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RE: Hello

I was starting to think that everything on this section had been argued or discussed to death, sort of like the dinghy forum, where almost every post is one of 2 things- "can I tow this car?" or "do I need a braking system"?
rjstractor 10/19/21 07:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: An Australian Class C liked by Lazydays

I tweeted these images about Australian Class C's and got likes to my surprise from Lazydays in the US Very nice, looks like an A like other said, but the factory (I presume Isuzu) cab makes it a C. I wonder how service is usually performed, is there a removable cowling inside to allow access to the engine since the cab can't be tilted? Interestingly, 25 years or so ago Trek sold a small class A in the US built on the Isuzu chassis-without the cab. It had the old 135 hp 3.9L motor so it could barely get out of its own way. The same motorhome today with the 215 hp 5.2 motor would make a decent performing little motorhome with great mpg.
rjstractor 10/07/21 05:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

The Rivian is perfect for Mickey Mouse fans and the Cybertruck makes it look like it's from the 90's. I was thinking the Rivian looked more like early 2000s, sort of like the Nissan Cube. The Cybertruck is right out of 1984, it looks like John DeLorean designed it after doing a few too many lines.
rjstractor 10/03/21 05:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Question about tires..smell? Temp?

I've already done the math. I set off at 86 lbs, came in at 82, 83 lbs?? Meaning your cold tire pressure was 86? When I had a C I ran rear tires at 80 psi cold, and they would routinely read 95 psi when hot, which is normal. On these rigs in particular there are factors at play that contribute to hot tires and premature failure (learned this the hard way). When fully loaded, the tires are very close to their maximum load ratings. Also, the wheelwells are quite small, so there is not much airflow to help cool the tires. Another thing that I experienced was two tread separations on the passenger side inside dual, which was quite close to the exhaust. I think that the extra exhaust heat may have contributed to the tire failure.
rjstractor 10/03/21 05:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Australian Truck Campers are dramatically growing

^^^ I don't think anyone here is so naive as to think that the Japanese don't make medium and heavy duty trucks. We just don't see many here since it's hard for them to compete due to import taxes. Japanese cabovers up to about 19K GVWR are very popular, and up until 10 years ago or so, Isuzu imported trucks up to 50K GVWR. I've driven a couple of 24 foot Isuzu box trucks and they drive very nicely.
rjstractor 10/01/21 07:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

And true FSD, as we thought it would be, is stilll a pipe dream -- calling our Cybertruck to fetch us in our campsite or go to one campsite to the next with us napping at the back seat. We will always have to be on the steering wheel. I'm no expert, but I've often said that the transition to autonomous cars is going to be messy. The problem is not the technology, it's human nature. People only pay as much attention as they need to. If the car pretty much drives itself but gets confused when it snows or encounters emergency lights on the side of the road, the human behind the wheel will not be prepared to take action when needed. This has been the cause of many aircraft crashes, when an autopilot malfunctions and the pilot doesn't have the necessary skill to fly the aircraft in a manner necessary to avoid the crash. With a car, these situations unfold in fractions of a second and if the car has been driving itself for the last 30 miles, the driver's mind and body will not be prepared to "take the wheel" with 1/10th of a second's notice.
rjstractor 09/28/21 08:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Heavy Class C Tire thoughts

"With E rated tires (which is what the manufacturer recommends), if the rear axle is at max load there is very little extra weight margin and my opinion is that the tires are being stressed" Wait a sec. Are you saying the actual rear axle weight on the scales is enough to max out the Es? Or are you saying the Es are not enough to meet the rear GAWR of the C? What is the rear scale weight for that C as loaded for camping and what PSI do they want on the door label ? If the OP has an E450 based C, at the max RGAWR the E rated tires are also right at their max. With most of these rigs there is very little air space in the wheel wells which makes the tires run hot and prone to tread separation in hot weather. Your E350 C is lighter, so if you run E rated tires you can inflate to 80 psi and have a comfortable margin. A 450 runs the same size tires, but has no margin tire-wise when fully loaded. If the OP wants real margin in tire capacity, he can go with a Rickson tire and wheel package but they are spendy.
rjstractor 09/28/21 07:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class A Low Bridge Accident

