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RE: SUV for pulling hybrid

You have to be willing to live with a smaller trailer, depending on the SUV. Look at the manufacturers tow limits, and add 1000 lbs to the empty weight of the trailer. You'll likely discover that you are limited to a pretty small (~17-21 foot) trailer so need to have a very friendly family. I towed for years with two minivans (Ford Windstar, Toyota Sienna) and a medium sized SUV (Honda Pilot) with no issues, but was very careful to make sure I stayed within the manufacturers weight limits. I used a tongue scale and also weighed regularly at a CAT scale, to make sure I was okay, and loaded very carefully. Minivans have wonderfully long wheelbases and make for a very stable tow platform, although they have low weight limits. The Pilot's wheelbase wasn't quite as good, but had a higher weight limit and stiffer suspension, but had to be careful to not transfer weight to the front axle above what would be there without the trailer. The rear axle in the Pilot is quite beefy, but the front axle doesn't have a lot of margin. The point of the above isn't to recommend (or disrecommend) those vehicles, but to point out the considerations that need to be taken into account. What you need to consider would depend on the SUV chosen. Also, plan on a better than average hitch. I used an Equalizer for about 10 years, and then a Hensley Arrow. I have a family of 5 lightweight people and two dogs. I'm the heaviest of us, at 150 lbs.
atreis 09/19/21 05:56am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: What’s the normal CCC for a 30 ft. Class C?

what is the typical range for ~30 ft. Class C? On the low side, ~1000 lbs. (Assuming this isn't a Sprinter, since you said ~30 feet. Those can be even less.) Typical would be closer to 1500 lbs. Mine comes on two platforms, with two different OCCC: E-350: ~1400 lbs Chevy 4500: a bit over 3000 lbs The highest I've seen in a non Super-C was a 27' unit with no slides that was a little under 4000 lbs OCCC.
atreis 09/09/21 06:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Does the Color of an HD Pickup Make a Difference?

“six million new and used cars between 2017 to 2020” Doesn’t sound small to me. But how many of the trucks were beige? It's not the total size of the sample, but the size of the sample of each color for each type of vehicle that matters. And as someone else pointed out, what's "beige" exactly? Does off-white count? It doesn't to me! That's just a shade of white.
atreis 09/03/21 05:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Does the Color of an HD Pickup Make a Difference?

Beige ........ Small sample size? White yes, but not beige ...
atreis 09/01/21 06:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy V8 vs Ford V 10

Chevy 6.6L V8 is fine, and the chassis handles so much better ...
atreis 08/25/21 06:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: levelers

Bigfoot does an excellent job installing and configuring them. http://www.thebigfootleveler.com/ They do the install at the factory in White Pigeon Michigan and have electric hookups for overnighting when doing your install.
atreis 07/21/21 06:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Nexus class C

Entry level Super C (International chassis with Cummins diesel engine). My stepdad has one - very unimpressive quality, the exterior cargo doors flip up, but only to half height, so you have to crawl under them and then bang your head, his had a leak in the overhead bunk straight from the factory, a lot of cabinet assembly issues, and the theater seats weren't installed properly, jammed, and ended up ripping the material on the countertop. Very unimpressed with everything except the beautiful International chassis.
atreis 07/21/21 06:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anyone have an all elec. car

I plan to replace my ICE car with a BEV when the time comes. I'd prefer a 4-down towable one, but dolly towable is okay. I take maybe one longer trip a year in my car so the inconvenience of charging during a trip would be very minimal, and really just a matter of planning ahead some. It would be akin to trips in an RV with a TOAD where one needs to do a little planning to figure out fuel stops that can accommodate the vehicle ahead of time.
atreis 07/17/21 11:37am Around the Campfire
RE: Canada sizzling!

