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Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 02-17-2015, 05:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,368
Posted By bigmichael
Said so well MGA60 ! We too have had an...

Said so well MGA60 ! We too have had an incredible time and now find ourselves in a situation where we will need to move on to another phase of our life. We are soooo happy we have gotten to do the...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 02-11-2015, 05:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,641
Posted By bigmichael
We visited the factory and we also liked what we...

We visited the factory and we also liked what we saw. Enough to have bought our second one.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-12-2015, 05:49 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,901
Posted By bigmichael
Peterson Industries (Excel) always has units at...

Peterson Industries (Excel) always has units at Tampa. Don't know what they are showing this year.

We have FTed 8 years now, all in Excel. As mentioned, dual panes, very heavy in- house...
Forum: Just Conversation 01-10-2015, 08:04 AM
Replies: 359
Views: 19,507
Posted By bigmichael
We have been dealing with what they call a...

We have been dealing with what they call a significant cold spell down here in SW Fl. Down to 54 last night, and only a high of 73 today. But back to normal tomorrow!
Forum: Full-Timers 01-06-2015, 05:29 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 13,003
Posted By bigmichael
This is exactly what we did. We just felt the...

This is exactly what we did. We just felt the need to spend an extended time on the road rather than the month or so at a time which we had done previously. We also were given this advice by other...
Forum: Full-Timers 01-05-2015, 05:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,140
Posted By bigmichael
I would check out roadside assistance...

I would check out roadside assistance policy-either good sam or coach net. We have used it on three occasions so far, during our 8 years of FTing, and I was always glad I had it.
Forum: Gear and Product Discussions 01-01-2015, 06:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,893
Posted By bigmichael
We have had the Igloo icemaker for a couple of...

We have had the Igloo icemaker for a couple of years now. We tend to work it very hard as we keep ziplock gallon bags of ice in the freezer, and then also use the icemaker to ice up the beverage...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 01-01-2015, 05:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,164
Posted By bigmichael
I don't even care--but this is from their...

I don't even care--but this is from their website.

Satellite Service

HD Off air channels (15) are Free
Upgraded Satellite will be available for $35...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 12-31-2014, 07:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,164
Posted By bigmichael
It looks to me like they offer basic sat service...

It looks to me like they offer basic sat service (15 HD stations) for free. An upgrade costs extra. Same for basic Wi-Fi--free. Want an upgrade-extra.

And I would just note that 1200 a month...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 12-28-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,868
Posted By bigmichael
I also got one today indicating that I could gain...

I also got one today indicating that I could gain 4 inches!!! I must say that I was intrigued. At my last doctors appointment I had lost nearly 2 inches from when I was at my tallest of 6' 3".
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 12-22-2014, 08:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,868
Posted By bigmichael
I have seen quite a few of these "can't be...

I have seen quite a few of these "can't be delivered" emails in the past few weeks. BUT, none of them have gotten thru to my regular email, but rather, end up in the gmail spam folder.

For...
Forum: Excel Owner's Forum 11-02-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,371
Posted By bigmichael
This is all very strange. On my 2013, the hole...

This is all very strange. On my 2013, the hole is in the back of the rig, and the crank is accessible thru that hole using the supplied tool. Like Rockin, I found my spare swinging loose, thus had...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-23-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,708
Posted By bigmichael
You DON'T want to leave the black tank open at...

You DON'T want to leave the black tank open at all times. This allows liquids to drain, solids sit, and you will eventually develop the infamous "black pyramid".:eek:
Forum: Excel Owner's Forum 10-17-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 938
Posted By bigmichael
Yep. In my opinion, this is the place that PI...

Yep. In my opinion, this is the place that PI really shines. Ralph and crew generally go above and beyond, and seem to be able to meet most any challenge.
Forum: Full-Timers 09-16-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,787
Posted By bigmichael
Amen to that!!!

Amen to that!!!
Forum: Full-Timers 09-14-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,787
Posted By bigmichael
hal1phx-just a thought. If you don't have your...

hal1phx-just a thought. If you don't have your SD domicile yet, the price you get quoted will be different than the price when you change your address, might go up or might go down.

For...
Forum: Full-Timers 09-14-2014, 08:35 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,787
Posted By bigmichael
We just had a Blue Sky renewal also and while not...

We just had a Blue Sky renewal also and while not a 25% increase, we saw about 10%. As a result, I got new quotes from about 6 different carriers that provide FT coverage. Blue Sky was still the...
Forum: Full-Timers 08-13-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,557
Posted By bigmichael
I actually think the number of people who go FT...

