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RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

If EV's are going to be a success, all charging stations will need to be available to all vehicles, just like gas stations.
wilber1 09/12/21 09:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: EV's I know there are folks better versed than me in here

Dang physics. Energy density of lithium ion battery 0.37 to 0.95 MJ/kg Energy density of gasoline 44.0 MJ/kg
wilber1 07/29/21 10:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I am interested in this thread, but the constant "almost here, almost here, almost here, almost here" just gets so tiresome. Why can't the fan boys just accept that it will be late, and it will get here at some point, and give it a rest? Instead we get daily reports about it's "almost here". I mean it's coming up on 4 years and it's still not here, but it's "almost here". Wadaya mean? It's only 4 years.
wilber1 07/23/21 04:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Possible Canada boarder opening mid August

I'm not showing my 'papers' to anybody. Not to cross a border, not to fly in a airplane, not ever. Whatever happened to the HIPPA Law about medical privacy? As a cop, when HIPPA first came out, we were briefed that at an accident scene, for example, the medics weren't allowed to tell us cops if the person they were working had any DUI symptoms. Yet there's folks demanding to see our vaccination 'papers'. As a cop you should know US laws only apply in the US.
wilber1 07/20/21 07:40pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: New F-150 Electric P/U

Unfortunately charging stations can't give them much more than 3/4 of a tank unless they stay the night.
wilber1 07/13/21 08:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chinese RV tires... holding up!

I've had US and Chinese made Marathons and Chinese Carlisles. Both my 5ths had 235-16E tires and GVWR's of just over 10K and 12K. I ran them at max sidewall pressure, didn't cruise above 65 MPH and changed them at 7 years. Never had a problem with any of them.
wilber1 06/28/21 11:08am General RVing Issues
RE: F150 Lightening

One thing that needs to happen if the EV revolution is going to be successful is all the public battery chargers need to be standardized so any EV brand vehicle can pull up to a battery charger and charge their vehicle like any ICE vehicle can pull up to a gas pump and refuel. Tesla did ask other automakers to pitch in with $ when they built their SCharger network and none did. Theres still time for big three to get together and build their own charging stations,but I doubt that will hapen. Theyre all waitin for someone else to foot the bill imo. VW is building Electrify America and Electrify Canada. They are open use. Tesla could make a lot of money selling power from its Superchargers but I guess they aren't interested in making EV's attractive to more people. My guess is its Tesla way to make people buy only Tesla cars LOL Of course but if someone isn't keen on a Tesla it makes them less likely to buy an EV. EV's won't go very far if people can't count on using all the charging facilities like they can gas stations.
wilber1 05/28/21 08:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightening

One thing that needs to happen if the EV revolution is going to be successful is all the public battery chargers need to be standardized so any EV brand vehicle can pull up to a battery charger and charge their vehicle like any ICE vehicle can pull up to a gas pump and refuel. Tesla did ask other automakers to pitch in with $ when they built their SCharger network and none did. Theres still time for big three to get together and build their own charging stations,but I doubt that will hapen. Theyre all waitin for someone else to foot the bill imo. VW is building Electrify America and Electrify Canada. They are open use. Tesla could make a lot of money selling power from its Superchargers but I guess they aren't interested in making EV's attractive to more people.
wilber1 05/27/21 10:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightening

So what. I have never pulled into a station to buy diesel for my truck and been told I couldn't fuel up because I had the wrong brand of vehicle. Not being able to use all available charging stations is a disincentive to buying an EV no matter how you try to justify it.How would you ever show up at a Tesla Supercharger if navigating with your Ford Lightning truck? Likewise if you have a Cybertruck the navigation will take you from Supercharger to Supercharger to your destination. What do you think happens now if your company credit card is a Chevron branded card? You better navigate between Chevron stations. I have never been told I couldn’t put diesel in my truck because I was driving the wrong brand of truck. You would find Superchargers the same way as you find other charge points. How do you find non Supercharger charge points in your Tesla? Aren’t they in the database? You don’t need a Chevron branded card to use Chevron stations and you don’t need a particular brand of vehicle. That’s the whole point. I’ll stay away from EV’s until they get their act together. PHEV maybe but not a BEV.
wilber1 05/27/21 06:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Inflated hopes for EV P/U

Isn't there a $7500 federal tax credit on the purchase of EVs'? I wouldn't have even thought about buying an electric vehicle if I had to rely on the **** chargers that non-Teslas have to put up with. The only reason that we have charging networks is that Tesla blazed the path and now others are trying get in on the game but from what I hear most are making pretty lame attempts. They aren't even trying in the area I live in. Not having a common charging infrastructure is a big thing that is keeping me away from EV's. I can fill up at any gas station in the country thanks and until the EV industry is the same, I 'm not really interested. What if every manufacturer decided to go Tesla's route and build their own proprietary charging system. Who in their right mind would buy one of the things. Seems you are pro EV but only as long as it is a Tesla.
wilber1 05/27/21 03:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightening

