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RE: How old is TOO old??

Well, I am 79 and my wife will be in 2 months. Two years ago we downsized from our 41' Class A diesel motorhome, to a 34' Class A diesel motorhome. I sometimes wonder, "how long can I keep doing this?" and I have finally concluded until I can't!! My corrected vision is still 20-20, and I recently averted an accident when someone pulled into our lane BESIDE me!! I doubt VERY much if I will ever get another motorhome, but this one has a lot of years left in it. Ed Headington
eheading 02/05/16 02:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Toad higher or lower than RV and 5K or 10K capicty riser?

This discussion on hitch height is interesting and enlightening. I have two thoughts about it. I have always tried to get the motorhome and car heights as close as I can, but if there is some variance I have thought that it might be better to have the car higher. My reasoning for this is that if I slam on the brakes, the back of the motorhome should come up a little, minimizing the height difference. Secondly though, if the manufacturers (both Roadmaster and BLue Ox) say +/- 3", either should work okay. Having said that, your ideas as to why the motorhome should be higher, make sense too. Ed Headington
eheading 02/04/16 05:42am Dinghy Towing
RE: Opinions on Class A Quality

I think many times we confuse "features" with "quality". The presence of a tag axle, Aqua Hot heat, etc., is a fine list of features that one may consider indispensible or not worth the cost. However, to ME, and I emphasize the "me", quality means the coach was assembled correctly, durable components were used, and that visits to the dealer/factory to have repairs made are either minimal or non-existent. We had two medium to high end diesel pushers, and a couple of years ago downsized. Most of the shorter diesels we found were closer to the entry level for diesels. Well, the Newmar Ventana LE that we purchased, was a high quality coach in my opinion. We had very few issues with it, things worked right, and have continued to work right through the 17,000 miles we have driven it. Features?? Sure it lacks a number of features that we had in our previous coaches, but the ones it has all work reliably and as advertised. Ed Headington
eheading 02/03/16 05:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mazda 2 towed

No the rear seat did not fold down. The only model offered with the manual transmission, at least in our town, was the base model, which is VERY plain!! If you can afford the extra $1000-2000 I would consider seriously the Versa Note. This is rated much better by Consumer's Report, has a better reliability record (although we had no problems with our sedan) and is not quite as "stark". Both are towable with the manual transmission. Ed
eheading 02/02/16 03:45pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Mazda 2 towed

That is exactly what my manual said for the 2013 Versa sedan. So -- you should be able to tow it with no problem if you have the manual transmission. Isn't that the way you read it????? Ed
eheading 02/01/16 03:02pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Mazda 2 towed

I was so surprised about the Nissan Versa that I went on-line and reviewed the latest Motorhome towing guide, which supposedly only lists vehicles that are approved for towing by the manufacturer (eg. my Mini is not listed). It states just what was true for our 2013 Versa sedan. For towing the manual transmission, it says to just make sure that the gear shift is in neutral, and idle it for 2 minutes every 500 miles. The car even has an intermediate position on the ignition switch where you can turn everything off but not lock the wheel. Are you absolutely sure that this isn't what the current owner's manual states?? It is a very basic car, but it made a great toad. Ed
eheading 02/01/16 11:25am Dinghy Towing
RE: Mazda 2 towed

I am surprised that you found the Nissan Versa with standard transmission as not towable. We had a 2013 standard Versa that was very towable, and said so in our manual. I was under the impression that all standard trans. Nissan's were towable. Our manual said when towing, make sure the transmission is in neutral, and stop to idle the engine for 2 minutes every 500 miles. Now we are actually towing a standard transmission Mini Cooper Roadster with manual transmission. Mini does not recommend towing that, but Blue Ox has baseplates for it, and an number of people are towing them with no problems. (we just purchased ours and so have only towed it for about 250 miles so far) As far as towing FWD cars, there are a number of cars that are definitely towable, including a number of Fords and GM products. Ed Headington
eheading 01/31/16 02:53pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Factory Warranty

I agree that it is unfortunate that most RV warranties are only for 1 year. Newmar used to have a 3 year warranty, but people took such advantage of it, they finally went back to the 1 year. I belive Entegra still has a 2 year warranty. However it does seem to me that if you have a 1 year warranty, it does not matter when you purchase it, you will have 12 months to find warranty issues. This means that unless you skip usage for an entire year, you will always have a good camping season within the warranty period. Ed Headington
eheading 01/23/16 08:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Kountry Star roof material & basement storage

