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RE: Parking Class B's

Here is a hint for downtown or city street parallel parking. Look for an end of the block spot if available marked or unmarked. That way you can get in and out easier and will fit since most marked meter stalls are generally anywhere from 22 to 26 feet long. You should thus easily fit legally. Parallel stalls are longer than necessary for the length of vehicles because you still need maneuvering space to get in and out.
Davydd 08/22/16 09:02am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Used PW or LT for rough-road 4-season camping?

None of the Bs you mentioned so far in Pleasure-way or Leisure Travel Vans is going to qualify as a decent four season van. None of them are very well insulated and that period most all use was designed for above freezing temperature expectations. Also your worry about ground clearance is overstated or over worried. Class Bs are not Jeeps. You will rarely drive them anywhere where it might be a concern. Class Bs are just not built for that kind of abuse with everything you normally carry inside. In the 2006 - 2014 period I think only Sportsmobile was designing and building "active" Class Bs on 4x4 platforms in your price range, and maybe of more concern is height and Sportsmobile like pop top vans gave you more capability driving down seldom used lanes with overhanging tree branches that most all pickup trucks had long knocked away.
Davydd 08/16/16 07:21pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Any Class B Winnebago owners Here?

I come here strictly for Class B camper van discussion. I know from experience when Class Cs outsell Class B camper vans 10 to 1 where the most talk will eventually gravitate. There is a Sprinter forum where Class C Sprinters dominate most of the RV discussion. Arguing that the manufacturers say so is not legitimate when a manufacturer insist a 32 ft. long 8 ft. wide 11 ft. tall Class C is a Class B. The RV.net Class C forum specifically sets aside a sub forum specifically giving in and identifying B+. So, when someone comes here that has spurned true Class Bs and argues for taller, wider, bigger and mostly longer RVs with dry baths and slides, and decidedly boxy uglier, IMO, I wonder why they insist on the term Class B. B-ness envy? To a T they ultimately start recommending their choice in threads when people very clearly ask advice about Class B camper vans. It is boorish and disrespectful for a Class C owner to do so here. Then when called out they act as if it is a mission to correct someone with the argument there are other choices as if people are dumb here.
Davydd 08/05/16 07:17am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Refrigerator and Bathroom Questions

The Forest River MB Cruiser Ms"B"haven had was a Sprinter Class B van. It had a rear bath. http://www.cmrvs.com/mbcruiser/brochure.pdf The Unity is a Class C and I know Ms"B"Haven fully understands the difference. She was asking about a real Class B Camper Van covered under this forum. The answer is a Winnebago Era 70C Sprinter has a rear bath with separate shower with a large 2 door refrigerator.. Also the Coach House Arriva extended body Sprinter van twin bed model has a rear bath with separate shower with 6 CF 3-way refrigerator. The Winnebago Travato 59K Promaster has a rear bath but it is a wet bath substantially larger than most but the refrigerator is a small under counter not much different than the MB Cruiser. Advanced RV has a model with a bath toward the front with a spacious round shower surround (but wet) and substantial refrigerator/freezers. They also have the largest capacity water and grey tanks of the Class Bs.
Davydd 07/23/16 07:23pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Sequoia NP - Best Route into Park?

We traveled Sequoia NP in our 24 ft. extended body Sprinter. The roads are easily negotiable.
Davydd 06/13/16 08:27am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Best in class

The examples you mention relate directly to the van itself and not the upfitting. The ERA is a Sprinter thus the answer is much the same be it Roadtrek, Pleasureway, Airstream, Advanced RV and others that upfit the Sprinter. Versus Ford, Chevy or Ram Promaster, I think it is a matter of service availability driving most opinions. I don't know if anyone has any solid facts as to "best in terms of reliability, lower cost to maintain and service, resale value, comfort and ease to drive." Those are opinions and people get comfortable with what they own. I drive a Sprinter simply because on balance that van design meets my personal needs and criteria better than the others. Sometimes I curse diesel when some gas engine a-hole is hogging the only diesel pump at a service station out of a dozen gas pumps available. ;)
Davydd 06/09/16 03:35pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Fourteenth Annual RV.net Class B Rally (B14)

The weekend before Memorial Day weekend would be perfect for us. We have time to kill between the Indianapolis Grand Prix two weekends before Memorial Day and the Indy 500 Race on Memorial Day weekend, a race I've attended dating back to the 1950s. Lately the B-Rally has been perfect for us. This one would be a bonus as we can combine a visit to our daughter and granddaughter in the Washington DC area.
Davydd 06/08/16 08:49pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Where to go for Memorial Weekend (northeast US)?

I'm a Speedway, IN native and grew up in the shadow of the track and have been going to the race since the 1950s. I know my way around and have my tickets in hand. This is the 100th race. I was also at the 50th. There is no experience like it.
Davydd 05/26/16 07:09pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Where to go for Memorial Weekend (northeast US)?

Every state park campground is booked and reserved in Minnesota for Memorial Day weekend. I would imagine that is normal just about everywhere. I am in Indianapolis for the Indy 500 race. It is sold out as is every hotel room and campground in central Indiana. There will be over 350,000 people at that race.
Davydd 05/26/16 07:18am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Batteries-Don't understand

Talk to Fred A at the B Rally.
Davydd 05/18/16 10:04am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Sprinter Class driving Impressions

Here we go again...
Davydd 04/12/16 06:16am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Sprinter Class driving Impressions

A B+ is a small Class C by definition. You might get more answers in the Class C forum.
Davydd 04/11/16 04:51pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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
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