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RE: Alone or in a group?

Never traveled/camped with a group. Too free spirited and don't like to plan too far ahead. Would consider a group camp destination for a few days or more.
paddykernahan 01/10/20 07:11am RV Lifestyle
RE: Proposed new gun law for interstate travel

One can only hope something like this will pass someday. Kind of crazy that you can be all good and proper and become a felon by crossing a state line. Actually if all states followed the Constitution this would be a moot point. Speaking of that party that more than likely would never approve this seems to be constantly shouting "But the Constitution" but when it comes to measures like this, NOPE NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, we don't care what the Constitution says.
paddykernahan 01/10/20 06:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Motorhomes on Mercedes Chassis

Jumping into this late I have a few comments: - Criticism of handling or stability from somebody who has never driven a Sprinter isn't to be taken seriously. - Chassis reliability reports look opposite for good reason. Most Sprinters are very reliable and have reasonable maintenance costs. A small but still significant number of owners have been plagued with highly unreasonable reliability problems accompanied by horribly large costs. - My only first-hand negative wind stability report is from one time when I made an unscheduled multi day stop during a windstorm. The Sprinter was darn squirely to the point I felt is was dangerous. It did make it past a few blown over semis before the next Interstate exit. - Because of the recurring mechanical problems some owners have suffered through, I am honestly scared it could happen to me. I treat it carefully and try to keep ahead on preventative maintenance. So why did I buy one and have no intent of changing after 10 years? 1. The horrible claustrophobic front seating of the Ford chassis, and to a slightly less extent, the Chevy chassis. For all of you who aren't bothered by it, that's great. 2. When shopping I was able to find zero shorter class Cs with slideout where I could push the driver seat far enough back for driving. 3. The easy access between the cab and coach. 4. The 6" narrower width when driving on narrow roads with no shoulder. 5. It's darn easy to drive, and the roomy cab is a pleasure. Agree with everything road-runner said. 25,000 miles and two years and no problems.
paddykernahan 12/26/19 07:44am Class C Motorhomes
RE: diesel class c

Everyone seems to like the fuel economy and perhaps quietness (depends on what models one is comparing) of a diesel but what about the initial cost? Every diesel based Class C (eg. Winnebago View or Fuse) is $30 to $40 thousand more than a comparable Ford E350/E450 based motorhome. You can certainly buy a lot of gas for that price difference. Not everyone wants to pay over $100,000 for a motorhome. That's why Ford still sells many thousands of the E350/E450 cutaway chassis to the RV industry each year. AND, as soon as you mention Mercedes Benz in a parts store or repair shop their eyes light up. Been there, done that with MB autos.Loved my 300D though . My thoughts point mainly to this. If you need service as you venture across the fruited plain, your chances of getting a Ford V-10 repaired and down the road far exceeds your chances of having your MB repaired. For the sake of fuel consumption and the initial cost, do the math. Love my Duramax in my pick up though. AND be sure and be putting some fuel lubricity additives in your tank if you are using Diesel. With the sulphur content being lowered and now the added DEF fluid, injectors are not lasting as long as they once were. My local small diesel engine man in town has lots of trucks waiting for such items. On the Duramax ,it's 3K for 8 new injectors. Just wanted to point out that your last paragraph sounds like DEF is part of the combustion process which it is not. DEF is part of the exhaust system and not the engine which would not effect the injectors. And, new/newer diesel engines are geared/designed for ULSD (Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel). Most engine manufacturers say to NOT add anything to the fuel. Safe travels, MM. I'm working on it.
paddykernahan 12/07/19 10:38am Class C Motorhomes
RE: What is the purpose of low point drains?

