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RE: T@b 400 -- comments by those who've seen it??

This is all I can offer as an uneducated. My sister and her husband recently purchased the Tab 400 and spent 2 months out west. Came home and talked about the scenery and the trout fishing but never a complaint about the Tab. They pulled 4300 miles with a Toyota Tacoma and I'm still yet to hear anything negative. The wife and I do much the same but prefer at least 30ft of trailer......enjoy. Well that’s encouraging. We got an update on the arrival of ours. First week of April if all goes well. Hope to be on the road 3 rd week of May with the new combo. We have a 2700 kilometre 16 campground 8 week trip planned including 6 ferry crossings. Woohoo. :).
Reisender 01/13/22 06:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: T@b 400 -- comments by those who've seen it??

The heating system is one of the best features but will take some experience in its use. I assume you're referring to the optional system made by Alde - https://i.imgur.com/BMoNV50l.jpg Honestly, it looks ridiculously complex and failure-prone. On Alde's website, I couldn't find any mention of how much battery power it consumes while dry-camped. Power usage is pretty low. Just a tiny circulation motor. The systems have a pretty good name. Mostly found in European trailers and industrial trailers. They are a Swedish company. Not an option though on the 400. It’s the only system available.
Reisender 01/12/22 05:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: T@b 400 -- comments by those who've seen it??

The heating system is one of the best features but will take some experience in its use. I also think I would like the basement air. A new 400 AND SUV hmm 401k must be prospering. Congrats Heh hen. :). We down sized from a 40 foot diesel pusher. We have plans to go to lots of places we couldn’t get to with the pusher. Should be fun....and cosy.
Reisender 01/12/22 12:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: T@b 400 -- comments by those who've seen it??

We have one on order. Pricey but a good fit for our needs. We talked to lots of owners and checked them out in detail. Good fit and finish. They are 7’6” wide as opposed to 7’ for some of their competition. That was a concern for us because we are pulling with an SUV. But we hooked up and looked in the mirrors and it was fine. High tech appliances including hydronic heat. Not everybody wants that. Basement AC. Nice headroom (I’m tall). They have spent time on the engineering making it so as you fill water tank or add batteries your hitch doesn’t get heavier. (Actually gets slightly lighter). If you have a healthy budget it’s a nice fit. But there are other less expensive alternatives. Ours arrives April or May timeframe. The new SUV that pulls it arrives about the same time. Should be a fun summer. :).
Reisender 01/12/22 08:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Electric Chevy Silverado Debut

Reference the Chevy Avalanche: They were made from 01-2013 and they sold 650K of them. Certainly not bad run. Minus the cladding issue of the early years, I thought they looked good. I get the impression the avalanche was quite a bit smaller. Hard to say. As well, I don’t think it had anywhere close to the 660 horsepower of the Silverado. Lotsa jam there. Smaller than what? Avys are full size 1/2 and 3/4 tons. Did not know that. Maybe I’m getting confused with that Honda that kinda looked like an avalanche. You are. The Avalanche was a full size Suburban with a truck bed. You must be thinking of the 1/4 ton Honda Ridgeline, which is based on the Honda Pilot. BIG difference between the two. Ridgeline. That’s it. Neighbour had one parked in the driveway across the street. Similar looking. Thanks for the info.
Reisender 01/09/22 02:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Chevy Silverado Debut

Reference the Chevy Avalanche: They were made from 01-2013 and they sold 650K of them. Certainly not bad run. Minus the cladding issue of the early years, I thought they looked good. I get the impression the avalanche was quite a bit smaller. Hard to say. As well, I don’t think it had anywhere close to the 660 horsepower of the Silverado. Lotsa jam there. Smaller than what? Avys are full size 1/2 and 3/4 tons. Did not know that. Maybe I’m getting confused with that Honda that kinda looked like an avalanche.
Reisender 01/09/22 12:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Chevy Silverado Debut

Reference the Chevy Avalanche: They were made from 01-2013 and they sold 650K of them. Certainly not bad run. Minus the cladding issue of the early years, I thought they looked good. I get the impression the avalanche was quite a bit smaller. Hard to say. As well, I don’t think it had anywhere close to the 660 horsepower of the Silverado. Lotsa jam there.
Reisender 01/08/22 01:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Chevy Silverado Debut

I can’t help but think that Ram will have a little advantage here. They’ll see everything that Ford and Chevy have done and learn from there. Jmho.
Reisender 01/06/22 04:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Chevy Silverado Debut

Here's another video with more details on this new truck including a WT model that can tow up to 20,000 lbs. Eight lug 24" wheels and 10 minute charge for 100 miles. I have to say this is the best looking GM truck I've seen in a long time. Link Thanks for posting. Good video. Good competition for the ford.
Reisender 01/06/22 04:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need help . No shore power

