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RE: Insurance Recommendation?

tdWho likes their RV insurance? I am picking up a new to me 2012 Roadtrek and will be calling around for quotes. I'll be calling USAA but I want to get 2 or three more quotes as well. Any suggestions - good or bad. Thanks. I have had USAA for more than 25 yrs. and have had only tow claims over this period. They are absolutely pathetic. They advertise they are there for service and ex service personnel like myself but that's all BS and hype. They like most are simply trying to make as many $$ as they possibly can without having to pay out any or very little. That bunch that sits down in Texas HQ and talk to you on the phone are nothing but sales people looking for a commission on the sale. It has taken me 25+ years to realize how crummy they really are. They take the insurance premiums and buy up other businesses to grow the company. They worked with an adjustment firm that are in their pocket and nothing more than yes men and women in USAA favor and therefore always trying to save USAA money on any claim. IMHO, your experience is extremely atypical. I've been with USAA for almost 40 yeas and have filed numerous claims - including when my first wife was killed in an accident. USAA could not have been better. I can't imagine what happened to you to cause you to wage such a smear campaign. Rob
Second Chance 03/28/20 07:26am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Insurance Recommendation?

We have our fifth wheel, both vehicles, renter's and umbrella policy with USAA. The coverage, service and prices are excellent. USAA, however, will only insure towable RVs. If your Roadtrek is classified as a motorhome, USAA will shunt you to Progressive... still not a bad deal if you're a USAA member. You'll usually get the best prices if you insure your RV with whichever company you have all your other insurance with. Rob
Second Chance 03/27/20 11:24am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: New DISH equipment to sell, husband died

We've had good luck with Facebook Marketplace on several items lately. If you have a FaceBook account, you might try that. The last few things I listed on Craigslist only resulted in being contacted by scammers. Rob
Second Chance 03/25/20 09:07am Technology Corner
RE: Long Bed

The Reflection travel trailers (Grand Design) that have the bed in a slide can be had with a king bed as an option. The Reflection TTs are heavy - one model at 10K lbs. GVWR and the other at 11,300 lbs. GVWR. You would need plenty of tow vehicle. Reflection travel trailers Rob
Second Chance 03/22/20 07:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Carlsbad Caverns is closed

I understand why. I'm getting too old to walk all the way in and back out and I certainly wouldn't want to get on one of those elevators with a crowd of people right now. Rob
Second Chance 03/20/20 07:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Quaresma ( holy week )

Hmmm... my wife is a native Spanish speaker (and has a masters degree in Spanish) and is a former missionary. She says that "cuarentena" is used in the context of the 40 days of staying in and abstinence from sex after a woman delivers a baby. Quaresma is a Portuguese word for Lent. Rob
Second Chance 03/20/20 03:47pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Question for those out on the road now

New Mexico has closed their state parks and campgrounds - other states (like Florida) are following suit. There is a long list of military campgrounds who are not allowing campers to come in who are not already there. Our son in Cincinnati says Ohio is considering stopping all through traffic at the state lines. I think it would be foolish to try to plan unnecessary travel at this time. Rob
Second Chance 03/19/20 11:22am General RVing Issues
RE: General Question About Routers

Read all about it here: TechnoMadia Bottom line - most of us use a 4G cellular hot-sport (Verizon calls them a "Mi-Fi") for internet access. All the major carriers offer them but coverage, cost, and data allowances vary from provider to provider. Depending on your carrier, you can get internet anywhere you have a a cellular tower with a good signal that's not overloaded with traffic. We have a Verizon Mi-Fi with unlimited data (a plan you can't get any more) and it has served us extremely well as full-timers. Rob
Second Chance 03/19/20 11:17am Technology Corner
RE: Trying to decide which way to go on fifth wheel hitch

There are a LOT of people on the Grand Design forums pulling the lighter rigs with the Turning Point pin boxes. I've not seen anyone post about having any issues with the Turning Point setup. It was designed just for people like you with short bed trucks. What kinds of problems have you been reading about? Rob
Second Chance 03/18/20 09:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What are full timers doing?

