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RE: Motorhomes on Mercedes Chassis

"The Sprinter cabin is much roomier and taller than the Ford cabin that when sitting in the house you get the feeling you're in a small class A since the view is much better, thanks to the tall windshield. " Sorry, but for a thread that has had a refreshing amount of honest reports/opinions about the Mercedes chassis Class C's I finally have to take exception to this post. There is no Class C {B+} with less interior volume/room than a Mercedes. Oh, and do not get me started on how uncomfortable the Mercedes seats are, compared to the Ford multi adjustable power seats the difference is day and night. The last thing a Mercedes is... is much roomier. My 24' E-350 Class C has 7' of head room throughout the coach. I would venture to state {without fear of inaccurate correction} that no Mercedes Class C has that much headroom. I have yet too see any Mercedes chassis Class C even close to the 101" of width our C has. My biggest objection to the Mercedes Class C's is two fold - they are MUCH smaller inside and the ridiculous cost to buy {not to mention maintain} one vs a Ford or Chevy chassis. Yes they can get 15 mpg though many do not. No they will not even come close to towing like a V-10 or large V-8 Chevy. If Mercedes floats your boat more power to ya {you will need it} but please folks... let's keep it honest here for the benefit of those who do not know any better. As always... Opinions and YMMV. Perhaps you should have read my post a bit closer. I specifically said the Sprinter cabin is roomier compared to a Ford chassis cabin. I never compared the coach portion of the two. No need for me to reread your post... You stated: "that when sitting in the house you get the feeling you're in a small class A since the view is much better, thanks to the tall windshield. " and I replied: "There is no Class C {B+} with less interior volume/room than a Mercedes." You simply confirmed my theory that they are much smaller in volume by pointing out the illusion of size you get when sitting in "the house". Spend a little time in an actual class A and the illusion will disappear like smoke in the wind. This also points out that most Mercedes chassis' have fewer and smallish windows. One often needs to duck down just to see out except forward with no view at all to the rear. The lack of interior width along with Murphy Beds and rear extending slides to create temporary sleeping accommodations exacerbates this. Another issue for me is the galley set up. I like to cook but in most Mercedes would find it necessary to bend down to see what is in the pan on the stove to get under the vent/hood {and it is a small two burner - one normal size with a second tiny burner - try putting two pans to the flame at one time... good luck with that}. The microwaves are often the size of a shoebox and few even offer a conventional oven as an option. Counter space is at a premium if you have any at all. The refrigerators, out of necessity {lack of available space} are much smaller than in conventional Class C;'s {Ford/Chevy chassis'}. In our E-350 Class C I have a full 3 burner stove top with a conventional oven and a microwave as large as the one in our home. Counter space is enhanced by a foldup counter extension. Once or twice a year we wander the local RV Show browsing a dozen or more Mercedes Class C/B+'s along with the new crop of Ford and Chevy models looking at the features and space being discussed here. If a more compact coach works for you and money is no object Mercedes offers lots of options {models} to choose from but they really are a different animal when it comes to actually using them out on the road. As always... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 12/11/19 07:29am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorhomes on Mercedes Chassis

"The Sprinter cabin is much roomier and taller than the Ford cabin that when sitting in the house you get the feeling you're in a small class A since the view is much better, thanks to the tall windshield. " Sorry, but for a thread that has had a refreshing amount of honest reports/opinions about the Mercedes chassis Class C's I finally have to take exception to this post. There is no Class C {B+} with less interior volume/room than a Mercedes. Oh, and do not get me started on how uncomfortable the Mercedes seats are, compared to the Ford multi adjustable power seats the difference is day and night. The last thing a Mercedes is... is much roomier. My 24' E-350 Class C has 7' of head room throughout the coach. I would venture to state {without fear of inaccurate correction} that no Mercedes Class C has that much headroom. I have yet too see any Mercedes chassis Class C even close to the 101" of width our C has. My biggest objection to the Mercedes Class C's is two fold - they are MUCH smaller inside and the ridiculous cost to buy {not to mention maintain} one vs a Ford or Chevy chassis. Yes they can get 15 mpg though many do not. No they will not even come close to towing like a V-10 or large V-8 Chevy. If Mercedes floats your boat more power to ya {you will need it} but please folks... let's keep it honest here for the benefit of those who do not know any better. As always... Opinions and YMMV.
Desert Captain 12/10/19 07:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: California Non-commercial class A license ***New question***

Just drive the **** thing and forget the endorsement!!! Plead ignorance "IF" you ever get pinched! So your advice is to just break the law and if you get caught, lie. Nice. :S
Desert Captain 12/08/19 10:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

