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RE: Roadtrek's ProMaster "B"

I should make a pit stop at the SMB factory here in town to see if they are doing any Transit or PM upfits. Even with the options, an upfitted Transit or PM is pretty competitive with a Travato and other "B"s. I still wonder how RT is going to pitch this model. I'm hoping that at the minimum it comes standard with the same amenities (and perhaps better tank capacities) that the Travato has.
mlts22 11/24/14 04:19pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: LP still flowing to stove after turning off tank!

I also second of going to a real, "Hank Hill" propane dealer. Were it me, unless the tank is really specially shaped, I'd toss it and buy a new one. My safety, especially with a leaking valve, is worth a lot more than the couple C-notes a replacement tank would cost to have installed and plumbed in.
mlts22 11/20/14 03:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How does a macerator toilet work?

Sportsmobile has this as an option, if one wants to place the black tank in an easier spot for a unique floorplan. Were I to go with SMB, I'd definitely look at a macerator toilet, because it allows more flexibility with locating tanks... and that all the contents in the black tank would have been well shredded so I don't have to worry about solid TP.
mlts22 11/18/14 12:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Roadtrek's ProMaster "B"

For me, no onboard Onan would be a deal-killer, because of the Texas heat, and for the price of a decent "B" commands (even a reasonably priced "B" like this is still higher than a good number of "C"s or gasser "A"s.) Running the vehicle from an engine alternator isn't my idea of a good thing either, as I don't really want to put wear and tear on the vehicle's engine for this.
mlts22 11/18/14 11:18am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What you've been waiting for,,,Transit campervan

I have liked the all glass look since I looked an Airstream Interstate. However, it is a decision on form versus function. Here in Texas, if I were using electric heat at a CG, the smooth look of the windows is great. If I were parked somewhere colder where the only thing that would be heating my rig is stuff I hauled in, I'd go for the uglier, but far more insulating dual-pane windows.
mlts22 11/18/14 11:05am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Roadtrek's ProMaster "B"

The Chevy was a body on frame design. A RV upfitter could punch holes almost anywhere and not compromise the vehicle's structure. Drop the floor? No problem. Cut storage compartments in? Works. Yank off the back and add a fiberglass structure like the PW Excel? A-OK. However, the Euro-vans are unibody construction, and it takes a lot more work to cut panels and still maintain the structure of the vehicle. I have mentioned about engineering hurdles with the PM. Though not impossible to surmount, as most European "B"s are PMs, they are still something to engineer around. I have wondered if tank placement would be made easier if macerator toilets were used, so the black tank can be positioned in the best location, and the toilet doesn't have to be directly above it. Of course, the advantage of the PM is its width. Most people under six feet can sleep transversely in the van. However, the US PM is shipped with FWD only, so upfitters have to deal with a very low van clearance. If Fiat could ship a 4WD model that sits a couple inches higher, this would make upfitting a lot easier.
mlts22 11/18/14 10:45am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
Roadtrek's ProMaster "B"

This is interesting, as if RT is hopping onto the PM bandwagon, they have a lot of engineering issues that they need to face. Pricing starts at $79,000. Assuming there are no insane design shortcomings (and RT makes products that are not shabby), if they made a model that is similar to the Agile SS, this is definitely something that not just I would buy... but a number of other people I know who would purchase this. Since it doesn't cost that much more than a decent vehicle, I can see people buying this to save cash on hotels for trips (and leave the bedbugs there as well.)
mlts22 11/18/14 09:10am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What you've been waiting for,,,Transit campervan

I love the Dometic/Hehr windows, as they are double-paned. The cassette toilets are decent, but that is another discussion entirely. When looking at a custom SMB build, I thought of a cassette toilet, but because of how I travel, I'd rather just use a black tank and dump with a macerator pump.
mlts22 11/18/14 08:45am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: And they want me to shop locally....

