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RE: Exit Stratagy

A lot depends on how intent you are in a particular exit strategy. If you exit strategy is a McMansion in the hamptons, it will take a lot of money set aside. One of the things we love is the flexibility of the lifestyle. The RV is our fall back when the boat gets too much (or maybe we switch to a one level house boat). But if and when we give up the mobile lifestyle entirely, we will likely pick an inexpensive but nice area and pick up an apartment. $6-800/month should get us a comfortable 1 bedroom apartment with far more space that we currently live in. In general terms, keep the RV to a modest percentage of you net worth. (Ie: if you are worth $10million, a $500k MH may be well within what you can afford to lose. If you are only worth $750k, a $500k MH is a crazy purchase.)
valhalla360 09/22/14 06:36am Full-time RVing
RE: New truck advice

The only reason to consider the torque difference in this scenario is if it sooths your ego. Has nothing to do with ego. The 800tq version makes about 40 - 45 more hp at cruising RPM - right where you can use it every day. An article from 2011: "The peak horsepower doesn't go up," said Mike Cairns, Ram Heavy Duty chief engineer. "Horsepower at various RPMs is higher . It's about 23 percent higher at 1,600 rpm, which is where we now hit the peak torque rating. Horsepower is about 244 horse . The peak is the same but at the working RPM level you're getting about a 23 percent boost." The battle between Ford and General Motors for towing and hauling bragging rights in the heavy-duty truck segment has been brutal -- especially for Chrysler's Ram division. No longer. Ram Truck has announced midyear powertrain and towing upgrades to its 2011 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty truck line up that will give it best-in-class trailer towing ratings amongst one-ton trucks. "Get a load of this new bad boy," said Fred Diaz, Ram's CEO introducing a Ram 3500 with the new High Output Cummins 6.7-liter I-6 diesel. "It's guaranteed to defend the title as the most capable truck on the planet." The High Output 6.7-L Cummins I-6 engine increases torque 23 percent to 800 pounds-feet (@ 1,600 rpm), up from today's rating of 650 pounds-feet (@ 1,500 rpm). It will be standard on all 2500 and 3500 models equipped with Chrysler's 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission. The transmission also gets a new torque converter with updated shift calibrations to handle the increased power. There's also a new crankshaft damper that's said to reduce engine noise and vibration. Horsepower for the Cummins remains 350 hp (@3,000 rpm), the same as today." http://blogs.cars.com/.a/6a00d83451b3c669e20147e2755403970b-800wi width=650 The article you quote supports my point. It's specifically talks about bragging rights (aka: soothing your ego) The older truck still has plenty of power.
valhalla360 09/19/14 10:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: How Many RV'ers are also Nautical Buffs Too?

The boat is our primary home and the RV is our second home. A 34' Gemini sail catamaran is the boat.
valhalla360 09/18/14 06:47am General RVing Issues
RE: New truck advice

Depending on when the '11 was built, the '12 may have more torque. Good point. The 2011s were 350hp/650tq, and the 2011.5s and 2012s were 350hp/800tq. Look for the "High Output Diesel" on the tailgate. If it's there, it's an 800tq version. http://i.ebayimg.com/t/CUMMINS-HIGH-OUTPUT-DIESEL-2011-2012-DODGE-RAM-EMBLEM-BADGE-800-HO-lb-ft-Torque-/00/s/NzY4WDEwMjQ=/$(KGrHqEOKjUE6VRS(S5qBOn4UW2)4!~~60_35.JPG width=500 Either truck will have plenty of power for the trailer he is pulling or even a bump up to a larger rig. Of course a larger rig would likley justify moving up to a 1 ton anyway. The only reason to consider the torque difference in this scenario is if it sooths your ego.
valhalla360 09/18/14 06:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck advice

Mostly preference. Both should have plenty of miles left in them. I doubt the 4x4 will be a big deal. You might need to adjust the ball height but nothing drastic.
valhalla360 09/17/14 10:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: How long does warrantee work take going on 3 months!

