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Kirk W

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    Seasonal traveler, now based in Lindale, TX.
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    Volunteer work-camping, most outdoor activities.
    Writing for RV magazines especially for Escapees Magazine.
    Photography, particularly wildlife.
    Grandchildren! (we have 5 grandsons & 3 granddaughters).

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  1. Very true..... But it is very difficult to advise you as we have no way to know how much you may want to use the generator. I do suggest that if you do have it repaired, you should at least make an effort to use it some for things like lunch stops and such, just to exercise it. Most of us tend to use a generator more as we get used to having one. It is one of those things that we don't think much about until we use it but as we do the "need" grows.
  2. It failed the inspection by an RV tech?
  3. That will depend on how you choose to travel. If you seldom spend a night dry camping the answer is very little. If you prefer to stop at Walmart & other parking lots then you would use it a lot. It sounds like you are using it very little.
  4. To answer that question, we currently have a travel trailer that has no generator but do have a portable which we could use but very rarely do. With our previous motorhome we did have a 5 kW generator that could and did supply both air conditioners. In a large class A you do use the generator to supply the roof air while traveling in hot weather and we used it for lunches pretty regularly, but only a few times did we stay in the RV without shore power and so use the generator for extended periods. When we sold that motorhome after 14 years it had about 650 hours of use. There were several times when we kept it running 24/day for 2 days and once for 3 days but that was quite rare. As to how much it would lower the resale of your coach, that depends to a large extent on how old the RV will be when that day comes. I would be surprised if it lowered the sale price by any more than $3000 since you can buy a new one for less than that.
  5. If you want to help your friend out, have him download these instructions for calculation of the weight transfer that he will have if he does this.
  6. You may want to check the number of hours on the Generac, but most of them do perform reasonably well. They are often used in RVs because the cost was significantly lower than for Onan or most others. My issue with that RV is the price since NADA shows $32,100 as average retail for it.
  7. Mr. Camper is correct, so perhaps someone can post something that will be helpful?
  8. If you visit Wikipedia Vehicle ID pages it has a great deal of information.
  9. Before you go to DC, check out Pohick Bay Regional Park as it worked out very well for us when we visited the area about 10 years ago. It may be much different but take a look. We drove the car to a station for metro trains and rode it into Washington. Parking there was free and access to most attractions was quite good.
  10. You express my thoughts very well. Like Joel, we no longer do any dry camping.
  11. The Pierce-Arrow “Touring Landau,” was displayed in 1910. The first house car to be called a motorhome was on a Dodge truck chassis in 1953. Ray Frank built four of these first units and then raised capital to start “Frank's Motor Homes.” In the early 1960s, Frank connected with Chrysler to market his motorhomes under the brand name of Dodge.
  12. We agree that this would be a great place to spend some time. Has the manager changed as it was Steve Whitson when we were there?
  13. In our case, we too had employer-provided health care insurance, but I did list the cost of it with the note that it was my previous employer's plan. I guess that I didn't read far enough in your associated notes.
  14. In all 3 states that Escapees can provide an address for also accept a mail service as a legal address for that purpose.
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