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RE: Cost effective 14,000 tow rating

Until you said single wheel I was thinking a old class 5-7 would fill the bill. ^^^ This. When scoping out possible pricing for my '13 F550, I was quite surprised at the number of (relatively) low mile 550's available from the past several MY's that came with a variety of bed styles.....you might even be able to find a more recent F450 with the P/U style bed. ...but the SRW is a pretty strong filter.
PA12DRVR 03/02/21 10:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: CC&R dated 1973 says no RVs, trailers, boats can be stored

Be interesting to see if the OP gets advice from the NM attorney, but Itsy and Arctic Gabe both posted the substance of how it could play out. Been to that particular rodeo more than once and the best advice was posted "Basically, fighting against this by a blatant violation and "seeing what happens" is risky. I'd think you'd be better off getting the required number of signatures to change or dissolve the CC&Rs. Or go move elsewhere." Tough thing about keyboard lawyering is making sure to not actually offer any advice. :)
PA12DRVR 02/26/21 09:53am General RVing Issues
RE: CC&R dated 1973 says no RVs, trailers, boats can be stored

Suggest you confirm that the restrictions are CCR's and not deed restrictions...just for grins. Someone will have to sue you to enforce the "rules" and deed restrictions just means it's a different someone. CCR's don't age out unless there are sunset provisions in them or there is a statutory provision. IDK what the law is in NM, but would guess the CCR's are still valid. What that does is give your fellow owners a cause of action against you...it's not an instant summary judgment issue (what is "storage" anyway?) but it let's them walk in and have count 1 in their complaint. Consult with the local attorney, but it still sounds like a headache that one doesn't need, even if in practical terms, the likelihood of suit is pretty low.
PA12DRVR 02/22/21 10:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Texas winterizing...

It does sound like Texas went on the cheap as far as winterizing all of their power sources, but that doesn't mean the solution is to surrender control to the feds. When I lived in Texas, all of my subdivision and all of surrounding subdivisions (to the best of my knowledge) were built slab-on-grade...so the water, gas, and often power would run up to the attic / 2nd story where the mechanical equipment (other than the outside components of the A/C) was located and then be distributed from there. As far as Alaska, every day during the week I look out and see several wind turbines happily spinning away, but on the location, there are always 2-3 that aren't spinning: probably routine downtime, but who knows? Every weekend, I also drive by what is probably close to an acre of solar panels. Currently covered in snow....like they have been since mid-November except for a week or so in January when they were covered with ice after a thaw-freeze cycle. I can't speak to the efficiency or reliability of the wind turbines but they were put in with grant money, not with operating funds, so that makes me wonder about the economics. I can say with some degree of certainty that the acre solar grid ain't producing jack and hasn't since last summer.
PA12DRVR 02/19/21 09:40am Around the Campfire
RE: 4 degrees in Dallas!

I have a friend who lives down there and is trying to deal with snow without a snow shovel or snow brush. Multiple former acquaintances in Dallas, Houston, Austin, are simply at a loss with how to deal with both snow and near-zero temps. My RE Agent / Property Manager friend in the Big D is absolutely slammed with broken pipe calls and "everything seems to be working but the heating system isn't keeping it warm" calls. My former boss...who retired and put a bunch of money in peach trees in the Hill Country...is bemoaning the likely loss of two years of work to put them in. I'm at the age where below zero holds no attraction for me, but I'd much rather deal with -30 in Los Anchorage (50 degrees below one version of "average winter" temps) than 0 in Texas.
PA12DRVR 02/15/21 05:51pm Around the Campfire
RE: Not Crazy About Snow and Cold

It's pretty bad when, based on off-the-cuff informal surveys, most of the larger cities and towns in Texas have (for today anyway) colder temps than Los Anchorage and, for a few hours and rare instances, some colder than Fairbanks. When it gets to 0 or close to it, or below, much of the decorative foliage in the Houston area (and I recall from my decade + there, it's a big deal), is going to die...covering or heating only goes so far.
PA12DRVR 02/15/21 05:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: How dependable are newer trucks with higher mileage?

