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RE: Fuel mileage

OK friends. I've read fuel mileage for a 35' gasser with the v-10 Ford engine pulling a 3500 lbs toad will be anywhere from 4 to 9 mpg. This is average traveling, not all level and not all hills. Please share your experiences. My 28' Class C (E-450 chassis with the Triton V-10) gets around 8.5mpg. I've only towed with it once, it was a small car around 3000 lbs and it didn't affect mileage much, it was still above 8mpg. This was almost all at freeway speeds so most of the power goes to fighting air resistance, so the extra weight didn't make much difference.
rlw999 09/20/21 01:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Remote duel fuel 2500 watt generator?

You can find propane conversion kits for many of the Honda generators online, so if you're happy with the one you have, you may be able to convert it to dual-fuel.
rlw999 09/19/21 01:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What am I doing wrong

You probably just need to bond neutral+ground at the generator to satisfy the EMS. Some generators will have a bonding strap that you can use to do that, but most people buy or build a bonding plug that they plug into one of the generator outlets: https://www.campingworld.com/portable-generator-bonding-plug-118090.html Easy “how to” make a Bonded Plug for an RV Generator/make EMS system work with generator That sounds reasonable but I need a 30 amp plug instead of the 20 amp. I suppose they would they wire up the same? You can use the 20A plug, it will bond the 30A side too.
rlw999 09/16/21 08:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What am I doing wrong

It is not a GFI problem and I am reasonably sure it has something to do with the EMS and how it interacts with the generator. I happen to have an older motorhome without an EMS. I plug it into the generator and everything works normally and everything is powered. You probably just need to bond neutral+ground at the generator to satisfy the EMS. Some generators will have a bonding strap that you can use to do that, but most people buy or build a bonding plug that they plug into one of the generator outlets: https://www.campingworld.com/portable-generator-bonding-plug-118090.html Easy “how to” make a Bonded Plug for an RV Generator/make EMS system work with generator
rlw999 09/16/21 07:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A Low Bridge Accident

Glad to here they will be OK, but my takeaway from this is that 2013 Diplomat is built like ****. It disintergrated on impact. I think all Class A's (except for the ones built on a real bus chassis) would fare the same, they are essentially a wood and fiberglass box on top of a steel chassis. They don't usually stay together well in serious accidents. This is one reason I would not buy a Class A -- I like being in a crash tested cockpit with airbags in a Class C. Plus the cab roof is only around 6 or 7 feet off the ground, so even if I hit a low overpass, worst case I'd lose the overcab bunk.
rlw999 09/16/21 01:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A Low Bridge Accident

I do wonder if putting a sign ON the low bridge/overpass/tunnel is enough. I've been on some roads where it is impossible to pull over or turn around or exit within visual distance of the potential hazard. What do you do? I've seen signs that indicate "last exit before bridge". Should there be signs that say "vehicles over 9' 8" exit now" so the driver can avoid the hazard. Especially in heavy traffic, you could find yourself "pushed" forward. Google Streetview shows a big yellow diamond sign a 100 feet or more before the bridge, also warning of the low bridge height. You can also see 2 unused posts just in front of the bridge that looks like they are about the same height as the bridge, I wonder if those used to hold a breakaway barrier that would warn overheight vehicles before they hit the bridge. That seems like the best way to keep this from happening.
rlw999 09/15/21 10:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A Low Bridge Accident

9' 9" is almost exactly 3 Meters. Atiny bit more. It is past time that we US Americans recognize we are backward and live i in a metric world. 9'10" is even closer to 3 meters, so I'm not clear what this has to do with the metric system. His RV is almost certainly over 11 feet, maybe even 13 feet, so no complex math required, 9 foot any inches is lower than 11 foot.
rlw999 09/15/21 10:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Kia, Hyundai: Please come to the rescue "Pathetic Quality"

So for most people, paying for a better quality vehicle is a no brainer. But for an RV, many folks will forego quality to get a better price, or get the floorplan or size they want. I think the floorplan variety is part of the problem - like look at Forest River - they have 4 bumper pull travel trailer sub-brands (and that doesn't even include their fifth wheel and toy haulers), and each of those sub-brands has between 10 to 17 different floorplans. There's no way they can develop custom jigs and other tooling devoted to each floorplan when they need to assemble 40 different varieties of TT, and they also can't develop best practices for how to assemble them because lessons learned on cable routing or how to mount the cabinets more securely aren't the same for each floorplan. I wish each manufacturer would have fewer choices in length and floorplan but more focus on quality. But floorplan, apparently, is what sells -- it's easy to walk into an RV and see that the bed and bathroom are where you want them, it's much harder to see that they routed a wiring harness under the sewer line so it's going to chafe and wear through in a few months.
rlw999 09/14/21 11:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: 400 mile electric RV

