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RE: 2018 F350 CB Antenna Front Bumper Mount

I use a CB radio mostly on long highway trips so I can trade road reports with the truckers on Channel 19. I've saved a lot of time and avoided a lot of aggravation through the years hearing about wrecks or other traffic stoppages up ahead that I was able to avoid via information from the truckers. Since I tow a travel trailer with an F250 truck, I can put the magnet-mount Wilson 1000 antenna on top of the cab, which is the best possible position for best overall performance. However, when I use a CB off-road in my Jeep Wrangler that has a fiberglass or canvas top or no top at all, I plant a magnet-mount Wilson 1000 antenna on the hood. That position allows good signal distribution as it is relatively centered over the metal engine mass and body, although admittedly it is not quite as good as it would on the roof. As far as being bothered by the thin antenna in my field of view when driving the Jeep, no problems. Your mind quickly ignores that little bitty wire as you concentrate on driving the vehicle. Otherwise, what do those guys do who drive the old trucks that had split front windows and a big center bar? I've had great results with the 11 meter CB band. Today, it is a shadow of what it was 20 years ago, being mostly a specialized tool for truckers but also useful for off-roaders and those who like to talk to other enthusiasts a few states or even countries away when atmospheric conditions are favorable. Admittedly, it is not the ubiquitous toy it once was in popular culture, yielding that job to the cell phone, smart phone, Sirius radio, and other modern devices so popular today.
Airstreamer67 06/23/19 06:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Hitch extension

"...It is important to note that the use of any hitch extension will reduce the capacity of your truck's hitch by 50 percent." Wow. Not even a length mentioned in this absolute statement.
Airstreamer67 04/18/19 07:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Dealer never put TITLE in my name, am I stuck??

I would get a bulldog attorney and lay the problem directly on the guy who took my money and made a promise to me. He either owes you a clear title or your money back. I'd spend money on the attorney before a mechanic.
Airstreamer67 04/18/19 06:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: CB Radios??

As noted, the CB has been very useful to me avoiding traffic hold-ups due to accidents, etc. But even if I can't avoid the problem and I'm stuck in a long traffic jam waiting for the problem to be cleared, the CB chatter from other stuck truck drivers on Channel 19 is interesting to listen to, and it allows me to pass the time with much less aggravation. A good example occurred a year or two ago when I found myself in one of those unavoidable traffic problems that turned the Interstate into a parking lot for a while. I was several miles behind the source of the problem, but it was very helpful listening to truckers on the CB who were up at the front of the line at the source of the problem. I sequentially learned from the guys in front a few miles ahead that: there was a car and truck overturned in the northbound lane police are on scene there are injuries looks like the truck is a haz-mat carrier with its cargo spread all about ambulance is now on scene a med-e-vac helicopter is arriving the medics are busy the med-e-vac and ambulance have departed with passengers it will be awhile because of the haz-mat cleanup needed and accident investigation state police have established a crossover lane in the medium to allow northbound to make a u-turn into southbound lanes northbound traffic is now moving slowly to and through the u-turn after you make the u-turn and are in the south-bound lanes, you'll see the Opelousas exit to US 190 a few miles down; make a right at the exit and another right on US 190, go a mile or two to the red light and take another right and stay on LA 182 and in a few miles it will intersect with I-49 northbound on the other side of the wreckage. Besides this helpful information, there was a lot of truckers' banner going on, joking about the world in general and the situation in particular. One trucker broke into the banner, asked if anybody had any toilet paper; he said he needed it really bad. He was told to use pages from his Trucker's Atlas. I don't know if they were kidding. The guy making the request didn't say how it all came out for him. Just another day in the life of a CBer riding on Channel 19 somewhere out there in the wild.
Airstreamer67 04/10/19 08:55am General RVing Issues
RE: southwire surge guard or Progressive industries

I have been using the same 30 amp and 50 amp SurgeGuards for many years. Both have proven to be reliable and effective. I also have a Hughes autoformer for when I run into low-voltage situations that I intend to operate in for a while. It, too, has worked reliably and effectively over the many years I've been using it.
Airstreamer67 04/05/19 08:52am Tech Issues
RE: CB Radios??

I still use one on the road. It has saved me a lot of time due to road stoppages that I was able to avoid by taking alternate routes. Many truckers still use Channel 19 for such information.
Airstreamer67 04/01/19 11:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Settlement on RAM Ecodiesel

Quit picking on the Italians. They are very sensitive.
Airstreamer67 02/03/19 03:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Can I install this temp sensor in Ford E40D test port?