Parochial charging networks like Supercharger and Rivan's proposed network are a detriment to EV acceptance. I have never pulled into a gas station and not been able to fill up because I drove the wrong brand of vehicle. All the different systems and plugs don't help either.Diesel used to be fairly uncommon around town. Mostly just along highways. Then came the diesel cars and now diesel can be found on almost every corner. I believe the same is happening with electrics. Most plugs are standard or there are two connectors. Even today you need to choose regular/super/E15 or whatever. Not all stores take Discover or AMEX either. And for many it is best for more of this to get sorted out before they jump into the future. Of course the best electric network and most used will be your home charging and included on your existing electric bill at a cost of half or less than the gas/diesel you are currently using. So what. I have never pulled into a station to buy diesel for my truck and been told I couldn't fuel up because I had the wrong brand of vehicle. Not being able to use all available charging stations is a disincentive to buying an EV no matter how you try to justify it.
wilber1 05/27/21 12:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightening

I agree charging is the most important issue EV's have for future growth. You should be able to use any charger you see IMO. There should be standardization across all vehicles and chargers. Parochial charging networks like Supercharger and Rivan's proposed network are a detriment to EV acceptance. I have never pulled into a gas station and not been able to fill up because I drove the wrong brand of vehicle. All the different systems and plugs don't help either.
wilber1 05/27/21 10:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Inflated hopes for EV P/U

"EVs on the other hand have massive govt pressure supporting them along with financial kickbacks for buying them...and they still make up less than 1% of the vehicles on the road. They have a place as a 2nd commuter car but as a primary vehicle and certainly a tow vehicle, they have a lot of limitations." I haven't received any kickbacks for buying a Tesla. I must be missing something. Most are not great for trips yet but to some extent that is just due to lack of charging stations and those are increasing in locations rapidly. As for only being one percent of the vehicles on the road that is going to change rapidly in the next few years. Just about every car maker on the planet is building new factories to make them and Tesla is going as fast at they can. If GM will ever start focusing on value instead of price they will be able to sell a lot more. Fueling was also one of the main obstacles for gasoline cars in the early days. It will come with time for electrics. It is already happening rather quickly and will really take off once those new factories start cranking out vehicles that need charging. Isn't there a $7500 federal tax credit on the purchase of EVs'? You don't pay fuel taxes, governments will have to make up that lost revenue somehow. Tesla itself got over 1.6 billion in regulatory zero emission credits from other carmakers. It would have posted a loss without them. They subsidized your Tesla. Parochial charging networks like Tesla supercharger are a detriment to EV sales in general.
wilber1 05/27/21 10:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Inflated hopes for EV P/U

EV trucks will have a place and could be quite popular but not for rowing. The simple fact is, existing batteries suck as energy storage devices and until that changes, serious towing with EV’s won’t be a thing.
wilber1 05/27/21 08:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: TV tire life

Can depend a lot on the environment. Hot dry climate vs cooler damper climate, whether the vehicle is garaged or not etc.
wilber1 05/15/21 12:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Question on changing legal GCWR

GCWR is a power train limitation as others have said. If you stay within it the truck shouldn't break down before the warranty is up. Going from 3:55 to 4:10 in my 2001 Dodge CTD increased the tow rating and GCWR by 2000 lbs. The auto transmission was the limiting factor. Manual transmission trucks had the same rating regardless of gear ratio. Of course that did nothing to change the truck GVWR which is a legal limit where I live.
wilber1 04/25/21 11:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

This thread now four years old and still no semis.
wilber1 04/15/21 08:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why do you Cummins guys want more gears

I would like more gears. An eight speed in my truck that worked like the ZF in my car would make me a very happy boy.
wilber1 04/02/21 05:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I’ve noticed that the latest ones have a stall on either end where you can pull in with a shorter trailer (maybe 22ish feet) and then the “pump” will line up with the charge port. The non Tesla stalls are because the province is essentially contracting Tesla to make st least 25 percent “generic” connectors. (Read Chademo/CCS). Kind a cool. All charging stations should be available to all vehicles. Does that include yours if you put one in your driveway? Mine would be in my garage.
wilber1 03/31/21 08:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I’ve noticed that the latest ones have a stall on either end where you can pull in with a shorter trailer (maybe 22ish feet) and then the “pump” will line up with the charge port. The non Tesla stalls are because the province is essentially contracting Tesla to make st least 25 percent “generic” connectors. (Read Chademo/CCS). Kind a cool. All charging stations should be available to all vehicles.
wilber1 03/30/21 07:01pm Tow Vehicles
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