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RE: Forwarding Mail

Now in Massachusetts when you register for a drivers license they automatically register you to vote. As far as legal residency I have always found it to be where ever you filed your Federal Taxes from. If you get a Mass License, presumably, you have moved there. I'm talking about it you don't get a new legal residence. More typical of expats living overseas but possible with an RV.
valhalla360 01/24/20 07:19am Beginning RVing
RE: Composting Toilet

Municipal laws that allow composting toilets usually require a two-year period of composting for any sort of animal waste, including composting toilet contents. A skilled composter, using the right inoculants, huge quantities of poo, and operating in a warm climate, could probably get compost much more quickly than that. But in a cool climate, and in quantities produced by just a few people, it takes some time before you get a product that is safe to put on your salad greens. And that's when compost is finished -- when it is safe to handle and use in a garden without burying it. If you want to use it in a vegetable garden maybe (I said flower garden). Of course that's municipal rules where they really don't want to encourage anything but a flush toilet. Plus finding the room to store several months waste is a lot easier in a residential building, so there was no point in pushing back even if the rule was silly. Doesn't take much "skill" to compost. An RV in use is plenty warm and every time you sit down, you add "innoculants". I'm guessing you grew up in the city. Farmers certainly don't wait two years before putting manure on fields.
valhalla360 01/23/20 10:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cruise testing, I would be uncomfortable

So you anticipate nearly 300 million vehicles to just disappear? And that is assuming fully autonomous vehicles will be the norm not the exception in the next couple decades. Not to mention it would take 16 years at current annual sales to replace all vehicles and that is if 100% of all vehicle sales were fully autonomous every year. Once it becomes standard, it will take about 20yrs for the vast majority off the existing fleet to be in the junk yard. At some point though, you can expect insurance for non-self driving cars to be so high that for all practical purposes, you can't afford to drive yourself.
valhalla360 01/23/20 10:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Forwarding Mail

We are preparing to start full time RVing in our 5th wheel unit. 1. Looking for an organization in Colorado that provides forward mail to us while on the road. We currently live in Colorado and want to maintain our Colorado residency. 2. We are planning on selling our property. Our son lives in Colorado. Is it permissible and legal for us to use his home address as our legal residence? Thank you for your time and effort in helping us. Yes, it is allowable to use your son's address. We used my parents and then my sisters since 2007. In fact the State of Michigan demanded we provide an address (not PO Box) in order to renew our drivers license. Obviously, make sure your son is OK and will forward any mail that winds up there as a result. Your legal residency in terms of voting rights stays with the last state where you were officially a resident anyway. There are mail forwarding services (SD & FL are most popular) and they can give you an address to act as a residence. SD & FL are popular due to no income tax...but be careful of other costs.
valhalla360 01/23/20 04:52am Beginning RVing
RE: Cruise testing, I would be uncomfortable

Interesting thought: A lot of weight and safety systems in cars is there because humans make lots of mistakes. If we get to the point where crashes simply don't happen, can we eliminate these. This would reduce the cost of cars and because lots of safety stuff is stripped out, would it improve efficiency. Obviously, it would need to be a couple generations into adoption, so human driven cars are essentially eliminated from the roadways.
valhalla360 01/23/20 04:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cruise testing, I would be uncomfortable

If this is the case how would a self driving car handle the situation? Would it simply shut down in the middle of the highway without a way to drive the car manually? Most systems use multiple sources of information. Of course, taking it to the level of not even having a steering wheel would presume, they have it to the point that they figured this out. The early self driving cars will likely retain the controls...this picture is a concept car showing how things could be different if you didn't need controls. Of course, it wouldn't be hard to have a tablet interface with the car and become the controls. They have racing games out now where you simply tilt the tablet to steer. Something similar could be done but with controls sent to the car (with limits to ensure you don't hit objects the car can see and such).
valhalla360 01/23/20 04:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cruise testing, I would be uncomfortable

