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RE: Camping in the upper Peninsula of Michigan.

You have received a lot of good information, the only thing I would add is to stop at Bay Furnace CG it is a NFS CG right on Lake Superior. We saw the northern lights from there. Take the tow car to Pictured Rocks CG and hike to the lake, nice hike different views than you get from the boat ride. Lake was clean but cold.
Gjac 05/25/19 06:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Heading to Mt. Rushmore

...No matter how many pics you see of this, they will never measure up to IRL.... Okay, so a few years back an artist decided to carve some faces in to the mountain. HOWEVER, take the time to understand why *these* men were chosen to adorn this mountain. It really is the early history of our country, the perils it faced, and its ascension to the world stage. From the Revolutionary War, through the expansion of the Louisiana Purchase, surviving the Civil War, and to the Great White Fleet announcing our presence to the world. These men were giants in our nation's coming of age. As awesome as this monument is, it does not do justice to the history it represents. I am an American. I fly the flag outside my home. And I am always humbled every time I visit Mt. Rushmore. To the OP... Lots of fun stuff to see and do in the Black Hills. Enjoy it!! However, I suggest you take some time to make sure the grandkids understand what Mt. Rushmore represents and that is is not just some random tourist attraction. They are at an impressionable age, and this is a great learning opportunity. -Eric Eric good post, I had my 11 year old GS read the Declaration Of Independence and he could not understand why I got emotional when he read "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." When I explained to him that we had the liberty to purse happiness with our 3 month trip out west and that in many countries people don't have that same freedom he understood better.
Gjac 05/22/19 08:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New Battery boiling

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Gjac 05/21/19 12:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New Battery boiling

Your profile says you have a 1999 MH, most MH's don't charge the chassis battery when plugged into shore power unless you or a PO installed a charging wires running from the house batteries to the chassis battery or a separate battery charger just for the chassis battery. Is this what you have? If that is the case the wire going from the house to the chassis battery may be reversed. All your main wiring could be hooked up correctly as you stated. Before you changed batteries did you chassis battery always charge when you plugged into shore power? Check the voltage coming out of your converter/charger what does it read?
Gjac 05/21/19 12:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Aluminum Wheels

There are two main advantages of the alloy wheels, in general they are lighter and more accurate. The steel wheels are stamped and are within .030 ins the alloy wheels are machined within + or - .005 of an inch. For a MH you would be hard pressed to tell the difference in the ride quality. It would be a different story on a performance car that you would race at high speeds. The forged alloy wheels are lighter and stronger than the cast alloy . When I was traveling in Alaska I hit a pot hole on a paved road and bent both my MH steel rim and my tow car steel rim. I was able to straighten both out with a hammer. I would not have been able to do this with cast Al. without cracking it. So for cost and durability I would stay with steel wheels on a MH. Although I did like my Mag wheels on my 54 Ford in HS.
Gjac 05/21/19 12:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Heading to Mt. Rushmore

If you like national parks I would stay at Wind Cave NP easy to get sites during the week. The cave is walking distance to the CG. Not far from Custer SP which will be hard to find a site without reservations but nice to drive through with tow car for kids to feed the wild donkeys and view buffalo and other animals. Not far from Mt Rushmore either. Make sure you go back to Mt Rushmore for the night show, your parking ticket is good all day, you will especially like it if you are a Veteran.
Gjac 05/21/19 11:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Vultures!

Saw those vultures when we camped in the everglades but they did not hurt the MH. I camp several times a year on the beach and seagulls drop mussels on the roof to crack them open then they **** all over it and make a mess.
Gjac 05/19/19 04:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Buying a 1984 Pace Arrow 34 foot GM chassis

Leaking exhaust manifold. Worn front end parts.
Gjac 05/18/19 06:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago Intent 26M

