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  1. If you think that motor home with a toad is going to hijack you're truck. . . .well. . . CR England trucks are the most law abiding trucks on the road. They hug the speed limit and are very safe. If you're a no-hurry driver, hang back a few hundred feet / yards from a CR England truck and enjoy the drive.
  2. Blame it on the lawyers. . . My brother had an office in a light industrial business building. A guy claiming to just get out of jail came into the office stating that he needed to make bus money - could he do any odd jobs for cash? My brother hired him to clean up weeds growing along the outside cinder block wall. After a short time my brother confided to me that he made a mistake - insurance would probably be a big problem if that undocumented worker was somehow injured. (this event was more than 25 years ago) It was the last time either of us hired off the street.
  3. There are people everywhere that will accept the lowest method of "getting by". In the past, "fear" kept people working - there were no social nets for those not wanting to work. Today, one can sleep on a park bench, in a business doorway or under a bridge - and find like-minded folk to socialize with. What more does one need?
  4. tractorbynet.net might have the answer. . .
  5. I read somewhere that they had made that crossing during flash floods in the past. Perhaps the engine died at the wrong moment. . .
  6. And there it is. The "news" - that distorted presentation that mongers fear to the public. We refer to the five o'clock news as "The Crime Report" - or who-killed-who. . .or who molested who. . .ad nauseam. . . Thanks for the warning.
  7. Kids walk to school in Mexico - just like the use to in the old days in America. Americans are gripped in fear. It's the media.
  8. Sad. . .and a tragedy for sure - yet not uncommon in Arizona - the state with the "Stupid Motorist Law".
  9. That Renogy 30A PWM controller can handle 400 watts - you could add two more Renogy panels to your system for the full 400 watts that it can deliver. Maybe save yourself some money?
  10. Run the tire pressure at the maximum for which the tire is rated on the truck. The trailer, I don't know. I run my TC (truck camper) at 80 psi and have for years. Current TC weight is 14,000 pounds and towing a 5,500 tow vehicle. What you may notice at high vs low tire pressures is vehicle handling. Remember that, tire pressure recommendations are good even for tires that are near completely worn out. There is a wide safety margin built in. The very common Dana 80 axle, as used on many 350/3500 products, direct from the axle manufacturer (not Ford, Dodge, GM, etc) is for 11,500 pounds. Vehicle manufacturers de-rate the axle rating (GAWR) to conform more to the tire maximum load capacity. Thus, you will find that an vehicle's tag will rate the axle load to within a few hundred pounds of the tire load capacities. I've made the Dana Axle Spec Sheet available here: https://www.eaglecapowners.com/owners/showthread.php?tid=224
  11. I just did all the laptop manufacturer's updates a couple of weeks ago. And forgot to check them before doing the MS update. Fortunately, no problems. Be sure to check the computer maker's updates first. I'll bet that some did not, thus reports of problems.
  12. It changed in the last couple of years. You can get the permit on line and print it out - no more sending in a check and waiting for the mail. As for signage, I've seen simple "State Trust Land" signs on site and nothing about usage on the property. In general, it permits one to use the land for hiking, camping, ATV'ing, biking, etc. (And probably shooting -given the amount of shells I've found on the ground in one particular site - though I've seen "no shooting" signs near the Cave Creek county park.) For the twenty bucks, the permit is for one year. I stayed at one site and the road was graded with high banks - I could traverse the banks with a truck camper but probably not with lower ground clearance vehicles. I think it's cheap, for twenty bucks.
  13. There's Arizona Trust Land in that area. You need a permit ($20 family). More info here: https://land.az.gov/natural-resources/recreational-permits
  14. We carry an "autosock" and try to stay away from weather that might required. I chose this safety backup because we have limited space and weight in a truck camper. Autosock video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtBzXVbE3Rc
  15. It was not a used motor home as one might assume. The article states it was a 2013 model purchased in 2015. The article is poorly written and leads a reader to make assumptions. Was it new off the dealer's lot? It doesn't say. We can only assume that it was.
  16. I think that many laptops have their own proprietary performance systems - such as Dell and Lenovo come with built-in optimization "health" systems. I read that the Lenovo optimization system (called "Vantage") needed to be upgrade first before the Windows update - otherwise problems would occur. I did the Lenovo proprietary system upgrade first, then let Windows do it's upgrade (several weeks ago) and no problems so far. YMMV
  17. I noticed that there is a high voltage battery equalizer charge that occurs every 30 days by the solar panel charge controller. The extra high voltage triggers the LP detector. (I'm 90 percent sure - but haven't verified it yet - only recently noticed it.) (hope that make sense)
  18. Rich&Sylvia

    $100,000 part

    Wow! That made me sit up straight. How's your back and legs feel now? How long's it been since surgery?
  19. I'm no guru and can't tell the future. Given that 10,000 people are said to retire everyday and very few have saved for retirement, I think the chances are good that a demand for low cost housing will continue. They were probably undervalued to begin with - sort of like storage companies were undervalued about seven or so years ago. During the 2008 recession, I found that many of the mobile homes were bank owned. When tenants bailed out, banks owned the mobile home but still had to pay rent to the park ownership! Boy, did the banks ever cut prices to unload mobile homes at that time. (We had a broker that sold vacant repossessed mobile homes for the banks - which is a long story for another time.) At any rate, I have a certain amount of respect for mobile home living and parks. At the same time believe that there is room for the organized purchase of parks to continue and eventually become abusive and probably detrimental to investors.
  20. ELS, SUI - I visited one of their holdings in Arizona - I was not impressed. But people have to live somewhere.
  21. The MJ ETF has tanked. However, the two trailer park stocks (which were already expensive when purchased) have climbed continuously.
  22. I'm not sure that it has anything to do with fuel economy. The purpose of a lubricity additive is to reduce the "wear scar" scratches on engine components. From the (pdf) white paper Lubricity Additive Study Results: And the topic was originally posted and discussed ad infinitium here: https://www.dieselplace.com/forum/76-speciality-forums/64-maintenance-fluids/177728-lubricity-additive-study-results.html I'm assuming that big rig engines are usually fueled up at stations that reliably provide fuel with the appropriate additives added at the refinery.
  23. Thanks, I edited the original post to include the word "fuel". (thou I am interested in oil additives as well). Professional Boat Builder carried an article that claimed 40-percent of fuels do not meet specifications for lubricity. It should be noted that was 2010 and the article was published in 2018- perhaps things have improved.
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