Fusion might not be ten years away any more! https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/08/fusion-gets-closer-with-successful-test-of-new-kind-of-magnet.html Fusion has been a decade away for my entire life. I still remember when "cold fusion" was going to put a fusion reactor in everyone's car.
rlw999 09/13/21 01:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Ruined manual transmissions

I pulled my '06 CRV, manual tranny, about three miles while it was in first gear. Obviously, because I screwed up. I figured I had fried the tranny. But in fact it never turned a hair and ran another 40k flawessly till I sold it. Seems to me that a manual is more forgiving than an auto. I'd be much more worried about the engine in that case than the transmission -- if you hit highway speeds, the engine was almost certainly over-revving. I'd think that the transmission could handle that better than the engine. How did you discover it? Noticed too much drag from the toad?
rlw999 09/13/21 12:40pm Dinghy Towing
RE: 400 mile electric RV

Interesting, their sales pitch includes this statement several times. " ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING EV TRUCK PLATFORMS IN THE CLASS 4-6 SPECIALTY WORK TRUCK MARKET" They have not sold a single truck, yet claim to be one of the fastest growing builders of these trucks. crowdfunding pitch I guess they are following a politicians method, say the same thing over and over, and eventually some people will believe you no matter if its true or not. They've apparently sold at least 5 of them: https://www.smud.org/en/Corporate/About-us/News-and-Media/2021/2021/SMUD-accelerates-its-fleet-electrification-with-five--all-electric-work-trucks SMUD has partnered with Zeus Electric Chassis, Inc. and the California Mobility Center (CMC) to procure five custom, all-electric work trucks as it works to transition to an all-electric fleet. The trucks are the only all-electric work truck chassis manufactured in North America in the medium duty class and will be customized for a variety of uses throughout SMUD’s service territory.
rlw999 09/10/21 06:39pm Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

Another Scientifically Unsubstantiated Quote (e.g. pure Scientism): “Additionally, as the electricity mix continues to decarbonize”… More ‘feel good’ (PC) trigger words - Where has this claim ever been empirically established? Are we to continually accept such wholesale claims without any proofs of evidence? Without such, a full blown Academic and Public Policy repudiation of Aristotle’s invention called “the Scientific Method”… Why are you getting hung up on that when the sentence right before that answered the question you asked: Results show that even for cars registered today, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have by far the lowest life-cycle GHG emissions You asked for a study, I gave you a study, and you dismissed it because it made a forward looking statement you don't like. I don't know how you can "empirically establish" what's going to happen in the future, but here's EIA report projecting growth in renewable energy production: https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=41433
rlw999 09/10/21 06:19pm Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

They are hiding the 15 Unicorns that will actually be powering this. And they cant show them right now because Musk has dibs on them for the next mythical Cybertruck PhotoSHOP. No magic needed, here's the company that's supplying their chassis: https://zeuselectricchassis.com/ They're a new company, but apparently have sold a few trucks, so I don't think it's all vaporware.
rlw999 09/10/21 05:44pm Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

While I can well appreciate the characteristics of modern EV’s (BTW, made possible by adoption of lithium), I’ve yet to see a single competent academic study that empirically demonstrates a ‘net net’ reduction in CO2 emissions via the adoption of EV’s…Yet I’ve heard it said (by some far more knowledgable than me…) that in actually the opposite is very true…I’d love to experience the uber performance of an EV, but AFAIK there’s never been demonstrated a net, net study that EV’s reduce net carbon emissions - How come?? Without any empirical evidence whatsoever that a cleaner environment is the outcome, I call this overly romanticized claim pure nonsense - admittedly however, sometimes nonsense can be the greatest source of entertainment… 3 tons Here's a recent one: https://theicct.org/publications/global-LCA-passenger-cars-jul2021 Results show that even for cars registered today, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have by far the lowest life-cycle GHG emissions. As illustrated in the figure below, emissions over the lifetime of average medium-size BEVs registered today are already lower than comparable gasoline cars by 66%–69% in Europe, 60%–68% in the United States, 37%–45% in China, and 19%–34% in India. Additionally, as the electricity mix continues to decarbonize, the life-cycle emissions gap between BEVs and gasoline vehicles increases substantially when considering medium-size cars projected to be registered in 2030. I suspect though that the comparison is much less clear with RV's because it takes a lot more raw materials to build an RV, and they tend not to be driven much (the average is around 5000 miles/year) so the emissions from the drivetrain are a smaller part of the total lifecycle emissions.
rlw999 09/10/21 05:42pm Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

