"I don't care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members."
Google "Anti-Home Owner Associations" and you may have some pretty good info! Florida seems to have more Home Owner Gestapo organizations than any other state.
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I ask folks why do they still use grese on their hitches, sliders and sway bars?
Back in the covered wagon, Steam Locomotives and stagecoach days people used tallow and lard fat for lubes and greasing up axles. Why do we still use ancient technology? Why do we put up with the mess and stained clothing, drips and runs and halfass lubribility?
Buy a can of Slip Plate Dry Graphite Spray and move forward. It uses a thin film of dry graphite.
I use it on my Jayco 5er and the Pullrite Superglide Plate nd Glide Rails..no galling or mess, no build up or run off.
"SLIP Plate Aerosol is the original, convenient to use, dry-film graphite lubricant. This superior product produces a very slick barrier between metal surfaces that reduces sliding friction and build-up to help reduce corrosion. The coating is naturally hydrophobic and repels rain, snow, and mud that can cause materials to stick to surfaces.
Works great on metal, wood and most polymer surfaces. Use SLIP Plate Aerosol as a part of a regular maintenance schedule, to extend the life of equipment, help reduce maintenance costs, and productivity losses."
And you'll find a thousand uses around the home..garage door opener, door hinges, lawn mowers, saws, slider windows, RV slideouts, throttle cables, etc.
Most Farm Supply Stores, Grainger and Hardware Stores carry it....$10.00 for a 12 oz can is average.
Camping World has Protect-All but it is NOT a Graphite Dry Lube.
I give it a 5 star rating! ***** You'll save 10 times that on grease stained and ruined clothing!
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It's not just for looks, the "V" nose actually does help handling in the wind as well as a slight fuel mileage increase vs a typical "pulling brick" travel trailer. 2 mpg better per at least 3 owners I've talked to. Plus the V-Cross has some pretty neat floorplans.
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Anything that contains ANY percentage of Petroleum Distillates will destroy and remove the vinyl graphics "Plasticizers", compounds that keep the vinyl supple and protcted from UV (sun) damages. Then decals will curl, crack and peal.
You CAN NOT REVERSE the damage to the decals.
Never wax the decals. Use 303 Aerospace or Protect-all...both are at Camping World. Somtimes small bottles at WalMart.
Armor All contains Ether and Isopropyl Alcohol, both destroy vinyl and the adhesives. Anything that contains ANY percentage of Petroleum Distillates will destroy and remove the vinyl graphics "Plasticizers", compounds that keep the vinyl supple and protcted from UV (sun) damages. Then decals will curl, crack and peal.
Never wax the decals. Use ONLY 303 Aerospace or Protect-all. SAFE STUFF!
Armor All contains Ether and Isopropyl Alcohol, both destroy vinyl and the adhesives.
My Jayco is now almost 9 years old...looks brand new. The tires are uncracked, the vinyl is smooth and unfaded, the plastics are pristine.
303 is Amazing. Use it sparingly...I wet a rag with it and wipe it on. Keeps tires from cracking too.
Its actually not justa industry award...it points out which RV Companies py their warranty claims in a timely manner..which means cash flow is quicker for the dealer that gets your RV warranty work done in a timely manner.
It was and is a great way to identify brands that respond quickly in keeping you and the dealers satisfied.
It includes factory Sales support (Brochures, Ad's, Promotions, Shows), Sales territory (limiting other dealers nearby tht sell the same brands), vehicle design (are the designs consistant with what we want?), Vehicle reliability/quality (a quality made RV causes less need for RV Dealer to repair sold units), Competitive price/value (th dealer want to sell stuff that we'll actually buy!), Parts support (can the dealer get needed replacement parts in a hurry?), Dealership warranty support (dealer needs parts quickly so the customer can go camping!) and Overall dealer communications (does the dealer follow up with the RV Owner).
So yes...its a good thing to reward good dealerships and great brands that really care for their customers.
I'm happy for ya! Glad you got the Elite Package, it adds to an already pretty loaded trailer Hard Valances w/ Side Curtains, Night Shades, Décor-Matched Borders, Sink Covers, the AM/FM/CD/DVD Stereo and 24" LED TV, Access Doors Under Dinette, Deluxe Graphics, nice looking Aluminum Wheels,Ground Effects—Metal Skirting & ABS Fender Skirts, and Slam Latch Doors at Pass-Thru as well as Magnetic Door Catches and a front mounted Stone Guard, Hot/Cold Outside Shower, propane Bottle Covers too. Nice and congratulations!
