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RE: Tow Bar Not Locking?

crawford I think Blue Ox has a 3-year warranty for the original owner only, which is me. I wrote to Blue Ox and they said they would send me a prepaid shipping label, which they did. I sent it in and I am waiting to see if they will fix it for free. I will try to remember to update this thread with the results. Steve
DallasSteve 03/21/21 02:54pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Full Time Living Recap (Almost 1 Year)

Buying two new vehicles then complaining of depreciation when you lose half the value as soon as you drive it away I only lost 7% depreciation when I sold the motor home plus the 6% sales tax which is never coming back. That's not nearly "half". The Jeep will lose some value in a year, but they tend to hold their value well and I have to drive something, so that is no different whether I'm living in an RV or a house. Edit: The point is, I think you miss-characterize my comments by saying that I complained about depreciation. I mentioned depreciation is saying that I didn't spend more than living in an apartment for a year including the depreciation. So that's really the opposite of complaining. In case you didn't read my original post carefully here again are the 4 reasons that I gave for getting out of full time RV life, and none of them were depreciation: The reasons I got out were as follows: We wanted to see other places where we could live and my wife could work (she's not retired). She found a place she liked so we decided to rent a place and stay here for at least a year. I was tired of living in the small area of an RV. Our new rental house is like a mansion in comparison and I feel much more relaxed. The stress of planning a cross country trip and then driving this big vehicle and now paying much more for gas and probably some minor repairs/maintenance were taking the fun out of this. After you've seen one state or COE park, you've basically seen them all, in my opinion, with a few variations.
DallasSteve 03/20/21 11:45am Full-time RVing
RE: Full Time Living Recap (Almost 1 Year)

There have been several comments suggesting that if I wanted to have more space I should have bought a larger mobile home. Sure, but size is a trade off as you probably know. Larger means it will cost much more (purchase, fuel, insurance, etc.) and it will be harder to turn, park, and fit into many campgrounds. The park where we spent last summer in Arkansas was a good location and price for us (others were not) but it had only one space left and our 31 foot rig just barely fit. One or two feet longer would not have fit that last space. That's probably why it was still available. Going up to 40 feet or longer would also surely require a diesel motor and that would mean even more cost and the setup I had was about as far as i wanted to push my retirement budget. It was sufficient to live in, but it was a little tight. I can't remember the number of times that I banged my head or arm into a corner in the motor home.
DallasSteve 03/19/21 09:53am Full-time RVing
RE: What the heck? I thought motorhomes lost value fast!!

The prices of motor homes seem to be good (for sellers) right now, which worked for me. I sold a 2020 Winnebago Intent 30R last month, that I bought 11 months earlier. I lost about 7% off the purchase price, not counting sales tax which was about another 6% out the window. And I sold it to a big dealer just because I wanted to get out quick and easy.
DallasSteve 03/18/21 01:02pm Class A Motorhomes
Full Time Living Recap (Almost 1 Year)

I am making this post in part for my own benefit and in part for others. I have posted and read here for at least 5 years in preparation to try living in an RV full time. My goal was to see other parts of the country in retirement. I did this for 11 months from March 2020 - February 2021. That's basically the height of the pandemic. Terrible timing, which is the story of my life, in a lot of ways. But I don't regret the experience, which is the theme of this message. I had planned to buy a truck and travel trailer, but after considering my budget and the different options I decided to get a motor home and pull a Jeep Wrangler. I went new with both because I wanted to avoid repairs as much as possible. I wanted the smallest RV that would be comfortable for me and my wife. I picked the Winnebago Intent 30R, which is about 31 feet long and has 2 slideouts. The reasons I got out were as follows: We wanted to see other places where we could live and my wife could work (she's not retired). She found a place she liked so we decided to rent a place and stay here for at least a year. I was tired of living in the small area of an RV. Our new rental house is like a mansion in comparison and I feel much more relaxed. The stress of planning a cross country trip and then driving this big vehicle and now paying much more for gas and probably some minor repairs/maintenance were taking the fun out of this. After you've seen one state or COE park, you've basically seen them all, in my opinion, with a few variations. In summary, for me, an RV is not good choice for year round living in the same place because of the season changes. Here in South Texas the A/C would be droning on the roof almost 24/7 during the summer. So it was either sell it or store it. Prices appear to be good right now due in part to the pandemic so I wanted to "get while the getting's good". I calculate that I didn't spend much more in total during our time in the RV, including depreciation, compared to living in Dallas in an apartment for the last year. So it didn't damage my retirement finances. In fact, if we miss the RV lifestyle we could do it again some day when my wife doesn't want to work any more.
DallasSteve 03/18/21 12:19pm Full-time RVing
RE: Tow Bar Not Locking?

