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Barbboyer 08-14-2019 05:17 AM

When the elderly decide to go rvíing again.
 
Hi everybody,

Richard is 81, Iím 73 and use a walker. Yet, we decided to buy a slightly used (2,800 miles) Thor Vegas, 25.3 because we just canít sit at home and wait to die.

So, we are on our shake down run and itís apparent we need front sway bars, sumo springs, insulation under the dog house, better seats and an extension to fit on the black tank because Richard has arthritis in his hands.

Any suggestions on any of those things?


Thanks in advance. Please answer sooner rather than later... we are at the ages where we donít buy green bananas... however, they did gave us a twenty year loan. Go figure.

RVwithDogs 08-14-2019 10:52 AM

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for the black pipe problem, do you mean something to make it easier to turn the cap? I saw this online which may help , Camco Mfg 39758 Rhinoflex Sewer Fitting Wrench. I have not used on so not sure if it is awkward to use or not.

be happy 08-14-2019 11:03 AM

As for the seats you might check this out; shop4seats.com

Its just me but the sway bar and springs I would wait until you drive it alittle bit more. There is something called "cheap handling fix" CHF that tightens up the sway bars. There are a lot of posts here about it.

JamieGeek 08-14-2019 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by be happy (Post 197779)
As for the seats you might check this out; shop4seats.com

Its just me but the sway bar and springs I would wait until you drive it alittle bit more. There is something called "cheap handling fix" CHF that tightens up the sway bars. There are a lot of posts here about it.

Vegas is on an E-Series (E-350 or E-450) chassis CHF doesn't apply for that coach.

Take the suspension mods one at a time driving a bit in between to see if you even notice the mod: Starting with an alignment (unless you know it has already been aligned), followed by front Sumos, etc.

Bob Denman 08-14-2019 12:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Barbboyer (Post 197773)
...Thanks in advance. Please answer sooner rather than later... we are at the ages where we donít buy green bananas... however, they did gave us a twenty year loan. Go figure.

:D They must know something about you, that your Doctors don't... :rolleyes:
You've already received some pretty darn good advice: I'll just add a hearty "Welcome to the Forum"! :thumb:

Oneilkeys 08-14-2019 12:32 PM

Good advice from Jamie. As far as the insulation is concerned, while it may important from a comfort standpoint, it is not something that you can probable do yourself. The dog house is not easy to remove the first time (at least mine was not) and you have to climb into the engine to put insulation there. Probably very expensive to have a shop do it.

JamieGeek 08-14-2019 12:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Oneilkeys (Post 197792)
Good advice from Jamie. As far as the insulation is concerned, while it may important from a comfort standpoint, it is not something that you can probable do yourself. The dog house is not easy to remove the first time (at least mine was not) and you have to climb into the engine to put insulation there. Probably very expensive to have a shop do it.

They could probably put a blanket or carpet over the top of the doghouse--if it doesn't already have something on it from the previous owner.

revjeffrey 08-14-2019 12:38 PM

Welcome and Congrats!
81 is the New 61... I'm hoping.
I agree take it slow. I would start with A steering wheel alignment, Saf-t-Plus , Sumo's and 4 new shocks. Safe travels Rev.

revjeffrey 08-14-2019 12:41 PM

As for dog house insulation. I would take it to a business that installs custom radios in your area. Would be a piece of cake for them.

Mel556180 08-14-2019 01:31 PM

When the elderly decide to go rvíing again.
 
Heavier sway bars front and rear will help control side-to-side swaying and lean when going through fast sweepers.
IMO, most all heavy vehicles benefit from tighter suspension/body control. You donít want to fight the steering wheel every time a big rig passes you.

Bob Denman 08-14-2019 01:56 PM

Sumo Springs might be even easier to install...

axis earl 08-14-2019 02:06 PM

Handling
 
I can tell you what it took with our 2016 Axis. Alignment/Weighing each corner (for proper tire inflation numbers), SumoSprings in the front, Saf-T-Plus and Koni shocks on all four corners. Made a huge difference. As far as the sewer hook up goes, this rig is one of the least handy for we older folks because it is so low to the ground and the need to pivot the fitting downward. Not much can be done about this particular issue. Drive carefully and enjoy.

