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RE: Electric vehicles

Read Bob M.'s "Tesla Battery Range in Sub-Zero and Snowy Conditions" on the Teslarati web site. If you have to do everything wrong, no shore power to preheat when cold with snow on the road look for a 57% reduction in range. His average was more like 40%. Google it for yourself. It kills ICE cars too, but gas stations are more available. https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-battery-range-sub-zero-snowy-conditions/
thomas201 11/15/19 11:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Newbie towing question

Load up for a trip, and make a stop at the scales, then you will know. Me?? Truck Truck and Trailer Trailer Front 4800 4800 8050 Pin 1600 Rear 3250 4850 Trailer 9650 Total 8050 9650 Combined 17,700 Now I know, no guessing.
thomas201 10/28/19 05:57am Tow Vehicles
Newfoundland Moose Trip

We crossed and returned on a Newfoundland trip just yesterday. Firearms into Canada and firearms with a moose back home to the USA. We spent a week in the bush and looked it. Only the paperwork was checked, neither side even looked at the guns for a serial number check. The paperwork was form filled and printed, thus neat, complete and accurate. The moose export permit was hand written. The only border concern was fruits and veggies, on both sides. Thanks to advice on this forum, we had none. Nobody cared about the moose. A complete nothing burger at the border. Smooth, professional and fast. We were pleasantly surprised.
thomas201 10/16/19 06:55am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Experience towing w/ 2WD F250, 2500 or other 3/4 ton

You can carry a set of tire chains to get you out of the occasional tough spot, if no tow is available. Of course, the first time you "spin" them on in the mud, 4X4 will be looking mighty good! Forty years of coal mine and oilfield lease roads. I carry, or ware, four sets of chains on the CJ2A. Chain up where it is dry, to keep the truck clean.
thomas201 09/30/19 08:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Electric vehicles. Small diesel generator to charge??

Weight. The diesel weighs more, the enemy of electric or hybrid cars.
thomas201 09/25/19 04:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Missing bed rail nuts

Lock tite is good, a spot of weld is forever.
thomas201 09/22/19 09:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

I love everyone making future projections about trends and oil/gas prices. Having worked with people that did this voodoo I will let you in on the big secret. At least for oil and gas. They do it the other way around. By using the futures market for hedges and collars, they force a price that is used in project decisions. In effect a price is forced by these tools so we know the price into the future. Farmers do the same thing, I assume everyone in a commodity business does it the same way. In the oil business the ones that don't are gobbled up by those that do. Farmers too (you get to know a lot of farmers in the O&G biz). Somebody that can hedge/collar really well is worth their price in gold. Of course your predictions are just as good as the next gal/feller. Pros don't predict, they fix the game.
thomas201 09/17/19 04:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

I will once again urge those who believe in EVs and green energy to read reviews of Planet of the Humans. Think, look at the energy and carbon dioxide balances. Don't believe me or anyone, follow the numbers (money). One example, and google is your friend. https://www.nonfictionfilm.com/news/planet-of-the-humans-possibly-most-bracing-environmental-documentary-ever-made-premieres-at-traverse-city-film-festival
thomas201 09/16/19 12:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

No reliable 2018 numbers yet. For renewables, no 2017 numbers. The renewable numbers include hydro, wind, solar and biomass. I think that includes cow dung and wood. Posting the whole thing is a mess, so I just posted the yearly change from 2000 and up. I know natural gas is low, flaring while drilling, clean up, and lease uses for pumping and compression are not included. So gas is low. Oil I believe, people watch those numbers. Coal and renewables I do not have a clue. These should be produced numbers, not nameplate. Year Fossil Renew 2000 2352.01897 60.49454 2001 1176.81469 -54.9833 2002 2202.04878 76.67061 2003 4206.64766 14.44469 2004 4864.47733 217.3108 2005 3859.31736 157.2348 2006 3287.83139 166.4127 2007 4136.29919 107.2261 2008 1088.66905 254.7972 2009 -2295.92858 79.24845 2010 5652.95498 301.5288 2011 3173.09954 208.4541 2012 1651.33455 329.9933 2013 1900.32241 306.4774 2014 647.31051 250.293 2015 568.34261 235.7157 2016 1262.92864 353.2668 2017 2008.44973 As someone else said, note the total increase each year of both. We use a lot of energy and it keeps growing. Renewable seems to just be an addition, not a replacement. Once again I can't wait to see "Planet of the Humans", I know I will not like it. I wounder if anyone will?
thomas201 09/16/19 12:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

