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RE: Our Granddaughter leases a Kia... Have a question.

Wondering if anyone can elaborate? She leases and was going to get an oil change. Supposedly is being told by other "oil changes providers" that she can only get her oil changed at a Kia dealership. Right there if true tells me to never lease/purchase a Kia. No reason to ever want one anyway... Is she in California? I'm not completely positive, but I believe California outlaws this practice. I'm in California and I've leased vehicles off and on for over 30 years and have never had this requirement. The only exception is when we started leasing Mercedes and they would throw in the first two or three services as part of the deal. Then you would have to go to the dealer to get those, but if I didn't want the free service I could have gone someplace else. But as somebody else mentioned, not everybody can do the Mercedes service. We have a small shop in town that specialized in European car service and they do the 10,000 mile services for less than half of what the Mercedes dealer wants.
msmith1199 02/24/17 06:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: Our Granddaughter leases a Kia... Have a question.

I lease a Mazda, this is part of the agreement I signed. "Ensure your maintenance booklet is validated each time a scheduled maintenance service is performed. Failure to perform scheduled maintenance and use Mazda parts as specified by Mazda may jeopardize your warranty coverage." I assume Mazda parts includes oil filter. My dealer has a great waiting room. Free coffee, TV and WiFi. That is a restriction on your warranty, not your lease.
msmith1199 02/24/17 05:58pm Around the Campfire
RE: Still looking for a short Class A 30-34 ft

A friend of ours owns a 32T and loves it. It lives on the West coast with only mild hills (mountains to those east of the Rockies), tows a Jeep and has never complained about lack of power. It has reasonable storage but NO pass thru.. reason is that the driver side bays are in the slide so you don't bust your head trying to get into them with the slide out. That's a popular model and not easy to find. He gets inquires and offers all the time when at the beach. (Edit iPhone spelling) Although there are some advantages to having the storage in the slides, I found the disadvantages outweighed the advantages. I have had both. My first motorhome had them in the slide and my second has a large pass through. The main problem with having them in the slide is clearance. If you have a nice wide flat campsite, there's no problem. But most campsites aren't like that and you often have the put the slides out over the top of the other stuff like vegetation, hose bibs, power connections, etc. That's very difficult to do with the storage in the slide. And you also lose storage space that way too. But it sure is nice not to have to climb under the slide to get stuff out of storage. But after having had both, I'd rather have the pass-through compartment and the higher clearance.
msmith1199 02/24/17 04:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Still looking for a short Class A 30-34 ft

Gas engine HP and diesel engine HP don't necessarily translate to performance. I'm no mechanic so I'll let somebody else tell you more about how that works. I went from a 32 foot gas Class A with the V-10 to a 35 foot DP with a 330 hp cat. I can tell you the 32 footer was faster off the line, but the DP has more power when climbing hills and towing. But to your original question, I have a 35 foot Tropical, which is made by National RV. Even though I could have originally bought a 38 footer for almost the same price, I stuck with the 35 footer because I wanted the shorter motorhome for easier access to more places. It does have pass through storage and a 100 gallon FW tank as well as a 100 gallon fuel tank. The big fresh water tank was something I specially looked for because I like camping off the grid and with 100 gallons the wife and I can go easily 3 or 4 days without even trying to conserve much water.
msmith1199 02/23/17 05:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fiberglass roofs

So basically what I said???? No, the glue did not fail. The air intruding under the Rubber caused the rubber to pull loose. BIG difference. HOW do you think we remove the old rubber when we replace the Roof?????? Doug You blow on it? People like you we fire as customers. You are not worth the BS you bring. To answer your STUPID response--you cut in strips and PULL it off the decking. It takes a LOT of strength to rip those small strips OFF a correctly glued roof. So, this shows the force of wind at 60 mph getting under the Rubber and pulling it loose to bubble. To also answer your stupid response, if glue failed why do you not see bubbling at the middle or rear of a rubber roof in transit? Because there is no place for the wind to get under at those spots. Doug You would never have to worry about having me as customer. I made a completely accurate statement about a problem with rubber roofs and you have to come in with a know-it-all attitude to tell me I'm wrong. Only problem is I wasn't wrong as all I said is the roof bubbles after the glue pulls loose. You came in with why that happened, but that didn't prove me wrong as I never said why. Maybe you should learn to quit being such an ass.
msmith1199 02/20/17 09:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fiberglass roofs

So basically what I said???? No, the glue did not fail. The air intruding under the Rubber caused the rubber to pull loose. BIG difference. HOW do you think we remove the old rubber when we replace the Roof?????? Doug You blow on it?
msmith1199 02/19/17 08:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fiberglass roofs

