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  1. I think there are many folks out there that just don't want to part with a few bucks when it comes to brakes, or many safety issues related to toads. Part of getting our new 24' enclosed ready for full time towing was installing a high quality brake controller in the coach, upgrading and adding sensors to my TPMS, and this week I am shopping for higher rated tires because I am just too close on my weight for the D rated 8 ply tires that came with it. So by the time I buy a new spare/rim plus a new heavy jack, I will spend between $1,400 and $1,500 so I can safely pull this new trailer.
  2. Best Route Nashville To Tampa

    My GPS has encouraged me to cut off of I-10 a couple times onto Rt. 19 to cut across, just never have tried it. May be worth trying this spring with heading north.
  3. Best Route Nashville To Tampa

    X2 on staying at Deer Run. It has been a couple years since we visited them but they used to either give you a bag of fresh popcorn or a cup of coffee when you checked in. Very nice folks. Several years ago we booked there 2 nights. The second night they were suppose to get a bad storm so we took off that morning. The owners gave us a night's credit we could use the next time, which they honored a few months later. How many CG's could you find that would do that?
  4. Fifth Wheelers With Computerized Jacks

    That was a big factor the first time we sold out and went full time in our decision to go with a fiver instead of a MH. I had a small contracting business and due to some favorable tax incentives I could write off a bunch of my new F350 diesel in the first two years. The way I looked at it my 2012 (new back then) F350 cost me close to $40,000 instead of over $55,000. Like your Rancher buddies, it only made sense to have a fiver back then.
  5. Fifth Wheelers With Computerized Jacks

    Welcome STINGER. My last fiver (Montana) had auto level and it was a "must have" for us.
  6. Upgrading Suspensions F53 Chassis

    Carl, there is absolutely no comparison between driving my previous 37' gas MH and this Ventana. I could have put $20,000 into suspension upgrades on the old coach and there still would have been no contest. Buddy of mine just went through some part of Texas last week in high cross winds in his Ventana 4369. He sent me a text message and said it was no problem and it was a relaxed day behind the wheel. In my last coach driving under those conditions I would have felt like someone beat the crap out of me by 2pm.
  7. Best Route Nashville To Tampa

    To me I-65 south to Montgomery, then US Rt. 231 down to I-10 is the best route. There are no steep grades going this way and you avoid Atlanta. For us, usually going all the way to Cape Coral area, it adds about an hour to the entire trip. US Rt. 231 is about 99% four lane divided and almost all new pavement in the last 3 years. You do go through several small towns but that is part of the reason we like going this way, it breaks up the trip by not being on interstates the whole trip.
  8. Upgrading Suspensions F53 Chassis

    I only had my 2014 37' gas coach for about 18 months. We did go up north twice plus out west for the summer in it. I can only tell you my short experience with the F53 chassis and how we modified it. First of all I did the CHF (cheap handling fix). I won't go into great detail about it but you can do it your self and videos are on-line to explain it. I also weighed my coach loaded and adjusted my tires accordingly. These two things probably improved the handling of the coach 20%. When semi trucks passed or we were in a 20mph cross winds it was still uncomfortable driving. Next I had the Safe-T Plus installed. I had it done at their factory up by Atlanta because we were going to be in that area. It actually helped a little but the coach was still like driving an overloaded bread truck. I would estimate the Safe-T Plus improved handling another 10% or more. I then ordered and found an RV repair place to install the Sumo springs. Having the Sumos improved the handling by at least 30% or more. They were by far the best improvement we made, but they were not cheap. Anyway, after almost $2,000 of modifications the coach handled about 60% better than it did when I first purchased it. If we wouldn't have decided to go full time and needed the towing capacity I probably would have done a trac bar on the back and stuck with it.
  9. Found The Coach

    I'm heading down to North Trail this morning. My plan is to get inside another new coach and inspect that seal. If mine is hanging down and not fitted right then I'll have to decide if I should break out some double sided 3m tape or see about having a Whirlpool tech pay us a visit. I may also sneak back into the work bay area and snag a tech for some free advise. This entrance door is driving me nuts because I have to really slam it in order for it to close tight. I am out of ideas on ways to adjust it. Herman, I may not share with the DW that I'm still convinced I can fix the entrance door.
  10. Found The Coach

    Search is over I think. Went with a 2017 Newmar Ventana 4369. The boss was pretty happy and I have to admit I didn't want the test drive to end.....
  11. Check Out Our New Verizon MIFI Benefit!

