Simple to say very hard to do. When talking with the salesperson discuss the price "out the door." Remember in California we are talking about 10% sales tax, and there will be a license fee which you can check. So keep adding at least 10% every time a price is mentioned so it becomes clear you are think "out the door." Then when the paper work is placed on the table by the Sales Manager or Finance Manager be prepared to push the chair away from the table and say sorry, I like the RV, I don't love the RV, and we negotiated an "out the door" price. Walk if you must, you will probably get a phone call to come back shortly. I realize this is not easy, in fact, it is very hard, as you and yours have developed a mindset of liking the RV in front of you. When we purchased our current RV in November we had already visited numerous dealers throughout California and Las Vegas. Some threw out prices we new they would never support in the end. We ended up purchasing from Cher Lyckman at Mike Thompson RV in Fountain Valley. I was extremely pleased that the price quoted after negotiations was the price settled upon, and there was no attempt by managers to up-price the sale. Very soft sell.
We will be there. We went to one in Pomona years ago at the suggestion of friends who were active FMCA members. Went on a day pass, and had a nice time. Since then we joined FMCA, although we don't participate in a chapter, and we have gone to two Rocky Mountain Rallies, the Indio rally 3 times, one in Redmond Oregon, and now we are going again to Pomona. It is a big 3 or 4 day fair with displays and seminars. Many of the seminars are really informative. Some are interesting, and there are always a few that you just walk away from. Lots of experts one the care, cleaning, and updating your RV. Lots of seminars with slides and videos on travel throughout the USA. The entertainment each evening is professional, and excellent. Best of all, you get to meet lots of people who share a common interest...RVing. We are going in with two other RVs as a group. But I am sure, as usually happens, we will meet our neighbors and expand our evening circle. Just noticed that Wolfe10 will be presenting an ask the expert seminar. That is one of the excellent ones, and I will be attending.
Like all above mentioned the roads are just fine. When you get to the gate you can check on the construction areas to avoid. The side roads that restrict large vehicles are well marked. That said. If you really want to enjoy Yellowstone and have access to many of the areas with very small turnouts, try leaving the rig in West Yellowstone and renting a car from Big Sky Rentals just across from the Yellowstone museum. We rented a van for our two rig party and had a blast. They also have an attached mechanic shop which saved my vacation when the a/c compressor gave out on the Adventurer. Nice people. Back to your trip, the street in that area is exceptionally wide, there is a dirt lot next door that we parked the rig in waiting for service. I would think you could just leave it there for the day and rent a car and have a lot more fun touring. JMHO, Happy Trails.
Best way is a screw. No, I'm not being funny. Out in the west it can get really hot in an RV when it is stored without the airconditioning. Really hot, and many glues will give out. Coil-n-wrap sells a high heat Velcro that can be used in many applications. If you cannot screw into the backing (and there are a whole bunch of places that will not hold a screw) you might try cutting a piece of 1/4" ply to make a back plate (the larger the better). Screw the towel rack into the wood then glue the wood to the wall with 3M double sided outdoor adhesive. (sold at most hardware stores).
Good luck, and Happy Trails.
Looking at the photo, you might be able to remove two of the screws, use a thin chain or cable with a small padlock, and make a semi-secure closure without too much trouble. This would only be effective to keep prankster children from bothering the inlet. Anyone out to get you could do a bunch of damage in other ways. Personally, I don't have a locking gas cap because the damage a screwdriver or ice pick can do to the gas tank is so much greater. I understand you concern with the water supply, some kid thinking it would be funny to pour something in the tank and all....and I have always had the inlet in a locked compartment. One thought; is there access to the inlet hose, could you attach a shutoff valve that would prevent any inward flow?
I was told by my mechanic, after I brought the Saturn in multiple times after towing, that the close proximity of the toad to the motorhome sucks all the road grim into the engine area just from normal air flow. When I first start up all that grim burns off the now hot engine. I believe he is correct.
