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RE: LA to South Lake Tahoe towing a boat

I just love the answers from the Californians!:B No road is too windy or too steep and they are all so used to a complete straight drop off at the edge of the road! Heck they are born there and been doing it since they could first drive so none of it is scary to them! Echo Summit was a pucker upper for sure with a MH towing for me. :W:W Here is a complete video of driving 50 from Placerville to Tahoe. Including Echo Summit. 62 miles in 6 minutes "time lapse" photography!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyX7SZMrhs4 :B As mountain passes go, Highway 50 is the second easiest pass over the entire Sierra-Nevada Range. The only easier pass is I-80. Californians don't even consider 50 a challenge.
msmith1199 05/22/16 09:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: LA to South Lake Tahoe towing a boat

Don't go up there today! It's snowing heavy.
msmith1199 05/20/16 09:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Could 10 year tires really be safe?

The damage caused to the RV when the tire blows out will far exceed the cost of the tire. I just completed the trip from hell in the RV with failure of 8 year old tires that have been stored indoors looked great and were name brand. I will never go past 6 years again. Damaged caused to the RV by a tire blowing out is covered by your comprehensive insurance. It will only cost you the price of your deductible. So let's not worry about killing ourselves or someone else, insurance will cover it??? :h But if we do live through it the weeks and weeks lost while repairs are being done won't be a hassle either. No worries, it's covered. Read too much into things often?
msmith1199 05/20/16 08:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Could 10 year tires really be safe?

Trish, to honestly answer your question yes or no your tires need to be broken down off the rim. By breaking them down off the rim your tires can be inspected for inside sidewall damage. Inside sidewall damage is the cause of many blowouts. After your tire expert inspects your tires he or she can make a intelligent decision. I've run tires on my RV with 10 years 2 different times by using this method. Maybe when people make statements like this, THEY should do research and find out HOW MUCH a Tire company will charge to break down 6 or 8 tires just to inspect. Then reinstall and balance. That may make a big difference in the decision if they are spending hundreds of dollars just to inspect. Also, I doubt ANY Tire Company or expert would state that those 7 year or older tires are SAFE to reinstall and go down the road. They would not be stupid enough to incur the liability of stating those tires are still good. EVEN if they made you sign a liability waiver, the lawyers would still hang them out to dry if something bad happened. Doug You did read the original post here didn't you? The OP stated, "We have taken it to get new tires now twice at the local truck/tire center and while I'm sure they would have loved to sell us tires, they keep inspecting them and telling us that they look great." So the entire point of the question was a tire store telling them the tires are still good.
msmith1199 05/19/16 08:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Could 10 year tires really be safe?

The damage caused to the RV when the tire blows out will far exceed the cost of the tire. I just completed the trip from hell in the RV with failure of 8 year old tires that have been stored indoors looked great and were name brand. I will never go past 6 years again. Damaged caused to the RV by a tire blowing out is covered by your comprehensive insurance. It will only cost you the price of your deductible.
msmith1199 05/19/16 08:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Could 10 year tires really be safe?

If it were me, I'd replace the front tires and get some more use out of the rears.
msmith1199 05/18/16 09:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hot water heater

Why would you need to heat hot water? Sorry - couldn't resist. Beat me to it... must be one of those REALLY fancy coaches... LOL! No offense to the OP. Your water heaters don't heat hot water? I've never had one that doesn't, unless it's broke. Of course they start by heating cold water, but once the water is hot my water keeps it hot by continually heating the "hot water" to make it hotter. Sorry, couldn't resist pointing that out. 110*F water is not hot...that is the temp RV water heaters start reheating so water heater actually heats warm water into hot water Once it's hot heating is stopped until again warm My hot tub water isn't that hot and yet they don't call it a warm tub.
msmith1199 05/18/16 08:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hot water heater

Why would you need to heat hot water? Sorry - couldn't resist. Beat me to it... must be one of those REALLY fancy coaches... LOL! No offense to the OP. Your water heaters don't heat hot water? I've never had one that doesn't, unless it's broke. Of course they start by heating cold water, but once the water is hot my water keeps it hot by continually heating the "hot water" to make it hotter. Sorry, couldn't resist pointing that out.
msmith1199 05/17/16 11:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: National Park Camping

Just curious, but you say you like "rural camping" but your question is about camping at National Parks. Although there are some rural National Parks, most National Parks are fairly well developed tourist type destinations. They would still be considered rural I guess, but if you go camping in many of them (Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Etc.) you'll be camping with thousands of other people. If you really like rural camping (as in remote away from the crowds) then you should look at National Forest and BLM campgrounds. And in many places on BLM or National Forest land you don't even need to be in a campground. You can just camp anywhere.
msmith1199 05/11/16 01:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome parked in driveway

