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RE: Buying a Rental Class C. How many of us out there? (Long)

CA does have the maintenance history. How long after the sale do they retain it? I don't know. I can tell you that you should make receiving a printed copy of the maintenance history a condition on the Purchase and Sale Agreement. The salesman that I dealt with was, in my opinion, a slime ball. He loved me until the point I signed the P&S and gave him the check. As soon as I drove the MH off of the lot he wanted nothing to do with me anymore. Calls went unanswered and when I got through he blew me off. It doesn't matter if it is CA or any other company. Don't pay in full until you receive everything that you asked for.
gotsmart 07/25/14 11:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: looking for a toad

I've seen a few Smart Cars being towed; they are "semi automatic" - you have to shift to change gears, .... Incorrect. A smart car is an "automated manual". It has a 5-speed manual transmission, but it does not have a clutch pedal. The computer does all of the shifting. It can be driven in manual mode or in automatic mode - and one can switch between the modes on the fly, at any speed. Automatic mode: You put the floor shifter in "D" and drive the car as if it has an automatic transmission. Manual mode: With the floor shifter in "D" you pull the floor shifter to the left. There is a "+" and a "-" on the shift console. Push the floor shifter forward "+" to upshift and pull it back "-" to downshift. Pushing the floor shifter to the right "D" will put the car back into Automatic mode. If the car is like mine and also has paddle shifters on the steering wheel you can ignore the floor shifter and switch between Automatic and Manual shifting using just the paddles. Left paddle is downshift, right paddle is upshift. Using either paddle will put the transmission in Manual mode. The indicator on the dashboard will change from "D" to 1/2/3/4/5 gear selection. Pressing and holding the right paddle until indicator on the dashboard changes to "D" (about 2.5 seconds) will put the car back in Automatic mode. Note: even when in Manual mode you're not doing the shifting. You're telling the computer that you want to upshift/downshift - and the computer then does it for you. My 2009 smart fortwo Passion has a curb weight of 1,806 lbs (US) and only requires a battery disconnect switch for flat towing.
gotsmart 07/25/14 07:14pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Buying a Rental Class C. How many of us out there? (Long)

BoxinTheCompass, I can't recall if anyone has mentioned it here, but El Monte RV gives you a brand new mattress when you purchase a new motorhome. Cruise America also provides a new mattress, as well as new tires on their motorhomes for sale.
gotsmart 07/25/14 06:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tires - Again - Still - Yet

I have Goodyear G949 RSA LT225/75R16 on my E450. They are dated 2010 and are holding up very well.
gotsmart 07/23/14 12:52am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Telescoping towbar

re: unhooking 1) When on an uphill slope, drive the toad about a quarter inch (or so) into the towbar - enough so that when you set the park brake on the toad that the toad doesn't rock backward enough to undo what you just did. 2) take the towbar's breaker bar to the release buttons on the towbar arms. the towbar arms should now easily release from the baseplate brackets. When the MH is on a downhill slope, repeat step 1) but put the toad in Reverse and back away from the towbar about a quarter inch in order to relieve the pressure on the baseplate brackets.
gotsmart 07/13/14 07:37pm Dinghy Towing
RE: WE WON THE LOTTERY!, We are moving the US and buying an RV!

