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RE: Wireless tow light

What about brake lights and turn signals? That is the topic of this discussion. Wireless, all in one, brake, turn and running lights.
soren 12/06/16 04:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wireless tow light

I have the blazer brand, two light LED set-up that was less than $90 delivered, from Jet.com. I've used it extensively since last summer, an it's a great buy for the money. The batteries last a LOT longer than claimed, and overall it's been a great way to do the job. I switched toads from one CRV to a new one. I really wanted to avoid hard wiring additional tail light bulbs into this toad, since the old set-up was a continual PITA. So far, no regrets, and it's a 1/4 or a 1/3rd the cost of a wireless light bar.
soren 12/06/16 04:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hand wash only, air dry...

My little brother was the area manager for a rental agency that had about 500 vehicles on the road, in his territory. He not only had his employees trained to alway remove antennas before entering "rag beater" car washes, but they were well aware that they would serious consequences for any damage to a car as a result of being too lazy to unscrew the thing, and put it in the car, beforehand. I can't imagine why the car wash is at fault here? I don't need to be told to not drive a dually through one. To not leave a case of empty beer cans in the bed. To not leave a whip antenna in place, or do any other dumb thing before entering one. I'm not sure why the lack of a sign somehow makes your own stupidity somebody else's fault? Now the bigger issue is why anybody would take ANY vehicle they care about through a beater rag car wash in the first place? I check first, and if it isn't touchless, I move on.
soren 12/06/16 04:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking at used Ford F-350 high miles

My mechanic has a 6.0 used to pull his race car. His take is that the truck is just sickening to think about. He has no faith that it will get him to and from the track, on any weekend, without needing to be towed. The resale value is horrendous, and he has far too much time and money wasted keeping it running to just dump it. He also has a large fleet maintenance customer that had a pile of 6.0 F250s on the road. Their bean counters watched the repair costs, and determined that dumping them at the end of the engine warranty was the best business decision. Between down time, and no longer having Ford pick up the tab for keeping the things running, they had to go. This is a company that expects 300-400K out of their typical Chevy and Ford heavy pickups and box trucks.
soren 12/01/16 05:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Can I pull this trailer with my Suburban?

Some people wouldn't pull a utility trailer with anything less than a 3500. They are whacko. THAT is a TOTAL FABRICATION on your part and IMO makes you the WACKO for perpetuating such a FALSHOOD and again IMO puts your opinion suspect for even being seriously considered. I challenge you to provide at least two links that supports that statement in those words. I was going to make that a single statement, but there just might as you have said might be more than the one confirmed WACKO we know of. Larry Hope you are joking? If not, you should be. I've been on here longer than most, (not that that means anything) and I've seen too many "can I pull this?" threads, to even count. That said, this forum is FAMOUS for towing opinions, cheerfully given by folks who haven't a clue, or are dealing with their worn set of "facts" that are totally correct, assuming that it's still 1975. How about the infamous, "you will never pull that with a half ton" silliness? Doesn't matter that the half-ton in question is rated to tow 8-9K, or even more, and had twice the horsepower, braking and other key components as the "half ton" that gramps had, "back in the day". Yes, I HAVE even seen RV.net "experts" recommend that the poster sell a perfectly reasonable trailer, that's well within the capacity of the TV, and buy a pop-up, since they ineviably will die a horrible death if they pull the rig in question. NO, I have no interest in shoveling through the archives to find the many times that such horse sheet was offered. You have been here long enough to know how ridiculous "advice" sometimes gets when it comes to this topic.
soren 12/01/16 03:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Vintage Class A Motor Homes

