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RE: Too old to drive ?

Sorry to hear you may have given it up prematurely. Some close, second opinions may be helpful. I’m not sure a smaller rig or back roads are safer. My role model is an 84-year-old couple that bought a brand new 42’ motorhome and drove across country to a rally in 4 days. She was limping because of breaking her leg snow skiing the previous winter. My question is what else do you do activity wise to help remain sharp? Not into video games but that may help your reflexes? Guess I’m one of the luckier ones ..at 77 I still fly our plane but I usually take another pilot with me, not to fly the airplane as long as I am still alive but if I croak, it would be a shame to ruin a perfectly good airplane. I still run my heavy equipment that takes pretty good eye hand coordination and quick reflexes. 12+ hours behind the wheel are still easy, so I have no plans of going smaller or giving it up anytime soon. *PS: I still go straight through Atlanta.
Ivylog 03/02/21 07:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Keeping a charge on AGM batteries

A 2000 Airstream likely has a dumb converter...doesn’t go into float charging. I would just disconnect them, remove the negative cables. AGMs can sit for 6 months without loosing enough voltage to hurt them unlike lead-acid. There's a switch inside the doorway that operates a relay that disconnects the house batteries. Wouldn't that suffice? While the relay will cut off most of the power, the relay still has power to it...not a big draw but over months it adds up. You may have a physical/manual disconnect switch closer to the batteries.
Ivylog 03/01/21 09:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mirror replacement issue. Need some assistance Please!

You probably didn’t catch that the polarity reversed when the DW moved the switch ...reversing a motor’s direction.
Ivylog 02/28/21 02:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Keeping a charge on AGM batteries

A 2000 Airstream likely has a dumb converter...doesn’t go into float charging. I would just disconnect them, remove the negative cables. AGMs can sit for 6 months without loosing enough voltage to hurt them unlike lead-acid.
Ivylog 02/28/21 02:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you let you kids drive your motorhome

Never been an issue, they know better than to ask. Got a deal on a older Airstream trailer I couldn’t pass up and I let them use it with their trucks. They already knew how to back trailers up and make wide turns. Son did ask to buy our 04 Dynasty so I did sell it to him at a wholesale...what a dealer would give me price. Hadn’t planned on upgrading, but the 08 is a lot nicer, especially compared to the new stuff I looked at.
Ivylog 02/27/21 05:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fulltime 5er to MH - Help?

Do not disagree with the above bottle neck observation although we do not close the sliding hallway doors unless it’s cold and we are only heating the back. The shower enclosure is large enough, with frosted glass, you could change inside it without closing the sliding doors. Not ideal but it could be done as it’s easy enough to dry off before getting out. A lot of trade offs, especially with 6 and like I said at the beginning, cocktails for 6, dinner for 4, and sleeps 2 in a large DP. https://i.imgur.com/0IvoCUtl.jpg
Ivylog 02/24/21 07:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fulltime 5er to MH - Help?

Obviously it’s a great rig since I have a newer version of the same thing... 08 Navigator. :B Even with 80,000 miles someone got a good deal for $90,000 with the lift on the back and new tires. Very livable floor plan and as I posted above the bedroom could be converted into a office during the day by raising the bed up 90°. Would have to modify the box the bed sits on to make it into an office but that wouldn’t be that hard. The S-10 Monacos chassis is one of the best made and in that vintage Prevost, Newell, and Foretravel all used 10 airbags chassis. Makes for a rock solid, great handling rig capable of multiple 12+ hour days without wearing you out. I still do the 1500 miles to Colorado in two days and hit the ground running on the 3rd day. I looked at new three years ago and was not overly impressed with the quality and decided to go with another Monaco S-10 and after three years and 20,000 miles I made a good choice. Even though everything worked, I upgraded the TVs to smart LED TVs, installed 1000 W of solar, a Silverleaf engine monitoring system, an induction cook top. and a 2nd slide tray in the basement for $5000 doing it myself. In 06 Monaco raised the ceiling to 7’ (nicer if you are tall) and put full length awnings on raised trails. They made for easy mounting of tilting solar panels. https://i.imgur.com/mqD4OW2l.jpg
Ivylog 02/24/21 05:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What constitutes a "new" tire?

I would settle for tires up to 6 months old as new. Requiring one month, especially on a tire not made in the US is probably impossible. Only RVers are obsessed with the age of tires, especially if you replace at 6-7 years.
Ivylog 02/24/21 05:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fulltime 5er to MH - Help?

The 1% of Toy Haulers (in previous post) that are diesel is the mid engine one with the engine on its side and a big hatch in the floor for access. Must not have sold well as I think it was only offered for a couple of years. It’s still a DP ...Diesel Puller. :B I’d say this German made FRED MH qualified as one on the neatest I’ve ever seen. The bed is over the car. https://i.imgur.com/kci6Bokl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ENqI4bgl.jpg
Ivylog 02/24/21 02:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: DP Engine Heat

Not an issue as that’s what we store there in several different DPs
Ivylog 02/24/21 02:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fulltime 5er to MH - Help?

