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Forum: Electric RVs and EV Charging Today, 08:49 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 5,921
Posted By kdauto
It will most likely be within 1000-2000lbs from...

It will most likely be within 1000-2000lbs from any comparable diesel powertrain. When we're talking 25000-35000lb rigs, does that change a darn thing?

You do know many 3/4 and 1 ton diesel...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion Today, 08:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 775
Posted By kdauto
It won't be long when a few will be boasting...

It won't be long when a few will be boasting about 20+MPG hauling 16000lb rigs. Some people need to contact automakers, as those people don't know anything about fuel efficiency.

I find Old...
Forum: Electric RVs and EV Charging Yesterday, 06:48 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 5,921
Posted By kdauto
Don't worry, they will figure a way to rip a few...

Don't worry, they will figure a way to rip a few dollars out of our wallets somehow. Honestly, at this point, it's not my problem and I don't care. AFAIK, up here they are adding a token amount to...
Forum: Electric RVs and EV Charging 12-07-2022, 04:41 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 830
Posted By kdauto
It wasn't a dig on Tesla as much as commenting...

It wasn't a dig on Tesla as much as commenting that they are far from perfect. I have seen many instances of poor fit and finish. There are several videos on how the steering wheel material degrades...
Forum: Electric RVs and EV Charging 12-07-2022, 03:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 830
Posted By kdauto
It took Tesla 17 years to turn a profit when it...

It took Tesla 17 years to turn a profit when it announced that 2020 was the first full year of profitability in the company's history. While the company generates substantial revenue from automotive...
Forum: Electric RVs and EV Charging 12-07-2022, 09:09 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 5,921
Posted By kdauto
The breakeven point for an EV here is anywhere...

The breakeven point for an EV here is anywhere from 18 to 30 months here for a vehicle with an MSRP of 50k CDN or less. That's comparing an equivalent less expensive ICE vehicle, same size and...
Forum: Electric RVs and EV Charging 12-07-2022, 06:00 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 5,921
Posted By kdauto
Um, I fail to see the issue. They have started to...

Um, I fail to see the issue. They have started to add certain licensing fees for EVs up here, big deal. EVs are still way,way cheaper than all our dinosaur juice drinking rigs to operate. So 100$ or...
Forum: Electric RVs and EV Charging 12-06-2022, 04:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 119
Posted By kdauto
I'd say aerodynamics are often the greatest...

I'd say aerodynamics are often the greatest factor in fuel economy in most cases when talking travel trailers.

We had a 26' Dutchmen TT (bumper pull) weighing 6000-6500lb loaded and ready. Behind...
Forum: Electric RVs and EV Charging 12-06-2022, 03:28 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,944
Posted By kdauto
Hydrogen is a lost cause and not the subject of the thread

This is far from the topic of discussion, but hydrogen will not make it commercially IMO. It is far from being super safe. It is expensive and very difficult to store. There is almost zero...
Forum: Electric RVs and EV Charging 12-06-2022, 01:35 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 5,921
Posted By kdauto
It is no different than fuel rationing during a...

It is no different than fuel rationing during a major weather event or other crisis. The entire planet is getting hit by all sorts of events, weather phenomenon, war,etc. It will impact each area...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-05-2022, 06:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 347
Posted By kdauto
There are models that will fit even to or even...

There are models that will fit even to or even slightly below the bed rails. Mine is a tank/toolbox combo but it sits maybe 1" or 2" below the bed rail. It is mounted to the bed floor, but I may...
Forum: Electric RVs and EV Charging 12-05-2022, 06:24 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 830
Posted By kdauto
Other than the 150' turning radius and catching...

Other than the 150' turning radius and catching and high-centering on every speedbump and entryway I believe it will happen. Of course, the cartoonish rendering will be quite different in real life,...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-01-2022, 02:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 546
Posted By kdauto
And mine "only" has the wimpy 13k lb GVWR. Your...

And mine "only" has the wimpy 13k lb GVWR. Your surely has a 14k GVWR sticker. Them beasts are getting HEAVY!
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-01-2022, 10:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 546
Posted By kdauto
GM GCWR alert system

On GM, there is no device actually measuring weight, no weight sensor, scale, lever, nothing AFAIK. It is all done through software, and I believe all they look at is GCWR (total weight truck and...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-30-2022, 05:21 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,683
Posted By kdauto
At some point I wasn't paying attention. We were...

At some point I wasn't paying attention. We were talking about another axle (M275) and some people kept speaking about this one. To be honest, it didn't ring a bell, and it's because it's an old...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-30-2022, 02:47 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,683
Posted By kdauto
Yeah, but do you see what is included in their...

Yeah, but do you see what is included in their "axle assembly"? I couldn't find any definitive answers.

