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RE: Gas Class A

As was said earlier find the floor plan you like and then if its a gasser fine if a diesel fine. I have a 36' gasser and it has more storage than many diesels of the same size. Only one thing that wasn't mentioned regarding the diesel MH is the Air brakes. You will require an endorsement on your driver's license for the air brakes. This involves taking and passing air brake course before you can legally drive it. Which may or may not delay being able to drive it. In addition if you become sick etc.. (heaven forbid) while you're out and about does your significant other have the endorsement as well to be able to drive it home or to a safe location while on the road. This unfortunately never gets mentioned in any of the diesel vs gas MH debates. This never gets mentioned because it's not an issue in the US. I don't know of any state that requires a CDL with the air brake restriction removed to drive a motorhome with air brakes, UNLESS it's for commercial purposes. Maybe it's different where you're from.
rjstractor 08/12/22 01:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anybody tow an F-250 Super Duty

How "good" that motorhome would tow the truck is pretty subjective, especially considering that your motorhome is down nearly 100 hp on the vehicle it's towing. You probably already have a good idea having towed your F150, the F250 is not much heavier considering the overall weight of the combination.
rjstractor 08/10/22 07:45pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Gotta hand it to ole 8.1. If nothing else, he’s consistent. Sad but consistent. I think his account has been hacked by a Tesla shill/fanboy. He used to contribute relatively intelligent, relevant content to this forum.
rjstractor 08/08/22 07:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: tow a rwd car on a tow dolly

From seeing your other post it seems to be a pretty cool little car with very low miles. I suppose you could tow it backwards on a dolly, but two potential problems I see are low ground clearance- smacking the air dam on the ground, etc, and that car might have directional tires that are designed to spin in only one direction. I would trailer a car like that.
rjstractor 08/05/22 10:06am Dinghy Towing
RE: Stalls While Driving

Before throwing parts at it, some basic troubleshooting is in order. If you are able to duplicate the problem (often the hardest part), when it stalls carefully give it a brief shot of starting fluid into the intake to see if it starts or pops. Some will say you should never use starting fluid on a fuel injected engine, but a very brief shot for diagnostic purposes should not be harmful. If there's still no action, it's likely an ignition problem.
rjstractor 08/05/22 09:53am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2023 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon

Too bad about the diesel, although I imagine the take rate wasn't super high. We'll see what Stellantis or whatever they are calling themselves this week will do. They introduced the first American midsize pickup in the 80s with the Dakota (the old Toyota Stout IMO was the first true midsize pickup sold in the US). In the 80's the S10 and Ranger were just barely bigger than the more refined and reliable Japanese compacts. It seemed like Dodge discontinued the Dakota at a time where they could have really taken the market by storm with it. It will also be interesting to see if GM or Stellantis have an answer to Ford's wildly successful Maverick pickup.
rjstractor 08/04/22 07:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: MotorTrend F150 Lightning Tow Test

Epic Fail... What I don't like is Ford offers a tow package, but can only muster 90 miles towing ~8k lbs. I can't believe the auto industry is going full bore with these EV trucks. Here's another fail by International truck. Link I agree that the Lightning is a fail since it fails to be effective at what its marketed for. But I watched the International video and I didn't see the "epic fail" you mentioned. I think the largely mythical Tesla Semi will be a failure because its been marketed as a replacement for a diesel over the road heavy truck, and it's pretty obvious it won't work in that application with current technology. But I think commercial EVs can be very successful in the right application- short haul, lots of stop and go- busses, dump trucks, delivery vans, etc. OTR or applications that have to run 24/7 to be profitable, not so much.
rjstractor 08/02/22 07:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jump Statt Battery Pack

I already have a charge line from the RV to the towed car. While I have not tried it yet, that will probably keep the towed battery charged I really think you are overthinking this and trying to make something very simple much more complicated than it is. That charge line you have is designed specifically to keep the toad battery charged, and if correctly wired will do just that.
rjstractor 08/01/22 10:19pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Selling 2018 F150 to upgrade to 2022 F150 - worth it or not?

Trying to raise cash by moving up to a newer vehicle is a losing proposition. I'm not trying to be preachy, it's just that I've been there and done that and it ends up costing you big time in the long run. IMO, switching from a 2018 to a 2022 isn't really much of an upgrade, the increase in capability is minimal at best.
rjstractor 07/26/22 08:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox battery dyeing

This is what I use. TOAD CHARGE It's a little bit of wiring but it works. That seems a bit unnecessary if one's charge line in a standard 7 pin connector is sized and wired correctly. The last time I wired a 7 pin connector I used #10 wire with the appropriate fuse for the charge line and it kept my travel trailer battery fully charged. #12 wire on a 60 foot run like this product has sounds kinda small to do much good charging a battery that has any load on it.
rjstractor 07/25/22 07:46pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I'm pretty sure that Musk expects that we will colonize Mars in the next five years. I think it's hilarious that there is an ownership club for a truck that literally no one owns! I think Tesla is really missing the boat on the continual delays of both the Semi and Cybertruck, since there are competitors in both segments that already have their products in production. If Tesla had delayed production of their very successful sedans like they have these trucks, they would not exist today.
rjstractor 07/25/22 07:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1967 Travco 270 440 to Cummins 8.3 Upgrade

So absolutely no way the M300 or whatever will hold up? beef up the front end / add stiffer springs? The motor will not be working anywhere nears its full capability/quite the opposite.. cummins 5.9 is a common swap, and the 8.3 is only 500 lbs more.. tranny is 150 lbs extra.. 8.1 Chevy/GM engine-- yes. Cummins 8.3/ Allison transmission-- NO WAY. Would way overload the front suspension. And, enough torque to do real damage (more than twice OE torque). Beef up the springs and go for it! Besides, according to another thread on this forum, the switch to diesel fuel will make the rig handle better! ;)
rjstractor 07/24/22 06:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Let's talk Dana 80 axle temps

