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RE: Do you let you kids drive your motorhome

I have loaned my trailer out to 3 people in the past. My only responsible brother, my father in law and my best friend. My brother and I ran a trucking company together and could both drive doubles so I knew he could handle it and that if something happened he could afford to fix it. My father in law has driven trucks and is the most anal person I know when it comes to maintaining, repairing and handling any kind of vehicle. Also has the means (and ability) to fix anything that would happen. My best friend borrowed it a couple times after he lost his 40 footer in the divorce. Again, has the means and ability to fix anything that would happen. Other than those 3 I wouldn't lend it to anyone else.
fx2tom 02/10/21 11:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Crummy headlights - Can't see, need upgrade

I changed the entire assembly on my 2002 F250. Same bulbs, different housings = HUGE difference. Took me about an hour to change them out, another 30 minutes to adjust the aim. I think I spent $110 on the new housings and it was worth every penny.
fx2tom 01/21/21 12:13pm Tech Issues
RE: 2011 F150 parts back ordered

I'm quite sure that the other manufactures are having back orders on a few items too, its not just Ford. 100% correct. Waiting on a EVAP canister on DW's Infiniti because it is on backorder. COVID has wreaked havoc on most industries. I was on a work call yesterday with a furniture manufacturer and they are backordered months on a number of items because of COVID.
fx2tom 01/14/21 09:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tiffin Acquired by Thor for 300mil.

I'd bet you'll see more and more independent manufacturers cashing on soon. If 2008 is any indication the smaller guys take the hardest hits during downturns and even those bought or backed by private equity groups take some hard hits. Alfa Leisure is a great example. Very strong heritage with the Crean family, sold to a private equity group and ultimately bit the dust in 2008. Tiffin was smart.
fx2tom 12/21/20 04:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Grill gas connect

You would need to add a regulator. The grills that work off of a quick connect are regulated at the trailer vs something like a Coleman grill that works off of a 1 lb propane tank and has its own regulator.
fx2tom 12/15/20 04:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Merry Christmas to me

Merry Christmas indeed!
fx2tom 12/10/20 09:37am Tow Vehicles

Nissan CVT transmissions are terrible. I wouldn't tow with one in any situation. We have one in DW's Infiniti QX50 and we cannot wait until that lease is up. The rest of the car is amazing but that CVT kills it. We leased it instead of buying because of the CVT.
fx2tom 12/04/20 12:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Insurance

I insured my 2007 toy hauler. I bought it for $8k. Insurance through Progressive was $138 per year. Safeco was $131. Trailer was stolen, insurance paid more than I paid. For about $11 a month it was well worth the protection.
fx2tom 12/03/20 02:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: back up camera

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fx2tom 11/17/20 01:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: No 3/4 ton trucks.

DW wants me to buy a new truck, doesn't like my 2002 F250. Told her maybe next year. The lack of inventory is driving prices up. Thought I found a great deal on a new Silverado 2500. Reached out to the dealer and it had a dealer markup of $6k in the quote with a "take it or leave it" attitude. The F250 will survive a while longer
fx2tom 11/09/20 09:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking at a couple of new (used) motorhome options. Advice?

Looks like the Rexhall is gone (or the post expired)
fx2tom 11/02/20 03:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Throwing in the towel

I don't know what happened overnight but I just received a MORE than fair settlement offer on the unit, $5k higher than their previous offer. All of a sudden I find myself looking at trailers for sale. Pretty sure there is some kind of mental defect in all us RVers. :h
fx2tom 10/30/20 11:22am Toy Haulers
RE: Throwing in the towel

A quick update and warning. I have been fighting my insurance company for over a week now. Their initial valuation was $4,700 on the trailer. I went through their valuation and they cam back at $6,300 and it's gone on like this since. Round 3 was $7,600, round 4 was $9,000, round 5 was $9,100. Part of the issue is they are reducing the value by $5,700 for prior damage, based ona photo estimate. I had a body shop do an estimate and they came back at $2,300 for that same damage based on an in-person physical inspection. Insurance company refuses to accept their estimate. The warning - avoid Safeco and Liberty Mutual (Safeco's parent company) at all costs. Truck is with Wawanesa and their claim handling has been amazing in comparison. About $2k in damage to the truck.
fx2tom 10/29/20 03:07pm Toy Haulers
RE: Throwing in the towel

