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RE: Solution to Trash Left Behind!

Just wondering why OP didn’t mention the suggestion of the article. Any way, if it was at a reserved camp space, I guess mailing would work but cost money. So, seems pretty dumb of Thailand but maybe they have high enough taxes to pay for it. This was a publicity stunt. It makes no sense to pay someone to collect the trash and then pay to mail it to them...where all they will do is shrug and then throw it in the trash. We love Thailand but litter control isn't their strong point...not even close.
valhalla360 09/26/20 04:33am Truck Campers
RE: 50 Amp service question

Sounds like there is more to the story. OP doesn't know what 50amp service is but knows the air/cons are on one leg? Plus as mentioned, 43 amps is way more than 2 air/con units should be pulling.
valhalla360 09/26/20 04:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Accident with tow vehicle right before big camping trip?

Assuming, it's totaled and you are in good financial shape, I would pop out and buy another truck. You are going to need one anyway. If you aren't in good financial shape, I might hold off on the trip. Now if it's minor damage, the question becomes is the truck safely drivable with little or no work. If it's just some sheet metal pushed up against the tire and you can pull it back and secure it, I would call the insurance and run it by them that you plan to head out and will work with them to get it fixed when you return. "Trips of a lifetime" are a lot easier to come by with a little planning than you might think.
valhalla360 09/25/20 02:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Overland Build Idea

https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/118655060_138848997907508_8847125074128766252_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_sid=843cd7&_nc_ohc=c9sZHrFTcKIAX-OjWz3&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-1.xx&oh=e90e16babe8733d9eb950183ec0047c5&oe=5F94B5C7 height=400 width=400 The internet is watching...this showed up on facebook without me searching for it. Not exactly what I was thinking about but interesting. Toy hauler with hydralic lift to get toys in.
valhalla360 09/25/20 06:36am Truck Campers
RE: Looking for next travel trailer

What's the max weight you can handle? Something like FOREST RIVER ROCKWOOD MINI LITE 2504S has an empty weight of 4800lb and GVWR of 6300. A little higher weight wise but otherwise ticks the boxes. Is there any flexibility on tow vehicle or how heavy do you pack?
valhalla360 09/23/20 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Overland Build Idea

They did do a lot of remodeling of the trailer interior which would defeat my idea of throw a trailer on the truck deck (minus the axles) and head out but it certainly confirms the idea as viable. Wouldn't defeat it per se, would just take longer. Depends on how custom you want the interior to be. This is really an interesting idea and would be a fun build. Around here guys spend big money to have Class C's converted to 4WD for beach access, your idea would deliver almost the same result at a lower cost. One thing to keep in mind is that very few TTs come with a generator option, or have room for multiple batteries, so you'll need to plan space for that in the build. If you do some minor modifications, no it wouldn't defeat the purpose but the youtube guys basically gutted the trailer and rebuilt the interior...at that point, building a custom box wouldn't take much more effort. My thought is quick, easy and cheap. Generator and batteries could be placed on trays/boxes along the frame. It's easy to bolt things on as it's all exposed and easy access.
valhalla360 09/23/20 08:38am Truck Campers
RE: Floors

The laminated floors are usually pretty good. His probably got wet. They’re used because they have some insulation value and they’re light. Unless maybe it’s a toy hauler I doubt you’ll find any camper made in the last 30 years that will have plywood flooring. The sandwich core flooring is used because it's cheap and light weight. Lots of campers still use plywood though there has been a move to OSB. As long as it stays dry, OSB vs plywood isn't a big deal but OSB is far less forgiving if it gets wet. Not that you want plywood to get wet but if it gets wet a couple times then you fix the leak, good chance the plywood will be fine...the OSB will disintegrate. Problem with sandwich core is they use very thin sheets of plywood, so the deflection goes into the foam core. In high traffic areas, that foam starts to break down, even if it never gets wet. So by the door or in front of the sink, the floor starts to sag. If you use the trailer a few weekends per year, it may be years before the issue is noticeable. If you use the trailer a lot, it can show up quickly.
valhalla360 09/23/20 07:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Overland Build Idea

