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RE: Must Have Boondocking Items?

When boondocking way out there on the Far Side of Beyond, you should have the knowledge and stuff along to repair a large variety of things in your rig. Our rig has wiring and plumbing in behind cabinets, so I carry along a remote inspection scope so I can take a look into difficult to see areas to check things out if something is acting up.
pnichols 02/20/22 10:22pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: RVs over 10 years old are valueless

This discussion showcases exactly why we look for RV camping spots where there isn't -> yelling little ones, loud music, loud talk around other campfires, electric bikes/carts carts buzzing past and ... where there isn't ANY RV AGE LIMITS. Here's an example of where we like to camp when we can: https://i.imgur.com/MgYz0ATl.jpg Beautiful. Where is that? My first guess was Cuddeback, but the hills in back look too tall. If memory serves me right - Death Valley on a 4x4 road, I think. We're planning on boondock camping there again this spring with friends in our 24 ft Class C RVs ... I hope it's open for boondock camping then. I do know that Scotty's Castle is closed, but that's just a place to visit in DV.
pnichols 01/09/22 04:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVs over 10 years old are valueless

This discussion showcases exactly why we look for RV camping spots where there isn't -> yelling little ones, loud music, loud talk around other campfires, electric bikes/carts carts buzzing past and ... where there isn't ANY RV AGE LIMITS. Here's an example of where we like to camp when we can: https://i.imgur.com/MgYz0ATl.jpg
pnichols 01/08/22 10:21am General RVing Issues
RE: ALL NEW Onan Cummins 2500i inverter generator - I LOVE IT!

For us small motorhome owners with the good old 4KW Onan gas or diesel generators - I wonder if/when Onan is going to come out with 4KW inverter gas and diesel versions? Combining the legendary Onan reliability with inverter technology for all of their models is long overdue!
pnichols 01/08/22 12:36am Truck Campers
RE: Propane prices

$2.75/gal to fill my home's big tank right here in the mountains just outside Silicon Valley in CA. It's been that price for quite some time. Sometimes if I'm around to ask the driver when the propane truck comes, he'll top up my motorhome's built-in tank too.
pnichols 01/08/22 12:14am Around the Campfire
RE: Fantastic Fan

A reversible RV ceiling vent fan has a little known use that can be outstanding: When traveling on dusty roads or even for traveling in any situation, if needed run the air conditioner or heater on the recirculate air setting, close up every window, and close up every ceiling vent except one with a reversible fan in it. Set this fan to the "blow in" mode, and set it on the slowest or next to the slowest speed setting. The fan then "tries" to bring air into the motorhome but "can't" because everything is closed up. What is then happening is this fan is establishing and maintaining a slight air pressure inside the motorhome. This slight air pressure keeps all dust out of the interior that otherwise might seep in through small cracks, window seals, door seals, etc.. We do this a lot to help keep the interior of the RV cleaner when traveling - especially in dirty air or when on dusty roads.
pnichols 12/07/21 11:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is there a Class C that can be driven into sketchy terrain?

Wow again!!! Exactly what I’m looking to do. Believe it or not, my truck camper dimensions are as large! More height and only 3” less width than your class C. I found the “roads” in the Colorado rocky disbursed camping areas were barely passable. I had to carefully plan where to put my tires to keep the truck off the ground and off rocks. I did not, however, find I needed 4 wheel drive. It wasn’t slippery, it was huge gullies, ravines and holes in the road. By the same token, I saw more than one standard, stock class C go blasting very deep into the camping in Divide, CO that I wouldn’t do with the truck camper out of fear of the load shifting. The hills were crazy and they drove right up/down. I also feel like if you ever did get stuck with 2wd, winches are probably all you need. I could be wrong and I’m sure it’s a hot topic, but seems 2wd and winches would work great. Your setup sounds ideal. I want to carry a small enduro motorcycle to go into town with and get parts if needed. I carry that now, actually. But the garnish in reach is a good idea. Been meaning to get one. Good for medical emergencies especially. Thanks for this post. Very encouraging. We take our 24 ft. Itasca non-slide Class C slowly and carefully offroad at times. - We bought it new and it was based on the E450 chassis instead of the E350 chassis that is most often used for small Class C motorhomes. We wanted the overkill ruggedness, reliability, inexpensive/convenient repair/maintenance, extra weight carrying margin, and solid handling of an underloaded Ford E450 chassis supporting the coach. - I have stock E450 rims on it, but larger diameter tires on those rims in order to provide more ground clearance. - The fully mounted spare tire is carried in the rear up between the frame members just like on pickup trucks (for a lower center of gravity and elimination of an up-high bouncing spare ... as when carried on/above the rear bumper), and I carry a 12 ton double extension (for higher lift) hydraulic jack for emergency changing of a tire anywhere on soft/unstable ground. - We carry five 3-step homemade leveling blocks (plus additional wood pieces) along for leveling flexibility on sloped camping spots and for possible help in getting tires unstuck in soft spots. Wooden leveling blocks aren't as likely to break/split as much on rough/rocky surfaces as composite blocks. - We did not want any slides so as to provide for maximum shear strength in the walls, more reliability protection from a slide that won't close, less overall weight, less chance of leaks in heavy rains when camped or traveling, help in keeping the overall center of gravity low, and for elimination of any stress damage from slides jiggling slightly when traveling. - All kinds of tools and spare parts stay in the motorhome at all times so they're always there without having to load them special whenever we go on trips. These include such things as: A full size shovel, a pickaxe, a spare serpentine belt plus a special tool to help mount it, a crowbar, extra engine fluids, a tire puncture repair kit, tire inflation canisters, a full power compressor, Eternabond tape, a caulking gun and tubes of caulking, a remote inspection scope to look at plumbing and wiring in behind cabinets, spare plumbing piping and fixtures, spare bulbs, 12V and 120V extension cords, a high power 12V portable fan, a hand saw for large limbs, an axe, all kinds of flashlights, and the coach came with a built-in exterior roof access ladder to inspect for/repair any roof damage while on trips. - In addition to the built-in 4000 watt generator powered from the main 55 gallon gas tank and the built-in coach battery charger, we also carry along a portable generator and a portable battery charger. We can charge and keep charged our coach and engine batteries five different non-solar ways. - And last but by no means least: We carry along a Garmin Mini satellite rescue and text communication device (along with emergency rescue insurance) ... since many times we can be out of range of mobile phone cellular towers. Our main offroad concerns are - no 4X4, and the width and the height of the coach structure at 101 inches wide and 11'6" tall. But what this non-slide size and non-4X4 package gives us is all the comforts of home way out in many U.S. boondock areas and at purchase and maintenance pricing that we can afford. So far our most remote trip has been into the Oregon Outback 25 miles each way, during which we had to travel at around 7-10 MPH to keep the motorhome under control and free from damage. For what it's worth, you might want to carry your enduro motorcycle on a rack mounted on the front of a Class C. Bouncing weight hanging off the rear is not always a good idea if you can avoid it.
pnichols 12/05/21 05:41pm Class C Motorhomes
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!!! Oooops, you reminded me: I left off my list our CHP (California Highway Patrol) approved hardened steel tow chain that we also carry along. I bought this chain after breaking our previous 30,000 lb. pull tow strap trying to yank our traveling companion's 24 ft. Class C out of a super-soft-shoulder stuck situation. I had to try because we couldn't get cell service out there in the boondocks north of Death Valley. I guess that our E450 V10 chassis can - with it's 4:56 rear differential and a lot of motorhome weight on it's rear duals on a hard and dry surface - exert an awful lot of horizontal pull force!
pnichols 12/05/21 05:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is there a Class C that can be driven into sketchy terrain?

