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RE: EZ-Pass. New York or Massachusetts account?

I went trough a couple of toll roads in NY without a pass last spring and I received the bill in the mail. The bill wasn't a fine, just the cost of the tolls.
gemsworld 01/21/20 11:54am Towing
RE: Composting Toilet

Composting Toilets - What They Don't Tell You
gemsworld 01/20/20 03:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best area to boondock in Quartzsite for two nights

Thanks, everyone. I guess where we stay will depend on finding a suitable spot in the recommended area.
gemsworld 01/20/20 08:58am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Best area to boondock in Quartzsite for two nights

Hi folks, we are planning on going to Quartzsite on January 24 for two nights with another couple (2 RVs) and we will be taking our SxS with us. Any recommendations in where to camp and ride in BLM land for two days? We will be coming down south on Hwy 95 from Parker. We prefer an area that's not too far from town since we will be driving our SxS to town. Thanks in advance.
gemsworld 01/19/20 03:44pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: THOR Motor Coach

I think you will get many views on this MFG,but they must be pretty sturdy because they are used a lot in the Rental Market not only El Monte RV uses them but also are the ones that are made for Cruise America are made by THOR. Rental fleets buy on price, not quality. They buy from whichever RV company is willing to give them the best deal. They don't care about sturdiness or longevity since they don't keep them for long.
gemsworld 01/19/20 09:13am Class C Motorhomes
RE: What ever happened to RV Park Reviews?

The new format stinks.
gemsworld 01/12/20 07:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: How do you summer travel?

No overnight Wallydocking for us if the temps are high enough that warrant using the AC. We gladly pay to stay in an RV park so we can relax and sleep without having to hear the sound of annoying generators.
gemsworld 12/27/19 07:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Motorhomes on Mercedes Chassis

Speculation has nothing to do with it: The poor rear wheel spacing width-to-coach-height ratio is real - just take a look at one. Then compare that visual ratio to, say, the visual ratio of a Winnebago 22M Class C built on a Ford E450 chassis ... which one would you rather be unexpectedly caught in during high cross winds in the the Western U.S.? The answer should be obvious. ... and BTW ... a stiffer suspension cannot of course change this ratio - which is based on pure physical measurments. Some of us don't need it to have "already happened" in order to try and be proactive at purchase time -> to ensure that it never ever would happen to us. Unless you own one or driven one in high winds you're speculating. I have owned a Minnie Winnie 22R on a Ford E450 chassis and currently own a Winnebago Navion 24V on the Sprinter chassis and have experienced severe wind conditions on both, and both units handled the severe winds much better than expected.
gemsworld 12/23/19 11:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Flying J and Pilot moving toward B20 diesel?

Thanks for posting the list. As I suspected, all but one of the stations in CA now sell B20. In AZ, only 3 stations show B5 and the rest don't say the type of diesel being sold.
gemsworld 12/21/19 05:48pm Tech Issues
Flying J and Pilot moving toward B20 diesel?

I have noticed the Flying J and Pilot stations I patronized in AZ and CA have switched to B20 diesel. Is this a national trend? I also noticed the selling price is the same as nearby competitors selling regular diesel. Based on a quick internet check, it seems the cost of B20 diesel is cheaper so retailers like Flying J and Pilot are making more money selling the stuff. The switch to B20 by some of these stations have created a bit of a problem for me when traveling since I have a Mercedes Sprinter moho and I can only use B5 diesel. Instead of seeking the aforementioned brands when I travel, I now look for regular gas stations since all of them seem to sell regular diesel. A side benefit of not using the truck stops next to the interstate highways, the price of diesel is usually cheaper when buying a short distance from the interstate highways.
gemsworld 12/21/19 04:45pm Tech Issues
RE: US post new Mexican travel warnings

Nothing wrong with travel advisories and exercising caution when traveling abroad, but don't let the fearmongers here keep you from going to Mexico. BTW, almost 37 million Americans traveled to Mexico last year.
gemsworld 12/21/19 09:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Motorhomes on Mercedes Chassis

To the OP. Do yourself a favor and ignore the opinions of those that have never owned a Sprinter motorhome. Some people like to spout about things they know nothing about. Test drive the Sprinter Winnebago View model you like, spend time in it to make sure it will suit your lifestyle. Good luck!
gemsworld 12/11/19 07:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorhomes on Mercedes Chassis

"The Sprinter cabin is much roomier and taller than the Ford cabin that when sitting in the house you get the feeling you're in a small class A since the view is much better, thanks to the tall windshield. " Sorry, but for a thread that has had a refreshing amount of honest reports/opinions about the Mercedes chassis Class C's I finally have to take exception to this post. There is no Class C {B+} with less interior volume/room than a Mercedes. Oh, and do not get me started on how uncomfortable the Mercedes seats are, compared to the Ford multi adjustable power seats the difference is day and night. The last thing a Mercedes is... is much roomier. My 24' E-350 Class C has 7' of head room throughout the coach. I would venture to state {without fear of inaccurate correction} that no Mercedes Class C has that much headroom. I have yet too see any Mercedes chassis Class C even close to the 101" of width our C has. My biggest objection to the Mercedes Class C's is two fold - they are MUCH smaller inside and the ridiculous cost to buy {not to mention maintain} one vs a Ford or Chevy chassis. Yes they can get 15 mpg though many do not. No they will not even come close to towing like a V-10 or large V-8 Chevy. If Mercedes floats your boat more power to ya {you will need it} but please folks... let's keep it honest here for the benefit of those who do not know any better. As always... Opinions and YMMV. Perhaps you should have read my post a bit closer. I specifically said the Sprinter cabin is roomier compared to a Ford chassis cabin. I never compared the coach portion of the two.
gemsworld 12/10/19 08:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorhomes on Mercedes Chassis

