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RE: Are you freakin kidding me?

I subscribe to an Australian RV site..Big Rigs and they are talking about the cost to have a large bus with a blown engine to Perth..."Thought I had got away with it, when the oil pipe cracked, and I lost my oil. Sounded fine after the repairs. But as engine gremlins are prone to do, the little ****** waited until the ole Nullabor before springing into action. Yesterday was a great day, rolling like a champion. Today within 20 klicks There came can awful noise, something is brokey for sure. Could be a piston skirt, small end, or something else. Sigh! The tow to Perth, special rate is 6k. We are 100 klicks east of Belladonia. Then into a workshop. I have been told TW Mechanical at Naval Base near Rockingham is fair. Anyone else have any recommendations please." 6 THOUSAND dollars? and one the commenters is talking about a $12,000 tow bill. I did the exchange rate and the Aussie dollar is only one cent under a CDN buck. Who has that kind of money? Gary Haupt I am going to tour some of Western Australia on a Coach, the whole thing will cost $7,000. It is cheaper to fly to the US, we had a comprehensive trip in Europe, with my late wife and Sister. All up $10,000
RobertRyan 12/01/16 04:12am General RVing Issues
RE: camper styling in america 2017

I sort of agree with you about interior styling, my 08 Cougar interior looks like the inside of a Bordello (not that I know what one would look like). I'm always impressed with how the European campers look inside even some of the Australian units. Very clean and simple. As far as new trucks go some people have the money and want the newest and the best. If they can afford it more power to them, that's America. To go into long term debt for a $60k truck, I don't think that's the right path to take, but some people have no choice, that too is America. Ron W I've thought for a long time that the interiors were designed by '60's hippies suffering from acid flashbacks. :-) Personally, I don't mind solid, contrasting, colors with a =little= patterning, but what we get is sometimes just horrible. Add that and the fact that almost all but the cheapest rigs seem to have vinyl seating... I guess these same burnt out interior designers have never suffered from that condition we call down here "swamp a$$". =Anything= that breathes is much preferable to something that doesn't, especially since the vast majority of people do their camping in the summer months. I like a bit of "homey" feel, but the stark, Ikea-like interiors of the Aussie (sorry RobertRyan) and Euro campers just leaves me cold. I =can= understand the need to have simple interiors for the Aussies, and toyhaulers in general, simply from the fact that they get DIRTY, and that style is a whole lot easier to clean out. But for me (actually the DW, but that means me), the comforts of home are what she, er I, want. :-) Lyle Here they would run very quickly in the opposite direction if you turn up with a US style interior. Tiffin is selling limited numbers of the Allegro Breeze( made RHD in the factory) People like the exterior styling and the quality is reasonable for the units, but the interiors are very much an acquired taste.
RobertRyan 12/01/16 04:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: NASCAR 1972

I always enjoy researching racing. The first time I got to see a race in person was in June 1972 while I was in training at Naval Training Center San Diego. One of the fellows in my class was from Level Cross, NC, and invited me to join him in going up to Riverside to watch Richard Petty race (because I was the only guy who knew what Nascar and Richard Petty were. When he said he was from Level Cross, my first question was "Do you know the Petty's?" to which he replied "Yes, its impossible to not know them.") When he called to Richard at Riverside - Richard knew him, we got invited into the pits. Spent Saturday night sleeping on Richard's hauler. 1972 was Richard's fourth championship season, and his first year under STP sponsorship. He didn't win the Golden State 400 - Ray Elder did - a full lap ahead of second place Benny Parsons. Donnie Allison was third - three laps down driving Roger Penske's AMC Matador. Petty led much of the race, but his engine failed about the 2/3 point of the race. The season was 31 races starting at Riverside on Jan 23, and finishing at Texas World Speedway on Nov 12. Only six drivers ran all 31 races. Petty won 8 races, second in points Bobby Allison won 10, James Hylton won 1, Bobby Isaac won 1 (of 27 races run), David Pearson won 6 though he only ran 17 events, Buddy Baker won twice, and Elder had a 1 win. A.J. Foyt won the Daytona 500 and at Ontario but wasn't running for points. Petty had the championship pretty much locked up after his win on October 1 at North Wilkesboro, even though Allison was able to climb to second in points with two wins in the final three events. One reason so few drivers ran the whole season was the amount of travel. The season started in California, ran two races in Daytona and Richmond, then back to California (Ontario), a week later - a start of seven straight weeks of races in the tracks from Bristol and Martinsville to Talladega - then Charlotte for Memorial Day. A race at Dover in early June then Michigan, Riverside California and Texas World Speedway near College Station on the next three weekends - and back to Daytona for the Firecracker 400. Michigan again in early August, followed by Nashville - then to Darlington for the Southern 500 on Labor Day. The next trip out of the core area was the season finale in Texas. This was back before the days of enclosed haulers. Petty with STP sponsorship was the only driver with funding for a full season. Bobby Allison had sponsorship from Coca-Cola, which depended upon support from various Coca-Cola bottlers in addition to some funding from the national company. Three trips to the West Coast were expensive - especially since the crew, which was usually only two or three guys - had to ride in the tow pickup together. Sometimes they would take a second pickup with parts. One of the interesting things to me was the driver who finished the season 33rd in points - running only 15 races - in his #96 - Richard Childress. He didn't get #3 until 1976. One other factoid about Childress. He was among the drivers in the last NASCAR Winston Cup race at Texas World Speedway on June 7, 1981. In that race - Dale Earnhardt finished 2nd in the Rod Osterlund's Wrangler #2, Childress finished 14th in his #3, and Kirk Shelmerdine finished 33rd. In 1982 - the three were together with Earnhardt as driver, Childress as owner and Shelmerdine as crew chief. The trio won four Winston Cup Championships (1986, 1987, 1990, 1991) together before Shelmerdine retired from crew chief to get back behind the wheel as a driver. Very interesting year 1972, as Brit Vic Elford, finished 10th in the Daytona 500. He started racing Mini's , went to F1, then concentrated on Sports Cars
RobertRyan 11/27/16 04:44am Around the Campfire
RE: Twin Turbocharged 4.8L V8 Ecoboost in a Superduty?

