Planned a trip to Mt. Rushmore 8 months ago and had all the details set by mid-summer. Spent the summer going over the 5th wheel getting it all prepped for the trip and going over the truck. I had no qualms about leaving and driving 1300 miles from Tucson to Hill City, SD. Everything was going OK until Denver. Between Denver and Ft. Collins, I had a right rear tire on the truck come apart. Didn't hit anything, just had the tread separate from the carcass. These were 4 year old Generals that had about 24K miles on them. The truck gets driven every week, so it wasn't from sitting. Still was fully inflated and allowed me to slow down and get off to the shoulder of I-25 and change the tire.
Next exit had a tire dealer but they had nothing I was interested in with the size I am using. Called their main store in Ft. Collins, about 25 miles away and they had something. I asked them to inflate the spare to 80 psi and we left for that store. Didn't get 10 miles and the spare started to come apart. Limped along on the frontage road at 40 mph and got two new tires installed. Great people by the way, GCR Tire is the name.
While in SD, a cold front moved in, down to 20 degrees one night and we had 8 inches of snow overnight and the next morning. Earliest recorded measureable snow they have ever had. Lost two days of my vacation as we didn't go out. Next morning, one of the batteries on the truck has died.
Limped home by disconnecting the bad battery so it wouldn't draw the good one down. Fortunately for us, the weather after that snow and cold spell was fairly mild and I had no trouble starting the truck on one battery. However, while the weather was mild, we had rain from Raton, NM all the way to the AZ border. Thank you tropical storm Odile. We expect 3-5 inches of rain here in Tucson the next two days.
I enjoyed the stay in SD but it was certainly one of the most stressful trips I have ever had. At times, I wanted to give up RV'ing
and just stay at home. Now that I have returned home, all is well, except I come home to find that someone got my American Express card number and charged $8K to it while we were gone. Took about two hours last night on the phone with the parties involved to get it taken care of. I'm not out the money, but it sure is a hassle.
Oh yeah, I still have to deal with about $1K dollars of damage to the truck and get a new battery. The bad one has about 3 years of warranty left, but I will probably have to get two, I'm not a fan of one old and one new battery. That is usually a recipe for problems.
So, I wish Mr. Murphy would go follow somebody else for a while, I certainly think I have had enough.
Another benefit of a louvered V-notch tailgate. Stuff just doesn't get sucked out of the bed with one on. I know a lot of people on here don't see the need but I picked one up cheap on Craigslist and wouldn't be without it.
I have a 3rd vehicle. The GMC is a garage queen but it's because I only drive 4.7 miles to work. The truck never got up to operating temp and I didn't think the short drive was doing it any good. Bought the wife a 1 year old Vibe I got a good deal on and I took her old 97 Honda Civic. 30 mpg, license is $22 a year, insurance is $160 for a year. I do all my own maintenance and any work I can still do but it hasn't been in a shop in 7 years. 17 year old car with 89K on it. Still runs great and the A/C is ice cold. The truck will be 10 years old this coming April and has 59K on it. I expect it would be the last truck I would ever have to buy if I was so inclined. Only comes out to tow the 5th wheel and if I happen to need the bed to haul something. Plus like 2112 stated, it's sure nice to have a spare vehicle.
Haven't seen anyone mention disc brakes yet. I won't ever have another 5th wheel or trailer without them. Autoleveling would also be nice. Generator is very handy also but suppose I could do without it.
If your talking tailgate, be real careful the first time. I wouldn't want to put the tailgate down on mine and back in because there is only about 2" of clearance between the lowered gate and compartment door. If I wasn't perfectly square with the 5th wheel, I'd likely put an edge of the tailgate through the compartment door. I found a used Stromberg/Carlson notched tailgate on craigslist for $100. Don't regret it one bit, makes life easier for me. If that's not your problem, can't say I've ever seen a slider that would come back far enough to ding the tailgate, unless it was installed wrong.
Need some clarification here. Were the house batteries dead or the chassis batteries. If the vehicle started, then the chassis batteries weren't dead. If the house batteries died, then I would suspect the dealer NOT Thor. The solar control panel that regulates the charge to the batteries is likely defective or installed incorrectly and continued to charge even after fully charging your batteries. This likely cooked the cells dry and ruined the batteries. If this is what happened, this is not Thor's problem, they didn't install the solar system, your dealer did and likely didn't know what he was doing.
