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  1. I have no experience with the Tiffin Red, but assume that it is similar to other Freightliner chassis that I have had, i.e., a 2014 34 Winne Forza, 2018 New Aire 3343 and now a 2020 New Aire 3545. (I have a 12' height limitation to get under my house for storage.) They all rode down the highway about the same. The Comfort Steer on the New Aire is very nice, as is the adaptive cruise control. The big difference with the New Aire is the 60 degree wheel cut, which makes it very easy to maneuver in tight spots like gas stations, parking lots and even some campgrounds without having to drop the toad. My big reason for moving from the 3343 to the 3545 was the 43 had a very narrow space to get back to the john with the slide outs closed, doable but tight. The other was the power. I was tired of pulling out onto the highway and waiting forever to get up to speed. I clocked the 3343 on level ground pulling a Grand Cherokee at 0-60 in 73 seconds. The 3545 does it in 32 seconds, still not a speed demon, but much more comfortable entering an expressway and I can actually pass a slow moving truck on a hill. The 45 model also has almost 2 feet of open space going back to the john with the slides in. Is it worth it? That is something only you can answer. For me it was.
  2. I faced the same issue with a New Aire that I had to store for two months in a barn with no power. Even with the battery disconnect switches turned off, there is still a draw on the batteries from all of the residual electronics in the coach that are still powered on. The only way to store the coach without having power is to physically disconnect the leads from the batteries terminals, both for the house and chassis. I did that and after 2 months the batteries were still at 12.6 volts when I returened. AGM batteries store very well with no load on them. A concern I had was what would the electronics do after the power was restored. I found that they all fired up perfectly with no memory loss for any of the setting that I had changed prior to the disconnect. If you didn't want to go through the trouble of disconnecting the batteries and had reliable power for a small battery charger, I would think an alternative would be to plug the coach into that power using a 15 amp adapter and set your coach imput on the Silver Leaf down to 15 amps. That should allow you to maintain the charge on all batteries with everything shut off. If there is a Wi-Fi available, you could monitor the battery status on the coach with Rozie. You would have to have someone available to re-store the electric connection in the event of a power failure. If no one was available to do that it would not do you a lot of good to monitor the coach and just be able to watch the batteries die. Safest bet is to disconnect the batteries; four nuts on the house side and two on the chassis, less than 20 minutues time.
  3. If your motorhome is registered and insured in Florida, your comprehensive insurance will cover a windshield replacement with no deductible. Call your insurance company for their recommendation.
  4. We had a 2008 Jeep Wrangler JK that we used to tow. We never had a problem towing it, but did experience the "death wobble" twice while driving. It happened around 45 MPH and was violent enough that it could have shaken the whole coach. There is a fix for it and if you are driving a Wrangler would highly recommend that you have it looked at. It only happened twice in 40K miles, but there is a reason it is called the "Death Wobble".
  5. Deb, We have traveled to Glacier a couple of times and don't remember any really steep climbs. I don't think that you will have any trouble on any route you take north off I 90. The Going to the Sun Road will be limited to only your toad, and we highly recommend the drive. Don't know what time frame that you are working on, so it is difficult to recommend things to see or do. We have also taken our coach up to Waterford and Banff and would highly recommend Lake Louise and the rest of the Ice Fields Parkway if time permits. Good luck and have a good time. Mike
  6. I have owned and towed Wranglers for over 20 years, with both standard and automatic transmissions. Neither have ever been a problem towing. When I was younger, I liked the sportiness of the standard tranny. As I got older, I appreciate the ease of the automatic. Your decision should be on what type of transmission you want to drive, as they both work the same for towing.
  7. This would indeed be a shocking and revolting story, if it wasn't so common in the RV industry. Let's hope that it soon changes, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
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