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RE: Enough Horsepower?

Engine options on a 24' Winnebago or Itasca are the Ford V8 350, at 255 HP and the diesel 3.0 L, 188 HP engine. Any suggestions about the choices? Have you driven them? Try that first before making book comparisons.
Dakzuki 08/30/15 04:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Powering Just TV and Cable

. it alone won't allow you to hook up the RV electric cord without buying a second EU2000i compatible unit and running both. No.. just use a 15a male -> 30a female on the genny and plug in your rig. No extention cords, no mess. Just be sure to buy a quality adapter. Most of those hockey puck looking ones are junk. Most of the "pigtail" type ones are better quality. I run a Honda 1000 (or 2000) when dry camping in the winter. If I want to charge batteries for a protracted period of time I don't want to listen to my on board unit. If you want to lighten the electrical load when running off a small generator, switch your fridge to LP.
Dakzuki 08/29/15 07:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: So you are sitting by the fire, and you hear

Grab another beer and enjoy the sounds of nature.
Dakzuki 08/28/15 10:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Small vehicle to tow behind a Class C

By far the easiest one to find will be a Jeep Wrangler if you can go that big. Only you can decide what off road capability you desire. I like having it a lot. Beyond the Wrangler there are the Chev/Geo/Suzuki vehicles. All of these can be had in 4WD with real live transfer cases with High/Low range. Of course as one gets older they become fewer and more worn out. Folks are actually keeping them going by investing in engines and drive train rebuilds as there are no new replacements for many of them. There is ZERO modern equivalent for the Samurai and smaller "sport cutes". Jeep has come out with the new Renegade but from what I understand, it cannot be towed which is a huge FAIL. We have found having the toad hugely useful depending on where we go. At Yellowstone we put 100 miles on it in one day. We have got to neat hiking spots one could only dream of getting to with a street car and we use it with a cargo carrier to clean up the beach on earth day weekend!!!
Dakzuki 08/24/15 07:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Considering a Winnebago Profile (2 slide)

Looking to downsize from a DP. Need a full-time, walk around bed. Considering a Winnebago View (Profile) with the rear slide out bed. It seems like a workable floor-plan. It is rated to tow 5000 lb. with the V6 diesel. That sounds a little optimistic. Any thoughts about how well it might do it? As for towing rating of the View/Navion, I hear it is only 5K if virtually empty. That is why other manufactures using the MBS chassis have it set at 3500. It can do 5K but so can the others if they are empty. As for View/Navion quality, I was extremely disappointed. Everything looks nice in internet videos and pics, but in person it was quite disappointing, I also compared side-by-side and in person today the Renegade Villagios. Quite the difference in apparent quality between the two. Cabinetry was superb. Prices are about the same. Configurations are the same, but Villagios do not have a bed-0ver-cab option if that is important to you. I now need to look at a Solera or Forester MBS. Both have full fiberglass roof like View and Villagio. If build quality is halfway decent, it will be worth saving the 15-20K for an identically capable MBS Class C/B+. How much does the Renegade Villagio cost? I did look at FR RVs while researching and once I started looking behind panels and under things the build quality just wasn't there, IMO. Granted, this was 5 years ago and things change.
Dakzuki 08/22/15 12:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Considering a Winnebago Profile (2 slide)

Looking to downsize from a DP. Need a full-time, walk around bed. Considering a Winnebago View (Profile) with the rear slide out bed. It seems like a workable floor-plan. It is rated to tow 5000 lb. with the V6 diesel. That sounds a little optimistic. Any thoughts about how well it might do it? When fully laden (~11,000 lbs) you will not have that 5,000 lbs available as the max combined weight rating is about 15,000. I pull a toad that's a bit under 3,000 lbs
Dakzuki 08/22/15 11:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago vs. Phoenix cruiser

You probably don't want the Mercedes if you want to tow a vehicle behind. We tow a small 4x4 behind ours without issues.
Dakzuki 08/22/15 11:18am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Sprinter Class C questions

Thank you all for your responses. I expect our concession trailer to weigh about 4,000 pounds. The 3,500 pound trailer weight limitation on some of the sprinters can be upgraded to 5,000 pounds, so that covers that issue. We are definitely not interested in any naturally aspirated gas RV's. They are quite bad in the mountains. From my research, I agree that the I5 is the way to go. More reliable, easier to maintain, and better fuel mileage. I would add a tranny cooler for sure. And the $10K we save by not buying something newer will go a long way towards any eventualities. Cheers There are no 5 cylinder Sprinter RVs that are rated to tow what you want. You will also need to check the combined weight rating of the vehicle with the trailer you intend to tow. A fully laden V6 Sprinter is only rated to tow 4K even with a 5k hitch. Personally I don't think the 5 cylinder is up to the task no matter what hitch you have on it. I tow about 3K with my "high output" V6 and that's plenty for me.
Dakzuki 08/18/15 09:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: oil radiator heater

We use ours year round but in the winter when it goes back to unplugged storage I blow the lines out with air. It's easy to recover.....put water in and go. I have been known to use heat too when I have power available until I can blow the lines out.
Dakzuki 08/10/15 07:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Walmart Battery

Almost all 12 volt wet cell batteries are not true deep cycle. 12 volt RV/marine "deep cycle" are actually hybrids so they work well for starting. If you want true deep cycle in a wet cell battery your best bet is converting to 6 volt golf cart batteries. They are readily available. If you don't have a battery disconnect, get one or keep a battery maintainer hooked up when in storage (both is best). Get a good multi stage converter (like Progressive Dynamics). It will charge faster. Consider what electrical loads you have in the RV. Convert to LEDs for lighting and put switches on things with parasitic loads (like stereos). ....and then there's solar.
Dakzuki 08/09/15 10:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: What's The Steepest Grade You Have Towed...

