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RE: Old truck, new look…

Great looking truck. The first things the kids had to learn before getting their full driver's license was how to properly change a tire and how check and change the oil and yes, I did test them to make sure they could safely do all of it.
p220sigman 01/23/23 01:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Insert pins

I've used both and never had either one lose the clip. The grooved one was easier for me because I didn't have worry about the orientation of the clip hole when putting the pin in.
p220sigman 12/05/22 10:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Influenza 2022-2023 Experiences - Comments Etc.

We went to Myrtle Beach the first 2 weeks of October, right after the hurricane went through. The first week the wife and I were fine but the second week we both became ill with 'something'. We thought was allergies with the sneezing, runny nose stuffy head symptoms. I got body aches for 3 days along with the other symptoms....and no, we had not gotten our flu shots as yet. The stuffy head and sinus issues lingered for 2 more weeks after we got home to East TN. We have since gotten our flu shots. Schools here in TN are being closed because of a high rate of illness among the kids. Looks like we will just keep avoiding crowds and limiting our contact with others. Definitely could have been. When I had Covid, the only symptoms I had were runny nose and fatigue. Never had a cough, sneezing, headaches, fever, etc.
p220sigman 11/22/22 10:45am Around the Campfire
RE: The end of an era.

I'm kind of sad to see it go. It was always good for a laugh and occasionally even provided relevant information.
p220sigman 11/08/22 02:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: External hard drive info??????....UPDATE

If you have a Costco nearby, they have a 1TB SSD for about $130. They also have mechanical HD for a little less, but twice the size or more. Given the reasonable cost now days, I'd go ahead and get something that I could also use as a back-up going forward (and do regular back-ups) Modern computers are very reliable, but they aren't indestructible.
p220sigman 09/27/22 12:39pm Around the Campfire
RE: How many folks want an EV

My next vehicle would be an EV, but I'm not currently willing to pay the price of admission. It wouldn't be a tow vehicle, but rather a commuter vehicle. The current vehicle rarely goes more than 30 miles away at a time, so an EV would work great.
p220sigman 09/15/22 12:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Selling 2018 F150 to upgrade to 2022 F150 - worth it or not?

I suspect he did not get the advice he was hoping for. It sounded like new-truck-itis from the start to me.
p220sigman 08/02/22 10:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Generator Security

Use a stout chain or cable and keep your insurance up to date and don't worry much beyond that. Like has been said, most thefts are ones of opportunity. At the end of the day, virtually nothing you do to secure it will stop a determined thief. A cordless angle grinder with a cut-off wheel will make short work of almost every chain or cable.
p220sigman 07/28/22 05:37am Tech Issues
RE: No 110/plug in for pop up

As was said above. You have a converter rather than an inverter if it came from the factory that way. Only DC power works unless you are plugged in.
p220sigman 07/28/22 05:25am Tech Issues
RE: Selling 2018 F150 to upgrade to 2022 F150 - worth it or not?

You are likely going the wrong direction if your goal is to be less tight on money. If anything, sell the '18 and look for something older you could pay cash for with the proceeds from the '18. Anything in the used market is going to be tough still and you are not likely going to get favorable interest rates for something new, so you will be increasing monthly outgo making things even more tight. Early on in the vehicle shortage, you may could have done a favorable deal with the value of late-model used trucks being off the charts, but now it is largely offset by the increase in purchase price for the new vehicle with dealers not negotiating and even adding additional mark-up. None of this takes insurance into account either. You may very well see an increase in insurance for a newer vehicle as well.
p220sigman 07/27/22 09:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Facebook RV Scams

What is common now is that it will be a commercial sale and the price represents the money down. While it may be scam, more likely they are trying to generate sales leads. I responded to a car ad like that just to see what happened. I used fake information and a throw-away email address. A used car dealership responded. They did provide the actual vehicle information and the sales price. They claimed they put a disclaimer in the ad that said the listed price was the down payment, but I never found it. They did continue to spam the email for a couple of months at least. I only keep the throw-away emails for three months or so typically.
p220sigman 07/13/22 05:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Unique situation: What tow vehicle checks all the boxes?

