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RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

This sure has turned into a long discussion thread that wouldn't even be necessary ... if RV campfire lovers merely switched to one of the modern high output propane firepits. We found a place for one in our largest RV outside storage compartment and have never regretted it. It sure makes RV life less complicated and hassle-free, while at the same time still pleasant ... for sitting around a campfire in the evenings "just about anywhere, anytime". :)
pnichols 10/18/19 03:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Move to Motorhome

After much thought and discussion my wife and I have decided to move from our TT to a motorhome to help facilitate our Oregon to Minnesota trips to visit our aging parents. I've been pulling TTs for years but have never owned a MH. I read over the FAQs and saw repeatedly that people cautioned about buying too small of a rig, but I never read an explanation as to WHY a smaller rig was discouraged. We're looking for a 21 or 22 foot unit, and I've noticed most come with a Ford V-10. What kind of fuel economy (or lack thereof) can one expect from a V-10 on the highway? Thanks in advance for the answers. We love our 24 foot Itasca (Winnebago) Class C motorhome based on a rugged, easy-to-get-serviced, overkil Ford E450 chassis. It's easy to heat, easy to cool, easy to park, easy to drive, has a whole lot of storage ... and makes a comfortable little nest for use to camp in with 30 amp hookups or drycamp for up to around a week. For evening relaxation, my wife uses it's single swiveling/sliding lounge chair with her feet propped up and I use the dinette. We use it's toilet area and shower with no problems when drycamping. We even give the dog a bath in it's shower stall! My wife has a bad back so she gets the whole rear queen bed to spread out on for sleeping. I sleep all spread out on the cabover queen bed with it's easy access ladder. (I'm around 6'2") It's small size is just right for my wife and I. It doesn't have slides and we don't tow. Our longest trip so far has been about 10 weeks while touring the U.S. -> with a mix of hookup campsites, dycamp campsites, and boondock camping off dirt/gravel roads. Our camping style is to be ready for anything anytime for maximum spontaneity and lack of hassles - both when in motion and when camped. It's a myth that you need a large size RV in order to have "all the comforts of home". The Ford V10 delivers around 9-10 MPG using our cruising speeds of 58-61 MPH. It uses regular gas in it's 55 gallon fuel tank, which easily provides over 400 miles of range - plus providing a no-hassle source of fuel for the built-in generator.
pnichols 10/12/19 11:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

We RVers need to Boycott places that don’t allow a special part of the camping experience...”campfires”. It’s bad enough that so many places don’t allow wood fires but not allowing propane campfires is beyond ridiculous. We carry in our RV a variety of equipment and supplies for a campfire and it’s so disappointing to not be able to use them and enjoy that experience. I own a small RV park and when we are in a burning ban I have had people cancel their reservation...”Really, we can’t have a campfire?...we will book another time” I will not book anymore places that don’t allow a campfire. We carry along a propane firepit and an extra 20 lb. propane tank to power it in order to solve the "no campfires" problem! No fire ring to clean out or messing with firewood is required. The flame is adjustable and comes up through the bricks in the firepit to look just like a the real thing. It puts out heat just like the real thing, cooks S'mores and hot dogs, emits no odors to bother other campers, and you just turn a knob to shut it down when going to bed. It works like a champ for providing carefree campfires everywhere. Can't make stick biscuits on one. got to have a real fire. I"ll bet we could make em' on this propane firepit - which is just like ours. We get dancing yellow flames, glowing red/orange hot lava rocks covering the bottom to bake/cook stuff over, warmth bathing our skin, etc. - all without the downsides of a legal or illegal messy wood fire: https://www.amazon.com/Outland-Firebowl-850-Propane-Outdoor/dp/B00FWKVGQ0/?tag=morningchores-20
pnichols 10/12/19 10:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Repair costs and frequency frustration

Appreciate all comments. Forgot to mention; there is a bearing noise so I don't doubt the need. I actually don't have a cost estimate yet but will get one at an alignment shop in a day or so which works on a lot of motor homes. We've decided to proceed with the repair, use it for our snowbird trip, meanwhile looking at downsize alternatives, then decide. Additional factor is that I'm 76 and sometimes would like to simplify, downsize and eliminate a TOAD. We started and have remained "downsized" ... touring and camping in only a 24 foot Class C with no slides and no toad. It's fine for the two of us during several trips per year (we're not full-timers). We just returned from over a 3-week tour in the West - we left home fully stocked and had to shop only twice once during the trip for some grocery restocking - which is easy in parking lots with only a 24 foot Class C. Stopping for fast foot lunches in crowded parking lots is also simple. Our longest trips in it have been 9-week and 10-week multi-thousand mile tours of the U.S.. Alaska is next on our long-trip list using our Class C. Since our rig is small, it's way easier and less resource consumptive to keep it warm and keep it cool. We take showers in it and wash our small dog in it's shower stall, too. A small RV can be the only way to go for really hassle-free comfortable RVing.
pnichols 10/12/19 08:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Michelin kaboom! Michelin tire update!

