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RE: renting a 5er tow vehicle

Does anyone know of any rental companies that would rent a tow vehicle for a 5th wheel? My cousin is stuck in Fillmore, UT because his diesel truck had water in the system. His truck might be out of commission for a bit and he is missing out on his vacation to Yellowstone. The local mechanic is not able to fix it so he is towing it to the Chevy dealership in Delta Utah. In hope of salvaging his trip, I was wondering if there are any companies who rent tow vehicles for a 5th wheel? Thanks in advance. Jason I tried to find a truck to haul my gooseneck as I have 2 trailers and 1 truck and needed to take both to an event in another state. I could not find any rentals that allow towing a trailer in the bed. I finally found a friend to drive and tow one of my trailers. I did not search for private rentals but found anything even close the rates were too high. You might try renting an RV or just staying in hotels.
Thermoguy 07/21/22 12:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: TT When Solo....OR Truck Camper?

Camping this past week the people nearest us had a van camper. Every morning, they made breakfast, packed up their van and drove off, coming back that night. Until the 3rd night when someone else parked where they had been camping (not a reservation location). They drove in the area, drove around, then left to go somewhere else. Having a truck camper, if you went fishing, or just drive around the area, you could lose your camp spot having to find another one possibly every day. The advantage to a TT is you leave it, take the truck and come back to your camper after a day of fishing...
Thermoguy 07/17/22 09:45am Travel Trailers
RE: 2022 campgrounds

I just checked the WA State parks website and another more local parks website for availabilities, nothing that meets the requirement of 30-35' with power. All reserved for the weekends, checked July 14-17. I did see a few openings on mid week, like Tuesday - Thursday but only some sites. We're going to boondock starting Sunday to avoid the crowds. Already have a place picked out.
Thermoguy 07/08/22 02:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Dino juice v Electrons....

Here is another video with someone towing an Airstream trailer with the Lightning. Looks like about 100 miles towing available, but they only drove about 5-10 miles so not a good "real world" test for distance, but a good review of everything else. They are good to point out that an RV user needs to go 300 miles with a charge for a EV to be viable to a RV user. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FmUcVHEJME Basically, as pointed out in this tread, the issue is battery capacity and range anxiety with regards to towing.
Thermoguy 07/08/22 01:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dino juice v Electrons....

Are your EV's going to be disposable vehicles in a few years? With the cost of new batteries to replace out of warranty it will be like trying to sell a used car without a engine. I have yet to see any battery that will not lose charge capacity over the years or even weeks with heavy usage. I would guess after about 5 years when you recharge it would be like just getting a half tank of liquid fuel. Just makes me wonder. An EV is not any more disposable than your current car or truck. Battery manufacturers are currently suggesting 300000 miles with about 10% battery loss - so with a 300 mile range, that's a loss of 30 miles, most of it in the first couple years. So, if you can go 300000 miles without a major overhaul, then what, new engine? Isn't that about the same? The difference is the EV needs a new battery because the range isn't as good, now maybe down from 300 to 220 or 200 after 300K to 500K miles. Our ICE vehicles die and need a new engine, not reduced gas mileage... I don't have an EV but think it would be great as a grocery getter at this point. I see the day when our RV's will be towed by an EV 1 ton truck, maybe extra battery packs in the trailer. Imagine if your trailer had a battery pack that could run all your trailer needs for 5-10 days and recharge your truck to get that 100-200 miles from your campsite to home... sounds good to me. As battery technology evolves, or fuel cell, or some new technology, its going to be a win for the person that wants to be off grid. And even more to the point - what's to say that by the time your EV needs that new battery that there isn't a replacement that's 1/3 the price or less. That's what everyone is working on, more power, less cost. How's that working with ICE vehicles, are engines or fuel getting lower in cost? Once we get away from Chinese Lithium, things should be looking up. Right now a NW company just got a grant for $400 mil or something to expand their production of Sodium Ion car batteries... That's getting away from Lithium and bringing it to the US.
Thermoguy 07/07/22 05:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: First hand F150 hybrid experience anyone?

