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RE: Good Sam membership and Pilot/Flying J RV fuel card

I never go to FlyingJ for an eight cent discount when I can go across the freeway to TA and get, today, a seventy cent discount with the TSD OpenRoads, EFS fuel card. Same here.... I used to use Pilot/FJ, but last year they screwed up when I went in to pay....I paid my bill, got my receipt and left, The next day I get a call from a very rude "manager" claiming I did a drive off. I took a pic of my receipt and sent it to her... she still wasn't convinced. I sent the Credit Card statement. Same thing... she then voided my card. I wrote corporate, they said they would reinstate my card, but it never happened, that was a bit over a year ago. I now use EFS and T/A or Loves. Just got back from a 8,000 mile trip. T/A had $.70 off pump price, Loves was around $.15.
JoeH 09/19/22 05:32am General RVing Issues
RE: How To Clean This

My eyes aren't sharp enough to trust my hands with a razor blade. I didn't want to scratch the surface Most auto part stores carry plastic razor blades. They will not scratch the fiberglass.
JoeH 09/17/22 04:26am Tech Issues
RE: My Coach Net experience tonight.

My horrible coach net experience... and my letter to the CEO Subject: 29 Hours waiting for a tow Mr. Ostlund, Yes, we were on the side of the road for 29 hours and this was no rural country road. It was US 1 in Maimi-Dade county Florida with cars and trucks whizzing by at 60-80 mph literally a few feet from the side of our motorhome. To say I'm disappointed in the service and response from Coach-Net would be an understatement. On Friday December 3rd we left our home in Apollo Beach, Fl to spend a few nights at Key Largo before going to Key West. At about 14:00 my coolant temperature rapidly rose and the alarm went off. I moved to the side of the road. This was at Mile Marker 122 on US1 south of Homestead, FL. The infamous 18 mile stretch. The road here is a narrow 2 lane highway with the lanes separated by Jersey barriers. The shoulder is very narrow and in many places not even wide enough for a car, fortunately I was able to find a spot that we could actually get out of the travel lane by about 5 feet without sinking into the mud . After assessing the situation and finding a catastrophic water pump failure, I call Coach-Net at 14:30 for assistance. The first person I spoke to asked a few questions and then passed me to a technical staff member. We discussed the situation and he said he would get a tow truck to the scene. I was told it would be about an hour before the truck would arrive. Well, that wasn't even close. At 19:30, a full 5 hours later, a truck shows up, the driver looks at the situation and says he isn't able to tow a motorhome due to the configuration of his truck. I call back Coach-Net and after some discussion they start to try to find another tow truck. After a few more hours, they decide that it would be good to inform the Florida Highway Patrol of our situation. A trooper comes by and provides visibility to the oncoming traffic with his emergency lights. Another tow company was finally dispatched and when they got to the scene the driver said he could not tow from the front, but would tow from the rear by raising the coach by the trailer hitch. I told him and pointed out the label on the hitch, that the hitch was rated at 1000 lbs tongue weight capacity and that the coach weighs 42000 lbs and that there was no way I was going to allow him to even attempt to do that. If I hadn't stopped him, I'm sure there would have been tens of thousands of dollars damage. He left and soon afterwards, the trooper had to leave . It was now after 03:00 Saturday...over 12 hours since I called in the issue. I called Coach-Net again. They decided there was nothing to do at this late hour and would resume their (feeble) efforts in the morning. I was told I'd be contacted at 07:00 . 07:00 comes and goes and a little after 08:00 I get a call and they are going to resume trying to find a wrecker. I was promised call backs on status, but never received them. I had to call back myself to find out what was going on. Finally at 16:30 Saturday a couple of guys show up and said they had it under control. These guys were super professional, efficient and demonstrated outstanding team work. After a short period of time, during which they showed me what they were doing, they had us all hooked up and ready to go. But, as we were staring to pull out, one of their airbags on the rear axle failed and in interest of safety, they decided to unhook and drive back to the shop to get another truck. They returned with a different truck and reattached the motorhome and we were finally off the side of the road at 19:30 Saturday. A full 29 hours after the time I called in for assistance. When we got to the repair shop they backed us into position and unhooked. As I was thanking them for their outstanding service , I asked why they hadn't been called earlier. They told me that they were not on Coach-Net's vendor list and were called in only in dire situations. These guys were by far the best. You should have them at the top of the list for towing large RV's. They are Edwin and Kevin from American Eagle Towing. The other companies that showed up should be removed from your vendor list. The reason I am sending this letter to you is to make sure you are aware of how poorly this call for emergency assistance was handled and that hopefully you will take corrective actions to prevent this from happening to someone else. Some thoughts to consider : - make sure the vendor you dispatch understands what is being towed and make sure they have the equipment to do so. - the second tow operator obviously had no experience in towing a motorhome and if he had tried to tow from the trailer hitch as he had wanted to do, he would have caused extensive damage. It is likely that if it had been another person in my situation they might have taken him for his word and their motorhome would have been destroyed. You need to thoroughly vet your vendors to help prevent unnecessary damage. - we were in a potentially very dangerous situation on a heavily traveled road. Police notification by your team should not have taken over 10 hours. - When your staff says they are going to call back in a certain period of time, they need to do so. Other than a couple times when they did call back as promised, in general, I had to call back and wait on hold to get status. - Scrub your vendor list. You obviously have incompetent service providers that are wasting your time, my time and their time and at the same time destroying your reputation as a quality service provider. - A 29 hour wait to get EMERGENCY service is not acceptable under any circumstances. Try to put yourself in the situation that we were in and see what your reactions would have been. I look forward to your response.
JoeH 09/16/22 06:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Storage of Fresh Water - How Long

