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RE: Is there a Class C that can be driven into sketchy terrain?

Mine is a 2004 Fourwinds Ford V10 E450 with Quigley conversion. They put I believe a 3" lift at the time and oversized tires for better clearance. I put a 2" spacer between back dually tires so I can air down and not "kiss" the sidewalls. I carry an air compressor. Would have a winch, however, I have a beach cart on the front end for surf fishing. Manual locking hubs with dana 60 axle. It's been bullet proof for over 100k miles. Having 4x4 is really essential if you have heavy angles/ditches and need pulling power of front tires. I like all the info PNichols mentioned and have most in my RV as well. Also a 40' long tow strap rated for 30,000lbs. Do your research and build your DREAM!!!
VA-Apraisr 12/05/21 05:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is there a Class C that can be driven into sketchy terrain?

I've gone up to WV in my 28' RV and crossed creeks, single-lane dirt roads BUT was not on super steep terrain/mountains or washed out roads. The rear overhang is the issue on very rough/steep roads and can "tail drag" which can lead to serious issues especially if you can't back up to clear it! The Tiger looks great although doesn't seem to offer much more useable space than a slide-in truck camper. If you can find a reasonable used RV ($40-50k) and have it converted into 4x4 (Quigley 4x4 or similar $20-$22k) then added larger tires/front winch/lights/solar/Lithium batteries (another $6-8k) you'd be in business. I've off-grid camped in mine for 16 years now and wouldn't trade it for the world. If it's worth doing, it's worth doing RIGHT!!! Good luck!
VA-Apraisr 12/05/21 01:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fantastic Fan

Seriously, do these fans really increase the airflow throughout the RV? I have two wall fans that face the sofa and one facing the bedroom in the rear to help on non-windy days on the beach. I’d consider installing them if they really move the air throughout the space.
VA-Apraisr 12/03/21 05:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Toyota is working on a mini monster truck.

No access forward to the cab either....wet bath (ughhhh).....tiny, tiny, tiny.......would rather have a slide-in truck camper which does require a truck, but, at least you have a pickup truck to use. Don't see it in my future.
VA-Apraisr 11/03/21 02:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 4x4 Class C ?

For a reasonable price range, converting a used unit will be your best option. Cost for 4x4 alone from Quigley is $22k range. Absolutely worth it if you go off the grid like I do 95% of the time. And remember, it’s still a BIG BOX and not an off road vehicle. Use with extreme care.
VA-Apraisr 10/21/21 03:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 4x4 Class C ?

You could contact Quigley 4x4 who converted my 28’ class C. They may have vendors you could contact for answers to your questions. Good luck!
VA-Apraisr 10/21/21 01:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best wax for fiberglass................

UPDATE: Well, first, my apologies to Meguiar's company for my mistake in using car wax way back when. Just applied the Marine/RV wax and it went on great and came off even better! Not one streak and made my 17 years old RV look half it's age. Highly recommend it and other than forgetting to promptly remove the rubbing compound as I was buffing (THAT is a BIG mistake!) the job only took 2 years of my life away.
VA-Apraisr 10/10/21 03:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Replacing water heater due to age........

Thanks for the replies!!......yes, always have water pump OFF and rarely in a campground. Never hurts to verify with the RV elite on this site (always appreciated!!).
VA-Apraisr 10/10/21 09:16am Class C Motorhomes
Replacing water heater due to age........

Ok, was at the beach last week and one of my friends suggested I should change out my Atwood 6-gal. water heater since it is 17 years old. It's working just fine, but, he feels it could be deteriorating on the inside and could start leaking/flooding the RV. Seems replacement is $375-$475 so not a lot of cost. Obviously, anything can wear out and start leaking, but, wondering if anyone has done this simply due to the age of the unit?
VA-Apraisr 10/09/21 01:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best wax for fiberglass................

Well, realize the Meguiars wax for auto isn’t the same as the Maine/RV product so ordered a bottle. Will post up my results. Thanks for the replies.
VA-Apraisr 10/09/21 05:36am Class C Motorhomes
Best wax for fiberglass................

