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RE: Fuel Rants & Raves

I will believe that fuel prices are high when I see that people stop wasting it and drivers slow down to the legal speed limit. When people start looking at getting a smaller RV instead of a bigger one so they have room for a 40" TV (or two). Our "RV" averages 15 MPG and there are the Class B motorhomes like the Roadtrek that are built on the Mercedes platform and with the 5 cylinder diesel engine that average over 25 MPG. That assumes that people can forgo some of their creature comforts and the bigger is always better mentality. Gas and diesel are more expensive in Europe but then they have protected pensions, free university schooling, free medical, great mass transportation systems (London to Venice entirely by high speed rail at 200 MPH), and work a month less per year than in the USA, and they live longer and they don't have to worry about their sons and daughters going off to fight and die or be permanently damaged in foreign wars for oil, so I guess it evens out. Yep, and going smaller allows for towing with an electric vehicle which is definitely cheaper and actually gaining ground pretty quick. I think the new 1/2 ton electric pickups will see this aspect of RVing grow. But yep. Gotta be smaller RV’s for that to work. Having said that we just came from a camping trip last week and noticed that even though we were putzing along in the right lane at 90 kmh there were a lot of others who weren’t towing doing the same thing. Headed out in a couple days for our 6 province, 11000 kilometre, 8 to 10 week trip. It will be interesting to see how fast people are travelling and how busy the campgrounds are. Safe travels all.
Reisender 05/22/22 12:36pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Fuel Rants & Raves

Soooo, Has everyone figured out that we will not see cheaper gas unless we leave the country? So who has cheaper fuel than the US? Last time I was in Canada the fuel was higher. And the last time I was in Europe it was way higher. Venezuela is around 40 cents a gallon. If your quality of life is dictated by fuel prices it is a virtual paradise there. /s :)
Reisender 05/22/22 12:21pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

@Reisender - Whichever it is, it will all be good news for me. Although we are thinking of getting a truck camper for F150 or, if Lance do one for Cybertruck. We experience so many stops and parking limitations with a trailer. As for the semis, my son-in-law is planning to go into trucking with a goal of buying (several) Tesla semis. Truck campers are a great solution for some. We’ll probably stay with the trailer and model Y for a few years. But who knows. Our name is still on a Cybertruck. Time will tell. If we get a Cybertruck I can turn my garage into a gym, because a cyber truck sure as hell ain’t gonna fit. :).
Reisender 05/19/22 12:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Pull through Tesla chargers. Getting ready for semis. Tesla Pull-through chargers Hey Sam. Those are not for the Semi. Those are for Teslas pulling RV's (or boats, or trailers or whatever), Tesla has had a lot of requests to start building more trailer friendly stalls at their V3 Supercharger sites. Many only have a one or two pull in nose first trailer charge sites. And some have none at all, especially the old V2 sites. There are a ton of us hauling RV's with model Y's and X's and even some 3's and S's although the 3's and S's don't have factory trailer tow packages. And this is what we have to do at many of the older sites. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51980999917_09c57ce95a_c.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51982558515_b3b0b0308d_c.jpg And of course if the site is busy we have to disconnect the trailer, park it, block it etc. I's not a big job. maybe 3 minutes, (no weight distribution hitch to disconnect or anything) but its still a pain. Its only happened to us once so far but we are coming into the summer months so it's going to be more busy. Anyway, here is a pic of the first Mega charger used for Tesla Semis. This is the test site at the factory. There are now two of these out there. Obviously under construction. Cheers. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51598292232_8bda7c8e29_c.jpg
Reisender 05/18/22 03:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Small trailer suggestions

