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Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing Yesterday, 04:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 66
Posted By TampaDave
On my 2013 fiat 500 with roadmaster baseplate and...

On my 2013 fiat 500 with roadmaster baseplate and cross bar, the hitch point is 16 1/2 inches off the ground, if that's what you're asking...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 08-03-2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 937
Posted By TampaDave
^this My experience in healthcare is, get a...

^this

My experience in healthcare is, get a second opinion. I do a walk around and the wifey wing-walks me out, then does her own dinghy check. She's like the frickin catapult officer, someday I'm...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 08-03-2021, 06:52 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,529
Posted By TampaDave
Hm. My order from etrailer found me at my...

Hm. My order from etrailer found me at my current campground two days sooner than promised. I've been ripped off on ebay twice; by etrailer, never.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-03-2021, 06:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 344
Posted By TampaDave
Question is, whats the life span of an air bag? I...

Question is, whats the life span of an air bag? I have an 08 too, replacing an air bag on the road was an adventure I would like to forget but cannot. Maybe 13 years is the number eh
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-03-2021, 05:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 334
Posted By TampaDave
The very last thing you should own, other than a...

The very last thing you should own, other than a boat, is an RV.
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 07-24-2021, 07:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 262
Posted By TampaDave
Having burned up my Fiat due to a braking system...

Having burned up my Fiat due to a braking system "incident," I'm not a fan of any electronic braking system. Am convinced the Chinese are trying to kill us with defective products; in my case, it's...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 07-24-2021, 07:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 449
Posted By TampaDave
Yeah that's a user interface fail for sure. ...

Yeah that's a user interface fail for sure.

In the bus, the throne room door isn't quite wide enough to close off the passageway, so they have pocket doors on either side of the passageway to...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 07-24-2021, 06:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 194
Posted By TampaDave
Outstanding! I agree, 5 GB is plenty for...

Outstanding! I agree, 5 GB is plenty for streaming; that's all we had with our lousy home internet back when we were living in California and it seemed to work most of the time. We still went...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 07-22-2021, 08:25 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 14,433
Posted By TampaDave
Texas, which has plenty of oil, will assert...

Texas, which has plenty of oil, will assert independence soon enough. See you there.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 07-22-2021, 08:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 236
Posted By TampaDave
Amazon pickup points is the easiest but ups...

Amazon pickup points is the easiest but ups stores will accept shipments too
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 07-22-2021, 04:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 856
Posted By TampaDave
Aquahot is only OK in the shower experience; it...

Aquahot is only OK in the shower experience; it was designed to work with your water pump. You'll need to restrict inlet pressure if you're hooked to city water, and definitely need a low flow...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 07-22-2021, 04:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 806
Posted By TampaDave
More *storage* space is always welcome for...

More *storage* space is always welcome for full-timing. Make sure you compare storage space between the 40- and 45-footers, because the TAG takes up some room.

As for whether the extra 5 feet...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 07-22-2021, 03:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 552
Posted By TampaDave
Dish isn't backwards compatible with everything,...

Dish isn't backwards compatible with everything, my old MV3500A was only sort of compatible with Wally. I think mainly because the antenna was self-aiming, and the Wally wants to drive these days. ...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 07-20-2021, 04:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 144
Posted By TampaDave
Highway 12 from Lewiston to Lolo is fantastic. ...

Highway 12 from Lewiston to Lolo is fantastic. To be clear, I did it on my motorcycle so take this with a grain of salt, my recollection is, it's a long climb going west to east but not a...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 07-18-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 505
Posted By TampaDave
Smell varies with temperature. Nothing much is...

Smell varies with temperature. Nothing much is needed in cold weather and nothing much helps in warm. Ive done everything, including enzymes, handfull of fertilizer (yes). Only thing that helps is...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 07-12-2021, 04:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 395
Posted By TampaDave
Amen to that Escaping the south is the...

Amen to that

Escaping the south is the tricky part. The I-10 departure is fine until you get past Biloxi, then it's pretty miserable. The Atlanta-Birmingham-Memphis departure isn't quite as bad,...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 07-12-2021, 03:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 168
Posted By TampaDave
That's really cool. Also, "Magnum Opus" is the...

That's really cool. Also, "Magnum Opus" is the best name for a toilet ever. Just the other day, I told the wife, "Ah! Now that, darling, was a masterpiece!"
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 07-04-2021, 08:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 394
Posted By TampaDave
Used tow bar: $200 Base plate: $400 Brake...

