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RE: engine removal on a Gas Unit

A member just posted the replacement he and his wife did around Christmas....I suggest a manufacturers long block. As for time....any good shop should have it out within 8 to 12 hours....and 16 to put back in and button up I was going to say just this. If they would put two guys on it and let them work it should only take a couple of days. Assuming they are actively working, then the only delay should be in waiting for parts.
msmith1199 02/04/16 10:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Camping Weird er World...

Every dealer of every type of vehicle, RV, boat, house or anything else sells stuff like this. Most buyers don't want to pay sticker price. There is an expectation that you'll get a discount from sticker. So they all price them high knowing good and well people want to negotiate for something lower. There have been a few brands that went against this theory and the biggest one I know of is no longer around and that was Saturn. I did just read an article that said Costco is the second biggest car seller in the Country now. I've never bought from them but I guess you find the car you want and the price they give you is the price you pay, take it or leave it. On RV's another reason to have a jacked up MSRP is allow people to trade too. If you're upside down in your current RV and you want to trade it in for a new one and you're willing to pay MSRP for that new one, you just may be able to make it work. But what you are doing is just transferring that negative equity into that new motorhome.
msmith1199 02/04/16 09:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Moles in the lawn!

I had them and the only thing that worked was poison pellets. I tried the smoke bombs and flooding them out and that did not get rid of them. Got the poison pellets and made sure to stick them far enough down the hole so the dog couldn't get to them and the moles were gone in a day and it was several years before anymore showed up and I just repeated the process. Somebody mentioned above about the moles dying and the dog eating them, and I guess that's possible, but I think when the moles start feeling the effects of the poison and they head deep down into their holes and die. I never saw any dead ones laying around anyway.
msmith1199 02/03/16 10:19am Around the Campfire
RE: Rest Stop Shenanigans

What was the scam? Ditto. Could be a variety of things, but this was probably the same as the lottery scam. If the OP had walked down to the other truck, what he would have likely been shown is a paper ticket from a Casino indicating $180,000 balance or jackpot on it. (This is not how a Casino would pay that size jackpot anyway). The person holding the ticket would then make up some story as to why they could not go back to the casino to cash it. Sometimes they claim they are in the Country illegally or they may claim they owe a huge debt in Child Support or back taxes or give you some type of story as to why they need somebody else to go cash the check in. Once the story is told they ask you if you will go cash it in and in exchange you will be offered some percentage of the winnings since you'll have to pay taxes on the full amount as it will be in your name. Once you say sure, I'll go cash it for you, then they ask how they can trust you. And of course the only way they can trust you to go cash it in and bring the money back is if you put up some cash up front in good faith. They'll then get as much cash and property from you as possible and then off you'll go to cash in the ticket, only to find it's fake and when you get back to the rest stop they are long gone.
msmith1199 02/03/16 10:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you have trouble with slides

If you do get a motorhome with slides, one thing you need to do is learn how to manually retract them and make sure you have the proper tools on board to do so. Also make sure you have things like the proper shear pins as well as things like a center punch to get a broken shear pin out. I have only had one significant problem with a slide and that was when my bedroom slide sheared off the shear pin while is was open and I was boon docking. I had never even looked at the manual closing procedure before so I had to get the manual out and look it up. Luckily I had all the tools I needed to get it fixed, with the exception of the shear pin. But I had a nail that acted as a temp fix.
msmith1199 02/01/16 01:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you have trouble with slides

I have a three slide motorhome. The switch on my kitchen slide broke a while ago and I didn't even fix it for about 9 months because I found I really didn't need the space it provided. Now that I have the switch fixed, most of the time I don't even open the kitchen slide. Yeah the space is nice, but I could live without it. But I do only use my motorhome for weekends and a week or two at a time. If I was doing longer stays then I'd want four slides.
msmith1199 02/01/16 10:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Grapevine/Tehachapi

Thanks everyone..we are playing it safe and sitting it out for a few days! In that case, since you are heading to Indian Wells, you couldn't pay me to take the Grapevine when 395 is available. I even take 395 when I'm going to Disneyland just to go around Los Angeles traffic.
msmith1199 01/31/16 03:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Mark Zuckerberg just became the 4th richest in USA !

