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RE: Recurve R3 vs Equalizer E2

Some like the tapered springs of the R3 to give a bit more flex at the extremes, like over bumps and up driveways. We have the E2. No upgrade, just different.
propchef 01/28/23 06:12pm Towing
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

Easy, we build about 80 million vehicles a year, but far and away they are internal combustion. Your task is to convert every facility in the world to EV production right now. It will take a long time, remember production heck, when Tesla started production? Ideas are great, but real genius is putting something is every home on the planet, at a reasonable price. Large parts of Africa still do not have electricity. Maybe Asia? I haven't traveled there, but you can get a Hilux fixed by a mechanic in a mud hut in Africa. If they don't have electricity, how can they fix a truck in a mud hut? BTW, large parts of the US still don't have electricity. Ask the Navajo Nation. #themoreyouknow Conversion won't happen overnight but we're past the event horizon for EVs and EV production will only grow from here. Tesla took over the NUMMI plant from Toyota and converted it to EV production. It's now the biggest car factory in the US, making more cars than Toyota ever did. The biggest hurdles they faced were regulatory and union issues. Logistically it wasn't that hard. https://electrek.co/2022/06/11/tesla-produces-more-cars-fremont-factory-than-gm-toyota/ The BMW plant in SC is another great example. Hybrids and conventional ICE vehicles are made in the same plant, and BMW even makes the batteries there.
propchef 01/24/23 06:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

Right, because everyone knows diesel semis don't break down. Ever
propchef 01/21/23 06:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

Heres one for hydrogen fans For some reason it never made onto any tv news https://youtu.be/LH8GYsVl81Y Here's one in the US that made the news. https://www.wbtv.com/2020/04/07/homes-damaged-explosion-fuel-facility-catawba-county/ And here's a NG explosion near me. You may have heard about this one. https://abc7news.com/san-bruno-fire-state-senate-explosion-pge/6994040/ Meanwhile, how many well or refinery accidents have there been that have killed people?
propchef 01/19/23 08:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Turn Your Regular Grill into a Smoker - Easy

Nice. Do you soak your wood chips? I stopped doing that years ago and I know its somewhat controversial among some cooks. Has anyone used the flavored chips from Kingsford? I can't bring myself to buy any of those
propchef 01/18/23 06:14am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Cold Smoked Cheese

Nice! What are you using for smoke? Hickory? Apple? Pecan? For one of my demos, I smoke brown sugar and then use it to make BBQ sauce. We smoked chicken thighs last night. :-)
propchef 01/18/23 06:07am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

Here's All Electric Family towing their Airstream using a strategy of two EV trucks to get their camper to the campground. Unbelievable! Link Thanks, that was fun. BTW for those who haven't seen this, they're taking both EVs to an EV rally and they wanted to see which truck performs better. They say several times this is just a fun experiment and isn't the way they normally travel. That's a beautiful 30' Airstream. :-)
propchef 01/15/23 07:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

Why do you think all auto manufacturers world wide have suddenly committed to EV? After taking a ride in a Tesla you will have a much better understanding of the EV debate. You will understand why Elon is the richest man in the world and can afford to buy Twitter! He single handily changed the game! First, not all auto manufacturers world wide have committed to EV's. Second, the ONLY reasons US manufactures switched was due to state and federal regulations to do so coupled with subsidies. And at a cost. Ford alone cut 3,000 + jobs. Lastly, Elon is not the richest (or was) man in the world from selling Teslas. It's because the US gave him Billions in funding from taxpayer dollars. We won't delve into the fact that he nearly ran twitter in the ground in the first month. Again, I am not anti EV, but facts are facts. Sure Teslas might be fun to drive, great for a certain market and packed with a lot of technology. But they are not the climate and ecological silver bullet they were touted as and they aren't thriving from a free market. I'm sure you meant to say "opinion" instead of "facts" Musk's fortune did not come exclusively from subsidies. What you've seen is Capitalism at it's finest. First, not all auto manufacturers world wide have committed to EV's. Which major manufacturer? All the US builders have, VAG has, Nissan, Toyota, and Hyundai all have. Volvo is fully committed as are Merc and BMW. Even Ferarri and McLaren are on board. So I'm very curious which ones are not.
propchef 01/14/23 08:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

