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RE: Cummins 6.7L Gasoline Engine in a Ram?

I bought a herd of Kubota diesel engines converted to casing head gas, to power pump jacks on oil wells. Honda gasoline engines just self destructed. They did not have enough cooling in the heads. They were designed with the evaporation of gasoline in mind for some cooling. If your ran them at max horsepower, they just could not cut it. So, they might have a market, but I don't think it would be real big. Interesting though, assuming you get Cummins support. Would truck owners buy a gas engine, at diesel engine prices???
thomas201 04/30/22 05:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Getting gas with long trailer?

I am just old enough to remember gas pumps at the truck islands. However,those days are gone. Some (pilot/flying J) have RV islands with gas, that is easy. The other route is what I am doing, 41 gallon gas tank in the bed. I have the tank and pump mounted, gotta run the electric and hoses. I really hate pulling the gas fill piping to cut into it. Wish me luck, if I mess up a new truck, DW will kill me.
thomas201 04/07/22 05:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Auxiliary fuel tank and gravity vs electronic pump

When I had diesel, I used gravity feed. With gas, I have to pump. I would not pump diesel, because if you leave the pump on it will have to go somewhere after the truck tank is full. So, if you pump, you need a return line to the deck tank. Just saying.
thomas201 03/25/22 07:30am Tow Vehicles
GY Endurance or Carlisle Radial Trail HD

So, what is the word on the street? I am committed to 15" tires, so pretty much no truck tires will hold the camper. Now the real question, are the Endurance worth the extra 30 or 40 percent, over the Carlisle? I carry 8,050 pounds (after subtracting the pin weight) on 4 ST225/75R15 tires, rated at 2830 pounds each. Thank you for the opinions.
thomas201 03/12/22 07:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Alaska 2022??

Last summer we drove a rented truck camper up to Deadhorse. I filled up at heart attack prices in Coldfoot and Deadhorse. The highest gas prices I ever paid in my life, while looking at the well head sheds of the north slope. I wonder if they will crack double digit gas prices this summer?
thomas201 03/12/22 06:28am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Potable Water Transportation

How many meters to the tap? Maybe a hose reel is better?
thomas201 03/08/22 07:10am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Extensive Traveling with a 5th Wheel

Run the 18 till the wheels fall off. We have been running a 12 HT since new. It has been to the lower 48, and parts of Canada. Some stuff has broken over the years, but not structural or the running gear. After all it is light. If you like it keep it, but if you want a new one, buy it.
thomas201 02/24/22 06:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Electric Chevy Silverado Debut

They say 400 miles range without a trailer, so 200, maybe only 150 if you want a little reserve with a trailer. Using the don't go below 80% discharge some suggest, even less. Oh well the 50 amp is waiting in the garage. Then the problem of charging in the park, but they are coming, baby steps at first. I know that most (almost all?) will be grocery gitters.
thomas201 01/06/22 07:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla with a generator on a hitch haul

I posted the picture just for a chuckle. It was taken by my friend at a snow park in California. You can rent sleds and cabins for a weekend or a week riding trials in the woods. It is not unknown on "going home day" to start your genny and plug a diesel block heater and battery charger in while you make your last run of the trip. Get back about 10:00, knock the snow off the sleds and load up. The truck gets warm real quick, while your hands are cold and you are a little sweaty. Stop at the first good diner on the way home for lunch. Ditto for the Tesla guys. Exact same thinking. This is a really good idea, if the vehicles have been sitting in the cold and snow for a week.
thomas201 01/03/22 07:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla with a generator on a hitch haul

http://i.imgur.com/O1n1TG3.jpg?1 Better.
thomas201 01/02/22 05:06pm Tow Vehicles
Tesla with a generator on a hitch haul

https://i.imgur.com/O1n1TG3.jpg?1 Photographed by a friend in Kali, you just gotta see these things to believe them. There is a charger a few miles away, but when he talked to another EV owner, the owner said that he would do the same thing just before leaving. It is for preheat and insurance. The EV in the picture has had the generator running for more than 24 hours. It tickles me as an old tick bitten Petroleum Engineer. Kinda, like a block heater on a diesel, but in reverse.
thomas201 01/02/22 05:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: back to gas v diesel

All of the cost comparisons are flawed. None take into account the time value of money. I think Internal Rate of Return (aka Discounted Cashflow Rate of Return) is best. Net Present Value, is OK. What you bought it for, what you sold it for, and every last cent you spent on the truck are needed, along with miles and duty cycle. This is the metric that companies use to determine gas or diesel for their fleets. And most light duty trucks are gas and heavy duty are diesel, with a gray area in the middle, for sound money reasons.
thomas201 12/21/21 11:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertuck - Can we take another thread?

