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RE: Front hitch for bicycles

I use a front hitch for trailer maneuvering. I do not recommend carrying nice bikes on the front. The same stuff that is hitting the RV on the freeway will be hitting the bikes....including rain being driven into every entry point at freeway speed.
Dakzuki 06/19/18 10:05am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 12V circuit only works on shore power or generator

Matt speaks truth. If you intend to keep the RV you will be much better off with a modern power converter. You will charge faster, batteries will last longer, and you quite possibly will solve your problem. I was just troubleshooting my brother's 12 volt woes this weekend. His old converter is dead on the "filtered" 12 volt side which is also the battery charging circuit so it will be getting a PD replacement unit.
Dakzuki 06/19/18 10:02am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Coach Battery

True deep cycle 12V batteries are NOT very common. Any battery that advertises a CCA or MCA rating is probably not a TRUE deep cycle battery, but instead a dual purpose "marine" battery. He's right! The Cranking Amps gives it away. From gOOgle for this battery: DC27 Deka 12 Volt 650 CCA/ 800 CA 175 Res/Cap Deep Cycle (Gr 27) Deka Marine Master Flooded Batteries. Deep Cycle/Starting – The Best of Both Worlds. High starting and deep cycle capability; Longer cycling than starting battery; Extra reserve power for accessory loads; Rugged vibration-resistant construction. I don't know if Dual Purpose Batteries are as good for Starting as a pure Starting Battery, but Dual Purpose is NOT as good as Deep Cycle for applications like an RV "House" or a Trolling Motor. Whether you need two or more batteries, depends on how you use the RV. We get by very well on one true Deep Cycle from Walmart but we don't boondock. "The Best of Both Worlds.". Actually a compromise between both worlds.
Dakzuki 01/12/18 03:48pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Mercedes Diesel Sprinter motorhome

Now for off-topic grins .... someone maybe should show the underside of a Ford E350 or Chevy 3500. ;) Ewww. :)
Dakzuki 01/12/18 10:46am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Coach Battery

The larger cold cranking amps may also indicate more amp. hours. I do pay attention to cold cranking amps, as my house battery also starts my generator. Brian It is not a direct relationship because CCA indicates surge capability for heavy short loads. A generator starter is far from that.
Dakzuki 01/11/18 11:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Mercedes Diesel Sprinter motorhome

The Sprinter cutaway is not unibody....only the vans are. They build class As on the same chassis (sans cab). The Transit is of the same construction. Oil is not a problem if you know what you're looking for. NAPA sells it and it goes on sale for cheap regularly. Crawl under yours and look, it IS a unibody construction. What Winnebago uses on the Via, is a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter cowl chassis, which does not have the MB hood, fenders, grill, bumper, A pillars, etc. It is still a unibody of frame, and firewall/cowl. Its just that a lot of MB parts have been left off or cut off and WBO fabricated pieces to take its place. This same process was used on some pesudo Class A MH's 30 or so years ago, using the Ford E Chassis, where the manufacturer removed fenders, hood, etc and cut away certain structural parts of the cab and then built a Class A type body around the front end of it. http://www.winnebago-rv-motorhomes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/mercedes-benz-f50-chassis.jpg http://www.winnebago-rv-motorhomes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/mercedes-benz-f50-chassis.jpg Mercedes also has a low frame variant designed especially for camper use. The top of the frame rails is 8 inches lower than a standard Sprinter, the rear suspension is trailing links and coil springs to lower the height, and optional air suspension is available. Three wheelbases are available, 141 inch, 151 inch. and 161 inch (curiously all shorter than the standard 170 inch wheelbase used on a Sprinter now). The rear track is 7 inches wider and variable overhangs at the rear are also available. However the GVW is only 3.5 metric tons, 7700 lbs, this chassis is more designed for the smaller European campers/caravans. Low chassis, cutaway and cowl models. Charles That is not a unibody. The scuttle area is likely stressed sheet metal primary structure but you are looking at a ladder frame.
Dakzuki 01/11/18 10:28am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Coach Battery

Do you have room for two batteries? If so, two 6 volt golf cart batteries wired in series to give 12 volts will serve you much better. There are virtually no 12 volt wet cell batteries that are truly deep cycle. Don’t go by CCA when selecting a deep cycle battery. Amp Hours is what you want to use as comparison. Frankly I’m surprised there is only one coach batttery in an RV your size.
Dakzuki 01/10/18 11:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Mercedes Diesel Sprinter motorhome

I've had mine since new in 2011. Only issues have been a glow plug, (minor) and a DPF pressure sensing issue which caused be to go into limp mode a few times (irritating but quickly fixed).
Dakzuki 01/10/18 11:21am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Mercedes Diesel Sprinter motorhome

Ford Transit cutaway chassis/cab is very similar in design to the Sprinter, a unibody construction. Fact is, if your E series is involved in an accident that damages the chassis rails, you can bet the insurance is going to total it, rather than replace the chassis (and have it stretched if needed). I agree, the owner of a Sprinter needs to become knowledgeable of the vehicle, much in the way that the owner of an old English sports car is. If you cannot do the work yourself, you need to be able to tell the mechanic exactly how you want it done, and know that you are right, and be able to ask enough questions to know if the mechanic did something incorrectly. The oil situation is a difficult sticking point. There are only a couple of semi-readily available oils on the market that meet the MB 229.52 spec (or for 2016 or earlier 229.51 or .52 spec). Charles The Sprinter cutaway is not unibody....only the vans are. They build class As on the same chassis (sans cab). The Transit is of the same construction. Oil is not a problem if you know what you're looking for. NAPA sells it and it goes on sale for cheap regularly.
Dakzuki 01/10/18 11:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Mercedes Diesel Sprinter motorhome

I am not a fan of the Mercedes Sprinter diesel. It has very specific oil requirements that even Mercedes dealers don't know. Finding a dealer who can and will work on it can be challenging. Mercedes dealers that sell and service Sprinters do. It's just like Ford dealers that don't deal with RVs.
Dakzuki 01/10/18 11:12am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fiberglass front cap worth it?

