I've been to parks that reserve the right to reject your coach if it does not meet their standards. It had nothing to do with age and had everything to do with the exterior appearance, and whether your RV looked neat and maintained or rundown and falling apart.
I personally have never run across an RV park that restricted it's patrons to a 10 year old or newer coach. I doubt if I would fit in even tho my coach would. NO offense intended to those that may prefer an elitist RV park.
The radiator cap comes in different pressures. If it is sealing properly, the increased pressure will raise the boiling point of the coolant. For every pound of pressure with a radiator cap, the boiling point goes up 3 degrees. In other words, a 15 pound radiator cap will increase the boiling point 45 degrees.
A weak cap can allow coolant to blow out of the radiator when it reaches operating temperature and will not allow coolant from the overflow tank to be sucked back in. A weak cap also lowers the boiling point closer to 212 degrees which might explain the coolant boiling over sooner and explain why you have to add coolant before each trip. That is a cheap item to attempt to solve the problem.
When you get the right person, all things are possible with DirecTV. Our HD satellite box is part of my Son's account in Maryland. As with the other boxes that are labeled bedroom, living room, etc, our box is listed as the "Florida RV" and was sent directly to our address in Florida by DirecTV. We have full HD service and it added $10/month to my Son's account. We have now had this for almost five years and DirecTV even sent us a replacement box to our Florida address. Easy people to work with once you get the right person.
My pumps have either worked or not. Check to see if there is a small filter right next to the pump. Check to see if the debris screen right on the faucet output is plugged. Check to see if you have an under cabinet filter that is due to be changed.
I used RV Glass Solutions and they arranged everything. They contacted the insurance company and called me to sett up an appointment to come to my house to replace the windshield. Two men showed up and it took them less than an hour to pull the old windshield out and replace it. That was almost three years ago and no leaks or other problems. Here is their link: RV Glass Solutions
One limitation with a large gasser is buying fuel.
It is getting harder and harder to find locations where the pumps are parallel to the station. Now days many places have pumps that are perpendicular to the building and with the toad connected it can be a challenge. Even some of the large truck stops have difficult fueling lanes for a large Class A gasser with a toad.
Meanwhile my friends with DPs can use dedicated lanes with lots of room and fast fill pumps.
I do most of my camping within two days of home base and based on trial and error have discovered which stations are motorhome friendly and which to avoid.
Not a big deal but certainly a minor limitation of sorts
A large diesel coach has the exact same limitations except that it is actually worse. Sure the large truck stops have a diesel lane, if you happen to have a large truck stop along your path of travel. If not, you are in the same position as a gasser EXCEPT, not all gas stations have diesel. I've stopped at many small gas stations with a few pumps that I could easily get in to for gasoline that did not offer diesel fuel.
Since I travel a lot of the back roads of America, that was one of the reasons that I decided to replace my diesel coach with a gasser. In some areas out West, it may be 100 miles between gas stations so you can't be too picky.
If it needs replacing,they come to you and change it out. If a nick can be repaired, they will come to you just like an automobile.
In some states, like Florida, windshield repairs cost ZERO and is included with your insurance. In other states there is a deductible and in some states windshield coverage is optional. You need to check with your insurance carrier.
I use the windshield mount suction cup but I attache it to my acrylic instrument dashboard panel. This puts it right in front of me, above the steering wheel, yet it is not easily seen from outside of the coach. It is simple to remove it if needed and put it in the toad.
I've never had any problems in the mountains and have passed many DP's on the way to the top. Anyone that says that the current crop of gas powered motor homes cannot navigate the mountain passes is either lying or ignorant of the facts. Perhaps it is a salesman trying to get you to spend more money for a DP when a gas coach will serve your needs just fine.
If you find a floor plan that will suit your needs, do not worry about mountain travel. They will all make it to the top and down the other side safely.
On my gasser there are no annual maintenance requirements. I use my coach 15,000+ miles a year so I change the oil(5000 miles) and perform a grease job based on the normal mileage requirements. I change the air filter every 10,000 miles and the serpentine belt at 30,000. I usually put on new tires at 50,000. There is nothing that I do on an annual basis.
Follow-up to the shower drain repair. I ordered the part from PPL. I went ahead and ordered the drain and trap combination that they offered to make sure that I had the part in case the trap was actually cracked. Turns out it wasn't, so I have extra for the future.
