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RE: Safe method of financial transaction at sale time

A lot depends on if you have the title in hand to give to the buyer. I once had a buyer show up with $56,000 in cash to buy one of my Classic Cars. Even then I did not give him the title until we took the cash down to my bank to verify and put in my account. They had two people count the cash, and check for counterfeit bills, while we watched. Wire transfer is the only other method that is non-reversible. The problem with that is that the buyer must set it up with his bank before he comes to your location. I tried to initiate a wire transfer by phone during one trip and my bank would not do it. When we got back in town we set up the procedure to do it when we traveled. If you do not have the title because of e loan/lien on the RV, then things get a little more difficult, especially if your state has electronic titles. Check with the lending institution and get their recommendations on handling the transaction. A lot depends on a certain amount of trust on both sides of the transaction. I sold my '57 Chevy convertible for over $100,000 to a man that wire transferred the money to me. I then overnighted the title to him and shipped the vehicle to him a few days later. I never met him in person and he never saw the vehicle until it arrived at his museum. This is not the first time this has happened to me and I have done the same thing with purchases.
rgatijnet1 04/23/18 08:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas stations for Class A gassers with space

Actually I have run across gas prices varying $.30 and more when you get near state lines. I know it is much cheaper to fill up in Virginia than to drive 50 miles or so on in to Pennsylvania. In the town of Moab, UT, I saw gas prices varying close to $.40/gallon from one end of town to the other end of town. I understand it has something to do with whether the station was owned by a Mormon or not. Don't know and don't care. That is why it is important to use a service like GasBuddy to check along your route and fill up before you cross the border in to a state with higher taxes, even if you are not close to empty.
rgatijnet1 04/23/18 07:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Removed over/stove...replaced with two burner induction.

We liked the induction cooking so much in our stick house that we put one in the RV. During the hot Summer months, it puts a lot less heat in to the coach than the propane cooktop when doing the same cooking task. One other advantage is if you travel and camp at higher altitudes, like we do with the Western mountains, the induction cooktop will boil water much faster than propane.
rgatijnet1 04/23/18 04:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 8.1 No start Workhorse

Any starter can go bad but I don't remember them being an issue. I had 80K on my 8.1L with no starter issues. The starter is not that difficult to change but it sort of sounds like you have a cable/connection issue. When you jump started the battery, if you just put the jumper cables over the old battery cables, then you could still have a bad connection or have the old battery drawing down the jumper battery because it had a shorted cell. You may want to try a jump start with one of the cables off of the old battery, just to eliminate the old battery as a cause of the problem.
rgatijnet1 04/22/18 01:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas stations for Class A gassers with space

The trick is to set a tank level, say down to 1/4 tank, and then stop at the first station that has room for you to pull in. Unfortunately though that also means you’re fueling up about 1/3rd more often too. Modern fuel systems don’t have the same problems with running to empty, not dry, but empty, as they did decades ago. They have sizeable reserves, especially in gad hogs like A’s, so when the gauge reads empty there’s still quite a bit of gas left. Based on what Ford and Winnie says my tank capacity is, and what it takes to fill it from well below empty on the gauge there’s at least a 6 gallon reserve past empty. Since the OP wanted to know how he could find stations large enough for his coach, why does it matter if he has the opportunity to fill up more often or not? In other words, when the fuel tank level gets low, stop at the first station where you can fit, period.
rgatijnet1 04/22/18 09:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: replacing old TV

Look for wooden plugs used to cover the screws that hold the frame on. Remove the plugs and you should find the screws.
rgatijnet1 04/21/18 03:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas stations for Class A gassers with space

The trick is to set a tank level, say down to 1/4 tank, and then stop at the first station that has room for you to pull in. Usually this is an end pump but depending on the stations layout, sometimes we have used an inner pump. If you wait until you are close to empty, not only could you damage your "in tank" fuel pump, but you could also minimize your chances of finding a station to fill up. Flying J and the other major truck stops are usually the most expensive places to refuel while some of the outlying stations may be quite a bit less expensive. We very seldom will fill up at a major truck stop unless we have other things that we need there, that we cannot get elsewhere. I see the claim the FJ is "the most expensive", many times here. On a recent return from snowbird season (FL to PA), I decided to see if I was failing to pay attention to high prices, since I typically refuel at FJ. I used a smartphone app to look ahead at current pricing, several stops down the road, when deciding to fuel at FJ, or find another nearby location that was, according to forum members, going to be "dramatically cheaper". Bottom line, in a 1200 mile trip? I found ONE example of an overpriced FJ. It was alone at an exit, and dozens of miles away from the competition. As for any significant savings at all from nearby competitors, it just didn't exist. Now, I did have the opportunity to head into a town off the exit, deal with the chance of trying to get a 34' Gas class A and toad into a tight old, urban station, and save a few pennies a gallon. Once you calculate the frustration, good chance of failure, and no real savings involved when driving a few miles off the highway in a rig that gets 6-7MPG, it is almost never worth the effort. You may have a totally different experience, but for me, I just don't see the big payday, avoiding FJ, or most other large, easily accessible highway interchange stations. I usually average 20,000 miles a year in my coach, mostly out West, and I found many places less expensive than the large truck stops along the interstate. Since I travel a lot of the back roads, it is not going out of my way to stop at a smaller station that I can get in to without any hassle.
rgatijnet1 04/21/18 08:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas stations for Class A gassers with space

