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Another use for the motorhome

Yesterday I wanted to head to a local park for the day that is about an hour and a half away. Told the family if we all went I would take the motor home as it was suppose to be iffy weather and would be nice to have a place to warm up if needed. As it got closer to leave the weather cleared up and I said we would just take the van to which my son objected so we took the motor home. Was a nice drive down, got to the park and the first stop was to use the washroom. Only problem was that with it being the off season only two vault toilets are open and both of those were in the middle of being rebuilt. A hundred or so people in the park and half of them were looking for a toilet that was open with no success. Well with the RV we had our own bathroom with and we were really glad we did. The nearest bathroom was 35 minutes away - in this park there is no place to go that is not in the open so even behind a bush is not an option. I had tossed some RV antifreeze in a month ago in case we needed to use the toilet so flushing was not a problem. Sure it may have cost a little more on gas but having all the benefits of home with was REALLY worth it!!!
Photomike 02/21/17 09:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: unintended consequences

We built a garage last year and the contractor wanted to put a door in to fit the TCer. Said no thanks as I would have hit the same issue you did. As it was a couple months later sold the TCer and bought a Class C that is a lot higher. I think in a situation like this you have to go as large as you can... a airport hanger should fit whatever you buy next :-)
Photomike 02/20/17 08:56am Truck Campers
RE: Clearance/Tail Lights Not Working

A side note... many times people travel for days without checking their lights. PLEASE take a minute if not each day then every other day to check your lights. It is a BIG shock to be traveling behind a huge RV and all of a sudden have them stop with no warning as the lights are out. Have seen this with all types of RV's. This is one of those things we should learn from truckers - check you lights and tires when you stop!
Photomike 02/18/17 09:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Horrendous smell and pink water coming out of FW tank

That's too bad that you can't see your way clear to use your freshwater system as it was intended. If you sanitize the system and fill with clean water, then it is perfectly safe to use for drinking. If you want an eye opener, you should have a look inside any public water storage tank and the plumbing or check out the inside of your well casing when you change out your well pump. If you want a confidence builder, take a water sample from your RV down to your county water dept. and have it tested. I think you will be pleasantly surprised...Good luck and all the best. I don't have a problem using my on board water. After servicing commercial ice machines and seeing what happens at hotels with cleaning glasses with dirty towels I feel that my RV is WAY cleaner! Plus if I fill up at home then I have my home water for many of my shorter trips and I feel this is better than getting water on the road.
Photomike 02/18/17 09:03am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Horrendous smell and pink water coming out of FW tank

Yes antifreeze is the pick stuff. Antifreeze has a smell, usually sweet and can be sickening to some people. Side note: Different brands have different smells to them, I cannot stand the smell of one of the brands that is for sale around here. Other smell could be water in the fresh water tank gone stagnate, fill up, drain do this a couple times, then fill up and add a cup of bleach and let it sit for a day and drain and flush a couple of times. The other area could be the hot water tank. Mine on my TCer would sulfate and would STINK!!!!! Would have to flush a couple times completely with fresh water and then with some bleach mixed in with the water till it would stop. My wife always thought it was me that smelled so bad :-)
Photomike 02/17/17 11:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Bigfoot 2500 series on a short box

If it is designed for a short box you will have no problems. If designed for a long box then it won't work.
Photomike 02/15/17 12:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Electrical Woes

Did you check to make sure that there was power on the pedestal that you were plugged into? Does it have a breaker and is it on (try shutting off and turning on). If you can try another pedestal to see if this is it.
Photomike 01/21/17 05:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Nexus RV - honest mistake or something else? (updated 1/21)

When I went to register my RV all the government wanted was the VIN number. They typed that in and all the information came up from the previous owner ..... but the information was for the chassis and not the motor home. I did not care as it was no difference to me but I did ask and she said that they register the chassis and don't care what is on it. Now this is in Canada so may be different in the US.
Photomike 01/20/17 08:14am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Majestic 19G renos have started

Not really a reno but I took the RV out a week ago when it was really cold and the engine light was flashing for a few seconds. Took it in today to my mechanic and the number 6 coil was shot, the boot was fried and the spark plug was loose. SO he did a complete tune up. Took it out for a test drive and to say that it drives better is an understatement. It drove okay before but in tow/haul mode it was really jerky, now it shifts so smoothly. Also the idle is about half of what it was. Another reno that I will have to do is that the RV does not have a block heater so next oil change it goes in for it will get a block heater as they need to order in the part.
Photomike 01/17/17 07:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Does chassis make matter for parts?