I’m a couple of steps away from buying a small trailer. I like what I have seen of the [email protected] 320 and 400, but they are pricey, new or used. Does anyone have a suggestion for a similar type? I want small, preferably narrow and light. I have looked around at several brands, but nothing has jumped out at me. I’m just wondering if I have overlooked anything. — Why is “small” important? (They don’t tow more easily). — “Value” re money spent goes up in lineal feet increases. (There’s a minimum, basically, and also a sweet spot for length/money) — Inconvenience can weigh heavily after awhile. (Constant hard use ups the wear rate of interior). — Small capacities reduce boondocking ability (Meaning increased energy use to go back/forth from the store; propane supplier, get water; dump tanks, etc). — Vast majority of its life it never moves. That IS the way to look at it. The above is preparatory to asking: 1). How many years will you own it? 2). How many nights aboard annually? — The “price” of the RV is the total number of nights aboard over those years. Each night is worth = $$$ Shorter the period of ownership and lesser nights, the higher the cost of going camping. The typical RVer spends too much as he keeps it five years and spends maybe thirty nights aboard annually. Then trades for another stapled cardboard box. You’re say, age fifty and you plan to use this till you’re age 75? (That’s a MUCH better starting perspective). For a couple (even a family of five) a 28’ is a great size when it’s also quality. The type which will outlast your ownership. And there’s no need to buy new, much less buy over & over. My parents 1975 TT is still on the road with the second owners 17-years after they bought it. My folks had it thirty years. “Used” (when you’re in earning years) just means an annual list of upgrades to tackle as time & budget allow. May not amount to much, or maybe you want to maintain the higher level of OEM quality. TTs continue to go downhill from their 1960s quality. There are next to no true improvements save ducted A/C and distributed water-radiator heat. The classic layout is rear full bath, beds going forward, and kitchen area with all appliances over the axles. The difference from there (length) was how big was the lounge area. (Dinettes separate are wasted space vs closets/cabinets). A full exterior awning package is what makes for camping versatility past “capacities”. One chases shirtsleeve weather (or, from 40F to 90F) to make the most of low thermal mass (all TT). Greater clarity about NOW and SOME DAY will be of help. (Don’t discount being trapped by weather, days of rain, or being sick/injured. Don’t be FORCED out of the TT). Good post. But re why some of us go small. We are a one vehicle house and it can’t be a truck (has to fit in the garage). So some people choose a small trailer to be compatible with their tow vehicle. Other reasons for us was storage (max 20 feet) Easier on and off the ferries we use. Manoeuvrable by hand on the site or in the driveway. Small has certain advantages for some. We all camp and travel different of course.
Reisender 05/16/22 08:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Explain how emergency trailer brake gets power?

To clarify, I confirmed that the brakes are wired to operate off of the trailer battery. But the trailer does not have a separate battery dedicated to brakes. In a previous job I drove a work truck hauling an equipment trailer and that trailer had a small battery on the tongue that was only for the emergency brake system. Yep. In trailers with electric brakes that are not RV’s there is a separate battery. It is the law here on trailers with electric brakes that are over 1400 kilograms.
Reisender 05/13/22 11:40am Towing
RE: Explain how emergency trailer brake gets power?

My trailer has both a house battery and a hitch battery (to power the hitch jack). The trailer brakes are connected to the hitch battery. That is actually the law here in BC. And the MOT guys check it on their highway spot checks. If your trailer has electric brakes it is required to have a battery.
Reisender 05/13/22 08:25am Towing
RE: Explain how emergency trailer brake gets power?

Best way to test it is to hook up as per normal. Then disconnect your 7 pin, pull the emergency tether and then roll forward. If you are dragging your wheels you are good to go. Don’t forget to reinsert the thingy. We do this every 6 or 7 hookups...just in case. :)
Reisender 05/12/22 03:05pm Towing
RE: RV seminars in Kelowna, BC

These are on again this year after a 2 year Covid break . A full weekend of seminars at an RV Tech training College. (Okanagan college) June 17-20. Put on by the RV dealers Assoc. of BC. Well worth it to learn how to troubleshoot and fix issues with things like fridges, etc. I have attended several times. RV Seminars Awww carp. We will be on a 6 province RV tour and family visit during that time. But thanks for the info.
Reisender 05/10/22 03:57pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Good News

