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Forum: RV Trip Wizard - Trip Planner Topics 11-18-2020, 11:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 218
Posted By Rocinante440
We sometimes use Gas Buddy with the filter set...

We sometimes use Gas Buddy with the filter set for diesel, which gives us a decent feel for best local pricing wherever we are. We don't use any other feature of GB, though. We've also found that...
Forum: RV Trip Wizard - Trip Planner Topics 11-15-2020, 05:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 227
Posted By Rocinante440
I was testing a different 3rd party RV GPS /...

I was testing a different 3rd party RV GPS / Routing app while we were in Canada. Thank goodness we weren't actually towing at the time, and were driving only our 4x4 RAM 1500. It took us down what...
Forum: RV Trip Wizard - Trip Planner Topics 11-12-2020, 10:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 233
Posted By Rocinante440
On iPhone we've found RVTW GPS feature to be well...

On iPhone we've found RVTW GPS feature to be well implemented, though we want them to add CarPlay support so we can see their map on our console while driving.

The other features are handy and...
Forum: Sprinter Chassis Forum 11-06-2020, 08:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 374
Posted By Rocinante440
We had our wheels aligned at the local MB shop....

We had our wheels aligned at the local MB shop. However, they said they only do "all wheel" alignments, and do not do "front wheel" alignments. It was expensive, but the van rides better after than...
Forum: Sprinter Chassis Forum 10-28-2020, 06:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 211
Posted By Rocinante440
We just replaced our Kenwood with a Pioneer...

We just replaced our Kenwood with a Pioneer DMH-WT76NEX. It's a very nice unit indeed, though there is one caveat: this unit does NOT turn off by itself, even if you navigate the UI and select "Power...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 10-05-2020, 01:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 286
Posted By Rocinante440
If you buy one old enough that it would be out of...

If you buy one old enough that it would be out of warranty anyway, I don't see any harm in doing so. You can get the van itself serviced at any RAM dealer, and you can get anything inside serviced...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 10-02-2020, 10:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 669
Posted By Rocinante440
The captain's chairs in our 2016 Airstream...

The captain's chairs in our 2016 Airstream Interstate built in a Sprinter 3500 170 EXT has dual arm rests. Pretty comfortable, but not massively padded. We like the ride for now, but if you want a...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 09-29-2020, 10:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 205
Posted By Rocinante440
Regarding the Winegard Satellite dish: We are...

Regarding the Winegard Satellite dish: We are going to have that dish removed from our used Airstream Interstate because we have zero interest in satellite TV while on the road. However, there will...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 09-27-2020, 09:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 440
Posted By Rocinante440
I'm no expert, just sharing what I had read. Our...

I'm no expert, just sharing what I had read. Our experience with AWD comes from Subaru Forester, which we loved. Our experience with 4x4 comes from our RAM 1500, with electronically controlled...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 09-26-2020, 09:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 440
Posted By Rocinante440
Here's the gist. I don't mean to imply that...

Here's the gist. I don't mean to imply that Sprinter 4x4 is bad, but it's not really a full-on 4x4.

"The 4x4 gets an extra 4.3 inches of lift in the front and 3.1 in the rear. The 4WD engages via...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 09-26-2020, 07:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 440
Posted By Rocinante440
I do know that the 4x4 versions of Sprinters are...

I do know that the 4x4 versions of Sprinters are a few inches higher off the ground than the 2x4 models, but I don't have the specs handy. That said, I would read up carefully about exactly what...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 09-20-2020, 06:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 428
Posted By Rocinante440
It's a very nice coach, and we almost bought one...

It's a very nice coach, and we almost bought one before finding a used Airstream Interstate that we picked up instead. I have read that the Xantrex inverter charger can be a bit of a challenge to...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 09-17-2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By Rocinante440
One cautionary note: Before backing your camper...

One cautionary note: Before backing your camper van over a curb to hang the rear out over the grass, please do check the clearance underneath. I've seen a van or two that had stuff hanging low enough...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 09-16-2020, 10:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By Rocinante440
We had the same concerns regarding the longer...

We had the same concerns regarding the longer Sprinter 3500 (170 EXT). We had no intention of buying one because we figured it would be too long. Then, last week an opportunity to buy a used...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 09-12-2020, 03:56 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 9,027
Posted By Rocinante440
Not to be too cynical, but tell me how much you...

Not to be too cynical, but tell me how much you love it after one of those mylar bags springs a leak when you're disposing of the waste.
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 09-08-2020, 09:09 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 9,027
Posted By Rocinante440
We're not a fan of the Laveo because of the...

