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RE: Am I out of my depth?

Advice? Little late, eh? Just a guess, but I'm thinking that you made the seller a very, very, happy guy. Delamination and rot are both referred to as "like icebergs" since only ten percent is clearly visible. Sounds like you willingly bought a rolling disaster. As for my second guess, I'm betting that you start digging a bit deeper into this mess, realize that you made a huge, but fairly low cost, rookie error, and start looking for ways to recover some of your "investment" before you coach arrives at it's final destination AKA, the scrap yard. Good luck.
soren 11/19/14 04:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 5th wheel and MH comparisons, again.

One thing that doesn't get mentioned often is how much nicer it is to have a reasonably compact toad to tour in, compared to a big pickup. There are many places on the road where we can squeeze our CRV into a spot that a full sized pickup would only pass by. Last week we were in Charleston and parked next to a guy in a new Tiffin. He switched just to get rid of the big dually truck and was thrilled that he could take his little toad into the heart of town without all the headaches finding a place to park.
soren 11/19/14 05:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Reservations en route to FL from VA on 95, late Jan 2015?

We have done a Christmas/New Years trip from N.E PA. to Disney, for the last dozen years. We have never had an issue finding an open campground, and some go out of their way to provide easy after hours registration. We have stayed at Green Acres in Walterboro SC, many times, but have never spoken to any staff there, or set foot in the office. Giant pull thrus, and a nice well lit open shed to self register at, after hours. One important thing to remember with a trip like this is that a open campground, a quarter mile from an exit is a good thing. An open campground that is a fifteen or twenty minute drive off the exit, while making 1/2 dozen turns, is something we work hard to avoid while in transit to a destination, especially after dark.
soren 11/10/14 02:28pm Snowbirds
RE: Low Miles on a 2005 DP

Can you expound on your statement of 'systems were tired'? What systems were affected? Probably the biggest issue would be the basement HVAC unit. I had it out twice for repairs, and it was still having issues. Other than that,it was a whole list of less serious issues, caliper slides on the brakes, dash air issues, check valves in the HWH system, muffler replacement, etc.. All possibly expected wear items, but it adds up. Keep in mind that this was a coach with an excellent history and with $20-25K dumped into it in the two years before we bought it. (new fridge, Turbo, six new Michelins, Awning fabric, inverter, roof resealing, batteries, and other repairs and replacements)
soren 10/17/14 10:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Low Miles on a 2005 DP

I agree too that 32,000 miles is not too low only if it was driven evening through-out it's life. Was the 32,000 miles put on in the first three years then has been sitting? I think we were all trained to get the lowest mileage cream puff that we can find. It's hard to get that thinking out of our heads. Our coach is on consigment and has almost 70,000 miles that were put on evenly through-out it's life. We've used it just about once a month since purchase (2008 Dynasty). The salesman mentioned a couple of times that there are many '08's with less miles and people might baulk at higher miles. On a diesel, 70,000 is just about breaking it in. Only a true diesel person I think would understand that Only a true diesel person I think would understand that (I was not that person either as I had to learn it). Diesels like to run on a regular basis although people talk about farm equipment that sit all winter and then they start them up again in the spring with no problems. It's hard to kill a diesel I guess. MM. How about another perspective from the buyer's point of view. We are on our second used class A, and probably our 9th or 10th RV. On the first A I fell for the "it doesn't matter how many miles are on a diesel" line. It's a true statement in some ways. However, it avoids a harsh reality. A ten year old coach with 80K on it, often has got a lot more overall wear and tear than a similar rig with 1/3rd the miles. Now, there are huge exceptions to this, including many low mileage rigs that we found that were hammered to death by snowbirds. In our case we bought a sweet Journey nine year old with 80K on it. It looked and ran great, and probably will run great for another few hundred thousand miles. However, many of the systems were tired, and expensive to maintain and repair. In retrospect, I should of held out for a similar rig with 30-40K miles. Not only are they commonly available, it's a better overall buy. I agree with your salesman. If he has a nice selection of rigs with less than half the miles of your unit, on his lot, I'm not going to bother looking at yours. The Journey is gone, replaced with a very low mile Vista. Half the cost, three times the condition, and my only regret is that it isn't powered by a small diesel.
soren 10/17/14 07:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Any chance for Topsail without a ressie?

