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RE: Road side assistance Good Sam or USAA?

I would suggest you be careful of low cost emergency road service. One year I decided to use the $30/year road service with my Progressive Insurance rather than Coach Net. Well, we broke down on the highway, and I learned that Progressive's insurance didn't like to pay the towers the going rate, so they had a VERY difficult time getting someone to come out to tow us. I learned my lesson and went back to Coach Net. Ed Headington
eheading 01/18/15 07:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: best roof vents...what brand?

I would certainly recommend the Fantastic Vent. I just had a wonderful sample of their great customer service. My motorhome is a 2013 left over, that we bought new just under a year ago. I recently called Fantastic for some technical information. As I was explaining the situation, the representative said, well our motors do fail on occasion, I'll send you a new one - no charge, no need to return anything. She then took all the details, and immediately mailed us the motor. I told her that I thought she had gone "above and beyond". I know some will say, well it was under warranty. You are correct, but there was no issue at all. I didn't have to "prove" that the unit was still under warranty. She took my word for it, and was a delightful person to talk to as well. Ed Headington
eheading 01/17/15 06:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV Resorts vs Campgrounds

Dutch has it right on. I have seen some campgrounds that were a lot fancier than some resorts, and vice versa. Ed Headington
eheading 01/12/15 07:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Typical Fuel Mileage You Get With Your Gas or Diesel Class A

Had a 2005 Revolution LE with a 400hp CAT C-9. 90,000 mile average for that motorhome was 7.2 mpg, driving 63-65 mph and towing a 2900 lb. Chev. Tracker. Now we have a 2013 Newmar Ventana LE, 34' with the ISB6.7 engine. So far it is averaging 9.5-10 mpg driving 62-63 mph and towing a 2400 lb Nissan Versa. Ed Headington
eheading 01/03/15 02:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Roadmaster, base plate, to Blue OX fittings

I agree with others, you don't want to eliminate that front cross bars. That is integral to the strength of the platform bolted to your car. I am pretty sure though that Roadmaster has adapters to convert the towbar mounting to Blue Ox because I considered doing the opposite (mating a Blue Ox platform to my Roadmaster towbar). You might try them. Also, are you sure you can tow your Miata?? Are you going to use a drive shaft disconnect? All that I read implies that neither the manual or automatic transmissions are towable four wheels down. Ed Headington
eheading 01/03/15 09:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Handling of shorter diesel

That is interesting about the "pitching". I can see where this would happen and could be annoying, but I have to say going from our 41' on a Spartan Chassis, to our 34' on a Freightliner chassis, I think the "ride" is very comparable. The only thing I notice is that the new coach rocks (left to right) more, but I think this is more a case of the mounting location for the airbags. The Spartan airbags are further "outboard" than the Freightliner. Over all though, going down the road, I think the shorter motorhome rides every bit as well as our longer one did. Again, the only way for YOU to know is to drive one yourself over a variety of road conditions to see how you like it. Ed Headington
eheading 01/03/15 06:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Handling of shorter diesel

We've had 2 motorhomes over 40' long and now have a Newmar Ventana LE that is between 34 and 35' long. As others have said, basically geometry of a diesel pusher dictates that a shorter diesel pusher will have a lower wheelbase/overall length ratio. I agree, and have noticed that our 34' Newmar does not do quite as well as the longer motorhomes in a strong cross wind or when a truck goes by. However, as a trade off for the more nimble maneuvering, I personally think it is a good trade-off. The handling of our Newmar is very predictable, and I do not find it objectionable. So---- as others have said again, I would drive a motorhome you are interested in and see how it handles yourself. Unfortunately the best thing to do is drive it on a windy day, which may not be easy to do. Ed Headington 2013 Newmar Ventana LE 2013 Nissan Versa toad
eheading 01/02/15 06:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leveling jacks / Radiator

Like others, I have only had hydraulic jacks, and have been very happy with them. I have had friends who had electric jacks and had a number of problems with theirs. Unfortunately I don't know what brand jack they were. Regarding radiators, I would definitely prefer a side radiator. I have had 3 motorhomes with side radiators and have been very happy with them. Having said that, I now have a motorhome with a rear radiator. My personal problem with side radiators is that the price of the motorhomes with side radiators keeps going up and up, until it is higher than I want to pay. This is my second rear radiator motorhome (my first diesel was also a rear radiator) and I have not had any problems with them either. Some think the side radiators cool better, I have seen no personal evidence of that. The biggest issues from my standpoint is that the side radiator gives you much better access to the engine to work on. Ed Headington 2013 Newmar Ventana LE 2013 Nissan Versa toad
eheading 01/01/15 09:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: No more Nevercold! Ice and water in door, four hours

Sure hope you have better luck with your LG than we did with the one we had in our house. It was a disaster from the day we got it. Finally replaced it with a Samsung which has been trouble free ever since buying it. Neither are RV compatible though, considerably bigger, so I'm sure your model isn't the one we had. Ed Headington
eheading 12/31/14 03:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Most reliable/easiest to hookup 4 down toad?

