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RE: Thor Acquires K-Z

That stinks. I wonder if KZ was in financial trouble or why they sold out?KZ is a 100% totally debt free company (privately held). Not many, if any RV companies can say that. I remember our dealer saying the owner's health has not been great and maybe, just maybe, he figured he's had a good run with his company and it's simply time to cash out... Who wouldn't consider that if in similar circumstances? KZ hasn't exactly been languishing in recent times and if fact, this year's models have a lot of great new features compared to 2013. Being a KZ owner (in 2nd year owning one), I can say that factory warranty support is pretty good compared to others. I've read many cases of poor factory support from Heartland and Keystone, and for me compared to KZ, enough that I would not buy one. I don't know if Heartland's & Keystone's quality and factory support got better or worse after acquisition but I hope KZ at least stays the same. Who knows how KZ will end up in coming years. At least KZ didn't go to Warren Buffet. Thor Industries is a publicly held company and perhaps shareholders could exert influence on KZ's operations down the road. On the Lippert comment, they make some decent frames and some not so decent ones. A number of ultra-lite travel trailer brands and models use the identical not-so-decent Lippert frame and it's not limited to any single brand and model. It's not correct to say that just because a TT or FW has a Lippert frame, it's not good. Also, the RV manufacturer has a hand in the design and spec. of a frame and it's not just the frame manufacturer that dictates what the frame is like. Where in the heck did you read "many cases" that Heartland has poor factory support? That has got to be a new one on me!
ChopperBill 04/20/14 02:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: The GPS Got Me

Just got back from a trip to another town and plugged in the address. GPS took me on a "short cut" about 5 miles through the country and when I put home in it took me right to the interstate only a mile away. I had a devil of time trying to escape toll roads and the GPS kept wanting to take me back to them. Then I discovered an option to tell it to ignore toll roads. Guess I need to study the directions a little more.
ChopperBill 04/20/14 08:09am Technology Corner
RE: Any good ideas what to do with old propane bottle?

Target practice. You always see them at a rouge shooting range.
ChopperBill 04/20/14 02:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Thor Acquires K-Z

You guys crack me up. All through this site everyone touts their brand and makes recommendations to those asking and a good majority of those are RV's built by company's under the Thor umbrella. Keystone which by the way includes the Montana, Heartland, Crossroads and even the Airstream TT. I'm thinking maybe KZ was needing some $$ to grow and keep up with the demand for the business. Most of the time nothing changes it remains business as usual except they now have more $$ for growth. You are wrong. Keystone does not include Heartland. Heartland is a separate company that Thor acquired. It operates independently. Monatana is a keystone brand and not a company. Airstream is owned by Thor but is independent of Keystone. Please get your facts straight. They are all under the THOR umbrella! That's what I said, most of these Thor haters don't know what the heck they are talking about!
ChopperBill 04/18/14 08:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Thor Acquires K-Z

Yep, some of you guys crack me up too. Mobile suites uses Lippert frames, Thor owns Heartland. Absolutely nothing wrong with either of those company's and you automatically write them off.
ChopperBill 04/18/14 08:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: firewood - emerald ash borer

Have a beautiful Marshall Ash in the back yard. For the past five years I have treated it with Bayer tree insect and fertilizer to keep the EAB away just in case. Found that Monetary makes the same stuff without fertilizer and is cheaper. Was not going to use it this year, but if those suckers are in Boulder guess I am going to have to rethink that.
ChopperBill 04/17/14 08:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Inflating 110PSI Tires #2

150 lb 6 gal. pancake compressor. best $99 I have spent. Going on my third year. Always has air reserved for immediate use. 6 gal is enough to keep up with my blow gun set at around 30-40 lbs. for blowing dust off my Polaris RZR. When boon docking the Honda 2000 is used for topping it backup. Use it to blow out my fifth wheel and sprinkler system for winterizing. Topped off my old trailers 110 lbs tires in no time and plays filling up my 80 lb. tires on current trailer and truck. Easy portable to take to the storage lot to use there. I use it more than my Craftsman upright at home, its quieter also.
ChopperBill 04/17/14 08:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Just ordered a louvered tailgait for my F-250

One thing I ran across with our prior unit that had the fancy cover over the pin box. You still have to be pretty straight backing in or out because the cover would hit the sides of the V. Sometimes it was near impossible and had to unlatch the V gate.
ChopperBill 04/17/14 07:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: A unique camper spoted

Better then a tent.
ChopperBill 04/16/14 02:18am General RVing Issues
RE: WOW! What a stench - almost gassed us out!

