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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
RE: Looking for advice....used vs new

We are having the same dilemma, used vs new, with the price differential being 20K more for new vs 4 year old used, comparable models. My experience with my TT was, the 1st 5 years cabin items pretty much trouble free, while 2nd 5 years+ items start breaking (water pump, converter, water heater, water leak, awning, yada-yada). So if we buy new unit, pay 20K for 5 years of trouble free service (disregarding small warranty fixes by dealer). In our case, we have set a timetable: by 4/1/15 we are going to order a new unit, likely a Georgetown 329, unless we find a used "just like new" model that just can't be passed up. So far, we have not been able to find such a unit and we've been shopping for 2 years! If you have, you may want to jump on it... It has been said by many here "buy your last motorhome first". Words of wisdom. I'm done now :)
vjstangelo 02/11/15 01:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Grand Canyon North Rim

Wow, thanks for the input. We are really excited about our visit to the North Rim.
vjstangelo 02/04/15 06:34pm Class A Motorhomes
Grand Canyon North Rim

Anyone stay at the National Park campground on the North Rim? I noted almost all sites have a max of 27' length. Is this a factual number or sufficient safety factor for say a 30'er?
vjstangelo 02/04/15 02:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Inspection Services

I talked to the dealer yesterday and the unit was still available. He wanted me to but down $500 deposit to hold it. "No way" I said, until an inspection was done and I saw the unit in person. The inspection service does have someone available who can look at the unit, but I'm getting cold feet as I will likely be spending $1000+ in travel/inspection services before I can ever get a look at the unit. we may just pass on this one...
vjstangelo 01/27/15 06:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Inspection Services

Any input from someone who has distance purchased a used RV? I was planning on calling the dealer to get their input on the condition, then having a professional inspector check it out before we go look at. A day drive from my house. We have seen other models and like the floorplan, just lurking for the right one, and this may be it.
vjstangelo 01/25/15 07:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RV Inspection Services

I am looking at a used motorhome in Rockford, IL. Can anyone recommend a reputable inspection service in that area? The motorhome is located at Collier RV. Anyone done business with them? Thanks.
vjstangelo 01/25/15 11:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Excursion - Too many miles?

Again, thanks for the replies. Plan B has always been we have a Good Sams Towing Plan membership, but often we lack a cell signal way out there. I think that if we pull the trigger and go, I will invest in a cell phone signal booster. Things I will probably do to the truck: New Tires; Service Transmission; New Plugs; New Hoses & Belts; I've been noticing a wiff of antifreeze at times when the heater activates, so have the heater core replaced, it may be weeping; Maybe change out oil on rear diff.
vjstangelo 01/20/15 06:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Excursion - Too many miles?

Thanks for the good advice. I was planning on bringing to my mechanic to give it the once over, change belts, hoses. Also was planning to have the transmission serviced. What about the plugs? They are stock but no issues. I was going to have them changed. Should I also have the COP's replaced? Do they have a suggested life?
vjstangelo 01/19/15 05:51pm Tow Vehicles
Excursion - Too many miles?

Hi all. Currently own a 2005 Ford Excursion, V10, with about 120K on the clock. All is stock from Ford. We currently tow a 25' TT that weighs 4500# dry (probably 6000# loaded). We have taken it out west from VA to Yellowstone 3 times. My son graduates college this year and we wanted to take him back west this summer since he loves Yellowstone. The round trip is at least 5000 miles, and if anyone has been that way they know it can be desolate for stretches of 60+ miles or more at a time. Here is my concern. Since the truck has 125K miles and is now 10 years old, would it be wise to make the trip with the current rig? I know it is a judgement call, but I was looking for experience from others who have made similar trips with vehicles of the same vintage (10 years old with 100K miles). Thanks.
vjstangelo 01/19/15 03:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1999 36' Damon Intruder?

The transmission to which you refer is the 4R100. We have it in our 2005 Excursion mated to a V10. It has been a reliable transmission for our uses towing a 6000# TT, with 125K on the clock. We use the Ex mainly for towing so the 125K has pretty much been heavy duty use, including 3 trips from VA to WY (Yellowstone) up and over the divide and many grades. Now, we did have a front seal leak around 100K. The seal was only $90 but the labor was $1000+ to drop the transmission. I was told that slow speeds with high temps (say summer stop and go traffic) with a load can overheat the fluid causing this problem. Some folks recommend putting on a larger cooler, but I just decided to stay with the stock cooler. Other than that issue, no complaints.
vjstangelo 01/14/15 07:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Western National Parks

OK, I'll play too. Just for giggles I'll leave out the big 4 and dig deep... Sequoya, Devils Tower, Little Bighorn.
vjstangelo 01/11/15 05:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Small Class A for astronomers to bring your telescopes along

Wow, that's a beaut. We were looking at the sub-100k models, likely a new gasser. I think we really like the Jayco Precept 31ul and plan to go see one this weekend. Also on the short list is the Georgetown 329. I am more inclined to the Sunseeker 3010ds, but the DW thinks the Class C's too small. We looked hard at the ACE 30.1 and FR3 30 but are concerned the single ac unit will not be enough as we camp mainly south of the Mason Dixon line. If FR would offer a second ac as an option we would probably be sold...
vjstangelo 01/11/15 05:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Small Class A for astronomers to bring your telescopes along

Gonna bump this one back to life. To the original poster, what did you wind up purchasing? We are on the verge of ordering our 1st Class A and have narrowed to a handful. I was wondering what you decided as it may impact my short list.
vjstangelo 01/11/15 11:58am Class A Motorhomes
Georgetown 329

Anyone who has a 329 willing to give opinions on this model? The floorplan seems to be the same as the FR3 30ds and ACE 30.1. Although pricier, it does seem to include the 2nd AC and DW likes the residential fridge option. Thanks.
vjstangelo 01/04/15 12:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How practical is the sliding bunk over cab in Class A's?

OK, not to stir the pot, but why not class C vs A with overhead bunk?
vjstangelo 12/17/14 05:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Now where do we go?

Go to NO! As a native, you will love it. Just a few suggestions: Audubon Zoo and Park, streetcars, Aquarium, the mighty Mississippi, Jackson Square, Bourbon St, antique shops on Magazine, music food, Lakeshore Drive on Lake Pontchartrain ( Landry's is right on the water with great views), catch a pro basketball game (pelicans), take a drive to Biloxi and check out the beach, take a drive up the river on river road and go plantation house looking (e.g. Oak Alley), and none need to be done at night. NO is like any other big town. Just stay where all the people are any you'll be just fine.
vjstangelo 12/11/14 04:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Have the Police stopped enforcing our traffic laws?

I suspect you were travelling I95. I just get in the right lane, set the cruise on 65, and let the fools fight it out in the left lane. I95 is a mess, too many Yankees heading south for FL than the road was designed to handle.
vjstangelo 12/07/14 12:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Chippokes Plantation State Park

One of our favorite campgrounds. Unless there has been a change, you can reserve in either campground A or B, but not a specific site. Once you arrive, just pick any spot in either A or B, depending on which one (A or B) you reserved. WRT route, don't use 64. If you are coming down 95 or 295, get on VA 10 through Hopewell to Surrey. The free ferry (Scotland Jamestown) is a fun way and quickest to Williamsburg.
vjstangelo 11/23/14 04:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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
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