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RE: Running lights on cars

Just so you know there is no "Study"; All your link is someone referencing "Studies have shown" with nothing else but opinions based on zilch, nada, nothing. No study, no data, nothing by hypotheses. I agree the study should be cited. Sloppy journalism. That said, there is no study needed. It's common sense and we see the effects every day. It's about visibility. I don't need a study to recognize it's easier to see vehicles with their lights on during the day. Moreover, there is tons of verifiable data out there to support the effectiveness. Google is your friend.
Campfire Time 10/20/21 01:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Running lights on cars

As a privilege it requires not only your full time attention and adherence to the rules of the road but other drivers also.. No amount of lights hung on the front of a vehicle can replace lack of attention or lack of following the rules of the road. A spot on post. I learned how to drive before 3rd brake lights, before DRLs, before signals built into mirrors, as many on this forum also have. I was taught that anything that moves, anything at all, is a potential danger. I was also taught Zero trust. Those two things have served me well. This is like using a GPS. Great tool but one is foolish if that's all they rely on. All of the extra lights and safety equipment we have are great and helpful tools, but nothing replaces common sense and good old fashioned paying attention to what's going on in front of you. And if you can't see? Get off the road. You're an accident waiting to happen.
Campfire Time 10/18/21 11:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Got mice try this

Keep brush and grass away from your trailer. Ours have been stored on a gravel pad next to our garage for nearly 30 years. No brush or tall grass, or anywhere for mice to hide from preditors. They don't like being out in the open. Never once had a mouse in any of our trailers. Our gargage gets mice all the time. They were even getting the wall of our house which is shared with the garage until I sealed up every crack I could find.
Campfire Time 09/17/21 02:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Black Eye

I feel for the truck driver as they are working and need to get to the job etc. A few years back I was traveling up to Door County Wi doing the speed limit and there was a logging semi behind me. He was just not happy with me going to speed limit, he finially found a place to pass and boy did he there was no speed limit for him. He was an idiot then. 42 and 57 up there are really busy roads. 95% of the traffic north of Sturgeon Bay is tourists. He wouldn't have gotten more than 1/2 mile before being behind someone else. And most likley doing 45 not 55. Years ago 57 from Green Bay to Sturgeon Bay was two lane blacktop. Too many idiots like this in a hurry and passing on curves, etc. So many deaths they used to call it Bloody 57. I hated towing on that stretch. Got passed by a 5ver doing at least 75 one time, cut me off and nearly went off the road. No excuse for that **** just to save a few minutes. In the early 2000s they built a new 4 lane highway built to Interstate standards with a speed limit of 65.
Campfire Time 09/17/21 01:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Transmission shudder

shudder is often friction plates that have absorbed moisture in the fluid. Sometimes, changing fluid will clear it up. Exactly, and that's what the wrong fluid was causing, moisture in what was supposed to be a sealed system. Transmissions are not sealed. They have a vent that allows the trans do breath as it heats up and cools down. Vent is above an OEM identified water line, which is determined based on how high water splashes when driven into puddles at various depths and speeds. True. By sealed I mean no dip stick.
Campfire Time 08/11/21 10:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Transmission shudder

shudder is often friction plates that have absorbed moisture in the fluid. Sometimes, changing fluid will clear it up. Exactly, and that's what the wrong fluid was causing, moisture in what was supposed to be a sealed system.
Campfire Time 08/10/21 09:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Transmission shudder

That’s normally a fluid change. Our Ram truck 8 speeds will hang up in 2nd gear when coming to a stop. Changing the fluid fixes the issue. Anyone that believes in lifetime fluids is asking for a large repair bill. The fluid is expensive, but it’s still cheaper than a trans. In the case of the GM 8 speed, the 2015-2019 has a TSB for a shudder condition at cruising speeds above 50. The reason is that the transmissions left the factory with the wrong fluid type. It took them until 2019 to figure it out. That said GM maintenance is change of fluid every 45k. Lots of people never follow the engineer's recommendations.
Campfire Time 08/09/21 02:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best Quality Travel Trailers

I call it the Walmart Effect. People say they want good quality but what they buy says they really want it as cheap as they can get it. So the industry listens and builds poor quality. And we keep buying 'em...
Campfire Time 08/09/21 10:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Transmission shudder

Mine had 37k on when I bought it Jan. 2016 Silverado 5.3 with 8 speed. The previous owner had the flush done at 28k. I have 43k on it now. It's been very smooth. I've talked to a lot of people through forums and a few in person who have been very happy with their 8 speeds once the flush was done. And it tows wonderfully, not to mention really good day to day mileage. There is quirkiness with AFM but I only see it at 45mph and under with a slight vibration. I learned to run in M7 when driving at 45mph or less. No vibration. Locking out AFM eliminates the V4 mode lag. And overall it's even smoother, I no long have wonky downshifts or slams in parking lots.
Campfire Time 08/09/21 10:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone using a Curt Echo brake controller?