... Gotsmart - THANK YOU! WOW, just WOW, I really like your setup, buying from Cruise America seems like a really straightforward easy thing to do! I really like the idea of buying one of their refurbs, and looking at their youtube videos and prices it really seems like value for money! I like that they don't have any of the "FAT", no TV, no extra gadgets, just what you need to get started, and all high quality (no shower curtain!!! awesome), it makes it very easy to upgrade to my own needs. (thinking a projector rather than a TV) Now, questions! feel free to PM me if you feel they are a little private: 1. Did you buy from Cruise America? Yes 2. Did you pay asking price? Their prices are on my top budget. The price is negotiable. I strongly recommend against buying an RV before arriving to the USA. Former rental units must be seen in person and walked through. I also recommend hiring a mobile RV tech to perform an inspection of the unit you wish to purchase. You can use the report of any issues to reduce the price. Rental companies are not like car dealerships. They have little interest in providing service after the sale, and are not set up for it. 3. How beat up was it when you got it? The mounting screws for upper hinge right-hand cabinet door above the kitchen sink are stripped. I need to apply some wood filler compound to the cabinet and remount the hinge. The bottom drawer on the passenger-side of the rear bed is held closed with velcro. 4. They have 100,000 miles on the clock, is this not a little excessive? IMO, with conservative driving habits the Ford 6.8 litre Triton V10 engine can easily last 250,000 miles. how is your RV holding up? Very well. I've been living in it full time since April 2011. 5. Should I go for 'large' or 'standard'? Go for the 'large'. It is 30 feet long. The 'standard' is 25 feet and it's corner bed is less desirable. Any info you feel would help me if I choose to go this route welcome! As I posted in my profile, Cruise America RVs do not have stabilizers or leveling jacks, slide-outs, awnings, an aerial for television, a rear ladder, or outside steps. These are the things that renters break. I live by myself - so not having slide-outs or an awning suits me just fine - fewer mechanical items to fail. Other rental companies offer slide-outs. The increased living space that slide-outs offer may be more to your liking. Regardless of who you purchase an RV from, prepare to budget up to $3,000 USD after the purchase for maintenance items you feel are necessary to make you feel safe in the RV and for the RV to be road-worthy. Concerning the topic of Extended Warranties: Cruise America offers one. I did not purchase it. I place no value in extended warranties. Others may chime in.
gotsmart 07/11/14 09:22am Beginning RVing
RE: Kitchen faucet replace

A "P" trap: http://www.wlgary.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/The-P-in-p-trap-300x238.png
gotsmart 07/11/14 12:24am Beginning RVing
RE: Flat Towing

Well kinda sort of. These are automated manuals meaning you don't have a clutch pedal and the computer does all the shifting but technically they are standards. 1850 pounds and way fun. fixed it I almost bought a Smart. I still might. But now my wife wants to buy kayaks and I don't know how a For2 could haul them! See this link: http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=15345 height=480 width=640
gotsmart 07/10/14 06:38pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Kitchen faucet replace

Having done this three times, I removed the sink all three times. I learned that I cannot contort myself enough to install a faucet without the sink removal. I may have you beat. I paid an RV tech to contort their back while I kicked back and enjoyed beverages. The price included adding shutoffs. https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8303/7847506146_eca8320764.jpg https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7134/7852363884_8d1b1c4dba_n.jpg
gotsmart 07/10/14 06:26pm Beginning RVing
RE: WE WON THE LOTTERY!, We are moving the US and buying an RV!

I pull a 2009 smart car behind my former Cruise America rental. It has a rear walk-around queen size bed and a sleeping loft above the cab (as opposed to an entertainment center in a Clas B). I use the loft for storage. I live fulltime in my motorhome in Washington state. I'm currently working at an RV park in Sequim, WA. When you purchase that "fixer-upper", check for local ordinances, covenants, or deed restrictions that would prevent you from parking your RV on your property or prevent you from installing a power pedestal and water and sewer hookups on the property. In New York you will need to winterize the RV's water lines with non-toxic antifreeze. Here in western WA the winters are mild enough to not have to do that. My signature has a link to my photo albums. My profile has links to the service and upgrades made to my Cruise America 28R. https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8293/7796511834_89e23e1c6c_z.jpg
gotsmart 07/10/14 06:09pm Beginning RVing
RE: Newbie buying Class B or C for less than 6 months of use

deleted. IAMICHABOD beat me to it.
gotsmart 07/10/14 05:41pm Beginning RVing
RE: Texas Trailer License Renewals

I signed up for email reminders from the state of WA. About 45 days before my tabs need renewing I get an email reminder from the state.
gotsmart 07/06/14 12:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Breaking laws F Y I

To the OP, I suspect that you got your information here: http://www.rvibrake.com/Towing-Laws-s/1826.htm The information presented in the above link contains errors and is not up-to-date. Keep in mind that RVibrake is a business that sells braking systems and breakaway systems. The information on their website is presented in such a way to help influence you into purchasing a braking system - preferably theirs. It is up to each RVer to know the the towing laws of each state/province that they are driving through. Relying on a summary page that was prepared by a 3rd party may give the arresting officer a good chuckle when they add towing violations to your {insert name of} citation.
gotsmart 07/01/14 01:53pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Toad Choice

If you've never been in a smart car I think that you'd be pleasantly surprised. Its interior was designed for occupants that are 6 feet 4 inches in height. It does not feel small on the inside.
gotsmart 06/30/14 07:38pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Mods / Admin question -- New Senior Member status?

