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RE: RV wholesalers?

I've bought two trailers from them and been happy both times with both the process and service upon delivery. FWIW, for me they're not all that far away. :)
atreis 01/05/20 01:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: I must be getting olde !

Just for fun, ask a teenager what qualifies as a long distance call and how much they think it would cost per minute. :) FWIW, standard shift cars are still available from Honda and Mazda. Not sure about others ...
atreis 12/28/19 06:24am Around the Campfire
RE: How do you summer travel?

We do 250-350 mile stretches between campgrounds that are mapped out months in advance with all reservations booked and paid for, or we're doing weekends within 2 hours from home at a state or county park. While I like spontaneous exploration once we're at a destination, travel days must be planned for me, with enough time to see something cool if we happen across it. Some day I'll take up a more aimless travel style but for now vacation days and aligned schedules are too precious to waste. We go further, up to 600 miles in a day, but otherwise do the same thing for the same reason. As for electric, we point the top of the trailer at the sky and get it for free (after the initial capital investment for solar panels and charge controller) with no noise or mess from the sun. We have a 320 watt array.
atreis 12/28/19 06:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Everyone's gotta see this VW.

Those are really nicely done. Some talent there.
atreis 12/16/19 08:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Non-renewable Lithium...Fact.

Nope. Used EV batteries are already in high demand. Expected real world lifespan of the cells is 30 years. Never make assumptions on todays technology. In three years it will be a different game. PS. I'm one of those who trade in their vehicle every 5 or 6 years. (I like tech) Whoever gets my EV next spring will have an amazing problem free EV with probably at least another decade of life...if not more. We have a bunch of neighbours who have already called dibs. In cars, the useful life of LiFePO4 batteries is about 10 years. After that they still have lots of life, but capacity and maximum rate of discharge decrease to the point where they're no longer effective in a car. So the person getting your car has 5 years, not 10, before they'll need to do something (unless either they or you don't drive much). At that point they're good as backup storage for solar/wind on the grid, where capacity vs. weight and volume isn't as much of an issue and discharge can be spread out over many banks, where they can be used for another 15-20 years. After that (25 to 30 years old), most will be spent and they need to be disposed of somehow. Hopefully by then there's a cost-effective way to recover the metals from them for re-use. Right now there are ways but they're not cost effective.
atreis 11/24/19 06:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Charging electric car

I guess I'm not explaining myself properly or my idea is just too stupid. The bus is dragging the toad down the road; the toad's wheels are turning; the toad's motor(s) are turning - throw in a little regenerative braking on the toad and its battery will charge. The bus has to work a bit harder but there is no modification to the bus. Convenient, yes. Efficient, no. You're effectively charging your electric car from a gas generator. Your bus's engine has to work that much harder to overcome the increased resistance of the toad as it generates electric. (Sorry, no 1st law violations allowed.) In terms of efficiency, you'd be better off towing a hybrid or charging from mains at your destination.
atreis 11/24/19 07:29am Tech Issues
RE: Non-renewable Lithium...Fact.

according to Wikipedia this is a list of the top 9-lithium producing countries. several are not exactly friendly to the USA. And some are very friendly. The same is true for petroleum. FWIW, Canada, the US, and South America also have Lithium deposits but they're not being mined much currently. (It's a very abundant material.) If you want to be concerned: The batteries also contain small amounts of Cobalt and Magnesium. Those are far more concerning, especially Cobalt, in terms of their rarity. There's a lot of work to reduce/remove those. (Actually Cobalt has been reduced a lot, in favor of Magnesium, but is still needed.) There's also active research on recycling but the technology is still under development.
atreis 11/24/19 07:17am Tech Issues
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

Ugly as sin, and obviously no good for a fifth wheel... But the specs on the high end model are very impressive. 14K tow rating, 3500 lbs capacity, 500+ miles range, and the price is in the ballpark of high end trim lines of other pickups. I hope it sells well, proves the whole notion possible, and they put one out (or Rivian does) that can tow a fiver.
atreis 11/23/19 05:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cell service in Canada

AT&T has a one month international roaming plan that's a better price option than the day-at-a-time option if you're going to be there for more than a few days. Verizon might have something similar.
atreis 11/09/19 08:04am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Boeing 737 crashes..........why ?

Nose-heavy aircraft is nothing new. Setting ALL trims according to the take-off weight-and-balance data is nothing new. Hand flying during takeoff, and and trimming the aircraft as necessary during climb-out is nothing new. Granted, in order to do it safely, you not only need to be systems knowledgeable, but you also need to be an experienced aviator,...not just a pilot. An aviator knows the limits of elevator and stabilizer authority, and the difference between full power and takeoff power, and the limits of rudder authority, hundreds of other important related things. In aviation, it's easy to learn that if you go too slow, you might fall out of the sky. It takes a lot more time to learn that if you go too fast you might go into Mach Tuck, from which you will problably NOT recover. Yes, nose heavy aircraft, etc ... Quite true, but part of the goal with the Max was to have pilots be able to go from other 737 models without having to relearn the plane. (Why? It's good for sales to airlines, who want pilots to be able to fly a variety of similar planes and minimize training time.) So, they put in a software system aimed at taking care of those adjustments for the pilot, didn't tell the pilots, and messed up the implementation. Somehow I doubt that passenger 737 Max pilots spend a lot of time worrying about Mach Tuck. :D
atreis 11/02/19 07:11am Around the Campfire
RE: Boeing 737 crashes..........why ?

