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RE: Underframe Storage

My previous trailer had the spare up front under the trailer. It was well supported and I was able to add "safety" chains around it and attach to the frame. My big concern with a front mounted spare is if it ever came loose. The damage as it bounced it's way to exit in the rear could be catastrophic. The retractable hangers used to hold the spare up that are on most trailers are pretty flimsy. Let me see if I understand what you are saying. Your spare, mounted on front, comes loose, it will bounce around destroying your property. But if it is mounted on rear, your property is safe. The death and destruction that likely will happen behind you is not important? OP, on level ground, park the front tire on a string. Pull that string up to the lowest point halfway between that axle and the rear axle of TV. Box above string? Very unlikely to hit it. Could you make a cage to hold tank up between crossmembers? Might need it hinged so could lower outside end to get it in/out.
JRscooby 03/04/21 07:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Loss of Credit Cards and other Important Items

Can't type the number in? Then I would just call in for curbside pickup. How do you pay for the stuff then? Somebody types in the number. I would do what I could to avoid doing that. And I can stand under a underpaid store clerk not wanting to do it
JRscooby 03/04/21 04:42am Around the Campfire
RE: Loss of Credit Cards and other Important Items

Found a way this morning to make a defective credit card work. My one remaining credit card that wasn't lost in my recent fiasco had been giving me problems for quite some time; after insertion into machine, screen would indicate the card wasn't good. After several tries, card usually worked when cashier tried it. I learned the trick today from a helpful Walmart employee: Insert chip end into machine for three attempts. After third attempt, swipe card. It worked well. Still a bit of a pain, but at least the card can be used. Anyhow, a new replacement card has been mailed and is on the way. Bank also informed me that my new debit card is on the way, too :C I worked at a place that took cards for a while years ago. Try twice, don't work slide it backwards. (No, Miss Blondie, it does not put money back on card). Then try putting card in baggie, slide again. I hated to do it but could key in the number by hand.
JRscooby 03/03/21 03:50pm Around the Campfire
RE: no lights

IMHO, the first step is get a rattle can of black paint, but a heavy coat on all the wires. Now, once the color code is no longer tempting you, use a battery and jumper wire to determine the function of each wire, and hook it to proper post
JRscooby 03/03/21 07:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Battery Powered Lawn Mower

I used a corded mower for a few years. Yard was bigger than 500 sqft, needed 150 feet of cord to reach the far corner. Start at house and go back and forth always turning away from house. The cord stayed on what had been cut. The only time I had to stop for cord was when I got to end of 100 ft, when I added the 2nd cord.
JRscooby 03/03/21 05:25am Around the Campfire
RE: Loss of Credit Cards and other Important Items

Working on the other side of metro, watched a car pull out off a shopping center with a purse sitting on top. It fell off on the other side of intersection. I picked it up, hoping to catch at the next light. While loading the next load I found ID, called 411, then called her. While looking saw a stack of at least a dozen bills, 1 was a 100. Told her I would meet her in the area I had seen her after my last load, would call when could pinpoint time. I confess I thought I might get a tip out of it. By the time she got there I was in handcuffs. As normal, the clean, well dressed obviously well off is more likely to be telling the truth, than the guy that is dirty from a day hauling rock. Did not help that my wallet was a few blocks away because I didn't want to drive thru PL. "Officer, if I stole he purse, wanted to do her harm, wouldn't I just go to the address?"
JRscooby 03/03/21 05:05am Around the Campfire
RE: Battery Powered Lawn Mower

I’m all done buying gas power equipment. Once the EPA decided in their infinite wisdom we weren’t allowed to adjust carburetors anymore, gas power equipment became a huge PIA to keep running properly. My garage is becoming void of gas power equipment. Everything will eventually be battery powered. Personally I’m going with the 80V. LOL A friend owned a small engine shop. He hated the non-adjustable carbs. Reduced the number of machines where the owner had screwed to the point somebody that knew what they where doing could have it running right in minutes
JRscooby 03/02/21 04:19pm Around the Campfire
RE: Fog lights on w/ High Beams, New GM trucks

Over years I found in heavy fog I could see best when I turned on only the amber lamps. And if I turned on high beams, the amber where useless. Of course, if the mission is to be seen in normal weather, drive the truck on. But in all things electrical, Scotch-locks can be as much fun as dropping a anvil on your foot.
JRscooby 03/02/21 03:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

