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RE: Steering stabilizer

"If you're not sure what the correct tire pressures are, check the placard on the driver's side door. " This is very poor advice. The door stickers are one size fits all and cannot take into consideration how and what you have loaded. It also assumes you have the original tires and suspension which many do not. More bad advice that I have often seen on this forum is to just inflate to the max psi shown on the sidewalls. Very few coaches need anywhere near that much pressure and overinflated tires will make your coach handle like a pig on skates. The one and only way to properly inflate your tires is to load your coach as you would for a trip and then take a trip to the CAT scale. Take the results to the your tire manufacturers load inflation table and use those numbers. Keep in mind that as your load varies on different trips {and it can vary a lot} you need to adjust your tire pressures accordingly {again use your tire manufacturers load inflation table}. Before every trip I roll into Discount tire and have them check and inflate/deflate to the appropriate psi. They do it for free but I always tip the guy a few bucks and thank him for the service. :C
Desert Captain 08/04/20 09:29am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Suggested locations in Arizona's White Mountains?

Propane fire pits and BBQ’s were permitted but no wood fires of any kind, charcoal or even smoking was allowed. Sorry I was not more specific. The campgrounds were not selling firewood. We have a Campfire in a can and enjoy it often especially during fire bans. The White Mountains are as dry as I have ever seen them which makes for extreme fire danger. Usually by July first the bans have been lifted but this year the Monsoon is MIA.”
Desert Captain 08/03/20 06:56am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Suggested locations in Arizona's White Mountains?

You will find everything you are seeking at one of the campgrounds near Big Lake. Reservations are a must, especially this year. Sounds like you are fine without hookups and if so try the Rainbow CG which has very large sites, flush toilets and water spigots throughout the very large campground {and no you can not fill your RV from the spigots}. Showers are available but it is a bit of a hike and cell service is next to nonexistent. There is a dump station just outside of the CG. There is another CG just down the road with hookups, I think the name is "Trout" check the Arizona Campground Map {Google it} for details and the reservation number. Both campgrounds are located at 9,000+'. We were at Rainbow a couple of weeks ago and there was a complete fire ban in effect. They have had some rain since then so it may have been lifted. Expect serious thunderstorms most afternoons but then that is part of the charm of the high mountains. :C
Desert Captain 08/02/20 05:51pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: More water needed....

"Some areas allow gray water on the ground" I have never been to a campground that permitted gray water to be dumped on the ground but...Even if you are somewhere that it is not outright prohibited, please DONT! It stinks to high heaven and everyone knows it. The garbage scraps in there will attract critters and not in a good way. Come on now folks, a little common sense here pleeeeese! :S
Desert Captain 07/30/20 04:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: More water needed....

How do you figure water weighing 1# per gallon? Last time I looked it was 8.4# per gallon... What am I missing here? :h
Desert Captain 07/28/20 01:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Power boost for Ford 450 V10

The biggest complaint about the V10 is you have to use high RPM (>4000) when climbing hills. At that speed, it makes a lot of noise. No, you don't. Again this comes down to the operator knowing how to drive a V-10 properly. I can climb at least 9 out of 10 hills {at +/- 5 mph of the speed limit} to include 6 percent grades running at 3,250 rpm which is max torque {420#}. About one long grade in 10 will require a further downshift increasing the rpm's up to 4,250 which = max HP {305}. While this will briefly put a serious dent in your mileage rarely do such grades last for more than a few miles and then you are cruising down the backside burning zero {as in not a drop of fuel}, oh, you do use Tow Haul right? :h Probably 90 percent of our travels are more in the 2,200 - 2,500 rpm range {which gives me 60 - 65 mph} and after 7 years I still a average 9.5 mpg like clockwork and that includes a little bit of generator time. Keep in mind that my 2012 E-350 has GVWR of 11,500 and while I run at or near that number most of the time an E-450 will be humping an additional 3,000# {GVWR of 14,500} with the same motor and 4:56 rear end vs the 4:10 on my E-350. Yep, I love my V-10. :B
Desert Captain 07/28/20 12:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Power boost for Ford 450 V10