All of the towing tests that I have seen are designed in a way that avoids taking advantage of the hybrid capabilities but I believe that the way that I do most of my towing I would benefit. I was hoping to get some results from driving similar to mine. I don't think it's designed to "avoid taking advantage of the hybrid capabilities". I think it's designed to mimic typical towing scenarios. Not many people purposely drive in stop & go traffic while towing an RV. Typically, they are getting out of town on the open road where they can just hum along at a steady speed. It just happens that it doesn't favor a hybrid solution. By contrast, if you are buying a commuter car (or truck), it's very typical to wind up in stop & go conditions that favor a hybrid. No secret agenda, just how each vehicle is typically used. I did not say that it was done on purpose, just stated that it was done. I understand that tests are only of value if they are repeatable and the simple test procedure used is easy to repeat. Now that new technology has come along the simple test may not reflect the benefits of that new tech. Also, you have a good point that many campers do long hauls and may not see much benefit from hybrids either. But that is not the way that I use my truck and I have been looking for information more relevant to my use. I did find it a bit appalling that TFL Trucks did trumpet the news that the hybrid did not help their towing fuel economy in their test. Anyone that knows how hybrids work could have told them that in advance. If they wanted to earn my respect they would have devised tests to make use of the hybrid system and compared it with a non-hybrid so that there would have been some relevant information in the article. Hi Groover So, what would be a test where someone could test a Hybrid towing a trailer that would be a fair test for the Hybrid but also show how people use there trucks towing a trailer? Outside of stop and go traffic, which is typically for commuter and only occasionally for an RVer that got stuck in traffic. Thanks
Thermoguy 07/07/22 01:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dino juice v Electrons....

What are you towing with currently? 3/4 ton Dmax.Has anyone prohibited you from driving it or buying fuel? Didn't think so. You seem to be the only one on the forum who is worried that someone will take your truck away and make you tow with an EV. Propchef has owned you on this one, btw. I'm putting you on the iggy list as a troll. .:R Wow - I think that is harsh and calling him a troll is unfair in my opinion. His comments are constructive, have merit, and he's held up his comments with facts that hold weight. I hardly call that a troll. I think we can all agree that this forum is about RV's. But, we also have to consider that other forms of transportation effect our use of RV's. This thread started because the use of an electric truck was an "epic fail" when it comes to using an EV to tow an RV. Was it? Did it tow the trailer? Yes, it even towed it better than a similar equipped ICE could, depending on how that ICE vehicle was equipped. EV's have more torque and more HP compare to a similar ICE, so, yes an EV can tow a trailer. The issue, and argument if there is one, is about how far it can travel with that trailer. My argument is that LiIon is a temporary battery solution to prove the concept of vehicles powered by something other than traditional fuels. Although an EV is a coal powered vehicle that just stores power in a battery on board, so technically it is still using traditional fuels. Others are arguing that batteries have been around a long time and might not change in our lifetime and even if they do, they wont have the storage capacity to effectively tow a trailer more than a few hundred miles then take hours to charge. This is a valuable argument for an RV forum. We will see as the future is now and things are changing quickly. As for the comment about not being able to get gas for your ICE... That might be a bigger issue than you think. States are already outlawing the sale of ICE vehicles after a certain year, along with that they will stop selling fuel some years later. Our government wants us to all switch away from fossil fuels. We will see how many years or 10's of years that takes, but it's on the roadmap.
Thermoguy 07/07/22 01:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dino juice v Electrons....

I hope people realize that finding new and improving battery technology is the #1 thing being worked on by companies today. Everyone knows that Li-Ion is a limited resource, heavy, and doesn't hold much power. EV's are sill a proof of concept, and they are taking off, so the concept works. New battery technology includes Sodium Ion, fuel cell, graphene, and many more. With my limited knowledge, even I know this is the future. There are 2 things manufactures are trying to perfect, lowering the cost, and longer battery life = more power for size and weight. Even the charging systems are in their infancy. They are building more and more each day. Our Government is spending billions to add more charging stations and replace old ones. This will only get more prevalent as more and more people own EV's. Right now they are grocery getters. In my lifetime and many who are on this thread, they will be here and they will replace most common vehicles. Just look at every car manufacturer has an EV and even more are sprouting up such as Tesla and Rivian. As for the semi truck revolution, they are here and will be replacing long haul trucks, along with autonomous vehicles. It's right around the corner. Technology is evolving faster than I can write this message... You seem to think battery's are new? Battery's and battery powered vehicles have been around since the 1800's. They even pre-date ICE vehicles. In reality scientists have been working on improving the battery for over a 100 years. Hell, even LI battery's have been around since the mid 70's to early 80's. Even with the best of technology we have out today I still have to plug in my phone in every night to charge. And my phone uses very little energy compared to a big energy user like a truck. All of those battery's you mentioned have their pluses and minuses. Some are energy density, some are cost, some are they just fail over a short period of time. As far as the Semi goes, you're in dream land, and here is why. In a few words it's "energy density"......or lack there of. Let me put up a picture for you that may bring it a little bit better into focus for you: https://i.imgur.com/GByLBu6l.jpg See the problem now? It's really easy to compare electric to gas or electric to diesel. It's not magic. We know how much energy in in a KWH or electricity and we know how much energy is in a gallon of diesel. To get the same amount of energy out of diesel you need the same amount of power electricity. It's really that simple. There are 7 semi truck manufacturers right now with prototypes or trucks you can buy now. https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/future-electric-semi-trucks Outside of Tesla's vaporware 300-500 mile range, most are realistic. These trucks are not long haul yet. But, you can see on the last couple pages, they are working on the charging infrastructure to make this happen. This is now, not in 10-20 years. My point is just that it is coming. I don't plan to buy one and might never be able to afford an EV with the range of a Diesel pick up, but there are multiple companies with 3/4 ton and 1 ton trucks today like Atlis. There is one I can't think of right now that takes a Chev or GM truck and removes the engine adding 4 electric motors. Energy storage is the only thing holding this technology back and its being worked on daily.
Thermoguy 07/06/22 01:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Route to avoid traffic from Oregon City OR to Mill Creek WA

