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RE: A Camp-Away-from-Quartzsite-with-SxS Question

We will be returning to the Q in January for the 7th year in a row. We always stay at the Rice Ranch RV Park {just a large gravel lot with full hook ups for about $35 and dry camping for $7 we dry camp}. What RR has going for it is its location at the southeast corner of 95 and Kuehn Rd which puts you a couple of hundred yards from the center of the show and we walk to everything. Be advised... if you are going to ride any paved roads in Quartzsite your buggy needs to be street legal in Arizona and yes, they do enforce it. We have found that during the big RV Show 2 days and nights at the Q are plenty and this year we have reservations for 4 days/nights {Pre Q} at Arizona Oasis in Ehrenburg 20 miles west of the Q right on the Colorado River before we roll on into Quartzsite on Monday morning. Arizona Oasis sits just a mile from the Ehrenburg Sand Bowl OHV riding area which is awesome! After doing 4 days of some serious Rzr chasing we will do 2 days at the Q and then head up to Lake Havesu for another 3 or 4 days of fun at a nice RV Park right on the lake {can you say kayaks?} before returning home to Tucson. My friends from San Diego will be in their 40' Winnebago DP trailering his Rzr 1,000and we in our 24' Class C trailing my 570 Rzr. Ten days of too much fun in 3 great venues with our friends... Doesn't get much better than that. :B
Desert Captain 11/14/19 10:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

It has been our experience that any insurance claim regardless how minor, and "yes" even simple inquiries to determine if we should file a claim to our insurance company, auto or home policy, the rates jump up so badly that we have to switch insurance companies. Once we learned how the insurance system actually works, we get the highest deductible plans, and pay out of pocket without informing our insurance, even when exceeding the deductible by "reasonable" amounts. We save BIG money over-all this way. And if you wonder, we had so few claims over our 42 year driving and home ownership history. All claims were very minor incidents that we felt did not warrant such high increases in our policies. The few claims we had were smaller than the cost of coverage for that given year. Ron, Insurance companies can NOT raise your rates for simply making an inquiry regarding a potential claim. All insurance companies share common data base so they will know if you have filed claims with other companies and that can affect the rates they charge so there is little to be gained by jumping from company to company. About 2 years ago I had my first ever potential claim, I had caught the edge of the scale at the refuse transfer station and did what was largely cosmetic damage below the door sill. After hearing what the paint and body shop proposed - replacing a fully functioning door to the tune of $2,500 I canceled the claim and did the repair myself. A little tapping with a maul to flatten out the gouged metal trim and some touch up paint have it looking decent. The claim was dropped and as far as GEICO {and the rest of insurance industry} is concerned it never happened. This was confirmed today when my adjuster noted that I had no {zip, zero, nada} claims in my insurance history. I agree one can save on premiums up front by opting for higher deductibles but if you are afraid to use insurance there isn't much point in having it. Self insuring becomes and option but given the low interest rates currently available it does not always pencil out. You still are legally obligated to have liability insurance and when bundled with full coverage the costs are not that much higher. I have made it a habit over the last 30 years to get quotes from multiple insurance companies every 3 - 5 years on all of my insurance products. Usually my existing insurance is competitive but if it is not for whatever reason I simple shop for another carrier. :C
Desert Captain 11/13/19 06:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

Way2roll, I must respectfully disagree... We had a spare, good cell coverage and ERS with a reasonable response time {for a busy interstate} and still spent 2+ hours in the "Dead Zone" as the shoulder is aptly known. Had we not had a spare we would have been there much longer and your chances of having a major disaster go up exponentially every minute you are there. If you chose not to carry one that is your call but having backup equipment, especially when it comes to safety is for me the only way to travel. Do you have any fire extinguishers? I carry 3 and know how to use them. Ever needed one? Nope. Much like a spare they rarely are needed but when you need one not much else will suffice. As I often note: "Opinions... and YMMV" My incident continues to just get better and better... The GEICO Claims Adjuster met me this morning at our storage yard. In just a few minutes he had completed the requisite paperwork {mostly on his computer} and the damage estimate came in at $704 {less my $500 deductible}. I have an appointment at Freedom RV tomorrow at 9 and they should be able to wrap up the repair {assuming they do not discover any additional damage} in just a few days. My GEICO guy wrote me a check on the spot for $251.56 to reimburse me for the cost of the blown tire as that expense was covered by my RV policy. I admit to this being a very pleasant surprise. I will report back when the repair is completed but right now it is looking like I will be out about $250 when all is said and done including my deductible {not counting the two additional tires I replaced just to be on the safe side}. Oh, I found where the severed wire goes... It connects to a small amber running light on the side of the coach which ought to take about a minute and half to repair. :C
Desert Captain 11/13/19 12:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