There are a number of "Tunes" that can be applied to the venerable V-10. Unfortunately you can choose between a little more power or even less of an improvement in mileage... you can not get both from anyone. The stock V-10 is just fine the way it came from the Ford factory "If" you know how too run it. The folks that complain of any lack of power simply do not know how to drive a V-10... just put you foot into it!. You can't hurt a V-10 by running at 4,250 rpm {max HP} but keep in mind max torque is 3,250 rpm and it is torque that moves you up and down the mountains. If ever there was a bullet proof motor that needs absolutely no further modification it is the V-10. In the spirit of full disclosure I have 63,000 trouble free miles on our 2012 nexus 24' class C. It is married to the 5 speed Torque Shift trans and has amazing performance. Would I like to have the the newer 6 speed trans.... you betcha! Most folks who mess with the original engine are seeking a solution for which there is no known problem {the government does this a lot...:S} The same can be said for many of the alleged handling issues which are usually just a simple and inexpensive matter of proper alignment and psi based upon the loads they typically carry. The after market accessories folks are not your friends but will be happy to sell you a lot of garbage that you probably, really do not need. Caveat Emptor! As always... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 07/27/20 05:01pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Realistic Price for Class C

I have been told to wait till Nov/Dec to purchase an rv as that is when i can expect to get the best price. Is that (in Fact) true? thanks in advance, Jim I have heard that the end of the month is a good time. I have found that IF you know what what the vehicle is selling for at other dealerships you can come in as an informed buyer. If you go in and just throw numbers around they know it and you will not have Any idea what is fair. Shop around, compare pricing, avoid warranties like they have covid on them. As far as what time of year, that's anyone's guess. Life as we knew it is gone for now. Right now I am downsizing, selling my C for a toy hauler for different reasons. The toy haulers I am interested in sell within a few days. My C is starting to get some hits . 7 Cambrias online and 4 sold last week, hopefully mine is next. I agree... If you do your homework as detailed above find a large dealer that has exactly what you want {the internet is your friend}. Walk into the dealer when they open on the last day of the month and hard ball them for their best offer {for this to work you need to be in position to make the deal happen that day with cash and/or very good credit}. When they won't go any lower point out to the sale manager, not the salesman, that they have in all probability made their "nut" for the month and any unit sold by the close of business will generate cash straight back from their corporate office. They will in all probability move heaven and earth to get you closed by the end of the day and the price will get better, often significantly better. I have employed this technique three times, when we bought our lightly used Nexus Class C from La Mesa RV, my 2017 Indian Springfield from Ride Now Chandler and last summer when I bought our new Honda Ridgeline from Auto Nation. All three were very large successful dealers and all three sales managers when I challenged them to tell me I am wrong and that it does not work that way laughed and said no Mr. Ford you are not wrong... lets make the deal. Another ploy if you are willing and able to pay cash {and have very good credit - think FICO score of 750 - 800+} after you have your best price offer to let them finance the deal as they get cash back from corporate on every loan that gets written. All three times I went this route and saved a bunch on top of everything else we had negotiated. I paid all three off early, in 6 years instead of 15 on the coach, in one year instead of 3 on the Indian and the next day instead of 3 years on the Honda. Good luck and good hunting! :C
Desert Captain 07/27/20 11:05am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Loading the rig and freezer...

Laugh all you like... Everything in that pic is from Trader Joe's and mostly low carb, fat and calorie. It is amazing the quality products they offer "If" you bother to read the labels. The steaks, chicken, shrimp, vegetables, turkey meatballs etc. that they accompany and you are not seeing didn't come in packaging that needed discarding. I am 5'9" and 185# and my bridee is 5'1" and 117#... not too bad for a couple of old folks. There now, don't we all feel better??? :R
Desert Captain 07/24/20 02:30pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Loading the rig and freezer...

LMAO!!! :S Actually I just keep a few in the door, {the Miller Lite's are mine and the Guinness is for my bride} down low and a very "cool" location as I can reach them them from the dinette. The back up 12 pack sits in the shower and ironically they get more use than the shower. I'm more of a Brandy and or Bourbon guy. :W
Desert Captain 07/24/20 01:08pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Loading the rig and freezer...

