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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
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.
valhalla360 01/27/23 01:17am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Bill giving residents priority at booking FL state parks

From a business finance point of view I think the “subsidy“ idea is being misused, or possibly misunderstood. If 2 different land owners are looking to calculate their “costs” of operating an RV park, in one case though the land has been in the family for several generations, the other just bought the land (at current market value) and has to carry financing on it, the “costs” will be VERY different. Ditto a park, public or private, that built decades ago and the servicing costs are now paid for. That is NOT to say the long term owners are “subsidized” in any way, their costs are just lower. Nope, when you calculate return on investment, it's the same. If you have a $50million dollar park that's been in the family for generations, if you are only covering your operating costs plus say a $100k/yr profit, your ROI is absolutely horrible because you are effectively subsidizing your customers. From a financial perspective, you would be far better off to sell and invest the money. Even at a measly 2% return, you would be able to take $1mil/yr profit with a lot less headaches. Only difference if you are in debt to your eyeballs, the bank effectively owns the park and they have no interest in subsidizing your customers. Unless you have some external source of money (...like the taxpayer), you lose your option of subsidizing or the bank will take it away from you when you fail to make your payments.
valhalla360 01/25/23 06:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bill giving residents priority at booking FL state parks

You do understand that you're telling the snowbird crowd you don't want our money coming into your state don't you. What we spend for state park sites is only a small part of what we spend at area businesses and attractions. Not at all. State parks are typically heavily subsidized in terms of operation and facilities and hold prime land that most private parks could never afford. The snowbird folks who use them heavily are taking advantage of that subsidy. On a modest scale, that's fine but if it's keeping out the folks who pay for the bulk of that subsidy (residents), it's certainly reasonable to tilt the table in favor of the locals a bit more. Plenty of private parks available for those who want to visit florida. We don't prefer the state and national parks in Florida for the price as much as we prefer them for the more spacious and often more private sites. Since we're limited to only two week stays at a time, it seems to me the locals have every bit as good a chance of getting sites as we do coming from out of state. We don't do anything any different to reserve sites than Floridians can do. But if you don't think the money we spend at area businesses and attractions has any value, then maybe you're really telling us to go elsewhere and let you guys fight among yourselves for sites. And BTW, the most common license plate I see during our winter stay in Florida state parks is Florida. The fair market price for those spacious prime locations would be much higher...aka: the price is cheap due to it being subsidized. Yes, they want tourism dollars but expecting heavy subsidization at the expense of citizens isn't a good way to generate it.
valhalla360 01/24/23 10:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bill giving residents priority at booking FL state parks

What happened to first come first serve? If you're a Floridian that didn't get a site, you didn't book early enough. It's same with every other CG in the US. Why do I get ads for other state's tourism and state parks if they don't want me there? It's kind of like when the kids ask to borrow the car. I paid for the car, so if I want to use it, I use it even if they want to borrow it. No one is suggesting you can't use the state parks just that locals get first chance at the sites. Particularly for working class residents, it may be more of a challenge to hang out on line trying to work the reservations compared to a retired snowbird who has tons of time on their hands and lots of flexibility to switch parks if one is full.
valhalla360 01/24/23 10:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2024 GMC and 2023 Super Duty

Looks like a loaded Denali DRW 2 wheel drive tops out over $100k. I can officially claim "old guy" status...we paid less than that for our first house. 2000sft ranch on 1.5 acres about 15 miles from a midsize city in the midwest. Everything in good condition (aka: not a fixer upper). Next truck will probably be one of those horrible 6 speed trucks when the current 5 speed gives out but hopefully that's another 4-5yrs.
valhalla360 01/24/23 10:23pm Tow Vehicles
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