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RE: Reliable Walkie Talkie?

Radios that accept regular AA or AAA cells should solve your battery problem. Just have some extras on hand. The lithium ones (Energizer Advanced or Ultimate) may perform better in high drain devices.
rexlion 11/22/20 11:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Tow Vehicle Rear End Sag

We recently upgraded our tow vehicle, so now the hitch and ball sit much higher than the coupler on the tongue of the trailer (when its level). After hooking it up and putting all the trailer weight on the tow vehicle, and not the jack, the rear end sags. We have a weight distribution hitch, but that doesn't seem to help. What could cause this, and how do we fix it? Thanks-First off, you want to change your WDHitch configuration so its ball sits at the proper level (when unhooked), same height as the trailer tongue when level. Does it have a row of bolt holes that will let you lower the head with the ball? What brand WD hitch are you using? Different ones have different instructions for proper setup. A measuring tape might be needed.
rexlion 11/22/20 10:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Boondocking --- Average AH consumption/day?

When I had my 17’ TT, camping alone, my 70W unmounted panel kept my group 26 battery topped up for a week of camping in sunshine. Usage was minimal: some fantastic fan use on low, water pump when needed, a couple of LED lights for 2-3 hours in the evening, fridge controller, CO detector, and converter. No inverter, no high drain items like furnace (weather was mild). Most people will use more power than I. You might as well get 200W and have peace of mind. Not every day will be full sun unless you’re lucky.
rexlion 11/15/20 10:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Elon's Starlink Internet Service

I wonder if these satellites will eventually be used to track all 5G users?
rexlion 11/14/20 08:51pm Technology Corner
RE: Aluminum Framed Vacumn Bonded Lamination

Our 2007 Phoenix Cruiser is made as follows. Floor - Marine plywood deck, rectangular steel floor framing, foam block insulation, durable corrugated plastic under-barrier. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50594113671_6b56f7a4c9_z.jpg width=640 Walls - Gel-coat fiberglass exterior, aluminum studs, foam block insulation, walls rest on the floor (not bolted against the floor). https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50593378893_3cefb2f73e_z.jpg width=640 Cut-outs - Framed as shown, foam block insulation, finished with wall-papered luan interior wall panel. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50593378878_36d22319c3_z.jpg width=640 https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50594243617_fb413cf8b4_z.jpg width=640 Roof - (see picture above) Curved aluminum rafters for a domed roof, luan inside and outside, inside finished with a fabric, outside covered with sheet fiberglass. I suppose there are better materials and methods, but ours has been working well. There are so many more interesting details how a Phoenix Cruiser is constructed. CLICK HERE to watch a YouTube slide show that points out some unique detail. That one photo indicates “moisture proof plywood.” Is there such a thing? Moisture resistant, I could understand, but moisture proof? Call me a skeptic....
rexlion 11/12/20 05:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Two Medical Crises their Resolution and Costs

Let’s not go there. I am thrilled for the OP and encouraged to know that there are some places where medical care doesn’t cost an arm and two legs. Also that there are some places in Mexico where folks still feel relatively safe, apparently. Filing away for future reference....
rexlion 11/10/20 07:00pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: EternaBond vs Kohree RV Seal Repair Tape

It gives new meaning to the phrase, "one-half off!" :D
rexlion 11/04/20 02:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Thoughts on the Cost of RVing

The price of gas and diesel will be a fairly short term problem. I think the long term trend will be toward (complete) discontinuation of gas and diesel in favor of electric. As demand for electricity grows, will enough electric generating plants be built to keep up? If not, this could limit or even eliminate the ability to travel recreationally. The faster this change happens, the sooner RVing might become a thing of the past. Certain administrations take actions that delay this change, and certain other administrations take actions to accelerate it.
rexlion 11/04/20 02:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2014 Kia Sorrento LX Towing 2016 Little Guy MAX S

If it had the larger engine, it could tow 3500. That tells me that structurally it can handle it. But the drive train is the limiting factor. I note that you are in FL. If you were taking short camping trips close to home in the flat lands of FL, and if you kept your speed under 55 (wind resistance increases exponentially as speed increases), you could do it. Maybe add an extra transmission cooler. And don’t use the overdrive gear. Keep in mind that dry weight ratings of trailers are without options, and probably without LP tanks or battery. You’d probably be in the 2000-2300 lb range, ready for camping. The vehicle will be very slow to accelerate and really sluggish up hills.
rexlion 11/02/20 09:37pm Beginning RVing
RE: Time to Develop a Solution for Scissor Stairs (Bigfoots)

Wouldn't it be nice to have a powered lift gate? Push a button, take a ride up or down, no steps. :) I like the look and price of that Little Giant. Frankly, for what companies are asking for some of their multiple-step units, I think they should somehow include a fold-up handrail as part of the assembly; otherwise they're a lot of bucks for what looks to me like an eventual slip and fall.
rexlion 11/01/20 03:27pm Truck Campers
RE: General Question on Size

You need to take your rig to a CAT scale. Weigh the truck and weigh the trailer. Also find out the hitch weight. Actual numbers count the most.
rexlion 10/29/20 07:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Healthy Ideas for Foil Pack Meals

You’re making me hungry for tilapia, and i have some in the freezer. Hmm, who says I have to go camping to make a tinfoil dinner? :).
rexlion 10/28/20 07:40pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: TT Lengths

Manufacturer’s practices vary on model names/numbers. You have to do your homework: check the specs.
rexlion 10/27/20 07:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: favorite tow vehicle for small trailer??

