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RE: Quest for Quality Small RV

If they ever become legal in Canada, I'd probably eventually downsize to a Coach House Arriva. The floor plan is reasonable for a class B van conversion, and it has a dry bath, both of which are important to us.
MDKMDK 01/22/21 10:19am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Denial on claim - need someone from GS to contact me

I guess head gaskets are considered "regular wear and tear" items in some policies, although "pre-existing condition" does sound a little far fetched. Seems odd, but there are always two sides to every story. I'd like to know why they denied the claim, on what basis specifically they decided it was pre-existing, and was there a specific written caveat in the policy regarding head gaskets and other replaceable parts considered failing due to wear and tear, before drawing any final conclusions.
MDKMDK 01/19/21 11:32am Good Sam Extended Service Plan
RE: Best tire inflator for dually tires

Funny what I paid for my inflator I could buy 4 with your priced inflator and put one each tire. Lol ?? Jimbo Many folks like the VIAIR inflators. Most say they're great, and I would hope so, considering the price tag. I got a Fini 120PSI 2 gallon hot dog compressor at Menards for US$80 on sale. I then mosied over to Harbor Freight and bought the fixin's for it, a couple of brass quick connect fittings, some high pressure air hose, and an air chuck that reaches my inside dual rear valve stems. Total, maybe US$35? Like yours, the Fini is 110AC so if necessary, I can fire up the generator, and plug in. Or use it in the driveway at home.
MDKMDK 01/10/21 07:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best tire inflator for dually tires

That’s the plan a 12 inch extension will work wonders just hoping the 1/4 x 1/4 connector works. My compressor is 110 volt only. I know that the battery clamp and the plug in cigarette lighter inflators don’t have the power I need. I simple started my generator plugged in my extension cord and it worked great. Jimbo Maybe wrap the male/male connector with pipe dope or teflon tape, to add some extra sealing to the fittings. Should work, and a lot less expensive then a new inflator system.
MDKMDK 01/10/21 05:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best tire inflator for dually tires

OK. What about sourcing a double male 1/4" connector (or whatever the tire valve diameter is?) and one of these?
MDKMDK 01/10/21 03:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best tire inflator for dually tires

I need an inflator that has an extension to reach my dually tires. My slime brand inflator has the screw on valve so I have no way to connect any extension. I don’t mind changing brands just need something that works. Thanks in advance for any help. Jimbo So, this won't help?
MDKMDK 01/10/21 03:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New E450

Maybe that was a bad idea, after all.....??? NHTSA ID: 20V795 SAFETY ISSUE TYPE Recalls December 17, 2020 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 20V795000 Engine Cover may be Excessively Hot Direct and continuous contact with certain areas of engine cover surface in the passenger compartment may increase the risk of injury or burns to the skin of the driver or front seat passenger. NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V795000 Manufacturer Ford Motor Company Components ENGINE Potential Number of Units Affected 29,344 Summary Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2021 E-350 and E-450 vehicles. The underside of the engine cover may have mispositioned insulation, allowing the cover to get excessively hot. Remedy Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the engine cover for gaps between the rubber seal and the insulation. If gaps are present, the dealer will install engine cover insulation patches in the right hand and left hand inner lower corners of the engine cover. The dealer will also update the powertrain calibration for heat management under elevated idle conditions should a vehicle be equipped with SEIC or BCP, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 8, 2021. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 20S73. Notes Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to 2 Affected Products 4 Associated Documents Request Research (Services fees apply)
MDKMDK 01/05/21 09:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C RV Bomb

My first thought was Citation. (How many times do I have to tell those **** Canadians to turn off the propane before refueling???:B)
MDKMDK 12/25/20 06:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Life expectancy of a small C class.... Ex Rental

My wife and I as two seniors who can't afford a nice B class without robbing a bank first and since we do not want to spend our golden years in a prison we gave up that dream and rather looking into C class RVs. But also we would like a C class almost at the size of a B class. It is just 2 of us and a 7lb maltipoo will be traveling short distances and mostly weekender kind of 2-3 day long RVing adventures to chase our kids and grandkids in their own RV. We came across ex-rental 2017 THOR MOTOR COACH MAJESTIC 19G built on Ford E350 chassis. I think they do have 5.4 V8 engine on them. Generally these units for sale do have over 100,000 miles. Mostly between 120,000-150,000 miles. They have very clean good looking interior which looks like nicely taken care of... But our worry is mostly about the engine and transmission.... Do these type of RVs prone to engine/transmission problems? Does 150,000 miles mean that 5.4L V8 already waiting to die in the hands of its next owner within a few thousand miles or do they generally go much further in odometer without significant problems? I understand we are not looking into an RV from it's first and original owner but how much damage could've been done to an engine in 3 years is my main question I guess... Any ideas, experiences and advice appreciated... Stay safe everyone, The 5.4L V8 is a great engine, and in a smaller coach would probably be sufficent. The GVWR on that model was 10,050lbs, so you'll likely be closer in loaded weight to the average GVWR of some of the larger class B vans out there. You could inquire from the rental company if they would be willing to give you a drive train warranty on it for 90 days, or more. Their response might be a clue? You could also check with Ford and see what a refurbed engine and transmission replacement would cost, all in, if that's your main worry. Maybe it's less than you think, and that way, you could move forward knowing what to expect financially, if the engine or transmission were to fail somewhere down the road.
MDKMDK 12/14/20 09:12am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Roof type - leaks

