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RE: Who's owned an Isata 5 based on the Ram 5500 chassis?

I like the MDT, but I want a 4x4. Otherwise, it sounds like the Ford and Ram have too many downsides. Any specific reason you want 4x4? Generally, these things are too long and low to venture off a gravel road. Motorhomes have good traction anyways because most of the weight is on the drivers. And for snow-driving, you'll still need chains even with 4x4, because nearly all states have chain laws that are more strict once you are over 10,000 pounds. And.... hydraulic AWD is available as a conversion on all true MDTs with air brakes. https://www.eztracawd.com I spend a good deal of time camping on the beach on Mustang Island and North Padre Island on the Texas coast. Sometimes that sand can get deep.
Damdifino 08/16/20 01:56pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Who's owned an Isata 5 based on the Ram 5500 chassis?

Will you be traveling with more than the 2 of you? The HUGE flaw with the pickup-based Super-C's, on both the Ford and Ram chassis, is how low the cab and windshield are relative to the coach. So not only is step-through awkward, nobody in the back can see the road while traveling! As for the chassis, both the 2019+ Ram and all Fords since 20011 use the Bosch CP4 fuel pump. This would be a non-starter for me. Especially in a motorhome, because you can't pull the cab to swap all the fuel lines when it grenades. I'd personally only consider a true MDT at this point, due to that fuel pump. I had a Ram 5500 work truck for a while. I liked the Aisin transmission, the exhaust brake, and the steering and brakes feel. The seat quality was garbage. Hopefully the MH makes are doing full seat swaps. Factory foam breaks down in 60,000 miles. The alternator in those isn't great, and they sometimes have electrical issues caused by the up-fitter because everything gets attached to the the batteries. They don't have high-amp upfitter connection points like Ford does. But... this really comes down to the care taken by the upfitter. I like the MDT, but I want a 4x4. Otherwise, it sounds like the Ford and Ram have too many downsides.
Damdifino 08/15/20 06:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Who's owned an Isata 5 based on the Ram 5500 chassis?

Will you be traveling with more than the 2 of you? The HUGE flaw with the pickup-based Super-C's, on both the Ford and Ram chassis, is how low the cab and windshield are relative to the coach. So not only is step-through awkward, nobody in the back can see the road while traveling! As for the chassis, both the 2019+ Ram and all Fords since 20011 use the Bosch CP4 fuel pump. This would be a non-starter for me. Especially in a motorhome, because you can't pull the cab to swap all the fuel lines when it grenades. I'd personally only consider a true MDT at this point, due to that fuel pump. I had a Ram 5500 work truck for a while. I liked the Aisin transmission, the exhaust brake, and the steering and brakes feel. The seat quality was garbage. Hopefully the MH makes are doing full seat swaps. Factory foam breaks down in 60,000 miles. The alternator in those isn't great, and they sometimes have electrical issues caused by the up-fitter because everything gets attached to the the batteries. They don't have high-amp upfitter connection points like Ford does. But... this really comes down to the care taken by the upfitter. More good info. Thanks, and keep 'em coming.
Damdifino 08/15/20 06:17pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Who's owned an Isata 5 based on the Ram 5500 chassis?

I don't own one but have some RVing friends (here in North Texas) who sold their Class A diesel pusher and ordered a new 2020 Isata 5 based on the Ram 5500. They took delivery a little over a year ago from the dealer south of the DFW Metroplex. They've had nothing but problems with the dealer, the Isata 5, the Dodge and the manufacturer. It has spent almost as much time on the dealer's lot waiting for authorization for repairs as they've had it in their hands for camping trips. Electrical issues, water leak issues, water heater issues, propane issues, slide issues, craftsmanship problems with cabinets and trim, chassis electrical issues, stove problems, refrigerator problems to name a few. I've told them a number of times to skip the dealer and the warranty and park it in my backyard and we'll work on fixing everything together. They were planning on keeping it for at least 5 years, but they're already looking for a replacement. I'm sure they'd make you a deal on the one they have if you're interested. Not good. I feel very bad for them. But this is the kind of feedback I was hoping to get. Thanks.
Damdifino 08/15/20 09:39am Class C Motorhomes
Who's owned an Isata 5 based on the Ram 5500 chassis?

