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RE: Haunted Honda CRV

Yup, had an '05 Acura with that all windows open feature via the remote, as well as a mid-90's VW too.
Lumpty 01/09/20 07:43pm Around the Campfire
RE: Black Ice Detectors

Wet pavement will be shiny, black ice more dull, and as mentioned appear to be “new” looking pavement.
Lumpty 12/31/19 06:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago Fuse

Ford has upped their game with the 2020 Transit: https://www.ford.com/commercial-trucks/transit-chassis/models/cutaway/ The 11,000lb GVW and 15,000lb GCWR are real specs. Bigger news is a heavier duty cycle 3.5 EcoBoost is available with 310hp and 400ft-lbs of torque. That's just about V10 numbers, and also AWD is an available option across the line up, including the 178" WB DRW chassis. That is going to make for a nice platform to carry a small Class C.
Lumpty 12/26/19 05:30am Class C Motorhomes
RE: SuperSebring at Sebring International Raceway Sebring, FL

I've had my spot along the road between 2 and 14 now since 2017, so 2020 will be year 4 there; I cheated a bit the first couple of years in 2013 and 2014 with an unreserved North Paddock RV spot and parked on the concrete at the T15-T16 infield. Missed '15 and the series my son was in during '16 wasn't part of the event. The reserved sites are tight. My 24' Class C fits fine with room to spare. Last year though, someone with a 45' triple axle pusher showed up on Friday near me. It took 3 cops, him hitting one car, 2 hours and the whole neighborhood to get him parked. Now with WEC running Friday night, this is a super popular event, even more so than what the 12-hour was. Every spot and then some sold out last year. If you do not have a reserved spot, get hooked up with a group of people, and either way, plan on being there when the gates open Wednesday. There will be a long line, that starts queuing up a week before. The party aspect of the event has quieted down in recent years. Things are noticeably tamer now than even my first time in '13, and that according to legend was nothing like the old days. Not to say fun can't be had. Compared to the Rolex 24 wine and cheese atmosphere, Sebring is definitely shots and beer. A rental golf cart is spendy but worth it, however no golf carts allowed in Green Park (they might become kindling). No personal golf carts or scooters allowed, and if you have a car it needs a parking pass to get over the bridges into the infield. It isn't terrible to leave a car in the free parking outfield and shuttle or take the golf cart out there. Have a cable bike lock to secure the golf cart when parked overnight or remotely (through the steering wheel to the roof post). Bring lots of refreshments, though greasy food is plentiful along the Midway, and a local Sebring fraternal organization (Lions Club I think) has made a killing the past few years selling cases of beer out of a trailer along the Midway.
Lumpty 11/19/19 03:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New Ford 7.3 V8

Direct injection will carbon up the intake tract if idled excessively. Not an issue with port injection. One of the reasons my F150 is a 5.0 and not an EcoBoost 3.5, since it is my wife's DD and mostly does short trips under 5 miles, barely getting warmed-up. The new 7.3's basic engine architecture, right down to the coil pack locations and shorty wires to the plugs looks like a copy of GM's LS motors. Not necessarily a bad thing.
Lumpty 11/11/19 07:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: E-350 drivers seat replacement

I have the OEM power base on the stock E-Series driver’s seat, and it makes all the difference in legroom and overall comfort. Adds 1”+ in additional legroom via being able to move the bottom cushion up, adding thigh support too.
Lumpty 10/22/19 07:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Favorite places to eat in Monterey Area

Ickity ick on most of the Cannery Row places. Some places we like: Turn 12 Bar and Grill Alvarado Street Brewery Lallapalooza All those are downtown. A nice low-key place on Fremont Street is Monterey Cookhouse. In Carmel, Baja Cantina. Lastly, a nice Italian place in Pacific Grove: Alberto's. We are in Monterey at least once a year, and have the good places figured out.
Lumpty 10/03/19 10:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Getting to Liberty Harbor

Take 280 to the Turnpike South to the Newark Bay extension which is the route Liberty Park provides, or since I assume you're getting on 280 from 80 east, exit at 287 south, and about 2 or 3 miles later get on Route 24 freeway east. This connects to 78 east, and most times of the day is easier than 280. Avoid the Route 7 to 139 option. Old gnarly part of Jersey City, with major road construction occurring there too.
Lumpty 09/25/19 05:50pm Roads and Routes
RE: New York City

Any NYC hotel that you'd want to stay in will be at least $300/night. Another commuting option is Mahlon Dickerson Reservation in Jefferson, NJ. There is a small campground in this Morris County Park that is nearby to bus and trains to Manhattan. Figure about 1:30 each way.
Lumpty 09/23/19 05:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Chevy 6.0

A 6.0 Chevy will have plenty of power, but will need to twist even more so than a Ford V10. I had a '04 2500HD 4x4 with a 300/360 one, 4.10's and that 2.48 first gear 4L80E. Towed many miles at rated GCWR and never ever lacked for power, but did spend lots of time above 4000rpm, right up to the 5200rpm shift point.
Lumpty 09/02/19 09:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: This chapter done, what next?

