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RE: Rear View Camera vs Backup Camera

I'd just like some clarification on this topic. Every time I do a search for a rear view camera, I get a list of backup camera's. I'm looking for a camera and monitor that's on all the time, not just for backing up my vehicle. I can't find any information to clarify this. Are all backup camera's only for backing up? How do I find one to replace the rear view mirror to use for normal driving? Thanks, Puzzled They're all one in the same, as far as I know. Mine comes on when in reverse, but if you manually turn it on, which I always do, then it's on all the time.
tropical36 05/13/20 08:10am Beginning RVing
RE: Best Class C for the money

We are looking for the most reliable Class C out there. I have run a search and have digested those results. I am looking especially for those that have had class c's. Since you're getting plenty of answers to your question, may I ask why you're bent on a C, rather than an A and just for what, I might be missing here?
tropical36 05/12/20 09:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Power cord

Is there any problem leaving the power cord on my TT plugged in when when not in use. I do and a good charger will go down to a trickle and not boil the water out. Even so, I have AGM's and maintenance free for the chassis, so pretty good, either way...
tropical36 05/12/20 09:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Galveston - Bolivar Ferry

I've been riding the Bolivar Ferry for many, many years but have never had my trailer on it. For those that have, is it comfortable to board the ferry pulling a longer travel trailer? Max length allowed is 65' but my trailer/truck combination will only be about 50'. My comfort level is challenged by the tight lanes on the ferry. No problem with our 36ft Coach and toad at the time. Easy on and easy off. Just couldn't get over it being for free.
tropical36 05/12/20 05:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: need new tires

Dry rot has forced us to accept the need for new tires. Class A, 32' 2006 Georgie Boy Pursuit. Current have R245/70R19.5 (H) on it. Lasted only less than 6 years with less than 20,000 miles on them. They sat too long in the sun, for sure. Suggestions on which tires to buy w/o breaking the bank. Looking at some brands in the $180-225 per tire range Several J, 18 ply, most, like what we have now, H with 16 Ply. Costs quotes is just per tire, not mounted, aligned, etc. Would appreciate your suggestions. Thanks. I've found over the years, that Hercules has been the best bang for the buck. Having said that, just how many ways are there to make a DOT tire? And still waiting for the chemical and mechanical engineers for making this kind of data available. Nope, not a Michelin disciple, as you might have guessed, as there isn't a thing holy about their tires.
tropical36 05/12/20 03:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing capacity - surprisingly little on new coaches

As some of you may have read we are shopping for a new coach to full/part time in next year. In shopping I came across some surprising info on capacity. I know a lot of gassers with the 5k or 7k hitch actually have very little capacity when doing the math. What was a surprise to me is that some DP's also suffer from this. As an example, the Forza line, the difference between the weight and GCWR on some models is only 3k. Makes the 10k hitch almost useless. Our CRV is about 3500 lbs, never mind we also like to eat, have water and clothes. I know the actual weight needs to be done in order to arrive at real world conditions, but off the shelf advertised weights of some of these coaches simply won't work. Do they rely on people not knowing or caring? Or am I calculating something wrong? Anyway, found it very surprising for a DP. Makes shopping and finding models you like a real let down. I noticed this, when friends bought a new 17 Pace Arrow, which is good for about 800lbs of towing capacity. Still they pull a jeep toad. This DP's specs are even less than our old gasser, but only because of the GM tranny and most sure, that the tranny is the weak link with the Pace, as well. On another note, our present coach is good for 15Klbs tow and 1500lbs hitch weight. Sounds good, along with more than a ton left of CCC, but just so happens that the rear axle is at max. when loaded, so probably not so good if pulling a heavy trailer. Not a factor with our four down toad, but just saying..... Oh well and just as long as they continue to install huge TV's and fireplaces, sales will continue to flourish.
tropical36 05/12/20 10:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: High end gasser or entry level DP

What this thread reinforces is that there is no IDEAL coach for everyone. Choose what meets YOUR needs, not what others have chosen to meet theirs. No different than choosing a home, a car or most other things. Agree, getting input on how others have made the best decision for THEM can certainly help-- again the same for choosing a car, etc. I wasn't asking for someone to make my decision for me. I know what my needs are. I was asking for information on the differences in ride, amenities and quality between a high end gasser and an entry level DP, Having not been in many pushers I thought folks on here would provide some insight. IMO and from what I've seen, a high end gasser and an entry level DP are pretty much equal, except for the ride and just as long as the DP has air bags. In that dept. there shouldn't be any comparison, between riding on air vs flexing steel. Then there's the engine noise between the driver and passenger which is pretty obvious. I think the biggest thing that amazes me with our first Diesel here, is the low end torque, that it has. I mean, here we are, cranking a measly 1500rpm, while carrying all this weight, as well as pulling a fairly heavy toad up miles of 6% grades or more, without a sweat. This vs a screaming banshee, right next to you, trying to accomplish the same thing, which it still can't do, in many cases.
tropical36 05/11/20 08:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: High end gasser or entry level DP

