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RE: Can't imagine a world without internal combustion engines

Electric, at its current state, simply won't work for us. Little EV cars might make great grocery getters/errand runners; but anything that needs to run for an extended time, needs an engine. Tell a farmer or cross-country truck driver they can't have an internal combustion engine.....LOL! And where I live in Michigan - the infrastructure won't support charging a bunch of EVs - my lights flicker when my neighbor turns on his table saw....LOL! Heard a story about EV buses the other day. A rural bus service is using all EV buses. They have less buses on the road due to the ability to charge while they wait for passengers vs having to be taken off their route to fuel up. A short stop can replenish part of the battery, so multiple short stops can keep an EV going longer than a single long stop for fuel. So, for truck, farming, etc, an EV will actually be more efficient than an ICE. Also, due to their overall size, they can have more battery storage than a small car. The most obvious market for EV and Autonomous is long haul truckers. This is the first place that will be replaced by new technology. It's already being tested and will be here before you know it.
Thermoguy 12/05/21 09:49am Around the Campfire
RE: KOA Installing EV Chargers

Since CA is already having brown outs and rolling blackouts because their grid cannot support current use what happens when everyone plugs in their EV at night? LIGHTS OUT! There is a misconception here - brown outs happen during the day when the load on the utility is at it's highest due to AC, people working, etc. At night, the load on the utility is light, so charging your EV is less demand on the overall load. In addition, there is things in the works to allow EV owners to sell power back to the utility, or company during the day, so charge at night, store the power in your EV, then sell it back to the utility during the day when rates are higher and demand is higher. The missing link is the meter on your EV to see how much power you are selling back to your company, the utility, or whoever. Most EV users don't use but a small percentage of their battery to get to and from work, so its an interesting idea.
Thermoguy 12/05/21 09:31am General RVing Issues
RE: which gooseneck ball?

Before you buy the Anderson, look at reviews on Amazon. I really wanted one until my wife looked up the reviews and said she wouldn't ride in the truck with me if I had that hitch... You mean the one with 674 reviews and an average of 4.8 stars? Or the one with 182 reviews and an average of 4.5 stars? Or the one with 49 reviews and an average of 4.5 stars? When things come that highly rated your one-star reviews are generally from people who had unrealistic expectations, misused/abused the product, or got the odd bad one. Did you look at the pictures of the bent and broken hitches or just the stars and number of reviews? It only takes one brake and your trailer is in your back seat. I wanted to like the hitch, it's very light and I am constantly switching from a gooseneck to 5th wheel trailer. Just not reliable enough for me to be comfortable to use one. There are other reasons, like no adjustments which I found to be very necessary to get my trailer to not chuck and bounce. The Anderson doesn't have the same amount of adjustments. But back to reliability. Look how light it is built. You are relying on angles and force, if the force changes or the bars are damaged in any way, what's to say it won't give. Are you willing to take that chance? My family is too important for me to take that chance. Also, look at YouTube, lots of video's of failed Anderson Hitches. All for the same reasons, the ball brakes off, the supports bent, etc. Non are minor issues, all major. Just too unreliable for me - and they cost as much as a more reliable 5th wheel hitch.
Thermoguy 12/02/21 06:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6 year old tires

Yeah - I tried to get 1 more season out of my trailer tires last year. That's a hard lesson to learn. I have a second trailer that will be getting new tires this spring - not going to try that 1 more year thing again... I will try to sell the old tires for about $25-$50 each just to offset the new tires. Its a good deal for someone with an older pickup that can't afford new tires. I run LT tires so they work on a truck, not OK for ST tires.
Thermoguy 12/02/21 08:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Mildew pre treatment

When I winterize I remove the batteries and unplug the trailer from power. I do cover with an RV cover and I feel this is a great way to save the outside of the trailer and roof. I close the trailer completely leaving no open windows or vents. I use 2 dry-z-air refillable packs, one in the kitchen sink and one in the bathroom sink. I check the trailer a couple times through the winter, empty the water in the sink, and refill the crystals. I have yet to see any mildew or anything in my trailer - I live outside of Seattle - very damp area in the winter. Moss grows on the north side of your trailer if you leave it uncovered...
Thermoguy 12/02/21 08:13am Beginning RVing
RE: which gooseneck ball?

I have a B&W Turnover ball. Haven't had any issues. Most of the people I know with gooseneck trailers have the turnover ball. Before you buy the Anderson, look at reviews on Amazon. I really wanted one until my wife looked up the reviews and said she wouldn't ride in the truck with me if I had that hitch...
Thermoguy 11/30/21 06:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Multimeter recommendation?

