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RE: How do you decide how much to spend on an RV

I think you answered your own question when you stated the thought of spending $80k puts a knot in your stomach. That knot may not go away once the warm glow of newness wears off. Nice trailer though. Personal rule for me - pay cash for toys. We have not financed anything other than the house for almost 20 years. If we bought it, it would use about 1/3rd of our cash, and would be replaced in less than 2 years. But it’s a chunk of money. Which begs the question, Why have the cash if you are not willing to spend it on something you want? Is it all to be saved/cherished for some rainy day in the future?. Does your crystal ball tell you your future is guaranteed?
Lantley 09/20/23 07:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How do you decide how much to spend on an RV

I'm not suggesting you spend money foolishly. But every purchase you make in life does not have to be about payback. It's OK to spend money on per enjoyment. That doesn't mean you buy something you can't afford but it does mean you can buy something that depreciates without feeling guilty. It's OK to enjoy life and spend money on something that makes you happy. Some think happiness is a large bank account vs. a large RV. However it's OK to have a decent bank account and a large RV.
Lantley 09/19/23 03:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Extensive Traveling with a 5th Wheel

The new fangled uprising steps are popular not because of design or function. They are popular because they allow flexibility in the manufacturing process. The new steps eliminate the stair pocket which allows the same frame to be used with several different models vs. having a fixed door pocket location, which makes the frame more model specific. I agree tankless heaters and the new steps are deal breakers for me.
Lantley 09/18/23 04:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: thinking of buying a Motorhome....looking for tips/hints

I will add to this post as one who owns a 5th wheel bunkhouse. Don't buy strictly for the kids. The kids will be gone one day and no longer camp with you. Sure you could trade again once they are gone ,but that will put you back at the drawing board. I'm not saying don't consider the kids needs but I am saying don't buy strictly for the kids without considering the time line of kids move on vs. how long you plan to keep your rig. Bunkhouse owner with no kids....LOL
Lantley 09/14/23 06:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Campground near Notre Dame University in South Bend

Looks like some good options. Thanks for the responses.
Lantley 08/09/23 05:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Thinking of buying a Class A and seeking advice

As far as making the move from a towable to a MH, the best way I've ever heard it said was... "With a towable the vacation begins after you're set up. With a MH the vacation begins as soon as you turn the key". A few years back we owned both - I would 100% agree with the above. I don't disagree with that sentiment. However I just had a discussion with a camping neighbor who had a very new class A gasser. His comments were everyone enjoyed the traveling portion except the driver. He felt he was worn out from driving his class A gasser. The passengers enjoyed the trip but he was tired out. However his dad had a big tandem axle DP that he felt was much more enjoyable/easy to drive. Driving his dad's RV was a much more relaxing experience vs. his demanding gasser. He felt the DP was much less taxing/stessful to drive. My point is the vacation always starts on departure for the passengers, however depending on how well the rig performs the driver may have to wait until they are set up at the CG to start their vacation! All Class A's are not created equal. Driving a rig that does not handle well is not a vacation. Granted we are comparing a $175K gasser to a $600K DP. Nevertheless they are both class A's. I'm sure the driving experience between the 2 is very different.
Lantley 08/07/23 09:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Campground near Notre Dame University in South Bend

Might check again. Usually in on Friday evening and out by noon Sunday. No hook ups. ok I'll double check
Lantley 08/07/23 08:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campground near Notre Dame University in South Bend

Thanks Mfan for the info. However it looks like they do not allow overnight parking. I am basically looking for somewhere convenient to the stadium I can stay for the weekend and depart on Sunday.
Lantley 08/07/23 06:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Campground near Notre Dame University in South Bend

Any CG recommendations I am looking to attend a Notre Dame Football Game in South Bend. I have a 39'5th wheel. Looking to stay near stadium. Tailgating spot even better. Traveling from Maryland. Arrive Friday depart Sunday. Thanks
Lantley 08/07/23 04:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Help with Refrigerator Decision

If you don't travel long distances or boondock much it's a simple decision. However if you want to keep the unit running while traveling down the road. Or want to use the fridge off the grid it gets more complicated. Adding an inverter into the mix is straight forward and easy enough to do if you're handy. But is does add to the cost. I figured and inverter, battery and wiring would add $500.00 or so to overall cost. An new scratch and dent absorption fridge cost me $1,100.00. A residential Fridge from Home Depot was $400.00. But I needed an inverter and battery. So I estimate $900.00 vs. $1,100.00. With the cost being close enough I saw no need to change. I have been using absorption lp/electric fridge since 2005 and this was my first issue.
Lantley 08/06/23 09:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Thinking of buying a Class A and seeking advice

