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RE: Ever heard of this?

Just keep in mind that water does not compress and injecting too much water into the intake will cause a change in the compression ratio of the cylinder. Water will also lower the combustion temperature.
propchef 11/23/21 07:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: General Question on Discounts

Why didn’t you just get the credit union financing to begin with? I was approved at my CU before I even stepped foot into the dealership. By using the dealer's financing I was able to get a better deal, in one instance it money off the top, and this last time they gave me more for my trade (yes I know it's a money shell game). The finance guys use the financing kickbacks to talk you into things like the extended warranty and ceramic coatings. "What if I tell you I can lower your payment AND you can have the ceramic coating!" Forget the coating and just give me the difference in the price. The only drawback to this scenario is that often you can't refinance until the "official" registration arrives from the state, which can take 30 days or so.
propchef 11/14/21 12:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sold RV and toad

I have never understood the need for the Keystone pipeline. Why not build a refinery near the source. Surely it would be less expensive and therefore reduce the price of fuel. Building a refinery to process tar sands in the wilds of Canada close to the Arctic Circle would be wildly expensive. Besides, many petroleum companies are giving up their Canadian leases because extracting and refining tar sand crude no longer makes good fiscal sense and it's fraught with potential issues.
propchef 11/14/21 07:16am General RVing Issues
RE: General Question on Discounts

I'll also add that paying cash might actually be a downside for the dealer. If they get some form of kick-back from the finance company they work with, they wouldn't get that on a cash deal. When I bought my last used car, I was told that if I wanted the lowest price, I would need to finance it. I could pay it off the first month if I had the cash to do so. Don't know if this is true in all situations, but it makes sense. This. Dealers work with certain lenders and get compensation for it. For the last two cars I bought (one just weeks ago), I got their best price and used their financing. The moment I got home I started the process of refinancing to my local CU. My payment is now lower and the term shorter. When shopping, I never discuss financing until a price is agreed upon.
propchef 11/14/21 06:58am Travel Trailers
RE: What I like about tent camping

With a tent, I can take my Porsche on some amazing NORCAL mountain roads and *truly* enjoy the drive to my destination. A tent, as others have noted allows for far more choices of camping spots. Just give me flush toilets and a hot shower and I'm good. Just bought a new stove today.
propchef 11/12/21 06:45pm Tent Camping
RE: Border is open

So...gas prices *aren't* keeping people from traveling. Good to know.
propchef 11/11/21 06:45am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: A tale of two trailers, or prices are thru the roof.

What I am seeing with RVs is price gouging and it's not so much the dealers as it's starting at the manufacturer level. Those guys are not your friend nor will they ever be. It's a one of a kind special industry and always has been Now its on steroids. Hopefully energy costs, runaway inflation, etc soon slams the brakes on the party. It can't happen to a nicer load of crooks. When that happens the values are going to drop 3 times as fast as they increased, and all these folks buying them like hotcakes while financing them for 120, 180, 240 months are going to be left holding the bag. When interest rates go up the party will be over. Many borrow to acquire their RV's and money has never been cheaper. The industry is going to crater. When it does I'd like to swoop in on a deal. Problem is, covid campers are always going to be junk. Many who find themselves deep underwater won't be able to get enough on the resale to cover the note. We'll start seeing lightly used units more and more this winter but I think the gates will open in late 2022. By then those that bought on impulse in 2020 (and learned it isn't for them) will finally give in and sell, eating the difference owed if necessary. At least water damage will be easier to detect by then. ^^^yup. However, little things like thousands of canceled flights (and fights on planes!) will continue to fuel RV sales. When the airlines and cruise industry come back to full strength I think then you'll see a turn-around in the RV industry.
propchef 11/02/21 06:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Made real sourdough bread camping!

Yum! That looks delicious. Well-hydrated and fully proofed. We call that a "miche," a sourdough loaf big enough to share. :-)
propchef 10/28/21 06:25am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: 2021 Ford Bronco

Anyone who buys a new vehicle for in excess of $50K, then proceeds to go rock crawling with it or beating it off trees in the woods somewhere has more rocks in their head than what they are craving over IMO lol. But it's your money. Eh, and some would say spending that much, then using it for Starbucks runs and never exploring its capabilities is folly. Ford markets it as off-road capable. It's the new, cooler Toyota FJ.
propchef 10/21/21 04:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Smoker for Long Term

No budget? Cookshack. We have one and it's been problem-free for ten years now. It's small but mighty. You'll find it's a tank compared to the Masterbuilt.
propchef 10/17/21 07:53am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Masterbuilt or Char Broil

Get a Weber kettle grill and call it a day. With that you can grill and smoke with the same unit. I've smoked everything from whole turkeys at Thanksgiving to salmon.
propchef 10/17/21 07:50am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Kia, Hyundai: Please come to the rescue "Pathetic Quality"

Market forces will take care of everything. Patience must be exercised.
propchef 09/14/21 02:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: “Pathetic quality”: RV dealers are fed up...

