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RE: When is a purchase a purchase?

I would think if he got a loan amd signed all the papers he owns the unit. Correct, as soon as you sign the paperwork and the dealer either gets the money or stipulates that they will get the money, the camper belongs to the buyer. None of this "driven off the lot" nonsense. If I bought a car from that Caddie dealer, signed papers and exchanged money, then got in and wrecked into a bunch of parked cars before I left the lot, would that be covered under the dealers insurance? No, the accident occurred in my own privately owned vehicle that had yet to be "driven off the lot", and the responsibility is mine. If it was a test drive, its the dealers insurance. Once I legally own the vehicle, its my insurance. What if some other customer wrecked into my Caddie after I bought it and left the scene without leaving information? Would the dealership fix the car because it hadn't been driven off the lot? Of course not. It's a bit more of a gray issue than you describe. The deal is not limited to you turning over the money to the dealer...the dealer also must turn over the RV in the agreed condition. Both parts are required for the deal to be complete. For a new vehicle it's assumed to be in brand new condition, unless otherwise agreed. So if there are flaws and you refuse to accept it based on the flaws, the deal is not complete but you can bet the dealer will resist giving you the money back unless you really force the issue (quite possibly including legal action). The net result is the dealer has little incentive to rush the repairs. Of course, there are ways to minimize the gray area. A good one is to do the PDI and have the issues fixed prior to finalizing payment. PS: your caddie example is missing the point of "drive it off the lot" comments. You are practicing reducto ad absurdum. The idea is once you take possession and control of the item, is when it becomes your responsibility. When used in this type of discussion, the presumption is that you will make it off the lot before you start ramming into things.
valhalla360 01/18/22 12:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: The world of tow vehicles would be a better place if

As mentioned HDT are a different world and not relevant to your 3/4 & 1 ton pickups. I would expect your average trucking company has qualified mechanics performing work. Your average guy with a 20yr old truck that he's stringing along likely cuts a lot of corners...so your assumption that the engine transfer would be done professionally is sketchy at best. I'm sure individuals mostly could care less about the engine technology but that doesn't mean it must meet current regulations and that it must mate with the new technology on your new chassie. As far as keeping a truck going for 40yrs...if you dump $40-50k into the chassie, you can do a major overhaul making it like new at 20yrs (probably a good bit cheaper if you don't live in rust belt states)...giving you an additional 20yrs. If it's really that the engine will last 40yrs, you can keep the chassie going and it's much more straight forward. Back in the days before oil embargo........... The oil embargo was 40-45yrs ago...not particularly relevant to today.
valhalla360 01/17/22 06:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The world of tow vehicles would be a better place if

How about if manufacturers set up a simple fill in the blank style towing website rather than a big booklet of tables with multiple footnotes? You input the numbers from the trailer and it leads you to acceptably optioned trucks or if you have the truck, it can reverse and spit out the trailer you can tow. It could even come with warnings...example: if a trailer will leave you with less than 600lb of payload, a warning could pop up that you only have X payload left with this trailer, so passenger, cargo and bolt on accessories must be limited to X lbs to stay within payload ratings. Again, this isn't 30-40yrs ago when getting this info required you to go down to the dealer who would look it up in a paper book.
valhalla360 01/17/22 03:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Replace OEM fuel tank?

I just figure I need to pee or stretch my legs every few hundred miles. Why not do that while filling up? Some areas or states have much higher fuel costs. If you can drive through those areas rather than fuel up there, your flexibility stills allows you to make stops for other reasons. So let's say you save $0.30/gal on the extra 30gal of fuel you can now carry (yes, you can find stray situations where it's higher but more often than not it will be less). That's $9 per fill up. Let's assume you get 10mpg towing, so 60gal is 600 miles (if you run down to fumes) At $9 per 600miles, I looked online and the tank without installation is about $1400. Let's say you do the installation yourself and there are no additional parts or modifications needed. That's going to take about 100,000 miles to break even. Of course, unless you happen to frequent destinations that have big price differences, most of the time, you will probably be more like $0.05-0.10/gal difference and you are going to be looking at 300-500k miles to get enough cost savings to pay for it. Also for most people they are likely going to pay for professional installation...so what another $500 in up front cost. Then if you look at high vs low prices...they tend to group together. (West coast expensive, south central cheap, upper midwest mid-price)...so it's not as simple as buy in a cheap state, pass thru an expensive state and then fuel up in the next cheap state. Now if you get an inexpensive in bed tank ($300-500), fuel savings paying for it may work out but now it comes at the expense of the bed space used up.
valhalla360 01/17/22 12:39am Truck Campers
RE: Dumb mistake

