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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
RE: quiet??Tuolumne Meadows closest campground or elsewhere?

We really loved White Wolf down the road a piece, but not too far.
vjstangelo 03/28/19 02:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Downshift or exhaust brake?

Our Class A F53 Motorhome has the V10 and 5 speed Torqshift which downshifts automatically. The GVWR is 22,000# and we also tow a CRV. We have takes in the mountains of the East as well as the US and Canadian Rockies and this combination is more than sufficient at keeping us at a safe speed going downgrade.
vjstangelo 03/24/19 07:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rant about technology

I still enjoy reading the newspaper on paper!
vjstangelo 03/11/19 06:36am Technology Corner
RE: New Ford F53 Chassis

Add'l features from an article I read: "Additional elements of Ford Co-Pilot 360 technologies become available on Ford commercial vehicles for the new model year. For F-650 and F-750 medium duty trucks, plus E-Series and F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis, traction control, hill start assist and auto headlamps are standard."
vjstangelo 03/06/19 04:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Largest, Cheapest Class A or Travel Trailer?

Try toy haulers. Most come with sofas in the cargo area that can be lifted out of the way and lowered when needed. They come in bumper pull, 5th wheel, and Class A (Thor Outlaw and Neumar) configurations.
vjstangelo 03/04/19 06:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Ford Excursion 2wd

We owned a 4x4 X that was primarily used to tow our TT. I almost never took it out in the snow, opting instead for my FWD Taurus. 99.9% of the time it was driven in 2WD, the .1% was when I locked the hubs 1x per year to exercise the front axle. A 2WD X with the V10 is an excellent choice. Don't fret over the lack of 4WD.
vjstangelo 02/02/19 07:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Safety concerns and crash data for Class A's?

We had the same concerns, but went with a Class A for the sheer size vs a C. We have done a number of things to make her as safe as possible (eg Saf t steer), and I drive very defensively, and almost never go over 65 MPH. Been out west from the east coast to the Rockies with no issues, we just take it slow.
vjstangelo 01/28/19 07:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How much do I offer for a brand new 2017 Ram 2500 Diesel?

Many folks use the Costco and Sams Club car buying services. Check out Clark Howard's website for more info.
vjstangelo 01/13/19 06:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire wear, bent axle, replace or trade

3,500 lb axles are thin and easily bent. I replaced the bent from new junk on my KZ with custom made heavier axles from Dexter. Axles are rather cheap and not hard to replace. Replacing the entire trailer might just get you the same marginal stuff. Ditto. Our Kz also had bad axles made by ALKO. Our shop replaced with Dexter axles and no more problems. The rig was about 5 years old at the time. We sold when it was 13 years old. I think the cost was about $500 or so total for the axle swap.
vjstangelo 01/09/19 07:31pm Travel Trailers
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