Fossil fuels converted to terawatt hours. I got this from 1800. Conversion is made so you can add them. Coal Oil Gas Total Delta 2000 27403.95 43038.62 24019.89 94462.4579 2352.019 2001 27851.05 43421.11 24367.11 95639.2726 1176.815 2002 28936.64 43796.55 25108.13 97841.3214 2202.049 2003 31475.58 44803.21 25769.18 102047.969 4206.648 2004 33656.31 46503.97 26752.17 106912.446 4864.477 2005 36118.95 47115.73 27537.09 110771.764 3859.317 2006 37979.82 47732.2 28347.58 114059.595 3287.831 2007 40143.91 48471.73 29580.25 118195.894 4136.299 2008 40712.54 48250.64 30321.38 119284.563 1088.669 2009 40088.34 47422.37 29477.93 116988.635 -2295.93 2010 41932.75 48949.72 31759.12 122641.59 5652.955 2011 43948.97 49455.27 32410.45 125814.689 3173.1 2012 44129.62 50065.86 33270.53 127466.024 1651.335 2013 44953.01 50698.38 33714.95 129366.346 1900.322 2014 44916.84 51109.97 33986.85 130013.657 647.3105 2015 43786.85 52053.27 34741.88 130581.999 568.3426 2016 43101.23 53001.87 35741.83 131844.928 1262.929 2017 43397.14 53752.28 36703.97 133853.378 2008.45 Do you see it? Basically although down in a recession, despite all of the renewable energy being produced, we see no real change in the trend. You might be bending it a little, but 2017 is right back in the game. Don’t believe an old tick bitten Petroleum Engineer? We will go see the Michael Moore (not a friend of the fossil energy business) produced Planet of the Humans, if somebody will pick up the distribution. The movie explains the fallacy in replacing fossil with renewable better than I can. It has only been show at a film festival in Traverse City, MI. (I worked there in the O&G business). Building the renewable economy will require massive fossil inputs. You need a quantum leap in technology for storage or fusion, or acceptance on fission power to get away from fossils.
thomas201 09/16/19 07:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

For those of us that use trucks. It needs to be rated under SAE J2807. It needs to cover 500 miles in a 10 hour day. I need it rated for at least a 12,000# 5er. I do not need an expensive grocery getter or lawn ornament. I am willing to pay for performance, but not for feeling good. We will also need infrastructure at campgrounds. I don't really see a solution for dry camping for 2 or 3 days in the boonies. We dry camp and do light 4 wheeling for about 2 or 3 days, where do I charge? The last one is the real deal killer for me. A 5 gallon jug of diesel that weighs 40#, with a low fire danger, gets me 10 mpg towing, 15 mpg 4 wheeling, or 19 mpg naked on a good level road. Energy density is a key as is easy transport.
thomas201 09/13/19 07:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla X Towing Videos

I also doubt that 75k payload. Gross maybe. Payload no. With an 80K gross on a normal truck, you are lucky to get 45k payload. A payload of 75k would leave you just 5k for the truck. Most cars weigh about 4k.
thomas201 09/03/19 07:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: wet bolt on suspension

Replace the zerk first.
thomas201 08/29/19 06:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Traveling through Canada with Dogs

The dog's vac record is next to my yellow card inside the passport. I used to travel to places where I had to prove I had my shots. We crossed from Lubec to Campobello 2 weeks ago, and the Canadian officer actually looked at the dog's paper. You should tell them you have a dog with you. Mine is silent, you never know she is there.
thomas201 08/23/19 06:44am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Hauling dirt/rock with bed rails?

