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RE: Sprinter ROOF LEAKS

Those are specific to an air conditioner to my knowledge has not been installed by any Class B converter that I know of. It is a non-issue with the available Class Bs.
Davydd 10/15/14 02:19pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Cracked windshield on Airstream Interstate

Chipped windows can be repaired somewhat successfully with a filler but if it is cracked as in a line crack or even a chipped star crack it would have to be replaced. The crack will always grow. Fortunately in Minnesota the law requires insurance to cover windshield repair 100% so our deductible doesn't kick in. So, getting it done is no question for us. I've had full replacement windshields and I have had chips repaired with our B Sprinters.
Davydd 10/12/14 10:30am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Twelfth Annual RV.net Class B Rally (B12)

Anne and dick, Huh? Harold: Anne is bumping up the B-12 Rally thread to the top of the RV.net Rallies forum by making a generic post. It's all good... ...sort of like "creative accounting magic." :W - LJZ Otherwise no B owner would know this rally exists even if they bothered to browse the Rally forum. Looking at the list of mostly veteran attendees it appears few new people know about the rally.
Davydd 10/09/14 10:36am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Where to "dump" when not at campgrounds?

Wincrasher, This person uses two different hoses connected to the water source. One is used only for the the Sewer Solution and one is fresh water only. In this photo one of the water hoses was connected to the city water fill inlet and not to the fresh water tank. Unfortunately in this Pleasure-way Excel the city water inlet shares a utility cabinet with the dump station which is a 3" gravity dump. My city water inlet on my Great West Van Legend is in a separate cabinet shared with the fresh water tank fill and is away from the dump.
Davydd 10/09/14 10:31am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Any innovative solutions for adding more batteries?

Hi Davydd, I think Alvars recharge numbers are pretty high, particularly the 300 amps per hour from the extra alternator. A V-10 would be a better choice than the Sprinter diesel engine for idle based recharging. I can, in a pinch, use the v-10 with the oem alternator (130 amps) to recharge at up to 70 amps (perhaps higher--but my meter doesn't read above that number). Someday I'll have to try it while idling. So far I have only used it while driving at highway speeds. There is no choice in the engine if you want a Class B Sprinter. We are talking Sprinters and Class Bs here. 300 amp charge rate is in a Class B RV actual test. That you will have to ask ARV if you are curious. Keep in mind also the LFP batteries charge faster than lead-acid and don't go through a last 20% slow charge acceptance phase to top off. I love solar recharging but again their numbers are pretty much "summer time only". The flexible panels seem to have "come of age" now with excellent output per square foot. If you read the Advancing Alvar thread you will notice I have come to the conclusion that Solar is mostly just frosting on the cake based on my projected habits of driving a lot. Maybe if I park at Quartzite this winter for a week or two I'll appreciate it. Espar heating is a magnificent idea. Do they plan to use it for space heating too? The Espar hydronic diesel powered heater transfers heat into the B via a fan unit. The Espar heater switches to electrical when on shore power. There is also a heat exchanger for hot water. Glycol waste heat before it returns can also be channeled down a groove in the fresh water tank to keep that water from freezing in cold weather. The outback inverter is one of the ones I was considering--but I wanted hybrid technology. I'm often where I only have 15 amps to play with, so being able to draw from shore power and the battery bank at the same time is useful to me. They settled on the Outback and I can see no reason why I would have to draw on shore power and batteries at the same time. Have they considered going to 24 volts DC? Not to my knowledge. If you read that Technomadia blog and the Mar Azul blog I linked you will see the reasoning for the 12 volt LFP battery systems. From what I can tell ARV is very similar with those Elite Power System GBS LFP batteries those two blogs chose. I'm not sure why Roadtrek is hybridizing with 24 volt that eventually feeds out to 12 volt power. Probably cost and battery capacities of AGM I guess. We live in exciting times for new technology and RV's. In 1990 a 5000 watt grid tied inverter was about $50,000.00. It sure is going to be one nice Class B when they finish it off. I hope so. :) I have a few other things in my B under construction right now that are going to be of interest. Stay tuned.
Davydd 10/08/14 12:07pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Ford Transit Van

The Transit at 22' long in its maximum size is closer in size to the 21'-11" T1N 5 cylinder engine Sprinter of 2002-2006 sold in the US for Class Bs through about 2007. The newer Sprinters on the 170" wheelbase are 22'-9" and 24'-1" long and they have about a 600 lb. payload advantage.
Davydd 10/08/14 09:35am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Any innovative solutions for adding more batteries?

