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RE: Medical coverage while in Canada

Our first line of protection when traveling out of the US is MASA. I paid for this years ago when they were affiliated with some group in the RV world. As a charter member that is permanent. Second line is FMCA Assist. I have had the MASA since before FMCA had a comparable plan. They have changed carriers and dropped the benefit briefly during my membership and I would not care to be caught needing the coverage while they make yet another change. There are other providers in the market as well. Good Sam has a program as well. Read carefully for the benefits and exclusions. MASA is Worldwide so if we go trekking in the outback we are covered for air ambulance etc. Just one person's experience - have never needed any of these and would just as soon consider the money spent on sleeping well.
xctraveler 01/24/17 11:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Extended Warranties

In hindsight, there's no way I'll ever purchase one again. Unless your wife insists :W Nope, you need to lay it out properly. I wanted a brand new MH. Her deal was I had to have the warranty. Win, win. She's not stupid, She understands the screwing we got, it won't be hard to talk her out of it next time around. Understood :C
xctraveler 01/24/17 11:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is a visit to Quartzsite worth our time

We just took two non RVing friends for a day trip to Q - 2 hours from Indio - and they had a blast with the shopping and touring new RVs they never have any intention of buying and just a bit of off roading in my Jeep. The weather was good for us and the crowds and traffic were light enough to get around, many vendors in the swap meet were busy and we all bought "stuff". Way too much fun.
xctraveler 01/23/17 02:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Extended Warranties

In hindsight, there's no way I'll ever purchase one again. Unless your wife insists :W
xctraveler 01/22/17 10:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Extended Warranties

Wizard, I had heard on this forum that the warranty work gets put at the end of the queue bc it is not as lucrative? True? Never had that experience myself when I had and used Extended Warranty.
xctraveler 01/22/17 12:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Extended Warranties

We have an extended warranty through American Guardian Warranty Services/Compass. It was written into the contract when we bought our 2007 Holiday Rambler so it was not an up front cash outlay for us.. . . We don't regret having it. Not to argue with your comfort level, I do understand. Had you set aside $5,000 at purchase (of the $9,800 you could have reduced the financing by at close) and then funded $200/month into the account you would have paid for all of the repairs with cash left over for ongoing repairs. In your case you seem to have had far more repairs than one would expect in a new coach. Even so the dealer has made out like a bandit profiting both from the sale of the warranty AND from the additional financing on $9,800. I would ask one more question, does your financing extend beyond the life of the warranty? If so you will be paying for the warranty for the life of the loan. I call this out, not because you can change anything now unless you can refinance, but as a warning to others and to you in the future. I buy any extended warranty direct from the provider and I research my own financing and will permit the dealer to arrange it only if the terms are the same or better than I can get for myself.
xctraveler 01/22/17 12:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is a visit to Quartzsite worth our time

Some people with big rigs are afraid to get them dirty and are sure they will sink into the desert. So be it. We enjoy both the desert and our resort life, just different experiences.
xctraveler 01/20/17 01:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Walmart vs Cracker Barrel for overnight stops off I 95

We have a 36 ft, towing a jeep. Your average Cracker Barrel is going to be to small for you. X2
xctraveler 01/20/17 01:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Extended Warranties

If it will make you feel comfortable wait 11 months when your one year warranties are about up and then shop online for what you want. Read the terms and compare carefully. We have recovered the cost on our most recent extended warranty, but would have been financially as well off had we NOT bought it and just paid for the repair. We are not renewing or shopping for another.
xctraveler 01/20/17 12:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A body roll

We have a 2004 Fleetwood Southwind with a Workhorse chassis that also has a lot of roll. My family has complained of motion sickness in the back. Any special considerations for the Workhorse? Motion from the rear axle aft is going to be extreme relative to in the cab area no matter what. You are being leveraged with every move. We had a 2004 Southwind 36' on WorkHorse and drove it 8 years and 110,000 miles. At some point we did change to Bilstiens and the improvement was noticeable, but not worth the cost if the old shocks hadn't been worn out. I cannot imagine any modification that will reduce motion behind the rear axle. Even our current DP is much rougher over the rear end than up front.
xctraveler 12/31/16 02:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Supplemental Brakes Confession Time

Not sure I have a dog in this fight since I have had a supplemental tow system installed and in use for the past 13 years. I towed for 3 years without one and was grateful when I finally got around to installing it. Crossing the b order into British Columbia they require a brake system for any towed vehicle in excess of 1500 kg (3300 lbs). Not everyone is headed into BC, but. . .
xctraveler 12/31/16 02:28pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Traveling vs Camping

Traveler, or see my handle, xctraveler. Our motorhome is home most of the year. We used to get itchy tires after 3 or 4 days and have to move on. We are older now and have found a delightful place, Jojoba Hills SKP Resort in SoCal. We plan to be in residence here December through April give or take a couple of months. During that time we will take several side trips, mostly with the motorhome. We just returned from a month of camera safaris in South Africa, Zambi, Zimbabwi and Botswana. We tend to take at least one trip a year that is a venture to parts of the world not reachable by road. Last Spring we were in New Zealand and Australia touring with Fantasy RV in rental RVs. And we have an apartment in our former home town to store the non mobile stuff and to use when we visit friends, there is no place nice to camp nearby. We call our style "free style" It is changing and becoming a bit less mobile now that we are over 70, but that seems young to us now. The motorhome was initially an addition to our traveling lifestyle, then it became the center of most of our travels then it became the base from and with which we travel. Sure we fly and sure we stay in hotels (not Motel) but the most comfortable bed is in the coach and the shower is the most comfortable and dependable.
xctraveler 12/20/16 09:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Midlevel newer vs higher level older

