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RE: Goodbye to our Beast- a 1973 Sportscoach

Agreed. It should be the other guy's insurance settling with you, not your insurance company, that is provided they other folks in the wrong had a policy in effect. I would already have a lawyer on tap, because the insurance company will surely try to minimize their costs. Given your injures, and future pain and suffering, you should sue for their policy maximum. That should bring them to the bargaining table with a reasonable compensation for your motorhome.
vjstangelo 07/23/16 10:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rattling Drivers window

I do and it is right behind me. We hit the road tomorrow so lets see if exercising the slide out and in eliminates the problem.
vjstangelo 07/05/16 03:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Nervous First Time RV Buyer Looking For Tips & Advice

We towed our first TT (4500 lbs dry) with a 1/2 ton 1999 Expedition, 4.6L V8. I think it put out 200hp. The weak link in that setup was the tranny which was a dog. Yours sounds like a pretty big V6, probably over 200 hp. With such a well geared transmission, I 'm betting that it would be able to tow a 4500 lb TT well enough. Many many folks think that one needs a 3/4 ton for any TT. In the Rocky mts, maybe, but not in the east, my opinion.
vjstangelo 07/05/16 07:07am Beginning RVing
RE: Rattling Drivers window

As I thinking over a morning cup of coffee, maybe "rattle" wasn't the most accurate description. The window seems to me making a loud "cracking" sound on certain bone-jarring bumps, as if the entire assembly is flexing. Almost sounds like a metal channel on metal channel sound. Once again it started on a horrible section of I78 in PA. Since it is held in place by the flange, unless there is internal damage, I don't know what the problem is. All the flange screws are well tightened, I checked them all. Perplexed.
vjstangelo 07/05/16 06:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rattling Drivers window

I have taken a good look and lightly hit all around the frame and no rattle. All seems to be right with the glass in the track. I will try removing the screen on the next leg of the trip on Wed and see if the sound comes back. Thanks to all for replies.
vjstangelo 07/04/16 02:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rattling Drivers window

Ahh good point. I will see if I can access the mechansm when we get back from sightseeing. The window and screen work fine, and the mirror seems tight.
vjstangelo 07/04/16 07:29am Class A Motorhomes
Rattling Drivers window

We are traveling in our new to us 2012 Winnebago Vista. On a very rough stretch of I78 I noted rattling and similar loud noises coming from the driver side window when we hit certain bumps. I tried tightening the screws on the flange but they are tight. Is it possible that a welded brace on the window broke allowing flexture in the panel assembly? FYI I plan on calling my insurance co when we get home since this should be a comprehensive claim if there is damage.
vjstangelo 07/04/16 06:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trip report, Yellowstone.

Was there much snow about at Yellowstone? By the way we love Madison also.
vjstangelo 05/20/16 05:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Beware Fleetwood

I'll try to start up constructive comments again. We were close to buying a used 2007 Bounder with the workhorse chassis. We went so far as to get the unit professionally inspected, but for a variety of reasons decided not to follow through. I will say that we felt the Bounder was well designed and constructed. Fast forward to Hershey last year. We felt the new Bounders were the sharpest gassers at the show. We hear that they are phenomenal sellers for Fleetwood. Note that we have read on many threads the wails of dissatisfied owners of "never again" a Winnebago, Forest River, Thor, or whatever. Sorry that folks jumped all over you, it actually wasn't very polite, but there is surely brand loyalty prevalent on the web and I think you just tapped into that for the Fleetwood owners. I'll close with the fact that our 13 year old KZ TT has had its fair share of issues, many of which you described above with your unit. What did we do: just fixed it and continued camping. If you really liked the motorhome enough to drop 6 figures purchasing it, just fix it and enjoy like we did. Good luck.
vjstangelo 04/22/16 05:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where is Winnebago in the Gasser lineup?

We have friends that rue the day they "upgraded" from an older Winnie Adventurer to a new Journey. So many problems they just wish they had their old rough and ready Adventurer back. This is a good thread and I enjoy the candid discussions.
vjstangelo 03/31/16 02:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: new truck cost!!

