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RE: Looking for a Class A with one slide

Can't directly answer your question, but I can add to the previous poster. I went the opposite direction from you. First motorhome was a Rexhall with one slide. Queen bed in the back with the head of the bed toward the rear of the motorhome. It was liveable, but the space between the bed and the wall was very tight and hard to move around in and make the bed. Next motorhome had three slides with the bedroom slide as you described blocking access to the back closet and cabinet. It really hasn't been that much of a problem. It's a short slide so it opens really easy and when open gives so much more room in the bedroom to move around and make up the bed. Yeah, I've climbed over the bed a few times to get to the closet but to me the extra space when open was worth the blocked access.
msmith1199 04/26/17 10:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thousand Trails

Thanks for all the info, it is helpful. The biggest problem is there are just so many variables it's hard to figure them all out. We plan on traveling all over the Country but most of my use will probably be in California. There are several "Encore" parks in California that I would really like to be able to use under the TT rules. South Lake Tahoe, Pacifica, and Santa Cruz just to name three. What would I have to do to get those RV parks included? I may even buy direct from TT if I could get those parks included. Edit: And Oceano! If I had those four parks on the 21 day stay rule I may full time and just travel between the four of them! And I'd pay good money for the membership even if I had to buy from TT.
msmith1199 04/26/17 10:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Thousand Trails

Thanks for the info. On those other parks like Outdoor World and Mid-America, when you have those included, do you get to use them free just like the TT parks?
msmith1199 04/26/17 09:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Follow up from Meemaw and Pop pop?

I have bought two motorhomes in my life and neither was from Camping World and I was not happy after either transaction. If you've bought a new car lately you know that the big auto dealers bend over backwards to make sure you're happy with the car and anything that may go wrong gets immediately fixed. Motorhome dealers seem to have an opposite position on that. Once they've got your money and you're out the door, then they'll fix (or not fix) any problems you have when they dam well please. Now it's been 13 years since I bought my last motorhome and I sure hope dealers have changed since then, because I'd never go back to a dealer who treated me like that.
msmith1199 04/26/17 09:34am Camping World RV Sales
RE: Follow up from Meemaw and Pop pop?

The problem with all these disputes like this is you really need to see the evidence for yourself to make a decision. I'm not defending Camping World as I had one item installed by them and was not happy at all with the way they did it, so I'll never go back. But even with me saying that you readers don't know if I'm just too picky or if there really was a problem. Anybody who has worked in any type of a Customer Service field knows good and well there are people out there who will not be happy with anything no matter what. And these people tend to be very unreasonable and once they get mad there is no getting them back. Not saying Meemaw and PopPop are like that, but you never know.
msmith1199 04/25/17 03:25pm Camping World RV Sales
RE: Do I need to change out my converter?

I just recently did some research on my inverter/converter and one of the things I found is that there is a setting to set it for wet cell, AGM, or a third type which I forget right now. Mine (like I'm sure yours does too) charges both the chassis and the house batteries. But there was no way to change the setting independently for the two battery banks. What that tells me is if I were to change to AGM batteries for the house, I'd also have to change the Chassis batteries to AGM. I understand what you are saying. I don't think my converter charges my chassis battery. It only charges the 2 12-volt batteries. When the engine is running, I have verified that the engine running does charge the chassis battery and the 2 12-volt batteries. When the generator is running, I think only the 2 12-volt batteries are being charged, not the chassis battery. In summary mine currently works as follows: Engine Running: Chassis-YES Coach batteries: YES Onshore Power: Chassis-NO Coach batteries: YES Generator power: Chassis-NO Coach batteries: YES You are probably correct. I just did a google search on the one you have and it looks to be a much different unit than the one I have. I think mine has a lot more features and does charge both battery banks.
msmith1199 04/25/17 01:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do I need to change out my converter?

I just recently did some research on my inverter/converter and one of the things I found is that there is a setting to set it for wet cell, AGM, or a third type which I forget right now. Mine (like I'm sure yours does too) charges both the chassis and the house batteries. But there was no way to change the setting independently for the two battery banks. What that tells me is if I were to change to AGM batteries for the house, I'd also have to change the Chassis batteries to AGM.
msmith1199 04/25/17 01:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thousand Trails

Howdy! We fulltime and several years ago we purchased a TT's Platimum membership on Craig's List for penny's on the dollar. 21 days in, park to park. Last year we upgraded our membership to Elite Connection to add more parks. If your going to use the membership as stated look for a resale. I just saw on the TT's e-mail site someone was selling their Elite membership. When buying one make sure you get their membership number and call TT's. They will give you all the information regarding the membership connected to the number over the phone. We get our monies worth out of our TT's membership along with RPI we get with it. "Happy Trails" Chiefneon What is the "TT's e-mail site?"
msmith1199 04/25/17 01:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Thousand Trails

So it sounds like as long as I can get a membership with a 120 day reservation window I'd probably do pretty good. I haven't seen any on the resale market that said they had the 210 day window. And on the zone pass, it costs $3000 a year if you want to cover all the zones for a year and our plan is to travel the entire country so the zone passes don't make sense right now.
msmith1199 04/24/17 03:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Thousand Trails

I am a TT member , and there are many different types of memberships with different rules depending on how old the membership is, I would recommend a resale. when you call about the membership on the resale site get the membership number and call TT , they will tell you about what is included with that number, and you can make numerous reservations , but in High periods the most parks are limited to 14 days. Some parks are nice and some not so nice . TT bought different chains of parks over the years and there is no standard over the system . If you buy and use the parks it is a good deal, if you don't use the parks it is a lot of money. My coast over a 5 year period runs about $9 a night. We camp 150 - 200 nights a year. hope this is helpful in making a decision. If you have a membership that allows for 21 day stays, can that be overridden by a park having a 14 day limit?
msmith1199 04/24/17 12:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Thousand Trails

