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RE: Gasser guys and gals ...why not a diesel ?

JaxDad, Since you have plenty of power, I'd go for enough solar to maintain and/or slowly recharge all battery banks in the RV. It is so nice to not have to worry about things needing to start. I'd still go for a hybrid inverter/charger as load support makes life easier. I'm revising my plans for a massive battery bank. I do have remote electric start for my generator--and a way to keep the battery from going stone bone dead when I leave it in 'standby' mode. Oh, good point there! I hadn’t thought of day to day maintenance on the batteries. Thanks.
JaxDad 10/25/21 05:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Test for charging house batt

Set the voltmeter to DC volts, neg to neg, pos to pos and you should see about 14.5 volts if it’s charging, 12 volts if not charging.
JaxDad 10/25/21 06:00am Tech Issues
RE: Gasser guys and gals ...why not a diesel ?

I’m in the process of converting a class 8 (semi truck) into a Super C, built to do everything except fit in at the KOA, I should be able to dry camp, on the road or stationary for up to 30 days without much other than a grocery store every now & then. It might fit in just fine at some KOA's as well. The one below was at the Jacksonville North/St Marys KOA in Kingsland, GA a few years ago: https://i.imgur.com/SuTiUNEl.jpg width=500 I did get a tour through one like that at my Florida base, waaaay too fancy for me, totally beyond what an RV should be in my mind. More like an uber luxo urban penthouse condo. Not my style at all. His paint job is probably worth more than I plan to spend. LOL.
JaxDad 10/25/21 05:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gasser guys and gals ...why not a diesel ?

JaxDad, I hope it works beyond your wildest dreams. Solar and inverter/charger? (Victron or Outback NOT Magnum). Thanks Don, so far it’s only at the planning stage for details that fine. The chassis already has an APU on it so I have 120 amps of 14.5 volts, 13k BTU of both heat & A/C so I’m not sure how much solar / batteries I will want / need. The one nice detail the APU gives is the ability to preheat the chassis engine prior to starting it. The one detail I have included though is that batteries and tanks will be inside the heated space but in a separated vented space.
JaxDad 10/25/21 05:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gasser guys and gals ...why not a diesel ?

....I’ve seen some people state that they have avoided a diesel .... why so ? I have avoided a diesel for several reasons some previously stated. I don't want a large 40 ft MH, ideally I would want the shortest Class A or C available. I am more of a traveler rather than a camper in on spot for a while. It sounds like you & I have similar situations. In my case, after travelling a LOT for a ‘paying hobby’ in 24’ C I’m going to ‘biggie size’ my ride. I’m in the process of converting a class 8 (semi truck) into a Super C, built to do everything except fit in at the KOA, I should be able to dry camp, on the road or stationary for up to 30 days without much other than a grocery store every now & then.
JaxDad 10/24/21 04:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gasser guys and gals ...why not a diesel ?

You must be really out of touch if you think THREE LARGE for a special tranny such as I ordered is over the top. Richard A buddy of mine just built himself a really heavy TX for one of his older gasser trucks. It cost him the best part of $2k in just parts alone.
JaxDad 10/23/21 06:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What do tow behind your Class C?

Most often ………. an airplane, or at least parts of one. It’s the reason I have a C.
JaxDad 10/22/21 06:41am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Gasser guys and gals ...why not a diesel ?

The $235 oil change was at a trucker's repair shop near Collingwood Ontario. I could find no other location that was able to do the work--but that's another problem with diesel. The repair shops are much less frequent, and often busy as the dickens. If you ever find yourself back in that area I’d happily give you the run of my shop for whatever DIY stuff you might need.
JaxDad 10/22/21 06:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you pay for winterizing?

Twelve replies, and not one answered the OP's question... If you ask a dozen drivers with many decades of driving experience how much drivers education courses cost you’d likely get a dozen less than helpful answers too. But I have heard of a new method called “Googling” where you can just type something like “winterizing an RV near me” and it will give you actual places and prices.
JaxDad 10/20/21 05:36am Tech Issues
RE: Gasser guys and gals ...why not a diesel ?

