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RE: fire ban

WA State Parks allow propane fire pits, but they must have a modulated flame, that you are able to control with a knob on the fire pit itself, not just the valve on the propane tank. The ranger wanted to see ours before we used it. Not always. We were shut down from using an LP fire in a pit at Camano Island SP last year. It's often up to the local ranger for interpretation and last year when the big ban hit We couldn't use an LP fire in any state park we went to. We could at Kachess campground which is a National Forest campground.
Dakzuki 07/26/16 11:17am General RVing Issues
RE: fire ban

I would think if there is a ban on camp fires, it would include all open flames. That is not always the case. During bans we sometimes have been able to use our LP campfire. It has sometimes created quite the stir as it looks a lot like a "real" campfire. Last year somebody called the fire department on us AFTER we have already got permission to use it. They came into our site, shook their heads and drove off.
Dakzuki 07/26/16 11:11am General RVing Issues
RE: E-350 vs. 3500 promaster

I'm seeing lots of noise here about the low OCCC of the Promaster RVs. Somebody on this forum a while back looked at door stickers. One was 1300 lbs and the other was 1430 or so. That is pretty workable for a small RV.
Dakzuki 07/26/16 09:52am Class C Motorhomes
RE: E-350 vs. 3500 promaster

They are built to different requirements. The Promaster is more comparable to the Transit, not the E350.
Dakzuki 07/22/16 10:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Oil for V6 Sprinter Engine

The reason I made the post is that I just purchased the RV and drove it from Gainsville, FL to Jefferson, GA and I don't think it has the correct oil in it.nb I called the dealer that I bought it from and he had no idea what oil was used nor could he find out. He just said the oil had been changed recently and was good for 10K miles. I looked at the window sticker and all it read was the change oil mileage and the change date. IT WAS ON A WIX STICKER, so I was immediately alarmed. I only drove 360 or so miles so I'm changing the oil asnd filter before and trips. It will be the 0W30 Mobil 1 ESP Formula M with the HU 821 Mann filter. Thanks for your help. Marvin Isnt there an owners manual in the vehicle?? That would be my first source of info for any vehicle,,,instead of strangers on the internet The owners manual will just tell you to use "Mercedes Benz approved oil" not very helpful. they then go on to give you a chart with different temps and various different grades of oil to use in those temps, some of which overlap each other. The owners manual states EXACTLY what spec oil to use, in my case it has to meet MB spec 229.51. Mobil ESP Formula M (as well as some others) meets this spec. It's not that uncommon for the uninformed to put the wrong oil in Sprinters.
Dakzuki 07/22/16 09:43am General RVing Issues
RE: 2007 Winnebago View Diesel

The diesel will cost you two to three times the yearly cost of the gas for the chassis. The coach itself should be about the same. Fueling is no problem, maybe EZer than a large gas rig. You will have a longer range with the diesel so planning fuel stops gives you more distance options. LEN Incorrect on the range. Sprinters don't have very big fuel tanks. Not sure about the T1N but my 2011 is 26 gallons. At 15 MPG that puts me right in there with many gasser RVs...or less than some. As far as expenses on the chassis, I change my own oil, filters, etc. so it's pretty cheap. The kicker (on the DPF equipped Sprinters) is the oil as it's made from the breast milk of mermaids and is priced accordingly. I can get it down to $6/qt on sale but it it takes 12-13 qts. The up side is oil changes on mine are only every 10K and I think they've since extended the interval. Oil filter change is stupid easy as it's under the hood in front on top. Checking oil level is done from a button on the dash (Yay!). Fuel filter change on the V6 is not for the faint of heart as it's in the "crotch" of the V on top under a bunch of intake stuff and it can be tough getting the water sensor out. The 5 cylinder is way easier. 5 cylinder oil is cheaper too and it can run off non ULSD fuel if you choose to go to other countries with el cheapo dino diesel.
Dakzuki 07/14/16 01:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Trouble with Auxilary batteries

Get it checked with a load tester which any auto shop will do for free. This. And you need a volt meter for yourself. The fact that the panel shows the batteries dead either means that they ARE dead or there is a bad connection somewhere. Someone else had a similar problem recently and it was a cracked main fuse for the batteries. Other things are possible too. What Sam said. Get a multimeter. They are so stinking cheap these days you can have several. I have about four of them. One lives in the RV full time. I have 3 of these: LINK
Dakzuki 07/12/16 11:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Adding another 12 volt battery

1) Convert to 6 volt true deep cycle (like GC) batteries (virtually all 12V wet cell batteries are not true deep cycle). 2) Get a multi stage converter. Most RVs are still coming with single stage converters that charge slowly and are not good for leaving your RV plugged in for extended periods. A multi stage unit like what Progressive Dynamics offers will charge faster and can be left hooked up indefinitely. 3) Convert to LED lighting. 4) Add solar. This will keep the batteries charging during the day, all day (if you are in the open). 5) One can also go a little nuts and install AGM batteries. They are sealed, charge faster than wet batteries (if your charger can supply the current), and are better at deep discharges. Down side is they are expensive.....like 3X. I did it anyway.
Dakzuki 07/12/16 11:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tire Pressure

