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RE: No Spare tire correct

My Dynamax Asata came with a spare tire and an under carriage mount. God help me if I ever have to get to it. Our 24 foot Ford E450 Class C has the same setup with a spare tire in the rear supported by an undercarriage mount. I carry a tarp along to lay on the ground and get under there to drop it - that's the easy part. The hard part is stowing the flat tire on it's rim back up there after installing the spare. Maybe my 12 ton hydraulic jack could somehow help lift the undercarriage mount - with the flat tire on it's rim - back up into place? In any case having a full size, fully inflated spare on it's rim could be priceless should we ever have a flat in some of the places where we camp and travel. In addition we also bring along a full power 120V AC compressor, a professional tire plugging kit, and a couple of truck tire fix-a-flat inflation cans. Help is not always a phone call away and long wait away.
pnichols 07/21/19 03:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How do you feel about your corner bed?

Take out a pen and piece of paper and try to sketch Class C floorplans, with these conditions: 1. 24 feet maximum length for go-anywhere compactness. 2. no slides 3. floor height permanently available approximate queen size bed not counting the cabover 4. dinette or U-lounge 5. 6 cf or larger refrig 6. cooktop with MW or CO above and oven or storage below, and an end flip-out 7. twin or single kitchen sink 8. the usual bathroom area with shower, toilet, sink, cabinet, etc. 9. one or two floor-to-ceiling closets 10. maybe even a lounge chair, not counting any swiveling cab seats and .... you'll probably find from your sketching attempts that a corner bed is the only way to have it. Our 24 footer - since small but with no slides is what we wanted - has all of the above including the number 10 lounge chair (we don't have any cab seats that swivel). However, because of her bad back the DW gets the entire corner bed to herself and it is easy for just one person to use. I make up it's foam topper with clean sheets whenever needed. The corner bed mattress remains permanently covered, so there is no need to get under or handle the large and heavy mattress itself. I'm able to use the overhead cab bed all to myself, which is plenty of room and easy to make up for camping and put away for travel. I'm around 6'2". So what we have is two approximately size queen beds and an additional guest full size bed quickly made from the dinette, plus all the other motorhome conveniences ... all in 24 feet. However, the longest time we've ever spent in it so far has been only about a 10 week trip.
pnichols 07/21/19 03:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Electric Propulsion Reality Check

Pay for synthetic meat that a dog would gag at and flies are repulsed. Hmmm ... "Beyond Meat" is supposed to be pretty good: https://www.beyondmeat.com/products/ But like all quality stuff it's a bit pricey for the wallet, but I wonder how much real meat ultimately costs -> our wallet plus Mother Earth? FWIW, be careful using "dog" in any food discussion. Boy-O-Boy are pets and their food "big business" today ... way beyond any extremes in the human food industry. A lotta folks are getting rich off our "pets". :E
pnichols 07/20/19 04:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Electric Propulsion Reality Check

Phil, Are you volunteering to walk into an extermination booth for the "good of the world"? Nope ... and of course it's not necessary for any of us currently living. I'm talking about going forward and paying it forward. The DW and myself have already done our part. We stopped at 2 children -> one of them stopped at 2 children, and the other one never married and will never have children. We tried to lead by localized example ... but it looks like it's not working and our kids and/or grandkids and all after them may go down with the Earthship. :(
pnichols 07/20/19 12:51pm Tech Issues
RE: They Better Not Screw Us Up

This entire thing is nothing more than a Facebook joke. Nobody is going out there, and if they do, they'll leave quickly or get arrested. I agree with "arrested". If shot ... then here's a repeat of my earlier comment in this discussion: If the Air Force would "kill a lot of citizens" over Area 51 perimeter intrusions, it would most likely mean that indeed there were things in there that they really didn't want the public to find out about. Things probably way more serious - if seen by Joe Blow - than funny shaped flying bodies made in the U.S., laser canons, ultra-low frequency sound guns, high power holographic projectors, microwave beam projectors, etc.. :B
pnichols 07/20/19 11:15am Around the Campfire
RE: Electric Propulsion Reality Check

