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RE: EV's need gas too - Tow with a Tesla?

Hmmm. Tesla has released a tow package for the Model 3 shown here. The maximum tow weight is 2,000# and max tongue weight is 220#. The lightest RPod made weighs 2,714 dry and most likely has a tongue weight of over 300#. Tesla 3s can tow teardrop trailers and that is about all. Maybe overloading his vehicle caused him to have greatly reduced range creating the need for a roadside charge. I wonder where he hauled the generators and gas can. Isn't that a Model X? The Model 3 has a plain painted rear bumper, the Model X has a grey panel at the bottom of the bumper which seems to match this car. Also, on the model 3, the rear door seam runs diagonally toward the front of the car, on the model X it's near vertical. The Model X has a 5000 lb towing capacity.
rlw999 07/29/22 04:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Traveling with Propane on

Theoretically there is a very slight chance that while filling up your and your RV was sitting next to a gas pump and the refrigerator vent panel was very near that gas pump hose as it was pumping gas and the wind was exactly right to lift the heavier than air gas fumes up and blow those into the refrigerator vent and the refrigerator was currently cooling and the fumes reached the burner, then yes, a fire is possible. And it's not just your own pump you need to worry about, the guy on the other side of your RV might have tipped over the 5 gallon can he's filling, causing a pool of gasoline under your RV. I saw that happen once, fortunately, he was on the other side of the pump island so the pool of gas didn't reach me, as soon as I saw it happen, I stopped pumping, pressed the call button on the pump to tell the store clerk, and moved my RV away from the island.
rlw999 06/30/22 10:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Fireworks

Something that has been very helpful to daughters dog is Homeopathic remedy, Phosphorus 30c. She tried cbd and thundershirt and NOPE. However if she doses Phosphorus 30c before the thunder starts (watch the weather!), then there is not the panting and hiding but a relaxed dog. Try it...cheap! It should be cheap since it likely contains not even a single molecule of the active ingredient. A 30C dilution means a 1:100 dilution run 30 times, so the end product is a 1 in 10^60 dilution. That's 1 followed by 60 zeros. Or, another way to put it: on average, this would require giving two billion doses per second to six billion people for 4 billion years to deliver a single molecule of the original material to any patient.
rlw999 06/23/22 04:04pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Empty parks with no open sites.

One way to help this would be to make reservations 100% prepay in advance, and cancellations require a 2 week notice - or you lose your prepayment. There have been so many times where I read about people using "the system" to reserve and cancel at popular places in order to get what they want. Fort Wilderness is a prime example of this - or at least was 10 years ago, the last time we were there. I don't see how that would help. Especially at state parks where the site is so cheap that you can book sites on days you "might" want to go, and if you don't go, it's not that much money and you don't even bother to cancel, since you won't get a refund. A better policy would be to allow refunds up to the day of arrival with, say a 50% penalty (if there's no penalty, people would just book every weekend until they decide when they want to go), at least that way there's incentive to cancel. They could even charge a no-show fee. You get 50% back if you cancel before arrival, but pay a $100 fee if you no-show without cancelling. But this all assumes that the goal is to maximize the number of people that can enjoy the park -- in reality, parks don't care about non-refundable no-shows since they get paid without doing any work.
rlw999 06/23/22 10:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fireworks

I doubt enough people will be priced out of fireworks to make a difference. They are illegal in my county, but that doesn't keep people from setting them off. Our dog is scared too, he feels safer in the garage, so when there are fireworks and he heads to the garage, we let him in the garaged RV and let him sleep in his crate in the corner while we watch TV with the volume turned up loud to help mask the fireworks.
rlw999 06/22/22 10:41am RV Pet Stop
RE: RV retail sales drop 31% April year over year.

Of course, the article was referring to Thor. Odd, however, that when I do a nationwide search on RVTrader, I find OVER 5,500 brand new, unsold, Thor products sitting on the ground on dealer's lots, or imminently inbound -- and that's just the Thor brand, not factoring-in any of the other companies owned by Thor. I just find it interesting. Are you sure those are really unsold and available? When I was RV shopping a few months back, a lot of times I'd see an add for an RV on the lot or "arriving soon" only to be told by the dealer, oh that one's already reserved. We can add you to the wait list for it in case the deal falls through."
rlw999 06/10/22 09:40am General RVing Issues
RE: RV retail sales drop 31% April year over year.

