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RE: Hand-powered chainsaw -- for emergency use

Fun fact: the amount of elbow grease needed to make a saw cut is proportional to the width of the kerf. This suggests to me that a bow saw with a suitably aggressive blade will always be easier to use than anything short of a chain saw motor using a chain. Please do feel free to prove me wrong via actual experience. You would be correct. I have used a hand powered chainsaw for interior canoe camping only because of it's small dimensions/weight but would use a bow saw if I had a choice between the two.
shum02 03/20/20 08:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Looks like the Canadian border is CLOSED.

btw, Canada has formally apologized and paid reparations to several groups under the current, and some past governemnts. It does happen. However, I agree with you, and doubt China will see any obligation to do anything, based on past performance. Still I`m an optimist, even about people and believe that at the very least we will do better the next time round.
shum02 03/18/20 12:04pm Roads and Routes
RE: Looks like the Canadian border is CLOSED.

My breaking news app says that USA/Canada have agreed to close the border except for trade/commerce and "essential travel". That seems to rule out std RV trips. Like I said....:B I guess the commercial and public campground businesses are going to start taking a hit over the end of cross border travel for pleasure. Wonder how long this global fiasco will last? China should have to pay reparations for starting it all, if it's found they were somehow negligently involved in it's cause and their initial reaction to it's effects. I know everyone loves to point fingers but it will not solve this or the next global outbreak. Let`s learn from what we are doing now and the apply it to the next one because if anyone believes this will not happen country is going to pay any reparations regardless of fault.
shum02 03/18/20 10:23am Roads and Routes
RE: Looks like the Canadian border is CLOSED.

As of this morning it is closed to all but "trade" related travel and returning home travel. If you're an American returning home no problem and if a Canadian returning home, no problem. We will all get through this. Canada Border Services
shum02 03/18/20 07:40am Roads and Routes
RE: Looks like the Canadian border is CLOSED.

I don't believe trying to cross with an RV will be on the 'exception' list. Shouldn't be an issue but they might make sure you're not here for a long stay. Almost everything is closed or on limited hours as far as public attractions and most all restaurants/bars. Casinos and even ski resorts are closed. I wonder if the cure will be worse than the disease?
shum02 03/17/20 10:41am Roads and Routes
RE: Germs, viruses and fuel pump handles and doors

Using gloves is not very practical. You would need to take them off and dispose of them properly for every useYeah, that's the idea. I've got big leather gloves for the diesel pumps, that could get expensive. Nah.........I'll just keep using sanitizer.
shum02 03/17/20 10:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Germs, viruses and fuel pump handles and doors

I have gloves to pump fuel and hand sanitizer in the door. Been doing this for years and I only pay at the pump. The "pay at the pump" is a LOT less dirty than inside!
shum02 03/17/20 05:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Manufacturers saving a few cents on wire

KZ ran 16 awg down to my brakes. When there is no code to tell them the minimum they will run what ever they want to save a buck.
shum02 03/16/20 12:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Diesel Brothers

Like the lights, all about accountability and common sense. If I was LE, I'd be wailing through ticket books nailing inconsiderate people with illegal 'off road use' only light bars running them on public streets and highways. Far as exhaust opacity concerning diesel engines is concerned, the Federal Department of Transportation already has guidelines and regulations in place as well as testing equipment for big trucks that can be used for pickup trucks as well. Really simple equipment that measure ambient light transmission through the exhaust stream of an engine. The test sequences is as follows... The sensing modules are set up parallel to the exhaust and the operator is instructed to throttle up the engine to maximum governed speed (floor the fuel pedal) and the exhaust stream is measured for visible particulates (smoke) and those tests are compared to the Tier requirement for that particular build year (because not every diesel engine on the road today is a Tier 4 final engine). If the measured visible particulate output is above the requirement for that build year, the operator / owner has to bring the vehicle into compliance and at the official's decision if the vehicle has to be repaired on the spot or if the owner or operator can drive away and get it repaired at another location. Besides getting cited for non compliance, you get a hefty fine. How it works and the test can be administered anywhere, weigh station, rest stop or in a truck stop for that matter... anywhere. The equipment is completely portable and does not require specialized training, IOW, anyone can administer the test. I'm not a tree hugger but stupid is still stupid. In Ontario this is called a "stab test". Three times foot to the floor and they take a weighted average. Not a big deal unless you don't abuse your truck once in a while, have heard rumour of guys bricking their engines who take it easy with them or in bad repair. I have a portable unit come to my office, takes a half hour.
shum02 03/16/20 12:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Superduty Death Wobble

