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RE: Question for Class C owners

I'm rolling at about 12,500 pounds (14,050 gvwr) with 60psi front 70psi rear and it feels fine to me. My car is smoother, but I can drive it all day long no problem.
camperdave 01/21/19 07:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: All electric vehicles?

My employer has given the OK to plug into the 120v outlets in the parking lot. Nothing extra was added, there's just old outlets on the side of the building that we can use. The extra power use is just noise compared to what the building uses every day.
camperdave 01/20/19 09:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2 -6 volts or 4?

My decision would be based on how I feel about running the generator. Dual 6's will get me through a night, but I'll probably need the generator the next day if it's real cold. With twice the capacity i could go two nights. In the desert with no neighbors? run the genny. In a campground? I'd rather have the extra capacity.
camperdave 01/20/19 09:39am General RVing Issues
RE: HOV lane I 75 in Atlanta, GA

I don't see why not from the link, "Vehicles with two or more (living and not pre-infant) persons." I love that they had to add this note. You know at some point someone tried using the HOV lane with a dead body lol.
camperdave 01/18/19 03:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: All electric vehicles?

as for a Hybrid. Not for me. When going down the interstate, you see them as the slow on the little short hills, and have trouble holding speed on level ground. So no. what? I... uh... nevermind. :R
camperdave 01/18/19 11:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gray water flush

so are flush connections good or bad Yes.
camperdave 01/18/19 10:55am General RVing Issues
RE: All electric vehicles?

You are right, at this point in time an EV is best in a two vehicle household. I've been daily driving EV's for 7 years, but We've always owned a gas car for longer trips too. With a wife and two teenagers, we've got a few cars anyway. I drive around 35 miles/day. With a 9kW grid tied solar array on my house, I'm sitting pretty with no gas and low PG&E costs. But of course I paid $30k to install the solar in 2016 so... you're not wrong about the price point of it all. But that's where most technology begins. And at the rate PG&E is increasing their rates, the payoff is getting shorter every year! EV's are getting better, and several hundred miles of range is attainable today, but the discussion of EV's in relation to tow vehicles is generally speaking not going to go well, especially around here lol.
camperdave 01/18/19 10:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ok to leave the black water tank 1/2 full while in storage?

I've done it on accident before and not had an issue. I would not do it on purpose, but, uh, **** happens.
camperdave 01/17/19 03:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Ford electric pickup

I did not know Ford built a electric Ranger from 98 to 02. It had a 50 mile range on lead acid batteries , 65 mile with the optional nickel metal hydride. Cost was $52,720 and only 1500 were built. Ford crushed all but 100 of them when the lease was up. The OG Ranger EV was pretty cool. There's still a cult of owners out there, and a few guys who will retrofit with new lithium cells. It was a good drive system (motor and controller by Siemens). And while the electronics are certainly old and mostly unavailable, there's a network of dude's who can still repair them. I see them pop up on craigslist once in a while, and it's tempting. :B Chevy had a similar truck at the same time frame, an S-10 with essentially the EV-1 drivetrain. They are even more rare.
camperdave 01/17/19 11:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is it possible to transfer a RV without a title?

That's an interesting one. It's not a lost of missing title, but never been registered at all. My guess is you'll have to somehow come up with the MSO from the manufacturer.
camperdave 01/16/19 04:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Watch downloaded movies on dumb TV -- No internet

Amazon Prime and Netflix both allow downloading of much of their product lineup. whoa, I did not know this!
camperdave 01/16/19 12:27pm Technology Corner
RE: New to class c

I understand the advantage of a fiberglass roof over rubber, mainly stronger resistance to damage from branches and a longer overall life. However the main failure of most roofs is leakage, which usually happens at a junction. In that case, they are the same, aren't they? A fiberglass roof has the same number of seams and penetrations as a rubber roof right? From a maintenance standpoint, they are both going to require the same inspection and resealing on an annual basis. The rubber will need a re-coating in 10-15 years though.
camperdave 01/16/19 11:23am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Gray water flush

