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RE: Why diesels are most efficient around 1,800 rpm

Shiner, you are applying a little bit of truth improperly to come up with a stupid recommendation. I couldn't read your post without at least doing a simple test to give some real somewhat scientific numbers so: I drove my truck in 5th gear at 1800 rpm/92 kph up a long incline and measured the fuel economy on the DIC .... 13mpg (18.6 liters per 100). I turned around, went back and conducted the same test at 92 km per hour in 6th gear (1414 rpm) and measured 13.6 mpg (17.8 liters per 100). I then did a similar experiment over a stretch of highway going down a grade for the duration of the test... 43 mpg in 6th at 92 kph (1414 rpm) and 33 mpg in 5th at 1800 rpm/92kph. So although a diesel engine may be most efficient at 1800 rpm it is best to let the engineers worry about what gear and rpm your truck should run at. Put it in "D" and go. And choose the highest speed (lowest numerical) rear end recommended for the load you expect to tow. About the time you used "stupid" in your reply I lost all interest in your comment. In the big scheme of things all these forums are for fun and info. When people start using offensive words like "stupid" the thread has no place to go but down. I have yet to find one person that really enjoys being told what they believe or are discussing is stupid. Not sure why we all can't be more careful about the words we choose to use. And........I found Shiners info enlightening. Everything is happiest at 1800. Not everthing gets done at 1800, but mine is happiest.
Vintage465 10/24/20 07:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Grease gun/ grease recommendations

Problem with that ^ theory is that there is a rubber boot built into the hub cover cap that expands to relieve any pressure. On hot runs I see those boots bulged outward and cold they are pulled inward. Well, we all seem to have different thoughts on this subject. It works for some and not for others. One thing for certain, when the pressure builds in the hub the grease is going to take the path of least resistance. In my case it was the seals into the drums, possibly because my coach had between 25 and 30 thousand miles on the seals.
Vintage465 10/23/20 06:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Propane Coffee Pot

Always looking for ways to economize, get more efficient, etc., and wondered about others' experience with using a propane-based coffee pot... I think Coleman makes one... you use a burner on the propane stove to heat it up, and I'm given to understand it makes a pretty decent cup of coffee... Anyone have experience with this, or another method? I've been taking the Keurig from home and using that, but it's big and bulky, runs on 110, requires safe storage while in motion, and, when boondocking, would probably eat up more juice than propane... besides, I only have a cup or two in the mornings, and have some teabag-type coffee singles from, I think, Folgers, and that's not bad either... Stove top percolator is likely the proper term. For my trailer I use a Vintage Pre-1967 Revere Ware Percolator. I also have two of the Pyrex Glass percolators for fun at home. They make great coffee. My experience is: For a 6 cup pot of coffee, use a lightly rounded 1/2 cup measure. Bring the water to a boil, as soon as it starts to perc turn it down(or it will boil over)as low as you can but continues to perc steadily. Let it perc for six minutes and you will have amazing coffee. If you perc more than six minutes you run the risk of the coffee starting to taste burnt. Percolating longer is not the best way to make it stronger, more coffee is the answer. I find that Duncan Donuts Original blend makes a nice cup.
Vintage465 10/21/20 08:53pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Propane Coffee Pot

I have used a percolator, the Folgers T-bags, french press, cone shaped Malita drip through type and on and on, now I use either my Cuppa Joe or my 12 volt Keurig(ask how I got that). All are very good by the way. Yup French press and Malita make a nice cup of coffee too
Vintage465 10/21/20 08:51pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Propane Coffee Pot

This is my propane coffee pot. I’ve had it for years, love to watch it brew. :):) I have two of those Pyrex percolators. They make great coffee.
Vintage465 10/21/20 08:42pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Ford 6L diesel in the news again

When I bought my X in 06 I really wanted the 6.0. But I came across A very clean low mile V-10. Glad I did. This was before all the problems of the 6.0 were evident. The V-10 never left me stranded and made it up the mountains just as easily as the diesel did. I’ll take a few less mpg over being stuck in the middle of no where! Well, two things for certain....The 6.0 debate/discussion/flogging will never be over....2nd, no gasser ever went up and over a hill as easy as the current breed of Diesel or even the days the 6.0 was marketed. May have gone up the same hill, same speed, but much higher RPM....not as easy. Easy is 1800 RPM.
Vintage465 10/18/20 06:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Grease gun/ grease recommendations

