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RE: Mercedes C-Class

I took this from another post of mine about motor home considerations. Advantages Of The Mercedes Sprinter With Diesel Engine - Offers a 35%-50% improvement in fuel economy over the Ford-V10, when both are loaded and driven identically. - More ergonomic driver compartment with more leg room. - Comfort continues with a car-like feel & quiet ride. - A grander view out the windshield - Made by Mercedes which people are attracted to. Advantages Of The Ford E350 with V10 Engine - Given identical motor homes both brand and model, the Ford is around $24,000 MSRP cheaper - The Ford V10 engine has 50% more horse power and torque - The Ford E350 chassis handles 1430 pounds more weight. - The E350 is able to tow a heavier load. - The E350 rear axle is significantly wider which translates to better stability. - In most places traveled, gasoline costs less than diesel fuel - The Sprinter diesel has limited mechanical service shops around North America - The Sprinter diesel is typically outfitted with a propane generator. Propane is a critical fuel for RV operations, and generally needs to be rationed when dry camping. - This Next Point Is Debatable But Still Worth Noting....The V6 Sprinter diesel engine is not allowed to idle for extended periods. This limitation is detrimental when you need a/c but there are generator restrictions, you are low on propane, or you have a mechanical failure with the generator or roof a/c. The Ford offers a great backup system. The V10 can safely idle for hours on end, heating, cooling, and battery charging, all valuable if you have a baby, pets, or health/respiratory issues. Ron we have the IVECO Daily with a greater GCVWR than the E450 and a similar fuel consumption to the Sprinter, it is being the chassis of choice here for 28-29ft Motorhomes
RobertRyan 07/16/20 11:13pm Class C Motorhomes
Winnebago in Australia becoming Windsor

After the bizarre history of Winnebago in Australia , another twist. Intially AVIDA built " Winnebagos" in Australia but they had a court action stopping them. Apollo then had the rights to Winnebago, OK sounds good except "'They were proudly designed and built in Australia ":? Seeing the Winnebago flavoured chewing gum was losing Ita taste, Apollo bought the rights to the Windsor and Coromal brands from the original Western Australia manufacturer https://i.postimg.cc/mg25BFB4/image.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/y6mQRTNB/image.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/9MGpGWC1/image.jpg
RobertRyan 06/29/20 01:20am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small Class C with out tow car

DW and I have a 20 foot C, have never wished for a toad and very rarely have trouble parking. We would be a bit horrified at leaving our home away from home parked while shopping or site seeing. It takes all kinds of us. Small SUV's are towed by many here, espeacilly when the Class C is about 28ft plus, bit difficult to get into some parking spaces in a town
RobertRyan 06/28/20 04:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: NASA Annouces May 27 Return to Space from US

I'm really glad to see we'll finally be getting back into human space travel again, and doubly glad that SpaceX is taking the lead in the endeavor! Embarrasing to see the Russians and rheir Soyuz program was rhe platform used to get US Astronauts tothe ISS
RobertRyan 06/01/20 12:10am Around the Campfire
RE: Ultimate Tow Vehicle for 5th Wheels

Beautiful old truck! Hmmm Weight Police
RobertRyan 05/29/20 08:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Heavy Chevy!

Now that's a good looking truck! A bit dated though
RobertRyan 05/20/20 08:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Monster Tow Vehicle

Seems silly to insist on putting the boat on top. Much more logical would be to make the truck into a motorhome and pull the boat trailer...if you want more storage the front of the boat trailer could be outfitted with storage boxes. Looking at the toys he has, the Dodge never had any issue pulling the toys...just putting the boat on the roof was a problem. Also, while they might not give him a hassle on dirt roads in the outback, I suspect he will be overweight if he tries to pull 66k lbs... Of course, if it's about chest pounding, I saw a stock toyota tacoma tow the space shuttle, so 66k lb is nothing. Wrong on ALL points you raised Boat on the truck is essential to towing over a rough road.; He had a RAM 6.7 Diesel as he states it was 1.3 tonnes overweight, putting the boat on the roof is not a problem. He is not going to be overweight just pulling that Caravan. Previous poster mentioned that they use Class 8 trucks to pull 5th wheelers, do they need them? Yes they do as they have realised that a very large 5th wheeler needs a substantial tow vehicle rather a HD Pickups Your response is pretty naive " I saw a stock Toyota Tacoma tow the space shuttle" guess you do not need HD Pickups to tow 5rh Wheelers in the US when you can do it with a stock Tacoma:B Unless Aussies massively derate pickups, a diesel dodge would be easily within ratings pulling that trailer...even if you hooked the boat on the back of it...so the only logical reason he might have been over weight is if the weight of the boat mounted on the roof put him over payload (still not sure how he could be 1.3ton overloaded unless he bought an older base 3/4 ton with minimum payload. Newer 1 ton SRW should be able to handle it payload wise but makes for a really high center of gravity. As far as towing...if he's dragging the camper, a properly outfitted boat trailer could do do it just fine. The tacoma comment was a joke about how silly your example is. wrong again, the RAM 6.7 2500-3500., he did not state which model was 1.3 Tonne overweight and illegal as a tow vehicle. A Boat Trailer would be disasterous in the Australian Bush. Tacoma joke was in poor taste and showed your ignorance
RobertRyan 05/07/20 05:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Monster Tow Vehicle