Exactly my point. Treating away the water is more costly than dumping suspect fuel. That raises another issue, how and where to dump contaminated fuel? Theres the kicker, do you trust the water separator filter and do you know how to service it? If not, read you tube for a minute about your truck. Use it for starting fires as someone mentioned. Or offer it to someone for free (be honest about what happened)...there seem to be plenty of folks willing to much about with their 5 figure engine to get $20 in diesel fuel based on some of the posts.
valhalla360 01/17/22 12:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Selling Fifth Wheel Hitches - How To

Went thru this last year...finally asked one of the park staff to help me get it into the dumpster.
valhalla360 01/17/22 12:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing mileage/capability

The trailer is 10'6" PLUS over a foot for the AC, so I count 12' for overpasses. It's 3200lbs. loaded; our stuff weighs 80 or so lbs, the groceries about 20, 150 lbs for a full gas tank, about 500 lbs for the two of us. Cat scale at Kwik Star said 3986 when truck weight was deducted. That's how I figure 4000 as an average. From what I've read, newer trucks - even small ones - get better mpg not towing but same towing. I'm just open to possibilities. Blazers might tow nice, but can they stop? The '99 Dakota V6 might have managed with lower gearing, the '92 extended Dakota SLT with the Shelby 318 towed a 4500 lb rig for a coworker, but after I bought it I found a year in the frame was rusting through just behind the front suspension - a shame, nice truck otherwise. I'm just looking to see if there's better choices before I need to locate or overhaul a new vehicle. I'm not opposed to an old sedan or wagon but the height may be an issue. The brochure height includes the air/con. True, the newer trucks don't get significantly different MPG while towing. For towing, I want a body on frame rear wheel drive. If you flat land tow for minimal miles per year, you can get away with a light duty SUV but it's far from ideal.
valhalla360 01/17/22 12:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing mileage/capability

Did you do a lift on the trailer? Specs say it's 10'6"...no where close to 12'. Basically, you aren't likely to find significant difference in MPG...it takes fuel to make power and it takes power to drag a brick thru the air at high speed. The best way to improve MPG is to slow down. Are you set on an SUV? A rear wheel drive 1/2 ton pickup (properly spec'd, not just any) is a nice match for a 4 lb trailer. Plenty of them kicking around and if you get a 4door version, you can comfortably carry 4-6 people and likely will have some payload left for stuff in the truck bed.
valhalla360 01/16/22 03:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dumb mistake

For $15-20 worth of diesel, I wouldn't want to mess with it. If you really feel the need, used to have a water separating funnel on the boat. If you know someone who has one, you could run it back and forth between a couple jugs (but to buy one would be more than the fuel is worth).
valhalla360 01/16/22 03:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: The world of tow vehicles would be a better place if

If F350/3500 SWR trucks were labeled F250/2500 and the 2500 series trucks were discontinued. A 3500 series truck should have duals. How exactly does fewer options make the world a better place? If you want a dually, buy a dually. If you want a SRW 1 ton, buy one. If you want a 3/4 ton, buy one. This isn't 30yrs ago when you would have to go to each individual dealer and ask for the specs on various options when it came time to purchase. It's easy to get them on the internet. Yep, and when people go looking at the internet for specs, they look at towing and payload for a stripper TV, and then buy a loaded TV, and if it is a 250/2500 they end up with less payload than a 150/1500!! The people who have no interest in understanding...still won't understand.
valhalla360 01/15/22 07:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The world of tow vehicles would be a better place if

If F350/3500 SWR trucks were labeled F250/2500 and the 2500 series trucks were discontinued. A 3500 series truck should have duals. How exactly does fewer options make the world a better place? If you want a dually, buy a dually. If you want a SRW 1 ton, buy one. If you want a 3/4 ton, buy one. This isn't 30yrs ago when you would have to go to each individual dealer and ask for the specs on various options when it came time to purchase. It's easy to get them on the internet. Yep, and when people go looking at the internet for specs, they look at towing and payload for a stripper TV, and then buy a loaded TV, and if it is a 250/2500 they end up with less payload than a 150/1500!! The people who have no interest in understanding...still won't understand.
valhalla360 01/15/22 07:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The world of tow vehicles would be a better place if

