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RE: Will this chip away at RV travel

Different type of vacation, different customer base. If the airlines offered free flights to Flagstaff RVers would still drive to the Grand Canyon. JMHO
kalynzoo 11/28/14 10:24am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: what is life expectancy of a tow bar

My Demco tow bar was showing some wear at the seals after 10 years and 50K miles of service. I called Demco for advise and was told as the original owner I could send it to the factory for reconditioning at no charge, I only had to pay shipping one way. Service was fast and the refurbished bar looks and works great. Good company.
kalynzoo 11/28/14 10:18am Dinghy Towing
RE: Feedback on company called by Good Sam

Years ago, when I had the Holiday Rambler with the 454 engine we experienced intermittent fuel starvation on the road. It could not be duplicated in a shop. Multiple shops and Chevy techs tried to solve the problem. Finally, during a roadside service a truck tech found a third in line fuel filter hidden behind the propane tank. The point being that there are hundreds of different configurations of motorhomes. Even the same brand and same model may differ in older motorhomes because of construction line techniques. Roadside assistance, based on my personal experience, sends out a towtruck driver, not an RV expert, not even a certified motorhome technician. They try to get you back on the road or tow you to service. Perhaps you should have accepted the tow when they could not get you started. When my jacks would not come up and I had CoachNet after hours of searching they sent out a licensed contractor who did auto repair side jobs. Nice guy, and working together we got back on the road, but my next immediate stop was Camping World Portland/Wilsonville, where they secured my jacks and made me safe to drive home. Personally, if I need roadside assistance I want to be taken to a RV specialty or specialty shop for my engine. Or get me rolling and I will find my own repair shop. True for AAA, CoachNet, GoodSam, Allstate, and anyone else out there. JMHO
kalynzoo 11/27/14 11:06pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Cutting Fiberglass

I cut a pass through hole in the previous MH to allow a cord to be passed in and to allow some air in if equipment was stored most. The base of the compartment was a fiberglass/plastic material. I cut the hole with a hole saw and then finished the edges by siliconing in a plastic desk grommet. This also permitted me to close the hole with the grommet's plug.
kalynzoo 11/24/14 04:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pre Purchase Advice

No service records does when the seller is known does lead one to wonder. How about asking which shop or shops the seller frequented. Then a few questions to the mechanic might be enlightening. Just consider that with a older MH you may need to replace all tires, even if they look good, check the age. Also, batteries. You could be looking at a chunk of change being added to the purchase price. Previously owned vehicles are usually sold As Is, so when you sign on the dotted line the dealer has no further responsibility unless they willfully withheld information. So they know nothing...nothing. If you really like the rig and decide to go ahead shop for an extended warranty. Wholesale Warranties (Wholesalewarranties.com) can give you some prices. They are also good people to work with.
kalynzoo 11/23/14 10:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV wash, engine work in Las Vegas area?

Vegas Valley Fleet and Auto 4275 West Bell Drive Las Vegas, 89118 702-473-9939 I offer these guys with my highest recommendation. Red Rock RV wash has washed and waxed my MH more than a few times at the Oasis. I find them "not bad", a bit pricey, but the best I've seen in town.
kalynzoo 11/23/14 12:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Seek advice about towing my car behind my A-Class

You will find the people on this website knowledgeable and friendly. Having enjoyed the comments of my on-line friends for years I can say that you should not have a problem if you add some information to your profile. The type of RV, length, engine, year will help others answer your questions. All of my previous motorhomes (MH) were gas. The mountains out here in the west can be a challenge. My older "big block" 484 GM struggled on the mountains with a tow car. The newer V10 and then the Workhorse 8.1 did fine on the grades pulling a 3000lb car but it really ate gas. I now have a diesel, which should handle a heavier toad but I've yet to try. At 4000+ lbs your toad is probably close to or over the combined weight rating of a gas MH. Adding a tow dolly or trailer will add another 500 to 1000 lbs to the combination. This may also exceed the weight rating of your hitch, even on a diesel. All things to consider in your new venture. Also, if your going to drive the western mountains, really consider a supplemental brake system...Really. JMHO
kalynzoo 11/22/14 11:12am Dinghy Towing
RE: wheel valve extenders

If you lose pressure and then lose the tire it will probably cost a bunch more than new extenders. My one blowout years ago took out some fiberglass and a couple of wire harnesses. Could have been much worse. Get new shiny ones. JMHO
kalynzoo 11/22/14 10:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Braking System for Tow Vehicle

I use the ReadyBrake with my Demco towbar. ReadyBrake also makes a towbar but I already had the Demco and I am comfortable with it. I had it installed by a tech because I did not want to drill through the firewall myself and because I don't bend real well anymore to run the cable. I've used it for two years now and I'm satisfied. As for do you need a brake: I ACTUALLY HAD MY SATURN DISCONNECT FROM THE RV...REALLY. The hitch shop used welds on the baseplate. On the first trip the weld failed, luckily at a slow speed, in a small town, not far from home. I did not have the supplemental brake attached (box type) since it was just a short drive. The shop paid for all the repairs. No one was hurt and no damage to anything but the Saturn, which had the front end pull away. I now ALWAYS use a supplemental brake.
kalynzoo 11/22/14 10:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Made A Mistake

Based on what I just sold my 2005 38ft Adventurer for the offer is way overpriced. You found a floor plan you like...good start. You have a high price point...good start. Now call a few dealers near your home base, tell them what you are looking for, and let the party begin. It won't take long for the better salespeople to find and negotiate a new rig. Recently I was offered a pretty good deal at LaMesa Davis, although I did not take it. SeeGrin in Gilroy seemed to have a pretty good inventory of consignment rigs. And there is always Oregon.
kalynzoo 11/20/14 09:33am Class C Motorhomes
RE: May have teenaged grandsons again this summer

