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RE: When impatience hurts!

Dumbell in the motorhome is 100% at fault Case closed
free radical 05/30/23 05:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: How do you measure the ambient temperature?

How do you measure the ambient temperature? Revised to read: How do you measure the temperature of the air around your rig? I used to have APP on my phone that was quite acurate but deleted it due to much spam ADverts :)
free radical 05/28/23 04:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Thoughts on a plug-in hybrid conversion

Hello! I am the founder of a Seattle-based startup. We are developing a family of universal retrofit kits that convert existing vehicles into plug-in hybrids. Our first product will be for pickup trucks, and I am hoping to get some thoughts from this and other RV communities on what features may be desirable, what the major concerns would be, etc. My thinking is that for people who use their trucks for daily driving but also frequent towing, our product could be very attractive, especially because it can be used as a generator. In a nutshell, the kits add an electric propulsion system good for 30-45 miles of range without removing the engine. The battery pack and power electronics get mounted in the bed like a small bed toolbox. We remove a section of the tubular part of the driveshaft and install a “coaxial drive unit” that has an electric motor stack, a planetary transmission, and a multi-mode clutch that can shift-on-the-fly. The clutch allows EV operation while disconnecting the engine/tranny, engine operation while disconnecting the electric motors, and generator mode which uses the engine to spin the electric motors without turning the wheels. A linkage that connects to the axle tubes provides reaction torque. We’ve prototyped a simplified version of the system and tested in on real roads. Because the systems are universal, we can mass-produce them, have them installed by third-parties, and hit a much lower price point than other conversions (approximately $7k-10K covering the range from midsize to ¾ ton). I’d love to get the group’s thoughts and gage the level of interest. Fyi GM tried that many years back and it went nowhere 100 mpg ev hybrid truck,
free radical 05/25/23 04:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Shanghai auto show 2023 Makes our car shows look 3rd world :B They take adverts to whole new level
free radical 05/22/23 07:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: towing with a Tesla

That Airstream is bit too large Something like this drop top would be my choice
free radical 05/22/23 06:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sorta tells it all, don't it.

It was long wait but here is your flying car :B
free radical 05/19/23 06:03pm Around the Campfire
Shanghai auto show 2023
free radical 05/13/23 08:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Solar

Id recomend getting Li ion batteries LFP? Cost more but much lighter and can be discharged to zero without damage. Will Prowse chanel has good info on everything
free radical 05/01/23 06:14pm Beginning RVing
Turn signal makes no clicking sound

2008 Chevy Silverado 4.8 v8 rear wheel drive. All lights work good turn signal flashes ok but makes no clicking sound. Ive heard it can be adjusted thru radio controls but have no idea how and internet search turned up nothing for that year vehicle. Help apreciated.
free radical 04/27/23 07:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Star Link

Search on YT ,many Rvers use Starlink
free radical 04/24/23 07:59pm Technology Corner
RE: Maybe when I get a little older

I retired at 60 when I realized I have enough money to last me till 100 easy :) Problem is retirement is boring,so I planted bunch o grape chery apple and other trees and plants to give me something to keep busy. Also exercise every day when I have nothing to do. And travel every year to some foreign country
free radical 04/19/23 07:37pm Around the Campfire
RE: Anybody use Aliexpress??

Only problem is its a long way. I ordered some watches as xmas present and it took two months to arive. Whats worse watches were krp so I asked for money back and they returned it all within week. Buying cheap stuff without seeing it first is a mistake.
free radical 04/19/23 07:27pm Around the Campfire
RE: New EPA Requirements

Also EV cost way less money to drive. And lithium is very easy to harvest or mine,oil production is 100x more destructive. I own an electric car and no it doesn't. I've done the math many times on this forum. In fact, if I ever get my hybrid car back from the shop I will only run it on gas to save money. You keep on telling yourself that. This Super Fund will last forever. Forever is a long time. You dont drive Tesla= the best most eficent w best SCharging network. When if you ever do calculate the cost again.,China%20(1%20million%20tons). How do the mining methods differ? Put simply, lithium from Australia comes from ore mining, while in Chile and Argentina lithium comes from salt deserts, so-called salars. The extraction of raw materials from salars functions as follows: lithium-containing saltwater from underground lakes is brought to the surface and evaporates in large basins. The remaining saline solution is further processed in several stages until the lithium is suitable for use in batteries.
free radical 04/15/23 09:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New EPA Requirements