I find that the low point drains are great for that pink antifreeze hair treatment. When I open the low point drain under pressure, it sprays all over the bottom of the MH and me.
paddykernahan 11/25/19 05:55am Beginning RVing
RE: Thinking about downsizing to a B

We have a Pleasure-Way XLMB. Technically a class C. Shorter than many class B's. (22 foot) Slightly wider than a class B. Much taller than a class B. Huge dry bath that is bigger than a lot of class C's. No slides. Not cheap. MB Sprinter.
paddykernahan 11/25/19 05:38am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Move to Motorhome

22 foot on a Sprinter. (Total length = 22'9") 16 MPG Murphy Bed (Queen) No slides. Plenty of space for the two of us for at least 4 weeks (haven't tried longer yet) So small we have never needed a toad. Huge Corian with glass door shower (Bigger bathroom than some class A's. Very easy to drive. 24,000 miles and no problems. Pleasure-Way XLMB Make sure you look at as many as you can and pick the one that fits you best.
paddykernahan 11/11/19 12:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Country Ham

I'm from Michigan but always had country ham and grits growing up. Not sure where my dad got a taste for it. Have a sister-in-law that keeps me supplied in country ham. Don't eat it often but I love the stuff.
paddykernahan 11/05/19 11:29am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: diesel class c

Bought the interior layout that we thought was best for us. Murphy Bed with no slides and less than 23 foot. It happened to be on a MB 3.0 turbo diesel. Couldn't be happier with the whole package. Know that oil changes cost more and when something breaks it will be expensive. I can live with the extra expenses with such a great running vehicle. 16.5 MPG was a bonus.
paddykernahan 11/05/19 08:30am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best tankless water heaters (LP) 2.5gph or higher

I wanted to have one but then did the research. It will work if you are hooked up to a water source such that when showering you can let the water run the whole time, and are great if you plan to take long showers and waste water… Bad if you want to conserve water if not hooked up. As soon as you stop the flow the water in the tankless gets hotter, then when you resume you get that hotter water, and when you let it run longer the temp goes back down. No steady temp is possible with the military shower method. Unfortunately the hot water heater is the only way for this. I wish I had a two gallon water heater as I take 1 gallon showers… In the summer I have learned to just take cold showers. This helps a lot to save water since I boondock it is important. After two showers you get used to cold water and it is not different than washing your hands in cold water. Agree. We dry camp mostly so water conservation is needed. I plumbed a line with a "Y" and valves from the hot water low point drain back to the fresh water tank drain. When diverter valve is on, hot water constantly runs through the system and dumps back into the fresh water tank. Seems to stabilize the temperature when shutting off and turning on the shower hot water. When done showering, turn off the water pump. Turning the valve in the "Y" diverter puts the system back into original configuration so pump can be turned back on for normal operation. This also save the extra water wasted waiting for the hot water to get to the bathroom. Still needs to purge cold water from the shower head hose so less ware wasted.
paddykernahan 08/23/19 07:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Best tankless water heaters (LP) 2.5gph or higher

Had a tank water heater in a pop-up and it worked great. Bought a MH and it came with an on demand water heater. Failed the first trip due to a sticky sail switch. Got it working with dry Teflon lube. Water temperature varies from warm to scalding hot. I got the temperature to be slightly more stable by plumbing in a hot water recirculation system. Wish I had a tank water heater. Less to go wrong and constant temperature. I will have to say winterization is easier with the on demand system we have.
paddykernahan 08/23/19 07:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Mat rant

22 foot class B+/C- so no room for a mat. Made a small rug for the step.
paddykernahan 08/18/19 09:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Rvers beware

$1,000 fine, are you kidding me? Why not make it a $10,000 fine?
paddykernahan 08/18/19 08:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Thinking of a Mercedes Class C

I lusted for a class B for years while in my pop-up. Found an interior that was perfect for us. So much different than anything else. It is a class C but only 22 foot long. No slides and a queen size Murphy bed. A bathroom that rivals many class A's Happened to be on a MB Sprinter. If it was on a Ford I would have bought it. Very happy with the MB Sprinter. 20,000 carefree miles so far. We get an average of 16.5 mpg. Drives very easily. Very comfortable seats and legroom. Very easy to get from driver passenger seat to the back. Been to mountains out east and west and it charges up the mountains. So far with our limited experience (two years/20,000 miles) I would buy another MB Sprinter RV. IMHO select the interior that fits you.
paddykernahan 08/18/19 07:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: A new trend in RV fridges?

