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RE: Supplimental Medicare Health Insurance

I forgot to mention that my current plan has pharmacy built in. I had looked at plan F and it does look good. Are there any plans like F that have pharmacy built in? For what I can tell you have to purchase them separately. I take about 4 pills daily.
joelc 10/09/16 06:13am Full-time RVing
RE: Supplimental Medicare Health Insurance

Thanks all. I will check all leads. Keep them coming. The letter I got from Blue Cross indicated I have Blue Medicare PPO Enhanced.
joelc 10/08/16 09:52am Full-time RVing
Supplimental Medicare Health Insurance

We are full-timers, and our domicile is in North Carolina. We have Medicare Parts A and B. Our supplemental insurance carrier sent us a letter stating that they were discontinuing the Medicare PPO Enhanced plan we have. Blue Cross states that we have to be in our domicile are at least every 6 months, which is no problem. The plan did cover out of state doctors when we were traveling. We need a plan that would let us do the same thing: be able to not be in our state all the time and cover us elsewhere. We generally, like many full-timers are snow birds. We just completed a cross country trip and were covered when we had a problem out West. I am looking for suggestions of companies that others have that will cover this type of life style. We only have until December until Blue Cross cuts us off.
joelc 10/08/16 07:29am Full-time RVing
RE: Camping world prices skyrocketing.

CW has many items, but I simply don't shop there unless I have no choice due to high prices. There web site is good for finding things and reviews, but there is enough competition out there that has lower prices and better service to warrant not shopping there.
joelc 09/07/16 03:20pm Camping World Accessories
RE: need a tow

Can't help you now, but we got stuck with our 5er and we had Coach-Net membership that sent a tow truck for our truck and a truck with a 5er hitch for our 5th wheel. We were 2 miles from our CG. They towed both to the CG and the next morning came with another truck to tow our truck to a repair facility. Great service.
joelc 09/07/16 03:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Quality

We just left a CG in MO where someone was trying out their new 5th wheel. Upon trying to leave, they could not get their Lippert hydrolic jack to retract. Several of us assisted and one person who came around finally found the problem. In the mean time, they called the store where they purchased it and expected a call back that never came. Inside the front access door there is a panel with connections. On the front board there is a reset switch out of sight on the lower left. This was popped, but not the problem even though the amber dummy light when on signifying power. To the right there is what I will call a jumper connection. It was found that there was no power going across one set of terminals. When this was jumped, the jacks retracted. It was later found that on the left side of this jumper set, hidden from view another reset switch. When this was pressed we could hear it reset and no problems. The large volume seller should have been able to assist with this problem on the phone, but opted out. I don't think they realize how much bad publicity was transferred to many campers who might no longer purchase anything, unless in an emergency from this retailer. If they assisted, it would have generated much more positive feedback to the company. Campers, support those that assist us, and don't spend our good monies on those that don't. Eventually, the message will spread.
joelc 09/07/16 03:12pm Camping World RV Sales
RE: Repair 4 diesel

If everything else on the truck is good and it meets your needs, it might be worth your time to research the bullet proofing process and look for a reputable shop near your home that will do the work. If the cost of bullet proofing outweighs the loss of trading then it would be something to seriously consider. KJ Thanks KJ for your information. It might prove very helpful when I get back East and off the road for 2 months.
joelc 08/19/16 07:45pm Towing
RE: Repair 4 diesel

I'm chiming in here for a minute or two. There is diesel and there is gas engines. However, not all are alike in any way. It seems to me everyone wants something newer, bigger, better, more than the guy next door. In my opinion when the laws changed about emissions back in 05,06, it got even more complicated. Understanding what a diesel engine does is not that complicated. As a matter of fact, a few posts ago, it was said that a diesel would cost more to maintain, this simply is not true depending on what diesel motor you have. Sure the upfront cost is more but in reality it depends on what your engine is. From what I know, Pre 2005 Cummins engines are exempt from emission laws, at least it is in my state of Oregon. So that said, I have no electronic injectors, they are mechanical. The injector pump is gear driven and the only issue on these early trucks was the lift pump and oil nozzles getting plugged up by aftermarket oil filters. I don't have to add soot juice. I have no plugs to change or electronic injectors like a gasser or some diesels. I have watched youtube videos of powerstroke engine failures and people trying to figure out the unbelievable things that can go wrong with one of these engines. It is unbelievable. I would never own one. To break this down is this...the simpler the better. Again this is just my opinion but what I really think what is horrible is the people out there that take full advantage of a truck owner who's engine has failed while on a trip with family in tow. I hope karmas a ***** because no one deserves to be stranded and told it's going to cost 6000 dollars to fix it and your held hostage. Just my opinion, feel free to throw me under the bus but I'm done for now...just sayin' good luck with your ventures and keep it simple. Big Katuna,thank you so much for the laugh your clicky was out of this world!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HMnSLUQS7I Thanks for your input. Unfortunately, my 2006 Diesel F-350 has more sensors than I have fingers. I can not work on a diesel or a modern car, but give me a car that had a carb. and manual timing and I could do many things. New is not necessarily better.
joelc 08/19/16 07:28pm Towing
RE: Climbing in the Rockies

Take your time and enjoy the view rather than be wide-eyed locked onto the centerline. You can go downhill too slow a thousand times. You can go downhill too fast only once. I like your logic. Very true. There have been times I wanted the truck to go slower and the auto mode did not kick in and had to do it manually. If you have a GPS you can see how sharp any curves are on the way down or if the road is straight. Remember, you only get the fast lane once.
joelc 08/19/16 07:02pm Towing
RE: Climbing in the Rockies

