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RE: Honda CRV

We upgraded from a 92 Tracker to an 07 CRV back in June! Installed a Demco Baseplate to match the Demco Excalibar Tow Bar that I already had on hand. Also went with their Wiring Kit ..Plug and Go ,I used a 7 Pin connector to the MoHo! I considered a charging wire to keep the Toad Battery charged ,but decided to just install a switch to the fuse for the Radio.So far it works fine. The only critisism that I have is the Michelin Tires make this car very noisy to drive. I met a fellow who had replaced His with Bridgestones from Costco ,He claimed they were much quieter ! Mine are still like new ,but will replace them at the first opportunity! We have owned a 2010 CRV, which was lost in a deer collision, and now have a 2013. I really, really doubt that you are going to be happy switching tires to cure road noise issues on a CRV. Up until recently Honda was continually criticized by the car reviewers for what seemed to be a real unwillingness to address road noise on all of their products. Our 2010 was ridiculously noisy with the factory Continental tires, and the Michelins that replaced them. The 2013 is dramatically quieter, and it has everything to do with lots of sound insulation that was added to the redesign. I just got rid of the nearly bald factory tires on the '13, and went with Hankook's latest and greatest. If there was any improvement in noise level, it is very slight. It's your money, but dropping $600 to throw away perfectly good tires will make little difference in a car with very little noise control built into it.
soren 04/09/15 09:27am Dinghy Towing
RE: Custer City, SD KOA Campground

Stay away in August as over a million motorcycles will invade the area. Prices skyrocket everywhere, 100 mile radius. We have been spending at least a week, or two in the Black Hills, most years, since 1994. I personally attempt to avoid being there during rally week, but to advise avoiding the entire area for a whole month is a bit extreme. As for "skyrocketing prices everywhere", um, no. Campgrounds can be expensive and full in the Sturgis area during rally week. Custer is sixty miles away, and I have never seen, or heard of any business there trying to gouge anybody based on it being rally week. With the exception of high priced lodging of all types, near Sturgis, it's been our experience that we have never seen any gouging of any sort in South Dakota, in connection with the rally. As for the claim of an excess of a million attendees this year, I'm going to take a shot at this being a bit of wishful thinking by organizers. Last year's numbers were around 400k. It seems hard to believe that that number will increase by 250%, or more, based on it being the 75th anniversary. Not only did the last milestone year (70th) only result in a small bump over the previous year, attendance overall is down by roughly a third, in the last few years, when compared to the high numbers seen in the early 2000s. How's about $675 a night for a hotel room in Sturgis during rally week? That's what I was quoted last fall, a month after the 2014 rally. I'd call that price gouging. And they got it, no rooms available at the moment at any price, that I could find when calling around in the last week of December. The OP asked specific questions about the CUSTER SD. KOA. This campground is 73 miles from the rally. I just looked at their online reservation service and found sites available during RALLY week, for less that $50/night, with a KOA card. As I stated, having done this for two decades now, overpriced lodging is an issue in and around Sturgis, during rally week. Other times, other locations, not a problem. You can get a piece of grass at the Buffalo Chip or similar campground for cheap, but hope you don't like to sleep much.... I found a basic no-frills dorm-style room at a location 20 miles away. Only $400 for the week PRIOR to rally week, $700 for the week of. Those are sold out. For a non-rally camper, I'd stay way away from there from around July 20 to after the rally in August. Things should be back to normal by then. If you look at the daily attendance statistics, which appear in the Rapid City Journal, you will see that the rally population tends to build and fall in a real tight bell curve. The numbers build to a peak, mid-week, than drop off hard until it's a ghost town by the end of the weekend. I have dropped by vendors on Sunday afternoon and walked away with bags full of high end embroidered and dated shirts that were marked down by 75%. The streets were nearly empty, and the sellers didn't want to pack them up. You have gone from recommending that folks avoid the area for the entire month of August in your first post, to adding two weeks before the rally in this post? Seems way over the top, given that the rally doesn't really impact too much outside of the official dates, which are August 3rd to the 9th this year. Also, the First Annual 3-wheeler rally is in Deadwood from July 16-19 I think. They aren't the camper type, but it will bring some bikers in even earlier than the "week before" crowd. As Max from Beaver Lake CG, and others can attest, it isn't easy to make a living in the hospitality industry in the Hills. Claims that it's best to avoid the entire area for weeks, or months, due to the rally is not only inaccurate, but it doesn't help those who have a short season to make a living. IMHO, the second half of August is a great time to be in the Hills, a lot of the families have packed up to head back to school, the weather is great, and everything from campgrounds to restaurants tend to be less crowded that they are in mid-summer. This year I would avoid the area for the first ten days of August, just to stay away from all the noise and crowds, but before and after will be just fine.
soren 03/28/15 07:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Topsail Hill Sites Being Repaired??

