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Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 01-23-2021, 08:24 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,757
Posted By vraines
I think they charged $250 per. I think it was the...

I think they charged $250 per. I think it was the same for all sizes. It was worth it as our uni has valances and the pull down shades are a pain. It was a good investment and no problems in two...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 01-20-2021, 10:09 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 10,139
Posted By vraines
I have a pre-DEF motor home and I am pretty sure...

I have a pre-DEF motor home and I am pretty sure tires last as long as the newer models and same with batteries. I have had several DEF vehicles and only minor problems with DEF unique systems except...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 01-20-2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,757
Posted By vraines
We had all of ours done by the RV Fog Doctor in...

We had all of ours done by the RV Fog Doctor in Searcy, Arkansas two years ago. One day they got them all and no problems yet. Costly, but no way would I tackle that big a job. Maybe one window, but...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 01-15-2021, 07:52 AM
Replies: 12,764
Views: 1,798,399
Posted By vraines
I have a Sensor Push system that works well....

I have a Sensor Push system that works well. Gives me temp and humidity. Got it on Amazon. Consists of sensor, about the size of a quarter with sticky side tape for mounting. The second part of the...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 01-08-2021, 07:55 AM
Replies: 631
Views: 92,241
Posted By vraines
Flying a mission in Vietnamese Nam. It would have...

Flying a mission in Vietnamese Nam. It would have been an in-country check out ride as it was early in that tour.
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 01-01-2021, 07:00 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 13,764
Posted By vraines
I have used a similar setup for 10 years. My drop...

I have used a similar setup for 10 years. My drop is only 3 inches but no problems yet. My TOAD is a 2400 pound Mazda Miata, so so problems with too much load stress. I use the top receiver for a...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 02-07-2020, 05:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,783
Posted By vraines
Works For Me

I will take a different position than some have. I have an extended warranty and have had it for a number of years. I do some of my own repairs on my Dutch Star that is 13 years old.
1. After...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 01-31-2020, 09:02 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 24,315
Posted By vraines
I think we all operate differently. I drive 2-3...

I think we all operate differently. I drive 2-3 thousand miles a year and store the RV in a dry clean garage. I have an ISL and watch the filter gauge. I usually get two years, sometimes three. More...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 12-09-2019, 06:16 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 12,893
Posted By vraines
I remember a few years back when we arrived in...

I remember a few years back when we arrived in downtown Atlanta at noon on a Friday afternoon with an ice storm on our tail. The mayor had just directed that businesses release people to get home. It...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 12-09-2019, 05:41 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 19,227
Posted By vraines
I have had the Green Mountain Daley Crockett for...

I have had the Green Mountain Daley Crockett for six or seven years and love it. It will not get hot enough for steaks but hard to beat for serious smoking. It fits in the slide-out of my Dutch Star...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 09-08-2019, 08:29 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 19,227
Posted By vraines
We have had a Davy Crockett for several years and...

We have had a Davy Crockett for several years and it fits like a glove in our Dutch Star on a tray. I have a Daniel Boone at home and have had it several years. I think we have had the Crockett maybe...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 08-18-2019, 06:15 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 19,227
Posted By vraines
We have used the Davy Crockett for several years....

We have used the Davy Crockett for several years. A great piece of equipment. It fits in the bay of our Dutch Star just barely. We are never far from one as we have a Daniel Boone model for our...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 01-14-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 12,662
Posted By vraines
Local truck repair shops want around $450-$500 to...

Local truck repair shops want around $450-$500 to change the oil in my DS. I can do it for less than $125 myself, so that is a no-brainer. Keep it simple, I use a 40-quart drain container from...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 11-12-2017, 05:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 742
Posted By vraines
Thanks for the comments, but the storm took out...

Thanks for the comments, but the storm took out their phones and they don't answer the cell number listed on Facebook. Think I will use my back up campground in Florida.
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 11-12-2017, 10:23 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,435
Posted By vraines
My vote goes to Topsail or Gulf State Park. We...

My vote goes to Topsail or Gulf State Park. We have also used Destin West and it is great. At Carrabebelle, try Ho Hum Park located on the water front.
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 11-12-2017, 10:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 496
Posted By vraines
I also would suspect the TV tunnel. I have had a...

