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RE: Gulfstream BT Cruiser Quality

Well just checked my 08 Bounder wall specs and it to is mounted on the outside on a wall hanger, after 12 years and 52,000 miles its still in great shape and zero issues, Fleetwood says its to reduce squeaks from the wall to floor.That makes no sense to me, but it must be working because many manufactures do it. It is good to read that you have no issues. BTW: Our Phoenix Cruiser 2350 with the walls resting on the floor, is 13 years old and we have no squeaks either. It's been a very "tight" rig. I imagine it helps that the house is smaller than most in over-all height and width. Any box made with the same exact materials will be stronger when made smaller. A softer riding suspension should also help. I am not sure why some mount the wall on outside vs on the floor, maybe to make the rv wider inside without making the floor and frame under floor wider to save money.. As to Fleetwood saying so the floor wont squeak on wall if mounted outside I would have to say everything else squeaks and rattles so I don't really know..
timmac 12/28/20 09:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Gulfstream BT Cruiser Quality

Over-all it appears to be a nicely constructed rig....with one exception. The walls do not rest on the floor. They are bolted against the side of it. This means the weight of the walls, roof, and everything attached to them, are resting on the fasteners. You can see the practice in the framing picture. I have heard of manufactures building that way, but never understood the logic behind it. Well just checked my 08 Bounder wall specs and it to is mounted on the outside on a wall hanger, after 12 years and 52,000 miles its still in great shape and zero issues, Fleetwood says its to reduce squeaks from the wall to floor. https://recreationalvehicles.info/2008-fleetwood-bounder/#lg=1&slide=9
timmac 12/20/20 04:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What the ??

I am planning on downsizing my class A to a B+ rv under 25 foot, was also looking at new trucks and a camper as a 2nd option, so with the price of a new F-250 to F-350 and a new camper with a slideout it would cost almost the same price as a new small class A motorhome, {$100,000+} The BT cruiser class B+ new starts at $72,000 and has twice the room of most campers.. How in the world does the truck camper makers stay in business with these high prices.. :h Truck campers are specialty tools. And many don't stay in business, they make up a tiny percentage of the RV market. If you look at all the parts, they are cramming all the same parts into a smaller package. The box itself is a small part of the cost of an RV. Now to your comparison...I question the comparison of costs you made (I'm using new prices as used prices have to many variables but like for like should follow a similar pattern): - Class B+ may be $72k but you presumably have a separate car. Average new car price is $35k...let's say you downsize a bit and go $28k...that gives us a baseline of $100k for the motorhome option. Even if you say you aren't going to pull a toad, you still need a car for at home (A $100k class A would be $128k with toad) - Travel Trailer: A 25ft B+ is going to have interior space roughly equivalent to a 20-23ft travel trailer and could easily be pulled by a 1/2 ton truck. It's no where close to the level of needing a 3/4 or 1 ton truck. We just bought a new 28ft trailer for $18k out the door...saw some smaller ones that we could have got for $15k. Add $35-40k for a 1/2 ton truck to pull it and you are around $50-55k and the truck can be your daily driver. Yes, it will use a little more gas but it will take many years to make up the $45-50k in up front savings. - Truck campers really are a tough nut unless you need a tool that does what a truck camper does. Even the biggest will have a smaller living quarters and less storage than the other two options. Due to the weight unless you go incredibly tiny, you are at least into a 3/4 ton but more likely in 1 ton truck territory. On the positive side, unless you are pulling a trailer behind it, not much point in upgrading to the diesel...in fact diesel hurts as it eats up payload. So $60k for a truck plus say $40k for a modest truck camper and you are at the Class B+ price. You don't need a toad as you can use the truck for running around. So why would someone go truck camper? - They like to go offroad camping. Short of dedicated expedition vehicles, the others won't do nearly as well once you get away from the paved roads. Sure you can creep down a dirt road with most RVs but once things get rough, most people won't want to take their RV any further while truck campers may be happy to keep going. - If you want to tow something like a boat. Double towing with a travel trailer is illegal in most states (5th wheels are more doable). With a MH, you have the choice of toad or toy. There are probably a couple other use cases that could be argued but it's mostly a specialty tool. Yes when you add in the tow car it does cost more than a new truck/camper if the truck and camper are not the high end, something to consider on my decision, not a fan of crawling in bed and getting up and down at night, I have owned a truck camper many years ago and they are far better today than they were 30 years ago.. Plus insurance would be less.
timmac 12/18/20 06:10pm Truck Campers
RE: What the ??

