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RE: Taking B+/C Offroad Experiences

Love to hear from someone that has had TC and a B+/small C on dirt roads/dips as to which seems to get more stress. I can’t see how anyone could acquire that kind of data . To make a comparison of stress between the two.
bobndot 10/31/21 09:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Taking B+/C Offroad Experiences

I used my TC's off road. I would want to know the trail using a 4x4 to inspect it before venturing out in a 'C'. If you have cell service, then you can get help if need be, I'm talking remote off road, no cell service, SAT only communication areas. If that's your case as it is for me, then it's only you, you need to be very careful ! Ground clearance is LOW compared to a TC. I go off road on dirt now in my 'C' to fish and boondock from time to time on good dirt roads, some ruts and some smaller rocks. But it gets to the point where 'Ol Bobbo needs to make a u-turn'. During those times, I wish I had my TC back so I could go into the woods a little deeper. I am limited using a 24' 'C' on a suspension upgraded E450. The drive feel for me was bulky compared to my two full hard-wall TC's. AF 860 and Lance 845. Ground clearance: The rear overhang clearance is tuff on a 'C', especially with some hitches the factory puts on. They hang down low. You can reconfigure some of them if needed. You have to watch the entrance door style on a class C. Some have the steps built in and some use external mounted steps. The built-in style of entranceway steps drops down lower than the passenger side of the coach. You need to watch the rocks. If the external style steps get hit then its the step that gets replaced, usually no body work necessary. If you get hydraulic levelers, you might have to trim down the mounting brackets for more ground clearance , .
bobndot 10/31/21 06:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Axxera avm70 touch screen not responding to touch

https://www.thorforums.com/forums/f8/need-help-axxera-avm70lh-9312.html Lol ‘bad batch of radios’. Thats what they say when they install junk at the factory. My OEM Sony did the same. I finally had to swap out to a Pioneer with nav. Much more reliable. I had the radio shop bump up the door speakers too. That was also an improvement.
bobndot 10/31/21 11:19am Class C Motorhomes
RE: which way?

Demco was my mechanics choice but they didn't make a baseplate for ny car. I went Blue Ox.
bobndot 10/31/21 10:55am Class C Motorhomes
RE: which way?

Your previous towing experience was not correctly done. 4 down is preferred. You don't have to store, register or maintain brakes and tires on a tow dolly. Setting up a 4 down towing system will be about $3k. You’ll need to choose the appropriate vehicle to be towed. The vehicle manufacturer will offer that info. If you want to tow a FWD car that does not allow 4 down towing , then you need a tow dolly or flatbed trailer. With the correct 4 down car : That vehicle will need a base plate installed on the front of the car. The tow bar attaches to the base plate then to the 2x2 receiver on the rv. You need to add , Safety chains, electrical hookup and a break-a-way cord and a brake system for the car. I use a ‘Brake Buddy 2’ because i can use it on any car in the future. Its portable not a hard-wired braking system. I find it easy to use while towing my Chev Sonic automatic at 2700 lbs. The hatchback model offers addition 47 cu ft of interior storage, roof rack for canoe or additional storage box. For car lights : You can buy a harness specific for your car to operate running, brake and directionals. OR, you can drill a hole inside the taillight lens and install a 12v 1157 socket and bulb. Wire the sockets to a cord to the rv 7-way trailer plug. ** You can also run a charge line in that trailer cord to keep the car battery charged. Usually the trans is in neutral with the key on ‘ACC’ position. Doing ACC position opposed to ‘run’ position will normally NOT record your towing mileage on the cars odometer while leaving the steering wheel unlocked. Some automatic cars need to be started to idle for 5 mins to circulate trans fluid every 200 towing miles. Go to youtube and view, “ 4 down towing behind an rv. “. See how to install and use the system.
bobndot 10/30/21 04:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New class B

It’s a Fiat Ducato as per the emblems and wheel insignia. Photos are all of the European versions. One wonders if this can be direct imported and comply with US laws. I suspect not... That is the prototype 540 model that's here now showing in malls , NY and California. It's probably the one from the photo and video shoots.
bobndot 10/30/21 12:10am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Windshield washer OK for winterizing waterlines?

I guess you could always use vodka if you're in a pinch. :) Next season when you open it back up, invite us over.
bobndot 10/29/21 11:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New class B

It’s a Fiat Ducato as per the emblems and wheel insignia. It also has A/C. A Dometic single roof unit. It will freeze you out bc its located at the foot of the overhead double 54” bed. Small 3 or 4 cu ft 12v fridge. Looks like a 9’ crank out awning. Rear camera. Unknown holding or gray capacity as of now. FW 30 gals Grey 23 gals. Spare tire housed underneath Bath has a vented ceiling fan
bobndot 10/29/21 03:02pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: New class B

I was told by a rep that certain car dealerships will be used to sell these rvs in the USA . Orders will be taken in January with delivery expected sometime around May or June. Not a good idea, IMO. It has been tried now and again in the past without much success and ended as quickly as it appeared. RV salesman are often useless in explaining and selling RVs, can't imagine how badly car salesman will do. It actually appears that they are making many of the same mistakes that Hymer did trying to break into the US market. (before they bought Roadtrek to get its dealership chain) If you encounter this rep again, try to find out how this is being done as far as platform. Full build overseas on the Ducato or put on a Ram Promaster over here. The apparent lack of an AC will likely kill it in the US market. Ditto All you said plus the $145k price on the baby model. ;) Its a limited rv for sure.
bobndot 10/29/21 12:08pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: New class B

