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RE: Buildig an RV Pad

1st and biggest question is what does the local codes allow. Many areas don't want you living in an RV. Why do you "need" tie downs? If it's mobile, hook up and get out if a hurricane is coming. - If you want them anyway, get some earth screws and put them in prior to casting the slab, so the tops stick out. At that point, it should be pretty simple to connect them to the frame (worst case a welder could attach some rings). What's the weight of the unit? For most, 6" should be enough. Make sure to put a slight cross slope on it and have it set a few inches higher than the surrounding ground so it doesn't sit in a pool of water every time it rains. Any driveway guy should be able to do it if you don't want to do it yourself.
valhalla360 09/25/17 05:39am Full-time RVing
RE: Electric Motorhome. Concept in Europe.

This unit got discussed a couple week back. It's a total joke and the designers are completely incompetent (I hope so because otherwise, they are completely dishonest.) Let's pretend the 3kw peak output is real. Typically you get about 4hr or the rating or about 12kwh per day. The battery pack is 91kwh, so it's going to take almost 8 days to do a full charge...assuming you don't use any electricity for house loads. So you say, just plug in at the campground: It's geared towards Europe and when we camped there last, the electric was metered. You put a 50cent/euro in the box for every 1 kwh. Ignoring the time spent sitting there putting coins in the slot, that's around 45euro to fill up. That will buy you around 10gal of diesel which should meet or beat the per mile price. Well maybe it will give you a boost when driving at noon: At freeway speeds, that little 107hp motor is probably putting out 100hp. 3kw is about 4hp, so it's only around 4% of the demand. It's going to have a negligible effect on range in the best of conditions. Early or late day driving, you won't get nearly 3kw, so it will have far less effect. As others have pointed out, lots of solar panels with some on every side and even panels on the front facing down are going to result in never getting close to the rated output. Also, good luck trying to keep that heat sink cool. Most camping is done in the summer when it's hot and a completely black exterior will just soak up the heat. This was clearly developed by someone who had no idea what they were doing. This isn't trying to be mean, it's pointing out the flaws in a horrible design. Misguided stuff like this probably set back the option more than it advances it as it demonstrates the limitations rather than the possibilities.
valhalla360 09/25/17 05:29am Technology Corner
RE: Winterizing?

Winterize it. It's like $6 for a couple gallons of antifreeze and 15 minutes to pump it thru. Otherwise the first time it goes down into the teens will be when you are away for the weekend.
valhalla360 09/25/17 05:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Toy Hauler or Truck bed rack?

Which eco-boost? The 3.5 will have plenty of pulling power and the turbo will handle altitude much better than a naturally aspirated V8. It won't give you the engine braking of a diesel but that's probably overkill. Assuming 12% tongue weight (1188lb), you better be a 98lb weakling or you are over weight before putting anything in the truck. 1300lb payload is way low for pulling that big of a trailer. Also, the 3.53 rear end is not a towing rear end. The transmission can compensate to a degree but not really the best option. You are looking at at least a 3/4ton but if you are going to buy a bigger truck, seriously think about jumping to a 1ton SRW. Hardly any difference in cost and you get a bit more payload. If you want to put the ATV's in the truck bed, you have to run the same calculations but in addition to the tongue weight, you have to include the weight of the ATV's (and other cargo) in the truck bed.
valhalla360 09/24/17 11:48pm Toy Haulers
RE: Cost for a reliable rig

Previous rig: $4500 for 28' 5th wheel and $2500 for Diesel F250. Cross country and full time for 6 months at a time for about 8-9yrs. Truck looked rough (lots of rust) but ran perfect. Trailer was in great condition and stayed that way until we decided to upsize a bit. Current rig: $14000 for 34' 5th wheel and $6000 for V10 F250. Both look and operate well (truck has a little rust around rear wheel wells but I cleaned that up). Not so many miles yet but just picked up the 5th wheel this summer and spent most of the summer in it (life hasn't allowed for long trips this summer). How much do you have to spend and what are your expectations?
valhalla360 09/24/17 11:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: In dash navigation worth the cost?

$50 tablet for big screen effect $50 mount $800 for data for the tablet...which most already have thru their cell plan. Better navigation and constantly up to date.
valhalla360 09/24/17 06:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Heavy duty truck MPG

What would be interesting is a controlled crowd sourcing approach. Your modern car/truck knows it's speed, throttle setting, fuel usage etc... Rather than an EPA estimate, it could provide an array of data when hooked up to a diagnostic system (or via radio using newer Connected Vehicle systems). This array would give MPG under a massive variety of conditions. You could then plug in your driving behavior (retrieved from your car/truck) and it would estimate based on your driving patterns, what you could expect in terms of fuel economy. This would circumvent a VW type situation as they can't depower the engine for the test since effectively you would have near 100% of all data.
valhalla360 09/23/17 05:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: National Eagle Cap dealer list? Don't ask manufactuer :/

