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RE: Just Thinking

Do what you can to avoid payments in retirement...I'd say that's criteria #1. A close second is to remember the definition of a market (willing buyer + willing seller) means that selling any truck always depends to a degree on someone else....but the value of a dependable truck is strictly something that you determine. Would YOU actually gain anything by switching your nice, dependable truck for a newer, likely-but-not-guaranteed dependable truck plus switching costs? If your current rig looks good, drives good, might retain some value, then if it were me, I'd keep it and not buy a replacement until needed.
PA12DRVR 11/16/23 10:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Haunting melody

Not sure of the right terminology: Taps has 24 notes (i.e. quarter-, half-, whole notes) comprised of 4 "sounds": G, C, E, and (an octave higher) G. Back in the day, it was a challenging song for a junior high kid to learn: notes were easy enough, but combining that with the proper duration, etc....challenging.
PA12DRVR 11/14/23 05:21pm Around the Campfire
RE: Thanksgiving

When we RV'd (and lived in Houston, TX), we'd always travel over Thanksgiving and always cook (primarily smoking the bird) "from the RV". Did this for about 10-12 years. After the first time or two, learned to reserve a spot NLT the Sunday before and run through at least the Friday after or possibly the Monday after if we could take that much time. It was no fun trying to either find a campsite on the fly or even trying to find a decent rest stop to crash at for an RON on the way back.
PA12DRVR 11/14/23 05:04pm Around the Campfire

Dude, pump the brakes. Just get on CL and FB and look at what’s for sale. Price accordingly. No need to complicate it with whatever you’re doing ….or just look up the value on kbb and quit clicking links to marketing ****. ^^^^ This, in spades. Just cruise through FB or CL plugging in search terms to reflect your vehicle. See what comes up. Price within that range or a little above / below depending if you want big $$$ or a quick sale.
PA12DRVR 10/20/23 09:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Uncle Tony on Rivian Trucks and Parking Garage Fire

I drive a gasser and two diesel trucks. Previously had a hybrid Prius. Exceptionally happy with that vehicle. My opinion is that the all electric vehicles are pushed for 1 of 3 reasons: a) the true believers want to impose their view of how the world should be regardless of costs to the average consumer and regardless of the loss of convenience; or b) there is an opportunity to make $$ from electric vehicles (i.e. Tesla); or c) the electric vehicle suits certain niche needs and people in those niches will buy one <<< I don't fit that niche., by and large, I'm not a huge fan of electric vehicles and I believe there is an agenda behind them (although I won't cast a moral judgment on that agenda). That being said, there are plenty of reasons to challenge electric vehicles: the asserted-in-the-video costs of repair, the apparent spontaneous combustion (supported by an absolute stretch of belief and logic), and the largely unreasoned arguments of Uncle Tony don't provide a sound basis for challenging electric vehicles. I won't support electric vehicles until I'm forced to, but if I were a supporter, this video would not provide any sort of basis to change my view.
PA12DRVR 10/18/23 11:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Not to do retirement bucket list

Probably 75% working, 25% retired; I'll flip that % within 2 years, go to 100% retired within 4. Agree with the OP's list except preference is to avoid the mid-level places for eating out and save the time / $$ / energy for a notable evening at a rated / nice place. Other things to avoid: Pretty generic, but I'm through with frantic "getting ready" stuff. If, for example, we're going out on the sno-gos, I want to spend the 4-5 days prior getting ready: loaded up, fueled up, tool bags in place, etc. Done with the "get off work Friday, jump through hoops, drive out for XXX all on Friday evening" process. If I can't get ready for whatever it is at least a day or two before, I'll wait a day or two. Flip side is that I'll shorten the "whatever it is" activity to give me more time to unload, clean off, and setup for the next trip. Much more enjoyable to me to spend 65% - 75% of the time "doing" and the remaining time prepping than try to squeeze the last minute out of something and have to hustle to get ready for the next time.
PA12DRVR 10/16/23 12:24pm Around the Campfire
RE: Auxiliary lights