If they are rated that high, why did the tubes bend/crush/crack like that?
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-30-2022, 08:22 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,683
Posted By kdauto
Oh I've seen some of those links, but it's hard...

Oh I've seen some of those links, but it's hard to get more confusing than that. There is no definitive ratiing on the entire assembly that I"ve seen. Are they talking about the ring and pinion...
Forum: Duramax Engine Forum 11-28-2022, 10:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 707
Posted By kdauto
If you worked in a shop like I do and fixed so...

If you worked in a shop like I do and fixed so many DIY jobs gone wrong, your tune might be different. Just knowing what is the proper spec of oil is not that simple these days. Just witness how this...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-28-2022, 08:15 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,683
Posted By kdauto
Your "advice" is downright dangerous. No one has...

Your "advice" is downright dangerous. No one has shown any SRW axle rated in the 9000lb range, although they seem adamant to say so. No axle manufacturer has put that spec out AFAIK.

Anyone...
Forum: Duramax Engine Forum 11-28-2022, 08:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 707
Posted By kdauto
Well, the OP does not have any of those engines...

Well, the OP does not have any of those engines nor powertrains, and not even a Cummins engine (not Cummings).

Good luck with your Walmart, semi-DIY maintenance. I suspect very few people will...
Forum: Duramax Engine Forum 11-27-2022, 03:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 707
Posted By kdauto
Worst advice ever! 1st off, Shell does not...

Worst advice ever! 1st off, Shell does not currently have an oil meeting dexosD specs, and I'm not even sure they make a 0W20 diesel oil.

2nd: why would anyone let somebody with zero to no...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-25-2022, 04:21 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,272
Posted By kdauto
While I didn't take a tape measure to the bed,...

While I didn't take a tape measure to the bed, I'm pretty sure all the GM 1/2 ton crewcabs I service have a 6' bed. A 5' bed belongs in a pseudo truck, like an El Camino or ranchero. 5' is useless...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-25-2022, 03:58 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,272
Posted By kdauto
I have customers with the 5.3 and 3:42 gears....

I have customers with the 5.3 and 3:42 gears. Those are OK highway (unloaded) gears but not great nor heavy duty for towing much. One customer hauls a 4000-5000-ish lb contractor trailer 70% of the...
Forum: Duramax Engine Forum 11-25-2022, 03:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 707
Posted By kdauto
I'll admit, some places can be pretty greedy. The...

I'll admit, some places can be pretty greedy. The large corporate ones with multiple locations appear worse. 25$ is a lot, I will sometimes charge 2-3$ for brake cleaner on the ones that drain the...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-25-2022, 10:47 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,683
Posted By kdauto
Yeah, and the recall on the weak 2020-2021 rear...

Yeah, and the recall on the weak 2020-2021 rear axles also gives me the warm and fuzzies. :D

There's at least one active member that tried all the mods this guy suggested (on a GMC, but still),...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-24-2022, 08:01 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,683
Posted By kdauto
I'd have to see those axle manufacturer specs for...

I'd have to see those axle manufacturer specs for myself. There are significant differences in SRW or DRW axles. The internal components and bearings might be identical, but the case and bracing as...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-24-2022, 04:41 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,683
Posted By kdauto
Ummm, where did you pick up this info?

Ummm, where did you pick up this info?
Forum: Duramax Engine Forum 11-24-2022, 02:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 707
Posted By kdauto
I travel too. Last long 16 000km trip I changed...

I travel too. Last long 16 000km trip I changed my own oil "sans" filter in a state campground. I didn't want to chance anything, and felt it was safer to prolong the filter until we got home than to...
Forum: Duramax Engine Forum 11-24-2022, 01:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 707
Posted By kdauto
What YMM vehicle? The one in your signature? If...

What YMM vehicle? The one in your signature? If so, do NOT use Dexos2, it requires DexosD. It may look and feel similar, but I would not chance it. I suspect an engine replacement will be 20k or...
Forum: Electric RVs and EV Charging 11-24-2022, 11:44 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,571
Posted By kdauto
Yes, that's why I'm saying a motorized travel...

Yes, that's why I'm saying a motorized travel trailer is probably the best solution at this time. Magna makes these bolt-on motorized axle beams. It should be a relatively simple device once the...
Forum: Electric RVs and EV Charging 11-24-2022, 09:40 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,571
Posted By kdauto
Yeah, I don't see that tiny trailer as even an...

Yeah, I don't see that tiny trailer as even an upgrade from a nice pop-up. No bathroom? No standing up in that thing for me. May as well live in a minivan.

Radar, they do say no charging while...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-24-2022, 07:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,768
Posted By kdauto
If people are racing uphill at 80 MPH and cannot...

If people are racing uphill at 80 MPH and cannot see a 13' tall and 8.5' wide truck, then they deserve to crash and free up the roadway for safer people. I am growing real tired of us having to...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-23-2022, 12:14 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,683
Posted By kdauto
It's such a popular fallacy I rarely bother...

