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RE: diesel class c

OP...When discussing this topic with Sprinter owners, a few subjects seem to come up quite often; Fuel mileage......... Gary I’ve had that talk with several Sprinter owners myself. The tone usually changes when you point out how much the engine that gets you such fantastic mileage costs you in the first place. As with pickups, very, very few people ever keep / drive them enough to get anywhere near getting their purchase price back let lone saving any money. As an example, at $2.50 / gallon for both gasoline and diesel, a gas RV getting 9 mpg will cost ~$0.28 / mile, a diesel RV getting 20 mpg will cost ~$0.13 / mile. A savings of $0.15 / mile, or about $375 on a 2,500 mile trip. If the Diesel engine cost only $20,000 you would need to drive 135,000 miles to begin to save anything.
JaxDad 12/03/19 05:56am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Built in vs. Stand-alone GPS?

I regularly use my tablet for a GPS. My tablet doesn't have cellular capability. iPads don't have GPS unless you get the one with cell service. I know because we have one of each in the familly. Other flavors of tablets might have GPS. Adding GPS to a WiFi only iPad is easy & cheap.. I do the same thing, on-board GPS (terrestrial and aviation both) database files make for a really great big screen navigation unit. GPS Thingy, clicky, clicky.
JaxDad 11/29/19 07:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Built in vs. Stand-alone GPS?

I saw that too, but routinely see that my phone is on the Verizon network, and have good service in those ‘black areas’. I suspect the map is just out of date.
JaxDad 11/29/19 02:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Built in vs. Stand-alone GPS?

No, a dual SIM phone just ties you to 2 service providers. What you want is an eSim with a global service provider. This allows the phone to switch between different networks and work "locally" in other countries without changing sim cards. That does work...but it's an expensive solution. I’m paying LESS now than when I was on a conventional provider.
JaxDad 11/29/19 05:42am Tech Issues
RE: Built in vs. Stand-alone GPS?

Edited to shorten. Hmmm ... if an eSim card can be installed in an iPhone or an Android phone that ties one to a global service provider ... then: 1. Do you then get billed each month by the global service provider ... just like you would if you had a sim card locking your phone to one of the common U.S. providers? 2. If one uses their smartphone only in, say the U.S., but via a global service provider - then are you saying that wherever you are in the U.S. - your phone will connect to whatever specific U.S. providers' cell signal is the strongest at your particular location ... i.e. be it a Verizon tower, or an AT&T towers, or a SPRINT tower, etc. at the time? If both the answer to both 1. and 2. above is "yes" ... then who are some 4G or LTE global providers that I could switch to, where can I find what plans they offer, and if there our some then WOW .... it seems like a no brainer to set up this kind of arrangement on my upcoming purchase of my first ever smartphone (to be Android based) so as to get best possible cellular signal coverage in the contiguous United States, Alaska, and Canada for RV travels? (P.S. Unlimited and speed un-throttled from a global provider meeting the above requirements would be the ultimate - but that probably doesn't exist or is extremely expensive if it does exist.) 1. Yes, I get on bill each month. 2. Yes, my phone seeks out and jumps to the strongest signal, regardless of carrier. Every phone already jumps to the strongest signal, but only within the network it’s locked to, unless roaming. My phone is in a perpetual state of “roaming”. I use GlobalSIM, I’m told there’s others, I just don’t know who they are. Global is the biggest. It’s not expensive, I have 2 permanently assigned phone numbers (in my case one 416, one 305, both of which are always ‘live’) unlimited calling (no roaming charges, no long distance), texting and data (never throttled, no tethering restrictionists) almost anywhere in the world for $75 / month.
JaxDad 11/29/19 05:41am Tech Issues
RE: Built in vs. Stand-alone GPS?