Cab overs are used worldwide, so better chance of getting work done on it. Ah, OK, you didn't mention going around the world with it, I assume you were talking NA, there are plenty of overland places in Mexico. Is this the truck you're talking about using? https://www.isuzucv.com/images/us/models/npr-hd_diesel.png width=640 Sorry, I wasn't specific. Overlander vehicles are usually focused on a wider range of areas. Yes, something like the truck in the picture. Though since seeing the youtube link from someone who has done it, getting a dump flatbed looks like a simpler approach as it's a 3 point support already designed and built, so you just need to set the trailer on the deck and secure it so it doesn't fall off. They bought a used 2006 truck and indicated they only have about $30k total into it. They did do a lot of remodeling of the trailer interior which would defeat my idea of throw a trailer on the truck deck (minus the axles) and head out but it certainly confirms the idea as viable.
valhalla360 09/23/20 07:04am Truck Campers
RE: I-69 Construction in Michigan

https://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-9620_11057-539504--rss,00.html Check google maps with traffic conditions turned on. Unless you go during the morning peak hour (northbound), it shouldn't be an issue. Even in the morning peak, it should just be a minor slow down. (I was involved in some prelminary work on allowable lane closures)
valhalla360 09/23/20 01:47am Roads and Routes
RE: Overland Build Idea

There is a YouTube channel called Barefoot Expedition where a couple mounted a travel trailer on a Fuso FG140 that had a flatbed with a hoist. The left the flatbed alone as it had a front tele hoist and 2 hinges at the rear...”wa la” - 3 point mount to isolate the travel trailer body from the truck. This one is also set up so the trailer body can be set off the flatbed without a crane or fork lift. The channel The Cruisin’ Crew also did a nice rig tour with them. That's almost exactly what I was thinking. Yeah, saw the video where they were talking about the dump bed and it effectively is a prebuilt 3 point support system.
valhalla360 09/23/20 01:23am Truck Campers
RE: Overland Build Idea

Definitely doable,,with enough time and money lol Or you could build your own design to make it stronger better insulated longer lasting,heres an example https://youtu.be/ao2LiqegRJQ For another interesting, maybe better TC construction look up Kimbo camper on YT Sure you can build a box and then fit it out piece by piece but rather than a project that takes maybe a week to finish and doesn't require a lot of specialized skills... it's likely several months of work and you need the right skill set to build the box from scratch. This is basically the reason why commercially built units are crazy expensive. Using a small trailer, the box is all built out ahead of time. Biggest project is welding up the subframe for the 3 point support and setting it on the truck. That doesn't have to be pretty, just strong.
valhalla360 09/23/20 01:14am Truck Campers
RE: Rivian 1/2 ton high temp, grade test. Good read/video

So yes. I am including fuel costs in operating costs. Our Jeep wasn’t that bad for maintenance costs. Pretty good vehicle overall. And yah, our usage needs changed so although the cargo room was great in the SUV it wasn’t needed anymore. A Tesla model 3 is not a compact car though. They are actually quite roomy. And has two trunks. More of a mid size. So keeping it real there is some apples to oranges comparisons. Having said that for us the fuel costs went from around 170 to 25 bucks per month. And a heck of a lot more convenient. So yah, it’s cheaper. Works for us. Not the right fit for everybody. One would have to analyze what they do and see what works. Obviously gas and electricity prices can move the needle a lot. Here it’s a no brainer. Which is why 15 percent of all new vehicles sold are Electric. When EV trucks are available that will easily double. If an SUV is needed the model Y is a nice alternative to something like the Grand Cherokee. Look it up, the Mod 3 is a compact car. That's not a bad thing if you need a compact car but it's wildly different from a full size SUV when you are doing a comparison. Particularly if you want to throw fuel costs into the mix. Grand Cherokee is looking at somewhere around 16mpg. Your typical compact car is somewhere on the order of 30-35 mpg and the more efficiency focused models can push north of 40 mpg. So re-run the numbers with a 40mpg car and that gap drops to more like $65 per month for fuel or about $40 savings...vs a substantial up front price difference to get the basic tesla. This is a good example of where EV proponents get it wrong. They push obviously misleading comparisons and then they are shocked when people assume anything they say is intended to be misleading. Fuel is cheaper for EVs, so there is no reason to mislead over it. PS: Where are you getting 15% of new car sales are battery EV's? I'm coming up with something like 1.9% (2019) in the US looking online at that's with heavy subsidization and they aren't providing details but articles say there has been a fall back in 2020 due to cheap gas prices I looked it up. You are right. It’s a compact. Definetly a big compact though. Or maybe my garage is just small. :) You misunderstood my post. I said that 15 percent of new car sales are electric in my province. Nothing about percentage of vehicles on the road. Last year it was 9 percent so it’s growing fast. Cheers. I didn't see where it mentioned province in your original comment...So it's a specific subset of data not representative of your country or larger market which is a much smaller percentage and largely still driven by govt support. Plus as others mentioned, even that is overstating when you are looking at battery only. PIH still makes far more sense for the vast majority of people unless you only need the car as a commuter car and have a full service vehicle for longer trips. There is no reason to believe this won't apply equally well if not more to pickups.
valhalla360 09/22/20 02:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivian 1/2 ton high temp, grade test. Good read/video

