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RE: Class A Low Bridge Accident

Some people have a problem visualizing size. Men are usually accused of thinking certain things are bigger than they really are, and women, well....lol.
Timmo! 09/17/21 09:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Black Eye

Hmmm, "impeding traffic" is a citeable traffic violation. "It is typically defined as operating a vehicle in such a way that blocks traffic or interferes with the normal flow of traffic."
Timmo! 09/17/21 08:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Brand New, Just beginning process

As a child I spent summers with my grandparents touring America in their Airstream towed by their Cadillac. After decades of tent camping, my father-in-law lent us his truck camper for many summers and I caught the RV bug (bye bye tents). Looking to purchase, we rented Class C motorhomes (CruiseAmerica) and wifey did not like the idea of busting up the camp to drive around. I found myself back to where I started: travel trailers. My $0.02 1. Rig length. Many campsites at state and national parks have a max length limit of 20' or so. Yes there may be a limited number of "pull through" sites, but not at all campgrounds. 2. Tank sizes. Smaller the tanks can be limiting. Airstreams had small tanks so...sorry grandpa. 3. Insulation. It was a warm day when we went TT shopping and were attracted to the Nash line--as they were the coolest inside. Research revealed they used higher rated insulation. 4. Underside. Covered, open, insulated, heated? Some TT are naked, leaving wires and lines exposed. Some are covered but not insulated, and some are deluxe with heat option. In my instance, the Nash was 20', had large tanks, insulated and had a covered underside.
Timmo! 09/17/21 07:45am Travel Trailers
RE: 400 mile electric RV

Intelligent people can agree that climate change/global warming/global freeze is a real phenomenon, while disagreeing on what is an appropriate response. Many people think the answer is to keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius AND bring greenhouse gas emissions to ZERO within the second half of 20th century will bring us climate utopia. To which the elites roll out a vehicle (BEV) which demands large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions to produce and expect others to figure out how to generate clean electricity, while traveling to Climate Change conferences in their private jets. Laws for thee, not for me.
Timmo! 09/14/21 11:00am Tech Issues
RE: Broke my hitch pin today

Maybe I missed it, but did the OP ever locate the "broken hitch pin"? Could the issue be "operator error"? And not "equipment failure"?
Timmo! 09/14/21 07:43am Towing
RE: 400 mile electric RV

Yep, in order for BEVs to be GREEN the vehicle must be charged using clean electricity. As we can see, oil, coal and natural gas are not winners. https://i.imgur.com/IiApdtal.png And the breakeven point must be reasonable; 84,000km = 52,200 miles; 146,000km = 90,720 miles. https://i.imgur.com/ROp105Al.png If my BEV is on the EU28 grid, then the ICE version is GREENER for the first 52,200 miles; on the Global grid the ICE version is GREENER for the first 90,720 miles. In other words, BEVs are NOT GREEN until they reach the breakeven point.
Timmo! 09/13/21 09:47am Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

Just two breakeven question..... Fact #1. The carbon footprint (pollution) to manufacture BEV's will always be greater than ICE vehicles. And your double blind source for this fact is? Really? Sorry to be the bearer of sad news, I direct you to Volvo's own "carbon footprint" analysis. https://group.volvocars.com/news/sustainability/2020/~/media/ccs/Volvo_carbonfootprintreport.pdf https://i.imgur.com/eVpIYqel.png https://i.imgur.com/axsXTbBl.jpg Are we good?
Timmo! 09/12/21 10:47am Tech Issues
RE: Opinions on best anti theft hitch lock type device.

Sometimes our minds will create a mousetrap that we think is unbeatable. Then something stupid happens and we must "beat" our "unbeatable" solution. Case in point: We all have locks on the doors and windows of our homes; and when jump into our RVs and leave we feel safe. But, if we stupidly locked the keys inside the home, everyone of us would find away to "break in" to retrieve those keys. Every locking device/setup mentioned here is not foolproof. Said differently, if you lost the key to your mousetrap, everyone of you would find a way to "break in" and undo your mousetrap. Locks keep honest people honest. To a thief, locks are nuisances and consume valuable time; my deterrence to theft is to increase the nuisance level and the time involved to "break in".
Timmo! 09/11/21 10:29am Travel Trailers
RE: 400 mile electric RV

