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RE: 2013 Chevy Spark

Take a look at the Honda Fit. Not heavy can be towed all wheels down auto or manual. Good storage space excellent service record. We love ours. X2 Does this apply to the 2018 models also ? I'm in the market. No! 2013 I believe is the last year for towing an automatic Honda Fit four down. In 2014 Honda went to a CVV automatic transmission and that transmission is not towable 4 down. The Spark auto is CVV as well and that is the reason the Spark auto is not towable 4 down. Good Luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 04/14/18 06:42am Dinghy Towing
RE: Happijac Jack Problems

I did not find my Happijac's to be touchy on weight distribution. We used the jacks a lot. Probably a good 100 cycles a year. For the most part the camper was stored outside. Some moisture would get into the gear boxes and extending arms. We had a problem with one jack then it was maintenance time Maintenance was absolutely necessary every few of years.
Oldtymeflyr 04/04/18 06:47am Truck Campers
RE: Class C, OWNERS ONLY PLEASE American or Foreign Chasses

The Mercedes is going to cost more. Parts and repairs will cost more. An oil change on a Mercedes diesel runs about $120 for a top of the line filter and 13 quarts of Mobile 1 oil. NAPA will sell the specified oil for less at various times of the year. Servicing any modern vehicle requires specialized knowledge, you basically have to go to school. Maintenance can still be done. Most of the Mercedes maintenance parts are available from sources other than the manufacturer. Parts from alternative sources will generally be reasonably priced. For instance a alternator will be available for most common Mercedes from NAPA etc. Peach Tree Parts and others are suppliers of parts for these vehicles. No foreign vehicle is going to have the dealer support of the big three. That includes Toyota, Honda etc. In metropolitan areas there are plenty of service sources for Mercedes, both factory and independent sources. I find that Mercedes and BMW mechanics are generally highly qualified and well trained, whether they work for a dealer or are independent. In the boondocks its going to be more difficult to find a mechanic who is skilled in working on any of the modern vehicles whether its a KIA, Ford or Chevy, unless there is a dealer in the area. I would be hesitant to take any vehicle to an independent mechanic unless ASE certified in the type of vehicle and that type of problem. We have owned at least one Mercedes or BMW, often more than one since 1993, eight BMW's or Mercedes vehicles. They have been good cars, very reliable and we have over 500k miles total and have not had a break down on the road. We had a brake issue in Wichita, KS that was taken care of by the dealer for a reasonable cost, we drove it into the shop. No different than when our crew cab dually, needed an alternator in Dubuque, IA. If you break down in Green River, UT, this has happened to a friend and his Ford V-10 and we have had trailer problems in Green River, unless its a generic part eg. tire, fan belt etc, the mechanic is going to have to order it in. Most likely the part for either a Ford or Mercedes will be coming from either Grand Junction or the Salt Lake area, hopefully the next day or the day after or maybe the week after in the case of the V-10 or for that matter any vehicle. When looking at MH, we looked at Ford, Chevy and Mercedes and chose the Mercedes. The others are very good alternatives and if our floor plan was available in a Chevy we might have bought the Chevy. We presently own two Ford vehicles and like them. Good Luck! Rick
Oldtymeflyr 03/30/18 02:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Pit Barrel Cooker

I have a friend who has multiple smokers and he has two barrel smokers. I believe he made them himself. He is a semi pro cook, maybe even pro. Good luck. Riock
Oldtymeflyr 03/11/18 04:35pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Driving in St. Louis?

We like the St. Louis RV park because of it's location and very basic facilities. The people have been nice when we stay there. Do not walk around St. Louis. There are so many areas where bad things can happen in a hurry. We lived in Detroit for 3 years, and I worked in downtown Detroit, some rough areas, St. Louis has a bad feel compared to Detroit and Detroit is not good. Good Luck Rick
Oldtymeflyr 03/08/18 06:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: auxiliary fuel tank

We had a Transfer Flow tank in our pickups. I liked it because we could decide when we wanted to get fuel, not every 4 hours or so. Also, we travel a lot at night and could again pick our times and locations for fueling. I don't think the tanks paid for themselves, for us its nice to have the extra capacity/range. We now have a Sprinter/Thor and I have added an auxiliary tank. Total gallonage is 37 gallons and we work off of 32 gallons. With a ScanGauge II, we know our fuel used and available very accurately. With the ScanGuage II I would have no trouble using some of the 5 gallons in reserve. For a lot of people it just will not matter. Good Luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 03/08/18 09:22am Beginning RVing
RE: Truck camper off truck on slope

This is not a big problem. The camper does not know it is on an incline. The camper's weight is pulling it to the center of the earth, not down the slope. Shims under the front of the jack legs will help some because the jacks will want to twist forward. A better solution may be just some tapered jack pads. The real problem with a camper is side slopes, then things get complicated in loading and unloading. Good luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 03/08/18 09:07am Truck Campers
RE: Outfitter electric roof lift system?

