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RE: Chassis clarification

Class A's Ford are usually on the F-53 chassis. Class C's are on the E350 or E450. The shorter F53 Class A's are usually on a 18K LB's chassis. And then as you go up in length, and or quality, the chassis ratings go up to a high as 26K LB's. One tip besides rating, is to factor the chassis wheel base length, in relation to coach length. Many of the entry level Class A's are on shorter wheel base's - which result in quite bit of tail hangover. Tail hangover can impact drivability, and dragging onto the ground at places... The term Tail Wagging the Dawg comes to mind, in heavier winds, as as Semi's blow by on the Interstates... Best of luck on your search, Smitty
Smitty77 09/21/20 11:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: UpDate : Koni FSD Shocks

OP - Glad the FSD's helped your ride... For other's considering shocks. Another way to approach this is to use the FSD's not he Steers, and Koni Adjustable SP3 shocks on the rear. You feel more road transfer to the front seats from the Steer axle. And having five levels of dampening settings on the Drive (Tag too, if it's a tag coach.) will give you more flexibility on settings. And SP3's were a bit less expensive the last time I looked. If it is for a Diesel Pusher, instead of the Gold FSD's, look at the EVO '99's' - which are also FSD type design, buy much more 'stout/robust'. Best to all, travel safe, have fun, Smitty
Smitty77 03/10/20 10:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2006 country coach inspire 360

The Inspire were a fresher more modern interior design then the Allure on up models, when it first came out. It was built to be the entry level into the CC lineup. So some of the materials and components and build technique were not the same. The Inspire for that era, compared to other entry to mid level coaches of other coach builders - was a good value. I'd consider the entry level Inspire, to be closer to many manufactures of that times mid level models. The CAT C9 has good power for the weight of the coach. One other comment on the Inspire vs say the Allure/Intrigue/Magna/Affinity - is they were much simpler and less complex coaches. Some years they did not have the Hydro/AquaHot, and went with Propane Water Heaters, as one example. I know many CC owner's that own Inspires, and are very pleased and proud of their coaches... Agree with the comments about look for maintenance records, and condition of coach - but that is for any coach, not just CC Inspire's. If you are not comfortable doing your own inspection, hire and 'independent' inspector to review the coach. (Not a dealer trying to sell the same coach...) And if you have more finite questions, do check some of the CC Owner's Groups. IRV2, Facebook, etc. They will have members who can provide more finite info on Inspires. Good luck on your hunt, Smitty
Smitty77 03/10/20 10:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: SpaceX Starlink Update

And the more competition for ATT, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon for mobile Data Usage the better... I usually like to take a position of optimism as new technology is being rolled out (In this case more of a new approach of data feed - the actual new technology.). So I'll wait to see how things go, and cheer the effort on - and since we're spending some good money to get Data via both ATT & Verizon now - I'm hopeful this will be competitively priced to allow the canceling of some of our arsenal of accounts to have Data feed on the road... Then again, I admit I'm a fan of Musk. Sure, he can be a bit flamboyant at times. But instead of sitting on his arse with the money he made from PayPal - he's out doing things that many people, and large companies, said could not be done. Tesla? Sure, it was certainly a game changer for the Auto industry and Electric Cars in general. But what is being done with Space X, I feel, is very impressive. He puts his money and mind behind his talk - and get's things done... Many may feel differently:)! Best to all, Smitty
Smitty77 12/25/19 01:46pm Technology Corner
RE: Phone as Hot Spot

A friend of ours used a Motorola Razr for HotSpot for years. After his firs Razr's battery swelled, he started to run you a electric outlet timer that he plugged the wall wart into. It was a simple mechanical time, which he set to shut off multiple times during the day, and then back on. (Don't recall what his pattern of time off/on were.) And he never had a problem with batteries again. Might be worth a shot to see if that works for you. Best of luck, Smitty
Smitty77 12/25/19 01:37pm Technology Corner
RE: Very good video on Buddy Heaters