We are currently in a privately owned park that is staying open. On the 25th we'll move to an Army resort 30 minutes up the road - checked with them and everything is business as usual with some enhanced standard precautions and closure of the meeting hall and large gatherings. After three weeks there, we have reservations through July at various military famcamps. It seems only a few states and counties are being reactionary about their campgrounds... and mostly to protect their employees and staff - not the rest of us. Rob
Second Chance 03/16/20 07:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camco water filter

Full-timers' perspective here. Our previous fifth wheel did not have a built-in water filter. We used the blue Camco filters and left them in place for three months of full-time use (had a reminder in the calendar that popped up). Our new Solitude has a built-in cartridge style filter (like in a house) and we'll follow the manufacturer's recommendations on that. For drinking and making coffee, we have a separate water filter pitcher we keep in the frig. Municipal water supplies (and the well system at the park where we are now) are safe - they just don't always taste good. With the double filtering (including at least one carbon filter element) what we drink tastes as good as anything we can buy at the store - and this method greatly reduces plastic waste. Rob
Second Chance 03/16/20 08:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Route from NY to NM

I agree with Lwiddis. You'll not have time to sight-see travelling that distance in just a week. Also, New Mexico (my home state) is a very large place. You'll be able to see one very small part of it in a week. Rob
Second Chance 03/09/20 04:55am Roads and Routes
RE: Grand Design slide out malfunction

Is it a rack and pinion type s/o? If so, the motor isn under the rig. The main slides on the Solitudes are hydraulic. Rob
Second Chance 03/08/20 07:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: TSD Fuel Card

We've basically quit using Pilot/Flying J. The discount using the Good Sam Pilot card there wasn't all that hot, anyway. Our TSD card gets us much better discounts at all the other truck stops. If Pilot/Flying J is the only thing around and I'm approaching empty, I've still got the Good Sam Pilot card in my wallet. Rob
Second Chance 03/04/20 08:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric heated water hose

We do not boondock and prefer to use "city" water when available. We have a heated hose that I use whenever we are staying put during the winter or when the forecast is for lows below freezing at night. If the heated hose is in place and the forecast is for days or weeks with lows above freezing, I just unplug it. I use a non-heated hose the rest of the year, but carry the heated hose with us (since we are full-timers). Rob
Second Chance 03/04/20 10:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: rear basket

Anything mounted to a travel trailer bumper is a failure waiting to happen - especially if it includes a spare tire.
Second Chance 03/01/20 11:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Fifth Wheel to TT?

One of the moderators on one of the Grand Design forums lost his fifth wheel to a truck fire while on the road (the fire spread from the truck so quickly there was no way to get the fifth wheel unhitched). They used the fiver to travel all over the country for extended periods of time. A number of us were surprised when he replaced the fifth wheel with a travel trailer with a similar floor plan. His goals were: 1) keep the living area on one level as they get older, 2) put a shell on the truck for storage space in the back, and 3) have room for a small boat on a rack on top of the truck. As an engineer, he implemented all of these goals rather elegantly. They still make trips all over the west (they live in Arizona) and pull up to rallies in Indiana. They don't stay gone quite as long as they used to (a month or six weeks compared to the three months at a time with the fifth wheel). They seem very happy with the whole setup. Rob
Second Chance 02/28/20 05:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Furrion back up camera

Get up there and take a close look at it. The cover provided on (empty) Furrion camera mounts looks like a camera - but it's not. The actual camera will have a lens in the center and a ring of small LED lights around it. All Furrion cameras come with a monitor. Chances are that either the previous owner is clueless or there's not camera there (or both). Rob
Second Chance 02/24/20 01:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Installing a slide out room in an existing coach

A quick Google search produced the following: http://www.hancockrvrepair.com/rv-slide-out-rooms/
Second Chance 02/24/20 01:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Glass Pantry Doors

We've never had an issue with the glass in our pantry door - or any of the other cabinets, for that matter. The shelves have a lip at the edge to keep things from sliding as far as the door. Rob
Second Chance 02/24/20 07:44am General RVing Issues
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