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RE: Trailering

I guess I have tired of the same ol same ol items that seem to be beaten into ground so many time. I guess I over looked the newbies but so many issues are like picking fly poop out of the pepper. I do drive from Detroit area to Tunica MS in one shot. It is about 800 miles I guess. I travel at 65mph and get around 11 mpg. So if I had a 55 gallon tank I would fill up what once? I think that a trip over 12 hours that I relish stopping for a walk around and fuel. I really cannot think of any reason to do a 55 gal. tank. (unless you are from Texas where you measure trips in hours not miles). I do think this site helps more newbies on the basics but us salty dogs rarely get any really inspiration stuff. I like to "pick" far nicer and less hectic places to take a "walk" or restroom break than a "gas station". Over the yrs have endured a lot of dumpy gas station restrooms and highly impatient motorists that are far less sympathetic to anyone in a RV. I would rather take scenic breaks or if no scenic areas pull into a nice large paved and well lit store parking lot.. My nature breaks are not forced to my vehicles needs for fuel any more making my trip a lot nicer. Not really sure why folks are so intrigued over the idea that potty stops and fuel stops must somehow be tied together. They don't need to be tied together and that is why many folks want larger fuel tanks or carry extra fuel. My extra 15 gallon fuel tank sits in the bed of my truck. I simply will make a restroom stop whenever I need and if my trucks tank is at or below half a tank, I can just pump the reserve into the trucks tank in any parking lot and continue my journey without ever visiting and waiting in line at a dirty, filthy gas station restroom.. You are hauling your own restroom in a RV, use it. You seem to be on a rant over bathrooms. I normally go to any where the big boys go like Flying J , there rest rooms are just fine. I do not mind using the trailer either but rest stops on the I slabs are just fine also. Never needed an extra tank ever since GM went to the larger tank , never had one in the past either. .
tomman58 04/22/21 06:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailering

I guess I have tired of the same ol same ol items that seem to be beaten into ground so many time. I guess I over looked the newbies but so many issues are like picking fly poop out of the pepper. I do drive from Detroit area to Tunica MS in one shot. It is about 800 miles I guess. I travel at 65mph and get around 11 mpg. So if I had a 55 gallon tank I would fill up what once? I think that a trip over 12 hours that I relish stopping for a walk around and fuel. I really cannot think of any reason to do a 55 gal. tank. (unless you are from Texas where you measure trips in hours not miles). I do think this site helps more newbies on the basics but us salty dogs rarely get any really inspiration stuff.
tomman58 04/21/21 08:26pm Travel Trailers
Trailering

After several years of visiting this site I have to ask.... Why are so many interesting in such odd setups to their trailering???? I travel across the US from Michigan to Maryland to Las Vegas to Tucson to Florida every year pretty much. I have a Dmax and a 36' Jayco TT. I am wondering just how many of you really need or want items like 55 gallon diesel tanks, or worry about MPG or a reasonable speed to travel at. Unless you spend weeks and months on the road like we do annually then why would you sweat these items?? I am not a full timer but would guess our travels that takes several weeks never needed answers to these items listed above. I mean why sweat a 55 gallon fuel tank?? You only go out while on vacation a few weeks a year and your roan time is but a few days not weeks. Your speed is derived from knowing your set up and you experience again a few days on the road doesn't make you a hauler. I don't know but most inquires seem like not of much value to most.
tomman58 04/19/21 07:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Titan tank

Pulling into a rest stop to pee or a fuel center makes no difference. Getting out and walking around for a few minutes makes a big difference in my 7 or 10 hr drives.
tomman58 04/18/21 08:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Canadians: 65+ are getting vaccines now

All we wish for is this season in the fall for all of Canadian friends and also the American ones can have a wonderful winter in the south! I hope at that point everyone would have the shot(s). I had not shoveled snow in 14 years and really do not want to again! For the world to get back to normal the USA and the other main bodys need to vaccinate all of the world to stop this virus.
tomman58 03/21/21 06:30pm Snowbirds
RE: Canadians: 65+ are getting vaccines now

I am so pleased our President decided to share, happy. WE are in this together, neighbor. That's true Biden has shots for Mexico also plus the US has teamed up with others to provide billions for the poor of the world. It is wonderful to have a president in the US again.
tomman58 03/21/21 07:12am Snowbirds
RE: GPS rerouting due to accident

In my 2015 truck or 2018 car neither of them gives an option for a different route than the one shown on their screen. I've always thought this was something I would've liked and missed in them.
tomman58 03/14/21 07:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

If the only thing important to a driver is driving 900 miles non stop I see nothing wrong with staying with diesel. I don’t know anybody who does that other than commercial reasons but hey. To each his own. A long travel day for us is about 600 kilometers (400 miles). A 900 miles range of a vehicle would not be an asset for me. To each his own though. Yes, if I want to go to Kansas to see my daughter, it is nice to get up in the morning and be there for evening! Would rather have more time with her! ???????????????????? 900 miles that's a min of 13 to 15 hours I am sure you would be up for a visit after that and the next day you won't be worth much either.
tomman58 03/06/21 07:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