We're not a fan of the Laveo because of the enormous amounts of plastic waste it seems to generate. It also occurs to us that few things can ruin a trip faster than a needlessly complicated space...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 09-06-2020, 01:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 690
Posted By Rocinante440
Sounds like you are onto something there. Perhaps...

Sounds like you are onto something there. Perhaps what many folks call a B+ would be perfect. That's a class C that does not have a bed over the cab. Maybe one built on a Sprinter, such as a member...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 09-06-2020, 10:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 690
Posted By Rocinante440
BTW, here are some threads we started when we...

BTW, here are some threads we started when we began looking for our Class B. You'll notice, as we did, that the length of the RV we just bought exceeds our initial desires, but we decided to bend...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 09-06-2020, 10:09 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 9,027
Posted By Rocinante440
The switch in Airstream trailers from plywood to...

The switch in Airstream trailers from plywood to composite sub-flooring is huge. It's literally a game changer, because the thing that inevitably kills an Airstream trailer as it gets older is...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 09-06-2020, 09:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 690
Posted By Rocinante440
The price is now a little higher than we'd like,...

The price is now a little higher than we'd like, a little lower than he'd like, and we've agreed to buy it. It has 37K miles on it. We pick it up on Friday. We did look at NADA. We're within the...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 09-05-2020, 09:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 690
Posted By Rocinante440
So here's the funny thing about shopping for a...

So here's the funny thing about shopping for a Class B. As you've probably noticed, supplies are short. We have a list of what we want in our class B and have been shopping with that as a guide. ...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 09-03-2020, 07:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 908
Posted By Rocinante440
Airstream trailer is long gone. We already know...

Airstream trailer is long gone. We already know how to minimize, having lived in it full time for 8 months. Still shopping for our class B, will never have a storage box on the back, though we might...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 09-02-2020, 06:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 908
Posted By Rocinante440
No judgement here, your camper, your wallet, your...

No judgement here, your camper, your wallet, your decision, and I hope it works great for you.

For me, I'd say the entire point of a Class B was to go smaller and lighter. If I needed a huge...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 09-02-2020, 06:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 919
Posted By Rocinante440
First off, I'm no purist. Most important thing...

First off, I'm no purist. Most important thing here is that it's your Sprinter, and your wallet, do what you want. You asked for input, and you got some, that's all. :)

Meanwhile, Sprinter black...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 09-01-2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 198
Posted By Rocinante440
For many years we had the Voyager wireless camera...

For many years we had the Voyager wireless camera on the back of our trailer and the monitor in our cab. It worked really well, except for that one time in New Mexico where the wind blew so hard that...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 09-01-2020, 12:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 919
Posted By Rocinante440
I'm thinking the Mercedes Bluetech Diesel is...

I'm thinking the Mercedes Bluetech Diesel is already a famously touchy beast, and I would not be messing with it except to address specific concerns like the potential for "limp mode", or "black...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-26-2020, 03:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 267
Posted By Rocinante440
Don't own either yet, but in case it matters, as...

Don't own either yet, but in case it matters, as I understand it the Pleateau TS has a 3-way fridge and the OnTour 2.2 has a compressor fridge.
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-24-2020, 09:19 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 9,027
Posted By Rocinante440
Hey, thanks for that suggestion, we may just give...

Hey, thanks for that suggestion, we may just give them a call.
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-23-2020, 08:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 534
Posted By Rocinante440
Are the water lines routed under the van, exposed...

Are the water lines routed under the van, exposed to the open air? If so, I feel like that's your weakest link for freezing risk. Would love to hear what experienced PW owners have to say about this,...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-23-2020, 08:40 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 9,027
Posted By Rocinante440
I wish we could get excited about ERV, but we...

I wish we could get excited about ERV, but we just don't like the floor plan. (sigh)

Gotta say, though, the tent on the back is a pretty cool idea.
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-23-2020, 08:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 255
Posted By Rocinante440
My thought is that you may also want to look...

My thought is that you may also want to look under your camper van, because it's my understanding that Pleasure-Way routes water lines outside, beneath the van, exposed to the air. If that's the...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-20-2020, 02:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,363
Posted By Rocinante440
Hang on, there's definitely a Class B that can...

Hang on, there's definitely a Class B that can easily seat five people in luxurious comfort. However, it's not really much for camping or sleeping. Here you go: Midwest Automotive Designs Daycruiser...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-18-2020, 01:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 350
Posted By Rocinante440
Yeah, we keep teetering between the Coachmen...

