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RE: starting to look at trucks

"a lot of problems in the early years" is a bit of an overstatement. The reported problems were a very small percentage of units. If you look at the overall 8-9 year run, it has proven to be one of the most solid engines ever produced. Glad I can say that, at the time, I felt I was taking a gamble with my 2013.
tragusa3 05/10/19 04:32am Travel Trailers
RE: What brands of Travel Trailers are NEW & Quality

We were reasonably pleased with Forest River Surveyor. A mid-tier product, so price stayed towards the lower side while quality was above many. 3 years and many miles with no problems.
tragusa3 05/09/19 04:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Have you thought about downsizing?

We just changed from a 25' trailer to a 34' Class A. We're about to embark on our first long trip, so I can't speak to the question for a few months yet. However, we would not be willing to give up towing a Jeep, as one of our favorite activities is exploring back country. Sounds like a Sprinter would be a compromise in that respect too.
tragusa3 05/08/19 07:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: I have 1 week

I assume the OP is returning to New Jersey? passing right by The Black Hills?
tragusa3 05/06/19 11:19am Roads and Routes
RE: I have 1 week

I would eliminate Devil's tower if it buys you another day in Yellowstone. It's a long, boring drive to get out there and it is one place that a quick glance sort of does the trick. Don't underestimate the Black Hills area. For us, it wasn't far behind Yellowstone.
tragusa3 05/06/19 09:18am Roads and Routes
RE: FL to Yellowstone 10 weeks out west what to do?

If you're already in the area and have the time (which you do), you can not miss Glacier! However, make sure Going to the Sun is open before making the trek. Seeing the Rushmore July 4th celebration would be special.
tragusa3 05/06/19 09:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Can I borrow your Motorhome?

Exactly! How long did it take you to learn how to use it properly? Months, years? Heck, I'm still learning! LOL No way would I lend mine. I haven't been asked ever...possibly because of the way they see me care and treat it. I think they realize.
tragusa3 05/06/19 08:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Salesman trying to talk me out of a Class C

I wouldn't assume the salesman has an agenda to sell an "A". Maybe you shared information that led him to make the suggestion? That's what happened to us. We went in for a "C" too.
tragusa3 05/03/19 07:45pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ford decreases 5.0L V8 production due to low demand.

I love V8 sound, but I couldn't deny that quiet, low-end torque and towing at low rpm was attractive. More attractive for me. I learned that same lesson with my motorcycles...had loud pipes, which were fun for cruising, but appreciated quiet pipes on cross country trips.
tragusa3 05/03/19 07:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Water tank size.... What would you do?

I can be forgiving of honest mistakes. However, 20% off on such an important variable is unacceptable to me. Not that it would matter if you didn't, but did you specifically discuss water capacity with the dealership? At the very least, I would accept the dealer paying for a water bladder and any necessary pump system mods.
tragusa3 04/29/19 12:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Building a carport - size?

When I was in your position, I received recommendations to build big enough for the future. I was 100% I would never go bigger than a 30' TT, so I didn't listen and that's what I built for. A few years later, I buy a 35' motorhome that is also 13' tall. Had to pull down the old carport and build again. Would have been much cheaper to build bigger to begin with. Something to consider.
tragusa3 04/24/19 12:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Brother in Law wants to not get in financial trouble

You will likely have to go older than 3 years to bring a Tiffin/Newmar into that price range. I had 70k to work with and ended up at 7 years old. I could have gotten a "lesser" brand or worst condition, but that's what it took for me to find my "Cherry". I feel the pressure of expense right now: Initial purchase, taxes, insurance, building a garage, setting up tow vehicle, TPMS, RVGPS, the list seems to never end. However, I believe that the key to this feeling like it has "value" to us is in longevity. If we use it continuously for 10-15 years, then the money is irrelevant. I believe the biggest money pit is in changing rigs too early. $80k with steep depreciation is terrible in the short term, but not so bad when you sit in your rocker with more memories than a person deserves!
tragusa3 04/24/19 12:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow Bar for 4 down

I just spent the money myself. Wasn't fun. However, the difference in A-frame to the fancy stuff isn't quite that much. With the A-frame, I assume you still need a base plate installed on the vehicle? If so, you're going to probably spend 600-1000? With a ReadyBrute Elite setup, I had $1600 in hardware.
tragusa3 04/22/19 05:03pm Dinghy Towing
RE: starting to look at trucks

I've towed about 7k a total of about 40k miles with our F150 with EB. The truck will amaze you! Watch your payload, as it will be tight. Comparing the EB to the 5.0 is not just about the total numbers. The EB has a smoother torque curve with stronger numbers down low. 99% of our towing I was less than 3000 rpm. 90% of it less than 2500rpm. Quiet, calm and powerful. I no longer tow with ours, but keeping it anyway, as it is the swiss army knife of vehicles. :)
tragusa3 04/21/19 05:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Gas prices, weather and wildfires...

You can be guaranteed that everywhere I travel, will experience record high fuel! Next month we leave for an 8k mile trip including the Pacific Coast and BC. Oh boy...$500 tanks of gas...it's going to make it hard for this teacher.
tragusa3 04/20/19 06:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Opinions on this travel trailer

Interesting enough to consider, even though it may introduce some challenges. I like it!
tragusa3 04/19/19 06:08am Travel Trailers
RE: FL to Yellowstone 10 weeks out west what to do?

10 weeks! Nice! We usually do 6-7 weeks and this year have 8. We're doing the Pacific Northwest and Canadian Rockies. What I wouldn't give for 10 weeks! Slowing down would be one of my wishes. I think we leave some parks not because we run out of things to do, but because we are exhausted. 5 days in Yellowstone...relax around camp for a few days and then I'd be ready for another 5! Changing pace changes everything. You can do activities that you might not have otherwise. I second the Tetons and San Juans. Each good for a week. We had 5 nights in the Black Hills and wished for 5 more. Maybe go as far as Glacier? With 10 weeks you could do just about anything depending on the pace you want. Anxious to see how this pans out.
tragusa3 04/16/19 03:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Moab Campgrounds

Sounds like you are looking for hookups and comfort, understandable being a week. However, I recommend 1 or 2 nights in Devil's Garden (Arches). Staying there was one of the camping experiences of our lives. It would certainly be worth a move part way through the week. IMHO
tragusa3 04/15/19 05:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Dealer never put TITLE in my name, am I stuck??

Praying for the best outcome. I believe it will clear itself up pretty fast with an aggressive attorney. Sounds like you have a good recognition of "stress". Don't let a darn motorhome do it to you! Oh, and thank you for sharing. It obviously requires a bit of willingness to open yourself up to ridicule. It could happen to any of us and dumb things will happen to most.
tragusa3 04/15/19 05:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 6 passenger pickup

We have loved our F150 XLT that seats 6. Seating for 6 is fine for up to a 2-3 hour drive. Wouldn't want to do it for long road trips. I assume you are towing something? If so, the F150 may run out of payload quikly with that many people in it.
tragusa3 04/07/19 04:48pm Tow Vehicles
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