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RE: At what $/gallon would it slow you down?

A breakthrough in electric seems a long way off. You are pushing 3-4X in weight of the sedans and I routinely drive 300 miles or more in a day with a B. This summer I logged a 590 mile day anxious to get home.
Davydd 07/21/14 06:36pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What Did You Do To Your Class B Today ?

We have been slowly emptying out our B in getting ready to prepare it and put it up for sale. I'm shocked I tell you on how much stuff we have taken out. I found two golf umbrellas and now think back at the many times we go caught in a rain with no umbrella or with one of those tiny ones. Forgot we even had them tucked out of the way and out of sight.
Davydd 07/21/14 02:30pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: new vw doubleback campervan sold in UK

Market demand? Not very stealth when parked and used. Requires considerable setup to use the campervan features. How functional is the van before "unfolding"? Neat clever design, but why?
Davydd 07/21/14 07:46am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Euro slideout

The slide is not new in a B in that Winnebago and Leisure Travel Vans does it with a similar plan on Sprinters. New on a Promaster/Ducato? The really new thing is someone has removed the massive sliding door, done an infill and added a normal swinging door to a B van. That hasn't been done recently with slider door designs. I wonder too with a rear full bath if they didn't also remove the rear doors and build an infill? Forest River MB Cruiser did that with the early Sprinters.
Davydd 07/21/14 07:33am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Dead Batteries

Your shore power will not charge the chassis battery but should charge the auxiliary house battery. To charge your chassis battery you need a portable charger to connect to the positive connection which you can see under the hood that looks like a red button plunger and negative to your frame. You can also jump start it as well that way with jumper cables. Your chassis battery is under the driver's floor but you do not connect to it that way to charge, so there is no reason to access it. The information is in your Mercedes Benz Sprinter owners manual. Edit. Should have read closer. If a service can't get to it then jumper cables are out. My advice to get a portable charger still stands since you can get to it with an electrical cord with 115AC. I've gone through this and it works. 3 months is a long time to let it sit and the battery will most likely drain enough not to start but that does not mean it is dead and you need a new battery. It does mean that such abuse will shorten the eventual life of the battery.
Davydd 07/20/14 07:03pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Size of refrigerator in Winnebago ERA

Pretty hard to find and you have to be able to read a little bit of German but I found one source for the Dometic Slim Tower RML 8330 that says it is 140 liters which translates to 4.944 cubic feet or just say 5 cubic feet. It is suppose to be 16-1/2" wide. A lot of B converters are starting to install 6.8 cubic foot refrigerator/freezers usually with two doors. The long time standard was stuck on the 3.8-4.0 cubic size for many Class Bs.
Davydd 07/20/14 06:55pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Size of refrigerator in Winnebago ERA

Bobojay5, Do they tell you the size of your refrigerator and what kind it is? They say it has a detachable freezer. Dometic is the only one I can find that remotely looks like it with its narrow size and it is a 4 cf Dometic RM8555. Is it custom made for Winnebago?
Davydd 07/20/14 01:35pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Twelfth Annual RV.net Class B Rally (B12)

I think it's getting a little off topic. This thread is for discussion among Class B owners regarding nominations for the 2015 Rally. A reply regarding children not attending is fine and has been answered. Let's get back to the Rally nominations, who's planning on attending, who's bringing a dog, any other nominations, etc. Nick Nick, Lighten up. This is not the Class B Forum. ;) Let this thread free wheel socially or it will go dormant as it was recently.
Davydd 07/20/14 11:07am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Twelfth Annual RV.net Class B Rally (B12)

As I remember early on I believe one Class B family attended RV.net B4 with their pre-teen daughter. We just had a Class B Happinin' in Kansas where a 11 year old grandson of one couple attended. That was no problem. We just had to assure the beef stew I made in the Dutch oven with beer stock burned off the alcohol before serving. ;) Are cats welcome? :D
Davydd 07/20/14 10:12am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Crock pot in RV?

