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RE: Top vehicles for longevity

I'm gonna vote for the Ford V10. We towed our TT all over America, including 3 round trips from VA to Yellowstone, with our V10 powered Excursion no problems with the motor. It has been retired for the Class A Winnebago, F53 V10. The transmission is another matter. The 4R100 transmission on the Excursion is a dog compared to the torqshift 5R110 on the Winnebago. I think the Chevy Allison with the 8.1 beats the V10 with the 4R100. Anyway, the V10 gets my vote.
vjstangelo 07/20/17 07:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What to do at night at Yellowstone.

Been to Fishing Bridge many times. Unfortunately it is not much more than a big parking lot with RV's crammed on top of one another. But, it is the only campground in the park with full hookups so that makes it in high demand. No campfires are allowed. Since it does not get dark at that altitude until say 10:00pm (Summer DST), one can drive around the local area looking for wildlife almost until bedtime (the Hayden Valley, for example). Other things to do until bedtime are: Drive over to the Fishing Bridge General Store for an evening Ice Cream; Head over to the Fishing Bridge Visitor's Center for the evening program; Visit Lake Lodge or the Historic Lake Yellowstone Hotel (Yellow One) for an evening cocktail or meal. Note that all of the above are a convenient 10-15 minute drive from Fishing Bridge. Because of it's proximity to Lake Yellowstone, Fishing Bridge is active Grizzly country. No soft side TT's are allowed for that reason. Also, food must be stowed and not left unattended. We would walk the pups at night, but didn't stray far from the main lighted loops for that reason. Enjoy. There really is no other place like it in the Lower 48.
vjstangelo 07/19/17 03:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Blowout on Goodyear G670

To the OP. Do you have a safety steer on the front linkage? It is said that this will prevent the situation you described (or at least minimize). Anyone else with safety steer that would be wiling to share their real life experiences with front end blowouts would be nice. Thanks.
vjstangelo 07/17/17 07:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Right Truck for the job?

Our first tow with our Ford Excursion was also a white knuckle experience. We were towing a 6000# TT with an SUV designed to tow almost twice that amount. We also were using sway control (REESE Dual Cam). The fix was installing a Hellsing rear stabilizer bar. The improvement was like night and day. Check your rear stabilizer bar...
vjstangelo 07/16/17 07:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Running Out of Time - Need An RV For Full-Time Living....

It is doable, you are just asking the question to the wrong crowd. Go to Escapees Forum and you will get the help you need. There are a number of folks full timing in Airstreams and Calista TT's. Search for them on Instagram. If you don't mind getting your hands dirty, you can turn an older Airstream into whatever you want. Good luck.
vjstangelo 07/08/17 08:54pm Beginning RVing
RE: What happened?

I visit the forum daily and learn something new occasionally. I also try to give good advice from my till of lessons learned. One useful resource I also go to is Instagram and I follow many full timers who give good advice.
vjstangelo 07/07/17 05:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: We think we're ready to start RVing

We differed from others as we jumped right in, purchasing a new 17' KIWI TT in 2000. We never looked back since. To me the most important things are a comfortable place to sit in the evening to watch TV, and a walk around bed. In September take an extended weekend trip to Hershey PA for the RV show. If you can't find one to your liking at that event, give it up!
vjstangelo 06/30/17 06:47pm Beginning RVing
RE: Richmond VA

There is plenty to do in Richmond, it was the capital of the Confederacy after all. Must see are the Confederate White House, Confederacy Museum, Tredigar Iron Works National Park, and Monument Avenue. A short drive away is Cold Harbor National Park where Grant's frontal charge resulted in thousands of casualties in only 1 hour. Also in town is St. John's Church where Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" is reenacted. Little known is the fact that Edgar Allen Poe lived much of his life in Richmond, and these is a small but sensational museum in Richmond (Poe Museum). I recommend stopping in Richmond as there is much to see.
vjstangelo 06/30/17 06:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I95 to I 81 north from Savannah

Depends on how you like back roads and where you are actually starting from and going to. I live in Charleston and can give you several options once I know the above. Without, assuming Charleston to Staunton, VA, grab 52 in Goose Creek, SC up through Cheraw grabing 1 to I-74 in Rockingham. In Greensboro, NC work your way over to Hwy 29 which will take you all the way up to I64 which you can grab over to I81. About 3/4 of this route is dual lane road and very few traffic lights. This is our preferred route as well. Cheraw is such a beautiful southern city.
vjstangelo 06/26/17 07:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: Your favorite driving music?

