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RE: Onan Generator most likely problems

Most problems with gen sets are they are not used enough. Lack of use is very bad.
zb39 07/11/14 05:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 360 Hp Cummins

Based on over 100k miles driving 4 coaches, Go with bigger every time. My first DP was an ISC 8.3L because I knew the ISB at any HP rating did not have enough torque. I now have a ISM 10.8L Love it. Although I wouldn't mind getting the big ISX 15L. The smaller engines will probably do the job, but the west is vast and tall and you have to worry the whole way. Good Luck. So Cummins, Frieghtliner, Fleetwood must be repairing those little ISB's left & right as they've been put into many different MH platforms for some time. I doubt it's been a issue for anyone who has one, anymore than a larger ISC or any engine. Design limits and caution just thrown into the wind by the engineers ?? All those gassers & little ISB's must be terrified heading to the vast and tall great out West. In reality since you've really never driven a ISB, you don't have any experience with it. I guess I should have added the words. For me. Someone in there. I never said they wouldn't do the job and I certainly never said they break in any way. They just aren't enough for me. After crossing the Rockies more times than I can remember. I want a lot of power. I don't like maxing anything out. I feel things last longer if I don't run them at full power all the time. I have driven 3 coaches with isb. Dads, brothers, and brother in laws. All 3 of them agreed with me and all traded coaches after a few years. Buy what you want and enjoy your day ISB didn't have enough torque for what? I would suspect that is your personal opinion, as they go up and down and straight and flat just like any other MH. Unless of course you have some data to support your statement.
zb39 06/24/14 04:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 360 Hp Cummins

Based on over 100k miles driving 4 coaches, Go with bigger every time. My first DP was an ISC 8.3L because I knew the ISB at any HP rating did not have enough torque. I now have a ISM 10.8L Love it. Although I wouldn't mind getting the big ISX 15L. The smaller engines will probably do the job, but the west is vast and tall and you have to worry the whole way. Good Luck.
zb39 06/21/14 08:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 360 Hp Cummins

You will be going slow up the mountains, that doesn't bother some people. That is the same engine in my 8000lb pickup. Good luck with whatever you do.
zb39 06/19/14 03:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coach Prices and Long Term Quality

There is a big diff between the chassis on an eagle and a heritage. I know nothing of the inside. I buy based on chassis. I know most people buy based on twinkle lights and other stuff inside. I see it all the time.
zb39 06/19/14 02:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: FLEETWOOD OR DAMON?

I have owned both. I would take the Damon over the other if all else is equal.
zb39 06/08/14 07:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire Age

I would have ask the rep how many tires they make that 1 day of the yr, What a crock of BS, tire plant usually run yr round, not just so many days of the month or yr. Sorry, but tire plants don't produce the same tires day in and day out. The machinery can make a variety of different types and sizes and gets changed when needed. In the tire plant I worked in, the only thing that didn't get changed every day was the molds - and there was always several daily mold changes being made out of the hundred of molds in production. So the claim that they only make RV tires once a year is quite plausible. The production run might take several weeks, but they produce enough to satisfy the entire year's worth of sales. Besides, tires don't age as fast in warehouses. They have wax coatings and antioxidants to protect the tires during storage. It's been said that any tire within 3 years of production is nearly the same as a freshly made one. Here we have some facts, very nice. Also MH mag recomends starting the time when they are installed. I have been doing this for 22 years of RVing, never had a problem.
zb39 04/11/14 06:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What do you carry for protection?

Proper tools for the job at hand.
zb39 04/10/14 08:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lance 1191

You have gotten some great advice. I would hit a CAT scale when you are fully loaded and ready to go. Then check rear axle weight rating, rear tire rating, and your rear wheel rating. I would be interested in knowing what exact tire you have on the truck now. People here just want you to be safe and enjoy the ride. Just so you know, I went this route once with a 2500 truck. I put 19.5 tires and wheels on it before ever loading the camper(1150). Along with a bunch of other items. I soon got a 3500DRW and I love it. Stress free driving. Good luck.
zb39 03/26/14 07:06am Truck Campers
RE: Diesel Question for truck campers

Depending upon the terrain and the amount of wind blowing my MPG with the diesel engine varies from 9.5 to 13.5 MPG. I have to plan on 9.5 MPG as we go where AAA does not, nor is there cell phone reception much of the time. I am planning a trip to Glacier NP via eastern CA, eastern OR, Idaho, and western Montana. These areas have few people, few towns, and few gas stations, much less gas stations with diesel. It stands to reason that when you are in states where the total population is much less than for many cities San Jose, Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Boston, Phoenix) that there will be fewer gas stations that can sell enough fuel to stay in business. It is different on major interstates that support the trucking industry. If you don't mind doing all your traveling on the interstates and only going where they go then it is true that one can find diesel. But that is one heck of a limitation in the western states. I have a diesel truck now but my next truck will definitely have a gas engine (and 4.10 gears). You will not have any problem finding diesel anywhere in Montana or Idaho. Been there many times in last 25 years.
zb39 03/06/14 07:40am Truck Campers
RE: All Electric Motorhome ?

