Category Archives: Our Motor Home

New Batteries

We have been having problems with our batteries for a little while now. During my 3 day RV inspectors training, I could not start the generator due to the batteries. So I took some time to really look at them and noticed that the sides were bulging out and I had several dry cells. I topped off the cells with distilled water and put them into the charge mode. No luck, they were dead.

So I started to do some research. Checking online and with folks on Facebook, I decided that we should probably replace them. I was looking at removing the 4 – 6 volt batteries and installing a couple Deep Cycle 12 volts. We don’t dry camp at all and only need the batteries to start the generator and run some of the 12 volt systems in the rig while driving.

During one of our trips, we stopped into Advance Auto to do some price checking. The manager at the store waited on us. I told her what I was looking to do and she asked if we could spend a little extra time to save $50 a battery. Of course for $50 I can spend a few minutes. Then she told us of a special code she had that if you spent more than $100, you could get $50 off. The problem was that the 12 volt batteries were prices so that we could only get $50 off the two of them, plus I would have to re-wire the battery box. But the 6 volt batteries were $120 a piece and if I ordered 4 one at a time, I could save $200 on the batteries and NOT have to re-wire the box. We decided to stay with the 6 volt batteries.

So we spent some time entering our orders online, using the discount code and waiting for the order to be processed. Then they brought out the four batteries. When did batteries get so heavy!

Anyway, they are now installed and I can start the generator without any problems. I do have to take some time to check out the battery watering system as the original batteries had some dry cells and others were over full. But that will wait for warmer weather. It is on my list of things to do.

Easy Leveler Block Modification

If you have a problem getting down under your rig, this may help when placing your leveler blocks.

Get four 10 x 10 inch or larger blocks of 2 inch treated lumber, four plastic leveler blocks, eight 2 inch wood screws, screw driver, drill bits and drill.  You will also need an awning hook.  You know the thing that you use to pull the manual awnings down with.

Place one of the plastic levelers in the center of a piece of wood and screw it down with two screws.  Do this for all four pieces.

Step 1 - Screw plastic levelers to block of wood
Step 1 – Screw plastic levelers to block of wood

Next drill a 1/2 inch hole in opposite corners of the wood.

Step 2 - Drill 1/2 inch holes in opposite corners of the board.
Step 2 – Drill 1/2 inch holes in opposite corners of the board.

That’s it.  Your done.  Now you can use the awning hook to push and pull the wood with leveler blocks under the rig’s levelers.

Completed Project
Completed Project

 

On the Road Again, details of the breakdown

After 8 days in a hotel, we are finally on the road again.  We are currently at Horseshoe Lakes Thousand Trails in IN after our breakdown in Indianapolis.

We stopped at Flying J to have lunch and upon returning our 2007 Safari Simba would not come out of park.  Nothing we tried worked, so we were towed by Good Sam Roadside Assistance to Clarke Power Systems about a half a mile from Flying J.

Walt was the first person to greet us and was very understanding.  As it was the end of the day, we left to find a hotel room.   Troubleshooting began the next morning.  I must say that communications the first day were kind of poor.  I had to call them to find out what was happening and even then the information wasn’t something that I could understand.  That all changed when I called and found out that they had a customer support manager (Rich), whom I called on Wednesday.  Things moved along great after that.  First, the issue was identified as an adjustment to the transmission, that apparently lead to the replacement of a part, which still didn’t correct the problem.  By Thursday, they had dedicated an Allison Technician to find the problem and fix it.  Via software and good old troubleshooting, he felt it was the shifter console (which was not an Allison part).  We (John, the tech, Putt, my son-in-law and myself) searched for a replacement.  After some research two were found and one was put on order.  It would arrive on Tuesday morning.  The part arrived and was installed.  It still did not correct the problem.  Having tested wiring, transmission and the controller, John started calling around for assistance.  Calls to Ares (they are after market makers of the shifter), Allison and Monaco, John found out that the brakes can cause the shifter to not change from park to any drive gear.

After checking the brake system, John found the lights not working (our inspection before hitting the road showed they were working at that time).  John finally found a bad fuse under the dash inside the rig.  Replaced the 20 amp fuse and everything worked!  8 days of working on the rig for a bad fuse.  All told they had spend over 22 hours on the rig.

Now this may seem like a horror story and in a sense it was.  But since the rig was not using standard configurations and there were not manuals AND no software for this setup, everything had to be done the old fashion way, trial and error.

