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RE: Winnebago Vista 30 vs Thor Ace 30.1

If the Winnebago has 2 AC units, I would go with that motorhome.
vjstangelo 10/16/16 06:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I'm torn, buy or not to buy

Oops, my bad. No real opinion then, it's just a gas vs diesel preference.
vjstangelo 10/12/16 06:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing 2013 Honda CR-v

We have a 2011 with regular radio/CD combo (no navigation). We run a RVi aux brake. I turn off the radio but don't pull fuse. The battery has never died, but we run the motor every 8 hours per the manual.
vjstangelo 10/12/16 06:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I'm torn, buy or not to buy

Does your truck use DEF? Does the 2016 (probably yes)? If it were me I would stuck with yours if your 2011 is non_DEF.
vjstangelo 10/12/16 06:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Large RV insurance trouble

Geico was very reasonable for us.
vjstangelo 08/09/16 03:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Beware Pilot in NJ

I am the OP. This one has really taken off. I never bothered to call the Pilot back because in hindsight, based on comments by others in the thread, I realized it would be a fruitless waste of time. My reason for posting was that one really needs to be vigilant at this full serve facility and don't assume your selection will be honored. WRT premium fuel, there is little doubt in my mind that petroleum manufacturer's make a larger profit selling "Premium" when compared to "Regular". If this were not true, the manufacturer's would not be attempting to convince me via advertising to select Premium. I have no proof of this, but I suspect that the fuel attendants receive some sort of bonus at the end of the day for up-selling Premium. Up-selling was a common practice in the service industry where I worked while in college, pizza delivery. Suggest selling of extra cheese and cokes was expected: "Would you like extra cheese or cokes with that?". In closing, I don't think it was a simple mistake/oversight. Let the buyer beware...
vjstangelo 08/09/16 03:27pm Class A Motorhomes
Beware Pilot in NJ

On the way home from the NE we stopped at the Pilot along I78 in West Clinton,NJ. I don't come this way often, and forgot that one cannot self_serve gasoline in NJ. Anyway, I dutifully pulled up as the attendant directed, passed him my card, and said clearly "$50 regular unleaded". At some point I walked down to the pump which had stopped. I was asked if I wanted a receipt and I stated yes. When I pulled away, I looked at the receipt and it clearly showed he had put in premium unleaded which was about 60 cents a gallon more than regular. Since we were already away from the station which by the way was packed, I just moved along. I even tipped the guy before I noticed the receipt. My advice in NJ is watch the attendant like a hawk to ensure your the selection is honored. I feel like this is a racket at this Pilot and intend to call the Manager Monday.
vjstangelo 08/07/16 01:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing Capacity of Ford Explorer

Um, I would not be so quick to listen to the weight police. There are any number of TT's that can be towed with your vehicle. Our family started with a 2000 KIWI hybrid which we towed with an Olds Silhouette minivan. With the factory tow package the tow rating was 3500#, and the trailer was 2700# dry. We towed it for 3 years all around the east coast, Canada to Florida. Note that I had the Reese Dual Cam WD bars which were a great addition. We finally upgraded to a larger TT and at that time moved up to a truck body tow vehicle. If you are near Hershey, mosey over to the RV show there in September. I'm sure there is some ultra light that will fit your needs.
vjstangelo 07/31/16 07:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Goodbye to our Beast- a 1973 Sportscoach

Agreed. It should be the other guy's insurance settling with you, not your insurance company, that is provided they other folks in the wrong had a policy in effect. I would already have a lawyer on tap, because the insurance company will surely try to minimize their costs. Given your injures, and future pain and suffering, you should sue for their policy maximum. That should bring them to the bargaining table with a reasonable compensation for your motorhome.
vjstangelo 07/23/16 10:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rattling Drivers window

I do and it is right behind me. We hit the road tomorrow so lets see if exercising the slide out and in eliminates the problem.
vjstangelo 07/05/16 03:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Nervous First Time RV Buyer Looking For Tips & Advice

