Life is to short to drive an ugly carHomely? Yes. But there's a lot more to it........
Life is too short to drive a car this short in the safety department. You might as well be on a motorcycle for all the safety it affords it's occupants.
They are very difficult to tow in that their wheels/tires are different sizes, as well as their wheelbase is so short, that the front wheels basketball bounce on tight turns.
The safeguard is to tie-off the steering wheel with bungey cords, and pray to God they work.
I agree with all of the above about "Ford" diesel engines. IIRC, if you check specs, you'll find he Van/Class C iteration of the Diesel does NOT produce the HP and Torque everybody brags about in pickups. There are space and cooling issues in the E-Series so the diesel is de-tuned. The V10 performs about like the PSD in a pickup. The V10 will outperform the PSD in a Class C.
I want a Ford Chassis, Cummins Engine, Allison Transmission...
The Ford 7.3 PSD outperforms the Ford gasser V10 in every category that I can think of - IN a Class C. I own one.:B
Which ones are you thinking it performs better in?
No, none. I buy used only. The depreciation will financially slaughter you buying new.
My coach was 9-months old with 5K miles on it when I bought it used. I saved 25% under what the new buyer paid. I saved tens of thousands of dollars buying used.
I think it is easier to remove the toilet and put it on your work bench. Mine is a 1996 after doing all the simple things like cleaning the groove,treating the seal it still would not hold water. What I found was a lot of mineral build up from hard water on the under side of the blade and it's encasement, after scraping the build up off,and cleaning the seal with a tooth brush them wiping with Vaseline, I reassembled it and it has held water for the last 2 years. With all that build up a new seal would have still leaked. If you turn the toilet upside down it is very easy to see how it comes apart.
I haven't pulled it yet. I really should because the tanks are all still dry from winterizing and de-plumbing the unit last December, and clean as a whistle.
Your post here has inspired me to not worry with getting the correct seal kit, and to just pull it and get acquainted with the mechanics of R & Ring it myself - and scraping the surfaces of the knife/slider valve. It just looks perhaps too involved for me to get it back together right again.
It works fine - except doesn't hold water but for less than a minute - so, the odors come into the unit. Ugh.
What would an approximate MPG be on a 27ft Class C with a Ford 450 diesel? I realize there are many variables. Thanks in advance.Depends on what year E450 Ford diesel engine. From all the reading and reports from those particular Ford diesel owners - the consensus is as follows: The 7.3 PSD yields a solid 10 to 10.5 mpg, and the 6.0 PSD yields a solid 11 to 12 mpg on the highway mostly driving of them. I'm not up on the 6.4 PSD or even if the 6.7 PSD is even installed in the E450s nowadays.
24 hours is the time limit on any car, truck, RV in front of your home on the street without it moving. You have to move it then, after 24 hours. That's where the law becomes murky.
No one is allowed to spend the night on the street in the RV, anywhere in most cities, and of course here too.
The OP asked a legitimate question and one I asked on this same forum many years ago when I purchased my first motor home. Why people feel compelled to respond with a 50% discount suggestion is beyond my comprehension.
A fifty percent discount on a new current year Tiffin is not a reasonable offer nor would it be reasonable for a new year old unit. As a salesman, I would walk away from a customer that seriously started with those numbers and consider them to be a waste of time.
A good question has been asked and deserves a reasonable response corresponding to real world purchases and or offers to sell from dealers.
A couple months ago, at the GS Rally in Phoenix, the salesman of a 2015 American offered us a 48% discount on their brand new coach...so, sorry to disagree with you but I believe a 50% discount is a good place to start negotiations....BTW, my coach was only a year old and I received a 42% discount out the door....Dennis
Getting almost a -50% off discount rate on a brand new coach, kinda shoots down that old dealer line of 25% to 30% max. discount, Dennis. :W :B
50% discount is NOT unreasonable if the coach is way overpriced to begin with.Correct!
Some of the high-end custom coaches have a 50%+ margin built-in, in the first place!
Negotiating is a must especially when buying a new unit.
I wouldn't buy any Daimler product (or any European car for that matter).
No thank you!
You re going from German Owners to Italian
No....I`m talking about the vehicles.
I`ve worked on German cars. expensive and a PITA to work on!
