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RE: Motorhomes on Mercedes Chassis

To the OP. Do yourself a favor and ignore the opinions of those that have never owned a Sprinter motorhome. Some people like to spout about things they know nothing about. Test drive the Sprinter Winnebago View model you like, spend time in it to make sure it will suit your lifestyle. Good luck!
gemsworld 12/11/19 07:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorhomes on Mercedes Chassis

"The Sprinter cabin is much roomier and taller than the Ford cabin that when sitting in the house you get the feeling you're in a small class A since the view is much better, thanks to the tall windshield. " Sorry, but for a thread that has had a refreshing amount of honest reports/opinions about the Mercedes chassis Class C's I finally have to take exception to this post. There is no Class C {B+} with less interior volume/room than a Mercedes. Oh, and do not get me started on how uncomfortable the Mercedes seats are, compared to the Ford multi adjustable power seats the difference is day and night. The last thing a Mercedes is... is much roomier. My 24' E-350 Class C has 7' of head room throughout the coach. I would venture to state {without fear of inaccurate correction} that no Mercedes Class C has that much headroom. I have yet too see any Mercedes chassis Class C even close to the 101" of width our C has. My biggest objection to the Mercedes Class C's is two fold - they are MUCH smaller inside and the ridiculous cost to buy {not to mention maintain} one vs a Ford or Chevy chassis. Yes they can get 15 mpg though many do not. No they will not even come close to towing like a V-10 or large V-8 Chevy. If Mercedes floats your boat more power to ya {you will need it} but please folks... let's keep it honest here for the benefit of those who do not know any better. As always... Opinions and YMMV. Perhaps you should have read my post a bit closer. I specifically said the Sprinter cabin is roomier compared to a Ford chassis cabin. I never compared the coach portion of the two.
gemsworld 12/10/19 08:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorhomes on Mercedes Chassis

We purchased a new 2019 Winnebago Navion 24V (same unit as the View) in January. We have logged about 12,000 miles so far, including a 7,900 mile trip across the U.S. and Canada this spring. We averaged 13.4 MPG in that trip, including driving 75 MPH in western states and having to deal with strong headwinds for several days. Naturally, the MPG improves driving at lower speeds. We like the cabin in the Sprinter much better than the Ford chassis cabin. The Sprinter cabin is much roomier and taller than the Ford cabin that when sitting in the house you get the feeling you're in a small class A since the view is much better, thanks to the tall windshield. As far as driving up the mountains, the Sprinter is a slug and you will be relegated to the right lane in steep climbs. I occasionally tow a utility trailer weighing about 3,000 lbs when loaded and the Sprinter handles the load very comfortably. I have seen several Sprinters towing heavy Jeeps. I haven't had the need for service yet so I can't speak for the cost of routine maintenance. Having owned 3 Mercedes vehicles I expect the cost to be on the high side. Having previously owned a Ford chassis class C, which I liked quite a bit, I prefer the Sprinter moho better.
gemsworld 12/10/19 04:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Current crop of SUV'S

If you parked all the "SUV'S" side by side, then looked at them from the side, they all have the same body shape!! At least I think so. I'd like to upgrade the DW into a SUV, but wan t one that is RWD and wheel drive. However, in saying that, we currently have a VW Passat which she loves and I'd like to go into the VW Atlas as we've been very pleased w/ the 2 VW's we've had. Comes in either FWD or AWD. Don't want AWD. She asked me the other day if any SUV's are hybrids to which I have no clue. Are there? The new Ford Explorer is RWD. I believe most, if not all, Mercedes SUVs are RWD and BMW has some models. Toyota, Lexus, Ford, Acura, BMW and Volvo offer hybrid SUVs.
gemsworld 11/15/19 08:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Current crop of SUV'S

Why do they call them SUV'S when then vast majority of them are glorified station wagons? To me a SUV is a truck based full frame vehicle. Got to love marketing. If you think about it, the original SUVs were the ones that were a marketing gimmick. Automakers took unrefined, harsh riding, poor handling pickup trucks, made the truck bed part of the cabin, added some bling and sold them at a hefty profit. Since then, consumer tastes and the industry have evolved considerably. There must be a good reason why automakers are stopping production of cars and adding more SUVs to their offerings. Most SUV buyers today prefer having a vehicle that handles and feels more like a car than a truck. I own a current-generation 4X4 Jeep Grand Cherokee and it's like night and day compared to the old SUVs. We are currently looking to replace the wife's smaller SUV with a new one and ride quality and road manners are of paramount importance.
gemsworld 11/15/19 08:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dish TV in Rocky point

Unless it has changed, I used to get my local stations within a 250-300 mile radius when I used to have Dish. If nothing has changed, you should be able to get Phoenix stations in Rocky Point since it's only 170 miles away, as the crow flies.
gemsworld 11/14/19 10:37am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Full-time in the Arizona heat

I live in the hottest part of AZ. Several RV parks in the area have many full time residents. All you need is AC and enough money in the wallet to pay for the cost of electricity during the summer.
gemsworld 11/06/19 11:19am Full-time RVing

