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RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

I'm not a big believer in the government (even though I am in fact a government employee... or maybe it's because I am lol) but I do believe in doing the right thing at the personal level even if it's not the cheapest. The rub is we obviously don't all agree on what the right thing is, right? But if the government is making you do it, it's probably not the right thing. I oppose all incentives, but they are so ingrained in every part of life imaginable I don't see my opinion changing anything there. So in the meantime I'll take advantage of them when I can, and pay for them with my taxes whether I use them or not. It's fundamentally not right. I bought our solar array, and wrote a large part of it off. But I also paid more taxes than Amazon, so **** Bezos.
camperdave 09/19/19 11:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: What is the best power inverter for camping?

In my limited knowledge and reading, you can pretty much determine how quality an inverter is based on price and weight (heavier is better). Not always true of course, but it's pretty sure than a 3kw inverter from Walmart for $250 is not going to be as good as a name brand 3kw inverter for $700. I've heard very good things about Outback. I have a GoPower that I really like. I also have a truck stop special that has never failed, so who knows? lol. The thing that frustrates me is that I want a stand alone inverter in the 4k range, but it's almost the same price for an inverter/charger. I don't want a combo unit, but by the time you price out switches and all that, the combo units end up being worth it even if not using the charger portion. Anyway, went a bit off track there...
camperdave 09/19/19 11:23am Family Camping
RE: Towing with my new Honda Ridgeline

I tow a 4x8 utility trailer with my Saab convertible, doesn't make it a truck. :B
camperdave 09/19/19 11:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: New to RVing

Congrats on retirement! I've got 4,061 days to go (but who's counting?).
camperdave 09/18/19 10:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

I have two teenage drivers right now. They don't forget to plug in, because the alternative is next time they have to drive the gas car and pay for gas... but yes, as of right now street parking and overnight EV charging is not an option.
camperdave 09/18/19 05:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Mercedes ML350 towing hitch with travel trailer

Sure, WDH is useful. Less porpoising, and sway control on many of them. Is there a sticker on the hitch itself that lists load carrying and distributed hitch weight limits?
camperdave 09/18/19 04:32pm Towing
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

I charge at work. it's like getting free gas lol. That gravy train will end eventually, but as long as there's only a few of us no one really cares. At home, I have 4 chargers (i dunno, they just sort of accumulate). no matter where I park I've got a place to plug in. It is definitely an issue for those without driveways or garages, like apartment dwellers who street park. It is hard to appreciate the convenience of never going to a gas station until you no longer have to do it. It is oddly life changing.
camperdave 09/18/19 04:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Newmar Sold

Winnebago bought Grand Designs 3 years ago. How is that going? Would think this would be similar. As mentioned above, probably all will be fine till the next crash, then all bets are off anyway.
camperdave 09/18/19 12:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generator Won’t Start

yeah, starts off the house batteries. I had dead house batteries once (dumb mistake...) I started the engine, then waited 20 or so minutes until the house batts had enough juice in them to fire up the genny. Stupid to have the generator start off the house batts, as when I need the generator is when those batteries are in need of a charge! Seems like it should be fired off from the chassis battery (which is a better starter battery anyway than the deep cycles).
camperdave 09/18/19 10:21am Beginning RVing
RE: 2016 Adventurer: Waterpump works, but shower & toilet dont?

troubleshooting 101. Start where it's working, and check every connection until it's no longer working. There's yer problem! probably a kink or something.
camperdave 09/18/19 09:39am Tech Issues
RE: 1977 Dodge Sportsman

Yes, this is a big project. You'll most likely end up removing both engine and trans and replacing everything cooling related. God only knows what else you'll find wrong in there lol.
camperdave 09/18/19 09:09am Beginning RVing
RE: coating rubber roof what have you used

Liquid Roof. is an EPDM coating that bites into the original EPDM roof and becomes one. I used Liquid Roof on my Bounder and was impressed with the produce. It's pricey but I would do it again. That's what I used too. I did the roof on my old travel trailer in 2012, it was still looking good when I sold it last year.
camperdave 09/18/19 08:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

I actually have an acquaintance (parents of my kids friend) who tow their boat with their X. It's a 19' center console fishing boat (maybe 3k pounds?) and there's a ramp 5 miles from town here. They have a gas truck for longer trips of course. I think they just like the looks it gets, though he says it tows it great. Pretty cool to see it going down the road.
camperdave 09/17/19 01:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Leveling Jacks pro & con

My 30-year-old Winnebago Warrior had jacks installed by the previous (first) owner. I'm so glad he did. The best benefit of the jacks is not so much the leveling, but stability. Even on level ground, the RV is still floating on its suspension. So every time someone gets up in the night to go pee, or they flop over in bed, the entire RV bounces around. With jacks, the house is rock-solid like...a house! That was definitely my fear. In my old travel trailer, the motion was terrible. I went so far as to buy x-chocks in addition to using the drop stabilizers to steady the motion. However, in the motorhome (an E450 chassis) it just has not been an issue. I can definitely tell someone is moving around, but it's nothing like the wobbling of the old travel trailer. The suspension and tires on these things are quite stiff. Anyway, I certainly agree leveling jacks are awesome, and I wish I had them. But I'm also a-ok without.
camperdave 09/17/19 12:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How long is too long to be extended

People lengthen trailer tongues all the time, it's much preferred when possible over an extended hitch, from a towing perspective. It will make backing up easier too.
camperdave 09/17/19 10:07am Towing
RE: electrical calculation please

I have a small thermoelectric dehumidifier that I keep in my convertible since it always leaks a bit. Works well in that tiny space, can get about 1/2 cup a day of water out of it.
camperdave 09/17/19 08:54am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Chassis-E450 VS E350

It's about the right match. Ever drive an empty uhaul? Rides like **** with no weight in it. You need enough carrying capacity for all your junk, but don't want Overkill capacity.
camperdave 09/16/19 09:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: I got the shakes

maybe they left the beads in the bag? :B
camperdave 09/16/19 02:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

I will once again urge those who believe in EVs and green energy to read reviews of Planet of the Humans. Think, look at the energy and carbon dioxide balances. Don't believe me or anyone, follow the numbers (money). One example, and google is your friend. https://www.nonfictionfilm.com/news/planet-of-the-humans-possibly-most-bracing-environmental-documentary-ever-made-premieres-at-traverse-city-film-festival Obviously population rise is the biggest problem, but it's a tough egg to crack. I liked this part: "The ultimate problem is that there are too many people consuming too much and we don't even have a word or a name for what this total human apocalypse is called," Gibbs told me during an interview in Traverse City. "What is the word for a single species that's overrun an entire planet and is causing mayhem in every direction?" The word is virus. That's what we are. The bad news is this is irreversible. The good news is it will all be over soon enough, and Earth can continue on it's way without us.
camperdave 09/16/19 12:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Leveling Jacks pro & con

If you don't plan on keeping it forever and will eventually sell it, the jacks will add a lot more value and be more attractive to buyers than a MH without them. Disagree. In my buying experience, the presence of jacks or not had no affect on the pricing. It's a total lost cost, only do so for your own personal usage, don't count on jacks adding resale.
camperdave 09/16/19 10:36am Class C Motorhomes
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