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RE: Dino juice v Electrons....

"We've also been told the flying car and fusion power are just a couple years away for decades." I rode (on the ground, some years ago) in a flying car. Even though my flying machine was built 76 years ago (!!!!...although rebuilt a time or two in-between), I was scared spitless of the build quality of that flying car and refused to proceed with the driver into the air. Jetpack...that's it, I'm waiting for the jet pack.
PA12DRVR 06/30/22 05:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dino juice v Electrons....

Regarding the "not in my lifetime".... ...My old man saw the first airplane to fly in Montana as a kid; made everyone within the state (Alaska at the time) have a bit of a family reunion to see footage of the moon landing in '69. Ultimately traveled 'round the world on a variety of jet aircraft before passing. ...Friend of the old man's "Bob", who died in the '50's, had a career as a mariner: started as a kid on sailing ships and retired after several years working on Panamax diesel carriers. ...one 12drvr traveled from Los Anchorage to Seattle as a kid: 4-engine connies and/or DC-somethings, stops in Yakutat, Juneau, Ketchikan, Seattle, about a 8 hour trip if not interrupted by weather. Same 12drvr (YEARS later) routinely traveled non-stop Chicago - London or Ewe-stun - Africa non-stop on dedicated Boeing 747 Charters. Point is that a lot can happen in a lifetime, although I suspect electric tow vehicles to rival the class 3 trucks won't make it in mine.
PA12DRVR 06/30/22 10:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuel cost in your area

Granted, 2 days ago: Regular: $5.49; Diesel: $5.95; Premium gas at the mid-lake Marina: $8.16; Avgas in the boonies: don't ask.
PA12DRVR 06/29/22 10:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Want a new truck?

You guys are too funny! Behemoth trucks? Bigger than 10-15 years ago? Lol. Nobody seems to be bitting Grit ,that's twice you attempted to get a rise out of someone. :B Not quite a bite, but I'll jump in. For as long as I can remember...and that goes back to the late '60's, Fords have "sat higher" than a comparable Chevy. In my driveway, I have a 2009 MY Chevy 2500, CC, 6.XX' bed, 4WD....my math says that is 13-14 years ago depending on how one counts model years. I also have a 2019 F250, CC, 6.XX' bed, 4WD, etc...a 3 year old vehicle. Other than the F250 "sitting higher" (and the older truck showing it's use-it-for-everything 150k more miles history), these trucks are the same general size and appearance. They fit in the same spots on my driveway, at my work, and at my wife's work. Compare either of these to my buddy's restored '65 "Full size" Ford and the 2009 Chevy or the 2019 F250 are both obviously larger..but surprisingly not significantly larger than my other buddy's '6X (not sure of the year) restored International Harvester CC pickup. I think the "behemoth trucks" of today are likely the pavement queen 150's and 1500's with all sorts of upsized components that, in all likelihood, will never see a bog, field, or rocky hill.
PA12DRVR 06/27/22 12:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is It Worth It?

For me, although I no longer tow an RV (it was a 39' FW when I last RV'd), I have 2 diesel vehicles and 1 gasser that are used for towing. For most of the towing, I use the F250 so that there is no problem when I'm pulling the boat or the sno go trailer and push down on the pedal, something happens other than a gas engine wrapping up to 5k+rpms. I know it's more semantics than physics, but I'm just more comfortable towing loads that get up into the capacity of the TV if it's diesel. Some concept on the "big" truck: when the equipment trailer needs to be moved, and I hook up to the F550, I know I won't set any speed or mileage records, but it will go. The Sequoia hauls the jet ski, the kayaks, and the log splitter just fine. ...and as an added thought, it wasn't that long ago (although maybe 8 - 12 months) that diesel was priced lower than gas and fuel cost was cheaper in the F250 for a non-towing road trip than in the Sequoia.
PA12DRVR 06/23/22 04:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Where have all the members gone on this forum?

