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Old 10-06-2010, 04:47 PM   #15
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I'd like to see a slide out engine/transmission module. The engine,transmission, cooling system, exhaust system all in one module. By uncoupling the driveline, unplug the electrical, battery cables, supply airline and about 4 retaining bolts the whole module would slide out for repairs.
The bose system looks interesting, the danger is that the average driver would never know if he was cornering too fast until it was too late. Like in the old adage "Oversteer scares the passenger and Understeer scares the driver"
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The recycled grey water for the toilet would be a simple plumbing fix with an additional pump and a couple of valves. Something to think about Woody.
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:39 AM   #17
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DW and I have always said we would love to have a full width moonroof right over the bed for stargazing. It would need to retract into the roof at least 5 feet and have a self cleaning glass or acrylic top.
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:11 AM   #18
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The recycled grey water for the toilet would be a simple plumbing fix with an additional pump and a couple of valves. Something to think about Woody.
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There is already a kit/service for that:
RV Grey Water Recycling - Unique Solutions Inc RV
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:33 AM   #19
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Convenience: Easily removable fold up/roll up screen from front passenger side entry doors of class a's to permit unobstructed scenery view for passenger when traveling.
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Old 10-29-2010, 06:00 PM   #20
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Your wish list is great. Like the automobile industry, options may become standard features.

I'd like to see something simple - duplicate thermostat controls at the dashboard. My motorhomes all located the coach airconditioner/heater controls midway through the coach.

With the multiplexing capabilities of industrial controls today, it shouldn't be a difficult task. I haven't seen this on any coach other than some bus conversions. Maybe some offer it and I'm not aware of it. It would be something that a "standard" coach builder could offer that would make them stand out from others.

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Old 03-09-2011, 12:08 PM   #21
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I'm resurrecting my old list.

CONSERVATION: Radiant barriers in walls floor and ceilings to double heat loss resistance in winter and heat gain in summer. Proven NASA developed method.

CONSERVATION: Less reliance on heavy problematic SLIDES. More innovation in multiple uses of space. Example: Murphy beds free master bedroom for other uses like sewing room or personal office. Murphy style fold up sofa etc.

CONVENIENCE: Pop up from the floor furniture. After all, if a Caravan can have it there is no reason a MH can't. It would be great for use in the Murphy bedded room.
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Old 03-09-2011, 01:28 PM   #22
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What better place to be innovative than a big EXPENSIVE motorhome?

CONSERVATION: Waste heat recovery from exhaust system. Utilize collected waste heat in sterling cycle generator. Utilize electrical energy with inline driveline boost.

Waste heat exchanger devices already exist:

Bowman - Exhaust Gas Heat Exchangers

Sterling cycle generators exist and fit inside closets in homes:

WhisperGenTM heat and power systems

Integrated Supplemental power by electric motors already in use by GM

Sterling cycle generator functions when MH is parked burning its own fuel producing electricity and heating for MH.

In case you don't know, a Sterling cycle engine has no exhaust or intake and is nearly silent in operation.
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What better place to be innovative than a big EXPENSIVE motorhome?

CONSERVATION: Waste heat recovery from exhaust system. Utilize collected waste heat in sterling cycle generator. Utilize electrical energy with inline driveline boost.
Heat recovery would be a GREAT asset in a DP application. According to Cummins, up to 70 horsepower is robbed from the engine to drive the cooling fan. I'd be happy to recover half of that with a micro Co-Gen plant.

Bill Joy is working on it:

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sourc...KcldEpn8nhCbwA

www.theeestory.com/articles/247
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We get so used to hearing how efficient one engine is over the other but the reality is IC engines are at best 20% efficient meaning 80% of the available energy in fuel is wasted as HEAT. The highest efficiency is achieved using a Sterling cycle engine. I'm thinking capacitors as a storage medium are still a long way off. Tesla liked them.

Anyway, I'm trying to stick with things achievable right now. Not necessarily cheap and not too far in the future, cause I'm not getting any younger.
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I would like to find an RV of any type/make that was designed by engineers that actually might have spent a night in one. Every RV we have owned has had a number of items that were totally absurd, poorly designed, waste space, and useless.
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I'd settle for better sound proofing on Gassers with front engines and a cover for the class A that can be put on from the ground. In the long run I have seen solar panels that come on rolls and it would seem like a short jump to turn most if not all of the roof into a solar collector with these thin sheets instead of those thick rigid panels. Just an idea tht I hope someone is listening to.
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I would like to find an RV of any type/make that was designed by engineers that actually might have spent a night in one. Every RV we have owned has had a number of items that were totally absurd, poorly designed, waste space, and useless.

I was told a story once that Volvo makes the design engineers work in the Service Bay as an intern helping and making repairs on the vehicles for a year before they are allowed to work on future designs. What an awesome concept! You would think that they would want real world applications in everything, alas it never seems to work that way.
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:22 PM   #28
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Question 2 Big a Windshield ?

Why do we need a big Windshield - the 1 pce.? Needs cooling or heating.
The road is not up there !?!

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