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Old 06-08-2015, 09:06 AM   #43
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So what did she finally get and how is it working out?
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Old 06-08-2015, 01:53 PM   #44
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She answered what she got in post #38. Hope it's working out for her.
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Old 06-08-2015, 11:38 PM   #45
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"Process of buying it" and then no words from her mouth!
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Old 06-11-2015, 01:21 AM   #46
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Smile So I bought a...

...2006 Dutchmen, Class C, 26', and have been living in it for about 3 months now. I really love it, except when something goes wrong.

After my first dry-camping experience, this past Saturday through Wednesday, I suspect what's "gone wrong" is my expectations of house-battery life, fresh-water usage, etc. I just need to recalibrate my expectations -- scale them down to fit what is, instead of what I had hoped it would be.

I've also taken the giant leap into having a "toad," trading my 2006 Honda Element in on a 2012 Smart Car and having the car and the RV soldered together -- not quite, but you know what I mean.

Talk about jumping off the deep end! I have a long way to go to get used to driving not only the RV (Moby Jane, the Great White Whale) but now with a toad, however "smart" said toad may be....Whew!

My thanks for everyone's help and advice!

Now, the side mirrors on the RV can only be adjusted manually from the outside, which turns out to be a giant pain. What is possible/would work better: having side-view cameras installed or having side mirrors adjustable from the inside? I don't know if it's even possible to retrofit an E450 chassis with electrically adjustable mirrors.
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:36 PM   #47
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If you are going to boondock a lot...go Solar.

As for the mirrors, mine are fixed and once set they don't move so it's a non issue. If your are getting loose and out of adjustment you need to tighten the "nut" in the arm pillar.

Or, go with a back-up monitor w/3 cameras. I just installed a wired rear camer on my rig and really like it...it was $155 shipped and extra cameras are availiable:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/271214387573...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Here is a pic on out last trip pulling the pontoon:
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Old 06-12-2015, 12:20 AM   #48
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Thumbs up Very impressive!

Thanks for the advice! The camera set-up is very impressive!

I do have a back-up camera but no side-view cameras. My side-view mirrors do get knocked askew if I or anything else happens to bump into them.

Or, worse, as happened the other day, I accidentally engaged in Dueling Side-view Mirrors with another vehicle (on a narrow road, a parked Tundra with big side-view mirrors). We both lost that duel.

I'll definitely look into the 3-camera system. Would you happen to know the brand? (I'm not keen on eBay -- bad experience with it.)

Again, my thanks!
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Camera and monitor are RVS(Rear View Safety) Systems brand:

Backup Camera System | Rear View Backup Camera | RearViewSafety.com

I did a little research and found that RVS has a pretty good rep.

I do not know if you can split the screen 3 ways to monitor all three cameras at once....so double check on that. Having to change screens to change lanes....well that just won't work a'tall.
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It sounds like you are learning why I do not recommend short C's for boondocking. ;-) Minimal tankage! If you only have one house battery and you have the step that lifts up you may have enough shelf under there to to add a second battery the same size as what is there.
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