My current RV is an '84 Allegro which is outside of your definition of vintage...maybe more retro :) Well, it's still 32 years old. I think my Winnie was a 72 or 73, and I owned it 95 or 96, so it was only around 23 years old at the time.......... I bought it from a tow yard where it was left to rot. The previous (original) owner turned it over to them, I assume because the tow cost more than the rig was worth. The 454 was blown to smithereens. After sitting for 6 years they put it on Craigslist for $600. I saw the ad and had to go see it. It had good bones but no one was going to buy it. I'd have gladly paid the $600 but offered him $400 with the condition that they tow it to my house. He agreed but made me promise - and he was really intense on this point - that it would not be parted out. It had to get back on the road - a promise he had made to the previous owner. I agreed. I dropped a GM Performance 454 in it and the rest is history. We have a great time with it. I forget how old it is - it turns heads everywhere I bring it - most recently to the washed-out NASCAR race at the Pocono Raceway (pic below). http://i1263.photobucket.com/albums/ii636/jestoltz/061216_zps3vefdz7l.jpg http://i1263.photobucket.com/albums/ii636/jestoltz/nascar_2016_zps8khws84b.jpg Sure it's a little sketchy to drive, but so was everything else made in 1984. We just moved, but since 1989 we have lived close enough to Pocono to hear the cars shift gears as they navigate the triangle. The local joke is that you can plan your summer weekends by looking at the Nascar schedule. It helpfully identifies the two weekends when it WILL be raining, and the next monday, that will be beautiful, since that's when the race will actually run.
soren 11/30/16 06:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Eternabond on a four year old Kodiak Travel Trailer

I used a ton of Eternabond tape on a project recently. I need 2", but I bought 6" and cut the roll into three 2" strips. It was a lot cheaper.
soren 11/30/16 05:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fiberglass repair

I would talk to a few competent body shops and boat yards. I have had several areas repaired on my older motorhome, prior to having it repainted. It's been over a year and 20K miles, and there is no evidence of any issue. IMHO, I don't agree with your RV repair shop.
soren 11/30/16 05:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Can I pull this trailer with my Suburban?

Your are beyond good with this combo. I pulled a 25' trailer that was 4600# empty, with two different Tahoes and a Suburban. In total I had to have been near, or even over, 100K tow miles and had ZERO issues with any of the Chevies. Have fun.
soren 11/30/16 05:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: camper styling in america 2017

another comment that does make a lot of sense.. thanks to all the comments, even the derogatory comments. I need to learn how to communicate better. Youd think at 51 id have learned. Not at all. You have an opinion and stated it well. Remember this is a forum full of folks who spent a great deal of money on their hobby, and many can only tolerate positive reinforcement. Some are well positioned to own whatever they want. Some have made sound decisions with their choices, and are doing well. Some should have never made the very bad decisions they did. They ended up in debt up to their ears, for RVs that they will be upside down on, forever. Many bought absolute junk, because, they think exactly 180* opposite of your reasoning. They wanted all the bells, whistles and junk they saw. The fact that all the junk they lusted after is sourced from the cheapest of Chinese suppliers, or that the structure is failing since the frame was slammed together by a illegal making piece rate to slap poor quality welds on under-engineered and undersized steel, is something they come to learn later. Finally, posters being dismissive of you owning "old junk" are hilarious. I own a decade old Winnebago that is in excellent condition. I'm all in, at less than a third of what the new model of this size costs. I have two friends who just spent (actually one borrowed) big bucks for a motorhome and a luxury fifth wheel from the big two (Forrest river and Thor) To call either of these rigs "steaming piles of sheet" would be a slap in the face to sheet piles everywhere. They are unimaginably horrendous rolling junk piles and combined are a waste of a 1/4 million dollars. If my rig disappeared tomorrow, I would shop for another 7-10 year old, well regarded brand. The current crop of overdecorated, horrendously built trash doesn't interest me. As for truck prices, many here are correct. Used diesels that are five years old, nearing 100K miles, and selling for 75-80% of original invoice, just make it clear to me that there are a lot of fools out there.
soren 11/30/16 06:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking to install inside handrail

You might have to install an exposed backer board. This involves making a nicely finished board that span the entire area where the hand rail will be mounted. I have done then in 3/4" Oak with nicely routered edges and a nice stain and urethane finish. This board is screwed to anything and everything that's structural in the wall. It then becomes the mounting surface for the hand rail brackets. You may have seen something similar in public bathrooms, as it's a common technique for securely mounting handicap grab rails to an existing wall, where studs do not end up in places that would be suitable for mounting the bar, and there is no blocking installed inside the wall, between studs. In another case, I built a custom handicap entrance rail for our motorhome. It is a complicated affair made of 1/2" black steel gas pipe, bent with a conduit bender. The railing is attached to the floor with pipe "floor flanges" and the upper end is welded to a piece of 1/8" thick steel flat stock that spans from a window flange to a door flange, where it is securely screwed tight.
soren 11/29/16 07:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Are you freakin kidding me?

