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RE: Sailun tires

Interesting thread. Never heard of this Chinese brand until now. I see the positive testimonials. All I can say is that I HAVE experienced a front tire blow-out on a diesel pusher, and I never want to risk an unpleasant experience like that again. Taking Chinese-made tires out of the equation is my first-line of defense, regardless of testimonials. RV tires are simply not a place to look for cost-savings, IMO, ESPECIALLY with higher gross weight vehicles. The risk is just not worth it, even WITH the bargain-basement prices.
Racklefratz 07/01/20 05:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2008 Itasca catalytic converter & pipe stolen

There's pretty much nothing you can do other than living in the coach 24/7 to prevent thieves. Or, alternately, drive a diesel rig, which doesn't have a CAT.
Racklefratz 07/01/20 04:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2008 Itasca catalytic converter & pipe stolen

CAT buyers are thick on FB Market place in my area. Too bad they don't put VIN numbers on Cat Converters! Wouldn't make any difference most times. CAT thieves are interested in the valuable stuff inside the converter, rhodium, platinum and palladium. They toss the other parts where any identifying information would probably be.
Racklefratz 07/01/20 04:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Opinion: 1986 Pace Arrow 27FT Motorhome Chevy Chassis

One more question... If it has an onboard generator and 350watt solar. Do I need to actually purchase a gas generator right away? I don't understand the question. What kind of "gas" do you contemplate generating, and why? The claimed "onboard generator" ought to satisfy your generator needs. Please explain.
Racklefratz 07/01/20 03:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What $125,000 gets you in Germany

It's all relative Agree. As I posted earlier, it's about preferences. Peoples' preferences aren't identical. Ours happen to be plenty of room inside the coach, and same with basement storage. Those qualities are hard to come by in the smallish RVs discussed here. Some buyers may not need that; to us, it's a show-stopper.
Racklefratz 06/04/20 07:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What $125,000 gets you in Germany

Sorry, Most of our customers are getting rid of 40 foot Diesels to buy and travel in the Leisures. They like the smaller Motorhome. I don't get it but they like them. No apology necessary - dif'rent strokes, obviously. And if it's profitable for you, great. But IMO, this is directly related to what people can afford to spend on an RV. Our personal preferences for interior space in an RV are such that if we had to just "make do" with anything as cramped as these vehicles, we'd just pass on the whole thing. We started RVing by renting a small Tioga, circa early '90s, and quickly found that the excessive population density did not appeal to us. Fortunately, we don't have to make that compromise today. Our ownership experience has been owning first a 37' Class A, then a 40' Class A, and now our current 43' Tiffin. There's a pattern there somewhere.
Racklefratz 06/02/20 05:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What $125,000 gets you in Germany

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Racklefratz 06/02/20 05:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What $125,000 gets you in Germany

Nice but too small. Having spent seven month in the desert in a 39 ft interior Mh I want larger. Have to agree. Life's too short to tie up that much money in something one can't enjoy.
Racklefratz 06/02/20 11:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Getting no power at all chassis or coach Help please

It happens to my F350 at least once a year. Use baking soda and water. Shouldn't. There is a spray-on product you apply to clean battery connections that prevents that kind of corrosion built-up. It works.
Racklefratz 05/27/20 02:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A, gas or diesel

I need to start somewhere.OK, start here: when was the last time you saw a semi-truck with a gas-powered tractor? There's good reason why over-the-road semis are all diesel powered. Gassers are full of compromises. Handling, road stability, gross weight, basement capacity, ... yada, yada ... diesel coaches give you more of all of that. Is diesel maintenance more expensive? Yes. But, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for - simple as that.
Racklefratz 02/16/20 07:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 5 figure 30 foot

I'm wondering what I could assume for depreciation and cost of re-sale.When I buy an RV, I know it will depreciate, and do so much more quickly than most other vehicles. But the dirty little secret is, most of us don't buy our RVs worrying about how much they'll depreciate - we buy them because we have the means, and because we WANT one. It's not an "investment".
Racklefratz 01/29/20 05:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Very Bad RV Wreck in Oregon

Very sad that they had stopped for the night at a Walmart and were made to leave because no parking allowed. That is why the driver was out there at night and sleepy. Had probably already been driving all day. Had no money for a tow, probably had no money for a campground "if" they could even find one. And this, friends, is the epitome of "living beyond one's means". Who operates an RV without the means to deal with the inevitable unexpected? Decisions have consequences.
Racklefratz 01/03/20 05:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Side mirror replacement

These are not Velvac If not Velvac, can't help. But I can, and WILL, reiterate the cautions for Velvacs and the damned foam Tiffin squirts up into the backside of the cap, obscuring all the mirror wiring. I broke the lower mirror housing on one of our Velvac mirrors, necessitating replacing it, and encountered the foam encasement issues with the wiring inside the cap. Gave up on it, due to concerns about butchering the wiring and not being able to reconstruct things, and decided to leave the mirror mount outside the cap as is, and splice wiring from there. The foam inside the front cap is a big problem if total mirror replacement is necessary.
Racklefratz 12/28/19 05:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator question for you class A campers

There is just not enough roof room to run 2 A/C units in a Class A Which makes my point. I'm not an EE, but I can connect the dots. And, even if there were room enough for solar panels for A/Cs (and my coach has 3, not 2), the cost is waaaaay out of line with the amount of power they produce.
Racklefratz 12/20/19 05:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator question for you class A campers

The only upgrade I've done to our is to build an external digital thermostat. The stock analog dial gives no indication of what temperature "#3" setting represents! Here's another quick and easy way to keep track of temperature remotely: Buy a SensorPush sensor for $50, download the free app for your phone, and you can check the app to see the current temperature at the location of the sensor. My understanding is that it CAN be placed inside a refrigerator or similar and still function. The app also offers the option to set high and/or low temperatures at which the user will get a notification on the phone that the threshold temp was exceeded.
Racklefratz 12/20/19 12:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator question for you class A campers

A/C usage has been brought up once or twice, but no one seems to want to discuss it. One can run a residential refrigerator on house batteries and/or "solar" for limited periods of time, but those power sources won't run air conditioners. For those of us primarily in warm climates, A/Cs are every bit as important as the frig. My personal opinion of "alternative energies", all of them, is that they're not ready for prime time. They're still expensive and inefficient. The sun's not always out, and the wind doesn't always blow. It's also true that the only way they even stay on the market is through government subsidies, for consumers through local power companies, or through massive federal subsidies for companies. Take away the subsidies and they disappear - remember "Solyndra"? Your tax money at work. Our Allegro Bus has two sizable solar panels on top, and all they're good for is a small "polishing charge" if the 6 house batteries are already charged. I'd never expect them to keep up with even normal electrical demands of the coach, and the cost to augment them with enough additional panels to make any significant difference would be punitive - a very poor option.
Racklefratz 12/20/19 12:15pm Class A Motorhomes
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