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RE: Why is 5th wheel standard vs Gooseneck?

How many tractor and trailers do you see with a goose hitch? I can hitch a 5th wheel with a sleeper cab, first time every time. Try that with a goose. The fifth wheel really spreads the forces. Fontaine or Holland can't be beat, and will pull for 20 years with no fuss.
thomas201 02/22/21 05:55am Fifth-Wheels
2020 sales

I have not seen this posted, but I have been gone a bit. In the US of A, we sold almost 14.5 million vehicles, about 1.5 million were alternate fuel and of that about 659 thousand were diesel. The rest of the 1.5 million were electric, hybrid, and so on. In the 3/4 ton and up, Ford, Ram and the GM twins (added together) all sold over 100,000 each. The number of Sprinter diesels really surprised me. As Arte Johnson used to say: "Verrrry interesting" but I hope not a repeat.
thomas201 02/19/21 07:53am Tow Vehicles
COG of a Northstar 650SC

My wife bought our first RV, a new fifth wheel, on a whim when we stopped at a RV dealer. That was in 2012, after visiting 48 states, parts of Canada and visiting other folks RVs, she made the right decision. No way to get that lucky twice, so we are now looking at adding a truck camper to the fleet to explore some boonie locations, say the trans Labrador, Dempster and so on. Lots of discussing and cussing. One possibility is to go minimalist. A Northstar 650SC might work. I want to buy a new SRW, club cab, SB, diesel pick up with an ATI aux tank that is 11 inches thick. I know where I can take this when out doing light 4 wheeling, after having them for company trucks over the past 30 years. So the math, Northstar claims that with a ½ wrap it will fit a 5’6” bed, so set it back 16”. Now figuring a little better. On a Ford SB the center of the axle is 36” back from the front of the bed. So, ordering with the wrap, Northstar says the center of gravity is 22” back from the front wall. Set it back 14” and the COG is right over the center of the axle. Plenty of room for the 11” tank with a cage (nephew is a welder) around it. Northstar says that with the water tank location; add any water and the COG moves forward. Also, the COG of the load will be forward with the ATI tank, fuel and junk (plus us) in the cab. What am I missing? Will it work? I do not want a DRW, I do not want a LB, I do not want a gas truck, and I do not want to drop the camper on location with a helicopter. I will sometimes trailer a 48 CJ2, or maybe a light sport plane (if my kid decides to part with his half of the loot). I don’t flat tow old jeeps with Ross steering boxes; this would sometimes add about 450# of tongue weight. Oh, I forgot. I have asked Northstar this question twice and have not received an answer. So, I thought I would try the collective knowledge of this forum. Thanks!
thomas201 02/18/21 08:17am Truck Campers
RE: Have to wonder how this will effect the EV aficionados

I will be up to start plugging as soon as I am covid cleared. 1/3 of the money up front deposited to my Swiss account. Seriously the 91,000 are inactive and belong to a company. Have your government make them a deal, plug 2 drill 1. No one should care what it costs them to plug each well, that is their problem. The article mixes the private and public costs together. Only worry about the orphans, about 3,000. A shame the article does not give the current cost for plugging those. In Pennsylvania they were paying only about 8k to plug an old shallow cable tool drilled holes from 1870 up through 1920. Some were only a couple of hundred feet deep. Except, for one where the farmer had built his house over an old well. It was real convenient to hook it up to the furnace that way. Believe me, you cannot make that kind of stuff up. It was expensive I hear!!! I saw pictures.
thomas201 02/08/21 11:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Have to wonder how this will effect the EV aficionados

