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Old 03-05-2016, 08:57 PM   #3977
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Wschaub, donít let the repairs get you down. My 1994 HR cost me $3,500 when I bought it April 2013. I spent most of May and June just cleaning up the previous owners cigarette smoke, old cooking grease, and repairing the plumbing and such so I could live in it. I moved in July 2013 and have been living in it, traveling (6,200 miles so far), and working on it ever since. Over the last three years Iíve spent $6,900 on repairs including a completely rebuilt engine (didnít see that coming! ), new exhaust headers, new tires, new brakes, generator repairs, AC repairs, the list goes on and on. The good news is once I finally replace the in-tank fuel pump (approx $360) Iíll have an RV that Iíll be comfortable taking anywhere. Then I start the interior remodel, WOOHOO!!

Sometimes I think I just shouldíve bought a better RV to begin with, but as it was I had a $6,000 cap. Nearly anything I couldíve gotten in that price range wouldíve probably needed much of the same work that this one needed. Whatever, it runs great, literally flies down the highway, and drives like a new rig. Iím one happy camper.

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Old 03-05-2016, 11:14 PM   #3978
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Evening,
Having my last cup of coffee of the day.
Man the frosting on the cake. My passport also is expired. I tried to go to the crossing this morning and the traffic was backed up for a mile.
Came home and met a neighbor. He told me you need a passport
I thought mine was current.
(on a side note I have met more people at this park in 5 days than I met in 2 months at the "other park")
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Gordon you guys enjoying the skiing?

Those reviving a old MH to new like condition. This is the place to get a answer, Mine is a 82 PA and It towed our caddie 2,000 miles first long haul and ran flawlessly. and I'm sure the trip home will have the same results.
The complement's we get are very rewarding and they look good going down the road.

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Old 03-06-2016, 01:30 AM   #3979
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Good Morning Everyone! Coffee was very good today!
Tim, you need a current (not expired) Passport or passport card to go to Mx. The easiest crossing is Los Algodones, which is west of the CG you are in, about 6 miles on I-8. When you see the sign's that say Mx./ Los Algodones, get off and go south or left, across the bridge/I-8, past the casino, on the right, about 1 mile! There is a CG right before the border on the right, then there is pay'd parking lot on the right where you can park.
Get your passports renewed when you are home, so that next year you can go! Or you could go to the post office and renew in Yuma, and they will be waiting for you when you get home!
Bobby, that would be very cool if we could hook up with Terry and Eleanor and you and Sally in a month or two! Frank and Rita might be up in the area too!! Get Bap and Lynne to join us too, ohhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!
Bobby, hope Sally gets to feeling better quickly!
Popeye, I remember seeing the TT that had the boat looking roof, that gave me the idea! I think doing it for real, Nahhhhh! You could buy a sheet of alum. or the rubber membrane a lot cheaper!
Lynne, the bat wing will work just fine with the new TV, just as the sat. system will also! "Mona" came with 3 new flat Vizeo's and a self-auto tracking sat. system with the dish network receiver! And a surround sound system with a 400 watt amp! So all that is done for me already!
Steve, the S/S is looking very good, looks just like my old one that I got from my G-paw many years ago! It had the Damacus twist, too!
All that are working on their baby's, we have all been there at one time or the other, part of the fun of RV ownership, for me anyway!
Everyone have a great day! Rail!
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Old 03-06-2016, 04:52 AM   #3980
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Morning all!

43* here, should be a pretty day, headed to 60`s and clear.

Been busy with work and all. Should be slowing down some here forward.

Nice sxs Steve. I like the refinish, kept the character but made it nice.

Junior and I are trailering our dual sport bikes to the mountains this morning about a hour and ahalf from here. We are meeting a group of guys from a motorcycle forum I follow for a day ride. Going to spend the day on fire roads and such in the Pisgah National Forest.

It is going to be a little cool up there, thank goodness for electric jackets!

Have a great day all.

