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RE: Is the diesel going to end up going the way of the dinosaur?

Torque has little to do with it. Gears or electric motors can produce torque. Diesel engines power big equipment because they have traditionally been more fuel efficient than gasoline engines. People like to talk about their large torque numbers, but horsepower is the measure of work that an engine can do. Actually, according to my professors. Torque is the work a engine does. HP is how fast / well it can do it.
Terryallan 01/22/17 07:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TT towing advice for the mountains

"towing in that area" Isn't that much of an issue provided you are not overweight. Come out West. We will show you some grades. Been out west, and again. A 7 degree grade is a 7 degree grade, and a 9 degree grade is a 9 degree grade. Plus interstate grade are pretty much all the same. It's the back roads that get hairy
Terryallan 01/21/17 09:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: TT towing advice for the mountains

One more tip -- look way ahead for good spots to turn out and let the folks behind you pass safely. A really good turnout will be paved and long, with no dropoff from the road to the shoulder. Many are short or unpaved or un-level or all three. Signal way ahead of time before pulling over, and get your speed way down before leaving the pavement. I would never pull over to let others pass unless there is a lane specifically for that purpose. Pulling off to an unpaved shoulder or driving over any kind of road edge drop off is a sure fire way to damage your tires. If there is no significant edge to the pavement, I'll always pull over at a wide spot when I've picked up a train. Waiting for a paved turnout isn't always an option, and I'm not going to be that jerk who thinks he owns the road. you would wait for a turn out in the Blue ridge Mountains. Our mountain roads give you 2 choices. Stay on the pavement, or either hit the cliff on one side, or go down the cliff on the other. Rarely is there another choice. Our mountain road just aren't real wide. We have several that you have to use BOTH side of the road to just get by. You literally can look out the side window, and see the side of the TT.
Terryallan 01/21/17 07:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: TT towing advice for the mountains

One more tip -- look way ahead for good spots to turn out and let the folks behind you pass safely. A really good turnout will be paved and long, with no dropoff from the road to the shoulder. Many are short or unpaved or un-level or all three. Signal way ahead of time before pulling over, and get your speed way down before leaving the pavement. I would never pull over to let others pass unless there is a lane specifically for that purpose. Pulling off to an unpaved shoulder or driving over any kind of road edge drop off is a sure fire way to damage your tires. Agree. stay on the pavement. The BRP has overlooks you can pull over into. But try to look them over before you pull in.
Terryallan 01/21/17 05:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: TT towing advice for the mountains

Having driven thru both the Rockies, and the Blue ridge Mountains. I can safely say. a 7 degree grade is a 7 degree grade no matter which you are in. And in truth. the interstates have no really really bad grades. Yes you gear down, and go slow down Black Mountain. But the interstates are not nearly as twisty, or as steep as the roads leading to the BRP. some are 8, and 9 degree grades. On those roads however. the speed limit is usually in 35 to 45 mph range, or lower. You will need to use 1st or 2nd gear coming down to avoid using your brakes too much. Truth is. the BRP is prolly the best road thru the Blue Ridge Mountains. Which brings up another question. How much braking does your V6 have? I know that my current 5.0 has less braking than did my 5.4. but I can still come down the steeper hills without using brakes, except for the curves. Bottom line. Start down the hill no faster than you want to go in any part of it. It is a lot easier to keep it under control, than it is to lose it, and try to get it back. So when you see the hill, use low gear sign. slow down, and drop gears before you start down. Bottom line. Go slow, use the gears, and you will be fine. Remember though. the roads to and from the BRP are much worse than the BRP itself. As you travel to Boone from Ashville, you may need gas, and you know you can't buy it on the Parkway. there is some at the 221 get off. But DO NOT use highway 80 to go down to Marion, and I would suggest you also stay away from 226. you won't like either. 80 has signs warning not to tow on it, and 226 is a 15 mph 1st gear only drop. Have fun, and be careful
Terryallan 01/21/17 05:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Can I hook up to a house from a 30A plug to a 15A circuit

So, heres what you do. run down to Northern tool, or tractor Supply, and get you a cheap generator. say a 2000 watt. or something like that. Crank it up, and plug in. Good to go. But he may not like the noise
Terryallan 01/20/17 02:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can I hook up to a house from a 30A plug to a 15A circuit

Yes you can with no problems. Should your MH call for more amp than the circuit is rated for. It will trip the breaker. No harm, no foul. Folks. It really is that easy.
Terryallan 01/20/17 09:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Guitar playing

Were you at Linville Falls Cg on the BRP about 12 or so. years ago in a Motor Home?
Terryallan 01/19/17 06:59pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Guitar playing

So I'm just starting my RVing life. Wife & I just want to see the sites in America. I enjoy playing around on my guitar. Not that I'm good. I just enjoy it. I'm hoping that while we're out, if I just drag my guitar out & start playing it will lead to something. Am I overly optimistic, naive??? What should I expect? How could i make this work? Honestly. at least in the South. If your guitar is acoustic, You will draw a crowd. Every where we have been, when a guitar come out the migration to that campfire begins. One special night stands out. While camping on the Blue Ridge Parkway, at Linville Falls. I grabbed my Dulcimer started to our friends site, and saw another camper inside with their Guitar. Hollered at them and we sat, played, and sang for hours. He was much better than me, but it didn't seem to matter. We played until we noticed the Ranger standing there. We offered to stop, and he said no go ahead. The whole CG is here anyway. It was a magical night. nothing planned, no fussin, just playing what the crowd ask for. Him more than me. Thing is. The best times just happen, you can't plan them. So take the Guitar, play softly, and folks will join you. And yes. Some will be really good. and yes, You will get better.
Terryallan 01/17/17 07:52pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Long checkout lines at CW