Amazing the amount of floor plans that are available. This just might be a winner if it actually makes it to the USA! Safe travels, MM. I was told by a rep that certain car dealerships will be used to sell these rvs in the USA . Orders will be taken in January with delivery expected sometime around May or June. The 540 model making the tour now was thru a NJ dealership. I guess we will see how many initial orders will be placed in order for company expansion with network service. I will say that is the largest wet bath i have seen . The bath sink is huge. The 540 seems to be a great one or two person day trip vehicle or an overnight rv to visit relatives etc. It would be great for snowbirds who own two homes and need a travel vehicle back n forth. Longer term stays would be more challenging , however it does seem to have a fair amount of storage in and out with room for dual LP tanks. Lithium chassis battery is under drivers seat , coach lithium is under passenger side. As said, it will be interesting to see where it goes. If i get more info i will update. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and input.
bobndot 10/29/21 08:23am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Windshield washer OK for winterizing waterlines?

Buy the correct rv or boat non toxic antifreeze. There is alcohol base rv antifreeze as well. That is less expensive but can leave a taste in the lines. https://recvehicle.com/winterization-and-rv-antifreeze/ Don't forget to pump it thru the outside shower if you have one. Pour a cup of rv antifreeze down each drain as well . Sinks and shower.
bobndot 10/28/21 08:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New class B

Now that I look at closer , I wonder how much heat would generate from the skylight above the head of the bed. I remember some members that recorded very high temps in the TC section here, with the acrylic style skylights. I also question how long those bed supports will last. Another rating not mentioned. I realize this is not the first post on this unit and was really interested if anyone had any further info and thoughts to add and you do, so thank you. Hints of this unit surfaced sometime back in 2021 but is now making the rounds in person at malls and some videos have been made showing it in limited fashion. I have heard the company lacks professional people showing the unit, which IMO, doesn't help getting this off the ground. Things questioned in the past was the lack of info on the specs,, water, holding tank size . Also, still no mention of A/C . But they say it has radiant heating throughout the floor off a Truma unit. I'll bet the ladies will like that warm porcelain seat.
bobndot 10/27/21 12:37pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: New class B

One would have to watch that first step when making the late-night trip to the bathroom. Other than that, it looks nice. :B too funny, I didn't think of that . Having truck camper experience would be helpful. mumkin, good points , tnx!
bobndot 10/27/21 06:58am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
New class B

New from Italy . U.S. ordering to begin in Jan 2022. Network of dealerships in the making. It will be interesting to see how this pans out with rising gas prices. Its all fiberglass. https://www.wingamm.com/us/camper-rv/oasi-540-2/
bobndot 10/26/21 01:48pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: smaller MH with 2+ separate comfy sleeping areas?

Sorry, I didn't mean for you to check, I meant the OP. :S :B
bobndot 10/24/21 02:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Protection from freezing

Crawl underneath the rv ? Now you’re pushin’ it. :E I will check mine to see how they look or don’t look. Maybe they fell off :B
bobndot 10/24/21 02:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Protection from freezing

Amazon has a 12v , 12”x18” tank pad @ 4.8 amps. Would that be about 100 watts of heat ? ? P = I * V or W = A * V So, about 60W. As an after thought, Winnebago probably used the most cost effective (aka cheapest) heaters they could safely/legally install. Tnx for formula :) 'Built to last the warranty' :) I'm surprised the heaters con't to operate.
bobndot 10/24/21 11:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: smaller MH with 2+ separate comfy sleeping areas?

I'm not sure with newer MHs, but in the past, seatbelts have often simply been bolted to the plywood base of the dinette and couch seats. I suggest you lift the cushions and check. I did. My belts are chassis mounted in a non slide dinette. When I checked, the seatbelts were bolted to metal framework below. It just sounds so weak to me, I can't believe that rv building codes allow it. Plywood floor as part of the base structure seems more secure than the floor of a moving in/out side. That slide is held in place by a track that's bolted or screwed to the slide framework. It really doesn't take a whole lot to pop a slide 'out'. To make things worse, wet rotted wood that you are not aware of would weaken that slides frame. I've been there when one kept going out onto the garage floor in a friends shop. Owner had no idea it was leak damaged rotted wood supporting things.
bobndot 10/24/21 10:58am Class C Motorhomes
RE: smaller MH with 2+ separate comfy sleeping areas?

I'm not sure with newer MHs, but in the past, seatbelts have often simply been bolted to the plywood base of the dinette and couch seats. I suggest you lift the cushions and check. I did. My belts are chassis mounted in a non slide dinette. It just sounds so weak to me, I can't believe that rv building codes allow it. Plywood floor as part of the base structure seems more secure than the floor of a moving in/out side. That slide is held in place by a track that's bolted or screwed to the slide framework. It really doesn't take a whole lot to pop a slide 'out'. To make things worse, wet rotted wood that you are not aware of would weaken that slides frame. I've been there when one kept going out onto the garage floor in a friends shop. Owner had no idea it was leak damaged rotted wood supporting things.
bobndot 10/24/21 10:52am Class C Motorhomes
RE: smaller MH with 2+ separate comfy sleeping areas?

Interesting thought re: seatbelts in a slide being limited. I always thought the seatbelts were bolted thru to the chassis. I wonder how what they bolt to in a slide ? The slide floor ?? In a serious accident , a thin walled slide-out would be the last place i would want to be. I forgot to mention securing cabinet doors with HD locks to prevent objects from flying out onto your passengers as well as yourself. You will be riding inside the rv now. You need to protect children in your care.
bobndot 10/24/21 08:28am Class C Motorhomes
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