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RE: Am I correct or not?

I don't see an RV as an investment and I know I will lose money over time.....However.....I don't often agree with "2gypsies", but their math actually works. Their numbers, while full timing, allowed them to buy a $300K - $400K coach and still come out ahead at the end of their travels versus staying in a hotel at a $100.00 a night. There were also a couple of people that talked about finding hotels much cheaper than $100 and even at $50.00.....yuck, I can feel the bed bugs biting now! We all do it. Try to justify our hobbies. But we are confusing investment with costs of competing alternatives. Even in the example above the depreciation is not included. You cannot say a hotel costs x and a campground is y. There absolutly is a real cost in that depreciation. Just because you do not sell your rv after every trip and realize the loss in value doesnt mean it is not there.
mich800 07/22/16 10:05pm Beginning RVing
RE: FCA under investigation

Actually, a rogue dealer or two with a grudge is making the claim. FCA is fully cooperating with the investigation. In the automotive world, a manufacturer reports what the assembly plant made. Once a vehicle rolls off the line, it is considered sold to a dealer, none of them track retail sales. They better cross their fingers and hope nobody was playing a numbers game since they are a public company looking to merge. Every manufacturer selling in the U.S. tracks and reports retail sales. These numbers are released monthly to the press, detailing classification and location of sales. Dealers are responsible to sales within their market area of responsibility and ultimately millions of dollars can be at stake. Dealers are responsible to report every sale to the manufacturer with detail so as to allow the manufacturer to track warranty, recalls, dealer performance, and a myriad of other purposes. You need to re-check your information. OK. Rechecking..... Done! Nothing has changed, the assembly plant is the profit center, when a vehicle rolls off it is considered sold and this is how the accounting books work. You can argue until the cows come home but their accounting methods of how vehicle accounting works will remain the same. By the way, I live in Detroit and work in automotive, this is common knowledge here. It is actually shipped to dealer. Which is the crux of the investigation. There is no industry where gaap accounting would allow revenue recognition just because you made something.
mich800 07/22/16 09:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 PSD numbers are in FLT Offical ?

I can't believe ford has to use their f450 to use as towing comparisons to everyone else's 1 tons. It only really confuses when we are stuck on the old naming conventions like half ton, one ton, etc. Just go by the gvw ratings and not get so hung up on the number on the fender. Why is there a GMC and Chevy truck? Because they can.
mich800 07/22/16 09:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 PSD numbers are in FLT Offical ?

Most not so much emission compliant. However, a tuner can add MPG and make the truck drive better without changing any emissions. How exactly is this magic done? 3 big companies in the US would love to know how to do this. Billions of dollars are at stake! If you know how to do this, please tell us! Ask the tuners how they do it. I just know from what I read, a tune on a stock truck adds MPG and makes it drive better. http://www.duramaxforum.com/forum/2011-lml-performance-parts-discussion/253978-duramaxtuner-efilive-lml-tuning-review.html#/forumsite/20663/topics/253978?page=1 It is much easier when you are not constrained by the EPA, warranty, drivability characteristics for the masses and not one person, shareholders, and many other variables that the OEMs must contend with.
mich800 07/20/16 12:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: FCA under investigation

So we have one poster with a ram in his sig and the FCA truck guys circling the wagons fast? You funny. I talked with the owner of the dealership I go to and he said that it's just a dealer disgruntled about something FCA did. As for the DOJ finding any facts LOL they couldn't find their ASS with both hands and a road map! Don The dealer you spoke with may or may not have a clue and may or may not be interested in being quoted by a random FCA employee. Considering that the FBI is involved and has already conducted raids at FCA employee locations, one would think it might be a little more than some "disgruntled" dealer. And why would someone take the words of an uninvolved party and assume they are privy to any facts of the case? Here are some scenarios about this dealer that seems to know all the facts: 1. They took the bribe and have a vested interest in this going away. 2. They didn't take the bribe but need FCA to survive so have a vested interest. 3. They think they are smarter than everyone else so qualified to speak on something without facts. 4. If they actually have facts or are involved it is a very poor decision to be discussing a case that may very well involve them. 5. They are just guessing but want to be part of the action.
mich800 07/20/16 09:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: FCA under investigation

