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RE: One Great Big EV Thread

fj12ryder, The most successful battery in 1901 was the Edison battery. It has little in common with lead acid. It dwarfs the cycle life of LiFePo4. It is not cheap. It is not small. It is not light. They last 30 years.Thank you, I'll do some looking and reading. Wow, that was some interesting stuff. I completely had no idea. Thanks for the information. "Everything old is new again". :)
fj12ryder 05/18/21 04:43pm Around the Campfire
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

And BEV has proven time and again to have hurdled their most challenging technological issues. Once, declared as not viable on a pure electric basis.I'm not so sure about that, as IMO their most challenging technological issue is range. So far that has increased, but mostly incrementally. The type of battery has changed from the ones used 100 years ago, but basically they aren't that much different. Much like ICE, they haven't changed that much in over 100 years either. The EV's still haven't figured out how to travel long distances in relatively short times. Still mostly commuter cars.
fj12ryder 05/18/21 03:38pm Around the Campfire
RE: Coffee Survey

I just bought an ex-hotel single cup coffee maker, the type that takes the 2" flat round filter pods, from a local thrift store for $.25. I don't drink coffee myself, as I personally find the flavor quite revolting; this is just so I can offer it to the occasional house or dinner guest. Hence, as to a brand or type of coffee, I cannot offer any advice at all, but hope to pick out some variety that's halfway usable based on blind luck.It shouldn't really matter that much, since you don't drink coffee, visitors won't expect you to offer them the best there is. :) But just out of consideration to their taste buds, rotate out the opened coffee regularly. Opened ground coffee will get pretty tasteless over time. What you do have, store in an airtight opaque container. It will last longer that way.
fj12ryder 05/18/21 07:35am Around the Campfire
RE: Coffee Survey

Those cheap coffee makers will work good as long as they get the water hot enough. Remember the awful Mr. Coffee coffee makers? They just heated the water a little and pumped it over the grounds. Awful stuff. The coffee we buy now is from Organic Coffee Company, and is great. $20 for 5 pounds of beans. Tough to beat.
fj12ryder 05/17/21 05:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: Coffee Survey

Never have used a Keurig, too much waste IMO. We grind our beans, using a burr grinder, usually a dark roast, not Aribica beans, and use a drip coffee maker. A percolator can make great coffee, but you run the risk of bitterness and oiliness. Haven't bought any name brand coffee in decades, last time would have been in the early 80's. Very fond of Dark Kenya AA, Sumatra, and the like. Love a French press, but hate the cleanup.
fj12ryder 05/17/21 02:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: Retirement

I started at 63, and they figure you break even at around 73 years old. After that, you start benefiting from waiting til full retirement age. Roll of the dice.
fj12ryder 05/17/21 06:46am Around the Campfire
RE: SRW vs DRW

... The discussion doesn't have to be so complicated. Remember this is the towing forum. The DRW will brake better than a SRW while towing a heavy load under similar conditions.It gets complicated because not everyone believes as you do. Lots of different opinions. Yours is just one...which I happen to agree with.
fj12ryder 05/16/21 04:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SRW vs DRW

I believe the basic premise is, all things being equal: tires, surface, brakes, etc., a DRW will stop shorter than a SRW. Yes, there are tons of different parameters, but ignore them and consider everything is the same for both trucks. Heck, pull two of the rear duals, check the sopping distance, put the duals back on and recheck the stopping distance over the same surface. That should give a decent answer?
fj12ryder 05/16/21 02:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SRW vs DRW

All things being equal, i.e. tire sizes, on the trucks. A DRW will have a roughly 50% larger overall contact patch compared to a SRW. But the weight difference will be roughly 30% less per contact patch. To me that would indicate the DRW would stop quicker, all things being equal. Common sense would seem to indicate the DRW would stop quicker, but when it comes to physics, common sense sometimes isn't so common. :) But I still think the DRW will stop in a shorter distance.
fj12ryder 05/16/21 10:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: SRW vs DRW

What would be really interesting is if they did them pulling a trailer or 5th wheel. Same trailer, same test and see what the results were. That would be actually useful. If the dually stops faster, I'd expect the same result pulling a trailer. Just have to make sure all test trucks send the same strength brake signal to the trailer.Yeah, I figured that, but I was curious what the difference in stopping distances would be compared to an empty truck.
fj12ryder 05/16/21 07:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: SRW vs DRW

What would be really interesting is if they did them pulling a trailer or 5th wheel. Same trailer, same test and see what the results were. That would be actually useful.
fj12ryder 05/15/21 08:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SRW vs DRW

Yes, if you have too much contact area you can lessen the braking ability. But that ain't gonna happen by adding a second and third tire at the rear while towing.
fj12ryder 05/15/21 06:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SRW vs DRW

If you have more contact surface, you'll have more friction/braking. That's why race cars have very wide tires: bigger tires=better grip. Yep!! I can tell you paid attention in your HS physics class. Consider a train - very small contact surface and pulling more than any RV. It is psi on the contact patch - the larger the patch the less PSI if the weight is the same.Now if that were true, race cars and dragsters would have very skinny tires. But they don't, why do you suppose that is?
fj12ryder 05/15/21 03:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tripod for a new fifth wheel

Pretty much just excess baggage. Had one, don't anymore.
fj12ryder 05/15/21 03:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: SRW vs DRW

If you have more contact surface, you'll have more friction/braking. That's why race cars have very wide tires: bigger tires=better grip.
fj12ryder 05/15/21 07:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Iginuity at it best

If you are all wondering how to carry something on the back of your trailer, take some inspiration from this guy. I don't think it's something I would do but have to give him credit for trying. Not the best picture I could get but he added a third axle at the rear of the fifth wheel and has about a 6' platform. Danhttps://i.imgur.com/yPBW0Uzl.jpghttps://i.imgur.com/yPBW0Uzl.jpg height=400
fj12ryder 05/15/21 07:35am General RVing Issues
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

But those are a lot of the problems that plague, and continue to be an issue, with EV's too. Ev's are hardly mainstream yet, still very much a niche market: mostly short distance commuter cars. Hydrogen is pretty much in early stages, and it may end up going nowhere, but you never know. It's taken over a hundred years for electric vehicles to get where they are today.
fj12ryder 05/14/21 09:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

With the nearest hydrogen fuel filling station 137 miles away? And at price 5 times gas (equivalent energy basis)?What is it you EV guys say? "just give it some time"? :)
fj12ryder 05/14/21 04:21pm Around the Campfire
RE: SRW vs DRW

I may have missed it, but how far are you pulling this combination? That would be part of the criteria for me.
fj12ryder 05/13/21 09:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: bad starter......

If it's literally "around the corner", then why spend the big bucks for a tow truck? Save that money to pay the repair bill. And replacing a starter isn't something a regular mechanic can't fix, may not need a "technician". :)
fj12ryder 05/12/21 03:39pm Tow Vehicles
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