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RE: 32 ft class c a/c in the southern temps.

Once again I find myself on the same page as Phil (pnichols above). A 13,500 AC is fine in a smaller RV or in a mild climate but when you get over 30' or 90* it simply is not going to get the job done. Since RV's come with wheels there is a good chance you may encounter weather more severe than you find at home. I have seen a number of 30'+ rigs (A's, C's, TT's and fivers), with a single 13,500 AC. If a builder went that cheap on such a critical system you have to ask "What else did he cheap out on?" The same holds true for heating systems. Lots of 30'+ rigs with far too small of a furnace (often 20,000 BTU or less), to do the job when temps fall. The 35,000 BTU furnace in our 24' C is a beast but it gets the job done. A quality coach should come with heated tanks (or at least be an option), certainly one worth having if you plan to use your coach more than 6 months of the year. Fortunately as noted above, even inadequate AC's can have their performance enhanced by running the dash air, hanging curtains/window shades, using dehumidifiers,running the generator and coach AC while driving and finding shade where ever possible but.... life is so much simpler when you start out with the right equipment. As always.... Opinions and YMMV :C
Desert Captain 07/04/15 10:40am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Scangauge vs Ultragauge for trans temp.

Golden, my Scangauge does everything you mentioned and more. X2 For less than half the money. :C
Desert Captain 07/03/15 01:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: CW generator - Champion 4000

Desert All large open frames are loud & inexpensive.... even your favorites. My personal Favorites: Honda and Yamaha are not large open frame generators and they certainly are not inexpensive. When compared with the large open frame cheapo's they are much quieter. Yes, folks with a red or blue can be just as obnoxious (excessive running and quiet time violations), as the folks running the yellows but that is not about generators as much as it is about being less than considerate. Part of the generator issue comes from folks that just "Have" to have all of their AC toys when out camping. :h After a couple of days off the grid my two group 27 batteries are needing a charge and about an hour or so of run time takes care of it for another couple of days. After nearly 2 years/23K+ miles, of owning our class C with at least 50% of that time spent off the grid we have only put 47 hours on our built in generator and maybe a dozen or so on the Honda 2000. I usually ask my neighbors when they are going to run their generator and where possible try to run mine at the same time. I will never light off the genny just to make a pot of coffee or watch TV. Larger batteries, inverters, solar etc., make doing so totally unnecessary. If you have a lot of unsupported AC toys then sites with electric are where you, and your neighbors, will be the happiest. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 07/03/15 10:05am General RVing Issues
RE: CW generator - Champion 4000

Ah, another Champion thread where the owners try to pretend it is not a loud cheap unit and everyone else who has been subjected to them complains about the noise. Some things never change and some folks never learn. LMAO (except when I am stuck in some cg next to a Champion). The last thing you want to do with a Champion is secure it from theft. After you have had it for a very short period of time you too will be sick of the noise and hoping to be rid of it. Pray for a deaf, dumber than most thief, to come along and then take the insurance money and buy a Honda or Yamaha to replace it. :B
Desert Captain 07/02/15 06:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tow Haul

Desert Captain, if that is so, go ahead and shift it into Tow Haul while you are doing 55 mph and come back and tells us how your engine reacted. At that speed, it is no different than if you dropped it into 2nd gear. And that is all I have to say about that!!! Sorry, but you could not be more wrong. I go in and out of TH all the time and have never experienced what you describe. It will go from 5th to 4th with a barely discernible, very smooth increase in rpm and that is exactly what it is suppose to do. Clearly you have something seriously wrong with your trans if it behaves as you described. :C
Desert Captain 07/02/15 10:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tow Haul