Nope. If FCA did something wrong, they should be held accountable. But like a divorce, there's his side, her side, and the truth. We'll just have to wait and see what comes out of it. Just to be clear. This is not the lawsuit. It may or may not have come about due to facts presented from the suit, the article is not clear. This is the SEC and Justice Dept investigating.
mich800 07/19/16 06:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dometic toilet blocking in the down tube

I think just using the toilet as a urinal can cause just as many problems as it solves. You are finding out not enough water and just paper products can turn into concrete pieces.
mich800 07/10/16 07:53am General RVing Issues
RE: RV wrecks - to many

Maybe the title is a little misleading. Any amount of accidents is too many but are rv's involved in more accidents than other vehicles per miles driven. I don't know. I do know every morning listening to the traffic determining my commute there is typically a half dozen accidents noted nearly every day and I don't remember any of them ever being rv's.
mich800 07/07/16 12:17pm Towing
RE: HD Truck 0-60 Times

Yep my truck runs very strong and makes very good fuel economy without a after market tuner. But perhaps you'll run into those "high up Chrysler guys" and just remove your tuner to be on the safe side when taking your truck in for a repair. :B Troy try to keep up buddy :W I never said anything about "high up Chrysler guys" and I do not have a tuner on my truck. I took my truck up to Green Diesel Engineering you know the guys that write the ECM and DTECM programs for GM, Ford, VM the maker of my engine, along with others. The rewrote the factory program to remove the BS that the EPA makes ALL manufactures add in even your great all mighty Ford. I still have the same ECM the truck was built with, my dealer is on board with this and there is no way this can be found. My truck was making great mileage before the rewrite and even better now. Along with cutting out the EGR and regens to a bear min. But hay spin it anyway you need there buddy :W:W Don Ron this was intended for Troy not you. Just didn't get all of your post cut out. Just out of curiosity. That is what a tuner does. But aside from that. How do you prevent this being overwritten when you take the truck in and there is a software update? ECM updates are common on these (modern) vehicles.
mich800 07/07/16 02:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bad experience buying an RV from out of state

Impossible for any of us to know what really happened. I do know what I would do if I was the seller and had to choose between a guy on the phone and a guy in front of me with cash in hand. if they had a guy in front of them with cash, they could have had the courtesy to tell me and not string me along. they could have said it checked out and wire money, I would have I think you are underestimating the number of deals that fall through or are really just tire kickers over the phone or email. You was simply involved in a bidding war with another buyer where the dealer valued the purchaser in front of them more as there was no guarantee you would ultimately buy. Don't take it personal, they just took the door that had a higher likelihood of closing and not losing out on the warm body on the showroom floor. "they could have had the courtesy to tell me and not string me along" The deal is not done until it is done. So they were probably keeping your option open just in case.
mich800 07/05/16 03:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: new traffic law in tn

I pass in the left lane and I try to allow a fair margin between the vehicle in the right lane before pulling back over. Usually a couple of car lengths, yet it takes only one car length for a driver behind you to slide into the right lane and it opens the gate for the rest. To everyone behind the first car that passed me, I might look like the idiot who can't move over when the truth is the one driver with no patience or consideration jammed me up, and they are now long gone. In many ways, driving is just an extension of one's personality. Here are a couple of suggestions that you may already do: 1. Put your right turn signal on before you clear the vehicle in the right lane so those behind know you intend to pull back over shortly. 2. If that doesn't work (and it may not for some of those drivers), close the gate again by slowing slightly until there isn't room for more to cut through. Once the first ones through clear the right lane, cut over with a little less margin. The reality is it is not the drivers that understand proper lane usage such as Mr.Beebo causing this. But the parade of the left lane hogs everyone encounters. So unfortunately the drivers behind Mr.Beebo are trying to make that judgment call of which type they are behind. Do you make the unsafe pass to the right or wait and see if they are just going to hang out in the left lane. It is the inconsiderate or uneducated drivers that created this mess that leaves everyone guessing.
mich800 07/05/16 12:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: new traffic law in tn

