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RE: Charging Amps engine alternator vs Generator

Using your generator to defrost some bagels while in Yosemite? It nice to live in the modern world.
valhalla360 10/22/14 01:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Charging Amps engine alternator vs Generator

Still sounds like something may be wrong based on the initial charge rate but what are the durations involved. - 1 hr at 9amps in the morning - 4 hr driving at 13 amps That would have added 61 amp-hrs back in but by that point the charge acceptance would be going down (assuming the 65 amp-hrs used was relative to a fully charged set of batteries)
valhalla360 10/22/14 03:50am Tech Issues
RE: Pulling Power

Looks like someone was trolling and got the response they were looking for. Seriously, read the post. 16k hitch for a 17k trailer?
valhalla360 10/21/14 11:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is 360 hp enough for for 38-40 ft class A

Assuming it's turbo charged diesel(and they pretty much all are) mountains shouldn't be much of an issue. 500-600hp is more about ego than need.
valhalla360 10/20/14 06:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: inflatable RIB boat in toy hauler garage?

Assuming the tail end of the tubes are inflated with nothing solid behind the transom, you could probably buy 12-18" by deflating. Just be careful of chaffing. If the tubes rub against the walls, they will eventually fail. If you have one of the beds that raises and lowers, you could probably modify it hold the dingy and you raise it up to the roof to keep it largely out of the way. The bigger issue is how will you launch and retrive it? RIB's are typically a lot heavier than a standard inflatable. Nothing crazy but 200-300lbs for a simple one (vs 60-100lbs for a standard inflatable) and it's bulky and akward. If the wife isn't strong and the kids are young, getting launched and stored will likely be the main issue. There are wheel kits that help but it may be more hassle than it's worth.
valhalla360 10/20/14 06:26am Toy Haulers
RE: Living in an RV in New York City during winter

Curious how you anticipate doing this, and why. NYC has a tendency to get cold in the winter. I have a feeling that this winter will be colder than normal. Without constant power, your RV will be very cold. A very cold RV will suffer damage with pipes and black/gray tanks. It is very likely that it will not work. It begs the question, why not either stay at Liberty Harbor or find another campground reasonably close and commute into the city? The OP will be making alternate plans after one winter. Agree with Liberty RV Park being the closest - but it's $80ish a night - hardly an economical place to camp. It's all relative. An apartment that close to Manhatten is likely a lot more than $80/night. They have a deal pay 6 nights get 7th free. So you are looking at around $2k/month. I'm not sure but wouldn't be surprised if they have monthly rate that would be lower in winter. Probably cheaper to stay out 30-50 miles out and catch a train in. This whole idea is about false economy. $80 / night is $2,400 / month, and that's just the parking spot, add on propane and incidentals and I seriously dought you could do it for under $3,000 / month. Just for giggles, let's say it's a 30' RV, that would be 240 sq. ft. I'm pretty sure you could get an 'apartment' that size for under $3k / month, even in the better parts of NYC. With the 6 nights/7th free, it's just over $2000 plus the apartment will have utilities and taxes also. That's before checking if they have a monthly rate, which if they are open in the winter is likely going to drop the rate even more. Do you know where the campground is? You would be hard pressed to get an apartment in that price range just across from the tip of Manhattan. I have stayed in that campground. And with all due respect to the folks living in the condos nearby - I wouldn't want to take up residence in that campground past a few nights... Never said I would want to spend the winter there. It's basically a parking lot. But if I was given the choice of the OP's original idea of trying to make on street parking work or staying there, I know what I would pick. Yeah, the square footage in a trailer is a less but we've done a similar review in Michigan and choose to get a 6 month lease on an apartment as there is a point where it's just a stupid way to try and save money. Trying to make it with on street parking is way beyond stupid in my mind (No implication to the OP that you are stupid intended)
valhalla360 10/20/14 06:17am Beginning RVing
RE: Importance of Providing Cable TV

Our experience, is most campers who want TV will bring the satellite dish. Cable is an odd ball item in todays campgrounds and usually suffers from limited channel availability. That said, when you compare the cost of installing an electrical system without a co-axial cable and with a co-axial cable, you will find the cost difference is negligible. A good Wi-Fi system on the other hand is loved by the vast majority. What I would really look into is talk to a tech guy about running a hardwired internet system or at least including conduit so it can be added later. Even the best Wi-Fi systems seem to get overloaded and slow down during peak periods and data demands are still growing at a rapid pace, so the Wi-Fi you install today may be a slow system next year.
valhalla360 10/19/14 01:20pm Technology Corner
RE: Resale Diesel or Gas

