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RE: Is there a Class C that can be driven into sketchy terrain?

Just buy a small older class C, so it won't feel so bad when you beat the tar out of it. I've seen them in some surprising areas. Keep the rear overhang short. The weight distribution on a class C should help with getting enough traction. If it doesn't have it a limited slip diff would be helpful. Not a bad idea, really. Could still put a winch on it and whatever. The reason I didn’t go Isuzu/Fuso with travel trailer box is they are no good on the highway according to the internet. Lots and lots of mechanical problems with those trucks if you do highway driving. They are designed for in-town use in urban areas, mostly and wind out at high RPMs struggling to reach 70mph on the highway. I had tried to find a suitable cab/chassis replacement that could fit a 25ft box for similar money but could not. I also had some thinking time about gas vs diesel and decided I don’t care which. I’ve had some awful problems with automatic transmissions over the years, so I hope to get an Allisin or something good like that. I wish I could keep my current manual transmission. That will be the bad part of changing RVs. Losing the reliability of my manual transmission.
AdvancedQs 12/06/21 02:41am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is there a Class C that can be driven into sketchy terrain?

For what it's worth, you might want to carry your enduro motorcycle on a rack mounted on the front of a Class C. Bouncing weight hanging off the rear is not always a good idea if you can avoid it. That’s a no-go. I just toured the country with it on the front of the truck camper. I took heavy damage to the bike from road rocks. Windshield took some damage too. The rocks put a small crack in the gauges. They got water in them and shorted out the bike’s electrical system, leaving it inoperative. It also contributed to some overheating of the RV by blocking the airflow to the radiator at speed in 100+ temps going up mountains. The weight in the rear isn’t ideal, but it’s much better for the bike and keeping the RV cool.
AdvancedQs 12/06/21 02:30am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is there a Class C that can be driven into sketchy terrain?

Wow again!!! Exactly what I’m looking to do. Believe it or not, my truck camper dimensions are as large! More height and only 3” less width than your class C. I found the “roads” in the Colorado rocky disbursed camping areas were barely passable. I had to carefully plan where to put my tires to keep the truck off the ground and off rocks. I did not, however, find I needed 4 wheel drive. It wasn’t slippery, it was huge gullies, ravines and holes in the road. By the same token, I saw more than one standard, stock class C go blasting very deep into the camping in Divide, CO that I wouldn’t do with the truck camper out of fear of the load shifting. The hills were crazy and they drove right up/down. I also feel like if you ever did get stuck with 2wd, winches are probably all you need. I could be wrong and I’m sure it’s a hot topic, but seems 2wd and winches would work great. Your setup sounds ideal. I want to carry a small enduro motorcycle to go into town with and get parts if needed. I carry that now, actually. But the garnish in reach is a good idea. Been meaning to get one. Good for medical emergencies especially. Thanks for this post. Very encouraging. We take our 24 ft. Itasca non-slide Class C slowly and carefully offroad at times. - We bought it new and it was based on the E450 chassis instead of the E350 chassis that is most often used for small Class C motorhomes. We wanted the overkill ruggedness, reliability, inexpensive/convenient repair/maintenance, extra weight carrying margin, and solid handling of an underloaded Ford E450 chassis supporting the coach. - I have stock E450 rims on it, but larger diameter tires on those rims in order to provide more ground clearance. - The fully mounted spare tire is carried in the rear up between the frame members just like on pickup trucks (for a lower center of gravity and elimination of an up-high bouncing spare ... as when carried on/above the rear bumper), and I carry a 12 ton double extension (for higher lift) hydraulic jack for emergency changing of a tire anywhere on soft/unstable ground. - We carry five 3-step homemade leveling blocks (plus additional wood pieces) along for leveling flexibility on sloped camping spots and for possible help in getting tires unstuck in soft spots. Wooden leveling blocks aren't as likely to break/split as much on rough/rocky surfaces as composite blocks. - We did not want any slides so as to provide for maximum shear strength in the walls, more reliability protection from a slide that won't close, less overall weight, less chance of leaks in heavy rains when camped or traveling, help in keeping the overall center of gravity low, and for elimination of any stress damage from slides jiggling slightly when traveling. - All kinds of tools and spare parts stay in the motorhome at all times so they're always there without having to load them special whenever we go on trips. These include such things as: A full size shovel, a pickaxe, a spare serpentine belt plus a special tool to help mount it, a crowbar, extra engine fluids, a tire puncture repair kit, tire inflation canisters, a full power compressor, Eternabond tape, a caulking gun and tubes of caulking, a remote inspection scope to look at plumbing and wiring in behind cabinets, spare plumbing piping and fixtures, spare bulbs, 12V and 120V extension cords, a high power 12V portable fan, a hand saw for large limbs, an axe, all kinds of flashlights, and the coach came with a built-in exterior roof access ladder to inspect for/repair any roof damage while on trips. - In addition to the built-in 4000 watt generator powered from the main 55 gallon gas tank and the built-in coach battery charger, we also carry along a portable generator and a portable battery charger. We can charge and keep charged our coach and engine batteries five different non-solar ways. - And last but by no means least: We carry along a Garmin Mini satellite rescue and text communication device (along with emergency rescue insurance) ... since many times we can be out of range of mobile phone cellular towers. Our main offroad concerns are - no 4X4, and the width and the height of the coach structure at 101 inches wide and 11'6" tall. But what this non-slide size and non-4X4 package gives us is all the comforts of home way out in many U.S. boondock areas and at purchase and maintenance pricing that we can afford. So far our most remote trip has been into the Oregon Outback 25 miles each way, during which we had to travel at around 7-10 MPH to keep the motorhome under control and free from damage.
AdvancedQs 12/05/21 03:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is there a Class C that can be driven into sketchy terrain?

