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RE: "Godzilla" Ford V 8

I guess the idea was for the rv engine to get better mpg's.....??? bc it's operating at lower rpms where its tuned to get peak HP and torque at a lower rpm , where the fuel injection settings are tuned at peak. Super Duty chassis with the 7.3 engine is tuned to produce 430 hp at 5,500 rpm. The Premium RV 7.3 is tuned to produce 350 hp at 3,750 rpm. I think its better suited for the rv which is always hauling its weight where a P/u is not. To have power early on , lower rpm's, is a benefit in an rv. Hmmm ... other than in drag, or closed course, racing ... what pickup driver (or RV driver) revs their 7.3 V8 to 5,500 rpm? I'm guessing that the "RV tuned version" of the 7.3 V8 would probably be putting out close to 430 hp too ... at 5,500 rpm.
pnichols 08/19/22 11:02am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Lazy Daze is closed permanently

I really liked the Lazy Daze all-aluminum coach shell and their good old earth-tone interiors. I'm REALLY not into the white/grey/black/chrome/stainless-steel hospital operating room look for RV interiors!
pnichols 07/20/22 02:55pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Lazy Daze is closed permanently

Not sure why a V8 is a good idea, prefer V10, need enough power when needed. Because the Ford gas 7.3 V8 puts out much higher HP and Torque numbers than any version of the Ford V10 ever did. Hmmm .... please compare the V10 HP & Torque as previously used in Ford pickups (the 3-valve version - not the 2-valve version as previously used in the E-Series vans) to their current new V8. I don't think the new V8 swamps out the good old 3-valve V10 by "that, that" much in the power department. :h (Wasn't Ford's reason for the new V8 -> to improve MPG as much as possible for it's given power ... as compared to the 3-valve V10's MPG for nearly the same power?) Why wouldn't you want more power, or even the same, on less fuel? At least the 7.3 isn't known for burning oil, puking plugs, and having exhaust manifolds leak, at least not yet. The reason for my post was: Why spend new dollars for an RV with the new V8 mainly because one thinks it "has (much) more power" ... instead of staying with a V10 you already have in an RV you already own? The reason for my post was to point out that the new 7.3 is a stronger and more efficient engine than any V10 Ford ever made. I never suggested anyone sell a V10 class C just to get the 7.3. That's an assumption on your part. Hang on to your obsolete technology which is easier than getting the V10 to hold onto its spark plugs, exhaust manifolds, and oil. FWIW, my 2005 V10 doesn't blow spark plugs and uses no oil. Also, try getting the new V8 repaired in such boondock places as near Plush, Oregon!! I've already read in the RV forums of issues with the new V8. (However, my V10 did indeed need some exhaust manifold bolts replaced years ago on low priority after owning it many years. I had it done locally during routine maintenance.)
pnichols 07/16/22 10:04am Class C Motorhomes
RE: In need of opinions, thank you

We have a 24ft. Forest River Forester Class C- LE-model 2251LE-with a Chevy 450 chassis and a 6.0 Chevy gas engine. Wanted to get the Chevy because we had read stories about the smaller footwell-passenger side- in the Fords. Also, a number of complaints of engine/exhaust heat coming up through the floorboard of the Ford chassis-mainly on the passenger side. Previously we had a 29 5T Arctic Fox 5th wheel-about 30ft.-towed by an F250 diesel. Love the C- my wife can/will drive it now. Easy to get around in-easy to park-it's totally self-contained-don't need a Toad-we just take the C wherever we need or want to go. Generally, we get 9-11 mpg I pretty much agree with what you say above, except in our case it's a 24ft. Itasca Class C built on a Ford E450 V10 chassis. BTW, floor heat is no issue at all when we turn the cab A/C on with it's air coming from under the dash directed down at the floor. No toad necessary ... we take our little home with us everywhere - on road and off road - with hookups and without hookups.
pnichols 07/15/22 03:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Selling our C -- Two Options

Off topic a bit, but FWIW ... from a college expense vs. having/keeping an RV viewpoint ... I guess we were lucky: Our daughter graduated from a local state college and lived at our home while doing it, so her college costs were near zero. Our son gave up on a local low cost junior college early-on and still managed to retire at about age 45. As a result our two kids now love to camp because they grew up doing it with us in a couple of our past RVs!
pnichols 07/15/22 02:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Lazy Daze is closed permanently

Not sure why a V8 is a good idea, prefer V10, need enough power when needed. Because the Ford gas 7.3 V8 puts out much higher HP and Torque numbers than any version of the Ford V10 ever did. Hmmm .... please compare the V10 HP & Torque as previously used in Ford pickups (the 3-valve version - not the 2-valve version as previously used in the E-Series vans) to their current new V8. I don't think the new V8 swamps out the good old 3-valve V10 by "that, that" much in the power department. :h (Wasn't Ford's reason for the new V8 -> to improve MPG as much as possible for it's given power ... as compared to the 3-valve V10's MPG for nearly the same power?) Why wouldn't you want more power, or even the same, on less fuel? At least the 7.3 isn't known for burning oil, puking plugs, and having exhaust manifolds leak, at least not yet. The reason for my post was: Why spend new dollars for an RV with the new V8 mainly because one thinks it "has (much) more power" ... instead of staying with a V10 you already have in an RV you already own?
pnichols 07/15/22 01:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Lazy Daze is closed permanently

