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RE: What does having an appointment mean?

I've never purchased an RV brand new, so no warranty issues, and I've done most of my RV work/maintenance myself over the past 30+ years of RV ownership, so I haven't run into the nightmare issues that I read about regarding "appointments". I've used a mobile RV mechanic for a water heater issue about 25 years ago; went great. About 3 years ago, I bought a "new to me" class A from a small local RV shop (parts, service, used RVs; no new). Had one slideout issue that needed addressing; they checked their calendar, made me an appointment (about 2 weeks out), I dropped the rig off at the appointed time, and they started work that same day. Got the rig back in 3 days. Had a drivetrain issue (Workhorse brake recall) that needed addressing. Local large truck/RV shop; called for an appointment (about 1 week out). Dropped it off in the morning, went to lunch, came back in the afternoon and picked it up. AFAIC, an appointment, at the very least, SHOULD mean that the service provider is starting work (or at least inspection) THAT DAY, and should have an idea of what it will take to do the job by the end of the day. Anything less is unacceptable, and should not be the accepted "norm". Dropping off a rig to sit on their lot for a week or 2 before they even look at it is BS. But until consumers start to push back, nothing will change. Of course, the same thing could be said about the (lack of) quality control in new RVs coming off the assembly line, but... Look for the small, independent shops; they are the ones more likely to give the good service. JMHO.
4x4van 04/14/20 11:11am General RVing Issues
RE: And Texas Caves In

The CDC must guess at which strain of flu to use for the annual "vaccine". Sometimes they guess right, and sometimes they guess wrong. According to the link above, overall effectiveness for the flu vaccine seems to be somewhere around 50%, depending on the year and the age group. Many people who get the vaccine still get the flu. Many people who don't get the vaccine don't get the flu. At 58 years old, I never bothered to get the flu vaccine till last year. I also very seldom got the flu. Until last year!:S
4x4van 04/14/20 10:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Some ATV rules Help

Yes, indeed. According to the laws and various articles like this, you can drive ATVs and UTVs in Arizona without any problems if your vehicle has all the lights installed. Same with California, only age restrictions differ I guess. The linked article is wrong; NO ATV's are street legal in CA.
4x4van 04/14/20 09:58am Toy Haulers
RE: Adding a Toy Hauler Extension

That is really interesting. Obviously, cargo weight and positioning need to be looked at carefully, and would vary from user to user, depending on what/how they load the garage area. But under the right circumstances, it looks like a viable option to gain space and adjust tongue weight.
4x4van 04/14/20 09:51am Toy Haulers
RE: And Texas Caves In

In California, they have declared that campgrounds are "essential" businesses, and therefore can stay open, since they are useful to alleviate housing shortages.
4x4van 04/13/20 04:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Entry Steps too high at times what do you use?

I've used one of these Harbor Freight folding step platform thingies when needed. It would be more useful as an extra entry step if I cut the legs down some; the standard height is pretty tall, and only really ideal when the campsite is sloped or drops off something crazy.I did exactly that. I cut about 5-6" off the legs, shortened and reinstalled the angle braces and feet. It's now about 7" high.
4x4van 03/11/20 04:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: which size drinking water hose?

Whether you go 1/2" or 5/8", I'd suggest getting it 50' long, then cut it into a 15' and a 35', adding the new ends as necessary. That way, you can use only what's needed; 15', 35', or 50' (combined).
4x4van 02/25/20 02:48pm Beginning RVing
RE: TV Antennas

Our Motorhome has the original amplified Weingard antenna. Near Kingman we are pulling in Phoenix channels for the most part. however it does not search and lock on to signals itself. As others have said, your antenna doesn't search/lock on; that is the job of your TV (accessed through the TV's menu). You should also download an app to determine which direction to point your antenna.
4x4van 02/12/20 03:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Insurance Denying Claims

You are describing a warranty issue, not an insurance issue. And since your trailer is 8 years old, you're out of luck unless you somehow have an extended warranty/service contract. Even then, the fine print will likely not go in your favor.
4x4van 02/10/20 12:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: First trip with new baby advice

My oldest daughter made her first camping trip at 6 weeks old; now, at 30, she still camps (along with her husband and my grandson). My other 2 kids followed suit, and they too are still camping as adults. There's really nothing much different about taking care of a baby while camping than while at home; your TT is just a smaller version of your S&B home. All the same things apply, but you will be making memories for a lifetime.
4x4van 02/10/20 12:23pm Family Camping
RE: MaxAir added

