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RE: rv depreciation schedule

Keep in mind a lot of sellers and dealers of used DPs like to use MSRP as an original starting point. From what I've seen poking around, the actual sale price is substantially below that. It seems paying somewhat around 70% of MSRP is common for a new DP. Yup -- I was going to say the same thing. It's easy to get 25-35% off a new RV, so any depreciation has to start from there. But as others have said, what's the point? Buying or selling, the used value is whatever the market will bear.
Mike and Trish 07/14/15 09:14am Class A Motorhomes

I've used the truck stop DEF pumps once or twice, but even though my DEF fill is on the driver's side, it's so far back that I have to pull up partway after filling the diesel tank. So I mostly use the Blue DEF "boxes" from Wal-Mart, and generally add one (2-1/2 gallons) for each fill-up (usually around 90-100 gallons in my 150-gallon tank). That ratio seems to work out about right. I track my fuel use carefully, but haven't bothered to monitor my DEF usage any closer than this.
Mike and Trish 04/27/15 09:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winterizing Aqua Hot System

I believe Aqua-Hot (and others) will tell you to use the pink stuff, because the blow-out method won't guarantee that the fresh water coils inside the AH are totally free of water. I'm not sure I buy that, but the price of being wrong would be very high if the unit froze up. To me, the pink stuff is cheap insurance. I've never had a problem with after-taste -- just open the low point drains, then flush and flush and flush. If you leave any pink hiding in the system (like in stub lines to washer, etc.), it will keep mixing in and showing up.
Mike and Trish 04/18/15 09:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Honda CRV

We have a 2014 CR-V, and had the battery run down the first couple of times we towed. (I tried following the directions in the manual, but they told me to pull the wrong fuse.) I plan to have a charge line installed one of these days, but in the meantime, I just disconnect the positive battery cable as the last part of my hookup. Adds about 30 seconds.
Mike and Trish 04/08/15 08:29am Dinghy Towing
RE: thor tuscany 45lt

We have a 2014 Tuscany, with no major problems in 1-1/2 years and 15k miles. Ours has one hydraulic full-wall slide, and two shorter slides with Schwintek mechanisms. The only consistent problems I've heard of with the Schwinteks have been on full-wall slides, which plagued the earlier Thor Palazzos. The problems may or may not have been largely resolved by now, using upgraded Schwintek hardware (stronger motors, steel vs. aluminum rods, and/or three tracks instead of two). At any rate, I've yet to hear of related problems with the Tuscany slides. The Tuscany isn't a perfect coach (if such a thing exists), but it has a lot of good features for the price, and for us, the floor plan that we liked the best.
Mike and Trish 04/05/15 10:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dumping a black tank of MH that has macerating toilets

I have a 2-macerating-toilet setup like you describe, but wouldn't try to do a gravity dump through a 3/4 inch hose. While the toilets "liquefy" everything quite well (no poop pyramid, for sure), as that stuff sits in the black tank, the solids still settle, so that the first part of your drainage is going to be a pretty thick soup. I use the good old stinky slinky, and it dumps quickly and thoroughly. Then I do the gray tank dump, then run my tank flushing system (if I'm packing up to leave), with a clear adapter so I can see the progress. It certainly drains, and cleans, more quickly and thoroughly than my previous non-macerating units.
Mike and Trish 03/09/15 03:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Financial advisors

Interesting responses indeed. No one has mentioned the only type of "financial advisor" I have ever used (and ever would), which is the type that charges an hourly fee for their time and expertise, and takes no commission or kickback on their recommendations. That's who we hired to look at our overall picture before we retired -- cost us a thousand bucks or so, well-spent in my opinion, for a truly objective look at our then-current and future finances. I can't trust an "advisor" (usually a stockbroker or insurance/annuity salesman) who makes money on the products he advises me to buy -- he has a built-in conflict of interest between what's best for me and what's best for him.
Mike and Trish 03/05/15 10:00am Around the Campfire
RE: Do you flash people?