I initially mounted our spare on the rear bumper. Bought what I thought was a fairly heavy duty mount and set out from Arizona on a cross country trip. Made it as far as Maine before it completely failed with the steel bracket fracturing when we hit one too many potholes. IMHO: Most bumpers found on smaller motorhomes are woefully under engineered for carrying the weight of a spare, multiple bikes and the ever popular generator mount. Apparently there is just too much weight and movement in a vertically mounted spare much like an overloaded bike rack that a structural failure is inevitable. Fortunately I heard it break and was able to remove the tire and bracket without any issues {the spare lived in the overhead of the cabover until we got to the Nexus factory in Elkhart where I had them install the under the coach custom mount}. The weight is down low and though you do have to crawl under a couple of feet to loosen the bolt that secures the spare it has served us well. About every third time I have the other tires checked/set for the appropriate psi at Discount Tire I ask them to check the spare as well but I always bump up the tip for having them crawl under. :C
Desert Captain 12/02/19 08:27am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Switching to Class C

I recommend the OP get an enclosed "Cargo" trailer for his trike. I towed my HD Super Glide on a small folding Kendon trailer and it worked very well but... It was outside in the weather everywhere we went and the bad guys could eyeball it at will, often with evil intent. Finally replaced it with a 6' X 10' {14' overall} cargo trailer and Wow, what a difference. It will not only haul my Indian Springfield {862# of Torque monster} bike and trailer weigh 2,220# but my Polaris Rzr as well - Rzr and trailer are right at 2,600#. Traveling with your own private garage is amazing. In addition to either toy I have lots of room to move extra gear out of our 24' C and into the trailer. The V-10 tows it with no issues and most of our travel is in the mountainous west. Get a cargo trailer... you won't be sorry. Here is a shot taken in late October at Arizona Oasis in Ehrenburg right on the Colorado River: https://i.imgur.com/T1ZOcjSl.jpg :C
Desert Captain 11/30/19 07:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

"Gotta ask though, what’s with the backwards looking hub caps on the rear duals? Never seen hubcaps in droves that make them look like steers before. " Grit dog, I don't have a clue what you're referring to. This is how the rig came from the factory and I see these rims frequently on other motorhomes. Is it that they are "outies vs innies"? :h Freedom RV did a nice job of buffing out all 4 though and I plan on taking the coach back to Freedom for a buff and wax job after our long January - Quartzsite, Ehrenburg and Lake Havasu trip. :C
Desert Captain 11/26/19 11:58am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Howling wind

A couple of years ago in January we left the coach in Laughlin and rode my Harley up to Vegas to meet family and have some fun for a couple of days. The morning we left to return a huge front moved through with temps in the low 30's and north winds of 35 to 50. We bundled up and made the ride south on 93 without complaint but when we turned east to get over the pass and down into the Colorado River Valley it got dicey. The gusts would blow us across a full lane without much warning. When we finally made it back to the Riverside RV Park in Laughlin the coach was rocking so badly that it felt like we were driving down a twisty, potholed road. The winds, with gust exceeding 50 at times, lasted for 2 more days and we just waited it out. Driving out, up and over that long, steep nasty pass eastbound out of Laughlin was nothing I was willing to even think about in those conditions. Sometimes you just need to revise your plans and stay put. :S
Desert Captain 11/26/19 07:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

Freedom RV {here in Tucson} completed all of the repairs to our coach and this morning I brought it back to our storage yard. I am nothing but amazed at the thorough, high quality job they did. As noted above the damages were significantly more severe than initially thought. The force of the explosion blew the top of the wheel well right up through the floor doing additional damage to the interior cabinetry. The tech said that often such an event can result in the cabinets being blown right through the roof. We were lucky... The wheel well was completely rebuilt, the twisted steel bar cut out and replaced, the bent frame straightened along with new mud flaps, misc bolts and wiring repairs. The cabinets got quite a bit of new hardware to replace the pieces that were damaged and/or destroyed. They then detailed the damaged area and the interior of the coach. Here are a couple of shots of the finished repairs: https://i.imgur.com/FC7PmwHl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/kvPda69l.jpg Total cost was $4,131 less my $500 deductible less the $251 GEICO reimbursed me for the blown tire... total out of pocket to me = $249. Nothing but good things to say about the entire staff at Freedom RV and the folks at GEICO who handled my claim. If you are in the Tucson area and need any RV work give them a call. :C
Desert Captain 11/25/19 02:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