We take our 24 ft. Itasca non-slide Class C slowly and carefully offroad at times. - We bought it new and it was based on the E450 chassis instead of the E350 chassis that is most often used for small Class C motorhomes. We wanted the overkill ruggedness, reliability, inexpensive/convenient repair/maintenance, extra weight carrying margin, and solid handling of an underloaded Ford E450 chassis supporting the coach. - I have stock E450 rims on it, but larger diameter tires on those rims in order to provide more ground clearance. - The fully mounted spare tire is carried in the rear up between the frame members just like on pickup trucks (for a lower center of gravity and elimination of an up-high bouncing spare ... as when carried on/above the rear bumper), and I carry a 12 ton double extension (for higher lift) hydraulic jack for emergency changing of a tire anywhere on soft/unstable ground. - We carry five 3-step homemade leveling blocks (plus additional wood pieces) along for leveling flexibility on sloped camping spots and for possible help in getting tires unstuck in soft spots. Wooden leveling blocks aren't as likely to break/split as much on rough/rocky surfaces as composite blocks. - We did not want any slides so as to provide for maximum shear strength in the walls, more reliability protection from a slide that won't close, less overall weight, less chance of leaks in heavy rains when camped or traveling, help in keeping the overall center of gravity low, and for elimination of any stress damage from slides jiggling slightly when traveling. - All kinds of tools and spare parts stay in the motorhome at all times so they're always there without having to load them special whenever we go on trips. These include such things as: A full size shovel, a pickaxe, a spare serpentine belt plus a special tool to help mount it, a crowbar, extra engine fluids, a tire puncture repair kit, tire inflation canisters, a full power compressor, Eternabond tape, a caulking gun and tubes of caulking, a remote inspection scope to look at plumbing and wiring in behind cabinets, spare plumbing piping and fixtures, spare bulbs, 12V and 120V extension cords, a high power 12V portable fan, a hand saw for large limbs, an axe, all kinds of flashlights, and the coach came with a built-in exterior roof access ladder to inspect for/repair any roof damage while on trips. - In addition to the built-in 4000 watt generator powered from the main 55 gallon gas tank and the built-in coach battery charger, we also carry along a portable generator and a portable battery charger. We can charge and keep charged our coach and engine batteries five different non-solar ways. - And last but by no means least: We carry along a Garmin Mini satellite rescue and text communication device (along with emergency rescue insurance) ... since many times we can be out of range of mobile phone cellular towers. Our main offroad concerns are - no 4X4, and the width and the height of the coach structure at 101 inches wide and 11'6" tall. But what this non-slide size and non-4X4 package gives us is all the comforts of home way out in many U.S. boondock areas and at purchase and maintenance pricing that we can afford. So far our most remote trip has been into the Oregon Outback 25 miles each way, during which we had to travel at around 7-10 MPH to keep the motorhome under control and free from damage.
pnichols 12/05/21 02:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome Fuel Economy

I think the 16.8 mpg towing a Suzuki Jimny is much more realistic. A small, light towed vehicle should hardly affect fuel mileage. When I had an E450 based class C, of course it got much worse mileage, but towing a 3200 pound vehicle cost me less than 1 mpg. As far as getting almost 26 mpg in an 11000 lb motorhome? I think they adopted in Australia the time-tested American method of increase fuel economy- make up numbers to impress the internet! I hesitate using the word "impossible" with respect to the 26 mpg claim ... but maybe that word fits here?
pnichols 12/04/21 09:50am Class C Motorhomes
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