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RE: El Nino

The further south you are, the warmer the ocean will be. No question this, most powerful ever, EN will impact Mexico and every other country south to the equator and beyond. Lots of good info out there about specific, local impacts for this half of the planet. Ya gotta love Google. Expect weather extremes and hope to be disappointed. While typically EN's impact is most often felt during the winter this year's event has been active for several months already and last time I checked my calendar winter was still 2 weeks+ down the road. California, just to name one area in the crosshairs, will likely have far more problems from too much water/precipitation and the resultant flooding, mudslides etc. than the drought. Hang on to your socks folks, it is going to be a wild winter! :E
Desert Captain 11/29/15 05:22pm RVing in Mexico and South America

Buying an LED LCD television will get you the product with the least power consumption and weight. We have a 22" Vizio and the picture is just fine. I can run it and my DVD player off of a 250 watt, cigarette lighter inverter. :C
Desert Captain 11/27/15 11:39am Tech Issues
RE: Motorhome driver sentenced in fatal accident

The situation that worries me the most is going into dense fog (all of a sudden) and slowing way down so maybe you can see what's in front in time, but not so much that the guy behind does not hit you. If the traffic stops in this situation I'm going to park as far off the shoulder as I can get...Dessert areas can also get zero visibility dust storms - lights off, foot off the brake so they don't follow your lights. :h Sure don't understand that logic "Lights off?" That is a sure way to get rear ended! We drive headlights on anytime we are on the road day or night rain, snow, fog, sand, or sunshine! Makes you far more visable! Been doing this for over 48 years, yes has cost a battery or two, but I know I should be seen. You don't drive with lights off but when caught in a sandstorm you absolutely want to get as far off the road as possible, stop and turn off your lights and do not touch the brake. This is to keep others from driving into the rear of your vehicle. In blind/brownout conditions folks tend to drive towards any lights they see thinking that is where they should be. This is also the reason you are advised to stay in your vehicle with seat belts on. Wandering around in a sandstorm is quick way to get killed. We have these very serious events, "Haboobs" every year here in southern Arizona. They rarely last more than a few minutes and waiting them out in the safest (closest), possible location is the recommended procedure. :C
Desert Captain 11/21/15 10:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Motorhome driver sentenced in fatal accident

IF this is the same guy (and it sure looks like him), then this crash hasn't seemed to slow down his social life. Lovin Life And I read the articles about this incident. This was not an accident. It could of been prevented. My condolences to the officers family. Today, they got s**t on again. Yep, that nasty ole probation is a B****. :R
Desert Captain 11/21/15 07:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Motorhome driver sentenced in fatal accident

Criminally negligent, felony stupid and a fine young officer is dead, a family devastated Two years probation? Are you kidding me??? :M That moron should be serving every day off the maximum possible sentance not to mention full compensation to the family. He chose to be in a hurry, he chose to put his stupid self interest above the lives of everyone else and calling it an "accident" is an insult to the lost life and his family! :S
Desert Captain 11/20/15 12:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Generators stolen --- UPDATE pg 4

Boon docking on the BLM land at Quartzite has always been a target rich environment for thieves. I've seen a lot of generators just sitting in a site with no security measures in place and even when you go to the trouble of locking them up the low lives still cut through and rip you you off. :M Sorry for your loss, keep an eye out on Craig'sList and around the swap meet sites in the Q. I like the suggestions to disguise the Honda's as Champion, Generac's HF etc. (LMAO). As noted if a thief can see it they will probably be able to steal it as the only real security is to keep them hidden when not in active use (which is a PITA). :C
Desert Captain 11/20/15 11:04am General RVing Issues
RE: San Diego area St. Pk.