I have trouble with my bluetooth radio staying connected on some days. that's just my 2 cents This is my concern. I don't lose my BT connection to my truck too often but it does happen. BT uses 2.4 ghz, which a lot of other things do as well. Too many things can interfere with a wireless signal and trailer brakes are too critical for me to ever be comfortable with BT.
Campfire Time 06/23/21 09:32am Towing
RE: I hate roundabouts -- but maybe I am wrong

I like roundabouts. The issues are not with roundabouts but with the lack of good driver training. Europeans go through a lot more than we do before they are granted a license. Also few take the time to understand how they work. Another issue is that people don't know know how to safety merge on a freeway, or even into another lane in traffic. How can they be expected to understand how to merge into a roundabout? Again this all comes back to driver training.
Campfire Time 06/18/21 03:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: Traveling around Lake Michigan

2nd on Door County. We stay there each year for two weeks (non pandemic years) and stay at Egg Harbor Campground which has sites for any size rig and full hookups. I will "3rd" this. We are there 3 times a season. Egg Harbor CG is excellent, Mike and Debbie are great hosts. Door County is also sometimes called "Little Cape Cod", is more what Cape Cod was years ago. July and August however are really busy months in Door County, so be prepared for heavy traffic in the small towns, and long waits at restaurants and attractions.
Campfire Time 05/04/21 11:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ford as a tow vehicle

Just want to add something I did not see, and correct something else. Tow/Haul mode by itself will not lock out AFM on the 2014-2018 Silverado/Sierra. If it does while towing that's only because the weight and wind resistance forces V8 mode. You have to put it in M and select a gear lower than your top gear. This also locks out OD. For a 6 speed, run 5th gear. For an 8 speed run 6 or 7. I see people complaining about the towing ability of the 2014-2018 Silverado/Sierras on the truck forums. When asked most of the complainers have no idea how to use Tow/Haul mode or how to lock out OD.
Campfire Time 04/30/21 09:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tilting bike rack, hitch mounted: update, see 4/23 pm post

Is there no possibility of fabricating the worn parts?
Campfire Time 04/23/21 01:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Looking for SUV recommendation

“Jay Flight SLX7 184BS model (dry weight of about 3400lbs).“ Dry weight 3400 plus 1600 pounds of water, batteries, propane, bikes, stuff...5000 pounds Exactly! Dry weight is a myth. To the OP, trailers weigh more than the dry weight when the leave the factory. Look at the GVWR of the trailer. Loaded to camp you will be closer to that number.
Campfire Time 04/01/21 01:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Some Towing Math and Questions

Don't guess at the capacity, and don't go by opinions on towing capacity, and only look at Trailer Life as a general guide. Most of what you are looking for is right here: 2017 Ram Towing Charts. I'm sort of puzzled that Ram has a separate towing guide. Not easy to find. GM has it right in the truck's manual. But at least it's available.
Campfire Time 03/03/21 01:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for reliable travel trailer

Maybe not good advice in these pandemic days but how about renting a 26 foot class C for a weekend or two to get an idea if the RVing lifestyle is really for you? If your city allows you could even camp in your driveway for a weekend! This is the best idea. Too many people buy a unit and find out it's really not their cup of tea, then lose their shirts on it when they sell it. There are places that you can rent a travel trailer from and they will deliver it to the site you want for the days you want. It works best with private CGs because you can call ahead and make all the arrangements. And some of the private CGs will be able to recommend an RV dealer that rents trailers.
Campfire Time 03/02/21 02:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Advice for the best printer cartridge.

For my Canon IX6870 I buy my cartridges from Arthur Imaging. Every bit as good as Canon, excellent color for prints, and a fraction of the price. They sell compatible cartridges for several brands, but not for cheap ink jet printers.
Campfire Time 02/19/21 03:21pm Tech Issues

We're in our 2nd hybrid. First was an '03, and now the 2013. Both purchased new. We've loved them. For us there really have been no downsides. But I also realize that they aren't for everyone. We don't plan on replacing the 2013 for at least another few years, but when we do it will be a hard side trailer. For the sole reason that as we're getting older climbing in and out of the bed is getting a lot harder. Something to consider.
Campfire Time 02/18/21 12:13pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
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