So basically what I said????
msmith1199 02/19/17 05:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fiberglass roofs

Okay Doug I get it. The roof bubbling is not because the glue failed. It's because the air caused the glue to fail?? Was I wrong because I used the word glue instead of adhesive? Isn't glue an adhesive? Either way didn't the glue fail and cause the roof to bubble???
msmith1199 02/19/17 03:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fiberglass roofs

Quite a few times I've seen motorhome and trailers (mostly trailers) with rubber roofs and you could see the glue holding it down had given way and the roof material was bubbling up. The driver probably had no idea it was doing that since it was only visible at freeway speeds. My guess it most of those roofs were probably close to failure. I have a fiberglass roof on my motorhome and never had any issues. I even hit a tree branch once that destroyed my bathroom roof vent and did nothing to the roof. I've heard stories of people tearing holes in the rubber roof with tree branches.
msmith1199 02/19/17 01:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stuck in the mud, any tips?

I have a neighbor a few doors down that had his motorhome sitting next to his house on a gravel driveway. A few days ago we drove by and saw the motorhome had sunk into the ground and was sitting on it's belly. He worked for a couple of days to finally get it out. So gravel wouldn't hurt, but it's no guarantee the dirt under the gravel wouldn't get saturated and the motorhome still sink. Yeah, and we went from a drought to the most precipitation we've had in 50 years. The overflow at Oroville dam that caused all the headaches has never been used in the 50 year history of the reservoir. The AAA driver told me this season he has extracted more vehicles and RVs out of the mud then he has ever seen in his 25 years in the industry. They are now forecasting 5 more days of rain. The overflow would not have been used this year either if it wasn't for the hole in the regular spillway. They lowered the flow to that which is why they have to use the emergency spillway. So it wasn't the amount of rain, but the failure of the main spillway that caused all the problems.
msmith1199 02/16/17 05:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stuck in the mud, any tips?

I have a neighbor a few doors down that had his motorhome sitting next to his house on a gravel driveway. A few days ago we drove by and saw the motorhome had sunk into the ground and was sitting on it's belly. He worked for a couple of days to finally get it out. So gravel wouldn't hurt, but it's no guarantee the dirt under the gravel wouldn't get saturated and the motorhome still sink.
msmith1199 02/16/17 01:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dicor Self Leveling or Eternabond Tape

I used both on the front and end cap seals. I used the self leveling caulk in a small amount on the joint itself and then put the tape over the top of it. If you do this just use a small amount of the caulk as the tape has to stick to the fiberglass, not the caulk.
msmith1199 02/10/17 11:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: hydraulic leveling jacks reservoirs

2004 Holiday Rambler Endeavor with hydraulic leveling jacks.. Where the heck is the reservoir? Follow the hydraulic lines from one of your jacks. On my Tropical the reservoir is in the left rear of the engine compartment accessed by the same door as the air filter.
msmith1199 02/05/17 08:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow car hookup by single person

I just glanced through everything so far and didn't see this mentioned. I did see a lot of comments about type of tow bar not mattering. That isn't really true. There are different types of tow bar. For example you could get a rigid tow bar. I saw those mentioned on here and those are very difficult to hook up alone. There is zero play in them and you have to get the ball perfectly lined up under the hitch or it won't connect. But you probably aren't getting one of those. Of the other types, you have the ones that hang off the back of the motorhome and the ones that hang off the toad. Once you have them mounted they basically work the same way and have play in the bars so you just have to get the toad within the envelope and you can hook it up. The biggest difference being if you get the type that hangs off the back of the motorhome, you can just leave it on the motorhome and never take it off if you don't want to. The tow bar can be heavy and you have to have a place to store and then have to lug it out to put it on the vehicle. If it's on the motorhome you never have to do that if you don't want to. Just put a cover on it if you store it outside. If you get the tow bar that mounts on the toad, you probably won't be leaving it there all the time. So you'll be doing what I do and that's carrying it from it's storage spot on the side of the garage to put it on the toad. I don't know how much the thing weighs, but it isn't light, and I can see that getting harder and harder to do as I get older. But if I ever replace it I'll get one that hangs on the motorhome and since I store the motorhome inside I'll just leave it on all the time.
msmith1199 02/01/17 09:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Planning Cross country trip