Well accept you totally ignored the fact that St Andrews draws many more visitors each year and is only 30+ miles away and is allowed to fall into disrepair while Topsail spends millions each year on "improvements" like a new sign, entrance, etc. Having spent time the last few years at many state parks in Florida it is quite obvious some connected politician is influential in how state park infrastructure money is dolled out to their favorite park. Sorry, but I'm not buying it. I have stayed there recently, and spent a decades long career as a contractor. I'm well aware of what "spending millions" looks like, having done it many times. The park is fairly well maintained, but in now way are there any signs of extravagance, particularly millions of dollars wasted. finally, I did indeed ignore your issue with St. Andrews, and the condition of a hundred other facilities in the system, since it has nothing to do with this conversation. You have a serious chip on your shoulder, and firmly believe that money is being wasted on a profitable, and popular park. I'm sure all the information that you base your "beliefs" on is a matter of public record. Why not dig up the facts and post them? Might take a while, since your search for the "wasted millions at Topsail"" might be a long one.
soren 03/26/15 07:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Custer City, SD KOA Campground

Stay away in August as over a million motorcycles will invade the area. Prices skyrocket everywhere, 100 mile radius. We have been spending at least a week, or two in the Black Hills, most years, since 1994. I personally attempt to avoid being there during rally week, but to advise avoiding the entire area for a whole month is a bit extreme. As for "skyrocketing prices everywhere", um, no. Campgrounds can be expensive and full in the Sturgis area during rally week. Custer is sixty miles away, and I have never seen, or heard of any business there trying to gouge anybody based on it being rally week. With the exception of high priced lodging of all types, near Sturgis, it's been our experience that we have never seen any gouging of any sort in South Dakota, in connection with the rally. As for the claim of an excess of a million attendees this year, I'm going to take a shot at this being a bit of wishful thinking by organizers. Last year's numbers were around 400k. It seems hard to believe that that number will increase by 250%, or more, based on it being the 75th anniversary. Not only did the last milestone year (70th) only result in a small bump over the previous year, attendance overall is down by roughly a third, in the last few years, when compared to the high numbers seen in the early 2000s.
soren 03/26/15 06:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: WorkHorse RVs

It turned out that a lot of the problems were caused by the driver and the way he treated the truck. It's amazing how many people fail to give this the weight that it deserves. I have a buddy who does a lot of fleet service work for contractors and service providers. He was approached by the owner of a large exterminating company who was troubled by issues with his trucks, and hoping to get an answer as to which brand would give him better reliability? The owner got an answer he would of never thought of. MY buddy told him to start matching the drivers to the repair history of the fleet, and warned him that he might end up firing one or two once he saw the data. I once bought a used van for my company, since it was in extremely nice condition and too cheap to pass up. It came from a dealer who only sold light commercial trucks. He told me that, within reason, mileage isn't something to focus on. His point was that he has seen operators who could nearly destroy a van in 30K miles, and others who could turn a van in with 180K that ran and drove nearly new.
soren 03/25/15 06:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Topsail Hill Sites Being Repaired??

Original poster here...lot's of interesting discussion, but no answer to my question. Anyway, I did find something interesting today in the paper from the head of Florida Parks (or something like that) Jon Steverson "He, Steverson, referred to Topsail Hill, a beachfront state park near Destin, as "one of my top money-makers." With $2.7 million in annual revenue, the park is 219 percent self sustaining... I guess you could say they spend the money where the money is being spent?? Sounds reasonable to me. Thats because they charge twice the regular state park rate and no other reason. I made my original observation about funding from many years of watching this go down. They dump millions into Topsail yearly and let St Andrews just down the coastline rot away when it has far more visitors each year. Topsail is the favored park and some politicians "pet" park for no good reason. As for there being no other state parks in Florida like it, it's a good thing but there are plenty of Florida State park campgrounds that have FHU sites and have been refurbished in the last 10 years and far exceed the expeience that can be had at Topsail. Interesting mix of opinion, and to be charitable an "odd" perspective on how business works. Topsail is one of the most successful and popular state parks in the system. It has a fantastic ROI. The state is being responsible by spending wisely, and devoting some of the revenue stream to repairing the challenging and substandard infrastructure. As for charging twice as much? A quick check of rvparkreviews.com shows the two closest state parks show rates of $30-$33, and private CGs are anywhere from $60-$114. So the park is typically full, the rates are low compared to the competition, and the operation is a real money maker for the state........ sounds horrible...........:R
soren 03/23/15 08:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Policy changes for 2016 at Ocean Lakes