The real question for me is an EV really cost effective when compared to an ICE or hybrid type vehicle. It is hard to cut through the marketing hyperbole on some of the EV web sites. I will probably give my 2009 CRV to my GS so I am looking for another car anyways and started looking at the some of these EV's. I tried to compare an EV to my current RAV4 Hybrid and this is my logic. I live in CT and my total cost per KWH is 27 cents( 9 cents to generate and 18 cents for delivery costs). Most EV's I looked would use 30 KWH's to go 100 miles. At 27 cents/KWH X 30 KWH's= $8.1 to travel 100 miles. My 2019 RAV4 averages 40MPGs so 100 miles/ 40 MPG's=2.5 gals x $2.00/gal = $5.00. If gas goes to $3/gal and it will that would be $7.50. At $4/gal = $10 to travel 100 miles. So to me the equivalent cost is about $3.40/gal. Not factored in is Ct uses mostly oil to generate electric so the electric cost will go up as the price of oil just not as fast as gas. This does not include all the other stuff others have mentioned such as higher initial cost of the vehicle, etc. Bottom line EV's don't make sense to me unless gas prices exceed $4/gal. Am I missing something in my math? I don't have a dog in this fight. I plan to use the 2 vehicles we have for as long as we are driving. As to your math, what about the cost of maintaining the ICE? And I can see how the "fueling" on long trips would be a issue. But the fuel at home for most trips would be great.
JRscooby 03/02/21 12:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cost effective 14,000 tow rating

Until you said single wheel I was thinking a old class 5-7 would fill the bill.
JRscooby 03/02/21 07:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Potentially dangerous mistake in March RV Magazine

Well at some point common sense prevents Darwinism. And if you park your trailer on a slope and attempt to unhook it without blocking the wheels on the downhill side, you probably don’t have the mental capacity to do other things required to safely tow a trailer. In my work I have seen many places where the grade is deceptive. Bell, they sell tickets to houses where water runs up hill. As a general idea, chock front and back of wheels on both sides is best practice. When setting up camp it is my job to put trailer where she wants it, get it leveled, chocked, and unhooked. Once in hurry to beat dark and rain, I had dropped chocks next to ramp on right side. Backed up on ramp, saw wife bend down near right wheel. I chocked the left side, and hurried to unhook. Coupler off the ball, then sideways into my shin. Wife says "You didn't block this side" But I saw you bend over right there! Thought you did! "The leash was wrapped around Luke's leg." Still have a knot on my shin, from trailer tongue, and on my head from other tongue.
JRscooby 03/01/21 04:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Paperwork

Non-commercial, don't need log book. Vehicle or parts under warranty? (Tires? Battery?) Good to have proof. I always keep a copy of shot records for dog in truck. For some time we may need to carry shot records for ourselves.
JRscooby 03/01/21 04:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

I have couple of questions for everybody whining and crying about how the US will never accept E vehicles, solar/wind power, never work for us, we can't change, or if we do change not that fast yada, yada yada. First, do you remember before it was discovered Freon was destroying the atmosphere? The world is ending! No R12! How can we drive with no AC?! But when we could not get R12, we fixed the AC instead of adding a can. I bet a higher % of cars on the road now have working AC. Now the major deal; Man or countries, when faced with change, there are 2 choices. Lead or follow but get out of the way. If the rest of the world makes the change what happens to US? Will the rest decide the US has nothing to export but pollution and hate, and refuse to trade with us? I hear ya. I think there will be challenges ahead for the US on this. I'm not an American but I read constantly on the forums here and various news sources that the US pretty much has a third world grid and very little chance of ever improving it because of some kind of geo-political struggle. I would think though at some point many that are able to will just toss in the towel on connecting to the grid and make their own power. That in itself would probably kind of solve the problem as the utilities can stay with the third world grid approach and many will just become self sufficient with solar and wind. It would probably work. No idea really. Just conjecture. About the grid issues; IMHO, they could be reduced if people could agree that there are things that are common good, and should be invested in. I think everybody that visits this sight has some interest in traveling on the highways. I also understand the only reason the word "history" is not auto replaced by ****** is it has too many letters. But if you hunt for it there is a great travel story from over 100 years ago, by a fairly young man that had traveled in Europe under war conditions, then traveled with a group of men and vehicles across the United States. The story goes the problems he encountered on that trip caused him, when he became president, to work to unite the country to build a "Interstate highway system for commerce and defense" which we all use for our RVs. Some call the generation before Boomers The greatest generation because of the world challenges they united to meet for common good. Our generation? If it ain't good for me it must be bad.
JRscooby 02/27/21 05:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