Long & Winding road 08-14-2019 03:00 PM

Welcome for the forum. Lots of valuable information here.

Do some searched on the topics mentioned above and you will find lots of treads discussing them.

And dont be afraid to ask questions. Even if they seem simple. :thumb:

TurnerFam 08-14-2019 04:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Barbboyer (Post 197773)
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Richard is 81, Iím 73 and use a walker. Yet, we decided... because we just canít sit at home and wait to die...
Please answer sooner rather than later... we are at the ages where we donít buy green bananas... however, they did gave us a twenty year loan. Go figure.


perfect!!! Go seniors!


go...travel....enjoy....and don't worry about all that 'stuff', you may not have time to!!!! : )

PictureTheSouth 08-14-2019 11:42 PM

As others have said - "Welcome to the Forum"; and welcome to this next stage of your adventures!

That said - once (if) I reach age 81, I'm going to be pleased if I can just make it up the stairs and into the driver's seat. Anything I can do beyond that is "gravy" as we say down heah. :hatw1:

abjbrtd 08-15-2019 02:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Barbboyer (Post 197773)
Hi everybody,

Richard is 81, Iím 73 and use a walker. Yet, we decided to buy a slightly used (2,800 miles) Thor Vegas, 25.3 because we just canít sit at home and wait to die.

So, we are on our shake down run and itís apparent we need front sway bars, sumo springs, insulation under the dog house, better seats and an extension to fit on the black tank because Richard has arthritis in his hands.

Any suggestions on any of those things?


Thanks in advance. Please answer sooner rather than later... we are at the ages where we donít buy green bananas... however, they did gave us a twenty year loan. Go figure.

As mentioned a couple of times, get an alignment.
Check with your tire manufacture for the correct air pressure, it IS NOT what is on the tire sidewall and 10 (or more) lbs lower than what is posted on the door.
Those #'s are for a MH or delivery van that is carrying its maximum weight.

Here are a couple of parts that may help Richard with the black tank.
https://www.amazon.com/Camco-39509-S...ateway&sr=8-16
Put this on the existing waste gate and leave the original open, makes it much easer to drain the tank.
https://www.amazon.com/Valterra-T58-...ateway&sr=8-17

Oneilkeys 08-15-2019 11:51 AM

Iíll tell you one thing on the black and grey tanks. I bought a ďClean DumpĒ waste pump system that attaches permanently to the outflow pipe. It connects to a pump which is connected to a 15í hose. All fit in the waste dump compartment. To use it, all you do is open the door, take out a few feet of hose (just enough to reach the dump) pull the black handle to open the black tank, open the valve at the end if the hose, flip a switch to turn on the pump and it empties in two minutes. You then close the black tank, open the grey tank and dump that. When you are finished, you close the valve at the end of the hose, put it back in the compartment and drive away. No connection, no mess, no smell (itís all contained within the system), no cleaning sewer hose. Iíve had one in my last three RVs and I wonít have another RV without one. At 74, I donít need to be on the ground wrestling hoses and attachments. With the Clean Dump, I dump every other day and never even think about it. Takes the hassle away from one of the worst job in RVing and you will ďwowĒ you neighbors at the dump station.

The Gritz Carlton 08-15-2019 12:32 PM

..."we are at the ages where we don’t buy green bananas"...

Hilarious!!! I've already used this line 3 times with friends!!!

DocMike 08-15-2019 12:39 PM

Barb,

As far as the steering, I found the installing of the Safe-T Plus stablizer made the biggest difference for me.

DocMike

Bob Denman 08-15-2019 12:48 PM

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Originally Posted by The Gritz Carlton (Post 197945)
..."we are at the ages where we donít buy green bananas"...

Hilarious!!! I've already used this line 3 times with friends!!!

I've got to renew my Driver's License today. It'll be good for eight years; if they give it to me. :o
I plan on using that line today for sure! :thumb:


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