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RE: Spare on Class C

I was chatting with a fellow camper once that told me he had a spare for his Class A, but it wasn't mounted and with his road side assistance either CoachNet or GoodSam, I can't remember which, he had to pay $100 to remove the flat from the rim and put the spare on. So check with what your Roadside Assistance Program offers. -Michael Different scenario with med/heavy truck tires. Far more common to carry an un-mounted spare.
Grit dog 01/27/21 02:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Spare on Class C

My new Class C does not have a spare tire. When I asked the dealership about it, they told me I wouldn't be able to change it anyway. Typical slimy dealerspeak. First, a spare is an option on yours any every RV I've seen. Second, what does your ability have to do with being prepared. Adding a tire carrier, front or back is easy and can be cheap to expensive depending on the option. Adding a spare tire/wheel can also be cheap or expensive. You have a very common size. Junkyards, craigslist, used tire places you can find a serviceable spare for probably $100 or less.
Grit dog 01/27/21 02:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Spare on Class C

I'm in the "I don't care about the spare" category. The last flat I had was as a teenager in 1972 on a motorcycle I bought from a friend for $100. But I do always replace my tires early and check the pressure and tire wear regularly. If you're talking about the motorhome in your signature, the F-450 is very common and, should you need a replacement tire, will be easy to find. If you buy and carry a spare you have to remember to replace it every 7 years. If you're constantly replacing unused tires because of their age, that's wasted money. If I happen to need a tire on the road, even if they charge me double the going rate, I'm still way ahead on money. So, no spare (or roadside assistance plan, or extended warranty) for me. I self-insure on everything, and over the years I am way ahead financially. On the rare occasion I need something, I rely on a credit card and the promise of a really good tip to the person taking care of me. Well, that's one way to look at it and I admire the self-insured plan. However not having a flat tire since 1972 means one of 2 things. Either 1, you have not driven alot compared to the average person, since 1972, or 2 you are a very lucky person. Agreed with proper care, pressure, etc the chances of a "blowout" are very very slim, however the chances of an object damaging a tire are not. Especially with a dually as the outside duals often track outside the normal wheel path and are more susceptible to picking up something that will puncture the tire than a narrow wheel base vehicle. To each their own though. I suppose you could just as easily have a different mechanical issue that leaves you stopped on the side of the road and we don't prepare for all the possibilities, so...
Grit dog 01/27/21 02:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV cover vs shed?

If the city won't grant a variance for a significant improvement to the property and its allowed to park a rv there and build a carport/shed/barn, you can easily make a solid driving surface. Use grow through geogrid or block pavers in the lawn. Bingo, you have a lawn you can drive on! And just keep some boards handy for removable curb ramps if you have curb and gutter.
Grit dog 01/27/21 01:56pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2016 Eco boost

I predict you'll hear more about how that is too much trailer for a half ton than you will meaningful input germane to you question. But icbw. My only comment is 16 - 6 speed, 17 = 10 speed + more power. The best 6 speed half ton trans out of the big 3, IMO, but unless the 16 was a "deal", I'd have to opt for a similar age with the 10 speed.
Grit dog 01/27/21 01:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anybody still tow with an old GM?

Ditto. I still see a lot of them on the dry side on WA State. My dad has an 06. He hardly drives it any more. It's got under 85k miles on it. He's in the Tacoma area. I'm in Spokane and have an 09 (GMT900) with under 70k Duramax? If he puts it up for sale, give the RVnet heads up first! I'd be first in line for a cherry LBZ!
Grit dog 01/27/21 12:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anybody still tow with an old GM?

