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RE: Class C Pros and Cons

Because a truck is a truck and a van is a van. An E450 chassis is a heavy duty chassis, as is a F450 truck. The cab and engine compartment are much longer in a truck. A van has the rear of the engine inside the cabin, hence the dog house that covers the rear of the engine in a van. They do not use the same frame, nor the same steering components. By the way. Chevy vans do not use the same chassis as their trucks either. I wonder if an F450 is a completely different animal from an E450 chassis? A F450 chassis is definitely a completely different animal than an E450. How so? Why isn't a "400 series" chassis a "400 series" chassis, regardless of it's configuration? What kind of games is Ford playing, anyway? I bought a small Class C MH on an optional E450 chassis because I wanted a 400 series chassis under the coach even though it wasn't required raw-weight-wise ... but in a van configuration for minimum overall length and maximum compactness.
Atlee 10/01/20 03:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C Pros and Cons

I wonder if an F450 is a completely different animal from an E450 chassis? A F450 chassis is definitely a completely different animal than an E450.
Atlee 09/30/20 07:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Avoid drive thru Salt Lake City

I just didn't find the traffic in SLC to be that bad. Then obviously you haven't driven on I-95 from Northern VA around DC and past Baltimore. Sure have. The difference is that the Beltway is usually at a full stop. SLC is full of lane jumpers and hopped up Hondas!
Atlee 09/29/20 07:03am Roads and Routes
RE: Avoid drive thru Salt Lake City

I towed through the City of LA. From The Cajon Pass to Dockweiller RV Park next to the Pacific ocean, just south of the LAX runway. I didn't find it that bad. I found going from outside the beltways on I-85 to downtown Atlanta much, much worse and I was in a Class B then. If I had to choose my own ring of Hades when I die, I'd much rather tow through SLC than through Los Angeles County (any time of day). We've towed through SLC many times and as long as we avoided the worst morning/evening rush it wasn't too crazy. Try to avoid the weekends too, unless you can sneak out of town Sunday morning while folks are at temple.
Atlee 09/29/20 07:00am Roads and Routes
RE: Tow vehicle specs

Best advice here. Case in point. My previous Ford Fusion, 2010 model w/ front wheel drive, was flat towable up to 65 mph. My current 2018 Ford Fusion w/ front wheel drive only, is NOT flat towable under any condition. My current F150 with 4 wheel drive is flat towable as long as a simple procedure is done to make sure the the tranny and transfer case are in neutral. However, no 2 wheel drive F150's are flat towable. At least for 2014 model year. Obviously, other years may be different. That's why it's so important to check the particular owner's manual. Don’t buy any vehicle to use as a four down toad unless the manufacturer says you can and you comply with any requirements. For instance, 2020 Chevy Equinox...two wheel drive...four down ok...all wheel drive...no. You may need a dolly depending on the toad you buy but they are a pain...three vehicles instead of two.
Atlee 09/29/20 06:45am Dinghy Towing
RE: Is CG info available from MFG's

My Jayco Redhawk 22J has the required yellow sticker that gives the CCC of the RV. It also has a sticker with the recommended air pressure for the front and rear tires, plus gross axle weights. It also has several white stickers that give various load information. I can't speak for other Class C's. If I were interested in any advertised Class C's, I'd ask the dealer/owner for a picture of any information stickers on the door post on the drivers. There will always be a yellow one. It's required by law. The weight/carrying capacity sticker in my RV lists the four individual wheel weights as manufactured. I don't know if they all do, but it's worth checking. I have seen the total weight UVW, but not individual actual axle weights just just the axle weight ratings. I have not seen this listed on the web sites which is what I am really trying to find. When I call the sales team they don't know either, they just want to tell me about the outdoor entertainment center or indoor fireplace which I could care less about.
Atlee 09/29/20 06:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C Pros and Cons

Of course the F550 chassis is a completely different animal from an E-450 chassis. I wish smaller class C's were made on smaller truck chassis rather than on the cut out van chassis. Larger Ford based Cs, 30 feet and longer, often have lousy payload, I saw some with under 1000 pounds. That's not entirely correct anymore. Check out the Thor Omni/Magnitude on the F550 chassis.
Atlee 09/29/20 06:03am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Registering an out-of-state purchace

I live in Virginia. Over 30 days ago, we purchased, from a dealer in Florida, a used Class C. Sunday, they ran out, so I have a Class C with expired temp tags. I called the dealer in Florida. The dealer sent, via FedEx overnight delivery a new temp tag good for another 30 days.
Atlee 09/23/20 07:21am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Registering an out-of-state purchace

