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RE: Working online while in motion

My wife was able to do a lot of work on the road while travelling. The motorhomes we had to date were gas class A's. They rode horrible. The F53 is an awful experience no matter how much money you throw at it. But she was able to work most of the time without issue. Both of ours had a fold out desk in front of the passenger's seat. No matter what you get, it wont be like sitting still. You are in a moving vehicle. DP's run smoother than gas, and class A's run smoother than Class C's - disregarding exceptions. But it can be done in any of them - barring the occasional bone jarring expansion joint and pothole. You will need internet of course - a hot spot- preferably with unlimited data.
way2roll 07/05/20 06:21am Beginning RVing
RE: Disappointing test drive

The 2 I had certainly drove like that. The 2021 Ford chassis may help some of that but Gas Class A's on the F53 are notorious for harsh ride, noise and road feedback. That's why our new rig will likely be a DP or a truck and FW. For long trips I just can't handle anymore being stressed out or beaten to death by the time I get to my destination.
way2roll 07/02/20 12:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Purchasing land to live on in DC area - zoning questions

I applaud the creative thinking, but I question the feasibility or affordability and it sounds like it could jeopardize your custody situation. Pretty easy for her attorney to leverage the existing stigma about living in an RV full time. If you were considering a commute anyway, find a cheaper place to rent. $2000 is not the least expensive place you could live in a manageable commute to DC. Divorces are never easy and buying anything may lead to an issue in court. This could include an RV. Renting is usually the smart move although I get "nothing to show for it". Pick your battles. I am no attorney - I assume you have one - these are questions you should be asking him - at least the custody jeopardy piece.
way2roll 07/01/20 01:31pm Beginning RVing
RE: Purchasing land to live on in DC area - zoning questions

Based on your follow up comments have you thought about renting an apartment and storing the RV when not in use? Trying to follow your methodology, but is living in the RV so important that it eclipses the thought of conventional housing?
way2roll 07/01/20 06:04am Beginning RVing
RE: Purchasing land to live on in DC area - zoning questions

I would agree with the other poster that said look for a mobile home for sale with the requirements for land that you want. It will end up being far cheaper and easier to tear out/remove a mobile home with infrastructure already in place than buying land and installing it yourself. Or look for land that already has septic and utils in place but does not have covenants to restrict an RV. But that will be pricey. Even in rural MD, build-able lots with septic and utils run about $100k per acre or more. Unless you have cash, most banks aren't big on lending money on land without proposed improvements to the property - aka - a house. An RV is not an improvement since it's a depreciating asset. Lot loans are pretty picky and have timelines for how long the property can remain vacant or devoid of an actual home. Like I said earlier there are plenty of Farmers that would love to lease you a piece of land. In parts of varying counties all over MD there are fruit and grape farms that offer free land for the seasonal fruit workers to park their trailers. Most traditional small farms have a tough time getting by and would probably welcome the extra income. Another other option is an RV park, but you won't find any with any sort of privacy.
way2roll 06/30/20 03:24pm Beginning RVing
RE: Purchasing land to live on in DC area - zoning questions

I am not sure "relatively rural" near DC exists - depending on your definition of "near". We lived in Frederick County MD and had 6 acres and was able to keep my MH in my driveway. Very rural where we lived - actually about 2 miles from Camp David in the Mountains. But that was a house, with water, sewer and electric. In MD zoning for keeping an RV isn't state or even County specific. It comes down to covenants in a particular neighborhood. But again, that's residential. The further you get away from DC the more available and affordable land is. Where we lived was about 1.5-2.5 hours away from DC depending on traffic (and there is a LOT of traffic via 270). Lots of people commute to DC from Frederick and even as far away as Washington County MD. I can't speak to things heading East toward the bay. My advice, pick a distance you can tolerate a commute, contact a realtor, and start looking at land. But buying a plot of land just to keep an RV with infrastructure to support it, would be something akin to a modular/Mobile home. installing Septic or tying into public septic is costly and requires a lot of paperwork and inspections. In some counties putting a hole in the ground will cost you $20k in impact fees. Maybe a Farmer would lease you a piece of land and avoid the headache altogether. Or look for "game land" or "recreational use" property and get someone to hook up electric and sewer on the down low.
way2roll 06/30/20 02:41pm Beginning RVing
RE: Fleetwood American Tradition Washing Machine/Dryer Problem

