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RE: Firman Generator

I would prep it with oil, but I wouldn’t put any gas in it. You sad it’s dual fuel. Run it under load on propane for awhile. Then put it to bed.
Reisender 01/16/21 09:53am Tech Issues
RE: Do any hotels/chains offer RV spots with electric or hookups

Although not prevalent now, could be different in the near future. When electric cars become the principal means of transportation, I can envision hotels, and motels installing electric charging stations in their parking lots and perhaps these stations will be able to charge electric Rv’s which will be coming soon. EV charging stations at Hotels are already common. We won’t stay at a hotel if it doesn’t have overnight charging facilities. No problem finding them using the App.
Reisender 01/13/21 02:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Do any hotels/chains offer RV spots with electric or hookups

I don’t if I would say they are common but there are a bunch in BC. I have also seen some pretty nice full service parks attached to casinos. Jackpot Nevada comes to mind.
Reisender 01/13/21 02:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Built-in Genset on 2021 F-150

$1,900 is a whole lot less than an inverter drive standalone generator of that capacity, if you can even find one. The closest Honda makes 2,000 less watts and costs $3k more. Thanks for the info but I'm not sure where you are getting pricing. A 2400w honda isn't $4900 (7500w is way overkill for a 30amp RV so not really relevant). Heck helped friends pick out a 3100w Champion last year for $550. That will handle pretty much anything a 1/2ton truck can pull. So far the only real advantage is you save some bed space. Is the Ford system rated for peak or continuous load? Also, Honda and every other generator manufacturer produces larger units that can put out 2000-2400w continuous. If you are really worried about bed space and lugging it around, a simpler option is to add a generator platform to the A-frame on the trailer and bolt/lock it down. If all you want is 2,000 watts, which is all that the Honda put out continuously, you can get that option on almost all of the 2021 F150's for $995. And that is less than the comparable Honda also. Plus, no fuel to mess with, it is always there and it is a lot harder to walk away with. The only thing I would add it the Honda cannot put out 2000 watts continuously. I have tried, it cannot it will overload. If the Ford rating, Peak or Continuous? If could easily be the same situation. Also Honda and every other generator manufacturer puts out a wide variety of wattage rated generators. Really if it's just keeping the bed clear and not having to lug it around, you can be a mount for the A-frame of the trailer that can be bolted/locked down with a cover. From what I have been able to find out the Ford rating is for continuous output. On the other hand, the Honda EU2200 is rated for only 1800 watts continuously. I have not been able to find a 2400 watt Honda like vahalla360 mentioned. Also, the EU2200 is rated for 3.2hrs at full output. Here are the ratings for Ford duration: "Say you want to park somewhere remote and use the truck to power that camper. The hybrid 2.4-kW system will run for 85 hours on a full tank of gas at maximum load of 2,400 watts. The 7.2-kW system will go for 32 hours under the same max load conditions. If you’re not using all of those 7,200 watts, the system will continue for much longer, the company said." The Ford can be controlled through your phone and it can be used to power the camper while traveling. Both could add a lot of convenience. Yah. The link to to the youtube video in my post above demonstrates this pretty well.
Reisender 01/10/21 02:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Built-in Genset on 2021 F-150

That is basically what I am setting up on my truck, 100amp charging from the truck, 675ah of batteries and a 2800 watt outback inverter. I am using it to power my commercial cap and truck camper when I get it. I can use the remote start and get charging from the truck for using the a/c or larger loads. Sweet. Recommend using a catastrophic failure type fuse on the input to the inverter. Maybe a 250 amp...ish.
Reisender 01/10/21 01:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Built-in Genset on 2021 F-150

