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RE: Changing a tire yourself

My thought with the food being my last concern is that if I were stuck in an off-kilter position, I would turn the fridge off. Then no concern about damage to it.
toedtoes 10/25/21 05:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Changing a tire yourself

Good considerations. For me, the answers would be: 1. I carry the plastic blocks with me - both in the MH and in the SUV. 2. This is why I carry two jacks. I have had an instance where I needed to use one jack to lift the vehicle so far, then placed a couple blocks under the second jack to lift it a bit further. I would also roll the vehicle to the least unlevel spot. 3. This happened to me. I simply put the bad tire in the back of the SUV until I could take it to a tire shop. 4. I keep a moving blanket, tarp, rain poncho, and a regular blanket in both vehicles. 5. In a worst case scenario, where there would not be a fairly level spot to pull over, food would be my least concern.
toedtoes 10/25/21 02:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Newly Retired

But you are right the OP was asking about Condo rental not politics so why did you bring it up? You are the one who brought up politics: Besides be extremely expensive CA is choked with rules, laws and regs. I'm not sure if most businesses are open. We avoid the place if possible. Expensiveness is a legitimate consideration. But why would rules, laws and regulations (like the potential future banning of gasoline powered small engines - which is NOT even slightly guaranteed to happen) have any bearing on a 3-month visit? And your comment about businesses not being open is nothing but political trash talk with absolutely no basis in reality.
toedtoes 10/25/21 07:28am Snowbirds
RE: Newly Retired

As you are looking to rent a condo or apartment, I would suggest you look for advice elsewhere. This is an RV forum, and as such, posters will not be the most knowledgeable on availability, etc.
toedtoes 10/24/21 09:43pm Snowbirds
RE: Newly Retired

Florida would not be my choice because of the high rates of covid cases This is political hogwash and you should ignore it. I'm not advocating for you to stay in Florida, it's just the state I know the most about. AZ is a good spot but has a more limited area to stay in because of the weather in the north higher altitude parts of the state. Other possibilities are the Alabama coast, most years the Texas Rio Grande Valley, but the area is inundated by a million or so border jumpers right now. Maybe south New Mexico around Silver City is another. And your comments about California weren't political hogwash???? And your comments about border jumpers isn't political hogwash? The OP is looking to rent a condo for about 3 months - not domicile for 6 months or more...
toedtoes 10/24/21 09:37pm Snowbirds
RE: smaller MH with 2+ separate comfy sleeping areas?

Sorry, I didn't mean for you to check, I meant the OP. Unfortunately, RVs are not subject to the same safety standards as automobiles are. That's why class Bs are more expensive - because the entire vehicle is built to automobile safety standards, not just the cab area. As far as I have been able to find, RV manufacturers do not have to build the house portion of class C, class A, TCs or trailers to any federal or state safety standard. The only "building code" is developed by the RVIA and is only required by its members. And those standards don't address crash safety.
toedtoes 10/24/21 12:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Good Sam ERS Hung Us Out to Dry

We dumped GS ERS several years ago over an issue with a flat tire on the dually. They got there in a reasonable amount of time and then I was told if I wanted to add air to my spare, which was extra and not covered by GS. After he left, I called GS and cancelled them. Ken Did GS verify that airing up the tire was not covered? When I had one of my trailer tires blow, the service truck came out and put on the spare. But he didn't have an air compressor to inflate it. Fortunately, I had just bought one and had it with me. As I found out that the spare needed to be underinflated to fit on the holder, I always have the air compressor in the suv. P.S. glad to see another parrot enjoying the RV lifestyle! My Mexican red-headed amazon loved it. My new amazon is taking her first trip next month.
toedtoes 10/24/21 11:59am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: smaller MH with 2+ separate comfy sleeping areas?

I'm not sure with newer MHs, but in the past, seatbelts have often simply been bolted to the plywood base of the dinette and couch seats. I suggest you lift the cushions and check.
toedtoes 10/24/21 08:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: smaller MH with 2+ separate comfy sleeping areas?

I have a class C and I love my cabover bed. It can be a pain to get in and out of if you have mobility issues. For young adults, it would work fine. For the 9 year old, it would be awesome. Are you staying at campgrounds or RV parks? If at campgrounds, I would toss in a tent for those times the older kids want to come. Better yet, buy them their own camping gear for holidays/birthdays. They can camp with friends and join you as they desire. Get a model with the cabover bed and a queen bed at the back. Put the 9 year old in the cabover and you and spouse in the queen bed. If you are staying at RV Parks, then you're going to have to make concessions as many don't allow tents. Using a dinette convert for the older kids if they come, or putting them in the cabover and putting the 9 year old on the sofa. There are bunk bed models, but from what I've seen they tend to be on the smaller size and a bit claustrophobic. I'm not sure you can find a bunk and queen bed model.
toedtoes 10/23/21 02:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Good Sam ERS Hung Us Out to Dry