Well it's not hard to see how getting ejected for infractions is also a monetary fine. We were at a place recently where a couple of monthly renters decided that picking up after their dogs was beneath them. After warning them, one renter got caught by an employee. The employee was behind the guest, and watched as the dog owner observing his dog squatting and depositing, then walking away. Management told him to pack his stuff and leave, no refund, no discussion. If you paid for a month or two, that could be a pretty heavy hit, with no recourse.
soren 03/23/15 08:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Some Florida questions/recommendations 2015/2016

The same rule applies: the further south and closer they are to the beach the less likely they will have space. and 5 or 6 nights at Southern resort is going to cost me what a month in Ocala will and I wont have to hook, tow and unhook........... I am liking the Ocala and a jacket idea :) We just spent the winter in a few locations along the "nature coast". Finding sites was a bit tougher than it was last year, and the volume of business was surprising to two park managers I spoke to. Both told me it was their best year ever, and next year looks better. Given how horrible the winter was in the north, you might want to make a decision, and get something locked in soon. We gathered a bunch of friends, and booked a handful of sites at a local place for next season. By the time the last of our group showed up, last week, with their checkbook in hand, there were three sites left to choose from. The place has over 400 sites and it's full for next winter.
soren 03/23/15 08:25pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: LT vs ST's - Canadian Tires cries "Illegal!".

Mind you yet another franchise told me they were going to have to charge for installing a battery (sold as "includes installation") because the battery wasn't under the hood. Find a ten or fifteen year old Passat, or New Style Beetle, or even a Dodge Intrepid. Now spend a while finding the battery under the wiper motor, or under the back seat, or in the front wheel well, behind the fog lights. Now decide if you want to spend 30 minutes to an hour swapping a battery out for free? If I told my daughter to stop by the local parts store to get wiper blades with free installation, I would expect them to do the two minute job on her Toyota, without issue. I wouldn't expect them to grab a six foot step ladder and do the same to my motorhome.
soren 03/22/15 08:51am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: porcelain tile in gas motorhome

Beyond the weight issue is the issue of flex. Ceramic tile does not allow for any flex or any imperfections in the floor. The tiles will crack and lift. For a motorhome you need a flooring that has some flexing abilities. If you do decide to go with ceramic tile, be sure to pick out what you will be replacing it with while your at the store. It will save you a little time down the road. ;) If you are going to install the tile following best practices from 1940, you are probably correct. If you understand current technology and use the correct products, not so much. When you get involved with high tech. membranes and synthetic grouts, you would be amazed at how flexible, and durable, installation can be.
soren 03/20/15 02:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: If you only had $40k to spend.........

A travel trailer. You won't get much in the way of a motor home. I paid just over $40K for a seven year old, low miles, one owner Winny that looked and ran new. It was stored indoors and owned by the kind of guy who waxed the roof every year, and climbed under with Black Rustoleum, and touched up anything that wasn't shiny. Guess I should of held out for a travel trailer?
soren 03/19/15 04:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing a 2015 Honda CR-V "four down"

My comment: Probably no more than several hundred sales were made solely on the 4 down tow capability. Honda has much bigger things to worry about than keeping those old goats happy! "several hundred sales" Sorry, but no. On a trip down the east coast during snowbird season I see at least a hundred hanging off the back of motorhomes. I had mine serviced at a Tampa area dealer recently. The service advisor told me that they have a steady stream of angry customers who simply cannot believe that Honda would do something so dumb. Honda probably had little choice when it came to increasing economy, but it comes at a cost of thousands of lost sales to RVers. The CR-V is the seventh best selling vehicle in America, with 45,509 sales in January and February of this year (source). The motorhome toad market is negligible for it in the overall scheme of things. Obviously we agree. As I pointed out however, the market is far larger that "several hundred sales". I have been to campgrounds lately where they were more CRV toads than any other brand, followed by Wranglers, other Jeep products, and a few oddball units. My favorites is the odd category recently have been a Town Car and an old Land Rover Defender.
soren 03/19/15 12:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: The end all thread on class A gas mpg with v10

8-9 hwy. is the norm for a V-10 with any type of load. LOL, do you write your own material? I have a 2008 34' Vista with the 362HP V-10. After 8000 miles of doing the math it averages 6.6 to 6.9. When discussing this with other owners, the typical comment is, "yep, that's about what mine does too" Your "norm" of 9 is nearly a 50% improvement over the real world.
soren 03/19/15 09:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing a 2015 Honda CR-V "four down"

