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RE: Best MPG

You can have a minivan (Grand Caravan and Sienna are most popular) converted to a small camper or motorhome of sorts. It will get roughly the same MPG as driving fully loaded before conversion, if you don't have a cap added for headroom. If you put on a cap, MPG will decrease in proportion to the increase in height. Van conversions on diesel full-size vans might do as well as a minivan, and have more room. The cost is up front, rather than pay-as-you-go for fuel. E.G. $22,000 MSRP for Ram C/V Tradesman (the bare version of the Caravan) vs. $37,000 for a high roof 159" Ram Promaster with the diesel (for MPG) vs. $42,000 for 170" high-roof Sprinter van. A Chevy Express 2500 extended used for most conversions is a little over $32,000 MSRP with small V8 or $44,000 with diesel. You can buy a lot of fuel over quite a few years for the extra $15,000 to $22,000 to get into the larger van with a diesel engine. The other thing that happens, expensive platforms like the Sprinter will get more expensive motorhome conversions. Right now, the least expensive van conversions are being done on the Ram Promaster with the gas engine drivetrain borrowed from the Grand Caravan.
tatest 03/30/15 11:38pm Beginning RVing
RE: Motorhome weights

It is not useful to put an empty weight in a brochure or on a website because the weight of a RV might vary several hundred pounds or more with options. Most motorhome manufacturers have quit trying because buyers would expect a brochure weight and find the delivered weight with options installed to be quite different. That's also why a salesman can't tell you. For any particular unit, a salesman can go out to the unit and read the weight from the tag. That will be weight as it left the factory with all factory installed equipment. Some TT manufacturers still put an empty weight in the brochure as a sales tool, but the figure is almost always misleading, because it is often a weight with no optional equipment, not even including the weight of mandatory "option" packages installed on every unit going out to dealers.
tatest 03/30/15 12:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Retired, want roomy "portable apartment" for two only

I don't understand the difficulty. Most fifth wheel trailers, at least half of the travel trailer offerings, and most Class A motorhomes, especially the larger ones, are configured like this. If they sleep more than two people, it is by converting living area furniture to beds. Class C motorhomes are the only type that typically have two sleeping areas, but the subset called B+ does not, and may not even have one dedicated bedroom. Families seeking separate bedrooms or sleeping areas for children have more difficulty finding something suitable. There are a few manufacturers, like New Horizons for towables, or Newell for motorhomes, who will build the layout of your design. In the first case, starting at about 30 feet, but at Newell, all the coaches are now 45 feet long.
tatest 03/30/15 12:22am General RVing Issues
RE: how to decide on buying a trailer - the dream vs reality

Occasional use RV financials are almost always ugly, if you look at the whole picture. Even at ten years, the fixed costs (insurance, storage, depreciation) run about $2000 a year. I've quit considering time value of money, since most of my returns are now under 2%. If I go out five weekends a year, 10 nights camping, my fixed costs are $200 a night. A rental would be cheaper. If I can take a couple long trips and push it to 40 nights, it is still $50 a night. That's not cost of making the trip, just cost of ownership. You have to base it on value of the lifestyle to you. Otherwise you could be way ahead paying $200 a night for resort accomodations. Which I must do anyway when I go to places where I can't take the RV, like Honolulu or Rome. Full timing, it is another picture. Cost of owning and keeping up a RV big enough to live in aren't much different from costs of having a home about five times the size (depending on location). Extra costs are related to moving around. Camping? RV is an expensive way of camping, or for me, an expensive way to avoid camping. The tent I bought 40 years ago for $50 is as good as it ever was. Total package, coolers, lanterns, stove, cookware didn't come to more than $200; we already had the sleeping bags from 20 tears earlier. Let's say $2000 worth of camping gear in today's dollars, because back then my salary was only $400 a month. But that is camping, not RVing, a different experience. It just costs a whole lot more for us to drag a house out to the campground so that we don't actually have to camp. I do it because I can afford it, but I'm still looking for ways to scale back the costs. If RVing is something you really want to do, you need to understand the costs, fixed costs distributed over the actual use, so that you can decide if it is something you want to do. I've never found RVing to be a money saving solution, compared to lodging and travel alternatives, but it is a funthing to do.
tatest 03/29/15 02:33am Beginning RVing
RE: Still haven't found the water pump

What you are hearing is most likely not the pump. The pump itself is pretty quite. The noise usally comes from a flexible water line vibrating against a sounding board (wall panel, flooring, cabinet) as the water passes through it. Few manufacturers go through the extra expense of mounting and isolating water lines to keep them from vibrating agaist anything. Coachmen Express is bargain basement, water lines will be laying against whatever was there when they were pulled trough.
tatest 03/29/15 02:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is a former rental motorhome with 150K miles a good buy?