great discussion, there are advantages to every system BUT the dealer we visited only had trailers with compressor fridges. all of his medium to large trailers(24 ft and up) had them no propane fridges I don't want to be limited to 120V hookups, generators or solar. I told the sales guy that, and he said that's where the industry is going(he likely doesn't have a clue!) Our camping style is "dry", 98% of the time. I try not to use the term "boondocking" because it means so many different things to so many RVers. No power pole, no water outlet, no sewer outlet. "Dry" camping. Pretty simple. We had a 7.5cuft NovaKool fridge/freezer, with Danfoss compressor for 5 years in our TC that when cycling, used 4.4A. This is not a "residential" unit and is similarily priced to the absorbsion fridges. If you dry camp for any length of time and have a normal battery bank of 2 X12V, you will have to replace the AH's you use by one method or another no matter what type of fridge you have. Before choising a compressor fridge in our TC, I read the stories of the RV campers who really do dry camp most of the time and have a bigger electrical footprint because of the all electric fridge and the way they all seem to have no problems with their "dry" camping style was to go solar, increase battery bank, decrease electrical consumption by LED's, changing over high electrical units like TV's to modern, low electronic consumption ones, very basic changes. We have a genny and have not run it in 5 years while keeping a "dry" camping style. Traditional RV fridges work. They will still be offered by manufacturers. But because of the changes in technology in the last 20 or so years regarding batteries, solar, LED lighting, generators etc, compressor fridges, which are used by almost 100% of the world for their fridge/freezer/cooling systems, are here to stay in the RV industry. Dave I do not have the option to increase battery or solar on my unit. Stuck with on 95 watt solar panel and two 6VDC batteries.
paddykernahan 08/05/19 12:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Please edecate me on Chromebooks

>>> Bought one for my 86 year old mother. Figured it would be simpler for her to use. Have not been able to connect her WIFI scanner/printer. If I would have bought a MS Widows I would have had it set-up in two minutes. Other than not being able to hook up to printer it works great for my mom.
paddykernahan 08/03/19 11:10am Technology Corner
RE: A new trend in RV fridges?

We camp 4 weeks a year with power hook-ups. We camp 2 weeks a year with no power. Next year the no power camping will increase. Our MH selection was biased for dry camping so compressor refrigerator and induction cooktops were excluded. Ability to dry camp for extended time without power or generator use was a priority. If we just went from home to 120VAC camp spot and back, electric compressor would be fine. Always thought they designed RV refrigerators wrong. Three way has poor cooling ability and the design is with a door that lets all the cold air out when you open the door. Should be a chest style refrigerator so the cold air stays in the unit when the door is opened. This would not be as critical for a compressor unit while plugged in.
paddykernahan 08/03/19 10:35am Tech Issues
RE: RV lifestyle...

When I had a pop-up, forum users would ask how long it takes to set up camp. Average if I remember was 30 min to one hour. Me, if the site is level, 7-8 minutes from turning off the key to walking up to the bath house to wash hands. Have always been a minimalist to camping. Nothing out unless it is being used. Once used it gets put away. Ready to roll at a moments notice. Now that we have a class B+/C-, have a two minute set-up time. Never hook up to water or sewer. No toad so want to be mobile at any time. Only hook up to 15/20 amp.
paddykernahan 08/03/19 09:48am RV Lifestyle
RE: Flashlight

As a retired law enforcement officer I want flashlights that I can bet my life on. Gotta ask: Why do you often seen LEOs and the FBI on TV hold flashlights overhand? Is it a TV/movie thing or is there a real reason for it? Doesn't look particularly comfortable or maneuverable. https://cdn.instructables.com/F82/ELZ8/G5LEJZSI/F82ELZ8G5LEJZSI.LARGE.jpg width=200 Ability to access momentary on/off switch with thumb, https://d3apgz7jqdnp73.cloudfront.net/media/1542680/concealed-carry-flashlight-techniques-1.jpg https://d3apgz7jqdnp73.cloudfront.net/media/1542678/concealed-carry-flashlight-techniques-3.jpg
paddykernahan 08/03/19 08:51am Beginning RVing
RE: Flashlight

Can't go wrong with Surefire or Fenix. Buy once, cry once. I have had great service from the Fenix lights I have bought. I get AA powered so everything works on same size battery. Favorite is the Fenix E12. Powered by one AA and so small it disappears in your pocket. I have another Fenix that takes four AA's that is ten times brighter. All of the Fenix lights have variable brightness.
paddykernahan 08/03/19 08:44am Beginning RVing
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