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    • I will make it some day, but will be on the road to Alaska
    • Anyone use a recent (post 2015) manual Subaru Forester as a four down dinghy toad? Seems to be a lack of clear (explained) guidance from SOA (Subaru of America). "Moving forward, SOA cannot recommend dinghy towing.  Our cars should be flat-bedded." No reason given. Nothing stated in their Owners Manual and they have not responded to numerous request for clarify by individual owners or FMCA. FMCA has removed Subaru Forester (Manual, Automatic was always excluded) from their annual Dinghy Guide. 2016, 2017 and 2018 (just issued but not on the link. Have to be a FMCA member). Lots of conspiracy theories (lawyers!!, trying to end the manual version due to EPA mileage pressure, ...). Have heard that some customers got a refund on a returned vehicle because of it and others just use it without any issues - but all were third hand. Anyone actually use a post 2015 Subaru Forester (Manual) as a four-down toad? Any feedback.
    • Thanks Randy for sharing. No charging or load to LiMnO2 batteries seems illogical that would initiate a thermal issue. The 49.0 charge limit is well below the general 12S LiMnO2 batteries of 50.4V. The only "theory" I can throw out is that a single cell got significantly out of balance and significantly exceeded the cell 4.2V limit and went into thermal runaway. Would expect this in LiCoO2 batteries if there was some physical damage somewhere. Take a look at the Boeing 787 issue. [Might have to have the FAA come investigate you GC - did it fly? ]. Not aware of this being an issue in LiMnO2, but I don't deal with this every day. I do believe that you stated, and I agree, the LiFePO4 batteries are among the safest of the  "Lithium-ion" batteries. I've seen them severely damaged and "abused", and not cause any thermal issues. They have trade-offs. But they all have special care and feeding needs. Other armchair theoretician ideas?
    • All Intel chip sets old and current have the Spectre vulnerability in the chips themselves. it won't be until late this year that Intel will begin shipping "fixed" hardware. I'm just passing along what is happening and how to work around it. Rather than spend on a new computer just upgrade Windows to Pro. But you only get a temporary delay, not permanent. Open Control Panel and click on "System" and it will show which version of Windows you're running.
    • On the later model KW trucks, you can download the body builder manual that is a very handy thing to have. Your truck should have something similar. KW recommends a rubber or plastic (Nylon or Delrin) spacer between the truck frame and the body as they will not undergo dimensional changes from humidity and they will prevent the two pieces from chaffing against each other. They don't have to be very thick though, just enough to do the job. They suggest using two clip angles, one on the body and the other on the frame and bolt between them for mounting. Edit: They also recommend using a fish plate connection at the rear of the frame if you use U bolts to prevent reward movement of the body. If you download the 2017 KW T680 and T880 body builder manual from the net, take a look at pages 7-6, 7-7 and 7-8 for a description and illustration of those connections.