Nov 6, 2019 at 3:02 pm #3617472
my RV gets 8 MPG : )
75 gallon tank, I don’t think I ever broke $300 to fill itNov 6, 2019 at 3:33 pm #3617475
My one gets about 7mpg but that’s towing a 4 Jeep Wrangler with Kayaks on top. Tank is 100galon but normally don’t let it go below half full.
I do like the look of the hard sided popups that Aliner make.Nov 6, 2019 at 3:58 pm #3617478
I get 9 mpg pulling our travel trailer. Only have a 28 gallon fuel tank. More important, we have 100 gallon fresh water capacity and two 50 gallon waste tanks, which makes it nice to camp in remote places for extended periods of time.Nov 6, 2019 at 5:28 pm #3617500Sarah KirkconnellBPL Member
@sarbarLocale: Homesteading On An Island In The PNW
We have an Axis 27.7 by Thor. We are in the process this fall of replacing the battery system, adding in solar panels and changing the suspension. Ironically we got a year’s free membership to 100 Trails and have used it for shake outs. Where we are close enough to town if need be, and to get the kids used to it. Next year is boondocking though. We are building two boondocker sites on our land as well, for others to use.
The only real crux of it all is how costly it is to get the RV off our island. We are a petite Class A, but still we are a Class A. A ride off is $86 round trip to go to the Olympic Pennisula, and to go to the San Juan Islands it is $156 round trip. So that limits some trips.Nov 6, 2019 at 6:23 pm #3617508
<p style=”text-align: center;”>Hi Sarah,</p>
Why are you replacing the suspension?Nov 6, 2019 at 8:45 pm #3617521
I don’t know about Sarah but mine really sways around a lot. The first time I drove it, it was like riding a wild horse. It really sways going around curves. Or going down hills. Going up hills no problem – it slows way down. Brenda tried driving it on the straight and she quickly stopped and gave it back to me. She drove our previous class C no problem.
It doesn’t bother me now, just go slow going around curves. Ignore the people behind you honking and shaking their arms at you : )
There are some sway bars or something you can add to make it sway less. Maybe if we drove it more I would have done it.
For 2 or 3 times as much money I could have bought a diesel that handles better, goes up hills faster.Nov 6, 2019 at 9:31 pm #3617533
The rear engine gas rig I have rides fairly nice, Workhorse designed it from the ground up to use as rv. Drives way nicer than my old f53.Nov 6, 2019 at 10:39 pm #3617539
Thanks Nick. My unloaded Tundra gets 17-21 mpg depending on road contritions, mountains, fuel quality, etc.
If were to go with the Runaway 4×8 trailer, I’m guessing I could push it to above 15mpg because it wouldn’t be aerodynamically wider or taller than my truck. I think 4×8 with the two of us and a dog would land me in divorce court.
While I would like to set this up to make traveling as affordable as possible, range is of equal concern. When I tow our current travel trailer, that’s less than 200 miles per tank.
If we keep the truck, I plan on installing a 40 gallon tank. My plan is for our next toy in conjunction with 40 gallons of fuel to allow us to travel between 450-600 miles between fill ups.
This would allow for us to *hopefully* plan our trips with gas buddy so we can strategically plan our fill ups where fuel is the cheapest. It also would allow for us to take extended trips on back country discovery routes with a little less anxiety about whether or not we have enough fuel to make it to the next gas station.Nov 6, 2019 at 11:33 pm #3617545
yeah, 600 miles per tank is convenient
Unfortunately, for low cost fuel, I can only go 300 miles into California :)Nov 6, 2019 at 11:41 pm #3617546
For whatever reason, my fuel economy improves in Oregon and California. Not sure what secret sauce you guys are using down there. Part of it is that I’m imperceptible driving uphill from eastern Washington down to Bend Oregon (about a 3200 foot climb), but I think there’s more to it.Nov 7, 2019 at 4:31 am #3617578Sarah KirkconnellBPL Member
@sarbarLocale: Homesteading On An Island In The PNW
Yes! It is like a bucking bronco on curves. You feel like you need to hang onto the seat. And it means we have to sloooooooow down on curves. With a million cars behind you. So yes, Kirk is tweaking it a bunch. He likes doing stuff like that (he did all the work on his Xterra that was his off roading truck). And frankly…it needs way better seats up front. There is a company that will do that, just need to find an entire day off to drive many hours. Sigh. Still, I like the RV’s setup. It’s great for our family. One kid sleeps in the bed above (it slides down) and the other on the couch. It’s one of the few RV’s Kirk can fit into the coach standing up (he is very tall), so that was a huge part.
