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RE: Weight of travel trailer

I pull my 20' Nash 19B trailer with my F150 (see signature) and I have no problem pulling it, except going up inclines greater than 6%. On those occasions, max speed is 25 mph and I monitor the tranny temp. The GVWR for my Nash is 7000 lbs with a carrying weight of about half that, and a hitch weight of around 350 lbs. The GVWR for Transcend Grand Design 30' is almost 10,000 lbs with a carrying weight of 7820 lbs, and a hitch weight of 780 lbs (2x my Nash). https://www.granddesignrv.com/showroom/2021/travel-trailer/transcend-xplor/floorplans/30rbs My F150 has a maximum towing capacity of 9300 lbs, with a payload of 1670 (or about 1300 lbs after trailer is hitched). Assuming your daughter's F150 has a payload of 1670, then once she hitches the trailer, her payload will be less than 1000 lbs. Add a few riders in the cab, camping gear in the truck bed and full tank of gas--and poof, your at the maximum. But the trailer you posted is almost 35’ and your truck is 16 years older and your trailer much smaller and lighter so not sure what comparison you’re trying to make. Just sharing my experiences.
Timmo! 06/13/21 10:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Still very tempting to buy my totaled TT back

Oh, I am not saying its NOT doable and that there might be some intrinsic value in the deal, just suggesting the TT will always be "damaged". So in addition to the usual TT maintenance we all are blessed with, there will also be "salvaged" maintenance. One reason why many of us buy new TT's (which the OP did) is to enjoy years of "trouble free" use. If the OP wanted a fixer up project, then he certainly could have purchased a damaged trailer and created the workplace to work on said project. But he bought new for immediate enjoyment and now has this "opportunity". But, if one can acquire something damaged for $4k, refurbish it for a couple of stacks of Benjamins, then use it or sell it for a profit--who am I to stand in the way? Some of us buy new (paying a premium), some of us buy used (paying a discount), and some of us buy fixer upper (purchasing parts and contributing one's labor). All are good paths to the same destination.
Timmo! 06/11/21 08:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Still very tempting to buy my totaled TT back

You can paint black stripes on a white horse and lead it across the river, but it will always be a horse, never a zebra. A "totaled vehicle" will have a "salvaged" registration, and will always be valued accordingly (which means little resale value). Have you ever been inside a TT while it is traveling down the road? It is like riding out an earthquake--the inside sways left-right and everything squeaks and rumbles. Something in my old demented brain says not all damage will be visual to the naked eye--and the unseen/unknown damage will keep you busy playing repair guy every summer, and will cost more than $5k to fix.
Timmo! 06/10/21 08:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Weight of travel trailer

I pull my 20' Nash 19B trailer with my F150 (see signature) and I have no problem pulling it, except going up inclines greater than 6%. On those occasions, max speed is 25 mph and I monitor the tranny temp. The GVWR for my Nash is 7000 lbs with a carrying weight of about half that, and a hitch weight of around 350 lbs. The GVWR for Transcend Grand Design 30' is almost 10,000 lbs with a carrying weight of 7820 lbs, and a hitch weight of 780 lbs (2x my Nash). https://www.granddesignrv.com/showroom/2021/travel-trailer/transcend-xplor/floorplans/30rbs My F150 has a maximum towing capacity of 9300 lbs, with a payload of 1670 (or about 1300 lbs after trailer is hitched). Assuming your daughter's F150 has a payload of 1670, then once she hitches the trailer, her payload will be less than 1000 lbs. Add a few riders in the cab, camping gear in the truck bed and full tank of gas--and poof, your at the maximum.
Timmo! 06/10/21 07:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Level

Old school (as in low technology) here. I have one of these graduated "inclinometers" attached to front TT frame (next to the LP tanks) and use leveling boards under the tires to obtain "zero bubble". https://image.fisheriessupply.com/c_lpad,dpr_auto,d_imageComingSoon-tiff/f_auto/v1/static-images/308904_sci_376828_ppm-tif width=700 I then place a small carpenter's level on the floor and crank the trailer jack to finish the job.
Timmo! 06/09/21 07:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Spiders

Perhaps explaining to your GF that spiders are really a first line of bug defense, as they are carnivores and munch on flies, cockroaches, earwigs, mosquitoes, fleas, moths, ants, gnats and of course, other spiders. My wife used to be squeamish and squash every spider she come across, but since she understands their spot in bug "food chain"--she accommodates them. BTW, we are not arachnophiles--but when we see a herd of spiders, then we know we may have a big bug problem.
Timmo! 06/08/21 09:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Generators!! Yes YOU!