Well, picked up some orangish dust/dirt/paint (?) maybe from my roadtrip and won't come off with washing, so, just finished using rubbing compound to remove it. It covered half my RV so going to finish the 2nd half tomorrow. After, a good wax is required and I used Maguire's previously and couldn't get streaks off with towel and had to wash vehicle to remove. I've currently got Mother's for my vehicles but haven't tried it on fiberglass............anyone have a suggestion to avoid heavy labor to remove the wax? I think the Mother's will be fine but, again, haven't tried it. Thanks in advance!
VA-Apraisr 10/08/21 04:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Converted 2006 F350 Turbo Diesel Ambulance Motorhome

While I hope the bids go through the roof, or at least cover your reserve, my guesstimate is around $15k-$20k range at best. Currently on EBAY with top bid at $10,100....... interesting to see the final results. And again, hoping you do quite well and my guesstimate is wayyyyy off.
VA-Apraisr 09/26/21 05:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Converted 2006 F350 Turbo Diesel Ambulance Motorhome

Wow..beautiful workmanship for such a small space. Functionally, a lot of drawbacks as mentioned above. With mileage and space limitations, you're going to have a lot of competition with standard RV's priced from $35k to $60k that will easily fit 4-7 people. IMHO this is not the project to invest $$ looking for a return on investment. Value in use comes to mind, and hope you have enjoyed using it yourself. All the best on the resale.
VA-Apraisr 09/19/21 01:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Gen-set Troubles

I had this exact same thing happen and all it was , was the ground wire was corroded. Simply scraping it clean and reattached it and generator ran like normal. Just a thought…….
VA-Apraisr 09/17/21 05:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Quality in a class C

Well personally speaking, my 2004 Ford Fourwinds Thor has been very nice now with over 120,000 miles. Original water pump, furnace, refrigerator, generator (although had work done), cabinets, sofa, etc. No leaks and going strong. Just bought another Thor 22E for my cousin and it's a 2016 with zero issues. Maintenance is key and every manufactured unit can have defects. Just gotta inspect, inspect and inspect again before buying and then stay on top of the maintenance!!!
VA-Apraisr 09/08/21 12:03pm Class C Motorhomes
Electric awning......not working?

So, picked up the 2016 Ford Chateau 22E today and super impressed with how it drove, and all features seem fine with exception of the electric awning which I didn't even know it had. Pressing the button and nothing happens. Lightly tapped on the railing outside in case they were slightly jamming but nothing. Anyone have a suggestion since I have zero experience with these electric types? Was going to pull the cover off the motor section up top tomorrow for a quick look around, but any advise is appreciated!!
VA-Apraisr 09/04/21 06:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: When to buy?

Funny, I paid $35k and put $10k into 4x4 for my 2004 Ford E450 back in 2005.....I could sell it easily today for $45k without a doubt (find another 28' RV with 4x4 already installed). Crazy market (just like real estate/vehicles) and agree, when it's time to pull the trigger, pull the dang trigger!! No one is guaranteed another day..... and some bargains can be found. Purchased a 2016 Ford Chateau 22E this week for my cousin with 10k miles on it in excellent shape for $40,000. I researched nationwide and nothing even came close in price.....2 hour inspection and snatched it up!
VA-Apraisr 09/01/21 03:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: House battery recommendations.............

Pnichols: Yep, still have the 4x4 and always will. I have 2-BattleBorn 100amp lithiums with 200watts of solar up top. It has been GREAT leaving TV on all day if I want too and not worrying about using lights/fans/microwave, etc. Yep, even wired microwave directly so I don't have to start the generator. Sooooo worth the $$ if you're boondocking almost all the time like I am!!
VA-Apraisr 09/01/21 03:36pm Class C Motorhomes
House battery recommendations.............

Ok, wanting to put in a reliable, RV house battery in used RV just purchased. Has a single marine/RV type battery you'd get from AutoZone or similar outlet. I have upgraded to BattleBorn Lithiums in my personal RV, but, don't think my cousin who is taking this RV is looking to spend that kind of $$$ since he'll be doing light boondocking and campgrounds. Before asking, I "searched" above using "house battery" and just not getting to direct answers. Thanks for any suggestions!
VA-Apraisr 08/30/21 02:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2016 Ford Chatteau 22e pricing..........

Owner has documented two oil changes in 10k miles, so, couldn't ask for better maintenance unless you're overly cautious like me and change it every 2000 miles! Thanks again for all the info folks.
VA-Apraisr 08/29/21 07:05am Class C Motorhomes
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