Used tow bar: $200
Base plate: $400
Brake buddy: $800
Magnetic tail lights: $40

Did the install myself, except I paid a stereo installer $45 to run wire thru the firewall.

I think that's...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 07-04-2021, 03:07 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 8,251
Posted By TampaDave
Colorado in March instead of Utah in Feb. What...

Colorado in March instead of Utah in Feb. What was I thinking, anyway?
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 07-04-2021, 03:01 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,819
Posted By TampaDave
Man. We must be in a different time-space...

Man. We must be in a different time-space continuum.

I'll cop to Saturday Night Safety Dance. But Dark Wave is my secret favorite.

"Joy Division" indeed.
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 06-23-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,325
Posted By TampaDave
Does the phaeton have independent front...

Does the phaeton have independent front suspension these days?

Back in the day, the argument for a bus was upgraded suspension, side radiator and bigger engine. Bus tended to get new technology a...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 06-23-2021, 11:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 248
Posted By TampaDave
Nope

Nope
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 06-21-2021, 04:14 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,303
Posted By TampaDave
This. Plumb in a 4-port connector and you can...

This. Plumb in a 4-port connector and you can either hook up your grill or an external propane tank; the latter comes in real handy in cool weather camping. Absolutely worth doing imo.
...
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 06-21-2021, 03:56 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,217
Posted By TampaDave
In my experience, either one, more or less. We...

In my experience, either one, more or less. We started with a slow leak, manifested by the rig not holding air overnight (like if we stop for a disco nap without putting the jacks down). Then we...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 05-21-2021, 05:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 506
Posted By TampaDave
In my '08 there's a mix of component video and...

In my '08 there's a mix of component video and HDMI cables in that cabinet that feed into a distribution device located down below in the luggage compartment on the passenger side, which to my...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 05-13-2021, 06:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,369
Posted By TampaDave
To a point. Below that point, which is somewhere...

To a point. Below that point, which is somewhere around 40, gotta turn the burner on
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 05-11-2021, 06:45 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 12,709
Posted By TampaDave
Working really throws a monkey wrench into the...

Working really throws a monkey wrench into the whole thing, doesn't it?

Back when wifey and I were working full time, we were blessed with a good income, and cursed with little time. Those things...
Forum: Just Conversation 05-10-2021, 05:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 696
Posted By TampaDave
Yeah here we have a lot in common with the tiny...

Yeah here we have a lot in common with the tiny house movement (which in the eyes of government are RV's). For much the same reasons; it's an answer to the affordable housing crisis. Even though...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 05-10-2021, 03:40 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,203
Posted By TampaDave
I was thinking about Circle Pines, technically in...

I was thinking about Circle Pines, technically in Williams I guess

Doubt most of us have trouble finding a place, you learn how to read reviews and analyze geography (love the Google Earth...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 05-08-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,203
Posted By TampaDave
KOA tends to have consistent quality, they are...

KOA tends to have consistent quality, they are always at least "OK" and occasionally pretty awesome. Cherokee comes to mind. Yemassee, which was a beautiful little surprise. Flagstaff. Like you,...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 05-08-2021, 07:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,530
Posted By TampaDave
That's what I was wondering. What google...

That's what I was wondering.

What google says is a six hour drive, usually winds up being an easy 8 hr in the RV in my experience. By "easy" meaning fun, enjoyable, low stress, plenty of rest. ...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 05-08-2021, 06:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,530
Posted By TampaDave
Ever been to Russel's? Right as you cross from...

Ever been to Russel's? Right as you cross from TX into NM. Pretty cool museum, classic cars and such. Very Rte 66. Nice views of the llano. Big rig diesel access. Love that place.
Forum: Cummins Engines 05-07-2021, 06:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 450
Posted By TampaDave
ISL reman cost

Was doing my taxes and came across my receipt for repowering my DP, the rig is a 2008 but believe the engine is a 2006 400 HP ISL. This was in July 2020.

For a factory reman with 2 year...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 05-07-2021, 04:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,530
Posted By TampaDave
West of Oklahoma City -- 40 isn't bad. ...

West of Oklahoma City --

40 isn't bad. Rough in spots, for example near Tucumcari NM and through Flagstaff. Between Kingman and Needles, although there's no alternative there.

Nothing...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 05-07-2021, 03:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 935
Posted By TampaDave
Same concept, but RV is easier, more comfy, less...

Same concept, but RV is easier, more comfy, less expensive. You know what they say; the wind is free, but sails are darn expensive.

