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RE: Best way to sell the coach

You will gain the most resale value if you sell it yourself, if you don't want to hassle with it many dealers offer consignment if you find trade in value too low. In decent shape, RVs are still selling pretty briskly, appropriately priced it will no doubt go quickly. Good luck on selling your old rig, and congrats on your new Winnebago, may it be all you wish for and more.
Sandia Man 10/25/21 08:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Safety question

For oil and filter changes on engine and Allison tranny I can squeeze under without using jacks, most times just drive front tires up on jack pads for added space. I don't change tires on our rig and certainly would not consider relying solely on our coach's power gear jacks for doing service work where rig tires were not firmly on the ground. Sure, it adds extra time to the job but the proper set up for safety reasons allows me to do the task effectively, I don't like being in a hurry due to safety concerns.
Sandia Man 10/21/21 10:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Solar sale

We love our Renogy solar panels and portable suitcase, great when RVing out in the open, sky is clear and temps are nice. We can power all our audio/video equipment among other AC/DC devices without cranking up the genny. The main downfall is when sky is clear but temps are extreme, they can't power ACs or space heaters, we don't hesitate to power up the Onan and all is well again. One button simplicity and we can enjoy our rig as if plugged in, we use it only during hours allowed. If I feel like not hearing gennies being utilized at the campground, I would camp where their usage is prohibited, not an issue for us as we haven't left home for a couple of decades without a genny onboard. Anywhere we stop we have full usage of all the amenities our rig provides, makes for stressless (most importantly DW is happy) RVing no matter the weather mother nature is currently dispensing. We enjoy peace and quiet as well, that's why we prefer hookups during inclement weather.
Sandia Man 10/19/21 11:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Finally !!!

We did the same last year after a couple of years of research and driving everything in our state to figure out which chassis we wanted. We had to drive 1K miles to TX while covid was raging through the lone star state first summer of pandemic, it was strange as every town appeared deserted. Could not find anyone willing to inspect rig due to covid ravaging the country late July 2020, owners were wonderful and allowed us to stay 3 nights on their ranch where we tested both house and chassis functionality. I found alternator faulty and they had a mobile mechanic replace it. Owners were just getting too old (he was 85, DW was 81) to use it, their kids in their 50s and 60s were fearful for them and finally convinced their Dad to sell it. We searched high and low throughout the country, everything we saw was snapped up immediately, great people they had no issue waiting for us. We got the powertrain we desired and only 19K miles, needed some new rubber as well due to age, but it got us home no issues during a record setting TX heatwave. Took our time heading back home and enjoyed a couple of TX state parks as our state had closed our state parks indefinitely. Glad to hear you are back in the game, hope you have many wonderful adventures in your new coach. We have had TTs, 5ers, and toyhaulers over 3 decades of RVing, frankly my DW was losing interest. She is reinvigorated and we are having the time of our lives, just us, kids grown, doing it our way.
Sandia Man 10/17/21 08:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Let’s hear your best MPG and driving style ?

Actually, I wouldn't know, whether car, truck, or when RVing, just never felt the need to track mpg. All our vehicles including motorhome have mpg tracking feature along with the couple of scangauge 2 modules mounted in our HD truck and class A. While I monitor other pertinent powertrain parameters, unless I see a significant change in fuel demand it is rare indeed for me to consider mpg, just pull up to the pump and open my wallet. Driving habits are typical, when RVing I stay within 5mph of posted speed limit, with daily driving I roll at 5 mph above speed limit.
Sandia Man 10/15/21 09:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: My wife is gonna kill me, please help

Just take it apart and visually inspect it if you have already plugged it into a reliable outlet in your home, remove from power source before disassembly. Otherwise just chuck it in the trash and get a better quality unit from Wallys or Amazon delivered in 2-3 days, after 10 years of bouncing around it may be a safety hazard anyway. With colder temps upon us I recently had to get our electric space heaters ready, had to replace our decades old space heater as it would not turn on as well. Didn't see anything visually wrong, control board probably took a hit and quickly tossed it and picked up a vastly better version.
Sandia Man 10/14/21 11:35am Tech Issues
RE: Any 80mph PLUS - class Aers still on here ?

I normally stay within 5mph of speed limit, too many ups and downs in our neck of the woods to just drop it in cruise 100% of the time. On our last trip my DW had an appointment and left in our toad while I drove our rig home, I drove around 70mph and she drove 80+mph, a three hour drive for me and she arrived home just about 20 minutes earlier. She was somewhat shocked to see me arrive so soon as she was still getting ready for her appointment. A storm was blowing through it was pretty windy that day, sure driving 80mph would have got me home a tiny bit faster, driving a 40' long, 12.5' tall square box through turbulent gusts funneled by valleys, canyons, and mountain passes is certainly less impactful at 70mph. Pretty much 99% of the time I drive according to current weather and road conditions, I have no chip on my shoulder or ax to grind if I have to pass someone or when I get passed.
Sandia Man 10/13/21 02:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: HOW did you choose your Class A ? ....

