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RE: How many folks want an EV

Well give me 450 miles with the heater or A/C running, and a competitive total cost of ownership and yes. For the past 5 years, I make two 424 round trip mile journeys to NJ each month to visit my MIL. The nursing home does not have a charger, and it is my only stop for more than 5 minutes. The Honda CRV and the F250 (with aux tank) can get the job done. I will keep making the trip until I or my MIL pass. Sometimes I miss a trip, but not often. I am the one that thinks EV's are a dead end. The path forward is stripping CO2 using amines from the air (just like subs, or cleaning CO2 from natural gas), then use U of Pittsburgh catalyst to make carbon monoxide, split hydrogen out of water, and use the Fischer–Tropsch process to make gasoline and diesel. Look for it to come to a Ford class carrier near you. After all, a gallon of jet fuel delivered to a carrier at sea has gotta be expensive. The fuel produced, will just blend in with the rest. This is also a storage scheme for renewable power from solar and wind. I think the cost of this method will make it work. There seems to be a dearth of Superchargers between WV and NJ so it would be a little premature for you to get a Tesla yet. I don't know how mountainous WV is where you are driving but in the western parts regeneration would save you a lot of brake wear and tear when going down hills and then a lot of fuel going up the next one. I really like the idea of synthetic gasoline but I have been reading stories about it being on the verge of practicality for 30 or 40 years. A lot longer than we have been waiting for the Tesla Semi or Cybertruck. I will believe it when I can buy it. But it would be nice to have a clean fuel for the engines that I already own. Actually Germany produced a lot of their liquid fuel from coal in WWII and South Africa still uses the facilities to produce liquid fuel from coal, that started up in the sanctions era. It all depends on the oil price. The breakthrough is in the catalyst to split CO2 to CO. Once you have CO and Hydrogen, you can make any fuel, plus methanol and ammonia. Chemical plants intentionally make CO by burning hydrocarbons without enough Oxygen. Google syngas. In other words all of the fertilizer used by farmers is made by the same process. It is used today.
thomas201 09/16/22 05:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: How many of you own an EV?

Never owned one, but drove a shuttle car in an underground coal mine off and on for several years to pay my way through college. Probably a couple of thousand hours of total time. Five tons of coal at a time, shore powered, with a battery back up. Anyone else got a couple of thousand hours driving an EV? Good technology, low fire danger, 4 wheel steering, and just flip yourself around to go the other way. Any other miners? It would be easy to beat my time. What do you want to know?
thomas201 09/15/22 03:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How many folks want an EV

Well give me 450 miles with the heater or A/C running, and a competitive total cost of ownership and yes. For the past 5 years, I make two 424 round trip mile journeys to NJ each month to visit my MIL. The nursing home does not have a charger, and it is my only stop for more than 5 minutes. The Honda CRV and the F250 (with aux tank) can get the job done. I will keep making the trip until I or my MIL pass. Sometimes I miss a trip, but not often. I am the one that thinks EV's are a dead end. The path forward is stripping CO2 using amines from the air (just like subs, or cleaning CO2 from natural gas), then use U of Pittsburgh catalyst to make carbon monoxide, split hydrogen out of water, and use the Fischer–Tropsch process to make gasoline and diesel. Look for it to come to a Ford class carrier near you. After all, a gallon of jet fuel delivered to a carrier at sea has gotta be expensive. The fuel produced, will just blend in with the rest. This is also a storage scheme for renewable power from solar and wind. I think the cost of this method will make it work.
thomas201 09/15/22 03:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Ram Owner Forced to Scrap Truck !

This happened to one of my nephews in Jersey. Rolled coal, ticket, restored emissions, passed emissions, and paid ticket. He is a heavy truck mechanic, so it was easier for him than most. He now has a dedicated truck pull machine, but he actually competes. Tows the pull truck, with a street legal (I think!!!!) truck.
thomas201 09/15/22 05:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: B&W fail or Operator Error?