Thanks everyone....appreciate the input. I'll look at Rigid and Nightforce since there is a local distributor for both of those. BarryG20 and Ksss....what you're doing with the lights is exactly what I'll be looking into (although putting them on the ATV may be next year's project). Although I may be able to utilize a top-mounted model in front, I end up backing into too many snowbanks over the winter to use anything except flush mounted lights in the rear. thanks again
PA12DRVR 10/11/23 10:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Auxiliary lights

Wasn't intending to ask anyone to undertake research on my behalf, just wondering if there was prior experience with a brand (i.e. Rigid, KC, Lightforce) to choose or avoid. It's a 2019 F250 Lariat Diesel, fwiw. ^^^ that's something like I was thinking for the goes in the grill, but doesn't replace the factory headlights or fog lights. ^^^^ That's what I was thinking of for the rear lights, but again, not experienced with any of the brands or setups.
PA12DRVR 10/10/23 01:55pm Tow Vehicles
Auxiliary lights

Hopefully there's some experience in this group. Since it's getting to be sno-go season up here in AK, which means lots of early mornings, late nights in the dark and cold hooking up trailers, I'm taking the plunge and getting some auxiliary lights for front and rear on my F250. Anyone have suggestions as to brands / setups to use or to avoid? I want to get "in-grill" (if that's the description) lights for the front (no light bar on top of the cab) and something "in-bumper" for the back. All to be wired to to auxiliary switches in the cab for manual on/ connection to any other lights.
PA12DRVR 10/10/23 10:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tires

Not quite the same, but I recently had to use my 30' enclosed utility trailer as a temporary warehouse for 5 months during a major outbuilding relocation project. It was on a dirt lot and, while probably not truly "required", the 2 layers of 2 x 12 under the 4 tires helped alleviate the sink during that period.
PA12DRVR 10/10/23 10:42am General RVing Issues
RE: F-250 vs F-350

FWIW, while I can't speak for any later model years than 2019, I've had F250, F350 , and F550. Anything is better unloaded than the F550, btw. :) I've never noticed a huge difference in unloaded ride between the 250 and 350 series. Bit more squat on the 250 if the two were equally loaded. I tend to follow the #'s, so didn't have too many direct comparisons with either fully loaded. My current F-truck is the 2019 F250. After circa 60,000 miles (40-50% towing, although not an RV), my only regrets are: a) that I didn't get the F350 (at the time it was an extra $1500); and b) that I didn't get the 8' bed. No reason for wanting the F350, but in hindsight, the slightly higher ratings would have been worth the $1,500 to me. The 8' bed was a wash price-wise...could have got that for the same price as the 6'- 9" bed since no one seemed to want the longer bed...but nothing was in stock and at the time is was an estimated month to six weeks out. ...hindsight provides lots of reasons for the 8' bed, I kick myself for not waiting the extra 6 weeks.
PA12DRVR 09/27/23 12:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: ? condition of highways from Montana thru Canada to Alaska?

Silver Eagle nailed it. No expansion joints, but one has to go appropriately slow for the road to Alaska. I always counted on 50 mph average if driving a single vehicle (passenger vehicle or light truck); 40 mph if driving a single big rig (2-1/2 ton, etc); and no better than 35 mph average if towing on a personal mission (whether small rig towing a trailer or bigger rig / bigger trailer). Work travel (the infrequent 18-wheeler and load) could be pushed a little bit harder because the equipment was stouter. In any case, make time on the I-XX and US-XX roads in the L48; take time to enjoy the scenery on the AlCan / Alaska Highway.
PA12DRVR 09/14/23 11:42am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Air Travel From Seattle SEATAC

I'd concur with Crowe: if a limo is not feasible, look for an off airport park n fly. I've used this several times coming and going from Seattle and, among other things, the drop off at the departure point is very convenient. Avoid parking in the airport garage at all costs....which will be come a very apt metaphor if one must park in that garage for any significant amount of time. The in-laws that live in the Metro area have used Wally Park a few times with good results.
PA12DRVR 08/29/23 09:47am Around the Campfire
RE: How to search for tires?