The air sticking to the flat rear of the vent is what creates drag/wind resistance. A model A ford is much more aerodynamic in reverse than going forward.Although I like the aerodynamic "look" of the Aero-Flo vent covers more than some others, I'm not worried about wind resistance; let's be honest, nothing I could do on the roof on my class A would change the aerodynamics in any meaningful way (mpg, etc). I installed them to allow me to leave the vents open in inclement weather, nothing more.
4x4van 02/06/20 11:50am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Panels don't run things

So since RV solar and S&B solar are really different animals in terms of what/how they do their job, it is a fair question for someone unfamiliar with either (or both) to ask.So how do you answer them?Well, since I don't have solar (RV or S&B), they don't ask me. However, I'd like to think that I would simply tell them that the RV solar panels are generally charging the batteries, but that they do provide enough energy to run x, y, and/or z. But don't worry, I'll stay off your lawn.;) I tell them it charges my batteries and then an inverter powers things in the camper.Except that most things in your camper are not powered by the inverter.:h
4x4van 02/06/20 11:37am Tech Issues
RE: Panels don't run things

Wow, some really "Get off my lawn!" type of people here using solar, glad I'm not camped next to some of you. Residential solar does in fact "run" things in the house, through an inverter; and few homeowners have storage for their solar. So since RV solar and S&B solar are really different animals in terms of what/how they do their job, it is a fair question for someone unfamiliar with either (or both) to ask. At least a few of you (DrewE, BFL13...) gave answers that make me believe I would enjoy camping near them...but others; not so much. I don't think I could reach up that far (to your high horses).:R
4x4van 02/05/20 12:45pm Tech Issues
RE: MaxAir added

I just installed 3 of these AeroFlo vent covers, made by Camco. I really like them. They're a bit more aerodynamic than the single Maxxair cover that I had over the bath vent; these are vented at the rear and the sides, and the entire top half lifts (2 screws) for Thanks for sharing that. It looks low profile. Does it allow the vent to raise much?It's actually only about an inch shorter than the standard version, though it's longer, so a bit more aerodynamic. Still allow the vent to open probably 3/4 of the way.
4x4van 01/27/20 04:56pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Zoning Law

No one here can tell the OP whether he can or cannot (legally) do what he wants to do. He must go down to City Hall and find out. Get the specific municipal codes that apply. In my city, while parking an RV is legal, living in one is not. No utility hookups are allowed, either, other than a single electrical cord to charge the battery for 24 hours prior to use.
4x4van 01/27/20 04:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water pump

You might have got it working but you have not fixed the problem. You should be able to turn the pump on and off from both locations. If you do not have a pump controller and just 2 or 3 water Pump switches, then if ONE is ON, then you cannot turn the pump OFF from the other switches. DougWrong. My Itasca has 2 water pump switches, no controller. It is wired just like 3-way light switches in a house. I can turn the pump on or off, from either location. If both switches are up, the pump is on. If both switches are down, the pump is on. If they do not match (i.e. one switch is up, the other switch is down), then the pump is off.
4x4van 01/27/20 04:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: MaxAir added

I just installed 3 of these AeroFlo vent covers, made by Camco. I really like them. They're a bit more aerodynamic than the single Maxxair cover that I had over the bath vent; these are vented at the rear and the sides, and the entire top half lifts (2 screws) for full access to the vent for cleaning.
4x4van 01/22/20 02:30pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Front suspention

I told the guy about the springs and he said that shocks will raise the front.Find a different "guy" to give your money to. Anyone who says that shocks will raise your vehicle is lying or stupid. Your shocks may also be shot, but they will have no effect on ride height, only damping.
4x4van 01/14/20 04:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Neat little fresh water in an ABS pipe idea

The commercial versions usually add a metal tire valve and allow you to pressurize the pipe using a compressor or a small bicycle pump even.
4x4van 01/07/20 02:32pm Tech Issues

SmittyBuilt, ARB, and Thule all make self contained retractable awnings for off-road SUVs. They would work well on a small van; are much more compact than any RV style awning.
4x4van 12/17/19 09:01am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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