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Old 06-09-2016, 09:46 AM   #11
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Great idea putting the TV over the door where that little cabinet was! It is very hard to see the TV where it is now positioned, and it doesn't make much difference losing that little cabinet. How do you secure it when in transit?
The other day we felt drawn to go back into a View after being in ours for a few nights. We like our layout so much that we no longer have "View envy". Another thing we noticed while going through that View is that their refrigerator is tiny! We do like our booth seat, mainly because we love the way the table goes up and down and has no bar to restrict leg room. Also, the storage space is essential for us, because we go out for long periods of time. However, the tumble couch in the Winnebagos is really nice (but then you have to deal with storing the big table if you make it into a bed). It takes a rocket scientist to figure out the touch screen!
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Old 06-22-2016, 10:16 AM   #12
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Dry camping

Now we've experienced dry camping. We live near the mountains and have a favorite spot. We spent four days there and everything worked well. We do have to be careful, because we go down some rocky roads, and the Melbourne (especially the step) is a lot lower than our past four trailers that were all very high off the ground. In the past few years we've spent more time on road trips than in the mountains anyway. Our daughter and her family came up with their camper, and one of our grand daughters even spent one night with us, sleeping in the booth bed. It was perfect! This little motor home is quite roomy, and the bedroom slideout feels like a little oasis. We love the ease of the motor home and have no regrets so far. All we can think about is our next adventure.
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Old 06-25-2016, 09:58 PM   #13
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Great idea putting the TV over the door where that little cabinet was! It is very hard to see the TV where it is now positioned, and it doesn't make much difference losing that little cabinet. How do you secure it when in transit?
The other day we felt drawn to go back into a View after being in ours for a few nights. We like our layout so much that we no longer have "View envy". Another thing we noticed while going through that View is that their refrigerator is tiny! We do like our booth seat, mainly because we love the way the table goes up and down and has no bar to restrict leg room. Also, the storage space is essential for us, because we go out for long periods of time. However, the tumble couch in the Winnebagos is really nice (but then you have to deal with storing the big table if you make it into a bed). It takes a rocket scientist to figure out the touch screen!
We will be picking up our Jayco Melbourne soon.
How is the gam mileage/
Also how does it handle in strong winds. Any trouble climbing mountains/
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We will be picking up our Jayco Melbourne soon.
How is the gam mileage/
Also how does it handle in strong winds. Any trouble climbing mountains/
Thanks Garry
I am getting 12-13 mpg keeping the most part around 65 mph. I installed a heavy duty sway bar and it handles much better than without. It handles hills well but sometimes you need to downshift manually. The computer downshifts better in this 2015 3500 chassis than my 2013 2500 Sprinter cargo. I am a little disappointed about the mileage but not too much. Other Sprinter class C's reports 15-17 mpg.
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Old 06-26-2016, 09:25 AM   #15
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We pull a Jeep Wrangler Sahara behind ours and are getting about 13-15 mpg, all in windy conditions. When we were pulling our 19 ft. Bullet Premier (same height- 11 ft. 5 in.) with our Dodge Durango V-8, we were getting 8-10 mpg. We haven't had the pleasure yet of traveling when it hasn't been ridiculously windy. In 35+ winds we can feel it, but that's even the case in a car. We have pulled up some really steep grades and have no problem at all. We keep it at between 60-65 mph.
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Old 07-06-2016, 10:22 PM   #16
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More changes to our Melbourne

We thought about it and hated to do it to a 3 mo old Rv, but we took out the dinette booth and added 2 low profile reclining chairs. We had already moved the TV over the door in front of the little cabinet. But still it was hard to see from the dinette booth. So we gently took the benches and tables out. we were afraid they might be glued to wall and take the wallpaper with it. But all the pieces came out with out breaking and if we want to re-install them, we can. See pictures. Discovered the plug and the usb plugs attached under the table to the bench! Big surprise! We found 2 low profile recliners (who backs come off and snap back on easily). We found some wood trim at a mobile home surplus place to place around the slide. The only part we could not fix was a small wallpaper covered molding in the slide corners where the benches were. But you really can't see them. Rewired the slide lights and the plugs and placed them on the wall between the chairs. Now they are easy to use. Our Recliners now face the TV. The 2017 has one of those tables on a pole that you are suppose to use with the cab chairs when you swivel them around. We removed the fittings and placed it on the slide between the chairs!. We also moved the short bunk drape from above the drivers head to the other side of the bunk where the TV WAS. Now it does not get caught in the slide anymore. The only problem that we have now is we only have seat belts for 2 people and not 6, but we probably won't have anyone with us anyway.

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Nice install. Your 2017 had seatbelts for 4 in the dinette? 2016 only had 1 each side.
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:07 AM   #18
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Do you have any pictures of your changes?
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Old 07-18-2016, 09:25 AM   #19
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Sorry, yes you are right, only 2 seat belts, but room for 4.
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Old 07-18-2016, 09:27 AM   #20
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Yes, I have pictures attached in my post. You just have to download them. I couldn't figure out how to post them in the post.
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