I must say that John really did understand Allison transmissions, he admitted that he knew nothing about RV but applied his understanding of Freightliner and Allison to work through the problem.  He even allowed me to help 🙂  My basic understanding of the rig and previous experience as a backyard mechanic did provide some insight to issues we ran across.  But in the long run the people at Monaco and John found the issue.

Now for the real horror story.  Good Sam Extended Warranty Program.  When we purchased the rig in September 2013, we also purchased the ESP from Good Sam just in case.  I had read about some of the issues people had with ESP so I was  a little prepared.  I was not however, prepared for the total lack of concern that the folks at GS had for us or the repair center.

Lets start with the first phone call.  I called Good Sam to determine what had to happen, what documentation was required and what would be covered.  This was Tuesday morning.  They told me that I would need to get an estimate from the repair center and have it faxed into them.  They would review it and authorize repairs.  I would be reimbursed for hotel and food based on the number of hours on the estimate.

The first Tuesday afternoon, Clarke contacted Good Sam and a ticket was open.  No estimate at that time as we hadn’t determined the problem.  Through out the process, I called Good Sam to update them, they could have cared less.

Since this was a manual troubleshooting process, the actual repair was performed during the troubleshooting.  The only expensive part replaced was an actuator that found bad the first day or so.  So, Good Sam never got an estimate.  After I talked with them, they decided that the final bill would be good enough to settle the claim with.

Rich came up with a bill that included 22 hours of labor, the actuator and some shop items.  Good Sam required Clarke to fax the invoice for the part before they could settle the claim. 5 hours later with multiple phone calls to Good Sam, Clarke finally got the news.  A $3900 invoice, Good Sam would agree to pay $1700, plus my $1000 deductible.  Good Sam would not pay for the troubleshooting time and would only agree to 6 hours of labor.  Oh, and it only took them 6 hours to come to this agreement.  Instead of getting on the road around 3 PM it was now 7 PM.  In the end, Rich made a management decision and left us go.  He will fight it out with Good Sam.

The screwing isn’t over yet!  Remember that Good Sam will only pay US for our hotel and food, based on the number of hours billed for the repair.  Since they would only pay for 6 hours of labor, guess who gets stuck with the 8 days of hotels and food bill!  That battle is going to be starting tomorrow.  But for now we are back on the road sitting in the campground eating food we cook and drinking our filtered water and enjoying life on the road.

Oh Where Oh Where is my RV Tech At?

Well, we are in Wilmington, OH.  Made it here safe and sound, although the bus needs a little attention (again).  On the way out here from Roaring Run Campground in Champion, PA, we lost our turn signals and the leveling jacks didn’t stow properly.

The jacks went up, but the indicator still showed that the jacks were down.  Good thing I have bad hearing, so I didn’t have to listen to the alarm bells 🙂  Tried several times to see if they would reset, but no luck.  It wasn’t until we got to Wilmington Thousand Trails that they actually reset.  Will check the fluid levels this week as well as test to see if they are working now.  Called two RV repair places and neither of them have time to look at it.  The one place said bring it in and we will get to it in a couple of weeks.  Told them we are full time and of course they said that they could see it for at least a week or so.  I sure do miss my mobile repair tech (JIM WHERE ARE YOU!).

The turn signals will probably be easy to fix once I find the stupid fuse.  A little research I did shows that  starting 2007 the good old signal relay was replaced and now a days it is usually a fuse that goes bad.  Once I get caught up on the website stuff, I will break out the tools and multimeter to see what I can find.  The turn signals have to be working before we leave next Monday for Indiana.

Update:  Turn Signal problem has been fixed.  Turns out it was a blown fuse.  Will have to watch it.  If the problem happens again may have to check out why.  This was the first time towing the car so maybe the electrical system to the tow hitch will need to be looked at..  But one problem down and one to go.

 

RV Drivers Training

Several folks have asked me about the RV drivers training that Daisy recently completed.  Since she is out visiting with family and I am here all alone, I figured I would do a quick write up on what we recently did with our drivers training course.

When we decided to go on the road, Daisy said she had to have drivers training, if for no other reason than to be able to get us somewhere if anything happened to me.  Some research on the web and I found RV Driving School (http://rvdrivingschool.com).  I sent an email requesting more information and in a day or so received a detailed response.  We were offered two options.  First was for both of use to take the training and the second was for one driver and the spouse could watch.  Since I had already had my trial by fire, we decided that Daisy would get the training and I would watch.