We doing the whole thing backwards, instead of converting the cars, we should build Fischer-Tropsch plants to covert excess solar/wind to make liquid fuels that can be carbon neutral if atmospheric carbon dioxide is used as the carbon source. Germany ran WWII on these fuels and South Africa defied sanctions and still uses the process today. Granted these used coal for the carbon, but the US Navy is working on using seawater and air, along with the electricity from the nuclear teakettles,to make jet fuel. After all, what runs out first, when you are running max effort airstrikes? The jet fuel silly. The Germans are also running a pilot process, and jets have flown on these fuels. Fischer-Tropsch This solves three problems. 1. It can pull Carbon Dioxide from the air, so it is carbon neutral. 2. It stores wind and solar for future use, say in a combined cycle power plant. 3. It can provide fuel for cars and trucks, and it just blends into the existing infrastructure. No billions to spend on distribution everywhere. Just plants that make the products, crewed by chemical workers. Don't forget we have to replace 276 million cars and trucks with EVs in the USA alone. My way is quicker.
thomas201 12/13/21 10:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: towing with ev6

Read the thread Rivian Thread
thomas201 12/08/21 07:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas Engine - Fill It Up

I am just old enough to remember when the truck islands had both diesel and gas pumps. However, I too am switching from a diesel to a gas. I am installing an in bed gasoline tank, with pump and filter. I should only need to fill once a day.
thomas201 12/02/21 05:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Quebec 389 (from labrador city to Baie Comeau

Another good planning site. https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Quebec_Route_389
thomas201 11/29/21 06:07am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Best sliding hitch recommendation

With a modern 5er you don't need a slider. However, a slider does have one big advantage that most don't mention. It moves your pivot point back just a little bit. This gets your tail swinging just a little quicker, which can get you in a tighter spot. I have been backing into a wide driveway from a single lane road since 2012 and a slider sure helps. Gets the tail swinging quicker. Installing a culvert across the road with a neighbor's permission has now made it easy.
thomas201 11/16/21 05:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: EV's I know there are folks better versed than me in here

How will a self driving system handle that perfect snow covered road? No tracks, no lines, no plowed ridges? Can it feel the gravel on the right and steer just a hair left? Or keep it just one tire on the gravel berm? Real dense fog? A leaf covered road? The infamous lane and a half roads where I grew up? Aircraft, in a much tighter controlled environment, still need a pilot, or two.
thomas201 11/02/21 02:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Planning summer 2022 trip to Alaska Fly/Rent

Quick side note, the sales tax on your rental should be much cheaper in Fairbanks than Los Anchorage. In my case the airfare was also cheaper to Fairbanks, so we flew to Fairbanks and rented there. Pays to check both.
thomas201 11/01/21 07:51pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Planning summer 2022 trip to Alaska Fly/Rent

We did the fly rent this June. Get a copy of Churchs' book and determine your wish list first. Since we wanted to drive the dirt roads: McCarthy, Nabesna, Denali (not the park), and Dalton, we chose a 4X4 truck camper. Now with your wish list you will know the number of days and the type of camper. I think the bus for Denali park is hard to beat. You have 40 sets of eyes, a telescopic camera and an experienced guide with a radio talking to the other bus drivers. Plus you can spend all your time looking instead of driving. Don't miss for us: Denali Park, Kennicott mine, and beach camping on the Kenai. We used GoNorth for the rental. They were honest and the equipment performed well. We did have a fridge problem, they returned phone calls and tried to help. Just a burnt out 12 volt fuse, and they had a pack of fuses in the camper. I would shop based on price and availability. Churches' book has a list, plus the internet, of rental outfits. Go and enjoy.
thomas201 11/01/21 05:36pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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