MWeiner

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    mark1952@sbcglobal.net

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    Southern California
  • Interests
    Like to travel to National Parks, Historic places and small towns with character
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    Part-time
  1. How Many Of You Are Roadtrek Owners?

    Good morning.. I'm somewhat familiar with your coach.. I have a friend who had a 190 Popular with the Dodge Ram and now has a 210 Popular with the Chevy platform... your coach is 20 feet right in between... So, how long have you had it, what's your experience been with it? Lot of miles? I saw your post about latches , yes, I recently had some replaced on my 2012.. I'm sure that the care and maintenance of your rig is a little easier than my diesel..? Did you purchase it brand new..we got ours used in May 2017.... Didn't want to take a huge depreciation hit on buying new.. just me... I looked up your model online, looks very nice.... has a wider interior aisle than my RS... think it's a 30 inch aisle.. mine is only 28 inches... space as you know on a Class B is everything... Also, I think that your overall width of the coach is wider outside as well...?
  2. Re-upholstery Tales: 1974 GMC

    Hi Richard, just sent you a private message.... and found this.. photos of your interior... nice.... take a look at my reply and you can respond to that.... --MARK
  3. Time for Safety Features on Motor Homes?

    Every year and generation of new vehicles gets safer, period...That is WHY the 1959 Chevy Impala did so poorly against the 2009 Malibu, a significantly smaller car.. just look at statistics... And, manufacturers and engineers have been perfecting crumple zones to absorb impact...this is like the collapsible steering column ...on Subarus, the entire engine goes right beneath the car instead of rolling right into the driver's compartment crushing the passengers..it's all about good engineering. I fondly remember my first car, 57 Chevy, I loved it... BUT, if you asked me to drive that today, no way...it's not safe... Nostalgic, but, no thanks. I NEVER said that all Class A's or anything else was created equal.. Now, I'm sure that any "commercial bus" from the 80s or 90s was built for endurance, however, where does that translate to all other Class A manufacturers.. Of course there's differences between car and coach manufacturers in their build quality.. that's why there's testing each year for automobiles from the IIHS Institute for Higher Safety.. they rate cars for a reason... don't you think people pay attention to this???? You bet they do! That's what partially drives sales... Subaru as an example is a leader in the safety of their cars..... Doesn't it make sense to have a safety rating for motorhomes??? I'm very happy that the Sprinter got such a great rating and crash test review..the Ford Transit has been pretty good as well.....that doesn't mean I would want to try this out... Look, you can "joke around" all you want about the "mattress"... BUT, this issue should be taken very seriously...it's a matter of life and death. Or, at least, reducing your exposure .... Just because the tests were done in a controlled environment doesn't mean they are not valid...how else are you going to test these things?
  4. Time for Safety Features on Motor Homes?

    Hi Carl, I absolutely agree that accident avoidance is the best way, no question. The only thing is though is that's why they call it an "accident".. YES, there's problems with "air bags"...the whole Takata mess... Mercedes Benz sent me a notice and replaced the air bags system in my van.. they did it pretty fast...a lot of people with cars are still waiting for parts...I was even lucky enough to get a new replacement in my Subaru Outback.... guess some manufacturers are quicker to procure parts. Those government regulations have saved countless numbers of lives.. don't really see your point on the 16,000 clueless people ( where did you get that number?). Anyway, the same technology development for airbags is now branching out to develop automatic braking systems, lane departure, and other high technology systems in cars.... I grew up in the 60s...who knew all this stuff would come along.. since the 60s when seat belts were first introduced, car safety has gone up exponentially... it's just a fact... cannot be refuted... I drive VERY CAREFULLY whenever I'm in the van..as you probably also do in your rig. Accidents are bad.. very bad... that's why I slow down when driving, try to anticipate what other people will do and give myself extra room and time to make turns... when in doubt, go around the block or find a safe place to stop.... Also, rest if you're tired....I've done all of these things...on the 12,000 miles journey I took last fall.... when you're in an RV.. there's no reason to be in a hurry... The journey is the destination... isn't it??? Between having or NOT having all these technological systems, yes, I'd rather have them...why not? Anything can happen, you just need to be prepared... I certainly agree that it's great to have all of this extra metal around you in the larger rig.. just make sure you aren't thrown all over the place...one last thing... most Class A's I've been in has people sitting very close to the front end with literally nothing between them and the road...the engine is completely in the back..no buffer zone to absorb impact... maybe I'm wrong?? I don't know, there's so many production models... would be nice if there were a standard for this... Stay safe and be careful in your rig....
  5. Time for Safety Features on Motor Homes?