Here is another idea for using a crockpot in an RV. We have a Class B Great West Van. The inverter (DC to AC) for the TV is above the kitchen galley so we use it while traveling down the road with the crockpot plugged into it. The engine alternator is basically keeping the batteries charged so we can slow cook all day long while driving, have a meal ready as soon as we stop and still have fully charged batteries. As an extra precaution we place the crockpot in the sink and brace it so it does not slide around. The best crockpots for an RV are the kind that have removeable liners for easy cleaning. http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k309/Davydd_2006/Class%20B%20RV%20Camper%20Van/1622caca.jpg
Davydd 07/20/14 10:03am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Class B dealer support

If a dealer is so busy servicing their own customers they might be reluctant. Also, they are more familiar with the brands they sell. The equipment like generators, refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, water heaters, air conditioners, etc. are all pretty common and should be serviceable by any reputable dealer. Then there are many RV service centers that are non-denominational (no RV brand sales). Warranty work is usually the biggest hangup. I had warranty work on my Great West Van in Florida and all it took was a simple phone call to Winnipeg and the assurance GWVan would pay the bill. Great West Van only had about 3-4 dealers nationwide at the time. Advanced RV has no dealer network but they assured me they would handle any warranty problems in a similar manner. I would like to know if the manufacturers that have extensive dealer networks whether they would be more reluctant to allow an independent do warranty work. No manufacturer has that extensive or convenient network unless there is one down the road from you. Discount off MSRP is an age old game. MidwestRVSales.com runs a weekly ad in the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper. They list MSRP price alongside Special Pricing. Dealers do the same at RV shows. Am I to assume the special price is the final price? It didn't work that way when I bought my first B in 2006. The dealer had posted an MSRP and a sale price. I still counter offered my price and eventually brokered something in between my price and their sale price. At the same time shortly before striking that deal I walked away from another B when I could not get my price or close to it. It really all comes down to how much the dealer wants to move inventory.
Davydd 07/20/14 09:31am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: ANTS

We use Terro in our house which is a form of borax. The ants will collect the Terro and take it back to its nest for the other ants and they will all die from it. It usually only takes a day to wipe out a nest wherever it is. To determine if the ants are coming from within your B could you not park it in another place?
Davydd 07/20/14 09:09am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class B Toad

I've seen two Sprinter B's parked together when I was overnighting in the Tiger at a Flying J on I-81 in VA. Both were pulling smallish 4-door sedans. I remember one was a Jetta. It was early spring, and both had Canadian tags. I'm pretty sure they were snowbirds heading back north. For folks staying in the same spot for weeks or months, it makes sense. For touring, not so much. Jim, "Mo' coffee!" Canadian and early spring most likely would have been snowbirders if heading north. We haven't reached the stage where we would be snowbirders as we still enjoy our winter sports and want to be home at the holidays. I do wonder if we decided to go some place and just park and live for any length of time whether towing a car would be economical. But then again, if we reached that stage a B might not be that attractive. What I have noticed is the longer the stay the more the campsite gets set up with stuff all around. Even with a B and accumulating stuff that might be difficult to just get up and drive around at will. However, in South Padre Island we met another B couple that had been there for 3 months. They pulled a trailer down from Wisconsin with all their comfort stuff. Every day they did drive off with the B mostly to spend time all day at the Birding Center. For a short stay renting a car might not be a bad idea in an urban area. Rural, not so much.
Davydd 07/19/14 12:38pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Shower hygiene

If you have phobias about public showers, give up RVing in a Class B or get a big Class C, Class A or trailer. :)
Davydd 07/18/14 08:36am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: IPhone 6

I'm buying a camera and a mini computer. People really talk on these things?
Davydd 07/18/14 06:48am Technology Corner
RE: Gas or diesel?

http://www.sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23326&page=4 (still have to go learn to make this active will do ) Heres the thread. Diamondsea made specific reference to a diesel genset option 6/13 Perhaps it was a typo. I followed his thread and yours. Congrats on Alvar. New Toys are always great. UD DiamondSea's statement that a diesel generator was an option was probably a typo or based on that early loose information previously cited that never jelled. As he stated he never had any intention to install a generator so probably was just giving it off-hand lip service. If you think I am wrong call Advanced RV. I gave you background, facts and figures any person could see for themselves the infeasibility of sticking a diesel generator under a Sprinter. I don't know what more you need. It might become feasible once the 4x4 Sprinters ship that will raise the back 3.1" and the front 4". But then if someone wanted one for moderate off-roading that generator might still be too low for comfort.
Davydd 07/17/14 07:55pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Gas or diesel?