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Old 03-06-2016, 05:55 AM   #3981
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Good Morning Gang,

Coffee was great this am as it was still in the 20's. Supposed to get in the 50's or 60's this week sometime. I sure look forward to it. As you know those of you who have or are living in winter states, it gets old this time of year. Just ready for Spring and camping.

For those redoing older rigs. We tend to buy what we can afford and then repair what needs repaired. All depends on how work and money go. I see these rigs sitting out there and they have been sitting out there for years and I wonder why people keep them if they are not using them. There is a old Winnie I pass every day and I just want to grab it and give it some love. I have been driving by it for over 13 years and I don't think it has ever been moved. Looks around 20 feet long is all but I bet she was top of the line when built.

Friend is having by-pass tomorrow so please say a prayer for her. Name is Deborah. 56 yrs old. Still keep in your prayers my friend with cancer. He is a good man.

As it warms up it is going to be difficult to keep patient with wanting to get the rig out. Will see how well we winterized the rig and figure out how to de-winterize it. Plan to take it to the State Park close by us and spend a few weekends this summer. Will probably be the first place we go. Other than electric, you have a dump station but no full hook-ups. Also only $20 a night.

Hoping the sun comes out today. It is always so much better when the sun is out. Hope you all have a great one and Rail, if you are close by me I will come to you if at all possible. You could come back through MI and we could meet up.

Keep safe, stay happy, and smile! Lynne
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Old 03-06-2016, 07:04 AM   #3982
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Good Morning Gang,
Coffee was good this morning, one of the people in the campgrounds brought us a couple of muffins last night, so we had those with our coffee, MMMMMMM.
Charles,
Rita and I are in Brooksville, where are you located? If you are close maybe we could meet and I can give you some pointers on fulltiming, we have been doing this for 3 1/2 years now.
Bobby,
Give our best to Sally, we hope that she is feeling better soon. Glad to hear that you are dissolving your business, you won't believe how much it will take off your shoulders.
Rail,
Rita and I are heading to Branson, Missouri when we leave here, we were in Binghamton last August.
Steve,
That S/S looks great, what a find.
Have a great day all,
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Old 03-06-2016, 07:07 AM   #3983
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Good Morning All, Sun is out here in upstate ny, 15 * overnight but supposed to go to 40* today . Bobby, how do you go to Binghamton? if you pick up I88 you go close to me when you run up past Schoharie exit. I have always purchased older vehicles and fixed them up, always figured anybody can buy new, plus most of the time was money tight. Lloyd, have fun today (envy here). Still no word from Jay? Have a great Day All
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Morning,
Nothing to report, just reading and having coffee. have a nice Sunday.
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Old 03-06-2016, 08:28 AM   #3985
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Good morning all!

First of all, it's feels great to be welcomed to the group. Thank you.

Lynne, Thanks for the advice. I had my wife (Beverly) read your thoughts. She found them very helpful.

Frank, Yesterday my wife had asked me if I could find someone who is full-timing that we could meet in person and talk with about this. I told her I would ask. Before I had a chance, you offered.

We are in NE FL, and about 3 hours away. I will talk with her and we will figure out when would be a good time. We both are still working and we have a memorial service for one of my best friends, probably next weekend. So, we will have to see what our schedule is, then I will get back to you.


Yesterday we visited another RV dealer, one that was at the RV show we visited last month. We are getting a better idea of floorplan, storage, etc., and are still learning. There was one of interest: 2007 Winnebago Tour 40KD. It is a 400HP Cummins with a King bed and a pretty good floor plan. I did like the bathroom layout better in another rig we saw previously (bath was across the back end of the rig with a double vanity), but this bath layout seemed to be the second best. It is a split bath with an extra sink in the master bedroom. (Is it called the "master bedroom"???)

The asking price is 110K. It has just under 19,000 miles on it. I wonder how negotiable pricing is on used units. I know, from reading on iRV2, that new units always seem to be discounted 30+% from MSRP. But, I don't know about used units.

