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RE: smaller MH with 2+ separate comfy sleeping areas?

considering downsizing. currently have a 2007 30' TT with the Queen bedroom and 2 sets bunks. These days it's usually just 2 adults and a 9 year old, the teenagers aren't so keen. But I've got used to space lol. Plus our 7.3 Excursion tow vehicle is getting old :) Would like a smaller MH Not sure what "smaller" means in this case, but you should be able to get something in the 24-28' range ... but that can tow our old Boston Wailer boat. Also able to carry 3 or more bicycles. Boston Wailers aren't very heavy, so this part is easy. Nearly all Class C RVs can tow 4500-5000 lbs. Also want a separate full or queen bedroom area, plus another twin or full bed that can have a nice mattress (so not a couch pull out etc). The area above the cab is usually pretty small and awkward right??? Depends on what you're looking at, but in most traditional Class C RVs the cabover is larger than a queen. About the same width, and longer. They're very sizable. There are some smaller units on MB chassis that make the cabover smaller. Plus another bed suitable for a growing 9 year old.. Which MH's have this, good use of space? Best bang for the buck!? Thanks!! My unit has 4 sleeping areas and is 28' (model name does not equal length). Queen bed in the back, dinette, jackknife sofa, and cabover. It works VERY well for my family of 5 - 3 teenagers (two in college). Just about any unit you look at is going to have similar options... Shorter than mine, and you'll likely lose one of those sleeping areas, such as the sofa, but would still have 3 sleeping areas. There are LOTS of options from MANY manufacturers... Winnegabo Minnie Winnie, Thor Four Winds/Chateau (what I have), Coachmen, and many more. Just look around some, but starting with those will give you an idea of what floorplans offer. Things to watch out for: 1. The number of belted seating areas for travel. Some units don't have a lot of belts. In particular, seating areas that are mounted on a slide are often very limited on belts. 2. The LENGTH of the sofa and/or dinette bed, relative to the height (and potential height) of the kids. In some units, the dinette and sofa beds are very short. 3. Whether or not you're okay with having a sleeping area that can't be used if the slide is in (such as the rear queen in mine).
atreis 10/24/21 06:25am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Newsom signs bill to ban the sell of gas powered generators

And even better, all these wonder machines will be produced in third world countries like China that are actually ramping up coal fueled electrical generation to meet the increased demand from the manufacturing industry. China is building 47 new coal fired power plants currently and estimates are they will construct up to several hundred more. Nothing happens in a vacuum. (multiple sources including and CNBC). As far as I know, there is nothing in the bill mandating that new equipment of any sort be manufactured in third world countries.
atreis 10/13/21 10:28am Around the Campfire
RE: Newsom signs bill to ban the sell of gas powered generators

43018.11. (a) (1) By July 1, 2022, the state board shall, consistent with federal law, adopt cost-effective and technologically feasible regulations to prohibit engine exhaust and evaporative emissions from new small off-road engines, as defined by the state board. Those regulations shall apply to engines produced on or after January 1, 2024, or as soon as the state board determines is feasible, whichever is later. (2) In determining technological feasibility pursuant to paragraph (1), the state board shall consider all of the following: (A) Emissions from small off-road engines in the state. (B) Expected timelines for zero-emission small off-road equipment development. (C) Increased demand for electricity from added charging requirements for more zero-emission small off-road equipment. (D) Use cases of both commercial and residential lawn and garden users. (E) Expected availability of zero-emission generators and emergency response equipment. (b) Consistent with the regulations adopted pursuant to this section and relevant state law, the state board shall identify, and, to the extent feasible, make available, funding for commercial rebates or similar incentive funding as part of any updates to existing, applicable funding program guidelines for districts to implement to support the transition to zero-emission small off-road equipment operations. Bold emphasis mine. The earliest this will be effective is 2024. And there are built in exemptions for emergency response equipment. In addition, it is all based on whether zero-emission options are available. What this type of legislation does is 1) encourage companies to develop zero emission options and 2) convert the low hanging fruit (ie, more people will buy electric lawn movers and leaf blowers instead of "dirty" ones. It does not say "gas powered" - the regulation is based on the actual emissions. According to the bill, these small off road engines produce more emissions in one hour than a non-electric/hybrid vehicle produces over 1,100 miles of drive time (or 1.47 hours driving at 75 mph). If manufacturers reduce those emissions in their products significantly, then that can extend the timeline. It's amazing how many folks get their panties in a twist over something they've never bothered to actually read. Thank you for posting the actual text. Hopefully more states will do this and provide even more incentive for development of zero-emission options.
atreis 10/10/21 06:30pm Around the Campfire
RE: Does such a Class A exist?