That test port is where the temp probe belongs. It will give you about the same temperature as oil in the oil pan. It is from the oil pan that the tranny draws its oil supply. That is the temperature the tranny will live-or-die by. After the oil goes through the torque converter and the rest of the transmission, it naturally heats up, but once it goes through the coolers, much of the heat is dissipated and the oil is cool enough for reuse from the oil pan, unless there is an overheating problem which the oil pan temperature will show. Monitoring that temperature is what counts the most IMHO.
Airstreamer67 02/03/19 01:59pm Tech Issues
RE: A clean engine is a happy engine!

I've never washed my engines just to keep them pretty; only when I have to work on them and I need to see what I'm doing. Especially today's engines: putting water on them risks about a million little sensors, any one of which can stop you deader than roadkill in the middle of nowhere.
Airstreamer67 12/12/18 09:15am General RVing Issues
RE: 50A surge protectors

Yep, I bought my Hughes autoformer 15 years ago when a state park had power at 105v and dropping. After listening to the A/C complain, I turned it off and spent a hot, sweaty night pledging, "never again!" My autoformer allowed me to keep that pledge.
Airstreamer67 12/09/18 02:18pm Tech Issues
RE: CB usage?

I still use the CB for what it's best at: getting and giving traveling information among traveling strangers via line-of-sight communications. Now it's true that the HF frequencies of the CB have an inherent limit of maybe 10 miles on flat ground. However, it should be noted that VHF/UHF ham radios also are line-of-sight limited to the same range, except they sometimes can access repeaters via line-of-sight which are located on mountaintops and therefore can offer significantly longer distances. Unfortunately for them, very few people will be tuned to any given repeater at any given time, which greatly diminishes any usefulness to the traveler. Yep, the CB is still king of on-road communications for a number of reasons, including: -the thousands of big rig drivers who still use CB -the low cost and availability of CB radios and antennas -the fact that no licenses are needed -the simplicity of the CB radio: plug it in, put a magnet-base antenna on the roof, and talk. Of course, it is best to check what is called the "SWR" reading on the antenna line with a $25 SWR meter, but it's found to be not absolutely necessary to do so with most reasonable CB antennas out there, especially if they are at least 3 feet tall: the taller the better. -the "party line" aspect of being able to listen in on and communicate with the on-road community, specifically on the truckers' channel, which is Channel 19 in most areas of the US except in some areas on the west coast, where it may be Channel 17. -although not always, often truckers will announce major road problems -using the truckers' channel if it is being monitored, which it should be, vehicles can inform each other of equipment problems such as trailer tire flats, lights out, flapping tarps, shifting loads, and in the case of RVs, awnings unfurling, TV antennas left up, steps out, etc. The fact is, there is no other device which can serve such direct driver-to-driver communication needs among strangers on the road. As noted, the CB is not good at reliable long-distance communications. That crown is on the head of the almighty cell phone. However, if no cell phone service is available, the VHF/UHF repeaters may sometimes be useful, but they cannot be relied upon at any given time or place; only the satellite phone can do that. For sure, the CB is still used and useful. If it weren't, there wouldn't be all those CB antennas sticking skyward from the mirrors or cab-backs of those big highway trucks we see every day. For me personally, I have a Wilson 1000 magnet-mount 62-inch CB antenna sticking from the roof of my F250, which I use as my RV trailer puller. It's proven to be very useful to me through the years as a source of information for on-road conditions which I will face just up ahead. I provide such information to others when the opportunity arises. Unfortunately, many drivers only turn on the CB when road conditions become questionable like traffic build-up, but still many drivers do monitor for problems via their CBs. Of course, today there now are very useful apps for cell phones that can do even more than the CB in some ways, such as road conditions via Google Maps, but they cannot do what the CB can do in some other ways that only immediate anonymous driver-to-driver communications via the CB can supply as noted above.
Airstreamer67 12/09/18 09:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Do black coaches get really hot in summer?

You don't need a Jeep dealer to guide you. Just put your hand down on a white car in the Florida summertime sun and time how long you can hold it there, then do the same on a black car. Sure, insulation can help and windows can hurt the inside temperatures, but it all begins on the temperatures of the surfaces they have to work with. I once had a car with black leather seats. I kept a towel in the car to sit on.
Airstreamer67 11/14/18 08:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Auxiliary Diesel Tank Gravity Feed vs. Electronic pump

I, too, run all the diesel used by my F250 through the 91 gallon RDS tank in the bed. When I'm ready to get more fuel from a station, I top off the Ford's tanks and then I pump more fuel from the station into the auxiliary tank. Doing this allows me to filter all the fuel going into the Ford's tanks, so they stay cleaner and so does the factory fuel filter which has an easier job assuring the engine never gets bad fuel.
Airstreamer67 08/10/18 05:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2018 Cummins Engine Brake

At one time the definition of "lugging" an engine was a situation where the vehicle will not gain speed even under heavy throttle because of an unwarranted load placed on it, usually caused by too much weight for the gear it's in. It is surprising that one can get the engine to "lug" when it is attached to an automatic transmission. You'd think the tranny would not allow this by going to lower gears. I can see why a manufacturer would not want any lugging, especially in today's world that has particulate filters. I'm sure lugging would not be conducive to keeping particulate production low.
Airstreamer67 08/10/18 03:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Intermittent use of diesel engines.

