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RE: Torn between two used Class A need help

one point no one else has made is the tranny. 2017 and up will have the 6 speed tranny which everyone that has driven both it and the old 5 speed much prefers. As to brands and models, personally with everything else being equal, I would avoid rubber roofed units. I just prefer a solid skin like the Winnies, Georgetowns, Jayco's and Entegra's.
wanderingaimlessly 09/06/21 04:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gassing Your Gasser

It's been a while since I was there, but there were several larger gas stations on US 1 in Florida City and Homestead that would be preferable to most down in the Keys. Land on the islands is at premium so lots tend to be tight. Gas up before you cross over from the mainland, easier and cheaper.
wanderingaimlessly 09/06/21 12:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leveling Jacks won't deploy

Check to ensure the switch for the parking brake is showing the brake is on. If the light isnt on, jacks wont work. next would be fluid level. Yes the parking brake is on and I was thinking if the slide outs function properly would fluid be an issue? thanks Engine on? If not, try it with the engine running.
wanderingaimlessly 09/05/21 01:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Campgrounds that are open all year

Depending on what you want, if you want quiet and as secluded as you can get. And are travelling I 95 try Medoc Mountain state park It's about 25 miles below the Va/NC state line a few miles off of 95. Another favorite for us when just passing through is Santee state park on Lake Marion in SC, and this is also just off of I-95
wanderingaimlessly 09/05/21 01:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Two part ??? - Has your camping reservation been cancelled?

I would think that call should be based on where you are going, and if it will be pleasant in the area, or so smoke filled that you lose any chance of enjoying the trip.
wanderingaimlessly 09/05/21 11:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Leveling Jacks won't deploy

Check to ensure the switch for the parking brake is showing the brake is on. If the light isnt on, jacks wont work. next would be fluid level.
wanderingaimlessly 09/04/21 06:27pm Tech Issues
RE: RV surveyors

Best suggestion would be to look for a local independent rv tech and have them do a thorough PDI. If your son is happy with the report, make an offer pending the unit passing the inspection by the SIL.
wanderingaimlessly 09/04/21 03:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: GM and others shutting down production.

The problem over the minimum wage is that folks have lost sight of what it is, and was. Does flippin burgers for 8-10 hours in a 110 degree kitchen suck? Answer is yes, and IT SHOULD. People nowadays seem to think flippin burgers or running a cash register is a career. NEWS ALERT IT's NOT The fact that those jobs suck is supposed to be a motivator to make the poor schmuck working them get some training so they can have a better job with higher pay. But the "Fight for 15" crowd is too stupid and lazy to get the training or think hard enough to get the better job with higher pay, and we are expected to make up for their deficiencies. https://i.imgur.com/VoFLjkwl.jpg
wanderingaimlessly 09/04/21 02:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM and others shutting down production.

Raising of wages unilaterally raises cost for all goods and services, close to the point of negating all positive effects of the raise. The only real beneficiary, is the government. Folks who were low enough income to pay no taxes, now will. And the tax tables don't seem to be changed to reflect the old tax rate at the new pay level. Those who were paying 5% in tax will now pay 7 or 8 percent, Those who were paying 10% get upped to 15% and so on. NOBODY pays the same after these raises go into effect. It is one more case of the Government telling schmucks that they are helping them, when in fact it's the government that benefits most.
wanderingaimlessly 09/03/21 05:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM and others shutting down production.

And the issues appear to be even worse for Tesla. Tesla chip issue Next year for all but the most expensive models, and they don't even talk about the mythical Cybertruck.
wanderingaimlessly 09/03/21 05:45am Tow Vehicles
GM and others shutting down production.

Just heard the GM part on tv news, looked HERE and found out it's hitting the others as well. Trucks seem to be getting the hardest knocks. Our little Chevy dealer here only has 4 new vehicles on the lot, Ford dealer 20 miles away has maybe 20% of his normal inventory.
wanderingaimlessly 09/02/21 05:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sad state of national parks and forests - II

When Donald Trump was President, he donated his annual salary to the Nat'l Park Service. Not a lot of money to the NPS total budget, but nice gesture showing he was aware of their problems. Indeed a nice gesture. And he added some more of his own from his personal wealth to round it off to $100,00 since it's just $78,000. I'm not one to tell anyone what to do with their own money, but I would have preferred his administration did not cut $2 billion out of the national parks budget while giving big business $1 trillon in tax cuts that promised economic boom that did not happen. And a bit of irony, it's when the NPS is asking for funds just to address these maintenance backlogs. 3 card monte......wish people would learn. $750.00, that's seven hundred and fifty dollars, in federal taxes for a YEAR. Yes and presidential salary is $400,000 not $78,000. Plus $50,000 for expenses. And while it may not be nearly enough, look at what the other party has actually given from their own pockets, from Obama, to SlowJoe to Harris, NONE give as much as Trump did. You may not like him, but from a personal standpoint, he has done/donated more than any others for the last 30 years. Wow...... "The Bidens paid about $3.7 million and $1.5 in taxes for 2017 and 2018, respectively — about a third of their adjusted gross income. They gave roughly $1 million and $275,000 to charity in 2017 and 2018, respectively." Compared w $750.00?????? SMH Compared to the $400,000 salary donation alone, your retyping a prior typo, at least get your lies straight.
wanderingaimlessly 09/02/21 04:02pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sad state of national parks and forests - II

And while it may not be nearly enough, look at what the other party has actually given from their own pockets, from Obama, to SlowJoe to Harris, NONE give as much as Trump did. You may not like him, but from a personal standpoint, he has done/donated more than any others for the last 30 years. You’ve got things entirely backwards. The truth Partisan drivel, and had nothing to do with the donations to the park service, only a hate filled screed which apparently fits your agenda.
wanderingaimlessly 09/02/21 04:00pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Have you camped near Nevada's high wildernesses?

