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RE: Planning ahead, for the end ...

There are various plans out there that can take care of medical emergencies, return of your coach AND your PETS, as well as getting your remains back home. If you have one of these types of policies, it doesn't matter who can drive or not. They will take care of things. Basically the answers for all of your concerns can be addressed by examining the different travel insurances that are out there. It is one of those things that is best taken care of early when you can make rational decisions, sort of like having your will prepared. Things you can do to help are having all of your medical information with you when you travel, as well as contact information for all of your doctors AND loved ones that need to be notified during an emergency. I should add that if you have specific plans, like a living will, you should carry a copy of that with you so that your wishes are carried out in the event you are not able to explain them yourself.
rgatijnet1 04/28/16 10:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: This Was My Dream Custom Build The Day I Saw It At SEMA

That is the GM Futureliner which is one of 12 built to tour the USA as GM released their new automobiles. I saw the one at Barrett-Jackson auction that was bought by Ron Pratt for $4.1 Million. He later donated it to charity and it was sold again in 2015 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ. As opposed to a Class A coach, in the Futureliner the driver sits at the top, in the center, and has a commanding view of the road ahead. It has dual front and rear wheels and is really only 33' long. GM Futureliner
rgatijnet1 04/28/16 06:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: driving speed

You have to love these threads. If someone starts a post about fuel mileage affecting his decision to buy an RV, he gets jumped on and told if he can't afford the fuel, then he shouldn't consider RVing. Then a thread like this comes along and many mention that they drive slow to save a few pennies on fuel. :B I personally think that SOME just do not feel that they have the physical abilities to drive the speed limit so they use fuel mileage as an excuse to drive much slower. Nothing wrong with that but if you really are so concerned about fuel cost, than an Class A is not the way to go. :B
rgatijnet1 04/27/16 01:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 0-20 Weight Oil

Honda has always had some of the most technologically advanced engines. If their engineers call for 0-20 I would trust their expertise and stick with it. Exactly how many miles per year do you plan on putting on your CR-V that the cost difference in the price of oil is a big concern?
rgatijnet1 04/26/16 02:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is an old Class-A affordable to drive?

The AVERAGE mileage put on an RV is 3500 miles per YEAR. That means that for the AVERAGE owner, the fuel mileage is really not that big of a deal as far as a cost to deal with. If you realistically plan on only a few thousand miles a year, the old Chieftain may do just fine and the cost of fuel should not be much of an issue to worry about. If you plan on putting many thousands of miles a year on your RV, then I would recommend going with a newer coach from a reliability standpoint. Remember, with a 1985 coach there are many system items that are over 30 years old that can fail at the most inopportune time. These can be items like the AC, water pump, furnace, etc.
rgatijnet1 04/26/16 12:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Theft: the bad, the bad, and the really bad

It is called situational awareness. There are a lot of places we have stayed where we know there will not be any problem with theft. By the same token, we once stayed at a downtown RV park in Phoenix where they recommended not to venture out of the RV park after dark. We always lock things up, just like I do at my stick house when we are there. It is just a habit that we have gotten in to and I'm sure that it helps to minimize temptation.
rgatijnet1 04/26/16 05:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Quick question on slides...

How about having your DW operate the slide switch while you stand outside and watch it and listen for any straining or hang-ups. You could also go through the manual slide retraction procedure to see if everything is clear and operating without a problem.
rgatijnet1 04/24/16 01:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Flatscreen TV replacement and vibration

Don't know where you live or where you travel and when, but this may interest you when it comes to LCD TV's and low temperatures. Cold temps on TV's
rgatijnet1 04/23/16 02:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bad Gas I should of known better!

I'm sorry to hear about the health issues but it just goes to show how situations can change at any point in time. You didn't mention if you used any fuel stabilizer when you first parked your coach. Like you, I love the GM 8.1L engine and after 90,000 miles I find it a pretty bullet proof engine with minimal amount of care necessary. The fact that the engine ran at all with two year old gas is pretty impressive. Glad everything worked out OK with running a few cans of Seafoam through the system. I also would forget about the spark plugs if it is running smooth. Be sure to check all over the coach for any possible rodent damage that may have occurred during the time it was setting. It's good to hear that you are back on the road. Ronnie after the first year sitting I put a bottle of Marine Stay-bil in. And thanks for your good wishes I'm battling Blood cancer I was giving 2 to 7 years to live two years ago. I just don't give it any power! I know I have to die someday of something so I just keep putting one foot in front of the other and onward I travel. The Marine Sta-bil would have stopped any further degradation of the fuel which is why it did run and eventually smoothed out after adding some fresh fuel. How is the generator doing? Take care of yourself and, as you say, just keep moving forward. :)
rgatijnet1 04/23/16 01:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What are dealer labor rates in your area.

The local truck service facility that I have used in the past, charges a labor rate based on the level of service expertise that is required. Go in for a lube job and oil change or other basic services, and you get the lower level trainee mechanic. If you need a heavier type of work done, like brake work, etc, then you get a more experienced mechanic and the price per hour goes up. If you have a really tough mechanical/electrical problem, that needs to be diagnosed, then you pay top dollar for their top mechanic. Once the top guy finds the problem, your labor rate will probably drop as it is then turned over to a lower level mechanic to actually do the work. Most shops have a certain amount of new trainees and it is ridiculous for them to charge a flat rate for labor when they are actually using your vehicle for "on the job training". I would avoid any shop that has a set labor rate for all work performed, unless it is a one man operation.
rgatijnet1 04/23/16 06:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bad Gas I should of known better!

