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Empty Nesters

We plan on taking the plunge in the next month or so. Our current TT has been well used as a family rv, but now the nest is empty and no need for double bunks. This will be our 1st motorhome. We have been shopping for over a year, but the ones we like are out of the price range, and we just can't find a good quality used at a used price. My question is this. Have any on the forum moved from TT + family to Empty Nesters with Class C and kept the C long term (say 5-10 yrs)? If you bought and regretted due to size, etc., chime in too. Thanks.
vjstangelo 11/17/14 05:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RV Direct

Looking for information from anyone who ordered using RV Direct. I've solicited quotes before and usually receive an automated response. Is the best and final or have you been able to negotiate a lower price before buying.
vjstangelo 11/16/14 06:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small Class A for astronomers to bring your telescopes along

Nice to see a fellow amateur astronomer posting. I have a TT but am getting close to purchasing a used Class A myself. I do not have a transportable Dob, as of yet anyway, but I believe that a full sized Winnebago, Thor, etc could fit the broken down assembly nicely. Like a prior poster stated, I have a Nexstar 5 that I transport in the now empty bunkhouse. We use it like a walk-in closet. There's an idea for you. Look for a bunkhouse model where the bunks can be moved out of the way, for example a Fleetwood Terra 31C or a Newmar Bay Star Sport 3306. The scope can reside safely in the interior space during transport. One other thought, how about a Class C? Many folks use the overhead bunk for storage and your scope should nfit nicely there too. Good luck.
vjstangelo 11/12/14 10:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Removing Norcold Roof Cap

Thanks to all for this valuable input.
vjstangelo 11/12/14 06:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Removing Norcold Roof Cap

Excellent, I'll give it a try.
vjstangelo 11/11/14 07:01pm Travel Trailers
Removing Norcold Roof Cap

I need to inspect under the cap and am not sure how to remove it. There seem to be 4 screws, but they appear to be covered with caulk. If this a correct observation? If I dig out the caulk will I find, say, Phillips head screws underneath? Thanks.
vjstangelo 11/11/14 06:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Unfriendly customs officers :(

I'll never forget the laugh we had with a Canadian customs officer after she asked where we will be lodging during our stay. I'm guessing she didn't appreciate at that instant the TT in tow. We laughed and she bid us farewell.
vjstangelo 11/11/14 07:26am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: RV Inspection

Good advice regarding rvservicereviews.com. I found a place there that has good reviews in the area: West Service Center in Chesapeake, VA. I may call tomorrow...
vjstangelo 11/06/14 06:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RV Inspection

I am looking to purchase a Motorhome (gas) from a private party in Norfolk/Va Beach area. Can anyone recommend an RV inspection service firm who would be able to perform a pre-purchase inspection, preferably one you have personally used and can recommend. Thanks.
vjstangelo 11/06/14 04:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Workhorse Opinions

I have seen a few posts that the 8.1 burned oil. Have others had this problem? My V10 did not have this problem.
vjstangelo 10/31/14 05:37pm Class A Motorhomes
Workhorse Opinions

OK, once again we have found a promising used Class A, a 2009 Damon Challenger 371. It has about 10,000 miles. The motor/transmission is 8.1 with Allison. My current tow vehicle is a Ford Excursion with the 310 HP V10, and 4R100 transmission. Short of the transmission blowing a front seal, the power train has been flawless for 123,000 miles. I am wary of the 8.1, just because the V10 has been flawless. If you own a Workhorse with the 8.1, please let me know your thoughts. Thanks.
vjstangelo 10/30/14 06:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sunseeker or FR3

I thought I'd provide an update. We looked at the Sunseeker and FR3's extensively at Hershey. The 3101DS and 30DS are almost the same floorplan and these are the ones we are leaning towards. We decided not to order at that time but rather wait until the end of 2014. I hope to have the new motorhome in the stable in time for our spring break trip to the Keys/Fort Wilderness. We recently purchased a CRV to replace my wife's van and hope to use as our toad. BTW, we have been checking out used RV's, but no luck thus far. We really liked a 2009 Damon Challenger 371 with only 3000 miles, but the asking price was $69K. Even if they come down to say $65K, that is about 8o% of the price of a new Sunseeker/FR3. I am inclined to just get the new unit with full warranties, factory fresh, then one that has been sitting out for 6 years in the elements. Anyway, December is hopefully decision time. I'll update as we get closer. P.S. Anyone new input is welcome.
vjstangelo 10/28/14 09:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: The Workhorse Isn't

Also visit rhe irv2.com Workhorse Chassis forum.
vjstangelo 10/16/14 10:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Issues with my 2001 F-250 7.3L transmission continue...

This may be off topic, but what version of the 4R100 did Ford put in the F53 motorhomes? Is it the same as what went in the SD Pickups? By the way, the 4R100 in my Excursion (V10) blew a front seal in Montreal while on vacation. At Canadian labor rates, the bill was just over $2000 for a $75 seal!! The bill was all labor, and it is a 4X4.
vjstangelo 10/16/14 06:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Montana LLC

Thanks to those who sent me the recommendation for Bennett. Much appreciated.
vjstangelo 10/14/14 03:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Montana LLC

Thanks for the recommendation, I will give them a call.
vjstangelo 10/13/14 04:56pm Class A Motorhomes
Montana LLC

Can someone who has set up a Montana LLC recommend a law firm that they would recommend? Thanks.
vjstangelo 10/13/14 02:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question on length

Oops, my apologies. Didn't mean to hijack the thread. Thanks for the 35u responses.
vjstangelo 10/13/14 06:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question on length

427435: What are your thoughts on the 35u? I recently looked at a 2004 Winnebago 35u (2003 F53 chassis). I really thought the unit was thoughtfully laid out, and construction solid. Concerns were: never had a central lower AC unit, the power was only 30A, and wondered about the power train since it had the 4R100 trans. Would appreciate your thoughts.
vjstangelo 10/12/14 01:51pm Class A Motorhomes

We also are looking to make the plunge into our 1st motorhome after having TT'ed for years. Went to Hershey and looked at numerous motorhomes. Below are our conclusions. Class C is easier to get into given the 2 front doors, is on the cutaway van chassis so maintenance is as simple as maintaining a E450/4500 van, some models of 31' are almost as large as a similar 31' A. Cost of new will be $10-20K less than an entry level A. Take a look at the Sunseeker 3010DS for example. It has fiberglass roof, composite sides, and airbags items normally associated with higher end A's. Class A is bigger, period, than a similar C. If money is no object, then you can get a real monster 40', diesel. The only real comparison would be something like a Super C Seneca. An entry level 30 foot (ACE, Precept,FR3) or so would be as stated above $10-20K more than a C. Since it is likely an A will be on either an F53 or Freightliner chassis, it will take some looking for folks willing to perform maintenance. Finally, if a King bed is important, A is really the only choice. Whew. Not easy when you are talking an investment of $70K+!! So many choices! Unless we hit the lottery, our selection will likely be a 3010DS like described above. Check out RV Direct for prices of various models. They seem to offer 30% off MSRP no questions asked.
vjstangelo 10/11/14 03:04pm Class A Motorhomes
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