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RE: Calling all Newell owners!

Let me apologize in advance if I don't seem overly friendly or if I don't sit outside enough to please others. We are not camping, we are living full-time in our Newell. We chose the Newell for many reasons, one of which is value. The few people I've told what price we paid were amazed. I had no problems buying a 15 year old coach. If we're not "home" we're out enjoying life. Somedays we're out sightseeing, riding the RZR, hiking, shopping, eating, etc. Some days we're inside because my back hurts, got work to do, etc. Or I don't enjoy sitting in the sun, I do love the shade though. We've met quite a few different people while traveling and I won't make the distinction over which type of RV they have as to who was the friendliest. And please don't be offended if I don't invite you into our home. Would you invite a total stranger into yours?
folivier 02/06/14 09:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Calling all Newell owners!

You might find more Newell owners over at www.newellgurus.com Don't know if many owners hang around over here. We have a rally scheduled for the last week of June at http://www.ozarksrvresortontablerocklake.com/ That would be a good time to visit and see different models.
folivier 01/29/14 07:50am Class A Motorhomes

I spent my entire career working for a natural gas pipeline company. My responsibility was to keep gas flowing throughout the system. I lived in a hurricane prone area and would watch as a hurricane entered the gulf and offshore wells shut down. Our pipeline pressure would go from 900 psi to as low as 200 psi! But never once did we lose our supply. So yes the natural gas supply is vulnerable to disruption. We would see the same situation with winter storms. Natural gas (if available) would still be my preferred choice of fuel but I would have a diesel backup. Another thing and I've never found this, would be a timer circuit so when power goes out and you're not home due to evacuations or vacations then the timer would only let the generator run for a couple hours a few times a day. This would be much better than it running continuously and would keep the freezer and fridge cold.
folivier 12/26/13 05:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: lithium batteries

Sorry, don't read this forum that frequently. The system I'm presently installing are definitely not drop-in ready. These are 4 individual cells + a BMS that must be connected together. Not a big problem but does require some wiring skill and knowledge. I'll be using my existing inverter to charge but may need to change out the voltage regulator for my engine alternator since my system will be so large it could fry my alternator. Even after all of that the total cost will be the same as AGM's. I'm replacing six 8D batteries. I bought the cells and BMS from www.balqon.com Sorry but I don't plan to document the install here since there are too many naysayers and I don't have the time or patience to deal with that. This technology is still pretty much experimental for RV's. But if people don't jump in and test the waters then it won't become mainstream.
folivier 12/22/13 08:01am General RVing Issues
RE: lithium batteries

Lots of misinformation out there about LiFePO4 batteries. That's one of the problems. There are quite a few of live aboard boaters using them for a couple years now and really pleased with them. These are not the cobalt based batteries in the Boeing aircraft that had problems. These are actually newer technology and very safe. It is possible to put together a LiFePO4 system of comparable AH for about the same cost as AGM batteries.
folivier 12/17/13 05:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: need Ideas - protecting wood outdoors

Best thing I've found is CPES by Rotdoctor.com It is a clear penetrating epoxy that the wood fibers absorb thus making the wood unable to absorb water.
folivier 11/12/13 08:56am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Close calls while driving?

Wife watched an 18 wheeler carrying lumber lose a few boards before she could get around him and signal him to stop. He did stop but not until he lost some more boards. This was on I-10. Check your loads folks.
folivier 11/12/13 08:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Cold weather travelling in Class A

Ditto on the aqua hot. Really keeps the coach comfortable with the engine heat.
folivier 11/04/13 07:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Warning dont order from these people

That's exactly why I only order from domestic suppliers. They get their led's from the same place in China but when there is a problem it is easy to resolve. I recently ordered 70 leds to replace the G4 halogens in my motorhome (yes 70). The first ones didn't work since the pins were too short. No problem shipping them back and getting a quick refund. The second set worked great.
folivier 09/28/13 05:08pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Upgrade to LED bulbs

There are a few ebay sellers that are in the USA. It makes any problems or returns much easier. I recently bought 70 pieces of G4 leds to replace all of the halogens. I had to return these since the prongs were too short. No problem returning them.
folivier 09/18/13 09:06pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Any worthy GPS Apps for my I-Pad Mini for us RV'ers?

Check out the iOttie mounts. They use a sticky suction cup, works really nice.
folivier 09/13/13 04:53pm Technology Corner
RE: suggestions for 10,000 tow bar system

I'm towing a Chevy Z71 with a RZR 570LE in the bed and it weighs 6300# total. I'm using a Demco Excalibar 8000# towbar with the Ready Brake. This all works great. If I was buying new I'd get the Ready Brute with built-in brake.
folivier 09/13/13 04:44pm Dinghy Towing

I use Blue Sky through Thum Insurance. Only had a windshield replaced. 3 years now with only minimal increases. Had Progressive and second year they increased my premium almost 50% with no claims.
folivier 06/12/13 06:59am Full-time RVing
RE: Now FT RV living

Solar gain is the biggest problem so if you're in shade all day then your rv should be the same temp. as the air temp. In that case it shouldn't take too long to cool down if you turn on the ac when you get back. However if you're in the sun all day then the inside temp will be much higher. Also keeping the rv closed up keeps the humidity level down inside.
folivier 06/10/13 03:48pm Full-time RVing
RE: RV Parks w/older RV restrictions

Here's my slightly different perspective. I fulltime in a 1998 Newell, a very high end coach. Since we sold the house and are living (not camping or weekending or vacationing) we wanted to be comfortable wherever we are. Our coach looks like it's new and many people can't believe it's 15 years old. But we keep it up just like we kept up the house and lawn. Campgrounds are just like your neighborhood. Location and neighbors are very important for us. We do a mix of public (state & federal) and private campgrounds. And like resorts if the amenities have what we want. We are definately not the "filet mignon and caviar" crowd. Although I do like a nice filet medium rare on the pit. One thing that I don't like is when in some parks other campers assume we are snobs because of our coach. Or because we aren't outside all day. Quite often we're out sightseeing. Other times we just enjoy being inside. So please don't judge us because of what we live in. And I won't judge you for what you live in.
folivier 06/10/13 03:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: We found a camper!!

Make sure to pull into a campground before dark. More mistakes and damage is probably done in the dark.
folivier 06/08/13 07:26pm Full-time RVing
RE: clorox bleach in diesel

Definately talk to a diesel mechanic, but what about adding a couple gallons water to the tank to dilute the bleach even more? Maybe that would diminish the effects, but you'll have to change a few filters to remove the water.
folivier 06/08/13 07:20pm Class A Motorhomes
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