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RE: going out to eat

We tow a Chevy Sonic with a 30 ft. Class C motor home.So when we set up in a campsite of course we unhook the Chevy then we can go drive where ever we want; that evening or in coming days if we stay at that site. Maybe I'm missing something. I don't see the problem.
Jayco-noslide 01/30/18 07:25pm Beginning RVing
Smaller RV's?

I read that there are more people wanting small motor homes, especially younger folks. Wonder if true. I'm skeptical. I'm kind of a minimalist so we've had a 25 ft. 5th wheel (less than 30 ft. 5th wheels very hard to find when we had ours). Now we have a 30 ft. Class C with 2 slides. I wanted shorter but have to give up too much. I wish we could be satisified with downsizing to a MH small enough to drive like a van and not need to tow a dinghy. But at our age, we won't be doing it long enough to justify the high price of replacement. Those small ones really cost a lot per cubic ft. of space.
Jayco-noslide 01/19/18 09:33am General RVing Issues
RE: What does this mean to you?

I think one has to be skeptical of such claims. I doubt there are any laws about having to meet any criteria. If legitimate, to me it would mean well insulated walls, thermal payne windows, strong furnace, heated tanks, etc. probably the weight will be a little heavier. But if it's like "ultra lite" doesn't really mean much.
Jayco-noslide 01/19/18 09:22am Travel Trailers
RE: Camping World Financing

i preach against financing anything but a home but not too many listen.
Jayco-noslide 01/19/18 09:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Repairs and Maintence

Well, you're not wrong. We bought a 10 year old 30 ft. Class C for a good deal which we don't regret. But every time we complete a trip with no repair needs (maybe twice in 6 years) we break out the champaign. "It's always something" as they say and usually it costs a lot. But, we still have a nice MH that suits our needs and for far less than a new one would have costs. I would say don't do it unless you can afford fairly frequent expenditures ranging from a few hundred to thousands. Some of this can be for improvements but much is just to keep going. The most recent thing I just found is a crack in the linoleum flooring several feet long. Is it superficial or indicative of underlying problems?
Jayco-noslide 01/12/18 01:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: State Park Stay Limitations-how to deal?

I would do the same and probably avoid private campgrounds. Most but not all state and federal campgrounds have the 14 day rule. I think if you research it you can find a few. I know a nat'l forest campground in Fl. that doesn't but I'm not going to publisize it. It also has water and elec.
Jayco-noslide 01/12/18 01:13pm Full-time RVing
RE: Truck Prices & Mileage

I don't own or need a truck so this is just a comment. I know diesels are supposed to last longer. But is the rest of the truck besides the motor really any different or better. Hundreds of non-motor parts can fail? Also, gas motors don't really wear out much now anyway do they?
Jayco-noslide 01/12/18 01:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel with no slides

We had a 25 ft. 1999 Jayco for 10 years with no slides and loved it. Towed with a half-ton. But our 30 ft. MH has 2 slides and we love it too. Having no slides saves lots of weight and is one less thing to worry about. There are definitely motor homes with no slides. It's all a matter of what you want and make up your mind to be happy with. You might have to special order one.
Jayco-noslide 01/11/18 09:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Good deal or not a good deal?

The amount of money calls for some study and research. You're not buying a $5000 car. First of all, RV's depreciate a LOT and it's 10 years old. He may very well owe more than it's worth if he's had it financed for 10 years. I would look up the trade-in value in the NADA book and use that as a referrence point. But I would offer much less than what he owes on it. It would be better if it wasn't a friend. We bought a 10 year old 30 ft. Class C and paid roughly 1/3 of the original retail price. Paid $23000 for an originally 85000 MH so that gives an idea of the depreciation. And the more they cost originally, the more they depreciate in dollars.
Jayco-noslide 01/11/18 09:23am Beginning RVing
RE: Solar Power

It's looking to me that with our camping at elec. sites more than 50% of the time, major solar is not in our future. The only thing we really lack now is wanting to be without Elec(in a nat'l park) and being hot at night; no air, and we wouldn't solve that with solar. If we ever really downsize to a small MH, not tow anything and want to boondock more then solar would make sense. Thanks to all.
Jayco-noslide 01/11/18 09:11am Tech Issues
RE: AZ to WA avoiding steep hills

I didn't think you originally mentioned snow. A slick highway is good reason to be scared and I would avoid it if possible.
Jayco-noslide 01/09/18 08:47am Roads and Routes
RE: Are we insane?

