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RE: Saftey Chains on Tow Dolly

We almost lost our tow'd 4 down a few years ago. When I pulled into a campground as we were returning from Alaska I noted that the hitch was at a "funny" angle (any angle other than straight being funny). When I examined it more closely with a mobile service tech we saw that the several of the welds holding the receiver to the coach were cracked. Had they let go the car would have gone off on its own playing pole vault over the towbar and the breakaway cable and the safety cables would have still been fastened to the receiver no longer fastened to the coach. My fully installed break away system would have been useless. Not to get into the to have or not to have auxiliary brakes in the tow'd, but I can feel the difference when braking hard even in my 30k lb coach with airbrakes. Every bit of assistance is welcome when the idiot crosses in front of me.
xctraveler 10/27/14 04:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: GMC Pulled fuse & Headlights Come ON

That seems counter intuitive. Loss of current is tripping a relay ON. I will be following this out of curiosity. I do not have a GMC Acadia so have no idea.
xctraveler 10/27/14 01:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Steering Tires

Personal opinion here: I have run Goodyear and Michelin on a variety of coaches. Currently on Michelin because that's what the coach came with. i suspect that I will time out before I wear them out as I have with most of my previous tires even though we travel 15 to 20K miles per year. The last time I bought replacement tires (4 years ago) they were Michelin because of the deal that was available through FMCA. I took the price to my regular Goodyear Dealer and he said he could not even get close in price.
xctraveler 10/27/14 11:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Truck Stop Lanes

I always use the truck side unless a sign says commercial vehicles only. With my tow I need over 50 feet and I cannot backup so I need the long pull through lanes or the long curb side lanes. Traveling in my tow'd recently I messed up and went into the truck side - habit you know. Found a short C and parked behind it.
xctraveler 10/27/14 11:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Startng Problem

Dutch, problem solved, wiggled the positive cable at the post! Birth pangs with a new rig, ha! Hope you then made sure there was a really good contact on both + and - terminals. Would hate to lose the connection while travelling down the road.
xctraveler 10/25/14 01:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A.C.E. Motorhomes

Spent 12 years with rubber (actually Dicor) roofs. Never had any issues other than performing the routine resealing maintenance every 6 months. Spent 30 minutes on the roof with a tube of Dicor caulk and cleaner and checked all the seals applying caulk anyplace I spotted a void. With my fiberglass roof, I get up there and do the inspection just out of habit :) It also gives me a chance to look for any damage from falling objects or low trees that have reached out to embrace us.
xctraveler 10/20/14 09:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Are Most Class A Motorhome Owners Hermits?

We are Full timers. The coach is home. Mostly we do not "camp" to me sitting around a campfire to keep warm is senseless when I have a perfectly good furnace. Sitting out in 90 deg heat is equally senseless when I have perfectly good a/c. Happy hour on the patio when the weather is right is nice. Over the years we have met and made good friends who we see all over the country from sitting on the patio or taking a walk - no dog or cat to walk in our coach. Right now it is beautiful out, temperature about 61, too cool to sit outside and participate in this forum, lunch soon then we will drive to visit friends who live nearby, the reason we are even in Charlotte NC. We have done some touring in town and will certainly do more. The campground _"RV Resort" is next to Carowind on the weekend it was crawling with "campers" here to go to the rides. Now it appears to host mostly RVers here for other reasons. The park is quiet at mid day.
xctraveler 10/20/14 09:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Spring trip Minneapols To Fairbanks Alaska.

In 2011 we drove up the Klondike Loop to Dawson City then over Top of the World Highway etc. We spent 2 weeks going from White Horse to Dawson City because we wanted to take it all in, no idea if would ever go that way again. I would tell the newby in a hurry, "Enjoy Yourself, we'll catch up with you in a couple of weeks." It can be done 300 miles per day, but I would not commit to it for myself. We saw many informal caravans travelling together before White Horse and ran into the parts along the road as they split up because of different travel paces and different desires to stop and smell the moose droppings.
xctraveler 10/20/14 09:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire insurance?

