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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
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

I would hope that a Volvo would last for more than 124K miles! I'd expect it to go for 200-300K miles before the end of its service life. (That's what I was referring to. The car's expected service life. Break even was considerably less than 124K miles, even with the current mix of power generation sources.) We have quite a lot of wind generation here in the US, and tremendous potential for more. A lot of the available wind sources in the midwest have not yet been tapped. There's also a lot of untapped potential for solar. It still amazes me how many very large roofs (factories, malls, big box stores, warehouses, and the like) contain no, or only small, arrays.
atreis 05/09/21 11:24am Around the Campfire
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

As I was collecting data to finalize my "break even" analysis between ICE and BEV, I discovered Volvo already did that for us. For starters, the basic ICE XC40 has a $33,700 base MRSP and the BEV version is $53,900, for a premium of over $20k. Using the amount of emissions from the average power plant (mix all sources of power) once you drive the XC40 for 97,270 miles (146,000 km), you are now "greener" than the XC40 gas version. If we used 100% solar power (no coal, natural gas, hydro, etc) then at 29,204 miles (47,000 km) you are now "greener" than the ICE version. Until you reach those breakeven points the ICE XC40 has a smaller carbon footprint. Bottomline-- As long as the XC40 Recharge has a higher Carbon Footprint from the Materials production and refining phase than the XC40 ICE, the question of break-even will remain. At what distance will GHG emissions from Materials production and refining be outweighed by lower emissions in the use phase? This study shows a break-even point of almost 50,000 km for the wind powered XC40 Recharge, significantly below the driving distance of 200,000 km used as the functional unit. When considering a global average electricity mix the break-even point is at about 146,000 km for XC40 Recharge, also below the 200,000 km. After the break-even points the global warming related benefits of the XC40 Recharge compared to the XC40 ICE continue to increase over the rest of the life cycle. This means that the longer the lifetime, the lower the Carbon Footprint of the XC40 Recharge compared to the XC40 ICE. Volvo report https://group.volvocars.com/news/sustainability/2020/~/media/ccs/Volvo_carbonfootprintreport.pdf Following are excerpts from that report. https://i.imgur.com/WqjVch3l.png https://i.imgur.com/mABl9vbl.png https://i.imgur.com/WiMehiXl.png https://i.imgur.com/nz6GBwXl.png So, it depends on what region you live in and kind of fuel required to generate electricity. Those with lowest MPG are states with "dirty power" (greater emissions per kWh). https://cdn.blog.ucsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/vehicles-m-emissions-map-social.jpg Source: https://blog.ucsusa.org/rachael-nealer/gasoline-vs-electric-global-warming-emissions-953 How is your energy generated? https://www.chooseenergy.com/data-center/electricity-sources-by-state/ How much does your state charge for power? https://www.electricchoice.com/electricity-prices-by-state/ So, is it worth a $20k premium for the BEV XC40? IMO, no. The Volvo is for my wife and she buys one tank of gas every 6 weeks or so for her Benz, and probably drives 200-300 miles a month. Assuming Oregon goes 100% wind, then around the 8th year the BEV will be "greener" than the ICE alternative. That's a nice analysis on a fairly sizable and not terribly slippery vehicle. Of course it will change over time as more renewable energy generation comes online (improving for the BEV). Given that the Volvo should be on the road for 200K miles or more, whether driven by the original owner or not, that's also a pretty significant advantage over the lifetime of the vehicle.
atreis 05/09/21 09:42am Around the Campfire
RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

How heavy is the tongue? Tongue weight should be 11-15% of total trailer weight. If you don't have enough tongue weight when fully loaded, it'll be all over the road, and potentially very unsafe. Being a toy hauler, too light of a tongue is also the most likely scenario.
atreis 05/04/21 03:00pm Towing
RE: Your opinion on a tax return question...

