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I joined iRV2 after much reluctance in Sept 2014 for the Monaco group. I wanted to have a link for tips for my unit but found very little. I tried posting in the general forum and follow a few threads and found that if you don't agree with a few there that there will be so many personal attacks until the thread is closed. Not such a way so no one will see it anymore but only so no one can post in that thread. It got so bad that I asked a monitor to remove my subscription, profile and all posting. As of today they only removed my subscription.

I'm looking for another Monaco site as the HR site don't look like it offer much. Does anyone know one to recommend that is FMCA approved?

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Ray,

Sorry to hear about your experience in iRV2 forums. I have found that the same folks reply with welcomes and smiley faces, but not much information offered. Let us all know if you find an H/R forum that is useful.

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I joined the IRV2 forum for help with my Pace Arrow, WH chassis and 8.1 GM Vortec engine issues - can't say enough about very positive comments and help that I received over the years --

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Don't feel that you have been singled out, Ray.

I went so far as to suggest a solution, on irv2, to a Newmar owner having an electrical problem. What I didn't know, in my ignorance, was that ordinary rules regarding electricity do not apply to Newmar coaches!!

I received a PM from a Newmar club member pretty much cutting me a "new one" and telling me I didn't know s*** so because I am not a Newmar owner.

Sure left a bad taste!! And I used to think all Newmar owners were such nice people.

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I've found irv2 to be hit or miss. The general forum for Class A isn't worthwhile IMO, but I've had good luck with the Country Coach sub forum.

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I decided to quit that forum for so many are so judgmental. I'm looking at a site recommended by HR. Nitehawk what you experienced is much of what I'm talking about. Carl the iRV2 Monaco group isn't the area I had trouble with but very little help.

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I'm not pointing the finger at any one indivdual when I say this, but attitude begets attitude. I have not had a problem on any forum I have been on. Sometimes though it is best to hold the fingers off the keyboard instead of answering a post or thread....oops, like this one.

I have had reports on campgrounds where office personnel or hosts had a bad attitude, yet when I was there before or after there was never an attitude problem.

Just saying that sometimes it is very difficult to see the facial expressions behind a written word, and they can be taken in the wrong way. :)

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Ray, I have looked through a few posts on irv and noticed the same thing. I'm am sorry to hear you were a target on that site. I joined Holiday Rambler/Monaco club. I have had little opportunity to look through the web site but the do have a forum section and a service manual section also.
Joe

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Thanks for the warning about RV.net Allegiance40x. I belong to Good Sams club and roadside assistance but didn't have a nerve to post in their forum. Joe do you have a link to the Holiday Rambler/Monaco Club? The service manual section sure sounds better than my owners manual.

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Ray, www.hrrvc.org

I have posted on Good Sam in the past, never experienced any problems other than their fourm is difficult to sign in and navigate.

The HR club opens their doors to Monaco owners for rallies and I believe membership as well.

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Odd, I have not had any adverse responses to my technical posts on iRv2 as of this posting. I have had a couple of thanks and when I have posted questions to specific people ie personal notes, have had a 50/50 reply or no reply. This will be interesting going forward. I have enjoyed this forum greatly and had the best response to comments and questions...lucky me no bad ones.

Bill

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I think of the various generic and specific RV forums as useful primarily for newer members and as a social gathering place for longer-term members. I also am an ex-forum member of several forums and have not suffered any downsides from it.

I believe that one should avoid becoming too vested in any forum, the give and takes, or the responses that unfortunately don't come with a "buyer beware" warning.

Written words usually come off harsher than the same words in a face-to-face conversation, and sometimes reflect the current personal emotional issues of the moment. Say what you think, your way, and if it is unacceptable, move on.

A general internet search on a specific subject can often provide an accessible link to the information you need while searching across many forums and other websites. Better may be to focus more of your energies on the education courses and materials out there. But that takes an investment in time and a dedication to relying more on your own research and hands on skills. Mfs also have training courses and there are plenty of youtube videos to train off of. And don't forget the manuals and trouble shooting information in them.

Always remember that a person who is not a professional and is not being paid for their work, may want to be recognized as knowledgeable and important, but much more often than a professional, provide less than useful or less than harmless advice.

Some just don't like it if you disagree with their "experienced" opinions. and the basis or context for some opinions may never surface. Don't assume you can have a vigorous argument without ruffling someones feathers.

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Roger.

We don't argue on this Forum! We try to help others and sometimes we miss, that's human nature!

Why did you join this Forum? Is there something we can help you with?

Carl

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Carl, I think I understand what Roger is driving at, unfortunately that is not what happen at IRV2 forum. I had same question posted here at FMCA and found much better crowd.

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Hello Carl, one question at the end of this post.

