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RE: Concrete driveway thickness??

Concrete highways are normally 4 inches thick to stand up to truck traffic. Call some contractors and ask them. You might be right on the margin of safety. Driveways are usually 4” thick. Concrete roadways are 8”-12” thick with lots of rebar. It had better be a good re-enforced 4", if driving a big MH over it. My next one, with be 6", just to be sure.
tropical36 08/12/20 11:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking at this 99 Safari Trek deisel

PS—I just checked it out—GO FOR IT! Price is good and there have been many improvements. Coach looks in great condition. Alloy wheels have been added, new toilet, etc. Sounds like a deal to me!l Can't see more than $12500 for putting into a non slide old coach and that's after researching the diesel that's in it. If it might be troublesome, one could put easily put another 12,500 in it. I'd pay the asking price if it had a gas motor. I inquired about this diesel on Trek Tracks and was convincing warned off it. I do not want a slide out BTW. Gas would probably be a better option with this coach. As for no slides, that's fine and to each his own, but then why pay for something that you don't want and aren't getting? Keep in mind that slide rooms are the most expensive add on there is to any coach, indicating their popularity.
tropical36 08/04/20 08:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking at this 99 Safari Trek deisel

PS—I just checked it out—GO FOR IT! Price is good and there have been many improvements. Coach looks in great condition. Alloy wheels have been added, new toilet, etc. Sounds like a deal to me!l Can't see more than $12500 for putting into a non slide old coach and that's after researching the diesel that's in it. If it might be troublesome, one could put easily put another 12,500 in it.
tropical36 08/04/20 07:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Florida

Think about the difficult decisions about who will receive hospital care when our health care system is at maximum capacity: young first, then first line responders, then single parents (or caregivers), etc. At the Top of the Covid-19 Curve, How Do Hospitals Decide Who Gets Treatment? If hospitals get overwhelmed, Florida is silent on who survives Thanks for those links - I think the moral of this story is that *if* we go to FL, and *if* one of us gets sick - we drive like mad back to Michigan. Where do you drive like mad to, if you live in FL?
tropical36 08/04/20 06:48pm Around the Campfire
RE: House Batteries

Thank you all for great advice!! Both house batteries were low on water; filled with distilled. Checked both with hydrometer - both batteries in the red...before buying two new ones i am charging them hopeful they will re-charge. Both batteries have no labels, info, etc., except for 27 MDP. Appears this means their for either marine/rv use. Also learned you can spend a lot on rv house batteries :E Thanks for the help, truly learning the RV life!! Oh, regular battery is fine - Whatever their condition, you really need pure deep cycle batteries for the house and Golf Cart batteries fit this criteria, if you don't already know that.
tropical36 07/31/20 04:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Florida

... in the intensive care units - some hospitals were at or close to 100%. THAT is the number I need to see come down -Yep. That is the really scary part. Death is tragic for sure, but full hospitals? Really bad news. Back in the day, in small town USA, having patients in the halls were the plan of the day and a matter of routine. Private rooms were for the elite and even semi-private not all that easy to come by, with wards being quite common and for sometimes being the norm.
tropical36 07/30/20 07:58pm Around the Campfire
RE: Florida

We own a condo near Cocoa Beach - we are watching the numbers and praying they will go down this fall. And they very well might if these idiots would find something else to do instead of congregating and protesting over masks and the like. I suppose they don't wear seat belts, are still texting, and refusing to wear a shirt and or shoes, in the stores as well, eh?. I mean it's always the same 10% for causing hate and discontent at every excuse. Having said all that, it shouldn't keep you from coming down and it's no different here, than anywhere else, if you'll just follow good common sense. Thanks for the rant, by the way! Hey - glad you got that off your chest! :-) I had seen a post from the Brevard Emergency Management folks, telling what our local hospitals had left for capacity in the intensive care units - some hospitals were at or close to 100%. THAT is the number I need to see come down - I'm not going anywhere, where the medical system is close to being maxxed out. I'd *LIKE* to think I could survive it (and Lord knows I'm doing everything in my power to NOT get it) - but if I'm wrong, I'd like to have some backup :-) You'll be well taken care of, no matter with plenty of space in the parking lots along with our superb winter weather and a lack of rain, there'll be nothing to worry about.
tropical36 07/29/20 02:30pm Around the Campfire
RE: Florida