Each time I have been to Topsail the sign at the front says, Campground FULL The sign I walked past a few months ago, and then got a great spot without a reservation, for five nights? That's the sign you're talking about? We ended up in a great site across from the laundry building. I have been to some of the most popular state and national CGs in the lower 48, and walked past that sign repeatedly, to end up with a great, no reservation site. This happens for many reasons, including reservation systems that are totally screwed up. Reservation systems that turn away business because they will not allow a booking within 24-48 hours of arrival. Parks that keep "off the books" sites available for issues that arise, and a bunch of other reasons. I have been greeted with everything from, "did you see the sign" to, "let me see what's available that's not listed on the computer"
soren 09/25/14 07:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: tires out of round because of bent wheels

You have 2 pgs off folks saying get a second option which is good advice. What I would do first is to jack up the front of the MH first and put a flat piece of wood under the tire and then rotate it and you will be able to see if tires are out of round and how much. For your tires to bounce do to being out of round you should see 1/4 in or more. Don't know where you got the idea that 1/4" or more is the lower limit, but your high by a factor of 3X or so. A tire that's out of round by 1/16" or less will be quite noticeable. I just had a shop true (lathe) six Goodyear tires on my MH. One was radically out of round, in excess of 1/8". The others were out by much less. Removing defects much smaller than your 1/4" will make a radical difference in how the thing rides and rattles. I "got this idea" by measuring how much the my tire was of round. The OP describes "front wheels bouncing baldly" a tire that is within a 1/16 won't do this. When my mine were under 1/8 in the bouncing ceased but was still very noticeable. I have not been able to find anyone in Ct. that still trues tires but that is the best way to get rid of out of round tires. Even brand new tires can be slightly out of round. Sorry, but I still strongly disagree. If you have a tire that's 1/4" out of round, you are at the outer extreme of totally defective. Truing a tire of this caliber would mean leaving areas of deep tread and others with little remaining, or even wear bars showing. But, you're relying on the OP's definition of "bouncing", whatever that means to him, and he is no longer contributing to the thread. On my 2006 F53 chassis, an out of round front tire, well below 1/4" out, not only created a horrendous ride, and extreme vibration through the entire coach, but it also created oscillation and vibration in the steering column, and seat which certainly could be described as bouncing. The experience was similar to driving down a set of railroad tracks and bouncing off of every tie, once the thing hit 40+mph.
soren 09/21/14 03:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: tires out of round because of bent wheels

You have 2 pgs off folks saying get a second option which is good advice. What I would do first is to jack up the front of the MH first and put a flat piece of wood under the tire and then rotate it and you will be able to see if tires are out of round and how much. For your tires to bounce do to being out of round you should see 1/4 in or more. Don't know where you got the idea that 1/4" or more is the lower limit, but your high by a factor of 3X or so. A tire that's out of round by 1/16" or less will be quite noticeable. I just had a shop true (lathe) six Goodyear tires on my MH. One was radically out of round, in excess of 1/8". The others were out by much less. Removing defects much smaller than your 1/4" will make a radical difference in how the thing rides and rattles.
soren 09/20/14 08:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: $500,000 Motorhome. Class A? or would it be a C.

We spent a night around the campfire, in the Yukon, with an owner of an expedition rig. He was a German who just circles the globe for fun. His rig had been all over China, Russia, and Africa, and dozens of other countries. At the end of the summer he was scheduled to catch a slow freighter from Baltimore to France, then stop at home for a while, before the next adventure. Comparing a typical American plastic box full of tacky d├ęcor, and shoddy construction to an expedition rig, is like comparing yourself to an MLB hall of famer because you played in high school. Not quite the same league. A guy with four GPS units on the dash, a set-up that makes fetid swamp water drinkable, and stories of negotiating his way out of being kidnapped in Morocco, and being detained in China, is a bit different than your latest adventure to the local KOA with your glitzo express brand bedazzled class A.
soren 09/20/14 07:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice removing water stains on front curtains