Wonder why mine have not failed yet? Still stock filtration.:B
Extra filtration is just an insurance policy. I put mine together for about $65 including the filter base. Many people have gone without it and not had a problem at all. Me, the parts are cheap so why not, certainly isn't going to hurt anything and saves me a little money on the expensive Racor filter under the hood.
Are you sure the WIF plug is tight and the o-ring is in right. Might just be sucking some air. Did you make sure the old o-ring came off with the filter? And then, maybe RAS43 is right, occasionally there are bad filters.
If you belong to one of the Duramax forums, this is one of the first things you will learn. I installed a prefilter along the frame rail with a 2 micron filter. This filter is about 3.5 inches across and about 9 inches long. I change this yearly (only about 5-6K miles a year). I buy this filter for about $9 with tax included. The Racor in the engine compartment has come down but still runs around $25. I let the Racor filter on 2 years and when I removed it the last time, I cut it open and it was still like new on the inside. Besides protecting the injectors, the prefilter has the added benefit of costing only a third of the Racor.
Perhaps most of those folks towing Civics have MANUAL transmissions? You won't find many but every once in a while I see the local Honda dealer advertising a used one for sale with a manual transmission.
We picked up our 2015 GM 2500HD yesterday. It had no step-bars from the factory and the salesman told me the bars on our 2003 GMC would not fit. The dealer will install step-bars anywhere from $650 to $750 a set ...\
My 2500 was a little over 40K new in 09. It came with the nerf bars but I'd have to say that's something I would expect they could throw in on the deal for the check I would be writing. Just saying.
Good luck with that, those days of "throw that in and we got a deal" are over here in AZ. They might give you a discount but you aren't getting anything for free.
The point of my comment was in a "Short Sale" many "SHORT CUTS" are allowed. Most short sales are sold as is, in its current condition, with no guarantees, warranties or caveats of any kind...speaking strictly from California experience ..YMMV....Dennis
Dennis, with all due respect, a short sale does not mean the new owner can't follow the CC&R's of a community. I'm a board member or our California based homeowner's Association and we had to force a sale of a homeowner who was behind on his dues (3yrs.). The home is now owned by the Assc. We are hoping the mortgage co. will foreclose on us so that they will be responsible for the fees and maintenance. A short sale doesn't release the new owner of honoring the CC&R's (Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions).
You might want to rethink that foreclosure. Here in AZ, the mortgage company, (bank or otherwise) won't pay the fees or maintain the property, in fact, they usually turn the utilities off and have the property winterized. Not much you can do to force them to pay up either, their pockets are a lot deeper than any associations. We have had to deal with 3 abandoned and then foreclosed on houses, all a stones throw from my house. If it is owned by the association, why not try and sell it?
The issue of HOA's appears in the sellers disclosure. BUT it is up to the 'buyer' to research it and obtain a copy of it, it one exists. Real Estate Agents might help but it is 'not' their responsibility.
I just bought property where there WAS an HOA but it was allowed to expire. The area is now inhabited by ex-snowbirds with RV's so there is not much chance of it ever being reinstated!
HOA's do have an expiration date but it does cause confusion when purchasing property after they have expired because it's still noted on many documents. The county seat is the place to confirm stuff like that.
This varies greatly by state. Here in AZ, once your offer contract is accepted, the title company will send you a copy of the CC&R and/or covenants and deed restrictions. It is the seller or sellers agent's responsibility to disclose this information and they are liable if they don't. You also have a short window to void the contract if there is something in the CC&R's or covenants that you won't accept. No penalty to you if you do this. It can get very complicated as I have gone through this 3 times in the last 15 years as both a buyer and seller. Bottom line is you need to research in YOUR state, because another state may be completely different.
The OP is in Green Valley Arizona, so all these other posters from different states are meaningless. There are even different rules between counties in AZ. He needs to go to the county and get the correct information. In Pinal County, you can build right up to your leach field, but you may not build anything over it. His county may be different, they may require a setback, they may not. Best advice is go to the County office and see what is required. Then you can make a decision on moving part of the field or not. Better to find out now then apply for a permit and have it rejected if you do need a setback. Just sayin'.