Maintenance? My DP has about 91,00mi on it. Change oil & filters including Gen once a year, about $200. Had to replace the heater core and some refrigerator issues (gassers have those also). So what is the maintenance issue? Just wait till that V-10 blows out a spark plug. My F-350 diesel has 165,000mi on it and nothing has went wrong that has anything to do with it being a diesel. Not many gassers go over 200k without serious problems. But the gas ones are a little cheaper and a lot of that is reflected in the quality of the "house" part as well as the drive train. The V-10 plug blowing issue went away in 03 with a cylinder head redesign. The V-10 will go well over 200k even 400k without issues. They have been proven to be reliable. We have had numerous F series (350 to 550) trucks, all with V10’s, in our fleet and rarely were they replaced (accidents, job change, etc) before they had well over 200k on them. Other than a couple of flukes (rad hose blew, oil cooler line blew, engine did too) none of them ever had any engine issues. None of them lead an easy life, ever.
JaxDad 10/19/21 04:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gasser guys and gals ...why not a diesel ?

I hear the "million mile chassis" line and variants on it all the time. Go look at the classifieds at the DP listings, the vast majority have pretty low mileage on them.
JaxDad 10/19/21 02:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you pay for winterizing?

I winterize my 2 rigs probably a dozen times a year, I have a couple of air compressors and a the 5 minutes it takes to do it. Even if someone came to my place to do it, instead of the inconvenience of going somewhere I still wouldn’t have them do it.
JaxDad 10/19/21 05:28am Tech Issues
RE: LAND BORDER DUE TO OPEN EARLY NOVEMBER

My understanding is that Canadians returning via land will have to show results of a recent (72 hrs?)PCR test indicating no covid infection. Where and how do we get one? I am contemplating a trip south in January and returning vi Blaine > Vancouver or Pt Angeles > Victoria. That is correct, a PCR or NAAT test less than 72 hours old. If however you’re going over & back in less than 72 hours you can get the test done in Canada before you go. In the US most Walgreens and CVS’s I’ve been to in the south are doing the tests, by appointment, for free for Canadians. Go online to pharmacies in the area you will be heading back home from and scout it out.
JaxDad 10/16/21 07:06pm Snowbirds
RE: LAND BORDER DUE TO OPEN EARLY NOVEMBER

I'm going to ride my motorcycle tomorrow. Possibly a bit over the speed mandate on gravel and dirt roads. And then dodge a few texting drivers on a main road or two. If I survive that I'm going to cook something high fat on the barbeque and then watch the sunset and northern lights. Sounds like a fantastic day. May I suggest a cold adult beverage or 3 to help in the digestion and to get over those problem drivers.
JaxDad 10/16/21 05:59am Snowbirds
RE: LAND BORDER DUE TO OPEN EARLY NOVEMBER

I'm not sure I want to go south just yet. As of yesterday: 84,154 new cases 1,480 new deaths 9,695,610 active cases. Round up USA to 10,000,000 active / 350,000,000 population = 2857 active per 100,000 population. Saskatchewan 73,057 active / 1,000,000 population = 7305 active per 100,000 population. Do you practice any kind of gun safety? Statistics say just 27,000 people a year are accidentally shot in the US, not much of a risk right? 330,000,000 people, 27,000 shootings, so less than 8.2 per 100,000 population per YEAR. Do I practice “gun safety”? Yes, as I was trained. This has to do what with the land border opening? Just that there is risks in every breathe we take. I apologize if it was taken personally brother, it was only meant as an illustration. Seatbelts, road safety, gun safety, food safety, everybody seems to be happy (or sad) with wildly differing levels of risk. In a lot of cases it seems to be way more political than factual or based in science.
JaxDad 10/15/21 06:09pm Snowbirds
RE: LAND BORDER DUE TO OPEN EARLY NOVEMBER

