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RE: looking for a toad

Since you want an automatic and keep the cost reasonable, I'd suggest looking at used Honda CRVs and Saturns.
Fishinghat 07/24/14 10:18pm Dinghy Towing
RE: toad is dead

Since you want an automatic with no modifications, I'd suggest a used Honda CRV or Saturn. Both are good models and you should be able to find one in your price range. We tow a Hummer H3, which doesn't require any modifications but they can be a bit pricey and they are heavy at 4,600 lbs.
Fishinghat 07/24/14 02:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need help finding MH that fits our needs

I would seriously consider a used diesel pusher to get the towing capacity you are looking for. You are probably also going to want to haul your merchandise in the Avalanche to allow more room in the coach, so a 10,000 lb capacity might be closer to your needs. As for a diesel, I'd look for a Cummins ISC or ISL, as the ISB may be taxed pulling a heavy load along with the weight of the coach. Otherwise, the ISB would be just fine if you tow a light load or don't overload the coach.
Fishinghat 07/24/14 02:23pm Beginning RVing
RE: Towing Honda Odyssey 4 wheels down

Some friends of ours tow a Odyssey and the only problem they've had is with the battery running down on a long (1,500 mile) trip, possibly due to the draw from their BrakeBuddy. I believe their Honda is about a 2006 or 2008.
Fishinghat 07/24/14 02:17pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Nice RV parks (big rig) within an hour of Seattle?

As you may have already discovered, RV parks in the Seattle area are almost non-existent. The KOA in Kent is almost always full. I'd try one of the campgrounds in Easton, east of North Bend, on I-90, near the pass. The area is cool at night and you're about an hour and a half from downtown Seattle, or Tacoma via Hwy 18.
Fishinghat 07/22/14 08:21pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Coach financing

The answers on the Essex Credit web site were excellent. Since you have an excellent credit score, you may have a significant equity in your home and you can use that as collateral for a loan. Using your home allows you to consider a older (over 10 years old) diesel motorhome that those with poorer credit could not qualify to buy, thus reducing the potential market and the price. Also, since you can qualify for your own financing, you can consider buying from a private party. Buying an older high quality diesel pusher from a private party is what we did (although it was 10 years ago) and we couldn't be happier.
Fishinghat 07/22/14 08:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: What do you tow behind your Motorhome?

We tow a '06 Hummer H3. It didn't need a baseplate, only tow bar connectors that replaced the two tow rings on the front bumper. Braking is by a Roadmaster 9000 connected to the air system in the coach. Wiring for the lights was installed by Tork Welding. The transfer case is put in neutral and no other changes are needed. The Hummer replaced a Mustang convertible with a manual transmission. Baseplate was installed by Tork Welding along with wiring for the lights, and we didn't use a braking system. Both cars have towed well without any problems.
Fishinghat 07/20/14 10:58pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Generator Help - need to buy in next week...

Since you won't (or can't) run your generator at night, and you want your furnace to run all night, I'd suggest installing a second battery. Two 6 volt batteries should give you sufficient amperage to run all night. The portable generator of choice is Honda due to reliability and quietness. I'm sure there are other manufacturers who offer competitive generators.
Fishinghat 07/20/14 10:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: seattle area

I live about 15 minutes from the Kent KOA and notice that it is full most of the time. However, it is very convenient to the freeway and both Tacoma and Seattle. There are much nicer campgrounds on I-90 east of North Bend in the mountains, where it is cooler at night. They are about an hour from Seattle and just over an hour to Tacoma via Hwy 18.
Fishinghat 07/18/14 12:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bubbling Toilet

It sounds like the vent is pushed down into the tank too far. Bruce X3 As already mentioned, just empty the tank more often.
Fishinghat 07/18/14 12:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Air Condition high/low question

It primarily depends on humidity. Air conditioners have two functions, remove moisture from the air and cool the air. If the unit won't cycle because it is too hot or too much moisture is in the air, then the accumulated moisture freezes on the cools reducing the amount of air that can pass thru. The unit normally turns itself off to defrost the coils, called cycling. So, leave the fan on high until the rig is cooled down and much of the moisture has been removed. You may have to leave the temperature turned up (warmer) to allow the unit to cycle. Then you could turn the fan down to low. Listen for the unit to cycle. If it doesn't cycle, then turn the temperature up until it cycles on a regular basis and/or leave the fan on high.
Fishinghat 07/17/14 11:32am Tech Issues
RE: Using Closed Truck Weigh Station?

