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RE: Test

It worked this time. :)
Gale Hawkins 11/19/16 09:49pm Forum Technical Support
RE: First Time Buyer...Updated 03/06/2006

The information was abundant and informative. Thanks. I have never owned an RV and am contemplating going out full time with my wife and two teen aged kids. As much as I think a fifth wheel would possibly give us the most living space, I feel the cost of a truck and suitable sized rig(both used) would be prohibitive, as compared to a used class a. I've seen units ranging up to 50K which is around where I would like to be, but I'm afraid to lay out that money when there are usually no warranties on used vehicles. Are there ways to protect myself from this through insurance or private warranty companies. Any advice on any of what I have shared would be appreciated. $50K will buy a lot of MH. The newer the better typically. 10 year/100K miles can be a sweet spot for some people. Diesel engine/transmission rebuild costs can be $10K-$20K in worse case which would be very rare I expect. Gas MH's cost less but come with less bells and less $$$ for repairs typically. RV living is full of risks so getting over worrying about what can go wrong ASAP is key for many. Warranty companies sell the policies to make money so I would never support their cause but some do. As long as you do not go new no mistake should cost over $20K in the first year or two to correct or get out of RV'ing. Best of success.
Gale Hawkins 11/19/16 09:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wish I could save this one...

I'm familiar with this RV! My next door neighbor in Port Orchard, WA. owned it for many years and never went camping in it! He sold it to a young couple in Port Angeles, WA. I had to lend them my battery charger so they could get it started so they could take it to Port Angeles. If the roof is good based on what you stated it could be an OK project. The club house idea is valid. When we bought our 1993 GBM in 2007 when the kids were 9 years old that was what I was going to do with it had it had serious drive train issues. Turned out to be a fine MH drive train wise but the house part was OK for an old MH. I guess the doors are locked too?
Gale Hawkins 10/14/16 11:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Exceeding GVWR

I agree on getting a quality set of tires that can carry the real load weight with some margin of safety. Weighting each corner and each axle might help give you a better picture as to how to manage the over weight issue. Best of luck and know you are not alone with this issue.
Gale Hawkins 10/14/16 10:58am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Hurricane Matthew

I started watching Matthew this morning for the first time because we provide PC and web based property claims handling solutions. My early thoughts this storm as the potential to become like the 1992 Andrew another election year hurricane. I like the suggestion to head west first from the east coast. Having been over 10 years since the last major hurricane I am concerned that adverse weather is not on the top of the minds of everyone. A last minute blow out or breakdown in a MH could be fatal so I agree moving too soon and too far is the safe way to go. IF things were to go PANIC stage that might be more dangerous than the hurricane. Best to the safety of all and may it turn back to sea before land fall then NOT circle back to make landfall a few days later.
Gale Hawkins 10/06/16 12:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rent a House/Duplex Rather than RV??

We like to spend a couple of months each winter in the Mesa/Apache Junction area in our RV. Towing the 5th wheel out and back each year is getting to be a chore as we age. Depressing, yeah. Have any of you considered renting a house, flying out and back? I know the logistics and economics would be so different. Have to find a house to rent, rent a car, rent storage for kitchen utensils, etc. Any experiences/advice in this area? Like they say time changes all things. The excitement RV'ing brought the kids was a big motivator in my case it seems now. RV'ing is not going away however.
Gale Hawkins 10/04/16 09:51am Snowbirds
RE: Hurricane Matthew

I just saw it on a map and the red area is huge. If it keeps slipping westward it may cause much damage for sure.
Gale Hawkins 10/04/16 09:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 98 34' Allegro - Chevrolet - Runs great and then just dies

had something similar with mine even though it's a older unit. Ignition switch was getting very warm and cutting out. Since it always restarts without anything having to cool down this is a strong possibility. I have never seen this with a fuel filter personally.
Gale Hawkins 10/01/16 11:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Norcold ran on gas, now does not

It sounds like you are closing in on finding your issue. Since it worked fine for 30 hours I expect your issue is not major. On our 1993 I finally broke and reconnected every electrical connection which did help.
Gale Hawkins 09/29/16 06:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Phonak Bolero Q90 M13 Hearing Aids

Just an update I just got them back from the repair center and they are once again awesome. Three years without service of a new set seems about normal.
Gale Hawkins 09/05/16 01:00am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Tow Rating Hitch

Good point on the possibility of the coach builder extended frame possibility. That is the weak link on our old Class A. Some have ran heavy chains from the OEM frame to the hitch itself for added safety. If your hitch attaches to the OEM truck frame directly I know what I would do. :)
Gale Hawkins 07/30/16 10:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What kind of Animal would do this?

Never seen that but have had dirt dabbers lock up the A/C motor. At first I thought it had seized but with a wrench going back and forth I was able to crush the nest(s) and it has not happened for the past 9 years. Must have been a large hole in the A/C housing to bring all of that through especially for a bird.
Gale Hawkins 07/30/16 10:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Transmission oil cooler

JD you make a good point about working OEM parts. I forget what part it was that I said something about changing out when we were doing some repair and the shop owner said just run with the old part because so often NEW aftermarkets failed quickly. It was not a radiator because about 20 years will mean the old copper ones are going to start having some seam failure possible.
Gale Hawkins 03/12/16 10:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Transmission oil cooler

We recored (copper) our 1992 radiator because it was getting thin and had some fins breaking loose from the core. The gas big blocks need good radiators. Major grades may mean to cut of the dash air as some signs noted a few places. I know they did one place in Yosemite.
Gale Hawkins 02/20/16 06:43pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV INSURANCE

We are still with Progressive but only with the MH.
Gale Hawkins 02/20/16 06:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Wind push P-32; Sumo Springs or Super Springs?

Added the Sumo Springs and SteerSafe. Made a huge difference. I recommend the SteerSafe for any motor-home. The Sumo Springs really tightened up the rear end of the MH; but it also made it ride a little rougher. It doesn't float like before. Much less left right twist when while turning sharply. It drives much more like my Excursion. I drove it about 20 miles on the interstate and was passed by a few trucks. I probably won't use it again until March when I take it to Florida for Spring break. Glad they worked well for you. We never drove our MH without SteerSafe but per the previous owner it is worth the money.
Gale Hawkins 02/15/16 02:58pm Class A Motorhomes
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
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