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RE: Rental Car Question

Check under the rental. Twice I have rented cars that had undercarriage damage that I noticed before I took possession of the vehicle. I place my phone on the ground and take a video of the undercarriage as I drive the vehicle forward and backwards then I reviewed the video. Also check out all features of the vehicle including the GPS and document what does not work. Take your time.
miltvill 10/30/21 09:06am Around the Campfire
RE: My wife is gonna kill me, please help

Plug the fireplace into an extension cord that is plugged directly into the house 110 outlet. That way you can eliminate your RV as the problem. Or plug something else into the outlet your fireplace plugs into and see if it works. If that does not work then put $10 or $20 dollars a week away until you have enough money to purchase a new fireplace. DW will never know. Then have a friend order the fireplace on their card and give them the money.
miltvill 10/18/21 09:06am Tech Issues
RE: Rusty grille - How to avoid

I grill/BBQ almost every day. Over the past 45 years I have had many cheap gas grills, 3 charcoal and one smoker. The worst thing you can do to a grill with cast iron grates is to burn the food off after cooking and not seasoning the grates for the next use. I never clean my grill after use. I clean my grill when I am going to use it and season the grates. However, if you don't cook as often as I do then clean the grates after you cook and oil the grates. I live in a hot humid place so I now have a Weber Geneses III gas grill with heavy stainless steal grates (expensive but worth it). For my 34 year old Weber charcoal grill and smoker every few years I replace the grates. I will not have another grill with cast iron grates. I have also had grills with cast iron burners that did not last 2 years. I do love my cast iron pans.
miltvill 08/27/21 03:44pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: trailer rear camera for GM

They are made for the optional GM trailering camera. One is used to see inside your TT and the other is to see behind your TT. I don't know of an aftermarket camera that will work with the system.
miltvill 08/09/21 05:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone have an all elec. car

I wonder how long the free or compilatory charging stations will stay free. I would think something like $1.00 a minute. So $60.00 for a 1 hour charge. Plus local, state and federal taxes equal to or grater then the taxes on gas.
miltvill 07/22/21 07:30pm Around the Campfire
RE: Towing My Boat Behind My Fiver'

Not legal in Florida. FHP and DOT will get you for sure. Also any county or city traffic LEO will also get you. Commercial vehicles may double tow on the turnpike and interstate only, not local roads. If you see anyone double towing they just got lucky. If I stopped you I would not have you leave the boat unhooked on the side of the road. I would have the boat towed so the boat doesn't get stolen. $$$
miltvill 07/22/21 08:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Problem with U-Haul refill. Time replace my propane tanks?

Take them to any exchange place like Blue Rhino, located at stores everywhere.THIS!!! And usually they'll let you select the cylinder you want off the shelf. Pick the one with the newest date. This is what I do. I even exchanged a 25 year old style tank.
miltvill 07/12/21 09:58am Tech Issues
RE: Camping in a high temperature area.

We are in the rainy season here in south Florida. The rain cools it down from the 90s to the low 80s with 60% to 90% humidity. MOSQUITOS! In many places it may be above 100 in the day but it cools down at night. Here in Florida it may be in the 80s at night.
miltvill 07/02/21 10:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Help with choosing our 5th wheel (and truck)

At this time it is difficult to get a Ford F450/F350, GMC/Chevy 3500HD or Ram 3500 due to computer part shortages. Some dealers are asking over MSRP due to the empty dealer dots. You may have a difficult time finding the trim line you want. The vehicles you are looking at on the internet now may not be available when you are ready to purchase your vehicle. I would research all the trim lines very well. So when you see a vehicle on a dealer lot you automatically know what options the vehicle has or does not have.
miltvill 06/28/21 05:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2021 GMC factory towing camera?

The factory camera only makes your trailer invisible if it is a box trailer/TT under 33 feet. The camera is mounted on the TT at the same height as the tail gate camera is on your TV. The camera mounted on the back of your trailer takes the place of your tail gate camera. You have to enter the length of the TT from the TV hitch into the TT in the setup for your TV (dash display in trailer mode). This will calibrate the side cameras with the new rear camera of your TT so it appears the TT is invisible. For longer a longer TT the camera will appear as a window on the back of your TT.
miltvill 06/19/21 09:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: New license plate for my TC.