Congrats on everything. Happy and safe travels.
Reisender 05/09/22 07:38pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Practicality of non-propane Camper

there is a water heating system or two (Aqua-Hot for one) that uses diesel fuel to heat or uses engine heat... And you can use the hot water to heat cabin if you have enough of it.. (There used to be a residential water heater that did that in fact.. Hi-Point made in Marshall, MI.) but I don't know anyone doing it.. I like propane for cooking, though I often use gas. That’s essentially what we have in our trailer. Except it uses propane. There are essentially 4 radiators in the trailer and then a small 10 litre (I think) hot water tank that share the same heat exchanger fluid. It actually runs on electric 120 volt or propane selectable by the user. But for on demand hot water it has to be on propane as the electric side is selectable to 1 element or 2 element depending if you are on 15 amp or 30 amp service. All of our camping so far this year has been dry camping so we have only used propane. It uses a small super quiet 12 volt circulation pump for the heat exchanger fluid. Very low 12 usage. Only down side is it takes a couple hours to heat it up from cold where a furnace is like 10 minutes. Essentially the same kinda idea as the aqua hot systems but propane.
Reisender 05/08/22 03:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Practicality of non-propane Camper

For those who are towing with trucks like the Rivian or the F150 lightning I suppose they could just use the 120 volt output on the truck to power things like ceramic stoves or water heaters or heat pumps or whatever. Or just use a trailers on board battery bank and recharge it from a robust charging system using the trucks 120 volt or 240 volt output. Of course one would at some point need to have access to a fast charger for the truck at a reasonable distance to the camping site. Our tow vehicle is electric but I can’t see us ever doing anything like that as the propane system on our trailer meets all our needs. We do have the ability to charge the trailer AGMs from the tow vehicle albeit at max 10 amps at 12 volts. Good enough in a pinch if we ran the trailer battery down and we needed 12 volts for the trailers hydronic heating water circulation pump. But other than testing the concept we have never had to do that. And unlike the new 1/2 ton electric trucks our Electric SUV doesn’t have a built in 120 volt inverter. Meh, propane is fine for us. The all electric concept is kinda cool though. Cheers.
Reisender 05/08/22 12:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Small trailer suggestions

So you tow with a Tesla? Pretty cool. I have not actually been inside a [email protected] If I can convince my wife to go RVing, the 400 would be the preferred option, I think. If it ends up just me, I would probably lean towards the 320. But given the cost, I’m trying to see what else is out there. Yah. We tow with a Tesla model Y. Great tow vehicle for us. I think a 320 would be fine for one person. I believe there is a 320 solo floor plan just for that. They discontinued it this year but I believe they can be found used. Most people with T&Bs look after them do you might find a good used unit. Hope it works for you. Happy camping. What is your Wh/mi when towing? Depends on highways speeds etc. Our last couple trips were on secondary highways to provincial parks. Kinda off the beaten track. Max 80 kmh and quite often slower on curvy twisty valley roads. About 270 wh per kilometre ish under those conditions. Maybe 30 to 50 percent more on other trips. Depends. Here is a couple of shots of the data on our second last trip to Mabel Lake provincial park. Maybe 70 kilometres from our house. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52037665347_57347719f8_c.jpg This one shows the cars projected use and actual use. It was pretty cold which maybe explains the deviation. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52039247100_8250369605_c.jpg And when I say cold, yes that is a snow squall headed across the lake. It turned out to be a nice week but we were a little concerned. No snow tires etc. :) https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52054464964_42e67ba19a_c.jpg
Reisender 05/06/22 08:22am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford stops taking orders on the lightening

