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RE: Looking for the perfect place to winter

There is no such thing as the PERFECT place, but we think Yuma AZ comes close. Seriously? Been there twice, first time great, second time BORING, never will go back, you have to get out more often!Different strokes for different folks. We find the Yuma area very active with lots of different things to do and some very good shopping. The only reason it would be boring would be because YOU didn't take advantage of what the area has to offer. We get out all the time, from the Mexican border to the desert to the north and all places in between. What can I say? To us it was boring, it was pretty in the foothills where we were, not far from the gravel pit. Just not my cup of tea, even my cousin who lives in Pheonix couldn't understand why I went there, if I were to go West again for the Winter I would chose Pheonix area. And another thing that weighed heavy on our decision was the churches that we went to, they were so "dead", compared to the bible belt. Never found one that we liked. So Yuma for us, is off our list.
Retiredblade 10/24/14 04:31am Snowbirds
RE: Top of the Grapevine, lost all air pressure!

I believe that the air dryer's connection have a male on one side and a female on the other....so no additional connectors are require to by-pass the filter. Just disconnect the two lines from the dryer and reconnect together. At least that's the way my previous coach was and I assume they are all made that way. Good job getting the fix done on basically your own. Ron Well, it got me curious and I crawled under the coach, since it was a nice day to check. My coach has a C.C. Dynomax chassis, I have a 5/8" braded air hose coming from the compressor to air filter, and a green plastic 5/8" air hose leaving, both hoses have female ends so I went up to the hardware and got a connector, I always like to be prepared just in case.
Retiredblade 10/24/14 04:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Top of the Grapevine, lost all air pressure!

Your lucky also to have the fittings to connect the two hoses together.
Retiredblade 10/23/14 11:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking for the perfect place to winter

There is no such thing as the PERFECT place, but we think Yuma AZ comes close. Seriously? Been there twice, first time great, second time BORING, never will go back, you have to get out more often!
Retiredblade 10/23/14 05:40am Snowbirds
RE: spare tires

I carry a spare, 274/70/22.5 on Alcoa rim. If I have problems tire service can mount it, don't have to wait or hunt a new tire and be at the mercy of gougers. I have plenty of space in my Dynomax chassis
Retiredblade 10/10/14 01:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Curious About Quartzsite?

Every one should visit Quartzsite once. Don't know why anyone would go twice. Friends? Set up in the desert, with a number of friends, and have a great time? That is why! I've seen four motorhomes circled like a wagon train and they had their burn pit right in the middle with chairs around, would be fun. But if you not doing something like that, I wouldn't stay there all Winter, I just go up to the rv and gem shows then I'm out of there.
Retiredblade 10/10/14 01:50pm Snowbirds
RE: jeep wrangler towing questions

Towed a 2000 wrangler with auto transmission for 6 years. Mine had to have the key in the ignition to unlock the steering wheel. Sometime in the past few models they eleminated the steering wheel locks. Don't know what year that started though. My 2000 had to have the key in ignition also, but I fixed that, take the plastic cover off the steering wheel collum you'll find a little flat panel held on with two screws, first you have to brake off the little needle like points in center of screw head. Take screws out, and a little 1/4" x 1/2" shaft with a spring falls out. Leave that out, and put panel on. You never have to leave you keys in ignition for it will never lock again. Does your 2000 model have an air bag? Friend has a 2003 Wrangler, I believe and it has a lock as well that should be removed, but he has some concern about the air bag. Sure it's got a air bag, what's that got to do with steering well lock? The passenger air bag lock is down by the automatic shifter for the transmission. 96-2006 wranglers are all the same, they changed styling in 07 I believe
Retiredblade 10/10/14 01:44pm Dinghy Towing
RE: jeep wrangler towing questions

Towed a 2000 wrangler with auto transmission for 6 years. Mine had to have the key in the ignition to unlock the steering wheel. Sometime in the past few models they eleminated the steering wheel locks. Don't know what year that started though. My 2000 had to have the key in ignition also, but I fixed that, take the plastic cover off the steering wheel collum you'll find a little flat panel held on with two screws, first you have to brake off the little needle like points in center of screw head. Take screws out, and a little 1/4" x 1/2" shaft with a spring falls out. Leave that out, and put panel on. You never have to leave you keys in ignition for it will never lock again.
Retiredblade 10/08/14 09:25am Dinghy Towing
RE: Class A with tag axle - beware of $1000. fine in AZ!