And I`ve never said Italian was better, just that you couldn`t give me a German car!I've been working on Mercedes-Benz diesels for over 25 years. They're much easier to work on than any American branded cars or trucks. Their parts aren't any more pricey than the Japanese parts, but made much better than either Asian, or American brands. Once you fix them, they stay fixed too!
When we bought our travel trailer through CW we were treated quite well. When we went to pick up the trailer 10 days later it was a whole other story. But that seems to be the case with many, many dealers -- sales is wonderful, and then everything falls apart when dealing with service.
We've just purchased a new motorhome from a large dealership. Before buying we cleared with the manufacturer that we could take the rig to an independent service shop, and that our warranty would be honored.
Doing your homework ahead of time seems to help. Knowing what our options were made all the difference when we got our new rig, and so far we've been more than pleased.Thanks for the experience related here.
With the Internet, it's pretty easy to get to the bottom line when pricing a unit out. What I won't do is pay more for the same unit, from a dealer that tells you that they're trying to charge more than other dealers sell the same unit for. With Camping World, I know that I am buying from a firm that will stand behind their products, unlike the rank and file dealers, so, with locations coast-to-coast, I know I'll be taken care of after the sale too. The icing on the cake will be getting the best price too from Camping World!
Hello Skid Row Joe,
Thank you for your question. The best resource for your concern is to visit your Local Camping World and speak with the sales manager about what you want and what discounts they can offer you. You can always go online to campingworld.com and find the phone number of the closest stores to you and comparison shop each of the dealerships.
Let us know if you any additional questions.
Rudy....Camping World Response Team member.
I'll definitely give Camping World the opportunity to win my order for a new coach. Thanks for the response.
All Thetford toilets are Aqua Magic- the exact model is needed to get the right seal. The AM IV is dead easy to replace- don't even need to remove the toilet.
Others are not at all easy :)What's an "AM IV" ?
That's Aqua Magic IV- there's Aqua Magic V, Aqua Magic Bravura, Aqua Magic Style, Aqua Magic Style II. You can see the lineup here.
OK, so my AM IV (if that's what I have, circa 2002...) I just reach down and R & R the seal by hand from the top?
Anybody know a reliable and cheap Internet- based source for these seals? PPL in Houston, maybe?? I tried a CW store and they didn't know which set of seals to sell me.
Other than my sheets and comforter and duve', I like the John Steinbeck fulltiming method. Especially since my rig doesn't have the dedicated space for a W/D - Splendide or stacked units. It would be nice to have a WD on-board, IMO. :)
Will Camping World order one from Winnebago to my specifications, and beat the best price available from any other Winnebago Motorhome dealer?
I was present at a Camping World Supercenter a few months ago when a new Winnebago was being detailed for it's new owners that had just bought it for pick up.
I just want to be assured of getting the best available price, is why I ask.
Looks like a lot of input from Australia in it's development, similar to the Global Ranger, which was developed here
MERCEDES-BENZ will target Australia and New Zealand’s lucrative light-commercial vehicle market with confirmation it will build a mid-size utility that will undergo testing Down Under.
The German manufacturer said in a statement that the pick-up will be the first vehicle of its kind from a premium brand, providing yet another option in Australia’s profit-making and highly competitive light-commercial ute segment.
Timing is still unclear, but it is believed the German-branded truck is at least two years away from launch, potentially giving it a 2018 on-sale date.
The workhorse will fall under the Mercedes-Benz Vans sub-brand that includes the Vito, Viano and forthcoming V-Class due mid-year, and it is unlikely it will be produced in Europe, instead it could be sourced from a Benz factory in South America or South Africa.
Mercedes-Benz Vans managing director Diane Tarr said the company was “excited” to be developing a vehicle that offers versatility, comfort, design and safety of a Benz passenger car, and highlighted the Australian involvement.
“We have been working on this project for a number of years and Australia and New Zealand have been an integral part of the program from the very beginning,” she said. “We will be conducting product testing in Australia over the next couple of years.”
Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific senior manager public relations, product and corporate communications David McCarthy told GoAuto that Benz’s local arm has been involved in development of the as-yet unnamed utility for some time.
“We have been involved in terms of discussion about specification, variants, engines, drivetrains, all of that right from the start for the last couple of years,” he said.