We run our quite Honda generator each morning to charge the TT batteries; we usually camp far away from the next person as we are in the "live and let live" camp.
Timmo! 06/01/21 08:41am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Inflated hopes for EV P/U

And I wonder how many miles the BEV truck must be driven before it's accumulated carbon footprint becomes smaller than the ICE version. I speculate the crossover point will be in the neighborhood of 70k-100k miles.
Timmo! 05/27/21 07:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: suggestions for screen door with dog

When training our GSD puppy (who grew to 130 lbs) we used those plastic expandable baby gates to teach him to respect boundaries. And the best part is they leave no trace, as there are no screws or brackets. http://cdn1.viewpoints.com/pro-product-photos/000/377/849/300/1312747235-665523_full.jpg
Timmo! 05/21/21 05:41am Tech Issues
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

One ugly wrinkle is gas for generators, can't get that from the OEM tank very easy (yeah siphoning is one option, but burping gas fumes can ruin a good martini). Depending on the drive, I am guilty of packing 7 gallon gas tanks. When we lived in the void south of Oregon and north of Mexico, driving 300+ miles to Eastern Sierras was the norm. Now that we live in Pacific Northwest, lol, if I drive 100 miles, I probably passed by a few hundred excellent camping spots. What a difference a day makes.
Timmo! 05/21/21 05:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

Back in the day, when our camping excursions included south of California border, filling up the truck and half dozen military style gas tanks/cans in El Centro allowed me to never have to deal with the watered down Mex gas. And back in the Carter days with gas rationing, like many of us, we would slip to the front of the line and fill up gas cans--avoiding having to play the "even - odd" day game. So--if one is creative and thinks outside the box...if there is a will, then there is a way. Carter days? Are you making a political statement implying the fuel issues of that time was caused by actions of the president? I thought he was doing what he could to protect the country from outside influences he could not control. Of course many people always assumed rules where written to control them, not to help everybody. LOL, as an Indie (neither R or D) I freely speak my mind without worrying about trying to maintain some crazy political allegiance. And yes I lived through the Carter days and economically, it sucked. I think we can agree, every leader "does what he could to protect"... (their constituents)..."from outside influences he could not control", it's part of the job of being a leader. IMO, if any leader (prez, gov, mayor) chooses to bask in the sunlight of good news during their watch, then they should also embrace the cloudy days of bad news. Agree?
Timmo! 05/20/21 08:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

What percentage of hydrogen fuel will be green by 2024 (phase 1 of the Vulcan plan)? I absolutely love it when proponents of BEV, technology and infrastructure still years away, put down other technologies because technology and infrastructure is years away. Amen brother. It seems the "zero tailpipe emission" goal only applies to vehicles that are plugged into an electric grid that is 62% dirty, and poo poo all other options. Makes this mind wonder what the original agenda is? In 2019, power plants that burned coal, natural gas, and petroleum fuels were the source of about 62% of total U.S. electricity generation, but they accounted for 99% of U.S. electricity-related CO2 emissions. https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?id=74&t=11
Timmo! 05/19/21 07:35am Around the Campfire
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

BC, let's not be so reactive. All those arguments you have in your head, were once used by big oil against BEVs. Why are BEV owners using "big oil" arguments against FCEVs? Threat of competition? I dunno, but since I'm an open minded contrarian, I see the place for both technologies, not the binary mindset of "my way or no way". We all know the problem with BEV's---low mileage capacity, hours to charge, lack of clean electric power, and the prospect for long-term shortage of key metals, such as lithium, cobalt, nickel, and manganese...not to mention the "questionable practices applicable to the their extraction". "Unlike for light vehicles, battery EVs are not currently a viable prospect for commercial road transport, owing to their heavy weight and long charging times. Fuel cell technology is therefore the most credible alternative to diesel for heavy trucks and buses at present." https://www.spglobal.com/ratings/en/research/articles/210422-the-hydrogen-economy-for-light-vehicles-hydrogen-is-not-for-this-decade-11911374
Timmo! 05/18/21 12:07pm Around the Campfire
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

What type of batteries are being used in the available FCEVs? Perhaps lithium ion to store the energy captured during regenerative braking and to provide more current during acceleration? Perhaps you are confused. Hydro FCEV's do not use batteries (period). Methinks, within a decade, BEV's old fashion battery design will be obsolete; just like VHS tape. "Through an electro-chemical process, a hydrogen fuel cell converts hydrogen to electricity. The electricity from the fuel cell drives an electric motor. The hydrogen tank can be refilled in five minutes, and a full tank delivers a range similar to gas-powered vehicles." And if you actually read the Forbes article I linked to, then you would have read these words: Nikola has a letter of intent from TTSI to purchase 100 Tre trucks—30 powered solely by batteries and 70 longer-range versions with a hydrogen fuel cell system. The test phase includes two battery models and two fuel cell trucks. And to reiterate, with hydro FCEV's no reason to mine and drill for lithium. Hence, less damage to Mother Earth.
Timmo! 05/18/21 11:30am Around the Campfire
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

