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Forum: Alpine Coach Owner's Forum Today, 08:19 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 57
Posted By MFortie
Hot August Nights

Spotted a nice Alpine & trailer in the GSR RV park last Friday while checking out the park for next year’s HAN.

Anyone from this forum?

(Former Alpine owner...)
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads Today, 08:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 223
Posted By MFortie
95 from Parker to Yuma, I8 west to San Diego. We...

95 from Parker to Yuma, I8 west to San Diego. We drive it once or twice a month (we have a place on the Parker strip). 78 is OK, but you can get stuck behind slow truck traffic and has more curves,...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports Today, 07:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 391
Posted By MFortie
My choice would be Santee Lakes (I live in San...

My choice would be Santee Lakes (I live in San Diego county). Nice park, easy access, and close to La Mesa.
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 07-27-2022, 06:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 134
Posted By MFortie
We have a place on the Parker strip and make that...

We have a place on the Parker strip and make that run quite a few times a year. 95 is a good road and there is fuel to be had in Quartzsite and Yuma.
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 06-15-2022, 03:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 418
Posted By MFortie
Shoot, we did 89/160 to Cortez in our Renegade...

Shoot, we did 89/160 to Cortez in our Renegade Explorer a couple years ago and thought it was going to shake the coach to pieces! Miserable road IMHO.
Forum: RV'ing Humor & Crazy but True Stories 05-15-2022, 08:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,131
Posted By MFortie
On vacation with some friends years ago and my...

On vacation with some friends years ago and my buddy’s 5th wheel slide started deploying while we were traveling West on I40. I got on the CB ( I mentioned “years ago”) and said, “Um, Jim, you might...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 05-15-2022, 08:19 AM
Replies: 320
Views: 24,610
Posted By MFortie
No changes - yet...

Still planning to do our Sept. Yellowstone trip. As long as diesel is available we will go. At 2600+ miles and $6.00/gallon, it has our attention though.
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 04-26-2022, 05:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,139
Posted By MFortie
We tow a '21 Gladiator. I used the Cool Tech...

We tow a '21 Gladiator. I used the Cool Tech harness and ran a fused charge line from the coach to the battery. I don't disconnect the battery.
Forum: Renegade Motorhome Owner's Forum 12-25-2021, 07:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,743
Posted By MFortie
We bought our coach from IWS, Mt. Home, ID. Very...

We bought our coach from IWS, Mt. Home, ID. Very happy with them and a very professionally run outfit.

Also bought an ATC enclosed trailer from Sport Truck (AZ) which was a good experience as...
Forum: Renegade Motorhome Owner's Forum 11-26-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,639
Posted By MFortie
Any more info on the setup to add air to the rear...

Any more info on the setup to add air to the rear bags?

We had an issue when we opted to stay at our daughter’s for Thanksgiving. Backing up the 200’ driveway we ended up bottoming out on the...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 11-23-2021, 02:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,537
Posted By MFortie
We stay at Oasis whenever we go through Vegas --...

We stay at Oasis whenever we go through Vegas -- it's usually a stop on the way home to San Diego.


I also stayed there for a couple weeks one year for a work conference and training class.
Forum: Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 11-20-2021, 07:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,693
Posted By MFortie
When we still had our ‘98 I had the brakes...

When we still had our ‘98 I had the brakes flushed by County RV in Santee. You might also check with Wayne Miller Tires (also Santee) about flushing. And I highly recommend Wayne for your tire...
Forum: Renegade Motorhome Owner's Forum 10-04-2021, 11:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 775
Posted By MFortie
IWS told me the radiator is the limiting factor...

IWS told me the radiator is the limiting factor in the M2 chassis.
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 09-09-2021, 07:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 319
Posted By MFortie
We live within a few miles of Boulder Oaks. It’s...

We live within a few miles of Boulder Oaks. It’s perfectly safe, but a pretty small CG. We occasionally stage and ride our horses from there along the PCT.

But if you were considering the rest...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 08-24-2021, 07:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,649
Posted By MFortie
Check out campgrounds on the Parker strip (south...

Check out campgrounds on the Parker strip (south of LH); a lot more ‘on the water’. LH proper doesn’t have very many right on the water.

We own a ‘mini home’ in the Sundance RV Resort and the...
Forum: Renegade Motorhome Owner's Forum 08-23-2021, 01:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 754
Posted By MFortie
We like our Circulon Symmetry set...

We like our Circulon Symmetry set...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 08-20-2021, 07:58 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,369
Posted By MFortie
Tell me about it! :mad: And to other...

