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RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Going to take a LOT of electricity to charge those trucks. Look at CA with their blackouts. Batteries don't charge so well during blackouts.Ever try to fill with petrol during an outage? Yes, the gas stations use generators. Speaking of which... That is something to plan for, if you have a home generator or are thinking of getting one (seems like everyone in Connecticut the last few years has gotten home generators). Make sure it can safely charge everything (including a car if you have an electric) safely. If you have solar, you should be okay once the storm passes, IF you have a solar system that your house can use. Some of those solar panel lease programs don't actually let you use the power directly, it goes into the grid -- which may be knocked out.
Tvov 09/20/20 08:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Weather stations

"Weather stations" don't link to anything. They show current conditions where you are. No warnings, nada. They don't warn you that a line of tornados or heavy snowfall is heading your way etc. .... I think it depends on your idea of "forecast". I've been using barometers to give me a "forecast" for the next days weather for decades. I have found things like a dial barometer and the "Captain's Glass" water barometer to be far more accurate for the next days weather than standard weather forecasts. I listen to the radio (and internet weather sites) all the time for weather for the upcoming week. Find what works for you, and go camping!
Tvov 09/20/20 07:52am Tech Issues
RE: Weather stations

We have 3 weather "systems" at our house... One Olde-fashiony dial type barometer, which works pretty good. A LaCrosse "weather station" with an outdoor sensor. Works okay, not as good as I'd like. A "water glass". Where the colored water goes up and down a narrow tube. Astoundingly accurate! Easily 85% accurate for tomorrows weather. ALL THREE of these "systems" are more accurate that the weatherperson on radio or TV. I work outside, so I am always aware of the weather forecast.
Tvov 09/19/20 06:49am Tech Issues
RE: Weather stations

That Tempest system looks pretty good. Hmmmm....
Tvov 09/19/20 06:43am Tech Issues
RE: Tried towing after new tires & algnment...it did not go well

Well, I guess I'll chime in with the others who say I've never had "new tire squirm"... I have had a change in handling with new tires, usually for the better, but never to the point of feeling dangerous when towing. What I have had more than once is crappy "alignment" done by shops. Maybe the original poster might think about getting a new alignment at a different shop... would be worth paying for if it corrects the problem.
Tvov 09/15/20 06:19am Towing
RE: Tow mirrors and rear camera

With a rear view camera do I still need tow mirrors When you say "tow mirrors", do you mean add on mirrors for your vehicle? or do you mean actually remove the side mirrors of your vehicle and just depend on the camera? A friend had very poor attachable tow mirrors for his truck (they shook and vibrated at speed). So he used his rear view camera a lot, but still kept the side mirrors on the truck - they gave him views of the sides of the truck and trailer that the cameras didn't, especially when maneuvering at slower speeds. I would still keep the tow mirrors.
Tvov 09/13/20 06:51am Towing
RE: Hauling generator on upcoming trip

.... I will need to use it while 5th wheel is hitched so in the bed might make it difficult to get to and start. .... Is your generator battery start? I'd be surprised if it wasn't... that should not be too bad to get to in order to start it? Filling with fuel might be hard, but some sort of long filler with a funnel could be made. I would prefer in the bed of the truck.
Tvov 09/06/20 07:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

... Personally I don't think Tesla wants to get into the luxury sedan market but if they are on the fence, this would be the catalyst. Tesla buyers seem to like more spartan interiours and I'm not sure they would go for a luxury interiour. ... I've never been in a Tesla, or even looked closely at one, but... In my mind, I always classified Tesla as a "luxury sedan". I'm a bit surprised to hear that they are not?
Tvov 09/03/20 05:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire pressure gauge

Just use the same gauge everytime. Each vehicle I own has its own tire gauge in the glove compartment. I prefer "name brand" gauges. Decades ago the NAPA "stick gauge" (the simple air gauge) was ranked very high compared to others. I still prefer NAPA gauges, don't know if they are still as good.
Tvov 09/02/20 06:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Replacing the table and chairs with a booth ??????

travelnutz has a great post. We love our dinette in our TT, because it is U-shaped we can easily fit 6 people around it, and it drops down to make an almost queen size bed. But... The seating is not comfortable for any length of time. If we had a larger camper, I would go with separate seats... or carefully find dinette seating that is comfortable.
Tvov 09/01/20 05:39am General RVing Issues
RE: How often and how to clean black tank

