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RE: How to Make the Leap

Based on what I've seen out there you can get a really nice used DP for $70k. But the real answer to your question is it all depends on what you want. I personally have a DP that I bought when I was about 44 I think it was. we have used it since then on mostly shorter trips within 500 miles from home. We did one long half-way across the country and back trip in two weeks. Looking back, I probably didn't need a DP. I probably would have been better off with a travel trailer. But I didn't have a need for and I didn't want a big pickup as a daily driver. So we got the DP. I'm retired now but the wife isn't so we still mostly use it for shorter trips.
msmith1199 01/28/15 12:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best way to haul a quad?

The Blue OX that 1gvols is talking about, looks more doable but it costs $2200 and you have to add two more attachment points to the motorhome. It's attaches at three points. You still have the issue of hanging weight on the back of the motorhome, but I'd be much more comfortable with that type of set up versus one that just goes to a single 2" received. Also size of motorhome would matter a lot in this decision. A 40 foot DP would be much more suited for this than a 32 foot gasser.
msmith1199 01/28/15 11:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best way to haul a quad?

Okay you made me look up Proline racks and I did. And in fact they do have an ATV rack that they claim holds 700 pounds and just fits in a regular old trailer hitch. So your hitch would have to be capable of at least a 700 pound tongue weight. I don't know, I still don't think I'd do it. Just seems like too much weight hanging back there. I don't think I'd have a problem hanging a smaller off road motorcycle off my existing hitch, but not something as big as a quad.
msmith1199 01/28/15 11:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Old Toad/New Experience

Just remember draboo, your vehicle is rear wheel drive. So that means you still need to know if you can tow it without disconnecting the drive shaft. Based on replies here a couple of people have said they have done it and didn't have a problem. I guess you have to decide for yourself if that's what you want to do. And the only reason I'd chose a dolly over four-down is for the ability to tow other vehicles. My main toad is my Dodge Dakota which I tow four down. But I now have a VW Jetta TDI and if I had a dolly it would be nice to take that along on some trips. Also, on something light like a Geo Tracker I would not buy aux brakes for it. I know people are going to say you have to have them, but I don't agree. If you're pulling it behind a small Class C maybe, but if it's behind a DP I wouldn't use aux brakes.
msmith1199 01/28/15 11:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: fuel

I get an average of about 8 mpg on most trips with the MH in the signature line. When diesel was $4 a gallon that was 50 cents a mile. So I could figure fuel costs by the one-way miles. Vegas is a 500 mile drive for me, so I know a round trip to Vegas would have been about $500. Now it's under $400!
msmith1199 01/27/15 08:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Old Toad/New Experience

The 2wd 92 Tracker is a rear wheel drive vehicle. So if it can be towed 4 down it can also be towed on a dolly. But I have to agree with others in that why use a dolly if you can tow four down? Also, just because it's a manual tranny doesn't mean it can be towed for long distances. Like already suggested check your owners manual. 4wd's are different than 2wd's because you can put the transfer case in neutral and the tranny in park and that keeps anything in the tranny from spinning. But with a 2wd if you put the tranny in neutral to tow, the drive shaft is still going to be spinning the stuff in the rear of the tranny. Apparently some tranny's can handle that and some can't. The fact that somebody did it and never had any problems would not be good enough for me. I'd want to know what the people who built the vehicle say about it.
msmith1199 01/27/15 08:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Odometer Problems

It's about due a service so I'll take it back to Freightliner for that and see if they can't figure it out for me. Maybe the guy I got last time just didn't know that much about motorhomes.
msmith1199 01/27/15 07:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trip to Yellowstone

Three months is a lot of time, you should be able to see a lot. I've never taken anything longer than a two week trip in my RV. Here's my limited advice for Yellowstone. I've only been there twice, once was in May and once was in August. In May we saw all kinds of wildlife. There was something to see around almost every corner. In August we saw almost no wildlife other than buffalo, and we didn't see as much of them. I'm speculating that as the weather got warmer the animals did not come out as much during the daylight hours. It also may have had something to do with more people being in the park in August and the animals shying away from the roads during that time of year.
msmith1199 01/27/15 04:44pm Roads and Routes
RE: Satalite question

The dish antenna must be directly connected to the receiver. If there is anything device between the two such as a RF splitter or AV switch matrix the set up probably will not work. The coax provides two way data. Pointing commands and such from the receiver and the down link TV signal and such from the antenna. You might get lucky with an A/B switch but I was never sucessful. I was going to say this same thing but then I deleted it because I never actually tried it. I do know that the instructions that come with the Winegard travelor do say the coax has to run straight from the dish to the receiver for the very same reasons you listed here. Sounds like you've tried it and the instructions are correct. This is different then the satellite wiring in my stick house. I have one HD dish with one coax that goes to a splitter in my attic. The spilitter then sends the signal to my main entertainment room and 4 bedrooms. The signal is crystal clear. You probably have the whole house receiver system then. My house also now only has one coax that comes from the dish like yours, but prior to the whole-house systems, you had to run a coax from the dish to each receiver. That's why the dishes had 4 to 6 connection points for coax. Now I never tried those old systems any other way, but I trusted the satellite people knew it wouldn't work good.
msmith1199 01/27/15 04:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Odometer Problems

You sell any vehicle with the wrong mileage legally as long as you didn't intentionally change the mileage and as long as it's disclosed to the buyer that the miles on the odometer are not correct. California DMV even has a form for this as I'm sure most DMV's do.
msmith1199 01/27/15 01:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Satalite question

