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RE: Battery electric has competition

Why pick a winner before the game is played? Look at the delivery cycle for electric/Hydrogen. When demand is low, use the excess capacity at power plants to split water into hydrogen, replace natural gas with hydrogen, use it to cook, heat houses and fill up cars. At one point you could even buy a home compressor for your nat. gas car. Problems, hydrogen and carbon steel don't play well together. Big advantage, it can be stored like natural gas, electric's biggest problem is storage. I'll give you one better. It can use either seawater or fresh, and you can draw in atmospheric carbon dioxide and make carbon monoxide from it. It is carbon neutral, while current electric and hydrogen not so much. The Nazi's fought a war with it and South Africa still runs an economy with it today. The Fischer–Tropsch process makes both gasoline and diesel fuel. You need air, water and electric. A very old process, and it can be added right into the fuels we use today. You don't have to build a billion new cars (the carbon dioxide payout on an EV is what 3 to 8 years depending on the electric source?), just run what you got. Replace the fuel, not the cars. The US Navy will probably be first, since fire kills ships, not holes in the hull as most assume. From Wikipedia "the US Navy recently discovered a low-cost catalyst made of Molybdenum Carbide plus Potassium to enable synthesis of Jet Fuel/Diesel on board nuclear carriers, using seawater as the feed stock. If the price for solar energy continues to decline, in the near future it may actually become more economical to produce cleaner burning carbon neutral synthetic fuels than to pump and refine petroleum." With the nuclear teakettles on carriers they won't have to carry all that jet fuel, just make it as you need it. Once again why pick a winner? Let carbon dioxide production, safety, cost with discounted cash flow rate of return be you guides. I'll take thorium reactors with Fischer–Tropsch fuel production for those reasons. I'll swap over to fusion, if the physics boys and girls can ever get their act together.
thomas201 07/26/21 12:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F250 Short Bed Adding Diesel Auxiliary Tank

I put a 41 gallon tank in my 2012 short bed F250. The filler neck is just above the rails. I have over a foot between the 5th wheel and the tank, just in case I ride the pin over the 5th wheel. My 5er is light on the pin and I am still about 300 pounds under on weight. My tank is offset all the way to the passenger side, to haul a 2 person kayak when not towing. Now I can drive all day, and only have to fuel once. Cured my range worries.
thomas201 07/21/21 05:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Possible Canada boarder opening mid August

You are just trying to get our hopes up. I do hope it will help the businesses that depend on tourist dollars.
thomas201 07/16/21 06:37am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Glad I caught this

"Easy Out" multiple big lies, it ain't easy and it might not come out. I wish I was smart enough to make something better. A left hand bit and running the drill in reverse sometimes works, sometimes drill it all out then tap a new hole. You did the most miserable job of them all. Good catch!
thomas201 07/12/21 05:05am Truck Campers
RE: No shots...not getting in.

Don't spin your wheels too much on false documentation. The number of people who want to cross to Canada, and willing to falsify documents is small. Then subtract out the number that have antibodies from a very mild bout of Covid, and it shrinks to almost nothing. Remember:"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes, a Latin phrase from the Roman treatise Satires of Juvenal, written around AD 100", you know "Who watches the watchers". A corrupt government official (how many of those around?) is all you need to enter your info into the database. My last experience with this was over 10 years ago, a nice lady was selling CDLs with full backup (test scores, driving history, testing sign off, the whole thing) near Baltimore for $300. Even though we and other employers reported something "funny" to the state, it still took a couple of years for her to be arrested. There is not much you can do with the leakers, but really how many will there be? So why not allow those of us, willing to provide documentation, entry? And if your current system is so good, how do the new variants make their way in? Just asking!!
thomas201 07/09/21 06:53am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: New F-150 Electric P/U

I am recently back from a 2 week trip to Alaska that included traveling the Dalton to the Beaufort Sea (Arctic Ocean), so no power between the Northern Moosed Campground and Deadhorse, unless it was a generator at Yukon Crossing or Coldfoot. 400 + miles one way, so EV's are not ready for prime time yet. We still need to run the Dempster and the trans Labrador. We are a camping forum, so it is reasonable that the "normal" here would be different. Now go to the name of the forum, "Tow Vehicles". So how far will it tow a 10K travel trailer, or 5er. With the A/C on, or the heater. In a six hour day? An 8 hour day? or A 10 hour day. How about a 15K 5er? These are important questions on a towing forum, not so much on a "commuter car" forum. Until we can get some answers to these questions, they are just interesting, not must haves.
thomas201 06/29/21 03:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: When to throw in the towel...