Florida only has one plate and it must be attached to the rear of the vehicle and visible at all times. On a big rig the plate is on the front of the truck with no plate on the rear of the truck. The traffic cameras must be able to read your plate.
miltvill 06/03/21 02:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Tranny fluid change

When I had my 2008 Chevy it had the spin on filter which was nice. My 2020 GMC with the 10 speed transmission does not have a dipstick or any place to check the ATF. It is a closed system that I will probably have to take to the dealer to have the ATF changed.
miltvill 06/03/21 09:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Could the weather get any more miserable?

Its been in the 90s and gets down to the 70s at night. It has rained on every street but mine. The dry weather has provided me with a good crop of mangos and lychees. June starts the rainy season here.
miltvill 05/31/21 09:00am Around the Campfire
RE: Coffee Survey

I had a Kureg at work and did not like it. My coffee mug holds about 2 cups of coffee and the coffee in a Kureg was not strong enough. I drink at least 12 cups of coffee a day. DW drinks her coffee with half coffee and half milk and drinks more coffee then I do. We have a 14 cup coffee maker and really like Costco coffee. In the RV we use a percolator on the stove. It comes out hot and as strong as you want to make it. I also use instant coffee when I don't want to make a pot of coffee. I also enjoy a shot of Cuban coffee which I can make on the RV stove.
miltvill 05/19/21 03:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: To portable dump tank or not to portable dump tank...

I have a 20 gallon blue tote tank that I use for grey water. I attach it to my hitch ball and it follows behind the TV to the dump station. You could use a tote tank for your gray tank and have the black and gray tank dumped every 2 weeks.
miltvill 05/15/21 03:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rent a Truck to tow a 5th Wheel or Gooseneck

Hertz rents F350s with the 5th wheel/gooseneck prep package. You will have to call them early and have them find one for you.
miltvill 05/15/21 03:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: British couple buying an RV in the US

In Florida you will pay sales tax on the total purchase cost of the RV or vehicle. This tax is 6% to 8% depending on the county you live in. This is a one time tax. Then each year you will pay to renew the license plate which should be less then $100 dollars a year. If you rent a cheap place to live and establish Florida residency then you could apply for a Florida drivers license which you could use in all 50 states and Canada. Florida has no state income tax.
miltvill 05/13/21 06:43pm Beginning RVing
RE: Running Inverter Generator Safely From Pickup

I think running a generator in your truck bed would be as safe as running the built in generator in a RV that is located under the front bed. What is the difference? Just make sure the generator gets fresh air or it will not run correctly. I had a rat problem in my shed. So I ran my Honda EU2000 generator in my shed with the door and windows closed. After a while the generator ran out of fresh air and quit. Took of care of my rat problem.
miltvill 05/13/21 06:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is Facebook killing this site?

To use Facebook you have to have friends and I have no friends so I do not use Facebook.
miltvill 05/10/21 04:41pm Around the Campfire
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

Typically how many amp hrs does an EV battery store? Is it practical to charge these batteries via solar? If so how big of a solar system would be required. Typically EV car batteries range from 40 KWH to 100 KWH depending on manufacturer or model. Current EV SUV's that people use to tow RV's like small tear drop trailers, pop up trailers or boats have batteries that range from 80 KWH to 100 KWH. The EV trucks that will be coming out this year all seem to be between 140 and 200 KWH but manufacturers have been reluctant to release exact specs. Re solar. Sure...sort of. A typical 30 to 50 kilometer commute in a car uses about 6 to 8 kwh of power. So in that case solar is quite effective for charging even with a small dedicated garage system. Minimal storage is needed if you can charge during the day...but it gets trickier for those charging at night unless you are grid connected etc. Below is a picture of off grid solar EV chargers that, depending on weather, can charge 2 or 3 cars per day for a typical commute. It has built in storage as well. They are built in San Diego. It interesting that Rivian who will be producing the Rivian 1/2 ton later this year is going to be deploying these to popular trail heads and off grid camping areas. Their target market is the small trailer, tenter, camper, hiker fisher, kayaker crowd. Neat idea. No permitting or infrastructure needed. 10 minute set up. Cheers Do they make a 50amp or 30amp RV adaptor for that charging station. Looks like a good free camping spot with electricity.
miltvill 05/05/21 07:43pm Around the Campfire
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