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RE: 4x4 Class C ?

It's a little bigger than your 28 foot target, but Nexus sells a 30 foot Super C 4WD Rebel: https://www.nexusrv.com/check-our-rv-coach-motorhome-dealership-motorhomes--rebel https://drivinvibin.com/2020/10/12/4x4-nexus-rebel-super-c-rv/ Thor sells some Super C 4WD's too, but they too may be a little bigger than you're looking for: https://www.thormotorcoach.com/news/content-container/thor-motor-coach-fuels-outdoor-adventurers-with-4wd-super-c-motorhomes/
rlw999 10/21/21 02:43pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Safety question

I can crawl under our gasser without the jacks deployed for an oil change, but raising the front a few inches gives me a little more elbow room. Since a failing jack in this case won't endanger me, I don't drag out the jack stands. This still sounds like it could be unsafe -- if the jack fails suddenly, the suspension is going to compress a bit so if it was a tight fit before, it might be on top of you when it comes down. And it might be when you slid under a frame member to pick up the drain plug that rolled away... maybe you kicked the jack while you were scooting over and knocked off the hydraulic line.
rlw999 10/20/21 06:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ever hear of this camping company? Harvest Host

Here is want I wrote to the Harvest Host for a reply. 4. Your company sounds like a scam. Pay up front first $99.00 without being able to fully check out your sites and more. I get that HH isn't for everyone, but they have a 3 month money back guarantee, that seems like more than enough time to see if it's right for you. I considered joining, but decided not to, mostly for your first reason - they encourage only one day stays, and you generally need to arrive within the business hours of the host (which can be early afternoon for some). I don't mind their $20 purchase recommendation, as it's probably some food or wine that I'd buy anyway from somewhere else.
rlw999 10/09/21 09:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Air compressors

Probably need smaller compressor to haul with. Concerned whether it can top off 90-100 PSI, Also looking for moderately priced garage version. ViAir makes some good 12V compressors, but they're expensive, and there's a limit to how fast an affordable 12V compressor will be - a 1 HP motor at 12V will need over 60A of current. You can pick up a pretty big compressor at Harbor Freight for a few hundred dollars -- like one with a 21 gallon tank @ 175psi.It's going to take a little while to fill that tank, but once you do, inflations will be quick. I only fill my tires to 85psi so bought a relatively small Bostitch compressor - it's small enough that I can put it in the back trunk of the RV, but is pretty fast at filling tires. It needs 120VAC power so I need to run the generator or have shore power to use it. It's oil free, so I also use it to blow out the water lines at the end of the season.
rlw999 10/07/21 05:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Air compressors

What type of air compressor do I need to get 110 PSI quickly? It takes forever on my current 4 gallon 135 PSI Craftsman. What is the best bang for the bucks? I can't say this is the fastest, but at over 1000cfm @ 350psi, this would be pretty quick: https://america.sullair.com/sites/default/files/2018-01/900XHH-1150XHH_2.png height=300 width=500 But someone will probably have more practical suggestions if you give a few more details - are you looking for something small and 12V powered that you can carry around in the RV and use anywhere? Do you just want something to keep in your garage at home? Do you want an oil-free compressor with an air regulator so you can use it to blow out the water lines for winterizing?
rlw999 10/07/21 03:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 400 mile electric RV

If a forest fire is caused by electric transmission lines, then it is not an act of nature. PG&E has caused more fires than Carters has pills. The need for building more transmission lines will increase exponentially as BEV ownership increases. Ergo, more fires. Or, you know, PG&E could maintain its powerlines instead of sending money to shareholders: Pacific Gas & Electric knew for years that dozens of its aging power lines posed a wildfire threat yet failed to replace or repair them, it was reported Wednesday. The company also reportedly spent $5 billion on shareholder dividends despite the need for repairs to decades-old equipment. Windmills kill bird and requires a huge landmass (somewhere between 1/3 to 1/2 of USA) to provide the power this nation needs. Everyone's an ecologist when it comes to wind turbines killing birds, but windmills kill an estimatedd 0.25 bird deaths per GWh of generated power, compared to 5.18 for Fossil Fuel plants. But both are dwarfed by birds killed by domestic cats, which kill over a billion birds a year. Solar has a similar problem, and would require about 25% of USA's land to provide the power needed. Source? We also compare the solar electric footprint to a number of other land uses. For example, we find that the base case solar electric footprint is equal to less than 2% of the land dedicated to cropland and grazing in the United States, and less than the current amount of land used for corn ethanol production.
rlw999 10/07/21 11:39am Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

Which evil is more acceptable? Oil spills or forest fires attributed to electrical powerlines? That's known as a False Dichotomy - it's not a choice between forest fires and oil spills.
rlw999 10/07/21 10:47am Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

The Keystone pipeline upon completion would carry more than 800,000 barrels or 33.6 million gallons of oil through the pipeline per day. With no harmful emissions. We should use this "no harmful emissions" energy source to power the world, because a pipeline definitely consumes energy to pipe hot crude, albeit less than trucking it. So when they tell you this is about the environment, it is not; that would be false… The environment is more than just emissions -- one of the biggest environmental complaints was about the impact of spills, and the pipeline operator doesn't have a good track record - in existing Keystone pipeline segments, they had a 380,000 gallon spill in 2019, and 400,000 gallon spill in 2017, along with a number of smaller spills.
rlw999 10/06/21 04:57pm Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