XM Classics, and XM Bluegrass are our favorites.
vjstangelo 06/25/17 07:40pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Coleman Airxcel

Final post here. New rear heat pump installed. Two year warranty. So we have 2 brand spanking new heat pumps. Let's hope we get years of service out of these. Kudos to RB Taylor RV here in Lynchburg VA,. I highly recommend them.
vjstangelo 06/21/17 08:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cat travels

Been there. Our kitty was 10 yo when she started her life as a camping kitty. In our case the tow vehicle was a Ford Excursion (= BIG). We would put the smallish travel litter box in the cargo area with some water and food. Once we started the trip she would be released from the travel carrier and wander the Ex. At the campground she would have run of the TT which was a 25'. Now we have a Class A and our new kitty (our old girl died earlier this year) is right at home running the length of the motor home. Moral: kitties are very adept at camping.
vjstangelo 06/17/17 10:19am RV Pet Stop
RE: Thor ACE vs Forest River FR3

Get the one that comes with 2 AC units in case one breaks on a trip, and to provide xtra capacity. I think the 30 ft FR3 now has a second unit as an option.
vjstangelo 06/15/17 07:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New AC installed by mobile guy. What did I pay?

Amazing how the RV community is getting taken. A 15,000 BTU window unit at Lowe's $400. A 15,000 BTU RV AC $1000+ which is basically a window unit mounted on the roof with a plastic shroud. Maybe the RV unit is built to handle a greater rigor, but there sure a lot of complaints from RV unit owners (me included) of their RV AC units going out at a very young age. If we are paying a 100% markup for durability, I would expect a life of at least 10 years, IMHO.
vjstangelo 06/15/17 06:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coleman Airxcel

Ok, went on the roof today and pulled the shroud. The condenser coil clean as a whistle, no luck there. Conclusion: the dang thing just blew its charge at some weak point in the cooling loop. The new unit is on order and will be installed before the July 4th holiday.
vjstangelo 06/09/17 04:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Two RVs hit head on - Hwy 49 in California

I've read on this forum that Winnebago's are the only crash worthy Class A. The reason is a caged assembly construction, but this could be BS. Many over on the Class C forum claim that this is why they own a C, the cutaway van chassis meets the DOT specs for front end crashes while the A's do not.
vjstangelo 06/08/17 07:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coleman Airxcel

YOu say it starts out cool but as it runs less and less cool? When was the last time you went, as the song is titled "Up On The Roof" and removed the covers and cleaned the condenser coils? IF more than six months.. GET CLEANING. in fact more than one month, check it to see if it needs cleaning. You got to clean the coils? Yes. or spend 1,000 dollars fairly often. Good point. I will get up on the roof and inspect the Condenser Coils this weekend. I already inspected the evaporator coils and they were clean. FWIW, the evaporator coils were not cool when I inspected them.
vjstangelo 06/08/17 08:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coleman Airxcel

Well, $1000 for a new heat pump and $100 installation. Without looking, our mechanic estimated $400 to repair (best guess), but no warranty. Once again will bite the bullet and go new with the 2 year warranty.
vjstangelo 06/07/17 05:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ouray to Glenwwod Springs

Glenwood Springs is a great town to visit. So much history and sights. I saw a popular activity we want to try one day is biking east along the Colorado River.
vjstangelo 06/06/17 05:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: Coleman Airxcel

I wonder if the issue is the fact that these are heat pump units which have more parts that could fail and blow the freon charge.
vjstangelo 06/06/17 05:52pm Class A Motorhomes
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