Because tires are a maintenance item I assumed that damage from a blow out would not be covered by insurance? I never heard that one. :h GEICO says no problem... Yes, the damage could have been much worse. The forces involved were huge as evidenced by the twisted steel bar. The heavy rubber mudflap obviously took the brunt of the explosion and probably prevented additional damage. I will never know if I possibly hit some debris in the lane... I don't think so but there is no way of knowing. As noted, the tires were inspected and aired up by Discount Tire that day before. :C
Desert Captain 11/12/19 08:51am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

I didn't realize the extent of the collateral damage the rig suffered when we had the blow out. We had to unbolt/remove the mudflap as it had been jammed up and over the top of the duallies but I assumed I would be able to do that myself... wrong. You can see the twist on the outside end of the support bar and there is no way I can straighten that. Also the frame has been pushed/pulled forward and needs to be realigned flush with the wheel well opening. I also found a duplex wire that was severed by the force of the explosion/blowout. There is an inner support bar above the twisted one {looks to be way low on the inside of the wheel well} that was dislodged and needs to be replaced or at least realigned and reinstalled. Like I said earlier this thing really blew {grenaded}, here are a couple of pics showing the extent of the damage: https://i.imgur.com/dbFlQAol.jpg https://i.imgur.com/YBYl9VXl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/gjYn8DXl.jpg The wire was not hanging down immediately after the blowout and I would have to guess that it was blown up into the undercarriage and eventually worked loose and recently dropped down. does anyone have any clue what that wire {looks to be 14/16 gauge white and yellow duplex} goes to? The GEICO claims guy will be out to meet me and inspect the rig later this week at the storage yard and then I assume it will be off to La Mesa RV for the requisite repairs {less my $500 deductible... oh boy}. :S
Desert Captain 11/11/19 09:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

"Have AAA premium road service. " While I do not know for certain I have been told that AAA will not come into a campground and will not change an inside dually. If I had AAA I would take to the time find out for sure one way or the other and if you do please get back to us to confirm or squelch this tale. Regardless of your ERS provider having a spare gives you options and likely will get you quicker service when you have a flat/blowout. The tech that came out to change my blowout was just driving a midsized pickup with an assortment of tools in the back. If I had no spare they would have had to dispatch a truck with the equipment to mount/balance a new tire that hopefully would be available. Storage and mounting will always be an issue for most folks. My spare lives under the rear of the coach as I had Nexus install a custom mount when I visited the factory 4.5 years ago. Before that I in stalled a spare tire mount on the rear bumper. It only took a few weeks on the road for it to fail and fracture the mount... there was just too much motion and weight involved. My spare is too large to fit into the primary storage bay. :C
Desert Captain 10/31/19 01:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

A couple of thoughts to share... Look at the second pic and note how far over the rig is leaning to the passenger side. About 15 minutes after parking there in my best attempt to get as far from the right lane as possible it dawned on me... Duh! the frig is on and running on gas. I quickly shut it down but was wishing I had thought about this about 14 minutes earlier and began to wonder if I had compromised my refrigeration. Fortunately no damage was done as the it continued to work throughout the trip. Just add checking your frig when parked at less than level to your checklist {yep Methinks I dodged a bullet here}. I had lost track over the last 6 years as to the DOT codes on all of my tires and yes they all looked good, no cracking or checking but time is not your friend. I should have known better and from now on will keep a log for each tire. Get a set of the emergency triangles... they work very well. Next time you drive down the interstate and see a truck broken down with the triangles deployed take note of how they quickly they catch your eye. At night they light up in headlights for even better visibility. They are far safer and less trouble than lighting conventional road flares. While I carry a large heavy duty "X" style lug wrench I am retiring it in favor of an air wrench {probably from Harbor Freight} as that is what the tire guy had. They are easy to keep charged and use . Given that most lug nuts on a Class C are torqued to 150# {with Class A's even higher} breaking them loose without the mechanical advantage of a power wrench makes this upgrade a no brainer. I did not need my compressor but I carry two {1 DC and 1 AC}. If ERS is not available you might just need that option. While waiting for ERS getting well away from the traffic is critical. Things like chairs and sunscreen not to mention proper hydration {snacks etc.} are essential. Bottom line we weren't, but you might be there for hours... just read through the nightmare complaints about bad road service found in this and other RV Forums. Hope my experience helps someone avoid a problem, or a bigger problem. Be safe out there, plan for the worst and hope for the best. :C
Desert Captain 10/27/19 05:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

