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RE: Used RV under $20,000

Cranky Ape is a great place to browse.
cjoseph 05/19/15 07:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to level camper WITHOUT moving it (no blocks)?

I will guess that a 25-foot TT might weigh too much to rely on run-of-the-mill stabilizer jacks. They are stabilizer not lifting jacks. If you have to lift the trailer too much with them and your tires lose air, you could risk crunching one or more of the jacks or twisting your camper frame. If you are going to buy stabilizer jacks, I don't see any reason why you couldn't buy a bottle jack instead. One bottle jack will cost you less than two stabilizer jacks most likely. You could jack the TT up and place it on wood or concrete blocks under the frame. If the tires/wheels are good, put them on Craigslist and make a few bucks maybe? This would provide a more firm base and the trailer will bounce less when walking around inside.
cjoseph 05/15/15 12:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Am I just a chicken?

Try airing your tires up to max and make sure you have about 15% of the trailer's weight on the tongue.
cjoseph 05/15/15 12:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Any financial advantages of buying new RV vs used?

Just posted this to another thread and realized it pertains here too. This comes with buying a new Ford F53 chassis: 5-years or 60,000 miles roadside Assistance** This 24 hour, seven-days-a-week Hotline is a standard feature on all Ford Motorhome Chassis. By dialing 1-800- 444-3311, Ford Motorhome Chassis Customers also have access to: • Flat Tire Changes (No Charge with Ford) • Jump Start For A Dead Battery (No Charge with Ford) • Gasoline, If Out of Fuel (No Charge with Ford) • Vehicle Lock-Out Service (No Charge with Ford) • Towing To The Closest Dealer (No Charge with Ford) ** 5-years or 60,000 miles, whichever occurs first. See your Ford dealer for details. I am not sure if transferable if you buy used during the mileage/age limits, but most likely is. Of course, you won't have this coverage as long as if you bought new. You can get that for a used coach older than 5 years, but you have to pay.
cjoseph 05/08/15 07:04am Beginning RVing
RE: Apparently it's our turn! Assistance denied on the road!

Since the topic has strayed to other forms of coverage, I suggest check your insurance carrier. They often provide policy addendum that handle roadside assistance. If you bought new, the manufacturer/chassis maker may provide coverage. For instances, Ford Motor Company provides the following to me on my gas motorhome: 5-years or 60,000 miles roadside Assistance** This 24 hour, seven-days-a-week Hotline is a standard feature on all Ford Motorhome Chassis. By dialing 1-800- 444-3311, Ford Motorhome Chassis Customers also have access to: • Flat Tire Changes (No Charge with Ford) • Jump Start For A Dead Battery (No Charge with Ford) • Gasoline, If Out of Fuel (No Charge with Ford) • Vehicle Lock-Out Service (No Charge with Ford) • Towing To The Closest Dealer (No Charge with Ford) ** 5-years or 60,000 miles, whichever occurs first. See your Ford dealer for details. I have yet to call Ford's hotline, so can't comment on the quality of the service you may get.
cjoseph 05/08/15 06:57am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: EZ pass

Here is another recommendation for the I Pass through Illinois. They have no annual fee, just a $10 refundable deposit on each transponder and you only need to charge $40 to your account to get started. We thought it was perfect for the sporadic use we will have. My home state wanted an annual fee, and we wouldn't even use a toll road in this state very often? Certainly not every year. Illinois gave us a blue transponder for the MH and white transponders for the 2 cars. We use a PA toll road quite often with all three vehicles. Haven't had the MH on an EZ Pass road yet. I was told to put the Jeep transponder in foil and glove box while towing to avoid extra charges. EZ Pass will count your axles and deduct the proper toll from you account.
cjoseph 05/07/15 06:51am Roads and Routes
RE: Looking for campgrounds around Grafton West VA

