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RE: Huge Range in Insurance Premiums

They all use different algorithms to determine rates. They place different preference on variables as well. Progressive for us was cheaper. $600 a year for full replacement (no ACV). I'm sure it will go up as the RV ages but it was half what GEICO offered. Why? Progressive places a high value on credit score, claim free and continuous insurance without interruption. If you tick all those boxes (790+) the rates drop a lot, where as some companies like GEICO are better for middle market folks but higher than ultra preferred with progressive. This isn't universal, but a general rule of thumb at least in our state where we are insured. As an agent for 16 years you could see a few variables and know exactly where someone would fit for the best rate. There are little things like Comp claim or not being married or not having a degree that can disqualify you from a top tier rate. You would never know it when you call in but you'd be amazed at what they use to determine risk.
Aridon 03/11/19 02:54pm Full-time RVing
RE: Brands that are well built for winter??

You can survive in a heavy duty tent and even be comfortable in almost any temperature with a big enough furnace and enough fuel. Stick with something 2.5 inch to 3 inch which is the max sidewall, skirt and keep a lot of propane and you'll be fine. Make sure the under belly gets heat and heat tape your hose. Skirt. Enjoy the winter. We dont' notice a significant different between our DRV or our Momentum. I feel both of the fifth wheels were better insulated than our Newmar DP.
Aridon 03/11/19 02:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Upstairs Living Room

They are fine if you want them The plus side is they look big, especially with opposing slides. Personally I don't like the low ceilings in the room I'm going to spend most of my awake time in. I also don't like how the kitchen is completely separate and below since my wife likes to watch the boob tube while cooking or doing stuff. The areas feel very separate. You can get rear living units that are just as big, still have the high ceilings and retain a separate living kitchen area without closing the two off to each other. I think there are better floor plans.
Aridon 02/11/19 07:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV refrigerator vs residential refrigerator

Residential fridges are far more efficient. RV fridges, especially the larges ones, take upwards of 8x the electric to run vs residential in warm weather. I just swapped out my Norcold in September when I saw that it was cost over $45 a month in electric on its own vs $6 for my new LG fridge. We had a samsung in our Newmar and loved it. We had a whirlpool in our DRV and loved it Hated our RV fridges and couldnt' wait to get rid of it. One of the first major projects we did after we bought the Momentum.
Aridon 02/03/19 10:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Grand Design Quality

Grand design does stuff better, they also do things worse than others. RV's are a mixed bag, they are very similar. Now we felt overall, floor plan and quality that GD was best for us, otherwise we wouldn't of purchased. That said, they are mostly similar for the most part but I'd put GD over some and on par with others. I would buy a Momentum again. In fact I'd seek out the brand. I would not buy a DRV again, even pre sale to Thor, much less after the sale. I would buy a Newmar again. It's a house that goes 60mph + down the road. You are going to have trouble with it at some point. We are quite pleased with the response we have received from grand design and their willingness to let me fix stuff and just send me a check. They've worked with us on the few minor issues we've had over the last 6 months and I'd buy another one in a heart beat.
Aridon 02/02/19 07:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: extended RV warranties

The dealer will thank you for buying a high commission product from them.
Aridon 12/05/18 08:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Have you seen the smart Airstreams?

Not worried about it getting hacked. I am worried about cheap Lippert **** breaking and not being able to put on my Air or pull in my awning.
Aridon 11/30/18 11:07pm Technology Corner
RE: Youtube TV, a positive experience

We use YTTV and Philo for the additional channels. Virtually no overlap and when we travel we keep our local DVR recordings and still get the new location locals as well. Excellent services. Even works well over 4g.
Aridon 11/30/18 04:16am Technology Corner
RE: Gap insurance and total replacement coverage

Get Gap on your insurance policy not from the dealer. It will pay an extra 25% over the value. Better than that is to get a full replacement or stated value policy from progressive. No depreciation.
Aridon 11/24/18 08:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Durability of fifth wheel vs fifth wheel toy hauler?

They last as long as you take care of them. Keep water out and maintain them, they will last longer than you. Even the cheapest trailer can be kept virtually a lifetime. So when shopping, at this age range, initiak quality means nothing. Unit that was left to rot will rot, doesn't matter if it's Forest River, newmar, etc.
Aridon 11/24/18 08:09pm Toy Haulers
RE: Question about wrecks while towing a 5th wheel

Very happy with my truck so far. You really don't see much difference with the 4.10 ratio. In the higher gears, which is where you spend most of the the time, the difference is non existent. On the lower end there is diminishing differences. So first gear is large, second not as large, third and by fourth it is almost the same. The end result is it really isn't a big deal for fuel mileage. On the highway I get 17 to 20. If I'm doing 78 or so I get closer to 17, If I"m doing 60 I get closer to 20 or so. If I'm in stop and go where I'm never out of idle or second then my mileage will blow regardless so again, NBD. City mileage runs around 15 or so. When towing I get 10 mpg on average but we tow mostly flat areas around 60-63mph. As for towing, I don't even know that the unit is back there. Sturdy, no sway, no push or pull when the trucks go by, nothing. Very happy with the truck. Would purchase again without any changes.
Aridon 11/07/18 06:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Question about wrecks while towing a 5th wheel

Could happen, especially if it wasn't hitched right or if the hitch wasn't installed correctly or if using some kind of adapter which added weakness. In general though, physics dictates that scenario unlikely assuming everything is up to snuff. First, the hitch swings so any pressure pushing on the back would push on the hitch and take the path of least resistance. This would absorb energy as the trailer edges around the hitch. So energy would be spent there. You also have the frame of the truck and on a long bed many feet of frame to go through. You would be more likely to see this happen on a short bed truck. The front cap of an RV isn't exactly strong. Mostly fiberglass, resin and foam. So while it might look bad, hitting that isn't exactly like hitting something really solid. Again a lot of the energy of the impact would be lost when the fifth wheel cap hit the truck and literally started to crumple. Same is true for the front generator and storage areas. When the two frames collide, tons of energy will be lost. I'd put my money on the truck frame over the fifth wheel frame any day. So while I think this could happen, especially if you used some kind of adapter on a gooseneck or didn't install your hitch right, this type of accident would likely be super rare (they are) and serious injury would also be unlikely.
Aridon 11/07/18 02:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brand Questions and 5er Choices

We've been happy with our grand design. Wouldn't buy a drv again. We were happy with our newmar but don't miss our dp at all. Love the interior space if the fifth wheel and don't mind the traveling with it.
Aridon 10/17/18 05:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: DRV Mobile Suite Opinions Solicited

We would avoid them. We had an Atlanta mobile suites.
Aridon 10/15/18 07:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Full time RV Living for a newbie

The first thing is to go look at some RV's and then pick a type. Travel trailer, fifth wheel, class a, class c or class b. Then come back and people can help you a little better. The cheapest entry is probably a Travel trailer and a truck. You can find a ton of different floor plans that will fit any lifestyle. Some manufacturers frown on you living in them full time. So keep that in mind. Grand Design, artic fox and I'm sure there are more don't care. Don't skimp on size, you'll want to be comfortable. Go check out floor plans, pretend to live in them and see how they feel.
Aridon 09/25/18 04:56pm Full-time RVing
RE: New Fuzion touch screen?

Momentums have them but have backup switches for most everything.
Aridon 09/18/18 03:09am Toy Haulers
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