It's such a popular fallacy I rarely bother disputing it anymore. I've also used my dually to "unstuck" my plow truck and other folks. The dually runs Nokian Rotiiva A/T tires that are snow rated as...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-22-2022, 08:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 328
Posted By kdauto
He had repaired some damage (tree branch)...

He had repaired some damage (tree branch) previously. I don't think they did much actual repair, but his was done 12/2021 if I remember correctly. Prices have gone up with, well, you know. Everything...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-22-2022, 01:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 328
Posted By kdauto
Pretty much, but it ain't cheap! The product...

Pretty much, but it ain't cheap! The product often ressembles bedliner spray you'd see on a pickup, except it's generally white. My buddy had his 36' done, something like 10k USD!! :eek:
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-21-2022, 08:38 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,768
Posted By kdauto
You better check your manual as to using a WDH on...

You better check your manual as to using a WDH on this. I had one of those Highlanders on the lift last week. The hitch is not braced very far inboard and this is a weak unibody design.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-21-2022, 08:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,585
Posted By kdauto
I explained that earlier!! Tongue...

I explained that earlier!! Tongue weight=conventional trailer...using the 2.5" or 3" receiver. 2775lbs there will mean much more than that at the axle due to leverage. All the specs are right...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-20-2022, 10:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,585
Posted By kdauto
Um, what are you talking about, exactly? The...

Um, what are you talking about, exactly? The sticker cannot be any clearer, ALL the max weight ratings are there. Weight limits for a bumper pull are always different than a gooseneck or 5th wheel. ...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-20-2022, 06:15 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,768
Posted By kdauto
FWIW, the higher the altitude, the lower the...

FWIW, the higher the altitude, the lower the octane level required due to thinner air. You'll find 85 octane at the pumps at higher altitude locations and I've used that without issue hauling uphill...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-20-2022, 12:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 476
Posted By kdauto
We have done so a few times as well. It's not...

We have done so a few times as well. It's not that we enjoy winter camping in sub-freezing temps, it's just that it was the only way for us to make the trip south. We've left in -25C temps 2 times,...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-20-2022, 10:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 476
Posted By kdauto
If you winterized by blowing out the lines only,...

If you winterized by blowing out the lines only, then yes, DO dump some plumbing antifreeze down the P traps (or S traps). If you pumped anough antifreeze through the lines you should have dumped at...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-20-2022, 09:39 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,585
Posted By kdauto
I think some may be confusing the tongue weight...

I think some may be confusing the tongue weight with pin weight. I believe the tongue weight the GM sticker refers to is for bumper pull (the standard 2-1/2" or 3" square hitch at the rear). I...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-20-2022, 09:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 855
Posted By kdauto
Before changing out parts for nothing, either...

Before changing out parts for nothing, either perform some testing or pay someone to do that. Amperage draw on glow plugs typically average 18A to 20A each at the 10 second mark. I'd verify that...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-19-2022, 05:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 855
Posted By kdauto
You are creating issues for yourself and your...

You are creating issues for yourself and your truck. Nothing replaces glow plugs when air temps hit freezing or below. You can heat the oil pan all you want, your combustion chambers are freezing and...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-19-2022, 04:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 855
Posted By kdauto
Let me get this right, you choose to ignore using...

Let me get this right, you choose to ignore using the glow plugs because you feel a block heater is doing the job? :confused:
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-17-2022, 06:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 442
Posted By kdauto
Some folks are fulltimers, and others use their...

Some folks are fulltimers, and others use their RV for months at a time. As such, it isn't unfathomable that they get dressed up once in a while, a wedding, funeral, date night, whatever. A spongy...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-15-2022, 04:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 442
Posted By kdauto
Styrofoam flooring?? Are you sure? So if someone...

Styrofoam flooring?? Are you sure? So if someone was to walk on that in stiletto heels holes would be poked all over the place?

That makes no sense.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-14-2022, 06:48 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,768
Posted By kdauto
A Highlander is not the most robust towing...

A Highlander is not the most robust towing platform, and you are likely right at the upper limit (the TRUE upper limit, not what the OEMs tout). It's FWD based, and most FWD based vehicles don't like...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-13-2022, 07:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 631
Posted By kdauto
OK, I read "B&H" hitch and didn't really check...

OK, I read "B&H" hitch and didn't really check further. My buddy runs a B&W turnover and has had issues.

I'm not familiar with exaclty how it's all attached and exactly what was dismounted in the...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-11-2022, 07:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 876
Posted By kdauto
We both run Phillips Airsense10 units off grid....

We both run Phillips Airsense10 units off grid. We do have a 2500W/5000W pure sine inverter ,450w solar and a 240Ah AGM battery bank. It's not a huge battery array and the inverter is honestly too...
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