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Old 04-21-2015, 06:03 PM   #1
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If we are going to have a diss thread, then we need an appreciation thread too.

In here, point out a design feature that you really like, or think moves the industry forward.

I'll start.

I think the "engine generator/2nd Alternator" is a very exciting development. The elimination of noisy generators would be appreciated by all. Whether this is a long term change, or just a stepping stone to some other solution, only time will tell. The trend though, is in the right direction.
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:31 PM   #2
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How about an odd one.

We appreciate Marko letting all us incoherent babblers babble away about stuff on here. It is related to the appreciated class B stuff because we know that the manufacturers read these forums and will hear stuff on this one that they won't on others. I am certain some things get influenced do to that contact, probably all for the better.
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Old 04-22-2015, 12:24 AM   #3
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I have a couple things I appreciate:

1: B vans in general. Compared to them, class Cs are just no fun when scooting around areas looking for a place to park. Similar with other methods of RVs.

2: The Transit EcoBoost models. Time for Colorado and the other places that leave the normally aspirated vehicles gasping for air.

3: Waterless drain traps. No more replacing air admittance valves, no more gray water stank.

4: Combined water heaters/furnaces that run on LP gas or electric. I appreciate the space savings.

5: Ford's five digit keypad. Quite useful.

6: Sportsmobile's ability to do very precise custom work. I mis-specced something a while back, and they were more than happy to upfit a van with a 24 volt battery system if I wanted it.

7: Winnebago's diagrams and parts online.

8: Other members here who put up with my ramblings.
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Old 04-22-2015, 12:33 AM   #4
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If we are going to have a diss thread, then we need an appreciation thread too.

In here, point out a design feature that you really like, or think moves the industry forward.

I'll start.

I think the "engine generator/2nd Alternator" is a very exciting development. The elimination of noisy generators would be appreciated by all. Whether this is a long term change, or just a stepping stone to some other solution, only time will tell. The trend though, is in the right direction.
I agree that the optional engine generator is a very interesting advance in electricity management in RVs.

My other important general appreciation is for the actual diversity of chassis/platforms available for van conversions, and GM hasn't annonced yet their future plans.

See what's available now in Europe https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 992&type=1
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Espar Diesel-fired combined furnace and on-demand water heater. Best thing ever.
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Old 04-22-2015, 12:51 AM   #6
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Espar Combi

Rear Baths

Waterless drains

Modern designs

lithium batteries

Solar ready and expandable

Dislike - ultraleather or leather

I have many wishes which are still not available, but it looks like the industry is heading in the right direction.
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Class B builders do a lot of things right

I'll add Roadtrek's new dual dump (gravity / macerator) system to the list of design features that I like and think moves the industry forward.
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Class B builders do a lot of things right

I'll add Roadtrek's new dual dump (gravity / macerator) system to the list of design features that I like and think moves the industry forward.
I like that. Last time I checked, only Phoenix Cruiser offered that, and that would be quite useful.
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--Combined grey/black tanks. Separate tanks are an idiotic holdover from a different era.
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