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RE: 24 ft ClassC MH downsides

We had a 23 foot class C and before that a Dodge van conversion. I grew to hate having cardboard boxes in the aisle etc. and having to convert couches into beds and and back again. There was little space for storage and clutter became depressing on long trips or extended camping. Going from a 32 foot to a 24 foot RV will be a big change. Probably some small Class C motorhomes do much better on storage than what you describe. For example, our 24 foot Class C has: - The entire area under both dinette seats available for storage. - Large partitioned-off separate areas at the foot and head of the overhead cab bed available for storage that run the full width of the bed. - Overhead cabinets above the lounge chair, above the dinette area, and above the kitchen double sink area. - Two closets for storage of clothing. - Drawers and cabinets under the kitchen areas, under and over the bathroom sink, under the refrigerator, and under one of the closets. - Overhead cabinets above and around the corner of the rear corner bed area. - Seven outside storage bays, with two of them extending under the floor laterally across the width of the coach for storage of long items. - Two storage areas under each cab seat. We don't have to transport anything on the roof, on either bumper, or strapped to the roof-access ladder. The only thing "under foot" when we travel is the enclosed crate, seat-belted in a dinette seat, for the dog so that she can travel somewhat restrained and safe. ;) Wow, there have been some real storage improvements in short rigs.
Bordercollie 09/18/20 08:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking for a good RV

It is nice to have the "best" or as good as you can afford or feel comfortable in spending the money for. It's difficult to know which brands/models to stay away from but most brands are of reasonably good materials and workmanship to be able to sell. I suspect that some manufacturers hire unskilled labor, use spot checks of assembly quality, and do not functionally test appliances and devices for proper operation before delivery to dealers. Dealer service departments are often backlogged negotiating with manufacturers for repair costs and correcting new rig defects.
Bordercollie 09/18/20 03:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2002 E.450 c.class starting issues

If seafoam doesn't help, find a reputable Ford truck mechanic with diagnostic tools to troubleshoot it and fix it.
Bordercollie 09/18/20 02:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Vintage RV upgrades

Sanitation of campsites. There are alternatives to dumping dishwater and shower water in and around campsites. There are plastic holding tanks for excess "gray water" and "black" (sewage) water that you can dump at a camp dump site. If you ever notice a strange smell at your newly rented campsite, it may be that the previous users dumped gray water, "bummer". If needed you can pull your rig over to the dump site half way through your stay and dump black and gray water tanks. Try to leave campsites cleaner than you found them including pet leavings.
Bordercollie 09/17/20 09:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Vintage RV upgrades

Another basic info item, the converter/charger does not charge the engine starting battery on most rigs. This means that when you park the rig for a month in your driveway, the starting battery self-discharges. A brand new starting battery may start the engine after a month or more but an older one may not be able to turn the engine over. Batteries that are kept fully charged keep their capacity longer than ones that are run down, left discharged, and later recharged. Frequent checks of electrolyte levels, adding distilled water as needed to cover the plates and timely recharging of batteries is a necessity with RV's. You can use a 12 volt "smart" trickle charger to keep your starting battery up if you have 110vac available. I have an add-on Trik-L-Start device installed which keeps my starting battery up while parked for months. It is connected to the house batteries and shares charging current with them . Make sure that battery connections are kept clean of corrosion and are making good contact.
Bordercollie 09/17/20 09:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Vintage RV upgrades

Another basic info item, the converter/charger does not charge the engine starting battery on most rigs. This means that when you park the rig for a month in your driveway, the starting battery self-discharges. A brand new starting battery may start the engine after a month or more but an older one may not be able to turn the engine over. Batteries that are kept fully charged keep their capacity longer than ones that are run down, left discharged, and later recharged. Frequent checks of electrolyte levels, adding distilled water as needed to cover the plates and timely recharging of batteries is a necessity with RV's. You can use a 12 volt "smart" trickle charger to keep your starting battery up if you have 110vac available. I have an add-on Trik-L-Start device installed which keeps my starting battery up while parked for months. It is connected to the house batteries and shares charging current with them . Make sure that battery connections are kept clean of corrosion and are making good contact.
Bordercollie 09/17/20 09:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Vintage RV upgrades