We see more '90s and '00s 2500/3500 GM farm and ranch trucks than Dodge or Fords in this part of my state. Still doing there jobs. Even with those "weak" GM front axles? LOL I've always enjoyed the ignorance of the solid axle nut humpers that claim GM IFS front axles are not as good.... Both have their advantages and drawbacks, but strength and service life are not a detriment of the IFS axles.
Grit dog 01/27/21 12:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: replacing Brake Pads

If I hadn't done this 3-4 times with the same results, I'd be right there with you saying it was probably a placebo effect. However, the same thing happens every time. I can honestly say I never anticipate an improvement, but as soon as I use the brakes a few times I'm reminded there is one. I'll try to remember to do a side by side comparison. I haven't noticed this effect. I'm also a big fan of the lazy man's brake flush! Once a vehicle is about 5 years old or so, I'll do the empty/replace master cyl fluid method periodically. Not as complete as an actual flush, understood. The new fluid does mix (over a period of time) with the old fluid. It's just too easy and quick to not do a gradual replacement. (unless there's cause to do some serious brake work, then flush and bleed isn't alot more onerous.
Grit dog 01/27/21 12:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: White Out in Sierra Nevada

Whiite Out and 8 Feet of Snow Forecast in Sierra Nevada Please push further north...please push further north....
Grit dog 01/27/21 12:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Travel Trailers for large families

Your NV3500 van is actually quite a bit stouter than a Nissan Titan pickup. The posters advising you to get a bigger tow vehicle probably don't realize that the NV3500 is a heavy duty commercial van with 8 lug wheels and a RGAWR of just over 6000 lbs. So it's every bit a capable as a 2500 series Suburban or other comparable vehicle. While it's not a diesel crew cab dually pickup, it should be a better tow vehicle than virtually any new SUV on the market, and a great choice for your family and trailer. ^ What he said! Disregard the other fodder about your van pattinsoldier. You are in the land of many uninformed opinions. Proceed as such and get that camper ready for spring time!
Grit dog 01/27/21 12:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailers for large families

It's all relative, we did 5 people for 3 weeks in an 18' trailer, coming from a tent camping background it still felt luxurious by comparison. You understand, but, Some people, and mostly the crowd here who may have already forgotten what they did when they had little kids or when they were a kid, can't see past their own "preferences". You're not going to have an un-crowded camper, vehicle, house, life with 6 kids. Pretty sure the OP's know that, made that choice, love their kids and now also want to go RVing. There is zero issues with what they're planning to do.
Grit dog 01/27/21 12:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Long distance purchase

For my TT, I bought a very old 1980s fixer for $700, gutted and rehabbed it myself, spent $4K in materials and have owned it for 10 yrs now.. A $200K RV for 10 yrs of ownership would have cost me $20K PER YR not including interest and other normal repairs.. That nearly $200K I would have spent on a RV went directly into my retirement investments which allows me to no longer HAVE to work.. Now all of my time is totally free to do what I want instead of working for the company.. No longer a slave to the time clock = PRICELESS! Always helps to twist the numbers to something totally unrealistic to try to prove your way out of a story though... But maybe I just haven't seen those $200k travel trailers you're using as an example. Come to think of it, I'm not sure I've seen a $100k travel trailer. But I have seen alot of $10-30k travel trailers that might be a somewhat comparable albeit much nicer, and not $k in materials and countless hours as a fixer upper AND actually be made in this century. That said, I agree with you in general and pretty much always search for the best overall "value". IE, last 2 campers, bought used (8-12 years old), used for a few years each, just basic maint for the most part and sold for more than purchase price. Same ending, spent basically Zero $ on camper but had to spend money to save money. Less sweat equity in these. Your approach is a very sound and responsible one that I admire and also try to emulate. If more people thought like you, less people would be broke, living week to week. It is just a bit unbecoming to appear to belittle someone else for buying a new travel trailer. And not necessarily financially irresponsible, given you know nothing about the OP's finances, want's or needs, or priorities. Nor is it any of yours or any of our business.
Grit dog 01/27/21 12:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Long distance purchase

Some folks like myself REFUSE to waste hard earned money on an extravagant purchase of a $50K-$200K depreciating asset like a RV.. For instance, when I go to a car dealer for a new truck... First statement is a bit hypocritical compared to later on in your post, no?
Grit dog 01/27/21 11:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Long distance purchase