Thanks for all the tips especially the rubber roof treatments. I have not purchased anything yet just in the drool stage lol. You have all indicated they are all about the same but are there any larger class c’s that have metal roofs?. Do they have drawbacks compared to fibreglass? One of you mentioned getting up on the roof and look but what do you look for ? Is it like a cut in the caulking? I will certainly include the maintainer email history question in any communication. We are now looking at an 2008 jayco greyhawk for 28 foot. Anyone here have experience with that one and does. Good rig? - Class C with metal roof? None that I know of, but that doesn't mean there aren't any. - Peeled, cracked, split, missing are all bad situations with roof caulking. - No experience with Jayco. A relative has a newer one and likes it, but taste is subjective. Buying used, examine the roof if possible, or get it to a reliable RV shop, and have them look it over. If there's been any water intrusion you'll see evidence inside on the roof and walls. Just take your time and look it over slowly and thoroughly. A musty smell might be a clue. Mold anywhere inside, too.
MDKMDK 12/13/20 08:14am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Roof type - leaks

My 2018 Sunseeker has a fiberglass roof which gets washed with soap and water. I would not want any kind of rubber roof again. I had to maintain it using special treatments too often to want to do that again. I’ve owned 2 TPO and 5 rubber roof models and like the fiberglass the best. No issues so far. However, i do a visual if i scrape it on low tree branches. All it takes is a branch to bite into some caulk and create a gap. This happens on all roof material. You have to get up there and check your roof often. You can’t be lazy , they all need attention to prevent leaks. I know of a SS rental dealership that has never complained about any roof issues. If you're on the island, rain/water intrusion will be a major consideration for you. I agree with bobndot about fiberglass versus rubber. It's durable, but nothing is perfect and "if you want to stay dry, you'll have to get high" (up on the roof once on a while, or if you suspect damage has occurred). Good luck with it.
MDKMDK 12/12/20 07:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Toyota motor homes

90,000 miles, underpowered, and you don't want stress???????????? bumpy X2. Keep your 30 footer.
MDKMDK 12/03/20 03:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How to Fix a Squirrelly Front End?

Has a Ford truck dealer looked at it. It's their chassis. Get them to look at it, and particularly at the steering gear box. I had a 3500 Chevy chassis under a 2002 Roadtrek, that had sloppy steering, but didn't pull to one side. They diagnosed it as worn steering gears inside the box. The box was obsolete, it never caused me any handling problems, so I never bothered replacing it. There were some after market options, but never bothered pursuing it. Ford Dealers San Diego area
MDKMDK 12/03/20 02:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Who do you use for Roadside Assistance?

Good Sam ERS. Have used it for over a decade, and it's always been decent. Oddly enough, never for a motorhome, usually for a personal vehicle. I renewed earlier this year for 5 years, and only paid around US$150/year for the Platinum Plan which covers motorhomes and other assorted personal vehicles. It is pricey, if you only renew annually.
MDKMDK 12/01/20 02:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery compartment connections

Insufficient input data for efficient analysis/diagnosis, or to suggest reliable resolutions/answers/advice. The most common answer is, a positive (+) battery terminal.
MDKMDK 12/01/20 01:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RVing in the winter

In my limited experience with several motorhomes, upper 20F temps overnight hasn't been a show stopper, as long as things warm up during the day. So, you could probably not winterize under the situations you describe. If there was a more extended period of sub freezing temps for more than a day or two, without a daytime thaw, I would probably start winterizing, but it's a personal decision. Or, try to seek warmer climes.
MDKMDK 11/30/20 07:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Can you buy new what CA rents

Depends who you ask.
MDKMDK 11/19/20 04:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hubcaps

Some people use cable/zip ties.
MDKMDK 11/17/20 09:53am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Winterization of RV

You will probably see sub freezing temps, at least overnight, in Bryce Canyon at 8000'. Water will be a problem. Best to tell the rental place where you're headed, and get their take on it. If you damage the RV by negligence, you're probably on the hook for the repair costs.
MDKMDK 11/16/20 07:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: I now hav e AC power in my driveway...

Hope that 30A outlet has a secured breaker somewhere upstream that can be disabled? When the cat's away, the neighborhood mice might be tempted to play. :B
MDKMDK 11/16/20 03:49pm Class C Motorhomes
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