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RE: Does RV.net have a policy forbidding the discussion of EVs?

“Embracing new technologies isn't a requirement to keep this forum alive and healthy. Retaining the knowledge base is. A few bad apples spewing their negative comments will eventually run them off” Good morning. I don’t know. The number of RVers towing small trailers that are switching to electric vehicles as a tow vehicle is growing REALLY FAST and yet this board is not attracting any of them. Nor is there a specific forum area for them. I would think that it would be a priority of an RV forum sponsored by an RV retailer to attract this new generation of RVers. Jmho. Cheers.
Reisender 11/23/22 11:36am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Does RV.net have a policy forbidding the discussion of EVs?

From reading a few of those I see they turn into off-topic insult contests.That pretty much describes this forum in general as of late. It has become a toxic environment Yah. Huge change from 15 years ago. It is still useful but it is much more a hate centred political forum now. And without embracing new technologies it will just fade away in the years to come.
Reisender 11/23/22 10:00am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Does RV.net have a policy forbidding the discussion of EVs?

I think long term it won’t affect much. The Facebook EV RV camping groups have tens of thousands of active members. Answers to questions are almost instant and the expertise and experience from electric vehicle aspect is superior to anything one would find here wether that be hitches, loading or accessories or whatever. What’s not as good (yet) is the RV maintenance and repair aspect. On these old RV boards there is still lots of knowledge. But that will fade as well as old members move on. Obviously EV RVers are not going to join a caustic board like this, but the archives will be available for many years yet. It’s all good. Things evolve. Stay safe on the road all.
Reisender 11/23/22 09:07am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Small trailer suggestions

Since I originally posted that I had ordered a Ford Ranger, I have cancelled that order and ordered a Maverick with a 4000 lb towing capacity. If I ever actually get a Maverick I will be limited to pretty small trailers. That almost certainly means a 320 rather than a 400, or a Casita. Well, the folks we know with 320’s love them. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. There are a couple different Facebook groups for the T@Bs. Lots of helpful folks. Good luck.
Reisender 11/13/22 07:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Small trailer suggestions

I have owned my T@B for thirteen seasons. It's the 320 size. I have travelled coast-to-coast, as well as FL to MT more than once. Hubby has recently began coming, too. We currently have it in twin bed mode. For stays over 3 nights we often utilize the fully-enclosed add-a-room. Suits our needs. I also second looking at the 400 model. They made some good improvements for the 2023 model year, IMO. I also admin a Facebook group for T@Bs and accessories for sale if you want to join and take a look at used. Search for "T@B, T@G, and T@DA Campers/Accessories/Parts for Sale-North America". Thanks for the Facebook group info. I’ll check it out.
Reisender 11/13/22 12:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing TAG with Forester

Anyone have experience towing a TAG Basic or TAG XL with a Suburu Forester 2.5? My daughter's Suburu is rated to tow 1500# and she is looking at a TAG Basic (995# dry) and a TAG XL (1200# dry). She is concerned about how the Forester will do in the mountains. We know folks with a T@G basic that is typically around 1250 to 1300 pounds loaded. It’s within the limits. Maybe just take one for a test tow and see how it goes. Fun little trailer.
Reisender 11/12/22 08:39pm Towing
RE: New camper without 12 volt fridge

It's simple, it's all about the bottom line for the RV manufacturer. They've collectively never once done anything or made a change because it's better. 12v fridges are cheaper to buy, and much cheaper / faster for the manufacturer to install. Most are already throwing cheap solar on as mandatory options anyway no matter if it's capable of supporting a 12v fridge or not, so that does not get added into the equation. As an example an absorbtion fridge is an option with Forest Rivers Rockwood/Flagstaff brands, starting at around $550.00 on the smaller units that have a standard size fridge. It's more for a double door on the larger ones. At least at the retail level, price is about a wash. The upcharge for absorption on new RVs is to discourage customization. It's cheaper to install the same appliance every time. If they are throwing in a low end solar system, it's probably more expensive to put in 12v vs running an extra branch on the propane system...but again, probably not by much. The bigger reason is marketing. We probably have 50% more interior space in our 12v fridge for the same size cabinet opening. That is a selling point and to be honest, it's a good one that provides value. Yah for sure. We have a 3 way 3.7 cubic foot in ours trailer. The DC 12 volt compressor models are a slide in replacement and I think they are close to 5 cubic foot. Ours works fine but when it’s time to replace it we’ll put a DC compressor fridge in its place.
Reisender 11/10/22 06:41am General RVing Issues
RE: New camper without 12 volt fridge

