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RE: Winterizing Residential Fridge

For ours it was easy but we left the fridge water filter in place. We just did a normal winterize and then used the front water dispenser to run water thru it till it was pink. Then tell the i emaker to come on until pink showed up. A little messy but fairly easy. Takes pretty much a jug of antifreeze by itself though because of the coiled line and the filter. A little more time consuming but meh. Not a big deal. Hope you get it worked out.
Reisender 10/19/21 11:02am General RVing Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

It's Delta T temperatures that count. 72°F to freezing is 40 Drop it to 0°F is 70 Again to -20°F and it's 90°F And family size is critical for hot water heating, and keeping bedrooms at 70°F during the day not 45°F But thank you for your example. My pleasure Mex. I have to admit, you lost me ion the delta T discussion. But that’s probably because I think I’m celcius. Cheers and stay healthy.
Reisender 10/09/21 05:22am Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

Electricity versus petroleum includes more than motor vehicles. There are so few examples of all electric homes outside California and perhaps Texas and Florida that obtaining sample data is frustrating. Do *any* of you know what it takes to HEAT a 2,000 sq foot home when the Delta T is one hundred degrees? People scream in agony when they receive a bill for cooling a home with 30 degrees Delta T. Drop it to 60T or 40T Add an electric stove, kitchen accessories, fast recovery 50 gallon hot water heater, and presto zingo, you are looking at eight to ten times the power consumption as a motor vehicle. The government is going to chop carbon emissions by the old classic way. Tax it. I live in a country that allows the 1st 75 kWh inexpensively. 76 to 150 kWh is double the price 151 to 300 kWh triple that. But wait there's more DATA ALTO CONSUMO allows for "X" total kWh to be consumed in a two-month period. Then the cost triples AGAIN and all lower tiers are eliminated for the next six months to a year. Fifty cents, US per kWh. Can't be done! Won't be done? The federal annual mileage tax proposal is a myth. So are Pennsylvania Turnpike Style toll booths and automatic chip readers for cars. Nahhhhhhhh, they'll NEVER tax out of state purchases... Unless you are a credentialed electrical engineer that worked with power generation and transmission projections, be very careful about your theories. Start with this --- Pencil up a work sheet with 150,000 BTU electric heat, a six burner stove, 50 gallon water heater--- Forget about the car. What size electrical service does an all electric house consume. Hint: In 1977 The Summit, an all electric, new, luxury subdivision in Lake Tahoe had a revolt by new owners. Their bills were averaging $700 month To control consumption during the 1972-1974 gasoline shortage, they simply rationed gasoline. Don't be foolish and start believing the USA will not go the way of its southern neighbor and price tier what they consider excessive consumption. New construction will utilize underground distribution construction, with conductor size amplified 33%. Steel cored aluminum power lines will exceed doubled 1000 MCM cable. The price of aluminum will blast off like copper did. My crystal ball is becoming clearer. Wait for the day, a $50 or $100 excise tax is passed for LPG and natural gas water heater sales. Not green, I'll have to settle for a mild TAN down here. Before you show outrage, my TOTAL energy averages 88 kWh monthly. And ten dollars per month in gasoline at $4.00 gallon. You're champing at the bit, but I'll blow your arguments first, all electric houses are new construction presently in California. But if you're young, brand-new slip-in electric heater replacements will appear. Electricians will be hired, and petroleum energy price increases will encourage you to not delay. I'm fortunate to have a single-digit years lifespan ahead. It will spare me from hearing all the weeping. Well, this is our friends totally electric home in BC Canada. Cold winters and very hot summers. Three vehicles, all electric. High efficiency heat pump and water heater and air conditioning. he has a modest sized solar system on the roof and is grid connected. Actually not bad. He has chosen not to go the Tesla power wall route...yet. Seems to work pretty good. He published these results on our discord group. He gave me permission to republish them. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51543434523_e92e90cc2c_c.jpg
Reisender 10/08/21 09:46pm Tech Issues
RE: High profile tires on off road packages on trailers. hmmm

