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RE: 2024 GMC and 2023 Super Duty

Looks like a loaded Denali DRW 2 wheel drive tops out over $100k. I can officially claim "old guy" status...we paid less than that for our first house. 2000sft ranch on 1.5 acres about 15 miles from a midsize city in the midwest. Everything in good condition (aka: not a fixer upper). Next truck will probably be one of those horrible 6 speed trucks when the current 5 speed gives out but hopefully that's another 4-5yrs. Ave home price locally is literally x10 of truck price. Drove by a 12 plat home project, sign said from mid $1M range. Marty That doesn't mean much in Kirkland. We have a house in Bellevue, lets just say a 1Mil house isn't what I think of when I used to think of a 1Mil house. I wouldn't want to pay more than 200-300K for that 1Mil house in Bellevue. I guess the same can be said about cars, a $100K car used to be a really nice luxury or sports car, now its just a truck to pull your trailer...
Thermoguy 01/27/23 01:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Armada to Pull 33' Lightweight TT

I always see people talking about dry weight and loaded weight then think they can get away with hauling the trailer with empty tanks. This is inaccurate and when considering weights, you need to consider all tanks full. I most often tow into a campground with my fresh water full. More often than not the fresh water is full every time I tow even if I know there is water at my site. I seldom have a site with full hookups, so I have to tow out of the location with my grey and black full - maybe just to the dump, but often to a dump off site or down the road. I am capable of hauling with all 3 tanks full, so its not an issue for me, we like to boondock so I will have full tanks when I leave. But, just because a campground has services, what do you do if they are out of commission or unavailable when you are there. Best to be within your limits so it is not an issue.
Thermoguy 01/14/23 01:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Then what?

There is going to be many changes in the EV vehicles. Changes in the motors and in the batteries between now and if and when ICE engines become obsolete. There are plans to build battery facilities locally. Talk is that one will be using silicone-based units. They are already manufacturing silicone based batteries in Woodinville WA...
Thermoguy 01/05/23 01:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bearings packed

Not in the NE, but the last time I did mine is when I was buying new tires. They did them for $30 each and it took them and extra 5-10 minutes per wheel. I watched them and they showed me how easy it is to do, but probably would have them do it again.
Thermoguy 01/03/23 01:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ideas to carry spare and bikes

Removed - didn't realize this was from 2021...
Thermoguy 01/02/23 09:57am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Pet Peeves in RV Parks

PEOPLE not keeping their dogs from barking!!! My dogs only bark when someone comes around my campsite - if they stay away then they don't bark... How do you stop a dog from barking? I yell at them but then you get to hear the dog bark and a person yelling...
Thermoguy 01/02/23 09:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Pet Peeves in RV Parks

I think all campgrounds are basically the same as an apartment complex. If you chose to stay there, then you have to deal with the neighbors and their behaviors. We only stay at a crowded campground on Memorial day weekend. We see all kinds of interesting people... After that we boondock and try to stay where no one else is around us. We still end up with neighbors typically but not the annoying ones that want to party...
Thermoguy 01/02/23 09:41am General RVing Issues
RE: LTO batteries

Looks like a Chinese packager or Li-Ion batteries. They take the cells and package them in different configurations for different applications. I have no experience.
Thermoguy 01/01/23 01:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Then what?

If you don't believe me, go to CES in Vegas in January. The new vehicle technology will blow your mind!!According to the website, this is not open to the general public. I'm the general public. I don't know, I went with the company I work for so I got in free. You could say you are a blogger or youtuber then you are not the general public. There are thousands of people there and no one is checking why you are there...
Thermoguy 12/31/22 10:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: MPH vs MPG

I'm going to assume mileage gets better with some age. I have a 3/4 ton Duramax with similar size but heavier 5th wheel. I average about 13 or better when towing and typically at about 70mph.
Thermoguy 12/30/22 11:17am Towing
RE: Then what?

So most governments have set a time line when the end of the internal combustion engine Must occur,(Moderator comment: Political comments removed). So then what? Does anyone honestly think there will be an affordable Electric truck that can pull 10 to 15 thousand pound for 250 or more miles on a single charge? Will we have to outfit our trailers with batteries to provide a boost for the truck doing the pulling? Or will the average middle class joe have to go back to tent camping? Will there be aux battery packs that we can drop into the truck bed and tie down and plug in for extra mileage, and then take back out so we are not toting around the unnecessary weight when not towing What's your thoughts on the future changes coming? The part that everyone misses is that this is changing daily and rapidly. Transportation agencies are working on projects like electrified roads that charge as you drive, EV and Freight only roads and lanes, and of course more charging stations. Car and battery companies are working on new technology - like Sodium Ion, basically, salt, it is very promising and should be available soon, or super conductors with graphene, not Lithium, Tesla just purchased a company that makes these types of batteries or battery alternatives. These materials are recyclable and don't require the same mining techniques used with Lithium. The other part is that EV is not the only engine type to remove the ICE, what about Hydrogen Fuel Cells? BMW, Toyota and others are betting on a future that is not EV but rather a different engine all together. You can by a BMW now, but have very few options where to "fuel" up. But imagine a Hydrogen generator at your house fueling your car... this is not a pipe dream but available now, just not well known. The real issue and why we haven't seen a large adoption is cost. Costs to manufacture are coming down daily. These new battery materials cost less and will therefore allow the cars to cost less. Also, the dreaded replacement of the battery will cost less. Material like Sodium Ion are much cheaper to manufacturer and could be 1/3 to 1/2 less the cost of Li-Ion. Since this is an RV thread, think about boondocking. How has battery technology and charging changed in the last couple years. Imagine how it will change in the next 10-20? An EV is just a RV boondocking... How far can you go on a charge? How can you extend that range or reduce battery dependency or battery demand? Finally, how do you replenish that battery most efficiently? Lastly, about that 3/4 ton or 1 ton truck. Yes, they already have prototypes, some really great ones. Even with the current available EV motors, that truck would outhaul your current truck. The only missing link is range, and that's being addressed with new technology. Look at the huge amount of heavy hauling trucks and delivery vehicles that are going EV. These are the testing bed for your RV towing vehicle. It is just around the corner, along with Autonomous vehicles. If you don't believe me, go to CES in Vegas in January. The new vehicle technology will blow your mind!! I went pre COVID and was in shock at where the vehicle manufacturers and suppliers were at and what they were working on in the near future. That's just what they are willing to show the public.
Thermoguy 12/30/22 11:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Solis Lit hotspot

