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RE: Anyone tow a Sienna Van?

Got it, but you guys are missing my question. The Remco Lube pump requires battery draw. Since there is no manufactures guideline on pulling a fuse to reduce draw when the key is in auxiliary I am wondering what others who tow a Sienna are doing or have done to make the van towable. The option is to purchase a new car, but I like the current one. Honestly just looking for solutions tried by other Sienna owners. Thanks for your replies. Gary
kalynzoo 02/27/15 03:50pm Dinghy Towing
Anyone tow a Sienna Van?

I'm still trying to decide on towing the 2009 Toyota Sienna van flat. We have the van, and I would not have to sweat the minor stuff that happens when it is towed behind the motorhome. I know I need the Remco pump, the van weighs in at 4700lbs, so ok there. What do you do about leaving the key in...does it draw down the battery too much? The Remco needs power. I use a ReadyBrake which does not draw power. Any comments by anyone towing a Sienna would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Gary
kalynzoo 02/27/15 12:19pm Dinghy Towing

Unless otherwise posted I would think access is legal. JMHO
kalynzoo 02/26/15 06:30pm Tent Camping
RE: Anything stolen from locked compartments.

35+ years of RVing and I have never had anything stolen from the rig or from a campsite. I sometimes forget where I put stuff, but that's another story.
kalynzoo 02/26/15 06:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bbq

Years ago, like 47 years ago, when we were first married, our favorite cooking device was a Farberwear...an electric barbecue of sorts. Loved it.
kalynzoo 02/25/15 07:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Deposit on MH purchase?

When we asked the dealer to bring the MH in discussion to the lot closest to our home we were asked for and gave a $1000 deposit, on our credit card, and the agreement said 100% refundable.
kalynzoo 02/25/15 01:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: US Warranity Corporation vs Wholesale Warranities

I started dealing with the guys (and gals) at WholesaleWarranties years ago. When I had a claim they stepped in and acted like an agent, helping me process the claim, checking on the progress and making sure I was satisfied. I'd go with them.
kalynzoo 02/24/15 10:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Roadside Assistance

Chances are you'll end up with the same responders no matter which one you choose. Yup: AAA is great for cars. However read their contract. In many locations they do not offer RV service, you pay, they reimburse "a reasonable fee" at their discretion. Many people love CoachNet, just search and you will see all the happy people. I had a less than good experience, but that was just me, they left me stranded, and I changed companies. I now have Good Sam. So far so good, But plenty of people complain there too. Personally I would pick Good Sam or CoachNet. Since this website is sponsored by Good Sam I will give them a few extra points. With any luck at all you will not ever need emergency roadside service. If you should require such service everything will depend on the quality of the contract station in your area. Happy Trails.
kalynzoo 02/24/15 10:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Northridge Ca to San Diego

My favorite will take you an extra 30 miles but it is well worth it. Take the 118 to the 210 toward Pasadena. When you pass the Rose Bowl start heading into the extreme right lane so you don't miss the tunnel to continue on the 210. Then take the 210 all the way to the 15 split to San Diego. This is a less traveled route, but it still is like molasses at rush hour. We usually leave the house after 9:30am. Otherwise just go straight down the I-5. However there is a lot of construction as you approach the Disneyland area, with concrete T-rail on both sides. I got hit by a thrown pebble last month and still need to seal the windshield star. Don't take the 405. You can never estimate the traffic going into Westwood, and often it will just crawl all the way to LAX. Happy Trails.
kalynzoo 02/24/15 10:19am Roads and Routes
RE: Pre purchase inspection

Looking to purchase 1st motorhome. THAT SAYS IT ALL. You cannot fall back on your own experience. Motorhomes, like brick homes, are complex. You have plumbing, electric systems both 12 and 120 volt. Walls which can leak. Add to this you have a motor vehicle, with engine and drive train. At absolute very least have a really experience RV friend take a Long look through the motorhome with you. Or, call a neighborhood campground, a KOA or any nearby private campground, talk with the desk and ask who they recommend when they are asked for a mobile RV mechanic. Then call the guy and pay his time to go through the rig with you. If you were purchasing a home your realtor would probably request or insist on a Home Inspection.
kalynzoo 02/23/15 03:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Oregon 42 from Roseburg to Coos

Thanks for your replies. As a note, we've been RVing 35 plus years, and the term caravan means we will end up at the same location every few hours. We check on each other by phone, often keep each other in sight, but never represent ourselves as a "road train." Just sayin, but thank you, you make a good point for all travelers to remember. Share the road.
kalynzoo 02/23/15 10:13am Roads and Routes
Oregon 42 from Roseburg to Coos