Adda about 400 watts of solar (2 panels) and some additional battery capacity and you’ll be happy with the compressor unit. They are a better fridge and will keep things cooler in hot weather. solar is fine IF you are either parked in the sun or have portable panels in the sun or have electric hookup. A stretch of cloudy days dry camping....... another story. yes, the do cool faster, and keep stuff colder in hot weather IF you have power for them. There are days camping where a compressor fridge would have been fine, but there have also been time camping in constant cloudy weather where compressor fridge would have meant running a generator even with all the solar we have. You just can't beat the energy density in BTU/lb of propane with current alternatives. Weeks of fridge running on a gallon of propane. Yah I hear ya. But with 400 watts of solar and a corresponding battery back even under cloudy skys you would probably be fine for a few days. Anyway. Hope you find a solution. Happy camping and safe travels. John.
Reisender 11/08/22 12:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: New camper without 12 volt fridge

Adda about 400 watts of solar (2 panels) and some additional battery capacity and you’ll be happy with the compressor unit. They are a better fridge and will keep things cooler in hot weather.
Reisender 11/08/22 10:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I just hope that the Cybertruck is betting suited for towing than the electric trucks currently on the market. I was excited about getting an electric truck for my business until I started seeing tow test results. It’s still a half ton. My guess is it like other EV’s will be well suited to smaller lower profile trailers. Larger heavier units with big profiles will be better suited to diesel tow vehicles. We are members of a few electric vehicle towing groups on social media. Those pulling lower profile units are actually pretty happy with their tow experience. But those towing taller bigger units are generally disappointed when doing longer road trips. Right tool for the right job.
Reisender 11/03/22 11:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Maybe we could get back to RV related posts instead of NHRA related posts. How the semi pulls, and when/if the semi pulls is more relevant to this thread. :) Although relevancy seems varied at best. :) I did read somewhere that the Cybertruck is supposed to start production end of 2023. Seems like it's always going to happen "next year". I read that too, although tesla Canada pointed out that it is still the same timeline. Production starts beginning third quarter with production ramp up last part of 2023. Time will tell.
Reisender 11/03/22 11:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: DC to DC charger

I’m not sure what the source is here. Is it the trucks 12 volt system you want to use to charge the truck campers battery? Why would you need a DC to DC converter for that. That is what the trucks charge line is for on the 7 pin. What am I missing? We use a DC to DC converter but it is from one static battery bank to another. So no alternator etc. My oem and additional charging circuits worked well for lead acid. But when I changed to telcom, I got no charging from the alternator unless something such as the microwave was running. I've added a dc to DC 20 amp charger, and I'm seeing up to 19.6 amps going into the house bank. I started a thread with my observations. Interesting. Thanks Don.
Reisender 10/27/22 09:08am Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC charger

I’m not sure what the source is here. Is it the trucks 12 volt system you want to use to charge the truck campers battery? Why would you need a DC to DC converter for that. That is what the trucks charge line is for on the 7 pin. What am I missing? We use a DC to DC converter but it is from one static battery bank to another. So no alternator etc. the 7 pin wire is small, lots of voltage drop. so if your altanator is putting out 13.5V, just to pick a number, by the time it is down at your rv batteries it could be in the 12's, also unless you buy a battery isolater the rv can suck down the truck batteries if you leave it plugged in. I believe newer vehicles may come with that but the wires are still to small. a dc to dc charger mounts as close to the battery as you can, and you run a new wire, or use your 7 pin, directly from the truck battery to the DC to DC. the charger then turns what ever it is getting into a proper voltage for your batteries. as a bonus it also isolates your truck batteries from the rv batteries so you cannot drain your truck down. if you use the 7 pin charge line to feed it the inlett amps will be up to 50% higher than the ouput amps, the reason to run a larger wire on a plug is to lower that difference by making less voltage drop on the feed. so you can also set the charging profiles on the dc to dc charger so if you have deep cycle batteries it will get the best charge as aposed to what ever the starting batteries in the truck get. same goes for gel and Li. I am installing on in my camper in the spring, this will let me have a emergency source of power for charging if I hit a ton of dark days when I am lait fall/early winter camping. my solar handles everything but last year I saw three days of rain and dark and I was hitting the 50% mark on y deep cycle from running the furnace all the time. I have a 10 day cussion now with the LiFePO4 cell I built but, with the dc tyo dc, in 1.5 hours I can recover 24 hours power use if I need to. Thanks for the explanation. That all makes sense. I didn’t think it would be a problem with the drop from the alternator but yah. I get it. We use ours very rarely. When we are dry camping we have a little 2000 watt propane generator we use for keeping the battery up on our little trailer if the solar conditions are bad. (Meaning shady sites etc). But we have stayed at a no generator campground a couple times. We plugged into the 12 volt receptacle in the trunk of the Tesla which kicks out 13.6 volts and then set the DC to DC converter to 14.4 volts to trickle charge the trailer battery for half a day. Got us thru the last couple of days of a camping trip. Handy devices. Thanks again for the explanation.
Reisender 10/26/22 09:35pm Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC charger