Thanks - Our initial focus is campgrounds in a more direct route to Grafton. Canaan Valley/Seneca Rocks area looks interesting. This is our favorite place. We prefer Canaan Valley State Park. It has full hookups. They retain some first come /first served sites. Look up the phone number for the campground and call ahead. They can give you an idea of openings. That's what we do. For a second chance, we have never had trouble getting into nearby Blackwater Falls State Park or US COE CG, Seneca Shadows -not full hook ups though. There is a private CG, Yokums, I think, in the Seneca Rocks area. We have never stayed there. Also, the state park system still has a terrible reservation setup. You send in an application in February for the dates you want. Yeah, real 21st century stuff here. You can't post mark by a certain date or they reject that application. We go looking for the first come sites with a phone call ahead before the drive up, but we are just 1 hour away. We have never had to turn around and go home, though. A new 4-lane road (US 33/Corridor H) is being built from the Virginia line near Wardensville, WV into the Davis/Thomas area. The last leg is under construction. This will better open up the area to visitors from the beltway. It will eventually be 4-lane to Elkins. That leg will make it 4-lane all the way to I-79. Lot's of beautiful places in the Monongahela National Forest. There was once a movement to make this area a National Park to no avail. That's OK with us --less competition for the trails and campsites!
cjoseph 05/01/15 07:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: dirty looks? no, dirty locks

You said 'PS buying more ain't gonna happen! ". Sounded like you did not like them to me I got that too. Now I understand the OP just wants to know how to properly care for these, if care is needed. I would hit them with brake cleaner and after dry, graphite but I am no expert. Hey, they are only locks. If I ruin locks, I cut them off and buy new.
cjoseph 04/28/15 07:02am Tech Issues
RE: Looking for campgrounds around Grafton West VA

You could shift your search a little south to the area between the Corps of Engineers Lakes: Stonewall Jackson, Sutton, Summersville and Burnsville. These are large lakes. They hold back water in the spring to maintain the Monongahela River, and thus, the Ohio River all summer. They also serve as flood control during snow melt and spring rains. They are recreation spots in the summer. Unfortunately, the USA COE campgrounds don't have full hookups usually. I have a buddy who tows his 5th wheel down there every year in early summer. He has a storage spot. His wife and their friends coordinate for reservations. They plan their weekends accordingly. The owner of the storage area sets their campers up on their spots prior to the weekends of their reservations. All they have to do is show up. There are also better private campgrounds on some of these lakes. I would recommend Stonewall Jackson State Park for a nicer full-hookup CG. It is a "resort" state park with a nearby restaurant/lodge, Arnold Palmer Golf Course and spa. The fishing is excellent as it was a catch and release bass lake from its creation in 1989 until recently. We go to the mountains more so than the water. If interested in that, you could shift your search East to the Canaan Valley/Seneca Rocks area.
cjoseph 04/27/15 06:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for campgrounds around Grafton West VA

It looks like Grafton Parks and Rec operates a campground - http://www.campingroadtrip.com/campgrounds/campground/campground/25475/west-virginia/grafton-city-park This campground is just outside of town with houses close. It is located near the tail waters of Tygart Lake Dam. The city leased it to someone to develop. The last time I was there (not for camping), it was half done. Pipes were exposed and gravel was sparse. That was two years ago. The nearby Tygart Lake SP has a campground with electric only small sites, but the location is fantastic. It is in a wooded setting with a nice large Army Corps lake. Maybe you could give a little more detail of what kind of rig you have and what kind of campground you want. If you are looking for a place to park it when visiting or if you are looking for a place to go with the family once you get up here might give us a better idea. There are some awesome outdoor experiences with great campgrounds within a comfortable drive of Grafton. The WV State Park camping reservation system is terrible. Basically, you had to mail in an application back in February. I would suggest calling the park and asking about vacancies. I think park policy is to reserve half the sites and the others are first come.
cjoseph 04/26/15 08:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Quick disconnect