Of course Climate Change is Real, if it wasn't for climate change the earth would still be covered in ICE! The bigger question is how HOT will it eventually get. Yes we look to what the science says. 3 million years ago when the CO2 level was last this high the sea level was 60 feet higher and in a place such as Virginia the shoreline was 90 miles inland. This is indicated by marine fossils in a quarry. In present day the ice caps will just keep melting until the previous equilibrium is reached. Yes, South Florida will eventually be completely under water. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/east-coast-3-million-years-ago/ Fascinating. Good for you for taking the contrary position against the vast majority of your fellow scientists. Good science and understanding come from constant questioning and examination of the status quo, so good on you for showing 100 years of scientific research is incorrect. Where are you published? I'd love to read your research, can you link that here? Is your field of research in this area coming from a geological or climatological approach? How do you square the clear relationships between increased CO2 and rising temperatures? That one is hard to ignore, but it seems you've found other causes.
propchef 01/13/23 04:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Should I Buy The Dealer's Hitch

We have an Equilizer that I installed myself, it isn't that hard if you have basic tools and some mechanical ability.
propchef 01/13/23 07:13am Towing
RE: Rivian R1S

It’s an interesting article and I’m sure it’s accurate. But as the article points out this is if the driver was to use on DC fast charging facilities. But just like in North America the vast amount of charging is done at home in your driveway where it is much cheaper. For us it is 6 times cheaper to drive electric than gas when charging at home. When we started to drive EV seven years ago it was 4 times cheaper. So it continues to get cheaper driving an EV. And of course much more convenient, especially in winter. Hmm wonder why, did the price of fuel go up? BERLIN—Rocketing electricity prices are increasing the cost of driving electric vehicles in Europe, in some cases making them more expensive to run than gas-powered models—a change that could threaten the continent’s electric transition.   Germany, yes. Austria and Switzerland as well have higher gas prices than the rest of Europe. All of that is mentioned in the studies I posted as well as the recent rise in prices. EVs are still cheaper to run.
propchef 01/12/23 03:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivian R1S

In Europe charger costs exceeded gasoline costs. Thanks. Do you by chance have a source for this? Gas and electric prices vary wildly from country to country in Europe, and a lot depends on whether you charge at home (cheap) or use a fast charging system (most expensive), when you charge or if you have a membership of a particular system, etc. There's a very wide variance. The most recent study along these lines is from Sept of 2022 and uses numbers from 2019. That study shows it's less expensive to charge an EV than buy gas regardless of country and system. This is a good summary. https://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2022/09/22/how_expensive_is_it_to_charge_an_ev_in_europe_and_is_it_really_cheaper_than_gas_854618.html Here's an extensive, scientific study done by Nature that dives deep into the numbers. the costs of charging electric vehicles in Europe are largely unknown. Here we develop a systematic classification of charging options, gather extensive market data on equipment cost, and employ a levelized cost approach to model charging costs in 30 European countries (European Union 27, Great Britain, Norway, Switzerland) and for 13 different charging options for private passenger transport. The findings demonstrate a large variance of charging costs across countries and charging options, suggesting different policy options to reduce charging costs. A specific analysis on the impacts and relevance of publicly accessible charging station utilization is performed. The results reveal charging costs at these stations to be competitive with fuel costs at typical utilization rates exhibited already today. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-32835-7 Here's a study done only in England from late 2022 that shows charging an EV is "nearly as expensive" as fuelling up. It still isn't more. https://www.cnbc.com/2022/09/27/ev-drivers-in-britain-see-jump-in-public-charging-cost-.html
propchef 01/12/23 10:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

Straw man argument. How is the logic faulty? So there isn't enough demand with an already over taxed power grid? Tell that to the folks told to charge their cars at night, not at all or experience rolling black outs. Upgrades come when subsidies kick in. Just like EV's. Not necessarily at night, but during "off-peak" hours. Mornings are included in some areas. The power company makes the same suggestions for running your washing machine or dishwasher. Any "rolling blackouts" have nothing to do with EVs but with the weather or wildfires.
propchef 01/11/23 05:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

A few days ago the Wall Street Journal had an article about what it presently takes for renewables to supply power 24/7. Apparently it has been done on a small scale in several locations. The common theme was that it takes 3 times the capacity of a conventional power plant AND an incredible amount of batteries to achieve the level of reliability we are used to. They flat out concluded that it cannot be done with todays technology.. It would take too much real estate and cost way too much. So we are going headlong down a road that presently has a bad ending. Will a better way be developed?..... Maybe and maybe not. One thing is certain. Companies will only continue down this road if makes financial sense. Presently Governments are providing enough incentives to make it so. But even they cannot afford to do this at the level it will take to be green. One thing is certain. Buisinesses will not shoulder the cost alone, as long as they know it is not the ultimate solution. As they would be loath to pay for all the stranded costs of a failed experiment IF a better way forward is found.I assume there is an agenda or bias within the reporting. Post the article at length so we can have real comments. It wasn't a factual, in-depth article, it was on the "Opinions" page. https://www.wsj.com/articles/electric-vehicle-ev-power-grid-electricity-shortage-11652302212 BYW, this article is subscription/password based, but it's someone's opinion, same as anyone posting here.That is not the right article. The one I was talking about did not even mention EVs. Nor did I in my post Fair enough, but to avoid this it helps to actually post or quote the article. We have to guess. I imagine the article you're referencing is also someone's opinion.
propchef 01/11/23 04:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

