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RE: Is this the start of Workhorse again? Isuzu?

But will they have the expertise to work on the new motor being supplied by PSI? I have seen no parts available at the local stores, and the nearest Workhorse service center to me (2 hrs away) is a Chevy dealership. Will they train their mechanics to work on a PSI motor? There are many stories on this blog about Ford dealerships turning away F53 and Class C chassis for warrenty work, so would a Chevy dealer work on a PSI motor? I am skeptical...
vjstangelo 06/23/15 05:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is this the start of Workhorse again? Isuzu?

Who would work on the drive train for service, I'm wondering...
vjstangelo 06/22/15 06:19pm Class A Motorhomes
LED Lights - retrofit

Well, at this point we really thought we would be owners of a new/used motorhome, but finances just don't seem to be cooperating. Anyway, we decided to do another season in our tired, old, small Frontier. Since we plan on doing some dry camping, I decided to replace a few key fixtures with LED's to conserve battery life. My local dealer sold a nifty wafer-type LED that will directly fit into the old 1141 automotive equipped fixtures that are in my rig for $16/ea. What a difference! These babies are very bright and were a cinch to install. I put 1 over the kitchen sink, and one in the bunk end so my wife can read at night. They also consume basically no power which means no nagging to turn out the lights. I do recommend for those who dry camp.
vjstangelo 06/11/15 11:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Excursion - Too many miles?

Update - it was decided that we would have our mechanic perform all the recommended maintenance on the truck, some which was overdue (plugs, differential and transfer case fluid, fuel filter, repaired leaking tranny real seal, new exhaust system, replaced bad tie rod, steering damper). She should be as good as new as reasonably possible. All the reservations for campgrounds have been made, 1st stop North Rim, then Zion, Tetons, Yellowstone, then back to VA. A preliminary shake down test trip to Elkmont Campground this weekend, 200 miles each way.
vjstangelo 06/09/15 07:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Thor ACE RV

Kaz, any complaints on the single AC unit? Many Forest River FR3 owners of the 30' model say performance is lacking with 1 AC unit. FR must have listened since they now offer an 18K BTU AC.
vjstangelo 06/08/15 06:57am Class A Motorhomes
Winnebago "ACE"/"FR3"??

I was looking at the Winnebago website and I noted that the Vista is being broken up into 2 trim styles: Vista "LX" and non-LX Vista. It seems Winnebago is feeling the heat from Thor and Forest River on the entry level Class A market (ACE/FR3). I look forward to seeing these at Hershey 2015, and what the price point will be. One thing I noted is that a 2nd AC unit is available on the bunkhouse non-LX Vista model. There have been complaints from FR3 owners that 1 AC unit can't do it on their 30' model. I wonder if Forest River will follow suit.
vjstangelo 06/08/15 06:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tips for long trip with travel trailer?

I recommend a towing service such as Good Sam's or AAA.
vjstangelo 05/21/15 06:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: New to the V10.. Low fuel pressure

Maybe you can siphon out into a 5 gallon gas container and put the fuel into your daily drivers...
vjstangelo 05/18/15 07:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dashcam view of a Class A blowing tire and rolling.

That settles it. When I buy my motorhome I will install a Safety Steer!
vjstangelo 05/12/15 12:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A story about getting my wife to like "camping"

Similar story. In my younger years we camped in an 8 x 10 cabin tent, then moved to an Apache Hard walled pop-up. After marriage, wife wasn't interested until she saw we could camp on the ocean @ Outer Banks for $50/night so we bought a brand new Jayco Kiwi which we pulled with our minivan. Moved up to a TT with double bunks for the kids and friends. Now that we are empty nesters, we decided to move up to a motorhome and we are currently looking to buy hopefully used, but are prepoared to bite the bullet for new. As a posted noted previously, I do the cooking, driving, and she gets a vacation from such. Win-Win as I don't mond cooking/driving. Also, we bring along the dogs in our rolling hotel so we get to enjoy their companionship.
vjstangelo 04/29/15 07:53am General RVing Issues
RE: TV for 5000-5500 TT

Not to beat a dead horse on this topic, however, we currently own a 2006 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer (mileage 154,000) with a factory Class 3 Hitch (no HD tow package). It is equipped with the 5.4L V-8 with a 3.73 axle ratio and we have added the brake control. We just bought a Keystone Passport Grand Touring Ultra Lite 2980RL and the ride home was scary. We used our WD system, but chose not to put on the sway bars, which was our first mistake. There was considerable sway when trucks passed. We live in Florida and will be mainly towing within the State, not up in the mountains. Cargo will consist of two adults and 3 mid sized dogs, 3 metal dog crates in the TV and 3 in the TT. The dry weight of this TT is 5620, length 32.9 feet, hitch weight 650. My question is: is this Expedition capable of towing this trailer "as is". If not, are there modifications that we can we make to keep this TV for towing this trailer? The SUV is in great condition and we hate to let it go, but if we are looking for trouble towing this trailer - we would like to know NOW and make the change... Sounds like you don't have a rear sway bar. Check and see. If not, get a Hellwig and this should improve things immensely. Sorry, I meant a rear stabilizer bar on the truck (should be spanning the 2 frame rails parallel to the rear axle).
vjstangelo 03/18/15 08:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TV for 5000-5500 TT

