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RE: Tow Vehicle Tire Pressure

Yep I air the TV tires to the max. Stiffens the tire side walls. Keeps them from flexing, and helps keep the TT from moving the TV around
Terryallan 07/14/19 06:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: 4WD or 2WD

Some people seem to think a 2wd gas powered tow vehicle with a Class II hitch is just the ticket. Good luck to all of them. actually A 4X2 TRUCK WITH THE PROPER HITCH IS A great TV. I have towed for the past 45 years with all kinds of TVs 4x4, 4x8, 4x2. and the ones that actually tow the trailer down the road BETTER, with more control, are 4x2 vehicles. They are more stable, and have a higher towing capacity than a identical truck with 4x4. Now if you plan on towing your trailer thru the river, or thru the mud. 4x4 would be better until you hit the road. Having said that. 4x4 can be more fun once you unhook.
Terryallan 07/12/19 06:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Will I kill my mini-van?

The manufacturer tongue weight is for an empty trailer. Once loaded up it will be much heavier. Count on at least 12% of your loaded trailer weight to be on the tongue. You will be over your ratings. Will it kill anyone or the van? Not necessarily, but certainly not ideal. You will have to get a 7pin wiring harness and brake controller as well as a wd hitch at minimum. Thanks for this. I'm not an expert on hitches. I had my class 3 putchased and installed at a farm/fleet type store. Any way to tell if its WD? it needs to be a Class III / Class IV to handle a WDH. There should be a tag on the hitch saying if it can or not. It has to be bolted to the frame. AND there is something else to consider, and more important to find out. What does Chrysler say about the minivan using a WDH. There is a chance it cannot. A WDH really puts a lot of stress on a vehicle frame. Many front wheel drive vehicles do not have enough frame strength to handle a WDH. That should be in your manual. At one time Chrysler minivans did not. but it may have changed in the past few years. Miinivans are great to tow pups with. Not so much with a heavier trailer
Terryallan 07/09/19 04:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 4WD or 2WD

Have towed with both. Thing I learned. 4x2 is a more steady drive than 4x4. The 4x2 handles the TT much better than does the 4x4. MPG, about the same. With the same engine, and rear gears in same model trucks, the 4x2 will have a higher tow capacity. So get what you want. You are the only one you have to please.
Terryallan 07/08/19 05:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electrical help!!

He “accidentally” did it because the previous wiring to his barn was not using the correct color coded wires. Everything to the breaker boxes was colored wrong so he ran an outlet off it to a 30a outlet that was 240 not 120 Well that makes it his fault. Why is he not responsible for the damage? I'd get a professional to repair everything and take him to court if he won't pay the damage. Agree. He broke it, he gets to fix it. Next. What have we learned? NEVER rent or loan your RV. No way I would let any one drag my TT out of my yard.
Terryallan 07/08/19 04:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Water hose storage??

I need a new water hose my cheap 50' Walmart hose is a kinked up mess. I did a search looking for a cheap hose reel with no luck. Maybe I just need a better hose but it would be nice if it had a reel to reel it up anyone know where to get something like that without spending a bunch? I found some in the $300+ range but I don't want to spend that much for my water hose. Do what I did. Go to Wally world to the electric dept. Get a orange drop cord reel. I have several. Two for my 30 amp cords, and extension, and one for my drinking water hose. They cost in the 10 buck range. They have a hand hold in the middle that slides as you wind it up. It is a great tool. Also can be had at any home improvement store. Lowe's ect….
Terryallan 07/07/19 08:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

IMO there's a real possibility government regulation (in response to greenhouse emissions) may force EV's on us---warts and all---significantly before the free market system has a say in the matter. A number of countries (i.e., China, Germany, Japan, etc.) are already implementing some form of regulation forcing the hand of car manufacturers in terms of ICE vs. EV production. Only if the socialist are elected
Terryallan 07/07/19 08:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Leaving Trailer Hooked Up

One other thing I would check on. Does your TV supply power to the TT when the ignition is off? Fords do not. I do not know about Dodge. IF you find that it does. I would disconnect the pigtale.
Terryallan 07/07/19 08:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Leaving Trailer Hooked Up

Raise ALL the jacks. Be ready to drive away.
Terryallan 07/07/19 11:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

Terryallen, Read the thread. It lists the EV going 2,781km (1,728mi) in 24 hours in a Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD, which included charging time. Just not practical for the vast majority of us. When it is. we will see. Just like my weed eater. It is now battery. Does what I want. But will not run as long as the gas one I had. Takes 2 batteries to do the same job. And like the FI EV racing series. Takes 2 cars to do the same thing ONE ICE car does.
Terryallan 07/07/19 11:17am Tow Vehicles
NC variety vacation land