I've gone up to WV in my 28' RV and crossed creeks, single-lane dirt roads BUT was not on super steep terrain/mountains or washed out roads. The rear overhang is the issue on very rough/steep roads and can "tail drag" which can lead to serious issues especially if you can't back up to clear it! The Tiger looks great although doesn't seem to offer much more useable space than a slide-in truck camper. If you can find a reasonable used RV ($40-50k) and have it converted into 4x4 (Quigley 4x4 or similar $20-$22k) then added larger tires/front winch/lights/solar/Lithium batteries (another $6-8k) you'd be in business. I've off-grid camped in mine for 16 years now and wouldn't trade it for the world. If it's worth doing, it's worth doing RIGHT!!! Good luck! Wow, exactly what I’ve been looking for. I come from boats originally before RVs so I agree with doing it right. The winches sounds like an especially good idea. What brand RV did you modify to be much better than stock?
AdvancedQs 12/05/21 02:55pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is there a Class C that can be driven into sketchy terrain?

We used our 2003 Itasca Spirit off-road in AZ. Tried in CO but it was much rougher and too many camping even far from developed campgrounds. We had pretty high clearance and had 22 ft of RV to get around single lane mountain roads and across desert roads to the edge of wilderness areas. It was wonderful. But camping was much less popular in AZ than CO. A truck camper will get you further than most RV’s though there are 4wd retrofits. There we go! That’s more the spirit of the RV I’m looking for. Something like 25-30ft. Do people ever successfully beef up the clearance a little on these? I have a 2wd truck camper now and I got into everywhere this summer. Crested Butte (that was hard), Divide Colorado disbursed camping, some crazy 1 lane road up behind the mansions in Aspen, another crazy 1 lane road going down to the river in Buena Vista. It was fantastic. But my truck and camper are kind of getting tired. They are also just not very nice inside (arctic Fox) and I want to be able to put a motorcycle cycle rack on the back for a small enduro to go to town on.
AdvancedQs 12/05/21 08:47am Class C Motorhomes
Is there a Class C that can be driven into sketchy terrain?

I have a truck camper right now. It’s time for a different RV. I was looking at all sorts of ideas for an overland type RV but gave up on that. All I really want to be able to do is drive on those awful roads that go into disbursed camping in places like the National forests and BLM land in Colorado. BUT, I’m also looking for lots of tankage, propane, insulation heat/AC to be off grid for weeks at a time. It would also be great if it looked nice inside. Modern, clean look. I’d also like it to fit into 2 standard size parking spots, end to end. I don’t do a lot of campgrounds. More just winging it and going wherever. Under $100K used? Diesel or gas doesn’t matter. I thought it did but I realized it really doesn’t matter one way or another. I’m coming from a diesel/manual transmission. So I at least need a super reliable powertrain in automatic/gas. Any ideas of things that come close to fitting?
AdvancedQs 12/05/21 07:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Do They Make 5th Wheels Like This Anymore??

Have you looked at any Class C converted to 4WD? Or does the camper need to be removable? Yes, that’s the idea. The camper should be removable so I can replace either of the components when one or the other breaks or ages out. Essentially, a bigger truck camper using a commercial truck. A class c doesn’t look great to me and it’s not too handy that the power/drive base is permanently attached to the RV part and typically is a gasoline powered van body. I’m trying to use a diesel truck.
AdvancedQs 08/27/21 11:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do They Make 5th Wheels Like This Anymore??