The shower drain screwed right in and tightened up with new gaskets really nicely. Turns out there was an access grate right at the base of the shower pan near the floor on the outside of the shower. Took that off and it gave god access to the trap and drain connections. Easy fix in case anyone else experiences a broken shower drain....don't be intimidated by the possibility of doing it yourself. All total... about $15 for the part and maybe 10 minutes time to screw it in.
Fantastic and thanks for letting us know about the repair.At an RV shop that would probably be a $150 repair. Good job!
If you think of an RV as an investment, you will never enjoy the lifestyle and joy that it can bring.
Take a cruise, or a flight somewhere, anywhere, and then calculate how much of the cost of that trip was recoverable. See if you can get back the cost of the hotel, rental car, meals at restaurants, etc. Your total expense of any trip, that is not done with an RV, is gone forever. It has no resale value.
I am sooo glad there are folks who buy new....so I can buy used!
We bought a 2005 HR Ambassador in 2009. New, it cost around $230k. We got it for $93k. Let's see...$137k depreciation divided by 4 = $34k per year or $2,800 PER MONTH.
And it was in beautiful condition. Still is, after full-timing in it for 4 years. And the $130k or more that I saved is still snuggled in my investment portfolio.
Yup! I am truly thrilled that somebody bought this coach new, so I could buy it used. :0)
I know, depreciation is not our friend. I'm told that our new coach will depreciate $1,000 a day for the first few years then level off. Oh the fun!
They do not put trailer hitches on a hearse, can't take it with you, enjoy life.
I could not agree more. We have taken several trips to Europe and South America. Our last trip down to Machu Pichhu in Peru was a three week adventure that cost us a little over $7000. It was the adventure of a lifetime and guess what, the whole trip depreciated down to ZERO. Every cent that we spent is gone and we will never get it back. As foolish as we are tho.....we will do it again. Once it dawns on you that the RV is your path to adventure and one of a kind memories, you forget about depreciation and start enjoying the ride. At that point, the RV will become more fun and less some kind of an investment to be worried about.
The oil industry has not built a new refining operation in the USA since the 70's.
We also export a lot of coal but apparently it is not in the top 10.
United States Top 10 Exports
The following export product groups represent the highest dollar value in American global shipments during 2013. Also shown is the percentage share each export category represents in terms of US overall exports.
1) Machinery: $213,108,199,000 (13.5% of total exports)
2) Electronic equipment: $165,604,449,000 (10.5%)
3) Mineral fuels including oil: $148,426,743,000 (9.4%)
4) Vehicles excluding trains and streetcars: $133,640,479,000 (8.5%)
5) Aircraft and spacecraft: $115,380,944,000 (7.3%)
6) Optical, technical and medical apparatus: $84,281,276,000 (5.3%)
7) Pearls, precious stones, precious metals and coins: $72,830,232,000 (4.6%)
8) Plastics: $60,836,970,000 (3.9%)
9) Organic chemicals: $46,510,903,000 (2.9%)
10) Pharmaceutical products: $39,742,717,000 (2.5%)
Since the OP asked about a toad, you may also want to consider rotating the tires since the front tires do tend to scrub a little more in turns than they would under normal driving situations. Change the out a six years.
On other vehicles, I would consider the use. If you do a lot of highway, high speed travel, I would stick with a six year replacement.
On a vehicle that is just used for low speed in town travel, I would be tempted to go longer with the tires. A lot also depends on location. A tire blow out in the snow is a little more of a problem than a tire blowout down in the Sunbelt states.
Need some history here. Was it a constant problem that has gotten worse? Or did it just start to overheat suddenly? What parts were replaced for that money?
Can only guess without more information. Some details please.
Ok, see it overheats almost at once. Agree no water circulation.
Did they replace water pump with the wrong one? Serpentine belt driven pumps operate counterclockwise, v belt ones operate clockwise. They have been known to mix them up.
Usually I would rule out the water pump in this situation but you do bring up a good point. The GM engine is used in Marine applications which means they have CW and CCW rotation engines. Many GM water pumps are bi-directional but I guess it is possible that the wrong water pump was installed. A check of the water pump part number should confirm if it is the correct part.
Naturally you want to check oil pressure. A failed oil pump can cause things to get hot quickly.