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RE: Well, They gone and done it

Haven't been to the barber in 3 years... back then I had shoulder length very grey hair. My daughter and wife pointed out it made me look old and ridiculous when I tied it into a pony tail. During extended knee replacement surgeries {2} I shaved my head and they both said it looked good so I went back to it. The Dollar Shave Club works for me and while I use a lot less shampoo I do use a lot more sunscreen... it all works out. :B
Desert Captain 03/26/20 08:24am General RVing Issues
RE: 20 year loan for RV?

"You can deduct the mortgage interest as a second home." Not necessarily... recent changes in the new tax laws have restricted if not eliminated this deduction entirely for most folks. Better check with your accountant/tax advisor. :C
Desert Captain 03/25/20 07:13am Beginning RVing
RE: 20 year loan for RV?

When we bought our 24' Nexus Class C used {with 6,205 miles and 18 months old} for $47,000 {$50K OTD} I put $18K down {$10K from the sale of my truck and $8K trade in on our 22' TT} and took out a $32,000 15 year loan at 4.99 per cent. This kept the payments low {$267} and enabled me to do regular principle reductions as I saw fit and was easily able. Paid it off in 6 years saving thousands in unpaid interest. As noted just make surfer there are no prepayment penalties and you are good to go. Now with nearly 60,000 trouble free miles over the last 6.5 years we still have a great coach that has no issues/ secrets and it is PAID FOR! :B
Desert Captain 03/24/20 01:20pm Beginning RVing
RE: Is a tandem axle cargo trailer worth the extra $ over single

"When the tire is FLAT and the wheel is on the ground what are you going to have with you to fix it?" I believe they call that device a "Jack"... :h For the record I would never completely trust them and always put a jack stand under the rig before crawling or reaching beneath the rig. Placing chocks on the unaffected wheels regardless of what method you use to raise the trailer is always a good idea. Having a spare or even two {especially with a single axle trailer} is also considered by most to be the way to go. :C
Desert Captain 03/21/20 01:08pm Towing
RE: Is a tandem axle cargo trailer worth the extra $ over single

"With a tandem, you can pull the good tire on the same side up on a stack of leveling blocks, or one of those crescent shaped levelers, to get the flat off the ground. Single axle needs a jack. " Sounds like 6 of one and half a dozen of the other. One is no faster or easier unless you don't have a jack...:S I changed tires 4 times on my tandem axle 22' TT, 3 of the 4 times it was the right rear catching a nail, bailing wire or other road debris. The front tire catches it and throws it back into the rear and it was always on the right side as that is where most of the road debris lives. The 4th time it was a China bomb explosion and all 4 times it was easy to just jack the trailer up {I always carry a bottle jack and a jack stand - yep, Harbor Freight} vs having to put down leveling blocks and pull up on and off of them. Whatever floats your boat. As to the OP's original question about worth the cost, it all comes down to how you are going to use/load the trailer. I do recommend a cargo trailer as having a portable garage following along like a faithful puppy is awesome. Everything stays out of the weather and beyond the prying eyes of bad guys. It also works well for hauling everything from construction materials to tree trimmings or other landscape waste. The more I use it the cheaper it gets. :B As always... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 03/21/20 08:47am Towing
RE: Is a tandem axle cargo trailer worth the extra $ over single

As mentioned have fun fixing a flat on a single axle trailer. So what is different than fixing a flat on a tandem axle? :h
Desert Captain 03/20/20 08:43pm Towing
RE: Is a tandem axle cargo trailer worth the extra $ over single

My single axle 6 X 10' {14' overall with 7'+ of headroom} is rated to carry 2,900#. It tows well, is no problem to back up and handles my Rzr - Rzr and trailer weigh 2,600 with some misc camping gear thrown in. The bike and trailer come in at 2,200#. My 24' V-10 Class C tows it just fine. In the last 10 months I have towed it over 12,000 miles with no issues whatsoever. https://i.imgur.com/oHH4DDpl.jpg :C
Desert Captain 03/20/20 03:33pm Towing
Spring has sprung...

