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RE: Walmart and other over night stays.

What's wrong with campgrounds? X 2 Handy in a pinch when they are open. But then again, what useful amenity can a campground offer an overnighter in a self contained rig. x2 We like campgrounds when we are going to stay for a day or two or want to tour the area or just rest up. But when covering ground as in our fast (for us) cross country run of 9 days I really don't need the hassle of registering, getting into a spot, hooking up and then having dinner and going to sleep so we can pull out in the morning. Much prefer to pull in someplace, WalMart, Cabela's, BassPro, Flying J, roadside rest area etc where I can get level and prepare dinner and get some sleep. If someone had a spot like on the OH Turnpike rest areas where I could get into a pull through with water and electric for $10 with dump at the exit, I would gladly pay for the privilege.
xctraveler 07/30/14 06:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: TOAD Braking System Question...

I have no argument with the current regulatory standards for towing and supplementary brake systems. I can depend on the manufacturers of the equipment to make it as safe as possible since otherwise they face significant liability issues. Our highly litigious society seems to keep most manufacturers in line (except GM!). Having said that I really would like the lack of regulation to be uniform and included in the Federal highway safety laws, that way I would not have to think about complying with 49 different state regulations (I left out Hawaii for obvious reasons).
xctraveler 07/30/14 03:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Freightliner radiator hose clamps again

I guess we can assume it is a Cummins engine. Which one would be a help. Or given the year it could be a Cat.
xctraveler 07/30/14 02:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Walmart and other over night stays.

Here is a very good website, NOT FREE, that provides WalMart information and is fairly current: http://www.overnightrvparking.com/index.php If you belong to Escapees there is a website with a small additional fee: http://www.daysenddirectory.com/ with guidance to thousands of places that are free or under $20 if no free is available. Our general resources include the above and Corp of Engineers, Passport America and the Escapees Travel Guide. Sometimes we will just pull into a place that looks like it might be friendly and walk in ask the attendant/owner if it is okay if we park overnight. The usual answer is yes or a warning that there is a local ordinance prohibiting it.
xctraveler 07/30/14 07:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: TOAD Braking System Question...

I would want the installer to have a lot of experience with the brake system. Shop for that. It can be a non trivial install. especially getting the lighting wiring right. Many coaches are prewired for supplemental brakes, especially the UTB that I use. Would have gotten an air system with my new coach if I hadn't already had the system I had to transfer over.
xctraveler 07/29/14 07:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help with picking an insurance carrier

This is off topic, but either contact a lawyer in the state where you want to reside, or contact Escapees and read their "Becoming a Texan" piece (for members only - its cheaper than a lawyer) They are adding Florida and some other state also either already or real soon now.
xctraveler 07/22/14 03:46pm Full-time RVing
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Had it in the shop for oil change, add some coolant and service the generator. All is good for another year or 50k miles whichever comes first. Went out a week later and ran the gen to run both ACs for workload and to cool it off while DW sorted through the onboard clothes in preparation for our next trip. Booked 4 nights at Liberty Harbor Marina & RV Park in Jersey City over Labor Day, oh my aching wallet.
xctraveler 07/22/14 02:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: HWH Hydraulic Jacks

You don't say if you tried more than once over a period of time. I had a total hydraulic failure that "healed itself." Turned out a slide seal had dried out and stuck causing a self resetting circuit breaker to drop out. While I read a troubleshooting guide and scratched my head it reset and the next time I tried it worked fine tearing the stuck seal in the process :(
xctraveler 07/22/14 02:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Are large gas motor Rv's underpower?

Drove GM 8.1 liter engine over 150,000 miles in two coaches, always made the top of the hill. Could not keep up with my old Corvette from the line, or even with my RAV4, but it got out into traffic just fine with a little planning and patience. Got me a diesel for my 3rd coach, Cummins ISC 380 HP. It is no faster off the line than the gassers - lots more weight. And so far it has made every grade I've tried. My son, who lives up in a holler on a mountain dirt road says he can tell the difference because he can't hear the engine roaring from 1/2 mile off like he could with the gas engines. My biggest expectation is longer life, my last coach had 110,000 miles on it and needed the interior rebuilt from use. Wouldn't put the $$ into the coach because I had used half or more of the expected life of the driveline. New gasser would have been fine but I wanted a diesel and DW found an acceptable floorplan in the diesel. I got the engine and drive line I WANTED and she got the living quarters she wanted.
xctraveler 07/22/14 02:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Carrying capacity question, vista

How about 18 or 24 gal on Propane at 4 lbs/gal. The surprising thing is how much our "stuff" weighs. Clothes, food, drinks electronics, toys add up to 1,500 to 2,000 lbs in a hurry. Fortunately we now have Kindles so we saved about 200 lbs in books we used to carry, just in case. . . :) When weighing it is best to get 4 corner weights. You might be borderline okay front axle to back axle and find you are 500 lbs or more off left/right. This could overload a wheel by 500 lbs (not trivial) even though the axle is fine. Best to have the dealer provide you with 4 corner weights as a condition of purchase By no means should you believe anything a salesman tells you that sounds favorable, he isn't going to driving down the road with you and your family.
xctraveler 07/22/14 01:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Buying a used winnebego what to expect