What we have, a 24' C on a heavier duty E450 is the ultimate compromise. It does nothing great but isn't really terrible at anything either. A small house on a 14,500 GVW chassis makes for more than 4,000 lbs of NCC. We have 44 gallons of water, and 30 gallons each of black and gray capacity. Makes for the ability to comfortably boondock up to a week if just the two of us. With a 158" wheelbase, we can back into a parking spot, overhang the rear and not take up any more room than a shortbed crew cab pick up. There still are 3 sleeping positions (corner and overhead bunk queens and the dinette bed. We've now had it for 8 years, and intend to replace it in 4, and keep coming up with another of the same exact unit, except maybe with a dinette slide this next time around. We have just started hauling around local transportation, and in a similar minimalist compromise, I bought a 50cc scooter that still can accommodate riding 2-up. My wife is still getting used to the idea, and riding around on the back of it, but does admit it serves the basic purpose well.
Lumpty 08/28/19 07:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ford v10 serpentine belt replacement

I did mine when the idler pulley bearing started making noise. There should be a little belt routing map sticker under the hood. Not a hard job, except to have magician hands and tiny-sized tools to work in the limited space. My local Advance Auto Parts had both the belt and pulley on the shelf.
Lumpty 08/28/19 05:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hershey Pa rv show

We will be going this year on Wednesday, trying to circle in on what to eventually replace our now 8 year old Sunseeker 2300 Class C with in 2 to 4 years. It has been a decent compromise, on an E450 for a huge 4500lb headroom to GVWR, lots of storage interior and exterior, as well as large tanks for a small 24' Class C. For how we use it and where we go, it's worked out exactly as I'd figured when we bought it, so much so that the same model with a dinette slide now branded a 2290, is the leading replacement contender. But it's worth seeing what else is there in the under 27' size.
Lumpty 08/19/19 06:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Chicago

Just went around Chicago via 294 on the fringes of morning rush each way a few weeks ago. Tail end heading to Elkhart Lake on the way around 9:30am and the beginning at 7:30am heading home. Did the 94 downtown route a few years ago. Never again. Limited traffic this trip, basically around O'Hare where there is major construction underway, with lane shifts and no shoulders.
Lumpty 08/15/19 05:27am Roads and Routes
RE: When you need water and a waste dump . . .

Allstays has a dump location app.
Lumpty 08/12/19 01:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: update on my 5star tune

One trick on the stock ECU programming I finally discovered last week after 60k+ miles on my '10 chassis E450, is when in cruise and the trans downshifts from 5th to 4th for very little reason, like as in a slight incline that makes for an instant 3700rpm, is to give a quick tap to the Coast button. It does not slow the set speed really at all, and you get an upshift back to 5th.
Lumpty 08/12/19 05:01am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Miles per day.

So this thread shows up just after we get home from a 15 hour 925 mile ride Monday, leaving Elkhart Lake, WI at 5am Central and arriving home in NJ at 9pm. Complete with a bit of Chicago morning rush and a 30 mile detour off of I-80 in PA to avoid a pair of construction back-ups. Since I'm still very much engaged in the working world, the one-day drive back was necessary. On the trip out though, we took 3 part-days, leaving Saturday afternoon and "only" doing just under 400 miles, stopping at 9pm; the next day drove 3 hours in the morning to a visit with extended family until 7:30pm, then another 140 miles to a Walmart night, and finishing the trip at 2pm the 3rd day. Completely different way to travel than banzai runs for sure. We even stopped for an unscheduled breakfast at a Cracker Barrel that Monday to let traffic around Chicago die down.
Lumpty 08/07/19 06:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How do you feel about your corner bed?

Been living with a corner bed for 8 years now. You get used to it. My wife takes the outside, as she never needs to make a potty trip in the middl e of the night, and I always do, so I'm on the inside next to the bathroom wall. I make it; not that hard. We use regular sheet sets, and the trick is to start at the head end, get one corner in, then physically pull up the other mattress end corner, while kneeling in the center, slipping the sheet over the entire head end, then back off the bed, reaching over to do the outside bottom corner, then the inside bottom corner last, right in front of you while standing. This is with a thick innerspring pillow top Serta too; foam would be even easier with the same technique. It helps that both of us like loose covers above us, so then it's just throwing a top sheet on, along with an appropriate number of blankets/quilts for the weather. We just throw the pillows up to the head end.
Lumpty 07/21/19 01:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Route help request. Gaffney SC to Ohio

A decent alternative to bypass Charlotte is using 321 in Gastonia from I-85 to I-40 to Statesville, then getting on I-77 there. I believe the construction on I-77 north of 485 is complete, but since those added lanes are tolled, similar to the "Lexus Lanes" on I-85 through the NE Atlanta suburbs, there probably isn't much traffic relief at rush hours.
Lumpty 06/26/19 03:50am Roads and Routes
RE: Toyo Tires for Our Tioga 26Q

Toyo's are a good brand. I'd have no worries.
Lumpty 06/21/19 05:09am Class C Motorhomes
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