Read your history. Tibetans have a different origin, history, language, religion, and social structure. China and India fought a war. When Americans approached the YALU river within 30 miles China attacked.S South Korea did not attack the north. The Chinese are claiming all the water around the Philippines. Much like it would be if we claimed all the water around Crimea. Or Hong Kong Harbor. If China had no issue they would not be spending trillions of dollars on OFFENSIVE weaponry. This is about feeding the mouth that will bite you not politics. Stupid to pay an enemy's gym and sharpshooting school. WE should be or the Mexican people should be manufacturing solar panels not China. Not Russia not Al Qaeda. Our biggest enemy is our government. The four horsewomen of the Apocalypse. Right on, David!!!! I'm completely with you on being very, very, very concerned with China: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/china/china-plan-rule-asia By the way, regarding Earth's ability to power hundreds of millions of vehicles with electricity, all that has to happen is that: 1) Our world civilization raise itself to about a Type I on the Kardashev scale https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kardashev_scale, and 2) we figure out where all the lithium is going to come from and how to recycle old batteries made from it. Of course an ultimate solution might be to cap the world's population at around one billion ... and then we could "polute" as much as we want and still nicely deal with it.
pnichols 07/20/19 11:09am Tech Issues
RE: Electric Propulsion Reality Check

Well, if electric vehicles grab the public's interest anything like smartphones did/are - then you can count on EVs everywhere being just over the horizon. But ... they better put computer controlled active suspension on them or the DW and myself will have to go to the grave without them ... because the DW and myself currently have a gasoline powered daily driver with one of the smoothest rides in the world - which she needs for her bad back. I'll bet that current EVs are, and will remain, relatively light weight with classic shock technology and hence have lousy rides - like most of todays SUVs and sedans do. For EV lovers - this should make for an interesting read: https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/18/cars/electric-car-market-sales/index.html
pnichols 07/18/19 11:13am Tech Issues
RE: They Better Not Screw Us Up

If the Air Force would "kill a lot citizens" over Area 51 perimeter intrusions, it would most likely mean that indeed there were things in there that they really didn't want the public to find out about. Things probably way more serious - if seen by Joe Blow - than funny shaped flying bodies made in the U.S., laser canons, ultra-low frequency sound guns, high power holographic projectors, microwave beam projectors, etc.. I repeat "... that they really didn't want the public to find out about". So I guess that whether or not one thinks the AF would shoot citizens depends upon what one believes regarding stuff from outside our Solar System. :)
pnichols 07/18/19 10:52am Around the Campfire
RE: Keeping cool

I don’t know about all the above said. I do know in my two class Cs with only the engine AC working. The cab and the living space up to the kitchen area were cooled. Past that when I stopped I had to turn on the coach AC to get the bedroom cool also with the house AC. I do insulate the cab from the house when stopped. When I had a class A I had to run the house AC on the road when driving into the sun. The chassis AC did not compare to the AC in a class C. Just me experience with a gasser Class A. Which is EXACTLY why I was trying to share some knowledge. The Ford E-Series A/C is incredibly powerful, but it’s ability to blow air around is severely lacking. It has a puny little 12 volt fan that just isn’t up to the task of moving enough air to cool a M/H. However, using the above-noted method of opening the rearmost roof vent allows the vacuum to overcome what the fan can’t, getting cool air to the back and draw out the hot air back there at the roof level. Some people however prefer to argue instead of learn, nothing new there. That method will of course work if the dash A/C is NOT SET to recirculate -> so that new air from the outside can come in from the front via the A/C fan and replace the air that the vacuum at the rear is removing through the rear vent. As I mentioned earlier, this method constantly carries outside air - with all of it's dust content - throughout the coach interior.
pnichols 07/17/19 07:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Keeping cool

"Dave", the generator expert at Smith Powerhouse, Inc, recommended using the RV generator and roof air conditioner while underway as the generator uses a lot less gasoline than the dash AC requires. I'm not sure how much faith I'd put in an "expert" that makes such silly statements as that one. A basic 4kw genny at idle uses 0.3 gallons per hour, 0.5 at half load. I saw a test a few years back where they concluded thata V10 in a large vehicle would consume an extra 1% in fuel. That makes sense since they figure an econo-box will use an extra 3% with A/C on, smaller engine, proportionately larger load. If an RV then gets (for easy math) 10 MPG, running the A/C compressor will decrease that to 9.9 MPG if said RV is going 60 MPH then it will use 6.06 gallons per hour instead of 6 gallons. If somebody thinks 0.3 to 0.5 gallons is "a lot less" than 0.06 they're no "expert" in my books. A politician maybe, but NOT an expert. Well stated comments and analysis above! Plus ... adding to your analysis and math ... in our case I pretty much trust that the Ford E450's air conditioning equipment powered by it's V10 computer controlled engine, when taken together as an air conditioning system, is probably "better and more modernly engineered" than our Onan generator and Coleman rooftop air conditioner. ;)
pnichols 07/16/19 02:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Keeping cool

