It seems that we are talking about different products here. Some are talking of full wheel simulators, which are physically secured by nuts, while other full wheel simulators are held on by retainers, similar to a car hub cap. You can lose the latter easily, and in my opinion you would be foolish to attach any kind of valve extender to these. Other people seem to be referring to regular hub caps, which obviously only cover the hub. :?
That seems to be the problem when this subject comes up.
Some people call them simulators when they are really hubcaps or wheel covers Like this
A real simulator bolts on the wheel and will not come off unless you loose a Lug nut
So which one do you have??
had no isea there were so many ways to bling your wheels. i just spray painted the rusty brown protruding rear hubs and front indented hubs a sandy color to sorta go with the RV decals
ron.dittmer is the guru on phoenix and has a 2007 PC 2350. he has often posted detailed breakdowns of B+ vs C features. i like our B+ also.
forget about wiring or unique maintenance needs of a chevy or ford B+. as ron will point out, they are Cs that are typically 6-8" narrower than a C, and usually have streamlined fiberglass front and rear outsides.
the fiberglass roof of the winnie 22R and PC 2350 is a good thing for a motorhome that sits outdoors a lot. the narrower PC will be a little bi easier to drive, but out west where things are more spacious, the difference may be nill.
i think you are .ooking at equally good choices. research if newer winnies have leaky cabover bed issues (they may not). if they do not leak, like you, i'd go w/ winnie for newness and a bit roomier interior.
I did not know about your mishap with the rear tire. Those inner duals are a little harder to contend with. I carry my infrared temperature gun to get some warning about low tire pressure - increased heat due to flex. It does not sound like you had that problem, merely tire failure.
i remember you discussing that years ago. i still am looking for a good dual head air gauge w/ one being a straight shoe. many just do not seat right and you let out air fumbling w/ it. i want to have it in my hands and test fit it to a valve stem extender from my pocket.
nite before the blowout, while removing the white vinyl wheel covers, i felt some alarming tread distortions on 4 rear tires. because all 4 had similar unevenness, i didn't know what to think. i told martha to keep it well under 60mph on the 30 mi stretch of interstate, and i wrote down phone numbers for some dealers and roadside assistance. 15 mi of interstate and bam. i subsequently discovered these uniroyal laredos were made the same time as others that were recalled. every fiber of my being tells me these 225/75/r16 load range E should have been included. uniroyal lawyers will not admit it, and NHTSA dropped the ball when not including them.
the interactions w/ all the tire dealer and manufacturer people, roadside assistance workers, insurance people, and RV shop managers/workers throughout this whole affair served to reinforce my long held uneasiness of being a citizen of a lawless land right in the midst of the rest of the world. maybe it comes from too much reading of other rv.netter's tales so similar to mine. but nothing about RVs seems regular.
RV (especially MH) ownership and travel puts one in this lawless land, or perhaps it is just the land of truckers, whose rules of business and practice are very foreign to the general public. it's like most people feel that regulation of car designs and competition among dealers for service makes the big country of auto motorists comfortable w/ their lot.
not so for us truckers/'specialty item owners.' within a few months of owning ours, i had the pleasure of learning, contrary to what the dealer said about class Cs, chevrolet dealerships would not align it. had to sit in tiny waiting area/office of a big rig alignment shop in an industrial park w/ martha and watch the in and out of mechanics reporting to and hobnobbing w/manager. 1st diagnosis: nothing seems wrong in test drive, even though steering wheel had become way off center. had them put it in work area, and 2nd report: lug nuts on both tierods were left completely loose by chevy or r-vision.
i don't foresee much changing until the number of RVers grows to a point where 1) safer vehicles and 2) better quality hardware and service can be had. better regulation and competition will result.
|---deleted stuff---| (i realize i am treading on thin ice with the whole 'woman driver' thing, so i apologize in advance.)burlmart - what are you thinking. You must have had a brain hiccup? :B
thanks for showing me text malfunction, gene. the parenthetical comment was intended to be something like
(i realize i am treading on thin ice with all this sounding like the whole 'just a woman driver' thing, so i apologize in advance, as that isn't my point.)
martha has never dented a vehicle or caused an accident. she is very careful. but as a passenger w/ other drivers, i've observed many males and females that seem to effortlessly 'feel' where the vehicle's perimeter will be in a maneuver. then again, i don't know their complete driving histories!
as you know, Martha drives for us since i have low vision. she does a good job, but is very carefully slow and makes many corrections when in proximity to things, even w/ our 4runner. i will watch her back it down the driveway and under its shed and get frustrated that it could be done more fluidly, but not w/ my eyes. so pretty sure our B+ is the upper size we could manage.