The Defender LTX M/S has not been discontinued. But it has been discontinued in the size 225/75R16 LRE. Rats .... the Defender has also been discontinued in the size I use on my E450 Class C for better ground clearance and dually interspacing - 215/85R16 LRE. I guess I'll have to give the 215/85R16 LRE Agilis a try at tire replacement time.
pnichols 10/12/19 07:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Michelin kaboom! Michelin tire update!

Found out the Michelin "defender" is out of production, the replacement is the Agilis. Slightly different tread design. I now have all rear tires replaced.2 new defenders and 2 new Agilis. The rears were worn 50% based on my tire depth gauge and the fronts 60% . I already purchased the defenders and later decided to replace all four. Within a week the defender was not available. Slightly different tread design but who cares. Hmmm ... they seem to still be available on Michelin's website ... what dealer told you they weren't? https://www.michelinman.com/all-season-tires/defender-ltx-m-s.html I have six Defender LTX M/S Load Range E tires on my Class C and assume I can replace them with the same when the time comes. They have been outstanding tires so far.
pnichols 10/12/19 09:55am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Repair costs and frequency frustration

We like our 15 year old 30 ft. Class C we've had for 7 years. Reliability has always been up and down. We had a pretty good couple of years of repair costs we could live with but now we're discouraged and don't know what to do. Many costs this past year; some routine and expected, some not. Must have totaled 7 to $8000 and today, after $300 dollars of work, I'm told that I need a differential bearing which this shop can't do which will cost thousands; not hundreds. Only has 67000 miles. We're reluctantly considering downsizing to an older used Class B, like a Roadtrek but seems like we would have to repair our present one to sell it. I'm not asking for an answer; just venting. Oh, spending over $30000 for a replacement is out of the question. Thanks for "listening" I'm guessing that your Class C is probably (not a Super C) based on a Ford E350 or E450 chassis - in which parts and mechanics are available everywhere. If it is ... wouldn't it be least expensive to merely have a used (from a junkyard, reclamation yard, etc.) whole rear axle and differential - as a complete assembly - installed to replace the original one? Probably way less labor than messing with disassembling an installed differential merely to replace it's bearings.
pnichols 10/12/19 09:46am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

We RVers need to Boycott places that don’t allow a special part of the camping experience...”campfires”. It’s bad enough that so many places don’t allow wood fires but not allowing propane campfires is beyond ridiculous. We carry in our RV a variety of equipment and supplies for a campfire and it’s so disappointing to not be able to use them and enjoy that experience. I own a small RV park and when we are in a burning ban I have had people cancel their reservation...”Really, we can’t have a campfire?...we will book another time” I will not book anymore places that don’t allow a campfire. We carry along a propane firepit and an extra 20 lb. propane tank to power it in order to solve the "no campfires" problem! No fire ring to clean out or messing with firewood is required. The flame is adjustable and comes up through the bricks in the firepit to look just like a the real thing. It puts out heat just like the real thing, cooks S'mores and hot dogs, emits no odors to bother other campers, and you just turn a knob to shut it down when going to bed. It works like a champ for providing carefree campfires everywhere.
pnichols 10/11/19 11:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Thanks for fixing the forum problems.

Fixed I'm curious .... what caused the problem initially?? P.S. Great Cobra-In-Action photo in your profile ... was it/is it yours? :)
pnichols 10/09/19 01:47pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: I Think I'm Outta Here

You guys check in here on a daily basis? I hope I never get that bored Yep ... whenever I can get the Internet while camped out and about in the RV. Right now the Internet is barely available here at Lake of the Woods and the outside Oregon temperatures at ~5K ft altitude are pretty low to be enjoying much nature.
pnichols 10/06/19 11:17am General RVing Issues
RE: I Think I'm Outta Here

Social media is taking the place of these forums. Facebook has very active groups with the focus on just about every manufacturer, type of RV, camping activity, and locations to camp. And posting a picture on Facebook is simple. Why stay here? I sure hope social media doesn't replace great forum sounding boards like this!! I refuse to get involved with media like Facebook until they get rid of the crazy hacking and baloney information that can show up there - which probably isn't going to happen as long there is a profit motive involved.
pnichols 10/06/19 11:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Well if you have the money they will build it

The Aussies know how to do it right. Well - so do some Yankees ... but it may take the Yanks $1.5 million US to do it :) : https://earthroamer.com/hd/ Very bad choice. Original company went into liquidation. Dick Smith who tried to drive an Earth Roamer on a F550 Chassis had massive problems with tbe F550 and the EarthRoamer. He eventually broke down in Mongolia. Projects was backed by Ford and Earth Roamer, but whole project was a major disaster FWIW, the Earthroamer in my earlier link is their HD model - not the model that broke down. The HD model is based on the Ford F-750 chassis ... which is a whole different level of toughness than the F-550 chassis. :)
pnichols 10/03/19 08:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Well if you have the money they will build it