I live in Florida and do not have to worry about my tanks freezing. For this reason I never empty my fresh water tank or water heater. I have treated municipal water and I top the tanks off with as much water as they will hold to minimize oxygen in the tanks that could promote the growth of bacteria. This also gives me a reference to check to see if there are any leaks in the system. I do have an under counter water filter and I have never noticed any difference in the taste of the water from it sitting. Since we occasionally have hurricanes in Florida our RV is our lifeline if a storm hits I do pretty much the same, except I drain and sanitize the fresh water tank 2 or 3 x a year.
JoeH 09/14/22 05:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: AAA Roadside Service

I broke down yesterday on I70 in Co I called "AAA" for a tow at 3pm at 5pm I was able to get the rig off the interstate and to a safe location on my own "AAA" still hadn't called or showed up..at 9PM "AAA" called me to ask "do you still need help"...I have "AAA" RV PLUS...but will not in the future... Not too bad--- I was 29 hours on the side of the road due to Coach Net's poor service... see me letter to the CEO below. ------------------------------------------------------------ Subject: 29 Hours waiting for a tow Mr. Ostlund, Yes, we were on the side of the road for 29 hours and this was no rural country road. It was US 1 in Maimi-Dade county Florida with cars and trucks whizzing by at 60-80 mph literally a few feet from the side of our motorhome. To say I'm disappointed in the service and response from Coach-Net would be an understatement. On Friday December 3rd we left our home in Apollo Beach, Fl to spend a few nights at Key Largo before going to Key West. At about 14:00 my coolant temperature rapidly rose and the alarm went off. I moved to the side of the road. This was at Mile Marker 122 on US1 south of Homestead, FL. The infamous 18 mile stretch. The road here is a narrow 2 lane highway with the lanes separated by Jersey barriers. The shoulder is very narrow and in many places not even wide enough for a car, fortunately I was able to find a spot that we could actually get out of the travel lane by about 5 feet without sinking into the mud . After assessing the situation and finding a catastrophic water pump failure, I call Coach-Net at 14:30 for assistance. The first person I spoke to asked a few questions and then passed me to a technical staff member. We discussed the situation and he said he would get a tow truck to the scene. I was told it would be about an hour before the truck would arrive. Well, that wasn't even close. At 19:30, a full 5 hours later, a truck shows up, the driver looks at the situation and says he isn't able to tow a motorhome due to the configuration of his truck. I call back Coach-Net and after some discussion they start to try to find another tow truck. After a few more hours, they decide that it would be good to inform the Florida Highway Patrol of our situation. A trooper comes by and provides visibility to the oncoming traffic with his emergency lights. Another tow company was finally dispatched and when they got to the scene the driver said he could not tow from the front, but would tow from the rear by raising the coach by the trailer hitch. I told him and pointed out the label on the hitch, that the hitch was rated at 1000 lbs tongue weight capacity and that the coach weighs 42000 lbs and that there was no way I was going to allow him to even attempt to do that. If I hadn't stopped him, I'm sure there would have been tens of thousands of dollars damage. He left and soon afterwards, the trooper had to leave . It was now after 03:00 Saturday...over 12 hours since I called in the issue. I called Coach-Net again. They decided there was nothing to do at this late hour and would resume their (feeble) efforts in the morning. I was told I'd be contacted at 07:00 . 07:00 comes and goes and a little after 08:00 I get a call and they are going to resume trying to find a wrecker. I was promised call backs on status, but never received them. I had to call back myself to find out what was going on. Finally at 16:30 Saturday a couple of guys show up and said they had it under control. These guys were super professional, efficient and demonstrated outstanding team work. After a short period of time, during which they showed me what they were doing, they had us all hooked up and ready to go. But, as we were staring to pull out, one of their airbags on the rear axle failed and in interest of safety, they decided to unhook and drive back to the shop to get another truck. They returned with a different truck and reattached the motorhome and we were finally off the side of the road at 19:30 Saturday. A full 29 hours after the time I called in for assistance. When we got to the repair shop they backed us into position and unhooked. As I was