I have couple of questions for everybody whining and crying about how the US will never accept E vehicles, solar/wind power, never work for us, we can't change, or if we do change not that fast yada, yada yada. First, do you remember before it was discovered Freon was destroying the atmosphere? The world is ending! No R12! How can we drive with no AC?! But when we could not get R12, we fixed the AC instead of adding a can. I bet a higher % of cars on the road now have working AC. Now the major deal; Man or countries, when faced with change, there are 2 choices. Lead or follow but get out of the way. If the rest of the world makes the change what happens to US? Will the rest decide the US has nothing to export but pollution and hate, and refuse to trade with us?
JRscooby 02/26/21 03:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Help!!!! Travel Trailer Back in

Trying to teach wife, I have learned somethings. First, until you can back the TV exactly where you want to put it, preferably using mirrors. Once you know what path the front of the TV must take to put the rear where you want it, you are half-way there. (This step is beyond DW's understanding/skill level) Decide where you want the TT. Now, using what you know about how front of TV travels to get the back of TV to a given spot, map out a path for the front of trailer, making sure it will miss all obstructions. Now, just back the TV so the back follows the path you planed for the front of trailer to go. Spotters; I'm not much in favor of spotters, I call them the "On-Back". Every time I asked a driver how a truck was damaged I hear "He was saying on back, on back on crunch. Now I know RVers are not expected to be pros, but most times net advise on spotters is wrong. Use walkies to talk to driver. If the spotter does not know how to back the trailer, how can she tell you how to do it? Stay where can be seen in the mirror. For most, that puts her near the left rear corner of the trailer. This does let her see behind the trailer, where the driver can't see. But if you are on the path you planed, there is nothing to see. She is watching that, you are watching her, who is watching the 3 other points likely to impact? (RF of TV, RR of TV, and RF of TT) You watch where the rig is going, I'll watch your wife. A better position for the spotter, IMHO, is across the road from site, out far enough from the open TV window, where she has a wide angle view to see the road behind, and the side outside the turn, where driver is less likely to see.
JRscooby 02/26/21 05:27am Travel Trailers
RE: What constitutes a "new" tire?

I would settle for tires up to 6 months old as new. Requiring one month, especially on a tire not made in the US is probably impossible. Only RVers are obsessed with the age of tires, especially if you replace at 6-7 years. Thanks Ivylog. This is the first time I'll be replacing tires on a MH, so appreciate the well-reasoned response. I think if I had a MH that used 22.5 or 24.5 tires I would talk to a local trucking co, offer to trade my original tires for some that had 50% tread. Tires that are 2 years old, and half tread will age out before wear out, in 4 years instead of 6. Win win
JRscooby 02/25/21 03:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wonder if truck makers will start making 10001 # 1/2 tons.

Do you understand most people in the world don't travel as far in their life as we do in a year? Most food in the world is consumed within a few miles of where it is produced? The fact is the whole world shares in the cost of our lifestyle. I do understand that there are those that want that wonderful lifestyle for the U.S., will you be satisfied when we accomplish this goal? We believe our lifestyle should be universal. But every place in the educated world understands the atmosphere can not absorb the combustion of enough fossil fuel for the US to continue with our lifestyle, let alone spread it to more of the world population. Just now, the PO has said they will switch to EVs where practical. If this had happened 30 years ago, EVs would be abundant and reasonably priced. Because we can't understand the bag of cookies will run out, or the black tank will get full, we are leaving our grandkids a mess with little time to clean it up.
JRscooby 02/25/21 08:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wonder if truck makers will start making 10001 # 1/2 tons.