Before shopping even, have you tried out camping, rving? Have you rented a coach for an extended weekend with the family to see how it goes and if it works for all of you? After you have done that here are some other thoughts. 2 years ago I traded in a 2004 36 foot gas coach with 110,000 miles. It was worth about $20,000 to the dealer! The engine and drivetrain had received every recommended service at the appropriate service interval and there was at least another 50k miles before a likely overhaul might come due. The interior was worn but serviceable. All the seals were in good order. I have seen coaches with far fewer miles that looked better, but there were dried seals and no good maintenance records. I would look for a coach that has been used regularly and well maintained, not sure I would consider a '80s model as early 2000's would not cost much more. Oh yes, generator hours over 80 per year would be worth considering, higher is better! A generator that has not been run may not run well when you need/want it.
xctraveler 07/21/14 09:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: A real honest-to goodness "NEWBIE"

Hi and welcome to "the Life" We are in our 3rd coach, two gassers and now the diesel. If you check my signature you will note we are in a 36 footer. This is our second 36 foot coach and our primary limit is the ability to turn it in our son's driveway. 40' will not fit! That being said this is our home. We do not find ourselves cramped for space, or for storage. Truth be told we could have had the same coach in a 40 footer for relatively little more money, but the 36 besides fitting in our son's driveway gives us many more options in Public Campgrounds, especially in the northeast where there is less space and the cgs are older. As they say YMMV we have been at this for 14 years and have driven well over 180,000 miles. Don't hesitate to PM me if you want to have an offline conversation.
xctraveler 07/19/14 03:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel Motorhome

Tiffin cabinetry throughout their line is solid wood for the most part. Certainly the Phaeton line is. Of course there are not a lot of them for sale used.
xctraveler 07/10/14 08:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Had GeeWhiz in for annual PM. All is good, need to add some diesel stabilizer as I plan on letting it sit for about 6 weeks more before starting to move. Also need to have it washed, I have no access to water in storage area.
xctraveler 07/08/14 02:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: After very long storage, what to check?

With new family who have not been RVing before you might explain that things not working right might well be part of the fun. Have a sense of humor and accept the pleasure you get. I 2nd the comment about tires. If they are more than 5 to 7 years old, they probably need to be replaced. I personally am a nut about 5 year life, but do understand that some will go to 7 years. However since they have been untended and unused for 3 years it would pay to have a tire pro at least look at the exterior to be sure there is no rot of checking. I suggest an outsider as you might not see a flaw that was noticeable to someone else. Have Fun!
xctraveler 07/05/14 01:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Macerator Pumps

DW has very short hair, the Sanicon has not caused a problem yet in 8 years and in two coaches. Of course we bought ours before Thetford bought them and cheapened the design while keeping the price the same. My case is cast metal and the connector for the sewer has several parts for flexible use in different situations.
xctraveler 06/30/14 08:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: MPG : gas -vs- diesel

MPG turn out to be a tradeoff IMHO. Diesel gets better mileage in exchange for higher cost per gallon. Our '04 Southwind averaged 6.5 mpg on gas for 105000 miles (every mile and every gallon logged). Our current Phaeton gets about 9 MPG on diesel. Diesel is about $.30/gal more than gasoline depending on where in the country you are buying it. Depending on use a gasoline engine by Ford or GM should be a decent buy with 45-55K on it if it was has been properly maintained. I would want to see the owners maintenance records. Our Southwind had about 105,000 miles on it when we traded and it was good for at least another 50K without any major work. We traded because the interior was getting shabby and I wanted airhorns. The most important part of most motorhomes has to do with the interior, that is where you will be living. It should be clean and well maintained and the floor plan should meet your needs/desires, actually HER needs and desires, lets get real. I got my air horns and she got the layout she wanted.
xctraveler 06/30/14 07:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dometic

To recap the issue; the stove works fine, other than the failed igniter for the front burner. The new A/C setup works fine except when DW is cooking on the propane range top and then the A/C shuts down. I am looking for some correlation since the only power the stove might use is for the electronic igniter. Is it possible that the non working igniter is shorting the 12 v in the coach when the stove is in use - from the heat? That would take down the A/C as the controller requires 12V. The only other correlation is that the A/C cannot keep up with the cooling when cooking is combined with high late afternoon temperatures. That should not be an issue, it should just get hot in the coach. I suspect that the fact that it happens while cooking is not a cause and effect, just a coincidence. Take her out to dinner and see if that fixes the A/C problem :)
xctraveler 06/30/14 07:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New to diesel - airbags and storing RV

I'll be watching this thread. My Phaeton is sitting in storage right now and I never thought about dumping the air. For that matter I stored it a couple of times last winter without doing it either. It seems fine and there is no specific instruction to dump the air for storage in any of the literature and there would be if Tiffin thought it was important.
xctraveler 06/30/14 07:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: altenator

Coming back two weeks later I have no idea what I was complaining about. Would delete this entirely if possible.
xctraveler 06/11/14 08:05am Class A Motorhomes
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