Maybe I'm way behind on developments in the trucking/RV industry as to electric vehicles in that arena....but where is the outcry from these manufacturers? I don't see a battery powered HDT or motor home in the near future. They're coming, but slowly. Winnebago showed a Ford eTransit based EV: https://fordauthority.com/2022/01/winnebago-e-rv-concept-debuts-as-ford-e-transit-camper-alternative/ But it's still a concept vehicle, not for sale. The 120 mile range is limiting for many people, but for those that like to go on weekend trips near home, it'd work fine. It would cover around 80% of my RV trips. They announced a Class-A concept with the same range. The cost (and availability) of the large battery needed for long range is the biggest limiting factor, eventually that will be solved, along with charge time. Tesla claims 300-500 miles of range for the Tesla Semi along with 30 minutes of charge time to add 400 miles of range at a Tesla "Megacharger".
rlw999 06/09/22 06:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: How do you in the S/E handle high humidity inside your rig?

Our nephew lives in Jacksonville on a side canal off the intercoastal waterway and he is having problems with mold and moisture damage in his small class A. It is so bad he is moving it to their second home in Colorado. He has been running the AC 24/7 in his rig. Granular absorbent is usually the first thing I'd suggest along with adequate air flow but that hasn't seemed to work. What practices do you follow. Does he have power to it? In the rainy pacific northwest, when my RV is not in use I always run a dehumidifier in it. I set it on the counter near the sink and let it drain into the sink so I never need to empty it.
rlw999 06/03/22 05:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Wipes!!!

We never let anyone else use our RV toilet, but still have a prominent "Flush Toilet Paper only - no wipes!" sign over the toilet, just in case. Hopefully no one takes it too literally and thinks that bodily waste shouldn't be flushed.
rlw999 06/01/22 06:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Nearly impossible to get Class C Chassis serviced?

I found a small independent shop that was willing to put it on ramps in their parking area to do the work. But it was pretty minor work, they didn't have to drop the tank. "Unfortunately they won't work on RVs older than 15 years" I can understand why they do that -- it's hard to say what they're going to find when they start working, they may tell you that it's going to be $300 to drop the tank and fix the line, then they find out that the tank straps are rusted, so they have to cut them off and replace them, that's another $300, then they find the leak in the fitting that goes into the tank, but it's rusted in place too, and they risk ruining the tank, which would be another $500 to replace (assuming they can even find one). So now your $300 repair is over $1000, and they have to tow your RV out of their garage while they wait for parts. Someone with a 20+ year old RV may not want to pay that much, meanwhile they've left their bay occupied for a day while they work on it, which means a commercial truck (who *will* pay for a $1000 repair to get his truck back on the road) is waiting
rlw999 05/19/22 03:30pm Beginning RVing
RE: Protecting fuel tank from theft

So other than urban legend, is there any evidence of the drilling method? I know catalytic converters are done but there's a big market and it's well documented. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/national-international/taking-a-stab-at-your-wallet-and-gas-tank-the-dangers-of-gas-theft/2835840/ https://www.the-sun.com/motors/4877960/warning-thieves-drill-into-gas-tanks-to-steal-fuel/ https://www.10news.com/news/thieves-drilling-into-gas-tanks-to-steal-gas https://www.abc10.com/video/news/local/natomas/thieves-steal-gas-from-natomas-couple-truck/103-d0c20b83-06b0-4854-a24e-741fe173e7d1 And many more: https://news.google.com/search?q=thieves%20steal%20gas%20drill%20hole&hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen Most modern cars have anti-siphon devices that make it nearly impossible to siphon fuel, so drilling the tank is the next best way to steal gas. I think they are designed more to keep gas from leaking out after an accident, but also stop siphoning. https://theautoinsiderblog.com/what-year-cars-can-you-siphon-gas-from/ However, newer models of cars have anti-siphoning devices that prevent back-flow, tank pressure, while at the same time preventing the siphoning of gas. This is why you can no longer apply traditional siphoning techniques and tools. These may only cause damage to your vehicle.
rlw999 05/13/22 01:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Protecting fuel tank from theft