The Aussies know how to do it right. Well - so do some Yankees ... but it may take the Yanks $1.5 million US to do it :) : https://earthroamer.com/hd/
pnichols 10/01/19 04:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Not A Joke Top Off With Gasoline or Diesel

My guess is most Tesla or any other EV drivers don’t drive it because it’s “green”. Go for a test drive and you’ll figure out why most people buy them. I get it. Not everyone is into high performance cars or convenience so not everybody wants or needs an EV. But some are and my guess is that is most of their market. It is around here anyway. Hmmm ... the ancient technology Shelby Cobra roadster I drove some years ago just might have given any modern technology Tesla a run for the money ... including an EV being in (Tesla's?) Ludicrous mode. Power to Weight Ratio is Power to Weight Ratio - whether the power be from vehicle-stored fossil fuel or remotely generated but vehicle-stored electrons. Original Cobra roadster engine sound and acceleration is insane .... but even then it - or no EV - comes anywhere near this: https://jalopnik.com/the-brm-v16-mk-2-is-nothing-but-pure-aural-pleasure-1273934656
pnichols 09/30/19 05:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Not A Joke Top Off With Gasoline or Diesel

We cannot tell our domestic oil producers that they must sell below world prices. Why not -> when selling to U.S fuel outlets for use here in the U.S?????? IAW ... how about countries without there own crude supplies paying "world prices", but U.S. laws requiring lower local fuel pricing for a certain (government periodically reviewed and adjusted) portion of all crude extracted by U.S oil producers that must be made available for exclusive use here in the U.S.? :h and :S
pnichols 09/30/19 05:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Well if you have the money they will build it

No doubt about it, custom stuff can be the ultimate when and while it works. Good luck fixing it yourself out on the far side of beyond, or getting it fixed anywhere but at the original manufacturer when it breaks - and everything does break eventually and anywhere it wants to - often regardless of any "preventative maintenance/service" done beforehand. (K)eep (I)t (S)imple (S)tupid is the best insurance to cover a remote area expedition-grade RV. It's always nice to armchair dream, though, and that rig certainly fits the bill.
pnichols 09/30/19 04:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New Ford Chassis

The new E-series has many upgrades (a few examples: lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, active cruise control, new instrument panel architecture) that indicate they indent to keep it around a while. That's great news! The Ford E-sereis fits right into the Class C starting point sweetspot that is missed by so many other U.S. delivery-van-type chassis. (I hope that means I can continue to easily get parts and service on our 2005 E450 Class C chassis ... as a side benefit!) Whatever happened to the E550 market anyway ... that lasted a couple of years back in the early 2000s?
pnichols 09/30/19 03:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New Ford Chassis

That should mean we'll see them on the 2021 RVs. The chassis are always the previous year from the coach. Always the possibility that Ford built up the V10 inventory to carry them through the retooling so maybe it will be a mid-year 2021 change. What I wonder is how long Ford will keep producing the old E-450 chassis before beefing up the new van system to replace it. Not always. I have a 2011 on a 2011. I know of some on a two year old chassis too. Not always here too ... we also have a 2005 Itasca Class C on a 2005 E450 chassis.
pnichols 09/29/19 09:12am Class C Motorhomes
RE: New Ford Chassis

Or .... Mercedes beefing up their Sprinter to "replace" the E450's ruggedness and ultra-reliability ... since so many Class C manufacturers seem so bent on using that MB chassis. IMHO the U.S. Class C market needs a good 4XXX series chassis to always be available, and it's OK w/me if Ford keeps the E450 around for this - whether it's engine be V10, V8, or an electric motor. That U.S. Class C market already has a very good reliable Chassis that is getting more and more available in the market,that is the Chevy Chassis It seems that it is not going away anytime soon. Right you are regarding the Chevy 4500 cutaway van chassis being a good old American-iron direct competitor to the Ford E450 cutaway van chassis for Class C use. But alas, I'm concerned with how much longer the 4500 chassis going to be around ... the same concern as with with the E450 chassis. :h
pnichols 09/29/19 09:09am Class C Motorhomes
RE: New Ford Chassis

That should mean we'll see them on the 2021 RVs. The chassis are always the previous year from the coach. Always the possibility that Ford built up the V10 inventory to carry them through the retooling so maybe it will be a mid-year 2021 change. What I wonder is how long Ford will keep producing the old E-450 chassis before beefing up the new van system to replace it. Or .... Mercedes beefing up their Sprinter to "replace" the E450's ruggedness and ultra-reliability ... since so many Class C manufacturers seem so bent on using that MB chassis. IMHO the U.S. Class C market needs a good 4XXX series chassis to always be available, and it's OK w/me if Ford keeps the E450 around for this - whether it's engine be V10, V8, or an electric motor.
pnichols 09/28/19 09:21am Class C Motorhomes
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