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RE: Our Honey Bucket Console

"Sir, please get off the pot, step out of the van and keep your hands where I can see them." :)
Davydd 04/20/15 06:34pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Must read book, BOON DOCKERS etc

I'll have to read it. I just spent a lot of time in January, February, and March driving in the north and Midwest. Simply put that time of year campgrounds are not open and you have to be a bit flexible. I overnighted in Walmarts, Cracker Barrels, Camping World, on the streets, driveways, BLM dispersed lands and in private parking lots. I tried for a Cabelas but opportunity never presented itself. It didn't bother me as I have a B now quite capable of traveling that way, well insulated, sound dampened, light blocking and no dependence on needing to plug into shore power.
Davydd 04/12/15 02:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Video Review of Winnebago Travato 59G

Do AGM battery terminals have issues with corrosion that need tending and terminal cleaning or tightening? I never once saw the AGM chassis battery in my 2010 Sprinter in four years of ownership.
Davydd 04/10/15 10:04am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Tiny coffee maker and toaster

My Keurig is about 9 years old, its never failed to produce. :) Baby Keurigs? ;)
Davydd 04/09/15 05:06pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Tiny coffee maker and toaster

Keurig, takes 21/2 minutes to heat the water, and about 30 seconds to fill the cup with a great cup of hot coffee. Plus, there is virtually no clean up, except for the cup. There's a roast, and flavor for everyone, and hot chocolate. After that initial heat up of the Keurig and first cup, the second cup doesn't take that long. We bought some hot chocolate k-cups for our grandkids over the holidays. I think we still have some. I think I might try one this afternoon.
Davydd 04/09/15 07:23am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class B Owners

Daviedd, Can you tell us about your motorhome? Have never heard of this manufacture. Went to their web site. Are many available? Did not see any layouts. No prices. Steve Advanced RV Articulating Beds in a Class B Advancing Alvar Complete history from concept to maiden trip of our Advanced RV Class B.
Davydd 04/09/15 07:16am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Tiny coffee maker and toaster

We now have a Keurig single cup coffee maker. We brew directly to 12 oz. Thermo mugs and it is hot enough. Typically one brew will satisfy me in the morning. The Keurig is so fast my wife will brew a cup when we stop for fuel or at a rest stop sometimes. No fuss, no mess. We have 120v power all the time. In our previous Great West Van when not hooked into shore power we either had to run the generator (not going to do at a service station) or use a French Press on a propane burner (also not going to do at a service station.) With a Mr. Coffee drip type coffee maker brewing a pot more times than not had coffee we didn't drink and dumped. We also have the re-usable k-cup holder where we can put ground coffee in rather than use the pre-packaged k-cups. Personally, I prefer not to drink the same coffee that way all the time. I like to choose from a variety of k-cup brands.
Davydd 04/08/15 10:35am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class B Owners

Hi, What is the make and model of the inverter? The inverter on an Advanced RV is an Outback 2800w. Great West Van has installed them too.
Davydd 04/08/15 06:25am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class B Owners

My wife and I just spent 66 days on the road in overnight temperatures down to 5 degrees F in our new Advanced RV. We traveled a total of 11,000 miles from coast to coast. We plugged into shore power a total of 7 times and that was before we realized why bother. We've pretty much proved we have a totally self-sustaining Class B. Average water replenishment (40 gal.) and dumping (26 grey/18 black) could easily stretch to 10 days. Comfort was always utmost in my mind and we have pretty good front and back zoning with our articulated beds in back and rotating seats with a computer desk up front. 24" TV can be watched from either zone, however, we rarely watch TV when on the road. Our B is total electric and diesel fired for heat and hot water. No propane and no Onan generator. The compressor refrigerator runs 12v DC only. We camped in dispersed desert BLM lands, remote national forests, backyards, driveways, parallel parked on residential streets, casino parking lots including the Las Vegas Strip, overflow state parks (parking lots), Camping World, Walmarts, Cracker Barrels, company parking lots, downtown parking garage, and maybe some I've forgotten. Our camping cost would have been practically nil if we hadn't opted for location in San Diego, Savannah, Charleston, Phoenix and Sedona. What it was coming down to toward the end was I was beginning to resent having to pay $40+ for campgrounds and the amenities I didn't need especially private campgrounds. Even the public campgrounds are going up in price. I have to admit I was not fond of eating a Cracker Barrel meal out of courtesy after about the third time. The last time in Henderson, NC we didn't. Timing and opportunity made us miss out on trying a Cabelas. We chickened out of parking in the Stovall, NC police station town hall parking lot because we couldn't find anybody around for a blessing to do so. Never got any 3 AM knocks on the door. We haven't tried a truck stop or rest stop yet. So it sounds like, after all the discussion of power requirements, batteries, solar, engine generators, etc, that the feature that makes this van work well is the diesel heating system. Any idea of what your consumption was to heat the coach? Also, if you are boondocking so much of the time, where are you most often filling water and dumping tanks? The diesel heating was minor and as Avanti mentioned it was quiet when it was on and was very efficient. In those 66 days we rarely ran our heater. Maybe a dozen times and mostly in the morning after waking up. Maybe three times we left the heater on all night set at 54 degrees. Our first night in a boondocking situation in the Advanced RV parking lot the outside temperature got down to 5 degrees. That is a temperature few Class Bs are capable of surviving in with water in the tanks and without hookups. For heating the Espar takes maybe a cup of diesel per hour. As for filling water and dumping, we were getting nearly 10 days on the average. There were many places where we were in full hookup campgrounds such as San Diego, Phoenix, Sedona, Tucson, Savannah, Charleston, etc. mostly for location convenience and/or the only campgrounds available. We also stayed in some state parks in the overflow lots without hookups but access to water and dump stations. All in all, it is easy to find water and dump stations. We never even had to resort to truck stops and rest stops that had them. When you can go more than a week it is easy to anticipate and plan your stop. We do make liberal use of public facilities for restrooms and showers when we can to conserve our tanks. 40 years of tent camping honed that skill and habit. :) We actually hooked up electrical a total of 7 times and quit bothering after February 23 even when we had access at a campsite. It took a month before we realized there was really no reason to hookup. Then it just became a matter of principle not to. As I mentioned, we don't have propane nor an Onan generator. We do have the second alternator that is capable of putting out well over 200 amps per hour charging. We never used autostart or or idled our engine to charge batteries other than doing a little bit to test the systems to see how it worked. One hour of driving usually recharged our batteries to 100% after an overnight using all our electrical systems with no worry about conservation. Bake bread or a pizza? No problem. We had full electrical use of our B 24/7 with both 120v AC and 12v. That meant the electrical outlets, microwave/convection oven, electrical induction cooktop, and Keurig coffee maker were always available and were used liberally. In effect, we have a Class B capable of parking anywhere to camp in temperatures down to 5 degrees (proven) without winterizing, never needing an electrical hookup and needing a source of water replenishment and dumping of tanks conservatively about once per week. What makes the van work well is the sophisticated 800ah lithium ion battery bank coupled with the second alternator and large, efficient inverter that can quietly power all the 120v systems. Surprisingly, solar was pretty much a non-factor. I pretty much pre-determined in my analysis solar was going to be frosting on a cake.
Davydd 04/07/15 08:51pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class B Owners

