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RE: Satellite and Extended Camping

I have Direct TV and love it. I already pay for it in my house so when I leave home I just bring 2 of my 4 DVRs with me. I leave the other 2 DVRS home to record local stations and it does not cost a penny extra. I get the same HBO / Showtime channels I get at home plus history, outdoor channels, If I get too far from home I loose ABC, NBC, CBS but all it takes is a phone call to Direct TV to have them switch local station coverage. But if I do that my hime DVRs will not record local stations while I am away My unit cost over $1,000 but it is bolted to the roof and unfolds and folds itself and it automatically will find the satellite in your area. I suggest you see how it works out if you switch to Dish at home.
silvercorvette 04/07/15 11:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Poor, poor, pitiful me

Lizzie, perhaps you can get this gal to commiserate with you! http://s14.directupload.net/images/user/120703/mlhtr7r5.jpg Great album. Takes me back a bit I prefer hearing it done by the guy that wrote the song. Warren Zevon. One of the greatest singer song writers ever
silvercorvette 04/06/15 03:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: backing up to the hitch

If I get lined up good enough to clear my 5vr tailgate then it will hit the mark and hitch up. Love that 4 way pivot head and "V" shaped tailgate. I only get out of truck once and that is to verify hitching, hook up cord/brake cable and finish up 5vr. Then it's crank up Willie 'ON THE RAD AGAIN' and hit it. I could probably only get out of the truck 2 or 4 times but I am super cautious, for me I would rather get in and out 10 times and not do any damage than get out once or twice and scrape something.
silvercorvette 04/06/15 12:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: backing up to the hitch

When I was using a standard (non Andersen) 5th wheel hitch, I always used the manual trailer brakes to lock the 5ver wheels before I backed into the King Pin. It prevented movement of the 5ver if I hit it too hard.What about wheel chocks? I have been taught by the members of this forum that the last thing you do is remove the chocks. It is OK to use the electric brakes with the chocks choks but to use the brake alone is risking an accident roll back or roll forward
silvercorvette 04/05/15 11:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: diesel lanes

For me having a 95 gallon aux tank in addition to the 28 gallon tank is a big help. #1 it allows me the freedom to pick and choose a station based on ease of navigating the pumps and price. I will never save enough money to pay back the cost of the tank but that is not the reason I got the tank. #2 In SC fuel is cheap so I start of full. Land is also cheap so the stations usually have more room to maneuver. There are stations in NJ where land is more expensive and consequently the room to maneuver is so poor that have to disconnect the RV from the truck to be able to maneuver,and that is where having an AUX pump comes in handy, I can fill up from my own tank at any Wally world parking lot or rest stop. #3 with 120 gallons of fuel I have a range of well over 1,000 miles which means that if I really want to stretch out the distance between fill ups I don't have to start looking for fuel till I have traveled at least 800 miles. One thing that may be helpful is try to fill up your truck after you pull into a campsite. If I am staying at a campsite I will unhook and do sight seeing run errands then the last thing I do before I am ready to leave the camp site is to fill up my truck http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/silvercorvette/DSC00042_zps94c5b3f8.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/silvercorvette/DSC00043_zps2b339f57.jpg The pump is not hooked up the battery, I use jumper cable clips when I need to pump fuel. I use a gun cable lock on the nozzle to impede fuel theft, it has and auto shut of. It list for $400 but I paid a lot less at the store (it was on sale). You can save over $100 by getting a non auto shut off nozzle. At 15 gallons per minute it take about 90 seconds to fill up the tank. I keep a stopwatch and time the pump I deduct 15 gallons for each 60 seconds and deduct that amount from the 95 gallon capacity which gives me a close estimate of how much fuel is remaining in the tank. You will save some money by being able to buy fuel in a state where it is cheaper but it will never pay for itself the reason I got it was connivence and piece of mind knowing I had a rane of well over 1,000 miles http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200121024_200121024 http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200306753_200306753
silvercorvette 04/05/15 01:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: backing up to the hitch

I have a 95 gallon aux tank that blocks my view of the jaws, I stick a broom stick if=n the jaws and wind up getting in and out of the truck 5 or 10 times to check my alignment and adjust the height of the landing gear.
silvercorvette 04/05/15 11:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Quandry at Yellowstone campground - extra person

Dress the 15 & 17 year old in the same identical clothing for each day. :B Dress the entire group in the same clothing
silvercorvette 04/03/15 03:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Reliability of coaches using DEF

When I bought my 2010 Dodge truck I chose Dodge because it was the only one that was not using DEF. I traded my Dodge for a 2014 Chevy that uses DEF. The dodge got about 10 to 14 MPG, My Chevy now gets 14 to 18 and I am guessing the DEF has something to do with the better MPG.
silvercorvette 04/02/15 10:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A with front entrance door