No one has yet mentioned a flashlight. Drag your lazy carcass out of the cab and really look. I spent a day jacking and cribbing 50,000 pounds of trailer and grease that a driver dropped 2 miles from the shop on an interstate in Baltimore. He completely submarined the 5th wheel, the marks showed the pin was in front of the 5th wheel. Cause for dismissal where I worked.
thomas201 08/27/22 10:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Store 5er in Alaska

Thank you all for the advice.
thomas201 08/25/22 05:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Store 5er in Alaska

OK, clean it, take out all food, prop fridge open. Now flush with -50 pink antifreeze and drain tanks. Remove the battery and take it home. Anything different than storing in the lower 48? Who has the warmest winter, and least snow? Fairbanks, Anchorage, the interior, or the Kenai? Do I need covered storage? Planning for 2023. Thanks.
thomas201 08/11/22 05:37am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Is It Worth It?

I got to be friends with two company fleet managers over the years. One with a fleet of hundreds of our type of trucks, the other had several thousand in the US, along with a fleet of heavy duty trucks. Initial cost, all costs of ownership (fuel, parts, oil, antifreeze, mechanic time and so on), then your exit price when you sell the vehicle. Pass it though Discounted Cash Flow Rate of Return (Internal ROR) and/or Net Present Value, and there you have it. They bought gas unless the usage mandated diesel (heavy loads). Now for fun, I just loved towing for 10 years with a diesel, but don't confuse that with money. Fun and money, do not normally travel together.
thomas201 06/23/22 03:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightning Road Trip & Ike Gauntlet Pull

Really battery storage is a dead end. Just look at the energy density and the infrastructure build out. Hydrogen? The embrittlement problem with common carbon steel is going to be hard to solve. The best solution: "esearchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Rochester seek to improve this process in a project that recently received $300,000 from the Department of Defense Office of Naval Research. The project, led by the University of Rochester’s Marc Porosoff and Pitt’s Giannis Mpourmpakis, will refine a crucial step in the seawater-to-fuel process, making it more energy efficient, safer, and scalable. The first step of fuel synthesis is converting the carbon dioxide (CO2) extracted from seawater into carbon monoxide (CO). Last summer, the team successfully demonstrated that molybdenum carbide catalysts efficiently and reliably convert CO2 to CO, achieving this critical first step in turning seawater into fuel. The newly funded project will expand on the previous work, seeking to further hydrogenate carbon monoxide into usable fuels using Fischer-Tropsch synthesis." The hard part was making carbon monoxide. With electricity and carbon dioxide (seawater, air recapture, power plant exhaust) you can feed this through the Fischer-Tropsch process and produce hydrocarbon fuels. Germany in WWII did this, as did South Africa in the old embargo days. Then you just blend into the current gasoline and diesel supplies. This also solves the storage problem for solar and wind power generation. Just saying, think out of the box.
thomas201 06/16/22 05:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightning Road Trip & Ike Gauntlet Pull

This horrible statement by Lantley cannot go unchallenged: "It happens fast, keep looking forward not backwards.....nothing behind you but: pay phones, VCR's, DVD's, horse and buggy's, tube TV's,land line phones and ICE's!" My Amish and "Buggy" Mennonite neighbors from 5 years in South Central Pennsylvania would indeed be shocked that the day of the horse is over. Don't forget Y2K, they were all ready for it. Also a good friend of 30 years, who in the real world designed Pacemakers and pushed them through FDA approval has the strangest hobby I have ever seen. He designs and builds analog signal processing and devices with TUBES. Even more shocking is that more than a few people share this hobby, they buy/sell/trade tubes. He has a 10X10X8 area in his house filled with this stuff. Some of them are worth hundreds of dollars. By the way, got any old tube equipment you want to give away? This true story is intended to break some of the tough feelings in this thread. Old tech never dies, but then again I drive a 1948 CJ2A.
thomas201 06/16/22 02:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Will a 3/4 ton do

What is your pin weight? A 3/4 ton might work, but you are asking the wrong question. The question is, "Do you need a 3/4 ton?". The price difference is small, but I run a 3/4 ton due to homeowners assoc. rules, hammer lanes in MD and NJ, Baltimore-Washington Parkway, blah and blah. So, a compromise, depending on your needs. If a 3/4 ton will work with your pin weight and you need it, fine. If not, I would get a one ton. With Fords, the camper/snowplow package almost gets you a 1 ton, except on paper.
thomas201 06/08/22 05:47am Tow Vehicles
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
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