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General Discussion / Re: First Toad Trip
« Last post by Doneworking on Today at 10:09:57 pm »
2 Lucky, you can just name all your toys inside one book.   The title is .............CASH.
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General Discussion / Re: Roadtrek and Hymer gone,
« Last post by Doneworking on Today at 10:06:30 pm »
Lots of discussion of this on the various Class B forums.   The family that built the company sold it to a private investment group after the 2008 financial problems.   That group flipped it to another investment group a few years later.   They ended up selling it to Hymer.  Hymer is a large European manufacturer of motorhomes.   Now, Hymer is selling to Thor and Thor discovered alleged financial irregularities at Roadtrek.   The management installed by Hymer or one of the previous investment groups is reported to have defrauded the company of approximately one hundred billion dollars utilizing false invoices and paying the dough to themselves and family members who apparently have been phantom employees.   

So, several hundred people lose their jobs and Roadtrek is no more.   

We have owned two Roadtreks over the years and both were made back when the original family had ownership.   I always said they were Beechcraft quality (referring to the top of the pile planes made by Beech).   Roadtreks have suffered a decline in quality and an acceleration in price over the last few years in the minds of those that have great love and familiarity of the brand. 

This is just another example of growth, greed, and crime coming together in a once fine family owned company.   
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General Discussion / Re: First Toad Trip
« Last post by donc13 on Today at 07:25:02 pm »
Nope, we currently store our PC at GJ RV storage just East of 29 rd and D 1/2 road.   We'll be moving it up to Adrenaline Driven Adventure Co. (a Polaris Adventure Hub) that is at the old Thrifty Car Rental place on Horizon just North of I-70.   My son is the operations manager and he's going to let us park it in the back of their lot.

Thank you for the information, it is very helpful!  I believe it was Colorado E-Bikes we talked to at the Expo last week!
We'll be sure to check with them.

We just moved to Grand Junction from Loveland last May and absolutely love it here!


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General Discussion / Re: Quality
« Last post by Cropduster on Today at 06:17:18 pm »
Some of you might find this individual's take on quality in the recreational vehicle market to be prophetic and/or humorous.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Qw4LSuejUs

- CD
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General Discussion / Re: First Toad Trip
« Last post by 2 Lucky on Today at 04:08:07 pm »
I do hope your spare tire isn't named, Slash.
When you get caught up, could you tell me more about your E-bikes please.  We looked at them at the Outdoor Expo in GJ last weekend.  I'm more interested in the value to your usage than the tech aspect.  Do you take them on all your trips?  Do you use them around town?  Do you ride the trails?  Would you use the rack on , Flash?  How do you lock them up and do you worry about the battery being stolen?  How often do you use the assist?  I really like the idea and I understand they are pricey.  I just want to be sure that we would use them enough to justify the cost.  Let's just say my knees haven't been 18 for many years so they are pushing me to do some  investigating.

Good one! I guess I've never named a spare tire (yet.)
The E-bike was a game changer for me. Too many operations and then the knee replacement from hell left me immobilized, then impaired. Still don't walk very far. When I was able to ride a bike again, it was not for much distance. My first e-bike allowed me to not always be worried about making it home.  Now I ride from Redlands down to Sprouts for groceries and fill the saddle bags, it's all uphill on the way home, no issue. 12 miles total. I've riden the Monument loop, 33 miles. You can use as much assist as you like, or none at all. The range is much further than my butt cares to be in the saddle. They go everywhere with us and are used everywhere we go. We're still trying to hone our skills (and courage) for the trails here (no more pain, please!)

My first one was a townie bike with a hub motor, not the best arrangement. My wife could not keep up so she got the Haibike cross bike, and then I couldn't keep up with her...had to buy a Haibike too. The crank mount motor is far superior to the hub motor, which seems to have a dragging effect when coasting. The old bike had to be pedaled downhill while she passed me just coasting.  You get what you pay for.

You will need a suitable bike rack, and as good a lock as you can find. And insurance. The batteries lock to the bike, but we remove them and the seats when traveling. The rack is a Hollywood, 2" receiver goes on Flash or the Subaru as needed
Our old townie bikes and mountain bikes are never used anymore. Go see Scotty at Colorado E-Bikes and tell him his old nail-pounding Bro, Doug, sent you.

Is that your PC that was parked at Rimrock's  storage lot over by the car wash?

Dougn
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General Discussion / Re: winterizing omission?
« Last post by 2 Lucky on Today at 03:34:01 pm »
The inlet fitting includes an integral check-valve which is supposed to keep water from running back out the inlet. Since this connects to the waste tanks, the check-valve is a safety measure to prevent contamination of your filler hose. Perhaps your check valve is stuck open now. This could explain why you didn't notice this last year. If so, you should consider replacing the inlet fitting. I had to do this last year. Replacement part cost about $30 and was easy to install.

But of course none of this answers your question. If the check valve is doing its job, it seems to me that the water remaining in the flush lines could freeze and bust the pipes. But I've never heard of this happening. I wonder why.

John

I won't worry about a back-flow check valve, since I attach the garden hose and turn it on, then turn on the tank spray valves, then turn off the tank spray valves, then turn off the hose bib. No way tank water gets anywhere near the garden hose. And at least the lines can drain somewhat without a check valve.  I didn't even think of those lines last year and they did not do any freeze damage, probably because the lines are a flexible hose, but what about the fittings?
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General Discussion / Re: First Toad Trip
« Last post by donc13 on Today at 03:17:59 pm »
I do hope your spare tire isn't named, Slash.
When you get caught up, could you tell me more about your E-bikes please.  We looked at them at the Outdoor Expo in GJ last weekend.  I'm more interested in the value to your usage than the tech aspect.  Do you take them on all your trips?  Do you use them around town?  Do you ride the trails?  Would you use the rack on , Flash?  How do you lock them up and do you worry about the battery being stolen?  How often do you use the assist?  I really like the idea and I understand they are pricey.  I just want to be sure that we would use them enough to justify the cost.  Let's just say my knees haven't been 18 for many years so they are pushing me to do some  investigating.
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General Discussion / Re: winterizing omission?
« Last post by The McDucks on Today at 02:50:00 pm »
The inlet fitting includes an integral check-valve which is supposed to keep water from running back out the inlet. Since this connects to the waste tanks, the check-valve is a safety measure to prevent contamination of your filler hose. Perhaps your check valve is stuck open now. This could explain why you didn't notice this last year. If so, you should consider replacing the inlet fitting. I had to do this last year. Replacement part cost about $30 and was easy to install.

But of course none of this answers your question. If the check valve is doing its job, it seems to me that the water remaining in the flush lines could freeze and bust the pipes. But I've never heard of this happening. I wonder why.

John
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Tips and Tricks / Re: Battery Maintenance while boondocking
« Last post by 2 Frazzled on Today at 02:30:56 pm »
Will post more when back on grid but so far so good. First two days cloudy and drizzle but batteries held, no drop. We were on minimum electric use as first concern was fridge. Third day full sun, batteries topped off by 10:00am. Recharged devices, used computer for hours, batteries stayed at 100%. Moved to less ideal site, having trouble placing panel but still maintaining. Will look into longer cord. More later but loving it now. Over a week and haven't turned on generator. Unfortunately get to listen to other campers running them twelve hours a day. Arggggggg!

Big Bend is awesome!
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