My experience and thoughts. I figured I'd try the EZ lube as I can think of nothing much nicer than super easy wheel bearing greasing. Also figured most issues people has was 'cause they did it wrong. I did it right and got grease in my brakes. I think what happens is since the hub is full of grease when it gets hot, pressure builds in the hub and grease is forced past the seal. Say you only do week end camping....30 miles to the beach or hills. I think you could "Dexter" it all you want. I think for those of us who bomb down Hwy 40 in the heat of the summer day at 65 mph the likely hood of getting grease in your brakes is far greater. I will be manually greasing mine from now on as we do a fair amount of 8hr a day towing.
Vintage465 10/18/20 06:06am Travel Trailers
RE: New to RV'ing, need a new vehicle

I think if you want to stay in the "sport utility" type vehicle and really want to tow something and not worry so much about weight you should look towards a larger sport utility like an Expedition, Tahoe or Suburban. It's a lot more comfy to have a "larger foot print" towing the coach. I towed a 25 ft. trailer all over the US with a 1999 half ton suburban 4x4. It had a nice large foot print and I never felt "pushed". Nope, for your daily driver, it's not gonna get small car mileage like a Highlander sized vehicle, but if I compromised one or the the's be on the "tow safely side".
Vintage465 10/17/20 06:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Your "favorite" BBQ Grill, suggestions

I have a version of the the Masterbuilt noted above called a Vector Smoke Hollow. Exact same unit, different name. It is a very good smoker and will do ribs and other long smoked products as good as any smoker. That unit is also very adjustable as far as heat goes. Has a separate smoker tray. Not really good for burgers or my opinion. I also have a Weber Q1000 that is the regular staple cause it makes real good hamburgers, reasonable chicken. I have a griddle for mine and I do a ton of outdoor cooking with it. It is a little more versatile because of the griddle. The Weber is also a real well built unit. I travel with both of them.
Vintage465 10/13/20 08:43pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Root Beer

I am also a root beer fan. In the past a big A&W fan, but only at the old school A&W drive ups. Those truly were the days. One of the last places....I was told that actually brew their A&W Root Beer in California was in Oakhurst near Bass Lake. Their brew was truly amazing and creamy. Since then all is really lost when it comes to getting a "draft out of the spout" other than the occasional beer brewery that does some root beer too. Those are usually real fun. For me, as far as over the counter root beer, Virgil's is at the top, then it just becomes a matter of taste and availability where you are. Mrs. Stewarts is good, Barque's is good. Henry Weinhardt's is good. There are a lot of small batch brewers Like Death Valley Brewing.....But I think if you really want to try what I think Root Beer was originally supposed to taste like...Try Virgil's
Vintage465 10/10/20 08:35am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Aluminum or fiberglass trailer

I'm a fan of aluminum framing and laminated fiberglass walls. I like the rigidity from this type construction vs. the aluminum on stick framing. That is really my biggest thing. Delamination is real. I think that the quality of the build is better today than when the aluminum/fiberglass first came out. I seem to see less delamination on later models. I also think that careful maintenance to the roof and making sure all the wall penetrations are sealed goes a long way to having an "aluma-glass" rig minus the delamination.
Vintage465 10/04/20 03:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: 6 Volt Interstate batteries

Sam's Club sells Duracell which are actually manufactured by East Penn. East Penn manufactures for several other brands including Deka. Trojan or Rolls Surrette are the best, but as mentioned by Trackrig, I am not sure they are worth the premium price. Gold carts store typically carry Trojan. Industrial supply houses carry either Trojan or Rolls, but they may not stock the GC2 size. Solar power stires also, but again, they probably don't stock GC2. I think the Deka or Duracell is the best bang for the buck. They have a 235ah 6v for $150.00 ish bucks. I have 4 of them. Had them since 2018. Working great.
Vintage465 10/03/20 08:37am Travel Trailers
RE: sway bar instructions