Most would compare it to a diesel. Nope, most wouldn't just like they don't compare the current gas engines to diesel. You said they didn't say forced induction and told me to show you where they said it, which I did. Who said this was going into a Pickup, no indication whatsoever? Maybe a mustang engine at best. If they do use forced induction. All. Speculation Well no schnit sherlock, I started this whole thread saying it was all speculation just as the people writing the article did. Your speculations and maybe's are no different than yours. Don't get mad just because I proved you wrong that they did mention forced induction. So basically, there is no forced induction for a Pickup engine, but maybe a Mustang? So why post this in the towing section? No forced induction for a Pickup engine( I was right), but maybe for a car engine?
RobertRyan 11/26/16 03:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: They stumble and fall , but more join the fray

Robert with a tare of 2.8T it only has a 700 kg payload to be able to be pulled by Australian duall cab With 3.5T tov capasety and then they have almost no payload left what is the pin weight with GWVR. Many in Australia find that they now have to go to the larger tov vehicles than the standard duel cab pickup with the 3.5 T travel trailers if you follow any of the Australian forums. Frank. Differences between bumper tow and 5th Wheel capacity,quite substantial . The IVECO has a 3.5 tonne bumper tow, but 20,000lb 5th wheel capacity
RobertRyan 11/23/16 10:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Twin Turbocharged 4.8L V8 Ecoboost in a Superduty?

Maybe you could post from the article where it said that? Third paragraph, fourth sentence. "Taking the speculation a step further, it’s likely the 4.8L could be the basis for a future Mustang engine, either with or without forced induction." So yes, it does mention forced induction. A turbo engine under load would have terrible fuel mileage, much better off with a diesel Well duh, a diesel gets better fuel mileage, but Ford(or any other manufacturer) doesn't put a gas engine in a 3/4 and 1 ton to compete with a diesel. They do it to give people options for those that want an HD/SD, but not a diesel. So comparing this to a diesel is just idiotic. For its purpose, an iron block twin turbocharged 4.8L making 450 hp and 550 ln-ft at a low 2,500 rpm would be a good gas tow engine power wise. Also, just as the 3.5L Ecoboost gets better fuel economy unloaded and pulling a trailer than most of the 5.xL V8 offerings(per PUTC and Canadian Truck King Challenge), I have no doubts a 4.8L would do just the same for all the 6.xL HD/SD gas engines. Most would compare it to a diesel. Who said this was going into a Pickup, no indication whatsoever? Maybe a mustang engine at best. If they do use forced induction. All. Speculation
RobertRyan 11/23/16 10:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Twin Turbocharged 4.8L V8 Ecoboost in a Superduty?

You pretty well on the money. No mention whatsoever of any form of forced induction.l could imagine under load that a turbo 5 litre engine would have miserable fuel economy Yes, it did mention forced induction in the article. You might want to read it again. Also, any engine gets horrible fuel mileage under load. Maybe you could post from the article where it said that? A turbo engine under load would have terrible fuel mileage, much better off with a diesel The article you quote mentions nothing about a twin turbocharged 4.8 for Ford trucks. It simply states that a 4.8 V8 will replace the 5.0. And then at the very ends SPECULATES that they could use forced induction to power a Mustang. under
RobertRyan 11/20/16 12:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Twin Turbocharged 4.8L V8 Ecoboost in a Superduty?

