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RE: B+ motorhomes

in another thread discussing the possibility of ordering a customized B+ (phoenix cruiser) factory direct, i posted what i thought MY ideal B+ would look like. as a PC, it would be narrower and lower height than our TL 213, and... suppose i wanted a minimalist sort of MH that had a no frills interior finish and minimal system redundancy (no propane, no coach-chassis engine connection, perhaps all DC power via batts and inverter even on shore power). would PC consider such a build? PC model 2551 squeeze into PC 2100 https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQKFDkk6z37XMs2q1UNgbFsf3rXOx8_QM8gDxpWKamJXIJkuY_p width=400 also, could a 22' no slide rig be made w/ this plan, only move beds and bath forward after placing the small galley behind the driver swivel seat, and a low height ref behind the swiwelling passenger cab seat? it is weird how your subconscious can fail to communicate fully w/ your conscious mind, 'cuz as i later mulled over the floorplan i was proposing above, i realized the beds should be moved forward and away from the back room. thus in the above pic w/ changes noted above, swap the bed section w/ the galley-fridge and then move front door to back... but this is almost the same thing http://www.rvguide.com/specs/sites/rv/images/data/floorplan/2008_R-Vision_Trail-LiteB-Plus_213.jpg width=400 which of course is the plan i already have (duh!), and which has been used for decades. anyway, i would be interested in others' thoughts and desires, especially as regards a more minimally equipped rig -- either pro or con.
burlmart 03/29/15 06:41am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Newbie questions?

welcome if your destination is far off and you pull into a rest stop to make lunch in mid summer, that generator will cool you and nuke your food. many Cs have a factory BIRD relay that makes BOTH batteries charge when the generator is on or when on shore power.
burlmart 03/27/15 10:07am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 12v or 2 6v batteries?

For some reasons 12's don't make friends as well in sets as the 6's do. I can't say I understand why from a technical standpoint, but I've come to believe it. We had 2x12 and went to just one. We don't boondock so no big deal, but as far as the batteries "lasting" in terms of months before replacement, one 12 lasts several years. With two it seems we were always replacing one of them. it is weird things like this as well as other similar ones w/ boat motors, some cars, and the rv that make me leery of some modern all-electric things like a roadtrek e-trek or a chevy volt. they mix so many technologies to deliver power... i think they could prove too complex to diagnose even for the best electrical wizs. an example is all the weird voltage readings on either coach or chassis batts...i attribute this to the BIRD system. i can put a 12.65V batt in the chassis, and after hooking it up, it reads 12.50V. also, the chassis batt can be fully charged. but turn on one DC light, and the battery meter (all-in-one FW,BW,GW,propane, coach batt) goes from 4 red leds to 3. i woud love to un-complicate rhe wiring.
burlmart 03/26/15 10:53am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Just purchased my first RV! Tell me what you think.

not too familiar w/ MH you have, but minnesota is a fantastic place to put it to fun use. enjoy.
burlmart 03/26/15 10:07am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Factory-Direct Purchase Experience

Also to consider is where the fresh water tank is placed. On some rigs like my 2007, it is placed against the rear wall, right over the rear hitch. Other models with the kitchen and bath in back, they often place the fresh tank under the kitchen sink, again over the rear hitch. Then because the tanks lay sideways, the sloshing of water adds to the tail wagging condition. My rig with that condition, I resolved it with a rear trac bar. A few years later, Phoenix moved the fresh water tank forward and rotated it front-to-rear so the sloshing effect was reduced. Along with the improved Ford chassis suspension in 2008, people don't have issues even though there is a significant rear overhang, a 23'-8" long rig on a 158" wheel base E350 chassis. i think we got lucky since FW (generally full) is under driver side dinette and black is over hitch, but almost always emptied at cg. so many details to ever think there is a 'sweet spot' for a MH design. i already see that it is better for beds to be away from bath if bath is used as separate 'living area' for early riser.
burlmart 03/26/15 08:43am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Need advice on motorhome for touring band

i would look at comfort and parking logistics a bit, and it would help you a lot to do a sharp pencil cost comparison of the way you get along now vs RVing. i am ballpark guessing $150/nite/2 comfortable roomswithlonghotshowersandnicebeds vs very comprimised living quarters in an RV and 8 tired folks. motorhome financing may demand high insurance w/ 8 occupants (maybe over $1000/yr) - but not for a trailer. in either case where can you park rv in town (and run AC)?, you may find locals tiring of seeing 'squatters" over the months you do repeat gigs and so you are forced to some RV campground at $40+/nite. just rough thoughts
burlmart 03/26/15 06:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Factory-Direct Purchase Experience