I tried to call my VA DMV the other day. All I got was a recorded message saying, "Due to the high volume of calls, they were not answering any phone calls." Virginia government is a screwed up place now. I also emailed the VA DMV. I got back an e-mail reply. It said, "Due to the high volume of emails we will get back to you in the future." I guess 3 days later isn't far enough in the future. best info you can get ,and the facts. call your dmv and ask. for the temp tag ,if me I,d drive it home even if exspired.
Atlee 09/23/20 07:15am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C Pros and Cons

I just recently purchased my first Class C. There were 2 main drivers behind that decision. 1) Generator(s). It was getting harder for me to deploy one or both of my Honda generators for a weekend of tailgating. For years and years we have had season tickets to my school's football season. With the Class C, all I have to do is start the generator from inside the RV. 2) I had gotten tired of backing my 27' trailer and pickup from the relatively narrow subdivision street and doing a 90 degree turn up my driveway. With the C, I can back it into my driveway unassisted. Biggest draw back to the C is handling. I could drive the truck/trailer combo long distances and not be tired. That combo just handled so well. Not so much with the C. The nearly 500 mile one way drive with the C was much more tiring. There is definitely some major suspension work in the relatively near future.
Atlee 09/23/20 07:00am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Gravity Water Fill

This. At least my Jayco Redhawk 22J has this. There is just one entrance for water, where the city water fill is. Inside the rear compartment are 2 "switches". Each one has 3 positions. Depending on the source of water, the valves are set to different settings. I have several choices. 1) city water, 2) fresh water tank fill, 3) country fill (for pumping water from say 5 gallon containers to the water tank), 4) normal (using the water in the fresh water tank), 5) winterize, 6) sanitize. I assume you looked around on the exterior and didn't find a fill hole? If you don't: You could stop by the hardware store and pick up a garden hose end fitting. It would only take a minute or two to put it on, fill up and then 30 seconds to pull it off. Just have the fitting and a screwdriver handy by the front seat when you pull in. How do you by pass the check valve to allow water to flow in? Same way when you use a standard hose at a regular tap. Might be a valve or valves you switch over. I doubt they put in a fresh water tank and there is no way to fill it.
Atlee 09/23/20 06:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C Specifications

My 2018 Jayco Redhawk 22J on the E-450 is also 24' long. It has a high CCC, 3,846#. That # is going to go down permanently a little since I'm having a Fantastic Fan And a slide topper installed. FWIW - The Yellow stickers are accurate. Legally they have to be. At least to the point they were equipped when they left the factory floor. Dealer acceesories won't be included, and some (like hydraulic leveling jacks) are quite heavy. One more data point: My sisters 2020 Forester on a 2019 E450 chassis has in unloaded weight of just over 10,000 pounds and a GVWR of 14,500, so it has over 4,000 pounds of payload!
Atlee 09/14/20 08:55am Class C Motorhomes
RE: First quickie mods to my new to me Redhawk 22J

DW has put in a variety of styles and types throughout to put stuff in. Once she's finished, I'll take pictures of them. One other thing we did, was buy rectangular plastic baskets/bins for about a buck or 2 each, for the kitchen cabinets. We put canned goods, foods, etc in the bins to keep them sorted and stable.
Atlee 09/12/20 07:35pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: First quickie mods to my new to me Redhawk 22J

Thanks. Nice work!
Atlee 09/12/20 07:32pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: How often and how to clean black tank

I laughed and grimaced at that image. :) :E A clear elbow at the drain connection will tell you all that you need to know. Drain and flush often till the brown trout are no longer swimming downstream.
Atlee 09/10/20 05:52am Beginning RVing
RE: Avoid drive thru Salt Lake City

Then obviously you haven't driven on I-95 from Northern VA around DC and past Baltimore. For me SLC is the worst urban drive there is. 85 miles top to bottom. At least the road surfaces are a bit better these days, especially in the Ogden and Provo areas. Lots of discourteous drivers who refuse to let you change lanes, everyone competing to drive as fast as possible. I'd rather be in Seattle's stop-and-go mess. Been driving it for years, never found a quiet time, though the Sunday a.m. suggestion seems the best.
Atlee 09/09/20 12:49pm Roads and Routes
RE: Motor Home/Trailer Life Magazines Cease Publication

