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RE: Mechanically Challenged RVer

DIY RV mechanics are broken into 2 groups - those that do it to save money and those that simply enjoy doing it. I am a fairly handy guy and have tackled many things on our various RV's. That said, there is a LOT I leave to the professionals. If you are in the camp of having others do the work, 2 critical pieces - find a shop you can trust and does good work, and be prepared to pay - sometimes a LOT. Pretty simple, but I would agree, don't let RV's be intimidating. Technically you don't need to tackle anything yourself, but having someone else do it costs money.
way2roll 05/24/19 09:32am Beginning RVing
RE: Insurance question for renting my class A

As an attorney, I can tell you renting any personal property is just asking for trouble. Good for you for asking about insurance. If you want to RV, just RV. If you want to rent an RV as a potential income generator, then buy a RV for that purpose. Do not mix the two! This is a good point, when we started our RV rental business we did it under an LLC and bought units specifically for the purpose of renting. We kept our personal MH out of the mix. And despite having units specifically for the purposes of renting, and vetting our clients, we still had our disheartening share of incidents. Things jammed in the toilets, awning arms ripped off, bins smashed, heck one group must have gotten on the roof (despite being in the contract not to do this) and cracked the skylight. Even when nothing was broken, they usually came back very dirty (despite a cleaning fee), so a deep and thorough cleaning was always necessary. Despite an extensive walkthrough of the tanks - and a fee if not dumped - they usually came back needing dumping etc. This business is NOT for the feint of heart and I would NEVER subject my own RV to renting it unless I were in such dire straights I had no choice and could remove myself from it emotionally. Never mind it's a lot of work. A LOT of work. Deep cleaning, inside and out every few days. If you have ever washed your RV and shampooed carpets, scrubbed and detailed every inch inside and out, you know the amount of work involved. Try that 1-2 times a week, every week. For us it was multiple RV's. That and managing the clients, it's a full time job. Best case scenario you make some cash and nothing happens to your RV - it will, but hypothetically - the mileage will still accelerate your RV's depreciation, more frequent maintenance, your time and everything it takes to manage it, to a point that almost offsets any cash you made. RV rentals is a business, and under the right structure, the proper accounting and taxes etc, it can be lucrative. But I would strongly advise against renting your personal RV unless you no longer care and don't ever plan on selling it for anything close to what it's worth. And if all that doesn't scare you or you are in a position where you feel like you have to, if you have a loan, check with your bank. They likely have clauses that prevent you renting it. Good luck with whatever you do. If you do decide to rent, feel free to reach out to me via PM, I can try and offer any advice you need.
way2roll 05/24/19 08:48am Beginning RVing
RE: Insurance question for renting my class A

We used to own an RV rental business. You have a few options; pick up a commercial rental policy. I think the only game in town is MBA and it was about $800/month for $1MM in liability (it's based on the value of the unit and we had new Class A's so yours may be cheaper).MBA does provide you all the contracts etc. The other option is have your renters add a temporary rider on their policy for an RV rental. Their policy may or may not have this and your insurance still may cancel you if they find out. The only other option is to find a company that manages your rental and puts it in a stable of units for rent. They manage the rentals, the clients, the insurance etc - all for a fee of course. FWIW - Don't rent your RV if you care about it at all. Despite how well you screen your clients, most folks simply do not care about things they rent. Add to that - people who have never used an RV before etc. In short, it will rack up miles, gets used and abused and often trashed and damaged. Rv rentals is a business. It's not for the faint of heart renting your personal property.
way2roll 05/23/19 12:30pm Beginning RVing
RE: De-laminating

You made the right call. As others have said it's more about what you can't see that's the issue. Damage aside you also need to consider mold and rot. There are PLENTY of used units out there without issues to even consider one with issues unless it was a killer deal and you know how to tear it apart and fix it. Also remember that if you ever want to sell what it will do to your sale price if an issue is noticeable.
way2roll 05/22/19 02:51pm Beginning RVing
RE: Blue Ox towing equip-need advice please

