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Old 07-13-2010, 11:17 AM   #1501
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You know, 12.5 KW is a lot of power-even for an entire house. You mentioned before installing piece of metal on top of your bus with air space in between-I don't recall the term.

Wouldn't that be more economical in the long term vs. maintaining that many units?

The comment about the metal on the roof is that Bluebird installed a large aluminum plate as a walkway over the entire roof, creating a de facto tropical roof.

That helps, and the thing is well insulated, but sometimes we wonder if a conventional fiberglass motorhome would be cooler in the hot sun than an all metal motorhome.

Oh well ... you pays your money, etc.
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Old 07-13-2010, 11:41 AM   #1502
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Anything over 25-26 feet looks too heavy for the truck in the C class
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:17 PM   #1503
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The comment about the metal on the roof is that Bluebird installed a large aluminum plate as a walkway over the entire roof, creating a de facto tropical roof.

That helps, and the thing is well insulated, but sometimes we wonder if a conventional fiberglass motorhome would be cooler in the hot sun than an all metal motorhome.

Oh well ... you pays your money, etc.
Fiberglass has it's own issues-namely being seams and the fact it cracks/fades over time.

Metal is the way to go.

The other thing you could do is make the top reflective. How, I am not sure...but sure it is possible.
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:00 PM   #1504
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Fiberglass has it's own issues-namely being seams and the fact it cracks/fades over time.

Metal is the way to go.

The other thing you could do is make the top reflective. How, I am not sure...but sure it is possible.

Well ... it's a big piece of diamond place aluminum. It's not going to get any more reflective unless I climb up there and polish it.

But yeah ... galvanized steel construction is the way to go with a motorhome like this. Some modest heat retention is just a trade off.
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:53 PM   #1505
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I have it pretty good with metal siding over wood and insulation. But I do have solid metal window frames which sweat.
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Old 07-13-2010, 05:05 PM   #1506
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The diesel Sprinter rigs are awesome and come in many variations. I love this custom job, which just sold for $29k in California:



They're a great platform, but as somebody already mentioned, you need to weigh the purchase price against the fuel savings. Consider how many more trips you can take with the money you would save on a cheaper RV, for instance.

A big limitation of this platform is the load carrying capacity. If you plan to live aboard, or carry a lot of toys, it's likely you'll max out the chassis and possibly create a safety issue. So pay close attention to that.

Both factors convinced me to go with a gas-powered motorhome (Ford chassis) for a liveaboard RV. I spent half as much money as a Sprinter would have cost, and got a lot more room, more carrying capacity, and bigger storage tanks to boot. I will get about 60% worse gas mileage, but the money I saved will cover my living expenses on the road for nearly two years.

It's just too bad there aren't more diesel RV options in the US. But maybe the Sprinter is the start of a new wave.
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:56 PM   #1507
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Fiberglass has it's own issues-namely being seams and the fact it cracks/fades over time.

Metal is the way to go.

The other thing you could do is make the top reflective. How, I am not sure...but sure it is possible.
I used a reflective elastomeric roof coat. Got it at Home Depot, the manufacturer claims something like 50% more reflection than normal white and it will stretch to about 30% its size, made for building flat roofs and sticks like glue.
Can't remember the name though..
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:20 PM   #1508
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:23 PM   #1509
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I have it pretty good with metal siding over wood and insulation. But I do have solid metal window frames which sweat.

What do you have?

In our extremely tropical climate at the moment we are having some weird things happen that never even happened in Florida. Like the laminated woodwork warping.

I'm not too worried. I'd rather be in my RV in south Texas than a house or apartment in Florida, but it's "entertaining" all the same.
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:56 PM   #1510
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They have one version of the View with "fold-up" bunk beds in the back. Fold the bunks up and put your bicycles there while traveling and sleep two dudes at night. Perfect for my needs.
You wanna sleep with two dudes at night?
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:15 PM   #1511
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You wanna sleep with two dudes at night?

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Old 07-13-2010, 09:20 PM   #1512
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You wanna sleep with two dudes at night?

You might want to rephrase that Amigo ... it sounds like an invitation.
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:36 PM   #1513
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What do you have?

In our extremely tropical climate at the moment we are having some weird things happen that never even happened in Florida. Like the laminated woodwork warping.

I'm not too worried. I'd rather be in my RV in south Texas than a house or apartment in Florida, but it's "entertaining" all the same.

1960's camper. Think wooden box with metal siding.
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:36 PM   #1514
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You wanna sleep with two dudes at night?
yeah, I caught that too. Sort of funny.
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:37 PM   #1515
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You might want to rephrase that Amigo ... it sounds like an invitation.

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