People who think this policy makes sense crack me up. If the enlightened leadership of this manufacturer and its dealers think playing this game, in today's increasingly interconnected and data-driven world, will lead either to prosperity, lots of luck. If it doesn't work out, maybe they've got a backup plan to fill each other's coffers. Possibly mowing each other's lawns? Again, they won't stop you from buying from different dealers but contractually the parent company can't facilitate you trying to undercut the dealer from your local area without violating the dealer agreement. As has been found, it's easy to do a search and circumvent the issue, so it's not a big issue for 99.99% of potential buyers. If they otherwise have a good product and good dealers, it's a total non-issue for the company. It would be interesting to see what the response would be to a similar but different question: I have one of your units and am planning a cross country trip. I would like a list of dealers so, if there are any issues, I can quickly get to the nearest dealer. This would be something they could legitimately give out without violating the dealership agreements.
valhalla360 09/22/17 02:24am Truck Campers
RE: An electric bus that drove 1,100 miles between charges...

Hi, 9.6 per leg? 50 amp connector for continuous duty is limited to 9.6 kW by NEC Theoretically, if you can max out both legs, you've got 12kw. But reality is you can't continuously draw 50amps on both legs and the specs don't allow for it. Even the 9.6kw, if pretty optimistic. If it's hot out and both air/con units are running along with other stuff, you can easily lose 1/3-1/2 of that to house loads. Then the charging is not 100% efficient so the amount that winds up in the batteries is even less. Realistically, figure maybe 4kwh/h going into the batteries or approx 100kwh per day. Someone suggested it was a 660kwh battery bank, so figure almost a week to charge on 50amp. If you only have 30amp, it might be a couple weeks to charge or longer as the house loads will eat up a greater percentage of a 30amp supply (which is more like 25amp for continuous).
valhalla360 09/22/17 02:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rubber vs Solid Roof

Assuming it is standard thickness fiberglass and not just a thin 'glass material like Filon affixed with contact cement. Fiberglass boat decks/roofs are almost always multiple layers of cloth (many styles and thicknesses). The substrate/"core" is wetted and the first layer applied. More slow hardening resin is applied so that the cloth is thoroughly wetted out and all air bubles can be worked out. Before the resin starts to harden, a second layer is applied, wetted and a third. The reason this layers are done at the same time is because epoxy resin leaves a film (called "blush") after curing which must be sanded off before additional layer of resin and cloth are applied. Fiberglass boat decks are completely different. It's not an occasional maintenance trip on them to check them out while walking carefully and gently. It's multiple people walking around, anchors being dropped and other hard treatment. Fiberglass RV roofs don't need to be very thick. The plywood underneath provides the structural strength. Just needs to be enough to be water proof and not to crack due to vibrations. Seriously doubt, they would use epoxy resin for a fiberglass RV roof. It's significantly more expensive and for standard fiberglass that isn't going to be submerged, just not worth the cost. Polyester resin would be much more appropriate and perfectly serviceable. Epoxy does generate an "amine blush" which is a waxy material but given the thickness, the glass is going to be put down in a single installation, it's not an issue. Where Epoxy does make sense is for repairs. It's easier to get good adhesion compared to the less expensive polyester. If you want a small repair on your roof to be impossible to see, yeah, you need a fiberglass repair guy or some skill but since it's largely out of sight, and ugly but completely serviceable repair is quite easy. - Wash and lightly sand the puncture or small crack. - Mix the resin per the directions (use small batches as epoxy in particular generates heat as it cures) - Paint some epoxy on repair area. - Layout 2-3 glass patches onto the wetted area (any autoparts store has them). Overlap the area by at least 2-3 inches. Using more resin work them in so they are transparent with no bubbles. - Sand off the worst bumps and stray strands of glass and slap a coat or two of enamel paint (epoxy will eventually deteriorate if exposed to the sun).
valhalla360 09/22/17 02:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Am I overweight ?

6600 lbs was the total weight for both axles.. both axles were on the scale at the same time. so NOT 13,200 I always have a 1300 lb Rzr in the back . That still doesn't make sense. If you have a 1300lb Rzr and 1500lbs of other gear, the empty weight of the empty weight of the trailer is only around 3800lbs with a 6200lb CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity). While toy haulers have higher CCC, that seems a bit extreme. What model trailer do you have?
valhalla360 09/22/17 01:40am Beginning RVing
RE: National Eagle Cap dealer list? Don't ask manufactuer :/

Far as protected territory goes, I don't believe dealers of any hard goods, cars, trucks or RV's honor that. A sale is a sale after all. There is a difference between: - Will a dealer sell to someone from outside the area if they walk in the door - The parent company purposely routing customers from one area to someone in another area. The first is typically not a problem. A dealer won't turn you away. The second is a good way for the parent company to get a lawsuit from the affected dealer and is likely why they won't officially send a list of dealerships.
valhalla360 09/21/17 09:07am Truck Campers
RE: Toll By Plate - A Unique Challenge for RVers!