Why do they always feel the need to use a lug tread when they go to taller tires? For extra traction when you shift into 6-wheel-drive! LOL. :)
Reisender 10/08/21 04:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: 400 mile electric RV

If you do the back of napkin calculation replacing gasoline use per day in the USA with electric vehicles generating capacity will have to almost double. That doesn’t include diesel fuel for trucks, machines, and railways. The power grid now is over 50% fossil fueled so that will need to be fixed as well. Should be doable easy enough. I don't know. BC Hydro started working on this back in 2015 and have different calculations than yours. We are an EV only household. Typically 16000 km per year. Our power bill is more affected by air conditioning use than EV use. Our typical commute use is under 8 KW per day which is probably typical for many, at least around here. We are also a non solar house. Those with solar around us pretty much generate all the power they need themselves on an annual basis including charging their cars, heating their homes etc. Lots of variables. No simple answers but rather an aggregate of many. Here is a pub BC hydro put out back in 2016. There is other interesting info on their website. Tons of new EV fast chargers in this province from about half a dozen principal players like BC Hydro, Tesla, Petro Canada, Shell, Electrify Canada, FLO etc etc. The grid will adapt and change as needed. Its a thirty year transition. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49831525958_ba59f92eaf_c.jpg
Reisender 10/08/21 09:48am Tech Issues
RE: High profile tires on off road packages on trailers. hmmm

Why do they always feel the need to use a lug tread when they go to taller tires? Not sure what a lug tread is but the tires that come on the off roading edition of this little trailer look ridiculous. We opted out of them.
Reisender 10/08/21 07:07am Travel Trailers
RE: High profile tires on off road packages on trailers. hmmm

Tesla lol now some odd tear drop with basement air. So what is this mysterious SUV? It’s a [email protected] 400. The AC is one of those Norcold Cool Cats that mount in the basement. The [email protected] 400 doesn’t really have a basement but the AC is mounted under the booth seat. It uses an ALDE system for heat and hot water. We had a chance to get some measurements from our friends the other day. Think it’s going to be a good fit. Not a lot of outside storage but from what we can tell we won’t need it. Probably put a couple things in the SUV (or CUV as everybody seems to correct me on. I’m not sure I know the difference. :).
Reisender 10/08/21 07:06am Travel Trailers
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Our model Y order has shifted from February to April and now they just removed the expected delivery date. Meh. It’ll get here. Still, seven month waiting list and no matter how much they keep ramping up production the waiting lines keep getting longer. Good problems to have for them...I suppose. Right now they are building at a rate of a little under 3000 cars per day. Speculation by some that to stop the waiting lists from getting any longer they need to build closer to 5000 a day and 7000 to get the lusts down to a reasonable amount. And that’s without going into any new major markets. Two new factories coming on line in the next 6 months will help. Normally people would switch to another brand with wait times like that, but right now the options are slim. That is changing though. GM, Ford and VW will all be ramping up production of middle class affordable EV’s in the next year. Things might look a lot different in a year. Tesla’s biggest mote is still the Supercharger network. Tesla May open the Supercharger network to some limited extent to other brands but right now it defines the brands. In our province the Supercharger network has doubled in a year (20 to over 40 by the new year). They are literally popping up in every little town on a variety of minor routes. Road trips for us have changed drastically in the last couple years. Anyway, all above JMHO.
Reisender 10/06/21 08:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: High profile tires on off road packages on trailers. hmmm

2. Resembling a stork. In other words, ridiculously large sized tires that make an object look taller. Sometimes related to those of small body parts. Yah, pretty much. We talked to the rep yesterday and this is how it worked out. When you order the off-road package among other upgrades (which we want) it comes with a pitched axle which raises the trailer about 1.1 inch and bigger rims and tires which raise it about 1 3/4 inch. We decided to go for the pitched axle but not the bigger tires and rims. We’ll be going on and off lots of ferries so felt it would be nice to have the extra clearance. I’m sure they’ll be an efficiency hit with the extra height but it’s a pretty low trailer to begin with and the air conditioner is in the basement not on the roof. We talked to another Tesla driver pulling the same trailer and this has worked out well for them as they spent the summer dragging their trailer all over BC and had no issues with clearance etc. Anyway. Learned a little from some of the responses on here. Thanks all.
Reisender 10/05/21 06:51am Travel Trailers
RE: High profile tires on off road packages on trailers. hmmm