Sadly every one does it, and Lowe's Hardware is one of the worse. no better than CW. We just say no.
Terryallan 01/17/17 05:31pm Good Sam Club
RE: time for a new (or new-ish) truck

Ford F-150 with the 5.0 is a great truck especially if you can find one with a 3.73 rear end. It'll give you the towing performance while also still providing good fuel mileage. Yep. Mine has the 3.73, and it goes up the hill better than you can believe. It is simply great towing a 31' 6000+lb TT MPG towing is not better than most others, around 10 MPG, Non towing highway is around 20. I have the 7350 GVWR package. 1650 LB of payload. Could have more if it wasn't 4x4.
Terryallan 01/17/17 05:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Which Screw Gun for Jacks?

I use a 24 volt, 450 inch pound DeWalt. I bought it to raise the roof on the pup. and it would...2 times before battery drain. then it would need to be recharged. when using it to lower the stabilizer jacks. I have to be careful NOT to lift the TT off the ground
Terryallan 01/14/17 07:16am Tech Issues
RE: Looking for a new destination advice

Could always try the mountains. The NC high country, and the Gatlinburg TNN area have every thing MB has. Just no ocean., and it will be cooler, at least in the High country.
Terryallan 01/13/17 11:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best route from Lander WY to Charlotte NC

IF you run I-40 in to NC. Were I you. I would catch I-26, and run it to I-85, and then in to Charlotte.
Terryallan 01/09/17 06:59pm Roads and Routes
RE: Trailer Length/Weight Recommendations

The GVWR is the more useless number for most people. 95% of TTs will NEVER be loaded to their GVWR. THAT IS IMO A TRUE "WAG" with I bet over 75% of the trailers having a CCC in the 1500 to 2000lb maybe 2500lb range and I bet a lot are loaded a lot closer to their GVWR than most realize. I would wager a small bet that most have closer to 1500lbs for say 4 people than 1000lbs. Larry weighed mine. GVWR 7500lb. 4810lb dry, yellow sticker. Loaded ready to camp 5600lb. So I only added 790lb. and that includes, propane, battery, pots pans, sheets, blankets, cuttlrey, toothbrushes, sheetes, towels, pillows, 10 folding chairs, hammock, and stand, grill, campstove, coolers, 3 folding tables, cooler stands, awning matt, dishes, sewer hose, fresh water hose, various board games, trash cans and some clothes, and a spare tire real easy to do. We can from popups, so everything is light, and compact
Terryallan 01/07/17 02:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: 1st Travel Trailer

Besides the required things like sewer hose fresh water hose, and leveling blocks, blankets, sheets, and cookware. Get stuff for the kids to play, Games, books, tea sets, toy cars, what ever they like to play. We never do movies, cause we just don't go camping to sit inside, and watch TV. Playing games, and reading with the kids is a GREAT way to make GREAT memories. and to teach them to think for themselves. Also. Let them use their imagination, and make up their own games.
Terryallan 01/07/17 09:12am Travel Trailers
RE: All GM trucks combined sell more than Ford.

Sad when you have to start adding EVERYTHING GM makes just to beat out ONE style truck from ford when looking across all truck sales and brands it is reasonable to count any vehicle that is legally defined under regulations as a 'truck'. You mean like Explorers, Escapes, Transit, Equinox, Suburbans, Traverse, Acadia, those kind of trucks? Yes, they are classified legally, as trucks. But are not counted in this instance, because they do not compete with 150s, 250s, 350s or 1500s, 2500s, or 3500s
Terryallan 01/07/17 09:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer Length/Weight Recommendations

My point is the dry weight means absolutely nothing. You need to know the gross weight of the trailer, the GVWR, which is the only number that matters. Of course dry weight matters and in many cases is a lot more relevant that GVWR when CCC is WAY more than any reasonable person would use. Add 1000 lbs to the trailer's UVW and for most that will at least put them in the ball park of what the trailer will typically average loaded and ready to camp. To the OP - check out my gallery and you'll see my own custom version of a towing weight calculator I use for my own 2005 Avalanche. If it interests you PM with an email addy that accepts attachments and I'll send you a copy in .xls format you can then modify with your own numbers. FWIW I've been towing for 10 yrs with a 2006 Silverado and our current 2005 Avalanche and wouldn't tow any more than 6000 lbs loaded & ready to camp. Less is always better though and our current Coachmen at ~ 4600 loaded is definitely an easier tow than our previous 5500 lb KZ Spree. Any thoughts you can tow much more than this will just be in your imagination. :W I totally agree with this. A dry weight is a good starting point to get the loaded weight of "stuff" where a user wants it. Yep. you have to know how much it weighs BEFORE you start loading it. Many will be too heavy dry. and it truth. The GVWR is the more useless number for most people. 95% of TTs will NEVER be loaded to their GVWR.
Terryallan 01/07/17 08:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Weight equalizer hitch

If you have doubts, try it. See what happens, and give us a report back. ;) I can only add. IF YOU LIVE thru it. Report back
Terryallan 01/06/17 04:04pm Towing
RE: Trailer Length/Weight Recommendations

Having towed with a 8000lb rated TV. were I you. I try to keep it under 6500lb, LOADED ready to camp. Length not that important. you will run out of weight long before you run out of length
Terryallan 01/06/17 03:56pm Travel Trailers
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