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RE: Nice Story fellow RVer

Angels . . . just when we need them. To all sharing their stories, thank you.
RetiredRealtorRick 10/22/21 04:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Custom rims for my Class C

Maybe a nice quality set of stainless steel simulators? I've always thought those looked good.
RetiredRealtorRick 10/22/21 04:19am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2022 GMC Sierra Reveal

Ugh! Maybe they need to hire some designers away from Ram to fix that mess :C Ram perhaps could trade some designers to GMC for a few engineers. Then Ram might be able to make bedsides and fenders that dont rust through along with transmissions that don't sheet the bed LOL. You have rust-through? In South Carolina???
RetiredRealtorRick 10/22/21 04:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 GMC Sierra Reveal

Ugh! Maybe they need to hire some designers away from Ram to fix that mess :C
RetiredRealtorRick 10/20/21 07:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mask use in Mexico Right Now-It's IMPORTANT!

I was talking to an anti masker who told me some things about covid that did not seem to be true. I said i would Google it and he said no you will not find it with Google. So i asked what his source was and he said " word of mouth" Bottom line is that you will never convince an anti masker anti vaxer of anything as they grab hold of any unfact checked info they can get their hands on that allows them to justify living irresponsibly during the pandemic. They will not listen to facts that will inconvenience their lifestyle. Talk about a 2 way street lol. Don’t bother. Anyone who gets their information through Google doesn’t want access to unfiltered info. They just want to be spoon fed propaganda that fits their beliefs. Probably uses Facebook too. I get a lot of info with Google searches -- good info. The Mayo Clinic site for one. I also still access a good bit of Real Estate information the same way. No, you can't believe everything you find on the internet, but you need to be savvy enough to weed out the trash and put your faith and trust in solid information sites (Mayo Clinic, for example). So, not everything on the internet is filtered info . . . . or "propaganda" (LOL) --- you've just got to be smart enough to know the difference, right?
RetiredRealtorRick 10/16/21 12:59pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Mask use in Mexico Right Now-It's IMPORTANT!

I was talking to an anti masker who told me some things about covid that did not seem to be true. I said i would Google it and he said no you will not find it with Google. So i asked what his source was and he said " word of mouth" Bottom line is that you will never convince an anti masker anti vaxer of anything as they grab hold of any unfact checked info they can get their hands on that allows them to justify living irresponsibly during the pandemic. They will not listen to facts that will inconvenience their lifestyle. Ignorance is bliss
RetiredRealtorRick 10/16/21 12:53pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Fleetwood Fiesta or Terra: What's the difference?

I looked up NADA base values for both the Fiesta and the Terra, and for 2006, the values are identical -- to the dollar -- which tells me there's no difference other than perhaps trim colors or something equally insignificant.
RetiredRealtorRick 10/15/21 04:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Extended warranty experiences

Having never before had an extended warranty, I don't know how much it would have paid toward the repairs. Would it have covered 100% of all the repairs? If not, the question becomes how much of the cost would be covered, and how much would I have to pay, and would the amount covered have been more than the cost of an extended warranty? I don't know, and nobody can answer that for sure at this point. But to be clear, I never said I was against extended warranties. If you look at my original post, I bought my F350 in Feb 2021 and not only bought the full extended warranty for 150K miles and 8yrs. I even bought the full maintenance package for the same period. When I was asking about it being a scam, I meant this particular instance, where the dealer seems to not be refunding the warranty cost. So, no offense taken and no nastiness inferred. Since you mentioned in your previous post that you paid fully HALF of the original cost of the vehicle out in repairs ...... you definitely would have come out WAY ahead with an extended service contract. Easy math :C
RetiredRealtorRick 10/11/21 04:06pm Truck Campers
RE: What now??

So sorry for your loss. May God wrap His loving arms around you and give you peace.
RetiredRealtorRick 10/11/21 02:23pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Extended warranty experiences

I have a sprinter used for my business' deliveries. Based on my experience with both the frequency and cost of repairs I will NEVER buy another Mercedes product again. It's in the shop (certified Mercedes shop) as much as it is not. Four years use, 180,000 miles and repairs equal half it's purchase price. (And it's purchase price is quite a bit more than its competitor's) I have a second delivery vehicle, a Nissan NV, and it is a dream. I guess they're both dreams but the Mercedes is of the nightmare type. I bought the Sprinter because I heard all the hype talk about getting 400K miles with little troubles. Totally wrong. Now almost every Sprinter owner I talk to regrets their purchase. Could that have something to do with my area being colder than most of the US? I dunno. But that is my experience with Mercedes. Not to be nasty, but I'll bet you wish you would have bought an extended service contract . . . . and now this post goes full circle :C
RetiredRealtorRick 10/11/21 02:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Extended warranty experiences

Over the years I've owned many highline automobiles, and while their frequency-of-repair records are usually great, when they DO break, they are VERY expensive to fix. . Been driving Mercedes sedans and Ford Trucks for over 20 years each. When I DIY repair, no part for Mercedes come more expensive than equivalent part for Ford Truck. Mercedes has lot of part suppliers and internet has good prices. Ford dealer always offer me 20% discount on parts, but still it come more expensive. True about Mercedes. I've got bitten the worse in the past with Audi, Volvo, and Porsche. With the heavy US production of Mercedes' now, I can see where parts availability would be greater, and more competitive price-wise.
RetiredRealtorRick 10/11/21 01:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Decal replacement

You might want to try a shop that does vehicle graphics -- like the ones that do it for police cars. It'll cost you more than if you did it yourself, but you'll probably be happier with the quality of materials and workmanship once it's finished. Just a suggestion.
RetiredRealtorRick 10/11/21 09:49am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Thor ACE 27.1 - used (2015 or 16) gripes or praises?

