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RE: Refinancing an RV

As stated, no harm in seeing if another lender can give you a lower rate without a bunch of closing fees. If that doesn't work, you can also save interest costs by increasing your monthly payment. Every little bit you add helps lower your principal balance which lowers your interest amount. Just make sure your lender applies any extra payment towards the principal. The lender on my motorhome purchase was taking my extra amount and applying it to the next payment. When I contacted them, they corrected the situation and adjusted my previous payment accordingly i.e. as payments towards principal.
scbwr 03/28/20 05:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Sold our Vegas 24.1 and now looking bigger

Our 2012 Bay Star has a gas generator (gas motorhome). I wouldn't want my generator to be LP fueled. If you're looking at a DP, then look for one with a diesel fueled generator. In our search for a gas motorhome, we definitely felt that Newmar and Tiffin units were our first choices followed by Winnebago/Itasca. If searching for a DP, there would be more choices and I have no experience with DPs. Good luck in your search!
scbwr 03/17/20 01:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2012 Winnebago Vista 35F

I've read quite a few posts indicating that the ride quality tends to be better with 22' tires. Based upon a brief search, I think the 2012 Vista has the Schwintek slide out mechanism on the larger slide. That would make me very nervous as there were many problems with the system when used with larger slide outs. We had a Winnebago travel trailer with a Schwintek slide out mechanism on a smaller slide out. I never had any problems with it, but from what I've read, I would avoid them on larger or full wall slide outs. I would also suggest looking at other brands, in particular Tiffin or Newmar. During our search for a used gas motorhome, we looked at quite a few units and found that Newmar, Tiffin and Winnebago were our preferred manufacturers. We're very happy with our Newmar Bay Star and find the quality to really be top drawer, especially the insulation of the unit. Newmar actually provides the R ratings for the roof, walls and roof whereas I could not find that information for the Winnebago Vista. But, I will say that the wood cabinetry of the Tiffin gas motorhomes is better than Nemar's.
scbwr 03/06/20 01:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: UpDate : Koni FSD Shocks

Koni does make all kinds of shocks, some of which are gas charged. The Koni Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) shocks, which are the title of the posting by the OP is about Koni FSD shocks, which are not gas charged. Not quite true for all FSD shocks. The Koni shocks for my 2012 F53 Chassis are the 8805 1018 (front) and 8805 1019 (rear). According to the web site, these are FSD shocks and according to the information chart, they are identified as non-adjustable FSD/active and twin tube low pressure. I'm not being critical of Koni shocks, but there are differences in their shocks for different motorhomes. For those of us with the F53 chassis, the it's difficult to determine whether the Koni shocks perform better than Biltein shocks to justify the added cost. And there are some references that the Bilstein shocks work better for the F53 chassis while the Koni shocks are much better for diesel pushers. There is a real need for some comprehensive testing to provide consumers with some accurate data as to how shocks perform on a variety of different motorhomes.
scbwr 02/29/20 11:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: UpDate : Koni FSD Shocks

I had great results from my Koni FSD shocks. My previous Monroe, and most other shocks, are gas charged which means they are under "compression" when just sitting still and they transfer even the slightest road joint bump in to the chassis. The Koni FSD shocks are NOT gas charged so they dampen all of the many small bumps that you may receive on an interstate as well as doing a great job of dampening the large bumps. Not being gas charged also means that they are an easy install. I think you will be happy with your results. Some Koni shocks are gas charged. If you go to the Koni website and look under "frequently asked questions", you can find a link for a chart of specifications for the different Koni shocks: Koni Shock specifications
scbwr 02/29/20 06:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dually valve extenders

Another vote for Borg valves. They're not cheap, but I like the way they are stabilized and you don't have to worry about that extension connection where you can't see it!
scbwr 01/10/20 05:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A Fulltimer freeze concerns

I've been in low teen temps with our Bay Star and with the gas furnace running, the temps in the water bays have never been a problem. I do have two wireless temp sensors so I can monitor the temps. And, I have two small electric personal heaters (200 watts each) mounted in the water bays with thermocubes if I end up in temps where more heat is needed.
scbwr 11/14/19 06:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: First trip in Class A driving in Smokey Mountains

The V-10 will do everything you want it to do. Never had an issue with my 02 V-10 Excursion and 35ft TT combined weight around 18k lbs. To add to that. I’ve been out west as well as the East. While there are more mountain roads out west, there are some in the east that rival the what can be found in the west! My next purchase will be a 5 star tune for my current MH. I had it with the Excursion and it was amazing. I’m expecting the same for my 2012. What I’m looking to do is improve on the drive by wire system. The factory programming pulls too much throttle when you really need it. I'm happy with the 5 Star Tune mod that I installed on our Bay Star. The modification to the shifting points is the most noticeable improvement and I feel it accelerates a bit better when merging onto highways or passing another vehicle. The Ford V10 meets our needs and budget. A nice DP certainly has quite a few benefits, but it comes at a price.
scbwr 11/14/19 06:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leave slide out?