The talk of picking engine to put in any brand off truck has been common in heavy trucks forever. IMHO, a great improvement in TV market would be for the manufacturers to sell glider kit or complete trucks without engines, so a guy that spent all the money to buy a truck with half million mile engine can use the engine for it's lifespan. And to give you a reason I think this is good idea, I bought a '76 Pete with a 1693 Cat. Records on the engine showed that was the 3rd truck. 1) No manufacturer is going to purposely cut out a big part of the cost of a truck...including the associated profits. I thought the OP was discussing a better world. But you are right, as long as people are willing to throw half the engine life away when they replace a pickup the manufacturer is happy to sell. 2) The days of simple mechanical diesels are long gone. Over 20yrs (typical life of a truck), the technology is likely to be wildly different and limiting the chassie so it can plug and play with a 20yr old engine would be a huge hassle and likely to run up against emissions and other regulatory issues. I have looked at heavy trucks for over 50 years, seen changes in patterns. I remember ads in industry magazines from early '70s International selling Glider Kits (Steering axle, frame and cab) set up for 427 GMC spark plug motor. (Last 427 I worked was in '71 Diamond Rio) Back then, if you took good care of engine and drive train, the numbers often worked to upgrade at parts counter than (GK) instead of show room. Then the oil embargo forced major changes in engines. (Friend replaced his 8V71 that needed overhaul with 6V92 in his old cabover IHC. Said by the time he changed oil 3rd time had saved enough fuel to pay the difference) At the same time, laws changed so GK stopped selling. But over the last 15 years, emission regulations change, some are buy GKs and running older engines, (3406E out of my last truck, '95 Pete, is in 2019 Western Star) And how many people on this site have bought new pickup, with all the whiz-bang tech, had problems and been told the best solution is to delete the emission control system? Nobody will admit that for a very large percentage of RVers a better available option would of been buy gasoline powered where the emission system problems have been worked out to the point we have both more power and better economy than pre emission standard levels. A perfect world, another option would be use the last half of the life of the engine out of the truck that has started to nickel/dime you. Then you have the PR issues when people take photos of the new 2022 Brand X truck broken down on the side of the road because someone mucked up the engine install. Sorry, but I assume most people/shops that would take on the job of building a truck out of a pickup glider kit would be able to do a quality job. And would that PR be that much worse than multi-thousand dollar engine repair right after warrantee ends? Honestly, if you are OK with outdated technology, you can keep chassie and engine going for 40yrs...but after a point, it doesn't make much sense. If I could prove it, I would bet that a very large percentage of people don't much care about tech of engine as long as it does a good job, compared to the number that demand all of what I call FREDs in the cab. I've been involved with theoretical improvements like this (not in the automotive field)...they usually turn out to be a waste in the end. Trying to design for specifications 20yrs from now is a fools game. It's never as simple as it seems. As mentioned HDT are a different world and not relevant to your 3/4 & 1 ton pickups. I would expect your average trucking company has qualified mechanics performing work. Your average guy with a 20yr old truck that he's stringing along likely cuts a lot of corners...so your assumption that the engine transfer would be done professionally is sketchy at best. I'm sure individuals mostly could care less about the engine technology but that doesn't mean it must meet current regulations and that it must mate with the new technology on your new chassie. As far as keeping a truck going for 40yrs...if you dump $40-50k into the chassie, you can do a major overhaul making it like new at 20yrs (probably a good bit cheaper if you don't live in rust belt states)...giving you an additional 20yrs. If it's really that the engine will last 40yrs, you can keep the chassie going and it's much more straight forward.
valhalla360 01/15/22 07:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why consider 12v fridge for boondocking?

Well until you factor in dragging a bunch of propane cylinders around with you.. They do get heavy to carry, even "20 lb" weight just under 40 lbs when full.. Most off grid homes and cabins now days employ a few solar panels a couple of batteries and a electric fridge and they run those for yrs without gens or refilling tanks. Dragging a bunch of heavy propane cylinders out into the bush is so 1800's in thinking.. I would rather have a electric fridge with solar and battery than drive an battery powered vehicle.. I have plenty of time to camp and wait for batteries to recharge via solar than wait for half hr or more in a parking lot to get a 20% charge for a vehicle just to get to the next power station. I took the OP's post to indicate the comparison should be to a stock camper...which by default already includes propane tanks. Net impact is no additional weight. Unless you come up with a different solution for cooking and furnace, you will retain the propane tanks. Now if you want to look to make substantial changes at substantial costs, you can make 12v viable. All else being equal, I would go propane but currently we have a trailer that came with a 12v and the other benefits make us happy with it so far (much more storage for the same space and quicker cool down). With a modest solar system/battery upgrade, it's workable for off grid operation.
valhalla360 01/15/22 07:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Champion 2000 w Dual Fuel Generator

Not sure of your exact model, but my Champion 2K model 100565 gas only, has a setting on control knob to run carb dry. It also has a drain, with hose out the bottom, if you'd rather empty carb that way. Jerry Thank you for the response.. my generator does not have the run out of fuel setting on the switch..SO I just pop the cover, and open the drain screw on the carburetor and put the drain hose is a cup to drain the machine. I thought there would be an easier way such as what you have or my Yamaha generator has.. Have some fuel line between the tank and carb? Simple enough, add a shut off. That is what I would do. https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/61+zBUfnFDL._AC_SL1150_.jpg height=300 width=300 Found HERE for $10.. You can also check to see what the tank connection size is and if it is threaded.. If threaded, they do make shutoff valves for tanks you can replace the existing fitting with. If it's an open frame generator, this works fine. If it's your typical inverter generator, you still have to pull panels to get to your new shut off valve...at that point, it's just as easy to drain the bowl directly which is more effective.
valhalla360 01/15/22 06:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Champion 2000 w Dual Fuel Generator

