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RE: Newbies beware-will make you cringe

If you can't raise the height of the bridge then lower the road. That's what they did in New England for many historic bridges and trestles. A lot of the bridges have massive stone-work on each side that just cannot be altered. The solution: As you approached the overpass from either side the road would dive down several feet in order to increase the clearance.
gotsmart 04/23/15 01:40pm Beginning RVing
RE: Play in steering wheel = nerve wracking!

I have crawled underneath and everything looked fine. .... 'Looking fine' and 'being fine' are two different things. I had to have the upper and lower ball joints replaced. I posted about it here. It made a big improvement in the steering.
gotsmart 04/22/15 10:14am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Propane extension

If your grill,hotplate, griddle etc runs on 11"WC (approx 6.35oz) then go for it. Most of the "portable" grills use the disposable bottles and the fixture that it screws into on the appliance is the regulator (usually has the flame adjustment on it) If your grill has a conventional regulator or has individual burner controls you should be able to remove the oem hose and connect to your RV's quick disconnect.On the disposable bottle units unless there is a "factory" kit to convert to low pressure it is best to tee in ahead of your RV's regulator and use the existing appliance hose. Hmmm. I have an 15+ year old Coleman camp stove (burner on the right, grill on the left) and a Stay-A-While Deluxe adapter on my MH. I plug the Stay-A-While's gas grill hose into the Coleman grill where the propane bottle would normally go. It works perfect as is - no conversion kit needed. The flame height and heat output on my Coleman is the same as if the grill was running on a 1 quart bottle.
gotsmart 04/10/15 09:18am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Replacing OEM sink faucet set

This is my faucet upgrade. The black plastic aerator is for a PUR water filter: https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8291/7847385610_f8de247f61.jpg
gotsmart 04/09/15 02:51pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Buying a Rental Class C. How many of us out there? (Long)

Thanks for advice folks but 3 daughters with college educations paid for by the bank of daddy so there is already a second mortgage so that is not an option. So minimum cash flow for a MH per month is a must. Still wondering if anyone actually got a 12 year loan through Cruise America financing. Or is that just BS? Take the 2nd mortgage to the bank (or another bank with better rates), tell them you want to refinace it, extend the term, and cash out about {insert amount here} dollars. If you want separate payment books, take out a 3rd mortgage. It's all based upon your credit worthiness and ability to pay. At one point I refi'd the same equity loan 3 or 4 times over 15 years when I bought new cars. I didn't want an equity line of credit - different animal, balloon payments, not for me. I wanted a payment book and deductable interest on my federal tax form. One can't do that with a car loan, so I just kept extending my home equity loan. It is very doable. Just don't over-extend yourself.
gotsmart 03/29/15 09:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Rental Class C. How many of us out there? (Long)

@w3ozwizard It's a former rental unit. If you own a home I recommend getting a home equity loan (aka: 2nd mortgage) for the purchase price + taxes, and pay cash to the dealer. At least you'll be able to itemize the mortgage interest each April, AND you'll have the title to the RV. In 2011 when I bought my 2005 28R it had 109,000 miles on the odometer. I paid $22,565 USD (before taxes) for it. I did not buy Cruise America's extended warranty or their awning. I paid cash.
gotsmart 03/29/15 02:04pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Rental Class C. How many of us out there? (Long)

Which outfit are you referring to? There is a Cruise America in Seattle (actually in Everett, WA). http://www.cruiseamerica.com/rv-sales-locations/rv-sales-seattle-everett/
gotsmart 03/28/15 10:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Rental Class C. How many of us out there? (Long)

The reason for $2,500+ worth of work is that the MH came with no service history. I needed to create a baseline to start from. In May 2013 I had the plugs and boots replaced for $350. The mechanic (he is a real mechanic and the shop owner - not some 'technician') said that all 10 of my coil packs were fine and did not need replacing. When the other shop wanted almost $1,000.00 to replace plugs, boots, and coil packs (their 'tuneup') I declined and got a second opinion.
gotsmart 03/27/15 06:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ford E450 V-10 Engine HELP

Spark plug + boot + coil pack. Expect a coil pack to cost in the neighborhood of $75 USD. A spark plug boot is inexpensive. If you change a spark plug I recommend installing a new boot on it, even if the coil pack doesn't need to be changed.
gotsmart 03/21/15 10:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ultimate campground log website

Do you have to pay for it now? I can't get it to do anything on my iPad. http://theultimatecampgroundlog.com/tucglogmw.php It is $22.95 for Windows or Mac operating systems.
gotsmart 03/20/15 09:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Interesting Article About Marcus Lemonis - Head Of Good Sam

