For an interesting read, look up the history of General Motors Corporation, especially the William Crapo Durant years (yes, that WAS his name, it is not an editorial comment!)
It is interesting how many times that company has been bankrupt, and who baled them out!
I am looking to buy my first RV. Front runner is a Class C with 5,000 lbs towing capability. I want to be able to tow my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as a dinghy. Gross Vehicle Weight is 5450, Curb Weight is 4100, which do I use to determine if the MH can tow the vehicle?
Based purely on personal experience with towing my Jeep with a 1995 Tioga Class C with 460 Ford E350 chassis, I would say go ahead.
I also tow the Jeep behind our current coach.
I have no idea what mine weighs, but I would venture to say it is heavier than yours!
There are heating pads available for batteries. They are often used in areas that are subject to extreme cold, as in -30 degrees F. or lower. AFAIK, there are two types; a pad that goes in the bottom of the tray, and a wrapper that goes around the battery like a coat.
As a battery gets "cold soaked", it loses capacity. These heaters will keep the battery warm enough to give full capacity.
It has been cold enough already around here that I am going to put a battery blanket on the Jeep. It may not be completely necessary, but it can't hurt!
According to google, the cloud point of #2 diesel fuel is +15 Degrees F. or lower. The "cloud point" is the temperature at which the wax crystals begin to precipitate out of the fuel. Those wax crystals will plug the fuel filter.
Around here, diesel pumps have a sign on them that says it is Winter Blend fuel, with a Cloud Point of -18 degrees F. The sign does not say if the fuel is a blend of #1 and #2 diesel, or has an additive package to lower the Cloud Point.
google "diesel fuel cloud point" and read to your heart's content.
Running the onboard generator while you sleep can be a VERY bad idea, unless you have some means (Genturi or similar) to run the exhaust well away from the living area!
You could wake up very sick, or possibly even not wake up at all!
I certainly would not do it in my coach, and I am fairly certain the generator exhaust system is in good shape, but I don't trust electronic gadgetry well enough to bet my life that the carbon monoxide detector will work!
The very first Class A that we bought had a Group 8D battery for the coach. The outside temp was about 35 degrees, and the thermostat was set for 60 degrees. The battery went dead at 3 o'clock in the morning! I had to get up and start the engine to get enough power to start the generator! that was not a fun night!
What made it better was that the fishing in that Montana mountain pothole lake was GREAT!!
All I care about is that the oil in the frying pan is even across the bottom of the pan, and when I drop the eggs in they stay in the middle instead of running off to one side.
If I can achieve that, the rest of the rig is close enough!
The warming trend has started! 3 degrees this morning. ABOVE zero, that is!
By Wednesday or Thursday, we may be above freezing.
Of course, that means the wind has started. That means the Wind Chill factor must be considered.
A cell phone and an electric car are a little different. A cell phone may use a penny worth of electricity while an electric car is going to start the wheel spinning on that meter.
What would you do if you walk outside your house and saw a strange motorhome parked out front and you see he's plugged into your out side outlet? Are you fine with it or are you going to be a little ticked off over it?
And also the value of the theft versus the cost of the prosecution can never be a deciding factor or we'd never prosecute thieves. Even if you stole $1000 it's still going to cost tax payers way more to prosecute you than the amount of the original theft.
I would be just as ticked off if somebody plugged their electronic toy into my outside outlet!
They are trespassing, and stealing from me. It makes no difference whether it is a motorhome or a wii or a Kindle, the crime is the same!
I would like to go before I die.
I have heard there is a HUGE week-long (or more) "Hamfest" there in January (that is a gathering of Amateur Radio Operators). THAT flea market I would like to see! Oh, my, the radios, antennas, and other gear that would be available!
Cheap? Not hardly! I could destroy the budget in no time at all!
There are only two problems: money (of course), and my motorhome does not leave the yard in January in Montana!
I would have to go down there in October and stay until May. Again, money!
I have to wonder how many cell phones and other personal electronic devices can be found plugged in in many offices in any town? Are these people also "stealing" electricity (I would have to say a resounding YES, they are!)? One wonders, why have there been no prosecutions?