For what it is worth, I previously posted Advanced RV's going off-grid plans for electrical management earlier in this thread. This is my detailed plan that dovetails with what Advanced RV is doing. Advancing Alvar's Revised Electrical Requirements Short description solution - 600 ah lithium-ion battery bank, 450 watts solar, second alternator, 2800 watt inverter/charger, diesel powered hot water and heat, and no propane or Onan generator. This is something I could not cob together on my own and know over a year of development at Advanced RV has gone into making it happen. More details of similar efforts are here: Mar Azul DIY Adventures with Lithium-ion Batteries for Marine Applications Technomadia Lithium Ion Batteries for RVs
Davydd 10/08/14 09:20am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Any innovative solutions for adding more batteries?

LI appears to not do well in cold temperatures. Not only can you not charge them, you can't draw from them either. Wrong. They do better in cold weather than lead-acid batteries. What you cannot do is bulk charge them in below freezing weather. Solution. Insulated heated battery box. Besides, few Bs are designed for use in sustained over 24 hours below freezing temperatures and I doubt many use their Bs in sustained below freezing temperatures.
Davydd 10/07/14 05:47pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Any innovative solutions for adding more batteries?

Now that you have read the combined wisdom of all of us, have you given any thought of just asking Roadtrek? ;)
Davydd 10/07/14 09:07am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Where to "dump" when not at campgrounds?

I don't know if I would hear it. My wife gets on me because I can't hear the turn signal click and leave it on. ;)
Davydd 10/06/14 07:58am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Upgrade to larger propane tank on 07 Airstream Interstate

You guys are confusing the issue. The OP has an Airstream Interstate Sprinter Class B van. Airstream still makes the Interstate Sprinter Class B van. Option7, You could visit an Airstream interstate dealer and ask them if they have a solution. But the first thing you can do is research the possible standard tank sizes, get a tape measure, look under your van where your propane tank is and determine yourself if you have the extra space to install a new, larger tank. If you think you do, then find someone that can do the work. It could be an Airstream dealer or it could be an RV service center with the capability. A tank is a tank. Just duplicate the connections you have that are outside the tank. I would contact Airstream first. One thing you do have to consider is weight. You can investigate that yourself but Airstream might already have a ready answer for why they put in such a small size propane tank and also whether they had a larger option. You are dealing with weight limits and weight balance as well. If you have an NCV3 Sprinter model (6 cylinder) and only a 2500 chassis (4 wheels) the small tank might have been a concession Airstream made to build on that chassis initially. Everyone finally bit the bullet and went to the 3500 dually chassis. If you have a T1N chassis (5 cylinder models) it was also a 2500 but toward the end of that model run converters were pushing the weight limits on them as well.
Davydd 10/06/14 07:52am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Any innovative solutions for adding more batteries?

I would consider pulling out the Onan and use the space for a good Honda or Yamaha inverter generator with a noise level that you can tolerate. You need SOME way to charge your batteries, other than shore power. You would seriously yank out a perfectly good Onan generator you spent $3,500 or so and then spend another couple grand for a generator you most likely would have to carry on a hitch cargo carrier along with its gas can? For a little bit of sound that a two-battery B would rarely need? Besides that, AGM batteries need to be accessible. It might not be practical at all to accomplish that under a Roadtrek CS easily. That renovation cost, if it could be done, would be additional.
Davydd 10/05/14 04:36pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Where to "dump" when not at campgrounds?

Yeah, I see now. I just remembered that clear coupling. Same principle in being able to add onto a standard 3" slinky hose gravity dump opening to move sewage. I watched the Sewer Solution in action and it worked fine. I was a bit skeptical about it before. We are getting a macerator on our Advanced RV that is external to the 3" gravity dump opening so if there is a failure of any kind we will still have a fall back solution. I believe Great West Vans does it that way now as well. Our Great West Van Legend just has gravity.
Davydd 10/05/14 04:28pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Where to "dump" when not at campgrounds?

You won't find many northern homes with plumbing systems exposed to cold weather inside garages. Not saying you can't but it would be extremely rare. It is not going to happen at my house. Codes do require a clean out before the waste plumbing goes underground. That is usually in a basement in northern homes and not easily accessible in most cases in my home design experience.
Davydd 10/05/14 03:03pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Any innovative solutions for adding more batteries?

