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RE: Compact Class C

Many Sprinter mohos can tow 5,000 lbs. Sprinter cab chassis GVWR = 11,030 Class C Sprinters run very close to or above GVWR GCWR = 15,250 Max tow capacity at GVWR = 4,220
road-runner 02/12/20 11:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Bad inverter, rewire new one?

Without getting into the technical debate I'll say that I have done exactly what you are proposing for exactly the same reason.
road-runner 01/02/20 10:15am Tech Issues
RE: Winnegago View and Navion reviews Likes or problems

I think you questions apply to any Sprinter-based class C. They are all effectively the same size. The size and maneuverability are a definite plus in the national park campgrounds that often have small sites and tight roads. in a city they'll go anywhere a typical UPS or similar small truck will go, which is just about anywhere. The only difficulty I've had is sometimes with parking because the motorhome won't fit into a single car-sized space. For parallel parking it needs 2 spaces, and in a typical parking lot row, 4 spaces (2 wide + 2 long). It's obviously wider than a car, so parallel parking on a narrow street is iffy. A really small parking lot won't work, and there's sometimes the risk of going into a parking lot and not being able to turn around. Dimensions-wise, the Sprinter based class Cs are generally 6 inches narrower than those on a Ford or Chevy chassis. To go narrower you'd need to look at a class B.
road-runner 12/26/19 11:25pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorhomes on Mercedes Chassis

I operate on 3 strikes and you are out.That's fine. The reality is that your strikes are different from my strikes, which are different from somebody else's strikes. IMO the best service we can provide to others is to give first-hand factual accounts as accurately as possible, and let the other RVers make decisions based on their priorities and preference. Choosing an RV is an exercise in balancing benefits and compromises. I never saw a single one that was close to ideal (for me) in all aspects. The Ford chassis strikes out with me, and the Sprinter with you. I want to help others, but definitely don't want to tell others what they should think.
road-runner 12/26/19 01:41pm Class C Motorhomes
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.
road-runner 12/25/19 09:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Elec. heat v. Gas heat

I can tell you how mine works. The gas vs. electric heat is controlled by the thermostat. When you turn on electric heat, the thermostat may or may not also turn on the gas furnace depending on the spread between the room temp and set temp, plus some other algorithmic behavior built into the thermostat. Heat pump vs. heat strip is controlled by a non-adjustable thermostat in the roof unit. Above the set temp the heat pump runs, below the set temp the heat strip runs. I personally don't like this automatic behavior based on what somebody else decided I want, and have added switches to the thermostat and roof unit so I can force it to do what I want it to do.
road-runner 12/21/19 11:15am Tech Issues
RE: Camper - tow car mismatch

It’s exactly techs like Doug who REFUSED to ever so much as LOOK at the camper as being the root cause.Seems to me this statement falls under the definition of defamation: Defamation of character happens when something untrue and damaging is presented as a fact to someone else. I assume you don't have a clue whether Doug would have looked at the camper or not. Even when it's low tech, sometimes problems like yours can be hard as heck to isolate when you have the equipment at hand. Remotely, it's darn near impossible. Sounds like Doug might have gone down the wrong path here. Being a master of wrong assumptions myself, I understand how that can happen. You say a purpose of this thread is to help out others. Reporting an improbable cause of the problem achieves that. Slamming one of the forum's greatest assets works against it.
road-runner 12/18/19 01:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Samlex remote switch cord to short

I didn't realize I was stepping on a pile commenting on this. With further looking I see that a "standard" RJ-12 cable has a 6-pin modular connector on each end (of either sex) and 6 wires connecting them. Looks like the wires can be scrambled any which way and still be under the umbrella of the standard. Having learned that, I still think it's dumb to not use pin 1 to pin 1, etc.
road-runner 12/16/19 06:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Modified/pure sine wave

Just looked at a CPAP I have access to. The supply output is 24 volts at 3.75 amps. I'd guess there's a pretty wide range of power requirements with different machines.
road-runner 12/16/19 03:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Samlex remote switch cord to short

I don't want to add to the terminology debate. After looking at the manual Fisherman linked to, I just wonder why Samlex decided to wire the connectors at one end in reverse order from the other end? Strikes me as a dumb decision to help confuse things. At least they documented it well.
road-runner 12/16/19 10:14am Tech Issues
RE: Yamaha Generator question

MSW Vs PSW is the issue.If I can redefine the "M" to mean mangled, I'll agree. My PD9160 will not supply its full power when powered by the kinda-sorta sine wave from the Onan microquiet. Driven by an eu2000i, it meets the specs.
road-runner 12/13/19 09:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Yamaha Generator question

