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RE: Too much fun with a new camping toy...

Sounds like a blast, but....no pics! I have to add them one at a time after getting the initial post in. Computers are not my thing... :? :B
Desert Captain 06/21/19 06:51pm General RVing Issues
Too much fun with a new camping toy...

Last week I finally completed my quest to obtain a nice 4 X 4 - side by side, buggy to enhance our many camping adventures. We just returned from a 4 day 3 night "break the buggy in right" trip and had a blast. We left early Tuesday morning and drove up through Florence, Superior and then along the western shore of Roosevelt Lake. The climb up to Payson is always a challenge {6 percent + for about 9 miles} but our trusty, dusty 2012 E-350 Class C was more than up to the task {Ya gotta love that 6.8L V-10}. We stayed at the Rim campground located {not surprisingly} at the top of the Mogollon Rim at 7,500'. The $18 a night CG was a mere $9 with our Geezer cards. The views from the Roim are amazing and there are hundreds of miles of Forrest service roads {gravel and dirt} that just cry out for 4 X 4 exploration. On Wednesday we drove all the way south to the isolated, very rural town of Young. Most of the road was dirt/gravel and the the elevation ranged from 7,500' all the way down to 5,200' in Young. Thursday saw us heading north on the back gravel roads up to Bear Canyon Lake {more Canyon than Lake} but a great ride. Saw a small herd of Elk, one huge bull and a dozen members of his harem right beside the road. Stopped at the CAT Scale on the way home and was happy to confirm I am still just {barely} under my max numbers... Fully loaded, towing the 2,560# of cargo trailer and Polaris RZR the coach is 11,480# {on a GVWR of 11,500} with a GCWR of 14,040# with a GCWR rating of 16,500#. The mileage is down to around 8 but still have plenty of power. Climbed every grade on 87 at 50 - 55 without any issues. Here are a couple of pics, this one was shot from the top of the rim looking down towards Payson to the southwest and highway 260: https://i.imgur.com/n3IXlTZl.jpg Here's one of our Coach and the new buggy, the trailer is peeking out from behind the coach:: https://i.imgur.com/R0B9oYjl.jpg :B
Desert Captain 06/21/19 06:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: dded a new toy to the RV fun equation...

Very nice. We absolutely love our 800 rzr. I am jealous of the fact you can ride right out of the driveway. Haven't done much to ours in the way of upgrades but we added doors and love them. I finally got out and rode over to Rail X Ranch which is just 1.5 miles from my driveway. At 0830 it was deserted and I rode for 10 miles to the base of the Tortillita mountains without seeing a soul. https://i.imgur.com/fibjO3ql.jpg https://i.imgur.com/dVBJitOl.jpg The main "road" for lack of a better term wanders through the high Sonoran Desert crossing at least a dozen washes and there are lots of small roads and two tracks that lead off in every direction so I will have a lot of exploring to do. It looks to be more than 100 square miles. We are leaving in the morning hauling the RZR in the cargo trailer behind our Class C going up to the Mogollon Rim for 4 days. At 7,700' it should be nice and cool and there about a dozen lakes to found down the many Forrest Service dirt roads for us to explore. Might even do the ride down to the tiny town of Young northeast of Roosevelt Lake. Too much fun! :B
Desert Captain 06/17/19 04:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Which shocks IF...

How bad are your existing shocks currently? Few things are more important {like brakes and tires} so if the current shocks are shot spend the money and get the Heavy Duty Bilstein's. They are lot cheaper {and IMHO, better than the Koni FSD's but opinions certainly vary.} The Bilstein's are about the same as the top of the Line Monroe's and others as well. I replaced the original shocks on my 2012 E-350 at 33,000 miles with the HD Bilstein's and wished I had done it a lot sooner. Day to day you tend to not notice just how bad your shocks have gotten as the change is gradual. But, put a new set of quality shocks on and WOW, what a difference that you will notice immediately. Bottom line I highly recommend the HD Bilsteins... they are worth every penny! :C
Desert Captain 06/17/19 11:01am Class C Motorhomes
RE: dded a new toy to the RV fun equation...

