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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
RE: best route from Ogden/salt lake to Grand Teton/Jackson?

I just did US26 out of Idaho Falls. That is the one I'd recommend. A very scenic route right along the Snake River and a breeze drive wise.
vjstangelo 07/09/15 09:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is this the start of Workhorse again? Isuzu?

But will they have the expertise to work on the new motor being supplied by PSI? I have seen no parts available at the local stores, and the nearest Workhorse service center to me (2 hrs away) is a Chevy dealership. Will they train their mechanics to work on a PSI motor? There are many stories on this blog about Ford dealerships turning away F53 and Class C chassis for warrenty work, so would a Chevy dealer work on a PSI motor? I am skeptical...
vjstangelo 06/23/15 05:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is this the start of Workhorse again? Isuzu?

Who would work on the drive train for service, I'm wondering...
vjstangelo 06/22/15 06:19pm Class A Motorhomes
LED Lights - retrofit

Well, at this point we really thought we would be owners of a new/used motorhome, but finances just don't seem to be cooperating. Anyway, we decided to do another season in our tired, old, small Frontier. Since we plan on doing some dry camping, I decided to replace a few key fixtures with LED's to conserve battery life. My local dealer sold a nifty wafer-type LED that will directly fit into the old 1141 automotive equipped fixtures that are in my rig for $16/ea. What a difference! These babies are very bright and were a cinch to install. I put 1 over the kitchen sink, and one in the bunk end so my wife can read at night. They also consume basically no power which means no nagging to turn out the lights. I do recommend for those who dry camp.
vjstangelo 06/11/15 11:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Excursion - Too many miles?

Update - it was decided that we would have our mechanic perform all the recommended maintenance on the truck, some which was overdue (plugs, differential and transfer case fluid, fuel filter, repaired leaking tranny real seal, new exhaust system, replaced bad tie rod, steering damper). She should be as good as new as reasonably possible. All the reservations for campgrounds have been made, 1st stop North Rim, then Zion, Tetons, Yellowstone, then back to VA. A preliminary shake down test trip to Elkmont Campground this weekend, 200 miles each way.
vjstangelo 06/09/15 07:22pm Tow Vehicles
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