Well the winter of 2019-2020 wasn't all that much to deal with but today it is officially in the rear view mirror...Hooray! Spring in the high Sonoran desert of southern Arizona is awesome but Mt Lemon {9,200+'} got another nice dusting of snow last night. {We have had snow on the peak since before Thanksgiving.} this pic was taken from my front yard about an hour ago: https://i.imgur.com/vYNqOjdl.jpg Took myself out of self isolation for an hour today to ride my motorcycle {which brings me in direct contact with no one} and boy was that brisk {as in heavy wristed} ride therapeutic. Our State parks are still open as are most of the CG's below 5,000'. We have reservations for Monument Valley and then on to The Valley of the Gods, the Moki Dugway and Muley Point for early May{will be towing the Rzr in our cargo trailer}. Also have reservations for West Yellowstone the first week of June to be followed by a few days riding Grand Teton and visiting friends in Idaho Falls {will be towing the Indian Springfield for that trip} Life is good! :B
Desert Captain 03/19/20 03:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: How how do I find my tongue capacity?

Unless your motorcycle is very small/light I cannot imagine being able to safely mount one on the rear bumper/hitch of a 23' Class C. For more informed responses give us the bike and weight data. A better alternative is a small motorcycle trailer like the folding Kendon's. Chances are on a 23 footer there hasn't been much if any of an extension to the original chassis but the movement/lever action imposed by any weight that far back is considerable. Even putting a couple of bicycles or a small generator is typically problematic. Keep in mind that adding 3 or 400# that far back is going to seriously lighten the front axle and not in a good way. Even adding a smallish {less than 300# bike} will require some substantial beefing up {serious welding} on the the hitch and chassis. Seriously... look at small bike trailers for a workable solution. For the record I have 6.5 years and nearly 60K miles on our Nexus Phantom 23P and have been towing large motorcycles for 5 years. As noted a Kendon folding tailer is a great option, I used to have one but since moving up to a 6 X 10' cargo trailer I have found the best of both worlds. :C
Desert Captain 03/17/20 07:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Route 64 New Mexico

My best friend built his dream home in Angel Fire 5 years ago {complete with a FHU Site for our rig} so we get up there several times a year. The new Angel Fire RV Resort is awesome though a tad pricey. Don't miss visiting the Viet Nam Memorial just north of town as it is awesome and definitely worth your time. Driving the Enchanted Circle is one of my favorite rides... I usually do it on my motorcycle and then it gets even better. When you pass through Red River do yourself a huge favor and stop at Shotgun Willies on the left at the west end of town right at the foot of the ski lift. They smoke Brisket like you will not believe and their smoked brisket breakfast burrito {smothered in Hatch green Chile sauce} is legend. https://i.imgur.com/fI3TxpGl.jpg Just east of Willies the Red River Brewery {voted best in the state and after some serious research I must agree} is another great stop. A ride to the top of the ski lift in AF is pretty amazing... hmmm two days might not be enough but three should do it. Enjoy!. :C
Desert Captain 03/15/20 12:55pm Roads and Routes
Great generator Service In Tucson

Thought I would share a very positive experience I've had here in Tucson when it comes to generator service. Given the number of Snowbirds we currently have in town this might just be "News you can use". Try Simonsen Generator Service 520 889-9581 - 3851 South Country Club. They are located on the south side of town close to the major RV dealers and couple of RV Parks. I have been using them for parts and service for the Generac in my Class C for 6.5 years and the service is always excellent. The genny has been running OK but had not been in for a couple of years as we use our it so little {94 hours on an 8 year old coach}. I have a couple of serious off the grid trips coming up next month and while the hours did not warrant the service the time that had passed did. I used to get my parts from Simonsen and do the oil/filter, air filter changes myself but never could reach the fuel filter {I always carry these spares }. At 68 with the worst knee in Arizona my ability, not to mention my lack of "want to" crawling in, under and around the coach I now leave in their capable hands. I called last week to give them a heads up on the needed parts. They ordered the filters and called to set up my Friday morning appointment after confirming the eta. I was in and out in under 2 hours. The Generac has never run better in 6.5 years and was out the door for $190. They are a very nice bunch of folks and can servece/repair just about any brand you might have. :C
Desert Captain 03/14/20 11:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Thoughts on the 'need' factor of a main line surge protector

