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RE: Hydraulic lifts for small cars

Wreckers have the rear axle of the truck positioned all the way at the very rear of the bed. A wheel lift from a wrecker wouldn't work when positioned 10 feet behind the axle of a motorhome. Too much stress on the aft frame. The pivot point of the arm on a wrecker is in front of the rear axle too. That would help to not remove weight from the front axle, similar to how a 5th wheel distributes the weight.
msmith1199 08/23/16 08:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hydraulic lifts for small cars

I think a great lift for a motor home would be one that is used on a wrecker. You've all seen the lift slid out of the rear of the wrecker, drop down, pick up the front wheels of the car and retract back for towing. That would be the best tow dolly ever! Your dolly would weigh 4000 pounds! But it would be easy to load the car.
msmith1199 08/23/16 07:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need Help Choosing a Class A - Does This Model Exist?

Newmar Canyon Star 3925. Everything they're looking for except the outside kitchen, which I have to say I don't ever remember seeing on a MH. Really? Plenty of MH's with an outdoor kitchen. I see them on TT and 5th wheels all the time, I can't say I've ever noticed one on a MH. Then again, I haven't been looking for one either. You're correct, while there are a few it doesn't seem to be as popular of an option as it is on trailers. The ones I've seen the kitchen is normally in a drawer in the pass through storage compartment. That means you lose almost all of that storage compartment.
msmith1199 08/23/16 10:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Whoa, how much to wash my rig again...???

Here in north Atlanta I was quoted $1200 for just a wash on our 40 foot motor home. His business card also had pics of exotic European cars. I told him to go find a Lamborghini, your not going to touch my motor home. I'll fly to Atlanta and wash your motorhome for $1100! Saved you a hundred bucks and I get a paid for trip to Atlanta out of the deal.
msmith1199 08/23/16 10:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Whoa, how much to wash my rig again...???

I don't see a problem here. Do you think folks who wash RVs should not make $18.75/hour? The homeless begging at the corner average over $14/hour and they don't pay a dime in taxes or insurance or license fees and they collect all of the monies provided by other social programs. The homeless are likely making a better hourly wage than the majority of our youth but that's OK? I would be happy to pay 4 guys doing 4 hours of work $300 if they did the job I hired them for. I am sure you can do much better if you hire those guys that hang out at Home Depot. I don't think for just washing the RV, that they should be paid $18.75 an hour. Now, wash, wax, buff, perhaps. As far as the homeless averaging $14 an hour, that a symptom of the american people paying it, and supporting it. If people would quit giving money to panhandlers, they wouldn't be hopping in their Cadillacs at the end of the day. That's exactly why Im for a federal sales tax. If the hookers, drug dealers or panhandlers buy a soda, they will pay the same tax I do. But, I digress... Bottom line, back on topic, $550 is an incredibly outrageous price to pay to have your RV washed. Mike Bill got his math wrong. The figures were $18.75 an hour total. If their employer was paying all the proper taxes, license fees, and insurance, then he could not have afforded $8 an hour for his employees at $300 for half a day work for four people.
msmith1199 08/22/16 09:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Whoa, how much to wash my rig again...???

We get our 32' MH detailed - wash, wax, polish - for $300 in Southern California. They include the wheel simulators and for another $20 even do the toad. And it's good work - crew of 4 guys takes about half a day. The result usually lasts a whole year until we get back there. al Four guys a half day work for $300? If half day is four hours that is $18.75 and hour per person. I'm going to guess they're working for cash and not paying any taxes on that money, or insurance, or business license fees, etc. I don't see a problem here. Do you think folks who wash RVs should not make $18.75/hour? The homeless begging at the corner average over $14/hour and they don't pay a dime in taxes or insurance or license fees and they collect all of the monies provided by other social programs. The homeless are likely making a better hourly wage than the majority of our youth but that's OK? I would be happy to pay 4 guys doing 4 hours of work $300 if they did the job I hired them for. I am sure you can do much better if you hire those guys that hang out at Home Depot. You got all that out of what I wrote? Active imagination. But yes, I do think people running a business should be licensed and insured and pay workers comp insurance on their employees and social security like the rest of us. This company is not doing that at those rates. I have no idea where you got to homeless people out of this. On Edit: After reading my reply again, I think you are complaining that I thought $18.75 was too much? Did you read my post where I paid a guy $525 for two guy to wash and wax my motorhome and they did it in five hours? That's over $50 per hour each, and I even said I thought that was a fair price! You couldn't have missed it, it was right in with this one. At $525 the guy I hired is insured, licensed, and I assume is paying all his taxes.
msmith1199 08/22/16 09:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Whoa, how much to wash my rig again...???

For people who like to self wash here's a tip for how to dry it and not get spots too bad: Use a leaf blower. Or a shop vac in blower mode can work too.
msmith1199 08/22/16 05:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ownership rv resorts ... Are they all the same?

for that money you could buy two houses, one North, one South and own something that can go up in value. bumpy$75,000 a house isn't going to get you very much anywhere near a place someone would want to be. well one should check the prices in the flyover states. bumpy There is a reason it's cheap to live in some places.
msmith1199 08/22/16 05:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Whoa, how much to wash my rig again...???