Been on since 2004, had a couple of name glitches so can't say how many posts. I still use this forum quite a bit, but (although I don't have an RV anymore) I find that brand specific forums (fora?) can be a bit more on point. I also use FB for more of my basic research stuff. I'll make my own analysis (for example) of what my 3/4 ton truck can haul, but part of that analysis will involve fairly generic questions ("what sort of auxiliary fuel tank works in a 2009 Chevy?"), it's often easier to do a quick search on FB than this forum.
PA12DRVR 06/21/22 10:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Alaska Bound

"My feeling is, if you have internet once a week or so to keep in touch that should be enough. Enjoy the trip and relax." ^^^ Ditto. My first trip L48 to Alaska was in either 74 or 76. Flew from Anchorage to Seattle; checked in with the boss via long distance phone. Picked up trucks in the Renton Area (IIRC) to drive back to Alaska...after a day or two of sorting out, checked in with the boss "It's Monday morning, we're leaving". IIRC, the next places we checked in were Fort Nelson (just checking in) and Whitehorse ("umm, we need you to wire funds, the big truck blew out an axle seal")...all via teletype since for whatever reason we could not get phone service. Checked in twice on what turned out to be (with repairs, etc.) a 2 week + trip. For a then-kid truck driver, it was a great trip. Gravel roads, Rancheria, possibly being "volunteered" to help fight fire, 4-5 days in a motel in Whitehorse, great trip.
PA12DRVR 06/21/22 09:48am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Don't let your guard down, Covid is still out there...

My wife, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and mother-in-law all got covid from a single visit to a "bad" location. Ages ranged from 50 + to 90+. All got better. I didn't go to the "infected spot", didn't get it from any of the relatives, but picked it up 7 months later from my boss (who is fully vaccinated and boosted) after his trip to Spain. I'm neither vaccinated nor boosted and I look fondly back on when I was 60. Had a fever for a day and a cough for two weeks. That's it. Maybe I got lucky, maybe my analysis was accurate (anticipate more issues with vaccine than Covid), whatever. My view is that folks should take what steps, if any, they feel are appropriate based on their situation, their doctor's input, and their analysis. Someone who gets the disease (whether vaccinated or not) should be the object of good wishes and care, not used as an example one way or the other.
PA12DRVR 06/15/22 11:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Will a 3/4 ton do

"PA12DRVR...your story reminds of a buddy who was in the Navy during the 60's-70's and told of what they told him if they ever 'heard' steam escaping. Invisible and that stream was hot enough & escaping fast enough to cut a body in half...told to take a broom and wave it slooowly around and found when the broom was cut in half...don't know how true that one was". Whether or not it was the best, most efficient, or safest method, that method (or a variant as far as what was waved) was very true "back in the day". During the same piping installing job, one of the more discrete activities was to run each boiler up to 1XX% of pressure / temp / flow and then do the same for each turbine as part of the prep for start up. All of that required that various gas and steam control valves were flowing, while within design parameters, at 1XX% of normal operating flow. That flow, while not indicating any problem, generated a noise that was close enough to escaping superheated steam that checks were needed for leaks. The procedure was to walk down the pipe chase and wave (it was actually a bit more prescribed than that) the broom in a consistent manner, then, barring any leak indications, walk through the pipe chase again with a gas detector held X", Y", and Z" above the floor to seek out gas leaks that might not have got to the level of triggering the primary detectors. The dual-redundancy aspect was that there were special pressure and temp gauges put in the feed and outflow piping where such gauges provided circa .25 psi gradations and ??? 1 degree??? gradations. Once steady state was reached, which had to be maintained for IIRC 12 hours, any change of more than 2-3 psi and 8-10 degrees required oversight, possibly intervention, and ultimately possibly shutdown. The lower guys on the totem pole (remember, this was back in the day) got to argue who got the broom waving duty (more on edge but shorter) vs. the gauge watching duty, safer but BORING. The "broom" was actually a rube goldberg frame with visqueen and paper....would still be cut by steam, but would pickup moisture if the leak was microscopic. Either result shut down the boil in process. Good times from decades ago.
PA12DRVR 06/14/22 01:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Will a 3/4 ton do

"Our computers would have recorded, sounded an alarm at each overload attempt and refused to move after a preset number of trys. Some required a keyed reset after reaching those numbers of trys...this is why said pretty soon, OEMs will control more to all ratings like they now do with ICE rev limiters" Not quite the same but as a young buck installing piping on a natural-gas-fired-steam boiler-steam turbine power generating plant, I was in the plant when a series of out of spec issues (low steam flow on one turbine, excess on another, failed gas valve delivering full fuel to a boiler running at 40% capacity, etc) resulted in an automatic system "shutdown"....the most dramatic effects of which were the steam blowdown (wherein a 10" sch. 80 steel line wiggled like an RV hose between supports spaced circa 80' apart) and the max capacity gas flare. Lots of shiny lights and interesting sounds. An out-of-spec truck trailer combo won't result in the same sort of fireworks, but at the end of the day, one has to decide whether they will stay in spec or not. Hopefully if they go out of spec, there is some analysis behind that decision.
PA12DRVR 06/14/22 09:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Best itinerary for Alaska