This thread has gone off the rails onto engine specs and such like. The first consideration if there is a woman involved is floor plan. Most of us tend to spend significantly more time living aboard then driving down the road. Higher end interior construction and appointments are certainly important, although most mid to high level coaches of the type being considered are adequately built. Our Phaeton does require DEF. I just drove 3,000 miles across the country and had to fill the DEF tank once, found a truck stop with room and not too busy so I could drive through an end island backwards to fill the tank direct from the pump at $2.79/gal, bought 6 gal and the tank still has about 12 gal (of 18). Not a big deal. I do carry a couple of gal in a jerrycan just in case and a small drill operated pump to transfer it. Used it once just for proof of concept. Anything over five years old should have tires replaced. Buying used, unless the tires are under 3 years old I would consider new tires since I would have no idea how the prior owners cared for them. With an older coach get the tire sizes and verify you can get replacement tires, some sizes get phased out.
xctraveler 12/20/16 06:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Air Bag suspension

I guess Johnny G1 was so bound and determined to tell us what he did that he didn't bother to see it would be useless information in response to OP. But then there is a lot of that here - like this post.
xctraveler 11/07/16 04:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thoughts on a Chevy 8.1L Gas Engine vintage 2003

I remember that recall. They sent a package with this small clip to be installed in place of the original. I stopped in at a dealer and the install took a few minutes. Not a big deal to get done, a very big deal if not done.
xctraveler 11/06/16 09:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Parking on WA State Ferries

Depends on the ferry ride. River crossings like Mississippi River is a relatively short ride and there is no place to go. Likewise Champlain Ferry (not the Burlington one) is all business. they really don't want you wandering around as the ride is only 20 minutes. Several crossings we have taken are only 5 minutes. Long haul ferries like the Old Portland ME to Yarmouth NS no one was allowed on the car deck at all during the 11 hour passage. Likewise on the Alaska Marine Highway. AS for disconnecting the tow'd If I had wanted to pay the perfoot rate for the distance from the coach back bumper to the tow'd front bumper, I was free to do so. Not only did I disconnect the tow'd, I dismounted the towbar as it extended 2 feet from the coach body.
xctraveler 11/05/16 09:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Air Bag suspension

What Tinmac said. Weigh your coach and adjust the tire pressure for the axle weight according to the tire manufacturer's inflation chart found on their website. If you are running more than 10 psi above their recommendation you will continue to rattle your teeth. If that solves your problem you just spent less than $10 for the weigh scale and noting to adjust tire pressure. If that doesn't help enough, try the next cheapest approach, not sure if that is shocks or airbag. I'm betting on tire pressure.
xctraveler 11/05/16 09:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thoughts on a Chevy 8.1L Gas Engine vintage 2003

Okay another former owner of the WorkHorse Chassis withe the 8.1l Vortec engine. LOVED IT! It was on a 2004 Southwind and we drove it 8 years and 110,000 miles. Over the Rockies (US AND Canadian) up to Alaska and more bad roads than I care to think about. At around 80,000 miles I blew an exhaust manifold donut, replaced both on the road on the California Coast. ISTR about $200. That was total repair cost on the engine. Maintenance was done faithfully at 3 months even if we hadn't run the mileage, seldom had. Switched to Synthetic after warranty period and also switched to Allison to Transend (sp) at first (only) tranny oil change. You might ask if this was done. Allison recommends it and extends the warranty and change cycle to 150k miles if it is done. If you want a pdf of the chassis manual, pm me - big download.
xctraveler 11/05/16 09:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: driving uphill on gravel driveway

To; get to my son's yard I drive 2 miles up a gravel/dirt mountain road then make a sharp turn onto his driveway. It rises a hundred feet or more in 1/8 mile. It is gravel and has a couple of water bars. Over a period of years I may have spun the drivers once or twice in both our former 36' gasser (WorkHorse) and our present 36' DP. The transmission is smart enough to stay in 1st as long as I keep the speed down. The secret for me is to maintain steady pressure on the throttle and thus keep the speed steady also, letting it drop as I near the top. The turnaround at the top is the fun part. I need every inch of space available to turn the coach 90 deg and get it on the pad about 4 feet from a railroad tie wall. This can take as much as 15 minutes. The transition is not too bad as the road is dirt, generally I have to put the driver side wheel off the road into a dropoff to execute the turn in and passenger side wheels when departing. DW is NOT in the coach when I do this, she is in the tow'd or on the ground giving guidance. Looking forward to executing this maneuver in a couple of weeks.
xctraveler 11/05/16 03:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anti rodent asian beetle treatment

Nothing will stop Asian Beatles otherwise known as Stink Bugs. When we visit family in VA i the Blue Ridge area we pick up a load of them that we finally lose in the desert.
xctraveler 11/03/16 03:29pm Class A Motorhomes
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