A few years back my son was pulling a double axle trailer with an industrial vacuum on it. It weighed 10K. the truck was a single cab 3500 Chevy. Two tires on the trailer blew, almost simultaneously, the trailer imbedded itself in to a concrete lane divider, the pintle hitch tore apart, and he ended up flipping several times, and over a steep bank. The truck was about 20' down. He was just bruised up, BTW. Mostly from where the shoulder strap kept him in place as the thing tossed him around like a paint shaker. It took two articulating boom heavy truck wreckers to pull the truck up and back on to the highway. And two rollbacks, to remove the mess. The towing bill was right at $10,000 USD. Im guessing he was covered insured Did the insurance paid for it,or helped some? Yea, everything was covered. The vacuum was brand new and he had just left the dealer with it. The trailer was a permanent part of the vacuum. The cause was later determined to be that the new Chinese, ST tires were underinflated by 30 lbs, all the way around.
soren 11/27/16 08:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Are you freakin kidding me?

A few years back my son was pulling a double axle trailer with an industrial vacuum on it. It weighed 10K. the truck was a single cab 3500 Chevy. Two tires on the trailer blew, almost simultaneously, the trailer imbedded itself in to a concrete lane divider, the pintle hitch tore apart, and he ended up flipping several times, and over a steep bank. The truck was about 20' down. He was just bruised up, BTW. Mostly from where the shoulder strap kept him in place as the thing tossed him around like a paint shaker. It took two articulating boom heavy truck wreckers to pull the truck up and back on to the highway. And two rollbacks, to remove the mess. The towing bill was right at $10,000 USD.
soren 11/26/16 03:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Buying an "Orphan"?

... but I realize that there will be no factory support and only dealer support. Without factory support there is no dealer support either because there are no parts or supporting technical service available from a factory that no longer exists. Contrary to popular opinion recreational trailers are NOT assembled from 3rd party sources to the extent that some would have you believe and if you happen to need one of those in-house manufactured parts you're toast. But hey, go ahead and find out the hard way ... heck, the pundits who say it's no issue buying an orphan won't be there for you either so what do they care? :R I wouldn't do it. :( I don't know if I would avoid an orphan at all costs, but you make a lot of good points. I have a friend that owns a body shop. He got an insurance job to "recreate" the front cap of a Class A motorhome, after it hit a deer at 70MPH. The rig was an orphan, a replacement front cap did not exist. He is still amazed by the fact that the insurance company basically gave him a blank check to do the work, since they had no other choice. Because it was an orphan, it was a long expensive effort to get the thing back on the road.
soren 11/23/16 04:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: how in the heck to pick a used class A

Look at a lot of small things that are broken, missing. If they are a lot of them shows to me it was not maintained. Great point. We found our used gasser at a dealer. The owner of the rig had insisted that the sales staff show potential buyers a pic. of the pole barn he built to store the thing, when he took delivery, seven years prior. As I crawled over and under the thing I noticed that the owner also hand waxed the roof, and used a brush to touch up paint the underside, as regular maintenance. As you might imagine, there was absolutely nothing broken, or missing. There are some amazing used rigs out there, but it can be a hunt to find one. Good luck.
soren 11/23/16 06:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: how in the heck to pick a used class A

When we started looking we wanted to keep the length to 30ft also. But what that does it gives you 1AC unit and a 30amp service. We have 32v Itasca And it has 2AC units and a 50amp service, plus a 4 door Ref. Plus a Another chair behind the CoPilots seat... Now 2ft is not a lot, but in a motorhome it makes a big difference. In just saying these are some things to consider....Good luck and Happy trails to you... We have a 33' Winnebago for exactly these reasons, and one more deal breaker. The thirty foot version of the same product would of been perfect for us, but they decide to lose half of the three foot difference in the kitchen, by eliminating the kitchen countertop. Seriously, it's almost too stupid to believe, but a lot of rigs in that size range will have a sink touching the gas stove and ZERO actual countertop space. Many will suffer along with that arrangement, but it's a deal breaker for us.
soren 11/23/16 06:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cedar Creek - Landmark 365 - or Big Horn

