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RE: Washington State 210 day law, does it exist?

I don't think it is a state law. Otherwise one of you all would be citing chapter and verse from a .wa.gov link. I did find this link from the WA DOR though: http://dor.wa.gov/content/contactus/con_residdef.aspx The 2nd bullet of their residency definition says: Lives in a motor home or vessel which is not permanently attached to any property if the person previously lived in this state and does not have a permanent residence in any other state;
gotsmart 05/17/15 02:28pm Full-time RVing
RE: Looking for SMART car information

... They are very difficult to tow Wrong. In addition to the towbar installation, one only needs to a a $20 battery disconnect switch - as recommended in the owners manual. -put the key to position 1 in the ignition -put the shifter to "N" -turn the key to the off position -wait about 30 seconds for the digital display on the dash to go blank -disconnect the battery (or use a switch) done in that their wheels/tires are different sizes, as well as their wheelbase is so short, OE rear: 175/55/15 on a 15 inch by 5.5 inch wheel OE front 155/60/15 on a 15 inch by 4.5 inch wheel Mercedes did this to promote understeer in the car which it considers safer that oversteer. I'm running 195/55/15s on 15 by 5.5 inch wheels in all 4 corners. The car handles much better the the OE setup. that the front wheels basketball bounce on tight turns. That has not been my experience when towing my smart. I'm using a 4 inch drop receiver to keep my towbar level at the base plates on the car. I've seen motorhomes pull into the resort with towbars in receivers 8+ inches above their car's base plates - not just smart cars. There are motohomes out there where the receiver is too high off of the ground. The safeguard is to tie-off the steering wheel with bungee cords, and pray to God they work. I don't use a nylon bungee. I use this rubber bungee. It grips the steering wheel and keeps the car from wagging the MH when driving at highway speed in the rutted truck lanes. If the roads in OR and WA didn't have ruts, I would not need the bungee. Many of the Mercedes Benz dealerships do not like the fact MB builds and sells an entry level city car that does not offer much margin for sales commissions. They barely acknowledge that smart cars are a Mercedes brand. Your post reminds me why my smart has never been to a MB dealer for service.
gotsmart 05/14/15 08:47pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Looking for SMART car information

OMG. We are smart car famous. ... We are in year 10 with our smarts and hope they hold on for years to come. Cheers. http://www.johnandangela.ca/images/smartcar/IMG_2675.jpg I like mine better. :p https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8720/17548601555_72d9d23548_z.jpg height=450 width=600
gotsmart 05/12/15 09:40pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Looking for SMART car information

Life is to short to drive an ugly car Nah, Its all in the eye of the beholder my friend. By the way, free smart car rides for anyone that guesses where the picture was taken. https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3929/15475196156_902ea177b5_z.jpg It was taken outside of a tunnel. :S
gotsmart 05/12/15 12:27am Dinghy Towing
RE: Looking for SMART car information

For highway driving they dont get as good of fuel efficiency as some other slightly larger cars - much because of their poor aerodynamics. But that's not what they're designed for. They're designed to be used mostly in the city where they do fairly well. I suggest you compare them to other light offerings from Honda and Toyota. I think you'll find that for a few hundred pounds you get a lot more car for the money and perhaps as good or better mileage. Speak for yourself. My 2009 smart fortwo Passion is rated 33/city, 41/hwy. Going from Olympia to Portland on I-5 I got 51 mpg out of it, and that was before I had the cruise control installed. A smart car is basically a "city car". It is narrow in width, is short in length, and there is not a lot of travel in the suspension. No, the car is not a touring car. It is perfect for an RVer who does not need (or want) a 4 passenger car. It weighs 1,800 lbs (US), has a computer-controlled 5-speed manual transmission, no clutch pedal, and has no speed/distance restrictions when flat towing. With some vehicles you're not supposed to exceed a certain speed limit and others must stop every 300-500 miles to run the engine for 5 minutes. For a fulltime RVer like me it is a grocery-getter. It keeps the rain off of my head. I can't feel the car behind my Class C motorhome - not even after (actually) standing on the motorhome's brake pedal at 50 MPH. There was no supplemental braking on the car when I did that. Other than a standard hitch-based towbar with all the options needed for safe towing, a smart car needs a $20 battery disconnect switch added - as recommended by the owners manual for flat towing. See the link in my signature for pictures. -------- I'm sure John & Angela will show up here soon enough to trumpet the trailer that they use for their mini smog monster.... er, smart CDI :B
gotsmart 05/11/15 12:10am Dinghy Towing
RE: Door opening size Majestic 23A or 28A

On my Majestic 28R with the coach door all the way open the maximum opening in the door frame is 22.25 inches wide.
gotsmart 05/07/15 02:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Removing Dicor

.... Would mineral spirits help? ... Pure Spirit Gum Turpentine. Will it remove Dicor from an RV? Yes Will it remove silicone caulk from an RV? Yes Will it damage the finish on an RV? Yes it can Will its odor curl your nose hairs? Yes Will its odor burn a hole in your sinus cavity? Quite possibly Is it kind of like using undiluted "Totally Awesome"? Yes, maybe worse Have I used it on the exterior of my MH? Yes Do I recommend it? NO. My MH is clad in painted aluminum. I sealed the trim around my basement doors with non-leveling dicor lap seal. I had a shaky hand in a few spots. Several days later I used pure spirit gum turpentine that I bought at an Ace Hardware store (on a whim) to clean the messy spots. Here is how I applied it: -used a rinsed-out Progresso soup can that I filled with about 2 inches of turpentine. -bowl of water with a sponge in it -paper towels The soup can made it easy to work with a small quantity of turpentine, and was wide enough to dip paper towels into it. I dipped paper towels in the turpentine and rubbed out the dicor. It literally melts through the sealant. It did the same to silicone caulk on the tail lights. After removing the dicor I sponged the cleaned area with water to remove any turpentine left behind. There are some swirl marks left in the paint's finish from using the turpentine - hence my negative recommendation. It got the job done though. I'm OK with a few swirl marks on my former rental. If you apply it while staying at an RV park on a warm day with a slow breeze, everyone downwind from you will stop by to express their hatred of you. Don't ask me how I know. It stinks that bad. I do not know how other types of RV exteriors would react to pure spirit gum turpentine. Therefore I can't recommend its use.
gotsmart 05/06/15 12:43am Class C Motorhomes
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
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