A generation raised on Star Trek continues to dream of a world with unlimited cheap clean energy supplied by Di-Lithium crystals. Unfortunately someone needs to do the real engineering and we'll never get there by just hugging trees or trying to legislate technological innovation into existence. But todays new generation knows that crystolic fusion is the way to go. Just ask Buzz Lightyear.
zb39 03/02/14 08:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is this a scam?

I have sold 2 coaches on line and bought 2. In every case after I find the coach I want or the seller finds mine. We do everything over the phone. Talk to a real person. It works great. I even flew to CA and bought one. Great trip.
zb39 03/02/14 08:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why you can't get into the Fl Keys state parks

Wow, I have been to the keys 3 times. I have no desire to go back. There, that is 1 less rig down there. Maybe it will open up a spot….Just to crowded and nobody does anything but drink, Now, I'm sure some people don't drink down there I just could;'t find any. LOL
zb39 02/27/14 06:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 36' Motorhome at National and State Parks?

OP, you are on track to make the same mistakes I made. I made the expensive mistake of listening to the BS on here about 36' being the max so I bought a used 36'DP. Did not take long to realize this was not true so went with a 40' single slide. Once we could use 6 months/year decided more slides would be nice so traded again. I now say BUY MORE MH THAN YOU THINK YOU NEED... ONE TIME as you are about to learn that trading is expensive. We usually do three months out West without reservations and as long as we do not show up Friday expecting to find a site big enough it's not a problem. My 42' tag axle MH has a better turning radius than our 40' and yes I have some scratch's on the upper sides of it but do you really think a 36' would not. Granted you have not seen some of the places I've put mine. Is bigger harder... SURE, but for FT DO NOT make an expensive mistake listening to those that have never owned anything bigger than 36'. Skip the 36 and go to 40 or bigger. X2 I have no issues with mine. I will be in yellowstone in July
zb39 02/25/14 01:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sleeping Bag

military mss
zb39 02/19/14 11:53am Tent Camping
RE: Nearly Trigger Time

In Alaska definitely Thermal Panes With that truck I would also try it first with no mods. Than you can add as you see fit. Id start out with Stable Loads first. x2 X3 X3 I drive one and I think your good to go. Congrats
zb39 02/19/14 11:34am Truck Campers
RE: 350 HP ICE vs. 350 HP Diesel?

The reason no one looks at torque to weight ratios is because it doesn't tell you anything. Fact is, at one point in my life I could leg press over 1000 lbs. So hook me up to a bicycle peddle and let me power your RV. For it to have any meaning at all, you have to factor in RPM. Any mount of torque can be achieved by gearing. In first gear, I'm putting over 12,000 ft-lbs off the line on my front axle and 6000 ft-lbs of torque once the TC couples fully. I shift out at 50 mph. Whats in your wallet? I've said it and you've said it. Many others have said it on other threads in the past but some are just not going to get the simple fact that Torque can be multiplied through gearing. It's pretty pointless to keep saying it but what the heck right? Look at the ISL and ISM engines from Cummins. The different power levels offered only differ in HP, the TQ rating stays the same. Now they obviously must be complete fools right since the torque rating is all that matters? Oh, also... the Gas engine will start right up in single digit weather :pISM has more tq than ISL.
zb39 02/10/14 12:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 350 HP ICE vs. 350 HP Diesel?

I appears that the consensus is that if everything is stacked in favor of the diesel engine, it will beat the gas engine. :B You might be right. I can't figure out why those dumb manufacturers keep putting in diesel engines. They must have not read this thread.
zb39 02/10/14 12:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 350 HP ICE vs. 350 HP Diesel?

one thing they forgot to mention above and in the test... how long the engines will last and how much fuel each used to perform the test... the diesel will usually last between 750,000 to 1 million miles before overhaul... the gas engine should last around 150,000 - 200,000 miles... also the diesel engine will usually get 1/3 to double the mileage of the gas engine, with the same gearing/load ect. Yep, I'm sure that Motor Trend could have modified the test so that the diesel performed better. Maybe change the gearing, load the gas coach more, etc. Since you brought up mileage, according to the test, the diesel got 18MPG max and the gas engine got 17mpg max. Not a huge difference, especially since diesel fuel costs more The OP asked for a comparison with all variables being equal. The Motor Trend test was pretty equal as to comparing the two different types of engines.They tested pick ups not coaches. I have never run my coach in a 1/4 mile and never will.
zb39 02/10/14 11:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Flexible Solar Panels

They need a new model to show the panels, but ohhhh those shoes! I have a tech who works for me that is an electronics genius ( hand made a complete wire harness for a Lamborghini Miura.) His hobby is designing solar systems, guess what I have him doing? So we will see what he comes up with in regards to wattage requirements vs available roof real estate. I would like to see the results....
zb39 01/29/14 01:19pm Truck Campers
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