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RE: Feedback on $50 Onan carbs on Amazon?

I saw two OEM Onan carbs in this same link (one ~$300, another ~$450) that only had 4.0 and 4.4 reviews, respectively. Only did a quick 30 sec look. There could be more. I find that interesting. I'm getting more and more skeptical regarding Amazon "reviews". In many cases, seemingly, a lot of 'em don't know what they're doing. They buy the wrong product, it doesn't work, and then they give the product a bad review. The star rating is certainly just a starting point. You need to read thru and see what they are saying. This is nothing new and nothing specific to amazon. Reviews are still very useful...if you pay attention to what is being said.
valhalla360 02/01/23 11:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Feedback on $50 Onan carbs on Amazon?

I recently purchased a cheap Chinese carb because the OE part was on backorder (and still is) since June (for a Stihl pole saw). I have been reluctant to install it. Granted, carbs aren't the most complicated things on the planet, but these knock offs are straight copies of the originals - including any flaws that are in the few pieces they copied into mass production. The manufacturer of the knock off doesn't know why one dimension is what they measured it at (tolerances aren't defined), nor does he understand the materials, surfaces finishes, etc. It is blind copy and that is why it is cheap. Furthermore, it's likely the manufacturing processes are uncontrolled, and quality varies widely. The OE part is expensive because there was a staff of professionals behind its development, it was validated in a certified laboratory, and it was made in a controlled facility (even if it may have been overseas). These are things to consider when placing parts on expensive systems. Naw, they simply know a lot of people will buy the OEM part...just because they don't know any better. When they sell it for 10 times what it should cost, they don't don't care if it scares off 50% of the potential buyers. Ever notice with car insurance, unless you have a specific rider, insurance will typically only pay for equivalent parts...because they work fine 99% of the time. If the after market brake brands failed regularly, it would cost the insurance company more than paying for the high price OEM brakes.
valhalla360 02/01/23 11:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Feedback on $50 Onan carbs on Amazon?

This is why a certain Country owns us, people are happy to buy the CHEAP option over and over again. I am sure you have looked into re building the carb? Tried cleaning a Kawasaki on a golf cart. Messed with it and messed with it. Finally talked to a buddy good with small engines and he told me to just by a cheap knock off for a 1/10th the price of the name brand part. 10 min work to swap it out and it ran fine for the next year until I sold the cart.
valhalla360 02/01/23 11:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Roadtrip by car vs RV, a couple of thoughts...

Never tried to justify costs of one over the other for any given trip. Learned our lesson years ago with a cheap weekend in Vegas that wound up costing 4 times what we expected when all was done and said because we didn't take the time to price out all the misc costs. Now we do a quick calculation when comparing travel options including most of the misc stuff (gas, meals, entrance fees, parking, local transport, etc...). We don't always take the cheapest option but we have a good idea of what it's going to cost us ahead of time. We have a simple spreadsheet that helps us remember most of the costs to check. Budgeting and planning allowed us to semi-retire at 37 (work part time while traveling 80-90% of the time) and fully retired last month at 52. Tracking the costs is well worth it for us. Example: In April, we are flying back into Michigan from overseas for a few days to take care of some personal stuff. Then we need to get to Montana to pick up the RV before heading north to Alaska. - Flights into Detroit were running $800. Chicago was running $600 but we would have to drive an hour further to get to our destination (mid-Michigan). For $400 savings, well worth it. - Departing Michigan, tickets to Montana were running $450. On a whim checked Amtrak and for $600 we get a roomette. Costs more but saves us a hotel night cost and we have some heavy stuff that would be require an extra baggage fee with the airlines. Still probably a little more costly but also a bit of an experience since time is not pressing.
valhalla360 02/01/23 11:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Replacing AC; can a 15k btu go where a 13.5k btu used to be?

The mounts/cutout are standard, so no problem.
valhalla360 01/31/23 07:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Diesel to Gas Power Observation

It is not suprising. Gas is cheaper right now. I have been driving diesels since 2000. The price of diesel vs gas has swung back and forth many times since then. Twice there was a pipeline problem and gas just wasn't availible. There are two constants. Gas propenents will always crow about how smart they were when gas is cheaper, and fall silent when it is not.... And diesel ALWAYs gets about 30% better MPGs When was gas not available? I've had a drivers license since the 1980's, never had an issue where there wasn't gas available. Also, it's been at least a couple decades since diesel was cheaper than gas per gallon. The last year or so, it's been more than enough to cover any MPG improvements.
valhalla360 01/31/23 07:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel to Gas Power Observation

With diesel running 20-30% more per gallon and getting 20-30% more MPG...any claims of fuel efficiency gains becomes a wash. And with gas engines capable of ever larger tow ratings, much of the diesel advantage goes away. Especially when looking at up front costs. I would still lean diesel if over 14-16k but much below that range, gas is a very effective combination. In the middle of that range it would likely depend on the number of miles and driving conditions.
valhalla360 01/30/23 10:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Frame Stiffing to reduce Porpoising?

