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RE: 'Another' Class A Fire from blown tire?

Within the past week, a couple from Lawrence, KS was killed in Illinois when their Class A caught fire after a blown tire. The local news was a little sketchy on the details except to say a blown tire caused the fire. The pic that was on the news showed the motor home was totally destroyed.
jrs1871 04/24/15 06:33am General RVing Issues
RE: US-54 and I-35 Conditions

Last time we came that way, 54 through the panhandle of OK was in need of repair but the rest of it wasn't bad. But that has been 6 years ago so hopefully it has been overlayed by now. There is a lot of truck traffic on 54 but there are also passing lanes along the way so it generally is not a problem.
jrs1871 04/22/15 02:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Are Dexter E-Z Flex Bearings really forever?

A word of caution. Those Nev-R-Lube bearings can fail and seize up. A member of the club had that happen on his Cedar Creek with considerably less than 100,000 miles. The pic he took of the failed bearing looked as if there was no grease in there. I also believe there has been some problems with the EZ Flex due to bad rubber. When you crawl under there to grease the zerks on the wet bolts, it is easy to give them a once over.
jrs1871 04/22/15 01:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sony Xperia cell phone

We are with Verizon. They are the only ones with any semblance of reliable service where we live. I guess it is just figuring out where the things that I use most often are located. I finally figured out how to delete texts this morning. Hidden in the edit menu. Now if I can get my internet, mail, facebook, weather to my home page, I'll be OK. After a little more time with the phone, I think it is just learning curve.
jrs1871 04/15/15 12:54pm Technology Corner
Sony Xperia cell phone

I had reached the point where I needed to upgrade my cellphone. I had a Samsun Galaxy S3 and I was overall pleased with it. I was planning on going to the Galaxy S5. But because we live in a fringe area where you are lucky to get two bars, the rep thought the Sony Experia would work better as Sony has better antennas. I like a lot of features on the Xperia but I really dislike how it does other things. I consider myself fairly technology proficient, but this thing is driving me nuts. I have five more days to decide whether to keep it. Does anyone have experience with the Xperia.
jrs1871 04/15/15 05:39am Technology Corner
RE: Forest River pecking order

Because Forest River makes its many different lines in different facilities that are operated autonomously, saying he is having problems with FR warranty issues is not helpful. From personal experience Cedar Creek's response to warranty matters (very few) has been very prompt. I can't say the same for Cardinal, Sierra, Sandpiper, Rpod, etc. They are all Forest River companies but have their own policies and practices. So saying FR warranty experience is bad says nothing.
jrs1871 04/11/15 06:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Forest River pecking order

Cedar Creek is considered top of the FR line. However I believe Cardinal is pretty close behind. They are built in different plants with slightly different specs and processes. To compare you have to look at specific things to make a valid comparison.
jrs1871 04/05/15 02:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: South-TX Weather Has Been Wonderful (So Far)

We have been coming to the RGV for 14 years and the last 2 years have been the coldest. I think last year was actually colder but this year has been wetter and way more clouds. I too hope this is not the new normal.
jrs1871 03/12/15 06:36am Snowbirds
RE: Leaving 5th Wheel Hooked to Truck

We always hook up a day or two before we are leaving if weather is likely to be questionable. If there is adequate room, we also hook up the night before when on the road as we like to get an early start. As you said, leave the legs down to take weight off of TV and to provide stability.
jrs1871 03/11/15 05:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Problems with buying 3-1/2 hours away

We drove 6 hours to get our last one. Closest dealer was 2 1/2 hours away but I wouldn't have gotten it there if they gave it to us. Absolutely horrible sales dept. and have heard service is no better. Because of distance involved, we had an agreement that any warranty issues, preauthorized, could be done by local independent RV repair shop. So check out that possibility if you buy from distant dealer.
jrs1871 02/25/15 06:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Comforters

We stored the comforter and throw pillows that came with our trailer in a closet at home. I bought a bed in a bag that complements the decor.
jrs1871 02/19/15 08:37am General RVing Issues
RE: forest river quality

We are on our second Cedar Creek and would buy another in a heartbeat. We had the 2004 Creek until 2013 when we traded it on a new one. Only a couple of minor issues with either of them and those issues were taken care of without any problems. As someone mentioned Forest River covers a lot of lines and comparing an entry level line to a Creek is like comparing apples to oranges. Cedar Creeks and Silverbacks are built in their own plant in Topeka, IN. The factory support for their product is incredible.
jrs1871 02/19/15 08:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: I80 route to Middlebury area

We did the 24 to 31 route last August although is reverse as we were leaving the FROG rally in Goshen. It was not a bad route although there are several small towns that you have to go through. We will probably use that route again this year if we go to the FROG rally.
jrs1871 02/12/15 05:31am Roads and Routes
RE: Auto Leveling

I will second all of those that say they would not have another fifth wheel without auto leveling. We bought a 2013 Cedar Creek 30RL with the auto level. We absolutely love it. Also as we get older, the convenience of the auto level is awesome. We love the 30RL but Cedar Creek took it out of the line in 2014. The actual length is just over 34'. It has the best layout in the living area of any we looked at. The pantry space is a little sparse but that was a trade off we could live with. As Sandsorrel said, Cedar Creek customer support is excellent. So if you are looking in this length, you might try to find a gently used 2013 CC 30RL. There may also be few 2012 30RL's out there.
jrs1871 12/27/14 04:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Have you ever, or would you ever ....