I think this thread is more about going from a towable to a class A vs. w to choose the right class A. The OP is a seasoned camper. While I don't know the OP I remember his post because he used to tow with a Excursion like myself. He also went from a V-10 X to a PSD X. Moving from a towable to a class A is a big financial jump/decision. My thoughts are that the Class A will always be more convenient. Easier to set up. and more enjoyable while traveling. However the class A will cost more. While I am contemplating a class A in my future, I don't think I would be happy with the performance of a gas class A. But I'm not sure I'm willing to spend what it takes for a nice Diesel Pusher. and there lies the dilemma. A fiver can have the same amenities as a class A. But will never be as convenient or enjoyable during the travel portion. However a fiver will generally provide more bang for the buck. My thoughts are what are you expecting to gain by going to a class A? Are you thinking gas or Diesel? Do you travel the mountains regularly? Does performance matter?
Lantley 08/06/23 04:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water tank failed! (09 Cedar Creek) fifth.

Unless the tank has been struck or damaged somehow the problem is seldom the tank, but more often the associated plumbing, like valves , nipples and fittings.
Lantley 08/05/23 06:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water tank failed! (09 Cedar Creek) fifth.

I suggest dropping the underbody and seeing what's going on before you order an expensive tank that may not the problem. This is good advice. You don't know that the problem is the tank itself. Problem could be a fitting or piping leak.
Lantley 08/04/23 05:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Learned an expensive lesson today

A diesel engine may last 300k-400k. However the rest of the truck will show the wear and tear of 300-400K.
Lantley 07/30/23 02:35pm RV Lifestyle
RE: What's needed for sewer hose storage

It may seam expensive but this system works like a champ 6"sewer hose carrier,232_.jpg
Lantley 07/11/23 05:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bent axle.

"Rough roads, lotsa frost heaves, some unavoidable surprises", I don't think I would include that statement in any warranty claim!
Lantley 07/10/23 08:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: What size waste tank to buy?

36 gallon. the 1st size up from your waste tanks. That way you won't ever overflow the tote . This^^ How will you put 32 gallons of water in a 21 gallon tank? How will you know when to stop filling before the 21 gallon tote overflows with 32 gallons of water? Can you say?, "Oops there is a grey water mess"! Avoid the hassle of overflowing your tote and get a tote big enough to take the full capacity of your grey tank.
Lantley 07/10/23 08:32pm Beginning RVing
RE: Wireless Provider Gripe

Granted it limits your exposure. but sooner or later the credit card needs to be paid. You either pay with a check or direct transfer on line. There is no free lunch. You end up giving access to your bank account. Actually. No. For multiple reasons. First, paying with a credit card insulates your bank account and its data from fraud because you are not giving anyone your critical bank account data. Secondly, NOBODY but your own bank has access to your individual bank account data when it pays your credit card. The bank that holds your bank account is the paying bank. It makes a bulk transaction to the credit card issuing bank each day, not just for you, but for you and many others. Your account at the credit card issuing bank is credited from the bulk transaction account at your paying bank, which is debited and credited from your individual bank account. In fact the debit from your account occurs as the bulk transaction account is credited. The credit card holding bank is usually paid within 24 hours of the deduction from your account. Your bank account data never leaves the bank you hold your account in. This is especially true if your bank and credit card issuer are one and the same. In my case I pay the credit card bill each month with one transfer from my Navy Federal Credit Union checking to my Navy Federal Visa. All outside transactions are securely handled by the credit card and are better protected legally than would be my bank account and main assets. Using the credit card effectively firewalls my bank account from anyone. That's kind of the fallacy if you have an account and transfer money electronically there will always be a risk. Using terms like firewall may make you feel better but the risk exist. The FDIC has been around long before all the digital transactions we currently make. Bank fraud/theft is not a new phenomenon. None of it is foolproof.
Lantley 07/09/23 04:11pm Technology Corner
RE: Wireless Provider Gripe

Granted it limits your exposure. but sooner or later the credit card needs to be paid. You either pay with a check or direct transfer on line. There is no free lunch. You end up giving access to your bank account.
Lantley 07/09/23 12:38pm Technology Corner
RE: Tires- Tires - Tires

Sailun 637 are game changers. 1st set purchased in 2012 lasted 8 years. I'm on my 2nd set.
Lantley 07/09/23 07:28am Fifth-Wheels
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