The “THIS” above wouldn’t even make a good 3 season rig...no insulation. Like I said above, you’ll likely have to modify an existing rig...this floor plan comes close and they are good solid rigs. The floor plan below is by far the best we’ve owned...lots of counter space and a more open BR with a extra closet and the second sink in the BR area. It would be easier to convert the BR into a office during the day by tilting the bed up 90 degrees and folding down a desk top. Concerning the extra seatbelts...in our 04 Dynasty they we’re screwed to the bottom of the slide out so adding ones for kids would be fairly easy. The booth we have, instead of table and 4 chairs, is surprisingly comfortable and with the 2 extra chairs and with the leaf added, 6 would be possible. Easy enough to add seatbelts too. The 09 Monaco Signature, Executive, HR Navigator have a 15K hitch that is identical to the previous 10K hitch and yes it’s that well designed. https://i.imgur.com/MPqGZGKl.png
Ivylog 02/24/21 06:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fulltime 5er to MH - Help?

OH BOY, Most diesel pushers are designed for cocktails for six, dinner for four, and sleep too. There is not a gas Motorhome made that will tow a large stacker trailer...7500 lb hitch max. You could go with a toy hauler pulling a van 4 down (no trailer) is a possibility but 99% are gas. Once you go over about 38 feet you are in diesel pusher territory. A single axle 40’ DP might have 4500 lbs of CCC (amount of stuff you can put in it) and a 42’tag rig will have double that. Agree many DPs only have a 10K hitch... while mine is 10K, a 09 with the same hitch, is rated 15K. A big DP is going to weigh 45,000+ lbs loaded up and a big stacker will be 15K... 60,000+ lbs putting you into the 500+ HP with 1600+ torque league ...not a Cummins ISL 450 (good engine but only 1250 torque). Doubt you will find what you’ve specked so modifying one that comes close will be the only option.
Ivylog 02/23/21 05:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New Border Regulations

Canada and the northern US states are following the “science” while Florida is not. Restaurants are at 100% (plexiglass barriers) and optional outside dining at most. Houses are selling within hours of listing at absurd prices. Schools have been open since September with on line or in person. The 3 SE FL counties #s are double the rest of the state (thank you NYers) and still Florida has a low % of deaths unlike northern states that have killed thousands of businesses. *People 74+ started getting the vaccine in January and now it’s available for 64+, including some snowbirds. I had no reaction to either Murdina shot. Enjoying the sun which increases my vitamin D.
Ivylog 02/22/21 01:06pm Snowbirds
RE: Having Fun in the Sun!

On a serious note: I hope you are staying warm and that the lights are on. Fortunately a RV is self contained so you should be better off than most during this record cold.
Ivylog 02/15/21 07:07pm Snowbirds
RE: Having Fun in the Sun!

Like I first posted “Time to pick on my friends in S TX.” Granted this one is colder than normal but unfortunately I’m able to do something this and have for many years. If I hadn’t grown up in WPB I might be freezing with you in TX.
Ivylog 02/15/21 06:36am Snowbirds
RE: Having Fun in the Sun!

Bought our RV lot in WPB 15 years ago for $40K and could sell for $100K today. The cost to use for those 15 years is $75K (HOA, property tax, electric). If I sold, the $15K difference for 15 years is pretty easy math...$1,000/year. If it will help, I’ll add in the $800/year interest on the $40K. First picture is on the back of our DP. https://i.imgur.com/S8Tb79cl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/B19bTNQl.jpg
Ivylog 02/14/21 03:15pm Snowbirds
Having Fun in the Sun!

Time to pick on my friends in S TX... having to run the AC in the afternoons. Looking forward to the cold spell in a week.:B :B :B https://i.imgur.com/AuY3ZZil.png https://i.imgur.com/xyqrWfUl.png
Ivylog 02/12/21 02:44pm Snowbirds
RE: Existing air line for RV braking system

Should be able to follow a line from your rear axle.
Ivylog 02/07/21 06:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A travel without interstates

For me, it's not the journey but rather the destination so I am an "Interstate as much as possible" guy. The Interstate highway system saves time and money and I am OK with both of those. Most awful big cities have beltways that help avoid the worst of the worst but Atlanta is one of those few exceptions. The beltway is usually worse than simply taking 75 straight through the heart of the city. I HATE Atlanta and I hate every road in the LA area (no, not Louisiana). However, it's still better than any other alternative for us. Maybe you can swing by Stone Mountain as you travel around Atlanta or, while in the LA area you could......sorry, got nothing for LA! X2 and straight through Atlanta in the HOV lane at 70 mph. Even after a 12 hour day I’ll get on the other side of a big city. We do use Waze before getting to a big city and have learned to trust it when detouring us. Like another poster... Wall drugs, once was enough, and much of middle America too. We still do the 1500 miles to CO in 2 days...helps to be able to do 800+ miles on one tank and 2 time changes.
Ivylog 01/31/21 02:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Annual maintenance

OP, I’ll recycle your 10+ gallons of 2000 miles engine oil, into my engine...I prefer Shell Rotella T. 50 years ago Cat recommended 100 hour oil changes in their heavy equipment. With oil sampling I went to 250 (could of gone longer) but easier to keep up with when to change. Just bought a new Cat SkidSteer...recommended 500 hours oil changes and Cat knows it’s going to be hard hours... 90+% power most of the time. 500 hours at an average of 55 mph is 27,500 miles. Most of the time my DP is using 40% power. The oil sample when I changed for the first time at 15,000 mile showed I could have gone longer so next time at 15K miles I’ll take a sample and if it shows still good, I’ll change the 12 gallons at 20K. I go 500 hours on the diesel generator mainly because it’s easy to remember. On a gas rig I’d probably go 5000 miles as it’s all of 6 quarts to change.
Ivylog 01/25/21 09:36am Class A Motorhomes
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