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RE: Load Range F Tires

Yeah, the 10 ply/E rated 16" LT tires I have on my truck can carry 3,417 pounds so easily enough for the load described and from everything I've seen LT tires are made significantly better than ST tires.
afidel 09/27/22 10:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: looking for campground in NE New Jersey

Beaver Pond campground in NY would appear to be the closest at 15 miles and 27 minutes. Only a few RV sites and max length of 30'.
afidel 09/27/22 09:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2023 Ford Super Duty Reveal

Disappointed they didn't bring PowerBoost to the SuperDuty this year, it's a feature I'd love to have in my next truck but I won't be buying another half ton, next truck will be a 1T SRW.
afidel 09/27/22 09:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Do Some Travel Trailers Have Levelling Jacks?

Yes, Lippert makes two different leveling systems for travel trailers. The first one looks like stabilizer jacks on steroids. The second is for heavier trailers and is an adaptation of their 4 point electric system for lighter fifth wheels (I can't find it on their site but I've seen YouTube videos of partners/influencers who had it installed on their trailer as part of the partnership program)
afidel 09/25/22 10:26am Travel Trailers
RE: New smartphone direct-to-Starlink satellite service

The SOS feature is enough that I'm going to spring for an iPhone 14 for the wife to replace her original SE. I was going to get her a 2022 SE but if I use it even once it's worth the few hundred dollars extra.
afidel 09/20/22 09:57pm Technology Corner
RE: Space Storms Destroy Elon Musk's Starlink Satellites

It was disclosed 5 days after the launch (Feb 3rd and Feb 8th), they lightened the next load and now know that if there's a flare they need to drop payload weight a bit. Overall between older test units, failed units, deorbit tests, SpaceX has lost/decommissioned 314 of 3,347 launched. They've lost more satellites in the last few years than the rest of the world combined has launched if you exclude cubesats, and other than the high loss rate from that batch it's mostly according to plan. Heck, they were launching sats knowing they were obsolete before they were built because eventually they need laser links to relay signals from the polar regions and far ocean locations to land based connection points to offer service to the lucrative airline and maritime markets.
afidel 09/20/22 09:47pm Technology Corner
RE: November travel

You might get some snow but it's unlikely to accumulate. My birthday is just before Halloween and historically the first snow in NE Ohio generally hits between my birthday and the second weekend in November, but it's almost always a big lot of nothing that barely sticks to the grass let alone the roads. The last decade it's only snowed twice in that window, I've gone camping my birthday weekend more years than not since we got our first trailer 6 years ago. What you might have some trouble with is finding campgrounds to stay at, many places in the North close at the end of October. Your best bet is state campgrounds where you probably won't have water but you'll have electric and access to a dump station.
afidel 09/20/22 09:17pm Roads and Routes
RE: Heater problem on new used RV

If it's the thermostat then pick up a battery powered Honeywell, they work well with the 12V power source in RVs, I've upgraded the thermostat in both of my trailers to Honeywells and they're much better than what ships with the RV (had to swap the AC control board in the current one to remove the "smart" thermostat control but it was worth it since it's saved me at least 3x what the thermostat and control board cost in energy savings)
afidel 09/20/22 09:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Smaller Propane Tanks

I use exchanges when my backup (former grill) tanks expire as it's cheaper than recertifying a tank. I also had to do a swap when all the retail refill places near me were out of propane a few years ago, it was cheaper to do a swap than drive 20+ miles to get a refill.
afidel 09/19/22 11:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mini Split A.C. in their fiver

Average RV AC has an EER of 6, 120V mini-splits are 12-13 so yes, they're about twice as efficient. They also can be had in models that work as heat pumps well below freezing which does not exist as an RV unit.
afidel 09/17/22 11:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: a plea for more cool weather sites for migratory travelers

Castle Mound has at least some 50A sites, I checked for the first weekend in December and the first site I clicked on was 50A. 50A is a big deal for me as I can run enough electric heat to use my trailer year round here in NE Ohio with 50A, not so much on 30A (technically my hookup at home is 30Ax2 so a 30A plus a 20A might work but if the pedastal has both it probably also has 50A). As far as CoE parks, all the ones around here close way early, week after Labor Day for Ohio and PA.
afidel 09/16/22 08:42am General RVing Issues
RE: current diesel fuel pricing

Huh, just checked gas buddy and the spread on diesel between stations is $1.50 vs the spread on regular gas at $0.50. At the station with the best price on diesel it's $4.49 vs $3.39 for regular. As far as heating oil is concerned, in 2020 residential use was about 3B gallons, about 1/4th of what it was in the late 70s and a much smaller percentage of the total distillate useage, though it's still a concern in the NE and NY in particular as refineries have to tune for it during the leadup and during the winter months.
afidel 09/15/22 06:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: a plea for more cool weather sites for migratory travelers

Btw if that's too far, Black River State Forest in Wisconsin is open year round. There are many options.
afidel 09/15/22 05:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: a plea for more cool weather sites for migratory travelers

Try state and local parks, generally you won't have water north of the Mason-Dixon but you can get electric. The Iowa state parks become first come first served after 10/31 and water won't generally be available, but you can get electric. Clear Lake State Park would appear to be on your way as an example.
afidel 09/15/22 05:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: OH to CT- I-80 or I-90?

No, those are all 4 lane interstates. Basically go under Pittsburgh and across WV and Maryland and then up 81 on a diagonal to 84. It's 60 miles longer than the Google route but better roads and lower gas taxes.
afidel 09/13/22 09:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: OH to CT- I-80 or I-90?

77 to 70 to 79 to 68 to 81 to 84, we did basically the reverse of that when coming home from NYC to NE Ohio a few years ago and it was a very pleasant drive and I was able to fill up in WV avoiding the high gas taxes in PA, you'd probably need to add a fill-up in Maryland as well unless you've got a really big tank.
afidel 09/13/22 06:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: Brakes grabbing

Get your bearings repacked ASAP after you figure out the cause. We had a stuck brake coming down a hill where we couldn't stop. Got it corrected and looked for a shop that could repack the bearings, almost made it but had a blowout 40 miles short. If you can't find a shop very near to you I'd try to find a mobile tech to do it. Btw it doesn't have to be an RV shop, we eventually got ours done by a tire shop that does big rigs as they had high bay doors, trailer shops that handle boat or commercial trailers are also an option.
afidel 09/11/22 10:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Electrical Help Needed

The rating is based on the gauge of wire being protected, not the size of your AC power input. 30A is probably a bit small as the charging circuit in the converter is probably larger than that. Check your DC wire gauge to the converter and the charger rating to make sure you don't have nuisance trips.
afidel 09/09/22 12:37am Tech Issues
RE: Vogel state park

You can also use bike mode to see the elevation profile (max 3k feet and nothing too steep in this case) and street view to check out any sharper turns (looked not at all scary to me).
afidel 09/05/22 06:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Res fridge blowing warm air

Defrost cycle probably.
afidel 09/03/22 11:38pm Tech Issues
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