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RE: Window Replacement - looking for source or advice

?????? check with a fiberglass shop about removing the window and glassing over it? I really wish you would not have said this. I have a single pane window in the cab over and this was my idea to add to the warmth and to prevent leaks and I had just talked myself out of it...... now I will look more into it :-) I think it is a good idea as really how often do you look out the window when camping plus stops heat in summer and cold in winter.
Photomike 12/01/16 11:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Heat not working?

I am going to take another crack at it this weekend. Plugged in- Check Tstat batteries changed- Check Fuses in converter changed- Check Propane in tank- Check Gas at range- Check Interior lights on- Check Keep any other suggestions coming. Thanks If the Tstat & furnace has a fan only setting try that - if fan runs then you have power. If it has air/heat turn to air then back to heat - can stick even when it looks like it is on heat Have someone turn Tstat on to heat and stand out by the vents - do you hear the pre fan turning on? Do you hear clicking? If manual Tstat turn up to the highest setting.
Photomike 12/01/16 03:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking for companion to drive my motorhome

I don't drive others RV's but I do travel with others so they have an extra person to help in case of emergencies. I teach photography courses and some of my students that want to go on location classes / shoots are not there for the teaching but the companionship / security. It is not a bad idea!!! Visiting a new place can be scary for older people or single people (yes mainly ladies) so I don't mind if they want to tag along. Sad to say but in this world you do have to think ahead!
Photomike 12/01/16 03:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Rental Class C. How many of us out there? (Long)

Mike and Marty thanks for the input and suggestions. From what I remember the 23a has a generator and I don't know about the roof space for solar panels, I'll have to ask them and do some research. Backup camera and monitor sounds good. I am definitely going to rent a unit for a week and see how I like it. I was considering the Good Sams roadside assistance so I'll go ahead with that too. Getting excited about this and I am trying to learn as much as possible on the forums and YouTube. With a generator then make sure that you have a good group 31 battery and maybe see if you can find space for a second battery and you are good to go even if you cannot get solar on it. I HATE generators but if it is in the off season or you are out in the bush then may as well. I did decide that if mine came with a generator that I would not repair it if it died as a portable makes so much more sense for me.
Photomike 11/30/16 09:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Rental Class C. How many of us out there? (Long)

I stumbled across this thread through a link from another website. Many thanks to IAMICHABOD for the thread and to all the good people who have posted so much info. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and am considering an RV for full time living and travel for the next six months and perhaps more. I moved to the USA twenty years ago and worked mostly in software until I became too old for this industry and I want to see the country before I'm too old for that. The area has changed and IMO not for the better. My girl friend wants to move back to her home state of MN which she says is a gentler, calmer way of life. I'm okay with that but not to move now, so I want to be touring in the RV, maybe head south. I don't know how I'll deal with the winter in MN since I have SAD and don't mind joining her in the spring. I'm thinking of buying an rv from cruise America. I checked El Monte today but I don't see the mileage for each RV on their website. The RV is for me and my girl friend when she'll want to join me. I have a small online business I should be able to run from the RV with a decent internet connection. I think a 23a would be good though I am open to the bigger ones, the 27g looks really nice but I'm concerned about the size and gas consumption and they seem to have higher mileage. I'd probably buy both extended warranties, for the house and vehicle. If I do so does it make any sense to pay about $6,000 for a vehicle with lower mileage ... 80,000 instead of 130,000? On the other hand I read that some people say the extended warranties are not worth much, is that true of cruise America warranties as well? Would I be able to put solar panels on them, they don't come with ladders? Do they have enough batteries for that. I like the idea of being in nature, not necessarily with a hookup somewhere. Hpw do I make sure I'm getting a good vehicle? Should I look for an RV tech and hire them to check out the vehicle? Since I am a complete newbie and it is a serious chunk of change it is somewhat daunting. Are these companies thrustworthy? Myself I say forget the extra warranty, especially the coach if you are handy with minor repairs, put some money aside and use the one year engine that comes with it to get past any major issues then do your own repairs on the coach. The smaller ones have no space on the roof for solar so check before you buy if you want solar (I was hoping for enough space int eh 19G but no). A 23 you should have some empty space but don't know if it will be enough for a panel. The larger ones should be fine but check the roof layout for vents, etc to make sure. If you get a generator then make sure that you have a good group 31 battery and you should be fine for most camping with the exception of cold nights running the furnace. I added more batteries and went without the generator although I have one that I can take if needed. http://www.firstchoicephoto.ca/camper/Majestic037.JPG All companies are questionable, read some of the posts on new units and some expensive units at that! A RV tech can help but even problems can escape them. Remember you are taking a house and putting it through a major earthquake everyday that you are driving it so one day things are great and the next you may have a leak that was not there the day before - it may check out 10 out of 10 one day and the next you are mopping up a water leak. At least a extra set of eyes never hurts!!
Photomike 11/29/16 08:45pm Class C Motorhomes

