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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
RE: oven use in travel trailer

We also use the air bake sheets in lieu of a stone. The air bake sheet goes in regardless of what is being baked, ie. cup cakes or turkey, well you get the idea. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 12/16/17 07:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Probably Going To The Dark Side

After 9 years with our Outfitter Apex 8 which we really liked we decided it was time for a change. We wanted more space, more comfort, more convenience, bigger bath, walk around bed. There are bigger TC, but in the RV world, any TC is still small. We went with a Sprinter 25 footer with two slides one is a walk around queen bed. The Sprinter is mobile but its not a TC, that is the only downside. It will not go off road. The Sprinter has probably 3 times the space with about 3 feet in additional length. We looked at 5th wheels, but we tow a boat and will tow a Ranger PU for going off road. Every square or cubic foot in a TC makes a difference, In the Sprinter, we have breathing room. In the back of my mind I think about one of Outfitter's little units for the Ranger PU. Good luck.
Oldtymeflyr 12/14/17 07:45am Truck Campers
RE: Considering a new Winnebago View 24J

We purchased a Thor 24H/L this past June. A new unit. At first I was not for some type of leveling system. Now not so much. We are often in the boondocks and blocks would be required anyway. When in campgrounds generally the sites are fairly level and a leveling system would be a stabilizing system. At firs I was putting a jack under the hitch for stability and I don't even do that, its just not necessary for us. Does that mean a leveling system is ruled out, probably not, its just not a priority and maybe it just something else to go wrong. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 11/26/17 02:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Need drop receiver and receiver extension

If there is enough distance between the pin hole and the end of the insert, you could drill another pin hole. You basically need a little more than a pin hole width between the two points. This is not an easy hole to drill.
Oldtymeflyr 10/28/17 07:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Need drop receiver and receiver extension

Go to etrailer.com. They will have an extension for a reasonable price.
Oldtymeflyr 10/24/17 01:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Pop Up Soft Side Campers in the Winter

We had an Outfitter Apex 8 for 9 years and over 400 nights. No modifications to the walls windows, stock 20,000 btu furnace, batteries (2x6volts). We did have covers for the ceiling vents. We were in temperatures -10 degrees many times and down to -20 degrees every now and then. No problems. Our 30# propane tank would last 3 days keeping the temperature at 65 degrees during the day and lower 40 degree temps at night, we like it cooler. If the temperature was right around zero we could go 5-6 days with our propane. Note that we had full use of both the water and sewage system. We were comfortable. I did carry an extra 5# propane tank and a small Honda generator for backup electricity. There is no question that a good hardside can be warmer. The Outfitter had advantages that a HS could not match. We no longer have the Outfitter but our Sprinter Four Winds also has a 20,000 BTU furnace. In retrospect that Outfitter had a big furnace for the size.
Oldtymeflyr 10/16/17 07:34am Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper alternatives

We have had two truck campers over the the years with trailers in between. We recently switched to a 24 foot Sprinter based MH. We like it. The TC's were hard to beat. Very efficient, mobile and worked really well. Our most recent TC was an Outfitter Apex 8.0 that we used for 450+ nights. The reason we went with the Thor 24 H/L is that we wanted more comfort, more room, more conveniences. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 10/11/17 03:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Mercedes Sprinter chasis

We have a Thor Fourwinds 24H/L only available on the Sprinter 3500. Yes, it has enough power. We are generally at gross, towing a boat. Remember it is turbocharged so it will produce good power at altitude. I do not know its critical altitude. I presume it is above 12,000 feet given the performance to date. I have had a Duramax and the Sprinter does not have that kinda power. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 10/11/17 03:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Using over the winter - do I need to winterize

The answer to your question is yes! That's just the way it is in Colorado. If its going to be just a week or so I will setup the coach furnace with supplemental electric heat and make do for a week or so. Otherwise I drain the tanks and will pump in the RV anti-freeze. It takes less than 2 gallons of RV anti-freeze. Time is mostly in draining the tanks. My pump has a tap for pumping in the RV anti-freeze. Our rig has an instant demand water heater so no need to by pass or drain (we do not like the instant demand water hearter but that is another subject). Good Luck. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 10/06/17 11:36am Class C Motorhomes
RE: I-70 from Grand Junction CO to Denver CO

AFAIK, all US interstates can accommodate semis so not to worry.Then hows come my GPS set for a height of 13' routed me off of I-25 in downtown Denver because of low clearance? Some of the bridges in the mid-town section of I-25 are quite low. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 09/26/17 09:54am Beginning RVing
RE: New bag awning

We were in Yellowstone recently and saw an F150 with a Lance 650. Pretty good looking rig. Yes, I was surprised. Rick
Oldtymeflyr 09/23/17 07:40am Truck Campers
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