LTRVD0403 Selling an RV

Selling an RV

This shortened show is about selling an RV. We received an email asking us about how to sell an RV. She didn’t provide specifics, so I will try to give some tips for selling both motorized RVs and towable rigs.

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What is Your RV Worth?

We talk about some sources of information about the value of used RVs., The best we have found comes from the Facebook group RV Pricing and Values. The Group Owner, David Lester, has a standard product that is “a $30 per RV standard “RV Trade in Value Report” appraisal that shows Wholesale / Trade in Value, ACV (actual cash value) pricing done by a current Buyer at one of the largest RV dealers in the country ready to buy your RV, and suggested sell or buy price range specifically for your RV from professional RV dealer buyers and brokers.”

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Clean it up!

A buyer is looking for a rig in the best possible condition. Make your rig look that way! Clean it up both inside and out. A little elbow grease will go a long way.

LTRVD0402 New RV Technology and Fun Factory Tours

New RV Technology and Fun Factory Tours

This show is about New RV Technology and Fun Factory Tours. John covers information that comes out of the 2017 RVIA show about some new technology that Freightliner is making available on their Diesel chassis offerings. Kathy discusses some interesting and fun factory tours around the US.

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New RV Technology

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. has introduced a package of automotive style technology features that are direct from the automobile industry. The “Road Watch” combines several safety features in one package. It includes Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Roll Stability Control (RSC), Collision mitigation with forward warning and braking, adaptive cruise control (ACC), and automatic traction control (ATC). Some of this technology is being introduced in the Spartan K2 chassis from Spartan Motors as well as the Freightliner offerings.

S2RV Chassis

Freightliner is also now offering the commercial S2 truck chassis as a customized RV chassis called the S2RV. It offers a Cummins ISB diesel engine with 360 horse power and 800 foot pounds of torque. It also has an Allison 3000 automatic transmission and a host of other RV specific features. These include a front and rear air ride chassis, 100-gallon fuel tank, air suspension driver and passenger seats, and Sachs tunes shocks. The S2RV has a GVWR of 29,000 pounds. Owner friendly features include a 3 year, 50,000-mile warranty with towing and roadside assistance and 24/7 factory direct customer support.

Smart Key Fob

How about a smart Key Fob? Another Freightliner innovation has 4 buttons that lock and unlock doors and basement compartments, turn on and off exterior and interior lights and deploys and stows the electric awning.

Fun Factory Tours

Kathy talks about some interesting and fun factory tours from such companies as Airstream in Jackson Center, OH; Woolrich in Woolrich, PA; Coors Brewing Company in Golden, CO; Golden Flame potato chips, Birmingham, AL; Chevrolet Corvette, Bowling Green, KY; Harley Davidson in York, PA; Fender Guitars in Corona, CA; Tabasco Pepper Sauce in Avery Island, LA; Nokona Baseball Gloves in Nokona, TX, and my favorite, Jelly Belly in Fairfield, CA.

LTRVD0401 RVing Arizona

RVing Arizona

RVing Arizona is the working title of our new book I hope to have out by June or July of this year. It will be all about the places RVers go in Arizona to camp and to see and experience. We will also include some of our favorite eating places we have enjoyed during our many visits to Arizona.

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The mail bag

We answer questions about how to get the most from an RV show. John answers a query about using RV furnaces for heating the basement compartments. I try to help a lady who wants to get rid of her troublesome Norcold RV refrigerator and replace it with a household unit. Where do we get service work done on the road away from home? I discuss what shops we use.

Wilcox, AZ

Kathy and I talk about some of our favorite things to see in the Wilcox area. This is the first town of interest on I-10 coming into Arizona from New Mexico. In town are 3 very nice museums. They are the Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum, The Friends of Marty Robbins Museum, and the Chiracahua Regional Museum. These are excellent venues. Just to the west of town is Cochise Lake where sand hill cranes gather by the thousands during their migration to South America. Outside of town to the southeast is the Fort Bowir National Historic Site. Our favorite place in the area is the very beautiful and interesting Chiracahua National Monument.


Southwest of Wilcox is the reconstructed town of Tombstone, the town “Too tough to die.” We discuss some of our observations there during several trips. Our favorite time there is during “Helldorado Days”. Helldorado Days is a festival that began in Tombstone in 1929 and is held every year in October. Helldorado is held every third weekend in October and consists of gunfight re-enactment shows, street entertainment, fashion shows and a family oriented carnival. In addition, come and watch the Annual Helldorado Parade on Sunday at 11am.


We spent a Fall and Winter workamping at a very nice RV park in Benson. It is the Butterfield RV Resort and Observatory. A discussion follows with a little bit about it as well as the observatory shows we saw there. Karchner Caverns State Park, Gammons Gulch, and Fort Huachuca are also discussed.