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RE: Residential Fridge versus three-way in a Class B or C

Well if you’re running an A/C you’ve got the generator running anyway, so that is not relevant to the question. But the other info is good. What I was really looking for was not a math lesson, but for anybody running a residential fridge in a smaller motorhome and how it’s working for them.
msmith1199 05/25/20 05:22pm Class C Motorhomes
Residential Fridge versus three-way in a Class B or C

I’m looking at getting a Class B+ motorhome and one of the options is a residential electric fridge versus a regular RV propane/Electric one. I’d much rather have a regular residential fridge simply because of fewer parts and way cheaper to repair or replace when that time comes. Cost me $1500 just to replace the cooling unit on my current DP. So the question, the Class B+ comes with two 12 volt house batteries and a 1000 watt inverter. I’ll also get a solar panel and controller on it. I do plan on boondock it quite a bit in the back country in Nevada. Should I have any power issues? If I run the generator a couple of hours a day plus having the solar will that keep the batteries charged? I’ve heard the new residential fridges use very little power, but I’ve only heard of them being installed in bigger Class A’s with lots more battery power.
msmith1199 05/24/20 01:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Nexus Viper Class B+

These weren’t spider cracks, the entire piece was completely broken all the way through. I have photos but I don’t remember how to post them on here. I mostly quit using this forum back when they got so heavy handed with the censoring.
msmith1199 05/22/20 11:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Nexus Viper Class B+

I wasn’t concerned with the leaks as much as I was on what caused the damage. I’m not looking to buy that one anyway. Not sure how it could have got damaged in three different parts of the back end, without it showing some time of impact point. I told the guy I wouldn’t be worried at all if it was obvious collision damage, but that wasn’t so obvious.
msmith1199 05/15/20 03:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Nexus Viper Class B+

The actual measurements of the 27 foot Nexus Viper is actually 28.5 feet. Like yourself, I have read some serious negative reviews on the Nexus line. Just down the street from the Nexus factory is the Phoenix Cruiser factory. PCs are scaled-down by design to make them more friendly to drive and maneuver. CLICK HERE to watch a You Tube video that compares a Phoenix Cruiser to a similar floor plan of what they refer to as Brand-X. I recognize Brand-X as a Nexus Viper. A lot is nit-picky trivial stuff, but there are some serious matters too. Drove all the way to Salt Lake City and spent the night to look at some Nexus Vipers this morning. They don’t have what I want in stock so if I get one I’ll have to order it, but I wanted to see them in person. I really like them. Lots of really nice storage, a full size queen bed that you can still use with the slide closed, and a decent size bathroom and shower for the size of the motorhome. They seem to be well built but I was looking at one they had in stock and at first noticed the seams around some of the fiberglass parts around the rear bumper had pulled apart. Upon looking further I found the top rear fiberglass cross member completely cracked through and the same on a side cross member. The sales guy seemed pretty honest and he didn’t know what happened to it. That did concern me a little because I could no see any direct impact marks, but it did look like it could have been collision damage. But it was odd that one crack was on the very top, one was on the right side, and the other was lower left around the bumper. I’m not sure what somebody would have run into that did all that, and yet didn’t leave an obvious mark that it hit something. That does worry me a little because it’s also possible it just broke in all those places when the driver hit a bump or something.
msmith1199 05/14/20 08:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Nexus Viper Class B+

I don’t seem to have a problem understanding what they mean by Class B+.
msmith1199 05/14/20 08:17pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Nexus Viper Class B+

B+ = Unicorn, Leprechaun, Fairies, honest politician. They don't exist. If it's a coach on a cab chassis, it's a class C, or a Super c. You need to complain to the owners of RV.NET because they have a B+ category.
msmith1199 05/13/20 10:04pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Nexus Viper Class B+