True, true, and maybe - depends on which particular tire size they are. One advantage of them is higher ground clearance, which reduces the chances of rocks and other objects snagging something on the underside of the trailer. In some cases, they're sold with a "high-lift" axle option that also increases ground clearance a bit. Some trailers have low-hanging dump valves which are prone to road damage, so a couple extra inches of height can be worthwhile - particularly if you like to take the trailer off paved roads. Yah I suppose clearance can be good for some more extreme type towing. I think we’ll be fine without the extra 2 inches of clearance. We’ll be dragging it on and off ferries quite a bit though. Hmmmm. Thanks for the input.
Reisender 10/02/21 07:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: 400 mile electric RV

It is common for a 4 bdrm all electric house to consume 4,000 kWh monthly. Then add 2 cars. Compliance will be achieved by making traditional energy sources absurdly expensive. That seems REALLY HIGH for a 4 bedroom house. Ours is less than a quarter of that but our heat and hot water are natural gas. But our friends have a 3200 ish square foot house and 3 electric vehicles (two teslas and a leaf) and its more like half of that. And that is straight electric, (well, heat pump etc) no natural gas, in BC Canada in the coldest winter month (January) and they do the vast majority of their charging at home (other than road trips). Here is his power analysis. Pretty much all of his power comes from solar on his roof as well. I don't know. From what I can see the impact on the grid won't be that huge. Solar is getting common in these parts now, on new and older homes. Power is cheap here but it still seems like a lot of people are going solar. (9 cents a kwh) We probably won't just because our power bill is so small. We charge at 2 in the morning every morning. Car is usually charged by three. But we have a short commute of 40 ish kilometers. Maybe 8 KWH max. JMHO. Heres his graph he published. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51543434523_e92e90cc2c_c.jpg
Reisender 10/02/21 03:09pm Tech Issues
High profile tires on off road packages on trailers. hmmm

Hello all. We are closing in on ordering our little 18 foot teardrop trailer. We chose to not get the high profile larger rim size tires as we want to keep a low profile and the tires add a couple inches, not to mention the chihuahua will have a hard time with the higher step. :) We are also pulling with an SUV so lower is better. But for conversation sakes, it seems really common nowadays to see little trailers with big storky tires on them. I can't help but think there would be significant mileage hits because a. the trailer is higher and bigger going thru the air b. it seems those kinds of tires would be less efficient being dragged down the road. c. Finally, are they easy to find if one has a bad string of blowouts? Cheers all.
Reisender 10/02/21 02:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: QTLA9111, donde esta?

Too funny. Wife was on a couple websites looking at locations in SMA and Queratero to rent for a few months for the winter. Are you moving to SMA?
Reisender 09/24/21 09:32am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Onan’s New Inverter Based Generators - Mike Mas

Thanks for all the replies - I recently sold my 2019 Newmar New Aire which had an 8 kw genny to purchase my newer 2020 Renegade Verona with an 8 kw Onan as well. Upon delivery, I immediately noticed a contrast difference in the generators quieter operation and lower idle speed which compelled me to contact Onan to investigate the difference. Yesterday I finally managed to have a short conversation with my busy friend Bill Stubbs, Bill is possibly one of the most knowledgeable guys on the planet with Cummins, Allison transmissions as well as Onan.generators. Bill is the one who uncovered the poor engine performance in RV’s which was caused by a protocol called “Fuel Sense” which was bogging down Cummins engines in RV’s. Fuel sense caused over-shifting in an effort to save fuel. Bill mentioned that while all Onan diesel generators use an inverter module, the newer Onan’s now use a different inverter based processor protocol, which allows the Onan to idle slower, as well as control lower operating speeds to make the somewhat noisy Kubota’s engines a bit quieter and more fuel efficient. He mentioned these new diesel protocol’s were inline with the new 2500i and 2800i inverted based smaller gas generators recently released. Glad you got to the bottom of it mike. Hopefully the new and improved version will also reduce the amount of invertir boards that owners are going thru. Cheers and stay safe on the road.
Reisender 09/21/21 07:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Onan’s New Inverter Based Generators - Mike Mas