We towed our first TT (4500 lbs dry) with a 1/2 ton 1999 Expedition, 4.6L V8. I think it put out 200hp. The weak link in that setup was the tranny which was a dog. Yours sounds like a pretty big V6, probably over 200 hp. With such a well geared transmission, I 'm betting that it would be able to tow a 4500 lb TT well enough. Many many folks think that one needs a 3/4 ton for any TT. In the Rocky mts, maybe, but not in the east, my opinion.
vjstangelo 07/05/16 07:07am Beginning RVing
RE: Rattling Drivers window

As I thinking over a morning cup of coffee, maybe "rattle" wasn't the most accurate description. The window seems to me making a loud "cracking" sound on certain bone-jarring bumps, as if the entire assembly is flexing. Almost sounds like a metal channel on metal channel sound. Once again it started on a horrible section of I78 in PA. Since it is held in place by the flange, unless there is internal damage, I don't know what the problem is. All the flange screws are well tightened, I checked them all. Perplexed.
vjstangelo 07/05/16 06:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rattling Drivers window

I have taken a good look and lightly hit all around the frame and no rattle. All seems to be right with the glass in the track. I will try removing the screen on the next leg of the trip on Wed and see if the sound comes back. Thanks to all for replies.
vjstangelo 07/04/16 02:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rattling Drivers window

Ahh good point. I will see if I can access the mechansm when we get back from sightseeing. The window and screen work fine, and the mirror seems tight.
vjstangelo 07/04/16 07:29am Class A Motorhomes
Rattling Drivers window

We are traveling in our new to us 2012 Winnebago Vista. On a very rough stretch of I78 I noted rattling and similar loud noises coming from the driver side window when we hit certain bumps. I tried tightening the screws on the flange but they are tight. Is it possible that a welded brace on the window broke allowing flexture in the panel assembly? FYI I plan on calling my insurance co when we get home since this should be a comprehensive claim if there is damage.
vjstangelo 07/04/16 06:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trip report, Yellowstone.

Was there much snow about at Yellowstone? By the way we love Madison also.
vjstangelo 05/20/16 05:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Beware Fleetwood

I'll try to start up constructive comments again. We were close to buying a used 2007 Bounder with the workhorse chassis. We went so far as to get the unit professionally inspected, but for a variety of reasons decided not to follow through. I will say that we felt the Bounder was well designed and constructed. Fast forward to Hershey last year. We felt the new Bounders were the sharpest gassers at the show. We hear that they are phenomenal sellers for Fleetwood. Note that we have read on many threads the wails of dissatisfied owners of "never again" a Winnebago, Forest River, Thor, or whatever. Sorry that folks jumped all over you, it actually wasn't very polite, but there is surely brand loyalty prevalent on the web and I think you just tapped into that for the Fleetwood owners. I'll close with the fact that our 13 year old KZ TT has had its fair share of issues, many of which you described above with your unit. What did we do: just fixed it and continued camping. If you really liked the motorhome enough to drop 6 figures purchasing it, just fix it and enjoy like we did. Good luck.
vjstangelo 04/22/16 05:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where is Winnebago in the Gasser lineup?

We have friends that rue the day they "upgraded" from an older Winnie Adventurer to a new Journey. So many problems they just wish they had their old rough and ready Adventurer back. This is a good thread and I enjoy the candid discussions.
vjstangelo 03/31/16 02:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: new truck cost!!

It's automobiles also. The cost of all will likely continue to drastically increase. One of the primary culprits is the latest CAFE standards which require mpg goals that are very aggressive. EPA was warned by auto manufacturers that although CAFE stds were achievable, prices would soar. The driver of the latest set of CAFE stds was the so-called endangerment finding where EPA concluded CO2 emissions were a danger to human health and the environment. Moral: for every action there is reaction. Hence: as auto makers push the technology edge, prices soar as predicted. Some even predict that we will look like Cuba driving in reconstituted jalopies as prices for new vehicles escalate to the point where the middle class can no longer afford them. It is amazing that these truck prices now rival the cost of a brand new Class A motor home!
vjstangelo 03/31/16 01:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Winnebago Itasca Full Wall Slide Failure

On another rv blog, there are a number of discussions on Thor's new 3 Trax drive system. So far there are not many complaints from owners of same, and a general satisfaction with the new system. Will it hold up over he long haul is unknown. Anyone with the 3 Trax is welcome to chime in...
vjstangelo 03/22/16 06:27pm Class A Motorhomes
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