We purchased a new 2019 Winnebago Navion 24V (same unit as the View) in January. We have logged about 12,000 miles so far, including a 7,900 mile trip across the U.S. and Canada this spring. We averaged 13.4 MPG in that trip, including driving 75 MPH in western states and having to deal with strong headwinds for several days. Naturally, the MPG improves driving at lower speeds. We like the cabin in the Sprinter much better than the Ford chassis cabin. The Sprinter cabin is much roomier and taller than the Ford cabin that when sitting in the house you get the feeling you're in a small class A since the view is much better, thanks to the tall windshield. As far as driving up the mountains, the Sprinter is a slug and you will be relegated to the right lane in steep climbs. I occasionally tow a utility trailer weighing about 3,000 lbs when loaded and the Sprinter handles the load very comfortably. I have seen several Sprinters towing heavy Jeeps. I haven't had the need for service yet so I can't speak for the cost of routine maintenance. Having owned 3 Mercedes vehicles I expect the cost to be on the high side. Having previously owned a Ford chassis class C, which I liked quite a bit, I prefer the Sprinter moho better.
gemsworld 12/10/19 04:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Current crop of SUV'S

If you parked all the "SUV'S" side by side, then looked at them from the side, they all have the same body shape!! At least I think so. I'd like to upgrade the DW into a SUV, but wan t one that is RWD and wheel drive. However, in saying that, we currently have a VW Passat which she loves and I'd like to go into the VW Atlas as we've been very pleased w/ the 2 VW's we've had. Comes in either FWD or AWD. Don't want AWD. She asked me the other day if any SUV's are hybrids to which I have no clue. Are there? The new Ford Explorer is RWD. I believe most, if not all, Mercedes SUVs are RWD and BMW has some models. Toyota, Lexus, Ford, Acura, BMW and Volvo offer hybrid SUVs.
gemsworld 11/15/19 08:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Current crop of SUV'S

Why do they call them SUV'S when then vast majority of them are glorified station wagons? To me a SUV is a truck based full frame vehicle. Got to love marketing. If you think about it, the original SUVs were the ones that were a marketing gimmick. Automakers took unrefined, harsh riding, poor handling pickup trucks, made the truck bed part of the cabin, added some bling and sold them at a hefty profit. Since then, consumer tastes and the industry have evolved considerably. There must be a good reason why automakers are stopping production of cars and adding more SUVs to their offerings. Most SUV buyers today prefer having a vehicle that handles and feels more like a car than a truck. I own a current-generation 4X4 Jeep Grand Cherokee and it's like night and day compared to the old SUVs. We are currently looking to replace the wife's smaller SUV with a new one and ride quality and road manners are of paramount importance.
gemsworld 11/15/19 08:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dish TV in Rocky point

Unless it has changed, I used to get my local stations within a 250-300 mile radius when I used to have Dish. If nothing has changed, you should be able to get Phoenix stations in Rocky Point since it's only 170 miles away, as the crow flies.
gemsworld 11/14/19 10:37am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Full-time in the Arizona heat

I live in the hottest part of AZ. Several RV parks in the area have many full time residents. All you need is AC and enough money in the wallet to pay for the cost of electricity during the summer.
gemsworld 11/06/19 11:19am Full-time RVing

Unfortunately, OEM generators for RVs all operate at a constant speed of 1800 or 3600 RPM in order to produce 60Hz power. So far, Onan and Generac have failed to get up to speed with inverter technology that would allow them to run only as fast as required to meet usage demands. Honda and all the Honda knock-offs have no problem making inverter type generators. My solution was to buy a small inverter generator and set it next to my MH. After it tops off my batteries, it idles down and I can hardly hear it while I watch TV with my lights on. It runs about 5 or 6 hours on a gallon of gas which beats the pants off the gallon an hour the onboard generator uses. Newer models use technology that permits you to start/stop and monitor how much gas is in the tank on your phone. I few years ago, I corned a rep at the Onan booth at an FMCA rally and raised a fuss with him about their using such ancient technology. He liked what I said and made a video of me complaining on his camera to take back to the factory. I haven't heard anything about upgrades to their products so far but they're way past due! There's no incentive because there is no competition. Why spend money on innovation when you can still make a mint selling Model A Fords in 2019?
gemsworld 10/30/19 09:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Suggestions please!

We would love to boondock but we have a very hard time finding places that we feel secure at. We have solar and generator but want to try and find blm or forest land out west in texas new mexico arizona and california for winter time that have designated campsites. Last April we tried our 1st Blm location which was Craggy Wash just outside of Lake Havasu City and a very bad encounter with a very unkind man. The place was full of homeless people lurking at us like why are we here!! so we turned around and left and needless to say havent tried any others!! So suggestion on places that are not to isolated, that is not our cup of tea! Thanks Tara You may have picked a particular spot that is frequented by homeless people. There are many, many snowbirds boondocking around Lake Havasu that don't encounter any problems. Choose your spots wisely, if the people around look sketchy, go somewhere else.
gemsworld 10/28/19 05:58pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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