Can anyone recommend a good tire gauge that works on duallys? I'm finding myself in need of a new one since my previous one wandered off. I've had a Slime brand dually gauge in the RV for some years now. The big thing you want is one that holds pressure (with a release button) so you can take the reading and then look at the gauge.
Dakzuki 07/07/16 10:35am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ready to swap to LED's

We converted to LED 3 years ago. No regrets at all. We were constantly burning out the halogen ceiling lights (which also kicked out a massive amount of heat). One of the best mods I've done. I swapped out almost everything inside (except two unused reading lamps) and several of the exterior ones (porch, bins, steps). The LEDS that replaced the ceiling halogens are indistinguishable in color and intensity from the originals.
Dakzuki 07/07/16 09:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Transfer switch location???

Not that difficult to install a transfer switch. I did. They aren't very expensive.
Dakzuki 07/07/16 09:34am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hitch mounted motorcycle carrier on class c

Unless I missed it I haven't seen anywhere what the hitch weight rating on the RV is. Now since the motorbike is going to be cantilevered out more than a trailer ball would be, that increases the effective load on the hitch.....and frame extensions.
Dakzuki 07/04/16 04:01pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Help With Busted Sewage Pipe!

Any existing crack in it will be prone to propagating and any repair leaving the crack in place should be considered temporary. Permanent fix is to replace that section of pipe. It's not that hard to do if there is reasonable access.
Dakzuki 07/01/16 10:30am Class C Motorhomes
RE: FORD GT and the 24hours of LeMans

A coworker of mine has a replica of a Daytona Coupe which goes a long way to scratching that itch. It's a pretty frantic machine.
Dakzuki 06/26/16 10:47am Around the Campfire
RE: What do you do about dirty clothes?

Throw out the dirty and buy some new ones is one plan. This is not as much of a joke as one would think. When we were going on a month long trip my wife had saved up the undies she was going to toss. During the trip they were worn once and disposed of along the way.
Dakzuki 06/26/16 10:40am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Leaving camper unoccupied - help

Since your tow vehicle won't be there, everyone around is going to know pretty quickly you are not there. The knife edge you are going to be walking isn't likely to be thieves and other criminals, it will be all the people who are there legitimately and are angry you are working the system. Why would this be considered working the system if the OP paid for the site? Trying to think of this from a hotel POV which I'm more familiar with. To me working the system is a state park w/ a limited time reservation allowed on site and when the reservation ends a friend/family member w/ a different last name and the exact same equipment takes over.It's working the system because many National Forest, BLM and state campgrounds require that human campers actually occupy the site. An empty trailer or tent doesn't meet those requirements. Correct. They are usually pretty specific about it in their signage too.
Dakzuki 06/24/16 10:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Towable Car

Owners manual and failing that contact the manufacturer directly.
Dakzuki 06/24/16 10:46am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dry camping

Here is a trick I learned when I had a Class B. Don't use a shower head or handheld shower head. Use a kitchen sprayer hose and head which will cost you from ten bucks on up. They put out good pressure and when you finger is off the hold down lever that baby is OFF and you don't drip or waste a drop of water. Also, you will find the pressure seems to be higher than a shower head. Like some one else suggested, fill a gallon jug like a milk carton with water and see how long it takes. We (two of us) get six good showers, shower daily and our 38 gallon tank plus 6 in the hot water tank lasts 3 days, 4 if we take 8 really quick light showers. We wash our dishes over that time period and NEVER use campground showers or toilets. We very seldom stay where there are hookups. You can wash and rinse your hands well with less than a pint of water easily. On our previous RV I put a threaded adapter on the kitchen faucet so a garden hose could be attached. Toss the hose out the window attach a garden sprayer and instant outside shower.
Dakzuki 06/24/16 10:44am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Why RV different than house?

Just a question. I've only been RV'ing for few years. I follow all this talk on resealing roof, etc. Why is an RV roof so different than the roof in my home? The roof in my house has wet vents, exhaust vents, etc coming through the shingles. Never in years do I ever get up on the roof in my home to inspect and reseal. But with an RV I read this is required annually. Just wondering why the RV roof is treated with so much more care. Thanks. Put your house on a trailer that flexes and then take it for a trip for a few thousand miles at speeds up to 60 mph and see how well it does.
Dakzuki 06/24/16 10:36am Class C Motorhomes
RE: master battery switch

Correct. But on different models there may still be some things that the switch does NOT turn off. Refrigerator 12 VDC is one common example. Not on any RV I've seen. That switch is for disconnecting the batteries for storage. In fact on some RVs the off setting is labeled as STORE.
Dakzuki 06/23/16 11:14am Class C Motorhomes
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