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RE: Michelin Tire Issue

"After pulling into our current park a few days ago the parking assistance noticed that the two front axle tires were severely worn on the outer edge with the left front tire being the worst...the steel belts are just about ready to show. " And something else to take from this, check your tires all the time. While I guess it's possible all that wear happened on that one drive if something failed in your front end, but I would suspect it was wearing like that for the entire 11,000 miles. I'm a pilot myself so a tire check by nature is part of my routine checks. I'm always running my hand across the front tires looking for feathering and uneven wear. Should be part of your daily checks.
msmith1199 03/22/17 12:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Michelin Tire Issue

When I first bought my motorhome it had Michelins on it. Way before 11,000 miles I noticed an uneven wear in the front tires starting to develop. I took it down and had the alignment checked and it was off quite a bit according to the guy running the machine. So he fixed the alignment, we moved the front tires to the outter rear position and moved those up to the front, and we all lived happily ever after until the tires were about 7 years old and I replaced them all just because of age, not because of tread wear.
msmith1199 03/22/17 12:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help with trip out West

Hey guys, I'm in Birmingham, Al. I'm trying to plan a trip out west for the last week of June 2017 through the first 3 weeks in July. I am off for 4 weeks, my wife is off 3. I'm going to to try and get out west and have wife fly in when she gets off on Friday. Would like to see Grand canyon, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Bryce,Zion, Arches, and Yellowstone. No idea if this is possible or not. Never been out there so please advise on a good route with days at each place, where to meet wife to technically start the trip, and what I need to see. Do I need reservations or can I just wing it? Thanks! Just me, but I wouldn't be doing the Grand Canton and Las Vegas area that time of year. I've been to Vegas in early June when it was 116. You're going to get that and hotter in July. That's just too miserable of a heat for me. It's not bad if you go stay in a hotel and never leave the building or the casino during the day, but A/C's in a motorhome have a hard time keeping up with that kind of heat. If I were doing a long trip that time of year I'd plan on spending time on the coast. That gives you everything from San Diego to Canada. Yosemite, Tahoe, Lassen, Crater Lake, etc, would be much better places to visit in July.
msmith1199 03/14/17 01:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Removing vinyl graphics and painting

I always figured when it was time to paint the RV I'd just have them remove the decals and either paint the entire motorhome one solid color, or maybe do a two-tone paint with the floor line down being one color and the top being another. Would that look too boring? Seems like most every motorhome has the swoosh decals. Can we go without?
msmith1199 03/14/17 12:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Nascar Follies

Nascar has been on life support for some time now. Remember, ESPN didn't even bid on a television contract to carry nascar. (ESPN carries a lot of sports including underwater monopoly championships). Maybe these changes will breath some new life into a sport I have loved and followed for a long long time....maybe, hopefully. I saw a news story a couple of days ago that said ESPN was on the verge of collapse. That may be why they didn't bid on it.
msmith1199 03/13/17 08:34pm Around the Campfire
RE: DST

If all you're worried about is kids going to school in the dark, just change the time school starts. You can have school start at 9:00 a.m. all year long. Problem solved. Yes, I said that. But not just school, business hours and regular work hours would need to be changed too. So back to my point, isn't it easier just to change the clocks? Back when I was working, I liked going to work in the winter at the crack of dawn. And I liked being able to get off work in the summer with enough hours of daylight to go do something, like get in 9 holes of golf. You can't have both those without either adjusting work hours, or adjusting the clock.
msmith1199 03/12/17 03:50pm Around the Campfire
RE: DST

California is going to put DST on the ballot to see if we want to continue it or not. I have no problem if we stop doing it, as long as the standard work day gets adjusted yearly. The time change is based around the standard 8 to 5 work day and trying to make the best use of available light during those hours. If you remain on standard time year round, then in the summer when you get to work at 8am there is already almost 3 hours of daylight behind you. If you remain on DST year round then in the winter months kids are going to school in the dark. So the solution is either keep DST the way we have it, or twice a year change all the schedules and adjust the standard work day and the school hours and the hours of all the businesses in town. Seems to me like it's easier to just change the clocks.
msmith1199 03/12/17 09:52am Around the Campfire
RE: Parking the truck in San Francisco

I think much of the advice missed the point that you have a long bed crew cab truck. Most all the parking garages around the tourist areas can barely handle normal size cars, much less a huge truck. You may luck out and find someplace to squeeze in, but I doubt. Since you're coming from Petaluma, I'd go to Larkspur and take the ferry boat in. I'm not sure if there is a ferry from there to Pier 39 or not, but if not you can go to the Ferry Building and walk most anyplace from there. It's less than a mile down to Pier 39.
msmith1199 03/11/17 02:35pm Roads and Routes
The PCH between Monterey and Morro Bay!

If you want to take the PCH between Monterey and Morro Bay, you can't! A bridge is down in Big Sur and you can't get there from here. It could take up to a year to replace the bridge and they have not stated yet if it's possible to do a by-pass or even use a temporary bridge. But it's safe to say it's closed for at least a few months, and possibly a year. The bridge being down has cut Big Sur in half with most of the businesses south of the bridge and most of the homes north of the bridge. I was just playing around with Google maps and to get a car from the north side of the bridge to the south side of the bridge, would require a 250 mile drive!
msmith1199 03/10/17 09:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: Drivers license requirements