So.... They've created a law that will force you to break the law in order to keep the law so that others may break the law. BTW, I don't impede traffic and regularly drive at an elevated (but safe) speed if I'm in the left lane...but I can assure you that flying up behind me and flashing your lights will not help your case. And that is why these laws are passed and hopefully enforced. Drivers on power trips do nothing to help keep traffic flowing.
mich800 07/03/16 04:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Common issues with Dodge 6.7L or Ford 6.7

Shoot, GM Duramax has been through many different versions of that motor. Ford sure seems to have a winner with this current model 6.7L. Many of the Dmax revisions were driven by federal emissions standards and ability to increase output numbers. Business as usual... In Fords case however they have had to go back to the drawing board multiple times (6.0/6.4/6.7) with entirely new engines because the prior was a turd. Yes they finally have something respectible with the current 6.7 but look at how long it took them to get there... I agree. GM has not really done anything with the Dmax just like the ford drivetrain/frame much noted as old school on this forum. :)
mich800 07/01/16 12:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Here it comes... the F-150 Diesel

I actually have never seen a new Dodge 1500 with a diesel in it. Until this post, I didn't even know they existed. And I live in 'truck country'! I see a LOT of them around here. Its actually surprising. One guy I talked with at the pump said he hesitantly stepped down from his 2500 Cummins but now said he won't go back up. His Ecodiesel does all he asks and needs it to do with twice the economy. He loves it. He was clearly over trucked and bought into I need a big 3/4-1 ton diesel to do errands and small/light work. That is why I disagree with the get the one ton out of the gate because you will eventually get a larger rv. Not everyone get or wants a 40 foot 15k pound trailer to lug around.
mich800 07/01/16 09:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: help from the electrical wizards

I can run my AC with the 2000 but it can be hit or miss. I would not rely on it. Sometimes I have no problem. Sometimes I need to turn everything off including making sure the water heater is not on electric (mine has a switch on the heater outside), converter, fridge, etc. Other times I just cannot get it to work. Remember the 2000 is rated for 1600 watts. So draw more than that for an extended time and it will overload. This is typically my problem. It does not necessarily cut off at start up. But on long extended pulls when it is hot outside and it is constantly running.
mich800 06/30/16 08:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Common issues with Dodge 6.7L or Ford 6.7

In any case, I figure for similar pricing I should look at the Dodge 6.7 and Ford 6.7. I'm wondering if either have an achilles heel that should be watched for or checked out prior to purchase? Thanks for any guidance you can give. Both great trucks with no real achilles heal with either. I would purchase based on dealer quality and which has the aesthetics and fits your behind best. I know which seats fit me best in long drives but that does not really help you.
mich800 06/29/16 11:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Cummins in Ram: 2 significant & simultaneous milestones

"I can assure you someone just didn't wake up in the middle of the night and came up with the wild idea of putting the 6.7PSD into the F650/F750 trucks" They got tired of me pointing out that the F650/750's thru 2015 had a 6.7 Cummins backed up by an Allison trans in them.:B I don't know if it's a source of pride that ram sources a good engine or disappointment that they're not really a manufacturer and they just go to the Napa catalog to piece together their truck :B
mich800 06/28/16 05:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Locked keys in truck

What truck and what year? It is difficult to lock your keys in many modern vehicles now. My wifes truck it is impossible. Mine I can but I also have the door keypad.
mich800 06/27/16 01:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2016 vehicle quality ratings released

What do the two numbers in parenthesis mean? I think that was the change from the previous survey.
mich800 06/27/16 02:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Cummins in Ram: 2 significant & simultaneous milestones

It was an honest question. No harm. There just have been more trolling lately. I finally gave up and just blocked some of them. I can say I have been driving a lot of Chrylser (Fiat) vehicles lately and they have come a long way in my opinion. The biggest issues I am seeing and this is for all of them (all makes) is they are so software dependent now they can be buggy. These are all early production type vehicles.
mich800 06/26/16 05:26pm Tow Vehicles
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