thank for opening this thread as I could not agree more with what everyone has said. You asked "where would we be without this forum or others who contribute"? Let me just add a few of my own statistics concerning this forum:
Since being a member on this forum, you all have provided me quality information to fix or repair a total of 32 items (and counting) on two MH's. That is not counting all the maintenance items that go with owning one of these beasts. That my friends is a bunch and without your help I most likely would have sold my first one after several months without all of your help as I had little knowledge on the "how to".
Second, I cannot begin to total the $$$$ you all have saved me over the years. It has to be in the thousands.
Third and most importantly, this forum and its members, have provided me with safety related issues I did not even know existed. You have kept my wife, dog and me from possibly incurring a refrigerator fire (cleaning the flu), tire blowouts (weighing and pressures) and on and on. I truly am grateful for sharing this.
Last, because of your knowledge and sharing of information I have never had a breakdown, had to call for assistance and have only had trouble free enjoyment while traveling.
So, to all of you and this forum, thank you folks for sharing and posting and thanks IRV2 for providing the means.