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#vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 13, 2023 04:16PM
Picked up a new “class B” RV…basically a high top delivery van with basic bed/bath/galley kitchen setup. Solar panels, generator, heat and AC. I can work from
It (Cell network setup is needed), so we can take the show on the road. Her cat will accompany us, but my dog is just too poorly to go on trips. (Weak back legs)

We shopped around for the last few years, and this one fits us. Steel body and roof, massive visibility in front even for Mrs Cbelt3’s abbreviated stature. Lane keeping and emergency braking, awesome backup and 360 degree cameras when moving slowly (like docking this Ship of the Road). And good mileage …. Clocked 19mpg highway on a recent shakedown drive.

The main reason ? Mrs. Cbelt3 cannot sit in a car for more than an hour without having to move around and lie down. Hecking heck to Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid arthritis…. A

I look forward to some epic voyages to see what can be seen. A bike rack and a pair of e-bikes are on the next purchase list…
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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: jdc
Date: August 13, 2023 04:22PM
Nice.

thankfully thousands have gone before you and there are years worth of youtube videos to see the in and outs the "van life" -- including a thriving community.





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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 13, 2023 04:29PM
good luck. I had no idea that the tech you mentioned is available in an RV now. is it a M-B by chance?



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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: hal
Date: August 13, 2023 04:59PM
Let's see a pic of the new rig! Inside & out.

Be sure to point us to your new youtube channel
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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: Buzz
Date: August 13, 2023 05:00PM
The picture isn't coming thru in Chrome, FF, or Safari....
How 'bout now... ? ? ?


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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: August West
Date: August 13, 2023 05:07PM
Sound great, belty. Happy for you and the Missus.



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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: sekker
Date: August 13, 2023 05:11PM
Awesome. True mobile L E A D E R !
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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: August 13, 2023 05:39PM
Awesome for you and the missus. We bought a Class B, but on the RAM Promaster platform, five years ago. Sounds like a similar setup though. It's a perfect size and at 20' it fits in a regular parking space.

My preference is to travel a short distance and stay there for a while. Mrs. Markintosh has more wanderlust. We have averaged about 4000 miles and 30 nights each season.

During the summer fire season, ours sits parked nose out and mostly ready to go as our bug out vehicle.



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Loving life in Lake Tahoe, CA
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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 13, 2023 06:19PM
Good for you, it sounds like a wonderful time.

You better give us photos, so we can all live vicariously through you.



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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: August 13, 2023 06:40PM
Was this purchased new?
I was hoping that many gently used ones would pop up from the pandemic 'staycation'. RV sales spiked big time, wondering if many said, nope not for me after all and sell 2 year old RV's.

Dave



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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: Smote
Date: August 13, 2023 07:47PM
e-bikes are a game changer as we age but still want to be mobile on vacations. I should really look into them for when we go camping in parks.



"Defending your own life when in immediate danger to me is a basic right of each person. " Lemon Drop 11/17/2023 03:10 pm

Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) Private citizens have the right under the Second Amendment to possess an ordinary type of weapon and use it for lawful, historically established situations such as self-defense in a home, even when there is no relationship to a local militia.

"The conclusion is thus inescapable that the history, concept, and wording of the second amendment to the Constitution of the United States, as well as its interpretation by every major commentator and court in the first half-century after its ratification, indicates that what is protected is an individual right of a private citizen to own and carry firearms in a peaceful manner." Right to Keep and Bear Arms: Report of the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety-seventh Congress, Second Session. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1982. Digitized September 30, 2008.

From the NYSRPA v Bruen "Today, we decline to adopt that two-part approach. . . . Despite the popularity of this two-step approach, it is one step too many. Step one of the predominant framework is broadly consistent with Heller, which demands a test rooted in the Second Amendment's text, as informed by history."
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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: Rolando
Date: August 13, 2023 09:34PM
Safe travels.

Set up a YouTube channel!



