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RE: All electric vehicles?

Strange that they can do peak demand for several hours without significant problems. Is there something special about doing a peak at 11:00 a.m. vs 6 p.m? There is a lot of power generation between 10am and 4pm but not a lot of infrastructure to deliver it. I think there are two issue involved. The first is electric grid infrastructure. Everything I've read on the issue I the grid is already stressed to the breaking point. Generation may not be the central issue but delivery. Second, solar may be part of the answer to number one in some areas but I live in the congested, crowded northeast and there is no way in many, many places that solar is going to be the answer to the power generation issue. I do not envision massive solar panel fields up and down the I-95 corridor replacing a significant number of the thousands of gas stations along that corridor anytime in the near furture (10 years). This means much of that area is going to be have to served by major remote areas of solar power generation that is transferred via an efficient electric grid to get to places along that corridor. I don't see a significant portion of it being transmitted over the existing power grid that is already under stress, especially at certain peak power consumption time during the year. Beyond that I'm still interested to see a study that confirms EV from raw material to end of life disposal are a net benefit to the environment or that battery technology that rivals the internal combustion engine is really here in a way that is cost effective on a mass production level. BTW, I am in no way biased againt EV. I'm an electrical engineer and have been involved with numerous corporations working on solar energy applications for over 20 years. Some tremendous advancements have been made in battery technology and solar collection but as said I still don't see a signficant percentage of the automobile industry being taken over by EV for another 20 years or so.
2edgesword 01/21/19 01:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing heavy with 3/4 Ton... How Many Know......

2012 F-250 regular cab 2WD with a GVWR of 10,000 lbs. My trailer max is 8,800 lbs, truck all loaded is about 6,500 lbs so I’m way clear of the GVWR. Rear axle rating is 6,200 lbs so I can’t envision a scenario where I’d exceed either of those ratings. That's a great payload for a 3/4 ton truck! I guess going without 4wd and the back seat really pays off. Yes, the regular cab and 2WD has the truck at a 5,800 lbs curb weight. I would have liked an extended cab but that would have put the truck over 6,000 lbs. In NYS that means commercial plates and no use of parkways which would have been a major hassle given my regular commute. Ninety-nine percent of the time it's just me and my wife and in crunch time there is a third seat so it works for us.
2edgesword 01/21/19 08:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing heavy with 3/4 Ton... How Many Know......

2012 F-250 regular cab 2WD with a GVWR of 10,000 lbs. My trailer max is 8,800 lbs, truck all loaded is about 6,500 lbs so I’m way clear of the GVWR. Rear axle rating is 6,200 lbs so I can’t envision a scenario where I’d exceed either of those ratings.
2edgesword 01/20/19 05:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: All electric vehicles?

Sales--hmmm they still have a 3 to 6 month waiting list. BEV's in the last year reached 2.9% of all new vehicle sold, and there are over 1 million in use in North America. (3 mil world wide). Tipping points are usually 5%. Lots of power capacity is available from 10 pm to 6 am, as well as 10 am to 4 pm. Tesla just laid off some employees because 2018 sales were not where they had hoped and projected they would be. The whole genesis of the electric vehicle industry is based on it bringing about a reduction in the use of fossil fuels and a cleaner environment as well as performance rivaling the internal combustion engine. It hasn't happened yet and I don't think electrical vehicles are going to replace a significant number of gas driving vehicles for maybe another 20 years. Along with developing electric vehicles that rival the performance and cost of gasoline vehicles is development of the infrastructure to support them. I'm thinking decades until a significant percentage (25%+) makes the transition to electric and then I question if in the long run if it will be a major savings to the environment. Backorders don't necessarily mean robust sales. Backorders can be the result of problems in manufacturability at a cost effective price. According to Musk the pricing is still a major issue. I'm not buying the 5% tipping point in an industry that has been around for 100 years unless some very significant advantage is demonstrated with electric vehicles. There is a lot of power generation between 10am and 4pm but not a lot of infrastructure to deliver it. Three million worldwide represents 0.1% of all vehicles worldwide. From raw materials to deposal at end of life has it been shown that electric vehicle provide a meaningful net benefit to the environment?
2edgesword 01/19/19 03:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How much do I offer for a brand new 2017 Ram 2500 Diesel?

I'm just wonder how cost effective it is to use a 2500 diesel to pull a 7,000 lbs trailer.
2edgesword 01/18/19 02:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: All electric vehicles?

Tesla just laid off some employees because 2018 sales were not where they had hoped and projected they would be. The whole genesis of the electric vehicle industry is based on it bringing about a reduction in the use of fossil fuels and a cleaner environment as well as performance rivaling the internal combustion engine. It hasn't happened yet and I don't think electrical vehicles are going to replace a significant number of gas driving vehicles for maybe another 20 years. Along with developing electric vehicles that rival the performance and cost of gasoline vehicles is development of the infrastructure to support them. I'm thinking decades until a significant percentage (25%+) makes the transition to electric and then I question if in the long run if it will be a major savings to the environment.
2edgesword 01/18/19 11:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Just bought a new Keystone Cougar! What else do I need?