versatility, truck can be used during the 85% of the time campers never leave home. ? in my mind is how average worker can afford a new f350. Yep I haven't bought a full size truck for sometime now, I did buy a 4 cly 2018 Tacoma for under $24,000 but just went looking and new F-250 and F-350 and cant believe the price they want for them now, and than looked at new camper prices with just one slideout and was also shocked.. I can see why class C's and A's are selling like hot cakes compared to a new truck with a new camper...
timmac 12/18/20 12:10am Truck Campers
What the ??

I am planning on downsizing my class A to a B+ rv under 25 foot, was also looking at new trucks and a camper as a 2nd option, so with the price of a new F-250 to F-350 and a new camper with a slideout it would cost almost the same price as a new small class A motorhome, {$100,000+} The BT cruiser class B+ new starts at $72,000 and has twice the room of most campers.. How in the world does the truck camper makers stay in business with these high prices.. :h
timmac 12/17/20 11:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Friend is looking to get into rv.. check this site out ??

I did a google map of their location and no way is there motorhomes parked in their lot and the building is not tall enough, also look at the background of the RV's and autos for sale, they are all filmed in different locations, they also say they have live auctions over the phone.. The prices on the RV's are 20 cents on the dollar and they all are in excellence condition, something tells me its a fraud..
timmac 12/17/20 10:31pm Beginning RVing
RE: Gulfstream BT Cruiser Quality

I was interested in these also. I will be following your thread. I could not find WB or any weight ratings on their web site. FW is only 33 gals on the 5240 but 41 gals on the 5210. Like the low profile, front and rear caps, 7.3 engine, smaller doghouse and 7500 tow capacity. Like to know the OCC. Looks a lot better on paper than the sprinters. Have you test drove any yet? No there is no dealer here in Vegas that sells the BT cruiser, have never been in one, I have to drive over 300 miles just to go see one in person. The 33 gals is small but found out most class B+ have a small water tanks, I could easy install another tank under the RV or carry some water tanks on a cargo carrier on back when dry camping beyond 3 days. Most class B+ are about $100,000 or more, the BT cruiser seems far better price and its on the V-8 ford van chassis vs the V-6, its better to have extra HP in the mountains.. I was on anther forum and its hard to find any owners with the BT cruiser and if its worth the money before I make a 2 day trip just to walk in one..
timmac 12/17/20 10:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Gulfstream BT Cruiser Quality

I like this model the best. https://youtu.be/kaRsSLUqQD8
timmac 12/16/20 11:03pm Class C Motorhomes
Gulfstream BT Cruiser Quality

Thinking of downsizing my class A to a B+ rv, looking at the BT Cruisers, the 5340 and 5255 model, none for sale here in Las Vegas to check out the quality so would like to here from other owners, wanting brand new so hope to hear from those with the 2015 or newer models.. Older model owners can chime in but as many RV makers sometimes they get better with time.. :C
timmac 12/16/20 10:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Times Up, Told You So, DirecTV is Dead

As usual some posters here can't get the facts right (OK, maybe only one whose name I will not acknowledge). I never left the thread, I left responding to one particular participant behind. So that makes me one of the Right Ones, Thank You... :C:W:B {12 months}
timmac 10/07/20 12:08pm Technology Corner
RE: Times Up, Told You So, DirecTV is Dead

Wow my thread has grown to 13 pages now. Hard habits are hard to break and as one ages they tend to not to want change but change still happens.. Cars killed the horse and buggy. Cell phones killed payphones and internet is killing traditional TV service. And soon electric cars/trucks will kill the internal combustion engine. :C
timmac 09/28/20 11:36pm Technology Corner
RE: SpaceX/Starlink at work for the public good...

