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LandYacht35diesel

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Seriously..... COME ON MAN .... a little extra oil and a few extra filters over 50k niles .... on a motor and transmission in a HD truck chassis !!

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Gjac wrote:

LandYacht35diesel wrote:

....I’ve seen some people state that they have avoided a diesel .... why so ?
I have avoided a diesel for several reasons some previously stated. I don't want a large 40 ft MH, ideally I would want the shortest Class A or C available. I am more of a traveler rather than a camper in on spot for a while.


It sounds like you & I have similar situations.

In my case, after travelling a LOT for a ‘paying hobby’ in 24’ C I’m going to ‘biggie size’ my ride.

I’m in the process of converting a class 8 (semi truck) into a Super C, built to do everything except fit in at the KOA, I should be able to dry camp, on the road or stationary for up to 30 days without much other than a grocery store every now & then.

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JaxDad,

I hope it works beyond your wildest dreams.

Solar and inverter/charger? (Victron or Outback NOT Magnum).


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My ride is a 28 foot Class C, 256 watts solar, soon to have SiO2 batteries, 3000 watt Magnum hybrid inverter, Sola Basic Autoformer, Microair Easy Start.

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I’m in the process of converting a class 8 (semi truck) into a Super C, built to do everything except fit in at the KOA, I should be able to dry camp, on the road or stationary for up to 30 days without much other than a grocery store every now & then.


It might fit in just fine at some KOA's as well. The one below was at the Jacksonville North/St Marys KOA in Kingsland, GA a few years ago:

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pianotuna wrote:

JaxDad,

I hope it works beyond your wildest dreams.

Solar and inverter/charger? (Victron or Outback NOT Magnum).


Thanks Don, so far it’s only at the planning stage for details that fine. The chassis already has an APU on it so I have 120 amps of 14.5 volts, 13k BTU of both heat & A/C so I’m not sure how much solar / batteries I will want / need. The one nice detail the APU gives is the ability to preheat the chassis engine prior to starting it.

The one detail I have included though is that batteries and tanks will be inside the heated space but in a separated vented space.

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Dutch_12078 wrote:

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I’m in the process of converting a class 8 (semi truck) into a Super C, built to do everything except fit in at the KOA, I should be able to dry camp, on the road or stationary for up to 30 days without much other than a grocery store every now & then.


It might fit in just fine at some KOA's as well. The one below was at the Jacksonville North/St Marys KOA in Kingsland, GA a few years ago:

[image]


I did get a tour through one like that at my Florida base, waaaay too fancy for me, totally beyond what an RV should be in my mind. More like an uber luxo urban penthouse condo. Not my style at all.

His paint job is probably worth more than I plan to spend. LOL.

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JaxDad wrote:

Dutch_12078 wrote:

JaxDad wrote:



I’m in the process of converting a class 8 (semi truck) into a Super C, built to do everything except fit in at the KOA, I should be able to dry camp, on the road or stationary for up to 30 days without much other than a grocery store every now & then.


It might fit in just fine at some KOA's as well. The one below was at the Jacksonville North/St Marys KOA in Kingsland, GA a few years ago:

[image]


I did get a tour through one like that at my Florida base, waaaay too fancy for me, totally beyond what an RV should be in my mind. More like an uber luxo urban penthouse condo. Not my style at all.

His paint job is probably worth more than I plan to spend. LOL.


The main benefit of that Super C is that it is just a truck.
Most commercial truck places can work on it.
No side radiators or rear engine limited acces to deal with.
Granted it may have other shortcomings vs. a typical DP but it will always be much easier to service.


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LandYacht35diesel wrote:

Seriously..... COME ON MAN .... a little extra oil and a few extra filters over 50k niles .... on a motor and transmission in a HD truck chassis !!


Not sure what you mean, the post is a little cryptic. But you asked for reasons why people choose one or the other. I wouldn't knock answers that you asked for.


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JaxDad,

Since you have plenty of power, I'd go for enough solar to maintain and/or slowly recharge all battery banks in the RV.

It is so nice to not have to worry about things needing to start.

I'd still go for a hybrid inverter/charger as load support makes life easier.

I'm revising my plans for a massive battery bank. I do have remote electric start for my generator--and a way to keep the battery from going stone bone dead when I leave it in 'standby' mode.

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JaxDad wrote:

Gjac wrote:

LandYacht35diesel wrote:

....I’ve seen some people state that they have avoided a diesel .... why so ?
I have avoided a diesel for several reasons some previously stated. I don't want a large 40 ft MH, ideally I would want the shortest Class A or C available. I am more of a traveler rather than a camper in on spot for a while.


It sounds like you & I have similar situations.

In my case, after travelling a LOT for a ‘paying hobby’ in 24’ C I’m going to ‘biggie size’ my ride.

I’m in the process of converting a class 8 (semi truck) into a Super C, built to do everything except fit in at the KOA, I should be able to dry camp, on the road or stationary for up to 30 days without much other than a grocery store every now & then.
Nice, how many gals of FW will you have on board?

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