    Hi Richard, Mandatory safety?? Well, this has been happening in automobiles for a while, and, you know, it's working...cars today are safer...of course avoiding an accident is always the best way, unfortunately, it's not any guarantee.. kinda wishful thinking... I definitely agree that your bus has serious structural integrity... look, it was designed for commercial operations.. and it was a premium product meant to last many years.... more than what you might buy as a consumer... Why can't most manufactured Class A's be required to do this as well? Should be...why not? Sprinters are used as commercial passenger vans at airports and other hotel operations... because of this, they are required to meet Federal safety standards like automobiles... The information below outlines this very clearly.. Please see this below; mind you, I didn't write this below...it's from a website containing this information.... Here's the info: Which Sprinter RV is safest in a crash? In the US, class A motorhomes (like the Sprinter-based Winnebago Via and Itasca Reyo) are not required to pass any crash testing. Class B (van-based) motorhomes are required to meet or exceed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) testing that includes impact testing and roll-over testing. Below is a video comparing a Mercedes Sprinter and Ford Transit during high-speed crash testing, so if you have a class B Sprinter, this is what a head-on collision might result in. As the video shows, the “cage” surrounding the driver and passenger seating in a class B or class C motorhome provides a great deal of protection, compared to the front cockpit of a class A motorhome. Pictures and footage of most severe accidents involving class A motorhomes typically show the entire front cockpit having been crushed or torn apart. You also might think, reasonably enough, that since the driver and passenger are sitting up front (let’s ignore the idea of other passengers for now), that the biggest risk in an accident might be something detaching from the cabin and hitting the driver or passenger. This is why cabinets must be attached strongly to the interior – if you’re building your own conversion, think about steel frames attached with steel rivnuts and wooden cabinet exteriors. Have a TV somewhere behind the driver & passenger? This could become a flying missile if it detaches in an accident. Watch from 35-50 seconds in the below video, and notice what’s happening to the interior furniture of the RV. But what about the effect of the more mundane details you might not check every time you drive? Are your tires worn? Are they properly inflated? This Sprinter van safety video shows Sprinter vans being driven in wet conditions with several types of tires. The results? The Sprinter van has excellent handling assisted by its onboard electronics, systems like the ABS, ASR and ESP that are standard on Mercedes Sprinters and help compensate for road and weight conditions, as well as informational systems like the tire pressure monitoring (TPMS) system. These systems improved handling dramatically in these conditions. Though there’s not much public data to go on, we can come up with a few general pointers on how to avoid a crash in your Sprinter motorhome: Avoid Class A RVs – If you want to be confident that your Sprinter-based RV has undergone crash testing, buy a class B or class C Sprinter motorhome. Avoid overloading – Make sure your the loaded weight of your Sprinter motorhome (including occupants, fuel, waste and all supplies) does not meet or exceed your maximum gross vehicle weight (GVWR) rating. This rating is on the the label on the inside driver’s door frame of your RV. Check tires regularly – Ensure that your tires are inflated to the correct pressure, and that they’re not overly worn. Tire blowouts at highway speeds have been the precipitating incident in many motorhome crashes. Fortunately, my Sprinter van has a tire pressure monitor, electronic stability control, ABS braking, etc. Again, there's nothing better than defensive driving.. accidents happen.. I'd rather be in the vehicle with the safety equipment standard.... Facts are facts... what can I say... sorry.... Sure, it's expensive... but my personal safety is worth the money...
  6. Time for Safety Features on Motor Homes?