OLD NEWS ! This problem is COMMON to all 4WD, solid front axle vehicles. Jeeps have had it for over 30 years. Best solution is all new front suspension parts AND a steering dampener. People often forget that these are wear items as well. Most all F250/350 SRW trucks front steering/suspension components all do NOT come with OEM greaseable joints, they are all "lubed for life" which may not be long at all. Also the more you abuse these components on either bad roads or banging up and down curbs and such the less they will last as well especially if you've got a heavy diesel engine up front.
shum02 03/05/20 07:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Superduty Death Wobble

This is a problem with all solid front axle trucks. Sorry but Ford and Dodge put about the cheapest parts they can into the front end of these trucks including tires. has a vid on it and really myself and a lot of owners all the way back to 1999 just replace the entire front end with quality aftermarket parts from tie rods to shocks, steering stabilizers and upgraded tires to name but a few. The junk Ford puts on wears out before you know it. It's not a problem with the truck, it is a problem with the junk parts Ford puts in them when new or doing service.
shum02 03/04/20 08:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Motorcraft 10W30, 5W40, Rotella or Mobil 1 for 6.7

Book calls for 5W-40 synth, put in 5w-40 synth. 10w-30 is to thick for the 6.7L in my thoughts unless it's really hot. 5w-40 has really improved the performance/starting of my 6.0PSD As for the flavour I put in what ever is on sale. Truck does not seem to care what brand.
shum02 02/28/20 05:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Superduty Limited Cocoa leather

Just treat any leather interior the same way you'd treat any other leather. Clean it with a damp cloth and treat it regularly with a leather conditioner - once a month for me. I use what ever is on sale. 14 YO Lariat parked outside and no rips. Keep the leather moisturized!
shum02 02/25/20 05:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Using RV in winter, including water

You can turn just about any decent "3 season" rig into a winter capable unit. You just have to want to. The vast majourity of RV'er though bring their rigs out at the end May and put them away at the end of October or even Labour Day. If you have to put a jacket on it's time to put the camper away. Most people are just soft.
shum02 02/18/20 11:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Using RV in winter, including water

I'm presently camping at Algonquin. Tempe expected to hit -20C this evening. Easy peasy if you really want to do it. Pm me if you're really interested.
shum02 02/16/20 08:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Buying F350 with an eye towards the future

Of using the WDH for that weight trailer use the lowest setting for the hitch. The truck will fight you if you try to move any weight forward. 800lbs on a F350 hitch will barely move it.
shum02 02/15/20 04:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Used 2011 F350 6.7. Do I need to purchase warranty?

These aren't warranties they are insurance programs.
shum02 02/12/20 07:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Winter camping...

You can get glue on RV holding tank heaters as well. They are thermostatically conctrolled and come in both 12VDC, 120VAC as well as combo unit's. Along with that are dump valve and dump pipe heaters but they are usually just on/off controlled, no thermostat.
shum02 02/11/20 01:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ceiling insulation help!

I've been following RV Roof Install over on youtube. Maybe browse through the vid's and see if you can grab some inspiration. RV Roof Install
shum02 02/11/20 01:04pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: New used truck

Why do people who drive TRUCKS expect them to ride like CARS? Just sayin'... Lyle x2
shum02 01/29/20 09:14am Fifth-Wheels
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