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RE: Gasser guys and gals ...why not a diesel ?

As others have said, my decision was cost. For the same floorplan, the diesels were $75,000 more than my gas Class A. For the amount of miles I put on the motorhome a year, that cost didn't make sense to me. I guess if I lived out west and was driving in the mountains all the time, I might have considered paying the extra cost. I know the Smokey mountains are not the Rockys but I have driven a lot of miles in the Smokeys towing our Jeep and my gas Class A did just fine. Burch
MetalGator 10/21/21 06:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

When I saw how many new messages were posted this morning, I had a bad feeling about Richard. So sorry to hear of his passing. I am so glad I got to meet him and many others in Sevierville,TN a few years ago. Burch
MetalGator 10/21/21 06:03am RV Pet Stop
RE: HOW did you choose your Class A ? ....

It was all about floor plan for us. We wanted a gas Class A because of the few miles we put on the motorhome a year. We found a floor plan we liked in an entry level model and almost pulled the trigger and then saw the same floor plan in a different model at the Tampa RV show. Didn't purchase at the show but ordered the Motorhome a month later. Besides the chassis you want, I think the floor plan is most important.
MetalGator 10/13/21 06:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Have you tried anti-anxiety meds for Monty? I recall way back when, while in college, when I worked for a vet, the vet prescribed similar meds for their dog for traveling, if I recollect correctly. Maybe that might help? We have tried a couple of different things that the vet recommended but they didn't help. The first time we took a long trip, I had to pull over after a few hours because he was almost hyperventilating. He doesn't get that bad anymore but when I pick him up and put him in the motorhome, he starts shaking and it breaks my heart seeing him shake. He usually quits shaking after a few minutes but he pants and we have to pull over every hour or so to give me water because he gets so thirsty. We have tried putting him in different locations in the motorhome but nothing seems to work. If he get loose, he tries to get under my feet while I am driving which is not a good thing! Burch
MetalGator 10/06/21 11:10am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Good Morning FOOFs! We are getting ready for our longest trip away from home in the motorhome. Since my wife and I both work full time, we can only venture so far away from the home or we would just be driving the whole trip. We are taking a week off and are heading to the Memphis area from Fl. We are going to leave around lunchtime on a Friday and stop in Macon Georgia for the night. Then Saturday morning, we are going to drive the rest of the way to Memphis. We are staying in West Memphis on a place right on the Mississippi River. We will be there until the following Thursday and then will head to Navarre Beach in the FL Panhandle for 2 days before we drive all day on a Sunday to get home. Trip is in two weeks and the wife and I are both excited about the trip. I just feel bad for my dog Monty. He dislikes riding in the car and he really hates riding in the motorhome. We have tried about everything to calm him down. He just pants and shakes the whole trip. It breaks my heart to see him so stressed during the trip. Once we get designated, he is happy and loves checking out new places and new smells. The only thing that kind of takes the edge off him is Benadryl. I think is makes him sleepy and he doesn't seem to pant as much. My other two dogs fall asleep as soon as the motorhome starts moving. Dale, I am sorry to hear about your mom's passing. Losing a parent is awful no matter their age. I lost my dad right after he turned 50 and my mom is getting up there in age now and starting to have some health problems. I hope everyone has a great day! Burch
MetalGator 10/06/21 07:53am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Good to hear about Richard. My wife has been over Covid for a couple of weeks now but she still isn't 100%. She is still fatigued and tired all the time. She says by 3pm every afternoon she is exhausted. I am sure she will perk up this weekend as I am taking her to the Immokalee Hard Rock casino for her birthday. Hopefully she won't lose too much money! Burch
MetalGator 09/22/21 07:00am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

What casino do you go to? Tampa? Just wondering. I haven't been to one without Terry. Dale We go to the Hard Rock in Tampa. The casino is huge. At one time, the casino was the largest in the country (245,000 sq ft) but I think there is a bigger one in Connecticut now. We also go to the Hard Rock in Immokolee Florida but it is much smaller. I am not the gambler of the family but go along with the wife about once a month. Burch
MetalGator 09/13/21 07:01am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Dale Great news on your mom! My wife has recovered from COVID. She had a mild case but she is still tired all of the time and her taste is only back to about 80%. She has been back at work this week. She felt good enough to take a weekend trip to the casino (after she tested negative last week) so I know she is feeling better! :) Burch
MetalGator 09/09/21 07:09am RV Pet Stop
RE: Window fog