Ray Cassleberry was our trainer.  We chatted by phone prior to the training and got to know each other a little bit.  I explained to him what kind of background we had, what we were going to be doing and a little bit about our rig.  Ray did explain that he did not have experience in a Class A but he was an experienced tractor trailer driver and instructor for CDL.  He also told me about his experience with other companies.  After talking with him, I felt pretty confident that we could learn something from this.

We set up our training date, times and place for June 6, meeting at our campground.  Since we would be using our rig (this is a requirement), I made sure that we would be ready to go when Ray got here on the 6th.  All the hoses, electric, levelers etc where put away and slides in etc.  Ray arrived on time as promised and introductions were made.  Even some of the neighbors were introduced.  We had a safety briefing and went over the lesson plan.

Our first lesson was a walk around.  Ray showed us about the different parts of the rig to inspect prior to getting on the road.  First thing I learned was that our front wheels have an oil reservoir and how to check and fill it.  Ray when over everything from front to back and top to bottom.  Checking tires, pressure, thread, lug nuts, lights, stone guards, antennas etc.  Next we adjusted the mirrors.  Setting both the flat and convex mirrors.  Horn check and we were ready to talk about pulling out of the camping spot.  Ray explained the clearances needed and the fact that the tail end would swing around and that we had to drive both the front and back of the rig.  He stressed this many times over the two days of training.

Ok, part of that stressing was due to the minor problem we had pulling out.  Note, just because the rig sides make it, doesn’t mean the awning will.  Yep, we brushed a light pole while pulling out.  I heard it scrap and yelled to stop.  No damage, but I think Daisy’s nerves where on edge just a little bit more.  She wasn’t looking forward to pulling out to begin with, in fact she was pretty upset that Ray was making her drive from the get go instead of after we got to the ‘training’ ground.  But no damage was done and we managed to get on the road.  Next stop was pulling out of the campground into street traffic.  This was Daisy’s real concern.  Luckily, there was little traffic and we were on our way.

Ray was very good at keeping Daisy focused.  He reminded her to watch the mirrors, monitor, gauges.  Provided a tip on how to stay in the center of the lanes and in general had Daisy relaxing while we drove to York, PA for the training.  Once we arrived in York, Ray had Daisy making numerous turns down side streets, main roads both left and right turns.  She was getting pretty good at it.  Lots of stops and starts and turns and traffic.

Now back to the campground.  Next lesson was backing the rig up into the campsite.  Lots of stuff to watch for, including that light pole.  Believe it or not, she did a great job.  With Ray’s help she backed into the spot without any issues.  Even the neighbors were impressed.  I think they were getting ready for a Robin Williams RV moment.

I have driven the motor home a few times now and each time it has been a mentally draining experience.  I am mentally tired when we get to the campground or back home.  So, I wasn’t too surprised that when we got settled in that Daisy was tired.  So we went out to dinner and Ray went home for the evening.

Saturday morning was the start of Day 2.  Pre-trip inspection and we left the campground.  This trip was a short one only about 10 miles to a shopping center parking lot.  Today’s lesson was backing up.  Ray set up some cones about 1 and a half parking spots wide and taught Daisy how to back in on the driver side and passenger side.  He had me work as the spotter and then we switched places and Daisy was the spotter.  Again I was impressed at how well she did.  It is a 39 ft motor home and she was parking it like it was natural for her.

After the backing up training was done we headed back to the campground.  Here we practiced as a team, backing it into the campsite, pulling out and doing it again.  Once Ray was satisfied, we went over the post trip inspections and set up the site for our 2 week stay.

In my opinion the training was well worth it.  We both learned a lot about the inspections, driving, keeping the rig centered, parking, communications between the driver and spotter and safety.  I am confident that Daisy can take over for me any time.  In fact, I think she will be sharing the driving from now on.  Ray suggested that we split it with a couple hours for each of us every time we move.  I think that might be a good idea.

Picking up the Motor Home

Covered Wagon

Well we are home. We purchased our 2007 Safari Simba 38SDD from Vacations To Go RV via eBay and picked it up in Williamston, SC over the weekend. Allen (Daisy’s Brother), Daisy, Shirley (Daisy’s mom) and I rented a car and drove to Fuquay Varina NC to drop the ladies off to see our new Great Grandson while Allen and I continued onto SC for the RV.