The noise from the training is not all that common. Those were navy Seals, or those trying to qualify for the program. Think of it as the sound of freedom. :B We have stayed there and the one thing it has going for it is the location, pretty hard to get closer to the ocean than Silver Strand SP. Pricey without a SP pass, around $70 a night as I recall which is exorbitant for just a sandy parking lot. :C
Desert Captain 11/20/15 07:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New E450 with tow/haul question

Thanks guys, I don't mind the off topic, but would like to know how those without a toad dive up mountains, T/H on or off??? "On!" :B
Desert Captain 11/18/15 04:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New E450 with tow/haul question

Googled 2005 E-450 and came up with the following: 2005 E-SERIES VAN / CUTAWAY / STRIPPED CHASSIS TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Transmissions AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION SPECIFICATIONS Ford 4-Speed Automatic Ford 4-Speed Automatic Ford 5-Speed Automatic. Make/Type Overdrive (4R70E) Overdrive (4R75E) Overdrive (TorqShiftTM) Engine 4.6L SEFI V-8 / 5.4L SEFI V-8 5.4L SEFI V-8 (Over 8,600 lbs. 5.4L SEFI V-8 (Over 8,600 lbs. GVWR) GVWR) / 6.8L SEFI V-10 / 6.0L V-8 Turbo Diesel Ratios (to 1) — 1st 3.11 2nd 2.11 3rd 1.55 4th — OD 1.00 5th — OD — — 0.71 Reverse 2.88 Converter Size & Type 12” 145K (L290 Bypass Clutch) 12” 145K (L370 Bypass Clutch) 12” PCM Controlled Clutch Apply Converter Stall Ratio 2.33 — Converter Torque Ratio @ — — 2.2 (5.4L), 1.86 (6.8L & 6.0L) WOT Stall Lubricant Capacity (pt.) 13.2 (E Lifetime Fluid 18.2 (5.4L), 19.0 (6.8L, 6.0L) Gear Set Helical Spur Oil Cooler Water Oil to Air and In-Tank No 6th gear and just one 4th gear, just saying.... I don't think the 2005's had Tow Haul but did have the manual on/off OD. TH, like the true 6 speed tranny's came along a number of years later. I think the TH appeared around 2009 or 2010 (?) and the six speed trans made its first appearance in 2013 (my 2012 is a 5 speed torque Shift... with I had the six speed). :C
Desert Captain 11/18/15 08:49am Class C Motorhomes
RE: New E450 with tow/haul question

you guys are really confusing me. So I definately should use the T/h for the long down grade into Death Valley tapping the brake as needed. What about the climb up to Towne Pass, it's brutal! Have I missed something? My Winnebago E-350 tranny temp reached 215 at the top. I would expect the new MH to be higher. Phil, what makes you think you have a 6th gear, I don't on my 2012? I'm not sure your original trans even had a 5th. Perhaps your replacement is a model or two newer than your original 2005? Regardless the Torque Shift, when operating properly, does not skip a gear and drop down 2 or more. It will go from 5th to 4th, 4th to third etc.. A lot of confusing "facts" (???) on this thread but bottom line ANYTIME you are under a significant load, up or down you should have the Tow Haul engaged. Having recently driven Death Valley rest assured it qualifies as a"significant load". :S
Desert Captain 11/17/15 02:45pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New E450 with tow/haul question

Phil, the Scan Gauge has nothing to do with the 5 speed Torque shift transmission it merely reads the trans fluid temps from the sensor feeding the ECM. I have no idea what you and TPI are talking about with the missing 4th gear? :h My 5 speed Torque shift trans (2012 E-350), is just that, 5 gears and it shifts smoothly, never abruptly, both up and down. First is 3.11 and 5th (OD), is 0.71. From the Ford website: "The 5-speed, automatic TorqShift® transmission features a fuel conserving, fifth-gear, overdrive ratio. Ford Tow/Haul Mode is included The Message Center is equipped with an engine hour meter and helps reduce gear hunting, improves power delivery and uses engine braking to help control vehicle speed when descending hills." Having the torque converter locked up reduces trans fluid temps and any time you are running anything but empty the Tow Haul will facilitate keeping the temps lower than having it off. (as noted before this info is in the owners manual). I don't run in TH on the flats and slight downgrades (unless fighting a severe headwind), but on any other terrain, and keeping in mind we tend to run close to our GVWR, the TH will be engaged. As always.... Opinions and YMMV :C
Desert Captain 11/17/15 10:36am Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV Fuel Issues & Prices - Post 'Em Here!