Blue ox has prices for baseplates and bars on their site. You can also check ebay and craigslist to see what they are selling for used. https://www.blueox.com/
way2roll 05/22/19 02:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Blue Ox towing equip-need advice please

When you say the equipment was removed from the Forester, do you mean the tow bars? There will still be base plates on the CRV. You can have those removed and sell or just sell the tow bars. You can check on line to see what used units are going for. Are the bars Blue OX as well as the base plates? They should say somewhere on them. The base plates will be harder to find this, but the bars will have model or something - the base plates are based on the make and model of the car.
way2roll 05/22/19 12:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: One night running the heater and blower

Delete - victim of "service unavailable"
way2roll 05/22/19 10:48am Beginning RVing
RE: One night running the heater and blower

LOTS of variables. How many batts do you have, how old are they, what condition are they in, how warm are you planning on setting the t stat, what's the R value of the rv, etc, etc. All that said, one batt, in good shape with a full charge should get you through the night at 50 degrees provided you don't set it to 80. One note, open a bath roof vent or something. A by product of LP burning is water vapor and will drive up the humidity in your RV.
way2roll 05/22/19 10:48am Beginning RVing
RE: Leveling and turning on your refrigerator?

only time you MUST TURN OFF is when fueling or you could be on the 6pm news. IMO that is a REAL CHICKEN LITTLE comment:S Larry Open flame or spark to ignite at a gas station - not a genuine concern? Why wouldn't you take the 30 seconds to turn it off? SMH. 30 seconds? To pull over along the highway and run back into the trailer and turn it off, then get back in the TV and proceed to the gas station. Fill up and drive off, then pull over again, go back and start up the fridge? 30 seconds? If you're pulling up to the pump and then shutting down the fridge you're doing nothing? Might be quicker in a MH. Could an RV fridge ignite vapors at a gas station? Yep sure could. They also sell Powerball tickets at most, your chances of hitting it are about the same as blowing the place up with your fridge. On edit; makes sense that a TT would take longer and be more cumbersome to turn it off. Add to that the proximity of the fridge in the TT relative to the pump/truck at the station - I would agree the odds are much less. I have my MH hat on because that's what I own. In a MH it's much more of an issue because often the refer can be very near the pump. Sounds like it's not really an issue in a TT.
way2roll 05/22/19 07:37am Beginning RVing
RE: Leveling and turning on your refrigerator?

only time you MUST TURN OFF is when fueling or you could be on the 6pm news. IMO that is a REAL CHICKEN LITTLE comment:S Larry Open flame or spark to ignite at a gas station - not a genuine concern? Why wouldn't you take the 30 seconds to turn it off? SMH.
way2roll 05/22/19 05:06am Beginning RVing
RE: Leveling and turning on your refrigerator?

Depends on the year. I know the older fridges had to be kept level. The new ones - not so much. Think of a motorhome. Most MH owners (us included) run our fridge constantly. Travelling down the road is subject to constant rolling and rocking. It is not a residential unit but an LP/power rv fridge. As long as you are not significantly off level for any extended period of time I don't think it matters on the newer models. But to be sure - ask the manufacturer.
way2roll 05/21/19 12:46pm Beginning RVing
RE: Best Class C sprinter if you had lots of money

I like the Tiffin Wayfarer. Very nice fit and finish for the money.
way2roll 05/21/19 11:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Alternative satellite option?

