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RE: Can this weight be right?!?!

2010 F350 King Ranch 6.4 diesel 4x4 shortbox was 8400. That got lemon lawed. The replacement F250 Lariat 6.7 4x4 shortbox came in at 400 lbs lighter, "only" 8000 lbs. Yours is a long bed, and if you were in it, yup, that tare weight is probably in the neighborhood.
Lumpty 10/29/20 06:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: On the road breakdown stories..

March 2018, not even 25 miles from home after a 2500 mile trip, pulling out of a tollbooth and headed to an uphill exit ramp, on the 1-2 shift end up with idle power only. Torqued up the ramp off the toll road at idle creep, because getting towed off that in a Class C would have been an expensive experience. Then continued at that pace a mile up the next freeway, remembering there was a Ford dealer not far from the next exit. Crawled there, where they panicked seeing an RV pull-in. Since I had creep power, I was able to maneuver it out of the way while waiting for a tow truck they'd called for me to haul it to my local in-town Ford dealer. This was all transpiring at about 11am. I had to be on a plane at 6pm that night for a work trip, with a stop into the office before, as well as winterize the unit before leaving as it was still very much winter in the northeast. Tow truck finally shows up, gets us to my local dealer about 2pm, they take my wife home to come back with our truck, and the 4 gallons of pink stuff, to unpack and so I can winterize in the dealer lot. I get the arrangements made and start dumping water, and the tech comes out right away to see what he's in for. I was thinking transmission, since it happened right at a shift. Plugs in the scanner. No accelerator pedal signal. This is a DBW throttle. The pedal is a rheostat that has fried itself at only 48k miles. Turns out I could have limped it home via using the cruise control buttons on the steering wheel as a hand throttle. Got the RV winterized, food and clothes unpacked, stopped at home and showered and packed a different bag for the business trip, was able to stop at the office and made my plane. The next time was October of last year. Second day out, driving down the eastern shore of MD and VA. Headed to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel and points further south. Slowing down for a red light on US 13, feel a skip. Taking off on green, I'm now clearly driving a V9. After a few minutes, a flashing CEL starts. We try to count flashes as sometimes they will morse code you the problem, and internet via phone a diagnosis. No help. Put-put along, as this happened about 50 miles north of the bridge and Virginia Beach. There is an Advance Auto Parts no more than a couple of miles off the end of the bridge, and they'll read codes. I'm suspecting coil and this store even has a few OEM Motorcrafts in stock. Sure enough, the OBDII reader says #8. Have some Advance bucks on my account so even get it at a discount. This is my first time diving into the hell of Mod motor coils and plugs. The cylinder code is via firing order, and #8 is center of the left bank. Yay. The airbox and snorkel had to come out all the way to the throttle body, and the electrical connections to the coils back of #8 removed as well. This was also the first time my wife had ever seen the doghouse off, where upon I was able to point out the proximity of the right bank exhaust manifold and downpipe as to why she complains how hot the passenger footwell gets. Anyway, the R&R working from both the front and back of the motor in the Advance parking lot, including lunch and a bathroom break, took about 45 minutes. Starting up, no more skip! I suspect this coil had been on its way out for sometime, as the first few years I owned this RV from new a couple of times a year it would misfire on deceleration. That went away, but mileage had deteriorated about 0.5-1 mpg. After the coil replacement, there was a bit more seat-of-pants power, and the fuel mileage now is better than ever, getting 9 mpg tanks with the cruise on 70.
Lumpty 10/29/20 06:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: motorized awnings

I have a power awning. Wish it was a basic manual one like I had on my 1995 Gulfstream Class C. My particular electric one is somewhat basic, with manually adjustable arms, and will not roll itself up when it gets windy. There is also an interlock that I found out about the hard way a couple of years ago, where it turns out the switch for it will not operate if the chassis engine is on. It was a putrid hot day in south central Virginia dry camping, and had started the engine to run the dash A/C while I finished up with packing a few last things. It would not roll up. Ended up taking it apart and manually rolling it up with some help, which required taking the motorized end off the arm, then reattaching the arm and holding it all to the side sort of where it was supposed to be via bungies and light duty tie-down straps (always carry at least 4 for surprises like this!). Troubleshooting it a couple of weeks later, I figured out the issue was operator error. Of course, no documentation from Forest River or Dometic that the lockout of the switch was a thing. While it's a novelty to open and close it from that rocker switch by the door, IMHO its an unnecessary complication on a 24' Class C.
Lumpty 10/19/20 03:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: LR E tow vehicle tire comparison

