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RE: Thor Four Winds 29G too good to be true?

I have been shopping for a while now and haven't any dealer approaching 50%. Contrary, most are prices you would normally see and moving a lot of inventory. I would love to know where I can get a leftover Class A for 50% MSRP. This is one I've been keeping an eye on for the last month. Finally went to sale pending today. MHSRV - 2019 THOR Outlaw for 45% off MSRP This one isn't quite as much as a discount as a percent, but still being advertised for $125,000 off MSRP. 2019 Holiday Rambler Navigator 37R
carringb 05/26/20 09:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Thor Four Winds 29G too good to be true?

Still a head scratcher. If the local dealership lowballed him, how low was it? I mean he's almost 50% of low retail selling it himself. If it's really true, then it's worth it to have a tech come inspect it. You could buy it and flip it and make a quick $10k if you didn't want to keep it. Dealers don't want inventory. At all. That's why they are lowballing. Some dealers are selling new 2020 Class C's under $60,000. So my sister just bought one:) But that means leftover 2019s are listing under $50,000. NADA simply doesn't reflect current market conditions. This is certainly a great deal, but I don't know that it's a guarantee to make a substantial profit flipping it. The folks with a job still and good credit can get a smoking deal on a new unit (leftover new Class A's are approaching 50% off MSRP!) and the folks who are looking for a great deal, can find even cheaper units that are 10 years old but still in great shape. RVs only a few year old, are probably a tough sell right now.
carringb 05/26/20 08:19am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Getting Hitched In A Hurry

What are you buying? If its not AWD, what about just dollying it this first trip? I certainly would not want to rush a baseplate and wiring install.
carringb 05/19/20 10:21pm Dinghy Towing
RE: New 2020 Ford Escape Titanium Hybrid

The Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid are Flat-Towable. See pages 281-282 here: http://www.fordservicecontent.com/Ford_Content/Catalog/owner_information/2020-Ford-Escape-Gas-HEV-PHEV-Owners-Manual-version_1_om_EN-US_07_2019.pdf You can tow your vehicle with all four wheels on the ground using the Neutral Tow mode in the information display. Alternatively, if you have a front-wheel drive vehicle, you can tow with the front wheels off the ground by using a tow dolly. If you tow your vehicle with all four wheels on the ground: • Tow only in the forward direction. • Release the parking brake. • Place your vehicle in Neutral Tow mode with the following steps: -- Switch your vehicle on in accessory mode. -- Press the menu button on the controls on the steering wheel. -- Select Settings. -- Select Neutral Tow. -- Follow the instructions on the information display. -- Fully press the brake pedal. -- Shift into neutral (N). -- Switch the ignition off. • Do not exceed 70 mph (113 km/h).
carringb 05/19/20 10:15am Dinghy Towing
RE: Bunkhouse trailer comparable to Jayco Eagle

Sounds like mine, to a T. Except I think you might have a tough time finding and ORV trailer on the east coast, especially this floor plan. They only made it a few years, because the quad slides disrupted the assembly line at the slide install station. Anyways, it's a Creekside 31KQBS. 38' overall, bunkroom with opposing slides in the back, and still has a full outside kitchen up front with a 3-way rv fridge. 100 gallons fresh water, 40+20 grey, 40 black. I use mine at least 180 nights and over 10,000 miles each year. Mine is a 2014. The prior year had a flat front camp, but mine is a full wraparound cap.
carringb 05/17/20 06:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Air shocks on tandem axle - settle this debate.

Why would you put air shocks on a tandem-axle trailer? If the springs are sagging, fix those!
carringb 05/06/20 03:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Slidewall Structual damage issue

Even if you opt to have it fixed, you might be waiting weeks to months for replacement slide system parts, as the RV parts supply chain is currently disrupted, and it may be a while to catch back up. My trailer is currently parked waiting on some LCI parts for its slide-out, with no ETA.
carringb 05/06/20 12:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Slidewall Structual damage issue

Ooof. That's pretty bad. I'd consider filing a claim as well, if you can also see indication of damage from a tree. They might just write off the trailer. Aside from that, trading it out is probably the best option.
carringb 05/06/20 11:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Motorcycle on stock hitch

Front-mount hitch receivers are a great option for taking a dirt bike. Keeps the the front axle loaded, keeps from overloading the rear axle, and you can see if a strap works loose. Headlights shine through the wheels, but I did add a set of marker lights and turn signals to my rack. My rack is from DiscountRamps.com
carringb 05/04/20 05:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Any one flat tow a BMW?