Whatever you do, DO NOT flash your high beams -- it just serves to temporarily blind anyone in front who's looking in their mirrors. If you can't turn your headlights off, then on, don't do it at all. The usual protocol is for the vehicle being passed to blink his headlights off, then on, to signify that it's safe to pull back in, then the vehicle passing, once safely back in the lane, blinks his marker lights to say thanks. That's what the buttons on the Smart Wheel are designed to do. Mike, most all the trucks flash their bright lights at me to signal me over. I have never found the bright lights to be bothersome. Now, at night, that would be more of a problem but I don't drive at night (99.9% of the time in the motorhome). MM. Mark, I was really talking about nighttime driving, which I do a fair amount of. During the day, you're right, high beams aren't such an issue -- although I still use the off-the-on signal with the headlights, as I've seen lots of truckers do.
Mike and Trish 01/25/15 08:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you flash people?

Whatever you do, DO NOT flash your high beams -- it just serves to temporarily blind anyone in front who's looking in their mirrors. If you can't turn your headlights off, then on, don't do it at all. The usual protocol is for the vehicle being passed to blink his headlights off, then on, to signify that it's safe to pull back in, then the vehicle passing, once safely back in the lane, blinks his marker lights to say thanks. That's what the buttons on the Smart Wheel are designed to do.
Mike and Trish 01/24/15 04:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Air Suspension question

" Then turn on the Cruise Control. Press the Set button on the steering wheel. This will increase the idle to about 1500-1800 RPM." Yup, how to make friends in a campground I don't know, which would you prefer -- higher revs/shorter time to air up, or the guy who lets it idle for 20 minutes or longer? The "fast idle" feature is there for exactly that purpose -- get aired up and go.
Mike and Trish 01/18/15 08:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tiffin Phaeton Aqua Hot -- 400D good enough?

The 400d can heat the engine ( thus the engine can heat the Aqua hot ) as an option ..its standard on the 450. Does tiffin not include that option ? You might be right, but that's not the info I've seen. I have the 400D, and in looking through the manual, it appears that the only difference between it and the 450D is that the latter includes the engine loop. So if that's true, I don't see why there would be an "option" to add the engine loop to a 400D, because that would simply make it a 450D. My last coach (a Mandalay) had a Hurricane hydronic heat system with the engine loop, and I admit I miss that feature for the ability to heat the coach and hot water using engine waste heat. But both coaches have also had an electric block heater, which I'm sure will be more than sufficient for its purpose. And as to Aqua-Hot (or other hydronic system) vs. a propane furnace and water heater -- worth every extra penny you pay, in my opinion. I'll never have another coach without one.
Mike and Trish 01/08/15 09:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Typical Fuel Mileage You Get With Your Gas or Diesel Class A

40' DP with 450hp ISL, towing Honda CR-V @ around 65 mph = 8.0 mpg average (range of 7.8-8.4 last 10 tanks).
Mike and Trish 01/03/15 09:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Day Two Trip Home, Aqua Hot Problem

Your quote--"On thing to understand is the hot water has preference over the heating circulation". This is ONLY if on 120 heat. If on Diesel Burner power, BOTH systems will operate to spec. Doug That depends on which Aqua-Hot model you have. On mine (400D) it cuts off space heating to favor water heating using both electric and diesel. I understand that on at least some larger models (which you probably have) it can do both at once, due to larger capacity. The OP is probably at destination by now, but we find that a little space heater from Wal-Mart is a handy thing to carry in cold weather -- useful if other heat were to go out, but also just for spot heating the rear bath at shower time, etc.
Mike and Trish 12/25/14 12:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel Exhaust Fluid

Earlier posts were wrong about the timing. There were two recent phases of emission reductions -- one starting in 2007, then another in 2010. It was the second of these (affecting engines manufactured starting in 2010) that most engine manufacturers met with a DEF system. Because of the lag between engines, chassis, and coaches, you could easily have a 2010 or even some 2011's with a 2009 engine, thus no DEF.
Mike and Trish 12/16/14 06:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New NMH designs

thanks for the tip n the Thor full slide issue..did like the king bed..would fit us and the German Shepherds easily. Pat The problems with Thor units with full wall slides is limited to those with Schwintek electric drive, used on Palazzos and maybe some other lower-end models. It seems that the Schwintek mechanism (at least as originally used in those units) isn't up to handling the weight of a full-wall slide. On the newer Tuscanys (like ours), they used Schwintek for the smaller slides, but a traditional hydraulic drive for the full-wall. We've had no problems with either, in 15 months and 12,000 miles. Some don't like full-wall slides, but we love it, and have had one on our last two coaches. It really opens up the floor plan, and eliminates any bottleneck in the middle of the coach.
Mike and Trish 11/20/14 10:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Shopping for a Class A Diesel

Also look at Motor Home Specialist (MHSRV.com) in Alvarado, TX, for both new and used. Right now, you could buy a 2015 Berkshire, a 2008 Ambassador, a 2011 Meridian, etc. -- the list goes on, for under your $175k budget.
Mike and Trish 11/19/14 11:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How does a macerator toilet work?