If possible, try several family fun nights in the drive way, for the kids. Smores, hot dogs, singing, whatever is fun for you and yours. Get the little ones used to the camper. Can't help with the noise. I turn on the fan/ac/heat, and/or TV in hotel rooms and the camper because the noise helps me sleep. I learned that trick working the night tour in the oilfield.
thomas201 06/29/21 03:04pm Truck Campers
RE: If you have proof...

Don't worry Biscuit, you don't have to print it at home, just find a government crook. About 15 years ago a nice lady at the DMV in Maryland was selling CDL's for $300.00. They were real of course and had full backup since she entered the data into the computers. The guys that got them couldn't drive a truck if their life depended on it. It only took Maryland two years to arrest her after we reported something funny, with truck drivers that did not have a clue. The old ways are best, or we could just get the free shot(s).
thomas201 06/22/21 04:01pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: What a deal!---no thanks

I'm thinking about it, right after a September camping trip. I'll sell and order a new 22, I can wait until May of next year. The boss has her CRV and I got a 48 CJ2 for spring trout fishing.
thomas201 06/22/21 03:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: If you have proof...

It has already been done. The international agreements are in place from Wikipedia: "The International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP), also known as the Carte Jaune or Yellow Card, is an official vaccination report created by the World Health Organization (WHO). As a travel document, it is a kind of medical passport that is recognised internationally and may be required for entry to certain countries where there are increased health risks for travellers." I do know this is for Yellow Fever, others have stated it used to be used to get into and out of Europe and other places for smallpox. I had mine filled in when I got the shots. The folks at the center said I was far from the only one. Just build on the existing system. Yellow fever has killed a lot more people than covid, of course it has been around a lot longer. Walter Reed has a famous hospital named for him, due to his work on Yellow Fever.
thomas201 06/22/21 02:53pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: CDN/US border closed another month, at least.

Don't forget, Americans can fly to Alaska and rent a camper. That will help the RV economy. Save Canada for a later trip, we just got back last week.
thomas201 06/21/21 07:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Second traveler in Alaska report

A lady working for the BLM told me that as temporary workers, she and her husband were permitted to cross Canada in their RV. They had paperwork from the US government, and had to follow strict rules in crossing Canada. I did not ask if they were required to have the vaccine, or a negative test. That might explain some of the foreign plates.
thomas201 06/20/21 06:48pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Traveling in Alaska-some observations

We probably passed each other on the roads. Glad we both supported the local economy.
thomas201 06/19/21 02:21pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Second traveler in Alaska report

Hello All, We are just back from a 2 week Alaska trip. We rented a truck camper and visited/camped Denali, where we got lucky since the mountain was out. We saw two griz, caribou, and moose. Beautiful bus trip, sadly only one type of trip is offered this year. On down the Kenai where the high point was free camping on a beach, where the locals were Halibut fishing in small boats. Then over to Wrangell-St. Elias to drive to McCarthy with a Kennicott visit. As a miner’s son I got a blast out of the processing plant. They also had some old mine maps, while my wife was fascinated by the correspondence and ledgers; she loves the old accounting stuff and personal letters. The McCarthy road was in very good shape; reportedly it was worked a few weeks before our trip. We went on to Valdez then back and drove past the second creek crossing on the Nabesna Road. We then pulled back and headed to Paxon, so we could cross the Denali Hwy, and drive up the Dalton to the Arctic with a favorable weather forecast. Both Nabesna and Denali roads were in fine shape, and the state was actively working both. Beautiful scenery and wildlife along the Denali Hwy, we then headed up the Dalton. Quite a drive. Glad we took the tour to the Beaufort Sea (Arctic Ocean), and it was a beautiful 61 deg. day. The weather forecast was right. We added musk ox and a red fox to the bag on this trip. As a side note, on the Verizon system, we had cell service at Galbraith Lake Camping Area. My guess is this is associated with the maned airport at this location. As long as the navigation lights are working and the generators running, I think you could also get service here, good to know, but don’t count on it. We then made several short trips, including Chena Hot Springs. My wife loved the Ice Museum. If you can, make an Alaskan trip this year, the businesses need your support. As an aside, the dirt roads were in excellent shape, but the paved roads need some work. The department of highway crews are out and working.
thomas201 06/19/21 02:19pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Understanding towing weights?