Take a quick look at RVs and you will quickly see that poor construction is only part of the issue. Materials and parts are often poor. Design and engineering are typically very bad. I equate the RV industry to the American auto industry of the 50s and 60s. It took some serious foreign competition to shake up the industry. Even now American makers continue to struggle with quality; e.g., for Ford quality is still "job one". Considering the high prices and poor quality, the door is open for foreign competition. Exactly where will this RV foreign competition come from? There is no RV manufacturering there except for a couple of Japanese boutique builders of tiny motorhomes. Yes, there are some European RV manufacturers but it's nearly impossible to make a profit to export them to North America. How many European RVs have you seen at any dealerships here? Shipping costs from Europe or the Far East are too high for them to make a profit. And RVs take up much more room on ships, than cars do. The only possibility would be foreign investors to buy an existing RV manufacturer and instill their version of quality construction. But I don't see that happening, like Hymer RV's debacle and scandal of purchasing Roadtrek. You're forgetting Canada and Mexico.
propchef 09/14/21 06:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Help buying a small travel trailer

Can we get some information about build quality with the listed units above? Thanks A starting point may be to look at warranty, most only offer one year, a few offer two Jayco, K-Z, and a few others have better warranties, and better reviews on their units as well as more devoted fans. This is a brief rundown on brands and their coverage. warranties. Warrantee paperwork makes great TP. Did around on the forum and you'll find tons of stories of RVs sitting at dealers for weeks or months waiting on warranty work. I wouldn't count on the warrantee reflecting much of anything beyond advertising. Also, most of these "warranties" require you, the owner, to perform certain maintenance items every 3 months (like resealing the roof) or kiss that warranty goodbye. Read them VERY carefully. Very.
propchef 09/09/21 02:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: "Use Both Lanes Until Merge Point"

Nope, you don't get it. The lane is open all the the way until it is not. And to add: driving a million miles does not mean you know any better. If you do something wrong a million times it is still wrong. So everyone should ignore the signs (several of them) that say "Right lane ends, through traffic merge left"? If you keep driving, ignore any signs and pass on several opportunities to safely merge just so you can be one or two cars in front of me, don't expect me to go out of my way to let you in.
propchef 09/06/21 07:56am General RVing Issues
RE: "Use Both Lanes Until Merge Point"

You've seen it. Road construction with a lane closed and traffic needs to merge from two lanes into one. Construction companies are now posting signs for traffic to "Use Both Lanes" up to the merge point where there is another sign stating "Merge Here" ... ...yet there are still AW's who get glutious maximus hurt when folks pass them in the clear open lane. These AW's are the ones who, by choice, will line up in the thru lane while an open one is clear of any vehicles right up to the "Merge Here" sign. Fine, that is their choice to stage. Don't get PO'd at those who heed the traffic signs. Such was the case this morning when there was traffic backed up in ONE lane as I passed proceeding up to the merge point when a person did not care for what the traffic signs were instructing. He pulls out diagonally blocking me in my open lane(I almost hit him and the person behind me had to suddenly stop too!) This was at slow speeds... 25 MHP-ish. Road construction companies are now more often posting these signs for better traffic control to move vehicle more efficiently, especially through intersection that might be before the actual work zone. Why do those who choose to stage in the thru lane feel so BH that they need to play traffic cop? Maybe it's where I live, but I've never seen anything like this. EVERY construction zone on the freeway here will have signs posted MILES away saying "Left Lane Closed, Through Traffic Merge Right" and yet, despite several warnings to move into the right lane, many don't until the cones literary force them over, at which point they've already lost the opportunity to safely merge. They'll typically move over without looking and usually significantly below the prevailing speed, causing everyone to hit the brakes.
propchef 09/03/21 10:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Rusty grille - How to avoid

Olive oil isn't a good choice because it usually carries a distinct flavor and anything other than a refined OO has a smoke point too low for grills. They don't have any more sodium or salts than any other oils. Any refined vegetable oil or even the Pam spray mentioned above work great.
propchef 08/28/21 04:19pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Tent Camping Forum

Great photo of Cinder Cone. A number of years ago I worked as a campground host at Lassen NP. There was an encroaching fire that year and we had to evacuate all the campers and visitors to the Park. The closure only lasted a day or so, but it's frightening. I hope the current wildfire doesn't destroy the campground, and spares the Park. Thanks I camped at Eagle Lake, since the campground closest to Cinder Cone had no water (they were working on the pumps), so I stayed outside of Susanville, very close to where the fires are now. I have a number of friends and colleagues up there now feeding the firefighters. It's such a tragedy. Camping at Eagle Lake
propchef 08/25/21 05:24pm Tent Camping
RE: Tent Camping Forum

Anybody out there want to share their travel/ camping experience? I car camped all over Northern CA this summer, and now 7 of the 9 parks I visited are closed due to fire with only the coastal parks remaining open. :-( There's talk of banning all fires outside of a campground, and even some campgrounds will have limitations. Still did some epics hikes, including Cinder Cone in Lassen Volcanic NP.
propchef 08/25/21 06:30am Tent Camping
RE: Porsche as a tow vehicle? Depends on the trailer . . .

That Cayenne tows better than any half-ton. No one mentioned that this area is known for high winds. Speculation, it's what's for dinner.
propchef 08/24/21 06:05am Travel Trailers
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