I think it's the other way around. 12804.10 starts with "Notwithstanding any provision of law" before it says you can drive ANY motorhome under 40' without the class B. Notwithstanding means the same as "in spite of." So what 12804.10 is saying is basically in spite of any other law to the contrary, such as the weight limit law, a person can drive any motorhome under 40 feet without a Class B.
msmith1199 03/10/17 06:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Drivers license requirements

msmith I agree with your interpretation but, that dang but, when I researched with the CHP they hit me with the start of 12804.1, "Notwithstanding any other provision of law". They refered me back to 12804.9 which has the 26,000 lbs. and under requirement. Their stance was you had to meet all levels of 12804.9 not just one. They interpreted you had to check off each item to be legal with each license classification hence the "Notwithstanding any other provision of law". Meeting the under 40' was good but still had to meet the weight, not one or the other. They were wrong. Go to 12804.10. It clearly states you can drive ANY motorhome under 40 feet with a Class C. This is a little used area of law and many cops may not be familiar with it. CHP should be, but even they can't know every law.
msmith1199 03/10/17 11:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Drivers license requirements

Whenever I try and post the text of the actual law it won't let me for some reason. There is some issue with copying the text here for some reason.
msmith1199 03/09/17 07:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Drivers license requirements

I was quoting from section 12804.9 which is a little murky. If I had just read the very next section, 12804.10 I would have seen it is very clear and in California you can drive ANY motorhome under 40 feet in length was a Class C.
msmith1199 03/09/17 07:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do any Class A motorhomes have mirror-wall closets?

My motorhome has an almost full length closet in the back with mirrored doors. There is a cabinet at one corner that prevents it from going all the way across the back.
msmith1199 03/08/17 03:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Even a pardon won't allow you to cross anymore.

I don't know how Pardon's work in Canada, but in the US if you have been pardoned by a Governor or the President, and you get asked by a government official if you have a criminal record, (in most cases) you are legally allowed to say, "No, I do not." I say most cases because there are exceptions like when applying for law enforcement jobs and trying to get a government security clearance. Even if you have been pardoned you have to reveal it. Now if you are a Canadian who has been pardoned of some offense, you may wish to check with a lawyer first because I'm not one, but you may legally be able to cross the border and tell them "No" if asked if you have a criminal conviction.
msmith1199 03/08/17 11:34am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Garage for Class A

I'll just ad my obligatory statement of what happened to me when I had a super garage built for my MH. Something you need to keep in mind so it doesn't happen to you. We measured the MH to the top of the ac unit. Measured and checked it twice and added for insurance. AND then told the contractor how tall of a door we needed. Only thing was no one checked with the contractor of the building. Foundation was built up and they added a concrete pad to the entrance. That small slope of the concrete pad leading to the garage was just enough to NOT allow my MH under the door on the approach. :( If you entry is completely flat your ok but if there is going to be any type of incline you have to account for that and make allowances when ordering the height of your door. Mr. Rock, What did you do to fix it?MM. Sadly nothing could be done. The math to extend the concrete pad leading to the barn to make it accessible for the MH to level out was not doable. I'm still curious about this too. I saw your photo but looks like it's been removed. What would the cost have been in removing the current door and selling it, or trading it in on a taller door, and the redoing the opening height? I realize that would be a lot of work, but wouldn't a taller door solve you problem?
msmith1199 03/08/17 11:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dish or Directv - Best satellite to purchase

We have only had Direct and up until their being bought out by ATT I would have said I liked Direct better. I was going to put in a comment about DirecTv and ATT now offering SAT TV over the internet - No dish required... Haven't really heard anything bad about this yet but maybe there is a hitch other than lots of data required to watch SAT TV over the internet... This idea kinda appeals to me to be able to do this... We dropped SAT TV when the National Broadcast folks came out with the Digital OTA TV in 2009 I think it was... being doing the local HDTV signals from the local towns using the BATWING antenna ever since then... When we had Directv we could only get standard mode broadcast quality from them but it was neat to bring along a portable dish setup and a SAT RCVR from the home account and watch DirecTV SAT TV all over everywhere we was at...... Roy Ken This is probably fine on the East coast, but come out West and some of our best camping places are in the mountains and in other locations where you aren't going to get an over the air signal. That is unless you speak Spanish. For some reason you can always find a Spanish language station over the air no matter where you are. So if you want TV out here, you pretty much need Satellite.
msmith1199 03/07/17 06:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New guest, first post

If you want to have some fights on the radio talk about having aux brakes or not on a towed vehicle! That always starts some lively discussion. The only subject more lively would be whether to carry a gun or not in the motorhome! :)
msmith1199 03/07/17 12:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Garage for Class A

Obviously if you have the money and the room you should build a garage big enough to store a 747 just in case you ever buy one. If money is an object the consider things like do you really need a 22 foot wide garage? Do you really need to open your slides while it's in storage? Your profile says you live in Florida. How hard is it to pull the RV out to work on it and open slides? Is it so hard that it will make the thousands upon thousands of dollars in extra expense worth it? I currently keep my RV in an indoor storage unit. I think my unit is 14 foot wide by 42 feet long. I back the RV in and put it right up against one wall because I have a bunch of personal items in boxes store against the other wall and I store stuff behind the RV too. So I do have room on side to walk up and down between the boxes and RV and I can't walk around the other side. So if I need to open the slides I just start the RV and pull it out. Sure it would be nice to have all that extra space, but for me it wouldn't really be worth the money unless I needed all that extra space for other storage. If I were building a building that was only intended for RV storage, I'd personally make it big enough to fit the RV with enough room on the sides so I can get to things like the battery compartment and the tires in case they go flat in storage, but other than that I don't think I'd waste the money just to have space to work on it and open slides. I'll just pull it out in the driveway to do that.
msmith1199 03/05/17 12:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Drivers license requirements

For questions like this I don't understand why folks don't just go to the correct agency and ask. As we can see with all these answers.... everyone has different interpretations. The correct answer is here, you just have to sort through and figure it out. It's like a puzzle.
msmith1199 03/04/17 03:52pm Class A Motorhomes
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