    Richard, thank goodness, you're very fortunate for walking away from that accident... there's no question at all that physics and weight play a vital role in vehicle safety... but, the introduction of air bags and crash zones in vehicles have made a tremendous impact in saving lives.. Take a look at this surprising video between an old 1959 Chevrolet that weighs considerably more than the newer model....it's astounding. Again, thank God you walked away from your crash...it's NEVER a good thing to have an accident... Because our rig is closer in size to a large SUV...I'm grateful that it has the air bags up front...we need everything we can... and, you're absolutely correct..you can't predict what other drivers will do on the road.. ---Mark http://bgr.com/2016/01/26/car-crash-test-viral-video/
  7. Here's another reason diesels are known for their longevity.. they use fuel that's actually a lubricant for the engine and operate at much lower RPMs... producing a lot of torque...so they don't have to work nearly as hard as their gasoline counterpart... Unfortunately, a lot of people appear to be unaware of this and still apply the rules of mileage equally to gasoline and diesels when looking to purchase a vehicle on the secondary market... This is a quote from the National Automobiles Dealer Association on the market value of diesels.... whenever you want to value your rig for sale be sure and remind prospective buyers that there's different rules and the source for this comes from experts ...NADA is certainly a respected source... I'm sure that you want to get the biggest return on your investment and that's one of the reasons you paid extra for the diesel engine... It's certainly a premium.. I would think that it will likely give you the return and performance you expected. See below from NADA; "Mileage MAY be taken into consideration for gas engine only.Enter Mileage: (DO NOT use for diesel engines"
  8. Never really thought about it...we have many people who park their rigs right out in front or sometimes on the street... mostly Class B+s or Class C's...my neighbor had a 32 foot Class A... and his driveway was extended, widened and more rectangular than ours.... around here, if it fits on your driveway, it's perfectly fine.... Plus, we have a bright LED floodlight right out in front on 24/7... I'm sure that helps deter people from messing with the two cars or the RV...
  9. We live in a pretty safe neighborhood..of course, anything can happen.. but, after 36 years in the same house... nothing has happened to any of our cars on the driveway.. thank goodness. Plus, it's always great to have good insurance.
  10. Why do you think it's a "baited post"...it's NOT...I'm interested in hearing other people's decisions.. RVs are very expensive items... like you I'm fortunate that I can store mine right in front of my house with no security concerns.... other people might not be able to do this regardless of whether they are a Class A, B or C...
  11. Do you pay for indoor storage? Is this necessary? Depending upon your climate, maybe you pay for indoor storage that is temperature controlled? And what is the cost per foot do do this? Is there security at these storage locations? Is this 24/7 accessible? Does storing your rig reduce overall maintenance?
  12. Are you move reliant on solar panels...how large is your system? And, does it adequately power your systems for house lights and low power consumption electronics? OR, do you frequently use your generator, if you have one? As you know, generators make a lot of noise and are restricted during certain hours...and you can't hardly walk away from your rig all day leaving the generator running..? And, what's your battery system?? One 12 volt deep cycle battery or two 6 volt batteries in series?? Have you found a significant difference between the two systems?
  13. If you're NOT in "SoCal".... maybe you need to store your RV including your Class B for the winter indoors? How many of you do this and pay for indoor storage? And what's the average price? Recently, someone told me that they are paying $150 to store their Class C coach indoors with electricity... that's $1,800 per year... over 10 years that's $18,000 ... that really adds up... We just park our coach on the front driveway...and plug it into the house... whenever we want, just unplug and drive away...easy... There's definitely a benefit to the size of the Class B and the ability to just hop in like any car.. I've seen people park their Class A's on the driveway if they have space... but, it either takes the entire driveway or they park it on the street... Where do you park your Class B???