We are going back this afternoon for a test drive. As crazy as this sounds, we have yet to ride in one of these on the road. So, even if we do not purchase, we still need the experience of a test drive. We will not be buying today, and have already told the sales guy we may or may not commit yet. He seems pretty straightforward and has been helpful without pressuring. We have a number of other family decisions to make before we make a commitment to purchase.
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Old 03-06-2016, 08:50 AM   #3986
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Goooodmorning all yíall!!!

Itís cloudy today! This is sunny Arizona, WTHís going on? All is not lost, my morning coffeeís excellent and itís supposed to be partly sunny by 11am.

Not much going on, I helped a new neighbor fix the hydraulics that operate his slide-out. Iím happy to say that heís a retired auto shop teacher so most of my help was handing tools underneath to him and taking him around town to pick up needed parts. Usually, when I get involved helping people, I end up on my back under the machine on the dirty end of the wrench while someone hands me tools. Still, itís nice to be able to pay forward for all the folks thatíve helped me over the years.

I havenít made any big plans for today. First thing will be to clean out my car interior. Iíve misplaced my Senior National Park Pass and need to find it. I have a feeling itís lost in my car somewhere. Iím certain others have this problem; your car turns into yet another RV storage area. Since my toadís a Caravan it has a lot of excess storage space.

So thatís it for this Sunday morning. All yíall in the Great White North, hang tough! Winters end is near.

Steve

PS the sunís peeking out through the clouds!

PS again, cwk Iíd like to help you with your question.

The asking price is 110K. It has just under 19,000 miles on it. I wonder how negotiable pricing is on used units. I know, from reading on iRV2, that new units always seem to be discounted 30+% from MSRP. But, I don't know about used units.

Back in the early 1970ís I worked as a new/used car salesman for 3 years. I donít regret it because it was such a great life experience. Thereís a saying in sales ďIf you donít ask, you donít get!Ē Granted my RV was rough basket case, but the dealer was asking $6,000 for it, I got it for $3,500. Iím certain I got their lowest price because of the way they balked and carried on when I tried to get them to throw in a new set of tires. The point is if you donít ask, you donít get! They may balk and carry on but they want to make that sale. Look upon it as a game and do not be afraid to walk away. Chances are theyíll come running after you or call you at home later! There's another old saying in negotiations, "The first one who talks loses!" Let them drop the price first and then get them to drop it more, a lot more!
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Charles,

We got several thousand off our used rig and it was no where near your price range. Make sure they PROVE everything is working. Ask them to show you how things work since you have never done this before and you are not sure how things work. Check the plumbing, lights (all the lights), the fridge, furnace, AC. Open and close all windows, doors (including basement doors). Go up on the roof and look carefully to see if the seams are solid or cracked.

Does the slide out couch bed work? Have them show you. Make them prove everything works and if you decide to buy, make sure it is in the contract that ALL ITEMS are working.

When the guy gave me a price I gave him one almost $5,000 less then they were asking. They took it. Had I not given a lower price they would have happily taken the higher amount. Like Geo says, never hurts to ask. Have an amount in mind that you will pay and don't go over it. Lot's of sales coming up this time of year, you do not need to settle for less than you want.

By the way, I love my Winnebago.
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Old 03-06-2016, 10:48 AM   #3988
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Well the skiing is gong OK. Took yesterday and today off. Tired yesterday and today high winds and rain. Freezing level is about half way up the ski resorts so the skiing would be very wet. Cooling off this afternoon so there may be snow in Salt Lake this evening. Skiing will be prime tomorrow.

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Good evening all!

Great ride today, we did 102 miles of forest access roads, and fire roads. Clear day, low 60's. We did have one rider who had a front flat, changed the tube and went back at it.

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Lloyd,
Glad that you had a good time.
Charles,
We will be here till the 25th of April, so anytime before that. You got some sound advise from above, the first thing is, does the DW(Darling Wife) like the floorplan, if she doesn't then it doesn't matter what the price is or how good a deal is, the coach will not do. Now if she likes the floorplan and the interior then you go with the rest of the advise.
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