Hard for me to understand needing more gears. Our GMC Acadia has 6 speeds, our 98 Buick park avenue had 4 and it was a great set up. Our 5 speed trannie in our chev works great .
It's hard to understand until you have had them. Automatics have gone from two speeds, to three speeds, to four speeds, to five and six speeds. So far I have never heard anyone say they wanted to go back to a transmission with fewer gears.
Personally, I can't see why you need so many flippin' gears for a gas engine? Sorry, but if you get the engine turning too slowly for a given speed, it's gonna lug something fierce. Or the tranny is gonna be constantly shifting to maintain speed up and down hills.
Now, for a diesel engine, I could see having 8/9/10 gears. I know my truck is a 6 speed, and I'd love to see 8, or 10, in it. Maybe one more OD ratio, but certainly a couple more straight ratios.
But, 8 or more gears for a gas engine is getting stupid. Besides, when you go into OD, doesn't the engine have to work harder to maintain speed than if you were at 1:1?
Yep. $9.00 per gal and US bulk prices are about $2.79 a gal in Montana. My point was BULK purchase in Canada and Alaska, especially along the Alaska Highway is impossible to find if it is available at all. The DEF finder at DEF finder doesn't show any. This site also does not show any bulk DEF available to the public in Alaska. Is the stuff available? Yes. Is it easy to find? No. Are you going to get ripped on the price? Yes, triple plus at some places
Not surprising on prices. We're always way more expensive up here in many cases. But on bulk purchases, I have no clue where you could do that here in Canada. I only know that you can get the stuff (as evidenced by my previous post). My truck doesn't need the stuff, thankfully.
On a side note, I was at my dealer a couple weeks ago spending some big bucks on maintenance and repairs. I took a gander at a few of the 2013 offerings in the 3500 series of RAMs. I just about spilled my coffee when I glanced at the dash board of one diesel truck and spotted a DEF gauge. That's right, a DEF level gauge. They sacrificed the voltmeter (probably displayed digitally in the DIC) for this. I thought that was interesting, and probably a good idea.
In Canada, any Canadian Tire (CT) store, or even Walmart, should carry it. I've seen gallon jugs of it on the shelf at CT stores in Port Alberni and Nanaimo, so I would suspect any of the stores should have it.
And not too bad a price either. Though I'm glad my '08 Cummins doesn't require this stuff.
Mkirsch nailed it on the head. However, if you wanted the controller to activate when the exhaust brake came on, you could run a wire between the EB and the controller's brake light wire such that when the EB comes on it activates the controller. That might also have the benefit of lighting up the brake lights, since EB's don't activate those either.
At least you are aware of the trains. Nothing worse than setting up in the dark, not knowing about the tracks being 20 feet from your step, and having a train come through in the night!
We knew we were near the railyard, it was just we didn't know just HOW active it was at night! And the tracks were probably 10 feet from the front of the MH. I guess that's why:
a)overnight parking was allowed;
b)parking was free.
Mine stays in. I use it when I back into parking spaces that have a wall or rail at the back- keeps me from dinging my bumper. I have also had folks who haven't had their coffee yet 'v' their license plates when they pull in behind me at oh dark thirty. One guy's bumper came in over the ball, then settled down during the day. I went to leave and almost dumped my soda when the ball grabbed the bumper! The azzhat didn't even have a jack in his car! I helped......I used my handy jack:)
As for barking my shins on it....I walk around the front!
Now that's funny!:p
I have, connected to the "grid" with the inverter off, the power comes from the grid (rather obvious).
That defeats the purpose of the transfer switch. The inverter should be left on all the time if you want automatic switch-over with no loss of power to the loads.
If I turn on the inverter, while connected to the grid, the power comes from the inverter.
You've got it connected backwards then. Grid power should power the loads even when the inverter is on. You need to plug the molded plug into the inverter. The bare-wire source connection goes to grid power. And, obviously, the other bare-wire connection is your loads.
So, when the inverter is on, power comes from the inverter, period. Even if you are still connected to the grid.