sounds like you have PP under control, and that it does require more diligence. how carefully cautious do you find yourself driving ths B+? how would you compare terry's handling it to yours? (i realize i am treading on thin ice with the whole 'woman driver' thing, so i apologize in advance.)
after 35k mi of louisiana trails, on an out of state trip, the simulators felt they could slack off on better roads, but a bump somewhere in missoure took out the right rear one.
since they all squawk at low speed and hinder tire pressure checks, we let our rig parade around au natural
we stayed at that park 1 nite when RV was still new, but a wicked thunderstorm kind of loused up the evening.
i am oblivious to big rig stuff. i read where dale mostly drives PP and you drive other vehicles. how different is it to drive the big rig?
i know some of you read of our recent major inner passenger dually that did a lot of damage to things proximate to the tire, most critically rupturing propane piping to furnace and fridge. i cannot shake the fact that i noticed all 4 rear tires felt very wrong, but took RV out anyway.
the seriously unsettling effect of my misjudgement and resulting potentially fatal blowout spending 6 hrs in the RV trying to get our safeco roadside people to bring help, and ultimately calling our tire supplier - TCI - saying we'd pay for his roadside 2 tires mount (he was gonna leave us w/ no return call after safeco kept low balling on the service). unsettling.
subsequently, uniroyal agreed to replace 4 other tires after TCI told them how all 4 rears showed serious defect in tread donding. for reimbursement, uniroyal had us ship the blown tire, the bill for the 2 tires put on in field, and 2 estimates of damage repair from an RV shop. only one could get to giving a timely estimate, and it took 2 weeks. it was way, way high - $5000, mostly labor. when uniroyal saw that they contacted via a lawyer sayind we had hit something in the 4 yr, 10k mi life of the tire that led to its demise. did not acknoledge the other equally defective tires and closed the case. complaint to NHTSA that the Laredos should have been included in a recall proved pointless.
all the negative experiences above had me really wanting to exit the RVing kingdom. but after succesfully reparing (w/ a bit of copper tube flaring help from encouraging friends), i was able to fix everything w/ about 40 solid hrs work and $90.
2 good local SP outings later, i can say much of my MoHo mojo is back! i even took another stab at quieting overcab cabinetry squeaks/squawks with added screws around the center (former TV location) wood framing between the side glass-doored cabinets - anxious to hear the result.
TMI, i suppose, but kinda wonder if any of you have felt the uneasiness of being in the RV kingdom?
(dale, our blowout was exit 19 on I12 E, where did your serpentine belt fail?)
at home depot they have 13"x13" winegard flatwave OTA amplified indoor antennas for $25. buy 3 and place them facing the towers. we use one for OTA, but no towers are over 25 mi. they claim to reach 50 mi.
What is your fuel level now? Most RV generators are connected to the tank such that their fuel pickup only goes partway down the tank, and they won't run typically below around a quarter tank.
I would tend to suspect a fuel problem of some sort before the spark plug on the Onan generators. That seems to be more common. Spark plugs also don't tend to die suddenly, in my experience, but gradually the engine runs less and less well.
good info for OP. also...
the toggle switch for most onan's is pressed in at top to crank it up. BUT just as important is to 1st press it in at the bottom and hold for 10-15 audible clicks - this primes the carb w/ gas.
If it started out as a Van then it a Class/Type B, if it was built on a cut-away chassis then it's a Class C. Size has nothing to do with it.
B+ is not mentioned in this quote. they exist, and i have one.
question: when, as i have noticed for several years now, a type B owner feels like they need a little more width/height to move more comfortably in the RV, would you say they are Bers, Cers, or B+ers?
the pc 2100 is very like our tl 213, and both need to create a bed each nite. unless your spartan list of wants in the OP is no longer important, and your B history w/ SMB is still sound, why not ask them to put the ERA 70A in a non-sprinter good ole ford transit, as i mentioned? all the excess stuff you said can live w/o is what makes SMB uniquely positioned to give you what was delineated in the OP.
The RV were are looking for has:
A full time made up bed (that you can walk around - that's a DW must)
A dinette/eating area (this one's mine)
The bathroom doesn't have to have a shower, porta pottie's fine!
Frig - not required, but nice
sink and cook top are nice, but not required. Micro wave is a must
TV's not wanted
Slides, rather not, simpler the better.
Not a big fan of Dodge with Fiat chassis, nor the Mercedes. Basically a Ford type guy, but there's nothing wrong with Chevy.
if you think about it, many b and b+ models hafe twin beds that can stay made. many are joined as a king bes at the pillow end. may be easily accessed w/ the separating gap at the feet end.
i wonder could SMB put this in a hitop ford transit fot you