The best source for all things TOAD, or dinghy as they refer to them/ Every year make model can be different, some no way, some with alterations. This guide will tell you exactly what your friend needs. I see where past issues are for sale for $1.99? The last few years are still free. A quick google may find you a free copy out there in cyber world. Dinghy Towing Guide Archive
cjoseph 04/21/15 07:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What % of income for monthly payment consider okay

I look at things a little differently, I guess. We ask ourselves, "What discount should I get?" or "What should my payment be?" Good questions to ask. We have a fun budget for things we are going to do. This included typical vacations without RVs before. It now includes the MH and the associated trips we take with it. So, our payment with all the other added vacation expenses should not exceed our leisure budget. Having said that, when considering financing, just ask yourself if it fits into your budget and how much interest you are willing to pay. The interest-money question is the only difference than the cash-money RV scenario. Someone who pays cash is out the full amount right now. If I gave them a no-interest option with no penalties, no fees. etc... to pay over time, they would probably jump on that. So, how much interest do you want to pay? If those numbers fit, you should be good. It would help if you had enough down payment to ensure you would never owe more than it is worth. If not, that's asking for trouble. A lot of people say only pay cash which is hard to do. If two persons bought the exact same MH, for let's say $150,000, the cash buyer pays 150K. If financed, by the time that same MH is paid off you might pay $200K. (hopefully not that bad of a bank deal) Is that MH worth $200K to you? That is the biggest question you should answer once you say you can afford it. We could have bought a $40,000 MH with cash. We chose to put that down on a brand new one and pay interest. By the time our $111K MH is paid for, we will pay no more than $24K in interest. Not to mention it should be worth somewhat more than a $40K used MH would be if liquidated some time down the line. The bank loves us. We love our MH. Everybody is happy. Would the memories have been the same? Who knows, but there is some piece of mind that comes with buying new. Our brand new MH could blow an engine tomorrow. Could happen, but it is under warranty for 5/60. That's less likely to happen than the $40,000-cash used MH blowing something serious. Some people just don't like paying the bank, and I get that. I don't care who the money goes to. I just figure out how much $$$ is it worth to us and go from there. I would never stretch our budget for a toy. It should fit into your: "I'm throwing this amount away on fun" budget. Some people pay cash and then can't afford to put gas in it? I have seen cases on the forums where someone paid cash on a used MH and then had to raid their retirement fund to replace a blown engine on a DP? Ouch. It is all the price we pay to enjoy this lifestyle.
cjoseph 04/20/15 08:34am Beginning RVing
RE: Generator not making a sound

From my 7000, owners manual, three blinks is a service level code. Press the stop button once more. You will get the code. It will be a 2-digit code. The light will blink X times and then XX more times. Check your owners manual for the codes for your Onan. I think they are pretty uniform from one model to another but can't be sure.
cjoseph 04/17/15 10:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Gasoline Evaporation of 3/4 gallon per week ???????

Old thread revived but I have a thought. Ethanol might evaporate through the smog stuff more easily, maybe? Yeah, blame it on ethanol.
cjoseph 04/15/15 04:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Any financial advantages of buying new RV vs used?

You mentioned financing so: I don't know if financing works like on cars, but new verses used you usually get a better interest rate on new. This is more true if you are comparing brand spanking new to several years old. The older you go, the more depreciation you save. If you are going to resell in a few years, you will lose some of that depreciation savings on resale value. Keep it a long time, the savings is real, because both coaches eventually depreciate to residual value. Eventually, a well-kept coach levels out at what it is worth which is next to nothing compared to what it cost new -Arghh. I would think Florida and Arizona and the like are the mecca for shopping used. Where I live, not so much. I found that for what we were looking for, we had to drive hours to look at used or new. We bought new so we could get exactly what we wanted. We ordered it, had a few changes made, so we have one of a kind which is worth exactly nothing in the resale world. To us, it was worth the extra expense.
cjoseph 04/11/15 06:32am Beginning RVing
RE: Gen Sets that auto start and stop