There are some twin bed options still available, such as these: But they don't check the other boxes... One option might be to start with something like this: And do an aftermarket mod... Or this: Which I've seen available as a rental with 4 bunk beds in the back instead of the queen, so could possibly be ordered with twin beds. I'm not sure that any of those come with two ACs though, so that would be an aftermarket mod.
atreis 10/06/21 10:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Not much posting

Been here for years but don't post as much as I used to. I got tired of the constant pointless arguments over things which are essentially just personal opinion and preference. On MANY subjects, there are multiple right answers, and the best one for given individuals isn't necessarily the same. I suspect there are others like me who are still around but just don't post that much anymore. In terms of moderation, I also have observed a fair amount of bias, but perhaps the thread-deletion tactic (as opposed to editing) is meant to better account for that. (Example of biased moderation: Person A expresses moderate political opinion. Person B expresses less moderate opinion in the other direction. Moderator's opinion agrees more with B than A, so edit's A's post but not B's, even though B's is the more extreme.) I also suspect a lot of people have gone to FB, but I personally can't stand FB and don't use it for anything. I suspect some have gone to YT, but I'm no fan of that either, preferring to read and write. On the bright side, the overly zealous weight police aren't as active as they once were.
atreis 10/03/21 09:54am Around the Campfire
RE: Anyone know?

2021 model year chassis, which they started making in January 2020. There was no 2020 model year chassis. They skipped it and went straight to 2021. Ford Authority - Why the Ford E series skipped the 2020 model year
atreis 09/27/21 05:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Do you do this in the US?

Used to see more screened in awnings than today, but I still see them now and then, especially in state parks. I don't know that I've seen an awning added to a screened in awning, but have seen plenty of tarps or other canopies over tables separate from awnings, so it's not that big a stretch.
atreis 09/25/21 12:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: SUV for pulling hybrid

You have to be willing to live with a smaller trailer, depending on the SUV. Look at the manufacturers tow limits, and add 1000 lbs to the empty weight of the trailer. You'll likely discover that you are limited to a pretty small (~17-21 foot) trailer so need to have a very friendly family. I towed for years with two minivans (Ford Windstar, Toyota Sienna) and a medium sized SUV (Honda Pilot) with no issues, but was very careful to make sure I stayed within the manufacturers weight limits. I used a tongue scale and also weighed regularly at a CAT scale, to make sure I was okay, and loaded very carefully. Minivans have wonderfully long wheelbases and make for a very stable tow platform, although they have low weight limits. The Pilot's wheelbase wasn't quite as good, but had a higher weight limit and stiffer suspension, but had to be careful to not transfer weight to the front axle above what would be there without the trailer. The rear axle in the Pilot is quite beefy, but the front axle doesn't have a lot of margin. The point of the above isn't to recommend (or disrecommend) those vehicles, but to point out the considerations that need to be taken into account. What you need to consider would depend on the SUV chosen. Also, plan on a better than average hitch. I used an Equalizer for about 10 years, and then a Hensley Arrow. I have a family of 5 lightweight people and two dogs. I'm the heaviest of us, at 150 lbs.
atreis 09/19/21 05:56am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: What’s the normal CCC for a 30 ft. Class C?

what is the typical range for ~30 ft. Class C? On the low side, ~1000 lbs. (Assuming this isn't a Sprinter, since you said ~30 feet. Those can be even less.) Typical would be closer to 1500 lbs. Mine comes on two platforms, with two different OCCC: E-350: ~1400 lbs Chevy 4500: a bit over 3000 lbs The highest I've seen in a non Super-C was a 27' unit with no slides that was a little under 4000 lbs OCCC.
atreis 09/09/21 06:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Does the Color of an HD Pickup Make a Difference?

