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Minneapolis RV Storage

We are moving to Chaska, MN (a southwest suburb of Minneapolis). Does anybody have any recommendations for RV storage around there? I'm not finding much on the internet. Thanks!
paullac 08/21/15 01:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Insurance & Teen Driver?

It's a "she" but same thing. I would be happy to sign an affidavit or whatever that she won't drive & that I wouldn't be covered if she did. Yes, it's just another vehicle for our household. But it's not exactly a daily driver sitting in the garage. I guess I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. Maybe it's just me (I tend to be cautious) but I can't imagine too many people let their 16 year olds drive their class C's.
paullac 07/18/15 06:51pm Class C Motorhomes
Insurance & Teen Driver?

Kind of an off the wall question but here goes… I am literally writing the check right now for insurance on our class C. Our oldest will soon turn 16 & be driving. I know that our car insurance rates will increase. But should I expect that on the motorhome too? State Farm has all our insurance including the car & motorhome. There's no way our 16 year old will ever drive our 32 ft class C so I don't think it should increase - but State Farm may feel differently. Thanks!
paullac 07/18/15 06:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Rental Class C. How many of us out there? (Long)

I just bought a 2013 Fleetwood Jamboree Searcher 25k from Conejo RV in Thousand Oaks, California and drove it back to Arkansas. Super happy with it so far. It was high miles (75k), but I don't care about that as we tend to put very low miles on our rigs and the 6.8 V-10 is good for many many miles. Hard to tell it from new. They put a new mattress in it for me, and every other seat and cushion in the rig looks new. Didn't get a lot of warranty (45 days / 1000 miles) but I used just about everything in it on the drive home and all was well. I'm pretty handy, been keeping my old 2001 Class C going for years with various fixes so I'm not too concerned about anything going out on this one. It's surprisingly well equipped for a rental. Power and Heated rear view windows, color back up camera, etc. Nice sized slide out too, so it's a great upgrade from what we had. Enjoy! Thinking that 1000 mile warranty got used up pretty quick - i.e., in like day 2 - somewhere between So Cal & Arkansas!
paullac 07/15/15 07:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Rental Class C. How many of us out there? (Long)

We have owned our prior rental (Thor Freedom Elite 31 R) for two years and now have it up for sale. Although it is our 2nd camper, my husband is active duty Air Force and it is just a pain to own one while moving so much. We will wait to buy our next after he has retired. We thought we were going to be at this current location for 4 years but now that has changed to two meaning we move again next spring. Ours is on the huge CW Chattanooga, TN lot if anyone knows anyone who might like to help us out and buy ours. It is currently "advertised" at $58K but can be had for just over $45K. It's in great condition and has 50,000 miles on it. It also comes with the chalks, leveling blocks, tire covers, and spare tire. http://www.campingworldofchattanooga.com/class-c/2012/thor-freedom-elite/427052 I'm guessing you're doing a consignment sale. It's a little off topic, but if you don't mind, could you write few lines about how that works? Always been curious. Thanks!
paullac 07/15/15 07:59pm Class C Motorhomes
Are 50 amp to 30 amp plug converters reliable?

We have a 30 amp rig. Campground assigned us a 50 amp only site and we arrived at midnight so we just stayed put on batteries (I asked for 30 amp but I guess it didn't register). I have a 50 amp to 30 amp plug converter that I bought for just this kind of thing. But this was night 1 of a 2 week trip to Yellowstone, didn't know how reliable the plug converters were, so didn't use it. Basically with the trip ahead I didn't want any risk of frying our electrical system. I do have the Progressive Ind good surge protector so that might have helped. But what's the general consensus on how dependable plug converters are?
paullac 06/27/15 06:00am Class C Motorhomes
RE: TPMS gauge which ones are good

mandmlikerving - I just looked at the EEZRV system & the TST system on Amazon. I know you said they are a knock off to your system. But many parts look 100% identical in the pictures (the sensors for example). Does the same company actually make both systems under two different brand names?
paullac 06/26/15 02:05pm Class C Motorhomes
TPMS / TST507 Questions

I just picked up & installed a TST 507 TPMS. For others that have that system, I have a couple questions: - How much do the tire pressure readings move around? It seems like they generally change from one reading to the next reading in the cycle. It's generally about 1 lb at a time. But it could vary as much as 2 to 3 (or maybe even 4) lbs over the course of an hour. It seems like it adjusts with the outside temperature & tire temperature. - Also, does it seem like the tire pressure readings are right on, a little high, or a little low? In my case, I have an old fashioned tire gauge & cheapie air compressor that both show readings that are maybe 3 - 5 lbs higher than the TST readings. Thanks!
paullac 06/26/15 01:52pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: CAMPING WORLD EXPERIENCE