We own a condo near Cocoa Beach - we are watching the numbers and praying they will go down this fall. And they very well might if these idiots would find something else to do instead of congregating and protesting over masks and the like. I suppose they don't wear seat belts, are still texting, and refusing to wear a shirt and or shoes, in the stores as well, eh?. I mean it's always the same 10% for causing hate and discontent at every excuse. Having said all that, it shouldn't keep you from coming down and it's no different here, than anywhere else, if you'll just follow good common sense. Thanks for the rant, by the way!
tropical36 07/28/20 02:32pm Around the Campfire
RE: Koni vs Bilstein

OK, it's a 2006 National Seabreeze, F53 chassis. As stated in my last thread, I've got it handling great, however, still rides pretty rough. Was on the NY thruway today, and was a bit rough, then got to I-79 to head south, and though yes, this is way mo'betta. BUT, the closer I got to Pittsburg, the rougher the ride, until about 20 miles north. At that point, the road was hammering us. Doors were coming open, and twice my cruise kicked off. Even slowed down to 55, but still was vicious. The original owner replaced the OEM shocks 5 years ago with Bilsteins. I recall from racing days the Bilsteins were always "firm". So the question; has anyone replaced the Bilsteins with the 5-way Konis, and was there a significant difference? I'm not looking for the "buy a DP" answer, as we otherwise love the MH and it's going nowhere. So anyone out there done this? If I could get a 20-30% ride improvement I'd do it. I'm just not ready to sink $12k into a liquid suspension upgrade right now. Thanks in advance! Al How much if any, are you over PSI from what your inflation chart says, for each of your axle weights? Don't think shock brands will turn thing around all that much, either way, although giving my druthers, I'd opt for the Koni's.
tropical36 07/27/20 02:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: House Batteries

Have 2017 Thor ACE, battery dead, jumped started and let run for about an hour. Unplugged from 30amp electrical while in RV barn. Few days later went out to Thor and discovered house batteries are dead...Pretty sure they are "new" still and should be working. Any insights would be helpful (New to RVing) After charging disconnect the neg. leads and if they stay charged, then something is pulling them down in storage, which is usually the case and quite common.
tropical36 07/27/20 02:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Operators manual

Tiffin Allegro 1986. We have all the manuals for everything inside and out for our vintage motorhome except the operators manual. Have searched and searched to no avail. Tiffin doesn't even have resources for it. There are numerous people looking for one. Need a manual for all the functions of dash, levelers etc.. People actually read those things and since when?
tropical36 07/27/20 02:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Florida

Are you going to Florida this fall with the COVID 19 down there? Thanks I'm already here and don't see the problem, with isolating one's self, reasonably. For those who are suicidal and for being responsible for the infected numbers that we now have, not too much we can do about that except for blocking their path in some instances, which is now being done.
tropical36 07/27/20 02:37pm Around the Campfire
RE: Ford V10

^^^ Exactly. Its a wonder they live at all. When you think about the numbers its an engineering marvel. No nothing of their reputation for longivity, but.... The Aston Martin Valkyrie has the highest redline of a piston-engine road car rated at 11,100 rpm. The Renesis in the Mazda RX-8 has the highest redline of a production rotary-engine road car rated at 9000 rpm.
tropical36 07/17/20 07:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford V10

I know everyone says the V10 likes to rev, but man I just personally can't let myself keep her above 4k rpms for any extended time, it's just so.. well.. revvy I guess. If it makes you feel any better, I regularly hang out near 5,000 RPM, sometimes for 15-20 min at a time. When pulling heavy loads over the mountains, I just lock in low gear (2nd on mine, which is equivalent to 3rd on the 5R110) and let it hang out there. Then when I need to ease up for tight curves or slow traffic, i immediately catch right back up where I was (usually 58-62 MPH). My combined weight is 22-25,000 pounds. I replaced the first motor at 458,000 miles because of a warped a valve seat letting it run lean after the fuel filter plugged (my tune contributed, but my tuner took a bath that same weekend so I couldn't go back to stock). I also had the Banks PowerPack on since around 120,000 miles. All other cylinders still had in-spec compression, and the cross-hashing was clearly visible when I scoped it! And my 4R100 is still original with 483,000 miles! It absolutely amazes me, when I try to imagine in my mind the flutter of moving parts going on inside one of these engines. And not for an hour or two, but day after day and year after year. A big Diesel at 1500 - 2100 rpm's maybe, but for 4 - 5K, it's mind boggling.
tropical36 07/14/20 03:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford V10

