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RE: used RV - carfax shows driven 50,000 miles in one year

rochillmanor..we Canucks don't put on miles. We put on kilometers. In 5 years, I have put on 100,000 on my C. I am not a snowbird, in the understood meaning, but I do get around, some. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/28/14 09:43am Class C Motorhomes
RE: used RV - carfax shows driven 50,000 miles in one year

Refrigerators, stoves, water heaters are not thousands of dollars to replace unless you have a dealer do it. Most can be done by someone who is a DIY kind of a person. I installed living quarters in a cargo trailer myself. There are so many willing to offer help when you need it, go to the tech section of this forum. You are right...I was thinking of Canadian costs and here...oh man, they ARE $$'s. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/28/14 09:39am Class C Motorhomes
RE: used RV - carfax shows driven 50,000 miles in one year

The thing about a rental is that by and large they are well treated by users. Often from Europe, they are on a very tight leash as to that they can and cannot do with the unit. Plus, they are well maintained. There are only a few major companies in Canada and they have centres in most major cities and one in Whitehorse. As an example...they are not permitted to leave the blacktop. Now, they have been sighted in some remote locations, for sure, but for the most part, not. I am going to come back to rot...and that won't matter as far as mileage. Roof, corners, clearance lights, back wall, take the bed out of the top area and look for stains. Everything else is not a BIG deal, but rot? Unless someone in your group has carpentry skills, that rot will eat your bank account. Gary Haupt on edit...I tried to un-mangle a few lines.
garyhaupt 10/28/14 07:58am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Don't idle your loud diesel at 5am for so long!!

I think it's something that happens when a guy buys that diesel pick-up. Like a stupid-virus, that they get from the sound of that BIG injun just sittin there, screaming to the world..hey, look at me.. I don't recall A's having that same throaty racket. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/27/14 11:23am General RVing Issues
RE: used RV - carfax shows driven 50,000 miles in one year

Travelaire...no longer manufacture RV's but when they did, one of Canada's top. They have insulated tanks and lines. I don't know if they had gone to thermal windows. Chances are it WAS a rental. Travelaires were very popular for that and with no mtce records, I'd have to say it was. I had one and I thought it was well built. Think of it as two distinct components. The house and the truck. You have been given really sound advise on the truck part. If I have missed the house part...take it to another RV shop and have them test it. It's just a wise move. Everyone of the gizmos inside that cost over a grand to replace. Furnace, hot water tank, fridge. You need to have the inner walls and bed areas inspected for water ingress..which means rot..which would mean, not this RV. Wood rot is a killer for $'s. So, a seal test is required. The one issue I did have in mine was poorly supported shower area. Which required removal and structural work then new tub. Go stand on the shower base in your bare feet. If it feels all soft and nice under your feet? It's not properly supported. It will crack and leak and then more troubles. Of course, if the RV shop you are buying from would open that up and replace..cool! X-rental is not a bad thing. These RV's like being used. If they just sit around and look nice...like us..we/they live longer if we exercise. Plus..that is good price. So..do your due diligence. Spend 4-500 for inspections. It really is wise. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/27/14 09:27am Class C Motorhomes
RE: used RV - carfax shows driven 50,000 miles in one year

Just as an added consideration. Are you going to be able to adequately road test it, right now? You are about to have winter, I would think. Also, assuming you are going to purchase, if you have a CC that provides for a doubling of a warranty on any item purchased using the CC, do that. Then you'll have 60 days, rather than 30. Gary Haupt Good luck with that. Get a photo of the sales managers face when you tell him you will be paying for your RV with a CC. :E Most credit card companies ding the merchant around 3% so look for that fee to be hidden somewhere in the deal. :B I bought mine with my Master Card Gold...$40,000. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/26/14 05:52pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: used RV - carfax shows driven 50,000 miles in one year

Just as an added consideration. Are you going to be able to adequately road test it, right now? You are about to have winter, I would think. Also, assuming you are going to purchase, if you have a CC that provides for a doubling of a warranty on any item purchased using the CC, do that. Then you'll have 60 days, rather than 30. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/26/14 09:40am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Coup de Casinos

And this has what to do with RV.Net? Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/24/14 10:56am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Hood won't open

I have deleted my suggestion. It appears your issue is not related to the outside latch release. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/21/14 10:58am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Alaska/Yukon Withdrawal

First off...go see the east coast of Canada at least once, at least. If nothing else, you will then be able to say...'did it, now lets go to Alaska again.' And just for kicks...how about flying up to Anchorage for a week or 10 days during winter. Rent a whatever and go hang-out. Down to Homer, even. Go, play Alaskan. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/19/14 10:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Boondocking with 40" Motor Home

As far as finding good pots..anywhere, pretty much...get off of the Interstates and travel the secondaries. Most small towns you will drive thru will have a city park that is normally good for an overnight. Reservoirs, and so on make for excellent boondocking spots. And yes, you can manage your costs very effectively this way. Travel slow, spending a day or two in a place...the fuel costs are the same but if it takes you a month to get somewhere, rather than a week.. your overall expenditures are much reduced. Figure that people pay between 30 and 50 a night, for a full service overnight. That is between $1,000 and $1,500 a month. There are lots of ways to manage your winter wandering costs. Been there...do that. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/19/14 10:54am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Cost of staying connected.......