The actual measurements of the 27 foot Nexus Viper is actually 28.5 feet. Like yourself, I have read some serious negative reviews on the Nexus line. Just down the street from the Nexus factory is the Phoenix Cruiser factory. PCs are scaled-down by design to make them more friendly to drive and maneuver. CLICK HERE to watch a You Tube video that compares a Phoenix Cruiser to a similar floor plan of what they refer to as Brand-X. I recognize Brand-X as a Nexus Viper. A lot is nit-picky trivial stuff, but there are some serious matters too. Only problem with the Phoenix’ Cruiser is the price. Yeah, I understand you get what your pay for, but they want almost a much a DP for that. Also they only do factory direct sales don’t they?
msmith1199 05/13/20 10:02pm Class C Motorhomes
Nexus Viper Class B+

Okay, I’ve gone back and forth and now I’m back to looking at a Class B+ on a Ford E-450 Chassis with the Ford V-10. I looked at the sprinter based motorhomes and determined that since I still want the option of bringing the Ford Ranger toad along that the Sprinter chassis just won’t do it since I’d be over the GCVWR. Now I’m looking at the Nexus Viper 27 foot model with the Ford V-10. Looks like it is well built and has everything I was looking for. But, it’s a small company with only 30 employees so they don’t turn out a huge number of motorhomes. I found one RV site that had a few reviews on the RV and most were negative. Now I am an experienced RVer and this will be my third motorhome, so I know it’s routine that people generally only write reviews when they aren’t happy. Anybody on here have any experience with the Nexus Viper motorhomes and have any feedback? Good, bad, or ugly? Although fuel mileage is not a huge issue for me, I’m seeing people all over the place on the MPG of the current V-10 engines. My first motorhome was a Rexhall Airbus 32 foot class A with the V-10 and I’d get 10 with the Jeep toad and 12 without it. I would be very happy if this smaller motorhome got 12. My Rexhall was almost 20 years ago. Any experience with MPG on with the V-10 engine on smaller motorhomes like this?
msmith1199 05/12/20 04:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Question on Sprinter based motorhomes

We find the over cab bunk works great for storage. The advantage of having it block the sun while driving is seldom mentioned but certainly easier on the eyes. It probably does rob some fuel efficiency, but then that wasn’t the reason for buying a class c. I’m doing 7 mpg in my Diesel Pusher now, so yeah, I’m not all that concerned with fuel mileage as anything will be better than 7. My main reason for looking at these smaller motorhomes is so I can head out on cross-country trips and not be 55 feet long and 8.5 feet wide like I am now and can actually use the motorhome for sightseeing and getting into cities and parking in places I can’t access now.
msmith1199 04/29/20 11:00am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Question on Sprinter based motorhomes

Holy cow guys, I said over sized items like chairs and golf clubs. I’m not going to be carrying bags of concrete in the overhead bunk.
msmith1199 04/28/20 07:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Question on Sprinter based motorhomes

Once again, what type of Winnebago motorhome were you looking at? Besides the Era/Boldt/Revel class Bs, which could easily pull your Ranger, there are only the View/Navion, and Vita/Porto class C models built on 3500 Sprinter cab chassis. I am looking at the Vita and Porto models right now mainly because of the larger over the cab bed. Not that I’ll use it as a bed, but it makes for a great storage area since the outside is limited, especially for over sized items like chairs and golf clubs.
msmith1199 04/28/20 10:41am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Question on Sprinter based motorhomes

It does look like Forest River has a diesel generator option on their Sprinter based motorhomes. I’ll have to give them a look but no dealer for them in Norther Nevada. Means I have to go to California! Yuck.
msmith1199 04/24/20 10:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Question on Sprinter based motorhomes

Yes, I’d much rather have the diesel generator, but I don’t think it’s available in the motorhome I’m looking at. I haven’t looked at all the Sprinter based motorhomes but the ones I have looked at only show the propane. I would suspect diesel generators are heavier and larger and also the Sprinter has a limited size fuel tank. That may be why they don’t seem to use them.
msmith1199 04/24/20 09:32pm Class C Motorhomes
Question on Sprinter based motorhomes

