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RE: new owner question

Assuming house batteries are in good shape and have 100% charge after running down the highway you should have plenty of hours of use before needing to charge them again. Not knowing what your coach is or what your battery bank is it is hard to know whether you have 15 or 24 hours of battery life before getting to 50% depleted. General answer is you never need to disconnect the house batteries until you put the coach in storage. I never turn mine off unless I am storing without a connection.
xctraveler 10/01/14 04:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wrong Pump in AZ

What was the original question 21 pages ago? We will need a quorum to determine the answer to that. Count me out, we are leaving for dinner out and I presume this will all go away before I get back in a couple of hours.
xctraveler 10/01/14 04:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wrong Pump in AZ

Well if LBligh weren't pressing the point so obstinately I doubt the group would have gotten as far down the road as it appears so far. I am not sure why I have read all 21 pages of this thread without posting until now.
xctraveler 10/01/14 03:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Life lesson - In case you're not aware

I carry a variety of credit cards - NO Debit cards! We travel throughout the US and Canada all year long. All of my cards are noted that we are always on the move and furthermore $300 to $400 charge at a fuel stop is normal - have to feed the diesel piggy. Every so often one of the cards will throw a fraud alert and stop working. I use another card and check in with the carrier. 9 time out 10 it is the vendor that chose not to accept the card, especially fuel stations and usually for gas not for diesel. Go Figure. When we travel overseas I do notify the cc companies as it can be difficult or just expensive to reach them to set things straight. We traveled through 14 countries over a three month period last year and never had a problem with a card. Oh I seem to remember one card was cancelled because the account had been compromised, they got a new card to my hotel the next day.
xctraveler 10/01/14 10:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Any issues with 19.5 wheels???

Had an '04 Southwind on a Workhorse Chassis with 19.5 Steel wheels. Put on 110,000 miles including every paved and many unpaved highways in Alaska. Never had a problem with the wheels - or tires for that matter. Sure was happy when I had to buy a new set of 6 tires and they were that much less than 22.5" tires. Unless you got a batch of bad wheels I would look to damage from prior service. I also would be checking out the suspension as abuse sufficient to bend wheels could also cause suspension damage.
xctraveler 10/01/14 10:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Elks and Moose Lodges

What are the requirements to become a member? You must be recommended by a current Elk in good standing. If you don't know an Elk go to your closest Elk Lodge and explain that you want to join and they will take care of you. It takes about a month from the time you apply until you become a member. I walked into the bar as an uninvited guest in what is now my home lodge and before I had had one beer I was filling out forms and passing them to the others at the bar to sponsor me. All good folk. I don't spend much time in my home lodge as i explained I wouldn't when I signed up because we most time in our RV. I do stop by when we are in Rochester to say hi. It did take some time as they did not have a formal meeting over the Summer and I had to wait for the Fall to be brought in.
xctraveler 09/30/14 02:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Elks and Moose Lodges

I am a traveling Elk and we stay at Lodges whenever we can. The Elk International web site will provide lodge location and may indicate the availability of overnight parking - not all lodges have space or are permitted to use their space for overnight parking by local ordinance. AS members of FMCA we joined the FMCA Elks Chapter (not a lodge) which maintains a web site with camping information for members. In practice I always call a lodge I intend to stay at as far in advance as I can to learn if they do indeed have space and whether they may have an event scheduled that would prevent our stay. Even if they don't charge for parking I will leave $10 donation for the priviledge.
xctraveler 09/29/14 01:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A Towing capacity

Short story of hitch failure. In my Southwind on a Workhorse w22 chassis I towed a RAV4 weighing 3450 lbs (scale weight). Hitch was rated for 5,000 lbs GCVWR permitted me to tow 3,500 lbs. I had to use an 8" drop hitch to achieve level tow height. After 100,000 miles, returning from Alaska I found that the welds holding the hitch together were cracked. The hitch held together until I reached a safe place to get the coach into repair (this was where I learned how bad it was). Had I chosen to tow a bigger car as I wanted or put more stuff in the car I have no doubt the story would be a lot worse. The hitch was not overloaded, but it had a lot more stress than one would have expected given the long drop hitch and rough roads it was subjected to.
xctraveler 09/29/14 01:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pocket Door… Never More!

If highway jiggling is the cause of these screw failures, maybe a preventative measure would be to drive with the door closed instead of opened. Then the screws you can reach would loosen. I have two pocket doors and your suggestion is interesting but not workable in my case since there is no way to positively latch the doors in the closed position, the included lock is not very sturdy and would probably rip something out the first tight left hand turn I encounter. If I fail to lock a door open it reminds me none to gently as I make my first turn.
xctraveler 09/29/14 12:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: stuff needing repair

In 14 years we've had two show stoppers, both with our first coach, a poorly built Damon and both failures were engine failures resulting in a tow and some waiting (less than a week each). Tow covered by Coach-net and repair covered by warrantee. There have been plenty of other failures, minor and nasty, that have caused us a day or two of waiting to fix. One slideout motor failed and we got the slide closed and drove on to a dealer that was next to the campground we had planned on staying at - so no time lost. Another nasty was a microwave failure so we stayed an played an extra couple of days waiting for the part. I cannot remember any other failures that cost any time in the 14 years. Of course stuff comes apart from shake rattle and roll but a screwdriver and a wrench usually resolve those matters in minutes not hours.
xctraveler 09/29/14 11:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: water pump help (fresh water)

You now know more about your water system than you ever wanted to know:) Also you get to be the expert next time someone posts a water system problem.
xctraveler 09/26/14 11:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: water pump help (fresh water)

If he can shoot water across the street there is adequate flow from the tank to the pump. If I were going to try air pressure at about 40 psi max, l would apply the pressure to a faucet with the pump disconnected and try to clear it back to the pump rather than driving it further into the system. I must admit it siounds like a problem I had where a filter disintegrated and blocked up all my inline filters and screens. I even had to replace the T valve under the sink that enables the spray hose. Symptoms are very much the same.
xctraveler 09/19/14 04:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Big car, big cigar and no gas.

