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RE: Macerator pumps--how to spot one?

Some good points made. My big fear would be the macerator pump failing without a manual dump option, as one person commented. I can believe handling the smaller hose is easier. Lots of Class Bs now have macerators along with an optional bayonet connection for a gravity slinky. If the macerator fails you always have the fall back. For us the macerator has proven to not only be faster to dump but also more sanitary. It is also a lot easier at those dump stations designed for bigger RVs that have those 6" high containment curbs all around the dump hole.
Davydd 01/29/16 12:31pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class B cookware

We use this. It is called Smartspace Cookware. It works on an electric induction cooktop and it stores away very compactly in a Class B.
Davydd 01/27/16 06:27am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: One Last Sanity Check: New ERA 70C vs. Used Free Spirit SS

That was not a simple discussion on your part. You could have asked how I knew the difference in the length of the two RVs you asked about. Then you made the snarky unknowledgeable remark about sitting on the toilet washing your hair. It was you that chose to correct me. Bottom line is you trolled. Your mind was made up and you didn't get your head pat. End of discussion.
Davydd 01/17/16 06:30pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Las Vegas parking - changes?

The last two times we were on the Las Vegas Strip we didn't drop as much as a quarter into a slot machine. I can understand their concern because I am tired of the food as well. Buffets are no longer an attractive bargain. We stayed free overnight in the Excalibur open parking lot with about a half dozen other RVs last year. Since we boondocked 133 nights (88%) last year I would pay $10 if they charged for the adjacent convenience. The absolute best argument as to why they are looking for additional sources of revenue. Las Vegas does not exist on people looking at the scenery. I don't disagree with you at all. Most all parking on the strip is free and I did partake of their restaurants and shopping. If they were to excessively charge me then I would not go there at all. It is that simple--value for value received.
Davydd 01/17/16 03:16pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: One Last Sanity Check: New ERA 70C vs. Used Free Spirit SS

The ERA is an extended body Sprinter that is 24'-2" long. The LTV Free Spirit is built on the regular body that is 22'-9" long. Those are Mercedes Benz' official dimensions. I guess you can believe what you want. I am not sure why you are asking now since your mind appears to be made up. As for "sit on a toilet while washing my hair" is concerned there are a lot of Class Bs where that isn't true at all. But then if you feel that way keep in mind you are giving up a lot of space for that belief and giving up a lot of advantages of a Class B with a slide to the point you would be much better off with a small Class C. LTV figured that out for you already and Winnebago doesn't set the world on fire with sales of the 70C compared with their other ERA Class B offerings or their small Class Cs.
Davydd 01/17/16 08:37am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: One Last Sanity Check: New ERA 70C vs. Used Free Spirit SS

The ERA is built on the extended body and is about 16" longer than the Free Spirit SS. Since both have the same 170" wheelbase the plans are almost identical from the back wheel wells forward. Because of that you don't get much benefit out of the 16" other than more bathroom space with the ERA. Both already eat up so much space with bathrooms making the slide out necessary to fit a bed in.
Davydd 01/16/16 09:27pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Las Vegas parking - changes?

The last two times we were on the Las Vegas Strip we didn't drop as much as a quarter into a slot machine. I can understand their concern because I am tired of the food as well. Buffets are no longer an attractive bargain. We stayed free overnight in the Excalibur open parking lot with about a half dozen other RVs last year. Since we boondocked 133 nights (88%) last year I would pay $10 if they charged for the adjacent convenience. http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k309/Davydd_2006/Class%20B%20RV%20Camper%20Van/BAE1A395-7E2D-447C-9AC6-CEF2EBE4D57C_1.jpg
Davydd 01/16/16 04:11pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What configuration do you sit to relax?

Our twin beds are electrically operated head, back and foot separately for any position we desire. They are custom designed using a Leggett & Platt operating system. I designed this and Advanced RV built it. They have since built several more like this. http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k309/Davydd_2006/Class%20B%20RV%20Camper%20Van/ARV%20Beds%20Articulated.jpg
Davydd 01/16/16 10:58am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Realistic mileage for Sprinter based diesels?

Last fall in our trip in the Canadian Maritime Provinces I found diesel prices considerably less expensive than regular gasoline at the rate of about 30-40 cents less per US gallon.
Davydd 01/15/16 08:03am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Realistic mileage for Sprinter based diesels?

