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RE: RV Resorts/Parks in San Diego

El Cajon has 3 long term rv parks - all afilliated with Sunland. Good luck. Jack H
chili's trip 07/29/14 03:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2015 Honda Fit

We've been towing our Escape Hybrid with CVT for 6 years, so I'd disagree with the blanket statement that CVT's can't be towed. It seems to be a matter of design. You have to check the owners manual. ..You beat me to it. Indeed, Ford's eCVT transmission they use in their hybrids is flat towable, and has been for several years, without any known issues with it, ever. That was one of the main reasons we got our Ford Fusion hybrid 'bout a year ago. 'Twas one of the most simple, easiest automatic tranny vehicles for flat towing that we could find. No fuses to pull, no battery disconnect, no crazy procedures requiring you to stop and run the engine every so often, no crazy, unique shift pattern to go through before towing. None of that. Just hitch it up, put it in neutral and go, basically. Would not surprise me at all, if we start seeing more and more CVT transmissions instead of geared transmissions. CVT is soo much more smooth and efficient, IMO. Its unfortunate that us MH owners that want to flat tow are such a tiny percentage of the auto buying population, that fewer and fewer options are out there for us. It must be one of few Ford autos that hasn't had a transmission problem towing. As far as towing procedures, making a buying decision based on having to idle 3 minutes in neutral every 8 hours or "go" doesn't compute. The CVTs I have driven or read about are mush buckets like my Moped! Hopefully they have improved. Thanks. Jack H
chili's trip 07/02/14 07:33am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2015 Honda Fit

Expect more vehicles with CVTs to hit the market due to better fuel economy compared to traditional transmissions. Unfortunately, CVTs can't be towed. I have read that the 2015 Honda CRV will have a CVT. What a revolting development that will be to a lot of RVers. Thanks Jack H
chili's trip 06/30/14 07:21am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2015 Honda Fit

Chili's Trip: Have you had any issues towing your 2009 Fit? We tow a 2009 Fit Sport and have had no issues so far, although we haven't towed it a lot. We did meet a couple in Florida last winter who tow an '08 and had to have their transmission replaced. He said he performed the "pre-towing procedure" religiously. I have towed the car close to 30,000 miles and driven 65,000 with out a problem. I have changed the fluid every 25,000 as required for towed Fits and also have been very careful. Especially the warning about not shifting from reverse into neutral then towing. The car tows beautifully. This the first I have heard about a Fit with a auto trans problem. I love the car! Good luck.
chili's trip 06/30/14 07:17am Dinghy Towing
2015 Honda Fit

In case there was any doubt: from the 2015 Honda Fit owners manual. pg 309 automatic transmission(CVT)models Towing Your Vehicle Your vehicle is not designed to be towed behind a motorhome. What a disappointment! Jack H
chili's trip 06/29/14 08:08am Dinghy Towing
RE: Honda Fit Tires

I have towed my 2009 Honda Fit Sport over 27,000 miles and driven over 65,000. On my 3rd set of tires. Car came with Bridgestone tires but were hard to find so replaced with Dunlap's with low wear ratings. Lost 2 tires to pot holes. Fronts wear faster so important to rotate every 6k miles. Love the car! Good luck. Jack H
chili's trip 06/29/14 05:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: oh rats! guess this was a mistake!

thanks all for the suggestions--all good. we had the roof repaired/replaced by country roads RV in yuma. i suspect they didn't really replace--i suspect they laid in what they thought was a seam remedy and covered it. we need to get back to the treasure valley and some warm weather to start drying out some of this carpet. the gasket replacement was not done by country roads but another dealer i believe by the former owner. the gasket is obviously sloppy and i believe became a funnel looking at the installation (i'll have to go back and look at that repair order). right now i have wet towels trying to soak up as much as possible and hear more rain coming in now. gees...enough already! Had roof replaced by CJ's RV repair in Yuma 2 years ago - great job and no problems. After a couple of leaks and repairs I learned to put the slides in during wind and rain. Good luck! Jack H
chili's trip 06/29/14 05:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Getting screwed by CoachNet

This story is very similar to several Coachnet horror stories published in MOTOR HOME and HIGHWAYS magazines owned by GOOD SAM. I have yet to see a bad review of the GS road side service in these publications. Thanks. Jack H
chili's trip 06/25/14 08:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fleetwood and Bounder Owners 2002 to 2008

timmac wrote: You have rebuilt the electric jacks 5 times, maybe they were just bad built, should get newer ones next time around. You need to read a little better replaced (warranty), then rebuild as brake goes bad, this is a problem Fleetwood said that why they don't use electric jacks anymore... I went back and read your post and yes you replaced but also said rebuild 5 times, that seems like a lot since 2007, maybe the electric are not so good for the heavier diesel models, but so far my electric jacks are doing fine, but my RV is lighter.. X2 Knock on wood!
chili's trip 06/15/14 09:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Michigan to California this December

No but it does go thru the Eisenhower Tunnel at 10,000 feet and a number of other steep climbs thereafter and a lot of snow overnight is not unusual in fact there are some great ski areas that count on it. Gorgeous area to come through in summer and wonderful area to ski in winter but I prefer my Jeep not moho I think you are talking about I-70? I-80 does not go through the arctic circle!
chili's trip 06/14/14 05:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Recommended RV Class A Insurance Company

Blue Sky out of Texas had the very best rate for us, check them out. The agency was based out of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. X2 Blue Sky through PoliSeek. One claimed handled slowly. $3k claim raised rates! Good luck. Jack H
chili's trip 06/14/14 09:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fleetwood and Bounder Owners 2002 to 2008