As Grit Dog said earlier, DANA 80s are lubricated from the differential. Are you sure it is a DANA 80 and not a DANA 60? A Dana 60 rated to carry 9450 lbs?:E
rjstractor 07/23/22 06:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Deisel handling

A diesel doesn't handle any better or worse. We've owned (3) gassers and (2) diesels. I would NOT agree with this statement. But as Valhalla360 pointed out, this was likely due to the chassis configuration, not the type of fuel burned. I don't know if any are still on the market, but the front engine diesel (FRED) motorhomes probably didn't handle any better than their gas engine counterparts. If anything they handled worse due to higher weight on the front end.
rjstractor 07/14/22 07:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2014 Ford V-10 Dropped plastic cap down oil fill tube

When I was a teenager I worked at a full service gas station and a guy came in with a new car he had just won at a school raffle. He had dropped a plastic cap in the radiator and had been fishing for it for a couple hours. I was able to catch it after about 10 minutes. I would suggest letting the motor idle and look in the hole to see if it will float by. The cap was dropped down the oil fill tube, not the radiator. Running the engine would be a terrible idea!
rjstractor 07/11/22 01:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Old tow rig about ready for duty again!

Nice to see a kid willing to learn and put the work in and dad that can show him how it's done! The kid across the street from me, think he just finished high school, put a 24V Cummins in an '05 F350, did about 95% of the wrench turning himself and did a beautiful job. Wonderful to see that there are still young gearheads in the world!
rjstractor 06/29/22 08:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hybrid tow vehicle?

I get not wanting a full size pickup for a daily driver, but modern 1500 series pickups are very easy and pleasant to drive. There are some hybrid options from Ram (sort of a hybrid), Ford and Toyota, and all are capable of easily towing a 7000 GVWR trailer. Ram and Chevy have little diesels that offer good towing grunt and shockingly great highway mpg, and you don't pay a huge premium for the diesel option like in the bigger trucks. I'm not a Chevy guy, but I'd look at their 1500 diesel option-also available in the Tahoe and Suburban if you must have an SUV. IMO, nothing smaller will handle the trailer you want.
rjstractor 06/25/22 08:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: No electric at rear receptacle for toad

It's almost certainly some blown fuses that you haven't found. Your motorhome might have separate fuses if you have a factory Ford towing package on the chassis, and it's also entirely possible that the motorhome builder wired up the trailer plug with its own separate fuses. I would try to find those wires to the trailer plug and follow them to the front of the motorhome and look for inline fuses, or possibly a fuse block.
rjstractor 06/22/22 07:55pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Gigafactory Texas on 22 June 2022! This is where the Cyber Truck and Model Y will be built! Stunning sunrise reveals a noticeably increased production rate of Model Y’s at Giga Texas, now estimated at about 50 per day or so. Car Carriers are picking up and transporting a similar number every day as well, and the rate appears to be picking up as well! Other major changes today include concrete work on the west side of General Assembly, North electrical substation grading work, & battery cathode steel assembly and footing progress. In this video introduction, we discuss recent news concerning shipments of Lithium (specifically Spodumene Concentrate 6 or SC6) from one of Tesla's many (and new) suppliers of raw materials. The planned shipment is at the end of this year and since Giga Texas is the only place Tesla currently has which can accept this material and then produce Lithium Hydroxide, we now have a firmer timeline that the construction effort will need to achieve. Also, in my 12 March 2021 video, I covered in depth what Spodumene Concentrate 6 (SC6) is, how it is mined and refined, and how Tesla plans on using this to make Lithium Hydroxide, so if you'd like a more in-depth discussion, I'd refer you back to my 12 March 2021 video. I then provide a hypothetical rendering of how the finished Battery Cathode plant may appear. video Elon Musk Unfiltered: Interview Part 3 (Bonus Material) 0:00 - The Adventures of Starman 3:38 - Car-Sharing 6:44 - Gigafactory Texas & Berlin Ramp 9:15 - Plaid Model 3? 11:04 - Integrity in Journalism 15:01 - Twitter 19:27 - Autonomy vs Car-Sharing 20:55 - The State of Cybertruck Engineering 22:47 - Population Decline & Population Density 32:01 - FSD Feedback Improvements 33:23 - Overly Optimistic Timelines? 34:26 - Removing Radar | Tesla Vision 38:34 - Licensing FSD 41:06 - FSD Beta Development 54:25 - Apple Music? 58:03 - Finding Great Software Engineers 1:00:28 - Elon on Retirement 1:02:00 - Elon on The Fermi Paradox 1:06:49 - Elon on Religion, God, Purpose, & Drive video Personal question- just how many Elon Musk posters do you have on your bedroom walls? Not judging or anything.
rjstractor 06/22/22 07:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightning Road Trip & Ike Gauntlet Pull

Semi trucks with EV can outperform a comparable ICE Depends on your definition of "outperform". Compared with a conventional semi, the Freightliner eCascadia very likely accelerates faster. It may or may not climb hills faster- Freightliner's website lists HP options from 300 to 525. So probably a wash on hill climbing speeds. Tesla's website for their prototype Semi lists its speed on a 5% grade at 60 mph, which is good but not overwhelmingly so. Higher HP ICE trucks are close to that. But when it comes to doing what semi trucks actually are designed to do- move the freight hundreds of miles efficiently and productively, the electric trucks aren't close yet in performance. I say 'yet', because they will be some day. I hope you're right on the sodium ion batteries, because I don't see lithium as being sustainable once EV production expands a hundred fold.
rjstractor 06/20/22 06:56pm Tow Vehicles
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