Yes!!!!!! The more you rv travel, the more comfortable you will get. Don't get so comfortable in that passenger seat that you don't EVER get behind the wheel. It is so important that both of you can drive the motorhome, all it takes is a little practice - confidence will grow with each time behind the wheel.
Another vote for Anchors Aweigh. If you are into model trains go to the Foley visitor center - they have an incredible display - call to find out when the display is operating. Go to Bob's - fresh seafood - out rt 10, I think. Take home those fresh shrimp, cook up, and my oh my - nothing better.
You have a great attitude and a good sense of humor - all necessary requirements to face the "it's always something" of rving. It is a never ending learning experience, with lots of great campgrounds, sights, and people along the way. Enjoy your new to you coach and have a great winter in FL
Happened to me 2x - once in Alaska where it always rains and running(then hunkering down) from Superstorm Sandy. Each time I needed to put tranny in reverse - accelerator - loud release - then was able to move coach. I have the same chassis as OP.
Mine takes FOREVER to spit out warm air. I talked to my rv tech about it, he told me "it's not like your car" when I told him there must be something wrong with the temp dial. He told me to turn it to hot and leave it there - it will send out warm air eventually. If I have used the block heater prior to starting - much faster to get warm air.
I am in freezing NJ right now, fulltimer like you. I use as short of a hose as possible - 10' - put heat tape along length - not wrapped around - secured with electrical tape, then covered with gray pipe insulation that is secured with good ol duct tape. Make sure your sensor for the heat tape is exposed to the outdoor temps. Are you sure the cg water supply is ok? I run the furnace and keep the wet bay blower on - pretty toasty in there. That's all I do, and manage fine - was 20 last night. I do keep the fresh tank full, better to have it than wish you had it -when you really need it :) Good luck and stay warm
I have the blue ox total package - baseplate and tow bar- on my Honda Fit. Friends have the same setup on their 2013 CRV. I am a fulltimer, ease of use and reliability are essential - blue ox products have been superb. I am on my 2nd tow bar - wore the first one out - so do be very careful if you are buying used. The baseplate is barely noticeable, I remove the pegs on the toad and wedge in a rubber stopper - blends right in to the grill design - much nicer than lots of extra hardware.
Got mine at Target a few yrs back - same price, unit looks like WM magic chef - mine is an Emerson. Love it, glad I have it - I do not have an ice maker in my freezer/frig. The 5 lb bags are more ice than I need and take up more valuable freezer space than I have. It's great to make just the right amount of ice
OP back for final update on CN experience. I received the reimbursement check from them last week. The CN rep that handled the matter had given me her direct line phone #. I called her to thank her for her efforts, that the money was appreciated, but it was more important to me that CN address the problem so no future calls are handled the way mine was. The rep said to me "no, thank you, for bringing this to our attention." CN discussed this incident in their management meeting, and I have been assured that there will not be a repeat of what happened to me. Now that is customer service!!!
Totally on my own, I stumbled onto a trucker roadside service - they were awesome!!! If you are ever in southern Maine, NH, MA - along I 95 and need repairs - check out National Wrecker. After reading some posters expenses for alternator replacement, I'd say I made out great. $275 for the part that they had in stock!! Knowledgeable mechanic, efficient - got me back on the road within 2 hrs of call, clean service bays and organized.
Thanks to all the posters that have come to my defense, appreciate it. I toughened up my skin, will hang around the forum, but will continue to be a bit leary. The negative responders either didn't understand my dire situation or they are just naysayers 24/7. CoachNet listened to my account of that day, they admitted they dropped the ball, and that it will not happen again - so at the end of the day - that and not some of these responses - are all that matter.
Mine did crack, but this was when we stacked them under the wheels on our first rig with no leveling system. I think they will hold up better when used under the jacks as a jack pad. Not sure of your intended use. We decided to make our own - 12"x12"x2" that we use under the jacks when needed. We took 2 1" thick boards - cross grain and glued them together, drawer pull handle, some gray paint - served us well for 6 yrs with lots of use - very durable
Corelle for 4 - but must confess - most of the time we use paper plates. Environment trade off - trees for paper products, but use less water since no need to wash dishes!! enjoy fulltiming - been on the road for 6 yrs - great lifestyle
There are RV driving schools, but lots of us learn by doing - We took our coach to a local college, in the summer on the weekend, and used the large parking lots. We placed cones, trash cans, etc to make a "course" where we could practice turns (especially right turns), backing in to spaces, etc. We have traveled more than 60k miles without any "crunches" - thank goodness. My bil is a trucker, he traveled with us on our first trip - he offered some good tips: hang near the center line, don't move over for every car that is merging onto interstate - either travel in center lane or let car make adjustment, and right turns - don't start until driver hips are past the curb (diesel pusher). Good luck, you'll get it - and I can't stress this enough BOTH OF YOU NEED TO GET COMFORTABLE DRIVING
OP here. Yes, I am a solo female fulltimer. I called CoachNet BEFORE I lost all battery power - it was a Saturday, late afternoon and raining. I did not want to be stranded along the highway - but I did not know WHERE to go for repairs. I hoped that CN would be able to provide that.
