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Kirk W

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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.
  15. In the gasoline-fueled Onan generators that are alternating current generators that is also true. An Onan tech told me that moisture in the generator windings is the chief cause of generator failure. I suspect that is probably also true for diesel-powered inverter generators.
  16. I tend to agree with your view on changing RVs. We bought our first one when it was very used and very cheap to see if we could justify the expense based on use. We had been tenting for about 5 years and the first RV wasn't much more than a tent with wheels. We used it for only 2 seasons then traded up for a much larger and better-equipped pop-up which we bought new and kept for 9 seasons and sold it for about 60% of what we paid for it. By then our boys were getting older so we changed to a self-contained travel trailer. Over the years we have averaged keeping our RVs for just short of 8 years but if we take out the first one it then averages 9 years, thus far. We have had our current travel trailer since 2012 and have no plans to change. It may quite likely be our last RV. The longest that we ever kept an RV was our fulltime RV home which we kept for 14 years.
  17. It is an alert that they probably do have one. Neither being a grandpa or a retired cop lessen that likelihood.
  18. Unfortunately, far too few motorcycle riders do their part. If the motorcyclist can't see the mirrors of the car, that driver can't see him/her. And far too many of them do not wear appropriate safety gear. I still don't understand why it is that the federal highway laws can tell the drivers of steel cocoons (cars) that they must have air-bags and wear seat-belts, while the motorcyclists usually revolt at any state that requires them to wear only a helmet! I have learned that the lack of a helmet is the first warning of a biker with an attitude. And then there is what motorcyclists like to call lane splitting!
  19. Our Medicare supplement premiums for 2 people total more than $4,000 per year but we have an HRA from my former employer that pays most of that. The $3000 of vangophotos can't be any health insurance that I know of unless he has coverage provided from some other source. But "GR Scott" doesn't list any health expenses at all.
  20. When you look at the poll numbers, remember that the poll was taken 4+ years ago.
  21. Take your time! Whatever you do, don't allow some salesperson to pressure you into a purchase before you are ready. And don't feel that you have to spend all of your money as you may need a nest egg somewhere down the road.
  22. I believe that most fulltime RV owners only have 1 family living in the RV home. As you look at the choices, which one most closely matches your situation? Just 1 family in an RV that is not temporary.
  23. I suspect that the use of "creek water" in your tank probably plays a part in this.
  24. If I understand the filter you were changing was on the downstream side of the pump so the pump acted as a valve to prevent the tank from emptying but the water came from the water heater & sink side back through the lines into the place where the filter had been. If that is correct then the water heater being full would have had an air bubble in the top of it that maintained pressure and so caused water to backflow through the place where the filter was. If I am correct on what happened, the next time you need to turn off the water heater and then with the pump off, open a faucet or two to relieve the pressure from the water system before you begin. I would also leave that faucet open until finished, then close it and turn on the pump. Once the pump stops running you turn the water heater on again.
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