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  1. When to Punt

    Like MWeiner said - how do you like the coach as a coach sans any trouble? If you look at others and still love this one, fix it. Eventually you will get on top of the issues. If you are indifferent to the coach and like others the same or better, maybe its time to trade off and take the lumps.
  2. Fiberglass vs. Metal Roof

    Kind of true with any roof isn't it? I understand on the seams now, caulked seams vs welded on a conversion van.
  3. RV Envy

    Well, I'll just ignore this thread then and go back to envying my neighbors beautiful coach
  4. Fiberglass vs. Metal Roof

    Where are there seams on a fiberglass roof? I thought they were 1 piece?
  5. Just kind of curious where you are trying to go with this thread? Seems once we answer the questions, you take the opportunity to critique our decision based on your experiences. Was that your intent? I think you may have already offended a few, especially those poor Foretravel owners
  6. FMCA Member ID Plaque Mounting

    Hey thanks! The wife picked the colors but they are growing on me.
  7. We didn't even consider new. We bought a 2013 Itasca Meridian 42E with 19,000 miles. We paid less than half the original MSRP and it has proven to be a great RV for us. I do have DEF, noisy mach 8 ACs, and I do have Schwintek slides on one side which haunted many manufacturers back then, but all seems to be working fine and I respect the slides with can of CRC handy There were two GS warranties, Dealer sold with cash up front bumper to bumper for 4 years (~$125/month at $50 deductible), or the month to month direct warranty from GS that was around $150/month at $1,000 deductible. We opted for the Dealer warranty, but after bad dealings with them we dropped it and got a refund. We just run naked. Realistically in two years all we have had go wrong were 2 relays in the ACs and a fridge solenoid that cracked because the dealer didn't winterize properly. I am truly sold on Winnebago - at least for us they put together a great product.
  8. FMCA Member ID Plaque Mounting

    I didn't have heavy enough fishing line to do the job (kept breaking) so I taped up a putty knife and slowly pried and it all came off - clean up with a little goo-gone and some wax, good as new. I remounted up high with the Kiley Mold brackets. I tried also adding the WIT club plate below it with additional brackets, but it looked kind of corny so I took it off.
  9. Our favorite by far was the Tour 42QD and the Grand Tour would be just awesome for us. We found the Meridian/Tour 42E worked for us in feature/value with close to the same layout as the 42QD, but doesn't mean I wouldn't love to jump at a the Tour if it financially made sense for us as vacationers. We also loved the richness of the Allegro Bus, but almost a little too ornate for us and we could never find a floor plan we liked for the living room. Dutch Star was also a beautiful coach, and they did have a floorplan similar to the 42QD in the living room, but we never found one that matched what we wanted in floor plan. We have the Tag and it is simply an issue of weight - the tag supports the extended length of our bath and 1/2 and makes the rear axles rated for 30,000 lbs. Handling wise it is a treat to drive. We did not drive the Comfort Drive Newmar, but understand the concept and there are some aftermarket products that will get you close if it is a requirement. We did drive several Spartan versus Freightliner chassis and I honestly couldn't tell the difference, but we aren't necessarily seasoned. I know there is a lot of hoopla about side radiators, but in the end for us the rear radiator serves well and our shop has never complained about it for service (which has been maintenance, no repair). I suppose if push came to shove the side radiator may be easier to put on a belt and may be cheaper for some maintenance, but in the scheme of things I wouldn't let that be a show stopper. For every brand there are stories of the dreaded "time in the shop" but without qualification (was it the chassis, the coach, the appliance) it is hard to make judgement. Many share the same chassis, and almost all share the same appliances. Was it in the shop for a long time because it had so many issues, or was it because the shop had a 12 week lag time and blamed part accessibility on the manufacturer to overcome the fact he pushed all his new sale preps in front of yours? Hard to ever tell without the facts.
  10. FMCA Member ID Plaque Mounting

    I made a mistake and used double stick tape on the bumper. It gets hidden by the toad. If I can get it off I'll move to the ladder.
  11. Best Place To List Motorhome For Sale

    As a recent buyer, I can say I primarily used RVTrader and Craigslist was a little harder for me to shop through so I didn't much. I sold our last 5er on Craigslist - to a guy 4 states away in the middle of winter. I would have never guessed that would happen.
  12. Diesel Motorhome MPG-- Honest Answers Please

    7.5 mpg overall on our last trip to CA and Oregon from Denver. We have a 2013 Itasca Meridian 42E with tag axle (44K GVWR) 400 hp 8.9L Cummins ISL with DPF and Allison 3000, cruising 70-75 and Onan 8000 running at least half the time and a 97 TJ Wrangler (~3,500 lbs) on the back 4 down. DEF consumption was within the Cummins guidelines, but I was a little shocked at how thirsty that exhaust filter got. I can't remember now but I think we used 10 gallons over 3,800 miles. My pickup would have used 1/4 of that in twice the mileage. It guess its all about the size of the filter.
  13. Washer/Dryer in a 40' DP

    We're on our second generation of Splendide Ariston stackables and they have performed perfect. They dryer is big enough to accept 2 washer loads, so if the dryer isn't done I just add the next load to it and move on. Sheets, towels, never had any complaints. They aren't as big as home units, but we aren't laundering for a family of 5 either.
  14. Running Into Things

    Ya, I hit mine twice already (newbies) - 1st at the gas pump under construction. I ran over a rebar and folded it over, no damage to the coach. 2nd was at Great Sand Dune where I turned at the end of the campground. I lucked out, it was a wood timber barrier that I turned into and didn't leave any permanent scratches or damage, but it initially looked horrid! I notice it did ruin the gas shock that holds open the cargo door so it must have caught it underneath. Both times I have been caught it was pre-occupied with holding the tag dump switch and not paying attention to my turn.
  15. New To Us In May

    I guess it was new to us back in May, but just now posting. A 2013 Itasca Meridian 42E in some strange color (Platinum) I guess We tow a 97 Jeep TJ, We will probably start looking at an Unlimited Wrangler next spring. We are just vacationers out of Denver.