When using a EV to tow an RV, it only works if you are not going very far, AND there is a plug in available when camped. Forget about boondocking. I think many people at least want the capability of being able to do that on occasion. I don’t know. We have been out 4 times this year. All were dry camping. No services. All within a couple hours. But nothing stopping us from going further. We are headed for Quebec from BC. An 8 week 11000 kilometre round trip tour.I used to dog trial with a fella that camped on a cot.... No tent or shelter of any kind. Most of the time he seemed real happy. And then there are people towing with totally inadaquete lashups....You see them on the highway with their TT dancing all over the road... They seem happy as well. I guess there is no accounting for expectation levels. Heh Heh :) Not sure what any of that means but keep on writing the story to suit your narrative. Meantime we'll keep going to places like these we have been to this year already. And we'll sign off there as we'll be on the road for a few days. Time to go camping. Cheers, safe travels and good health. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52020694354_ec1f19f8b7_c.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52020454173_10aa0c3e28_c.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52020454158_bfb3e0cc9b_c.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52020440271_9029a600e9_c.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51989902289_bb055ffd89_c.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52020440336_5275071bb2_c.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52020440331_22aa5b7896_c.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51990177060_ec5f805b82_c.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51959646379_be3c6d13c1_c.jpg
Reisender 04/30/22 06:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford stops taking orders on the lightening

When using a EV to tow an RV, it only works if you are not going very far, AND there is a plug in available when camped. Forget about boondocking. I think many people at least want the capability of being able to do that on occasion. I don’t know. We have been out 4 times this year. All were dry camping. No services. All within a couple hours. But nothing stopping us from going further. We are headed for Quebec from BC. An 8 week 11000 kilometre round trip tour.
Reisender 04/30/22 04:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford stops taking orders on the lightening

TFL's Ike Gaunlet test of the Rivian pulling a small trailer exposed the poor performance of the batteries capacity which the take away was electric trucks are not ready to replace ICE trucks anytime soon.For the narrow specific use of towing a large frontal area trailer up hills and long distance, Yes. Plenty never tow anything ever.Ummmm we are on the TOWING FORUM RIGHT? I am sure there is another forum somewhere to talk about commuter/grocery getter vehicles. I don’t know. Lots of people with half tons tow RV’s around here. Most never go more than a couple hours from home because they have to be back at work on Monday. Long haul heavy towing will stay in the realm of gas and diesel vehicles for a few years yet. But many just don’t do that. From personal experience towing with an EV is superior to towing with a gas vehicle. Those who try it will only look forward to the day they switch. We tend to go camping somewhere every week or two with our little trailer and are still amazed how nice of a towing experience it is compared to our previous SUV. To each his own though. Jmho. The Rivian battery capacity is 1 mile/1 percent of battery capacity towing that small load which means the Rivian couldn't even make a 2 hour trip without having to disconnect the trailer and pull into a charging lane which is completely unacceptable. I don’t know. A few things stand out to me. - The Rivian battery capacity was 1 mile per 1 percent of battery in a stretch of highway that changed almost 7000 feet in altitude. - That was a medium range model. That’s probably all they could get for the test. - it might be just how we use our half tons here but 8100 pounds would not be considered a small load for a half ton. Not necessarily heavy either, but most people around here start to look at 3/4 tons if they are towing north of 8000 pounds regularly. Might just be a regional thing. Jmho. Could be but the technology for battery capacity compared to a fuel tank capacity is still a real issue as layed out in the early video I posted by Engineering Explained. A gas truck pulling that same load is able to tow the load to the Ike, perform the test and drive back to their office without refueling. The battery capacity problem is not as significant in a car but for a truck is a showstopper IMO. A challenge yes. A showstopper no. But yah. I think you are correct in as far as seeing 3/4 and 1 tons replaced by electric anytime soon. And diesels are just a whole other category. Before we changed to the motorhome lifestyle we towed with an F350 dually with a 7.3 powerstroke. Great truck. Safe travels.
Reisender 04/30/22 02:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford stops taking orders on the lightening