Running the fronts on most 25' or less Class C's at 80 psi per the door stickers {which are a bad joke}, will reduce the contact patch to the point that it will handle like a pig on skates and be blown all over the road by passing trucks and/or cross winds. Putting 80 in the rears would be serious overkill las at 80 they are rated for 2,640# of load X 4 = 10,560# to carry a 7,700# load. This also creates a very stiff ride that will beat you to death and shorten tire life. :C Most Michelin tires for a 25' or less Class C would have a load rating of 2,470# in a dual wheel configuration. Please provide the tire size. I stand corrected, with duallies the max load is less {not sure why} but even if it is only 2470 X 4 = 9880 to support a load of 7,700 { the ten percent fudge factor - 7,700 x 1.1 = 8470}. All four of my duallies are always aired to the same psi which is based upon the actual load they are carrying and typically varies from 65 when not towing or loaded heavy to 75 when towing and loaded heavy. Since the load on the front axle varies less I typically run them at 60 - 65. My tires are all 225 75 16's and the last three I just brought are the new Michelin Agilis Cross Climate which were the successors to the LTX MS 2's and Defender series and have a max psi of 90. :C
Desert Captain 10/27/19 01:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

Glad you got it fixed safely. I don't know what your individual corner weights are, but that doesn't sound like enough air pressure. I always inflate {and adjust} for the load I will be running as it can vary by almost a thousand pounds depending on whether or not {and what} we are towing/loading. We often run at or very near our max GVWR of 11,500# {I have a 2011 E-350 chassis - the coach is a 2012}. I have 3,800# on the front axle and 7,700# on the rear. Per the Michelin load/psi tables I run at 65 psi front and 75 rear adding in a 10 percent fudge/safety factor. The ride and handling are awesome. I am running HD Bilsteins and tow with my air bags at 50 psi with excellent results. Running the fronts on most 25' or less Class C's at 80 psi per the door stickers {which are a bad joke}, will reduce the contact patch to the point that it will handle like a pig on skates and be blown all over the road by passing trucks and/or cross winds. Putting 80 in the rears would be serious overkill las at 80 they are rated for 2,640# of load X 4 = 10,560# to carry a 7,700# load. This also creates a very stiff ride that will beat you to death and shorten tire life. :C
Desert Captain 10/27/19 07:51am Class C Motorhomes
Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

This pic does not show it but the the tire split right down to the rim and scattered tread for about 50 yards: https://i.imgur.com/MNRaxlRl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/VVWK5bUl.jpg Left last Tuesday for a week on the Colorado River at Ehrenburg. On Monday {as is my habit before every trip} I took the Class C into Discount Tire to have the tires checked and aired up to my specs - 65 on the front and 75 on the rears}. "You are good to go, tires look fine and are aired up as per your request." We were towing our Polaris Rzr in the 10' cargo trailer and running pretty close to our GVWR of 11,500#. We were 107 miles west of the River when my left rear {outside} Michelin grenades. Now the shoulder of Interstate 10 west of phoenix is no place e you want to spend any time but spend time we did. I got us completely off of the pavement and called Coach Net {for the first time in 10+ years}. They got a guy out to us in about an hour. In the mean time I placed three emergency triangles at 25, 50 and 75 yards behind our rig and my bride and I got as far away from the coach well back from the shoulder and waited. The guy from the towing company was driving a half ton pick up but had all of the requisite tools. Said he would have us gone in ten minutes... 45 minutes later we were on our way. When the tread separated it ripped the mudflap nearly off and wedged it between the two tires and bent the mudflow steel support frame. I thanked him profusely and tipped him a twenty. Yesterday I called the nearest Discount Tire store {In Yuma} and made an appointment for 1030 this morning. The tire that exploded had a DOT Code of 50/13 making it about 5.5 years old... yep, my bad, should have replaced it sooner even though it looked great. Found two others that also looked fine {same DOT Codes} and replaced all three and my spare returned to its mount under the rear of the coach {Thank you Nexus for the outstanding custom mount they installed 4.5 years ago. Bottom line... without a spare ready to deploy we would have been up the proverbial creek and would have spent considerably more time in "The Dead Zone - aptly named, on the shoulder of one of the busiest interstates in the country. Without a spare they would have had to dispatch a full on tow truck equipped to install a new tire on the old rim and I shudder to think what that tire would have cost {assuming they had one available}. I carry all of the tools needed to change a tire but I will be 68 next month and really had no desire {and not much ability} to crawl under the rig and make it happen. For the record 3 new tires, installed and I was out the door {in an hour} for a little over $700. Discount has the highest prices of any major chain but their customer service is excellent and they are almost everywhere. I was in no position to shop the tires so bottom line... problem solved and I drove home once again a happy camper. Seriously folks... get yourself a spare! :S
Desert Captain 10/26/19 06:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Oops, Dodge just threw you under the bus...

