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RE: Start/stop technology

Friends new BMW has that feature. What I didn't care for was in very hot weather the inside of the car would get warm at a long stoplight. When the inside of the car got up to a certain temperature the car would restart even with the car still stopped.
colliehauler 02/22/19 12:47am Around the Campfire
RE: One battery or two

Actually one battery works quite well with a small inverter generator to keep it charged. Bonus you can use the microwave, coffee maker or watch TV without a inverter. I guess we all have our definition of minimalism.
colliehauler 02/21/19 08:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Our first extended trip with a dog

Like others have said pet should not be left alone outside, most campgrounds have rules against unattended pets. And for the dogs safety as well from predators. Always clean up after your pet as well. Dogs make great traveling companions but do require extra maintenance. If I go to a restaurant or store I leave them in the RV with the A/C on as well as the tv or radio.
colliehauler 02/21/19 01:51pm RV Pet Stop
RE: 2 Bedroom 5th Wheel for Adult Visitors

I am not going to buy something to accommodate people who would only be with us 2% of the time. We have a fold out sofa. It is not very comfortable. Don't want it to be. Friends are friends but after a few days I want them gone. Sure don't want them to be too comfy.(Fish and guests both smell after 3 days) Samuel Clemens
colliehauler 02/21/19 01:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: new to the TT world

You'll want a battery disconnect (if it doesn't have one) when not in use or you'll have a dead battery in a week from parasitic drains. Depending on how secure your storage area is you might want to take the battery and propane tanks off and store them in the garage. Most campgrounds you can hook up the water directly to the camper and not use the water tank unless you want to. Water adds a lot of weight 8 lbs per gallon. Congratulations on your new trailer.
colliehauler 02/21/19 11:45am Travel Trailers
RE: If money was not a issue

If money were no object a Newell custom coach. For a 5th wheel a custom built New Horizon.
colliehauler 02/21/19 09:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Start/stop technology

Don't feel bad, my new Toyota Tacoma locks itself. Even when I don't want it locked. GuyI guess the Royals in Britain are instructed to leave the car doors open for that very reason. If there was a incident they could get back into the car without being locked out.
colliehauler 02/21/19 04:23am Around the Campfire
RE: Start/stop technology

We have come a long way for sure. I remember old early 60's Chevrolets that you didn’t even need a key to start unless you put the ignition into the locked position. Had two tabs that stuck out you could turn the ignition.
colliehauler 02/21/19 04:20am Around the Campfire
RE: Walmart changing some stores

I guess I would have a lot more empathy for the panhandlers if there wasn't a help wanted sign in every fast food restaurant surrounding Walmart along with Walmart itself. Our local police dept will hand out a food voucher for those in immediate need and will give them information about shelters. I believe in a hand up not a hand out.
colliehauler 02/21/19 04:12am General RVing Issues
RE: One battery or two

Another vote for two golf cart 6 volt batteries. My last set lasted 8 years before I replaced. If you don't boondock and use campgrounds one 12 volt battery is probably sufficient.
colliehauler 02/21/19 03:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Single or Double Axle?

I could see that being true at low speeds but wonder about highway speeds. At 65 mph that would only be a second or less for both wheels to articulate. I used the speed distance calculator and both wheels would have to articulate in .0104895 of a second at 65 mph.I have watched many trailers hit the speed bumps in front of our building. Though this is at low speeds, the articulation is obvious. Now if you are hitting speed bumps at 65 MPH.... That is going to be a problem, no matter what the axle configuration is.:BJust saying most trailer's are towed at highway speeds where the advantage of tandem wheels is mitigated. I've never owned a single axle TT, just boat trailers with 13 inch tires. The largest advantage of a tandem (speculation) is the stability when parked. I have thought about a 17 foot Wolf Pup TH for overnights in remote places with a single axle. Personally anything larger I would want tandem wheels. A single axle it would be cheap to upgrade to a heavier axle and tires for off road.
colliehauler 02/21/19 03:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Single or Double Axle?