I am constantly amazed at the lengths that folks are willing to go to buy an ordinary common object like a RV.. One must ask themselves, "is this REALLY worth the hassle to get this one layout?" Some people know what they want, and if they are going to spend $50K - $200K on it, they want what they want, not whatever happens to be local. Traveling half way across the country for something you're spending $100K on and might own for a decade seems reasonable. Some folks like myself REFUSE to waste hard earned money on an extravagant purchase of a $50K-$200K depreciating asset like a RV.. And some folks refuse to pass up an opportunity to provide financial advice to someone who didn't ask for it.
Grit dog 01/27/21 11:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Long distance purchase

The only reason I would make a purchase closer to home is to save the inconvenience of having to drive 450 miles, Based on the miles on your truck, you appear to be one who is opposed to driving much at all, so makes sense.
Grit dog 01/27/21 11:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Long distance purchase

As I'm looking I can't find the particular model anywhere in the region. The closest I can find on RVtrader is all the way across the state (and I live in Texas, so yes like 450 miles). I would really prefer to buy close by so when I have a repair issue they will do a good job. Long distance? That's just a days drive and you'll have a RV to sleep in that night! I wouldn't put much stock in warranty/dealer service unless you are incapable or really against doing your own repairs. I've driven further for less. Last boat came from 600 miles away, bought a snowmachine, 1000mile round trip in a day. Last sled was down in Oregon. 86 Chevy pickup, hooked up the trailer, drove 250mi down to Oregon, loaded it up, headed home in time for dinner. You're getting a RV, and you live in TX, so one would presume, a little drive wouldn't be too onerous. Go get the camper YOU want!!
Grit dog 01/27/21 11:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Cost of new fiberglass roof on a 32' Winnie

Ouch. $13k is approaching totaling that unit. Quick value shows $17-20k value. IMO that gives you options. If the total repair estimate is high enough, I'd be looking into a total and buy back scenario too. RV is basically 20 years old, so a documented rebuilt title with pics to back up the roof replacement, overall might be a financial win. If you want to play that game. ( I would consider it, especially if I was planning on keeping it alot longer)
Grit dog 01/27/21 11:40am General RVing Issues
RE: replacing Brake Pads

Back in the day, I never did anything to the brakes except swap out pads when I was absolutely forced to. Do things differently now. In addition to a total flush every 3-5 years, we also drain and fill the entire contents of the brake reservoir on our Ram Cummins once a year using the vacuum line on our brake bleeder. Literally takes less than 3 min. Both the larger containers of brake fluid and the brake reservoir on our Ram hold exactly 32 oz., so no waste. When we started doing these D&F's, I did it as long-term preventative maintenance, with no expectations it would provide any noticeable improvement in braking performance. Was pleasantly surprised to find the brakes became distinctly more firm after every D&F. I believe there's a bit of placebo effect going on here. Not that I disagree with the merits of periodic brake fluid flush/change, the fluid would have to be really bad to have a noticeable difference in feel.
Grit dog 01/27/21 09:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: RV Dealers

So I was looking at a new 2021 Springdale and I happen to ask if this trailer would be ready to go if I bought it right now. The salesman said they do not supply sewer hose, WATER hose or Propane Tanks.....is this normal?....kind of turned me off... That is probably an expected service, but bottom line it boils down to the deal you're getting. It's not like that stuff isn't easy and relatively cheap to purchase.
Grit dog 01/27/21 09:15am Towing
RE: Replacement WDH shaft

My F250 sits about 4" higher than my F150. I had enough drop to re-use the shank with a 2-1/2" to 2" Reese adapter. This is a poor permanent solution. Hitch adapters induce bending stress on the hitch pins (and bend them) and wear out the hitch pin holes in the receiver. Unless you're only doing occasional light duty work with the adapter, get the right size hitch shank. BTDT, cut more than one bent pin out of a receiver and ended up with wallered out pin holes on the receiver.
Grit dog 01/27/21 09:13am Towing
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