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RE: Chicago RV show- 1/2 tons can tow 8500lb 5th wheels.

I visit this show yearly. I hate that it's hard to find anything, but enjoy looking at the campers nonetheless. Lot of 5th wheels there this year, seemed quite a bit more than previous years. Walked by the General RV section and all their 5th wheels had pictures of half ton trucks with "your truck can tow this" wording, followed by the dry weights of the campers. 7500, 8000, 8500lbs :E I can only imagine what the pin weight of a 31' 5th wheel ready to camp is. Scary advertising out there. Not a problem, if the hitch weight( pin weight) is reasonable, but the 3 litre Diesel below going nowhere if it is too heavy. http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsnvnz3sd5.jpg Again a 3 litre Diesel but hitch weight vastly greater. http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsu7tjjncg.jpg
RobertRyan 02/21/17 02:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Importing an RV from Europe to the US

Buying on the Transit doesn't help much, as the U.S. Transit does not have engines and transmissions in common with most overseas versions. Many European Transits are built with smaller 4-cylinder diesel engines, or a 2.3 liter gasoline engines, while U.S. Transits share gas drivetrains with the F-150; the 3.2 l Duratorq is the only engine in common, but comes with different emi European Transits do have automatics, we have them on ours.Emission requirements are the major issues in both the European and US Transits. 3.2 engine cannot be used in Europe due to Euro 6 regulations 2.3 Petrol engine would be extremely rare, as 99.9'% of Transits are diesels in Europe. Ducato Diesel is not the same engine as used in the RAM( VM Motori one), but is used in the Promaster, but tuned for US Tier emissions. Same engine surprisingly is used in the Mitsubishi Fuso truck in the US. Only Japanese vehicle to have a European designed engine. Fuso is also a misnomer, as all the various Mitsubishi Trucks are part of the Fuso series, including HDT's A US Van meeting FMVSS standards will not necessarily meet European ENCAP standards, glaring example the latest Mustang, that had a miserable 2 rating under ENCAP. It had certain structural problems that are not that easy to fix
RobertRyan 02/17/17 03:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 13 mpg semi

Volvo's European HQ is doing the same with a Cabover Volvo fuel saving Concept( Cabover) Mercedes is doing the same, do not know if their division Freightliner has a development? Mercedes fuel saving truck
RobertRyan 02/17/17 04:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Importing an RV from Europe to the US

Making it EPA compliant would be nearly impossible and very expensive. Even the the motors are the same, the fueling and aftertreatment systems are very different. Also under the skin is different structurally too, since FMVSS standards are different as well. Although, I believe the standards are much lower for cutaways, but you'd still have to crash test one first. Probably a much easier path is to export a North America Transit to Europe for the camper build. You can send the Transit to Europe for 1-year under a carnet and avoid and import duties. I don't think the different interior systems are a deal breaker. They should have no problem installing 120-volt components, or leave those components out for install when you get the US. If it is a petrol engine no problem,but not a diesel
RobertRyan 02/17/17 04:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Importing an RV from Europe to the US

Having lived in Hawaii for the past 4 decades we have always rented RVs when we travel on the "Mainland" US or in Europe. But now we are moving back to California and wish to purchase a B+ RV. In Europe several companies make very nice small (< 6m or ~19.5 ft)coach built RVs with a design that is not available in the US. (see for example the 5.99m Challenger: http://www.challenger-motorhomes.com/low-profiles/194#model or the Chausson 514: http://www.lemondeducampingcar.fr/guide-d-achat/chausson-514-ford.html, both of which are built with the Ford Transit chassis and engine). The units are very compact, but come with a raised bed in the rear which makes room for ample storage beneath that is accessible from the outside. Has anyone ever been able to successfully import one of these small RVs back into the US? The Ford chassis and engine make overcoming the significant USEPA and USDOT import criteria possible, but I'm not so sure about the European wiring and plumbing standards meeting with import restrictions. I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who has seriously attempted or actually been successful importing an RV from Europe. Mahalo! (thanks) You will have a problem with diesel compliance and Vica versa being imported to Europe
RobertRyan 02/17/17 04:21am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Interesting rig up in Australia

Robert Ryan, I don't quite understand the mechanics of the "lazy axle" and the costs that attach to it. Would you explain a bit more? With the lazy axle you can take things to extremes Off Road. Plowing through a sea of mud http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsxwahxr2l.jpg Since the lazy axle is NOT a drive axle what makes it better for traction ? They use them on mining rigs etc. This site should explain more A Six Wheeler site
RobertRyan 02/16/17 03:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Interesting rig up in Australia

