: My Parents Just bought a Kickass RV!



HAZZARDJOHN
07-25-10, 09:37 PM
Its a 2011 Itasca (Winnebago) Cambria. It is a 30' model with three slideouts, and all the options. The leather is exactly like King Ranch leather. I love this thing. It has a V10 with a toque shift. Yes a diesel would be nice, but Diesel Class C's are hard to find and since it would sit for long periods of time, they get expensive to maintain. The V10 so far is Getting 8 MPG towing their horse trailer, which is about equal to their Expedition with the 5.4.

Here are the pics.

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^ Queen size tempurpedic bed!

~HJ

Rolex
07-25-10, 09:43 PM
That thing looks awesome. I've never understood why they don't put diesel engines in them. :hmm: eta: I'd prefer a diesel to a gas burner.

HAZZARDJOHN
07-25-10, 09:49 PM
I understand it, Diesels are great if they are used. If they sit and for long periods of time they are maintenance traps. Plus a Diesel in something this size might yield you 10 MPG, Well when it is already getting 6-8 MPG with gasoline it would take a long time to justify the cost of a diesel engine (in ford's case about an additional $8000). Not to mention the Diesel is a heavier motor and a Class C this size is already nearing its loading capacity with people Gear, full water and gray water tanks.

~HJ

hueterm
07-25-10, 09:55 PM
This would have been my Dad's ultimate dream, to drive around the country w/my late mother in an RV. However, since it would have been her nightmare, I'm glad he never pushed it.

He would love to have one of those converted Sprinters. That would be my idea of hell.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
07-25-10, 09:57 PM
Looks great John! When we went to British Columbia in '94, we took a Ford Econoline-based class C across the country, I liked it as a passenger (at 7 years of age), but my dad hated it's underpowered 351.....it didn't have enough power to stay in overdrive across the Rockies, it kept shifting in and out to keep in the meaty part of the powerband, if it had the 460 or 444, it wouldn't have had that issue.

If I was gonna go buy a Motorhome, it'd be something as weird and zany as these:
http://rvtravel.com/blog/chuck/uploaded_images/a-gmc-motorhome-756336.jpg
http://www.bdub.net/publications/cutaway.JPG

hueterm
07-25-10, 10:06 PM
A cousin of mine has something that looks very similar to that. It gets about 5 MPG. She and her late husband would travel all over the place. Then he died right as gas hit $4/gallon and she's been stuck w/it ever since.

We had an old Dodge van based RV when I was a kid. We went to Florida in it a couple of times. Hated it. Hated staying in those miserable campgrounds. I liked the driving part of it then, as I had no concept of vehicle safety, and it was nice to be able to spread out. It was a lifesaver, however, when my grandmother got sick and we had to go to the country all the time -- there was somewhere to sleep besides a floor air mattress.

If I were to get anything like it now (not that I would) -- it would have to be a truck and smallish trailer.

ga_etc
07-25-10, 10:13 PM
My grandfather had couple of motorhomes through the year. Even one similar to what you have pictured Chad. I hated every one of them. All three of them were '70s models, I think. They were all ugly, rode poorly for something so heavy, and just generally uninviting places to be.

However, John, the one your parents bought looks supremely nice. Good quality materials and a pleasing design layout. That looks like something I could deal with. I'm not sure for how long, but I could deal for a little while anyway.

LS1Mike
07-25-10, 10:36 PM
That is very nice!!

drewsdeville
07-26-10, 12:05 AM
Looks great John! When we went to British Columbia in '94, we took a Ford Econoline-based class C across the country, I liked it as a passenger (at 7 years of age), but my dad hated it's underpowered 351.....it didn't have enough power to stay in overdrive across the Rockies, it kept shifting in and out to keep in the meaty part of the powerband, if it had the 460 or 444, it wouldn't have had that issue.

If I was gonna go buy a Motorhome, it'd be something as weird and zany as these:
http://rvtravel.com/blog/chuck/uploaded_images/a-gmc-motorhome-756336.jpg
http://www.bdub.net/publications/cutaway.JPG

We use a relatives on occasion that sounds similar, except this one DOES have a 460, fuel injected. We had the same thoughts about the 460 as you did the 351...

After that, I had the same question as the fella earlier, asking why they didn't just use a diesel. It seems like any gas engine just doesn't have the torque for something that large, especially in hilly areas. It does work, but it's not as nice of a cruise as it could be without all of the downshifting and engine noise.

drewsdeville
07-26-10, 12:06 AM
Looks great John! When we went to British Columbia in '94, we took a Ford Econoline-based class C across the country, I liked it as a passenger (at 7 years of age), but my dad hated it's underpowered 351.....it didn't have enough power to stay in overdrive across the Rockies, it kept shifting in and out to keep in the meaty part of the powerband, if it had the 460 or 444, it wouldn't have had that issue.



We use a relatives on occasion that sounds similar, except this one DOES have a 460, fuel injected. We had the same thoughts about the 460 as you did the 351...

