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RE: Beartooth Pass & Going To the Sun...

The maximum vehicle length allowed on the GTTSR is 22 ft. The lanes are narrow and there are sharp rocks that stick out toward the road. We were OK with our 2006 Sprinter but it would be tricky in anything wider.
Shearwater 05/28/16 04:22pm Around the Campfire
RE: ? "Best" Coffee Maker?

The $300 Technivorm recommended by WTP-GC is Cook's Illustrated top rated model. Boniva makes the second highest rated coffee maker for about half the price. When we picked up our new class B it had one of the Boniva units. We thought we ought to try it out before we tossed it. Surprisingly, it made far better coffee than anything we had ever tried before so we wound up buying a second unit for home.
Shearwater 05/28/16 04:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Staining cedar.

Is your cedar northern white cedar or western red cedar (yellow-white or reddish)? Both are rot, insect, and decay resistant and don't require treatment. We have some property in Michigan with some cedar cabins that are about 100 years old. The wood does age to a brownish gray over time but is otherwise intact. The only problem we've are the cedar support posts which are set in wet soil and are slowly rotting away.
Shearwater 05/26/16 01:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: ? "Best" Coffee Maker?

At home we've gone from percolators to drip coffee makers with a try at a French press (cleaning was too messy). For a long time we used various brands of drip coffee makers using freshly ground beans at home and a tea kettle and Melitta filter on the road. We recently bought a slightly used class B which came with a Boniva drip coffee-maker. We decided to give it a try before throwing it away. Wow - the best drip coffee we had tasted. We now have two, one for the van and one for at home.
Shearwater 05/26/16 01:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Travasak/RV Superbag opinions?

rhagfo and 2gypsies The difference between Travasaks or Superbabes and regular sleeping bags is that the former have top and bottom sheets velcroed to the bag. The sheets can be removed and washed.
Shearwater 05/15/16 12:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Travasak/RV Superbag opinions?

The Travasak worked great for us - easy to set up and stow away. Sleeping bag doubles are easier to use than singles because you don't get tangled up in it.
Shearwater 05/13/16 05:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Shaping up to be a BAD forest fire season on the west coast

Deb and Ed - Thanks for the link. That is really valuable.
Shearwater 05/07/16 06:29am Around the Campfire
RE: Sprinter Repair

Traveling PA - Our 2014 Sprinter (6 cyl) only has about 15,000 miles on it and hasn't needed anything more than routine service at the local Mercedes dealership. However, I was less than impressed with the service department there - the Dodge dealership that worked on our old van was far more professional and far less expensive than the Mercedes people. Among several other strange things, they didn't want to top up the DEF fluid, which is about as difficult as adding windshield washer fluid. They would do it but they would have charged me $130!
Shearwater 05/06/16 07:45am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Sprinter Repair

CT51 - Your experience with Sprinters does not match mine. Our 2006 had 2 problems over 110,000 miles - the turbo resonator and a failed EGR valve which was replaced under warranty. Incidentally, the turbo resonator was a Dodge add-on, not a Mercedes part.
Shearwater 05/06/16 07:35am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Sprinter Repair

test post My posts to this topic have not been going through so I tried a test. It posted but the next post gave me a "page reloading - try again later" message.
Shearwater 05/02/16 09:48am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Forum problems

Why did this post work while the others did not?
Shearwater 04/30/16 09:31pm Forum Technical Support
RE: Forum problems

All the forums open normally and I have no problems reading the individual posts, but my replies run into "busy" answers.
Shearwater 04/30/16 09:31pm Forum Technical Support
RE: Sprinter Repair

The OP asked about servicing the newest Sprinter engines. For service under warranty you are stuck with Mercedes and (probably) Freightliner dealers. A search of the internet should give you a list of dealers in the US. When Sprinters were sold by Dodge, there was a phone number to call for emergency service on the road and they would arrange to tow the vehicle to the nearest facility. Check with Mercedes to see how they will handle breakdowns. The only limp-home situation we encountered with our 2006 model was a failure of the turbo resonator. I had purchased the Riordan aluminum aftermarket replacement as insurance and that was the last turbo resonator problem that we had.
Shearwater 04/30/16 04:17pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Large rodent attack leaves me stranded.

My first guess would be some kind of rodent but I don't recognize any rodent from you description. The largest squirrels are Fox Squirrels but they are not nearly the size of a possum. Groundhogs (woodchucks) are the right size but don't really resemble your description either. Packrats are much smaller than possums and none of them reside in Michigan.
Shearwater 04/25/16 09:20am General RVing Issues
RE: hard water

So I'm looking for a water softener which supposedly removes the ability of the minerals to stick to everything...not that it removes the minerals, if that were possible a filter would do it. Hard water contains calcium carbonate which is not very soluble in water. That's why it forms scale in your water system. You could, in theory, add a chemical like phosphate or citric acid that binds to and solubilizes the calcium. That's how most laundry detergents deal with hard water. No one uses that method for a water supply because both chemicals promote the growth of microorganisms. I see they sell electronic hard water treatment that state they will over time get rid of existing lime build-up sounds interesting. Any one try that method? This is a ripoff - there is no "magic" way to soften water. The only practical way to soften water is to remove the calcium using an ion exchange resin that replaces calcium with sodium - that is how home water softeners work. I have seen ads for inline water softeners for RV's that use that principle. They can be much smaller than a home water softener because they don't have to deal with the large volumes of water used in a home. Eventually these will be exhausted and need to be replaced or recharged the same way home water softeners are.
Shearwater 04/12/16 06:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Medicare Plans Any shine more than others?

I'm sorry to say this but you are entering a morass - there are Medicare supplement plans and Medicare advantage plans and they are all different with respect to which doctors are on their lists and what services are provided, particularly if you travel out of state. Note that the list of accepted doctors can change. First check with your doctor(s)which plans they are allowed to use and ask for recommendations. Get plan information from the various insurance companies to see what they cover, particularly in terms of out of state and out of system coverage. Medicare supplement plans are available when you first sign up for Medicare. If you do not select a supplement plan when it is first available, you may not be able to switch to one later if you have certain medical problems.
Shearwater 04/11/16 09:44am Around the Campfire
RE: hard water

Not all water filters do the same things. Water softeners do remove calcium, activated charcoal filters remove chlorine and some bad tastes, and plain filters remove particulates. None of them remove bacteria or viruses. Check the labels. The Camco filter mentioned does not soften water - it has a very coarse (100 micron) filter and activated charcoal only. The video suggests that it provides "safe" water. Water from that filter is "safe" only if it gets water from a safe source.
Shearwater 04/11/16 09:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Antifreeze coolant-Ethylene vs Propylene

I agree that the best option is what the manufacturer recommends. However, ethylene glycol must be disposed of properly - it tastes sweet and is highly toxic to wild animals, pets, and maybe even kids.
Shearwater 04/11/16 09:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Fire Extinguishers

How is jostling different from pounding? I would think they would have the same effect.
Shearwater 04/07/16 10:38am General RVing Issues
RE: house batteries

The 6 volt golf cart batteries are easily the best bang for the buck for deep cycles. There are a lot of them made and sold to buyers that are very conscious of price and reliability. Price aside, AGM's are better than flooded in almost all respects. They have less internal resistance and can be charged and discharged at higher amps without overheating. They withstand abuse better, are maintenance-free, and do not leak explosive hydrogen gas.
Shearwater 04/05/16 07:05am General RVing Issues
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