I joined the forum some time ago and my first post was for huffypuff, to share my generic multiple forum experiences with him. I understand completely what he has experienced in other forums.

I have plans to be in Kentucky in May 2016 for the RVSEF conference. I will put my wife through their 3 hour driver training that is being offered.

Mostly I'm bringing my wife up to speed as we will soon be shifting into buying mode.

I'm retired from an unrelated service industry. Since my retirement two years ago I earned my Certified RV Electrical Specialist from RVIA and Inspector designation from NRVIA (unrelated to RVIA). I also spent 3 1/2 months at a rental RV dealership getting my hands on experience with gas Class A and Class C entry level rental units...too old to spend 60 hours a day, 6 days a week having fun repairing RVs, but I truly loved it.

(Note: also have taken A/C and other speciality classes from Northampton U and am working on my appliance specialist designation from RVIA as well)

I currently do extended warranty inspections as needed for an extended warranty company.

My wife really likes the 5th wheel floor plans, but after I helped her understand what 5th wheel owners work with vs Class A owners, she now is focusing on us buying a used premium dp (probably a Newmar or Country Coach) since we will be putting on the mileage based on my goal of seeing the U.S, and not sitting long in one place most of the time. (Susan was born in China and it took a bit for her to grasp the RV traveling concept since it is not common in China.)

If we were planning on full-timing or staying for long periods in one spot, we would probably get a 5th, even understanding that the setups and takedowns are faster these days with the new technology and great new 1 ton trucks that are available as daily drivers.

Actually, I need an RV to work on for fun, as long as the owner pays for the parts. If you know anyone out in Northern California that wants to make a friend, let me know?

After I get my MH, it will be "Have tools, will be traveling, happy to help."

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Roger.

I have spent the last hour, re reading all your posts, twice and slow. I now think I understand where your coming from and must say it's a good idea, especially since you seem to get enjoyment out off it. Keep it up!

There are several pros and cons in deciding what type of RV to get. Most important is to keep the DW (Susan) happy! I also would be leaning towards a 5th if I was to stay in a Park for several months at a time (more bang and space for the $$$$)! Less cost in maintenance. A DP has better ride than a gas, but is more expensive to buy and maintain. So it all boils down to what really makes you happy! Also, sometimes I have to duck into a Rest Area to sit out bad weather and I'm high and dry with generator on, while the folks in truck/trailer is stuck in truck or get soaked going to trailer...the same happens often in camp grounds!

If you ever make it to a FMCA Rally, look me up!

Carl

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RodgerS, too bad you live in Northern CA. I have a friend that just purchased a used DP that needs a bunch of work. If you were in South East PA he could keep you real busy. :D But instead he and I will be real busy.

I just started my spring prep on ours. I have a few items to finish; service the AquaHot, chassis, replace both inner rear wheels (picked up two free aluminum that match the others, mine are steel now) remove the 3M nose protector, clean both A/C units, wash and wax it and look deeper into my air bag condition.

I have looked over the IRV2 posts for questions I may have had but I will not go on there and post anything. I have seen many people get verbally torn up. I graduated High School many years ago, no need to go back. :wacko:

As far as helping on here, I am by no means an expert in RV repair or maintenance. I am a CAT, Isuzu, Ford and International Certified Diesel technician (Senior Master with Ford, Master with IHC) ASE Master car, school bus and heavy/Medium truck with L1 and L2 and EVT (Emergency Vehicle Technician) Since RV's tend to need a bunch of maintenance I will tackle them myself, if I get into a situation I am unsure about I ask on here, usually someone has done it them selves and can shed some light on it and I get through it. All of what know on RV's I have learned. We purchased our first motorhome in 08, I bought a fixer upper and through reading I managed to fix the Furnace, HW heater, A/C on the roof, ATS switch, Converter and miscellaneous plumbing and structural issues. So if I can help someone I will, just seem like the right thing to do. Plus there is a lot of good people on here I like to call friends.

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   I have to agree as my experience with IRV2 has been a rather unpleasant one and if you express an opinion lookout! They'll roll your head down the aisles. I have never encountered such an unhappy, unpleasant and disagreeable group as a select few on IRV2. They are small in number but seem to have the control of the moderators. I have encountered 2 of their moderators and find them to be very judgemental, unhelpful and very selective regarding who they come down on and who gets away with murder.

   Forums like that are needed though to help us appreciate this forum and even RV.Net is a cut above IRV2. IRV2 reminds me of a high school clique. 

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I know this is an old thread but I wanted to comment. I have found IRV2 to be excellent in most every way. Very helpful folks there. Sometimes you just need to be able to take the heat. I take it and give it back on occasion but it's no big deal. Great folks on IRV2!

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I have found.....so far anyway that most respond based off of how you ask questions. I have found a few folks on there to be very nice and helpful.

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