We get our 32' MH detailed - wash, wax, polish - for $300 in Southern California. They include the wheel simulators and for another $20 even do the toad. And it's good work - crew of 4 guys takes about half a day. The result usually lasts a whole year until we get back there. al Four guys a half day work for $300? If half day is four hours that is $18.75 and hour per person. I'm going to guess they're working for cash and not paying any taxes on that money, or insurance, or business license fees, etc.
msmith1199 08/22/16 02:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Whoa, how much to wash my rig again...???

I just paid a guy $525 for my 35 foot motorhome. But that was a complete wash, then a oxidation remover then a hand wax (or a buffer wax). My RV is 12 years old and all I've ever done to it before was wash and spray on wax. It took two guys almost five full hours so I thought $525 was reasonable for that.
msmith1199 08/22/16 02:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need Help Choosing a Class A - Does This Model Exist?

That Canyon Star is huge, for a gas powered motorhome. Does that gas engine have enough power for that thing and a 4000 pound toad too?
msmith1199 08/22/16 10:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ownership rv resorts ... Are they all the same?

Also, when you only use the property for 5 months but you are paying $300/month in fees 12 months per years that's really $720/month for the time the property is used. But that's still a good rate for the property they are describing. I know a place in southern California where you can get a space across the street from the beach for $1800 a month. But there is no golf course, or club house, or pool, or anything other than a giant paved lot with hookups. Just all depends on where you want to be.
msmith1199 08/22/16 10:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: gun laws in New York

Talk about stoking the flames of paranoia ^ ^ wow Again your passing through and your not not acting a fool then no worries. I can tell you the police aren't out to just arrest everyone. They are there to protect and serve.... If by some chance there is an encounter, you your most useful skill you have TALK. Use the verbal skills Officers like to talk, officers like to know what's going on. But over all they just want to go home without an incident. And if an incident arises they like to handle it as civically as possible. Just relax and do as you always have. And I can tell you if you encounter one and your from out of town and don't know every law on the books for their city/ town/county they will be glad to help and help you get out of their town/ city/ county and state as fast as they can. And it's comments like this that always get these threads closed. I was simply telling people the truth about the law. Since I worked as a cop for almost 30 years I know the laws pretty well. Back before HR 218 there were cases of cops who traveled to other states and illegally carried their firearms and got into a lot of trouble. I seem to remember one officer in New York City many years ago who had his gun with him (I think he was from Florida) and he intervened in a robbery. He got prosecuted and was facing a year in jail based on New York's mandatory minimum sentencing laws. I don't recall whatever happened to him or if he was convicted or not. In California back during my patrol days, illegally carrying a loaded gun was a misdemeanor. And as other said the only gun arrests I ever made were generally bad guys who got my attention by being involved in criminal activity of some type. But there were times when I came across otherwise law abiding citizens who were illegally carrying guns. All of those cases were at traffic accidents where they were injured and the gun was either found by the paramedics, or I found it in the car. Luckily it was a minor crime back then so I never arrested anybody under those circumstances. But it can be a felony now depending on the circumstances and cops lose some of the discretion to give a warning when it comes to felonies. So, no I wasn't stoking paranoia, just telling people the laws.
msmith1199 08/21/16 05:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: gun laws in New York

Wow, I guess with all the traveling I do, I should be dead because I never carry. I don't even own. I just rent when I go to the range to shoot. As for bringing it to Lake George, just keep it locked in a lock box in your trailer. Out of sight, out of mind. Don't ask, don't tell. Was a cop for 30 years carried a gun every single day at work and never used it on anything other than a Pitbull. By your logic I should have just left the gun home all those years. If you were to take a survey of people who have had CCW permits for over 10 years, I bet you would have to go through 1000 people (maybe more) before you would find one that has ever had to use the gun. People who chose to carry guns for self defense aren't using them weekly. The vast majority never use them at all. But when that one in a thousand encounter happens, and you don't have a way to protect yourself, well you only have to get killed once to ruin your whole day.
msmith1199 08/21/16 05:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ownership rv resorts ... Are they all the same?

The Escapees' co-op parks operate completely differently. When you "buy in," you're not paying for a deeded lot, but a share in the corporation and are assigned a permanent lot. Thus, no property taxes, etc. You can "cash out" at any time without the hassle of trying to find a buyer - the corporation buys back your share. If there is another lot in the park that you like better than yours, you can put your name on a list for that lot when someone sells or "ages" out off the full-time lifestyle. We are not members of an Escapees co-op, but as Escapees Club members, we are eligible to stay in the co-op parks. Each park has it's own set-up and rules, but we are particularly fond of Jojoba Hills Escapees' Co-Op in Aguanga, CA (just east of Temecula). If we didn't have nine grandchildren on the Eastern seaboard, we would buy into that one in a heartbeat! Many people winter there and spend the summer traveling. There are a number of folks who leave their fifth wheels (or some original members have park models that were grandfathered in) on their lot and have a Lazy Days or other class C do to their traveling in. It's a great bunch of people there and we plan to spend our four week limit (as non-co-op members there every year as long as we are able. Rob You can bet you're paying the property taxes on that co-op. You may not being writing the check to the County, but you're paying them.
msmith1199 08/21/16 12:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need Help Choosing a Class A - Does This Model Exist?