This is where AAA and Good Sam differ. AAA will find a truck to tow you. It is up to you to decide where to be towed. Good Sam will first attempt to locate a shop that will accept your vehicle. IF and WHEN they find that shop, they will then locate a tow truck to tow you to the shop. If they cannot find a shop willing to accept your vehicle, they will not send out a tow truck. With both, if you need other than a small size wrecker (standard auto tow truck), it can take longer to get that tow truck to you because there are fewer available. As for what happens now, GS will most likely agree to pay your out of pocket tow costs and will offer an additional year of service for free - it's their standard "compensation package".
toedtoes 10/22/21 08:42pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Changing a tire yourself

For those that rely on someone else to change your tires, what would you do if you don't have cell phone coverage in the middle of nowhere with very light traffic. Are you going to wait a day for someone to drive by so that they can make a call when they get to civilization? How will you know that help is coming? For many people, they never go to "the middle of nowhere", so that concern is non-existent. For most of us, we take advantage of road service to not have to change tires when it's available. But we can do it ourselves in a fix.
toedtoes 10/22/21 08:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Changing a tire yourself

One of the first things my dad did when I got my first car was make me change all four tires. I do know how to change a tire and I can change a tire. With that being said, I would rather let AAA do it. In the past 20 years, I have only needed to change two tires. One was on the trailer in an area with no phone service or traffic. The second was on The Racetrack road in Death Valley. In the latter case, my Durango was blocking the road and two Australians drove up behind me and offered to change it for me. I gave them money for a nice dinner. With the clipper, if it were a rear dually, I'd most likely pull off to a safe spot and call AAA. And yes, I have two 20-ton hydraulic jacks in the clipper and one each in the durango and trailer.
toedtoes 10/22/21 09:38am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Veteran PTSD research project needs a loaner/donated class C

Contact your local RV dealers (new and used) and see if they would be willing to donate or provide one at a reduced cost. If at a reduced cost, you could do some fundraising for that.
toedtoes 10/21/21 04:09pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: One more advantage of extended cabover on a regular cab PU

The winshield on my class C has never iced over.
toedtoes 10/21/21 08:21am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone dribble their gray ?

I won't dump (or even dribble) gray. If each successive camper dumps their gray - it turns into a stinky/slimy mess. There's also food particles in it, which can attract unwanted visitors like rodents/skunks, etc this ^^ X2
toedtoes 10/19/21 11:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Cold weather, generators, and campgrounds

Thank you for being a voice of reason. There are so few of them today. To the "rules are rules" people", do you really believe that to be a line that is never, ever to be crossed? If the speed limit is 25, you don't exceed that if you are taking someone to the hospital who is experiencing a heart attack? Were everyday Germans in the 1940s just following the rules when they betrayed the hiding places of Jews who were then sent to the gas chambers? First, had there been an extenuating circumstance, then most everyone would be fine with not following the rule. But, per the OP, this was not one or two RVs, this was pretty much the entire loop. And the weather was typical for the location and time. That significantly reduces the chance that this was an extenuating circumstance. To use your example, if one person exceeds the 25mph speed limit, it's potentially possible that they are rushing to the hospital. But if 10 out of 15 cars are exceeding the speed limit, then it is highly unlikely that they are all rushing to the hospital and much more likely that they are simply ignoring the law. As for your other example, that is so far out of the realm of comparison as to be nonsensical. You can't compare human atrocities to following a no generator rule at a campground.
toedtoes 10/19/21 11:01am General RVing Issues
RE: My wife is gonna kill me, please help

Hopefully her dad will look at the RV and validate your decision to buy it. If everything else is in great shape, then a non-functional fireplace is like buying a wel-cared-for car with dirty floor mats. You just buy new ones and be glad the car runs perfectly.
toedtoes 10/19/21 08:54am Tech Issues
RE: Anyone dribble their gray ?

When I dribble it usually has a yellow tint to it. :D:o:B Yup know that feeling Never Dribbled gray water" Did dribble Wash water There are 3 classes of waste Black Gray Wash What is the differfence between Gray and Wash? The kitchen sink is Gray. Shower/lav's wash.... Food particles. Unless you're Kramer; then your gray and wash would be the same water...
toedtoes 10/19/21 07:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Cold weather, generators, and campgrounds

Why on earth would you leave your water heater on overnight? Are you prone to sleep-showering? I already explained why I leave it on.
toedtoes 10/19/21 07:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Cold weather, generators, and campgrounds

My hot water tank water doesn't stay hot all night. If I found myself at a campground that required water pumps, furnaces, and water heaters to be turned off during the night, I would abide by that. If I'm camping and my neighbor approaches me about my water heater waking them up at night, I would turn it off. But, outside of that, I prefer to not be in agony because my joint rubbed against a pillow.
toedtoes 10/19/21 12:12am General RVing Issues
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