My wife and I just spent 66 days on the road in overnight temperatures down to 5 degrees F in our new Advanced RV. We traveled a total of 11,000 miles from coast to coast. We plugged into shore power a total of 7 times and that was before we realized why bother. We've pretty much proved we have a totally self-sustaining Class B. Average water replenishment (40 gal.) and dumping (26 grey/18 black) could easily stretch to 10 days. Comfort was always utmost in my mind and we have pretty good front and back zoning with our articulated beds in back and rotating seats with a computer desk up front. 24" TV can be watched from either zone, however, we rarely watch TV when on the road. Our B is total electric and diesel fired for heat and hot water. No propane and no Onan generator. The compressor refrigerator runs 12v DC only. We camped in dispersed desert BLM lands, remote national forests, backyards, driveways, parallel parked on residential streets, casino parking lots including the Las Vegas Strip, overflow state parks (parking lots), Camping World, Walmarts, Cracker Barrels, company parking lots, downtown parking garage, and maybe some I've forgotten. Our camping cost would have been practically nil if we hadn't opted for location in San Diego, Savannah, Charleston, Phoenix and Sedona. What it was coming down to toward the end was I was beginning to resent having to pay $40+ for campgrounds and the amenities I didn't need especially private campgrounds. Even the public campgrounds are going up in price. I have to admit I was not fond of eating a Cracker Barrel meal out of courtesy after about the third time. The last time in Henderson, NC we didn't. Timing and opportunity made us miss out on trying a Cabelas. We chickened out of parking in the Stovall, NC police station town hall parking lot because we couldn't find anybody around for a blessing to do so. Never got any 3 AM knocks on the door. We haven't tried a truck stop or rest stop yet.
Davydd 04/06/15 09:25am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Plateau TS model years

There is not that much difference in the Mercedes Benz Chassis of 2010 to 2013 to worry about. The 2014 chassis was redesigned cosmetically in the front end and had some desirable safety features added if Pleasure-way included them. The front end redesign was to unify the look more with its high end luxury cars. It was subtle. The steering wheel was redesigned as well but the rest of the cab not much different. All in all go with the price.
Davydd 04/05/15 08:50am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Sprinter 3500 chasis in cross winds and general stability

We just drove home Wednesday in 35 mph cross winds and gusts much higher in our Advanced RV 3500 EB Sprinter. We have the added VB Air Suspension. We held the road and tracked as well as expected. It drove much better than our previous 2005 2500 Pleasure-way Plateau. The 3500s don't have cross wind assist. The 2500 Sprinters do for 2015. I imagine the duallys simply track and handle better in wind. The Ascent and the Plateau Pleasure-ways are not comparable. The Ascent is a 4 wheel 2500 and the Plateau is a 6 wheel 3500 chassis.
Davydd 04/03/15 02:04pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Twelfth Annual RV.net Class B Rally (B12)

I see Ann and Earl are next on the waiting list. Will there be any doubling up opportunities to include them? If so, we volunteer for them. We can manage without hookups. We need to get Tim and Pam, past multiple attendees in too.
Davydd 04/02/15 08:34pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
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
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