When you pull legs out they lock into place. When you push the lever down on each leg the legs are able to be pushed back into the arms. The Tow bar is rebuildable and you can get parts on line. If no major part is broken. Blue Ox will no longer recondition a tow bar over 7 years old at RV shows any more. Use to have mine redone at Quartzsite every 2 years Thanks for the tip. Maybe I'll look into rebuilding it or paying someone to rebuild it. I suppose I can find videos about it on YouTube.
DallasSteve 03/07/21 10:19pm Dinghy Towing
Tow Bar Not Locking?

I bought a Blue Ox Ascent tow bar. I used it to tow my Jeep. I sold the tow bar on eBay. The buyer said it is broken. He said it rattles and one of the legs will not lock. I don't know if he is correct. That's not something I ever checked. I was happy that when I towed my Jeep I could unhook and the bars would retract. I don't remember if I had to push both levers to get them both to retract. Is it as simple as pulling out the 2 legs and both should snap extended or is it possible that he doesn't know what he's doing either?
DallasSteve 03/06/21 07:53pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Short Term Freezing Weather Tips?

Be sure your propane tanks are full. With what we've seen in Texas on the Weather Channel I would not drive my rig out to fill up with propane. If you have an extended stay valve on your rig, and have a safe way to get some propane, get some 20# tanks and use them. You could get 2 days per tank used sparingly. Actually my Winnebago Intent has 2 20 pound tanks that are removable. I took one over to fill it today. I'm helping them with 2 electric heaters. Tonight is a freeze and then we have a couple of days above freezing; then one more night of freezing temps followed by 70s. I'm ready for those 70s.
DallasSteve 02/15/21 07:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Short Term Freezing Weather Tips?

OK. Thanks.
DallasSteve 02/14/21 06:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Short Term Freezing Weather Tips?

Thanks again for the tips. One last question as the temps drop to freezing here in "Almost Mexico". I was going to leave the faucets dripping tonight, but I disconnected from the water main and drained my hose. My fresh water tank is full, but if I leave the faucets dripping it may use all the water overnight. Is it important to leave the faucets dripping?
DallasSteve 02/14/21 05:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Short Term Freezing Weather Tips?

Thanks for these good tips.
DallasSteve 02/14/21 01:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Short Term Freezing Weather Tips?

Thanks bgum. I plan to do most of that.
DallasSteve 02/12/21 01:11pm General RVing Issues
Short Term Freezing Weather Tips?

I'm in the Rio Grande Valley (South Texas) and we are forecast for about 2 days of freezing temps Monday and Tuesday. The low right now is expected to be around 26 degrees. We are in a motor home with no skirting outside. I will keep the house temp at least 70 degrees through the night and I plan to keep the cabinets open and drip the faucets. Am I safe from frozen pipes or do I need to shut off the water and drain the pipes during the nights? Have you actually been camping through similar temps?
DallasSteve 02/11/21 05:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Great time to Sell Your RV!

