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RE: Best mileage ever on a great albeit short trip...

I'm wondering if the Democrats stay in control, pushing electric vehicles and mass transportation, will gas prices continue to climb. It seems possible that Democrats will eventually try to curtail or even prohibit use of internal combustion engines. I'm also wondering if Republicans regain control, will gas prices come down (a lot). At $6 per gallon it costs $330 to fill a 55 gallon tank. Discounting well-healed die-hards, will gas prices eventually kill affordable RV'ing including RV camp business and RV supply and maintenance infrastructure? Being RV'ers since the 60's, I'm hoping that the fuel "crisis" goes away for everyone's sake not just for RV'ers.
Bordercollie 06/24/22 10:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Importing an RV from Europe to the US

Looks like OP may have given up on the idea, shame not to give a final post after getting so many replies. I notice that the nifty VW van camper is not being exported to US, probably due to expensive compatibility problems that would have to be dealt with by VW and US buyers. If I were trying to import and RV, I would try to get advice from California DMV and Federal ecology bureaus to see what I'd be up against. I wonder if such a conversion project would be at all cost-effective and worth the time and effort.
Bordercollie 04/10/22 03:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: E-450 Stuck on Defrost Mode

Here's just one of the "how to bypass" videos on You Tube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddcZnubJJgc
Bordercollie 02/07/22 09:07am Class C Motorhomes
RE: E-450 Stuck on Defrost Mode

The actuator is not the problem, it's a broken rubber vacuum line down behind the engine not easy to get to without a lot of disassembly, much easier to rig a bypass vacuum line per various You Tube videos.
Bordercollie 02/06/22 08:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: E-450 Stuck on Defrost Mode

Our rig has vacuum actuator, I moved it manually and cold air came out of dash vents.
Bordercollie 02/05/22 08:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: E-450 Stuck on Defrost Mode

Pretty sure from all the videos that my 2004 Tioga E-450 has vacuum actuator. There is a small length of rubber hose that rots and breaks and a check valve that is buried behind the engine, behind firewall. At 83 I can't do DIY much crawling under dash, etc. This sounds like a common problem on older E-450's. Ford should have made maintenance easier.
Bordercollie 02/05/22 11:08am Class C Motorhomes
E-450 Stuck on Defrost Mode

I suddenly have cold air coming through defrost vents only, not through dash vents. Defective parts are buried behind firewall on engine side, not accessible without much complicated disassembly. A number of You Tube how-to videos show an easy "bypass" replacement of vacuum hose, check valve, etc., fix to restore normal AC vent control. Ignoring the problem allows loss of vacuum and affects proper engine operation. I'm hoping that a local RV repair shop can do the easy bypass repair at a reasonably small cost.
Bordercollie 02/04/22 07:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Lithium Iron Batteries and Charging Systems

I suspected that changing to Lithium RV batteries would realistically require change of converter charger to get full advantages. Watched a good You Tube video that confirmed suspicion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTiTt_kqrdo
Bordercollie 01/27/22 11:07am Class C Motorhomes
Lithium Iron Batteries and Charging Systems

I got an e-mail from Powersonic battery company describing the virtues of their line of "Lifepro" Lithium batteries for RV use, replacing sealed lead acid (SLA) type batteries. We have two 6 volt deep cycle "wet" type batteries in series and a standard converter/charging system in our 2004 Class C The blog seems to indicate that a standard "SLA battery charging system" will work but that a lithium battery charging system will take advantage of faster lithium battery charging features. It does not state that a standard wet cell converter/charger will work properly. My question is, will a standard converter charger maintain lithium batteries and provide interior lighting same as with wet type RV batteries?
Bordercollie 01/27/22 08:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Sea Foam stabilizer

See my post with question on Gumout VS Seafoam re: Today's fuels with alcohol.
Bordercollie 01/23/22 11:16am Class C Motorhomes
Gumout VS Seafoam Additives

I have never used Seafoam or Gumout additives in our Class C but watched a You Tube video that said that Seafoam is no longer beneficial with the alcohol in today's gasolines. Gumout was recommended. Informed opinions?
Bordercollie 01/23/22 11:13am Class C Motorhomes
RE: which way?

