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RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

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Mr.Mark 03/31/20 05:44am Around the Campfire
RE: What does having an appointment mean?

The advantage of having a 'bus' shell is that the Prevost service facility is equipped, stocked and ready to go to service most all year busses (20+ yrs... old). When I make an appt. for service, I've never had a problem getting an appt. as I usually call two weeks ahead of when I'm wanting to have the work done. The Prevost service facilities have 8-10 plug-in spots for the coaches while being serviced. I like the fact that I can have everything done in one location (chassis related) including a full three axle alignment and windshields if needed as they have a fully stocked parts warehouse. Anything related to the chassis can be done. I usually arrive the day before service and we are always 'summoned' at about 7:00 am in the morning. Whatever we've had done, it's usually ready by the evening. They have long service shop hours, Regular Hours: Mon: 7:00 am - 12:00 am Tue - Thu: Open 24 Hours Fri: 7:00 am - 3:30 pm You just can't beat Prevost service! All 'house' items have to be done at the converters facility or secondary shop. Safe travels and safe quarantine! MM.
Mr.Mark 03/30/20 09:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Thanks Doug Rainer

Doug, I've noticed for years that you have helped many people. I'm not on this site much anymore, the other one is so much more active. Take care, you are appreciated by many folks! MM.
Mr.Mark 03/14/20 08:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

Unexpected repairs
Mr.Mark 03/10/20 09:21pm Around the Campfire
RE: ram promaster class B

Thanks everyone. The Promaster is an ugly van, and the interior is cheap looking. But it is much more affordable than the Transit or Sprinter. I would have no interest in lane keeping or all that expensive and useless electronic junk. I believe a driver should drive, not let the vehicle do it. And you are correct that it has a lower floor and is wider. So I just downsized from a 40 foot class A to a Roadtrek Zion SRT. Have only driven it home from the dealer so far. Nice to park it in the driveway instead of at a storage facility a few miles away. We are looking forward to a trip soon. Until the snowbirds leave Florida, we may just do an overnight at Wallyworld or Cracker Barrel. Then a real trip this summer to see family all over. As I've mentioned above, I'm considering a Class B. The new electronic amenities will make their way to the Promaster chassis which I would welcome. A couple of my new cars have these features and they work very well. Safety is paramount and I think these features are worth it. These features don't mean that you are 'not driving' the vehicle, they usually 'activate' when the is a deviation of where the car should be. It could save your life if you make an error. And, we all have the potential to make errors! Safe travels, MM.
Mr.Mark 03/10/20 09:16pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: ram promaster class B

I've been 'eyeballing' class B's for a different way of camping where we can't take our class A. I've been reading extensively about the Winnebago Promaster Travato and the Winnebago Sprinter Boldt. Winnebago offers the Travato with the Pure3 Lithium battery system with no generator (extra alternator) or one with a generator (no lithium system). The Boldt is Pure3 Lithium only. Now, these are not comparison coaches because the Boldt is on the Sprinter diesel chassis with a dual tires on the rear axle, etc. The Travato is gasoline only (made diesel units a few years ago) and is a non-dually. The Promaster chassis doesn't have the new safety features that the Sprinter chassis has (lane warning, auto braking, etc.) The Promaster does not have an electric driver's seat but it very adjustable manually. Safe travels, MM.
Mr.Mark 03/04/20 11:33am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

window service
Mr.Mark 02/28/20 09:23am Around the Campfire
RE: Advice on Campgrounds