I've had the Cooper HT3's on my Class C for not quite 2 years and 28,000 miles. Maybe 20% worn at this point. Like them much better than the Michelin LTX's they replaced, and were $50 per tire less than the Bibendum brand. Pleasantly surprised how good they are.
Lumpty 10/06/20 06:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Carrying a Motorcycle with my 2000 Shasta Sprite?

I carry a Kymco Agility 50 scooter on an aluminum Harbor Freight hitch rack behind my 24' E450 chassis Class C, for local transportation when needed. The scooter weighs 210 lbs and the rack about 50 lbs. There is not one bit of difference in the handling or steering with that load on my small house E450. No perceptible added squat on the rear scooter on vs. off. That comes with having 4500lbs of NCC. That said, I would not carry any more than that 260 lbs of dead cantilevered weight on my unit, and certainly wouldn't do double that on an E350 with only 138" wheelbase and proportionally more rear overhang.
Lumpty 09/16/20 06:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Splash lube Onans

I blew up the top end of a 4kw Onan at 940 hours. Spun a rocker off the stud, bent the pushrod and likely a valve too when it all went kaplooey. The replacement is at about 300, in 18 months. I change the oil every 100 hours which works out to about 2x a year, typically using Rotella 15w-40.
Lumpty 09/15/20 05:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best bang for the buck E-450 suspension upgrade

Recommended improvements, in order: 1. Alignment, maximizing caster. 2. Big front anti-roll bar. I have a Hellwig. 3. Shocks; was a Bilstein fan, but was not really satisfied with how floaty the digressive valving was on my lightly loaded E450 chassis. Replaced those on the front with a pair of Monroe Magnum RV shocks, for silly cheap $$ from Advance Auto Parts. Really locked the front down. If I hadn't spent the $350 on the set of Bilsteins, all that would have run only about $400. Aside from the alignment, did all the work myself.
Lumpty 08/19/20 06:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small Class C with out tow car

24' Class C here, and no toad. When we do bring local transportation with us, it's a 50cc scooter that gets carried on a hitch rack.
Lumpty 06/17/20 06:48pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Entry Steps too high at times what do you use?

... I went to the local closest Home Depot for a couple $2 each CMU’s... Carnegie Mellon University? “Concrete Masonry Unit” aka cinder blocks.
Lumpty 03/01/20 03:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Entry Steps too high at times what do you use?

I carry around one of these, a basic Rubbermaid Step Stool: https://mobileimages.lowes.com/product/converted/071691/071691420095.jpg?size=mpop IIRC, bought it at a Walmart for about $12. A year or so prior, in a pinch because it was a really big leap, where we were staying, I went to the local closest Home Depot for a couple $2 each CMU’s, that went into the dumpster at the end of that week’s stay. It was cheaper than wrecked knees.
Lumpty 02/29/20 04:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need a base camp RV park for touristing in NYC

An additional not-well-known NYC fringe area campground is at Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, a Morris County park a few miles north of I-80 and the Rockaway Townsquare Mall. Commuter bus service to the Port Authority terminal at 42nd St is available at the mall or a few miles away in Dover, where there is also NJ Transit rail to NY Penn or Hoboken. The park has 18 W/E RV sites in a state park type of setting.
Lumpty 02/17/20 05:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Towing through New York City