How is highway 42 from the I-5 at Roseburg to Coos Bay. We will be traveling in caravan, a 38ft MH with toad and a 36ft 5er. Planning a trip for May. Thanks.
kalynzoo 02/22/15 09:17pm Roads and Routes
RE: Family Owned MH Manufacturers

In defense of Tiffin's quality control, which like all quality control could be improved: When we received our new Allegro in November it has an issue with quality control which I knew I could fix myself. Not wanting to just let the issue go I sent an e-mail to Tiffin explaining the problem and noting that I would fix the situation with a bit of elbow grease. Within a day or two I received a phone call from Bob Tiffin making sure I was satisfied and offering his direct number if I had any further issues. Having their name on their product does count.
kalynzoo 02/22/15 07:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cabinet Repair

Because I'm into woodcraft: I'd get a piece of 3/4" cabinet grade ply, small 1/4 sheets are available at Woodcraft and some lumber yards. Matching stain from Minwax, and cut it to insert flush, using Gorilla Glue to set it in place. Gorilla Glue, original, expands as it sets making a bit messy but tight seal. Then use thin molding to frame the repair. Just my first thoughts.
kalynzoo 02/22/15 07:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Family Owned MH Manufacturers

Sailor, we know so little about motor homes, we were just thinking that possibly there might be some better quality control. This might be flawed thinking, and we are at the beginning of a "maybe" purchase. We have friends who had both a Newmar fifth wheel and a Dutch Star, the quality seemed good on both. I've always been interested in the Tiffin Phaetons, although I know little about them. We'll research this purchase, if indeed we make the change. I certainly will not be judgmental, but in my humble opinion it is flawed thinking. You may be thinking family owned relates to custom built...family owned in a large production facility means the family can afford to maintain operation without seeking public investors. Tiffin is a great MH, I just purchased an Allegro, but Tiffin boasts production of 12 coaches a day. Not exactly custom. Winnebago, my previous MH was a Winnebago, is a publicly traded company. There large business model has them owning and producing many of the components in their products. Thus, they have very tight control of their quality control. Personally, I would find the floor plan that best suits my needs, make sure the power plant meets my demands, and then choose between those models based on reputation. Best of luck, and Happy Trails.
kalynzoo 02/22/15 05:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Altitude sickness

altitude sickness is very common. We find it takes 3 or more days to acclimate at 7000ft. Estes Park is fantastic but it does take a bit to keep from getting really tired with even the shortest of walks. Guess it is just a sign of getting old. An of a lower red blood cell count, which is why the Olympics often train at high altitude to increase RBC. It's common.
kalynzoo 02/21/15 10:45pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Port Angeles WA

We've always enjoyed Rest-A-While campground on the Hood River Canal along the 101. The campground is fair but the view on a riverside site is fantastic. Truly restful.
kalynzoo 02/21/15 10:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Legalities regarding firearms for bear safety in wilderness?

I'm sorry, I just can't help myself: Best protection is a 22 pistol. My brother-in-law and I were walking in the woods when a we must have come between a momma bear and her cubs. The bear started chasing us. I grabbed my trusty little 22 and fired once into my brother-in laws knee. I made it to safety! I told you in advance that I'm sorry, I just had to repeat this well worn tale.
kalynzoo 02/21/15 11:40am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Selling through Camping World

When consigning your RV you need to slightly change the thought process. The question become: How much am I willing to pay to have you sell my RV? Not a bad question, just a realistic question. We sold a previous MH on consignment. First, how much is it worth to you, then how much can you sell it for yourself...really...I mean really. Now how much will you accept to have someone else go through all the hassle (how much will you give up...pay). In my consignment sale we had to pay up front about $750 to have the MH detailed (they did a great job) and advertised. It still took 6 months to sell the rig. If CW says no fees, they probably mean no fees up front, they just subtract it from the sale, and you probably cannot back out of the agreement without a fee (totally unsure of this, just guessing). But if you don't want to sell it yourself, and if they have an active lot, why not.
kalynzoo 02/21/15 09:55am Travel Trailers

Your comments cover an important point, especially when a newbie requests information. In our attempt to keep our lives private most new members leave out information like location, type of RV, and family size. Thus, when an old times wants to help the response can only be of the most generic nature. Some of us are just not "club type people" but still a more complete question will gain a better answer.
kalynzoo 02/21/15 09:35am Good Sam Club
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