Interesting Davydd. Diamondsea in the Sprinter forum who already bought his specifically mentioned a diesel option. I think we were all in the same forum.. Was he wrong, or has there been an availability change between his unit and yours? UD I'm not sure what you are referencing to. DiamondSea in the Sprinter Source Forum stated he has no generator at all. I've looked at his B. He uses four AGM batteries and has the auto start feature where if the batteries get too low the engine will start up and charge the batteries. There was some discussion of a second alternator under the hood that DiamondSea said he didn't have. That alternator is now a standard. It is not a diesel generator. One poster called that second alternator a generator. I don't know if that is correct as I am not totally in tune with the details. An Onan generator for instance sends AC power to be converted to DC to charge batteries same as shore power. An alternator directly charges batteries in DC. But regardless, I digress. Again, DiamondSea has no generator at all in his B. He stated he has just the MB alternator to charge batteries via driving or auto start and high idle. Advanced RV is now installing a second belt driven alternator under the hood. That is not a diesel generator.
Davydd 07/17/14 07:14pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Gas or diesel?

I might be able to shed a little light on a diesel generator in a Class B. As I said before I know of one person with a Sprinter that he built DIY with a diesel generator. He told me at Advanced RV Fest and Open House last May that when he installed his it fit in his T1N model (pre 2007). He also told me since then they had modified the generator design that he bought and it is now deeper. I'm not sure which generator he used but he indicated he couldn't do it again. Those diesel generators in Class B Sprinters are all old links. Advanced RV never followed through or there would have been something mentioned after 2012. When we discussed options at Advanced RV Fest the subject never came up. When I negotiated options for my RV at Advanced RV it was never listed, offered or suggested. Advanced RV has pushed the envelope on a lot of things. That's their forte. They will build to what a customer wants but if it is simply not feasible they won't do it. In that link all they said is they were going to get one and test it. They never said it was available. There was never any followup. Isn't that telling? I think if a diesel generator was feasible in a Sprinter Class B van all the manufacturer/converters would be jumping on the idea. The one that sportsmobile is offering is a fairly large package - 28" x 23" x15". That is a pretty big box you have to find a place for. I suspect the only possible location is behind the rear axle, which makes some tank placement choices difficult depending on your interior layout. Knowing this, it would certainly seem more attractive to a van builder to want to do the 2nd alternator route if they can make it workable. It gets even worse if you select a short wheelbase van and are trying to place both a lp tank and lp generator in an even more limited space. That's a big generator. I just checked the generator on my Great West Van Legend. It is 22" x 16.3" x 12.8" deep. The clearance of the generator itself from the ground is 9.5" but there is an exhaust pipe that routes out from the bottom and makes a tight bend before going parallel to the ground. That clearance is 7" If you add 2.2" to the generator as that Powertech is then that exhaust pipe clearance would reduce to 4.8". That to me is not feasible. The smallest Onan diesel generator is 18" deep. With that it would mean the exhaust pipe would be 2.2" off the ground and the generator 4.3" off the ground.
Davydd 07/17/14 06:09pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Gas or diesel?

I might be able to shed a little light on a diesel generator in a Class B. As I said before I know of one person with a Sprinter that he built DIY with a diesel generator. He told me at Advanced RV Fest and Open House last May that when he installed his it fit in his T1N model (pre 2007). He also told me since then they had modified the generator design that he bought and it is now deeper. I'm not sure which generator he used but he indicated he couldn't do it again. Those diesel generators in Class B Sprinters are all old links. Advanced RV never followed through or there would have been something mentioned after 2012. When we discussed options at Advanced RV Fest the subject never came up. When I negotiated options for my RV at Advanced RV it was never listed, offered or suggested. Advanced RV has pushed the envelope on a lot of things. That's their forte. They will build to what a customer wants but if it is simply not feasible they won't do it. In that link all they said is they were going to get one and test it. They never said it was available. There was never any followup. Isn't that telling? I think if a diesel generator was feasible in a Sprinter Class B van all the manufacturer/converters would be jumping on the idea.
Davydd 07/17/14 05:45pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Travato and Adding a Spare Tire

Hey, I'm knocking on wood. :D ;)
Davydd 07/17/14 05:16pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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