How long have accurate temperature records been kept in Western US and Canada? My semi-educated guess is less than 150 years. I don't see Trapper Joe of Kamloops carrying around a highly accurate meteorological kit in addition to his traps and hides. Given there are 365.25 days in a year you can expect to set a couple of record highs and lows in any given year. Personally, I will contribute to "global warming" by cranking up the AC. I will add stress to the power grid and probably add to the profits of the fossil fuel industry just like most everyone else. And I will sleep soundly, without a tinge of regret. How earth's past climates are determined: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2018/03/23/heres-how-scientists-reconstruct-earths-past-climates/ Also, for climate change, one doesn't even have to go beyond the historical record. The increase in average global temperature is obvious just over the period of time records have been kept. https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/climate-change-global-temperature
atreis 06/27/21 09:50am Around the Campfire
RE: Canada sizzling!

Climate change is nothing new. It's been happening since the earth was formed. We've just caused it to happen a heck of a lot faster.
atreis 06/25/21 06:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: 24 ft or less B+ with over head bed.

I prefer to Chevy 4500. Much less tuning of the chasses required than the Ford, while still retaining the benefits of the wider rear track. Does the 4500 and 3500 chassis have the same rear track as the Ford 450 and 350 chassis? I don't know where to find the exact dimensions. Given that Thor builds the exact same motorhomes on the E350 and Chevy 4500 (and there's no visible difference at the rear) I'd guess it's close to the E350's width. I also appreciate the 4500's much higher OCCC (vs. the E350 version). :)
atreis 06/22/21 06:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 24 ft or less B+ with over head bed.

I prefer to Chevy 4500. Much less tuning of the chasses required than the Ford, while still retaining the benefits of the wider rear track.
atreis 06/21/21 05:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Back before cellphones

I hope families with children still to fun things together, play board games, ride bikes, camp, and shut down the tech each day for those times. The importance of family time for children can never be overstated. Many parents, including us, do exactly that. I can't say we do it EVERY day, but 2-3 days a week.
atreis 06/12/21 07:11pm RV Lifestyle
RE: New RV Company

There are many Bs in the US that have cassette toilets...
atreis 06/12/21 07:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dry as a bone,…again

I'd guess washing dishes ... Only the barest trickle is needed for rinsing, and just enough soap water to cover a couple plates. If your new unit has a larger sink, you could be using a lot more water to fill it. The other possible culprit would be toothbrushing water in the bathroom. Just a trickle there too. On our old trailer, with a 32 gallon tank, we could go for 4-5 days and we're a family of 5.
atreis 05/26/21 06:17pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Map that river

Nice. But put a raindrop in Utica,OH,about 60 miles from Lake Erie and the raindrop ended up in Louisiana.:h The Ohio North/South divide is not very far inland from Lake Erie. Water south of that would end up going into the Mississippi via the Ohio. http://cityofbarberton.com/255/Watersheds
atreis 05/23/21 02:50pm Around the Campfire
RE: Top 15 Dislikes of my B-Class Thor Tellaro / Sequence

Funny how people are assuming she doesn't like it without watching her other video - 15 likes. Yes, people can like something while still acknowledging imperfections. (She's more active on a Thor forum I'm on.)
atreis 05/20/21 04:02pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

For both BEV and H2 the benefit is a layer of indirection. The energy used to move the car isn't, in and of itself, a source of CO2. How that energy is produced could be, but doesn't have to be. Both provide the same long term theoretical benefit in terms of CO2 reduction, as the source moves from fossil fuel production to cleaner methods. For me personally, I consider both to be fine sources of motive power. The main benefit to me of a BEV over H2 fuel cell is: 1. I can easily buy one today. 2. I can easily refuel/charge one today. That's not true for H2, and so that alone gives BEV the edge. There's no need to wait.
atreis 05/19/21 09:57am Around the Campfire
RE: Coffee Survey

Locally roasted coffee (freshly roasted) in a percolator.
atreis 05/18/21 07:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

For environmental impact, how long an individual owns a car is irrelevant. That's mainly relevant to their personal finances. For environmental impact, it's the car's service life that's relevant. The original purchaser may not reach breakeven with the car, but it can still have a positive environmental impact over it's total useful lifetime.
atreis 05/10/21 06:25pm Around the Campfire
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