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RE: mild rant, contractors and repair folks

I have a hard time believing that any business is SO busy that they can't return calls from potential customers, even if it is to say, sorry I can't/don't/won't do your requested project. It takes all of 30 seconds to do so, and while you may consider it wasted time, it may very well be the difference between staying in business and going bankrupt 2-5-8 years down the road when the economy changes (which it always does) and you are scraping for work. In 2005, we had a room addition done to our house. Unfortunately, the economy was booming and housing developments were going on everywhere. Out of 10 contractors that I called (whose ads specifically included "room additions"), 7 didn't even bother to return my call/message. The 3 that did were honest about the fact that they were working on large developments and either couldn't help me or that they would have to fit me in when they could. No problem, I understood, and I ended up hiring one of them. Fast forward a few years when the economy crashed, and most of those 7 that ignored me are no longer around. The 3 that returned my calls? They survived and are still in business today. Coincidence? No, the simple result of customer service. I have no problem being told no. I DO have a problem being ignored, or worse, being told that you will show up at a certain time and then you don't bother. Newsflash, my time is just as important as yours, if not more so.
4x4van 06/20/19 03:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: mild rant, contractors and repair folks

Well, reading through these posts, there are several here that I would certainly not want to hire. If you can't even be bothered to talk to me, what makes me believe that it would be any different during the job if I did hire you? Here's my take: I worked out of my house doing civil engineering for a number of years. Some good years, some lean years. But I never ignored a potential customer; I always gave them the courtesy of taking their call/listening to them. If they called, I answered, even if I had to tell them I was currently swamped and couldn't do their job, but "keep me in mind for any future work". The result was that when the economy turned sour, I still had customers. And back to the OP's actual complaint; If I said I'd be somewhere at a certain time...I WAS THERE AT THAT TIME. PERIOD. My dad always said; early is on time, on-time is late, late is...don't even bother.
4x4van 06/19/19 05:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tire plugs

Most reputable tire retailers will use a plug/patch combo, installed from the inside. Personally, I've used plugs quite a few times over the last 40 years, sometimes with the tire still on the vehicle, and have not had a single one fail. However, I probably wouldn't try it on my MH simply because of the weight/pressure involved.
4x4van 06/19/19 04:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Class A-what year is it?

Several people have already posted links to the RVIA info on this, so I'm not going to do that again, but ALL states SHOULD be using the RV manufacturer's model yr designation, not the chassis yr. Some DMV employees don't do it that way, but they are WRONG, and those RV registrations SHOULD be corrected. Ferndaleflyer; your situation could result in less money in your pocket when you go to sell, albeit probably not a huge difference. For what it's worth, my current RV is a 2004 model, built in 2004, on a 2004 chassis (that was built in 2004)...so there is no question; DMV agrees that it's a 2004. However, my last RV was a 1988 model RV, built in 1988 on a 1987 Ford chassis (that was actually built in 1986). DMV registration correctly lists it as a 1988.
4x4van 06/19/19 04:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hose question........

I bought a 50' hose, cut it into a 15' and a 35'. That gives me 3 options for water: 15', 35' or 50'; have never needed more than that. Got 20' of sewer hose (2-10' sections); usually 10' is enough. I use an old green 10' hose for flush.
4x4van 06/14/19 01:46pm Beginning RVing
RE: Caulking Roof to gutter

Dicor is a great sealant, but a lousy "glue". The roof edge seal on Winnebagos/Itascas need "glue", specifically: Manus Bond 75AM
4x4van 06/14/19 12:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leveling and turning on your refrigerator?