Here is the ford video. It is a good video indicating the Ford truck RPM, temperatures, how much fuel was used. Etc I think this would be handy for contractors in certain trades. The video gives the economy of it etc. Seemed reasonable. No idea hot the ware and teat would be on a motor idling like that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEIN6-cVLRg&t=877s Below are a couple pics of the Tesla Cybertruck 1/2 ton. On its debut they showed an Electric quad driving in the back of the pickup and then plugging into the receptacle on the lower rear right on the inside of the box. Kinda cool. You can see it in a couple of pics. Again it should be handy for contractors. That and the crop of Electric quads that are hitting the market lately. Beats setting up a genny and hauling gas I suppose. The other thing either of these trucks would be good for is Triple A duty for EV drivers that can't read a gauge. A quick 15 minute charge to get them to the next Supercharger or fast charger or home or wherever. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49110646481_499c6ba2dc_c.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49110148811_f5e74b7e50_c.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49109663863_a5f5e0a8d3_c.jpg
Reisender 01/10/21 11:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Built-in Genset on 2021 F-150

One of the you tubers tested an F150 hybrid with charging an older BMWi3 Electric vehicle for a couple hours. Another used a Tesla. Both with well documented results. Looked impressive to me. Essentially the Tesla Cybertruck will have the same facility. Specs have been varied but 3.6 KW to 7.2KW. Both 120 and 240 depending what you read. The only difference being the Tesla getting its power from the big a$$ battery under the truck. :). No need to wear out the 3.5 litre motor. I’m sure they will have this on the electric F150 next year. I’ll see if I can find the link on the ford later. It was a good video.
Reisender 01/10/21 11:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Great article. Here’s a clicky. https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1122487_towing-a-camper-with-a-tesla-model-x-thank-elon-for-superchargers If it was me I would plan on a max towing range of 250 miles with the Cybertruck. And probably set a safety of no more than 200 miles. Which is about right for a break anyway. The other thing I would do is be familiar with all the V3 Superchargers on your route and use those as much as possible. In my opinion, the difference between a V2 and V3 Supercharger stop would only be around 10 or 12 minutes. But a Cybertruck will have a battery at least twice as big if not more than a car like the model 3. Now you are adding more like 25 minutes to the difference. JMHO. Thanks! That's a. lot of good and useless information I can use when I finally get my Cybertruck puller. Yeah, coming from goal oriented and precise planning corporate world, I'm still unlearning these things and can still get frustraated when plans go awry.. But I hope that I can slowly stop the mindset of accumulating miles on a day instead of stopping to smell and admire the flowers (and the sites) along the way. I understand that Tesla are pre-loaded with trip planning data as to chargers and superchargers along the way to plan the stops. Hopefully including the dining areas or lounges as I really and seriously hate fast foods other than stomach filler if there are no other choices.. My most enjoyable "dining" experience are those mom-and-pop hole-in-the-wall kiosk selling smoked tuna jaws, crabs, oysters... along the Northern Cali, Oregon and Washington coasts which disappointing turned commercial (and bad) when we got to Seattle.. I guess one last thing. In your situation I would consider adding 400 ish bucks to buy a Chademo or CCS adapter so you would have alternate off the beat charging possibilities. The CCS adapter is aftermarket (not Tesla) and is still pricey but the price will be dropping quick. Don't get me wrong. I hate adapters. They are clunky and bulky. But for us in our neck of the woods they are an absolute necessity as we have limited Supercharger facilities in some places we travel. Cheers
Reisender 01/08/21 10:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