First and foremost, thorough research (nearly 2 years) and driving as many class a rigs as we could in our state. After viewing/driving a couple dozen coaches we were able to zone in and fine tune our search knowing which chassis and powertrain we were most interested in purchasing. RVing for 3 decades we obviously understand floorplan is important, more so for towable RVs, we have had TTs, 5ers, and toyhaulers, but this was our first incursion into motorized RVs. IMO, with used class a rigs, floorplan takes a close second to upkeep of powertrain and chassis by previous owners. Our diligence finally paid off, we had the inside track to a low mileage, well kept Monaco in neighboring TX, owners were in their 80's and willing to wait for us to view it first. Our purchase occurred late July the first summer of the pandemic, TX was a hotbed for the virus as it roared through our country. Not an issue, we simply followed CDC guidelines, downside we could not find anyone willing to do inspection. Owners were great and allowed us to stay 3 days in rig, I was able to drive and test house and chassis systems. We even enjoyed a couple of TX state parks, NM closed all state parks indefinitely.
Sandia Man 10/13/21 12:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dish Upgrade

We have always purchased and manually set up the same antenna mounted at home when RVing, been doing it for over a couple of decades with both Directv and Dish. Took longer to get antenna out of basement storage and unravel coax than actually locking in satellites, all in all maybe 10 minutes to access all the channels on two vip receivers without restrictions or delay. Our current rig is a class a and the previous owner threw in a couple of King tailgator pro 2 domes, one for Dish and the other for Directv. Having heard generally bad things about automated sat. acquiring domes I continued to bring along our manually set up antenna. Heard domes were slow and often had problems attaining all satellites among other minor issues. Never worried about my manual satellite setup at a campground, didn't want our King tailgator growing legs and walking off. I purchased a roof mount that allowed easy removal of dome should trees or other obstruction require repositioning to acquire satellites. Saving space on storing dome, tripod, and excess coax were other positives to look forward to with roof mounted system. To my surprise the King tailgator has performed flawlessly, easily attaining satellites without issue, even when RVing in a dense ponderosa pine forest. Have never had a reason to unclip from roof mount and reposition, it is always ready to go by the time we finish setting up rig upon arrival. Like any dome it is slower than residential antenna, couple of seconds if channel is on another satellite. Can't speak on any other brand of automated satellite acquiring domes, again I never thought they were reliable enough to purchase from all that I've heard. We primarily do most of our RVing in the mountain west and SW regions of the country and never had reason to use eastern arc, we are satisfied with King tailgator performance and can always use manual setup if needed for eastern arc.
Sandia Man 10/04/21 01:51pm Technology Corner
RE: Which old motorhome to buy

There are always some well built, older class A rigs on the market, just have to be diligent in locating one before it gets sold. We first spent many months driving a variety of class a rigs in our state to figure which drivetrain, chassis, and floorplan would suit our needs best. Once we knew what we wanted we stayed on course and searched the country, most were in FL, TX, and AZ as snowbirds would sell their rigs and stay permanently. Was quite a challenge as these units didn't last long on the market, not living in these states we couldn't close the deal fast enough. Finally, we found a rig in TX and the private owners were willing to wait for us to look at it first. This was while covid was raging though TX July 2020, could not find anyone willing to do an inspection. Thankfully, we stayed 3 nights on their ranch, we were able to drive and test all systems thoroughly.
Sandia Man 09/29/21 01:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Predator 3500 vs 2 Champion 2500

Over a dozen Champion 3400 dual fuel gennies currently available on Amazon. We have the earlier 3100 version and after 5 years it still performs marvelously. We got the remote start unit which mimics our onboard Onan with one button on/off simplicity. Starts our RV AC with ease and at elevations over 9K', a real workhorse we have nearly 500 hours on our unit.
Sandia Man 09/22/21 02:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Steering stabilizers

Steering stabilizers work well but they are just one of many options to improve handling on Class A rigs. After installing one on our rig they do help with passing trucks and high winds, we also found that it reduces driver fatigue by keeping our rig centered, having to constantly move the steering wheel slightly to stay straight can take quite a toll physically and mentally after a few hours on the road.
Sandia Man 09/22/21 12:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oregon to charge 25% more for out of state RV campers

Boondocking is our favorite way to to use our RV, so much available land in our neck of the woods to do so. State parks are our next favorite as sites tend to be more spacious and often come with ramadas/shelters, I certainly have no issue paying 25% more to enjoy a better RVing experience as opposed to private parks, which is absolutely our last choice, being crammed into sites is not my cup of tea. That's why it is paramount for any RV we have owned to be 100% self-contained, anywhere we park we can utilize all our rig's amenities as if plugged into shore power.
Sandia Man 09/22/21 12:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Used class a ?