You don't list the year, however, I've been watching the FMCA towing guide for years, and all Toyotas with auto transmissions have been excluded. Both FMCA and Motorhome magazine archive the annual towing list.
Wow, you bring back memories. About 40 years ago my young son was going to Cub Scout Camp, and we wanted to join him, but we had a less than year old infant. We borrowed a neighbor's Cabover and drove the 20 miles to the camp and stayed for a wonderful weekend. We purchased our first RV, a Class C, for our summer vacation that year, and we've been RV vacationing ever since.
I've spent hours in the past trying to make the trailer lights work right, and truthfully I've never been successful myself. That is unless I found the broken wire, the loose ground, or the right adaptor. If it were me, I'd go to U-Haul hitch shop (or whoever is in your neighborhood) and have it done right.
You may find two breaker switches on the side of the generator. If there was a polarity or surge problem you will find two 20amp fuses on the converter, mine was located behind the bottom draw of the cabinet next to the frig. I have always received a fast, knowledgeable response when I e-mailed Winnebago customer service.
Many years ago I had a motorhome with excellent looking rubber on the tires, about 8 years old, always covered when not in use. I blew a rear tire in nowhere Colorado. Limped into a town miles away on one dually. It did minor body damage. On the way home later the other dually blew. Probably because of the stress from the 30 mile drive unsupported. This time it took out some wire, the wheel well, and some outside fiberglass. I now change all my tires every 6 to 7 years no matter what. Call it insurance. Expensive insurance, the last set ran $550 each, but still just the cost of safe travel.
I'm no expert but when I purchased my 7 pin adapter from Amazon it noted that there are two different patterns, one with a center electric brake and one with some other pattern. Just a thought, perhaps you have the wrong adapter.
Thanks, sounds like a great idea. I considered an inside light bar on the Saturn Vue, but there was no real good place to mount one, and in the smaller car it did block the rear window. When I look at a new Flex I will certainly keep your solution in mind. Thanks.
What makes you think it is a factory defect? Did the selling dealer try to fix it and make a previous error? What is it? If you just want to rant, then go for it. If you want opinions more data is needed. I had my Winnebago Adventurer for 11 year, had a few minor issues over the years, called Winnebago and always received a prompt knowledgeable reply.
One post mentioned the law of physics, I'd rather apply the "Law of the Lugnuts", the vehicle with the most lugnuts win. In my mind as a long time RV vacationer (not science just an opinion)the danger to the child or any passenger are the flying objects from unsecured items. You know, the toaster, the coffee pot, dishes, all those little things we forget to secure. Naturally I would not want to put an infant alone on a coach, even in a brick home, as they might roll over and out. When the twin grandkids, now 6, were only infants, we put them in car seats secured only with the couch seatbelt. There is no testing or data to show this is safe or secure, it just kept them in place. Now they are allowed to sit at the table, even walk to the bathroom while we are in motion. I believe highway tests prove seat belts keep you from going into the windshield and being ejected from the doors...neither apply in a large motorhome. Be safe, love your family, protect them every way you can and always be there for them. But you are providing a great deal of protection by putting them in a Provost instead of a smart car with a seatbelt.
OK, I'm giving up on towing the Sienna, so I will start looking at the Ford Flex. What have you guys done about the trailer lights? Did you add bulbs, tap into the lights with diodes? I really don't want to use magnetic lights, just one more thing to attach...but I guess I could run the wires to the back and then just plug in magnetic lights. I know, I'm overthinking this. But just asking...what have you done to make it easy?
Different point of view: You do not have to have a child restraint if the child is not sitting in the drivers cabin. (Don't take my word, check it out). Buses do not have seatbelts. Your what, 50K 60K pounds. That's 10x the mass of a car on the road. Even in my little 38fters, we have always feed the children, changed the children, played with them, let them sleep on the bed and couch. etc. JMHO