There is a big difference. Costco sells diffrent products at cheap prices and only has 1 competitor. Tesla has many competitors and if the competition starts building there own stuff they dont need to buy the tesla credits. Costco is a wholesaler of other peoples stuff. Of it dosent work out they get new products. Tesla makes and sells one thing. If that one thing dosent bring in the $$$ they dont have another thing to sell. Ok 2 products. Plus , telsla only income is from goverment mandated credits. Its a great buisness plan while it lasts. But its also unsustainable long term. Guess we'll just have to wait and see. This thread is 4 years of posts predicting the demise of Tesla. So far their business plan seems to be working and they seem to be holding their own against the competition. Check back in another 4 years and see how its going. Cheers
Reisender 01/07/21 10:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Yep. Part of their business plan. Companies like Chrysler Fiat Peugeot are literally paying for the new Tesla factory in Texas. And at the rate they are going they will be doing so for years...or until they (chrysler) go broke...or get bailed out again. Lol. :).
Reisender 01/07/21 07:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Great article. Here’s a clicky. https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1122487_towing-a-camper-with-a-tesla-model-x-thank-elon-for-superchargers If it was me I would plan on a max towing range of 250 miles with the Cybertruck. And probably set a safety of no more than 200 miles. Which is about right for a break anyway. The other thing I would do is be familiar with all the V3 Superchargers on your route and use those as much as possible. In my opinion, the difference between a V2 and V3 Supercharger stop would only be around 10 or 12 minutes. But a Cybertruck will have a battery at least twice as big if not more than a car like the model 3. Now you are adding more like 25 minutes to the difference. JMHO.
Reisender 01/07/21 04:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Yah, kinda nice. But they are the exception to the rule. Generally if there is some other kind of service industry they don't do this kind of thing. The good news is the Kettleman site which I believe is about the halfway point for you on your trip has a lounge. Don't count on them though. This is the literally the only one I have been in. But then again, for us any fast food place with a bathroom and coffee is good enough for us. Maybe a scone? :) https://live.staticflickr.com/4721/28327517559_3d7c2720ce_c.jpg Google Kettleman Supercharger and click on the map. That stretch from Frisco to LA is Supercharger Alley. You'll have lots of options. And there are a tone of Chademo/CCS stations, but you'll have to buy an adapter and they are slooowwwwweeerrr. Harris Ranch was my favorite stop in between SFO and LA. Heard there is a Tesla charging station there. But have not shuttling in between lately although my son (who used to work for Tesla) lives in the Bay Area. And so is a sister. Wisened up. I just ask them to visit me instead, lol. Well, maybe, when I get the Cybertruck where my excuse that I have difficulties driving in the evening (macular degeneration) is no longer valid with it's FSD). Yah, we know Harris Ranch well as we overnight there with the motorhome. Not sure about charging with a trailer there as I can't remember the layout of the sites. There is also a bunch of non tesla fast chargers there. Cheers.
Reisender 01/07/21 02:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I think those numbers will be on the edge with that weight. Depends how boxy it is. But San Francisco to LA also goes past a bunch of new Superchargers including Kettleston which I believe either has or will be getting some Cybertruck with toad friendly sites. Avoid the long weekends and you shouldn't have a problem with having to take up two sites. But the length will be iffy unless it is a parallel type site that are apparently showing up at some of the new sites. Here is a pull through. Hmmm. I am guessing this trailer is about 19 or 20 feet. You could pull forward a little but V3 cables are not real long. I would say you'll be sticking out about 4 feet but probably wouldn't be a big problem...I guess. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50622617907_3eb98136bd_c.jpg If there is a lounge nearby, this will be a re-charging heaven for me. I think you posted a photo of a service-area like lounge being operated by Tesla themselves. I won't mind re-charging in truck stops and taking lunch at the fastfood and browsing on their stores -- as long as they are not selling signature shoes, bags, dresses, jewelries... lol Yah, kinda nice. But they are the exception to the rule. Generally if there is some other kind of service industry they don't do this kind of thing. The good news is the Kettleman site which I believe is about the halfway point for you on your trip has a lounge. Don't count on them though. This is the literally the only one I have been in. But then again, for us any fast food place with a bathroom and coffee is good enough for us. Maybe a scone? :) https://live.staticflickr.com/4721/28327517559_3d7c2720ce_c.jpg Google Kettleman Supercharger and click on the map. That stretch from Frisco to LA is Supercharger Alley. You'll have lots of options. And there are a tone of Chademo/CCS stations, but you'll have to buy an adapter and they are slooowwwwweeerrr.
