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RE: Where to store through winter without much snow?

See below and decide: https://snowbrains.com/map-of-average-annual-snowfall-in-contiguous-u-s/ Honestly, short of getting multiple feet on the roof, I don't think it matters much. Either the roof is properly sealed or rain will leak thru also. At the moment the roof is properly sealed, we redid it ourselves two years ago, but unfortunately that does not guarantee it will stay properly sealed while we are away Check it before putting her to bed for the winter. Rain or snow can result in water damage.
valhalla360 07/05/22 02:24pm Snowbirds
RE: New Member, need your advice!

A few thoughts: - If an apartment is high rent, expect an RV site to be high rent...so much for saving anything plus you have the cost to purchase and maintain your RV. - If you are working a lot of hours, you will probably want a full hookup site...expect the site costs to be higher as a result. - Long term sites, you typically pay for electric separately, so add that in. - Even new RVs require maintenance, so add in those costs. Living in an RV can be an option but only in specific situations. For example: With Covid, we spent the last couple summers living in the RV that we already had for other reasons. A seasonal site in rural Michigan was about $1800 plus $150 for electricity (expect california to be much higher). It worked out great. Since we already had an RV, the purchase and maintenance cost was incrementally negligible, so it was a cheap option. If we had to buy the RV, suddenly, it's not so great financially.
valhalla360 07/05/22 12:47pm Beginning RVing
RE: New Travel Trailer

My son has a Laramie Ram with the Ecodiesel. His payload is around 1,100 pounds. Have them watch the numbers closely. He has commented he wouldn't pull a travel trailer with the truck even though he likes the vehicle a lot. This is the more likely problem. With 1,100lb payload, I can pretty much guarantee he's over his weight limits even if being careful or worse, well below 10% hitch weight. 1/2 ton truck payloads run between 950-2500lb. A 7000lb trailer should have a hitch weight up around 800-1000lb which counts against payload. Payload also include people and gear in the truck. The OP needs to provide more info than "diesel 1/2ton" to get a good answer. Get the specific year, make/model, cab type and even better the stickers on the door jam and we can provide better guidance. PS: The old "truck brakes stop truck/trailer brakes stop trailer" is great in theory but see how fast you can get the truck by itself from 65 to 0 and then repeat with the trailer...in real life, the truck helps stop the trailer even with properly set up trailer brakes.
valhalla360 07/05/22 12:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Where to store through winter without much snow?

See below and decide: https://snowbrains.com/map-of-average-annual-snowfall-in-contiguous-u-s/ Honestly, short of getting multiple feet on the roof, I don't think it matters much. Either the roof is properly sealed or rain will leak thru also.
valhalla360 07/05/22 12:31pm Snowbirds
RE: RV Production - Fuel prices - Bubble ready to burst?

At least in this area, I think RV sales will be bolstered by those priced out of the housing market and are buying, or considering buying, RVs to live in. While there are certainly some, people buying an RV to live in are not a significant part of the new RV sales market. That's media hype where they over represent them as a scare story. Realistically, the people you are talking about are moving into apartments or mobilehome parks. Of course, I'm betting the realestate market takes a dump in the next 6-12 months (maybe sooner)
valhalla360 07/05/22 12:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Super Duty Backup Assist - Fifth Wheel

Not sure it makes it any easier backing up still took him multiple times, to me I would rather control the trailer myself, now I was a tractor trailer driver and also a yard jockey for 2 major companies, so my backing skills are pretty good, and this is just my opinion. Yeah, I saw the video a couple weeks ago. Seemed like just a different process to learn rather than a better process. I'm sure if I used it regularly, it would become second nature but that's how it is backing manually.
valhalla360 07/05/22 12:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: You tube Fulltimers getting squeezed

Seems the majority of them have more and more commercials before the video even starts. Who wants to sit through that. 90% of the time, after 4-5 seconds, you can hit "skip ads". Of course, there's a reason it's free (heck you pay for cable and still typically get commercials).
valhalla360 07/05/22 06:39am General RVing Issues
RE: trailer suspension

OP, the suspension on nearly all bumper-pull RVs and 5th wheels is state of the art directly from the 1920's. VERY rudimentary. It's one of the major causes of tire failure. Just because it's been around a while, doesn't mean it's bad. Your heavy duty pickups all use leaf springs. I think only Dodge has tried coil springs on the 3/4 ton trucks (1 ton they still use leaf) and there are mixed thoughts on that use of more advanced technology. Typically failures can be traced to...road debris, overloading and/or low tire pressure. Do you have any documentation (not anecdotes) that leaf springs are the cause of tire failure? I've never heard that before.
valhalla360 07/01/22 11:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Low Battery Voltage