I'm not rich, I like to save on fuel when I can, saying that, he is my mode of operation. I have a FlyingJ/Pilot card thru good Sam's. Before leaving home I get on the internet and find which FlyingJ/Pilot has the cheapest fuel on my route. I set my Navagation system to each station I want to stop at. Also, I go to the truck pumps, quicker, faster, and lots of room to manuver. When I had a gasser, I looked for easy entry and exit, even though the price might be a little higher. Sometimes, and I found it true in my life, when you try to save a buck, you end up spending more!
Retiredblade 09/24/14 06:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can you rebuild/repair a vintage Heart inverter charger?

Mine is 13 years old, two years ago it suffered a nervious brake down, doing things it shouldn't. I was told to go to www.tekrispower.com, I did, I talked to the owner, Chris, he knows his stuff, I sent it to him for repair. He repaired it, a electrical board went out,put a new fan in it also, the old one was defective from the factory. Sure cheaper than buying a new one.
Retiredblade 08/16/14 12:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stopping cat from clawing furniture

When I got our cat 7 years ago, she started on the wall paper, didn't want to have this one declawed, she is a fighter and don't want her to be at a disavantage in case she gets loose like before and was in a brawl! So, at Wal-Mart they have these scratching pads made of cardboard, about 5"X 18"X 1 1/2" thick, got two and put them on the outside corner of the kitchen and she goes there, been doing it since I mounted them. In the motor home put one up and she goes there. Fine cat!
Retiredblade 08/13/14 04:09am RV Pet Stop
RE: CAT 3126 No Start

click Don't look like any lines to crack here. There's not, haven't been around a Cat 3126 for many years, I dislike those engines very much. I remember now we had two Cat 615 paddle wheel scrapers with small Cat V8's in them and they lost their prime all the time, the mechanics hated them, but their injectors were on the side of the engine with a hand pump, they took a 3/4" wrench to loosen each injector to bleed them. Don't know why they always lost their prime, those were miserable engines also, talk about loud!
Retiredblade 06/04/14 01:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: CAT 3126 No Start

When my Bounder broken down and I was towed to a truck/rv garage in Layfette, La. They had a nice Holiday Rambler diesel pusher there they were working on. I asked what was the problem and the owner said the owner of the rv was sick for six months, couldn't start it every month and it fouled up the injectors and they were replacing them. Could that be your problem? I've ran Cat engines all my working life and NEVER had a engine's fuel system lose prime while sitting, even over the winter. The owner of the garage said it had something to do with the fuel, the sulfur being taken out of it.
Retiredblade 06/03/14 05:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winter Snow Birding in Florida

Reading the OP's responses carefully, the OP is really an ocean-front kinda guy (like us). We're experimenting with Florida snowbirding, and the following are our observations thus far (including this past "winter" in Florida): -the Atlantic-side and Gulf-side water temperatures are Arctic-like over most of the winter season north of Ft Myers (Gulf) and Miami (Atlantic); we sampled the waters this winter, and I almost froze my feet just north of Cape Canaveral and in the Cedar Key region (I mean stone-cold numb in ~20 seconds or less) -when you are established sea-side, the winter oceanic winds are bloody cold 'll tell you in Florida north of the above discussion (we had to wear Pertex winter expedition jackets ~40% of the time walking the beaches against terrific cold damp winds when they were blowing from over the salt water on to shore!) -we had the massive heater (60,000+ BTU) CRANKED at the ocean-front condo just north of the Orlando latitudes during part of January and most of February (I couldn't even imagine being in an RV anywhere near the ocean from Naples/Miami on north; if you do park an RV close to the ocean/Gulf north of the aforesaid locales, bring lots of money for propane and/or electricity for heat, and make SURE that your furnace is in exceptional condition, and bring spare electric blankets!) -the Florida Panhandle this past winter (and I mean from Cedar Key on North(!!) could only be equated to deep Fall in Northern Vermont (I couldn't EVER imagine dumping off the DW in the Panhandle over winter, to return home from a commute to a pile of divorce papers awaiting me). Some say that this winter (both in the RGV region of Texas, and MOST of Florida) was anomalous; I say: just investigate the past 6 years of temperature choropleth maps at NOAA for regions north of Naples/Miami/Ft Lauderdale, and they may convince you that this "Polar Vortex" situation will be with us to stay for the rest of our natural lives (some winters may be moderate in Florida and the RGV, and the next season may be a hellacious Arctic onslaught far into the deep south). So, concluding, our experience tells us that even toying with wintering at the latitude of Ft Myers could be iffy; I mean if you are spending the BIG BUCKS to winter ocean-front, why gamble it on ANYTHING but a sure thing! Perhaps yours and my idea of shorts and T-shirt weather criteria may differ somewhat? My idea of S & T weather wouldn't include ANY locale north of Key Largo or Marco Island latitudes...that is for sure. This has been our experience; your mileage may vary based on your criteria of what "warm weather" means to you... Good luck! Silver- Winters are like a "box of chocolates, you never know what you'll get" Last winter in Florida, I was in Palmetto, the Winter was fantastic, went swimming at Venice Beach, DeSoto state park, water was great. I alway monitor the weather in three places, that Winter Florida had better weather than South Texas, and Yuma, winter weather in Yuma was alful that Winter. This Winter I went to Yuma, you could not ask for better weather, infact, early March we were getting into the low 90's for a few days. While South Texas wasn't worth bragging about and Florida was terrible. But where ever you go, any of these three, it has got to be better than up North.
Retiredblade 05/06/14 07:25am Snowbirds
RE: Purchasing a new motorhome