I am curious if the weight rating is primarily given for a load low in the bed with less front to rear rotational mass. I mean to say a load 4000# of gravel vs 4000# gooseneck vs 4000# truck camper are very different on the dynamic frame stress even if the static downward pressure is the same. Most certainly it does. That's why they provide a separate LOWER payload for truck camper use.
valhalla360 01/30/23 10:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Frame Stiffing to reduce Porpoising?

I don't know how this is turning into an argument about weight but since that seems to be the focal point of this thread... .......... So you have a payload available of 3600lb (maybe less for the truck camper specific payload rating), far less than you suggested. Your camper is 3000lb...supposedly based on the sticker but truck campers are known for being way over weight. In a best case scenario you have 600lb for gear and people. It's really easy to eat up 600lb. As suggested before, best to get the weight fully loaded as if you are headed out camping.
valhalla360 01/30/23 06:12am Truck Campers
RE: Frame Stiffing to reduce Porpoising?

Executive Summary: ....... Excellent breakdown of the subject but I'm betting the OP just keeps insisting that it's OK because he wants confirmation, not an actual answer because it's most likely not the answer he will ike.
valhalla360 01/29/23 06:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Verizon Grandfathered Unlimited Plan

Thanks for the info guys. I just called Verizon & the support guy informed me that they can be leased / rented out. If anyone is interested, I have ONE extra Hotspot/SIM on the Grandfathered plan that I don't know what to do with. But why would you bother when you can just get an unlimited plan directly? These grandfathered plans were/are true unlimited high speed plans. Unlimited plans today offer XXX amount of true high speed data and then they are either network managed or the speed drops to very low, almost unusable levels. These SIMs also give unlimited data to Verizon hot spots. For anyone that needs lots of true high speed data, this is a fantastic plan. I've exceeded the "high speed" and it was still quite usable including streaming. 8-10yrs ago, it was a big deal. Now, not so much and expect with starlink competition, the cell companies are going to have to fight for customers, so expect plans to get cheaper and you will see an increase in data before throttling. Also, since throttling is something they do quietly if the system is overloaded, who says they aren't throttling these older plans. I've never received a notice and even after I know I'm well above when in rural areas (ie: unlikely for the system to be maxed out), speed tests often exceed the supposed throttling limits. PS: the OP indicated using 1-2 TB...that's a massive amount of data far beyond typical usage. Your average RV'er playing on the internet and steaming 4-5 devices simultaneous for 6-8hrs per day isn't going to use that much.
valhalla360 01/29/23 06:12pm Technology Corner
RE: Cassiar Highway

Hi, all I have to admit I am disappointed. I do not expect to be questioned about decisions I have made regarding my travels. I was looking for an answer to my original post : " Our preference would be for a two way communicator or phone, and I am looking for recommendations of somewhere we could rent one in Seattle and return it in Anchorage. Any help would be much appreciated! " In the answers I have received only one has made a suggestion! All the best to you all. Not questioning your decisions, just trying to figure out what the problem is. You can certainly take a cell phone and cruise ships certainly have wifi (not cheap or fast but they have it).
valhalla360 01/29/23 06:05pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Bill giving residents priority at booking FL state parks

“Subsidized” seems to be the wrong word. From the Florida State Parks Foundation website; “STATEWIDE ECONOMIC DATA IN 2022, FLORIDA STATE PARKS & TRAILS SERVED MORE THAN 32 MILLION VISITORS GENERATING: - $4.4 billion direct economic impact on local economies throughout the state, - Over $267 million was contributed to the state’s general revenues in the form of state sales taxes, - More than 55,000 jobs were supported by state park operations.” According to media reports, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which oversees the Florida Park Service, has a budget this year of $4.2 billion. It looks like they return far more money to the economy than they take out. Lots of random numbers with no distinction between resident vs non-resident spending. And as someone else mentioned, Spending $4,200,000,000 to gain $267,000,000 sure doesn't sound like a big tax/profit maker...much more like a subsidy.
valhalla360 01/29/23 06:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bill giving residents priority at booking FL state parks

Staying an allowed 14 days at parks isn't exactly gaming the system. If that's not desired then reduce stays to seven days, three days or whatever. How is an ocupancy rate of 28 percent (weekend two nights out of seven) justifiable? No but I've heard couples bragging how the guy will reserve for 14 days, then the gal will reserve the next 14 days...repeat. No one suggests the occupancy will be 28%. Snowbirds who are not gaming the system could easily take advantage of midweek openings.
valhalla360 01/29/23 05:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: best route, West to East?