When we started shopping for a DP I knew that the two things I loved in gasser would not be available either at all or with very limited options. One was the mid coach entry door. The other was the driver door. The driver door let me access fuses and such up by the driver left foot while standing on a step stool outside without having to turn myself into a pretzel. It also let me get out to fuel or check the site without going all the way through the coach. I don't really miss either. When bringing in groceries I lift them up to the floor so DW can cart them back to the kitchen. When fueling the PS front door is almost as efficient as the driver door and I suspect at my advancing age the old driver door would be more and more of a challenge. With me it is a one person operation so with my 5th wheel I just put everything on the floor then get inside the RV to put everything where it belongs. I like my little system and that is why I wanted a MH with a door amidships, but after reading the replies I am beginning to understand the benefits of a front door.
silvercorvette 04/01/15 07:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A with front entrance door

This is one of the reasons we don't want a DP. I absolutely hate the idea of the door being in front of the passenger seat, is basically a deal-breaker for us. Just does not work for us. And, like already said, there are very, very few DP options out there that don't have the door in the front. Main thing I hate about it, is actually something nobody has mentioned and may sound crazy to some: It just makes the coach look, feel more like you're driving a big greyhound or school bus than a Motorhome or RV. With a door located there at the front, its almost like you feel that you need to pull out a stop arm and turn on flashing red lights whenever the door opens, hahahaha! Other thing is, I just don't like how crowded and tight it makes the entryway. There is just not enough room up there for the door, entryway, IMO. What has already been mentioned about the awnings is a really good point, too. I really like how there is just one awning with a mid door unit, and the door opens out under the awning. No 'gap' between them like you have with front door models. I am glad you mentioned it because the front door does give of that feeling that you are driving a bus. I never considered how door placement would effect awnings, and after reading a few posts I am going to pay close attention to awning space. Silvercorvette, you will find that most front door coach awnings are rather small. If that is a concern, the big awning will offer way more protection (mid-door coaches). We don't have a front door awning on our new coach, they don't come with one nor do we have window awnings. We have four big awnings intergrated at the roof-line on both sides. Both driver side awnings go out about 5 ft. to cover beyond the slide-outs (sides don't have toppers). The big passenger side awnings go out 12-15 ft. offering a nice large space for shade. I have to say, I don't understand the problem of feeling like you are driving a bus. Ours is a greyhound bus chassis (Prevost). And, we don't have the swing-down school bus stop sign. LOL! We do have a siren, yelper and loud speaker. Also a train whistle and air horns. MM. I am sure that the bus feeling is not going to be a big deal and it will rank low on my priority list but I do have to admit the front passenger does give off the bus vibe but it sure as heck is not a deal breaker. The highest on my priority list is basement storage space and if it means having a front door that is the way I will go. When you get down to it looks don't matter what does matter is the configuration that will best get the job done.
silvercorvette 04/01/15 01:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A with front entrance door

With any coach, even the very top of the line coach, there are compromises. Will, we all know there is no changing your mind. You like a center door and this is just fine. I like a center door too but not enough to compromise on the lost space on that wall or storage underneath. Everyone has their compromises as no coach will ever be 100%. Gassers generally can't have the door up front because of the engine. Even rarer is a gas-pusher. As they say in the car business that is parallel with the motorhome business, "there is a butt for every seat". MM. All these replies have given me a lot to consider. I really like the door amidships, but if I am full timing it basement storage is going to be high on my list of priorities.
silvercorvette 04/01/15 01:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A with front entrance door

After reading all the replies and suggestions I am thinking about including a Super class c. I absolutely want a diesel. A super C will be easier to service. I have heard that some repairs on a diesel pusher may require a mechanic o enter your home to do the repair, Also a super C gives you a drivers and passenger door plus a door amidships. Super Cs are expensive but I can get a used super C for about the same cost as anew class A. When the time comes my budget will be between $250,000 to a little over $350,000.
silvercorvette 04/01/15 12:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A with front entrance door

This is one of the reasons we don't want a DP. I absolutely hate the idea of the door being in front of the passenger seat, is basically a deal-breaker for us. Just does not work for us. And, like already said, there are very, very few DP options out there that don't have the door in the front. Main thing I hate about it, is actually something nobody has mentioned and may sound crazy to some: It just makes the coach look, feel more like you're driving a big greyhound or school bus than a Motorhome or RV. With a door located there at the front, its almost like you feel that you need to pull out a stop arm and turn on flashing red lights whenever the door opens, hahahaha! Other thing is, I just don't like how crowded and tight it makes the entryway. There is just not enough room up there for the door, entryway, IMO. What has already been mentioned about the awnings is a really good point, too. I really like how there is just one awning with a mid door unit, and the door opens out under the awning. No 'gap' between them like you have with front door models. I am glad you mentioned it because the front door does give of that feeling that you are driving a bus. I never considered how door placement would effect awnings, and after reading a few posts I am going to pay close attention to awning space.
silvercorvette 04/01/15 12:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A with front entrance door