So yes. I am including fuel costs in operating costs. Our Jeep wasn’t that bad for maintenance costs. Pretty good vehicle overall. And yah, our usage needs changed so although the cargo room was great in the SUV it wasn’t needed anymore. A Tesla model 3 is not a compact car though. They are actually quite roomy. And has two trunks. More of a mid size. So keeping it real there is some apples to oranges comparisons. Having said that for us the fuel costs went from around 170 to 25 bucks per month. And a heck of a lot more convenient. So yah, it’s cheaper. Works for us. Not the right fit for everybody. One would have to analyze what they do and see what works. Obviously gas and electricity prices can move the needle a lot. Here it’s a no brainer. Which is why 15 percent of all new vehicles sold are Electric. When EV trucks are available that will easily double. If an SUV is needed the model Y is a nice alternative to something like the Grand Cherokee. Look it up, the Mod 3 is a compact car. That's not a bad thing if you need a compact car but it's wildly different from a full size SUV when you are doing a comparison. Particularly if you want to throw fuel costs into the mix. Grand Cherokee is looking at somewhere around 16mpg. Your typical compact car is somewhere on the order of 30-35 mpg and the more efficiency focused models can push north of 40 mpg. So re-run the numbers with a 40mpg car and that gap drops to more like $65 per month for fuel or about $40 savings...vs a substantial up front price difference to get the basic tesla. This is a good example of where EV proponents get it wrong. They push obviously misleading comparisons and then they are shocked when people assume anything they say is intended to be misleading. Fuel is cheaper for EVs, so there is no reason to mislead over it. PS: Where are you getting 15% of new car sales are battery EV's? I'm coming up with something like 1.9% (2019) in the US looking online at that's with heavy subsidization and they aren't providing details but articles say there has been a fall back in 2020 due to cheap gas prices
valhalla360 09/22/20 10:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: FORD F-150 AXLE RATIO CHOICE

I think generally speaking people towing 10K regularly don't buy and F150 Ecoboost. For instance, I bought an Ecoboost because it is my daily driver. I use it 80%± as a daily driver and get great mpg every day doing so (leaps and bounds better then the F250 I got rid of); and yet, when I need it for towing, it's tow beast also (getting nearly the same mpg towing as my F250). I agree. My point was I think the 10k rating is mostly marketing because Ford knows very few will push that limit while doing a lot of towing miles. If they do it once in a while mostly flat land towing, they will probably get away with it. Most people towing a lot up near 10k will jump up to the 3/4 ton trucks. For the 1 in a 10,000 who actually does tow heavy regularly with the ecoboost, it's such a small percentage that it really doesn't impact the reputation if they have issues as it's so rare. If Ford really trusted the engine to regularly tow heavy like that, you would see them offer it in the 3/4 ton trucks because commercial operators would be salivating over the fuel saving of a 3/4 ton that can get even 17-18 mpg when not towing and yes, you do see a lot of them cruising around empty or with just a light load where boost would be negligible and MPG would be much better.
valhalla360 09/22/20 09:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Overland Build Idea

....just yesterday while doing the winter prep for our Ford Edge, I checked out a "clearance" brand new 2019 Ford Transit-350 base cab/chassis V6 Ti-VCT 24V with 16 foot box....selling for $48,000 CAD ($36,106 US). The box is bulletproof, and has nice shaped wind-cutting accouterments. Mind you, its no 4x4, but with this truck, you can add any pre-built furniture you want, cut in 4 or 5 large RV windows, and plenty of space under the box's over-frame for 3, 4, 5 large water/grey/black tanks and batteries? Its serviceable at any Ford dealer anywhere from northern Alaska down to Argentina. You can do a van conversion but now it's a much more complicated build (as opposed to basically bolt a prebuilt trailer onto the frame with a 3 point support and you are done) and you don't get the big ground clearance or durability of an actual truck. Also, payload has to be watched closely as the transit vans aren't real heavy duty. Basically a van conversion is a different animal. If that was an option, I would either stick to a towable or a class C prebuilt and be done.
valhalla360 09/22/20 09:46am Truck Campers
RE: FORD F-150 AXLE RATIO CHOICE