“six million new and used cars between 2017 to 2020” Doesn’t sound small to me. But how many of the trucks were beige? It's not the total size of the sample, but the size of the sample of each color for each type of vehicle that matters. And as someone else pointed out, what's "beige" exactly? Does off-white count? It doesn't to me! That's just a shade of white.
atreis 09/03/21 05:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Does the Color of an HD Pickup Make a Difference?

Beige ........ Small sample size? White yes, but not beige ...
atreis 09/01/21 06:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy V8 vs Ford V 10

Chevy 6.6L V8 is fine, and the chassis handles so much better ...
atreis 08/25/21 06:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: levelers

Bigfoot does an excellent job installing and configuring them. They do the install at the factory in White Pigeon Michigan and have electric hookups for overnighting when doing your install.
atreis 07/21/21 06:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Nexus class C

Entry level Super C (International chassis with Cummins diesel engine). My stepdad has one - very unimpressive quality, the exterior cargo doors flip up, but only to half height, so you have to crawl under them and then bang your head, his had a leak in the overhead bunk straight from the factory, a lot of cabinet assembly issues, and the theater seats weren't installed properly, jammed, and ended up ripping the material on the countertop. Very unimpressed with everything except the beautiful International chassis.
atreis 07/21/21 06:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anyone have an all elec. car

I plan to replace my ICE car with a BEV when the time comes. I'd prefer a 4-down towable one, but dolly towable is okay. I take maybe one longer trip a year in my car so the inconvenience of charging during a trip would be very minimal, and really just a matter of planning ahead some. It would be akin to trips in an RV with a TOAD where one needs to do a little planning to figure out fuel stops that can accommodate the vehicle ahead of time.
atreis 07/17/21 11:37am Around the Campfire
RE: Canada sizzling!

How long have accurate temperature records been kept in Western US and Canada? My semi-educated guess is less than 150 years. I don't see Trapper Joe of Kamloops carrying around a highly accurate meteorological kit in addition to his traps and hides. Given there are 365.25 days in a year you can expect to set a couple of record highs and lows in any given year. Personally, I will contribute to "global warming" by cranking up the AC. I will add stress to the power grid and probably add to the profits of the fossil fuel industry just like most everyone else. And I will sleep soundly, without a tinge of regret. How earth's past climates are determined: Also, for climate change, one doesn't even have to go beyond the historical record. The increase in average global temperature is obvious just over the period of time records have been kept.
atreis 06/27/21 09:50am Around the Campfire
RE: Canada sizzling!

Climate change is nothing new. It's been happening since the earth was formed. We've just caused it to happen a heck of a lot faster.
atreis 06/25/21 06:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: 24 ft or less B+ with over head bed.

I prefer to Chevy 4500. Much less tuning of the chasses required than the Ford, while still retaining the benefits of the wider rear track. Does the 4500 and 3500 chassis have the same rear track as the Ford 450 and 350 chassis? I don't know where to find the exact dimensions. Given that Thor builds the exact same motorhomes on the E350 and Chevy 4500 (and there's no visible difference at the rear) I'd guess it's close to the E350's width. I also appreciate the 4500's much higher OCCC (vs. the E350 version). :)
atreis 06/22/21 06:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 24 ft or less B+ with over head bed.

I prefer to Chevy 4500. Much less tuning of the chasses required than the Ford, while still retaining the benefits of the wider rear track.
atreis 06/21/21 05:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Back before cellphones

I hope families with children still to fun things together, play board games, ride bikes, camp, and shut down the tech each day for those times. The importance of family time for children can never be overstated. Many parents, including us, do exactly that. I can't say we do it EVERY day, but 2-3 days a week.
atreis 06/12/21 07:11pm RV Lifestyle
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