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RE: How many folks just want to gripe about EVs?

MOSTS EVs can NOT be towed, flat or otherwise. The article talks about flat towing, and I don't disagree. The article doesn't talk about the "or otherwise" part though: dolly towing. A partial list of BEVs that can be dolly towed: Nissan Leaf Nissan Ariya (FWD only) Chevy Bolt Chevy Equinox (FWD only) Polestar 2 (FWD only) Mini Electric
atreis 09/20/22 06:24pm Around the Campfire
RE: How many folks just want to gripe about EVs?

I'll go ahead with my 2 cents' worth: 1. I don't think EVs are there yet for heavy towing. Going to have to continue with ICE vehicles for a while longer. 2. One concern I have in particular is locating a lightweight EV auto that can be towed four-down. I don't know that it exists yet, but I could be wrong. (For the interim, one can have a four-down towable lightweight auto converted to EV. I've been toying with the idea for my MGB.) :) Lynn A reasonable post with real concerns. :) Yes, they're not yet great at heavy towing. They could be, but would be horrendously expensive right now. It'll take some time yet. No, there are no BEVs that are 4-down towable. There are a number of FWD models that can be towed on a dolly, including the reasonably priced Chevy Bolt, the upcoming FWD Equinox, the FWD Nissan Ariya, and others. There are some hybrids and PHEVs that are 4-down towable though.
atreis 09/18/22 05:20am Around the Campfire
RE: Camping in an EV.... Always charging...

But apparently you are doing it in a region that is geared to recharging your vehicle, AND you don't mind searching for charge locations and gearing ALL of your travel to fit those stops. I have no idea how this would work out, have not looked at it, but,,,, since you have professed the ease and simplicity of your style of travel, map a trip from,,,,,, Salt lake city, to the mighty 5 and on to the grand canyon. Maybe even continue on to the Rio Grand Valley. Does it still work easy? For those who might have wondered how locating charging stations really works for EV owners: For Tesla, the locations of Tesla chargers are in the nav system, and it will take care of navigating you to one when the time comes. (At least, that's how I understand it. I have a different car.) For other cars, there's a pair of online sites and associated phone apps that work very well for this: A Better Route Planner (ABRP): https://abetterrouteplanner.com/ Enter in your make and model of car, and other parameters (how low you want to get, what the weather is like, what your acceptable charge providers are, etc.) and it will give you a route with charge stops at appropriate distances. A note: Depending on the car and the battery pack's charging curve, it can sometimes be faster to stop more often for less charge than less often for a (nearly) full charge. Cars that support high speed charging often only support the highest speeds up to around 50-60% of their capacity, and then it goes slower up to 80% or so. The last 15-20% is usually not worth getting while on the road. Most people do the full charge overnight while they sleep instead. PlugShare: https://www.plugshare.com/ Not so much for mapping, just for finding chargers when you're at a specific location. Allows filtering by charger type and power output. There are also apps specific to particular charger networks that can help locate chargers on those networks, as well as provide status on how many are operational and whether any are currently available for use. A couple of the most common are Electrify America and EVGo. BTW, the route you suggested above isn't a hard one. It's not that far from SLC to the Grand Canyon and there are plenty of good charging locations en route. I could do the drive (not towing), there and back, with two stops. One stop on the way, and one stop on the way back, both at the EA (Electrify America) station in Beaver UT, and no need to charge overnight. No idea what adding the 5 NPs would add though, but likely still not hard given how common chargers are there.
atreis 07/30/22 08:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: EV's need gas too - Tow with a Tesla?