Nobody is really getting it. It’s a truck camper for a huge commercial truck I’m trying to do. A new truck (not this thing) and a pre-built new truck camper. Like this. But brand new. https://www.pirate4x4.com/attachments/image-jpeg.2215321/ See why I was asking for 5th wheels with a truck camper style bed as a cab over instead of the huge room that usually lives above the pin? It was so it could slide up over the cab and make a 20-25ft box a heck of a lot bigger since the bed wouldn’t take up all the space in it. Does this exist off the shelf Igor is custom the only way?
AdvancedQs 08/27/21 06:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do They Make 5th Wheels Like This Anymore??

How about something like a horse trailer - check Featherlite, Sundowner, or I think the ATC line of trailers have a lower front for the fifthwheel or gooseneck. Yeah. I keep seeing those. Unfortunately, I have spent too much time building things. I can’t build this. I don’t have it in me. I guess I’ll keep looking around, but I don’t think they make what I need. Basically I want an oversize truck camper.
AdvancedQs 08/27/21 12:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do They Make 5th Wheels Like This Anymore??

Yes. That’s exactly what I’m trying to get across. It’s the way the thing fits underneath the bed. How the cab is under the bed. That’s the difficult spot. That’s why I’m looking for a narrow section up there on a fifth wheel. The overall height isn’t really the main concern. I’m finding plenty of different types of things that will fit on the truck. The concern is how an over cab would work with the truck cab. That’s what missing here in terms of of finding a 5th wheel to fit and most likely is what will determine overall height. It’s the height above the cutout of the forward area I need to minimize most of all. I did a quick search and couldn't find any low profile 5th wheels. The shortest I could find was the Winnebago 2405BH. With an overall height of 11.5ft, 13.5 ft is typically the max legal height. That gives you 2ft plus the height of the suspension...so if your truck puts it less than 3.5ft off the ground, it should be viable. PS: We've had both fiberglass and aluminum siding. Unless you spend a lot of time in hail areas, I prefer aluminum. The market has moved to fiberglass mostly because it looks pretty. There's certainly nothing dangerous about it. - My Dad's 40yr old aluminum sided trailer was in perfectly good condition when it was sold. We had a 1997 that is in the same park we are in right now...siding is perfectly fine. - Go wander an RV park and it's rare to find a 5yr or older fiberglass unit that doesn't has at least a small area of delamination. Bet you will also have issues with the height of cab above the frame not fitting under the overhang. Another idea would be start with the bed off a U-haul, that has cab overhang. Add doors, windows and appliances, and BANG! you got your super C.
AdvancedQs 08/27/21 12:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do They Make 5th Wheels Like This Anymore??

The overall height isn’t really the main concern. I’m finding plenty of different types of things that will fit on the truck. The concern is how an over cab would work with the truck cab. That’s what missing here in terms of of finding a 5th wheel to fit and most likely is what will determine overall height. It’s the height above the cutout of the forward area I need to minimize most of all. I did a quick search and couldn't find any low profile 5th wheels. The shortest I could find was the Winnebago 2405BH. With an overall height of 11.5ft, 13.5 ft is typically the max legal height. That gives you 2ft plus the height of the suspension...so if your truck puts it less than 3.5ft off the ground, it should be viable. PS: We've had both fiberglass and aluminum siding. Unless you spend a lot of time in hail areas, I prefer aluminum. The market has moved to fiberglass mostly because it looks pretty. There's certainly nothing dangerous about it. - My Dad's 40yr old aluminum sided trailer was in perfectly good condition when it was sold. We had a 1997 that is in the same park we are in right now...siding is perfectly fine. - Go wander an RV park and it's rare to find a 5yr or older fiberglass unit that doesn't has at least a small area of delamination.
AdvancedQs 08/27/21 07:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do They Make 5th Wheels Like This Anymore??

You would need an older truck to pull an old style low profile 5th wheel. New trucks are too tall at the bed rails. Here are a few to look at. Not what you want but a few examples of mid profile fifth wheels. https://trekkn.co/small-5th-wheel-trailers/ Yes, definitely trying to get these things to all match up The bed rails are 36” from the ground on the commercial truck I’m using.
AdvancedQs 08/26/21 09:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do They Make 5th Wheels Like This Anymore??

Funny, a friend just sent me this yesterday. I believe that’s a Scamp 5th wheel on top of that commercial truck. Looks like you’d need about a 6’ stepladder to get in the thing :W https://i.imgur.com/iTbxmUql.jpg :):) That’s the general idea. But, that’s a little different than my idea. It’ll have a pass though and it’s on a much lower truck frame. also, I need to buy new. I’m not looking for old stuff.
AdvancedQs 08/26/21 08:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do They Make 5th Wheels Like This Anymore??