    When FMCA first introduced this plan I was a brand new FMCA member. We were just getting back to full time RVing so at first it looked like something we could take advantage of. Then the first few members tried to sign up....OMG, what a joke. Then I realize that you have to be locked into 2 additional years of FMCA membership to sign up for the Verizon plan. To me that would be like driving 30 miles a week to save $2.00 on a tank of cheaper gas. Passport America and Escapees are clubs worth signing up for IMHO. Even if you are not full timing you will probably get your annual membership back in CG discounts within the first month or so each year. I'm just not seeing much value in renewing in FMCA. RichNjohn good luck if you continue to pursue the FMCA discounted Verizon plan.
  12. Found The Coach

    It is a Whirlpool. When I looked last night there is a little more ice forming at the front bottom of the lower freezer compartment again. The book said something about a drain pan but there isn't one under the freezer. If there was suppose to be one under the freezer drawer then it would certainly have to be about 1/2" tall for the drawer to clear it. The bottom rubber seal on the freezer door looks to me like it is hanging down, so right now my bet is on this seal is not attached correctly. To be honest I would rather drive down to the next exit and have a salesman put me inside another Ventana so I can examine that freezer seal. If my seal is coming off I would rather re-attach it myself. The DW will probably start getting upset with me and my resistance to have the dealer fix this stuff.
  13. Found The Coach

    We have the factory warranty for another 10 months. We also have a secondary warranty that extends out to 5 years. We have only done one weekend trip. Probably once I get everything finished on the trailer we will take off again. To be honest I'm thinking of just picking a good Walmart about 200 miles away and spending an overnight there. I can get a feel for a little dry camping and battery usage plus burn some more diesel and DEF.
  14. Found The Coach

    Been in the new coach for almost 2 months now. Only made one weekend trip (150 miles) so far. Overall the workmanship and quality of this Newmar has not disappointed me. Not that there haven't been a few minor issues but I was expecting that due to the fact it was a new RV. So far I have been able to avoid taking it back to North Trail. The five minor issues have been: 1) washer malfunctioned after just a few loads. Factory tech did house call and it worked fine. He claimed it was "user error". 2) chrome trim piece came off above left headlamp. Thick 2"x14" piece of chromed metal was never formed correctly. I cleaned all the old 3m tape off, formed it correctly, and re-installed. 3) this week started getting small amount of water from under shower pan. Finally determined it was from defective silicone job when installing waterless trap. I removed old silicone and replaced with new, problem solved. 4) entrance door has to be slammed really hard to close tight. I have made a couple minor adjustments and am still working on this issue. This could be the one adjustment that forces me to take it back to North Trail. Haven't given up yet though. 5) equipped with 3 door frig (bottom freezer). Noticed some minor ice build up under the freezer compartment. Got it removed and waiting to see if it comes back. Could have been there since delivery, or we could have a bad freezer seal, waiting to see if we will need a Whirlpool factory tech to pay us a visit. Even though I am less than 10 miles from North Trail (selling dealer) I refuse to keep making appointments and taking the coach in for stuff that I can fix myself. Since we are full time and will be traveling constantly after leaving Florida I certainly don't want to be always searching for a Newmar dealership to fix small stuff or make adjustments. So far there is absolutely no "buyers remorse" here! We love our Ventana.
  15. Everglades NP visit

    Not sure if you are staying in the everglades area of not. Obviously you need to do an airboat ride while in that area. There are tons of vendors to pick from. Not much in Everglade City and they are still recovering from Irma. I ride my Harley from Ft. Myers down to that area about every two months. Usually run Rt. 41 all the way across to Café 27, which is outside of Miami. I make numerous stops along the wide grassy areas on Rt. 41 down there to walk the sides of the canal and look at gators. My goal is to get a good photo of a really big one. So far the biggest one I have a photo of is about 15' tip to tip.
  16. Diesel Fuel For COLD Conditions

    Having a diesel work truck back in Illinois (2012 to 2014) most stations started having a winter blend. I still added Diesel Kleen with every fill up during the winter. Never had a fuel gel issue on the F350.
  17. Our RVing Story

