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RE: How wide is your driveway ?

My gate is 12 foot wide and my side yard is 20 feet wide. So I fit no problem, but I don't have a lot of clearance on either side of the mirrors going through the gate. I don't think I'd even want to try and back into a 11' wide parking area like you have there.
msmith1199 01/25/15 12:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Which Way in California?

You can actually get to Sequoia NP from 395, but you have to be in good shape. In Lone Pine take Whitney Portal Road to the west. A few miles outside of town you'll see Horseshoe Meadow Road. Turn left there and follow that road for about 20 miles. Don't take the RV on that road as it's steep and windy and climbs up to about 10,000 feet. At the end of the road you'll find Last Chance Meadow. Park there and then hike about 20 miles west and you'll get to Sequoia National Park. Otherwise, you have to drive around and come in from the West side. There is a section of the Sierra's between Yosemite (Highway 120) to the North, and Highway 178 to the South, that you can not cross by vehicle. Only airplane, horse, or on foot. Highway 120 closes for the winter along with several other passes so during the winter that uncrossable gap starts at Highway 88/89 in the North and goes down to Highway 178.
msmith1199 01/24/15 04:55pm Roads and Routes
RE: Anyone had their rig weighed by authorities in these areas?

There was a fatal accident last year where an RV ran over and killed a State Trooper on a freeway. It was a large class A towing a large cargo type trailer. Now although I have not read the report, I'd be willing to bet a very large sum of money that one of the things the investigation team did was weigh that RV and trailer as well as inspect everything from the brake pads to the clearance lights.
msmith1199 01/23/15 11:47am Roads and Routes
RE: Route from Las Vegas to Yosimite

Coming into Yosemite from the East side has some steep spots and it is a windy road, but it's very doable in any size RV. I've done it several times in my 35' foot DP with the toad. If I was already on the east side of the hills (like in Vegas) no way in the world would I drive around into the Central Valley to get into Yosemite from the west. The east side is so much more of a scenic drive. The central valley is ghetto! I know, I live there.
msmith1199 01/22/15 05:49pm Roads and Routes
RE: Traveling from California to Tennessee and beyond

I did a car trip this summer from Cal to South Carolina. The answer to your question is it all depends on what kinds of things you like. I went to the big airshow in Oshkosh Wisconsin and that took the majority of the time. But others things we did was go buy the Indy 500 track and take a ride around the track in a tour bus and went through their museum. That was fun. Also stopped by the Louisville Slugger factory and toured it and their museum. Stopped at the first KFC and looked at the statute of the Colonel! There's just all kinds of things to see and do.
msmith1199 01/21/15 02:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: Flat screen TV tiedown

I bought the below pictured swingarm for my front TV. I made a plywood box to fit into the old metal cabinet that the old TV was in. As you can see in this photo this swingarm as a spring loaded lock in it so when you push the TV back it locks in place. So I figured I would attach bungee cords to hold it in place and keep it from rattling on the road. After I installed it I took the motorhome for a drive without bungee cords on the TV and I found that it doesn't rattle at all and I needed nothing more than this locking mount to keep the TV locked firmly in place. The new LED TV's are so light it really doesn't take a lot to hold them. http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/tv-antennas/swing-arm-lcd-mount.jpg
msmith1199 01/21/15 10:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can I take my big truck with me?

msmith1199 California is a beautiful state. We have RV'd a large part of it. We usually go to see our daughter in Oregon and explore after that. Have to cross the Appalachians, Rockies, and the Cascades to get there. My mountain driving makes my DW nervous. If you're heading out here then there is no way I would tow the weight you're talking about with it, but that's just me. I think my Dakota is about 4700 pounds last time I was on the scales at the dump with it. In the motorhome world that is a pretty large vehicle for a toad. You are talking about something almost 3000 pounds more than that with your Dodge truck. I know I would not be happy with that much extra weight on my motorhome based on what it felt like for me to go from the liberty to the Dakota.
msmith1199 01/20/15 04:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can I take my big truck with me?

I just checked the window sticker/spec sheet and it lists 7000 lb hitch receiver with dual connector. Does that mean my "tow rating" is only 7k lbs or does that mean the receiver will handle up to 7k lbs hitch weight? Probably sounds like a stupid question but if I knew the answer I wouldn't ask. That's the capacity of the hitch not the vehicle. You need to find your Combined Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or CGVWR. That will be the max weight for your fully loaded motorhome and whatever it is towing.
msmith1199 01/20/15 04:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can I take my big truck with me?

That truck is already set up to tow travel trailers, 5th Wheel trailers, and carry slide-in truck campers. What does it take to set it up to be towed 4 down? Money! Baseplates installed on it. Actually, the only real expense that could not be transferred to another vehicle is the baseplates and their installation. You could install that and tow it around and see if you like it. If you do then go ahead and put the wiring for the lights in. If you don't like it then the rest of the equipment can all be transferred to a new toad, with the exception of the baseplates.
msmith1199 01/20/15 04:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago roof blows off

To the OP, here is what you need to do; Call your insurance company and file a claim and let them handle it. This is what you pay them to do. They will have the roof inspected and try and determine what happened and if anybody else may be financially responsible. They will likely go ahead and fix the damage and then let their subrogation department work with the dealership's insurance company and figure out who is ultimately going to pay for what. any extended warrenty I know of usually have a 30 day no claim period Huh? This is storm damage to a vehicle caused by high winds. If it's covered, it will be under the comprehensive portion of your insurance. And it should be covered.
msmith1199 01/20/15 03:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can I take my big truck with me?

