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  1. FL-JOE


    There are very few RV manufacturers that are going to state that their products are approved for "full time living". There would be customers who would purchase them, park them up north and think they can be used as permanent residences in 30 below extended temps. There are a lot of "experts" out there publishing all kinds of articles and studies. When we were looking for our first RV I read many of those experts opinions but didn't really follow many of them. I found at best they were a general guide. I can tell you that when it comes to drivability size can matter. At 43' with a tag axle I can easily drive 600+ miles in a day without getting tired. As far as limiting what camping sites we can get into you just have to plan a little. We are currently in a state park preserve for 2 weeks.
  2. FL-JOE


    I'm not sure I understand this statement. Exterior valve stem mounted TPMS sensors will send a signal providing the psi and ambient temperature from each tire to the monitor. While it is true that tires in direct sunlight on one side of an RV may read slightly higher than tires on the shady side, they certainly are not limiting the ability of the sensor to detect temperatures accurately. Surely you are not talking about tires on dual wheel applications. Sensors for both of those side-by-side tires would be mounted/visible on the outside rim.
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    There are probably several brands out there that are good and a few more that are junk. Back in 2011, after following the advise on a different RV forum, I purchased my system from TST (Truck System Technologies). It came with 6 flow-thru sensors and worked great. Moved it to another three RV's over the years. When we got our current rig I needed more sensors (12) so I just bought another new system from them so I could have the new bigger color monitor. The old sensors still work just as good as the brand new ones. I change batteries about once every 2 years or so.
  4. FL-JOE


    I am assuming you have an aftermarket system with exterior sensors. I also assume you have your limits set correctly as far as high temp warning, which should be around 158 degrees. Many tires will probably fail or blow in the 175 to 200 range, depending on age and other factors of course. Assuming all of this then, you must be asking what to do if a TPMS signals a tire has just reached around 158 degrees. If it was me I would slow down and start looking for a safe place to get completely off the highway. A close inspection should reveal any obvious damage to the tire. I would also feel around the hub and look for visible signs of bearing failure.
  5. Get a new tax guy, which may be difficult this time of year. Keep any and all permanent signs off that RV unless you really want to get a different driver's license, registration, and insurance coverage.
  6. We don't have dash cams in or on any of our vehicles. Most of them are simply showing a certain view out the front of your vehicle. If you are involved in a serious crash and an actual complete reconstruction is completed by police then they will pretty much know how fast you were going, how fast the other guy was going, who turned which way, and who did what when. I'm not saying there isn't probably minor situations where it could come in handy. I guess if you are that worried about any type of traffic incident that may turn into a "he said, she said" then maybe go out and buy one.
  7. Kdurgee, welcome to the forum. I am hoping you get back on and post soon before these folks go crazy with unanswered questions!
  8. Another vote for RVParky. I have never purchased a camping app for my I-phone. I have several free ones that work really great. For available Walmarts I turn to the aforementioned internet site or RVParky. The nice thing about the free RVParky is you can save different ones to your favorites for use later.
  9. Sounds to me like you have it pretty much figured out, plus unless I am reading it wrong you will end up only using the RV part time. I would say just keep shopping for a TT that fits your needs then go for it.
  10. Not sure where I ever got the original idea, probably from the Montana Owners Forum, but on each RV we have owned I have installed at least one smoke detector in the basement area. For our current set up I have an extra fire extinguisher in the bedroom area, another one in the basement, and one more just inside the door of our toad (enclosed trailer). Plus anytime we are camped on a site for longer than 1 night I always make sure my 100' garden hose is hooked up to water. Even though I keep up on my maintenance and feel my rig is pretty safe there are still usually neighbors camped close to me with unknown equipment and maintenance habits. I worry more about one of their rigs catching on fire than my own.
  11. Martin, let me address just one of your concerns. I am basing the following opinion just on our experiences of owning two Keystone Montana 5th wheels, a Thor Challenger 37GT Class A gas motorhome, and now our current RV. First of all, if purchasing a new fiver I would search online and get the general MSRP for the unit you would be dealing on. The dealer may have added some stuff but you will have to sift through all of that. You should NEVER pay close to MSRP for a new RV. Depending on the dealer stock, time of year, and some other factors, you can purchase new for up to 30% off MSRP. Secondly, there are some very large RV manufacturers out there. Thor probably owns most of the brands today. Most are manufactured in northern Indiana. It is hard for some folks to make the switch in thinking, but quality control and dealer support is nothing like the auto industry. You could very well purchase a new fiver from dealer A and be very happy. Two months later while out west you could have something break while under factory warranty and take it into dealer B who either refuses to work on it or puts his local customers on the schedule first and tells you he can get you in several weeks down the road. This is obviously a worse case example but you have to be prepared for these types of issues because it does happen. Hope none of this scares you off. Just remember many of those RV salesman aren't your best friend and usually if their mouths are moving they are lying.
  12. I suspect from where you are sitting, and drawing on your RV experience, an "extended service plan" or like some of us refer to them "extended warranty" plan would not be a good idea. But I still say it depends on what RV you have and how you are using that RV. If you have a small Class C which sits in your driveway for much of the year then maybe one of these plans would be a waste of money. There are many folks, Richfaa being one of them, that spend the majority of the year actually living and traveling in their much larger RV. I suspect his RV has at least two a/c units, furnace, water heater, three holding tanks, and everything that goes along with those systems. We spend 365 days/nights a year in ours and can put anywhere between 6,000 and 8,000 miles on it a year. We have a ton of stuff that can break or simply wear out faster than most. The bottom line is extended service plans are a gamble. However, the chances are better that you will need one the more you actually use your RV.
  13. Obviously purchasing an extended warranty for a 20' travel trailer would probably never be money well spent. I don't really think it would matter if your budget could take a hit or not. I mean what could possibly go wrong or need repaired that an owner would feel the need to have extended coverage on a small unit with no motor, transmission, or much else? The more systems and gadgets your RV has, plus how many months a year you plan on banging down these roads stressing everything out, should be the first factors you consider when deciding on extended plans IMHO.
  14. Welcome! Many of us started our full time adventure about where you are. We were actually boaters also and decided to switch to RV traveling after full retirement. There is one fiver brand/model that I started with and I am still partial to it today. I found their owner's forum to be helpful and about the best around (Montana Owners). Keystone Montana has numerous models which I haven't kept up on in recent years but since you are in the "research" phase it wouldn't hurt to visit their group and get some information. Good luck.
  15. Kirk, you keep dragging everything back to "this is about you" and how you started. Am I missing something? I realize you must have started out with a gas Class A and did those 11 years of full timing in it, but other than that why so sensitive? If you purchased your Class A new and paid 85% or 90% of MSRP, plus financed 85% or more of it then I could understand why you would be so defensive. Under those historical circumstances you have to realize now you were financially irresponsible and naïve. Bill and I are just attempting to keep a new person from getting upside down on a new gas RV when there are better options out there. So, no matter how you started out please do not encourage this newbie to pay more than he should or finance 85% of what he ends up paying for a new gas coach.
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