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Woohoo. Coach has sold. And time to move on.

Hello all. Well, a good and bad time has come to pass for us. Our coach has sold, and after 18 great years of making great memories and over 150 K on the clock its time to pass the keys on to someone else. It was a great coach and I'm sure that cummins will be running for many years to come for the new owners. The next chapter of our RV lifestyle starts soon as we narrow down the choices for both a teardrop trailer and an SUV to pull it. We are going to get back to some smaller campgrounds and trails and the big coach diesel pusher was better suited for other things. We have found some really good facebook groups that are tuned to both the RV and SUV we are looking at so we'll be gathering info there as we lead up to the purchase in the next few months. As well, after many years here we find we are no longer a good fit for this board as it has also changed a lot over the years. Its all good and I'm sure the moderators will be happy to see their "nuisance" go away. :) LOL. Its still a great resource for many and we wish all our RV.net friends well. So enjoy the journey folks, and as doctor Bonny says, "Be kind, be calm and be safe" Take care all. Reisender
Reisender 05/27/21 01:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: F150 Lightening

Ford is now planning to spend $30 billion on vehicle electrification by 2025 There is no turning back for Ford. I’m still not seeing any concrete commitment to charging infrastructure development. Relying on public infrastructure is proving to be a bad bet for other manufacturers. And developing their super app that hopes to integrate all the public charging networks into a better charging experience is so far not working out well for Mach E buyers. JMHO, but unless there is some kind of federal international (North American) leadership like tge europeans did their best bet would be to start building out a private ford version of the Supercharger network. Same for GM and Chrysler and Rivian and...... This is and will remain Tesla’s HUGE moat. JMHO.
Reisender 05/26/21 01:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: AC is dripping what seems to be like a lubricant

To me, if it was lubricant of any type it would have caused issues soon after the leak was detected. I know first camping trip of the season the water coming off the roof from the AC condensation seems slimy for awhile. Hope it goes well (and not expensive) for you.
Reisender 05/25/21 10:17am Class C Motorhomes
Request to moderators for an EVRV or EV tow vehicle section

Good morning all. As per the title. I wonder if it isn’t time to add a sub section like “EV’s as tow vehicles” or whatever. There are a bunch of us who enjoy discussing these topics but presently they have been relinquished to the around the campfire EV thread. And apparently a lot of the older members of the forum have been complaining about EV threads (many which I start) on the board. By giving the EV RV enthusiasts their own subsection it would allow both sides to live in peace. Obviously this will be a growing topic as more manufacturers build EV’s that have some towing capability, even if it is somewhat limited in the early years. Thanks in advance for considering this.
Reisender 05/25/21 09:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Cost of RVing

I would say we find campgrounds more in the mid 40’s on average. Not complaining. Just an observation.
Reisender 05/24/21 03:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV Rooftop Solar Charger Question

If you pull the inside grill off can you see the original wire pair? Yes. Okay. There are probably a couple ways to route that up to the top of the roof from that point. Not knowing your roof or the type of gasket I’m reluctant to advise how to get it back to the outside but a competent tech or maybe someone else on here can help with that. Once it’s outside then it gets easier. Either recycle the original panel or get something small and cheap and mount it on the top of the AC to avoid shadows. Newer panels will be bigger capacity If you go bigger than 15 watts you’ll need a regulator...so don’t. :). In my opinion you will regret not having that trickle charger on your chassis battery. We added one to every vehicle we had in our squadron in my Air Force days. We never had dead batteries even though some sat for a long time without being used. JMHO
Reisender 05/23/21 06:18pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Rooftop Solar Charger Question

I have no other panels and am not planning on installing any. The wires to the battery are in the AC compartment. The original panel was attached to the top of the AC and the wire went into the AC and out along with the other wire cable for the AC itself. Just not sure how/where to run the cable without drilling a hole in the roof or air conditioner. Unless I just get a totally different setup. Well, many just run the wire down the fridge vent. But from there you’ll have to get it to your chassis battery. If you pull the inside grill off can you see the original wire pair?
Reisender 05/23/21 04:59pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Rooftop Solar Charger Question

That panel was meant to keep a small charge on your chassis battery. If you can, replace it. The wire terminated up there somewhere. A small 5 or 10 watt panel will be under 50 bucks. Do you have a solar system for the coach batts?
Reisender 05/23/21 04:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Avoid Silverton Colorado