There are some good points made on this thread - but some that need definite clarification and correction. Fluke is no longer made in America. I think they switched to assembled in America a few years back now I believe it is designed in America. Not saying they are not the gold standard, which they are. They are the most reliable and safest, but you pay for that - but is an extra $50-$100 really that much more? Next, your value brands like Craftsman and Radio Shack, aren't really comparable to HF. They were made (designed by) Extech, which is considered a mid level brand. So, much higher than the Amazon or HF cheap knock off made in some factory for as cheap as they can. Now, why does this matter - they points that are the most important on this thread. They only thing between you and what you are measuring is the meter and the leads you are using. If you use something made by a company that is just trying to make the cheapest thing out there, are you really safe? Now, if you are only reading DC batteries, and the DC in your trailer, then I guess safety is not a thing. Take 2 wires connected to a light bulb and you are just as safe. But, you are you measuring 120V - 240V household, or a 30-50 amp pedestal, do you want to rely on the cheapest thing made, or do you want to spend an extra $50-$100 to make sure you don't get shocked or worse. Your probably only buying 1 so just spend a little more for an average or better meter. Next, accuracy and reliability. I know when I measure my batteries, I want to know what they read. Is my battery 12.7v or 12.1v. Do I measure, come back 2 minutes later and its changed by 1 volt? I'm sure there are other examples where accuracy matters. But, if you don't care about a good reading, why even buy a meter? There was an entire thread on tire pressure gauges. This is different, because a gauge is usually off but consistent. A meter that is off can be high today and low tomorrow. It can be off by tenths or by an entire point. It will be inconsistent for every reading. What do you consider is acceptable and do you trust the manufacturer that designed it and had it made in that factory in China. Is it made in China or Taiwan? I'm not advocating for Fluke or any specific brand, just saying be careful. I think the OP purchased Klein, which is a great middle of the road brand. As I said before, if they make electrical test tools, this is much better than a company that is trying to sell the cheapest thing they can have made.
Thermoguy 11/28/21 02:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I was referring to the idea of hauling a gas burning generator along. I mean now you have to haul gas for the generator so you can recharge the electric truck. A large supercharger network is a necessity if EV's are to be realistically useful. KOA Campgrounds To Begin Installing EV Charging Stations EV charging stations will get a boost from the infrastructure package Tesla Semi gets out for a quick charge at Megacharger Putting those 2 links together - now it makes sense.... I believe KOA has (or is trying to) figure out a way to use the stimulus money and get some for their parks. Adding EV stations, now they can get some of that money. Probably improve their power in general.
Thermoguy 11/26/21 01:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Multimeter recommendation?

It is compared to this - but with this one you can measure your bearing temps... High Quality Meter
Thermoguy 11/26/21 01:51pm Tech Issues
RE: finding value for the RV
Thermoguy 11/25/21 01:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Multimeter recommendation?

Wow - hate to hear the comments, get the cheapest one you can afford. Remember, the only thing between you and the current you are measuring is the meter. If you buy cheap, you get cheap, which may cost you in the end. Also, it's like a calculator. If 1+1=3 then 4 then 6 then 2, is it reliable? No!! Get a good meter, spend a few extra bucks. I like the ones that automatically detect AC or DC voltage, same setting, auto ranging. Just put it on voltage and you are good to go. I have both a clamp and DMM, but they both measure the same things, the clamp is just easier for clamping to a wire, like a battery cable. Make sure it is rated to CAT IV 600 V minimum - this is to protect you from shock. If you plan to use it around the house also you might be measuring 120V AC to 240V AC. As many have mentioned, Fluke is the gold standard and they are priced accordingly, but Amprobe (Fluke's cheap brand) FLIR, Klein, Ideal all are good quality manufacturers. They are all built in the same factories, but QC is different depending on who's name is on them. Stick to a manufacturer of electrical tools and you won't go wrong. A non contact voltage tester is also good around 120v - not DC. I use it all the time around the house to make sure the power is off before changing a light fixture, switch, etc. A decent one is $20 or so, you can go cheap, but are you sure it works? I guess you can touch the wire and check.
Thermoguy 11/25/21 09:50am Tech Issues
RE: truck weight F350 diesel

These weights are interesting. I thought a 350 would weigh more than a 250, but I have a Chev 2500 Crew Cab 4x4, just went to the dump, 3/4 tank of gas, I do have a roll up bed cover - weight 8200 on the way out.
Thermoguy 11/23/21 08:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Contradictions with EV’s

I love how folks think their EV is pollution free. Everyone in Co. Springs, CO is getting their electricity from a coal fire plant! Yes, that's clean! I love nuclear energy as well (zero emissions) but that creates it's on can of worms on disposal issues. Maybe we could load that nuclear fuel on one of Elon's rockets and send it crashing into the Sun for disposal!There is the option to put solar on your home and use no net coal electricity. This can be done with or without an EV in your garage. I doubt you will be the first in your area... what are you waiting for? I look forward to the day we stop digging for coal and drilling for oil. You should compare the environmental impact of an oil well or coal mining vs lithium mining or the other metals that are used in solar panels, batteries, etc... You sure you want to damage the environment that much just to stop pumping oil?
Thermoguy 11/22/21 01:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Suggestions for a shorter 5’ver…