Yep SpaceX Starlink is going to change the rural area's that lack internet and full time RVers, satellite TV will go the way of payphones...
timmac 09/28/20 11:23pm Technology Corner
RE: las vegas

...not getting the same vaccinators before this .. vacationers? Ahh spell checker got me again..
timmac 09/19/20 01:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: las vegas

The RV parks might still be OK but gang fights are up 1000 percent in the casinos, it seems the new low hotel room prices are not getting the same vaccinators before this half fake covid lock down, young thug types are coming here every weekend and fights all over the place.. Its so bad that metro police are now doubling up patrols on the strips and at some local casinos.. Vegas is not the same anymore... ........................................................ Yep... fights even inside the Casinos too! Nothing but class coming into the new Las Vegas https://youtu.be/XNGYEzIGDkM Wynn Las Vegas files lawsuit after Labor Day weekend violence at property https://youtu.be/6TKdeaaOz9U
timmac 09/17/20 10:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Firestone tires

I have the Firestone FS561 on front and back and love them, I have no steering issues and they ride soft, quiet and smooth, 2 years no issues...
timmac 09/17/20 10:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Times Up, Told You So, DirecTV is Dead

Billy is getting very upset that satellite TV might send him a notice soon that they will no longer be in business due to lack of customers.. If you think Elon is spending billions of dollars on this satellite internet that will give poor service you are wrong.. Oh yea and there is 2 other satellite internet companies coming online after Elons is up.. Has AT&T found a sucker yet for DircTV..
timmac 09/17/20 10:09pm Technology Corner
RE: 1995 Bounder 36' increasing towing cap 3500 to 5,000 lbs

Thanks to all who weighed in. What does the gallery think of this? Beef up every system? 1. Go to slotted and cross drilled and ventilated brake rotors front and either convert the rear to disc or go to the next bigger size of drums. 2. Add say 25% more volume radiator 3. Beef up the Hitch to a 5 or better yet 10k 4. Install an oil cooler and transmission cooler 5. Lower the rear end ratio or replace the entire rear axle with something bigger, beefier and have a push button locking differential 6. Replace the fuel delivery system with state of the art in 2020 fuel injection 7. Replace stock exhaust with headers going into an oversized single pipe I have so little money in this rig that I could add these improvements one at a time. Any comments on the ideas? Sell the motorhome if you already bought it and cut your losses, get a newer motorhome like 2000 or newer than you wont need improvements for towing 5000 pounds. In 2006 Ford did lots of good improvements to the chassis, better motor and transmission, better cooling and radiator, better suspension and brakes and can tow 5000 pound..
timmac 09/09/20 11:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1995 Bounder 36' increasing towing cap 3500 to 5,000 lbs

What year is the Explorer, does the 4 wheel tranfer case have neutral, if so you would be better off flat towing. You will need to add a new class 3 hitch with 5000 lb rating and have the rear frame extension beefed up by a welder, the biggest weak spot is the added rear frame extension from Fleetwood. A 4 wheel car hauler trailer will add about 2000 pounds, you cant do that even with a bigger hitch, you could do a tow dolly.. Or buy a smaller SUV or car that can be flat towed that weights under 4000 pounds..
timmac 09/08/20 03:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Times Up, Told You So, DirecTV is Dead

And MTV was going to kill the radio. How did that work out? Chuck MTV was never going to kill radio, radio will still be around long after traditional satellite/cable TV will be..
timmac 09/08/20 03:16pm Technology Corner
RE: Fed up with tire blow outs!!!

Have you had the tires ballanced, many people dont balance trailer tires and thats a mistake, I had some blow outs and unusal tire wear on a trailer so I had a tire shop balance the tires on the rim and found 2 rims out of round real bad, replaced those 2 rims and all 4 tires balanced and my problems went away.. :C
timmac 09/07/20 03:02pm Travel Trailers
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