We have both the little and big Mr Heaters. Depending upon travel mode, we carry the small one with us most of he time. If going somewhere where we expect extreme colds, we'll swap out the little one for the big unit. We do not use it for 7/24 heating. We use it for getting the coach up to temperature fast in the AM. I'll usually get up about an our ahead of the DW, and run the unit (And I do run it on our kitchen table:)!). On the big unit, I'll put on high, and turn on the auxiliary fan, until the temps inside reach mid 60's. Then step it back to low, which is he same BTU as the little unit on low too. It's on maybe an 1 1/2 - 2 hours total. When we swapped out our real danger, the Norcold 1200, I had the Propane Line stubbed out into the toe board below the Samsung RF18, with a quick disconnect and 1/4 on/off valve. So I can use a hose to the Mr Heater, with the appropriate filter inline. All of this is while boon docking camping. I'm anal about our safety in the coach, and have three different CO detectors. I have two windows opened the appropriate amount, and also the kitchen roof, closely above the table with the Mr Heater on it, is open 3-4" too. We do have multiple static dehumidifiers. THE UNIT IS NEVER LEFT UN-ATTENDED. I feel it's just another part of our RV'ing arsenal, and like an device - if not maintained properly, and used properly - can be dangerous. But I feel ours is safe to use, obviously. When not boon docking. We use Electric Floor Tile Heat and HydroHot on Electric element only, as well as a portable 1500W electric heater, for most of our coach heating. (In our rig, I need the HydroHot on aways, on real cold temps, to keep the water bay heated.) I do feel this is one of those situations where all of us much make our own decisions. Travel safe, have fun, Smitty
Smitty77 12/25/19 12:46pm Tech Issues
RE: New coffee maker

We've been very please with the effective and KISS design of this electric unit. I do recommend PSW inverter, if not on Shore Power. Great coffee, of course with fresh ground coffee:)! We also have a stainless steel copper clad bottom Revele(SP?), it came from a set given to my parents on their wedding day back in the early 40's. We use it out around the campfire, while waiting to watch sunrises. And, it doubles as a last ditch emergency source of good coffee, in case of major coach problems:)! May the perk be with you, Smitty
Smitty77 12/25/19 12:16pm General RVing Issues
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And a fine 2020 ahead for all... Smitty
Smitty77 12/25/19 12:07pm Class A Motorhomes
A flash back today - to former member Sully!

We're relaxing in the warm high 63 temps of the Oregon Coast today after several days of rain... Decided it would be a good day to go to lunch, convinced the wife (Did not complete the sentence, before she said Yes!), and off we went. A local Mexican restaurant on Hwy 101 in Newport, OR. So as we're making sure the salsa and hot sauce were good, 'chipping' as we wait for our lunches... I look out the window at stop light. And a vintage Country Coach, pre paint cream color unit with gel coat, was at the light. (In great shape I might add!). And then a gent walks into the eating room wearing a Sombrero... Sully!!! It made me think of former Forum member Sully!!! His picture with the Sombrero perched on his head... And of course, he was one of those 'fanatical' Country Coach Owner's!!! (As I have become myself... And I know that the messages back and forth with Sully, helped make my decision to buy a Country Coach... It's funny how we can make relationships, and in many cases never meeting in person - via these forums... Point of my message? Well a 'Salute to Sully!!!'... Sure, he could cranky at times. But his wit, and his willing to share his opinion and knowledge - is what RV'ing and Forum Member's holing each other - was all about... A smile to you Sully. (And Sir, I left a tab open for you, stop in fro a Pacifico on me!!!). Ok, back to RV stuff. But please all, remember those who take the time to help us when we need it... Sully, was such a member... Best to all, Smitty
Smitty77 10/23/19 11:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help Switching to 40' Pusher

Slight correction-- Alpine brakes are all wheel HYDRAULIC over hydraulic disk brakes. Beginning in the 2001 model year 4 piston, fixed caliper disk brakes. Agree- very good handling chassis. Their ISL's were equipped with engine compression brakes. Many coaches with ISL's had exhaust brakes. The engine compression brake was an up-charge option. Bret - Thanks for the correction on the Brakes... (I should stop trying to do two things at the same time - have trouble doing one correctly now a days:)! And also confirming the Jake in the Alpine... Was pretty sure it did (And when I went back to close of the link, I took the time to go read the add vs just looking at the pictures... Yep, Jake it said:)!). Any opinion on my opinion that Disk Brakes should yield shorter stopping distances, all things being equal except Disk vs Drums? Best to you, and all, Smitty
Smitty77 10/09/19 05:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help Switching to 40' Pusher

