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RE: Class A vs Class C: Maintenance and Towing

Well, if you can save $100 a night, that's a good start. I love RV'ing, so don't take this wrong. If you do this 30 nights a year, that's saving you $3,000. Depreciation and maintenance will probably eat all of that and more. A MH will burn twice the gas your Nissan does. If you're lucky. I would love to see you get into this, but don't let the rose colored glasses affect your math. You'll get a lot of great feedback around here from people with probably sharper pencils than I have when it comes to economical RVing. Hope to see you in the CG some day.
Ductape 10/30/14 07:28pm Beginning RVing
RE: Class A vs Class C: Maintenance and Towing

Welcome! To get very accurate, you'll need to narrow it down to certain years and sizes, but IN GENERAL, and taking Ford as an example (they are the dominant player): C's are on either the 350 or 450 series chassis. A will be on the 550 (aka F53). So the A as a general rule has a higher weight rating and more towing capacity. The engines and transmissions for similar years will be almost identical across the whole range. There's a lot of variation, so a small C on a 450 chassis may have higher capacities than a large A on a marginal 550 chassis. Maintenance needs between a gas C and a gas A are nearly identical. I would much rather work on the A because there's more room underneath. You didn't really ask, but I doubt you can operate an RV less expensively than hoteling. Maybe if you don't drive it very much... In 6 months and 10k miles we have done two oil changes on the engine and one on the Gen, so somewhere around $100 I suppose. I do my own work. Best of luck on your search.
Ductape 10/30/14 07:00pm Beginning RVing
RE: "nana block"

Manabloc Some of us might pay even more for a "Nana Block" system though.
Ductape 10/30/14 06:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How much are you driving your Toad?

Yeah, I kind of liked those Colorado / Canyons myself. I think we'll go looking for a fuel efficient AWD such as a CRV and just use the Wrangler for an off road toy. Working, the two of us are putting on over 30k miles per year on the cars and as some of you have said, that probably won't decrease in retirement. The Jeep is getting around 15-16 mpg and if we get something around 30 then that's twice the miles for the same cost. Definitely only interested in flat towing.
Ductape 10/30/14 06:16pm Full-time RVing
RE: Dingy battery power wire

You do not need a second ground wire as long as the ground in your 6 wire can handle 20 amps. Most always the load is much less. If it's 14 gauge should be safe. (Someone will probably say 12, but look at the wire gauges in OEM vehicle harnesses. I included the toad charging line in the 6 way cord.
Ductape 10/30/14 11:23am Dinghy Towing
RE: I'm confused about propane.

Blame the cylinder makers. I have purchased a lot of propane for commercial operations, and it's always priced by the gallon. That OPD valve does not know how many pounds are in the cylinder, it reacts to volume. This all got started because the portable cylinders had no guage. It's dangerous to overfill, so the workaround was to figure out how much a full cylinder should weigh and measure it on a scale while filling.
Ductape 10/29/14 06:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Truck Recalls

If you're going to choose based on polling, then the only choice is Ford. #1 in sales for a long time. Who's bringing the popcorn?
Ductape 10/29/14 05:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: "Show stopper" road probems

Help is always available, as long as you can find them and have the coin. So a good phone, a good credit card, and a good roadside assistance membership if you're so inclined should ease your concerns. Keep the fridge stocked and you can always wait in comfort while the cavalry is coming, should it come to that.
Ductape 10/29/14 04:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Solar Question

I can't speak to the shade effect from experience, but I can say I have a very similar situation with an off grid cabin we hunt from. Have a single 12v battery which is normally a starting battery we removed from one of the vehicles and it has some life left. For load, all we do is pump water, though. And those old recycled batteries I use normally last several years. I'm maintaining the battery on the cheap, just a 5w panel with no controller. This is in a sunny location.
Ductape 10/29/14 04:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Dishes for the motorhome

We like the Corelle too. I can tell you it will shatter and make some nasty shards if hit hard enough. But I don't want to eat off metal or plastic. I do like to eat on paper when it's my turn to wash.
Ductape 10/29/14 04:18pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
How much are you driving your Toad?