Suncoast Designers in Hudson, FL repaired ours. WAY less money than new windows. Al I have had a couple of windows repaired at Suncoast Designers. There prices are very reasonable and they have a lifetime warranty on their work.
MetalGator 08/30/21 06:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

About half the people I know that have gotten COVID down here where vaccinated. Doesn't seem to matter if you are vaccinated or not (as far as getting it). However, the vaccinated seem to have much milder symptoms and aren't going to the hospital. I have a friend who works in the local hospital and he said 80-90% of the COVID patients aren't vaccinated. My wife is feeling better tonight. She just felt like she had a cold the last couple of days. If she didn't know it was COVID, she would have probably gone to work but she got a COVID test on Wednesday and it came back positive. I have now had 6 covid tests since June of 2020 and luckily they have all been negative. Several employees have gotten it at my work and if you were around the employee, you have to quarantine for 10 days and have a couple negative tests before you can come back to the office. It sure has been a crazy year and a half. My cousin in Kentucky and her Husband and her 3 kids all have COVID. I have no idea if they are vacinated but her husband was in the hospital with phenomena for a couple of days. Anyway, just glad that my wife is feeling better. Now I have to turn my attention to my doggies and get their teeth cleaned.
MetalGator 08/27/21 04:48pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Towing with a 2022 Ford F250 7.3L

The issue with built in Nav is that once it's outdated the only way to upgrade is to swap the whole unit. I have built in NAV in my 7 year old Jeep and it is easy to update the software and the MAPS. They come out with a new map update at least once a year. However, it is very expensive. I believe it's $199 to upgrade the Maps so I am still using the 7 year old maps. They did have a special one time to update the Maps for $99 but I still didn't do it. I did update the NAV software (which was free) so the interface looks a bit more modern now.
MetalGator 08/27/21 10:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

It's been very quiet here lately. We just got all of our dogs yearly vet visits out of the way. My two Papillons have bad teeth and the vet said their blood work came back with a hint of infection. They have been given antibiotics and he suggested having their teeth cleaned. I knew my little Papillon had bad teeth but I was surprised that Monty's teeth were that bad. The vet had always talked about how good his teeth looked. I am a little hesitant to have them put under for the procedure as they are getting old. They just turned 11, but besides their teeth, they are in very good health and don't look that old. My Chihuahua (Pinto) got a clean bill of health. My wife has been sick with COVID the last several days. She started coughing on Monday and when she got up on Wednesday morning, she felt like she had a head cold. She got tested Wednesday morning and sure enough, came back positive for COVID. We are supposed to be going away next weekend. She is really looking forward to this trip but obviously will have to see how she is feeling and she will need a couple of negative tests first. I was tested on Wednesday and was negative but I am going to get another test today. We have basically been living on the opposite sides of the house. I am hoping she starts to improved over the weekend. I hope everyone is doing well. Burch
MetalGator 08/27/21 07:19am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Good Morning FOOFs We are heading out this afternoon in the motorhome for Tarpon Springs. Staying at Hickory Point and have a water site. Unfortunately, it looks like we might have to come home early as there is a tropical storm that will be coming in this weekend. We are supposed to stay until Sunday morning but if the storm heads this way, we will probably leave on Saturday. Just a wait and see game right now. I have to take two of my dogs to the vet on Monday for their annual checkup and then I am scheduled for a colonoscopy on Tuesday so my next week is very busy. I hope everyone has a great day! Burch
MetalGator 08/11/21 05:58am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

I still check in everyday but rarely any posts anymore. I have to take my 3 dogs next week to get their annual checkup. Last year is cost me $1,200 for the 3 so I am saving my pennies and dimes. We have a long weekend trip planned in two weeks to Tarpon Springs. We really like going up there but it is going to be hot. The last time we had a trip was around the 4th of July and we had to come home to beat a hurricane. Hopefully we won't have that issue this trip. Hope everyone is doing well. Burch
MetalGator 08/02/21 01:59pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Windshield covers

Another vote for MagnaShade. Yes, they are expensive but you get what you pay for. We stay 90% in Florida and use the MH a lot in the summer and it makes a significant deference in the inside temp. Much cooler in the MH now, especially in the front of the MH. Burch
MetalGator 07/29/21 08:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