No issues getting down there other than a LONG drive. Returned the rental car to the airport on Saturday Morning and got a shuttle back to the hotel. Michael picked us up around 11 AM. Allen and I did our inspection of the rig and only issue we found was the horn. It worked once and then quit. Some troubleshooting and still couldn’t get it to work. First item on the list for maintenance. Other than that we were ready to go. Paid the balance off and hit the road around 1 PM.

Things were messed up from the start, hehe. Our GPS decided we needed to go South in order to go to North Carolina. After about 20 miles, I decided to fire the GPS and return to North Carolina the way we came down. Turned around and headed north. We got maybe 80 miles when the RV started to buck and slow down to a crawl going uphill. We pulled off the exit and our guardian angel was sitting there working on another broken down vehicle. I asked him if he could take a look at the rig and he said NO. But he did have some friends that could and would escort us to the truck stop.

Called his friends and about 2 hours later they showed up. During that time we had discussed with them what happened and they felt it was a fuel filter. Brought one with them and did a little remove and replace. Oh BTW, by now it was raining, heavy. I kind of felt bad for the tech that had to crawl under the RV to change out the filter. He was soaked.   But $450 later and we were on the road again.

Heading up North and driving in the pouring rain. Started to get dark and decided to call it a night. Just as we decided that it was time to pull off… you guessed it Murphy shows up again. The bus started bucking and slowing down going up hills. So we pulled off into a Cracker Barrel for dinner and to calm down some. Upon leaving I asked the manager if we could leave the RV in the parking lot. Long story short, he said yes, kind of.

Spent the night in the rig and in the morning got on the phone with my son-in-law and decided we needed to get some diesel additive. Something called Diesel 911. No one knew what it was. But Allen found this stuff that was supposed to remove water from the fuel. Added it to the tank, started the engine and ran it for about 30 minutes. Then drove around the empty parking lot a few times and head on our way to NC, only 60 miles away.

We made it! Yes we were in NC. The sky was blue, temperature was in the 70s and life was good.

Murphy returns, just outside of Greenville NC, the RV starts bucking again going up hills. Pull off the side of the road and called the son-in-law. We checked the fuel filter no water in the line. Decided it was time to call Good Sam Roadside Assistance. They were great. It took several hours and being a Sunday, no repair centers were open, but they could get us towed to a shop to be looked at first thing Monday morning. We spent several hours waiting for a tow truck. I must say if you have to be broken down on the side of the road, a Class A is the way to go. While we were waiting, we checked out the TV, antennas, generator etc. Watched some McHale’s Navy and a football game. When the tow driver showed up, he was quick and very professional. Hooked us up and off we went. During the time we were waiting the wife and Mother in law drive out from the other side of the state with blankets, clothes and some food. We had a quick dinner and they returned to our granddaughter’s house. We spent a second night dry camping.

Monday morning, we awoke to people arriving to work. You would think that they never got to work on a Class A. Seriously we had like 5 mechanics going over the rig. Computers hooked up here and there, mechanics in, under and around the RV. Finally they say we have a bad fuel filter! I tell them it was just replaced and they said not that one, this one and show us a second fuel filter back by the fuel tank. Thirty minutes later and we take it for a test drive. It seems fixed. Return back to the shop and wait for the bill. Seriously, this guy is working on it for 30 minutes. I’m thinking 5 mechanics and computer diagnostic, this is going to be expensive. Finally, he is done. I ask him much? He starts by saying well the first number is a 1! Here it comes one thousand dollars. Next number is a 2, now we are at 1200 dollars. Third number is an 8. That will be $128 please. WHAT! This can’t be. One mechanic comes out and replaces a filter and it cost me $450. 5 mechanics come out and replace a filter and it only cost $128. I paid it quick before he changed his mind. We are on the road again.

Now we are going to pickup the wife and mother in law. The whole way I am waiting for the engine to bog down or something else to happen. Nothing! We get there and not one problem. After a quick meal with the baby and mommy, we hit the road.

Make it to just outside of Washington DC and pull into a campground, Americamp, for the night. First night with full hookups. Everything works! Took a little bit to get the sewer, water and electric hooked up, but no Robin Williams moments.

Ordered some pizza and took a walk around the park. Nice way to unwind from a very stressful day.