Yes as far as where I’m plugged in is good. Been plugging trailer in since it was new same spot . I just fired up the generator and everything kicks on like it should . Now just turned generator off and plugged trailer back in and nothing . No power . Where might the transfer switch be ? Thanks for all the he help I really appreciate it Should be really close to the genny but very probably inside the rig. It will be square maybe 10 inches by 10 inches. Start with where the power line comes into the trailer and follow it. That line and the generator line will meet at the transfer switch. You can also trace backwards from the converter. Good luck.
Reisender 01/06/22 03:54pm Toy Haulers
RE: Electric Chevy Silverado Debut

Yes agreed. But I don’t think you’ll see DC fast charging at campgrounds or hotels. In my opinion it wouldn't make sense. At campgrounds and hotels the client is there at least overnight so they have all night to charge. Equipment outlay for the campground is minimal compared to DC fast charging. It would be difficult for the operator to justify the expense of the DC fast charge equipment. And I’m not sure how many clients would use it. I know I certainly wouldn’t pay a premium to fast charge. Let it charge while I sleep. If someone is in a hurry just go find a Supercharger or DC fast charger. JMHO. Not an expert. Digging up the campground to put in extra service isn't easy or cheap and providing that much service to every site could mean a huge increase in the power supply for the campground without a clear need for it. Putting in a fast charger would require much less digging and would clearly define the amount of power needed. I feel sure that we will end up paying the for the infrastructure and power used no matter what the approach is. At least, that would be the case if I was the campground owner. Though I am sure that there are some I have yet to see a fast charger near any campground. Yah some good points. KOA is first down this road. Guess we’ll see how that goes for them. Close to a campground is relative I guess. Just using our own experience I would say DC fast chargers are fairly common within 20 to 40 kilometres of many of the campgrounds we camp at. Lots of change coming. I would think campgrounds will address it all on their own schedule. Having facilities at each site is probably not necessary for the next 30 or 50 years. Having 10 percent of the sites with a J1772 EVSE would probably be adequate for the next decade. Time will tell. Cheers.
Reisender 01/06/22 02:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Chevy Silverado Debut

Yup, towing range IMO will be reduced to peanuts on either brand. Again, IMO, useless. Charging? Well that's a debate all in itself, but while on last outing last fall, CG owner told us he's expanding and installing HD power to those sites so folks can charge their EV vehicles. Guess ya can't with standard power (I'm not an electrical expert by any means). He went onto say that he say one camper w/ a lil genny running to charge up his EV. Makes a lot os sense doesn't it??? No idea on towing. Guess we’ll have to wait and see. Although I don’t think most 1/2 ton owners tow heavy trailers much. Re he power. Most EV’s are charged with “standard power”. Usually a 14-50 Nema Stove plug commonly found on a campground pedestal or less. My guess is many campgrounds will upgrade by either doing what KOA is doing and putting a 40 amp EVSE on the pedestal or having a bunch of EVSE’s or maybe just extra Nema 14-50 plugs somewhere in a parking area. Should be a good revenue stream for those that do. JMHO. More power to the campsites would be nice but a few high power chargers in a common area might be easier to put in and would bail out those that need a charge in a hurry. Charging a pickup on a 50A 240V outlet could take 10 to 15 hours. Yes agreed. But I don’t think you’ll see DC fast charging at campgrounds or hotels. In my opinion it wouldn't make sense. At campgrounds and hotels the client is there at least overnight so they have all night to charge. Equipment outlay for the campground is minimal compared to DC fast charging. It would be difficult for the operator to justify the expense of the DC fast charge equipment. And I’m not sure how many clients would use it. I know I certainly wouldn’t pay a premium to fast charge. Let it charge while I sleep. If someone is in a hurry just go find a Supercharger or DC fast charger. JMHO. Not an expert.
Reisender 01/06/22 01:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Chevy Silverado Debut

Even without trying to tow something I doubt if you will get 400 miles in the real world. Running the air conditioner or heater will take a bite out of it. Hard to say. Heat or air isn’t the big hit for us. Speed is. Just like a gas vehicle, epa numbers are easy to achieve if you stick around the epa speeds. Easy around here as most speed limits tend to be around 90 or 100 kmh. At freeway speeds it’s obviously less.
Reisender 01/06/22 10:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Chevy Silverado Debut

Yup, towing range IMO will be reduced to peanuts on either brand. Again, IMO, useless. Charging? Well that's a debate all in itself, but while on last outing last fall, CG owner told us he's expanding and installing HD power to those sites so folks can charge their EV vehicles. Guess ya can't with standard power (I'm not an electrical expert by any means). He went onto say that he say one camper w/ a lil genny running to charge up his EV. Makes a lot os sense doesn't it??? No idea on towing. Guess we’ll have to wait and see. Although I don’t think most 1/2 ton owners tow heavy trailers much. Re he power. Most EV’s are charged with “standard power”. Usually a 14-50 Nema Stove plug commonly found on a campground pedestal or less. My guess is many campgrounds will upgrade by either doing what KOA is doing and putting a 40 amp EVSE on the pedestal or having a bunch of EVSE’s or maybe just extra Nema 14-50 plugs somewhere in a parking area. Should be a good revenue stream for those that do. JMHO.
Reisender 01/06/22 09:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Chevy Silverado Debut

