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RE: Bunkhouse class A questions

Yes, adults can sleep in mine, tight, but doable.
vjstangelo 01/17/18 09:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mercedes Diesel Sprinter motorhome

Haven't there been concerns relative to fueling the MB with biodiesel? In other words, biodiesel not allowed, but pumps in not so many words state they may contain a biodiesel blend without specifically stating one way or another? I saw this at the forestriver.com forums under the sprinter forum.
vjstangelo 01/17/18 09:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Well, today it happened!! ~Updated~

My experience with our Ford Excursion. 2005 V10, 150K miles, used primarily to tow out now sold TT. Took to Yellowstone from VA 4x and all over the east coast. Original 4R100 trans, nothing (and I mean nothing) has been done to motor save for recommended maintenance. The V10 hands down has been the 2nd best motor I have owned. FYI best is my daily commuter 1995 Taurus with the 3.0 Vulcan V6. Can’t speak for the new gassers, but the V10 is a very good motor, powerful and reliable.
vjstangelo 01/16/18 08:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 8.1L workhorse Engine - Cost to Repair Blown Headgasket

If it were me, I'd just change the head gasket and move on. The 8.1 is a durable engine and will likely give many more years of service.
vjstangelo 01/16/18 05:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Adding a 2nd A/C to A late model Winnebago Vista 31

Go to IRV2.com, or forestriverforums.com, then find the Forest River FR3 forum. Many folks have done this very mod on their units. You might get helpful ideas.
vjstangelo 01/16/18 05:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Older diesel vs. New Gas

Assuming the gas is an F53 Ford, the drivetrain combination will be the 362 hp V10 coupled to the 5 speed Torqshift trans. This is a dynamite combo and would be my choice.
vjstangelo 01/09/18 04:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas Class A Recommendations Please

Check out the Forest River Georgetown XL models. I think they have heated tile floor models with king beds. There are cheap fixes available on the Ford F53 that fix handling problems such as cheap handling fix, safe t steer, and proper front end alognment.
vjstangelo 01/02/18 04:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Recomendations for a new gasser

My 2 cents. We have a Winnebago, most would consider a higher end manufacturer. But the problems we have are with the components made by others and installed by Winnebago (both Coleman heat pumps failed within a year of ownership). My recommendation is to focus 1st on floor plan, not so much brand. Good luck.
vjstangelo 12/28/17 05:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why Does Stainless Steel "Rust"?

There are different grades of SS (eg 304, 316) and the chemical composition differs resulting in different corrosion resistance. More than likely though, the problem is the manufacturer got a bad batch of SS with an incorrect alloy mix, or impurities resulting in your rust.
vjstangelo 12/28/17 05:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Quebec City & Montreal

We love both Quebec and Montreal. Both are very walkable cities with great food. We always stay in the respective KOA's. Employees are fluent in English at each campground. Two suggestions. In Quebec, park in Levis and take the Quebec Levis ferry. Also, drive east of town to the Isle de Orleans. I can imagine this is what the bucolic French countryside is like. Finally, Tim Hortons, gotta go for the coffee and pastries. In Quebec, we like to eat at Paillard Pastry Shop on Rue Saint Jean, and Cochon Dingue on Boulevard Champlain. On Isle de Orleans, go to Resto de la Plage on Chemin Royal, get an outdoor seat overlooking the St. Lawrence. Have fun.
vjstangelo 12/12/17 06:02pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Overnight stop Tuscaloosa/Birmingham Area

Sunset Travel park in Tuscaloosa. Right by the exit 75(I think). Cracker Barrell close by for breakfast. Easy in and out. Full hookups. Ditto.
vjstangelo 11/27/17 09:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Too smart a thermostat?

We have used our Coleman Heat Pumps in temps of low 30's with no issues. I have noticed that if the Delta T between the setpoint on the tstat and room temp is too high, the system will automatically engage the propane heat as well.
vjstangelo 11/11/17 05:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Soon to be full timers but a question re: 6 speed gassers

The Thor Palazzo is a DP that should come in at your top end budget. We really liked the 33.2 floor plan and would consider if I were to take the diesel plunge. FYI we do have a v10 has set with the 5 speed, towing a CRV and it is a great tranny and light years ahead of the old 4 speed 4R100.
vjstangelo 11/06/17 03:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Making the change from diesel back to gas 2014 Itasca

We own a 2012 Winnebago 32K and pull a CRV road. Even on the worst grades we've encountered never has the speed dropped below 50 MPH. The key isn't the hp but the gearing. The winny has the 5 speed torqshift, which blows away my older 2005 Excursion with the 4R100 4 speed. WRT engine noise, Winny does a great job with sound insulation and even at 4000 rpm, the noise is not to the point my wife and I can't converse in a normal tone of voice. At cruising speed, quiet as a mouse.
vjstangelo 11/05/17 04:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: first day of full timing

I agree with others. Head south young man. First I would choose a domicile state with low taxes such as SD, TX, or FL (if you haven’t done yet). Escapees website has tons on that. SC/GA have plenty of state parks and the weather is mild most of the winter. Although not full time yet, we notice plenty of full timers at the KOA in St. Mary’s, GA, and Jeckle Island SP in GA. Why not then head west in I10 to Quartzite? Plenty of FT’s there to learn from. Good luck and Godspeed.
vjstangelo 11/05/17 07:00am Full-time RVing
RE: Paying for health insurance

Go for it, don’t wait to full time until 65. You will not be able to get those 10 years back. I plan for on leaving my job at 56 while I still have my health and hit the road. The stress I am under at my current job will surely do me in if I keep at it till 65, and most others agree. So many in their 50’s say WTF and hit the road.
vjstangelo 11/04/17 09:03pm Full-time RVing
RE: Front end align on a fairly new coach

We also have an F53. The steering wheel was always cocked to the right about 30 degrees when going down the road, but no pulling. Long story short, one of the front tires began to cup on the outside so I brought the rig to a local reputable truck alignment shop. To correct the alignment, the tech told me he would have to "bend" the front axle. I did a good bit of research and it seems the only way to adjust Camber is to bend and shim the front axle. Most folks who posted the same did not experience any problems doing this so I gave the go ahead. Wow, what a difference in handling post alignment. Also, the steering wheel is now true when driving strait. Money well spent.
vjstangelo 11/04/17 07:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: We Survived a Fatal Accident...

We also like to get off the Interstate when we can, but I am full of apprehension when we get on the 2 lane roads. If another would, for example, cross the center line there is no way I could maybe manueuver to avoid a crash like I maybe could in an automobile. My recommendation to others is to drive defensively as much as reasonable on these roads. There are so many fools on the road that surely have burned through 7 of their 9 lives, figuratively speaking. Good luck on your new RV hunt.
vjstangelo 10/29/17 05:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Honda CR-V battery drains during towing

We tow a 2011 CRV, but it does not have the navigation system in the radio. My understanding is this is key to whether or not the battery will drain to the point the vehicle will not start. We have run ours with the radio off (not pulling the fuse) for up to 15 hours of towing no problems, but that is with starting the motor and cycling the transmission after 8 hours as recommended by the manual. Also, we use the RVi brake system which also draws off the battery. Regards.
vjstangelo 10/23/17 06:40pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Planning a Newfoundland trip.

Fundy National Park campground near Alma, NB was great.
vjstangelo 10/16/17 06:39pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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