The problem with shutting off the vent is it relies on creating a vacuum in the fuel tank to starve the fuel system. If the fuel tank is not absolutely rigid, it can collapse a little providing substantial amounts of fuel...as a result it may take a long time under negligible load until it sputters to a stop. This will vary a bit depending on if it's gravity fed or fuel pump fed. If it's fuel pump fed, it will likely take longer as it can create a stronger vacuum before fuel stops feeding into the carb. A fuel shut off valve should be just prior to the carb, so as soon as you shut it off, the carb almost immediately starts using up the remaining fuel in the fuel bowl. For shorter term storage, on our yamaha, I do just use the fuel shut off. I do stay nearby and when it starts stumbling, I pull the choke to get a bit more fuel out. For longer term storage (like over winter), I pull the panel and drain the bowl directly.
valhalla360 01/14/22 09:24pm Tech Issues
RE: The world of tow vehicles would be a better place if

If F350/3500 SWR trucks were labeled F250/2500 and the 2500 series trucks were discontinued. A 3500 series truck should have duals. How exactly does fewer options make the world a better place? If you want a dually, buy a dually. If you want a SRW 1 ton, buy one. If you want a 3/4 ton, buy one. This isn't 30yrs ago when you would have to go to each individual dealer and ask for the specs on various options when it came time to purchase. It's easy to get them on the internet. If they discontinued the 1 ton SRW and included the overload spring on the 3/4 ton, people who want a 3/4 could still buy their 3/4 ton. Those who want to buy a SRW and have the ability to tow a fiver could still buy their SRW diesel. So basically, just different names but same options...ehhh. I think most people will quickly catch the difference between a single and dual rear wheel 1 ton trucks. If you are doing any significant towing, you are always better off to look at the actual specs rather than the generic categories.
valhalla360 01/14/22 06:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Camping on Sand

I would never trust the agent. Just read your policy. It’s a very clear contract. The policy likely won't clearly state "beach camping is OK and we'll cover a loss if the tide washes your RV away." It will be in much more generic legal language, written by lawyers with caveats and here-to-fors, etc.... An email with response on the other hand can address the specific concern in layman's language. As an authorized agent, the insurance company will have difficulty fighting the claim if you show them the response.
valhalla360 01/14/22 06:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: The world of tow vehicles would be a better place if

The talk of picking engine to put in any brand off truck has been common in heavy trucks forever. IMHO, a great improvement in TV market would be for the manufacturers to sell glider kit or complete trucks without engines, so a guy that spent all the money to buy a truck with half million mile engine can use the engine for it's lifespan. And to give you a reason I think this is good idea, I bought a '76 Pete with a 1693 Cat. Records on the engine showed that was the 3rd truck. 1) No manufacturer is going to purposely cut out a big part of the cost of a truck...including the associated profits. 2) The days of simple mechanical diesels are long gone. Over 20yrs (typical life of a truck), the technology is likely to be wildly different and limiting the chassie so it can plug and play with a 20yr old engine would be a huge hassle and likely to run up against emissions and other regulatory issues. Then you have the PR issues when people take photos of the new 2022 Brand X truck broken down on the side of the road because someone mucked up the engine install. Honestly, if you are OK with outdated technology, you can keep chassie and engine going for 40yrs...but after a point, it doesn't make much sense.
valhalla360 01/14/22 05:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: The world of tow vehicles would be a better place if

If F350/3500 SWR trucks were labeled F250/2500 and the 2500 series trucks were discontinued. A 3500 series truck should have duals. How exactly does fewer options make the world a better place? If you want a dually, buy a dually. If you want a SRW 1 ton, buy one. If you want a 3/4 ton, buy one. This isn't 30yrs ago when you would have to go to each individual dealer and ask for the specs on various options when it came time to purchase. It's easy to get them on the internet.
valhalla360 01/14/22 03:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Camping on Sand

Gotta have insurance, because if you have to evacuate, you ain't taking the trailer with you... Have you confirmed (in writing) with your insurance that they would cover you if you parked in the tidal area and lost the rig? I would be very surprised to see a No Beach Camping exclusion in the policy. I used to work in claims and we covered everything but fraud. Read your policy though. They're pretty simple to read. I doubt they get that specific but I do know if you take a jeep off roading many policies won't cover it, so beach camping, you may need to consider the nature of the access. Some are officially roads, so in theory you should be OK. Others, it's allowed but not considered a road and if they decide you did something obviously stupid, they may try to deny the claim. Again, better to check with your actual agent (in writing) rather than hope for the best.
valhalla360 01/13/22 06:55pm Fifth-Wheels
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