I'm interested in the Isata 5 but can't find any unbiased information on it. A search of the class Class C forum returns only one incidental mention of it. Anyone have insight they can share?
Damdifino 08/12/20 03:06pm Class C Motorhomes
Feeling the urge

It's 106 in San Antonio and I'm feeling the urge to find cooler weather. My normal M.O. is to just head out and roam, but there's so many rules and closures now that I don't feel that confident. My favorite getaway is the San Juan mountains and Southern Utah. I usually access my destinations by traveling through New Mexico, but they seem kinda prickly right now. (It takes a full day to get out of Texas from San Antonio, so I feel like I need a plan before I hit the road.) Any advice?
Damdifino 07/15/20 02:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Charge across 2 6V batteries is 11.78. Is that right?

OP here. Okay, I finally resolved my issues with the charging and everything looks nominal. The only remaining issue is a low tick, tick, tick noise coming from the area of the converter--one tick every 2 seconds or so. Is that normal? What could it be? Thanks everybody for your support! I've been a member of this forum for many years and it always amazes me how helpful people here are.
Damdifino 07/06/20 02:00pm Tech Issues
Charge across 2 6V batteries is 11.78. Is that right?

A few days ago I installed a new Intellipower PD9245C converter and 2 new Duracell 6V batteries in series. At the battery terminals, one battery reads 5.87 and the other 5.91, for a total of 11.78. The Charge Wizard light stays solid and never goes into Desulfation Mode. Does this sound right?
Damdifino 07/05/20 01:25pm Tech Issues
RE: I need to find 6V batteries

It looks like you already have a battery watering system. Do you use it? I use it, but I don't really trust it.
Damdifino 06/26/20 12:40pm Tech Issues
I need to find 6V batteries

This is a picture of the batteries in my 2013 Arctic Fox. They're Interstate Batteries, labeled "GC2-XHD-UT", 232Ah. They've been good batteries, but they're totally dead now. They're also a major PIA to get to for maintenance. Therefore, I'm trying to find 6V AGM maintenance-free batteries that are the same dimensions so they'll fit in my battery boxes (LWD ~10 x 7 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches.) I haven't had any luck finding them. Wondering if anyone has suggestions? https://i.imgur.com/VxLqzrel.jpg
Damdifino 06/07/20 03:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Converter making bad sound

http://photoposting.is-great.net/?i=2 Thanks, didn't know about this.
Damdifino 06/01/20 11:48am Tech Issues
Best AGM batteries

What are the best AGM batteries for RV use. Can you order online? Where?
Damdifino 06/01/20 11:33am Tech Issues
RE: Converter making bad sound

Hard to imagine you would have to remove the oven to get access. Maybe post a picture. Here's a picture. Maybe you can see the converter lurking way back in there. https://www.dropbox.com/s/sh47gp3uyd3jt2h/converter.jpg?dl=0
Damdifino 05/31/20 05:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Converter making bad sound

Hard to imagine you would have to remove the oven to get access. Maybe post a picture. Here's a picture. Maybe you can see it lurking way back in there. https://i.imgur.com/Cv99T1dl.jpg
Damdifino 05/31/20 04:31pm Tech Issues
Converter making bad sound

My IntelliPower 9200 has started making an intermitent sound like, "bzzzt bzzzt bzt bzzt." It's not a humming noise, it's more like arcing. It's also emitting an acrid electrical smell. I assume it's dead because it's not charging the batteries. I have a 2013 Arctic Fox 22H and my problem is the converter looks to be almost impossible to access without destroying cabinetry under the oven. Any advice?
Damdifino 05/31/20 02:47pm Tech Issues
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