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RE: Foam Mattress Question.....

I'm in the process of buying a new motor home. We have traded in our old motor home and we are waiting for our new MH to arrive. Our new MH will have the air inflatable bed. I didn't know that I needed to deflate the bed when traveling through high altitude. Our old MH had a spring mattress that I could not sleep on. I tried a 3" memory foam mattress but I still had trouble sleeping. I found a business on-line that sold foam. I bought a 6" foam pad to my dimensions and the I replaced the spring mattress. The 6" foam and 3" topper worked great for me. I slept great. My foam solution is cheaper and lighter than a named memory foam mattress. My gas struts were just able able to accept the added weight. When we traded in our old MH we kept our foam mattress just in case we can't sleep on the sleep number bed. If you decide to buy a 3" or 4" memory foam memory foam mattress topper and need to trim it to short queen size, the trick to cutting the foam is an electric knife. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 07/20/15 12:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RVing with Spinal Stenosis

Xxjanaleexx, I don't know if I could continue RVing in the pain I was in. I could not find comfort standing, sitting, or laying down. Credit to you. We RVed with my mother when she had dementia. We were in a RV club and members would help my mother participate in club activities. Fortunately the spinal steroid injection is still working for over 60 days. The VA has me in a PT exercise program and I feel better each day. I'm slowly tapering off Gabapentin. Take care and safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 07/16/15 07:26pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Surge protector

. Our current coach is a 30 amps system. While camping in Canada we were at a campground that had a brown-out every afternoon. My Surge Guard did not detect the low voltage but my neighbors Surge Guard did. The low voltage nearly melted my 30 amp plug. Did you have the $90 special surge guard or a real one $250 and up? bumpy It was a real Surge Guard hard wired into my electrical system. It was not the $90 special. At the time of the brown-out it was about six years after install.
Yellowboat. 07/13/15 10:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Surge protector

I have a new RV on order so I have taken some time to check out different surge protectors. Our new RV arrives in September and it will be 50 amps. Our current coach is a 30 amps system. While camping in Canada we were at a campground that had a brown-out every afternoon. My Surge Guard did not detect the low voltage but my neighbors Surge Guard did. The low voltage nearly melted my 30 amp plug. I believe that Progressive Industries surge protector will give our new coach better protection. Your built in systems are not designed to protect your coach. It only shuts down systems to manage available power. Some systems will start a generator if power is too low. It will not protect against too much power (power spike) or (on a 50 amp plug) 240 volts. On a 50 amp coach, if you do not turn off the breaker, there is a chance to send 240 volts down either side of your plug. This happens when the neutral prong on the plug makes contact last. Even a greater risk to 50 amp service is a faulty neutral at the power pedestal. This will send 240 volts into a coach destroying electronics. The Progressive Industries unit will protect against 240 volts. Progressive Industries unit also has two delay settings. I don't remember exactly but there is a 15 second delay for newer air conditioners and approximately 2 minutes for older air conditioners. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 07/12/15 09:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hiway 140 from Chilliquin OR to Medford OR?

I haven't been over 140 in years but in the 80's it was the best road from Klamath Falls to Medford. I used to drive our 20' class C over the pass and I would not hesitate to drive our 30' towing a car. We lived in Klamath Falls for ten years. And by the way, I was born in Modesto. We moved to Bethel Island when I was eleven. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 06/15/15 08:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: F53 chassis extended warranty

2006 F-53 chassis, 3.5 years old, 17,800 miles, 6 months out of warranty, bought new. Always serviced on or ahead of schedule. Engine started knocking. Towed to Ford dealership. Told that we needed a new engine. $12K plus and we were back on the road. Prior to our engine failure I looked into extended warranty plans but decided that I had time to decide as our coach was still fairly new. My experience is not the norm for the V-10 engine. That said I wish that I had decided to buy an extended warranty before our trip.
Yellowboat. 06/15/15 02:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: suggestions for my new rv

I'm looking at Winnebago Sightseers and they can be ordered with a bed over the driver's and passenger seats. I've seen some on dealers lots with this option.
Yellowboat. 06/09/15 01:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RVing with Spinal Stenosis

Update. My spinal steroid injection has worked. I can move without much pain. It pains me to hire someone to to do work around the house but it is even more painful when I do the work myself. We made a down payment on a 2016 coach this past Tuesday. We were told that our new coach would arrive in August. We have one more trip planned in our old coach. We are attending the FMCA rally in June in Coos Bay, OR. The dealer will install all the heavy items such as my 6 volt batteries. Today DW wants to take out any items that we don't need for our trip. I plan on avoiding any heavy lifting. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 05/28/15 10:44am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: RVing with Spinal Stenosis

