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  1. SoonToBe FT - Purchase / Finance / Tax Questions

    Considering your location may I suggest you take another look at that sales tax position? Yes, you would save 3% in sales tax in SD but that savings can be negated simply by increased registration and/or insurance fees. Example: we are Washington residents with 8.5% sales tax. Yes it cost us more upfront but if we had switched to SD it would actually cost us $800 more per year in registration and RV insurance. If you can afford doubling up on a mortgage payment or two, buying the RV before the sale of the house could be the wiser move. First is the loan options/rates you may get and another is tax positioning as the RV is a 2nd home so there could be significant deductions on th purchase. Consult a tax professional.
  2. How much do your basics weigh?

    The single or combination with the most weight is going to be consumables. Water is 8 lbs/gallon, propane 4 1/4 lbs/gallon, battery 40-60lbs each. As a tenter, you probably already have an idea of food stores but since RV'ing tends to be less weight friendly, take what you are used to for weight and times by 1.5 to 2. Clothing will depend on the area/climate and lifestyle so the variance could be considerable. A very conservative estimate, 100-150 lbs for all clothes, shoes, bedding, and toiletries. A suggestion would be to find a few people that are already living the lifestyle you are considering and ask them. From your description, Becky at Interstellar Orchard may be of assistance. Another avenue is to go a park/campground or two and simply ask the occupants of those rigs you are interested in. Be sensitive to their privacy wishes but if you lead with a complement and one thought out question you are probably going to be immediately on their good side. (Sort of the way you intro'd here.) Oh yea, and welcome to the forum.
  3. Help with numbers on Sprinter-based coaches?

    We towed a 2014 Jeep Patriot, weight: 3450 lbs behind ours and really did have plenty of power, just not fast power or a screaming engine and that's considering doing Teton Pass, 4th of July Pass and a couple of others in the northern rockies. Power to pull was not the issue, but I would be the first to jump on an engine braking system with one of them if we ever downsized.
  4. Help with numbers on Sprinter-based coaches?

    You are correct, its tight but doable - sort of. Throw out curb weight, it is unrealistic and really doesn't give you the information you need. Instead, go with real world, real weight ie; Make sure the fuel, DEF, propane, and water tanks are full. Put yourself, your wife and any traveling pets in the rig and go get it weighed. Make sure to do the split on front and rear axles. Subtract that from the 11,030 and you'll get your total cargo carrying capacity INSIDE the rig. No matter the rating, the maximum toad weight is 4220 (GCWR - GVWR) unless you want to reduce your CCC. [Some would argue about the full tanks but by keeping them full you have a built in safety margin if you have to bug out. Simply dump the gray and drain the fresh.] I'm guessing here but I'm thinking you'll have about 660lbs for cargo and from our practical experience (had a 2008 Gulf Stream Vista Mini Cruiser) this is not bad for extended weekend (2 weeks max) trips but we wouldn't recommend it for full timing and at that, the weather would have to be nice enough to allow a good portion of outside time.
  5. Wyoming

    Wyoming Territorial Prison, interp work so you get to be an actor in the prison. We missed out due to a scheduling conflict. Another is just across the border in Utah at Flaming Gorge.
  6. side window glass fogging

    If you ask the window manufacturer or even the maker of your RV, you can probably get a copy of the technician repair procedure checklist. HEHR was extremely helpful to us on our fogging problem.
  7. It was All Seasons RV in Wenatchee, WA. So far their work has been excellent and with the exception of some scheduling by a brand new service manager; timely. We still have some other work to be done and we're shooting for the first week of July when we pass through that area again.
  8. We just went through some of this with our Berkshire motorhome. Taking it back to the dealer for the punchlist we had was not possible due to distance and scheduling and being a Forest River product, we not only had to find an FR dealer, it had to be one who had the training to work on the coach. Unfortunately, one of the big service outfits is Camping World and I wasn't too enthusiastic in trying them given their history. So... We found a local RV shop that did do FR warranty work and were authorized to work on coaches. We first contacted them to schedule a looksee appointment (having already told them we were full-timers) and followed the conversation with an emailed punchlist. Day One: Brought the coach in and did a thorough walk-thru to address and point out each item on the punchlist. This included pictures and everything else to accurately describe each problem area. Once completed, we continued on to our hosting gig while the RV shop went to work getting authorization on each item and getting the parts ordered. The plan was, once the parts came in, to bring in the coach and let them have at it during the work hours with us picking it back up in the afternoon. It took almost a full month to get all the parts in (several were resends after sending the wrong part the first time) and to schedule the best time to bring the coach in. Service figured at least 2 days to get all the list done. Day Two [Monday]: Drove the 5 miles from our hosting gig to the shop to drop the coach off first thing in the morning. Shop worked on the items all day and as expected did not complete the list. Scheduled back in on Wednesday so we returned to the park we were hosting at. Day Three [Wednesday]: All coach related issued completed with the exception of a small leak/whistle in the windshield which required sub-contractor work as the shop was not able to work on such a big item. Also found an issue with two driver side slides, took pictures and ordered parts. Day Four [Friday]: Sub-contractor fixed windshield, punchlist complete with exception of issue with slides, parts had not arrived. We left that one pending and went on to our other hosting gig, approximately 65 miles away. We'll have the work completed probably the first week in July when we roll back through the town. So, we did manage to get our work done on a 24 item punch list without leaving our coach at the shop. Sure, it was inconvenient to have to take the coach in several times but it was much better than getting a room at a motel for an indefinite period of time. Suggest, if you can, to see if you can work the same type of deal where ever you are - even if you have to take your issues in bits and pieces to get the work done. Remember, you don't have to get them all done at the same time or at the same shop and as long as you have gone through the necessary hoops to make a record of a warranty deficiency and they have acknowledged it is a warranty item the clock usually is stopped for that specific item.
  9. How to winterize a 5th wheel?

    Beside winterizing the rig as suggested, I recommend considering a method for snow removal on the roof. Either you have your neighbor do it when needed or create a tent type arrangement so the snow slides off. Just a thought - after seeing one get crunched from this past winter's "splendor".
  10. Um, posted on April Fool's day? Hmmm, what are the odds
  11. Steering Stabilizer

    Safe-T-Plus installed after a full alignment balance and steering wheel rounding. Results same as Pat & Pete. Can now steer with a light touch and its rock solid in side winds.
  12. Camp Host Needed Aug 18 -22, 2017

    Teena, email sent. Edit with update: Have passed on this due to a scheduling conflict.
  13. Acrophobia??

    And here I was thinking acrophobia was the unreasoned fear or acrobats. Never could trust them.
  14. I don't know, I'm currently budgeting $300/month for fuel in the rig regardless if we are parked hosting or not. Don't feel restricted in our travel,
  15. Burns Oregon north on 395

    Finished the trip today. The grades were more pronounced and the curves tighter on the segment north of John Day. Road is simply outstanding. Smooth, very few patches and none needed. Traffic extremely light - I believe we counted 6 semi's over the whole 6 hour trip, all going the other way. Yes, 6 hours, most attributable to the 35/40/45 speeds on the northern leg due to curves and grades. Nothing too steep, just taking it slow because another curve would come along. We have our hidey hole mostly planned out for August and we have a couple of fall backs just in case and we WILL be seeing the eclipse in August in Oregon.