The street in front of our house is not level enough for the frig to run well and I don't bother with the yellow Leggo blocks since it only there for less than 24 hours as we load. Everything going into the freezer is frozen solid from our home unit and of course everything destined for the frig comes in chilled. If I have room I'll stick a couple of large Blue Ice blocks in the frig to help chill everything down and the cold of the freezer flows downhill helping to cool it as well. I usually just load very early on the morning of departure and then just turn on the frig when we roll out. By the time we have driven a couple of hours everything is 37 in the frig and 27 in the freezer and by the time we reach the local campgrounds, about 4 - 5 hours, those numbers get even better and I usually have to turn it down a notch or two. On the second shelf you can see the adjustable bars that help to secure things. :C
Desert Captain 07/24/20 11:49am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
Loading the rig and freezer...

Here is a shot of our frig and freezer the morning we departed for out last {9 day} trip: https://i.imgur.com/CTiiloyl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/xkc75wMl.jpg I do most of our shopping at Trader Joe's and Sprouts and we eat the same food on the road as we do any home. We have not had one bite of food not prepared by me in 4.5 months. Sorry folks I have bad news... eating take out and delivery is just as risky as dining in a restaurant {but I digress}. One simple trick when loading into the limited space available in a 24' Class C is simply throw out all of the packaging before loading. Here is a shot of most of the discarded packaging which as you can see leaves a lot more room for the actual food: https://i.imgur.com/i2MHzv3l.jpg Life is too short not to eat well and traveling in a relatively small RV need not negatively impact your ability to do so. While we usually come home with food remaining I do enjoy opening the rig/freezer and finding half a dozen choices for our next meal. We do a limited amount of restocking along the way as necessary {milk, eggs, bread, fresh fruit etc.} as we deplete the larder but we bring most of what we need even on the much longer trips. Our 8 year old Norcold still keeps frozen food rock solid frozen {including ice cream and sherbert} and a pair of simple ice cub trays keep us supplied with all of the ice we ever need. Having a fully functioning gas oven with 3 burners along with a huge microwave makes cooking/baking just about anything very easy to do... and do well. I leave our BBQ, aka the Bear Magnet, home when traveling up into serious bear country but by getting creative in the galley it is not missed. We also travel with a a good ole fashioned SS 6 quart pressure cooker which offer endless possibilities for healthy efficient cooking but that would be a whole new thread... :B
Desert Captain 07/24/20 09:05am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
Celebrating 50 years while beating the heat...

My bride and I just returned yesterday from a great 9 day trip up to the White Mountains where we celebrated our 50th anniversary. {Yes, we got married when we were 12... we didn't want to but had to} :S We'd planned a an elegant party for 25 of our closest friends and relatives last January but of course had to cancel to keep everyone safe. Instead we sat beneath our awning drinking a nice bottle of 2008 Dom Perignon {courtesy of my very generous BIL}. Filet Mignon accompanied by a nice baked potato with the works and Cheese Cake for dessert rounded out a great night. We started out at the Heber RV Resort which is a nice facility about 30 miles west of show Low. The sites are a bit tight/close together but the amenities are very nice. We tow our cargo trailer hauling my motorcycle so we could ride the many great roads found in the White mountains. In six day of riding we logged 750+ miles over some of the most awesome bike roads in America. After 4 days In Heber we moved 100 miles east to the Rainbow campground at Big Lake located at 9,150'. Here is a shot of our site at Rainbow: https://i.imgur.com/1zKLnaUl.jpg Just 20 miles down a very twisty road from our site we reached the Devil's Highway {formerly AZ 666 but folks kept stealing the signs so AZ Dept of Transportation rebadged it AZ 191 - seriously, Google it}. We had ridden the DH from south to north a couple of years ago and the incoming Monsoon thunderstorms limited our rides to the northern half but it is still widely regarded as the finest motorcycle road in America... Over 1,100 curves in less than 120 miles and at least one quarter of those curves are first gear events. :E Most of the DH takes place at or well above 7 - 8000' and the views are nothing short of awesome. This was taken at the Blue Vista near the midpoint and one of the highest portions of the DH: https://i.imgur.com/uAqbKLQl.jpg We had Elk wandering through the campground and the Black Bears are seen on a regular basis. Afternoons usually brought spectacular Monsoon thunderstorms and we usually get up to Rainbow a couple of times a summer as when you are 9,150' the heat of Tucson is all but forgotten. Anywhere in Arizona {and probably most of the ret of the country} requires reservations this summer as all of the campgrounds are full or nearly so but we had no problems keeping our distance as did most of our fellow campers. Most of the sites at Rainbow are huge and very well dispersed. Out riding it is just my bride and I and we would pack a nice lunch for the longer rides as we do not eat anything that I have not prepared {that has been true for 4.5 months now but fortunately I love to cook}. :B
Desert Captain 07/23/20 01:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Top models in Class C’s