I assume then, anyone with a subscription for either magazine will automatically be switched over to the new magazine. saw this in the local paper today. and a renewal notice for our subscription to MH magazine was just delivered in today's mail. we've been subscribers to MH magazine since 1986. our current subscription runs through June of 2022. we'll have ample time to see what the new RV Magazine is about before deciding to continue subscribing. ------------------- Camping World Holdings launches new website source: https://www.dailyherald.com/business/20200908/camping-world-holdings-launches-new-website LINCOLNSHIRE -- Camping World Holdings Inc. and Good Sam, the world's largest organization of recreational vehicle owners, Tuesday announced the launch of a new website, RV.com, supported by a new publication, RV Magazine. RV.com and RV Magazine will offer readers exclusive product reveals and reviews for all RV types, top travel destinations, recipes, money saving ideas and trending products. New product innovations and solutions that are driving the industry will be spotlighted, along with safety tips for the outdoors. "As the RV and outdoor industry continues its rapid growth, we are investing heavily in a full circle solution of content that enhances the lifestyle," said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World Holdings Inc. The company also announced the retirement of its legacy print publications Trailer Life and MotorHome magazines with the December 2020 issues to focus its energy on the new magazine and enhanced website. With over 2 million members, Good Sam is the world's largest RV membership organization. Founded in 1966 to help fellow RV travelers on the road, the Good Sam brand has been supporting and assisting RVers for more than 50 years.
Atlee 09/09/20 12:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Times Up, Told You So, DirecTV is Dead

Where I live, Hanover Co., VA, Comcast is the only game in town. I can either get bundled cable, voice (wife wants this), and internet. If I dropped cable, the price quoted me didn't go down very much. By the time I added You Tube TV, or something similar, I was pretty much back at the old price I was paying. AT&T had a grand plan to control ALL communications.. Basically Rebuild the old BELL TELEPONE and then some (Been their plan all along) The problem with DirecTV (And Dish) is Roku, apple TV -etal You get decent unlmited Internet bandwidth you don't need the sat dish and monthly sat bill.. You got it all. Me.. Depending on where I'm parked. and it appears I'm about to settle in the land of "Fairly decent coverage" I have so much OVER THE AIR TV that my DVR's overload and I have to off load 'em to long term storage. (I have two DVR's and a compter all networked. the computer downloads the Program guide, modifies it for upload to the DVR's. which do all the DVR things (LIke record any program with NCIS in the name) and I can download to the comptuer and transfer to any portable device if I wish. They also let me start watching in one room. Finish in the other and so on. Like I said all the fancy pause fast forward rewind stuff too. Only instead of 100/month is't 25/year for the electronin TV Guide.. that's all folks.
Atlee 09/09/20 08:22am Technology Corner
First quickie mods to my new to me Redhawk 22J

The first one is automatic with any new to me RV. I change out the analog thermostat with a digital one. https://i.imgur.com/PTqN6hVl.jpghttps://i.imgur.com/j4KIwLrl.jpghttps://i.imgur.com/349tn3Jl.jpghttps://i.imgur.com/MYK5JBFl.jpghttps://i.imgur.com/gp5KFanl.jpg The 2nd one is adding a ladder to my overhead bunk. In the 2018 model, Jayco didn't supply a ladder. I had to cut off 9" at the bottom to make it fit. https://i.imgur.com/VNkOuEbl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/SGVjV54l.jpg The 3rd one is not so much a mod, but covering the aluminum angle used for bracing on the dinette. That metal is nicking the seat and back cushions. We're covering them with brown duct tape. https://i.imgur.com/PDNQN9Kl.jpghttps://i.imgur.com/GSZSjNSl.jpghttps://i.imgur.com/1MsQia5l.jpg
Atlee 09/09/20 08:00am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Class C Specifications

I think that yellow sticker is ideal. I wish all ads for RV's included that sticker. The yellow sticker in my Redhawk 22J tells me I have 3,858# of cargo capacity. What more do I need? I too was lacking info when looking at C's a few years ago. I found that the model we were interested in, the best place was on the yellow sticker on the unit itself. Not ideal. Our C dry weight is 11,807lbs (with full propane tank and full fuel tank). It's a 33' C with one slide. I have the original brocure, both paper and PDF -- it lists basics like grey/black/fresh water tank volumes, basic dimensions. I had a hard time even finding out if we had a 15k or 13.5k AC unit. Strange.
Atlee 09/09/20 06:24am Class C Motorhomes
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