Status based on time served.... hmmm Where have I heard that before? :W
gotsmart 06/27/14 07:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Electrical Issue

Just had the same problem with my 2003 Kustom Koach. Didn't even consider it might be the GFI. Checked the GFI in the bathroom (we never use this plug-in) and... EUREKA!! It was tripped, so I re-set it and now the exterior plug-in works! Thanks for the info guys!! See the outlet at the right-hand edge of the photo, at the side of the microwave cabinet? There's another outlet opposite of it, on the sink-side of the cabinet. In my MH both are daisy-chained off of the bathroom's GFI outlet. FYI https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8171/7937523670_74a646ea22_z.jpg
gotsmart 06/25/14 03:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: A Funny Problem With Our Stove

look at ergonomics: maybe replacing the cooktop with one of a different design solves the problem.
gotsmart 06/19/14 12:25am Class C Motorhomes
RE: The drive from Fresno CA to Port Angeles WA

Thing to remember. In Oregon you cannot pump your own fuel outside of a reservation. If a tribe has a gas station on their own land, they can and do offer self-serv pumps. Example: at Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, OR you pump your own gas. You can use the shoulder of the road on I-5 when going up hill in Oregon. No sales tax in Oregon. If pulling a trailer you can drive the same speed as the cars in Or and Wa. The TRUCK SPEED on I-5 in WA is 60. In the MH on I-5 in WA I set the cruise control to 62 and stay in the right lane. {cut} I was disappointed of the air along I-5. Air to the west was clear and nice looking, air to the east was as smoggy as downtown LA. You can always bring along cans of Perri-Air. I don't always drive I-5, but when I do, I prefer to stay far west of I-5. You cannot buy booz in Wa on Sunday and you have to go to a State store to buy the hard stuff. Incorrect. Thanks to a WA-based wholesale club spending millions of dollars to get the WA liquor laws changed one can now purchase hard liquor EVERYWHERE in WA. I am not a drinker so it didn't bother me. The have more rest stops in WA and OR. They were clean and nice. I found food at the tourist traps is cheaper than expected so stop at Fat Smitty's at the intersection of 101 and 20 in Discovery Bay, WA for a Smitty Burger. So enjoy your trip and don't let them know you are from California. Port Angeles is about 30 miles west of where I am on Diamond Point in Sequim.
gotsmart 06/18/14 01:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Towing a small sports car behind a Class C

I must have missed something, but just when did a CRV or even a smart car become a " 'manual shift' sports car like a boxter, or BMW" about which the OP was asking? I was being a smart aleck. smart cars DO have a 5-speed manual transmission with a single stage clutch. They don't have a clutch pedal because the computer does the shifting. You can override the computer with the floor shifter or the paddle shifters. If you stomp in the gas and leave the pedal on the floor you can have a head-banging good time from zero to 60 as the tranny bangs through each gear. You must have missed where I wrote "sporty -ish". :W
gotsmart 06/17/14 12:52am Dinghy Towing
RE: Help with how picking a state works

TechWriter, The three states mentioned (FL, SD, TX) have mail forwarding companies that cater to RVers. That is one of the reasons that they are so popular. The other states that have no state income tax do not make it easy for fulltimers to do things like vote or get health insurance or any one of the myriad of different things they do like the three states mentioned, nor do they have mail forwarding companies that specialize in working with fulltimers. .... Barb I disagree. If one does a bit of research on their state of choice then they can live in at mail box in any state. My vehicles were titled and insured in WA. I researched transferring them to TX or FL. I concluded that the high title transfer fees, acquiring a new drivers license, and the high auto insurance rates in those states was too much for me. I rented a mail box at a mom-and-pop parcel store located in a stand-alone building - not a strip mall. Changing my drivers license address was free ($10 if I wanted a new drivers license with the new address. I paid the $10). The auto insurance for the MH and toad went up $1 and $2 - simply because I moved 1 county away. My drivers license says "# nnnn" instead of "PMB nnnn" - because the state's computer system doesn't accept "PMB" as a valid abbreviation. If they don't care then I don't care. Then for any other address change if they didn't accept "PMB nnnn" then I tell them "This is how the state has it on my drivers license, so if that's what they use then you can use that". I follow the path of least resistance in this regard. I have never had an address issue that wasn't easily resolved.
gotsmart 06/14/14 03:56pm Full-time RVing
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