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RE: Sometime we win...National Forests and Wildlife Refuge

National Forests are resources that are used for betterment of the country. That means multiple uses: grazing, homes, camping, agricultural (including managed logging). That is why the National Forests are managed by the Department of Agriculture. National Parks are meant to preserve pristine/historical resources hence they are pretty much off limits to most of the above. They are managed by the Department of the Interior.
vjstangelo 09/15/19 08:29am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transmission is Toast

I have a 2016 Focus. It also has the dry double clutch transmission. The suit deals with the device that actuates the clutch and selects the gears, and slippage in the clutch. Ford just recently extended the warranty on the clutch to 7 years and 100K miles. Some models also have an extended warranty on the device that actuates the clutch. You may still be under the 6 year, 60K factory power train warranty in which case the whole transmission will be covered.
vjstangelo 09/13/19 09:45pm Dinghy Towing
RE: getting a tow vehicle

Hands down get a Honda CRV. The last year made that can be rigged for flat towing was the 2014 year. Plenty of low mileage cars out there. Ours has been our toad for 3 years and it has been the most trouble free vehicle we have ever owned. We get about 30 mpg, and have a sunroof. There are AWD versions as well. A 2x2 hitch receiver can be easily mounted and that is where we attach the bike rack.
vjstangelo 09/01/19 06:15pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Help a Newbie, question about gas vs. diesel

OK in general I'd say that east of the Mississippi a gas engine is fine. Cheaper too. But once you hit the mountain states you will be sorry if you do not have a diesel. Diesels shine pulling loads up and down (engine brake) grades. And as mentioned above do not buy a 3/4 ton, the one ton is slightly more money but it will pull much better. No different in the way they drive either. I would recommend a newer 5 speed or 6+ speed transmission(s) if you go gas as the tow haul mode, while not a true Jake Brake, does very good using engine compression to manage steep down grades. FWIW we have a 22,000# GVWR Winnebago Class A on the F53 chassis with the 5R110 Torqshift 5 speed. A great combo.
vjstangelo 08/14/19 05:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: AT&T Hot-spot performance?

I'd suspect the hotspot. I use a Mobley, and if I have AT&T coverage, it never shuts down or reboots. Ditto.
vjstangelo 08/08/19 05:12pm Technology Corner
RE: thoughts on our 2019 Rubicon

How much is a new Rubicon running nowadays? With Wranglers in such demand I guess the dealers don’t have to negotiate much.
vjstangelo 07/16/19 08:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking to upgrade suspension and add a steering stabilizer

Here are things I did in this order on my 2011 F53 chassis. First installed Saf-T Steer stabilizer which stopped the constant corrections on the steering wheel to keep her in the lane. Second the CHF on the rear stabilizer bar. Big improvement on eliminating the body roll (for example when a semi passes). Finally, a front end alignment which addressed almost completely any undesirable effects during driving. No Trac Bars, no airbags, no Sumo Springs, no Koni shocks. Just the above. That's it, and the F53 now handles like a dream.
vjstangelo 07/16/19 02:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Glacier Nat'l Park tips?

We stayed at the St. Mary KOA. Very nice and convenient location. Check out Two Medicine and Many Glacier areas. Also check out the old GN Hotels which are now NP lodges. Going to the Sun road is a must do as well. Check out Izaak Walton hotel on US 2 in Essex and have lunch.
vjstangelo 07/04/19 08:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tiffin Motorhome repair Red Bay rule change

FWIW, if not warranty related, one doesn’t even need to go to a certified service center. For example, the local rev center in my home town has done fine work on my Winnebago MH. They have changed out both roof ac units when they cr@ped out, and replaced seal weatherstripping that tore requiring partial removal on the slide. It would have to be pretty major for me to drive all the way to Iowa and have work done at Winnebago, really major!
vjstangelo 06/27/19 11:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tiffin Motorhome repair Red Bay rule change

Does Tiffin not have a nationwide service network? Why must one bring a Tiffin back to the factory?
vjstangelo 06/22/19 09:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: MH trip to Keys & New Orlean lessons

The love bug story reminds me of a time we were driving in MN at dusk and swarms of Mayflies came out. I eventually had to pull over as the windshield was covered and I ran out of washer fluid.
vjstangelo 05/28/19 11:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is a 13,000 BTU AC enough for a 22' trailer?

