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

Sorry, I didn't mean for you to check, I meant the OP. :S :B
bobndot 10/24/21 02:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Protection from freezing

Crawl underneath the rv ? Now you’re pushin’ it. :E I will check mine to see how they look or don’t look. Maybe they fell off :B
bobndot 10/24/21 02:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Protection from freezing

Amazon has a 12v , 12”x18” tank pad @ 4.8 amps. Would that be about 100 watts of heat ? ? P = I * V or W = A * V So, about 60W. As an after thought, Winnebago probably used the most cost effective (aka cheapest) heaters they could safely/legally install. Tnx for formula :) 'Built to last the warranty' :) I'm surprised the heaters con't to operate.
bobndot 10/24/21 11:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: smaller MH with 2+ separate comfy sleeping areas?

I'm not sure with newer MHs, but in the past, seatbelts have often simply been bolted to the plywood base of the dinette and couch seats. I suggest you lift the cushions and check. I did. My belts are chassis mounted in a non slide dinette. When I checked, the seatbelts were bolted to metal framework below. It just sounds so weak to me, I can't believe that rv building codes allow it. Plywood floor as part of the base structure seems more secure than the floor of a moving in/out side. That slide is held in place by a track that's bolted or screwed to the slide framework. It really doesn't take a whole lot to pop a slide 'out'. To make things worse, wet rotted wood that you are not aware of would weaken that slides frame. I've been there when one kept going out onto the garage floor in a friends shop. Owner had no idea it was leak damaged rotted wood supporting things.
bobndot 10/24/21 10:58am Class C Motorhomes
RE: smaller MH with 2+ separate comfy sleeping areas?

I'm not sure with newer MHs, but in the past, seatbelts have often simply been bolted to the plywood base of the dinette and couch seats. I suggest you lift the cushions and check. I did. My belts are chassis mounted in a non slide dinette. It just sounds so weak to me, I can't believe that rv building codes allow it. Plywood floor as part of the base structure seems more secure than the floor of a moving in/out side. That slide is held in place by a track that's bolted or screwed to the slide framework. It really doesn't take a whole lot to pop a slide 'out'. To make things worse, wet rotted wood that you are not aware of would weaken that slides frame. I've been there when one kept going out onto the garage floor in a friends shop. Owner had no idea it was leak damaged rotted wood supporting things.
bobndot 10/24/21 10:52am Class C Motorhomes
RE: smaller MH with 2+ separate comfy sleeping areas?

Interesting thought re: seatbelts in a slide being limited. I always thought the seatbelts were bolted thru to the chassis. I wonder how what they bolt to in a slide ? The slide floor ?? In a serious accident , a thin walled slide-out would be the last place i would want to be. I forgot to mention securing cabinet doors with HD locks to prevent objects from flying out onto your passengers as well as yourself. You will be riding inside the rv now. You need to protect children in your care.
bobndot 10/24/21 08:28am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Protection from freezing

Amazon has a 12v , 12”x18” tank pad @ 4.8 amps. Would that be about 100 watts of heat ? ?
bobndot 10/24/21 08:10am Class C Motorhomes
RE: smaller MH with 2+ separate comfy sleeping areas?

Downsizing from a 30' TT , you are already used to having a nice amount of room, having full time sleeping, dinning and sitting space. Down sizing to a 24-26' MH might not give you all 3 without breaking things up/down. Look for a cabover full queen 60x80 bed, they are common and will be fine for the 9yr old, plus have extra storage space. Rear queen full time 60x80 or sometimes 60x75 a short queen bed and a comfortable dinette that you can sit in for hours if need be. They are not very comfortable in the seatbelt driving mode where a growing 9 year old will be traveling. I would be looking for a sofa or recliner option with seatbelts along with a separate dinette. That might take to you in the 28 ft range. E450 will give you more payload over a 350. Get a 450 or 4500 GM. Depending on rear tongue weight of the boat and rear axle rating, the bikes might have to go inside the boat or on a front 2x2 hitch and bike rack. I would RENT a class 'C' first, to get a real feel for the 'C' opposed to towing a TT. When driving a MH, you tend to hear things rattle inside and it will be a different ride than a TV and TT. It's a truck not a smooth suv towing a TT. You might also need to watch the sometimes low rear overhang of a class 'C' on driveway aprons. Watch your hitch height and setup. You might need airbags. Inside, its going to take some time to foam-pad things so they are quiet when bounce down the road . You need to drive one and live in it for a few nights. Then decide what the pros and cons are regarding floorplans that will be specific to your needs. Its all about having a comfortable floorplan to fit 'you'. A few nights rental money might save you from making an expensive mistake. Just something to think about .
bobndot 10/23/21 03:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Protection from freezing

My tank heaters run off 110v. Do all Navions run off 12v ? Also carry a hair dryer to use in cold temps. Sometimes dump valves freeze .
bobndot 10/23/21 11:38am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 4x4 Class C ?

