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RE: Will Your Next Tow Vehicle be Electric?

As a tow vehicle? Not interested as I don't plan on buying a recreational vehicle that needs to be towed. Also keep in mind there is around 33 kWh in a gallon of gasoline. The average gas coach has a 70 gallon tank. That's a pretty big battery the weights only 420 pounds and can be recharged in about 10 minutes. Diesel is even bigger with a high power density and a bigger tank.
Dale.Traveling 05/26/20 12:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F53 V10 Manifold Bolts

72,000 miles on my 2006 stock V10 and no bolt failures. 90% of those miles are from May to September in the summer heat. The engine offset is only 45mm (less than 2 inches) to the curb side. I think you need to look more at the design of the coach house and airflow, or lack of flow, to help keep heat under control.
Dale.Traveling 05/20/20 12:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tankless water heater options on a 35' HR

There are small electric point of use tankless than might work. Either way the owner is looking at a few hundred just for material. Add in another couple of hundred more for the electrical and plumbing work if you or he can not do the mods for something new. Might need to consider either a repair of what's there or replace with the same. The coach probably has a 10 gallon which he could probably replace with a six which will free up a small bit of room plus would cost less than a 10 gal. Might be something used on eBay or Craigslist otherwise a new complete model is somewhat north of $300 with DSI (no pilot light) and secondary electric heating. Swapping for the same is not technically difficult and may be a two hour job.
Dale.Traveling 05/19/20 01:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How do I reach these clearance lights?

Hire a mobile tech and have ALL the clearance lights replaced with LEDs (will last many, many years) and to reseal the lights while the tech is up there. Maybe even reseal the whole roof is necessary.
Dale.Traveling 05/18/20 10:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coach battery replacement

Sam's Club Dural Cells in my coach. House has a pair of GC2's that will keep the 10 cu ft residential fridge going all night while the V10 starts easily on a group 65 size battery.
Dale.Traveling 05/07/20 12:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: High end gasser or entry level DP

Difficult selection. The newer gas rigs are getting pretty close to the mid priced diesel concerning the house side living amenities. A Newmar Canyon Star or a Tiffin Open Road Allegro will give a entry level DP a run for the money once parked at the campsite. The DP will out class a gas rig when going down the road but considering the ratio of time parked as compared to time actually moving it makes the decision all the more difficult. If I was considering going full time then a diesel pusher, part time it's a flip of a coin while weekends are for gasoline.
Dale.Traveling 05/01/20 08:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Buyers market?

What type of market it happens to be is difficult to predict. Keep in mind that for a good number of owners having an RV is a discretionary finical expense and when things get bad the rig likely needs to go away, fast, as in before that bank comes to take it, which could flood the used market driving prices down over time. If you find something tomorrow that fits your needs and budget then make the move and don't look back.
Dale.Traveling 03/26/20 08:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: As requested, Red Max Pro instructions

I've found the liquid a bit easier to use (call it portion control) than powdered. For anyone considering using Red Max, or the replacement Zep, this works very well for weather beaten for gel coated fiberglass. If your rig is painted and clear coated stay with convention automotive materials and methods. I've been using Zep for eight years on my 2006 coach with no yellowing, peeling, clouding or other problems. Each spring the exterior gets a detailed deep cleaning followed by a two or three light recoats and the exterior looks new again and will until next spring.
Dale.Traveling 03/20/20 07:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Please advise - determining max tow capacity

Ford, not Thor, establishes the various weight limits of the chassis (GAWR, GVWR and GCWR) so you need to research using Ford as the base. Historically the limit has been 26,000 lbs for the F53 except for the largest of the chassis models which has a combined limit of 30,000 lbs. Also, even though the coach is a Thor 2017 model the chassis model year can be an earlier version. You need to check the Ford incomplete vehicle stickers or decode the VIN to determine the exact chassis you have.
Dale.Traveling 01/27/20 04:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Free Streaming on Android

I watch "Pluto" on my home TV. The capability (software) was included with the TV. It's more or less a multi channel streaming service but with scheduled shows rather than viewer selecting what to watch that say Hulu, Netflix or Amazon provides. Channels are based on the content provided. Travel, DIY, cooking, foreign language, MTV,,,. And keep in mind the content is free but you're still burning thru what ever your phone data limit might be, if you have a limit.
Dale.Traveling 01/13/20 04:21am Technology Corner
RE: Self Driving 18 wheeler Going 75 MPH

