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RE: Another beginner with RV wanderlust...

Rebecca, It hasn't been said yet so I will say it. I would highly recommend you rent an RV (or two or three) first before you commit to the financial plunge. You can then sample what you think would work for you in order to best choose what fits your lifestyle. Welcome aboard and enjoy the ride.
Dakzuki 04/23/14 08:54pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Jeep Wrangler too much Stress for Itasca Navion?

My mother is turning 90 this summer. Back in 2002 she wanted to buy a vehicle that she could get in and out from, and fell "In-Love" with a loaded silver 4-door Chevy Tracker ZR-2 4x4 all decked out with a sunroof, power this & that, but it just had to have the gray/black plastic fenders. I don't think her Tracker today has but maybe 12,000 miles on it. It looks brand new inside :) but has the original tires:( and the alloys wheels are messed up from salt:( She is not ready to say good bye to it. She hasn't been able to drive it for two years now so the family switches vehicles and takes her around in it whenever she needs a ride. It is hilarious that she still loves it that much to keep it. Whatever makes Mom happy! It weighs 2,987 pounds according to HERE. I figure one day she'll be asking me to sell it. I keep thinking it would make the perfect tow vehicle, especially for a Sprinter-based motor home. It looks just like this one in color & style, made for Chevy by Suzuki. Suzuki is written all over it under-hood. http://cimg.carsforsale.com/288996/4380FE07-F543-44ED-977C-28C77D11CAFA_4.jpg width=500 You may find that is was actually made in the GM Canada/Suzuki owned plant in Canada.
Dakzuki 04/23/14 08:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Jeep Wrangler too much Stress for Itasca Navion?

Silliness? I assume Dakzuki was referring to your issue with "tongue weight", which started this thread going off track. Regardless of which Jeep is chosen, it will be near, at, or above the Navion's tow rating. Correct.
Dakzuki 04/23/14 08:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Jeep Wrangler too much Stress for Itasca Navion?

All the silliness above aside, the Jeep plus a fully loaded View/Navion will be at or in excess of the max combined weight. There are people pulling Jeeps but I wouldn't want to be one of them. My toad weighs in a little under 3000 lbs and that's plenty. I would suggest a lighter toad. Jeep has a little one (Renegade) coming out next year.
Dakzuki 04/23/14 10:43am Class C Motorhomes
RE: firewood - emerald ash borer

FYI, the USDA has inspection done prior to any cutting and transport. The USFS administrates the harvest. The USFS can only regulate what it controls. "Any" is a very big word and it doesn't apparently apply in my neck of the nation when logging. Logging trucks are going all over the place long distances in this state.
Dakzuki 04/18/14 02:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Cab radio

My Coachmen radio runs off my house battery, while my Itasca radio runs off the chassis battery - they're all different. I've heard some are wired to run off either battery. Mine can do either. There is a select switch.
Dakzuki 04/18/14 01:53am Class C Motorhomes
RE: What do you use as a Toolbox in your camper?

I have one of these tool bags. I like it. http://img1.r10.io/PIC/69711745/0/1/300/69711745.jpg I use a bag too. It is kept under the bed and being fabric it won't ding the interior of the RV.
Dakzuki 04/16/14 06:20pm Beginning RVing
RE: What Did You Do in your Sprinter Based RV Today?

Started prepping for first trip of the year. Dewinterized for the last time this season. Off to the coast for Earth Day beach clean up this weekend!!!
Dakzuki 04/16/14 06:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Sprinter Towing

If fully laden you will be at the max combined weight rating for the RV. If you stick around the lowlands you'll be OK but I personally wouldn't want to be doing any serious climbing like that. My toad weighs under 3000 lbs and I feel it back there when I'm pulling it. I am still overtaking the semis when climbing. That being said I do know of people that tow as heavy as you are suggesting with a Sprinter RV and they are fine with it.
Dakzuki 04/13/14 10:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Biodiesel being used

Mercedes diesels can void warranty if over 5% bio is used, I don't take the Via to truck stops anymore Mercedes is coming around on the B20 thing. Seems that not being able to sell vehicles in some states may have convinced them to do some research rather than issue blanket statements.
Dakzuki 04/12/14 10:17am General RVing Issues
RE: GVWR math help!!

Using your numbers you could tow a 7500 lb toad with a fully laden 14,500 lbs) RV. You still have margin to carry lots of stuff in the Element....more beer!!
Dakzuki 04/09/14 01:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Extra Gas in a Can

You are welcome Beth. It would be very safe to carry a brand new never-used cheap plastic gas can. This way you can better help yourself, avoiding safety concerns including issues with fumes. Those cheap plastic gas cans are some of the most unsafe things around, IMO. I won't go near them at home or in the RV. I don't know how they manage to sell some of them and not get sued. I have yet to see one that doesn't vent off fumes when it gets hot. I use nothing but steel NATO style jerry cans of various sizes. They have very good sealing tops that clamp shut tight. There are also high end plastic fuel cans available too that the ORV crowd like. For small amounts of fuel there's Primus fuel bottles. Mine look like this: LINK. I have 5, 10 and 20 liter cans. No I'm not endorsing that site as I've never purchased from them. I got mine from various places. You can also get mounts to carry them externally. I have no qualms carrying them in external bins that are isolated from the RV interior. Spend some money on your gas cans and they'll last a lifetime if taken care of.
Dakzuki 04/08/14 08:45am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Itasca, Winnebago and Forest River Diesel Options

