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RE: what defines a 3/4 ton?

So the consensus here is that even though the terms 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton, and 1 ton used to mean what the truck can haul, it is not based on it's model/name designation since trucks have outgrown these ratings decades ago. So anything with a 1 in its name/model is a 1/2 ton, anything with a 2 in t's name/model is a 3/4 ton, and anything with a 3 in its name/model is a 1 ton regardless of actual capabilities and ratings. In that case. What about a Toyota Tundra? It has no number in it's name and neither does the Titan. Then there is the Titan XD which is in the same class 2B as most other 250/2500 trucks. Then there is the new GM 2500 trucks which have more capabilities than previous years 1 ton trucks. Lastly there is the F450 pickup which is in the same class 3 as the other 350/3500 trucks. Is that considered a 1 ton too or a 1 1/4 ton. Is there someone making up the rules on what truck is considered what that we must all have to follow or does it change from person/age group from another based on opinions. It's marketing as much as anything. If you have a 1/2ton truck with a 1000lb payload and next year, it ups to 1500lb...do you confuse your buyers by eliminating the 1/2 ton model...which is also the biggest and most profitable vehicle in your line up? Only an idiot would be pedantic enough to do that when everyone actually knows that it's a model designation not a technical spec. The asian models...for whatever reason they have chosen not to follow industry convention but they really make up a minuscule portion of the market, so most don't care and those who are interested, can look up the actual specs. I would argue it's a mistake on the manufacturers end not to align with industry convention. They are fighting an uphill battle to begin with moving beyond the small pickups. Making it unclear where their truck models fit into the system means a lot of potential customers never bother to check them out as they don't market a 3/4 or 1 ton truck. The vast majority of people considering 450/550 and up...they know and understand the ratings, so there is no confusion.
valhalla360 08/26/19 12:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Prepping for sale

Boats or RVs...if bought from a private individual usually come with miscellaneous stuff (typically non-personal). It's not required to include it but no harm either. Used units from a commercial dealer will typically have most miscellaneous stuff removed unless it's bolted on. In most cases, it will make no difference at all in the sales price.
valhalla360 08/26/19 12:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Relocation / Temp living in RV

For Florida, do check out the campsites. We found them expensive and small in general but it's a big state. Otherwise, your budget is fine and you should be able to find a camper in your size range. Make sure to check it out well, especially for leaks and that everything works but very reasonable to do so. As long as you don't buy a total lemon or trash it (several cats...???), it should be easy to sell once you are settled. Bumper Pull, 5th wheel or toy hauler shouldn't matter much in terms of being able to sell.
valhalla360 08/25/19 11:41pm Full-time RVing
RE: Jetpack vs MiFi vs Hotspot

We stopped with a dedicated internet device a couple iterations ago. We stream all the time and it's our primary internet source. Yeah, you need to keep it plugged in if using for long but that applies to phone or dedicated internet device. In real world use, we couldn't tell the difference so no need to buy a separate device and more importantly separate monthly plan.
valhalla360 08/25/19 11:36pm Technology Corner
RE: what defines a 3/4 ton?

Manufacturers use the terms externally with customers because most are ignorant to the vehicle class system and would not know what the term class 2B means, and even if you told them what it means they will likely still use the term 3/4 ton because most are resistant to change. They would rather keep doing what they always do even though it is incorrect instead of changing to what is correct. If you are talking about the engineers doing the design work...they talk about actual payloads and parts specs. The whole 15XX/25XX/35XX is for the customer to differentiate. As a few people have pointed out, even using the series, trucks have moved into different govt. weight classifications over the years depending on how you spec the truck when you order it...so by your logic, those are also outdated.
valhalla360 08/25/19 05:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: what defines a 3/4 ton?