You are letting the bums, crooks and drug users win. They are winning when the authorities keep doing catch and release. My local PD posted this weekend about a car thief they have arrested 5 times since September 22. Each time they arrest him he is back on the street in a few hours. With COVID auto theft is classified as a non-violent crime so the state mandates release. Local PD hands are tied and you can see the frustration.
fx2tom 10/26/20 09:49am Toy Haulers
RE: Throwing in the towel

Well, trailer was officially deemed a total loss by insurance after they did their calculation. Now to see what their settlement number is. Oh no. Time to bust out your receipts and photos of all the upgrades you did. Their valuation will be based on comps, but the comps won't necessarily have all of your mods included. Make them factor in things you've added, like solar, more batteries, inverter, TVs, sound, ... And if they fight you and don't want to pay for those things, grab your tools and start ripping them all out and restore it to stock. The adjuster that you negotiate this with probably won't have any familiarity with RVs, so this will be an uphill battle. You'll have to advocate for yourself though. Good luck. Yeah, that fight already started. Their valuation consisted of a smaller damaged unit and a smaller aluminum sided unit. Been back and forth with them. I figure worst case I have my attorney send a demand letter, she doe things like that for cheap for me. She's already advising how to respond.
fx2tom 10/26/20 09:47am Toy Haulers
RE: Throwing in the towel

Well, trailer was officially deemed a total loss by insurance after they did their calculation. Now to see what their settlement number is.
fx2tom 10/23/20 11:55am Toy Haulers
RE: Throwing in the towel

Sorry to hear these troubles may prevent you from enjoying the RV experience. If you are parking these items on the street or front yard, you may consider moving them to a secured storage space. In our area there are what we call periodic door knockers that check for unlocked vehicles overnight to take personal items. I am always amazed how people will think nothing of parking a $50,000+ vehicle on the street because the garage is filled with $500 worth of junk. No damage to the vehicles, just the stuff is gone in the morning. Truck was taken from driveway. Trailer is normally in secured storage but was here overnight while being detailed. Garage has the 2 newer, nicer cars in it and truck wouldn't fit anyhow. I get what you are saying though. We have friends with 3 car garages and not a single vehicle in them. We could tough it out and take extra precautions and everything, it just isn't worth the hassle to us anymore. We'll get back to it eventually. Word came from insurance yesterday that they are doing the total loss calculation on the trailer so that makes the decision much easier.
fx2tom 10/23/20 10:19am Toy Haulers
RE: Throwing in the towel

But California is such a nice place, just read this thread. :R Born and raised in California. It is NOT the same state is was.
fx2tom 10/22/20 11:44am Toy Haulers
RE: Throwing in the towel

Get out NOW while there might still be a buyer for your home! The longer you wait, the more it will cost you. We sold the house last year when we thought we were at the height of the market and are in a very nice but expensive rental. About 20 months until the older one graduates high school and then we are out.
fx2tom 10/22/20 11:35am Toy Haulers
Throwing in the towel

Big ideas have turned sideways. A couple years ago we were planning a move and sold the truck (2016 Nissan Titan XD Diesel) and the travel trailer, eliminating both payments. Fast forward to earlier this year we decided we wanted something so we went and bought a 2007 Sierra Sport 26 foot toy hauler and a 2002 F250 7.3l, all bought cash. Well over the last 2 months the truck was stolen (recovered about a half mile away with minimal damage), then 2 weeks later the trailer was stolen. It was recovered 30 minutes away with about $8k in damages. Yesterday we woke up and the truck was gone again - despite all new locks, ignition, kill switch and alarm. We live in an affluent and normally very safe area. According to our local PD that makes us a target and auto thefts are through the roof this year. At this point we have decided to sell the trailer when repairs are completed (assuming it doesn't get totaled by insurance). Depending on if the truck is recovered we'll sell it or just not replace it. I guess we'll revisit toys once we get out of California.
fx2tom 10/22/20 11:12am Toy Haulers
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