BTW, two years ago we took a cruse ship through Prince William Sound (recall Exxon Valdez spill…) , whereby the Cruse Director stated that the sound had returned to it’s original condition…I was kinda doubtful, but with otters, whales and dolphins in the waters, I could see no signs of residual oil anywhere or on any shoreline, in fact the entire area looked absolutely pristine - thankfully, this is nature’s way… A 10 million gallon oil spill is not a good example of how oil is harmless. 30 years later and everything looks normal on the surface, but you don't have to dig too deep to find lingering effects from the spill. 19 of the 24 species have largely recovered, but the others still haven't fully recovered: The AT1 pod of locally distinct killer whales has yet to recover, and likely never will. The day of the spill, members of the pod were photographed swimming in oiled waters near the ruptured tanker. As detailed by Alaskan author and marine biologist Eva Saulitis, who studied the killer whales of Prince William Sound for many years, the oiled animals’ subsequent disappearance, possibly along with other factors, permanently undercut the survival of the pod. Today, the small pod drifts toward extinction. Impacts reach land, too. Prior to the spill, the rugged Naked Island archipelago in the central part of Prince William Sound was critical breeding habitat for pigeon guillemots and other seabirds, which nest in bluffs above the water where they forage for fish. The islands took a direct hit from the spill and guillemot populations never recovered. Recently, biologists took the dramatic step of killing mink on the islands, hoping that removal of the egg-eating predators might restore the birds. Now go visit Orange County beaches and let everyone know that they can rest assured that in a few decades, they'll hardly see a sign of the oil.
rlw999 10/06/21 11:49am Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

I say OK, what yardstick should I use to measure the degree I am saving the planet? Elites tell us it is all about the reduction of the planet's GHG Emissions. What yardstick do you use to justify keeping your ICE? You can keep using that yardstick - no one is going to come to your house and take your ICE car. I say OK, to compare the many BEVs in the marketplace, what is the breakeven/carbon parity (in miles) for said BEVs? And all I hear is the sound of Jiminy Crickets. You posted one study from Volvo, which was based on the relatively inefficient BEV XC40 (79 MPGe vs 140 MPGe for the Tesla Model 3).Here's what Tesla's report says: The manufacturing process of a Model 3 currently results in slightly higher GHG emissions than an equivalent combustion engine vehicle. However, based on the global weighted average grid mix, a Model 3 has lower lifetime emissions than an equivalent ICE after driving 5,340 miles If reducing GHG Emissions is NOT the goal (selecting a BEV that reaches carbon parity the soonest), then what is? Hmmmm....could it be all about money (power)? How about operating cost? Emissions (even if you don't care about CO2, there are other emissions like Nitrous Oxide and particulates)? But for as little as your wife drives, she should drive her S430 into the ground, before shopping around for a new car. Government Subsidy games remind me of the old Robin Hood philosophy (redistribution of wealth). Except, the diminishment of wealth falls on those who can not afford to buy BEVs. Subsidies only apply to manufacturers that are new to EV's, the most popular (Tesla and GM) have already sold so many EV's that they are no longer subisdized, and they are still cost effective and popular cars.
rlw999 10/05/21 10:38pm Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

GD Wifey drives MBZ S430, lots of metal surrounds my bride. She wants an all wheel/4 WD now, but let's stick to your Mini Cooper example (even though that car is really for kids). And your link to the "calculator" does not work. I would love to see how they calculated a 12,500 mile carbon parity for a mixed grid (which Oregon is--in descending order: hydro, coal, natural gas, wind and nuke). https://www.oregon.gov/energy/energy-oregon/Pages/Electricity-Mix-in-Oregon.aspx I fixed the URL. I picked Germany since it's a mixed grid too, including coal, but Oregon shut down its last coal plant in 2020. Feel free to correct it for what you think is the correct energy mix for CO2, as well as for whatever car you think is acceptable, since you didn't really mean it when you said "pick the car", so you pick it. Her S430 is rated at 19mpg combined mileage which is around 12 l/100km for the calculator.
rlw999 10/02/21 03:50pm Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

In all of the states that participate in the grid, the power from all power stations across the US are "shared" regardless of the states borders. Texas runs their own independent "grid" which does not share power generation from outside the states border. So, in reality plugging your vehicle into the "grid" in your home state can and will use power from other power generation systems outside of your state. Pretty much negating every single "advantage" of being "green" since you are now partaking of coal and natural gas produced power.. While it's true that most of the USA is on the same grid, state is still a good geopolitical boundary, since it's the area that most citizens have control over and state power imports/exports are measured. I can't tell Idaho how to generate their power, but I can influence power in my own state. Oregon is a net exporter of power, so it's still fair to say that the power mix in Oregon is the same power mix used to fuel an EV there even if some of the electrons came from a coal plant in Nevada. I could see your argument for, say, Vermont where a significance portion of power is imported.
rlw999 10/02/21 01:28pm Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

