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  1. Saw that on an episode of Orange County Choppers back in the day....it looked dangerous but intriguing.
  2. Figured I should update with the 2 weekend trips under our belts. While I have a CDL and love driving trucks, and how much I loved 5th wheel towing and the power of the dually and driving the 2 Super Duty trucks we had, everything about our traveling has changed. There is absolutely no comparison to having the party start once you pull out of the driveway! No more waiting for the relief of the weekend until you arrive, its happening as soon as we shut the garage door. Got stuck in an hour long traffic jam. My wife made food and I cranked up the Sirius radio through my phone app and we had a great time. I truly can't believe how much easier the motorhome is to travel in with no bathroom breaks necessary and to have the ability to get snacks and to pet the dogs or whatever. I don't have to move the dogs back and forth, or the kennel in and out of the truck. My wife no longer has to pack road snacks and coolers, or move pillows and blankets The dogs can get comfy on the floor anywhere. Setting up camp is backing in, hitting the auto level and putting out the usual gear. Leaving is just as easy, crank it and go. The ride is no contest better than the truck and 5th wheel. All of the bumps I used to picture the wheel breaking off the camper is soaked up with ease by the motorhome, even thought it's a leaf spring coach. Also, g rated tires on 22.5 wheels definitely eased the blowout gear from the trailer (though that can happen to any vehicle) I did the "Cheap Handling Fix" with the sway bars and it drives so much better than the way home from Georgia. One hand steering now. The views are unbelievable with the huge windshield. When we came through Wytheville, VA on the way home it was like watching a movie with the mountains rolling ahead and we saw a fully grown pumpkin farm in the morning mist, truly a new sight we hadn't ever seen on a route we've driven a dozen times. Fuel mileage is back to exactly what it was with the 2008 v10 we used to tow with, but the difference is now I drive an f150 that gets 8 mpg better when going to work. Insurance for the truck went down 200 a year, the 5th wheel was 100 a year and the motorhome is 500, so it is costing about 200 a year more for insurance. Travel time is definitely reduced with an 80 gallon tank and limited need for stops. Never say never, but I'm not sure we could go back to towing.
  3. I think there may not be an easier site than 407, you basically back straight in. And the site is huge, possibly has its own zip code.
  4. Were going to try Davenport KOA this December. Also rode through theme world rv next door, seemed about the same.
  5. Ok, Whos' keeping a log on repairs? First issue...vac flush toilet. someone replaced it with a gravity unit because they are 1/3 price. Need a dometic 5006 replacement, and only 2 distributors in US sell them on-line. $600 so far.
  6. If definitely doesn't fit in the garage! Thanks and we can't wait.
  7. Well, "Penny" is home! Landed in JAX Saturday at noon, took an uber to St. Mary's, Ga and did the deal. Took off about 2, yesterday and got home noon today. Initially made it 30 miles and thought it was hard to keep rolling. Found 70 psi in all 6 tires, got them up aired up to 90 and major improvement. Drove another few miles and started hearing knocking on the roof. Climbed up and found Spanish moss had gathered on the satellite cable wires and was making them slap on the roof. Otherwise smooth trip home! Got if from an owner who had a divorce situation and needed out if it. Made a deal for about 15k under current values. Needs minor TLC in a few things but is in overall great shape. My wife LOVES it. She relaxed, got drinks, read at the dinette, used the bathroom and took a nap or two in the recliner co pilot chair. Initially I missed the speed of the 6.7 dually but quickly made up for it by not stopping every 2 hours (or less) for her and with 500 miles of range (estimate) we only made 2 stops other than sleeping. Definitely a huge increase in comfort and travel time that wasn't initially apparent that I am very surprised at. The strangest thing was sleeping in a Cracker Barrel last night and not ever getting out of the vehicle. Turned off the engine, cranked the generator for some ac and went to bed. In the morning I got up, washed up and took off. Very strange feeling not having to do extra chores or pack lunches and cooler for the truck. As someone else said, I felt much less tired from not having to watch the trailer all the time and the ride was so much better....no jerking, bouncing etc. There was some wind sway in GA, it was very windy yesterday afternoon on the way up but calmed down later in the evening. I've read about something called the "cheap handling fix" that I'm going to try before I buy anything. On another note, I initially felt very venerable for some reason. The MoHo has 22.5 wheels and no spare and if it stops needs a big tow truck. Something to think about moving forward. Time will tell, but so far really liking it!
  8. In Atlanta airport on way to Jax now. So we'll know in a few hours!
  9. Ok.....picking up a 2013 Bounder 35k in Jacksonville on Saturday! Got a real good deal on it as long as it's as advertised. I also have a line on 2 other coaches that are at amazing prices from private owners if anyone else is looking. The Reflection sold in about 10 minutes even with the R Title....guess I should have asked from more! All in all its about an even swap with the 5th wheel and selling my dually. Now looking to see if we should flat tow the wife's Edge or get an F150. It did cross my mind to sneak to the Fort for one night but that may be asking for trouble with a rig we dont know. If it all pans out I'll update. Thanks for everyone's opinions.
  10. 5000 lbs of towing, edge is 4000, f150 is 4600. I'd be getting close.
  11. I wonder if the v10 could pull an f150. Otherwise my wife has a Ford Edge and we thought about getting a cricket golf cart someday. I could get a full size gas cart if I could pull the 150.
  12. That's where I would be with my dually. Is it a bummer to see the Moho engine and tranny sit so much? I like the 5th wheel because I know the truck in and out and can tell when it needs attention because I drive it every day. Something about jumping in something that sat for 3 months and driving 1000 miles just seems scary.
  13. All good points. We'd be looking at a gasser with a v10 (had a truck with one and loved it) So far mainly been looking at Forest River Georgetowns in a 377, 378 floorplan but I'll need to go back a few years to make it doable. I wish I could find one with an outdoor kitchen, I love that feature on my Reflection. I guess I'll know it when I see it.
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