They have 2 problems with Camping World. The first is that there isn't one in Cincinnati, where I live. The second is that I buy entirely too much stuff when I visit a CW while on the road, usually while muttering "I didn't know that even existed". I do the same thing at Cabelas when I'm near one, and I don't hunt or fish. Jim - This might be bad news since you spend a lot at CW but they are in Cincinnati now. CW bought out Tom Raper. So the Raper up on Route 4 in Fairfield is now a CW. I know that's a haul from Amelia but a lot closer than Indy. I just got my second CW mailer today actually. I'm in Loveland by the way. Personally, I favor Holman then Colerain closely behind.
paullac 06/25/15 08:04pm Class C Motorhomes
KOA Availability Along I-80

We will be driving from southern Ohio to Grand Teton and Yellowstone this summer. We will be on I-80 Friday June 26 through Monday June 29 and then Thursday July 9 through Saturday July 11 (Basically the weekends before and after July 4th). We have a general idea of where we will overnight but we're not 100% certain. For anyone who has driven that route, are KOA's generally available to book mid day for that night? We want to have the flexibility to drive longer / shorter but don't want to risk a campground not being available either. We will be in a class C so could overnight in a Walmart but would prefer electric in case it is hot and humid. Thanks!
paullac 06/15/15 11:26am Roads and Routes
RE: Valve Stem / TPMS 101 Questions

I like TireTrakers which saved a friend from a serious problem. See details in this post: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/27901642.cfm Yes, just unscrew the silver "fill-through" caps that TireMan provides and screw the TPMS units on. Here is a picture showing the TireMan extenders, the two TireTraker sender units, and the TireTraker display: http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e238/deeprider5/RV/20150602_182804_HDR_TireTraker_zpsare8i5l5.jpg The labels mean left inside and left outside, to avoid getting them mixed up. WesternHorizon - OP here. I wanted to comment on your picture. I received my Tire Man kit over the weekend, was reading the instructions, & it says to put the black rubber grommet (not sure the actual term) on the wheel itself. I noticed yours is on the hubcap instead (down in the lower right of the picture). Just an FYI.
paullac 06/08/15 09:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Valve Stem / TPMS 101 Questions

OP here with an update. I ordered and received the Tire Man valve stems. I have an appt to get them installed this weekend. Hoping now that the tire shop knows HOW (correctly) to install them. The instructions are pretty detailed. And the guy who I talked to at Tire Man said make sure they do this, and this, etc. I now need to pick up a TPMS to put on once the new valve stems are on.
paullac 06/08/15 08:22am Class C Motorhomes
Grand Teton & Yellowstone Questions

Can anyone help on some Grand Teton & Yellowstone questions. We are leaving for there later this month. Just have some logistics questions. 1) Route: Is the better route from Cincinnati, OH to Grand Teton I-80 or I-90? Internet programs favor I-80 as it's a shorter. I wasn't sure if one road is more RV friendly (less mountains). We have a 32 ft class C. We don't have a toad but are planning to pickup a rental car closer to the park (see below). Unfortunately, we don't have time for other stops or sidetrips. 2) Rental car: Assuming I'm coming from the south, is Jackson the best place to pick a rental car up? Does anyone know if I could get a class C close enough to the Jackson rental car area? Is there a better alternative? 3) Bikes: Are bikes beneficial / needed on this trip? We will have the rental car so can use that to get around. We are staying at Colter Bay & Fishing Bridge. We're not big bicyclists. We just want to see the sights. 4) Verizon coverage at Fishing Bridge: Does anyone have recent experience on how good it is, if at all? I keep reading on the internet that there was a plan in place to improve it in the last year or two. I'm not sure if that's happened yet though. Thanks!
paullac 06/06/15 02:27pm Roads and Routes
RE: Valve Stem / TPMS 101 Questions

Thanks for the replies. I called a local commercial truck tire dealer & he wasn't that familiar with what I was trying to do. I think he's more semi focused than class C motorhomes. I am probably going to go the Tire-Man route (kit 5-6-F which is $167 shipped). Then go to Tire Discounters to have them installed ($24.95 per wheel). Follow up question: Assuming I still add the TPMS, can I myself simply screw those onto the Tire-Man valves? Or is there something else needed? Thanks!
paullac 06/02/15 03:17pm Class C Motorhomes
Valve Stem / TPMS 101 Questions

I've had past problems with leaking valve extenders. Basically a trip interruption each of the last 2 years now. We are taking a 2 + week trip this year so want to try to minimize the risks as much as possible. Here's what I want to do. Am I missing anything? - Replace the existing valve stem / aftermarket extender combination with an all in one system like Tire Man or Dually Valves. I figure going to an all in one system will take away at least some chance for leaks. Plus, I believe I need an all metal system for TPMS. That said, does anybody have contact info for Tire Man as I can't get their website to open? - Possibly add a TPMS system as well. TST507 seems pretty well liked on RV forums. There's also the one below on Amazon that is rated a little higher & is a little cheaper as well. http://www.amazon.com/Flow-Through-Sensor-Pressure-Monitoring-System/dp/B005JREMLM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1433251021&sr=8-3&keywords=rv+tpms Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions before I go down this road? Thanks!
paullac 06/02/15 07:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Rental Class C. How many of us out there? (Long)

