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Shower In Class B's. Enough Hot Water?
mweiner posted a topic in Type B MotorhomesMost Class B's have "wet baths"...and limited hot water... usually 6 gallon tanks OR, a tankless system with on demand hot water.... even so, the supply of hot water depends on your fresh water tank... usually around 30 gallons.... Plus, they are very small.. ours is about 20 inches by 30 inches if that on the Roadtrek RS... small rectangular space... The doors do pivot to give you some extra room, but, it's like being in a small closet.... There's a very powerful fan to exhaust the steam and an on and off shower head, BUT to conserve water you have to turn on the water when you want to rinse off...in other words, you CAN'T leave the water running like you do at home or at an RV park.... Because we like longer showers and don't want to deal with refilling the tanks often, we haven't actually used the shower YET, but, it's an option.... I've actually met people at RV parks who admit they do the same thing in their Class A and C units.... And, the "wet bath" retains a lot of moisture and requires you to wipe down the inside shower curtain and walls.... SO, what do you actually do in your Class B's?? Again, it's very nice to have a place to shower in a pinch... but, if I can find a regular shower somewhere else...I'm going to use that first... I wonder how much water you really need and if you have successfully been able to get two showers for you and your spouse in the Class B?? I would probably wait at least 30 minutes for the water heater to replenish the hot water in the tank... The "wet bath" is certainly one of the weakest features of the Class B's... BUT, I'm glad they are there....one good thing is that everything in the bathroom is waterproof.....
Admittedly, as a group, Class B's are expensive for what you get.... Most of them, like my Roadtrek RS Adventurous are in excess of $125,000 to $150,000 brand new and even though I purchased it five years old, it was still with upgrades and maintenance close to $100,000... although, with upgrades I made, it might as well be a brand new coach. Airstream, Leisure Travel, Pleasure Way , Winnebago and Roadtrek build similar coaches with unique and compact features similarly found on Class A coaches... albeit on a smaller scale...All with beautifully finished interiors you might find on a much more expensive Class A... It takes a lot of ingenuity, planning and design to squeeze all of this into impossibly small spaces.... that's partly what you're paying for....Miniaturization... And everything has to fit perfectly in its place for all of this to work...... Roadtrek has been building Class B's exclusively since 1974...yet, they only recently completed their 30,000 vehicle conversion at the factory in Canada... SO, do you think this is WHY the market for Class B's is so limited compared to the ubiquitous Class C coaches... on the Ford and Check chassis selling for substantially less??? I've seen gasoline Class C coaches for one third the price of a brand new Class B on the Mercedes Benz platform... and they can sleep 4 or more people.... For $150,000 to $200,000 you can even get some larger Class A's... up from there to $ 500,000 or more.... They're certainly nice... but, it's hard for me to justify something that will ultimately be of no value in 20 to 25 years.... just me... sorry. When we decided to purchase an RV... I only wanted to get something that would be scaled for the two of us... but, when I tell people what I paid... they can't understand why we didn't get a lot more coach (size wise) for the money..... Don't know if they'll ever understand that...oh well... ...
2019 Mercedes Benz Sprinter-- Gasoline/Electric
mweiner posted a topic in Type B Motorhomes2019.... isn't that far away and it appears that the Mercedes Benz Sprinter will offer a gasoline/electric vehicle model...a hybrid Sprinter..... What do you think?? https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/mercedes-teases-new-sprinter-interior-ev-coming-in-2019/ Reason I ask.... well, we had an experience with a hybrid car climbing through the Eisenhower pass.. 11,000 feet climb through Highway 70... it's a steady climb to the summit and the electric motor ran out... relying only on the gasoline engine.... Yes, we made it over the summit, but, the car struggled to make it..... SO, would you consider a gasoline electric hybrid in an RV??? Mercedes Benz is not saying that the diesel engines won't be available in the Sprinters for the US market? It's tabled the diesel engine in their automobiles..... they are just adding the gasoline engine for sale in the United States... By the way, diesel engine cars and trucks are VERY popular in Europe.. much more than the USA... Then there's the complicated issue on biodiesel... still a developing story .. not sure about the outcome for the millions of Mercedes Benz diesels already here in the United States.... time will tell.... So, your thoughts on a hybrid RV? There's even hybrid big rigs, see below, https://blog.caranddriver.com/volvos-new-concept-semi-truck-points-to-a-future-of-hybrid-big-rigs/
Renting Out Your Motorhome- When You're Not Using It?
mweiner posted a topic in General DiscussionHave you heard of Campanda?? It's a way of generating income from your "inactive periods" from your RV.. Sounds interesting.. but, wait.. I looked at this and concluded that it's probably not worth the aggravation, risk or insurance costs... Campanda among other companies that do this say that they cover any risks, but, you still need to have personal insurance, and while my insurance company told me that they would cancel my policy if I rented it out... other companies that would not object, State Farm Insurance.. would supposedly allow it.. An option is to ask the renter to provide insurance certificate for personal liability, and property damage while they have physical possession of the rental of your vehicle. Unfortunately, from all my research on this subject, the general consensus is that unless you have "commercial insurance"... you're running the risk of physical and financial loss and exposure.. https://www.rvrentalconnection.com/business-articles/commercial-rv-rental-insurance-vs-website-offered-rv-insurance-100 Any thoughts on this...?
Upgrading gauges - Fluid Levels
mweiner posted a topic in Water and Holding TanksWe have a 2012 RS Adventurous ... I'm thinking about upgrading the standard gauges that are merely "estimates" even according to Roadtrek, the manufacturer..YES, I called them and they confirmed that the gauges were NOT accurate.... SO, I'm thinking of getting See Level gauges.. that ARE supposed to be ACCURATE... Have any of you had experience with See Level gauges?? Please respond....