Not sure why a V8 is a good idea, prefer V10, need enough power when needed. Because the Ford gas 7.3 V8 puts out much higher HP and Torque numbers than any version of the Ford V10 ever did. Hmmm .... please compare the V10 HP & Torque as previously used in Ford pickups (the 3-valve version - not the 2-valve version as previously used in the E-Series vans) to their current new V8. I don't think the new V8 swamps out the good old 3-valve V10 by "that, that" much in the power department. :h (Wasn't Ford's reason for the new V8 -> to improve MPG as much as possible for it's given power ... as compared to the 3-valve V10's MPG for nearly the same power?)
pnichols 07/15/22 12:00am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Lazy Daze is closed permanently

With the demise of Lazy Daze, it appears that it's going to be very difficult to find new, short length, Class C (with a cab-over bed) motorhomes based on a Ford E450 cutaway chassis with the new V8. I guess I better keep owning, maintaining, and enjoying our non-slide overkill chassis E450-V10-based Itasca 24V Class C! (I refuse to surrender all the offroad fun to the truck rooftop/SUV rooftop/expedition trailer crowd!)
pnichols 07/11/22 12:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Replacement catalytic converter

This appears to be a discussion concerning Class C motorhomes with gas engines that hence have catalytic converters that are getting stolen. Are cat thieves picking on Class C motorhomes for some reason? Why aren't the millions of gas powered pickup trucks getting their converters stolen? If it's happening with PU's too, I sure don't seem to be reading much about it. :h
pnichols 07/04/22 07:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best mileage ever on a great albeit short trip...

I now often just recharge the coach batteries by idling it periodically when camping. Phil, did you install a DC to DC charger ? No .... with the V10 idling the V10's alternator charges both the chassis battery and coach batteries. I think (not sure, though) that the Winnebago design inter-connects both our coach battery bank (2 Grp 31 115 AH each deep cycle AGMs) and the chassis liquid acid battery in a direct parallel arrangement with each other. I have installed on the driver's side dash three digital meters - one to show chassis battery voltage, one to show coach battery bank voltage, and one to show how much current is either going into the coach battery bank (positive ampere reading) or leaving the coach battery bank (negative ampere reading). With the coach battery bank about 50% depleted, when I start up the V10 and idle it I've seen as much as 70 amps from the stock Ford 130 amp engine alternator going into the twin Group 31's in the coach battery bank. This current reading of course tapers off over time and I usually turn off the idling V10 when the current flowing into the coach batteries reads around 10-15 amps. Rarely do I need to do this idle-charging longer than about one hour. It's super quiet ... and of course I can heat or air condition our entire coach interior at the same time while I'm doing this coach battery charging via use of the excellent high capacity Ford Econoline heating and A/C systems. So since we're not full-timers, I've never installed solar and have instead used either 1) the idling V10, or 2) the built-in Onan generator, or 3) our 650 watt Honda portable genny ... to deal with all of our coach battery charging when camping. We never have any fumes inside the coach when using these methods because we can pressurize the interior to keep any fumes from entering. I read somewhere that the V10 consumes about 7/10 of a gallon of gas per hour when idling, so it probably will take many years before I rack up enough idling fuel costs to equal the cost of a decent solar system. I can use my charging methods rain, shine, or shade and I can use the idling V10 method for the ultimate in quietness if other campers are nearby. Also, I can pretty much use the idling method "outside generator hours" in certain situations due to it's quietness.
pnichols 06/23/22 10:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best mileage ever on a great albeit short trip...

D.C. What a nice little getaway you two had!! We just spent a similar week at around 5700 ft. under the pines at a similar beautiful lake in the CA Sierra Foothills - Lake Davis - in our 24 ft. Class C. We were with a group of friends in their RVs and our adult kids in their tents. I hate to see the V10 fade away into the sunset! What a great engine. Ours idles so quiet and vibration-free that I now often just recharge the coach batteries by idling it periodically when camping.
pnichols 06/23/22 06:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Replacement catalytic converter

I'm curious concerning this whole catalytic converter stealing situation: 1. How, and to whom, do the thieves sell them? 2. What do the people who buy them from the thieves do with them? 3. Are these stolen converters merely winding up being installed by muffler shops in other states .... or other countries? Maybe it would be easier to try and shut down the black market for these - rather than trying to stop the thieves from being able to remove them from vehicles?
pnichols 05/26/22 10:52am Class C Motorhomes
RE: My campsite map now up to 740 sites

