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RE: Montana a Lemon?

8 of the 11 problems there is no way you would catch in a PDI. Most of them weren't a problem at that time. Let's not make this sound like it's the buyers fault. There is no excuse for poor quality workmanship, and the blame goes squarely on the shoulders of the manufacturer's. X2 !! Love the RV manufacture apologists as well as those that always offer the always very helpful "I have one of those and have never had a problem" comments. I can't for the life of me understand why it's OK to spend $30,000 and up and then find on the first trip out that plumbing was connected backwards or leaks, trim falls off the wall, cabinets pulling off the wall, etc and sit back in wonderment why others complain about the shoddy manufacturing. I completely agree the Mfg's and dealers need to up their game. But I am not sure where the above statistic comes from. Nearly all if not all should have been discovered pre delivery. None of the stated problems were hidden if tested.
mich800 07/28/14 01:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ford vs Ram

Well, in THIS case, I let you Ford and Ram drivers "duke-it-out" ... cause I'm driving a Chevy! :B :B :B Probably a smart idea. Let them bloody each other up and swoop in under the radar and take them both.
mich800 07/28/14 12:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford vs Ram

Lying??? That is a bit strong. First what about this statement "However, according to Automotive News, when adding the F-450's curb weight and max payload capacity, its GVWR total is 14,061 pounds" So I guess everything the weight police said is wrong. You can just add up the numbers and ignore the Mfg's GVWR.
mich800 07/28/14 11:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Solar Tax Credits

that law was extended then expired at the end of 2013, did it get extended? I think at the time I asked the tax lady it hadn't been. bumpy The law has been extended through 2016 and Iowa will match 60% of the federal credit up to $5000. Effectively I get 48% of the total cost of my solar setup as a tax credit. From everything I've read and the information here, it sounds like i simply total the amount of all the components and add them to IRS form 5695. It doesn't sound like anybody has included the cost of battery upgrades for their system as part of the tax credit. I'll consult my CPA on that, seems like the IRS ruled it is allowed but that doesn't mean it won't get red-flagged somehow. Thanks for the help, Fred It has been a long time since I looked at this. But I seem to remember that there were different treatments depending on if it was grid tied. Maybe that is where the different interpretations come in. Either way, if you can get some of your tax dollars back for something you were going to do anyways you should do it. You could always just delete your receipts before the audit :) At least that works for big brother.
mich800 07/28/14 10:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Was I Wrong? (Long Story)

If it was as you stated the only real way to deal with people like that is to just ignore them. Easier said then done. But based on their demeanor probably not much more you could have done other then calling the park or host to resolve it.
mich800 07/28/14 09:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Ford integrated brake control ??

Is the lower voltage pressing the brake and the higher voltage using the manual slider? I am not sure if that is what you are saying in the middle paragraph.
mich800 07/23/14 01:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tap mixes warm into cold water

It wouldn't be the first time I saw reversed lines. But what do you mean by warm? Are you on city water or the fresh water tank. I know when I use my fresh water tank the cold is not really cold but ambient temp (warm). If not that, probably just a messed up mixer valve in the faucet.
mich800 07/23/14 07:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Coach financing

It still comes down to the three C's. A great credit score and no or limited means to repay will still be declined in many instances. But if you have a good credit score, down payment, acceptable debt coverage and source of repayment income you should not have any issue obtaining a loan.
mich800 07/23/14 06:33am General RVing Issues
RE: For the Ford fans

Was it necessary to provide 7 links to the same basic story? :S Some of the links are from different news agencies, from general interest (USA TODAY) to industry specific (AutoWeek), each with their own editorial staff, bents, and perhaps biases. And more importantly, each with a varying degree of credibility. So when you see the same story vetted through a variety of sources with different audiences and inclinations, it demonstrates that the story has reached a level of interest across the board. I for one would be somewhat skeptical if the story were reported by only one source. And, one of the links was direct... not from a news agency at all, but from one of the significant players in the story. Since everyone is free to choose which link link they would like to read or find credible, does it really matter if choices are provided? Yes, because we know news agencies and reporters are not lemmings. Boy carried away in weather balloon ring a bell.
mich800 07/23/14 06:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: No excuses, no backup, but would like to recover HD data