As we approach FT, I am questioning my selection of toad. The Jeep in sig is highly modified, and while it makes a great vacation vehicle, I'm not so sure it's the best to live with every day. Wind noise, tire noise, poor mpg. Great off road (what I built it for) but not my vehicle of choice for an all day drive on pavement. We're thinking maybe a CRV or something similar would be a better all rounder. A key part of this is how much daily driving gets done. As we transition from working to FT, not sure how that will change. So how much are YOU driving the toad, and what are your thoughts? Thanks!
Ductape 10/29/14 04:13pm Full-time RVing
RE: Seat Belts

Let me preface this by saying I'm a believer in seat belts- they saved my life once. I also believe in assessing things like risk and reward rationally. Case in point people have fear of flying, but rationally it is safer than driving. To the point, what is the risk per mile travelled in a MH compared with other activities, specifically car travel? This guy did some nice work which seems sound. You can Google up all the numbers for yourself if you're so inclined (I did). His conclusion is that motorhomes have on average one third as many fatal accidents per mile compared to the overall vehicle population. From that, I can draw the conclusion that I'm safer in the MH than the toad, so belted in the MH is the best choice. Less clear- is driving the toad (belted) safer per mile of travel than being on the bed or the dinette in the MH? According to NHTSA the fatality rate for school busses is only 0.2 per million miles. A great number, not because of belts, but because they are big and yellow. Maybe Hi-vis yellow MH will be the next big thing. :)
Ductape 10/29/14 03:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Steering Stabilizer

OldDog, what you describe is the CHF (cheap handling fix). You can do the same with the front anti roll bar for even more roll resistance. 2 bolts.
Ductape 10/29/14 02:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: okay...we blew the tires. =-O

Glad you are all OK and no harm done except to your wallet. Just curious if you know age and brand of the failed tires? That may help someone else.
Ductape 10/29/14 12:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Seat Belts

I know this will run against the grain of the culture of safety at any cost, but how many school busses have seat belts?
Ductape 10/29/14 09:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: what size genny????

I've heard good reports on the Yamaha 2400.
Ductape 10/29/14 06:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: spin balancing vs bg balancing

If you want the best ride, find an old school shop that can true and balance the tires on the vehicle. That takes care of irregularities in the tire, wheel, hub, brake, the whole lot. Hard to find anyone capable any more.
Ductape 10/28/14 07:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: ?'s about AC, Electric in BR and and thank you!

#1 can you clarify are you saying no power when you are on generator, or inverter -if you have one-, or either way? #2 could be low voltage, or maybe a sticky bearing. No way to diagnose without hands on testing. Are you sure it is the motor coming slowly up to speed, or could it be different components starting in stages? In our coach the fan starts first on the heat pumps and then a few seconds later the compressor starts. I do not know if this is a function of the Dometic unit or if it's the energy management system (separately installed option on ours) that provides that feature.
Ductape 10/28/14 07:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: All I wanna know...

The way this crew complains about kitchen appliances and phones, I want to be a fly on the wall when they discover the internet. :B
Ductape 10/28/14 06:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: Steering Stabilizer

Since you say you've "tried everthing else" let me tell you a tale about front end alignment. When we bought our rig, I felt the steering was somewhat vague, and asked the dealer to check the alignment. They said they did, and it was correct. At the time I felt they were just telling me what they thought I wanted to hear, and doubted they had done anything. Still not satisfied after adjusting tire pressures and some seat time, I took it to an independent shop for tire truing and asked them to align it. They trued the tires and told me they checked the alignment and it was fine, so they did not charge anything for the alignment. Hmmm... no charge at all to measure it? I figured they just did not really want the work. Finally I took it to a shop which specializes in suspension work for commercial trucks class 8 etc. They did it right; placed shims between the axle and springs to adjust the caster, set the toe, recentered the steering wheel. A great improvement in steering responsiveness was the result and it got rid of the vague wandering at dead center. This is why I hate having work done. Too many shops just want to take shortcuts.
Ductape 10/27/14 05:10pm Class A Motorhomes
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