The dish antenna must be directly connected to the receiver. If there is anything device between the two such as a RF splitter or AV switch matrix the set up probably will not work. The coax provides two way data. Pointing commands and such from the receiver and the down link TV signal and such from the antenna. You might get lucky with an A/B switch but I was never sucessful. I was going to say this same thing but then I deleted it because I never actually tried it. I do know that the instructions that come with the Winegard travelor do say the coax has to run straight from the dish to the receiver for the very same reasons you listed here. Sounds like you've tried it and the instructions are correct.
msmith1199 01/27/15 01:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Satalite question

As already mentioned, the coax comes from the dish and to the Sat box first, and then to your multi-switch. So if you plug your portable dish directly into the external coax hookup you have bypassed the receiver box and won't get a signal. You have to do what msturtz said, or run the coax from the portable dish directly to the receiver box.
msmith1199 01/27/15 10:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: what is reasonable profit for the dealer

Thank you all for the replies. I am doing my research, and this is part of it. My question stems from the fact that, after I did my research on a particular model, I made an offer, and was pretty much shown the door. No counter offer, no haggle, very much unlike any negotiating I had done for a car or truck. Since there is no "consumer reports" service available that I am aware of, I just wondered if there was some protocol that I violated in my negotiating. I know the dealer has to make some profit, but it's my money, and I'm kinda attached to it. I have found that with buying cars that if the dealer lets me walk out the door and doesn't call the next day wanting to do the deal, the price I offered was not enough for him to make enough money to do the deal. If they can make money they will do the deal. RV dealers will be the same way.
msmith1199 01/26/15 10:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Odometer Problems

I'll have to check the manual. The guy at Freightliner told me they would have to plug into the computer with some type of external device to read the miles. They didn't have the appropriate adapter in the shop at the time I was there to plug in. Next time I have to take it in I was going to check and see if they got the correct plug. But in the meantime I have a nice 10 year old motorhome with only about 3000 miles on the odometer!
msmith1199 01/26/15 03:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Odometer Problems

Mine did the same thing. Actually it has reset two different times now. I took it to Freightliner and they basically said it happens and there is nothing they can do about it. On mine they weren't even able to hook in to tell me what the real miles were. How were you able to read the ECM miles on yours?
msmith1199 01/26/15 03:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: All these questions on routing???

I recall very few people on here asking for directions. Most of the questions I see are people asking about the best route for an RV and what kinds of things are along those routes. Since I live a few miles from Yosemite I've answered a lot of questions about the best routes in and out depending on the time of year. Obviously nobody needs directions on how to get to Yosemite Valley, but people may want to know which would be the best road for a 40 foot motorhome in February to get to the valley. This very subject you guys are posting on is called Roads and Routes. That is why it is here. If you don't think people should be asking these questions, then why are you here reading them?
msmith1199 01/25/15 07:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: Best way to haul a quad?

There is a law Montana has that California doesn't. We can ride on Forest Service roads here unless specifically prohibited with a quad as long as you have the green sticker. A red sticker quad can only be ridden in certain areas. But you can't make a quad street legal here. Utah is very quad friendly. There are all kinds of places you can ride on the road there and you can pretty much drive all the way across Utah on quad using existing trails and roads.
msmith1199 01/25/15 03:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best way to haul a quad?

To directly answer your question, I don't think there is a safe way to haul a full size quad on an ATV carrier just attached to your existing hitch. I think a quad would be way too heavy to be safe on that type of mount. But as already mentioned there are ways to do it, but it would involve welding and probably a three point attachment to the motorhome to do it safely. Now other things to consider, I haul my quad in the bed of my Dakota toad. I don't know where you plan to camp, but I would think the vast majority of campgrounds usually prohibit the use of off road vehicles (such as quads) within the campground. There are many campgrounds that specifically do allow the use of quads and they are often adjacent to off road use areas.
msmith1199 01/25/15 11:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: All these questions on routing???

Just curious about all the requests for best routes etc, some even between towns in the same state. Having drove all over Europe while in the military there, and all over the U.S. while driving truck the only references I ever had was, a European Road Atlas, and U.S. Motor Carrier Atlas. Are we as a whole getting to the point that we must have others do more and more things for us by others instead of researching things our self? With all the electronic routing possibilities available to us i.e. Mapsgoole, GPS's, I-Phones, etc it'd seem that planning a route is as easy as a couple of clicks on the key pad. It's all about getting local knowledge. I'm also ex-military and a licensed pilot and I've had GPS's since they first came out. I can find my own way anyplace I want to go without help. However, last summer I took a cross-country trip and got on here because I had some specific questions about certain areas. For example I was going to need to go through Chicago on a weekday afternoon. I could see the routes to take on the map, but I wanted to know the routes the locals knew and I got that info and used it. Have you ever used your GPS in an area you are familiar with and notice that the route it picks for you is not the route you would take based on your knowledge of the area? That's why people ask questions on here.
msmith1199 01/25/15 11:38am Roads and Routes
RE: How wide is your driveway ?

My gate is 12 foot wide and my side yard is 20 feet wide. So I fit no problem, but I don't have a lot of clearance on either side of the mirrors going through the gate. I don't think I'd even want to try and back into a 11' wide parking area like you have there.
msmith1199 01/25/15 12:20am Class A Motorhomes
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