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RE: Toyota Hybrids, Any Experience?

Also I just checked the Prius plug in model, and it only has a range of about 11 miles in electric mode before the gas engine kicks in. That isn't a whole lot of miles, but if your trips are under 8 miles mostly as you said that may be helpful. If they could ever get these plug in hybrids to get about 100 miles on the electric charge before the gas engine kicks in, I think they'll have something then.
msmith1199 10/22/14 12:17pm Around the Campfire
RE: Toyota Hybrids, Any Experience?

I'm a retired engineer, so I love formulas, but check me out; I make mistakes. A recent review of the Toyota Prius plugin concluded it achieved 22Kwh/100 miles in the electric only mode. My electric company charges me 0.09$/kwh at the house. A comparable small gasoline only car might get 35 miles per gallon. So, (22Kwh/100mi)x(0.9$/kwh)x(35mi/gal)= 0.69$/gal. IE, driving the Prius in electric only mode would be like paying 0.69$/gal for the gasoline only car. So, since I drive around 13,000 miles per year in the car and now pay around $3.00/gal, I might save around $860 per year. Hard to justify the extra $8000 to 10,000 I might pay extra for the hybrid plugin. But it would be nice to only fill up every month or two, and gasoline prices will probably go up and up. Pardon the long post. Tell me if I screwed up the math. Do you have a smart meter at your house? I can't give you the rates, but we have smart meters here in California so our price for electricity is variable by the time of day. The cheapest prices are overnight. So you could save more by charging the car overnight.
msmith1199 10/22/14 12:12pm Around the Campfire
RE: Toyota Hybrids, Any Experience?

Maybe a little off the RV topic, but you guys are my only community now. Our old Sequoia is ready for trade off and I'm thinking about a Highlander or Rav4 hybrid. I know the overall economics might not be great, but I just get tired of filling up the tank. The Sequoia was great, but 14.5 mpg. Are the hybrids dependable; could you drive one for 10 - 15 years? This is not for towing, just as a second car to the Duramax. I bought a VW Jetta sport wagon TDI about six months ago for a commuter car. And my parents have a Toyota Prius that I just drove cross-country in to bring it to them on the east coast. In my opinion, VW's TDI beats the hybrids hands down. On fuel economy the only place the hybrid prius won was in town and that's because the engine shuts off when you're stopped at a red light. On my Jetta I drive about 60% freeway and 40% city on average per tank and my average MPG is about 44. I go 550 miles between fuel stops. Out on the freeway with the cruise control sitting at 65, the Jetta does over 52 mpg average, and on a cross country freeway trip I easily go over 600 miles between fuel stops. I have never driven the SUV hybrids so can't comment there, but before you settle on the SUV hybrid, go take a look at the VW SUV they have with the TDI power train. And do you're own research on the mileage because I'm doing a whole lot better than what VW's window sticker said I'd get. I think the window sticker said 37 mpg combined and I've never had a tank get that low.
msmith1199 10/22/14 12:08pm Around the Campfire
RE: Limitations to gas Class A

Yeah Bumpy, I've gone round and round about what additional toys to get to bring along and I've gone through a few from boats to quads. I now have two quads as toys, but I can only bring both if I don't bring the toad. So to solve that problem I traded in one of the quads and got a two seater quad. So now if I want to bring the toad (which is a pickup) I can put the two seater quad in the back of the truck and bring it along and then the wife and I can both go out on it. But if I'm going someplace just for the quad riding and don't need the toad, I can bring both quads on a trailer. I'll stick with this set up for a while except next spring, I'm going to add two kayaks to the toy list. I'll be able to bring those on a rack on the toad too. I do have a friend who has a 5th wheel and also a boat. We haven't been camping together and he was complaining about having to leave the boat behind or having the wife drive a second vehicle towing the boat. I told him the solution was simple. We'll camp together and I'll tow his boat behind my motorhome and then we'll have his truck to get around in while there and he has his boat too. So now I have a new camping buddy.
msmith1199 10/22/14 11:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Limitations to gas Class A

Bringing a toad along is not an issue at all between a gas rig and a DP. How big of a toad may make a difference, but that usually isn't an issue with most people. I have seen larger DP's pulling Chev Suburban's or even 3/4 ton full size 4x4 pickups as a toad. You probably aren't going to do that too easy with a gas motorhome, but then again the vast majority of people would not want to. In my opinion, even though I sold mine, the very best all around toad for RV's is the Jeep Wrangler. It's easy to set up to tow, it's fairly light, and most people get RV's to get off the beaten path and there isn't anything out there much better than a Jeep Wrangler to get off the beaten path.
msmith1199 10/22/14 09:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Limitations to gas Class A

