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RE: Oil changes

I agree. This is NOT an RV dealer kind of service. Any place that works on OTR trucks will be very familiar with your DP engine and changing its oil. Do NOT neglect lubing/greasing the chassis! Good point Wolfe, I have this done at the truck repair shop that I take my rig to near home when it goes in for its yearly (May) NY safety inspection.
lonewolf80 03/30/23 09:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Twist-on sewer valves…

My guess is the leftover pasta and assorted food items mentioned in dedmiston's post were more likely from the previous user of the site scraping and cleaning their dishes into the firepit/ring their last night at the site so no campfire to burn up the waste, then washing them whether outside by whatever means or in their camper of some sort. And if there is so much germ and disease in that grey water, and let's not be a jerk, responsibly dumped, then what would that say about the dishware we just washed with that same water? Whether the sink or shower, it's essentially soap and water. Oh, on my two-month cross-country trip last Spring/Summer, the first campground we pulled into near St. Augustine, Fl, made the reservation on the road, I asked If I could pay an extra night's rate to be able to wash my motorhome and toad. Lady behind the counter says "I wondered why your rig is so dirty, I see you are from NY, No you don't have to pay extra, just wash it during the evening!" Washed our vehicles at least five more times on the trip at the campgrounds with permission!
lonewolf80 03/30/23 09:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Twist-on sewer valves…

I personally don't have a problem dumping some or all of my grey tank onto the ground. That water is cleaner than if I washed my RV and the residual water and soap run off. Now, what would stop me is how is if I have a neighbor on that side of my campsite and how close is the neighbor. I know some folks use the adapter cap that you put on the sewer outlet that lets you attach a small hose too. They'll then crack open their grey valve to trickle drain the tank as it's being used. I actually bought one of those and kept a small old washing machine hose in my rig, but I never used it so it is on a shelf with other RV supplies in the garage.
lonewolf80 03/29/23 10:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Insane first RV trip plan?

Traveled throughout the Southwest and West last summer and had no problem at all finding private and some public campgrounds while en route and on the road. The only problem the OP will face is an itinerary that doesn't let so to speak smell the roses during each stop and getting into the national parks. Most if not all of the parks mentioned have a reserve system to book your visit to the park. You can get passes for up to three days (Recreation.Gov). Then of course when you get to the park for your reserved time say 9 AM and you find there is a 3-4 wait to get into the park, then what. This happened to my wife and me last May at Arches, 9 AM entry pass, minimum wait 3 1/2 hours. Sorry, not waiting in line for anything that long so we didn't bother. Also for someplace like Yellowstone, the distance into the park from an out-of-the-park campsite can be 50 or more miles away so that should be taken into account. I would recommend the West entrance in West Yellowstone as the best option for this if a CG inside the park isn't available. Same for Yosemite, from campgrounds outside of the South entrance near Groveland, CA to the entrance which is about 24 miles, enter the park and drive another 20-plus miles to get into Yosemite Valley, park, and see the sites. This adds about an hour each way to your daily sightseeing adventures, plan accordingly.
lonewolf80 03/29/23 10:06am Beginning RVing
RE: Oil changes

I drain my diesel oil myself. Walmart sells a pretty good 20 qt. drain pan with a pour spot. Whenever we buy something that comes in a big box I break down the box and save the cardboard to place under the drain pan, and as mentioned not only guards against spills but makes it easy to pull the drain pan, wrench, etc. out from under the rig. Also on occasion, I save large laundry detergent containers and gallon-size RV anti-freeze bottles to slowly pour the used oil in the drain pan to using a funnel and my DW holding both. I drop the oil off at a local mechanic shop that also has a furnace that will burn almost any petroleum product. At the cost of 17 qts. of oil, a Cummins oil filter at $35-40, if I can save on the change, even if it was as little as $75 (doubt that in my WNY neck of the woods) I'm further ahead. I do the same changing my 2 gas filters on my rig too.
lonewolf80 03/29/23 09:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Slides out or autolevelers down first?

Way2, are your jacks factory standard, or aftermarket that sort of fold down vs vertically straight down? Friends of ours have a Sunseeker with the aftermarket electric fold down type.
lonewolf80 02/03/23 07:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Slides out or autolevelers down first?

On my 2014 DP with airbags as I posted prior it is advised to drop air from the airbags, deploy leveling jacks With the engine running (will not operate if not) then move the slides out after the engine is shut down, slides will not operate with the engine running, nor for that matter will the awning deploy with the engine running.
lonewolf80 02/02/23 09:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Slides out or autolevelers down first?

An interesting question asked often on this and other forums. My rig is on a Freightliner XC chassis. I always dump my air first as I was told I could damage my airbags leveling aired up, then deploy the slides. Reverse, slides in, jacks up, air up.
lonewolf80 01/24/23 11:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Roadside Assistance

I had GS RSS for 13-14 years. Most times I used them for my motorcycle or daily driver more than my motor home. Well that all changed last year when I grounded my MH, at first I needed a tow truck to lift it off the inclined road I turned onto not noticing the grade, but I canceled the service call because I was able to free my rig using the leveling jacks. But, we were towing our Kia on our dolly and when it rains it pours. I couldn't get the ignition switch to turn on the car to back off of the dolly. Finally, with help from passersby, we were able to get the car to the side of the road on a busy narrow touristy area lakeside road. So another call back to GS. To shorten the story, after numerous calls and after several lies by GS that a tow truck/flatbed was on the way, we waited 18 hours for a tow that never appeared. I realized I had towing also with my auto insurance, called them, and within 2 hours the car was en route to the closest KIA dealer costing me $50 less for the increased distance tow (38 miles) than GSs price. Later the same day a GS supervisor called to check on my service. I told her I felt sorry for her having to represent a company such as Good Sam RS. When we got home I checked on my Progressive RV insurance policy for RSS, added the extra rider to my policy for $19 for the year, and then called Good Sam to cancel my policy with them and request a refund and the balance. As an aside several times I've talked to tow truck operators asking about GS vs Coachnet. All raved about CN with a couple telling me if GS and CN called for service at the same time they would service the Coachnet call before GS and day.
lonewolf80 01/24/23 11:42am Class A Motorhomes
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