I don't think it is just my camper or my diet... many friends with campers have said that if their tanks aren't thoroughly rinsed, their campers will smell after sitting in storage or just sitting unused for extended periods. Try dumping your black tank, but don't rinse it or use toilet chemicals afterwards. Let your camper sit unused for months. I would be impressed and surprised if your camper doesn't end up getting that "black tank smell". May not be over whelming, but it is there. If you can store your camper without rinsing the black tank, and have no smells after an extended period, keep doing whatever it is you are doing! It is possible we are thinking of the same thing, but using different terminology. For 10 years I've rinsed and left water in the bowl, never had any sewer smells in my camper. One year my wife was pregnant and very sick, we didn't camp at all that summer. No special arrangements made and zero sewer smell in my camper. Clean it properly and maintain it properly and it will not smell. Fail to either clean it or maintain it and it will smell. You can fill the tank full of bleach to mitigate other problems, but it won't solve those other problems. If you have to sanitize your black tank (literally, clean it to make it sanitary, thus no traces of human waste) to prevent smell then you have something else going on. The systems are designed to hold human waste and not smell inside the camper. If your camper is leaking sewer odors into your camper, it is potentially dangerous and clearly not working as designed. You should look at getting that fixed, rather than masking it with sanitizers. Okay, so you DO rinse your black tank. Yes, a properly cleaned out black tank does not smell. I go an extra step and sanitize the tank when we aren't going to be using it for an extended time. As far as I am aware, our camper and its tanks are fine and in proper working order, same as my friends that have similar issues when they don't clean out their black tank. We are just talking in circles now - so keep taking care of your camper the way that works for you, I will take care of mine the way that works for me. Maybe we'll meet at a campground somewhere!
Tvov 09/01/20 05:29am Beginning RVing
RE: Tow/haul mode

Threads about tow/haul are funny. Most mechanics I talk to say t/h will help the transmission to last longer / run cooler, some say don't worry about it. A friend of mine drives his truck in t/h ALL the time, towing or not, to "save the transmission". I use it whenever I am towing. With my 2008 F250, the t/h does NOT "lockout" overdrive, just waits to shift into it until you are on a flat road for awhile. The downshifting to help in slowing sometimes kicks in more than I think is necessary, but it works great. I have slowly come to agree with those who say to not overthink it... let the engine computer figure out the best gear. If you really don't like what the computer is doing, you can do it manually. Edited to add: keep in mind, I am driving mostly in New England. We have hills (basically no flat spots! lol), but I really haven't driven in real mountains much.
Tvov 08/31/20 06:00am Towing
RE: How often and how to clean black tank

If the black tank isn't thoroughly rinsed out and sanitized it will stink up the camper. Either you need to inspect your diet or your camper. Your toilet has a water seal that prevents smells from coming back inside. Your tank has a vent tube that prevents gases from trying to find another avenue of escape. If you are getting smells, you've got problems. A properly working RV black tank system shouldn't smell. 10 years of camping, the only black tank smells are when someone forgets to turn off the Hengs vent fan while flushing. The fan creates enough pull to pull tank odors when the toilet drain is open. I don't think it is just my camper or my diet... many friends with campers have said that if their tanks aren't thoroughly rinsed, their campers will smell after sitting in storage or just sitting unused for extended periods. Try dumping your black tank, but don't rinse it or use toilet chemicals afterwards. Let your camper sit unused for months. I would be impressed and surprised if your camper doesn't end up getting that "black tank smell". May not be over whelming, but it is there. If you can store your camper without rinsing the black tank, and have no smells after an extended period, keep doing whatever it is you are doing! It is possible we are thinking of the same thing, but using different terminology.
Tvov 08/31/20 05:48am Beginning RVing
RE: 75 Speed Limit - How Fast

I have not towed out west, but up in Maine speed limits are 75mph. My truck's fuel mileage drops like a rock over 70mph. I usually tow right around 65mph, sometimes just under 70mph. I've never had an issue with me blocking traffic ... that I know of (lol). I do very much watch my mirrors to see what is coming up behind me - I stay over on the right, and if needed give room for cars and especially big trucks passing me.
Tvov 08/29/20 06:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How do you go to nearby hike trails after parking in camp?

We go to a lot of state park campgrounds that have hiking trails in the state park, so we just walk to the trails. We tow our camper so after setting up at the campsite we can just drive the truck to wherever we want to go. Depending on the "trailhead" and parking, sometimes you can park a camper there - this all depends on the size of your camper and how big the parking area. You don't want to "barely" fit, as you won't be able to get out if it fills with cars. Also, you don't want to take up too many parking spots from other people who would like to park. When we camp in new areas, we spend some time before going researching the area, and sometimes drive through it (if we are close) to check out parking and things to do.
Tvov 08/28/20 05:37am Beginning RVing
RE: How often and how to clean black tank