You can call them, but I really wouldn't expect a lot from that. They are knowledgeable and friendly, but might not be able to do a lot for you in this case. Eventually they'll send you back some paperwork for signature. It's not a huge deal, but you're not likely to get your return any time soon (sorry). Don't confuse things by sending them again unless you call them and they tell you to do that. It has the potential to trigger fraud alerts and further delay your return.
atreis 05/03/21 04:11pm Around the Campfire
RE: More Reasons to Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup

Always check your references. 1. How High-Fructose Corn Syrup is Made http://www.diabeteshealth.com/read/2011/02/17/7057/how-high-fructose-corn-syrup-hfcs-is-made/ Ad-supported magazine. Article is from 2011 and no longer available online. (The link doesn't work.) Food manufacturing is .. not pleasant, in general. If you really want to be grossed out, tour a butter factory sometime, or one that makes fish oil pills. How unpleasant the manufacturing process is, assuming the output passes safety tests, has nothing to do with whether or not the product is harmful. 2. High Fructose Corn Syrup: How Dangerous is it? http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29955927/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/t/high-fructose-corn-syrup-how-dangerous-it/#.T8-Q71JIJtg Link doesn't go to MSNBC, as it would appear. msn.com is still owned by Microsoft though. Most likely this is a very (!) old link. My router blocked the site, so I can't comment further. 3. Metabolic Dangers of High-Fructose Corn Syrup http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2008/dec2008_Metabolic-Dangers-of-High-Fructose-Corn-Syrup_01.htm Another very old article (from 2008). lef.org is now knows as lifeextension.com and is a purveyor of unregulated pharmaceuticals. 4. A Sweet Problem http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S26/91/22K07/index.xml?section=topstories Finally, a reputable source, and a link that works! Another old article though (2010). One would want to make sure the research has held up over time. (e.g. If the study has been repeated in humans and found to have similar results. Lab mice don't always behave the same.) This one I'm inclined to believe is most probably true. 5. The Double Danger of High-Fructose Corn Syrup http://www.westonaprice.org/modern-foods/double-danger-of-high-fructose-corn-syrup Another link that doesn't work. No idea how old the article is. The organization exists and appears legit, although is likely biased towards the needs of small produce farmers (the sort that sell at Farmer's Markets) and small organics. Articles against HFCS, which is generally used by large scale food manufacturers, aren't unexpected from such a source. The main sources of support for the Weston A. Price Foundation are the dues and contributions of its members. The Foundation receives no funding from any government agency or food processing corporation. Although many of our members are farmers, the Foundation has no ties with the meat or dairy industry, nor with any organization promoting these industries. The Foundation promotes the production of food by independent farmers and artisans, and not by industry. Taken from here: https://www.westonaprice.org/about-us/wapf-funding/ Can't comment on the article though without being able to read it. How did you end up doing new research and coming up with so many broken links???
atreis 04/23/21 10:33am Around the Campfire
RE: full size corner bed vs queen corner bed

The units we've had for the last 16 years have all had corner beds. I decided with my move to my new RV that I'd had enough of that - no more corner beds for me. IMO, the extra 6" that a queen would give over the full isn't going to make that much difference for getting out in the middle of the night. You'll still be wrestling with bedding, climbing over your SO, climbing over your SO again to get back in, then wrestling with bedding again to get back under the covers. FWIW, I never had much trouble making the corner bed. Just started at the back and worked my way down so that I was never kneeling on the bedding that I was working with.
atreis 04/21/21 05:03pm Class C Motorhomes

I'm wondering if solar panels can run the 12 volt compressor fridge, furnace blower, microwave, and other electrics for an extended period off grid. Excluding the AC, yes. I had 320 watts on my last RV and a 12V Danfoss compressor fridge. If parked in a sunny location and not too many cloudy days one after the other, I could go indefinitely on just solar, even with moderate furnace use. That was with a smallish AGM battery bank.
atreis 04/21/21 10:06am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Obesity in America

I'm 5'7", weigh 155 lbs, and am very fit. Technically I'm overweight. According to the doctor's charts, I should be 140 lbs. I don't think anyone who saw me would think I'm overweight though. Some of this needs to be taken with a grain of salt (but only a grain! don't want too much salt in your diet ...).
atreis 04/17/21 03:51pm Around the Campfire
RE: Storms and Tornados

I'm I missing something here? I receive weather alerts on my phone which uses GPS to track what area I'm in. You'll only get the weather alerts on your phone if you have a signal. Many remote campgrounds (NF, COE, dispersed sites, and even some NP) don't have good, or sometimes any, cellular reception, but will still be able to receive weather alerts by radio broadcasts. It's good to have both.
atreis 03/25/21 07:13pm RV Lifestyle
RE: 7.3 Ford vs 6.0 Chevy cockpit room

