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Old 07-11-2016, 03:03 PM   #11
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We have issues with this on both the A-frame and Pop-up forums. The fridge (in particular) and electrical systems are just different enough from the big boys that the advice given is sometimes very confusing. Being smaller and cheaper, we get a lot of first-time owners who do not understand the differences, and aren't aware that they need to look at what the poster has for an RV before taking the advice to heart.

Because I have never owned anything but a PUP or A-frame, I make it my policy to stay out the specific forums for the bigger RVs.

just my thoughts, others may differ
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Likewise, there are times when the information is specific to the RV. In an attempt to help with out specific knowledge of the RV sends a lot of new campers on a wild goose chase !
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Old 07-11-2016, 06:53 PM   #12
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This forum is a great place to get questions answered with that said a person needs to take what is posted with a grain of salt, its just like getting advice in the barber shop or local bar some may be good and some not take it in rattle it around in your brain box and decide what you want to keep and what to get rid of. with that said basic trouble shooting technique applies to all RVs regardless of cost or size and it has been my observation that most of the posters try to provide this basic level.
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Old 07-15-2016, 12:33 PM   #13
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Just because a person who owns a Class A replies to a trailer post , that does not mean that they did not own a trailer in the past.

If a poster needs an answer that applies specifically to their year, make and model RV, then they need to go tho their dealer and pay the $$$.
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Old 07-15-2016, 12:56 PM   #14
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Just because a person who owns a Class A replies to a trailer post , that does not mean that they did not own a trailer in the past.

If a poster needs an answer that applies specifically to their year, make and model RV, then they need to go tho their dealer and pay the $$$.

The info here is exactly what you pay for.


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Old 07-15-2016, 02:46 PM   #15
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Just because a person who owns a Class A replies to a trailer post , that does not mean that they did not own a trailer in the past.

If a poster needs an answer that applies specifically to their year, make and model RV, then they need to go tho their dealer and pay the $$$.
I'll be more specific as to what happens and why it creates bad feelings.

A new owner of a PUP or A-frame is trying to understand why his battery is flat so often. An owner of a larger RV, not realizing the thread is under PUP or A-Frames, pipes in and tells him to use the disconnect switch to disconnect the battery when in storage. Another tells him to turn off the dehumidify circuit on his fridge to save power. As most (but not all) know, PUPs and A-frames do not have battery disconnect switches unless an owner installs one. And the fridges draw zero DC power when run on propane. And the fridges do not have automatic ignition on propane, so if the flame blows while driving the fridge stops cooling.

In another case, a new PUP owner was asking about dealing with his awning in high winds. Lots of advice from larger RV owners about using power retraction system (PUP roof can't take the stress or weight) or staking down the awning real securely (can over-stress the roof lift system and make the canvas not fit right).

I always thought that that is what these forums are for - to share information. The problem is and remains how to prevent wrong information from being presented as gospel. I see no easy solution other than to keep my mouth shut unless I really know what I'm talking about. Even then, when I do make an error, I need to say so to prevent somebody from acting on bad info.

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Old 07-15-2016, 03:05 PM   #16
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I'll agree. Only time I jump into another category is if it is generic such as TPMS, Tires (maybe), brakes, camping sites, etc.
But it will happen; can't stop it.
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Old 07-15-2016, 03:33 PM   #17
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I always thought that that is what these forums are for - to share information. The problem is and remains how to prevent wrong information from being presented as gospel. I see no easy solution other than to keep my mouth shut unless I really know what I'm talking about. Even then, when I do make an error, I need to say so to prevent somebody from acting on bad info.

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The solution is actually very simple if people would take the time to look at the heading prior to jumping in because the heading tells you what group the question is coming from,, this thread is coming from the General Community discussions.

then of course there are those who jump in with off topic answers because they never take the time to read the entire post.

but like others have said, Want expert advice, call a specialist and pay the fee.
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Old 07-15-2016, 03:52 PM   #18
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The solution is actually very simple if people would take the time to look at the heading prior to jumping in because the heading tells you what group the question is coming from,, this thread is coming from the General Community discussions.

then of course there are those who jump in with off topic answers because they never take the time to read the entire post.

but like others have said, Want expert advice, call a specialist and pay the fee.
I have found that sometimes the forum location is clipped off and I sometimes do not actually see where I am when I answer. I can deal with the erroneous stuff at times, since you do get what you pay for... But I have issue when you are hot with hostility and down right rudeness..

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[QUOTE=doc73 partial anyway

But I have issue when you are hot with hostility and down right rudeness..

I see this also. If people(like me) are trying to help then why be rude to them? Someone will usually correct them(as they have done me) and go on about the business of being a community of RVers. I am kinda tender and it has abraded me a couple times when someone insinuated that me or others were stupid in their answers. I see both sides and I agree with people making assumptions they know about, but this is public and we are dealing with people. JMO
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I just go unread on mobile.

Usually don't even look at the sub forum.


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