Yeah, we keep teetering between the Coachmen Beyond 20C or 20D, and the Coachmen Nova 20C. We believe the new Transit is a better platform, but the Nova is shorter, which we like.
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-16-2020, 12:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 350
Posted By Rocinante440
We'll be following your adventures. We're looking...

We'll be following your adventures. We're looking forward to their release of the Nova 20C and hope to get a good look at one when they become available.
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-15-2020, 03:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 410
Posted By Rocinante440
Also: I would avoid darker vehicle colors because...

Also: I would avoid darker vehicle colors because they absorb so much more heat. If white is a choice, that would likely be the best color to get.

Oh, and the hotter parts of the Southwest...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-15-2020, 03:09 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,680
Posted By Rocinante440
Oh, I dunno about that, used class-B RV's are in...

Oh, I dunno about that, used class-B RV's are in such high demand right now that the selling or trading process, should it be necessary, would likely be pretty easy to pull off. We're shopping for a...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-11-2020, 12:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 813
Posted By Rocinante440
Given you're looking at Sprinters, have you...

Given you're looking at Sprinters, have you considered the Pleasure-Way Plateau models? They have 3-point seat belts in the rear lounge. If a Ram ProMaster platform is ok, you could also look at...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-10-2020, 01:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 813
Posted By Rocinante440
You may also want to take a look in a completely...

You may also want to take a look in a completely different direction, at the Winnebago Solis 59PX. Seems perfect for this kind of activity and family size, though the rooftop space would be a little...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-06-2020, 01:19 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,935
Posted By Rocinante440
This isn't a thread about RV weight, power curve,...

This isn't a thread about RV weight, power curve, bounce, or anything else. It's just a thread about RV length...and it's kinda done. Asked my questions, got some great answers, time to move on...
...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-03-2020, 09:32 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,680
Posted By Rocinante440
To each their own regarding the bathroom sink, I...

To each their own regarding the bathroom sink, I guess, but we watched a couple of videos about that Laveo toilet, and there's no way we're going to have one of those in our RV. They generate huge...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-03-2020, 07:10 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,680
Posted By Rocinante440
Yes, the Embassy looks quite interesting. On the...

Yes, the Embassy looks quite interesting. On the downside, we noticed there was no sink in the bathroom, and we are not happy with the idea of washing bathroom hands in the kitchen sink. They are...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-03-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,935
Posted By Rocinante440
You're right, topic drift happens, just calling...

You're right, topic drift happens, just calling it out to help encourage folks to veer back on track for this thread. :)
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-03-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,038
Posted By Rocinante440
We always used the bath for "everything," but we...

We always used the bath for "everything," but we had one cardinal rule:

"If you didn't eat it first, do not put it in the toilet." - same as with the head on a boat. This means that we have a...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-03-2020, 07:19 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,935
Posted By Rocinante440
Topic drift! This thread is supposed to be about...

Topic drift! This thread is supposed to be about downsizing to and parking for a class-B van that's 21-22' long vs. one that's 24' long. ;)
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-02-2020, 04:01 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,680
Posted By Rocinante440
They did not say they were eliminating propane,...

They did not say they were eliminating propane, though that would be interesting. Regarding the Boldt, there are also a number of good videos on "the you tubes" that will give you a feel for it. Most...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-02-2020, 11:34 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,680
Posted By Rocinante440
BTW, here's our current list of Class B RV's we'd...

BTW, here's our current list of Class B RV's we'd love to see in person to help us decide what to buy:


Coachmen: Nova 20C, Beyond 22C, and Beyond 22D (Previous model years of the Beyond were...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-02-2020, 11:28 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,680
Posted By Rocinante440
FYI, I just heard back from Pleasure-Way on their...

FYI, I just heard back from Pleasure-Way on their 3-way fridges, They assured me that as of the 2021.5 model run they have switched to 12V/120V compressor fridges, so this is one thing we can take...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-02-2020, 10:29 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,680
Posted By Rocinante440
Based on what we're seeing, I'd say you're right...

Based on what we're seeing, I'd say you're right about availability on travel trailers and 5th wheels, and even Class A and larger Class C's on comparison to Class B. The one dealer we visited to...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 08-01-2020, 12:22 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,680
Posted By Rocinante440
That sounds like a plan. However, in this hot...

That sounds like a plan. However, in this hot market, patience is your friend. Hotness will not likely last, especially with the shocks you probably already know our economy has been taking lately....
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 07-31-2020, 01:56 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,680
Posted By Rocinante440
We're engaged in the same search for a Class B...

We're engaged in the same search for a Class B camper. Given it's the two of us and a dog, and we'd prefer a "queen" bed, that has driven us away from floor plans with the wet bath in back. This is...
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