You guys are focusing on the wrong thing. This is not about AOC or the new green deal. Tesla has shown that EV's are for real and that the ICE is obsolete. EV's have left the drawing board and are in full production as we speak. The idea that we can't produce enough electric is silly. When the model T was originally made did we say this would never work because there were no gas stations? We have made it from the stage coach to jumbo jets the infrastructure will come. Going from gas stations to charging stations is not an impossible task. If you want to believe EV's are for real. Drive a Tesla. Driving a Tesla for the first time is a game changing experience. Once you drive a Tesla you will understand where all this is going and why the ICE is obsolete. The problem you are not seeing, is that the infrastructure you speak of that brought us to "Jumbo Jets" was the discovery of OIL.. ELECTRICITY is produced by OIL and COAL and Nuclear (that creates Massively Hazardous Waste that stays Massively Hazardous for 1000+ years) So, unless these enviro-nuts are willing to triple the production of OIL, COAL, and Nuclear power, there is not enough power to charge EV if EV shifts from 2% it is currently to 90% that is dreamed of... It is common freakin sense, not enough power PERIOD Just a wild haired guess? You and your family members are dependent on the petroleum industry for your livelihood. Enough said! Two points most folks will charge at night when the electric consumption is lower and cheaper. Most power house will be natural gas not oil. Of course the wind and sun will take a pronounced step up also. As for the trucks and such I thinking Hydrogen as their main fuel. Coal and oil folks are being offered a career in wind and solar now.
tomman58 03/05/21 07:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

As far as trucks go I see them as the last bastion for ICE. yes they will be the last to fall. You will not just have a DRW or 1 ton pick up as a grocery getter. You will only own one if you absolutely must. 45' DP's and 42' toy haulers will exist but in much smaller quantities than we see them today. RV'ing will not go away But it will adjust and adapt to the prevailing technology Yep, RVs will be lighter and built cheaper, if that’s possible. Two points most folks will charge at night when the electric consumption is lower and cheaper. Most power house will be natural gas not oil. Of course the wind and sun will take a pronounced step up also. As for the trucks and such I thinking Hydrogen as their main fuel. Coal and oil folks are being offered a career in wind and solar now.
tomman58 03/05/21 07:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

The real question for me is an EV really cost effective when compared to an ICE or hybrid type vehicle. It is hard to cut through the marketing hyperbole on some of the EV web sites. I will probably give my 2009 CRV to my GS so I am looking for another car anyways and started looking at the some of these EV's. I tried to compare an EV to my current RAV4 Hybrid and this is my logic. I live in CT and my total cost per KWH is 27 cents( 9 cents to generate and 18 cents for delivery costs). Most EV's I looked would use 30 KWH's to go 100 miles. At 27 cents/KWH X 30 KWH's= $8.1 to travel 100 miles. My 2019 RAV4 averages 40MPGs so 100 miles/ 40 MPG's=2.5 gals x $2.00/gal = $5.00. If gas goes to $3/gal and it will that would be $7.50. At $4/gal = $10 to travel 100 miles. So to me the equivalent cost is about $3.40/gal. Not factored in is Ct uses mostly oil to generate electric so the electric cost will go up as the price of oil just not as fast as gas. This does not include all the other stuff others have mentioned such as higher initial cost of the vehicle, etc. Bottom line EV's don't make sense to me unless gas prices exceed $4/gal. Am I missing something in my math? Here in Michigan, I have a separate meter and rate for the electric car which helps. Also when we got our Volt a few years ago they gave us a credit on the lease of the car and a free charging station from Uncle Sam. They gave you a free charging station at your home? Or did you have to drive to the Chevy dealer to charge it for free? Not speaking for Tomman. But all EV’s come with a charging device. Some are basic and only plug into 120 volts while others plug into either 120 or 240 volt. What I think Tomman is referring to is some governments have programs where they will partially or totally pay for a secondary charge station they can install at home and keep the other one in the trunk. And yes, EV dealers usually have free charge stations at the dealership...which almost no one uses...because they are at the dealership. :). Having said that, there is one at a Nissan dealer next to the local A&W that we sometimes use. :). Generally the free stations are at restaurants or casinos or hotels. You drop 30 bucks on lunch and they give you 60 cents worth of power. :). Lol. What a deal. Yep at the time of the Volts 1st few years you got an allowance from the Feds for a free install of the electric and a charging station. My meter (they gave me a separate meter for the reduced rate (if you charged at night)) A great deal as they had to run 80 feet to get from the meter to the garage. We also charged downtown at the MGM casino as they lease a couple of floors of their parking garage to Edison and they use electric cars and trucks but anyone can just plug in for free. All electrics have a 120 volt hook up to charge anywhere. The new cars can go far further than the volt on electric (the Volt was 30 miles before it went to gas over electric). I am eager to get another electric because around here and even a lot further with the new batteries we will be saving money going back to electric.
tomman58 03/04/21 07:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