The article you quote mentions nothing about a twin turbocharged 4.8 for Ford trucks. It simply states that a 4.8 V8 will replace the 5.0. And then at the very ends SPECULATES that they could use forced induction to power a Mustang. My speculation is that you will never see a turbo V8 gas engine in a truck - it simply will be unable to meet CAFE requirements. You pretty well on the money. No mention whatsoever of any form of forced induction.l could imagine under load that a turbo 5 litre engine would have miserable fuel economy
RobertRyan 11/20/16 01:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Uh Oh.....Dodge/Cummins Emissions Law Suit

What's the pollution factor for all those "Clean Diesel" trucks driving down the freeway belching toxic white smoke while they "Regen?" After owning a 2009 F350 6.4 for a year, I can smell that "clean" sickening stench for miles. I'm guessing the carcinogen factor during regen is 1000X the output of an older, normal diesel engine. And our freeways are stacked with big rigs in a constant state of "Regen." These new trucks may be cleaner for 275 driven miles, but they more than make up for it during the 25-50 miles while in regen that I doubt in the end there is any real benefit. I suspect, that in fact, regen pollution may be more toxic. Actually quite a few from Gas engines here are some 6.1 NOx. 6.2 Volatile organic compounds. 6.3 Ozone. 6.4 Carbon monoxide (CO) 6.5 Hazardous air pollutants (toxics) 6.6 Particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) 6.7 Carbon dioxide (CO2) 6.8 Water vapor. 6.8.1 Water recovery.
RobertRyan 11/18/16 01:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Uh Oh.....Dodge/Cummins Emissions Law Suit

All 2017 Eco-Diesels are on hold as the Feds are up all manufactures backsides since the VW scam! Seems the EcoD is not passing some part of the new 2017 test. GM for some reason has been aloud to continue selling their GM baby diesel by listing it as a 2016 while they have their 2017 trucks tested. No word on Ford's 3.0 diesel but it is not due out until later next year. Don Absolutely idiotic behaviour all round.. Wait till they get to the particulates coming out of Petrol/ Gas engines. You will be using tandem bicycles to tow your 5th wheel. Maybe a conference involving all manufacturers on suitable EPA restrictions rather than Pie in the Sky numbers,
RobertRyan 11/15/16 03:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Aliner copycats

Or they could have been similar to the Chalet A-frame TTs. :@ The Aliner was designed by Ralph Tait in the early 1970s. Living in Oregon he moved the family to PA to begin production of his idea. Chalet was a copy-cat unit built in Oregon and made some nice units before going out of business a few years ago. Ralph retired in 2007 and sold the business to the present owners, but Ralph still comes into the plant occasionally with a head full of ideas. Interest in these units have increased of the last several years and both Forest River and Jayco jumped on the band-wagon. Similar campers, the Avans, are produced by a sister company in Australia. Over the years I have had three Aliners and used them primarily as travel trailers rather than for "camping". Avan, is not a Sister Company, but paid Aliner to produce the Campers. Avan makes it's own design folding campers as well. AVAN's , Golf Caravan Division produces these http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsddfnfdhv.jpeg It makes an AVAN version of the Aliner, http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpszjvsiiwr.jpeg Bolwell's RV Division produces the AIR which they are now selling in China. Like AVAN they have another folding Caravan design called the EDGE http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpszgbvmnii.jpeg Bolwell EDGE, like the AIR being made and sold in China http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsrovfi8i8.jpeg
RobertRyan 11/12/16 02:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Big 3 Petition EPA for CAFE Relief

I'll take our clean air over this any day. http://www.scmp.com/topics/beijing-air-pollution Problem is China is a pretty aggressive dictatorship, that refuse to listen to anyone
RobertRyan 10/13/16 01:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: They stumble and fall , but more join the fray

I'm more interested in what Aussies use for plumbing connections, cabinet closures, AC, water pumps, etc. How much better or worse are they than USA built trailers? Judging from the looks of the cabinets it doesn't seem that they use those cheap pinch type cabinet catches. Robert, what types of issues are common in Aussie built trailers. Varies from manufacturer to manufacture, some commonality. . They do not use the cheap pinch type. You are seeing Lithium Batteries, Solar, Composites, various stabilising systems.. Issues as such vary on the type of Application,: Off Road, Touring, Pop Top, 5th wheeler
RobertRyan 10/06/16 10:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: They stumble and fall , but more join the fray

