Warranty work is usually covered by the manufacturer. With my previous 38ft MH driving to the dealership for warranty work was also a hassle. A local mobile repair company had no problem coming out and completing the warranty repair. Since the problem was rather major, having to do with the basement A/C the mobile service guy waved the $65 travel fee.
As for your rant, I understand your frustration with a new RV, but really, they should pick it up? I think you are being a bit unreasonable. But hay, whatever.
Where are you going, what do you want to do, will you vacation close to home, will you travel the country, will you tow a small car, do you need to tow a large car (big family) or will you be towing your boat?????
I have always previously had gas higher end RVs, (for about 30 years). The Holiday Rambler 454, the Pace Arrows, and the last an Adventurer. All great coaches. All served the family well. All were purchased new. Personally, if my choice was a new high end gasser or an older diesel, I'd take the new gas RV. I really like my current Tiffin Allegro RED (rear engine diesel)38ft. It would definitely be above your price interest range. You could probably get a really well equipped new gas Winnebago or Tiffin (or many other brands) at or close to your price point. Other than the MH being much noisier on the road, especially on hills, having a rougher ride, and having a smaller tow capacity, they were great as far as livability, and camping comfort.
What a fun restoration project for someone with the time (and disposable income). Not sure I would want to vacation in it rather than a more recent rig with all the bells and whistles, but still.
Anyway, thanks for sharing.
The 40 is a lovely drive, a guess a lot depends on your allotted time. Albuquerque has a beautiful old town area, you pass the Petrified Forest NP, on to Flagstaff and William, we love Williams as a basecamp, staying at the Circle of Pines KOA. Only an hours drive to the Grand Canyon, or 30 minutes south to Sedonna. Swing up to Las Vegas if you have the time. Then on to LA. Yes, you might get snow, we did in late March last year, just a dusting, but enough for us to stay an extra day in Williams until the weather cleared. The 10 is not bad either, though it has been more than a couple of years since we took that route. You have Benson, Tombstone, and Tucson. In Tucson you can visit the Sequoia NP, old Tucson, Tumacori (not even close with the spelling). We lived there four years, lots to see...after you see it the place is boring.:)
When the MH is closed up you cannot access the rear bathroom, so a mid-entry toilet lets you have facilities without opening the slide. Now that I have two toilets I really like the convenience. No reason to get into a full explanation, just works well for us.
Other things to consider. With the rear macerator toilet a safety feature locks the flushing mechanism when the tank is only about 3/4 full. Since waste is pumped into the black tank the safety prevents a full tank from pumping up onto the roof. If your really into dry camping this could be a concern.
Really sorry. But some of us ol folk don't always wear our hearing aids, and even when we do the range generated by the smaller speaker in the cell phone, and even the cordless phone makes conversation muddled. Therefore we choose to use the speaker function which for whatever reason seems to broadcast in a wider range making the speech understandable. If you should be camped near me, and the situation arises, PLEASE just yell out or ask quietly or wave and say "can you turn it down". I assure you I will apologize and either switch over for a while as I walk to a more private place, or go into the rig.
Guess what I'm saying is that many of us have disabilities that are not necessarily apparent, so just a bit of understanding would be appreciated. I'll work with you, please just make me aware of the fact that I am bother you.
People tend to have a greater attachment to their RV than to their car. The RV has been treated with car, it has fond memories, it has been upgraded with a personal touch. MSRP is an impersonal number, selected by some unknown force to establish what is a reasonable price for a vehicle. Owner find this reasonable number unreasonable. Therefore, the owner establishes a price, a value, based on personal judgment. The buyer can accept this, or walk. After a while, if the RV does not sell then the owner must make a decision: kept the cherished vehicle or accept a much lesser price and move on.
It's life, it is the basis of negotiation.
Are you sure. I live in Los Angeles where it is impossible to get a CCW. There are rumors that movie stars and politicians have received CCW but none have been issued to the general public in years. Same for Los Angeles County. I earned my Utah CCW last year and the class is still being taught regularly at the local range.
FMCA just posted the 2016 towable guide, I'm sure Motorhome will post theirs shortly. I see that many 2015 towable cars are no longer towable with special preparations in 2016...bummer. We really liked our 2006 Saturn Vue, I just started towing a 2015 Ford Explorer...bigger, heavier, carries more people, and on two short trips it towed well. However, the 2016's now require that you pull the battery ground wire, I think that would mean you loose your radio settings, memory seat settings, etc.
I highly recommend Benbow Valley KOA. It used to be called Benbow Resort and is still listed as such in some reviews. Located in or about Garberville in the center of one of the Redwood National Forests. Very large sites, easy access, part of a golf club (if you like golf). Excellent restaurant within walking distance at the Benbow Inn. We used it as our Redwood basecamp, and I would and will return.
We've visited friends where we used a 15amp cheater (plugs into a light socket) to keep the batteries charged and kept us able to use the 12 volt lights. Other times we plug into a 20amp garage wall plug, again, permitting us to use only the basics. In the daytime, if it gets warm or we want to cook or use hair dryers I would unplug and turn on the generator. We only stay over night or perhaps for two nights with this type of visit, longer visits find us in a neighborhood RV park.
But even staying for a week, assuming you will be visiting in the apartment or touring most of the day you really are only concerned with evenings. Again, a 15amp plug will charge the batteries. Then at night you basically dry camp, there should be more than enough power to sustain the residential frig, and some lights, even morning coffee should not be a problem.
Not mobile, but I am using On Time Auto in Saugus, on Railroad across from the Saugus Café. 661-255-2896. They are Cummings Certified and the RV access is easy. I had my first annual service there, my appointment was 8am, they took me right in and called that I was finished around noon. If you really want mobile, I used to use Jim Frankle who operated Mobile RV Repair. 818-445-6738 He was in Woodland Hills. He did both body and engine repair on my Adventurer, which was a Workhorse gas.
Its an old custom, something I was told to do when traveling two lane roads was the rule rather than the exception. I am sure many of the younger RVers have never been told about the flashing light thing, some of them might even think you are warning them about a problem, or may take it as a derogatory signal.
Also, my current RV, the Tiffin Allegro has an acknowledgement switch at my left hand position next to the transmission controls. Really easy to get to. With the previous RV, the Adventurer, the light switch was on the far lower left of the dash. It would require that I look down and reach down to toggle the switch. Thus, I seldom used the acknowledgement.
I used a dolly for 25 years. We now tow 4 down, but it is more because of my back and knees...I like 4 down, but starting 2016 most towables will require even more setup for towing...like pulling 3 or 4 fuses or disconnecting the battery (losing clock, radio, etc?)
Back to your question. When pulling the dolly into parks with smaller spaces I would unhitch in front of the campsite. Usually I could push the dolly into the site and then drive the RV in partially driving over the dolly. In some campgrounds I could push the dolly partially under the rear of the RV to stay within the assigned space. Still in other campgrounds the spaces were wide enough to accommodate the dolly off to the side of the RV. Only one in the 25 years was I asked to park the dolly off site. That was at a very high end campground, but the campground provided a tractor and driver to move the dolly to storage and return the dolly at checkout...not really a problem at all. Demco now makes a partially folding dolly, but again, in my 25 years using a regular Demco KarKaddy II I never had a problem with campsite storage.