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RE: Interstate rest area stops

I volunteered to work the free coffee kiosk at a rest stop on Interstate 5 in Washington state. There is a whole community of people that live in their cars and spend every night in the rest stops. They are known by the authorities and by each other. I believe the law is six hours per stay. If chased out, they move to the rest stop on the other side of the freeway. Usually, they are left alone. Some Washington state I-5 rest areas have had some problems leading to closures of the entire rest area: The rest areas are useful for people who need to take a break from the highway. However, in recent months, there have been numerous issues with some visitors who are not using the facilities for their intended purpose. This includes those who extend their stay beyond the posted limits, illegal disposal of trash and waste, vandalizing the buildings, verbally abusing and even threatening WSDOT employees.
rlw999 03/11/22 06:28pm Roads and Routes
RE: Setting up your house to run off your RV generator?

How long will the gen power your house before refil needed and a trip to an electric powered gas pump??? Just curious. My Onan 4000 was rated at about half a gallon per hour at 1/2 load, and the RV had a 45 gallon tank (only usable to 1/4 tank, so around 30 gallons usable, so I'd get around 60 hours if I ran it 24/7, or about 2.5 days. Though in a power failure, I'd really only need to run it around 6 hours a day or less (enough to run the `fridge and furnace once every 4 hours), so I'd get around 10 days of use before I had to refuel. The Onan 7000 is rated at 0.7 gph at half load, or 0.4 gph at no load. I don't know what RV he has, but the Tiffin Allegro Open Road comes with the Onan 7000 and has an 80 gallon fuel tank, so he'd get somewhere between 80 - 150 hours of runtime. I've only had one extended power failure so far and it only lasted about a day and it was in warm weather, so I only had to power the 'fridge.
rlw999 03/10/22 12:08am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: US might have been wrong about Ethanol

Who says they have to grow those enormous amounts of corn, there's nothing wrong with letting the land lay fallow for a season or two. Nobody pays a farmer or his huge investment, to just sit there while their land lays fallow. That's why ethanol for fuel is essentially a farm subsidy -- ethanol requirements and tax breaks for ethanol production creates demand for corn that wouldn't otherwise be there.
rlw999 03/09/22 06:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas prices.

Gas prices around here have gone up less than 20% since my last fillup a month ago. Things will likely get worse before they get better, but I wouldn't cancel any trips booked into the future until it's almost time to go so I can see where gas prices are. The difference between $4 and $6 gas is around $450 on a 2000 mile trip (at 9 mpg), or around $30/day over 2 weeks. It's not nothing, but it's less than I'll pay for campgrounds, and less than many people pay for an RV payment.
rlw999 03/09/22 05:27pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Doing without propane

afidel, are you insinuating that a 30 A hook-up is insufficient? My cord is a 30 amp. Doug Depends how well insulated your RV is and how cold it is outside. A 1500W electric heater puts out around 5000BTU/hr, and you can run 2 of them on a 30A circuit (assuming your outlets are on separate 15A breakers), so you'll get around 10,000BTU/hr of heating from those 2 heaters. In 50 degree weather, one 1500W heater kept my 30 foot Class C comfortable, but below that I had to use the propane heater (which was rated at 30,000 BTU/hr). I don't know how well it would have done with 2 1500W heaters, but am guessing it would have been good to 40 degrees? Keep in mind that with 3000W of heaters running, you're consuming pretty much all the power that 30A circuit can provide, so you can't run any other high drain devices, like a microwave, electric water heater, etc. Even your power converter might be too much load if the batteries are low on charge - a 60A charger will use around 6A of 120VAC to charge the batteries.
rlw999 03/09/22 02:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Selling my RV

Think like a buyer and search the internet for "where to buy a used RV" or "used rv in " or "used RV for sale" rvtrader.com keeps coming up at the top of google searches, so I'd start there. When I bought my last RV, I looked at rvtrader.com, rvt.com and local (and not so local) dealer web pages.
rlw999 03/09/22 01:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Interstate rest area stops

No, not really, or at least not in my case. I’m currently based out of the Toronto area but travel at least once a month in one of my M/H’s for sort of business (paid hobby / passion truth be known) and so for probably half the year I’m travelling several days before I get to an area where there are C/G’s open even IF I wanted to stay there. I say “if” because I couldn’t bring myself to bother a bunch of people on vacation and trying to enjoy themselves and relax pulling in at near midnight and pulling back out at zero-dark-thirty in the morning. I also don’t see much reason to pay for a bunch of amenities or services I’ll never use. OP, I just spent a night at the Sudbury Rest Area just east of Nairn Center on my home from the Soo last week and did so because Jeremy’s was jammed full of trucks. Do you not see the contradiction in your statements? You said that truck drivers (who usually have little control over when/where they are routed, and have legal requirements for when they need to take breaks) should have no need to sleep in a rest area, but because of when you drive for your hobby, you have no choice but to stop at a rest area since the truck stop was already "jammed full of trucks".
rlw999 03/09/22 11:42am Roads and Routes
RE: Rising fuel, will it be any different this time?