Less likely to sink, but it can still broach. Her Royal...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 05-06-2021, 05:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 554
Posted By TampaDave
Our very first RV was a 19' Airstream, that...

Our very first RV was a 19' Airstream, that little thing was the bomb. We called it "The Airstream of Consciousness." Expensive to get in to but they hold their value well. Layout is about as good...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 05-05-2021, 05:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,868
Posted By TampaDave
Ah! I guess we found part of that by accident,...

Ah! I guess we found part of that by accident, on the way back to FL, when we looped west to avoid a hurricane that was annoying Jacksonville. Found ourselves on this beautiful 4-lane highway out...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 05-05-2021, 05:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 421
Posted By TampaDave
That's where I'm going next. I went the el...

That's where I'm going next.

I went the el cheapo route
- Falcon 2 towbar. I mean it tows the vehicle but can be a PIA to disconnect if you're not perfectly level. Not recommended
- Roadmaster...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 05-05-2021, 04:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 235
Posted By TampaDave
Years ago wifey and I looped around the west end...

Years ago wifey and I looped around the west end of Gila National Forest in our 32' gasser, forget the exact route we took but it was a pretty drive, went to see the cliff dwellings which was really...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 05-04-2021, 06:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 647
Posted By TampaDave
I'd take 191 all the way up to Rock Springs. ...

I'd take 191 all the way up to Rock Springs. Love that part of the country. Middle a nowhere of course. But its glorious, have the whole road to yourself. Lots of NA culture to experience. Moab....
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 05-04-2021, 06:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 568
Posted By TampaDave
In general, going from east to west, there will...

In general, going from east to west, there will be a steep climb at the beginning and a LONG downhill run into the valley. I'd say the most important skill to have regardless of route is being able...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 05-04-2021, 05:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 277
Posted By TampaDave
Prog charts...

Prog charts (https://www.aviationweather.gov/progchart)

Scroll down to "surface chart"

Granted, this is (literally) the 10,000-foot-view. Which is helpful sometimes, and not something you...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 05-02-2021, 10:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 935
Posted By TampaDave
Class A's are nice if you're on the road a lot. ...

Class A's are nice if you're on the road a lot. Setting up camp can be as easy as turning off the ignition. Problems --

1. Forward ten feet (cockpit) isn't really useable space, although it...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 05-02-2021, 09:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 930
Posted By TampaDave
Depends on how big the rig is, what shape it's...

Depends on how big the rig is, what shape it's in, and what you're up to. Below 30 feet, for a fairly new RV, just touring on vacation, you may not particularly want a toad. Easier to just pull...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 05-02-2021, 09:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 621
Posted By TampaDave
That is SO AWESOME!!! We plan to roll through...

That is SO AWESOME!!! We plan to roll through Yellowstone and Glacier, wave!

Yeah the RV is never as fast as Google thinks it should be. Especially in the mountains. Little inefficiencies tend...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 05-01-2021, 05:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 475
Posted By TampaDave
I'm not a fan of the propane units. Fire hazard...

I'm not a fan of the propane units. Fire hazard and they don't work worth a darn to begin with.

We (meaning, Her Majesty) love our samsung 3-door, freezer on the bottom because it sits 8" up...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 05-01-2021, 04:57 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,425
Posted By TampaDave
Yeah. When I turned 30 it was like, do I get a...

Yeah. When I turned 30 it was like, do I get a house or a boat? I settled on the boat, because you can live on a boat but it takes a heck of a tail wind to get a house underway. My broker kinda...
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 04-30-2021, 05:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 175
Posted By TampaDave
https://tiffinmotorhomes-rcgarkskyk9ln7qkrx.stackp...

https://tiffinmotorhomes-rcgarkskyk9ln7qkrx.stackpathdns.com/uploads/owner-manual/Phaeton-Manual/Phaeton-Manual-2012.pdf

For your dashboard and controls, you need to know who made your chassis. ...
Forum: Gulf Stream Owner's Forum 04-29-2021, 09:12 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 121
Posted By TampaDave
Call em. They usually pick up right away. In my...

Call em. They usually pick up right away. In my experience, anyway; and I've had em on speed dial last few months.
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 04-22-2021, 05:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 415
Posted By TampaDave
50 closed? Bummer!!! Cuz I see where you're...

50 closed? Bummer!!!

Cuz I see where you're going with this... Durango is a fun town, maybe a little too fun... but Montrose is the BOMB as far as motorcycling is concerned, three of the most...
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