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toedtoes

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PButler96 wrote:

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And for some people, they want to explore as they go, so they may be quite happy to stop for an hour every couple hours to visit a museum or tourist sight, etc, as their truck charges.




Possibly, but that would be dependent on the museum or tourist site to have fast chargers and also fast chargers accessible to a vehicle pulling a trailer. I guess they could always unhook which would get old quick if it had to be done enough times.


Or they park at a fast charger and walk or take an uber to the sight. And, again not all people interested in traveling with an electric truck will have a trailer in tow.

The point is simply that the video shows it could work depending on an individual's travel style, etc.

It's really no different than choosing a trailer vs truck camper vs motorhome, a class B vs a class A, a 12ft tent trailer vs a 36ft 5er, etc. It's about finding what works for you and letting others enjoy what works for them.


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toedtoes wrote:

PButler96 wrote:

toedtoes wrote:

And for some people, they want to explore as they go, so they may be quite happy to stop for an hour every couple hours to visit a museum or tourist sight, etc, as their truck charges.




Possibly, but that would be dependent on the museum or tourist site to have fast chargers and also fast chargers accessible to a vehicle pulling a trailer. I guess they could always unhook which would get old quick if it had to be done enough times.


Or they park at a fast charger and walk or take an uber to the sight. And, again not all people interested in traveling with an electric truck will have a trailer in tow.

The point is simply that the video shows it could work depending on an individual's travel style, etc.

It's really no different than choosing a trailer vs truck camper vs motorhome, a class B vs a class A, a 12ft tent trailer vs a 36ft 5er, etc. It's about finding what works for you and letting others enjoy what works for them.


We don’t tow with a truck so our EV tow vehicle battery is smaller. Makes for shorter charging. Typical 20 to 40 minutes. About right for walking the chihuahua, pee break, refill coffee cup etc. At lunch we are quite often we get the warning message that we are charged before we finish lunch. But the ford truck has a slower charge rate and bigger battery so probably not a good comparison.

Probably the only inconvenience is about 1 out of 8 or so times we have to unhook because there are no trailer stalls at the supercharger or it’s too congested to do an “alongside” charge. Meh, it’s a little trailer. Takes a minute to unhook and maybe two to hook up. The advantage of a little travel trailer. [emoticon].

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Reisender wrote:

toedtoes wrote:

PButler96 wrote:

toedtoes wrote:

And for some people, they want to explore as they go, so they may be quite happy to stop for an hour every couple hours to visit a museum or tourist sight, etc, as their truck charges.




Possibly, but that would be dependent on the museum or tourist site to have fast chargers and also fast chargers accessible to a vehicle pulling a trailer. I guess they could always unhook which would get old quick if it had to be done enough times.


Or they park at a fast charger and walk or take an uber to the sight. And, again not all people interested in traveling with an electric truck will have a trailer in tow.

The point is simply that the video shows it could work depending on an individual's travel style, etc.

It's really no different than choosing a trailer vs truck camper vs motorhome, a class B vs a class A, a 12ft tent trailer vs a 36ft 5er, etc. It's about finding what works for you and letting others enjoy what works for them.


We don’t tow with a truck so our EV tow vehicle battery is smaller. Makes for shorter charging. Typical 20 to 40 minutes. About right for walking the chihuahua, pee break, refill coffee cup etc. At lunch we are quite often we get the warning message that we are charged before we finish lunch. But the ford truck has a slower charge rate and bigger battery so probably not a good comparison.

Probably the only inconvenience is about 1 out of 8 or so times we have to unhook because there are no trailer stalls at the supercharger or it’s too congested to do an “alongside” charge. Meh, it’s a little trailer. Takes a minute to unhook and maybe two to hook up. The advantage of a little travel trailer. [emoticon].


But apparently you are doing it in a region that is geared to recharging your vehicle, AND you don't mind searching for charge locations and gearing ALL of your travel to fit those stops.
I have no idea how this would work out, have not looked at it, but,,,, since you have professed the ease and simplicity of your style of travel, map a trip from,,,,,,
Salt lake city, to the mighty 5 and on to the grand canyon. Maybe even continue on to the Rio Grand Valley.
Does it still work easy?

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PButler96, the issue with the member buying the Grand Design trailer was capacity and desirability of towing a 7500 pound 27 foot TT with an gasoline F150. The issue with the electric vehicle was charging time. Not a “pot and kettle” issue at all.


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Posted: 07/23/22 07:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

toedtoes wrote:

And for some people, they want to explore as they go, so they may be quite happy to stop for an hour every couple hours to visit a museum or tourist sight, etc, as their truck charges.


Are they putting chargers in at Hooters?
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Huntindog wrote:

toedtoes wrote:

And for some people, they want to explore as they go, so they may be quite happy to stop for an hour every couple hours to visit a museum or tourist sight, etc, as their truck charges.


Are they putting chargers in at Hooters?
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Lwiddis wrote:

Why is someone else powering their vehicle differently than you wrong?
And why can’t someone else call their rig a camper even if you believe it isn’t a camper?


[emoticon] Aaaaa where did I ever say it was "wrong"? Go on, quote me.

[emoticon] Aaaa if you want to call your dog a cat it makes no difference to me. It's still a dog though.

Lets get real here. How many people on this forum camp in a canopy? Not a motorhome, not a 5th wheel, not a truck camper or a travel trailer......but a canopy?

Raise your hand if you take your family on a vacation in your canopy on the back of your truck.

Out of all the forums on this site there is no truck canopy forum. Maybe you can change that and petition and get a canopy forum?[emoticon]

If FLT wants to show the viability of camping in an EV truck so be it. Hook it up to a 24 to 26 foot travel trailer (the gross majority of what F150 owners camp with) and have at it. To put some dumb canopy on the back of the thing and call it camping is lame. That's not what the majority of Americans do.


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My dad camped for years with a "dumb canopy" on the back of his truck. He used it to go to dog shows, fishing trips, etc. While I could call him many things, lame is definitely not one of them.

I camped in a truck with a canopy when I had a truck. My sibling did also.

You say you didn't call it "wrong", yet you have made it very clear you do not consider it camping. You can call it lame and dumb all you want, but there are many people who do indeed go camping in a truck with a "dumb canopy". Many people go camping in SUVs, minivans, cars, and bicycles. Your disapproval is ridiculous.

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Both before, during and after I towed a 28 foot TT full time for many years I have also slept in a camper shell on each of my 3 dodge ram 1500s on fishing and camping trips and still do at age 76 and everything has been hunkey dorey. I do like his pop up TC. Very tempting.

For now my 3 V8 Rams including 5.7 Hemi 2014 with 32 gallon tank serve me just fine for everything and in no hurry to get an EV anything. Life is good. Cheers

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I didn't think it took that long to charge at charging stations. At one point in the video he is below 25% (I think) and it takes 45 minutes to get to 80%? At that point he gives up and continues driving. And again later in the video he charges just about to 80% and then says "Good enough" and starts driving. Is there something about charging to 100% that I missed?

I understand that there are differences in charging stations, but I assume the big fancy chargers are the fastest ones? Something about "superchargers"?

This makes me want to time how long to fill my gas truck. Next time I'm at 1/4 tank I will try to remember to time it. Usually seems to be under 5 minutes.

He also commented that going through some hills (mountains?) he really drained the battery.

The "auto drive" is interesting.

Oh, I lol'd about him adding that little air deflector. I was skipping through the video.... did that actually help at all?


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