Nothing defines a 3/4 ton. It is not a term used by the industry. It used to be defined by payload decades ago, but not anymore. The term 3/4 is subjective and can change from person to person in its meaning. What does matter is the class the vehicles is in which is based on GVWR. Most 3/4 tons are in class 2b which has a GVWR range from 8,501 to 10,000 lbs. About a decade a ago, all 3500 SRW trucks were in this class. Now most 350/3500 SRW truck are in class 3 which has a GVWR from 10,001 to 14,000 lbs. There is no law that states a manufacture has to put a 250/2500 truck in class 2b, and they can put them in class 3 if they want just like GM. They can also put a 350/3500 in class 2b like Ford does. However, the problem with class 3 for commercial fleets is that anything over 10,000 GVWR has added regulation and cost associated with them so it is beneficial for manufacturers to make their GVWR below 10,001 lbs. So to answer your question. The term 3/4 ton is just an old term that does not mean anything and is used by common folk because they don't know any better. Many still use it because that is what they were taught and they are resistant to change even if it incorrect. It is like the term "weight" many use for oil. It is incorrect, but people have been using it for years and are resistant to change. Like many terms they start with a technical definition but over time, the term sticks around but the definition may change. It's still standard usage to refer to 1/2, 3/4 and 1 ton trucks. And yes, you still see manufacturers referring to the highest rated ???? for a 1/2 ton truck in their advertisements and by automotive media when they do testing. It very much terminology still in use in the modern world. If you have a 250/2500 series truck and you tell someone you have a 3/4 ton truck, you will get a response appropriate to the truck you have. (If you refer to it as a 2500 series, you will likely get responses that call it a 3/4 ton.) If you look at the payload on your 1/2 ton truck and call it a 1 ton because it's one of the 1/2 ton trucks with a higher payload, you likely will get incorrect information. This is all well established and other than people trying to be pedantic, causes no confusion. Similar example: - We still call the pedal used to accelerate, the throttle even though diesels and many modern fuel injected cars do not have a traditional throttle. - It's also often refereed to as the gas pedal...even if it's a diesel engine. Most people have no idea that "throttle" refers to an engine part but in common usage it's the device that controls engine power.
valhalla360 08/24/19 04:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Restrictions on older RVs.

IMHO age restrictions at RV park are a stupid cop-out. The reason some parks have this restriction is because they have weak management of the park, so the owners say "don't take any RV over 10 years old" Smart ones go by condition rather than age. Sure wouldn't seem prudent to turn away a 25 year-old fully-restored airstream, yet let a 5 year old unit in with a couple of window units hanging on the side. Much easier to point to a simple age restriction when telling someone they can't come in as opposed to telling their rig looks like @#%#$. You can expect the later to start an argument and get negative feedback on review sites. Kind of hard to get into it if you have an 11yr old rig and they say 10yr old or newer. If you come in with a 15yr old rig that looks good, they just conveniently forget to ask.
valhalla360 08/24/19 03:53am Snowbirds
RE: Any American full-timers have experience w/ Tax Exclusion?

I do a fair bit of overseas work but not enough to qualify. Your passport stamps can document how much time you spent out of the country but check with the IRS in regards to what qualifies as your official residence/domicile. You might be in the right but still get a nasty audit because you are outside of the norm. Also, you need to check on how the online income will be reported. Typically, if it is for a job that occurs and is paid in the other country. If the online income shows up as US based income, it doesn't matter where your residence is. Per the IRS, if an American citizen passes the physical residence test (330+ days per year abroad) he/she qualifies for the exclusion regardless of where your employer is located. It's all about the nuts and bolts of proving you pass said test, which I can imagine proves difficult for a full-timer vs, say, someone living in a normal apartment. A final thought: If you are boondocking mostly, I'm guessing there isn't a ton of income involved. If you are only making say $30k/yr, is it worth the hassle? After standard deduction, you may only be paying 10% on $6-8k. If you can claim business expenses, it might not even be that much. Is it easier and more foolproof to just file and pay the taxes? I make around 90k. I have six figure federal student loan debt. Qualification for this exemption not only means that I avoid income taxes but also that my income based student loan payment falls to zero. In total, it's about 30k a year, which is substantial given my income. Definitely worth it. Thank you everyone for your opinions and information thus far. Although unlikely, if one of you reading this thread has actually done this and been audited, I'd love to hear from you. Thanks. It's not a question of where the company is located. It's where the "income" is located. If you are physically in Mexico but working for an Indiana company on a project remotely that is in Indiana...that's domestic income. Foreign income generally assumes it was work on foreign projects..it can be for a US Parent Company but the work must be associated with another country. It can get a little complicated depending on specifics but you haven't indicated you are working on a Mexican project for a company that happens to be US based so it's unlikely. Also, the 330 day rule is dependent on residency/domicile. If you just read the clif notes version, you may get in trouble later. As far as purposely not paying what you owe on your student loans, you may or may not get away with it legally but that is pure and simple theft ethically, since you have the ability to pay what you owe and you are purposely not paying it. Yes, it makes me mad because stupid politicians are trying to use MY TAX MONEY to pay off these loans.
valhalla360 08/22/19 12:11am Full-time RVing
RE: Restrictions on older RVs.

Printed books are outdated a week before they go to print. Use the websites (even those aren't always up to date). But really if the RV is otherwise looks to be in good condition, they usually just "forget" to ask about the age.
valhalla360 08/22/19 12:00am Snowbirds
RE: Any American full-timers have experience w/ Tax Exclusion?