The real question for me is an EV really cost effective when compared to an ICE or hybrid type vehicle. It is hard to cut through the marketing hyperbole on some of the EV web sites. I will probably give my 2009 CRV to my GS so I am looking for another car anyways and started looking at the some of these EV's. I tried to compare an EV to my current RAV4 Hybrid and this is my logic. I live in CT and my total cost per KWH is 27 cents( 9 cents to generate and 18 cents for delivery costs). Most EV's I looked would use 30 KWH's to go 100 miles. At 27 cents/KWH X 30 KWH's= $8.1 to travel 100 miles. My 2019 RAV4 averages 40MPGs so 100 miles/ 40 MPG's=2.5 gals x $2.00/gal = $5.00. If gas goes to $3/gal and it will that would be $7.50. At $4/gal = $10 to travel 100 miles. So to me the equivalent cost is about $3.40/gal. Not factored in is Ct uses mostly oil to generate electric so the electric cost will go up as the price of oil just not as fast as gas. This does not include all the other stuff others have mentioned such as higher initial cost of the vehicle, etc. Bottom line EV's don't make sense to me unless gas prices exceed $4/gal. Am I missing something in my math? Here in Michigan, I have a separate meter and rate for the electric car which helps. Also when we got our Volt a few years ago they gave us a credit on the lease of the car and a free charging station from Uncle Sam.
tomman58 03/03/21 07:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

I agree with the electric cars being the largest change in automotive ever. They already are going to come in force in the next couple of years. I already had a Volt and loved it for in the city, I will get another as soon as I see one that works for older folks,ie: getting in and out. If anyone thinks these cars and trucks are not going to happen had better wake up GM and the others are not putting billions out there just for the heck of it~!!!
tomman58 03/02/21 07:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Slide outs in cold weather

Slides are not insulated well so thinking you will be using the furnace they should dry out and any snow melted off of them. Their motors, screw drives are all under the unit out of the weather. We never have cared about cold other then we don't want to camp in it but it is a factor in late fall going across the USA.
tomman58 02/12/21 07:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Need Help Deciding which feature for trailer

Most of the outdoor kitchens I've seen have the cheapest junk for cooking. Some of the grills look worthless. Sinks don't always drain into the RV's grey tank. If it has a fridge it needs 120V. The other issue is some outdoor kitchens are located at the rear side of the RV past the awning. If it's really hot out or raining then there's no cover while cooking. We prefer a simple table with a Weber Q. X2 the Weber is the most sought after RV grill.......... never get a grill for home or otherwise without a cast iron grate !!!
tomman58 02/10/21 11:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Need Help Deciding which feature for trailer

I never thought the kitchen was good unless you had kids then they stay outside and is a better deal for keeping trailer clean. The first thing I do is have the Jayco place move the gas line to the forward side of the trailer just under the awning then my grill sits on its own stand dry and away from the trailer enough to grill in its own spot. Also we spent winter in Fl at our own site and have a shed with a nice refrig. Life is good if you can plan it.
tomman58 02/10/21 07:51am Travel Trailers
RE: ANWR Drilling Stopped

Diesel, near me, is $2.43. I sure can't wait to pay $5, the way things are going. Heck I remember paying 5 bucks a gallon when GWB was in office. It was only once and it was in Tx. I keep my 2500 DMAX for towing and for driving the slab I 75 north. I really am hoping for an electric next year for us here in the city. I had a Volt and liked it other than getting in or out.
tomman58 02/01/21 07:44am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Travel trailer necessities

I think the basics have been listed. Put a coup;e oz. of bleach in your fresh water tank, fill it up and run some through all your stuff from the sinks to the toilet. Not needed to go through your hot water tank. rinse and then put in a few gallons of fresh water . No need to fill tank but good to have some water for potty stops while traveling. If it is hard winter at home we just carry a couple of gallons in jugs till we get south. One other thing rain gear, a hat a set of those lights that go on the hat and a good flashlight.
tomman58 01/13/21 07:52am Beginning RVing
RE: Busted!

The first thing I learned some 45+ years ago was when I moved into my area. The homes were all custom from small to big, some were older and some we new, all had about an acre of land attached. I joined the HOA and with in 2 years I was president of it for 20+ years. Some wanted strict rules others had been here for years already. I made few rules other than if I came to your house it would be nice to have a cold beer. People became friendlier and better neighbors through our picnics and occasional street partys. Bottom line home is what you make of it. Oh I have been to Tenn and all the southern states going to some yearly for over 20 years. They have some nice areas and they have a lot of poor underdeveloped ones too. Plenty of dirt poor and some very rich. Home is what you make of it. I'll stay in Michigan........... at least in the summer.
tomman58 01/05/21 01:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Installing a safe?

Why would anyone really need a safe??? Money? any bank will do. Gun? why would anyone carry along a handgun? Cops told me long ago that my Louisville slugger was more effective and less likely for me to hurt anyone but the attacker or thief. If we are out of our TT for much time we take along our phones and any jewelry. We have traveled with a TT for 50+ years and never have had a problem but we rarely boondock and normally stay at private RV parks.
tomman58 01/01/21 08:26am General RVing Issues
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