Getting back to my original post... Dodge Ram is now advertising their 1500 pick ups as “Light Duty”... Dat’s da fact Jack. :B
Desert Captain 10/24/19 02:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Oops, Dodge just threw you under the bus...

^ We get it, you like your Ridgeline. They are cute. Nice mid size pickup. Bit lighter duty than say a Colorado but very usable for commuting, light towing/hauling. Payload discussions here always go sideways thanks to the the folks who don't understand and those that refuse to and that's exactly where this is at. Thought your first post was more in jest, but appears that your over justification for the Ridgeline has persisted. This is akin to the 1/2T payload/towing vs 3/4 ton payload/towing. Believe whatever makes you sleep well at night, but the Ridgeline is nowhere near as capable overall as a well equipped 1/2 ton and a 1/2 ton is not as capable as a 3/4 ton regardless of some "overlap" in ratings. This discussion, which for the record I do find to be humorous is not about my Ridgeline... though it capabilities exceed any need I will ever have by the proverbial country mile. I bought it because I do not need a truck {95 percent of the time}. It is about the mighty Dodge Half Tons that have always been some of the lightest trucks out there when it comes to payload and everything that follows that number. I could care less about the various payloads but as you noted a lot of folks just do not get what real world payload actually means in terms of towing, loading etc. When you add 4X4 to a crew cab most of your available payload disappears like flatulence in the wind. Mid size trucks have become a huge portion of the market, they work for some folks and not so much for others. It all comes down to what your needs and real world usage will be. As always... opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 10/21/19 01:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Oops, Dodge just threw you under the bus...

I guess Dodge/Ram {whatever} knew better than to rename their half ton "The New Dakota" LMAO. "And yes he Ridgeline is a minivan with a pick up bed!" :S Excuse me? My Rdgeline has 1,477# of payload, AWD, 18" wheels and the largest bed of any midsize truck. Oh, for the record Car and driver named the Ridgeline "Midsize TRUCK of the Year" for 2017, 2018 and yes... 2019. The 6 speed trans works well along with the variable cylinder management which enhances performance on demand with its ECCO mode. The heavy duty transmission cooler is there for the bigger jobs and the Honda has the highest 5 Star crash ratings of any truck. Did I mention the 8 cubic foot lockable trunk located under the rear bed just forward of the dual action tailgate that drops down or opens like a gate? I need a truck about 5 percent of the time and spend the remaining 95 percent enjoying the ride, handling and economy of a Honda Accord comfortable in the knowledge that I have a truck available anytime I need it and no, I will never be towing it behind my Class C. That role is taken by my 10' Cargo trailer and typically hauls either my Indian Springfield {Bike and trailer = 2,220# or my Polaris Rzr at 2,580# } on a tow capacity of 5,000. https://i.imgur.com/20IGyzTl.jpg :C
Desert Captain 10/21/19 08:55am General RVing Issues
Oops, Dodge just threw you under the bus...

For the first time the latest commercials from Dodge are now calling their Half ton Dodge Ram's "Light Duty Pickups". The commercials don't verbally say so but the print on the screen is quite clear. I know it is just marketing but then again many of the Ram so called half tons come with well under 1,000# of payload so maybe they have a point. Pardon my chuckling but after having a Doge Ram 4X4 crew cab guy tell me that my Honda Ridgeline was not a "Real truck" it is hard to keep a straight face. His "Real Truck" comes in at 977# of payload so maybe the new Dodge commercials are right. For the record... Ridgeline, Tacoma, Colorado, Ranger, Yukon and even the Frontier typically have more payload than the venerable Dodge Ram. :B
Desert Captain 10/20/19 07:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Boycott campgrouunds that allow campfires.

