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RE: Roof Vent Security

I moved into a new house and I changed the locks. While he was here I asked the locksmith if he thought it would be a good idea to install a deadbolt. He said he would be happy to install one, but that if a thief wants to get in he'd just break the window next to the door.
DallasSteve 01/16/20 01:52pm Truck Campers
RE: to the group that has got loud amp music going(Quartzsite)

Well, your RV has wheels, right. If it was bothering me a lot and I was boondocking I might drive until the music fades away. Granted, it's not very nice that you have to accommodate them, but at least you have options.
DallasSteve 01/15/20 07:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mexico Medical

If you have Medicare they will pay a large portion of the cost. If you want to go there from Colorado I would consider the cost of traveling, staying there, incidentals for the several days of post-op and then go back a week later for followup. That's my plan. I'm waiting 2 more years for Medicare. Plus if they screw up here maybe you can sue the doctor, if you don't do the surgery in Texas. In Texas the doctor pretty much has to intentionally maim or kill you to be able to sue for malpractice.
DallasSteve 01/11/20 08:32am General RVing Issues
RE: How To Calculate Tow Capacity

Mike I copied the other numbers from the specs in the manufacturer's brochure. There is no UVW in the brochure nor on their website. I have an email for their customer service. Maybe I will write them and ask. Steve
DallasSteve 01/10/20 07:52pm Dinghy Towing
RE: How To Calculate Tow Capacity

rjstractor Thanks for the reply. You say I should look for a motorhome with at least 2,000 pounds of payload capacity. How can I determine that from the 6 numbers they gave me? Maybe I can't. If GVWR is the maximum weight of the motorhome with contents I need to know the empty weight to know its payload capacity. I thought GVWR was the empty weight, but apparently it's not, so I don't seem it in those numbers. Unless they tell me that number I would need to weigh the motorhome to know what the empty weight is. Will the dealer have a scale?
DallasSteve 01/10/20 02:19pm Dinghy Towing
RE: How To Calculate Tow Capacity

Rich Thanks for the reply, but I'm still confused. Is the GVWR (16,000) the empty weight and GCWR (23,000) the maximum load including the toad? So if I weigh the motorhome and it's at 17,000 then I have 6,000 load left (23,000 - 17,000), right? But since the hitch max is 5,000 I still can only tow 5,000 (if I have a tow bar rated at least 5,000), right? So if the Jeep loaded is under 5,000 I'm OK? But if the motorme loaded was 18,500 my max load remaining is only 4,500 (23,000 - 18,500) and that would be the limit that I could pull as a toad, right? But then my confusion is how does the front and rear GAWR figure into this? In this case they total 17,500 (6,500 + 11,000). Can somebody please explain?
DallasSteve 01/10/20 08:48am Dinghy Towing
How To Calculate Tow Capacity

I did a quick search and I didn't find a thread like this so here goes. I'm looking at a smaller Class A gas motorhome. It's what I like to call a Class A minor (for the musicians out there). I eventually want to flat tow a car behind it; probably a Jeep Wrangler. I've read that part of the calculation depends on how much weight is loaded in the motorhome and in the Jeep so I would need to take them to scales after they are loaded. When I have that information what is the formula to be sure I can safely tow the car? I know the 4 door Wrangler weighs a little more than the 2 door and I've read most motorhomes can tow a Wrangler, but I want to be sure before I buy the vehicles. Below are the specs for the model I am looking at. GCWR (lbs.) 23,000 GVWR (lbs.) 16,000 GAWR - Front (lbs.) 6,500 GAWR - Rear (lbs.) 11,000 Trailer Hitch 5,000-lb. drawbar/500-lb max vertical tongue weight
DallasSteve 01/09/20 09:23pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Near Brownsville, Texas

"warm and cheap" works for me. LOL. I was thinking the same thing. Plus it's in Texas. Florida is good too, but it's awfully popular. I'm not a fan of crowds.
DallasSteve 01/06/20 09:37pm Snowbirds
RE: Cedar City to lost wages RV wash?

Did you say Lost Wages? I love that song. Steely Dan - Show Biz Kids
DallasSteve 01/03/20 07:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Cash Vs. Finance

I would first talk to the bank. We have some bankers on this site might give you good advice. If the bank loans you the money, I would expect a hefty pre-payment penalty. They don't like to go to all that work for nothing. I would just go to a well established dealer, make a deal on the rig. Tell them that's the out the door price so they on't stack fee's on top.Buy it off the lot is what I mean. Then come back with a cashiers check and you'll have your RV. If it's a long standing reputable dealer, there shouldn't be a problem. "Shouldn't" I agree. I shouldn't have a problem. In the unlikely event that I give them $30,000, $40,000, or more, and oops, they file bankruptcy or decide to take early retirement with my funds, who here will reimburse me? It suddenly got quiet. Maybe what I need to do is investigate some kind of escrow agent (a bank or lawyer) and I pay that fee to have my peace of mind. In what scenario would you hand over $30-40k or something other than a deposit without driving off the lot concurrently to the transaction? mich I don't know. I've never paid cash for a car or RV before. It "shouldn't" be a problem, but when we're talking about a significant portion of my life's savings "shouldn't" isn't acceptable to me.
DallasSteve 01/02/20 06:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cash Vs. Finance