Same curtains, same stains. The dry cleaner reviewed them and couldn't do the job due to the non-removable plastic clips. Washing them in Oxyclean was a waste of time. They are cleaner, they did not shrink on medium heat in the washer or dryer, but they still have water stains.
soren 09/20/14 07:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: comment from newer Monaco and Fleetwood owners

I bought a 2013 Monaco gaser. One thing I like about Monaco is the warranty. You can take it anywhere for warranty service. Most RVs have to be taken back to original dealer for warranty service. Monaco does not discount what they pay for warranty service. Most likely because they still build quality into their MHs. I would buy another Monaco. In the last fifteen years I have had timely, hassle free, no cost warranty work done by dealers in several states, none of whom were the "original dealer". This was on Jayco, Fleetwood and Winnebago products. Not quite sure where you got your idea? By your logic, a full-timer should just buy a new rig and throw all the warranty info. in the trash, since they are typically hundreds or thousands of miles away from the seller when an issue arises.
soren 09/20/14 07:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Basic Class A questions - looking for used 1997-2002

Last year we decided to cut our losses and sell an eleven year old DP that not only was terribly outdated, on the inside and out, but needed about $10K in work on many systems. (brakes, basement air, dash air, etc.....) All this work was required, but did absolutely nothing to the value of the coach. We replaced it with a seven year old 33' Gas Winny Vista, that not only was affordable, but in pristine condition. That said, having owned both, I find a lot of these comments questionable. I am not basing my comparison from a P30 to a DP just on the one 1994 I had. We also had a 1982 34' P30 southwind that handled equally bad. All the suspension parts underneath are not made to handle the weight of anything besides an empty motorhome. Add water and all your stuff, guess what, you're overloaded. We broke a leaf spring and could never get the alignment right on the '82 due to inferior parts that were not heavy duty enough. Now, the DP has several things that are different from the gas counterpart. Here are some of them. 1. The gas engine is screaming between the driver and passenger, the diesel is out back and you cannot hear it. Sorry, but "screaming" is for drama queens. The motor will bump to about 4K on occasion, but even them, the dog house is well insulated, and normal conversation and radio listening are still happening without issues. 2. The diesel pusher almost always has an exhaust brake which aids in slowing the rig down considerably. And the DP will have air brakes. The five speed Ford trans. has grade braking that is, for all intent, a "Jake brake" and controls the speed impressively. My 2014 Chevy truck does the same thing. 3. The maintenance costs will be more on a diesel. More oil capacity, more expensive filters that have to be changed more often. It is easy to do all these things yourself if you're even remotely mechanically inclined. 4. Tires on a DP cost about twice what they do on a gas RV. I bought tires for my '94 P30 before I sold it. They were the cheapest new thing I could find, and they were $1600 for all six mounted out the door. Definitely more costly on the DP. 5. The handling on a DP versus a gas is a complete 180. Death grip on the gas, one or two fingers on the wheel with the DP. More drama. My current gasser handles perfectly adequately, and is as relaxing as the DP was. It's a trade off, the ride is not as smooth without the airbags, the handling is better, but the DP was extremely short and had a bad rep. for being twitchy. 6. Carrying capacity on the DP is a lot more. Pretty much load up whatever you want to bring, you'll be able to handle it without going overweight. I have two tons of carrying capacity on the gasser, I'm pretty sure that's enough. 7. The storage bays on the DP are huge, some have pass-through storage on a few bays. This makes it really nice for putting in things that are long, like tables, flag poles, skiis, etc. I have a pass through and a rear compartment that's bigger than anything I have seen on most DPs, like 5'x8'x4' 8. The diesel generator has enough power to run everything on board at one time if it's the 7500 onan quiet diesel. I can run both ac unit's, the microwave and all the lights. On a gasser, be prepared to shut down an a/c unit to run the microwave, depending on the size of the microwave and a/c. I run both A/Cs without incident, lights, TV etc.....at once, if I need to run the micro, it takes a moment to drop the rear A/C, hardly a deal breaker. 9. A DP is not outside your price range. Go drive both and then report back to us. You won't believe the difference. Stop by a big rig shop and price out a few maintenance tasks and repairs for a DP, and like the man says, "you won't believe the difference". Pretty typical to pay 2-5X as much to do the same work on a DP. 10. I'm not saying that the gasser is a bad choice. But I am saying that the resale value will be higher on a DP. Not to mention the ear to ear grin you'll wear as you're driving it down the road. Resale is a tricky issue. You might do better with a DP, or you might get stuck with a tough to sell rig. You pay less for a gasser, and have a wider audience when it's time to sell. The other big issue is what happens with a major failure on an older DP. A 20 year old gasser might need a new trans, or a junkyard motor for $3-5K. On a DP this could be a $15-20K problem.
soren 09/07/14 04:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Now why cant Winnebago make a motorhome like this - in a 25'