TFL's Ike Gaunlet test of the Rivian pulling a small trailer exposed the poor performance of the batteries capacity which the take away was electric trucks are not ready to replace ICE trucks anytime soon.For the narrow specific use of towing a large frontal area trailer up hills and long distance, Yes. Plenty never tow anything ever.Ummmm we are on the TOWING FORUM RIGHT? I am sure there is another forum somewhere to talk about commuter/grocery getter vehicles. I don’t know. Lots of people with half tons tow RV’s around here. Most never go more than a couple hours from home because they have to be back at work on Monday. Long haul heavy towing will stay in the realm of gas and diesel vehicles for a few years yet. But many just don’t do that. From personal experience towing with an EV is superior to towing with a gas vehicle. Those who try it will only look forward to the day they switch. We tend to go camping somewhere every week or two with our little trailer and are still amazed how nice of a towing experience it is compared to our previous SUV. To each his own though. Jmho. The Rivian battery capacity is 1 mile/1 percent of battery capacity towing that small load which means the Rivian couldn't even make a 2 hour trip without having to disconnect the trailer and pull into a charging lane which is completely unacceptable. I don’t know. A few things stand out to me. - The Rivian battery capacity was 1 mile per 1 percent of battery in a stretch of highway that changed almost 7000 feet in altitude. - That was a medium range model. That’s probably all they could get for the test. - it might be just how we use our half tons here but 8100 pounds would not be considered a small load for a half ton. Not necessarily heavy either, but most people around here start to look at 3/4 tons if they are towing north of 8000 pounds regularly. Might just be a regional thing. Jmho.
Reisender 04/30/22 01:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford stops taking orders on the lightening

TFL's Ike Gaunlet test of the Rivian pulling a small trailer exposed the poor performance of the batteries capacity which the take away was electric trucks are not ready to replace ICE trucks anytime soon.For the narrow specific use of towing a large frontal area trailer up hills and long distance, Yes. Plenty never tow anything ever.Ummmm we are on the TOWING FORUM RIGHT? I am sure there is another forum somewhere to talk about commuter/grocery getter vehicles. I don’t know. Lots of people with half tons tow RV’s around here. Most never go more than a couple hours from home because they have to be back at work on Monday. Long haul heavy towing will stay in the realm of gas and diesel vehicles for a few years yet. But many just don’t do that. From personal experience towing with an EV is superior to towing with a gas vehicle. Those who try it will only look forward to the day they switch. We tend to go camping somewhere every week or two with our little trailer and are still amazed how nice of a towing experience it is compared to our previous SUV. To each his own though. Jmho.
Reisender 04/30/22 10:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford stops taking orders on the lightening

but anyone who drives Tesla will never go back to ICE. Its that much better cheaper to fill up and way more eficient. Electric motor is about 99%. I gave up on Ford about forty years ago due to awful quality problems and would never trust them doing ev better then Tesla Only problem w Ev is the long wait,once thats solved ice is history. https://youtu.be/N6-424eLgqI Lets see if you can still make that claim of cheaper to fill up once the powers that be wherever you are located institutes taxing the EV one way or the other to make up for the loss in road and other taxes, which the lack thereof is the only reason you can make that cheaper claim at present. You gave up on Ford in 1982? Meh. We have been hearing that for 7 years since we switched to EV’s. Back then it was 4 times cheaper to drive electric than gas. Now it’s 6 times cheaper. BC hydro is applying to implement TOU or time of use billing. If they are successful it will be 12 times cheaper to drive electric than gas. Hope they are successful. :).
Reisender 04/30/22 08:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford stops taking orders on the lightening

When pulling the teardrop with the Model Y are you seeing any noticeable range recovery from Regenerative Braking? Okay. Here is the graph. This is the outbound trip only as I didn't take a snap of the return trip. All you can see is the last 50 kilometres of the trip because that is just how the software works. This is to Mabel Lake provincial park in BC from our place. Maybe 70 kilometres away. Keep in mind though its all secondary highways, meaning slower speed limits, 80 khm max and many times slower as it is a curvy twisty valley road and the last few kilometres are gravel and washboard. Good road mostly, just slow. Anyway, you can see the up and the down hills. More up than down because it is at a higher altitude than us. I have never really paid much attention to this graph function before, but I took it at the request of the EV tow group members. I'm not really sure what if any useable information can be taken from this. But here it is. Enjoy. :) :) https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52037665347_57347719f8_c.jpg
Reisender 04/29/22 03:46pm Tow Vehicles
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