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RE: Searching for extraterrestial life.......

People using the Drake equation are just playing games with numbers. You can use it to get an educated guess of how many earth-like planets there are but we have absolutely no way to guess the probability that life would form. Given enough time and the right environment, it's possible that it would be a near certainty or so wildly improbable as to be almost impossible. Science works from facts - we only know that it happened here.
Shearwater 06/28/16 08:57am Around the Campfire
RE: Rooftop AC for 144' Sprinter Conversion

Most RV's use either a Fantastic Fan or a Maxxair as a ceiling fan. Both can be set to turn on and off automatically with temperature. You only need one for a class B. It's a really bad idea to have a direct connection between the starting battery and the house battery. Accepted practice is to have an isolator that allows both to be charged by the alternator but prevents the starting battery from supplying electricity to the coach. If you accidentally deplete the house batter(ies) you can still start the van. Also deep cycle coach batteries and starting batteries are made very differently and do not play well together. There is a lot of info on van systems in the Sportsmobile website (www.sportsmobile.com) but you might have to dig around a while to find what you need. They will also do partial builds on your van if there are parts of the conversion that you are not comfortable with.
Shearwater 06/28/16 05:33am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Pros/cons of class B and P/U slide in?

The 2 posts above are pretty accurate but I want to expand on what they wrote. When we decided to get an RV more than 10 years ago I researched small Class C's, pickup campers, and Class B's. Pickup campers range from lightweight popups with minimal facilities to large models that approach the liveability of a B. A 1/2 ton PU can easily carry the popups and is your best bet for off-roading. The larger, more comfortable campers require at least a 1 ton truck and most require dual rear wheels. They are not so great for off-roading because of their height, width, and high center of gravity. Overall, truck campers are great for people who already have a pickup truck or need one for other purposes. I decided against a pickup camper because I didn't need a pickup and because I didn't like the cabover sleeping arrangement. I didn't see any small Class C's that had a floor plan that I liked. That, plus the generally poor construction quality of C's, nixed them for us. That led us to a class B.
Shearwater 06/27/16 06:38am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Rooftop AC for 144' Sprinter Conversion

90 amps times 12 volts equals 1080 watts at maximum. That's not nearly enough even if the alternator always put out max amperage. A few lead acid batteries will put out even less amperage. Advanced RV models have Lithium ion batteries rated at 400-800 amp-hours together with a second alternator that is dedicated to charging those batteries. That system or a substantial generator are the only ways that I know of to power an AC while underway.
Shearwater 06/26/16 06:52am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Rooftop AC for 144' Sprinter Conversion

If you are planning on devising an electrical setup you should look at these: Part 2 Part 2 Part 1 is referenced here. Sorry - double post
Shearwater 06/23/16 09:05am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Rooftop AC for 144' Sprinter Conversion

If you are planning on devising an electrical setup you should look at these: Part 2 Part 2 Part 1 is referenced here.
Shearwater 06/23/16 09:04am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Decrease step rise.

The cheapest and most obvious solution is to use a short step stool.
Shearwater 06/23/16 08:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Rooftop AC for 144' Sprinter Conversion

Why do you think you need a second A/C unit for when you are driving? I've never felt a need for a second A/C and most people who drive B's don't either. those that want it buy a generator to power it. More important to controlling climate is insulation - figure out a good way to get proper insulation and you won't need an A/C while driving.
Shearwater 06/22/16 02:03pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Rooftop AC for 144' Sprinter Conversion

A typical 15,000 BTU A/C unit requires 2400 watts (Camping World info). Camping World also suggests a generator of at least 3500 watts to run that A/C. Running that A/C with an inverter and alternator requires an inverter of at least 3000 watts and an alternator that ALWAYS puts out at least 200 amps even at idle. I don't think you can find a normal alternator that can generate that many amps. It might be possible if you can find a 5000 BTU A/C for an RV but that is not much cooling power. Before proceeding with this, I would strongly recommend doing a lot more research including checking out how engine RPM affects the power output of your alternator.
Shearwater 06/22/16 12:36pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Photoshop/Lightroom on Microsoft Surfacebook...thoughts

Whether it works with Photoshop depends on the operating system. If it is a standard Windows variant like 8.0 or 10 it should work although there may be other problems. You might want to look up B+H photovideo on the web and look at their product description. You can also call them and ask. It's quite likely that opinions from computer experts will be more likely correct than opinions from RV'rs.
Shearwater 06/10/16 10:12am Around the Campfire
RE: Mosquito Control

Consumer Reports periodically tests mosquito repellents. In the last article I read they rated products containing DEET or Picaridin over anything else including Skin-so-Soft. Native Americans used to cover themselves with bear grease as an effective bug repellent. Apparently insects will not land on or crawl over the greased areas. Unfortunately I don't know of any commercial products containing bear grease but perhaps applying enough Skin-so-Soft is a good imitation. Permethrin is one of the pyrethroid family of insecticides. It is marketed as a repellent but actually kills mosquitoes, ticks, etc.
Shearwater 06/09/16 08:03am General RVing Issues
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
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