.... If Marcus want's to engage in other business activities, what's the problem with that? Does "The Profit" REALLY have any impact on Camping World? I don't see any conflict of interest and the two business ventures are totally exclusive of the other. .... I don't think "conflict of interest" is a problem as much as the perception that Mr. Lemonis may be spreading himself too thin and seems more addicted to fame than the operation and oversight of his own business ventures.
gotsmart 03/20/15 09:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Camping World Lakewood, NJ

Just wanted to write a little note on a repair that camping world in Lakewood, NJ on my travel trailer. Last October while returning home from Ocean City, Maryland something hit the side of the trailer putting a 6 inch long gash in the fiberglass wall and also damaging the lower skirting. Our insurance company recommended that we take it there to have the repair made and that they would do a good job. Well I picked up the trailer last Friday and you can not even tell where the damage was on the side wall. Great job by service writer Charles and to the mechanic who made the repair. Very pleased. Hopefully I can get the before and after photos loaded.. Before repair http://i.imgur.com/0aM5xhPl.jpg After repair http://i.imgur.com/pzeqTtBl.jpg
gotsmart 03/16/15 01:53pm Camping World Service and Installation
RE: Bought an old Class C - Electrical question?

If the OP can post images, that would be helpful.
gotsmart 03/14/15 02:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Propane Piping ?

You all know that the probability is very high that the line is simply feeding a gas grill don't you? Yes it should be black pipe, but let's get real about how bad it is... I don't see a grill. I see a 20# external propane tank. Going back to the first post in this thread you'll see that the top (capped) port is the grill port. It's a seamless galvanized elbow. This is being used with propane, NOT natural gas. I don't know where the mobile RV tech obtained it in 2011, but he said that a seamless elbow of this nature was accepted for this application. I have had zero issues with it since. https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5546/11748414674_30e4741528_z.jpg
gotsmart 03/12/15 07:11pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Limiting steering wheel?

There are a few occasions where securing the steering wheel during flat towing is appropriate. If the toad does not track straight then it can cause tail wagging as it drifts left and right while being towed. This can cause a lot of arm fatigue to the MH driver - from constant correcting for the tail wag. Locking down the steering wheel can force the toad to stop drifting. The trade off is a bit of scuffing on the tires. Arm fatigue vs tire scuffing. I flat tow a smart car. It is a narrow gauge car. Here in WA the major roads (like the rightmost lane of I-5) are a bit rutted from logging trucks. A smart car is not wide enough to sit in the ruts. It drifts back and forth between the ruts - even when I'm driving the car on I-5. Using a rubber bungee (just one bungee) to secure the steering wheel plus a rear trac bar took care of the tail wag. The bungee allows the steering wheel to move a couple of inches either side of center, but is tight enough to return the steering wheel to center afterwards. Therefore my conclusion to the topic of limiting the steering wheel is: It depends. Most of the time it is not needed. In a small percentage of the applications it solves the problem. https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8303/7796272910_00e8c71d14.jpg
gotsmart 03/10/15 07:53pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Propane Piping ?

Discussed back in November 2012: http://forums.goodsamclub.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/26512040/gotomsg/26515767.cfm#26515767 You can also Google it.
gotsmart 03/09/15 09:44pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 24 feet motorhome - 55 gl. fuel tank

This is a useful link: http://owner.ford.com/your-vehicle.html Create an account, add a vehicle and plug in the chassis VIN. It will tell you a lot of information about your ford cutaway chassis.
gotsmart 03/09/15 02:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C body sag

The front passenger side of RV body has started to sag. I thought maybe the screws that go through the exterior body wall to the floors have bent. So I jacked up the body shell and replaced the screws with larger. As I lowered the body down It sagged and I now know it's the floor that's causing the sag. I not sure how to go from here. Add a support under the floor underneath? The picture shows the stripes not lined up from the sag. https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7653/16757272055_3eee3ef544_z.jpg Don't use: http://flic.kr/p/rwMpaH I used: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7653/16757272055_3eee3ef544_z.jpg
gotsmart 03/08/15 06:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Marshall brass or Camco

I have the Stay-A-While Deluxe (picture is clickable) https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8426/7796513374_e038868e0d.jpg
gotsmart 03/08/15 10:28am Beginning RVing
RE: Hanging Clothes Space

This was my solution on an open wall in the rear BR. It is a closet orgainzer from Lowes. The pictures in the link have installation comments. https://www.flickr.com/photos/gotsmart/sets/72157631098947616/ https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8302/7788943284_53c5a85cde.jpg
gotsmart 03/03/15 10:46am Full-time RVing
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