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RE: Traveling michigan coast

Rick, Michigan is not rife with huge vistas as it is flat.... The shore roads are usually good, but you can run US 23 most of the Huron shore and not see water. If you have the time to take a run around the thumb and the peninsulas around Traverse City, they are good. There are multiple Dark Sky Parks along the Huron shore and up by the straight. Mackinac Island is a tourist trap and will be about closed after Labor Day. Both Beaver and Bois Blanc islands are not much interest without a native guide. Both require a ferry ride. I almost forgot to mention Sleeping Bear Dunes. That is a great ride. There is a lot to see there. Try to get in to see the Ghost Forest, it is strange. I can't begin to suggest where to camp, we don't we just blacktop or boondock where we can. If you are any kind of a car-guy, look up the Gilmore Collection in Hickory Corners. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/23/19 10:55am Roads and Routes
RE: Steering Wheel cocked. I fixed it!!

Our old GMCs (TZE) have a lot of trouble this way such that we can't trust any alignment shop that does not know about them. We have a special steering box that has an actual interference at straight ahead. If that is not set to be straight ahead, the coach is very difficult to keep in a lane. Most do not have an adjustable drag link. First, you have to set the column and all its pieces to be at dead-ahead with the box actually centered. Then, if when you drive it is not centered, you fix that be trading turns on the tie rods. If you get it right she will be a dream to drive. If not, you will know. The real winner this way has to be the old VW Bug. The steering box had two tierods - one to each front wheel and only one was adjustable. The MM actually said to remove and recenter the steering wheel to get straight ahead at the wheel. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/23/19 07:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coach net vs FMCA road side assist

There is value that I can add here.... Coachnet, FMCA, Good Sam and even AAA RVplus all work the same. I suggest that you read (aka study) about what they offer. This is where the difference is. None of the above own any hardware. They all negotiate services with local suppliers. If they can find a right one, you are in luck. Matt - Rarely used any ever.
Matt_Colie 08/22/19 07:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pros and Cons of owning a class A RV

We have done some of everything. I won't go down the list but, when you are going to a place to stay a while, the disconnectable wins. That can be just about anything. If you are traveling more than stopping, the motorhome wins. You don't really have to decide right away, if you buy good used and take care of it, you can probably turn it over even. If you buy new, get ready for the drive-off depreciation. We now have a very small A. Yes, if we need to go to the store, we have to break camp. That usually involves disconnecting shore power. Then again, if you take any kind of care it is pretty easy to take of all of that during the day's run. If you have a monster A, a towed is pretty much required. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/21/19 08:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pulling the trigger...

David, Do you know what the big difference is be RV and a Boat??? Water can leak out of an RV...... Anchoring out becomes dry camping. Gunkholing is call Boondocking A slip is called a space and is still expensive. Your holding tank is now a Black and/or Gray tank. Pump out is now a dump, find them were you can. Potable water is still a serious issue. Shore power comes in 23,30 & 50 and the plugs are not twist lock. If you were sailors, fuel will now be a lot more, but if you just sold a power boat, the fuel will be less. Keep paper maps for the same reason you used to keep real charts. You should still maintain written maintenance and voyage logs. Matt - an East coast watermen now a refugee of the megopolis
Matt_Colie 08/20/19 08:18am Beginning RVing
RE: Onan 5500 fuel pump not priming

Rsnawder, I know you may not think it is old, but 15 years (yours is supposed to be 14) is about the life of a fuel line these days. Make sure it is replaced with something alcohol compatible. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/18/19 04:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Trip Planner

Doug, I used to do this with Street Atlas by loading all the waypoints in the address book and the including them as stops. This worked, but SA is gone and there is no way (that I have found) to do this with any of the on-line planners. CoPilot might do it, by I still don't have enough experience with it to be sure. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/16/19 12:07pm Roads and Routes
RE: Vermont to DC bypass NYC

Jim, Start the plan again, but set a way point (or maybe make it two legs) of Harrisburg PA. When all is said and done, this will take about 12 miles out of your way and about 10$ (passcar) tolls cheaper and way clear of NYC. Matt - a refugee from the east coast megopolis.
Matt_Colie 08/16/19 12:04pm Roads and Routes
RE: stupid move

Adad, I reject you label of "stupid", you have a very serious distraction. Now, you did the series of the bank correctly but got the ground on the wrong end. Correct? Have you checked to see if the installed bank is still good? I suspect it is... If there is a house bank disconnect (aka salesman switch), they are polarity sensitive. If you can find it, check voltage there again. On a side note. Most of the 12V devices have protective diodes and fuses, so even if those blew, there is little change of major damage. Batteries get hooked backwards with regularity. I wish you peace. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/16/19 11:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is this RV to long in the back to launch 24’ boat.

