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RE: Texas Hill Country

Recommendations for your favorite campgrounds in this area? We generally prefer State Parks, county parks, COE campgrounds. Posters have hit most of the the high spots for this question. But, having lived in this area for eons and canvassed places to RV here, I think it's worth mentioning for the benefit of RVers with larger rigs that none of the recommendations here apply to longer Class A's. Our RV is a 43' Class A, and we can't get into any of these locations with the possible exception of Potter's Creek Park at Canyon Lake, but even at that, it would be tight. I don't want to try it.
Racklefratz 02/01/23 06:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Feedback on $50 Onan carbs on Amazon?

I saw two OEM Onan carbs in this same link (one ~$300, another ~$450) that only had 4.0 and 4.4 reviews, respectively. Only did a quick 30 sec look. There could be more. I find that interesting. I'm getting more and more skeptical regarding Amazon "reviews". In many cases, seemingly, a lot of 'em don't know what they're doing. They buy the wrong product, it doesn't work, and then they give the product a bad review.
Racklefratz 02/01/23 06:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Feedback on $50 Onan carbs on Amazon?

I am sure you have looked into re building the carb? If you're "sure" about that, why is it a question?
Racklefratz 02/01/23 06:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Foggy windows help please

Have to have them when you camp in cold weather like we do Yes, quality dual-pane windows can be very nice. But the dirty little secret is that, in the RV industry, a lot of dual pane windows are sub-standard, as are many other components used by RV OEMs; they're prone to problems. The problem usually manifests itself as fogging betweeen the panes, caused by poor quality seals, and it's not at all uncommon. The Tiffin Class A we bought used had a fogging problem in the passenger side front window when we bought it. We went to the factory service center, which recognized the problem as common, and had it replaced with a single pane assembly they had readily available.
Racklefratz 02/01/23 06:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Slides out or autolevelers down first?

Common sense (regardless of what the coach builder says) dictates being level before deploying slide(s). That's all there is to it! Slide mechanisms are not designed to operate when out of level. Read the slide out manual, or call the slide manufacturer. I have to agree. I'm not one to countermand whatever an RV manufacturer says in its literature provided with the RV, but it makes zero sense to me to extend slides if the vehicle is out of level. It's simple physics - gravity's going to come into play if things aren't level, and the energy required to move slides in/out will obviously not be the same.
Racklefratz 01/31/23 07:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How does 50 amp work?

2 legs of's not complicated.
Racklefratz 01/02/23 06:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: HwH is getting Ridiculous

Rick.Jay. THANKS. Racklefratz is exactly what ails ALL repair and Parts servicers. Of course, HE does not see it that way. WHY does he think RV's are different from Autos in parts and service? Well, the answer is that RV service and auto service are apples and oranges, but you people are in terminal denial of that, simply because it exposes the problems in the RV service business you people are complicit in. It IS, what it IS. The RV service business is abysmal, and you know it. You're just trying to put a happy face on it, and most of us owners see it what what it is - frustrating and disgusting. I may be in the minority of RV owners willing to expose you people's lackadasical attitudes for what they are, but I'm here to do it, having 30 year's experience with it. The auto industry's approach to service-after-the-sale is night-and-day different from that of the RV industry's. Car makers take it very seriously; they want you back as a repeat customer. RV dealers? Nah - once they get your signature on the deal, you're a stranger, and they don't give a rat's ass if they ever see you again - in fact, they HOPE THEY DON'T. And that includes people like YOU, "Doug". You're part of the problem.
Racklefratz 12/24/22 07:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: HwH is getting Ridiculous

be thankful that we have posters like Doug with gobs more experience than any of us could ever HOPE to have, and be willing to spend some of his spare time sharing his knowledge and "inside information" with us and helping us out. C'mon. This has not been about Doug's "gobs of experience". That's not in question. What IS in question is his knee-jerk criticism of RV owners who want to do their own maintenance, but who encounter problems getting manufacturer support, as I have with HWH. It took literally MONTHS, and that's totally unacceptable. His attempt to compare that to contacting any of the automobile manufacturers for similar technical support is laughable - cars are one thing, RVs are something else. Take your car to your dealer to get something fixed, and you get it back in a day or so. When I try the same thing with my local RV dealer, I'm told flatly up front not to expect to see it again for at least a month, or more, and my experience has been that it probably won't even be fixed. So there ya go - does not compute.
Racklefratz 12/10/22 07:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: HwH is getting Ridiculous

I too have read many of Doug's responses and appreciate his knowledge and the accurate "to the point" responses Well, all I can say is the you and I see Doug's participation here differently. I see his posts as unfairly critical of owners who may very well be quite capable of dealing with their RV maintenance issues, if they could just get a little support from the relevant systems manufacturers, who in many cases, fail in that regard. And, his comparison with the automotive industry, "call Ford or GM to try to get help", is lame beyond description. It's apples-to-oranges on steroids. So, there's that.
Racklefratz 11/28/22 06:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: HwH is getting Ridiculous

Your grim narrative is not the experience I've had owning several types of RV's in different states dealing with different dealers. I think Doug is spot on. Most times it's all about how you approach things. Well, that's fine, you're entitled to your opinion. But where ole "Doug's" concerned, I stand by what I said - every time he posts, I keep seeing him trying to blame owners for the problems they come here asking for help with, and I don't appreciate that kind of attitude. It's not helpful, no matter how much "experience" he brings to the table.
Racklefratz 11/28/22 06:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator

I am glad you noticed my limited grasp of the English language. I do as well as I can considering my 8th grade education. As awful as it sounds it’s all I ever got. Sarcasm noted. Not sure where you're living, but in the US, education is free up to grade 12, if you choose to avail yourself of it, such as it is these days, graduating mostly functional illiterates.
Racklefratz 11/28/22 05:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator

and the burner it’s self. "itself"
Racklefratz 11/25/22 07:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: ALWAYS something!