As has been pointed out, there is no real need to be a math wiz or anything of the sort. The actual numbers result in some pretty steep slopes; 10" side-to-side (of the RV) is very extreme. 10" front-to-back (of the RV), while not as extreme, is still pretty significant, and easily noticeable. If you can walk around comfortably, sleep without falling out of bed, and stuff doesn't quickly roll off the table, you are likely close enough. Measuring and bubble levels are fine, but if you simply look around your RV, and it is level enough to spend time in comfortably, then it's level enough for the fridge.
4x4van 06/04/19 01:02pm Beginning RVing
RE: Online Oil Filter Dissection And Discussion

This is old news and is neither fair nor accurate.
4x4van 05/31/19 04:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Question about rear Dining/Living/Bed

My last C, a 26' Jamboree, was what was known as the "party plan". It had a couch, two swivel chairs (with a pull out table between them), and a dinette, along with a full width rear bath; the only dedicated bed was the overhead. The layout gave us tons of living/seating area (could easily seat 9 even without the swivel cab seats) for the "party", yet still had a dedicated bed (the crow's nest, as some have called it). The dinette made into a bed (albeit for short people) and the coach pulled into a bed, so we could sleep 6. DW & I slept up top, and when our kids came along they would use the couch and dinette. It took only a minute to set up/take down those beds, but it was kind of a pain to make sure everyone was up in order to make breakfast, and of course the party had to move outside if they wanted to go to bed early. Overall, we loved the layout, since the dedicated floor space for "living" was larger than with a floor level bed. Although we now have an A, I believe that one of the advantages of a C is that the overhead bed allows more of the floorspace to be used for "living" as opposed to sleeping, as long as you are physically able to climb up & down every night.
4x4van 05/30/19 02:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tape with Capsicum In It

Not too sure I buy the idea that birds don't detect hot. Went to the beach last year and a relative brought some beef jerky that was some ungodly hot. One little taste and your mouth and throat was on fire for hours. Left the open bag on the picnic table. Now anyone who has spent any time on west coast beaches knows that seagulls will and do eat anything left out. They will open up closed bags of food and pretty much destroy your campsite. That open bag of jerky sat there on the table for 2 days; the seagulls came & investigated, shoved the bag around a bit, tasted it, and then left it alone and gave it a wide berth! As for capsicum tape; It wouldn't be practical for a car owner to try to wrap their wiring; you couldn't get to all of it. Perhaps if the manufacturers used it for the wiring harness before the car was built?
4x4van 05/29/19 04:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Generator questions

I have no clue what the issue is or what you are trying to get across since you have contradicted yourself several times. You say that it has run before for 2 days and the fuel gauge always goes down. But it won't run now, the fuel gauge reads full, and trying to add gas spills out of the filler neck. Why would you suspect that it is low on fuel? I'd be checking the fuel filter, as well as the fuel pump (on the generator, not the fueling station).
4x4van 05/29/19 02:23pm Beginning RVing
RE: Salesman trying to talk me out of a Class C

I, too, agree with many of JusBud's points. A's harder to work on? On the contrary. Just about any large truck repair center will work on class A's, and for the do-it-yourselfer, most A's are 10X easier than C's (yes, I have owned/worked on both). I can sit nearly upright under my A and in the wheelwell and access the entire sides of the engine; couldn't get anywhere near the sides of the engine on my class Cs. Open my A's doghouse, everything is exposed. Class C? No way. As for safety; yes, the C has a van cab and airbags. On the other hand the seats in the A are typically above the other vehicle in an accident. The merits of each have been debated ad nauseum, not gonna start it up again. Showing off such wealth???? Not sure where that idea comes from. We don't all drive $500K+ 45' DPs with tag axles, full body paint, and hot tubs!
4x4van 05/29/19 12:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Leveling and turning on your refrigerator?

