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Kirk W

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  1. Even in near new condition, it should sell for no more than $3000! No matter how you measure it, that RV is 20+ years old and no matter how good it may look everything in it is subject to failure.
  2. As you research RV manufacturers, keep in mind the fact that no manufacturer is so good that they never have any unhappy customers, and none is so bad that they have no happy customers. I have found that if you post negative statements about any brand, there will be those who defend the company, probably because they believe the negative statements about that RV manufacturer reflect badly on them for having bought that brand.
  3. If you are looking for some law that will require your insurance to pay no matter where you are or how much time you spend in the RV, good luck! There simply is no such law and if your present insurance states that it is only valid when the RV is used 150 days per year or less, your insurance company can easily refuse payment of any claim when you live in it longer than that. It isn't a matter of law, but one of the contract between you and the insurance company. In most cases, insurance companies expect a vehicle to be insured at the same location as it is legally registered.
  4. Welcome to the Escapee forums! We will do our best to help you. My first thought is about the difference in price. As I look on the internet, I find that the new Flagstaff is generally listed for sale at a little under $10,000 but the Jayco, which is 22 years old is generally advertised at about $2500. It lists on NADA with an average retail price of $1600 and states that it sold new for $6600! Either you have found a dealer that is willing to the Flagstaff far below the dealer cost, or you are about to be robbed by the person selling the Jayco. I need a lot more information to give further advice but at this point it looks to me as though you need to forget that Jayco.
  5. I agree. I have had a 760 since they came out and recently upgraded it to a new 770. It is much better in more ways than just the size.
  6. I have heard mixed reports but have never owned one of their RVs.
  7. I understand how you feel as we had been volunteering at different places for 10 years before we had a really bad one where we left early and with hard feelings. But just keep in mind that nothing in life is perfect and it is the unhappy experiences that make the good ones so special. We have now done more than 30 different RV volunteer tours and in all of those only 1 was a really bad experience and only two did we leave early for any reason. The others were all good experiences and most were truly outstanding.
  8. Really? The post states that it was edited, as all of them do when edited. The number was a typo and I repaired it because you caught it. I suppose I should have given you credit but didn't realize it mattered.
  9. In TX the state has a vehicle transfer notification that the seller should file to take care of that. In addition to dealing at the office of the lien holder, you need to get a Texas form 130-U.
  10. That should last 45 days for just the refrigerator. Do not ignore this as propane can be dangerous. It is heavier than air and is know to sometimes pool and any spark could set off an explosion. I am wondering if your leak might be in something like the water heater or furnace? Either one could be leaking and the gas venting to the outside and if your RV isn't in a building it would be easy for it to dissipate so that you don't notice it. I strongly advise you to keep the gas supply shut off except when testing for the leak. Run the fridge on 120V power.
  11. I really like that Dodge/Cummins warning label. In fact, I kept a copy of it. My son recently drove a Tesla owned by a coworker and was very impressed, while I have yet to see one close enough to really examine it. With the prices that they are charging, I just can't see that much expenditure at this point in my life. (78 in two months). I have a good friend who has a Chevy Bolt that he is very happy with and while I could afford that, I still have a hard time justifying the $37k to buy one. We just this past Feb. bought a 2019 VW, Jetta, with 28k miles from Enterprise Rentals for $14k with a 90 day complete warranty and the remainder of the manufacturer's 72k warranty. Yes, it does use gasoline but at an average of 38.2 mpg for all of our driving so far, we can buy a lot of gasoline for the difference in price. And I'll keep my 2003 Dodge/Cummins for as long as we keep the travel trailer.
  12. You definitely need to be in contact with the lien holder directly. If it is a local bank, go to the bank with the seller and make arrangements with them for you to pay them off and the seller at the same time so that both can sign off on the old title and so allow you to get a new one. Of course, if you plan to finance the RV, that makes the entire thing much more complicated, unless you can arrange to finance it through the present lien holder and so do that at the same time.
  13. I have never seen a portable used in an RV but suspect that they would work as long as you can find some way to exhaust the hot air to the outside. I did use one in my shop in east TX some and it worked OK but I had a special panel in one window that the exhaust hose passed through. Most RVs are not really well enough insulated to be kept cool very well In addition, most also have quite a few air leaks that make the problem much worse. When we were fulltime, I found that the biggest improvement I got was when I went under the RV and sealed all openings with Great Stuff from Lowe's. The other thing that is usually quite effective is to find a way to provide shade for the RV to lower the radiant heat gain from the sun.
  14. Welcome to the Escapee forums! This is a good place to post your question. I did some research online and find that a 10 cubic foot volume gas refrigerator will typically use about 1.5# of propane per day. A gallon of propane is 4.24# so that would mean that said refrigerator should take 13 days to use up a 20# bottle of propane. Most RV refrigerators range from about 4 cubic feet to as much as 12 cubic feet. Your propane must be going somewhere else as that is far more than any RV refrigerator that I know of.
  15. I see those at some interesting locations. Is there a charge for using them?
  16. My last post was in reply to Earl who tagged on your thread. I don't believe that he has been back since I responded.
  17. There are several possible causes of that problem and while it could be a control circuit board, I strongly suggest that you do some trouble shooting before you start to swap parts. It is important to note that if you buy a new circuit board, once the packaging has been opened you can not return it since the seller has no way to know what may have been done with it. I suggest that you start by down loading a copy of the Norcold 811 Service Manual and take a look through it. Page 7 of the manual has some basic trouble shooting and page 8 has the fault codes. Page 18 has some trouble shooting with a meter of the 120V side of the system. The site on this link has available all of the documentation for the NC 811. If you do choose to replace circuit boards, I strongly recommend that you use the replacements from Dinosaur Electronics.
  18. Welcome to the Escapee forums! Since I'm pretty average of height, I have never had reason to address that but I am aware of the problem. It comes from the manufacturers trying to squeeze the most that they can into the shortest of RVs. I have been told that the problem is getting better but am really not sure. Are you shopping new or used? And what length?
  19. Welcome to the Escapee forums, Earl. You say that it lights but will not stay lit, but also that it tries 3 times and then goes into lock-out. With an Atwood water heater it is normal for it to make 3 attempts to ignite the gas and then lock out if doesn't detect that the gas is burning. If you are telling us that it does ignite but tries 2 more times and shuts off, that is an indication that it is not detecting the heat from the burning gas and so shuts off the gas for safety. The vast majority of the time, that is caused by the ignition probe needing to be replaced. The one that you need will look about like the picture in my previous post. It is possible that the problem is something else, but this is by far the most likely for your symptoms. You may also find it helpful to download a copy of the service manual. Atwood water heaters (1mb)
  20. I did mine exactly as you show yours to be. But I never bought a supplement through AARP.
  21. Are you giving up the road, or just changing RVs?
  22. I wasn't aware that Hughes was making one but reading the specs, it should do the job. They have had a good reputation with previous products so there is no reason to think that this one isn't good as well. I have personal experience with both the Southwire Surge Guard and with Progressive EMS products and rate them pretty much equal. This looks to be another and Camco has now introduced one as well. On the water pressure regulator, that looks to be a good choice. I would adjust the output to 50#, which is ample for all of the RV use as long as the volume of supply can keep up. The 3/4" passage is the proper one for an RV fresh water hose. Your RV water pump is probably set to turn off at 45#.
  23. That is a very important issue when you stay without any RV connections. The same for the size of the gray water tank as it will be where most of the water used ends up. You can get big jugs to carry extra water and there are portable waste tanks but they are very heavy when full if you get the larger ones.
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