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RE: Roof Vents??

There are no caps and never were any on the 2005 Plateau roof vents (I had one). Why would you need them? Even if it rains the water is only going to go into your black tank or grey tank and it can't be all that much. You could get a little bit of tree debris but that debris will just come out with your gravity dump.
Davydd 08/31/14 08:43pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Extra house battery in Pleasure Way Excel

If you buy a B that has sat for any length of time, especially on a dealer lot, where it might have been intermittently demonstrated you can almost bet the battery got abused. I know my first B battery did. Only I did not understand it at the time even though the dealer had to jump start charge the auxiliary battery to demonstrate it.
Davydd 08/31/14 02:17pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Extra house battery in Pleasure Way Excel

I had a one battery B and now a two battery B. You don't need the second battery but it does give you a great sense of comfort when dry camping and you are not always running your battery down to its limit.
Davydd 08/31/14 12:13pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Running engine when stopped

Morden's B is a 2000 Ford Excel and I don't know if engine idling is a good thing or not. Someone with knowledge could answer that. As I mentioned earlier, good battery management and knowing your capabilities is the answer. I suppose if you had charge your batteries in an emergency situation you could, first, just drive around and find a reason to go some place. Or secondly, treat it like you would a generator. When I did run my generator I closed the windows on the exhaust side and did not occupy my B in a sleeping or closed in living situation. With the generator below the bed/sofa it would have been a magic fingers experience anyway. We set up outside and usually our generator running was for a short period of time to brew coffee connected to an AC outlet. Running the engine, however, does not give you AC outlet power so it would only be done for battery charging. But if it is OK to do so, just do so while outside the B. In our next B (Sprinter) we will have fast idle engine idling capability for up to 2 hours and it will run the air conditioner and AC power with a second alternator and high capacity inverter. I don't anticipate using the feature except in an emergency low battery situation, if ever. And, if so, would treat using it in a similar manner I described.
Davydd 08/31/14 12:10pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Sleeping Quarters

You didn't say what van. Ford or Sprinter. I had a 2005 Pleasure-way Sprinter Legend. I am assuming you are talking about the ottoman and infill cushion part. The Pleasure-way has two positions for the ottoman seat cushions. You have to carefully know how to position the seat cushions and when you get it right the two infill back cushions then fit tight between. I originally just thought it was sloppy construction but after communicating with others I found it to just be the case. I also installed a removable slat to prevent the cushions from sliding out. I did this before I figured out how to seat the cushions correctly. http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k309/Davydd_2006/CushionStay.jpg
Davydd 08/31/14 11:46am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Able to handle dirt roads other than a Sportsmobile.

The 4x4 Sprinter will be 3.1" higher in the back and 4" higher in the front.
Davydd 08/30/14 05:20pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Able to handle dirt roads other than a Sportsmobile.

We have gone to a lot of places including Alaska and back, the gravel On Top of the World Highway to Dawson City, Yukon and many national forests on gravel roads. There is not a lot of need for 4x4. If you desire that rugged I think you would rattle and tear apart a typical B interior. A B is a big investment to abuse. However, I came very close to ordering a Mercedes Benz Sprinter 4x4 which will be shipping the 1st quarter of 2015 but it was a tad too late for my needs. Advanced RV, I believe, already has customers and will be converting for them. There are a lot of primitive out of the way campgrounds you can get to only with a Class B (or a truck camper you don't desire) mainly because of 24 ft. restrictions. But I haven't found the roads onerous to traverse other than maybe the width which could give truck campers and small Cs the willies.
Davydd 08/30/14 08:31am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Forest River slideout stuck ... Reset ??

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Davydd 08/28/14 11:25am Class C Motorhomes
RE: LTV Free Spirit 2014 - electrical upgrades?

The B converters are easily installing 4 or more batteries under the floor in battery boxes and keeping the generator and thus not sacrificing space. I can speak definitely that Advanced RV can.
Davydd 08/27/14 09:17am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: LTV Free Spirit 2014 - electrical upgrades?

TerriRa, A similar floor plan with kitchen counter on the passenger side can also be had from Great West Vans and Advanced RV. Both companies can give you a multiple battery setups and variable solar packages as they have more flexibility to satisfy your desires. The one other company with a similar floor plan is Pleasure-way with its Plateau TS but they have been unbending it seems to provide multiple battery setups. There is more than just adding solar or extra batteries such as in an after market situation. You also have to be cognizant of everything else such as inverters, controllers, wiring, management systems, etc. Only three companies seem to be actively thinking those things out for you at the design level (Roadtrek, Great West Vans, and Advanced RV).
Davydd 08/27/14 08:10am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Winnebago ERA 70C

The Pleasure-way Prestige? It is nothing like an ERA 70C. First it is not a B or van based, and secondly it isn't a Sprinter. Lastly it doesn't even have a slide.
Davydd 08/21/14 12:38pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Winnebago ERA 70C

The couch can't be any wider. It has to fit the cut out where a sliding door would go on the driver's side.
Davydd 08/19/14 03:39pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Winter Storage

