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

Maintenance? My DP has about 91,00mi on it. Change oil & filters including Gen once a year, about $200. Had to replace the heater core and some refrigerator issues (gassers have those also). So what is the maintenance issue? Servicing a just-lift-the-hood truck diesel is much easier than servicing an under-the-bed RV diesel. So much so that I've found that truck service places hate to work on RV diesels because they literally have to climb on top of them for some issues. That's why they'll often charge more for RV service. Ever replace a side radiator on a RV diesel? I'm guessing not. Just wait till that V-10 blows out a spark plug. My mechanic says only replace these @ 100k miles . . . and don't let a backyard mechanic do it unless they know the difference between 2 and 3 turn spark plug engine models. In other words, it's easy to hose up V10 spark plug replacement unless you know what you're doing. Not many gassers go over 200k without serious problems. But the gas ones are a little cheaper and a lot of that is reflected in the quality of the "house" part as well as the drive train. Got some actual data on these outrageous statements?
TechWriter 10/19/21 09:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gasser guys and gals ...why not a diesel ?

I've had both: two gassers (35' 2004 Sea Breeze & 31' 2001 Sea View) and a DP (41' 2001 Newmar). The Sea Breeze was no fun to drive long distances, but cheap to maintain. The Newmar was much better driving -- air bags make a big difference, but very expensive to maintain. The 2001 Sea View, our newest gasser, has been a pleasant surprise. Maybe I wasn't expecting much. The V10 is zippy as hell, the steering is precise (not loose and wandering like our Sea Breeze), and the ride quality is good enough for long distance driving.
TechWriter 10/18/21 10:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cell service at Trailer Village Grand Canyon?

Couple years ago, we had no problem with Verizon or T-Mobile. At the time, Feds said they were upgrading tower ... so probably even better now. Outlying areas were a bit 'iffy', but in the village and campground, we had no problem. When we were there in April 2019, Verizon service was non-existent from our spot in Trailer Village. However, as soon as you went to the village, service was great. But in Trailer Village we relied on our HughesNet Gen 5 setup.
TechWriter 10/17/21 07:57pm Technology Corner
RE: Replacing water heater due to age........

My the Atwood in my 2001 Sea View has some "issues" when using gas heat so I'm trying this Atwood Tune-Up Kit.
TechWriter 10/10/21 09:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Which old motorhome to buy

There are a lot of good, used, class A rigs at varying price points, and the older units which are still fully driveable and haven't had the snot beat out of them will give you a much better RVing experience than taking a schoolie shell and building it from scratch. We ended up buying this 2001 31' National RV Sea View after a several month search.
TechWriter 10/07/21 03:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Small Class A vs Large Class C

Which A did you get? Diesel? Solar? Hoping to wrap up the PDI tomorrow. More info after that. 2001 National RV Sea View 31', 2 slides, 2 ACs (so 50A), 1 owner who kept it garaged, 20,500 GVWR with 3500 lbs of CCC, and levelers. One Happy Camper here
TechWriter 10/05/21 09:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small Class A vs Large Class C

Which A did you get? Diesel? Solar? Hoping to wrap up the PDI tomorrow. More info after that.
TechWriter 10/04/21 09:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small Class A vs Large Class C

We decided to go with an older 31’ Class A — 2 slides, levelers, 2 ACs (so 50A), generator, plenty of storage, 5k hitch, and 3500 lbs of CCC. All for the less than most of the Class Cs I looked at.
TechWriter 10/04/21 07:48pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Need Tires

I’ve bought two sets of Hankooks and liked them better than the Michelin’s they replaced. AH11? AH35?
TechWriter 10/04/21 04:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Used class a ?

We really want to keep our purchase price below 60000 $. I have found a pretty nice Dutch star 1999 model with 110000 miles on it. I just don't to have break downs on the road. Should I stay away from older mhs is it worth the risk. We're going on our 3rd RV - first a Class A gasser, then a Class A DP, and now back to a Class A gasser (check my signature for model info). As a former Newmar owner, I'd like to say that you can't do wrong with one, but it depends on a number of things . . . former owner(s), where it was kept (in the AZ sun? near the salty coast? etc etc). For example, we just finished looking at two 2001 Class A gasser RVs, both similar National RV models (length, engine, chassis). However, one has 61K miles & 5 owners and looks like it just returned from Burning Man. The other one has 36K miles & 1 owner and looks like it was kept in garage in a gated community for 20 years. But the 61K one costs less than 1/2 of the 36K one. Nevertheless, an older RV can end up being a better and more dependable buy than a newer one. Sometimes. Currently, it's still a seller's market. For example, I sold my 2001 Newmar in May for about $20K more than we expected. Now I'm buying an RV for about $10K more than I expected to pay. C'est la vie. With either an older (2000ish) gas or diesel Class A, expect to replace the tires, fridge, and ACs.
TechWriter 09/25/21 05:49pm Class A Motorhomes
CA SMOG Testing: Anyone Have Trouble w/Non-CA Class A?