I’m not sure what the source is here. Is it the trucks 12 volt system you want to use to charge the truck campers battery? Why would you need a DC to DC converter for that. That is what the trucks charge line is for on the 7 pin. What am I missing? We use a DC to DC converter but it is from one static battery bank to another. So no alternator etc.
Reisender 10/26/22 05:36pm Truck Campers
RE: GMC Sierra EV

Wow. 750 HP! 400 mile range. They're getting better. I have all the tow vehicle I'll ever need but this is really something. GMC EV pickup That's an "estimated" range, under the best of conditions. And, where do you find 800 volt charging stations? I think in Canada the only 800 volt providers are Petro-Canada and Electrify Canada. An 800 volt vehicle will charge fine off a 400 volt charger but somewhat slower…maybe 20 percent slower. (Its not linear). I have no personal experience with 800 volt systems but one of our neighbours has an 800 volt Hyundai. It charges marginally faster than our Tesla but it’s also a slightly smaller battery so not sure what the final tally would be. We have charged on Petro Canada 800 volt machines a few times with our Tesla but it switches to 400 volts as soon as it sees that it’s a Tesla and a 400 volt car. It’s all interchangeable and the car communicates what it wants from the charger. Hope that helps. Not an expert.
Reisender 10/22/22 07:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How do I know what kind of heating is in the caravan?

Dear, please tell me how to understand from the description, what heating system is in the caravan: liquid or air? Here they write in the description: "central heat", how should this be understood? As I understand it, if it says "Truma", then it is air? It sounds like a Truma Alde system. That is a hydronic heat and hot water system. A propane burner and/or electric element heats glycol which is then circulated through a series of heat registers in the trailer. Dry quiet, super efficient. It’s a common system on higher end trailers. They have excellent reputations. Hope that helps.
Reisender 10/22/22 07:21am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Comical EV article

Apparently the new GM’s and Tesla half tons may have more range. Time will tell.Hope so. And speaking of TOW vehicles (lol) Tesla's semi has some pretty impressive stats. 0-60 with a full load of 80k pounds in 20 seconds. And highway speed going up grades. Wouldn't it be nice to not be crawling up a hill behind a truck? Yah. Our last camping trip we took the sea to sky highway from Horseshoe bay up to Whistler. We camped overnight in Pemberton and then headed out to Lilllooet on the Duffy lake road. Crazy highway. 13 percent grades and switchbacks for 101 kilometres. But it was effortless for the car trailer combo, both up and down. Never used the brake pedal once, even on the 13 percent grades. Here is the energy graph for that section. Can you tell when the 13 percent grade started? :) https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52387207045_7e0db6c2c3_c.jpg It’s a beautiful trip, but if you are towing or have a larger rig it’s not for the faint of heart. :). Depending if we were going up or down we could smell hot catalytic converters and hot brakes. :).
Reisender 10/19/22 01:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Comical EV article

Are EVs tow vehicles now?You mean like behind a Motorhome?No, that's a towed vehicle. Ah ok. There are thousands of EVers towing with EV’s (including ourselves) but generally speaking they tow smaller, lighter and lower profile trailers. Those towing larger high profile trailers are seeing poor results, or at least from the range point of view. Apparently the new GM’s and Tesla half tons may have more range. Time will tell.
Reisender 10/19/22 12:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Comical EV article

Are EVs tow vehicles now? You mean like behind a Motorhome? Not that I know of. Maybe Rivian someday as initially that was the plan.
Reisender 10/19/22 11:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Comical EV article

Comical is an understatement. To be clear, the majority of new EV’s sold would make that trip in one shot with range to spare with no charging. They took a short range commuter with slow recharge rate on a road trip. Go figure. Oh, and when they do recharge it’s about 15 minutes to recharge that distance. Not 11 hours. Great story though. :).
Reisender 10/18/22 10:06pm Tow Vehicles
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