Contrary to popular opinion, my suggestion is to keep if off tow haul unless you are climbing or going down hill. On a flat road, there is not need for Tow Haul, which would be like driving in low gear. I have tow haul on my e450, and I only use it during those conditions. Do not, I repeat, engage Tow Haul at high speeds, because it will be like putting it into low gear at 50 miles per hour and you will get a very abrupt slow down. Some false information here. A properly functioning transmission can be shifted in or out of the Tow Haul mode at any time with no ill effect. I do it all the time with my E-350, V-10 with the 5 speed Torque Shift trans. :C
Desert Captain 07/01/15 05:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tow Haul

If you are running light, as in well under your GVWR you can get better mileage on the flats and slight down hill grades by leaving Tow Haul off. I'm not sure E-450's ever fit that description. :B On any significant grade and often on slight extended grades engaging TH will dramatically lower your trans fluid temps. I use my Scan Gauge to monitor this critical function. If you don't have a Scan Gauge or some other device to monitor your engine functions above and beyond the idiot lights Ford supplies, you need one. On steep downhills you always want to be in TH. I can engage TH and descend a 12 mile 6 - 8% grade and never touch the brakes and best of all won't burn a drop of fuel all the way to the bottom. Don't be concerned about the the V-10 revving as that is what it is designed to do. A lot of folks just keep things simple by running in TH all the time and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. You will burn a tad more fuel but your trans will stay cooler and gas is a lot cheaper than a new transmission. :C
Desert Captain 07/01/15 03:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Slight tear on awning

Had the exact same issue and used Gorilla Tape to make the on the spot repair. It has lasted so well I never felt the need to do anything further. I did place the tape on both sides of the tear, sandwiching the awning material between them. Everybody should have some Gorilla tape in their locker, this stuff is amazing! :C
Desert Captain 07/01/15 10:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Towing my motorcycle with our 24' C

I pull my Harley FLHTC around on a trailer very similar to that one. Mine was a kit from Harbor Freight, 1720lb capacity. Great little trailer. I painted mine black and silver. People trash talk those trailers that don't actually own them. The wheel bearings are tapered roller bearings and last a lifetime if lubed occasionally. That's where mine came from. My neighbor, a very handy/talented gentleman, bought the kit from HF. He put bigger wheels on and made a number of other upgrades as well as framing the sides and tail gate. He used .75" ply for the deck topped with .5" rubber matt. My trailer is rated for 1595# and the 13" tires are rated for 1360#. He tightened every screw and bolt along with repacking the wheel bearings before handing it over and the spare has yet to touch pavement (the other two look like new and are only 2 years old). :C
Desert Captain 06/25/15 02:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Got my caster increased on my E350

Most E-350, smaller (19 - 24'), C's don't suffer from the handling issues of the larger/longer coaches. Have you weighed the coach and aired up (or down), your tires for the load they are actually carrying? An E-350 that is properly loaded, with the correct psi for that load should need nothing further to improve handling/ride. I don't know what year and how many miles you have and certainly things wear out but "keep it stock" is usually pretty good advice. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 06/23/15 03:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Another thing I love about our 24' C

Just got back from a 6 day trip up to Big Lake and boy was the coach dirty. Unfortunately we came back on Monday and I can't stand to have the rig sit filthy and bug encrusted until next Saturday when the high school kids will once again be available so I washed it my self.... a serious pita. :E Boy am I glad it is only 24'! Lots of work scrubbing the bugs off of the cabover, aka "Enormous, humongous bug catcher" but the extendable soft bristle brush and a step ladder make it doable. Got started early, about 0830, just finished at 1000 and it is already 91 degrees. :C
Desert Captain 06/23/15 10:57am Class C Motorhomes
Towing my motorcycle with our 24' C