We have stayed at the Tom Sawyer RV park in West Memphis, AR, several times. It floods completely every Spring so you should be good traveling during the summer. Another place that is actually in Memphis (15 miles east of downtown) is the Agri-Center RV park. It is rather plain but it is right in the city on a large tract of farm land. We stored our coach there for 8 yrs. when in town as it's only 8 miles from the house until I found inside storage. If you decide to stay at the Agri-Center, enter from Germantown Parkway, not Walnut Grove (very low trees). Since you are moving 'east' from there, it's not too far to I-240 that connects to the I-40 heading to Nashville. If you want, you could drive north on Germantown Parkway (6 lane divided street) and hit I-40 but there are a 8 or so traffic lights. In Nashville, we have stayed at the Jellystone park, KOA (north) in Goodlettsville and the KOA in Lebanon, TN, slightly east of Nashville. In Asheville, we have stayed at the KOA West but it is now not 'big rig' friendly because all of the low tree branches. In our previous coach (42 ft.) we stayed at Campfire Lodgings which is tight going up the steep road but once you are on top of the mountain, it's heaven! I don't think I would take our 45 footer there. Lately, we have been staying at Lake Toxaway, NC, at the Mountain Falls Motorcoach Resort which is about 60 miles south of Asheville and only 20 miles to Highlands, NC. It's a beautiful part of NC and a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Safe travels! MM.
Mr.Mark 02/23/20 03:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is Socializing a Dying Thing in the RV Community?

I really do feel technology is affecting that way that people interact. I took my two great nieces to a water park adventure traveling in the motorhome. They were 14 at the time. I wondered if they would be loud etc.,..... they had their noses stuck in their phones. It's a different world from when we were that age! We took them to a nice 'river-side' restaurant and I told them that no phones allowed at the table so the phones were left in the car. We had the most wonderful conversation. The world will certainly be different with all the technology now. So much of it is wonderful but that also brings along the negatives too. Safe travels, MM.
Mr.Mark 01/22/20 04:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is Socializing a Dying Thing in the RV Community?

This is 100% the opposite of our experience. We wave and almost always get waves back. I'm not good at talking to strangers so I won't instigate a discussion unless you have something specific that I have questions about. I'm OK with talking back if someone else talks to me. This describes me exactly. I am not antisocial, I am just not good at making conversation. I also have ZERO ability to end a conversation. ependydad, wow, that was you! I thought I was never going to get away from that urinal! LOL! Jus Kid'n. :B Some people can talk the horns off a billy goat, I fit kinda in the middle. :p Safe travels, MM.
Mr.Mark 01/02/20 11:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

Passive aggressive
Mr.Mark 12/31/19 10:45am Around the Campfire
RE: Generator in Class C Rental

J, L and S, When you look at the whole picture and the amount of trouble carrying that extra genny and fuel, I would think it's too much trouble even it costs a few extra bucks. And, you will most likely be buying fuel in the U.S.A. which is way cheaper. But, everybody has their comfort level, you should do what works for you. I am also surprised at the 'a gallon an hour' usage. I wonder if the rental unit has a solar panel to help charge the batteries? We rented three times before purchasing our own RV (a gas class C, and two diesel class A's). It was not cheap but gave us tons of info on what we wanted if/when we bought. Good luck and safe travels! Mark
Mr.Mark 12/17/19 01:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: diesel class c

Everyone seems to like the fuel economy and perhaps quietness (depends on what models one is comparing) of a diesel but what about the initial cost? Every diesel based Class C (eg. Winnebago View or Fuse) is $30 to $40 thousand more than a comparable Ford E350/E450 based motorhome. You can certainly buy a lot of gas for that price difference. Not everyone wants to pay over $100,000 for a motorhome. That's why Ford still sells many thousands of the E350/E450 cutaway chassis to the RV industry each year. AND, as soon as you mention Mercedes Benz in a parts store or repair shop their eyes light up. Been there, done that with MB autos.Loved my 300D though . My thoughts point mainly to this. If you need service as you venture across the fruited plain, your chances of getting a Ford V-10 repaired and down the road far exceeds your chances of having your MB repaired. For the sake of fuel consumption and the initial cost, do the math. Love my Duramax in my pick up though. AND be sure and be putting some fuel lubricity additives in your tank if you are using Diesel. With the sulphur content being lowered and now the added DEF fluid, injectors are not lasting as long as they once were. My local small diesel engine man in town has lots of trucks waiting for such items. On the Duramax ,it's 3K for 8 new injectors. Just wanted to point out that your last paragraph sounds like DEF is part of the combustion process which it is not. DEF is part of the exhaust system and not the engine which would not effect the injectors. And, new/newer diesel engines are geared/designed for ULSD (Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel). Most engine manufacturers say to NOT add anything to the fuel. Safe travels, MM.
Mr.Mark 12/03/19 07:44am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Time to hang up the keys...(consignment ?)