Good luck trying to find a flip phone any more! The just plain phones are almost a thing of the past. We did fine one several years ago, and have kept it as long as possible. We do not text, or use data at all on that phone, as both cost extra. We found that the phone keeps trying to use data, and some of the buttons are set to go to internet mode if you accidently press one. I contacted our carrier, AT&T and had those features completely turned off and blocked for that phone. Now, it talks, and takes an occasional picture, and that is all. The new Samusng Rugby 3 is just what you might be talking about. It's a 'sports' phone. Armoured. I have the earlier model and works just fine. Texting is that multi-tap thing, so that's a royal PIA if you need to do any. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/17/14 02:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

The law in Canada and Alaska is to drive with your headlights on at all times. This law does NOT apply to vehicles with Alaska plates since at least 50% of them don't drive with headlights on. Among RV's and campers with Alaska plates, about 90% of them don't obey the law. Just as an heads uop...the law requires that all new cars sold in Canada have a DRL module..(Daytime Running Lights). thus most/many of the cars you will see have their headlights on. Not the rear ones, tho..and the law does NOT require all vehicles to run with their headlights on. Gary Haupt Apparently, I am incorrect. *gasp* In Yukon, you must drive with your lights on.
garyhaupt 10/16/14 05:47pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

The law in Canada and Alaska is to drive with your headlights on at all times. This law does NOT apply to vehicles with Alaska plates since at least 50% of them don't drive with headlights on. Among RV's and campers with Alaska plates, about 90% of them don't obey the law. Just as an heads uop...the law requires that all new cars sold in Canada have a DRL module..(Daytime Running Lights). thus most/many of the cars you will see have their headlights on. Not the rear ones, tho..and the law does NOT require all vehicles to run with their headlights on. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/15/14 07:55pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Batteries: Two-6V In Series, or Two-12V In Parallel ???

The biggest reason I lean to 12 volts in parallel is that if one battery dies, I still have a battery bank. Now THIS makes sense. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/13/14 08:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: No #2 Rule?

Rules made by the Wife.....and no, eh....you know....play time. You aren't kidding, are you. That is just...sad. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/13/14 03:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Yelp no longer a reliable source of information

I use and post to TripAdvisor often. I have checked and any negative reviews I have posted remain. Mind you, I don't think I have ever done a trashing only, review. I tend to try and strike a balance, recognizing that I am not a pro and that it may have just been a bad day or staffer. My language has been edited a bit, but I know that the is going to happen. Sometimes it goes thru anyway. I will say tho, that TA, Yelp and Zagat do contribute to the decision making stuff. If I see a decal on a store window or have read good things, I am more likely to consider the place. But..do I believe everything I read? oh yeah...for sure. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/13/14 11:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Batteries: Two-6V In Series, or Two-12V In Parallel ???

Ron..I have had both set-ups and have gone from 12 to 6 in one of them, I currently use 3 12's. I can't go all techy on you here. I haven't the foggiest idea of the numbers. What I go by is...does it work? My power consumption is as follows: I have one small inverter, a 600W that I run almost constantly to charge computer,camera, drill, flashlight batteries. I do not use lights sparingly and have no LED's. If needed I run my furnace like a normal life thing. I live in northern BC and that means that the sun is lower than in the southern parts of the US as far as solar collection is concerned. I seldom am in a plug-in situation and have never had a problem. I did work for the NPS in the Mojave during a 10 week winter (cloud, rain, snow) and again, never ran short of juice. I do have 250W of solar, and currently 3 12V Napa Deep Cycle's that I bought 3 years ago in Needles. Meeting your own personal needs will depend on three things. What your own personal power habits are, how much solar you have and yes, the batteries. Get LOTS of solar. That will ensure your batteries get charged no matter what the weather conditions. If I had to choose between 2 6V and 3 12 V's..and that WAS my choice..I'd take the 12's every time. If I had the room, but I don't, I'd opt for 4 6V's. The 6's will be taller and much heavier. I'd suggest looking at NAPA because if you have a problem, they are 'everywhere'. And shop at a NAPA store..not a dealer. The pricing is quite different. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/13/14 11:23am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Happy Thanksgiving all

Hi Gary, I hope you got to have some turkey. I am visiting an RV friend near the Alberta / SK border. Next week I go to Saskatoon--where I'll get a "late" thanksgiving with my brother. Life is Good! In fact, no turkey for me this year. Sharon is away till end of next week, so sadly, it's steak for me and the hound. *flexing broad shoulders* Have a great weekend, Don. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/12/14 06:19pm General RVing Issues
Happy Thanksgiving all

Yes, I know that it isn't 'everywhere' but it is in Canada, so...have a great weekend and to those that are out camping and having their traditional dinners? eat on..... Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 10/12/14 03:59pm General RVing Issues
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