We keep all rooftop vents and windows closely tight during hot weather travel in our 24 foot E450 Class C. We then keep the dash air flow and dash air conditioning system set to Max A/C so interior air is merely reciculated over and over - hence the Ford air conditioning system does not have to continuously cool new hot air from the outside - it just has to keep the already cooled interior air cool ... which is a way more efficient way to use the dash air's cooling capacity. What we wind up with is an entire coach interior that can be kept cool using only the Ford A/C system ... because it's so powerful and we're using it in the most efficient way. Our rooftop A/C system never is needed when traveling in even the very hottest outside temperatures. As a bonus, the interior of the coach stays dust-free much longer because there is no constant flow of outside air coming into it from the cab air flow set to constantly get new outside air ... which then flows throughout the coach and out any open vents or windows in the coach ... depositing dust inside while this is going on as we travel down the road. If we ever need to leave the roof vents open for some reason when traveling, they're protected from being ripped off via vent covers we've installed over them which still allow the vents to remain open. With vent covers, we can also leave the vents themselves open for fresh air ventilation when it's raining or snowing while camped.
pnichols 07/14/19 09:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: No Spare tire correct

Our main concern is ... not needing a spare because ERS can usually bail you out without one ... but what if you can't get enough bars on your phone to get ERS? Our Winnebago Itasca came with a full spare and the one time that we could - and were able - to call ERS to change a flat of course they did not have a spare along and could not have repaired our tire on the spot either ... so the spare from our RV was quickly installed by the ERS technician and off we went. BUT, BUT, BUT ... what about the situation somewhere on the open road - or worse yet off the open road - in which your cell phone cannot "get out"? You might want to have your own spare (and the equipment) along then ... and be able to somehow carefully and slowly struggle to change it yourself or have a non-ERS good Samaritan magically come along to help install your own spare. ;)
pnichols 07/14/19 01:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Generator Obsrevations.

So far in 13 years of ownership, our built-in Onan has offered us no grief, however ... - I run it with a load on it for awhile each month whenever it's in the back yard between trips. - I use Mobil 1 EP synthetic oil in it. - I use an E3 spark plug in it. - I had it's fuel filter changed after owning it 12 years. - I wipe off it's access cover once a year. It's been a great generator so far -> quiet too when running - both inside and outside. The DW loves it for it's convenience. I love it too for it's constant low humming sound that doesn't go up and down in pitch or volume as loads on it come and go.
pnichols 07/14/19 01:11am General RVing Issues
RE: "Best" RV GPS Nav Systems

Our smart phones offer up-to-date navigation where cell coverage exists. We bring an old outdated GPS navigation devise to fill in the voids as needed, but our primary backup is a paper Rand McNally Atlas. I am not sure we would bring a GPS navigation devise if we had not already owned an old one. GPS navigators require expensive updates or subscriptions, a big turn-off for me because the updates can over-load and then drag down the performance of an older devise. I kind of like that our radio does not have an integrated GPS because outdated electronic gadgets irritate me. I like that the disease is not built into our rig. Well put, Ron! Just the right amount of electronics in one's life is a balancing act. Our 3550LM Garmin navigator has free lifetime map updates and plenty of built-in memory. Like you, we back it up with several atlas books - one entire large format Benchmark book for each state. Only the DW has a smartphone but we do not use it for navigation ... partially because of the in and out of cell tower signals as we travel. Also FWIW, I don't trust Google to be "helping" me with anything that's "free" - they probably always get something back in return -> "data on us".
pnichols 07/13/19 09:54am Class C Motorhomes
RE: TR: Mendocino Coast Camping, May 2019

Wow Dan .... that link to your 2011 trip to Mattole Beach and the Redwoods was superb. Way to go! I'll bet you and yours may hold some kind of a record on exploring more of remote CA in a TT than any other living soul. Congrats. Years ago I had to backpack to places that look like where you have towed a TT to and been able to camp way more comfortable than I did. P.S. It sure is too bad about the pot growing. We have waited all our lives to retire and be fancy-free in our RV so we could go to beautiful places on the West Coast ... only to have them now taken over by @#$%&s.
pnichols 07/12/19 11:03pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Generator Obsrevations.