There's no definitive answer so do what makes you comfortable. Personally, I'd put the slides in when not there based on the idea that if bad storms hit, it's less likely to have a problem with any water intrusion.
scbwr 11/11/19 04:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Closed threads re web problems.

I'm still having major problems with this site. I click on a thread and get the error message. I'm just trying to report the problem. I don't understand why threads regarding this problem get closed. I hope someone is able to resolve this issue. Just try this Thanks for the help. I've made the changes and I'll see how it works. If anyone is interested, the suggested fix has worked. I've been on the site many times without a problem since making the adjustments. Thanks again for the help!
scbwr 11/11/19 04:06am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: H L quality?

Manufacturer of Hy-Line trailers. I believe this may be the company you are looking for. They do make a line of travel trailers that are designed for handicap access. From what I see, their travel trailers seem to be entry level or slightly better quality. They're not very good at giving construction/material specifics. I'd certainly be very cautious and really check their products very thoroughly before purchasing....especially roof construction and potential problems related to water intrusion.
scbwr 11/01/19 06:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Class A. Wheel size

My preference would be to buy a slightly used motor home, so I wouldn't waiting to buy the new Ford model. I ended up buying a used one with the 19" tires and haven't had a problem and it works well for our traveling i.e. we're not full timers. I can see trying to get one with the 22" tires if possible, but I'd be more concerned about floor plan, quality, and cargo capacity if looking for a used unit. If buying new, I'd go for the 22" tire as long as the cargo capacity was is adequate, based upon the reputation for better ride quality with the larger tire.
scbwr 10/31/19 05:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Closed threads re web problems.

I'm still having major problems with this site. I click on a thread and get the error message. I'm just trying to report the problem. I don't understand why threads regarding this problem get closed. I hope someone is able to resolve this issue. Just try this Thanks for the help. I've made the changes and I'll see how it works.
scbwr 10/24/19 06:19am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: New Class A owner. Need some advice

96 Bounder manual Use the link to download the owner's manual. Start switch for generator is usually on dash but there should be a start button on the generator.
scbwr 10/24/19 06:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Using water below freezing?

You can get temperature sensors that have a remote and you can monitor the temps in the area of your water tank. There is also the option of plugging in a personal electric heater (low wattage) that will give off enough heat in the compartment to prevent freezing. The electric heater can be plugged into a thermal coupler that will cut in at a specified temp. My Bay Star gets enough heat in the water bay that I've had no problems when the temps were in the teens if I used the propane furnace.
scbwr 10/22/19 02:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Resent 2016-2019 Jayco qualiity?

Based upon my research a couple of years ago and our purchase, I'll suggest the following. Consider buying used as motorhomes (especially gas) take a big depreciation. Combine that with the fact that if it's your first motor home, your likely to trade it in at some point when you've had more experience and know what you would like to have in terms of space, floor plan, size, etc. For gas motorhomes, from what we saw, go for a used Newmar, Tiffen or Winnebago/Itasca. I believe you will get a better unit and more bang for the buck than buying new. We ended up with our Newmar because it was the right size and we were able to get it at a price that we could afford. It had the added bonus of coming with an extended warranty that only cost $100 and has already been used to replace a AC unit. There is a bonus to buying new as you do get a warranty. However, by buying used, you may save enough to pay for an extended warranty. I've never thought of extended warranties being a very good idea when we had popup tent campers and two travel trailers, but with a motorhome, I'm feeling a little different. I'm considering extending our warranty when it's due to expire, depending on what kind of coverage I can select, deductable, etc. Whatever you do, take your time and really look. In our case, we were originally going to buy something from the 2005-2008 models. But after looking at how they are typically worn and dated, we decided to go a bit newer and not have to get into replacing carpeting, floors, furniture so soon. On our Newmar, we have taken out one of the two sofas and replaced with a smaller recliner and end table/cabinet. Eventually, I'd like to replace the other sofa only because I would like to change the color. Best of luck!
scbwr 10/20/19 08:34am Class A Motorhomes
Closed threads re web problems.

I'm still having major problems with this site. I click on a thread and get the error message. I'm just trying to report the problem. I don't understand why threads regarding this problem get closed. I hope someone is able to resolve this issue.
scbwr 10/17/19 06:26am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Error Messages

The problems seems to be getting worse! I switched to using the portal and still get error messages every time I try to access the class A motor home forum. Something is definitely screwing up the works and needs to be fixed.
scbwr 10/07/19 06:45am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: We're sorry. An error has occurred.

And again....time to say goodbye to this forum!
scbwr 10/03/19 04:40am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: We're sorry. An error has occurred.

I've posted about this before. I've been using the portal rather than the trailer life portal and it seemed to be better until today. I've now encountered the error page twice. There is some sort of problem with the site, but they don't seem to be able to get to the root of it.
scbwr 10/03/19 04:38am Forum Posting Help and Support
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