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RE: slide vs no slide

31 years, 3 RVs (first 2 no slide, current 1 two slides); I will never go back to a no-slide RV. The "walk around" room that a slide provides is something I will never consider giving up, it really is that significant. I do agree that the RV must be usable with the slide in; ours blocks only the dresser drawers below the closet, nothing else; the RV is fully usable with the slides in or out. Although I hear alot of people who "worry" about kitchen connections in slides, I have seldom if ever read reports of actual problems with them. Ours does indeed house the kitchen sink, stove, microwave and dinette (not the fridge), and we have not had a single issue with water lines, drain lines, gas lines, or electrical lines. Since it is now 16 years old, I assume that it would have had issues with those lines by now if it was prone to them. The slide mechanism itself (HWH Hydraulic, both slides and jacks) has also been trouble free, although it does have a way to manually retract them.
4x4van 06/25/20 04:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: FORD 460 Overheating Mystery

I'm adding my vote for a defective fan clutch.
4x4van 06/25/20 11:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: White hose

Buy a 50' hose (of your choice), then cut it at 15'/35' and add new ends. Now you've got a 15', 35', or 50', depending on need, without wresting more hose than you need at any given spot. The 15' is usually enough for most campgrounds that I've gone to, although the 35' has been needed a few times. Haven't needed the full 50' yet, but it's all there just in case.
4x4van 06/17/20 04:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Most expensive camp chair!

Owner of multiple YETI coolers, multiple YETI cups and a few other brands of similarly constructed coolers. I a.ways chuckle when people say they aren’t worth the money and that the product is over-hyped. The brand is irrelevant to me, but the quality of the product speaks for itself. Brand equals status, confidence, spirit of accomplishment, pride, etc. It sometimes also equals a statement of quality. Everyone on this board is guilty of it to some extent. Raise your hand if you have never ever, EVER paid more for something just because it was a certain brand...perhaps even because you expected it to be better based on the name. Maybe you paid $5K or $10K more to get that truck with the certain trim package that made you “feel better”. Maybe you buy your shoes from a department store instead of WalMart. Maybe you like Charmin UltraSoft instead of the commercial quality stuff you can get for a fraction of the price...which does the same job. But maybe you just haven’t YET decided to spend a little more on a camping chair.I was right there with you...until your last sentence. A "little" more?????? A “little” more is relative, of course. Maybe it’s 3 times more money, but lasts you 5 times longer? You and your wallet should decide what’s a little and what’s a lot ;-) These discussions are often comparable to those related to other products of varying price ranges. For example, as an avid saltwater fisherman, I’ve come to the conclusion that spending $200 on a quality fishing reel is a wise investment vs. spending $50 on a lesser quality one. The money trade-off is valid because the better product lasts longer, works better, and requires less maintenance. Plus, as an added bonus, it makes me look cool LOL. On a recent fishing trip, a friend used my “fancy” rig for a few minutes and immediately realized and commented on how much better it is than the cheaper rig he was using. He’ll replace his rig in the next year or so when it fails, and I’ll still be going strong.Oh, I agree that you (most times) get what you pay for. However, there is always a limit to that theory, as well. My $30 chairs have no problem lasting at least 5 years (and still going strong) in boondocking use in the desert, at the river, in the sand dunes... Will the Yeti last 50+ years? Doubtful, and pretty sure I'd get bored of it anyway by that time. So if the longevity is not relevant, what about features? 10X more comfortable? Doubtful. Will it fetch me a beer and open it for me? Hmmmm...nope. Just nothing really there that is worth 10X the cost (to me). But of course, to each his own.
4x4van 06/12/20 01:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: 12v Refidgerators

Interestingly, Forest River's brochure lists 2 different "Surveyor Luxury" models. The Surveyor Luxury shows a 10 cu.ft. 12v residential fridge, while the Surveyor Luxury West Coast shows an 8 cu.ft. gas/elec fridge.
4x4van 06/04/20 01:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Most expensive camp chair!

