year for the first couple years and you can do the checking if you are able to get on the roof anyway. I think you have to look at the whole picture. If you can just afford the payment, insurance and storage and that's it, then you will have a rude awakening when you do need to buy tires as an example. Time on that would depend on the tires of the unit they bought. If a new unit, then they have 5 yrs or so. If a used unit, then maybe not that long or even half that long. Would suck to be making financing payment, inusrance payment and storage payment on a hunk of metal that you can't afford to move. Exactly. I am trying to compare a RV investment to an investment of 2-3 long vacations we currently take per year. As a basis for comparison, figure out how much you spend on your 2-3 month long vacations each year.
djgarcia 04/15/15 08:46am Beginning RVing
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