    We are really Newbees! Raising 6 kids and working crazy hours we never got into camping or RVing. As soon as we were Empty Nesters we began our nautical adventure, working up to ownership of our 40' twin diesel motor yacht (well used). Since it was docked up north we only lived on it full time during the summer, but we began to make our plans for retirement. Plan was to live aboard and travel full time upon retirement. As we approached retirement though we got cold feet and began looking at RVs. Bought our first fiver a week before the house sold and after closing went full time. After a couple years decided to buy a home in Florida. Missed the full timing RV lifestyle so we recently sold that house and are now back full timing but in a coach. We are locked in to this full time adventure until our health makes us stop.
  18. I totally agree that you have probably done enough. I guess the only thing I would worry about is what if the good old weatherman misses their predicted target temps?
  19. Water Pump Inoperative

    Blake is correct. If you are saying the fresh water pump isn't coming on while you are hooked up to a city fixture then you need to turn the water off coming from the CG feed and then try the pump by opening a faucet. Also, depending on how your system is set up you may need to move a valve in the water compartment to switch from city/CG water to coach water tank.
  20. Currently we are full time with a HD TG plus a car. We tow them in an enclosed trailer. The first time we sold a home and went full time I sold my Harley (white Wide Glide) because we bought a fiver. Then we ended up buying another home but this time in Florida. We switched to a gas coach and traveled during the summer pulling an open trailer and only our HD Ultra Classic, no car. Last year we traded for the HD TG and towed it all over out west for the summer. I am almost finished getting my enclosed set up. I have all the Gladiator cabinets installed plus the wiring in. The chock is mounted and all tie downs are now in place. I installed my window in the side last week. I still have to build a small work bench in the front V and it will be finished. I am doing my first oil change on the Harley in my new "garage" this week.
  21. Check Out Our New Verizon MIFI Benefit!

    Happy New Year to you and your family Carl. After the autopay and military vet discounts my Verizon Unlimited plan for 3 devices will go up only about $50,00 a month. We were on the medium plan (4gigs a month). We did drop my Mom's phone which let it go down another $20 or so. If we would have kept her phone it would have been about a $75 a month increase because we would have had 4 devices (3 phones and the MiFi). We don't stream movies or anything like that. We surf the internet and the DW is on facebook a lot. With our old plan we were having a very hard time staying at 4 gigs a month unless we were in a CG with good wifi.
  22. Check Out Our New Verizon MIFI Benefit!

    The CG we are in is finally getting full of snowbirds, so the "free" wifi is now so slow you would have to spend half the morning in front of your device just to check your emails. Considered the new and improved FMCA Verizon deal but just couldn't force myself to add 2 more years of FMCA membership onto the cost of getting the unlimited plan. Stopped in the local Verizon corporate store and had our old MiFi with us. They switched us to the Unlimited plan, activated our MiFi, gave us a new discount for autopay, another new discount for being a vet, and we were done. The whole process took about 15 minutes. Easy peasy, no phone calls and emails back and forth. They explained that each of our devices get 15 gigs but then could be throttled down to 3g speed after that. However, depending on the demand in your area you may keep getting the higher speeds no matter what. She said it was different depending on what part of the country you are in.
  23. Newmar Comfort Drive

    I won't comment on TDconsult's posting. The first couple of sentences are the only part that has anything to do with the original OP's question. Everything else has to do with him having bad luck after buying a used coach, which maybe he should share in a new thread. To the original OP, we recently went through a lot of searching for a DP. We wanted one with a tag and one of our major concerns was drivability in all types of conditions. After having a 38' gas coach I was tired of getting blown all over the highway by every truck that passed me. We drove several brands, both new and used. None of them drove out as good as our Newmar!
  24. OMG.....come on man. "Added 30 quarts without draining what was in there?"
  25. Firearms

    I lived outside of Las Cruces NM back in the early 70's. Used to be able to drive the 50 miles or so to El Paso and cross the border. I could have dinner, shop, and drink in any bar in Juarez, no problem. Not anymore. Between 2010 and a couple years ago we have made several trips out west to include Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, etc..., one of those trips was on a Harley Ultra Classic and all 2 lane roads plus second rate motels. Never felt threatened nor did we witness any crime and on that trip we were all over Arizona. I consider myself very observant and I am probably 100 times more suspicious of folks than the average person, however I have never felt threatened or unsafe traveling out west. I guess it is just different perceptions by different people.