Goufgators, when I've read about units 'wandering', the suggestions given have many times been to get the chassis steering/suspension components inspected and get a good alignment from a reputable shop (ALL AXLES, not just the front). Good luck! MM.
Mr.Mark 11/29/19 09:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Graceland RV Park & Campground

I actually stayed at the Graceland RV park (we live in Memphis) to have our previous Dynasty serviced at a facility on Brooks Rd. not far from Graceland. Since I had an early appt. to have the chassis lubed, I thought it would be better to be very close and not fight rush hour traffic. The park is nice and well run (this was probably in 2010). The 'Graceland' area, actually called Whitehaven, has improved a lot with the new Guest House at Graceland Hotel and Entertainment center. Whitehaven used to be the 'in' place to live in the 50's-60's and like all things, they change. But, the revitalization of downtown has also brought prosperity to that area with continued improvement and tourism. Enjoy Memphis! MM.
Mr.Mark 11/29/19 09:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Time to hang up the keys...(consignment ?)

Yes, no more RV of any kind (I think). Might later buy a small travel trailer. But, for now our only vehicles will be my wife's CRV (previously tow vehicle), my pick up and our '79 VW Beetle convertible. Goufgators, I'm 61 and I'm thinking of adding a class B for smaller trips and campgrounds that we can't fit our 45 footer. Have you thought about a class B? I've been 'eye-balling' a Winnebago (model 59KL) RAM Promaster. They are 21 ft. long, gasoline engine, no slides, all the normal amenities that make them simple. I like the twin bed version, it does have a 'wet bath' but I wouldn't have a problem with that as it looks roomy in this model. It has a small fridge with gas cooktop, microwave, and this model can also come with the lithium batteries with no generator (additional alternator) or the regular model with a gasoline Onan genny. A class B would allow you to continue your traveling dream but something more 'car-sized'. Also, by trading your RV, you would save on sales tax if FL is set-up like TN. Good luck! MM.
Mr.Mark 11/29/19 08:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Camping near Biltmore Estate

In the past, we stayed once at Rutledge Lake RV Park which was OK. Then, the next time we stayed at Campfire Lodgings which is a small campground WAY up on top of a ridge. The road on the way up is pretty steep with a very tight turn but doable. We had a 42 ft. coach then and I'm sure I would not feel comfortable taking our 45 footer. The last several times and most recently, we stayed at the KOA West just off of I-40. It's about 14 miles from the Biltmore Estate. After this recent stay this summer, I had to take it off our list because it is no longer 'big rig friendly'. The trees are not trimmed back which makes it impossible not to scrape your coach on tree branches. On a side note, if you want a nice place to eat, the RED STAG GRILL at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village across from the entrance is a nice restaurant. Good luck, Mark
Mr.Mark 11/23/19 03:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

Scenic hills
Mr.Mark 11/20/19 06:29am Around the Campfire
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

Mountain view
Mr.Mark 11/19/19 07:48am Around the Campfire
RE: Orange County Calif., Loses Another Large Storage Lot

$400 a month to store an RV..... amazing. Our very well secured lot just went up to $60 a month. I would not own a RV if I had to store it outside in the sun. In southern CA, I also pay $400 a month for a secured, gated, camera'd, storage garage with 30 amp service (about 100 garages at the facility). Safe travels, MM.
Mr.Mark 11/14/19 06:49am Tech Issues
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