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RE: Born Free

Born Free for 2 is a Class C. You might get more information there.
Davydd 08/19/15 02:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Great visit to Advanced RV in Ohio !

JUSTJOHN, I've kept a long running message thread blog about Advancing Alvar on the ClassBForum.com message board. It starts with our decision to build and goes through 8 months of that process, then our first 100 days on the road coast to coast, and now subjects as they come up as we discover things about our B. On Facebook, there is the "B"in an Advanced RV group with experiences by many ARV owners.
Davydd 08/16/15 08:56am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Great visit to Advanced RV in Ohio !

401nailhead, Advanced RV is definitely a clean shop. You ought to be there at 5:00 PM at the end of the work day when they get out tooth brushes and clean all the crevices. ;) I'm a confirmed Class B owner. It finally came down to I would not RV at all unless in a camper van. I felt I made a great initial choice in 2005 and followed up with a second B in 2011 fulfilling not deficiencies as much as wanting to instill things I learned and desired. In 2015 my B experience and yearnings were growing and there were again additional things I wanted. Advanced RV was the only company that could make that happen for me and meet my expectations.
Davydd 08/15/15 06:37am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Super C manufacturers

You have the wrong forum. This is Class B camper vans. You are not even close. Try the Class C forum.
Davydd 08/04/15 02:45pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Any Winnebago factory workers lurking?

Six Sigma: Data metrics to disguise poor management, suppress common sense and discourage initiative. Been there, done that, and have seen the results. I thought you were on to something until you brought that up. You just have a burr under your saddle.
Davydd 08/03/15 08:53pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Any Winnebago factory workers lurking?

Winnebago creates a Class B RV that beats everyone in price. There may be a reason for that and you get what you pay for. That's the trade off. As for the workers, Forest City is probably located in ground zero for the best American factory workers. I suspect they care very much. They are better educated than most all states and grew up in a positive and ethical work environment.
Davydd 08/02/15 05:03pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Connector for a hose with no metal fittings?

There are many reasons for not having a connection to a dump station water hose as had been outlined here. Flushing black tanks should be done at home, and if on the road simply seek a full-hookup campsite with water and a dump and do it there. Such an effort can take some time and the next guy in line will be PO'd waiting for you. Yes, you can say you might do it at an unbusy time but Murphy's Law will always come into play.
Davydd 08/02/15 04:51pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Traveling with a cat in a Roadtrek

David. You couldn't get Advanced RV to make you a matching litter box? They certainly could have made one if I had asked. :) I didn't want a permanent installation since we don't take our cat with us every trip. Advanced RV has made permanent built in dog kennels and cat litter boxes for customers. They have quite a portfolio of custom installations. We have a few different litter boxes. I wanted an enclosed one like I showed and I designed the opening for our largest one to just fit under the bed and out of the way. We have hanging black strips that normally conceal it from view that I pushed out of the way for the photo. The opening does double duty. I can shove stuff out of the way from inside the van and I can use it for hauling and go to Home Depot and buy long 2s4s that will slide in nicely. Seems I am always buying boards.
Davydd 08/01/15 08:22am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Removable Awning

If you have a storage problem and want sun protection with the added benefit of bug protection get an Eddie Bauer Screen House. They are 15' x 15' and break down to fit in a canvas bag roughly 9" x 9" x 28" which is less than 3 feet in length. I haven't found anything that breaks down into a small package as this. They easily enclose a picnic table or have room for a couple of zero gravity lounge type chairs. We have an older version of this one we bought on sale for about $89 a few years ago. Eddie Bauer Screen House
Davydd 07/30/15 07:25am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Traveling with a cat in a Roadtrek

We travel with a cat and she roams free in the van. Off limits while driving is the driver and the dashboard. Most of the time she lies on the floor between the two cab seats or lap sits with the passenger. When stopped she always heads to the back under the beds and hides. Most of the B owners I know with cats pretty much allow them to be loose and not penned in a crate. There have been various methods for handling cat litter. Some have used special cutouts in the wardrobe closet. We specifically designed ours this way in the back under the beds. http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k309/Davydd_2006/Class%20B%20RV%20Camper%20Van/Perfect%20Kitty%20Litter%20Fit.jpg
Davydd 07/28/15 07:55am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Buying opportunity?