Robert Ryan, I don't quite understand the mechanics of the "lazy axle" and the costs that attach to it. Would you explain a bit more? With the lazy axle you can take things to extremes Off Road. Plowing through a sea of mud http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsxwahxr2l.jpg
RobertRyan 02/16/17 12:24am Truck Campers
RE: Interesting rig up in Australia

Robert Ryan, I don't quite understand the mechanics of the "lazy axle" and the costs that attach to it. Would you explain a bit more? Here is the website of one of the companies that do the conversions it will give you an idea how much the conversions improve the characteristics of the vehicle and how it works ( see videos on the site as well) Notice they are not a 6x6 drive arrangement 6 wheeler conversion
RobertRyan 02/15/17 03:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Interesting rig up in Australia

It has a 2.5 liter 5 cylinder diesel. It would be so under powered with that camper on it. And, I bet they cost as much if not more than U.S. made 6.7, 450 plus HP, 900 ft lb. V8 diesel trucks. Why would you want one? (Plus VW is a unethical cheating company) Actually neither, very zippy,. Pretty inexpensive
RobertRyan 02/15/17 03:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Interesting rig up in Australia

Truck version of Van http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsmzvq7pin.jpg
RobertRyan 02/15/17 05:05am Truck Campers
RE: Interesting rig up in Australia

oops tandem postOh wait....... I got it.. good one ;) :B :B Good catch. I always thought Australia was 'down under'. Not up :@ It is a unique looking rig. Thanks for posting. Sister has a Transporter as a small Class B. Very nippy( overtaking cars at 70mph, going up a reasonable hill) Fuel economy is outstanding as a Class B , looking at 37mpg ( US) The original Van http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsdtss1msf.jpg
RobertRyan 02/15/17 04:59am Truck Campers
RE: Interesting rig up in Australia

oops tandem postOh wait....... I got it.. good one ;) :B :B Good catch. I always thought Australia was 'down under'. Not up :@ It is a unique looking rig. Thanks for posting. Sister has a Transporter as a small Class B. Very nippy( overtaking cars at 70mph, going up a reasonable hill) Fuel economy is outstanding as a Class B , looking at 37mpg ( US)
RobertRyan 02/15/17 04:52am Truck Campers
RE: Interesting rig up in Australia

I like it ..... Would be nice to have extra capacity without the width of the dually. Too bad you can't get one in the US. Bob, you get a whole range of unusual base vehicles for Slideons in Australia. Extra axle not that uncommon
RobertRyan 02/15/17 04:49am Truck Campers
RE: Interesting rig up in Australia

3 axle VW - Lance rig Angela who wrote the article, does not realise the " truck" is a cab chassis version of a 2 Litre diesel VW Transporter
RobertRyan 02/15/17 04:47am Truck Campers
RE: Remember the 1960's Hippie VW vans? No more!

cant wait for the diesel version...oh wait... mike That is the only option outside NA.,Very lively combination
RobertRyan 02/13/17 01:49am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Remember the 1960's Hippie VW vans? No more!

A few interesting design features. One is the way the sofa converts to a bed. They added foldaway cushions that must add a great deal to the comfort. Would I use it for a long trip? I'd answer with a question: where's the toilet and shower? These are used for short journeys or weekends away. Max Number 2
RobertRyan 02/13/17 01:47am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Remember the 1960's Hippie VW vans? No more!

Nice looking unit but I still hate VW's. Those old hippie vans were limited to 50 for good reason, unsafe at any speed. Not this. Sister has one that has a 2litre diesel, that passes cars at 70mph Going UP a hill.Fuel Economy is pretty amazing and works out on a long trip 6.4 Litres per 100km or 37 miles per US Gallon.
RobertRyan 02/13/17 01:46am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Million Mile Tundra

Volvo Sedans make the others look weak. 3 million miles ;) 3 million mile Volvo Sedan
RobertRyan 02/10/17 09:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Million Mile Tundra

Toyota Hilux. had done 745,000 miles before being traded in. 745,000 mile Toyota Hlilux traded in
RobertRyan 02/10/17 09:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: McMansions On Wheels, Have We Gone To Far

Now this just looks silly, to each their own. http://i.imgur.com/5lIp4ecl.jpg]http://i.imgur.com/5lIp4ecl.jpg Oh Dear God. I once posted that the school of RV interior design was being done by the same person who did Liberaces Bedroom...I think this makes my case nicely. How on earth could you invite anyone in to that ice cream parlor mess with a straight face??? Oh that is tacky.Bit like what some Generation Y people are doing with Vintage Caravans( Travel Trailers) http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpshyr0rqmn.jpeg
RobertRyan 02/07/17 04:06pm General RVing Issues
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