Not to beat a dead horse on this topic, however, we currently own a 2006 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer (mileage 154,000) with a factory Class 3 Hitch (no HD tow package). It is equipped with the 5.4L V-8 with a 3.73 axle ratio and we have added the brake control. We just bought a Keystone Passport Grand Touring Ultra Lite 2980RL and the ride home was scary. We used our WD system, but chose not to put on the sway bars, which was our first mistake. There was considerable sway when trucks passed. We live in Florida and will be mainly towing within the State, not up in the mountains. Cargo will consist of two adults and 3 mid sized dogs, 3 metal dog crates in the TV and 3 in the TT. The dry weight of this TT is 5620, length 32.9 feet, hitch weight 650. My question is: is this Expedition capable of towing this trailer "as is". If not, are there modifications that we can we make to keep this TV for towing this trailer? The SUV is in great condition and we hate to let it go, but if we are looking for trouble towing this trailer - we would like to know NOW and make the change... Sounds like you don't have a rear sway bar. Check and see. If not, get a Hellwig and this should improve things immensely.
vjstangelo 03/18/15 05:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Excursion

Well, since the tow capacity of my 4x4 V10 with the 3.73 rear end tops out at 9000#, give or take, coupled with the fact my TT dry at is 4500#, and no more than 7000# loaded, I can't say how a topped out Ex at 11K would handle. BUT, we've taken her to Yellowstone 4x from VA and always made it back no issues. The key with the V10 is to keep it tached up at 3000 to 4000 RPM on grades. The weak links with pulling 11K (which by the way is the max tow capacity for both the 7.3 and V10) is the suspension and the gutless 4R100 tranny. Plenty has been written on fixes at the Ford Truck Enthusiasts website forum. Good luck.
vjstangelo 03/14/15 06:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Purchase advice - Used

The bank I'm dealing with is Bank of the West through GS Club.
vjstangelo 03/12/15 07:40pm Class A Motorhomes
Purchase advice - Used

I'll be brief. We were on the verge of buying new but stumbled onto a local 2007 Bounder. We gave it the once over and were satisfied that deficiencies were cosmetic. Knowing the difficulty of getting private party sale loans, before making an offer, I contacted the bank to get pre approved for a full purchase price loan. The loan was approved today. Now I will give my best and final offer to the owner knowing what I can finance. Q1: the bank will require the coach pass an inspection. I was planning on getting my own inspection also, but is this necessary if the bank orders an inspection? Q2: I wanted to finance some add'l money (say $5000) to pay for some repairs, new tires, taxes. Since the purchase price will be $15,000 or so less than NADA low retail, will the bank go for this? If you've been down this path, please lend some advice. Thanks.
vjstangelo 03/12/15 06:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hurricane Owners

If we go new, we will likely order the bunk model since the bunk can be lowered and the area repurposed as a closet, or sofa.
vjstangelo 03/11/15 08:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Grand Canyon?

You must go have a meal at El Tovar. This is one of the resorts built by RR's in the 1900's. Views are spectacular.
vjstangelo 03/11/15 07:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hurricane Owners

I don't own a Hurricane or Thor but you may want to look at Georgetowns 351 bunk model. Owners on the Forest River Forum, Georgetown, loves their rigs. I would think you would get more standard features like a fiberglass roof and electric windshield privacy shade for about the same money. Forest River is on the short list. The neat thing about the bunk on the Hurricane is that the top bunk drops turning the space into a sofa. Also, the Hurricane has a king bed vs a queen for the 351.
vjstangelo 03/06/15 04:58pm Class A Motorhomes
Hurricane Owners

We are getting closer to pulling the trigger on an A, thought we had wrapped up our decision but we are now questioning it as we get closer to our buy date. That said, we really like the Hurricane floorplans, namely the 32N and 34J bunkhouse. Any owners of either model, or any other late model Hurricane, care to provide their experiences? FWIW, it seems the Hurricane owners are pretty pleased with their purchases based on posts here and at the Thor Owners Forum. Thanks.
vjstangelo 03/06/15 09:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Residential Refrigerator vs Propane/110 volt RV Type

Good thread. May I chime in? Our present TT has a Norcold 2 door unit. It is going on 12 years old and no issues. I have done no PM on the unit short of an annual visual inspection. Always keep at coldest temp setting, and it works fine both 12v and propane. BUT, it is always on the back of my mind - absorption unit fire. We are about to pull the trigger on a Class A, and if we do purchase the new Georgetown 329, it will have the SS package with the residential fridge. DW just fell in love with it when we saw one unit so equipped. We do dry camp for at most 2 days at a time, and hope to do just fine even if it takes running the Genny for an hour or two per day. Reports are that the new 2015 models are energy Sippers compared to just a few years ago.
vjstangelo 02/16/15 12:43pm Class A Motorhomes
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