I have owned both. My first motorhome was a Rexall 32 footer with the Ford V-10 and the current motorhome is a Tropical 35 footer with a Cat 330 HP diesel. If I were to race those two motorhomes side by side in the quarter mile the V-10 would win the race hands down. It had plenty of power for a 32 footer and the acceleration with the gas engine was much quicker than the diesel. What I got with the diesel is a much smoother ride and much more capacity for both carrying and towing. Both motorhomes had 100 gallon water tanks. With the gas motorhome I could tell how much water I had in the thank based on performance. I could really tell when that tank was full. With the diesel engine I can't tell any difference between an empty water tank and a full water tank. The same was true of having the toad along. I towed a Jeep wrangler when I had the gas motorhome and it towed it just fine, but I could tell when it was back there versus when I drove the motorhome without it. With the diesel motorhome I couldn't tell the different in power with the Wrangler or without it. I now have a much heavier toad, a Dodge Dakota 4x4, and I can tell when it's back there, but the DP pulls it just fine. So to answer your question it's all about what you want. If you're going to be spending a lot of time in the RV and traveling all over, you'll probably like a DP better than a gas rig.
msmith1199 10/21/14 09:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hwy 1 in Ca

just as a point of interest, both of the routes you mention, Ebbets pass and Sonora pass, are both red routes and 40 ft MH are prohibited. Just in case someone tries to navigate them. DON'T Ebbets and Sonora make the PCH look like an interstate highway. Everything is relative. Just like the previous poster mentioned that Californians are far more comfortable driving the coast highway than some folks from other parts of the nation that are comfortable with the geometrics and alignment of roads in their areas. It is not about legality. It is about perception. Being 39 and a half feet long or 40 feet and six inches is really not that big a difference for driving any road. Caltrans had to make a decision and settled on 40 feet. It doesn't change the road or make it any easier or harder to travel on. My comment was not so much about legality but perception. North of Fort Bragg where the road gets really windy with no shoulders logging truck drivers travel the road several times a day with no issues as they are comfortable with the environment. Some folks driving a Prius would advise others to stay as far away from the road as possible. All I was doing was agreeing with the previous poster regarding people's perceptions based on what they are comfortable driving and then reporting that here. I've been over both Ebbets and Sonora Passes in a car. And I'd drive Highway 1 in a heartbeat before I'd take my 35 footer over either of those. I did take a 28' rental class C over Sonora pass many years ago, but I wouldn't do it again. Sonora pass has been widened since that time so it is probably doable in a motorhome under 40', but I wouldn't do it. No way would I try Ebbets as it's still one lane in many places. What happens when two motorhomes with four down toads meet head on? Somebody is unhooking the toad and backing up.
msmith1199 10/21/14 11:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Has this ever happened to you?

I can tell lots of good stories, but none from in the motorhome. My favorite was going to work one day on the freeway in the #2 lane of a three lane freeway. Traffic is heavy in all lanes but is moving at 60. Guy comes right up on my tail within 3'. So I back up a little from the car in front of me to give me some room to maneuver and I tap my brake lights at the same time to try and get him to back off. Well all that does is make him mad and I can see him giving me the one finger salute in the rear view mirror. When he gets room on the right side he changes lanes and passes me and continues his one finger salute while mouthing some bad words and then for the icing on the cake he changes lanes back right into me before he was clear forcing me to swerve to avoid a collision. So I activate the emergency lights to pull him over. Oh yeah, did I mention I was a cop driving my unmarked police car to work? So yeah I pulled him over and interestingly enough, he didn't give me any more one finger waives. We had a nice chat as we waited for a CHP officer to arrive with a ticket book, then he got a nice fat ticket for reckless driving. If he had not backed down on the attitude like he did, he would have been going to jail for ADW for attempting to ram me.
msmith1199 10/21/14 11:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hwy 1 in Ca

And I should point out here, I'm from California so steep windy roads on the edge of cliffs are no big deal to me. When you see people telling you to stay off Highway 1 in a motorhome check their profile and you'll see they are often from a flat state. I understand where they're coming from. If you're used to driving through soybeans and cornfields then Highway 1 can be a little scary. But if you don't have a fear of heights and you can handle your motorhome, it is a doable road in a 40 foot and under motorhome. I've seen semi-trucks with 40 foot trailers out on Highway 1 taking supplies in to the communities on the road. Very good point! This is something I noticed a while back. Every time the subject of Highway 1 comes up there's always a group of people who come on here and tell everybody to don't go anywhere near it and they talk about how scared they were and how they almost fell into the ocean three times driving on the road. I never could understand why people were so afraid of it, especially the part south of Monterey. North of San Francisco is a little more tricky, but the road south of Monterey is just fine. Then I took a cross country trip a while back and started noticing how flat everything is once you get passed the Rockies. That's when I figured out that the Highway 1 problem was mostly people from the flat lands. They just aren't used to driving on the side of cliffs. But you are forgetting the OP is driving a 43 ft MH and that vehicle is prohibited by law on this highway. Are you suggesting he should break the law? Read my very first post to the OP. The subject changed from the OP's question to don't take motorhomes on Highway 1.
msmith1199 10/20/14 08:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hwy 1 in Ca