I actually think the number of people who go FT and then give up in a year or so are a very, very small minority. BUT, I also suspect that the reason for this is that a large majority of FT'ers have...
Forum: Full-Timers 08-04-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,616
Posted By bigmichael
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Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 07-29-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,386
Posted By bigmichael
Just call Peterson Industries, ask to talk with...

Just call Peterson Industries, ask to talk with Ralph, the service manager. He will help you cut through anything you need to in order to get you fixed up and going.

Good luck
Forum: Excel Owner's Forum 07-28-2014, 09:08 AM
Replies: 622
Views: 77,052
Posted By bigmichael
We're still out west of Port Angeles. We just...

We're still out west of Port Angeles. We just moved out to a commercial site as we needed full hookups and connections with the outside world after a week! Guess we have really gotten spoiled LOL
...
Forum: Excel Owner's Forum 07-27-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,357
Posted By bigmichael
Rob, you won't have an issue with the Ford...

Rob, you won't have an issue with the Ford integrated brake controller and the Excel.

And if I were you, I wouldn't necessarily take the Rhino roofed unit off your list if that were the only...
Forum: Excel Owner's Forum 07-27-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 622
Views: 77,052
Posted By bigmichael
We were the 2013 RKM. Sorry we missed you,...

We were the 2013 RKM. Sorry we missed you, Rockin. But I must say, with your usual powers of observation, I am surprised that we are able to still travel incognito LOL.

We were gone for the day...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 07-20-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 791
Posted By bigmichael
I'm not sure about other manufacturers, but in...

I'm not sure about other manufacturers, but in the case of Excel, they simply offer or discontinue floor plans based on interest and sales. As they are a small manufacture, changing out production...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 07-19-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,109
Posted By bigmichael
Personally, I wouldn't put the quality of a...

Personally, I wouldn't put the quality of a Trilogy at the same level as the Lifestyle. Frame being one of the big differences. However, I've not owned or priced out either one. So it may be that...
Forum: Full-Timers 07-14-2014, 07:54 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 13,003
Posted By bigmichael
While not quite fitting in the age criteria you...

While not quite fitting in the age criteria you asked specifically about, I thought I'd share the one piece of advice we were given by FTers before we took the plunge.

It made incredible sense...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-27-2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,455
Posted By bigmichael
I believe the above statement is very inaccurate,...

I believe the above statement is very inaccurate, at least in the sense that it doesn't take into account all of the variables that can be involved. And as much as I have read on this subject, I...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 06-27-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,558
Posted By bigmichael
We long ago determined as FTers that if we wanted...

We long ago determined as FTers that if we wanted good Wi-Fi we needed to have our own. Many, if not most, parks advertise Wi-Fi now days. However, if you consider how many have Wi-Fi that actually...
Forum: Full-Timers 06-22-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,490
Posted By bigmichael
Don't you LOVE IT! One of the high points of my...

Don't you LOVE IT! One of the high points of my day is on the occasions when I am pretty certain I am going to have to tear everything out of the various storage locations to find some item I need. ...
Forum: Full-Timers 06-21-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,490
Posted By bigmichael
FT insurance is required for a couple of major...

FT insurance is required for a couple of major reasons. First, most regular RV insurance has an exclusion that it will not apply if the RV is being used as a permanent residence. A FTers policy...
Forum: Full-Timers 06-20-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,393
Posted By bigmichael
I don't know what you were reading that suggested...

I don't know what you were reading that suggested $800 electric bills, unless that was someone talking about a possible annual amount spent on electric. I think the highest we have ever seen so far...
Forum: Full-Timers 06-19-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,490
Posted By bigmichael
Actually, most insurance carriers do not offer FT...

Actually, most insurance carriers do not offer FT coverage. It is a specialty insurance, but there are enough companies that do offer it to give you some options.
Forum: Full-Timers 06-19-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,393
Posted By bigmichael
We had the exact same experience with our...

We had the exact same experience with our Financial Advisor. Pointed out that the interest rate we were being offered was much less than what we were earning on the money. So he indicated that if...
Forum: Full-Timers 06-19-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,393
Posted By bigmichael
I don't believe pre-approval will necessarily...

I don't believe pre-approval will necessarily lock in the financing. I think most pre-approvals are dependant on the set of facts in place when the pre approval occurs.

But, I wouldn't spend...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 06-18-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,153
Posted By bigmichael
Bounce sheets make wonderful nesting material for...

