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RE: Towed and Odometer

I also forgot to pull the fuse in my Saturn one time. I put on 250 miles and got the check engine light for the next 7-10 starts. I installed a switch after that to flip instead of trying to get that fuse in place while hanging upside down.
bsinmich 04/01/15 05:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Family doing 3 month summer trip, Class C or Travel Trailer?

Rent something. If you have a suitable vehicle to be towed already, a class C probably makes more sense to rent and tow your current vehicle. Better yet, hotel it. Renting offers a lot of risk mitigation when things go wrong and you are unfamiliar with RVing. Purchasing a new tow vehicle and TT is $60k+. Same with a MH. Then you have running costs of fuel, campsites, etc. And I agree, it is quite late to learn everything you need to learn about RVing, plan the trip and campgrounds, assuming your family will be happy for 3 months in 250sf of living space. I don't know of a rental place that will let you tow a vehicle behind their MH. The costs of setting up a toad are not great for one time use and the choice of cars towable is not for all cars. We have had everything from popups to 38' MH and any of them are great with the family. We had a 27' C ( without a toad) with 2 children that we took to Glacier, Banff, and the area that worked great. While everyone was asleep I could drive for 100 miles before breakfast. You can't do that in a TT. Whatever you do will be great. Just make sure you don't buy more trailer than your vehicle can safely handle.
bsinmich 04/01/15 07:46am Beginning RVing
RE: Remodeling Class B What Would You Do?

I did a remodel on my new '69 Layton TT by moving the dinette and couch around. I never got to find out what it did to resale though. My parents took it on vacation and my mother rolled it over and totaled it. I insurance couldn't tell it had been changed when she got through with it.
bsinmich 03/31/15 07:59am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Choice: Entry Level DP or High End Gas

I was faced with the same choice 12 years ago when I bought my Mountain Aire gasser. I have never regretted that decision. I have all the comfort of the large coach and the lower maintenance costs of a gasser.
bsinmich 03/31/15 07:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Buy a Winter-proof Class A, use as office

My Newmar slides are just as well built as the rest of the coach. I have been in freezing weather (accidentally) and did not notice any cold leaks at the slides. I have been in Pembroke for winters and know what your weather is like. Yoy will spend more time working on the MH than is the summer but should be doable. I also have dual pane windows that I could not be without.
bsinmich 03/31/15 07:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Storage on rear of travel trailer?

My next door neighbor had a bike rack with 2 bikes attached to his rear bumper. On one ride he lost one of the bikes and damaged the other. He has given up on putting things on the back. Everything goes inside now and he also tows with a pickup so he has a bed there.
bsinmich 03/30/15 08:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Buy a Winter-proof Class A, use as office

Newmar lists the R factors of their motorhomes on their website. You can get copies of booklets from previous years on the site. The newer you go the better the insulation. I would still look for Aqua Hot of a similar system of heating the coach.
bsinmich 03/30/15 07:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why do we carry a spare tire around?

I am over 75 and carry a spare On my Roadtrek I would attempt it if service was not available. On my Mountain Aire I carry a tire unmounted. A mounted 22" tire is more than I can lift and the 450# torque on the lug nuts would also be a problem.
bsinmich 03/28/15 11:54am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Holliday Rambler Admiral

I have a 38' on a W22 chassis and I am not overloaded when even water tanks are full. My wife would take a lot of everything extra along. I would have 1 tool box and 4-5 camera bags. We were at 21,800 FULLY loaded and that was the exceptional trip. Usually we are closer to 20K. I have had mine 10 years and will miss it when I sell it. I am even considering keeping it for when I want a little more than my 19' Roadtrek.
bsinmich 03/28/15 11:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ready cash

I usually have a hundred or so at home for when I go to Canada but I have found the best places to get cash are at credit unions. I have CU accounts at home and get no service fees that way.
bsinmich 03/27/15 04:13pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Google visits Michigan

Just looking at that first picture on the Big Mac bridge I get dizzy. That is also why I have never been on my MH roof.
bsinmich 03/27/15 03:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Jumpstart from auxiliary battery

All the class As I have had had a button on the dash that activated a solenoid to give the jump action at the push of a button. I don't have that on my Radtrek.
bsinmich 03/26/15 07:20am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: WorkHorse RVs

The only problem with finding a W24 chassis is that they weren't made until close to the last of Workhorse RV chassis. They are rare.
bsinmich 03/26/15 07:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Colorado Springs to Breckenridge in a Gasser Experience

Engine braking is a normal feature of a gas engine. A Diesel has no natural engine braking and needs some kind of retarding mechanism to do what a gas engine does naturally.
bsinmich 03/26/15 06:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Shore power cord repair

I am still wondering how you have a female receptacle on your power cord. Did you learn about the birds and bees? My '96 Pace Arrow had ATS so no need for a female receptacle unless it is an extension cord.
bsinmich 03/26/15 06:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow with 2014 Grand Caravan R/T?

double post sorry.
bsinmich 03/24/15 05:37pm Beginning RVing
RE: Tow with 2014 Grand Caravan R/T?

Yes you need to get the factory towing package. This assures that you'll be able to tow the full 3600# rated trailer. Check out this guy's occupation and trust him. He works for Chrysler. I would definitely have brakes on the trailer. Surge or electric will both work for you. I have had a couple of the Dodge/Chrysler vans and loved them.
bsinmich 03/24/15 05:36pm Beginning RVing
RE: WorkHorse RVs

You will find the people that have a Workhorse love them. The ones who have nothing good to say haven't had one yet. The way to tell if you have double OD is if you have the 6 speed transmission. I had the brake problem repaired under the warranty and the Actia instrument panel has been trouble free since the same repair. I have had mine since 2005 and it has been the most economical of my 4 motorhome and also the biggest. I also have a 19' Roadtrek that does beat the mileage.
bsinmich 03/24/15 05:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: remote temp sensors for Air Conditioners - cant find them

Cheese flavored wires do that.
bsinmich 03/22/15 09:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: First time de-winterizing

It all depends on how it was winterized. I had an '89 Jamboree and you could blow it out with an air compressor and just put some pink stuff in the traps. Pink stuff is the RV antifreeze for winterizing water systems in RVs. The other option is to use a lot of pink stuff and almost fill the water system with it. My '76 Fireball had this done when I bought it. You will probably have to put the plug back in the water heater. There should be a valve to drain the fresh water tank that may need closing. After that add water and start running water through the system. It may take a few minutes to get water to all the faucets and the air out. After a good flushing you are ready to use it. Since this is your first time with it I would recommend flushing the whole water system. Use some bleach in the water to sanitize it. Personally I carry bottled water for drinking and use the MH water for showers cooking, etc.
bsinmich 03/22/15 09:48am Class A Motorhomes
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