The trans is not the issue since the car in question is a manual. Wolfe's statement above pertains specifically to manual transmissions. Not all of them are lubricated effectively by the output shaft. The 5-speed used in Dodge Ram gas trucks were not towable, beyond 10 miles, due to this issue. But the 6-speed behind the diesel was towable.
carringb 04/30/20 03:06pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Question on Sprinter based motorhomes

Beware that overhead cabs are terrible from an aerodynamics standpoint, and sap a lot of power. This might be difference between maintaining a reasonable speed while towing, to being relegated to the truck lane, since the Sprinter only make 188 horsepower.
carringb 04/28/20 10:58am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Thor Axis/Vegas

I think they are a great concept. I like the long wheelbase ratio, the IFS, and the tapered front end. The nose profile is the most efficient from an aero standpoint, of all RVs. Thor worked with Ford to test the profile, and the reduced drag is what lets them offer taller gear ratios, while still having a high frontal area limit (to comply with MDT greenhouse gas limits for class 3 vehicles). But... Thor's quality control program is hit and miss, and if you ever have a problem, you are at the mercy of the warranty approval process, meaning you could be months without your rig while waiting on repairs. I would suggest holding out for one with the new 7.3L, as the E-series V10 doesn't make the same power as the F53 V10. But the new 7.3L engine makes more power, and is the same across platforms.
carringb 04/25/20 09:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Prodigy Brake Control ?

I also found the P3 to be less sensitive to minor faults, and also a little smarter with the Boost feature. It's a worthwhile upgrade. That said... Make sure the back of the connector on the truck isn't full of crud. If it is, and it's wet, that can pass enough current between the contacts to cause intermittent faults.
carringb 04/24/20 10:48am Towing
RE: Workhorse/Lordstown EV truck delayed till 2021.

$1 / gal gas... Ummm, wrong thread??? :) His point is probably that the economic case for purchasing an EV right now, especially for work duty rather than being fast, probably doesn't pan out. At all. Call me skeptic, but I don' think the Workhorse truck had a chance from the get-go. Poor specs, a body that's based on an already obsolete Chevy, and topped off with the worst Fischer-Price interior I've ever seen.
carringb 04/23/20 07:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: sticky slides

303 or even silicone spray. WD-40 and many other oils are likely to damage it.
carringb 04/23/20 07:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Drive train failures, tire failures. Warranty vs None

I bought my van from Enterprise with 105,000 miles. Because of the high miles on some of their vans, they used to (maybe still do) included a powertrain warranty up to 150,000 miles. Never needed it. I finally ended up replacing my motor at 458,000 miles, because a valve seat burned up (which was my fault to start with). It came with a 3-year unlimited mile warranty from Ford. It's been 1.5 years, and haven't needed it. My transmission is original still, at almost 480,000 miles. My trailer OTOH... Went back to factory twice for Schwintek rebuilds under warranty. Now at a private shop to do it all over again. I probably would have come out ahead if I the Good Sam extended warranty on the trailer. It's unlikely I'll ever buy another mass-produced RV. They're all garbage, frankly, besides Class B camper vans since they still have OEM bodies. If you want something that will hold up, converting a box truck, bus, or cargo trailer is probably the way to go.
carringb 04/23/20 12:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tow Vehicle for 10k bumper pull

Given that a 250/2500-350/3500 gas truck will weigh almost 2K more than a F150, there is a lot more stability built into the heavier truck and associated heavier LT tires. Yup. Totally agree with that. I'm just saying, that even though this is a large trailer (1' longer than mine, but 2,000 pounds lighter), going for a diesel dually probably isn't necessary for the outings the OP describes. BTW - Max Payload F150 does come with LT tires. And 2,400 pounds+ of payload in crew cab flavor. But being as lightweight as it is, will be a disadvantage with a trailer that big.
carringb 04/21/20 07:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle for 10k bumper pull

That trailer isn't very heavy. An F150, correctly configured, could tow that and be within all specs. That said... It has a lot of sail area, and not much tongue weight, so it may not be best behaved trailer during adverse conditions. But for occasional towing, especially if there's schedule flexibility to wait out any bad weather, overkill for towing also means dealing with a worse ride and potential higher ownership expenses the rest of the time.
carringb 04/21/20 05:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: slide outs, different kinds?

The "track on the outside top and bottom" is the Schwintek system. This system works fine for small slides, like in a bedroom. It's terrible for super-slides and full-wall slides. I had mine fully replaced under warranty at the ORV factory, and after my year, ORV started transitioning away from it for large slides. I'm currently stuck with another failure, that again requires new racks and and a new pinion shaft, which requires pulling the entire 14'x 3.5' slideout. On other words... Stay far, far away from large slides with the Schwintek system
carringb 04/21/20 09:04am Travel Trailers
RE: In What World Does Jeep Live?

Leases will become more expensive because residual values are plummeting. It's nothing nefarious. They're just using the long-standing formulas when establishing lease terms. Sometimes the finance arm will kick in some cash to makeup for lower residuals, but they probably aren't in a position to do that right now.
carringb 04/19/20 08:56pm Dinghy Towing
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