thanking them for their outstanding service , I asked why they hadn't been called earlier. They told me that they were not on Coach-Net's vendor list and were called in only in dire situations. These guys were by far the best. You should have them at the top of the list for towing large RV's. They are Edwin and Kevin from American Eagle Towing. The other companies that showed up should be removed from your vendor list. The reason I am sending this letter to you is to make sure you are aware of how poorly this call for emergency assistance was handled and that hopefully you will take corrective actions to prevent this from happening to someone else. Some thoughts to consider : - make sure the vendor you dispatch understands what is being towed and make sure they have the equipment to do so. - the second tow operator obviously had no experience in towing a motorhome and if he had tried to tow from the trailer hitch as he had wanted to do, he would have caused extensive damage. It is likely that if it had been another person in my situation they might have taken him for his word and their motorhome would have been destroyed. You need to thoroughly vet your vendors to help prevent unnecessary damage. - we were in a potentially very dangerous situation on a heavily traveled road. Police notification by your team should not have taken over 10 hours. - When your staff says they are going to call back in a certain period of time, they need to do so. Other than a couple times when they did call back as promised, in general, I had to call back and wait on hold to get status. - Scrub your vendor list. You obviously have incompetent service providers that are wasting your time, my time and their time and at the same time destroying your reputation as a quality service provider. - A 29 hour wait to get EMERGENCY service is not acceptable under any circumstances. Try to put yourself in the situation that we were in and see what your reactions would have been. I look forward to your response.
JoeH 09/12/22 06:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Florida Park costs this Winter?

Thanks for the replies. The figure of $2300-3000/mo sounds way off to me. I know it depends on location and amenities, but I can rent a nice apartment for less than that in Florida cities. So I decided to do a Google search. I want something South of Tampa so that it's not too cold, but not too close to a big city either since I'm retired. I found several in the mid-Florida area near both coasts for around $900-$1,000 per month during the Winter 2022 with spaces still available. That's still double or more the cost compared to South Texas where I have stayed, but I knew it would be more. I'm willing to pay more for one Winter to decide if I want to live in Florida permanently and maybe buy a house there. There is a reason the prices you found are low and there is availability..... you get what you pay for.
JoeH 08/29/22 06:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need help with name of item for main tv

RV video switch box. aka BOMB ( box of many buttons)
JoeH 08/23/22 07:45am Tech Issues
RE: no noise generators

Sounds like a good use for a fuel cell... if they had commercially available ones for RVs.
JoeH 08/22/22 07:03am Tech Issues
RE: Charging line to F150 toed

I've towed my 2015 F150 for about 70k miles with no charge line. Just traveled from Maine to South Dakota without unhooking or running the F150. No issue. Now, if you have a plug in brake system ( e.g. Brake Buddy) you may need to have a charge line, but otherwise, there is no need.
JoeH 08/15/22 07:44am Dinghy Towing
RE: Any issues having slides on both sides?

something to consider is wide slides on the curb side. Thats where the hookups are, trees and so on. Also the view out windows from curb side slides is of your neighbors site, Hookups are on the street ( drivers) side. If you have neighbors on each side, the view on either side is of your neighbors ... :-) To the OP's question, We have never had any issues having slides on both sides.... but some parks ( e.g. KOA) will ask if you have slides on both sides, it really doesn't come into play. If a site is so small that you don't have a couple of feet for a slideout between you and the neighbor, that's not a place I'd be staying.
JoeH 08/12/22 08:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Thanks Bruce. same here
JoeH 08/04/22 05:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rear Fiberglass Cap Damage

I would guess $5k, +/- $1.5k . Paint and materials have gone sky high and so is the labor. Depends on where you are located and who does the work. If you go to a dealer, figure teh high end, if you can find a local shop, you'll do better. You didn't mention your location... in Fl, there are a few specialty shops that do these types repairs.
JoeH 08/03/22 06:03am General RVing Issues
RE: My problem now - First DP!