My cell phone is ‘local’ (no roaming, no long distance) in most of the world, I can switch between several phone numbers in a couple of key strokes, or switch between most cell providers automatically or manually, again with a few key strokes. I confess that I don't know, and have never heard of, how to switch the DW's Verizon based smartphone or my Verizon based flip phone to another network automatically or manullly for making calls, sending texts, or accessing the Internet. Probably most Verizon customers don't how to do that either. When our phones have "no bars", we assume that means no Verizon cellular access is available ... even though AT&T/Sprint/Etc. cellular signals may be present and strong enough for their customers to access. In the Western U.S. on RV trips we are often not able get out with our cell phones - and I always assumed that was because of Verizon signal strength. I sure wish our phones could access any provider in those places just in case other providers happened to have strong enough cellular signals there. :( Look for a "dual sim" phone. You can put in sim cards from two carriers and then select the carrier you prefer. Even with a single sim phone, it only takes a few minutes to swap out the sim card and boom, you are on a new carrier. That said, I wouldn't keep multiple carriers going in one area but say you are going into canada, switching carriers can make a lot of sense. We travel a lot (internationally) and usually stop in the airport and for $10-30 a local carrier will pop in a new sim card with a phone plan already activated. Only downside is your normal phone number won't work (we have a phone number thru skype that works regardless of carrier and that's what we tell people to use) No, a dual SIM phone just ties you to 2 service providers. What you want is an eSim with a global service provider. This allows the phone to switch between different networks and work "locally" in other countries without changing sim cards.
JaxDad 11/28/19 11:33am Tech Issues
RE: Built in vs. Stand-alone GPS?

Like someone else said, Google, or a cell phone is great, IF you have cell or internet service. If not, it is just a useless hunk of junk. Not true at all.. Several GPS apps (for both iOS and Android devices) allow you to download the map database (in whole or just the part you need, in detail or not) and then your phone or tablet will work regardless of service availability, even in airplane mode. I use an iPad mini (8” screen) with a Bad Elf GPS dongle and end up with a GPS that I can also check in on RV.net with after I get there. Try that with your Garmin. LOL. Hmmm .... what exactly do you mean by "I can also check in on RV.net with"? You need Internet access to do that after you get to where you were going. (Some of our destinations don't end up where there is Internet access.) Also, I wonder how many smartphones have enough built-in memory so as to hold at all times the entire map database for North America ... like our 3550LM stand-alone Garmin unit can. We can travel anywhere in the lower U.S. or Canada or Alaska (or Mexico) without having to download any regional maps -> the huge map database for all of this is right there in the Garmin, which came with lifetime free map updates - which makes it a no-brainer to keep current. This makes for one less thing to have to remember to take care of/prepare before a major RV trip. P.S. A Garmin stand-alone unit will only lead you on a Wild Goose Chase if you let it do so. :) The comment I was replying to was that a phone wouldn’t work if you had no cell service. By tethering my iPad to my iPhone there’s very few places I don’t have Internet since I can access almost every carrier and just choose the strongest signal where I happen to be. As for storage, the entire map database for all of North America is on ~2.36 GB and you have the option of loading just the portion you need in which case it’s only a few hundred MB. Even the smallest of smartphones are 16 GB and 64 GB is pretty standard these days, some even 128 or 256 GB. I guess there's something I'm missing in what you're saying: We tether our iPad to our smartphone when on RV trips too ... since our iPad is not set up as an independent Internet device. However, our smartphone operates on the Verizon network ... and only that network because that's who we signed up with years ago. So here's my question - how can your iPhone "access almost every carrier"? How do these various carrier's bill you for your iPhone use on each of them, if you jump around on them as you please in any given time period? (I thought a smartphone was registered with, and the owner billed by, only one specific carrier that the owner's device is registered with.) Of course if a smartphone has a complete mapbase installed locally on it, and the smartphone can function as a satellete based GPS receiver independent of an Internet connection, then I guess that the right smartphone containing the right mapbase can be setup to look, act, and function like a standalone satellite based GPS navigator device. If so, the above point is not well made in most of the discussions comparing the two approaches to RV navigation aides. Also if so, I should probably retire my Garmin 3550LM and use a smartphone instead, for navigation help whenever we're RV traveling out in the boonies beyond cellular signal reception. Quotes of quotes this long make me a little crazy, but here goes. Stand-alone is the key. A phone or tablet running without cell service is no different than a stand-alone GPS for navigating, but is a LOT more useful for other things beyond navigation. The trick to ‘any network’ is the company that provides your service. Verizon isn’t going to tell you they have sharing agreements with a bunch of other companies. They want to keep your money. No surprise, your Ford owner’s manual says all sorts of terrible things will happen if you don’t use ‘genuine’ Ford parts. There are however other providers that have made those agreements. My cell phone is ‘local’ (no roaming, no long distance) in most of the world, I can switch between several phone numbers in a couple of key strokes, or switch between most cell providers automatically or manually, again with a few key strokes.
JaxDad 11/27/19 05:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Built in vs. Stand-alone GPS?