I'm pretty sure we have colder or as cold of weather in Minnesota as border land Ontario. We leave our B outside with it it plugged in to a 30 amp service. We leave the battery in. It doesn't freeze and we periodically start the engine and idle it but don't drive it and we periodically run the propane generator. Both have started up at around 0 degrees F. I do diligently shovel the snow around and away from the B and also brush the snow off the B after every snow fall. We had over 2 feet of accumulated compacted snow on the ground last winter at one time so it is important to keep it off or it would overtake you.
Davydd 08/16/14 01:36pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Running engine when stopped

Morden, You have two house batteries so are well covered for lights, TV and furnace use overnight. It might help if you said what Class B you have as I suspect if it is only a year old it may already have LED lighting and all these suggestions may not be necessary. Regardless, if you don't have LED lights, with two house batteries, changing them out would only be a slight bonus. We still have halogen ceiling lights. Just practice conservative use. Don't leave lights on unnecessarily. For sleeping you don't have to run a furnace all night long or you can lower the temperature setting to as low as you can tolerate with the sleeping blankets you have. We use sleeping bags rated down to 20F so never turn our furnace on until just before climbing out of bed in the morning. You only need to turn on your hot water about 20 minutes before using it. Don't leave it on constantly. One thing you didn't mention was your refrigerator. If it is a three-way then simply run it on propane. With our current 2011 Great West Van Legend we have two house batteries and a generator, but over 4 years and 65,000 miles we have but 14 hours on it. We have dry camped up to 5 straight days several times. Our generator use has never been to charge our batteries. It has been mostly for testing and exercising before trips and to brew coffee in the morning. Unfortunately, unless you have a large inverter you will not be brewing coffee by running your engine. Since you mentioned truck stop, that implies to me you will be driving that day you stop and when you get up in the morning. Driving will more than charge your batteries. I guess what I am saying is, bottom line, you should never have to idle your engine to charge batteries while stopped. You will learn that with experience.
Davydd 08/15/14 07:15am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What Did You Do To Your Class B Today ?

Our Great West Van Legend is completely emptied out now. It seemed as if the stuff never stopped coming out. Who knew we had a golf umbrella tucked away? :) So today the detailing begins. My wife announced her chore today was to furniture polish all the cabinets and scrub the front cab rubber floor. I'll detail the exterior storage box and fiber glass cover lids and put a new 3" dump cap on. Soon I'll have to do an extra cleaning of the exterior. It is is top notch condition only we recently discovered the air conditioning compressor is not kicking in and it just blows air. So we will take it in for repairs on Tuesday. I'm not sure what that will mean yet but it has to be fixed to sell. It is not fuse or breaker related.
Davydd 08/15/14 06:44am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What Did You Do To Your Class B Today ?

I put my B up for sale. So did I. It is advertised in a few places.
Davydd 08/14/14 11:19am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Solar Panels - worth it?

I should add in regard to what I said about solar taking care of the necessary charging for battery drain that is going to occur if you did nothing. The major reason I want solar for dry camping situations is to have the ability to still have full use of all my electrical AC outlets, microwave and coffee maker without having to resort to running a generator. Air conditioning is a very low priority but since we are adding solar, large battery bank and high wattage inverter/charger we do want that little extra capacity to run an air conditioner for a one to two hour stop during the day (lunch, hiking, shopping, touring, etc,) and leave a pet in the van. If the climate were so adverse to need air conditioning we would simply seek an electrical hookup campground. For a dry camping situation in a forest wilderness I would want neither a generator or an air conditioner running. As I have said in the past, we have managed for most of a decade to effectively plan and follow the climate and seasons without needing air conditioning in our Class Bs. Part of that has been the use of effective screening on the back doors and huge opening side sliding door as well as five operable windows. That is what few Class Bs have had but are just now waking up to the idea and no Class Cs I am aware of can accomplish to equalize inside temperatures with the outside.
Davydd 08/13/14 07:38am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: A macerating toilet

I've looked at this macerator toilet as well as a composting toilet someone else suggested to me. I guess I still like old fashioned tried and true gravity. :) The macerating toilet looks rather complex. What happens with an electrical failure or a blade clog? The only plus I see is the ability to place it anywhere you want away from a tank. In a Class B that is not all that critical at least in the Sprinter. I'd still want a separate black tank from a grey tank mainly for clean sanitation in dumping. I will get a macerator but will have the option to do the standard 3" slinky hose two valve (grey and black) gravity dump. My black tank will be 18 gallons which is an increase from my Great West Van Legend 10 gallon tank. We go about 4 days between dumps now with our 10 gallon and it is coupled with grey tank fill and fresh water fill fairly well. So all three are usually taken care of on the same day at a campground. My fresh water will increase from 29 gallons to 40 gallons and my grey will increase from 20 to 28 in our ordered Advanced RV Sprinter. I think that all will increase dumping chores to weekly. The composting toilet seems like an extra maintenance chore. Where do you get coconut fiber and where do you easily get peat? Where do you dispose of compost on the road? You still have grey water and fresh water chores and they don't seem to be in synch with composting chores. Back to square one. I like to take care of all three at the same time at a planned stop.
Davydd 08/13/14 07:18am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: A macerating toilet

I'm on an iPhone with limited Internet in a country where you don't put toilet paper in the toilet even In the best hotels. Dominican Republic.
Davydd 08/10/14 12:42pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Buying a newer B

If you want a wide aisle Sprinter B that two people can pass by each other the Great West Van Legend is the widest at 26.5" at its narrowest point.
Davydd 08/07/14 05:35am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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