So ok, I’ll come clean. I’m looking at making an expedition rig with a commercial truck and an RV with that shape I posted would work better than a travel trailer for it since the bed would be over cab. Looks like they don’t make such a thing I guess.
AdvancedQs 08/26/21 07:32pm Fifth-Wheels
Do They Make 5th Wheels Like This Anymore??

Do they make new 5th wheels with a small area over the pivot point anymore? Like this? Where there is just a bed there sort of like a truck camper but bigger? Are there new models out that are smaller like that? https://i.ibb.co/Tr3JRLg/subsource-done-button-uid-2823-F2-C8-8321-4043-838-C-32-EDA15412-C4-1629986912371-source-editor-orig.jpg
AdvancedQs 08/26/21 08:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone Completely Redo Their Interior?

OK. Thank you. Makes sense. So I do have to install some kind of trim like that everywhere as well. I guess it’s not that difficult to do. I have always just found it looking a little unsightly. I come from a different level of craftsmanship I think. It’s a shortcut.
AdvancedQs 08/20/21 12:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone Completely Redo Their Interior?

I do know the construction of the ceiling. I believe it’s door skin plywood, vacuum bag to 6 inches or 8 inches of foam, with another layer of plywood on the outside of the RV. I think the carpet is unfortunately glued to the door skin plywood on the inside. We all have different taste in what we like, I don’t like this old-fashioned look. I like the modern clinical look. A lot of people are like me in the world. You just have a different opinion. That’s all. Everybody’s a little bit different with that stuff. For instance, I would buy the RV as I’m describing it in a heartbeat. So with a lot of other people. Some people don’t like the old-fashioned look. So it doesn’t affect the resale value at all. Not that it has any to begin with. It’s not new. You can tell by how old it looks. And my cabinets are definitely particleboard. Arctic fox likes to say they have hardwood cabinets. But that’s just the door. The actual cabinetry is particleboard pressboard stuff with a sticker on it. That sticker is the wood grain coloring. Maybe the cabinets need to be painted instead.
AdvancedQs 08/20/21 12:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone Completely Redo Their Interior?

Im not looking at this as any way to increase value. I just can’t look at this gross old style of interior anymore. I’m making a transition to using my RV a lot more and want something nice. Any ideas on hours involved in this project? Including ceiling? It just seems a shame to discard an otherwise perfectly functional truck camper when the interior styling is the issue. I’m looking to get this kind of interior as far as styling goes: https://i.ibb.co/JByY0gL/C19-C01-D7-3708-4736-8-B94-1-F540-EC6-D80-A.jpg Is it possible and any estimate on hours involved? Or is it just better to spend $30k to get it?
AdvancedQs 08/20/21 09:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone Completely Redo Their Interior?

Wow! That’s some excellent advice. Thank you, everyone. Especially BobsYourUncle. The RV is a truck camper. Arctic Fox. It’s very solid. No leaks. I already own it. I was looking at changing RVs because I want something nicer inside and maybe a little more storage. I really don’t enjoy building things because I’ve done too much of that. However, any new options involve spending a lot of money I’d prefer to save and invest. The one thing I am really uncertain about is how many hours this might take. The entire thing is only 18ft long and the non-bed part you can stand in is 9ft long. Tiny. But complicated. A few more pics to describe the vinyl trim everywhere. https://i.ibb.co/dM2yNtN/5466-FA68-A8-F2-452-F-832-F-BE6-EC1403-C64.jpg ^this is the corner of a ceiling. Note the ceiling carpet, textured wallpaper and vinyl trim piece. This vinyl trim is everywhere. https://i.ibb.co/fY1f6mq/299-AB6-E4-6-CB0-4-B56-9-A8-D-ADFE0-C8-EB463.jpg ^this is the floor. Stickers over 1/8” door skin like the cabinetry in this pic, lots of gross carpet and that brown vinyl piping. https://i.ibb.co/mq32FR0/B4-EFFC39-857-A-4-B7-A-A40-D-0-A3-FC7122-C52.jpg ^this is another corner of a ceiling near cabinetry. There is a brown vinyl piping any place there is cabinetry. Cabinetry is pressboard with a sticker on it to look like old style wood. https://spec.dlrwebservice.com/sb-rv/floorplan/2016_Northwood_ArcticFoxTruck_990.jpg ^this is the floor plan
AdvancedQs 08/20/21 09:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone Completely Redo Their Interior?

If you enjoy the work, and have the time, go for it. It will be for your own gratification, you will never get the money back. Start at the top and work down and you can also repair any water damage on the way. I actually don’t enjoy the work and would be just doing it as a means to an end. I have been on another huge, marine related project for almost a decade and I can’t stand it anymore. It’s a really, really small space here, but I don’t have the foggiest idea how long it might take to resurface all of this stuff.
AdvancedQs 08/19/21 02:54pm General RVing Issues
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