I don't think you are going to find a van that fits your needs. Most that are going to be big enough to have the capacity you need are also going to be made in a cargo configuration meaning removable seats as opposed to folding seats like minivans. I second the pickup with a full height cap on it. I think if you check, unless you get one of the high work-type vans, anything that would fit in a van (height-wise) will fit in the bed of the truck. I would measure the tallest (longest if you lay it on its side) item your wife would need to transport to figure out if it will fit. You may have to go with the trailer suggestion if it is too tall.
p220sigman 06/27/22 10:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: TV & 30 ft TT to Mini Van and 17 ft TT

The paradox of the RV, they are never small enough when traveling and never big enough when parked... Someone needs to invent that Harry Potter tent in maybe an RV form. Have an 18 foot trailer on the outside and 3000 sf mansion on the inside...Maybe Elon is looking into it.:D Harry Potter copied Dr Who. The Tardis is what we need - it is the ultimate RV! True. Wouldn't even have to worry about fuel then.
p220sigman 06/07/22 12:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: TV & 30 ft TT to Mini Van and 17 ft TT

The paradox of the RV, they are never small enough when traveling and never big enough when parked... Someone needs to invent that Harry Potter tent in maybe an RV form. Have an 18 foot trailer on the outside and 3000 sf mansion on the inside...Maybe Elon is looking into it.:D
p220sigman 06/07/22 08:56am General RVing Issues
RE: TV & 30 ft TT to Mini Van and 17 ft TT

Having towed with a minivan for many years (two Toyota Siennas), I have some thoughts. They do make very good tow vehicles within their capabilities. They have a very low center of gravity. We towed a popup that weighed about 3300 loaded for camping. We typically averaged about 16 mpg, but most of our towing was in Florida, South Georgia, and South Alabama so mostly flat. Tongue weight is where they struggle. We were running about 350lbs tongue weight plus the weight of the drawbar. The rear suspension is soft to make for the cushy ride. I added airbags to help with the rear sag with both the Pup and our bike rack. I wouldn't want to have towed anything heavier though. The clearance in the back with the hitch isn't great either. Get used to planning your entrance into parking lots to avoid the hitch scraping and bottoming out. I also think you are optimistic about getting 15 mpg with a full-height trailer. We had pretty much optimum towing conditions and only managed 16 mpg. The other concern I would have with a modern minivan is the transmission. Most have CVTs and I would have serious concerns about their longevity towing at the max. We chose our van as the right fit as the family vehicle. DW did the soccer mom SUV thing and hated it. She much more enjoyed driving and traveling in a minivan. We chose the Pup as the best camping option for something the van could comfortably tow.
p220sigman 06/07/22 05:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Nascar Follies

* The heat build-up is significantly much higher in NASCAR racecars vs F-1. PLUS, it's much easier to get rid of the heat in F-1 brakes, and wheels. So the wheel nuts heat up and expand at a greater rate than the spindles so they loosen up? I wasn't sure if it was an issue with the wheels not seating fully before the wheel nut is tightened or a failure of the nut/spindle or something else.
p220sigman 05/20/22 07:05am Around the Campfire
RE: Hyundi Santa Cruz

Two issues I see. First, to get the 5K towing capacity, you have to get either the top of the line or the next to the top of the line model which are going to start at 37K. The other is the carrying capacity is still only about 1500 lbs. There are a number of trucks in that price range that will have more capability. The Ford Ranger comes to mind. If memory serves, the XLT 4x2 starts at about 30K and is rated to tow 7500 lbs with more carrying capacity. There are others I'm sure.
p220sigman 05/20/22 05:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nascar Follies

Let me preface my question with the fact I don't watch much car racing in general, but I do stop for a few minutes when channel surfing if a race is on. I ask out of ignorance. Don't F1 cars use a single central nut on their wheels? Why don't they have similar issues with wheels coming off? Are there design differences between the wheels (other than the obvious size/width) that make F1 wheels easier to install/secure?
p220sigman 05/20/22 05:25am Around the Campfire
RE: Question for Florida sticks and bricks owners

I've heard of people putting plastic wrap over the toilet bowls and tight fitting drain plugs for sinks. Never had to do it so I don't know if it works or not.
p220sigman 05/08/22 07:42am Around the Campfire
RE: Question for Florida sticks and bricks owners

If we are going to be away for any significant amount of time, I set the air to 85. We would probably be fine with it off, but we live on a shaded lot. When our air went out a couple of years ago in late June, the inside temps only got up to about 90 without the air. As has been referenced, it is likely the humidity that is going to cause problems rather than the heat.
p220sigman 05/03/22 05:44am Around the Campfire
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