Add some extra water before you flush. Should not only help the flush but also the solids in the tank. Our macerator works when we dump, but we always add extra water. Adding more water is always helpful for the tank, but of course makes the black tank fill faster, and uses more fresh water (only matters if you're dry camping). Our rig (w/bath and a half) actually has two macerating toilets, of different kinds for some reason, but both add water as they flush (on the "big job" button anyway), so I don't think any extra would be needed. And as someone said, if you have only macerating toilets, there's no "pyramid" buildup in your black tank. I find that my tank drains more thoroughly (and rinses clear faster) than on my previous rig, and as a bonus, there's no paper left to get stuck on the sides of the tank or wherever.
Mike and Trish 11/18/14 09:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Thor Tuscany Motorhome's Aqua-hot,do you want that in an RV?

You may also want to check if this Aqua Hot includes a basement heater. Yes, it has at least one (maybe two, I don't recall) Aqua-Hot heat exchanger in the basement, more than sufficient to keep the tanks from freezing.
Mike and Trish 10/25/14 09:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help me understand

Navistar engines are no longer offered in diesel motorhomes since Navistar sold its interest to ASV and even returned to using Cummins...Sprinter of course uses Mercedes engines and that is fine...but there are many Navistar engine Monaco's and HR's left around the country with them..The issue now is that since Navistar bailed out by selling, that the leftovers have a black eye so to speak, and there was one post by someone not too long ago of a bad DPF that Navistar would not stand behind...as Navistar is supposed to stand behind it but many facilities have treated it as a total orphan not wanting to do any work since the warranty for the engine went from Navistar to ASV adding complexity to getting paid..Stick with Cummins or Mercedes you will be glad you did...It's not that Navistar makes a bad engine, but the politics of the buyout makes for grief between customer and facility if needed...That poor guy went thru hell before the manufacturer took the motorhome and would fix it..Hopefully that's all good now. I guess I don't quite get this -- Navistar is still in business, and still makes engines -- they just sold their motorhome business (Monaco/Holiday Rambler) to ASV. So I could understand them no longer honoring motorhome warranties, but it seems like they would still honor the engine warranty, just as Cummins would for their engines.
Mike and Trish 10/25/14 09:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thor Tuscany Motorhome's Aqua-hot,do you want that in an RV?

We have a 2014 Tuscany with (presumably) the exact same system your Dad will be getting, and we love it. We're currently at the end of a weeklong trip in which we've used the AH to keep toasty at night, and for endless showers. At campgrounds, we've just used the electric element at night, and it's been sufficient in relatively mild temperatures (50s at night). If it got a lot colder, we'd turn on the diesel burner. (Our AH only has one electric element, which is enough for light heating and basic hot water use, but not for showers or very cold nights.) We also have two heat pumps, which would also work for mild nights, but are much noisier. For boondocking (or in our case, Wal-Mart stops between destinations) we run the diesel burner for heat. We seldom need to run the generator. Our house batteries and inverter are more than sufficient to handle our overnight needs, and recharge while driving. If our batteries are drawn down far enough, the AGS (automatic generator start) kicks in and takes care of the recharge. Note that this is in an all-electric coach, but as far as I can tell, the residential refrigerator is very efficient, so our overnight power needs are well-matched to our batteries and inverter. If we boondocked for multiple nights, I would run the generator long enough each day to recharge. I can't say enough good things about Aqua-Hot, or hydronic heating systems in general. I do miss the Hurricane hydronic unit in my previous coach though, only because it had two electric heating elements and the "motor-aid"-type loop through the engine, which allowed us to heat the coach with waste heat from the engine while driving in the winter. Aqua-Hot has these features too, but not in the model I have now.
Mike and Trish 10/25/14 09:05am Class A Motorhomes
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