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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
RE: Did I Get Hacked?

If you have a clean image back-up of the hard drive prior to the infection, I'd go ahead and restore that image and load thereby wiping out the infected drive data.
vjstangelo 03/16/16 06:19pm Technology Corner
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
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