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RE: Rebuild ideas and thoughts

Sounds like you want to tinker more then camp. If that is so, go for it. You will spend months doing everything and never really get to enjoy the RV but if you enjoy a project then it will be great. I have dealt with sports cars for decades. It took a long time for me to realize it was cheaper and a whole lot less time and work to buy one that was in great shape rather then a project. Rvs in good shape always need tinkering so you can get your handyman fix either way. Personally I would buy a nice one and if I needed, get a part time job that would pay for it. It will take a lot less hours to work for others and pay for it then it will for you to buy cheap and work on it and buy parts for it. But bottom line is do what makes you happy. Enjoy.
hoosiermark 06/05/20 04:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class B for 3 adults?

Hymer Aktiv has a pop up that is like the old VW vanagons and will sleep three. But like many people said, sleeping is only part of it, staying civil and friendly in close quarters while traveling is a whole different issue.
hoosiermark 05/30/20 06:37am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class B camper Van

Go to the sites on page one I listed and you can learn all about lithium battery issues and benefits. Things like having volt start that will run the AC of the lithium and when they get low it will automatically start the van to recharge the battery. Pretty nice feature if you have a pet and want to leave it in the RV for most of the day. Also that you can use the sun to quickly charge the batteries to power the fridge, etc. I have one in my RV and run my fridge on it for a couple of days. Also check out Etreks/Ecotreks. I think it is the future of RV comfort, but like the old bag cell phones there are some growing pains to get thru. On the two sites I listed there are often RVs for sale that might fit your needs.
hoosiermark 05/30/20 06:33am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Roadtrek class B

Check out Hymer Aktiv owners and wannabees face book group. There is a unit for sale there for $63K with solar, lithium batteries and low miles. Plus I think there are a couple others for sale. Also my try Carado and Sunlight face book group they often have a few for sale. They were all part of the Roadtrek family. Aktiv group has a real strong group of people sharing all kinds of fixes for things such as electrical, heating, One guy even 3d prints part upgrades to sell tot he group.
hoosiermark 05/21/20 04:30am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: UHG

Go to Carrado & Sunlight Owners or Hymer Aktiv Owners and wannabees facebook forums. There are two known experts on the Underhood Generator, batteries and the Balmer. They are Sam CArswell and Lam May something. They are extremely helpful and can give you lots of info about the systems. There is also a Roadtrek etreks and ecotreks forum that has a lot of information on it. I have a Hymer Sunlight Van One with one battery. When there was big gathering in Florida in January with 45 Hymers, they were reprograming and moving many balmers from underneat the engine area to the up by the hood. Great group of people. Good luck
hoosiermark 05/10/20 07:13pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class B camper Van

You might want to join these two facebook groups Carrado & Sunlight Owners and Hymer Aktiv Owners and wannabees. They have a world of good information. group members repeatedly state they find it a very helpful and truthful information source. I think there is also one for Winnebago B owners but I am not a member of that. We bought a Hymer Sunlight Van one last August and love it. 7,000 miles already and would have lots more accept for the flu issue. We bought a cheap unit but it has lithium battery and underhood generator. We wanted a unit to determine if we were "B" people and then plan to move to a deluxe model when we know what features we really want. But so far this one is great. We have two single beds or a large bed. We like the singles for the nightly bathroom trips. No crawling over each other. We had an A and a C before but we find we are more scamper people rather then stay and camp people. Good luck in your research.
hoosiermark 05/08/20 03:56pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Hymer Sunlight Van 1 purchase

Tom, I replaced my bath faucet in January. It is possible but it is a challenge. I ended up breaking off the faucet from the hose to get the ring free. I replaced the faucet with a Moen. It is very similar to the factory one. I think it was abouit $160. The nice thing about it is that it is easy to install and comes with a plastic tool which is great. I suggest you join Carrado & Sunlight Owners facebook group I posted on it at the time how I replaced it. I also posted about the kitchen faucet drain. I did not have a holding tank for the kitchen sink and I added a drain hose from the sink behind the fridge and back to the drain line by the rear faucet. Now it drains into the holding tank instead of needing to drain to the ground. One guy on the site added a 5-6 gallon holding tank but he gave up the cabinet storage under the sink to do it. Also look at the Hymer Aktiv Owners and wannabees group. They have several experts on there when it comes to the electrical system.
hoosiermark 05/08/20 03:22pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Class C built in propane tank.