So you don't get reservations, but you don't have much trouble finding spaces? That's a good sign. I probably won't do a lot of 21 day stays either, but I like the option. For example they have a park in Palm Springs and I can see spending some 21 day stays there in the winter.
msmith1199 04/23/17 10:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Thousand Trails

Been RVing for a long time but coming up on retirement (I'm already retired, but wife will retire at the end of the year) and looking to get out in the motorhome a lot more. Probably won't full time, but we'll go out for a few months at a time. So I started looking at Thousand Trails. I did a search and there are a few posts on here but not a lot. I read a really good article written by a couple on a RV blog that explained a lot. So I started looking for memberships on the resale market and prices are all over the place. I do have some specific questions. Different memberships have all kinds of different benefit levels. I'd like to get one with the 21 day stay and no break in between. How important is the "reservation window" option? I see it appears to vary from 90 days out to 210 days out. I know the zone pass they sell is limited to 60 days out so all the real membership owners can beat out the zone holders, but is there any real issue in getting reservations? I haven't seen any on line complaints about making reservations at the parks. Obviously I'd like to have the 210 day option, but I don't know if that would be a deal breaker or not over a 120 option. And isn't there a limit to the number of reservations you can make? For example, say I wanted to spend an entire winter in Florida, could I make five 21 day reservations at five different parks all 120 days or 210 days out? I think I saw where you may be limited to only two reservations at a time. So you could reserve two three week stays, but couldn't go loner until you are done with the first stay?? Is that correct? Let me see the response I get to this and I may have more questions.
msmith1199 04/23/17 07:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bay door locks

Did you check the flux capacitor? That's the limit of my electrical knowledge! Or on a real note, most every weird electrical problem I've ever successfully fixed without having to take to somebody who actually knew what they were doing, was a grounding issue. Wiggle the ground wires!
msmith1199 04/23/17 12:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stolen tow bars

The bolt and nut are good but a thief with a Makita impact gun will have it off just as quick as a standard pin. And a thief with a cut-off wheel on a battery powered angle grinder will have the locks off just as quick. I suspect most tow bar thefts are spur of the moment impulses on the part of the thief. If somebody shows up with intent, proper tools and a little planning nothing short of an armed guard will stop them. And how many of those thieves pulling these "spur of the moment" thefts are carrying around a battery powered angle grinder? Probably the same guys that pull up to your new diesel pickup with a battery powered reciprocating saw and steel your entire exhaust system while your in your hotel. $1,600 ca-ching!. Pretty easy to find a victim pickup parked in a spot where you can get the exhaust. Not so easy to find a motorhome just sitting around with a nice tow bar attached just waiting to be ground off with a grinding wheel. The point being, lock your stuff. Yeah if they have the right tools they'll get through your lock, but the vast majority of thieves don't carry the right tools for these types of thefts.
msmith1199 04/22/17 09:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stolen tow bars

The bolt and nut are good but a thief with a Makita impact gun will have it off just as quick as a standard pin. And a thief with a cut-off wheel on a battery powered angle grinder will have the locks off just as quick. I suspect most tow bar thefts are spur of the moment impulses on the part of the thief. If somebody shows up with intent, proper tools and a little planning nothing short of an armed guard will stop them. And how many of those thieves pulling these "spur of the moment" thefts are carrying around a battery powered angle grinder?
msmith1199 04/22/17 07:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rte 44 in North California

Per Google from Redding to Eureka on 299 is 147 miles! It doesn't look that far on a paper map.
msmith1199 04/22/17 05:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rte 44 in North California

299 between Redding and the coast is a good road, but as mentioned it in windy. It's been a while since I've been on it, and I've only done it in the car, but I recall looking at the map and thinking it looked like about a 90 minute drive. I don't recall exactly how long it ended up taking, but it was pushing five hours, but that was with a few stops to enjoy the scenery and the river.
msmith1199 04/22/17 05:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery Maintainer

I have the onboard inverter/charger to fully charge them.
msmith1199 04/22/17 05:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery Maintainer

I keep my two 6-volt AGM batteries charged and maintained with a battery tender. You can keep 2 12 volt batteries charged and maintained the same way; connect the batteries in tandem so that the battery's amp hours are added and the voltage stays 12 volts: a 12-volt charger will keep them "full." I have a 12 volt Battery Tender charger and it doesn't keep them full. That was the reason for the post. I would disconnect your neg cable and check to see what your parasitic amp draw is. Mine is about .4 amps if yours is over an amp you may have something left on. A 1.5 amp maintainer should maintain your 12v battery. Like I said in my first post just disconnect the neg cable on your chassis battery after it is fully charged, If it draws down in a week or so you may have a bad cell or sulfated battery. A good battery that is disconnected should last a month in between camping trips even in Ca. I notice you kept saying "battery" as in singular. The post is about "batteries" as in two 12 volt batteries connected together. I would agree that the 1.5 amp should keep one charged, but based on the research I've done, it isn't enough for two. The only question is what is enough for two? And the biggest problem with the one I have is it will stay in charge mode "red light on" for several days, and then it starts flashing an error code and I assume shuts down. So that is why I'm sure it just isn't big enough. I've never seen it with just the steady green light on which is what it is supposed to switch too when the battery is fully charged and is just being maintained.
msmith1199 04/20/17 12:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trying to decide the right size MH for full timer

I have a 35 dp and it works good for me. We haven't full timed in it yet, but are planning on doing some months long trips real soon. I think 35 will be big enough for us, but if I had it to do all over again I would have looked for something with bigger basement compartments. We have one good size pass through compartment, but I've seen shorter DP's like ours with much more room in the basement.
msmith1199 04/19/17 09:14pm Class A Motorhomes
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