Onan has a newer option for self-installation. It's pricey. About $525 from a quick search. You might have to buy a wire harness too. I'm not sure on the price of that. From the Onan website: – Starts and stops the generator as required to maintain battery health – Will only start the generator if shorepower is NOT present – Automatic generator turn on to meet air conditioning demands if coach gets too hot – Wireless - RV owners can install themselves Introducing the newest RV power generation solution -- Energy Command™ AutoStart . The EC-30W is the first autostart system specifically designed for RV owners to install themselves. This provides worry-free control for most Cummins Onan diesel, gas, or LP generators. While high-end diesel RVs have added autostart as a factory option in recent years, most RVers who could use an autostart system on their existing RV don’t have one. Because the EC-30W is wireless, the average RV owner can install it on their own without paying for installation. At the same time, the EC-30W maintains several features that are unique to the Energy Command family.
cjoseph 04/10/15 11:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Considering RV hauling; need some advice

Haul travel trailers for money and carry a truck camper for your use. Or pull TT for your use and carry TCs for the money. Other than that, the travel part will really stink. You gong to pull in a campground and get a sight to sleep in your truck? I guess you could pitch a tent?
cjoseph 04/08/15 02:34pm Workamping Forum
RE: how to decide on buying a trailer - the dream vs reality

What kind of investment is a $5,000 Disney Cruise? How about $3,000 for a week at Disney World? (probably more really) How about a $3,000 week at the beach in a condo? We replaced our travel budget with the TT then switched to a MH. That's how we look at it. If we keep it after it is paid off, the cost per year will start to go down. In reality, it cost us more than we use to spend on travel, but we travel a whole lot more. We have taken many weekend trips to outdoor destinations that we would have never done without the RV. Just figure out your family leisure budget and see if an RV fits into that. If there is no room for other trips, commit totally to the RV lifestyle or you shouldn't try. If you have room for RV-ing and other non-RV trips, more power to you. The only destinations I can think of that would be bad in an RV are some big cities. We don't want to go to those anyway. RV-ing at the beach is the best! We reserve ahead and get a site right up front. We rented some really nice beach houses and condos before we got the RV bug. Don't get me wrong, I loved those vacations, but when we left, I felt like we just threw some big bucks away on rent. With the RV, we are still "throwing" money away but it's down our very own money pit! There will be some residual value left at the end of ownership. I guess some get stuck sending their RVs off to the dump at the end of the useful life. Most have some value and can be sold. It's only money. Just figure out if this lifestyle is the way you want to spend it.
cjoseph 04/04/15 06:54am Beginning RVing
RE: Looking for help in improving the ride on my RV

What you need to search is the "Cheap Handling Fix" by discoverer/inventor John McKinley. I don't want to upset the moderators by linking you to another RV forum, but that is where you will find it. I experienced much improvement from body roll by doing this. Others in the CHF thread will recommend the "fix," a rear track bar and Koni shocks. With the CHF only, I went from mandatory two hands on the wheel for security to being able to drive 1-handed on the interstate if I choose. The CHF is doable on chassis newer than the 1999 F-53. Some are just change bolt locations and some need link extensions. One is labor only. The other is a $100 expense. Either way, it's "Cheap."
cjoseph 03/27/15 06:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Key West

Many, including myself, have pulled and driven big rigs right to the outskirts of Key West. I would't go into town though. The Navy campground is at about Mile Marker 2. That is 2 miles from the end of the Overseas Highway, US 1. We have pulled our TT and driven our Class A pulling a Toad to that campground with no problems. Prepare your route carefully. Real Estate is VALUABLE, so turn around spots are few. Likewise, gas stations are tight, so gas up on the mainland. Gas, as everything else is more expensive in the Keys.
cjoseph 03/21/15 09:05am Class A Motorhomes
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