Our prior trailer had an odor around the sink and I could never figure it out. Found that same valve under the kitchen sink. I unscrewed it and was hit with the stench you were talking about. Now I don't know what rotton skunk poop smells like but this had to be ten times worse then that. Was so bad it must have come trough the components. I started doing thant bleach thing as regular maintenance and the stink never came back. I also found out some off those vales are so cheap that they don't have the return spring and rely on the rubber diaphram to do its job. Mine did not have the spring so I replaced it wth one that did.
ChopperBill 04/15/14 01:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dewinterized, Got down to 22 degrees, Problems?

I winterized just last week after spending the winter in AZ and it was 75* when I did. Lived her since 1945 and pretty much figured out this country. Sure enough was 19* this morning.
ChopperBill 04/14/14 08:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Do you suffer from Stuff-o-cation?

Got so much stuff even my stuff has stuff! I have a part time ATV repair business out of my garage and need a lot of stuff. Just this winter in AZ I learned how to relaxed without going nuts without something to do. At 68 in two weeks facing my third hip replacement on the same hip I am frantically getting rid of stuff. No more part time work and with luck maybe only 10-15 years quality time is left. The stuff is going before I go. Some guys are getting good stuff for nothing.
ChopperBill 04/14/14 12:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hopper pay as you go

How Dish has a pay as you go but won't allow you to go? Kinda strange.
ChopperBill 04/14/14 07:55am Technology Corner
RE: Hotmail will not allow me to log in to my account . . . .

Happened to me once. Apparently I had some malware and it had signed onto my account. Microsoft email had me jump through a few hoops an change my password. All was well after that.
ChopperBill 04/14/14 07:49am Technology Corner
RE: Upside down photos on iPhone

Looks like them phones aren't too " smart".
ChopperBill 04/14/14 07:45am Technology Corner
RE: Reliability of fiver latch mechanism

I also had a hitch with a slide bar. There was no question when looking, to see it was hitched. It also had a locking pin that would not allow the bar to move. The hitch did clunk, when stopping/starting, but was a very safe hitch. I now have a B&W with the jaws. This jaw thing, just did not seem as safe. After using the B&W, and studying how it functioned, it was obvious that this hitch could not open either, with the handle pinned or locked. Jerry Once in a while I don't flip the handle on my B & W after I have the trailer up to pull out from under the hitch. I play hell trying to get it off after that. Have to put a bungee on the handle to leave pulled back and put in Reverse then drive before it will release. Darn sure better than dropping a trailer. Pretty bullet proof jaw set up.
ChopperBill 04/14/14 07:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Blue Ox Bed Saver Doesn't Work on Pullrite Superglide?

There our other "bed savers" that are simpler and cheaper and don't look like a big wart hanging off your hitch.
ChopperBill 04/13/14 10:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: weight loss, calorie counting watch ?

I did the change of habit deal a little over two years ago. Went from 275-230, tight 38 to a loose 36 pants. Still going down. Fancy planned diets take weight off but won't keep it off. My biggest deal is I kept eating after I was full then I needed more to get me full. Stomach has now shrunk. I did cut down on cheese. Use to eat tons of it. Quit using ketchup a steak sauce. Be surprised how better things taste. Probably haven't had a spoon of added sugar in 25 years so had no problem there.
ChopperBill 04/12/14 06:20am Technology Corner
RE: Battery surprise.

I have had many neglected ATVs come in for service where the wet cell battery was dry and only had a couple of volts. Add water and charge and they are good to go. I know many folks think a sealed AGM battery is a gel cell, that's where the confusion comes in.
ChopperBill 04/12/14 01:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Pay tax on MSRP or actual sale price?

We paid sales tax on what we paid difference on our prior "11" rv. How ever when they figured license fees they worked off of MSRP. About hit the floor when they told us $1350 for plates. It was purchased in "10" so the value stayed the same for the first two years rather than decline as normal. This was all in CO. I heard of two cases where the owners just swap plates between a cheap utility trailer and their toy haulers to escape the fees. I wouldn't have the cojones to do that.
ChopperBill 04/12/14 01:42am General RVing Issues
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