What is the upper end of the scale. If I could afford $150,000 per year indefinitely after paying cash for a $500,000 bus would I be able to enjoy the thing without having to worry much about the price of fuel? Back to the basic question posed here; Assume you can buy the $500k coach for cash and then have an after tax cash flow of $150,000/year my personal experience say the answer is YES. I have no idea what the lifestyle other than RV expenses might be, but there should be plenty of room for what ever you might want to do on this continent. Fuel will be the least of your expenses. Assume 10k miles a year (a lot unless you go to Alaska) at 8 mpg = 1250 gal of fuel at $4 per gal = $5,000. big deal!
xctraveler 09/16/14 01:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Big car, big cigar and no gas.

As a retired financial planner I can say I began to down size my practice development at age 59 and taking extended rv trips, starting with 6 weeks and eventually 4 months while putting in time to support my existing clients by phone and email. I continued this until I turned 67 at which point I sold my practice and began to extend travel time limited by the need to attend to my mother from time to time until 2011. My coach is NOT $500k, but the Phaeton is a very comfortable home. My budget does approach your number at $10k/month net and there is plenty of surplus for luxuries. Foreign travel is from a separate budget which I am fortunate to be able to support. Life style will certainly impact the budget. We dine out seldom, because the food we prepare for ourselves is healthier then what we can get in restaurants. We do not hesitate to take in concerts, plays, museums and dine out with friends. I'm other words there is nothing that more money would get me that I miss. For people living on $30k/year the biggest differences are going to be travel miles and choice of campgrounds. As well as dining opportunities. The options for entertainment are far fewer with fewer dollars, but the cost of basic living is not going to be much different once the coach is acquired. We travel with and spend time with people with all different economic circumstances from much wealthier to those with limited means and time around the campfire is still what makes this a great life style.
xctraveler 09/15/14 08:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Big car, big cigar and no gas.

$150k/year US is definitely doable. If you want to "live up" to a $500k coach it might take a bit more. In a $250k coach it is easy. To add overseas travel you will want to add the cost of the travel to the budget as an add on. This assumes minimal cost for another living space, in our case a rental apartment so no unbudgeted maintenance expense or taxes. Normal maintenance on a new coach should fit within the budget. You need a cushion for the unexpected that I'd not insured. All in all I would say it sounds comfortable and welcome to the club, although I have my doubts that we will still be doing this 9 years from now, due to age and health not finances or desire.
xctraveler 09/14/14 08:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Full-Timing...what's your opinion...

I'm not even sure what full timing means. We have ties to the community we raised out family in and are back there in a rental apartment for a couple of months a year to do the doctor thing and see all our friends. We travel overseas for a month or more at a time. And generally when on the coach we are on the move every week or so. This pattern is not new, we have kids on both coasts and have driven cross country 14 times or more. We do miss some of the community activities we used to help run and the more often happenings of funerals of friends, but there are more places in this country and in the world we haven't seen yet. We will look for op and any others on this thread at our next campground happy hour and we will not wonder if you are away for a month or 11 months if you have some good stories to share
xctraveler 09/14/14 05:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: water pump help (fresh water)

I did not see you mention that you had checked the strainer on the pump. You might disconnect the output pipe from the pump and see if the pump has good flow without the system (connect a short hose to flow the output onto the ground). Once you have verified good flow from the pump, make sure you shower head valves are open and the faucets are closed. Check that your water heater tank is full! If the tank is empty that could cause a short term issue until it fills. I'm about out of diagnostic ideas if the pump is working. All my other ideas would result in water spilling from a cabinet or out on the ground which you surely would have noticed by now.
xctraveler 09/14/14 04:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Replaced shower hose after old one started to leak. Then replaced the shower head with new Oxygenic when the former shower head disintegrated when I turned it on with the new hose. It would have been more convenient had the shower head disintegrated first then I wouldn't have a surplus hose. Majority of time spent driving to campground store twice and selecting the correct wrench for the job.
xctraveler 09/14/14 03:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Storage question

We have always stored with jacks in travel mode and slides in. Generally pull the coach into storage slot with water system winterized, disconnect batteries (disconnect switch) and lock up and walk away. Come back every 30 days to check water levels in batteries and run generator with load - electric heaters are good in winter, a/c in summer.
xctraveler 09/14/14 03:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Working on something ALL THE TIME

Since we spend most of our time living in the coach and moving about the country there are usually thiings large and small that need attention. Also as we live in it we find modifications that make life just a bit more comfortable. The great news is we don't own a house, a cottage or even a second car. We do rent an apartment in case we want to stay in Rochester for a while and also to store the stuff we don't want to part with, yet. I cannot imagine living as we do without my tools. Every screw seems determined to work itself loose at the worst possible moment and the electronics are always making me crazy. It keeps life interesting.
xctraveler 09/09/14 07:43pm Class A Motorhomes
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