Robert not everybody thinks the same, I am now on my second Canadian FW and very happy as are many others. We will be bringing it back next year, they have issues but so do Australian build, Jayco stopped building as they obviously were not selling that great. There is also the issue that more and more peaple are finding with the Australian pickups not having a large enough payload for the size of trailers people want now. I hope all is well with you and yours. Frank. You Frank are the exception.They do not sell to the " exceptions" Canadian built 5th wheelers have died out. Frank they are not interested in changing their tow vehicle .
RobertRyan 10/06/16 06:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Nissan Frontier towing Winnebago Micro Minnie TT

hmmm , I must be missing something . As far as I know the max. tow cap. is 3500 lbs ,suitable probably to pull a pop up camper loaded with gear . Am I missing something ? Global Navara is rated at 7,700lbs. I think you would really struggle with such a low tow rating.
RobertRyan 10/05/16 01:31am Travel Trailers
RE: They stumble and fall , but more join the fray

Robert not everybody thinks the same, I am now on my second Canadian FW and very happy as are many others. We will be bringing it back next year, they have issues but so do Australian build, Jayco stopped building as they obviously were not selling that great. There is also the issue that more and more peaple are finding with the Australian pickups not having a large enough payload for the size of trailers people want now. I hope all is well with you and yours. Frank. Frank, you are very much the exception to the rule. Jayco could not sell them as they implied you needed to get a different tow vehicle, dumb move on their part. Move by the Caravan sellers instead to get their customers wants and get someone to build to their needs, is a much smarter move. If this works expect to see others do the same. Getting 5th Wheelers beyond the niche level(for US readers, they are a smaller niche than TC's in Australia) Of the 6 or 7 builders, they are gradually getting momentum, opening Facebook sites. Trying to get interest has been harder than pulling teeth. These FBpages emphasis towability by local Asian sourced Pickups Travelhome 5th Wheelers Facebook Page RV Pacific 5th Wheeler Not a small producer Sunliner Northshore. Not many interested when Jayco was showing this as the tow vehicle http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zps3tkvmhzt.jpeg
RobertRyan 10/03/16 06:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: They stumble and fall , but more join the fray

I'm on their website and wow I love those interiors! So many trailer interiors here, to me, look dated and dark, even when they're brand new. The fabric patterns and wall panel patterns are usually pretty hideous, for my tastes anyway. One of those reasons we picked our camper is because the bench dinette is a plain brown basketweave vinyl, and pretty non-descript vinyl flooring. I hate our wall panels and I swapped the bedding out for something much nicer. However, practically speaking, I'm not sure white lacquer is the way to go. I've had furniture and even kitchen cabinets in white lacquer and they aren't super durable. Much easier to clean, when exposed to the fine talc like dust when towing here. People take them on graded dirt roads. Yes they are easy to clean when it comes to dust. I'm thinking more for actual scratches etc. It's pretty easy to hide scratches and dings in wood, but not so much in the shiny lacquer. Interiors very here, but many are using the shiny lacquer, it is very popular. Here is a shiny upmarket US( I think) Motorhome. Bit ornate , but suitable for the clientele http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpst1fpsyoo.jpeg
RobertRyan 10/03/16 03:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: They stumble and fall , but more join the fray

I'm on their website and wow I love those interiors! So many trailer interiors here, to me, look dated and dark, even when they're brand new. The fabric patterns and wall panel patterns are usually pretty hideous, for my tastes anyway. One of those reasons we picked our camper is because the bench dinette is a plain brown basketweave vinyl, and pretty non-descript vinyl flooring. I hate our wall panels and I swapped the bedding out for something much nicer. However, practically speaking, I'm not sure white lacquer is the way to go. I've had furniture and even kitchen cabinets in white lacquer and they aren't super durable. Much easier to clean, when exposed to the fine talc like dust when towing here. People take them on graded dirt roads.
RobertRyan 10/03/16 02:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: They stumble and fall , but more join the fray

I don't like it at all!! No offence to OP just not for me. I guess i should not be surprised that some say Import more not Made in the USA. I am very happy with my USA made fifth wheel. You reply is exactly why the USA MFG will never change for the better. Nothing wrong with USA made. It's how it's made in the USA that's important. Too many buyers are content and not ready for change. That is what this thread is about.. Even the Europeans can sell here . If you want a 5th wheeler, then the imported product does not suit make it yourself
RobertRyan 10/03/16 01:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: They stumble and fall , but more join the fray

Not only do I not understand the title of this thread; the whole thing seems pretty pointless! Anyone else see it that way? Simple, US 5th wheelers and Trailers have failed to sell here, despite being much cheaper than the local product. Style and quality issues being the big issues
RobertRyan 10/03/16 01:27pm Fifth-Wheels
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