A nice feature of the electric roof lift system is that it can be lifted from outside the camper and inside of the truck. My understanding is that with the electric lift system no latches are necessary. The ELS would clamp down pretty tight.
Oldtymeflyr 02/24/18 06:25am Truck Campers
RE: Outfitter electric roof lift system?

We had it on our Outfitter and it worked well. My wife liked to hit the stop and keep on going, it broke the weld. I fixed it and that was the end of the problem. We liked the option.
Oldtymeflyr 02/22/18 08:17am Truck Campers
RE: Mobile Sprinter Service

The referenced article notes that it is tied in with Freightliner, another MB unit. There seems to be a lot of good reasons to do mobile service, a lot of service/repairs can be done on the owners site. As far as costs go, it would be interesting to compare the two options. MB says it needs more service bays, I know their sales are doing well. My experience with MB service has been good. Craigslist has numerous mobile auto mechanics advertising their services.
Oldtymeflyr 02/21/18 05:57am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Suburban 3burner/stove combo

We have had no trouble with ours and it is in a 2017 MH. Our previous TC had one as well and there were no problems. We use our stove every day and the oven often. Our smoke alarm recently went off-just a little sensitive. Ours has a button to shut it off temporarily. In our oven we use one of those no burn cookie sheets instead of the pizza stone. There may be an installation issue in your case.
Oldtymeflyr 02/21/18 05:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Charging batteries with the engine

Depending on the state of charge of the battery, it will take hours to charge a battery with an engine idling at say 750 rpm. Even a half charged battery will take hours to properly charge, that is to bring it to as similar state of charge after a days travel on the road. At idle approximately 750 rpm, an alternator is barely making enough power for mandatory equipment, ie. EFI fuel pump, the engine managment system, the electrically controlled fuel injectors, etc. and some to the battery of the vehicle. Boost the idle up to fast idle about 1800 rpm, and there is more going to the batteries. I would not like to "idle" a Ford V10 at 1800 rpm for hours. Alternators are rated at 6000 rpm, alternator shaft speed, approximately cruise speed for the vehicle. At slower speeds, alternator output really drops off. The more batteries being charged by an alternator the more heat and wear on that alternator and its just not good for an engine to idle for hours, there can be build up of deposits, a lightly loaded engine can "make oil". The cost of replacing a Ford V10 is probably between $5000 and $7000. With new accessories maybe more. I am sure that there are people who can do it for less. We have a generator and do not charge the batteries with the generator, its the same thing, it takes hours to properly charge a battery. Best solution is be on the grid or go with solar. Good Luck.
Oldtymeflyr 02/14/18 11:55am Class C Motorhomes
RE: mercedes sprinter chassis

Here's my comments regarding a Class B+ or Class C RV built on a Sprinter chassis: 1. Coach walls and steps are too low to the ground - how you gonna take them reliably off paved roads? Response: Not a problem. A rough two track, not good for any Class C. 2. Too tall for their dually track-width in the rear - they look unstable side-to-side. 3. Difficult to find emergency servicing when something goes wrong a long way from home. Response: With modern computer operated vehicles-even a GM/Ford owner can have problems in the middle of nowhere. No question there are more GM/Ford shops. The key is a good vehicle in the first place, good maintenance, and good towing insurance. Freightliner (owned by MB) will perform service if there is not an available MB dealer. Also there are a lot of specialty shops that deal with the Sprinter. The same problem can be be said for Toyota, Honda, KIA etc. GM/Ford are more numerous. 4. They're not basement-design motorhomes - where's the several smaller outside storage cabinets that are actually tall enough to fit much into (in addition to the single main one that they all have)? Response: We have more than enough storage, its one of the reasons we liked the Thor 25H/L. 5. I don't think that the double coach batteries are right under the doorstep - accessible from the outside or inside, rain or shine ... and kept a bit warm from being located just under the floor of the coach in cold weather. (Warm batteries perform better in the winter - which is when you need them most to perform up to their full potential.) Response: Batteries are under the step. 6. If you want one with a stronger coach structure you must get one without slides. But without slides, they are just too narrow to get around in. Response: This is a common issue to all RV's, I am not sure its a problem. 7. The commonly available Ford E450 and Chevy 4500 chassis under a motorhome means you can pretty much carry anything you want in them if you have one of those two chassis under a Class B+ or Class C motorhome up to around 28 feet long. 8. Diesel is available in whole lot of places but not "everywhere". Gasoline is available in just about every little podunk U.S. town. Response: Not really a problem. 9. Not a lot of the Sprinter based rigs have a full cabover sleeper bed. You may have to search hard for a cabover bed one that also has the other features you might want. Response: Thor, Forest River, Coachman have numerous cabover models. I am sure there are others. 10. It unfortunately may not be recommeded to idle the Sprinter engine an hour or two in order to take advantage of it's large alternator in order to quietly and quickly charge the coach battery bank in noise sensitive drycamping situations where solar won't do it and where the built-in generator may be too load. This idling limitation does not exist, for instance, with the Ford V10. Response: I don't like idling any engine. Time on an engine is time on an engine. It takes a lot of hours even with a big alternator to properly charge a battery. When off the grid, we use solar(its worked exceptionally well, even in the sun deprived areas of eastern US in the winter)for most of our electrical needs and have an inverter when necessary. Our backup is a diesel generator. We do not use the generator to charge batteries. 11. For what it's worth speaking from experience, the Ford V10 pulling our small Class C has continued to pull strong so far up to and through a 11,300 foot pass in Colorado. Response: Probably not a problem for a Ford V10 with a small Class C. Every NA engine including the V10 has lost at least 33% of its power, some claim up to 44%, just a fact of nature. In a heavy rig at altitude the loss will be felt. In most respects it just a matter of what the owner likes and dislikes. We like our Thor/Sprinter.
Oldtymeflyr 02/06/18 08:10am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Don't buy a Thor product