Tell me about it! :mad:

And to other Californian? We can afford it as well (and frankly do quite well), but don’t enjoy the high cost and poor infrastructure. Sure, the weather’s great (most of...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 08-20-2021, 07:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,383
Posted By MFortie
I store our coach in my shop, which I had poured...

I store our coach in my shop, which I had poured to 6” (+/-). No additional thickness for the jacks or tires. In front of the shop, my apron is also 6”. 3000 lbs. psi, rebar 18” O/C, again nothing...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 07-19-2021, 05:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 687
Posted By MFortie
Good info. We're planning on going to Reno for...

Good info. We're planning on going to Reno for Hot August Nights and definitely want to keep abreast of the fire situation.


Not taking the coach though...
Forum: Renegade Motorhome Owner's Forum 07-19-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 909
Posted By MFortie
Update: I went with the Valterra valves as...

Update:

I went with the Valterra valves as the manual backup system seems the easiest to employ if the electric system fails.


Installed the valves over the weekend; everything went pretty...
Forum: Renegade Motorhome Owner's Forum 07-05-2021, 08:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 909
Posted By MFortie
My setup is different than the double valve...

My setup is different than the double valve setup.

The Valterra requires 15” of clearance, so vertical mounting is not an option - I have 5” above the tank outlet. The DM system requires 6.25”,...
Forum: Renegade Motorhome Owner's Forum 07-05-2021, 08:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 909
Posted By MFortie
Electric Dump Valves

Our cable operated dump valves are becoming ‘persnickety’ and not closing all the way, so I’m considering going to an E dump valve.

I’ve searched the overall forum for info and, as seems typical,...
Forum: Renegade Motorhome Owner's Forum 07-05-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 521
Posted By MFortie
Same with our 2018 Explorer (M2 chassis). Twice...

Same with our 2018 Explorer (M2 chassis). Twice on our recent trip I ran down to the quarter tank mark and took on 54 & 55 gallons respectively.

On a related note, I used 7.5 MPG in the RV Trip...
Forum: Renegade Motorhome Owner's Forum 07-04-2021, 02:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 423
Posted By MFortie
Thank you. I’ll run through the troubleshooting...

Thank you. I’ll run through the troubleshooting now that we’re home.
Forum: Renegade Motorhome Owner's Forum 06-30-2021, 05:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 423
Posted By MFortie
Step Deploying

We had an issue on our current trip with the step deploying while driving in the rain. I spotted it going in and out while driving on the freeway in KC.

Fortunately, it didn’t catch and get...
Forum: Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 06-25-2021, 06:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 846
Posted By MFortie
I did ours ten years ago or so (when we still...

I did ours ten years ago or so (when we still owned the Alpine). Don’t remember all the details, but I believe it was PVC hose and I think I found it at a pool supply shop. Might check Lowes/ HD/...
Forum: Renegade Motorhome Owner's Forum 06-22-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 928
Posted By MFortie
It’s been a couple years or so since I had to...

It’s been a couple years or so since I had to stop at a scale (I drove a bobtail for a few years between San Diego and LA back in the 70s); I haven’t seen the digital signage and warnings before -...
Forum: Renegade Motorhome Owner's Forum 06-21-2021, 03:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 928
Posted By MFortie
Weigh Stations

Had a first today. While crossing into OK from TX on I40 we came upon a weigh station. The sign said ‘Commercial vehicles, busses, must stop unless given a Prepass’ (paraphrasing somewhat).

I...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 06-18-2021, 07:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,380
Posted By MFortie
Just rolled through Yuma yesterday evening...

Just rolled through Yuma yesterday evening (6:00-ish). It was 120 degrees. Good test for our coach cooling system!
Forum: RV'ing Humor & Crazy but True Stories 06-17-2021, 03:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 681
Posted By MFortie
I’ll take ‘Aches and Pains’ for $1000 Alex...

I’ll take ‘Aches and Pains’ for $1000 Alex...
Forum: RV'ing Humor & Crazy but True Stories 06-17-2021, 03:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,615
Posted By MFortie
I see it (and others) on my iPad, but not on my...

I see it (and others) on my iPad, but not on my laptop. Think it might be due to an Adblocker.
Forum: Renegade Motorhome Owner's Forum 06-15-2021, 07:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,000
Posted By MFortie
I would think Rivnuts would be ideal for that...

