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RE: Newmar/Tiffin vs. Coachmen Miranda Select/Fleetwood Bounder

Careful Andy F once you start looking at diesels it may be hard to go back to gassers :) We found that interiors in diesels are generally much more substantial than in Gassers, more weight carrying ability to work with. Even within the Tiffin line the interior finishes are lighter in the gas units - no tile floors etc. I won't even go into ride and handling since we spend much more time living than driving. The whole DP idea is coming on stronger and stronger. I drove school bus through college and had the opportunity to do some cross country trips to deliver buses from MN to Seattle. Those were front engine diesel conventional buses with spring suspension. Then I got the unique opportunity to fly down to LA and drive a rear engine Gillig transit-style school bus back to MN. The air suspension ride and the rear engine was quite a more comfortable experience. Then I drove transit bus for a while in college while waiting for my full time law enforcement opportunity. Those transit Gillig buses were a very sweet ride. I guess I hadn't seriously considered a DP. But buying one used brings the price down into our price range and I always buy my cars used anyhow. As I said :) dangerous path to tread. Given your experience you might even look around and see if there are any Gillig conversions on the market. I have heard of people making them over into motorhomes.
xctraveler 06/13/16 07:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar/Tiffin vs. Coachmen Miranda Select/Fleetwood Bounder

Tiffin, Love 'em or hate 'em. We have had several of the well known "issues" with our 2012. Tiffin took care of them without our even asking. They have had the parts I needed when stuff wore out and people to talk me through how to repair/modify stuff to my needs. The worst stuff has been self inflicted except the DS LR slideout floor and the roof rails. So we LOVE ours and would certainly own another should we manage to outlive our perceived usefulness of this one.
xctraveler 06/13/16 04:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar/Tiffin vs. Coachmen Miranda Select/Fleetwood Bounder

Careful Andy F once you start looking at diesels it may be hard to go back to gassers :) We found that interiors in diesels are generally much more substantial than in Gassers, more weight carrying ability to work with. Even within the Tiffin line the interior finishes are lighter in the gas units - no tile floors etc. I won't even go into ride and handling since we spend much more time living than driving.
xctraveler 06/13/16 09:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar/Tiffin vs. Coachmen Miranda Select/Fleetwood Bounder

If I remember correctly Winnebago has used drop rail frame for some time now. Tiffins used raised rail which gives some storage above the bottom of the rails, not as easy to access as drop rail storage, but more of it:) "Seems like Winnebago would adjust their chassis structure to catch up with storage space." would be a major re-engineering starting with a different chassis design. They needed the drop rail for their basement AC among other things. The class A gas chassis uses the standard frame rails, as delivered by Ford, Chevy or Workhorse. Richard Right you are, not sure where my brain was when I posted that.
xctraveler 06/11/16 10:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Would you rent your RV if you could earn $15,000/yr?

You would also need to set up a small business to handle the transactions and collect any taxes your locale requires and report the income on your tax return. If you skip all the "formal" stuff, you have no protection if a renter runs off with the unit or wrecks it. Yeah it's stolen, but how did they get their hands on it to drive it off. Explain it to your insurance company. Of course I am biased since our unit is HOME.
xctraveler 06/11/16 05:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fog lioghts for a Phaeton

Ken Try McKinney RV which is across the street from the Tiffin Campground. They have everything from any unit ever built. www.mckinneyrv.com telephone 938-223-7000. No more McKinney RV, they were bought by Bunkhouse RV. Same location and I can't imagine they have cleared out all the stuff they had for old units. Looks like the number is now 256-356-4229.
xctraveler 06/11/16 05:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How long do you store fresh water in tank?