Negative. Why even bother to have a switch if the inverter always powers the loads when on? As I said, your switch is connected up backwards. The molded plug goes to the inverter. The other line goes to the grid source. Which was why Xantrex put the molded plug on that switch - to plug into the ProWatt Inverter.
How do I know this? I have one with a ProWatt SW600 for my network backup power. The inverter is on all the time, and it shows 0 load until the grid power dies, then it shows a load by indicating it's drawing about 40 Amps from the battery bank (confirmed by the LinkLite monitoring the battery bank).
Good to know if you're up that way. BUT, we also have a planned outage in Ucluelet and Tofino on Sept 23rd from 8am to 4:30pm. Navigate Here For Details. One gas station in Ucluelet can pump gas during an outage, and that's the Co-op gas bar. I don't know if the Petro-Can is capable or not (they never used to be). I have no idea about Tofino stations. Best would be to fuel up the day before if you plan on leaving the area that day. And, most businesses will probably be closed.
Just a heads-up to anyone still coming out for their vacation.
But, an open neutral could sure take out appliances!
OH YA! A bit off topic, but related. I DJ in my spare time, and have my DJ setup in a 2-part rack (mixer, CD players, EQ for mic, etc). One unit I have installed is a Furman Power Conditioner with LED voltmeter.
I was DJ'ing a wedding a couple weeks ago on the beach at a local resort. I plugged the rack in and powered it up so the CD players could clean any condensation of the laser lenses while I was finishing setup. A minute later I come back to find the entire rack off, and only the power switch, Protection OK, and Extreme Voltage lights on the Furman illuminated.:h
Figuring that I'm at the end of a LONG power cable and housekeepers in the resort were doing synchronized vacuuming (causing massive voltage) drops, I reset the Furman. Minute later I hear it click - again, everything off.
Get a hold of the maintenance guy, and he comes down. He thinks it's the power bar I'm plugged into (so the tent lights could run as well). But then, as we're talking I see the voltmeter light right up for about a second prior to the CLICK and the rack shuts down (all but the top red LEDs were already on). Hmmm, so the Extreme Voltage indication is for over-voltage! That's odd.
Turns out I'm on a 220VAC feed from the nearby cabin, and am drawing using just 1 leg. WE switch legs (another outlet), and the voltmeter is now down to the first top yellow LED. Better, but the voltage proved to still be a problem during the show. Can we saying EMBARRASSING when the bride/groom song cuts out 30 seconds in due to the Furman doing its job?!?!?!:E
Moral of this? I suspect there was a flaky neutral somewhere between the pole mounted transformer and the box I was plugged into (and I told the guy this too). The maintenance guy told me the power company had been fooling around on the poles recently so I suspect they inadvertently screwed up the neutral wire coming off the transformer. Of course, being right on the beach, salt-air corrosion might have played a role too.
SO yeah, an open neutral can and will send 220VAC to your 110VAC gear if you're not careful.
You talk about trains, well let me tell you about an experience I went through!
Back in 1986, in Mid-May, my parents rented a friend's Class C motorhome for us to travel from Grande Cache, Alberta to Vancouver, BC for Expo '86. We decided to stop overnight in Jasper. Dad found a parking lot in town that was free, and allowed overnight parking. Only catch - it was right beside a railyard. A very busy railyard, we soon found out. It started at something like 1 AM:
DING! DING! DING! DING! DING!
"HEY CHARLY WATCH THAT WESTBOUND TANKER!!"
CLANG! CLANG! CLUNK!
DING! DING! DING! DING! DING!
.....And, well, you get the idea. This went on until like 5 AM. Turns out this railyard happened to be a staging area for trains heading east, west, and north. And maybe south. We got to listen to a couple trains getting pulled apart, and few more being built. Not to mention a few longer ones passing through.:E:E
Now, you wouldn't think it would be so bad, but given where we were parked, it SOUNDED like the trains, switchers, cars, and employees were going THROUGH the motorhome, and not past it.:R
Let's just say that at 6 AM we were all wide-awake. Dad figured it was best we got a move on, and so we continued on toward Vancouver, everyone just a wee bit bleary-eyed.:Z
Normally, I love to watch trains, but in this case......:S
Now, he'd be fired, the kids familys would sue the driver,and school system.