Utah's Hogback between Torrey and Escalante at 14% but we really couldn't tel. Me too pulling the toad. It had my undivided attention when descending.
Dakzuki 08/02/15 10:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Lightning Map

The Weatherbug phone app has a lightning tracker too. There is a desktop version too.
Dakzuki 08/01/15 11:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Feeling ripped off on the cost of a front break job ?

I'm going to at least try to get them to adjust the bill . I believe they overcharged me for a problem they created. I've had few good experiences when it comes to auto repairs. You need to find a good tame mechanic and stick with them. If you have friends or people you trust that have long term relationships with a mechanic try them out. I used to work at an independent, honest shop. They are out there. When you find one, give them your love and business. Sounds to me like they screwed up the brake job and are soaking you to make it right rather than eating it.
Dakzuki 07/30/15 09:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 30a cord extension, how much is to much?

What is wrong with running it over? That should not hurt the cord at all. Running over cords eventually wears them out internally. The individual strands of wire get broken and can even penetrate the insulation. At the very least broken strands begin to limit the current capacity of the wire. Parking on top of a power cord is in invitation to start a fire. The cord can easily overheat under the tire.
Dakzuki 07/29/15 08:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Winnebago View

We like these but were concerned about storage and toad. There are only 2 of us so the upper bunk will help with storage, we think. We want to pull Wangler, it is 4,500 lbs. Wish they would up the tow capacity. There are people that tow Wranglers with them but I wouldn't recommend it. Fully laden it leaves about 4000 lb left for a toad to stay within the published limits. As far as storage capacity goes, if you are clever you can get quite a lot of stuff in it. We went on a month long trip in ours and we had plenty of room for stuff. We converted our overhead to a dedicated cargo area (from a bed) with a net to keep stuff up there.
Dakzuki 07/28/15 06:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Are dashboard video cameras legal??

Generally, anything that is relevant to litigation is discoverable. If there is evidence that leads to a finding of the facts, the courts typically allow it be discovered and introduced. So if you have a running GoPro on your dash, and your phone beeps announcing the receipt of a text message (caught on audio), and you pick up the phone to read the message (time message read recorded on phone) and you rear-end someone (video of accident caught on camera) while reading the text, chances are quite good that the lawyer for the other side is going to subpoena that GoPro video and your cell phone records and match them up. The lawyer may also subpoena the black box of your vehicle. So, drive safe out there! None of that really makes any difference. Fact one - you rear ended another vehicle fact two - you are at fault, open and shut case Fact 3: A dash cam can get you out of that one if it can prove the rear ended party is at fault. Without empirical evidence it's one party's word against the other and the vehicle that does the rear ending is usually found to be at fault. I got a dash cam for the RV for that very reason. Too many cars doing dumb things right off my front bumper for my liking so I decided to protect myself with video data. I see why truckers have adopted them. They are quite affordable too.
Dakzuki 07/24/15 02:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lexingtons are no longer made?

There could be a few reasons for a (healthy) manufacturer to discontinue a line. Not selling enough, not having access to a chassis to build it on, or replacing it with a product they think will make them more money (profit margin per unit). I have heard of no shortage of E series cab/chassis so I presume it's one of the other.
Dakzuki 07/24/15 11:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: dump valves

To spiff things up, they a little 303 Protestant Spray (plus you can use what's left over for the decals on your RV! What should Catholics do?
Dakzuki 07/18/15 10:41am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hoses for dedicated back flush of black tank

Nobody has mentioned it yet, but be sure to store the hoses separately. All my sewer related stuff is separated from the fresh water stuff....as in different compartments. I've seen fresh water hoses stored with sewer hoses and ....ewww.
Dakzuki 07/15/15 09:34pm Beginning RVing
RE: Led Lights

Is the purpose of this mod more to save energy, or to get brighter lights? I believe most do it for the energy savings, particularly if they do a lot of dry camping, though you can also get brighter, but then that uses more energy as well. One of the primary benefits for us, since we don't dry camp much, is that in two years since switching we haven't replaced one bulb while in the past we were replacing five or six fluorescent bulbs and a couple of G4s each year. Energy savings and reliability. I dry camp a lot and the LEDs help a bunch in that regard. I also had lots of bulb failures, in particular with halogens in the ceiling and the exterior "porch" light. I haven't replaced one since I upgraded two years ago. The ceiling lights are indistinguishable from the OE lights in color or output.
Dakzuki 07/15/15 09:24pm General RVing Issues
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