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RE: Vector 1500 inverter overloads on 300 watts

landfill it and move on. Internal issues.
SidecarFlip 11/11/19 01:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Extended run gas cap for Champion Digital Hybrid 4000?

Drill and tap the existing cap for a nylon threaded fitting, add a hose and another gas can but keep the bottom of the can higher than the genny. Conversely, you could add a pulse fuel pump and run from a marine porta tank.
SidecarFlip 11/10/19 10:49am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 2020 Silverado 1500 Duramax and the Ike

Quit watching the 2 buffoons in a truck a while ago.
SidecarFlip 11/09/19 03:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Battery storage

Do it all the time. In reality you don't need any charger on them so long as they are fully charged and not connected to any load. Flooded cell batteries (and the maintenance free ones are flooded cell as well), will only lose about 3% of their total charge per month and cold don't impact them at all. A fully charged battery is actually viable sown to -80 (f).
SidecarFlip 11/09/19 03:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Ford reaches tentative UAW contract.

You had me going for minute with GOA: I was trying figure out what the Portuguese had to this with topic until I remembered Larry... Sometimes I think you are like me but you have more toys than I do...lol. at least wheeled ones. Most of my toys go bang.;) I also belong to MGA but they don't offer a banner flag.
SidecarFlip 11/05/19 06:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford reaches tentative UAW contract.

I just hope that all the local UAW members now support all the Union Teachers in getting pay raises and no increase to their health care as well. The Teachers gave back and froze salaries just like the UAW members. I disagree. Especially here in Michigan with MTA as a negotiator in contracts. Considering the quality of students educators are turning out here, they need a pay cut not a raise. Just voted NO on the local bond issue. They get enough of my tax money as it is. Show me you can actually educate students to become productive member of society and I'll consider compensating you accordingly. as it stands, Michigan teachers aren't showing me anything but terrible SAT scores and a poor product. I'd like to have had a job where I worked 1/2 the year and got paid for the entire year. Talk about cushy. I wish you would educate yourself on education in Michigan. There are many issues within the education process. Slamming teachers shows me exactly what type of retired union person you are. Hopefully all of those non-productive youngsters do not take advantage of the old guy in the neighborhood. I have more than once. You see almost my entire family on my wife's side are all Michigan educators, except her 2 brothers who are engineers, one at GM, one a Fords. and the rest, I'm surprised they can tie their shoes and all have their Masters and Doctorates in various disciplines. Far as neighborhood goes, I don't. I'm a farmer and live in a very rural setting. nearest neighbor is 3/4 mile away. I don't worry about kids anyway. My flagpole out front flies an American Flag, under that is an NRA flag and below that is a GOA flag. You'd have to pretty dumb or high not to know better than mess around here. I think the big black Chow in the yard is a good deterrent as well. I live just close enough to Toledo and Detroit to get a whiff of their stink when the wind blows right. They say you can always tell an autoworker, retired or working, but the number of toys in their yard. Guess I fit right in. Lots of toys here.
SidecarFlip 11/05/19 12:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford reaches tentative UAW contract.