I don't know whether that is a fair price. CruiseAmerica tends to be pretty market aware and prices to sell, but that mileage is an unusual market segment. Too much mileage? Depends on how you will use it. If the idea is to drive out to the campground, 50 miles every weekend (the way I'm using mine, only it is 15 miles andabout 8 times a year) then a 150,000 mile chassis is not too worn out, maybe 10-20 years worthof short trips left in it. If your plan is to start touring the country full time, or even a 3000 to 5000 mile trip once a year, I would recommend looking for lower mileage. In the first instance because younare looking at only one or two years worth of costant use, the second because you likely want more reliability for an annual long trip than you get with high mileage, unless very carefully maintained, which doesn't happen with once a year use. Yes, there are Ford E-series vans and box trucks in regular use with 200,000 to 300,000 miles, but that is regular use and regular maintenance, repairing all the little problems as they come up. RVs tend not to be used that way. There is another side to this. Most of my maintenance costs have to do with things that deteriorate in storage: rubber like tires, belts, hoses, seals in engine, transmission and other running gear, and metal corroding, as in brake calipers and pistons. A 150,000 mile unit in constant rental service, this stuff gets taken care of as it happens.
tatest 03/29/15 02:00am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Worlds Fist Camper ?

1885? Asian migrant workers had horse-drawn wagons for living at least a thousand years before that, probably before domesticated horses reached Europe. Or is what makes it special is that it was for leisure use by the wealthy, rather than a permanent home for someone on the move?
tatest 03/27/15 10:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to get a driver license in FL

This is discussed frequently in the full-timer's forum here. Basically, to establish domicile you must have a permanent address by Florida's standards, even though you don't actually live at the location. Florida, Texas, and South Dakota make this easier than most other states, thus they are favored domiciles for RV full timers and other people in a similar situation.
tatest 03/27/15 10:37pm Beginning RVing
RE: Cell phone tracking

that article says that when the cell site simulator is turned on, it simulates a cell tower, forcing cellphones in the area to register with it. the phone need not be in use. (don't know if that last statement means it does not need to be turned on or just doesn't have to be in use?) bumpy When the phone is turned on it is constantly seeking and communicating with towers. Otherwise you could receive no calls. SMS (the original basis of text services) uses the empty space in this traffic to handle short messages. There is no "forcing" involved in registration. To register is the normal and necessary function of the phone. If anything looks to the phone like a cell tower, a message will be exchanged to check it out. See if the signal is usable, is the service on your network or roaming, etc. Without constant cell site registration, a cell phone would be as useless as landline phone unplugged from the landline.
tatest 03/27/15 01:19am RV Lifestyle
RE: Cell phone tracking

If you want to be tracked, get a Spot that uses GPS for tracking and satellite communication. If you don't want to be tracked, turn the phone off. Any phone that is on and communicating with a tower can be tracked to the tower and a quadrant or octant. Phones deployed in the U.S. since the 911 law was passed in the early 2000s have to have a primitive GPS receiver (CDMA) or ability to be located by multiple towers (GSM). A smart phone with WiFi on can more precisely (than GPS) locate itself in urban environment by reference to locations of nearby WiFi hot spots (Apple, Google etc maintain hotspot location databases). You have a choice, most phones, whether to report this location information to an application. When your FaceBook app on the phone says "you have a friend nearby" and they are in the same room or a few feet away on the street, location services got that from WiFi. But if there is no cell service (almost half the area of the U.S. now that we have shut down analog) and no WiFi hotspots in the database, nobody has a clue where your phone is, because even if the GPS knows, the phone can't tell anybody.
tatest 03/27/15 01:10am RV Lifestyle
RE: Have you found a greener alternative to wipes?

I've always used wash clothes, and washed them for re-use. Water, or soap and water, does the job. For bigger tasks, I like cotton knits like t-shirts, and gauze weaves like the old-fashioned cloth diapers from 50-60 years ago. Still have some of those, they last forever.
tatest 03/27/15 12:51am RV Lifestyle
RE: If I won the mega-millions lottery I would...

I would scrap my RV (thinking donate, but they have no real value to the receiver) and hire coach service with driver and full time guide/interpreter everywhere I wanted to travel. I would might use charter services for international travel in those places where first class has disappeared. Or long-term, round the world cruising has an appeal, on those lines that offer nice suites and high levels of service. The kind of wealth you are talking about, I think buying a $4,000,000 RV to drive it around the country myself would be short sighted. Megamillion lottery winnings put one in an income class where it is possible to hire people to take care of you, and by so employing them, you share the wealth and put the money back into the economy. It just feels better to me to do than than try to accumulate expensive toys that just depreciate and have to be junked eventually.
tatest 03/27/15 12:48am RV Lifestyle
RE: longevity of the 3.5L ecoboost engine

Ford had little idea of Ecoboost longevity beyond a few high mileage track tests out to warranty periods, and considered the first buyers to be the test drivers for the technology. For the 3.5 Ecoboost, it has actually done pretty well with part time towing, running out to over 200,000 miles now. Ford has been adjusting the engine build based on in-service experience, so you can expect to do better than the first Ecoboost customers. The 3.5 V-6 was already obsolete (3.7 replacing it) when picked for turbocharging and beefed up for the loads. The idea was, if it worked, they would develop a replacement engine designed from ground up for boosting. The interim choice has done so well that Ford is keeping it now. Not so for some of the early 4 cylinder Ecoboost, where an older engine was picked for the turbo experiment. Most of those applications are now seeing new smaller, lighter 3 and 4 cylinder engines that were designed to be turbocharged only, with no normally aspirated versions used. Much like with turbo diesels, which started out as "let's put a little boost on this old thing" to be replaced by a heavily boosted engine of smaller displacement and more cutting edge engineering of internals, newer materials technology.
tatest 03/27/15 12:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: anyone install Onan genset in front compartment?