A few days ago the Wall Street Journal had an article about what it presently takes for renewables to supply power 24/7. Apparently it has been done on a small scale in several locations. The common theme was that it takes 3 times the capacity of a conventional power plant AND an incredible amount of batteries to achieve the level of reliability we are used to. They flat out concluded that it cannot be done with todays technology.. It would take too much real estate and cost way too much. So we are going headlong down a road that presently has a bad ending. Will a better way be developed?..... Maybe and maybe not. One thing is certain. Companies will only continue down this road if makes financial sense. Presently Governments are providing enough incentives to make it so. But even they cannot afford to do this at the level it will take to be green. One thing is certain. Buisinesses will not shoulder the cost alone, as long as they know it is not the ultimate solution. As they would be loath to pay for all the stranded costs of a failed experiment IF a better way forward is found.I assume there is an agenda or bias within the reporting. Post the article at length so we can have real comments. It wasn't a factual, in-depth article, it was on the "Opinions" page. https://www.wsj.com/articles/electric-vehicle-ev-power-grid-electricity-shortage-11652302212 BYW, this article is subscription/password based, but it's someone's opinion, same as anyone posting here.
propchef 01/10/23 07:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: The Auld Country

#drool I will snack on those little chicharron squares all day. Nice!
propchef 01/09/23 01:30pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: The Auld Country

The “proper breakfast fry-up” that my English friends have served me is a confusing fare, but I don’t fault them for it. My roots are kind of all over the place, but I love my traditions. For many years we hosted the “Sausage Fest” at our place when I would hand stuff eighty pounds of wursts and grill them for our guests. We also love our Mexican food here. Tomorrow I’m combining our traditions and I’m smoking a ham for “pulled ham” (not the same as pulled pork) and we’re having pulled ham tacos. I’ve already set my alarm so I can get up early to start the fire and launch the ham. Interesting word, "ham." Dedmiston, is this a raw "ham" (rear leg of the pig) or a cured ham? Many years ago I ordered a raw ham from Sysco and got a Virginia Cure 81 ham from Hormel. I sent it back, clarifying what I want. They sent the SAME ham to me the next day. I sent it back again and called my salesman. "Hams are always cured and smoked," he said. "Nope" was my response and I described it to him: the rear leg from the hip joint to the knee (hock). He told me Sysco (the world's largest food distributor) didn't carry anything like that. I went to a local butcher and got exactly what I needed. I'd love to hear more about your process. Do you brine the leg? Cook it bone-in? Have a favorite wood for smoking? Pics of tacos. :-)
propchef 01/06/23 06:39am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

.... Bottom line we need to get off fossil fuels as fast as we can. Why?:W I know it's a joke but apparently somewhere between 7% and 14% of US adults are still climate change deniers. Scary isn't it?Would that be the same 7% to 14% who didn’t believe that Covid would kill 10 times more people than the flu? Well guess what? You do know the death rate went DOWN during the woo flu don't you? Imagine that Link:S And this during when the baby boomers are starting to kick off from old age. Thanks for the link that shows a consistent RISE in the death rates. In 2013 it was 8.195 per 1000 people, last year it was 9.172. #themoreyouknow
propchef 01/04/23 07:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

.... Bottom line we need to get off fossil fuels as fast as we can. Why?:W I know it's a joke but apparently somewhere between 7% and 14% of US adults are still climate change deniers. Scary isn't it? Weather forcasts are not accurate more than about a week out....Yet we are supposed to believe forcasts decades out? "Weather" and "climate" are not the same. It's a false comparison.
propchef 01/03/23 06:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fresh bread and other loves

Share some pictures of your loaves when you get a chance. It's always fun to see other people's creations. What do you do with your loaves? Are they just for home or do you give them away? Awesome! You've clearly been doing it for a while and have a great idea of new directions! I worked as a pastry chef and executive chef at various places for about 20 years, and for the last 23 years (since January 1, 2000) I've been teaching Culinary, first for the US Navy and then at a college here in NORCAL/Wine Country. Even so I've always considered bread to be a hobby, something I'll do at home even after cooking all day. I taught from home for about a year including my baking class. Here's just a quick video of the egg bread ending. There are several videos before this outlining the various steps in mixing and shaping. Yes, that's a cast iron loaf pan. :-) https://youtu.be/hCJ3egzV7w8
propchef 12/14/22 12:41pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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