OK. Regardless of all of this, I'll be getting a new battery. Went to Harbor Freight and got a cheap load tester and a CenTech 30a Circuit Tester #67724. Also cheap. It replaces the fuse and reads the amperage. I could get the battery to read bad if I kept the load on for 10sec. Interstate RV/Deep Cycle. 405CCA, 505MCA. Fridge circuit .8-1.3 Propane detector circuit .2 The TV antenna is on one of the circuits and can't be turned off like in our last camper. Converter voltage 13.6 Voltage at the truck plug 12.6 So, is the AGM battery worth the extra $100 compared to a flooded battery? When parked at home, the camper is always plugged in. Good or bad? Or should I just use a battery tender? Thanks for the input and help... The AGM offers nothing in your situation (one battery-rarely off grid). More importantly, until you are sure there isn't a systemic problem, no chance burning up a more expensive battery. Can I assume that the amp readings on those 2 circuits are normal? All other circuits were 0... Yeah, that sounds fairly normal. What was the amperage direct off the battery terminal (this should include everything)? If it's 1-2amps, there's no major hidden draw. Overnight (say 14hrs), that should be 14-28amp-hrs, which shouldn't kill a fully charged battery in good condition. (It might be down to 60-70% by morning but certainly not 6v which is beyond dead).
valhalla360 07/01/22 08:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Traveling with Propane on

Also, there's usually a lot more wind outdoors than inside a residential garage - so there's much less chance of vapors accumulating at a gas station. OTOH, most folks don't fuel up inside their garages, so there's less chance of fumes being created - and also less chance an accidental fuel spill. Lots of folks fill the lawnmower in the garage and that's a lot more likely to result in spillage and fumes compared to a car at a gas station.
valhalla360 07/01/22 05:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Low Battery Voltage

OK. Regardless of all of this, I'll be getting a new battery. Went to Harbor Freight and got a cheap load tester and a CenTech 30a Circuit Tester #67724. Also cheap. It replaces the fuse and reads the amperage. I could get the battery to read bad if I kept the load on for 10sec. Interstate RV/Deep Cycle. 405CCA, 505MCA. Fridge circuit .8-1.3 Propane detector circuit .2 The TV antenna is on one of the circuits and can't be turned off like in our last camper. Converter voltage 13.6 Voltage at the truck plug 12.6 So, is the AGM battery worth the extra $100 compared to a flooded battery? When parked at home, the camper is always plugged in. Good or bad? Or should I just use a battery tender? Thanks for the input and help... The AGM offers nothing in your situation (one battery-rarely off grid). More importantly, until you are sure there isn't a systemic problem, no chance burning up a more expensive battery.
valhalla360 07/01/22 05:50am Travel Trailers
RE: trailer suspension

Sway is more likely about hitch weight. Try to get 12-15% of the trailer on the hitch (assuming the tow vehicle can handle it...if not you have a marginal tow vehicle) A Weight Distributing Hitch with sway control incorporated will help if you are marginal but better to get the weight correct as sway control has limits. As far as "smoother" ride, are you talking about the trailer bouncing up and down or side to side?
valhalla360 06/30/22 02:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dino juice v Electrons....

We've also been told the flying car and fusion power are just a couple years away for decades.Building the first working model is the hard part. Working Semi prototype has been built. Class 2 truck is in production. Flying car and fusion, not so much. Otherwise it is just an artists dream. Never see this one either... https://finance.yahoo.com/video/al-piloted-sky-cruise-plans-195708439.html They have had prototype flying cars going back to the 50's...that actually fly. Yet, no one selling them last time I checked. Likewise, the Tesla semi and pickup...not hard to put together a prototype. The trick is transitioning to actual viable production.
valhalla360 06/30/22 02:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Traveling with Propane on

Of course, if that's the case, it has a ventilation system so the heavier than air CO2 doesn't build up...not to mention vehicles cruising at 30-60mph will move a surprising amount of air. Mostly, it's a CYA.I think it is caution for if there is a wreck. All traffic could be stopped and blocked with propane leaking. In other words, CYA (Cover Your A*&) There could also be a blockage and a gas tank leaking but we don't shut off the fuel line before going into a tunnel...and it won't matter if the tank is damaged anyway.
valhalla360 06/30/22 12:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dino juice v Electrons....