Stopped by Freedom RV to check on the additional damage they uncovered... yikes! Here is a shot of the hydraulic ram they are using to straighten out part of the damaged frame. the twisted bar in this pic will be cut out and a new one welded in. The new top box for the wheel well is almost ready to install and the cabinets are ready for repair as well. https://i.imgur.com/kWyBt0pl.jpg They are hoping to get the rest of the parts in and complete the repairs by the end of the month. Check your DOT codes folks and if they are 5 years old or more replace them regardless of how good they might look. I didn't and this was the result. :S
Desert Captain 11/20/19 02:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

OP here: Just got off of the phone with my GEICO claims adjuster... Freedom RV where the repairs are being done, had him come out and they showed him the extensive additional damage that I was afraid my be lurking just beneath the surface. When that tire "grenaded" the force must have been huge as in addition to the obvious damage {bent/twisted frame member} the wheel well needs to be replaced - it was forced up and into the interior flooring by the blast. They found damaged cabinetry inside the coach and are currently checking all of the drainage and electrical systems in that area for any possible additional hidden damage. Bottom line, their estimate is now sitting at $4,131. It will probably be another week before everything that they have found is repaired {assuming they find no additional problems}. My $500 deductible doesn't sound too bad to me at this point. As to a couple of recent comments above... Yep, you not only need to carry a spare but be sure you or the ERS guys can access it and that it is properly inflated and ready to go. The custom mount I had Nexus install beneath the rear of the coach worked perfectly. Prior to every trip I always have the tires inspected and aired up for the load they will be carrying {as it varies by as much as a thousand pounds depending on how we load and what, if anything I am towing}. About every third or fourth trip I ask them to check the spare for proper psi and yes I always tip the guy a few bucks for the extra effort/service. :C
Desert Captain 11/19/19 12:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

Good points Phil... We all hope to never need help but all too often an injury, even a minor one can spell disaster. I carry a serious first aid kit and have been trained in its use {the same medical kit I carried when doing extended offshore boating trips modified slightly for the RV environment}. From a suture kit to serious pain meds, I am prepared to deal with burns, fractures and bleeding. Often we are either beyond cell phone coverage or at its outer limits where help can be hours {or more} away. I also have the GS emergency travel assist but admit to some trepidation as to how effective it will ultimately be. Since we often are riding our motorcycle the possibility of even a minor accident could render us less than able to get ourselves and the rig home. Yep, plan for the worst and hope for the best, once a Boy Scout always a Boy Scout... Be Prepared! :C
Desert Captain 11/16/19 07:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: A Camp-Away-from-Quartzsite-with-SxS Question

We will be returning to the Q in January for the 7th year in a row. We always stay at the Rice Ranch RV Park {just a large gravel lot with full hook ups for about $35 and dry camping for $7 we dry camp}. What RR has going for it is its location at the southeast corner of 95 and Kuehn Rd which puts you a couple of hundred yards from the center of the show and we walk to everything. Be advised... if you are going to ride any paved roads in Quartzsite your buggy needs to be street legal in Arizona and yes, they do enforce it. We have found that during the big RV Show 2 days and nights at the Q are plenty and this year we have reservations for 4 days/nights {Pre Q} at Arizona Oasis in Ehrenburg 20 miles west of the Q right on the Colorado River before we roll on into Quartzsite on Monday morning. Arizona Oasis sits just a mile from the Ehrenburg Sand Bowl OHV riding area which is awesome! After doing 4 days of some serious Rzr chasing we will do 2 days at the Q and then head up to Lake Havesu for another 3 or 4 days of fun at a nice RV Park right on the lake {can you say kayaks?} before returning home to Tucson. My friends from San Diego will be in their 40' Winnebago DP trailering his Rzr 1,000and we in our 24' Class C trailing my 570 Rzr. Ten days of too much fun in 3 great venues with our friends... Doesn't get much better than that. :B
Desert Captain 11/14/19 10:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

