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List some RV movies

List your favorite (or not so favorite) movies that have RVs in them. Here is my list. Nomadland Into the Wild - while the main character did not have an RV, it was a constant theme in the movie.
et cetera 08/13/21 08:04pm General RVing Issues
Enhancing RV security

First of all, I am not retired and not even close to retirement age, I both work and full-time and thus leave my RV unattended for 8-10 hours at a time. This makes it a considerably easier target than a RV that is occupied by someone and the schedule is not predictable. Thus security is the most serious concern. Not that I have anything really valuable, nothing beyond a computer and similar hardware but I would hate to lose the few things I have. I am in the process of buying something and when the deal is finalized, when I finally take possession, I am going to take a number of steps to harden the security profile. First thing that comes to mind, beyond an alarm, is a motion camera, IP-based. Then a kill switch so the whole thing does not get stolen. There has to be a lot more one can do to harden the target, multiple layers of security. Investing several thousand in it seems like a smart idea. One of these GPS trackers is not out of the question, in case it does get stolen. It's the age we live in, crime seems to go up everywhere, economic times are uncertain.
et cetera 08/13/21 07:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: 14 Reasons You Will Regret an RV in Retirement

Most of these are captain obvious click-bait type BS. But: I think *my* biggest concern is security. I am not retired, not close to it, I work and thus leave my RV unattended for most of the day. It is a relatively easy target. The type of security RVs offer is not of the same caliber as household security. Break-ins even stealing the whole thing is not out of the question. I am in the process of buying something and when I do, I will do my best to upgrade security. Go above and beyond. Possibly install a kill switch, etc. I have to deal with issues that most retired full-timers just do not encounter. I don't keep anything valuable in it but it's not really a solution either.
et cetera 08/13/21 07:50pm RV Lifestyle
RE: 14 Reasons You Will Regret an RV in Retirement

This kind of sad journalism is called click bait. I doubt the professional writer who cranks out this nonsense has ever even owned an RV. Here is my experience on the 14 points. 1. My RV was not expensive. 2. Even years later we have changed none of the decor. 3. Depreciation was a plus for us. We bought used. 4. I spent less on fuel while traveling than when I commuted for work. 5. Insurance costs on our RV were really, really low. 6. We had no issues with healthcare or finding providers. 7. Waste is a nuisance not much worse than taking out the trash. 8. Space is tight indoors but we lived in the great wide outdoors. 9. My RV is easy too drive and park. We did not overdo the size. 10. We never had an issue finding parking and rarely make reservations. 11. In over 10 years, we only had one simple repair performed by a shop. 12. We downsized but also stored much of our stuff. Storage was cheap. 13. Loneliness was not an issue and we visited friends and relatives. 14. We did not need to prep by renting first. We bought our RV and never used it until we started as full timers. There were no surprises or setbacks. Excellent response, *applause*
et cetera 08/13/21 07:46pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Class C that's easy to fix?

. . . I've owned 2 class C's, both on E350 chassis, and they were both a nightmare to work on. . . . . Working on MY class A (Workhorse chassis) on the other hand, is like stretching out in a large open air garage. The easily removed doghouse (one quarter-turn allen bolt) exposes the entire top of the engine from just behind the radiator to the trans, and both sides are fully accessible from the large wheel wells without even removing a tire; all sparkplugs and coils are easily visible and accessible, as are all of the exhaust manifold studs. The entire floor is above the engine, not at the mid-engine level. Oil change? I can literally sit nearly upright underneath with full access to the drain plug and filter, as there is no other "stuff" closely surrounding the engine/trans and the floor is higher than the C. Belts and hoses are a bit of a pain, but certainly not much worse than my class Cs. Obviously, some class A's may be worse, but all class C's have tight working space around the drivetrain. The same blanket statement cannot be made about class A's. Do you have any pics or a link? Tried searching and none came up. I want to visualize this. As I am considering that model based on your description.
et cetera 06/20/21 05:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: The importance of a TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System

pics - wow. I had a wheel come off on a regular pickup. I borrowed it. Not sure why, maybe the owner didn't tighten all the lug nuts correctly. I did drive on 3 wheels for at least 100-200 yards, it was the rear wheel and not immediately noticeable, especially with the trailer hitch that was kind of propping up the rear. The axle dragged on the ground towards the end, I felt the grind and stopped. Could not find the wheel anywhere.
et cetera 06/18/21 08:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: The importance of a TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Just a quick thought, might be a good idea to decipher the acronym, in the subject line - believe it or not, not everyone knows what TPMS stands for. Not even in the RV community. Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
et cetera 06/18/21 08:55am Class C Motorhomes
RE: F550 based class C?