For determining if weather (temps) tend to be livable, we use this Ventusky The date bar near the bottom left lets you look at the temps for any area, any day, with hourly changes as you wish. At least you can check an exact area and see temps at a couple of meters above ground level to see if the area is good based on elevation.
wanderingaimlessly 09/02/21 08:43am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: New to RVs.....A Few Newbie Questions

The newest trucks when set up for it can pull over 15,000 lbs. The Ram's with the 8 speed gained about 3000 in towing cap. The new 6.6 GM's are up to about 16,400 when properly set up, and the Godzilla powered Fords are claiming 17,000 I believe. If you are in a hurry, and expect to be in mountains a lot, the oil burners will pull better, and the exhaust brakes are a plus. The oil burner will cost more up front, cost more to maintain, and uses a more expensive fuel (although slightly better mpg offsets this). The Gas trucks will be a little slower up hills with a trailer, how much will depend on the trailer. Personally I would like that the truck uses the same fuel as my generator, so I always have a little reserve. And there are times Diesel isn't available, without some searching. As someone else said over 15,000 I would look/lean diesel, but at 12-14, I would likely go gasser. And again , I'm not generally in a hurry.
wanderingaimlessly 08/30/21 06:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How fast do the gray and black tanks fill

I'm guessing that you will have electric, and if so, there is an excellent chance water is available, just no sewer or drain connection. If this is the case, plan on doing as much as possible outside. A 5 gallon water jug on the picnic table for drinking and tooth brushing. Wash dishes there too. Learn to conserve water on the shower, and you will be fine. how to take a navy shower toilet consumption is about a quart per usage overall, so you have about 120 flushes with that tank.
wanderingaimlessly 08/30/21 06:22pm Beginning RVing
RE: Jeep Grand Cherokee W/Towing Package IV

That trailer is starting out at 5400, now add 100 for the WDH 50 for a single battery 70 for 2 20 lb propane tanks Your over 5600 before putting anything in the unit. If you really want a trailer around that size, maybe one like this would work Coachmen Nano loaded weight of 6000, empty under 4000, and still has decent living space. I too have a Jeep GC, this is the one I was considering.
wanderingaimlessly 08/30/21 12:35pm Towing
RE: New to RVs.....A Few Newbie Questions

x-2 on RV outlet USA good people and service, They carry the Keystone lines, but have almost no inventory right now, but may be worth ordering through since you have time. RV outlet USA K-Z you have a dealer near West Point Va. Scenic view rv General RV carries quite a few Grand Design, but I would recommend just perusing the units, I would look elsewhere to buy. Also if you are looking Ram, while out in Danville area check out Kernersville Ram/Dodge One of the bigger Ram dealers in the area and usually have plenty in stock.
wanderingaimlessly 08/30/21 09:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New to RVs.....A Few Newbie Questions

Congrats on retirement, From an Old Coastie also retired in Va. First suggestion is to look at some lines in person. You can get ideas on floorplans as to what configuration you want, rear living, maximum interior space etc, but once you get an idea on that you need to go look at the lines. Appliances and equipment are pretty standard across all lines, build of the structure and finish varies greatly. Filon or other exterior will be pretty standard in the price range your looking at but whats under it will vary. Just like in a home cabinets and furnishings will tell you some. Particle board covered in a shelf paper type material is the cheapest, and will show wear the quickest. Plywood is better, and hardwood is better still. Staples are the cheapest joinery, nails and screws are better with screwed and glued being better still. Stand alone furniture tends to be better than built in in quality. How do you plan to use the unit? Always in a campground with hookups? or mostly Boondocking? Tank sizes become important when having to self sustain, they lose importance if going from established campground to established campground. Length can be an issue in some older campgrounds, especially the older National Park campgrounds, but can often be overcome by moving outside the park. As to brands, in your price range the upscale Keystones, Avalanche, Alpine, Montana's and Cougars are popular, others would be Grand Design, K-Z, and Jayco. These lines also give longer warranties than most of the others. And if you intend to buy and immediately hit the road, consider that most dealers are so backed up on service that they tend to work with their own sales customers first, finding a service location while on the road is usually best done by independents and some manufacturers are better about working with them than others, again the brands mentioned above seem to have better reviews than some others. Dealers, Look for the NON chains. Most of the big chains bring with them all of the scurrilous practices from the used car business, from doc fees to prep charges to PDI cost. Look at the websites for the dealers and if they don't state up front pricing, get a list of the horsecrap fees up front so you can directly compare pricing. Some independents price their units out the door. Raleigh NC host a couple of RV shows a year, most lines will have dealers there. Va Beach has a smaller show as well. Happy Hunting
wanderingaimlessly 08/30/21 07:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 220 volt capable PSW inverter

I wouldn't buy that thing. It looks like junk. Anyone who even designs a 6,000 watt inverter with a 12 volt input obviously doesn't know what they are doing. You really should have a 48 volt battery banks for any draw that large; otherwise your battery cables are huge and the multiple parallel batteries become a wiring nightmare. A 1 HP submersible pump will draw about 2,400 watts running and around 7,000 watts on start up. How deep is your well? Around here (VA) most wells are a 3/4 HP with a 1 HP if they are really deep. 1.5 HP is reserved for extremely deep wells and agriculture installations. My preference for a good 240v Sinewave inverter would be Magnum. Next choice would be a Conext. And with all of that, I'm priced right out of the whole project. Oh, and a 320 foot well.
wanderingaimlessly 08/28/21 03:47pm General RVing Issues
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