Morning comes and time to hit the road. Pull in the slides, disconnect the water, electric and sewer. Sit in the driver’s seat, start the engine, turn on the lights and go make my walk around inspection…. HONK! The damn horn works! Cool I think one more thing off the list of repairs. Walk outside and find out now the marker lights don’t work. I have headlights, turn signals and brake lights but no marker lights. Oh well, I won’t need them as the weather is great and we will be home before dark.

Onto Interstate 95 we go. Plans are to by-pass the major cities with 495 and 695. Well best laid plans of mice and men… we miss the 495 ramp. Then we miss the Interstate 95 and end up on 395 going into Washington DC. Having never been this way, I figured that 395 should be a major route. First sign of possible problem is a flashing sign that says our rig is over the height limit. I am thinking, what height limit? But before I can do anything here is a tunnel at 13 feet! The RV is listed at 12 ft. 8 inches. I ducked, but we made it. Not sure how much room we had. Before I could relax, we are dumped onto the city streets of Washington DC at 11 AM on a Tuesday morning. Bumper to bumper traffic at 30 miles an hour with cab drivers weaving in and out and EVERYONE wanting to be in front of me. My hands are sore from holding onto the wheel. Some fool cuts me off and I lay on the horn. Nothing! Add the horn back onto the list.

We make it through DC and back onto 95. BREAK TIME. Don’t you know the first two rest stops in Maryland are closed for repairs? Finally, get to pull over and all I want to do is collapse. I am a nervous wreck on the inside.

We have some lunch, walk around a little and then head back up 95. Thankfully, the rest of the trip is pretty uneventful. Only two more people decided they wanted to die and try to use me for that purpose. But I have watched the videos and keep my distance. Then Murphy returns. I find that I am having more and more problems seeing out the driver’s side mirror. It seems to keep moving off to the side. By the time we get to Wilmington, the mirror is resting alongside of the rig and totally useless. One more thing to the list. I am so thankful that this rig has cameras. We were able to stay out of any major issues and we made it home!

Maintenance has been performed. The lights work, the mirror is fixed and as soon as I can get an air horn release valve that will be fixed. Oh by the way, I am feeling a lot more at ease with driving the RV.

Selecting Our RV

 

Recently my wife and I were talking about our upcoming long term tour of the country. I will be 62 and we both have dreamt of traveling the country and seeing everything we have always wanted to see. We own a 32 ft. travel trailer and a Dodge 3500 diesel dually that we would be towing it with. For whatever reason, I started thinking that it would be nice to get a Class A. She had apparently been thinking the same thing. So off to the dealers we went.

Having no idea of what to look for, what kind of budget for the rig would be needed or even the operating costs we decided it would be a good idea to ask as many questions as possible. We are not new to the RV world, having lived full-time in a fifth-wheel for 10 years, has taught us a lot. We are familiar with the problems of freezing water lines, dumping the tanks, setting up and tearing down. How to economize the storage space and shopping while living on a limited budget. So we knew what we wanted on the inside. But a Class A is totally different from a fifth-wheel on the outside.

We had to look at things differently when getting on the road. Our current fifth-wheel is 42 ft. long. It is a toy hauler or garage unit. The back 14 ft. was used as an office instead of carrying around toys (motor cycles, ATV etc.). Storage on the outside was simply the basement area. With a Class A you have a lot more storage. But even that seemed to raise questions. Why were some models offering pass through and some not? Why do some models have a lot of storage and some don’t? Also almost all Class A RVs have a generator, why? What kind of maintenance do they need? How big would we need? How long will it run, etc.? It seemed the more we started looking the more questions we had. Then the really big question, gas or diesel.

We really needed to narrow down the selection and get an idea on the costs of a Class A. If you have looked around at Class A’s at all you know that diesel units cost more than gas units. Sometimes a lot more.   But are they worth it?   Our first problem was actually justifying a Class A over the rig we already have and paid for. My son kind of answered that. His feelings were that a Class A offered more options. If you are on the road and broke down, you had your TOAD (car that you towed behind the Class A for getting around town) that you could unhook and drive to get help. Second was the storage. Regardless of the type of Class A (gas or diesel), you still have a lot more storage than a travel trailer. The operating costs of a Class A versus the truck and trailer are also better. My truck gets about 8 MPG average towing the trailer. A diesel Class A is about the same. But once camped, my car (TOAD) gets 30 MPG and the truck 16 MPG. Gas is currently 30 cents a gallon cheaper than diesel. Our overall cost for travel would be cheaper.