One comment in favor of Brite Tek roofs. All of the Newmar motorhomes, all the way up to the King Aire have Brite Tek on the tops of their slides, and as far as I have heard, no one has had a problem with them. Ed Headington
eheading 01/23/16 08:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: First coach: 2011 Tour or 2013 Journey

Just be careful about the slides. Make sure that the Tour does not have the Schwintek slides. We have a friend who has a 2014 Tour which has them. They have had numerous problems with those slides also. As an aside, we have a number of friends with Thor and Winnebago motorhomes with the Schwintek slides. They have all had numerous problems with them. Ed Headington
eheading 01/23/16 08:10am Class A Motorhomes

As a point of interest, even putting a Class A motorhome on a Ford van chassis is not a new idea. Roughly 20 years ago, Fleetwood sold a model, the Flair, which was a Class A motorhome on a Ford E350 chassis. (the Flair has since grown, and later models have all been built on the Ford F53 chassis). Ed Headington
eheading 01/23/16 08:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: berkshire inquiry

While the wheelbase/overall length ratio is certainly valid, we went from a 41'Revolution LE to a 34' Ventana LE two years ago. I was concerned about the effect of crosswinds and passing trucks with the shorter motorhome. After 2 years and 17,000 miles including traveling across the country and back, I am extremely pleased with the way the Ventana handles under these conditions. While it certainly is not quite as stable as the longer motorhomes, I have not found it objectionable at all. And this is said by a man who drove 40-41' motorhomes for over 14 years, and 180,000 miles. My advice is if you find a shorter diesel pusher that you like, drive it and decide for yourself. That is the only true test. Ed Headington
eheading 01/22/16 12:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: All Electric Motorhomes

We have a Newmar Ventana LE, which is not all electric. When we were at the Newmar factory I asked our tour guide why they were putting so many residential refrigerators and flush no-frame windows on their motorhomes. The answer was: As you know we only build motorhomes to order. When a new item comes out, like residential refrigerators, we offer it as an option. When 75% of the orders request the "option", the next year we make it standard. My point of this is, with Newmar, at least, the choices we are talking about here are clearly "market driven". I suspect this is the case with other manufacturers also. Ed Headington
eheading 01/18/16 03:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fantasy RV or Adventure Caravan Tours?

We used to run caravans for Tracks to Adventure which was bought out by Adventure Caravans. My observation is that Adventure Caravans will generally cost more on a particular caravan than Fantasy Caravans, but they tend to do more and include more items. In other words you get what you pay for. Both companies will provide a good caravan experience.
eheading 01/18/16 09:06am General RVing Issues
RE: A comment made about a bath & a half coach?

Effy, in our motorhome it was a matter of climbing over the bed to get to the rear bath when the slides were retracted. Ed Headington
eheading 01/14/16 10:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you cross your safety cables?

Well, I cross my cables for the same reason that one would do it for towing a trailer. It has always been my understanding that the reason for crossing them is to keep the towbar off the ground if it should ever come loose. Ed Headington
eheading 01/14/16 09:58am Dinghy Towing
RE: A comment made about a bath & a half coach?

I agree about the water usage. Our last motorhome had a vacu-flush toilet in the rear bath. I knew it used more water than we use in a conventional toilet, so we used it sparingly. However when we purchased our new motorhome with only one bath and one regular toilet, I have been amazed at how long we can go without dumping the black water tank. The difference is very noticeable. Ed Headington
eheading 01/13/16 07:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Temporary Winterizing in North Florida

I agree with Big Katuna. Run the furnace on low on the few times you are concerned. When we lived in NJ and were heading south right after Christmas, I used to do that. If you use your motorhome during the winter I don't think it is worth the cost or effort to put in anti-freeze etc. Ed Headington
eheading 01/13/16 09:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: An American Tradition w/300hp cummins?

We put over 90,000 miles on a 2000 American Tradition equipped with the 300hp ISC engine. It was a great combination and provided excellent service for us. Not only that, but its grand fuel economy average for the total 90,000 miles was about 9.8 mpg. A lot better than our next motorhome that was equipped with a 9 liter CAT engine. Ed Headington
eheading 01/12/16 09:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Heat source when away for the day

When it is cold out (below 40 degrees) we use our central LP furnace just like at home. It is safe and works well. Above 40 degrees if we have hookups we use our heat pumps in the AC's. It is my understanding that most if not all combustion portable heaters consume the oxygen inside the RV.
eheading 01/02/16 09:19am General RVing Issues
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