Love my new Four Winds on Chevy 4500 chassis. Not only is there more space in the cockpit, but it also drives nicer than the Ford version. Many on here say the same thing, what design features makes it drive nicer than the Ford? I have been to 3 dealers and have not seen a Chevy chassis did you have to order it brand new or did you find one on a lot? I drove both versions before ordering. A dealership 300 miles away had the Chevy, so I went up there and test drove it. (Didn't have the options I wanted.) Another dealership closer to home had the same model on the Ford chassis. Test drove it too, and found the Chevy a lot more stable, quieter in the cockpit, and I was more comfortable at highway speeds in it. The difference could be the exact chassis model. For my model RV (Four Winds 26B), the Chevy is the 4500, where the Ford is the 350. The Chevy has a bit more than 1500 lbs greater OCCC. My OCCC is a tad more than 3K lbs. Could be the heavier duty chassis alone made most of the difference (except noise). Beats me. I just know the Chevy drove better for me. Oh, btw, I didn't buy from either of those dealers. I did a custom order from a third dealer, and waited 4 months to get it. Neither of those dealers was willing to put in an order for me with the exact set of options I wanted. They wanted me to accept one that they already had on order.
atreis 03/21/21 06:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 7.3 Ford vs 6.0 Chevy cockpit room

Love my new Four Winds on Chevy 4500 chassis. Not only is there more space in the cockpit, but it also drives nicer than the Ford version.
atreis 03/15/21 06:25pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: And so it begins. (In North America).

Yeah, it's super easy, stop and have lunch, charge up the ole Duracells....along with everyone else who stops for lunch between 11am-1pm.... I'm sure the "average" number of charging stations won't have a line to get to them if stopping at lunch becomes the popular way to charge. Whether one chooses to assume the worst, the best, or somewhere in between (me) is a personal choice. I've had to wait upwards of 30 minutes for gas in the relatively recent past, and far longer in my much younger days. Yes, no doubt it will occasionally happen, just as it occasionally happens for gas, that one has to wait one's turn. Hopefully it will happen as infrequently.
atreis 03/08/21 06:22pm Around the Campfire
RE: And so it begins. (In North America).

During that 40 minutes, you'd hopefully be having lunch rather than sitting and waiting. I think it will be an adjustment, but doable once people get used to it. Friends have a Volt and love it, when they are home they go for months on a tank of gas but can get in it and drive cross country if needed. IMO, the Volt was a great design for a transitional vehicle. In a lot of ways, better than the Prius and other Hybrids. It's a shame they stopped making it.
atreis 03/07/21 07:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: And so it begins. (In North America).

Ed and I were talking about this yesterday. In our rural neighborhood in Michigan, if my neighbor turns on his table saw, my lights dim. We are praying that none of our neighbors goes electric, because their one vehicle will probably make the rest of us haul out the kerosene lamps.... The infrastructure is NOT in place for a bunch of kilowatt gobblers. Sounds like you and your neighbor are likely sharing the same transformer. That's not unusual at all in that case, to see a dip when something that pulls a lot of power kicks on (most especially things with large electric motors, such as whole house AC, or in your case, a powerful table saw). Odds are you could both charge electric cars just fine, but when his (or your) charger kicks on you might notice a similar brief dip if you're using fast, high power, chargers. Most people don't, by the way. If you didn't want that dip, it's likely that all that is needed is to have the power company install separate transformers for your two houses. Per code, the transformer has to be able to handle at least the full load for all houses supplied by that transformer. As an example, if you both have 200 amp panels, it has to be able to handle at least 400 amps of load. If one of you upgraded your panel to a 300 amp panel, one of the things done during inspection is to make sure the transformer can handle the additional load. If it can't, the power company would be called out to upgrade the transformer, or install separate ones. As with everything new that comes along with technology, the doomsayers act as if the changeover will happen overnight. It won't. It will happen, in this case, probably over something on the order of 3 decades (maybe 4), as the fleet of ICE cars still being made and sold over the next 10-15 years slowly ages out of active service. In the meantime, more and more people will choose electric instead of ICE. This will result in an increasing slope of people choosing electric, a decreasing slope of people choosing ICE, over the next 10-15 years. Then after that, there's another 10-15 years while those last few years of ICE cars are still in active service. This will result in a slow transition that takes several decades in most areas that will give power companies the time they need to respond and adjust to the change in demand, including upgrading supply lines, transformers, grid interconnects, and adding new generation capacity.
atreis 03/07/21 05:55pm Around the Campfire
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