Not sure where you are now, but the people at Camping World Portland/Wilsonville were fantastic when we had an on the road hydraulic jack failure. I would certainly recommend that location for expert repair or advice. Good Luck
Camped next to a Biker Club a month or so ago as there was a major rally at Laughlin. Nicest bunch of people, and fun to be with. Think of all the bad things people say about us motorhomers driving down the road, dumping along the side, fouling the rivers and lakes, living at Walmart.
Enjoy the company, you might be surprised to learn that many are professionals, enjoying a day away from the office.
Flying J is on my list of good places to stop. With a gas MH and toad I find the RV lane to have a definite advantage, propane is convenient and I have always found the facilities clean. That said, often I have found that Flying J shares the offramp with other large fueling stations, and a quick drive around before pulling in finds the other stations to be either less crowded or have easier access. An example: Traveling on the I-5 in California at the intersection of the 12, North of Stockton, The 76 truck stop has much easier access and egress than Flying J across the street.
As for price or loyalty clubs, I look for convenience, even a dime a gallon becomes less significant when added to the cost of a two week family vacation. OK, a dimes a lot, but the difference is usually pennies.
The Norcold 1200 quit on me again. Last time it was the safety "wort", this time it was corrosion on the motherboard connections. Luckily, we are between trips, so the frig only contained sealed bottles and cans of products that do not really require refrigeration. This brings up my suggestion, and issue with RV refrigerators. When there is a problem they often give off a beeping sound...which cannot be heard outside. If there is a power problem, the just go dark, without warning. Since many people use their RV's for recreational purposes, and not for full timing, how about an APP (or something) that gives a remote warning when the frig temperature comes into question. Just and idea for anyone who as the ability to put this together. If it is already on the market, please give me a heads up.
I don't think it will effect anything unless it stays in the fill tube and then it would only slow down the fill rate a little. I would not worry about it. :)
I can't think of a problem. If you think it could have caught in the fill tube, you might get a plastic drain cleaning rod from the big box hardware store...it looks like a flat plastic stick with fins down both sides...and see if you can catch the little sucker.
My thoughts: First, the investment in new technologies by the call centers would probably result in a significant increase in annual costs to the consumer. Second, I really want to know I am speaking with a person who understands my immediate problem, in English, and I am not receiving a computer generated reply. JMHO
The summons from the Los Angeles Courts, at least mine, required that you complete the phone registration before you could apply for any changes. If this really concerns you, since it is almost impossible to call the courts, a trip to Van Nuys or Chatsworth to talk with the court clerk about procedures might ease your mind.
When you compared the two pumps were they the same, with the exception of the number, or were they a different series (output, vibration level, etc)? Did you bring this matter up with the store manager?
ReadyBrake. It has a surge unit on the towbar and pulls a cable connected to the brake peddle. No battery connection needed. No air pressure to maintain. Just a physical link between the towbar and the toad. It works well for me.
In reality both Coachnet and GoodSam are call centers. If they link you with a great service station the service will be great. If you are not in a contract area or the service people are lazy/non-responsive you will be dissatisfied. When I called CoachNet with a hydraulic jack problem they connected me with a phone technician who read the same manual I had in my had to me. No help at all. Then they tried to find a mobile mechanic up in the Port Angeles area of Washington on highway 101. They ended up sending a home (brick and mortar type home) handyman who was helpful as we read the manual together, he did the hard work, and we released the fluid port, the jacks came up, and we added some more fluid. If I was not working with him and if I did not have the manual I think he would have been useless. Oh, and I was told I would have to pay $50 for the call...he was not informed of this payment schedule, and I happily paid his fee of $60/hr or $120 to get back on the road. I then canceled CoachNet.
I now have Good Sam. When I called them in Indio on a Sunday afternoon they found a Motorhome/Big Rig commercial mobile service to come out. It took them about 20 minutes to locate an appropriate service. The truck would take about 2 hours to reach me as it was on a prior call. As luck would have it, fellow RVers on site were able to fix the problem long before the truck arrived, and we cancelled the call before the driver was inconvenienced. But, I was pleased with Good Sam's response, so I will keep them...for now.
I have and have always maintained an extended warranty. For a comparison, try Wholesalewarranties.com. That said: What is the difference between gas and diesel. When the display on my gas MH went out the repair was over $1,000. Basement air, frig, the many computer systems involved in power plant management, each and all could be costly to repair. When repairs are needed, who do you call, who do you trust? With the extended warranty I go to an authorized shop, or use my choice, but I can call the warranty company if repairs are not satisfactory. (I actually did that once many years ago, and they intervened to have the work done to my satisfaction.)
I dropped CoachNet because they left me longer than that on highway 101 in Washington, on a weekday. The reality is that no matter how good the salesperson sounds or the brochure reads, the Big Three contract out for towing and repair services, and it is a matter of luck as to how good the service will be in a given area.
Hope your truck comes soon.
Perhaps my understanding of ERS is in error, but I expect nothing more than to be made road safe or to be taken to a repair facility. I maintain an extended warranty to make repairs, or I contract with a shop to make repairs. Emergency roadside service gets you off the road safely. Am I mistaken?
It would be nice to think that at least some part of my life is either my secret or kept within my family. But realistically I have no sense of confidentiality, and short of living "off the grid" I have little expectation of privacy. Now when anyone refinances they must submit not just the cover sheet of their taxes, but the entire tax form, including investments, partnerships, etc, and complete forms for many of those item. If a person belongs to a major insurance group their entire medical history is on a computer file. Sure, every employee must sign a confidentiality form, but really, people gossip, and people will be people. Respond to a topic in an interest group, like this forum, and you can search the internet and find your response. Perhaps sadly, my grandchildren will never experience the privacy that I enjoyed growing up.
How about the 22 and the 31 from the 189? Is that an option for a 40ft MH and toad? In my case, we will be staying at West Yellowstone KOA, I'd like to return through Jackson and then home on the I-15.
I find FMCA a fun group. We are not chapter members, but we just attended the Rocky Mountain Rally, and previously the Indio Rally. Fun, nice people, and very informative. Don't just join for the insurance, you can do just as well on your own...give or take a dollar. Actually, we have National General, which used to be the FMCA choice, but they changed, and we stayed with our policy. The magazine in good, the people you meet at rallies are great.