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Old 08-23-2016, 07:25 AM   #1
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Lost my motorhome to the flood

Our Tradewinds went under during last weeks floods in Baton Rouge, so I'm waiting on State Farm to give me the bad news of how little they are going to give me for it.
In the meantime I'm going to try and buy another one that we can live in while our home is rebuilt.
I also need to replace my truck now, so I'm thinking I will get a 4X4 Silverado to replace my 2 wheel drive, so that I can flat tow instead of using my trailer.
Does anyone know if the 2017's can be flat towed yet?
Does anyone know of a decent diesel pusher in the $50K range?
I don't want to spend a lot more than that right now because 4' of water in a non-flood zone took out everything in the house and all of our vehicles, so I'm on a tight budget.
Thanks in advance for any leads.
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Old 08-23-2016, 07:42 AM   #2
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Look at transfer case equipped.

Our F250 has know on dash to select but no neutral or open position while work truck Chevy has floor control with neutral.

Discuss with dealer as it may be a trim level or option thing as some may prefer the dash control and others not so it may be something that needs to be ordered.

Either way if you are buying new then insist the new vehicle can be flat towed and order it from dealer with dealer installed tow bar.

Makes warranty so much easier as it was "ordered that way from factory"
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Old 08-23-2016, 08:32 AM   #3
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So sorry for your loss. Blessings to you and your family.
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Old 08-23-2016, 08:44 AM   #4
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Sure sorry about your loss! Hope everything works out good for you!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 08-23-2016, 09:23 AM   #5
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There are big discounts on 2016 Chevy 1500's right now. Enough to not even think about a 17. In Alaska they are advertising $17k off msrp.
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Old 08-23-2016, 09:42 AM   #6
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Sorry for your losses...but For motorhomes. look at PPL in houston, I imagine that you and about xxxx persons are thining alike... could be a run on used Rv's in the next few weeks..
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Sorry to hear about your loss. Good luck on your search for a new MH and pickup.
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Sorry about the loss of your coach. When I dealt with State Farm, they used the NADA RV value as a starting point. Then they researched for an identical model in the same year that was for sale. After they found one, we added a few things mine had that the one for sale did not have, we agreed on a price that included all taxes, and transfer fees plus the estimated transportation cost to get the replacement coach to me. (it was located in a state 1000 miles form me.) I thought it was a fair price.

Now did you loose any contents in the coach? If so I may have a few pointers, especially if you have the contents insured with State Farm as I did (I had replacement cost value on contents). That was a 2 year process that ended up making me "whole again".

Right now, get ahold of your policy paperwork, and read it cover to cover. Knowing what it says could give you the best money. DON'T wait for Sate Farm to give you a figure, have one in mind first.

Finally, I was just notified and put on notice that I may end up heading to your state for a disaster assignment with FEMA. Time will tell if my company gets the bid.
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Unless Chevy has changed in more recent years, the electronic shift transfer case can be shifted to neutral but requires very specific steps to do so. Look on the electric shift knob an unilluminated "N" (not in white letters) visible under the 4Lo position.
Steps to put in neutral for my 2011 Silverado; 1. Apply Park Brake, 2. Set selector knob to 2wd. 3. Turn key to "ON" (engine can be running but not required). 4. Press and hold down on brake pedal and shift transmission to neutral. 5. While maintaining pressure on brake pedal, turn transfer case knob fully to right (clockwise) past 4Lo and hold knob there until "N" light flashes (takes 15-20 seconds). 5. Release knob, do not turn it, just let it spring back then turn key off and you can remove key the steering wheel will not lock when it is in this Tow Mode.
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Sorry for your loss. Hope everyone is safe. 2005 Fleetwood Expedition 38N, DP in Alvin TX, $60k.


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I'm seeing a lot of diesel pushers in the 50 K range typ 2000 -2002, with less than 70K miles. There was one I was checking out but I may pass on, pm me and I can send the details.
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Our Tradewinds went under during last weeks floods in Baton Rouge, so I'm waiting on State Farm to give me the bad news of how little they are going to give me for it.
In the meantime I'm going to try and buy another one that we can live in while our home is rebuilt.
I also need to replace my truck now, so I'm thinking I will get a 4X4 Silverado to replace my 2 wheel drive, so that I can flat tow instead of using my trailer.
Does anyone know if the 2017's can be flat towed yet?
Does anyone know of a decent diesel pusher in the $50K range?
I don't want to spend a lot more than that right now because 4' of water in a non-flood zone took out everything in the house and all of our vehicles, so I'm on a tight budget.
Thanks in advance for any leads.
Sorry for your troubles . We were looking to go to MH from our 5er & recently there were a few good ones on East Tx Craigslist here in the Tyler/Longview Tx area.
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We too are SO SORRY for your loss. We hope you and all your family are alright. The material stuff can be replaced, although I understand it's hard to start over.

I agree with Slice. We originally bought our MH from PPL and we were really impressed with how well they treated us. We bought a used Dutch Star and have been and still are really pleased with it. It is a 1999 that we bought in 2004 and we have been so blessed with how it has performed!

Just this year we replaced the A/C units after running them FT for 12 years.
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Our Tradewinds went under during last weeks floods in Baton Rouge, so I'm waiting on State Farm to give me the bad news of how little they are going to give me for it.
In the meantime I'm going to try and buy another one that we can live in while our home is rebuilt.
I also need to replace my truck now, so I'm thinking I will get a 4X4 Silverado to replace my 2 wheel drive, so that I can flat tow instead of using my trailer.
Does anyone know if the 2017's can be flat towed yet?
Does anyone know of a decent diesel pusher in the $50K range?
I don't want to spend a lot more than that right now because 4' of water in a non-flood zone took out everything in the house and all of our vehicles, so I'm on a tight budget.
Thanks in advance for any leads.
So sorry about your losses, what a devastating thing to go through. A word of caution... Don't let the insurance company "low ball" you! It took 3 different appraisals & in the end they didn't use them... The comps were all not comparable to our coach & with each offer I tore the comps apart. Be informed & do you're homework. When the 1st offer came in REALLY low I made sure we were 3 steps ahead of them. Scour rvt.com & RV Trader for comparable coaches, know your state's insurance laws & don't settle for anything Iess than a fair price. I'm a little biased but you can find a nice American coach '99-'00 for around that price, quality & well built coaches especially in those years. There are quite a few listed on rvt.com & RV Trader. Good luck & God speed, "things" can be replaced.
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