Thanks for all the replies Regretfully, Bruce it looks like it's impossible to get a few members to believe they don't own an inverter generator. All they need to do is start their generator up and listen to it race without a load, nothing like the new 6-8 kw diesel Kubota engines at idle most all the time. Stay Safe - Mike Mike. Our 2003 7.5 Onan quiet diesel was an inverter generator. Starts quiet. If you turn on a load it speeds up. Turn on another load it speeds up more etc. I think you may be confusing older Onan gas generators with diesel generators. Cheers. Thanks for the reply - Your 2003 is not an inverter diesel generator. The changes your hearing is not that of an inverter generator, what you’re hearing and mistaking for a faster speeds is actually the engine speeding up momentary from a drop in rpm from as load was applied. In addition, it only sounds like it’s running faster but it's just additional “mechanical” noise from the Kubota diesel engine working harder with the load. Once the load is gone, the engine gets quieter (appears to be turning slower) but only because it’s no longer working and relaxed with less diesel mechanical noise. The newer inverter diesel generators idle down so low you can barely hear them running. There is a no comparison to the older generators. believe me I've been doing this since 1978 and owned over 20 diesel Onan's since then. The first Inverter generator I owned was in my 2020 Renegade. As soon as I heard this difference in operation, I called Cummins / Onan and they confirmed it was a Inverter generator. I also mentioned this same Inverter generator in more detail in my In Depth article which I authored you can find it at: Renegade In-Depth Review Regards - Mike http://www.rotory.com/coach/doorstop/onan2.png Sorry Mike. You are wrong on this one buddy. Walk on to any lot with a diesel pusher 2001 and newer and check out the genny. If it’s a 7500 QD it’s an inverter generator. Cheers and safe travels.
Reisender 09/20/21 12:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Onan’s New Inverter Based Generators - Mike Mas

Thanks for all the replies Regretfully, Bruce it looks like it's impossible to get a few members to believe they don't own an inverter generator. All they need to do is start their generator up and listen to it race without a load, nothing like the new 6-8 kw diesel Kubota engines at idle most all the time. Stay Safe - Mike Mike. Our 2003 7.5 Onan quiet diesel was an inverter generator. Starts quiet. If you turn on a load it speeds up. Turn on another load it speeds up more etc. I think you may be confusing older Onan gas generators with diesel generators. Cheers.
Reisender 09/20/21 11:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Onan’s New Inverter Based Generators - Mike Mas

Our 2003 Revolution had an inverter based variable speed generator. The OP is confusing older gas generators with older diesel generators. The quiet diesel have been inverter based for at least twenty years. The gassers just started this year.
Reisender 09/20/21 11:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Interesting video on Autopilot. This lady got off lucky. https://abc7.com/tesla-autopilot-passed-out-driver-glendale-los-angeles/11028280/
Reisender 09/18/21 05:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Can anyone in Alberta Help???

Back across the border into Canada? If you wait until the end of the winter why wouldn't you just drive back? Your post is a bit confusing. If you are concerned about COVID restrictions there's no way to know what will happen in the future. No. The US Government has closed the US border to Canadians crossing into the US by land. He is looking for a commercial company that can get his rig across and then he can fly down to meet it. I believe BCers have used this company but not sure. https://www.rvlogistics.ca/ Hope it works out for you. Let us know.
Reisender 09/17/21 05:06pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

All Tesla acidents were proven to be drivers fault,drunks falen asleep or not paying attention. Tesla manual clearly says to keep hands on wheel at all times and be ready to take control Yah, and if I recall your supposed to disengage around construction, bicycles on the side of the road, other roads hazards (you know, like Emergency vehicles Etc). It’s really not that hard to use properly. People just like to use it like a level 4 system. It’s a level 2 system. Works well though. Adds an extra level of safety for us. We like it. To each his own.
Reisender 09/16/21 09:14pm Tow Vehicles
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