After that, I had the same question as the fella earlier, asking why they didn't just use a diesel. It seems like any gas engine just doesn't have the torque for something that large, especially in hilly areas. It does work, but it's not as nice of a cruise as it could be without all of the downshifting and engine noise.

dkozloski
07-26-10, 12:33 AM
www.cowboycadillac.com for diesel RVs.

Jesda
07-26-10, 12:45 AM
Damn. That's dramatically nicer than my apartment.

Eric Kahn
07-26-10, 12:53 AM
Looks great John! When we went to British Columbia in '94, we took a Ford Econoline-based class C across the country, I liked it as a passenger (at 7 years of age), but my dad hated it's underpowered 351.....it didn't have enough power to stay in overdrive across the Rockies, it kept shifting in and out to keep in the meaty part of the powerband, if it had the 460 or 444, it wouldn't have had that issue.

If I was gonna go buy a Motorhome, it'd be something as weird and zany as these:
http://rvtravel.com/blog/chuck/uploaded_images/a-gmc-motorhome-756336.jpg
http://www.bdub.net/publications/cutaway.JPG

these have lots of room and a low floor because they are front wheel drive, used the same drive train as the late 60's and early 70's eldorado and toronado 455 olds (no caddy engine for a GMC) and a turbo 425 tranny. They also had no rear axles, the rear wheels were on swing arms and had one airbag on each side between each set of wheels, the front one pivoted backwards and the rear one pivoted frontwards and squeezed the airbag between them

472 and 500 caddy engine swaps in these are common

hueterm
07-26-10, 01:04 AM
Here ya' go, Chad:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/GMC-1978-ROYAL-26-MOTORHOME-CLASS-MOTORIZED-/320565223668?cmd=ViewItem&pt=RVs_Campers&hash=item4aa32d20f4

Now that I look at it, this might be what my cousin has.......

I~LUV~Caddys8792
07-26-10, 01:21 AM
God those are cool, and as essentially '70s as a big brown Lincoln or a lime green Chevette. There's a few ones floating around here, one was recently restored to the tune of $25,000 as well.

V-Eight
07-26-10, 03:11 AM
That's sick, but I'm surprised it doesn't have the Powerstroke.

Destroyer
07-26-10, 09:55 AM
That is definately a sweet RV. Bet the parents got a great deal on it. I keep running into RV's at auctions and I've been tempted to buy one because they are going so damn cheap but then I think "when the hell am I ever gonna use it?" and I don't bid. :D

EcSTSatic
07-26-10, 05:12 PM
This is the only place where I could see having a Smart car. They should tow pretty easily behind an RV

HAZZARDJOHN
07-26-10, 05:16 PM
This is the only place where I could see having a Smart car. They should tow pretty easily behind an RV

Their 2005 Focus ST is getting a tow bar put on it.

Koooop
07-27-10, 01:48 AM
My Dad has a Diesel in his, I think it makes something like 450HP and 1,100+ pounds of torque and you don't hear a thing when you drive it.

There is something to be said for Diesel.

That's a sweet looking Coach.

hueterm
07-27-10, 01:57 AM
This is what my dad would love to have....

http://www.airstream.com/products/2010-fleet/touring-coaches/interstate.html

agp
07-27-10, 02:02 AM
Wow this thing looks amazing! Congrats!

ga_etc
07-27-10, 09:41 AM
This is what my dad would love to have....

http://www.airstream.com/products/2010-fleet/touring-coaches/interstate.html

Boy, Airstream has come a long way.

Rolex
07-27-10, 12:43 PM
Boy, Airstream has come a long way.

My thoughts exactly. That's not what I expected to see when I opened the link. There's a large market for the old Airstream campers that are redone. No surprise there's an entire forum dedicated to it.

Destroyer
07-28-10, 01:11 AM
This is what my dad would love to have....

http://www.airstream.com/products/2010-fleet/touring-coaches/interstate.html
That looks killer! Everyone I know with a Sprinter absolutely loves them!

V-Eight
07-28-10, 01:52 AM
So when you gonna start cooking meth in it?

http://watchbreakingbadonline.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Breaking-Bad-Wallpaper-4.jpg

Jesda
07-28-10, 03:41 AM
LOL, it took 25 posts for the methbus to show up!

Lupin
07-28-10, 09:23 AM
Where are the main armaments? You said it was kickass and you haven't even posted pics of the laser defense grid.

HAZZARDJOHN
07-28-10, 10:56 AM
Where are the main armaments? You said it was kickass and you haven't even posted pics of the laser defense grid.

The new RV's Armaments are top secret. I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you.

FWIW, here is a recently declassified pic of their old RV in Action (The new RV is Way more Kickass):
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2006/05/Stripes_664a.jpg

orconn
07-28-10, 12:57 PM
The RV way of seeing the world has its' merits, but none that I can take advantage of; my wife thinks "roughing it" is when we stay in a motel instead of a hotel! Your folks new RV really looks great. I am sure they will get a lot of enjoyment from it.