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RE: Towing in the real world. gas or diesel

From a pure safety standpoint I would never consider towing 12K with a gasser down 6-14% grades. What a pleasure it is to go down these grades without touching the brakes and knowing you have cool brakes if needed. Now as mentioned ya may want to look at trucks from the last 5 model years. IMHO the RAM trucks have proven to be very dependable with their electronics and drivetrains. Also they have the gold standard Bosch CP3 injection pump. GM and Ford used the CP4, GM gave up on that with so many warranty claims they now use the Denso pump. I can't imagine how many tens(hundreds?) of thousands of us are driving large gas motorhomes, on top of the Ford F53 chassis, with hill descent control built into the transmission. I have made many trips in and out of Yellowstone, from Eastern WY. in my ten year old 21K gasser. Doesn't matter how steep the grande is, or how long. My gasser gets to the bottom with brakes that are stone cold. With the right drivetrain, and skill set, descending the biggest mountains in North America is a total non-event. That said, I'm still amazed by all the concern for "screaming gas engines". It's not 1975 anymore. They are made to perform for hundreds of thousands of miles, with the RPMS up in the power band, when needed. My v-10 regularly cracks mid-5K when pulling out from a stop , or attacking a grade. The motor is maintained with an OEM filter and oil, every 5k and has 80K on it. Not much compared to a hot shot delivery driver, running a one ton diesel for a living, but quite a bit for a motorhome of this age. It doesn't need any oil between changes. I have a different view of this as a prior diesel motorhome, and pickup owner. In the OP's position, I would find a 3-4 YO gas pickup and take advantage of the soft resale numbers on gassers. Having spent the last three years,putting 50K miles on a gas V-10, moving 25K pounds on a regular basis, I know that a diesel motor is a better option to do the job, but far from a requirement.
soren 02/22/18 07:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Frameless window blows off in transit

Thanks to everyone who has responded to this post. Your responses have been very helpful.I am currently working with my dealer to get this covered through warranty. Keystone is not accepting responsibility. I wonder how Keystone would feel if the window came of in transit and caused a serious accident. A lawsuit would sort this issue out in a hurry. Thanks again folks. A suit by a third party, injured by your flying window, would hurt you far worse than the manufacturer. Bottom line is it's an operable window, and you can't prove that you were a responsible operator of the vehicle, who latched the thing properly. You may be the victim of a totally defective product, or you may be totally at fault. Either way, good luck with proving your opinion of what happened. No if you are talking about a suit against the manufacturer to address the fact that you are owned a new window under warranty, it would most likely be a total waste of time and effort. You would probably have to file a suit representing yourself, as your own council, since no lawyer is going up against a mega-corp to do battle over a window, worth a few hundred bucks. particularly since you are completely unable to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the issue wasn't a result of your failure to properly latch the thing. Next you would be up against a legal department that might not even bother to respond, since, in their eyes it would be a nuisance unworthy of such. In the event that they were compelled to respond, they would simply do the "grind and drain". They would waste your time and money until you were into the mess for 10-20X what the window is worth, stressed and sick of it all. All of which gives you the incentive to do exactly what they wanted you to do from the start, which is go away. Sorry, but that's the cold hard truth. I had a friend who tried to sue me for big bucks, since he was misusing a ladder of mine, and fell, breaking his arm. My insurance company and ladder manufacturer never even bothered to get their lawyers involved, since it was, in their eyes, a nuisance that needed to be squashed like a bug, without wasting money on lawyers. After a few months of getting impressively jerked around by both parties, the ex-friend's lawyer realized that he wasted a few thousand of his own money, while failing to pull off a hail Mary play to hit a jackpot. He then tells his client he wants $5K to keep going, 1/3rd of the winnings, with the client paying all further expenses in advance. That pretty much sums up how "nuisance suits" work in corporate America. The little guy threatening to sue only makes them yawn, and once you go through with it, they screw with you until you give up.
soren 02/21/18 08:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jeep Wrangler Prices

