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Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-26-2020, 06:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 914
Posted By MCJones
I would say get the hitch now but do not take it...

I would say get the hitch now but do not take it out of the box - be sure you can return it if you do not install it. Take it with you but you may get a deal from your seller on his. It may not be...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 08-26-2020, 07:34 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 8,998
Posted By MCJones
After reading everything in the thread, I would...

After reading everything in the thread, I would recommend moving up to the F250 and you don't need the diesel necessarily. I was pulling a 2019 34ft Grand Design with an F150 and didn't like the...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-22-2020, 07:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,090
Posted By MCJones
We had a 38 class A diesel (Mandalay) and a 43 ft...

We had a 38 class A diesel (Mandalay) and a 43 ft Dutchstar for 5 years. I absolutely loved traveling in the Dutch star and towing a wrangler. Problem became I was constantly worried about...
Forum: iRV2 Owners Registry 06-03-2020, 03:47 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 277
Posted By MCJones
Montana High Country :: 2020 Keystone 295RL

Montana High Country :: 2020 Keystone 295RL (2020-06-03 20:47:57)
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-13-2020, 07:18 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 8,752
Posted By MCJones
I would try it.

Not everybody is affluent enough to upgrade trucks as much as some think they should. I would not hesitate to give it a go. I WOULD invest in the roadmaster active suspension upgrade to "stiffen...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 02-05-2020, 05:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Posted By MCJones
Tuck yourself in to a camp near Franklin, NC. ...

Tuck yourself in to a camp near Franklin, NC. Within 20minutes drive there will be some good "dig yourself" all day mines, or if you have kids, you can buy seeded buckets that little kids really...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-31-2019, 07:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,227
Posted By MCJones
I would consider a pancake type compressor and...

I would consider a pancake type compressor and buy enough plastic coiled hose to fit your needs. I got one at Lowes 7-8 years ago and have it stored below next to a 115v plug. If you have the room...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 04-07-2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,064
Posted By MCJones
IF you can make it happen (budget wise) the 1.5...

IF you can make it happen (budget wise) the 1.5 bath is the answer. You will not be unhappy with that choice. As far as storage sacrifice, we all carry about twice as much as we use and you will...
Forum: Vintage RV's 04-06-2019, 08:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,045
Posted By MCJones
I recently ran into a park that has a 15 year...

I recently ran into a park that has a 15 year "guideline" - they will take a look. However, anyone that wants an annual rate has to have a 10 year or less rig to stay the entire year. I do...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 04-01-2019, 03:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 649
Posted By MCJones
Flip it over and look for a spring latch that...

Flip it over and look for a spring latch that might release the entire back of the chair. It would fit thru the entry door with two strong people. The base/bottom is quite heavy. Good luck. mark
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 03-29-2019, 07:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,357
Posted By MCJones
Removed mine

I took the diamond shield off the front of my 11 year old Newmar this winter. It was hard but the front looked like it had chicken pox. I only took it off the light colored areas as that was most...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 03-10-2019, 04:27 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,516
Posted By MCJones
The deal looks about right to me if everything...

The deal looks about right to me if everything checks out on the lift. I've had both 2 door and 4 door and you might want a rock hard front bumper with tow tabs to make it easy to set up for towing....
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 03-09-2019, 06:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,050
Posted By MCJones
We put an aluminum rock hard front bumper on our...

We put an aluminum rock hard front bumper on our 2017 Sahara with the blue ox tow tabs. Easy installation and worked like a dream. You can save a little money going with steel and there are some...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 03-09-2019, 06:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 896
Posted By MCJones
Sounds like you have found a sweet spot in your...

Sounds like you have found a sweet spot in your budget and are making a good choice. The only thing to think about is that rear radiator in the Ventana's. If you are a do it yourself kind of guy,...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 02-24-2019, 04:58 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,582
Posted By MCJones
We use our motor home at least 6 months a year. ...

We use our motor home at least 6 months a year. Would not have an RV without a washer and dryer. Prefer the separate units and do a load every night. If space is a big problem and you don't have a...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 12-11-2018, 06:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,001
Posted By MCJones
You are right, there was not a lot of room to get...

You are right, there was not a lot of room to get that claw attached - but there is a way to make it a little easier. Be sure the arm is fully retracted, push up on the bottom of the claw to raise...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 12-10-2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,001
Posted By MCJones
I ran the Rvi 2 with two different JK's for 5...