Owner of multiple YETI coolers, multiple YETI cups and a few other brands of similarly constructed coolers. I a.ways chuckle when people say they aren’t worth the money and that the product is over-hyped. The brand is irrelevant to me, but the quality of the product speaks for itself. Brand equals status, confidence, spirit of accomplishment, pride, etc. It sometimes also equals a statement of quality. Everyone on this board is guilty of it to some extent. Raise your hand if you have never ever, EVER paid more for something just because it was a certain brand...perhaps even because you expected it to be better based on the name. Maybe you paid $5K or $10K more to get that truck with the certain trim package that made you “feel better”. Maybe you buy your shoes from a department store instead of WalMart. Maybe you like Charmin UltraSoft instead of the commercial quality stuff you can get for a fraction of the price...which does the same job. But maybe you just haven’t YET decided to spend a little more on a camping chair.I was right there with you...until your last sentence. A "little" more??????
4x4van 06/04/20 12:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Battery wiring ???'s

On my '04 Itasca, positive is yellow, negative is white.
4x4van 05/27/20 04:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Rear View Camera vs Backup Camera

No switch is needed; simply power it off of a wire that is hot with the ignition rather than from the backup lights. Mine comes on in reverse, but has a manual switch on the monitor that turns it on constantly. That's how I use it. How would I connect it to that wire? Thanks!Depends on the unit. If the unit you purchase has only one wire for powering the camera/monitor, you use a wire that is hot when the ignition is turned on instead of the backup light wire.
4x4van 05/26/20 04:36pm Beginning RVing
RE: 20 year loan for RV?

The pay cash/ save crowd in my opinion are missing half the equation. I am living proof. Wife died at 66 very unexpectedly. We spent the last 15 years rving, and going over seas. Spent a lot of money. Would not trade those times for any amount of money Kids grow up, people get sick and die, and get old. My thought don't go crazy, but have fun while you can, spend some money. You just never know what's around the next bend, enjoy life a bit, and worry less about moneyWell said. My dad has always said; "Work like you're going to live forever, but play like you're going to die tomorrow." My mom was killed in a motorcycle accident at age 46. And while it was a struggle financially for my parents, somehow I don't think the money they spent on camping trips for all the years I was growing up was thrown away.
4x4van 05/26/20 04:32pm Beginning RVing
RE: 20 year loan for RV?

Some people never figure out the difference between investment spending and consumptive spending. And many others know full well the difference, and decide to do both in different aspects of their lives.
4x4van 05/21/20 04:52pm Beginning RVing
RE: Shark bites for plumbing

I've used them several times over the years, on copper (in the S&B) and PEX (in the MH). Never had one leak.
4x4van 05/21/20 04:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: MH models with the fewest slides

What does drycamping have to do with not wanting slides? My '04 30' Itasca has 2, one for the kitchen/dinette, and one for the rear bedroom, both on the driver's side. They take less than 10 seconds each to extend/retract, and are used whether we are in a full hookup campground or boondocking (about 50/50).
4x4van 05/20/20 01:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to camp with electric only

I definitely plan to arrive with a full tank. Lately we blast through our capacity (black and gray) in one day. I think if we tried we could go 2 or 3 days, but I have a 7-day reservation. Winnebago says my model has 36/42/51 (black, gray, fresh) with 6 for the water heater. Does that mean I have 51+6 in total fresh water? Hopefully, this park has a common water fill. I tried to call this morning, but they didn't answer so I sent them an email. No offense, but if you are burning through 51 gallons of water in one day, you need to take a crash course on RV water use/conservation. Navy showers, navy toothbrushing, navy dishwashing, etc. My last motorhome had only 32 gallons; we could make it at least 2-3 days with a family of 5. Growing up, we (family of 4) camped in a truck camper with a 10 gallon water tank, and made it fine for 2-3 day weekends (a small hand pump and no toilet/shower helped, obviously).
4x4van 05/20/20 10:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Rear View Camera vs Backup Camera

No switch is needed; simply power it off of a wire that is hot with the ignition rather than from the backup lights. Mine comes on in reverse, but has a manual switch on the monitor that turns it on constantly. That's how I use it.
4x4van 05/20/20 10:11am Beginning RVing
RE: 20 year loan for RV?

Sometimes free money does indeed exist. My youngest daughter just finished paying off her 2015 Corolla; 5 year loan at 0% interest.Usually zero % is in lieu of a rebate. So the forgone rebate is your cost of zero % interest.True. So could the rebate be considered "free money"? Seriously, though, NOTHING is free. We always pay in some way, shape, or form.
4x4van 05/20/20 09:50am Beginning RVing
RE: 20 year loan for RV?