I bought an 80s motorhome for under $2000 with 15,000 miles...Now I have a completely dependable Class A for $25K, ready to go anywhere. It looks good, too. Stay away from the newer RVs that are impossible to troubleshoot and cost a fortune to repair. Meh...not happening. Your idea of "completely dependable...looks good too" is subjective, at best, and 80s vintage puts it 40 years behind current technology, not to mention wear and tear on the drive train. There's a reason you got it for 2K.
Racklefratz 11/25/22 06:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: HwH is getting Ridiculous

YOU CALL GM OR FORD AND ATTEMPT TO DIAGNOSIS YOUR VEHICLE OVER THE PHONE AND GET PARTS. REPORT BACK. HWH IS NOT IN THE BUSINESS TO TELL RETAIL CUSTOMERS HOW TO FIX AND TO SELL PARTS. THEY DO THAT AS A CONVIENANCE. PEOPLE LIKE YOU MAKE PROFESSIONALS LIKE ME HAVE TO WAIT FOR PHONE TIME. Doug "professionals like you...right" Little hubris going on, do we? I don't know you, and I have no way to know if you're capable of dealing with HWH jack system problems, so there's that. What I DO know is that there's no one I can call in my area I can trust to do knowledgeable repairs on my HWH RV system. "Take it to a dealer", you might say. Sure - and be ready for them to park it out on the "Back 40" for 3 months, then put their minimum-wage teen-age wonder with his power driver on it, and then, STILL, screw it up. Not happening. I don't call "GM or Ford" for service issues because AUTOMOTIVE dealers are EXPECTED and REQUIRED by manufacturers to take care of problems. Comparing the automobile industry to the RV industry is apples to oranges, and YOU KNOW THAT. Once an RV leaves the factory, it's on it's own, maintenance-wise - FACT. Your attempts to paint RV owners as clueless and helpless are less than helpful. Many of us know a lot more about our own RVs than dealers do, and trying to get any technical or service help from dealers with most of the systems in our RVs often end up a frustrating, time-consuming, and expensive dry hole. In many instances, our only recourse with service-related issues IS to directly contact the manufacturers, and YOU know that. It's a totally different ballgame from the automotive situation. Lastly, I've been here long enough to have seen many of your posts. I'm not sure what you think you're accomplishing here, but my impression is that your objective is to denigrate RV owners. You can guess what I think of that attitude.
Racklefratz 11/14/22 07:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: The horrible roads are killing the fun.

If you think the roads here are bad, try Alaska! So bad the tow bar bracket on the jeep snapped a bolt off. Fixed and down the road we broke a bilstein shock on the jeep. Hard to dodge the potholes in the rain! That was all I need to convince me to avoid Alaska - period. Mind-blowing trip/scenery, sure, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience, for certain. But if conditions are so severe they break the equipment, I'll pass, thanks all the same. I don't need that.
Racklefratz 11/11/22 06:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Done!

it'll never happen again. I'll be the guy in the woods that just wants to be left alone, living off the land and away from the cesspool cities. Meh...until someone gets appendicitis, or something equally severe.
Racklefratz 11/11/22 06:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: ALWAYS something!

You must remember, all RVs are in one of the following three any order: 1. It's broken. 2. You just fixed it. 3. It's getting ready to break. I laughed out loud. Those are FACTS, and cracked me up (in a dark sort of way).
Racklefratz 11/11/22 05:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: HwH is getting Ridiculous

People call and have no idea what year model they have or what HWH system they have and it takes time for the phone tech to wade thru and slowly get that info. Yeah, right, let's get the pity-party going for HWH....Right. I needed to contact someone there to figure out what I needed to fix the leaking HWH pump system in our Tiffin Bus, and it took THREE DAMNED MONTHS for anyone to finally return my call. And YOU try to justify THAT kind of "customer service"???? C'MON, MAAANNNN.
Racklefratz 11/11/22 05:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Frozen levelers

The factory brochure doesn't say what kind, when searched it comes up as LCI(LIPPERT) I didn't know they make jacks. Meh, Lippert's into lots of things, unfortunately, and it's a "four letter word" to me. Anything they make is suspect, far as I'm concerned.
Racklefratz 09/03/22 09:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: ALWAYS something!

EVERY time I've gone out, in this one and the one before something breaks. EVERY time. Welcome to the sad state of the RV industry today. With RVs, manufacturers have always tried to include as many "features" as they could, just so they could claim the product had that long list of features, for which they could charge more money. But they also use the absolute CHEAPEST parts they could find, and still be able to claim the RV had the "feature". Result? An RV loaded down with cheap, plastic-fantastic garbage with very poor reliability/durability. We've all experienced it, and it IS frustrating. And the more expensive RVs tend to have slightly better equipment installed, but they still have a higher failure rate than similar ordinary household items. Your only recourse is to replace what fails, if you want that "feature" at all. Sometimes, it's possible to search and find a better quality replacement that will fit, and might last longer. Your RV's failure rate does seem to be higher than normal, but it's all part of the game. Good luck.
Racklefratz 09/03/22 09:25am Class A Motorhomes
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