And in case you did not notice up thread I did the math. Several times. I ran it through several on line calculators as well and 3 degrees... Side to side (That is front to back or the fridge Side to side for the RV, assuming an 8' "Wingspan (Axle length) is 5 inches. Actually, the side-to-side (front-to-back of the fridge) spec is 6 degrees, not 3; Side-to-side of the RV at 6 degrees (8' wide) is 10".;)
4x4van 05/28/19 12:21pm Beginning RVing
RE: Removable shore power cord inlet

I don't see the appeal with the detachable cord plugged in on the outside of the RV. I wouldn't be happy with my entire cord laying on the ground outside; seldom have I ever needed the entire length. Mine has a large bay door that is easy to pull out (and return) as much as I need, no more, and it has a small opening at the bottom (against the inside of the door) for the cord to go through.
4x4van 05/23/19 12:59pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: At least I found an honest dealer...

Used RV are like used cars. THEY WILL NEED REPAIRS ! For example, unless the previous owner did METICULOUS maintenance figure any RV over 5-8 years weill need a new roof. Not a "coating", a new roof ! The problem is on RVs it is easier for there to be SERIOUS hidden damage, especially if you don't know where to look !My first RV was purchased at 10 years old. My second was purchased at 10 years old. My third (and current) was purchased at 12 years old. While all 3 were in good condition, NONE of them were maintained "meticulously". NONE of them had or have any roof issues; not sure what RVs you are looking at that need new roofs at 5-8 years old. :h
4x4van 05/23/19 12:08pm Beginning RVing
RE: Leveling and turning on your refrigerator?

The specs call for a max of 3 degrees side-to-side and 6 degrees front-to-back. That is looking at the fridge, not the RV. Doing the math shows that 3 degrees equals 0.6280" per ft, and 6 degrees equals 1.2543" per ft. So, on a 24' long 8' wide RV, that means a 15" difference from the front of the RV to the back (0.6280" x 24), and a 10" difference side to side (1.2543" x 8). If you can comfortably walk around your RV, you are within those numbers. As for driving with the fridge running on LPG; it is designed to do so, is legal to do so in every state, and is in fact done so by 10's of 1000's of RV owners safely every day. Get your trailer reasonably level and turn on the fridge 1 or 2 days prior to your trip. Then load it up and head on out. Don't overthink things that don't need it; there are plenty of other things to stress about when it comes to owning/using an RV!
4x4van 05/23/19 10:45am Beginning RVing
RE: This is just what we need

This would be great for large venues, outdoor concerts, etc...but why in the h3ll would it be listed on an RV parts business?
4x4van 05/23/19 09:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Camping or Glamping?

About 20 years ago (maybe more?), a co-worker and his wife decided to try camping with us at Glamis. They had ATV's, and so they bought a tent and other "camping" gear, although they shared the cooking and bathroom facilities in our class C. At one point, the wife said to us; "Your RV is nice, but it's not really camping". I told her that I go to Glamis (or other locations) mainly to ride (or jetski, or...), and the less time and energy I have to spend setting up and tearing down "camp", the more time and energy I have to do what I'm actually there to do. She said she still preferred the tent. That night, the wind came up and it rained cats & dogs. The next month's trip came...and they joined us again...but in their own motorhome!:B I've camped in everything from tents to my class A. I still do most of our cooking outside (albeit on a gas grille/griddle) and we spend most of our time outside around the campfire (yes, sometimes a gas fire if woodfires are not allowed). And admittedly there is a very broad gray line between camping and glamping within the RV world, from boondocking to high-end RV resorts with paved/landscaped roads, streetlights, clubhouses, pools, etc. But if I'm not at home, and I'm not in a fixed stick & brick building, then AFAIC I'm camping. YMMV.
4x4van 05/23/19 08:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Jayco X19H Roof does not support weight of solar cells?

While they may not approve of a person walking on the roof, if the roof cannot support the weight of solar panels, I'm not at all impressed with the build quality of your trailer.
4x4van 05/20/19 05:08pm Tech Issues
RE: 1986 vs 1987 Ford 460

My last RV was a '88 Jamboree on a '87 Ford E350 chassis. I always had to remember "'87" when buying engine/chassis parts; the '87 was carb, '88 was fuel injected.
4x4van 05/20/19 04:12pm Class A Motorhomes
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