Reisender 01/07/21 01:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I don't know what it will be like with a Cybertruck because of the bigger battery, but with a model 3 we don't stop to charge. We just charge while we are stopped. You are so wise Obiwan.:B My plans too. Quite honestly the time it takes to get a fresh scone comes into play as well. I’m really wishing there was a Starbucks situated at every supercharger by law. But alas it’s not to be. Probably a good thing. :). But seriously, I think your and our bigger challenge will be the parking configuration at chargers. We are only planning on pulling a little trailer, either with the model 3 or the Cybertruck. So the pull through sites at Superchargers would work although it will take up two stalls. I have seen pictures of newer installations that will lend themselves well to towing, but the length of the trailer is going to come into play. What are you planning on pulling? I will be pulling a 25-foot on the Cybertruck at 5,000 pounds. I was hoping Tesla Semis will launch ahead to hasten development of. pull through re-charging stations. Ideal and planned driving distance between campsites will be like driving from Los Angeles to San Francisco (380ish miles) with one stop for breakfast or lunch (and with ICE, gas up). I think those numbers will be on the edge with that weight. Depends how boxy it is. But San Francisco to LA also goes past a bunch of new Superchargers including Kettleston which I believe either has or will be getting some Cybertruck with toad friendly sites. Avoid the long weekends and you shouldn't have a problem with having to take up two sites. But the length will be iffy unless it is a parallel type site that are apparently showing up at some of the new sites. Here is a pull through. Hmmm. I am guessing this trailer is about 19 or 20 feet. You could pull forward a little but V3 cables are not real long. I would say you'll be sticking out about 4 feet but probably wouldn't be a big problem...I guess. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50622617907_3eb98136bd_c.jpg
Reisender 01/07/21 01:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I don't know what it will be like with a Cybertruck because of the bigger battery, but with a model 3 we don't stop to charge. We just charge while we are stopped. You are so wise Obiwan.:B My plans too. Quite honestly the time it takes to get a fresh scone comes into play as well. I’m really wishing there was a Starbucks situated at every supercharger by law. But alas it’s not to be. Probably a good thing. :). But seriously, I think your and our bigger challenge will be the parking configuration at chargers. We are only planning on pulling a little trailer, either with the model 3 or the Cybertruck. So the pull through sites at Superchargers would work although it will take up two stalls. I have seen pictures of newer installations that will lend themselves well to towing, but the length of the trailer is going to come into play. What are you planning on pulling?
Reisender 01/07/21 11:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I plan to buy a Tesla soon. On top of a lot of other good reasons the charging system is the clincher. I have heard a lot of comments from others that the experience TFLtrucks had at the charging stations is typical. Plus, Tesla only charged 1/2 as much as Electrify America per kwh. They forgot to mention that. TFL Mach-E vs Model Y Yeah, I expect to charge mostly at home but do expect to make some road trips with it and a good charging system will be important. Also, TFL forgot to pre-warm the batteries to prepare for charging. That would have improved the Tesla charging experience even more. The pre-heating makes a huge difference especially this time of year. (It’s cold here). But it is as simple as telling the car to navigate to the Supercharger you are heading for. The car will turn on the battery preheat at the appropriate time so when you arrive at the Supercharger you will get max charge. We have arrived at a V3 with 32 percent and seen the charge rate pin at 250 KW. Without preheat it would be 80 KW ish. It’s the difference between a 15 minute stop and a 30 minute stop. Pro tip. If you are going to stop for a leisurely lunch and need the extra time then don’t pre heat. You’ll have time for a more leisurely lunch without worries of idle fees. (Fees charged if hooked up but charging complete). But be courteous. Don’t do this at busy Superchargers. I don't see leisurely charging as an issue for me. Even stops every 200 to 300 miles or so while RVing. But I know re-charging turn around is an issue to some. My daughter would rather bring their Range Rover instead of their Tesla X on long trips exactly for these reasons -- and the fact that they are under time pressure to get as much mileage for their weekend out of town trips. EV companies should solve this challenge. Tesla Semis must be in this conundrum. I don't know what it will be like with a Cybertruck because of the bigger battery, but with a model 3 we don't stop to charge. We just charge while we are stopped.
Reisender 01/07/21 10:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I plan to buy a Tesla soon. On top of a lot of other good reasons the charging system is the clincher. I have heard a lot of comments from others that the experience TFLtrucks had at the charging stations is typical. Plus, Tesla only charged 1/2 as much as Electrify America per kwh. They forgot to mention that. TFL Mach-E vs Model Y Yeah, I expect to charge mostly at home but do expect to make some road trips with it and a good charging system will be important. Also, TFL forgot to pre-warm the batteries to prepare for charging. That would have improved the Tesla charging experience even more. The pre-heating makes a huge difference especially this time of year. (It’s cold here). But it is as simple as telling the car to navigate to the Supercharger you are heading for. The car will turn on the battery preheat at the appropriate time so when you arrive at the Supercharger you will get max charge. We have arrived at a V3 with 32 percent and seen the charge rate pin at 250 KW. Without preheat it would be 80 KW ish. It’s the difference between a 15 minute stop and a 30 minute stop. Pro tip. If you are going to stop for a leisurely lunch and need the extra time then don’t pre heat. You’ll have time for a more leisurely lunch without worries of idle fees. (Fees charged if hooked up but charging complete). But be courteous. Don’t do this at busy Superchargers.
Reisender 01/07/21 08:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