My old trailer had a black tank flush, I used it to clean the tanks at home between trips. Never had a smell while camping. Then the hose broke, and I capped it off. Went another few years with no tank flusher. Still never had a smell lol. I do notice some pretty bad smells when actually dumping, and sometimes the grey is as bad or worse than the black. but I think it's just the smell of the water in the tank, not something a rinser will really help with. I could see the benefit for someone who keeps the drain open, it does seem more plausible that 'stuff' would remain in the tank if always draining. Though even then it seems like a good shower would rinse it out.
camperdave 01/16/19 11:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Millennials and RVs

Nothing was EVER given to me, including my retirement and SS. This is part of the disconnect. To the millenial generation, those are things of myth. Not saying either side is right or wrong, but there it is. I know for a fact that 20 years ago someone with my exact job could raise a family of 4 and own a nice home here in town. Retire at 65 with a solid pension. I know, cause I see them at the company parties happily retired. Now my salary for that same job isn't even close to enough to get by. Pension is a thing of the past. Who knows if SS will be there after the boomers are done with it. I've chosen this job cause I like it, and my wife's salary makes it possible. But the reality is working hard is no longer enough.
camperdave 01/15/19 05:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Self Insuring your RV Trailer ?

once the trailer is unhooked, at least my car insurance no longer cover the trailer for anything. So.... at least get liability. In our case a 1K deductible policy and 100K liability is only $88/year. I have an umbrella policy that has a $2M liability that covers the difference. Same here when we had the trailer. Full coverage on a 10+ year old trailer made no sense, but liability is a must. So we were paying for liability only insurance for the trailer (in addition to the umbrella) but self insuring it against comprehensive/collision issues.
camperdave 01/15/19 09:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery chargers.

'truck' ? do you mean 'trunk' ? auto correct spell check strikes again yes, trunk. No autocorrect on my computer, and of course spell check is no use when you type the wrong word. Life goes on... time2roll, agreed. Like on her car, it can go 15 or so miles in EV mode. The starter battery literally does nothing other than tell the computer it's ok to drive now. There should be a way to manually turn on the DCDC, in a similar way that we can combine the house and chassis batteries in a motorhome when it won't start.
camperdave 01/14/19 02:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery chargers.

It's good to keep the old dumb stuff around sometimes, for things like this. That's what I tell my wife about me anyway... My wife's Ford Fusion hybrid wouldn't start a while back because of a dead starter battery. It amused me that there's 300v of lithium sitting in the truck, but the car wouldn't start because the lead acid battery under the hood was dead. She didn't find it amusing.
camperdave 01/14/19 02:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Preparing for Cross Country Trip in 2003 Jayco Greyhawk

Back in the day, I used to carry hoses, belts, plugs, fuses, fuel pump and filter, etc. These days you can get anything tomorrow from anywhere, so I carry a credit card. :B There's not much that goes wrong with the E450. Fuel pump is probably the most likely thing to have an issue with, but it's not exactly side of the road DIY so no point in carrying a spare... Best advice would probably be to make sure everything is in tip-top shape when you leave. Flush the brakes, make sure front end is solid, good tires, and change all fluids. Advice I should be taking right now, actually!
camperdave 01/14/19 12:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Replacing House Batteries.

I may not need that much capacity since we never boondock, just occasionally stop overnight in a rest area while traveling. Do you think I could go with just two batteries? Based on this, I'd seriously question the need for investing in high-end expensive batteries. I'd suggest that you could probably indeed go to a simpler setup with two batteries instead of your current 4. Do you have a residential fridge or use the microwave off the batteries very often? As to AGM vs flooded, as long as you have a good multi stage charger, flooded batteries should only need water once a year or so, and will probably give around 5 years of service. In my experience anyway.
camperdave 01/14/19 10:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Millennials and RVs

Who do you think is at that jiffy lube changing your oil? Oh yeah, some kid. Lol. I work in construction, the kids were hiring now are just as tough and willing to fix stuff as we were. But they are, for the most part, way smarter about the world than we were, and definitely more tech savvy.
camperdave 01/13/19 06:50pm General RVing Issues
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