There was one or two people on here a few years ago from Gatlinburg. Not sure if you are still on this site but our prayers are with you, hope you got out safe!!!
Photomike 11/29/16 02:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Buying a Rental Class C. How many of us out there? (Long)

Cruise America vs. El Monte RV In general, would you say there is an essential difference between buying a used rental RV from Cruise America or buying it from El Monte? Cruise America offers more information about their products and the refurbishing process that they apply to each rental unit destined for sale and it looks good but would it be similar to El Monte's? Thanks! I bought from Cruise Canada (same as CA) and I have to say I love the RV but honestly the refurbishment was non existent. I was prepared for that and I think if you go in with "I am getting what I am getting with a used RV" you will be okay. It really is a roll of the dice, but then it is that anytime you buy anything!
Photomike 11/25/16 09:33am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Winterizing - getting tires off the ground

I have never done this. Parked on gravel, dirt and cement and no problems. I like mine ready to go in case I need to use it or move it so like all the tires on the ground. If you are concerned go and move it every month or two, not required but won't hurt. Plus you can check other things at the same time.
Photomike 11/23/16 09:52am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Frozen hot water tank

I would have done the propane on in short sessions but now that you opened the plug I would not do that as you could have drained the water around the heat pipe and created a air gap. DO not leave it till spring to melt, empty it as much as you can. Open the cover, get a halogen light or two (300 or 500 watts) and aim them at the water heater - NOT really close!! The extra warmth from the outside will slowly help the inside RV heat to warm it even if the air temps are low and also will allow the water to flow away and not freeze as soon as it leaves the heater.
Photomike 11/22/16 10:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Winterizing water system?

You can do it either way, did the water tank route for a couple of years and it works but the bypass is better. As for flammable and deadly not any truth to that as long as it is RV antifreeze.
Photomike 11/22/16 11:39am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Do mattress toppers make that much of a difference.

I am blessed by the fact that I have an RV supplier here in town that does mattresses, cushions and drapes. So when I bought my current RV I went over there and they went through the benefits of all the foam and the toppers they carry (10 or 15 types). We worked out the best idea for the space that I have and in a couple hours they had cut the foam, restuffed the mattress and had a topper. They took a lot of time explaining the differences in foam and what each one does and what would be the best. When I went to pick-up they were concerned that the way the mattresses and bases were made in the first was not right and they wanted to redo what they had done to remove a .5" difference in the height that I can not even see.
Photomike 11/21/16 10:58am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anyone swapped water heater for a Tankless On-Demand?

Have thought of this as well and have decided to stay with the tank. I have an instant at home (one that does the whole house) and LOVE the fact that when you turn it on you can run water 24/7 and never run out of hot water, great for a large family that showers one after the other. Hate the fact that when you turn it on it takes a while to fire and you get cool/cold water for a few seconds, not good for applications where you turn water on and off like rinsing dishes with hot water from the tap(my wife does that and gets SO MAD). We used some instant units at a church youth camp last year and they really impressed me (ran on D cell batteries to fire the flame) but the same issues at home, if you turned off the water to shampoo your hair when you turned it back on you had a burst of cold. Many screams from the girls side when this happened!
Photomike 11/18/16 12:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Have any of you guys tinted your cab side windows?

Most places will not say anything if you are passing through. If you are being a jerk and breaking the law then you may have an issue. The state/province of registration is the one that you have to be concerned about.
Photomike 11/16/16 03:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: The End All/Be All of Non-Slide Rigs - Or No?

It runs great and does what I need it to do. The exact reason someone should buy something. Really who cares about everything else, if it does not do what you want or need it to then all the PR / BS in the world is useless!!
Photomike 11/16/16 03:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Cold weather storage tank operation

You hit on one of the problems of winter camping. As suggested heat tape will help, I know of people that carry a hairdryer to unthaw things as well at the valve. The other issue is finding a place to dump in the winter. A couple places that I go past are under a foot of ice as water collects around the drain and freezes and game over till spring or a good thaw.
Photomike 11/14/16 10:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Spider web cracks on fiberglass front cap

If they are just the light surface kind not a problem and just leave them.
Photomike 11/11/16 12:57pm Class C Motorhomes

BAD LINK Link worked for me. It was not clickable so that was fixed.
Photomike 11/09/16 01:42pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions

Not sure if this was posted yet. VW Hopefully it has a generator as camping with it could be an issue unless you have plug ins. Still it is such a cool idea!
Photomike 11/09/16 11:15am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What would I be missing by buying a 15-20 yr old RV?

Hopefully the owner has fixed all the manufacturing issues that you would get in a newer one :-)
Photomike 11/07/16 09:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Phoenix Cruiser

My current motor home is on a E450 and when I hit a bump I know it. I came from a tcer with a 2500 carrying it and it drove like a car. That being said I would rather have the 450 for the engine and other heavier parts for the long haul. The stiffer drive is only noticed once in a while but when I can go up a hill with all the other traffic or be able to pull more then I figure the roughness is worth it.
Photomike 11/07/16 11:01am Class C Motorhomes
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