Couple of further thoughts about AK. - Roads are a mess in certain areas...no question. Just slow down. On occasion I drive a 5-yd dump truck (unloaded) between Los Anchorage and Fbks or Homer. Although that truck is very stout and can take any bumps, the driver not so much, so I slow down and enjoy the scenery even though there's almost no risk of damage to the rig. - Tires: In 45+ years of driving in AK, including 20+ trips on the Alcan, I've had 3 flat tires in AK (on the road...a couple more around the house) and 1 (!) on the Alcan. That one was a monster PITA as it was on a big flatbed truck, but it happened just outside Whitehorse, so solvable. Point is, although flats can happen, the odds are in your favor. - Windshield damage: it happens. I've got 5 vehicles, all have damage...but strangely enough, except for the Jeep Wrangler, all of the vehicles picked up the first ding / crack in the L48 (not even the Alcan, just in the L48). Slowing down helps windshield damage as does not having to see the bumper of the guy in front of you. - "You can drive all of the paved roads in the State easily in less than a week."....although more or less accurate for the Anchorage-Fbks-Valdez-Homer loops, it would have to be a pretty fast drive and that wouldn't include the Dalton North of Fbks that's paved. One would also miss some of the relatively decent gravel roads on those loops. - If you can bring yourself to go slow between Dawson Creek and Delta/Fairbanks/Tok, and if you can identify where to stay in AK for a few days at a time so you can use your truck to get out and see / do, a trip to Alaska would be enjoyable IMNSHO.
PA12DRVR 06/13/22 10:41am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Will a 3/4 ton do

Only in the RVnet forum would we boast about our favorite brand’s 3500 DRW being rated to tow more than 4 times its weight yet freak out when someone asks about an 8k lb HD 2500 truck towing 1.75 times its weight. Well, technically, that's accurate, but the paradigm is duplicated on other forums that I visit: - On a hunting forum, apparently Dall Sheep will instantly die and be magically transported to a landing strip if Experienced Hunter X even mentions going hunting, but when Hunter X responds to Newbie Hunter's question of the best method to stalk Dall Sheep, Experienced Hunter X simply states: "You'll never be able to sheep hunt unless you have 20 years experience"....and how pray tell does one get that experience? - Or on the airplane forum: Some PA-12 driver states: "I've landed on XYZ River Bar a few times, always a bit dicey to touch down soon enough if it's windy." (allegedly) Experienced Pilot X then asserts: "XYZ River Bar looks like it's at least 300' long, any Piper pilot worthy of the name can land there without a problem." PA-12 driver: "Have you ever landed there, particularly when the wind is from the East?" Pilot X: "Well, no, but I've flown over it once." :R
PA12DRVR 06/09/22 01:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Will a 3/4 ton do

I can't add much to what the esteemed members have already stated except for 3 small tidbits of personal perspective: - Grew up hauling all sorts of stuff on whatever truck would go and hopefully stop, also hauled all sorts of stuff with the old station wagon with steel bumpers and a big block. - Will still do the above ^^^ as needed, but if given a choice, I prefer to be within the published ratings of vehicles. Trucks don't magically blow up if one goes over a rating, but just as personal preference I like to stay in said ratings. - in 2019, bought a new F250 (diesel, CC, 6.5' box). Used it for tows under and over the ratings, nice truck, absolutely no complaints. At the time, the same truck with F350 badging and rating was on the lot for $1,200 more. It was black vs. my preferred slate grey. Point: I think the OP would be OK with a modern high-spec "3/4 ton" / 25 series. That being said, since 2019, I've had a small twinge of regret over not spending the extra $1,200 and getting (however ephemeral) the extra rating of the F350. If the OP is able to get a modern high-spec SRW 35 series truck for a relatively nominal $ increase, I'd suggest going that route.
PA12DRVR 06/09/22 08:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Alaska Bound

".... We were surprised at how many lakes still had ice." Can't speak for Canada, but for much of Alaska, spring has been nice, but slow; pretty cool-ish until recently and now (depending where one is at) cooling again. Local lake that I boat at has lore that "Ice is always out by Mother's day"...except it was nearly two weeks later this year.
PA12DRVR 06/08/22 09:39am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Best itinerary for Alaska

Op's burnin daylight here. (Or trying to esplain to his wife why taking their brand new 44' 5ver to AK and back is going to be a pain in the ___!) Once again, this forum needs a "like" button.
PA12DRVR 06/06/22 09:33am RVing in Canada and Alaska