I'm a CA resident thinking of buying an out-of-state gasser Class A. Should I be hesitant or is this not really an issue?
TechWriter 09/21/21 04:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Small Class A vs Large Class C

What's difficult today is to find a small Class C that is built on a chassis that is specified for carrying way more weight in day-in day-out use than is required under normal circumstances. IAW, an overkill chassis under a smal motorhome is not easy to find new, should you desire one. ;) OP here . . . I'm not sure if you meant that newer small motorhomes don't have overkill chassis or . . . Regardless, I said in my original post that my $35k budget doesn't allow for newer Class As or Cs. So I'm forced to look at 2000ish models. While there are some 2000ish Class Cs that fit the bill, there seem to be many more 2000ish Class As. For example, if you're considering CCC (as I am), here are specs on two National RV Class A models . . . height=292 width=702 height=244 width=606
TechWriter 09/13/21 11:11pm Class C Motorhomes
Small Class A vs Large Class C

We started RVing with a 34-foot Sea Breeze gasser in 2004, then upgraded to a 40-foot Newmar Class A DP in 2010 but sold it this year because it was just too big. We still want an RV, but this time around we thought we'd look at used, smaller Class Cs. However, we wanted a rear island bed which is almost all cases we've found means 30 feet & greater. BTW, our budget is only about $35k and while RVs in that price range are few and few between, we've found that they are out there. Anyway, after looking at a number of Class Cs that we initially liked, we're finding them sorely lacking when we compare them to similar sized Class As. For example, I found a 32-foot Class A that had an island bedroom, 2 ACs (rare in Class Cs), levelers (also rare in Class Cs), and plenty of storage & carrying capacity. Am I missing something?
TechWriter 09/10/21 12:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What Is This?

Thanks all! I think I've also noticed this box under some RV island beds.
TechWriter 09/07/21 05:26pm Class C Motorhomes
What Is This?

This is under one of the dinette seats in a 2013 Thor Majestic. What is it? height=500 width=667
TechWriter 09/06/21 10:52pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Cruise America Towng

This Post and the following ones will answer your questions. Not really. It's mostly about the weight capacity of a 23A hitch: Hitch on 2008 Majestic 23A? I was very happy to see the hitch until I took a closer look. This will not carry my motorcycle, Max Tongue Weight 200 lbs. I asked about towing capacity -- two different animals. However, the label on the obsolete Putnam hitch gives away the towing capacity . . . height=513 width=667 Plus, you can check the Receiver Size to determine the Class rating.
TechWriter 08/31/21 12:48pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Cruise America Towng

Most likely the hitch is rated for 5000 pounds, possibly as much as 7500 pounds. According to Thor brochures, it depends on the year. From what I've found for Four Wind 28As, years 2006 to 2014 have 5000 pound hitches & 2015+ have 8,000 pound. So the current lot of Cruise America rentals should be 8,000-pound capable.
TechWriter 08/31/21 12:05pm Class C Motorhomes
Cruise America Towng

In October, we’re renting a Cruise America large RV which I think is a Four Winds 28A. I noticed that they allow towing up to 2500 pounds. However, these RVs are rated for 5000 pounds, right?
TechWriter 08/30/21 03:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Possible return to RV life

Revising my original question, our wish list would be not to go any longer than 25’ because the 23’ Trail Lite we had was very flexible for smaller areas. We strongly prefer a rear bed and at least 1 slide. Our budget is around $40k. I do have concern about high mileage vehicles. When you say "rear bed", which kind do you mean a . . . SIDE BED height=164 width=403 OR an ISLAND BED height=184 width=456
TechWriter 08/19/21 12:34am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Possible return to RV life

Cruise America is not the only place to buy a Former Rental. Not everyone thinks high mileage rentals are the way to go.
TechWriter 08/18/21 06:59pm Class C Motorhomes
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