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Old 03-05-2018, 08:11 PM   #1
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We often talk about the technology innovation in the B-class Camping vehicles and I wish to see comments about problems solved by technical, design or cost reduction innovations. Please don't post Lithium of any type on this thread due to the risk of dwarfing all other subjects, so no Lithium please. Posts should include a problem coupled with the corresponding innovative solution.

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A headache of levelling requirement driven by absorption refrigerators, solution = compressor based fridges.
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Would the problem of sway and buffeting caused by semi-truck "wash" and/or side-winds now addressed by the technology of VB Air Suspension qualify?
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Would the problem of sway and buffeting caused by semi-truck "wash" and/or side-winds now addressed by the technology of VB Air Suspension qualify?

IIRC, the VB suspension is more focussed on mitigating the buck board ride in the rear of the Sprinter than addressing sway and buffeting.
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IIRC, the VB suspension is more focussed on mitigating the buck board ride in the rear of the Sprinter than addressing sway and buffeting.
Agreed. However, the VB-Air Suspension website also includes this about driveability:
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As a motorhome owner, you probably know the feeling of intense crosswinds while driving your motorhome. While overtaking lorries or buses, your motorhome can be unstable. At high speed, it can be dangerous for both your motorhome and your own safety. With the installation of air suspension, your motorhome is more stable on the road and less sensitive to crosswinds.
Here's the link to the rest of their Motorhome discussion: https://www.vbairsuspension.com/en/p...motorhome.html
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IIRC, the VB suspension is more focussed on mitigating the buck board ride in the rear of the Sprinter than addressing sway and buffeting.
They do both. That's why I bought VB Air Suspension having direct experience with and without it with my 2011 Great West Van Legend Sprinter and a test drive in an Advanced RV in the driver's seat and in the back sofa over the same route on side roads and highway. And, of course, since buying it and the experience in all conditions. It was a good investment. The bonus is you can adjust from front to back about 2" up or down leveling negating blocking in many instances. It self levels.
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Being a softer ride, the air springs will have less rate than the original leaf springs, and that would normally indicate more sway in the wind. However, it is easy to correct just by adding the right size sway bar to match the weight and wind area of the vehicle. They likely have done a good job of the matching, as they should for the price they get.
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Another problem that has been addressed by technology is the problem of limited energy storage and the technological solution has been the introduction of LED lighting. I'm not sure whether multiplex wiring would also fit under this energy conservation umbrella.
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The Truma Combi water heater/furnace takes up less space than the traditional 6 gallon water heater with separate furnace. It also has the ability to operate using propane or electric (or both!), so you can conserve your propane if you are camping with electric hookups.
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Speaking of the Truma, Espar is another heating/hot-water technology solution that uses diesel fuel and/or electricity instead of propane.
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What I said in this other post about low-cost innovations in cellular-based security options is relevant within the Class B context because it applies in situations where nobody would ever take a Class A or even a C. Urban areas pose risks and management challenges that are unlike those found in other places such as campgrounds, parks, and geographically remote locations.

The same thing is true of cellular connectivity generally. I haven't had much luck with MIMO hardware, but the booster technology that is on the market today is impressive. We hardly ever go anywhere without turning it on. It allows me to remain off-grid without being out of touch, which is essential given that I run my own small business.

And of course those same products are applied well beyond the Class B market, but other users tend to have different need scenarios for them.
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