I know that a lot of you use CoachNet, that is why I posted my experience. If it can offer any insight, glad to be of help. Those of you that felt the need to be critical - your problem, but you are breaking with my idea of RV'ers helping other RV'ers. Shame
I did not request any type of refund from CN, I just wanted them to know the details of my situation - 4 phone calls, delay tech call - and no assistance. Refund the service call and subsequent labor - very generous, yes. I have had CoachNet service for many years - needed them 2x's - other was for toad breakdown. I fully appreciate the fact that CN didn't have to refund me anything - but also appreciate the fact that they did!!
Thanks to all the posters that came to my defense. I doubt that I will start any topics for a long while, it's not worth it - and that makes me sad. I have learned so much from you fellas (and gals) over the years. I will still read and lurk - that's about it.
Op here. I am not knowledgeable engine wise. I did ask can for a repair location. I was in an unfamiliar area are and my available battery power was extremely low. I didn't want to wander aimlessly looking for help. I feel very fortunate things worked out as they did. My previous breakdown was in the toad, but the rep had local repair centers where I could go. In that case I chose to be towed to the Chrysler deahler.
The labor cost includes the service call at the TA and labor. The alternator was $275.
I am just sharing my experience the bad and good of it. What I think is important is con reviewed their response and they decided it was unacceptable. I hope this translates to all of us having good can service when we are stranded and in need.
I was traveling from Maine to NJ a few weeks back. My dash battery gauge was showing that the battery was losing voltage (the gauge is one of those needle ones - like old fuel gauges) I continued on, then the "low battery" warning light came on. I find a wide part of the Maine TP shoulder and pull over. I am afraid to shut it down, so I keep it running. I call CoachNet, they were beyond USELESS. They ask, as always "are you safe?" - I said yes. Then I told the rep that my batteries were draining while driving. She said we "don't do batteries". I ask to speak to a tech, I was put in the back of that line - did not speak to the tech for over an hr!!! I called the 800# 3 times trying to get someone to help. Nothing. I decided to try to find a repair center, pulled into a TA - this one didn't have service/mechanics. But the cashier at the TA gave me a truck road serivce #. Awesome response. He diagnosed that my alternator was bad, so I followed him to their service facility. They had me repaired and on the road in a couple of hours.
I send an email to CoachNet a few days later. Got a semi canned response "we'll look into it". Well, not the case. A rep called me, I explained the entire situation. Rep said that their response was unaccpetable. The typical wait time for a tech is 5-7 minutes, according to CN. They discussed my case in the next management meeting and decided to reimburse me for my expenses. I received the check today.
I wanted to share this for a couple of reasons. Although I was disappointed with the lack of initial CN response, they did try to make it right. But nothing changes the fact that on the Sat rainy afternoon they did not offer any help. If I need CN again, I will NOT offer any diagnosis to the customer service rep - I think she heard battery and just blew me off - and I will insist to speak immediately to a tech - again once I said I was "safe" my call was dropped to the bottom of the waitlist.
I needed CN 2 x's in my 6 yrs of fulltiming. They are 1 for 2, excellent response a few yrs back. Their followup response went above and beyond what I expected, they paid the entire labor bill. The followup rep was wonderful and hopefully CN has corrected the problem - someone really dropped the ball on my request for roadside assistance.
I am a fulltimer, sometimes travel in below freezing temps - but never winterized, so do have to be mindful of plumbing. I put a remote sensor in the wet bay and the monitor on the dashboard - so we can check the temps. Anytime the wet bay temps get near freezing, we turnn on the furnace. Other times, chilly but not freezing, we will give the genny a workout and run a small electric heater. We also use the dash heat, warms the cockpit but that's it.
I love towing my '12 Honda Fit automatic!!! I am a fulltimer, lots of miles and 24/7 rv living. The Fit is so easy - I have the Blue Ox system, virtually invisible oon the Fit. My installer ran dedicated wire for brake/turn lights on the Fit - did not tap into existing system. He added a bulb in the taillight assembly. I use Brake Buddy, installed their 12v upgrade port. I also have the battery charge running through the pigtail. Sounds like a lot, but once set up, wow - not a problem in over 2 years and lots and lots of travel!!! I find the interior plenty roomy and the space has lots of versatility. Check out all your choices, test drive them - see what suits you - for me, the Fit is great. I do see lots of them in cgs around the country, rvers have figured out it's a good fit for a toad :)
The OP should get an additional year warranty on his trailer since he hasn't even been able to use it for camping - jeesh - just totally reaffirms my decision to NEVER take my rv to CW for ANYTHING!!!!!
I saw it last season - we were staying at Grizzly. The cg appeared to be not much more than a parking lot style - but the location is good. I would consider it if Grizzly was booked, but it wouldn't be my first choice.