I think age is a bigger factor than MH type. MHs lose the most in the first few years and then level off. I see $1,000,000 Prevosts going for 1/2 price in less than 10 years. Same for garden variety DPs and gassers. They all lose about the same percentage - give or take a few points. In terms of real dollars, gassers lose the least in the first few years (50% of $100K is only $50K), then DPs (50% of $250K is $125K) and then luxury coaches lose the most (50% of $1M is $500K). Just get comfortable with the losses before you buy. Then remember: Your losses are hypothetical until you sell. Then they are REAL. I agree with everything except the last line. The loss is realized the second you buy it. You just don't find out exactly how much you lost until you sell.
valhalla360 10/19/14 12:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Living in an RV in New York City during winter

Curious how you anticipate doing this, and why. NYC has a tendency to get cold in the winter. I have a feeling that this winter will be colder than normal. Without constant power, your RV will be very cold. A very cold RV will suffer damage with pipes and black/gray tanks. It is very likely that it will not work. It begs the question, why not either stay at Liberty Harbor or find another campground reasonably close and commute into the city? The OP will be making alternate plans after one winter. Agree with Liberty RV Park being the closest - but it's $80ish a night - hardly an economical place to camp. It's all relative. An apartment that close to Manhatten is likely a lot more than $80/night. They have a deal pay 6 nights get 7th free. So you are looking at around $2k/month. I'm not sure but wouldn't be surprised if they have monthly rate that would be lower in winter. Probably cheaper to stay out 30-50 miles out and catch a train in. This whole idea is about false economy. $80 / night is $2,400 / month, and that's just the parking spot, add on propane and incidentals and I seriously dought you could do it for under $3,000 / month. Just for giggles, let's say it's a 30' RV, that would be 240 sq. ft. I'm pretty sure you could get an 'apartment' that size for under $3k / month, even in the better parts of NYC. With the 6 nights/7th free, it's just over $2000 plus the apartment will have utilities and taxes also. That's before checking if they have a monthly rate, which if they are open in the winter is likely going to drop the rate even more. Do you know where the campground is? You would be hard pressed to get an apartment in that price range just across from the tip of Manhattan.
valhalla360 10/19/14 12:50pm Beginning RVing
RE: Resale Diesel or Gas

If you compare the exact same unit except with gas vs diesel, the price difference will be much smaller and not enough to cover the initial upgrade price. The issue you see is people compare a low end unit with gas power vs a high end diesel pusher, see the price difference and think diesel must make it worth more, when in reality it's the fact it's an overall high end unit that accounts for the vast majority of the difference.
valhalla360 10/18/14 09:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Living in an RV in New York City during winter

Curious how you anticipate doing this, and why. NYC has a tendency to get cold in the winter. I have a feeling that this winter will be colder than normal. Without constant power, your RV will be very cold. A very cold RV will suffer damage with pipes and black/gray tanks. It is very likely that it will not work. It begs the question, why not either stay at Liberty Harbor or find another campground reasonably close and commute into the city? The OP will be making alternate plans after one winter. Agree with Liberty RV Park being the closest - but it's $80ish a night - hardly an economical place to camp. It's all relative. An apartment that close to Manhatten is likely a lot more than $80/night. They have a deal pay 6 nights get 7th free. So you are looking at around $2k/month. I'm not sure but wouldn't be surprised if they have monthly rate that would be lower in winter. Probably cheaper to stay out 30-50 miles out and catch a train in. This whole idea is about false economy.
valhalla360 10/18/14 08:20am Beginning RVing
RE: Truck upgrades

Are you within weights? Are there any problems you are experiencing? Assuming you are within weights and there are no problems, don't mess with it. If there are issues, please describe so the responses can be focused on addressing those.
valhalla360 10/17/14 09:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Living in an RV in New York City during winter

I can be done but it will come with a lot of hassles. - Electricity: You will need a way to keep the batteries charged. The furnace needs some electricity to run the brains and the fan. Solar isn't likely to be a good option in NY in the winter. That means running the main engine or getting a rig with a generator (of course that means gasoline costs) - Heat: Electric heat is out. That means propane. We were in -5F for a couple of days once. We were going thru a 30# tank a day. Keeping enough propane on hand will be a prime consideration (most winter full timers have a large tank delivered to the campground but again that's not an option in your case) - Fresh water: That's probably fairly easy but a hassle. Once it get's regularly cold, winterize the fresh water system and get a couple 5 gallon water jugs and you can get by. Washing will be a hassle but it can be done. - Gray/Black Water: Dumping will be a problem. Once it freezes up, you may not be able to open the valves. You might consider switching to a composting toilet. Solids only need to be emptied every 3-4 weeks but you need to empty the liquids every few days. If you have access to a public toilet, that's doable. - Slideouts: Assuming you are looking at on street parking, you probably don't want slideouts. This also helps with heating as non-slide units are a little better sealed up and there is less space to heat. - Local ordiance/general dislike from neighbors: This is likely the deal killer. Once the locals find out, you will probably be forced to move along. Get caught a few times and there will likely be tickets. Can it be done? Yeah but it's really not a great idea.
valhalla360 10/17/14 06:39am Beginning RVing
RE: Fuel Prices............WHY ??

