Doug Schneider

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  • in reply to: Look What Followed Us Home… wait this is home #54635
    Doug Schneider
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    Very Cool! I’m sure you will love your new home. :yes:

    in reply to: Show us your Rig #54215
    Doug Schneider
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    Good morning Dale, Yes, I love this truck. I, too have gone the delete and reprogram route but mine came with a new 6.4 at 165K miles. Long story. it’s an 09 as well and about to hit 200K miles but still in good shape.hoping to get a few more years before I replace it. Gotta get some of my money back for the new engine!

    in reply to: Show us your Rig #54210
    Doug Schneider
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    Awesome Rig. I plan on replacing my current F250 with an F350 dually for the same reasons. Stability in towing. The F250 pulls our rig with no problems but I’m at my limits for pin weight. I had the F250 before we bought the new 5er and our previous 5er was much smaller. Thanks for the look!


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    in reply to: New Kids On The Block Saying Hello #54165
    Doug Schneider
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    Welcome. I truly enjoy seeing others enjoy RVing. As we get ready to transition, it’s nice to hear how others are doing. Safe Travels!

    in reply to: Show us your Rig #54153
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    Great rig. Great photo. Older rigs can be such fun.

    in reply to: Best 5th wheel (in your opinion) for full time living? #54028
    Doug Schneider
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    Hey Bruce, I just had this same conversation with a friend looking to buy their first 5er. We too looked at Jayco’s, Keystone Montana’s, and Grand Design Reflections. we did end up with the Sabre and we are still very happy with it. If I ever need to replace it, I will seriously look at the Grand Design. Lot’s of great reviews on product and customer service. Over this past year we have started doing upgrades to help the rig last and provide a better living experience. In my opinion, every rig will need upgrades. We just did disc brakes and will be doing steps and flooring next. This is our rig and we’re trying to make it the best for us.  As I explained to my friend, take your time, make a list of wants and don’t wants to help narrow the search. There will be some things that are not negotiable and others that just don’t make that big of difference. Finally, buy what you like and enjoy it. Kinda like buying a house. You’ll know when the right one fits. have fun!

    in reply to: What's your next RV adventure trip? #53119
    Doug Schneider
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    Hey Steve, We are headed for a long weekend in Scottsdale the middle of October and going to check out Apache Junction. Have some friends that have a home there and they stated there is an RV park connected to their community. We wanted to check it out. AZ is kinda out of our neck of the woods. We seem to head south to Florida but definitely wanting to check out AZ and New Mexico. Safe travels.

    in reply to: Hobbies While Camping #52811
    Doug Schneider
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    Campfire cooking, exploring the areas we travel to, Goodwill Hunting, my wife’s favorite. Biking Rails to Trails if in the area. Just enjoying being out and getting ready for the day when it’s full time.


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    in reply to: Favorite Happy Hour Munchies? #52205
    Doug Schneider
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    Laurie and I like glass of Michigan wine, we even take bottles with us when we travel, or a local micro brew along with cheese and sausage. Pork rinds also make it into the rotation once in a while along with popcorn and peanuts. Cheers!

    in reply to: Best 5th wheel (in your opinion) for full time living? #52107
    Doug Schneider
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    We just bought our 2nd fifth wheel, used, back in January and have used it once on our trip down to Florida in April. We were looking for something with more room and looked at a lot of units and settled on one of the Jayco’s. Can’t remember which one though. We were surprised when the dealer we had been talking with sent us info on a Sabre. Never saw one before and it had everything we wanted and at a great price. I think a lot of what you look for has to suit your needs and ability to tow within the limits of your truck. If you have looked at a number of units, you can tell quality if you spend time in them. Another thing that I can add is that with the cost of these units, buying used is a great way to go in a 2 or 3 year old unit. You can save at least 30 to 50% off new. I would definitely add an extended warranty which even for the cost takes the fear out of buying used. We had one issue with the rear stabilizer motor failing on the way home from Florida and the repair was a $500 bill but with the warranty it cost only $50. We love our rig and look forward to many years in it as we get ready to retire and start traveling more. Enjoy the hunt and don’t get too hung up on which unit may be better. It’s your money and spend it on what you want and need. Happy Trails, Doug

    in reply to: What's your next RV adventure trip? #51624
    Doug Schneider
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    Those all sound like great trips! Stephan, are you going to around Superior or do you have a destination. I’ve been to Wawa many times for fishing trips and when I was a kid, in 1967,  went on a fishing trip up to Geraldton with my grandfather. A wild crazy trip towing a trailer but the fishing was fantastic for a kid! Kim and Michelle, we just came thru Alabama on our way back from Florida and I65 is a great drive. Michigna is great and we love exploring all of it. Have you found any great camping spots other than the State parks? LolaandRush, those are some serious miles! Haven’t done the RV thing in Canada yet but been to Soldotna a few times driving from Anchorage to Homer. Done mission work out of Homer and the flight service is based in Soldotna. Have great trips and maybe will hear more about your adventures.

    in reply to: Electrical problems #51151
    Doug Schneider
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    Thanks all, The dealer went thru everything and assured me that everything was working fine. I’m again thankful that it wasn’t much worse. We now can close this chapter and move on! Blessings to you all! :bye:

    in reply to: Electrical problems #51132
    Doug Schneider
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    I have to admit that even though this is my second 5er, why I didn’t think about what I was trying to do  in turning everything on just to make sure everything worked and overloaded the circuit. The breaker was working just fine in tripping because I was overloading the circuit. The “toasty” one in the middle was the circuit for the micro, the top one that was starting to show signs of melting was the fireplace, and the other is  the general 110 outlets in the slide. The micro one is actually so burnt that it crumbled. I thank God that I didn’t catch the rig on fire.  Fortunately a small price to pay for what could have been so much worse. The 5er is back home and getting ready for the shakedown if it warms up. 🙁


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    in reply to: Electrical problems #51074
    Doug Schneider
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    Yeah, scratched my head over that but electrical can get weird at times. But moving forward just making sure all is good. Can’t wait to get her home and packed. Need some getting acquainted time. :Winking:

    in reply to: Electrical problems #51068
    Doug Schneider
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    Well. I ended up taking the 5er back to the dealership on Friday morning after checking all I could and explained it all to the dealer. They checked it all out and called me this morning to let me know that it was all set and ready to go. The problem was a melted connector in the junction box. Apparently when I brought the unit home and plugged it in, I made the mistake of turning on the lights, furnace, and fireplace. It was 30 degrees in the unit! I was plugged into a 20amp circuit in the barn running thru the 10/3, 15amp extension cord. The converter draws 7 to 10 amps when all the lights are on and the furnace draws a few to run the fan. But the fireplace draws 15amps and so when I turned on the micro, the circuit overheated instead of tripping and melted the connector. Hmmm. It should have tripped the main with that much of an overload. But the micro circuit kept tripping. Hopefully all is well and they checked everything out and I learned a big lesson that really could have been devastating. When at home and plugged in, lights and fridge only. I’m going back to the dealer on Saturday to bring it home and get ready for our shakedown cruise. Thank you all for your encouragement as I walked thru this . Hopefully not again real soon. Take Care

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