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Old 01-05-2017, 01:30 AM   #11
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So, am I right that there is no outside drain valve, so I attach a hose to the one on the floor under the kitchen sink to drain the tank? --- You do not have to attach a hose, the water (or antifreeze) just drains out onto the ground under the camper.

Have you done any other modifications on your Amer Cruiser? Led lights, solar system?...a previous owner installed a solar panel. I have not done any mods, just repairs.

Did yours come with an actual heater, or the stupid heat pump that blows cold air below 40 degrees?!!! ... we have a propane furnace in ours and it is referenced in the owner's manual, so I think it is original.

what layout do you have? ... rear entry, I attached a picture of the floor plan that I found on the web and another picture of the interior I got from the web. We do not have the under cabinet coffee pot that is shown.

What size holding tanks?...I believe the fresh water tank and the single holding tank are both 30 gal.

Let me know if you have other questions!
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OK Becky! That's nice the valve is inside.
Could you send me the name and model of your furnace; also how many btu?Just so I know what they originally installed.
Is your solar panel mounted in a frame? Is it on the front? Two coach batteries? How many amp hours of battery storage?Will it run the furnace all night?
Do you dry camp ?
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Old 01-05-2017, 07:21 AM   #13
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I will look at the furnace documentation in the next couple of days. The solar panel is on the front and is mounted on a frame. It does have two house batteries - I just bought standard Interstate RV batteries and do not know the amp hours. We have not been boondocking yet but plan to in the spring...I will take my Honda generator with us as the on-board generator in my American Cruiser is shot.
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Becky,
Our goal is to just use solar. We've done this before with no problems. Our Generator has very few hours and works. In what part of the country are you located? We hope to take the "Cruiser"on it's first trip South in Feb. -5 below today!!!!
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I am in Virginia - I live less than 10 miles from where the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive meet.
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I have done one mod - a friend of mine custom-made a front receiver so I can use a hitchhauler on the front and still get in and out of the rear door.
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Wow, I thought about doing that. Have you had any problems with it being on the front? Now that I think of it, I've seen others put a generator on the front like that. I would have to be really careful where I parked in town, but nice to know it can be done.Would be nice for some extra storage!

We usually travel from Jan. through sometime in April. I still work a seasonal business from May thru Sept., but DH retired years ago.

We are impressed with the road clearance. We do a lot of forest service,blm boondocking. Our old Dodge camper sat up high. People used to think we had 4 wheel drive! Getting in the front doors is still challenging for me as I am barely over 5ft,with short legs!!!!
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Kathie-
I couldn't find a front receiver that was commercially available for the RAM Maxi 3500 chassis, but the custom made one works just fine. There's 6"-8" clearance to the front grill for ventilation and I don't put much weight on it - tubs contain outdoor rug, fresh water hoses, sewer hose, and electrical cords.

I do not use it when I take my golf cart with me as I am able to load up the trailer.

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P.S. I don't normally look at the forum all day long, but I am at home sick and this is a good distraction.
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Becky,
So sorry you are sick. I have to run errands for a few hours, but glad to provide some diversion for you while under the weather.
I think you answered my next question of if you had towed anything with your Cruiser? I think you mentioned your golf cart/trailer. Have you towed a small vehicle?
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Darned sinus infection...seeing the doctor later today.

I have just towed a 5'x8' utility trailer with a golf cart and all of the goodies shown on my front receiver - probably less than 1,000 pounds total. I do not have a vehicle suitable to tow behind it. We typically take another vehicle with us, but we have only camped within Virginia at this point. We may do a trip this summer where we will move every 2-3 days and I suspect we will just be in the Cruiser.

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