Good news, the breaker was tripped in my shed. Thanks to all for the replies! Awesome!
way2roll 06/30/20 08:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fleetwood American Tradition Washing Machine/Dryer Problem

It is a 21 year old dryer. Just saying...
way2roll 06/30/20 05:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generator Problem

You didn't mention what type of genset or what year so little tough to diagnose, but it should throw a code when it shuts down. Depending where you were travelling it could have shut down from overheating. When it got above 90 degrees in stop and go traffic ours would overheat and shut down. You pick up a lot of heat from the pavement, as well as under the rig. But as other said, fuel could be an issue, clogged fuel filter, etc. But if you model throws a code you can easily look up the codes in manual or on line.
way2roll 06/29/20 03:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Opensignal gone from google play

I am just finding it hard to believe that there is no competitive alternative. I just need an app that allows me to see towers, direction, signal strength etc, in a given area. I am open to any suggestions.
way2roll 06/29/20 05:18am Technology Corner
Opensignal gone from google play

I really liked opensignal especially when travelling to identify good sources of internet. Recently the display for the app on my Galaxy S8 was a little funky. Images overlaying etc. The app still functioned but became almost impossible to read. So I thought I would uninstall and re-install. Well apparently it's gone from google play. No information as to why. Seems it's replaced by Meteor which doesn't have nearly the functionality to find a signal that opensignal had. Network cell info lite seems OK but you almost need a PHD to use it. Any suggestions, ideas on something easy to use like opensignal?
way2roll 06/28/20 07:38am Technology Corner
RE: 2020 F250XL 6.2 V8

Why are people scared to let their machines run as intended? The engineers did not give you eight speeds intending the tranny to stay in OD constantly. Small block V-8 are designed to make power above 3500 rpm,why are you scared to let the engine work as designed? I love the sound of my 5.7running up hill in 3rd gear at 3700 rpm. Pulls like a freight train! I agree 100%! Especially the sound of the 5.7L Hemi. I would agree as well but I am concerned that the extra work is harder on a gas engine than a diesel and it also equates to worse mileage. The mileage on this particular truck I was looking at is awful even without towing.
way2roll 06/28/20 06:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2013 THOR MOTOR COACH CHALLENGER 37DT

Seems high by about $10-20k. Also, that year saw a lot of problems with Schwintek slides. We owned 2 Thors and loved them both but you need to have some realistic expectations with regards to quality.
way2roll 06/28/20 06:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fighting zoning ordinances that hurt RV owners

This is an ordinance in our HOA - one I am not happy about and was changed after we moved here. We actually have boat storage in our neighborhood but RV's aren't permitted. We were told when we bought a lot here we could store our RV there - lied to basically. Anyway, the rule is that it can be in your drive for less than 24 hrs. But some folks do it for 2-3 days until someone complains. I've asked for an exception once for 3 days while we had family visiting to use it as a spare bedroom and it was denied. So now I don't ask for permission. I do what I want and ask for forgiveness later. There is an exception in cases of an extended power outage - like after a hurricane. I miss our old property. Had 6 acres and could store the Rv where I could see it. If the ordinance was changed AFTER you moved there, were you able to have your say at the HOA meeting that was held when the matter was discussed and voted upon? I would imagine you did. And, relying on a verbal representation and basing your purchase on that is, well, just plain foolish. Sorry, just calling it as I see it. Well assumptions without facts makes you - well, wrong. We went through a builder who brought down the lot and built the home and transferred to us. During that process the builder brought down enough lots to have controlling interest in the HOA. We technically weren't the homeowners then, the builder was. The timing was that the annual HOA meeting was held while the builder was building the house and thus we had no say and didn't even know. The family that owned the land was in control when we started the deal, when we were ready to build they sold all the lots to the builder. The process was in flux while the rules were changed and we weren't included. Anyway, long story short, we were told one things when we started the process and by the time we finished we had no idea ownership changed hands and thus the rules. By the time we signed the ink we were too personally and financially invested to die on that hill. But, had we known the rules had changed before they started the build, we would not have gone through with it. In various meetings since, several homeowners - including myself have brought this up in the HOA but not enough to sway a vote. Anyway, get the facts before you try and flame someone. OK, now that I have all the facts that were left out of your previous post(s), here's a suggestion you might not have considered. MOVE! Been on here less than 60 days and making all kinds of friends aren't you? Here's a suggestion, stop being a pompous, condescending a$$. I've seen a few of your posts over the past few days, none of which have been very helpful. Contrary they've done nothing but pi$$ people off. I assume by your title you are a realtor. I'd guess you'd have better people skills. If you want to talk further PM me. Happy to talk to you in person. Otherwise, add something to the forum or move on. You and I just disagree on a few things. It's OK, really. Many people on this forum disagree. It's all part of the give and take. At least you won't see me having to use $$$ signs to spell words :) It's all good. You'll get over it. I have no need to PM you, so just "move on" ;) That's what I thought...
way2roll 06/25/20 12:11pm Beginning RVing
RE: 2020 F250XL 6.2 V8

