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RE: F150 Lightning Road Trip & Ike Gauntlet Pull

Some people are nuts and do not have an ounce of common sense. I looked at an F-150 lighting platinum yesterday at a Ford dealer which was waiting for the buyer (from out of state) to take delivery. They paid $25K above sticker. The buyer probably thinks; oooooh look at the fuel savings just like Reisender, but the writing is on the wall with that due to rapidly rising electricity costs and the taxes etc will catch up with EV. $25K is about 7 1/2 years worth of $5.00 gas for the average US driver. Heh heh :). If you are buying an EV just to save gas than just go buy a 10 year old Corolla and have at er. Most people buy electric vehicles for a variety of reasons. Performance, tech, convenience, low maintenance and yes, for the high mileage commuter it’s just dirt cheap to drive. To each his own. Cheers.
Reisender 06/26/22 05:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Campground availability on shorter notice

Starting day 33 today of our 6 province tour. Haven’t needed reservations yet. Kinda cool.
Reisender 06/26/22 05:01am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: F150 Lightning Road Trip & Ike Gauntlet Pull

While I genuinely like the idea of battery powered vehicles, they just don't work for much of the driving we do these days. Case in point, we headed from Colorado Springs to eastern Oregon last week and put down 1040 miles in 17 hours. No need to stop for a hotel but 17 hours in one shot is about our limit when traveling with kids. We did the same trip in reverse last night. There is no way we could have done that same trip in an EV in a single shot. The most painful part was the multiple $200 fill ups.. I get that. But doing that in an electric might have added an hour or so to the trip. Depending on your schedule probably not that big of a deal. The “fuel” would have been a lot cheaper though. :). Of course if you were towing that’s another thing. :). Not going to happen with any EV on the market today. :). Cheers.
Reisender 06/26/22 04:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hybrid tow vehicle?

My nephew is waiting on a Jeep hybrid. Don’t know the specs but apparently it can tow.
Reisender 06/25/22 05:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Where have all the members gone on this forum?

Your probably right. Probably getting into that tens of thousands now. The Facebook user groups are very active. Dozens of new owners every day, all with lots of questions. Not all are buying teardrops but most are. But the Ford and Rivian new owners are starting to show up as well. But again, all on individual brand tow groups. I doubt any will ever set foot here, although the toxicity of these old RV boards does get mentioned from time to time.I'll have to take your word for it, but I'll remain skeptical until I actually see some "in the wild", so to speak. I may NOT tow as much as some here, BUT I do travel A LOT for work ( up and down the East Coast weekly from New England to Charlotte ) and I can honestly say, I have not seen 1 EV towing.. ever...Not even a small utility trailer... :h I don’t think it’s that common in North America. Probably a few thousand though. We belong to three towing or camping groups on Facebook. 1 in English, 1 in French and 1 in German. It seems to be more common over seas but that that’s just a matter of numbers. The adaption rate of EV’s in Europe and Great Britain is much higher than North America and the infrastructure is superior. It’ll probably catch on more on this side of the pond if the infrastructure improves but that’s probably a long way off. Funny though, I have assisted with 5 P3 brake control installs in the last 3 months and all but one were in English. 1 guy in Arizona and three people in Vancouver BC area. So far in the last month on our cross country camping trip we have seen 3 other EV’s pulling small travel trailers. Lots pulling boats and utility trailers though. Cheers.
Reisender 06/21/22 09:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Do you unhook for the night?

If we are just staying overnight we’ll stay hooked up. But we’ll crank up the tongue jack if necessary to take a little jiggle out of the trailer when walking around.
Reisender 06/20/22 06:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Where have all the members gone on this forum?

A lot of the older posters have turned up their toes. A lot can happen in 20 years. Facebook is basically worthless for in depth treatment of anything. Try to find an answer that was posted a couple weeks ago. I agree that many people have gone to brand specific forums, rather than generic like this one. Some people don't really want to hear the truth if it differs from their opinion. Just not as much pandering on this forum as a lot of them. Sometimes all that sweetness and light makes me concerned for my diabetic sugar levels. :) Guess there's just too many crusty curmudgeons on here. "there are thousands of EV drivers pulling small travel trailers now". Thousands? Seriously? Thousands? I remain skeptical. :) Your probably right. Probably getting into that tens of thousands now. The Facebook user groups are very active. Dozens of new owners every day, all with lots of questions. Not all are buying teardrops but most are. But the Ford and Rivian new owners are starting to show up as well. But again, all on individual brand tow groups. I doubt any will ever set foot here, although the toxicity of these old RV boards does get mentioned from time to time.
Reisender 06/20/22 04:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where have all the members gone on this forum?