Is the use of Azdel a big deal? It seems pretty important to me if what it does is true! Yes, the use of Azdel vs Luan or other cheap plywood is huge indicator of quality. It costs more to use Azdel but it is a clearly a superior product. It will not absorb moisture... ever. It has a higher R value rating {making it much more efficient} and is stronger and lighter than plywood. Years ago very few builders would use Azdel but Lance and Nexus pioneered this technology despite the higher costs involved. Now many of the better quality builders use Azdel to include Winnebago on their higher end units. I would not own a motorhome that was not built with Azdel as it points to the overall quality of the build. The comfort level {both temperature and sound} we enjoy in our Nexus in all sorts of weather is a direct reflection of how well it was built. I toured their factory a fews years back and saw the way they vacuum seal their multi layer walls incorporating the use of Azdel and walked away every impressed. For the record we had already purchased our Nexus Phantom 23P lightly used before visiting their facility in Elkhart and after 7 years and 63,000+ trouble free miles I can truly appreciate the quality of their build as evidenced by their use of Azdel along with many other unique features. Another dead give away of an inferior/cheap build is to take a flashlight or use your smart phone camera and see what materials were used in places most folks don't see. If you find s speck of particle board... Run Forrest run! Take a small chunk of PB and add a little moisture and watch what happens, it's not pretty. As always... opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 07/22/20 07:58pm Class C Motorhomes
Tonto National Forrest is closed...

We drove up to Heber on Tuesday after securing a reservation for 4 days at the Heber RV Resort {a very nice facility but I digress}. Before getting the reservation I just figured would drive up 87 out of Payson and pull into one of the many campgrounds in the area. As we got closer to Payson we began seeing signs lit up with the message "Forrest Closed" which we correctly assumed was due to the extremely high fire danger. Now most of the campgrounds are booked up as the multitudes flee Phoenix and Tucson seeking relief from the record breaking heat we have been experiencing. Three very popular CG's in row were shut/locked down as we headed east climbing the Mogollon Rim: Ponderosa, Christopher Creek and Sharp Creek all had the gates locked. Now this means that 250+ sites are no longer available and yet last week they were all booked up for weeks to come so there has to be a lot of folks desperately seeking sites. By the time we reached the top of the Rim we had moved out of Tonto NF and into Sitgreaves NF and no such restrictions were in place. We are finally getting a steady rain but no lightning today so the fire danger should be mitigated somewhat. Bottom line is do not even think about coming up here without reservations though you may be able to boondock subject to the ever changing fire restrictions. If you have reservations at any of those CG's check to see what their current status as we rode by all three on the motorcycle this morning and they were all still locked down. We will be here until Saturday morning and then we will head east to the Rainbow CG at Big Lake {at 9,000+'} and no restrictions currently in place and yes we have a reservation. Hope this helps someone out there. :B
Desert Captain 07/16/20 01:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pet Peeves long road trip

I could not agree more with Gary, thanks for sharing. When you ride a motorcycle, a lot, you either learn to be a very proactively defensive rider/driver or dramatically increase your chances of never coming home. I ride about 12,000 miles a year on my bike all over the southwest and the lessons learned riding {and taking classes on how to do it better} carry over every time I get on the road no matter what I am driving/riding. Be safe out there folks... :C
Desert Captain 07/12/20 07:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Celebrating our 50th anniversary...

