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RE: If you had a do-over, which would you get?

Just sold my Ford v10 based rv last year and bought a Mercedes based class c. Never in 89,000 miles did I ever do a thing to the engine other than oil and filter changes. Mostly I could do about any mechanical repair to this thing short of a transmission rebuild. I'm shocked that people call this engine a gas guzzler. I was getting anywhere from 12-14 mpg. My Mercedes 3500 class c averages about 14-15mpg. To be fair, the mercedes rv is about 3feet longer but still! Hands down, the Ford v10 is the best and this is the first and last Sprinter. You need to share your secrets, you can't get 12-14 in regular cab 2wd pickup with the V-10. As for the subject matter, Ford V-10 all the way.
blownstang01 05/23/19 12:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: whether you like him or not Marcus is standing for the flag

I'm as big of a Patriot as anyone, but there are rules for a reason whether we agree of not. They have amended the rule once for this and it keeps getting purposely broken.....but look at all the free advertising.
blownstang01 05/23/19 12:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Carlisle CSL16 235/85R16 G

I had some bad 15" Carlisle tires years ago (tread separation) , but I ran the 235/85/16's on my 40' gooseneck race trailer at around 17,000 lbs, dual axle, and they did well without issue for 3 years before I sold it.
blownstang01 05/21/19 03:55am Tech Issues
RE: New Brakes

E-Trailer. Just get the whole assemblies backing plate and all. Add new drums and bearings. Done.
blownstang01 05/15/19 06:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Miracle Mist

A quick look at the SDS and the active ingredients are basically bleach and hydrogen peroxide. Getting it on your gel-coat would at the very least strip all the wax off it and dull the finish. All you can really do now is buff the area with rubbing compound and reapply a quality wax.
blownstang01 05/02/19 03:23am General RVing Issues
RE: How much time is reasonable for work to be done

I'm with mowermech , I do not understand why people allow the RV industry to do things the way they do. We had to wait over a week to take delivery of our unit because they were too busy to PDI it. To me that is unacceptable. Make an appointment in a reasonable time frame, and get working on it. Of course I came from an automotive dealer background, and our customers would never put up with what this industry gets away with...(poor quality, half-assed repairs, etc etc.)
blownstang01 05/01/19 12:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Niagera Falls

We liked the Branches of Niagara Campground. http://www.branchesofniagara.com/ Fairly new park, clean, and not a far drive from the Falls. This is of course on the US side, if that's your intention. Also there is a theme park at the same exit if that's your thing. Good Luck !
blownstang01 05/01/19 04:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Gas engines in school buses coming back?

I have often wondered about this. IMO it would depend on the route the bus does daily. If it's in town, flat and just stop to stop, I see no reason a gas engine wouldn't suffice. If it does highway mixed with inclines and rural areas, maybe a diesel would be better. I live near a school bus garage in a town that services two school districts. In anything colder than about 40 degrees, someone comes in and starts the buses an hour before they leave the yard....that can't be cheap on fuel.I am curious as to how many miles they rack up before they are retired, although I think a diesel would be cheaper in the long run with high miles I see a lot of school buses at auction with less than 100k.
blownstang01 04/26/19 03:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Building a carport - size?

I would go with 14' legs due to the upper supports just like you say. Whatever with and length you're thinking, add a few feet in each direction as long as you have room. They are never big enough.
blownstang01 04/24/19 06:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Hard Boiled Eggs that peel great every time.

Yep, Instant Pot here. I do a dozen at a time, 6 min. then cold water. Perfect every time.
blownstang01 04/19/19 05:24am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Camping in Finger Lakes Region

KOA in Watkins in nice and if you have kids they have been adding more and more stuff like rock wall, zip lines, etc. Watkins Glen state park is nice, and the hiking trails through the gorge is awesome. Lot's to do in the area during daytime hours, wineries, motorsports museum, Seneca lake, etc. Less to do at night unless bar related. Depending on your likes, Curtis museum in hammondsport, Cayuga lake, Hickory Hill campground in Bath NY is really nice too. Lot's to do and great restaurants if that's your thing. Just plan on being at the campsite at night time as most of these towns roll up the carpet after dark...not a bad thing. The Finger lakes wine festival is at the Watkins racetrack July 11th if you're here then.
blownstang01 04/17/19 07:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Roof Rack-Class C, Anyone ?

