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RE: How cold should the air conditioning get the RV?

One key point is; AC units need to cycle. That's why in a couple places we camped this summer, we had to raise the inside temp to 75 instead of 73 a couple days. Why? I think they may have that backwards. Short cycling is bad. It needs to have adequate run times to pull out the humidity. That is why too big a system can be bad. AS it relates to Home systems, YES, having too large a system for a house, means the system does NOT RUN long enough to remove the humidity/moisture in the house. As it relates to RV's, it is a RARE RV that has too many roof AC's to overcool a RV. If the system is continually running(compressor) in hot weather, that is a good thing. It is doing its job. While it may be best to allow the Compressor to cycle, so you do not shorten its lifespan, that is the RV'ers choice. But there are Thousands of AC units that never shut off in temps above 85 degrees. BUT, having the correct amount of AC BTU's will allow the RV to cool down enough to cycle off. Doug Thank you. Mine is the same. Runs constantly to keep up. Never had a need to cycle it off in the RV. And I agree, never been in an RV that was over spec'd on the AC.
mich800 08/14/20 02:00pm Tech Issues
RE: How cold should the air conditioning get the RV?

One key point is; AC units need to cycle. That's why in a couple places we camped this summer, we had to raise the inside temp to 75 instead of 73 a couple days. Why? I think they may have that backwards. Short cycling is bad. It needs to have adequate run times to pull out the humidity. That is why too big a system can be bad.
mich800 08/14/20 10:34am Tech Issues
RE: Totaled vehicles...sometimes surprising.

In Jan 2019, I bought a used 2005 Jeep Wrangler for a dinghy for our new C. I picked it up in SLC, Utah, and began the drive home -- 900 miles. Just east of Des Moines, IA, hit black ice (dozens of cars off the road) and rolled the Jeep 3 times. Cut myself out of the seat belt. Roof came off, body damaged and it rested on it's side. Stayed there 2 days until weather cleared up to get it out. Totaled. Got a call 6 months later, from the guy who bought it...AT A USED CAR LOT! How did he know me? My papers were still in the glove box. I was 250 miles from home, so no, I didn't go back and collect my things. He told me about all the problems he's having and asked why I traded it in. I told him the story...and said how the hell did you buy it? He knew it had a salvage title, but dealer told him it was minor (it was NOT). Anyway, I told him good luck...insurance paid out and totaled it. Was out of my hands. I don't know the answer -- but got to be some better way of not letting true totaled vehicles back on the road. Minor damage that costs more to fix than it's worth is another thing. Without knowing what problems he is having can't say for sure the issue is wreck related. Could be you bought a lot of problems, and sold them to insurance co before you knew you had them. Very true. But...this statement says it all " He knew it had a salvage title" One cannot help those that don't help themselves. This person clearly was not a good candidate for purchasing this type of vehicle. They went in wholly unprepared for the type of research and independent verification (if they are not qualified) of the quality of repairs.
mich800 08/10/20 04:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Totaled vehicles...sometimes surprising.

Insurance companies are not stupid. If it was totaled it was in their best financial interest. They have a pretty simple formula, something like if the cost of repairs plus the salvage value exceeds the average price the vehicle could sell for when fixed, it's considered totaled. Once they tag a vehicle as totaled it gets attached to the VIN in the government's databases. That makes it difficult to license and insure it later. Trying to get a clean title after that requires a lot of work and jumping thru hoops. But it can be a good hobby or business for someone who is handy mechanically. Ran into a guy in Alaska who was buying totaled RVs in the Lower 48, driving them to Alaska and rebuilding them in his shop over the long winters. To bad his mechanical and carpentry skills weren't quite up to snuff though. LOL I have purchased multiple branded titled vehicles in my lifetime with positive overall results. It is not for everyone and definitely not for those that are risk adverse. I have never had and issue insuring or registering a rebuilt title vehicle. If you are the one trying to repair and convert from a salvage to a rebuilt title that is different animal.
mich800 08/10/20 03:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Totaled vehicles...sometimes surprising.