Why is an American company, Winnebago,apparently still way underselling the Canadians?
Davydd 07/23/15 03:31pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Portable Air Conditioning fit for a B

...and much bigger considering we are talking about use in a small Class B camper van.
Davydd 07/17/15 09:30am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Leveling block theft

Some private campgrounds usually have rules about tents though I never had a problem at KOA. Most public campgrounds intermix motorhomes, trailers and tents in the same area. I prefer public campgrounds and putting up a tent and leaving in a car is usually acceptable as many people are off visiting trail heads or taking part in activities. National Forest campgrounds usually don't have a post to indicate occupancy and are self-pay, and leaving behind a tent is the only really visible and for sure method to indicate occupancy even for scavenger thieves.
Davydd 07/17/15 09:25am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Leveling block theft

I had a small orange "Occupied" cone taken that had my name on it in big letters. It is amazing what people will take. That was in a high end private campground. Here is a hint, public campgrounds are generally safer when leaving items behind. Private campgrounds with seasonal or permanent occupants I do not trust. I suspect they have a lot of scavengers. Even something accidentally left behind does not give permission for taking it. People come back for things and the only permissible removal should be by campground staff hopefully with a lost and found bin. I lost my occupied cone and I lost a mat I was using for a marking spot. I've learned to leave nothing behind from those experiences. If there are no posts for departure date camping receipts I get leery about leaving a campsite when other campers are arriving and never in a self-pay situation. I'm thinking about a cheap sacrificial pup tent for those situations. I've used my large screen tent but wouldn't put it past someone taking it.
Davydd 07/17/15 06:44am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Leveling block theft

There is no flipside. Blocks, mat and surge protector is a big indicator of occupancy. Whether left accidentally or not, no one has the right to take it.
Davydd 07/16/15 04:23pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Travato Lithium Battery Project

Out of Airstream, Pleasure-way, Winnebago, Roadtrek, Sportsmobile and Advanced RV selling Class Bs in the United States, four of the six are offering lithium ion batteries as original equipment. It could easily end up being all of them soon if Wincrasher's DIY proves a practical alternative to AGMs. Note I left out Great West Vans and Leisure Travel Vans as they are not currently selling Bs.
Davydd 07/15/15 10:48am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Portable Air Conditioning fit for a B

This is a Class B question. I don't think one of those Costco portable roll around air conditioners is going to work with limited space. :) That cooler looks more like a cold fan for personal comfort. I doubt it would contribute any cooling to a space. At $299 the cooler itself would have to be as efficient as a Yeti type cooler with 5 day ice cube holding time to be worth it. And then people question the value of those kind of coolers as well.
Davydd 07/14/15 09:43am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Camper Vans & Class Ber's only. How late is too late?

we always shoot before 4 PM if going to a campground. Staff will usually be on duty still and more importantly you will have a better selection of campsites and have time to set up and make dinner. If you are traveling through I find it a waste of money to stop at a campground late. If late and heading on again in the morning a Walmart is fine.
Davydd 07/10/15 02:36pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class B "sweet spot"-priced campgrounds, 2 adults

There are a lot of private campgrounds that don't charge by the size of your RV but do charge for the size of the campsite mainly the length of the the space. Long drive throughs will be the most expensive and short back ins will be the least expensive. Many of the short back ins might accommodate a maximum of 30 feet and shorter thus eliminating trailers, 5th wheelers, large Class Cs and Class As. Often those small sites might be the only ones left late in a day which is an advantage for a Class B.
Davydd 07/10/15 07:14am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class B "sweet spot"-priced campgrounds, 2 adults

What you describe begs for public campgrounds such as state parks, county parks and COE. If you really need electrical then national forests and national parks rarely provide it. Public campgrounds often have much better public bath facilities than private. Public campgrounds often provide a range of campsites knowing tent campers don't usually need hookups at all. You can avail yourself of those sites if fairly level parking. Big rigs will not often fit. Public campgrounds seldom provide sanitary dumps at the campsite but often provide water. Electrical is usually a $3 to $5 premium. They also buffer each site better with trees and landscaping away from your neighbors. The "resort" facilities are elsewhere in the parks and are more adult if you like nature. Private campgrounds if they are decent usually provide full hookups and have sites way bigger than you need for parking but skimp on overall space. In other words you neighbor's rig could be 10 feet away and their picnic bench right next to your rig. They provide the community facilities but since most campsites are meant for big RVs they actually skimp on the public bath facilities. In other words they cater to totally self contained units. Cheaper private campgrounds that can compete in price with public are often temporary worker ghettos of semi full-timers. Many private campgrounds also have seasonal by the month or winter retiree campers that settle in to live not camp per se. Those types of campgrounds usually have less desirable sites for RV tourers looking for a short stay. A third option is building an RV that is self-sustaining so you can camp anywhere or boondock, dry camp or off grid camp. A Class B is ideal in that it can take advantage of the many national forests campgrounds that were originally never intended for motorized RV camping. So many of them have a 22-26 foot limit and they ain't lying when they say that. In our upper Midwest of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan they are the best campgrounds for quiet getaways. The best time to tour is spring and fall. Then private campgrounds may be amenable to desiring you with plenty of space available at a reduced rate.
Davydd 07/05/15 03:21pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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