What cellular service? Is that specific to Alberta? If not ATT, Verizon, T-Mobile, they are buying service from one of the big 3 typically. Why not just get one from your cellular service provider and bundle the plans?
Thermoguy 12/26/22 10:18am Technology Corner
RE: Heated Floors

We have electric heated floors in our home. In the Kitchen and Living room under tile. It is a great way to take the chill off and keeps the room warm. We actually had to turn them down because they effect the whole house heat and wouldn't allow the heat to come on in the rest of the house. I think they would work in an RV assuming you have a constant power source. If you were using it off grid, it would be a no go. Which is probably one of the reasons RV manufactures don't waste effort putting them in RV's. Most heat sources are inexpensive to put in, like a propane furnace or small fire place electric heat. I think if you were doing a remodel and changing the floors, it wouldn't be a bad investment assuming you always had power and could put them under hard floors. Radiant heat doesn't work under carpet.
Thermoguy 12/16/22 01:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Tesla delivers there first semi

I learned yesterday that Tesla is getting a lot of press for Pepsi receiving these Tesla Semi's. However, they already have a couple dozen EV Trucks from Paccar, which is Kenworth and Peterbilt. So, this is not their first or will it be the last EV trucks they purchase and put to use. In addition, Paccar mentioned they are working on hydrogen fueled and hydrogen hybrid trucks and engines. Much like BMW, Toyota and others. So, the big question, what alternative fuel vehicles will become main stream in the long run.
Thermoguy 12/09/22 11:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla delivers there first semi

The route was between Freemont and San Diego via the grapevine as per the published data. It used 94 percent of the battery to go 500 miles. Truck was loaded to just under 82000 pounds as per presentation. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52542070541_2f7f7c6cd8_c.jpg Was this independently checked by a 3rd party? How big was the battery? Was the battery size independently checked by a 3rd party? Were any of the weights independently checked by a 3rd party? There are several commercial truck scales that are mandatory to go over on this route. Do you know if they showed the actual weight ticket with the time and date printed on the ticket? If not, why not? Was ANYTHING checked by a 3rd independent party? If not, non of this means anything. ****, you really think the data is fake... You can google it yourself and see if you can catch them in a lie. Chances are there has been more than 1 3rd party verification, like the companies that are buying these trucks from Tesla. I myself did not go look to see if the data is real, but obviously Reisender researched this before he posted it, so seems legit to me. No reason to question the validity.
Thermoguy 12/04/22 03:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla delivers there first semi

the EV semi tractor trailer truck rig weighs 81,000lbs. What will this do to our nation's highways and roads??? If anyone cares. Also according to financial news RIVIAN is doing very poorly financially and may be on last legs????? Rivian's financial woes are according to Elon Musk, not Rivian. They claim they have enough cash to go many more years before they have to make a profit. But, watch some videos on their Amazon truck, they are going to sell tons of those. Also, do you think Bezos and Musk might be competitors? Maybe that is Musk's wishful thinking...
Thermoguy 12/04/22 10:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Worlds talest RV

That's very cool. Anyone that thinks they want to build their own RV should watch this.
Thermoguy 12/04/22 10:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Ceramic Protection

You can buy DIY Ceramic coat products. I just purchased Armor Shield XI for my car and truck, plan to apply it this spring. Not sure I would do an entire RV. Its a very slow process having to do 1 small section at a time. I think a good auto wax would be easier or others use floor wax? I think the ceramic, products like F11, anything that says you never have to wash again, is a gimmick. I have F11 on my car now and the shine is great, but I still have to wash it as often as any other product. Ceramic seems to have a nice shine and makes washing easier, but its just the newest miracle wax...
Thermoguy 12/04/22 10:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Tesla delivers there first semi

I guess Rivian beat them to the street. Rivian Amazon vans have already started deliveries in the Seattle area. Not that these are the same size, but for electric delivery vehicles, it looks like Rivian was first to make deliveries.
Thermoguy 12/03/22 10:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Notifications not coming through

Using IOS 16.1.1 - no issues with notifications.
Thermoguy 11/23/22 05:49pm Technology Corner
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