I have several oil and gas leases. Explain to me why my oil production check for 3 wells went down $160 last check while the pump price is going up way faster than it should. Somewhere down the line someone is making a killing. Kind of how prices at the gas station go up as soon as crude prices go up -- while the gas they've had in their tanks for 2 days didn't come from that expensive crude, and the gasoline that they'll get tomorrow didn't get refined from that expensive crude. And oddly, when crude gets cheaper, prices don't come down as fast as they went up. Someone's making that profit.
rlw999 03/08/22 08:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rising fuel, will it be any different this time?

...But DC has some official advice, buy a Tesla... i thought she said "Prius". :R Either one is a good idea for a daily driver -- we have both, an EV (not a Tesla) that I use for the daily commute, and a 45mpg Hybrid (not a Prius) that we use for long trips when we don't take the RV. Not having to pay for gas for the daily commute sure helps take the sting out of high fuel prices when we do take the RV out, we've got a 2000 mile trip planned next month and are preparing for $6/gallon gas.
rlw999 03/08/22 08:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Interstate rest area stops

I hope VA troopers aren't still ordering OTR truck drivers to violate the federal hours of service rules. Since the introduction of electronic logging, they have little choice on where they stop for the mandatory rest periods. They have all sorts of choices, UNLESS, they drive until the very last minute then say they’re “forced” to sleep on the shoulder of an off-ramp. Routes and facilities along any route anywhere in North America are well documented, the only reason to have “little choice” is because they chose to drive beyond all the good choices. Doesn't that apply equally so (or even more so) to RV'ers? There are lots of places they can stay, and (most) RVers have much more control over their schedule than truck drivers. So if truck drivers have lots of better choices than rest areas, then RV'ers have even more choices, so there's no need to overnight in a rest area?
rlw999 03/08/22 04:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: Locking fuel tank tops

My dad always said NOT to use the locking gas cap as they would puncture the fuel tank if they wanted it bad enough, just his opinin. They won't -- the common plastic locking gas cap barely even slows them down, they just pry off the locking top and unscrew the remaining piece. If they're in a hurry, then they'll punch a hole in the tank 'cause it's faster than siphoning. Here's an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayZCruxNiZg Anyone that's changed their generator fuel filter knows that with an RV, another convenient place to get gas is the rubber fuel line leading to the generator (even if it will only drain the tank to 1/4).
rlw999 03/08/22 04:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: US might have been wrong about Ethanol

Study show US could have been wrong with implementing ethanol to reduce emissions and could have had opposite effects. That's been known for quite a while -- Ethanol (at least when fermented from corn) is a farm subsidy, not a good fuel.
rlw999 03/08/22 03:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why not diesel electric trucks?

If a single diesel electric locomotive can pull 27,000,000 pounds, why has it not been scaled down to pull 20-40,000 pounds yet? Via motors have done that long time ago 100 mpg electric hybrid truck https://youtu.be/4XHbQLfgI6g Why dont GM do it? Because they are controled by Oil companies that would lose lots o $$ if all trucks got 100 mpg ! :B That's a plug-in hybrid, you can claim any gas mileage you want if you decide that the battery range is "free". The Prius Eco is rated at 58mpg, I don't think any full size truck is going to beat that if you don't count the all-electric range.
rlw999 03/03/22 09:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why not diesel electric trucks?

Electric motors, especially DC motors, can have over 300% torque at ZERO RPM No ICE's can do that and getting it going from a dead stop requires that. As all ICE's have no torque at zero RPM That's why they use a transmission with a clutch or torque converter. My Hybrid car uses a system much like a diesel-electric locomotive, at low speeds, the ICE engine powers a generator that (along with the battery) powers the electric motor to drive the wheels. At higher speeds, the ICE engine can be coupled to drive the wheels mechanically. All ICE's use an electric motor to start it because an ICE can NOT develop torque until it gets RPM While most ICE engines needs some sort of starter motor (not always electric, sometimes air, sometimes a crank, etc), some air start systems inject compressed air into the cylinders to turn the engine for starting so no starter motor required. But more interestingly, some ICE engines can start with combustion alone, Mazda's Skyactive start/system system knows which cylinder to fire to start the motor by injecting gasoline and firing the spark plug: https://www.mazda.com/en/innovation/technology/env/i-stop/ But even those have a starter motor for cold starts, and to handle the case where the cylinders didn't stop in the right position for restart.
rlw999 03/02/22 01:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Doing without propane

If you have an alternative for cooking (like an electric cooktop or small propane bottles), there are gasoline or diesel powered heaters that can heat your RV. Webasto is one popular brand. Eberspacher is another brand. But it's not a cheap solution, figure around $1500 - $2000 for the heater, plus installation.
rlw999 02/23/22 11:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cost of FCC 2-Way-Radio License