What 2gypsies said! This coach was bought new in May 2012. Sanitized the tank then - who knew what had happened while it was on the lot. Haven't done anything but use it and refill it. We use it for all our water needs, Tiffin has set the filter "after" the tank so last step before our use is through the filter.
xctraveler 06/11/16 05:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar/Tiffin vs. Coachmen Miranda Select/Fleetwood Bounder

If I remember correctly Winnebago has used drop rail frame for some time now. Tiffins used raised rail which gives some storage above the bottom of the rails, not as easy to access as drop rail storage, but more of it:) "Seems like Winnebago would adjust their chassis structure to catch up with storage space." would be a major re-engineering starting with a different chassis design. They needed the drop rail for their basement AC among other things.
xctraveler 06/11/16 03:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I'm New and have questions

Not going to cover all you questions here. Extended Warranty is an interesting gamble. We bought online, NOT from the dealer, same contract, half the price! We have had refrigerator repairs and a replacement AC paid for by the EW, so far just about break even, both service centers were glad to work with the EW and I never saw any paperwork other than a bill for the deductible. W/D We did not have for 12 years and DW didn't want it. New coach came with it, we will never do without again. In our coach the space we gave up for the W/D would have been used for more clothes to be able to go a week or two between washes. We probably run a cycle every other day or so, two when we do towels. Big deal, its not as if we are hanging around waiting for the cycle to finish. DW starts a load and we go off, when we get back we transfer to dryer, 80 min later it is done whether we are sitting waiting for it or on our patio enjoying adult drinks. Tow dolly v four down. No opinion, we have never used a dolly, always towed four down, bought tow'ds that owners manual (not a salesman) authorized recreational towing. Never owned a Ford Gasser, no knowledge. Storage, never covered when we stored, never stored indoors. usually stored in NorthEast in summer. Winter we were living in it. Now we live in it! brief periods of storage while we do other travel we just park it. Full body paint will not dull as badly as decals, especially if you keep it clean and lightly waxed.
xctraveler 06/10/16 11:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: road condition Hwy 70 west

We have driven I 70 (eastbound) a couple of times. once in a 36 foot gasser pulling a 4,000 pound car. It was slow cresting the high point, but we made it with no issues. We did not stop for other than a driver change in a pullout. Our slowest speed was 28 mph on the steepest grade, in the gasser, 4,500 rpm in first. The diesel with a 5,000 lb tow'd just walked up the grades. It is an Interstate with plenty of traffic, much of it slow on the grades. We ran from Grand Junction to well pas the mountains before stopping for the night. Didn't look for over nights, but there should be plenty, it is tourist country.
xctraveler 06/08/16 08:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: My noodles have failed!

Since we seldom do as told, I have made up signs to put up in the all the place I have banged my head: "BANG HEAD HERE!" It works :) I don't ever bang my head on the sign
xctraveler 06/06/16 10:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dropping Off in a Motorhome - DFW Airport

Dang, there must be a rental agency away from the airport that is open on Sunday in the DFW area. Even Temecula CA has an Avis/Budget office open until noon on Sunday. That would be my first choice - we just used a one way rental to get to LAX for a flight out and one way return to Temecula returning the car on Memorial Day in Temecula. We were gone for a long time and parking would have cost us much more than the two rentals.
xctraveler 06/06/16 10:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sink Leak Fix

We came back to our coach after two months of travel away. Turned the water back on and the kitchen faucet leaked steadily. Naturally this was Sunday morning of Memorial Day weekend and we were recovering from a a five our flight and three hour TZ change. I turned off the city water and decided we would use the pump, only turning it on when we need water to reduce the amount of water leaked. it is 36 hours later and the leak appears to have stopped! I suspect a connector dried out and is now tight with the moist gasket. Will turn city water back on in the morning to see how it goes. Would love to fix it, maybe even replace the fixture, but it will wait for now. Need to service the engine and components and replace the tires, that comes first as long as the joint stays tight. Follow up on the kitchen faucet set. The leak continued so we elected to replace with a new set with "pull down" nozzle. When the old faucet came out, it was clear that the original installer had twisted the braided sheath at the fixture. That became the source of the leak. I bet mine was not the only one with that issue coming out of the factory that month.
xctraveler 06/06/16 10:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: No 12 V power at all W/O shore line or generator

If I remember correctly from my '04 Southwind the Main Battery switch is in the cabinet above the entry door. It operates a relay and there are two, one for house and the other for engine. It's been a while. Issue does not sound like it is related to the battery switches. Fried batteries or bad converter/charger would be my call. Actually one caused the other most likely. Batteries are 2x6 V under entry steps converter/charger on mine was under the refrigerator and yes it was a simple one level.
xctraveler 05/31/16 12:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire size