One thing I noticed at a recent RV Show was that Forest Rivers Coachmen RV's under the guidance and the big cash flow of Mr. Warren Buffet...have really grown as far as quality control, name brand componants, terrific value and truely nice coaches.
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We all know what the loss of loving dog means to us...we also all know the memory of each and every dog we have been blessed with will live as long as we do.
I love this quote from Will Rogers..who says it better than I could...
"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." -- Will Rogers
"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us." - Robert Louis Stevenson
Unless you are married to the Winnie and Coachmen Class C...and since they aparently don't have have you want...look at some of the other brands.
Membrane roofs should not be a negative factor in considering a new RV. So you shouldn't automatically disqualify a Class C brand because of the membrane roofs. And Fiberglass roofs like Winnebago uses aren't maintenance free either.
Winnabago uses a thin sheet of filon fiberglass bonded to foam just like most RV's walls. You still have to recaulk them just like membrane roofs, and tree branches can also punch holes in it just like Membrane Covered roofs.
The newest RV Roofing membrane materials are rugged, long lasting and almost completely maintenance free (aside from routine recaulking the edges and roof vents).
Jayco and Forest River uses the new Alpha Systems vinyl roofing material. Unlike older roofing systems, it doesn't break down like the tpo/rubber roof membrane did, it has a golf-ball like stippling like texture to it.
Look at the Forest River Forester Class C's, the Forest River Lexingtons (Forest River is owned by Billionaire Warren Buffet his trendous buying power means better quality and actual quality name brand stuff used in making one!).
Jayco Greyhawks and Redhawk (they all have 100% high pressure laminated construction) 10 times less likely to delaminate than the walls that the Winnebago's has.
Jayco's also have a 2 year bumper to bumper warranty, in business (same family) since 1967 and Jayco has double the edge seals as other brands which also helps keep leaks away.
Spend time researching online AND looking at dealership and RV Shows.
Lazy Daze is excellant quality and basically hand made to your order here in Southern California by a 57 Year old company...roomy and open floorplans, and considering this level of good stuff are still priced reasonably...but NOT available with slideouts.
One of our great Forum Members is Chris Bryant of "Bryant RV", he sells and services RV's, PM him OR go to Bryant RV's website as he has owners manuals and repair manuals on line for furnaces, ovens and other RV componants, as well as helpful suggestions.
I believe the thermo-coupler bulb can be slid back and forth in its holder brcket to reposition it into the path of the pilot light or away from it.
HERE-Bryant RV Website
When we walked thru the RV Show last weekend, it ws actually funny how many RV manufacturers cheaped out and saved a few pennies on LCD TV brands that you've never heard of on this Planet!
Other brands you actually had heard of like Samsung, RCA, Toshiba, Panasonic appeared in some better and higher priced brands. I'm suprised they last long enough to get home!
Because the Turkey could have easily become our National Bird!
Ben Franklin opposed the elevation of the Bald Eagle to the United States Official Bird and symbol of America. In front of Congress and in his popular Newspaper he pitched and even had some support for the Nomination of the Turkey! He even wrote this letter to his daughter as well. So it's possible that shooting and eating a Turkey would be forbidded...after all it's the National Bird to 'ol Ben!
Franklin’s Letter to His Daughter (excerpt)...
“For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and steals it from him.
“With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the Forest. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest People of of America who have driven all the Kings "birds" from our Country!
Some how a "Stuffed Thanksgiving Eagle" with cranberrys just doesn't work for me!
Eagle..the OTHER white meat!
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For the very same reason I don't buy Girl Scout Cookies sold door to door.
Next year 2 more Girl Scouts will be knocking on your door. Then the Fuller Brush and Police Benevolent League shows up, the Avon Lady starts climbing over your front gate. It's madness I say!
And remember that "FREE RAFFLE" spelled backwards is "ELFFART"!
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Thre are the Galvanized Metal went pipe covers...they will rust eventually. Camco makes a complete line of UV Stabilized RV Roof Vent covers...mine are nearly 14 yers old...exposed since new to the Southern California sun. Still as new. You can spray paint them with Rustoleum White Plastic Paint every few years if you need extra protection...but not really needed.