I would think Rivnuts would be ideal for that application...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 06-10-2021, 06:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 724
Posted By MFortie
On the Garage Journal forum a member just...

On the Garage Journal forum a member just recently did a long section from CA to OK in a ‘66 Mustang and posted a nice write-up.

Type ‘route’ and ‘Mustang’ in search and it should pop up.
...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 06-06-2021, 12:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,134
Posted By MFortie
We have a ‘98 Wrangler Sport (TJ) we towed for...

We have a ‘98 Wrangler Sport (TJ) we towed for 20+ years prior to our Gladiator. Used the procedure Nick-B outlined.

They will need to set it up for lights and braking. I used diodes spliced...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 06-03-2021, 10:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,342
Posted By MFortie
I'll be doing that in a couple of weeks... :cool:

I'll be doing that in a couple of weeks... :cool:
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 06-02-2021, 07:00 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,208
Posted By MFortie
Not sure what happened to my original pic (or why...

Not sure what happened to my original pic (or why I can’t edit my post), but here’s our Gladiator:
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 05-30-2021, 12:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 756
Posted By MFortie
Thanks Jeff!

Thanks Jeff!
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 05-28-2021, 04:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 756
Posted By MFortie
'21 Jeep Gladiator Toad Setup

Thought I'd share how I set our '21 Jeep Gladiator Mohave edition toad setup.


Components
- LOD full width Signature series bumper w/ frame tie-ins
- CoolTech wiring harness
- Roadmaster...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 05-24-2021, 06:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 767
Posted By MFortie
I've used it on our GMC Denali and am currently...

I've used it on our GMC Denali and am currently setting up our Jeep Gladiator to tow using the Brakemaster setup. Works fine for me.
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 05-24-2021, 06:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,208
Posted By MFortie
Our Gladiator: ...

Our Gladiator:


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Forum: Renegade Motorhome Owner's Forum 05-19-2021, 07:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,235
Posted By MFortie
Thank you. My wife ordered a couple of the...

Thank you. My wife ordered a couple of the hanging shelves. I couldn’t tell from the pics if the fittings were 1”, 1-1/4”, or...

I have a few totes full of PVC fittings - I keep them around for...
Forum: Renegade Motorhome Owner's Forum 05-17-2021, 11:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,235
Posted By MFortie
What size PVC did you use?

What size PVC did you use?
Forum: Renegade Motorhome Owner's Forum 05-14-2021, 11:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,402
Posted By MFortie
I signed up this morning...

I signed up this morning...
Forum: RV'ing Humor & Crazy but True Stories 05-14-2021, 11:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 964
Posted By MFortie
Well, I don't mean to brag, but I have TWO boxes...

Well, I don't mean to brag, but I have TWO boxes of 9mm, a 3/4x4x8 sheet of plywood and (5) 8' 2x4s! :D


Guess my retirement is all set! LOL!
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 05-12-2021, 07:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 512
Posted By MFortie
I have the RM baseplate on my ‘15 GMC diesel...

I have the RM baseplate on my ‘15 GMC diesel (2500). I also use the RM Brakemaster setup. But with dual batteries in the diesel, I had to be ‘creative’ regarding disconnecting the batteries yet...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 04-28-2021, 02:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,055
Posted By MFortie
I'll be installing my CoolTech harness this...

I'll be installing my CoolTech harness this weekend in my 2021 JT (Mohave) and will do the 'broom test' before and after.


Cutch, on another note, and not to divert too far afield, where did you...
Forum: RV LIFE Trip Wizard - Trip Planner Topics 03-11-2021, 11:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,206
Posted By MFortie
How about a toggle to reverse a planned trip? ...

How about a toggle to reverse a planned trip? Basically make the starting point (and subsequent stops) the end point and vice versa...
Forum: Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 01-26-2021, 02:08 PM
Replies: 633
Views: 150,923
Posted By MFortie
Spotted one headed into Parker, AZ on Sunday...

Spotted one headed into Parker, AZ on Sunday morning (1/24/21)...
Forum: RV'ing Humor & Crazy but True Stories 12-16-2020, 05:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,610
Posted By MFortie
I’m certainly not admitting to a particular...

I’m certainly not admitting to a particular incident back in High School with Boone’s Farm that might’ve resulted in a three day hangover...
Forum: Renegade Motorhome Owner's Forum 11-26-2020, 07:06 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,461
Posted By MFortie
I sent an e-mail to M&G awhile back asking about...

I sent an e-mail to M&G awhile back asking about a glad hand connection. They confirmed it was an option.
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