I ran the Rvi 2 with two different JK's for 5 years. I never had a charge line to the battery and there was plenty of power after 3 days running to start the JK's. The Rvi drew on the battery...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 12-05-2018, 06:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,010
Posted By MCJones
I had to put a small 2 amp charger on my...

I had to put a small 2 amp charger on my batteries when they went way down one time. They were too low for the inverter/charger system to kick in. After two days on the 2 amp charger, they were...
Forum: Full-Timers 12-02-2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,768
Posted By MCJones
I pick a cool day when most people have their...

I pick a cool day when most people have their windows and doors closed and run the gen around 3:00 when no one is normally in bed. I run it once a month for 25 minutes and have the heat pumps on or...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-18-2018, 06:03 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 10,727
Posted By MCJones
North Carolina requires a non commercial class B...

North Carolina requires a non commercial class B for over 26K and can tow up to 10K. Non commercial means you do not need to qualify medically. Also must pass air brake portion during the test. ...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 11-08-2018, 08:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,272
Posted By MCJones
On my rig (08 Newmar-Oasis), you turn the...

On my rig (08 Newmar-Oasis), you turn the thermostat to furnace, make sure the diesel burner is on and the system then calls for heat with fans blowing at floor level using circulating hot water. ...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 10-30-2018, 07:40 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 15,918
Posted By MCJones
We have used the Garmin RV760 I think it is for...

We have used the Garmin RV760 I think it is for years. Very good, sits high on dash, free updates and talks to me. BUT don't trust any device completely and blindly. I double check the route with...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 10-30-2018, 07:30 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,603
Posted By MCJones
We used our NC transponder all summer from...

We used our NC transponder all summer from Georgia to NY and down the coast. The only time there was an issue was in NY on a particular toll reader that told us in to call our transponder provider...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 10-25-2018, 03:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 801
Posted By MCJones
Yes in December I would take 40 to Knoxville and...

Yes in December I would take 40 to Knoxville and take 441 down thru Sevierville and Pigeon Forge. jmo mark
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-25-2018, 03:50 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,415
Posted By MCJones
One quick word from experience. Stretch a...

One quick word from experience. Stretch a little now instead of wasting money working up the RV chain to what really suits you best - you will save money that way. I would at least get a big gas...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 10-25-2018, 03:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,611
Posted By MCJones
I can only tell you about NC where you are...

I can only tell you about NC where you are supposed to have a non commercial class B for anything over 26000 lbs. I had to pass a written test (same as CDL including air brake part). During the...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-25-2018, 06:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,162
Posted By MCJones
We have used the same RVi2 brake in two jeeps and...

We have used the same RVi2 brake in two jeeps and our present Tahoe. Works great and easy to change vehicles if you want to - that is the big advantage that I see. jmo -mark
Forum: Entegra Owner's Forum 10-25-2018, 06:43 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 12,873
Posted By MCJones
I have not had a problem changing our direct tv...

I have not had a problem changing our direct tv local ever. But I only make the change twice a year and simply call and tell them my winter location and then my summer location later. I go to the...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 10-16-2018, 08:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 877
Posted By MCJones
Drove GA to Tampa on Sunday (10-14) . No bugs...

Drove GA to Tampa on Sunday (10-14) . No bugs were encountered.
Forum: Monaco Owner's Forum 10-16-2018, 08:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,090
Posted By MCJones
We have individual mud flaps behind the tag...

We have individual mud flaps behind the tag wheels (double wide flap) and do not use a full width flap at the rear. This has worked for us and I have pulled new jeeps and my present Tahoe 4 down...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 10-10-2018, 06:26 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,457
Posted By MCJones
I've owned 4-5 different 5ths before going to a...

I've owned 4-5 different 5ths before going to a motorhome. My two cents are:
1. a fifth with hydraulic levelers is worth every penny extra you need to pay.
2. your truck will be fine with the...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-27-2018, 06:27 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 13,574
Posted By MCJones
Where I stay in FL for 4-5 months a year a guy...

Where I stay in FL for 4-5 months a year a guy comes in with a beautiful gas bounder and his reasoning is that he just drives it twice a year - down and then back to Canada in the spring. It is...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 09-16-2018, 05:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,804
Posted By MCJones
I once heard a "popping" sound on some curves and...

I once heard a "popping" sound on some curves and when I checked under my seat, the bolts were loose that connect it to the sliding device. Tight bolts made the sound go away. I would only use a...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-24-2018, 07:35 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 22,119
Posted By MCJones
Anything is possible and I think it can happen if...