We had in motion sat on our first MH. Never again. It was spotty at best and as you figured out, requires line of sight. Friends of ours have a portable one that seems to work ok. My issue is that it's cumbersome. We cut the cord a while ago and find that with a firestick and mobile hotspot we get what we want and have less issues than we ever did with the Sat. Nothing to set up, drag around, position, no wires and cheaper than DTV or dish. The only caveat is that you will probably want an unlimited data plan. Something that a few carriers are finally coming around to offer with reasonable prices. That said, if you really like and want DTV or Dish then carryout portable units seem to work pretty good from the experience of our friends - better than the fixed units anyway. What Mobil Hotspot are you using? We're "new" and have not yet taken the satellite plunge. With Hulu (and their cloud DVR) and the Amazon Fire Stick I can not imagine needing more (we do not fulltime, but will be out probably 3-4 months per year) but I want to have a hot spot we can use at home as well as the RV, and cut the cord from my home internet service with AT&T U-Verse. Al We use a VZ jetpack. But it's a few years old and I have a plan through my company that I get truly unlimited data for almost nothing. I work remote so this is a must and a unique situation that I am lucky to find myself in. So you won't get my deal, but I have read recently on here that ATT offers truly unlimited data in a very affordable price range as well as a few other companies. To me, this is a breakthrough that kept the RV folks from cutting the cord. Now that unlimited data is available on a budget - personally if I were new to the game I wouldn't even bother with a Sat set up. This is where TV and entertainment are going. $40 a month for unlimited data opens the door for streaming anything you want and there are no wires, no cumbersome sat dishes, no positioning, no line of sight etc. All you need is decent reception - which it's pretty hard not to find in this day and age. Sure there are some dead spots but nowhere that I travel. My wife can work on her laptop while I drive endlessly if she wanted and my son can be watching TV or a myriad of other things on a device or TV. No constraints.
way2roll 05/21/19 06:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Low mileage issue

Mileage that low on a 10 yr old unit means it probably sat a lot. Either unused or lived in permanently and not moved much. The previous poster is right, seals and hoses dry out. You also have to consider what happens to an unused MH, rodents, bugs, roof, seals, plumbing etc. A mh, just like anything needs to be used and cared for. It's also probable that the genset hasn't been run much either. And not exercising a generator under load at least once a month is the worst thing you can do. All that said, it does not mean it's a bad MH. It may have been meticulously cared for and used sparingly for weekend trips. Those are the variables you need to find out - how it was cared for and used. If it sat, I would look elsewhere unless it's a killer deal and you are prepared to really check it out and possibly bring it back to life. Might be a good find.
way2roll 05/20/19 07:53am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Alternative satellite option?

We had in motion sat on our first MH. Never again. It was spotty at best and as you figured out, requires line of sight. Friends of ours have a portable one that seems to work ok. My issue is that it's cumbersome. We cut the cord a while ago and find that with a firestick and mobile hotspot we get what we want and have less issues than we ever did with the Sat. Nothing to set up, drag around, position, no wires and cheaper than DTV or dish. The only caveat is that you will probably want an unlimited data plan. Something that a few carriers are finally coming around to offer with reasonable prices. That said, if you really like and want DTV or Dish then carryout portable units seem to work pretty good from the experience of our friends - better than the fixed units anyway.
way2roll 05/20/19 07:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Air horn not working

Have you checked the air level? You can find air horn fill up canisters at Pilot. It's usually with the jake brake and blinker fluid. Air horn re-charge :B
way2roll 05/19/19 07:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Electric stairs question

Could be a ground or the controller. Use caution when messing with it, they can take your fingers off.
way2roll 05/19/19 07:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago Intent 26M

The Intent Class A and Outback Class C were the first Winnebago's in decades to be introduced with rubber roofs - if that tells you anything. They are entry level coaches - a step lower than anything produced before. You would yourself a favor to jump up a level or two. Countless Rv's out there with rubber/tpo roofs with no issues for decades. I have heard a lot of grumbling about the winnie fiberglass roofs peeling back. Of course that's due to lack of maintenance - but that is required on any type of roof. But roof material shouldn't be a deal breaker. Both types have their merits - and shortfalls.
way2roll 05/18/19 09:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motor with many miles on it

More details would be helpful, Like - what year is it, what make and model, etc? What price are you paying? All factors to conclude whether it's worth it. Sounds like a rental which may or may not have been taken care of. There are PLENTY of used MH's out there with a lot less miles so something is driving you to this one. What is it? Price, floorplan etc?
way2roll 05/18/19 07:00am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Rent a tow dolly?

Rented a tow-dolly many times from UHaul. Used it for front-wheel drive cars with the "dead" axle on the ground. Towed okay; Reversing can be challenging - the car's dead axle can have a mind of its own !! DO NOT back up with a dolly. You can really damage things.
way2roll 05/17/19 08:52am Class C Motorhomes
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