Just two breakeven question..... Fact #1. The carbon footprint (pollution) to manufacture BEV's will always be greater than ICE vehicles. Fact #2. Depending on how the power is generated (coal vs hydro) the pollution to generate electricity for BEV charging is usually less than the pollution for gas production of ICE vehicles; but not always (the pollution from electric production in states like Hawaii is about the same for gas production--no diff) So my two simple questions... Question #1. What is the pollution breakeven point (miles driven) for this ERV to be equal to or less than the ICE version? Said differently, what particular mileage point does the accumulated pollution generated from the manufacture and operation of the ERV become less than ICE counterpart? Question #2. What is the financial breakeven point (miles driven) for the accumulated cost to purchase and operate the ERV to be equal or less then the ICE version? If you don't know, then how does one validate which vehicle is the "Greenest" for them? Life is not one size fits all.
Timmo! 09/11/21 10:10am Tech Issues
RE: Opinions on best anti theft hitch lock type device.

When I bought my 20' Nash about 21 years ago, I also picked up this coupler lock made by Fulton. I see the current locks have round keys, my antique lock has the normal straight key. During the past 2 decades it weathered well and the lock/key mechanism never jammed. Does it work? I still have the trailer. When I lived in the "void" south of Oregon and north of Mexico, about 2x a month someone would knock on the door asking if my Nash was for sale. In our quiet, well to do neighborhood, travel trailer thefts were not unheard of. https://www.fultonperformance.com/product-assets/photos/250/63227_b.png https://www.fultonperformance.com/product/63227_trailer-coupler-lock
Timmo! 09/10/21 08:47am Travel Trailers
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

Would be interesting to see 2019 >>> 2020 >>> 2021 ... especially pickup trucks. Yep, but I did stumble on this graph by Autopadre.com--- https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.autopadre.com%2Fstatic%2Fhistorical_price_curves%2Fford-f-150-historical-price-curves.jpg&f=1&nofb=1 width=600
Timmo! 09/09/21 10:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Man, they don't make 'em like they used to

Still loving my 21 year old Nash TT--about 1/3 of the 75k miles on my F150 were all fun, as in towing the TT all over So Cali, Eastern Sierras and now Oregon (about 3k miles thus far in the PNW). All water lines are inside the well insulated rig and no problems to speak of. Except I decided to replace the roof membrane last year--it looked sad and since I had more money than time, I paid to have the roof done. I had the axles flipped and replaced the toilet valve about 5 years ago, and oh yeah the front window cover cracked about a year after purchase and Nash sent me a free replacement. You do get what you pay for.
Timmo! 09/09/21 09:36am Travel Trailers
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

An interesting graphic that captures price variations of various goods and services. Notice the prices for automobiles, household furnishings and apparel have remained "flat". While technology gadgets (TV, computers, telephones....have dropped. A 50% price increase in a 20 year period seems to be the norm. https://cdn.howmuch.net/articles/price-changes-in-usa-in-past-20-years-2294.jpg width=750 Full article: https://howmuch.net/articles/price-changes-in-usa-in-past-20-years I would love to see the same graphic for post COVID pricing.
Timmo! 09/05/21 09:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

August of 2005 I bought my F150 4x4 Lariat with every option available and paid $36k, financed by Ford's no interest loan. Today it has 77,500 miles. Drove to South Central Oregon a few weeks ago and it averaged 18.5 MPG; around town 13.5 MPG.Excellent! I gave about $31,000 in 2001 with most every option but the rear seat entertainment and no sunroof. No zero % back before 9-11. 205,000 miles now getting 8 towing and maybe 14 around town. Everything works great except the CD player. Probably my last truck with todays prices. Ditto here, probably my last F150 purchase as well. I'm just north of 65 and plan to celebrate my centennial b-day with my friends. LOL, got all the options including butt warmers, sunroof, audiophile extras (including jumbo woofer under back seat), 18" wheels, rock guard....).
Timmo! 09/02/21 06:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