Let us look at this for real: The answer is simply to park any RV in the back yard...BEHIND the house. It is then out of the way....and accessible. Problem solved. Yep, I'm sure that every RV owner has access to, and room, in their back yard. ;) Let's see, the distance from the back of my house to the LAKE is 25 feet. Perhaps I can get the City to fill in the lake. :B Then, of course, there are setback requirements and many homes in developed neighborhoods do not have enough room on either side of the house to drive an RV to the back yard. Then store your RV at an RV storage facility. Part of the checklist for anybody buying an RV is to factor in a legal place to park it. Did you read the original post? It was parked legally and now the community wants to change the rules. There may not be an RV storage facility in the area since this was not an issue before. There are RV storage places available to the OP. Storage
msmith1199 05/09/16 10:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome parked in driveway

Let us look at this for real: The answer is simply to park any RV in the back yard...BEHIND the house. It is then out of the way....and accessible. Problem solved. Yep, I'm sure that every RV owner has access to, and room, in their back yard. ;) Let's see, the distance from the back of my house to the LAKE is 25 feet. Perhaps I can get the City to fill in the lake. :B Then, of course, there are setback requirements and many homes in developed neighborhoods do not have enough room on either side of the house to drive an RV to the back yard. Then store your RV at an RV storage facility. Part of the checklist for anybody buying an RV is to factor in a legal place to park it.
msmith1199 05/09/16 07:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome parked in driveway

But once you allow city to dictate what you can or can't do on your property, there is no end.. Can you find me one single incorporated City in California (and probably any city in the US) that doesn't have a big giant book of ordinances about what you can or can't do on your property? Every thing from RV's in the front yard, to broken down cars, to laundry lines, to trash, to weeds, to running business, to parking cars on the grass, and the list goes on and on. If you want fewer rules, then don't live in a City, but even in the Country there will be rules. They just aren't as strictly enforced as most cities.
msmith1199 05/08/16 06:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome parked in driveway

I'm Ok with RVs and roach coaches(food trucks) to NOT be allowed to park in the street NOR front driveways. I'm Ok with with RVs allowed to be parked in the backyard if backyard has 6 ft perimeter fence. This helps to keep the neighborhood more appealing/attractive/valuable. Be careful, I was called a bigot for saying this same thing.
msmith1199 05/08/16 06:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome parked in driveway

Msmith1199 Maybe your comment is not bigotry, but it is offensive! You're offensive for being offended.
msmith1199 05/07/16 10:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome parked in driveway

Wow! Some of the comments border on bigotry. Trailer parks, some people cannot afford to live large like some of us. I wondering what other people think of RVers when we are out traveling?. Oh geez, why don't you read what I wrote again. I said I don't want my residential neighborhood to look like a trailer park. That is not bigotry. If you want to live in a trailer park or that's all you can afford then I'm fine with that, live in a trailer park. But don't turn a residential neighborhood of regular houses into a trailer park by having RV's parking in half the driveways.
msmith1199 05/07/16 09:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome parked in driveway

You can see the difficulty in this simply by the last few comments. Kayteg thinks trailer parks are fine, people who don't like clutter are snobs, and then the hyperbole of 'nothing below Mercedes...' dons and I don't like the mess and think we're reasonable in doing so. So, for an HOA, the easiest solution is NO rvs, boats, trailers of any kind on the property. And in my view they have to do that because of the endless bickering about what is unsightly vs. "my property, my rights". Not just an HOA, we're talking city ordinance here. In our town it's no RV's in the front which is a pretty standard ordinance in many towns in California. A few towns don't allow RV's on your sideyard either, and I think that's going too far, but I don't live in one of those towns, and I wouldn't.
msmith1199 05/07/16 09:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome parked in driveway

Something wrong with trailer parks? Not if you live in one. But I live in a house and I'd rather not have to look at RV's up and down the street. I keep mine on the side yard.
msmith1199 05/07/16 12:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome parked in driveway

Hello All, This is my first time posting here and hopefully someone can help. My city is trying to pass an ordinance that will prohibit RV owners from parking their motorhomes, trailers, boats etc. in their own driveways. This is absolutely ridiculous. It is my property and i should be able to park my motorhome, boat, waverunner trailer as i see fit. Taking into consideration they are all working and used regularly. Does anybody have any legal information to stop this ordinance from passing? Thank you. I'm a motorhome owner and my city has the same ordinance and I support it. Trailers and RV's in the front of homes make the neighborhood look like a trailer park.
msmith1199 05/06/16 09:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone flat towing a Corvette?

I'd be willing to bet nobody makes base plates for it since I doubt there is a lot of interest in towing them. Not to mention are Vette tires usually only good for about 15k miles? May make more sense to get a car trailer?
msmith1199 05/02/16 06:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Does anyone read YELP?

The under 30 crowd (maybe even under 35 crowd by now) uses Yelp a lot. Us older people may not use it as much if at all. I actually signed up for a yelp account a couple of weeks ago just so I could write a review on a RV repair facility. I was doing some repairs to my roof and I went in to ask some questions and one of the guys spent about 30 minutes showing me what I needed to do to fix the problem myself. Even took me in the shop and showed me how they were fixing a similar problem on a trailer. I was so impressed that he would take the time to do that when I wasn't bringing the RV in for repairs, so I gave them a five star review.
msmith1199 04/30/16 09:43pm Around the Campfire
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