mlts22 that is a significant point. i know you've done a LOT of small rig research for solo and occasional 2 person travel. you won't hurt my feelings any way you see it, but could you offer opinions and critiques of the 22' rig i am describing. i would value hearing your (and anyone else's) insights.
burlmart 03/25/15 01:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Factory-Direct Purchase Experience

the arriva floorplan makes a very spacious van camper, but the extra width of a B+ with nearly vertical sides offers a huge livability upgrade. i still think 22' is enough for this floorplan after seeing this. as for getting the floorplan and components you want in a custom personalized B+, well, i wish there was someone like sportsmobile for the C rigs.
burlmart 03/25/15 12:55pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Factory-Direct Purchase Experience

looks like PCers are not quite into the flexible mode, but it seems, at least w/r to a smaller B+ twin bed bath rig, coach house is there. http://www.classbforum.com/phpBB2/download/file.php?id=2019 width=400 you can read 'bout it http://www.classbforum.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2938 i do not expect a minimalist rig from CH, but am going to read the forum posts linked.
burlmart 03/25/15 12:01pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Factory-Direct Purchase Experience

bob this rv i am seeing is somewhat like the short-lived all electric, born free B&B. it looks quite doable in a 22' floorplan. with coach door at end of pass side bed and no end wall, the bed can double as a day sofa and also accommodate taller sleepers. the accordion curtain door can come all the way to pass side. if desired, some overcab space can go towards pantry stuff. bathroom could be shaved a bit in fore-aft depth. the top of the low rise fridge could be fpr eating or computer. a tv on the driver bed partition wall swings around into front living area. on rig and equipment: no decals, awning, or low-hanging plumbing. w/ its small 22' volume and minimal interior mass (no frills on interior decor -- think casita or marine cabin -- a small low power air-conditioner someplace other than roof would be big. might tolerate a single cable to run from chassis alternator to charge batts while touring.
burlmart 03/25/15 05:30am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Factory-Direct Purchase Experience

after seeing this thread i was anxious to look into the PC site, and even more interested when i read "We work hard to understand your vision, and will go above and beyond to put you in the Class B+ RV of your dreams!' so...i guess i am asking those in the know just what is being offered, here? good to know. suppose i wanted a minimalist sort of MH that had a no frills interior finish and minimal system redundancy (no propane, no coach-chassis engine connection, perhaps all DC power via batts and inverter even on shore power). would PC consider such a build? edit: model 2551 in a 2100 https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQKFDkk6z37XMs2q1UNgbFsf3rXOx8_QM8gDxpWKamJXIJkuY_p width=400 also, could a 22' no slide rig be made w/ this plan, only move beds and bath forward after placing the small galley behind the driver swivel seat, and a low height ref behind the swiwelling passenger cab seat?
burlmart 03/24/15 06:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Factory-Direct Purchase Experience

good to know. suppose i wanted a minimalist sort of MH that had a no frills interior finish and minimal system redundancy (no propane, no coach-chassis engine connection, perhaps all DC power via batts and inverter even on shore power). would PC consider such a build? edit: model 2551 in a 2100 https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQKFDkk6z37XMs2q1UNgbFsf3rXOx8_QM8gDxpWKamJXIJkuY_p width=400 also, could a 22' no slide rig be made w/ this plan, only move beds and bath forward after placing the small galley behind the driver swivel seat, and a low height ref behind the swiwelling passenger cab seat?
burlmart 03/24/15 06:30am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Reflections on 6 Months of RV Research! ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIFdltJRqoQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8x9bdH-SLI i witnessed a 3 axle trailer turning and saw a LOT of twisting rubber.
burlmart 03/23/15 11:39pm Class C Motorhomes
chassis with tight turning radius+no more pull-thrus

https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSg-K16Bdtl_4JPkTDLMOOeScvmUN4KlaiKbgBQFsxLAY7VFSoF width=500 promaster http://pictures.dealer.com/s/sterlingheightsdodgecllc/0276/22ba632285e5088ef739355a8f038fa4x.jpg width=500 (something to put on it) https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRi7OjHS_2qlCaEDTuHkForPti1TQE71uc6jNVzzhoSBJPRst0NQA width=500 http://i.ytimg.com/vi/tj6zpzwyOZo/maxresdefault.jpg width=500 (something to put on it) https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQmGFHXlAbQ0j87xt-YC_B6ho6rLV76Joa7z7Cyldh0DmVF-m1FyA width=500 ========================================== ducato chassis versatility video ==========================================
burlmart 03/23/15 08:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Reflections on 6 Months of RV Research! ;)