Having approved the plugging of several hundred wells, you are getting hosed at 1 million each, even accounting for the exchange rates. Someone is not being honest, or misunderstood. Even a horizontal should run less than 50k. Canada doesn't make the companies post a bond? In the US the state (Feds, state, local in that order) come right behind court costs when you go bankrupt. Sell the good wells, sell the pipe and facilities, equipment and so on. That should pay for the plugging. Even secured creditors are behind the government. Maybe the great white north has different laws? Can't believe the companies don't post bonds.
thomas201 02/08/21 10:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Have to wonder how this will effect the EV aficionados

pianotuna, the answer to your question is at least half of us starve. Most if not all plastic replacements have to be grown, and you need fertilizer to grow it, if you need big crops. This takes you back to Haber and natural gas, or syngas made from oil or coal. I wish I could find who said: "If it can't be grown, it has to be mined". The quote is wrong, even most foods grown depend on mining (drilling). When people started agriculture, and then the industrial revolution, we went down a path from which there is no return. Read about the Club of Rome, their predictions are probably right, their timing is wrong. Farmers, Biologists, Engineers and others have found plenty of just in time solutions, but past performance is no guarantee of future results. I am always surprised how much my degrees in Biology and Petroleum Engineering overlap.
thomas201 02/08/21 09:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Have to wonder how this will effect the EV aficionados

Oh, you had better hope that we do not run out of oil and gas. Read the Wikipedia article on the Haber process. It makes ammonia, which makes fertilizer, that makes food, that makes people. It uses 3 to 5 percent of all the natural gas produced on the planet, and 1 to 2 percent of all the world's energy. Estimates are we would all have to be farmers, and there is not enough arable land on the plant to feed us without the green revolution (1960 version) and chemical fertilizer. End of the article quote: Nearly 50% of the nitrogen found in human tissues originated from the Haber–Bosch process. Thus, the Haber process serves as the "detonator of the population explosion", enabling the global population to increase from 1.6 billion in 1900 to 7.7 billion by November 2018. Yes Virginia, you do eat oil and gas. I love telling people this little known fact. Just imagine going back to farming with a horse and plow (my grandads did this). Plus we used up all the bird and bat guano deposits already. Horizontal drilling and methane hydrates should prevent this for a long time.
thomas201 02/08/21 08:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Have to wonder how this will effect the EV aficionados

I am amazed that Canada has no plan to clean up the tailings. In the US every ton of coal is taxed, to clean up the sins of the past. Of course the US government has only spent half of the money in the promised fashion: "The AML Fund has collected $11.496 billion through a reclamation fee assessed on each ton of coal that is produced. OSMRE has distributed $5.935 billion in AML grants to states and tribes from the collected fees. An additional $1.511 billion was transferred to United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Health and Retirement Funds, and $1.816 billion has been used for OSMRE operating expenses and AML emergencies. $2.233 billion of the AML Fund remains unappropriated." On the other hand, orphan (no owner can be established) oil and gas wells are plugged by the states, with funds generated by a tax/fee on production. The states put out a lot of effort to find the owners of wells and force plugging. I know of at least one well, that neither the state or the owner can find, but the state required it to be plugged anyways! Probably never drilled, but the records from the pre 1920's are incomplete to say the least. Oh, how do states make companies plug wells? Simple, if you do not meet your goals, no new drilling permits. Now there is an incentive.
thomas201 02/08/21 08:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Have to wonder how this will effect the EV aficionados

For jdc1, ROI is a poor way to look at an investment. You need to use Discounted Cash Flow Rate of Return (aka Internal Rate of Return). This method allows you to put a percentage return on any investment. Thus you can compare it to treasuries, stock market indices, or heck fire, drilling oil wells. Then you need to factor in risk, if it doesn't return 2 or 3 times the 10 year treasury rate, why would you invest in it? Make sure you include the costs of remove/install the solar when you need a new roof, etc, and etc. Since I live where we have short winter days, low sol angles, and snow; the math just didn't work out. Much better to buy electric and invest the money. I did put a 50 amp in the garage, for the welder and a possible EV, as soon as we can buy one with 400 mile cold and snow range (special trip every 2 weeks, no stops), and is comparable over its lifetime costs to a Honda CRV. Right now depreciation kills an EV over the 8 to 10 years we keep a car. They are a gitting there, but not quite yet. And yes, I really do look at the world this way, by nature and training.
thomas201 02/08/21 07:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle Liability Insurance