Bounce sheets make wonderful nesting material for mice. Don't ask me how I know. LOL
Forum: Just Conversation 06-17-2014, 08:35 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,616
Posted By bigmichael
We retired at an early age because we wanted to...

We retired at an early age because we wanted to go FT and travel the country. We were fortunate in that we believed we could do it-although it would involve getting by on much less than our annual...
Forum: Excel Owner's Forum 06-10-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,086
Posted By bigmichael
I have not experience your issue, and have no...

I have not experience your issue, and have no clue as to what might be going on. But I did have an "08" F350 which I pulled both a "08" Excel and this "13" Excel.

The "08" were the regular...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-02-2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,355
Posted By bigmichael
The price of FBP is the price of FBP, with...

The price of FBP is the price of FBP, with perhaps a little variation by size of rig and who does it. But this means that the percent it adds to the cost of the rig is significantly more on a less...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-01-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,544
Posted By bigmichael
We also use them as another tool. And overall,...

We also use them as another tool. And overall, we think RV park reviews does usually tend to give a fairly good snapshot. Particularly if there is more than one or two reviews.
Forum: Full-Timers 06-01-2014, 07:38 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,557
Posted By bigmichael
Be prepared for the occasional "fly in the...

Be prepared for the occasional "fly in the ointment". It might be a mechanical issue, it might be an appliance, it might be a health issue, but there WILL be unplanned issues. They happen in a stix...
Forum: Excel Owner's Forum 05-26-2014, 07:40 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 711
Posted By bigmichael
Rear kitchen model no longer produced?

We just had someone come through our rig as they were interested in the rear kitchen model. They said it wasn't made anymore-and I said it was as far as I knew.

But now I just went on the...
Forum: Alaska, Canada, Mexico and Beyond 05-26-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,210
Posted By bigmichael
Boy, do I agree with this. I've told many that I...

Boy, do I agree with this. I've told many that I think it must be old tapes that just keep getting repeated-with very little basis in fact anymore.

We traveled all over Alaska, all summer,...
Forum: Excel Owner's Forum 05-22-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,204
Posted By bigmichael
We had the same experience when we took delivery...

We had the same experience when we took delivery of this rig two years ago. Our previous rig had been a 2008 Excel, so we didn't anticipate any issues. Caught us by surprise also. Apparently the...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-12-2014, 09:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,399
Posted By bigmichael
Gordon, a nice explanation of how to properly use...

Gordon, a nice explanation of how to properly use the auto change gauge on the rigs. I saw a statistic that I can't find now, I believe in a trailer life tech article. In any case, they did a survey...
Forum: Full-Timers 05-08-2014, 07:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 876
Posted By bigmichael
Glad you didn't get discouraged by the poster on...

Glad you didn't get discouraged by the poster on your original thread who kept insisting you couldn't do what you are planning to do. You can! Its in the planning, which you obviously understand. ...
Forum: Excel Owner's Forum 04-30-2014, 06:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,043
Posted By bigmichael
Happy Trails, Unless they have changed...

Happy Trails,

Unless they have changed things, and I don't think they have, PI will still allow pets in the lounge area over at the factory. This was the old customer lounge until the new...
Forum: Full-Timers 04-29-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,048
Posted By bigmichael
We FT and have encountered storm issues numerous...

We FT and have encountered storm issues numerous times (including Little Rock when the tornados passed thru Sunday) Now days, you almost always have plenty of advance warning- first, a day or two in...
Forum: Full-Timers 04-27-2014, 08:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 982
Posted By bigmichael
We use Amazon Prime-which does allow you to plan...

We use Amazon Prime-which does allow you to plan on an exact delivery date. Guaranteed two day delivery- with an email which gives you the exact date. Even with that, it really means you need at...
Forum: Full-Timers 04-25-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,481
Posted By bigmichael
"What kind of 4 season rigs are the DRV, Teton,...

"What kind of 4 season rigs are the DRV, Teton, and Cardinal that I mentioned earlier?"

DRV and Teton are both true FT rigs. Cardinal would not be in that category. As someone else mentioned,...
Forum: Full-Timers 04-21-2014, 10:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,443
Posted By bigmichael
rfhtlh covered it pretty well. FT insurance...

rfhtlh covered it pretty well. FT insurance deletes the clause that most regular RV insurance contains which prohibits coverage if you use your RV as your permanent residence. And as rfhtlh gets at,...
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