FWIW....2009 Chevy Silverado diesel currently 130 k At about 90k, lots of electronic gizmos failed: mass air sensor, throttle position sensor, etc. Usually $500 a pop between parts someone elses labor. Probably $7-$8000 all told. Had to spend about $1,000 on brakes, but that was in the 2-year period I was gone and #1 son used the vehicle...can't help but think there was user issues involved. Other than that, the iron has been fine. No internal tranny issues, no engine failures, etc. Of course, at 110k, I bought another pickup and relegated the chevy to "backup status"... that could be why I've never had a problem since.
PA12DRVR 02/01/21 01:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Speaking of large batch cooking-freezing leftovers?

Have had a Cabela's branded machine that, I believe, is made by FoodSaver. Cost $195 (IIRC) back in 2002? 3? Worked great ever since. Freezing leftovers, excess food usually at least 2-3 times per month. At least twice a year, packing case lots of fish, game, whole processed hog, etc. Had a cheap one since 1990 something....worked great for 2 - 3 years, then became a major pain to work. Nothing wrong with cheap if it turns out to be reliable. My experience has proven otherwise.
PA12DRVR 01/26/21 12:55pm Around the Campfire
RE: Speaking of large batch cooking-freezing leftovers?

We often cook for family groups of 8-12....and usually overestimate how much will be eaten. After dinner, the monster serving bowls are put away and the vacuum sealer comes out. We usually put what we think we'll eat in the next day or two in ziplocs (for the fridge) and use appropriate size vacuum bags to vacuum and freeze the rest.
PA12DRVR 01/25/21 05:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: Unnecessary Warnings Shown on Products

In the current environment where there's always someone to blame, or at least there's always deep pockets to go after, "unnecessary" warnings are a cost of doing business. Any degree of sense, much less common sense, might render the warnings unneeded, but they are in place probably 90% for the initial defense in lawsuits and only 10% to actually provide a warning about the product.
PA12DRVR 01/21/21 03:47pm Around the Campfire
RE: Slide topper noise dampening

My last RV had 4 slides, 3 came with toppers. The one without topper was where the "watch TV from here" chair was. Any significant rain made it very difficult to watch TV.....so I purchased a topper for that slide. Made a huge and immediately noticeable difference in the noise level...even it a hard rain, turned the "rat-a-tat-tat" to a sort of low level hum. Carried 3 inflatable beach balls with light rope glued to them: when wind was expected, blow up the beach ball, toss the rope under the topper and pull the inflated beach ball under the topper....created enough tension to stop the flap.
PA12DRVR 01/21/21 11:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Traveling to Alaakska later ths year or next.

FWIW, using 2020 to project for 2021.... - No worries about getting on/in/aboard the "tourist" activities that do operate in AK - Lodging is easier to find - Local RV rental is not booked up as much as usual...but that was pretty spiky last year - 50% of more of the usual "tourist" activities will be shut down but there are still options for most activities, maybe just not the vendors one would expect. Based on that latter part of 2020 and limited discussion recently, there will be some reduction in the "self-imposed" distancing and "who can come" restrictions by the local vendors. Some State (and more likely to have an impact-local) mandates will still be in place on the "tourist" activities. Rumblings I hear are that the Canadian Border will essentially remain closed through 2021, that cruise lines aren't coming to AK, and that several well known flight tour operations won't open in 2021.
PA12DRVR 01/12/21 10:54am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Anyone rent out their camper?

My boss (an attorney) has several clients for whom he does multi-million $$ deals. When those clients need an FED or something similarly done that is not sexy, that work gets passed to me. I've billed more than a few hours in the past year or two representing those big clients (with nice RV's) that thought they could make a few $$ renting the RV, and have subsequently had problems, either damage, not paying the final bill, etc....all run of the mill problems and not (so far) anything hugely catastrophic, but enough to convince me that, if I ever get another RV, I won't be renting it out.
PA12DRVR 01/07/21 11:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Scary Incidents in Life, Part 1