I would have no problem towing a Jeep, but for my personal preference they are a little expensive and a little heavy. We used to tow a 2004 Chevrolet Tracker. It was a great tow car. We now tow a 2013 Nissan Versa. It ways less than 2400 pounds, and is easy to hookup and a delight to tow. The only issue is that it must be a manual transmission. Since I personally like manual transmissions, and my wife doesn't mind it, that isn't a problem for us. We have towed the Versa for over 10,000 miles so far with not a problem, and the cost was only $11,000!!!! (Of course it is as basic as a car can be - the only model that comes with a manual transmission). From what I have read most cars with manual transmissions are towable. If you prefer an automatic transmission, then probably the 4X4 Jeeps are hard to beat. Ed Headington 2013 Newmar Ventana LE 2013 Nissan Versa toad
eheading 12/30/14 09:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fogged windows again-- one beat to death subject

One thing I like about Suncoast Designers in Hudson, FL is that they do not put a vacuum between the two panes of glass, but rather put in an inert gas. This eliminates the pressure on the seals so, in my opinion, gives a more durable repair with less likelihood of the window fogging again. Ed Headington
eheading 12/27/14 05:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 21 foot Class A with Diesel? Does it exist?

Winnebago makes a 25' diesel Class A motorhome on the Sprinter chassis. I believe there is a comparable Itasca model of that motorhome also. That is a little longer than your 21' but it is a nice motorhome with a dependable diesel engine. Ed Headington
eheading 12/26/14 03:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: DEF shelf life

Thanks all. That is encouraging. Does anyone know what happens if you use "outdated" DEF?? Does it just not clean up the emissions correctly, or is it more severe? After I posted the original post, I realized that when we bought our new motorhome in February, it was a left over 2013, and probably the DEF had been sitting in the tank for a year or more, including a summer here in Florida. I never detected any problems with that tank full, so probably it isn't really critical. Your answers have sort of confirmed that. thanks again, Ed Headington
eheading 12/24/14 09:41am Class A Motorhomes
DEF shelf life

I have read that DEF has a definite shelf life, and I've heard figures of around 6 months. Given that most of us don't use our motorhomes in the winter, or at least like in my case, only on relatively short distances, the DEF in my motorhome tank is going to be over 6 months old by spring. My question is - what happens when it "deteriorates"? Does it mess up the system, or just not work as well?? Ed Headington 2013 Ventana LE
eheading 12/23/14 09:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How much oil do I really need?

I agree with Wolfe. I always fill my oil filter prior to putting it on the engine, but I fill ONLY through the smaller outer holes. Ed Headington
eheading 12/16/14 04:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ceiling hanging a little - How do I fix it

I had this happen years ago in a 1992 Rockwood motorhome that we owned. I located the wooden ribs that should hold up the ceiling and at specified intervals I pushed in colored thumb tacks to match the color of the ceiling. Did a super job and looked very nice when it was done. Ed Headington
eheading 12/16/14 04:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Shopping at Lazydays?

I agree with krivanj's comments. Lazy Days is a great place to shop, no pressure, LOTS and LOTS of RV's to look at, all open and unlocked. We know a number of people who have had experiences like krivanj's and purchased motorhome from Lazy Days. Our own personal experience is that we can never reach an agreeable deal with them when we are ready to purchase. One time a number of years ago, we saved almost $20,000 by purchasing from another dealer. Since we live only 21 miles from Lazy Days, I wish we could reach an agreement with them!!!! BUT, they are definitely a great place to shop and see lots of RV's. Ed Headington
eheading 12/05/14 04:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cold weather refrigerator question

I'm with MountainAir. We have traveled in the winter never having a problem with the refrigerator. We've been in morning temps down to the single digits. I agree I would not go plugging air vents, particularly if operating in the lp mode. Ed Headington
eheading 12/04/14 05:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 295/80R22.5 Latest Tire Prices

That is indeed good news that they make this size. As I said, a few years ago they didn't. The only question I had though is how do you determine the load capacity of the tires? When I followed the suggested link I couldn't see any numbers that I could correlate to numbers that I have seen to give load capacity. Ed Headington
eheading 11/25/14 04:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 295/80R22.5 Latest Tire Prices

When I checked a couple years ago, Hankook did not have a 295/80-22.5 tire.
eheading 11/24/14 07:12pm Class A Motorhomes
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