Have a question. I have a 3500 GMC diesel. My question I when in the mountain areas should I leave it in drive and use the exhaust brake, or put it in manual and shift gears when climbing and descending. Never been in the Rockies. I have read all entries so far and they all make good sense, but you did not indicate the weight of the load. Remember, the heavier the tow vehicle the harder it will be to stop momentum. A truck will work much easier with a 10K trailer than a 21K 5er.
joelc 08/10/16 06:03pm Towing
RE: Repair 4 diesel

you siad the piggy bank is not fat. hmmmmm, you are willing to drop some big bucks in that 6.0. My solution would be to drop the bucks on a trade and get the hey away from the 6.0 just saying. So what would you purchase that would be more reliable. At least with my truck I know what has gone into it, and hopefully won't happen again.
joelc 08/10/16 05:53pm Towing
CG Custer, SD

We are heading our way back East from a cross country RV trip. We will be going near Custer, SD and would like to know of any good CG in the area to stay at that will take big rigs and are dog friendly. We hope to stay about 7 days, as I understand there is a lot to see in the area. Any suggestions. I would like it as close to I-90 as possible.
joelc 08/09/16 07:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Climbing in the Rockies

I hope you are talking highway and not scenic roads. I have a F-350 Diesel and we made the trip a few months ago. I used my tow haul feature sometimes and other times I did down shift. There were times I did have to nudge the break still to keep the speed from creeping up a bit. Usually, if you are going down hill there are also bound to be turns too. So keeping the speed low is important. Rather slow and safe than too fast and taking the same way down. If you are in low gear and the speed creeps up just "jab" the breaks to bring it down a few miles at a time.
joelc 08/09/16 03:49pm Towing
RE: Repair 4 diesel

I have a 21K hitch on my truck and am pulling about 19K with the diesel. I did need a hefty truck (when is runs) that can tow the weight. Also, I got the diesel because when you get into the higher elevations the diesel does not loose torque as a gas engine would.(If it doesn't break down.) I knew that a diesel would be more to maintain but I did not expect 1000 fold over a gas engine.
joelc 08/09/16 03:43pm Towing
RE: Repair 4 diesel

You are all correct. He did say that in another 30,000 miles I should have the head gaskets replaced. He also mentioned that around that time they do go and Ford also recommends it. He also mentioned the EGR Delete, Oil Cooler upgrade and to replace to use head studs and NOT bolts. I have 80K on my truck now. That would put it about 110K when this work should be done. This mechanic did not believe in fixing something if it isn't broke. He is in Eugene, OR and I will be on the East coast, so he has nothing to gain. The name of the place and I recommend them highly is Randall's Automotive. I think I mentioned I am full timing and I had to get back on the road quickly or loose many CG reservation fees. He also gave me a loaner vehicle at no charge. All the work mentioned above will be done shortly after I get back to the East coast, plus some new tires. Yes, the truck is a $$$ pit. I am finding that out, but at least I don't have a Class A diesel that might cost me more to maintain.
joelc 08/06/16 05:52pm Towing
RE: Repair 4 diesel

Most like the high pressure oil pump fittings. $3k to repair this at a dealer or $2k in an independent shop. You nailed it. When he called me, he was ordering the kit and said it would be between $1500 to $2000. So, I guess I got a deal. :) The mechanic told me in another 30,000 miles, I should have the head gaskets done, before they blow.
joelc 08/02/16 10:19am Towing
RE: Repair 4 diesel

I would do the minimum to get it running then trade it immediately. Here is a video that sums up the 6.0. clicky Unfortunately, I am now retired and living on the goverments' generous S.S. benefits and would not be able to afford another truck. This truck only has 80K on it. If I am forced to trade it, we probably would have to also get rid of our Cameo, as I would not be able to tow it and thus end our RV lifestyle early. We will see what happens. The repair shop is supposed to call me back today with what they actually find.
joelc 08/01/16 05:15pm Towing
RE: Repair 4 diesel

Bad news! Got the truck towed this morning to Randall's Automotive which received high reviews on the internet. They gave me a loaner so I would not be stuck there. Before I left they evaluated the problem and told me that it was low oil presure and mightr be the High pressure oil pump. They would have to remove the top area of the engine to establish exact cause. It could be as simple as a tube that came off or the pump. The WORST would ba a $5600 bill. OUch!! I will know later today what is exactly wrong and how many days it will set us back. They said 3-4. While it is apart is there anything else I should have done. Some had said to replace injectors and a ?EGR by-pass. Or should I do nothing. This truck is costing me more than any other vehicle I ever had and has had more issues than any other vehicle I ever had.
joelc 08/01/16 12:12pm Towing
Repair 4 diesel

We are stuck in Eugene, OR with our 2006 F-350 diesel and 5er. We are at a cg, but need a good mech a nic. Truck died coming off highway .
joelc 07/31/16 09:48pm Towing
RE: Cost comparison - motorhome vs. travel trailer

A TT and MH are two different animals. Apples and Oranges. There are several types of MH: Class A,B and C. There are gas and diesel driven ones. Trailers are either the type that hook onto a hitch or a 5th wheel. MH and TT come in all different lengths and with different options. The thing you should be looking at is what type of camping you will be doing. Occasional, Full-time, what climate zones. Also, what is your budget. With a MH you would probably want to tow a vehicle behind, with a trailer you must have the proper truck or car that will tow properly. I am a Full-timer and started with a pop-up then gas class A, then 5th wheel and now my final 5er.
joelc 07/23/16 08:19pm Beginning RVing
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