Went through the same thing when buying something to tow. During our Big Adventure, we didn't tow anything. We ended up spending $3000 on rental cars. During the six months on the road, I did and informal poll of what class As were towing (looked at every class A going by) and 95 percent were CR-Vs or some flavor of Jeep. So of course, when it came time to buy, I started shopping for one of those. Talk about sticker shock. A ten year old CR-V with 200,000 miles and a beat up interior for $18,000??? No Thanks. I got a 3 year old Equinox for the same price. Underpowered, but considered to be one of If you found numbers like that, while shopping for a CRV, you must of been online shopping using the zip code for a remote Alaskan Village, or maybe an island in the south Pacific? Last summer I bought a three year old CRV with 28K miles, in excellent condition, for exactly $18K. It was from a new car dealer, detailed, inspected, 120 point checklist, and had full service records. Here in the Mid-Atlantic, ASKING price for a ten year old CRV with that kind of miles is in the $6-8K range. If you drop back to a 12-15 year old unit, you can find ones with half that mileage, in very good condition, in the $3-5K range. Not to mention that a CRV will be running long after any small GM SUV is just a memory.
soren 02/21/18 07:12am Dinghy Towing
RE: Where to go...East coast for a month (reverse snowbird)

Wow, great suggestions!. Some great new areas to research. Keep these great ideas coming. Thanks. Hey Soren, what camping places would you recommend in the Lancaster area? Our favorite is Lake-in-the-Wood. The only negative is that it's a bit remote from all the action, in tourist country, as it's way up in the NE corner of the county. It is however, real close to the Shady Maple Smorgasbord, the Shady Maple market, and the big Goods store, which the locals joke about being "the Amish Wal-Mart". If you want to be closer to the center of the tourist area, Old Mill Stream is really nice. From the road, it looks like it should be a busy, noisy mess, since it's located next to a huge Kiddy Amusement park, on the main commercial stretch in the area (RT 30) but the campground is tucked in a rural valley, behind everything, and it's quiet and real nice. Our other go to choice, is Country Acres, located east on thirty in Paradise. It's conveniently located and really well run. finally, we haven't been there, but Spring Gulch is highly recommended by many. Couple of points to think about if you are going to do an extended stretch here. As several have stated, it can be hot and humid here. Not Florida hot, but way hotter than you might imagine. The Chesapeake bay region from DC/Baltimore north to the Appalachians in PA. tends to be an odd little spear of southern climate. It's common to find a lot nicer summer weather, and much uglier winters, just a few miles north of here. The other issue is that eight million visitors end up in the county every year. Most of this tourism is located in the Amish area, east of the city. I never tried to book a week, or month in a CG here, but I do know that during the summer, most are quite full, and fairly expensive.
soren 02/21/18 06:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to go...East coast for a month (reverse snowbird)

The PA. Grand Canyon and the whole "northern Tier" area (defined as the counties touching the NYS border, Bradford, Tioga, Potter,etc) is a great place to stay. Sinnemahoning...........at least 40 wonderful miles from any hope of cell service or internet. It sure is. I'm guessing a lot of folks would be really surprised to learn how truly remote that part of the world is. Renovo, the biggest town in a thirty mile radius, got it's first cell tower, a few years back, a quarter century after rural areas of the Pocono mountains, to the east, had good coverage, I have found a few places where a township's entire governmental presence is a town hall, the size of a garden shed. A bit west of there, our future daughter in law, a recent university grad, did her first eight years of public school in a two room schoolhouse, on a gravel road.
soren 02/21/18 05:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to go...East coast for a month (reverse snowbird)

My location should give a bit of a hint about my answer. We spent two decades camping in Lancaster County and last year we moved there, and still love every minute of it. The PA. Grand Canyon and the whole "northern Tier" area (defined as the counties touching the NYS border, Bradford, Tioga, Potter,etc) is a great place to stay. There is plenty to do, and even more if you jump the border to Corning, and the finger lakes, but be cautioned that specific destinations can be really spread out. I have a long history of extended family, childhood experiences and time at the family hunting camp there. Nothing to put 2-300 miles on the clock, while tooling around the northern tier for a long weekend. Have a great time, wherever you decide to land this summer.
soren 02/20/18 06:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yosemite West / Mariposa KOA - no more

There are numerous Ex-KOA properties in the lower 48 that do quite well without the need for the branding.Over the last few decades of travel, I have met several CG owners who were counting the days left until they could remove themselves from their KOA franchise agreement, and others that were improving properties to sign on. Who knows, this place may do just fine as an independent?
soren 02/20/18 01:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Moisture in tail light

I had the same issue with a slightly older Winny. Turns out that the gasket between the lens and the housing had flattened out, and no longer sealed, regardless of how tight the screws were. I called my online parts place, they sent me two new gaskets for a few bucks, and I cured the problem.
soren 02/19/18 05:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Walmart....."NO......"

