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RE: I-40 East from ABQ

I'm getting ready to head back East from PHX to NC next week. My preferred route is I-40 but I seem to remember a post on here a while ago that its all orange construction barrels through all of Arkansas (did a search but can't find the post). I could take some surface roads but my rig is pretty big and heavy. Local traffic can be difficult. Anyone have any current info on I-40 road conditions and any suggestions to avoid problems? Thank you Thanks for the replies. Our departure date from PHX will be 5/7. We will spend the 1st night in ABQ. Keeping an eye on the weather, I hate running the gauntlet across tornado alley.
thgoodman 05/03/15 12:43pm Class A Motorhomes
I-40 East from ABQ

I'm getting ready to head back East from PHX to NC next week. My preferred route is I-40 but I seem to remember a post on here a while ago that its all orange construction barrels through all of Arkansas (did a search but can't find the post). I could take some surface roads but my rig is pretty big and heavy. Local traffic can be difficult. Anyone have any current info on I-40 road conditions and any suggestions to avoid problems? Thank you
thgoodman 04/27/15 12:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question For AGM Battery Owners...

If you are considering AGMs again, here's some more to consider. I am lazy and forgetful. I have the best intentions to perform all maintenance regularly on my motor home and we all know that the road to hell in paved with good intentions. Most batteries require regular maintenance to keep them at full potential and to last as long as they "should". I found that most of the time, when I got around to taking a peek inside my batteries, you could already see the top of the plates. They always seemed to die an untimely death. Now, I have LifeLine maintenance free batteries (AGM). They haven't even been looked at in 8 years and are still going strong. Maintenance free batteries are WAY more expensive than regular acid flooded batteries but, for those who are somewhat forgetful like I am, they are WAY CHEAPER than buying acid flooded batteries every 2 years because you didn't maintain them. Only you know which category you fit into.
thgoodman 04/24/15 12:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Day Two Trip Home, Aqua Hot Problem

Stuart, Thanks for the update. You'd be surprised how seldom that happens. Who did you end up with to fix it?
thgoodman 01/07/15 04:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Toll Road Speed Limit

As noted in an earlier section of this thread, this is just an urban legend. (see http://www.snopes.com/autos/law/ezpass.asp Motorists who travel too fast as they pass by E-Z Pass toll collection points may receive letters warning them to slow down while they use E-Z Pass lanes or else risk cancellation of their E-Z Pass accounts, but those letters are not law enforcement citations, nor are they based on speeds calculated by recording times of passage between two checkpoints.
thgoodman 12/26/14 04:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Toll Road Speed Limit

From: http://www.snopes.com/autos/law/ezpass.asp We have yet to find any verified accounts of municipalities (in any state) automatically issuing traffic citations based on transit times recorded by electronic toll collection systems.
thgoodman 12/20/14 04:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: triview backup camera

Yeah, what Don said. My MH came from the factory equipped with the 3 camera system. I find them pretty useless: image too dark at night, washed out with the sun behind you, difficult to judge distances of vehicles behind/ along side of you. I essentially ignore mine. I wouldn't take them off but I wouldn't pay to have them installed, either. If you think you would like them, try to get a test drive in a MH that is equipped with them. I wouldn't let it be a deal killer if I were considering buying a MH without them.
thgoodman 12/20/14 04:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Day Two Trip Home, Aqua Hot Problem

What area of PHX? It's a big area. Roger is in Surprise, AZ. He worked on my AquaHot a few years ago when I was staying out North West of PHX. I liked him and was happy with his work. Depending on your location, you may also try Orman Claxton in Apache Junction (east valley) 206-660-9893. He has done my service for the past few years and I'm very happy with his work. He too, is a factory authorized AquaHot tech.
thgoodman 12/20/14 12:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Have the Police stopped enforcing our traffic laws?

I think it depends on your point of view. If you were the guy who just got stopped and given a ticket, your opinion might be that they are being too strict.
thgoodman 12/07/14 12:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Nitrogen option but only on two tires ? ? ?

I'm very particular about my tires. I ALWAYS use the 20:80 blend.
thgoodman 10/28/14 12:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Hankook or Firestone 22.5????

Don't know what you're driving but for this exercise, let's assume a motor home. I prefer Hankook but I can't get them in my size so my advice isn't 1st hand. Just a few things to look out for: 1) Regardless of what tires are on your MH now, weigh it again with it loaded up the way you travel (fuel, cargo, water, etc,) Weighing each wheel position is best but weighing each axle will work. 2) Check the load rating on the tires (remember, duals are different then single but not by 2X). Make sure they are rated to carry the loads you travel with. 3) Check the tire specs for rim size and spacing between each tire in the duel set. If you are going to use your old wheels, mske sure they are the correct size.
thgoodman 10/20/14 02:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Broken heated Mirror

Northwest RV Supply : when I stopped by Northwest RV Supply last summer, they had a pretty good selection on surplus Velvac mirrors and parts. Everything from individual glass parts to castings. Also, major sub-assemblies and complete mirrors. Prices were reasonable. (866) 678-7467 The guys there were very helpful and knew their interchange stuff. I bought a used base casting for my mirror and repaired the mirror myself.
thgoodman 10/06/14 10:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Parts for Rear View Mirrors

when I stopped by Northwest RV Supply last summer, they had a pretty good selection on surplus Velvac mirrors and parts. Everything from individual glass parts to castings. Also, major sub-assemblies and complete mirrors. Prices were reasonable. (866) 678-7467 The guys there were very helpful and knew their interchange stuff. I bought a used base casting for my mirror and repaired the mirror myself.
thgoodman 10/06/14 10:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where to value RV

Go to eBay and check completed auctions. This is the best way to see what something actually sold for rather than what somebody is asking for an RV. If you want to compare values, take the completed auction price on eBay and compare that to what NADA says or what any of the other books say. You will find that very few RV's actually sell on eBay and those that do usually sell at the actual retail value, which is lower than what most owners realize. Thanks for the tip on eBay. I'm not a regular user of eBay so could you post the URL to the "completed auction price" page or are they noy compiled? Thanks
thgoodman 10/03/14 10:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where to value RV

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 10/03/14 09:48am Class A Motorhomes
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
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