I currently have a 2011 F150 heavy, SCREW, long bed, w/3.5 EB w/3.73 gears. I have over 200,000n miles. I just finished going over Chief Joseph Highway, Beartooth Highway, up the west side of 14A in the Bighorns pulling my TT. I may loose a bit of mpg when not towing but I love the grunt when I am towing. When I reorder, it will be a similar vehicle. I don't have a problem eating up my brakes. I have never smelled hot brakes on my truck either. The truck still looks good and runs great, so I don;t plan on a new one soon. Under 6-7k lb, I think the 3.5 ecoboost is a great option. Of course, the old NA model was rated for that much (all be it with slower acceleration and slower in the mountains). With a trailer clocking in with a GVWR of 3700lb, I would expect it to do great and you really aren't taxing the motor much while towing. I'm curious to see some of the early year ecoboosts that regularly tow up near the 10k lb range for significant miles (not just an occasional weekend 100 miles away). How are those holding up when pushed to the rating limits. I still suspect, this type of user is so rare that Ford can talk it's way out of failures blaming them on the owner and it really won't hurt the motor's reputation.
valhalla360 09/22/20 08:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Rivian 1/2 ton high temp, grade test. Good read/video

Re maintenance costs for hybrids. From what I gather they are pretty low. However when in gas mode their operating expenses are similar to an ICE car. Depending on where you live and what the gas and electricity prices are that can be quite high in comparison to a pure EV. Our total operating and maintenance costs were about 8 times higher with a Grand Cherokee than a model 3 Tesla. Both vehicles cost roughly the same. Grand Cherokee had great cargo room though. Meh. Pros and cons all around. I didn’t think we would want to go back to a premium high performance sports sedan...and yet here we are. LOL :). Who knows what it will be next time. :). Sure, comparing a compact car to a full size SUV, operating costs will be higher for the SUV. Also, how many years for each and how was each used? A 10yr old Cherokee used hard vs a 3yr old Mod 3 used mostly for light commuter work, sure maintenance costs will likely be higher but you are comparing apples to oranges. Of course, how much is 8 times higher...$10/yr vs $80/yr, 8 times is largely irrelevant to the average buyer. Or are you trying to slip fuel costs into the comparison...where again the apples to oranges comparison makes it a misleading comparison.
valhalla360 09/22/20 08:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Overland Build Idea

My take on this was to buy a CC, and do what you suggest but using a small fiberglass 5th wheel. Bigfoot used to make one and they can still be found used. Escape makes one currently. These are 20' trailers, but the box is only about 13', the rest is cabover. Remove the frame, mount it on a subframe that slides off of channels, just like loading a 40 yd dumpster. You could get by with the 178" wheelbase chassis, and have a pretty small overall package, demountable. A new Earthroamer, even the small one, is around $500K. The bigger one $1M+. And they have a long order book. Now the build quality of the box is very high, but not that high. Problem with a small Isuzu cabover or their competition, is they are very uncomfortable to drive for more than a half an hour. I like the idea of a 5th wheel if you can make the spacing work out over the truck cab. It might be a complication if the box is allowed to rotate. It might require significant extra clearance so if the box rotates relative to the truck, you don't want it hitting on the cab. A demountable house would be nice but does that get you into a lot of complexity and cost negating the advantages of the idea. Unless you have another use for the truck, I don't see this as a big must have item. A big part of the idea is that it's simple and cheap with 90% of the capability of much more expensive trucks. Access to tanks and other items on the bottom shouldn't be a big concern with the open frame of the truck. Vast majority of the overlanders are built with the cab over trucks. I suspect most overlanders don't do 6-10hr runs very often. These tend to be longer trips where covering lots of miles in a short time isn't critical. Of course it's a trade off of a truck that can be worked on anywhere vs a bit more comfortable ride.
valhalla360 09/22/20 07:42am Truck Campers
RE: Overland Build Idea

You could just get a Tiger. 4x4 pickup chassis, back of cab cut off, coach mounted onto chassis. Cutting off the cab back makes it a class C with pass-through between cab and coach. Built to order at the factory. New ones are pricey and used ones are scarce. I always say there is no perfect RV, but the 2006 Tiger CX which I bought new is by far the closest thing to a perfect RV for me. For overlanding, once you get out of N. America, you have an oddball vehicle if you need work done on it. Also, it's up around $150k starting price for a stripped down version and you only get a 9ft box. Basically it's a truck camper with slightly wider floor space. I agree there is no perfect RV. For cruising around N. America, overlander vehicles don't make a lot of sense.
valhalla360 09/22/20 07:10am Truck Campers
RE: Overland Build Idea

I think you would be better off with a 550/5500 cab/chassis 4WD and then adding a truck camper. Truck campers are much better built to handle overland-type activities compared to a TT. Cab overs are used worldwide, so better chance of getting work done on it. Truck campers are back to tiny living spaces unless you buy one of the monster multi slide units and then the budget goes up a lot.
valhalla360 09/22/20 07:01am Truck Campers
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