I protect my fuel tank and catalytic converter by parking inside my locked garage. Not an easy option for many people, but indoor storage facilities are available, I've heard about people climbing fences at outdoor storage lots to take catalytic converters. Haven't heard of anyone breaking into an indoor facility, that seems like a lot of risk just to steal fuel. Another weak point for gas theft is the generator fuel line (which on my RV is easy to get to and secured only by a hose clamp, but it'd be easy to cut if I didn't care about putting it back together). If I ever needed to drain gas from my RV, I'd just pull that hose off and then I can drain 3/4 of the tank.
rlw999 05/13/22 11:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can Tow providers mount new tire to wheel ?

I've seen the big truck tow trucks replace a wheel, not sure if the smaller operators will, not sure what size truck you need for your 24 ft, I'm assuming it's a Sprinter based RV. But that wheel must weigh only 25 - 30 lbs (probably less than the tire), do you really need to save that much weight? That's only a few gallons of water.
rlw999 05/11/22 07:48pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Crypto Mining and CO2

Except that the reservoir itself causes huge amounts of green house gases from rotting vegetation. Though in many cases, the reservoir doubles as a reservoir for drinking water, so would exist with or without the power generation.
rlw999 04/27/22 03:05pm Around the Campfire
RE: Crypto Mining and CO2

Making electricity requires using a carbon based energy source somewhere in all of the chain.. Whether it is crude, natural gas, solar, hydro, there is carbon based energy used to convert to electricity somehwere. The energy from solar from from fusion of Hydrogen to Helium in the Sun (the actual fusion reactions are more complex than a simple H->He, but it's close enough), no carbon involved. The energy from hydro comes primarily from rain water being transported to higher ground, which is ultimately driven by the sun, no carbon involved.
rlw999 04/27/22 02:36pm Around the Campfire
RE: Crypto Mining and CO2

I searched my EV thoroughly and I couldn't find a crypto mining rig anywhere in the car. So I'm pretty sure I can disregard the carbon footprint of cryptocurrency mining when I plug in my car, as can the EV promoting policy makers. Energy waste due to other sources is tangential to promoting EV's.
rlw999 04/27/22 11:11am Around the Campfire
RE: extended fuel tank for C class

Do you have room for an aux fuel tank? Fitting an aux fuel tank on my 28' E450 Class C would mean giving something up -- holding tanks, generator, storage, something, there's just not a whole lot of room underneath. It's already got a 55 gallon tank which these days usually means I need to fill up twice because I hit the max credit card charge before it's full.
rlw999 04/26/22 07:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Camping Courtesies

If you will be repeatedly getting in and out of your vehicle throughout your stay, silence the beeps.This one is SO annoying! Either leave your vehicle unlocked or press the button on the door. Many cars with keyless entry don't have that option, the car locks (and beeps) automatically when you step away -- the beeps can be silenced (I've silenced mine), but it requires wading through the menus to find the option.
rlw999 04/22/22 06:22pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Camping Courtesies

I have a couple more: leave the dog at home and don't play music outside of your RV. The dog is half the reason I go camping at all. He's always on leash, we pick up after him and he's never left unattended, but if I can't take the dog to an RV park, I'm not going.
rlw999 04/22/22 06:20pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Champion Dual Fuel 4500w Generator---$825

I have the open frame model of this generator and like it, but haven't put a lot of hours on it yet, only about 50 hours. The open frame model is a bit louder and doesn't have electric start, but it's about $200 cheaper. The noise isn't bad for a 4500W generator. I've only run it on Propane so far, but it's worked well, I get around 18 hours on a tank of propane (not running at full load). But if you get this one and aren't going to leave it in once place, I recommend getting the optional wheel kit, it's not super heavy (80 lbs), but is awkward for one person to move around.
rlw999 04/20/22 11:20am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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