Bishop, your story is a lot like mine. Since I was in my twenties my back would go out for a few days or a few weeks. When my dad had a bad heart attack I planned to mow our yard and then fly out the next day. I bent over to pour gas and my back popped and the next thing I knew I was flat on the ground. I could not get up. I low crawled to our sliding glass door and I laid there till my wife came down stairs. She finally came down stairs and I got her attention. She looked at me and asked What are you doing down there. I low crawled into the house and my wife retrieved pain medication. I lay on the floor for about an hour and then I needed to go to the bathroom so I crawled up the stairs. I called my sister-in-law and she went to help my mom and dad. The next day I went to the emergency department and they gave me pain medication. In a few weeks I was back to normal. That was my worst episode before my current event. JD
Yellowboat. 05/23/15 07:43pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: RVing with Spinal Stenosis

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to respond. Today is day nine after my spinal steroid injection. I'm starting to feel relief. I was able to get out of bed and I was not in a lot of pain. I don't know how long this injection will last. I'm thankful that it is working. I was told that surgery was in my future but if injections work for awhile that is just OK with me. Safe Travels. JD
Yellowboat. 05/23/15 10:19am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: RVing with Spinal Stenosis

Thanks for the information. I forgot to mention that I also have a fairly large bulging disc and bone fragments. When I got my spinal steroid injection, after looking at my MRI, the doctor was doubtful that the shot would work and he said that I would probably need surgery. Regarding spinal steroid injection I've been told that it can take up to a week to feel the results. Is the relief sudden or does the pain slowly get less each day? Today is day six for me and no relief as yet. Thanks again for your replies.
Yellowboat. 05/20/15 12:01pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: RVing with Spinal Stenosis

I have degenerative disc disease stemming from back injury 25 yrs ago. After lamenectomy, had L5S1 fused about 7 yrs ago and no issues since then, except some stiffness I can live with. No more sciatica. I lived with pain for 20 yrs. I highly recommend fusion if your health is good and you can get a good surgeon. Thanks. I was in a helicopter crash in Vietnam that has left me with a back that goes out on me from time to time. This last time that my back went out I have not recovered from the pain. I have been in pain for about eight months except for the relief I get from Gabapentin. I read that spinal surgery is only effective sixty to seventy percent of the time and can leave a person in more pain. Not great odds but better than constant pain. As long as medication, not narcotic medications, can eliminate pain I will hold off on surgery. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 05/19/15 08:00pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: RVing with Spinal Stenosis

MY wife went to Laser spine institute and they really helped her. I recommend you send a copy of your latest MRI to them \. They review it and call you. They said they could help my wife and they did. Two people we referred were turned down as unable to be helped by their technique. Expensive and NOT covered by medicare but worth it. THREE hours after surgery she was better. Within a week she was excellent. Gabapetin is usually for nerve pain. Have you spinal cord injury as well? What is your daily dose? Hi. The Laser Spine Institute advertises on our local TV stations. Perhaps I should followup. I am seeing a neurosurgeon. He isn't in a hurry to do surgery. No, fortunately I do not have a spinal cord injury. I started with three, three-hundred mg capsules per day. At first it worked great. At some point I became tolerant to Gabapentin. Currently I am on twenty-seven-hundred mg. To get relief from pain I have to take four capsules in the morning, then two capsules in the afternoon, and finally three capsules at bed time. Today I tried three, three, three and my pain did not go down to a level where I could comfortably drive until an hour after my afternoon dose. My VA doctor told me that there are other medications that might work for me if Gabapentin fails to work. I don't know if, or when, my neurosurgeon will decide to do surgery. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 05/19/15 07:43pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: RVing with Spinal Stenosis

If you just starting this process you have a ways before surgery.Have you tried any pt or a tens unit?check your pm Thanks for the PM. I guess I need to be patient. The doctor that gave me the injection said that it could take five or more days for the shot to take effect. The numbing agent was 100 percent effective which means that the cortisone injection was in the right place. I'm anxious to get back on the road. We are signed up for the FMCA rally in Coos Bay, OR in June. I don't know if we can make it. I haven't tried or heard of a tens unit. I'm on my fourth round of PT. Two through my civilian doctor and I'm on my second round of PT through the VA. Thanks for your reply. JD
Yellowboat. 05/19/15 07:20pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RVing with Spinal Stenosis

Hi. I have had a bad back for a very long time. Recently my back pain has gotten much worse. I have had an MRI that shows spinal stenosis at L5, S1. Without medication I'm in so much pain that I cannot put any weight on my left leg. I'm taking Gabapentin and it is helping but I'm becoming tolerant to it and I have to take more to get relief from pain. Five days ago I received a spinal steroid injection. I don't think the injection has given me much relief. Has anyone else tried back surgery? If so how did surgery work for you? Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 05/19/15 06:31pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Avg length of travel? Not really a tow'd question

