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RE: Full Time For Six Months

Congratulations on your new rig. Winnebago definitely has a good reputation. Glad you are satisfied with your Intent so far. We welcome additional posts as your travels continue.
DouglasC 09/18/20 12:52pm Full-time RVing
RE: Class C Pros and Cons

Don't know where you're getting your information about insurance rates for Class C motorhomes in Michigan but you might want to check out Progressive Insurance. I live in MI and have a Class C motorhome and pay a fraction of what you quoted. The recent changes in MI insurance laws can save Class C motorhome owners hundreds, especially if you don't need the medical coverage.
DouglasC 09/15/20 03:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: WHAT dinghy or toad is good to tow ???

We have towed hybrids manufactured by Ford Motor Co for 13 years. Started with a 2008 Mercury Mariner, then a 2012 Ford Fusion followed by a 2014 Lincoln MKZ and now tow a 2019 Ford Fusion Energi. All towed well, got great fuel economy and were comfortable for traveling around sightseeing at our various destination stops. Very little set up required, especially with our current 2019 Fusion Energi. Every time the transmission knob is placed in Neutral, a message appears "press L to engage neutral tow". If you do that, a message appears "neutral tow engaged" - - you shut off the car and you're ready to go - - no fuses to pull or battery cables to disconnect! Several other Ford models are towable including the Escape hybrid and some models of the Edge as well as the Ford F-150 & Ranger trucks.
DouglasC 09/07/20 06:32pm Dinghy Towing
RE: MH Manufacturer of Choice - Poll

I'll vote for Newmar #1 and Jayco #2. Have had great experiences with both.
DouglasC 09/07/20 08:20am General RVing Issues
RE: 2018 coachman freelander 26ds flat towing

Many Ford products are towable including the Fusion Hybrids and Plug-in hybrid models. Also Lincoln MKZ hybrid. Many Ford Explorers and Edge models are towable depending on which engine they have. Also Ford trucks (F-150 and Ranger) with 4x4 configuration where transfer case can be put in neutral. Also the new 2020 Escapee hybrid and plug-in hybrid models are towable. We have towed Ford & Lincoln hybrids for over 13 years - - all tow great with minimum set up issues and they all have great fuel economy.
DouglasC 08/08/20 03:04pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Battery Disconnect Confusion

I use to own a Winnebago Vista that did the same thing your dealing with. Went through the whole rig looking for something that was causing a current draw Never did find one. so I just installed a knife blade type disconnect on the chassis battery terminal. That solved my problem The same thing happened to my Jayco Greyhawk - - chassis/engine battery kept running down when stored - - long ago solved the problem with a knife switch on the battery. Many motorhomes are wired so that when the coach is plugged into shore power, both the coach and chassis/engine battery are being charged. But that is not always the case. I have been RVing for 34 years and have owned 7 motorhomes. Only one was wired so that the converter did not charge the chassis/engine battery when plugged into shore power. I solved the problem on that motorhome by installing a small trickle charger directly connected to the engine battery. When I was plugged into shore power I ran an extension cord from the 20A plug on the pedestal to the charger. We were full-timing then so the problem only occurred when we camped for more than 4 days in one location & were most always plugged into shore power each night. The knife switch is a better long term solution if the rig spends anytime in storage.
DouglasC 07/23/20 09:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: brake buddy

I've had a Brake Buddy since 1998 - - and it still works great! The earlier versions never had the alert system with the sender/receiver. I get along just fine without it. I set the sensitivity so that the Brake Buddy comes on when I stop fast (short of an emergency stop) so that I know that's it's working OK. Normal easy stops do not activate it.
DouglasC 07/03/20 03:31pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Which cell phone provider do you use in the US?

Verizon
DouglasC 06/15/20 08:28am Beginning RVing
RE: 2018 Chevy Tahoe

I have the same problem with my 2019 Ford Fusion Energi. Just wired in a 12V fused outlet from the car battery & positioned it next to the steering column. Works great with my Brake Buddy. On a long multi day trip just have to run the engine daily to make sure the battery doesn't run down. Never had a problem on a single day trip.
DouglasC 06/10/20 06:07pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Confused and Frustrated

"Different strokes for different folks". That's why there are so many different varieties of RVs out there for sale. As for us, my wife and I have been RVing for 34 year and have always owned motorhomes and towed a car. As has been suggested, we initially rented motorhomes (3) before we decided to buy. Always good advice. Also when the RV shows start happening again, go and check out different rigs for size and livability. Again, some folks are happy with 25' of space and others need 40'. Only you can decide what would work best for you.
DouglasC 05/25/20 09:32am Full-time RVing
RE: Best Used Hybrid to Tow 4-Down 4-Door ??