Fogged windows, replaced main slide motor/gear box and step motor this year. Power surge toke out microwave, converter, refer circuit board last year. This coach does not own me anything. Good luck. Jack H
chili's trip 06/14/14 09:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Michigan to California this December

Drop down to I20 which turns into I10 in Texas and go west on I10. This way you will avoid the worst winter weather. X2 I travel Grand Haven to San Diego via Dallas and Yuma every November and find this route the best way to beat the weather. Even than I have seen I-10 closed in New Mexico twice. Have gotten to know Deming very well! Good luck. Jack H
chili's trip 06/14/14 09:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Flying Jays going Down Hill since Pilot took over

I have been a flying j customer for many years and they definitely went down hill in my opinion. You could always count on their prices to be comparable to lowest priced competitors...now they are frequently the highest priced fuel around. they also used to count a debit card towards cash price but not so any longer...I guess we are supposed to carry thousands of dollars in cash so we can get the cash price that they advertise on the highway... Why not get one of these RV Plus Charge Card then you won't have to worry about a debit card and you will get a discount off the cash price. That card is only worth $1000 and your not going on a long trip for $1000 worth a fuel.... Sign up for the optional auto pay and have unlimited fuel. Or pay the current charges. Good luck.
chili's trip 06/14/14 08:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Flying Jays going Down Hill since Pilot took over

We are on the Road and stopped at a Jays in Virginia at 5.00 pm and a service truck backed in and blocked the rv pumps .Went in to pay and asked to speak to the manger and she asked them to move so we could get out . They where pissed off at us when we did nothing wrong .It seems things have gone down hill in the last few years. Is it just me or do others see the same thing since Pilot took over. If this was late at night or early in the morning it would not be so bad but to block your lanes in prime time does not make sence . why is a truck blocking the RV pumps the fault of flying j? the mgr asked the driver to move. personally, I think things have gotten better since the merger but to each their own. X2
chili's trip 06/14/14 08:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Flying Jays going Down Hill since Pilot took over

We are on the Road and stopped at a Jays in Virginia at 5.00 pm and a service truck backed in and blocked the rv pumps .Went in to pay and asked to speak to the manger and she asked them to move so we could get out . They where pissed off at us when we did nothing wrong .It seems things have gone down hill in the last few years. Is it just me or do others see the same thing since Pilot took over. If this was late at night or early in the morning it would not be so bad but to block your lanes in prime time does not make sence . why is a truck blocking the RV pumps the fault of flying j? the mgr asked the driver to move. personally, I think things have gotten better since the merger but to each their own. X2
chili's trip 06/14/14 08:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator life dry

I left a class c in storage with a running 7cf Dometic and 2 group 24 batteries for 2 weeks several years ago with no problem. However I was close on the propane as I only started with half a tank. With everything else turned off I was only providing current to the board and spark ignition. The OP's reefer with cooling fans is a different story. Parked in the shade with the fans turned off might help. Good luck! Jack H
chili's trip 06/04/14 12:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: FMCA Memebership ?

THe FMCA is dying a slow death. They have not embraced the younger demographic and still run their rallies during the week. I asked the former EVP Eversman why and he said that their members were retired and they saw no need to change. So, the big rally's went from 5-8000 units to 2-3000 and will continue to dwindle. Now some of this is because the number of new coaches sold has not come back so the total number of MH owners is less. I belong since they are a MH advocacy group but find I get very little for my money. I do not think I will get much out of the big rallies they hold either after being around motorhomes for 14 years and 350,000 miles and remodeling from the frame up one coach now. I think that the demographic of joiners is slowing fading and the next demographic needs more substance to join something. I would not join it to get insurance. There are better ways and cheaper to do that. Yup. FMCA is a dying breed. What with the conglomeration and synergy of all the Camping World/Good Sam/RV.net/Trailer Life, etc. that Marcus Melonis' powerhouse is expanding into - I don't see them lasting much longer. I haven't been an FMCAer in almost 30 years! The only thing I liked about it because I own one, was that it was specifically for motorhomes - not trailers, etc. A valuable opinion from someone who had the same opinion 30 years ago! Sure FMCA is losing members as are most other organizations. IMHO FMCA offers great benefits to the RVing world and is in no danger of failing. And by the way FMCA now offers membership to trailer owners. The Good Sam conglomerate's rapid expansion is risky and I wouldn't invest. The huge amount of mail I receive demonstrates more and more desperation. Good luck. Jack H
chili's trip 05/22/14 07:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone else have this problem when fueling???

We use the Flying J/Pilot RV Plus card on the road and there is no limit on the card just your monthly amount which can be paid anytime during the month. It's nice to stop and put over $200 in the RV without having to re-swipe cards!! X2 plus .04/gal discount
chili's trip 05/06/14 06:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Staying in parking lots??

I know a lot of people use Wallmart parking lots, but we don't. If our travels require a stop overnight somewhere, we try to find a KOA campground. KOA's almost always have pull through sites. So for us, there's no hitching or unhitching. You see, for some strange reason, I have this great need for electricity! If I am to remain a happy-satisfied-content camper, I need to make sure my wife's electric leg razor has power! KOA has a great app for your phone, just like the web site. Punch in the state your in an "presto"! A map with all their locations! We've done this quite often. I love Wallmart, but I don't love them so much I want to spend the night there! The choice between asphalt and grass? well, I'll take the grass. (It still baffles me why anyone would spend a bazillion dollars on an RV and then go cheap by camping at WallMart!) One word. Convenience! Not camping - Parking overnight. Good luck.
chili's trip 04/30/14 02:15pm Class A Motorhomes
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