Private school. So things are/were a little different. This incident happened in the early 90's.
Even back then, kids weren't being disciplined in the public schools at all. But, in private school, the cane was still accepted as a punishment. In fact, I still remember one of the students a couple years older me having a field hockey stick broken (yes, broken!!) over his backside for repeated smoking offenses. And the school had the parents' authorities to discipline as the headmaster saw fit. I don't know if that's still true there today (probably not), or if things have been watered down.
If you are near the ocean, you should have a marine VHF perhaps. In an emergency, they are quite good and they also have the weather channels on them. We use ours almost everywhere we go to listen to the weather channels.
I'd be careful about transmitting on a VHF marine radio when on land. Technically you are required to be within 50 feet of the high tide line when on shore to do so. And we have an Industry Canada inspector here on Vancouver Island who is a bit of a hard-nose and loves nothing more than to fine you for even having a radio with "non-approved" frequencies in it, even if you only listen to them! One thing you could do, IF possible, is to remove the microphone and hide it. That will make the radio receive only (caveat: on most newer VHF radios that are waterproof the mic is permanently attached).
Now, that being said, I have worked loggers in the bush who've had truck problems, or wanted someone to know they were ok. While that was really a no-no, I had no problem with it, since the loggers had probably already tried their own channels with no response, were out of range of the repeaters, or the repeaters were off the air. And the situations were a bit unusual anyway.
In a city near here, there was a guy dressed like a homeless man holding a sign, standing at an intersection. When you pulled up, the sign said: "I'm a police officer, and if you're on the phone, you're about to get a ticket." Very creative and effective!
Yup, they did that in Vancouver too! People on the phone merely waved at the guy in many cases! And they all got pulled over and fined $167 for using the phone while driving.
Here in BC, the only time you're allowed to use the phone while driving is if you are calling 911 to report something. Otherwise, the law says you must pull over and stop to use your phone. Not that many people do. Other communications devices, like 2-way radios, can be used while the vehicle is in motion, so long as the radio itself is a mobile/mounted unit.
Personally, I think the police should have to abide by the law too. But, they are exempt in this province. And they are sometimes the worst for using their phones and MDT's while moving. Although, having said that, I will credit an RCMP officer for requesting dispatch to read out some information on the radio instead of trying to read his MDT at 110km/h!!
A friends wife drives a school bus , towards the last stop about 7 kids left all horsing around not listening , she hits the brakes .....hard . They listened the rest of the year
Reminds me of a bus driver we had when I was in high school. He was a stern SOB, didn't take******from no-one. Anyway, this one day I'm on the bus, a 63-seat snub nose with air brakes. I'm up front, sort of chatting with said driver. A bunch of guys were at the very back horsing around (like standing, swapping seats, etc). Driver warns them to sit and be quiet several times...no effect. I can see what's coming based on his demeanor, so I warn my buddy, sitting across the isle, to brace hard.:B
Yup, you guessed it, driver literally mats the brake pedal. And if you know how air brakes work.......Yeah, we stopped from 60mph pretty darn fast! :E
One of the guys at the back who was fooling around and not paying attention gets knocked off his feet and slides the entire length of the bus, bouncing his head off the doghouse at the front. I'm sure he saw stars! Driver looks down at him and proceeds to tear him a new one.:W
Poor kid limps to back very meekly and quietly. Didn't hear another peep from the back for the rest of the trip.:p
Moral of the story? When a bus driver tells you to sit and be quiet, you sit and be quiet!!!
In that case, the only driver to NOT get a ticket/fine was the lead driver, even though only car #18, which started the whole thing, was moving at the time of initial impact.
What the other 16 drivers did to get a ticket?