Over the past 12 years I have towed a 2008 Mercury Mariner, a 2012 Ford Fusion, a 2014 Lincoln MKZ (all hybrids) and now tow a 2019 Ford Fusion Energi (plug in hybrid). All towed great - - no problems at all. The Lincoln was the best riding (soaked up the bumps really well) but the Fusion Energi gets the best fuel economy overall. I'd recommend any of them!
DouglasC 03/06/20 05:01am Dinghy Towing
RE: Slide out awnings yay or nay?

We added slide out awnings to our 2 slides when our motorhome was a year old. We've never been sorry that we did it. Our MH is now 14 years old and the awnings still protect and function perfectly.
DouglasC 02/28/20 06:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Any Class C *WITH* ducted heated holding tanks?

All of the tanks on our 2006 Jayco Greyhawk are under the main floor but enclosed in lower compartments. There is a duct from the furnace that feeds air into the compartments. I don't know how effective that is because we haven't done much camping in below freezing conditions. However, for 12 years we stored the MH next to our house (and didn't winterize it) and I do know that temps did fall into the low 20s a few times. With the furnace set at 45 degrees we never experienced any interior water line or tank freezing issues. So I assume that the heat supplied to the tanks is sufficient. I do know that no water lines run through the walls but are all routed internally, e.g. the shower head is mounted on an interior wall. (I always left cabinet doors open to allow circulation of warmer air around the water lines for the kitchen and bathroom sinks.)
DouglasC 02/13/20 09:15am Class C Motorhomes
RE: El Paso Wally docking

Another good place for overnighting in the El Paso area is at Cattlemans Steakhouse outside of Fabens (I-10 Exit 49), North about 5 miles on TX 793. The restaurant is located on the Indian Cliffs Ranch (a working ranch) and you can dry camp for free in the upper parking lot. We have camped there numerous times over the past 20 years, last time in 2015. Enjoy a meal in the restaurant (which sits on a bluff) in the evening and watch the lights come on in El Paso, 25 miles away. Road up to the restaurant from TX 793 is a bit steep but we have seen all sizes of RVs in the parking lot over the years. 1st time we stayed there we were driving a 39' DP with a toad. Best steaks anywhere at reasonable prices. See http://www.cattlemansranch.com/ for more info and menu.
DouglasC 01/09/20 01:46pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Any experience towing a Ford CMax Hybrid?

I have towed several of the Ford Motor Co. hybrids including a 2008 Mercury Mariner, a 2012 Ford Fusion, a 2014 Lincoln MKZ and currently tow a 2019 Ford Fusion Energi. All tow great! I also know a couple who tow a Ford C-Max. They are also very happy with the car in general and the way it tows as well. Go for it!
DouglasC 12/28/19 03:20pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Gatlinburg and The Great Smoky Mountains

The campgrounds within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are nice but like campgrounds in most all the National Parks, have no hookups. There are numerous commercial RV parks in the area, mostly in Townsend, Pigeon Forge or Sevierville - - and a few in Gatlinburg close to the park. Generally the closer you are to the park the more expensive the RV parks are. There are numerous hiking trails and waterfalls to visit within GSMNP, as well as Newfound Gap at the TN/NC state line and Clingman's Dome, the highest point in the U.S. east of the Mississippi. One of your 1st stops should be at the Sugarlands Visitor Center just inside the park, a couple of miles from Gatlinburg. There you can pick up a free newspaper ("Smokies Guide") that has a map of the park and much information about the park including information on Ranger led hikes. Lots of attractions for the kids, mostly in Pigeon Forge and scores of great restaurants in the area to eat at.
DouglasC 12/15/19 01:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: 2nd to Wrangler what are the best toad options?

Ford Fusion hybrids have always been towable (in production since the 2009 model year) as well as the newer Fusion Energi (plug-in) models. I previously towed a 2012 Fusion hybrid and now tow a 2019 Fusion Energi model. The current Energi model is the easiest to set up for towing yet - - no fuses to pull, etc. Any time the transmission is placed in neutral, a message pops up: "to engage Neutral Tow, press L" When you press L, a message "Neutral Tow engaged" pops up. The transmission is now locked in N and you're good to go. All these Ford hybrid vehicles (including Lincoln MKZ models) tow well and are comfortable and fuel efficient vehicles to drive as toads.
DouglasC 12/14/19 06:53am Dinghy Towing
RE: diesel class c

Everyone seems to like the fuel economy and perhaps quietness (depends on what models one is comparing) of a diesel but what about the initial cost? Every diesel based Class C (eg. Winnebago View or Fuse) is $30 to $40 thousand more than a comparable Ford E350/E450 based motorhome. You can certainly buy a lot of gas for that price difference. Not everyone wants to pay over $100,000 for a motorhome. That's why Ford still sells many thousands of the E350/E450 cutaway chassis to the RV industry each year.
DouglasC 10/23/19 07:47am Class C Motorhomes
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