Our furnace and hot water will come off an Espar hydronic diesel powered system. We will have a compressor refrigerator (no propane) and no propane stove top. We will carry a portable electric induction cooktop. We will have no propane whatsoever built in. I'm not going to venture to explain because I can't, but ARV put this all together with nearly a dozen as they say suppliers with a lot of custom development. I don't know if you knew the suppliers that you could throw it all together alone easily without being well versed and knowledgable in what you are doing. That could probably be said with what Roadtrek is doing as well and why the CS owner with the added batteries messed up. Just a guess. These electrical systems don't seem so simple anymore dumping multiple charging systems on batteries, managing them and pulling power out..
Davydd 10/05/14 02:53pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Where to "dump" when not at campgrounds?

The portable Flojet Macerator comes in it's own box, with cabled alligator clips to attach to the chassis battery. It has it's own fuse wired into the on/off switch. Using a 3/4" garden hose, it will pump 50' or more, to a sewer clean-out, depending on the upslope. I have used mine for years pumping up about a 3' grade. Easy to keep clean by just flushing with the grey water. I did have to add about 10 more feet onto the alligator cables. One more thing, you need to attach a clear piece of pipe between the macerator, and the end where the slinky comes out. This is so you can shut the pump off as soon as the tank is empty. This will prevent running the pump dry, and over heating it, which I believe is the cause of a lot the macerator problems that users are having, both portable, and built in. http://images.dyersonline.com/catalog/product/cache/1/image/a1eed0813d52712d6e948f99c3696e26/c/a/camco_5_straight_clear_sewer_hose_extender-54584-3.jpg width=200 http://images.dyersonline.com/catalog/product/cache/1/image/a1eed0813d52712d6e948f99c3696e26/f/l/flojet_portable_waste_pump-52648-6.jpg width=300 No one is running a hose to a toilet through my house either. :E Here is one in use by a fellow B couple in a Pleasure-way Excel that normally is a 3" slinky gravity dump. The white hoses are water and the green hose is the dump. http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k309/Davydd_2006/Class%20B%20RV%20Camper%20Van/SewerSolutionConnection.jpg http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k309/Davydd_2006/Class%20B%20RV%20Camper%20Van/SewerSolutionDumpHose.jpg
Davydd 10/05/14 09:30am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Where to "dump" when not at campgrounds?

Just go to a neighboring campground, pay them the $5 or whatever, and be done with it. This was my solution as we have a county park campground not too far away. However, coming home late fall last year I found the campground closed for the winter and a padlock on the lift lid. :( You do have to plan ahead. I usually dump my last night in a campground before driving home and then not use the RV facilities. If traveling and planning to stay with a friend or relative, we do the same.
Davydd 10/05/14 09:22am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: To B or not to B

No RV is going to fit in commercial parking garages above or below the first level since most all have 7 foot height limitations. However, the difference between a standard garage door you can use is 10 feet for a Class B and 12 foot for a Class C. If you rent off-site garage space you might find that to be a limiting factor. I cited my local self car wash already. When I needed some body repair done on my first B I was limited to what body shops could do the work. Not all could take an RV and none in my community had 12 foot garage doors. Going to the Sun Road in Glacier NP has a height and length issue. The length is less critical since their own in park tour coaches and buses are 24 feet (extended body Sprinters) but there is a cliff overhang going west that would surely clip off a corner of an RV over 10 feet. I still say if you don't think there is a marginal difference between a Class B and a small Class C go drive the Needles Highway from Mount Rushmore to Custer State Park and come back and tell us so. Yes, it has been done. But would you do it with a small Class C?
Davydd 10/05/14 09:15am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Any innovative solutions for adding more batteries?

Speaking of proprietary tech, this is what Advanced RV says... "To develop this integrated battery system, we partnered with nearly a dozen suppliers who helped create custom products, software, and firmware." From: Go Farther Off the Grid... I don't know how one would or could mess with an integrated battery system. Roadtrek says much the same with their developed proprietary systems. Are they messable? The actual hardware might not be so much but any proprietary firmware may be difficult to diddle with that puts all the hardware together. My 600 ah of LiFePO4 lithium batteries are going to weigh about 170 lbs. and be located under the floor where a 125 lb. Onan propane generator would normally go. To get an equal usable amount of amp hours in AGM batteries they would have to weigh at least 500 lbs., if not more. I'm eliminating all propane as well which will be another weight savings.
Davydd 10/05/14 08:56am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What Class B has a dry bath

I am 6ft 1inch and 185 lbs.Not small guy. I shower always in my wetbath PW. I had a slightly/slightly wider dry shower in my last C Class rig. Not a big difference so after shower etc, I just pull off the plastic side/sink velcroed covers and hang em up to dry. What's so complicated? I suspect mostly perception and wishing for something not logical in 100 sf of space for the return you get from it.
Davydd 10/05/14 08:40am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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