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RE: How to figure out “Used” DP Coach Prices?

2x on what Gemert said. A valid price for anything is one that a willing seller and a willing buyer agree on and make the transaction. The PPL lists fit that model. The buying guides (NADA, Kelley, etc) use a formula to establish a value. I don't know what the formula is but they are not based on recent sales.
thgoodman 09/18/14 08:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: A/B Switch for Sat/Cable

Yup. Got one from Radio Shack a long time ago. Works great.
thgoodman 09/04/14 09:02am Technology Corner
RE: M.P.G.

OK, 2006 Beaver Patriot Thunder 44' w/tag, 525hp, 13 liter Cat engine w/ no mods, 47000lbs (weighed) with tow'd, 60 - 65 mph freeway driving, cruise control, economy setting on Alison transmission. I don't seem to do as well as other guys on here with similar equipment. I get 4 - 5 MPG, slightly better on flat roads, slightly worse in the mountains. Bottom line: I wouldn't have any other MH so I live with the mileage.
thgoodman 08/11/14 10:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV appraisal service

Take a look at PPL's website for the selling prices of all RVs they have sold in the last 2 years. Also, I googled RV Appraisal Services and looked at some of the listings on there. Most seem to only look an NADA or Kelly and give you a number. You could do that yourself.
thgoodman 07/29/14 09:07am Class A Motorhomes
Explain DOT Tire Certification

I'm researching tire prices for a set of 295/80R 22.5 tires. The prices vary "all over the place" from the "junk" Chinese brands to $800-$900 for American brands like Goodyear. When someone posts on here asking for tire recommendations, the responses are like wise "all over the place". Things like poor workmanship, cheap untrained labor, inferior materials are mentioned, especially for foreign brands. It's all very confusing to me. How much latitude is there in the DOT tire spec? What is the difference in the $200.00 tire and the $900.00 tire if they are both certified under the same spec? There are LOTS of opinions posted on here. They vary wildly. Where can I get straight answers?
thgoodman 07/28/14 11:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Route 66

Just a few more comments from us: We found some of the fore mentioned RT66 books very nice and some kinda' lacking. Look at a few before you buy. We found Meteor Creator quite UNDERwhelming and very overpriced. YMMV Take a look at Walnut Canyon National Monument. You can walk down into the canyon and walk through the cliff dwellings. Just East of Flagstaff and South of I-40
thgoodman 07/08/14 01:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pocket Door… Never More!

I had the same problem. I took it to my regular RV repair guy and the repair was so simple that I was kicking myself in the @$$ for not thinking of it myself and saving a few bucks. In my case the track goes all the way to the back end of the pocket so there is no space at the end of the track (this is important). He measured the distance from the floor to the bottom of the track and made a 1" x 1/4" piece of wood that went all the way from the floor to push up against the track for vertical support and glued it in place using panel cement. Now, the vertical support is the weight baring structure and not the screws through the track into the ceiling. Hope I've explained this clearly. We've had no trouble in the 2 years since he fixed it. PM me if you need more explanation.
thgoodman 07/07/14 03:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Microsoft Streets and Trips coming to end of life

Recent exchange between S&T user group members and S&T Product Manager from a dedicated GPS site. .... interesting.
thgoodman 07/04/14 06:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Microsoft Streets and Trips coming to end of life

Delorme Street Atlas is head and shoulders above Microsoft Streets and Trips. We have both and upgrade at each new release but seldom use the Microsoft Streets. Only get each new release of it because my wife likes it for some things but I don't like it at all. We have had every version of Delorme Street Atlas and also Topo since the first back in the 1990's. So easy to use and gives so much more local info and detail than Microsoft Streets. Now I will save money since I'll only have to upgrade the Delorme. Does the Delorme have a GPS feature that works going down the road like S&T without internet access. If I have to replace S&T I would like something that functions on a PC because of the large display but I don't have reliable internet access going down the road. S&T will run stand alone but still has the GPS functional.
thgoodman 07/03/14 11:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Tom Sawyer RV Park on the Mississippi

Been there. Done that. Loved it!! We had reservations for 2 nights but when we got there, we liked it so much, we extended to a week.
thgoodman 07/03/14 10:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Genie??

I'm running Genie on 3 TVs in my 45' motor home now. I've had it since they 1st came out (1 - 2 yrs ago ?). Best entertainment investment FOR ME in a long time. Don't miss any of my shows, can time shift, combine that with Distant Network Service (both coasts). I don't want to hear from anyone about why am I not out enjoying the great doors instead of stuck in front of my TV. I like what I like and you like you like. Why do you think Baskin Robbins makes 31 flavors?
thgoodman 06/29/14 04:32pm Technology Corner
RE: Diesel Prices

I am going out this am to find some diesel for the new truck, thinking anything under $3.95 a bargain. Let me ask a secondary question. How often do you need DEF (first time I've had this ). Do you add every 1000 miles? Several stations here in West Michigan are at $3.85 right now. Saw one at $3.75 earlier this week $3.73 here S E of Cleveland OH
thgoodman 06/29/14 03:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Length of MH Restriction??