Manchester LP tanks in Bedford Indiana appears to make a variety of tanks for the RV industry. I would contact them for advice and replacement. Buying used may be OK but you may be buying an even older tank that has been refurbushed. I just took my tank off to have a new shutoff valve installed. My reearch said to let a professional do it, so I did. Empty LP tanks are apparently way more dangerous then those with actual gas in them The fumes are what can ignite. They replaced valve and pressure tested all the other connections. Got to love small towns, they charged me $38 for tha valve and no charge on the labor. I also had 3 twenty pound BBQ tanks refilled, total cost for everything was $88. I then wire brushed it, repainted it and reinstalled it. So my advice is to remove, have it checked and then make an informed decision if the tank is safe or not. I would bet that it is cosmetic rather then structural problems.
hoosiermark 04/10/20 06:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: blind spot camera

I have had a honda CRV with sideview camera for several years. It is wonderful. I will miss it when we need to trade. It allows me to check the traffic and gauge the speed of the cars in the next lane, allows me to check the clearance with or without turning my turn signal on etc. Wife and I find it very, very helpful I am considering adding it to my Promaster class B. I can only imagine how nice it would be when backing in to a camping spot and checking for clearence and tree limbs.
hoosiermark 04/10/20 06:49am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Sprinter Windshield Cover

Check out "downbytheriverusa.com" They make all kinds of rv related window covers and screens.
hoosiermark 03/11/20 07:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: ram promaster class B

I have a cheapo Hymer Sunlight Van One on a 2017 Promaster chassis. We bought it last summer and have put 6,000 miles on it. I get about 17-18 mpg and it does everything we want. The ride is decent, it handles well, we overnight sometimes in a truck stop and enjoy the ease of using it. I have the second alternator that acts as a generator and lithium battery set up for using it to run the fridge and the invertor. I have had a class A and C but with the two of us this is ideal. Go to Carado and Sunlight or Hymer Aktiv and wannabes. You will have to ask to join but they are not picky. Also check out the Promaster forum.
hoosiermark 03/04/20 01:28pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: E450 Insulated RV Windshield Cover

Go to the website: Downbytheriver. TheY make thinsulate windshield covers. I am looking at some for my class bl
hoosiermark 02/19/20 02:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: In-Depth RV Lithium Install & Wiring Film - Mike Mas

If you are interested in lithium battery technology and the issues with them, here are three groups you might want to check out on facebook. Roadtrek E-Treks & Ecotreks, Carado & Sunlight owners group, Hymer Aktiv owners and wannabees. I own a class b with a lithium battery and found these groups to be very helpful. There is a lot of information on these forums about lithium batteries as well as solar battery charging.
hoosiermark 12/03/19 07:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: inverter/charger issues

First it is a Hymer Sunlight Van One with lithium battery and underhood generator which is actually a second alternator. The AC is a typical RV AC unit and the wiring is designed to run off the lithium battery alone for a short period of time or with the engine/generator running or shore power. That is the reason it is wired thru the inverter/charger. It is an interesting setup that has problems with the setup for many. I posted simply to alert the OP that my experience was challenging since the OP stated he had an inverter/charger also. Mine is all fixed now thanks to Beaver Motors in Beaver Springs PA. I did post in the Class B section about my issues several months ago. I also posted in the facebook group under Carado/Hymer owners. I certainly was not interested in hijacking this thread.
hoosiermark 11/28/19 05:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: inverter/charger issues

