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RE: Class A fleetwood discovery - should we purchase ??

This much works indicates it has been neglected for quite a while. I'll be buying my next RV to travel, not work. This seems like a ton of work even if you get the guy to "give" it to you. I'm inclined to think what you're seeing is just the tip of the "berg."
Mike W 03/01/22 02:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1st time long distance trip need advice

Somebody finally said it, but I'll underscore. Get a copy of Next Exit. We keep a hard copy right between the pilot and navigator. If anything goes awry with plan A, you can use that handy reference to see place that can handle your rig. I just bought the newest edition on Amazon for a friend, like $25 ish. I always plan my trips out. I have diverted from plan, but i try to keep it reasonable to begin with. I scope out gas stops in advance so I know where and when I'm stopping. (yes, it can change=Next Exit) Same for overnight. I prefer NOT to stay in parking lots, especially when towing. Many do tho.
Mike W 02/11/22 02:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Michigan to Arizona route advice

I think you've been pointed to enough weather related apps and you'll be paying close attention. but to address "what kind of snow are we talking about"...I was headed east around Deming NM in October. Started to snow. I thought "it's the southwest, how bad could it get?" In short order you couldn't see well, I had to get right in behind a semi and follow his tracks. Soon after it was hitting my front bumper while i was in his tracks. I could feel slip ice building. Clearly I needed to get off the road. But there are not a ton of safe places to get off on some of those stretches. So stay up on the weather and know your options. Be safe, relax.
Mike W 12/07/21 12:49pm Roads and Routes
RE: Grand Canyon June 2022

Just to complete the weather possibilities picture...we were in Phoenix area on June 11am it was 111 degrees. Made the mental note to visit in gentler times. South rim slightly cooler but worth consideration. Personally I would skip CA with that amount of time and focus on seeing sites between your home and GC. Including Sedona.
Mike W 12/07/21 12:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVs over 10 years old are valueless

Stay in state and federal parks.They are cheaper and nicer. Yes, I was wondering if it was the 15 year old unit or the attitude of a 15 year old. Hope it all works out for the OP sorry, dumba$$ here. pulled the wrong quote. disregard, standing down. ugh
Mike W 11/18/21 02:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Glacier National Park and Mount Rushmore campgrounds

Another vote for Rafter J. Loved everything about it. base camped there and did a lot in the area. Had a wooded spot for a 35 footer with Jeep. No issues.
Mike W 10/26/21 04:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Gasser guys and gals ...why not a diesel ?

I know many of you are having fun beating each other over the head with your experiences and I too enjoy it. And I for one, still deciding, find it useful. Any additional detail or depth on cost related items would be great. Like is it really $235 for an oil change? They just tried to charge my daughter $75 for one on an older sedan, so maybe 235 isn't that far off? Can that job be done DIY? Again, this is helpful. Thanks
Mike W 10/21/21 11:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Renting your RV

I would never rent mine out. However, reading these replies, which I totally agree with, I have to chuckle. I have also read many many times here how people should rent one to see which RVs might suit them best. I find your options to rent are really pricey and/or barebones. El Monte RV isn't gonna be like one you'd buy going up a grade. The DP on Outdoorsy costs $450 a day and has extreme limits on mileage and genny use. Peace and love to all who deal with rentals, but it just seems like a huge PIA.
Mike W 10/11/21 03:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Outrageous CA registration fee!

So....back on topic. I think OP has a point and needs to check with DMV. My Auto purchase price 21K. Registration $218. We do pay a ton more than many states. Real life case. Porsche SUV CA registration $980. **** right, effing luxury car. Same car moves to Idaho, $90.
Mike W 09/24/21 04:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motor coach with bunks recommendations for family

I think we are going to put an offer in. :-) and based on the market's very hot asking prices, i'd love to know what you end up paying...yeah, i feel weird asking. But I'm close to retirement as well and they market is still very high. trying to get a feel to see it it is softening a bit.
Mike W 09/13/21 02:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gassing Your Gasser