Why were the MCAS controls installed in the first place ? I read 3-4 months ago, somewhere, that Boeing retrofitted the 737 with new engines. Heavier but more fuel efficient. The added weight affected the wings...causing the plane to dip down.... and the MCAS was added to keep the plane level. Did not work apparently. Anyone else have info as to why the MCAS was added ? The engines are physically larger and would have hit the ground if mounted at the original location. They moved them forward some so that they could mount them at a higher location. Engines are heavy. That shifted the center of gravity of the plane forward from where it was previously, requiring a flight control system fix to adjust how the plane flies such that it would behave similar to what pilots were expecting. CG in planes is very critical for good flight control. (BTW, this is why when you're on a not-full flight passengers get scattered around the cabin - to keep the weight distribution even.)
atreis 11/01/19 05:30am Around the Campfire
RE: Why did the motorists cross the road?

Never heard of these (I'm 48), so googled it. It ends up, if you have some, TODAY (Oct 15, 2019) is the last day that you can cash them in.
atreis 10/15/19 04:54am Around the Campfire
RE: Tow with Chevy Bolt?

In terms of load on the system, towing a small trailer on the flats should be easier on the system than driving up a long moderate grade without a trailer. (With a trailer, one really just has to get it up to speed. Keeping it there is light work outside of the mountains.) The system had better be up for normal mountain driving. It's an interesting project and I look forward to hearing how it goes.
atreis 10/15/19 04:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hottest October day ever !

Correct. Weather is what it's doing outside now (hot today, much more pleasant this weekend). Climate is the average weather for a location. Climate Change is the change in the average for that location over time (e.g. the average October daytime high temperature in Columbus IN for the past decade is 3 degrees higher than it was 50 years ago).
atreis 10/02/19 06:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: Tomatoes

A pretty good history of the whole ketchup in school lunches thing:
atreis 09/23/19 05:31am Around the Campfire
RE: Sights along Lake Superior

Wow. Shame about the trading post, but no doubt a deserved retirement. I haven't been that way for a couple years, but was planning to go next summer.
atreis 09/15/19 08:57am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Sights along Lake Superior

Old Woman Bay and other parts of Lake Superior PP. If you enjoy hiking, the Orphan Lake Trail is an especially good hike if you're up for a full day hike, Pukaskwa NP and it's many trails and both beaches are very nice. There are excellent views at some spots along the eastern shore between the Soo and Wawa. Some pretty spots after Marathon. Marathon itself is interesting, but it's challenging to get to the views. There are some spots near Sleeping Giant where one can hunt/collect Amethyst at private mines. That can be a fun activity. Oh, and the trading post just before Pancake Bay PP. Conversation at that trading post some years back: There was a foreign vendor (Indian guy) selling what the sign said were Reindeer pelts from northern Europe. My young daughter read the sign and it went like this: Daughter (a little distressed): Reindeer Pelts?? Vendor: Yeah, reindeer pelts! Daughter (horrified): Like Rudolph? Vendor: Yeah yeah! Rudolph! Had to spend some time explaining that reindeer are common in northern Europe and these weren't Santa's ...
atreis 09/15/19 06:09am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Cant hook up a whole house generator

If you're planning to sell and move in two years ... Just live without the backup generator for two years .......... Doesn't seem to me like it'd be worth it for such a short time. Working on getting the electrical fixed in the meantime would still be worthwhile though, as no doubt whoever looks to buy it will have a home inspection done and that will turn up the electrical irregularities.
atreis 09/08/19 06:21am Around the Campfire
RE: AUDI Q5 for towing

I've been towing with unibody vehicles for decades without issues, as have many others. There are unibody vehicles that can tow up to 7,700 lbs available (VW Touareg). The "unibody is no good for towing" is a myth, if one stays within all manufacturer recommended limits. On the Q5, as others have mentioned, the most likely limit that would come into effect is payload capacity. Also keep in mind it's a fairly short wheelbase, high center of gravity, vehicle so you'll also be better off using one of the better WD hitches with sway control.
atreis 07/20/19 08:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Will I kill my mini-van?

I've towed with minivans for decades (Toyota and Ford, not Chrysler). Never had to replace a transmission, or any other part related to towing, and keep my cars for at least 10 years and generally put well over 200K miles on them. The Ford had a new Rack&Pinion put in at 120K miles, a common issue for the older Windstar, unrelated to towing. Never had an issue with using WDH (in fact, they're recommended by both Ford and Toyota) and never had an issue due to having a high wall trailer. IMO, most of the opinions to the contrary are likely from people that just haven't done it. Advice: Stay within your vehicles weight ratings and they work just fine, and are in fact very stable tow vehicles. Very low center of gravity, long wheelbase. Use a quality WDH with sway control. Weights to check and verify (at a scale, fully loaded for a trip, including passengers and cargo): Individual axles for axle weight, total axle weight vs. tire ratings, hitch weight (with a tongue scale). Don't tow with a full water tank. That water adds several hundred pounds. Tow at 60mph on the flats. Learn how to pull long grades. (Figure out where your engine's power band is. When going up, put the engine in the power band (a particular RPM range) and keep it there, letting it downshift as necessary, and don't worry about speed as you down shift and slow down. Keep it in the power band, and you'll end up passing much larger tow vehicles that don't know how to do this. Going down, manually downshift as much as your vehicle will allow to use the engine for braking. Periodically brake firmly to slow down to 45-50 mph, then let the car coast with the engine in as low a gear as it'll do to control speed, until it gets up to about 65, then brake again ... Doing this will allow you to not have to brake too often and keep from overheating the brakes.)
atreis 07/14/19 07:18am Tow Vehicles
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