Two questions, first I’m considering one of the Winnebago motorhomes on the Mercedes Sprinter Chassis. I currently have a 35 foot DP but I want to go smaller for ease of use and driving back and forth cross country. On long trips I don’t plan on taking the toad. But I do want to have the option of bringing it. The toad is a 2019 Ford Ranger. Because of the aluminum body parts it weighs about the same as a four door Jeep Wrangler. I think about 4600 pounds with fuel. The GCVWR on the Sprinter motorhomes seems to leave about 4000 to 4500 pounds for a toad. So it will be close. I have seen quite a few of the Spinters towing Wranglers. If you’re doing that, how well does it tow that much weight? Second question, the Sprinter comes with a propane generator. The specs show about a 50 pound propane tank. Anybody know how many pounds of propane the 3500 watt generator uses with a load?
msmith1199 04/24/20 06:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Compact Class C

I found my mistake. Apparently most manufacturers call what I’m looking for a Class B+. So once I entered that term in Google all kinds popped up. So problem solved.
msmith1199 02/26/20 09:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Compact Class C

You're not going to find any Compact Cs, on the 2020 E450 Superduty chassis. Were you to find one, it'd be above the $130K price point new. A specialty off road type C. I guess I don't quite understand what you mean above. This Coach House Platinum 220 is a 23 foot pretty compact Class C (well maybe it's a Class C - there's no overhead cab bed area) ... and from everything I read on their website they only build this model line of theirs on the E450 Super Duty chassis. So wouldn't a 2020 Ford E450 Super Duty chassis be used under this RV if you ordered one this year? https://www.coachhouserv.com/models/platinum/platinum-220/#dimensions What you posted is exactly what I’m looking for. This particular model is on the expensive side, but it looks very well built. I’m collecting a list of all these I can find then I’ll figure out which is best for what I want to do. Thanks for the help. If you know of any other manufacturers who make these please post the links. The big guys like Winnebago don’t seem to make them anymore.
msmith1199 02/11/20 05:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Compact Class C

^ It appears the OP's concern is with the MB GCWR and not the hitch capacity. GaryBut that's juxt opposed to the OP's requirements for a small Class C. So, that's not it. The 3500 Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis doesn't come any smaller than 3500 for a Class C cutaway. Sounds like he wants a Class B van. However, there's not one small E450 in a Class B. He's describing an E150, or E250, which again, is the basic van he's wanting. Nope not what I’m looking for at all. People have already posted links to exactly what I’m looking for and they are available on the 450 Chassis and with the V-10. And if you do the actual math on the Sprinter Chassis motorhomes (not the vans) 5000 pound towed puts you over the GCVWR.
msmith1199 02/11/20 05:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Compact Class C

Here’s what I’m looking for. I know they exist because I’ve seen them, but I can’t seem to find any manufacturer making them new. And I’d like a new one. I’ve got a 15 year old Class A DP that I’ve had since new. Yeah it’s got plenty of space and is great when parked, but we don’t stay in one place a long time. What I’m looking for is a compact Class C motorhome similar to the ones you see on the Sprinter chassis, but not on the Sprinter Chassis. I want the capability of going on long cross country trips without a toad but I also want to be able to go on local trips and bring the Ford Ranger toad. The Sprinter Chassis just doesn’t have enough towing capacity that I feel comfortable towing the Ranger with it. So what I’m looking for is a Class C Compact, on a Ford F-450 or similar chassis with the V-10 gas engine (or GM equivalent. I want something in the 24 to 26 foot range with the narrow body. And I’ve seen them on the road, but I can’t find anybody making a new one. Seems like everything is on a Sprinter chassis or one of the Transit van chassis and they have the small chassis and only a few thousand pound towing capacity. Anybody have any idea which manufacture is making these new? If you can work out the money part, based on the Ford E450 chassis here's what you want (but note that it's not a "true Class C" because it doesn't have an overhead cab bed): https://www.coachhouserv.com/models/platinum/ Yes, that’s a good choice too. I’ll look into these.
msmith1199 02/09/20 02:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Compact Class C

Many Sprinter mohos can tow 5,000 lbs. They have 5000 pound hitches but if you do the math on the GCVWR the ones I’ve looked at are good for 3500 pounds. They can’t even tow a Wrangler and stay under the limit. Now I’ve seen people towing the Wrangler with them, but my first choice is staying with the vehicle rating limits.
msmith1199 02/09/20 02:26pm Class C Motorhomes
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