I was about to say it doesn't exist, but then somebody posted a link at the Allegro 36AU and it does exist! The bunk beds can be easy to find as I've noticed quite a few floor plans that offer them as an option. They put them where a closet would otherwise be. I even saw one that was convertible from bunk beds to a closet by folding the beds up. What I didn't think you would find a lot of is the bath and a half. You normally only see that in longer units close to the 40 foot range. The reason for it is when they put a nice big bathroom right at the back of the coach. They include the half bath mainly because you can't get to the big back with the slides closed without crawling over the bed. I personally would not get one of those models simply because you lose a lot of square footage to bathrooms and that has to come from someplace else. But some people like their bathrooms, so that's why it is a popular floorplan.
msmith1199 08/21/16 12:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: gun laws in New York

One thing to make sure of too, like I mentioned above, is even though it may be legal to carry your firearm into another state while locked up per Federal law, that Federal law doesn't supersede State laws on the type of guns allowed. For example your AR-15 may be perfectly legal to carry around in most states, but cross the state line with it in some states and it's a felony. Same with high capacity magazines, and silencers. Here is one more thing to be paranoid about, some states have mandatory sentencing laws for illegal carry of a firearm. I think New York is one of those and I don't know all the others. So if you take your chances and carry into New York in violation of their laws, and get caught with that weapon you may find yourself doing six months in jail regardless of the circumstances. For example, what happens if you get in an accident and are injured and the weapon is found while the emergency workers are cleaning up the mess? What if your RV catches fire and it's located that way? What if a situation arises and you have to display or use it? Just something to keep in mind if you chose to ignore the laws.
msmith1199 08/21/16 11:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ownership rv resorts ... Are they all the same?

I am president of an ownership park and it is nothing like you describe. Our dues are $85/month which covers all maintenance of the property. We have a pool, spa, workout room, laundry, 14,000 foot clubhouse, tennis/pickleball courts, pool/billiard room, mail room, and also the fee includes trash. You are responsible for your water/sewer bill, electric bill and property taxes as you own the property Thank you for your feedback. Can you explain why this guy splits the fees? It's 135.00 per month x 12. With only 6 months to be useable. I know condo ( homes) owners in this state that don't pay fees that high. I'd rather pay it year round, versus only paying it during the useable months. Either way you're going to pay the same.
msmith1199 08/21/16 11:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ownership rv resorts ... Are they all the same?

from your description, and you still are considering it? bumpy My question was hopeful in getting feedback from people in other situations. Thus the question are they all the same? Not saying I'm buying in this particular situation, which I'm not. Although I don't own one, I have looked at them myself. And of course they are not all the same. With the exception that all are going to have some type of fees to be paid to maintain the place. Location is probably going to be the biggest factor in determining what those fees will be. You can probably find something in North Dakota without anywhere near those fees. Or you can find one in Palm Springs with quadruple those fees. Personally, if I was a full timer, I'd probably buy one. And that in mainly so I can have a place to call home that I know I can always come back to. And I'd probably get one of the more expensive ones in a nice area. For example I'd love to own on in Palm Springs and just spend the entire winter there, and then travel in the north for the summer. But the prices in Palm Springs are even out of my reach. I saw a nice place on Hilton Head Island. I don't recall the monthly costs, but the prices of the lots didn't seem that bad. That would be a nice place to call home. And the nice thing about there is there would be a good rental market year round, so you could probably cover a lot of your expenses renting it out when you're not there.
msmith1199 08/21/16 11:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: gun laws in New York

well heres the problem. All cops in all states have the ability to run plate numbers. Mine would show that I have a carry permit from Michigan. Would that give them the right to stop me a do a search. Is that probable cause? Are you sure??? Florida laws keep my carry permit status unobtainable except for a specific instance when it is required by law. In other words, any police running a standard license check will not find out about my carry permit. Michigan may be different but you should check with what their laws are about the confidentiality of carry permit holders. Are you sure?? The Canadian Border Patrol knew I had a Florida CCP when they ran my plates entering the Yukon from Alaska inside passage. When we were waiting in line, one officer came down the line getting plate numbers and the first question asked when we got to the head of the line was "do you have a concealed carry permit?" Why did he ask if he knew you had one? Could it be he just saw the Florida plates and figured you may have one?
msmith1199 08/21/16 09:39am Class A Motorhomes
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