We had a 25’ TT with a slide and 13.5K AC. Even in 100 degree days, no problems.
vjstangelo 05/10/19 02:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Anybody tried the home water filter instead of...

We have a Brita filter installed on the kitchen faucet. It has a small quarter turn valve to divert to either the filter or bypass it. The filtered water tastes no worse than bottled water. Very convenient.
vjstangelo 05/08/19 11:19am Tech Issues
RE: $hitty situation for me

FWIW I repaired a 4” crack at the bottom of my old TT black tank with standard fiberglass. Held up just fine.
vjstangelo 04/29/19 09:48am Tech Issues
RE: VCR....its maddness

The issue I always had with LPs was the production quality. I’ve mostly been a classical music person and the best quality vinyl discs were made by the classical recoding folks (Telarc). Out of the sleeve there was no warping, and no out of round due to a miss drilled center hole. Of course the more it was played, the more small particles resulted in ticks and pops no matter how much I tried to clean using vinyl cleaner. Other manufacturers or note were Original Master Recordings and Half Speed Mastered recordings. My friends and I praised the day CD’s came on the market. No more tick and pop and hiss free recordings. Note I could never part with these vinyls and still have them packed away with the Sony turntable. But, I still use my Advent speakers to this day. I also note in the thrift stores the plethora of CDs, DVDs, Vinyl, and VHS on the rack. I pick up Telarc, Philips, DG,etc. CDs that run $15 new for 2 bucks. I even look at the hardware and bought a 1970s Sherwood receiver for $15. What a find. Boy have times changed...
vjstangelo 04/28/19 01:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Waze

I have both, a smartphone and an older Magellan GPS with Canada and USA maps. When traveling to Canada or where we have spotty cell service, we use the GPS. Otherwise it’s Google maps and Waze. Breaking it down, 10% usage is Magellan GPS, 30% paper maps like the Rand McNally atlas, balance is maps on the smartphone. Note the Magellan is not an RV specific unit so it does not take into account we are in a MOHO.
vjstangelo 04/22/19 07:14am Technology Corner
RE: Researching Vortec Triton V10 8.1L on a 22-Series Workhorse

We own a 2011 Ford F53. I can go down to my nearest Ford dealer and order parts for the motor and chassis as they still make the F53 and nothing really changes year to year. I’m not sure Chevy will sell parts for Workhorse a 2003 nor will what’s left of Workhorse corp today. Just something to consider.
vjstangelo 04/22/19 07:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: FL to Yellowstone 10 weeks out west what to do?

Head out along I40, from 40 check out Flagstaff, then the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Head north and catch Zion, up I80 through SLC. Stop in Provo and check out the train museum there and Golden Spike memorial. Continue north on I15 and detour to Lava Hot Springs, ID. There is a KOA there. Continue north through Idaho Falls to West Yellstone. Head home and check out all what others cited above (Devils Tower, etc.). Little Bighorn NM is worth a stop, as is a day or 2 in Sheridan WY (KOA’s at both). Sheridan has a historic Main Street worth visiting.
vjstangelo 04/21/19 05:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: The Wife Says We Are Keeping Our '89

Look at Fleetwood Storms and Terras. They made bunk bed models where the lower bunk could convert to a small dinette and back to bunk at night. They also had a drop bed over the drivers and passengers seats.
vjstangelo 04/21/19 08:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motor homes over the years

We have owned 2 TT’s (2000 Jayco Kiwi, 2003 KZ Sportsman) and now our 2012 Winnebago Vista Class A. All have required constant maintenance and fixing throughout the year. For example, we bought the A used in 2016, and both rooftop AC units have since failed and needed replacing, which we hear is common for this Coleman model HP. The F53 chassis has also had its share of problems requiring repair be either me or my RV shop. New or old, my experience is these toys need constant repair so be prepared if you want to move up from a tent to wheeled camping.
vjstangelo 04/05/19 06:15am Class A Motorhomes
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