Probably a dumb question, but do those types of scales work like the CAT scales where you can get individual axle weights including the axles on the trailer? every one I have used is Yes. most are a platform, so you can usually get two axles on at a time or individual axles. or by moving far enough right/left get individual tire loads. I usually drive front axle on, write down weight, drive forward with both TV axles on write down weight, drive forward for just trailer axle/axles and repeat. that gives all the info needed to calculate each axle weight. This is what I've done at closed weight stations. The scale is left "on" or operating, and I just drove on. I had to stay to the left to weight just one side of the axle.
Fishinghat 07/16/14 10:55pm Towing
RE: RV dealers and MSRP above RV maker prices?

The MSRP was the product of a law passed after WWII when dealers were posting different prices on cars, but it covers only cars and possibly light duty trucks (pickups and SUVs). The MSRP was standard from the manufacturer and had to be posted in the window of every new car. There is no such law regarding RVs or used vehicles. That MSRP posting can be anything the dealer or manufacturer wants to publish. As for the actual wholesale price to the dealer, that is subject to adjustments, such as rebates on advertising, flooring (finance) discounts, sales objective rebates, etc. We've discussed discounts from MSRP here on the forum many times and the most common remark is a 25 to 30% discount. However, there is no hard and fast rule due to the previously mentioned reasons. Your best solution is to shop and compare. Good luck.
Fishinghat 07/14/14 10:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Possible electrical issue - your thought?

You used so much amperage out of your batteries on the first day that your generator was working hard to recharge. Then you put an additional load on the generator when you used the microwave. My guess is you overloaded the generator and/or the inverter/converter. So, looking for a tripped CB is the most logical step. As Newman fulltime suggested, the CBs have to be turned all the way off before being turned back on. Next time, give your system a break. Use the microwave and electric griddle only when the generator is running. Run the generator enough to charge up the batteries to 80% or better, and don't do both at the same time.
Fishinghat 07/14/14 10:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV time shares

I don't know the answer to your question specifically, but I believe the whole time-share business is very slow now. Time-sharing is basically paying now and enjoying the benefit later. The vendor has little incentive to provide you with the benefits you thought you bought since they already have your money. I just think it took quite a while for many people to figure that out. When they did, the market for re-sale went down. I'm sure there are some parks that are well managed and the owners are happy. I suspect some of those owners will post their experiences here.
Fishinghat 07/10/14 08:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: 03 Imperial Wiper Blades

Thanks for posting your fix for this persistent problem. For some unknown reason, manufacturers seem to buy and install rare wiper blade assemblies, and replacement parts are not available. I've had to modify my blade assembly to be able to use an off-the-shelf Tico blade. It works fine. I understand others have had to do the same.
Fishinghat 07/10/14 08:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wiper blades for a Monaco Dynasty

For some reason, Monaco (mfg of Holiday Rambler) used some hard to find windshield wipers, and I have no idea why. Like others, I've purchased over-the-counter wiper blades and adapted them to fit by drilling the mounting hole bigger.
Fishinghat 07/10/14 07:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel Motorhome

Newmar builds some very nice motorhomes as well as some entry level rigs. You can refer to the original list price as an indication as to the quality of the components, including the cabinets. As a rule of the thumb, diesels cost more and usually have better components, but not always. Some gas rigs have been very well made and with better quality cabinets. Some diesels are entry level with inexpensive cabinets. (I previously owned a Holiday Rambler Imperial Class C that had very well made cabinets as well as being very well made overall. I've had friends that had Holiday Rambler Vacationers (diesel) and were disappointed with the inexpensive cabinets.)
Fishinghat 07/10/14 07:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Selling a Motorhome for Dummies?

I would replace the rear tires, but not the mattress. I would have the awning repaired or replaced. You could advertise it on Craig's List or one of the other web sites and if it is priced right, it should sell. But, since you don't really know much of the history (since it belonged to your dad), potential buyers might be overly cautious. You also won't know certain things a buyer would want to know, like how something works. I'd recommend PPL, a consignment lot in Texas. They advertise that they sell a lot of RVs every year. Check out their web site and decide if that's an option for you. (I've never bought an RV from them, just equipment and parts.)
Fishinghat 07/10/14 06:57pm Class A Motorhomes

Two six volt deep cycle batteries are preferred over one 12 volt deep cycle or starting battery. As others have posted, look for the best buy, probably Costco, or Sam's Club.
Fishinghat 07/07/14 07:54pm Class A Motorhomes
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