They were all ticketed for following too close. Which makes no sense as they were all stopped at a red left turn signal. But I guess if you are stopped at an intersection you're supposed to leave a couple car lengths between you and the car ahead, not that anyone really does that.:R
Oh. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I thought it was much higher priced to convert them than that. I'm going to look at the trailer tomorrow. He just said it doesn't have breaks.( I take it they just don't work) He doesn't know what kind was originally on there. How can I tell by looking with out pulling the tire if surge or electric brakes are on there now.(I'M a woman who unfortunately doesn't know much at all about mechanics. From the pic I can see it doesn't have the piston looking container on the tongue that surge brakes have, But if the brakes longer work it could have just been removed.
If surge brakes were originally installed, you should see hydraulic lines running from the tongue to each wheel. Electric brakes would have wires running to each wheel (possibly inside the axle tube for part of the run). Electric brakes would also have a break-away switch on the tongue (small black box with 2 wires out the back, and a plastic pin/lanyard out the front).
If you have surge brakes on the trailer already, there is no need to replace the axle or brakes themselves. They should be hydraulic, either drum or disc. All you should need to do is replace the surge cylinder/hitch with a regular hitch and install an Elecdraulic (Electric over Hydraulic) unit, and an appropriate brake controller to operate it.
OTOH, if the trailer does not have any brakes on it, then as eHoefler stated above...
Looks like the boat wire would be good for running a charge line from motorhome battery to toad battery. Any comments pro or con?
Boat wire will work just fine. That's what I used to wire up my entire trailer. It was a joy to work with, even the heavier gauge stuff. It is all pre-tinned, and the 2-conductor is usually red/black, or sometimes red/yellow, while the 3-conductor is usually white/black/green. And yes, the stuff is quite flexible too.
In the case you described on the blind corner, the majority of fault still lies with the cars that came around the blind corner too fast. In my opinion, if somebody stops in the road without good cause and accidents result then they are all getting tickets, but the ones that hit the stopped vehicles in front of them are mostly to blame.
Normally, I would agree with you. And the law in British Columbia does state that the following vehicle is normally at fault when involved in a rear-ender. But, there are cases where that is NOT the case, as it was here. Remember, I said "blind corner". That means you CANNOT see what is around it until you traverse it. And in the case I mentioned, the M/H was in a position where it was not visible until it was too late, even at the recommended speed for that corner. All three drivers did their best to stop, but only the car was able to stop without collision; the 2 pick-ups had less space to stop in and were larger, heavier vehicles. Ergo, they could not stop in time, despite their best efforts. Luckily, no injuries.
Now, contrast that to a chain-reaction rear-ender that happened in Victoria many years ago. There was a group of 17 vehicles sitting at a left turn signal, waiting for the light. Car number 18 piles into rear-most vehicle, and causes a chain-reaction right up to the lead vehicle, pushing it into the intersection. I have no idea of the speed of vehicle #18, but it must've been significant to push the lead vehicle through 16 others! In that case, the only driver to NOT get a ticket/fine was the lead driver, even though only car #18, which started the whole thing, was moving at the time of initial impact.
Got another one:
Was camping a couple years ago at Whiskey Creek, a small private campground we like to frequent. One of our friends was camping with us and had his 10x12 wall tent set up just ahead of our trailer. Over the day we'd generated a small amount of garbage in a bag, mostly paper and paper products. DW figures it's time to burn the garbage. What we didn't realize (or we forgot) was that a couple AA batteries had made their their way into this bag. DW throws the bag into the fire.
Fast forward about 5 minutes when there's this gawd-awful humongous BANG! that had us all diving for cover. Second later we hear this whistling sound and something landing on the tarp cover friend's tent. It stops right at his feet.
As the dust settles we realize that this "something" was one of the AA batteries that had exploded from the heat of the fire and had rocketed up and over to the tent. It was still smoking several minutes after landing!
So, there is a good reason why they tell you to not put batteries in a fire!!:E:E