Ok, Wing I give up. Tell me how to estimate the amount of weight a pickup can carry, before you buy it and can see the yellow sticker? That is what the OP needs to know. Probably the most important number when buying a PU to tow a 5er is the payload, carrying capacity, pin weight. Give the OP advice on how to pick that very important number. Can he use a 3/4, SRW 1 ton, or a dually? I spec an F250 out for carrying a truck camper, because it gives me the overload springs of an F350. It does nothing for the yellow sticker, but it sags less and drives better. Anything better, I will use your idea and give you credit.
thomas201 06/18/21 02:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Understanding towing weights?

From the 2022 Ford Towing Guide: "Cargo Weight Rating shown in chart is maximum allowable, assuming weight of a base vehicle with required camper option content and a 150-lb. passenger at each available seating position." Don't forget, our friend, the OP, does not yet have his truck, thus he cannot see a yellow sticker for his machine. He is trying to pick a model and spec it out. The towing guide is his best bet at this stage in the game. However the towing guide also says that the towing numbers use: "Maximum towing capabilities are for properly equipped vehicles with required equipment and a 150-lb. driver and passenger and vary based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories, option content and number of passengers. See label on door jamb for carrying capacity of a specific vehicle. For additional information, see your Ford Dealer." So, for towing use 2 passengers, but for cargo carrying (pin weight) they assume 3 to 6 depending on the truck. Is it any wonder that people are confused? The yellow sticker is great, but it becomes worthless when you meet the real world of tools, me(I beat that 150#), wife, dog and all my junk in the cab. You have to scale a truck and then compare it to all the max numbers on the yellow sticker, wheels, tires, axles, and registration, plus any components I forgot. This is why so many say get a 1 ton, or a dually. They want to avoid a 10 to 20 thousand dollar mistake, if you think the manufactures numbers mean anything. Others say a 3/4 ton can tow anything, just ignore Chevy/Ford/Ram. Me, I can drive nails with a pipe wrench, but I would rather use a hammer. Buy the truck to suit your needs, but consider all of your needs.
thomas201 06/18/21 01:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Understanding towing weights?

You will only know for sure by scaling your rig, but read the manufactures' information very carefully. Ford, in their info, includes a 150# passenger at each seat belt location when figuring payload. There will be other things included/deleted that will adjust the printed numbers. All that being said, buy a 350/3500 unless you need a 250/2500, usually registration, HOA rules, hammer lanes and parkways. There are reasons for 250/2500 I just gave you my four. Next, buy a dually if you want the best towing experience. However, they stink for driving in the mud, they cannot climb out of ruts and those wide hips cannot go down a narrow two track. You also must pry out rocks from the duals, unless you want holes in the fenders and the risk of killing someone. They are not the best on snow, but boy do they tow sweet. Me? F250 diesel for the 4 reasons above, plus a little mud work. I have a small 5er. Loaded for a long trip, us in the cab: Truck Front: 4800, Rear: 4850, Trailer: 8050;;; Calculated Truck: 9650, Trailer: 9650, Pin: 1600, Combined: 17,700. So, those numbers are honest, but a little strange with the tuck and trailer weighing the same. She is light on the pin at 16.6%, but it tows easy, no wagging tail.
thomas201 06/18/21 08:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Insurance!

I will put in another plug for a personal/umbrella policy. You are really buying professional negotiators to limit a claim. After all, the insurance company does not really want to pay that first $1 to $2 million dollars. They have to give up that money, before you have to start paying.
thomas201 06/17/21 09:07am Truck Campers
RE: love the truck hate the ride

Aux fuel tank, tool box with tools,etc. A little weight will help.
thomas201 05/28/21 12:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Auxiliary fuel tank

Secret bonus, a full aux makes my truck ride better. I saw no change in fuel mileage per gallon, before vs after tank install.
thomas201 05/28/21 05:02am Fifth-Wheels
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