The bean counters don't know, care, or even calculate the longevity of a customer when establishing rates.
According to a recent Consumer Reports article, some actually do keep track of longevity and charge long time customers more, figuring they don't shop rates regularly. They don't own some of the biggest buildings for nothing.
Good Sam and Coach-Net are better suited for roadside assistance on RVs than the regular auto insurers. A year of Coach-Net service came with my Jayco, so I've stayed with them. Like most insurance, you hope you'll never need it.
Within a half an hour of picking up our new Eagle, I encountered a problem in a parking lot where we'd stopped. It was raining and generally miserable that evening, but a call to Coach-Net got me to a tech who explained what I'd done. With his help I found the problem and we were on our way within a couple of minutes.
I've since learned that there's a hitch to that. If true, it is that if you accept tech advice and you still can't get back on the road, calling back for a tow is on your dime! Check the fine print, whatever you purchase.
If you trust the results of the compression test, this won't help. But I've had similar problems with a couple small engines when I put them away for the season with untreated gasoline still in the carb.
I didn't want to hijack another topic, but it reminded me of an experience I had with customs almost 25 years ago. The exact details have long since left what remains of my memory, but as best I recall, this is what happened.
A buddy and I flew down to Acapulco for a week many years ago. As I had designed some jewelry over the years, I did some advance planning and made some purchases of while there. On the return flight through DFW, passengers were handed a document to fill out declaring (or not) purchases in excess of a certain amount of USD. It may have been $2500, but the accuracy of that's not important. As I worked with the legal system and wasn't interested in risking my job by breaking the law, I foolishly proceeded to write down my purchases and their value.
On arriving at Customs I dutifully headed for a window with my declaration and checkbook. It was late at night. No agent was in sight. After a nervous few minutes spent wonder if I was in the right area and knowing boarding time for my connecting flight was only a few minutes away, an agent finally showed up and asked what I wanted. When I handed him my paper he looked at me for a few seconds, so I asked him if I was in the right area. He mumbled something in the affirmative, then told me to wait there.
I have always thought he walked to an area where he could keep an eye me, hoping I'd just go away. Of course, I don't know that. Anyway, after several minutes, with time for boarding my next flight was closing fast, I called out once, then just left the area when he didn't respond. I barely made my flight.
I don't remember baggage inspections, which I'd gone through on other trips, but I was left with the impression that no one had ever declared over-the-limit purchases on this guy's watch.
My wife and I had an amusing customs experience leaving Hawaii in the '80s, but that's another story.
So I'm thinking readers should have some customs experiences worth sharing.
I'm not much with computers, and don't even know what all this portal business is about. But I've never had a problem logging on and have even managed to post a photo now and then. Admittedly, it's more trouble than I think is probably necessary, judging from other sites. Still, I wish OS 8, 8.1, 10 worked as well for me as this site does! :B
Avoiding interstates is good advice for those ready for it. But clearly, the OP isn't. Once they get their sea legs under them they can experience the little towns and enjoy the countryside, maybe on the return trip. :)
By "best" I'm not sure what you mean. Fastest, shortest, most scenic? But if the destination is foremost I'd follow a Mapquest or Google route, which is mostly interstate the first day.
As for a stopover, I'm sure Flag has some nice places, but 30 miles west of it is Williams AZ. Very easy on/off and a clean newish RV park we've stayed at. It's the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel. It's a short walk to a couple of eateries. Rod's Steakhouse is a tad over priced, but good the last time we ate there. Across the street is a nice cafe, more on the diner side. I'm assuming both are still in business.
As long as you see 18 wheelers on the roads you're taking, I can't imagine having a clearance problem. But money spent on a trucker's atlas will be worthwhile IMO. They will identify low clearance structures and just generally have a lot of useful information not found in the $5 Walmart books. At least they used to be $5!
From Flag you can either go north and east to Four Corners, or continue on I-40 to Gallup, NM, then north to Cortez and Durango. I've done both. Once you leave I-40 you're not going to find a lot of services if you have a breakdown, and so I prefer running on to Gallup if I'm towing.
Two days is very doable and should not be too wearing on you. Enjoy Colorado and be safe.
We stayed at Colter Bay about three years ago and would recommend it. The drive into Yellowstone is about a half an hour if I recall correctly, and not too much farther to Old Faithful and the new lodge, which was under construction when we were there. But the area of Colter Bay is very nice itself. Plenty to see. Enjoy yourselves.
My PPride didn't really fit our Eagle due to the shape of the front of the TT, so I switched to the Equalizer and it's been happy life ever since. Hitch up is a snap and it tows like a dream. When we go camping it's never a short trip due to where we live. If you like the PP, PM me. I'd love to get it out of the barn.
What does 7.3 mean?liter engine.
I appreciate the answers you all have given me. And 2Oldman made me realize I made a typo. The batteries were almost 5 years old, not 6.
Ford used the Navistar International 7.3 liter diesel under the trade name Power Stroke from 1993 to 2003 when government regs killed it. It's known even today as a bulletproof wonder. Mine turned 114,100 miles on its way to get new batteries today. History
The batteries took a charge and the engine started. I've replaced the original batteries with Walmart 65Ns twice before, and after researching reviews, decided to stick with them. $220 plus tax, installed. I was considering Costco for $90 each, no installation available there, but they no longer carry the house branded ones. It's now an Interstate branded battery that isn't giving the service of the Costco brand according to my research.
My information is there are three manufacturers, Delphi, Exide, with Johnson Controls making most. So I expect the differences would be in the specs the brands ask for.
I think I know the answer, but I always thought I knew which stocks were safe buy too.
My 7.3's 6 year old batteries wouldn't warm the glow plugs yesterday, having sat for quite a while. I'll get new ones as soon as I get the truck started up.
Do two batteries require twice the charging time that a single one would? And just to be sure, does charging the one battery charge both of them? :@ Thanks.
You don't give us much information, but with that large a fiver, I'm guessing you'd have a TV capable of any grades you'd encounter on that trip. If you're concerned, as a full time mountain driver, I'd suggest slowing down on the long pulls and dropping into a lower gear. Keep your RPMs up to relieve stress on the transmission.
I'm not familiar with that brand/model, but in the campers I'm aware of the furnace and a/c share fans. You should expect the fan to come on when you turn on the furnace. These trailer furnaces run on propane. The fan comes on to assure that any propane that may be lurking is blown away before igniting the furnace. That is a very good thing for you and yours. This is the opposite of a home furnace, where the fire comes on, heats the bonnet to a given temperature, and then the blower comes on. I'm betting you'll get a better answer from some of the technical oriented members.