We have a Thor 24 H/L based on a Sprinter. Its been a good rig for the 8100 miles so far. These are complicated machines. Its a house, a vehicle, tractor and a generating station going down the road at 65 mph. Add these components together and there are a lot of things that can go wrong, more than the sum of its parts. We have a good dealer who worked through things, nothing "major." We are satisfied with our Thor. We would still purchase a Thor. We believe its been a good value.
Oldtymeflyr 02/05/18 10:06am Class C Motorhomes
RE: mercedes sprinter chassis

There are significant differences between the Chevy/Ford MH-C and the Sprinter based MH-C. Determine what you need and make the choice. Some of the floorplans are not available in both "groups." That drove us to the Sprinter. If you need size or more towing capacity that will drive you to the Chevy/Ford MH-C. The Sprinter cannot compete in that spec. If cost is an issue, the Sprinter will cost more. They hold their value well in the used market. There are a lot more good used Chevy/Ford products available at favorable prices. The Sprinter drives much straighter in similar conditions, the Sprinter handles like an MB should. When its windy both types can be a handful. The cockpit of the Sprinter is comfortable, plenty of foot room to get in and out. The seating position is great. The view is great. Our seats are MB and fit just right. Somewhere right around an altitude of 7,000 feet the Sprinter has more torque than the NA Chevy/Ford. At 10k the NA engines are hard pressed to make 70% of their rated torque. That turbo in the Sprinter makes a huge difference at altitude and when in the mountains going up a pass, its really easy comfortable driving. No sluggish performance. I still generally stay in the right lane, but can slip into the middle lane when heading out of Denver and pass the strugglers, without holding up traffic in the middle lane. My wife actually likes to and looks forward to driving the Sprinter, as does our daughter. Like, I said in the beginning, there is a place for both types of rigs. To paraphrase Harry Callahan, "A man's got to know his limitations." Good Luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 01/22/18 07:05am Class C Motorhomes
RE: DVD player died. Should we go blue ray ?

Our Sony Blue Ray will play non Blue Ray DVD's! It may be a standard feature. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 01/21/18 04:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: split/two piece matress

Our Thor 24 H/L mattress is made by Denver Mattress Company which has a pretty good reputation. The break is at approximately the knee. Go lay on one for a while and see what you think. We like it.
Oldtymeflyr 01/08/18 04:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: On-demand water heaters

We are thinking about switching out our tankless to a more standard tank unit. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 01/05/18 03:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tired of the Masterbuilt Digital Electric Smoker Problems

Masterbuilt smokers have their problems. I would not buy another one. I have figured out to handle mine, and with separate temp probes and a smoker on the side I can smoke about anything without spending a lot of time watching the smoke. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 01/03/18 04:49pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Winter Camping - how warm on the inside of your Popup TC

We have been to -10 degrees a number of times and once down to -35, at which temp the regulator on the propane system froze, moved to a warmer location. The Outfitter has a large furnace and it kept things warm. We like 45 give or take at nights maybe 60 during the day. 30# tank would last 3 days. Carried a 5# tank just in case. No problems with the tanks, they were heated by the furnace. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 01/02/18 10:11am Truck Campers
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