I am very flattered that you think that I am a youngster. If that fits me then you must be geriatric. That statement probably should not of been directed to you. Many people act like they wake up in a new world every morning. Seems like they are not aware there was a yesterday, let alone what happened then influences what will happen today, or tomorrow. And often, when I show some history, what I remember, (I freely admit much of my memory went up in smoke in the '60s-'70s-part of '80s) the post disappears OPEC is the primary organization that I referred to as the beneficiary of the poor decisions that were made in the 1970s. That same President that put up the solar panels on the White House as a symbolic move made a lot of other poor decisions that led to both a lot global warming and his removal after one term, even though the two weren't yet connected. Avoiding discussion of the removal. I would like to know what policies put in place in the late '70s helped OPIC. And because very few policies lasted thru the next administration, how there could be long term affects. I'm a big ol' liberal and even I can recognize that electric vehicles, as things stand now, are not practical for everyone. The initial cost is one thing. But the infrastructure to support them is another. I don't think the country or the cars are ready for all electric cars. OTOH, much of my work has involved hauling into new housing developments. Over the last 20 years, I can't think of a single development where there where single car garage, and 3 car is not uncommon. And most of the car trips could be made in E cars. I think of families who live in large apartment complexes or buildings. Where would they all charge their vehicles? Who is going to pay for the charging units to be installed in these places? Who will be maintaining them? Will the apartments charge the tenants to use them? What about at large employers like warehouses or factories, is the employer going to pay to install 100 charging stations for employees to use? As for the cost, even for non-electric cars, it's difficult to find a brand new car that is sub-20k anymore. Especially for a family with more than 2 kids. And the long term reliability of the current electric vehicles is still too much of an unknown to make the used market super viable, whereas a lower income family can probably find a mostly-reliable used gas vehicle. Now, some of this will probably be figured out in 10 years... but there's still a long way to go to make them viable for the vast majority of the population. I bet a lot of companies have learned in the last year that a lot of office costs can be transferred to the employee, and many of the employees have learned the office costs are less than the transportation costs they have been paying. 10 years? Ask any 3rd grader; Bet all of them can understand, no matter how big a sack of cookies is, if you take cookies out of that sack every day sooner or later, that sack will be MT. And by the same token, no matter how big your holding tank is, you keep pooping in it, it will get full. About the time I was in grade school, there was discussion about the world has limits. For about 50 years much of the world has been discussing what the limits are, but for much of what US calls leadership, the discussion is still "Are there limits?" It's amazing how someone can think their way of life needs to imposed on everyone else even though they don't understand other people's way of life. Yes, the whole world must comply with our way of life, no matter if our grandkids have no clean air or water Do you have any idea what it takes to make a battery? Lithium, Cobalt, Nickel, and Magnesium are all MINED; largely in third world countries. The mines for these rare metals are huge; they burn vast amounts of DIESEL fuel to power the mining machines and trucks. There is lots of ground water contamination. There is lots of child labor being used. Further, unlike lead acid batteries, lithium batteries are not very recyclable; they are mostly just a throw-away battery. Current recycling "technology" for lithium batteries includes basically burning them to smelt the precious metals back out. Further, all these electric cars being recharged from a grid that is still 63% fueled by fossil fuels. Anyone who thinks electric cars are "saving the planet" or keeping the air and water clean isn't looking at the whole picture. Batteries is widening the discussion a little. But the irony I see when an American is whining about others pushing their ideas on us. Do you understand most people in the world don't travel as far in their life as we do in a year? Most food in the world is consumed within a few miles of where it is produced? The fact is the whole world shares in the cost of our lifestyle.
JRscooby 02/25/21 05:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wonder if truck makers will start making 10001 # 1/2 tons.

"3 decades later, air in most places is cleaner, and a lot more cars driving a lot more miles. It is a fact the pollution controls have helped. Now was the auto industry and technology ready for the regulations? Bell no! My '73 Nova burned nearly twice as much gas as my '72 Super Cheyenne. But because of market forces and government regulations ICE cars run much cleaner, and burn much less fuel." I agree that we are better off with current technology than what we had in the 1960's but there is an irony in this statement. By forcing control of selected emissions but ignoring others we ruined gas mileage for about 15 years and greatly accelerated global warming which now is the most intractable problem to deal with. To keep those gas guzzlers going we imported a lot of fuel and exchanged a lot of our wealth to those oil producing countries, damaging our economy and enriching many who have used it to harm us. I would have greatly preferred doing like most other countries and first going straight to the source of the problem by taxing oil consumption in a meaningful way. Not a sudden slam but well planned and scheduled to phase in over 10-15 years so that everyone new what was coming and could plan for it. What we got instead were cars like my mother's 1978 Chrysler that dipped as low as 2mpg around town in cold weather. Sometimes forcing change too quickly just creates more problems. I see irony in saying we should have slow change. For example you youngsters may not know it, and likely will not read what I say because history is not taught in schools, and is not allowed on this site. But at one time a evil organization called OPEC proved to the world they could pretty much destroy the economies of the world. The man that was president at that time put solar panels on the roof of the White House. How much more developed would the solar industry be if a major consumer like US government put it's power behind it for 40 years? Where would the EV industry be now if the next president would of said "In 10 years 25% of cars bought by Gov will be EV. Any company that can't supply the EVs will not supply the ICE vehicles? That would of made a market for millions of EVs every year for the last 30 years. But instead, remove the panels from WH, and make sure the power of OPEC is returned to the oil companies.
JRscooby 02/24/21 07:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: What are good outdoor camping lights?

IMHO, the best camping light is a flashlight large enough to be found when sitting next to you. Leave lights off as much as you can. Let your eyes adjust to the natural light the shadows will not appear as dark. If you feel the need to have as much light as your street lights at home, stay where the street lights are.
JRscooby 02/24/21 05:18am Around the Campfire
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