It's been very quiet around here. I hope everyone is doing well. I have to take my 3 dogs to the vet for their annual checkups soon. I am dreading it because last year it cost me over $1200 for the 3 of them. I used to be able to take 4 dogs for about $800 before I lost Murphy a year and a half ago. Not sure why it is so expensive now. I had to get a new TV antenna installed on the motorhome. I hadn't used the TV antenna in several months since most places we have been staying have had cable. We went to Jetty Park several weeks ago and I tried to use the antenna and I wasn't getting many stations. I got out the ladder and went on the roof and the antenna was gone! I have no idea how long it had been gone and don't know what happened to it. It is a omni directional antenna so it doesn't go up or down (so I didn't forget to crank it down). One of the A/C units is a couple feet in front of the antenna and it taller so I don't think I hit anything. I think it might have just flown off sometime driving down the road. We are trying to plan a long weekend trip to Tarpon Springs in August so I will see how well the new antenna works. I bought the same model replacement and I can't believe how light it is. Cheap plastic so I might lose it in another few years. I hope everyone is doing well. Burch
MetalGator 07/14/21 07:49am RV Pet Stop
RE: Inside tire valve extensions

Looks like I am still having the issue with the tire. Not sure if it's the valve extender or not at this point. The leak is very slow but after the motorhome sits several days, it loses several PSI. I currently have the motorhome at a local shop to get some work done on it and they are going to check the tire. There is a tire place right down the road that can work on motorhome tires so hopefully I can get this fixed permanently. Thanks for all the suggestions. Burch
MetalGator 07/09/21 07:03am Class A Motorhomes
How important is level with residential fridge

I sometimes bring our motorhome to our house (we keep it in a local storage garage) to load it the night before a trip. Our driveway has a slight slant to it towards the road. When I back in and park, if I use the leveling jacks the front tires come off the ground an inch or two. I don't like doing that so I usually drive over a couple of ramps I made and then extend the levelers. I always do this if I put the slides out. My question is, if I don't put the slides out, how important is getting the motorhome level for the residential fridge? When I had our travel trailer, it had an absorption fridge that would run on propane and I always made sure the trailer was as level as possible. Is this also important with a residential fridge that has a compressor? Tonight I put the motorhome in the driveway and got it as level as I could with the jacks without getting the front tires off the ground. It almost level but still leans towards the front a bit. Burch
MetalGator 07/01/21 04:13pm General RVing Issues
Inside tire valve extensions

Went to get the motorhome out of our storage garage today. My TPS system usually takes a minute or two to kick in once driving. The low pressure alarm went off. My motorhome says to keep tire pressure at 90psi but I normally keep them a few PSI above 90. My right rear inside tire was indicating 62 PSI and the other 5 tires were between 93-96 psi. I only live about 4 miles from my house so I drove slow and parked in the driveway. I have a big air compressor in my storage garage but I have a small one at the house. I was able to get the PSI in the low tire up to 76 PSI with my little compressor and drove slowly to a local tire place that does truck tires. As soon as the tire guy came out, he said your problem is probably that tire valve extension. He said 90 % of the time, a slow leak on an inner tire is because of the valve extension. I don't know if he tightened the extension or put a new one on but he said its fixed now (so far PSI is the same). Is this a common problem? If so, what is the fix? If there wasn't an extension I am scratching my head wondering how you air up the inner tire? I guess I will know if the issue is fixed tomorrow but so far PSI hasn't changed on that tire since it cooled down from the drive home. Burch
MetalGator 07/01/21 04:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Check in/out timing...

We just had an issue two weeks ago. We decided to stay an extra day. Our site was reserved for the extra night so we would have to move. They gave us 4 sites to choose from. We picked the site we wanted and the park told us we could move the next morning as soon as the other person left (checkout was 1pm). On the other 3 sites we could have picked, they were all gone by 10:30am but the site we had picked the person was still there at the 1pm checkout time. We called the office and they came and knocked on his door. You could see him inside but he didn't answer. They called his cell phone multiple times and no answer. Finally, they left him a message that they would be calling the police to get him to leave. That finally got his attention and he started packing up slowly. Once he pulled out of his site, he parked his motorhome in the one lane road to hookup his toad. Took him 30 minutes of blocking traffic and keeping us from pulling into the site. The park said they had never had this happen before. I guess I should have picked one of the other sites.
MetalGator 06/19/21 07:12am General RVing Issues
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