I'm not sure I want to go south just yet. As of yesterday: 84,154 new cases 1,480 new deaths 9,695,610 active cases. Round up USA to 10,000,000 active / 350,000,000 population = 2857 active per 100,000 population. Saskatchewan 73,057 active / 1,000,000 population = 7305 active per 100,000 population. Do you practice any kind of gun safety? Statistics say just 27,000 people a year are accidentally shot in the US, not much of a risk right? 330,000,000 people, 27,000 shootings, so less than 8.2 per 100,000 population per YEAR.
JaxDad 10/15/21 05:42am Snowbirds
RE: LAND BORDER DUE TO OPEN EARLY NOVEMBER

9,700,690 active cases; 99,775 new cases; 1,819 deaths. 1819 deaths....of or with? The odds are better of hitting the lottery than dying. 9,700,690 active cases and 1819 deaths? 0.018752577319588% ? Your numbers. Stay home, tape up all your windows and doors, wrap your head in cheesecloth, paint your walls with Lysol. Glad it's open though. Now we can have our usual winter here of jammed up traffic, waiting in line at restaurants, and crowded state park campgrounds where everyone goes to bed at 5:30 PM. The government tracks all deaths and publishes the data. None of the various causes dipped by much, and yet an additional 700,000 people died. Unless you think the previous administration AND all of the Counties and States conspired to fudge the numbers…….
JaxDad 10/14/21 06:53am Snowbirds
RE: US Reopening Canadian Border

Crowe, since you announced this happy event, I've been attempting to parse out the details of the US border opening. 3) There will be no 72-hour PCR testing required, 5) Acceptable double vaccinations will only be those approved by the FDA and WHO. Purely as clarification, from what’s been announced so far it appears that re: 3), there will be no requirement for testing of any kind, PCR or otherwise, and 5), the requirement will be a vaccine approved by either the FDA OR the WHO, not both, I.E. the AstraZeneca will suffice.
JaxDad 10/14/21 06:47am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: LAND BORDER DUE TO OPEN EARLY NOVEMBER

I'm not sure I want to go south just yet. As of yesterday: 84,154 new cases 1,480 new deaths 9,695,610 active cases. That is certainly YOUR choice. Me, I refuse to live in fear of a virus that kills less than 2% of those it infects. Do you wear a seatbelt when you’re in a vehicle? Statistics say about 36,000 people die per year in car accidents in the US. In the past year about 720,000 people died of COVID. That’s about TWENTY years worth of car accidents deaths in just ONE year.
JaxDad 10/13/21 05:47pm Snowbirds
RE: Ever hear of this camping company? Harvest Host

I do agree completely with your #2 issue. Why they would hide the locations makes zero sense. They give some BS answer about the businesses wanting privacy but what business wants to hide from potential customers. As a ‘grandfathered’ HH (Boondockers Welcome) member and host of two different sites I can tell you there’s numerous very good reasons for keeping the exact location confidential until a member & a host connect. First and foremost, abuse, people showing up late, unannounced and often belligerent. I had space for several RV’s at my airport that one of the tenants took upon themselves to publicize. In one case I had to jump in the car and drive there at 10pm because 2 RV’ers (family travelling together) who had made arrangements showed up to find 4 toy haulers already there and a bunch of 20 somethings sitting around a campfire (in my parking lot !!) and telling them to go somewhere else, in a less than polite fashion. I had to have LEO show up because they didn’t believe I was actually the owner and that they’d had a few cold adult beverages and so couldn’t drive. They were of the opinion that an airport must be public property. The LEO’s assured them it was private property and that they were trespassing. I have heard from others I know who host at their farm or business of other (but more minor) issues also. Previous ‘guests’ coming back unannounced was the primary one.
JaxDad 10/13/21 06:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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