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RE: Potential Full Timer - National Tropi-cal good choice?

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msmith1199 02/28/15 09:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Possible relocation to Minnesota questions.

I'd consider a move to Minnesota if the job had a 7 figure annual income. And even then I'd only consider it. Short of that, NO WAY! Even as messed up as California is, I'm too used to the nice weather here and don't think I could leave it.
msmith1199 02/28/15 10:00am Around the Campfire
RE: Yukon gold TV shows... What is the real reality?

Interesting comments! To me the environmental impact and damage is frightening. If global warming continues at its current pace and the Yukon ends up with a mild temperate climate in a few hundred or thousand years, the land could be unfit for crops, cattle or maybe even humans. But similar damage happens around the world with little thought about the future. There's a lot of land in the Yukon and Alaska. Although they are tearing up some of it, in the grand scheme of things it's really very very little land. Nothing like what got torn up in California by the strip miners back in the gold rush days, but even a lot of that land in California has recovered.
msmith1199 02/27/15 04:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: How to clean roof (can't get on it) ??

Here is a better example. This one is in Keller Texas if you want to take a trip there to wash your rv! http://www.kellerrvstorage.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/rv_wash.jpg
msmith1199 02/27/15 04:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to clean roof (can't get on it) ??

This is kind of like what I'm talking about, but I can't find a better photo. I've seen them like this in regular car wash type bays that are oversize and have the catwalks down both sides. http://www.dakotahmeadows.com/images/amenities_07_17.jpg
msmith1199 02/27/15 04:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to clean roof (can't get on it) ??

Look around for a self serve truck wash. Or even a self serve RV wash. They will often have catwalks along the side with nice easy stairs to get up on and a railing so you don't fall off. I don't have one near me or I'd use it, but I've seen them around.
msmith1199 02/27/15 04:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Potential Full Timer - National Tropi-cal good choice?

2003 Diesel Pusher - National Tropi-Cal Miles 53899 Seems to be in good shape. Gonna have a mechanic look at it though and do a full inspection ANy known issues with these guys? I have a 2004 National Tropical DP. I bought it brand new and I've been happy with it over the years. It is a coach that it's the medium to lower end of the DP market, but it's solid. It has a all steel frame as opposed to aluminum that others use. It also has a one piece fiberglass roof that is preferred by many and at the time I bought mine, the one piece fiberglass was generally only available on much more expensive motorhomes. I've had minor problems over the years but mostly stuff I fixed myself. The seal between the roof and my front cap has leaked a few times and I just ordered an Eternabond tape kit to seal it and seal the back cap too while I'm at it. Hopefully that will fix that problem. But overall I'm happy with it. Mine is only 35 foot and if I was going to full time I'd want something bigger, but with the three slides I have I could probably full time in it if I wanted to.
msmith1199 02/27/15 03:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Potential Full Timer - National Tropi-cal good choice?

I too have an "orphan" coach. And...by NationalRV. A 2001 gasser "Dolphin". Aside from the chassis, the motorhome part of it...replacements...are no problem. Stove, a/c units, fridge, etc.,etc. are all readily available from many suppliers. Electrical gremlins happen in any coach. Body parts..like the front and rear caps? The molds were bought by a shop in California....mentioned here on the forum a few times. If you're unfortunate to need one, they can duplicate it. I suggest perhaps you can find a current RV dealer that did carry your NationalRV coach...he and his staff might still be willing and able to assist. Good luck In the event you ever need a front or a rear cap, odds are the reason you need them will be something that is covered by your insurance. So it's their problem to pay for them. And if my insurance company thought that would be a huge problem they would have jacked my insurance rates up when National went out of business, but they didn't.
msmith1199 02/27/15 03:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Potential Full Timer - National Tropi-cal good choice?