Since we travel, I would pick any of the large national insurance companies. Then just buy on price. Shop it every 3 to 4 years, unless you get a large premium increase. Bundling seems like a good idea, and that is working with Geico for home and RV. However, we own a second home in our home state and Geico is almost twice the price as Nationwide, while Nationwide is much more expensive on our primary home and mobile junk. So, I have Nationwide on the vacation home and Geico on the rest. I just go by the numbers. So far, knock on wood, I am in my 60's and have never placed a claim and I am of no use on claims experience.
thomas201 02/04/21 06:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Build my TV

Buy the best seat, that fits your tail. Use the price on the other 2 makes to bargain the price down on the one you want. Most of the other advice is good, but nothing beats a comfortable (to you) truck.
thomas201 01/22/21 06:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel hitch suggestion

One unsung advantage to a slider. It moves the pivot point back a little, and that gets the swing going quicker. The only time I use mine is to get into the driveway, and it really does matter.
thomas201 01/15/21 06:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Traveling to Alaakska later ths year or next.

Just in case they start treating Covid like Yellow Fever, when you are vaccinated keep any and all paperwork they give you. I would also get a yellow card (international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis) filled out if they have the time. That should use up 1 minute of the 15 minute wait time for bad reactions. Get the yellow card from your local health department before you go for the vaccination. Just like Yellow Fever, the vaccinated are allowed to cross borders. Maybe so for Covid also.
thomas201 01/13/21 07:23am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: How much weight could be eliminated?

Go the other way around: My old frame pack Early winters lit dimension tent (I love this thing) Mummy bag Seva stove Pint of gas Freeze dried food One pot One extra shirt and so on about 35# for a week Not real comfy compared to any RV
thomas201 01/10/21 07:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Any confessions? (Stuck in the mud)

Make sure you have a pair of comfy boots. You will have to walk out some day.
thomas201 01/09/21 06:14am Truck Campers
RE: Built-in Genset on 2021 F-150

Big detail for us, the truck needs a stack or a hose to keep the exhaust fumes away from the camper. Esp if you stay hitched, or you neighbor is close. If you need it on a 250/350/450 diesel or gas there are lots of upfitters that will get it done. PTO or under hood, I have used/seen both generators and hydraulic drives on pick ups. It is only money, common in oil field applications.
thomas201 01/07/21 04:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: 22 to 24 foot garage?

Thanks for the help, but it looks like the truck camper and trailer is going to win. An enclosed trailer can also be used as a hanger, plus I can drop the trailer and camper, then have a 4wd pickup for different exploring.
thomas201 01/01/21 07:04am Toy Haulers
RE: A top to bottom look at green energy

Chinese People's Volunteer Army capture Seoul in January 1951 Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950 The occupation of Outer Mongolia by the Beiyang government of the Republic of China began in October 1919 and lasted until 18 March 1921 Sino-Soviet border conflict 1969 Sino-Indian War 1962 2020 China–India skirmishes are part of an ongoing military standoff between China and India. Since 5 May 2020, Chinese and Indian troops have engaged in aggressive melee, face-offs and skirmishes at locations along the Sino-Indian border Yep the Chinese have never invaded anybody. Why should they be different than us, we are all Mark 1, Mod 0 humans.
thomas201 12/31/20 07:08pm Tow Vehicles
22 to 24 foot garage?

We are looking at a toy (plane), that would need a flat floor (no wheel wells)22 feet long (24 would be nice for a winch) X 8 feet high (9 is better) X 8 feet wide. No cabinets, no junk on the walls, no folding bed, just a box. Normally just 2 of us traveling, so 10 to 14 feet of living quarters should be enough. It is light, less than 1,000 pounds with full tanks. I spent about 4 hours looking on the net, but nothing so far. I thought that I would ask rather than reinventing the wheel. Otherwise, a truck camper and trailer.
thomas201 12/23/20 03:58pm Toy Haulers
RE: Which pick up to buy for towing big fifth wheel?

Oops, forgot your other question. Ford, Chevy, or Ram? Buy the one with the best seat. It is all good, we are living in the Golden Age for tow vehicles.
thomas201 12/21/20 06:27am Fifth-Wheels
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