I also would suspect the TV tunnel. I have had a similar problem at different times. Go to the TV setup and have it rescan a couple of times. Also i found that my front TV is more sensitive to...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 11-12-2017, 09:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 742
Posted By vraines
Southern Oaks RV in Aransas Pass TX

Does anyone know the condition of the campground and surrounding local area since the storm? We have reservations at the Southern Oaks RV campground in January that were made pre-storm. I have...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 12-09-2016, 07:05 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 19,269
Posted By vraines
I've followed this thread for quite a while. I...

I've followed this thread for quite a while. I eventually had my DS removed by a great body shop and the front repainted. Better than new. I take a lot of time keeping the front clean and waxed....
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 12-09-2016, 06:51 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 77,648
Posted By vraines
It does pay to do some shopping. I have been with...

It does pay to do some shopping. I have been with USAA since the mid sixties. They used to insure my motorhome but they got out of that business as far as high-end motor home sales are concerned a...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 12-09-2016, 06:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,983
Posted By vraines
Thanks for everyone's help. This was easy after I...

Thanks for everyone's help. This was easy after I did my basic checks. I had just returned the motor home from a local "well known" camper repair facility after they changed out the micro wave. That...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 12-08-2016, 08:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,983
Posted By vraines
Dutch Star Furnace will not Turn On

I have a 2007 Dutch Star with Aqua Hot. It is in my unheated garage. I turned on the Aqua Hot system last night and it lit ok. When I set the thermostat to furnace on both zones, the furnace would...
Forum: Clubs & Associations 10-19-2015, 05:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 14,973
Posted By vraines
Your failure to read the service agreement makes...

Your failure to read the service agreement makes them a classless act? My experience has been a lot better than that, but I have read comments on several other posts that were both good and bad. They...
Forum: Spartan Motorhome Chassis Forum 05-01-2015, 11:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,188
Posted By vraines
Agree with checking the sender. They fail fairly...

Agree with checking the sender. They fail fairly often due to exposure to the air and moisture in the system. They are cheaper than the guage. Sometimes, a light tap on the sender with a wrench will...
Forum: North Central Region 04-13-2015, 07:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,228
Posted By vraines
It's been a couple of years since seeing it, but...

It's been a couple of years since seeing it, but it was ok. Pretty busy in the summer.
Forum: Entegra Owner's Forum 03-02-2015, 08:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 720
Posted By vraines
Is your boiler serviced with enough antifreeze? I...

Is your boiler serviced with enough antifreeze? I understand you have the fresh water side taken care of, but check the boiler also.
Forum: RV'ing On A Budget 03-02-2015, 08:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,643
Posted By vraines
Any RV left unattended is really a target these...

Any RV left unattended is really a target these days. More cities have ordnances prohibiting/controlling RV parking, so checking with police is good advice. I am sure I will be challenged on this...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 02-27-2015, 08:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,096
Posted By vraines
Last year, we picked up three windshield rock...

Last year, we picked up three windshield rock chips on I 10/12. They are working on fixing it up, but loosing ground. Still worth the trip!
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 02-27-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,059
Posted By vraines
As mentioned above, we recently saw several...

As mentioned above, we recently saw several campgrounds east of Panama City on Hwy 89. They were around Mexico Beach and Port St. Jo. This would be out of the mix for the spring break action also. We...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 02-24-2015, 07:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 919
Posted By vraines
The assumption that all additives remove water...

The assumption that all additives remove water from the fuel is not a safe assumption. That is why we have filter/separators. I have used diesel fuel in lower than -20f with no problems as long as...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 02-20-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,139
Posted By vraines
Maybe someday, the Army can build a museum to...

Maybe someday, the Army can build a museum to display some of those treasures. There has been a fundraising campaign underway for some time.
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 02-20-2015, 08:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,219
Posted By vraines
I see AH-1 helicopters and no one uses them now...

I see AH-1 helicopters and no one uses them now that I am aware of, so this is an old pic. It looks to me like an FOB I operated from in RVN. Not much infrastructure there, and I do not believe Area...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 02-17-2015, 09:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 13,112
Posted By vraines
We have owned several Denali's and with the awd...

We have owned several Denali's and with the awd setup, I believe they cannot be towed four down. Have they changed the drive line this year?
Forum: Cummins Engines 02-15-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,555
Posted By vraines
Cummins engines do not tolerate leaks in the...

Cummins engines do not tolerate leaks in the boost pump area well. If it leaks fuel, it is also likely taking in air when shut down. Air is not a friend of injector pumps. I had that problem with an...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 02-15-2015, 08:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,333
Posted By vraines
There are two other Casinos in or near Lake...