I'm sorry to hear about the health issues but it just goes to show how situations can change at any point in time. You didn't mention if you used any fuel stabilizer when you first parked your coach. Like you, I love the GM 8.1L engine and after 90,000 miles I find it a pretty bullet proof engine with minimal amount of care necessary. The fact that the engine ran at all with two year old gas is pretty impressive. Glad everything worked out OK with running a few cans of Seafoam through the system. I also would forget about the spark plugs if it is running smooth. Be sure to check all over the coach for any possible rodent damage that may have occurred during the time it was setting. It's good to hear that you are back on the road.
rgatijnet1 04/23/16 05:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mobile mechanic/ Workhorse

If you can get it to most auto parts stores, like NAPA, Autozone, Pep Boys, etc they will come out and check your OBDII for any engine codes that may have caused your check engine light to come on. If the light is off now, it may just be a one time event and it has cleared itself and everything is back to normal. I have almost 90,000 miles on the same engine and I would guess mine has gone in to limp mode maybe six times. In each case it corrected itself and everything quickly got back to normal. If all of the gauges are reading normal, and the engine is running fine now, you probably don't have anything to worry about. If you have a nearby auto parts store, drive over and let them check your OBDII codes.
rgatijnet1 04/20/16 08:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cleaning RV at Parks?

I use the Blue Coral wash/wax and a long telescopic brush and bucket. I carry a 50' hose and my water tank holds more than enough water to wash the coach. If the coach is dirty and I see a place where I can pull off, I wash the coach. I wash and the DW follows behind and rinses. The next time I pull in to an RV park, I top off my fresh water tank again.
rgatijnet1 04/19/16 12:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Annual "Smog Check" on Diesel Motor homes, where?

This is one of those things that not too many people know about. it is usually mandated by the EPA, with little or no notification to the general public. States can decide to put tougher restrictions, but most don't. Back in the early 90's I had a manufacturing company and we did painting. I got all of the necessary permits from the local building department and Fire Marshall. I thought I was good to go but a few months later, this EPA inspector comes by and starts right off with a $20,000 fine and an order to shut down my spray booth. It seems that the county I lived in was a non-attainment county and I was required to get an EPA permit and use low VOC paints and log everything. Three miles up the road, in another county, no EPA permit was required, because they were considered to meet the EPA requirements for air quality. Basically I could have moved my operation 3 miles and polluted the environment as much as I wanted to and this was OK with the EPA. Even in my county, if I had a body shop and was doing "refinish" painting, I could use any kind of paint I wanted. Since I was building new products, I had to meet the EPA restrictions. In any case, this is why you have smog inspections/restrictions in some counties within a State, and not others. Here is a list of the non-attainment counties per State and it will give you some idea of how the EPA works when it comes to pollution and, in the case of diesels, particulate matter. As you can see, the EPA considers Phoenix to have a "serious" problem but if you go to Lake Havasu City, you can belch great clouds of stuff and they don't care. EPA rules
rgatijnet1 04/18/16 11:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Repair Tape

Here is a link to Extreme Tape suggested uses. Scroll all of the way to the bottom for info about fuel uses. Extreme Tape uses
rgatijnet1 04/18/16 09:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Repair Tape

This should be available either online or at an auto parts store. https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/shopping?q=tbn:ANd9GcSHokdQorJece8RH6_kjU8De8_OpBq5GarBs5QN9rZJkZxoLREH45vJOJ1-WikIZPJJe_wBMkz7&usqp=CAE
rgatijnet1 04/18/16 09:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hair Line Cracks on MH

A body shop should be able to tell if they are just small cracks in the gel coat or if they are more serious. Cracks in the gel coat are not too unusual on RV's with fiberglass sidewalls.
rgatijnet1 04/17/16 06:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Shore Power Question

On my Monaco coach, the shore connection powers the Inverter/charger, which takes care of my HOUSE batteries only. If I need to charge my CHASSIS battery, I have to hook up a separate charger to do that.
rgatijnet1 04/16/16 11:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: When is it too windy?

If you don't feel comfortable driving, don't. We travel a lot in the Great Plains and are used to heavy winds. I found that the toad helps to stabilize the coach in the high winds. I air up everything to stiffen the ride and this works out well for me, but I have thousands of miles of driving in high winds. Again, if YOU don't feel comfortable, just wait it out. Usually very early in the morning, before the sun comes up, is best to get on the roads as the winds are still fairly light for a few hours after sunrise.
rgatijnet1 04/16/16 10:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: This is my dream

I think your best bet is to attend one of the larg RV shows and walk through many different floor plans until you find one that suits your needs better than any of the others. Choosing a floor plan is very subjective and it is the one thing that you must live with 24/7.
rgatijnet1 04/16/16 07:04am Class A Motorhomes
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