It has been our experience that any insurance claim regardless how minor, and "yes" even simple inquiries to determine if we should file a claim to our insurance company, auto or home policy, the rates jump up so badly that we have to switch insurance companies. Once we learned how the insurance system actually works, we get the highest deductible plans, and pay out of pocket without informing our insurance, even when exceeding the deductible by "reasonable" amounts. We save BIG money over-all this way. And if you wonder, we had so few claims over our 42 year driving and home ownership history. All claims were very minor incidents that we felt did not warrant such high increases in our policies. The few claims we had were smaller than the cost of coverage for that given year. Ron, Insurance companies can NOT raise your rates for simply making an inquiry regarding a potential claim. All insurance companies share common data base so they will know if you have filed claims with other companies and that can affect the rates they charge so there is little to be gained by jumping from company to company. About 2 years ago I had my first ever potential claim, I had caught the edge of the scale at the refuse transfer station and did what was largely cosmetic damage below the door sill. After hearing what the paint and body shop proposed - replacing a fully functioning door to the tune of $2,500 I canceled the claim and did the repair myself. A little tapping with a maul to flatten out the gouged metal trim and some touch up paint have it looking decent. The claim was dropped and as far as GEICO {and the rest of insurance industry} is concerned it never happened. This was confirmed today when my adjuster noted that I had no {zip, zero, nada} claims in my insurance history. I agree one can save on premiums up front by opting for higher deductibles but if you are afraid to use insurance there isn't much point in having it. Self insuring becomes and option but given the low interest rates currently available it does not always pencil out. You still are legally obligated to have liability insurance and when bundled with full coverage the costs are not that much higher. I have made it a habit over the last 30 years to get quotes from multiple insurance companies every 3 - 5 years on all of my insurance products. Usually my existing insurance is competitive but if it is not for whatever reason I simple shop for another carrier. :C
Desert Captain 11/13/19 06:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

Way2roll, I must respectfully disagree... We had a spare, good cell coverage and ERS with a reasonable response time {for a busy interstate} and still spent 2+ hours in the "Dead Zone" as the shoulder is aptly known. Had we not had a spare we would have been there much longer and your chances of having a major disaster go up exponentially every minute you are there. If you chose not to carry one that is your call but having backup equipment, especially when it comes to safety is for me the only way to travel. Do you have any fire extinguishers? I carry 3 and know how to use them. Ever needed one? Nope. Much like a spare they rarely are needed but when you need one not much else will suffice. As I often note: "Opinions... and YMMV" My incident continues to just get better and better... The GEICO Claims Adjuster met me this morning at our storage yard. In just a few minutes he had completed the requisite paperwork {mostly on his computer} and the damage estimate came in at $704 {less my $500 deductible}. I have an appointment at Freedom RV tomorrow at 9 and they should be able to wrap up the repair {assuming they do not discover any additional damage} in just a few days. My GEICO guy wrote me a check on the spot for $251.56 to reimburse me for the cost of the blown tire as that expense was covered by my RV policy. I admit to this being a very pleasant surprise. I will report back when the repair is completed but right now it is looking like I will be out about $250 when all is said and done including my deductible {not counting the two additional tires I replaced just to be on the safe side}. Oh, I found where the severed wire goes... It connects to a small amber running light on the side of the coach which ought to take about a minute and half to repair. :C
Desert Captain 11/13/19 12:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

Because tires are a maintenance item I assumed that damage from a blow out would not be covered by insurance? I never heard that one. :h GEICO says no problem... Yes, the damage could have been much worse. The forces involved were huge as evidenced by the twisted steel bar. The heavy rubber mudflap obviously took the brunt of the explosion and probably prevented additional damage. I will never know if I possibly hit some debris in the lane... I don't think so but there is no way of knowing. As noted, the tires were inspected and aired up by Discount Tire that day before. :C
Desert Captain 11/12/19 08:51am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

I didn't realize the extent of the collateral damage the rig suffered when we had the blow out. We had to unbolt/remove the mudflap as it had been jammed up and over the top of the duallies but I assumed I would be able to do that myself... wrong. You can see the twist on the outside end of the support bar and there is no way I can straighten that. Also the frame has been pushed/pulled forward and needs to be realigned flush with the wheel well opening. I also found a duplex wire that was severed by the force of the explosion/blowout. There is an inner support bar above the twisted one {looks to be way low on the inside of the wheel well} that was dislodged and needs to be replaced or at least realigned and reinstalled. Like I said earlier this thing really blew {grenaded}, here are a couple of pics showing the extent of the damage: https://i.imgur.com/dbFlQAol.jpg https://i.imgur.com/YBYl9VXl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/gjYn8DXl.jpg The wire was not hanging down immediately after the blowout and I would have to guess that it was blown up into the undercarriage and eventually worked loose and recently dropped down. does anyone have any clue what that wire {looks to be 14/16 gauge white and yellow duplex} goes to? The GEICO claims guy will be out to meet me and inspect the rig later this week at the storage yard and then I assume it will be off to La Mesa RV for the requisite repairs {less my $500 deductible... oh boy}. :S
Desert Captain 11/11/19 09:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