I've never owned one, but we have very close friends (full-timers) that did, and they said they'll never go back. Buying a 6-year old Thor product is kind of like buying a 6-year old Fiat 500 or Mitsubishi Mirage. They're pretty much spent by then. Our friends had issue after issue with theirs, and they actually bought it new (kept it less than a year, then unloaded it). Personally I'd look for a brand with a better reputation (Newmar, Winnebago, Tiffin, etc.) If you're trying to stay within a specific budget, you might need to look at one slightly older than a '15 or '16, but in the long run I think you'd be better off. Let's see what others have to say. Happy travels!
RetiredRealtorRick 10/11/21 08:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Extended warranty experiences

So the question I have is why someone would buy something with questionable reliability and then have to bandaid the purchase with an extended warranty. At least in my view, I would look at purchasing something that worried me less about failure. You do realize that even the most reliable, best built vehicles can still encounter problems, correct? While maybe less often, they're not exempt. Over the years I've owned many highline automobiles, and while their frequency-of-repair records are usually great, when they DO break, they are VERY expensive to fix. Again, extended warranties (from the manufacturer) and extended service contracts (from a third-party provider) are a matter of personal preference. There is no right or wrong choice.
RetiredRealtorRick 10/11/21 04:34am Truck Campers
RE: Extended warranty experiences

My belief is that to purchase an extended warranty, you do do not have confidence in the durability of the product you purchased. As others pointed out, companies are out there to make profit and will set the cost higher than payout. You will always be betting against "the house" odds and be better to bank that money yourself. That’s half (or some portion) of the extended warranty buyers rationale. The bigger part, I think, is folks who don’t have confidence in themselves or the want or knowledge to do their own repairs. And when you add up shop rates for repairs, it doesn’t take a lot to lower the “house” odds if someone is 100% bound to shop rates for all repairs. I have NO confidence in myself should I need a new engine or a transmission rebuild. I should be ashamed of myself, I know. :S
RetiredRealtorRick 10/10/21 06:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Extended warranty experiences

So you don't think auto & health insurance are profit-driven industries??? LMAO! It's the difference between getting a mortgage from a bank and going to a loan shark... Both are intending to make a profit. One is abusive and uncontrolled...but as a salesman, they are great. OK, let's compare it to getting a mortgage from a bank. Sure, SOME of the aspects of mortgage lending are strictly controlled, but others are not. As a Realtor, in the not-too-distant past I have helped buyers negotiate things like 'origination' fees, and it made a big difference in their out-of-pocket expenses. Even a 1% negotiated drop in an origination fee on a $500,000 oceanfront condo adds up to $5000. That's $5000 that they would have paid unnecessarily. Much the same concept as a a markup on an extended service contract, right? Only difference would be that the buyer at least stands a chance of an extended service contract paying off for him -- but paying it out in an excessive origination fee on a mortgage . . . not so much.
RetiredRealtorRick 10/10/21 06:22am Truck Campers
RE: Extended warranty experiences

In all the purchases I have made since my first vehicle in 1975 I have never purchased an extended warranty. I have never regretted not doing so. Its a scam IMHO. I will not be buying one in the future either First off, just for the record, most of these are not extended "warranties", as a warranty is issued by the manufacturer. They are "service contracts", which usually have nothing to do with the original manufacturer. That being said, service contracts are purchased and serve the purchaser much like auto insurance or health insurance -- you hope you never have to use it, but if you do, you're glad it's there. Being in the automobile business for 30 years, then in the Real Estate business for another 12 years, I have seen many, many of these service contracts pay out hundreds of thousand dollars to purchasers over the years, and I have had scores of auto buyers and home buyers share stories with me of how happy they were that they made such a purchase. So is it a scam? No more than your auto insurance or health insurance is a scam. The difference is auto/health insurance is heavily regulated (and still problematic). These are profit making schemes that have very little to do with protecting the buyer. You could as easily point to lottery winners and say the lottery is a great way to get rich...ignoring the horrible odds. So you don't think auto & health insurance are profit-driven industries??? LMAO!
RetiredRealtorRick 10/09/21 07:09am Truck Campers
RE: Biden to restore 3 national monuments cut by Trump

In case this is again seen as political, that's an actual copy-and-passte headline. In fact, these should be declared national parks once and for all to prevent these to be used as political football and get full national park management and funding. https://www.yahoo.com/news/biden-restore-3-national-monuments-043531077.html Fully agreed. Especially since part of these lands are sacred to Native Americans and home to ancient cliff dwellings and petroglyphs.
RetiredRealtorRick 10/09/21 05:43am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Extended warranty experiences

In all the purchases I have made since my first vehicle in 1975 I have never purchased an extended warranty. I have never regretted not doing so. Its a scam IMHO. I will not be buying one in the future either First off, just for the record, most of these are not extended "warranties", as a warranty is issued by the manufacturer. They are "service contracts", which usually have nothing to do with the original manufacturer. That being said, service contracts are purchased and serve the purchaser much like auto insurance or health insurance -- you hope you never have to use it, but if you do, you're glad it's there. Being in the automobile business for 30 years, then in the Real Estate business for another 12 years, I have seen many, many of these service contracts pay out hundreds of thousand dollars to purchasers over the years, and I have had scores of auto buyers and home buyers share stories with me of how happy they were that they made such a purchase. So is it a scam? No more than your auto insurance or health insurance is a scam.
RetiredRealtorRick 10/09/21 05:34am Truck Campers
RE: Need your help, ideas

Does she have issues entering/exiting the TC as well? Not to muddy the waters, but it might be time to consider a different RV option all together. Just a thought.
RetiredRealtorRick 10/08/21 05:55am Truck Campers
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