If you were looking at a Vista Cruiser Sprinter then you were looking at a 5 cylinder model imported from 2002 to 2007 called a T1N. I had a 2005 Pleasure-way Plateau Sprinter and recorded every single fill for 65,000 miles. I may have missed a few but not many. The overall average mileage was 22.5 mpg.
Davydd 01/09/16 07:45pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Sprinter Driver's Seat Issue

DougE, We share the same physical measurements and I had a 2005 Pleaure-way Plateau Sprinter. It was fine for me. You're driving bus style sitting upright which is different to what most are normally used to with cars, SUVs, minivans and pickup trucks. However, it was very comfortable for me on long trips more so than many autos I had had where you sat low slung. What I did not like was that bathroom wall tight to the back of the seat but that was more of a claustrophobic thing with me and the limited use of the seat when parked in a campground.
Davydd 01/05/16 01:23pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Space saver chairs

Interesting but where do you put them in a Class B? I carry those patio zero gravity lounge chairs for outside use but inside I gave a lot of thought to this and came up with electrically operated articulating beds that can be beds, zero gravity loungers, lazy boys or just sit up and read and watch TV. The foot, back and head all operate separately to adjust any position you want within limits of course. :) http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k309/Davydd_2006/Class%20B%20RV%20Camper%20Van/ARV%20Beds%20Down.jpg http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k309/Davydd_2006/Class%20B%20RV%20Camper%20Van/ARV%20Beds%20Articulated.jpg
Davydd 12/31/15 10:10pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: switching out rear sofa for twin beds?

I have read a couple of accounts where folding sofa/beds were swapped out for DIY twin beds. If their length is there for the sofa/bed the same length is there for twin beds. I believe Booster here maybe and definitely on ClassBForum has written this up extensively with details and photos.
Davydd 12/28/15 09:37am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Thirteenth Annual RV.net Class B Rally (B13)

Happing Boxing Day, whatever that is. ;)
Davydd 12/26/15 09:15am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Class B RVing. What to Expect..

After an unpleasant experience in a hosted state park last year I purchased a large, but collapsible orange cone and printed "occupied" on the side. When collapsed the cone measures 1"x18"x18". I haven't had anyone take my space since! Putting your name on the cone may make it less likely that someone will steal it. Not so to that too. Our name was on our cone in 1-1/2" high letters and it was not removable. Here is a clue. Never, never, leave anything out at a private campground and drive off that has seasonal or full time RVs. Those people become scavengers. It makes no difference even if it is a high buck campground. The stolen cone. Our name in the same lettering was on the opposite side and it was etched and grooved into the plastic. http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k309/Davydd_2006/Class%20B%20RV%20Camper%20Van/OccupiedPylon.jpg
Davydd 12/23/15 05:56pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class B RVing. What to Expect..

After an unpleasant experience in a hosted state park last year I purchased a large, but collapsible orange cone and printed "occupied" on the side. When collapsed the cone measures 1"x18"x18". I haven't had anyone take my space since! Just wait. They will. If they don't take your site they may well take your cone. I know. :)
Davydd 12/23/15 01:17pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Our New Camper!

It looks in good shape. With 56,726 miles in 11 years it was not used all that much I suspect and certainly would not have a lot of wear and tear. The Black and Decker drip coffee maker is original. We had the same as well as one at home that worked for several years of intensive daily use. I would think it should be OK. The built-in TV is original and was actually an analog LCD display computer monitor. From the photos they installed a digital converter box so you can now get digital channels with it. The original tires would still have decent tread if they had Michelins like my 2005 Pleasure-way had. Regardless, they should have been replaced by now, and if not, you should do so. They were putting one auxiliary battery in located under the passenger seat. That was a Mercedes Benz standard at the time. A group 49 battery fits that spot without needing to do anything. It is best to put an AGM in that spot now because if a wet cell you would have to learn to remove the seat to check the cells, add water, etc. The other thing you need to check is the converter. It probably had a Progressive Dynamics PD 9145 converter which does not have intelligent charging. It is probably located under the driver side bed. There is a Progressive Dynamics Charge Wizard pendant that easily plugs into it so you have multi-stage charging and overcharge prevention. As original as it looks and the mileage this might be something never upgraded. It's about a $34 item and a must in my opinion. Charge Wizard
Davydd 12/21/15 02:54pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Showers in Class B motorhomes?

Pleasure-way Plateau, Great West Van Legend, Advanced RV, all Sprinters, have very adequately sized wet baths that you can shower standing up with door closed. The toilet stool is in the bathroom and you could use it to sit down on as an option but you don't have to. Any Sprinter model that puts the shower on the passenger side is much more cramped.
Davydd 12/16/15 06:28pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class B RVing. What to Expect..

10 years ago when we started RVing in our Bs I didn't even have a concept of an on board GPS and how they worked, cell phones were practically useless outside of cities and the Internet was not rich in information that you could get at easily let alone find a wifi connection. And, of course, the smartphone concept with a high def readable screen and custom apps didn't exist yet. How quickly we get dependent. :)
Davydd 12/16/15 12:36pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Advice on purchasing a used RV

Part of the problem is the Class B used market has been upset with the rather inexpensive introduction of the Promaster Winnebago Travato that can be had brand new at nearly the same price as many used Sprinters.
Davydd 12/15/15 12:16pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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