Facebook and specific vehicle tow groups. Much friendlier and polite, you can have an answer in minutes and it won’t come with attitude. Most new RVers are joining specific to their model or tow vehicle groups. For example, there are thousands of EV drivers pulling small travel trailers now. Not a chance they will come to a board like this and be belittled or ridiculed. Much easier to get a knowledgeable and fast answer in minutes on a Facebook group. These type of boards are more and more just hardcore old boys clubs and are toxic to new ideas and tech. Still lots of info on this board in the archives but as the old tech fades out so will the usefulness of the archives. Jmho.
Reisender 06/20/22 01:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: F150 Lightning Road Trip & Ike Gauntlet Pull

Well this certainly descended into a pissing match of total silliness lol. Thanks for the laughs. Right? It towed the trailer very well. Are there range issues. Yes Is anyone surprised by that. No Can you make it work if you change your driving habits. Probably Does it have impressive power and is unaffected by elevation. Yes No one is surprised by that either. It did a great job towing the IKE and didn't break down on the road trip. But it's not for everyone. No big surprise there. ICE vehicles will be around for a while yet for heavy work. Great summary. And pretty much our experience after a lot of towing a little travel trailer with an EV this year. I would also add that it’s comparatively pretty cheap to tow with an EV as well. Cheers.
Reisender 06/17/22 11:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightning Road Trip & Ike Gauntlet Pull

Just a heads up for those wondering about infrastructure. It’s definitely different towing with a Tesla. I’m just catching up on the thread, munching my sandwich at the pointe des cascades campground in Quebec. We just pulled in. I haven’t confirmed it but my guess is I am about 5200 kilometres from our home in BC. We have been on the road towing our 18 foot travel trailer behind our Tesla model Y. We have had zero charging drama with our combo. Pull in, connect to the charger and walk away. And yes a typical supercharger stop is 20 to 30 minutes. Or if we want to have a slower extended charge so we can have lunch, shop or whatever we will occasionally use 3rd party networks using our adaptor. Anyway, just my 2 cents from an RVer who pulls a trailer everyday with an EV. Charging is just not that big a deal. And yes, even when charging at superchargers it’s a lot cheaper by electric, and the towing experience is superior. Cheers. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51959646379_be3c6d13c1_c.jpg%5B/img
Reisender 06/15/22 02:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightning Road Trip & Ike Gauntlet Pull

EVs at this point are totally viable for most daily driving purposes around town or even reasonable rural distances. They are not viable as towing vehicles or long distance road trip vehicles - until battery or charging technology changes that's going to be the case. I don’t know. I would say they are not viable for any kind of commercial tow vehicle. But for us RVers they work for many of us who are okay with a 20 minute break every couple hours on the road. Heck. It’s rare we do 600 kilometres at a pop when RVing. 200 to 400 is more common for us although we just blasted thru Manitoba and Western Ontario in a few longer days. Meh. For many RVers it’s probably manageable. We’ve got over 5000 kilometres behind us on this trip and 7000 to go. The actual towing experience is superior to any comparable gas SUV and trailer combo. To each his own of course. Cheers and safe travels all.
Reisender 06/15/22 08:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: TV & 30 ft TT to Mini Van and 17 ft TT

You could consider downsizing to an 18 foot teardrop travel trailer and pull it with an Electric vehicle. That’s what we did. We are about 4000 kilometres into an 11000 kilometres Rv road trip right now. So far so good. We are still under 500 bucks for charging costs although we’ll probably break thru that today. Hope you find a solution. Happy travels. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51959646379_be3c6d13c1_c.jpg%5B/img https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51988614912_33bc19f499_c.jpg%5B/img%5D
Reisender 06/07/22 06:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Ford F150 Lightning Started Deliveries

And when you hook up a trailer the range probably falls flat on it's face. I don’t know anything about the F150 Lightning. But our EV towing our little travel trailer loses about 50 percent depending on conditions and speed. Having said that I’ll bet the F150 lightning would probably lose less than half its range if it was towing a little trailer like ours. Frankly I have no idea. Just a guess. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51959646379_be3c6d13c1_c.jpg%5B/img https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51988614912_33bc19f499_c.jpg%5B/img%5D
Reisender 06/06/22 05:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: CG Prices

We just stayed at the Chaplin village campground in Saskatchewan. Thanks 15 bucks including 15 amp power. Woohoo. :) We have stayed at a few lyons parks over the last couple weeks for 30 bucks all services. A lit of the municipal parks are cheap.
Reisender 06/04/22 06:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rivan truck tow vehicle

F150 Lightning is bandied to be able to power the house for 2 to 3 days.I am curious if the F150 is programmable to stop at a user set charge level rather than fully depleting the battery. Don’t know. But the Tesla disables a lot of things when you hit 20 percent. Sentry mode. Dog mode. Aux ports etc
Reisender 06/02/22 05:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivan truck tow vehicle

Yah. People are surprised by the amount of energy motive forces require. We have had a zillion questions from curious people. We have found on this trip that many of the Superchargers are co-located with gas stations or gas bars in shopping areas. People will leave their vehicle at the pump to come over and ask about our little trailer and SUV combo. Many ask why we just don’t put a solar panel on the roof to recharge instead of using the supercharger. I try to explain but I’m not good at that kind of thing. Others ask if we turn off the AC to save range and again it’s hard to explain how little power is used for AC and heat in a vehicle compared to motive forces. We just did a 605 kilometre day and probably used around 210 kwh of power. My guess is about 8 or 9 kwh of that was for the AC. The rest was motive. The range graphs change very little with AC use. Point is I doubt solar all over the car would keep up with the AC let alone the motive requirements. Not an expert. Just an EV/RVer. Safe travels all.
Reisender 06/02/22 08:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivan truck tow vehicle