We've never lost an opportunity because of our length (45') but we've worked in a few parks where it was very difficult to get in and out. The good thing is, once your in, the sites we've had have been pretty nice.
thgoodman 06/19/14 10:11am Workamping Forum
RE: Zombie Apocalypse Escape Home/RV

WINDOWS?? Actually, you could have it both ways. Get out the sawzall, mount the windows flush and then do a wrap. (think city bus) You can see out but no one can see in. Would probably work for stealth camping, too.
thgoodman 06/19/14 09:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water pressure regulator

If you have one of those brass barrel type pressure regulators, look into one end and you will see a solid square piece. That is the end of the PRESSURE regulator mechanism. Look into the other end and you will see a washer looking thing (could be metal or plastic) with about a 1/4 inch hole in it. That's the FLOW reducer. Don't be confused by the hose washer. That's not what I'm talking about. The flow regulator is a feature brought to you by some long-ago craven national legislators trying to curry favor and money from a special interest group. (Could have been Sierra Club. Don't know). Now, DON'T, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, go in there with a larger drill and carefully increase the size of the flow reducer hole. That would be illegal. :W
thgoodman 05/21/14 09:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Restrictions for 45# MH

Aside from the CA restrictions that Tiger cites, I haven't been affected by any length restrictions and I've traveled pretty much everywhere in the US. I did the North end of PCH 1 before I knew about the restrictions. I had a car in tow. I made it through OK but I wouldn't do it again. Didn't get a ticket, either. Lucky I guess. One other road I know of is in Glacier Nat'l park. Best bet is get a copy of MOUNTAIN DIRECTORY WEST (East is pretty flat). That way there are no surprises. If you have a car with you, you really won't miss much. Stay at a nearby campground and go sight seeing in your car. I run into more weight restrictions on back road bridges than anything else but I've always had enough warning that I wasn't inconvenienced or I did it anyway because my weight was so closed and I figured there must be some tolerance involved (about 50,000 lbs here). (took a chance, no consequences. YMMV) Some campgrounds have length restrictions but not as many as you may think. Of the ones I have run into, some are not enforced (Coast to Coast/Encore group if you contact the campground directly and don't go through their 800#), some will walk you through the park and try to accommodate you and sometimes it's just a matter of going down the road a few miles to find someone who can accommodate you. I've never been inconvenienced that much.
thgoodman 05/20/14 10:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Diesel pusher engine size

Well, ya' remember the old saying "You can't be too rich or too beautiful"? I would add to that you can't have too much horse power / torque. But, as j-d's reference from Smokey and the Bandit tells us more power will cost you more money. 525 hp, 48,000lbs, 4-5 mpg here. But when I'm pulling a 10 mile, 6% grade on I-5 on the CA/OR border, I wouldn't have it any other way.
thgoodman 05/04/14 08:04am Tech Issues
RE: "Black-Hole" mail service

Bob, since we don't know details of your circumstances, some advice you get may not apply but here goes: With no address your credit rating will quickly descend into the toilet. Oh, you don't use or need any credit, eh? Got any vehicles? Are they insured? Insurance companies use your credit rating to set your rates. Do you now have or think you will ever need to cash a check? have any kind of a bank account? have any stocks? drivers license, get a job? have an internet connection? Good luck if you can't prove you even exist. Yes, you can disappear from the mail system but then the world will think you no longer exist which I expect you will find it even more inconvenient than shredding your own mail.
thgoodman 05/03/14 10:42am General RVing Issues
RE: New life for old XP

Nice read-------------I would like to try Linux on an old laptop that has a faulty CD /DVR drive. Where do I get information as to how this is done? I got hooked up with the local Phoenix user group through a Windows PC club. I went to some of their "install fests". A very welcoming and helpful group. They had all the software you could ever want and helped me install a simplified version on my lap top. I'm sure there are many other groups like them around the country. Give Google a try.
thgoodman 04/16/14 04:50pm Technology Corner
RE: New life for old XP

Or you could load Linux for free and enjoy real computing. First, let me state my bias. I have one PC running Windows XP and one PC running Linux. I love the Linux OS, mainly because it is so much faster than Windows. That said, I do not recommend a Linux install for the technically faint-of-heart. You need to understand that Linux is almost like a religion to those who support it. Ask a question of a Linux guru and it will be answered fully and with fervor. Ask if its difficult to install and they will tell you "no problem", "piece of cake", etc. Mine took about 15min to install the operation system and all day to install all the drivers and other support apps. Also, some hardware is not supported, the existing wifi card in my case. I am very happy with my Linux install. It runs very fast on a very old laptop and doesn't get viruses or other mal-ware. I installed mine by attending a Linux user group "install fest" here in Phoenix. If you can find a user group near you, you may want to explore Linux. If there is no user group near by, I'd recommend giving it a pass. Some people are just meant to be Windows users. I will eventually migrate to a newer version of windows but there will be drag marks in the sand behind me.
thgoodman 04/13/14 11:30am Technology Corner
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