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RE: Battery Chargers

I used this one to keep all 4 house batteries charged and it also is a Desulfator: BatteryMinder 128CEC1: 12V 2/4/8 AMP I also use one to keep the 2 engine batteries maintained: BatteryMINDer Model 2012: 12Volt-2 Amp Battery Charger When I get home, I just clip them on and forget it. They work well.
ncrowley 08/11/19 09:23am Beginning RVing
RE: Air Conditioner Performance

I also recommend an external windshield screen. We have the Magneshade and they work very well.
ncrowley 08/11/19 09:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you contribute ?

We contribute to rvparkreviews. We figure if we find it very useful, we want to contribute our reviews to it.
ncrowley 08/07/19 03:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Miles per day.

No more than around 400 miles per day. However, if it is windy back roads, we do less miles per day since it is more tired and time consuming.
ncrowley 08/07/19 03:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel Pusher, side vs rear mount radiator

I would not make the radiator location a major determinant in deciding if a motor home is right for you. If you somehow find two identical motor homes and one has a side radiator and one has a rear radiator, I would go for the one with the side radiator. However, it never works that way. Models either have one or the other. More important are the quality of the coach, how well it has been cared for, and if the length and floor plan will work for you.
ncrowley 08/07/19 03:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help!!!!!!!!

Egg shell trailers can leak. A friend purchased a 17 foot Casita last November. It leaked a LOT. And when they leak, the water sits at the bottom of the tub. They brought it to someone local and they tried to fix the leak but could not because of the way they are constructed. They drove it back to the manufacturer in Texas and came home and it still leaked a lot! The manufacturer came and got it and kept it for over a month. It came back home and the good part is it is not leaking anymore. The point is you cannot assume these egg shell trailers do not leak and when they do leak, the water does not go anywhere. It sits at the bottom of the bottom half of the shell.
ncrowley 07/05/19 05:50am Beginning RVing
RE: Travel trailer advice

I have had a trailer. You will want to hook up to power and will need to hook up to power in order to run the microwave and the air conditioner. You can run things like lights for a period of time off the batteries depending on how many batteries you have. We had two batteries. You can increase that time using solar. The refrigerator, stove, water heater and heat run on propane, although they also use some power. For example, the fan for the heater needs power. You can also run the refrigerator on AC when you have it. I would suggest that you spend time online and at RV lots looking at different trailers and seeing the features. There will be different features for different RVs.
ncrowley 07/02/19 05:59am Beginning RVing
RE: How do you begin to plan for extended road trips?

We are planners. We decide where we want to go and plan the trip based on no more than about 400 miles per day. We look at maps and the trucker atlas to look for the roads we want to take. We also use the Mountain Directory to look to see if there are any extreme ascents or descents. We reserve all the RV spots. We used rvparkreviews extensively for places to stay. We have a larger RV (39 foot class A) so we look for long pull throughs for overnight stops so we do not have to unhook. Our trips are usually 2 weeks to a month long. Yes, we risk not making it to a place where we have a reservation, but for us, the piece of mind is worth occasionally losing a deposit.
ncrowley 06/22/19 07:35pm Beginning RVing
RE: The wide world of steering stabilizers

Yes, I have one. I do not see much difference in normal driving. I purchased it to hopefully help in a front tire blowout.
ncrowley 06/07/19 06:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Heading to Mt. Rushmore

I second the Rafter J Bar Ranch, but I would worry about getting a spot at that RV park or others in the area without reservations. They have a short season and they fill up in the season. You can call the RV parks and they will tell you if you will need a reservation.
ncrowley 05/22/19 12:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2006 In-Motion Satellite Question

I would anticipate that you will either need to or want to replace it. We have a 2004 and when we got it 6 years ago, we tried to get our dome to work but never could. We decided to just go with an external dish and have been glad we did since we do not have to worry about trees blocking the signal.
ncrowley 05/21/19 06:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newby questions

The east expensive way to go is a truck and trailer. Since you have not had a RV before, it is a good way to learn what you like and do not like. It is more comfortable to travel in a motorized RV pulling a car. It is easy to access the bathroom and set up.
ncrowley 05/12/19 11:25am Beginning RVing
RE: Have you thought about downsizing?

