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RE: new air conditioner or repair 10 year old unit

I would replace it. I live just outside of Houston, and here we have one of the largest, and least expensive, RV parts houses in the country. PPL RV Parts. Bought a ducted 13,500 upper and lower unit from them last month for, after taxes, just under $600. I believe they ship anywhere in the country for a very reasonable rate. Installing a rooftop is remarkably easy, biggest job is getting old one to ground and new one to roof. I'm lucky there, we have a tractor with front-end loader that handles it quite easily. I have seen 2 men take a unit up ladders and didn't seem too bad. Hooking up is no challenge even for an amateur. I personally would not spend several hundred dollars with a A/C tech when I can get the whole package for around $600.
parkmanaa 03/16/17 11:23am Tech Issues
RE: Tires: 245/70R/19.5

i am into my 3rd set of 24570R19.5 LRF Michelins on my old 1997 Itasca. Couldn't be happier. Pay a little more but get a LOT more quality, IMHO.
parkmanaa 03/12/17 09:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 50 amp female to 30 amp male shore power cord question

Guess I am too self-centered. We use our Class A (50 amp) MH for guests, sometimes for up to a week. Would not want to try to explain each time how they need to manager the power. I'll get my nose out of it now......................
parkmanaa 10/04/16 12:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 50 amp female to 30 amp male shore power cord question

Is it not possible to run a second 120v line (different phase), from your service panel to that 30 amp receptacle on your pole barn, then install a regular 50-amp receptacle? I predict you will not be happy in the long run "managing" 30 amps for a 50-amp MH. Also I predict you will get tired of changing that 30 amp breaker due to it becoming weak from frequent tripping. On contrare 30 amps is plenty much unless your living in it in summer while trying to run two roof AC units and other stuff to boot so no you don't need 50 unless(like I said) If you are so happy with 30-amp service to a 50-amp unit, why have 50 amps at all? Guess I am too 'do-it-myselfer'. Unless that pole barn is a long, long way from my service panel I would change it to 50-amp if I had to run new wiring and conduit.
parkmanaa 10/02/16 02:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 50 amp female to 30 amp male shore power cord question

Is it not possible to run a second 120v line (different phase), from your service panel to that 30 amp receptacle on your pole barn, then install a regular 50-amp receptacle? I predict you will not be happy in the long run "managing" 30 amps for a 50-amp MH. Also I predict you will get tired of changing that 30 amp breaker due to it becoming weak from frequent tripping.
parkmanaa 09/30/16 11:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone know the criteria for being included in GS directory?

westernrvparkowner, I need to find out your secret. I am a TEXASRVPARKOWNER (not GoodSam) and wonder if you would like to see the bill I will be paying next month to have my campground ad renewed in the massive Trailerlife directory? If you advertise in GS directory, the annual inspection and rating is free, but listing in the directory and/or listing on-line are chargeable items. I will say, we are perfectly happy with our listing, exposure and charges thru GS.
parkmanaa 07/29/16 03:13pm Good Sam Club
RE: Anyone know the criteria for being included in GS directory?

It's done through a paid advertising in their directories. Quite expensive, too. RV parks can advertise without being a member of Good Sam Parks.
parkmanaa 07/23/16 12:08pm Good Sam Club
RE: Lucky With A Tire

This is the results of tubeless inner-liner failure. The failure normally is caused by a hard shock to that area; debris left on the road, etc. The hard shock causes the tubeless liner to split slightly and the inner air pressure leaks out thru the other layers of rubber but doesn't get thru the outer sidewall layer. This situation normally progresses very slowly, and is another good reason to check tires before and during each trip. The bubble starts very small, gets larder and larger, and will eventually pop, exposing carcass ply(ies).
parkmanaa 07/16/16 11:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: LT 285/75R16 Michelin LTX Tires on stock GM Rims

Michelin's recommendation is for min. 7.5 in wheel. You will not be happy if you find someone who will mount that 285 m/m width tire on a 6.5 in stock wheel. Tire will not flex properly with the beads pinched closer than the designed width. Also, that 6.5 in. wheel may not be rated to carrier a heavier load.
parkmanaa 07/07/16 03:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Layout of campgrounds

The biggest difference between a private park and a Govt. park be it Corps of Engineers, or just a park built by a state, is one is privately financed, the others are Govt. subsidized. One must make a profit or close it's doors, the others can lose money forever and still remain open. Cost of building a nice park is extremely high. A few years ago The National Assn. of Campground Owners came out with a cost figure of $14,000 per site to construct, AFTER you buy your land. That means a 100 site park costs $1.4 million dollars to build plus cost of the land, which is also expensive if located in a good location with high traffic count. It's a matter of Govt. supplying or private industry supplying the park.
parkmanaa 07/04/16 11:50am Beginning RVing
RE: What tires should I go with next?