No worries and thanks for your concern. This one has been maintained by the local dealer since day one and the original owner popped for the 5 year extended warranty - 2.5 years of which is still running and for a $50 fee I can transfer the coverage. The seller took $50 off of his price to cover that cost for me. Just finished installing the plate as I got it registered today. Registratioin cost me a whopping $46.50 and there is no sales tax o n private party transactions in Arizona...Ya gotta love that! I am now legal on or off road anywhere in the US and have added another handicapped plate to my collection {I have the worst knee in Arizona}. :C
Desert Captain 06/13/19 04:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: dded a new toy to the RV fun equation...

Nice! I have a 2013 570 that fits into the bed of my extended cab Silverado and then towed behind my motorhome. Have been on some great rides all over. Since you're in Arizona get it licensed for the streets. IIRC all you need are a horn, turn signals, and rearview mirror. Enjoy! Thanks! the original owner had it set up and licensed as street legal, 3 mirrors, a horn and arm signals eliminate the turn signal requirement. I am going to the DMV this morning to register it and get my plate. Our home, about 25 miles north of Tucson is located between two of the great off road riding areas here in southern Arizona, Rail X Ranch and the Charleau Gap. I can be in off road heaven in about 2 minutes without even loading the trailer. :B
Desert Captain 06/13/19 08:58am General RVing Issues
RE: dded a new toy to the RV fun equation...

Looks like you'll have plenty of fun! Where all did you search for these, besides Craigslist? We're thinking to add a cargo trailer; what else do you carry on/ on it please? The internet makes the search/research fiarly easy, Google is your friend. When researching the cargo trailer I visited several dealerships both local and nationwide chains {Big Tex} and ultimately ended up buying from an RV dealer in Mesa. "Little Dealer Little Prices {I kid you not, that is their name :R }. I switched to a cargo trailer from the folding Kendon when I moved up to my Indian Springfield as at 862# was just too much for the Kendon. Also I was looking for all the advantages of having my own private traveling garage everywhere I went. With the cargo I can move a lot of bulky RV stuff out of our 24'C and back into the trailer {chairs, site rug, BBQ, Firepit, LP Cylinder etc}. E Track now makes joist hangers for any size of 2" X {4,6,8}. I used them to run two 2 X 6"s acrosss the front of the trailer and added a 3/4" shelf to the top one. The bottom one secures the BBQ, Firepit LP cylinder etc. Painted the interior and added a coat rack and 4,500 miles later it is all working pretty well. https://i.imgur.com/QDSho7Ul.jpg I do have to watch the loading as a single axle trailer like mine will have more tongue weight than a tandem but the GVWR of the cargo being 2,990 provides ample capacity. With the bike and camping gear fully loaded the trailer weighs 2,220#. The RZR adds about 200# to that though I haven't had a chance to get to the CAT scale yet but will shortly. Here is a shot taken last January on the Colorado River at Buckskin Mountain SP: https://i.imgur.com/cibJIYQl.jpg :B
Desert Captain 06/13/19 08:41am General RVing Issues
dded a new toy to the RV fun equation...

Ever since I replaced my old folding motorcycle trailer with a nice 6 X 10' cargo trailer a year ago I have been searching for the perfect buggy to take off road. Finally found it and brought it home today: https://i.imgur.com/AgVcjj4l.jpg It is a 2017 Polaris RZR 570 and comes with just 1,700 miles, and all of the bells and whistles {power steering, roof, storage bags - rear and overhead, 5 brand new tires and two years remaining on the extended- transferable warranty} in pristine, dare I say mint condition. Fits like a glove in the cargo trailer and tows like a dream. Picked it up from a fellow senior citizen who had one too many buggies at a great price. Can't wait to start exploring some of the more remote locations and reexplore the likes of Moab, Sedona and the southern Rockies to name just a few. :B
Desert Captain 06/12/19 09:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Safe Access for Cleaning Windsield