What this thread reinforces is that there is no IDEAL coach for everyone. Choose what meets YOUR needs, not what others have chosen to meet theirs. No different than choosing a home, a car or most other things. Agree, getting input on how others have made the best decision for THEM can certainly help-- again the same for choosing a car, etc. You got that right and for us with houses, it was always location, location, location. For cars, it was quality first, within our budget and as a result, have only bought one new one in my lifetime and that was a mistake, even though, many would say, it was too good a deal to pass up. I've never bought a new RV or boat either, but never entry level.
tropical36 05/10/20 09:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where is the Fuse/Breaker ?

There is most likely no wire run for that purpose. If you look at the 7 pin connector by opening the door - the pin just clockwise of the keyway is supposed to be the charge line. If you look at the back of the connector where the wires enter it, you will most likely find only a hole where the wire is supposed to go for that pin for the charge line. hotrodr is right, there is no wire attached to that terminal. Plus the Winn wiring schematic shows only 6 wires going to the 7pin connector. I will run a charge line with inline fuse from the battery. What a pain, wonder why they wouldn't wire the connector completely in the first place? Happy Camping !! That being the case, it would make it much too easy for the customer and for a good dollar six eighty in loss of profit for them.
tropical36 05/06/20 07:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: High end gasser or entry level DP

I would choke if I was charged $300 for an oil change----I get complete service including diesel generator, all fuel filters, air filters, grease everything, for less than that---I am in central NC and get it done at a big truck place once a year, early spring. Even though, I said I wouldn't, when we got the Diesel, in the end, I decided to go it myself. Greasing is as bad as our old P32 gasser, but the rest, is not near the job, I thought it might be. Last time around, I changed the fuel filter in the genset too. Thing is about having someone else, doing your work, you really don't know, unless you're standing right there with them. Quick story and when I once had a garage grease my P32, I told the manager to have the tech give me a count on the fittings he did, as I knew exactly how many there were. When completed, I asked again for this info. He calls the tech over for the answer, which was...MUCHO!...!
tropical36 05/05/20 07:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where is the Fuse/Breaker ?

Did you ever have power there? This is the first time I have needed to use it, so I don't know if there has ever been power there or not. I checked and there are 7 wires in the harness on back of the connector. My rear end dragged entering a parking lot and ground the tow cable in half, so suspect that's when I shorted the 12V line. I need to find the fuse to replace it. Thanks Check for an inline fuse on one of the batteries...
tropical36 05/05/20 03:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: High end gasser or entry level DP

As we continue to shop for our new rig to start full time next year I keep teetering on gas vs diesel. (sort of full time - 6 mons at a time, break for a month, 6 months out...) My only real life experience is with gassers. We've had 2 and very entry level. While we loved both coaches and they served as great weekenders, one of our biggest complaints was ride quality. The harsh road feedback and the noise. Very loud and hard to hold a conversation. Both MH's were ACE's and poorly insulated (if at all) and light which I think worsened the harshness of the ride. Our budget puts us at a fairly new but used high end gasser, or a 4-6 year old used entry level DP (Excursion, Palazzo, Sportscoach etc) I don't want to go any older. I am aware of the difference in how a DP rides vs gasser, night and day. But what about a higher end gasser - like a Newmar or Tiffin ? Do they ride smoother and more quiet than an entry level coach despite being on the same F53? And how dramatic is the difference between say a Canyon star or Allegro than an entry level DP? Do all DP's ride pretty much the same or do higher end DP's ride better than entry level ones? I know I need to take some test rides and that was my plan, but as we all know doing that right now has been difficult. There's also the question of if I need a DP at all. Our travel days will be relatively short (that's the plan anyway), and stays longer. But despite loving our previous coaches, they were a nightmare to be in while riding, and I am really concerned about ride comfort. And as we all know, plans often change and we may find ourselves with occasional long days in the saddle. I should also add I know very little about diesels. Not that I did a lot of maintenance on our gassers, but at least I was able to do standard stuff. Anything house related - I am good. Appreciate the thoughts. When we last bought and after giving it some thought, for no matter what the use might entail, we went with a side radiator DP and for dropping back the number of years, it took for meeting our budget. Still for being better built and for longer lasting, than any entry level coach of any sort.
tropical36 05/04/20 01:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: need a place to overnight in Chicago. UPDATED

