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Minneapolis - RV repair shop and Ford dealer recommendations

We just moved to Minneapolis from Cincinnati. We are in a SW suburb of MSP but will drive to the other side of town for good service. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good RV repair shop (dealer or independent)? Also, does anyone know if there is a Ford dealer in town who will do oil changes on the E450? Thanks!
paullac 05/09/16 08:25pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Advice on buying new class C

The Forester and the Sunseeker are sister products with little difference. The little difference steered us toward the Forester (one issue was the fiberglass roof). . I would consider the fiberglass roof to be a "BIG" difference. bumpy Both the sunseeker and forester have fiberglass roofs. Another thumbs up for forest river. We have a sunseeker. All new ones have some issues but forest river was very good to work with when problems arose.
paullac 05/09/16 08:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Rental Class C. How many of us out there? (Long)

Regarding the awning - We had two pop ups and now a class c with a power awning (so that's all we really know). Power is kind of nice as it's a press of a button and done. But, as the previous poster said, more to break. Plus, the bigger factor in my mind, is the power ones are NOT that sturdy. We bring ours in pretty quickly when there's wind and pretty much anytime we leave for an extended period of time. This, in effect, makes it less useful in my opinion.
paullac 12/27/15 07:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Rental Class C. How many of us out there? (Long)

Regarding the hitch - If it's an '08, it could be equipped to the '08 spec regardless of the chassis / coach year. I think some of the manufacturers introduce their new stuff as running changes. Also, the bumper change does not necessarily mean the hitch got changed too. Perhaps a hitch shop can confirm what's installed before you swap it out.
paullac 12/27/15 07:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RV Storage

We own a class C. We currently live in Cincinnati & store the RV outside. We are moving to Minneapolis & are looking for storage there. There are a couple options: - Inside (typically only in the winter at places like fairgrounds) - Outside (typically at a public storage facility) What the general consensus on what's better: - Inside (but potentially with mice / rodents taking up residence) - Outside (but likely with a lot of snow weight on the roof) I know Minneapolis gets a lot of snow as compared to Cincinnati. I'd like to take a chance on the snow weight on the roof vs taking a chance on mice but don't know how much snow weight is too much. Does anybody in the heavier snow areas of the country have any thoughts? Thanks!
paullac 09/23/15 02:57pm General RVing Issues
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

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
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