There are two other Casinos in or near Lake Charles. They deserve your business.
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 02-15-2015, 08:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,226
Posted By vraines
There are several good brands to choose from as...

There are several good brands to choose from as evidenced above. Make sure your choice has a lifetime maps access. I believe that one of the new Garmins has a Bluetooth option to set or change the...
Forum: Just Conversation 02-15-2015, 08:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,580
Posted By vraines
I wonder if it has a 4 barrel carb and four speed?

I wonder if it has a 4 barrel carb and four speed?
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 02-14-2015, 09:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,856
Posted By vraines
I have been a USAA member for nearly 50 years and...

I have been a USAA member for nearly 50 years and they put me on the street with my last motor home purchase. They may still insure some RV's but not class A's. I suppose if you have owned the same...
Forum: Cummins Engines 02-09-2015, 08:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,456
Posted By vraines
I had a similar problem with my ISL. it was not...

I had a similar problem with my ISL. it was not low coolant, but the low coolant level sensor. The best solution is to have Cummins connect their computer. Don't guess too much longer.
Forum: Just Conversation 02-09-2015, 08:17 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,844
Posted By vraines
Mr. Williams is human and has made human...

Mr. Williams is human and has made human mistakes. Stolen valor is far far too common and must not be accepted in any setting, especially with someone who is such a public figure. I believe that...
Forum: Spartan Motorhome Chassis Forum 02-05-2015, 09:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,934
Posted By vraines
Oil is probably ok, but anti-seize compound would...

Oil is probably ok, but anti-seize compound would be the best. I have a cautious view of oil around compressed air but not a well founded belief. Those dryers are sometimes pretty hard to break loose...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 02-05-2015, 08:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 647
Posted By vraines
I have a similar problem now. The valve on the...

I have a similar problem now. The valve on the back of the ice maker is probably not completely closing and the water flow continues at a drip. It will freeze the line after a day or so of use. I can...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 02-02-2015, 09:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 674
Posted By vraines
The ice maker line on my Dutch Star is not heated...

The ice maker line on my Dutch Star is not heated and will freeze while traveling. It will thaw pretty quick after getting in warm climate and if I have enough ice to start the trip, I don't mess...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 01-29-2015, 05:24 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,380
Posted By vraines
I have asked them to do this in the past and they...

I have asked them to do this in the past and they refused giving me the FCC rules as an excuse. Guess the truth changes. I'll give it a try.
Forum: Just Conversation 01-29-2015, 05:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,226
Posted By vraines
We have Good Sams and have used them three times...

We have Good Sams and have used them three times and were satisfied on every occasion, but it seems like I read of more dissatisfaction with them than Coach Net.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 01-29-2015, 05:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,053
Posted By vraines
I don't see filler caps on those chassis...

I don't see filler caps on those chassis batteries, so the over charging idea sticks. Do the voltage check before you clean them up as they may be toast. Then clean that tray and all connections as...
Forum: New Member Check-In 01-28-2015, 08:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 936
Posted By vraines
I spent thirty years in the Army as an officer...

I spent thirty years in the Army as an officer and owned a travel trailer for part of that time. Never considered full timing as my uniforms and flight gear would have used up a big part of available...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 01-28-2015, 07:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,453
Posted By vraines
I saw the news in Mobile AL last night and a TOAD...

I saw the news in Mobile AL last night and a TOAD came loose and drifted down the Interstate until it came to rest. No other vehicles involved. It was a Chevy I believe and the owner was interviewed...
Forum: Hobbies, Passions & Pastimes 01-17-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,587
Posted By vraines
This may be a little like opinions on the"best"...

This may be a little like opinions on the"best" motor home. I have been a hobbyist for over 45 years with similar interest as yours. First the technology for DSLR'S has changed a lot in the last two...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 01-12-2015, 05:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,535
Posted By vraines
Agree with the Ft. Pickens choice. Be advised it...

Agree with the Ft. Pickens choice. Be advised it does not have full service campsites, no sewer connections. If you are over 62 get the Golden age pass ports and it will be about $12/day which is a...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 01-11-2015, 08:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,252
Posted By vraines
I recommend that while you are checking and...

I recommend that while you are checking and cleaning those batteries that you take the opportunity to clean and lube the battery tray and associated rollers. If the batteries were leaking, then your...
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