Here's a scenario....... Put about a dozen self driving cars on a highway somewhere in bumper to bumper moving traffic @ 60 mph, in a northeast snow squall, on the first Saturday of the month after the SS checks come in and all the BH's are heading out to the beautician and grocery store. Now interject 3 or 4 part time workers from Burger King who are driving 1987 Chevy Cavaliers with worn out brakes and bald tires into the mix, who are late for work. :B Now do the same test with human drivers doing 60mph in a snow squall. I'll bet the self driving cars would fare much better. Of course in reality, the system would force you to slow down as you are driving too fast for conditions. This is unlike the idiots who believe since they have a 4x4, they can continue to do 60mph in a white out.
valhalla360 01/22/20 11:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cruise testing, I would be uncomfortable

Not even close. Give adaptive cruise and the other poopage a try on something like the DC or Baltimore beltway lol. Put blind faith in it. Just find a good collision guy beforehand and maybe carry some TP and wet wipes. Those systems making corrections 10 times a second can not anticipate the typical moron. As I said, it's being implemented as it's ready. Right now adaptive cruise is ready for conditions of moderate traffic conditions. Of course the safety aspect of rear-end collision avoidance still works in bad conditions. And it's not like humans who get distracted for 10 seconds at a time do any better with typical morons.
valhalla360 01/22/20 11:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need Help with Utility Trailer Decision

Define treated wood... - Plywood, I would probably go with steel. - Treated Dimensional lumber...unless you are dragging heavy equipment across it regularly, it will probably outlast you.
valhalla360 01/22/20 02:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Cruise testing, I would be uncomfortable

When/if this technology hits tow vehicles how would you hitch up a trailer or 5er? What would happen if trailer sway occurred? A tire blow out or mechanical failure? I might not even being towing anymore by the time this technology makes it into heavy duty trucks. Just thought of something, no more speeding since you can't control the accelerator. Absolutely no reason to be in the cab of the truck you could go to bed in the RV and wake up at your destination (hopefully). Once it gets to that level...it will back up to the hitch perfectly every time. That's a pretty easy problem to solve. As far as failures, human drivers often react poorly. An automated system can check for most common failures 10 times a second and have predetermined reactions for each...so probably better. One thing that people don't understand is self driving is already here, it's the 100% where the steering wheel goes away that will take time. Adaptive cruise control, lane departure, those are automated driving functions that are already present. They are going after the low hanging fruit first. The biggest issue holding up implementation, as alluded to, is the expectation of 100% perfection when humans aren't perfect. Tesla has been living on the edge because they are already on the edge of bankruptcy so they can take chances an established company wouldn't dare but really all the manufacturers have test cars that are 98% there now. Getting to the point where you can eliminate the steering wheel can't happen until you hit 100% and never expect human control.
valhalla360 01/22/20 02:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Composting Toilet

. A composting toilet used to be something that did the composting itself. Meaning it would hold several years worth of poop. When was this? Composting (toilet or otherwise) shouldn't take anywhere close to years. If it's taking years, it's not composting. Full timing, you will have the last few deposits uncomposted but if operating normally, no odor and looks like rich soil right after mixing. On ours, you could slip a garbage bag over the top, flip it and never come into contact with the contents. If you are not using it full time, let it sit for a week or two and no visible remnants. Great for your flowerbeds.
valhalla360 01/21/20 10:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: The Verdic is in, New Ford 7.3 V-8 Gas mpg not so Great

It was silly to expect significant difference. Go look at the guys with the 3.5 ecoboost...does great with an empty truck but load it and it does about the same as the V8. Why? It takes fuel to develop power and when putting out a significant percentage of rated power, engines have been optimized for a long time...not a lot of improvement available.
valhalla360 01/21/20 10:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Composting Toilet

We had one in our boat and loved it...but in would never consider it in the RV. In the boat, you generally can't dump overboard and finding pump outs is a hassle (plus they are broken half the time). Marine toilets require substantial maintenance as they pump the waste through 1.5" pipes and tend to clog and require regular rebuilds. On the RV, it's just not as big of an issue as they use gravity and large diameter pipes. About the only reason you might consider one is if you are in the back-country for long periods of time with no access to a dump station. You still need a place to dispose of the urine every couple days but the solids should be good for around 3-5weeks. One catch, our experience is with 2 people using it. If you have 4-5 people, it becomes problematic as they can't handle the loading (from people we know who had visitors for a week on their boat with the same unit)
valhalla360 01/20/20 10:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: lino cracked after cold spell