From the Winnebago Navion 24V spec sheet: GCWR(lbs.) 15,250 GVWR(lbs.) 11,030 4,220 difference 2-Door Jeep Wrangler 3,970 lbs 200 lbs below the max GCWR I have a 4 door Rubicon and it is 4500 pounds. But also those numbers are better then the model we were looking at a year ago. We were getting around 3700 pounds difference.
ncrowley 05/05/19 04:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Have you thought about downsizing?

That’s exactly why I’m looking at it gemsworld. I want to do more coast to coast travel and it just seems like a much easier way to put on lots of miles on the road. I would also like to have the ability to tow the Jeep Wrangler so I don’t know if the Sprinter is capable of that. I did see several of the Sprinters towing wranglers on this last trip. Are they rated to tow that much? They cannot tow most Wranglers even though they have a 5K hitch. We have a Rubicon and they definately cannot tow that. Subtract the GVWR from the GCWR and that is what you can tow. You may have a few hundred pounds more if you do not load the RV to the max. When we did the math, we were a LOT less than the Rubicon. The dealer kept telling us there was no problem, so we called Winnebago and they told us that the calculation we were doing was correct and we should not tow the Jeep. We like the Sprinter and have done the math on that chassis with a number of manufacturers and they all can tow less than 4K pounds so we gave up on that chassis.
ncrowley 05/03/19 06:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to calculate the cost of RVing

We also did the math because we are both engineers and want to know. We purchased a 9 year old diesel pusher. The math clearly showed it is considerably more expensive to travel in the coach than using motels. We still have the coach 7 years later and we are very happy with our decision to buy it. We have been places where there was no close hotel. We have had camp sites in beautiful areas. Our dog gets to travel easily with us. We have our own bed. We get to cook our own food. We do not have to do the "bag drag" from hotel to hotel. We think traveling in the coach is great.
ncrowley 04/28/19 05:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Low overpasses, etc.

While we use a GPS, we never trust them completely. We check each route with a truckers road atlas. The atlas shows low overpasses and bridges with weight limits. You can also get this information online. We plan our fuel stops by looking at any questionable places with Google earth. We do the same with the RV parks and will often call them to ask about access. We read the reviews on to see if there is anything we should knnow about the park. Yes, we plan but it gives us peace of mind.
ncrowley 04/22/19 06:07am Beginning RVing
RE: newbie needs wisdom

First, get one with complete maintenance records. Make sure any maintenance records you get are complete. An oil change once per year is far from adequate. Get one that has been well taken care of my knowledgeable owners. Watch out for the paint checking issue in those years. I would prefer one that was kept under cover. Get it inspected by an independent shop. Floor plan is important. Stay with the better brands: Newmar, County Coach, Tiffin. We are fine with our rear radiator. The issues we had were due to being out in the sun and incomplete maintenance records.
ncrowley 03/26/19 06:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What Tire Monitoring System to get?

TireMinder is my favorite. Great customer service.
ncrowley 03/24/19 06:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Has this happened to you?

I had it happen to me in Beaver, UT in my car. It was a fuel stop on the east side of the highway with a tire shop attached. A guy came by and told me one of my rear tires was going flat. He said there was free air on the side of the building. When I got there to check things out, there was a guy waiting to check my pressure for me. He said it was very low. I started getting a weird vibe. There was no alert in the instrument panel. He said he would fill it. Then, he just went a few secs and said - oh, he overfilled it. That was too fast to be overfilled. Then he said he could get me a good deal on a tire and got me a price. I was not feeling right so I went on my way. There was nothing wrong with that tire.
ncrowley 03/19/19 03:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tombstone or Bisbee?

We just went to both in Feb and we really enjoyed the mine tour in Bisbee and the town is really cool. We enjoyed Tombstone but it was too touristy for us.
ncrowley 03/04/19 08:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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