My comment is this: they are always trying to sell you something more, weather is works or not, I don't know. Myself, I wouldn't get it, all you have to do is wash your M/H once in a while and I wax mine once a year.
Retiredblade 05/01/14 05:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winter Snow Birding in Florida

Yup want tshirts, shorts and an adult beverage when I arrive. Looking for beach front with a sunset view. Thanks for the input on Red Coconut. Might be to tight. But when Im over the road I try to pick sites with some sort of view. Not that I dont mind looking at the side of my neighbor but a view is relaxing. I do agree that I might make this res sooner than later. Any other suggestions from the pan handle to the keys Gulf Coast really cherry rv parks? Thanks I checked out the Red Coconut, it is tight, but I would never pay that price they are asking, if I were to pay that kind of money I would go to Naples or Key West. Besides, I bet they are booked up already. Last year I stopped to check out Butternut inlet rv park in Cortez, Fl. great location less than a mile to the beach, you walk over the bridge and your there. Lots go for around $1,000-$1,100. they had a 3 page waiting list. Imagine, putting your name on the list, going home and hope they call, if they don't you out of luck, so I would believer the Red Coconut is already booked and has been for a while. I like the Tampa, Lakeland, Winter Haven area, a lot cheaper and lots to do.
Retiredblade 05/01/14 05:13am Snowbirds
RE: from a C to an A--eek!

@ Retiredblade....There are a ton a Class A's for sale in Yuma, thus you will probably buy one even if you weren't planning on it. Dangerous for your wallet! I see, I was in Yuma this winter, got a part at La Masa, and two chairs at rv world. Don't think I'll be returning to Yuma, two years at that place is enough, going back to Florida. Got tired of the sand, gravel, rocks and dusty wind.
Retiredblade 04/27/14 05:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: from a C to an A--eek!

we've been full-timing in our class C for a year now--having just over-wintered in Yuma. feeling the pinch towards the end of our stay here and knowing our plans include an extensive trip east this summer, thence south to texas and back to yuma by next november, i began suggesting to the DH that we might be more comfortable in a class A; even slightly larger would give us more living space. yuma can be a dangerous place if you're thinking of trading into a class A. yeah, we've found one and are waiting for it to be detailed, repairs and requests completed. i asked for some input previously on a thor and received many helpful posts--now i'm asking the same input on a forest river windsong. hopefully, there will be more pros than cons, as we've already contracted for it. usually careful, do research, and look for reviews, this time we just drove it, got promises for "fixes", and made the purchase. it's a 2003 double slide, 34'. any comments, hints, or suggestions (pro or con) would be greatly appreciated. thanks! Yuma can be a dangerous place if trading into a class A? What??
Retiredblade 04/26/14 05:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: State vehicle inspections

OP here. We appreciate all the information and ideas. Hearing from other people with similar experiences is one of the great benefits of this forum. In Maine the registration and inspection are separate processes, so we can renew our registration whether or not we have the inspection sticker and then deal with the sticker when we return. We might also just leave the motorhome in Florida permanently, in which case we register it there and don't worry about inspection at all. Thanks again Just curious, if you leave your motor home in Florida, say, 7 months, who takes care of the batteries, is it plugged into 120v while gone, who starts the engine and generator every month and exercise them?
Retiredblade 04/26/14 05:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Park in South Central Florida

I always check out the places I might go to personally, I did check out Arcata and Sebring, I didn't like the area and crossed it off my list. I favor Palmetto, Bradenton, Sarasota and Lakeland areas myself, Ocala area is nice but gets a little colder than the areas I listed. Would go to Naples if it weren't so expensive.That's my humble opinion.
Retiredblade 02/11/14 08:02am Snowbirds
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