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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
RE: Winnebago Vista

Rather than MSRP, maybe I should have said off of the originally quoted price!!
vjstangelo 09/22/15 01:32pm Class A Motorhomes
Winnebago Vista

To anyone who has ordered a Winnebago Vista or LX Vista, what % off of MSRP were you able to negotiate? If you were happy with the dealer, please share the name. FYI, I asked for a quote from RV One using their automated system and they came 25% off for a 2016. The general impression I get from this board is shoot for 35%. Thanks.
vjstangelo 09/22/15 12:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cracked black water tank

We'll see how long the repair holds. I've found fiberglass is pretty remarkable stuff. I used quite a bit of resin and it "looks" robust. If it fails, I'll probably just bring to my local RV dealer and let him replace it with a new tank.
vjstangelo 09/14/15 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Production on E450 chassis

As far as what I was told, Forest River "C"s are not using Chevy chassis for the near term, because GM is cranking out Colorado/Canyons and not 4500 Express chassis. I could be wrong though. The manufacturer's rep for FR confirmed this: no more 4500 express chassis available Class C use at this time. No orders for the 4500 are being taken by FR. See forestriverforums.
vjstangelo 09/13/15 06:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Road Trip Soundtrack

Prisoner of the Highway - Rhonnie Milsap Big Wheels in the Moonlight - the late Dan Seals Check both out on YouTube...
vjstangelo 09/13/15 06:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cracked black water tank

Well, no didn't stop drill. But, I extended the fiberglass a few inches past the terminus of the crack. Time will tell if this works.
vjstangelo 09/13/15 06:17pm Travel Trailers
Cracked black water tank

We purchased our 2505 Frontier in 2003 brand new. This camper is not a sitter, we use it probably 2 months a year. It has been to Yellowstone 5x rt from VA, as recently as this summer. Anyway, while camping over labor day, I noticed a strong sewer smell under the camper, black tank cracked about 12in long. I fixed by fiberglassing the crack rather than pulling the tank. We are camping at Hershey this weekend. Hopefully the repair will hold.
vjstangelo 09/13/15 08:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Production on E450 chassis

WayneLee, Hopefully the fix will work for you. We are headed to Hershey to check out (again!) the offerings, including the Sunseeker/Forester line. If I were given the go-ahead by the DW, we would have already bought a 3010/3011 with the theater seating. But the DW thinks they are too small.
vjstangelo 09/13/15 08:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Production on E450 chassis

Yes, problems. I read on the forestriverforums for sunseeker/forester that there is a vibration problem at certain speeds. Look out if you buy a 2016 off of a lot.
vjstangelo 09/12/15 07:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hershey Show next Week - anyone going or is it old hat -

Heading up, RV Shopping. Love to just walk around and sample the variety. We will buy one day, just need to get the last child out of college (Spring 2016).
vjstangelo 09/10/15 07:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1st RV/Class-A : northern seabreeze vs damon challenger

Try to find a 1999 or newer Ford V10. It is a much better engine and I'll bet you can find a motorhome in the same price range without much effort.
vjstangelo 08/18/15 07:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fleetwood has a line of "Crossovers"?

Winnebago has also launched a new line to compete with ACE/FR3. Actually they seem to have just rebadged the old Vista line as "Vista LX", while the plain Jane "Vista" is the ACE/FR3 equivalent.
vjstangelo 07/14/15 06:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Excursion - Too many miles?

Here's an update. Following the trip to Elkmont, the AC compressor blew up. At least it happened before we went out west! Our mechanic repaired and we had 2 weeks to drive the Ex and test the repair. Since all looked good, we gave ourselves the greenlight. About 2 weeks ago we headed west. Long story short, back home now having logged over 5000 miles. The odometer now shows about 135K. We drove through some desolate areas such as 89A into North Rim, and across WY on US 26. I really held my breath on those sections, and the Ex toiled on... Some snippets for conversation: Route 89A into North Rim from the east is a real bear! The grade and switchbacks (with a strong wind from the west, and temps around 95F) were some of the worst we've encountered, I had to down shift into L1 and the v10 was screaming at 4000 RPM to get up that sucker! BTW the North Rim was beautiful. Heading north out of Salt Lake City on I15 was a rough go, the temp was 100F with a very strong head wind meaning I had the pedal mashed for hours turning almost 3000 RPM to keep the engine in the torque curve. We saw 2 Class A's that bit the dust in those conditions, poor folks! FWIW, the V10 with the right tranny is probably a capable engine, but the 4R100, she's a dog. For example, when I hit a mountain grade with a headwind I'd get her up to 75 MPH trying to keep the RPM's over 3000 (in "D" with OD off), but the rig quickly would lose speed on the climb and I'd have to downshift to L2 and creep up the grade at 55 MPH, 3000 RPM. BTW, the gearing is 3.73 in the differentials. Too bad Ford didn't use the Torqshift on the 2005 model V10's (I understand the 6.0 diesels were so equipped), just a thought. Just a few local trips planned for the rest of the year, and off we go in September to Hershey motorhome shopping, again!
vjstangelo 07/12/15 06:20pm Tow Vehicles
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