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RE: Model Train enthusiasts

Move to Sun City, AZ. They have a model train club and facility to die for. :)
Davydd 03/29/15 08:14pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Jumpstart from auxiliary battery

Our house batteries trickle charge our chassis battery. In theory and hopefully we would not have to jump start in that situation with 420w of solar panels and 800ah of lithium ion batteries that would, in turn, get charged by the engine with a second alternator and with high idle auto start if they got too low. That's kind of a round robin solution you would have to be very negligent to defeat.
Davydd 03/28/15 08:05am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Why do we carry a spare tire around?

I had an unused spare on our first B after 61,000 miles. I didn't have a spare tire with my former Great West Van Legend for over 65,000 miles including a trip to Alaska and back. I don't have one with my new Advanced RV. I look at it this way. Having a flat is an inconvenience like a fender bender accident knowing I couldn't do anything without service anyway. Either way you'll be incapacitated and being retired we have time on our hands to work through it. With 140,000 miles of B touring the odds are fine.
Davydd 03/28/15 07:57am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What is currently the shortest class B out there.

If 23 feet will work just about any true Class B will be under consideration with the exception of the extended body Sprinter vans that are 24 feet long. Then you can concentrate on finding the B you truly might like.
Davydd 03/26/15 11:55am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Winnebago Travato Quality?

Travato owners will tell you they like them. However, there is no comparison in quality between the Pleasure-way you had and a Winnebago if that is all you are asking about. All you have to do is look at one and see for yourself.
Davydd 03/23/15 02:42pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Are there any class B's that do not look like RVs?

We couldn't afford hubcaps when building on the cheap. ;)
Davydd 03/15/15 10:33am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Why is the Class B forum so dead?

rooftop using inverter, or chassis dash w/ engine running? PS. We have no propane or Onan generator. how do you get AC on road in humid south, like for the pets when in a restaurant? does anyone know how long you can run an AC in a rig like davydd 's where there is no generator? i assume it is not legal to leave engine running w/ doors locked and pets inside w/ AC on. I'm guessing I could easily run our air conditioning for 5 hours or so. I have no plans to ever do so. Batteries and inverter only running the Coleman Mach 8 rooftop AC.
Davydd 03/04/15 12:11pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Any problems with 3.0 V6 Mercedes engine on Class B Van

We are wanting to purchase a Roadtrek, Pleasure Way or Winnebago Era van. Our mechanic has said to stay away from the 3.0 V6 diesel and look for an older van with the straight 5. The harmonic balancer goes out causing the engine to vibrate and self destruct. It is difficult to find an older van with the straight 5. Any comments or opinions? We are new to RVing. Your mechanic is an idiot. What else can I say? Model A Fords were extremely easy to work on. Anything built after was a pain .
Davydd 03/03/15 10:31pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Why is the Class B forum so dead?

PS. We have no propane or Onan generator. how do you get AC on road in humid south, like for the pets when in a restaurant? does anyone know how long you can run an AC in a rig like davydd 's where there is no generator? i assume it is not legal to leave engine running w/ doors locked and pets inside w/ AC on. I'm guessing I could easily run our air conditioning for 5 hours or so. I have no plans to ever do so.
Davydd 03/03/15 10:24pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Why is the Class B forum so dead?

Robert, That is not stealthy. In the states it would stand out like an orange fudge cycle and attract kids while driving down the street. :D ;)
Davydd 03/01/15 08:22am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Are there any class B's that do not look like RVs?

C'mon, I don't even have wheel covers! ;)
Davydd 03/01/15 08:12am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Are there any class B's that do not look like RVs?

Parked in a driveway in Sun City, Arizona (barely :) ) http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k309/Davydd_2006/Class%20B%20RV%20Camper%20Van/8221B4CB-CECB-4E7D-98BE-533FE97C259D.jpg
Davydd 02/28/15 12:33pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: MaxxAir cover on a van?

Fantastic makes a rain sensing fan that closes automatically. We had one and it worked great until we spent 3 weeks in South Padre Island. The coastal fog quickly corroded the sensing mechanism. We also found a heavy morning condensation dew would confuse it.
Davydd 02/28/15 10:56am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Why is the Class B forum so dead?