Before you make the trip in a motor home are you sure you will be allowed by the city of Chicago to take a motor home down the streets near Roosevelt U? There are a lot of streets that do not permit large vehicles such as RVs or even pickup trucks. RU is in the downtown area where traffic is controlled. They strictly enforce those prohibitions against larger vehicles and pickups. CPD won't hesitate to stop and write tickets and a ticket is not like a permit to continue. They'll get you out of the area. It would be pretty discouraging for you to drive from NE just to get there and find out CPD won't let you get close to RU. Just a suggestion that you might want to be positive you can do it before you try. Yeah and who knows for sure. Last time I was downtown, there were two large class A's parked on the street around the 6 or 700 block of S. Wabash. Not sure what they were doing there, but most likely not for R and R.
tropical36 04/19/20 05:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: need a place to overnight in Chicago. UPDATED

Something wrong here, so we'll skip this one, with dressing up my previous post....
tropical36 04/18/20 09:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: need a place to overnight in Chicago. UPDATED

Mike134...He's looking for a safe place to park overnight. I grew up in Chicago and that is NOT someplace I'd park overnight. But you knew that from 1000 miles away. My suggestion of the truckstop/parking on the interstate 30 minutes away still stands. Hey, I'm thinking a Walmart is a Walmart and with them having security if needed. I do know Chicago very well from spending time there years ago. Also with a visit back, not so long ago, but can't say I'm familiar with all the hazardous places or safe havens. However if this particular WM has a questionable reputation for safety, then by all means, the OP should seek shelter, elsewhere.
tropical36 04/18/20 09:50am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: need a place to overnight in Chicago. UPDATED

OK, she has quite a bit as she is not returning, that's where the moho will come in handy, lot's of room. I get it, everything is closed. I was hoping for a walmart or truckstop somewhere within about a 20 mile radius. We'll drop her off, go spend the night and return next morning to pick her up. If we can't take moho it will take two cars and a motel. thank for all the suggestions. OK, get on the horn with this Walmart and for hearing what they have to say. Shouldn't be more than about 10 miles or so, from where you need to be.... Your kidding right? Where do you live from there? I live over a 1000 miles from there, but what's that got to do with it?
tropical36 04/18/20 07:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: need a place to overnight in Chicago. UPDATED

OK, she has quite a bit as she is not returning, that's where the moho will come in handy, lot's of room. I get it, everything is closed. I was hoping for a walmart or truckstop somewhere within about a 20 mile radius. We'll drop her off, go spend the night and return next morning to pick her up. If we can't take moho it will take two cars and a motel. thank for all the suggestions. OK, get on the horn with this Walmart and for hearing what they have to say. Shouldn't be more than about 10 miles or so, from where you need to be....
tropical36 04/17/20 01:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: need a place to overnight in Chicago. UPDATED

How much stuff we talking here? Push comes to shove, you could send her on the train from the Casino RV Park in Joliet. Goes into La Salle st station and then for taking an uber from there and back. Meeting her there, the next day to help carry, would work out and for then taking your good ole time if you want, back at the campground. Only thing is, the express is still close to 3hrs, each way, station to station. You're saying that you don't have a toad that would qualify, right? Even so, you could alternately rent something larger and drive from the CG for picking her and her stuff up. The casino and property are closed due to Covid 19. Ummmmmm didn't know that, but when you think about it, if the casino is gonna be closed, they're not gonna bother with the CG and even if considered essential.
tropical36 04/17/20 07:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: need a place to overnight in Chicago. UPDATED

Call the school and find out if the school will be open for that semester. Not a sure thing these days. she's allowed to go in alone and pack up her dorm. How much stuff we talking here? Push comes to shove, you could send her on the train from the Casino RV Park in Joliet. Goes into La Salle st station and then for taking an uber from there and back. Meeting her there, the next day to help carry, would work out and for then taking your good ole time if you want, back at the campground. Only thing is, the express is still close to 3hrs, each way, station to station. You're saying that you don't have a toad that would qualify, right? Even so, you could alternately rent something larger and drive from the CG for picking her and her stuff up.
tropical36 04/16/20 12:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Which motorhome to buy

I would like to buy a used class A motorhome but not sure which ones are of good quality.I was looking at a Thor Ace but thanks to people on this site, I learned that that unit would not fit my needs. Any comments on which used class A's i should be looking at would be appreciated. I will be using it for extended travel with a lot of time spent out west in the summer. I only want gas units. I'm looking for 2017 or newer and am willing to spent up to $80,000. I think I'd go with the best quality Newmar available and for dropping back for how many years necessary to meet my budget.
tropical36 04/16/20 11:57am Class A Motorhomes
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