Filled up today here in Tucson for $1.88 for regular (87 octane). :C
Desert Captain 11/16/15 06:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: New E450 with tow/haul question

If you are not using Tow Haul you are abusing your transmission with needless, excessive heat which will undoubtedly shorten its working life. The use of tow Haul reduces trans fluid temperatures significantly, read your owners manual. If you just have OD instead of TH, turning off OD will generate similar results Recently drove through Death Valley from west to east (104* and climbing at 1000), and you better believe we had TH engaged the entire drive but then running our E-350 near its GVWR and often towing a 960# bike and trailer I utilize TH about 90% of the time. Even on a fairly slight uphill grade your trans fluid temps will creep up and engaging TH will drop them 12 to 15 degrees in just a couple of miles. On long and/or steep downhill grades I cannot imagine not running with TH engaged. I can cruise down a 6 to 8% grade for 10+ miles and usually never have to touch the brakes. The folks that don't use TH probably don't have the ability to read trans fluid temps... if they did they would use it. A Scan Gauge, or any of the many other gauges available, will provide this essential piece of information. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 11/15/15 07:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Circuits Tripped...

I've even seen GFCI's on the outdoor outlets (beneath the cover), try them all. :C
Desert Captain 11/06/15 01:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Spring wildflowers Tucson area

This is likely to be the best wildflower bloom in decades. The unseasonable rains that we have had through September and October are setting us up nicely. The record El Nino looks to perpetuate the heavier than normal precipitation right on through the winter. The wildflower bloom could start as early as late February but March and April should be prime time. The spring weather here in the Tucson area should be awesome with highs in the 70's - low 80's. Piccacho Peak and Catalina SP's will be prime time locations to be sure but just about anywhere in the high Sonoran Desert look to be amazing. :B
Desert Captain 11/05/15 06:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Quarzite 2016

We'll be arriving on Monday the 18th for a couple of days.... which is usually enough. This will be our 5th, 6th? :h year in a row. Always a good time. :B
Desert Captain 11/05/15 08:34am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: wonder why the BF reorganizers didn't use the transit

I Googled "Transit 3.7" and got several different HP ratings from 275 to 302, none anywhere near 380. The same for the Transit with the EccoBoost which comes in at 310. :C
Desert Captain 10/31/15 09:48pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: wonder why the BF reorganizers didn't use the transit

The Transit cab and chassis can be bought with the 380 (+/-) HP 3.7L V6 or the inline 5 diesel engines, but not the more powerful Ecoboost 3.5L V6. TO bad Ford is not offering the stronger engine in the dually cab and chassis Transit. Fred. The 3.7 is rated at 302 HP at 6,500 rpm. Folks fuss about the V-10 reving to 4,250 to reach max HP (305). I can't imagine what that V-6 sounds like at 6,500. :E
Desert Captain 10/31/15 05:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Maxxis M8008 Tires Update

I have had the same success as the OP with Maxxis'. After the original China Bomb went off on my 22' TT I immediately replaced all 5 with Maxis".... end of tire problems. The TT is gone now having switched to our Class C but I just replaced the tires on my utility/motorcycle trailer to a pair of Maxis' with the same great results. Maxis' or Michelin's are the only way I'll ever roll. :C
Desert Captain 10/31/15 02:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Should I submit an insurance claim

I recently incurred some minor fiberglass damage to the rear of our C. Got a preliminary estimate from La Mesa RV of "around $1,000" which means it would be more and my deductible is $500. My insurance company, National Interstate, sent an adjuster out to check the damage and he recommended I just have the local truck service center fix it (the coach was already there for the installation of a new set of shocks), which they did for a couple of hundred dollars and I canceled the claim. According to the adjuster, no money paid out = no claim, period! If your insurance company dings you for just calling or canceling a claim at no cost to them you have the wrong insurance company. :C
Desert Captain 10/27/15 09:05am General RVing Issues
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