I do a fair bit of overseas work but not enough to qualify. Your passport stamps can document how much time you spent out of the country but check with the IRS in regards to what qualifies as your official residence/domicile. You might be in the right but still get a nasty audit because you are outside of the norm. Also, you need to check on how the online income will be reported. Typically, if it is for a job that occurs and is paid in the other country. If the online income shows up as US based income, it doesn't matter where your residence is. A final thought: If you are boondocking mostly, I'm guessing there isn't a ton of income involved. If you are only making say $30k/yr, is it worth the hassle? After standard deduction, you may only be paying 10% on $6-8k. If you can claim business expenses, it might not even be that much. Is it easier and more foolproof to just file and pay the taxes?
valhalla360 08/21/19 01:01am Full-time RVing
RE: My 350/3500 is just too big to fit between the lines!

I can make her fit in a tight spot...but I usually go out towards the end and don't worry if I'm exact because there are 10 open spots between me and the next vehicle.
valhalla360 08/19/19 07:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Emergency escape thoughts...

Probably just stand up and walk out...assuming you have working legs still. Have you ever seen a MH roll over crash...they usually disintegrate.
valhalla360 08/19/19 06:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do we or don't we?

1. Health insurance - solutions? 2. Financial - income is going to drop A LOT! Now what? 3. Homestead - giving up a homestead, where are we resident? 4. Loss on the new TT, but truck was bought used at a good price. 5. Can we truly live as nomads? Suggestions, thoughts, honest opinions? 1. Go out and get some quotes. 2. You do have a household budget...correct? If not get on one now, so you have a good idea of what your expenses are and you can estimate future expenses better. (5th grade math, you can do it) 3. You are legally a resident of your last established residency until you establish a new one. If you are worried about mail, you can use a mail forwarding service. 4. Search for similar vehicles for sale and assume actual sales prices will be 20-30% below what they are listing (you might get more but you want to be conservative. 5. Sure...with the exception of your wife's condition. You don't need to share her medical details but if she's on disability, can she really handle the stairs and help you setting up the RV?
valhalla360 08/14/19 12:57am Full-time RVing
RE: Vanhool 45’ Electric Motorcoach. For the conversion crowd.

The school bus option is interesting. That would be a good option for electric drivetrain. Even in rural areas, most bus routes are capped at around an hour, so even a 60 mile range gives you sufficient capacity. Then the bus goes back to a yard where it can be plugged in to top up before the next run. If you are worried about longer range field trips, keep 5-10% of the fleet as diesel to cover that need. With operating ranges topping out (with the extra large battery pack) at around 200 miles, use as an RV seems pretty questionable.
valhalla360 08/14/19 12:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How High???

Look at the brochure...that should give you a pretty good idea. Problem is branches at campgrounds rarely have posted heights.
valhalla360 08/14/19 12:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Truck Caps

I've had both caps and covers. The covers seem to last about 2-3yrs and then need to be replaced as they wear out. Caps, I prefer the aluminum ones. They may not look as pretty but in a pinch, I could remove it by myself or do it easy with 1 other person (don't have to be particularly strong either). Had a fiberglass that I hated because it took at least 3 people to lift on and off.
valhalla360 08/08/19 01:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 7.3L gas power numbers

Lol Valhalla. Cmon man. You know better than that, or you've never driven a diesel with 2x or more the torque of the pickup in your sig line. That 2x more torque only matters if you run out and need more torque while in the lowest gear. If you are within limits, you won't run out of torque. Heck most people never fully utilize their diesel engine torque anyway. It's just that they like the feeling.
valhalla360 08/05/19 02:50am Tow Vehicles
Next time someone tells you you need a 1 ton dually

Just got back from Cambodia. Saw bigger heavier trailers...just didn't get a picture. https://valhalla433.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/img_20190730_0855545581.jpg height=400 width=400 And no he doesn't have trailer brakes. https://valhalla433.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/img_20190729_0838495661.jpg height=400 width=400 It was exciting when the tuktuks came to a stop light. They would simply steer into the oncoming traffic knowing they really couldn't stop.
valhalla360 08/04/19 10:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: proper hook up procedure?

Trailer brakes need the wheel to turn a bit to engage, so that's not viable. Use chocks but realistically, unless you get crazy slamming into the trailer, it's not an issue.
valhalla360 08/04/19 09:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ford 7.3L gas power numbers

I'm use to 900 Tq....don't know if I can go back to almost half of that :( Just drop down a gear or two...the rear axle will never know the difference. Unless you are pushing the very upper limits of the tow ratings and doing lots of mountain driving...the modern gas engines are overkill (diesel is just more overkill). Ughhh! It does’t work like that! Ughhh...actually that's exactly how it works.
valhalla360 08/04/19 09:01pm Tow Vehicles
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