Thank you one and all for your kind thoughts and good wishes, they are much appreciated. In 50 years my bride has been asked about a thousand times how she puts up with me. For some strange reason I Ihave never been asked how I put up with her... Hmmm, I wonder why that is??? :h :B
Desert Captain 07/12/20 07:28pm General RVing Issues
Celebrating our 50th anniversary...

A week from today will be our 50th anniversary and I am still trying to wrap my head around where those years went. :h We had originally planned a gourmet feast for 25 of our closest friends and relatives at our old yacht club in San Diego but we had to cancel due to the Covid crisis. We have been in the self isolation mode at our home here in Tucson for 4 months but managed a 19 day trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks last month in our 24' class C towing the 10' cargo trailer hauling my Indian Springfield motorcycle. Had no problem social distancing and got in some awesome bike rides throughout Yellowstone and GT. Summer has arrived with a vengeance here in southern Arizona was we have been experiencing record high temps with the overdue Monsoon failing to materialize. Last night it came roaring down off of Mt Lemon around 8 and we had 2.5 hours of howling winds, rain and a bunch of lightning... Hooray! Tomorrow I'll retrieve the C and trailer from the storage yard to load and prep for our next adventure. Beating the usual heat {much less the obscene numbers we are seeing this year - suppose to be 114/5 today} of the Tucson summer simply involves fleeing up to the White Mountains, a 4 hour drive, for the requisite elevation of 6,000' to 9,000'. Tuesday through Friday we are booked into the Heber RV Park about 20 miles west of Show low at something north of 6,000'. It will be our first visit and it looks to be a very nice park. Saturday morning we will head east out past the Sunrise Ski Resort and settle in at the Rainbow campground at Big lake at a nice cool 9,000+' for 4 days and nights. Yes, reservations are must especially this year as the mountains are flooded with folks from Phoenix and Tucson escaping the heat. We will, head out on the Indian every morning for a nice cool mountain ride on some fine bike roads culminating in celebrating our anniversary next Sunday by reriding the Devils Highway. Currently badged as AZ 191 it used to be 666 but folks kept stealing the sign{seriously} so AZ redesignated it 191. The 95 miles between Clifton and Springerville reportedly has over 1,100 curves and is spectacular beyond words. Regarded by most bikers as the finest motorcycle road in north America it definitely makes everyone's top 10. This seems like a fitting way to celebrate 50 incredible years together {FTR I will be 69 in November with my bride turning 70}. We do the Rainbow CG a couple of times every summer but this trip should be something extra special. The weather looks great with highs in the low 80's -lows in the low 60's and thunderstorm forecast for every afternoon. I'll follow with a full report and pics when we return. Here is a shot of our rig taken couple of years ago at Buckskin Mountain SP on the Colorado River: https://i.imgur.com/Roz597ml.jpg :B
Desert Captain 07/12/20 10:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Good truck for towing

Whatever you buy watch the payload. Ram's are notorious for having extremely light payload as the crew cab and 4 X 4 add a lot of weight. I'm guessing your 5,600# dry weight trailer will have a GVWR of around at least 7,000# and you will likely load to close to that. If so you will have a proper tongue weight {13 percent} of 910# + another 100# for the weight distribution hitch which comes to 1000+# before you load anyone or any thing into the truck. A 1500 will do it depending on where you travel but it will need at least 1500# of payload and I have seen some Ram 1500's with less than 1,000. Keep in mind that 30' of TT is a lot to ask of a half ton truck when the wind blows and/or in the mountains. Good luck. :C
Desert Captain 07/12/20 09:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Pet Peeves long road trip

I usually am towing my 6 X 10' cargo trailer {8' tall} behind my 24' Class C and you would not believe how many times some chucklehead fails to note the presence of my trailer as they merge or change lanes. As soon as the coach goes by they start to jam into my lane which is currently full of cargo trailer. I try and watch for these idiots and anticipate but have still come very close to disaster more than once. https://i.imgur.com/EVWURHcl.jpg :M
Desert Captain 07/12/20 08:38am General RVing Issues
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