Front Door was our choice: - at fuel stations you don't have to walk through the living area with greasy shoes. We kept an entrance rug for that purpose. - more basement storage is available - groceries? It's no big deal to walk a few feet extra. - They also make front kitchens in small models....seems odd to me...but everyone has reasons for things. - mid-door options would also have the same front passenger space available so why not put everything in that unused wasted space? Good luck in choosing what works for you. You make a good point about walking thru the RV with dirty feet after fueling up If I full time it basement storage will be very important so the loss of basement storage my be the deciding factor. It isn't the extra few steps with the groceries. Trying to step over and around the seat with my hands full can be a problem.
silvercorvette 04/01/15 12:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A with front entrance door

The front door gives you more floor space in the living room without the worry that you might step in the well and hurt yourself. I will have to take a closer look to see how much floor space is wasted. I had not considered the possibility of someone falling in and getting hurt maybe it can be covered with a piece of plywood.
silvercorvette 04/01/15 12:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A with front entrance door

No problem with groceries. Someone stands outside and hands them inside to the other person. They do make DP's with mid entry doors. That only works if you are traveling with 2 people.
silvercorvette 04/01/15 12:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A with front entrance door

When we first started shopping for a DP, a mid entry was on my "gotta have" list. It just didn't stay there long. There are terribly few mid door DP's. And putting the door in the middle takes a LOT of space out of the interior. Ours has an electric step cover, hit a button and DW has somewhere to put her feet. After 4 years, I'm still trying to train her to crank that cover in when I pull into a campground or up to a gas pump. (I miss my drivers door too!!!) I've had the door awning fail twice, it is currently broken again. And even when it works, it's small, and there is a rainy gap between it and the main awning. DP's have front doors. Nature of the beast for the most part. At the present time I am single and travel with my dogs, but if I bring my cousin on a trip or if I meet someone and get into a relationship it seems like it would be easier to use a door amidships and not disturb a passenger by climbing over them when make a fuel stop.
silvercorvette 04/01/15 12:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A with front entrance door

As for loading and un-loading, it makes no difference at all. We both load groceries, clothes and all other items needed. A few feet more is no big deal at all. One poster mentioned the entrance step level on a front door model being a bit low in certain camping conditions. Well, yes, that can happen. In fact, in a few spots we've been in, that lower step was literally 1" off the ground. Again, no biggie. It just makes for easier access to the coach. With me it is more of an issue than a few extra steps. It seems to me that stepping over and around the seat with both arms full of stuff can be difficult. With the 5th wheels I have owned before and presently own and the motor home I rented with a side door it was easy to stand outside and pile stuff on the floor. When all my stuff was inside the RV I got inside and packed the fridge clothing and canned goods. I probably will not remove the TV if or when I full time it because I will no longer have a house. But until I transition to full time I will continue to rent a space for my RV because my HOA will not allow me to park it on my property, When I store my RV I remove my 40 inch TV and bring it in the house into my house. Carrying a large TV around the front seat will be harder than just placing the TV on the floor and walking up the stairs empty handed instead f trying to climb the stairs with a TV set in my arms. The fact is carrying any large or heavy item up stairs will be harder than placing the item on the floor and walking up stairs empty handed and then picking the items off the floor once I am inside the RV.
silvercorvette 04/01/15 12:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A with front entrance door

Thank you for all the replies I have been busy today and will not be able to read them all till tomorrow, I did watch a few walk thru videos of super Cs, I really liked the features of the Haulmark 4503 Super C but have not checked prices I imagine that they are expensive
silvercorvette 03/31/15 11:44pm Class A Motorhomes
Class A with front entrance door

I own a 5th wheel but rented a class A gasser last year to go to a funeral. I never made it to NY because the snow made it too dangerous to drive. I am thinking of selling my house and full timing it in a class A and one thing I like was the door in the middle of the vehicle. #1 it seem like it would be easier to go food shopping and carry the stuff into the kitchen cabinets and fridge. #2 It seems like it would be more comfortable for the passenger to have a floor to put their feet on instead of having them dangle. I know that some passenger seats have a recliner with a foot rest the flips out but if you want to just sit is there some kind of cover you can put over the stairs that will let the passenger rest their feet. What are the advantages and disadvantages between a front door and a door amidship. PS I love my 5th wheel it is almost perfect but if I full time it the large basement will give me more storage space. My storage area in the front of my 5th wheel is huge if I just use it for a few weeks or month long trips but if I sell my house I am going to have to sell a lot of my stuff and the storage space under a classA will allow me to have room to store a lot of thing I can't bear to part with. I guess I will need to rent a small house or apartment as a home base but there are some things I do not want to leave in a unoccupied apartment for months at a time.
silvercorvette 03/31/15 10:48am Class A Motorhomes
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