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RE: Coffee Survey

Millions upon millions disagree with much of what has been said here re: Kerig, Starbucks etc. To each their own, it's just coffee.
tommyznr 07/14/21 10:20am Around the Campfire
RE: Consequences of RVing’s Unprecedented Surge

We have seasoned and newbie RVers and as the newbies mature they will adopt habits of us seasoned ones. But, I see a divide--over half of us seasoned campers pick up after ourselves (with quite a few us adhering to the "leave no trace" philosophy--and we clean up trash left behind by others). Well, on a recent trip to primitive campground near Fort Hood, I was aghast to see the amount of trash left behind by two families (in brand new TT's). A pile of trash was bagged and stacked next to and inside the pit toilet (rendering it useless for tent campers). My observation from this past weekend at a national forest campground has to do with garbage also. We pulled up to the dumpster on our way out to deposit our garbage to find half a dozen bags stacked on top of the dumpster. Plus two additional bags on the ground that the racoons got into. The thing is this dumpster had eight doors on top, I went to the last one in the back thinking it would be full only to find out the back 3/4 was mostly empty. We could not believe the laziness to not bother to check out the dumpster before leaving a mess for someone else to clean up. Idiots.
tommyznr 07/12/21 05:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Texas Drivers License Hassle

I get why they need all of that information for a Real ID/Drivers License so I assume that either Texas does not have a non-Real ID drivers license or you did not want one. You assume wrong. Texas has had Real ID for years, and you don't get a choice. I was wrong about what? It was an either/or statement and you eliminated the or.
tommyznr 07/12/21 09:37am Around the Campfire
RE: Looks like electric trucks and RVs may be delayed...

Folks, if this thread is to continue, it is time to post facts/research backing up many of your claims. Otherwise, it is pure hearsay. Thanks. Can you be specific on what you are referring too?
tommyznr 06/24/21 11:37am Around the Campfire
RE: Registration fee for 5th wheel in AZ

I’d ask at an AZ DMV office if I couldn’t do the math. But does it really matter if you will register there anyway? Do you ever go somewhere to put down that kind of change without knowing at least a ballpark of what it will cost?
tommyznr 06/24/21 06:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Registration fee for 5th wheel in AZ

That is some nice helpful information CATraveler, kudos to you for throwing a dog a bone.
tommyznr 06/24/21 06:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looks like electric trucks and RVs may be delayed...

On the federal ones, maybe. But at a state level, he has been a huge beneficiary, and many others have as well, but his propensity to also make loud and bragadoscious claims has gotten a lot of airtime , especially in Ca. where he has based most of his operations, And Ca has handsomely rewarded him with over a Billion in subsidies, and he has now rewarded them, Tesla Musk was a major donor and fundraiser , and Ca and the Fed kept their side of the bargain with free money for Musk. And No, every other company does not get the same treatment, you have to line a lot of pockets to get there.Again the subsidies are available to all companies. This is not a handout just to Tesla. Mostly just sales tax exemptions on purchasing equipment. GM, Ford, Toyota would get the same. You can get the same for your company if buying qualified equipment. Read the bit you posted and the related sources... not just the headline. Then search the programs to verify. You reviewed all 200+ programs, grants, etc. and determined they are mostly tax credits for purchased equipment? I don't think that is accurate at all. While, yes, many of these subsidies can go to any company there are also those that are Tesla specific and those that are worded as general but realistically only apply to Tesla. But to your point many companies have subsidies like this. I don't get why you are so adamantly defending Tesla. I have been following Tesla since the beginning and find it a fascinating company. I have wished I could afford one of these vehicles since the first one was introduced. But let's not pretend that Tesla has been playing on a level playing field. Elon Musk has tipped the scales to his favor craftfully and I don't think that is much of a secret.
tommyznr 06/24/21 06:16am Around the Campfire
RE: Looks like electric trucks and RVs may be delayed...