Simple example you pull up to pay a toll only to find out it's one of those very narrow toll booths. You end up clipping a mirror. That mirror will be made by someone, but who? No toll free number to call to find out. Hand it over to the bump shop and hope they can figure it out. Of course if you don't mind paying them to figure it out, no problem. Another example, slide won't come out. Turns out there is a relay that is buried from sight. The tech support line knows it there and they know it's a common problem. The RV repair guy and you have no clue, but will find it sooner or later but you're on your own. Maybe the used coach didn't come with a wiring diagram and your door handle doesn't light up. It's probably a fuse or some little switch, but the coach has multiple places to check and will take a half day to go thru them all. Would be nice to have a wiring diagram for the next time something simple like that goes so you're not wasting all your time chasing down a line. The list goes on. Does that stuff stop you from buying an orphan coach of course not. Should you factor that into your overall price, I would. Then how about those little decorative items on the outside when they go bad and start making that nice coach look like it qualifies for the 10 year old rule.....:B I have the owners manual for the mirrors in a nice little case that National gave me that has the owners manuals for everything else they made the motorhome out of. Everything from the steps, to the appliances, to the TV's, to the Inverter, to the generator, and everything in between. The circuit breakers and fuses are all easy to find and I've never needed a wiring diagram to find them.
msmith1199 02/27/15 03:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Potential Full Timer - National Tropi-cal good choice?

Yes National is out of business, but I am sure the chassis is no different then all those Freightliner chassis out there on many different brands. You will have no problems getting service on a Freight liner chassis. It's the small things that will drive you crazy, not the major stuff like chassis/engine. Honestly, how often does the major stuff go vs all the little junk. When you have an orphan RV you're on your own, that is one reason they sell for a discount. Please tell me what small stuff there is in a National RV that you couldn't get fixed at any RV place? Or get the parts and fix yourself? I have a National RV and it doesn't bother me in the least that they are out of business. All National built themselves on my motorhome is the frame, the front and rear caps, and that's about it. I don't know if they even make the dash or of that is just standard stuff. What National did was assembled my motorhome using parts mostly made by other companies that are all still in business.
msmith1199 02/27/15 03:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Yukon gold TV shows... What is the real reality?

Gold Rush I believe is televised all around the world. I wonder how many international viewers realize that Yukon is in Canada ? The producers seem to go out of their way to not mention...what country all this is happening. Why, I don't know. I had to look on a map to see where they were because I was curious about that. I like watching the show, but you're right, they never mention being in Canada.
msmith1199 02/26/15 08:05pm Around the Campfire
RE: Deposit on MH purchase?

We had to leave $2000.00 on our first motorhome and $3000.00 on our current one. I was told that the money was non-refundable on both Motorhomes. If we canceled the order/deal for any reason our deposit would be lost. I would have walked out the door and said no thanks. Even if they are ordering the motorhome for me I want the ability to walk away from the deal if something comes up that I don't like. But can you really expect a dealer to order a new motorhome for you decked out the way you want it, without putting a deposit down? It would be to easy for anyone to back out. Then when it comes in the dealer is stuck with it. Dealers would end up with so many units they couldn't sell, all by customers ordering and then backing out... Yup, that's what I would expect if they want my sale. Otherwise I wouldn't buy it. Now if I'm buying completely custom with custom paint and monogramed leather and that type of thing, then yeah I would expect to put up a non-refundable deposit.
msmith1199 02/26/15 08:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Yukon gold TV shows... What is the real reality?

They probably have to pay very little taxes because after expenses there isn't much income left. You only pay taxes on net profit. At least in the USA. Since they are taking some of that gold in Canada I would assume they are having to pay Canadian income taxes there. The Hoffman's also run an airport and other businesses so losses in other businesses can be used to off set profit in one. My guess is they are making more money off the TV show than off the Gold Mining.
msmith1199 02/26/15 11:07am Around the Campfire
RE: Deposit on MH purchase?