If he had Freightliner do the annual maintnenace, there should be check sheets like the one attached that show what they did. For brakes, its, check,lube and replace as needed. example freightliner annual maintenance sheet
JoeH 07/31/22 05:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hooking up to water/sewer

When you have hook ups for water and sewer: 1)Do you hook up direct to the water system or fill your tanks and drain it down? 2) Do you leave the sewer valves open or closed? What is the best way for it to properly drain? 1) I hook to the city water..... but, I always turn it off when leaving the rv for any significant length of time. I started turning off the water after walking thru a CG and seeing a trailer with water pouring out the closed door, no one was there, we turned off the water, but the damage may have already been considerable. 2) Valves closed until ready to dump ( 2/3 or more full).... unless we are doing laundry, then the gray tank valve is kept open.
JoeH 07/28/22 05:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Tornado flush added to black waste tank...

Quick update: I've used my Tornado flush a few times now at the end of camping trips. Here's what I noticed... I have a 6" clear connector on my waste hose so I can see what is flushing through. I start by dumping the black tank. Yuck...Yes you can see all the wonderful contents zooming through the waste hose into the dumping station. Then it stops when the black tank is empty. Then, I turn on the Tornado flush on full blast (with the black waste valve still open). Immediately I can see coming out through the waste line MORE gross waste and toilet paper/etc for about 30-60 seconds. Then it seems to run fairly clear water. If I run it for a minute or two and then turn it off, and then I go and check my black tank sensor, it shows empty (instead of 1/3 or 2/3 full). Mission accomplished! One time when nobody was behind me, I gave the tank an extra flush by closing the black waste valve and turning on the Tornado flush to fill the tank halfway. Note: If you do this, you BETTER NOT get distracted and walk away as your black tank will fill up and overflow your toilet inside your RV if left too long. When I opened the black waste valve, there was a little more waste that came out but not too much. Once I close my black waste valve and I'm done, I use my Tornado flush for 20 seconds to put a little water into my black tank to keep things happy in there for the next usage. Happy flushing all! Chris I put one of those on my first motorhome back in the mid-90's. Worked great and took care of the level indicator issue. My current MH, came with a similar flush attachment from the factory.
JoeH 07/24/22 05:12am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 2014 Ford V-10 Dropped plastic cap down oil fill tube

If you haven't torn out the oil filler tube yet, try hooking it up to a shop vac seal it with duct tape and see if you can suck it out.
JoeH 07/16/22 05:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Making the move back to a Class A

Hi All, After having a terrible experience with a 2003 Holiday Rambler Gasser, and leaving the world of Class A RVs for many years, I think I am ready to jump back in. I know the following question is a bit broad and can start some heated debates but here it is: In your all's opinion, what is the best (as far as build quality) class A gasser manufacturer from about 2005 - 2012 range? Preferably something that was offered on the workhorse chassis as I have good experience with the 8.1 platform. Also when did Ford stop having the spark plug issues with their V10s? Thanks all... Fordx never had a spark plug issue with the V10's, just an issue with mechanics that over torqued the plugs causing the threads to weaken. There are thousands of '99-07 V10's still on the road that have never had plug issues though. That said, Ford redesigned the 3V head in 2008. I agree
JoeH 07/13/22 05:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2022 campgrounds

We've been traveling for the last month or so from Central Florida to Maine, so far, will be heading west in a few weeks. In NC ,VA & NY , during the week there were plenty of empty spots, on the weekends, parks were full. In Maine, the 3 parks we've been at have had many empty spots, both during the week and on weekends.
JoeH 07/08/22 06:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Motorhome captain seat covers

Contact Lisa Bauer with your seat info ( tag is located underneath seat ) Her web site
JoeH 07/06/22 05:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking for 5 star RV Park

Look at Hearthside Grove, Petoskey, MI
JoeH 06/29/22 06:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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