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    RV'ing in a 24 ft. Class C: Rockhounding, fishing, and site-seeing.

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  1. This is a slightly old thread, so it's probably too late. But here's my recommendation - you can review their website for full information: 1. Look for a used 24 foot Lazy Daze Class C motorhome and have it converted to 4X4 by one of the topnotch 4X4 conversion companies. 2. They're only built on the rugged and reliable "overkill for a 24 foot Class C" Ford E450 chassis, that is easy to service anywhere and that has stock ground clearance at least as good as a stock pickup truck. You can easily increase ground clearance by installing larger than stock diameter tires on it after you buy it. 3. Their coach roof height is low compared to most other Class C motorhomes, and may be in the ballpark of many Class B/B+ motorhomes. 4. Tank sizes are generous and should allow 1-2 weeks of non-hookup camping for one person - and maybe two - if absolutely needed. 5. The coach's outer skin is alumimun everywhere - sides, roof, back, and front. 6. The windows are double pane for a quiet interior that is also easier to heat and cool durinig weather extremes. 7. Lazy Daze does not build Class C motorhomes with slides. This provides for a more trouble-free coach mechanically, and provides for a stronger coach structure when on rough off-highway roads.
  2. Now ..... to make your situation complete ..... if only you (and I) could once a year, or better still once for life, buy a NATIONAL FISHING LICENSE. What a joy that would be as myself and my DW (who is a fisherwoman) could drop a line anywhere allowed in the U.S. as we wonder about in our small Class C. We usually have fishing gear along anyway, just in case we want to go through the hassle of finding out where to get, and then go through the inconvenience to get - a local fishing license.
  3. I'm curious ... those times when you helped to evacuate the CG ... was it because the CG itself was flooded, or could campers remain in the CG - if they could dry camp that long in their RVs - and then leave when the roads dried out? I other words, if you drive into the CG and camp with an RV fully provisioned enough to make it, say, 5 days (with a generator and the adequate FW,GW,BW tank capacities) ... could you then not have any concerns about having to leave the CG if rains came?
  4. The DW, myself, and our small dog boondock and explore some (we're rockhounds) in our 24 foot Itasca Class C. It's small enough to have been built on the Ford E350 chassis (a "ton" chassis) but we shopped for and bought it, instead, on the optional Ford E450 chassis for extra ruggedness in overall chassis frame strength and brake swept areas, as well as getting better slow speed crawling with it's 4.56:1 rear differential ratio. It does not have a slide as we did not want the added weight, unreliability, and coach wall reduced shear strength that one gets from a slide. The fuel tank is 55 gallons, the black tank is 39 gallons, the grey tank is 29 gallons, the propane tank is 18 gallons, and the fresh water tank plus hot water heater carry 45 gallons of water. It has great ground clearance - about the same as any non-lifted pickup truck. The coach structure behind the rear axle sweeps up to provide an improved departure angle on off-road dips and humps. It's coach side walls, it's coach entrance steps in their retracted position, it's propane tank, it's under-coach tank drain plumbing, it's fuel tank, and it's spare tire are all mounted up high at, or near, frame height. I installed larger than stock diameter tires on it for even more ground clearance. We intentionally don't have solar but the roof is large enough for plenty of it. We like the independence from weather conditions we get by being able to charge our batteries anywhere anytime by using the main V10 engine's 130 amp alternator, or the built-in 4000 water gasoline generator, or the small Honda portable generator we carry along. It's easy to keep cool or heat because of it's relatively small coach interior volume. We feel pretty much at home in it at shopping malls or out in the middle of nowhere. We have boondock camped with it off a 4X4 road in Death Valley and explored with it as far out in the Utah wilderness as Dubinky Well. Some Class C rigs similar to ours can be found with an after market 4X4 front end under their Ford chassis, for even more off-road independence. Just the right short, non-slide Class C can make a pretty good boondocking rig. You just have to travel slow and careful off-road - especially in mud or soft sand. For example - a Phoenix Cruiser 2100 motorhome ordered with four wheel drive, ordered without a slide, and with non-stock taller tires installed should be an outstanding off-road boondocking rig that also provides plenty of comfort when you get there.
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