Let me start with the first word that comes to mind >> HELP !! My wife and I are about to start our first venture into the RV world and calling me a novice would be a compliment. Calling my wife is not recommended. I have been looking for feedback on buying from a rental company as it was one of my considerations so this forum and these posts are excellent. Question: From the people that have purchased RV's what's the reduction you may expect from the price they quote? Any feedback would be helpful. We are looking for a 24' Class C with a rear/corner bed and have seen one at El-Monte in Orlando which looks pretty good. It's a 2008 Fleetwood JAMBOREE 25G I do not know if that's a good setup or one I should run away from. Any help will be much appreciated. Or any suggestions on other types of vehicle I should consider would be very helpful. Thanking you in anticipation. We can'y wait to get on the road and visit the many national parks. Steve & Lorena Disclaimer: I didn't buy an ex-rental nor do I have a corner bed model but I'll toss my 2 cents in regardless. I would suggest that you rent the specific model that you're interested in purchasing to test it (& the RV'ing lifestyle for that matter) out. I say that because it's not totally unusual to hear gripes about corner bed models from people who previously had them. There are 3 main issues that I recall seeing: difficult to make bed, feeling cramped while sleeping, & one person has to climb out over the other person. I'm sure somebody with a corner bed model will reply to my post that it's the best thing since sliced bread. But renting first will ensure it's OK (or not) for you too prior to spending $$$. Good luck in your search! Keep us posted.
paullac 05/19/15 08:17pm Class C Motorhomes
TPMS, Valve Stems, & Wheel Covers

Faulty leaking valve extenders on our Sunseeker have short circuited a trip each year now. So I'm planning to remove them altogether & replace with a TPMS. I'm leaning toward the TST 507 based upon what I've read on various RV forums (or one by Tire-Safeguard as it's ranked higher than the TST on Amazon). Two questions: - Can I, in fact, remove the valve extenders? I'd replace the valve stem with metal ones but it would just be the standard shorter length ones. I'd then install the TPMS directly on the valve stems. I'm thinking specifically about the inner wheels on the back. I know when I needed air on the inner wheels I'd have to contort my body some. I'm just trying to avoid another $150 for the Tire Man type longer metal valve stem / extenders. - Also, do the flow through sensors "fit" on the valve stems with the simulated wheel covers still installed? I had read somewhere that because the flow through sensors are bigger they interfere with the simulated wheel covers. Thanks in advance!
paullac 05/16/15 02:25pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Rental Class C. How many of us out there? (Long)

I keep getting updates to this thread so I must have posted to it somewhere along the way. Still going strong. Amazing. Sad / interesting story about rental class C's. The wife and I were driving through our town 2 weekends ago. We saw a Cruise America class C lined up to go into the self serve spray off car wash. We couldn't get there in time. He drove in (slowly) and we heard the crunch / pop as the AC shroud took a hit on the roof of the car wash bay. I've since wondered a few times what the damage ($$$) on that was and did the renter have to cover it or somebody's insurance. Was it just the shroud (probably not), some AC parts too (probably), maybe the adjacent roof area too (hopefully not). In any event, to people considering buying a rental class C, my recommendation would be to check the roof closely around the AC (the highest point) and the front of the cabover as I'm sure we didn't see the first time that ever happened.
paullac 05/16/15 12:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ford E450 - Inspect / Lubricate U Joints?

OP here with an update - I had the rig at the Ford dealer yesterday for the oil change. The service writer said they're supposed to inspect / lubricate but put a reminder note on the repair order to be safe. He acknowledged that the engineers have gone lifetime sealed so it depends on the specific vehicle. It didn't seem like he was a fan of the engineers for doing this. In any event, when I cashed out, the service writer said this to me: "The only grease fittings were on the tie rod ends, not driveline". This was for an E450 with a build date of 2/15/2012. In full disclosure, I have zero understanding of anything mechanical, so a lot of the responses to my original post & even what the service writer said is over my head. But I wanted to share this back with the group as an FYI in case it helps anyone else.
paullac 04/26/15 07:47am Class C Motorhomes
Ford E450 - Inspect / Lubricate U Joints?

I have a Class C on a Ford E450. I bought it new in late summer 2012. It has about 12 k miles on it. All the Ford owners manual really calls for at this age / mileage is oil changes. i've had them done every spring at the Ford dealer (so they run it through a multipoint inspection too). I noticed the owners manual also says to inspect / lubricate the U joints. I brought it up to the dealer last time & I didn't fully get his answer but it sounds like it wasn't recommended (I figure if it was needed they would have gladly charged me for it). Does anyone know more about this - does this need to be done or not? Thanks!
paullac 04/21/15 05:55am Class C Motorhomes
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