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RE: Any regrets going from Gas to Diesel?

We definitely have no regrets. We bought our first diesel in 1992 and have had 4 diesel motorhomes since then. Last year we decided to downsize from our 41 footer. We looked at several gas Class A motorhomes, but we just couldn't go back to the gas class A and ended up purchasing a 34' diesel pusher. Ed Headington
eheading 07/31/15 04:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Which one ? Tiffin, Newmar, Prevost, Monaco?

RayChez, the hairline cracks were a widespread problem in the early 2000's. We had them on our 2000 American Tradition. The cracks had nothing to do with whether the walls were laminated/glued or not. It was explained to me that the cracks were due to a defect in the actual material of the fiberglass sidewall. And yes, the only real cure was/is to replace the walls - VERY expensive! The only good news was that it was not a structural problem, but it sure did detract from the visual appeal of the motorhome!!!! Ed Headington
eheading 07/31/15 10:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Raised rail vs Straight rail

The problem with a diesel pusher is that as you go down in size, ALL of the shrinkage comes out of the wheelbase. The overhang in the rear for the engine stays constant (roughly), and the front overhang for the door is a constant. With a smaller gas engine I believe you can actually get a longer wheelbase for an equivalent overall length. I will say that I was a little concerned about going down to 34' after having a 41'motorhome, but we have been very pleased with the way our Ventana drives and handles. Ed Headington
eheading 07/29/15 06:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar Dutch Star v Entegra Aspire v Forest River Charleston

The 2015 Ventana and Ventana LE do indeed have a smaller engine than the Dutchstar, but they do have the independent front suspension and the Comfort Drive. Our 2013 does not, but the newer ones do. Ed Headington
eheading 07/26/15 04:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Raised rail vs Straight rail

Yeah, I can't see you ever getting more than one pass thru on a 34' length diesel motorhome. There just isn't enough room between the front and rear axles. That was just something we had to give up when we downsized to the 34' motorhome we now have. I do think you could probably get a 26" bike flat, with the front wheel removed in our pass thru trunk, but you would want to measure it very carefully to be sure. Ed Headington
eheading 07/26/15 11:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Raised rail vs Straight rail

While our 41' Revolution LE had 2 pass through trunks, the 34' Ventana LE only has one. You could put folding bikes in the pass through, but definitely not "regular" 26" bikes. I don't think I've ever seen a pass through that could hold a regular bike. Ed Headington
eheading 07/26/15 08:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Raised rail vs Straight rail

We have a 34' Newmar Ventana LE that is on a Freightliner raised rail chassis. I believe the idea of the raised rail is to give you more vertical space in you pass through basement compartments in the middle (left to right) of the coach. Ed Headington
eheading 07/25/15 06:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2003American Tradition 40 U

The Tradition is a very nice coach. We had a 2000 Tradition that we put over 90,000 miles on in 5 years. Had VERY few problems with it. We were very happy with it. The only weakness we had was we had to be careful with the 3 jacks. It is fairly easy to crack a windshield if you don't put the front jack down first, and raise the coach some with that before dropping the rear jacks - even if the front is high! In 2004, I believe, they went to the Liberty chassis and 4 jacks and that ended the windshield cracking problem. Ed Headington
eheading 07/23/15 07:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leaking Water while boondocking

You can also get a sealing cap at any hardware store. That will fix things for now. Then all you have to do is remove it when you want to fill the tank. Ed Headington
eheading 07/22/15 06:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: First trip in our new 2015 Newmar Ventana LE 3849 DP

I have no doubt you will love your Ventana LE. We have a '13 model 3434. We moved "down" from a 41' Revolution LE and love our Ventana LE. We also had VERY few issues with it after we took possession of it, and it seems to have a lot of nice features, especially for the "bottome line" of their diesels. Seems that the management must use their motorhomes themselves!!!! Anyway enjoy it!! Ed Headington
eheading 07/17/15 09:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Great RV Escapes - Scam ?

