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RE: Van used to tow

The tow weight of a Roadtrek 190 is 8200 pounds and the hitch weight is 1000 pounds. This is a 6.0 3500 Chevy van. The tow weight is short of your 9000 to 10000 requirements. I don't think you will find a B with more capacity than this.
1775 04/23/14 11:13pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Can You drain coach batteries while driving?

From one B owner to another new B owner - forget about your wife being in the back while you are driving. She is going to find out very quickly back there that she will be tossed around and on the floor in no time once you start rolling. Have her sit in the passenger seat in the front and belt herself in. A van RV is not like driving an A or even a large C. Things shake and rattle as you roll. It really is not safe to be moving around the van while driving. If you have a passenger seat in the back and she wants to sit there - belted in that is fine too. But sit, not stand or walk. And if she is sitting what could she possibly be doing that will drain electricity from the battery? As to draining the battery, I am not sure how your Pleasureway is wired but in my Roadtrek I have my battery switch on while traveling all of the time. I run my fridge on battery while driving and have not had any problems. I do have a Inverter/converter/charger that keeps the coach batteries charging while driving. I can also run my generator while driving if there was a reason to have some heavy electric load running while driving. Some run their coach A/C to cool off the back on very hot days and some have plugged in a crockpot - put into the sink to keep it in one place - to cook dinner while on the road. Depending on how the Pleasureway is wired and what electric system equipment it has you should be able to do the same.
1775 04/22/14 10:08pm Beginning RVing
RE: Nickerson beach campground - Lido beach (LI, NY)

I have not stayed there but live not far from this campground and have seen it. It is pretty much a parking lot adjacent to the beach with hookups. This is a county run campground and there are residents and non-residents rates. If you are coming in May it won't be beach weather yet so you should have no problem getting a site. Make a reservation just in case. It is not bad and with your tow vehicle you can easily get around to get to where you are working. As was said, you cannot access this with a trailer on the south shore parkways (or ANY parkway in NYS). Expressways are OK. Parkways are not. Travel with the trucks and you will be fine.
1775 04/22/14 09:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: conversion of camper vans to 4 wheel

Off-roading in a Class B takes a big risk in ripping out what hangs down from the chassis related to the conversion. My B ranges from 7" to 9" depending on the location under the van of ground clearance. I have to watch going over large bumps on a regular road or going down steeper than usual driveways that I not hit bottom. While there are companies that will do aftermarket 4WD conversions - Roadtrek used to offer this as an option but stopped - there has to be good clearance under the van to go into sand where your wheels might dig you down (especially considering the added weight of the van after conversion) or into mud, deep snow, and certainly over rocks. If you rip off your tanks, your generator, or your plumbing you are in for big expensive repairs.
1775 04/22/14 04:06pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Spinning "wheels" on Firefox tabs?

Those spinning wheels are the pages loading in the tabs - normal for Firefox.
1775 04/21/14 10:46pm Technology Corner
RE: Travasaks on sale at CW.

We use two sets of twin sheets to make the king bed in our Roadtrek. We make the bed and leave it made up for the trip. It is a bit of a circus act to get the bed made and the sheets tucked around all corners, but it can be done. We do not have the power sofa bed so all we are dealing with are assorted cushions put together to make up the mattress. The power sofa bed is harder to make with sheets and that is where the sheet sacks are good to use - though since so many with the sofa bed put a gel foam mattress pad on top, regular sheets could be put on that pad.
1775 04/21/14 10:44pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Communicator Recommendation?

Such complicated responses. We use a pair of Motorola Walkie-Talkies. They cost about $50 to $75 for the pair, use either AAA batteries or rechargeable - most I have seen recently come with a charger and rechargeable batteries. Have no problem transmitting loud and clear the distance between the spotter and the driver (windows closed). That really is all that you need. You hear her, she hears you, and you ask where the heck she is directing you. What could be simpler for so little an investment.
1775 04/20/14 10:02pm Technology Corner
RE: Sales Pitch and Legitimate Give-A-Way, But There's a Catch!

Some of these presentation pitches can become very uncomfortable and difficult to get up and walk out of. Don't bother going. There is nothing to gain. Any gift or prize will not be worth getting. Belonging to some of the campground chains email lists will get you free nights also but they are usually at a time when no one is interested in traveling. No one gives away something for nothing if the something is worth having.
1775 04/20/14 12:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Playing Android via trailer Jensen radio?

Go to the Google Play store and download a different music app. There are many much better ones than the stock Android app that comes with your phone. Some have different codecs installed, some have better filters, and some have a broader range of settings. Try out several- download, install, and delete if they are not better, but I am pretty sure you will find one that produces better sound when your Android is connected to your radio. ALSO - for about $35 you can get a dedicated MP3 player - like the ScanDisk Sansa that takes micro SD cards for an unlimited quantity of music files and the sound is great through an AUX connector on a radio. WIth one of those you save your phone battery for calls and play your music with a player made just for music.
1775 04/19/14 11:54pm Technology Corner
RE: The GPS Got Me

When it comes to campgrounds never trust the GPS. Some campgrounds will tell you on their websites not to follow GPS directions to get to them. I always check on Google maps first for the location of the campground and then compare that to the route the GPS will take and the GPS often does what the OP's GPS did - bring you to the back or side of the campground where no real road exists - if it brings you near the campground at all.
1775 04/19/14 11:46pm Technology Corner
RE: Class B Van Windows

Roadtrek offers a window screen option. Open one window - even just a crack and turn on the roof Fantastic Fan to exhaust and the air flows through the inside of the B. There is really no ventilation problem at all. The Fantastic Fan is very powerful and has great air draw.
1775 04/18/14 11:04pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: New life for old XP

