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Health rant

Very good friend of our had tattooed on his chest as a memoriam to his way to early departed wire, "every day is a gift". Fast forward 10 years, and he gets remarried and dies in a somewhat strange household accident on his honeymoon. Father in law on his death bed, said don't wait to do the things you want to do. He continued to work, robbed his then departed wife of the one vacation she wanted to have, and it wasn't for lack of money. So, covid kind of helped pull forward all of our retirement plans, and I'm done working 8/31. Got our 5th wheel and truck last fall, and I have it set up sweet for full hookups, boondocking, whatever we want. We leave 9/8 for a grand tour of several states, every thing is booked to 12/1, after that is still somewhat up in the air. Now, my health challenged wife need cervical surgery and is scheduled for 8/12, which means she'll have to have it loaded before then. No big deal, but just to eff with our plans, I've discovered I have moderate to aggressive prostate cancer (confirmed by MRE), and have to go through the biopsy in a couple of weeks. This puts treatment starting probably beginning about the time we would be leaving. And just to make it even more interesting, I have ongoing cancer treatment on my esophagus on 8/10. We'll see what comes out of the biopsy, but I'm thinking of doing the already planned part of our trip and maybe wandering back to MI in the beginning of December, and {shudder} spending the winter at our park model while I undergo treatment. Every day is a gift!
philh 06/05/22 06:32pm Around the Campfire
RE: DC to AC help

I did something interesting on my new 5th wheel It came generator ready, but I chose to not get the gen. I put a 50a plug on the front of the trailer, and tied it into the transfer box. I then mounted a 2200w inverter in the front, tied to s dual 100a LiFePO4 battery bank and attached a 30a cord to it, and added a 50a plug. I turn on the inverter, plug in the connector, and I have 120v throughout the entire trailer. I also added a switch to turn off the charger too.
philh 06/05/22 06:12pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

The amount of energy needed to fast charge just one semi(let a lone a whole fleet) in the 30 minutes that Tesla states is huge or even over night is a lot more than places a long these major routes can handle. EE friend of mine did the calculation, I accept his calculation. To charge a semi given Musk's data of charging to 80% in 30 minutes on just one truck, would require 1.2 MW. Just ONE charging station. . When towing my 5er, I find many truck stops will have a dozen fueling stations, and most if not all are occupied or there are trucks waiting.
philh 06/05/22 06:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F150 Lightning Started Deliveries

time will tell, but I'd bet on 100 or so miles with a trailer
philh 06/05/22 05:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 350 mile per gallon

3.1 Gears, F350D. My fuel economy is directly related to speed. At 65 on flat land, 11.5. At 70 climbing the hills in TN, it gets as low at 9.5. Trailer is at GVWR of 12.6k. . Remember, head winds or component of a head wind adds directly to your speed. 65 with a 20kt headwind is the equivalent of driving at 85 mph.
philh 06/05/22 05:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Disc Brakes - Saved me $$$$

We almost got into an accident coming home from FL this spring. When I say almost, it was a few inches. Wife was driving and I saw the issue developing before she did. I had felt my new disc brakes were slow to activate, and this event really put on steroids the need to bleed the brake lines. Wife was standing on the brakes and I could feel the trailer pushing us closer and closer until it finally built up enough pressure and ****, it stopped right there. . The next place we were stopping, I had an opportunity to bleed the lines, and there was still a ton of air in the lines. Now, when I need it to stop RIGHT THIS SECOND, it stops.
philh 06/05/22 05:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: newtruck brake control

My F350 works fine with electric over hydraulic
philh 05/22/22 04:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Interspecies Animal Friends

Our pappillon dog made friends with my wife's chickens when they were just little nuggets. Somehow he ended up in the coop. Nightime would come and he would round them up to get them into the coop.
philh 05/15/22 06:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: Extending Wifi Range???

Install a mesh system. I had some constraints that were going to require some interesting system hard wires. Got a new router which is much faster and added one mesh router, it works awesome and has substantially increased my range.
philh 05/15/22 05:59pm Technology Corner
RE: New to lithium battery

Get the Lithium charger. WFCO will never go into bulk with LiFePO4 batteries and will diminish the life of the battery. Little better with progressive, but the same issue exists.
philh 05/15/22 05:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Advice on Best Type of Internet

If you "MUST" have internet, then you MUST have multiple source. I have a cell based router #1 Work cell #2 Personal cell #3 Park Wifi #4
philh 05/12/22 06:58pm Technology Corner
RE: Covid in RV Parks

I've known several people that have gotten covid and still go out into public to grocery shop, go to the malls etc. One of my favorites was someone who bragged about flying to their vacation with the flu, because it was paid for. It's easy to rationalize "your" behavior while putting others at risk
philh 05/12/22 06:48pm Full-time RVing
RE: hundreds of CD's many in original packaging, mostly country

rip them to file
philh 05/12/22 06:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Advice on Best Type of Internet

I use cell based routers. I also have a hot spot on my work cell, and personal cell. If all that fails, I can attempt to use park wifi. At my permanent park model, I have a night hawk cell router. In the 5th wheel, I have the winegard cell router. Both give me fantastic speeds.
philh 05/07/22 06:37am Technology Corner
RE: Ford stops taking orders on the lightening

It's all lip service. Buoyed by state's franchise laws
philh 05/07/22 06:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford stops taking orders on the lightening

I think being unable to meet demand puts more stress on Ford than Tesla. It's one thing to talk about and advertise the coming of the F150 EV its another to actually produce the product How many times has Tesla not been able to produce a product when they said they would, or not met the demand? We're in uncharted territory right now.
philh 05/04/22 05:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: best brake controller 09 f150

What's the problem with Ford controller? I already had a P3 and used that on my F150. With the F350, I made sure it came with with the truck and sold the P3
philh 05/03/22 06:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford stops taking orders on the lightening

Lightening interest far exceeded Ford's expectations. I've said all along, that once the OEM's started getting into EV, it would begin to stress Tesla's hold on the market. Ford appears to be deeper than GM, but I couldn't count them out of the race just yet.
philh 05/03/22 06:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Key west

Pro tip, don't do that route at night, with a new moon, and rain.
philh 05/03/22 06:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Interesting EV’s versus ICE article…

Looking for solid evidence for one side of EV or the other side being ICE is nearly impossible. Given the amount of earth that has to be moved to produce batteries and other EV components is substantial. I will add this, oil is getting more and more difficult to find and extract. But, the amount of rare earth materials is limited. We won't see this in my lifetime, but neither of these are long term, going into decades or possibly century or two. Even if we take a common material, copper, it used to be you'd find boulders of it available. Now it's much more difficult to find. Electric motors use a lot of copper. Ford new EV vehicles are using square wires in the motor stators. This avoids the need to "wrap" the copper, with weight and material savings. The cost of EV is expensive, and not expected to get cheaper. I have a hard time justifying the additional cost for BEV. I have leased a plug in hybrid in the past, and it was a good car. We're down to two vehicles, F350D and Challenger SRT. Don't expect to buy anything else anytime soon.
philh 04/28/22 07:19pm Around the Campfire
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