Looking at 5th wheels. We are a family of 4 that doesn’t need a ton of space. Mom, dad and 2 teen boys. We are all well experienced campers. We’ve owned a few 5th wheels in the past. I’ve been looking around for a 5th wheel that fits our needs but just want to see if anyone has any suggestions. Here’s our criteria below in no particular order. Thanks Around 30’ or less… we’re limited to this size because of the amount room in our driveway. We have a lot of vehicles. Bunks… we just like a bunk model for the kids. Higher end brand…. Don’t mind paying a few $$ for something of better quality. Four season if possible… Weight not a factor. We’re going to buy our TV after the RV.Saw this in a CG in Northern NY, Obviously older, and not sure of the exact length, but it is the smallest 5'er I've ever seen. height=400 width=600 Now that looks like a 1/2 ton towable 5th wheel - good find.
Thermoguy 11/22/21 01:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Suggestions for a shorter 5’ver…

Mine is 32' with bunk house - older, not high end. But fits most of the boxes. If I was doing it over again, I would go toy hauler and go with the garage in the back as the bunk house. Not at that length, but under 40' no problem. There are some great mid bunk, but not for large kids, only small kids. I really like the Sierra with a rear queen bunk house. That is a new design, not a small unit, but very nice setup.
Thermoguy 11/22/21 12:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Contradictions with EV’s

3 tons, How many years is the half life? How many SNR's exist in North America? (none at the moment) How many SNR's are there in the world (2 in Russia but with only one completed with a cost over run of 100%) How small is an SNR (about 2 football fields). Where is the permanent storage facility in the world? (none at the moment) What was the cost on the last 2 nuclear reactors in North America (2016) 27 billion dollars. How much solar could be installed for 27 billion--with RETAIL pricing being as low as $0.26 cents per watt? And you like the nuclear option? Go buy a Prevost! NRC NUCLEAR WASTE FACTS "During the fission process, two things happen to the uranium in the fuel. First, uranium atoms split, creating energy that is used to produce electricity. The fission creates radioactive isotopes of lighter elements such as cesium-137 and strontium-90. These isotopes, called "fission products," account for most of the heat and penetrating radiation in high-level waste. Second, some uranium atoms capture neutrons produced during fission. These atoms form heavier elements such as plutonium. These heavier-than-uranium, or "transuranic," elements do not produce nearly the amount of heat or penetrating radiation that fission products do, but they take much longer to decay. Transuranic wastes, sometimes called TRU, account for most of the radioactive hazard remaining in high-level waste after 1,000 years. Radioactive isotopes eventually decay, or disintegrate, to harmless materials. Some isotopes decay in hours or even minutes, but others decay very slowly. Strontium-90 and cesium-137 have half-lives of about 30 years (half the radioactivity will decay in 30 years). Plutonium-239 has a half-life of 24,000 years. There is no commercial reprocessing of nuclear power fuel in the United States at present; almost all existing commercial high-level waste is unreprocessed spent fuel. " Basically, every bit of spent fuel rods are simply stored in cooling pools until they are cool enough to put into specialized flasks designed for cold storage. Then those flasks are simply disposed of by burying them deep in a high security mountain facility for permanent storage.. Not exactly safe, clean or earth friendly? The Idaho National Labs in ID developed a process to recycle and reuse spent Nuclear fuel and make it a much much cleaner process - the government shut the program down when Clinton was president... In addition, I know of 2 places in the US where spent nuclear waste is buried, 1 is near the Columbia River in WA, the the other is at the INL in Idaho - which is near Yellowstone and on top of the fresh water aquifer that feeds the Snake River... But, please, trust our government to do the right thing. I'm not sure if this is come up on this thread. Most of the Lithium used in EV's comes from Communist China. I'm sure that won't cause any problems in the future, either politically, or just thinking of shipping containers of Lithium traveling thousands of miles over the ocean.
Thermoguy 11/21/21 02:26pm Tech Issues

I think the moral of the story - get it in writing and keep your receipts. Good job getting what you paid for.
Thermoguy 11/21/21 09:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trailer or Motorhome...For a Boater/Fisherman-Which Rig?

You could carry an aluminum boat on a rack over your pick up. I've seen this done, with right winch system, you can lower the boat right into the water. All of this right from your pick up.
Thermoguy 11/15/21 05:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Are OTR truckers restricted from speeding?

In the NW, trucks still speeding and camping in the left lane... Sucks trying to get around them in heavier traffic. (not hauling myself) I know we have a supply issue, but I see more large trucks on the road then I can remember in the past. Truck in left lane passing on two lane freeway 100% legal at Truck speed limit of 60 mph when auto traffic is 70. Now if they are in the left lane on three lane highway they are breaking the law unless passing just like you are in a passenger vehicle. Camping in the left lane means they stay in the left lane regardless of traffic in the right lane. This forces other drivers to pass them on the right. I know they do it because they don't want to be troubled by on ramps and people entering the freeway. But, as a person who drives a couple different trailers, if I move over to the left, I go back to the right lane as soon as I can. I try to not block faster drivers. It's easier to slow down a little in the right lane to accommodate a poor merger than it is to block traffic in the left lane. But, in reality, traffic sucks these days.
Thermoguy 11/15/21 05:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bed cover for F350 with fifth wheel hitch

That's because you have a BakFlip - if you had a roll up cover, it would be a different story...
Thermoguy 11/15/21 01:38pm Fifth-Wheels
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