Folks that complain about campfires at campgrounds crack me up. Most campgrounds have a fire ring in each and every site, are we not suppose to use them? Probably the same folks that complain about sand at the beach... LMAO. :S
Desert Captain 10/19/19 12:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: UPDATED: Arizona (not Nevada) roads question

I-10 is in fairly good shape, but the traffic is horrible starting about 20 miles west of Phoenix until you're past Tucson. I used to drive back roads between Phoenix and Tucson just to avoid I-10... Taking the so called Phoenix By pass south from I-10 down 85 through Gila Bend is the way to go. You miss all of the traffic nonsense in Phoenix and come out on I-8 where it merges {ends} on I-10 just south of Casa Grande. From there I-10 is fine down to and through Tucson. The ride from Gila Bend towards Casa Grande is actually one of the more scenic stretches of I-8. Going west the By pass takes you back up through Gila Bend and you hit I-10 well west of Phoenix and from there it is pretty decent all the way to California {just fill your tank before crossing the Colorado unless you like paying an extra $1.50+ a gallon}. :C
Desert Captain 10/10/19 08:41am Roads and Routes
RE: UPDATED: Arizona (not Nevada) roads question

Both I-40 and I-10 are in decent shape but mind numbingly boring. After November first watch the weather carefully if contemplating traveling through Arizona and/or new Mexico on I-40. Every year, often more than once, I-40 will be shut down between Albuquerque and Flagstaff for several days at a time. I-10 usually remains open throughout the winter months but can be subject to serious snow at the higher elevations {the Continental divide lies midway between Lordsburg and Deming}. We spent last Christmas with our friends in Angel Fire New Mexico. Going home we had snow blocking some or all of at least one lane of southbound I-25 all the way to Truth or Consequences... check the weather - the internet is your friend. :C
Desert Captain 10/09/19 05:03pm Roads and Routes
RE: Convection Microwave vs. Gas Oven

"Having a usable built-in generator sure helps to make our Class C ready for anything anywhere anytime." X10 While we use our generator very little {4 KW with 84 hours after 7 years} having it built in and ready to fire up as needed is priceless. Our 2012 Nexus came with a Generac, in 2013 they switched to Onan. When I asked why they said their concerns were for the limited parts availability from Generic down the road. Ours has been trouble free, two minor services in 7 years and happily there is a commercial generator sales and service outfit right here in Tucson {Simonson Generators} that has been great for parts and service. Noise and vibration is minimal, about like my old Honda 2,000's and it burns half a gallon or less per hour. We spend at least 65 percent of our time off of the grid and with two deep cycle group 27's can easily sit for 3 or even 4 days and still have power. We just don't use much DC. I recently replaced my old flooded house batteries at 5+ years old with a pair of AGM's which will generate a lot less maintenance {but no, they are not Maintenance free - no such animal exists}. :C
Desert Captain 09/27/19 08:37am Class C Motorhomes
RE: The best mid-size truck for 2019? Honda!

"I bought my 2019 Ridgeline about 6 weeks and 3,000 miles ago and have been nothing but delighted. This is probably due to the fact that I rarely "need" a truck but it sure is nice to have one available. I just returned from a 1,455 mile trip from Tucson to Angel Fire NM and back towing a 10' cargo trailer {14' overall} hauling my Polaris Rzr {Rzr and Trailer weighed in at 2,580#} and I got 16.1 mpg cruising at 65." From what I personally observe typical speed on the interstates today is around 80mph. The difference in mpg between 65 and 80 in my experience is very significant, generally 25 to 30%. My trailer currently has ST tires that are max speed rated for 65 mph. At some point I will replace them with LT's but until then I simply will not exceed 65. I stay in the right lane with the cruise control set at 65 this on I-10 out of Tucson and I-25 through New Mexico. Both are good roads and we had no issues with the many folks who cruise 80+. I was pleased to consistently get 16 mpg as shown by the computer and confirmed by the simple math at each fill up. Like they say... There are three kinds of people on this planet, those that can do math and those that can't. :S :B
Desert Captain 09/24/19 09:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: The best mid-size truck for 2019? Honda!

ShinerBock; Not sure why you have such a knot in your knickers... hope you feel better soon. My reported milage is supported by fuel pump/calculator numbers. By driving intelligently {operative word here being "gently"} it is no problem to get the higher end of the mileage spectrum. Over the last 6+ years and 51,000+ miles I have gotten 9.5 mpg out of our 2012 V-10 5 speed Torque Shift 24' Nexus Phantom 23 P Class C which includes a small amount {84 hours} of generator time. Disbelieve as you see fit but proper maintenance and an educated right foot can easily bring the mileage I am experiencing. If you cannot get similar mileage I can only suggest you try harder. :C
Desert Captain 09/23/19 10:22pm Tow Vehicles
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