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RE: 1st time buyer wanting to do it right the first time

I do not care how much research you have done/will do, in the end the only way to get the "right" coach is to get into the RV lifestyle. If you buy one of the coaches you mention I will bet that you will trade coaches at least three times in the first five years. I stated on another thread that either arrogance or ignorance has someone start RVing in a 40-ft diesel coach. Are you prepared for a "house" of 500 sq ft? Are you ready to fork over $200 for a fresh load of diesel? How about $4000+ for a new set of tires? Also, the list of owners that have owned their coach for 20 years is so small they would be considered the true one percenters. If everything goes as planned for you, after three to five years you will see a coach that has better "stuff" in it. Also, just as with any vehicle, there is a point in ownership where maintenance costs will rise to an unacceptable level. By the way, get a good set of tools before you head to Juneau and check a map so you know how to spell it.
racerchaser 12/25/14 09:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newbie Questions that scare him

I fully agree with jmtandem. Either arrogance or ignorance has someone start RVing in a 40-ft diesel. I do not blame you for being highly concerned. What was the largest vehicle you drove before buying a 40 footer? As opposed to the latest autos you cannot just drive and add fuel and oil. These things need to be maintained and not just by a mechanic. If you are not handy stand by to be writing many checks, some small, some not so small. I would venture to say that most of the folks on these forums have a set of tools and know how to use them. Do you?
racerchaser 12/25/14 09:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What's the best "Diesel" rewards credit card to get

The rules for your PenFed card usually depend on what they are/were when you got your card. Also, those rules stay in place (grandfathered) when PenFed puts new rules in place. However, just like USAA, I think that PenFed places card holders in categories depending on your status when you join. If that is true, your category could determine whether or not you are grandfathered when the rules change. For example, as a retired civil servant, I have had a PenFed card for at least 8 years and the rules for my card have never changed. I have a $5 regular account and a Rewards credit card for which I get 5% pay at the pump fuel/3% groceries/1% everything else and when I have enough points I get a $50 debit card. If you join under some other category they may change.
racerchaser 12/23/14 09:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Economy mode on an Allison Transmission

It does not hold the transmission in a higher gear. It delays the shift point which is why it is recommended for use in rolling terrain. Other than rolling terrain it is of marginal value. In other than rolling terrain, i.e., the mountains the recommendation is to turn it off. For the best explanation of this topic contact Brett Wolfe.
racerchaser 12/06/14 06:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Avoiding Atlanta

Realistically, Atlanta is no worse than most metropolitan areas. Try LA at any time, or St Louis, etc. If you want to avoid winding two lanes and major metropolitan areas and stay warm you have very few options. My advise is to pick a route and go. Hundreds, if not thousands, of snowbird RVs transit Atlanta each fall and spring with no, or little, problems. Having been through Atlanta twice a year for 11 years the only problems that we have seen are caused by accident-caused backups and those are a possibility everywhere. Every years there is more traffic and very few additional roads.
racerchaser 12/06/14 01:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: snow birds

For anyone who has property in FL it makes good sense. However, in our park there are virtually no florida licensed RVs. There are, however, quite a number of park model owners that now have FL plates.
racerchaser 12/05/14 08:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 295/80R22.5 Latest Tire Prices

For 16 ply 295 Michelins: List price $777, FMCA price $679 includes FET. Valve stems $7.50, Mount/dismount $21, Balancing $31, remove & install wheel $18, plus and state, county, city taxes. All of that is per tire. You dealer may have different labor costs.
racerchaser 11/23/14 08:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: freightliner service vs RV dealer

Since your coach is new it would be a warranty issue. That is probably why your dealer would not work on it. Also a turn signal issue is somewhat unique. For an issue such as this you would not take a new Chevrolet to a Ford dealer. As a side note, it is a good idea to first go to your dealer because it can, at times, be difficult for an owner to understand what belongs to Freightliner and what belongs to the chassis manufacturer.
racerchaser 11/17/14 02:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How long to learn to drive a Class A

Remember, that a motorhome is a large slab-sided box. Nothing like the PU you have been driving. The air currents and any wind will affect the motorhome much more than any auto/truck-sized vehicle. Some of the "sway and playing" you are experiencing is not actually there but since you are sitting higher it will seem to be a bigger problems. It is somewhat in the same region as how much faster you will seem to be going in any vehicle the closer you are to the pavement. All that having been said any motorhome has a higher center of gravity than any car/truck vehicle. Try riding along while someone else drives the motorhome and see what your perceptions are. I think that you are worrying more about perception than reality.
racerchaser 11/16/14 01:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: small light beneath and to the left of speedometer

