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RE: Biodiesel being used

Waldo, your Dodge will run fine on any blend of BD. But you will need to have on hand a few fuel filters because the BD will clean the gunk from your tank and clog filters for awhile. Dave HM, I'm betting you never put B100 in your tank. Believe me when I say B100 will clog your filter, unless you for whatever reason had a very clean tank. BD is a very good solvent. I suppose I should say that when I talk about BD I mean B100. The B20 may not clean out tanks like B100, I don't know. My history is 13 years and some 8,000 gallons of B100.
Raften 04/05/14 12:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is .22mag snake shot enough for moccasins?

Lots of good info if I ever feel threatened by a snake. Over 25 years out here in rattler country and it's been my experience they just want to be left alone. The small ones I'll shoo into a big trash can and take down over the hill and slide them out. The big old guys I just wait for them to wander off on their own after a while. But if any of them ever come after me I'll sure keep this thread in mind. Good way to think about them but it all changes if you have dogs or small children.
Raften 04/05/14 12:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Biodiesel being used

Just curious, why don't you like to use it?
Raften 04/04/14 06:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Yummy Goulash

Good good good. Been doing the same thing for years but rice instead of pasta, Texas Hash.
Raften 04/04/14 03:01pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Biodiesel being used

Depends on the truck. I have run my '01 Dodge on B100 since it was new. Word of caution, I forgot to add a biocide this winter and the truck sat a lot, got a lot of algae snot to deal with now. I will be a good customer at the filter store for awhile.
Raften 04/04/14 02:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bicycling On Beach Sand Or Snow?

Starting to see FAT bikes with belt drives and built in gear boxes. No more sand in the chain.
Raften 04/04/14 02:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is .22mag snake shot enough for moccasins?

Long handle heavy wild fire hoe or a .410.
Raften 04/04/14 02:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Alternative methods of power generation.

Hummm, put all nine cats in a big plastic box with the wheel, add a dog outside looking in and you have a nice power generator. Have another nine ready to go and you have tag team power for when you need a surge of fresh power. I could bring up a cow dog to try it. He just loves cats.
Raften 04/04/14 02:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Rookie Lance Owner Loading Nightmare!

I would not worry if the TC is skewed a bit, having the tie downs on the side a bit tighter on the side you want it to go and some bumps from a uneven surface will most likely bring it into line. Then just adjust the tie downs again. TC's will move around a bit from road surfaces and wind pressure unless they are blocked in. Or just ignore the skewed thing as it won't be a problem. Your jacks and loading surface sound a bit scary. You can move the jacks a little when loading by placing a block of wood against it at the foot and hitting the wood with a sledge. Not hard, just enough to move a quarter inch at a time. Time consuming and you need to work on all four jacks. A bit extreme but it works if you need to do it. It does not take much force to move the bottom of a jack that slight amount but like I said. time consuming.
Raften 04/04/14 02:19pm Truck Campers
RE: TESLA Hyperventilating About $ 5 Billion Battery Plant

How about a rocket that takes off, hovers, and lands under it's own power and on the same spot it left from.What does this have to do with Tesla? Again, where is the innovation? It has nothing to do with TESLA, the question was what HE as innovated lately. HE being Musk, is the power and money behind SpaceX. As far as TESLA in concerned HE and his team purchased the defunct GM plant in Fremont and modernized it, put a lot of the former GM workers back to work at good wages and kept them from having to look for low paying jobs. The proof of how well HE innovated can be seen on the streets around here, TESLAS seem to be dime a dozen these days.
Raften 04/04/14 12:04am Tech Issues
RE: TESLA Hyperventilating About $ 5 Billion Battery Plant

What has he innovated exactly? Paypal How about a rocket that takes off, hovers, and lands under it's own power and on the same spot it left from.
Raften 04/03/14 01:00am Tech Issues
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

Went shopping for a biocide for my fuel tank. It appears I have a giant algae bloom mostly due to not driving the truck much this winter. For the second time in a very short time I clogged a filter. Filled a half full tank and within a mile I went from 15 psi to 2 psi. Figure the inflow of fuel stirred the algae up.
Raften 03/31/14 08:57pm Truck Campers
RE: So what did you do to your Truck Camper today?

Fostering another Cattle Dog to take up some more space on the floor.
Raften 03/31/14 05:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Touching-up the Paint on Atwood Jacks

Mine from '01 have a lot of rust. I plan to do some spot sand blasting and prime for now. Later I may get my bed coated and if I do the jacks will get it too.
Raften 03/31/14 05:43pm Truck Campers
RE: How steep was it?

Turning up Old Priest Grade in a big motor home must have surely been an accident. I have been up and down it for the last 40 years but wow, a MH, I can only imagine what that was like. Everyone should go both East and West on Sonora Pass once, get your heart rate up a bit. Edit, meeting big trucks on the Old were a huge problem before the built the New.
Raften 03/30/14 03:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: How steep was it?

Turning up Old Priest Grade in a big motor home must have surely been an accident. I have been up and down it for the last 40 years but wow, a MH, I can only imagine what that was like. Everyone should go both East and West on Sonora Pass once, get your heart rate up a bit.
Raften 03/30/14 03:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hauling firewood on a front rack

Man, I sometimes carry biodiesel on the front rack but gasoline, yikes. I would add I get the BD into the tank as soon as there is room.
Raften 03/27/14 07:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Question for the trailer towers here

For me anyway, most often problems with 12V systems and trailers seem to have something to do with a bad ground. First thing I check.
Raften 03/27/14 01:36pm Truck Campers
RE: PITA Topping Off Propane

"Many propane refillers have stopped refilling propane tanks and in some places it is now illegal to refill a propane tank. If you have a 30lb tank you are out of luck as they only sell exchange full 20lb tanks. In my city of over a million people I only know of Costco refilling tanks. Change is coming." Say what, not around here or any other place I have traveled.
Raften 03/26/14 01:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Off Truck Camper Leveling

Ah, tandem axle, would compressing the back spring tend to push down the tongue and increase the T weight? Seems like it would. I'll try steeper angles on the scale test and also do it with 1/3 unsupported like a TC. But not for a day or two. When I do tilt before load/unload it is to make sure it goes in and out of the bed without hanging up.
Raften 03/25/14 10:29pm Truck Campers
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