It really is. You can have breakfast on the Outer Banks, and Supper in the mountains. Just today I had breakfast on the beach, and lunch in the foothills. In another hours I could have been in Boone. Not many states you can do tat in. California is one. SC is another. I'm sure there are a few others. but it sure is nice to be able to do it.
Terryallan 07/06/19 08:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

Terryallen, Are you suggesting that folks who can afford an RV are poor? I believe the opposite may be true. Any campground equipped with 50 amp pedestals can do level 2 charging. I'm never in a "mad dash" to get south, though I do admit to driving longer than usual to get below the snow line. How often have you driven your RV (or car) 1600 miles in one day? My personal best is a little less than 900 miles--and that was driving at 50 mph. I did stop for a nice nap about 1/2 way, which would have been an opportunity to rapid charge an EV. I did stop to make meals as well. That's three more charging opportunities without "extra" waiting. My first class C was a diesel and the hose to the fuel tanks foamed like crazy. If I really wanted to "fill to the gills" it took about 30 minutes. I'd fill until the pump clicked off, and then go wash the headlights, continue to fill and then wash the passenger's side window, and etc. My "normal" driving is about 3 to 5 hours per day. Don't know where you got the idea I thought RVers were poor. Poor has nothing to do with wanting, and needing a vehicle that is ALWAYS ready to roll. As for 1600 mile. None of the EV will do that. All the ones listed had less than 400 mile range, AND THAT DON'T CUT IT. I came close to that today. We did stop for about 1o minutes 3 times. but there was no where to plug in. See, it is all about convenience. Current ICE vehicles are, EV aren't, for people like us.
Terryallan 07/06/19 08:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

So what happens when there are more than a couple people charging their EV's? No one seems to think that will ever happen, and they'll be able to just drive right up and plug in. When was the last time you had to wait at a gas station to fill up, and that only takes a couple minutes to do. What happens when the average "fill up" takes 30 minutes? Oh yeah, I forgot: "They'll be lots more charging stations". Riiiiiight. I’m probably not understanding what you are getting at. So yes. There will be more charging stations. A new DCFC location opens up about every week or two in our area. Usually BC hydro puts them on the app as “coming soon” and they appear as a wrench. About 6 months later they broadcast a message on the App that they are live. Three years ago there were like 20 DCFC’s in the province. Now there are over 120 with lots more coming. It will be an ongoing thing. Most people charge at home or work but DCFC’s are needed for road trips.My point is that every one says "Just stop and get a bite to eat or shop a bit until the car is charged up". What if there's 2 people ahead of you, each takes 20-30 minutes, so that's an hour before it's your turn, and now you've spent 1 1/2 hours getting "refueled". What do you do for that amount of time. I'm sure there are more charging stations, but there are tons more gas stations, and people still wait inline, but the wait time is measured in minutes, not hours. And since this is an RV forum, we are talking about traveling where you may not be able to charge up at home, and the campground may not be set up to do that either. So you "fuel up" on the road. Hence my question about what you do when you can't immediately pull up to the charger. Exactly. How many vehicles can fill up with fuel at a station that has 12 pumps in one hour. How many vehicles can be charged at a station that has 12 chargers in one hour. I don't know the answer but I bet there's a big difference in numbers. I guess. But then again. EV’s rarely need a charge station that isn’t at home. We use a commercial charge station maybe half a dozen times per year. Many EV owners have never used a commercial charger even after years of ownership. Can’t really compare the two. Gas or diesel vehicles have to fill up at gas stations. It’s their only choice. Proving that you can't take the EV out of town, and so, it is useless to the vast majority. Again. You seem very misinformed. Why would any of the above “prove that you can’t take an ev out of town”. People take EV’s on road trips routinely. It’s just many people don’t do road trips with their cars. For those people they get very little use out of DCFC stations. Probably the best way to get informed is to go for a test drive in something like a model 3 AWD. Actually it is you that is misinformed. In the South. We travel in motorized vehicles. We take our everyday drivers on our vacations, We on the spur of the moment jump in to our car and drive for hours to the mountains, or to the beach. We rarely fly on vacation. There is simply no need. NC especially has so much to offer. I can be on the OBX in less than the time it takes to go thru the airport check points, and do realize. The nearest commercial airport is over an hour away. Why waste my time flying when driving is so much easier, and so much cheaper, and I have my vehicle to drive while there. Even when we go on ocean cruises, we drive to the port, and when we do. We need a vehicle that is not only ready to go, but one that will keep going. and be ready to go when we return. Just this morning. I had breakfast on the NC Outer Banks, and Lunch in the NC foothills. Had I wanted to. I could have had supper in Boone, or Cherokee. Can I do that with a EV? Nope. But I did it with my truck, and I didn't have to stop and get gas, and I didn't have to let it charge overnight, and it still has 200 miles to go before it needs fuel. Also remember. We have few large cities. It is generally anywhere from 15 to 50 miles between towns. If I took a test trip in a EV. They would have to come and get it when the battery died. Thing is. I can't have my life LIMITED by a short range vehicle. I will not have my lifestyle dictated by the short comings of a vehicle. EVs plug in. that is their only choice. And really long drop cords are expensive. Now don't get me wrong. When, and IF they ever improve a EV to the point it will do what a ICE will do. Then I'll take a look at it. But that is a long way off. And unless a person wants to stay home. The current crop. Just don't cut it. Still an intown car.
Terryallan 07/06/19 08:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow vehicle wheel base

why does my post say its closed? It should have just been moved.
Terryallan 07/06/19 05:32pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