It's automobiles also. The cost of all will likely continue to drastically increase. One of the primary culprits is the latest CAFE standards which require mpg goals that are very aggressive. EPA was warned by auto manufacturers that although CAFE stds were achievable, prices would soar. The driver of the latest set of CAFE stds was the so-called endangerment finding where EPA concluded CO2 emissions were a danger to human health and the environment. Moral: for every action there is reaction. Hence: as auto makers push the technology edge, prices soar as predicted. Some even predict that we will look like Cuba driving in reconstituted jalopies as prices for new vehicles escalate to the point where the middle class can no longer afford them. It is amazing that these truck prices now rival the cost of a brand new Class A motor home!
vjstangelo 03/31/16 01:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Winnebago Itasca Full Wall Slide Failure

On another rv blog, there are a number of discussions on Thor's new 3 Trax drive system. So far there are not many complaints from owners of same, and a general satisfaction with the new system. Will it hold up over he long haul is unknown. Anyone with the 3 Trax is welcome to chime in...
vjstangelo 03/22/16 06:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Did I Get Hacked?

If you have a clean image back-up of the hard drive prior to the infection, I'd go ahead and restore that image and load thereby wiping out the infected drive data.
vjstangelo 03/16/16 06:19pm Technology Corner
RE: Advice needed on BSOD Scam!

Did you create a system image and a recovery disk? If yes, boot from the recovery disk, and you should get an option to restore the operating system from an image. What you are doing is writing over the corrupted hard drive (and the virus which has taken over your system) with the saved image that does not have the virus.
vjstangelo 02/09/16 06:54pm Technology Corner
RE: Condensation in RV compared to Travel Trailer

We just bought an Ivation table top dehumidifier and are using it in Southern LA for the 1st time this trip. So for so good and I recommend it. It is keeping the humidity at a reasonable level in the TT.
vjstangelo 12/31/15 08:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stolen Gas Gift Card

Good discussion. I merely wanted to warn others from my experience. The next step is to bring the issue to Kroger and see how they deal with it. They may give me a refund, another card, or tell me to "pound salt". If I get no satisfaction from Kroger, then I will file a protest with the issuer of the gift card. I will let the group know how this progresses.
vjstangelo 12/31/15 07:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Stolen Gas Gift Card

Maybe by going to the Kroger website and putting in the card number ? But since the op is in Virginia the crooked user got the card numbers online? Unless of course the op bought the cards in Calif and didn't use then until now ? I don't think I would wait six months to use a gas gift card It would be used at my next fill up There are two lessons in this story, Be careful what you buy, and use it immediately, Better to save the cash, instead of saving the card For later use We bought the gift cards at Kroger on the rack where all cards are kept. A thief would merely walk up to the rack, copy down numbers to any unprotected gift card without a concealed PIN, also copy the 800 number for checking balances, wait a week or 2, when a real customer (like me) purchases the card, the 800 number will report a balance (in this case $100). Then the thief has the card number and goes on a flippin spending spree until he spends the $100. Moral is: make sure any gift card you purchase has a concealed PIN before purchasing. This Shell card had no such PIN.
vjstangelo 12/29/15 10:38am General RVing Issues
Stolen Gas Gift Card

We often purchase Shell Gas Gift Cards from Kroger to get the 4x fuel points (not essential to the story), but we just learned a hard lesson which I will share. At a Shell station in MS I tried to charge gas to an unused $100 Shell gift card and was told the balance was $0. When we reached our destination I called the 800 number and confirmed that the card was activated in June 2015, but there were multiple charges in CA in November 2015. I told the person these were not my charges and I was instructed to file a formal protest. We think that a person took the number from the card, waited for the card to be activated, then charged the $100. Note that at Kroger the gift cards are kept on the rack unprotected, and there is no concealed PIN to protect the purchaser. Beware and think twice about purchasing any gift cards that are similarly displayed ans have no PIN.
vjstangelo 12/29/15 09:53am General RVing Issues
RE: What is a good percentage off MSRP

I recommend you go to one of the major online discounters to get a sanity check: www.mhsrv.com, and www.rvdirect.com. They will give you by email in minutes their bottom line price, with no subsequent hassle. They stock most of the Thor and Forest River models, and now some Winnies & Newmars (rvdirect). I have been told to expect 30%-35% off for Thor and FR, but likely 25% for the Winnies & Newmars.
vjstangelo 11/25/15 10:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New to RVing...have a question

I'd like to chime in. We saw the Coachman's at Hershey RV show and spoke with the factory rep. The really BIG plus for the Coachman's is the walls are made with Adzel which is a synthetic material that won't rot like luan when wet. There are not many Motorhomes made with Adzel and to me is a big plus for the price point. Also, I believe the roof of the Mirada is fiberglass, another big plus. I would like to hear from other Mirada owners about their experience...
vjstangelo 10/18/15 08:18pm Class A Motorhomes
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