If you don't already know this, TYPICAL Class C electrical power is fed into the RV's "housebox" electrical system via cable plugged into 120vac camp power which feeds a "converter/charger"device which charges one or two deep cycle "house batteries" which in turn power the 12 volt DC interior lights and 12 volt appliance controls, the fresh water pump and the furnace blower. When the RV generator is running, it takes the place of the camp cable 110 vac hookup supplying 110vac power to the electrical system. When the RV's engine is running, it's alternator charges the house batteries while underway. Most RV water heaters and refrigerators run on propane. Refrigerators and microwave ovens also run on 110 vac when RV is on camp power or RV generator power. Furnace blowers draw considerable 12 volt house battery current and may run house batteries down in one night's use. Otherwise, house battery power may run interior lights for two to three nights if in good condition. Two day camping and a few hundred miles driving usually keeps house batteries charged and interior lights working.
Bordercollie 09/16/20 02:56pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 24 ft ClassC MH downsides

We had a 23 foot class C and before that a Dodge van conversion. I grew to hate having cardboard boxes in the aisle etc. and having to convert couches into beds and and back again. There was little space for storage and clutter became depressing on long trips or extended camping. Going from a 32 foot to a 24 foot RV will be a big change.
Bordercollie 09/15/20 08:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C Pros and Cons

If you have had a TT you probably have a truck to pull a TT. RV'ers average some 5000 miles per year so a motorhome spends most of it's life parked in a drive way or in a storage yard, same for a TT but your truck can be used for transportation and other uses. A Class C without a towed trailer or car is more maneuverable. We use our Class C for going to local events like airshows and day trips to local parks with our dogs. A class B , like a Road Trek can be used by a couple for camping and touring as well as for commuting. Class A's are similar to Class C's but may have less sleeping space for the same length. Class A's are popular with older couples having somewhat smoother ride. A lot depends on how you often and how you are going to use an RV and just plain what appeals to you.
Bordercollie 09/15/20 08:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Carrying a Motorcycle with my 2000 Shasta Sprite?

Spend some time googling and reading about available rear and front motorcycle carrying options. I have carried my 188 lb Honda Trail 90 on a rear aluminum hitch rack safely with ratchet straps and bungee cords. This arrangement blocks access to rear cargo door, however. The weight of a motorcycle may shift the balance of your rig adding weight to the rear and making the front end light on it's front wheels. It may be that a small trailer is best and also useful for carrying other gear that won't fit well inside your short rig.
Bordercollie 09/15/20 08:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Vintage RV upgrades

Have radiator and transmission cooling radiator tested and change out water pump as preventive maintenance. Have dash AC system tested/serviced including belt and idler pulley. Replace front brake flex lines, a pain if they rupture internally, can cause loss of control. Have entire brake system serviced. Make sure tires are of proper type and less than 3 years old, not old stock. RV tires are safety critical items that need to be changed out when 5 or 6 years old regardless of mileage. Make sure that RV generator, roof AC system, convertor charger, and house batteries are good and able to work together properly to power the RV when not connected to camp power. Make sure propane system is working properly to power fridge, water heater and stove. Verify that fresh water pump , water pump switches, and plumbing are in good shape. Make sure interior and exterior lighting system work properly including turn signals, clearance lights, headlights and running lights. Verify that awning deploys and retracts properly and that fabric is in good condition. Make sure water heater and fridge are working properly. Drain water heater and clean out sediment. Verify that holding tanks and their dump valves are not leaking and toilet is flushing properly. There's more, but these are basics for safety and comfort.
Bordercollie 09/15/20 08:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Advice needed -90s Tioga