We just returned from a 6 day trip up to the White mountains in eastern Arizona. June is not much fun weather wise in Tucson and last week saw record breaking temperatures between 106 - 110. We saw the high-pressure/temps coming and headed up to Big Lake, about 20 miles east of Greer. No problem with the weather when your campground sits at 9,200'. Every day we had highs in the mid 80's with a nice breeze off the lake with lows in the upper 40's which made for lovely campfires both evenings and mornings. I recently acquired a classic 1987 BMW R80 (800 cc), RT and rolled a custom trailer for it into the purchase from my neighbor. This was my first opportunity to try the bike/trailer combination behind our 24' Nexus Phantom and the results are in..... AWESOME combo! http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_0491_zpshcjuxfqo.jpg You literally cannot tell it is back there because the trailer is so small, about 10' nose to tail, that you cannot see it in the mirrors unless you are making a 90* turn and the 6.8L V-10 had no issues with a mere 850#. The back up camera was very handy when it came to backing the single axle trailer and not having done so in 7 years I needed all the help I could get the first couple of times. :S Once the bike is offloaded the tailer can easily be pushed around. I turned it sideways behind the coach and then parked the bike in front. Here is a shot of our site: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_0500_zpszyo2n7jn.jpg We managed to put about 300 of the most enjoyable motorcycle miles imaginable on the BMW. Highway 191 between Safford and Springerville is considered by many to one of the greatest bike roads in America and after having been there, done that I would be hard pressed to argue. There are two brand new roads, one that connect the Sunrise Ski area with Big Lake and the other runs from Big Lake down to Alpine. Smoother than a babies backside they offer more of the same beauty, thrills and chills of the 191. Needless to say we had a blast incorporating a nice morning ride, often for breakfast in Greer or Alpine, into our camping routine. We are looking forward to many more trips with our "Little Toad".... {actually more of a Prince to me}. :B
Desert Captain 06/22/15 03:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: My new "Toad", more of a "Prince" actually....

Time for an update.... I've been thoroughly enjoying the bike, riding every week, but had not had the opportunity to pull it behind the Class C. Summer has arrived with a vengeance here in southern Arizona. This week we are seeing record setting temps between 105 - 109. the solution is simple, load the coach and head for the high ground. We got 4 days in up on the Mogollon Rim (7,700'), last week and are leaving in the morning for Greer, Big Lake and Alpine in eastern Arizona (most of which is between 8,400' and 9,200') for a 5 or 6 day beat the heat escape. Arguably one of, if not "The" greatest motorcycle roads in America is 191 between Springerville and Hanagan Meadows and it has been at the top of list of my must rides list for too long. So this morning I pulled the coach out of storage and hooked up the trailer and loaded my bike: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_0488_zpsichvn5t8.jpg http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_0491_zpshcjuxfqo.jpg I did have to add a 5.25" riser to the ball to get the tailer properly leveled which also makes loading a little easier. I'll follow up upon our return... woo hoo! :B
Desert Captain 06/16/15 02:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: preferred tire brand

X2 ,hey ride better and don,t make any noise. Yep, you can't do better than the Michelin LTX M/S 2. :C
Desert Captain 06/14/15 08:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Another thing I love about our 24' C

I am putting Canyon Point CG on my list for my next AZ trip. Let's plan on meeting up there! :) I never need much of an excuse to head to Canyon Point. Let me know when you're headed that way and we can all get together. Who knows, we might end up with quite a few Forum folks. :B
Desert Captain 06/14/15 03:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Another thing I love about our 24' C

Now ..... if only you could have gotten them to wax the whole thing for a few dollars more ... :h and ;) BTW, was that Mogollon Rim trip on paved, or dirt, roads? Ain't it the truth. We came up through Globe to 188 out past Roosevelt Lake picking up 87 north of the lake. This takes you into Payson where a right puts you onto 260 all the way up to the top of the Rim (and on to Show Low if you are so inclined). All very good road, most of it 4 lane but this route includes some serious grades of 6 to 8% that often go for 5 to 10 miles at a stretch. There are lots of dirt roads up there including some very nice dispersed boon docking sites but we stayed in the Canyon Point CG all three nights. The amenities are excellent and it is drop dead gorgeous. Sites are $23 - $11.50 with our Geezer card + and additional $5 for electric (30 amp). It is full up every weekend and for most of the latter part of the week as well, reservations are a good idea but they have quite a few non reservable (non electric), sites, many with large pull throughs for the big boys. :B
Desert Captain 06/13/15 01:32pm Class C Motorhomes
Another thing I love about our 24' C