I would not take the chance. We have been members of Passport AMerica for many years now, and have been very happy with it. It is definitely a scam. While some may not have been happy, we have had VERY few disappointments in the campgrounds. We rarely stay in one campground while on the road for more than a few nights, and the Passport America campgrounds have been more than adequate for that. You definitely have to read the directory carefully, because there are limits as to when the discounts apply. Obviously some don't apply in their busy seasons, but that is to be expected. We have generally used their campsites for 15 to 20 days/year, which means the membership costs us roughly $2.00/night. That seems like a good deal to us, and they now have over 1900 paricipating campgrounds in north America. Ed Headington
eheading 07/13/15 09:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Nexus RV

Read a good review of the Bentley in the latest Motorhome, or MotorCoach (FMCA) magazine. Looks like a nice motorhome, quite comparable to the Newmar Ventana LE that we bought last year. The only thing that struck me was that if they will not negotiate on the price, their price wasn't quite as good as we got on our Ventana after negotiating. Ed Headington
eheading 07/12/15 04:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Put too much oil in, Problem?

I've had this happen twice, once with a CAT C9 engine, by a CAT dealer!! The second was a couple of months ago with a Cummins IBX engine. Both CAT and Cummins told me to have them drain it down. Even if it doesn't damage your engine, if you are towing a car, you'll "paint" it with oil spray if you don't lower it. Ed Headington
eheading 07/06/15 02:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Prescription drugs on the road.

Our doctor will give us 3 month prescriptions with enough renewals to get us back home. We have the prescriptions with a national pharmacy so we can and have gotten refills anywhere in the country. We live in Florida too. Sounds like your doctor isn't being very reasonable. Ed Headington
eheading 06/21/15 07:55am General RVing Issues
RE: How do you know if your exhaust brake is working?

I agree with Brett. I always check our exhaust brake (and our new variable vane turbo brake) as he said. You can feel the brake take effect when you turn the switch, and let up when the switch is turned off. We have had 3 motorhomes with PAC brakes, and our new one has the variable vane turbo. They all "feel" the same to me and as far as I can tell are equally effective. But Brett's process is the only way I know sitting in the driver's seat that the brake is working or not. Ed Headington 2013 Cummins 6.7 ISB engine
eheading 06/20/15 06:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replacing Horn - Want a LOUD One

I like the Hadley horns myself. They mount on the roof of the motorhome and really give a deep throaty blast when you hit the horn button. Ed Headington
eheading 06/15/15 09:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How many class A owners have or want to down size their RV

Well, about 48 years ago we started with a pop up trailer, then went to a 16' travel trailer, and finally to a 24' travel trailer. About34 years ago, we purchased a 23' GMC motorhome, then a 26' Class C Tioga, followed by a 30' Rockwood Class A, a 36' Monaco Windsor, 40' AMerican Tradition, and a 41' Revolution LE motorhome. Last year we went back down to a 34' Newmar Ventana LE class A motorhome, and we love it. And it is so nice to maneuver, get in and out of campsites, etc. I guess it is a sign of aging. 20 years ago I never would have chosen a 34' motorhome over a 40', but now we wouldn't consider going back to a longer motorhome. Ed Headington
eheading 06/14/15 12:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Happy Camper or Frustrated Owner?

We are definitely happy campers. We had a 2005 Revolution LE for 9 years and were very happy with it. Decided, however, that we were getting of an age when we should downsize. So last year, we bought a 34' Newmar Ventana LE. We have been very happy with the Ventana LE. For us, we made a good choice. We have had RV's of one form or another for over 45 years, and have had a few "losers". It is nice to be happy with the RV that one has. So---- again we are happy campers. Ed Headington
eheading 06/09/15 05:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Driving Drowsy, near disaster.

I understand totally how you feel. A number of years ago I dozed off traveling through Oklahoma in our 41' motorhome towing a car. Fortunately I hit the rumble strips along the shoulder of the road, snapped awake and pulled the rig back on the highway missing a bridge abutment. I will NEVER complain about those rumble strips again!! I have since learned that peanuts will help to perk me up when I get drowsy (I can't drink caffeinated drinks any longer). Sure glad things turned out okay for you and your dog both! Ed Headington
eheading 06/09/15 04:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: How fast do you drive your rig?

Like Rwake, we cruise on the interstates about 63 mph. Off interstates, I just make it a point to never go over the speed limits. Ed Headington 34' Newmar Ventana LE
eheading 06/08/15 09:56am Class A Motorhomes
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