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RE: A three cylinder Bronco.....a THREE cylinder Bronco???

Oh, and speaking of getting out of rough conditions, I wonder how that 3-banger will fare with a whopping 190 lb ft of torque? (almost identical to that of a new 4-cylinder Camry!!)
A1ARealtorRick 10/25/20 07:40am Dinghy Towing
RE: A three cylinder Bronco.....a THREE cylinder Bronco???

Quote: "It is the Ford ecoboost line (ie: turbo version), so not exactly the same as the old geo metro." It IS exactly the same when it comes to number of cylinders. That was my point.
A1ARealtorRick 10/25/20 07:32am Dinghy Towing
RE: Found a unicorn

Don't forget to change your signature! :C
A1ARealtorRick 10/25/20 07:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: A three cylinder Bronco.....a THREE cylinder Bronco???

When I go to the ford build and price, the 2021 bronco can be ordered with two engines 2.3L and 2.7L. Bronco Sport, not Bronco
A1ARealtorRick 10/25/20 06:24am Dinghy Towing
A three cylinder Bronco.....a THREE cylinder Bronco???

I just went to the new 2021 Bronco build & price feature on the Ford website. So, they want me to pay nearly 30 grand for a base model Bronco Sport, and my one and only engine choice is a blasted THREE cylinder 1.5-liter?? Really??? Now, I can (almost) see only 4 color choices, and only one interior choice (color AND material), but sorry folks, I just can't bring myself to buy a little three-banger. It brings back memories of Geo Metros and the like. C'mon Ford, don't force everybody to buy up, and up, and up to get something worth having. There, done venting.
A1ARealtorRick 10/24/20 12:43pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Buying from a private party

Since nobody has asked the obvious question, I'll do so. What make, model, and mileage is this particular B? It's a 2016 Coach House Arriva with 12,500 on the MB diesel engine. It's not the molded type box like you see on the Platinums. My Phaeton is a Cat diesel, but I know nothing about the MB diesel. Are they reliable? Dale Coach House builds an exceptionally high quality product, and the Mercedes is a very good quality drivetrain. The fact that it's almost 5 years old with only 12,500 miles is another plus. And, look at supply and demand. How many Coach House Arriva's are available in the pre-owned market nationwide? -- practically none. Then, compare the seller's price (of course, there's always room for negotiation) to the price of a new Arriva ($160,000+), and bear in mind that the brand new one only has 12,000 fewer miles than the used one. To me, all of a sudden, that 2016 looks like an exceptional buy. Don't pay too much attention to the NADA book, or any other book for that matter. In the automobile business we had a saying: "The only 'book' that has ever bought a vehicle is a checkbook!!" Best of luck to you -- Happy travels!
A1ARealtorRick 10/22/20 06:22am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Buying from a private party

I find this interesting...... "I used to go to new car dealerships and see what kind of deals I could get, sharpen my negotiation skills, see what the latest strategies are etc.. I know this is private party, but some of the skills still apply" After retiring from 30 years in the automobile business, and after running many sales training programs, I have found the following to be true: 1. It is almost impossible for a part-time buyer to out-negotiate a full-time seller. That's just the way it is. 2. From the sellers standpoint, no negotiation without commitment. Throughout my selling career, and as a sales trainer, the cardinal rule is "no price is the right price if it's the wrong vehicle" -- skilled salespeople know if you're a 'today' buyer or not, and adjust their negation techniques accordingly. No secret in the industry. That being said, I personally HATE to try to buy vehicles nowadays!! The games, turnovers, and entire process just isn't what it used to be. I consider myself very fortunate that I know enough and have access to enough information that I plan to never set foot on a dealership's property again. Last 3 vehicles I bought online/phone. It keeps my blood pressure a good bit lower :C
A1ARealtorRick 10/21/20 03:41pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Regular or premium

What a wonderful surprise for new truck buyers!! So, it's a given that Premium fuel runs about 40% more than Regular. That being the case, if a person drives only 15,000 miles per year, and is fortunate enough to achieve an average of 15 miles per gallon, his annual outlay is probably going to be about $800 more than a truck that burns Regular fuel. To me, that's a lot of money for, really, nothing. But on the other hand, if a person is dropping 80 or 90 grand on a truck, I imagine an extra $800 per year is fairly insignificant.
A1ARealtorRick 10/21/20 02:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying from a private party

Since nobody has asked the obvious question, I'll do so. What make, model, and mileage is this particular B?
A1ARealtorRick 10/21/20 12:52pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Looking for a place

Maybe narrow down your area a little bit -- The Great Smoky Mountains is a BIG area. We used to live in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area, and I could help you with that specific area, but your question is painted with a very wide brushstroke! :C
A1ARealtorRick 10/21/20 12:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Colors of trucks!