We try to drive no more than 4 hours in a day. If possible we drive only 2 to 3 hours when we move. We may travel 3 or 4 days and then we will lay over for a few days and view the surrounding area. Our first MH was a 20' class C and we didn't need to tow a car. You mentioned fulltimeing so you will want something longer. My wife has driven our Dodge Durango when we wanted to take our six grandchildren and all their gear camping. I prefer having her in the MH helping me navigate. Safe Travels. JD
Yellowboat. 05/11/15 09:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2005 F53 vs newer 2015 F53 Chassis

My 2013 handles like a dream. I previously had a 1996 F53. My first thoughts were the wheels must be the difference. My current coach is built on the newer F-53 (2006) chassis with 19.5 tires. It has handled pretty well for the most part. Trucks would push a little when passing and 30mph + side winds could be fatiguing. When compared to my older Dodge Class C my F-53 chassis also drives great. When I replaced my factory tires, after 7.5 years of use, with new tires that were 4 months old at the time of installation, I had a lot of problems. With my new tires my MH would follow every defect in the road. Trucks pushed me almost off the road. And, most disturbing, at odd times my coach would dodge left or right. My only change was new tires. I did all of the usual things. I checked and set air pressure. The tire installer set the tire pressure to max tire pressure. That didn’t help so I had my alignment checked. It was still good. Next I added sway, trac, and steering suspension upgrades. They help me tame the worst of my problems but I would still get the occasional dodge at odd times. Finally, after about 1,500 miles and 6 months on my new tires they calmed down and now ride great. And with the suspension upgrades I can now hardly feel when a truck passes and side winds are less fatiguing. I plan on transferring my suspension upgrades to a new coach if I decide to purchase one now. Thanks for the info.
Yellowboat. 04/29/15 09:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2005 F53 vs newer 2015 F53 Chassis

Hi all. I'm thinking about trading my 2005 Sightseer 29R in on a 2016 Sightseer 33C. I'm seeking comments from people who own a newer Sightseer or those with a newer F53 chassis. Has Ford improved the F53 chassis handling characteristics over the past ten years? I see that 22.5 wheels are now available. Does the larger wheels make any difference? Safe travels. JD Since your worried about handling. We just purchased a new 2015 Allegro Open Road. As an option Tiffin offers "Sumo Springs" which the dealer told us about and recommended. We test drove our model without the Sumo Springs first and then test drove our model with them. OMG it was night and day difference! Without them it was top heavy and I was all over the road every time the wind would blow or a truck would pass. With them gone was the top heavy feeling and it handles great. It was like a $1200.00 option but in my opinion WELL worth the money. Thanks for the info. We are active in WIT (Winnebago Itasca Travelers) RV club and we must own a Winnebago product to belong. I hear nothing but good things about the Tiffin products and support.
Yellowboat. 04/29/15 09:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2005 F53 vs newer 2015 F53 Chassis

Hi all. I'm thinking about trading my 2005 Sightseer 29R in on a 2016 Sightseer 33C. I'm seeking comments from people who own a newer Sightseer or those with a newer F53 chassis. Has Ford improved the F53 chassis handling characteristics over the past ten years? I see that 22.5 wheels are now available. Does the larger wheels make any difference? Safe travels. JD It all depends on what year chassis your 2005 motorhome is built on. Ford did not make a 2005 F53 chassis. They continued the 2004 chassis(310 hp 2 valve per cylinder engine and 4R100 4 speed transmission with overdrive)until the end of February of 2005. They skipped the 2005 model year designation and went to the 2006 model designation when they introduced the 362 hp 3 valve per cylinder engine and 5 speed R5110W Tow/Haul transmission on March 1, 2005. If you have the later model F53 chassis you won't see much difference in performance. The ride however will be improved with the larger 22.5" tires and the suspension modifications made to accommodate them. If you have the earlier F53 chassis you'll see a considerable difference in both ride and performance. We went from a 2001 Adventurer on the F53 chassis to a 2013 Adventurer on the F53 chassis. The differences are noticeable. The new one drives easier, has quicker acceleration, better hill climbing ability, and has a more comfortable ride. Thanks for the info. I have a 2005 coach built on a 2006 (Newer) Ford F-53 chassis. The dealer also had 2005 coaches built on the older chassis. I picked the one I own because it was on the newer chassis.
Yellowboat. 04/29/15 09:25am Class A Motorhomes
2005 F53 vs newer 2015 F53 Chassis

Hi all. I'm thinking about trading my 2005 Sightseer 29R in on a 2016 Sightseer 33C. I'm seeking comments from people who own a newer Sightseer or those with a newer F53 chassis. Has Ford improved the F53 chassis handling characteristics over the past ten years? I see that 22.5 wheels are now available. Does the larger wheels make any difference? Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 04/28/15 09:19pm Class A Motorhomes
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