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1583/24652114216_c1488cffdb_o.png width=400 Almost $7 Billion in one day ! I own Facebook stock. He can make 7 billion today and lose 9 billion tomorrow.
msmith1199 01/30/16 06:55pm Around the Campfire
RE: CCW Conumdrum

It would take Congress to make such a law and they have not yet for CCW's. But I have a permit that is valid in all 50 states thanks to Congress. But you just can't apply for it, you have to work for it. I understand and certainly appreciate your time as a police officer but I wonder why Congress has not bestowed that same privilege on ex-military. In addition to being a retired cop I'm also ex-military. And my job in the military actually required me to carry a gun at times as I was a loadmaster on a cargo plane. So the military made me go out once a year and shoot 18 rounds through a 2 inch revolver. So my military firearms training consisted of shooting 50 .22 caliber rounds through a modified M-16 in Basic training, and once a year shooting 18 rounds through a revolver. So for the six years I was in the Air Force I shot 158 rounds of ammo. When I was a cop we would shoot every 3 months and would shoot that many rounds at one session. Now I realize a lot of different jobs in the military required a lot more firearms training, but there were also jobs that required less. So I doubt you'll see anything like a nationwide ccw for military like cops get.
msmith1199 01/12/16 08:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: CCW Conumdrum

Los Angeles County Sherrif refuses to issue permits, even after a court order to do so. I have it on good authority all of 341 total permits have been issued. It is then logical to assume that only the celebrities and the politically well-connected can get a permit. On the other hand, San Diego County may be issueing a permit in the near future do the a lawsuit, now being appealed. More than one state has decided to null their reciprocity. I think Virginia just did. If I can be licensed to drive a motor vehicle in any one state but then drive in all 50 states, why can't a CCW permit be just as valid? What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness. GEORGE BERNARD SHAW It would take Congress to make such a law and they have not yet for CCW's. But I have a permit that is valid in all 50 states thanks to Congress. But you just can't apply for it, you have to work for it.
msmith1199 01/12/16 03:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: California coast

If you've never taken 1, I'd take 1. Much more scenic of a drive. Just check weather and road conditions. I probably would not take it in the rain or a storm in a motorhome as it is prone to being closed by mudslides.
msmith1199 01/11/16 08:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: CCW Conumdrum

Are you sure. I live in Los Angeles where it is impossible to get a CCW. There are rumors that movie stars and politicians have received CCW but none have been issued to the general public in years. Same for Los Angeles County. I earned my Utah CCW last year and the class is still being taught regularly at the local range. But your Utah permit isn't valid in California.
msmith1199 01/11/16 08:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: CCW Conumdrum

If you aren't going back until 2017, then why does Idaho have to be your home state? Can't you make Utah your home state somehow? It is closer to Texas.
msmith1199 01/11/16 05:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Current Gas/Diesel Prices

Yeah......California really sticks it to us. When oil was over $100 a barrel, we were paying $4.50, When it drops to $30 a barrel, we're still at $3.00 a gallon. Somehow the gas refineries do a different math, but at least it's always in their favor. Their favorite thing to do when oil gets cheap is to allegedly close a refinery for repair and jack the rates through the roof. A week before Christmas they raised gas in SO Cal by .35 cents a gallon because of refinery issues.....how special and Merry Christmas! The worse part is that even though the fuel is cheap throughout the country, the local governments aren't collecting as much tax, especially here in California. They're now talking about another recession being caused by cheap oil....we just can't win. Not to defend the oil companies too much, but there is more to the price of gas than just the price of oil. Even if the oil was free, gas in California would likely still be close to two bucks a gallon. A lot of that is taxes but the rest is the cost to refine it and then the network to get it to the gas station. Going from 4.50 to 3 when oil goes from 100 to 30 actually seems pretty reasonable to me.
msmith1199 01/09/16 11:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Current Gas/Diesel Prices

Don't come to Calif. Gas is around $3.15 and diesel is about $2.35. Crude is down but our fuel just keeps getting more and more expensive. That must be So Cal because up here in the north you can get gas for about $2.30. Diesel is just a little bit more still.
msmith1199 01/09/16 12:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: At Pismo Coast Village

It's amazing that the weight of that tree didn't cut the 5th wheel in half. Gives a little credit to the structural durability. Hard to tell from the photo, but I wondered this too. I think the upper branches of the tree are on the other side of the trailer and may be helping to hold it up. Also sometimes when these trees fall like this because of the wet ground, they actually go over slowly. It's not like when you cut them off at the base with a chain saw and they free fall to the ground.
msmith1199 01/08/16 02:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: At Pismo Coast Village

So just what park did this happen in? Some where in SLO but where? Pismo Coast Village. It's the title of the thread.
msmith1199 01/08/16 02:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: At Pismo Coast Village

Okay guys, I said "it may be the RV Park's liability.." I'm a former insurance adjuster and know the rules.
msmith1199 01/07/16 05:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Preparing to spend next winter in California

The bad thing about the warmer winter areas in California is they can get expensive. But depending on where you are from, anyplace in California may seem warm to you in the winter. We start to freeze here when it gets down to 50. In the summers it's usually a lot cooler by the coast than it is inland. That reverses in the winter and it can be warmed by the coast than inland. The coast from Monterey up to Half Moon Bay would be a great place to spend all winter.
msmith1199 01/07/16 05:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: At Pismo Coast Village

I can't imagine an insurance company would even try and deny this one. Clearly covered, assuming they paid their premium and have comprehensive. But ultimately it may be the RV Park's liability insurance paying for the damage. It was their tree.
msmith1199 01/07/16 03:27pm Class A Motorhomes
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