400 miles. BUT, THEY HAVE NOT ADDED HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF WEIGHT. They state "renderings" of what will make it a RV. They just have a body and drivetrain now. What happens to the 400 miles when you have the FULL BLOWN RV version? Is it going to be all electric or will it have LP appliances? ALL ELECTRIC means a drastic reduction in that 400 miles. How is it going to be Cooled? That will be a very hot box if no AC system. Water tanks and holding tanks. These add weight and decrease mileage. Me thinks this is a premature press release to try and gin up enthusiasm. They do not have a actual vehicle to be evaluated yet. Doug I think you're underestimating how large the battery would be to support that range. The chassis they are basing it on has a 175KWh battery for 150 mile range, so presumably it's going to have a 400KWh or larger battery for 400 miles of range. They quote a "laden" range, so presumably have already taken into account weight, but I don't think weight is the largest factor in the range of an EV (you need more energy to get up a hill, but you recover much of it on the way down the other side), it's more the wind resistance. That 400KWh battery pack is more electricity than my home uses in a month. A week's worth of cooking would have a negligible effect on range, an hour a day of a 1500W microwave and 1500W stove, would use 21KWh in a week, about 5% of the battery. Even running a 2KW air conditioner for 8 hours a day every day would use only around 112 KWh in a week, or 1/4 of the battery. It'd be pretty affordable to operate, It would cost me less than $50 to charge that battery pack at home, a small class C with 18mpg gas mileage would use around $77 of fuel @ $3.50/gallon. But I suspect that most people that buy what will certainly be high 6 figures if not $1M+ RV are going to take it to an RV park where they can plug in and charge the RV.
rlw999 09/10/21 05:02pm Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

I'm a little skeptical that they'll be shipping this in any reasonable quantity by next year - Zeus Electric says their chassis provides 150 miles of range, so the RV manufacturer would need to triple the battery size (or add more batteries) to hit that goal. I think we'll see RV's based on the Ford Transit electric chassis before you can buy a 400 mile range one from this company. The Transit only gives 120 miles of range, but that one way distance would handle nearly all of my weekend trips.
rlw999 09/10/21 04:00pm Tech Issues
RE: 2022 Chevy Silverado Reveal

Wow, with that swept back windshield and high front grille, I hope it comes with a front-facing camera. A 5 year old could be standing 20 feet in front of that truck and be invisible.
rlw999 09/10/21 01:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5er accidents

I'm always amazed at how fast people tow. Like in an area with 70mph speed limit for cars, and 60mph for trucks+trailers, I regularly see people towing RV's (both 5th wheel and bumper tow) at 75mph+, keeping up with the car traffic. I don't tow, but when I drive my Class C, I generally stick with the truck speed limit... not only is it safer, but the gas mileage is better too. Just because you *can* drive at 75mph, doesn't mean you *should*, or that you can do so safely.
rlw999 09/08/21 11:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: GPS tracker

After having 2 generators stolen, I think it would be so cool to have a tracker on them and be able to tell the police exactly where they are. Not that this particular tracker would work, but a much smaller one would. It's difficult to find chain or cable that cannot be cut by someone determined to have them. This might be a good use of an Apple AirTag. Battery lasts a year and its small enough to hide somewhere hard to find, maybe tape it to the frame or inside the air filter housing (if it's plastic). The Airtags rely on having someone with an iPhone walk by it to detect it, so it might not help if the thief takes is to his rural farm. You can get small GPS trackers that report back via a cell connection, but battery lifetime tends to be pretty short on those, though maybe you could find a way to power it from the generator 12V outlet.
rlw999 09/07/21 01:22pm Technology Corner
RE: Quality in a class C

Well the good news is that the Ford E-350/450 chassis/drivetrain that most of them are built on is very reliable, so you probably won't need it take it to the shop for chassis issues. The only advice I've heard consistently is to stay away from Thor. (but that's not based on any personal experience).
rlw999 09/06/21 11:46pm Class C Motorhomes
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