$750 built in vs $20 mount for cell phone running a mapping app...hmm And yes the cell phone will work fine if you are going into areas without cell coverage. The major mapping apps allow you to download the maps to the phone ahead of time. Sorry but it will not work. Having the maps downloaded into the phone is no more usefull than having a map in your back pocket. Without cell service or GPS, the phone has no more idea of where it is than you do with that map. Absolutely incorrect. A smart phone has a GPS receiver, if the map database is in its memory it is no different than any other stand alone GPS unit. If you have say Co-Pilot, the map database in its memory and a GPS dongle plugged in, an iPad (that isn’t even cellular capable) works just fine as a stand-alone GPS unit.
JaxDad 11/27/19 04:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Thomas Payne Furniture - AVOID IT

A friend's family business is building limo's and such. I asked him about 'bonded leather' furniture and he warned me away from anything that wasn't from a solid company with a LOT of experience in vehicle furniture. It seems the stuff intended for a S & B won't stand up to the high temperatures of a sealed up vehicle sitting in the sunshine. Interior temps can rise to more than 40 deg. over outside temps in just an hour on a hot sunny day.
JaxDad 11/27/19 09:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Charging electric car

There are exactly ZERO EVs rated to be towed 4 down. And nobody ever tows a vehicle that is not "rated" to tow? And unlike ICE vehicles where the transmission probably does not lubricate when driven from wheels, nobody has pointed out a mechanical reason a EV can not be towed. Mechanical reason # 1, EV's have motors connected directly to the wheels, if the wheels turn, so do the motors.
JaxDad 11/27/19 09:01am Tech Issues
RE: Built in vs. Stand-alone GPS?

Like someone else said, Google, or a cell phone is great, IF you have cell or internet service. If not, it is just a useless hunk of junk. Not true at all.. Several GPS apps (for both iOS and Android devices) allow you to download the map database (in whole or just the part you need, in detail or not) and then your phone or tablet will work regardless of service availability, even in airplane mode. I use an iPad mini (8” screen) with a Bad Elf GPS dongle and end up with a GPS that I can also check in on RV.net with after I get there. Try that with your Garmin. LOL. Hmmm .... what exactly do you mean by "I can also check in on RV.net with"? You need Internet access to do that after you get to where you were going. (Some of our destinations don't end up where there is Internet access.) Also, I wonder how many smartphones have enough built-in memory so as to hold at all times the entire map database for North America ... like our 3550LM stand-alone Garmin unit can. We can travel anywhere in the lower U.S. or Canada or Alaska (or Mexico) without having to download any regional maps -> the huge map database for all of this is right there in the Garmin, which came with lifetime free map updates - which makes it a no-brainer to keep current. This makes for one less thing to have to remember to take care of/prepare before a major RV trip. P.S. A Garmin stand-alone unit will only lead you on a Wild Goose Chase if you let it do so. :) The comment I was replying to was that a phone wouldn’t work if you had no cell service. By tethering my iPad to my iPhone there’s very few places I don’t have Internet since I can access almost every carrier and just choose the strongest signal where I happen to be. As for storage, the entire map database for all of North America is on ~2.36 GB and you have the option of loading just the portion you need in which case it’s only a few hundred MB. Even the smallest of smartphones are 16 GB and 64 GB is pretty standard these days, some even 128 or 256 GB.
JaxDad 11/27/19 05:41am Tech Issues
RE: Built in vs. Stand-alone GPS?