I can safely say that based on the Internet's calls that the Honda EU2000 is "whisper quiet" that I had lofty expectations. Running full bore to run the A/C, it was obnoxiously loud. Even running 2 of them in parallel was surprisingly louder than I expected. Now that I've changed rigs, I feel like my built-in Onan 5500 is way quieter. Right you are regarding Honda inverter generator noise being really irritating whenever one of them is called upon to delivery real non-idle-speed power! Whenever the inverter Hondas have to power microwaves or air conditioners be prepared for an ear-shock outside your rig. It must be that owners think that their Hondas are quiet because most of the time their owners are using them for relatively low power output? I'll take my built-in Onan any day over a rev'd up Honda for hour after hour of RV air conditioning power. Properly built-in Onans within their cabinets, and with factory installed resonators, produce a much lower-pitched and non-mechanical sound inside or outside an RV. Onboard Onan compared to a Honda eu2000?!? Apple to oranges. ... or it could be comparing constant-3600 RPM built-in noise to rev'd-up-4500 RPM out in the open noise. ;) https://hondanews.com/power-equipment/channels/generators/releases/honda-eu2200i-super-quiet-series-generator-technical-specifications
pnichols 07/12/19 08:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: TR: Mendocino Coast Camping, May 2019

Dan, your great photo-TR reminded me of another coastal area in Northern CA that I've wondered about for some drycamping opportunities ... the so-called "Lost Coast" of CA. Have you ever got into that area with your TT?
pnichols 07/12/19 01:55pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: "Best" RV GPS Nav Systems

We have a Garmin Nuvi Nav system' but are interested in an RV oriented Nav System that contains useful lists and info about points of interest, BLM , state and county camp grounds and commercial RV parks as well as road construction ,RV friendly routes, low overhangs, weather, traffic alerts and turn by turn guidance. Also interested in free and frequent updates. and good support and ease of use for around $300 Looked for a sticky on this but didn't find one. Any advice appreciated. There are several Garmin "Nuvi" models that are not discontinued and hence still supported by Garmin. As an example - we RV navigate using a Garmim Nuvi 3550LM. We have around 1/2 million Points of Interest loaded into it and it has plenty of storage memory left for even more. Of course no cellular signal is needed to use our Nuvi to the fullest. If an RV'er doesn't care to be hooked into the vicious circle of a smartphone dominated life ... and as such doesn't want all their eggs in the cell signal availability basket ... then a high end stand-alone Garmin navigator packed full of all kinds of locations is still a great independent way to go. We can even download (via satellite) audio books into our 3550LM and listen to them through the Garmin when on the open road.
pnichols 07/11/19 06:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Generator Obsrevations.

I can safely say that based on the Internet's calls that the Honda EU2000 is "whisper quiet" that I had lofty expectations. Running full bore to run the A/C, it was obnoxiously loud. Even running 2 of them in parallel was surprisingly louder than I expected. Now that I've changed rigs, I feel like my built-in Onan 5500 is way quieter. Right you are regarding Honda inverter generator noise being really irritating whenever one of them is called upon to delivery real non-idle-speed power! Whenever the inverter Hondas have to power microwaves or air conditioners be prepared for an ear-shock outside your rig. It must be that owners think that their Hondas are quiet because most of the time their owners are using them for relatively low power output? I'll take my built-in Onan any day over a rev'd up Honda for hour after hour of RV air conditioning power. Properly built-in Onans within their cabinets, and with factory installed resonators, produce a much lower-pitched and non-mechanical sound inside or outside an RV.
pnichols 07/11/19 10:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Generator Obsrevations.

What ever happened to Ford's "Camper Special" pickup version of years ago? Their Camper Special gas pickups had a generator built-in/mounted right under the hood that was fed from the main gasoline fuel tank. The sound was nicely muffled to the outside and hardly heard inside. It seems like adding this option back into the Ford, Chevy, and Ram pickup truck option choices would be a real hit these days - especially if the built-in generator was an inverter model that could run at far less than full throttle most of the time. :h
pnichols 07/10/19 09:39pm General RVing Issues
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