The easiest way to test them without a license is to just test them without a license, then buy the license if you decide you're going to use them regularly. Virtually no one buys a license for these blister-pack radios, and as long as you're not intentionally causing trouble, you have practically zero chance of running into problems being unlicensed. Since a 10 year license is only $70, I'd just go ahead and buy it if you're going to use them regularly on the GMRS channels But, that said, you're almost certainly not going to find these useful for what you want to use them for -- *maybe* you'll be able to talk to your wife when she goes to the campground office 1/4 mile away if there aren't too many RV's between you and the office, but you're going to have trouble talking to her when she's 1/2 mile into the woods. If you want a more usable solution, buy a 15W or 25W mobile radio for your RV and put a good antenna on the roof, then get your wife a good GMRS handheld with 5W output power (and a good antenna, not the 2" antenna on those midlands). Then you may be able to reach her a few miles into the woods, but I wouldn't count on much more than that if there's any significant tree cover. Maybe 5 miles or so if there's not much tree cover or other obstacles between your RV and her and if you mount the RV antenna on a high mast, you can get better range.
rlw999 02/23/22 12:30pm Technology Corner
RE: Not for us

I've always said that there are two types of people in this world...."RV People" and "Hotel People". It's usually rare that folks enjoy both, and there's nothing wrong with either. We knew from early on that we were not "hotel people". I LOVE to fly, but absolutely HATE the hassle of an airport. I've been on a couple of cruises, too, which were nice. My wife and I downsized from our Class C to a Class B because we're both RV and Hotel people -- a Class B is comfortable and easy to drive and is comfortable enough to sleep in for a few overnights while in transit, but when we get to our destination, we can still park it in the corner of the hotel parking lot. Sometimes we'll rent a car, sometimes everything we want is within walking distance or we know we can find parking for our 22 ft Class B (it's fairly small for an RV but still pretty big and too high to fit in most parking garages) We share your disdain for the flying experience and would rather drive even if it takes a few days.
rlw999 02/22/22 05:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 100 a/h Lithium Battery for $21?

I wouldn't buy super cheap lithium batteries to put into my RV unless they were in an outside compartment far from my living area. Lead Acid batteries don't worry me - as long as you don't short them out and you vent the hydrogen, lead acid batteries don't have a catastrophic failure mode. Lithium batteries rely on temperature and voltage monitoring for safety - overcharging will result in catastrophic failure. The charger should prevent overcharging and will usually monitor temperature too, but the BMS inside the battery is the safety system of last resort preventing you from having a battery explosion. Safety systems like that are the last place I want to save a few dollars, or even a few hundred dollars. I'll gladly pay for name-brand batteries if it means that I'm less likely to have the battery beneath my bed explode because my charger tried to overcharge them.I believe you may be confusing lifepo4 with other less stable lithium chemistries. Lifepo4 batteries are very stable and safe. They will not explode when overheated or overcharged. No significant thermal runaway issues. They also don't emit or off-gas any kind of deadly fumes like a lead cell either. Completely safe to use underneath your bed. What's not to like? LiFePo4 batteries are *safer* than other chemistries, but still require an operational BMS to make them safe. And in some cases, the BMS in the battery itself can fail and cause a fire. I have a huge lithionics battery under my bed, but I trust them to design a good battery and recall it if there are problems, they can't afford the bad press if there's a fire. But if I buy a battery from some unknown reseller, the company may already be out of business (or running under another name) by the time a problem is discovered.
rlw999 02/14/22 05:27pm Tech Issues
RE: 100 a/h Lithium Battery for $21?

I wouldn't buy super cheap lithium batteries to put into my RV unless they were in an outside compartment far from my living area. Lead Acid batteries don't worry me - as long as you don't short them out and you vent the hydrogen, lead acid batteries don't have a catastrophic failure mode. Lithium batteries rely on temperature and voltage monitoring for safety - overcharging will result in catastrophic failure. The charger should prevent overcharging and will usually monitor temperature too, but the BMS inside the battery is the safety system of last resort preventing you from having a battery explosion. Safety systems like that are the last place I want to save a few dollars, or even a few hundred dollars. I'll gladly pay for name-brand batteries if it means that I'm less likely to have the battery beneath my bed explode because my charger tried to overcharge them.
rlw999 02/14/22 02:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Garmin 890 GPS unit ?

I've been pretty happy with our Garmin 780, I think Garmin's user interface is better than Android Auto for navigating on the road (like for looking up upcoming gas stations, restaurants, etc). But traffic routing is far better on Android Auto, even with the Garmin paired to my phone for live traffic. So I run both -- use the Garmin primarily, but I also keep an eye on my phone to see if it's warning about traffic. The Garmin 780 is about $100 cheaper than the 890 on Amazon, and the only difference I can see between them is that the 890 has a slightly bigger screen.
rlw999 02/13/22 12:51pm Technology Corner
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