Didn't take a 20 year loan, but took a 10 yr loan on a 10 year old higher end unit and we have not been sorry. If it's quality built, it will last a very long time. Much longer than 10 years. We have yet to replace even an appliance in ours. Only a couple of circuit boards, some new tires and normal maintenance. We will be keeping this one for a long while yet as newer ones don't even compare. They are all glitz and glamour with poor workmanship. Yup, similar situation here. I bought my current RV, a 2004 model, in 2016, at 12 yrs old. Excellent condition, inside & out, low miles, new tires/batteries/awning and slide covers/generator carb. Other than a replacement rearview camera and normal routine maintenance, I've had to make NO repairs. Everything works perfectly, it currently has only 32K miles, and I have no doubt that it will still be going strong when the 12 year loan that I took out on it is paid off. In the meantime, the payments are low, the insurance is low, the registration is low (even here in CA), which frees up money to actually use it as well as do other things. Not sure how anyone could consider that a dumb move, but if they do, then I would simply have to agree to disagree. Yep, free money... right up there with waterproof and maintenance free. :S. Sorry folks but none of them actually exist :BSometimes free money does indeed exist. My youngest daughter just finished paying off her 2015 Corolla; 5 year loan at 0% interest.
4x4van 05/19/20 01:54pm Beginning RVing
RE: 20 year loan for RV?

These type of posts always bring out those who try to "school" others on what they should do with their money, and how to "value" an RV. Pretty much anything you buy other than real estate is a "depreciating" asset, yet probably 90% (or more) of cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, RVs, airplanes, etc. are indeed financed. Whether it's a short term loan, or a long term loan, it's no one's business other than the borrower. What's right for one is NOT right for all. I also laugh when I hear that an RV won't last more than 10 years! Seriously? WTH are you people doing to your RVs? I'm 58, have been camping my entire life. I'm currently on my 3rd RV. All 3 were purchased used (at least 10 years old), and financed for 10-12 years. The first 2 were used for 15 years (still using the 3rd obviously) making them 25 years old when I sold them, and they were still in perfectly usable condition. That means that I could easily have continued using them for another 5. Were they worth a lot at that point? Of course not. But I don't buy anything for resale value; I buy for my use. If they are worth $0 when I'm done, then AFAIC I figured the cost of that RV perfectly. Anything over that is a bonus. The amount that I spent monthly on those long term loans were simply my monthly cost of recreation, a cost that was worth it to ME. I'm not rich, although I will certainly be reasonably comfortable when I retire. But I could never have afforded to buy the RV's outright. And in financing them, I have given my 3 kids a lifetime of memories that continue to pay dividends to this day, by creating a love for camping that continues through them and my grandkids. So let's make a deal. Those of you who can afford to pay cash for their RV (and want to) can continue to do so. Those of us that finance our RV (whether that's for 5 years or 20 years) can continue to do so. And neither group shall badmouth the other, since none of us walk in each other's shoes.
4x4van 05/18/20 04:52pm Beginning RVing
RE: Covid chores...check-off list

Lwiddis...I can't seem to reply in a normal fashion...software issues, it seems... I have lots of room underneath, so that shouldn't be a problem. Some straps and bingo. I will have a spray-on insulation applied to prevent freezing. Intake will have to be a hole in the RV skin...too bad...and a KISS method of transfer out. A couple lengths of hose stored away and a drill powered water pump. A spigot of some kind under the tank...connect the hoses and pump and hey presto.. Gary Just a suggestion: A hose from your new tank to the winterizing valve (if your RV has one); then no drill pump needed. Another option, buy a spare water pump that matches the one in your RV; that way you will always have a spare with you if needed.
4x4van 05/05/20 12:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Covid chores...check-off list

-Added a Chill-Grille to my ducted A/C -Added a Trik-L-Start -Removed the old TV/boat anchor from the bedroom -Reinforced the dinette bed supports -Added a digital voltage display on the dash -12v tube motor came in yesterday; (gonna work on a powered full width sun visor) -Labeled the HWH solenoids (jacks & slides) -Changed the porchlight lens to amber (still have dimmable white LED strip full length under the awning)
4x4van 05/05/20 12:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Yes!! I found a way to RV during this awful Covid isolation!

We did something similar last week here in Kalifornistan. There is a restaurant that we really like, a Teppan grille style where the chef cooks your meal on a flattop in front of you; steak, chicken, shrimp, fried rice, etc - dinner and a show so to speak. Of course, they are no longer allowing dine-in, but do have take-out. The problem is that they are about 30 miles away from our home, so the food is no longer hot when we get it home. So last weekend, DW & I, along with our 3 adult kids and their spouses and my grandson, piled into the MH and drove down to the restaurant, phoning in the order on the way down. When we arrived, we parked in the parking lot, got our food, and ate in the RV in the parking lot! Great food (fresh & hot), great company, great ambiance :). Yeah, I know, we were "technically" violating Kalifornistan's current rules since our kids don't live with us, but hey...what can I say...I'm just a rebel, and the powers that be will NOT prevent me from getting together with my kids and grandson!
4x4van 05/05/20 11:11am General RVing Issues
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