Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Adsense Payday!!

As you may have noticed there are ads all over the place in my posts which I am not allowed to ask people to click on, you have to want to click on them.  However I do get commission from them and today I received my first cheque in the mail.  

This will be going to a good cause.

Tomorrow.... back to travel trailer / motorhome posting.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Motor-homes 101 - Class 1

So I spent a couple of days doing some motor-home research.  It's hard to find good websites related to motor-homes for some reason.  One thing I have come to realize, buying a motor-home is an expensive proposition.  First you have the up front cost, then you have to insure it (not sure what the cost is but it will be more than a car), maintain it, clean all the tanks and make sure the windows are properly sealed every year.... and then you have to fill the thing with gas and pay camp-site fees if you want to travel anywhere.

A relatively small new Class C off the lot motor-home will run you close to $100,000 after tax and all fees.  So that brings me to me first fact finding mission..... what is the difference between a class A, B or C motor-home.  I would try and explain it all myself but there are a few websites that do an admirable job:

Different motorhome types offer huge variety and price ranges. Classes of motorhomes labeled A, B and C. Diesel and gas. Let's break it down.

Class A: Largest Motorhomes

Class A Type of MotorhomeClass A's are built on a specially-constructed chassis designed for motorhomes. Lengths range from 26 - 45 feet. Slideouts are common. 
Pushing a button makes part of the room slide out, and voila!, you have more space. Newer models have as many as 4 slides. The "home" part of the motorhome includes its own heating, air conditioning, electric system, propane supply, and water tanks (fresh water, grey water, black water).

Accommodations include all the essentials - kitchen with microwave/oven, fridge, cooktop, dining area, living area, bedroom and bathroom. Washer/dryer may be standard or an option (or you can use the space otherwise - based on your lifestyle). It's pretty standard to have a VCR and two TVs (living and bedroom). Flat screen LCD TVs are becoming common at the high end of the spectrum.

The further you go up in price, the more bells and whistles - hydraulic leveling systems, electric awnings, heated ceramic tile floors, dishwashers, trash compactors, automatic sunscreens, GPS, and so on.

Class A motorhome types include gas or diesel-powered. The diesel varieties are generally more expensive than gas, and are called diesel pushers - meaning the diesel engine is in the back of the motorhome (diesel pullers described below).

At the most luxurious end of the range, Class A motorcoaches are called highliners. And at the top of the heap, and some would argue in a class by themselves, are totally custom coaches like the Prevost. Suffice it to say that there is a wide array of choices, floor plans, and interiors ranging from practical to luxurious - with corresponding price tags from $60,000 to over $600,000 to the millions of dollars.

Bottom line: The Class A motorhome type offers the motorhomeconvenience of being able to access your living space while on the road. Lots of choices for features and interiors, and good basement storage. A favorite with fulltimers who move around a lot (with fifth-wheels being another fulltimer favorite). More about Class A motorhome types...

Class B: Camper Vans or Van Conversions

Class B's are built on a van chassis with an elevated roof, so you can stand up inside. Lengths range from 17- 19 feet.

Accommodations are tucked inside - usually cooking facilities, sink, small fridge, convertible bed/dinette, toilet, fresh water and waste water tanks, and electric outlets. Interior space can be limited, so these are not for large groups or extended living. But they are workable for a couple, and for overnight stays or camping trips.

One of our readers (a couple who spends 3-6 months at a time in their class B), has observed that when they pull into a campground, they have many people interested in their Class B, and hear comments like "with less space, you have everything one needs and great gas milage (22-25mpg diesel)".

There is growing variety in designs and models of this motorhome type. Prices range from $40,000 - $100,000.

Bottom line: The Class B motorhome type offers versatility and fuel economy. They can easily maneuver around town and tight rural spaces, serve as a second family vehicle, and can be used for light towing.

Class C: Mini-Motorhomes

Class C's are built on a regular automotive chassis with both driver and passenger side doors. Lengths range from 22-35 feet. In addition to a regular bed, they usually have a bed over the cab (hence they are sometimes called a "cab-over" motorhome). 

Slide-outs are common these days, extending the living space. These tend to be scaled down versions of a class A.

The home has its own heating, air-conditioning, plumbing and electrical systems. And typical accommodations include kitchen with microwave/oven, fridge, cooktop, dining area, living area, bedroom, bathroom, washer/dryer, VCR, TVs, etc. Optional features vary by manufacturer and model. Prices for a Class C range from $50,000 to $150,000.

Bottom line: The Class C motorhome type offers smaller sizes and price tags often attractive to new and/or budget-minded RVers. Its cab-over bed extends sleeping quarters for families. And it has the motorhomeconvenience of being able to access your living space while on the road.More about Class C Motorhomes...

Diesel Pullers:

These motorhome types have a diesel engine up front, in a truck-like cab with driver and passenger side doors. The diesel puller looks more like a truck, while the dieselpusher looks more like a bus.

There is a lot of variation in this new form of RV. Numerous manufacturers offer an assortment of choices ranging from a 16-foot Class B van-type to a huge 45-foot Class C motorcoach.

Bottom line: Another example of the constantly changing RV world, from which you can create your RV lifestyle.

Your best bets to learn about motorhome types, or narrow down what's right for you? Visit the RV shows and some local dealers. Explore manufacturer and dealer websites to check out different models and classes of motorhomes. You have to see these things.

Friday, July 27, 2012


I'm struggling for material.... it's the middle of summer, so I think I am going to start some motor-home posts.  Motor-homes is a really interesting topic because it is so hard to find really good info on them.  Unlike cars you can't just go to a website and build your own.  Its a very covert type of operation.  But one things for sure..... used ones are the way to go, as long as you get them checked out of course.  There seems to be lots of people who buy them, hardly use them and then try to unload them.

Like they say there are two wonderful motor-home ownership moments:

1) When you buy your motor-home
2) When you sell your motor-home

Stay tuned for some posts on this topic!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I need to post!

Not much new material these days so I figure I'd post this article I found about removing clear coat scratches.... I would be very leery about using sandpaper on my car but it seems to work!!


Friday, July 6, 2012

Hyundai - Great Deals for July 2012!

Hyundai is surely feeling the heat, with its sales up a modest 2.4 per cent in June, while its Kia sibling brand – and arch-rival – saw sales jump 10 per cent. So along comes a deal on the Sonata midsize car that should not be overlooked: up to $5,000 is cash discounts that can be combined with 2.9 per cent financing for up to 84 months.

That quote comes from the Globe and Mail.  Of course when discounts are being offered you have to watch out for the interest rates creeping up to bridge the gap.  In this case, Hyundai has gone from 0% financing to 2.9% for five years.  But they are offering $4,000 off the GLS model which results in the monthly payment dropping from $530 to $490 ..... over 60 months that adds up.  No matter how you slice it, Hyundai`s are a great deal right now!

Of course there is a reason for that, seriously who would buy a Sonata over a beautiful Kia Optima...

Monday, July 2, 2012

It's about time for a post.

Not much happening in the car area these days but my oldest son now has a job so I am thinking it would be a great project to find him a beater that we could make look nice.  Then I called the insurance company.... $3600 for insurance on anything boring.  Apparently young people crash their cars a LOT.  Now I mean if my car came back slightly damaged I would be upset to say the least so either way is a risky proposition.

Imagine the fun and interesting posts I could have dealing with used car salespeople for a couple of months!!!  If at some point he could no longer afford the insurance we could always sell the car I suppose.  The invaluable lessons in car buying my kids could learn.

Sounds like fun to me.

By the way.... I still love my optima.