If you have room, check out the Michelin 22570R19.5 XRV tire. It is a standard highway tread and designed for normal RV use. I have have them on my small class A MH and love them. In fact, this is the second set, replaced the first when they were 10 years old; still looked good.
parkmanaa 06/07/16 06:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Good Sam Campground Ratings

What GoodSam is saying: A RV park can advertise in the GoodSam travel/campgrounds and RV parks directory and not be part of the GoodSam Parks network. The inspection team comes around each year, checking all GoodSam, as well as non GoodSam parks. If the non-GoodSam park has paid for an ad, they will be listed and rated in the GoodSam Directory along with the regular GoodSam parks. Only difference is they do not give GoodSam discounts.
parkmanaa 05/26/16 11:33am Good Sam Club
RE: Tires were made in 2010...do I buy new?

IMOP, get them checked by a qualified TRUCK TIRE dealer service person. Michein's official recommendation: After 5 years have the tires checked annually by a qualified tire technician, and after 10 years replace regardless of how good they appear". Take the advice of the manufacturer and a good truck tire service person, not all the opinionated responses you find on this forum. "40 years in the tire industry; seen it all, and done most of it"
parkmanaa 05/09/16 12:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Excel/Peterson industries?

Does any of you know if Vaughn Peterson is still living? Just curious.
parkmanaa 05/09/16 12:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2017 Honda Ridgeline- First Review

I have a 2011 Ridgeline and really like it. Will probably buy a 2017 early next year. Don't know what I would do if I bought a pickup that didn't have the storage compartment under the bed. Have only seen photos of the 2017, but sure do like the looks of it.
parkmanaa 05/09/16 12:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: High Mileage Guarantee Tires? A Game?

I'll make ONE statement, based on using Michelins since they first came into the USA: "Other brands of tires MAY give you the mileage and dependability you are looking for, but to BE SURE, go with the Michelins"
parkmanaa 05/09/16 12:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Buying a van that has been sitting for years?

Late last year I bought a 1997 class A Winnebago. Had known the original owner since he bought it new in 1997. But, due to his health, this unit had been sitting 5 1/2 years, with tires on asphalt. It has performed flawlessly since I bought it and did the following: Had the diesel engine checked by a diesel mechanic. Changed ALL fluids; RV and Onan. While changing transmission fluids, had a reputable shop check the transmission. Changed serpentine belt, but not hoses. Installed new Michelin tires. Other tires were 12+ year-old Michelins. Although this one-owner RV was 19 years old, and knowing his attitude toward maintenance, I figured it would be worth the time and money to revive it. It has performed to my expectations and more.
parkmanaa 04/09/16 09:47am Tech Issues
RE: Wheel capacity vs tire capacity

I can tell you for safety as well as legal you do not want to mount a tire that exceeds the weight capacity of your wheel. In the event of an accident, or if you sell the vehicle and someone else has an accident, if you have exceeded carrying capacity of any component of the vehicle, you could be liable for cost of any damages. Unless you feel present load range of your tires is insufficient, I personally would be very hesitant to mount a heavier LR, unless I was able to verify from the code on the wheel it would handle that heavier tire. 40 years in the tire industry; seen it all and done most of it.
parkmanaa 04/07/16 03:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Time for new tires on the 5ver

Just look at the local yellow pages "TIRES, truck", or something like that. Any truck tire dealer can handle your needs. I agree you can save quite a lot of money by ordering them and having them mounted yourself. I, personally, have had very good luck with simpletire.com.
parkmanaa 04/07/16 02:34pm Full-time RVing
RE: Area around PPL in Houston

You will be traveling up and down US59. From PPL to Sugarand you will see just about every restaurant you can imagine. Not knowing your taste preferences it's difficult to recommend a restaurant. My suggestion would key into Google "restaurants in Sugarland, Tx". It should provide a good selection. You can do the same thing for attractions, but if you haven't been there, the Johnson Space Center is not too far away. I think you have chosen one of the best dealers in the USA for RVs, whether you buy directly from PPL, or from their vast consignment lot. Good luck
parkmanaa 03/31/16 06:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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