I use an iPad mini (8” screen) with a Bad Elf GPS dongle and end up with a GPS that I can also check in on RV.net with after I get there. Try that with your Garmin. LOL. Funny, I was just thinking how nice it would be to be able to "check in" on RV.net with my dongle. Sounds almost pornographic ....:R No sir, we’re Canadians. Prim, proper and polite......... Well, except for Big Dougie and his late brother Mayor Mucho. Bad Elf clicky thing.
JaxDad 11/26/19 04:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Built in vs. Stand-alone GPS?

Like someone else said, Google, or a cell phone is great, IF you have cell or internet service. If not, it is just a useless hunk of junk. Not true at all.. Several GPS apps (for both iOS and Android devices) allow you to download the map database (in whole or just the part you need, in detail or not) and then your phone or tablet will work regardless of service availability, even in airplane mode. I use an iPad mini (8” screen) with a Bad Elf GPS dongle and end up with a GPS that I can also check in on RV.net with after I get there. Try that with your Garmin. LOL.
JaxDad 11/26/19 04:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Questions about 2005 Ford E450 Diesel Shuttle Bus

Hi, I'm converting a 2005 Ford E450 Shuttle Bus. Thanks, Jim. Just bear in mind that if you add propane piping and appliances, 120 volt wiring, and / or plumbing you need to have those things certified in order to keep on the right side of the law. Not doing so could keep you out of conventional campgrounds and most state / federal parks.
JaxDad 11/26/19 05:35am General RVing Issues
RE: first report new springs with a surprize result

As a pilot with a degree in aerospace engineering I can tell you that “parasitic losses” can manifest themselves in many weird and wonderful ways. Likewise the gains created by eliminating them, witness the little air tabs (originally designed for aircraft) that can measurably increase fuel mileage on a coach. In this case, I’d say an overloaded suspension created excessive (even if you weren’t aware of it, the slow creep is imperceptible) motion which created the losses you’re now recouping. At Motorcoach speeds, parasitic losses on a brick aren't going to amount to much. OP said 1.5 to 2 mpg improvement. There was either something very seriously wrong with the alignment or the OP's calculations are a bit off. On he contrary, any improvement in the aerodynamics of a ‘brick’ result in pretty substantial gains. Bear in mind also that as speed increases the drag does NOT increase proportional to the gain. According to Bernoulli's equation, drag is proportional to the SQUARE of THE speed. Look up “AirTabs” and the gains that can be made by just adding some little plastic stick on tabs to a ‘brick’ and changing the vortices that form BEHIND it.
JaxDad 11/20/19 06:02am Tech Issues
RE: first report new springs with a surprize result

As a pilot with a degree in aerospace engineering I can tell you that “parasitic losses” can manifest themselves in many weird and wonderful ways. Likewise the gains created by eliminating them, witness the little air tabs (originally designed for aircraft) that can measurably increase fuel mileage on a coach. In this case, I’d say an overloaded suspension created excessive (even if you weren’t aware of it, the slow creep is imperceptible) motion which created the losses you’re now recouping.
JaxDad 11/16/19 05:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Electric Pickup?