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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: Wags
Date: August 13, 2023 09:44PM
Jealous! I’m kinda narrowing it down to the Transit or Ram platform. Transit’s are a little wider so more options for a bed, me being vertically challenged anyhow. Sorta avoiding diesels. Keeping my peepers peeled for a low mileage used rig. My goal is to drive across Canada and spend some time on the Eastern Seaboard.
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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: August 13, 2023 10:50PM
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Wags
Sorta avoiding diesels.

Exactly. Plus Mercedes service is not cheap. This is why we chose a Roadtrek on the RAM Promaster platform. RV's on the Transit platform did not exist when we bought.



“Live your life, love your life, don’t regret…live, learn and move forward positively.” – CR Johnson
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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 13, 2023 11:17PM
Pro master 3500 van . 2023 model. Big enough without being too big. The Mercedes scares me… too costly and too many recalls. The diesel engine emissions control are fussy and annoying. I understand gasoline engines. Diesels scare me… I recall push starting a diesel VW rabbit back in the late 70’s when the battery died… sheesh…
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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: August 13, 2023 11:35PM
Ohhhhhh....I did not see that the picture of the Mercedes unit above was posted by Buzz, not CBelt.

Nice work grasshopper.



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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: Smote
Date: August 14, 2023 01:32AM
And I aplaud you for an e-bike over minibikes/mopeds or any other tiny rattling IC conveyance that just ruins campgrounds for everyone but the users.

I can't tell you the number of ruined mornings when some asshat fires up a generator to make coffee at 6am. Boat/RV/trailer, tent camper with a suitcase gennie. doesn't matter.



"Defending your own life when in immediate danger to me is a basic right of each person. " Lemon Drop 11/17/2023 03:10 pm

Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) Private citizens have the right under the Second Amendment to possess an ordinary type of weapon and use it for lawful, historically established situations such as self-defense in a home, even when there is no relationship to a local militia.

"The conclusion is thus inescapable that the history, concept, and wording of the second amendment to the Constitution of the United States, as well as its interpretation by every major commentator and court in the first half-century after its ratification, indicates that what is protected is an individual right of a private citizen to own and carry firearms in a peaceful manner." Right to Keep and Bear Arms: Report of the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety-seventh Congress, Second Session. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1982. Digitized September 30, 2008.

From the NYSRPA v Bruen "Today, we decline to adopt that two-part approach. . . . Despite the popularity of this two-step approach, it is one step too many. Step one of the predominant framework is broadly consistent with Heller, which demands a test rooted in the Second Amendment's text, as informed by history."
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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: Buzz
Date: August 14, 2023 02:24AM
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Markintosh
Ohhhhhh....I did not see that the picture of the Mercedes unit above was posted by Buzz, not CBelt.

Nice work grasshopper.


Wishful thinking based on Biggie's reply.....
cool smiley

Next we can hope belty drops a 572 cu. in. Indy Legend Hemi in his new rig, for some seriously upgraded oomph in go-fast department..... big grin smiley



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That's only because their old 2220, V16, 2500HP monster won't fit.....


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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 14, 2023 04:16AM
Enjoy!

I like Diesels for the economy and torque. But mostly for the economy.



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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: August 14, 2023 07:03AM
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Smote
I can't tell you the number of ruined mornings when some asshat fires up a generator to make coffee at 6am. Boat/RV/trailer, tent camper with a suitcase gennie. doesn't matter.

lol.

I installed an inverter on my boat for the sole reason that I could have a cup of coffee in the early AM w/o starting up the gennie.

Now I can have the most expensive cuppa in the morning!

Mostly kidding, though. It helps to run fans at night to keep things cool as well.
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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: chopper
Date: August 14, 2023 08:35AM
Buy every warranty you can.
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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: wave rider
Date: August 14, 2023 10:47PM
Wishing you and the Mrs the best of fun!

Fondly remembering my 1971 beater VW poptop campervan…



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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: robfilms
Date: August 15, 2023 10:56AM
congrat CB3!

wishing you both good weather and plenty of paved roads.

thumbs up.

rob
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Re: #vanlife… Mrs cbelt3 and I go RV’ing
Posted by: AllGold
Date: August 15, 2023 04:02PM
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