You should be able to find a much newer Class C in better condition for 12K. We bought an old rig for 13K as beginners and wound up spending another 10K the first year on engine cooling system, AC, water heater, etc., etc, just to make it safe to drive and usable for camping/touring. Read advice on buying a used Class C on this forum and don't rush to buy. Consider paying a truck mechanic and an RV repair place to inspect and provide an itemized price list for needed repairs and replacements on a prospective buy.
Bordercollie 08/30/20 10:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking for a good RV

There are a couple of Class C manufacturers that are considered "best". Lazy Days and Phoenix Cruisers as I recall. Winnebago and Jayco are also considered good brands, there are others. Most major brands offer "entry level" and higher grade rigs, some with gas engines, some with diesel power. I don't know of any detailed unbiased reviews ranking best workmanship, best features/amenities, and best dealer after-sale support. Try googling "best brands of Class C RV's". We own a 2004 Fleetwood Tioga 26Q bought new in 2003.I consider our rig of average housebox workmanship quality. We have replaced the fridge, roof AC unit, and the converter/charger and recently had the generator fuel system serviced and replaced the dual house batteries. Fleetwood Class C's are very common and many are used by rental companies. Do your homework and read advice on picking a rig that is best for you and your budget.
Bordercollie 08/30/20 09:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Switches in bathroom and fridge not working

One of the 110volt AC outlets may have a GFI reset button that needs to be pressed, hear it click.
Bordercollie 08/23/20 10:28am Class C Motorhomes
RE: dry camping

Stay home in freezing weather unless your rig is home. Sleeping bags may be better than "covers". Furnaces use a lot of propane and furnace blowers pull a lot of amps. I wonder how the homeless can sleep in cold weather.
Bordercollie 02/14/20 11:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fresh water drain

Terminology!! Our 2004 Tioga has a plastic spigot for emptying the fresh water tank just behind the driver side door. The "low point drain valves" are located behind a panel on the outside of the bathroom wall, but they are hard to reach and hard to turn. I had to get access through a hole in the wall, behind the converter charger, under the rear dinette seat. If you don't shut those #%* valves completely, your water pump will cycle or continue to run. I vowed to never mess with the "low point drain valves" again when sanitizing the fresh water system. Luckily we don't have to use and purge anti-freeze solution here in southern CA.
Bordercollie 01/31/20 10:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Living Space Sound System Options?

We just bought two Bose Wave4 music systems at 1/2 price from QVC and HSN and are thrilled with the sound on CD and FM radio modes, AM is OK. The AC power cord is also the FM antenna. They also have alarm clock features. If you have AC available where camped, or an inverter, playing CD's is my recommendation. FM and AM reception in the boonies may vary a lot. The unit is relatively small and easily portable but the sound is great, I didn't believe the ads for years. I am also playing You Tube music videos through the Bose using an add-on Bluetooth Wavecast receiver ($25) from my amazon Flame tablet,( WiFi needed for that) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
Bordercollie 12/24/19 12:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: The case of the disappearing gas leak

Check the rubber flex hose that connects the filler to the tank, should have leaked with a full tank though if loose connection or crack in hose (??)
Bordercollie 12/12/19 02:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: diesel class c

Some RV owners seem to have a competitive nature and so don't mind the extra initial and ongoing cost of ownership of diesel powered motorhomes vs gasoline power. Class C rigs usually have front mounted diesel engines some of which are noisy idling which may not bother some users. Much increased fuel mileage of diesels can be significant if you drive (A LOT) more than the average 5K miles per year. Availability and cost of service on the road is another consideration. I should "butt out" but I don't plan to upgrade from our Tioga 26Q for any reason.
Bordercollie 12/08/19 03:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Protection Plans for new Entegra Odyssey 24b

I'm as skeptical as the next RV'er, having been suckered into a 1/2 price extended warranty deal by the dealer's "closer". The OP's post didn't look like a stealthy ad for extended warranty to me.
Bordercollie 12/08/19 02:23pm Class C Motorhomes
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