Unfortunately, OEM generators for RVs all operate at a constant speed of 1800 or 3600 RPM in order to produce 60Hz power. So far, Onan and Generac have failed to get up to speed with inverter technology that would allow them to run only as fast as required to meet usage demands. Honda and all the Honda knock-offs have no problem making inverter type generators. My solution was to buy a small inverter generator and set it next to my MH. After it tops off my batteries, it idles down and I can hardly hear it while I watch TV with my lights on. It runs about 5 or 6 hours on a gallon of gas which beats the pants off the gallon an hour the onboard generator uses. Newer models use technology that permits you to start/stop and monitor how much gas is in the tank on your phone. I few years ago, I corned a rep at the Onan booth at an FMCA rally and raised a fuss with him about their using such ancient technology. He liked what I said and made a video of me complaining on his camera to take back to the factory. I haven't heard anything about upgrades to their products so far but they're way past due! There's no incentive because there is no competition. Why spend money on innovation when you can still make a mint selling Model A Fords in 2019?
gemsworld 10/30/19 09:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Suggestions please!

We would love to boondock but we have a very hard time finding places that we feel secure at. We have solar and generator but want to try and find blm or forest land out west in texas new mexico arizona and california for winter time that have designated campsites. Last April we tried our 1st Blm location which was Craggy Wash just outside of Lake Havasu City and a very bad encounter with a very unkind man. The place was full of homeless people lurking at us like why are we here!! so we turned around and left and needless to say havent tried any others!! So suggestion on places that are not to isolated, that is not our cup of tea! Thanks Tara You may have picked a particular spot that is frequented by homeless people. There are many, many snowbirds boondocking around Lake Havasu that don't encounter any problems. Choose your spots wisely, if the people around look sketchy, go somewhere else.
gemsworld 10/28/19 05:58pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Things to do around Kingman, Az

Go down to Bullhead and Laughlin or Lake Havasu. Visit Oatman if you haven't been there.
gemsworld 10/25/19 11:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Trouble with California

Well at least Michigans forests aren't burning to the ground due to total mismanagement. I wonder how that's hurts California economy overall. I guess they can't protect everything. This is the most ignorant post I've seen so far on the internet.
gemsworld 10/22/19 08:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trouble with California

"I've seen too many videos and television reports of cops planting evidence and framing people." Yup. That Ag inspector is going to plant a maggot infested apple in your RV so they can lock you up in prison for 20 years. :R
gemsworld 10/21/19 09:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Push to privatize National Park Service campgrounds

This article goes more into details. Advisory council recommends expanding private business in national parks
gemsworld 10/12/19 12:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Push to privatize National Park Service campgrounds

The report ot a moderator button still is FUBAR so I'm bringing this to the moderators ATTENTION MODERATOR before is devolves into a political furball. This is not political. This is an informative article that should be of interest to practically every member of this group.
gemsworld 10/11/19 08:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Push to privatize National Park Service campgrounds

I don't mind having concessionaires run some of the National Parks, as it is being done now. However, I don't want to see our National Parks turned into garish Disneyland-like attractions. I realize the Park Service is drastically underfunded and in need of billions for backlogged maintenance and repairs, but I rather see fees raised gradually to cover expenses instead of having private companies destroy the character of the national parks. From the article: Seniors are one group that might be hit hard by the policies, if adopted. The memo argues that the 50 percent discount for seniors should apply only to base campsite fees and encourages NPS to introduce “new senior fee blackout periods during peak season periods.” Committee pushes National Park Service to privatize campgrounds
gemsworld 10/11/19 06:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

"...the question is how much of our “rights” do we lose to protect against the possibility of a fire?" Since when having a campfire become a right?
gemsworld 10/10/19 05:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: UPDATED: Arizona (not Nevada) roads question

After driving 7,900 miles across the US and Canada this spring, I found highways in NY and NJ to be in very poor condition. I may be biased but the I-40 through AZ is 10 times better than some highways in other states. The stretch of I-40 between the AZ stateline to where it ends in Barstow is in very good condition.
gemsworld 10/09/19 04:29pm Roads and Routes
RE: 2000 watt Champion Inverter Gen worked great

I had a 2K Champion for a couple of years and used it in 7,000+ feet elevation several times. It ran fine but it struggled quite a bit running the microwave at that altitude.
gemsworld 09/30/19 09:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Big Brother- Tag on your TC?

If your rear license plate was covered you'll probably never get a bill in the mail. Like you, we were also in Eastern Canada this spring and drove through a couple of toll roads in NY. AZ also has rear plates only and I have one of those fake vanity front AZ plates on the moho that reads RD TRIP. My two distinctly different plates probably confounded the NY road folks because it took a while before I got a bill in the mail for both tolls totaling $26.
gemsworld 09/17/19 10:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Stopped to help fellow camper

What a kind and caring person your are. Best post I've seen anywhere on the internet today. X2
gemsworld 09/17/19 09:24pm Folding Trailers
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