Fiberglass nose cap and no rubber roof were hard requirements when I was shopping. After taking a significant rock strike in overhead that broke through the gelcoat and exposed the laminate, I'm happy I made that choice as it was a fairly straightforward repair....sealing filling, and finish.
Dakzuki 01/10/18 11:10am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Over cab storage

We converted ours to a storage area. We removed the mattress, carpeted it and made a cargo net that stretches across to keep stuff from jumping out. It clips to loops in the ceiling and base. It all can be converted back if needed just by disconnecting the net and tossing the mattress assembly back in.
Dakzuki 12/23/17 05:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: white spots on windshield

Once you use " " product to clean the water spots etc off the windshield. Its a good time now to do a final step and clay bar the windshield. You'll be amazed how more stuff it will clean off. Then put a couple of coats of Reload paint sealant or your favorite glass treatment IE: Rain-X,, etc My car detailer who installed my clear bra and paint sealant uses the Reload on all painted and glass surfaces , works great on the windshield ! Bug splatter etc, cleans right off easy I've been using Rain-X washer fluid for a while in my vehicles. I've decided it's well worth it. the concept is not unlike what is used in aircraft....rain repellent to encourage beading and shedding of water.
Dakzuki 11/23/17 01:14am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Considering a new Winnebago View 24J

Lewis RV in Dayton Ohio is known for low prices and it may be worthwhile calling them for a quote, 937-253-8816. They will deal over the phone and are another resource for information. Another data point is I heard WGO is allowing dealers to advertise 25% off MSRP so it looks like there is a price beyond that to be had. MSPs have gone up a lot in recent years which may account for that new policy. Lewis will likely be your benchmark in any case.
Dakzuki 11/23/17 01:04am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Considering a new Winnebago View 24J

Anyone have any thoughts on the overhead bunk? We use our overhead bunk as a bulk storage are for big light stuff like jock bags and paddling gear. We took out the mattress, carpeted it, and made a net that stretches across to keep stuff from jumping out.
Dakzuki 11/23/17 12:57am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Propane Level Indication?

I discovered that the range of the sending unit on mine could be matched with an analog fuel gauge. One VDO fuel gauge purchased on eBay and my science project works. When "full" at 80% the gauge reads FULL and goes down from there. I haven't gone all the way to empty but I'm pretty sure than end of the scale is correct from how far I've drawn down the tank.
Dakzuki 11/18/17 01:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: battery

When checking battery voltage after charging, the battery needs to "rest" before the voltage measurement is made. Let the battery sit for a few hours unloaded and then take a voltage reading. A fully charged rested battery should be very close to 12.7 volts with no load.
Dakzuki 11/18/17 01:04pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fiberglass Repair Help

The real fix is to grind it out repair any damage, fill and refinish. A die grinder works well for this. If the damage goes deep enough, you need to get behind it and lay in some fiberglass. It is very doable if you've done any bodywork and are willing to learn a bit of fiberglass work if needed. I suspect you are going to find it is more cosmetic than anything. I don't think stop drilling it is going to do much for you as fiberglass cracks don't propagate in fiberglass like aluminum. The "paint" they use when molding fiberglass is called gelcoat. It is thick stuff that is sprayed into the mold befor the fiberglass goes in. The fiberglass, when laid into the mold sticks to the gelcoat as the exposed surface remains tacky after "drying". It almost looks like the gelcoat or gelcoat and a layer of thin fiberglass have separated. I used to work with fiberglass a lot so I've seen a bit. If you do and up having to do glass work in the interior of the RV I would recommend using something other that polyester resin (epoxy may be better). The smell of polyester resin inside an enclosed place like an RV will linger a long time and could cause marital strife. It is one of the more potent and permanent stinks I know of. If you feel you are in over your head I know of an RV repair place in Fife (Wescraft) that did an excellent job on an insurance repair of my fiberglass overhead from a rock strike.
Dakzuki 11/04/17 04:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Winter time travel

Unload the G&T, and Mojito mixing stuff and prep for warm adult beverages. You should be good to go.
Dakzuki 11/04/17 04:45pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Keep plugged in or disconnect battery when parked

If they have a single stage converter, the easiest thing is to disconnect. If plugged in, the batteries will need to be checked regularly. They could also plug in to battery maintainers for the coach and chassis batteries which would be really easy. No disconnecting of anything required. The best thing for them would be to change over to a multi stage converter. They are not that expensive and generally not difficult to install. Mine went into the same enclosure as the old converter.
Dakzuki 10/22/17 11:02am Class C Motorhomes
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