Earlier this summer I asked our local Winny dealer about the 26' model that everybody sells for $69,995. He said they ordered one, it sat for eight months and they dumped it for little profit, to make it go away. It was the first and last that they will order for stock. Somehow I doubt that very small class A's are a market with much potential.
soren 09/07/14 03:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why buy out of California

There is much information in this thread that is in error or not correct.Pub 52 will give you the way to avoid paying California taxes, note i said avoid not evade as tax evasion is illegal. On a $150,000 RV the tax at 7.25% (I think the lowest for CA some as high as 10%) is $10,875.00. To answer the question why buy out of California? To save the sales tax on the purchase. If you buy a vehicle in CA you will pay the taxes for where you live if a CA resident or you will pay the taxes for the jurisdiction where you buy if you are not from CA. If a CA resident that lives in CA but properly buys out of state the vehicle will still be registered in CA through the DMV with the tax clearance from the Board of Equalization (BOE) if the RV does come back to the state. Note the DMV has authorization to collect for the BOE. JimR My late father ran with a very wealthy crowd, as he spent his retirement years in Newport Beach. When it comes to very expensive toys such as collector cars, yachts and Prevosts, this demographic isn't afraid to go to great lengths to avoiding the onerous cost of ownership in CA. I have heard tales of everything from shell corporations in Vegas that own, maintain and deliver high end coaches to "corporate officers" for their use, to taking delivery of large boats in international waters, and keeping them docked in other states (or countries), until things cool off. It's a pretty high stakes game of cat and mouse when the BOE is expecting a six figure check for the new Prevost you ordered, only to be disappointed. There some great stories out there regarding the tenacity of the BOE agents. One guy told me that he nearly laid an egg when his cell rang while piloting his boat in FL. He bought it six months previously, never notified anybody of the purchase, and it was in dry docked in FL. while undergoing renovations the whole time. The agent called his unpublished number, addressed him by his first name, and asked if he was enjoying his 50' brand X boat? He ended the call by telling the boat owner that he looked forward to the owner and boat returning to CA.
soren 08/17/14 08:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Boondocking in Hyder?

Wow. Paving in Hyder. It just doesn't seem right. A few years back we were heading into town with our rig, and I noticed that the bumper mounted spare tire carrier was cracked apart, and about to leave the tire dragging down the road like a tail. Since it wasn't our first trip, the wife was deeply concerned that there was absolutely no way that we would find anybody to repair the thing in a place as small and backwoodsy as Hyder. I told her that I could guarantee that we will get it patched back together, and it wouldn't be a problem in the least. While checking in at the office at the Run-a-Muck, I asked the owner about finding a welder for a small repair. He directed me to a local who spends his summers at the CG. This guy took the pieces to a buddy, and returned with then the next day. The repair was 3x stronger than the original part, and will last for few hundred years. He then asked if I thought $20 was fair........ Great town, great people, I can't wait to go back.
soren 07/21/14 07:22am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: tay away from Muncho Lake, BC

Got my butt chewed there one time. I had fueled up and pulled across the highway to park, and eat lunch in the camper. We had a Tahoe pulling a small travel trailer at the time. I'm parked next to a huge box truck with several men unloading it. A guy walks up and unpleasantly tells me to move, since I parked on a runway. "Runway" as in no signage, and nothing but another gravel pit looking barren spot on the edge of the highway. I motion to the box truck, which apparently is not an issue, and the guy says, "move it" and walks away. Now if I did accidentally park on an unmarked runway that looked suspiciously like a gravel truck parking lot, complete with truck, I have no issue with moving immediately. However, being a jerk wasn't a requirement.
soren 07/15/14 09:44am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska or Not?