As the thread title says "Personal Experiences": After having various family, extended family, and work colleagues get Covid since 2020, with me testing negative multiple times despite nominal at best precautions and no vaccine, I tested positive for Covid 10 days or so ago after feeling enough "flu-like" symptoms to want to take a day off work. After a day or two of feeling crappy, got tested with a positive result. "3rd day" I was starting to feel not-as-bad and by day 5 (and until now) feeling better, have a runny nose but no other symptoms.
PA12DRVR 05/31/22 12:49pm Around the Campfire
RE: Dually tire service/installation

" I am a huge proponent of finding a good local repair shop and getting to know them. Any extra cost to have "my" local shop work on my vehicles is very much offset by them getting me in right away when needed, and also NOT doing work if they find it isn't necessary." ^^^ This. My F550 dump truck doesn't compare to the big boys with their KW's and Peterbuilts for needing work, but when the local Big Truck shop knows that they will get all of whatever work I need on the F550, they tend to treat me just like one of their regular customers.
PA12DRVR 05/31/22 12:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best itinerary for Alaska

Some thoughts: - the guys that do it for a living haul 40' (and frequent doubles) trailers from Seattle / Montana year round in a matter of days. Don't even attempt to emulate them with your 44' 5th wheel. It will be a slow and steady trip from Banff or wherever. - Pull-off spots are likely going to be available without problem. Identified CG spots for a 44' trailer, not so much. As Grit suggested, plan on basing in an area for several days and using your truck as the way to get out and see the sights. - Alaska is expensive to enjoy if you want to do anything other than drive and hike. Incredible fishing, great sights, spectacular flightseeing, but it all takes $$. - With few exceptions, the RV-tourist stuff is locked up tight by mid-September. You should plan on being well on your way back by then. - You've hit the high spots for visiting. If you can handle it, meaning dealing with the bumps and the necessarily slow going, considering driving the Denali Highway from Paxson to Cantwell. That stretch, IMNSHO, is in the running for the most scenic road drive in AK. - I probably am misinterpreting, but I wouldn't plan on going from Banff to Valdez to make Valdez your starting point. Banff - (whitehorse, etc) - Tok- Delta - Fairbanks - Cantwell - Paxson-Glenallen-Anchorage- Seward-Homer-Anchorage-Talkeetna-Wasilla-Palmer-Glenallen-valdez-Tok-Whitehorse etc is sort of how I'd do it if I had 3 months...some backtracking but that's almost a given if you try to see a lot of the road system. - Expect pretty high fuel prices......
PA12DRVR 05/31/22 10:30am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska Bound

You must realize that northern BC, Alberta and the Yukon have very very little cell service. Wifi can be found in most towns but you have to stop and look for it. We just went camping 2 hrs from home with no cell service or wifi. Closest town was 25 kms away. There were two small communities close by, but no cell service, and they did have wifi for a price. Should be noted. Most small towns have free wifi at tourists Centre's, museums and library’s. How ever the communities I was near were to small for any of those facilities. I will also mention we live 3 hrs from Spokane Washington and we were another 2 hrs north west of our home, so not that far north at all. He most likely won’t make another comment until Whitehorse or once he gets into Alaska. Happy Trails everyone Soup. My last trip through Canada was back in 2018, also in mid-late May, which in turn was 8 years or so since the previous trip. What the wife and I found was that, despite kids and grandkids wanting updates, once we crossed the border (heck, once we got into northern Idaho), we were simply too busy enjoying being on the Alcan again and enjoying spring in the North Country to chase up the limited cell / wi-fi / internet access until (as Soup indicated) we got to a significant town. As I recall, we checked in from Edmonton, Watson Lake, and Whitehorse. In between, if the choice was taking a hike or chasing down internet, chasing down the internet lost that particular debate.
PA12DRVR 05/26/22 11:14am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Water Pressure Regulator

Grew up in the pipefitting industry...other than ride-along, didn't do much RVng as a kid. Fast forward to my 1st RV (circa 2002 or so). The salesman (I know...) says hey, you need to watch out for water pressure in campgrounds. OK, makes sense to me. Salesman then says "We can sell you this pressure regulator" and showed me what was probably a perfectly good regulator....but I said, no, that's not a water pressure regulator. Water pressure regulators are red (possibly black) and say "Watts" on them and come with (as noted above) the oil or glycerin filled gauge and if you really get the right one, it will have threaded outlets for two gauges and an adjustment bolt. Got a Watts but based on forgetting it a time or two or just being lazy, the ones from the RV places worked fine.
PA12DRVR 05/20/22 09:59am General RVing Issues
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