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 on: July 24, 2014, 10:45:14 pm 
Started by Bruce and Sharon - Last post by Bruce and Sharon
Here are three private RV parks located near the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park:
Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort
Smithwoods RV Park
Cotillion Gardens RV Park

We are in the first one on the list and are happy here.  It's the closest to the State Park entrance and to the town of Felton, but the others are close also.  All three of the parks generally get high marks in the RV Park Reviews that we've read.  Most of the sites in each are small and close together, but we've not found that to be a problem.  Our park has no swimming pool, but that is fine with us.

The only things that we would change are really unimportant and apply to all three of the parks:
Our satellite TV is blocked in almost all sites due to the tall redwoods (but we come here to be among the trees!), and
Wifi is sometimes iffy because the park is full of people with devices that overwhelm the system (but we can connect to the Internet if really necessary with our Verizon phone plan).

Please let us know if you have any specific questions about this area.

--Bruce and Sharon

 on: July 24, 2014, 09:49:41 pm 
Started by ragoodsp - Last post by ragoodsp
Update....Ford service dept. took the rig out on the highway and found the vehicle does in fact have a serious vibration.  On the lift they observed the off center driveline  and the sharp angle of the final shaft into the differential.  I have forwarded all of Skipper's research and exp. and Kermit's excellent input.  They have kept the vehicle to do some research themselves to see what their approach might be?  Nothing has been said as to who's responsibility the fix will be....will keep you posted.  Vehicle has 7000 miles on it.  Vibration does appear to be getting worse.  thanks

 on: July 24, 2014, 09:33:46 pm 
Started by Pax - Last post by Bruce and Sharon
It is the left front jack that tends to hang up when extending the jacks on our PC.  The tech said that the cause is usually some paint or mud that binds the jack.  I asked about some lubrication as the owner's manual says no maintenance is normally required except regular WD-40 could be sprayed on the cylinders.  He said that some other lubricant could be used on the springs and the pivot arm.

The tech did say that something else could be causing the problem and that it could be covered by warranty.  So, it might be good to notify HWH of any continuing problem before the end of the warranty period.

I plan to spray on some Break Free CLP on the springs and pivot arm points when I get to a place where I can get under the rig with body and eye protection.


 on: July 24, 2014, 03:05:28 pm 
Started by Pax - Last post by bhgareau
We have experienced the same issue at various times with each of the four units at various times. We noted that it tended to happen after long trips or when the undercarriage was exposed to particularly dusty/muddy/dirty conditions. After talking to technicians we do our best to keep the units relatively clean and regularly use WD40 to lubricate the springs. This seems to keep incidents of hesitation to a minimum.

 on: July 24, 2014, 12:07:55 pm 
Started by Pax - Last post by Pax
Bruce:  Thanks...that eliminates the need to do the manual thing.  Did the tech give you a reason why this happens, or whether it will magically fix itself?  Seems like a systemic thing, given we have the issue on the same leveler.   I'll probably spend some time looking over the schematics and do some investigation.  If nothing else, I'll have a better understanding of how they actually work.  I'll let you know if I find anything interesting.

   - Mike

 on: July 24, 2014, 11:34:24 am 
Started by Pax - Last post by Bruce and Sharon
I talked about this issue with a tech at HWH last week.  He suggested that I keep pushing on the front extend button until one front leveler touches the ground.  At that point the other leveler should start to extend.  That worked for use when we arrived here in the Santa Cruz mountains.

 on: July 24, 2014, 11:27:25 am 
Started by TomHanlon - Last post by TomHanlon
I am talking about the 8 1/2 high x 3 3/4 wide tri-fold brochure. It is mostly red with white lettering, and two pictures on the front.

I also got the business cards from VistaPrint with the road on them from Kyle.

 on: July 24, 2014, 11:03:20 am 
Started by Pax - Last post by Pax
We've just returned from a long trip, during which we deployed our levelers about 40 times with no problems.  On our last two stops the right front leveler failed to extend initially and had to be manually coaxed into the down position.  Once it was in the down position it operated correctly.  It also stored correctly.  I think Bruce and Sharon reported encountering this problem, with the same leveler, but not sure if anyone else has had this problem and what the solution/outcome was.  Hoping someone has an idea before I start tinkering with it or attempting to contact HWH.

  - Mike

 on: July 24, 2014, 10:36:55 am 
Started by Doneworking - Last post by Pax
We aren't experienced mountain drivers (well, in an RV that is), but did have the opportunity to tackle a few mountains on our recent trip coast to coast.

We have a 2552 and tow a heavy Ford Edge (4500+ lbs), both loaded typically for long trips.  This is the first trip I've used tow/haul mode and only used it when there was either a series of upcoming ascents/descents or one long or steep ascent/descent.  I was impressed by how it functioned, and was especially glad I had it going down a very very steep and windy section coming out of Yellowstone.  Never had much of a problem with long, steep ascents if I was able to get the speed up beforehand. But even when I was 'trapped' behind slow moving big rigs I managed 40 mph at about 4300 rpm.....and sometimes was even able to gain speed and pass other rigs, albeit slowly, while on the grade.  If you are familiar with grades such as between Cheyenne and Laramie on I-80, or going over the Donner Pass on I-80 (either direction), then this is the type of grade I'm referring to.

I am very happy we have tow/haul!

    - Mike

 on: July 24, 2014, 09:40:58 am 
Started by TomHanlon - Last post by aimee
Aimee I am sorry if I offended you in any way. You know I am a big fan off your work and all you do for us on this forum. I know that each part of this country has different taste and still I opened my big mouth.

My concern had to do with all that bright red. It seemed to scream at me. It also seemed to be overly crowed with information.

What I was hoping for was a something about that size but only a front and back card type. It might list the company name, address, phone and contact information with room for me to add my name and if I want contact information. Having some information like "we custionize layouts",and maybe the layouts on the back. Also "Call and see what we can do for you"  would be helpful.

As they say "less is more" and "keep them  asking for more". After all the reason I would give them the card is to get them to call Earl for more infomation. Let him do his magic with them.

Again I hope you can forgive me.

Tom, I'm not offended!  I'm also not sure if you're talking about the cards or the brochure.  The brochure I designed.  The cards I have not seen. They may have just used a pre-designed card from a card company.

No worries!

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