I would go look at Forest River in Person vs Winnebago/Itasca. Lift up access panels and look around at build quality where it's harder to see. Look at the quality of appliances and fittings. Then weigh in the price difference if any. You can get 25% off MSRP on WGO products. You may have to go on a trip to pick it up but it can be done (Lichtsinn in Iowa, Lewis RV in Ohio). I got 26% off list on a factory order from a dealer here in Wa when I bought mine. Regarding towing a Wrangler, that will put the RV right at the max combined weight rating. (11,000 lb RV plus 4000 lb Jeep). I would suggest something lighter. We tow a Chev Tracker ragtop which weighs under 3000 lbs. We pulled our toad over the hog's back on Utah 12 last spring. Not sure I'd want to do the same in summer heat (I'd disconnect the toad and drive it up). We spent a a bit over two months total (including a month long trip) in our Navion last year. We still like it a lot and have no regrets whatsoever. Here is a group that is very knowledgeable about the View/Navion. I used it as a resource when I was RV shopping. You will hear about WGO Sprinter based Cs warts and all. It is a very good resource for questions about your RV while on the road. I had a minor issue with mine (stuck roller blind) during our month long trip and got a full tutorial on what to do to fix it after posting the question. Some folks have had major problems and the brain trust of the group has been of immense help.
Dakzuki 04/05/14 10:33am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Residential toilets dont belong in RVs

Maybe I'm missing something but I have never understood putting the big heavy porcelain thing in something that bounces down the road and sways to and fro in corners..... I'm fine with the plastic deal and foot pedal. Actually easier than reaching for the cheap handle to flush. And the seat feels the same. Plastic is lighter. We have to remember, we are not towing our stick and bricks down the road.. Speaking for myself, I would pass by a unit with a residential john in favor of the standard plastic deal. We have a porcelain RV toilet with foot pedal and spray. It doesn't move. I guess I was thinking the same device I have in my stick & bricks, with the separate tank on top held on with 2 bolts and a rubber donut. I've never seen an RV porcelain unit. Don't even know what they look like or how they work! Guess I need to do some homework - haha! They work exactly the same but are easier to keep clean.
Dakzuki 03/30/14 11:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Diesel Stoves, etc

If it vents outside it shouldn't smell. Diesel is much safer than LP and easier to get. If I was building my dream RV there would be no propane and it would be all diesel/solar.
Dakzuki 03/29/14 11:55am Class C Motorhomes
RE: finding right cruising speed for economical gas mileage

We just purchased a used 2008 Winnebago View with 5400 miles. Does anyone know a good speed to travel at to get the most out of the mileage? It is a V-6 diesel motor. On your View slower is better....period. I got stuck in slow (but steady) moving traffic one day. My fuel economy was epic...something like 17-18 mpg. Trouble is we were doing a steady 35 mph or so....not a good freeway cruising speed. I keep it to about 60-65 and get about 15 MPG while not towing. 60 MPH is also the speed limit for vehicles over 10k GVW in my state.
Dakzuki 03/28/14 06:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: replace over the cab bed with cabinets for storage

Here is what we did to convert the front overhead to a bulk cargo area. There used to be a folding mattress up there that we removed. The net keeps stuff from coming down while driving. There is no reason that a fabric barrier couldn't be used instead of the net if you don't like the look of stuff up there. The nice thing is we can convert back to a sleeping area if need be.
Dakzuki 03/26/14 09:21am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Driving around those stupid roundabouts

It ain't the roundabout that's "stupid" ! They seem to work everywhere but in the US. That speaks volumes.
Dakzuki 03/22/14 07:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: You think round-de-bouts are bad. Wait untill you see this.

MNDOT has just lost it. They are putting round-a-bouts on a lot of two lane highways, particularly those that carry a lot of traffic. The thinking is that these deter accidents and that may be true but dang, they are inconvenient. Also, there is the occasional Old Boy that hasn't traveled the route for awhile and ends up on top of the round-a-bout. A roundabout designed properly on a rural highway doesn't slow you down much at all....in fact if designed properly they can be fun in a sports car. The biggest problem is they all too frequently make the too constricting which slows traffic too much. I have no sympathy for those that can't handle roundabouts and go straight or turn the wrong way into them.
Dakzuki 03/22/14 12:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Whats the best Class C RV

Ron, Since PC's 4X4 option (like most light truck 4X4 conversions) employs a solid front axle suspension, I wonder if Ford's notorious front end problems resulting from their "Twin I-Beam" suspension's loading and alignment are once and for all eliminated??That is an interesting question of which I have no idea if the Quigley 4x4 conversion benefits in that way. We have a Quigley converted E350 where I work with lots of miles on it. No issues with it whatsoever regarding the front end that I know of. I also knwo a guy with a Sportsmobile 4x4 E series. He has lots of miles and just had the front suspension gone through as it was getting sloppy. Some of the parts are spendy and definitely not something you get at the auto parts store as they are particular to the conversion.
Dakzuki 03/19/14 08:56am Class C Motorhomes
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