And the good news is if your motorhome ever breaks down you can flip things around and tow it with the truck! But on a serious note, I have a 35 foot DP with a 330 HP cat and I tow a Dodge Dakota 4x4 with it and I used to tow a Jeep Liberty. When I went from the Liberty to the Dakota I could feel the extra weight back there and the loss in performance. I wouldn't even think about towing something of the size you are talking about myself, but I live in California and we have mountains here. The problem I see for you is you may spend a lot of money setting it up to be towed, and then find out you don't like it at all once you have it set up.
msmith1199 01/20/15 03:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago roof blows off

To the OP, here is what you need to do; Call your insurance company and file a claim and let them handle it. This is what you pay them to do. They will have the roof inspected and try and determine what happened and if anybody else may be financially responsible. They will likely go ahead and fix the damage and then let their subrogation department work with the dealership's insurance company and figure out who is ultimately going to pay for what.
msmith1199 01/20/15 12:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago roof blows off

Rumor has it you have a set period of time from time o purschse to change your mind.. I would recommend you change your mind and return to dealer. That is just a rumor with no truth to it.
msmith1199 01/20/15 12:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago roof blows off

I seriously doubt that Winnebago will do anything for you. As for your insurance and how it is written and fact it came off like that, they probably will treat it as a preexisting condition and not be covered. With that being said, I hope I am wrong. Good luck. One minute it had a functioning roof, the next minute it didn't. Doesn't sound pre-existing to me.
msmith1199 01/20/15 12:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Heading North up 395 in California in mid March

The one nice thing about California weather is it's predictable. Unlike the tropical climates where bad weather can sneak up on you, weather in California during the winter comes from storm fronts that move in off the Pacific. That means the weather can, and is, predicted days in advance. You'll know if there will be snow or not. If you're cutting across to 101 at Reno that means you'll need to cross Donner Summit which will be the highest point on the route. And since it's such a well traveled route, there will be lots of info days in advance on what the weather would be like. Very true. The thing I worry about is ice and snow melting onto the highway during the afternoon, only to freeze on the roadway at night. Until it gets warm enough to melt the following day, it's a real hazard, even if there is not a storm. Just be careful in those situations and check road conditions ahead of time, storm or not. Solution: Don't drive at night. I bought cable chains for my motorhome just so I have them. I'll likely never have to use them because I'm not going to drive my motorhome into those conditions on purpose. But if the weather is clear I'd have no problem crossing Donner Summit in the day time. But I'm not taking the motorhome over at night for the very reason you said here, ice! But even during the day you can still have ice on the bridges and in shady areas so you always have to be careful.
msmith1199 01/02/15 03:03pm Roads and Routes
RE: Generator hours

How many hours of generator use would be a lot? Looking at used class A and I really haven't used one a lot, generally shore power. A friend of mine had a houseboat with a gas powered generator on it. I forget the exact size but I think it was in the 7.5kw range. He would start the generator when he left the dock and not shut it down until he was plugged in to shore power. Finally had to replace the thing at 12,000 hours.
msmith1199 01/02/15 02:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Extended Service Plans

Extended warranties are insurance policies, nothing more. And most extended warranties pay about 50% of what you pay as a commission to whomever sells the policy. So if you buy a $3000 extended warranty from the dealer, then the dealer gets $1500 and $1500 goes to the warranty company. That is why they are so easer to sell these policies. Is it a good deal? If you have a covered breakdown and it's more than the policy costs than it is. They are betting that doesn't happen to most of their customers and you are betting that it does, even though you don't want it to happen. I paid over $3500 for a warranty when I bought my motorhome. They started at $5000 and came down to $3500. The dealer can negotiate away their commission. Sure they want to sell it for $5k, but if they can get you to buy it for $3.5K then they still get a grand commission. I never had anything break that would have been covered by the warranty. If I buy another new motorhome I doubt I'll pay extra for a extended warranty. If I bought a few year used one, I may look into a 2 or 3 year warranty only because you don't know how the previous owners treated the things.
msmith1199 01/02/15 12:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Destination limits due to coach size

With over 13,000 campgrounds in the US, I seriously doubt you will ever have an issue camping at or very near your destination. Unless you want to be on the California coast without a reservation on a weekend in the summer.
msmith1199 01/02/15 11:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: MH insurance by the month

I have GMAC thru GoodSams and you can place the MH in Storage mode which reduces the monthly cost in half. Only condition is you can only do it every 30 days. So if you take it out of storage you can not put in back into storage for 30 days. I keep it in storage mode when we are at a camp site for a few months. Just curious on "storage mode." Did you read the definition of storage mode in your policy and does it include having it set up at a camp site and using it? I just have a feeling that isn't what they mean by storage mode, but I am just speculating.
msmith1199 01/02/15 10:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Heading North up 395 in California in mid March

The one nice thing about California weather is it's predictable. Unlike the tropical climates where bad weather can sneak up on you, weather in California during the winter comes from storm fronts that move in off the Pacific. That means the weather can, and is, predicted days in advance. You'll know if there will be snow or not. If you're cutting across to 101 at Reno that means you'll need to cross Donner Summit which will be the highest point on the route. And since it's such a well traveled route, there will be lots of info days in advance on what the weather would be like.
msmith1199 01/01/15 09:35pm Roads and Routes
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