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RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

I'm guessing that the vertical stability was also influenced by the shock absorbers but the new sway bars are really meaty in comparison to the old ones. I did them all at the same time so I'm really not in a position to be positive. I really like the end result though. Yeah - the toilet as well - but I'll probably put a false floor in there, actually one that goes from where the door currently stops all through that area. Replace the door with a concertina door. That would "fix" the toilet height but the shower is something else.
eldel 10/20/20 08:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

After our first trip in the 28A last month where we were almost tossed off a straight road by a combination of cross wind and an 18 wheeler I figured it was time to sort out the steering and suspension. We added the Roadmaster front and rear sway bars and the steering stabilizer. Also replaced the worn out tie rod ends and replaced the shocks with Bilsteins. The difference is night and day. We just got back from a trip on I70 across the Vail pass. So a 5000ft change in altitude and some long sweeping curves on both sides of the pass. Was just like driving a very large car. No swaying in the breeze, no particular deviation when an 18 wheeler went past. All in all I can thoroughly recommend the upgrade - those descents would have been nightmarish with the previous setup. Now - on to the inevitable questions. Has anyone lowered/replaced the shower in the CA 28A? The 10" entry lip is insane and I can't figure out why they did it. I'm sure there's a reason why the floor of the shower is so high - I just can't figure out what it is. It's above the wheel and I don't think the propane tank goes that far back.
eldel 10/19/20 07:45pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Our (much delayed) first outing. Glendo state park Wyoming. This was shot on the last afternoon - about 4 hours before the snow started. No - we didn't hang around for that. https://i.imgur.com/dr0VGt2l.jpg
eldel 09/10/20 08:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hooking up 30A at home

OP here - just got chased out of Wyoming by the snow :-) Thanks for all the input. For clarity the previous RV (TT) AC would run happily from the 15A house circuit. The replacement (C class) AC trips the breaker in about 20 seconds. The 14-30 is not the dryer but a separate circuit that we put in to run a table saw. Which never happened but that's another story. It looks like the easiest answer is to replace the 14-30 outlet with a 14-50 one. Failing that I'll buy an adapter from the ev place.
eldel 09/08/20 03:59pm Tech Issues
Hooking up 30A at home

I'd really like to be able to run the AC on my rig when I've got it parked outside the house before we take off on a trip. The 110V house supply isn't enough but I do have a 220V / 30A outlet in the garage which is a 14-30 outlet. I'm looking and reading but I don't see anywhere where I can get a 14-30 to TT-30 converter. 14-50 to TT-30 yes. Is this even possible (assuming that the 14-50 converter just splits 220/50 into 2 x 110/25) or am I looking at wiring in a new circuit?
eldel 09/06/20 12:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Thanks Iamichabod. Looks like the prices are about the same. The 100AH batteries are about $900 - $1K each, the 200W panel(s) with installation are about $1K. Add tax and we're in the same ball park. Not inexpensive - but without some 'interesting' changes to the underside of the rig I can't get 200AH in there without using the LiFePo batteries because of their size. Actually it's marginal that we can get both of them in there as it is.
eldel 09/04/20 12:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

According to the salesguy at Denver CA when I got my 28A it's a 7W mini panel which is basically just there to stop the coach battery totally depleting if the rig is standing unpowered. I'm looking to replace my setup with 200W of panel and 200AH of LiFePo4 batteries. Estimating with charge controller and the labor that'll be around $3K - $3.5K.
eldel 09/04/20 09:02am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Booner - you can put rotating bases on the seats - the question is will the seats actually rotate. I've measured mine (28A) up pretty carefully and I don't think they will. Not without some bizarre offset point of rotation or having the door open or some other silly restriction. They are *very* tight. I'm getting a quote next week to rip out the couch and move the passenger seat back and slightly inboard to allow it to rotate. I'll report back on how feasible (read: expensive) that is.
eldel 08/12/20 08:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

On mounting a backup camera to CA 28A. I just finished mounting a Haloview 7108 wireless camera to my 28A and I thought I'd add a couple of points to fadumpt's excellent coverage. Firstly - the angle of the camera. This isn't a wide a view as I expected. Mounted about 4" below the center marker light the furthest angle I can get means that the visual frame starts about 4ft from the rear of the vehicle and ends about 25ft away. Not a lot of good for seeing anything following you. Also - the mast ariel sticking up from the camera is right up against the marker light - which prevents the camera getting that last little bit of angle. It advertizes a 120 degree wide viewing angle. This is probably true - but I'll emphasize that's wide - not tall. The vertical angle is probably around 30 degrees. Secondly - the wiring. Although it's obvious in retrospect - if you blindly 'color match' the wires you will get -12V to the camera - whereas it needs +12V. Swap them. Also - there isn't enough room between the rear outer wall and the inner wall to get the connected power feed all the way in (it's a 2 part connector) and I got fed up trying to feed in the camera end and fish it out of the marker light to connect it. Thus I ended up with the hole mainly filled with the connector - and a lot of sealent. In retrospect I don't think I would have chosen this setup. It doesn't give me the rear view distance that I wanted (and the mounting system doesn't allow it to increase significantly) and the 'keep it clear of the ground and the dirt' advantage doesn't outweigh that. I had hoped that it would be able to see back across any trailer but that doesn't seem to be the case. Mounting it on the roof or on the hitch would be a more sensible option I think. YMMV.
eldel 08/11/20 01:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