It can haul our car as well – which we purposely got for that reason (we needed to buy me a new car for years, as mine was never replaced) and got a plug in hybrid Fusion, the largest flat towing sedan. It gets great mileage, so no complaints. We needed the car for long RV trips, so we can go places once there.Nov 8, 2019 at 2:03 am #3617714
Sounds like it will ride great when your done, do post photos of your new seats :-)
Having a car to tow is great.Nov 21, 2019 at 8:57 pm #3619843
I added Max Air fan covers and replaced the bathroom fan with a 2 way one.
It will be great leaving the vents open at night.Nov 23, 2019 at 9:36 pm #3620174
In theory I have a Maxx Air vent on my camper. That is I dropped it off with my camper. Whether or not they’ve installed it yet, I don’t know.
Seems like a great product. How do you like yours?Nov 24, 2019 at 3:13 am #3620223
I really like mine Ian, I did do the install myself, it was not bad at all. Replacing the fan was far more a pain.Jan 19, 2020 at 9:38 am #3627897
Lance released the 2075 this year. This is the first camper that checks all the boxes of what I’m looking for.
Lightweight and can be towed by my 1/2 ton truck
Walk around bed
European style (clean lines) inside without the obnoxious American fabrics
Designated battery and generator compartments
I like the outdoor kitchen. I’d probably cook out there when the weather allows.
I wish the fresh water tank was a little bigger but 45 gallons is fine.
I’d probably delete the standard toilet for a composting one.
Lithium batteries for sure along with solar.Jan 19, 2020 at 9:47 am #3627900
That’s a nice trailer Ian, 45gallon fresh water is not bad for a small trailer.
Does it come with dual pane windows. I do like the rear awning.Jan 19, 2020 at 10:18 am #3627902
yeah, nice looking rig
A friend has an additional water tank in their tow rigJan 19, 2020 at 10:27 am #3627905
Stephen and Jerry,
I think 45 gallons would serve us fine and we could sort out a way to augment it with a tank in the truck.
Our current TT has the standard single pane RV windows which we don’t care for. I’d have to be careful not to scratch them but the dual pane European style windows would be a serious upgrade for usJan 19, 2020 at 12:09 pm #3627914
This fresh water solution works well for meJan 19, 2020 at 12:52 pm #3627919
very few RVs have double pane wndows
an RV has a small surface area to conduct heat out of so they’re pretty cheap to keep heatedJan 19, 2020 at 2:31 pm #3627929
Our rig has dual pane windows and they are definitely better than single pane but not a show stopper.
On our old coach we had single pane windows and covered them in Reflectix when its hot Ior cold.Jan 19, 2020 at 3:31 pm #3627936
I did that too, reflectix cut to wedge into window opening
The top vents tooJan 19, 2020 at 6:02 pm #3627953
It sure is great stuff Jerry :-)
I got some Camco insulated vent pillows which do the trick.Jan 20, 2020 at 9:38 am #3628009
Regarding fuel tanks. Our Expedition has a 28 gallon tank. At 9 mpg towing that’s a 250 mile range. Given our propensity to boondock in remote areas, it is limiting at times.
This year I’ll probably buy the new 2020 F250 crew cab. The long bed version now has a 48 gallon tank vs 29 or 34 gallons for the smaller wheel base F250s.
Ford also has a new 7.3L gas engine connected to a new ten speed transmission. Ford claims 430 HP and 475 ft-lb of torque. Tow capacity is 15,000 lbs. Waiting to see how actual performance/efficiency is reported.
Dealers didn’t get them until late December and Ford has a press embargo on the media until the end of this week. Press embargoes are common in the industry with new models. The manufacturers want to give equal opportunity for media to obtain and test so no one gets a scoop.
I’m somewhat hesitant about getting a first year engine/trans combo. But the engine is a simple old-school iron block pushrod set up. Ford has had a smaller 10 speed in the F150 for a while, and the new trans is meant to be used with their PowerStroke diesels, which have over 1,000 ft-lb of torque.
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