This is a RV forum therefore we think this is aimed at us,I dont think so, the trucking industry has a huge parking problem they have been passing off to wal-mart and others for years. Its now come to a head with the E log mandate,commercial drivers must stop when their hours run out ,no ifs ands or buts ,no 'few minutes over' while they look for a spot. The majors are starting to rent out overnight parking (at truck stops) to assure their drivers dont get caught, this puts small companies and owner operators in a even bigger pickle, thus more and more in retail lots ,and thus more and more signs ,I dont think they are aimed at the RVer. I've started to notice how obvious of an issue this could become. It's now more common to see big rigs parked in really odd places, in the middle of the day, just burning up the clock.The other day I'm at a local grocery store, mid-afternoon, on a weekend. The place is very busy, and the lot is needlessly clogged by a guy with a flatbed full of structural steel, and another hauling round bales. Both idling, with the sleeper curtains shut. I'm guessing neither were waiting to unload at the back of the store.
soren 02/19/18 05:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Airstream Classic

Typical responses. Everything from factual, measured and honest, to the Kool-aid crowd. My favorite are the snobs that dismiss those who are less than enamoured as, "the little people, who simply can't afford what I have". Oh, please.
soren 02/19/18 09:15am Travel Trailers
RE: Airstream Classic

Airstreams cost because of the volume, construction, quality and pride of ownership factor. They are very high priced and would not be so if they were not worth it in the eyes of their owners. Considering you could buy two or even three standard TTs for the price of an Airstream and a 20 year old AS is just reaching puberty in TT world, says a lot. We looked at them briefly, The DW did not like the shape, I want a slide and neither of us wanted to spend that much. None of that has anything to do with the value of an Airstream. To put it in perspective, if I won a multi-million dollar lottery, Ferrari might just make their first pickup truck. :) Till then its my F-150. Safe travels Every winter I spend a few minutes strolling through the giant Airstream display at the Tampa show. As the prices hit the stratosphere over the years, one thing becomes clearer. This is a case of genius level marketing and very little substance behind the curtain. Same ole' appliances, Chinese LEDS, and other junk found in the brands that the Airstream snobs love to belittle. Garbage QC in many areas (huge puckers between rivets on roof seams, really?) All of this is accompanied by ridiculous pricing. The 2018 30' Classic had a BASE MSRP of $142,000..................seriously? Sorry, but when you go on about just reaching puberty at 20 YO, and Ferrari comparisons, there is a marketing department smiling, and the bean counters at Thor staring at the profit margins in awe. It's all about drinking the Kool-Aid.I wonder how many Kool-Aide drinkers would still wave that Airstream flag after a deep dive into search topics like "floor rot, Roof leakage, filiform corrosion, and factory support for warranty problems" ? I knew that the whole deal jumped the shark a few years back, when I stopped at an Airstream dealer who had a few worn out hulks on his lot. I was actually buying a part for another brand, but I was looking at his inventory before I left. I step in a 28' or so, thirty year old Airstream TT, and my foot goes in the rot hole at the door. the interior is filled with mold smell and need a total gut job. The salesman tells me it's available for $18K and he can't move much on the price. Yea, OK, right after pigs fly. The problem with this whole "value" concept is that, once you step away from the dealer, and back into the real world, a quick search of national databases show an abundance of really nice similar used Airstreams, of the same vintage, that do NOT need $20-30K in rebuilding, for LESS than $18K. That's how it works when you can sucessfully create a perception of value, based on past reputation and brilliant marketing.
soren 02/19/18 06:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Thinking about converting and ambulance to an RV