Actually, no one here is bashing union in general. Oh there have been a few general bashings.... I think Fish was one of the first. I have been a Union organizer, member and Shop steward since 1994. I can tell you from experience, that not all Unions have it as good as the UAW, or the public sector Unions. They are the most sucessful, perhaps too suscessful for their long term good, and some of them like the UAW get a lot of press.... Some public sector Unions such as teachers enjoy good press.... In spite of the built in negotiating advantage they have as public sector Unions. Many Unions are still fighting the battle to get their members into the middle class..... Which Unions were a prime driver of creating. Many things that we now enjoy, and think of as a normal right came about because of Unions. OSHA, 40 hour work week, vacation pay, sick pay, holiday pay, greivances for unfair discipline, etc. These things (and more) exist now in both Union, and non Union companies because of Union efforts. The non Union companies went along and provided them or were forced to by legislation to keep up with the Union standards. The UAW has members that often do highly specialized jobs,(skills) that will not transfer easily to another company.... And the automakers have a highly cylical business that makes obscene profits in boom times. With that much money available, thay are often able to secure contracts that are unheard of in other industries.... But they usually suffer in downturns. As for the bad actors that pop up in Unions occasionally... Whenever there is a huge pot of money available, there will be those that cannot resist partaking in it... It is part of the human condition. I will point out that there have been PLENTY of people in the management/company side that fall into this catagory as well. I have worked both Union and non Union, and have seen the benefits, and downsides first hand. I believe that Unions are necessary to balance the unfettered power that companies other wise would have. If they were to disappear from the workplace, we would see many benefits that we take for granted disappearing as well. This would go for Union and non Union workers alike. This is false. I was fed this propaganda too until I researched it myself. The 40 hour work week was created by Henry Ford long before his plants were unionized because he thought that his employees would buy more Model T's if they had time off to enjoy them. Henry Ford, along with Jewish(Saturday) and Christian(Sunday) religion, also played a big role in the two day weekend long before his factories were unionized. Paid sick leave was first created in foreign countries, and is still not a law in Texas even though most companies, union and non-union, give it to their employees. Paid vacation came about because employers in the early 1900's(long before unions) saw that their employees having time off made them more productive. Holiday pay is not required in the US and is up the the employers discretion. Many companies offer it for the same reason they offer vacation pay, to attract workers. There have been recordings of Holiday pay in US companies long before unions were even established here. There are many other things that unions take credit for, but had little or no impact on their implementation. Many of these things just took a natural progression as communication became more instant and the traveling time between places decreased. People were able to be more selective on where they wanted to work, and employers had to find way to entice them. +1 on that and I'm a retired union employee. Unions, especially the UAW and the Teamsters like to pat themselves on the back for things they had no skin in the game with. Here in Michigan, we refer to the UAW as U Ain't Workin'
SidecarFlip 11/05/19 06:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford reaches tentative UAW contract.

I just hope that all the local UAW members now support all the Union Teachers in getting pay raises and no increase to their health care as well. The Teachers gave back and froze salaries just like the UAW members. I disagree. Especially here in Michigan with MTA as a negotiator in contracts. Considering the quality of students educators are turning out here, they need a pay cut not a raise. Just voted NO on the local bond issue. They get enough of my tax money as it is. Show me you can actually educate students to become productive member of society and I'll consider compensating you accordingly. as it stands, Michigan teachers aren't showing me anything but terrible SAT scores and a poor product. I'd like to have had a job where I worked 1/2 the year and got paid for the entire year. Talk about cushy.
SidecarFlip 11/05/19 06:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford reaches tentative UAW contract.

GM paved the way for this agreement and FCA will be forced to follow suit as well or the union will go on strike. And you can put me in the category that knows unions need to go away. All unions! Keep in mind that, other than Jeeps Wranglers, most of the FCA products are built in Mexico by non union workers and if they are unionized, the wages are a fraction of what the domestic counterparts make. FCA has the largest percentage of vehicles built outside the states of any automaker. RAM pickup trucks, Toluca, Mexico... Consequently, if FCA don't agree to the UAW they can still build and sell vehicles. Far as the Jeep end goes, FCA is very progressive at their Toldeo Jeep plant. They are the ONLY automaker that houses sub assembly non union suppliers on the grounds the plant occupies. I ought to know, I drive past almost every day and the sign at the main entrance lists the suppliers on premises. Don't know if they will agree and I believe the Pugeot / FCA tentative merger has everything to do with busting the union. I could be wrong. Far as Toyota or Nissan building a pickup truck, I didn't mean a 1/2 ton grocery / soccer mom truck, I meant a real work truck in the 3/4 or 1 ton flavor. They can see the profit margin, they aren't stupid. Union legacy costs are a huge part of the equation when it comes to contract negotiations. Union negotiated pensions eat up a huge percentage of the overall profit margin for unionized automotive.
SidecarFlip 11/05/19 06:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: When will the 2020 Ford Super Duty show up?

I bet an 80K MSRP. Winder how much of an increase Fords will tack in to cover the new UAW contract.
SidecarFlip 11/05/19 06:01am Truck Campers
RE: Ford reaches tentative UAW contract.