An overheight warning will only do so much. People still need to have a bit of situational awareness. It should not be too tough, know how high your rig is, know how low whatever it is you are driving under is. Do the math. If the math doesn't work out, don't drive under it. But this website proves that for some people the math is somewhat fuzzy.
rjstractor 09/25/21 07:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2022 Toyota Tundra Reveal

Here's the Toyota Tundra reveal. No more V8 engines! 3.5 Twin Turbo and a 3.5 Twin Turbo hybrid both backed by a 10 speed. Enjoy... Link Link 2 Ford, GM and Ram better pay attention, the bar has been raised. More like Toyota finally caught up with Ford, about 10 years later. The hybrid model has (very) slightly more power and torque than Ford's PowerBoost, but fails on two key points- Toyota's in only available in its top of the line trims while Ford's is available in all trims. Also, the Toyota doesn't provide a generator option, which IMO is one of the most appealing features of Ford's hybrid pickup platform. Toyota makes a great product, but there's a reason that roughly 8 F150s are sold to every Tundra.
rjstractor 09/20/21 08:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Kia, Hyundai: Please come to the rescue "Pathetic Quality"

I'm not sure why Kia and Hyundai were mentioned in the OPs post- they are fine vehicles (I own one) but as mentioned cars are not built like RVs are. Also, the quality of a product has much more to do with the process by which it's manufactured, not the skill of the workers or the amount of inspections done during the manufacturing process. Way back in college I learned that "you can't inspect quality into a product". The Japanese were among the first to figure out that if you carefully engineer, monitor and control every aspect of the manufacturing process, you end up with much better results than just inspecting every product after it's been completed. Inspection is part of the process, but there's a lot more to it than just that.
rjstractor 09/14/21 07:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Small Class A vs Large Class C

^^^ I think it depends on your definition of "small motorhome". The smallest motorhome referenced here is almost 32 feet, which might not be big for an A, it's not exactly small either. 32 feet is among the biggest of the E450/GM 4500 series based Cs, but from these figures, the 32' A is a much more heavy duty chassis. When I think of a small motorhome I think of a C that is 24' feet or less and an A that is under 28'.
rjstractor 09/14/21 07:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What’s the normal CCC for a 30 ft. Class C?

New or used, slides or no slides, like others say it will vary. I used to have a 29' E450 based C with no slides. It was well equipped, and had about 2200 lbs of listed CCC. In reality, if the dog decided to nap in the back of the rig, we were slightly overweight on the rear axle. Around that time (early 2000s) Jayco made a Granite Ridge model, 31' with two slides that had less than 1000 lbs of CCC. Fill up the water tank, load your family, throw in a pack of paper plates and a 12 pack of beer and you were overweight.
rjstractor 09/06/21 08:37am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Towing Older VW Beetle

The thread mentioned above has good info regarding the tow bar. You can still get one for about $200, and it connects without a base plate. As for a braking system, the car is less than 2000 lbs. It would still be nice to have a braking system but I doubt one exists that would even work with this car. The brake pedal comes up out of the floor instead being mounted to the firewall. They have a very long pedal travel, no power assist like nearly every other car that toad braking systems are designed for, and old VWs generally have terrible brakes anyway. If anyone has successfully used a supplemental braking system with an air-cooled VW it would be interesting to hear about it.
rjstractor 08/31/21 07:45pm Dinghy Towing
RE: F550 based Super C - anyone but THOR.

Wheel base to length is fairly critical for good driving characteristics. The ideal ratio is 55%. On a class C that is filled by the 176" wheel base on a 26 foot body. Mine felt as if I were driving a large car. As the body gets longer the drive becomes worse and worse. Tail swing rises dramatically. When I moved to a 28'5" driving became worse, and I had 5 tail swing incidents. I had replaced the rear bumper so there was little damage to my unit. The possibilities on the F 53 appear to be 138", 158", 168", 176", 178", 190", 208", 228", 242", 252" What ever maker you go to make sure to be close to the 55%, as you said, this is your last kick at the can, and you have already had one unruly motorhome. Good points. The OP is looking at Class C motorhomes built on the F550, not the F53 which is used for Class As. I looked at the Thor Cs (which I know the OP doesn't want) and they were all over 55% The largest one (actually built on the F600) has a 267" wheelbase! The heavy diesel engine up front helps too.
rjstractor 08/29/21 09:15am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Cab/chassis vs standard DRW