Have you asked Winnebago?
racerchaser 11/10/14 06:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2015 CRV and Towing

It can be hard to find a "gently used" CR-V since they are usually kept for an extended period of time. I just traded a 2004 CR-V that was in great shape but the running gear had 150,000 miles on it.
racerchaser 11/04/14 09:27am Dinghy Towing
Solved: A 2014 Chevy Equinox issue

Recently traded a 2004 Honda CR-V for a 2014 Chevy Equinox two wheel drive. I had one issue that others might be interested in. When the base plate was installed I also had a charge line installed. The owner's manual says to remove a fuse to prevent battery discharge. Well, clever me, on short trips why would I remove the fuse since I have a charge line and even for a car with a nav system 125 miles should be no problem. However, I noticed that when turning a corner the auto front wheels did not trail, not good. This car has electric power steering. Talking to a Chevy mechanic I found out that a second reason to pull the stated fuse was to remove power from the electric steering motor. With power on the motor, when towing the car, the front wheels are, is essence, locked straight ahead and are not allowed to trail. This model has had electric power steering for a number of years. I am surprised this issue has not been stated previously.
racerchaser 11/03/14 03:27pm Dinghy Towing
RE: New Cummins App

You may not find it if you just search for Cummins. It is labeled QuickServeMobile.
racerchaser 10/26/14 10:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Been sitting and thinking...

Great subject. I to, like others, have had these thoughts. At some point we all have to "give it up." Last year after two consecutive years of multi-month trips I decided to pass on any more long range trips. We now use the coach for one or two rallies per month and four months in Florida. At some point we will transition to a park model in Florida just like many others. What will we do with ourselves the rest of the time? Well, boredom is a self-inflicted wound. I have never had any problem keeping busy. If the only thing keeping you moving is the coach you might want to rethink your lifestyle.
racerchaser 08/02/14 09:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2014 Honda CR-V TOAD Metal Valve Stems

If the only thing concerning you about the CR-V is metal valve stems I think that you are going to have the same problems with any toad. I and dozens, if not hundreds, of others have used TST TPMS sensors on toad rubber valve stems with no problems. Ignore those who muddy the water with info about the federally based monitoring systems since you need to be in your car to use it. Yes, the TST FAQ page does say it is best to use metal valve stems but if you call them I think that they will say that rubber stems are also okay. Maybe they will not but they have to consider the liability issue with any statements. Their primary customer is the truck/RV owner. The tires on these units have much longer stems. I cannot envision a situation other than something like a car wash where the typical short auto rubber stems would cause a problem.
racerchaser 08/02/14 08:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2014 Honda CRV Toad... Totally Almost Confused...

Why ask a salesman in the first place? Do you expect them to know everything about every model on their lot. Do your research and then buy what you want. You asked this forum after the fact. Why not ask up front.
racerchaser 07/27/14 07:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What was the 1st year for slide rooms in Winnebago diesel motorhomes?

Are you looking for these answers in connection to purchasing an older MH or are you just letting everyone else do your research on esoteric questions?
racerchaser 07/26/14 04:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: jack pads for motorhome

The major problem with any commercial jack pad is the cost. If they are inexpensive they are generally not stiff enough. I made four pads using two lengths of 2x6 attached to a 12x12 piece of 3/4 inch plywood for each one. Very stiff. I have nylon rope pulls attached to one corner. I also have two one inch thick 12x12 nylon pads also with nylon rope pulls. The nylon pads are very stiff but expensive ($40 each). I use one or more wooden pads any time I think that the ground needs them. I use the nylon pads under the wood pads for winter time parking (four months) at our park in Florida. While the nylon pads were expensive, they get cheaper every year that I use them. They are virtually indestructable.
racerchaser 07/08/14 04:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need Help in Choosing MH Length

Winnebago has had a 34ft DP model in both Winnebago and Itasca for several years. You might look for those. I do not know what your definition of "high end amenities" is but usually the smaller the coach the lesser the amenities. That being said, you will usually find better quality in most DPs than gas models. Not always true, but a good general rule.
racerchaser 06/03/14 04:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: pros and cons of hydro heat

While not an owner of a coach with this system our rally group has several coaches that do. Virtually all of these coaches were bought used and all of them had issues with the hydro hot system because they had not be serviced regularly. I believe there are many owners with this type system that just do not do the maintenance and then, at some point, wonder why it quits working.
racerchaser 03/28/14 04:11pm Class A Motorhomes
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