Well, IMHO, Honda has certainly "shot themselves in the foot" by changing the transmission in the 2015 CR-V's to one that prevents 4 wheel down towing. My 2005 CR-V is a great car, and an excellent tow vehicle, and I was all set to buy a new 2015 CR-V to replace it. But, NO, Honda in its great wisdom, decided to ignore the RV towing market (yes I know its just a speck in their sales needs), and replace an otherwise great 5 speed automatic with this "variable ratio", or whatever they call it non-towable tramsmision. Well, all I can say is "I hope they choke on this unwise move"!!! I am no longer a Honda advocate. Comments????? My comment: Probably no more than several hundred sales were made solely on the 4 down tow capability. Honda has much bigger things to worry about than keeping those old goats happy! "several hundred sales" Sorry, but no. On a trip down the east coast during snowbird season I see at least a hundred hanging off the back of motorhomes. I had mine serviced at a Tampa area dealer recently. The service advisor told me that they have a steady stream of angry customers who simply cannot believe that Honda would do something so dumb. Honda probably had little choice when it came to increasing economy, but it comes at a cost of thousands of lost sales to RVers.
soren 03/19/15 08:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Unique RV Digest-it Product

I don't know that I would go so far as to state "snake oil", but in my uneducated opinion such products are just as much a waste of money as "enzyme treatments" for a septic tank. Since my home sewer system IS a septic tank, I have done a lot of research on the care and feeding of such systems. The consensus of opinion seems to be that everything a septic tank needs is contained in the waste from a human body. NOTHING needs to be added. The same authorities also state that such enzymes take at least a week to do any good, so putting such products in an RV holding tank is an exercise in futility. My personal experience agrees. Sound far from an "uneducated opinion" to me, more like a decent understanding of basic biology and septic systems. As a builder, I would hand every customer a pile of paperwork from the state DEP, regarding their newly installed on-site septic system. The "user manual" portion of the documents include a statement that no additives were necessary in a properly operating system, and that some additives can be detrimental. As for the claims of magical enzymes for a HOLDING tank, well there's one born every minute, as Mr. Barnum once said.
soren 03/11/15 07:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Onan muffler spring squeak?

Sounds like a bad muffler bearing. Sorry couldn't help myself. Maybe look at the muffler to generator connection that might be loose Nope, bearing is fine, blinker fluid topped off, and it's ready to roll. On a serious note, the muffler is welded to a stand, of sorts, that floats on these four springs, and the squeak is enough that I'm ready to tear the whole mess out.
soren 03/10/15 04:12pm Tech Issues
RE: DP Search

Actually they make ozone generators that are used in structures that have been involved in a fire. Use the right one, and use it properly and the tobacco smell is gone. Many used car dealers have been doing it for years and most any fire restoration contractor would have one. Well, maybe, maybe not. I bought a used pickup that was full of nasty smoke odor. As a condition of the sale, the dealer spent a day cleaning everything, and "removing" the smell with an ozone generator. It worked for a while, but the smell slowly crept back in. JMHO, but there is no hope for anything that has carpets, upholstery and fabrics one it's been destroyed by a smoker.
soren 03/10/15 04:05pm Class A Motorhomes
Onan muffler spring squeak?

I have a nine year old Marquis Gold 5500 that is driving me nuts. The exhaust is mounted on four springs. Each spring is the size of an old film canister, and nicely buried up inside the housing of the generator. They don't look like they are going to be fun to remove. Every time the rig moves, (and it doesn't take much, my seven pound puppy can make this happen by walking down the hall)the exhaust starts to squeak, and it's about as irritating as it gets. I have flooded the springs with spray lube and it doesn't seem to make any difference. Anybody ever deal with this issue, and if so, what is the permanent solution? Thanks.
soren 03/10/15 01:37pm Tech Issues
RE: burnt power cord plug and wires to it on cord

Another thing I have found, The Quick connect type outlet assemblies they use in RV's are a bit..er.. anemic when it comes to space heaters.. I smelled hot wire,, Others have had failures of the outlet. I installed a pair of 15/20 amp outlets (These have a "T" shaped neutral) fed them with 12GA wire bent around a genuine well tightened screw,, Each cable runs to a circuit breaker (one is 15 amps I'll upgrade some day other is 20) with no other loads on that breaker... No more hot wire smell. I agree that the typical RV outlet is garbage, and poorly suited for heavy loads, like a space heater. The "T" neutral is only found on 20 AMP receptacles, however. They run a buck, or two, more than the commodity grade 15 Amp ones, but they are well worth it.
soren 02/24/15 01:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Time allotment for Black Hills/Yellowstone/Grand Tetons

and a short trip to Crazy Horse, which is a complete waste of time in my opinion. I have spent a week, or three in the Hills, most summers since 1994. I can't recall anybody ever dismissing Crazy Horse as a "complete waste of time". Given that there are almost two thousand reviews on tripAdvisor, and it gets a four star rating, with over seven hundred calling it "excellent", I'm not alone in strongly recommending a few hours there. I would hope the OP wouldn't pass up on a truly incredible stop in the stunningly beautiful Black Hills.
soren 02/22/15 05:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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