I only have a single 9610 to gather data from and am taking the risk of making a general statement from it. Posts over the years from other members confirm what I see at a circumstantial evidence level. The spec I see on the PD web page is "Input voltage tolerance", not "Minimum voltage for full output" or something similar. Maybe it's stated elsewhere that I haven't seen. What I've seen for myself is that the 9160 needs a 120 volt or higher sine wave to achieve its rated output. Like a conventional microwave oven, it appears to rely mostly on the peak voltage of the input power. If the sine wave is below 120 volts RMS, or the waveform is flattened as happens with many conventional generators, the peak input voltage is too low for maximum DC output. This is opposite of a WFCO converter that (when it's working) provides its full DC output when driven by lower voltages and/or lousy waveforms.
road-runner 12/13/19 04:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Yamaha Generator question

There is the possibility of running the 9180 with a 1000 watt generator if it's not an inverter generator. If the generator's voltage regulator is one that leads to an absurd waveform with a bad PF load, the PD's power draw will go way down. If the voltage regulator will let the output voltage sag significantly, the PD's power draw will go way down. This combination will find a balance point to operate continuously at a reduced convert output. It's the one advantage I can think of for PD converters needing a 120 volt good sine wave to achieve their spec'd output.
road-runner 12/13/19 10:22am Tech Issues
RE: Yamaha Generator question

At 9000' it's not even worth trying IMO. A commonly used rule of thumb is 10% output loss for every 3000' of altitude. With that, the 1600 VA continuous rating would be 1020 VA, and the 2000 VA surge rating would be 1400 VA. A 1000 watt microwave will bust even the surge rating.
road-runner 12/09/19 07:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Yamaha Generator question

Voltage does sag a bit toward maximum output on these generators.This is the likely answer and a good voltage measurement is the only way to know for sure. The eu2000i voltage goes down to about 110 when it's heavily loaded. If your shore power is a solid 120 volts or higher, you'll see and hear the difference. It's easy to mistakenly think there aren't any other loads on the generator when there really are. Fridge and converter are the common culprits. A 1000 watt microwave pulls close to the rated load of a 2000 VA generator. If there are any other AC loads, high ambient temperature, or high altitude involved, an additional load will push the generator close to or over it's shutdown threshold. When the generator is heavily loaded, the only thing the eco switch will do is enhance the probability of the load device starting up. Once it's running, the eco switch does nothing.
road-runner 12/09/19 12:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000I versus Cpe 2000 inverter

"... provide 2000 VA fIor the specified 30 minutes," Where is that in the specs? Thanks. (It didn't say anything like that in my 3000's specs AFAIK)It's not in the official spec sheet, just like "watts" isn't. In my manual in the "AC applications" section it says: "Limit operation requiring maximum power to 30 minutes. Maximum power is: 2,000 VA." The eu3000i manual I have has a similar statement for 3.0 kVA for 30 minutes.
road-runner 11/29/19 12:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000I versus Cpe 2000 inverter

"•Honda EU2000i has 2000W starting power, stabilizing at 1600W continuous power" So just what does that mean? How long before it can't do 2000 anymore? Based on my experience the answer is totally dependent on altitude and temperature. Near sea level when it's not horribly hot, mine will easily provide 2000 VA for the specified 30 minutes, and at least 1800 VA indefinitely. At 3500 feet on a hot day, it can't come even close to 2000 VA for more than a few seconds, and struggles to maintain 1600 VA after a few minutes. My conclusion is that the engine is just strong enough to meet the output specs in favorable atmospheric conditions. The one place where the eu2000i seems to stand out of the crowd is surviving short overloads, i.e. starting loads, lasting not more than a few seconds.
road-runner 11/29/19 10:00am Tech Issues
RE: Built in vs. Stand-alone GPS?

In the dash is neat and convenient. I have 2 of them plus a Garmin portable, and the Garmin is my hands down favorite. The Audi GPS is such a pain-in-the-*** to use that it's almost not worth trying. The Honda GPS is usable, but the Garmin is the most user friendly. The Garmin has free map updates, while the others cost over $100 a pop. I have the Garmin mounted in the motorhome such that it's close to a built-in installation. When I use it in the cars, it's the mess of the power wire and sub-optimal temporary mounting. I've had a hard time understanding why the multi-thousand $ builtins can't be as easy to use as the $100 portable.
road-runner 11/26/19 03:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Operating on a 20amp circuit

Mine came from the factory with a 30 amp main breaker and 4x 20 amp branch breakers. All the wiring except the flexible part to the slideout is 12 awg yellow romex.
road-runner 11/24/19 09:45am Tech Issues
RE: Operating on a 20amp circuit

Do Americans now say "20a" when they really are talking about 15a with 14 wire, or do they mean actual 20a with 12 wire and the sideways plug-ins?My guess is that they mean a circuit with a 20 amp breaker, that has 12 awg wire to a combo 15/20 amp outlet, or possibly just a 15 amp outlet. If an extension cord is used, it will be anything from 12 awg to 16 awg, but even if 12 awg, will likely not have the sideways prong on the plug.
road-runner 11/23/19 06:15pm Tech Issues
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