I know everyone says the V10 likes to rev, but man I just personally can't let myself keep her above 4k rpms for any extended time, it's just so.. well.. revvy I guess. When the hill is that steep, I manually drop it to a lower gear, keep it right at 4k and cruise on up. Not floored, just cruising along but not letting it upshift. Yup, I get passed by other folks, but I'd only save maybe 5 minutes on the day if I kept WOT instead of limited to 4k. It's a big load for a smallish engine. Yeah, I can feel your pain somewhat and even though it's said, that you can't hurt it and in fact the engine loves it. I used to do what you're describing with our old coach and for having a GM with a tranny that wasn't made to handle a heavy toad. Not because it didn't have the power, but for the tranny wanting to overheat. Either way, low gear at 25mph takes care of it and yes, you might be 5 minutes late getting into a spot for the night. Oh my!
tropical36 07/14/20 10:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: ABS Light On

OK so I had the MH (2004 HR Vacationer PCT) in storage since last October. Started it and ran the generator every couple of weeks. Hadn't driven it until today - wanting to drive from Florida to Michigan in two days. Went to fill the gas tank and it ran great both ways and stopped fine also. Got back to where I am setting it for two days to ready for the trip and the ABS light came on right as I was pulling onto a site (we are in a campground) to hook up power. I drove it back and forth a few times and the brakes seem to work fine but the light stays on. I shut it off and restarted - same thing. Don't know what might have happened over the past 8-9 months so hoping that someone might have some thoughts. Thanks gang! Could be just a sensor quirk too, so trying disconnecting the chassis batteries for a bit and for seeing if it clears.
tropical36 07/14/20 10:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2009 WINNEBAGO Tour

I'm looking to buy my first DP and a friend offered to sell me this one in excellent condition. I have heard bad things about Winnebago quality issues in later models. Was the quality of Winnebago still decent in 2009? Thank you for your input. Depends, but by 09 we were in the great recession. Unless we were to be buying new, which we never do, we cut off off our search with 07 with an 06 chassis and engine. Not only for quality of construction, but for emission control standards and for wanting some tried and proven old school. Things like Aqua hot and DEF didn't have my interest. We did convert the fridge to a residential type compressor model, however. That we like better and since we do have the battery power and inverter for it. I'm thinking that you could drop back a couple of more years and for getting better quality, by first looking for a side radiator chassis and then for making a floor plan choice. Just don't buy an 07 Cat engine for one thing. Having said all this, it's always about the money, when it comes down to it and you haven't said what you can steal this coach for, so....... By the way, I'm thinking that the Tour probably has a side radiator, so don't make the mistake of getting another with a rear model chassis.
tropical36 07/14/20 10:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford V10

This question is for those that have a Ford V10 in a class A. I have a 2007 Allergo 32BA with the Ford V10 that only has 36,000 miles on it & I took it to mountains of Western NC this week, and it seemed weak on pulling power, I tried to keep the RMP's below 4000, and at time's I was down to 40 mph, I was pulling a 2003 Honda Element...it this normal? Story short, leave your speed control on and let her scream. This is probably the best argument for a DP and for having the brute slightly more than idling at 1500 rpm while pulling your toad up 6% grades.
tropical36 07/14/20 10:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: buy from dealer or private seller

Off topic but pertains to Pvt purchase via Cash. all cash Bank transactions withdrawals or deposits 10,000 or more are reported to the feds by Bank regulation and part of homeland security and of course watching for Drug transactions. If Purchasing with a dealer unfortunately I disagree with cash being King. Cash is not king anymore unless it's some mom and pop operation. Much like a Car dealer (never say your cash to a car dealer until the deal is done) Dealers can make money off the financing and may take that into consideration on their "deal" dealers can get better rates than you and then equal or better the rates you can get at the same lender while they get the difference. A legit dealer will lower the price counting on that income to make it up , you win with a lower OTD price and the same financing rate you would get on your own. Just some food for thought if your a Dealer purchaser I need to remember that and for making all my future drug deals in lots of $9999.99....lol You're right about dealers and financing and for them not wanting to hear that cash word, any longer. Check book in the doorway, as I mentioned is just for showing seriousness in making a downpayment and for no matter how you pay.
tropical36 07/06/20 08:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: buy from dealer or private seller

Cash talks & BS walks. Be surprised what a deal can be made when you “show them the cash”. With a dealer, the best deals can be made, standing in the doorway with checkbook and pen in hand, while on your way out the door. Again, the best way to buy all around, is from a consignment dealer and for going back and forth with the seller.
tropical36 07/05/20 09:36pm Class A Motorhomes
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