I've got several diesels that are run intermittently without a problem. As noted already, diesel doesn't deteriorate nearly as quick as gasoline. However, there is a fly in the ointment: some of today's diesel fuels contain bio additives that can deteriorate much faster. And, bio-diesel attracts water much more than regular diesel, and thus is much more likely to need biocides to kill growing microbes (BioBorJF is one of the best). So, avoid biodiesels as much as you can, and if you can't, watch it closely for microbial growth and use it up within six months or so to be safe.
Airstreamer67 08/10/18 02:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Can you say, factory sleeper truck!

No, I don't think he's driving a Unicorn. I've got a '96 Ford diesel with an automatic tranny and 3.55 axle ratio. I can depend on the following MPGs under the following scenarios: 14 MPG at 60 MPH towing my 27-foot travel trailer 23 MPG at 60 MPH solo 21 MPG at 70 MPH solo These are dependable fuel consumption numbers for this truck on flat ground without significant wind influence. Of course, these are not lifetime averages like are shown in the Fuelly statistics referred to in ShinerBock's stated addresses. Those Fuelly data are from trucks being operated under the full range of everyday usage: stop-and-go traffic, suburban commuting, highway trips, etc. Such statistics do give an idea of what a consumer can expect from a truck's full operating range. I haven't looked it up, but I bet the Dodge and Chevy diesels yield similar Fuelly results for any given model year as well; i.e. within one or two MPGs or so.
Airstreamer67 08/10/18 02:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Front receivers - is there any margin in the ratings?

I installed a front hitch to get extra maneuvering ability in really tight spots. However, it does take a spotter because your vision is just about totally blocked by a travel trailer. I have a long truck mirror that I hold way out to see on my side when backing with the front hitch, but the passenger side is hopeless without a spotter. Maybe cameras would work. Never tried them. Yet. About the hitch and truck ratings, those are for maximum-effort usages such as found on the highway. For the few feet that a front hitch would be used at slow walking speeds, I ignore the ratings without problems. I also use the front hitch for other things. For instance, when towing, I attach a tool box platform to carry a couple hundred pounds of heavy stuff like tools etc. It puts enough weight hanging off the front end to eliminate the need for a weight transfer hitch used to compensate for the hitch weight of a trailer. I can also use the front hitch for attaching a wench, like I do on my Jeep. It's certainly worth the few bucks it cost.
Airstreamer67 08/10/18 10:00am Towing
RE: Mountain towing - Ram 1500 ecodiesel (3.92 Rear Axle Ratio)

It seems to me that there are mountain roads in the East that are just as steep and as difficult as those in the West. Only, in the East the miles driven in steep conditions are way less than what you find in the West. And, the absolute heights generally are lower in the East, which means less oxygen starvation for the power plants hauling us up. Even in Arkansas, there's one mountain I camp on that doesn't look like much, but it only takes a mile or so to get to the top. I make that climb in second gear while towing. It's as steep as you might find out West, but only for significant less distance covered.
Airstreamer67 08/10/18 09:41am Towing
RE: Diesel Fuel Mileage Est.

I'm still driving my '96 Ford F250 diesel automatic. It's never been to a mechanic although I've changed out several things in the back yard myself, like a radiator and water pump. It's pretty simple to work on. On the road solo, I can make 21mpg at 70mph. On the road towing a travel trailer, I can make 14mpg at 60 mph. When I bought the truck 22 years ago, diesel was cheaper than gas. Nowadays, gas is cheaper than diesel. And to make things worse, I read a discouraging article the other day indicating that due to the high pressure being put on diesel supplies as other countries catch up with our modern life style, the price of diesel will becoming increasingly expensive compared with gas. It seems that most of the world favors diesel, so more pressure on its price is being forecast. I don't like the trend, but there it is.
Airstreamer67 08/10/18 09:29am Towing
RE: What's your favorite electric shaver?

Quote: "A wet shave that takes 20-25 minutes?" I "think" that post about a 20-25 minute shave that has befuddled several posters was posted by a woman. At least, there also was a reference to the person's hubby who could do everything in a helmet. However, who can be sure nowadays. Modern humans are still evolving into that whole man/woman/thing thing. Personally, I stopped shaving when I retired 15 years ago. I could never take it up again because none of my grandchildren have seem my naked face. I'm too conceited to show them how ugly I am under there.
Airstreamer67 08/10/18 04:59am General RVing Issues
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