Funny sidebar story about GWB tolls, back about 20 years ago when they were merely expensive and not requiring emptying your life savings in one passage, about a trip I made up to the Boston area. I was towing a street licensed car on an open trailer. Both that car, and the tow vehicle, had EZPass transponders. Went through the EZPass lanes, figuring that the system would count axles and ding me accordingly. But what it did, and this included the tolled Mass Pike portion of the trip, was read the truck as one vehicle and the trailer axles as another car following, via the transponder in the windshield of the car being towed. So I only ended up paying the two car tolls, instead of the at least 3x tow vehicle-trailer one. A bit of an oopsie that worked out to be about $20 to my advantage, discovered when I received my account statement and both transponders were showing sequential tolling all the way through that trip. I'm sure there was something about it I could have been fined for, but after 20 years the Statute of Limitations has hopefully passed.
Lumpty 02/14/20 04:00am Roads and Routes
RE: Invalid VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)

On low volume production items this is not unusual to have happen. Even with cars. My '15 VW Golf Sportwagen is a very rare gas 5 speed manual, bought new shortly after they were introduced that model year. My agent said the VIN was not valid. It took an actual picture of the stamped plate on the dash and door sticker to show that was the actual ID.
Lumpty 02/14/20 03:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Any Class C *WITH* ducted heated holding tanks?

I have a 2011 Sunseeker 2300, which sounds like the same floorplan with a different model designation as an earlier poster. RR corner queen with the water tank inside below the bed, gray and black tanks enclosed under the stepped up rear floor in the bed and bath areas. There are heat ducts running through from the furnace located right in front of the bed, under the refrigerator, including a perforated "leaky" one that passes through the back of the storage compartment where the water pump is and hot and cold PEX passes back into the house. All plumbing is on the inside, with the exception of the lines to the outside shower, which are tee'd off the bathroom sink lines at about the 3/4 point left rear. Even then, they only go "outside" right at the back of the fixture enclosure. We've used the RV in low 20's weather overnight with no issues, just running the furnace. Most recently, that was just last month driving to Florida trying to get below the freeze line, having to give up at about MP140 I-95 SB when it was 11pm and still 150 to go to get above 32.
Lumpty 02/14/20 03:43am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Towing through New York City

I-95 is frequently full of traffic until east of New Haven. I have several friends that live in Fairfield County. It can take an hour to go 10 miles at anytime of day.
Lumpty 02/10/20 07:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: Towing through New York City

I'm local; I-78 west to the Garden State Parkway, to I-287 (NY Thruway) east to 684 to 84 is the most direct way other than the GW to CBX. Depending on the time of day, Hartford can be a PITA. If it's raining, or hitting Hartford during either the morning or evening rush hours, the better option believe it or not is when at the Thruway to take it (I-287 west/I-87 north) to the I-90 Mass Pike Extension. More miles but frequently shorter time wise. Yes, traffic in the Northeast can be bad enough that driving another 50 miles can save about an hour.
Lumpty 02/10/20 07:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: Need some advice

