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RE: Not for us

20 years and 100,000 miles with the same coach is great.
rgatijnet1 03/04/22 10:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Not for us

It seems that you dove into full timing right off the bat. Many here that eventually went full time were first weekend warriors (for lack of a better term) for many years prior to going full time. Not us! Almost 20 years ago, we decided to start traveling fulltime, put our houses up for sale, and flew halfway across the country to pick up and drive home our first (and still only) RV--a 40-foot motorhome. But 20 years ago, you had to come up with the idea yourself, and figure out how to get information about the nuts and bolts. Forums like this were invaluable, and there weren't bloggers and youtubers who had a financial interest in promoting the lifestyle. And by the time that year was over, we'd put together a massive amount of knowledge. It was kind of like going to a library and researching compared to looking at a newsfeed. These days people just kind of fall into the lifestyle--certainly the idea and very much the execution as well. Back then you had to really want it because figuring out how to make it happen was a lot of work. Nowadays there are very few barriers to entry, which can have bad results. Plus, there's the terminology issue. Especially after the big recession, a lot of people moved into RVs as a (hopefully) cheaper alternative to a house or apartment, and called it fulltiming. Because they live fulltime in an RV. And that's what the OP ended up doing--he said he'd paid his site rent through November, with options for two more years. I'd say (and I know people will push back) that that's not fulltiming as most people traditionally understood it. But it gets lumped in with the fulltime travel lifestyle, when it might more appropriate to be lumped in with living in a trailer park or mobile home park lifestyle--small dwellings that don't move and are cheaper than a house or apartment. And people who aren't steeped in knowledge don't necessarily know the difference. That's not to say that people who started fulltiming in 2003 didn't get it wrong. But I think a lot more people these days are getting it wrong because they didn't have to put in a lot of work to understand exactly what it is, and to let it marinate in their brains. How many miles have you logged in those 20 years?
rgatijnet1 03/03/22 10:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Weigh Station ??

Weigh station rules
rgatijnet1 02/26/22 12:03pm Class A Motorhomes

Try this shop.......Stuart's Service
rgatijnet1 02/24/22 12:02pm Class A Motorhomes

I believe that they show five 2004 Mandalay's in stock so I agree they should have the part that you need. They probably don't do their inventory by specific part number but if you ask for the HWH sync cylinder they may be able to help.
rgatijnet1 02/22/22 03:59pm Class A Motorhomes

Try here for a salvage part. Search for "Mandalay". RV Salvage Parts
rgatijnet1 02/22/22 03:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2022 Tiffin Open Road, Ford 7.3L V8. Exhaust system too hot

It appears that your dealer is doing everything possible to deflect the problem rather than correct the problem. Dealing with heat from an exhaust system is a routine fix for most shops. They make heat shields that can keep the heat away and there are ways to adjust the exhaust pipes and cat to move them away from sensitive areas. Cats usually will run hotter if there is something wrong with the air/fuel ratio but Ford is probably giving you the standard "not our problem" answer to any issues. Both the dealer and Ford are playing the blame game and you are stuck in the middle. It is too bad that your new coach is being held hostage at the dealer for 8 weeks when it would be a somewhat simple thing to take it to a QUALIFIED mechanic and get an honest answer to your issue.
rgatijnet1 02/20/22 09:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Speedometer and tachometer gauge failure

On my W chassis I had fuse panels under the dash, driver's side, a large fuse panel in a basement compartment, and another fuse panel next to the main 120 volt electrical panel.
rgatijnet1 02/19/22 07:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2013 Itasca V-10

If you are hesitating that means you are not 100% convinced this is the RV for you. The problem is that once you sign the papers, you ARE 100% committed to completing the deal. There are many many more RV's out there and I think you should wait until you find one that better suits your needs. You will know it when you find it. Good luck in your search.
rgatijnet1 02/15/22 02:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A new mysterious random clicking that

From the picture it looks like you have a relay at the top and bottom(black boxes). When it is clicking a finger on the relay should tell you which one is clicking. Once you determine that you should be able to narrow down the cause.
rgatijnet1 02/15/22 01:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Not for us

My wife and I have been married since high school. We love RVing and have traveled a few hundred thousand miles around this country. We love finding new places and seeing new sights. What we have found, after 50+ years of marriage, is that 3 months or so is about all that we can stand to be around each other in close quarters. After that much time on the road, we need to go back to our stick house and spread out to our own spaces and relax. For that reason we found out years ago that we would never be able to full time. We can do multiple 3 month long trips with no issues but I am afraid that if we tried full timing, we would end up divorced within a year. :)
rgatijnet1 02/13/22 08:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas pump keeps clicking off and slowly fills gas tank

Check the RUBBER hose from your filler port to the steel fuel tank for kinks or interior deterioration. They do go bad and especially after 20 years.
rgatijnet1 02/08/22 03:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 72 dodge discoverer 25 interior

Try these links: 1972 1973 1970's
rgatijnet1 02/04/22 05:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas cards and any tips for the full time class a diesel

A Pentagon Federal Credit Union "cash rewards" card will get you a 5% discount on ANY fuel, diesel or gasoline, at ANY brand of gas station, coast to coast.
rgatijnet1 02/04/22 04:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stolen Catalytic Converter

Putting the VIN on a catalytic converter seems like a waste of time. If I was worried about someone stealing mine I would use a welder to just write "STOLEN" on the Cat. If they see this, they may think twice, assuming that they can read.
rgatijnet1 02/01/22 07:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hire Companies - how do I choose?!

This is the only company that I know of that rents RV's in Canada. Cruise America/Cruise Canada Canada RV rentals
rgatijnet1 02/01/22 05:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stolen Catalytic Converter

IF it is on a W22 chassis, the engine is a GM 8.1L and NOT Ford. On my W22 there were FOUR O2 sensors. One before and one after each Cat Converter. Some W22 chassis only have two O2 sensors. In any case, these engine have a fairly sophisticated computer system, ECM, that will notice something is wrong if a straight pipe is added, especially to one side only. This can result in a "check engine" light, or in the worst case, send the engine in to "limp mode". On the OLDER vehicles, most of them would get better performance and better mileage with one or both of the cats removed. On the newer vehicles, because of the ECM, the mileage will certainly decrease as well as the performance. Do not compare 70s-80s vehicles with the newer computer systems. Your engine was designed to have two Cats and since you did mention that you have insurance, get a replacement OEM Cat. As I mentioned before, you can probably get a used Cat within a few days and have it welded in place. The alternative is to pay hundreds of dollars and replace both CATs with a straight pipe and then pay several hundred dollars more to have your ECM recalibrated to not show a fault. Of course after paying that money you will have lowered your mileage and performance.
rgatijnet1 01/30/22 12:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stolen Catalytic Converter

W22 chassis are fairly common. A call to a few salvage yards might get you a used OEM replacement in a few days.
rgatijnet1 01/29/22 07:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Insurance

Try Auto Owners Insurance. They had the best rates for RV's, and my other vehicles. Auto Owners Insurance
rgatijnet1 01/25/22 01:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Onan Marquis 5500 Model 5.5 BGMFA11578G

I am guessing that you have a bad/weak chassis battery. When using the boost switch you bring the house batteries in to the circuit and they overcome the weak chassis batteries.
rgatijnet1 01/04/22 05:41am Class A Motorhomes
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