Craigslist always have "Couples Wanted" ads for RV Campground Hosts or even Mobile Home Park Managers and Resident Managers where it includes free rent of a space and pay to mananage and do upkeep. Try California in the Central Valley area, Nevada or Arizona.
Actual current example...
"Resident Management Team to Manage Senior Park in **** ****** Calif.
Senior Mobilehome Community in Grass Valley with 80+ mobile homes and large RV storage lot needs a positive, friendly two person management team. We are seeking a couple for this position, not just one person.
Experience managing an apartment complex, mobile home park, RV park, or mini storage would be preferred, but not required. We are looking for a team with strong people and customer service skills, and related work experience that can be used in these positions.
The office manager must have computer skills that include typing, scanning, emailing, and internet searching. If you are knowledgeable in using Excel and Word that would be helpful. Previous experience with a computerized billing system will be a plus. Bookkeeping knowledge including pro-rating, debits, and credits is required. A detail oriented, organized, self starter will fit right in.
A primary responsibility of the office manager will be to enter monthly meter reads for utility consumption, review, print and distribute monthly bills to residents, receive and post payments, deposit checks into the bank, and prepare and serve required delinquent notices.
The office manager will also meet with prospective residents to process applications for tenancy, and determine acceptability for tenancy with help from the regional property manager.
You will be interacting with our residents and assisting them with their questions and concerns regarding the park. You will be responsible for ensuring the clubhouse, restrooms and laundry facilities are clean and ready for resident use every day.
The maintenance manager is a hands on manager and performs routine community maintenance. This person will also supervise and direct the work of another maintenance person. The responsibilities of the maintenance manager include cleaning and maintenance of the park office, clubhouse, rest rooms, laundry room, streets, and RV storage yard.
Painting, light electrical, plumbing, and carpentry skills are needed for this position to maintain the park owned homes and park facilities. The park also owns the utility systems in the park, so the oversight and/or maintenance of the water, sewer, gas, and electric systems are also part of the maintenance manager's job. An overall handyman maintenance person with the above skills who also has experience in grounds keeping, and janitorial maintenance will be a great fit for this position.
Please submit resumes to the email address above for immediate consideration. Must have good credit and valid CA Drivers License.
Compensation for this position includes a one bedroom duplex, paid utilities, plus a combined salary of $2,200 to $2,500 per month, depending on the demonstrated skills and abilities of the couple."
When you get more serious about buying, and want to see just about every floorplan, brand and model of RV made in one place...a 16 hour drive to Tampa Florida "LazyDaze RV" is in order. 500 Travel Trailers on their lot. You tell them what you're loking for and they'll have it. Focus on the Jayco and Forest River products...I went to a couple of big west coast rv shows recently, and these 2 brands seem to have the better thought out and roomy floorplans, Heartland too. I thought the number of 5ers and TT's proportions were about 50/50.
RV Parts stores or Dealerships, Camping World or try a good old fashioned "Mom and Pop Hardware Stores" or chains like ACE, TruValue...and some of the larger online RV parts suppliers such as Dyers, RVPartsStore.com, RVWholesalers.com, etc.
Near you in Maryland....beckleysrvs.com. Good luck.
Quite a few years ago (and 3 rv's later!) we went with Lynx Leveling systems blocks...the ORANGE ones. I've "been there done that" for many years with scraps and hunks of wood...and after accumulating several sets of Lynxs blocks...I can level my Jayco RV, change the oil on our cars...all without splinters, slivers, jacks sliding off and spiders!
And unlike the "wood blocks are great guys"....if you ever have any issues or problems...the Lynx guys are supurb with customer service. At a RV trade show I mentioned to one the owners of Lynx that I needed a new carry bag for one of my sets.
"Lance", the customer service manager took my info and sent me a new carry bag..complete with another set of blocks! Cool!
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I saw a 4 axle 42' Teton 5th wheel, being pulled by a single axle but really long wheel base Freightliner. Texas plates.
HERE'S ANOTHER 4 AXLE TETON...
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I believe the rig pictured in my original post is also a Teton and pic is not photo shopped.
Teton has been around for 40 years, in Casper Wyoming...and are used by likely all the major Motion Picture Industry for VIP use and mobile dressing rooms on location. Some big name Stars including Mel Gibson insists on them. Movie Movers Transportation
Equipment, Inc., the most respected designer and supplier of
luxury equipment to the movie industry uses them.
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