Brain, I would be very cautious. If you are launching in tidal water and the water is down, the rear could end up on the slippery part. There are lots of Youtube about this...... Are you launching an little motorboat? Those are easier. Boats that have masts are usually more difficult. Have you considered the possibility of getting front hitch installed? The drive wheels are on the dry and the driver can see what he is doing. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/16/19 11:23am Beginning RVing
RE: RV toilet paper

Septic safe or not..... If it does not break down in the jar test, don't even put it aboard. Background Story: My daughter put a wipe in the pot. First it jammed the valve in the pot, but somehow she got it loose and never said anything. Then when dumping, the flow would not start. I got it started and I still didn't know about the wipe. At the next dump, the pipe was full because the slide valve was leaking for three days. When I got the chance to back-flush the valve, the wipe (now a week or more old) still had enough strength to plug up the back-flush set. I got the wipe free and now everything was working as it should. I showed the wipe to DW. She told me DD have brought those along and though she knew that they should not go into the pot....... Matt Are you talking about one of those baby wipe things? I'm not at all sure what it was, but it was not regular TP of known type. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/15/19 08:40am Beginning RVing
RE: A question about wifi amps and receivers

Dive, If you are that far from anything, why do you think that a Wifi amp will do you any good at all? If you think it might, then go for an add-on USB 802.11 called Alfa. they are inexpensive and when I do use mine, I can often work with an access point I can't see. What you probably will do better with, if I understand you correctly, would be to use your smartphone as an internet access hot spot. And if the places you go have bed coverage, then get a dedicated repeater (aka booster) like a WeBoost or other and put up a good outside antenna. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/15/19 08:35am Beginning RVing
RE: RV toilet paper

Septic safe or not..... If it does not break down in the jar test, don't even put it aboard. Background Story: My daughter put a wipe in the pot. First it jammed the valve in the pot, but somehow she got it loose and never said anything. Then when dumping, the flow would not start. I got it started and I still didn't know about the wipe. At the next dump, the pipe was full because the slide valve was leaking for three days. When I got the chance to back-flush the valve, the wipe (now a week or more old) still had enough strength to plug up the back-flush set. I got the wipe free and now everything was working as it should. I showed the wipe to DW. She told me DD have brought those along and though she knew that they should not go into the pot....... Matt
Matt_Colie 08/11/19 09:27am Beginning RVing
RE: Where did my tranny fluid leaked from??

Lamoz, What you are describing is a common issue with all automatic transmissions. You did leave a big puddle of ATF somewhere and yes, you did probably damage some clutches and bands. All transmissions collect water and it only leaves when the temperature makes it leave. What happens when drivers are not aware of the situation is that the water that is in the transmission plan can accumulate to the point that if the ATF in the pan gets to near boiling point (that day at that altitude) it can boil. When it boils, it expands about 1600 times. That is plenty to blow all the remaining fluid out of the pan. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/06/19 08:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Miles per day.

Don and Dulce, In the case that you have not gasped the theme here, Miles per Day is: What you have to do because of the situation.... What you can do comfortably.... Our antique coach is very comfortable to drive, even still, we find 8~9 hours is plenty in any one day. In times past, when we had to do more, we did more. We also frequently co-drive. Having a real navigator in the right seat takes a lot of the load off the driver. The important thing to always remember is that driving tired is an easy way to get dead. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/06/19 07:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you contribute ?

I do. I regularly write for RV Park Reviews (now Campground Reviews) and even stopped at stayed at a campground because there were no recent reviews. I contribute a review every time we use RV Parky, and do restaurant reviews for Trip Advisor. When I buy fuel, I always report prices to Gas Buddy. This is all so easy to do, and I appreciate the reviews that others contribute. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/05/19 07:23am General RVing Issues
RE: The "three"happiest days...

I completely agree with Zingerlite. I know we are different than many. Being a waterman, having to let go of my last boat was a time of great emotional pain. The situation demanded it. I couldn't let her sit there on the trailer/cradle where I could see her any longer. We already owned the coach, I transferred its primary use to the boat work business. When our situation changed, I got to use her as an RV. For those years between, she had been a mobile tool crib, an office and meeting room, the service shop for small electronic instruments, and also the irregular restaurant and motel. We have developed the same bond that a waterman has with his vessel, and I she ever has to leave, I know I will have another very bad day. The ownership time for both did create memories and experiences that will stay with both DW and I for as long as we have memories. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/02/19 11:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Camp sites in MIchigan UP

Cinandtim, I think I know a place that will suit your fancy for a day or two of dry camping. On 123 about an half of a mile west of intersection that is Paradise, there is a large parking area for the snowmobilers that is not very busy this time of year. It has trails leading off in several directions. I never traveled any of those because we were there to sleep. The only services available there are fresh air and sunlight. It is pretty level. If you go though Paradise and go north, you pretty much have to end up at the Whitefish Point Light Station and Shipwreck Museum. You can take 123 through Newberry to the road that will take you to Munising. Keep track of fuel in the UP, it is not a densely populated area. If you have time to stop at the locks on the way by, the kids will remember them "flushing" a ship. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/02/19 08:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Short Class A with no toad?

Miout, If I had a 33ft anything and two younguns in tow, I would drag a towed. I have kind of found the upper limit of getting everywhere to be just about 30ft. Below that, you have a chance that gets better as the unit gets smaller. Above that, your chance of not being able to get where you want to go diminishes rapidly. We now travel in a 23ft antique class A gasser. This coach is only a little longer than a 17 passenger van that I had in my vehicle pool at one time. We do carry bicycles. When we need to reprovision, I will drop DW near the door, and go to the outer lot. She can call went checking out and then I come to meet her at the door. Matt
Matt_Colie 08/01/19 08:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pop-up trailer for newbies.

Shearwater, Start with used. New are 9~14K$us.... Used on Craig's list are 1~5K$us depending on lots of things. These are unloaded for two good reasons: *- The kids have grown and they don't use it anymore. *- They upgraded to a solid RV and need to get rid of this. Both are in your favor. Keep opening up the search circle and learning. It is a given that the warranty in today's RV market is useless, so don't pay a new price. You will want new tires no matter what you get, but pay attention to the load ratings of both your tow vehicle and the unit. Good Hunting Matt
Matt_Colie 07/29/19 05:16pm Beginning RVing
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