Living up here in Michigan and retiring a union member, I can say that the UAW and the Teamsters are the most corrupt unions in existence. neither car squat about the rank and file. All they care about is playing the role of fat cats and bilking the members. FCA is the one to watch. I believe the Pugeot FCA deal is more about beating the UAW than a merger. FCA is in no financial condition to match the Fords / GM contract. Will be interesting in the least. Someone eats the contract increase costs... You and I and the price difference between the not so big 3 and the onshore foreign automakers will also widen. Toyota needs to build a 'big truck' now. They could literally 'mop the floor' with a 3/4 or 1 ton entry. What is really interesting is that Michigan is now a RTW state so there are no 'closed shops' anymore. It's strictly voluntary to join a union in Michigan, been that way since last year. O know of I was working in a UAW auto plant, I'd sure as heck part company with the UAW and pocket my union dues.
SidecarFlip 11/04/19 02:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford V10 Catalytic Converter

Getting the palladium out of the ceramic honeycomb substrate makes it worth it. Big business, stealing converters.
SidecarFlip 11/04/19 07:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: My WFCO finally kicked the bucket

When I had acid tubs I never left them in the cold, even on a charger. Cold don't kill them, heat does.
SidecarFlip 11/02/19 02:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Grand Cherokee Transmission Clunk

Gear slop.
SidecarFlip 11/02/19 12:10pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Allison 2500 downshift issue

Basically nothing on an Allison is DIY except fluid and filter changes and even that requires specific fluid and filters. Take it to an Allison repair facility and let them diagnose the exact issue and repair it accordingly. Allison.s are very touchy about fluid change intervals too. Are you doing that?
SidecarFlip 11/01/19 05:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Overloaded wheel Breakage

Give me forged Alcoa's any day.
SidecarFlip 10/31/19 07:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Battery Transfer pump for antifreeze

Try Harbor Freight if you have one available. I have one of theirs, two D cell batteries, to pump diesel from a five gallon container into my tractor. Have one as well. Cannot beat the 10 buck price though I'd like to see them make it in a Li-Ion battery pack version.
SidecarFlip 10/31/19 06:48pm Tech Issues
RE: What percent of the time do you leave your TC on your truck?

My truck is my farm truck so it goes in and comes out many times over the course of the season. Camper comes out, fuel tank and toolbox goes in and so on. In the off season (winter) camper goes in the garage. Why I sold the Lance and bought a pop up. The Lance had to go in the big barn, always a PITA., the pop up goes on my ATV trailer and gets backed in the garage, trailer and camper stay there all winter with the truck next to them. Candidly, if I were to even think about keeping the TC in the truck even 75% of the time I would have purchased an 'dedicated Expedition vehicle' as I require a 4x4 for my camping, we camp off road. I look at having a pickup truck, in my case a 1 ton 4x4 as a vehicle of varied uses, most of which are farm related.
SidecarFlip 10/30/19 08:23am Truck Campers
RE: Propane tank integrity test

Motorhomes have ASME tanks. They are not required to be recertified. A Visual is all that is needed. Unless your State has strict LP requirement laws, the lack of knowledge by LP stations in other states is appalling. They are very different from Travel Trailer DOT portable tanks. DOT portables must be recertified every 10 years from date stamp on tank. Then every 5 years after that. Better to just buy a new tank than pay for recertification. Doug Actually, in this state at least, a visual inspection by a qualified propane dealer is all that is necessary. However, if that visual inspection leads to a corroded area, propane dealers here have a device that measures the depth of the corrosion and if that corrosion (pitting) is so deep (that have a chart to reference), the tank is deemed unfillable. That applies to stationary bottles (propane tanks are referred to as bottles, not tanks btw) as well as portable as in grill bottles. My good friend owns the local propane distributor, I asked him about just that a few weeks ago because I had just sandblasted and repainted my 2 stationary 500 gallon bottles. Other states may have different requirements. Not sure but I know what Michigan requires.
SidecarFlip 10/29/19 01:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Mysteries of RV design

Here's one that was a total deal-breaker for us: as Michiganders, we are pros at winterizing - I mean, winter is the time to go south, right?? Our previous Class C was easy-peasy to winterize - took maybe 10 minutes tops using a 3-way valve at the pump front which was accessed from an outside bay. So as we started looking at small Class C or B+s, one of my first questions was "where is the pump - how does it winterize?" Aside from salespeople simply not knowing - many of the models we were considering required one to be a contortionist to even GET near the pump; or pieces of the interior paneling had to be removed. It was ridiculous. I'm assuming that 3/4ths of this country experiences sub-freezing temps at least once in a while - why on earth would they make a critical procedure so difficult?? Simple answer to most of it is... Because it's cost effective for them, IOW cheap to build. When we bought ours I went over everything before I signed on the bottom line, well paid cash in my case.
SidecarFlip 10/29/19 01:37pm General RVing Issues
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