I have a commercial grade surge protection system on my home here in Tucson. It came with a $10,000 guaranty against damages incurred. A friend of mine is a residential electrician that I was happy to pay $325 to install it about ten years ago. We get a lot of lightning here, especially during the Monsoon. Most of my neighbors also have this system. If the lightning does not get you the power surges that follow likely will leaving the unprotected at risk and cumulative damage is still damage. Some of the comments in this thread arguing that surge protection /EMS are snake oil really make me laugh. My EMS {PI} has saved us from damage many times not just from improperly wired pedestals which are very common especially in older parks but from damaging low voltage as well as high voltage spikes. That is simply a fact and has NOTHING whatsoever to do with the so called "placebo effect". If you don't think running AC systems on low voltage or subjecting them to unprotected voltage spikes can do serious damage cumulatively shortening the systems working life you clearly have no idea how these things actually operate. :S
Desert Captain 03/12/20 09:14am Travel Trailers
RE: 12v house battery replacement

If you can swing the initial higher price AGM's will give the best performance/bang for the buck. Whether or not you choose to go 12 volt or 6 volt golf carts will probably be determined by how much room your existing battery bay has as GC's are taller. There is no such thing as a maintenance free battery but the routine servicing of AGM's is a lot easier, less to do. I got two pure deep cycle Group 27 AGM's at Batteries Plus for a little under $400 a year or so ago and that was the best deal I could find on line or over the counter. Good luck. :C
Desert Captain 03/08/20 02:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Thoughts on the 'need' factor of a main line surge protector

My practice is to insure where it’s required by law or for items I cannot afford to replace. Nothing inside the RV meets that for us. I’ve never owned one, nor suffered any damage in four decades of RVing. There is an excellent chance that in "four decades of of RVing" you have been subjected to seriously low voltage. Though you may not have been aware damage was done. When voltage falls, typically late afternoon when everyone in the CG fires up their AC the life of your compressor is seriously shortened along with any other AC powered motor. It also does serious damage to sensitive electronics like your TV, Stereo, computer etc. Denial.. it's not just a river in Egypt. :S
Desert Captain 03/04/20 06:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Adding a 2nd Battery?

I have to ask the OP... What brand/model of Class A only comes with one house battery and so small that running the furnace sounds problematic? :h
Desert Captain 03/02/20 10:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sedona AZ help with RV park suggestions

Dead Horse Ranch SP is a great choice but with a rig as long as yours you will be limited as to where you can fit. I doubt that any of the RV parks would be able to accommodate you... reservations at DHR SP would be a very good idea. Don't even try to drive 89A between Flagstaff and Sedona as the road while spectacular is very tight especially at the northern end {and the limit is 50' which they enforce} but a gorgeous ride in a car or truck. :C
Desert Captain 02/26/20 07:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 5.4 E350 performance and reliability?

Congratulations, looks like a nice coach. My only suggestion is to consider adding a Scan Gauge. Google them or PM me for details. :C
Desert Captain 02/26/20 07:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 5.4 E350 performance and reliability?

Currently we have 59K miles on our 2012 E-350 24' C with the V-10 and love it. We typically run near or at our GVWR of 11,500# and I often tow a 10' cargo trailer with either my Indian mc or our Polaris Rzr.. My previous rig was a 5,600# 22' TT that I towed with my 2006 F-150 SCAB with the 5.4L V-8... BTDT. The 5.4 was a great motor that delivered decent mileage {about 12 with a Leer shell on the back of the truck and a wind deflector at the rear of the shell} towing the 5,600# trailer but it was as much of a load was I would ever consider. We ran this combo for nearly 5 years without any issues traveling all over the west {lots of serious mountains} and while I always knew it was back there the V-8 got the job done nicely. I would not want to have the V-8 on an E-350 Class C and adding in a 3,500# boat to tow is really pushing the envelope. As noted the V-8 will probably have the 35 or 40 gallon fuel tank which will be a serious PITA on trips of any length especially on anything but flat roads hopefully with not much wind to deal with. Good luck! :C
Desert Captain 02/24/20 08:06am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tucson area campgrounds

Gilbert Ray, a county park, is in Saguaro NP and about and hour and a half from Tombsotne. They don't take reservations, have hooks ups in many of their sites and is huge. Also Old Tucson {the movie studio/old west town} is about 2 miles up the road A little touristy but still a hoot if you have never been. :C
Desert Captain 02/22/20 08:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Issues with Tow/Haul mode

My 2011 chassis came with the 5 speed torque shift trans which I love but would like to have the 6 speed as it is reported to be even better. Tow haul is your friend, no reason not to use it. :C
Desert Captain 02/20/20 08:08pm Class C Motorhomes
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