It seems to me, somebody is trying to make a point and/or establish a precedent before the issue becomes very large.
Perhaps it is a good idea!
It has always been my dream to hang a snow shovel on the front of the coach and head South.
When somebody says "Whut t'heck is THAT thang?", I am almost home.
As for residency, I think I will stay a resident of Montana. The PERMANENT vehicle registration is a good enough reason. ANY vehicle 11 years old or older, ALL motorcycles, trailers, and boats (that includes street legal ATVs) can have PERMANENT registration!
Yeah, filing the income tax forms is a nuisance, but I have done it all my life, and it isn't all that complicated, especially with the computer program.
A couple of our Amateur Radio Club members have the capability to operate their local stations by remote. One checks in to the morning net from Texas, the other from Arizona.
They both enjoy telling us about the 50 to 70 degree mornings where they are.
YES, I am envious!
DD posted a pic on FB, showing what it currently looks like in WV, near Huntington. It looks just like here! But it is still snowing there, here it is just cold.
But, on the bright side, this morning it is ONLY 5 below!
OK, I admit it, I'm weird.
3 below zero, and I'm drinking peach flavored iced tea.
But, I was thirsty, and it sounded good!
It was good.
Now I have to go break up the packed snow on the deck.
Just about any vehicle that has a standard transmission! My last tow vehicle was a Toyota Yaris that I towed all 4 down.
Sorry, that is simply not true! There are many manual transmission vehicles that should not be towed four down. The lubricant will not be splashed around as it is in normal operation, and the output bearing and seal may eventually burn out. However, some people say they have been doing it for years with no trouble. How lucky do YOU feel?
That also applies to many automatic transmission vehicles.
However, the "standard transmission" statement DOES apply to Subarus! ONLY standard transmission Subarus can be towed four down. Automatic transmission Subarus must be trailered. Neither can be dolly towed.
ALMOST all 4X4 Jeep vehicles can be towed four down, IF the transfer case shift has a NEUTRAL position. Many other four wheel drive vehicles can also be towed four down if the transfer case can be put in NEUTRAL. I have never seen a 4X4 that the manufacturer says can be towed on a dolly.
Front wheel drive vehicles can be dolly towed with no trouble IF it will fit on the dolly.
Some manual transmission front wheel drive vehicles can be towed four down without fear of damage.
IMO, the Owners Manual is the final authority. Look for "Recreational Towing" in the book, and you will probably find all the information you need.
Some vehicles can be modified with a lubricant pump or drive shaft disconnect to allow four down towing. Such things work, but they are expensive, and I would never do it. I would rather get a different vehicle! Yes, that, too, is expensive.
When we were full-timing in a 32 foot 5er I had a steel tripod stabilizer.
IMO, it did two things; it helped stabilize the trailer, and it kept me from banging myself on the pin box when I walked by.
I also carried two orange plastic traffic cones that I set under the bedroom slide to remind me that it was there, and keep me from walking into the corner or it(that HURTS!!).
Yes, carrying the things and setting the things in place was a nuisance.
Yes, the things took up space in the basement.
Yes, the tripod was heavy. The cones, not so much.
HOWEVER, they did what they were being carried for!
Having them was worth it, IMO.
They say it will be above zero along about Tuesday or so.
No above freezing in the forecast for the next week.
It is terrible when 20 degrees can be considered "warm"
Y'know, when a hydraulic clutch pedal is VERY stiff and difficult to push down, you KNOW it is cold!
the Jeep started this morning. I cheated, left a battery charger connected all night at 1 amp or less.
It seems to have done the job.
The forecast this morning says 10 above on Monday, and by Thursday it could be 31! That isn't above freezing, of course, but it is better than below zero!
For those coming from North Carolina for the Griz game, it will ONLY be 12 below that night.
" Anyone ever buy a house and not get a survey ?"
Actually, yes. It is not at all uncommon. In my lifetime, I have purchased real estate 5 times. A survey was not required for any of the purchases.
I am tempted, however, to get the lines surveyed on our present place, just to be sure the fences are in the right places.