There are the Dynamax (Ram 5500 based) and Thor (F-550 based), but you won't find either at that price. The cheapest they seem to run on RVTrader is mid 80s, with very slim pickings at that price. I found a few 2007 models, one for $48K, one for 62K, both 30' models with slides. Dynamax Isata. I am specifically looking for Isata F-series IF-255, which is the smallest one they made, with no slides. I think finding it for between 40-50K is totally doable in that range. Ebay is even cheaper but you can get zero warranty. That is, if it ever shows up there.
et cetera 06/17/21 07:39pm Class C Motorhomes
Dynamax Isata F-series

I realize they don't make it anymore, it seems to have been superseded by the Isata 5 and others but I am interested in the older Isata IF-255, it's a class C with a F550 front and no slides. It's the cheapest luxury they made, hopefully their price will reflect that. Rvtrader has nothing.. how does one find this specific model? Interested in one about 7-10 years old.
et cetera 06/17/21 06:36pm Class C Motorhomes
F550 based class C?

is there such a beast? Want to keep it between $40-50K, 25' in length and F550 chassis based.
et cetera 06/15/21 04:25pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Shuttle bus conversion

Try this site quote:=================================== Changing a bus door to a house door. Part 1
et cetera 06/14/21 06:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Shuttle bus conversion

Makes a lot of sense. What kind of tranny did it come with? C6 or a newer 5-speed automatic? RE: ---------------------------- Low mileage but probably 8-10,000 engine hours...which, as long as it has been serviced, it not that big a deal. I wouldn't be shocked if it needed front end work, if it saw bad roads. If it's original, I wouldn't be surprised to need a transmission soon.
et cetera 06/14/21 06:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Shuttle bus conversion

Another vehicle to look at would be a used Party Bus,I encountered one at a dump station,It had a bathroom,holding tanks and fresh water tank. One less thing to build into your conversion. Just one example Very neat.
et cetera 06/14/21 06:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Shuttle bus conversion

Understood, thank you.
et cetera 06/14/21 06:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Shuttle bus conversion

Does this have any potential? What are some issues to expect with a 1999 Ford diesel, etc. Or is this a bad idea and something newer makes more sense? https://www.commercialtrucktrader.com/listing/1999-Ford-F550+XLT-5016668787
et cetera 06/14/21 05:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Xplorer Xcursion

So the official word that just came in is, no, they do not build motorhomes. The web site is misleading. Sorry.
et cetera 06/14/21 05:57am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Shuttle bus conversion

Do you have any links, any ideas where to search?
et cetera 06/14/21 05:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Shuttle bus conversion

They do exist. The problem is that these seem to be semi-custom and rare builds, not mass produced and cheap units. Hard to believe that's so. But, here: Shuttle bus on the F450 platform and this. F550 There are more but they seem to be rare and let's just say not a dime a dozen. Then of course there is the Super C which by definition uses a truck front but is considerable more expensive than regular C class. which defeats the very point. If they made an affordable compact Super C, say 25-28' with a F450 front. The ones I found are 30+ and between 150K-200K.
et cetera 06/13/21 12:02pm Class C Motorhomes
Shuttle bus conversion

I am thinking about getting a mid sized (say 16-passenger) shuttle bus to convert to a full time configuration. I suppose it would fit in the Class C platform. My requirements are: 7' or close to it overhead room. (This is the reason high-top sprinter vans are disqualified, even the biggest ones are only 72" or so and I need at least 80" and 84" is better). I think shuttle buses have it. Truck front end. Either Ford F350 or F450 but also open to Chevy and Dodge front ends. Don't want the van configuration. Don't want E class front. The idea is to adapt it to stealth full-timing, make it look like any other shuttle bus. The area is full of shuttle buses/delivery vans that are practically invisible. A class C is nicer and might even end up being cheaper long-term but I think if I start from scratch I can build a shuttle bus precisely how I want it. Instead of being limited to someone else's floor plan.
et cetera 06/13/21 09:44am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Xplorer Xcursion

This one is built to order, for now just on Ford chassis: https://www.unboundfreedom.com/ Tiger is also built to order. Chevy or Ford chassis for now; Dodge has come and gone over the years, is right now gone but may be back. https://www.tigervehicles.com/ Currently we are building 2 models, SRD which starts at $187,500 USD, and the ERD which starts at $221,633 USD. This is totally out of my price range, they are both from 150K to 200K and makes no sense at all considering there are $40K Class C available and are basically a dime a dozen.
et cetera 06/12/21 06:23pm Class C Motorhomes
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