I just updated my map of everywhere I've camped in the last 16 years of 5-6 months/year of ramblin'. Very few commercial ones, as I'm usually in USFS/BLM/State CGs and boondocking spots. Point at a pinhead and you'll see the name of the CG. Click on a pinhead and you see a summary of the CG, including fee (when I was there). GPS coordinates are also shown. The map is here. Works best on a large screen, vs. a phone. I'll be hitting the road in early June for my 17th year of ramblin' about 1/2 of the year. Hopefully I'll add a few new sites to the map. Hope you can find some new sites from the map. Safe travels. Another great service you're providing with your map update! Do you have a Garmin Nuvi version I can download and install on my unit?
pnichols 04/30/22 07:39pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Membership

The Mod doesn't need to say where he moved it. All you need do is click on the link provided and it will take you to the discussion. Then, if you need to find out what forum it is in, scroll to the top of the page and see. Mods will post where they moved it from so the receiving Mod will know who sent it and that it is not a new post submitted by a member of his forum. Barney Thanks Barney for clearing that up. I had not been paying attention to that procedure. I always just either log into the Class C forum or do a search for past discussions I was participating in ... not paying any attention to what forum those might have wound up in. ;)
pnichols 03/17/22 09:24am Good Sam Club
RE: Membership

Since I never have opened, or looked at, or paid any attention to the Good Sam Club "Membership" sub-section ... this Membership discussion appeared to me to be lost/gone lately whenever I logged into the Class C Motorhome sub-section.I give up. Probably a good idea. I don't know if this guy has been conducting a never ending practical joke, or is supremely stupid! Moderator: please close this down! The Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum is excellent! HOWEVER ... what don't you understand about it's various sub-forums? ... And what don't you understand about paying no attention to the sub-forum titled "Membership" because for years someone has exclusively been using only the Class C and Boondocking sub-forums? Please note that ronfisherman (the Moderator) in his 03/09/22 12:13pm post said only that this Membership topic in the Class C sub-forum had been moved from Class C ... he didn't say "to where" -> in other words he didn't say to what sub-forum it had been move to!
pnichols 03/16/22 10:04am Good Sam Club
RE: pie day?

Hmmmm .... my pie day is whenever I can enjoy fresh baked strawberry-rubarb "pie"!
pnichols 03/14/22 07:32pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Membership

Since I never have opened, or looked at, or paid any attention to the Good Sam Club sub-section ... this Membership discussion appeared to me to be lost/gone.What does your My Forums subscriptions page show? The class C forum shows the word Membership as a blue clicky, which takes you right here. I'm still not understanding the confusion. Since I never have opened, or looked at, or paid any attention to the Good Sam Club "Membership" sub-section ... this Membership discussion appeared to me to be lost/gone lately whenever I logged into the Class C Motorhome sub-section.
pnichols 03/14/22 02:28pm Good Sam Club
RE: Membership

Hmmmmm ... I see why you folks are confused about thinking I'm confused! I ALWAYS open my Good Sam Club Open Roads Forums to the Class C Motorhomes sub-section. When the Mod(s) moved this Membership discussion, he/they didn't say to WHICH sub-forum he/they moved it to. Since I never have opened, or looked at, or paid any attention to the Good Sam Club sub-section ... this Membership discussion appeared to me to be lost/gone. Now ... "I see, said the blind man, as he picked up his hammer and saw.".
pnichols 03/14/22 12:29pm Good Sam Club
RE: Membership

Moved from Class C to where? Is that a serious question? Huuuuu .....!? The "Good Sam Club" has dozens of forums. I'd like to continue reading the "Membership" discussion without a lot of messing around - hence, which forum? Of course I'll do a simple search to try and find it ... but it would have been nice if the Mod had said to which forum it was moved to!!!
pnichols 03/13/22 08:35pm Good Sam Club
RE: Good Low cost Camping Map Books for The West?

Phil, What map are you using with the GPS?? I am still running Street Atlas 2015, but it is getting really out of date. If there was some way to load the USA from Google maps and lock it to the BU353, that would be great, but when I have tried to load enough Gmaps, we have always managed to drive off the end of the earth when there is no cell coverage. I was hoping to learn to use CoPilot, but just haven't managed. Matt Matt - I don't have a GPS adapter for my laptop, so for satellie based navigation we use our Garmin Nuvi 3550LM with maps loaded in it's memory for all of the lower 48 states, Alaska, and Canada. For our travels in the West we have several of the individual Benchmark state atlases. These two sources together are all we need and of course no cell tower access is needed. My phone has a large enough memory (256GB) so it could probably internally hold maps for at least the entire lower 48 and there are phone apps that supposedly don't need cell tower access in order for the phone to be used for GPS navigation, but we can't tolerate the little tiny phone screens. I can show my phone's screen on my laptop's screen, so I suppose that would alllow me to use the phone for non-cell-tower-access navigation via a larger screen.
pnichols 03/12/22 07:28pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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