Yes it works both way Jallen, but the correct thing to do is not put down a deposit until you're ready to buy the unit you're putting the deposit on. When you buy a motorhome do you go to all the dealers and pick your favorite unit and put a deposit on your favorite at every dealer? I don't think it works that way. The deposit is usually done once you've picked the unit you want and while they process the paperwork and set up financing etc. I think I put my deposit down and then completed the paperwork and had the financing in place two days later. Or if you are at a show and you find a unit you want, you would put a deposit on it to hold it until after the show when you can purchase it.
msmith1199 02/26/15 11:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Deposit on MH purchase?

Something to add to the above, if you give a company money and they have not delivered the product to you yet, and they go bankrupt, they legally cannot give you your money back even if they have it. Once they file the bankruptcy you become a creditor and you're only going to get paid back through the approval of the bankruptcy court. And you'll get put in line based on the type of creditor you are. Having a deposit on merchandise not delivered actually puts you high on the list. You are above any of the companies non-secured debt like their own credit cards. But other things are ahead of you. Like employees salary is ahead of you, all the tax agencies are ahead of you, and secured debt is ahead of you like mortgages on the buildings. So once all those people get paid with the remaining assets of the company, then you get yours. So that means, you won't get yours because if the company had money to pay all those debts they probably wouldn't be bankrupt to begin with.
msmith1199 02/25/15 06:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Deposit on MH purchase?

Yup ugh, learned my lesson too. I ordered a $10,000 piece of equipment for my shop a couple of years ago. Guy wanted $1,000 deposit on it. No problem I'll put it on a credit card. He emailed me back asking to send a check because he didn't want to have to lose the 2.5% credit card processing fee. I told him I'd pay extra to cover the fee because I don't write checks for a deposit. He took my credit card and didn't charge extra for it. That company went bankrupt a year later.
msmith1199 02/25/15 06:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Deposit on MH purchase?

When we ordered our 5er we were asked to give 10%, which we did. In our case we had viewed similar units. Dealer let me know that once the unit is ordered from the factory it is theirs. The deposit was to make sure we didn't later back out. Rest of story. It arrived and was not ordered correctly, which the dealer acknowledged. We were refunded our deposit and subsequently ordered correct unit from another dealer as this one was going out of business. You put down 10% and they were going out of business!!! Yikes! I once ordered a $2000 wall unit for my bed in my master bedroom. They wanted 50% down to order it. No problem and normally I would have put that 50% on a credit card, but not this time, I wrote them a check for $1000. The wall unit was ordered with a shipping time of 3 weeks. Two weeks later the Company went bankrupt. The order never shipped because the company wasn't paying it's bills. Some of the company stores, including the one I bought from, even stayed open for many months as they tried to reorganize. But even though they were still open the fact that I was a "creditor" to them when they filed for bankruptcy put me on a list of creditors and I was stuck. In the end I never did get my $1000 back or my furniture. If I had charged the deposit on a credit card I could have potentially recovered my money.
msmith1199 02/25/15 04:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Deposit on MH purchase?

We had to leave $2000.00 on our first motorhome and $3000.00 on our current one. I was told that the money was non-refundable on both Motorhomes. If we canceled the order/deal for any reason our deposit would be lost. I would have walked out the door and said no thanks. Even if they are ordering the motorhome for me I want the ability to walk away from the deal if something comes up that I don't like.
msmith1199 02/25/15 04:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Deposit on MH purchase?

What's the purpose of a deposit if it's going to be 100% refundable for any and all reasons - why should the dealer bother asking for one? Bill Read my post two up from yours. It's just a sales game. The same concept as why when you go to Vegas do you play Blackjack with colorful plastic chips instead of real money? Because it's much easier to set a stack of plastic on the table and lose it than it is a stack of $20 bills.
msmith1199 02/25/15 04:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rotate tires on Class A YES OR NO ( why?)

Seems tough to rotate the tires since it would require taking the tires off the rims and than remounting them. I guess that depends on what you're driving. My tires and rims are all identical.
msmith1199 02/25/15 03:00pm Class A Motorhomes
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