Keep in mind the comfort and safety for 5/6 people while rolling down the road. Seating with seatbelts. Dinette seatbelt riding is usually not comfortable.
bobndot 10/22/21 08:12am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Paint/fabric protection package

I think you already know the answer . The only thing that allows rv protection is a roof.
bobndot 10/20/21 07:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago View

Is the view on a MB Sprinter chassis ? If so, make sure you research available service. In past years Sprinter didnt share their software with out of network shops. Many rv shops, truck rv shops and M Benz car dealerships will not touch a Sprinter. Service may be limited to only Sprinter shops with the needed software. It has to be a Sprinter shop which could mean a long distance tow, if need be. Make sure you have a plan in place as you travel in different areas of the country. The view 24J only has a small 50” corner bed. The 24v twin bed model might a better option.
bobndot 10/19/21 06:20am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Water Leak - Storage compartment

Could be many places for a leak. Depending how the unit is sitting , water will travel on a slight horizontal plane then seek its lowest point. Slides are a PIA. At 11 yrs old you need to check a lot of things. Best way is to read owners forums . Try to find info on the manufacturer of your model. Check youtube for visual inspection ideas. The ratchet side rails can help you ID your slide. Try vegetable dye in the water to trace a leak. Check for dried caulking around clearance lights. Not all window and slide cutouts at the factory are performed perfectly. I had a router go off its mark creating an indentation in what should have been, a straight seem. The factory filled the void with a glob of sealant which held up for two years before non stop leaking occurred. The leak source was passenger side front roof. The leaking water found its way to the drivers side rear low point compartment. I traced water stains and rusted metal parts to find the source with help my friend who owned the dealership. But we had to dissemble a lot of the rv to find it. Lucky for me, he picked up the tab. https://gdrvowners.com/forum/operation/slides/27691-schwintek-slide-leak
bobndot 10/16/21 10:39am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Joined the Class C club

Good luck with your new unit. I wish you many safe miles. A fiver was one of my past rv’s as well. During covid , having use of a smaller 24 ft ‘C’ was a life saver. We were able to use it for many day trips . It was something we could not do towing a trailer. You just have to get used to the rattles and groans inside a rolling along motorhome. It’s not as quiet as the pickup. Stay on board, let us know how you’re doing.
bobndot 10/15/21 07:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Winterizing

BTW, its important to know, winterizing an average rv takes about 2 gals of antifreeze. If you find that you’re pumping 4-5 gals into your system, then your bypass valves are still open allowing your water heater to fill. Think of it as a 6 gal thermos bottle with a cold water fill port and hot water out port. The idea of the bypass is to join your water lines by using petcock valves to bypass the WH. After draining the WH , it’s ok to leave a small amount of water in the bottom of the tank, it won’t harm anything if it freezes. Todays Pex lines are very forgiving, it’s the plastic inline elbows and petcocks that freeze and crack.
bobndot 10/14/21 02:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Winterizing

Its a lot easier to look at general YouTube videos for the procedure, than trying to explain it in detail. Then we can help with specific questions you might have.
bobndot 10/13/21 04:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Towing 6,500 pounds with a class C

KD4UPL, you need to find a floorplan with belted comfortable seating for your passengers. If long over the road trips are in your plans then you might want to try the comfort of a U-dinette for an hour or so. We found it very uncomfortable for extended time periods and had to alter ours and install gaming chair recliners mounted to the plywood decking of the u-dinette. However I would not allow people to ride in that kind of stationary setup.
bobndot 10/13/21 11:49am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Towing 6,500 pounds with a class C

Its not like a tc with 4x4 option as well as ground clearance. You don't want to be dipping the class C overhang into water. At the very least , you should look for a limited slip rear and depending on ramp conditions , you might have to bypass some ramps. Be prepared regarding the expense of a super C’s upkeep.
bobndot 10/10/21 10:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Replacing water heater due to age........

If its an Atwood its aluminum and they last a long time. I always have bad luck with inexpensive electronics and replace the boards so i dont get stuck while off grid. I usually replace the OEM circuit boards in my rv appliances using Dinosaur boards which are very reliable. Keep the OEM board as a spare , just in case.
bobndot 10/09/21 05:17pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best wax for fiberglass................

3M makes marine products for fiberglass as does 'Seapower' cleaner/wax. I go with what the boat people use. The pros, not the weekend warriors !
bobndot 10/08/21 11:34pm Class C Motorhomes
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