In Jan 2019, I bought a used 2005 Jeep Wrangler for a dinghy for our new C. I picked it up in SLC, Utah, and began the drive home -- 900 miles. Just east of Des Moines, IA, hit black ice (dozens of cars off the road) and rolled the Jeep 3 times. Cut myself out of the seat belt. Roof came off, body damaged and it rested on it's side. Stayed there 2 days until weather cleared up to get it out. Totaled. Got a call 6 months later, from the guy who bought it...AT A USED CAR LOT! How did he know me? My papers were still in the glove box. I was 250 miles from home, so no, I didn't go back and collect my things. He told me about all the problems he's having and asked why I traded it in. I told him the story...and said how the hell did you buy it? He knew it had a salvage title, but dealer told him it was minor (it was NOT). Anyway, I told him good luck...insurance paid out and totaled it. Was out of my hands. I don't know the answer -- but got to be some better way of not letting true totaled vehicles back on the road. Minor damage that costs more to fix than it's worth is another thing. That is funny. Had a similar thing happen to me. Sold a diesel truck to Copart. It was running but I knew the internal damage was significant and only a matter of time before it gave up. The repair cost would be far in excess of the value and I got a pretty good price from the salvage yard. I went this route because I did not want to deal with selling it and having someone try and come back on me claiming I was trying to pawn off a bad vehicle. Yes, I would disclose the issues if I tried to sell it private party. In any case. The truck sold at the Copart auction and the purchaser must have tracked me down by the vin and called me. Asking me what was wrong with it and how much did they think it would cost to fix. I simply stated I don't know, that is why I sent it to auction. So much for sending it to auction to avoid this very issue.
mich800 08/10/20 01:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Totaled vehicles...sometimes surprising.

But we keep asking for more bells and whistles, more electronics more systems more conectability. Every little option boosts the insurance rates, make it more technical harder to diagnose and repair. easier to total! That is not what results in vehicles getting totaled. If anything the added value works against that when repairing physical damage. It is a simple numbers game. The same physical damage to a vehicle with a higher cash value equals a higher likelihood of being repaired via insurance. The confusion arises from people under estimating actual repair costs and over valuing their actual cash value of the vehicle. I guaranty the insurance companies have far more data points on the cost/benefit of an insurance payout to fix vs cash out a transaction.
mich800 08/10/20 08:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Totaled vehicles...sometimes surprising.

I wouldn't buy a vehicle that has been rebuilt unless I could see the pictures of it before it was repaired and a list of all damage. I'm sure there are some rebuilt vehicles out there that are worthy of driving but I wouldn't want to take the chance. Salvage/rebuilt titled vehicles are the fishing tales of vehicles. For sale...rebuilt titled car. Only had a flat tire and ran out of gas. Perfect condition.
mich800 08/09/20 08:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Totaled vehicles...sometimes surprising.

Insurance companies are not stupid. If it was totaled it was in their best financial interest.
mich800 08/09/20 12:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What kind of trailer plug is this?

Looks like a plug for a trailer camera.
mich800 08/05/20 07:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

SpaceX officials to hold press conference after Crew Dragon DM-2 splashdown | LIVE https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50182808177_0f6e937c37_z.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50182008583_fa164f5538_z.jpg I am thinking a location with an atmosphere habitable for humans would also come into play. Just because we can fly beyond our atmosphere does not mean we will find Druidia to save the human race.
mich800 08/03/20 02:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Question on buying a "prior salvage tilte" RV

Don't walk away....RUN away. You don't need that many issues hanging over you if you want to enjoy RVing. My biggest concern would be the seller's honesty about WHY it was salvaged. Could have been many reasons but remember the historic FLOOD in Texas a few years ago? You say he was working on other units so that sounds like his "business". The next buyer (when you sell) will have the same concerns as you. There are too many GOOD units to waster your money and grief on this one!! Okay, I am seeing the general opinion. I have a buddy who will be gong with me tomorrow who is well versed in RV construction to look at it. The current owner has been using it for three years. He now has two small childeren and the wife prefers a smaller unit with a bunkhouse to put the kids in verses putting a sleeper in the garage on the beds. The other vehicles he was working on were at his personal residence. They were car restorations. He had them completely stripped down and was rebuilding them. We will most likely not buy as my wife didn't like the feel of the toyhauler. I have had good luck purchasing salvage/rebuilt titled vehicles. As long as you go in eyes wide open and understand all the risks it can be a viable option. Other than the obvious checking everything out and independently confirm the quality of repairs. I also will not touch a rebuilt title vehicle unless I have full access to pre-repair damage and that can also be tricky. Everyone selling always says something like, had some damage to front end but just needed a bumper. But also might mean they grafted on the front half of a donor car. Or it had some hail damage but didn't reveal that hail was also accompanied by 6 feet of flood waters. Also, remember this is a branded title so the purchase price should reflect that. DO NOT over pay for a branded title.
mich800 08/02/20 06:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Ford 6.7 Class action lawsuit

dont you need more than one plantif for a class action? Steve That is why you see the advertisements on television and letters in the mail. Ambulance chasers looking to get rich with little to sometimes meaningless amounts to the class. In the case of the diesel stuff, they are law firms trying to capitalize on Volkswagen's and the Ram ecodiesel issues. They are just going down the line for every manufacturer that makes diesel powered cars and trucks.
mich800 08/02/20 03:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Hummer has crazy good specs. 1000 HP and 1150 torque.