1. Don't do it. Borrow a trailer or hire it. 2. Plywood cut to shape, tape the seams. 3. Conveyor belt, or bed mat, or horse stall mats cut to shape and taped.
thomas201 08/12/19 01:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas.

There are about 1 billion cars (not counting trucks) in the world, we made just over 72 million cars in 2016 and there are about 3 million EV's as of 2018. So, if you are going to make an impact you better get EV production up to at least 50 million a year. So you need to get a move on to make much difference. Tesla's production heck is nothing compared the the hurdles you must overcome. However as a retired petroleum engineer, let me tell you why I like EVs and see the money to be made. First, a few start ups are taking oilfield brine and producing lithium. These fine folks are converting a cost center, into a profit center and the loot will fall through to the bottom line! Who owns the mineral rights? Who are you going to get to drill and produce the wells to get lithium brines? You will use multiple effect evaporators in the US to concentrate the brine, you will buy the gas from us, hopefully right at the well head, save you money and makes us more! All plastics in the cars will come from us, battery case, resins, carbon fibers, synthetic rubber, PVC insulation on the wires, epoxies to encapsulate the electronics, the list goes on and on. Ships, almost all freight railroads, and trucks run on fossil fuels to transport the parts to the assemble plants. Also, natural gas continues to increase market share in utility production, so we will charge the batteries for you. Get on the money train, woo, woo! It has never been about how you get there, it is about making money.
thomas201 08/11/19 03:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas.

There is a common problem with prediction of any kind. You take a trend and project it into the future. This is of course not valid, since it ignores innovation. The problem is, how do you predict a new idea? I am a retired Petroleum Engineer, so I will pick on my old business. We were finding less oil per year, at one point we were finding less oil than we consumed each year. Boom, stretch that trend into the future and we got Peak Oil. We should be in dire straits right now, but we are not. In fact the US, which was a has been, will/is the biggest oil producer on earth again. How did this happen? People rejected what we had been taught in college, and the conventional wisdom of the time that we could not produce the oil in source rock (shale). Experts ignored this work and continued to teach and preach that it could not be done. Well, who was right? So good luck predicting the future. Don't forget the power of the human mind, and don't forget that most of Africa and Asia have yet to industrialize. They want a life just like ours, and they will do whatever it takes to get it. My prediction #1. #2, whatever we predict, it will be different.
thomas201 08/11/19 05:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: What do I need

Back to the OP. I love 5ers, I had a three month driving school with them, and never drove a bumper pull until I was over 40. I wouldn't have anything else. For the fifth wheel, if it is rated for your pin and trailer weight, they will all work. The head should articulate backy/fronty and left/right. I like a slider, because with the articulation it can help you in a tight spot. I like rails, but I have ratchet straps that fit the slots and I tie stuff down. I do not haul gravel or sand and I could care less about a flat bed. Slide bar verses jaws (dual or single). The bar has more movement, but it is less likely to fail than the kingpin, they should cost a lot less. Jaws have less movement, but have wear parts inside. Both get the job done. When you hook up do a pull test. Then when before you dolly up and hook up the emergency and plug, look to see if you have captured the pin. Use a flashlight if required. I then lock my fifth wheel so no joker can release my pin when I am using the bathroom. Don't overthink, you can change your mind later without it costing too much money. Checklists are a great idea, and do it the right way, the same way, each and every time. Do not let others distract you. I use an articulated slide bar, with a slider on rails. But that is just me, and I like simple. Having driven less than truck load tankers I am used to a lively ride, so I dismiss chucking issues and we have visited all of the states save HI and AK by land yacht. Have fun, don't worry.
thomas201 08/10/19 12:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Please help me identify 5th wheel towing issue.

Since it hurts nothing, just ignore it.
thomas201 08/07/19 04:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: The ticking time bomb under the hood

Others on this forum set me to Flood Ford in RI. https://www.floodfordesp.com/ Just search on line for a while for the best price, it was Flood, when I bought mine. You do not need to buy from you local dealers.
thomas201 08/06/19 06:35am Truck Campers
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