The vast majority of RVing is older people. I'm parked this morning in a large, free BLM land outside Quartzsite dispersed CG that has maybe a 100 RVs. They are all big rigs with one or two people and 9 months of the year that is the rule. I think there is one other B in the place. Everyone is spread out. Our nearest neighbor is a 5th wheeler 100 feet away. Being dispersed I parked so none of his windows could see us. Class B is an exclusive club. It is not obviously for everyone at 2% of the RVing world and it is expensive if you judge it by cost per sq. ft. of space. On the other hand as I sit in this CG I doubt there is another RV here that has traveled 4,800 miles this month and has camped in the diversity of places and campgrounds we have including some impossible places like a driveway, on the street or a mountain top 24 ft. Maximum campground. I'm convinced now the future of B'ing will be the self-sustained model Roadtrek is pushing with their Etrek concepts. Advanced RV is there now. We are totally independent of the grid and services campground except for a weekly dump and water replenishment. We have full use of our B with 100% use of 120VAC 24/7. I am also typing this in my lazy boy articulated bed position. I'm thinking we could easily full time in this which I guess we are doing from February to June. By the time we finish this trip we will have been to both coasts and will travel over 12,000 miles, maybe more at the rate we are going. I doubt you you could do this in any other RV. PS. We have no propane or Onan generator.
Davydd 02/28/15 08:17am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Why is the Class B forum so dead?

If you used the Facebook Groups app on an iPhone you could discover how easy it is to read and post to groups of your choice on Facebook and completely ignore the trappings of The rest of Facebook. Any message board that requires you to reference or link photos in a message or have to use BBC code is antiquated and more user unfriendly. The Pleasureway group and the seemingly many Roadtrek groups have many daily postings. There are many groups for just about all aspects of Class Bs, brands, topics, etc. it is jus a matter of picking and choosing. You can even follow what "B"ing in an Advanced RV is all about. I never thought an iPhone could be a better message board reading device than a computer but it is getting there.
Davydd 02/28/15 07:39am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Why is the Class B forum so dead?

I am a member and active on a lot of diverse message boards. They are all down and dwindling. I think it is Facebook groups that have done it. To me it is way better than Yahoo groups and Facebook is getting more robust in its capabilities especially with smartphone use. The day of the independent message boards is dying. I've seen many forum platforms come and go for over 30 years. This type of messaging board came popular around 2000. Before that it was AOL, Compuserve and Usenet in that descending order. If anything hastens RV.net's demise it will be its antiquated messaging software.
Davydd 02/27/15 08:42pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Carefree awning paint peeling off

First you have to determine if the converter custom painted the awning housing to match the van. If so, go back to Winnebago.
Davydd 02/24/15 07:34pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: MaxxAir cover on a van?

MaxxAir fans run in reverse as well.
Davydd 02/18/15 07:49pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: MaxxAir cover on a van?

The MaxxAir fan is standard on the Advanced RV Class B. I don't think it has anything to do with stealthiness. It is just much better than a Fantastic Fan and I would have to assume it might cost more. In a competitive situation Fantastic Fan is most likely what you are going to get. With MaxxAir the cover is is integral with the fan. When we had the Fantastic Fan the rain sensor often got confused in high humidity dew situations and if you camp a lot on the coast expect the the mechanism plunger device to corrode and fail. Our MaxxAir is a 10 speed remote control model and the first thing I noticed was it was a lot quieter than the Fantastic Fan. The roof hole is the same 14" square I believe so I would think the fans could be interchanged.
Davydd 02/17/15 11:58am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Are there any class B's that do not look like RVs?

Our Advanced RV has no awning. An awning, especially on a Sprinter sticking up in the air is a dead give away that it is an RV. I've noticed while out here in the southwest the air conditioning not so much because many commercial vans have rooftop air conditioning. To me that classic Roadtrek 170 reads RV all the way.
Davydd 02/13/15 08:47pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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