Just returned from a 4 day - 3 night trip up to the Mogollon Rim in the White Mountains to beat the recently arrived summer heat of Tucson in June. After sitting for a couple of weeks since our last trip the coach had more than a fair amount of dust, such is life in the high Sonoran Desert. We enjoyed the record shattering early Monsoon rain courtesy of the first two early eastern Pacific hurricanes, not a lot of rain but anything falling in June is one for the books. Yep, the rain was nice and just enough to really dirty up the rig but not quite enough to rinse it clean. This morning I drove 8 miles down the road toward Tucson and sure enough the local high school kids were holding another of their Saturday morning fund raiser car washes. Things were slow when I pulled in at 9:00 and they happily agreed to wash the coach for $15. I pulled out the 3 step stool and my telescoping soft brush to make their job a little easier. The girls basketball team (several of whom had a lot more reach than I), descended on our 24' Nexus Phantom and in 15 minutes had it shining like new. I make a habit out of supporting the high school kids whenever the rig gets dirty (which gets me out of washing it), a win, win for all. I'm not so sure they would want to tackle a Class A or fiver but they enthusiastically made quick work of our 24 footer. :B
Desert Captain 06/13/15 12:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Canyon Point CG (Central AZ)

If I were you I'd be making plans to come back up on The Rim. :) Your 100+ temps are beginning.... It was in the 70's today up here! You are correct sir! Actually we will be doing a ten day trip over to San Diego later this month with another trip up to the White Mountains before that. June is the one month of the year that we try and avoid being in Tucson as much as possible. By July first the Monsoon has usually arrived, Momma Nature's pyrotechnics and heavy rains make things much more pleasant (not to mention exciting). Fortunately we live about 25 miles north of downtown Tucson. Our 3,400' elevation just below Mt Lemmon usually nets us 6*'s cooler than downtown.... and it's a dry heat (much like a Pizza oven). :B
Desert Captain 06/13/15 08:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Canyon Point CG (Central AZ)

OK, back home and able to post a couple of pics: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_0482_zps6u5imjfs.jpg One of the many nice things about Canyon Point is that there is almost unlimited firewood lying dead on the ground if you just bother to hike a little and pick it up. We enjoyed three nights around the campfire and never had to venture more than a couple of hundred yards from our sites to gather the wood. We spent three nights in three different sites and enjoyed them all. Here is another: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_0485_zpsvsvjxelo.jpg :B
Desert Captain 06/12/15 05:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Seven People

"Why does it matter if there are 12 people renting 2 sites and all sleeping in one rv " Here we go again. :R Would you care to post a picture of the RV that sleeps 12? I have yet to ever see one and most that supposedly sleep 6-8 are a joke, but I digress. WRVPO has stated simply and succinctly the reasons for his rule limiting the number of folk in a site. He explained the why's and where for's (which made perfect sense to me), but folks keep beating him up for it while trying to justify their own self absorbed agenda's. :S Perhaps my confusion comes from not being in the "Rules are for other people" group. It has been said before "his park, his rules". What amazes me is that so many people here don't get that. :h If the rule is no more than 2 dogs than two it is... regardless of how sweet, cute and adorable your puppies are. If the rule says all pets must be on a 6' leash then the 30' retractable leashes are NOT permitted. If the rule says no wood fires then don't build one.... no matter how carefully you can do it. I am surprised this thread has lasted so long as the issues were clearly laid out in the first page or two. When you go to a CG or RV Park you are a guest... try and act like one and you will probably be welcome to return. As always opinions and MMV. :C
Desert Captain 06/12/15 05:33pm Family Camping
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