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RE: Do you think a front cargo rack is too dangerous?

Where/how would I find an expert to check it out? I like that idea, but I don't have any idea who to consult. I don't have a lot of weight on the rack. Less than 100 pounds, and it is rated for 500. The roof is not an option for me; I can't be climbing that ladder all the time. If it's rated for 500 and installed correctly, it has been reviewed. Unless the weight is distributed in an unusual way, it shouldn't be an issue. That said, a dual receiver or otherwise stabilized system is much better.
valhalla360 11/14/19 11:36am Tech Issues
RE: 4 sec 0-60 in an EcoBoost F150

I'm impressed that the rest of the drivetrain can hold that power. Once the drivetrain can handle spinning the wheels...more HP doesn't put more stress on an empty truck...at least nothing significant. It can't put more torque on the drivetrain as the wheels just spin releasing the excess torque. That said modern stock engines are incredibly powerful compared to 30-40yrs ago. I believe last time Andre was there testing a tuned EcoBoost F150, he sheared the driveshaft off due to excessive torque and traction. Drag racing is hard on most drivetrains. Keep drag racing with a tuned 5L and you will likely break something sooner or later.
valhalla360 11/14/19 11:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: 4 sec 0-60 in an EcoBoost F150

I'm impressed that the rest of the drivetrain can hold that power. Once the drivetrain can handle spinning the wheels...more HP doesn't put more stress on an empty truck...at least nothing significant. It can't put more torque on the drivetrain as the wheels just spin releasing the excess torque. That said modern stock engines are incredibly powerful compared to 30-40yrs ago.
valhalla360 11/13/19 10:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Do you think a front cargo rack is too dangerous?

If under-designed or overloaded...sure it's a bad thing. If properly designed and loaded...no particular concern other than not parking too close to vehicles and fixed objects.
valhalla360 11/13/19 10:40am Tech Issues
RE: in need of macerating toilet options advice.

Over the deepest part of the tank, is best as that's where the solids will land in water rather than on dry bottom. Having spent time boat boating and RV'ing, you are adding more complication than you are eliminating by looking at a marine toilet. The first time you have to tear it apart, you will wish for the old RV toilet (and yes, you will have to tear it apart). Make sure you fill the tank before dumping and preferably put a few gallons in before dropping solids. If they land in water, it shouldn't be a problem...just don't be shy with flush water.
valhalla360 11/13/19 06:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Wanna bring a golf cart and a Jeep towed

A utility trailer for the golf cart and the wife follows driving the jeep. PS: Swivel wheel trailers are gray area in terms of if they are considered double towing. Also, never seen one where you have a toad behind it.
valhalla360 11/13/19 06:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Club Memberships

Make sure with any of the time share plans that you can escape...don't believe them if they tell you it's easy to sell. Otherwise, you are on the hook for annual fees...forever and they will go after your credit if you don't pay. Others like Passport America, Escapees, Good Sams are discount programs, with no issue dropping them if you don't use them (plus they are pretty cheap to try out).
valhalla360 11/12/19 12:56pm Beginning RVing
RE: Parking on a slope

Grit dog, you got me! I have a steep driveway and it seemed to me that a 30-60-90 triangle would lie nicely along the hypotenuse with the other long side being level. This discussion has told me two things: I don't need to worry about the fridge 'cause it's off and I need to learn a lot more about the difference between 30º and a 30% grade. Thanks for everyone's responses! Ian I doubt it's even that steep if you are considering parking on it. 12-15% grades seem crazy steep on roads....30% is pretty much unheard of on roads and driveways. I wouldn't run the fridge but as long as you give it an hour or two to settle once level, it should be fine.
valhalla360 11/11/19 12:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Leave slide out?

Just my $.03 but I say leave them out. I am in the process of replacing the gear motor of my only slide which will probably run around $1K. The more one uses the slide mechanisms the more likely they are to fail. I find lack of use harder on mechanical devices than moderate use. To the original question: There is no definitive answer. If we are going to be gone for more than a week or two, we usually pull them in.
valhalla360 11/11/19 06:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Parking on a slope

30deg slope? That’s like almost a 70% grade. Is it really that steep? Doesn’t seem plausible. If you’re comfortable parking the truck on it, it won’t hurt anything in the camper if you can get it there that I can think of. That’s awful dang steep though. I’d have someone throw chalk blocks while you’re still in the truck on the brakes though. Wouldn’t want any of that pressure on the transmission. Beat me to it. I doubt you could stop the rig from rolling downhill with that kind of slope.
valhalla360 11/11/19 05:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Sticker shock

I believe the mechanic should get the lions share of the service fee. Unfortunately the opposite is a fact of life. Problem is the lion's share of the cost to the owner is not the hourly rate that is paid.
valhalla360 11/08/19 08:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: HDMI outlet.. Ideas??

That or if it's a newer TV, have you considered wireless? not that new of TV If it's got HDMI, there are wireless dongles that can work.
valhalla360 11/07/19 05:53am Technology Corner
RE: Are RV shows worth it?

If it's nearby and cheap to free...sure. If nothing else, it gives you an outing but also gives you ideas on things you might want or want to avoid. Would I travel 3hr and pay $20 each...no.
valhalla360 11/07/19 05:50am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Sticker shock

Not the cheapest rate but dealerships have always been on the higher end of the spectrum. What a lot of people fail to realize is just because the mechanic get $30-40/hr, doesn't mean that is what it costs the owner to supply a mechanic for an hour. This is particularly so at dealerships where they have to be set up to handle any and all repairs (independent shops can simply decline some types of work). Dealers also have to have the latest training. They need expensive diagnostic systems and an array of parts in inventory.
valhalla360 11/07/19 05:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: HDMI outlet.. Ideas??

That or if it's a newer TV, have you considered wireless?
valhalla360 11/06/19 11:48am Technology Corner
RE: Mother-In-Law Suite?

Why do the doors look so narrow? Photoshop? As a kid, my friends parents had a small truck camper and a 20' travel trailer. The kids were put to bed in the trailer and the parents slept in the truck camper.
valhalla360 11/06/19 04:49am General RVing Issues
RE: How big is the market for Dinghy Towing?

Probably somewhere in the mid 90% range of motorhomes have a toad...Particularly as you get above 25ft.
valhalla360 11/05/19 05:17am Dinghy Towing
RE: Lightning Protection

In a direct strike...after (if?) your hearing comes back, you will be just fine. The Faraday cage effect will work. The RV will be a total loss. Most hits are secondary...usually coming through the power cord. Unless you are touching a conductor, not much risk but potential for lots of odd damage to the RV. Really nothing much different from being in a house in terms of safety (though a house won't create much of a Faraday effect).
valhalla360 11/05/19 05:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New Tires - too many options

All of the laughter may be correctly spewed, but, the vehicle was new, the alignment should not be able to be questioned, and wearing out new radials in 22,000 miles is ridiculous. YES, I would be screaming, My old Rams tires went 5 years and 70 k before I replaced them. And I would be trying to bring all the attention to the issue I could before I would just walk away from it. Guess I'm just stubborn about accepting being screwed over. No intent to laugh but... - Driving off the dealer lot, you could have hit a pothole and threw off the alignment. - Tread wear is always a tough warranty issue as they can claim it was your driving that caused it to wear prematurely.
valhalla360 10/31/19 03:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is it a fiver or class a or c?

Depends if it's bolted to the frame or not. - Bolted: Class C - Not bolted: Truck Camper - Former life: 5er.
valhalla360 10/29/19 11:02pm General RVing Issues
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