I think the Winnie, Thor ACE, Vegas/Axis, and the FR3 are probably your only options close to what you want. All of these are entry level. The shortest FR3 is 29' - still a few feet longer than you wanted and the ACE 27.2 is still almost 29'. And the Axis/Vegas is on the E450 Chassis. These are called crossover RV's. They bridge the gap between B+/small C's and A's. It's a niche, but manufacturers know that folks wanting higher end features also want more space and a better ride- thus a larger class A or a high end C. They know it wouldn't make sense to dump a bunch of money on a 26' class A on the F53 - no one would buy it. These crossovers are marketed as "weekender" and starter RV's. Heck the Axis is pretty much marketed as a soccer mom rv. No offense to anyone who owns one, I even know folks that full time in an Axis. I have looked them myself. But for the most part, their market share is the weekender/tailgater/starter. Frankly I am not sure how Winnie shrunk their F53 chassis to get to 26' and still have a stable wheelbase - that thing might ride rough and loose. The wheelbase is only 158" - that's only 13'. I can't remember the calculation, but there is some math involved that the wheelbase should be more than a certain percentage of the overall length to provide a stable ride. The 26M is only 50% - if memory serves, the minimum benchmark for safe highway travel is about 55%. But something you could sort out in a good test drive. The shortest "higher end" class A that I know of still in production is the Allegro Breeze DP. Used to be in a 28' - understandably still longer than you spec'd. If you want a higher end MH in your size range I think you'd be looking at a C on the MB sprinter chassis. The Tiffin wayfarer comes to mind. The shorter class C's are not on the F53 and thus that's why the engine pairing is different.. I think what you are referring to is the length to wheel base ratio that should be greater than 50 %. The intent is 50% and the Vegas/axis is 58%, but there is more to ride quality. My thinking if one is looking for a MH in this length usually C’s come to mind. However a short A usually brings more CCC, more storage, more GC, better suspension and more FW for dry camping. The Vegas has the same HP as a C but the intent is 60HP higher. I have never test drove anything that short so don’t know how any of them rides. From what I see the sprinter chassis does not have much CCC and people don’t complain about the ride quality. My friend just bought one and is on his way to Alaska with it I will see how he likes it when he returns.
Gjac 05/17/19 01:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Arctic Fox 1163 TRUCK CAMPER Full Tour video !

If we are talking about copying designs, aren’t most just variations of Host designs. That is, they got to most of the innovations first. As someone else said though, there is only so much uniqueness any manufacturer can add. As far as cost goes, Gjac, TCs and trucks to haul them are really expensive. Of course, diesel pushers up to half a million or more and the Class Cs/Bs built on the sprinter platform can also be about $150K which isn’t exactly cheap. Most of us got into TCs because we needed trucks for other reasons or planned to tow trailers behind our trucks. No not a TC owner, but started looking at TC's and smaller C's. What started me looking was the idea of having a truck to use when not camping. I don't have a need to tow anything and am retired so don't need a work truck so for me a DRW truck would be an overkill to use as a DD. The thought of having to buy a DRW 450 truck for having a multi slide TC to use as a DD started me looking at the 24 ft C's with full wall slides. Everything is a trade off and we all think differently that is why there are so many camper types to buy. But for my situation a SRW 2500 truck with a lighter camper would be ideal. If I wanted more space,more storage and more FW I would just stay with an A.
Gjac 05/17/19 06:26am Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1163 TRUCK CAMPER Full Tour video !

What would the truck cost to haul this camper? The camper itself must be over $50k new. If space is important wouldn't a 24ft Class C with a full wall slide have more room, storage and be a lot less costly?
Gjac 05/16/19 02:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Can't send a PM

Do you have a square bracket anywhere in the original or your reply. That will kill it for sure. No square brackets, but I was finally able to send it. What I noticed was when I typed my reply in the box below it some how appeared the the title box also. At first I just hit reply and it typed in the proper box. After multiple tries I noticed the the title box filled in with the same reply as below. When I erased the title box and put the same title in as the PM it went through. Never had that happen before.
Gjac 05/16/19 02:18pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Winnebago Intent 26M