Nice to hear you re still out there having fun at 80. :B I am just a kid at 67 but even after two TKR's still have the worst knee in Arizona. I use a long-handled squeegee {like you find at most truck stops} along with a 2 step folder. It collapses flat and fits easily against the wall in the rear storage bay. Using these I can get about 70 percent of the windshield from either side and then the remaining portion is that much easier. Several coats of Rain X get applied on a regular basis and 303 and/or alcohol will keep your blades supple and extend their life. :C
Desert Captain 06/06/19 09:56am Class C Motorhomes
RE: If you had a do-over, which would you get?

Phil, the only thing I hate more than the gas prices in California are those awful pumps. Their vapor recovery {nozzle} equipment probably works but it is such a PITA to use. Every trip to California entails fueling up at the Arizona border and only buying enough gas in California to get back to Arizona. It is even worse trying to fuel my motorcycle. I have to reach into the nozzle and pull the shroud back to even get fuel to flow...arrrg! As far as getting my E-350 full it takes extra time in California compared to Arizona but both allow for a full 55-gallon fill with very little topping off. I religiously track my mileage as doing so keeps me dialed in as to how my V-10 is performing {andI'm retired and have nothing better to do}. Between my Scan Gauge and the odometer I always know exactly how many gallons I have at any given moment. Regular right down the street is currently $2.78 {and has been for a while now}. :C
Desert Captain 06/06/19 09:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Storing tools for the RV

The interior steps in our MH can be opened from the top (they're on hinges). DH keeps his tools inside in two canvas bags. Great option for us! I too have an interior step that provides quite a bit of storage and that is where most of my tools are found {I use canvas tool bags as well}. What doesn't fit there goes into a cubby under the forward end of the dinette. These locations keep the rather substantial dead weight of my tools well forward and low in the coach while being easily accessible from the inside. I admit to carrying more tools {and spares} than most but that has served not only me but a lot of others very well over the years. :C
Desert Captain 06/03/19 12:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Quick fix for a Norcold...

Just trying to be helpful... so if lighting a burner and getting LP flowing through the system is no cure why does it now work? Nothing else has changed. Just thought {hoped} this simple fix might help someone else someday... What was I thinking? :h Perhaps one of our resident citics can explain what was wrong and why it now works. For the record the water heater and furnace both worked just fine the entire trip. :S
Desert Captain 06/01/19 08:20pm General RVing Issues
Quick fix for a Norcold...

We were at the Rainbow CG in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona last week. Most of our trips are off of the grid so the gas side of the refrigeration equation usually gets a workout. Our 7 year old Norcold frig has always performed flawlessly but for the first time, I had a problem. After setting up our site with the frig set to Auto which triggers the propane {absent AC power} everything was fine for a few hours and then I began to get the flashing yellow light indicating a problem {Check system}. I reset the system and sure enough, in a few hours, the failure alert repeated. I fired up the generator and the frig ran fine on AC power... hmmm :h I tried lowering the thermostat setting as well as shutting everything down and restarting but the problem persisted. We had plenty of propane and then it hit me... at 9,000'+ perhaps I had sucked a little thin air into the propane line. I lit a burner on the stove, it was time for our morning pot of coffee anyway, and reset the frig one last time. " Voila!" we were back in business and the frig ran perfectly for the next 3 days. I guess if there was air in the line lighting the stove burner purged/pulled it through and solved the problem. Just thought I'd share something that worked. You're welcome. https://i.imgur.com/eJuGRlOl.jpg :B
Desert Captain 06/01/19 03:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Do I need a surge protector?

I have encountered pedestals with serious defects {detected by my Progressive EMS} more than a dozen times. Anyone of those defects, bad, ground, polarity, neutral etc. could have spelled disaster. I have had our EMS shut down low voltage a number of times any one of which could have cooked by AC compressor or done other expensive damage. For what you potentially have to lose spending around $300 {for a 30 amp EMS} is small change that buys a great deal of peace of mind. Do you have insurance on your RV? Think of a quality {Progressive} EMS as just an additional level of protection as your RV insurance will not cover the damage that the EMS will prevent. As always... opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 05/28/19 07:41pm Tech Issues
RE: If you had a do-over, which would you get?