Compliance will be achieved by making traditional energy sources absurdly expensive. That's right, punish good willed people for following their individuality and not bowing to the "one size fits all" majority. My wife drives 3500 miles a year. If she were to buy a BEV today (pick one), when will her new BEV achieve carbon parity with a comparable ICE vehicle? I speculate the battery pack will hit end of life long before that day and the carbon emissions from manufacturing the new battery pack will essentially extend her "breakeven" point by another decade or so. So, forcing my wife to buy a BEV is not a GREEN solution. Whereas, forcing you to buy a BEV is probably a very GREEN solution. You omitted some key information like what car your wife is driving, so I put her in a 33 mpg small car. Since she drives so little, and you said I can pick the BEV, I put her in a Mini Cooper SE EV. I picked a pessimistic 100kgCO2/kWh for the battery pack, Tesla is about half that in their American produced batteries. I picked the German power mix, which is fairly close to Oregon where about half the power comes from renewables, and most of the rest comes from Natural Gas. This calculator came up with 20,000km, or 12,500 miles, so your wife's BEV will reach carbon parity in about 4 years. The battery warranty will cover her for 8 years/80,000 miles, but at such low usage, it will likely last much longer than that.
rlw999 10/02/21 12:43pm Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

...EV's are greener than fossil fuel powered cars, even when the power comes from coal... I know your really believe that statement and many people talk as if it is true. But when unbiased science is applied, it ain't so. From A NASDAQ analysis titled, "ANALYSIS-When do electric vehicles become cleaner than gasoline cars?" ...It was up against a gasoline-fueled Toyota Corolla weighing 2,955 pounds with a fuel efficiency of 33 miles per gallon. It was assumed both vehicles would travel 173,151 miles during their lifetimes. But if the same Tesla was being driven in Norway, which generates almost all its electricity from renewable hydropower, the break-even point would come after just 8,400 miles. If the electricity to recharge the EV comes entirely from coal, which generates the majority of the power in countries such as China and Poland, you would have to drive 78,700 miles to reach carbon parity with the Corolla, according to the Reuters analysis of data generated by Argonne's model.... https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/analysis-when-do-electric-vehicles-become-cleaner-than-gasoline-cars-2021-06-29 Doesn't that source agree? Is there any car on the road today that won't last 78,000 miles?
rlw999 10/01/21 01:19pm Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

At best, a Forbes Opinion writer (or any other cherry picked ‘green theologian’) merely offers his anecdotal account repeat with bias (opinion is bias) in no way a substitute for objective empirical independent study…Before adopting such policies, where’s the independent peer reviewed study?? Don't pretend you'd accept peer reviewed research when you'll just dismiss it with "Be advised that Universities routinely compete for Gov’t Grant moola ($$ cash cow) by willingly contracting to substantiate what’s often and essential a politically preordained outcome" Where's your peer reviewed research backing your claims?
rlw999 10/01/21 01:01pm Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

LOL :) Just because you don’t SEE the fuel tanks doesn’t mean they don’t exist elsewhere (outta sight, outta mind!) - and therein lies the grand EV gimmickry… 3 tons EV's are greener than fossil fuel powered cars, even when the power comes from coal But as the nation shifts to renewable energy, electrical powered transportation becomes greener during that shift. In my state, over half of our power comes from renewables. Electric locomotives also gain efficiency for the same reason that EV's and Hybrids do -- they can use regenerative braking and send power that would otherwise be wasted back into the grid.
rlw999 10/01/21 10:04am Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

If we look under the hood of a train's locomotive we will see a large diesel engine that powers an electric generator that supplies electricity to powerful electric electric motors known as "traction motors". So this should diffuse any suggestion that electric motors lack torque or power. True, but if you look a bit lower at the locomotives chassis you’ll also find several HUGE fuel tanks full of diesel…Critical thinking sometimes Required… Sometimes a different perspective is required... Can you point to the fuel tanks on this freight train? https://i.pinimg.com/originals/f6/ff/af/f6ffaf23a5da81c0f7a60b558b35c667.jpg
rlw999 10/01/21 08:58am Tech Issues
RE: Border Crossing Headed To Alaska

Most of them seem to feel, since we are from Texas, we MUST have guns on board. It's not just Texans... every time I cross over from Washington State, they grill me on guns, making a point to ask me several times if I have any guns on me and looking me in the eye to try to see if I'm lying (I guess)
rlw999 09/30/21 06:40pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: New shore service tripled energy bill

That extra 700KWh/month is about 1000W continuous draw. That seems pretty high for an idle RV, but not impossible. Should be pretty easy to track it down with a Kilowatt meter as someone suggested -- plug the RV into a 15A->50A converter, then into the meter, then start flipping off breakers to see when the power draw stops.
rlw999 09/30/21 05:26pm Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

Another possible path? https://www.rv.com/rv/trending-rvs/all-electric-rv-line-coming-soon-from-sylvansport/?utm_source=exacttarget&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=RMN023991_09302021 This thread has come full-circle, that's the RV in the post that started this thread.
rlw999 09/30/21 05:20pm Tech Issues
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