Alpines have I believe 36-40' Mid Entry Door coaches. I prefer Tag's for 40', but the Peak Chassis is known as one of the better handling Chassis on the market - so if not pulling a heavy trailer and or lots of CCC needed, would be trade off a bit less tight cornering maneuverability for better handling. Especially if looking for Mid Entry Doors. One other uniqueness to the Alpine Peak Chassis, is Hydraulic Over Air Brakes. And this ISL should be a Jake Compression. And Apline's usually have all axle Disc Brakes... (On Disc brakes. IMO, identical coaches with identical weights and going identical speeds - a Disc Brake (At least on the Steers.) will stop shorter in an emergency stop, then all axle Drums. At highway speeds, and based upon many variables, 10-20' shorter stopping would not surprise me.). Here is one example of a 40' (Actually looks like well cared for (As much as pictures can tell...), and lots of storage, well appointed. : On Air vs Jack Leveling. Pro's and Con's (As with all things in RV's:)!) Just a few comments, and for sure not a complete comparison: No need to put out pads or blocks with Air Leveling; No stuck in the mud Jack Feet with Air Leveling; Air Leveling can have less range, in difficult leveling contains (But, you can put blocks under tires.); Air Leveling can give you some rocking when walking and or in strong winds; And a final comment on this brief info - Some coaches had both Air Leveling and Jacks available... So more weight, but also more options... Happy hunting, Smitty
Smitty77 10/09/19 03:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help Switching to 40' Pusher

Some food for thought. 1) The ISL, or CAT C9, will many times get you 2 Stage Jake Compression. vs Exhaust; 2) The ISL vs ISC gets you the mentioned 1200 LBS Torque, and depending upon specific coach and year, should be between 400-450HP; 3) Tag vs Non Tag searches are worth reading. Yes, they do add weight to the coach (Which should also get you the ISL or C9.). The key thing Tag's do for a 40' DP is more CCC, higher stability while driving, especially in windy conditions, and the Drive Axle is closer to the Steers - so much more maneuverable when moving around and into a space in say a campground. (Our 40' Tag, turns tighter then our 28' Bounder without IFS. Sure, you have to be aware of tail swing... But much easier to maneuver and park in tight areas.). Another benefit of going to a Tag, is usually (NO, not ALWAYS) it gets you higher up in the food chain of a manufacturers coaches. This usually yields better chassis, and better built houses. Last comment is on the years you're considering, 2008-2012, understand the shifts in smog levels on the engines. An earlier smog level engine, sometimes is an easier engine to maintain thru the years. My general advice to someone starting the journey for a DP, is to: Determine a budget range, set aside $10-15K for Post Purchase expenses. (Catch-up on any deferred maintenance items, to establish a solid baseline for you to maintain from that point forward. As well as minor interior mod's to make it 'your coach'.) Go out and kick many tires, sit in many coaches (Slides out and in) and visualize livability. Narrow down to a list of Manufactures and Models and years that you like, then start the search. In general, I always recommend dropping years to remain within budget, and buy the highest quality model coach that meets your needs and that you like. Quality lasts. And the higher quality models, usually had superior chassis and engine/trans combinations - and these make a good foundation to carry the house forward over the years. Last list of suggestions, is continue to research some of these features, to determine which are, or are not, important to you: -Side vs Rear Radiator -Tag vs Non Tag -Drums all around vs at least Disc on Steers -CCC -Aqua/Hydro/Oasis heating vs Propane Water and Furnace heating -Heated tile floors vs none -Raised Rail chassis construction -Slide out generator vs non slide out -Xs 2 AC vs X's 3 AC -Jake vs Exhaust -3 Way Fridge vs Residential Fridge -Tank capacity (Grey/Black tanks sizes - can often dictate how long you can boon dock - if important to you.) -Slides qty. (Each slide adds additional weight, and weakens the house structure. Each slide can take about 6" on each of the slide (1') of wall cabinet space. Each slide can also lower upper cabinet space by 6-8". Each slide adds complexity.) -Leveling Air vs Jacks vs Both -Front Entry door vs Mid Entry Door (Majority of DP's are Front, but some Mid exist.) Only you two can decide what is, or is not, important to the two of you... But I'll share that I'd rather have an older higher quality DP with larger block engine (C12, C13, DD Series 60, ISM), Tag, Rear Radiator coach - then a newer entry to mid level/tier quality coach. Opinions vary and the most important thing is for the two of you to do what you feel is right for you... Happy hunting, and best to you and all, Smitty
Smitty77 10/09/19 10:04am Class A Motorhomes
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