Next was the size of the rig. We found out that if you are going to keep your camping expenses low, your best bet was National and State parks along with dry camping. Many parks have a limit on the size of the rig that they will allow. The closer you get to 40 ft., the more parks you will be limiting yourself to. 36 ft. seems to be a sweet spot. Plenty of storage and comfort and small enough to get into the maximum number of places. It’s funny how a little bit of information can go a long way. Just knowing that we wanted to stay around 36 ft. helped eliminate a lot of the rigs.

So now to tackle the big problem, gas or diesel. Up front this seemed like an easy problem. Gas is cheaper, gas engine RVs are cheaper. All Class A’s offered a comfortable ride. All Class A’s offered sufficient storage. Having worked on engines in my youth, I knew that a gas engine would not have the lifetime of a diesel, but I also knew you could rebuild or replace them fairly cheaply when the time came. SO gas it was… but why were diesels so much more in demand? That bothered me, so I started asking questions. Seems that diesels get better mileage, more get up and go in the mountains, have more towing capacity, have better basement areas (storage) and in general last a lot longer. When I applied my math skills to the numbers, it turns out that diesels had a lower operating cost, better resale value and lasted longer than the gas RV. Now I was really torn, gas or diesel? Enter my Son-in-law, a mechanic. He had simple advise… get a diesel. They are quieter (engine is normally in the back), come with a bigger generator (more electric to run things) and will last forever. Now we knew what to start narrowing our search down to. A diesel rig around 36 feet long.

Living space has always been a concern for me. I get slightly claustrophobic at times. Add a few people in a small space (think elevator) and I am close to losing it at times. So living in an 8 ft wide home on wheels could be an issue. The answer is slide outs. Diesel RV can have a lot of slide outs. These expand the interior room quite a bit. But the more slides the more expensive the unit and the more potential problems. After thinking about it we decided that two slides would be enough and one big slide in the living area would be our minimum. After all, we only sleep in the bed room. But we eat, read, entertain and relax in the living area.

We don’t have any kids living with us any more so a single bedroom was our next thought. Then the mother-in-law said how she would love to travel the country. My wife also brought up the fact that she would love to have the grandkids travel with us from time to time. I know some of you also have kids that you can’t leave at home (although you may want to at times). We did see a few Class A’s that have bunk rooms and were actually very nice. That may be an option.

It was time to look at the budget. We had a basic idea of what we now wanted in an RV. The issue became how much did we want to spend and could we afford to buy what we needed.

I have always had expensive taste. Going to RV shows, I learned quickly that if the price of the RV was less than $300,000 I really didn’t seem to like it. I also knew that we could not afford to pay $300,000 on a new RV. Sitting down with the budget and financial information we figured out what we could afford. We have a situation that is slightly different from almost all of you and that is a pending settlement of an insurance claim for my wife. For us, the settlement will be a determining factor on how much of a rig we can buy. But for now, we knew that a new rig was not in the question, used was going to have to do.

New set of problems. Used means someone else’s problems. Now there are all kinds of things that you can do to limit the issues you run into. Insurance and aftermarket warranties, good inspections before the sale by a qualified mechanic, talking to the previous owner, buying as new as possible, reading reviews on the forums, asking questions of professionals and users. In short do as much research as you can.

So how used is used? Researching the web, you can find all kinds of used Class A rigs. Some with very low mileage. All different sizes and all different ages. Taking my list of requirements I started looking at the local dealerships, then eBay, then web searches. I can tell you this; there is no shortage of Class A Diesel RV for us to look at. Good Sams will cover a rig up to 14 years old. But each year it gets more expensive. So you can cover yourself for major issues.

So there you have it, how to select an RV. With lots of research and a little luck you can find the perfect rig for your travels. Decide what you need, what you want and what you can afford. Then search the local dealers so you can see what it is you are saying you have to have versus what you want to have. Then search the web for units in your price range.

There are a lot of good quality check list on the web to use to check out the RV of your dreams once you have a few narrowed down. Use them as well. Know a good mechanic? Take him/her along; it never hurts to have a unbiased eye looking over a major purchase.

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Raymond Laubert and his wife Daisy live full time in a fifth wheel recreational vehicle and love it! Married for over 40 years, they have four children and 13 grandchildren and a great grand child. Camping has always been, and remains, a large part of their lives. If Ray isn’t camping with his wife, you can find him cooking or playing with his two dogs, Misty and Princess