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  1. Your house and solar battery will be one and the same. I've never heard of someone doing it otherwise.
  2. Yes, my escaper used a number of different colors for interior lighting. I also swapped out my Bargman taillights for off brand LED tail lights. Helpful tip for others: once your tail lights are out (and you paid attention to how they were wired or took a photo for reference) follow the wiring from you side marker lights for further reference. The side marker lights blink so it will help you sort out which wire is your blinker for rewiring your tail light. Bargman tail light wiring is very different from many aftermarket modern lights.
  3. Been there. Had a class c 27' Ford 460 3 speed with efi. 6-7mpg no matter what. Reliable and powerful but terrible fuel economy. You could see the gas gauge moving down while on the freeway. I used it to pull out huge shrubs out of my front yard before I sold it.
  4. Yea, I've seen these toyota 22re "gas sipper" motorhome sale listings advertise as high as 20mpg. Hope you researched a little before your purchase. May your motorhome always be headed down hill with a strong tail wind.
  5. There should be no noticeable difference to the walls with or without the furniture. On my escaper the upper cabinet is integrated into the wall and acts as additional support for the roof. Some of the internal walls such as closet and bathroom were likely engineered to add overall structural integrity to the roof and walls.
  6. There is a lot to love about these campers but it is important to learn the facts about ownership of one. Very different from most motorhomes you see out there. You won't be towing anything substantial with it, it is incapable of going fast so you have to be a patient driver, at stock the vehicle is about the maximum recommended weight capacity, factors like wind speed and hills become something you will be paying attention to because it effects the speed and performance of these dramatically, bumpy is the norm and you accept it. Most models are prone to leaks as was stated above. Hiring for service and repair is very expensive. Your sitting motor will need investment regardless of the mileage. The 22r and re motors are not that difficult to work on if you have some mechanical aptitude and there is a lot of info out there. DIY is the way to make it worth it.
  7. That looks nice. I have plush tan factory carpet in mine that needs to go. I can see my seat bolts are rusty so I've been postponing that project.
  8. If you haven't already, be sure to keep reading about lithium batteries and be sure you purchase the proper components to maximize its life. You want to do it right if your going to make the investment. I see both batteries have a built in BMS but neither have low temp charging protection. That looks like a nice generator and will have plenty of power. The weight of the unit will be something you will need to consider. Very heavy to be lifting in and out of the camper or onto a rack.
  9. A member here recently posted an issue with their black water tank resulting in a mess at an unexpected location. When thinking about what I would have done (besides feel mortified) I remembered I had installed a spray port on my camper last year. Spray ports and external showers are sold on Amazon and elsewhere. I installed mine to wash the bottom of our Kayak when away from other water sources. I have a dog and it is good for mud foot (and mud shoes) as well. I have an 87 Escaper with a kitchen in the rear. The plumbing is pex and fittings are readily available at many hardware stores. If you have some DIY plumbing experience the job is not particularly difficult other then squeezing yourself into tight spaces to cut existing plumbing and add the T fitting. I'm betting it would not be difficult on a rear bathroom camper either.
  10. I'll take a stab and guess it was cleaning solution and water because you decided to clean the black water tank while driving the unit? Old RV ownership can have its disappointing moments.
  11. Champion also makes dual fuel generators including a 2500w for under a grand. Even the tiny microwaves are power hogs. Math will allow you to approximate your power needs. There are many many variables that will likely have you needing more power than you calculate by adding the power draw requirements of your appliances. There is no one right way to set up your camper. Have fun with trial and error.
  12. I enjoyed watching this guy's video about his mini split system on his RV. Low power option and this guy makes interesting points regarding them. Problem is the space the inside portion needs and our small campers. Something creative to watch as you consider electric boon dock options.
  13. I know it is unreasonable and unrealistic, but would be so interesting if people here left a final message telling the fate of their motorhome before they left this site. I think it would be interesting to know if they sold their camper, reasons why, or whether it was crashed,died, or was junked. I'm sure there are any number of other reasons people leave but I think it would interesting to learn the specific fate of the motorhomes.
  14. Pay close attention to the extent of water damage by looking in all overhead cupboards, under the mattress on the over cab bed, around all of the windows, around and above the doors, and in the back cupboards under the sink. Unless previous owners were very diligent there will likely be water damage as it is so common. Think of these motorhomes as fixers regardless of how pristine they may look; you will be doing work to bring it up to speed. DIY skills go a long way as service providers charge an arm and leg for many of the repair jobs you will be facing (like your water heater). The worth of the vehicle will be in the eye of the beholder. Prices of all motorhomes have been dramatically inflated over the past year or so; coming down a little recently and I've seen some reasonable buys. Regardless of price, be sure you have a nice budget left over after purchase for the repairs (especially if you plan to hire for services). Find the date on the tires; if over 7-8 years old they will need to be replaced. Look through this site for common problems people work on. Many of us had to repair many vehicle systems after purchase including motor, exhaust, brakes, tires, bearings, suspension, and camper systems including electric, plumbing, propane, roofing, etc... I like for new comers to have some basic awareness of what they are getting into when considering one of these 34+ year old vehicles that was not top of the line to begin with.
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