I try hard to plan my gas stops out ahead of time. Obviously it won't work out exactly every time. So I also carry and use "Next Exit." Big reference book ($20 something on amazon) and it stakes out each exit on US Interstates. Marked in red are stations that can handle long rv rigs. It has never let me down. Obviously if you take other routes it doesn't help much. I also do some internet research. Figure out what towns or cities you'll look to refuel and look up the stations that can handle the rig. Then verify on google earth. CAUTION: I see many have recommended Costco. I would too...EXCEPT my two costco stations near me are iffy at best. Both have sharp turns at exit. One I wouldn't even try, the other you have to be all the way right pump to get out with a Toad. BUT i have seen many other while travelling that are super easy. and you can't beat the prices most times.
Mike W 09/07/21 11:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fishing Bridge (Yellowstone) Reservations

Yep I have reservations for September 2022 already better hurry So it's NOT 6 months out? NVM, I see it. Shoulda Looked
Mike W 08/04/21 07:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fuel Mileage on 8.1 Workhorse

Curious and kind of related. What criteria do you all use to calculate fuel stops? Yeah, gas gauge is a pretty good indicator. But for those who don't dwell or calculate MPG a lot...?
Mike W 07/22/21 02:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 80's 454 fuel supply challenges

I hope you get to a solution. But it almost sounds like you have my old RV. Should be a pic in my profile.
Mike W 07/07/21 03:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: So Cal to Yellowstone

We did the I-15 route from Sandy Eggo. Left 4am so we'd miss the extreme heat at the grades going up from Baker and then through the Vegas area. First night in Beaver Utah. Next day to Idaho Falls. Stocked up in IF and left for Jackson in the am. There were seven rigs with us on this trip. Some novice rentals. So it was pretty doable.
Mike W 06/29/21 02:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: Can you buy in one state and register in another

Just for consideration. If you buy a new RV at a dealer in Florida make sure you can have warranty service done elsewhere. Most new RVs have some issues that you'll want to have addressed.
Mike W 06/29/21 01:51pm Full-time RVing
RE: Best place to sell class A motorhome

I'm not a fan of Craigslist because to me there are way too many scammers. HOWEVER, i sold the unit in my profile to a guy in China. Yes, China. He was there teaching English and was coming back and wanted an RV to tour the US in. Sent me half the money from China to hold until he got here. I also agree quality pictures are a must. Look at PPL out of Texas and do what they do. Same shots, angles, subject matter. Blurry or useless close ups of whatever ruin otherwise great ads on RV Trader. And bless whoever said remove or hide your personal stuff. You don't need silk flowers or faux breakfast in bed trays. Again, PPL. Example, a power drill sitting on driver seat. "What are they fixing?" Messy looking master bed. "Is this how they took care of the RV?" They matter.
Mike W 06/16/21 12:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New again, remind me

Thanks all. Keep em coming. I will definitely be buying used. Paying cash. Still researching gasser vs diesel. The higher operating costs of the D concerns me. Some advice was to consider if you'll spend more time driving it or camping in it...good point. I'll be pulling lighter toads. This jeep and hopefully my workhorse Scion xA. But I don't want to worry or labor every grade on our travels. Anyway, great info here. Open to more. Thanks again
Mike W 06/16/21 11:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Report out of California.

Local experience. Not everyone out right now is a newbie. A LOT of people are tired of staying home and being restricted. So any chance they have they are getting out. Just going to the beach is insane, and the weather hasn't been great. A lot of people who have RVs have been parked for 18-20 months and it's go time. NOW add the newbies.
Mike W 06/14/21 03:16pm Roads and Routes
93 North out of Vegas

Is it two lane north out of Vegas all the way to Idaho? Are there any grades? Regular passing lanes? It shows quicker route but I don't want to be stressed about passing, slowing traffic, or impatient folks passing where they shouldn't. And I'm sure it's toasty up that route in July as well. TIA
Mike W 06/14/21 12:51pm Roads and Routes
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