You've discovered the very reason some Americans ride American made bikes...the noise keeps animals off the road and alerts other motorists to our presence. Might as well ride safer as well as look good on American iron:) Hate to break it to the "loud pipes save lives crowd" but the noise you create to "ride safer" is something that gets there after you do. There is zero evidence that being a nuisance, and creating irritating noise, is beneficial to your safety in any way.
soren 07/07/14 07:30pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: How do they do it?

I have seen some of "those" in campgrounds. The owners usually spend all of their "outside" time rubbing on the RV in some fashion or another. Different strokes... I have observed this phenomenon to the point that it borders on mental illness, on several occasions. #1 Gassing up in Prince George and I start a conversation with a class A owner. It's early in the season, but I am surprised to hear that he is heading south, and has plates from a southern state. He tells me he got a few hundred miles up the road and was simply too stressed by all the horrible road conditions to continue. he simply couldn't handle the idea of a dirty coach, or a potential rock chip. #2 We got set up at border city about 8PM while heading northbound. The next rig to arrive was a stunning black 40'+ class A with a matching black SUV. They pull into the wash bay and get the pressure washer going. At TWO AM I wake up, and see them still at the job. #3 We are at one of the prettiest place I have seen on this earth. Backed up to the canal leading to the small boat harbor in Valdez. The weather, scenery and fishing are perfect. Two couples step out of a class A that backed into the adjoining site. The husband of the couple who owns the rig stays behind while the three others spend the next TWO DAYS touring the area. He spends his time obsessively washing and detailing the coach. He will not even engage is a conversation of more than one sentence with anyone walking by. Bottom line. If you are obsessive about material objects, and you are the kind that can't relax unless your RV is ready for the judges at a car show, don't even bother heading north. It isn't fair to your S.O or anybody else that has to deal with you. It isn't hard to imagine that in all examples I encountered, the spouses had an experience that varied from unpleasant, to downright horrible.
soren 07/06/14 08:05am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Black Hills SD

Remember bike week is coming up very quick. Prices of everything will likely double soon We have camped in the hills, every year, since the late nineties. In that time we have been there for the rally at least five or six times. We camp in the southern hills for the most part. Although there clearly are accommodations in Sturgis and close by, that get a premium during the rally, your claim is more than a stretch. Not only have we never been overcharged in the hills due to the rally, as the rally is winding down, we have gotten some amazing buys at vendors who were dumping merchandise to prevent having to drag it away. The only rally related issue we ever had was at a campground, a hundred miles away, where the manager refused to honor GS discounts, since it was rally week, and "we were luck to find a spot, at that price, since most campgrounds charge double this week", His campground was half empty at the time, and his game put $3 in his pocket, but earned him a negative review on rvparkreviews.com, and a guarantee that he will never see another dime of mine.
soren 07/04/14 05:41pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Changing Insurance to State Farm, your input requested

Good to see that many of the loyal SF users take the time to shop around for better rates. My long term experience was much different. the wife was with SF from the day she left the nest, and her parents were with them for many decades before that. The auto rates were constantly climbing, and I got suspicious, since there were zero claims. I shopped, switched us to another major brand and lowered the rate by 40%. for significantly increased coverage. The next move was to shop homeowners. I stopped at another agent, asked for a quote based on NOT being a current SF policy holder, and got a bit of a surprise. He quoted me a dollar less per year for twice the coverage. When they were caught, they simply said, too bad. We will give those rates to a walk in prospect, but not to existing customers. As you might guess, I haven't done business with SF in many years.
soren 07/03/14 09:21am Class A Motorhomes
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