Thanks gang. I am still leaning to the used diesel F350. It allows for expand-ability and I am far less limited in what FW I choose, or upgrade to later. I don't put many miles on a vehicle - as I said I work remote so whatever I get will last me a long time. I like having a warranty with new, but of course more bang for your buck on used. The sweet spot for me is a 2015 or newer F350 diesel with less than 100k miles and less than $40k, preferably closer to $35k or under. They are very rare in the area I am in. I think a handful within a 200 mile radius. When I saw the brand new 250 6.2 for that price ata dealer very close to me, it certainly sparked my interest but very limiting for sure. I am in no rush though which is good for me. One thing coming out of this, I need to learn more about these trucks before I buy. So many configurations of engine, tranny, trim, ratios etc. The more I know, the better decision I can make. Thanks for the education so far.
way2roll 06/25/20 10:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fighting zoning ordinances that hurt RV owners

This is an ordinance in our HOA - one I am not happy about and was changed after we moved here. We actually have boat storage in our neighborhood but RV's aren't permitted. We were told when we bought a lot here we could store our RV there - lied to basically. Anyway, the rule is that it can be in your drive for less than 24 hrs. But some folks do it for 2-3 days until someone complains. I've asked for an exception once for 3 days while we had family visiting to use it as a spare bedroom and it was denied. So now I don't ask for permission. I do what I want and ask for forgiveness later. There is an exception in cases of an extended power outage - like after a hurricane. I miss our old property. Had 6 acres and could store the Rv where I could see it. If the ordinance was changed AFTER you moved there, were you able to have your say at the HOA meeting that was held when the matter was discussed and voted upon? I would imagine you did. And, relying on a verbal representation and basing your purchase on that is, well, just plain foolish. Sorry, just calling it as I see it. Well assumptions without facts makes you - well, wrong. We went through a builder who brought down the lot and built the home and transferred to us. During that process the builder brought down enough lots to have controlling interest in the HOA. We technically weren't the homeowners then, the builder was. The timing was that the annual HOA meeting was held while the builder was building the house and thus we had no say and didn't even know. The family that owned the land was in control when we started the deal, when we were ready to build they sold all the lots to the builder. The process was in flux while the rules were changed and we weren't included. Anyway, long story short, we were told one things when we started the process and by the time we finished we had no idea ownership changed hands and thus the rules. By the time we signed the ink we were too personally and financially invested to die on that hill. But, had we known the rules had changed before they started the build, we would not have gone through with it. In various meetings since, several homeowners - including myself have brought this up in the HOA but not enough to sway a vote. Anyway, get the facts before you try and flame someone. OK, now that I have all the facts that were left out of your previous post(s), here's a suggestion you might not have considered. MOVE! Been on here less than 60 days and making all kinds of friends aren't you? Here's a suggestion, stop being a pompous, condescending a$$. I've seen a few of your posts over the past few days, none of which have been very helpful. Contrary they've done nothing but pi$$ people off. I assume by your title you are a realtor. I'd guess you'd have better people skills. If you want to talk further PM me. Happy to talk to you in person. Otherwise, add something to the forum or move on.
way2roll 06/25/20 10:02am Beginning RVing
RE: 2020 F250XL 6.2 V8