Consider trying not towing a vehicle for a while. Disconnecting a class C from hookups takes only a few minutes in case you want to run into town, etc. Another alternative is to rent a car or go to a bus pickup point when you want to visit a city that is not RV friendly like Boston. People who are social group campers may need a towed vehicle to trade rides with others to restaurants, etc.
Bordercollie 11/03/21 03:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Changing a tire yourself

The spare wheel in our Tioga 26Q is mounted in the front of our cavernous cargo hold. At age 82, with "issues", I might be able to slowly remove all the stuff to clear access to the spare but would not be able to crawl in, dismount, and get the heavy spare wheel/tire out, much less get the rig jacked up safely and remove outer and inner rear dual wheel and mount the spare on the side of the highway. I don't like to think about a tire failure underway but carry AAA emergency road service. Know your limits. At least have a usable spare aboard.
Bordercollie 10/24/21 12:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Joined the Class C club

You will probably notice that the ride is harsher because of stiff rear springs. Rattles inside are not unusual, separating pots and pans with rubberized anti-skid stuff helps quiet them. Make sure drawers have good devices to keep them shut. Take glass turntable out of microwave to keep it from falling out and breaking. Anything that can fall down, probably will, when stopping suddenly or turning sharply. Watch right rear with side mirror for motorcycles and cars that sneak in while you are changing lanes or heading for an off-ramp. Enjoy your new toy.
Bordercollie 10/16/21 01:56pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small Class A vs Large Class C

Have never driven a Class A MH but believe Class C is safer in head on collision, like shade of Class C overhead, prefer 27/28 foot class C for ease of maneuvering. Don't like huge windshield and heat from sun. Biggest benefit of medium sized Class C is usefulness as hobby, sport and local event support vehicle in addition to touring and camping. We take our 27 foot C to local parks for the day with our dogs, to theme parks, airshows and for kid sports as a support vehicle with rest room privileges. A larger C or A would be out of place in many situations. Correction, I did drive some Class A's while looking at motorhomes, didn't like the huge picture windshield and sun glare, learned about front end construction and finding services for Class A's in the hinterland subsequently.
Bordercollie 10/07/21 12:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Smog Test Mystery

Ichabod, I wonder if the rules have changed for the Ford E-450 too?
Bordercollie 10/01/21 09:45pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Batteries won't hold charge - need help

Try to find a good RV electrical systems technician. Some RV repair shops can refer you to a good one. This may save you a lot of frustration and get the problem(s) isolated and corrected quickly. Watch what the tech does and you may learn from it. Good luck!
Bordercollie 09/26/21 09:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Smog Test Mystery

We live in flat Orange County area near Disneyland. Rig has sat mostly undriven after major tune up since the start of Covid pandemic. Hopefully we can get it out on the freeway system and go camping at Cachuma Lake, near Santa Barbara, including some grade climbing and sustained 65mph cruising to exercise the old girl.
Bordercollie 09/25/21 08:17pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Do you do this in the US?

We've seen seen setups by camp hosts, etc., who are long term residents. Setup is a two person job, storage onboard takes a lot of space, careful packing. We had a '63 VW Westphalia van conversion that had a similar metal frame tent that fit the side of the camper, had a potty/changing room. Took time to set up and take down and stow away on top rack, but looked "cool". We have a free standing octogonal screen room that is like setting up a tent with stakes and support ropes. Have never used it camping but set it up in our backyard once.
Bordercollie 09/25/21 08:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: I now hav e AC power in my driveway...

DC, You really need to by buy '48 Indian Chief to go with your modern one. I don't ride anymore and Chief needs minor TLC to get "on the road again". Left hand shift, right hand throttle, left hand spark advance.
Bordercollie 09/23/21 04:09pm Class C Motorhomes
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