Did the OP ever respond after the 1st post? Couldn't entirely blame him if he didn't. FWIW, having driven trailers of one sort or the other since '74....I don't balance the tires on the boat trailer (2 trips per year) or the sno-go trailer (dozens of trips but less than 50 miles each trip), but on the "utility" flatbed (w 16" rims), tires get checked for unusual wear at least once a year and are balanced if any issues show up...without unusual wear, they're balanced every 2 years or so. FWIW, what the shop says does or doesn't need to be done is just one data point: if my experience or the experience of others whom I trust indicates otherwise, that indication often turns out to be an alternate data point to which I'll give more weight.
PA12DRVR 08/23/23 10:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Selling an RV/payment

Interesting thread. If the OP is by chance still observing, one way to avoid 99.99% of the hassle / risk of banks / cashier's checks / cash reporting would be to have a title company (or the escrow department of banks that still offer the service) simply undertake an escrow service: will add a few days to the transaction time, but eliminates risk and (IMNSHO) lots of hassle. Don’t think there are Escrow companies that pay out $45,000 in cash. They wire or use cashiers checks. For some reason the poster wants to instantly have a big stack of greenbacks, nothing else. Actually, the OP (who hasn't been back near as I can tell) said: "I will ask buyer to give me cashier's check of a bank that has local, branch, I think. I want to be able to go to the branch in person and cash the check and also first verify that the check is good, before I sign the title over. Had anyone done a sale like this? What are the steps with cashier's check handling to make sure one won't get defrauded?" Escrow avoids fraud and the seller could take the Title Co's check to the local bank and cash that if they wanted cash...but that would of course trigger the scrutiny of the regulators
PA12DRVR 08/04/23 01:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Unsolicited want to buy your RV people

Quote them 2x maybe 3x what you paid and let it go if they really want it. I do this all the time with realtors. They never call back. Or quote them the current price for a replacement and see what the response is. I have to admit that I'm puzzled by the angst about people asking if one's RV is for sale. "Yes" or most likely "No". If one doesn't engage further, what's the risk of the "scam"? If the risk is that an elderly person in a remote area will be attacked, that risk is always present and is neither unique to RV's nor a "scam".
PA12DRVR 08/02/23 10:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Selling an RV/payment

Interesting thread. If the OP is by chance still observing, one way to avoid 99.99% of the hassle / risk of banks / cashier's checks / cash reporting would be to have a title company (or the escrow department of banks that still offer the service) simply undertake an escrow service: will add a few days to the transaction time, but eliminates risk and (IMNSHO) lots of hassle.
PA12DRVR 07/31/23 09:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Durango-Silverton RR...

My nearly lifelong friend who lives in the Durango - Bayfield area and I have a running argument over whether Alaska or SW Colorado is more scenic and appealing to outdoorsy folks. I will never admit it to him, but the Durango-Silverton RR or the corresponding drive on the road, is a serious body blow to the "Alaska is better" arguments. Of course, a short flight over the Chugach, Alaska Range, or even the Talkeetnas resolves the question :) but the DGO area is spectacular.
PA12DRVR 07/24/23 01:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: What the heck?……..

I had visitors come to Alaska from Texas...just fly/drive, not RV'ng..never been to AK before, wanted to see bears, mountains, go fishing, etc. Planned an itinerary for them to include 90% of what they wanted...they get up here and "Oh, this won't work. On Sunday and (in this case) Thursday, we have to be where we can watch the Cowboys play." ....but it's Alaska, your "dream trip"....nope, got to be in town where we can watch the Cowboys. There went the bear viewing (Sunday) and the fishing (Thursday). Different priorities.
PA12DRVR 07/14/23 11:05am General RVing Issues
RE: towing advise please

I'm a follow the #'s sort of guy, but as Marty and Grit have suggested, for the OP, I'd look into your setup first...based on nothing more than reading the posts, I'd want to make sure you had a decent % of weight on your hitch. Would also recommend the Hensley alternative that I had good experience with was the Reese Dual-Cam HP: it eliminated sway so that when a big rig went by, both truck and trailer felt an equivalent push. If the magic wand was working as well as the crystal ball....and you felt you had to upgrade your rig, I'd suggest a SRW 350/3500...Nothing wrong with duallys and I drove a DRW F350 as a daily driver for a few years, but the SRW's are just a tad more nimble and probably (see the crystal ball issue) perfectly capable for the OP's needs.
PA12DRVR 07/13/23 10:18am Towing
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