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RE: Small used Class C--good idea or false economy?

I just sold my 1989 class A and 2 days later found a class C 28' 1999 Jayco with 30,000 miles on it. It's been stored inside, rubber roof looks like new and it has 4 new tires with a 2015 dot number, I'm replacing the other 3. other than that, the v10 runs perfect and I have a ford certified mechanic in my family if a plug strips out. It's just the wife and I and we're both retired. I bought a tailgater setup for it from dish networks but in hindsight, camping world has the same price and no waiting for truck delivery. We bought a unit with no slides on purpose. The v10 also gets better mileage than my carb 454 on the old class A but, it has less power also.http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k521/jyrostng/20151211_115604.jpg jyrostng that is a nice looking class C MH you picked up.
Gale Hawkins 01/13/16 12:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small used Class C--good idea or false economy?

All things being equal I think age can be more negative than high mileage.
Gale Hawkins 01/10/16 02:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Rushmore to West Yellowstone

We just had two days to tour the park. We took both the south and north loop bus tours. The twins were 13 and loved both long days as did I because I got to ride for a change. I saw a report last week the volcano may blow within the next 80 years. It was a bit strange seeing all of the steam vents.
Gale Hawkins 01/10/16 02:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: To run or not to run

Keeping the battery hot and the engine cold is a good as it gets in the winter in my view for machines not being used.
Gale Hawkins 01/08/16 11:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Any tips for driving 40' class A diesel in snow

What are "instant chains"?
Gale Hawkins 01/08/16 11:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Any tips for driving 40' class A diesel in snow

Just have a plan for a worse case scenario.
Gale Hawkins 01/07/16 06:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Which gas stabilizer?

We mainly use Archoil AR6200 now since it is good for both gas and diesel fuel.
Gale Hawkins 01/07/16 06:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trans cooler fliud route

Better get two. One before and one after. :B That was funny. :)
Gale Hawkins 01/07/16 02:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Out of gas in Murray KY on way to AZ

When we had our Jeep, we carried two full 5-gallon fuel cans on the back. I can't count the number of times I was approached by someone asking for money for gas. Every time I'd offer to put 5 gallons in their tank, and was turned down every time ("naw man, I just need the cash, you got any cash?") except for once. I had a guy approach me in a local grocery store parking lot. He wanted money for fuel. I told him I'd give him 5 gallons, and he was seriously appreciative. While I was pouring it in, he told me his boss was supposed to deliver a paycheck but was an hour late. He offered to take my info and pay me, but I looked at it as a Good Sam moment. Got the fuel in his tank, and as he started his car, another pulled up really fast. It was his boss, with his check. One out of I can't count how many. The guy I mentioned in the opening post in this thread said he was really out of gas and did not want to pull across the road to Krogers. At that time a guy returned the RV owners gas can filled with gas. He poured in the 5 gallons then said he could drive to Kroger's if I still wanted to fill up his MH. Yes he had some gas I expect but it did hold 45 gallons which was very low especially with it getting dark on Christmas Eve and things closing. I asked if he wanted me to fill his 5 gallon gas containers and he brought out 1. In Spanish I asked if he did not have 2. He said tres so I pointed for him to put the other two on the ground. I filled the tank but because of my physical limitations he took the hose and filled the 3 containers. He had a blue, yellow and red 5 gallon fuel cans but when he was asking for gas he only had the red one setting beside the MH. :)
Gale Hawkins 01/05/16 03:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Out of gas in Murray KY on way to AZ

Saw a guy at Walmart today standing near an old camper-van wearing ACU (army-combat-uniform) trousers and holding a cardboard sign "Homeless & Hungry Veteran, Please Help"! Being near a large Army Post, many people stopped and handed him cash. When I walked by he asked; "Are you a Christian?" I asked him what branch of the service he was in and he said "Army", how long? "4 years" he said. He looked to be in his early twenties and I asked what rank? He answers "Senior Sergeant" - Young man there is no such rank in the Army, and you are not a veteran! I then asked if he was a Christian? He said, "none of your business" then promptly got in his van and drove away. These are the worst kind of slugs! This is why a short interview is in order in my view before passing out cash. My dad thought be to offer food if they claim to be hungry, gas if they claim they need money for cash. Most people who are hungry or out of gas will take the item they are requesting money for.
Gale Hawkins 01/05/16 03:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Out of gas in Murray KY on way to AZ

Forget the taxes, the government, and all of that... Let's break it down to it's most simple aspect... What would Jesus do? Would Jesus turn away the truly mentally ill homeless people? Yes or no? How do you know who is truly mentally ill? According to rockhillmanor, those who are "truly homeless" seek "shelter and take advantage of ALL that is offered by the government, churches,etc." Anyone who does not do all of the above is not "truly homeless," according to rockhillmanor. Again, what would Jesus do?Jesus would know if the were lying and scamming, I don't have that power. So on the flip side WWJD if they were lying, scamming and stealing money from good, honest people? You might ask those those who were scamming and stealing money from good, honest people in the temple?
Gale Hawkins 01/01/16 10:46am General RVing Issues
RE: New ball joints needed at 30,000 miles?