August of 2005 I bought my F150 4x4 Lariat with every option available and paid $36k, financed by Ford's no interest loan. Today it has 77,500 miles. Drove to South Central Oregon a few weeks ago and it averaged 18.5 MPG; around town 13.5 MPG. When towing TT, it blesses me with 9-10 MPG, even more if I didn't drive 60-65 MPH. My brother in law just paid $75k for his new "used" F250. WTF I say.... I'm not trying to justify your bro. in laws purchase $75K is a lot for a F250. But there is really no comprison betwen a 2020 F250 and a 2005 F-150. Your talking apples and oranges and 16 years of technology. My point is a used F250 (also decked out with all the options) is selling for twice what I paid for my F150, 16 years ago. You are right, "no comprison betwen" the two.
Timmo! 09/02/21 06:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

August of 2005 I bought my F150 4x4 Lariat with every option available and paid $36k, financed by Ford's no interest loan. Today it has 77,500 miles. Drove to South Central Oregon a few weeks ago and it averaged 18.5 MPG; around town 13.5 MPG. When towing TT, it blesses me with 9-10 MPG, even more if I didn't drive 60-65 MPH. My brother in law just paid $75k for his new "used" F250. WTF I say....
Timmo! 09/01/21 08:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rotating Trailer Tires

Fact #1: When a tire is driven, the pressure and flexing motion circulate the internal oils through the rubber. These oils lubricate the internal rubber and keep it from drying and stiffening. So tires that are used less are often more vulnerable to aging effects. Fact #2: Oxidation of rubber occurs much faster under high heat than low heat. Fact #3: During rubber manufacturing process, each passenger tire require 5 gallons of butadiene and styrene oil and another 2 gallons of oil to generate the energy to manufacture said tire. For a total of 7 gallons of oil, commercial truck tires require 22 gallons of oil. Like most of you, my TT spare tire is on my back bumper, wrapped in a black tire cover and receives direct sunlight most of the day. I recently replaced my TT's five tires and the unused spare tire looked remarkably worse than the 4 used tires. Hmmm, guess there is some truth in Fact #2. IMO, if my spare tire was included in a tire rotation plan, the spare tire would age slower. I have joined the rotate tire camp and we'll see what happens. Each spring I remove my tires and grease the wheel bearings and inspect the brakes. So, starting next spring my plan is to rotate TT tires using the "rearward cross" rotation pattern. Gotta take the tire off to grease the bearings, so why not? No harm, no foul. https://s8096.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/rearward-cross-rotation.jpg
Timmo! 08/27/21 09:00am Towing
RE: 26 through Portland

Commercial trucks transporting Hazardous Materials (Propane) have travel restrictions through Vista Ridge Tunnel on Hwy 26 (Portland-Tigard). But passenger vehicles and RV's are permitted to transport LP tanks. BTW, Cornelius Pass Road is an alternate route to Portland without a single tunnel. It is a tight, winding road with 15 mph curves and was closed much of last summer due road maintenance. IMO, nothing for stupid to "fix".
Timmo! 08/26/21 09:38am Roads and Routes
RE: Tips on asking friends for mootchdocking?

There are 2 types of people in our lovely chaotic world: Givers and Takers. Wanna see a lovefest? Watch 2 Givers try to do business with each other. And for the Main Event round, pull up a chair and watch 2 Takers negotiate--when both are unhappy, then, in their eyes, its probably a good deal, lol. Ask a Giver for a piece of concrete to park your RV, and they'll toss in Wifi and DirecTV, and refuse your offer to compensate. Ask a Taker....and its all about the "me, myself and I", and of course the Benjamins. Being a Giver, I try to ask favors from other Givers, as there will always be an opportunity for a "next time".
Timmo! 08/24/21 08:34am Beginning RVing
RE: Repo a Truck Camper???

Sometimes, one has to decide which is more important...is it the destination of one's journey, or the journey itself? Life is episodic, meaning what I do today, does become a building block for tomorrows decisions. If you trash your credit today...what's the plan for tomorrow? And then we have this funny thing called "character". Who wants to be around people that are known to renege on their word? Best answer has been repeated several times: Call the bank, tell them you can no longer afford to make payments, and you want out. But be ready to make a deal, as they will most likely make an "offer in compromise" as an alternative settlement. You pay less...and the bank loses less; sorta like a win-win/lose-lose for everyone.
Timmo! 08/01/21 09:44am Truck Campers
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