Not sure how they are calculating horsepower, but if I applied the same math they used to come up with the 11,500 lb-ft of torque then my 2014 CTD makes over 13,500 lb-ft at the wheel. 1,230 lb-ft at the crank(level 4 tune) X 3.23 first gear X 3.42 rear axle ratio = 13,587 lb-ft at the wheels Engineered Explained HERE touched on this during his video on the Bronco crawler gear. That the electric vehicle manufacturers quoting their wheel torque is misleading.
mich800 07/30/20 11:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Toyota fake 3/4 ton spotted, overheated

If nothing is wrong and the cooling system is working properly, even overloaded, a truck should not be overheating. So this truck had a mechanical problem. Had nothing to do with what it claimed to be. Do we even know it overheated? The OP was speaking as if they had first hand knowledge but sounds more like conjecture based on an crystal ball conversation the owner had with the salesman.
mich800 07/29/20 02:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ford Bronco

Well I'm sure Jeep will wait for the Broncos release so they can trump it the same day with the 392 Wrangler! The only possible issue I see with that option is will Jeep be able to price it to be competitive. Currently the top level Bronco and Wrangler are close. I don't think it would actually pull away possible Bronco purchasers. But could make some movement within current Wrangler owners/lovers.
mich800 07/24/20 06:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Camper black water tank fluid heats up

I found this about septic tanks. "Bacteria do generate heat when they digest organic material, as is most easily seen in compost piles. Those piles can get really hot – 130 degrees Fahrenheit is not unusual." Not sure if it applies to an RV Black Tank. Maybe it depends on how long stuff has been in there? I agree, and depending on the composition of what is in the tank, level of the tank and how long it has been there. And have we established the definition of this steam? Warmer air pushing into a cooler space is not uncommon. If actual steam (visible) that would definitely be a sight. I will also add, I have never done that experiment the OP is talking about, opening the valve when actually using the toilet. Is this common? Not something I would even think to do.
mich800 07/23/20 12:05pm Tech Issues
RE: 2021 Ford Bronco

Here's some comparisons of the Bronco vs the Jeep. Also Jeep advertised hinting with adding a 392 Hemi to the engine list. Link I am thinking a very expensive option. But...they are out there testing in plain sight. No camo. So unless you are close enough to hear or are observant enough to notice the dual rear exit exhaust it's just a Wrangler.
mich800 07/22/20 02:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ford Bronco

There is an old saying that I didn't know it was true until I drove a friends Miata. "It is more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow." I had more fun driving that thing than I did my Vette that I had at the time. Of course I missed my Vette at the stop lights, but that Miata was like a little go cart on the road.Naw, I don't buy that. Or why do so many opt for the big diesel turbo? Slow cars are just that, slow. I think that may have been in jest. But that is not an absolute rule. At least with some of the tight tracks around here. A ton of HP just gets in the way and the lighter, better balanced cars are faster around the circuit.
mich800 07/17/20 07:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ford Bronco

Nice rugged vehicle, but the unanswerable question at this point is- just how many of the new Broncos will EVER be driven off-road? Much like any other SUV, regardless of their actual capabilities, very very few ever see anything other than pavement under their tires. Just an observation. At least the same percentage as the Wrangler which is its direct competition. No different really than the pickup market. There is a reason the tonneau cover is such a popular option. Need to keep them groceries dry. :B And the same can be said of all those muscle/sports cars that never see a track. True. But I have a blast going 0-60 everywhere I go. Another reason I prefer the manual. If you need to stay within legal, may as well enjoy actively driving.
mich800 07/16/20 03:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ford Bronco

Nice rugged vehicle, but the unanswerable question at this point is- just how many of the new Broncos will EVER be driven off-road? Much like any other SUV, regardless of their actual capabilities, very very few ever see anything other than pavement under their tires. Just an observation. At least the same percentage as the Wrangler which is its direct competition. No different really than the pickup market. There is a reason the tonneau cover is such a popular option. Need to keep them groceries dry. :B
mich800 07/16/20 03:19pm Tow Vehicles
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