I also think there are two different types of people buying Teslas. The first are the "greenies". They want an electric vehicle and to not use fossil fuels. These folks are NOT parked on the side of the road charging their Teslas with generators - period. The second group are those who buy a Tesla because they are "first adopters", "technophiles", or "image people". They are not concerned about being "green" but about having the newest, latest, big name, fad, etc. They WILL happily charge their Tesla from a generator because they don't care about not using fossil fuels - and they see nothing hypocritical about it. To judge the first group as hypocrites based on the actions of the second group is unfair. There was a poll on Reddit a month or so ago asking people the reason they chose an EV. The most popular reason: Lower total cost of ownership. The second most popular: more fun to drive. The potential environmental benefit came in last place. For many people it's seen as a nice secondary benefit, but insufficient in itself. True greenies advocate for removal of personal cars from the transportation system entirely. As for the photo, I'd guess they're using the trailer for lunch or something and running the roof air (thus having the trailer plugged into the pair of gennies) and charging the car as something they can do with the excess to add a tiny bit of range in the meantime. Charging on 110V, you don't get much.
atreis 07/30/22 07:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Uninteresting people

Used to think there was no way I could care anything less about than the Kardashians. Well, then along came Johhny Depp and Amber Heard. Who?
atreis 04/28/22 07:16pm Around the Campfire
RE: Pre Entry COVID-19 Test No Longer Required Entering Canada

Beat to death since Mar 9 under SNOWBIRD heading. I don't know how they've been beating to death a March 17th announcement since March 9th, but I'm glad it was posted here since I'm not a Snowbird, but I do like visiting Canada. Same here. Thank you for posting this here.
atreis 03/24/22 06:41pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Can't imagine a world without internal combustion engines

Not yet. Intel is working on it, but their chips aren't made by TSMC yet.
atreis 12/26/21 12:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: Can't imagine a world without internal combustion engines

Not really surprising. Most CPUs (Intel in PCs and servers, Qualcomm in smartphones, and A-series processors in Apple and some other products), and GPUs (graphical chips from NVidia and AMD) are mostly made in the US. TSMC in Taiwan makes all of that and almost none of the most advanced chips are made in the US. Not true. Intel microprocessors are made in the US. https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/fact-sheets/standards-global-manufacturing-facts.pdf TSMC makes NVidia, AMD, and Qualcomm chips. While most of their fabs are in Taiwan, they do also have a fab in the US. https://www.tsmc.com/english/aboutTSMC/TSMC_Fabs
atreis 12/22/21 06:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: Can't imagine a world without internal combustion engines

https://www.uschina.org/sites/default/files/202104/goods2.png US-China Business Council The crops, oil, and gas didn’t surprise me; the semiconductors and components did based upon all the press about being reliant upon China for chips giving the impression they don’t need us. Not really surprising. Most CPUs (Intel in PCs and servers, Qualcomm in smartphones, and A-series processors in Apple and some other products), and GPUs (graphical chips from NVidia and AMD) are mostly made in the US. In terms of dollar value, those are high value items. Most memory chips are made in Korea and Taiwan. The OTHER chips in PCs and phones for things like sound (Netherlands), cameras (mostly Japan), displays (China, Korea, Japan), touchscreen sensors, etc. are made in other countries. There are also smaller chips (bus controllers, power regulators, etc.) or discrete components (resisters, capacitors, etc. - on a system board - those little blocks with just two connections), most of which come from China. To make a single phone or computer requires chips from, literally, all over the world to be brought together into an integrated system. Those integrated systems are usually assembled in SE Asia (Taiwan, Korea, China). They might say "Made in China" (or whatever country) on them, but they contain parts from all over the world. Cars specifically: They use components from all over the world, same as other computers. The primary difference is that the most critical computers in cars tend to use older technology components. The process of hardening that technology for use in a car (handling extreme temperatures, dirt, grime, dust, vibration, etc. is the process of "hardening") takes time, and so the components used tend to be a couple generations out of date. The fabs that make those older, hardened, parts are less profitable than the fabs that make the latest high end chips for consumer electronics. If resources are limited, the fab owners prefer to send those resources to the more profitable consumer electronics lines. As for a world without IC engines on ground vehicles... It would be quieter, which would be nice, and I'm certainly not opposed. However, it's not likely to happen in my lifetime. Maybe it will happen(*)(**) in my kids' lifetime. They're in high school and college. (*) Note "ground vehicles" above. Jet engines are IC engines too! A very significant leap would need to be made to make commercial air travel on battery power possible. (**) Also excluding hobbyists. There are, after all, still lots of engines around that require leaded fuel. They're in classic cars owned and operated by enthusiasts. There are additives used in gas to replace the lead. I've no doubt that these, and whatever cars from the current crop of ICE-powered cars become classic, will continue to exist and operate in small numbers far into the future.
atreis 11/18/21 07:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: Scary GMC commercial