Toyota and Honda are the best selling cars - which is a dying market in the US. Only two "cars" even in the top 10 best selling vehicles in the US........ Where is Toyota in general sales in the US? Camry was the best selling car for 13yrs despite competition from the " domestics"
RobertRyan 05/06/20 10:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Monster Tow Vehicle

Why do your posts always end up being a "ours is better than yours" bash fest? Let's just say your trucks work for you, and they don't work for us. And our trucks work for us and they don't work for you. Take a break and chill out. And yes, sorry, but that truck has much more "curb appeal" than the tow vehicle in the first post. "Dif'rent strokes for dif'rent folks". Point is your trucks" do not work for anyone outside NA.not just Australia. Irony is Australia is the biggest market for US Pickups outside NA and they are a tiny niche here I am not bashing anyone but stupid comments ( Travenutz started the idiotic posts)and illustration above suggests you have a massive fear about the outside world if a story about a Trucker and his wife who are extremely happy with their Scania that replaced their not very competent RAM HD 6.7 Cummins Pickup You know how it is with most Americans, we are best and f the rest Meanwhile Toyota and Honda are two best seling cars in the US Lol If Euro trucks were sold here they would do quite well I know Volvo does. My dream truck would be Tatra tho https://youtu.be/RkPQoD5jV2o Correct, that has what has happened here, prior to WW2 all our Trucks and Utes were based on British and US models. Not that case anymore. Anyway we will see what is left after this crisis is over, it will affect the US Automotive landscape one way or the other
RobertRyan 05/06/20 10:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Monster Tow Vehicle

Why do your posts always end up being a "ours is better than yours" bash fest? Let's just say your trucks work for you, and they don't work for us. And our trucks work for us and they don't work for you. Take a break and chill out. And yes, sorry, but that truck has much more "curb appeal" than the tow vehicle in the first post. "Dif'rent strokes for dif'rent folks". Point is your trucks" do not work for anyone outside NA.not just Australia. Irony is Australia is the biggest market for US Pickups outside NA and they are a tiny niche here I am not bashing anyone but stupid comments ( Travenutz started the idiotic posts)and illustration above suggests you have a massive fear about the outside world if a story about a Trucker and his wife who are extremely happy with their Scania that replaced their not very competent RAM HD 6.7 Cummins Pickup
RobertRyan 05/06/20 07:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Monster Tow Vehicle

And those trucks will never sell on appearance, they are some really ugly trucks. They may be functional, but wow, are they ugly. And yes there is a very niche market in Australia that has no viability here. There isn't the need, or desire, for those kinds of trucks in the US. Australia probably has more dirt/gravel roads than paved highway, in the US, not so much. They don't appeal to me in the least, but I guess they do the job "down under". They may be a better choice, in that particular market. Your " trucks" Pickups and HDT/ MDT's fail here, and globally. so these do the job yours cannot here. As far as the Europeans they are slowly swallowing up the US Auto Industry with FCA becoming more European with the merger with PSA. Volkswagen Corporation is buying Navistar, Ford is probably going to go bankrupt with massive bad debts and the current junk bond status. Of the Big 3 Toyota is now close to Ford Old Saying People in Glass houses should not throw stones Well Ugly..this is far from attractive https://i.postimg.cc/HsYhDxRC/image.jpg
RobertRyan 05/06/20 05:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Monster Tow Vehicle

Ryan is touting a usage that is unique to his area and has little cross over in our part of the world. The big island on which he sits is limited to certain internationally sold vehicles that are adapted for their use. We see more specialized vehicles made for our area due to volume of our demand. I think the previous poster , has sour grapes. No we not limited to" internationall sold vehicles" as we get vehicles from all over the world plus domestically produced trucks We use what from domestic, European, Japanese and US Pickups works best in the situation. In the US, you do not get our Domestic, all European, most Japanese Trucks that we get here. We do from my observation get many more specialised vehicles, due to variety than you can obtain in the US An example this locally converted Unidan Zetros https://i.postimg.cc/s2yDP51h/image.jpg Or a Domestic Kenworth model https://i.postimg.cc/SNdh0HKJ/image.jpg
RobertRyan 05/06/20 04:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Monster Tow Vehicle

