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RE: B vs C---leaks, maintenance, quality

mlts22 pretty much covered the differences. Leaks occur because materials fail over time mainly where materials join and have to be sealed. In that regard any hole penetration will be the cause of a potential leak. Many of the small Class Cs are made with mostly seamless fiber glass bodies and roofs thus only have the hole penetrations. Some Class Cs and most larger Class Cs are stick built, then covered with materials to waterproof them such as applied membrane roofs. As I said, materials wear out. A moving RV accelerates that wear. You should seal roof penetration joints with high quality polyurethane or silicone sealants, not acrylics, rubber or hybrids of acrylics and rubbers with polyurethanes or silicones. Going cheap with sealants is inviting failure. Windows, panels and doors fit better in precisely cut out openings in uni-surfaces of steel and fiber glass rather than in stick built pieces that frame an opening. The quality of the windows and the sealants used also make a difference. That's another difference between most Class B vans, fiber glass bodies vs. stick built. If you are going to build your own minimal Classl B your concern should not who makes a quality one but what are your choices of vans. The euro vans of Sprinter, Promaster and Transit would probably be the best choices now. But if you want to know who makes a quality Class B, this day and age most all do. I would put Advanced RV at the top of the list and Winnebago at the bottom if you wanted to rank them. But mostly you pick them for what you like in layout, features, availability and cost. There are a lot of Roadtreks on RV Trader because there are simply more Roadtreks than other Bs.
Davydd 10/30/14 06:55am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Ford Transit vs Nissan NV--comparison

Transit wins comparison test I noticed the comparison was with 2500 series vans. No one in North America is offering 2500 series Sprinters in Class B conversions other than maybe the 144" wheelbase model. Are they building 3500 Transit vans yet? It seems strange no one has proposed a Class B model. The Ford website lists a 350 HD with GVWR of 10,360 and payload of 4650 lb. But I have not seen any in inventory at dealers in this area. My guess is that if there are any in production yet, they are going directly to fleet sales. FORD SPECS I see that. I'm kind of wondering. The Transit to me seems a lot closer in spec and size to the older model pre-2007 Sprinter that converters were building on the 2500 chassis. If they could pull it off it might be attractive not being a dually. The current Sprinter had to go to 3500. Then on the other hand, the market is looking for heavier Bs in multiple batteries, bigger tank capacities, solar, granite countertops, etc.
Davydd 10/29/14 02:10pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Ford Transit vs Nissan NV--comparison

Transit wins comparison test I noticed the comparison was with 2500 series vans. No one in North America is offering 2500 series Sprinters in Class B conversions other than maybe the 144" wheelbase model. Are they building 3500 Transit vans yet? It seems strange no one has proposed a Class B model.
Davydd 10/29/14 07:15am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: PLUMBING PROBLEM - Winnebago ERA

Karsty didn't know they messed it up a year ago. I know how he feels. I had an emergency skylight leak repair done in Florida and was happy we could continue our journey. However, the real problem was not really fixed, the leak came back, and when I finally got on the roof to inspect what they had done, it was a grand mess. Eventually I fixed it myself at home.
Davydd 10/27/14 04:35pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Microwave or Convection Microwave

Is there a difference in the amount of battery power used cooking the same thing microwave vs. convection? Just thought of that when running either off the inverter. I don't have any information at hand but it should be easy to figure out. You need two things. How many amp hours it takes in each mode with the heat setting you need and how long you have to cook in each mode. Figure it out for each and compare. It is a good question. I hadn't thought about it because I didn't think I would cook the same things. Take for instance, I would not pop popcorn in the convection mode and I would not bake bread in the microwave mode. Heating a frozen pizza choice would be the way it came out best in my mind. So far at home that has been in the oven and not the microwave. But then a leftover slice in the refrigerator from the night before might get microwaved. :)
Davydd 10/27/14 12:57pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: IPad APP

