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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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?
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....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.
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??
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.
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?
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.