One down. Have you been to Sedona? The worst thing about Sedona is those side-by-sides! They suckk. Noisy, and totally trash the dirt roads. They are rented by vacationers that shoulda gone and rode the roller coaster. They treat this nice peaceful wonder like a race track and think they are not annoying. Did I mention that the dirt roads are destroyed all the time because of these side by sides? Worst thing ever! And they are stinky. Not an issue out in the boonies, but downtown it sucks.
Reisender 05/23/21 08:31am Toy Haulers
RE: F150 Lightening

I don’t know. Reading the F150 forum it seems an F150 gasser loses about 40 to 50 percent of its range towing, and that jives with our old GMC 2500 with a 350. A cybertruck with an 800 kilometres range will probably lose about the same. I can see a Cybertruck towing a 6000 to 7000 pound trailer 350 kilometres. The F150 lightning at least for now with its smaller battery and un aerodynamic shape will be less. But a lot of RVers don’t pull 6000 pound trailers, and they are not all shaped like a brick. Time will tell. Jmho. Not an expert.You’re right, my F150 loses about 40% of its range when I tow. So I can only go about 400 miles without stopping. Yah so the 500 kilometre version would work for many around here...You’re mixing apples and oranges. I’m talking towing miles under real world conditions. So am I. If you need to tow for 8 or 10 hours a day get a gasser or diesel. But many don’t have that need and would prefer the driving dynamic, ability to fuel at home and lie maintenance of an EV. Buy the right tool for the job it needs to do. A vehicle that can tow 600 kilometres at a shot wouldn’t really have any advantage for us as we would stop at least three or four times on a trip like that. Probably more.
Reisender 05/23/21 08:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Eternabond Tape

We put it on critical seams 15 years ago. Still holding well.
Reisender 05/23/21 07:18am General RVing Issues
RE: F150 Lightening

A hydrogen fueled truck would make a lot more sense. The battery trucks will require an hour charging for every 150-200 miles of driving. What is needed is fueling stations. Take a look at this hydrogen SUV. 380 mile range, 4000 lb. towing, and 5 minute refueling: https://www.hyundaiusa.com/us/en/vehicles/nexo/compare-specs The Nexo is nice. But holy carp, talk about expensive fuel. And presently very hard to find. Still, nice little SUV.
Reisender 05/22/21 01:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightening

I don’t know. Reading the F150 forum it seems an F150 gasser loses about 40 to 50 percent of its range towing, and that jives with our old GMC 2500 with a 350. A cybertruck with an 800 kilometres range will probably lose about the same. I can see a Cybertruck towing a 6000 to 7000 pound trailer 350 kilometres. The F150 lightning at least for now with its smaller battery and un aerodynamic shape will be less. But a lot of RVers don’t pull 6000 pound trailers, and they are not all shaped like a brick. Time will tell. Jmho. Not an expert.You’re right, my F150 loses about 40% of its range when I tow. So I can only go about 400 miles without stopping. Yah so the 500 kilometre version would work for many around here. Our favourite weekend spot is about 72 kilometres and a third of that gravel. For those travelling a little further it would still work. The idea is to be out of the driveway by 5 o’clock on Friday night and set up by the lake, eating tube steaks and drinking beer by 7. Head home after lunch on Sunday, rinse and repeat the following Friday. :).
Reisender 05/22/21 10:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightening

I don’t know. Reading the F150 forum it seems an F150 gasser loses about 40 to 50 percent of its range towing, and that jives with our old GMC 2500 with a 350. A cybertruck with an 800 kilometres range will probably lose about the same. I can see a Cybertruck towing a 6000 to 7000 pound trailer 350 kilometres. The F150 lightning at least for now with its smaller battery and un aerodynamic shape will be less. But a lot of RVers don’t pull 6000 pound trailers, and they are not all shaped like a brick. Time will tell. Jmho. Not an expert.
Reisender 05/21/21 03:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightening

I would imagine that Ford's target market even for this EV truck is rural. Wrong. It's a grocery getter, an around town car, a commuter for someone who wants a truck, but not a F250 or F350. You will rarely see it towing a heavy RV. But, you'll see it in a mini mall driven by a soccer mom with a nice rack. Or towing a boat to the local boat ramp, or on the freeway driven by someone who doesn't want a Tesla, which has no style, or any other silly appliance such as a goobermint-motors Volt. I might buy one just because having another Lightning will be fun. But, the lack of a loud supercharger might reduce the fun. :). It’s important for a vehicle to have a nice rack. :). Just sayin.
Reisender 05/21/21 01:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightening

I would imagine that Ford's target market even for this EV truck is rural. So if they want continuing dominance in the truck market, the recharging infrasture penetrating the rural and agri area is a must for them. And then we RVers, if we use it as our trailer puller, will also benefit. Then they better have LOTS of charging stations, since even their long range model will be lucky to get 100 miles of towing at max capacity. I think rural buyers will be the toughest sell, since 2-300 mile days while towing are routine. Depends what you are towing I suppose. I see lots of little tear drop trailers being pulled by Tacoma’s and other half tons around here. I wouldn’t be surprised if 300 km is doable for something that low profile.
Reisender 05/21/21 11:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightening

You mean waiting for an empty stall or how long does it take to charge? Either way, depends on the infrastructure. There are still lots of 50 JW stations out there all though it gets better everyday. Waiting for an empty stall depends on the amount of infrastructure in a area. It’s good around here, but add a few hundred thousand more EV’s... I think infrastructure will continue to improve both non the Tesla and non Tesla world. There are apparently 21 “coming soon” Superchargers on the map just for this province. But like I say, Tesla’s are kinda like Corollas around here,,,(exaggeration but you get it). Nothing out there in the Tesla forum but I'm getting this feeling that with the charging turn around issue being unrelenting, battery exchange in 10 minutes, first mentioned by Elon for the Semis, seems to be making sense. I wouldn’t do it. A typical pee and coffee refill and walk the chihuahua takes me 15 which is about the typical length of a V3 supercharger stop. A 5 or 7 minute battery change would just be wasted time sitting in the car. I might as well pump gas, which is also wasted time. . :). I can plug in and walk away and go whatever I want for 15 minutes at a Supercharger. Bigger truck batteries may take a little longer but still. It’s not that big a deal. Charge while you are stopped, don’t stop to charge.
Reisender 05/21/21 09:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightening

I can't imagine why electric charge stations don't have credit card readers like virtually every gas pump in this country. I own a Tesla now so I will probably never use one of the other brands of chargers but I would be much more likely to if the process was simple. GM has put together their own network of a consortium of independent charge networks but even they couldn't get Electrify America to play nice with them. If you could only fill up your ICE vehicles at certain gas stations it sure would be annoying. I know Petrocan uses a simple credit card system the same as their gas pumps. They even look similar. So it can be done. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50915677821_125ea07ee6_c.jpg
Reisender 05/21/21 09:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightening

I like the lightning but am disappointed in the anemic 150 KW charging rate. That is sooo 2017. I’m sure it will get better. At that rate, how long is the wait for off-site (out-of-home) charging stations? You mean waiting for an empty stall or how long does it take to charge? Either way, depends on the infrastructure. There are still lots of 50 JW stations out there all though it gets better everyday. Waiting for an empty stall depends on the amount of infrastructure in a area. It’s good around here, but add a few hundred thousand more EV’s... I think infrastructure will continue to improve both non the Tesla and non Tesla world. There are apparently 21 “coming soon” Superchargers on the map just for this province. But like I say, Tesla’s are kinda like Corollas around here,,,(exaggeration but you get it).
Reisender 05/21/21 09:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightening

I like the F150 lightning but I think the Cybertruck has better lockable storage. That stand on powered box cover is cool on the Cybertruck. And I think the in box (below box storage) of the Cybertruck is kinda cool. The Fords frunk is huge though. Gotta love that. And on the subject where you are the resident expert, whether Ford has the recharging network -- although this is not out of the realm of their resources to build up. I know little about fords plans for infrastructure but I have read in more than one place that ford adapted the ISO plug and charge protocol like they did with the Mach E. What does this mean? So in a Tesla you drive up to the Supercharger stall, grab the handle on the charge cable, point it at the charge door, push the little button, door opens, plug in and walk away. No RFID cards, no credit cards, NADA. The car communicates with the mothership and at the end of the charge session your credit card is billed. Unhook, drive away. This is essentially what the Mach E and the Lightning can do. Most EV’s go thru a big dance of selecting the right RFID card in your wallet depending on which chain you are at, FLO, EVGO, Charge point, EA etc etc etc. Then trying to get authorization, account balance checking etc. It can be a little frustrating although it may have gotten better since we sold our leaf. Petrocan is relatively easy as it just involves a credit car. On edit, I don’t know which networks participate in this ISO plug and play protocol but I assume a bunch. Really don’t know. Sorry. I know it’s the Ford Pass App that makes this all possible. https://owner.ford.com/fordpass/fordpass-electric-vehicle-features-overview.html I like the lightning but am disappointed in the anemic 150 KW charging rate. That is sooo 2017. I’m sure it will get better.
Reisender 05/21/21 08:19am Tow Vehicles
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