I don't think there is a viable alternative. Yes, going 205 in OR is better than I5, and only takes a little longer. Definitely 405 in WA, but it can have lots of traffic. Best to plan your route around rush hour times, in WA that's 6AM to 7PM, but at some point you just have to be OK driving slow here and there. I drive these routes all the time some with and many without a trailer. The OR drive is not that bad unless you hit it right at peak travel times. 405 in WA is always bad, but just hit and miss as to where. These days traffic is all day long vs a set rush hour. Just go and take your time.
Thermoguy 07/06/22 01:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: Dino juice v Electrons....

I hope people realize that finding new and improving battery technology is the #1 thing being worked on by companies today. Everyone knows that Li-Ion is a limited resource, heavy, and doesn't hold much power. EV's are sill a proof of concept, and they are taking off, so the concept works. New battery technology includes Sodium Ion, fuel cell, graphene, and many more. With my limited knowledge, even I know this is the future. There are 2 things manufactures are trying to perfect, lowering the cost, and longer battery life = more power for size and weight. Even the charging systems are in their infancy. They are building more and more each day. Our Government is spending billions to add more charging stations and replace old ones. This will only get more prevalent as more and more people own EV's. Right now they are grocery getters. In my lifetime and many who are on this thread, they will be here and they will replace most common vehicles. Just look at every car manufacturer has an EV and even more are sprouting up such as Tesla and Rivian. As for the semi truck revolution, they are here and will be replacing long haul trucks, along with autonomous vehicles. It's right around the corner. Technology is evolving faster than I can write this message...
Thermoguy 07/05/22 02:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Member, need your advice!

To the OP - have you looked around the area you need to live for a full time RV space or site? What is the average monthly cost? It might be as much or more than your apartment. Then you need to decide if the extra RV payment is worth it. Your question about features in the RV is solid, most smaller trailers have a kitchen, bath, etc. What size trailer can your Toyota pull? Is that your question? It would be small, but should be enough for a bed, bath and kitchen. The advantage of an apartment is no maintenance, vs a trailer that would have maintenance, an ongoing cost for an RV spot, possible electric, gas, etc. You also have to consider safety and storage when you are away. A good RV park should be secure, but it would be sad if someone came in and towed your home away when you are back in Texas for 8 days.
Thermoguy 07/05/22 12:01pm Beginning RVing
RE: Best cell phone provider?

I carry 2 phones, my work phone is Verizon and personal is ATT. I have found that ATT has better service and more bars when service is limited. There are exceptions, but Verizon might work for a call, but not data in the same place that ATT works fine. I looked at T-Mobile, but I have friends with T-Mobile and when it works its great, but often does not work once you get off the beaten path. I think T-Mobile does have a faster 5G but where I live, there is no 5G and T-Mobile has about 1 bar. Verizon is OK, but ATT has the best service, even with only 2 bars, I can get data and phone on ATT. Verizon often won't load data unless I'm on my home WiFi.
Thermoguy 07/03/22 10:22am Technology Corner
RE: Fuel cost in your area