"Have AAA premium road service. " While I do not know for certain I have been told that AAA will not come into a campground and will not change an inside dually. If I had AAA I would take to the time find out for sure one way or the other and if you do please get back to us to confirm or squelch this tale. Regardless of your ERS provider having a spare gives you options and likely will get you quicker service when you have a flat/blowout. The tech that came out to change my blowout was just driving a midsized pickup with an assortment of tools in the back. If I had no spare they would have had to dispatch a truck with the equipment to mount/balance a new tire that hopefully would be available. Storage and mounting will always be an issue for most folks. My spare lives under the rear of the coach as I had Nexus install a custom mount when I visited the factory 4.5 years ago. Before that I in stalled a spare tire mount on the rear bumper. It only took a few weeks on the road for it to fail and fracture the mount... there was just too much motion and weight involved. My spare is too large to fit into the primary storage bay. :C
Desert Captain 10/31/19 01:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

A couple of thoughts to share... Look at the second pic and note how far over the rig is leaning to the passenger side. About 15 minutes after parking there in my best attempt to get as far from the right lane as possible it dawned on me... Duh! the frig is on and running on gas. I quickly shut it down but was wishing I had thought about this about 14 minutes earlier and began to wonder if I had compromised my refrigeration. Fortunately no damage was done as the it continued to work throughout the trip. Just add checking your frig when parked at less than level to your checklist {yep Methinks I dodged a bullet here}. I had lost track over the last 6 years as to the DOT codes on all of my tires and yes they all looked good, no cracking or checking but time is not your friend. I should have known better and from now on will keep a log for each tire. Get a set of the emergency triangles... they work very well. Next time you drive down the interstate and see a truck broken down with the triangles deployed take note of how they quickly they catch your eye. At night they light up in headlights for even better visibility. They are far safer and less trouble than lighting conventional road flares. While I carry a large heavy duty "X" style lug wrench I am retiring it in favor of an air wrench {probably from Harbor Freight} as that is what the tire guy had. They are easy to keep charged and use . Given that most lug nuts on a Class C are torqued to 150# {with Class A's even higher} breaking them loose without the mechanical advantage of a power wrench makes this upgrade a no brainer. I did not need my compressor but I carry two {1 DC and 1 AC}. If ERS is not available you might just need that option. While waiting for ERS getting well away from the traffic is critical. Things like chairs and sunscreen not to mention proper hydration {snacks etc.} are essential. Bottom line we weren't, but you might be there for hours... just read through the nightmare complaints about bad road service found in this and other RV Forums. Hope my experience helps someone avoid a problem, or a bigger problem. Be safe out there, plan for the worst and hope for the best. :C
Desert Captain 10/27/19 05:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

Running the fronts on most 25' or less Class C's at 80 psi per the door stickers {which are a bad joke}, will reduce the contact patch to the point that it will handle like a pig on skates and be blown all over the road by passing trucks and/or cross winds. Putting 80 in the rears would be serious overkill las at 80 they are rated for 2,640# of load X 4 = 10,560# to carry a 7,700# load. This also creates a very stiff ride that will beat you to death and shorten tire life. :C Most Michelin tires for a 25' or less Class C would have a load rating of 2,470# in a dual wheel configuration. Please provide the tire size. I stand corrected, with duallies the max load is less {not sure why} but even if it is only 2470 X 4 = 9880 to support a load of 7,700 { the ten percent fudge factor - 7,700 x 1.1 = 8470}. All four of my duallies are always aired to the same psi which is based upon the actual load they are carrying and typically varies from 65 when not towing or loaded heavy to 75 when towing and loaded heavy. Since the load on the front axle varies less I typically run them at 60 - 65. My tires are all 225 75 16's and the last three I just brought are the new Michelin Agilis Cross Climate which were the successors to the LTX MS 2's and Defender series and have a max psi of 90. :C
Desert Captain 10/27/19 01:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

Glad you got it fixed safely. I don't know what your individual corner weights are, but that doesn't sound like enough air pressure. I always inflate {and adjust} for the load I will be running as it can vary by almost a thousand pounds depending on whether or not {and what} we are towing/loading. We often run at or very near our max GVWR of 11,500# {I have a 2011 E-350 chassis - the coach is a 2012}. I have 3,800# on the front axle and 7,700# on the rear. Per the Michelin load/psi tables I run at 65 psi front and 75 rear adding in a 10 percent fudge/safety factor. The ride and handling are awesome. I am running HD Bilsteins and tow with my air bags at 50 psi with excellent results. Running the fronts on most 25' or less Class C's at 80 psi per the door stickers {which are a bad joke}, will reduce the contact patch to the point that it will handle like a pig on skates and be blown all over the road by passing trucks and/or cross winds. Putting 80 in the rears would be serious overkill las at 80 they are rated for 2,640# of load X 4 = 10,560# to carry a 7,700# load. This also creates a very stiff ride that will beat you to death and shorten tire life. :C
Desert Captain 10/27/19 07:51am Class C Motorhomes
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