I am not sure how whoever wrote the article about running XP on Win 8 with XP Mode is figuring on getting XP into the system to run with XP mode - unless one has a full install XP disk. The editions of Win 7 that came with XP Mode included XP Sp3 on the Win 7 install. What MS was providing for download activated the install and installed the Virtual Machine. There are several free Virtual Machines and all will run XP and most should run on Win 8. But why go for Win 8 just to run XP. Run it just like you always have. Run a good firewall and antivirus/malware software along with it and you will be just fine. We have several laptops and one desktop running XP and one Desktop running XP mode on Win 7 for software that does not run on 7 - and there are no updates to that software and it is required for business. All are connected to the internet. Not a problem.
1775 04/15/14 10:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Northeast

Early September in the Northeast you should be OK as far as weather but unfortunately in the last two years the weather here (and elsewhere) is anyone's guess. We are still waiting for Spring to start and there is supposed to be snow sometime tonight. So if you asked how is April in the Northeast what most would tell you does not apply this year.
1775 04/15/14 10:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What do you use as a Toolbox in your camper?

I was using a tool box and found that it too up just too much of the limited storage space that I have. I got zippered heavy pouches and split the tools into three of these. They are now tucked in between other things that I carry and take up very little space. I also got rid of the large tools that I had not used once in three years.
1775 04/15/14 05:54pm Beginning RVing
RE: Size matters

I have had the same experience as the OP. Small RV gets the worst of the sites. If I need to level I don't have a button to push or a crank to turn to level the RV. I have to try to balance on lego blocks hoping that I have enough and can make the right combination. But the big rigs with the auto-levelers are in the level sites and I am on the slope. Then there is the,"Here is your site, don't mind those two boulders you have to back through, you'll fit." At one campground last year - that I spoke to about making the same dates each year an annual thing, put me in a site and the next day when I came back to my site after a part day's outing, we found a large trailer in our site, assigned there by the campground. (My Class B goes with me when we go out for the day.) When I went to the office I was told a bunch of c..p and then put in the worst part of the campground in a site that I barely fit in with an electric box hanging off the post. That was the end of them. Do they care. I guess not, but corporate cared when I complained to the chain. I won't go back regardless. This happens a lot if you have a small RV - and I do get charged and pay the same rate as everyone else for a site with the same facilities regardless of the size of the RV.
1775 04/11/14 11:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: need info for campgrounds for ny

Go to this link http://www.epgsoft.com/CampgroundMap/ Put in Albany and then zoom out. You will see a lot of campgrounds all to the east and west of Albany at some distance. Some are our of NYS. There is nothing at all shown near Albany.
1775 04/11/14 11:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Before everyone loved Windows XP, they hated it

Before XP I had a desktop that ran Windows Millennium (ME)- that was a one year flash in the pan for MS. XP was a big advance up from ME.
1775 04/11/14 10:50pm Technology Corner
RE: Should I change transmission and transaxle oil?

For the generator oil - go to the Onan website and download the manual. Onan recommends different grades of oil depending upon where the generator will be run most often. There is a chart and directions to do a oil change in the manual for the 2800 gas Onan.
1775 04/11/14 10:42pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: valet parking

Would you really want to hand the keys of your B with all of your belongings in it to a kid who barely has his license to squeeze your B into a small parking space in a crowded lot? I wouldn't. Find a safe park it yourself lot and walk to the conference or party.
1775 04/10/14 10:48pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Help a newbie choose

Thank you. I have been watching Craigslist, RVtrader and Ebay. I'll look at Sunshine States. I had meant to ask about other reputable and worthwhile listings. There are dozens of RV listing sites, but, most look old, incompetent, or like scams, etc. So far, I think all of the Road Treks and Pleasure Ways I've seen in photos had either a sofa(bed) cross wise near the back, or had a night stand fixture between twin beds. Speaking of Road Treks, how do the showers in some of them work? A floor plan drawing I saw made it look like a temporary setup, in the aisle. We have a 2006 with the sofa bed. If that were reconfigured or removed (we have thought about it) you could slide a kayak in no problem. In fact, you can just put it in right over the sofa. Our bath is behind the drivers seat and would not be in the way. In fact, most Road Treks, Airstreams, Pleasure Ways and Leisure Travels have baths that will not be in you're way. Check out the numerous pictures you will find on sites like RVtrader and Sunshine State RVs. The shower in Roadtreks are either an aisle shower or a compartment shower/toilet with a door. You will find the aisle shower in older Roadtreks and many newer Roadtreks - depending on the model the compartment bathroom is an option or standard. The aisle shower and toilet are in a large closet. The toilet sits in the base of the closet with plenty of room to sit down on it or stand in front of it. Above the toilet is a shower head with hose and curtain arrangement that loops around into the aisle. There is a plate in the floor in the aisle that covers a drain. The shower curtain completely closes off the area around it and the floor is made so that all of the water will move to the trough and drain. A quick squeegee and wipe with a microtowel and it is dry. With the compartment or "permanent" bath you have a typical RV bathroom on a smaller scale with one room toilet that includes a sink and space to stand to shower. This cuts down on storage that is in the Roadtreks with the aisle shower. As to a 14 foot kayak inside a Roadtrek - not going to happen. The non-power bed Roadtreks do have an aisle that goes all the way to the back up to a platform in front of the cargo doors. Even if you could get it in over the platform and down into the aisle, you will no longer have access to the kitchen or either style bathroom or any way to walk from front to back. Roadtrek owners do carry kayaks - there are special racks that fit on the side of the roof to carry the kayak outside. Space is extremely limited inside any B. You could carry something from point x to point y but don't plan on using the interior for its intended purpose without removing what you are carrying. You would likely do better with a larger RV class or a toy hauler trailer with space for large "toys" in the rear and living up front.
1775 04/10/14 10:42pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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