Winnebago installed my genset (4KW) in the front compartment. That compartment does not have a floor. It doesn't really have walls, either, it is just and open area between wall and frame rails, well below the floor, where the generator is mounted on steel supports. This makes for a relatively noisy installation, but the genset is well ventilated.
tatest 03/26/15 11:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Propane fill question

80% of tank water capacity is 100% full. You and the dealer are talking about different things. If you insist on a fill to 80%, you will most likely get 80% of the LPG fill, which would be about 65% of water capacity.
tatest 03/26/15 11:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Boondocking really exists?

You've filled your boondocks with people. It is not just pulling off the road or sleeping in your driveway, it is about finding the empty places, where it is either public land or private land owners are willing. Nor is boondocking always free of charge, though some define it that way to equate it with not paying, even if it is on a city street.
tatest 03/26/15 11:31pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Airbus Reinforced Cockpit Door Description

Airbus scrapped control wheels for a force-sensitive joystick when they went to fly by wire technology. Stick is left hand for the captain/pilot/aircraft commander, right hand for the first officer/copilot. Most of the time, the pilots don't fly the plane, they put a 3-D flight plan into a computer that flies the plane. Manual controls get used to suggest to the computer something different. Most Airbus accidents have been of the nature of the computer saying "this is not in my programming, you fly it now" and the pilots are not ready, or get caught up in trying to fix the computer, or they pilots trying to control the plane without disengaging the computer and the computer saying "I won't do that, that is not safe." Latter one was notably the first generation of fly by wire Airbus full of press and dignitaries at the Paris Air Show flew into the ground when pilots used approach programming to do a low pass and the computer landed it anyway, refused to pull up on pilot command. Looking forward to our cars driving themselves, programmed to deal with normal situations and the most expected of emergencies.
tatest 03/26/15 11:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: Tulsa - Broken Arrow, OKLA Campgrounds

The Mingo RV Park is the closest you will get to Broken Arrow. The Expo Center park is more of a commuting hassle, you will be a couple of miles to the nearest expressways. There is nothing in the area that is RV Resort quality. There are some places in the northern park of the Grand Lake area (around Grove) that are pretty nice, well run, but nothing special. Rving style in NE Oklahoma tends more in the direction of actual camping, mostly outdoor living, and the public campgrounds are a lot more popular than the RV parks, which tend to be parking lots in feel, and are often filled with people who are in the area for a few months to a few years, because they work. The presence of people who work tends to make for low ratings from recreational travelers.
tatest 03/26/15 10:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A-Frames With Bath + 2 Sleeping areas?

Considering the overall size and living space, I think the target market is mostly singles and couples. It looks like the 2016 model offerings for Jayco/Starcraft (the Starcraft division builds these) include 8 choices, a big step up from the past two years. All are in a twelve foot box, four of the eight have two sleeping areas, you just don't have two sleeping areas at the same time you have an eating area. I think Forest River (Rockport, Flagstaff, and a subset of models for Coachmen/Clipper) has about as many offerings, but again just one box size. Having any bath at all is a relatively recent innovation in A-frame folders. Most used to have much more limited plumbing than what is needed to provide water and waste storage for a shower.
tatest 03/26/15 10:27pm Folding Trailers
RE: HP Lap Top will not load.

Follow up. I have an iMac. In less than an hour it felt like I was using one of my old friends, a clean simple GUI on Unix for a workstation. It has been 20 years since I last used a Mac OS, the first one with a BSD core and Macintosh interface, before switching to NextOS. Ubuntu started somewhere around here, but has evolved into something more Windows complex and obscure on the how to do it. Shipped with an autumn 2014 system build, so started with updates. System update from Mavericks to Yosemite plus two steps, updates for at least a half dozen of the included apps. What is different from Windows, more like what Sun would do with SunOS, the purpose of each update is explained, the dependencies noted. If an application update is not going to be compatible with the system it sees installed, it will tell you, and not install. Big difference from "we have this batch of updates, we will send them to every system and try to install, regardless of what is already there." It is not so much about one OS being better than another, as it is about software development managers having better control of how all the pieces get developed, and knowing how changes interact with all the different configurations already deployed. You've seen some of your favorite MS applications get discontinued. Some of the reason in marketing, but sometimes it is also "the next OS upgrade is going to kill this application unless we totally rewrite it, and we don't sell enough of them to pay for that."
tatest 03/26/15 09:52pm Technology Corner
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