This is why I don't put much stock in buying new for the warranty. Warranties typically say they will fix it but don't require any paticular time frame. What is the value of a lost summer waiting for repairs?
valhalla360 09/17/14 06:44am Camping World RV Sales
RE: gasoline RV generator vs propane

If you have a large built in propane tank, it's a decent option but on a truck camper, you likely have 1 or 2 BBQ tanks and you can burn thru those very quickly. Then your fridge and stove are out of commission. Otherwise, the hassle of getting propane tanks filled makes gas a more appealing option. Assuming you take care of it and use it with some regularity, both will hold up just fine.
valhalla360 09/17/14 06:42am Truck Campers
RE: Using a stand alone smart phone as a GPS

I don't need or use a cell phone I bought my Nokia 520 just for the GPS. For less than $100 I got a GPS that is more accurate than my Garmin and boots up a lot quicker. . Unless youa re doing survey work or something similar, a cheap standalone GPS has plenty of accuracy. Likewise the 20-30 seconds it takes to get a fix usually isn't a problem. I suspect, you are adding complication for no benefit by trying to use a phone without a cell contract as a stand alone GPS.
valhalla360 09/16/14 09:01am Technology Corner
RE: Why are TCs so much better than class C?

A small 20-24' class C is typically less than a truck camper with truck but has a much more spacious interior There isn't a low priced class C that is as solidly built as a big 3 truck and camper combination. If you buy a solid class C like a Host, then it is just as much money if not more. If you are just into the cheapest, I'll agree you can buy a cheaper class C, but you are getting what you are paying for. That was the point. Class C's are generally not built for off road use but for the same money come with much more spacious interiors. If you want to go off road: - You can trash a typical class C. - Accecpt smaller accomodations of a truck camper - Or spend the big bucks on an off road class C.
valhalla360 09/16/14 08:52am Truck Campers
RE: Using a stand alone smart phone as a GPS

That or just pick up a tablet if the size is too small.
valhalla360 09/13/14 12:24pm Technology Corner
RE: Class C bashing

i would not take a class c offroading i can just imagine the frame flex and all the breakage Pickup frames flex just as much. A C with comparable dimensions to a truck camper/truck combo should be just as capable. The difference is the TC is no bolted to the frame and the tie downs have a little flex allowing them to better absorb that twisting. Plus the base of the truck camper is about half the width of a MH, so a 5 degree frame twist puts double the movement on the outside of the MH shell.
valhalla360 09/12/14 11:36am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Why are TCs so much better than class C?

Again, form follows function. The hidden problem in taking any 4x4 TC or 4x4 C off-road to any degree is how the camper body is attached to the frame. Only the HIGH bucks TC's, like XP camper has solved this universal problem. I tried to find out from Tiger's website how the Tigers are attached to the frame of the truck chassis and could find no information, leading me to believe, rightly or wrongly that they simply have four to six bolts holding the camper to the frame or subframe. If they did have a way to keep the camper structure flat and unracked while the frame twists away (as all of them do) I would think they would be trumpeting that feature, even without giving away their proprietary secrets. This is why, for me, a 4x4, class C is pretty much a dead end. You will spend the big-bucks to get to the category of camping vehicle that has an equalizing, 3 or 4 point frame attachment. The Euros have done this for years. Still, I like the idea of a 24 foot, class C with 4WD for those slippery, winter conditions and light off-roading, and have seen several that have not pulled themselves apart....yet. But they are an anomaly. Remember the immutable memo: The longer @ a time you spend in your 'camper' (whatever form that takes) the larger a rolling domicile you need, which includes more living space, bigger tanks, and more 'livability' for longer periods. If you are a weekender, it just does'no matter. We chose the mobile domicile that fits our needs. A TC has the widest flexibility, but is small and cramped compared to a 26 foot C. I have no need to prove that my choice is better than 'x's' choice. I have no angst against those who choose other than what I'm driving.They're living they're own dream. Carpe diem. Or as our late-great comic said, "carpe per diem" (seize the check.). jefe If you check out the blogs a lot of the unimog conversions use a 3 point attachment to eliminate the racking. For thier size, they usually have fairly small interiors. Truck campers get around this to a degree since if the bed racks, the floor of the camper can move seperately until the tie downs reach the point that they start racking the camper.
valhalla360 09/12/14 11:32am Truck Campers
RE: Why are TCs so much better than class C?