The trick is to set a tank level, say down to 1/4 tank, and then stop at the first station that has room for you to pull in. Usually this is an end pump but depending on the stations layout, sometimes we have used an inner pump. If you wait until you are close to empty, not only could you damage your "in tank" fuel pump, but you could also minimize your chances of finding a station to fill up. Flying J and the other major truck stops are usually the most expensive places to refuel while some of the outlying stations may be quite a bit less expensive. We very seldom will fill up at a major truck stop unless we have other things that we need there, that we cannot get elsewhere.
rgatijnet1 04/21/18 08:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Back up camera no signal

On your camera you will have a pigtail that has a connector to the long cable going to the front of your coach. At the back of the monitor is the next connection. The first thing I would do is to make sure that all of the cables are plugged in and that the connections are secure. After that I would check underneath to see if possibly rodents may have chewed on some of the wiring.
rgatijnet1 04/20/18 09:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: FMCA Michelin tire program issues

Dennis is correct. The total amount of the check is all that matters. We are currently camping and I found the invoice for the tires we bought 2 years ago. Mount & dismount was listed at $150.00. Balance (beads) was $60.00. We received a nice value for our old tires (locally there is a good market for these, farmers use them for field trailers), and the tires were priced right as well. Bridgestone R250s, 11R22.5's, out the door after everything, I wrote a check for $1515.00 for 6 tires. THAT's why I always say check with your local guys. You just might find the deal of a lifetime. Most people just give their old tires to the dealer and don't even argue when they see the tire disposal fee added to their bill. I have never gotten new tires where I wasn't given some credit for my old tires (as long as they were still serviceable). In most cases, all you have to do is ask. :B
rgatijnet1 04/19/18 01:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Owners of RVGarmin gps

Since they are so cheap, I use two different GPS units in our coach. One is a Garmin and the other is a TomTom. We picked those two because they each get their GPS data from a different source. We also have the Rand McNally paper road maps as a back up. Basically both GPS units are set for fastest time so that we can compare routes apples to apples. In most cases, the route given on each unit is the same. We have only had a few instances where they differed and then it a very slight difference. We once had the TomTom unit say the RV park we were going to was located on the right, when, in fact it was located on the left side of the road, as noted by the Garmin GPS. One thing we have found is that if you rely on any GPS unit exclusively, you will occasionally find yourself on a road that you would like to avoid. You will also find that construction issues can alter the course that you would prefer to use. GPS units are great and only take a few minutes to learn to use properly. Using your phone or other method for navigation takes just as much time to use properly. I personally like having a nice big 7" screen in front of me and not having to mess around with anything while I am driving. My wife is using the other GPS unit to verify that I am on course and to look for RV parks down the road for us to spend the evening. This has worked for us for a long time and we have never been sent down a road where we had to disconnect the toad and turn around.
rgatijnet1 04/19/18 06:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: GAS ENGINE REPAIR NEEDED FRONT GASKET & OIL PAN SEAL

I remember only one other instance where a GM 8.1L engine failed in an RV, more than once. It turns out that the reason for the failure was the MAS sensor, which was moved from engine to engine as part of the engine change out procedure. Brazel's finally found the problem before it destroyed another engine. If the shop is just changing out the long block and reinstalling ALL of your old engine's accessories, you may be just transferring the problem from one engine to the next.
rgatijnet1 04/19/18 05:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Atwood 3 burner stove grate

Call any of the many salvage yards and you should be able to find what you need. Even if the salvaged coach was destroyed by fire, the grate should still be fine.
rgatijnet1 04/17/18 02:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: necessities to take for pickup

The paperwork for your Emergency Road Service, like CoachNet or Good Sams. anything else that you need you can pick up at a Walmart on your way home.
rgatijnet1 04/15/18 05:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: FMCA Michelin tire program issues

I bought 6 Michelin XDS2 tires from SimpleTire.com and had them delivered to the garage down the road from me. They mounted them for $50 each and the date code on all tires was about 3 months. The shipping was free and mounting included new stems, balance, and disposal of the old tires. The local dealers would have all had to order the specific Michelin tires that I wanted and I got them quicker than they could. SimpleTire also allows a discount for former military veterans. Total cost was less than the FMCA program discount and shipping only took 3 days.
rgatijnet1 04/15/18 06:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 12v power issue

Flip the Salesmans switch by your steps a couple of times. On my coach I sometimes have to hold it for a few seconds for the relay to switch.
rgatijnet1 04/14/18 02:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Keeping Front Door Open on a Diesel

Bungee cord with hooks
rgatijnet1 04/13/18 03:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RIP - JohnnyT

Always a gentleman and I will miss him on this forum.
rgatijnet1 04/13/18 10:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rooftop Dish

My King Dome had a control box. In any case, there is only one coax going to the dome which supplies the 12 volt power and receives the input signal. All you have to do is disconnect that coax in the coach and it will shut off power to the dome.
rgatijnet1 04/11/18 01:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford V-10 Sparkplugs

Purchased a 1999 Winn with the Ford V-10. Blew a plug out in Twin Falls,ID. Mechanic said the early V-10 & V-8 engines with Aluminum Heads had this problem. Also told me that 2 other plugs had been repaired prior to my ownership. I'm told the only fix is the replace the heads. Been looking at Banks products, but haven't bought yet. Probably only a matter of time and miles before the 4th one pops out. I seem to remember that AFTER the heli-coil fix is done, that ends the problem. I also remember that installing the heli-coil can cause it's own problems with the heads still on the engine. I would guess that it would be less expensive to pull the heads, do a valve job, install all eight heli-coils, and replace the heads rather than buying all new heads.
rgatijnet1 04/11/18 11:31am Class A Motorhomes
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