We have sani flushed the tank only once in 3 years. Recently I read I should be doing this more often. On the other hand some places say not to empty black too often because then there is an inadequate amount to drive biodecomposition. It does smell now despite minimal use so I'm planning to flush. Also I read to 1. Empty tanks. 2. Fill with some toilet flushes. 3. Add some bleach and dish soap. 4. Let sit. 5. Empty. 6. Leave black tank open. 7. Flush for a while (how long?). 8. Close up. 9. Flush some water into toilet. We use the rv for 3-6 4-16 day trips per year. And occasionally at home as a spare bedroom or office. In The latter cases, if it makes sense to avoid using the toilet we could easily do this. I drain and flush the black tank on our TT after every trip. Then I fill the black tank with water and a big dollop (1/2 - 1 cup) of bleach, let it sit about an hour, then drain it again. We go weeks or months between trips, so the camper is just sitting. If the black tank isn't thoroughly rinsed out and sanitized it will stink up the camper. We used to camp a lot with 2 other families, brothers, who own a septic / excavation company. When they bought new campers, they insisted that people were wasting their time flushing black tanks, as they were experts and knew that the "stuff" in the black tank would biodegrade and not smell. I just shrugged my shoulders. Next camping trip they said that their shop where they store their campers stank to high heaven, and they sheepishly said "yea, the campers don't have septic tanks but holding tanks that need to be cleaned".
Tvov 08/28/20 05:25am Beginning RVing
RE: 88 Ford 460 keeps dying

Does your '88 Ford 460 have a Holley carb? I had an 87 F350 dump truck with the 460, and it had a Holley 4bbl carb. At one point, the performance really started lagging, and no one could figure it out. After a bunch of internet searching I found out that the Holley carb has a rubber "power boot" that hardens over time and causes engine lagging / issues. A friend did a "rebuild" of my carb which included replacing the rubber "power boot", and low and behold the engine ran almost like new. I also found with the carb engine that I had to find a mechanic who knew how to work on one - they are aging out of the workforce. Something to check! P.S. I'm not sure if I am using the right terminology or where the power boot is, but that is what I read and how it was explained to me.
Tvov 08/25/20 06:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help choosing tow vehicle

If you get a pickup truck, get cap for the bed - then you will have plenty of protected room for all your "stuff". Food, clothes, firewood, bicycles, etc.
Tvov 08/25/20 05:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying land for camping...

You want a "hunting camp"... at least that was what everyone called that in the oldy days. A bunch of acres, and either a flat spot for a camper or a small cabin on it. A friend of mine bought 10 acres with a cabin on it in southern Vermont. Great spot... near the southern border so only a couple hours to get to it, withing reasonable distance of stores, but far enough in the woods driving up dirt road not much more than logging roads so you do very much feel like you are out in the woods away from everything. Cabin doesn't have electricity, but previous owner ran propane lines in it for lights, refrig, and stove. Just attach a 20 or 30lb tank outside the cabin. A very old hand dug well up the hill from the cabin provides gravity fed water, so it has running water - which allows it to have a real toilet! There is a "backup" outhouse that we use during dry seasons when the well is low on water. He has owned that a little over ten years now. We've had fun up there. We have helped him with brush clearing, cutting trees / firewood, mowing the lawn areas. Now, he is tired of it and wants to sell, but due to location and no utilities (and no power lines anywhere near it) he has had no offers. Two other similar cabins in the area have been for sale for 15 years, but they only have 3-5 acres of land each. My friend had wanted to buy land "out there" forever, and finally did it. But... working on it everytime he was up there, the same place everytime, and he is just a "do it once, on to another thing" type of guy. Down the road a ways from his cabin is a small bit of land that two guys bought and put two travel trailers on. It is truly a "hunting camp", as they basically only stay there during hunting season. I don't know what arrangement they have with each other, but every fall they return there for a couple weeks to hunt. Not a bad setup - they have electric, being near power lines, and the small bit of land is easy to maintain and low property tax. They are in the middle of good hunting land, so a 5 minute drive up a variety of dirt roads puts them in prime areas. Hard to tell what is better - an actual cabin or a camper on land. Watch out for zoning laws and property taxes. Where my friends place is in Vermont, the small town's only source of budget money is property taxes - so they are surprisingly high if you are not a full time resident (I don't know how it all works). And the town hall checks up on property, especially that owned by out of staters. Zoning / building codes - just because everyone in the area ignores any codes, that doesn't mean they don't exist. Long time property owners are probably "grandfathered" regarding codes, but new owners and/or new construction may be required to follow codes / laws. It may not be a problem, until a bank researches the property for a loan or you want to sell the property. My son, who is doing well with his career, has sort of debated buying our friend's cabin and land... but he realizes the work involved, and is not sure yet. I look at a cabin and land similar to a boat or a pool.... Great when a friend owns it! Wife and I have looked around a bit, but haven't found what we want. My friend's place is great, but it is actually a very hilly area with few flat areas (no place for our camper when we go up there), and not as much acreage as we would like. (oof, long post... need more coffee)
Tvov 08/13/20 06:19am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: keeping the bugs away while Rving

What about screening that attaches to the awning? Some work to setup, but if you know you are going to need it...
Tvov 08/13/20 05:33am General RVing Issues
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