The poster you responded to called out several, granted all EV companies, you defended Tesla. I was curious on your claim and discovered the rest of the story. Why liquidate GM? Subsidies and loans seemed to have worked well for most involved here minus the investors that got screwed. The article says GM has not paid back their loans but I seem to recall that they did many years ago. Of course, that could mean they paid off particular loans but not others. Subsidies, tax incentives etc. have worked for many including GM and Tesla. I don't think they are a bad thing when used properly.
tommyznr 06/23/21 02:57pm Around the Campfire
RE: Looks like electric trucks and RVs may be delayed...

If you know your first statement is true, how do you not know the rest is true? From an article clearly defending Tesla/Musk: "Tesla’s total subsidy value according to the data is $2,441,582,590 ($2.44 billion), across 109 “awards” — 82 federal grants and tax credits as well as 27 state and local awards." Subsidies to EV car buyers are better than direct money to the company but they are a huge reason why Tesla has survived so far.
tommyznr 06/23/21 01:43pm Around the Campfire
RE: Looks like electric trucks and RVs may be delayed...

Ener1 got $118 MILLION from the same administration to build batteries for EV's and 2 years later declared bankruptcy, This is the one that is most glaring. The others at least are producing or attempting to produce a real product. This one had a number of people walk away with boat loads of money. On edit, I see that Fisker might also ba bankrupt now.
tommyznr 06/23/21 01:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: Looks like electric trucks and RVs may be delayed...

Tesla paid back the government loans made to the company early and with interest. Correct, they paid back a $0.4B loan. They have received $2.4B in subsidies of one kind or another which does not include subsidies paid to their customers for buying their products.
tommyznr 06/23/21 01:05pm Around the Campfire
RE: Texas Drivers License Hassle

I get why they need all of that information for a Real ID/Drivers License so I assume that either Texas does not have a non-Real ID drivers license or you did not want one. A few months ago, I had to renew my license and I decided to get the Real ID as I travel often for work. I went to the DOT website and found the lists of items needed. I proceeded to bring my soon to expire drivers license, passport and certified birth certificate. Went through the process and came to the final stage and they said I needed something with my proof of address. This was not on the list that I found online and I asked why my old drivers license would not suffice. They had no answer it just is as it is. Luckily, I had my registration in my truck and that worked for some reason as it had my address on it. It turns out that among the many pages and links on the DOT website I was the one lucky one who found an outdated link and list of items needed. They didn't care when I gave them that feedback.
tommyznr 06/23/21 11:27am Around the Campfire
RE: California unleased (no politics please...!)

Since this is around the campfire, let's do it around the campfire style. The source is Google and a calculator. Rough numbers US population 331M, covid cases 33.5M roughly 10%, deaths 602K roughly 2% of cases, .2% of population. California, since that is the most intelligent, most locked down state, 39.7M population, 3.81M cases roughly 10%, 63k deaths 2%, .2% of population. With the lockdown and intelligence of CA, it should be orders of magnitude better than the US as a whole.
tommyznr 06/22/21 12:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: California unleased (no politics please...!)

The reason you still see a lot of masks is Intelligence.. Science, statistics and risk assessment would beg to differ.
tommyznr 06/22/21 11:35am Around the Campfire
RE: Still very tempting to buy my totaled TT back

You can paint black stripes on a white horse and lead it across the river, but it will always be a horse, never a zebra. A "totaled vehicle" will have a "salvaged" registration, and will always be valued accordingly (which means little resale value). Have you ever been inside a TT while it is traveling down the road? It is like riding out an earthquake--the inside sways left-right and everything squeaks and rumbles. Something in my old demented brain says not all damage will be visual to the naked eye--and the unseen/unknown damage will keep you busy playing repair guy every summer, and will cost more than $5k to fix. Not all states have salvage registration for totaled travel trailers, I believe the OP indicated he will not have that issue. As for resale value, sure it won't have value based on the original $20k purchase price but it will have resale value relative to the actual dollars put into the buyback and repairs. Maybe not a lot of value left for the OP but two years ago I was able to get $4k for a 14 year old travel trailer that needed a fair amount of work. It too was totaled by the insurance company but due to hail damage and I did not have to deal with a salvage title.
tommyznr 06/10/21 10:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Still very tempting to buy my totaled TT back