I have a class B and had inverter problems. First the solenoid by the inverter went out. I could not turn on the charger/inverter without it. I replaced it. Now my 110 outlets worked off the inverter but roof AC would not. Roof AC worked on shore power. Finally took it to a good repair shop. They checked it all over and the issue was bad inverter. It supplied basic 110 power when turned on but could not handle the power drain when AC compressor tried to start up. Luckily they had a used inverter to swap out with mine to find it. Bottom line in my opinion is that you need to be educated in all the ways the inverter chargers work or it will be very frustrating. I had a couple of other people look at it including a retired industrial electrician and a guy who tests high temperature ovens electronically and neither could figure out a way to test things. They both thought it was a bad compressor on the AC. Good luck.
hoosiermark 11/28/19 04:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class Bs with Twin Beds other than the Travato 59K

I bought a Hymer Sunlight Van One 2018 with 18K miles in August. Price was $40K from camping world. It has two single beds or makes a queen size. Hymer has gotten a lot of bad publicity but mine seems like a good one and we are pleased with it. We thought it would make a good starter unit so we could figure out what we really want based upon how we use it in the next few years. It took me about 2 years to find a deal on one. I had driven a couple but the price was more then I wanted to pay. ( I tell people look up the word cheap in the dictionary and you see my picture)
hoosiermark 11/24/19 05:52am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Hymer Sunlight Van 1 purchase

Follow up: I ended up taking the unit to Beaver Motors where the facebook group says the experts are for the problem I had. They diagnosed that the inverter was bad. So they replaced the unit with a good used one they had and it has worked fine for two months. Per the instructions from the home page of RV.net I sent my experience to CW. A few days later Shawn from corporate contacted me and they wanted a copy of the $840 bill I paid. They investigated and told me they would pay for it. Then I got phone calls to verify my home address and my email. Both of which were on the initial communication. It sure sounded to me like the run around and stall tactics before the final shoe dropped and they denied the claim. Finally on Monday I called Shawn up and told him that this was crazy, if they were going to deny it, just get it over with. He assured me that the mix up was on their part and the check would be in the mail, yea right! Well on Tuesday, the mail man brought me the check. I know I read on this forum CW bashing, I for one will stand up and say they treated me right. I bought the unit "as is" but they were to point out all the working and non working features. I strongly believe that when they ran the AC with shore power every thing worked and they simply failed to check that the AC would work on generator since every thing else worked. Now everything worked fine and we have gone on two trips and are very happy.
hoosiermark 11/13/19 08:07am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
Interior windshield privacy curtain and door screen

Just got the B on the promaster chassis. Now I need a privacy curtain for the front window. I see the reflective ones that fold in place and remember the old rvs with the track and cloth curtain that slid around. What is the simple and easy way being used these days? I want to use the front seats when they are rotated around also. Secondly while I only spent one night in the van I can see the benefits of a screen for the sliding door. I read about people using magnets and Velcro and making their own and I see they can be bought. Are there any patterns out there for making your own other then trial and error? Is there a favorite brand? Is the screen worth the aggravation or ? Also we opened the awning, to check it out, it was easy to open but the closing I noted took a little more effort cranking it in. I had someone support it a little and that made a big difference putting it away. Any tricks I should know about?
hoosiermark 08/21/19 04:22am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Hymer Sunlight Van 1 purchase

Finally got into the inverter a little deeper. The inverter works with the TV and the microwave. When the AC is kicked on, it starts up and then ends up with the inverter showing an alarm code. I am not sure if I should hit the ecotrek reset button sometime in the sequence or not. I start with the ecotreck battery switch on, then the inverter on, then checked it with TV and it works. Then I try to power up AC and get the alarm. Tech is to contact me Thursday so we try and wait patiently.
hoosiermark 08/20/19 04:38pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Hymer Sunlight Van 1 purchase

Yes Eco trek wsaa turned on. Inverter worked fine after a little bit with Microwave. So when we were done I shut it off. hour later showing 13.4 on digital read out I hit inverter. I hear beep beep then beep. wait a little longer and turn AC on with wall thermostat. It starts up and then quits 20-30 seconds later.
hoosiermark 08/19/19 07:02pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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