Since you've camped before and others have given a lot of advice on other stuff I'd just encourage having the person that sets up the WDH go with you for a test drive while you're hitched up to insure the comb handles to your liking. Better to do it then so that if adjustments are needed they can do it then versus discovering on your way home that things aren't right and you have to have the set-up adjusted. The general specs for the truck (may be different for your particular model) are 3,230 payload and 13,200 max towing so the truck should have no problem towing that trailer. Truck wheelbase relative to trailer length has some impact but if you keep the speed moderate I think it should be a good towing experience (good is relative to each person's preference).
2edgesword 01/18/19 07:27am Travel Trailers
RE: California Firearm Compliance

I don't want to derail this thread. However a lot of mentioning about mags with capacity of 10 rounds or less. How does this apply to guns like my ole Smith 9mm that came with 15 round standard double stack mag? It depends upon how the statute is worded. Some states say that a 15 round mag is fine, but cannot be loaded with more than 10 rounds. Other states (like NY) say that you can only carry a weapon that carries 7 rounds or less... so if you have 7 rounds in an 8 round mag you are in violation. You would have to physically block the SW mag so that it can only physically hold the maximum amount of rounds. OP, you need to research each individual state that you wish to enter with a weapon. Every state is different. Maryland (with Baltimore City, one of the highest per capita murder rates in the free world...) has VERY strict guns laws (which do nothing to stop the criminals...). We do not accept any other states concealed or open carry permits. You have to be LEO, retired LEO or one of the very few with a Maryland carry permit. NY got rid of the seven round rule. Ten round magazines are legal and you can carry the full ten rounds in the magazine.
2edgesword 01/17/19 09:36am General RVing Issues
RE: California Firearm Compliance

If you are traveling from a location where you are legal to have the firearm to another location where you are legal to have the firearm you're allowed to travel through the state with the firearm unloaded and stored in a place not easily accessible while you're travel. A big question mark in my mind has to do with any stays in CA. It's a big state but I'm not clear on whether under federal law that governs transportation if you'd be covered if you happen to stay overnight. I read about folks that have gotten arrest in states where they were traveling through, had their trip interrupted, ending up staying overnight and got arrest for illegal possession of a firearm.
2edgesword 01/16/19 02:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: F150 goodbye, hello F250

Congrats on the new ride. We moved up from a 2007 Silverado 1500, 4.6L, 2WD pulling a 4,500 pound trailer to a 2012 F-250 regular cab, 6.2L, 3.73, 4,000 lbs payload pulling an 8,800 pound trailer. Pulls the trailer with easy but is a rougher ride due to the stiffer suspension.
2edgesword 01/12/19 12:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Slide won't come in (Solved)

Glad to hear you solved the problem. Did you ever find out where the moisture was coming from?
2edgesword 01/11/19 01:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Washing your rv in the lake

Sounds like a prank to become a YouTube star.
2edgesword 01/10/19 02:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: So excited!!!

Congratulations! I hope you get to enjoy many great experiences in this new chapter of life.
2edgesword 01/10/19 08:30am Full-time RVing
RE: KOA Membership

Thanks for sharing your experiences and the photographs. It seems the general consensus is most KOA's are decent places to stay, usually have good amenities but typically don't have the more open and outdoorsy feel you get at national and state campgrounds.
2edgesword 01/10/19 08:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: KOA Membership

Wow folks, great information.I'll have to sit down with "The Boss" and discuss. We've stayed at two KOA's and she enjoyed both but figured there would be a lot of hands on experience from members of the forum to give us some guidance. Much appreciated.
2edgesword 01/09/19 02:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
KOA Membership

My wife and I are doing some retirement planning (18 months) and hope to spend a good portion of our time traveling. While exploring trip planning it seems KOA has a pretty good network of campgrounds. Does anyone have a KOA membership? How useful has it been to you? Would you give the KOA campgrounds you have stayed at four out of five stars or have you found some of their campgrounds places you would want to avoid? Any information would be helpful.
2edgesword 01/09/19 12:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Keystone Travel Trailer Warranty

We used an attorney for a problem about 10 years ago. Back then, the cost of the attorney was $250 an hour. If we sent him an Email, they charged 1/4 hour. If we called and talked to him, they charged 1/4 hour. Prices have only gone up. We ended up spending over $10,000 JUST for attorney fees. We won the case, and never, never, never collected a penny from the defendant. It was in our original contract that if the defendant defaulted, he would be responsible for any of our legal fees. Ha! just try to extract honey from a pile of horse manure. After 3 more years of trying to collect, we had to give up. Never got a penny, and out over $45,000 when it was over. Wow! Who was the manufacturer if you don't mind sharing?
2edgesword 01/09/19 12:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camping Options for Disney World

Strictly my opinion. In my mind there is no amount of savings that can make up for the convenience of staying at Ft. Wilderness if the camping vacation is to visit the Disney theme parks. You set-up your RV, park your tow vehicle and you're a free Disney bus ride away from every attraction with early admittance to some of the parks and other perks that come with staying at Ft. Wilderness. Maybe if these other campgrounds offered free transportation to and from the parks on a somewhat regular basis I'd consider it but even with that I don't think there is a way they could match the convenience of being on a Disney property. On the other hand if Disney is just one of the things you'll be doing while in that area of Florida then one of these other campgrounds might be a good, cost saving alternative. If I was doing two days at Disney, then going to Universal for a couple of days then on to Sea World it would make the other campgrounds more attractive.
2edgesword 01/09/19 11:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ecoboost 3.5 Towing MPG Sucks

F-250 6.2L 3.73 pulling 8,000 lbs and getting 10 mpg. Was pulling 4,500 lbs trailer with a 4.6L 3.73 Silverado and got 10 mpg.
2edgesword 01/08/19 01:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th Wheels in NY considered "House Trailers"?

What is the actual concern over it being called a "house trailer"? Are the fees more and/or does it lead to greater restrictions? Otherwise, I wouldn't care what they called it at the DMV. The unknown reason for the change is the concern. In NYS anytime there is a change in classification the sneaky suspicion is the state is trying to get more money out of you.
2edgesword 01/08/19 09:33am Fifth-Wheels
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