Inelastic demand is the big driver. Diesel consumption in the US is primarily from commercial trucking. The demand is there regardless of the price, therefore inelastic demand. Raising the price does not decrease demand, reducing the price does not increase demand. Therefore no increase in sales with a price reduction, so no advantage to the producer. Ultra Low Sulfur is why diesel now costs more tha gasoline in general. But the inelastic demand is why you don't see diesel prices changing nearly as much: - If you have a truckload of merchandise that has to be shipped 100miles, there isn't much room to cut the fuel (diesel) consumption required, so you buy the same amount of diesel regardless of the price. Your driver is limited to a realatively small number of fuel stations he can get into. 20yrs ago, they already put a lot of emphasis on fuel efficency so the low hanging fruit is already gone. - With passenger cars (mostly gas), if the price spikes, people slow down to increase mpg, car pool, combine trips, if they have more than one vehicle, they try to use the more fuel efficent one more often. A typical two car family with a big suv/truck and a passenger car can probably shave off 20-30% of thier fuel consumption with just a modest amount of effort. So by supply and demand rules, if gasoline prices go up, users (passenger vehicles) reduce thier demand and that can drive prices back down but as the prices go back down, they drive more, so you see the price seesaw. If diesel prices go up, unless it is extreme, they keep buying diesel. Likewise when the price goes down...they keep buying diesel,so while there is price movement, it is much more gradual and you don't see the big swings. One interesting thing that trucking companies are starting to buy natural gas powered trucks. Right now it's a tiny percentage and there is debate if it's a good long term option as fueling stations are limited but if it takes off, we could see a change in the diesel markets.
valhalla360 10/17/14 06:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Truck upgrades

All depends on what you are towing. Unless you are going real big, the truck is probably fine just the way it is. Check the weight ratings based on the trailer/5th wheel you are looking at to make sure you are within the ratings. Assuming you want to be legal and legit (some folks are happy exceeding the weight ratings but I won't tell you to do that), nothing should be needed if you are within the ratings. By the way after market suspension equipement doesn't change the weight ratings of the truck.
valhalla360 10/17/14 06:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: trailer tire level pads

What you describe is pretty much what we do...but we use a 2x10. If we need more than 3-4inches, we are usually looking for a different site.
valhalla360 10/17/14 05:59am Beginning RVing
RE: Gaudy colored and striped RV's

The graphics look much better than just plain white. A buddy took the graphics off his and now it looks like a FEMA trailer, ha ha. We can spot an ex-fema trailer in a second. Plain white does not look good. If you go with a solid color, you better have top end construction because any waveyness in the surface jumps out where the studs create hard spots. The graphics break it up and make it harder to see. Back when aluminum siding was more common, a simple longitudinal stripe worked well as the siding had enough texture to break things up and disguise any imperfections. That doesn't mean you need a $10k swirl job or kitty cats crawling over the sides but something to break it up really helps.
valhalla360 10/17/14 05:57am General RVing Issues
RE: V10 Motor Oil

I would go with the guys on the internet that have far more miles on their engines. like I said Ford decided the 5W30 wasn`t right for my V-10 and said to use 5W20. many people by the time they said it was OK to switch had well over 100k mi on their motors with the 5W30. so with that which oil would you use? What guys have far more miles than the ford engineers have access to? Which ones have access to the repair records of thousands of engines, so the can see the statistical differences? It's probably not the end of the world to use 5W30 but to claim that since you got 150k miles, you know better...I'm not even sure where to go with that.
valhalla360 10/17/14 05:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: V10 Motor Oil

Do you want to listen to the manufacturer who designed and built it or random guys on the internet for the proper oil? As far as leaving the slides out, in principal it shouldn't matter but unless you are inside using it on a regular basis, why leave them open. As someone else mentioned, the slide toppers get caught by the wind and experience UV damage being unrolled.
valhalla360 10/16/14 07:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: one year with a 40' fifth wheel and dually

Assuming you aren't single, a spotter with hand signals works great for backing. Decide ahead of time what the signals are and if you can't see her, the rig stops. This results in no yelling or other theatrics for the neighbors to pull thier chairs out and enjoy.
valhalla360 10/16/14 07:06am Toy Haulers
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