Yep, but usually happens near the edges. The plasticizers evaporate off over the years and becomes more brittle. So a temp that didn't hurt anything in year 2 can cause a failure in year 10.
valhalla360 01/20/20 09:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Question about removing black tank

As long as the tank isn't sealed up in the underbelly (Ie, you can get to the tank without disassembling a lot of stuff), it shouldn't be a major project.
valhalla360 01/20/20 05:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5 figure 30 foot

If you are no longer tied into vacations...having her able to drive in a pinch is nice but does the need to trade off regularly become a deal killer? - 2 week 3000mile trip typically means some long driving days where trading out driving duties is really nice. - 6 month 5000 mile trip...no need to do more than 3hr in a day. I do think having her learn to drive it is good so if something happens to you, she isn't trapped but you could do an occasional practice drive to get her used to it under easy conditions (say rural freeway with minimal traffic and not complications from mountains or lots of sharp corners). Good chance if she got used to the 5er, she will quickly pick up on driving the MH.
valhalla360 01/19/20 10:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

Assuming similarly outfitted...3/4ton isn't much moBut you can't get the 3.5 ecoboost & 10 speed transmission in a 3/4 ton; a superior combination when the truck is also a daily driver. OP never questioned how it was as a daily driver. OP only questioned it's towing capability and cost. A nice sedan would be even better as daily driver.
valhalla360 01/19/20 10:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What is the coldest temp you've started your Honda 2000 in?

Why would you expect an issue? I used to start the riding mower with plow attachment regularly in the winter...never had an issue. They are simple small gas engines. Temp isn't a huge issue. Now if it was a diesel generator, it becomes more of a question as the cold leeches away the heat generated from compression faster than the compression can heat it to ignition.
valhalla360 01/19/20 04:09am Tech Issues
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

It still amazes me that people think a 5-6k lb half ton towing 10-11k lbs is absurd, but a 8-9k one ton towing 30+k lbs is perfectly acceptable. This is one reason why I think we need to get rid of terms like half tons and one tons because people place there expectations on what a half ton should tow in their mind rather than looking at the actual capabilities of the truck. To them it is perfectly fine that HD/SD trucks have increased tow ratings to absurd amounts over the years, but the half ton will always be good for towing less than 7k no matter how much they have been upgraded over the years. Who is suggesting your average 1 ton is going to be happy with 30k lb? The vast majority would say that's in MDT territory. I agree that 30k is medium duty territory, but most people here tout their favorite brands latest chest beating marketing hype of being able to tow over 30K with a 9k lb truck configuration they will likely never own. There are also those that thing that a 3/4 ton can't safely and reliable handle more payload due to the 10k max GVWR of the government regulated class that all pre-2019 3/4 ton are in and ignorantly recommend a 1 ton because of it. If they actually looked at specs of a Ram 2500, it only has a rear GVWR of 500 lbs less than the 3500 but is limited in GVWR due to the class 2b max GVWR limits, not the actual capability of the truck. You are talking outliers who suggest you will be happy with 30k on a 1 ton. That is not the common response by a long shot. On the other hand 7-9k on a 1/2 ton, is pretty commonly suggested as OK...if you spec it correctly.
valhalla360 01/19/20 01:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

It still amazes me that people think a 5-6k lb half ton towing 10-11k lbs is absurd, but a 8-9k one ton towing 30+k lbs is perfectly acceptable. This is one reason why I think we need to get rid of terms like half tons and one tons because people place there expectations on what a half ton should tow in their mind rather than looking at the actual capabilities of the truck. To them it is perfectly fine that HD/SD trucks have increased tow ratings to absurd amounts over the years, but the half ton will always be good for towing less than 7k no matter how much they have been upgraded over the years. Who is suggesting your average 1 ton is going to be happy with 30k lb? The vast majority would say that's in MDT territory.
valhalla360 01/18/20 10:43pm Tow Vehicles
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