My rig came with roof rack but there is no way I would put a kayak up there - maybe on the rear bumper but not on the roof. RV roofs are one of the weak points on rigs and many avoid trying to place any weight/strain on them. Just my 02. I don't know if you have ever walked on a Winnebago roof, but it's like walking on the ground. I go 270 (unfortunately) and the roof is a solid as a rock. Other makes I've been on, not so much, I feel like i'm going to fall through. Many people will chime in now saying that don't like how Winnebago seals the edges, but as far as being solid, I have no concern. Thanks for the input.
blownstang01 04/17/19 10:14am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Salt, Rust, and the value of a diesel engine

The other half are 350/3500 to 550/5500 mobile service trucks with utility beds, cranes, welders, and so on. Some are class 6 Peterbilt or Internationals. We are able to get a lot more money from these especially if they are diesel. I hear ya, but those are a whole different animal. We buy regular-cab, 2 wheel drive 2500 work trucks. Not a huge market for them here in Upstate NY. I can see the trucks you're talking about bringing $$ at auction.
blownstang01 04/16/19 01:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Salt, Rust, and the value of a diesel engine

When you retired these trucks, what did you do with them? We have 500+ truck fleet from California to Pennsylvania. We retire our trucks at around 200-300 depending on location, engine and usage and sell them at the auction. In every case we get more money at auction for the diesel over the gas trucks unless it has a major issue. The amount of money we get back along with the fuel economy gained is more than enough to justify the upfront cost for almost all of the trucks. This is according to our data which we track on every vehicles, and yours may be different. By the time we get rid of them, they are pretty beat up between rust and the construction industry in general. We either junk them or sell them to guys who work for us. Liability isn't worth it to us otherwise, regardless of "as-is" language. We did get more for the diesels, but we were already selling for pennies on the dollar so it wasn't enough to justify in my opinion.
blownstang01 04/16/19 10:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Roof Rack-Class C, Anyone ?

Dusty, PM sent.
blownstang01 04/16/19 08:31am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Salt, Rust, and the value of a diesel engine

Not quite a answer to your specific question, I can weigh in on some history we have with these trucks. Being in upstate NY, we also have the salt / rust etc. We have a fleet of 14 trucks, Chevrolet 2500's. We for a while had a mix of both gas and diesel. We run our trucks until the rust underneath becomes basically unsafe, ex: brake lines, body panels, etc. Invariably this always seems to be around 250,000-300,000 miles. We maintain them religiously, and both the gas and diesel variations hit these miles with no major repairs. I mean, none. Out of about 40 trucks over the last 18 years, we've replaced 2 transmissions, and some broken exhaust studs on the gas ones..and that's it. Again, all having 250,000 plus miles when retired. So in my opinion, the extra cost of the diesels wasn't worth it by the time they rusted out and now just buy gas engine trucks. Of course we tend to haul heavy loads, but rarely pull a trailer so your needs may be different.
blownstang01 04/16/19 08:25am Tow Vehicles
Roof Rack-Class C, Anyone ?

I am going to be building roof racks for our Winnebago class C. I will be making a simple 8' wide aluminum square tube (X2) for Kayaks. Has anyone done this before ? How did you attach ? I would like to mount into the roof and seal the holes, but I am concerned about the layout of the internal wiring and A/C ducts built into the roof structure. I see from info online that Winnebago installs sheet metal plates where things such as satellite dish etc are to be mounted for strength, obviously I don't have these where I want to mount the racks in the rear of the coach, this has me concerned about the strength of the roof to hold a screw otherwise. I also thought about installing a nutsert through the fiberglass and wood layer of the roof to help with pull-out strength. Thoughts ? Oh, and yes I searched this and other forums. I know how I'm going to build the racks, I have not seen a post regarding my mounting question and how others have done it. Thanks
blownstang01 04/16/19 06:35am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: What's the one thing that you have but hardly EVER use?

DVD player, not even sure it works. We do use the TV though, news, weather,and such before bedtime. We actually use the oven, not always, but some homemade pizza on a rainy day is pretty sweet. Also, for the most part, the 300-some piece crafstman tool kit, only used it once and it's a successful trip when it doesn't come out of the storage bin.
blownstang01 04/12/19 08:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Virginia Beach advice

A lot of the motels in town are very basic and run down. If you plan on being at the beach a lot that might not matter. Personally, after going there several years, I would splurge on the ocean front high rises.
blownstang01 04/07/19 09:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trip Report

How are the roads on 81 between Penn and Nashville ? We are going in May. We usually go rt86 in NY to 71, then 65 through OHIO. Last time traffic was tough through all the construction. We are coming from Central NY right off 86, it's not much of a difference for us to go 15 to 81. Although it shows as 50 miles or so longer in distance, I've heard that it's a nicer drive. Thoughts ?
blownstang01 04/05/19 04:38am General RVing Issues
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