Since 1981 I've towed with "lower rent" type W.D. lashups with friction type sway control always. And by lower rent I mean Eas-Lift, Valley Tow-Rite, Draw-Tite and Reese versions of the chain type snap ups and not the integrated sway. I've never read the instructions for my friction type sway control. Never thought I needed too. Everything said about the friction sway being tight enough to overcome the traction on the front tires of the tow rig makes sense. I will consider myself more educated today than I was yesterday. Mine is very adjustable(not "on or off")I will back mine off a 1/2 turn when towing in the rain and make further adjustments as needed. In recent years I've heard and read about not backing up with the sway control in place. I've always backed up with the friction type sway control on and never had an issue. Recently I pulled into a spot I had no business being, and literally tied the rig up in knots to get out and had no issues. It was good entertainment for all the onlookers though!
Vintage465 10/02/20 04:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Kitchen Sink

Nice job! I did the same thing. The one I put is really close in design to the plastic sink. Mine's a Moen product and I can set a 10" cast iron skillet down flat on the bottom of it!
Vintage465 09/25/20 05:58pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Newbie with a Dutch Oven

I think a roll of "crack and pop" biscuits is a great way to start with the Dutch Oven. Here's why: They're cheap. They require next to no effort to make. If you screw it up by being to hot or cold with the coals, you've lost next to nothing in $$$$ or time. Below is a guide to assist with learning the right amount of coals to use with different Dutch Oven sizes.
Vintage465 09/25/20 05:39pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Servicing Wheel Bearings

I have a 2015 CreekSide with Dexter EZ Lubes. I've read all the pro-cons in greasing the bearings with this. I felt that most persons having trouble with getting grease in their brakes were likely over greasing, or not spinning the wheel while greasing. I was wrong. I spun the wheel while gently greasing just enough to see the grease come out by the washer and nut........aaaand I had grease in 3 of 4 hubs with brakes. I think what happens is the hub(that is full of grease) gets hot going down the road, builds pressure and slings it into the brakes. Either way, I will be manually greasing my bearings every 10 or so thousand miles. Also, Dusty R, don't trust the spring loaded cabs with the grease zerk, they only grease the nut, washer, cotter pin and maybe a little of the front bearing, unless the entire hub is full of grease to force it to the back bearing....and if your flat bed trailer has brakes, they will likely get gooped up with grease. I've seen much of that at my Dad's RV shop when I worked there.
Vintage465 09/25/20 05:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Dry Camping - Heat with Propane, or electrically w/Inverter?

We do mostly dry camping. A Buddy Heater is a great way to offset the use of the 12v/propane furnace. We use the Buddy at night before turning in, then set the 12v/propane furnace to 55-60 degrees to keep the belly and pipes from freezing. In the morning we turn on the stove to make coffee and fire up the Buddy again. With my 450w of solar and four 6v golf cart batteries we can do this routine in temps as low as 07 degrees and manage well. I normally have 85% battery left in the morning.
Vintage465 09/25/20 11:03am Tech Issues
RE: Newbie with a Dutch Oven

Chili has no beans. If you put beans in it then it is something else. According the International Chili Society. Right........It just became something else.......Chili....with beans........pretty simple
Vintage465 09/24/20 08:30pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs

I also went with TST 507 unit and it works perfectly...........once I called Support and got them to set it up for me. The guy was super helpful and did guided me thru the whole thing. I installed the booster under the pass thru as there was handy 12v right there. I didn't get the color screen for some reason.......oh well. Tucked the monitor over in the left hand corner of the wind shield. Very nice product. I may upgrade to the internal sensors when I get new tires...........
Vintage465 09/24/20 08:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Thought on suspension equalizers

Yup. All the above. I used MorRyde SRE3000 and hefty shackles with wet bolts too. Also, not to put more dirt over the grave, but consider getting new springs for a couple reasons....your existing ones are prolly Chinese(your new ones will be too) and could be on the minimum rating(mine were 1750's, replaced with 2500's). In reality springs are about a $150.00 investment and you'll have them all removed while installing the new system. One of my springs broke just before I was planning to do the upgrade.
Vintage465 09/11/20 06:33am Travel Trailers
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