I suspect rather than a full up autonomous the rig is probably set up for lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise and blind spot monitoring. Common options for the daily driver vehicle and can easily be adaptive to OTR prime movers. The hardware and liability cost in a commercial application of full autonomous might be prohibitive until the technology matures a bit more. What I wonder about is what the various state/federal DOT regs will look like along with insurance policy mice type once full autonomous drive becomes a standard option from more builders then just Tesla. Will Unattentive Autonomous Operation (UAO) be the new legal acronym?
Dale.Traveling 01/04/20 05:19am Around the Campfire
RE: Refrigerator question for you class A campers

We have had a Winnebago View class C for about 5 years, and a 5er for the decade before. We think at times of a larger class A for part timing in retirement. Many have commercial refrigerators. How do you keep your food cold when camping in a no hookup CG such as a national park. Can’t run the generator 24/7. Thanks, Steve A battery bank properly sized to support the house loads for 24-36 hours, energy conservation, a few 100 watts of roof solar helps reduce generator dependency, generator use to recharge the bank in the morning and evenings.
Dale.Traveling 12/19/19 03:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Upgrade V-10 to Turbo?

A turbo V10 installed on a F53 is going to be a pretty rare item. I can't recall a kit type bolt on set up even for a F series truck let alone a F53. I'm sure it can be done but the cost will be high and the return low unless you're driving 10K+ miles a year in the Rocky Mountains.
Dale.Traveling 12/01/19 09:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: .

I have a 13 year old coach with 75,000 miles and the front cap looks fine. Not sure why I would spend any of my RV/Camping budget to prevent something that isn't happening.
Dale.Traveling 11/18/19 08:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winter Storage

With power electrical available cycle the inverter side of the Magnum MS2000 OFF and leave the battery switches ON. With the coach asleep for the winter you won't need the inverter in a ready/standby state to come online if case of a power failure. Keeping the battery switches ON will allow the converter/charger side of the Magnum to keep the batteries fully charged. Check the battery water level from time to time the same as you would during the summer. If you did not have AC power available then the battery switches should be switched to OFF.
Dale.Traveling 11/14/19 03:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wanna bring a golf cart and a Jeep towed

Well Thank you all for the spot on advise. @Dale.Traveling thanks for the heads up. The cricket mini golf cart has me intrigued. That may be deal moving forward. Thanks again. Bob Seen pics of a Cricket folded up and in the back of a Honda CR-V. Not sure how you could bring it along and tow the Wrangler. Maybe the swivel wheel platform on the Wrangle. At 300 lbs shouldn't be a problem. Cricket
Dale.Traveling 11/14/19 03:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wanna bring a golf cart and a Jeep towed

We're selling our vacation home in SW Fla and plan on using our Challenger for future vacations of a month to 6 weeks. I'm thinking I might want to buy a golf cart to bring along with my Jeep towed. Is there a way to do this? Maybe something to put the golf cart on and then hook up the Jeep. Couple of problems you're up against. 1. Double towing. Hit or miss on not getting pulled over in states that do not allow such. 2. Towing weight limits of a Ford F53. The Damon is a nice coach but the F53 it's built on is pretty much limited to 5K lbs towing and maybe even less depending on which chassis model. Your at 4,500 lbs for the Jeep add in potentially 1500 lbs for a light trailer and golf cart puts you beyond the chassis limits. Trailing the Jeep and golf cart will put you well beyond the limits of the chassis. No worries taking one or the other but the only way to safely get by with both is if the someone else drives the Jeep with the golf cart behind it on a trailer.
Dale.Traveling 11/13/19 02:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome Crashes Into Las Vegas Casino

Considering how much stuff is visible in the rear window I wonder what the coach looks like on the inside? Motorhomeless and guest of the state for a while.
Dale.Traveling 10/26/19 06:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Almost lost a mud flap...

I would replace or rehang. It does offer some protection to the whatever on the coach is behind the rear wheels from whatever the tires might pick up and eject in the rear ward direction at a nearly the speed of sound.
Dale.Traveling 10/15/19 12:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Good news... dreaming of BEV Class A

Uh, there you go you naysayer you. I'm a full-fledged EV naysayer to the extent that EV's won't be practical till they have the cross-country range and can be "re-fueled" as quickly as a gas/diesel vehicle. When that happens I may be on board. Exactly, if it's going to take in excess of 40 hours to recharge a depleted 500kW battery from a campground 12kW outlet then what is the gain? And does anyone really expect a long haul CDL driver to politely wait behind an RV to recharge his rig at the interstate off ramp super-duper charging station?
Dale.Traveling 09/23/19 07:35pm Class A Motorhomes
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