On a side note, one of the easiest ways to backup important files such as your Excel spreadsheet is by using a Free cloud service. You get at least 2G storage space with Dropbox, or 15G Free with Microsoft OneDrive or with Google Drive. Just designate the folder to backup and sync, and it does so automatically when you're connected to the Net. So you always have the original on your computer, and a copy auto backed up and encrypted on the cloud drive.Just watch this if you are on a data plan. Don't ask me how I know...lol In a pinch I have emailed myself docs as a backup. Doesn't replace a systematic backup but will work.
mich800 07/21/14 08:26am Technology Corner
RE: No excuses, no backup, but would like to recover HD data

It sounds like you have had something similar tried. But I have had good luck using a SATA to USB to retrieve data from drives that have failed in areas that hold the operating system but otherwise good. Just use another working computer and navigate to the files you want to recover
mich800 07/21/14 06:09am Technology Corner
RE: Winnebago Ad - Not always True

The language is not there to get out of putting in features. It is due to the logistics for lead times in print and other forms of advertises and brochures, parts availability and shortages and any other production issue that may require on the fly decisions to maintain production. Maybe you can run a large manufacturing operation without supply chain issues or other things that may come up but most other companies do not live in that utopia.
mich800 07/20/14 08:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2015 all Rams trucks will be J2807 compliant

I am not sure if this has been discussed and I may have missed it. It appears the J2807 is a performance benchmark for a stated trailer weight but does not make any claim that the trailer weight tested WILL be within that vehicles GVWR and axle rating etc. So is this test supposed to put an end to the whole confusion that many have determining if a specific trailer is really within their trucks capacities?
mich800 07/20/14 05:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Max Towing Wars - Ford vs Ram

So stupid Americans cannot make an informed purchase but if we decide to purchase what "you" say we should we are brilliant. Nope, didn't say that at all. First I never said Americans were stupid, I said we make stupid choices because we don't research things. (We have the best technology and the most productive work force in the world no matter how it's measured) Second, I never said Dodge was always the best choice. My point is: Simply buying something because it's popular is indeed stupid. Fair enough. But drawing a conclusion that something is popular due to uneducated decisions is not wise also. I purchased a Ford truck and did my homework. Modern vehicles on balance are reliable so if looks or color is the factor that sways a purchase so be it. It does not make that individuals decision any less valid as someone weighting an exhaust brake more in their analysis. And I apologize for my tone earlier. I am just frustrated with the whole Americans are bad because we are successful that has been going around.
mich800 07/18/14 12:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Max Towing Wars - Ford vs Ram

So stupid Americans cannot make an informed purchase but if we decide to purchase what "you" say we should we are brilliant.
mich800 07/18/14 11:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Max Towing Wars - Ford vs Ram

Wow, this thread got some hackels up and fast. Quick someone post up the Ram tailgate test.
mich800 07/18/14 09:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 all Rams trucks will be J2807 compliant

Tundra went J2807 compliant in 2011. Just say-in :B Yes they did, they were the first and good for them! It's a shame the others had to play games, but with that said both Ram and GM/Chevy were going to do it until Ford said nope not ready yet. Had the other two went ahead they could have put that fact in their ads and most likely taken sales from Ford. But should'a, would'a, could'a but didn't and for that same on ALL of them! Don Ford is the Bush of trucks. It was their fault :)
mich800 07/17/14 08:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Northwood Manufacturing's Defective Trailer

It would still be nice for clarification on point #4 to maybe help other owners. I am not sure if these RV dealers referred to in the comment were speaking to leaks in general or with this model. Doing a search to research this only pulls up this tread with problems with that TT. What is the relevance to #5?
mich800 07/17/14 07:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Felt so bad for older couple traveling today

Sometimes******happens and sometimes it comes in waves. But I sure wouldn't let fear of the unknown dictate my life. That would be an awfully boring existence. I have had my share of bad luck but you just deal with it. Take steps to minimize the hassles but be prepared to deal with them when they arise.
mich800 07/16/14 09:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tragedy involving RV, probably caused by RV.

Here are some quotes from the newspaper article. "The object that went through the windshield has been identified as some type of a bracket for an equalizing hitch on a trailer, he said." "No one knows which vehicle the component fell from, and no one saw it actually fall, but it’s unlikely the object would have reached the windshield if it had just been sitting on the road, Nilan said."
mich800 07/16/14 09:23pm General RVing Issues
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