I'm a driver and there is nothing I love more than to be out on the road in my motorhome. But having said that, there is very little chance I'd plan a cross-county and back trip to be done in two weeks. I once went from California to Oshkosh Wisconsin and back and we did that in two weeks. But even then we left California on a Thursday after work and pulled into Oshkosh on Sunday around noon doing nothing but driving and sleeping all the way. We went to the airshow for a few days and then over the next week and a couple of days worked our way back to California through South Dakota and Wyoming. If I wanted to go coast to coast and actually see things along the way, I wouldn't do it unless I had at least four weeks, probably more. If I only had two weeks and I wanted to actually stop and see things, versus seeing things out of the front windshield, I probably would stay within 1000 miles of my start point. Probably make a big circle.
msmith1199 01/31/17 10:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cost of driving now vs then

We just bought a new car. It's actually the first brand new car we have ever purchased. Anyway it has me thinking about how much cars cost now vs decades ago. I remember in 1973 my father purchased a new basic Dodge Dart for $2700. Back then minimum wage was $1.75 so it would have taken 1543 hours to pay for that car. Now a Dodge Dart can be purchased for $16320....1338 hours of labor at our current minimum wage of $12.20 per hour. Flaw: Though there are some cities and possibly states which have a higher Minimum wage.. The Federal minimum is 2.75,, YES 2.75 The official federal minimum is 7.25 but if you are a waitress or waiter or work in another job class where you get tips it's 2.75. So please re-calc based on 7.25, not 12.20 as the minimum wage. Bernie was not successful in raising the minimum wage or elminating the wate-staff execption to it. I know one watress. I saw her pay stub 28 dollars for the week. The OP is in Canada. Last time I checked, they didn't follow our laws up there.
msmith1199 01/12/17 12:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: Cost of driving now vs then

I can tell you this, I bought my current truck new 10 years ago. A 2007 F150. Despite earning almost 4x now than I did 10 years ago when I bought it, I can't afford to replace that truck with an identical new model as it costs exponentially more than it did then. The rate of increase in the cost of that truck has exceeded the rate of my income growth. Pickup prices do seem to have gone insane if you want new with all (or even some) of the bells and Whistles. A basic work truck is still semi-affordable, but a Ford F-150 4x4 on the low end comes in around $40k. People are paying over $60k for a 3/4 ton truck nicely outfitted. I just can't bring myself to pay that kind of money for any vehicle, other than my motorhome.
msmith1199 01/12/17 12:27pm Around the Campfire
RE: Exercising your RV while at campsite

My motorhome is a 2004 with a Cat diesel and currently has about 50,000 miles on it. I have had it since new. In 13 years I have never had to repair a single thing related to the drive train. Nothing has ever broke. I do live in California so I can easily take my motorhome for a drive anytime I want so if you live in a place you have to winterize it then you have to deal with that. Whether I'm doing it right or wrong all I can tell you is 13 years with zero mechanical repair bills tells me I must be doing something right. I guess we all have our success stories based on diverse experiences - Bought our new 2003 5th wheel with Onan 5500 generator and we transferred it into 2 other 5th wheels over 13 years until we sold it last May in our last 5er. Sat 9 months every single winter for 13 years - never touched it. Temperatures down to -20. Changed oil 3 times in 13 years. Every spring it started and never missed a beat. It's still running today with the new owner. If it were up to Onan, I would be out there with a portable heater under it trying to start it every month to spin the armature. You're comparing a generator to a motorhome????
msmith1199 01/07/17 09:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Arizona State Taxes if Annually Rent RV Space??

My father in law retired from the military while stationed in california and immediately moved to colorado. California came after him for taxes for years. He finally prevailed but he was harassed and threatened for those years. No good reason, that was just California. That was called "The source tax." California, as well as other states with a state income tax, decided that any pension you received that was based on work you did while in California that you owed California State income tax on it, regardless of where you lived after retirement. That was outlaws by Federal law years ago. Only the state you claim residency in or earn income in, can collect income taxes on you, assuming you follow the time limit rules. You can't claim to be a Nevada resident and spend 2 days in Nevada and 363 days in California. Or at least you can't get caught doing that.
msmith1199 01/06/17 03:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Arizona State Taxes if Annually Rent RV Space??

My last 8 years work were in California, left as soon as I retired. Liked to visit each summer, but quit because CA kept insisting that I was a resident and wanted state income taxes. Is Arizona like that? this doesn't make a lot of sense to me. you moved out of CA, established residency elsewhere, and when you visited CA and did not earn any money in CA they wanted income taxes from you. how did they even know you were in CA visiting or is there something you aren't telling us? bumpy The revenuers know everything!!
msmith1199 01/06/17 01:20pm Class A Motorhomes
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