In regards to the power difference, this is due to emissions certifications. A complete pickup goes through what is called a chassis dyno certification since the truck is complete. This certification is less stringent and more power can be had. For C&C trucks, they go through a engine dyno certification since the truck is not complete when it leaves the factory. A lot of people think it has to do with duty cycles, but it is only due to different emissions requirements and certifications. I was among those who erroneously thought the difference was due to duty cycle. I understand that the chassis dyno cert used on complete trucks is different than the engine dyno cert used on incomplete trucks. My question is, if a pickup with X power rating and a cab and chassis truck with Y (lower) power rating were compared side by side using a chassis dyno, will they produce the same amount of power at the wheels?
rjstractor 08/27/21 07:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 Ford Chatteau 22e pricing..........

Sounds like a great buy! I'm guessing from your forum name you're in the real estate business? If that's the case you know the value of a home inspection. An RV is no different. Even with low miles a five year old RV can have hidden damage or problems. I would never spend that much, great deal or not, on a used RV without springing for a professional inspection. Many years ago I bought a 3 year old class C with less than 7000 miles on it, and it ended up having several problems, including water damage. The problems were all fixable, but buyer beware!
rjstractor 08/27/21 07:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Who would of guessed

To get guys like us to watch it on Youtube. Pretty silly though, stack about 4 or 5 ecology blocks on the back of that tractor and it would outpull 2 of those coal-roller pickups easily. Maybe 3, if nothing broke.
rjstractor 08/21/21 07:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cracked rim on 2007 2500hd classic

I am the second owner. Being an 8 lug rim, I never considered it being a 1500 rim. I know at one point, they made a 1500HD so I guess it is possible. I also bought a single rim that should've been the same as the others. I'm not sure which one cracked. The extra I bought or the original 4. I'll need to take a look at the other rims to see if their ratings are different. The old 1500HD had a RGAWR of 6000 so that rim would not have come stock on that truck.
rjstractor 08/20/21 09:37am Truck Campers
RE: 2022 Toyota Tundra Reveal

Yes good points for sure. I still don’t think as a top mfg, I’d kick the “traditional” “big V8” to the curb and only offer 1 “big engine”. If nothing else, even if 99% of the private buyers prefer a more complicated twin turbo V6 (which I don’t think is likely), you are certainly limiting your commercial sales where the “newest and bestest” ( read, more expensive and potentially not as proven) doesn’t win sales. In 25 years in an industry that buys ALOT of pickup trucks, that industry decidedly does not buy near as many Ecoboost and Turbodiesel trucks as they do good old fashioned old tech, NA V8s. I think Ford, and now Toyota, sees the writing on the wall in that as internal combustions slowly begin to sunset, direct injected turbo gas engines are replacing more cubic inches as a means to get maximum power and efficiency and lower emissions. Look at Ford's latest hot offerings, the Ranger and Bronco. Any engine type you want as long as it's direct injected with a turbocharger. The Ecoboost in the F150 kicks the snot out of the Coyote V8 in emperical testing and I think Ford sells a lot more of the little boosted V6s than the V8. Even Chrysler is getting on board with that 2.0 turbo in the Jeep line which seems to be a better performing engine than the Pentastar V6. The only code that the small, boosted DI motor hasn't seemed to crack yet is the higher duty cycle HD world, but they are trying like hell, with the Eco V6 now being offered in all models of the Ford Transit. We haven't seen these motors in HD pickups yet, but you know that we will. We just don't have to like it.... ;)
rjstractor 08/17/21 07:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy V8 vs Ford V 10

The only V8 that Ford has made in the past 40+ years that is "adequate" for a Class C is the new 7.3L gas engine. It has only been in production a few years. In the last 40 years? The 7.5 EFI was produced up until 25 years ago, and was a very popular Class C engine until the intro of the Triton V10 for the 1998 model year.
rjstractor 08/17/21 07:33pm Class C Motorhomes
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