I live in the NW and traveled to CA on Business this week. I thought something was interesting, I noticed that regular gas was higher in price, we are paying mid $5 range and in CA it was in the low $6 for regular, but here Diesel is about $1 more than regular where in CA, Diesel seemed to be about the same price as premium. So, Diesel is similar in price in WA as it is in CA. I think we are paying $6.39 or $6.49 per gallon and I saw Diesel around $6.59 to $6.89 in CA... The real truth is that diesel should be cheaper than regular since it is easier to refine and starts as a biproduct. Not sure why we are paying more other than it helps to increase the cost of transportation and goods. Helping our economy.
Thermoguy 06/30/22 02:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: 5th wheel front tripod

I use mine if staying in the same place for more than a couple nights. I don't have a 6 point leveling system, just the landing gear and 2 cheap scissor jacks in the back. We still have movement, but it works, you can tell the difference. It came with the RV so why not use it.
Thermoguy 06/25/22 09:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: F150 Lightning Road Trip & Ike Gauntlet Pull

Well this certainly descended into a pissing match of total silliness lol. Thanks for the laughs. Right? It towed the trailer very well. Are there range issues. Yes Is anyone surprised by that. No Can you make it work if you change your driving habits. Probably Does it have impressive power and is unaffected by elevation. Yes No one is surprised by that either. It did a great job towing the IKE and didn't break down on the road trip. But it's not for everyone. No big surprise there. ICE vehicles will be around for a while yet for heavy work. I have to disagree with some of this. An EV can out tow a comparable ICE. More torque and more horse power for similar equipment. Semi trucks with EV can outperform a comparable ICE, so it's only time for your 3/4 ton or 1 ton to be EV and outperform your current truck. Will you have to change your driving habits? Maybe, today, yes, but tomorrow no. Most of my camp trips are within 100 to 150 miles. With a typical EV range, very doable today. Even more tomorrow with higher range trucks and better super charger capabilities. I took an Uber today, it was a tesla. He showed me he can "refill" about 200 miles of range at a super charger in 15 -20 minutes for $15. At his house, the recharge rate is 100 miles per hour at a cost of $3-$6 for a typical 300 mile range. Most people drive to work and back daily (if they work). Usually less than 100 miles. Your business might have a charger at work and it might be free to you. Any EV can accomplish this for the average. If on the weekends, you want to drive 500 miles, you might have to stop once or twice for 15 minutes. (assuming you live in an area with plenty of chargers - I'm on the west coast, they are everywhere) If you are using an F150 with trailer, maybe your range is reduced, but you can still charge in the time it takes most of us to get fuel, snack, wash the windows, etc. I think the Silverado will have a higher charging capacity, which means quicker charging over the F150. My point - It's coming. You don't have to own one if you don't want, but my guess is everyone on this forum - that likes technology will own one. Eventually our government will outlaw ICE, so then you have to own one. If you don't want that, make sure you know who your voting for in the future. But - EV is good, it still runs on fossil fuels, just stores power, it doesn't generate fuel... Finally, a point on batteries - soon batteries will be Sodium Ion - salt, not Lithium - better for the environment and more plentiful.
Thermoguy 06/20/22 06:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I have a Grey Tank I don't know what it is for

I assume you are saying you have a drain near the front, maybe with the black tank, then an extra drain near the back? mine, not a cougar, has 2 grey tanks, one for the shower and bath sink and one for the kitchen sink. Both levers, and the black, are in the same spot. But, I have seen trailers with drains in 2 places.
Thermoguy 06/13/22 12:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: What's the real scoop on propane tank re-certification?

Many places recertify - its an inspection with a date written or etched on the tank. It's cheap - $20 or less. Best to find a propane supplier or a feed store (my local feed store does it). I have had all of my tanks recertified, they are that old...
Thermoguy 06/13/22 12:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Battery question???? XXXX UPDATE XXXXX

https://i.imgur.com/41ddQ4Cl.jpg SEE NEXT PICTURE ALSO,,,xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Why does that say for 12-35Ah Batteries only?
Thermoguy 06/12/22 01:51pm Tech Issues
RE: RV retail sales drop 31% April year over year.

Demand is down when campgrounds have availability on a weekend or holiday. Until then, the rest is just overstock. People buy because its the cool thing to do but then don't use it, or use it once a year for a while. Increased gas prices have people staying closer to home, not staying home. If people stop driving then the price would go down, supply and demand, people are driving for no reason, therefore the prices stay high.... At a recent RV dealer, lots of units on the lot - lots had sold signs on them. Could be they bought them last year and are just getting them? Not sure.
Thermoguy 06/12/22 01:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Battery question???? XXXX UPDATE XXXXX

How are you reading the voltages? Can you trust your meter? Some can be off a few tenths of a volt to more. Check that before you go too far.
Thermoguy 06/12/22 10:11am Tech Issues
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