Cool, thanks for sharing. I am very curious about EV options and I like the idea of something I could tow with. I want to see what kind of mobile solar charging options people come up with. I'm not talking about an unrealistic perpetual energy situation. But more like I'm boondocking for a few nights, can a large array on the trailer/camper recharge my electric vehicle to full during my stay? I love the.concept but that is all way above my pay grade. We just came thru Saskatchewan and are at our last supercharger stop before we cross to Manitoba. Presently at the whitewood supercharger for about 20 minutes. We are going to shut it down for the day in about 100 kilometres in a little municipal Lyons campground. 30 bucks full service. Extremely gusty winds here right now. Tomorrow we’ll blast thru Manitoba before we go back into tour mode in ontario. So many nice parks and lakes there that we haven’t had a chance to visit. Looking forward to getting back to the slower pace. Just for reference this is our little combo. I have no idea how it compares to the Rivian as far as towing as I don’t know much about the Rivian. I like it though. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51959646379_be3c6d13c1_c.jpg%5B/img
Reisender 06/01/22 03:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivan truck tow vehicle

Just a heads up re charging stations. No one actually has to “look for a charge station”. The truck knows where they are and all the driver does is select the station he wants to go to and it will navigate there. The driver will know things like, Wether the station is occupied or not, What the power is What the vehicles battery level will be when he/she arrives What amenities are in the area etc etc. What the reviews are. What method of payment will be required. In the case of some manufacturers the driver just selects the final destination of the trip and the vehicle figures out all the stops along the way. It will compensate for wind, temperature, elevation change etc. it’s pretty accurate. It will also compensate for trailer load, but at least with our EV it takes 10 or 15 minutes of travelling with the trailer load to come up with a more accurate estimate. As well there are about a half dozen apps that will do most of the above. Hope that was informative. Safe travels all. Have you been successful finding charge stations that were accommodating to a vehicle and large trailer? From what I have seen, that is where it would be more challenging. And, cards on the table, I have concluded I will be a late adopter to electric vehicle technology. Large trailer? Hmmm. I would say the vast majority of the stations we have used would not be accommodating to a large trailer. There have been a few BC Hydro and FLO chargers that were more of a parallel park sceenario that would probably work but certainly none of the Superchargers. Some have trailer stalls that are ok for something like our 18 footer or maybe a little bigger. I know Tesla is building pull thrus on some of their supercharger sites now. I’m sure that will get common. We have only had to disconnect once to charge. That was at a mall in Airdrie Alberta. There’s always a way. Hope that helps.
Reisender 06/01/22 06:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivan truck tow vehicle

Even at the quick charge stations, don't you still need a couple of hours to charge the thing? I don't know if all the ones that are out there now are "free"? I'd think you would have to pay for the electric you use? Or am I wrong on that? I've never looked into it, or cared for that matter.. I did just "borrow" my mom's 2014 Ford Escort "Titanium" to help with my gas bill for my daily commute (about 40 miles round trip). It's got the 2.0 "EcoBoost" in it and only has 44,000 miles on it. The deal is to try to sell it or I can buy it for a nice 'family discount' if it comes to that.. With gas going to $6/gallon soon, the F150 will just be the tow vehicle for now! Mitch Hey Mitch. A typical supercharge stop for us is around 15 to 30 minutes. Non tesla chargers are usually slower but that might just be a regional thing. No idea on the Rivian. And yep. It’s pay as you go. Free DC fast charging is pretty rare unless it is sponsored by some business or entity. We have been driving electric for 7 years and I can’t remember hitting a free DC fast charger unless it was a new install and it was on a 30 day trial situation. We have been on the road towing our trailer on a BC to Quebec tour for over a week and about half our charging has been at Tesla Superchargers and the odd BC hydro or FLO station at touristy places. The other half has been campgrounds. Safe travels all.
Reisender 05/31/22 01:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivan truck tow vehicle

Just a heads up re charging stations. No one actually has to “look for a charge station”. The truck knows where they are and all the driver does is select the station he wants to go to and it will navigate there. The driver will know things like, Wether the station is occupied or not, What the power is What the vehicles battery level will be when he/she arrives What amenities are in the area etc etc. What the reviews are. What method of payment will be required. In the case of some manufacturers the driver just selects the final destination of the trip and the vehicle figures out all the stops along the way. It will compensate for wind, temperature, elevation change etc. it’s pretty accurate. It will also compensate for trailer load, but at least with our EV it takes 10 or 15 minutes of travelling with the trailer load to come up with a more accurate estimate. As well there are about a half dozen apps that will do most of the above. Hope that was informative. Safe travels all.
Reisender 05/31/22 07:00am Tow Vehicles
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