Two flying stories: - My cabin "in the woods" is on a ridge, overlooking a river valley, requiring two turns (in the air) to get out of the valley and into wider open areas. On clear days, I've established river bar landing sites ("If I get into fog HERE, I'll drop down and land THERE) since I may be in the middle of those turns when fog rolls in. Had to land on the riverbar one day....amazing how much shorter a 400' landing spot feels when you MUST land there rather than practice landings on a nice clear day. This experience was a pretty tense 20 minutes or so. - Flying with the wife one very nice day looking at mountain scenery. She drops her pen (being used to make notes): "Can I get my pen?" "Sure, unbuckle and grab it, the air's very calm" Shortly thereafter (if anyone flys a Piper ragwing, you'll understand the control layout): 1) her behind is forcing the stick far to the right and slightly nose-down; 2) her foot jams the left rudder pedal pretty hard in; and 3) her elbow jams the throttle all the way forward. We're now in a fully cross-controlled, full-power, flight towards the nearest mountain. I calmly said "Dear, why don't you sit back down for a minute." Or possibly, I loudly said "sit back down and get off the blank controls before we crash." :) This experience was in all reality probably 45 seconds or less but that 45 seconds scared the snot out of me since I was momentarily not the airplane driver, just along for the ride.
PA12DRVR 01/05/21 12:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: Employment VS Unemployment

Without commenting on the general merits of Min. Wage, one of the problems with an ever-increasing minimum wage is that at some point, (small) business owners will decide to: a) do it themselves, or b) not undertake the minimum wage work. Either "a" or "b" results in one less minimum wage job, one less entry-level spot in the workforce, one less opportunity for someone to learn a job....and of course, one less person with a wage, even a minimum wage. Years ago, when my payroll included about 100 people, I did certain professional activities (i.e. bookkeeping, tax filing) myself rather than pay $XX,xxx to others for it. Fast forward 25 years (when my payroll is 1 - 3) and it's worth it to me to spend 2-3 hours a week doing filing rather than pay someone $XX / hour plus employee benefits to do it.
PA12DRVR 12/29/20 02:38pm Around the Campfire
RE: How will my new F350 behave in cold temps?

Late to the party... but I routinely drive three (3!) diesel vehicles in and around Los Anchorage, AK. 1 older chevy duramax and 2 fords with the 6.7 . Fuel gelling is not a concern as the fuel up here is blended to address colder temps. On all of the diesels, I will routinely just start them (ain't remote starts great) and let them warm up until I'm ready to go....in temps down to -15 or so. Not that that's a hard limit, just the coldest I've seen in Los Anchorage recently. In colder weather, such as my 10-day sojourn in Squarebanks last winter, when the bank temp sign regularly read "-3x" or, on one PITA day, "-42", I'll plug them in. As mentioned, good batteries help a lot, but in any case, for temps in the 'teens or even single digits, you won't need to worry about anything.
PA12DRVR 12/21/20 10:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Geomagnetic storm in progress -- watch for aurora!

Heard from friends out in the wild that the aurora was relatively active over the past weekend, but in the area I was at, the cloud cover effectively blocked it. :(
PA12DRVR 12/14/20 11:15am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Diesel Fuel Availability

My first trip on the "Alcan" as it was called when I was growing up was in 1976 or '74 (I forget). Followed in due course by a few trips up the "haul road" to Prudhoe...all interspersed with routine trips on the Alaska road system when a lot of it was gravel and in the winter when I infrequently saw the old gas station thermometers reading -40 or colder. All of which left me with a healthy fear of running out of fuel when either: i) it was 200 miles between fuel pumps; or ii) it was below zero. To this day, I can't travel outside of the Anchorage-Palmer-Girdwood-Willow radius without throwing in a couple of jugs of diesel in the truck between September and April...but that's just me. I'd suspect the OP is looking at a summer trip, so the cold weather won't be a factor; and in 2018, between MT and Beaver Creek (my last full-length trip), we never had a problem finding diesel or gas. To answer the question...no. Sensible suggestions to run off the top half of the tank, to fill up whenever you otherwise stop, and to carry Canadian cash, but I don't believe you need to carry jugs. ...assuming the trip is allowed next year....
PA12DRVR 12/14/20 11:11am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Geomagnetic storm in progress -- watch for aurora!

Clearing and cooling as we type...maybe clear enough tonight to catch a view.
PA12DRVR 12/11/20 03:39pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Geomagnetic storm in progress -- watch for aurora!

Well, we're going to live around Los Anchorage and a good part of SC Alaska....the beneficent fog and low lying clouds kept the evil geostorm death rays from reaching the atmosphere. ...and blocked available aurora as well. :(
PA12DRVR 12/11/20 09:58am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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