Regarding the "not in my lifetime".... ...My old man saw the first airplane to fly in Montana as a kid; made everyone within the state (Alaska at the time) have a bit of a family reunion to see footage of the moon landing in '69. Ultimately traveled 'round the world on a variety of jet aircraft before passing. ...Friend of the old man's "Bob", who died in the '50's, had a career as a mariner: started as a kid on sailing ships and retired after several years working on Panamax diesel carriers. ...one 12drvr traveled from Los Anchorage to Seattle as a kid: 4-engine connies and/or DC-somethings, stops in Yakutat, Juneau, Ketchikan, Seattle, about a 8 hour trip if not interrupted by weather. Same 12drvr (YEARS later) routinely traveled non-stop Chicago - London or Ewe-stun - Africa non-stop on dedicated Boeing 747 Charters. Point is that a lot can happen in a lifetime, although I suspect electric tow vehicles to rival the class 3 trucks won't make it in mine. Can happen & likely to happen are different things. Since the laptop battery came out, there hasn't been much advancement addressing the Achilles heal of EVs. We've also been told the flying car and fusion power are just a couple years away for decades.
valhalla360 06/30/22 12:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Honda EU3200i

tailrider, How much money? $2,999 I love the idea of fuel injection to avoid the carb issues but When you can get a higher output dual fuel generator for 1/3 the price...I'll wait.
valhalla360 06/30/22 12:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Traveling with Propane on

I went in and an inspector came out with their yellow and orange rain coat and clip board to WATCH me turn OFF the propane at each bottle.. did that, was good to go, merged into traffic and 1/8 to 1/4 mile later I was OUT of the tunnel :SThe tunnel has a dip that can collect the heavier than air propane. Of course, if that's the case, it has a ventilation system so the heavier than air CO2 doesn't build up...not to mention vehicles cruising at 30-60mph will move a surprising amount of air. Mostly, it's a CYA.
valhalla360 06/30/22 10:13am General RVing Issues
RE: F150 Lightning Road Trip & Ike Gauntlet Pull

I don't know if its the cure for cancer. But zero external heat is why EV will take over. We can debate the enviroment and batteries as though oil refining and coal have zero impact. We can debate battery technology and the grid but at the end of the day the EV gives impressive performance with minimal heat/energy wasted. No exhaust heat and no radiators or fans trying to cool the engine. That efficiency makes EV a game changer. Tesla has shown it can be done. Now that we can propel something with zero/minmal heat loss the world is going to change. Note all auto makers have proclaimed they will be converting to EV sometime in the near future. By All I mean: VW, Ford. Chevy , BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Honda. EV batteries and power production produces a great deal of heat. All EV's have cooling systems to keep the batteries from overheating. Internal heat vs external, it's still heat production that requires cooling. First Law of Thermodynamics: Energy can be changed from one form to another, but it cannot be created or destroyed. The total amount of energy and matter in the Universe remains constant, merely changing from one form to another. Don't forget that Lake Mead is running out of water, so that heat free power may be running out. You can argue a power plant can implement better pollution control but actual heat...never heard that suggested as the primary reason for converting to EVs.
valhalla360 06/30/22 07:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Traveling with Propane on

If your in a MH and the fuel fill is right next to the fridge or hot water heater vents, I might consider it. But honestly, I can't recall every spraying gasoline outside the vehicle and modern systems largely capture the fumes anyway. But since it's the sparks that are a concern, do you disconnect and shut down the 12v system before you pull into a gas station...of wait, you can drive with the 12v system shut off. Unless you've replaced your alternator and starter with a marine spark protection...there will be plenty of sparks if there are any fumes. Of course, out in the open air, it might startle you a bit but is unlikely to do much more. Kind of like too much lighter fluid on the campfire. You get a big whoosh but not much else. Explosions require the fuel/oxygen mixture to be contained.
valhalla360 06/30/22 07:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Looking at class c questions on maintenance

Oil change specifically is typically a SIMPLE job on Class C RVs. They are high enough off the ground that you can crawl under (or put your leveling blocks/etc underneath...of course be careful anytime you go under a vehicle!). On many Class C RVs, the oil filter is also underneath and simple to get to. It will take you LESS time (and of course money) to change the oil yourself if you consider driving to the shop, waiting your turn (or dropping it off, getting a ride back and forth, etc), waiting for them to change the oil, and driving home. For anything safety related, I want a certified RV shop or mechanic to perform the task (liability reasons). Good luck! Chris Assuming you coordinate it with another trip (the OP was asking about while traveling so I assume there are moves involved), there is negligible drive time involved. Add in that you can typically just show up and get in within 5-10minutes and much easier than making an appointment at the dealer and paying an inflated rate. Never had to leave a vehicle at an oil change place and come back later. Most campgrounds won't be happy with you doing an oil change at the campsite. Here is the original post: Hello, we currently have a fiver but lately have been looking at smaller class c around the 25ft length. My question is having to do with oil changes and was wondering - for example if it was a Ford powered rv do you take it to the ford dealer for oil changes? Are they generally able to work on these types of vehicles without a problem? I don't see anything in the original post about "while traveling". Unless my trip was for 5000+ miles, I'd either change the oil before going or when I got back. -Chris Quote from OP: I know I can change it myself. I was actually wondering where people go when they are out on a trip and needed to have some service done, like an oil change for example. I know if something is rv related I would need to go to an rv shop
valhalla360 06/30/22 07:27am Class C Motorhomes
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