Thanks all for the helpful insight. Lantley nailed it - I knew I was shopping for a diesel and this brand new gas comes up for the same price - bargain. So it sounds like the gas isn't a bad truck per se, and will likely do the job of a lot of FW's just not larger ones. Makes sense and I wasn't looking for a large FW anyway. The value after purchase I think is relative, if you pay $10k more for the diesel, it's worth $10k more at resale. But when I buy a truck I don't think resale. The last truck I bought new - a 2007 F150 has 250k miles on it and still runs great. Point being, any truck I buy, I plan to keep til the wheels come off so resale is not really a factor. But the points of buying the right tool for the job are not lost on me. In context, we will be part timing next year while we do a tour of the US for about 3-6 mos. After that trips will go back to being more sporadic and the truck will be my daily driver. (daily driver is pretty loose as I work remote). I do have to be cautious that after this trip is over I am left with way more truck than I need. If there is such a thing as having too much truck. :-) The gas truck is new, it's cheaper,but is pretty much maxed out even with a smaller FW and the mileage is horrible. A comparable diesel truck is more up to the task and doesn't really put a limit on the FW we get and gets better mileage but I'd have to buy 2-4 years used and likely close to 100k miles.
way2roll 06/25/20 08:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Bikes???

I've been an avid cyclist and part time bike mechanic for decades. I appreciate that E-Bikes keep people biking past a time or a different kind of riding rather than hang it up. They've come a long way. If you are brand loyal, Specialized makes a great bike. My wife has 2 of them. Most of the components are usually the same across your top tier brands so at that point it really does come down to brand loyalty. Many small manufacturers have come in as start ups and do E-bike specific models. However, in buying from a local shop, a familiar brand (like Specialized) offers support you may not get from a smaller start up. I encourage people to buy from local bike shops when possible and you reap rewards in service and support by doing so while helping local economy. As far as theft, well, just like anything else, out of sight, out of mind and lock them up. No different really than any other bike. I have bikes that cost close to $5k. A thief, especially at a CG, likely can't tell it from a $300 wal Mart bike. E bikes are heavier and thus likely more difficult to put in a bin or secured somewhere inside. It's problem with all bikes really. There is a company out of Canada that makes a hitch mounted bike shed of sorts. Pretty cool but pricey. Cheers and keep riding!
way2roll 06/25/20 08:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Fighting zoning ordinances that hurt RV owners

This is an ordinance in our HOA - one I am not happy about and was changed after we moved here. We actually have boat storage in our neighborhood but RV's aren't permitted. We were told when we bought a lot here we could store our RV there - lied to basically. Anyway, the rule is that it can be in your drive for less than 24 hrs. But some folks do it for 2-3 days until someone complains. I've asked for an exception once for 3 days while we had family visiting to use it as a spare bedroom and it was denied. So now I don't ask for permission. I do what I want and ask for forgiveness later. There is an exception in cases of an extended power outage - like after a hurricane. I miss our old property. Had 6 acres and could store the Rv where I could see it. If the ordinance was changed AFTER you moved there, were you able to have your say at the HOA meeting that was held when the matter was discussed and voted upon? I would imagine you did. And, relying on a verbal representation and basing your purchase on that is, well, just plain foolish. Sorry, just calling it as I see it. Well assumptions without facts makes you - well, wrong. We went through a builder who brought down the lot and built the home and transferred to us. During that process the builder brought down enough lots to have controlling interest in the HOA. We technically weren't the homeowners then, the builder was. The timing was that the annual HOA meeting was held while the builder was building the house and thus we had no say and didn't even know. The family that owned the land was in control when we started the deal, when we were ready to build they sold all the lots to the builder. The process was in flux while the rules were changed and we weren't included. Anyway, long story short, we were told one things when we started the process and by the time we finished we had no idea ownership changed hands and thus the rules. By the time we signed the ink we were too personally and financially invested to die on that hill. But, had we known the rules had changed before they started the build, we would not have gone through with it. In various meetings since, several homeowners - including myself have brought this up in the HOA but not enough to sway a vote. Anyway, get the facts before you try and flame someone.
way2roll 06/25/20 07:44am Beginning RVing
RE: buy from dealer or private seller

There are pros and cons to both. Buy from the one that has the model you want at a price you are willing to pay. The rest is just noise. The structure of the deal is slightly different - a dealer is better equipped to set you up with tags, financing, inspections, maybe some service perks etc. Privately the money exchange will need to be sorted out - if the bank holds the title is there a closing process at their bank etc. Every deal is different. A dealer may have an edge on convenience of the transaction but neither are overly complicated deals. If private just make sure it's a secured transaction through a bank or other trusted exchange. If a private seller had a unit I wanted at my price it wouldn't hinder me in the least.
way2roll 06/25/20 07:25am Class A Motorhomes
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