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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
RE: Thor Outlaw

I don't own one, but very much like the floorplans and concept. Check out a couple called "RV Outlawz". Google them for their website. They full time all across the US in their Outlaw 37MD and seem happy. I also follow their adventures on Instagram.
vjstangelo 10/16/17 04:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Warren Buffett buys large stake in Pilot Flying J

We just love Pilot and Flying J. Easy in and out, great coffee, clean restrooms.
vjstangelo 10/03/17 05:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: 1st Time. Going crosscountry. Question for experienced folks

Going cross country, I have found I40 to be pretty level driving coast to coast (a few hills in AZ and NM). I80 in WY has some grades west of Laramie. Of course, I70 west of Denver is very mountainous. I90 through MT isn't so bad, but I have never been on 90 west of Bozeman MT. If the southern route is your thing, I10 is flat as a pancake over most of its length. WRT lengths, it seems the recreation.gov and reserveamerica.com allowed lengths have some safety factors built in so a few extra feet over will not cause problems in my experience. I always took the length allowed to be the length of the rig alone minus the tow vehicle.
vjstangelo 09/28/17 07:21am Travel Trailers
RE: F53 chassis hanling in the wind

Our new to us 32k Vista was a bucking bronco our first trip out. Did the CHF and installed Safe T Steer and it was a night and day difference improvement. But, any cross wind at 20 MPH or more leads to white knuckles. Many have said it is the nature of the beast, a 30 foot or more brick going down the road, diesel or gas chassis. Those with tag axles seem to handle the best under these conditions per posters here on the forum.
vjstangelo 09/28/17 06:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need help with diesel pusher selection

We liked the Winnebago Forza when we were at the Hershey show. Next nicest was the Thor Palozzo. Of course our price point was less than 200k. The Newmars to us had the most comfortable furniture. Tiffin's impressed us the least. All the Newmars and Tiffin diesels were high 200's to 300k+.
vjstangelo 09/27/17 06:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What should I have done?

I had a similar situation in PA. I slowed, and started moving to the passing lane making my intention known. The driver to my left eventually yielded, but I know he wasn't happy. Folks in the passing lane don't own it and must yield in these types of situations. If I were the OP I would plead not guilty at the arraignment and go before the judge to plead my case.
vjstangelo 09/22/17 06:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: T-Mobile Vs Verizon??

If you stay near large population centers, either would suffice. In the boonies, hands down,Verizon beats them all.
vjstangelo 09/16/17 07:30am Technology Corner
Lube on Power Gear Hydraulic Jacks

When reviewing the Maintenance Procedures for the Power Gear jacks, I noted that the manufacturer recommended using white lithium grease on the seal lube points after 30 cycles of the jacks. I checked and sure enough, near the seal of each jack, just above the movable hydraulic ram, there is a zerk fitting buried under road grime! Has anyone here ever lubed these fittings? What would be the proper procedure? Can I use by good-old grease with a lithium cartridge or do I run the risk of blowing the seal with overpressure? Thanks.
vjstangelo 09/14/17 12:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Moose Jaw or Regina

Thanks to all for the update. We did wind up staying at Prairie campground in Moose Jaw, which I would recommend. Unfortunately we arrived late and the Tunnel area was closed, but we did unhitch the toad and tool about. Thanks again.
vjstangelo 09/03/17 07:29pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: KOA

We are in the middle of a 2 week trek out west. We stayed at KOA in Huntington, St. Louis, St. Mary's, Sheridan. Except for St. Mary which is at the doorstep of Glacier NP, we never paid more than $50 a night. As a business traveler when not camping, I want quality consistency and similarly when rving I want the same and am willing to pay extra for it. Every one of the above KOA gave me available pull through sites, 50A service, easy on and off of an interstate, well manicured, clean facilities. That's what I want an am willing to pay for. Just my 2 cents.
vjstangelo 08/27/17 12:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Small Class A

If you haven't already accessed it, there is a very active discussion thread in the Forest River Forums for the FR3. There is also an Android App for free for the Forest River Forums if you want to access via an app. Good luck.
vjstangelo 08/27/17 11:45am Class A Motorhomes
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