I glanced at your post but quickly quit because it's just too long. Try editing some.
Jayco-noslide 01/08/18 10:48am Beginning RVing
RE: AZ to WA avoiding steep hills

I don't have an answer but I would suggest that if you want to do mountains with an RV and are uncomfortable with hills you might want to reconsider. As long as your tow vehicle is rated to tow the load you have, hills are just a matter of slowing down and downshifting on down grades. Shouldn't be really scary. If it is, then you have the wrong set-up or have a sort of hill phobia and might want to quit. You didn't specify your tow vehicle. Super important to make sure it's hefty enough with both power and braking; possibly heavier duty than a half-ton pick-up. Assuming you stick to main routes not back roads.
Jayco-noslide 01/08/18 10:46am Roads and Routes
Solar Power

My Class C is a 2003 so eventually I might have to replace the generator. I wonder about going solar. Our camping is a mixture of sites with elec. hook-up and no hook-ups. We like national parks which rarely have elec. I've read that some folks with a full solar set up don't even plug in when it's available. All the tech details freak me out so can you give me an idea of what I would need to go mostly solar? Would I have to have different from my 2 middle size deep cycle batteries. Best, I assume to have the panels mounted on the roof? Could I run the AC, even at night? Approximate cost? Might it be less than generator rebuild or replacement? Would I give up anything ?
Jayco-noslide 01/08/18 10:37am Tech Issues
RE: Fighting for campsites 6 months in advance!

Yes, it's gotten harder. In Fl. we have settled for parks inland and northern because they are a little less in demand.
Jayco-noslide 01/08/18 10:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: cars to flat tow for class C motor homes

When they say " I don't even know it's back there", don't believe it unless it's a bit diesel pusher. I certainly know my 2700 lb. Sonic is back there behind out 30 ft. Class C V-10 because the MH feels like a lively car when not towing. I would never tow some of the pick-ups and big SUV's I see towed.
Jayco-noslide 01/08/18 10:24am Dinghy Towing
RE: cars to flat tow for class C motor homes

I'm looking to replace our 2012 Chevy Sonic auto trans(excellent dinghy) next spring so I've researched it considerably. The 1st question is do you have to have an auto trans? If yes, that narrows down the choices quickly, especially if you want a late model. The 2nd question to me is weight. You might, but I don't want to tow anything heavier that the 2900 to 3000 lb. range; Sonic is 2700. As far as I know anything with a CVT trans is out. I've narrowed down to a Ford Focus hatchback auto.(but you can't tow all models) and a Honda Fit(has to be a manual trans if very new) There are others but not many. The final say on whether you can tow it or not, is the vehicle manual. Most will address "towing behind a motor home". I believe Toyota and Honda make no new towable vehicles with auto. I think SUV's are too heavy except for the very smallest. Not sure about Jeeps but I would check the consumer reports repair record(not good).
Jayco-noslide 01/08/18 10:19am Dinghy Towing
RE: Questions about running generator in back of truck

I don't think about running it in rain but when I had a Honda a bought a factory cover for it.
Jayco-noslide 01/08/18 10:05am Tech Issues
RE: Roof came apart

As I've said before, if cars were made like RV's we would laugh and not buy them. Good Luck.
Jayco-noslide 01/08/18 10:03am Travel Trailers
RE: What do I do??

What would going $10000 over budget actually mean? Could you avoid a loan if it's $30000 or less and have to borrow if $40000? Or, do you have the 40 and would just rather not? Important questions to me. I think getting a decent unit for $30 is doable? Offer him 30 and see if he might go for it. We bought a 2003 30 ft. Class C several years ago for $23000 and we haven't regretted it. It had been priced a lot higher. Although, we've spent a lot on it, no guarantee we wouldn't have on a newer one. I'd say stick with the 30 but really depends on your $$$ situation.
Jayco-noslide 12/30/17 02:04pm Class A Motorhomes
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