Over hyped, and doing their best to convince you to change your lifestyle to fit their model. EVs are at this time not practical for the vast majority of American people. They may be OK for riding around in the city, or going to the grocery store. But for real traveling, they are pretty much useless. Vast majority? Not sure about that. From what I see most cars and pickups spend 10+ hours parked at home, drive for less than a hour, spend 8+ parked, drive around a little more, then is parked at home. I would bet 1000 miles a month would cover the "vast majority", and most all spend time parked near a outlet. Now I think it would be great if there where solar panels on the garage, and battery to store the power to charge the car when it got home. In the morning I will be traveling from the foothills of NC to the Outer Banks of NC. I will be taking the truck as the car cannot carry the gear DW says we need. Now I don't know of a EV that on one charge, will carry all that gear, and run for 8 hours with the AC, and lights on, and has 4x4 to go out on the sand. Convince me I am wrong. When I go North I drive 900 miles in one day only stopping to get fuel and food and use the rest room. Sometimes pulling a RV or boat and hauling a motorcycle. So which EV will replace my truck? Any EV'S that have a 900 mile range while pulling a 10k pound RV and hauling a 500 pound bike. It would also have to power the A/C and the lights for a few hours of morning driving and evening driving. It can't have a purchase price over 20k as well since I bought my Diesel used. I think I will be waiting a while till my parameters are met. Terry points out he already has one vehicle that will not meet all his needs. And I bet most people that buy new cars have more than one vehicle in the family. With a open mind, I bet many would realize that a EV could replace many of the 2nd cars. And RVers are not a large percentage of car owners. When many travel they catch the bird, then rent a car. For them owning ICE or EV, about same. I don't think we will ever replace all ICE with EV, but if they get the price down to near the price of a mid level car, I could see 20% or more in 10 years after that, with no change in lifestyle. Actually I do have 2 vehicles. and they have different rolls. The truck for the Outer Banks, and towing, and the car for other travel. A EV would make our Texas run a 3 or 4 + day ordeal, IF I could find a place to charge it. The car will do it on 3 stops for fuel. There is NOT a EV that can do that with out sitting for hours to charge. So no. A EV will not replace either one of my vehicles. I do more than go to the grocery store a block away.
Terryallan 07/06/19 05:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

So what happens when there are more than a couple people charging their EV's? No one seems to think that will ever happen, and they'll be able to just drive right up and plug in. When was the last time you had to wait at a gas station to fill up, and that only takes a couple minutes to do. What happens when the average "fill up" takes 30 minutes? Oh yeah, I forgot: "They'll be lots more charging stations". Riiiiiight. I’m probably not understanding what you are getting at. So yes. There will be more charging stations. A new DCFC location opens up about every week or two in our area. Usually BC hydro puts them on the app as “coming soon” and they appear as a wrench. About 6 months later they broadcast a message on the App that they are live. Three years ago there were like 20 DCFC’s in the province. Now there are over 120 with lots more coming. It will be an ongoing thing. Most people charge at home or work but DCFC’s are needed for road trips.My point is that every one says "Just stop and get a bite to eat or shop a bit until the car is charged up". What if there's 2 people ahead of you, each takes 20-30 minutes, so that's an hour before it's your turn, and now you've spent 1 1/2 hours getting "refueled". What do you do for that amount of time. I'm sure there are more charging stations, but there are tons more gas stations, and people still wait inline, but the wait time is measured in minutes, not hours. And since this is an RV forum, we are talking about traveling where you may not be able to charge up at home, and the campground may not be set up to do that either. So you "fuel up" on the road. Hence my question about what you do when you can't immediately pull up to the charger. Exactly. How many vehicles can fill up with fuel at a station that has 12 pumps in one hour. How many vehicles can be charged at a station that has 12 chargers in one hour. I don't know the answer but I bet there's a big difference in numbers. I guess. But then again. EV’s rarely need a charge station that isn’t at home. We use a commercial charge station maybe half a dozen times per year. Many EV owners have never used a commercial charger even after years of ownership. Can’t really compare the two. Gas or diesel vehicles have to fill up at gas stations. It’s their only choice. Proving that you can't take the EV out of town, and so, it is useless to the vast majority.
Terryallan 07/06/19 05:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