Absolutely take your time and drive as many coaches as you can, this way you can determine which type of drivetrain will suit your needs best. As stated above, there are plenty of motorized RVs available on the current market, rushing to a decision, particularly with class A rigs, can turn into tens of thousands of dollars of repairs and huge losses in resale value. When buying an older motorhome there are so many details to research, sure floorplan is important, but overall condition and proper maintenance is critical to say the least. We just went through this process and looked at everything in our state, in the end we had to travel 1K miles to purchase our current rig. This was last summer while covid was raging through our great country, tried to line up inspections, unfortunately no RV inspectors were willing to take the job. Luckily owners let us stay 3 days in the RV and I was able to drive rig and verify operation of all major systems. We found the best deals were from private owners, we made sure to have money in place as RVs were selling days after being posted.
Sandia Man 09/21/21 12:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Opinions on 2014-2018 Travel Trailers

I could throw out any number of manufacturers, including Airstream if that is your cup of tea, but they are all built as fast as humanly possible and it boils down to manufacturer's response to warranty issues and the dealer's inclination to actually address them in a timely manner. We recently were shopping for our next RV and for towables Grand Design and Highland Ridge/Open Range were on our shortlist. There were a few others, all were their higher end brands, main reason for the couple I mentioned were their quick response to warranty issues as stated by owners. Good luck on your search, with the years you are interested in most of the glaring manufacturing issues should have been addressed by now. Don't get stuck on brand names, look at as many units as you can to get familiarity with how certain manufacturers build their rigs.
Sandia Man 09/20/21 09:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Fuel mileage

Unfortunately, I can't divulge mpg on any of our RVing setups over the 3 decades we have been enjoying our favorite pastime, just never mattered enough for us to know. Additionally, we live in the mountain west and getting up and down the roadways and safely to our destination is our only concern. Our current rig tracks mpg as well as our scangauge 2, again never took the few minutes to view this information as it is meaningless to us. From what I have heard from friends, family, and fellow RVers is gassers give 4-8 mpg, and diesels 7-12 mpg, speed of travel is the main component for expected mpg on any type of rig.
Sandia Man 09/20/21 08:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Group 24 Flooded to Group 31 AGM

Wow, what a rip off, first they added warranty to your OTD price, and now what amounts to a few bucks of wiring they want $250. We are from the PHX area, which dealer are you purchasing your TH at so I can tell family and friends to beware. I asked our dealer when we purchased our TH what it would cost to beef up our battery bank, he stated first battery is included, only additional expense would be actual cost of extra batteries, no fake labor or wiring charges. I just asked for giggles anyway, we put a couple of 6 volt golfcart batteries from Samsclub since we mostly boondock and they are much hardier for that type of off grid RVing. Have lots of great times in your new TH!!!
Sandia Man 09/17/21 05:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Black Eye

If conditions are good and road is easily driven by RVs of course they should have pulled off on available pull outs, but if the available pullouts outs are unlevel, too short or consist of dirt or rutted terrain, no way would I pull over until there was something suitable. If a large RV is trying to make its way through mountainous roads and steep inclines pulling over will overly tax their rigs, particularly if after they pull back on the road they have to go uphill from a dead stop. Most drivers who have never owned a large RV just have no clue. I know several truckers and they are hard working folk like most of us, but there are plenty who try to intimidate with their aggressive tactics, they have no problem pulling in front of cars and holding up traffic for many miles. No mention of which state, but they need to put more designated pullouts and passing lanes in these areas where big rigs, both commercial and private, can get where they need to go without holding others up. When I didn't know better I hated diesel commercial trucks and RVs with a passion, now as an RVer I understand the dynamics involved in controlling these large rigs.
Sandia Man 09/17/21 03:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Little Guy Xtreme mini max tour

I have tents considerably larger than this unit, not a knock against this RV as it could be suitable for many. At this stage of our RVing quest we do too many extended stays where ample living space is king.
Sandia Man 09/14/21 09:01am Travel Trailers
RE: Driving through Albuquerque during Balloon Festival

Typical for traffic to be bad approaching Bernalillo via 550 on any given day, Balloon Fiesta might magnify it a bit but not overly so. Given the choice I would still use 550 but nothing wrong with using 491 either. They have been totally redoing 550 through Bernalillo for several years and it has been a traffic nightmare regardless of events taking place in the area, it finally appears they are on the tail end of this project although one never knows for certain. Have a safe and comfortable voyage home, as usual there are spots on I-40 where there are backups due to road/bridge improvements.
Sandia Man 09/13/21 09:54am Roads and Routes
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