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RE: Colors of trucks!

......"I do remember that some years ago California did debate a law that would have forbidden colors that absorbed too much heat. The thought was that with their acres of parking lots dark paints were doing too much to heat the environment"...... Now that, in and of itself, would make me move out of California fast, quick, and in a hurry. Seriously??? And, I'm sure that's nowhere near the craziest 'debate' the state's ever had!!
A1ARealtorRick 10/20/20 11:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1994 pleasureway

Anyone over 6' tall ever bonk their head inside one of these? Only if you have a tendency to jump up and down or skip a lot. I believe the headroom is 6'2" and of course, there's not near the amount of walking around in one of these as there is in a Class A motorhome for example.
A1ARealtorRick 10/20/20 08:17am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: 1994 pleasureway

You absolutely will not find a better built Class B. When we bought ours, we looked at just about everything else on the market, and the differences in fit, finish, and quality of materials and components was amazing. We learned not to assume that the company (or companies) that sell the most have the best product -- nothing could be further from factual. The PW, IMO, is the finest Class B product on the market.
A1ARealtorRick 10/20/20 05:40am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Colors of trucks!

"When I ordered my F150 with a light colored leather interior I had to sign a disclaimer that I would not hold Ford responsible for it getting dirty" Seriously? Now that's a stretch......not sure I can buy that.
A1ARealtorRick 10/20/20 05:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hard to find a full-time spot

If I were staying in the same location it sure would not be in my RV. I thought the definition of full timing was living in the RV but moving it from time to time to a new location. I tend to disagree. IMO, full-timing means full-time living in your RV, regardless of the location, and regardless of how often you move to a new location. Who's to say you should stay 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months, or 3 years in a location when defining full-timing? I could be wrong, but I don't think insurance companies base their rates for full-timers on how long they'll be in any given spot.
A1ARealtorRick 10/19/20 06:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

You've got plenty of good reasons to stay, however, but the mass exodus from the state that we have all been reading about says something about the overall desirability of it. I know you can buy homes there pretty cheap, right?? :W This coming from a realtor on the coast? I guess that it is all relative but I just saw an add down the beach from you a bit in Mexico Beach for a 0.1720 acre lot on the canal. $64,900! No structures! That is $377,325 per acre! I would sell 20 whole acres for that price where I live. That is why I don't live on a coast. Yup, people can ASK whatever they want to, but what will it really SELL for, if at all? The stories I could tell you!! Around here, much like about anywhere, acreage that's not on the coast is very reasonably priced.
A1ARealtorRick 10/18/20 01:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

Holy smokes! This alone: "...not considering forest fires and earthquakes..." would send me packing. Those 'forest fires' don't seem to be the garden variety by any means, and earthquakes? Unlike hurricanes, you don't see those guys coming! You've got plenty of good reasons to stay, however, but the mass exodus from the state that we have all been reading about says something about the overall desirability of it. I know you can buy homes there pretty cheap, right?? :W
A1ARealtorRick 10/18/20 08:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Forest River Issues

One idea is to post as many online reviews as you can -- on every platform that you possibly can. The internet is a powerful tool, and can make or break a business. Enough negative reviews just might make the manufacturer take notice. Who knows. That being said, I have come to the conclusion that unless someone is spending in the neighborhood of, say, $400,000 or more, the market is full of nothing but poorly assembled low-quality components --- and RVers keep buying them like there's no tomorrow, so the manufacturers have no incentive to change a thing. Sorry to hear about your problems. Hope they get resolved soon.
A1ARealtorRick 10/18/20 05:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Thor Axis 24.1

The Axis/Vegas is an RUV - which is a fancy way to market a C and A hybrid. They are built on the e350 or E450 Chassis - depending on which year it was manufactured. So they aren't a true Class A. They were marketed as a way to take kids to soccer games, travelling sports families, tailgating that sort of thing. I've owned a Thor Class A (an ACE) and while we knew what we were buying, I must admit that quality is about the lowest in the industry. But so are their prices. If you have realistic expectations then you might be OK, but buyer beware. The sprinters you are looking at are Mercedes chassis so there is a reason they cost more and you are comparing oranges to basketballs comparing it to a Vegas. A Class B Plus or small C on a Mercedes chassis is going to be so much easier and quieter to drive and your mileage will be much better as well. Nothing wrong with the Vegas/Axis if that's what you want and have realistic expectations but there isn't much comparison to that and something on a Sprinter chassis with a diesel engine. How does that make it not a Class A? It's built on a bare chassis with no factory cab or body. I understand the chassis is the same as that of an E350 or 450, but without the factory cab by definition it's a Class A. You are correct -- they are Class A's. Class C's are built on cutaway chassis' and CLass B's are van cutaway's or solid boxes. Thor can call it an RUV if they want to, trying to create a new class and broaden the appeal, but it is a true Class A.
A1ARealtorRick 10/18/20 05:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Colors of trucks!