This is only my opinion...... For years I wanted a Sprinter, saved up and finally was able to buy one. Started seriously shopping around and ran into a lot of people that scared me away from them. One guy was selling his RV and we got talking and he had been a sales person for Sprinter, even after he sold his RV he still was contacting me to talk about RV's and still was against Sprinters. Why? Cost to keep running. Parts were priced crazy and Sprinter wanted nothing to do with selling the parts to other shops so parts were hard to come by. Then I had people contact me to tell me about the black death they were having with the engines. More people contacted me to tell me that finding a service place outside of major towns was a nightmare. Needless to say I stayed away from s Sprinter. Bought a Ford. Is it the best unit? Really not sure but at least I can go to just about any garage and they know the units and can get parts. Same with Chevy, you may be in back country US or Canada but there is probably a place that has parts and know the units close by.
Photomike 01/17/17 09:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Cross Country Trip - What length Class C???

Some great posts so far, let me share my experience. I came from a TCer to a 19' Class C. Length is great and I love it, can back it in and out of so many places with ease I can take it to work, the store and maneuver down roads without worrying about if I need to turn around. Problem for me is width, I do not have the ability to use it in narrow parking spots so in the peak season I still have to park in RV spots. With the TCer I only had the width of the truck to worry about, the class C is a lot wider in the rear. Makes for parking a little harder as you will take up the ENTIRE width of any standard parking places and maneuvering around obstacles is harder. Can you do it - yes! Is it fun in busy places - not really but I don't go to a lot of these places. Would I go for a short RV if I was like most people and used it for camping for weeks at a time in just the summer - no, I would get it a bit longer for the extra benefits that you have with the extra length and either take the tours or haul along a car/motor bike or bicycles.
Photomike 01/13/17 05:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: E350 Class C Major Problems

Seems like a troll to me. Needs to provide more information.
Photomike 01/12/17 07:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C pricing

It really depends on the unit and the dealer. Some places mark up a lot more, some places cut the price. Like mentioned above shop around - price out similar units. One thing to understand is if you are on the opposite side of the country from the manufacturer then you may end up paying more for the shipping to you, there is nothing that can be done about that.
Photomike 01/12/17 09:20am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Electric heater recommendation

I have an upright, I think it is Black and Decker. It is nice because it is taller than wider and takes up less space. It has a fan and rotates if you want, with the fan running it is just about silent. Bought it on clearance for I think it was $20 years ago. It also has overheat and tip over shut off.
Photomike 01/10/17 04:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Northern Lite 811 with solar??? Do you have??

Call or Email Keith at NL. He would be more than willing to help.
Photomike 01/06/17 09:47am Truck Campers
RE: Best Truck Campers for Winter Camping

As Jeffe stated above there is more than just the build of the camper. I loved my Northern Lite BUT it did not have thermal windows and that caused a lot of cold. If you can have one built for your needs and the temps that you want to camp in.
Photomike 01/04/17 02:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Very slippery shelves - need help

Like others have said tack it down or you can get a can of 3M adhesive and spray the shelf, let it dry and it will add a rougher tacky surface. I have done this by accident in my garage when working on projects and the over spray creates a rough surface on the workbench.
Photomike 01/02/17 11:28am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Removing overhead entertainment center

I pulled out a he big Samsung TV today; vert heavy! The supports on the side are identical to those shown in the parts manual for my Winnie. If I remove everything I would need to do a lot of finishing insiden not sure if I want to at this point. I will put light weight flat screen up there for now and use it that way for a while and see how things get used. Good to have monster TV out! Marty Gas mileage just went up with all the weight you took out :-)
Photomike 12/31/16 05:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Kayak storage?

Advanced Elements Inflatables. Takes a little longer to set-up/pack up but they are small when transporting and I love how stable they are!
Photomike 12/31/16 05:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How many of you guys have or do not have a TPMS?

My toad ( also daily driver) has one and find it mostly worthless as I check pressures regularly. I don't think I would have paid extra for one. However, it may be helpful should a tire go flat while being towed. I do not have one on my mh. My question is how will you know if it goes flat when being towed? Does it communicate with the motor home or is it just on the vehicle? Photomike's reply above is confusing. The built-in TPMS installed on cars by their manufactures do not communicate with any other TPMS. Therefore, you have to get an aftermarket TPMS that will have sufficient amount of sensors for all the tires including the toad. Case in point, my Pressure Pro TPMS has provisions for 16 tires, but I only have sensors on 13.....8 on the mh and 5 (one for the spare) on the toad. Once disconnected from the motor home, I then rely on the car's built in TPMS to alert me to any problems with the tires on the car (toad) except for the spare. Hope this helps clear up the confusion. Ron Cannot see how this would be confusing, the OP was mentioning that they had a TPS in there toad but not in the motor home but also mentioned that "However, it may be helpful should a tire go flat while being towed.". So how will they know if they are towing the vehicle if only the toad has TPS? There is no way to know what the system is doing in the toad unless it is hooked up to the MH. My point is that this will not work and if someone thinks that it will alert them then they are missing something.
Photomike 12/30/16 09:00pm Class C Motorhomes
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