Anything is possible and I think it can happen if it has too. My concern would be power outages - although I think the power there is fairly reliable. ( lived 35 years in buffalo) My first thought...
Forum: RV'ing with Pets 08-16-2018, 04:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 712
Posted By MCJones
Just west of Denver on the way to the Eisenhower...

Just west of Denver on the way to the Eisenhower tunnel is a place called Black hawk (I think I recall that name). anyway there is a Koa there that we stayed at and it was 9000 ft. altitude. We...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-09-2018, 08:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 364
Posted By MCJones
I do try to fix things, usually much cheaper and...

I do try to fix things, usually much cheaper and most of the time it isn't something too expensive. In this case some pieces of plastic came flying out when I took a curve and I have a feeling they...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-09-2018, 02:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 364
Posted By MCJones
Replacing a broken dishwasher

:confused:I need to replace the dishwasher in my 2008 Dutchstar. I would like to get a unit that would slide right in the washer I take out. Does anyone know what I should purchase to accomplish a...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 08-07-2018, 08:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 938
Posted By MCJones
We returned recently. Only recommendation we...

We returned recently. Only recommendation we have is to to take the drive up towards Kitty Hawk and have dinner at captain Georges. It is the best snow crab ( and much more) buffet we have ever...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 08-05-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,550
Posted By MCJones
I drive the route every year and my advice is to...

I drive the route every year and my advice is to be sure you have some experience with your compression brake. Maybe the biggest thing is to not let anyone (car or truck) push you to go faster than...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 08-05-2018, 08:50 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,549
Posted By MCJones
4 - 5months in winter (FL) 2-3 months late...

4 - 5months in winter (FL) 2-3 months late spring/summer traveling around. the rest of the time we are at the NC house.
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 08-03-2018, 07:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,063
Posted By MCJones
I upgraded to an Avail this spring and have had...

I upgraded to an Avail this spring and have had my letters stay on so far. If they fall off I will use the bars without the letters. I appreciate how well the bars work and I don't care who knows...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 06-09-2018, 08:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,318
Posted By MCJones
My opinion is that if the paper is septic tank...

My opinion is that if the paper is septic tank safe you will be fine using it. Keep black tank about 2/3 full or even full before dumping and really it won't be an issue. jmo mark
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-09-2018, 08:15 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,527
Posted By MCJones
I always had 4x4 when I was towing my 5ths. ...

I always had 4x4 when I was towing my 5ths. Didn't need it very often but was really glad I had it when it was needed. You pretty much get your money back at trade time. For me, I recommend 4x4. ...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-03-2018, 05:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 960
Posted By MCJones
I used to use toilet bowl cleaner on my older...

I used to use toilet bowl cleaner on my older boats for cleaning the white fiberglass.
Forum: Cummins Engines 06-03-2018, 05:36 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,381
Posted By MCJones
My 08 425 hp cummins had to have the EGR cooler...

My 08 425 hp cummins had to have the EGR cooler replaced at bout 50k miles. It was replaced with an updated design and runs fine now. I HAVE NO IDEA IF IT MIGHT BE AN ASSOCIATED PROBLEM BUT I SAW...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 05-27-2018, 06:45 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,769
Posted By MCJones
It has been said that HOW you use it makes a big...

It has been said that HOW you use it makes a big difference. The guy next to me for 5 mo in the winter has a gas bounder and other than driving from Canada down to FL and back each year it goes no...
Forum: Entegra Owner's Forum 05-21-2018, 06:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,837
Posted By MCJones
All my trouble over the years with power steps...

All my trouble over the years with power steps have been traced to bad grounds. I was thinking your rig isn't that old, but who knows? Worth a check jmo mark
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 04-27-2018, 08:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,070
Posted By MCJones
I blew all four tires at separate times on one...

I blew all four tires at separate times on one trip in a new 5th wheel early in our rv travels. Even though I made sure the pressures were right the manufacturer put on underrated tires on the rig...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 04-10-2018, 07:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,407
Posted By MCJones
I take the house Resmed with me also and have had...

I take the house Resmed with me also and have had no problems. I am usually at a park at night so power is not an issue. A couple of times I used the inverter for 110v power. Lucky for me the...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 04-05-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 11,788
Posted By MCJones
I switch my service area from NC to Florida for 4...

I switch my service area from NC to Florida for 4 months every year. Upon returning last week to NC I called Direct TV and did not have any trouble at all having the address switched back to the NC...
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