I like your plans. We have traveled that route with the kids and now grandkids a few time. Petrified forest is a fun drive and hike if they are into natural wonders and pictographs. Meteor crater is a bit of a tourist trap (my opinion) as it is run by a private group that tries to impersonate the National Park Service with uniforms. Sunset Craters just East of the Grand Canyon outside of Flagstaff is a far better place to hike, visit the educational ranger station, and spend a few hours. (again my opinion) If the kids are into Indian Lore and the Hollywood Western then Monument Valley at Goulding's Outpost is a great stop. Lovely, Fantastic, Nature's Beauty showing off, but it could be boring for teenagers who do not enjoy scenery. We loved it...twice. While at the Grand Canyon do not miss BearAzona. A drive through animal preserve. We spend about 5 hours there with kids and grandkids. Well worth the visit. Although the Albuquerque children's park may seem a little young for the kids, they have a butterfly village where you walk through with hundreds of butterflies. I'll let you decide if that fits the bill. Enjoy.
kalynzoo 11/19/14 07:11pm Family Camping
RE: Looking for your suggestions

I think most Chevy GMC products are towable 4 down. But you can check with the annual publication by FMCA or Motorhome Magazine, they both have archives. Naturally you will want to verify this with the owners guide. It sounds like your towing load will exceed the 5000 lb limit on most if not all gas rigs, both the hitch limit and the GVCWR. Just things to think about. Happy Trails.
kalynzoo 11/19/14 06:56pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Wholesale Warranty extended service agreement

I have nothing but the very best comments on Wholesale Warranty, their products and their personnel. I've dealt with the company for many years. They helped me file a claim when I had one. It was paid satisfactorily. Over the years, on different motorhomes, my warranty has paid for replacement of my HWH jack, a jack motor, and jack springs. Basement a/c repair. Replacement of the cooling unit on my Norcold frig. The motherboard on the frig. and other things I can't remember at the moment. Even with this high recommendation, my new rig was negotiated with an included dealer supplied extended warranty. It has been less than a month and I received my partial refund check from Wholesale Warranties without the slightest form of a hassle. Although I am not their customer at the present time I am sure I will renew my relationship with the company in three years when the dealers warranty expires.
kalynzoo 11/19/14 01:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: No Praises for GSRA Today - I Need to Rant

Coach net left me stranded too...on the 101 in Washington, with road signs and everything. Oh, I don't have a gps. :)
kalynzoo 11/17/14 09:27pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Purchasing an extended warranty from the dealership?

2nd, get a price from wholesalewarranties.com
kalynzoo 11/17/14 03:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Las Virgenes Rd - Malibu Canyon Road in LA County

Unless you are super comfortable on winding mountain roads I would definitely avoid both those routes. Malibu tunnel would be a tight drive. Both roads have shear drops and both are heavily traveled by car commuter traffic. Going a bit wide on a turn and crossing the yellow could find you with a sports car (Ferrari) or motorcycle in your lap. Given your size go the long way...take the 405 and exit Sunset, turn right and it is a straight shot to the 101, from there it is not far to Malibu. Even in a car it is our preferred route to the beach. Happy Trails.
kalynzoo 11/15/14 07:22pm Roads and Routes
RE: Tiffin Allegro 34TGA good with kids??

For many years (35+) we vacationed with our kids, now we often take grandkids. None of our RVs had bunk beds. The children loved the idea of sleeping on the couch, on the floor in sleeping bags, and especially outside in tents. When we tented in the sunny California summers we always set up the tents under the awning and left the doors and windows open in the MH. Since the older children often brought their best friend two in a tent worked out great. The little ones will sleep anywhere, the older children probably want to be as far from the adults as permissible. Happy Trails.
kalynzoo 11/15/14 11:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: west yellowstone drive?

We've taken the Yellowstone trip four times, most recently this summer. Grizzly is a lovely park right next to the park entrance, but I really enjoyed this last trip staying at West Yellowstone KOA, 6 miles from the park entrance. Quieter, more rustic, large spaces, well kept, just nice. We have found that there is so much to see in Yellowstone it is difficult to plan your trip based on mileage. We would start out after breakfast, be home for dinner, and never cover more than 100 miles, often less. So many turnouts, viewpoints, animals, and you can spend hours at the ranger stations. If you plan too much time and run out of things to see that tickle your fancy, Jackson is only about a 2 hour drive from West Yellowstone, and it is good for a few days of touring. Happy Trails
kalynzoo 11/14/14 11:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Dinghy Braking

I like the ReadiBrake. I use it on my Saturn Vue, my daughter uses it on the Jeep. I will get the ReadiBrake when I change toads early next year. Difficult to install, at least for me, I had a mechanic do the instillation, but simple to use, and it does not draw any power from the toad. Oh, I have the Demco tow-bar and I use the ReadiBrake extension...available for most tow-bars.
kalynzoo 11/13/14 06:24pm Dinghy Towing
RE: RV Parks between Jackson Ca. to Morro Bay Ca?

Sommerville Almond Tree RV Park in Coalinga is a very nice overnight park. Right off the I-5, clean, level, well groomed. If you get there after the office closes you just pick a spot and pay in the morning. If you call ahead, like we do, they save you a spot and give you the WiFi code. Just a nice overnight when we don't want to make the Sacramento trip in one day.
kalynzoo 11/13/14 06:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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