Over hyped, and doing their best to convince you to change your lifestyle to fit their model. EVs are at this time not practical for the vast majority of American people. They may be OK for riding around in the city, or going to the grocery store. But for real traveling, they are pretty much useless. Vast majority? Not sure about that. From what I see most cars and pickups spend 10+ hours parked at home, drive for less than a hour, spend 8+ parked, drive around a little more, then is parked at home. I would bet 1000 miles a month would cover the "vast majority", and most all spend time parked near a outlet. Now I think it would be great if there where solar panels on the garage, and battery to store the power to charge the car when it got home. In the morning I will be traveling from the foothills of NC to the Outer Banks of NC. I will be taking the truck as the car cannot carry the gear DW says we need. Now I don't know of a EV that on one charge, will carry all that gear, and run for 8 hours with the AC, and lights on, and has 4x4 to go out on the sand. Convince me I am wrong. When I go North I drive 900 miles in one day only stopping to get fuel and food and use the rest room. Sometimes pulling a RV or boat and hauling a motorcycle. So which EV will replace my truck? Any EV'S that have a 900 mile range while pulling a 10k pound RV and hauling a 500 pound bike. It would also have to power the A/C and the lights for a few hours of morning driving and evening driving. It can't have a purchase price over 20k as well since I bought my Diesel used. I think I will be waiting a while till my parameters are met. Terry points out he already has one vehicle that will not meet all his needs. And I bet most people that buy new cars have more than one vehicle in the family. With a open mind, I bet many would realize that a EV could replace many of the 2nd cars. And RVers are not a large percentage of car owners. When many travel they catch the bird, then rent a car. For them owning ICE or EV, about same. I don't think we will ever replace all ICE with EV, but if they get the price down to near the price of a mid level car, I could see 20% or more in 10 years after that, with no change in lifestyle. Actually I do have 2 vehicles. and they have different rolls. The truck for the Outer Banks, and towing, and the car for other travel. A EV would make our Texas run a 3 or 4 + day ordeal, IF I could find a place to charge it. The car will do it on 3 stops for fuel. There is NOT a EV that can do that with out sitting for hours to charge. So no. A EV will not replace either one of my vehicles. I do more than go to the grocery store a block away.
Terryallan 07/06/19 05:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

Kona Electric with a range of 258 miles per charge. e-Niro electric range 283 miles Zoe electric range 250 miles Tesla electric range 349 miles Fetish electric range 211 miles Rivian electric pick up 400 miles. It will climb a grade that would stall any ice vehicle And this is the tip of the ice berg with sales at only 2.9% of new vehicles. When it hits 5% (and it has been doubling each year) watch out. Over hyped, and doing their best to convince you to change your lifestyle to fit their model. EVs are at this time not practical for the vast majority of American people. They may be OK for riding around in the city, or going to the grocery store. But for real traveling, they are pretty much useless. In the morning I will be traveling from the foothills of NC to the Outer Banks of NC. I will be taking the truck as the car cannot carry the gear DW says we need. Now I don't know of a EV that on one charge, will carry all that gear, and run for 8 hours with the AC, and lights on, and has 4x4 to go out on the sand. Convince me I am wrong. And yet. None of those vehicles will do what I am going to do in the morning. so they are useless to me. If I want a intown Electric vehicle. I'll just get a Golf Cart. As for the Rivin. I looked it up. If I want to go ALMOST to my destination. Might work. But I prefer to go all the way there, and then drive around some, like to Dinner, or the store. Don't have time to sit while it is recharged.
Terryallan 06/28/19 08:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

Interesting article about IC gas and Diesel and Electrical Vehicles. This would also include tow vehicles. EV vehicles market domination over hyped ? In some ways I think the manufacturers are giving us mixed messages. GM says that they will introduce about 20 new EV vehicles by 2023, yet on the other hand have just introduced a new 3 liter , 6 cylinder diesel for their 1500 truck series and new..or at least revamped 6.6 liter IC gas engine and 6.6 liter IC Diesel engine for their 2020 HD pickup truck line. So what gives, as we used to say in high school ? Over hyped, and doing their best to convince you to change your lifestyle to fit their model. EVs are at this time not practical for the vast majority of American people. They may be OK for riding around in the city, or going to the grocery store. But for real traveling, they are pretty much useless. In the morning I will be traveling from the foothills of NC to the Outer Banks of NC. I will be taking the truck as the car cannot carry the gear DW says we need. Now I don't know of a EV that on one charge, will carry all that gear, and run for 8 hours with the AC, and lights on, and has 4x4 to go out on the sand. Convince me I am wrong.
Terryallan 06/28/19 04:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: James Island

It's great. We just hit 171 to Folly road, to 700 to Riverland drive at the Golf course. but it has been a while since we were there.
Terryallan 06/25/19 07:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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