I would worry about 5 year old tires not knowing how they have been cared for during that five years and how many miles. In this case more miles is better as it reduces the dry rot that sets in from sitting still, heat and motion circulate the protective chemicals through the rubber (from Michelin or Goodyear web site). If you are concerned you might go to a tire shop and have them expected. This would include dismounting them to inspect the interior. This will not be an inexpensive operation, but it is less than replacing a tire along side the road.
xctraveler 10/16/14 02:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fuel Prices............WHY ??

In addition to Diesel costing more in Europe, European Diesel does not have to be the Untra-Low Sulfur diesel that is mandated in the US. So selling non Ultra Low increases the oil companies profits even more because, Ultra Low Diesel has to be refined 3 times what old regular diesel does thus increasing profits EVEN more. Uh triple refining increases COST three times which is a significant part of the reason diesel price went higher than gas and will in all likelihood stay there. Profit dollars may be higher but profit percentage relative to cost is probably the same. In other words the refiners are no better off with the higher price.
xctraveler 10/16/14 02:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Down SIZING Without Downgrading

Just FYI, we full time in a 36'er (see signature). Our size is limited by access to our son's farmyard, takes 5 to 7 point turn to set up with the current coach, 40' would not make it. This is our third year in this 4 slide coach. Before this we lived in a 36 foot two slide Southwind with gas engine. We have a lot more storage now and DW is more than happy to take her share of time behind the wheel, we switch every two hours. As I write we are both in the LR area with our computers on in our son's yard while they do schooling and work.
xctraveler 10/15/14 10:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oregon RV site Ownership

Not likely to be in FL for us. Actually Escapees has a bunch of alternatives from leases on spots in their campgrounds for 5 years with storage lots, to cooperative campgrounds where membership includes a campsite with provision for storage building to titled lots with ability to build any kind of onsite facility from carport with add on room to full house with RV garage. We keep looking but haven't found a place we want to stay for an o extended period nor have we determined that we actually want it yet. Fortunately money is not particularly an issue at this point in time.
xctraveler 10/11/14 04:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: CA 36 over the mountains

Thanks for the advice. 36 does look a bit hairy from 101 to Redding, just wanted confirmation. I'm thinking I want to get to Reno or CArson City and pick up the traces of the Lincoln Highway and follow it east. There are at least 5 alignments to choose from as we cross the country Clicky I do not want to retrace to SF to pick it up there as going over the mountains looks like fun too. We have crossed the country on one road before for instance US 20 from Florence OR to Boston Commons in Boston. Although we started that run in Yellowstone NP After having driven just a bit of it in OR. We stayed on that to I 390 in NY.
xctraveler 10/11/14 03:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: A vs C HELP

It seems counter intuitive, but C's are generally equipped for families with sleeping quarters for more than two for extended travel and A's are generally most comfortable for two people for extended travel. WE have driven to and from Alaska only one time going up the Klondike Loop and over Top of the World Highway to Taylor highway into Tok and back the other way :) with a stop in Haines and ferry to Skagway then down to Atlin for a side trip. This was all in a 36 foot 2 slide gasser towing a RAV4. The high vantage point and the broad windshield offer a great view and a lot of comfort. We never felt cramped and we made most of our stops in AK and YT on the side of the road or just off. The tank capacity for freshwater and sewage was very important as there are just not a lot places to dump and fill and there can be a charge for every time you need to dump (they do not measure volume) When I get into the driving compartment of a C, I feel cramped and I don;t like that so much of the coach body extends well out to the side from where I am sitting. In the end this is all very personal and we each either like what we have or are looking to change.
xctraveler 10/11/14 01:41pm Class A Motorhomes
CA 36 over the mountains

I'm looking way ahead to next Spring and we will be in Ferndale CA (up north on the coast) and I see CA 36 crossing the mountains into Nevada. It seems to be fairly twisty and I suspect it may have some relatively steep parts too. We have driven down to Presidio in TX - 13% grades - and not suffered any additional hair loss. We have driven the Ice Field highway in Alberta and taken Top of the World Highway from Dawson City to Chicken AK. Which is to say we don't mind "interesting" roads if they are passable/possible in our 36 foot coach with Jeep in tow. Has anyone driven CA 36 in any vehicle, more importantly has anyone driven it in a motorhome? Snow would be a major No No for us, we both grew up in it and lived with it until we turned 65.
xctraveler 10/11/14 01:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: First time, 6 months on the road!!!

