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RE: EV's I know there are folks better versed than me in here

There is an interesting article in the recent Car and Driver magazine where they had a thousand mile race with 9 electric cars. The speed limit was mandated so the winner would be determined by charging efficiency and network availability. Some vehicles spent half as much time charging as they did driving and that didn't even include overnight charging which was not counted. It is coming though. Mercedes just announced they plan to transition to full electric production by 2025 which is a little over 3 years away. Don't know if it includes their big rig models but the article said it included all model lines. Doubtful if the European or domestic infrastructure will be ready by then.
Durb 07/25/21 08:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is Lance the “gold” standard

If you are looking for short and narrow then Bigfoot, Arctic Fox and Nash are out as they are all 8 ft. wide or wider. Short and narrow with extreme build quality; look at Escape or Oliver, but not inexpensive. An R-Pod might fit your needs. Built in Oregon and the quality seems pretty good.
Durb 07/14/21 09:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Turning a FW around in a Culdesac

If you are worried about your running gear, do a couple of "Y" backups to reduce your turn angles. Even though you don't have to to make the turn it will relieve a lot of axle and tire stress.
Durb 06/10/21 10:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Black Tank Dump Valve

If I recall correctly, the roof top vent cap is attached to the vent pipe with screws. So it seems unlikely that the pipe slipped down; however, if it did, then the vent cap should be missing. At any rate, I'll check out this possibility. For some information Google: rv vent pipe slipping As a test, turn off the black tank rinse then flush the toilet which will relieve any tank pressure. Then, try the valve.
Durb 06/03/21 09:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Black Tank Dump Valve

Do you turn off the water to the black tank rinse before opening the valve? Could be the incoming water is building pressure inside the tank and binding the valve.
Durb 06/02/21 08:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Out of touch with reality

When you get home and resell the trailer you will probably benefit from high prices on the back end.
Durb 05/31/21 02:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: FRAMELESS WINDOWS?

I've had the sliding windows and now Hehr frameless. The sliders probably offer more ventilation but I can turn on the bathroom fantastic fan and create a pretty good breeze. Need more ventilation, open the door. The frameless offers the ability to open when raining. Another point, moot for some, the frameless windows make it extraordinarily easy to buff off water spots. Where I live, that is a big deal.
Durb 05/29/21 04:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Grants Pass, OR (exceptional experiences)

Also, beautiful country and pleasant weather.
Durb 05/29/21 12:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Auxiliary fuel tank

My Aluminum Tank Industry 46 gallon tank can be purchased for $630 which includes the Fuel Shotz filler hose system. I installed it 2 years ago, fuel cost savings will have it paid for early next year. and I only tow about 6k miles per year. Don't know where the comment about never recouping the cost comes from. Since installing, I have only filled my tanks at Costco after a round trip. Fuel on the coast or in the mountains can be 50 cents to a dollar per gallon higher. No electric pump either. I feel it was a good add.
Durb 05/27/21 08:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Nose High

With a 14.5k fiver with 22% pin weight you will be averaging 5,655# per axle. With good axle equalization, the differential between front and rear axle weight will be less than you might think. If you have 7k axles and 4,000#+ capacity Sailuns, I would say go for it. You mentioned it tows great which takes care of other concerns.
Durb 05/24/21 11:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pleated shades, should I tow with them up or down?

Thanks everyone. I watched the videos and ordered the blind repair kit from Amazon. Guess I'll continue to travel with the blinds up if they are easy to repair.
Durb 05/19/21 08:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Pop-up -> TT ?

As we grew older we transitioned from our Coleman tent trailer to a Bigfoot 25' rear queen (22' box). The quality is still there because it is missing many of the problem components such as slides, membrane roof, corner seams, studs, laminated siding and such. Probably one of the best built trailers out there. Their price is high and they are heavy but will fit the bill for what you are looking for. Resale is tremendous; finding one will be a problem.
Durb 05/18/21 07:32pm Travel Trailers
Pleated shades, should I tow with them up or down?

I normally tow with my shades up but I just had a fail on one when I arrived at a site last week. The cord was apparently sheathed and it bunched up causing the shade not to work. To prevent additional problems, should I be towing with them in the down position? Seems like the roads are bumpy no matter which direction we go. Second question; where do people take these to have them restrung?
Durb 05/17/21 04:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

My 41 gallon aux has been in for two years. Have not bought diesel anywhere during that period except the local Costco. Fuel prices at our camping destinations are typically 50 to 70 cents higher. I just do the round trip now without refueling. In another year, the fuel cost savings will pay for the tank. The extra convenience is just a plus.
Durb 05/05/21 08:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Metal carport RV shelter

A standard size from our supplier was 14' x 36' which is what I went with for 31' fifth wheel. 12 ft. side walls is plenty high for 13.5' trailer. The ends do get wet in blowing rain but roof stays dry and shaded. Am able to extend my slides while trailer is under cover. One slide is 40". Pretty happy as the storage is trailer specific.
Durb 05/05/21 08:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: PullRite Super Glide hitch question

It sounds like the truck and trailer are coming from the same party. If not, you will need a capture plate for the trailer's pin box which are not all the same.
Durb 05/02/21 04:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

I have no problems with an electric vehicle if it fit my needs. I have a few issues though. First, is the obsession with electronics and computer type controls replete with downloads and upgrades. My phones, computers, and everything else with a screen and software are always being obsolesced. Will we be crushing electric vehicles when their software is no longer supported? Second, is the destruction of America's view sheds with wind turbines. There is value in open vistas. Already, the east end of the Columbia River Gorge has suffered from wind turbine blight. I read a novel where the state claimed ownership of the sky shed and taxed businesses and people for solar appropriation. I can see that happening in the future.
Durb 05/01/21 06:56am Around the Campfire
RE: Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

I installed a 100AH Battle Born battery and Progressive Dynamics Lithium Convertor in my trailer. No maintenance, no removing the battery during the winter, no battery tender during the off season. I don't obsess about SOC and all the other stuff in this thread. I just ignore the battery and expect to do so for the next ten years. So far, the battery meets all my needs. So, for me, the lithium conversion was worth it. If that means you are leaving it plugged in for long periods of time doing 14.4-14.6 after it has been fully charged, AFAIK, that would be against Battle Born's guidelines. Some say to isolate that PD Li converter from the LFPs soon after the batts are fully charged. You still want the converter on in the RV. That PD Li converter might have been a big mistake in their rush to have something to sell with "Li" written on it. Agreed, I have no idea why progressive dynamics thought a constant 14.6V output would be a good fit for a lithium battery. You want to shut this off after the battery is charged, or better yet just use their regular converter, which is better suited to lithium. Let me get this straight. Progressive Dynamics, a leader, designed a convertor for lithium batteries that isn't as good for lithium batteries as their non lithium convertor? What if I just unplug the convertor between trips, say three weeks? I do disconnect the battery during the off season. I wonder why Battle Born sells my exact charger for use with their batteries.
Durb 04/28/21 02:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

I installed a 100AH Battle Born battery and Progressive Dynamics Lithium Convertor in my trailer. No maintenance, no removing the battery during the winter, no battery tender during the off season. I don't obsess about SOC and all the other stuff in this thread. I just ignore the battery and expect to do so for the next ten years. So far, the battery meets all my needs. So, for me, the lithium conversion was worth it.
Durb 04/28/21 08:13am Truck Campers
RE: Dually tire replacement upcharge

I was charged an upcharge for a tire rotation because my truck is a dually. They had to dismount and remount two tires to keep the white sidewall lettering to the inside. Seemed reasonable to me.
Durb 04/28/21 07:42am Tow Vehicles
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