I prefer to patronize local businesses. Call me crazy, but I try to keep a relationship going, rather than focus on individual transactions. All and all, some items end up more expensive, some cheaper, but where I save long term are labor costs.
mlts22 11/17/14 10:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Oil Change

I am lazy... I use an oil evacuation pump so I don't have to get underneath with a pan. If the evac tube hits the pan, I can even get the sludge that builds there that doesn't run out normally. Some new import cars don't even have a drain valve anymore, so changing the oil requires either an evac pump or dropping the entire oil pan.
mlts22 11/17/14 10:42am General RVing Issues
RE: 50 amp breaker or 50 amp switch

What about SWD (switch rated duty) breakers?
mlts22 11/17/14 10:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Heat in coach when driving?

One thing I've seen with some OEMs is provisions for a rear heater, using the coolant system from the engine. This might be ideal for when on the road. Combine this with a secondary alternator, and one can completely shut off the propane subsystem, but keep the fridge, water heater, and heat going.
mlts22 11/17/14 10:20am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Macerator Hose Replacement

I'd go for the Thetford hose. This is a part that you really only want to buy once.
mlts22 11/17/14 10:05am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: How far would you travel for a deal?

There are almost no used "B"s here in my neck of the woods, and the ones that are for sale (and that make the cut for the 10 year rule) are so close to the price for a new one, I might as well just pay the $10-20k more and go for a new one with a full warranty. The last two times I went to look at a used model (private sale), after driving several hundred miles, I looked at the underside and the rust monster lurking there (not just surface rust... but looked so deep that it might impact handling and safety.) After wasting my day on that "bucket", it made me leery of long distance purchasing. Of course, I check PPL and Stahmann's websites regularly. They sometimes have good "B" vans... but those models disappear extremely quickly.
mlts22 11/17/14 10:04am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Reeeeally small class Cs in Japan

I like the size of those vehicles in some ways, but I wonder how doable it would be to have all the basic amenities that class "B" users and class "C" owners are used to in such a small space. Maybe there can be some innovation in slideouts.
mlts22 11/17/14 09:33am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2005 Winnebago Minnie, the dreaded cabover leak

Mich F: You are a magician, a miracle worker with what you do. I would have given up on a "C" long before that.
mlts22 11/17/14 09:32am Class C Motorhomes
RE: How is your van Insulated?

One thing that would help immensely is if European RV window companies (Dometic/Seitz comes to mind) would sell their products here. Virtually all their windows are double-paned, and have an inert gas between them, so there is no window fogging unless there is physical damage to the window. Even skylights have two layers.
mlts22 11/13/14 01:51pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: B vs C---leaks, maintenance, quality

I am the same way. I know a C- might be a little bit more streamlined... but the cabover space (to me that is) would be a lot more useful than the fraction of a MPG saved. I can use the space to sleep an extra person (or perhaps two), it is a good area to store light, but bulky items (winter clothing, costume stuff, bedding.) With how precious storage is in a motorhome, the cubic feet gained from a cabover makes it well worth it regardless if it has a bed or entertainment center.
mlts22 11/11/14 03:09pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: full time class A or travel trailer?

I'd look at a more powerful truck anyway, since a 3/4 ton or one ton can come from the factory prepped for a fifth wheel hitch. The reason a fiver would be a good bet is because it tends to have more storage space, and that with some skirting, the space underneath the tongue can be used as well. As above, a fifth wheel toy hauler might be something worth looking at since the back door can fold down and become an enclosed porch on larger models. Plus, the garage can be used as that, or it can be provisioned with two queen beds. Quite versatile.
mlts22 11/11/14 09:31am Beginning RVing
RE: real or hoax?

The closest I've seen to an engine running on water was a six-stroke engine that had two strokes for sucking water into the piston chamber where it turned to steam. Of course, this means having to carry gasoline in one tank, water in another, and all the high pressure fuel rails for both items... not to mention corrosive-resistant alloys for everything involved... but it did provide more MPG.
mlts22 11/10/14 01:06am Tech Issues
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