Perhaps some hydro FCEV naysayers ought to reconsider--- What is the difference between a battery-powered electric vehicle and a fuel cell electric vehicle? In a lithium battery-powered electric vehicle, a battery stores electricity that drives an electric motor. Depending on the charging system, recharging a lithium battery can take hours. Through an electro-chemical process, a hydrogen fuel cell converts hydrogen to electricity. The electricity from the fuel cell drives an electric motor. The hydrogen tank can be refilled in five minutes, and a full tank delivers a range similar to gas-powered vehicles. https://i.imgur.com/vn4oIcVl.png https://www.sierranevadaally.org/2021/05/05/hydrogen-fuel-cell-vehicles-are-building-momentum-in-california/ California SB-18 Green electrolytic hydrogen. Bill Summary: This bill would require the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to prepare a strategic plan for accelerating the production and use of hydrogen in California and an analysis of how curtailed electrical generation could be better utilized to meet the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals. https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billAnalysisClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220SB18 Electric semitruck developer Nikola Corp. has a new collaboration to test its zero-emission commercial vehicles with one of the biggest trucking companies at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that may result in the sale of 100-battery and hydrogen fuel cell-powered big rigs. ...“The Nikola Tre trucks are exactly the type of zero-emission solution we need to be using at the port,” TTSI President Vic LaRosa said in a statement. “Our trucks operate for 18 to 20 hours a day making the benefits of the Nikola portfolio a perfect match for our needs. The expected availability of the BEV aligns with our desire to reach our sustainability goals quickly and the FCEV is ideal for longer-range applications.” The first Tre trucks, powered by batteries and able to travel up to 350 miles per charge, are to get to customers this year. Longer-range Tres using fuel cell systems and able to travel up to 500 miles go into production in 2023. https://www.forbes.com/sites/alanohnsman/2021/05/06/nikola-may-snag-order-for-100-battery-hydrogen-big-rigs-from-los-angeles-ports-trucker/?sh=1b141a9a21be Imagine seeing the highways with long haul emission free trucks that have a 900 mile capacity, 645 continuous horse power, that can be "fully charged" in less than 20 minutes....without evil lithium batteries https://nikolamotor.com/two And here are the early innovators for emission free FCEV cars-- https://www.toyota.com/mirai/ https://www.hyundaiusa.com/us/en/vehicles/nexo https://www.gmhydrotec.com/product/public/us/en/hydrotec/Home.html https://www.audi.com/en/experience-audi/models-and-technology/concept-cars/audi-h-tron-quattro.html https://www.nissan-global.com/EN/TECHNOLOGY/OVERVIEW/fcv.html https://www.daimler.com/products/passenger-cars/mercedes-benz/glc-f-cell.html Yep, I stand by my earlier observation that hydrogen is a better play than BEV's dependency on lithium drilling/mining (aka destroying Mother Earth).
Timmo! 05/18/21 08:48am Around the Campfire
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

Must be great to live in a "binary world" where there are only two options or solutions to every issue: Good or Bad (never mediocrity). BEV or ICEV (hybrid and hydro fuel cells need not apply). Hot or Cold (never warm). Black or White (ignore the infinite shades of gray). My way or "no way" (ignoring personal liberties and preferences). BTW, give me an issue, and I'll give you a tissue.... (Lou Reed)
Timmo! 05/17/21 09:49am Around the Campfire
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

Back in the day, when our camping excursions included south of California border, filling up the truck and half dozen military style gas tanks/cans in El Centro allowed me to never have to deal with the watered down Mex gas. And back in the Carter days with gas rationing, like many of us, we would slip to the front of the line and fill up gas cans--avoiding having to play the "even - odd" day game. So--if one is creative and thinks outside the box...if there is a will, then there is a way.
Timmo! 05/17/21 09:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nash 18FM

lol...computer gremlins caused tiple post.
Timmo! 05/17/21 09:15am Travel Trailers
RE: Nash 18FM

lol...computer gremlins caused tiple post.
Timmo! 05/17/21 09:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Nash 18FM

Nash 19b owner here. Bought new in 2000 and running strong today. Two things sold us on Nash over other TT (including our 1st choice, Airstream): Insulation--when salesman was showing different brands, all the Nash's were significantly cooler. And for a TT in the 20' range, it had the most features and comforts. Water and holding tanks are larger than most TT of larger lengths. Negative issues: The upper bunk above the couch conversion was, well, more for show than functionality. I modified it and it is now a 2 shelf storage area--as there was a shortage of space for folded clothes and towels. Nice to be able to roll our memory foam mattress pad and store it on the top shelf and there is enough width and height to store our clothes in medium sized plastic totes on the bottom shelf. The couch conversion bed was between "double" and "queen" size bed, and the pull out design was kinda hookey. I added 6 inches in width (now queen size) and the pullout with heavy duty ball bearing "drawer slides". I now have the beautiful option of using the couch cushions for the "bed", or best yet....lay a real full size queen mattress on top of the cushions. Of course with the mattress, losing the couch sitting space area is no biggy for the two of us, as the dinette is where we usually sit. Sleeping on a nice queen size mattress (and not having to convert the bed back to couch) is nice, almost like sleeping at home....lol, but will never compare with our California King Temperpedic in our bedroom at home. Would I buy this model and brand again? Yes.
Timmo! 05/17/21 09:03am Travel Trailers
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