Mostly, I would think. They are also shorter and have less CCC. 22.5 inch tires ride smoother IMHO and have less drag than the smaller tire. Have had both, had much more trouble with the 19.5 inch tires. None with the 22.5. I will be replacing my soon as they are over 5 years old. I am hoping we are still RVing when the next set of tires needs to be replaced, might as well get the most use out of the new ones and not take ANY risk with the old tires.
xctraveler 05/30/16 11:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sink Leak Fix

We came back to our coach after two months of travel away. Turned the water back on and the kitchen faucet leaked steadily. Naturally this was Sunday morning of Memorial Day weekend and we were recovering from a a five our flight and three hour TZ change. I turned off the city water and decided we would use the pump, only turning it on when we need water to reduce the amount of water leaked. it is 36 hours later and the leak appears to have stopped! I suspect a connector dried out and is now tight with the moist gasket. Will turn city water back on in the morning to see how it goes. Would love to fix it, maybe even replace the fixture, but it will wait for now. Need to service the engine and components and replace the tires, that comes first as long as the joint stays tight.
xctraveler 05/30/16 11:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: seatbelt laws and children seats

Are you looking for Law or Safety. Technically in most motorhomes only the front two seats are considered vehicle seating and require appropriate seat belts. Other seat belts appear to me to be useless as two persons sitting sideways on a sofa with lap belts or at a table booth do not have much protection from a sudden stop or rear end. Recliners, even bolted to the floor are not much better. If you want safety, you may need to search out a coach that is engineered with safe belted seating in the house body. Haven't seen one, but I haven't looked, mostly it's just the two of us.
xctraveler 05/30/16 11:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Natchez Trace PKWY - doable?

Just a quick Natchez Trace Parkway story. In 2003 as we left Nashville TN to drive down the parkway the first time it started to snow! (This was February). It actually snowed 12 inches in a few hours. It took us 4 hours to drive from Music Valley to the Parkway covering a total of 37 miles. We stopped at Bird Song Hollow pullout just before the Double Arch Bridge at 2 PM and decided to wait out the storm. As we got comfortable a ranger stopped by to tell us they were closing the road. He agreed that we were probably safer sitting tight than trying to move on and told Tupelo we were staying put. We had a wonderful day of snow play and reading and in the morning the ranger came by to see how we were. We decided to move on south, slowly, and plan on meeting him at the southern gate, about 10 miles further on, where he would open it to let us through. It took us over an hour to cover those 10 miles! The snow was pristine with the only disturbance being the tracks the ranger had left. In Tupelo at the headquarters/visitor center we agreed that the young ranger in training could have all the snow he wanted off our tow'd. He had never seen it before. The rest of our trip on the Parkway was a bit less eventful but we have repeated the drive several times now.
xctraveler 03/21/16 12:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Natchez Trace PKWY - doable?

We have been on it several times. We love to stop for a break at Metal Ford and Emerald Mound. Rocky Springs, near the southern end of the Trace offers a chance to see and feel the history of the Trace also dry camping in a lovely setting, if the boy scouts are not there. You might want to pick up Nevada Barr's "Deep South" and "Hunting Season" before you go. She writes murder mysteries using National Parks for her background and Anna Pigeon, Ranger for her detective. Excellent reads and you can follow the stories on the ground as she is very careful to represent the parks accurately. It made our first visit to Rocky Springs very meaningful and fun.
xctraveler 03/19/16 06:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: class A devaluation

Good planning can look a lot like overthinking. Key items in order: If wife is not on board forget all the other items. This is a major lifestyle change and all parties, even the dogs need to WANT to to do it. You will be living in at most 350 sq feet (large motorhome) and in each others face all the time. You need more than love, you need to like being with each other AND like the lifestyle that comes with it. Take a couple of extended rental trips to see how it works out for both of you. In our case we started drafting our lists of wants and needs on day three of the first such trip. Only after you have agreement that you are equally invested in the idea should you look at finances. Regardless of how you get there you need to have in a safe investment enough money to get back into a s&b without counting on anything from the sale of the rig. That leaves lots of cushion for all the things that can go wrong, including health. You might reach a point where you compromise and want a fixed base and the coach, you never know. If you don't do this, you will have burned your bridges and you take what comes. There are alternatives but they are for people who know and love the lifestyle and don't want to ever come off the road. Even for them health may have other ideas.
xctraveler 03/18/16 06:27pm Class A Motorhomes
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