After the sh*t show of the Volt, ELR and Bolt, I'll never get a GM EV. Can’t comment on a volt but a bolt is a pretty solid car and you would be hard pressed to find very many unhappy bolt owners. The battery thing is a bit of a stain on the bolt but GM is being pretty stand up ish about it and owners are farther ahead than they were when their car was new. Besides, the Silverado is on a whole new platform. I’ll wait till it’s on the road to draw any conclusions but it is a whole new generation of EV for GM and shares little in common with previous EV’s. Last to the table is Ram. It will be interesting to see what they come up with. So far though Ford and GM seem to be coming out with some pretty decent products. Time will tell.
Reisender 01/06/22 07:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla with a generator on a hitch haul

Nevada County, CA has been without power for 10 days. I wonder how those electric vehicles are working out for them? Seems like a pretty small area. Couldn’t people just drive to where they have power? I noticed the county has a number to call to help residents find the nearest gas station with working pumps. Meh. We had power outages here during the fire season. People just drive a little farther to fast chargers and Superchargers that are online. Infrastructure lags behind a bit but it catches up.
Reisender 01/05/22 06:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla with a generator on a hitch haul

How much for a Mercedes? Other than conjecture from some other sources I couldn’t find a projected price from Mercedes. Conjecture seems to be around 1400,000 to 170,000 USD so definitely more expensive than the model S but also typical pricing for that class of Mercedes. I think the Cadillac lyric would be closer in competition and price to the Tesla. Also a nice car although the dash is a little over bearing for my liking. I think the lyric will go into production pretty soon. Good looking car as well.
Reisender 01/05/22 03:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla with a generator on a hitch haul

Maybe this will help, Mercedes built Tesla killer Range of 600 miles/1000 km. Cool looking car. I kinda like the retro fast back look. It will be interesting to see if they build it.
Reisender 01/05/22 11:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla with a generator on a hitch haul

For example, after 7 years of driving an EV our lifetime average is 6.4 kilometres per 1 kw of electricity. This is part of the issue with these discussions...not keeping proper units. Then things get convoluted and misconstrued. One instantaneous burst of 1kw is not going to push a car 6.4 kilometers. In fact being on for just an instant, the car won't have time to accelerate at all. I suspect you meant 1 kwh. I did. My apologies. I’ll try and go back and correct it but yep, guilty as charged. On edit. Got to it in time. Fixed. Thanks for pointing it out.
Reisender 01/03/22 08:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla with a generator on a hitch haul

Yah. I agreed with everything you just said. But for pre-heating the Tesla doesn’t work like that. The poster mentioned he had been running the genny for 24 hours. It takes 5 or 7 minutes to pre-heat the tesla and it can do it from it’s own battery. He or she was running the genny for other reasons. Probably low charge. Makes sense, albeit really slow. Even at 24 amps 120 volts from that genny. Maybe you missed the part about "severely reduced capacity in cold temperatures?" Sure you can warm it up using its own batteries, but how much of a hit on range will there be pulling from the cold batteries? Maybe the owner ran the generator to keep the car and batteries warm for the 24 hours it sat there, rather than let the batteries get cold and having to start from scratch? That generator can't run for 24 hours at full capacity, and isn't all that quiet so I doubt it was actually charging the car. Those Hondas are really only quiet at idle. To go from minus 20 to plus twenty in our driveway while not plugged in takes 5 or 7 minutes. It’s about a 2 percent hit on the battery. I’m not sure what severely reduced capacity means but typically around here one should count on losing about a third of your normal range for the winter temps we get. Teslas don’t have anything like a block heater function. Just plugging it in won’t keep anything warm. The cars needs to be actively charging for heat to be diverted for battery warming. Again. Not questioning the drivers motives for plugging in. More than likely he had a good reason. But pre-heating wouldn’t be one of them unless he wanted to keep the interior of the vehicle warm continuously for days on end. Maybe a pet inside. Who knows. Agreed on the noise of the genny. We have a 3400 watt propane genny that we use for emergency home backup. Once every couple months we exercise it and use the Tesla as a variable load as I can vary it from 5 to 24 amps on 120 volts. Works well. But when up at 24 amps it’s working hard and is considerably louder. Meh. It’s once every couple months for 20 minutes and the neighbour does the same thing so it’s all good. Pre-conditioning on navigation to a supercharger is another topic. In this case the battery is preheated about 30 minutes or so before arriving at a supercharger. This insures max charge rate when arriving at the supercharger. But that’s all automatic and outside the scope of this conversation. Cheers.
Reisender 01/03/22 02:21pm Tow Vehicles
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