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RE: What C's have 25' widebody plans like this?

gotsmart 09/05/14 08:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Triton V-10 Maintenance

When I had all 10 spark plugs replaced at 112,894 (9 May 2013) the mechanic told me that he replaces the plugs and boots. He said that the coil packs, which are about $75 USD each, only need to be replaced when they fail. My coil packs would good and none required replacing. I was out the door for $304.60 USD
gotsmart 09/05/14 07:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Need to completely regroup,looking for a toad for Fleetwood

2009 smart fortwo Passion. A towbar setup and a $20 battery disconnect switch is all that is needed for flat towing. https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8318/8000530271_f7e75f69cb_z.jpg
gotsmart 08/24/14 10:48pm Dinghy Towing
RE: thinking aobut going solo

2,200 lbs! meh. :p Try flat towing a smart car - curb weight is only 1,800 lbs https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8293/7796511834_89e23e1c6c_z.jpg
gotsmart 08/18/14 08:09pm Beginning RVing
RE: What do you tow behind your Motorhome?

2009 smart fortwo Passion https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2854/11748965344_7300fa1f6b_z.jpg :B
gotsmart 07/28/14 10:20pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Converter on Four Winds Majestic 28A

Thanks Tenbear. Do you know if it can be unplugged? My friend is electro-sensitive, and looking at buying one .... You're kidding me? IMO, "electro-sensitive" and "RV" are 2 terms in conflict with each other. Forget unplugging the converter. An RV is a sardine can with AC and DC wiring running throughout it. Above you, below you, beside you - you're always only 2-3 feet from wiring. One might as well disconnect the house battery and never plug in the shore power cable into a pedestal, out of fear of bad power in the campground (a real possibility). BTW, you know the generator that's behind the left rear wheels? It's under the bed as well. The best part - when that Onan MQ 4000 is running and you're in bed... you won't need any quarters.
gotsmart 07/28/14 12:02am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Wa. State people, What is here?

John Wayne Trail - Army West
gotsmart 07/27/14 12:46am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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
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