Peaches, I think you are making way more out of this than people intended. You say you have no problems borrowing from or loaning planes to folks. But you further qualify that by saying that you taught them to fly. Thus that implies a level of training has occurred. Furthermore, most folks don't fly since it is a rather expensive undertaking. That being said, we have a sizeable investment in our trailer and tow vehicle. Could it be replaced? Yes and it is covered by insurance but that misses the point. RV systems tend to be somewhat unique. Towing is not the same as hopping into your car and hitting the road. So there is the question of liability and the question of damage, unintentional or not. You will note that most that replied they would loan qualified that by only to certain people and in certain circumstances. They have some confidence the borrower would take care of the unit, but the owner would most times take the RV to the site and set it up. I don't see that as being selfish at all, just being prudent. You wouldn't loan a plane to someone that didn't know how to fly, so why should we loan our RV to someone that is not familiar with all that RVing entails. And there are some people that can destroy a crow bar. Why would I even consider loaning to them. All this being said, I am in the group of no and no.
jrs1871 10/28/14 01:32pm General RVing Issues
Choosing between bunk house models

My nephew has asked me for some help in evaluating bunk house models while he is currently serving overseas. I understand there are pros and cons about whether a bunk house is desireable or not. I am more interested in specific comments about the units he has on his short list. The tow vehicle is not an issue as he will be purchasing it after he has decided on the trailer. His current short list includes the Cedar Creek Silverback 35Qb4, Mountaineer 350QBQ and Open Range 3x 427BHS. I have already noted things like fresh water capacity, access to the fridge when the slides are closed, cargo capacity and bunk size. I am really more interested in comments on build quality, accessibility and comfort. Thanks for your input.
jrs1871 10/17/14 08:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Which is better the Montana or Cedar Creek 5th wheel

We are on our second Cedar Creek. The first was a 2004 that we traded in 2013 on our current Creek. The only problem we had with it was that the axles were misaligned. That was when Lippert had axle problems and many were being replaced. After determining that our axles were not bad, FR paid to have them aligned. End of problem. We also had them vent our microwave (at no cost). We went back to the factory with our durrent Creek for a few warranty matters. Awning fabric was crooked causing stress when retracting, microwave was not vented and it was shipped with a conventional oven instead of the under stove top storage that we had ordered. All items, and a couple of other minor things that we didn't consider to be a warranty issue, were taken care of promptly. This August we went to the FROG (Forest River Owners Group) rally. There were over 500 various typed of FR rigs there. Before we went we sent in our service request. All of the things on our list were taken care of by factory techs at no cost. They even replaced our convection/microwave at no cost. I personally saw them working on rigs that were long past any warranty period. Most things were taken care of at no cost altho in a few instances there may have been a small charge for parts. Three members of our CCRVOC had extensive repairs, caused by suspension problems, that would have ranged from $5,000 to $8,000 done at no cost to them. The scuttlebutt going around the fair grounds was that FR put out $100,000+, not counting factory tech time that was paid while they were at the rally, in repairs during the rally, or back at the factories if repairs couldn't be completed at the rally, at no cost to the owners. If this doesn't make you lean strongly to a Creek, I don't know what else I can say. They are a well built, attractive unit with excellent factory support. And as SandsOrrell said, the CCRVOC is an added bennefit. A great club.
jrs1871 10/16/14 01:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bugs

You might hang a couple of no pest strips in the rig when you are through using it. Home Defense makes them but there is also a generic one available at a farm store that works just as well. When you get ready to use it again, remove the strips and air it out for a couple of days. We leave the no pest strips in the basement area year round but I wouldn't have it in the living area while we are using it. Works on bugs that you don't even realize you have inhabiting the trailer.
jrs1871 09/21/14 05:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Direct TV dish question

Thanks for the replies. Josh, I had planned on getting it working at home before hitting the road. That way, if I have problems, it will be easier to eliminate the culprit.
jrs1871 09/20/14 06:42am Technology Corner
Direct TV dish question

Well after spending another week in a campground where there was little off air TV available, we have determined that we will be taking our Direct TV with us. We can take the SD receiver from the family room without much problem. However, we don't want to take down the dish each time. We have an extra round dish, with a single LNB, that we used with our old receiver. But when we switched service so that we could get local channels, we got an eliptical dish with three LNBs. I realize that we won't get local channels when we are on the road but will the round dish with the single LNB work with the SD receiver? Or do we need to find an eliptical dish like is hooked up at the house now. I looked at the Direct TV website but couldn't get an answer. I'm sure for a price that a technician would come out an get us fixed up. But I'd rather do it myself if possible.
jrs1871 09/17/14 07:58am Technology Corner
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