Have to smile when I see all the comments trying to justify the ownership of a pickup outside of its use for RV propulsion. Try this one out. I live in a place where car ownership is restricted to ONE car per HOUSEHOLD. No personal trucks. Further, car size is restricted what you call sub compact cars. Mine is a 2004 Toyota Yaris. About the size of a Suzuki Swift. . I can't believe anyone would willingly give up their rights so easily. What other rights do you have to give up to live there? Do they pay you live like that? I couldn't live like that. For me. No one tells me what to drive, or do with my property, unless they start making the payments. What do you do with your RV? Can you even bring it home? Mine sits in the backyard. Exactly where I want it to be. Its veterans day. a day to honor those who died to protect our rights, and many of todays people just give their rights up. I don't understand The price of freedom is NOT free. So you don’t believe you should have to be searched and vetted before you get on a plane? You shouldn’t be subject to being arbitrarily stopped and possibly searched for no reason other than that you’re NEAR an international border? That no HOA should have any right to impose any restrictions? That no municipality should be allowed to pass zoning ordinances? The list goes on & on...... Personally, me and a famous guitarist, we can’t drive 55. I don't fly any more, and no I shouldn't be...... So you believe your arbitrarily contrived rights and freedoms trump everyone else's right to safety? Now that's taking a point a bunch too far IMHO. Good edit there. Because I don't fly, that trumps you right to safety???? And because I shouldn't be, and NEVER have been stopped for being close to the border. That makes you less safe?????? How? Maybe you should read it again, and mover your edit a few words over in the sentence. My apologies sir, I did err. My point remains unchanged however, in fact the ‘I can’t drive 55’ comment was lost lost you. It doesn’t matter if the speed limit is 55 or 75, it restricts MY FREEDOM to drive at the speed I want to go. Why? Because it’s for the greater good of society.
JaxDad 11/12/19 04:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric Pickup?

"So you believe your arbitrarily contrived rights and freedoms trump everyone else's right to safety?" Perhaps you need to reread some of our forefathers' quotes and thoughts. Here's a biggie by Benjamin Franklin: "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." I read it just fine the first few times. “ESSENTIAL liberty” is what the gentleman said, not “EVERY liberty”. There’s a really big difference.
JaxDad 11/12/19 04:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric Pickup?

Have to smile when I see all the comments trying to justify the ownership of a pickup outside of its use for RV propulsion. Try this one out. I live in a place where car ownership is restricted to ONE car per HOUSEHOLD. No personal trucks. Further, car size is restricted what you call sub compact cars. Mine is a 2004 Toyota Yaris. About the size of a Suzuki Swift. . I can't believe anyone would willingly give up their rights so easily. What other rights do you have to give up to live there? Do they pay you live like that? I couldn't live like that. For me. No one tells me what to drive, or do with my property, unless they start making the payments. What do you do with your RV? Can you even bring it home? Mine sits in the backyard. Exactly where I want it to be. Its veterans day. a day to honor those who died to protect our rights, and many of todays people just give their rights up. I don't understand The price of freedom is NOT free. So you don’t believe you should have to be searched and vetted before you get on a plane? You shouldn’t be subject to being arbitrarily stopped and possibly searched for no reason other than that you’re NEAR an international border? That no HOA should have any right to impose any restrictions? That no municipality should be allowed to pass zoning ordinances? The list goes on & on...... Personally, me and a famous guitarist, we can’t drive 55. I don't fly any more, and no I shouldn't be...... So you believe your arbitrarily contrived rights and freedoms trump everyone else's right to safety? Now that's taking a point a bunch too far IMHO.
JaxDad 11/12/19 12:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric Pickup?

Have to smile when I see all the comments trying to justify the ownership of a pickup outside of its use for RV propulsion. Try this one out. I live in a place where car ownership is restricted to ONE car per HOUSEHOLD. No personal trucks. Further, car size is restricted what you call sub compact cars. Mine is a 2004 Toyota Yaris. About the size of a Suzuki Swift. . I can't believe anyone would willingly give up their rights so easily. What other rights do you have to give up to live there? Do they pay you live like that? I couldn't live like that. For me. No one tells me what to drive, or do with my property, unless they start making the payments. What do you do with your RV? Can you even bring it home? Mine sits in the backyard. Exactly where I want it to be. Its veterans day. a day to honor those who died to protect our rights, and many of todays people just give their rights up. I don't understand The price of freedom is NOT free. So you don’t believe you should have to be searched and vetted before you get on a plane? You shouldn’t be subject to being arbitrarily stopped and possibly searched for no reason other than that you’re NEAR an international border? That no HOA should have any right to impose any restrictions? That no municipality should be allowed to pass zoning ordinances? The list goes on & on...... Personally, me and a famous guitarist, we can’t drive 55.
JaxDad 11/12/19 06:01am General RVing Issues
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