I could see that being true at low speeds but wonder about highway speeds. At 65 mph that would only be a second or less for both wheels to articulate. I used the speed distance calculator and both wheels would have to articulate in .0104895 of a second at 65 mph.
colliehauler 02/20/19 05:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Single or Double Axle?

I could see that being true at low speeds but wonder about highway speeds. At 65 mph that would only be a second or less for both wheels to articulate.
colliehauler 02/20/19 05:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Walmart / Generator???

After driving all day a cheap RV park along the hwy gives me power, internet and a hot shower. I hope to never stop at a wallmart or truck stop for the few bucks I have no worries or need to carry my generator.Now that I'm retired I'm not in a hurry and stop early enough in the day to utilize a cheap RV park as well, besides they need the money. I travel of a summer and enjoy A/C and the quite. I usually only plug in. I can understand people who just need a few hours of sleep using Wallyworld, box stores, rest areas, truck stops. I agree with Grit dog on a lot of small towns around here will have a nice quiet area for a overnight some even for free or a minimal charge usually a 3 day limit.
colliehauler 02/20/19 10:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Walmart changing some stores

Some of us have fallen on hard times. How to help the less fortunate has always been a problem, and now it's worst, that's all. Automation and robotics is part of our evolution, but it also has its downside. I agree that in some cases jobs have been lost. However, around here I see many businesses posting help wanted signs. We just left Walmart and they have a table with job info just inside the door. $12.50 an hour to start. Not high paying in today's world but something to get an income until something better comes along. That is how it was in the past. When we left Walmart there were the same 2 guys standing on the corner with their "please help" signs that have been around for weeks. :?We currently have some of the lowest unemployment numbers in decade's. If a person is willing to work there is a job for them. There will always be a segment of the population unwilling to work and depending on handouts.
colliehauler 02/20/19 10:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Gas engine

Here's a thought, hows many miles are the Gasser's getting on their engines? my 6.6 Duramax has 200K and I'm told it's just broke in. Do the newer gas engines last as long as the diesel engines these days? I don't know my V-10 only has 200k miles on it, carringb has 500k+ on his V-10.
colliehauler 02/20/19 10:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Walmart changing some stores

I can think of only one time I seen a dilapidated rv at Wallyworld. Most are new motorcoach's or 5th wheels with a few (C's) and TT's thrown in. Most on there way to Texas or coming from Texas (snowbirds). They have a separate lot that fills up with RV'S and a random semi (most semi's use the new Loves truck stop). I remember the dilapidated trailer sat there for a month or two before moving on. I don't know if he left on his own or was asked to leave. Forgot to add the far North lot is close to all the fast food restaurant's and is fairly quiet.
colliehauler 02/20/19 03:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Single or Double Axle?

I've had 3 dual axle TT and currently own a single axle toy hauler (20ft); Prefer the single axle - much more maneuverable in tight spots (like some gas stations); I can get into really tight sites in public campgrounds. Reversing into sites is much easier. Weighs about 4,500 lbs loaded and tows like a dream with a Express 6.0 Van. I just came back from a 5,000 mile trip to Big Bend - worked out great; in 30 years of towing, I've never had a blow out or bad bearing but then I keep up with the maintenance and check tires/bearings regularly.I have thought of a small single axle TH for overnight trips as well. One advantage I could see is small single axle trailer's usually have 15" tires where small duel axle trailer's have 13" tires. Off road I would think the larger tires would be better. I also know you can get 15" tires in load range (E) where 13" is usually (C or D). If you look at early small trailers just about all from the 50's and 60's had single axles. Add they only had bias ply tires as well and seemed to have worked fine for years. I have never owned a single axle trailer other then boat trailers. Never had a tire failure or bearing failure but was diligent on maintenance and tire replacement.
colliehauler 02/20/19 02:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Gas engine

A gas engine will do the job, a Diesel will do the job better. If I were to buy a gas truck I would look at the new GM 6.6 or Ford 7.3 coming out for 2020. I also would also want 4:30 gears.
colliehauler 02/20/19 02:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Single or Double Axle?

I did a bump so you could read a previous thread on this issue.
colliehauler 02/19/19 02:39pm Travel Trailers
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