Three of the quietest, darkest nights I ever spent camping was 60 miles from Tok, and 40 miles from Chicken,AK. We broke a spring, pulled into a wide abandoned driveway (former landfill) to park the 5er, unhook the truck, and drive back to Tok to obtain on-site repairs. No sounds, no artificial light, no cell phone service, just a very quiet night to watch the stars- and keep a eye out for bears.
Your post highlights an important point. Virtually all extended service contracts are sold through brokers, as was yours. Sorry you had this bad experience. IMO it is better to stay with a well-known broker, like Good Sam or wholesalewarranties.com
The water is fresh instead of seawater, but I think you will like Larry and Penny Thompson County Park - http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/Parks/larry_penny.asp SW of Miami.
I phoned there yesterday inquiring about an opening for a week while we are enroute to Key West. The man said "we will have plenty of openings, come on down". If I were planning a stay I would make reservations though.
I once read or heard a guide of 1 HP for each 100 lbs. Gross Wt. of MH. Yes, that is the general rule-of-thumb. Less than that means the coach will be slooow in the mountains, but will eventually get there.
You're not going to wear-out the genset, use it, you paid good money for it. I'm on the other end of the spectrum. Our 2000 MH has 27,xxx miles on it, the genset has 1,090 hrs on the clock, starts easily and never fails us. A diesel engine will usually last 6,000 hrs before requiring an overhaul.
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I would replace both and keep the unbroken spring as a spare. The new ones might actually be different as they have improved them. IMO that is the best method too. The new, redesigned springs (tapered ends) are somewhat stronger.
Teflon tape is usually cut by the threads, resulting in metal-on-metal threads, which results in your dilemma. I prefer to use plumbers paste-type, non-hardening, thread sealer. Sure it's old-school,messy if over-applied, and works every time.
The tire date is only used for warranty claims if you do not have your receipt. If you have your receipt the tire date code is immaterial, they will honor the tire warranty based upon when you bought the tire, not when it was made. I used to think Michelin tires were the best available, but for some time now I've read many posts about Michelin tire problems. Strange that I don't see such posts for other brands.