...You are probably more in touch with GM numbers than most. How many EV’s are they producing per day right now. My guess is about 75 per day....ish.??? Cheer. Probably more in touch than you think with all numbers. GM Production is not public data. Well, like I said, being in that industry I would think you are more in the know than many. So I would be interested in your speculation on daily averaged worldwide production numbers. Start with roughly 2000 per day from Tesla and go from there. The problem I ran into when I spent 10 minutes googling was that they weren’t clear on what was included. So for example, one number was given and then a comment in the post indicated that those numbers didn’t include busses. Then another article countered saying those numbers didn’t include all the electric dock trucks or the 3 wheeled putt putts for markets like India or wherever. Forklifts etc etc. Technically all are vehicles produced without gas tanks. Hard to follow. I think Volkswagen is a few hundred per day from a few estimates I have seen . BYD numbers have to be up there too. I would be interested in your speculation for conversation sake. Cheers.
Reisender 01/06/21 09:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

...I have been reading a few articles re gas price speculation. It’s kinda hard to follow and there are lots of opinions. Essentially the gas and diesel companies are losing about five thousand customers per day on a worldwide level. Essentially 5000 cars without gas tanks hitting the road every day. In the big scheme of things probably not that much. But in a couple years that will be 10,000...PER DAY...and so on and so on. At what point do gas and oil companies start to notice. Two years, five years. Do they start to drop their prices to slow the transition? It’s going to be an interesting decade. 5000 a day is 1,825,000 a year. Tesla built 500,000. Who built the other 75%. You keep telling us that Tesla is the only volume. Well, there are about 40 companies producing EV’s. Many out of China and Europe. Tesla built at a rate of about 2000 cars per day in the last quarter. My guess is the rest of the 5000 consist of companies like VW, Nissan, Xping, Kia, Volvo, Hyundai, Ford, GM Chrysler etc. You would have to google it to see where the numbers came from. Tesla is the only volume in North America. Or I just say you are making up data. I know the answer. You are not correct. So please identify the companies and volume. Heh heh. :). I’ll let you go the googling. Like i said. These are just numbers I read in a composite of articles. It was hard to follow and there were a bunch of opinions. I have no idea if they are right. Do some googling and form your own opinion. You are probably more in touch with GM numbers than most. How many EV’s are they producing per day right now. My guess is about 75 per day....ish.??? Cheer.
Reisender 01/06/21 08:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

...I have been reading a few articles re gas price speculation. It’s kinda hard to follow and there are lots of opinions. Essentially the gas and diesel companies are losing about five thousand customers per day on a worldwide level. Essentially 5000 cars without gas tanks hitting the road every day. In the big scheme of things probably not that much. But in a couple years that will be 10,000...PER DAY...and so on and so on. At what point do gas and oil companies start to notice. Two years, five years. Do they start to drop their prices to slow the transition? It’s going to be an interesting decade. 5000 a day is 1,825,000 a year. Tesla built 500,000. Who built the other 75%. You keep telling us that Tesla is the only volume. Well, there are about 40 companies producing EV’s. Many out of China and Europe. Tesla built at a rate of about 2000 cars per day in the last quarter. My guess is the rest of the 5000 consist of companies like VW, Nissan, Xping, Kia, Volvo, Hyundai, Ford, GM Chrysler etc. You would have to google it to see where the numbers came from. Tesla is the only volume in North America.
Reisender 01/06/21 06:53am Tow Vehicles
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