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Old 09-19-2014, 11:04 AM   #22457
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Dwayne or some other insightful mutant.

In Mel's delimia I saw upper crust Cs C+ a Dynamax -

I know that B and upper level Cs can rival the price of As - for various reasons... but for sure there can be some savings in some Cs - just as there are in As - you have to know your price point as much as anything - but I concluded for me - value and bang for the buck is in the A DPs ,,, others conclude differently.

My biggest point to Mel and anyone thinking of buying the first big un... is to not rule out anything based only on the perceived drivablility of a Class A DP or gasser. The air suspension - air brakes and diesel generators are +++ enough to me - and yep - our 325 HP is smallish - but 8.8 - 9.6 mpg and not even broke in yet at 19 k miles....
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Old 09-19-2014, 11:10 AM   #22458
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First off - Dog... apologies for a borrowing your picture - but it is instructional - and 2) Bonnie looks so comfy - it is mutating to just gaze upon your camp setup!

Mel - are you seeing the terrible place Dog had to stay because his DP was so big he couldn't get back to nature... oh the humanity...

So mutants - a pictorial challenge - show us your big rig in a State or Federal - Corp or Private park that comes close to wilderness - streams - mountains and such that others might think are unavailable in size 2 X or only at the Big and Tall store....
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On the beach in Destin FL.
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Dont have pics handy of Yellowstone, or Grand Canyon, or Key West dry camping, but we pretty much take ours all over...



Diane is the original FTSFM........... (Fast Talking Sliding Finger Mutant, #64) and is retired, duh!
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Next port, sailing into the harbor at Valleta on Malta just before dawn:
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We stood watching from our starboard balcony, and I couldn't stop myself saying repeatedly, "Omigod! Omigod!" We have been to China, Tibet, and Japan, which have ancient civilizations, but this is even older. I have now been officially gobsmacked, to use the English word. It blindsided me!
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Or down on Valletta from the fortifications up at Mdina:
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Look up inside a lovely cathedral:
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At sailaway late in the afternoon:
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In short, Malta is a bit of an unusual destination, and not an RVer's place, but well worth a visit.

Back to your regularly scheduled programming now....

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Geeze - that was easy - speaking of perceptions - Annie was certain letting the bike rack down was some big production number... 30 seconds it's down and she has the look of "Why do we keep you men around at all..." lol...

So - quickly here - there were Ford dealers - that did not or would not work on this beautiful - brand new 1991 when I bought it - and till the last day I owned it a couple years ago. On the road in Rapid City - on the road in WaKeeny KS and a few other places I found myself having Freightliner - truck stops - Pep Boys... and the odd Ford dealer provide service. Some didn't have a lift that could hoist it - others didn't have a bay height to get it in the door. Some were too busy to even want to talk about it.

The bigger question usually comes down to competency where repairs and maintence are concerned. You will find someone somewhere - but ya need to be sure they know what they're doing.

Was taking to RVM1 the other day and he is now a bonafied fan of SpeedCo... for DP fluid changes. I am a fan of Mobile Oil changes - Jeff I believe is a fan of do it yer self oil changes. I don't like to have to deal with the old fluid. I am a certified klutz and would have it everywhere in 5 minutes...

I am a huge fan Transynd transmission fluid and it's lifecycle... and you would be too. And the Allison Trans in a DP is smart - self preserving - and I would put it up against any you will find in a gasser.

Gotta run and do that w... thing a bit.
Hey Steve !!!!

I don't do my own oil changes for the MH or the Jeep. The MH takes 40 quarts and getting rid of it would be a pain, I use MasterTech in Elkhart, Indiana for that last time it was $225 for oil and filters. The Jeep gets instant oil changes whenever or wherever I'm at and needing a change.

I suggested to Mel a Winnibago Vista because they are class A DP and get good mileage and come in very maneuverable lengths and with slides.

Our MH gets between 8.5 and 10 mpg all the time depending on the grades I'm playing in. Your mutation may vary.

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Hey, Steve, does Bella at a Cracker Barrel count? :0
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Steve you have such interesting post! I still have my mind, Wayne, Herb fess up!
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Ooo Ahhh is that Bella at the Cracker Barrel in Malta... ?
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Mel,
I can't remember if you are planning on full timing... but that is probably one of the biggest considerations in your decision. If you don't think Kates is gonna be happy full timing, I'd sure ease into it with a gasser C type unit until you are sure it is worth the money for a dp...even at half timing, finances would be a big consideration.
As for maintenance... I live south of Kansas city area, in a small town... and we had to do some looking even for our only 11 ft high type c for a place that would take Honey on her first emergency visit... bay height and lift tolerances were considerations and just not wanting to work on those van engines half on the inside...LOL! there are 2 places in our very small town who will. Dealers are ok and usually have the equipment to handle it... but I like someone who is local and cares more.


BTW... the dude who took honey in to work on her got the rest of our fleet business as a reward now, too. You'd think with only the 2 of us, 2 vehicles would be plenty... oh no... there's 2 everyday cars, a truck , a convertible, the trailer with his power chute, and the motorhome now all parked in our parking lot.
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Woof... I mean Woot Woot x2!!!
I miss hearing from her... we need to send her back out on the rainbow.
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Aren't we all...
Still no word on exact date for mail coming your way. Do you have my phone number?
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Woof... I mean Woot Woot x2!!!
I miss hearing from her... we need to send her back out on the rainbow.
If only we had a place and a date, we could be sending her to the...... Oh, never mind. Lol

Steve I just couldn't resist!
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