Didn't know that... how do you do it? In your iPad Safari browser app go to the web page you want then tap on the icon that looks like a box with the arrow pointing up. That will bring up a menu of many icon choices. Tap "Add to Home Screen". That will put the web page you are in on your home screen as an icon that will take you right back to the page - RV.net in your case if you want an "app" for RV.net.
Davydd 10/27/14 10:49am Technology Corner
RE: Ford Transit vs Nissan NV--comparison

A local RT dealership has had a NV upfit on their lot for at least a year, if now more... no takers. The Transit has one nice advantage... it is offered in a high top version, about 10 inches higher than the Sprinter in the US. I've thought of using this with a false floor (although it would take another step to get fully in the van) for adding a hydronic system and extra water tank space. Or use the extra ceiling room for a drop-down bed and more overhead space. I know you have said this before but I was confused since the overall heights were not much different. In fact the Transit (110.1 inches) is not as tall overall as the Sprinter (111 inches). The difference inside is the Transit maximum cargo height is 81.5 inches and the Sprinter is 78.2 inches. That is a difference of 3.3 inches. Since the finish interior heights of most Sprinter conversions are 75 inches I think they are quoting heights extending to the metal roof surface and not the structural ribs. Without measuring the rib depths and comparing I am not sure what the finish dimensions would turn out for the Transit. Nobody has built one yet. Logic should say the Transit should still be a little taller inside and that would make tall guys happy. The 2015 Sprinter has a new super high roof that is even taller with an interior standing height of 84 inches but its design is such it could not support any loads or equipment so probably would not be functional for an RV.
Davydd 10/27/14 08:01am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Microwave or Convection Microwave

Have you ever cooked on the heat of the vehicle engine? Years ago I read where a guy created an "Oven" on the exhaust of his vehicle. Would set things up before a trip and then when he got there it would be ready to eat. It was designed to never be in contact with the exhaust gasses but the heat from the exhaust system. We have done that a couple of times. Prepare your meal and wrap in tin foil and/or tin plates. It works but is kind of a strange thing to do. You engine compartment is pretty much your oven and you don't have to rig up anything. You just have to have the right and secure spot on the exhaust manifold. I imagine if you fashioned some kind of metal box you could bake a little more elegantly than in a wad of tin foil. It was mostly a curiosity quest for us. What we have done and will continue to do so is cook pot roasts, chicken and such in an an electric crock pot set in the kitchen sink in case of spill overs and to keep it in place of course when driving all day. Gene, On the popcorn it could be operator error. Our combo works as either a microwave or a convection oven. As a microwave it functioned just as expected. It took us some time to figure out the convection oven part. We didn't even use the convection oven feature the first year we had it in our B. Punching a touch pad in long complicated sequences (it seemed) to get it to work was over our head at first. :) At home we have a regular double oven and a microwave/convection oven. Our touch pad failed so we are replacing the microwave/convection oven with just a microwave. At home we never had a need to use the convection oven part.
Davydd 10/27/14 07:14am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Microwave or Convection Microwave

A Dutch oven can bake such as bread bread, yes, but a very popular way to bake bread in a Dutch oven is in another oven or over charcoal where you can also apply heat on the lid with charcoals in order to "bake" the bread. Otherwise it is just a cast iron pot with heat only applied to the bottom from a burner. No-knead bread baked in a porcelain Dutch oven in a regular oven range. http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k309/Davydd_2006/Bread/No-Knead30Min.jpg Pizza ready to bake in a tri-leg cast iron Dutch oven with charcoals on top and bottom. http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k309/Davydd_2006/Pizza/DutchOvenPizzaPrepped.jpg Yeah, it's baking but tedious and somewhat of a dedicated art.
Davydd 10/26/14 08:27pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Microwave or Convection Microwave