I think the question the OP is asking is why dont they make a 4x4 Class C? Not exactly; more like why, with the more uninhibited space available to class C designers (no truck bed in the way), why don't they make class C with the amount and size of amenities and features anywhere near a TC? Then if you add the 4x4 requirement, the options become far, far fewer. And the cost doesn't turn out to be better, either. kohldad's post above sums it up pretty well too. Why would I pay more and get less LPG capacity, more awkward dinette, smaller water tanks, no slideouts, smaller refrigerator, and have to fold my (smaller) bed down every day? Not to mention to come close in a class C you have to go quite a bit longer length-wise. It doesn't add up to me. Same applies to Tigers. If you don't care about off roading (the vast majority of RV'ers), a standard class C provides far better accomodation for the money But I'm not seeing this to be true. Maybe Phoenix Cruisers are the expensive side of class C? (Tigers certainly are) If class C was substantially cheaper, the sacrifices could be worth it for some people, and yes, you can take it to Quigely and have 4wd added for less than $10k. Must be different out there. A small 20-24' class C is typically less than a truck camper with truck but has a much more spacious interior (admitedly, some of that is the apperance of space)...hence you get more space for the money.
valhalla360 09/12/14 11:30am Truck Campers
RE: Getting Diesel at service station or truck stop?

We usually solve the problem by filling up before hooking up. If you are trying to push hard and do the trip in 2-3 days, that won't work. I generally don't care for truck stops as the ground always seems to be coated in diesel. We usually use standard stations as the diesel pumps are usually on the outside and you just pull around the building. As others have said, try to plan out your stops. Gas buddy and then google earth will usually give you a good look ahead and allow you to plan your stops.
valhalla360 09/12/14 07:47am Beginning RVing
RE: Why are TCs so much better than class C?

It's not better or worse, it's what is your priority: - If you don't care about off roading (the vast majority of RV'ers), a standard class C provides far better accomodation for the money. - If you really want off road capability but you don't have a lot of money, you sacrafice space for off road capability with a truck camper (relatively common but far fewer). - If you have plenty of money and want both space and off road capability, you pay thru the nose for a tiger/earthroamer/unimog style RV. (very rare) If you've ever seen a standard RV in a crash, you will know they don't hold up well to rough handling and will literally disintigrate. To make a purpose built off road RV is an expensive process. Of course, I have come across a few blogs with people doing the pan-american highway in a standard 2wd class C and they showed up pretty much any place the fancy unimogs showed up. With just a limited slip diff and lots of weight on the rear axle, they probably have 75-80% of the traction a full 4x4 has. As long as you keep the rear overhang limited, they can handle some pretty good conditions.
valhalla360 09/12/14 07:28am Truck Campers
RE: Belize by land

I suggest moving this to the Central/South America section for better responses that have more realistic expectations on what to find in Mexico (rather than the doom & gloom crowd).
valhalla360 09/12/14 07:18am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Gas or diesel

For that size the only reason to get diesel is if you drive an incredible number of miles or you want to appease your ego. Both are fully capable of towing your trailer. You will be very hard pressed to get the $10k back in fuel savings if you are a typical RV'er.
valhalla360 09/11/14 04:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Pulling through big cities

Avoid rush hour but otherwise it's usually not a big deal if you stick to the freeways. A couple thoughts I keep in mind: - While I prefer to cruise at 55-60mph, I will pick up the pace a bit if I'm creating a backup. - If it's 3 or more lanes and traffic is light, I will cruise one lane to the left of the right lane so I can stay clear of ramp traffic. This avoids a lot of hard braking and then accelerating back up to speed as slow traffic merges in front of you and then takes off.
valhalla360 09/09/14 02:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: TT or 5th

I've pulled both. While a TT is perfectly safe (when set up properly), a 5er tows much nicer, especially in a cross wind or with trucks passing. It's really a preference for truck bed storage vs basement storage...and maybe steps (though you will have to do 4 steps regardless with either to get in and out)
valhalla360 09/09/14 02:05pm Full-time RVing
RE: Generator Debate

The standard response is what is your favorite color...red or blue? There isn't much difference. Haven't seen any Hyundai units. Champions have become fairly common but not sure how they are for reliability.
valhalla360 09/07/14 06:26am Tech Issues
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