......"I do remember that some years ago California did debate a law that would have forbidden colors that absorbed too much heat. The thought was that with their acres of parking lots dark paints were doing too much to heat the environment"...... Now that, in and of itself, would make me move out of California fast, quick, and in a hurry. Seriously??? And, I'm sure that's nowhere near the craziest 'debate' the state's ever had!!
A1ARealtorRick 10/20/20 11:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1994 pleasureway

Anyone over 6' tall ever bonk their head inside one of these? Only if you have a tendency to jump up and down or skip a lot. I believe the headroom is 6'2" and of course, there's not near the amount of walking around in one of these as there is in a Class A motorhome for example.
A1ARealtorRick 10/20/20 08:17am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: 1994 pleasureway

You absolutely will not find a better built Class B. When we bought ours, we looked at just about everything else on the market, and the differences in fit, finish, and quality of materials and components was amazing. We learned not to assume that the company (or companies) that sell the most have the best product -- nothing could be further from factual. The PW, IMO, is the finest Class B product on the market.
A1ARealtorRick 10/20/20 05:40am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Colors of trucks!

"When I ordered my F150 with a light colored leather interior I had to sign a disclaimer that I would not hold Ford responsible for it getting dirty" Seriously? Now that's a stretch......not sure I can buy that.
A1ARealtorRick 10/20/20 05:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hard to find a full-time spot

If I were staying in the same location it sure would not be in my RV. I thought the definition of full timing was living in the RV but moving it from time to time to a new location. I tend to disagree. IMO, full-timing means full-time living in your RV, regardless of the location, and regardless of how often you move to a new location. Who's to say you should stay 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months, or 3 years in a location when defining full-timing? I could be wrong, but I don't think insurance companies base their rates for full-timers on how long they'll be in any given spot.
A1ARealtorRick 10/19/20 06:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

You've got plenty of good reasons to stay, however, but the mass exodus from the state that we have all been reading about says something about the overall desirability of it. I know you can buy homes there pretty cheap, right?? :W This coming from a realtor on the coast? I guess that it is all relative but I just saw an add down the beach from you a bit in Mexico Beach for a 0.1720 acre lot on the canal. $64,900! No structures! That is $377,325 per acre! I would sell 20 whole acres for that price where I live. That is why I don't live on a coast. Yup, people can ASK whatever they want to, but what will it really SELL for, if at all? The stories I could tell you!! Around here, much like about anywhere, acreage that's not on the coast is very reasonably priced.
A1ARealtorRick 10/18/20 01:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

Holy smokes! This alone: "...not considering forest fires and earthquakes..." would send me packing. Those 'forest fires' don't seem to be the garden variety by any means, and earthquakes? Unlike hurricanes, you don't see those guys coming! You've got plenty of good reasons to stay, however, but the mass exodus from the state that we have all been reading about says something about the overall desirability of it. I know you can buy homes there pretty cheap, right?? :W
A1ARealtorRick 10/18/20 08:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Forest River Issues

One idea is to post as many online reviews as you can -- on every platform that you possibly can. The internet is a powerful tool, and can make or break a business. Enough negative reviews just might make the manufacturer take notice. Who knows. That being said, I have come to the conclusion that unless someone is spending in the neighborhood of, say, $400,000 or more, the market is full of nothing but poorly assembled low-quality components --- and RVers keep buying them like there's no tomorrow, so the manufacturers have no incentive to change a thing. Sorry to hear about your problems. Hope they get resolved soon.
A1ARealtorRick 10/18/20 05:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Thor Axis 24.1

The Axis/Vegas is an RUV - which is a fancy way to market a C and A hybrid. They are built on the e350 or E450 Chassis - depending on which year it was manufactured. So they aren't a true Class A. They were marketed as a way to take kids to soccer games, travelling sports families, tailgating that sort of thing. I've owned a Thor Class A (an ACE) and while we knew what we were buying, I must admit that quality is about the lowest in the industry. But so are their prices. If you have realistic expectations then you might be OK, but buyer beware. The sprinters you are looking at are Mercedes chassis so there is a reason they cost more and you are comparing oranges to basketballs comparing it to a Vegas. A Class B Plus or small C on a Mercedes chassis is going to be so much easier and quieter to drive and your mileage will be much better as well. Nothing wrong with the Vegas/Axis if that's what you want and have realistic expectations but there isn't much comparison to that and something on a Sprinter chassis with a diesel engine. How does that make it not a Class A? It's built on a bare chassis with no factory cab or body. I understand the chassis is the same as that of an E350 or 450, but without the factory cab by definition it's a Class A. You are correct -- they are Class A's. Class C's are built on cutaway chassis' and CLass B's are van cutaway's or solid boxes. Thor can call it an RUV if they want to, trying to create a new class and broaden the appeal, but it is a true Class A.
A1ARealtorRick 10/18/20 05:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Colors of trucks!

Interesting discussion on exterior colors, but what about interior colors. Why are soooooo many black? Black!!! The hottest, and arguably most difficult to keep clean (actually clean -- not just looking clean). Give me a light color interior any day of the week. So much cooler, so much easier on the eyes, and unless you're transporting a work crew, as easy to keep clean as any other color.
A1ARealtorRick 10/17/20 07:30pm Tow Vehicles
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