I'm not sure it helped per-se - but it did illuminate my confusion :-) I think I'll just add it to the 'test this when time/space/attitude available' list and move on with life.
eldel 08/08/20 09:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Strange sticker on my 28A. Forgot to mention this earlier but the gear select has a 'better fuel economy in tow/haul mode' sticker on it. When I questioned this the sales guy said it uses less gas in that mode - that's why it auto-selects. Why would it use less gas by using more revs? I'm confused.
eldel 08/08/20 07:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

I think the 23A is on the e350 chassis isn't it? That being said - if that's the original towbar I would expect it to be higher rated than 2500 lbs.
eldel 08/05/20 05:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Thanks for that. I think the video especially confirms my fears. The 28A has the jackknife sofa right behind the passenger seat and you can see it's very difficult, even without that in the way, to turn the seat while sitting in it. The purpose for me doing this is to help my partially disabled wife get in and out of the seat. I think a somewhat more ambitious project is going to be needed - like remove the sofa, create new seat mounts further back. Gonna be interesting.
eldel 08/05/20 11:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

And the answer was (pretty much as expected) "we don't have any information it should cost less than $100 for you to get it done". Note that they don't regard it as part of their "refurbishment" or normal operations.
eldel 08/04/20 04:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

More information - I got the fluid analysis reports today. The lubrication reports (engine, transmission and generator) are OK but the coolant one is way out of line. So either it hasn't been changed in forever or I have an upcoming engine issue. I've asked CA to check their records to see if they have any information on when it was changed last. Let's see what they come back with.
eldel 08/04/20 02:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Couple of follow-up comments on my 28A. The CA installed awning was put on the wrong way around - which means if you can extend it against the ratchet you'll never get it to retract. The sales guy didn't demonstrate this as he "wasn't up to speed on them". If collecting from Denver and getting CA to install the awning I strongly recommend checking that the 'control' is at the front end of the awning. Another small point - I was told that the backup warning is "disabled during refurbishment" - and yet I see in here that previous buyers have a working one. Anyone know how to re-enable this? And ... a couple of questions. Has anyone installed a swivel seat base in the passenger side - with or without replacement seats? Is the installed charge controller for the tiny solar panel capable of dealing with a larger (100-200W) panel installed on the roof? I seriously doubt it but it's worth asking.
eldel 08/04/20 11:23am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

My 28A came home with me today. Now I'm looking at how to mount the (Haloview) rear view camera. I'm going to power it from the marker light but I'm unsure about the best way of fastening the mount to the body. 4 holes and self tapping screws? Epoxy? Other? Ideas gratefully received.
eldel 07/31/20 06:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

I just found out my 28A is due in Denver this weekend. Of course it has to get inspected and issues fixed but now that it's getting more 'real' I'm trying to come up with a list of possibly sensible upgrades. To be modified by experience once I actually use it of course. So far at the top of the list are rear view camera, TPMS (due to the dual rear wheels), Driver/Passenger seats, shocks and sway bar. I was wondering about leveling jacks. Has anyone added these as an aftermarket option? Is there an accepted opinion on whether or not it's a good idea? Thanks
eldel 07/23/20 09:35am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Wilderness camping and gun safety

As a multi-decade firearms instructor and competitive shooter my normal response to "what pistol should I buy for self defense" is "a shotgun". Using a handgun safely takes lots of practise, using it well takes a whole lot of consistent practise. To the extent that it's all muscle memory - when you're stressed the adrenaline kicks in, you get tunnel vision and your fine muscle control goes out the window. If you aren't prepared to spend 2-3 hours a month minimum working at it don't bother. There's a reason that cops generally use massive amounts of ammo in a shooting - they aren't bad guys or stupid - just horribly under trained due to financial constraints. I'd go with a lot of the other responses - a 20 gauge shotgun will not be questioned and will be adequate protection against almost anything that's a threat (grizzlies and bull moose excepted). It also needs a minuscule amount of training in comparison. Also - bear spray and a fire extinguisher.
eldel 07/16/20 09:21am Truck Campers
Another roadside assistance question

I was daydreaming about that 'post retirement' mega trip when an interesting thought occurred. How do you get roadside assistance when you're out of cell coverage? I can think of a dozen such places within 20 miles of where I live but we're in a sufficiently populated region that you wouldn't have to wait more than 30 minutes for another vehicle who would, hopefully, give you a lift. But .. how about the Dalton highway or the northernmost highways in Canada? I looked around and found (relatively) inexpensive text only Inmarsat devices that will work anywhere. Assuming you are actually on the earth's surface that is. I sent in a question to coach-net to see if they supported text only help requests and they just sent me the standard droid response "we have an app which will send your location". Yeah - when I specifically asked what would happen outside cell coverage. So - is this an issue worth worrying about and if so does anyone have any good ideas as to a solution. Thanks Derek
eldel 07/12/20 03:33pm General RVing Issues
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