"And a 2 gallon larger Fuel tank and a much better ride,handling and more room." Not necessarily... There are too many ways to modify {and hopefully improve} the ride and handling of a Class C to make a blanket statement that the Chevy has a better ride and handling. More room {a couple of inches} I will give you {but unless you are over 6' tall or the first number when you get on the scale is larger than one you really gain nothing} but it comes at a cost. The standard Chevy mechanically {limited} adjusted seat is a torture rack on a good day. The Ford, electrically powered driver's seat found on many/most of the Ford Class C chassis' is infinitely adjustable making long days behind the wheel a piece of cake. Performance between the two is more alike than different with the Ford V-10 bringing more torque to the equation which is what gets you up and down the mountain. If towing or loading heavy get the V-10. Mileage is such a subjective thing given all of the variables claiming an across the board improvement of 1 mpg... seriously? :h Not sure about the allegedly larger fuel tank but with 55 gallons on my Ford I don't see much benefit in 2 more gallons. I always try and drive on the top half of the tank and never let it get below one-quarter of a tank to ensure I will always be able to run my generator. Most of us love what we have or we would not have it, such is life. Want a fun on the road game? Try counting Chevy chassis' vs Fords {and don't forget all of the Paramedic ambulances, rental car shuttles, commercial trucks on a cutaway chassis' etc. } Give bonus points for spotting a Chevy {it only seems fair}. LMAO! :B
Desert Captain 05/28/19 11:13am Class C Motorhomes
RE: If you had a do-over, which would you get?

No question I would stay with my V-10 Ford, just have had too good of an experience over the last 6 years and 50K+ miles to make a change. I tow a light cargo trailer, motorcycle and trailer only weigh 2,220# but especially if towing anything heavier the V-10 is the way to go. Not towing and have lots of money then the smaller Mercedes may be your cup of tea but... Unless you drive hundreds of thousands of miles the fuel consumption differential will never equal the additional initial cost for a Mercedes diesel not to mention the increased cost of maintenance. No Mercedes C can even come close to matching the room and storage I have in our 24 footer. As always... opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 05/22/19 07:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: When leaving for the day...

Not sure what the problem is here. If I return to a site that I have paid for and is posted as mine regardless of what I have left behind, the trespassers are leaving in one of two ways... Immediately or in handcuffs. Heaven help them if anything of mine is missing. I have never had this problem and probably never will but come on now folks, a little common sense and a phone call to the authorities will make this problem disappear. :S
Desert Captain 05/12/19 06:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Towing Capacity Question

Dry weights are worse than useless, never rely on them. With the OP's 8,800 GVWR his tongue weight should be 1,144# + at least an additional 100# for the weight of the hitch. This puts him 300#+ over his hitch limit. He will not be able to tow his alleged towing capacity of 9,200# as he will have run out of payload long before that. The OP needs a lot less trailer or a lot more TV... it is just that simple. "Light" loading is not going to change the math. Good luck. :C
Desert Captain 05/08/19 07:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Parks near Laughlin, ca

FYI Laughlin is in Arizona. Actually, Laughlin is in Nevada... hence all of the Casinos. :S Across the river, you will find Bullhead City which is in Arizona. Whichever of the three states located in that area you visit from May first through the end of September be prepared for triple-digit temperatures... 110+ is not uncommon.
Desert Captain 05/07/19 03:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Balancing Rear Tires?

Getting 6 new Toyos. Last time the only tires I had balanced were the fronts. Is this what most do, or do you have all 6 balanced? Not balancing the rears saves $100.00. And probably beats your coach to death for the next 4 or 5 years...seriously? Just to save $100? :h I would never put a tire on any vehicles/trailer without balancing. As always... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 05/06/19 11:42am Class A Motorhomes
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