When we were 2000 miles from home on a holiday weekend our dealer answered his phone, found us a dealer who would help us out and sent repair parts so that we could continue on our trip. Our dealer is top notch. If your dealer won't stand behind the product then you are on your own. We Aren't! It's wonderful that you have a dealer that goes above and beyond. However, the claim that I highlighted is ridiculous. There are plenty of folks out there who are very happy with their RV, and wouldn't hesitate to purchase the same brand again. Even after their purchasing dealer turned out to be a horror story, and the manufacturer stepped in to get the thing diverted to a competent shop. My motorhome came from a dealer that's a 14 hour trip from my home. The sales experience was smooth and left me one happy camper. The service during the sale was a stunningly incompetent. After watching that dumpster fire of a service department, I wouldn't let their techs. fix a big wheel with a fisher price tool set. In the end it's all meaningless, since I have no need for the dealer. In many cases, buying an RV based on the dealer, since they are close, or have the brand you want, can turn out to be the biggest mistake of the whole purchase.
soren 11/13/16 08:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What your opinion of buying a MV from camping World?

Tom Johnson, PPL, Camping World, every other dealer on the Planet....It all sounds about the same. If it's not in writing, it never happened. If it is in writing then it's a deal you should be able to deal with. Why didn't you get it in writing? B.S! There are three FAMILY owned, local dealerships in my market area that have been in business for decades. I know from personal experience, and the reports from satisfied friends and neighbors, that they are trustworthy, reliable, competent and reputable in ways that all the mega-store/chain dealerships could only dream of.
soren 11/13/16 08:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Keep Sliders Open in Storage?

When we wintered in Florida slides were deployed constantly for 5 months. What is the difference? I see no problem in doing this. We also snowbird to FL. We have previously departed FL. after a lot of the birds have headed north in spring, and presently we are here, well before the majority arrive for the season. As a result we walk past hundreds of units that are sealed, awaiting their owner's arrive. The one thing that all of them have in common is that they are stored with the slides closed. There are many good reasons to do so, in this climate. First, the potential for leaks is reduced. Second, the potential for vermin infestation, everything from cockroaches to squirrels chewing slide seals, is reduced. Next, most of the slide seals are tightly trapped behind flanges when closed, away from the direct sun, and avoidable UV damage. Finally, if the slides have fabric toppers, they last a bit longer, since the sun is not destroying as much of the fabric. Every year we watch folks return to their rigs in fL. and enter them for the first time, with their fingers crossed, hoping that it's not a moldy, leaky or bug infested mess. Why leave slides open for 6-8 months, and add to the risk?
soren 11/12/16 09:01am Travel Trailers
RE: Winnebago Adventurer Roof issues

We are still trying to work with the insurance company. We spoke with Winnebago who said that this is not a defect, as they have been using these roofs for many years producing over 10 million of these and if it were a defect, they wouldn't be using this design. They did state that it does happen, and in our situation, it was a wind issue, not a defect or a design flaw. So... now, back to the insurance company.... We are on our second used Winny. I just wanted to caution you as to the difference between reality, and reality as viewed by Winnebago Industries. For example, they spend years ( IIRC a decade) bonding windshield glass to raw steel frames. They knew, several years into that decision, that it was not the right thing to do, as they started seeing evidence of water penetration, corrosion behind the glass, and even stress cracked glass, from the pressure of the rust expansion behind the glass. In response to this they did absolutely nothing, and continued to build tens of thousands of coaches with this defect. Second example. My 2007 Vista has side skirts that extend from the floor line down, and have cut-outs in them for the basement storage doors. These skirts are built of the same material as the walls,(paneling, foam board, and glue) but "protected" from road dirt, moisture, salt, and corrosion, by a poorly installed patchwork of thin aluminum skins, that are "sealed" by thousands of lineal feet of caulk joints. This might be a reasonable technique for a park model trailer, but it's a joke when used as a road going vehicle. I spent almost $2K dealing with the windshield corrosion, and 40-50 hours laying on my back, grinding and patching the underside to get that mess under control. At a trade show I was discussing this with a Winny regional rep. who had been with the company for decades. He avoided the windshield mess entirely, and dismissed the pathetic design and workmanship on the underside as a "maintenance issue" since the owner is responsible for "inspecting and maintaining any sealants under the coach, at least every six months" I just laughed, and moved on. Bottom line? Winny priority is to first do what's in their best interest, and what will not result in warranty issues that would bite into their profits. Telling a customer that they couldn't possibly have a defective product, since they build tens of thousands that way, is simply BS.
soren 11/03/16 08:09am Class A Motorhomes
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