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Old 05-25-2014, 05:50 PM   #16423
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I have posted an update about Dunner on the RVM email list. I didn't think Mike would want that info posted here. If you are are not on RVM2RVM but would like the info send me a PM and I'll send you the message I posted.

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Old 05-25-2014, 05:59 PM   #16424
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Barb and Wayne - I don't see an automatic transmission Smart car or Mini-Cooper on the dinghy list from MH magazine or FMCA.
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Beginning with the 2012 model, Smart Cars have a standard transmission with an automatic clutch. There is no clutch pedal and it shifts all by itself. The shifting is smoother if you let off the gas slightly, but that isn't required. Call Ewing Autohaus in Plano. I dealt with Bob.

So, go take a test drive! I bet you'll be surprised.
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Old 05-25-2014, 06:03 PM   #16425
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Maybe we will just go on the road without a toad and drive around the country looking for the perfect Jeep deal. Oh wait - we're thinking we probably aren't Jeepers.

Hey Steve,

If it's a good deal on a new Jeep you are looking for, head over to JeepGarage.org and do a search on 'Texas Group Buy' Folks appear to be getting new Jeeps of all flavors there for 5.5% below invoice. I don't know any other details but it may be worth a try.
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Old 05-25-2014, 06:07 PM   #16426
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Hey Steve,

If it's a good deal on a new Jeep you are looking for, head over to JeepGarage.org and do a search on 'Texas Group Buy' Folks appear to be getting new Jeeps of all flavors there for 5.5% below invoice. I don't know any other details but it may be worth a try.
Thanks Martin. Will take a look!
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Old 05-25-2014, 06:07 PM   #16427
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....and I know that I do not like any car dealers and so far the Jeepers are the worst - in person - on the phone and on the net. JMHO.
You only deal with the salesman until the sale is over - then it's the service manager or national customer service.


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Old 05-25-2014, 06:29 PM   #16428
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Steve,
We have both an Equinox and the new Jeep. Both have their pros and cons.

Jeep
Less room, stiffer ride, gas mileage not great, hard for short person to get into (ask Ginny).
Fun to drive, ability to go more places than I probably want to go, tow at any speed, easy hook up for towing, “hot” plug with ignition off for power for the auxiliary brake system, other Jeep owners wave at you.

Equinox,
A little more setup for towing: pull one fuse, make sure steering wheel is NOT locked, key must stay in ignition to unlock the steering wheel, make sure the key is NOT turned past ACC or you will register mileage while towing (ask me how I know). Run the engine and shift through the transmission gears. If we stopped for lunch on the road I ran the engine for about 5 minutes. I did the same when stopping for fuel. I probably did this more often than needed since the Equinox was new last year and I was a little paranoid about hurting something. There were days when we traveled around 200 miles that I didn’t stop for the engine (transmission) start up, and didn’t have any problems. This may sound like a hassle but it is easier than it sounds.
Nice ride, more room, back area lays flat for carrying more ‘stuff”, there is a "hot" plug at the rear behind the rear seat. Great gas mileage for side trips, we did go slowly on some trails in Wyoming.

I don’t think you can go wrong with either one.

Hope this helps,

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Old 05-25-2014, 06:45 PM   #16429
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Jim - thanks for the actual comparison of the two. Very helpful. In the 2014 Equinox - if you don't lay the back seat down - you can actually slide the rear seat forward and open up a bunch of space. Can't sit in back seat with it slid forward but it is a nice option. Again - appreciate it greatly. I'm glad I caught you before you finished your Jeep Kool Aid.
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Old 05-25-2014, 06:55 PM   #16430
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The rain stopped - we dried things off and the fish was great. I think soaking in seasoned milk made it better than ever.

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Old 05-25-2014, 07:42 PM   #16431
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I have posted an update about Dunner on the RVM email list. I didn't think Mike would want that info posted here. If you are are not on RVM2RVM but would like the info send me a PM and I'll send you the message I posted.

The above offer is valid ONLY for declared and fully mutated RVMs.
Thanks again, Barb.

Dunner...behave yourself and get better soon, bud.
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Old 05-25-2014, 07:43 PM   #16432
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The rain stopped - we dried things off and the fish was great. I think soaking in seasoned milk made it better than ever.

Would love to share a pic or two but connection drops midway.
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Dinner looks yummy, Steve.
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Old 05-25-2014, 07:52 PM   #16433
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Dinner looks yummy, Steve.
Thanks Sarah - my BIL and I fried the fish - Annie whipped up a salad and some corn on the cob that was very sweet for this time of year (any time of year really.). The great thing is - that was 1 filet from the GC Catch. This is the 2nd dinner and we still have fish in the freezer!
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Steve and Mary Ann - try this - add a little salt, pepper, whatever seasoning you like to a bowl of milk and let the bass marinate in the fridge a few hours. Pull from the milk - and drop in a baggie of the Louisiana Fish fry corn meal we brought to the GC - it's gluten free!


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Old 05-25-2014, 08:40 PM   #16434
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HELLO FOLKS!

Been real busy being retired. LOL

Being back home has been fun and getting together with friends seems never ending.

HINT - SUE - Email/PM/Call us soon so we can get together before we leave town.

I now have a 3 day old grand daughter named Jade in Macon, GA. Mom is doing well and home today.

LOTS and LOTS of RV work done and being done.

1000 hour generator service...CHECK
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New low beam lights...in progress
Cleaning and adjusting window awnings...in progress
New water softener set up...CHECK

The new head lights are in and assembled into the assembly that will secure them to the coach but before I do that I have to figure out if/how to disable my daytime running lights. I hope to hear from Spartan tech support Tuesday and if I find my DRLs are actually full power instead of 1/2 power...AWESOME. If not, I may need to remove a wire or 2 from a control module unless they tell me there is a DRL relay that I haven't been able to find yet.

Glad to be with family and friends but also looking forward to June 7th when we get back on the road to see my new grand daughter and then head north. The road certainly calls us.
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...make sure the key is NOT turned past ACC or you will register mileage while towing (ask me how I know)...
Better yet, make sure you don't leave the engine running or you will register miles and burn gas...

The good news is that you will show that you got FANTASTIC MPGs on the toad.
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Old 05-25-2014, 08:52 PM   #16436
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Thanks Martin. Will take a look!
Steve, I know there are a lot of Jeep enthusiasts out the, but for your needs and everyday living with, the Equinox is probably the best best. If you haven't looked at them yet, a Honda CRV is a very good choice. They will also hold their value and have a great repair record.
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