There's a point in life when one has to put down the keys... I'm (hopefully) quite far from that point, still being solidly middle-aged with kids in high school, but would really like to be able to maintain independence a little longer once I do reach that point, and see self-driving cars as a means to that. I hope they get there.
atreis 11/08/21 03:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: Scary GMC commercial

Super Cruise only works on completely digitized roads. Most of the digitized roads are Interstates and some state limited-access highways. (It doesn't have to worry about pedestrians.) https://supercruise-map-viewer.cp.gm.com/ I think it's a step towards fully self-driving (where one doesn't have to pay attention). These things take time.
atreis 11/07/21 04:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: Quality Hybrid Manufacturers

Palomino has hybrids. Like Roo and Shamrock, they're also a Forest River company. https://palominorv.com/travel-trailers/solaire-expandable KZ Sportsmen Classic is the only one that's not Forest River that I could find. https://www.kz-rv.com/products/sportsmen-classic-travel-trailers/floorplans.html
atreis 11/03/21 05:15pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: which way?

Flat: Easiest and fastest to hookup and unhook, but the selection of cars that can be towed four down isn't big. Some modifications to the car are required, and one should also invest in a brake system. There's not much to stow away while parked. Dolly: Loading and strapping takes 15 minutes once you do it a couple times, but does require some kneeling. (Get one of those foam knee pads.) Pretty much any FWD car can be dolly towed without modification. Get a dolly with brakes. While parked, one has to put the dolly somewhere, but they're small and can be wheeled by hand, so this really isn't difficult. I tow a Prius on a dolly. It works very well and loading/unloading is pretty easy.
atreis 10/31/21 06:23am Class C Motorhomes
RE: smaller MH with 2+ separate comfy sleeping areas?

considering downsizing. currently have a 2007 30' TT with the Queen bedroom and 2 sets bunks. These days it's usually just 2 adults and a 9 year old, the teenagers aren't so keen. But I've got used to space lol. Plus our 7.3 Excursion tow vehicle is getting old :) Would like a smaller MH Not sure what "smaller" means in this case, but you should be able to get something in the 24-28' range ... but that can tow our old Boston Wailer boat. Also able to carry 3 or more bicycles. Boston Wailers aren't very heavy, so this part is easy. Nearly all Class C RVs can tow 4500-5000 lbs. Also want a separate full or queen bedroom area, plus another twin or full bed that can have a nice mattress (so not a couch pull out etc). The area above the cab is usually pretty small and awkward right??? Depends on what you're looking at, but in most traditional Class C RVs the cabover is larger than a queen. About the same width, and longer. They're very sizable. There are some smaller units on MB chassis that make the cabover smaller. Plus another bed suitable for a growing 9 year old.. Which MH's have this, good use of space? Best bang for the buck!? Thanks!! My unit has 4 sleeping areas and is 28' (model name does not equal length). Queen bed in the back, dinette, jackknife sofa, and cabover. It works VERY well for my family of 5 - 3 teenagers (two in college). Just about any unit you look at is going to have similar options... Shorter than mine, and you'll likely lose one of those sleeping areas, such as the sofa, but would still have 3 sleeping areas. There are LOTS of options from MANY manufacturers... Winnegabo Minnie Winnie, Thor Four Winds/Chateau (what I have), Coachmen, and many more. Just look around some, but starting with those will give you an idea of what floorplans offer. Things to watch out for: 1. The number of belted seating areas for travel. Some units don't have a lot of belts. In particular, seating areas that are mounted on a slide are often very limited on belts. 2. The LENGTH of the sofa and/or dinette bed, relative to the height (and potential height) of the kids. In some units, the dinette and sofa beds are very short. 3. Whether or not you're okay with having a sleeping area that can't be used if the slide is in (such as the rear queen in mine).
atreis 10/24/21 06:25am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Newsom signs bill to ban the sell of gas powered generators