You COULD make a decent class B from an ambulance that is on a full van body, such as a long WB high top Sprinter. Box on a cab and chassis is probably a waste, as others have noted, you will invest time and money in appliances, fixtures, cabinets, etc only to not get any of it back at sale time, in addition to being run out of campgrounds. The vehicle is probably great for making a service truck, but not so much for a camper. Charles As compared to an E chassis Ford, when it comes to buying an old, worn-out rig, a clapped out Sprinter is a whole other ring of hell. A buddy of mine does fleet repair work. One of his clients just acquired a small ambulance co. that came with a whole collection of high mileage, fairly late model Sprinters. To say that they are unreliable, and extremely expensive to keep on the road, would be awfully generous. The owners are dumping them ASAP.
soren 02/19/18 05:38am General RVing Issues
RE: dino oil vs synthetic mpg

That won't get you a dime extra from any dealers trade in appraiser, or the majority of private buyers either. Personally I would expect to see detailed service records for things like fluid changes and other maintenance if I was buying used, but why would I pay more because the vehicle was maintained per the manufacturers recommendations? That oil analysis is fine if you like spending $28 bucks. There are many things that can go mechanically wrong with an engine in a major and expensive way, and an oil analysis report is not going to give any sort of warning for the majority of them . Really? So, when the trucking industry,and many others that operate everything from giant power plants in ships, to back-up generators for critical uses, rely on oil analysis to determine the machine's "health" they are wasting money? No not at all, but this thread is about the vehicle owned by thw average Joe, and not the fleet of UPS, the power plant of a container ship, or a CSX locomotive. A total waste of money IMO. The mechanic started a commercial two cycle push mower, and checked the RPMs on idle. They drained the dino oil out of it, refilled with the synthetic and started again. The idle was roughly 500 RPMs faster. All of us were pretty amazed. I'm sure that this trick would be tough to repeat, given that two cycle mowers are gone, and I'm sure dino is a far better product that it was in 1978. Draining that oil out of a 2 cycle engine is a feat in itself. LOL, You're right. Back then the commercial guys we serviced used Jacobsen 2 cyl and IIRC Lawn-Boy push mowers as "trimming mowers" Obviously I got the 2 cyl part wrong. I remember the Jac's since they had a cast aluminum deck that looked like it would outlast the end of the world, and the lawn-Boys had that goofy offset front wheel with the discharge ahead of it.
soren 02/18/18 03:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: dino oil vs synthetic mpg

I don't smoke or drink or chase the ladies so I have tons of money for oil. You should reconsider. Not only is it a hell of a lot of fun, but you often get more out of it than you do from buying oil.:D Some will say why do a sample every oil change like I have. When I go to sell this these reports will net me a higher price as they can see for a FACT the condition of the engine. That won't get you a dime extra from any dealers trade in appraiser, or the majority of private buyers either. Personally I would expect to see detailed service records for things like fluid changes and other maintenance if I was buying used, but why would I pay more because the vehicle was maintained per the manufacturers recommendations? That oil analysis is fine if you like spending $28 bucks. There are many things that can go mechanically wrong with an engine in a major and expensive way, and an oil analysis report is not going to give any sort of warning for the majority of them . Really? So, when the trucking industry,and many others that operate everything from giant power plants in ships, to back-up generators for critical uses, rely on oil analysis to determine the machine's "health" they are wasting money? Interesting. My son is responsible for countless diesel engines. Like most responsible managers in this specialty, he has a commercial account with an analysis firm, and a steady flow of samples heading to the lab and reports showing up in his inbox. Catching an issue like coolant intrusion, fuel contamination, and impending bearing failure, is a pretty big deal, and pretty evident when regularly monitored with sampling. When shop time is $100+ an hour, and few problems are resolved with less than a four figure repair bill, a few dollars on oil testing is well spent.
soren 02/18/18 07:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: dino oil vs synthetic mpg

"I have been using synthetic oil since 1974...." Same here, my Dad was the first Dealer in WA. I have never bought AMZ/OIL for mileage increase but I am sure it does help "some". You can thank this company for pushing the others towards Synthetics. https://i.imgur.com/yJTmLRgl.jpg In the late '70s I was a high school kid, working part time at a small engine shop. We had a valuable commercial customer who became enamored with the idea of using synthetic in his mowers. The head mechanic was not impressed, so the customer told him he could prove it was better. The mechanic started a commercial two cycle push mower, and checked the RPMs on idle. They drained the dino oil out of it, refilled with the synthetic and started again. The idle was roughly 500 RPMs faster. All of us were pretty amazed. I'm sure that this trick would be tough to repeat, given that two cycle mowers are gone, and I'm sure dino is a far better product that it was in 1978.
soren 02/18/18 07:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Have a J.C. Penney Battery, Need warranty replacement!