I had 2 micro/convec ----one in a previous home and one in a previous MH. I did not like EITHER one! Maybe it's me, old school that I am, I like my regular oven. :) I don't disagree regular ovens are better, but the point is in a Class B if you don't have a combination of a microwave/convection oven you aren't going to have the ability to bake and roast unless you have one or settle for an even lesser separate standalone space taking oven of some sort because I can't think of a North American converter that puts in built in ovens in a Class B. A convection/microwave takes up the same space as a microwave only and just gives you the option of choice. They do cost more than a microwave alone if that is a consideration. Some foods (most) are probably better baked than microwaved when you have a choice. They both make excellent bread drawers. :)
Davydd 10/26/14 04:10pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Ford Transit vs Nissan NV--comparison

By the same token. The Nissan is basically a Titan pickup that has been here for many years. Look on YouTube for the Sportsmobile poptop camper based on the NV. Very nice. The Titan pickup was designed from scratch and built in America exclusively for the American market just a decade ago. I had one. It was a good pickup and even pickup of the year once. But the Nissan van is a make do adoptive hybrid and not much of a true van either by classical American standards (Econoline) or Euro standards (Transit.) As far as rear wheel drive train goes I think I would give the nod to Ford for experience. As to technical, I don't have enough knowledge to judge that. For Class B conversion ability I would have to give the nod to the Ford Transit as a pro and the Nissan as a con. From what I have seen from Sportsmobile and Roadtrek it doesn't make for much of a good Class B as the useable van body is just too short for the over all length. If you liked the size of the T1N Sprinter I think you'll like the potential of the Transit better.
Davydd 10/26/14 03:52pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: I Phone 6 Reviews

I just ordered an iPhone 6 Plus 128GB model from Apple. It was unavailable for pickup in Apple stores at this time and they say 3-4 weeks with free shipping. I had an order in with Target from the first week available but it seems all they ever have are 16GB models and they couldn't tell me if and when they would ever get in what I wanted. Their website says available in store only yet when I check availability no Minnesota store had them. So I gave up on them. Too bad for me though, because I do get a 10% retiree discount on top of a 5% Target Redcard discount if I bought through them. :( I'm amazed at the demand for iPhones. I thought after a month everything would have died down. I went to the Apple Store yesterday Friday at 2 PM in the afternoon and it was packed with people. They had a sign placard set up to order iPhones and there were a half dozen people standing in line waiting to place orders. So, I asked. They were sold out of every type of iPhone. They suggested I just order it online. They said when they did get shipments in (every day) they have been snapped up almost immediately. I've gotten by with a 32GB 4S but I am thinking with slow motion video and all that I will probably eat up a lot more gigabytes now. 32GB was already requiring me to edit out my photos, videos and apps that I didn't use so I figured 64GB might not be enough.
Davydd 10/25/14 08:28am Technology Corner
RE: Tiny house crossover to RV?

I've never had a cable lock for my many laptops. I've always thought that might have been a college student essential thing and computers didn't even exist when I was a college student. :) However, we are getting a safe installed in our new B that will be big enough to hold a couple of laptop computers and more.
Davydd 10/25/14 08:08am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Tiny house crossover to RV?

Our van type RVs have an insulation limitation in that the ribbing is only about 1-1/2" think in which to insulate and they have a lot of metal heat transfer as well through the ribbing. Tiny homes can easily be super insulated with stress skin panels if desired with no through heat loss and R values as high as 30 or so vs a Class B at 4.5 at best (a generous estimate, IMO). I think an Advanced RV is being built with a composting toilet (not mine). You would still have to have a grey water tank to dump. I don't know much about composting toilets but I am assuming you would not be wasting your fresh water with them thus allowing more water for other things. I also don't know how long you would have to go between dumps. I just haven't investigated them. I have researched and specified the original "Clivus Multrum" composting toilets in homes. To me that was a good citizen desire on the owner's part. I should see if they have any advantages in an RV. All my computing is sitting in a lounger chair with a laptop now. I have gotten pretty good with a touch pad so no longer use a mouse. I can even do CAD drawing pretty well with a touch pad.
Davydd 10/24/14 02:17pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Six months full-timing in the Winnebago Travato