And even better, all these wonder machines will be produced in third world countries like China that are actually ramping up coal fueled electrical generation to meet the increased demand from the manufacturing industry. China is building 47 new coal fired power plants currently and estimates are they will construct up to several hundred more. Nothing happens in a vacuum. (multiple sources including Time.com and CNBC). As far as I know, there is nothing in the bill mandating that new equipment of any sort be manufactured in third world countries.
atreis 10/13/21 10:28am Around the Campfire
RE: Newsom signs bill to ban the sell of gas powered generators

43018.11. (a) (1) By July 1, 2022, the state board shall, consistent with federal law, adopt cost-effective and technologically feasible regulations to prohibit engine exhaust and evaporative emissions from new small off-road engines, as defined by the state board. Those regulations shall apply to engines produced on or after January 1, 2024, or as soon as the state board determines is feasible, whichever is later. (2) In determining technological feasibility pursuant to paragraph (1), the state board shall consider all of the following: (A) Emissions from small off-road engines in the state. (B) Expected timelines for zero-emission small off-road equipment development. (C) Increased demand for electricity from added charging requirements for more zero-emission small off-road equipment. (D) Use cases of both commercial and residential lawn and garden users. (E) Expected availability of zero-emission generators and emergency response equipment. (b) Consistent with the regulations adopted pursuant to this section and relevant state law, the state board shall identify, and, to the extent feasible, make available, funding for commercial rebates or similar incentive funding as part of any updates to existing, applicable funding program guidelines for districts to implement to support the transition to zero-emission small off-road equipment operations. Bold emphasis mine. The earliest this will be effective is 2024. And there are built in exemptions for emergency response equipment. In addition, it is all based on whether zero-emission options are available. What this type of legislation does is 1) encourage companies to develop zero emission options and 2) convert the low hanging fruit (ie, more people will buy electric lawn movers and leaf blowers instead of "dirty" ones. It does not say "gas powered" - the regulation is based on the actual emissions. According to the bill, these small off road engines produce more emissions in one hour than a non-electric/hybrid vehicle produces over 1,100 miles of drive time (or 1.47 hours driving at 75 mph). If manufacturers reduce those emissions in their products significantly, then that can extend the timeline. It's amazing how many folks get their panties in a twist over something they've never bothered to actually read. Thank you for posting the actual text. Hopefully more states will do this and provide even more incentive for development of zero-emission options.
atreis 10/10/21 06:30pm Around the Campfire
RE: Does such a Class A exist?

There are some twin bed options still available, such as these: https://www.thormotorcoach.com/axis/floor-plans/241/ https://www.thormotorcoach.com/fourwinds/floor-plans/25V But they don't check the other boxes... One option might be to start with something like this: https://www.thormotorcoach.com/fourwinds/floor-plans/28A And do an aftermarket mod... Or this: https://www.gulfstreamcoach.com/products/motorhomes/conquestclassc/model/6280le Which I've seen available as a rental with 4 bunk beds in the back instead of the queen, so could possibly be ordered with twin beds. I'm not sure that any of those come with two ACs though, so that would be an aftermarket mod.
atreis 10/06/21 10:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Not much posting

Been here for years but don't post as much as I used to. I got tired of the constant pointless arguments over things which are essentially just personal opinion and preference. On MANY subjects, there are multiple right answers, and the best one for given individuals isn't necessarily the same. I suspect there are others like me who are still around but just don't post that much anymore. In terms of moderation, I also have observed a fair amount of bias, but perhaps the thread-deletion tactic (as opposed to editing) is meant to better account for that. (Example of biased moderation: Person A expresses moderate political opinion. Person B expresses less moderate opinion in the other direction. Moderator's opinion agrees more with B than A, so edit's A's post but not B's, even though B's is the more extreme.) I also suspect a lot of people have gone to FB, but I personally can't stand FB and don't use it for anything. I suspect some have gone to YT, but I'm no fan of that either, preferring to read and write. On the bright side, the overly zealous weight police aren't as active as they once were.
atreis 10/03/21 09:54am Around the Campfire
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