Your money, your decision, but everyone here thinks it is a HUGE mistake. Good luck. I don't see where everyone here thinks it is a HUGE mistake???? The way I see it, you are getting a project trailer for $6k give or take that has all new components and needs some amount of work which you have evaluated. You know what you are getting so those blemishes just need to be acceptable and not bother you down the road. The one thing that would be on my radar is the door, A door that pops open means that things are out of square. A door that pops open out of the blue can be very frustrating and tough to fix. If you can get to it, open the hard door and just have the screen door closed. Put one rear jack down at a time, torqueing the frame a bit. If the screen pops open you may be more out of square than you think.
tommyznr 06/09/21 07:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Electrical problem with front stabilizers. Update.

You say you have 12V at the switch when it is open and 0V when it is closed. So closing the switch is shorting the circuit to ground. Since you can run a wire direct to the motor bypassing the switch without shorting to ground, I suspect that your switch is shorting to ground. Can you remove the switch from it's mounting position and let it hang if free air? You could then operate the switch and see what happens.
tommyznr 05/28/21 11:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Solar research

As I understand it he wants to create a shoreline power source using solar/batteries/inverter/transfer switch/generator without any modifications to the RV. This is very doable with the correct equipment and many have done so. This is correct. I found that the Kisae IC122055 has the built in transfer switch option that I was looking for. That is great to hear. Your question caused me to rethink a land opportunity I have in remote northern Wisconsin where it would cost an arm and a leg to bring utility power to the site. I could have my own camping spot on a fairly large chunk of land with solar/generator power based in a shed.
tommyznr 05/26/21 10:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Solar research

Sorry, question does not make any sense. Solar is for charging your batteries. Solar is not a 3rd power source to be confused with shoreline and generator, which are AC not Dc. All that solar does is bring more DC power to the battery. Everything powered by your battery is already set up, you do not need to make any alterations. Now, if you meant to ask about having an auto switch to choose between 1 of 3: shoreline, generator and inverter then that makes more sense. What is your priority? Shoreline > generator > inverter? Set a switch to choose between generator and inverter and to favor the generator so when the generator is on the switch switches to generator power. Then another switch that choses between that first switch's choice and shoreline power. So your "AC power" will choose from shoreline or those other two (gen or inv), which will chose between the gen or inv. My "auto" switch is a circuit breaker that turns one circuit on and turns the other circuit off at the same time, so only one can be on at a time (shoreline and generator). Then behind that is another selector that (inverter) does not have a route to the Air Cond, battery charger or to the Fridge plugs, so there is no way you try to power up those with battery. Is this your question? As I understand it he wants to create a shoreline power source using solar/batteries/inverter/transfer switch/generator without any modifications to the RV. This is very doable with the correct equipment and many have done so.
tommyznr 05/21/21 12:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Solar research

Watching some Will Prouse videos is a great start as well as visiting his forum DIY Solar Forum Every additional feature that you want/need adds significant sophistication but there is a lot of help out there. If you are up to the challenge, the following may be helpful: Start with an energy audit, a spreadsheet can be found on the DIY forum. This will help clarify what you need to do. As stated previously a combination inverter/charger/transfer switch will do what you want it to do. But you might not need this depending how you want to source your energy. Search Victron, GoPower, Cotek and the previously suggested Samlex for these (plus many others). If you have a 50A RV your options will be more limited if you want to utilize all of your 120VAC circuits vs a 30A version. The 2000/3000W and up versions tend to have more features. Victron has a lot of training available on their site. You can also have separate inverter, charger and transfer switch. I priced this out for my application and found that the separate units that I would need would be about $100 less than a combination unit, not including wiring/fusing/etc. This is mainly because I have a 50A RV and I don’t want to rewire my power panel. For batteries find and watch a video comparing the lifecycle cost comparison between various types and lithium. For some situations lithium is cheaper and you do not need to pay close attention to DOD of the batteries. You might also be able to utilize the all in one unit if desirable.
tommyznr 05/20/21 08:23am Travel Trailers
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