Seems silly to insist on putting the boat on top. Much more logical would be to make the truck into a motorhome and pull the boat trailer...if you want more storage the front of the boat trailer could be outfitted with storage boxes. Looking at the toys he has, the Dodge never had any issue pulling the toys...just putting the boat on the roof was a problem. Also, while they might not give him a hassle on dirt roads in the outback, I suspect he will be overweight if he tries to pull 66k lbs... Of course, if it's about chest pounding, I saw a stock toyota tacoma tow the space shuttle, so 66k lb is nothing. Wrong on ALL points you raised Boat on the truck is essential to towing over a rough road.; He had a RAM 6.7 Diesel as he states it was 1.3 tonnes overweight, putting the boat on the roof is not a problem. He is not going to be overweight just pulling that Caravan. Previous poster mentioned that they use Class 8 trucks to pull 5th wheelers, do they need them? Yes they do as they have realised that a very large 5th wheeler needs a substantial tow vehicle rather a HD Pickups Your response is pretty naive " I saw a stock Toyota Tacoma tow the space shuttle" guess you do not need HD Pickups to tow 5rh Wheelers in the US when you can do it with a stock Tacoma:B
RobertRyan 05/06/20 04:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Monster Tow Vehicle

This is along the route of what some of us here do with the class 8 tucks and then carry another mode of transportation on the back of the truck and still pull a camper, our way of not overloading a pickup. I would like to see inside the truck, did they do anything special inside? Quite a fair bit with the truck without posting too much information on this forum. Very extensive payload and equipment. Scania is not a Class 8 but a MDT Photos will explain some of it https://i.postimg.cc/KzWkXGZr/image.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/66d2bNkR/image.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/MH4FjQzM/image.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/tRZQ9qqZ/image.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/PqYvGsCB/image.jpg Next step up from the aspect of Payload from a US HD Pickup is a Japanese 4x4Light Truck https://i.postimg.cc/W3nRtnW5/image.jpg
RobertRyan 05/06/20 05:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Monster Tow Vehicle

No interest for me. Each to their own
RobertRyan 05/05/20 08:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Monster Tow Vehicle

Why not just build the living quarters on it? More like he is using it as a massive tow vehicle, with an equally massive payload, rather than making it the base of an expedition vehicle with living quarters. Living quarters is the Bushtracker Off Road Caravan People tow larger Off Road Caravans intially with V8 Diesel Landcruisers, then if Heavier US HD diesel Pickups like the RAM 2500-3500, but if the payload starts really going north, it is Japanese Trucks or European Trucks, can be light( Japanese) or MDT ( Japanese or European) or HDT's in some cases
RobertRyan 05/05/20 08:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Monster Tow Vehicle

A bit more on the rig With a gross vehicle weight of around 27 tonnes,( 59524lbs GVWR)and similarly impressive gross trailer weight, the big Scania should have no problems towing his 24ft Bushtracker It has all of the safety aids including radar cruise, autonomous emergency braking, driver and passenger airbags including Scania's rollover side airbags, lane departure warning, and connectivity to Scania's telemetry, so David will know exactly how his truck is performing – and how he is driving – at any time. And speaking of driving, David informed us his wife Jan would be driving as well: "She's already had a couple of goes," he said. "We just whip out the Driver Under Instruction plates and she's off – she loves it and reckons it's pretty easy to drive. She's getting her licence any time now, certainly before we head off."
RobertRyan 05/05/20 08:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Monster Tow Vehicle

No dually? No not for Off Road vehicles foreign objects get between the tyres. Scania used as on highway towing vehicle would have duallys but not as a 4×4 Off Road spec
RobertRyan 05/05/20 08:07pm Tow Vehicles
Monster Tow Vehicle

Is this big rig the ultimate tow vehicle? Melbourne-based, custom-built Scania toy hauler truck can tow up to 30 tonnes(66,000lb) Most caravanners step up to a big American pick-up or light truck when more regular tow vehicles like the Toyota LandCruiser aren't up to the job. But the Melbourne owner of this fine-looking rig had other ideas... sick of being overweight in his previous vehicle, a RAM pickup, he started looking around for an alternative. "I had the RAM, a 6.7lt, and found that we were travelling at 1.3 tonne overweight, with the caravan and the boat on the roof," owner David said. "My mate has been a driver for Scenic Tours and has always been a lover of Scania and I wanted a 4x4, so we looked around to see what was available… and ordered a 4x4 from Scania and set it up for retirement and touring." https://i.postimg.cc/15Bqn3WB/image.jpg
RobertRyan 05/05/20 05:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford, GM, FCA Agree to Shut Down US Plants

GM, Tesla and Ford have now offered to manufacture ventilators. I wonder how quickly they can tool up to do this. Hopefully this will just be an exercise to see how effectively industry can respond to a pandemic under the Defense Production Act, but I feel like it will be more than that. I agree that hopefully it's just an exercise, but they will probably work with the leading manufactures of these products and simulate their designs and tooling in which I don't think will take too long. More is the point they will be using 3D Printing to actually make the Ventilators. Factor in many CPAP companies can make the masks and Ventilators as well
RobertRyan 03/24/20 01:56pm Tow Vehicles
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