And I should point out here, I'm from California so steep windy roads on the edge of cliffs are no big deal to me. When you see people telling you to stay off Highway 1 in a motorhome check their profile and you'll see they are often from a flat state. I understand where they're coming from. If you're used to driving through soybeans and cornfields then Highway 1 can be a little scary. But if you don't have a fear of heights and you can handle your motorhome, it is a doable road in a 40 foot and under motorhome. I've seen semi-trucks with 40 foot trailers out on Highway 1 taking supplies in to the communities on the road. Very good point! This is something I noticed a while back. Every time the subject of Highway 1 comes up there's always a group of people who come on here and tell everybody to don't go anywhere near it and they talk about how scared they were and how they almost fell into the ocean three times driving on the road. I never could understand why people were so afraid of it, especially the part south of Monterey. North of San Francisco is a little more tricky, but the road south of Monterey is just fine. Then I took a cross country trip a while back and started noticing how flat everything is once you get passed the Rockies. That's when I figured out that the Highway 1 problem was mostly people from the flat lands. They just aren't used to driving on the side of cliffs.
msmith1199 10/20/14 07:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lost 12 volt for coach and chassis

Circuit breakers and fuses.
msmith1199 10/20/14 03:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How is Residential Fridge Powered in Coach While Traveling

John, our 2008 Monaco Dynasty is an all electric coach with 8 house batteries and 2 chassis batteries. Our manual says to run the genny two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening when boon-docking. Those times are perfect because it fits in right when you are having breakfast and dinner. Our fridge will run for about three days on the batteries if nothing else is running. When the batteries get low, the genny will kick on to recharge everything. If we are in the sun, we have a solar panel on the roof to keep the batteries topped off. I would not have anything but an electric coach as I don't want propane on board. Others will have different uses that will differ from ours. Good luck, MM. On those auto generator switches, do they have a way to set them up so they don't kick on at 2am?
msmith1199 10/20/14 03:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Kwikee Steps stopped working

Yeah it's too soon to assume it's the motor. I helped a friend work on his steps a few weeks ago and found there is a lot more than can go wrong with those things than the motor. You could have a bad switch, faulty ground, or any other number of issues.
msmith1199 10/20/14 02:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A question of Insurance with a twist

I can tell you with cars the type of car makes a huge difference over the value of the car. But I don't know if they do the same thing with motorhomes or not. I would imagine they don't because the issue with cars involves how they know people will use them. For example a two door convertible sports car will cost more to insure than a four door Buick of equal value. That's because they know that the sports car is much more likely to have a claim than the Buick because they know how it will likely be driven. I'm going to guess that most motorhomes are pretty much alike when it comes to how people will use them. You may see a difference in price between gas and diesel, but I don't know which way that would go. In the boating world a diesel boat is cheaper to insure than a gas boat, because diesel boats don't blow up as often as gas boats. But in the motorhome world a diesel is likely to have a much more heavy duty chassis than a gas rig and thus more expensive to repair so it may actually be more. I originally had a gas motorhome and traded it in for a diesel and my insurance did go up, but not my much. And it likely went up because I was moving into a more expensive motorhome, versus the gas vs diesel question.
msmith1199 10/20/14 02:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hwy 1 in Ca

And I should point out here, I'm from California so steep windy roads on the edge of cliffs are no big deal to me. When you see people telling you to stay off Highway 1 in a motorhome check their profile and you'll see they are often from a flat state. I understand where they're coming from. If you're used to driving through soybeans and cornfields then Highway 1 can be a little scary. But if you don't have a fear of heights and you can handle your motorhome, it is a doable road in a 40 foot and under motorhome. I've seen semi-trucks with 40 foot trailers out on Highway 1 taking supplies in to the communities on the road.
msmith1199 10/20/14 10:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hwy 1 in Ca

Higher fuel prices on Highway 1? It's 150 miles from Monterey to San Luis Obispo on Highway 1. The cost of fuel is not an issue. Also if you do the route in your motorhome it's best to do it from North to South. Most of the turnouts are on the ocean side of the road and there are plenty of places to pull over and enjoy the view.
msmith1199 10/20/14 09:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hwy 1 in Ca

I've done it several times in my 35' DP with a Dodge Dakota toad and it was just fine. I wouldn't recommend doing it on a weekend in the summer just because of all the traffic out there, but otherwise it's fine in a legal length motorhome. If you're scared of heights, or not comfortable driving your rig, then take 101.
msmith1199 10/19/14 09:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Furnace blowing cold air

80 degrees in Central California today. Tell her to head this way and she won't need a heater.
msmith1199 10/19/14 04:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Fire.

Smoke was rolling out of the back while it was being towed? That isn't right, sounds like the fire started back up.
msmith1199 10/19/14 09:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How many RV batteries is to much for a trip

Yes I understand that battery is not for appliances or A/C. I thought that four was a bit excessive when I have a generator and choice of pole power when I want to pay for it. I will be checking all four batteries today and making sure that the Gen, Truck and pole power all charge my batteries. Thank you. If you have an inverter you most certainly can run A/C items from your batteries. My motorhome has six total batteries and a 2000 watt inverter. I can run everything except for my AC's from the batteries. Just a little clarification A/C is used for 'Air Conditioner' AC is for 110V AC power Yes with a battery bank and large inverter..many AC appliances can be run. Yeah, that's what I meant! :)
msmith1199 10/18/14 05:48pm Class A Motorhomes
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