Welcome to the wandering world! We try to stay out of Florida as much as possible, just stop by to visit my b-i-l in St Pete area then move on west. Our "home" is Livingston TX and we do visit there every so often just because it is so hard to go coast to coast and stay warm in the winter without passing through :) We started with a 6 week trip in 2002 and added 2 weeks at a time until it was time for me to sell my Financial Planning Practice in 2008 when we extended to 9 months out. We declared ourselves Texans in 2012 and haven't looked back. sold the townhouse and rented a small apartment for "storage" for things and for us for a couple of months in the summer. Time on the road is precious, we left in mid August and circled northeast NY and then down through the DC area and over to Charlottesville where our younger son and family live. Left the coach in their yard for two weeks to go back North to see some doctors for good health checkups and in a day we head back to pick up the coach and move on until June. We will travel to Israel in December for two weeks to take the whole family and then back on the road in the US. We only have two reservations right now, one near Charlotte NC to visit friends in a week and one in Livingston TX for a month while we fly out of Houston in December. The best way to travel is to wake up in the morning and ask "are we moving on today or staying put?" followed by "if moving on where to?"
xctraveler 10/11/14 12:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oregon RV site Ownership

I must admit I've never entertained the thought of owning a lot, or even a longer term rental as we tend to move around a lot. However after rolling for 13 years with stops in an apartment in our hometown for the summer the prospect of having a place to call our own that we could rent out when not using it is attractive. The only problem being "where"? I cannot sublet my apartment short term nor would I want to, but an RV lot is a different kettle of fish. I'll need to think on the subject. Thank you for asking the question and for the answers I have seen so far.
xctraveler 10/11/14 12:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: TPMS Recommendations

Does the tire monitor work on the spare or does the tire have to be turning? No the wheels do not need to be moving. Actually with Tire Minder the tire must turn to deactivate the battery saver. Can't get a current reading on tire that has not rolled. That is another negative, instead of reading tire pressure before rolling off the site, the first valid reading is several minutes after the tires roll. If I am concerned, I drive to the campground exit and wait a minute while checking out for the system to update. Or if I need to move before hooking up that is sufficient time to get a reading.
xctraveler 10/10/14 02:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV consumers Purchase question ?

It has been a while since I looked at RV Consumer. I used it when considering our first two buys. Their biggest negative was wheel base under 60% (?) of overall length resulting in potentially difficult handling. I would not disagree with that thought. Not only will such a coach be difficult to handle in any kind of wind or any passing large vehicle, the overhang will swing out and hit objects would would not expect to hit in low speed maneuvering. If you are stopped parallel to a wall 1 foot away and turn the wheel sharply away from the wall your tail will hit the wall before forward motion moves you clear. I did some other research on them and found them to be honest if somewhat biased.
xctraveler 10/09/14 12:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Highway 77 in Arizona - recommended for a 39' motorhome?

Grades of 6 to 7% can be trying, but we have traveled on 13% grades without too much sweat. Keep the speed down on the descent using the transmission (or engine brake in a diesel) and use the service brakes to bring the speed back down after it has risen a bit. We have done this both in an 04 Southwind on a WorkHorse chassis and in our current DP always with our tow'd connected. No worry about going too fast climbing :) If you have driven the Cabot Trail you won;t see any more difficult on this route. Do watch for high wind warnings, we have seen empty tractor trailers blown over in our travels. Also if there are windsocks flying as you exit a pass be prepared for a sudden gust (for the most part slow down a bit).
xctraveler 10/09/14 12:36pm Class A Motorhomes
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