How about a replacement for the Sears Muzzler muffler? I think we got 10+ of them replaced before Sears stopped selling mufflers and refunded the full purchase price. I actually felt bad when they refunded the money after all those years and replacements. That was s sound business practice. Sears is going under. I wonder why :? I'm sure the fact that Sears has been driven into the ground, by a weird Billionaire with a very odd sense of retail "best practice", probably ranks a few hundred spots higher on the " Why is Sears taking forever to die" list, as compared to free car exhaust parts.
soren 02/18/18 06:52am General RVing Issues
RE: SoCal to Denali in a class C

We were lucky and only had 2 MH windshield chips that were repaired in Whitehorse. There were a significant number of additional rock strikes detected by sound and dings. I had Safelite install a new windshield in my CRV, nothing to do with the AK trip. Long after the fact I discovered they used cheap Chinese glass and likely used a cheap rubber gasket. There is also evidence that they broke the plastic mounts for the bolts that hold the trim that extends from the windshield to the roof. NEVER again will I use Safelite. I hand washed my Suburban, moments before arriving at a Safelite shop to get the windshield replaced. Hours later, way longer than any normal job takes, and after telling me that there were no issues at all, they give me the keys and decide to not tell me that they smashed the rear corner of the truck, into the stuccoed block garage door opening of their shop. They then lied about it. It was a real ugly battle to get them to step up and pay for the damage. Never again, not even if they did the work for free.
soren 02/13/18 03:57pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Preferred disc brake Pads replacements... 8K

I'm kind of surprised that this thread didn't bring more discussion of rockauto.com. Bottom line, is that if you have a few days to wait for parts, Rock will drop anything you want from premium grade to economy parts, American to off shore brands, at your door, for 1/2 to a 1/3rd the price of NAPA, or other local parts house. I just completed a fairly extensive round of brake work on the fleet, in my household. Didn't matter if it was the Chevy truck, the CRV or the Ford F53 under the Winnebago, EVERY part was top notch, arrived quickly, and a fraction of the local NAPA store for the same products. I guarantee that rock saved me a thousand bucks in the last year, counting up all my DIY repair and maintenance projects.
soren 02/05/18 10:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pickup rental?

Got it. This thread wasn't about your tolerance for risk. It was about how I could mate my 5er up to a flatbed pickup with a goose ball. Any insight into that? (I've done my homework on licensing, and am deciding to become legal as best as possible in the eyes of the law, to mitigate as much risk as possible should the statistically improbable (not impossible) occur.) Yea, that's not gonna' fly. You don't write at length, making declarative statements about impounding, being potentially cited for non-existent violations in other states, claims about being denied insurance coverage, etc, and the way it works here in PA. and declare that the tread is about something else. Nice try though.
soren 02/05/18 09:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pickup rental?

The scenarios you present, have been discussed, ad nauseum, for well over a decade , before you joined. Bottom line? Your concerns are, at best statistically improbable. In reality. When it comes to things like having your rig, "impounded" well, that's drifting into paranoid territory. Your life, do what you feel comfortable with. I suppose that somewhere, somebody straps on a life jacket and a football helmet before they get behind the wheel, to protect themselves from risks that they are concerned with. That doesn't mean that I'm heading out to shop for a football helmet, any time soon. Your claim that everything you discuss is "real" is something you really need to give some thought to, since it simply incorrect. Your rig is NOT going to be impounded. You will NOT be denied coverage in an accident. You will NOT be cited for NOT having a license endorsement, possibly required in PA. if you are stopped in ANOTHER state, and on and on. (many states have no such thing as an RV CDL endorsement BTW, and federal law prohibits your scenario of being cited for not having a a PA. RV endorsement, in another state) Relax, be safe, operate safe equipment, and give some thought to refraining from creating issues for yourself that simply do not exist. If you feel better with a CDL great, but don't make blanket statements about "the way it is, on the roadways of PA", or make claims about insurer responsibility, or enforcing PA state law in other states, that are simply false. Be careful, enjoy yourself, and good luck........................
soren 02/05/18 09:05am Fifth-Wheels
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