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RE: Starting from scratch! Which model of van do you recommend?

Clinto wrote: Does anybody know if the Sprinter engine has port injection or direct injection? Direct injection for both the 5cyl, and V6. Diesel engines are not the same as gas. I have seen no reports of carbon build up for Sprinters on these forums and certainly not engine rebuilds every 20,000 miles. Our old Sprinter had 110,00 miles and was still running like new.
Shearwater 02/10/16 12:44pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: More RV Regulations

TechWriter - Thanks for providing the link to the actual government document. That really clarifies the situation.
Shearwater 02/10/16 09:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Class B Purchase Advice

If Sprinters were "a piece of junk" there would have been complaints all over this forum. I've been a member for 12 years and I've never seen anything to support that statement.
Shearwater 02/10/16 09:34am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Starting from scratch! Which model of van do you recommend?

The Sportsmobile location in Fresno specializes in 4-wheel drive vans for off-roading. For better info call Sportsmobile Texas and definitely look at the Sportsmobile website. It will tell you all the things that can be done and what they will cost. I find the new Sprinter seats to be very nice. Drawbacks are the limited number of Mercedes dealers the cost of Mercedes parts. On the other hand, the vans are quite reliable and scheduled service intervals are 14 -15,000 miles. Find out whether the vans you are considering come as passenger vans or work vans. The latter may have uninsulated bodies and will be like driving a tin can. A custom converter can put in windows, insulation, flooring, and AC (which will require 120V power, which is very common in campsites.)
Shearwater 02/05/16 08:35am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Starting from scratch! Which model of van do you recommend?

Check out the Sportsmobile website (www.sportsmobile.com). They will work on any of the brands you are interested in and specialize in custom installations - you design the van mostly using their modules and they will build anything ranging from a complete customized van to a van with just a few additions. there is also a wealth of B van info on their site. We just sold our Sportsmobile - after 10 years and 110,000 miles, everything is holding together extremely well. Regarding the make of the van body, I would stay away from the Promaster just because it is a Fiat. Sprinter models can have a longer body than the longest Promasters or Transits. The Nissans are quite short and have little interior space.
Shearwater 02/03/16 12:26pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Old Sprinter gone; long live the new Sprinter

rockhillmanor - Thanks for the info. Check new signature. Oh no signature didn't show up! Have to work on this. Fastpaddler - I don't know that much about Davydd's layout. We don't have the articulating beds but we do have a worthwhile pull out pantry between the fridge and the closet.
Shearwater 02/03/16 06:56am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
Old Sprinter gone; long live the new Sprinter

After 10 years and 110,000 miles we finally sold our beloved 2006 Sportsmobile Sprinter. It was sad to see it go but it is in good hands - we sold it to some long time friends. We have replaced it with another Sprinter from Advanced RV. The new one is so classy that we might have to start dressing for dinner - I'm not sure if I can get by with a coat and tie or whether I need a Tux. Now I have to figure out how to change my signature on this forum.
Shearwater 02/02/16 12:58pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: C8 H10 N4 O2 is......

Could be lots of chemicals.
Shearwater 01/30/16 02:44pm Around the Campfire
RE: PSD fikes

Sorry, I meant psd not png. What I wrote is correct for psd files.
Shearwater 01/28/16 08:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: PSD fikes

PNG is a universal photo format developed by Photoshop - it is widely used. Photoshop, Photoshop Elements (much cheaper) and Photoshop Lightroom will all convert png files to jpg's. If you have a Mac, Preview will do it. I suspect that a number of picture viewing programs or simple photo editing programs will also do it. If a program will open a png file it can then probably be saved as a jpg.
Shearwater 01/28/16 03:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pondering about moving to a one-story home.

Healthwise there are two fairly reasonable but opposing points of view: 2 Story - you might have to move because of limited mobility. 1 Story - climbing stairs helps retain mobility. I am not certain which is more relevant.
Shearwater 01/26/16 08:40am Around the Campfire
RE: Class B cookware

We use a large and small pot and large and small non-stick frying pans, all of reasonable quality. With that, we can fix anything that we like that doesn't require an oven. In a class B you really don't need to pare your food preparation tools to what you would use car camping or backpacking but that depends on your own tastes in food.
Shearwater 01/26/16 08:28am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Experience With Insurance Claims

It probably depends on the company. I was rear-ended at a stoplight about a year ago and the other parties insurer (Geico) called me to set up an appraisal and repair. Very different from your experience.
Shearwater 01/24/16 11:16am Around the Campfire
RE: Hoarding

There must be some kind of scientific law stating that empty storage spaces attract unnecessary stuff. We've had a class B for the last 10 years and found ways to fill all the nooks and crannies. I shudder to think about what we would do if we had a 40 foot class A.
Shearwater 01/24/16 07:42am General RVing Issues
RE: finding rv parks and rv resorts

The Good Sam campground guide has the most comprehensive list of campgrounds that I am aware of. It has almost all of the commercial RV parks plus State and National parks, BLM parks, National Forest campgrounds, etc. It also provides instructions on how to get to the campgrounds and a brief review of the facilities. You can also go online to RV Park Reviews. The list is not as comprehensive but there is much more detail including user reviews.
Shearwater 01/22/16 12:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Annuities

I hesitate to give you financial advice because I don't know your financial position. I also am not sure that an RV forum is the proper place to pose your questions. Nonetheless, here are my thoughts. For all the reasons listed by other responders, I don't think annuities are a good investment. DO NOT take advice from someone who gets his money from the companies that he represents - he will maximize his income rather than provide you with the best advice. Find an adviser that you pay to represent you. First get an independent evaluation of them through Angie's list, or Yelp or whatever else is out there that reviews those people. Contemplate mutual funds - Vanguard and Fidelity are the largest and probably the best. They have very low management fees and a wide variety of funds that run from very conservative to wildly speculative. I believe that they have representatives that will help you make choices. Note that your investments are not guaranteed with mutual funds. If you are very risk adverse, there are government bonds and CD's, but these have very low (if any) interest rates.
Shearwater 01/19/16 08:51am Around the Campfire
RE: 2006 Sprinter transmissions

Thanks for the suggestions.
Shearwater 01/17/16 03:16pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: " just saying"

People use the phrase to dissociate themselves from something offensive that they just said.
Shearwater 01/17/16 09:57am Around the Campfire
2006 Sprinter transmissions

I've recently noticed that my 2006 Sprinter (with 110,000 miles) seems to require much higher revs to start up from a stop. I have to admit that this might be just in my imagination, but I would appreciate comments from folks who have had this problem or who know more about Sprinter transmissions than I do.
Shearwater 01/15/16 08:15am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Picture posting thread...anyone into it?

Reply to artr1955: Teleconverters work well with high quality fixed lenses, not very well at all with zooms, especially cheaper zooms. At your stage, for wildlife photos, I would suggest using the equipment you have and learning how to sneak up on your subjects better. (Perhaps not a good idea with moose and bears etc.) I have taken lots of wildlife photos and I can tell you that it takes a lot of technical knowledge and skill with your equipment to get decent pictures. It also takes deep pockets and the desire to carry heavy equipment through the woods.
Shearwater 01/10/16 12:29pm Around the Campfire
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