The Intent is a budget level motorhome and as such, you need to compare it to other options. In our search for a gas class A, we looked at a Winnebago Vista which is a little more expensive than the Intent and we could see that they aren't comparable to a smaller class A made by Tiffin or Newmar or even higher quality models such as the Winnebago Adventurer. Before making a decision, take some time to look at a few smaller Tiffin, Newmar and higher grade Winnebago motorhomes. Then it becomes a personal decision based on your budget, how you plan to use the motorhome and how long you plan to keep it. Although I really like to buy new, when it came to our budget, we opted to buy a higher quality used rig that we plan to keep for quite a few years. If you are going to take a lot of trips and cover a lot of miles and spend a lot of time in your RV, I'd suggest buying higher quality with more features. If you're just plan to use for weekends and an occasional longer vacation, the Intent may work very well for you. Good luck in your search....just take your time! My search is for a 24-26ft MH. Most of what I see in that range is C's or B's. What higher end A's exist in that length?
Gjac 05/16/19 01:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can't send a PM

I have been trying to reply to a PM all morning but keep getting an error message that says I have exceeded 100 characters. Reduced message to 97 characters and still get the message. That's a little strange in itself? PM character limit is 5,000? Mine says 2000 characters.
Gjac 05/15/19 04:47pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Can't send a PM

I have been trying to reply to a PM all morning but keep getting an error message that says I have exceeded 100 characters. Reduced message to 97 characters and still get the message. Tried the same PM using the Good Sams portal and still have the same problem. Does anyone know why this is happening and how I can fix it? Just sent you a pm to see if it worked for me. Got your PM and reply back went through with more than 100 characters, but sill can't reply to the original PM without getting an error code. The forum has been going through some strange things for about 3 weeks. I switched to Trailer Life Magazine and it all seems to work correctly. Tried Trailer life also and still get that error message.
Gjac 05/15/19 01:54pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Can't send a PM

I have been trying to reply to a PM all morning but keep getting an error message that says I have exceeded 100 characters. Reduced message to 97 characters and still get the message. Tried the same PM using the Good Sams portal and still have the same problem. Does anyone know why this is happening and how I can fix it? Just sent you a pm to see if it worked for me. Got your PM and reply back went through with more than 100 characters, but sill can't reply to the original PM without getting an error code.
Gjac 05/15/19 07:34am Forum Posting Help and Support
Can't send a PM

I have been trying to reply to a PM all morning but keep getting an error message that says I have exceeded 100 characters. Reduced message to 97 characters and still get the message. Tried the same PM using the Good Sams portal and still have the same problem. Does anyone know why this is happening and how I can fix it?
Gjac 05/15/19 07:02am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Hard baseball sized "bump" outside RV

Did you ever get this issue resolved to your satisfaction?
Gjac 05/14/19 09:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: E350 vs E450 chassis pros and cons for a short 24 ft class C

We now have a 24V on the E350 Ford chassis, only complaint is that there is not enough knee room for my husband. We have towed our almost 4000 lb Saturn Vue on short trips and our Goldwing trike on a trailer thousands of miles. We get the same gas milage as back in 2000 when we had a 32 ' class A Hi Bea, it seems like a lot of people I talk to say the same thing. I get on average 8.6mpg with my 33ft Class A 454 TBI and thought folks with small C's would do better but most report about the same. Do you drive faster in a C because it is smaller,front end being less aerodynamic?
Gjac 05/14/19 12:12pm Class C Motorhomes
Winnebago Intent 26M

Has anyone that is wanting a small Class A or C bought or looked at the Winnebago 26M? If so has it met your expectations? What got my attention just looking at their web site was 26'6" length, 48 gals of FW and a large rear pass thru storage bay along with the 362hp 3 valve Ford engine. All of the shorter Class C's 24-26 ft I had been looking at just had the 2 valve 305hp eng. less storage and less FW. I can't find the CCC from their site but assume it is much greater than the C's on either the Ford or Sprinter chassis.
Gjac 05/14/19 11:50am Class A Motorhomes
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