“There has been a lot of market research done in Australia. Obviously though it’ s early days, but we feel pretty comfortable that what’s going to come here will be very salable and very competitive and I think we will actually surprise quite a few people.”
Benz has not revealed any information about the mechanicals and underpinnings of the pick-up, and it is unclear whether it will be based on an existing Mercedes-Benz Vans platform or all-new underpinnings.
There is also no word on whether Benz will extend its plug-in hybrid powertrain roll-out to the ute.
An official sketch image of the ute gives an impression of what it could look like when it arrives later in the decade, with the front-end carrying styling cues from the current Benz range.
As well as Australia and New Zealand, Benz says other target markets include Europe, South Africa and South America, with North America set to miss out given the smaller size of the ute compared with larger US-centric offerings such as the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-Series and Dodge Ram.
Mr McCarthy was unable to go into detail about the Australian testing and development program Ms Tarr announced, but he highlighted the “strong relationship” MBAP has with Mercedes global, as well as some of its local engineering projects.
“Australia is an important market. Whether it’s AMG, Freightliner, MB Trucks, Fuso, we have a voice in Germany.
“There is a lot of local engineering going on with the military G-Wagon. Obviously we have got the project, albeit small scale, where there are G-Wagons being sold into the state government of Victoria for fire-fighting use. And that has had a lot of local input.
“So the relationship is very good and strong. We understand the market, and accordingly they listen.”
A number of major car-makers use Australia to put new models through their paces ahead of a wider global launch.
Ford Australia was the lead design and engineering studio for the Ranger ute and related Everest, GM Holden has tested global models such as the Chevrolet Spark/Opel Karl, while Mitsubishi’s next-gen Challenger is currently undergoing testing in South Australia.
Mr McCarthy would not discuss pricing and positioning for the Benz ute, but added that the product would be strong enough to add volume to Mercedes’ already growing sales tally.
“The market for this vehicle is pretty broad. I am not going to say where it is going to start and where it is going to finish, but suffice to say we have got some pretty ambitious targets for it so it needs to be right and it needs to be suited for the local market.
“European utes are obviously different to Asian utes and the home-grown utes. I am not worried about what the competitors are doing and what they have coming, we are going to have a better product.”
An obvious rival is Volkswagen’s German-built Amarok, which is seen as a more high-end alternative to the Thai-built utes such as HiLux and Ranger.
The Amarok starts at $31,490, plus on-road costs, for the 4x2 dual-cab TDI340and tops out with the 4x4 TDI420 Ultimate at $65,290.
Last year in Australia, 17.8 per cent of all new-vehicle sales were made up of light-commercial vehicles, with four-wheel drive versions taking a 12 per cent slice of the market.
Pick-up sales have grown significantly in the past decade, with 175,373 4x4 and 4x2 utilities sold last year, representing an increase of almost 38,000 units compared with the 137,990 tally from 2004.
The fiercely competitive segment has been dominated by the Toyota HiLux for many years, but Ford’s Australian developed and designed Ranger has been making gains and was the sixth best-selling vehicle in Australia last year with 26,619 units, behind the third-placed HiLux with 38,126.
The LCV sector is heating up in 2015, with a facelifted Ranger arriving in July, the new Mitsubishi Triton launching in May and the Nissan Navara following in the third quarter. Toyota’s all-new HiLux is expected either later this year or early next year.
Several other car-makers are planning, or rumoured to be developing utilities that will end up on the Australian market, with French car-maker Renault deep into a business case for a workhorse, while American SUV specialist Jeep is also said to be planning a pick-up.
Fiat looks set to offer a ute based on the forthcoming Mitsubishi Triton, but it is unclear whether this is for emerging or developed markets.
I'd say it's already a dated look if that's an 2018 model. Better choice is to buy a full-sized Japanese PU truck.
I do my laundry like John Steinbeck did in his non-fiction book; "Travels With Charlie" in his truck camper. I fill the 3.5 Gal. bucket with clothes needing washed, add some laundry detergent, fill with water in the floor of the coach shower, stir it up and let it soak for hours and even driving on your trip for hours too, before rinsing with water and hanging the clothes on white plastic hangers, first in the shower stall to drip first, then around the interior where they can finish air-drying.