I would first talk to the bank. We have some bankers on this site might give you good advice. If the bank loans you the money, I would expect a hefty pre-payment penalty. They don't like to go to all that work for nothing. I would just go to a well established dealer, make a deal on the rig. Tell them that's the out the door price so they on't stack fee's on top.Buy it off the lot is what I mean. Then come back with a cashiers check and you'll have your RV. If it's a long standing reputable dealer, there shouldn't be a problem. "Shouldn't" I agree. I shouldn't have a problem. In the unlikely event that I give them $30,000, $40,000, or more, and oops, they file bankruptcy or decide to take early retirement with my funds, who here will reimburse me? It suddenly got quiet. Maybe what I need to do is investigate some kind of escrow agent (a bank or lawyer) and I pay that fee to have my peace of mind.
DallasSteve 01/02/20 05:58pm General RVing Issues
Cash Vs. Finance

I'm planning to buy a new RV in March. Yes, I know they depreciate like crazy, but I've window shopped the used market and I don't see any that's what I want at a reasonable price and I don't want to get into the used RV inspection dance, either. I have the cash, but my plan has been to finance initially and then pay off the loan in a month or two. Interest would not be tax deductible for me and I don't think I'll get a 29% return in the market again next year. So I don't want to keep the loan. The reason I want to get a loan to start with, is because I like the idea that a bank or some other business has "skin in the game" with me. What I mean by that is "How do I know if I give the dealer my cash for the RV they will actually deliver the RV? I don't have much trust for any RV dealer and I don't know what paperwork to look for. A company in the business of putting their money out to finance these purchases almost certainly knows what to look for. So what are your opinions/suggestions about a plan like this? I know I will loose a little money by doing a loan, but I consider that to be like title insurance if I was buying a home. It's something I'm willing to pay for. And as a related question, What are typical prepayment penalties or terms on RV loans?
DallasSteve 01/02/20 05:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Texas Beach Camping

We’re wanting to do three to four days in San Antonio or Hill Country area and three days at the beach, probably around Corpus Christi. If you haven't been there the river walk in San Antonio is beautiful. And it's amazing to see The Alamo around the corner like something out of 200 years ago in the middle of downtown. I also like San Marcos and New Braunfels a lot. But the last time I was there 30 years ago the original Schlitterbahn had gotten too popular for me. It was the best vacation spot back in the 80s before it got popular.
DallasSteve 12/31/19 10:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Class C vs Class A - Length

I would think a super c would be closer to a class A. A super C can be very big, but I can't afford a super C. Well, maybe I could, but it's not in my budget. That's two different things for me. I'm trying to compare a regular Class C to a Class A. And even in a Super C you're going to lose a lot of living area length with the front end and driver's section. Even more lost than in a regular C.
DallasSteve 12/29/19 10:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C vs Class A - Length

Comparing a C and an A of equal length, they are about the same height and width. An A typically has more usable living space, since the front two seats usually swivel backwards and are on about the same level as the floor of the coach area. C seats are much lower and set apart from the living area. However, if the overhang in a C is configured as a bed, then the C offers more sleeping space. A lot of folks will say it's easier to drive a C, but I think an A of the same length is easier to drive due to better visibility and a tighter cramp (turning) angle on the front axle. This may be my favorite answer. I forgot about the overhead bed in the Class C. But, the small Class A I'm looking at also has a power overhang bed, so in some ways it's the best of both worlds. But in that Class A you may not be able to use the swiveling seats much when the overhang is lowered. So, maybe it's not so perfect. I was thinking we might use that overhang area for storage, but if I can't drive with it down that idea goes "out the window".
DallasSteve 12/29/19 09:55am Class C Motorhomes
Class C vs Class A - Length

I did a search here for "Class C Length" in the subject and it returned no results. So I want to throw this out as a new post. How does the living area length of a Class C compare to a Class A? In other words: How much longer would a Class C be to have the same living area length as a Class A? I'm guessing it's not only the length of the "dog house", but also the length of the engine compartment. (My quick and dirty image search says that's about 6 feet.)
DallasSteve 12/28/19 09:43pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Help with full timing over the winter

I'm renting a brand new (small) 3-bedroom, 2 bath house in Pereira, Colombia for 6 months for $400 per month. Electric, gas, water, Internet, and cable cost about another $100 per month, total. The temperature here goes from a low of about 60 to a high of about 80 all 365 days a year, year after year. The houses don't even have A/C or heating because you never need it. Not a bad way to spend the Winter. In March I'm going back to the US to tour the country in an RV.
DallasSteve 12/28/19 08:41pm Full-time RVing
RE: Surveillance Camera Setups on your RV

Hmm. It seems like the consensus is that the camera is mostly a value as a deterrent. I bet you can buy dummy cameras much cheaper that you can install on both sides of the RV and sleep easier. Just saying.
DallasSteve 12/27/19 09:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Make An Offer

So I pressed the Make An Offer button. It took me to a simple form to enter my name and contact info along with the price I offered. I pressed the button and Suprise! It took me to an error page that asked me to call their sales office for help. I'm guessing that's not a real error. I'm guessing that's their way of getting buyers to call and speak to a sales person. Anyway, I'm not calling yet. I'm really about 3 months away from using the RV so I can wait. If this one sells (it probably will) something else will come along. If Camping World responds to the offer because they actually collected my info, I will let everyone know.
DallasSteve 12/24/19 10:15am Camping World RV Sales
RE: Campgrounds in Texas, specifically near Austin

Austin is becoming like Dallas, except Austin has a major city about one hour away. (People from Fort Worth love that joke.)
DallasSteve 12/22/19 11:16am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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