ducatos http://heavycherry.com/imgs/a/b/g/h/j/fiat__l4_4035_mm_157_ducato_chassis_ps_2010_1_lgw.jpg width=500 https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSg-K16Bdtl_4JPkTDLMOOeScvmUN4KlaiKbgBQFsxLAY7VFSoF width=500 http://www.graysgarage.co.uk/images/commercial-vehicles/fiat-ducato-chassis-cab.jpg width=500 promaster http://pictures.dealer.com/s/sterlingheightsdodgecllc/0276/22ba632285e5088ef739355a8f038fa4x.jpg width=500 (something to put on it) https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRi7OjHS_2qlCaEDTuHkForPti1TQE71uc6jNVzzhoSBJPRst0NQA width=500 http://i.ytimg.com/vi/tj6zpzwyOZo/maxresdefault.jpg width=500 (something to put on it) https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQmGFHXlAbQ0j87xt-YC_B6ho6rLV76Joa7z7Cyldh0DmVF-m1FyA width=500 ========================================== ducato chassis versatility video ==========================================
burlmart 03/22/15 03:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Reflections on 6 Months of RV Research! ;)

what you will see with the Promaster, they should grow as a segment filler. They have the added advantage of being extremely stable and smooth as a MH base would you know if the chassis rails are lower to ground on euro ducatos vs american promaster. as you noted earlier, the euros are much lower profile.
burlmart 03/22/15 06:20am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Winni Rialta

Poetry on wheels for $55,000 new in 2004. a classy C. https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTq_d2H0r4WRmEch5FXqp78zG7aZjji5s6LEwcE4XmixbyLvkMVgQ width=500 https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQBmLw39xHjsJ6QqV8RTqv1O0VhAk0AzggejzlY2eg2GqpZ7G1ATQ width=500https://lh4.ggpht.com/oUsBeZVwT2F7XE0yFnsaYFJYXsmUT_wv0eQHp2XXhZCtrAzYOjNcaTX9bmwb31Nypsuq9g=s165 width=500
burlmart 03/22/15 03:45am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Reflections on 6 Months of RV Research! ;)

phil, i knew those PC dimensions as well as their narrowness...i only meant that PC dimensions are the target to meet or beat on the way to a rising of the Rialta from the ashes - a Phoenix Rialta on a Ducato. i am definitely not putting down traditional cabover bed, wide, often long Cs at all. i have come to really appreciate what a C offers as well as the people who are attracted to them. it just happens that for me, our mutts, and martha (sole and now experienced driver), the smaller and more nimble MH is a better fit. for anyone wondering why, with 24' sprinter dually hi-top vans like the winnie era out there, we could use a re-issue of the diminutive front-drive Rialta of the early 2000s: certainly lower price is a plus; so is wider and higher interior space; and compared to boxy vans, more attractive curved outer body styles like the '70s GMC, Coachouse, Rialta, and those hot LTV B+s. the nicely priced dodge promaster can open up a segment between LTV and sprinter van lookers with smaller budgets.
burlmart 03/20/15 12:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: B+ motorhomes

reports have said fuel pumps do give trouble. not sure what is draining engine batt, and a new one w/ some manual disconnect-when-stored switch could help. a trickle charge may be better because... when the engine computer memory is lost, upon restarting it takes some rough running minutes before it gets all reset
burlmart 03/20/15 12:00am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Reflections on 6 Months of RV Research! ;)

robert i have been a BIG fan of those euro ducato low profile B+ rigs and posted many pics on rv.net in past. what bothers me about the US winnebago trend and dynamax rev ducato/promaster B+ rigs just now coming out is they lost the great ducato advantage of the euro low profile design. even though trend and rev are overcab-bedless B+s w/ no driveshaft, they are a full foot higher than my 10'-4" chevy chassis B+. i think the american market for ducato B+ builds needs to focus on being more low profile than phoenix cruisers instead of trying to have more basement room and consequent height than the winnebago mercedes views.
burlmart 03/19/15 12:30pm Class C Motorhomes
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