I would guess if your fresh water tank is inside your Travato that most all your water lines would be as well. So if you can keep your inside above freezing you will be OK. About the only thing you would have to do is periodically put pink anti-freeze in your floor waste trap (after use) and maybe add some in your grey and black water tank. If your daytime temperatures go above freezing I would think you would have no problem with dumping. Of course, staying ahead of the cold weather seeking warm climes is what full-timing would be about I would think. :) I wouldn't winterize the traditional way such as emptying tanks unless you plan to deliberately stay in or travel through all day below freezing weather. If you want to see how one couple remodeled their B for cold weather camping and get their ideas, read the blog, The Fit RV. They insulated water lines, routed heat next to them, put heating pads on under floor waste tanks and heating on the discharge waste pipes to keep them from freezing up. We don't heat our B overnight other than to keep it above freezing. Then we open cabinet and bathroom doors to put what little heat we have in those areas. We use sleeping bags good down to 20F. We have camped in overnight temps as low as 18F but would plan to avoid anything colder. It is hard not to avoid that situation in the high elevation Rocky Mountains in September.
Davydd 10/23/14 08:09am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: GPS App ?

If you are already familiar with TomTom you can get the app for Android. The beauty of it is it has its own map base built in and doesn't rely on the Internet cell towers. That means it will work in the wilderness. It got me through Canada on my way to Alaska where I had my cell connection turned off. It is pretty much the same as a standalone TomTom unit. I have it on my iPhone and iPad. Map and data updates come quarterly. It will however work with the Internet in search for things that are not in their stored database.
Davydd 10/22/14 06:17pm Technology Corner
RE: Tardis Encounters Van Conversion

I tried zooming in but you are right that the plate can't be read. Don't you wonder how they can zoom in on TV shows and do that from cheap security cameras? :D
Davydd 10/22/14 04:44pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Tiny house crossover to RV?

I haven't watched the Tiny House series. Is it on cable? I have watched the tree house cable show a few times. I do follow Tiny House Talk on the Internet.
Davydd 10/22/14 04:38pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Tiny house crossover to RV?

PapPappy, The backyard tiny house is hit or miss in communities in regard to allowing them. It is an interesting dynamic. A lot of inner city neighborhoods have a problem with them because it brings more density and more auto parking problems in some 1/8th acre lot neighborhoods. At the same time those neighborhoods battle with the tear down and build McMansions that overshadow the smaller neighborhood homes. mlts22, One of the biggest reasons so many tiny houses are on wheels is the get around building codes. I think what you want, at least in urban areas, has been zoned out. That is probably the major reason you don't see much development in livability in the smallest size possible. Even in multifamily apartments it is rare to find cities that allow anything less than 500 sf but there is a movement to approve such. One basic problem is allocated square feet. The minimum size bedroom for instance by code is usually 80 square feet or a minimum dimension of 8 feet clear. Right there if you were trying to build a tiny house it would have to exceed the maximum road width of 8'-6". So the tiny houses on wheels would not be permanently allowed. One can dig and dig into the codes but I think would quickly find there would be a no man's land of building feasibility between 400 sf and probably around 800 sf. as a minimum. But once you get above 800 sf it seems the tiny house infatuation ends. Thus not much interest with the exception of the vacation cabin second home. There are probably a myriad of other reasons of why it just doesn't seem to happen. Well anyway, we have used our Class B as a tiny house in some ways. We have used ours with visiting guests in our driveway. And of course, it has been our home on the road for as much as a third of a year and there are some full-timers out there in Bs. We B vanners have some experience with "tiny houses". :)
Davydd 10/22/14 04:27pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: I Phone 6 Reviews

I still don't have an iPhone 6 Plus but did make a mock up from a cedar shingle that I have carried around, handled, tested pockets, etc. I ordered from Target because I will save on a discount but am starting to get a bit impatient. :( The optical image stabilization and larger screen for post photo editing are the two biggest reasons I want it. I use an iPhone more as a camera and Internet device than a phone. The mock up next to my iPhone 4S http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k309/Davydd_2006/iPhone6Plusand4S.jpg
Davydd 10/22/14 02:37pm Technology Corner
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