Stick with a Honda. I doubt that those CUV/SUV have electric brake controllers. I also doubt that any of those small trailers come with electric brakes. You really want electric brakes !+1, I wouldn't want to be without trailer brakes. They are so valuable when descending grades, slowing or stopping for the crazy and unexpected thing that just happened on the road ahead. And if the trailer were ever to begin oscillating (dangerous sway, usually due to insufficient hitch weight), activating just the trailer brakes via the controller's slider may be what's needed to straighten the trailer out again. Definitely choose a trailer that is equipped with brakes. A few of the new SUV models have gotten difficult to wire for a brake controller due to all the new electronics (I've read that Ford Escapes have given some people fits). For these, it might be easiest to use one of the new Prodigy RF radio wave transmitting brake controllers.
rexlion 10/20/20 04:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: favorite tow vehicle for small trailer??

I put 140,000 towing miles (out of 185k) on a 2008 Highlander. Mostly a cargo trailer about 3000 lbs and 6’ wide, but on vacation I towed a 7’ wide, 2700 lb travel trailer. Mostly drove about 60-62 mph when towing. On long, steep grades I took it easy and slowed to maybe 35-45 mph. Good ride, good handling, good brakes. If my wife hadn’t despised the seat, I would still own it. With a 500 lb hitch weight you’ll never have to give much thought to how heavy your trailer tongue is; when loaded for camping and with battery & full LP tanks, even a small, light trailer can be pretty nose-heavy. I’ve known 17’ front bath Casitas to have 550 lb tongue weight. With only a 350 lb hitch weight limit, you’ll be checking it with a bathroom scale on every trip. (The notable exception is the 16’ Scamp which is actually a challenge to load the tongue to more than 250 lbs or so.) Do the newer Pilots still get lousy mileage? I’ve never looked. They and the Ridgelines would do the job, though. So will the Highlander. Turbocharged engines will let you charge up the grades at full speed and with less engine noise, but they’re not absolutely necessary... and you still have to slow down on the curves and when descending.
rexlion 10/19/20 07:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rechargeable Spot Light

I'm happy with my Noctigon K1 flashlight. There are some emitter choices; the 900 lumen W1 LED will throw a beam the farthest (about 1800 yards), the 1400 lumen W2 has a bit less throw but a slightly bigger hotspot, and the SBT90.2 that I have is 4500 lumens for still larger hotspot and more spill but less throw (a paltry 1300 yards!). It has a socket for USB charging, plus the battery can be removed and replaced with another fresh one if you don't want to wait. BTW, the reason why lower-lumen LEDs throw farther than higher-lumen ones has to do with the diameter of the LED. A physically smaller LED can be focused more tightly by the reflector (than a larger LED set in the same reflector).
rexlion 10/18/20 10:15pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 12 Volt/120 Volt Portable Air Compressor

Another happy ViAir owner here. It stays in my truck full time. My son the mechanical engineer was so impressed with it, he got one too.
rexlion 10/18/20 09:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: New to RV'ing, need a new vehicle

I towed trailers up to 3500 lbs extensively with a 2008 Highlander. It did okay up to about 60 mph (slower in the mountains of course). I see you are in Ontario; it’s not too hilly there. If you can ensure that the loaded hitch weight is under the 500 lb limit and if your passengers and cargo aren’t too heavy, I think you could do it. You’d need to lock out overdrive so the transmission doesn’t hunt gears and get too hot. Make sure all tires are infleted to max rated psi, and consider getting some LT tires with a slightly lower sidewall to enhance handling. You won’t have enough leeway for a weight distribution hitch, so get all wheel drive and add an anti-sway friction bar. If you decide to go bigger, you might consider a Toyota Sequoyah or Ford Expedition. A crew cab pickup could work (look for higher payload units, check the door jamb stickers).
rexlion 10/16/20 10:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV Sites in Tulsa OK south or Broken Arrow

I believe there is a Corps of Engineers cg a few miles east of Broken Arrow. "Bluff Landing." Just a few miles out of town, a straight shot on (45mph) 71st St. I’ve never been there though (too close to home to consider camping there, I guess). Anything else close by that I can think of is more of a ‘parking lot’ atmosphere. There’s a place like that at the Tulsa fairgrounds, on the pavement, "Expo Square."
rexlion 10/15/20 02:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Utah national Parks

Check out Goblin Valley SP along your way. The Colorado Natl Monument is scenic also; you can easily go there after Arches, then head south to Ouray and vicinity.
rexlion 10/12/20 09:49pm Roads and Routes
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