I don't know how you figure benefits raise an annual salary of 30K to 90K, on average it is just 50 percent of base salary or in your example 15K additional and you forgot to mention the payback time for the equipment and added costs of mailing the bill and the second third and forth reminders to pay. From my experience it's a shell game of hide the costs that the vendors/contractors use to get municipalities to sign a contract with them to run the system. Greater savings comes in the far distant future when all the current workers have retired and there is no more liability for paying retirements. Because I deal with fully burdened pay rates and around a 3.0 multiplier is pretty common. Particularly for a govt job with full benefits and management structure to support. Even if we assume $45k/yr, it's still pays for itself in 6-9months and then it's gravy from there on.
valhalla360 09/21/17 08:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Toll By Plate - A Unique Challenge for RVers!

Exactly my point. It was created as a way to provide income for itself. At least it used to be. Then it grew and people started taking money from it. Now they are just running away with toll increases and there is never enough money for a project! Hmmm! Get rid of them and things will still run as they are without taking anymore $$$$ from he public that aren't necessary. The original toll roads were pure profit making private ventures. Only newer public toll roads try (and usually fail) to make enough money to pay for the road. Get rid of the tolls and the money to keep them up still has to come from somewhere.
valhalla360 09/21/17 08:40am General RVing Issues
RE: An electric bus that drove 1,100 miles between charges...

That distance record is impressive. However they drove 15 mph to do it. Yeah, reality is a city bus runs full throttle/full brake/repeat all day long. If they get a 1/3 of the reported range in real world use I would be surprised. Someone suggested 2000 recharge cycles is what lithium battery packs are good for (not sure I buy that but let's go with it): - In a passenger car with 150mile range and 30 mile round trip commute, that's 27yrs of full charge cycles. - In a city bus, they will likely be doing a full cycle daily. That's 5.5yrs before they have to buy another battery pack, so they are paying $200k extra up front and have to expect at least 1 and possibly as many as 3 battery pack purchases. Keep in mind, if they dump an old diesel bus, it has resale value if it's still running. If you dump a 15-20yr old electric bus with a dead battery pack, it's likely going to be worth the scrap metal value as $75-100k for a battery pack isn't going to cut it.
valhalla360 09/21/17 08:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where do RV's go to die?

Hunter special is a common end game but probably not the majority. I suspect a lot just wind up in back yards/farmers fields rotting away until the house get's torn apart and goes to the land fill. The frame and running gear would likely be taken by a scrap yard. I do wonder if scrap yards favor aluminum sided over fiberglass. Scrap fiberglass siding has no value. The aluminum is quite valuable. Depending on the damage, there probably is a market for a lot of the hurricane RV's appliances. If the flooding went say 4-5' deep, the floor is probably trashed but air/con is probably fine and the stove and fridge might be fine depending on how high and for how long the the flooding went. Furnace & hot water heater being down low likely won't fare as well.
valhalla360 09/21/17 08:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Rubber vs Solid Roof

I would take fiberglass in a heartbeat. Since it's on the roof, you don't need a pretty repair, so some epoxy and fiberglass cloth and its' easy to repair if you do get a puncture or crack.\ Yes, the joints around fixtures still need to be kept sealed.
valhalla360 09/21/17 08:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Camping World Circular

Take it in, tell them what happened and ask if they will honor the coupon since they failed to get it to you in a timely manner. I'll give 50-50 odds, they do. hold your breath for that to happen. I'm not going to hold my breath but I've had similar situations where a manager make it right. Not 100% of the time but often.
valhalla360 09/20/17 07:10am Camping World Accessories
RE: Toll By Plate - A Unique Challenge for RVers!

Most till systems are self supporting. Meaning all the tolls go into the toll system. Get rid of the toll system and you don't need money to pay the toll system. We are already paying for the roads through gas, license and other taxes. So there really is no reason for a toll system except to make money. Ide still like to know where all the interest goes from money put into an ipass account? They deduct $20 from my CC when it gets low. But that $20 sits here for a month or 2 before I touch it. Multiply that by a couple million and what do you get in interest? Yeah, not even close. Toll collection systems are a small percentage of what is collected. Even so, they typically don't collect enough to fully pay for the road itself. Unfortunately, gas taxes (primary source for road funding) are often not enough particularly with the cost of urban road projects being crazy expensive...but that leads down a rabbit hole of if the money is being spent wisely so suffice it to say the toll collection system is not where most of the toll money is going.
valhalla360 09/20/17 07:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Toll By Plate - A Unique Challenge for RVers!

So, say you are from another state, you go through one of those toll sections, and they send you a bill 3 months later. What happens if you do not pay? I've never encountered one of these toll sections, and I'm avoiding I-65 through Louisville, KY like a passion! But, what happens if you simply do not pay the bill that comes in the mail? A couple of potential issues: - If you drive thru that state again, they can pull you over for the unpaid bill. Not likely for a single time offense but possible. - They can put it on your credit report. So, if you never go back to that state and you don't take out any loans, the answer is not much.
valhalla360 09/20/17 07:01am General RVing Issues
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