Interesting discussion on exterior colors, but what about interior colors. Why are soooooo many black? Black!!! The hottest, and arguably most difficult to keep clean (actually clean -- not just looking clean). Give me a light color interior any day of the week. So much cooler, so much easier on the eyes, and unless you're transporting a work crew, as easy to keep clean as any other color.
A1ARealtorRick 10/17/20 07:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Thor Axis 24.1

"......but also have a lower tow rating (18,500 combined vs 22,000 combined)" But unless you have a Sherman tank as a toad, for most the difference in tow rating is probably a non-issue :C I was surprised at the 2020 specs for capacity on such a small coach. Depending on the model there is between 6-7.5k lbs of actual towing capacity. Impressive for such a small coach - or maybe it's because it's a small coach. There are a LOT of larger gassers with almost no capacity left. You are right my current 33 ft Class A can't tow that much. When I compare specs against other Class A's or space against small Class C's. HP/wt ratio, WB/L ratio all look impressive. The only concern is the quality of Thor products. That is why I asked if any on here actually own one, but not one owner has responded yet. That's because they're outside fixing their RV :C
A1ARealtorRick 10/17/20 09:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Claim Problem

You mentioned that the wheel nuts loosened --- how frequently do you check the tightness of the lugs? This should be a frequent process for all of us. Wheel nuts just don't loosen and fail instantaneously ... it takes a little bit of deferred maintenance to cause such an event. I think $135 out of my pocket would be a very small price to pay for the lesson learned. Happy travels -- Stay safe.
A1ARealtorRick 10/17/20 08:11am Good Sam Insurance
RE: Thor Axis 24.1

"......but also have a lower tow rating (18,500 combined vs 22,000 combined)" But unless you have a Sherman tank as a toad, for most the difference in tow rating is probably a non-issue :C I'm not going to look up the weights, or GVWR of the vehicles but at most I bet the ratings allow for a bump of tow ratings of going from 6000 to 10000 lbs. Hardly "Sherman Tank" range. Well thanks for that clarification! There goes me wanting to bring my tank along. Just got it set up to flat tow too... "......but also have a lower tow rating (18,500 combined vs 22,000 combined)" But unless you have a Sherman tank as a toad, for most the difference in tow rating is probably a non-issue :C I'm not going to look up the weights, or GVWR of the vehicles but at most I bet the ratings allow for a bump of tow ratings of going from 6000 to 10000 lbs. Hardly "Sherman Tank" range. So what kind of toad DO you plan to tow in the "6000-10,000 pound" range? That's still pretty heavy. My point is that a 3500 lb change in GCVWR means less than the same change in GVWR. And any time a rating increases some of it is used up in extra weight of the vehicle, And my whole point was the Axis can tow pretty much any typical toad whether it be the lower or higher rating, in that even something like a Honda Pilot or Jeep Wrangler Unlimited don't weigh more than 4500 pounds. And, the Axis being pretty much a 2-person unit, the toad would most likely be a smaller, lighter vehicle yet.
A1ARealtorRick 10/17/20 07:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dualie vs SRW benefits?

OK, here's the car guy response. If you can, definitely buy the DRW. Come resale time, SRW 1-ton trucks are not near as sought-after as DRW's. You'll definitely see a better ROI and have a much more marketable vehicle. Just food for thought.
A1ARealtorRick 10/17/20 06:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Colors of trucks!

White vehicles everywhere, especially in the south (although when we lived in Orlando, I was flabbergasted at the number of black vehicles there!). And of course, the lion's share of light- to medium-duty commercial vehicles are white as well. Coolest color to be sure, but nice light shades of green, blue, and gold (or champagne) are also cooler choices, and at least give the vehicle a little personality. Two-tones (white with a contrasting color) also tend to make your vehicle look a little less like everyone else's. To each his own!
A1ARealtorRick 10/17/20 06:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

And the saga continues. As long as Americans are willing to pay the crazy high prices, the manufacturers have no problem supplying their needs. Much like we are all willing to pay for poorly constructed RV's made of shoddy materials -- we don't resist, so the manufacturers keep them rolling off the assembly lines.
A1ARealtorRick 10/17/20 05:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Thor Axis 24.1

"......but also have a lower tow rating (18,500 combined vs 22,000 combined)" But unless you have a Sherman tank as a toad, for most the difference in tow rating is probably a non-issue :C I'm not going to look up the weights, or GVWR of the vehicles but at most I bet the ratings allow for a bump of tow ratings of going from 6000 to 10000 lbs. Hardly "Sherman Tank" range. So what kind of toad DO you plan to tow in the "6000-10,000 pound" range? That's still pretty heavy.
A1ARealtorRick 10/17/20 05:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thor Axis 24.1

"......but also have a lower tow rating (18,500 combined vs 22,000 combined)" But unless you have a Sherman tank as a toad, for most the difference in tow rating is probably a non-issue :C
A1ARealtorRick 10/16/20 07:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

Shiner I agree with you that land is often a good investment so I might borrow money to buy land but not to buy a truck. That is not a wise decision. It is better to pay cash for the land since land loans are generally around 5% with excellent credit. Auto loan's are around 2-3% with excellent credit. So it would be best to pay cash with the land since you are paying more interest. The standard return on investment in a low risk stock/bond market account such as 401K. IRA, and so on is 6-7%. So the land will cost you 5%, the vehicle will cost you 2-3%, and the investment will gain you 6-7% on average. Paying cash for the land will save you more money than paying cash for the truck, but they both will not save you enough to overcome the standard amount ROI you would make on investing the money. Of course this all assumes that you have excellent credit above 700 and can get the very best rates. If not and the interest rate is greater than standard ROI, then it would be better to pay cash. However, if this the case then you have other issues that might need to be addressed. A lot of what's being said is based on the given fact that a truck will depreciate (and do so rapidly), whereas the land is hopefully an appreciating asset, although we all remember 2008. Why even pay 2 - 3% interest on a rapidly-depreciating asset? Cash for the vehicle, finance the land .... or cash for both if you are so blessed, but few are.
A1ARealtorRick 10/13/20 12:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

I keep reading complaints about how much the Limited versions costs but you can still buy the XL version if that is what you want. It is as nice as my fully loaded 1991 Ford pickup and it is generally heavily discounted. However today, buying a base model (for example, the XL), come resale time, the market for such a vehicle will be colder than a mother-in-laws love.
A1ARealtorRick 10/13/20 12:18pm Tow Vehicles
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