Looks like the new EPA requirements will be forcing the auto industry to shift to EV vehicles at a faster pace at a time when EV's and the power grid is not able to support this change on this proposed timeline. Link I think Blinden is just trying to apeal to voters. No one has to force anyone to buy EVs. Tesla is so popular it has waiting line of buyers. And their eficient production alows it to lower prices to efectively destroy the competiton. Even IF legacy auto makers could build at same cost parity,their stealerships would add huge mark up making Tesla better deal every time.
free radical 04/15/23 09:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New EPA Requirements

I am hoping a change at the top, will stop this ridiculousness. Ah yes, the ever popular ridiculousness of trying to save our environment. If every vehicle - car, plane, train, truck, tractor in America was suddenly electric, and every home possible had their own charger, charging stations were sufficiently available, and the grid could support real time charging the impact on climate / global warming will be negligible especially if you factor in the damage done to the environment from all the destructive mining required for the minerals. But you can’t flip a switch to make it happen. Americans are going to go through times to get all electric for questionable benefit. Im not worried about global warming,few degrees wont make any diference imo. However people up north where permafrost melts can make their houses sink into the mud. And make driving on the tundra imposible. Main advantage of EVs are it doesnt polute air with STINKY EXHAUST FUMES which kills milions of people and make many sick. Also EV cost way less money to drive. And lithium is very easy to harvest or mine,oil production is 100x more destructive.
free radical 04/15/23 09:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New EPA Requirements

Regardless of the environment, I would like to see the major oil exporting countries become irrelevant. Primarily Middle East and Russia. Too much money and power in the wrong hands. Wow realy,what did ME and Rusia did to deserve such hate. we are very reliant on UAE and rusian oil if you didnt know. We also buy tons of Rusian titanium our aircraft manufacturers need to stay in busines. NASA uses rusian rockets to deliver stuff and people to space station Huge majority of our citizens are misinformed by our Gov controled media about Rusia and China also. Thnx to internet truth is easy to find tho. Jimmy Dore Patrick Lancaster free lance reporter livin in Ukrain
free radical 04/15/23 09:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Weird sounds at night

Im in sticks n brics and hear squirels runing on the roof and everywhere else scratching and hiding nuts in many places even under my truck frame. At night I saw skunk go by but it didnt make any noise. One night Ive heard awful noise in carport sounded like a bear riping stuff apart but it was only a possum snooping around looking for some food I guess Tried to chase it away with a broom but the rascal climbed on a beam and wouldnt let go,so I went to sleep. :)
free radical 04/10/23 07:58pm General RVing Issues

Looks like RAM is full in on the EV movement. One thing interesting is RAM followed Fords design logic in that their EV truck looks similar to their ICE truck, unlike GM made their EV trucks looks totally different than their ICE trucks. Link Link2 More EV the better bring it on. However I see few problems. Bed is too short. And IF you put camper or cap on it you wont be able to open those fender storage bins. :R
free radical 04/06/23 05:43pm Tow Vehicles
Have you ever been scammed

Then enjoy this And learn how to avoid scammers
free radical 03/25/23 02:31pm Technology Corner
RE: Seven States to Ban the Sale of Gas Powered Cars in 2035

for those of you that work or play in places that get somilar rules thrown at them..... how many have truly caused issues? how many got delayed due to technology being unable to do the requirement? so things get delayed..... i can think of MANY government recomendations and regs that got passed over my time on this planet. many that got delayed due to the abilities of industry etc for many reasons not able to meet the regs. EV vehicles have a place. At the moment, not able to meet specs for us all. Not a problem in my book today. When 2034 rolls around, hopefully tech, mines have opened to meet lithium and other material needs have come online, we might meet regs. If not, then relook at regs. marty The issue for me isn't the technology hindering me in any way. I like technology. It's the lack of free market and being forced to adopt despite challenges and forcing me to pay for it. That's socialism not free market. If you want to spend your own billions developing a product that could produce benefit and profit for you, knock yourself out. But don't cherry pick science in your sales pitch to force me to be an investor making me poorer while you get rich. EV's haven't made it on their own in over a hundred years. Just goes to show if you throw enough money at anything you can make it work. As long as it's not your money. And "work" is pretty loose, especially in the utopian benefit pamphlets. . Is it free market or socialism When Gov pays bilions $ to rescue failing banks or factories? Heres Somethin interesting our msm doesnt show wonder why
free radical 03/23/23 07:22pm Tow Vehicles
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