During the month May we, two couples mid-sixties from France, want to visit South-West of the United State. We start and end in Denver. We intend to travel with two RV’s with a length of around 20 feet. We have never visited this area before and we never used a RV. We would like to get some more information and the best place for that seems to me this forum of RV lovers. So our questions: 1. Renting a RV is expensive. Prices vary enormous. Can anyone help us with finding a good and reliable rental agency in the neighborhood of Denver? Or is there someone interested in renting two RV’s to us? 2. We think an RV with a length of 20 feet is sufficient for a couple. I get the impression that 25 feet is very popular. But it seems to big for just a couple. And it consumes more. Any advice in this matter? 3. Compared with a large car, SUV of something like that is a RV limited in the roads you can taken? 4. Lots of agencies talk about standard and additional assurances. What is necessary and what is advisable? 5. Is it difficult to find camping places and should they be booked in advance? Further I have seen free camping places (including Wall Mart). What are the experiences with these places? We will visit Black Canyon, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Mojave NP, Sequoia NP, San Francisco, Yosemite, Death Valley, Las Vegas, Zion NP, Brice Canyon NP, Canyon lands, Grand junction. Total of 4000 miles in 5 weeks. My responses, which are similar to some of the others: 1. Besides the rental-only agencies, there are private owners that list RV's to rent: https://rvshare.com/rv-rental/denver/co?location=Denver%2C%20CO&lat=39.7392358&lng=-104.990251&rv_class=Class%20C%20Motor%20Home&sort=5 Still a lot of money; figure a minimum of $150/day. I went on the Cruise America website, and the small 19' RV from Denver is $154/day, however the mileage charge adds on top, as do taxes, bringing a 5 week trip to $8,000+/-. There are also RV dealers that rent units, with cheaper non-summer rates, but no matter, it still will be $6000-$8000. 2. The only rental I've seen smaller than the 23-25' range is that Cruise America 19' unit. Yes, it should work OK for 2. My own motorhome is a 24' Class C that my wife and I have spent extended time in and been very comforable. What it provides is more storage space; I've always been able to bring whatever I've wanted. Fuel mileage with a gas engine no matter what the size of the unit will be bad. It still is a big box going down the road, unless, on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis. A gas Ford or Chevrolet will be in the 7-10 mpg range, but fuel here is not expensive, budget about $2.70/gallon, but more in California. For 4000 miles at that number, gas will be $1,350-$1,500. 3. Up to about that 25' length, the limitation on what roads can be driven is height. With that in mind, I've never really been restricted in where I've driven mine. It has been left in airport parking lots, and been driven on city streets, to drop off a family member at Chicago Midway Airport. I wold not recommend that though at all to someone without large vehicle driving experience. It will drive much bigger than a car. Not bad, just different. 4. Insurance adds? That is really up to your tolerance for risk and what the base liability is. I believe Cruise America's is $1,500, with the added insurance $12/day. For 35 days + tax, that is over $400. For an $1100 difference, it may not be worth it, but only you can decide that. There are also options to add kitchen and bedding kits. For what they are charging, instead head to the nearest Wal-Mart and outfit yourself for similar or less money. You'll need food as well, and shopping in a Supercenter can be a tourist experience itself! 5. If during the summer, popular National Parks should probably be booked, however with a small unit there are non-campground locations that can be found, friends with a 24' Sprinter Class C do this regularly. As said, at many Wal-Marts, Cracker Barrel restaurants, Cabelas and Bass Pro Shops encourage RV travelers to use their parking lots for the night. Highway rest areas can also be used for short stops. Phone apps are available, like this one for Wal-Marts I have on my iPhone: https://www.allstays.com/apps/walmart.htm As for the itinerary, I've done as little as 150 miles a day, to as much as 1050 miles (again just a few weeks ago driving home from Florida to where I live outside of NYC) driving my Class C on trips. A general rule is that your average speed with reasonable length stops for fuel and food is about 50 mph. Multiply by preferred driving time and that gives your comfortable daily distance. I can usually do 60-62 mph, but that is all interstate highway driving at 70mph, eating while driving and really only stopping for fuel. Non of that really possible in the mountain west. Big cities and their sights to see like San Francisco and even Las Vegas are pretty much impossible to drive to in a RV, so plan to stay well outside and use trains or Uber/Lyft. Hope that helps. Good luck planning and keep us posted.
Lumpty 02/10/20 04:49am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Haunted Honda CRV

Yup, had an '05 Acura with that all windows open feature via the remote, as well as a mid-90's VW too.
Lumpty 01/09/20 07:43pm Around the Campfire
RE: Black Ice Detectors

Wet pavement will be shiny, black ice more dull, and as mentioned appear to be “new” looking pavement.
Lumpty 12/31/19 06:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago Fuse

Ford has upped their game with the 2020 Transit: https://www.ford.com/commercial-trucks/transit-chassis/models/cutaway/ The 11,000lb GVW and 15,000lb GCWR are real specs. Bigger news is a heavier duty cycle 3.5 EcoBoost is available with 310hp and 400ft-lbs of torque. That's just about V10 numbers, and also AWD is an available option across the line up, including the 178" WB DRW chassis. That is going to make for a nice platform to carry a small Class C.
Lumpty 12/26/19 05:30am Class C Motorhomes
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