Truck dealers can charge a lot of money to replace the cheap Ball/U joint they put in trucks. I have never had to replace a Spicer or Moog grease able joint after I installed them and always used quality grease regularly with them. You can talk until the cows come home but in the end you need.... QUALITY GREASE ABLE BALL/U JOINTS.... We have owned a lot of big semi's and heavy duty pick ups and it all comes down to Quality parts and Quality grease !! I agree. Dealerships and shops that do not know how to correctly use a grease gun I try to avoid.
Gale Hawkins 01/01/16 08:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Out of gas in Murray KY on way to AZ

Kick the money traders out of the temple. That can be deadly. This thread started out about an RV'er asking for gas. There was no request for money or any signs to mental illness or bring homeless. Some posts are quite revealing.
Gale Hawkins 01/01/16 08:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Trans cooler fliud route

In the real world it is not likely to matter. The add on to the 1992 454 P30 set-up is plumbed so it exits the add on cooler and dumps back to the transmission. On the Escalade factory set up it seems to be the other way around. 20 years ago when I was 45 I would have staked out a position and defended it with my life. :)
Gale Hawkins 12/29/15 06:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Older Class A

If looking for older used I suggest you get your cash in place and be ready to spend it fast in case your 'dream' MH pops up. Had we not said yes the night we looked at ours (put down a deposit at 10 PM) we would have missed our deal. Drive it to WM, movies and on short runs for 500 miles before you start spending money on it. Get it out in major rain storms. If it becomes clear it is a dud move it fast and start over. Do not get married/fall in love with a used unproven MH is my suggestion. :)
Gale Hawkins 12/29/15 06:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New ball joints needed at 30,000 miles?

I agree on going with better than OEM parts. If trading a year down the road drive it. If going to keep it for the next 5 years look at going with working truck grade parts and be done with it as brooks379 suggests.
Gale Hawkins 12/29/15 06:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Out of gas in Murray KY on way to AZ

Remember there may be a difference when a person is asking for gas MONEY and asking for gas with an empty tank. At $1.80 a gallon most are not going to drain it back out and try to sell it. If you give cash to a stranger who knows what it will be buying.
Gale Hawkins 12/28/15 07:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Wind push P-32; Sumo Springs or Super Springs?

Just a few miles from my campsite here in Hillsborough River State Park I saw a guy with exactly the same motorhome as mine. He was talking about how much he loved the handling on his. As far as I could tell, the only thing he had that I didn't was a Steer Safe. I've got a feeling my rear springs have a sag. I'm going to measure the clearance between the top of the pumpkin and the frame later today. Since I just bought it, I don't know what it has hauled. I'm not ready to give up. I just bought it. The water tank is empty. It is in the rear of the coach. Maybe I should fill it. Our 1992 P30 32' handles like a dream. The PO said adding the Steer Safe was the best $350 he spent on the MH the 7 years he owned it. It saves wear on the bell crank and other movable parts. Ours is easy to control with just one hand on the steering wheel.
Gale Hawkins 12/28/15 04:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: My class A

That is a nice size MH that will fit well most any place you want to park it.
Gale Hawkins 12/28/15 04:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New ball joints needed at 30,000 miles?

nano this year I picked up a 2002 Dodge 1500 Plus with 110K miles for the son to drive to college. The control arm bushings were showing some wear as was the tie rod ends plus the rubber boots were cracked or worse. We went back with heavy duty loaded control arms, linkage stabilizers, etc to better than new plus they are greaseable now. We also when with shocks that were about 3x stronger than OEM so it is better than new and feels new. I think when the OEM shocks go the wear rate really increases. It was a daily driver on local two lane roads with pot holes. Actually I got the parts from RockAuto.com and the upgraded parts did not cost that much plus they are greaseable. The son picked out the truck and I wanted to make sure there were no safety issues with the front end when he starts to college and over the next few years. I had never owned a Dodge before and did not know what to expect. I think the newly rebuilt front end will wear out the rest of the chassis. The truck is rust free and has been in KY all of its life never more than 20 miles from where it was sold new. It is solid with leather seats so for the $5700 purchase price we were able to spend some money and still come out OK. Yes it seems these parts should last longer but like stetwood, others stated just go back with greaseable ones. I would go premium grade vs. OEM grade.
Gale Hawkins 12/28/15 04:22pm Tow Vehicles
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