Demand has never been higher!! Pic is link to Camping World form on FB that you can fill out...23,000+ comments so far! Folks want to sell their rigs and get out from under the payment. I bought a new 2020 Winnebago Intent in March for $80K. Now they are listing for $100K. I'm going to try to sell mine. I know I won't get the new price, but I might get what I paid or a little more or less (maybe even cover the sales tax). I'm not sure this is the life for me and I want to get while the getting is good. If I don't lose much I might buy again in a year or two. So where is the best place to sell? I'm pretty sure it's not Camping World, but it doesn't cost me anything to submit an inquiry. Would you list on Facebook? Craigslist? eBay? RV Trader? Do any of those take a cut of the sale price?
DallasSteve 12/25/20 11:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Great time to Sell Your RV!

Before anyone buys any rv they should try to get a camping spot......they are virtually non existent but a trip to a campground will show 1/2 empty......the reservation system needs to be overhauled..... I don't agree. I made a trip from Arkansas to South Texas in September/October. I was able to get almost every park I wanted including parks on Galveston Island, a state park on Mustang Island, and a nice county park on South Padre Island. The one exception was Labor Day weekend, I didn't reserve early enough and had to take a pricey private park, but not too bad. In fact, the park on South Padre Island was about 70% empty in October. Granted, Florida will be much harder to make reservations, but not every RV camper has to go to Florida. (And I made my trip reservations about 1 month before I traveled)
DallasSteve 12/25/20 11:52am General RVing Issues
How To Ship Large Repair Parts? Winnebago Wants $200

I need to order 2 large parts for my motorhome: the ladder on the back, and the 8 foot long metal trim piece at the bottom of the rear wall. I found the parts and I wrote/called Winnebago parts department. They told me it will cost about $200 to ship each item. There are no Winnebago dealers near me in South Texas (Alamo, Texas). The closest ones are near San Antonio about 4 or 5 hours away. I would like to get this done here in the winter and then try to sell the rig. After thinking it over, I have 2 strategies to reduce the cost. I am going to ask Winnebago if they can ship them together. $200 is better than $400, but I don't know if they will do that. I will also ask them what is the cost to ship them to an RV shop here in South Texas. Winnebago told me it's more expensive to ship to a residence than a business. Does anybody else have any ideas how to get the parts and not spend so much on shipping?
DallasSteve 12/25/20 11:46am Tech Issues
Looking For Alternatives To Fitzy TV

I've been using Fitzy TV for about 2 years after learning about it here. Most of the time it works well, but every few weeks it goes on the blink and we can't get our DVR recordings to play or they don't record as scheduled. A very amateur operation, in my opinion, but a cheap solution. So is there another app that people are using to record TV programs from the Locast internet TV service?
DallasSteve 12/13/20 09:17pm Technology Corner
RE: Buy Register A Car While Traveling?

As a follow up, we returned to Texas in September, and I got the vehicle inspected and registered. It had to be inspected in my county of residence. Now I have title and plates and I paid my tax.
DallasSteve 11/02/20 12:11am Full-time RVing
RE: Heating Cost: Electric vs. Propane

Wow, 16.5/KWH is crazy expensive as here at owned home our electric power is 9.6/KWH and when in our Florida CG with our RV it's 10.3/KWH. I agree the electric rate in this park is very high, but the rent here is very low, only $275, and it's a nice quiet park in the area where I want to be. So I figure they are making another $25 or so a month on my electric bill. I'd rather pay that than stay at one of the $500 parks around here even if their electric was 10 cents per KWH. If my electric bill runs high here, I will just switch my heating and cooking over to propane.
DallasSteve 11/01/20 05:24pm General RVing Issues
Bluetooth Gaps

I have a sound system in my Winnebago motorhome that uses the truck dashboard to connect to the speaker system. I can connect my phone or laptop to that system by bluetooth. It works, but every once in a while the song I'm playing will pause as if the bluetooth lost its signal for a moment and then it resumes. Is there something I can do to solve this problem?
DallasSteve 10/28/20 07:58pm Technology Corner
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