80 : From Salt Lake City to Rock Springs will be the most mountains you deal with on 80. More trucks on 80 and pretty boring ride - long stretches of barren countryside. I get nervous when fuel starts getting below a half tank. 70: Don't know how you will get from NorCal to 70 because it starts at I-15. Much more mountains from there until you get through Denver. THat is another PIA for me. Personally, I would run 80 even if it might be more boring and fewer potential fuel stops. Another vote for I-80 over I-70 for an easier on the drivetrain route. I-70 is prettier but that's because it's got more mountains, which make for the tougher climbs. Doable but tougher but really not a huge difference. Maybe save 150miles of relatively boring drive in eastern Wyoming (really just relative to coming out of the mountains down into hills) but once you get to either Nebraska state line or Denver (roughly same longitude) either route is a lot of ranch/farm land. We did I-80 WB 2 yrs ago and never had any worry about fuel. Does your RV have a particularly short range?
valhalla360 01/28/23 01:06am Roads and Routes
RE: Bill giving residents priority at booking FL state parks

Now you’re talking about a whole other kettle of (really stinky) fish, PROFIT. I was talking about “costs” and more particularly “subsidies”. Further still, there’s a whole other topic which I won’t go into, other than to mention it, not discuss it, that is can you even use the word “profit” when you’re talking about a public service? Obviously there will be a few how would like the sale of public lands to pay down debt and have “State Parks” become “private” for-profit parks, but that’s not the subject here. So you are suggesting the land has no value if it's owned by the citizens of the state but privately owned property has value? That makes no sense. Hate to see it happen but these valuable pieces of property could be sold in many cases for astronomical amounts and (at least in theory) used to reduce taxes. It's only if you decide to ignore all the financials that you can claim it's not subsidized.
valhalla360 01/28/23 12:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bill giving residents priority at booking FL state parks

So what is going to be done about state parks being mostly empty five nights out of seven because weekends are booked instantly, blocking out anyone who wants to stay longer? Force one-week or two-week reservations only, all others first-come first-served? It's part of the same tangled mess. If snowbirds are just using them as a short term vacation, go in for 4-5 nights midweek or check last minute openings when people cancel. We've done exactly this when going into prime areas during longer term travels. If you are planning to game the system staying long term over the winter by jumping between parks or worse getting reservations in your name then your wife's name then repeat, you lose and I'm OK if the residents want to curb that.
valhalla360 01/28/23 12:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Verizon Grandfathered Unlimited Plan

Thanks for the info guys. I just called Verizon & the support guy informed me that they can be leased / rented out. If anyone is interested, I have ONE extra Hotspot/SIM on the Grandfathered plan that I don't know what to do with. But why would you bother when you can just get an unlimited plan directly?
valhalla360 01/28/23 12:43am Technology Corner
RE: Cassiar Highway

How would the cruise line know if you had a spot? Can you share a link to the prohibition because I'm betting you are misunderstanding something. Probably wouldn't have worked folks up if you had been clear about the 4-5 days only including the 450mile stretch (not Seattle to the cruise port in Alaska as your post seems to imply) because I had the same thought, particularly since you indicated you are from the UK and lots of overseas folks have no concept of how big the USA & Canada are. As I say, I apologise for the misunderstanding. In its list of prohibited items Princess cruises include sattelite beacons, and my husband checked with our personal advisor who checked with the cruise line who stated that no satellite beacons or communicators are allowed on board. I assume that they would pick it up on a baggage scan. I'm still wanting to see the actual unedited statement from the cruise line. No idea what your "personal advisor" is (travel agent?) or where he is getting his information or if he is misunderstanding what the cruise line requirements are. I mean, you could argue a cell phone qualifies as it picks up GPS satellite signals and I don't see them banning cell phones any time soon. I'm still betting on it being a misunderstanding.
valhalla360 01/28/23 12:41am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Verizon Grandfathered Unlimited Plan

Is there something better for rural areas these days, or?Starlink. The only downside is Starlink is new, so it may be a bit of a moving target (that said, we are planning to get one this spring). But really the "grandfathered unlimited cell plans" are old news. You can get new unlimited plans now. But reality is you already have a grandfathered plan or you don't, so it's really just a curiosity.
valhalla360 01/27/23 01:20am Technology Corner
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